Pokemon cards are too dangerous to sell in stores, says Target, Walmart

Pokemon cards are too dangerous to sell in stores, says Target, Walmart

Safety concerns have elevated to a point where both Target and Walmart have removed Pokemon cards from store shelves in the United States. A Target document shared this week that all stores will "pause selling MLB, NFL, NBA, and Pokemon trading cards" starting on May 14, 2021. Any product already shipped to stores must be kept in a secure location "with camera coverage until further notice."

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PS5’s DualSense controller launches in two new colors next month

PS5’s DualSense controller launches in two new colors next month

While the PlayStation 5 is still a very difficult console to procure, some of those who have obtained one have been wondering when we might see Sony launch the DualSense controller in different colors. Microsoft has hit the ground running in launching new color schemes for the Xbox Series X|S controller, but so far, the DualSense has only been available in white. That's all going to change next month, when Sony launches two new colors for the DualSense controller.

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Amazon Echo Buds (2nd Gen) Review: Alexa and ANC on a budget

Amazon Echo Buds (2nd Gen) Review: Alexa and ANC on a budget

As lockdown gradually lifts, the active noise cancelling earbuds which have made working from home more bearable are about to get a taste of the outside world. Amazon's new Echo Buds (2nd Gen) arrive just in time for that, pitching not only true wireless audio but hands-free Alexa and ANC with a head-turning $129.99 price tag.

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Long-lasting solid-state lithium battery designed by Harvard researchers

Long-lasting solid-state lithium battery designed by Harvard researchers

One massive area of study by researchers worldwide is improving batteries for use in electric vehicles and other electronic devices. Most modern electric vehicles rely on lithium-ion batteries, but they're not ideal due to their expense, weight, and how long they take to charge. Researchers have been trying to replace conventional lithium-ion batteries with solid-state lithium-metal batteries for decades.

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TP-Link Kasa Spot and Spot Pan Tilt cameras keep an eye on your home

TP-Link Kasa Spot and Spot Pan Tilt cameras keep an eye on your home

Smart home products are called smart mostly because of how they're able to connect to the Internet to allow for features and experiences that may not have been possible without such a connection. In some sense, networking equipment manufacturers have the advantage of already being knowledgeable and well-known when it comes to exactly that field. It's no surprise, then, that the likes of TP-Link have long jumped on board the smart home train and it is expanding that line with two new 24/7 recording cameras and smart plugs that can make any old appliance a bit smarter.

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New printable electronic circuits could lead to lower-cost wearables

New printable electronic circuits could lead to lower-cost wearables

Wearables have become extremely popular in recent years, with devices such as smartwatches becoming highly desirable and selling in significant volumes. Currently, the average wearable device is very expensive, putting them out of reach of some people who might benefit from the technology. Researchers have developed new printable inks that could enable high-performance inkjet-printed electronic circuits, providing a pathway to lower cost and high-performance wearable devices.

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Ford is embedding Alexa in its newest models: Free data & new Power-Ups

Ford is embedding Alexa in its newest models: Free data & new Power-Ups

Ford is baking Alexa into more vehicle dashboards, part of its new Power-Up OTA updates that will see some drivers get three years of free cellular data with which to interact with Amazon's assistant. The new feature builds on Ford's existing Alexa support as part of its SYNC infotainment platform.

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Curiosity rover could ditch a broken wheel to continue exploring

Curiosity rover could ditch a broken wheel to continue exploring

There are no service stations on the surface of Mars, meaning any rover that suffers a component failure on the Red Planet will remain unrepaired. Curiosity has been exploring the surface of Mars for a long time, and mission controllers have a plan in place to help keep the rover mobile even if wheel wear becomes a problem. Should a wheel become damaged, JPL says that it is ready to use a "wheel shedding" maneuver to get rid of the defective wheel.

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This Traxxas Ford Bronco TRX-4 is a big boy’s toy

This Traxxas Ford Bronco TRX-4 is a big boy’s toy

You’re looking at the Traxxas Ford Bronco TRX-4, the newest radio-controlled model from Texas-based RC manufacturer Traxxas. It looks exactly like the production model Ford Bronco, and Ford has given it the official stamp of approval.

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Samsung’s PixCell LED promises safer automotive lighting for the future

Samsung’s PixCell LED promises safer automotive lighting for the future

One of the driving forces in the automotive manufacturing industry is improved safety. Active safety systems are a major part of all new vehicle designs in recent years. Significant work is being put into assisting drivers and providing solutions to help the driver navigate and anticipate danger while improving the overall driving experience. Samsung says one most promising innovations for helping improve automotive safety is lighting.

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2021 Alpine A110 Legende GT is limited to 300 units in Europe

2021 Alpine A110 Legende GT is limited to 300 units in Europe

The fabulous Alpine A110 has come a long way since Renault introduced the Alpine Vision Concept back in 2016. For 2021, Renault is sprucing up the Alpine lineup with the newest A110 Légende GT. It’s the successor to Alpine’s Légende GT unveiled last year, and it’s getting a more powerful engine under the bonnet along with bespoke styling elements.

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Intel Labs shows off new enhanced photorealism techniques

Intel Labs shows off new enhanced photorealism techniques

Video game developers are always looking for more realism in their games. The more realistic images look, the more engaging and immersive video games can be, particularly in virtual reality. Researchers from Intel Labs have presented a new approach to enhancing the realism of synthetic images. The images are enhanced by a convolutional network designed to leverage intermediate representations produced by conventional rendering pipelines.

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