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Apr 03, 2020

'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare' multiplayer is free this weekend
Smitten by Call of Duty: Warzone, but not sure if the rebooted Modern Warfare is worth the price of admission? Good news: for three days, the multiplayer portion of Infinity Ward's latest shooter is going free-to-play. Download Warzone (if you haven'...

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Apr 03, 2020

Instacart will provide shoppers with free masks and hand sanitizers
Instacart will start distributing free health and safety kit to its full-service shoppers next week. The move likely comes as a response to the walkout workers staged a few days ago to protest the company's inadequate safety measures against the...

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Apr 03, 2020

Tesla reports best ever first quarter production and delivery numbers
Tesla has announced a record-breaking quarter for the company when it comes to vehicle production and delivery. The automaker manufactured 102,672 and delivered 88,400 vehicles in the first quarter of 2020 ending on March 31st. Tesla called these res...

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Apr 02, 2020

'iPhone SE 2020' rumored to launch soon
Especially because it seems like high-end phones are getting bigger and more expensive, there's been a lot of interest in rumors over the last year or so that Apple will release another value-priced model. The iPhone SE provided strong performanc...

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Apr 02, 2020

Honda will build two EVs based on GM battery technology
Honda will launch two new EVs for model year 2024 in the US and Canada, and they'll both be based on GM's EV platform. According to GM EVP Doug Parks, the automakers have teamed up to achieve an "all-electric future" and to deliver...

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Apr 02, 2020

Apple hints at item-tracking AirTags in support video
You don't have to rely on rumors or buried code to know that Apple is working on a tracking tag -- the company has inadvertently spoiled its plans. Appleosophy spotted an Apple support video (unsurprisingly removed) that hints at offline Find My...

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Apr 02, 2020

HBO's free streaming includes 'The Wire' and its Theranos documentary
As efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus by encouraging social distancing stretch into another week, HBO has opened up its library for some free viewing. Not everything is available -- non-subscribers can't catch up on Game of Thrones yet --...

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Apr 02, 2020

‘Apex Legends' brings back duos and Kings Canyon permanently
The next Apex Legends event is about to get underway and while that might only last for a few weeks, Respawn is bringing back a couple of key features on a permanent basis. The original Kings Canyon map will join the current World's Edge arena on...

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Apr 02, 2020

Apex Legends' brings back duos and Kings Canyon permanently
The next Apex Legends event is about to get underway and while that might only last for a few weeks, Respawn is bringing back a couple of key features on a permanent basis. The original Kings Canyon map will join the current World's Edge arena on...

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Apr 02, 2020

NASA's iconic 'worm' logo will adorn the Falcon 9 Crew Dragon rocket
When Space X's Crew Dragon craft carries its first complement of astronauts to the International Space Station later this year, it will do so with NASA's iconic "worm" logo emblazoned on the side of its Falcon 9 rocket. NASA administrator Jim Bridens...

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Apr 02, 2020

Amazon will stream SXSW Film Festival selections for free for 10 days
SXSW was cancelled this year due to COVID-19, but that isn't stopping organizers from offering a taste of what the Austin event would have offered. They're partnering with Amazon on an SXSW Film Festival Collection that will stream movies from the fe...

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Apr 02, 2020

Sony indefinitely delays ‘The Last of Us Part II'
Naughty Dog has just about finished work on The Last Of Us Part II. It's taking care of the last few bugs and then the long-awaited sequel should be all set. However, Sony has delayed the game for a second time. It's pushing back the release...

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Apr 02, 2020

Twitch is making games viewers and streamers can play together
Gaming on Twitch is largely a one-way affair. You can join a Marbles on Stream race or play a slightly delayed Jackbox Party Pack game, but the service is largely meant for passive viewing. Amazon aims to fix that before long, however. The company...

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Apr 02, 2020

Amazon's latest Blink camera costs just $35
Amazon's Blink is known for making affordable, easy-to-install cameras like the XT2. Its latest camera continues the trend. At $35, the Blink Mini is Blink's most affordable product at the moment and a close competitor to devices like the Wyze Cam Pa...

