HP’s Alexa-controlled Tango Printer Looks Like a Book

HP has come out with a compact inkjet printer called Tango that they are calling “the world’s first smart home printer.” Not only is it unique because HP also designed it to look like a book, but it comes with Alexa support built in. “Alexa, ask my printer to print my shopping list.”

The HP Tango comes with support for not only Amazon Echo, but also Google Assistant and Microsoft Cortana. That means you can use any of those voice assistants to print. The printer is also connected to the cloud, which allows you to print to it from just about anywhere using the companion HP Smart App – even if you’re not home. It’s even “smart enough” to automatically order new ink for you using the company’s instant ink service.

The HP Tango Smart Home printer measures just 14.8″ x 8.1″ x 3.6″ and weighs 6.8 lbs. The base printer retails for $150, and for an additional $50 you can opt to get the HP Tango X which is designed to look like a book. The Tango X comes with a charcoal linen cover, with optional indigo linen, and cork lined with currant-colored fabric accessories coming soon.

Really, printer designs haven’t innovated much in the past decade. So good for HP for spicing things up a bit. We certainly appreciate how the HP Tango can easily blend in on a bookshelf or a desk. The fact that it’s pretty smart too is icing on the cake.

[via GeekSpin]

Play Floppy Disk Games on Your Smartphone

You can already play classic games on your phone. That’s no big deal. But if you want something closer to an authentic experience, where you play old games on your phone USING A FLOPPY DISK, you are in luck. You can actually do just that, and quite easily if you’ve got an Android phone.

Check out this video by Lazy Game Reviews. It shows how it is done using your phone’s USB port to connect a drive, get it working so the phone can read files. Then you can play old PC games and make the process a bit more archaic.

First transfer all of the files, then load an app like Magic DosBox that lets you run MS-DOS programs on your phone, then boot the game directly from the floppy disk. After that nerd magic, start playing your game. The controls are not ideal, but it’s still pretty cool. I like that this guy has a floppy disk drive with woodgrain on it. He gets extra points for that.

Think of all of the old floppy disks that you have laying around. You can play them all on your phone and relive the old days of PC Gaming on a modern device. Try it for yourself using the video as a guide.

[via Kotaku]

Mini Commodore 64 Gets Another Launch Date

We’ve expected to see the tiny, retro Commodore 64 game console land for us to buy for a while now. We first talked about it back in October 2017 when it was promised for early 2018. That window later turned into March 2018, and still no launch happened. Now the 50% scale Commodore 64 called THEC64 Mini is promised for an October 9, 2018 launch.

The machine will come with a joystick, two USB ports, and the console itself. The USB ports can be used to connect joysticks, a keyboard, perform firmware upgrades, or to load your own software. When you connect a keyboard to one of those ports you can use the console like a home computer with C64 BASIC programming capability.

The system offers 720p HD output via HDMI, but a CRT filter is offered for those who want real old-school graphics. You can also save games, something we would have killed for growing up. There will be 64 games pre-installed on the console including many of the cool ones from back in the ’80s that I wanted so badly. Sadly, I don’t see the flight simulator the kids were always playing in Sears back in the day.

Pricing and retailers aren’t announced for the US yet, but in the past, it was rumored to cost just $69.99. That price, coupled with its new October release date should make this a killer Christmas gift for retro computer and gaming fans.

[via THEC64.com]

Apple Store Robbed Of $27,000 In Products In 30 Seconds

Some criminals don’t care if it is broad daylight, or how many people are around. They just want to steal things. And with the open concept and lack of real security at Apple Stores, I guess it doesn’t matter what time of day it is or how many people are around. An Apple Store was recently robbed of $27,000 worth of products in just 30 seconds. Of course given how expensive Apple’s products can be, that likely just means that someone stole Three iPads and a MacBook Pro.

Seriously though, These thugs made off with a lot of stuff. The robbery happened on July 7 at the Fashion Fair Apple Store in Fresno, California. The robbery was quick. At around 0:26 mark in the video below, the store surveillance captured a group of hooded robbers rushing into the store, where they quickly scooped up laptops and other items from the display tables. By around 0:45 mark, they were out of the door. It was a lightning-quick heist. Well, Apple did make it very easy for them.

