Which gaming accessories to get, broken down by console


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Between Monster Hunter: World devouring everybody’s free time on the Playstation 4 and Xbox One and cult classic Bayonetta 2 gracing the Nintendo Switch in February, being a gamer has reached a whole new level of fun in 2018. 

But depending on what system you own, there are always great accessories you can use to make the experience even better.

Here are some cool game accessories, broken down by console: Read more…

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Apple may be working on an awesome 'keyless' keyboard


You’ve probably forgotten amidst all this hype about iPhones, but Apple still occasionally makes computers and tablets. And a new patent application reveals that its next ones might have an interesting feature. 

The patent, first reported by Patently Apple, would be for technology that can make an onscreen keyboard (like that on an iPad) feel like a real keyboard. 

According to the patent application’s images, Apple has in mind a touchscreen device that could display a keyboard, or other buttons such as music and volume controls. The device will sense when you pressed each key and provide haptic feedback — that is, you’ll feel like you’re pressing a physical key.  Read more…

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Google and OK Go are teaching kids about the magic of music and math


OK Go and Google have teamed up to show students that music is about neither sex, nor drugs, nor rock ‘n roll — it’s about science!

Google, the band OK Go, and the Playful Learning Lab at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota have debuted a project called OK Go Sandbox. It’s described as “an online resource for educators that uses OK Go’s music videos as starting points for integrated guided inquiry challenges allowing students to explore various STEAM concepts.” 

OK Go is the band best known for that one song where they dance on treadmills. But they’ve also filmed music videos for their upbeat indie rock in which they make music entirely by using a car, set off an elaborate Rube Goldberg machine, film meticulously-timed color explosions in slow-mo, and more.  Read more…

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Make any of your appliances smart with this set of smart plugs on sale


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The Etekcity Smart Plugs are back on sale again. If you’ve wanted to make the appliances in your house more convenient, now’s the time to do it.

These plugs can make almost any appliance in your house “smart.” Plug them in, and you can flip them on or off with the included remote from up to 100 feet away. The remote also works through walls and doors, so you may never need to get up from bed again.  Read more…

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Plattsburgh, New York is the first city in the U.S. to ban cryptocurrency mining


Anyone who thought about starting a cryptocurrency mining operation in the city with the cheapest electricity in the U.S. is out of luck, at least for the next year and a half. 

The city council of Plattsburgh, New York unanimously voted in favor of a 18-month moratorium on crypto-mining Thursday, Motherboard reported

The new law, originally proposed on March 2, affects only new, commercial mining operations; current companies that are mining in Plattsburgh will be allowed to continue to do so. 

Plattsburgh — a small city with a population of under 20,000 as of the 2010 census — has very cheap electricity due to its involvement in building the power-generating dams on the St. Lawrence river back in the 1950s. And for a cryptocurrency mining operation — an energy-intensive process used to create new crypto-coins and power large cryptocurrency networks — cheap electricity is a huge draw.  Read more…

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Apple is holding a mysterious 'education' event in Chicago


Students around the country are enjoying spring break this month — but not Apple.

The tech giant is holding a mysterious event in Chicago that has something to do with education. 

The event, which Apple has branded as a “field trip,” will take place at Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago on March 27. 

The logo in the invitation to Apple's education event.

The logo in the invitation to Apple’s education event.

Image: screenshot: monica chin/apple

“Join us to hear creative new ideas for teachers and students,” the invite reads. 

We’ll be honest — we have no idea what to expect at this event. But Apple’s recent history may give us some clues.  Read more…

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