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Apr 02, 2020

‘Fallout 76' will be free on Steam if you already bought it for PC
Bethesda's Fallout 76 was met with a tepid response, but people are still playing it. More gamers will likely join the open-world multiplayer title when it comes to Steam on April 14th, along with the Wastelanders update. If you already bought Fallou...

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Apr 02, 2020

The comic industry would rather grind to a halt than go digital
Wednesday is usually New Comic Book Day but, with everyone on lockdown due to coronavirus, this week's selection was a little light. The main distributor, Diamond, ceased shipments both to and from its warehouse — a seemingly logical move given that...

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Apr 02, 2020

New York finally legalizes e-bikes and e-scooters statewide
Electric bikes and scooters are finally legal in New York. The state's tentative budget agreement for fiscal year 2020 includes language that authorizes pedal-assist bikes, throttle-powered bikes and electric scooters. This change has been years in t...

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Apr 02, 2020

My love/hate relationship with streaming movies early at home
The Invisible Man is one of the best thrillers of the last few years -- and it was also the last film I had the privilege of seeing in theaters before the coronavirus pandemic practically outlawed public gatherings of any kind. Now that cinemas are c...

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Apr 02, 2020

Google invests $6.5 million to fight coronavirus-related misinformation
When it comes to a potentially deadly respiratory disease like COVID-19, accurate and reliable information can be the difference between life and death. To that end, Google says it will provide $6.5 million in funding to organizations combating misin...

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Apr 02, 2020

Roland's Zenbeats music production app is currently free
All sorts of companies have been giving away their apps for free or offering extensive free trials so that everyone stuck inside during the coronavirus pandemic can learn new skills or get inspired. Roland -- creators of iconic synthesizers and guita...

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Apr 02, 2020

Musicians can power their Twitch streams with Dolby audio on iOS
With their touring schedules on hold for the time being, many musicians are turning to Twitch to stream gigs from home and try to make a living. While they might have all the recording gear and instruments they need, they might not necessarily have a...

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Apr 02, 2020

Amazon responds to backlash with increased protection for workers
Early this week, workers from Amazon, Whole Foods and Instacart walked off the job to protest what they say is a lack of protections against COVID-19. Now, Amazon is sharing its plans to increase employee temperature checks and provide surgical masks...

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Apr 02, 2020

T-Mobile family plans will include Quibi free for one year
Just yesterday, T-Mobile finally completed its Sprint merger. Today, it has more big news. When Quibi launches on April 6th, T-Mobile customers on the Magenta family plan will get a free year of the mobile-first video service. After a year of both fr...

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Apr 02, 2020

‘Sea of Thieves' is coming to Steam with crossplay
Microsoft's buccaneering simulator, Sea of Thieves, already has 10 million players on Xbox One and Windows 10. The company announced that the game is coming soon to Steam, adding to an already large stable of Microsoft games on Valve's platfo...

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Apr 02, 2020

Is the NookPhone good or bad for your Animal Crossing island?
No, you're not hallucinating and this isn't a late April Fool's joke. That is in fact, the NookPhone from Animal Crossing: New Horizons at the top of this post. It's safe to say that the game has really taken off in the two weeks sinc...

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Apr 02, 2020

‘The Complex' is almost a good FMV game
There are countless examples of the real world intruding on art, making something that was fine a day ago a grisly mistake now. The pilot episode of X-Files spin-off The Lone Gunmen, which aired six months before 9/11, featured a terrorist plan to fl...

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Apr 02, 2020

Google donates Chromebooks and WiFi hotspots to California students
To help students keep up with their studies during the coronavirus pandemic, Google will donate 4,000 Chromebooks and 100,000 WiFi hotspots to households in California. Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the initiative in a tweet on Wedn...

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Apr 02, 2020

Facebook debuts standalone Messenger app on Mac and PC
Today, Facebook is bringing its Messenger app to desktop. You can now access Messenger -- including unlimited and free group video calls -- on MacOS and Windows. The desktop app will sync across mobile, offer notifications for new messages and suppor...

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Apr 02, 2020

Peloton's workout app is now available on Android TV
Peloton might be best known for its connected exercise equipment (and that questionable TV ad), but it also produces a range of instructor-led workouts that can be done at home with no equipment at all. And from today, you'll be able to access th...