It might be a good idea to actually invest in some real store security – at least some locking cables – just in case others try to mimic this crime. The important thing is that no one was hurt. Except for Apple’s pride.

[via Gizmodo]

The Original Macintosh Finder Control Panel, Cross-stitched

I once tried cross-stitching in an art class in school once. I stabbed myself repeatedly in the finger making my DNA part of the project. But if you can avoid the bloody bits, it turns out that cross-stitching is a wonderful way to recreate pixel art. If you worked on an original Macintosh back in your school days, you may recognize this image.

This is the Finder Control Panel from the 1980’s Mac, recreated lovingly in cross-stitch by artist Glenda Adams. This pixel-perfect recreation looks like it was incredibly tedious to make, but it looks amazing. It makes me want to click on all of the little 1-bit icons with my single-button ADB mouse. Check out more pics of Glenda’s amazing Apple creation below:

[via Laughing Squid]

HAL 9000 USB Drive: Open the Drive Bay Doors, HAL

We’re big fans of 2001: A Space Odyssey around here. There isn’t nearly enough 2001 merch available for fans, so when we see something nifty, we’ve gotta post it. This sweet Hal 9000 USB Drive helps to rectify that situation.

Kubrick’s dystopian masterpiece is one of the greatest sci-fi films ever and one of the most influential films in history. Many of the film’s predictions have come to pass in the 50 years since it first hit movie screens, most specifically talking computers that don’t do what you ask them to.

The limited-edition HAL Mini USB drive from Master Replicas Group is a great way to show your love for the murderous computer from the movie. The drive looks just like the face of the HAL 9000 computer from the second act of the film. The red lens that represents HAL’s camera eye lights up on the USB stick, so that is already pretty eerie. I’m really hoping that this USB drive doesn’t go insane like the original HAL. It might just deny you access to your own computer.

“Let me in HAL!”

“I can’t do that, Dave.”

Let’s just hope that this drive is sane. It’s definitely worth buying, but watch it closely. Very closely. I’ll just use it for show. No way am I plugging this thing into my own computer.

This is What a $30,000 Computer Gaming Rig Looks Like

Some people have some crazy computer gaming rigs, but this guy takes the cake. In this recent video, Lewis Hilsenteger of Unbox Therapy demonstrates his crazy computer gaming rig valued at over $30,000. It’s more like bragging. “Look at me, I have a gaming rig that costs more than a car!” Woo-hoo. I’m jealous. Actually, I am.

This rig features “a zero gravity reclining workstation game chair by Imperatorworks, a 43-inch UHD 4K monitor by LG [plus side monitors], a beefed up Xidax desktop gaming PC, and much more.” I also admire his snack and drink station. This is a guy is never gonna game while hungry. RGB everywhere son!

Basically, this is a video of Lewis bragging while playing Fortnight and bragging some more. That’s okay. My gaming rig cost more than a kidney transplant, and is powered by my imagination, so it’s bigger than yours. I can’t even play Fortnight, because the game has to up its specs to be compatible with it. So there.

Seriously though, this rig is pretty cool and I hope he invites me over to play some games before it is obsolete in 3 to 5 years. Anytime is cool actually. I’ll be at the snack and drink station, my friend. No, you play. I’ll watch? Do you have any more kettle chips?

[via Laughing Squid via Geekologie]

Razer Blade Stealth Review: Ultragood Ultrabook

Over the years, laptops have kept getting lighter, more powerful, and sleeker. Among the leaders of the ultrabooks on the market is Razer, with their Razer Blade Stealth. Keep in mind that unlike some of the more heavy duty laptops that bear the Razer badge, this one isn’t really for serious gaming – at least not without additional hardware which I’ll tell you about later. On the other hand, this svelte computer weighs in at under 3 pounds, and is still powerful and fast enough to handle all your everyday tasks for work, school, hobbies, and casual gaming.

The latest Razer Blade Stealth features a sleek and minimal design, measuring just a hair over 0.5″ thick at the hinged edge. At least from the surfaces that I can see, build quality is excellent as well. It packs a 13.3″ touchscreen display, running at a native 3200 x 1800 resolution, resulting in incredibly crisp and vibrant images, and the ability to easily work with multiple windows or gigantic spreadsheets with lots of columns and rows.

