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Autoset smart miter saw fence helps DIY-ers make the right cut every time

Ever tried a spot of DIY and ended up wasting good wood by making the wrong cut? As Steve Jobs might have said, “there’s an app for that” -- or, in this case, a whole smart miter saw fence.The post Autoset smart miter saw fence helps DIY-ers make the right cut every time appeared first on Digital Trends.

The best white noise machines you can buy

Some people are more sensitive to sound during sleep than others. Luckily, there are a number of white noise machines on the market to mask the noise. Here are our five of our current favorites.The post The best white noise machines you can buy appeared first on Digital Trends.

10 prosthetic limbs so cool they’re better than the real thing

We take our arms and legs for granted because they're always there. However, some are born without or lose them in horrific accidents. These 10 prosthetic limbs have unique features that make our normal limbs look like a thing of the past.The post 10 prosthetic limbs so cool they’re better than the real thing appeared first on Digital Trends.

We’re going to the Red Planet! All the past, present, and future missions to Mars

SpaceX isn't the only organization pining to visit the Red Planet. Here's a detailed list of all operational and planned missions to Mars, along with explanations of their objectives, spacecraft details, and mission proposals.The post We’re going to the Red Planet! All the past, present, and future missions to Mars appeared first on Digital Trends.

Forget plastic — Glowforge 3D laser printer builds with wood, fabric, leather

Seattle-based Glowforge unveiled its innovative 3D laser printer which utilizes subtractive manufacturing instead of using additives, meaning it has the ability to carve and etch almost any material.The post Forget plastic — Glowforge 3D laser printer builds with wood, fabric, leather appeared first on Digital Trends.

Celebrate 4/20 with the dopest weed gadgets in the observable universe

The 20th of April is upon us, and you know what that means. Get down to canna-business and come check out our list of weed-related tech to celebrate before Snoop Dogg smokes it all himself.The post Celebrate 4/20 with the dopest weed gadgets in the observable universe appeared first on Digital Trends.

Scoot your commute! Here are the 9 best electric scooters on the market

Electric scooters are an affordable, convenient way to minimize your carbon footprint and zip around town. Check out 8 of our current favorites, whether you're working with a budget or have some cash to spare.The post Scoot your commute! Here are the 9 best electric scooters on the market appeared first on Digital Trends.

August Home smart locks expand integration with Google Assistant

August Home, known for its smart locks and home access services, announced its smart lock works with Google Assistant on Google Home. Plus, you can now ask Google if your door is open or closed.The post August Home smart locks expand integration with Google Assistant appeared first on Digital Trends.

August Home smart locks expand integration with Google Assistant

August Home, known for its smart locks and home access services, announced its smart lock works with Google Assistant on Google Home. Plus, you can now ask Google if your door is open or closed.The post August Home smart locks expand integration with Google Assistant appeared first on Digital Trends.

Head in the clouds: The complete noob’s guide to ecigs and vaping

Vaping can be complicated to say the least. Thankfully, our comprehensive guide can help you understand the new FDA regulations and answer any questions you might have in regards to choosing your nicotine level and mods.The post Head in the clouds: The complete noob’s guide to ecigs and vaping appeared first on Digital Trends.

Five high-tech meat thermometers to ensure properly cooked meals

Nobody likes a steak that's too rare or well-done, and undercooked chicken is a hospital visit waiting to happen. Here are a few meat thermometers that will make sure your meal is perfectly cooked every time.The post Five high-tech meat thermometers to ensure properly cooked meals appeared first on Digital Trends.

Automate all the little stuff in your life with these awesome IFTTT recipes

Curious about what kind of awesome things you can do with If This Then That? IFTTT recipes allow you to set up a variety of automated routines to make life easier. Check our list of the best and you'll be automating your life in no time!The post Automate all the little stuff in your life with these awesome IFTTT recipes appeared first on Digital Trends.

Want better beer, fancy cocktails, and ‘aged’ wine? Try these drinking gadgets

What are you drinking at your holiday party? If you're hosting, you might want to have beer, wine, cocktails, and coffee on hand, so we rounded up some drinking gadgets that can help with all types of beverages.The post Want better beer, fancy cocktails, and ‘aged’ wine? Try these drinking gadgets appeared first on Digital Trends.

Sick of walking everywhere? Here are the best electric skateboards money can buy

Thanks for Kickstarter and Indiegogo, electric skateboards are carving a bigger niche than you might think. Whether you're into speed, mileage, or something a bit more stylish, here are the best electric skateboards on the market.The post Sick of walking everywhere? Here are the best electric skateboards money can buy appeared first on Digital Trends.

When waters rise, these flood-proof houses rise right with them

With rising oceans and stronger storms, flooding is only going to increase in the coming years. Could these flood-proof houses be the short-term solution to nature's catastrophic fury?The post When waters rise, these flood-proof houses rise right with them appeared first on Digital Trends.

