Author Archives: Satsuki Then

Satsuki Then is the editor-in-chief of 88gadget.info Japan - She is based in Tokyo and has been covering the consumer electronics industry since 2007.

Preparations for the Ingenuity Mars helicopter flight are underway

Preparations for the Ingenuity Mars helicopter flight are underway

NASA recently shared a photograph via Twitter that shows the Perseverance rover successfully lowering the Ingenuity Mars helicopter to the surface of the Red Planet. The helicopter has spent months tucked underneath the belly of Perseverance, biding its time to try and attempt the first controlled flight on the surface of another planet. NASA says the Mars helicopter has lowered all four legs and is positioned to touchdown on the Martian surface.

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Bitcoin mining Game Boy mod goes for the money

Bitcoin mining Game Boy mod goes for the money

The Nintendo Game Boy was one of the more popular early portable game consoles on the market. Typically, the Game Boy was used to play black-and-white games on the go. One Game Boy owner has performed an interesting mod to his portable console allowing it to mine Bitcoin.

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A synthetic cell that grows and divides normally was created in the lab

A synthetic cell that grows and divides normally was created in the lab

The cell is one of the smallest individual components of all living things. Recently, scientists were able to create a simple synthetic cell that grows and divides normally. Researchers on the project say the new findings shed light on mechanisms controlling the most fundamental processes of life.

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Crash Bandicoot 4 PC version cracked almost as soon as it launched

Crash Bandicoot 4 PC version cracked almost as soon as it launched

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's Time originally launched in 2020 but saw a soft relaunch Friday for next-generation consoles, the Nintendo Switch, and Windows PC. The PC version of the game was exclusively on the Activision-Blizzard Battle.net app and oddly required an online connection to launch the game. PC gamers typically loathe any game that requires an Internet connection to start, despite that the game is entirely off-line in nature.

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Prototype MIT filter makes purified drinking water using tree branches

Prototype MIT filter makes purified drinking water using tree branches

In many parts of the United States, people take clean drinking water for granted. In other parts of the world, access to clean drinking water is a significant challenge and is something that researchers from MIT have been working on. Recently, MIT engineers created a new type of water filtration system that can purify drinking water using tree branches.

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Rolled 2D heterostructures could lead to miniaturized electronics in the future

Rolled 2D heterostructures could lead to miniaturized electronics in the future

Researchers at Penn State have created a type of heterostructure by layering two-dimensional materials atom thick. Researchers on the project believe the recent synthesis of the one-dimensional van der Waals heterostructures could lead to new miniaturized electronics not currently possible. The Penn State researchers were assisted on the project by a group of researchers from the University of Tokyo.

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Windows 10’s File Explorer is getting colorful icon update soon

Windows 10’s File Explorer is getting colorful icon update soon

Microsoft has announced that it is releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21343 (RS_PRERELEASE) to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. There are several new features in Build 21343, including some newly updated icons. Microsoft says it began updating icons in Windows 10 last year, beginning with those for the built-in apps, Windows Security, the Narrator icon, and the icon for Notepad.

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SmartBlock feature lands with Firefox 87

SmartBlock feature lands with Firefox 87

Mozilla has announced the launch of its latest version of the popular Firefox browser. The new version is Firefox 87, and with its launch comes a new feature called SmartBlock aimed at improving privacy while browsing. SmartBlock is described as an intelligent tracker blocking mechanisms for Firefox Private Browsing and Strict Mode.

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MacBook butterfly keyboard class-action lawsuit will move forward

MacBook butterfly keyboard class-action lawsuit will move forward

Apple has had several high-profile issues with its popular MacBook line of notebook computers in recent years. One of the biggest issues was with the so-called "butterfly" keyboard design. Those keyboards regularly failed during use due to the ability of dirt and debris to get under the keys rendering them useless. Apple was slow and, in some cases, refused to repair the keyboards leaving owners with expensive laptops that were unusable.

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Gorgeous image of Messier 106 snapped using the Nicholas U. Mayall telescope

Gorgeous image of Messier 106 snapped using the Nicholas U. Mayall telescope

It's hard for anyone who's never looked through a large professional telescope to understand how you can get detailed views of such extremely distant galaxies and celestial bodies. Astronomers have shared a new image of galaxy Messier 106 that is breathtakingly beautiful and detailed. The images were taken using the Nicholas U. Mayall four-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory.

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Samsung’s new high-resolution 2021 monitor line aims to be easy on the eyes

Samsung’s new high-resolution 2021 monitor line aims to be easy on the eyes

Samsung Electronics has announced its full lineup of 2021 high-resolution monitors. The electronics maker promises that the new line delivers life-like image quality, improved convenience, and ergonomic designs. The monitors are aimed at use both at home and in the office.

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Dyret quadruped robot can adjust its body to the environment

Dyret quadruped robot can adjust its body to the environment

Dyret is a four-legged quadruped robot able to adjust the length of its legs to adapt its body to the surface it's operating on. As it adjusts its body, it learns what works best in certain situations and becomes better equipped next time it encounters an unknown environment. Dyret means "The Animal" in Norwegian and is an acronym for Dynamic Robot for Embodied Testing.

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