Review: The Microsoft Pro Intellimouse is a really, really lovely mouse

I know you come to this site for deep, contemplative thought on the technological issues of the day, but sod it: the Microsoft Pro Intellimouse is really bloody lovely, and if you need a new mouse, you should buy this one. Job done. Time to go to the pub? Not quite. I suppose I should delve into why I think the Microsoft Pro Intellimouse is such a stellar peripheral worthy of your hard-earned cash. It’s simple: Microsoft got the fundamentals spot-on It’s time to party like it’s 1996 Microsoft has been involved in the peripheral game for a long time.…

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Duolingo finally adds Arabic to its repertoire

Duolingo’s stable of languages expanded today to include Arabic — both the spoken and written word. With this, Duolingo now teaches five of the world’s most common tongues, and TNW got the chance to look at the course a few days early. We also spoke with some of the people behind the course, who revealed what kinds of stumbling blocks they faced bringing the language to the West. Arabic can be difficult for non-native speakers — I’m not shy to admit I struggle with any language that doesn’t use the Roman alphabet. Babbel rates it as one of the hardest due to the fact that some sounds common in…

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Review: The Roborock S5 robo-vacuum is fast, powerful, and quiet(ish)

Robot vacuum cleaners were, a long time ago, the preserve of the cashed-up early adopter. Back in 2002, if you had deep pockets and wanted to make your gaff look like the set of The Jetsons, you could spend an ungodly amount of money on an iRobot Roomba. Flash forward to 2019, and the robot vacuum cleaner is a lot more competitive – and dare I say, exciting? There’s a lot of competition from upstart brands like Eufy, Neato, and DEEBOT, as well as legacy players like Shark and iRobot. Moreover, robot vacuum cleaners are more capable than ever, both…

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The notchless Meizu 16s is a rock-solid flagship for the budget conscious

It used to be that a mid-range phone would give you, well, a middling performance, but now? Devices like the $599 Meizu 16s show that you can have your cake and eat it. Take that, Marie Antoinette. I’ve been using the Meizu 16s for the past couple of weeks and found it to be a rock solid, feature-rich phone — especially for the price. Is it perfect? No, but it comes pretty close. Let’s start with the basics, what specs does the Meizu 16s have? For the cost (around $600), they’re incredibly impressive: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 mobile platform 3600mAh 24W mCharge…

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