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Apr 02, 2020

NBC Sports will air IndyCar's second virtual race on April 4th
Another live esports event will air on TV this Saturday -- something we might have to get used to now that people are glued to their screens even more than usual due to the coronavirus pandemic. The second round of the IndyCar iRacing Challenge, an o...

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Apr 02, 2020

Nikon is streaming online photography courses for free this month
You might not be able to go out and shoot photos because of the coronavirus lockdown, but at least you can buff up your skills. Nikon USA is offering 10 classes from the its online school for free during the month of April. "Nikon's mission...

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Apr 02, 2020

Google's AI can replicate your photos in the style of iconic paintings
There are loads of apps out there that use filters to turn your photos into works of art. You can give your selfie a delicate watercolor feel, for example, or ramp up the colors and composition to create a frenzied portrait of your pet. Now, thanks t...

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Apr 02, 2020

The Morning After: Intel's 10th gen mobile CPUs cross the 5GHz barrier
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. The coronavirus has caused an unprecedented shift of people working, learning and socializing from inside their homes, and Zoom has been there to take advantage. The group conferencing app is connecting people f...

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Apr 02, 2020

Sonos has a big sale on its Beam, One and One SL speakers
Sonos is currently offering a decent $50 off a number of its speakers, taking them down to some of the lowest prices we've seen since Black Friday. The Sonos Beam, Sonos One and Sonos One SL are all reduced, and with Sonos offering free shipping...

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Apr 02, 2020

NASA successfully deploys the James Webb Telescope's enormous mirror
The huge mirror of NASA's James Webb Space Telescope -- its successor to Hubble -- has been successfully tested for the first time, putting it one step closer to its eventual launch, which is slated for 2021. Like Hubble -- which has long outlive...

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Apr 02, 2020

Zoom vows to win back user trust with extensive security review
Zoom has promised to deal with privacy issues exposed by consumers and security experts since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. In a blog post, Zoom CEO Eric S. Yuan said the company will dedicate all of its engineering resources to fixing its &...

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Apr 02, 2020

FTC sues to unwind Marlboro owner's $12.8 billion Juul investment
While e-cigarettes may have been quickly replaced in headlines by a new threat to public health, it appears the government has not forgotten about vaping. However, this time the news isn't about banning flavored pods or raising the legal age, ins...

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Apr 02, 2020

Gigabyte's Aero 17 has a 4K HDR display and Intel's 8-core i9 CPU
Gigabyte has launched its latest lineup of Aero laptops for creators, and its latest 17-inch model has some nice features if you're into HDR. First off, both the new 15- and 17-inch models look considerably more powerful than the last models. The...

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Apr 02, 2020

Razer's Blade 15 packs an 8-core Intel CPU and RTX 2080 Super
Razer has unveiled the 2020 Blade 15 Advanced with more gaming and content creation power, along with one long overdue addition. To start with, the Advanced model is the first Razer Blade with an 8-core CPU, namely the 10th-generation Intel Core i7-1...

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Apr 02, 2020

Lenovo's latest gaming laptops pack more efficient NVIDIA graphics
Lenovo is leaping quickly on the latest NVIDIA and Intel technology for its gaming laptops. It's introducing Legion 5i and Legion 7i portables (successors to the Y540 and Y740 respectively) that, most notably, are among the first to use NVIDIA...

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Apr 02, 2020

Intel's 10th-gen H-series laptop CPUs reach 5.3GHz
Just like Intel said at CES, it's crossed the 5GHz barrier with its new H-series 10th generation notebook CPUs. And you won't need to shell out for the top-of-the-line Core i9 to do it: The new six and eight-core i7 processors reach up to 5.1...

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Apr 02, 2020

NVIDIA's RTX Super GPUs arrive on laptops
NVIDIA has launched its latest Max-Q GPU refresh with new hardware like the RTX 2080 Super Max-Q GPU and upgraded features as well. As with the desktop hardware, the new products will offer a modest boost to gaming and content creation performance. H...

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Apr 02, 2020

ASUS adds new Intel chips to its Zephyrus gaming laptops
ASUS has refreshed its line of gaming laptops with new 10th Generation Intel Core processors, NVIDIA RTX 2070/2080 Super graphics and a bunch of other features designed to make gaming and content creation slicker and smoother. First up, the new Zephy...

