Here are the new laptops with Nvidia’s GTX 16-series graphics cards

See the original posting on The Verge

Asus’ new Zephyrus G gaming laptop

Nvidia’s announcement of its new GTX 1660 Ti and 1650 mobile graphics cards claimed that over 80 laptops would soon include them, and we’re hearing about a few of those laptops today. Asus, Acer, Lenovo, and other vendors are stepping to the plate with upcoming machines that support these Nvidia GPUs. Either card will bring sizable performance gains if you haven’t upgraded your laptop in a while.

As is always the case with gaming laptops, prices vary wildly depending on the configuration that you’re after. Several manufacturers haven’t announced final pricing for their new machines, but if you’re looking to spend less than $1,000, you’ll find a few to choose from. Nvidia claims that we’ll soon see options for as low as $799, but details…

Continue reading…

Razer adds 4K OLED and 240Hz screen options to its Blade 15 laptops

See the original posting on The Verge

Razer has announced that, starting on April 24th, there will be two new display choices available for the Blade 15 Advanced gaming laptop: a 4K OLED panel and a 240Hz high-refresh LCD option. These new displays, which were first shown off at CES earlier this year, join the 144Hz LCD option that’s already available. The Blade 15 Advanced also now comes with Intel’s new Core i7-9750H processor that’s clocked at 2.6GHz with a turbo boost to 4.5GHz and a new Wi-Fi 6 networking card with support for 2.4 Gbps speeds.

The 240Hz screen is one of the highest refresh rates available, and it provides a smoother experience for gaming. It has a 1080p resolution, a matte finish, and it supports 100 percent of the sRGB color space.

The new 4K OLED…

Continue reading…

Intel’s new laptop processors hit the 5GHz mark

See the original posting on The Verge

Intel has announced a new suite of processors for high-end laptops that offer faster speeds and better connectivity options than prior chips. The new 9th Gen H-series processors, which have 45W power draws, compared to the 15W chips in thinner and lighter laptops, are available in Core i5, i7, and i9 versions and are designed for demanding uses such as gaming or content creation.

The star of the new chips is the Core i9-9980HK, which has a new top turbo speed of 5GHz, which is a rate that was previously unattainable in a laptop chip. It’s also unlocked, which means that it can be overclocked for even more speed. Like prior Core i9 chips, the 9980HK has eight cores and 16 threads and comes with 16MB of cache. In addition, the new chips…

Continue reading…

Here are all the winners of the 2019 Webby Awards

See the original posting on The Verge

Every year, the Webby Awards honor the best of the internet. From games to podcasts to videos to influencers, the awards cover a wide range of internet content — including The Verge. In the 2019 competition, The Verge took home two awards for its Science YouTube channel, one for The Vergecast, and it was nominated for Why’d You Push That Button.

Disney won the most awards this year: 32 across all Webby categories. National Geographic won 17 awards for categories including best photography, best data visualization, and best user experience. Google followed with 14 awards, including best user interface, productivity, and technical achievement. Vice, Condé Nast, and HBO all received nearly a dozen awards apiece.

In advertising, Samsung’s ad…

Continue reading…

Google Maps now tells you if an EV charging station is in use

See the original posting on The Verge

Along with showing you the location of charging stations for your electric car, Google Maps now also shows you whether they’re currently in use. The functionality is available across the US and UK for charging points from Chargemaster, EVgo, and SemaConnect. Google plans to add ChargePoint chargers soon.

Google first added EV charging locations to Maps last October. At the time, the service would show you the number of chargers at each location as well as their wattage, pricing, and reviews from other drivers. With this latest update, you’ll also be able to see whether a charger is in use before you go out of your way to visit it.

Image: Google

Local EV charging stations are shown along with whichever chargers…

Continue reading…

Nvidia’s new GTX 1660 Ti and 1650 could power your next budget gaming laptop

See the original posting on The Verge

Gaming laptops have never been so thin and yet so powerful as they are with Nvidia’s RTX graphics chips, and we believe the RTX 2060 is the sweet spot for price and performance. But if laptops with those chips are too pricey for your pocketbook, you’ll want to check out the new GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and 1650 mobile GPUs, which were just announced today.

Featured in laptops starting at $1,000, Nvidia says the standard GeForce GTX 1660 Ti can deliver 100 frames per second in today’s popular battle royale games, including Fortnite, Apex Legends, and PUBG, and over 60 fps with an $800-plus laptop sporting the new GTX 1650, each at 1080p resolution and high settings.

