Friday, May 14, 2021

The morning after – Engadget

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Welcome to 2021! So many things are different this year, but one thing is the same – a new year means it’s almost time for THESE. While this year’s event is held entirely online, we still plan to cover all the news from start to finish.

As we get ready for the show, there are still a few interesting stories to consider, and for those who kick things off with a resolution, Valentina Palladino has some suggestions on technology that can help keep you on track for the next twelve months.

– Richard Lawler

The new generation isn’t just about ray tracing and SSDs.

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A bunch of weird and hopefully wonderful consoles are due out next year. They won’t have the power to match the PS5 or Xbox Series X. Neither will any of them have new launch titles from big publishers like Ubisoft, Capcom, and EA.

Instead, they’ll appeal to people who love retro classics and indie gems as much as the latest blockbuster. The kind that likes to sift through Itch.io and CRT TV listings on eBay. If you fall into that camp, read on for our shortlist of “ alternative consoles ” slated for 2021.
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Answer your questions about the PS5, foldable PCs and more!

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For the final episode of 2020, Cherlynn and Devindra answer a host of listeners’ questions, covering everything from when to buy a PlayStation 5 to the future of foldable PCs. We also take a look back at the best times of tech coverage throughout the year (which mostly involves this podcast). And of course, we can’t help but dream about what we’d like to see in 2021, when society (hopefully) gets back on its feet.

Listen on Apple podcasts, Google podcasts, Spotify, Pocket casts or Stitcher.
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Happy New Year.

OMNY

The New York MTA has completed the rollout of contactless payments at all subway stations and bus lines in the five boroughs. The OMNY (One Metro New York) system allows users to type in and pay fares with smartphones, smartwatches, and contactless credit and debit cards. For now, runners still have the option of using their MetroCards, but that won’t always be the case. MTA plans to completely replace MetroCards with OMNY in 2023.
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