The Gadget Spot
The Gadget Spot
Gadgets, video games, and tech.
The Gadget Spot is all about cool gadgets, tech, and video games, along with how they affect us as humans. Cause we’re humans. *shifty eyes* | @QuadTTony @TechnOwen @jarron @jddjensen
Geekshow Arcade: Owen Lags Out
-Repair your own Xbox Controller! https://www.engadget.com/microsoft-starts-selling-replacement-parts-for-xbox-gamepads-174023573.html -8bitdo breaking into keyboards: https://www.ign.com/articles/8bitdo-retro-mechanical-keyboard-wireless-mechanical-keyboard -Current Gen Consoles finally have sales -The Switch 2 Rumor mill is about to take off: https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/sources-nintendo-switch-2-targets-2024-with-next-gen-console/ -What do you do when you run into P3 while playing Fallout 76? You drop heals and stims of course: https://gamerant.com/xbox-fallout-76-gamer-phil-spencer-encounter/ -In the first half of August Gamepass is losing 4 games and adding 6 to its library.
Aug 4, 2023
43 min
Geekshow Helpdesk: Beating a LED Horse
-Like Energy Star but for security: https://www.theverge.com/2023/7/18/23798153/fcc-cyber-trust-mark-biden-security -3D VNAND Mobile CPUs: https://www.tomshardware.com/news/amds-3d-v-cache-comes-to-laptops-ryzen-9-7945hx3d-cpu-listed -Ask Abe Linciln for Advice: https://www.engadget.com/meta-is-reportedly-planning-an-abe-lincoln-chatbot-as-part-of-a-public-ai-push-190922903.html -FTC swings for the fences. Faces down Amazon: https://news.slashdot.org/story/23/07/26/0041223/ftc-readies-lawsuit-that-could-break-up-amazon -RIP incandescent bulbs… mostly: https://www.theverge.com/2023/8/1/23816510/incandescent-light-bulb-2023-sale-ban-usa -Echo Buds Review from someone who isn’t Tony
Aug 2, 2023
48 min
Geekshow Arcade: A Jarron Pause
-Pizza Controller for Xbox: https://www.theverge.com/2023/7/24/23805501/microsoft-xbox-pizza-scented-controller-tmnt-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles -More Acquisitions: https://www.ign.com/articles/tencent-buys-dying-light-developer-techland -Ubisoft almost really stepped in it: https://wccftech.com/ubisoft-accounts-pc-games-not-eligible-deletion/ -Simpsons Hit and Run fan remake: https://www.ign.com/articles/awesome-looking-the-simpsons-hit-and-run-fan-remake-is-complete-but-it-will-never-be-released -Shoutout to PC Gaming Wiki -Epic Games summer sale is live: https://www.polygon.com/deals/23800725/epic-games-stores-summer-sale-rewards-deals -Blizzard is beginning to thaw (HAR HAR HAR). Overwatch 2 coming to Steam: https://news.blizzard.com/en-us/blizzard/23982127/overwatch-2-coming-to-steam-on-august-10 -Ubisoft throws shade at its own unfinishable games. Star Wars Outlaws news: https://www.ign.com/articles/star-wars-outlaws-devs-promise-it-wont-be-a-300-hour-epic-unfinishable-rpg -AntStream? Never heard of it… but it’s available as a service now on your Xbox! https://kotaku.com/retro-games-arcade-xbox-x-s-antstream-mortal-kombat-1850669127 -“Intimacy Coordinators”? For a video game? ok. https://www.pcgamer.com/baldurs-gate-3-used-intimacy-coordinators-for-sex-scenes-i-never-felt-yuck-in-a-recording-session-at-all-says-actor/ https://www.pcgamer.com/baldurs-gate-3-looks-like-its-gonna-eat-starfields-lunch-when-it-comes-to-romances/
Jul 28, 2023
38 min
Geekshow Helpdesk: Touching Tips
-That didn’t last long Chevy Bolt is back: https://www.engadget.com/gm-says-a-next-gen-chevy-bolt-is-on-the-way-144518735.html -DJI Air 3: https://www.engadget.com/dji-air-3-review-a-high-quality-zoom-adds-new-creative-options-130020261.html -New Sony Earbuds: https://www.whathifi.com/advice/sony-wf-1000xm5-release-date-rumours-potential-price-features-and-spec-leaks -New drug to slow Alzheimer’s progression: https://arstechnica.com/?p=1954453 -Yes, it can always get worse. Twitter is throwing away it’s valuable brand: https://www.engadget.com/elon-musk-is-rebranding-twitter-to-x-and-killing-the-bird-logo-165944573.html?src=rss -Fed launches instant payments service. No more waiting! https://news.slashdot.org/story/23/07/20/1445203/fed-launches-long-awaited-instant-payments-service-modernizing-system?utm_source=rss0.9mainlinkanon&utm_medium=feed -Nissan is the next domino: https://arstechnica.com/?p=1955084 -Electric air taxis are coming! https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/business/2023/07/19/electric-air-taxi-startup-completes-maiden-flight-at-70kph/ -Arc Browser now available for everyonehttps://tech.slashdot.org/story/23/07/25/1914242/the-arc-browser-is-now-available-for-all-ios-and-mac-users?utm_source=rss0.9mainlinkanon&utm_medium=feed -De-extinction Science. Like Jurassic Park https://science.slashdot.org/story/23/07/09/2116236/real-world-jurassic-park-startup-argues-not-de-extincting-animals-would-be-even-scarier -Once more around the toilet bowl. Elon officially changes Twitter’s brand trademark… https://futurism.com/facebook-owns-trademark-x-social-media https://www.engadget.com/twitters-rebrand-to-x-could-worsen-its-legal-and-financial-problems-233914973.html
Jul 27, 2023
59 min
Geekshow Arcade: Microsoft Wins. Again.
