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EngadgetJun 18, 2024
Amazon Prime Day 2024: The best deals to shop ahead of Prime Day and everything to know about the sale in July
This year's Amazon Prime Day is coming soon, so it's a good time to start thinking about the things you'll want to look for once the deal wave hits. Everything from gadgets to clothes to household necessities will be on sale during the event, and if you're a Prime member, you'll have access to all of the deals. Engadget will be surfacing all of the best tech deals we can find - both on Amazon and elsewhere - but there are some important things to know ahead of time so you can get exactly what you want out of this year's Prime Day.

PC World Latest NewsJun 18, 2024
Score the single best charger for iPhones for just $13

We've done a deep-dive analysis of the secret to buying the best iPhone 15 USB-C charger, and our own Gordon Ung concluded: "Just buy this Anker 511 GaN charger that's tiny and can charge your phone at its maximum rate. I'm a big fan of [it] … and have personally purchased at least four of them for personal use and ‘loans' to family members."

Gordon further explains that the Anker 511 Nano 3 is the size of Apple's original 5-watt USB-A charger but can supply up to 30 watts over USB-C. Plus, it has those folding prongs that make it easy to pack away and prevent it from accidentally breaking.

The Anker 511 Nano 3 harnesses the power of GaN technology, which means it can deliver high-speed charging in an ultra-compact form.

And while this is our absolute favorite charger for iPhones, it's also really good for other devices, including laptops, Android phones, tablets, and almost anything else you'd need to charge.

It's a clear winner, no contest. And given that the Anker 511 Nano 3 GaN charger is only $13 right now, you owe it to yourself to grab one of these while it's still available at its best price.

EngadgetJun 18, 2024
The Dragon Quest 3 HD-2D Remake arrives on November 14
Square-Enix's old-meets-new reworking of Dragon Quest III arrives on November 14 on Switch. In addition, the HD-2D remake will be joined next year by reissues of its two predecessors in the trilogy, Dragon Quest I and Dragon Quest II, using the same innovative engine. The announcements came in Tuesday's Nintendo Direct, which also brought news of The Legend of Zelda: Echoes of Wisdom, Metroid Prime 4 and Donkey Kong Country Returns.

The Dragon Quest III HD-2D Remake trailer and screenshots showcase the game engine's marvels, combining 16-bit-style sprites and textures with modern environmental effects. The engine stays true to vintage games' original look and feel but uses modern touches to make them prettier. Square-Enix has already used the tech in Octopath Traveller and its sequel, along with Triangle Strategy, the

PC World Latest NewsJun 18, 2024
Everything you need to know to buy a printer that doesn't suck

It is much better to ask yourself a few questions about your future printer model before making a purchase. The more precise your answers are, the better the output device will ultimately suit your application scenario.

It's worth the effort when you consider that a well-chosen printer will usually serve you for several years without complaint.

The focus here is not so much on output quality. After all, there is no such thing as a really bad printer these days. The printing units in all printer classes are too sophisticated for that. Bad purchases are more likely to be caused by the wrong choice of printing technology, a lack of features or excessive follow-up costs.

What do you need: Printer or multifunctional device? The first decision before buying a printer is simple:

Do you only want to print or should the new purchase also be able to make copies and scans?

In the first case, a pure printer (single function) will suffice. In the second case, you should focus on a multifunction device. Then ask yourself whether you need a fax or not. This allows you to quickly rule out certain device series.

EngadgetJun 18, 2024
The Morning After: US Surgeon General says social media needs warning labels like cigarettes
The US Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, says social media should come with warning labels, writing in The New York Times that social media is an "important contributor" to the teen mental health crisis. Last year, he issued an advisory making similar arguments, saying social media posed a "profound risk" to teen mental health. In his latest op-ed, Murthy cited a study showing higher social media use was associated with an increased risk of anxiety and depression, as well as a survey where almost half of teens reported "social media makes them feel worse about their bodies."

He also noted warning labels alone wouldn't make social media safer — I mean, people still smoke — but would help better inform everyone. "There is no seatbelt for parents to click, no helmet to snap in place… there are just parents and their children, trying to figure it out on their own, pitted against some of the best product engineers and most well-resourced companies in the world."

He'll need support from Congress to make this happen, however. Cooperation in US politics has not been common this decade. However, there has been recent bipartisan support to curtail tech companies' powers — look at the TikTok saga.

— Mat Smith

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