MIDI controller uses mini joysticks for expressive music creation

Dublin-based startup Joyst Instruments is launching a new MIDI controller called the JV-1 next month on Kickstarter that sports a bunch of gamer-style thumb joysticks up top for creating expressive music. Prepare your DAW for battle!

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Sennheiser aims for budget audiophiles with HD 560S headphones

Donning a pair of headphones is great for immersing yourself in music, but you can feel a little closed in after a while. Open-backs allow in more air for a more spacious sound, and Sennheiser has just announced a new pair for budget audiophiles.

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FlexPai 2 is Royole’s new and improved foldable phone

It might not have attracted the same number of headlines as the Samsung Galaxy Fold or the Huawei Mate X, but the Royole FlexPai was the first foldable phone to hit the market towards the end of 2018. Now the Chinese company is back with a sequel.

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Portable guitar interface puts tone-tweaking tools in your pocket

Guitar effects titan Boss has unveiled a personal amp/effects modeling interface for guitar that works with a mobile app to offer powerful tone shaping while learning or jamming with YouTube videos.

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Boundless beauty in the 2020 Astronomy Photographer of the Year awards

This selection of winning shots from the 2020 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest span everything from a gorgeously impressionistic shot of colorful stratospheric clouds, to a surreal snap of a laser homing in on a distant globular cluster.

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Ricoh spin-out Vecnos launches wand-like IQUI 360-degree camera

Back in March, we brought news that Ricoh had spun out its Theta 360-degree camera division into its own entity called Vecnos Inc. Now the first product from that new company is being readied for release, the oddly named IQUI.

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Sony Xperia 5 II focuses on gaming, movies and camera quality

Sony's latest flagship phone is here, the Sony Xperia 5 II. As is usual for Sony, the screen and the camera are the stars of this particular show, though it also comes with plenty of power under the hood and will have a certain appeal for gamers.

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Facebook’s Oculus Quest 2 takes wireless VR to the next level

The original Oculus Quest was a VR game-changer, and the new Quest 2 offers significant upgrades in power, memory, graphics, resolution, framerate and 3D cinematic audio, as well as being smaller and lighter. It's also a heck of a lot cheaper.

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USAF introduces “eSeries” designation for digitally engineered hardware

The US Air Force has announced that it is introducing a new "eSeries" classification for military air and space hardware, indicated by an "e" prefix", that has been digitally engineered and virtually tested before a physical example is ever built.

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PlayStation 5 price and release date finally announced

Sony has finally answered the last lingering questions about the PlayStation 5. After playing coy for months, the company has now revealed the next-generation console’s price, release date, plus a few new games and subscription service features.

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