-Probably shouldn’t be excited for this but I kind of am: https://www.ign.com/videos/invincible-guarding-the-globe-official-announcement-trailer -For Jarron to cry over: https://www.pcgamer.com/baldurs-gate-3-has-17000-variations-on-its-ending-a-number-that-gives-me-a-headache-just-thinking-about-it/ -Black Panther game announced: https://www.polygon.com/23787530/marvel-black-panther-video-game-ea-cliffhanger-games-announcement -Documents leak for mid-90s Sega: https://games.slashdot.org/story/23/07/06/1334229/mid-1990s-sega-document-leak-shows-how-it-lost-the-second-console-war-to-sony?utm_source=rss0.9mainlinkanon&utm_medium=feed -Preorders are live for Framework’s modular laptop: https://www.engadget.com/you-can-pre-order-frameworks-modular-gaming-laptop-16-today-183702718.html?src=rss -Sony agrees to 10 year CoD deal: https://arstechnica.com/?p=1954258 -PS Plus July Lineup. CoD: Black Ops Cold War; Alan Wake Remastered; Ending - Extinction is forever. Are these good? https://www.engadget.com/playstation-plus-free-july-games-include-cod-black-ops-cold-war-and-alan-wake-remastered-183056964.html -Goodbye Xbox Gold, you were a good friend. https://www.darkhorizons.com/game-pass-core-replacing-xbox-live-gold/
Jul 21, 2023
43 min
Geekshow Helpdesk: Concernispy!
-Aspertame bad?: https://www.cnet.com/health/nutrition/aspartame-diet-sodas-and-cancer-risk-making-sense-of-the-new-who-classification/ -BT audio getting another upgrade: https://www.qualcomm.com/news/releases/2023/06/qualcomm-s3-gen-2-sound-platform-portfolio-extended-to-deliver-b -VanMoof declared bankruptcy: https://slashdot.org/story/23/07/18/099236/vanmoof-the-most-funded-e-bike-company-in-the-world-declared-bankrupt?utm_source=rss0.9mainlinkanon&utm_medium=feed -A competitor is making VanMoof’s software available for customers: https://arstechnica.com/?p=1954394 -Corsair is buying Drop: https://it.slashdot.org/story/23/07/17/168213/corsair-is-buying-mechanical-keyboard-maker-drop?utm_source=rss0.9mainlinkanon&utm_medium=feed -Honor Magic V2 is the thinnest foldable smartphone: https://arstechnica.com/?p=1953631 -Threads usage drops by half: https://tech.slashdot.org/story/23/07/18/003225/threads-usage-drops-by-half-from-initial-surge?utm_source=rss0.9mainlinkanon&utm_medium=feed -TikTok being banned from govt devices? Here’s a compelling argument for that, and maybe the US in general. https://yro.slashdot.org/story/23/07/11/225202/tiktok-executive-admits-australian-users-data-accessed-by-employees-in-china -Remember that book that James shilled so much he bought a random person a copy of it? American Kingpin? Here’s a related followup. https://www.theverge.com/2023/7/11/23791602/silk-road-variety-jones-prison -Threads says it isn’t trying to copy Twitter, but it kinda is… Threads Continues to Copy Twitter's Worst Elements With New Rate Limit Http://gizmodo.com/threads-introduces-new-rate-limits-just-like-twitter-1850650673 -AI in Politcal ADs. Is there a solution? https://gizmodo.com/ron-desantis-unleashes-ai-attack-ad-against-trump-1850650671
Jul 19, 2023
55 min
Geekshow Helpdesk: It’s Got a Vibe
-Chinese Smuggler with NVMEs: https://www.tomshardware.com/news/smuggler-caught-with-420-m2-ssds-strapped-to-his-stomachhttps://www.tomshardware.com/news/smuggler-caught-with-420-m2-ssds-strapped-to-his-stomach -Chinese startup says its batteries charge super fast and have no degradation in the cold: https://www.engadget.com/chinese-startup-says-its-new-ev-battery-doesnt-lose-range-in-the-cold-164149959.html?src=rss -Mercedes is the next domino: https://tech.slashdot.org/story/23/07/07/2113252/mercedes-benz-is-the-first-german-automaker-to-adopt-teslas-ev-charging-standard?utm_source=rss0.9mainlinkanon&utm_medium=feed -Toyota claims technological breakthrough with solid-state batteries: https://hardware.slashdot.org/story/23/07/05/2345213/toyota-claims-solid-state-battery-has-745-mile-range-10-minute-charging-time?utm_source=rss0.9mainlinkanon&utm_medium=feed -Social Media Privacy, how does Threads stack up? https://arstechnica.com/security/2023/07/how-threads-privacy-policy-compares-to-twitters-and-its-rivals/ -Threads hits 100M users in 5 Days: https://gizmodo.com/threads-instagram-100-million-zuckerberg-musk-1850621471 -Hottest day ever: https://www.vox.com/climate/2023/7/5/23784587/hottest-day-heat-wave-recorded-temperature-climate-change
