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Atari VCS console is finally coming to retail stores this month

Atari VCS console is finally coming to retail stores this month

Crowdfunded projects have come and gone and many that have lasted years never delivered. Given those factors, it's almost a surprise that the Atari VCS hybrid PC console even launched at all. Yet here we are, almost four years after it first debuted as the AtariBox, the Atari VCS is finally launching in stores. Its commercial success, however, still hangs in the balance and in the hands of those who can figure out what the device is really for.

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Smach Z gaming PC handheld becomes another cautionary tale

Smach Z gaming PC handheld becomes another cautionary tale

There is no shortage of gaming handhelds today running a full Windows 10 OS, at least if you know where to look. From the GPD WIN 3 to the AYA Neo to the new ONEXPLAYER, there are now a few choices when it comes to bringing your PC games with you on the go. Back in 2014, however, that idea was revolutionary and a small 000 tried to make that happen before anyone else did. Of course, the Smach Z went via the crowdfunding route and, while it was successfully funded, it has now become yet another anecdote on how such dreams not only fail but also deprive people of their hard-earned money.

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ONEXPLAYER gaming PC handheld comes with a bigger screen

ONEXPLAYER gaming PC handheld comes with a bigger screen

Handheld gaming computers are nothing new and there have been quite a few models from different companies, most of them hailing from China, for almost every generation of Intel processors. It isn't until the 11th-gen Intel "Tiger Lake", however, that the chip maker's graphics technology could truly be considered worthy of gaming on its own. Unsurprisingly, there have also been new attempts at putting that Intel chip into more portable forms, and the ONEXPLAYER is not only the latest but also the biggest in that category.

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Bluetti EP500 Pro 5.1kWh Power Station – home power backup on wheels

Bluetti EP500 Pro 5.1kWh Power Station – home power backup on wheels

We have covered our fair share of portable power stations that try to strike a balance between portability and power one way or another. Bluetti's latest gamble, however, is unabashed standing firm on the power side but not without good reason. The Bluetti EP500 and its more power-packed EP500 Pro sibling definitely boast the largest capacity and biggest set of features we've seen on a mobile power station and that's because, despite the wheels that help it move, it's designed to stay at home and be the backup you need when your whole house turns dark.

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CharaChorder Lite lets you type whole words like you’re playing a piano

CharaChorder Lite lets you type whole words like you’re playing a piano

If typing one key at a time on a QWERTY keyboard isn't fast enough for you, the new CharaChorder Lite keyboard offers an interesting alternative. The product looks just like an ordinary QWERTY keyboard but allows users to type entire words at a time using 'chords' as if they were playing the piano. The result, the 000 claims, is a typing speed of up to 250 words per minute.

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This tiny baby washing machine was made to clean AirPods

This tiny baby washing machine was made to clean AirPods

The Cardlax EarBuds Washer is exactly what its name implies. Because of the way most earbuds are designed, there's a good chance they scoop up earwax and all manner of other sorts of dirt and grime on a daily basis. With the device called "Cardlax EarBuds Washer", the process of keeping earbuds clean becomes a slightly more professional operation than what's otherwise pretty standard, but still not recommended: cleaning said earbuds with a toothpick.

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Canadian EV maker Daymak launches crowdfunding campaign for its Spiritus three-wheel EV

Canadian EV maker Daymak launches crowdfunding campaign for its Spiritus three-wheel EV

If you haven’t heard of Daymak before, we can’t blame you. However, the Toronto-based mobility provider has been around since 2002 and is a pioneer in making light electric vehicles (LEV). Daymak recently launched a crowdfunding campaign for its newest Spiritus three-wheeled EV. The Spiritus is part of the brand’s Avvenire series, including the unique Terra electric off-road bike and the Skyrider flying EV.

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AYA-NEO puts a different spin on the PC gaming handheld

AYA-NEO puts a different spin on the PC gaming handheld

By now, the idea of a handheld Windows computer is no longer novel but their implementations are still rare. The earliest models, mostly from GPD, had to make do with either less powerful Intel Atoms or, later on, beefier Intel Cores that still weren't made for gaming. It was only with the 11th gen Intel processors with Iris Xe graphics that PC gaming handhelds may have started getting a chance but the AYA-NEO is taking a different route towards that portable gaming PC goal.

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Panasonic Nicobo robot is supposed to be a cat that can fart

Panasonic Nicobo robot is supposed to be a cat that can fart

Japan is famous and notorious for products and trends that just blow the mind, in good or bad ways or both. Sometimes, those ideas do strike a chord in people from both halves of the world, making some wish those were easily accessible. Panasonic's latest crowdfunding experiment seems to fit the bill, presenting a robot cat with some interesting features. But whether Nicobo actually looks like a cat and whether its random flatulence can be considered special is still to be determined, it's hard to deny how the "thing" seems to be attracting some very positive attention.

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Nothing Tech wants everyday citizens to own part of the company

Nothing Tech wants everyday citizens to own part of the company

OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei's company Nothing Tech revealed a new sort of concept this morning. Before releasing any products to the public, they've raised millions in investor funds from groups like Alphabet's GV (formerly Google Ventures). Now they want the average person to invest money for a part of the company - sorta like... an IPO... but not.

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Canon PowerShot PICK robot uses AI to automatically take photos

Canon PowerShot PICK robot uses AI to automatically take photos

AI and machine learning can be found in almost every consumer electronics product these days, whether directly or indirectly. Often, the goal is to make offload some of the decision-making duties away from human brains to silicon ones, automating certain tasks that almost seem magical in their small ways. Camera maker Canon seems to be banking on that capability of AI to sell the idea of the PowerShot PICK, a small robotic camera that can follow its subjects around and call the shots when it's time to take the perfect shot.

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Cosmo Communicator running Ubuntu Touch shows what should have been

Cosmo Communicator running Ubuntu Touch shows what should have been

We basically have a two-horse race in the mobile market but there was never a shortage of attempts to have a third contender. There's Microsoft's Windows Phone and Windows Mobile attempts, of course, as well as Nokia's spiritual successor Jolla. And then there's Ubuntu Touch, so far still the most successful attempt to bring a mainstream Linux OS to commercial phones. Canonical basically giving up on that effort ironically caused Ubuntu Touch to become available on even more devices and the Cosmo Communicator is probably one of the best examples of what an Ubuntu phone should have been.

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