Cash burning a hole in your pocket? Here’s the best tech under $50 to spend it on

With the price of tech constantly in flux, everyone is on the lookout for quality on the cheap. Whether you're looking for a fitness tracker or a means of capturing photos from above, here's the best tech under $50.The post Cash burning a hole in your pocket? Here’s the best tech under $50 to spend it on appeared first on Digital Trends.

From solar showers to tiny espresso makers, these are the best camping gadgets

From a mini-espresso machine to a straw that lets you drink water directly from the river, these cool camping gadgets will help you spend less time agonizing and more time enjoying your time outside.The post From solar showers to tiny espresso makers, these are the best camping gadgets appeared first on Digital Trends.

Got a Benjamin to burn? Here are our 15 favorite gadgets under $100

A $100 bill can get you further than you might think, that is, so long as you know where to look. Check out our picks for the best tech under $100, whether you're in the market for headphones or a virtual-reality headset.The post Got a Benjamin to burn? Here are our 15 favorite gadgets under $100 appeared first on Digital Trends.

Got a Benjamin to burn? Here are our 15 favorite gadgets under $100

A $100 bill can get you further than you might think, that is, so long as you know where to look. Check out our picks for the best tech under $100, whether you're in the market for headphones or a virtual-reality headset.The post Got a Benjamin to burn? Here are our 15 favorite gadgets under $100 appeared first on Digital Trends.

Got a Benjamin to burn? Here are our 15 favorite gadgets under $100

A $100 bill can get you further than you might think, that is, so long as you know where to look. Check out our picks for the best tech under $100, whether you're in the market for headphones or a virtual-reality headset.The post Got a Benjamin to burn? Here are our 15 favorite gadgets under $100 appeared first on Digital Trends.

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Reviewing the ASUS ROG Phone II one year later