Jul 17, 2023
52 min
Geekshow Arcade: A Trip Down Nostalgia Road
-MS beats Sony! Er, I mean the FTC: https://www.engadget.com/microsofts-activision-acquisition-moves-ahead-as-judge-rejects-ftc-injunction-request-152845890.htmlhttps://www.engadget.com/microsofts-activision-acquisition-moves-ahead-as-judge-rejects-ftc-injunction-request-152845890.html -The UK’s CMA starts to flip flop on the MS + Activision deal: https://www.engadget.com/microsofts-activision-acquisition-moves-ahead-as-judge-rejects-ftc-injunction-request-152845890.html -All the old games are lost: https://kotaku.com/classic-games-history-foundation-preservation-yakuza-1850623857 -Console Countdown (James's Game)
Jul 17, 2023
59 min
Geekshow Arcade: Jarron Teaches Accounting
-Stop requiring online connection on offline play: https://www.engadget.com/diablo-iv-and-other-blizzard-games-are-down-due-to-a-ddos-attack-164231957.html -Whelp, here we go again with google: https://techcrunch.com/2023/06/26/youtube-reportedly-experimenting-with-online-games/?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAAuL6W2c43tZePKNdWeYHg0Wo9wcK8aJSrb1EkUMhwf4GI5mYDt2ARPqhdMUP6KizqyON-VOay6FeedZGbEU-ek6L6FKixrogDjQ4G6H5smIZxWJ-8GjEx3OLRG4IuuH0lW1aiNBq69cOduJBAXrm6yTMvT5iJS7v0ESvFZJZoE6 -Gollum drags Dev into volcano with him: https://www.gamespot.com/articles/gollum-studios-next-lotr-game-canceled-dev-no-longer-making-games-at-all/1100-6515620/ -Apple game porting toolkit is somehow better and worse than expected: https://youtu.be/jTsc_UvlT3E -PlayStation secrets because of a sharpie: https://games.slashdot.org/story/23/06/29/035227/sonys-confidential-playstation-secrets-just-spilled-because-of-a-sharpie?utm_source=rss0.9mainlinkanon&utm_medium=feed -Here’s the next clever anti-cheat method for CoD. Hallucinations. https://www.engadget.com/call-of-duty-is-using-clones-of-real-players-to-mess-with-cheaters-204515183.html -Only Up? Twitch streamers seem to love this game. https://www.polygon.com/23774440/only-up-twitch-tiktok-twitter-climbing-game-influencers-social-media-explainer
Jul 7, 2023
52 min
Geekshow Helpdesk: The O D A
-Musk is really murdering twitter: https://www.ign.com/articles/elon-musk-announces-daily-twitter-limitations-as-thousands-report-problems-seeing-tweets -Does Taurine slow the aging process? https://science.slashdot.org/story/23/06/08/2222201/common-energy-drink-ingredient-taurine-may-slow-aging-process?utm_source=rss0.9mainlinkanon&utm_medium=feed -Humane’s Ai Pin is coming this year: https://www.theverge.com/2023/6/30/23779654/humane-ai-pin-name-launch-date -Meta’s Threads is announced: https://www.engadget.com/metas-threads-app-is-here-to-challenge-twitter-230039730.html?src=rss -New price tag for retrieving martian samples. https://arstechnica.com/space/2023/06/the-mars-sample-return-mission-is-starting-to-give-nasa-sticker-shock/ -Alef Automotive flying car with FAA special clearance. Delivery in 2025 taking pre-orders now. https://news.slashdot.org/story/23/07/03/1926244/flying-car-prototype-gets-airworthiness-certified-by-faa https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QaTwebs5nY -What is Bluesky? Will this be the next Twitter? https://blueskyweb.xyz/blog/5-5-2023-federation-architecture https://blueskyweb.xyz/faq
Jul 6, 2023
57 min
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