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Discord expands focus beyond gaming with fresh branding and new features

Discord expands focus beyond gaming with fresh branding and new features

Discord is a company that's been in the news a lot recently - first, we heard reports that Discord had multiple suitors looking to acquire it, including Microsoft for as much as $10 billion. While later reports told us that Discord had ended buyout talks, it wasn't long before the company was back in the news with official word of a new partnership with PlayStation. Today, Discord is back with a big brand refresh as it expands its focus beyond gamers and attempts to become an inclusive place for everyone.

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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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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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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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Apple Find My network exploit gets iPhones to send arbitrary data

Apple Find My network exploit gets iPhones to send arbitrary data

New Bluetooth-enabled item trackers would have flown under the radar in most announcements but since Apple made them, the new AirTags have landed at the center of attention in more ways than one. Apple's newest nondescript accessory has irked rivals like Tile who are complaining about the company's anticompetitive behavior once again but has also raised concerns among privacy advocates and security researchers alike. A new study, for example, shows just how easy it is to abuse the convenience Apple's Find My network offers to do unauthorized by thankfully still harmless things.

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Samsung Galaxy gaming phone with a cooling fan might be in the works

Samsung Galaxy gaming phone with a cooling fan might be in the works

Almost all phones, especially the high-end ones, are actually capable of handling mobile gaming, even the graphics-intensive ones. Dedicated gaming phones, however, add some special features aimed to make gamers' lives easier. That includes keeping their phones from burning down from all that activity. Instead of just advanced cooling technologies, some gaming phones go old school and actually put fans inside the phone. Ridiculous as that may sound, Samsung may have actually taken notice and might be implementing its own phone fan in the future.

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Galaxy A52 and A72 availability delayed due to chip shortage

Galaxy A52 and A72 availability delayed due to chip shortage

The entire tech world has been plunged into another crisis while still wallowing in the COVID-19 pandemic. A global shortage in semiconductor components, specifically microchips and processors, are rocking companies from carmakers to, of course, consumer electronics manufacturers. Smartphone OEMs seem to be taking things in stride but the shortage may have finally caught up with Samsung whose newest mid-range phones are now reportedly delayed because of that.

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Motorola OTA wireless charging might be available soon

Motorola OTA wireless charging might be available soon

Wireless charging may be saving us from tripping over cables but they don't exactly keep our phones untethered completely. It's not really easy to use our phones while on their wireless charging docks and you often need to position the devices precisely on top of the hidden charging coils. The ideal wireless charging solution is, of course, one that is completely invisible and intangible, and Motorola's partnership with OTA power company GuRu could bring that to reality soon.

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Huawei P50 camera renders adds to the design confusion

Huawei P50 camera renders adds to the design confusion

It still has no date, which makes one wonder if it will ever launch at all, but the Huawei P50 is already shaping up to be an intriguing phone, and not all in good ways. For one, it is expected to be the first-ever phone to ship with Huawei's own Harmony OS, letting the public finally see if it's really Android underneath or not. The most unusual part of the phone, however, might be its camera design and it seems that leaks can't exactly agree on how cameras inside it will look.

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Galaxy Watch with Wear OS rumor comes with some bad news

Galaxy Watch with Wear OS rumor comes with some bad news

Despite being based on the same popular Android platform, Wear OS by Google isn't exactly as popular. It definitely outnumbers other smartwatches by the sheer fact that there are many manufacturers using it for dozens of smartwatches but, as far as mind share goes, Samsung's Galaxy Watches might actually have an edge. Unfortunately, it could soon be losing that as the company has been consistently rumored to be dropping its Tizen-based smartwatch OS for Wear OS but it isn't all good news, at least based on this latest leak.

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Google Fi adds the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G: What’s good?

Google Fi adds the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G: What’s good?

Today we're taking a peek at the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G and its first appearance with Google Fi. This version of the smartphone is essentially identical to the device you'd get anywhere else - but here you'll find it available with options for payment plans, one-time price action, and the Google Fi network providing your cellular and mobile data.

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Wyze Buds Pro true wireless earbuds offer ANC at a budget price

Wyze Buds Pro true wireless earbuds offer ANC at a budget price

Wyze, the company that made a name for itself with its low-price home security cameras, has expanded its portfolio again, this time announcing the launch of its new Wyze Buds Pro true wireless earbuds. The new model has launched for preorder at $59.99 USD, which is a budget price considering the model's Active Noise Cancellation feature.

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