Three days before the 24th annual Def Con hacker event, badge designer and builder 1o57 (aka Ryan Clarke) had a problem. "The lion's share of the 20,000 badges showed up this year not programmed," he told Engadget. He gathered up a team and they went into "hell mode" to hand-program blinking pieces of electronic riddled with cryptographic puzzles.
What was going on in the Microsoft Devices Group during the Xbox One's design phase? The 2013 console launched in a hideous state—and I mean that from a purely aesthetic angle. (We could go on about its other launch issues.) The system's staggering size and VCR-like design left a lot to be desired, and the result was an entertainment-center eyesore that was somehow larger than 2005's Xbox 360.
After months of delays, Lenovo's first laptop with an OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screen is now shipping, but it's unclear whether the PC maker will bring out additional OLED models anytime soon.
The ThinkPad X1 Yoga with a 14-inch OLED screen is now shipping for $1,682, which is a premium price compared to the same model with a conventional LED screen, priced at $1,394. Both laptops have Intel Core i5 Skylake processors.
Overnight, the Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi announced that it's jumping into the laptop market with the launch of the definitely-not-MacBook-inspired Mi Notebook Air. For now, the Windows 10 devices only have a release date in China.
If you didn't jump on the VR bandwagon the very second Oculus announced the availability of its $599 (£499) Rift headset back in January, you may have ended up waiting months for your ticket to the virtual world. Now, Oculus says that waiting is over, and the company has cleared out the backlog of pre-orders over the last few months. New Oculus Rift orders are expected to ship within two to four business days, according to an announcement blog post.