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Apr 02, 2020

ASUS' ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 is a gaming laptop with a built-in second screen
ASUS has been pushing laptops with second screens for a couple of years now, but it's still searching for a winning formula. Last year's ZenBook Pro Duo pushed the keyboard down to the edge of the laptop's body, with the rest of the surfa...

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Apr 02, 2020

Acer gaming laptops add RTX Super graphics and 10th-gen Intel CPUs
Acer is joining a flurry of PC makers in adopting the next wave of NVIDIA and Intel chips inside its laptops. It's updating its 15.6-inch Predator Triton 500 (above) and Nitro 5 (below) gaming portables to use NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX Super l...

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Apr 01, 2020

FCC vote on 6 GHz WiFi will take place April 23rd
On April 23rd, the Federal Communications Commission will vote on whether to allow WiFi devices to access the 6 GHz band. The band is currently being used by companies like broadcast firms and utilities to beam video signals and monitor electric grid...

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Apr 01, 2020

Nextdoor allows businesses to reach out about pandemic relief efforts
Facebook isn't the only site that added ways for people to help out their community during the pandemic. Nextdoor is doing the same thing, with several new updates that'll let you and fellow community members lend a hand to local businesses t...

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Apr 01, 2020

Apple lets Amazon rent movies inside Prime Video's iPhone app
Apple's insistence on taking a 30 percent cut of most in-app purchases (and running those purchases through the App Store) has led to many media providers simply removing direct purchases altogether. Just ask anyone shopping for e-books at third...

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Apr 01, 2020

YouTube may counter TikTok with a feed of video 'Shorts'
YouTube may be worried that TikTok is luring away its viewers. Sources talking to The Information claim YouTube is readying a Shorts feature in its mobile app that will include a remarkably familiar-sounding feed with short videos from fellow users....

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Apr 01, 2020

Twitch viewing soared 23 percent in March
It won't shock you to hear that livestreaming services are seeing an upswing in viewership due to the COVID-19 pandemic keeping people at home, but now it's clear just what kind of effect the outbreak has had on viewing habits. Streamlabs an...

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Apr 01, 2020

LeVar Burton will read to you live on Twitter starting this week
If, like a lot of people, you're trying to find ways to fill time while stuck inside, LeVar Burton may just have something to help. In one of the few pleasant surprises of the coronavirus pandemic, the former Star Trek star and Reading Rainbow icon a...

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Apr 01, 2020

Social distancing is pushing esports into the mainstream
Industries around the globe have ground to a halt amid the coronavirus pandemic. Bars, restaurants, stadiums and factories have shuttered, and entire countries are on lockdown as citizens are ordered to stay home for weeks at a time in an attempt to...

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Apr 01, 2020

Apple Card holders can defer April payments, too
Apple Card holders are getting another reprieve in light of the COVID-19 pandemic's economic impact. Apple is emailing customers to let them know that they can defer their April payments without interest if if the outbreak has made it difficult t...

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Apr 01, 2020

DoorDash now delivers from convenience stores
With the coronavirus pandemic pushing more and more Americans to self-isolate and stay inside, DoorDash is starting to deliver items from convenience stores. Starting today, the company is partnering with both national and regional chains across the...

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Apr 01, 2020

‘PUBG' April Fools' mode features fantasy characters and loot tweaks
Most people might not be in the mood for April Fools' pranks this year, but PUBG is adding some silliness to its popular game to perk up gamers who are cooped up inside. Fantasy Battle Royale is an optional event that adds four sword-and-sorcery...

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Apr 01, 2020

Eyesy is a Raspbery Pi-powered video synthesizer
Critter & Guitari gave its Organelle music computer a major upgrade last year. This year, it's turning its attention its line of video synthesizers. The ETC visualizer is being replaced by Eyesy, a Raspberry Pi-powered computer that turns sounds...

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Apr 01, 2020

‘Uncharted 4' is free on PlayStation Plus in April
Since the start of the year, Sony has given PlayStation Plus subscribers the chance to play some of the PS4's best games for free. That trend continues this month with Uncharted 4: A Thief's End as one of the free PS Plus games subscribers ca...

