The Morning After: Engadget’s 2021 holiday gift guide


It’s solely a payday (or probably two) away from the holiday season, and with provide difficulties for retailers, producers and everybody in between, it’d pay to get forward of the gang for a few of the most fascinating presents.

While we will’t promise to supply you a PS5 or OLED Switch, we’ve received concepts for the sport streamer, the artistic, the pet dad or mum and extra. Naturally, we’ve received digicam, laptop computer and smartphone shopping for steering, too. We’re Engadget, in any case.

We even have the return of our standard sub-$100 gift picks, together with concepts for that are available in . My choose could be Anker’s tiny Nano II charger. It’s USB-C and prepared for high-speed system charging. If you’ve picked up a brand new cellphone within the final year and a half, you may need missed the in-box charger. This might be sooner at charging than your years-old Apple charging brick.

— Mat Smith

Including an LED mild, small show and Bluetooth digicam management.


You’ve in all probability heard or seen DJI’s gimbals, however rival Zhiyun truly carries extra fashions — notably these designed for mirrorless, DSLR and cinema cameras. Its three-axis , designed for mirrorless cameras, is in regards to the dimension of a water bottle and gives tilt, roll and pan axes, with locks for every. It works with smartphones and, Zhiyun claims, 90 % of mirrorless cameras. It additionally has a quarter-inch adapter, so you’ll be able to join an expert microphone to an growth base and run a second cable to the digicam. It’s now obtainable to order beginning at $369 (£369) for the usual package deal.

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Renewable sources could meet most energy calls for in ‘superior, industrialized nations’.

Wind and solar energy might meet round 85 % of US electrical energy wants, in line with a paper revealed in Nature Communications. Batteries, capability overbuilding and different storage choices might enhance that determine. The report discovered that the majority dependable programs, during which wind energy is prevalent, can meet vitality wants between 72 and 91 % of the time within the international locations they studied, and that is earlier than any storage concerns. Add the capability to retailer as much as 12 hours of vitality, and these renewable vitality sources can meet between 83 and 94 % of hourly vitality wants.

There is a caveat although: The researchers famous even when wind and photo voltaic sources can energy over 90 % of a area’s vitality wants, there would nonetheless be a whole lot of hours per year when demand is not met.

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It’s between a success middle and retailer in Arkansas.


Walmart, working with startup Gatik, has began its totally driverless field truck deliveries between its personal places on a hard and fast seven-mile loop in Bentonville, Arkansas. The route includes negotiating “intersections, traffic lights and merging on dense urban roads,” the businesses mentioned.

The new service is a part of Walmart’s transition to a hub-and-spoke mannequin with warehouses or fulfilment facilities nearer to prospects. This means smaller warehouses, so “there is a growing need for doing repeated trips from the fulfilment centers to the pickup points,” Gatik CEO Gautam Narang advised CNBC.

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You’ll see smaller black bars in your TV throughout IMAX sequences.

You can anticipate to see Shang-Chi and an array of Marvel films in movie-theater type massive IMAX proportions later this week. The 1.90:1 IMAX facet ratio will look as much as 26 % taller than the standard 2.35:1 widescreen format in Marvel movies, so these annoying black bars will nearly disappear when you’re watching scenes shot in IMAX. It’s not correctly IMAX, which is so sq. it has huge black bars on the edges of your TV — see Zack Snyder’s Justice League for the way that goes.

Shang-Chi will come to the service on November twelfth, together with 12 different IMAX-enhanced Marvel films.

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Ryzen chips for we mere commoners must wait.

AMD has unveiled its first processors based mostly on its new Zen 4 structure, they usually promise lots of brawn… at the least for some customers. AnandTech notes AMD has outlined its early Zen 4 roadmap throughout a digital knowledge middle occasion, and the primary two CPU households are Epyc chips, aimed toward servers and different heavy-duty computing duties.

The star of the present could also be Bergamo. It’s designed for cloud computing and emphasizes core density — AMD is promising as much as 128 cores in a single CPU. This beastly chip gained’t seem till the primary half of 2023.

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