Razer wants Switch it up. The maximalist gaming hardware manufacturer announced this week that it is developing a new handheld gaming device with 5G connectivity. The creation is the result of a collaboration between Razer, Verizon and Qualcomm. Verizon Executives announced the partnership at the Mobile World Conference event in Las Vegas, Nevada, this week.
The handheld will be called the Razer Edge 5G, a name that suggests it’s an update to the original Razer Edge which came out in 2013. With this new Edge, users can play mobile games locally and stream console games and cloud games. The device uses 5G connectivity, which will make it more competitive among handhelds. Either way, the device will be up against some big players like the Nintendo Switch, Steam Deck, and even Logitech’s newly announced G Cloud manually operated. That’s a busy market. After all, you can already play mobile games or stream console titles via Xbox and PlayStation online services on your phone. But maybe the trademark of Razer less-than-subtle aesthetic will give it a… head start.
No details on the price or release date have been announced yet. Razer says it will reveal more about the console on October 15. Until then, one can only imagine how bright the RGB lighting will be.
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Intel syncs up
Mac computers have been able to sync with iPhones for years. Now some PCs will be able to do the same.
Intel is coming Unison app will give users access to iPhone and Android mobile operating systems on desktop PCs. The software allows you to text, make phone calls and transfer photos or other files between the devices. For now, Intel’s app is only available on select newer Lenovo, HP, and Acer laptopsthough it could expand to other makes and models next year.
Speaking of Apple…
Apple delays iPhone production
Bloomberg reports Apple is delaying production of its flagship product just a few weeks after announcing the latest crop of iPhones.
Don’t feel too bad for Apple. The company still plans to make and sell about 90 million iPhones this year. It’s a staggering number, and one that’s in line with sales in recent years. Apple just won’t see the increase in sales it was hoping for.
The iPhone 14 rollout has been more subdued than expected, perhaps due to the fact that all new iPhones are starting to feel a bit the same. The iPhone 14 models are good, they’re just nothing special in a long line of iterative updates from a company that has largely figured out how to do the whole “phones” thing pretty well. It looks like from Apple dynamic islandwhile it’s one of the most innovative features to hit the product line in years, it hasn’t enticed as many customers as Apple wanted.
The folks who make smart kitchen technology want you to think all you need is an app-connected gadget to cook better. But being able to tweet from your fridge or use a touchscreen to tweak your toaster isn’t much of a substitute for the old-fashioned practice and patience it takes to make decent food.
This week on WIRED’s gadget lab podcastfood writer and WIRED contributor Joe Ray joins the show to discuss high-tech kitchen gadgets and why the most useful button in the kitchen is your microwave’s “Add 30 Seconds” button.