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Apr 01, 2020

Dell XPS 13 review (2020): Tweaked to near-perfection
How do you improve on a nearly perfect laptop? We gave the XPS 13 one of our most positive reviews ever last year -- and in 2020, Dell has managed to outdo itself again. The latest model has a larger screen with slimmer bezels, a bigger keyboard, a...

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Apr 01, 2020

Alphabet's DeepMind AI is better than you at Atari games
Having AI agents learn how to play simple video games is an ideal way to test their effectiveness, thanks to the ability to measure success via a score. Alphabet's DeepMind designated 57 particular Atari games to serve as a litmus test for its AI...

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Apr 01, 2020

Spotify and Warner sign a new global music licensing deal
Spotify and Warner Music Group have signed a new global licensing agreement. If Spotify is your go-to streaming platform, the good news here is that your music listening experience won't change as a result of this deal. The Warner Music artists y...

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Apr 01, 2020

Slack adds Microsoft Teams video call options
More of us than ever are relying on video calling apps to chat with friends, family and colleagues. Slack, for example, has seen a huge increase in calls made and received through its app in the last month amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting today,...

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Apr 01, 2020

Xbox Series X and PS5: The new consoles are all about crazy fast storage
The Xbox One and PS4 were the start of an unusual console generation. Both systems adopted very "PC-like" architecture and instead of a new generation we instead got a refresh where Microsoft and Sony both released faster versions of th...

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Apr 01, 2020

T-Mobile completes Sprint merger
Right on cue, T-Mobile has completed its merger with Sprint. As of today, the two carriers are one -- they'll do business simply as T-Mobile. They're also clearly confident in the transition, as CEO John Legere is stepping down early rather...

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Apr 01, 2020

Evercade's cartridge-based retro handheld makes more sense than you think
Retro gaming has arguably existed ever since there was a second generation of consoles. Today's gamer seeking a shot of nostalgia has almost as many ways to play vintage titles as there are platforms to collect for. Evercade adds one more to that lis...

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Apr 01, 2020

Sony debuts $200 headphones with powerful ANC and long battery life
Over the last few years, Sony has given Bose a run for it's money when it comes to noise-cancelling headphones. With the 1000X line, Sony has continued to improve both audio and active noise cancellation (ANC) in successive products. It also offe...

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Apr 01, 2020

Sony's latest true wireless earbuds have more bass and a lower price
Sony's flagship WF-1000XM3 true wireless earbuds have been our top pick since they arrived last summer. Even before that, the company had a few true wireless models under its belt, and today it's revealing the latest option. The WF-XB700 ($13...

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Apr 01, 2020

The Morning After: MacBook Air (2020) review
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Remember when Steve Jobs pulled the MacBook Air out of a manila envelope? These days a thin-and-light laptop isn't that shocking, but Apple's original version is still one of the best. Dana Wollman's...

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Apr 01, 2020

The COVID-19 Humble Bundle pairs great games with a great cause
There's a new Humble Bundle on offer, and it's packed with great deals for a great cause. The special one-week COVID-19 Bundle features more than $1,000 worth of games and comics and can be yours for just $30 (£25.50) -- or more, if you'r...

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Apr 01, 2020

Samsung's Galaxy S20 buyback scheme promises half your money back
Samsung has launched a buyback program for the Galaxy S20 that would make it quite a steal -- provided you take care of it. Here's how it works: If you buy any of the Galaxy S20 phones on Samsung's store, you can return it any time within 24...

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Apr 01, 2020

Wyze security cameras can now double as work-from-home webcams
Group video chat software like Zoom, Skype and Google Duo let people connect and work during the coronavirus lockdown, but what if you don't have a webcam? Wyze has unveiled a new option by letting you transform your Wyze Cam v2 or Wyze Pan secur...

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Apr 01, 2020

Volvo's app-based Valet maintenance service launches across the US
Volvo has officially rolled out its pickup and delivery service for vehicles needing maintenance across the US. The automaker first introduced the service called Volvo Valet back in 2018 when it debuted a pilot program in California. It was the resul...

