You should buy Splendor

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I don’t usually flog a seven-year-old board game on here but if you love board games go buy Splendor. The game is akin to a fast-paced trading card game like Magic or, more closely, Dominion, and it’s truly a blast.

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Is Google kidding us with this headphone jack shit?

I realize that by reposting this video I’m playing into their marketing plan but seriously? Look, I love me a headphone jack as much as the next guy. Big fan of them on my Switch, my handheld retro devices, and my laptop. But at this point if I can get my phone thinner and my battery bigger, you can take away the damn microphone in my next iPhone. This is disingenuous and honestly a little unsavory.

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Inside the Playdate handheld game console

Our buddies at iFixIt have torn down the Playdate, a handheld gaming console designed for, well, maximum tinkering. The console itself is a cute little Gameboy-style console designed for maximum fun. It even has a little crank on the side to do… something! Game makers can use it in their games to add clever features.

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Researchers create a 3D-printed Coronavirus sensor

A new, 3D-printed microscope could help doctors sense COVID-19 in a drop of blood.

The macine, created at the Optical Sensing and Imaging Systems Lab at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, the system uses a 3D-printed body and a simple camera to analyse blood. The important part, however, is the machine-learning tech that can find COVID-19 viruses in a small sample of blood.

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In Review: The Brooks Aurora

I’m a sucker for a wild shoe. I was running in the Vibram Five Fingers – those ugly toe shoes – for a year before Silicon Valley weirdos started wearing them and I loved those crazy Adidas Springblade shoes. I’ve always been a heavier guy but I never let that stop me from trying either the smallest amount of sole padding or, in this case, the absolute most.

So when I saw the Brooks Aurora, I knew I needed to give them a try.

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In Review: Dream Arcades Magic Arcade

I’m in love. The Dream Arcades Magic Arcade is that good. It’s a $999 DIY arcade cabinet with two controllers and a rollerball that can play any game ever, within reason. It is a font of joy, a source of fun, and it’s a great product from folks who have been building these things for years.

Yeah. You can say I’m stoked.

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