Elon Musk’s start-up Neuralink, founded in 2016, wants to connect your brain directly to computers. How does it work? It involves drilling holes into the brain with a custom machine to embed thin threads that connect to a tiny processor, which communicates with a smartphone over Bluetooth, and as more people sign up, the installation process will be as quick and painless as Lasik eye surgery. Musk wants to have its first human patient equipped with the technology before the end of 2020 after FDA approval. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
The Apple-1 was released in 1976 and hand-built by Steve Wozniak. It was the Apple’s first product, and as many of you already know, Steve Jobs sold his VW microbus for a few hundred dollars to finance its creation while Steve Wozniak parted with his HP-65 calculator for $500. The computer was demonstrated in July 1976 at the Homebrew Computer Club in Palo Alto, California. If you’ve always wanted an original Apple-1 manual, now is your chance, as one of them has headed to auction. Featuring 12 pages (8.5 x 11) and Apple’s original logo on the front cover, designed by third Apple co-founder Ron Wayne and showing Isaac Newton thoughtfully seated beneath a tree, with a shining apple dangling overhead. Read more for a video, additional pages from the manual and a link to the auction.
AMD announced that its slashing the prices of their new RX 5700 Series video cards ahead of their official release on July 7. They include the 50th Anniversary Edition AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card ($449), Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics card ($399), and Radeon RX 5700 graphics card ($349). This means that the RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT will be competing directly with the NVIDIA RTX 2060 ($349) and RTX Super ($399) GPUs. Many early benchmarks have NVIDIA’s RTX 2060 Super competing neck-and-neck with AMD’s RTX 5700 XT. Read more for a video and additional information.
Samsung’s 512GB MicroSDXC EVO Select Card ensures you never run out of space again on your mobile devices, and it’s being offered for only $99.99 shipped today. UHS Speed Class U3 and Class 10 means you’ll get up to 100MB/s read and 90MB/s write speeds, making it ideal for 4K UHD video recording, high-resolution photos, gaming, as well as music. The included SD card adapter means it’s compatible with an even wider range of devices, including laptops. Product page. Read more for an unboxing video and additional information.
SanDisk’s 200GB Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Memory Card works on mobile phones, tablets, cameras, and portable game consoles, all for $24, today only, originally $32.49. Offering up to 100MB/s transfer read speed, which means you can transfer up to 1000 photos in just one minute, while A1-rated performance lets you load apps / games much faster than traditional memory cards. The Class 10 rating is perfect for Full HD video recording and playback when used in cameras. Product page. Read more for a video showing how to use it in the Nintendo Switch.
The Raspberry Pi 3 is still widely used in DIY computer builds, but its followup,the Raspberry Pi 4, has just been announced. Featuring a Broadcom BCM2711 SoC (quad-core Cortex-A72 @ 1.5GHz), 500MHz VideoCore VI GPU, up to 4GB of RAM, two HDMI ports (micro HDMI format), a 2-lane MIPI DSI display port, a 2-lane MIPI CSI camera port, Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, USB Type-C power port, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, and microSD storage. It’s available now configured with either 1GB ($35), 2GB (45), or 4GB ($55) of RAM. Read more for a hands-on video, additional pictures and information.
Western Digital’s 4TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive has enough storage space for all of your media files, and it’s being offered for just $89.99 shipped, today only, originally $139.99. It offers USB 3.0 as well as USB 2.0 backwards compatibility, which means fast data transfers regardless of your system. Measuring in at just 4.4 x 3.2 x 0.8 inches, this drive is small enough to slip in a pocket or any bag for use on-the-go. Plus, it’s PS4 / Xbox One compatible, so just plug the drive in and you’re ready to go. Product page.
Apple unveiled the new Mac Pro at WWDC 2019 earlier this month, and ever since that time, people have been comparing its design to a cheese grater, and rightfully so. Aerospace enthusiast and maker Winston Moy wanted to see just how an Apple cheese grater would perform if they ever made one, so he fired up the CNC machine create his very own replica. Does it do a good job? Let’s just say that Apple should stick with electronics. Read more for the video and additional information.
Logitech’s MX Master Wireless Mouse has been touted as best in its class, and you can pick one up for just $47 shipped, today only, originally $99.99. This device boasts comfortable hand-sculpted contour, a Smart speed-adaptive scroll wheel, unique thumbwheel for side-to-side scrolling, a dark field sensor for flawless tracking, and a rechargeable battery with up to 40 days battery life. Product page. Read more for another video review and additional information.
Seagate’s Backup Plus Slim 2TB Portable Hard Drive is compatible with OS X, Windows, PS4 platforms, all for $62.28 shipped, today only, originally $109.99. The perfect compliment to personal aesthetic, this portable external hard drive sports s a minimalist metal enclosure and quick plug-and-play connectivity with the included USB 3.0 cable. Adding extra protection to files is practically effortless – just back up with a single click or schedule automatic daily, weekly, or monthly backups. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.