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Apr 01, 2020

'Fortnite' gets a bullet-stopping 'Kingsman' umbrella
Epic's current Fortnite season is focused on secret agents, and that now includes direct references to movies -- if not the ones you're likely to think of first. An update to the battle royale shooter has introduced a Kingsman umbrella that,...

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Mar 31, 2020

'Apex Legends' tournaments get a new online-only schedule
Respawn and EA's dreams of establishing Apex Legends as an esports staple aren't going according to plan. The Apex Legends Global Series team is moving its events online "for the time being" due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and that me...

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Mar 31, 2020

What's on TV this week: 'The Matrix,' 'Sonic' and 'Star Wars'
This week March finally comes to an end and with the arrival of April, Netflix is adding some new licensed content to its catalog. Not that I don't like the originals — as long as they keep making more Ozark, I'll keep subscribing — but this week, be...

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Mar 31, 2020

Snapchat's new lenses use AR to encourage social distancing
Snapchat's latest set of lenses come with a timely reminder of the importance of social distancing. The app introduced two new lenses, created in collaboration with the World Health Organization, that use augmented reality to serve users with tip...

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Mar 31, 2020

Atari's latest attempt at milking nostalgia is a 'Pong' RPG
Atari is trying themed hotels, retro consoles and other efforts to reel in nostalgic gamers, but its latest may be its oddest yet: turn Pong into a one-of-a-kind role-playing game. It's developing a Pong Quest game that has you guiding a heroic...

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Mar 31, 2020

Delayed 'Resident Evil: Resistance' beta goes live on PC and PS4
After technical issues forced Capcom to delay the Resident Evil: Resistance beta on PC and PlayStation 4, it's now available on those platforms in addition to Xbox One. You'll need to install an update to try it on PS4 and Steam.

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Mar 31, 2020

Facebook expands 'community help' hub for people in quarantine
As Facebook sees "unprecedented" demand for its services, the company is now encouraging its users to help out their neighbors. The social network is expanding its "community help" feature to reach people affected by the coronavir...

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Mar 31, 2020

NBA 2K tournament starts Friday with Kevin Durant, Trae Young and more
Confirming yesterday's leak, the NBA announced an esports tournament that will kick off this Friday, with games broadcast on ESPN and ESPN2. The NBA 2K Players Tournament will pit 16 current NBA players against one another, with finals scheduled...

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Mar 31, 2020

The entire Overwatch League regular season will be online-only
The Overwatch League has canceled all of its live events for the remainder of the 2020 regular season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Matches will take place in an entirely online format until August at the very least.

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Mar 31, 2020

Twitch's Mod View puts all of its moderation tools in one place
Behind every successful Twitch channel, there's at least one person who's there to moderate chat. The best mods create a safe space where everyone in a community can express themselves. It's not an easy job, but in an attempt to make it a...

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Mar 31, 2020

Ubisoft offers free games to encourage you to stay at home
Ubisoft thinks it has a simple way to encourage people to stay at home and wait out the COVID-19 pandemic: shower them with games. It's running a month-long campaign that will give away free games, trials, discounts and other offers to give you s...

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Mar 31, 2020

Remastered 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2' is available now on PS4
As expected, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered is now available on PlayStation 4. If you own a Sony console, you can download the game today for $20. PC and Xbox One owners can pre-order the remaster today but will have to wait until...

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Mar 31, 2020

Save $60 on Master & Dynamic's much-improved true wireless earbuds
Master & Dynamic's improved true wireless MW07 Plus earbuds are on sale for $240 via Best Buy today. That's a $60 savings off one of the company's newest models. It's a deal of the day, so this price won't last for long. If yo...

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Mar 31, 2020

Niantic buys a 3D mapping startup to enable 'planet-scale' AR
As much as Niantic might be focused on making its location-based games more playable at home, it's also thinking about its future. The developer has bought 3D mapping startup 6D.ai to help it develop "planet-scale" augmented reality. Th...

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Mar 31, 2020

Endless is a simple, fun music collaboration app
Thanks to social distancing measures, online collaboration is more prominent than ever. But that doesn't just go for work -- it's part of having fun, too. When it comes to remotely making music with friends, there's typically a high barri...