I am not a gamer. Well, let me clarify that; I’m not a “mobile gamer”. I’ve been gaming on PC and console for basically my entire life but mobile gaming has never really taken off for me.I’ve had top of the line Android and Apple phones capable of playing whatever games were out there. I’ve had an NVIDIA Shield TV that can play games from the Google Play Store. Hell, I even have a Nintendo Switch. For whatever reason, they just don’t do it for me.So, when I started my review of the ASUS ROG Phone II, I knew I was going to have to approach it a little bit differently. I can’t speak intelligently about the gaming performance of this phone, because frankly, I don’t have experience with Android gaming.I decided to look at it through a different lens. I might not be a gamer, but I am a “power user”. And as much as I hate that term, I do fit it. I’m on my phone for 7-8 hours a day working, entertaining myself, and keeping in contact with friends and family. Even though ASUS wants this to be known as the best gaming phone out there, I think they need to accept that they didn’t make the best gaming phone of 2019. They made the best phone of 2019. Period.While every phone manufacturer wants to market its device as “an experience” or a life-changing event, they’re just phones. They’re a collection of components that run Android and live in either our pocket or our hand. The ASUS ROG Phone II is exactly that, but it’s one of the devices that I feel ends up being more than the sum of its parts. Very few phones are able to jump this hurdle but the ROG Phone II does.So, what does that actually mean?Picture this: you’re in the carrier store looking for a new phone. Lined up on the wall you have the newest releases from Samsung, Apple, LG, and OnePlus. They’re all same-y looking with displays that cover the entire face of a phone, almost no bezels and bright screens. They’re sleek, they’re sexy, and they scream out to be held.The ROG Phone II is not that. It is huge and is unconcerned about being skinny or small. Its design is aggressive, not svelte. It is powerful and unapologetic about it.The 6.59-inch 120Hz AMOLED display isn’t the biggest on the market, but it’s close. But the phone feels absolutely massive in your hands because above and below that display are front-facing speakers.Between the beautiful display and the class-leading speakers, this is a media powerhouse. Sure, it’s great for gaming but if you watch videos on your phone, this is the phone you want. The speakers sound better than some Bluetooth speakers I’ve reviewed and max volume is insane. You could sit this thing down in a corner at a party, pump the volume and provide music for the whole crew. It’s that good.Poco F2 Pro ReviewAnd that display is excellent. While I was happy with the 90Hz options last year, the ROG Phone II pumps it up a notch to a 120Hz refresh display. That means the display is refreshing itself 120 times a second.The standard in the past has been 60Hz, or 60 times a second. This added refresh rate gives us silky smooth animations that makes everything feel faster and more fluid. While this is a feature that most can live without, I think it adds to the overall package in a way that most features can’t. It enhances everything else.Speaking of enhancements, the 6,000mAh battery means you can keep all of those enhancements enabled. Battery life is the biggest feature for me when selecting a device because nothing else really matters if my phone is dead halfway through the day, or if I’m unable to use it because it’s sitting on a charger.Simply stated, this is the best battery life I’ve ever seen on an Android device and comes second only to the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max in my in-person testing.I don’t run benchmarks or do scientific battery testing because real people don’t do that either. In my experience I was getting 1.5 days of usage with close to 10 hours of screen-on-time. Again, take note that I’m not a gamer and mostly work in documents, read Reddit, watch YouTube, message, and deal with a ton of email. You will absolutely get through a day of use with this unless you’re playing PUBG all day.One of the last things I want to focus on here is software. ASUS has a reputation of putting terrible skins on its devices in the past, but I’m happy to report you can pretty much bypass that here on the ROG Phone II.ASUS does give you the option to use its theme, but you can choose stock Android if you like, and that’s what I did during my usage. It felt quite a bit like the Nexus/Pixel experience with some added features.We’ve seen this approach by more and more companies over the last few years. Motorola started the trend and others like OnePlus have picked up the mantle.ASUS let Google focus on the core of Android while putting its focus into features like Armory Crate, which allows you to fine-tune almost every aspect of your device from the clock speed of your processor to hiding notifications while you’re gaming.You can even dial in custom settings depending on which app or game you have open. It’s crazy good and gamers and average users alike will find features in there they love.ASUS also took the time to add in an audio wizard. This is an area that most companies are shying away from, just like how they’re getting rid of the headphone jack. The headphone jack is a feature here on the ROG Phone II and the audio wizard makes sure you get the most out of it. There are a ton of EQ scenes and DTS X spacial audio so you can dial in audio exactly how you want it.My biggest issue with the ASUS ROG Phone II’s software is the unknown. Who knows how many updates this phone will get? Who knows how fast they’ll come?ASUS is not the company you think of when you think of fast updates or long-term support. If those things matter to you, I’d tell you to really do your research first-hand and make sure you’re comfortable with whatever the results are before dropping your money on one of these.If you do decide to pick one up, I think you need to be prepared to be stuck on that software for the duration of the phone’s life.Cameras and pictures are an area where the big boys tend to separate from the other guys. You used to get what you paid for in this area, but then Samsung, Google, and Apple started putting class-leading cameras in their mid-range devices and that all changed. Now, you can get a great photography experience by spending a few hundred dollars less than flagship prices.All that being said, if photography matters to you, you’ll want to grab one of those other devices. That’s not to say the ASUS ROG Phone II has a bad camera, but it’s nowhere near class-leading. Pictures come out cool and the lack of OIS is a real bummer when you’re trying to get that perfect action shot or shoot some video.The ultra-wide camera is a ton of fun but the sharpness is a disappointment. As long as you don’t try to push in too much on these pictures, you’ll enjoy them but once you do, it’s a different story.The most frustrating part for me was the over-sharpening on the main camera. Everyone seems to do it these days, and ASUS isn’t among the worse, but there have been some pictures that could have been better with some better photo processing. Are the pictures still fine for social media and sending to friends and family? Sure. But not much more than that.ConclusionDespite its flaws, I truly believe that the ASUS ROG Phone II was the best phone released in 2019. In fact, I think its still the best buy on the market right now. If you can find one of these used or open-box for the $500-$600 price range, you should absolutely do it.That is to say, as long as you’re comfortable using an absolutely massive phone. I can’t overstate just how big this thing seems in the hand. It’s definitely a two-hander if I’ve ever seen one.I’m not a big phone guy, but I don’t mind it here. It’s allowed ASUS to pack in a ton of stuff I love like a 6,000mAh battery that supports reverse charging (but not wireless charging), a 120Hz AMOLED display with 240Hz touch-sampling and HDR10, amazing front-facing speakers, and a headphone jack.I’d say this is a phone you can buy and use for years upon years as long as you’re comfortable with the software situation. I never felt a slowdown nor did I see any stuttering when using the device and I used it for well over a month. It’s flawless in that regard. Even with apps getting bigger and demanding more processor resources, I still think that the ROG Phone II will keep up with newer devices many years down the road.The ASUS ROG Phone II is one of my favorite Android devices of all time and I can’t recommend it enough.

Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 865 Plus 5G with focus on gaming

Qualcomm announced the Snapdragon 865, powering the Samsung Galaxy S20, the OnePlus 8, and many more phones in the first half of 2020.Now, Qualcomm has decided to give the 865 a little bit of an upgrade with the Snapdragon 865+ 5G.The Snapdragon 865+ 5G is focused on gaming, with Snapdragon Elite Gaming Features, such as updateable GPU drivers, better rendering, up to 144fps gameplay, 10-bit HDR, and more.The Snapdragon 865+ 5G also features upgrades to the CPU, GPU, AI Engine, and connectivity technology over the original 865.Considering the 865+ 5G is focused on gaming, it’s no surprise that the first devices to be announced with the processor are the ASUS ROG Phone 3(Read our new review of last year’s ROG Phone II here. ) and new devices coming out of the Lenovo Legion sub-brand later this year, though hopefully we’ll see more announcements within the third quarter.You can read more about the 865+ here.

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