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I’ve been obsessed with Balmuda’s fancy toaster for years. As some readers may know, I was living in Japan while working for Engadget, and browsing electronics stores like Yodobashi Camera and Yamada Denki, admiring the top-notch cameras, weird 3DS games that would never make it. West. and touring floors upon floors of household appliances and gadgets. There are entire floors of stores dedicated to rice cookers, kettles and the rest. And it is unbelievable.
Balmuda’s premium toaster oven was the pinnacle, however. Fortunately, the company’s steam toaster has arrived in the United States in recent years and now, for $ 329, you can have the fluffiest slices of toast you can imagine. But for those in Japan, Balmuda has now announced its very first smartphone.

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It’s a small device with a 4.9 inch Full HD display. The company has partnered with Kyocera to make the Android device, which features 5G and wireless charging. It comes with a 48-megapixel rear camera, an 8-megapixel front camera, and a fingerprint sensor. The Balmuda phone is powered by a Snapdragon 765 processor and, as you can tell, the device packs in relatively mid-weight specs. The company may be banking on its premium status to convince smartphone buyers.

At this time, the company has no plans to release the phone outside of Japan.

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The new guitar is for young musicians.

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Fender’s acoustic-electric hybrid guitars are technical marvels – with a price tag that reflects that. Now the instrument brand has unveiled its $ 1,200 Telecaster Acoustic Player with a simpler design with a three-way voice selector (compared to five on other models) and a mix button.

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And yet, Gmail and Hangouts were working fine, ugh.

A Google Cloud networking issue took down a handful of important websites last night, including Spotify, Snapchat, Etsy, and Discord. As a coworker put it, “Annoyed that my fun stuff is down, but Slack miraculously stays put just like other work stuff. Google announced that the issue was partially resolved at 1:17 p.m. ET, but a full fix did not take place until around 3:15 p.m. ET. Google said it would “publish an analysis of this incident once we have completed our internal investigation.”

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A new report says Kotick had known about the company’s sexual harassment issues for years.

Activision Blizzard employees are demanding the resignation of CEO Bobby Kotick following new revelations about the role he may have played in creating the toxic work culture that has bogged down the company. A le journal Wall Street The report described Kotick’s handling of the sexual harassment lawsuit filed by the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). The newspaper claimed that Kotick was not only aware of many of the worst cases of abuse at the company, but in some cases he may also have acted to protect employees accused of harassment.

“We have instituted our own zero tolerance policy,” Activision employee advocacy group Blizzard A Better ABK said on Twitter after the report was released. “We will not be silenced until Bobby Kotick is replaced as CEO and will continue to uphold our initial request for third party review by a source chosen by employees. “

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The update is now more widely available.

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After slowly rolling out its operating system update to the most powerful (and up-to-date) PCs, Microsoft is ramping up the rollout of Windows 11, making it more widely available. Provided your system is running Windows 10 or later version 2004 or later and you have recently installed the September 14, 2021 servicing update released by Microsoft, you can now upgrade directly to Windows 11. When Microsoft released for the first time the new operating system was on Oct 4, the company said it is expected to offer the upgrade to all eligible devices by mid-2022.

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It will feature a library of ultra high definition nature documentary videos.

Roku’s has added its first 8K premium channel to its platform: The Explorers. The only 8K Roku TVs on the market today are from TCL, in 65 and 75 inch formats. TCL first introduced television at CES, and would you know, the next CES is just around the corner. I’m sure there are more 8K TVs waiting to be revealed in January.

Ultra-high-definition premium content from The Explorers (which also offers free content through its channel) will typically cost $ 3 / month. A tenth of these costs will be donated to The Explorers Foundation, which aims to preserve biodiversity. The channel will also offer 8K content at a time when this is still scarce. YouTube remains the primary place for 8K footage.

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