This week — nay, month — has already gotten a little intense in the lead-up to Black Friday, with some brands and retailers having launched “preview” sales the first week of November. Sheesh. Anyhow, you’re going to be seeing us pay more attention to price drops going forward, so much so that we thought it was time we created a hub where all of our deals-related posts could be easily discoverable in one place.
I still don’t know what to make of Elon Musk’s latest electric vehicle, but it really rolled out on stage Thursday night looking like… that. Roberto Baldwin’s ridealong showed what it’s like to get inside one, while Elon Musk’s tweets the next day revealed how that window test was supposed to work, and that the Cyberquad zero-emissions ATV will be available as an accessory.
This week, we discuss the uneven launch of Google’s Stadia cloud-based games service. Our senior editor and resident games expert Jessica Conditt joins us to share what she thought of the service, how it fares against Microsoft’s xCloud and what she thinks of streaming games in general. Listen in via SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts or Pocket Casts.
Jabra’s latest true wireless earbuds are significantly smaller and last 2.5 hours longer than 2018’s Elite 65t. These Elite 75t buds also sound better, but they don’t have active noise cancellation or a wireless charging case (yet). If you’re willing to live without those features, then at $180 they’re cheaper than challengers like Apple’s AirPods Pro or Sony’s WF-1000XM3,
The shocking return of Valve’s flagship franchise this week has presented Gordon Freeman fan Nathan Ingraham a roller coaster of emotions. “Half-Life is back… but it’s a prequel… The trailer looks fantastic… but I need to find hundreds of dollars to get a rig so I can play it. I really want to play it, and ultimately, I think I’m going to have to get on board with VR.”
Google promised a lot with its streaming game service, and it delivered on most of it. With Stadia, you can stream and play AAA titles like Destiny 2, Red Dead Redemption 2 and, well, 20 other games. We’ve been playing the new service for a week, and while it all hinges on how fast your home internet works, these games work. Jessica Conditt explains all.
In a new blog post and subsequent profile by Wired, Hans Peter Brondmo, general manager of Alphabet’s X robotics project, explained that engineers are now focusing on the creation of robots that interact with people in meaningful ways and perform useful tasks.
The idea that the functions of the human body can somehow be put on “pause” while life-saving medical procedures are performed (or a person is sent into space, a la Alien) has long seemed untenable — until now. According to New Scientist, doctors have successfully placed humans in suspended animation for the first time, in a trial that could have an enormous influence on the future of emergency-room surgery.
The technique is officially called emergency preservation and resuscitation (EPR) and is being tested at the University of Maryland Medical Center on patients that arrive with acute trauma, such as a stab or gunshot wound. With EPR, the patient is cooled rapidly by replacing their blood with ice-cold saline — the heart stops beating and brain activity almost completely stops. With chemical reactions in cells slowed down, a surgical team has two hours to work on the patient’s injuries before they’re warmed up and their heart is restarted. Full results of the trial are expected to be announced by the end of 2020.
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