Samsung unveils new Notebook 9 Pen 2-in-1: Bigger size, better battery


Samsung has unveiled the 2019 edition of its high-end convertible, the Notebook 9 Pen. Aimed at creative professionals, it offers a new and improved built-in S Pen that works on a device that can be used as a laptop or tablet. The 2-in-1 is available with a 13-inch or 15-inch full HD LCD screens, both of which come with a dark-blue aluminum finish, 16GB of RAM, 512GB of storage, and Intel's 8th generation Core i7 processors. The 15-inch model is a new option for the Notebook Pen. They also sport a backlit keyboard and feature facial and fingerprint recognition.

Lift Aircraft's passenger drone is all about fun flights


While the likes of Uber, Airbus and Porsche tinker away on their respective passenger and transportation drones, a lesser-known startup is taking an altogether different approach. Instead of getting mired in the logistics and regulatory frameworks of city-wide drone rides, Lift Aircraft wants you to use its 18-rotor "Hexa" aircraft for short recreational flights. The large drone -- which weighs 432 pounds and is capable of 10-15 minutes of continuous flight with a single passenger -- could be available to the public as early as next year. Lift is promising flight experiences at hubs located in "scenic, uncongested areas" in 25 cities across the US. Because the Hexa doesn't count as a "real" aircraft (it's a "powered ultralight") it doesn't require a pilot's license.

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard review: Smart design, steep learning curve


Microsoft lets you know right up front its aim for the Sulpt Ergonomic Keyboard wireless keyboard-and-mouse combo. It re-imagines the shape of our most-used computer peripherals to prevent or reduce the effects of repetitive strain injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome. Behind the scenes, Microsoft dubbed the keyboard "Manta Ray" for obvious reasons. It measures just over 15 inches across and includes a full set of alphanumeric and function keys. Microsoft lopped off the number pad to save space, as a lot of keyboard replacements do.

It's big, loud and secretive: We got a tour of Tesla's Gigafactory and here's how it works


Chris Lister, vice president of operations of the Tesla Gigafactory, provides insight during a tour on Dec. 3, 2018. Big numbers are one way to appreciateTesla's gargantuan Nevada Gigafactory. Operating 24-hours per day in shifts, workers produce enough battery packs and drive units in a week to power 5,300 of Tesla's Model 3 sedans. Tesla says at 5.4 million square feet, roughly equivalent to 50 Home Depot stores, the factory is just 30 percent of its potential size and is already producing more batteries than all other carmakers combined. With more than 7,000 Tesla workers, the factory is responsible for increasing manufacturing employment in the Reno-Sparks area by 55 percent since 2014, according to the Governor's Office of Economic Development.

The 20 best gadgets of 2018

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Instead of relying on heat, this innovative device employs the Coanda jet-flow effect (which helps keep planes airborne) to wrap and style hair. It requires relearning how to coax your locks, but you can say goodbye to heat damage and singed foreheads. The first of Sonos's popular multiroom speakers to come loaded with Amazon's voice assistant, Alexa. "The best all-round music-focused smart speaker available in the UK," says the Guardian. This limited-edition version comes in five colours selected by Danish furniture designer Hay.

Loft Portable Battery Base review: Take your Google Home anywhere with this easy-to-use accessory


Google Home ($129 at the Google Play Store) is one of our favorite smart speakers, but its dependence on power from a wall outlet limits its mobility. Ninety7's Loft aims to solve that problem: It's a battery that attaches to your existing Google Home to provide on-the-go power, so you can easily take it with you from room to room, or into the garage or yard--or even on the road if you want to use your Google Home as just a Bluetooth speaker. The Loft costs $49.95, but Ninety7 slashed that price tag to $29.95 for Black Friday/Cyber Monday, and it was still available for that price as of press time. When I first pulled this base out of the box, I was surprised by how light and sleek it is. Its simple design seamlessly integrates with the look of the Google Home, with a hard plastic outside and a smooth form that doesn't get in the way of sound quality.

Google attacked over reported plans to launch secret, censored search engine in China called 'Dragonfly'

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Google has been attacked over reported plans to launch a "censored" search engine in China. Amnest International has launched a petition against the plans, arguing that the apparently launch should be cancelled. Human rights campaigners claim developing a specifically censored search engine would be in conflict with the company's values and that it will limit freedom of expression. They also point out that Google's own staff appear to disagree with the plans. There are a lot of Easter Eggs hidden in Chrome, and more and more are discovered each year.

YouTubers Are Going to Go Nuts for the New DJI Osmo Pocket


Back in 2015, drone-maker DJI began putting some of its image-stabilization technology into hand-held camera gimbals. The first, called the Osmo, was well-received among the prosumer crowd, because it let users capture unshaky video on either a smartphone or on the device itself. Since then, DJI has released a series of updates to the Osmo, including the smartphone-supporting Osmo Mobile. Now DJI is putting out its most pocketable Osmo ever--suitably named the Osmo Pocket. It has a tiny color touchscreen, so you can see and control your video capture directly from the device, or you can attach your smartphone via USB-C or Lightning and use your phone as a viewfinder.

Drop the Batteries--Diamonds and Lasers Could Power Your Drone


Drones have arrived in US airspace, and now they are multiplying. By 2022, 700,000 of the little unmanned aircraft could be exploring American skies, according to the FAA, delivering packages, monitoring traffic, inspecting bridges, and filling other yet to be discovered niches. To do that work, every last one will need electricity to spin its rotors and run its sensors. Most will get it from batteries they take with them to work. Some might pull from the grid directly, using tethers.

The best Black Friday deals 2018: The afternoon edition


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