The video game Animal Crossing: New Horizons came out for the Nintendo Switch console at the start of the coronavirus lockdown, and has been keeping many gamers occupied and entertained for months on end. The game is about building your own virtual community out of a deserted island, plus utilizing all the home decorations/furniture/tools you can manage! Residents can enjoy a slew of activities like gardening and fossil collecting! The seasons and daytime cycle will even match real life, just like in previous Animal Crossing entries.
The FM Transmitter 2 allows one to send audio from any device with a headphone jack to a nearby stereo system or FM Radio. Some users use the transmitter with TVs, instruments, Echo devices, MP3 players, and more. It sends near-broadcast-quality stereo sound and features a 2-level LED indicator for optimal adjustments. It runs on a pair of AA batteries or an AC adapter and can fit in one's palm. It measures 3" x 3.5" x 1" and weighs 5.8 ounces. The Digital FM Transmitter 2 is also FCC Compliant. FM frequencies range between 88.3 MHz and 107.7 MHz.
Made in Canada, the O2 Curve Mask is a hard-shell mask with a filter inside. The only problem is that it is not a very visually appealing mask, according to Leo. The mask provides respiratory protection with a tight seal and breathable filters. Its filter material removes particulate matter and the edges are medical-grade silicone. The neck strap has a snap-button clip and the ear loops are soft silicone for comfort. The o2 Curve comes in High Bridge or Low Bridge options, and a white shell is included (with black, blue, and red shells available if desired) in the package.
Samsung recently introduced their first ultra short throw laser projector called the Premiere LSP7T and it costs a healthy $3500. It delivers 4K resolution (3840 x 2160) across a 120-inch wide screen area while using 2200 lumens of brightness to project with its UHD Ultra Bright Laser technology. Filmmaker Mode helps with cinematic atmosphere, and The Premiere uses 30 watts of 2.2ch audio built-in for sound. The compact design has a fabric finish and is meant to be placed next to a white wall/screen. It also supports voice control from Bixby and Amazon's Alexa.
The Acer Chromebook Spin 11 is a great productivity tool, especially if you are a newbie to computers and have used Android devices as your phone. The chromebook comes with an Intel Core i5-8350U processor and Intel UHD Graphics 620 shared memory. It measures 17.90 x 12.30 x 2.60 inches and weighs 5 lbs for easy portability. It has 16GB of Memory and 128GB of flash space. The screen measures 13.5 inches and displays 2256 x 1504 pixels.
Lenovo's IdeaPad S145 Laptop is great for school and work productivity. It has a 15.6" HD display and a 0.3MP camera. The processors can include an Intel Pentium Gold 5405U unit or an 8th-gen Intel Core i3-8145U for smooth multitasking. It comes with 8GB DDR4 memory and a 1TB HDD for storage. The laptop keeps things simple and inexpensive with Integrated UHD graphics and a weight of 4.08 lbs. The S145 measures 14.3″ x 9.9″ x 0.8″ and features 2 USB 3.1 ports, a single USB 2.0 port, an HDMI port, a card reader, and headphone/mic support. Lastly, it comes with a 1-year warranty.
Rebranded from Youtube Red, Youtube Premium is a subscription service for $11.99 per month (with a 1-month free trial) that allows you to watch Youtube and listen to Youtube Music ad-free. Videos on Youtube will play uninterrupted and allow for downloading offline. Songs on Youtube Music will also go uninterrupted, providing a smoother listening experience. Youtube Premium works on mobile devices, TVs, and Desktop computers as long as the customer is signed in. For a bit cheaper, you can get Youtube Music Premium only for $9.99/month, which will make just the songs ad-free.
Manjaro is a Linux Distribution, entirely free and open-source and held together by an international team. It is appropriate as a macOS or Windows replacement, available for 64-bit architectures, and prides itself on being suitable for newcomers and experienced users alike. Manjaro supports its users having full control over their computers and allows them to configure various settings via a simple interface. To remain unintrusive, Manjaro does not do hidden updates or automatic restarts; it simply pushes notifications that can be dismissed with "not now" by users.
Synology's DiskStation DS1520+ is a scalable NAS (network-attached storage) product great for IT enthusiasts. It comes with an Intel Celeron J4125 4-core 2.0 GHz CPU, 2 built-in M.2 2280 NVMe SSD slots, 8 GB DDR4 system memory, and Synology SSD Cache technology that allows for an average 19.8% performance boost. The Synology Drive software lets users sync files on-demand, as well as protect files with scheduled backups. The NAS features a USB 3.0 port, an eSATA port, a 1GbE RJ-45 port, fanning, and a Kensington Security Slot.
The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time is a book by author Maria Konnikova (who also wrote The Biggest Bluff) that explores scamming techniques and the psychology involved in playing on victims' confidence/insecurities. It helps to understand how con artists are able to trick so many people in the modern digital world. Many of us and our relatives have fallen for scammers on the web at least once, so we all could use a little insight to prepare for the next attempted manipulation of our minds.