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This self-piloting electric VTOL aircraft wants to deliver your online shopping

This self-piloting electric VTOL aircraft wants to deliver your online shopping

Elroy Air has revealed the Chaparral C1 hybrid-electric VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) cargo aircraft. The aircraft is the first of its kind and brings previously unseen capabilities to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to the rapid logistics sector across several industries. The Chaparral is a transitioning "lift + cruise" VTOL aircraft with a full carbon composite airframe, and a turbine-based hybrid-electric powertrain for long-range mission capabilities. 

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US government chip shortage report doesn’t bode well for 2022

US government chip shortage report doesn’t bode well for 2022

The US government has delivered its findings on an investigation into Risks in the Semiconductor Supply Chain and the outlook in 2022 doesn't look good for either manufacturers or consumers. The chip shortage started not long after the first wave of the global COVID-19 pandemic with its effects starting to be felt in the middle of 2020. With lockdowns forcing people to work from home where they could, demand for consumer electronics spiked, while at the same time chip foundries and production lines ground to a halt. The government's report shows that while most chip foundries have been operating at or near capacity, demand continues to soar at up to 20 percent higher than 2019.

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Phillips Hue expands outdoor collection to smarten your patio and front door

Phillips Hue expands outdoor collection to smarten your patio and front door

The latest Philips Hue lights have landed and they are set to make a fine addition to outside of any smart home. The brand is owned by industry veteran Signify, which is based out of The Netherlands, and they have brought a good dose of European flair to the latest connected lights from the brand. Although no mention is made of support for the new Matter smart home standard, the new Philips Hue lights are compatible with several other major smart device ecosystems: Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Samsung SmartThings, and Apple HomeKit.

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NASA’s slippery X-59 supersonic jet aims to revolutionize air travel

NASA’s slippery X-59 supersonic jet aims to revolutionize air travel

NASA has been in the news quite a bit of late. Most recently it has captured global attention with its James Webb Space Telescope launch and journey to its new orbit, while it is also making headlines with its Artemis mission to the moon and beyond along with its ongoing scientific exploits on Mars and elsewhere. This week NASA has a bit of news that remains enthralling despite being relegated to a more Earthbound endeavor. Its stunning X-59 experimental Quiet SuperSonic Technology (QueSST) jet has reached another milestone on its way to lifting the ban on commercial supersonic flight over land.

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Logitech Pen released with classroom Chromebooks in mind

Logitech Pen released with classroom Chromebooks in mind

Google's Chromebooks have developed a strong foothold in the education sector. The balance of affordability, support for web apps, Android apps and Google Classroom has made a compelling value proposition for many schools. There are also an increasing number of Chromebooks that offer touchscreen support in the form of convertible laptops and 2-in-1 devices. In many cases, this also means support for styluses which typically aren't bundled with the device to help keep costs down.

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Wordle accident delivers one guy massive profit, which he then donates

Wordle accident delivers one guy massive profit, which he then donates

Not many people haven't heard about Wordle, the online word game that is taking the Internet by storm. It has been picked up and promoted by a number of major publications and late-night talk shows, and has found some viral fame on social networks of all sorts. The app was developed by Josh Wardle who focused on keeping the game simple: the basic premise is that players must guess a five letter word within six attempts. With each guess, the color of the tiles changes to show whether you are close or not. A letter turning green indicates it is the correct letter and in the right spot. A yellow letter shows the letter is in the word, but in the wrong spot. A blank letter means you need to keep guessing.

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Samsung’s Exynos 2200 SoC revealed with AMD RDNA2 ray tracing GPU

Samsung’s Exynos 2200 SoC revealed with AMD RDNA2 ray tracing GPU

After much recent speculation surrounding it, Samsung has officially announced its Exynos 2200 (E2200) SoC. The big news with this launch is this year's Exynos chip dumps ARM's Mali GPUs for a custom GPU Samsung has co-developed with AMD that features RDNA2-based graphics.

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iPad Pro 2022 tipped to get a hidden feature in its Apple logo

iPad Pro 2022 tipped to get a hidden feature in its Apple logo

The iPad Pro tablets are comfortably the most powerful of their kind on the market at the moment packing a vaunted Apple M1 SoC and up to 16GB of RAM. While they are feature packed, and priced accordingly, Apple is always looking for ways to improve on them to help keep them at the top of people's shopping lists. One of the hot next-generation iPad Pro rumors coming out of 2021 for the next iPad Pro upgrade was that it would receive MagSafe charging support. Currently, all iPad models sold by Apple charge over either a wired Lightning or USB-C cable – the iPad mini, Air and Pro models have all been upgraded to support the newer standard.

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After delayed launch, Valve’s S000 Deck gets a February shipping window

After delayed launch, Valve’s S000 Deck gets a February shipping window

Valve's S000 Deck created a lot of excitement among many gamers when the legendary gaming company revealed the handheld console back in July. With launch scheduled for late 2021, hopes of an on-time launch were dashed when Valve announced the console would be delayed. This week Valve announced that the console will ship this February (in the year 2022), but hasn't gone on to specify the day this launch will commence.

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Leica M11 60MP rangefinder camera revealed with ‘triple resolution technology’

Leica M11 60MP rangefinder camera revealed with ‘triple resolution technology’

Leica has a reputation for making stellar cameras that are also astronomically priced. However, you do get what you pay for, as the saying goes. We can, however, take cameras for granted because of how ubiquitous they are these days with just about every conceivable price point covered. Leica targets customers at the very high end of the camera market and targets this audience with extremely refined and highly engineered products that deliver precision optics and performance using the best possible materials and technology.

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A ‘mini’ supermassive black hole find could have huge implications

A ‘mini’ supermassive black hole find could have huge implications

All eyes are currently on NASA's recently successfully deployed James Webb Space Telescope - and rightly so as it could yield scientific breakthroughs and increase our understanding of the universe, its birth and evolution. However, there is another space telescope (and it is not the Hubble) that doesn't quite garner the same level of attention, but continues to yield insights of equally astronomical proportions. NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory was launched onboard the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1999 and is 100 times more powerful than any previous X-ray telescope.

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Tractive cat tracker is a real-time spy into feline antics

Tractive cat tracker is a real-time spy into feline antics

For better or worse, many cat owners let their feline friends have the lay of the land -- after all, it can be very difficult to try to contain them in a backyard, even if that is the owner's intent. Cats love nothing more than being able to climb trees and scale fences. They are, in just about every way, better escape artists than dogs who are more likely to try to dig their way under a fence than try to get over it. As a result, it can be much harder to keep track of where your cat is when they've absconded for the day.

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