The system is available with either a 7th-gen Core i7-7500 U dual-core CPU, or an 8th-gen Core i7-8550U quad-core CPU. My review unit came with the dual-core processor, which is reasonably fast for everyday tasks. It managed to turn in a respectable Geekbench multi-core score of 7098, and an OpenCL Compute score of 20928. However, its on-board Intel UHD Graphics 620 GPU isn’t anything special, with a respectable 3DMark Cloud Gate score of 6820, but an anemic 3DMark score of just 393 on the intense Time Spy 1.0 benchmark.

There’s 16GB of dual-channel DDR3 RAM built in, but sadly no ability to upgrade beyond that. Still, that’s plenty for all but the most memory intensive tasks. For super-fast drive and device connectivity up to 40 Gbps, there’s a built-in USB-C port with Thunderbolt 3 support, which can also be used to connect the optional ($499.99) Razer Core V2, which provides the laptop with support for high-end desktop video cards from AMD and Nvidia, so you can play all those graphics-intensive games the on-board GPU can’t handle.

Unlike Apple’s recent MacBooks, which require an external dock for other connectors besides USB-C, the Razer Blade Stealth has USB 3.0 ports on both the left and right sides, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a full-size HDMI port. Its wireless connectivity supports 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.1. I was able to enjoy about 400 Mbps of my Gigabit internet connection via its Wi-Fi connection – that’s better than most other laptops, tablets, and smartphones I’ve tested here on my Wi-Fi router.

Razer offers the Blade Stealth in either a gunmetal grey body like the one shown here, or in black with an illuminated Razer logo on its lid. The gunmetal version comes with a bright white backlit keyboard, while the black version packs a programmable full-color Razer Chroma keyboard. However, the minimum config of the black model comes with the more expensive and faster quad-core CPU as well. I found the keyboard to be quite impressive – offering good feedback and fast typing without being cramped for my big fingers. Flanking the keyboard are two impressively loud vertical speakers which offer good stereo separation due to their smart placement.

One thing I really like about the Blade Stealth is its power pack, which is more like the size of an oversize lipstick case than a traditional, heavy power brick. This keeps it easy to travel with, and adds minimal weight to your bag when you hit the road. Given its size and weight, the Blade Stealth offers good battery life too – turning in just a little under 9 hours on a charge with typical usage.

The starting price for this year’s Razer Blade Stealth is $1199.99 for a dual-core i7-7500U with 256GB SSD, topping out at $1999.99 with the quad-core i7-8550U and a 1TB SSD. If you purchase by 5/27/18, there’s a $100 instant savings available off of those prices. Right now, Razer is also offering buyers $600 worth of great software including PaintShop Pro X9, VideoStudio Pro X10, FL Studio, Cuphead, Warhammer II, H1Z1, Goat Punks, and more.

In conclusion, the latest Razer Blade Stealth is a well-built, good looking ultrabook with great design, a razor-sharp display, above average connectivity, a good keyboard, and a zippy CPU. Plus, it’s got the ability to become a serious gaming machine if you connect the Razer Core V2 and a good graphics card.

This Keyboard Combines Retro Design with Modern Improvements

If you write a lot on your computer or laptop, there may come a time when you feel nostalgic for the days of typewriters. The retro design, the satisfying clicks they make… Now, you can get a keyboard that has that typewriter look and feel, but with upgrades that make it perfectly modern. The Lofree Four Seasons Wireless Mechanical Keyboard blends retro style with modern tech.

While this keyboard may look like a typewriter, it actually has some ergonomic upgrades that make it easier to use. For example, the large keys and improved layout make for less forceful typing, which is easier on your joints.

Lofree’s keyboard offers a 79-key layout, Bluetooth wireless connectivity, and is also crisply backlit, so you can use it in the dark without straining to see the keys. The keys are high-quality Gateron Blue switches, which offer satisfying tactile feedback, while requiring only light pressure to activate. It’s also available in four different color schemes, each reflecting one of the four seasons.

The Lofree Four Seasons Wireless Mechanical Keyboard was recently funded on Indiegogo, and has already gone into production, with the first models shipping late this May. You can pre-order yours now from the Technabob Shop for $99.99 – a $30 savings off the MSRP.