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Mar 31, 2020

Chevy's refreshed Bolt EV is delayed until 2021
So much for driving an updated Chevy Bolt EV in 2020. The company's Megan Soule told Electrek in a statement that it has pushed back the updated Bolt EV's release to 2021 due to the "current business situation" (read: the COVID-19...

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Mar 31, 2020

EPA weakens annual fuel economy standard increase to 1.5 percent
While coverage of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues to dominate headlines, the Trump administration has quietly weakened the country's fuel economy standards. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Environmental P...

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Mar 31, 2020

Apple buys Dark Sky weather app
Apple has bought weather app Dark Sky, which is highly regarded for its radar maps and accuracy of its hyperlocal, by-the-minute weather predictions. It'll still be available on the iOS App Store, as you might expect, but the Android and Wear OS...

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Mar 31, 2020

'Minecraft Dungeons' is delayed until May 26th
Minecraft Dungeons is on the way to consoles and PC, albeit a bit later than expected. Mojang says the Minecraft dungeon-crawler spin-off will drop May 26th on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Game Pass, PlayStation 4 and, as revealed during last week's surpri...

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Mar 31, 2020

Microsoft's News Bar adds a scrolling news feed to Windows 10
In case you didn't already feel inundated with news, Microsoft is introducing a new app that will display a scrolling news feed across your desktop. News Bar, currently available as a beta for Windows 10, will curate the top regional news from ov...

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Mar 31, 2020

'The Outer Worlds' will land on Nintendo Switch on June 5th
Almost two months after it was delayed, The Outer Worlds has a new Switch release date. It'll arrive on Nintendo's console on June 5th. It was originally scheduled to arrive on Nintendo's console earlier this month, but it was put on hold...

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Mar 31, 2020

FCC will require phone carriers to authenticate calls by June 2021
The FCC announced today all carriers and phone companies must adopt the STIR/SHAKEN protocol by June 30th, 2021. The regulatory requirement is designed to combat robocalls, specifically those that try to hide their phone numbers by allowing carriers...

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Mar 31, 2020

How Valve brought 'Half-Life' to VR
It's hard to believe that a new Half-Life game is actually here. Half-Life: Alyx is everything I've ever wanted from a flagship VR game. It takes full advantage of the immersiveness of virtual reality, and while it might not be the sequel many gamers...

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Mar 31, 2020

How Valve brought Half-Life to VR
It's hard to believe that a new Half-Life game is actually here. Half-Life: Alyx is everything I've ever wanted from a flagship VR game. It takes full advantage of the immersiveness of virtual reality, and while it might not be the sequel man...

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Mar 31, 2020

'Persona 5 Royal' taps into the joy of replaying your favorite game
Persona 5 was a vibrant, subversive RPG with a relatively traditional turn-based battle system, memorable characters, a plot twist or two and hundreds of persona (monsters) to fuse, fight and discover. Persona 5 Royal keeps all of that but adds a thi...

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Mar 31, 2020

SiriusXM's Premier Streaming service is free until May 15th
All of SiriusXM's premium channels will be free to listen to for the next six weeks. The service's biggest name, Howard Stern, revealed on his show the service is making the Premier Streaming plan available at no cost until May 15th. It typically cos...

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Mar 31, 2020

Two more astronauts join SpaceX's first crewed mission to the ISS
Two more astronauts have been assigned to the first operational crewed flight of SpaceX's Crew Dragon on a mission to the International Space Station (ISS). NASA astronaut Shannon Walker and Noguchi Soichi, of the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agenc...

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Mar 31, 2020

PlayStation Plus one-year membership drops to $40 at Newegg
There's a good chance you have more time on your hands for gaming given lockdowns for the COVID-19 pandemic, and we have some good news if you're a PlayStation owner. Newegg is offering email subscribers a $20 discount on a one-year membership for Pl...

Engadget
Mar 31, 2020

Streamlabs beta could make Mac livestreaming a lot better
Let's not sugarcoat it: livestreaming on Macs tends to suck. Even if you're not streaming games, there's a dearth of high-quality broadcasting tools to add a professional level of polish. Now, however, you shouldn't have to struggle. Streamlabs has r...

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