But as is typical with many of Nvidia’s recent chips, there is one catch: each…

Continue reading…

OnePlus 7 Pro launch event set for May 14th

See the original posting on The Verge

<em>OnePlus 7 Pro render based on leaks.</em>

OnePlus is preparing to launch the OnePlus 7 series of phones on May 14th in what it says will be its most ambitious launch to date, coordinating simultaneous events in three cities: New York City, London, and Bangalore. Yesterday, The Verge reported that there will be an upgraded OnePlus 7 Pro model with the option for 5G mobile data and a “breakthrough” display (according to CEO Pete Lau), which has been rumored to have a 90Hz refresh rate. Other leaked specs for that device include a pop-up selfie camera, which will eliminate the notch on the display, and a triple-camera system on the rear — but, alas, there won’t be wireless charging. The more conventional OnePlus 7 is expected to retain the notch while upgrading the specs from the…

Continue reading…

Sony’s new 4K OLED TVs start at $2,499.99

See the original posting on The Verge

<em>The A8G is one of two OLED ranges that Sony has announced for this year.</em>

Following their announcement at CES in January, Sony has announced pricing for its OLED and LCD TVs for 2019. The lineup includes Sony’s first ever 8K LCD TV, the Z9G, which will cost between $12,999.99 for the 85-inch model, and a whopping $69,999.99 for the 98-inch version. Also included in the lineup are the Master Series A9G and cheaper A8G OLED TVs, starting at $3,499.99 and $2,499.99 respectively, and a trio of 4K LCD TVs — the X950G, X850G, and X800G — starting at $1,399.99, $3,499.99, and $649.99.

The prices of Sony’s 8K TVs are eye-wateringly expensive, but they’re actually cheaper than those of its main competitor, Samsung, which released its first 8K TV last year. The 8K Q900’s price topped out at $99,999 for the 98-inch…

Continue reading…

iOS 13 will let apps like Lightroom access photos directly from external storage, report claims

See the original posting on The Verge

With iOS 13, Apple will let third-party apps import photos directly from external storage, reports 9to5Mac. If true, this would bring an end one of our key frustrations with iOS on the iPad Pro which requires importing images into the system’s camera roll before you can move them into an app like Lightroom CC. Apple previously released a Siri Shortcut to automate the process, but the new feature will make this unnecessary on the USB-C tablet aimed at professionals.

Apple also reportedly plans to announce improvements to Marzipan apps, Siri, and ARKit — Apple’s augmented reality developer kit. The iOS and macOS changes, first reported by 9to5Mac, were compiled by Guilherme Rambo with an assist from Steve Troughton-Smith.

  • Marzipan, which…

Continue reading…

A peek inside the Huawei P30 Pro’s periscope lens shows off its clever zoom

See the original posting on The Verge

The periscope lens in the Huawei P30 Pro

The Huawei P30 Pro offers unprecedented zoom capability for a smartphone camera thanks to a simple periscope — and now we’re getting our first glimpse inside. As seen in a thorough teardown by YouTube channel JerryRigEverything, Huawei’s 5x optical zoom camera module has been cracked open, proving that a telephoto lens and mirror really can fit inside an extremely thin phone. That helps it achieve better zoom than any smartphone we’ve seen to date.

The periscope lens pictured above might not look very big, but to fit it inside of the phone, Huawei had to lay it sideways, as also revealed in an earlier teardown by iFixit. Traditionally, phone manufacturers position a sensor directly behind a lens, but there’s often a tradeoff.

Depending…

Continue reading…

Bowers & Wilkins’ new Formation speakers are an ultra premium alternative to Sonos

See the original posting on The Verge

Bowers & Wilkins’ new Formation Suite, a luxury high-end audio system for the whole home, has officially launched today. It is comprised of five very expensive products — with designs that you’ll either love or hate — that can be wirelessly synced to each other a la Sonos. Each of the speakers in the Formation suite support high-quality 96kHz / 24-bit sound via wireless streaming, and Bowers & Wilkins touts that they feature a simplistic user interface to allow for easy setup.

For a broad look at what’s new, there’s a soundbar, a twin-pack of bookshelf speakers, a subwoofer, a wedge-shaped speaker for corners, and lastly, the most affordable product in the lineup is an analog-to-digital / digital-to-audio converter that supports AirPlay…

Continue reading…

Samsung’s Galaxy Wearable app has been having sign-in problems for days

See the original posting on The Verge

The Samsung Galaxy Wearable app has been down for the past several days, with hundreds of users reporting log-in and update issues. The issue affects Samsung Gear and Galaxy Watch Active watches, with the app freezing on a white screen when users attempt to sign in on their phones.

A thread on Samsung’s community forums, which was started last Thursday, now spans 65 pages of users reporting problems with the app. The issue appears to affect several Android devices ranging from Google Pixel phones to the OnePlus 6T, Moto G7, and the Xiaomi Mi 9.

Continue reading…

How to control the lighting of your Logitech peripherals

See the original posting on The Verge

Nearly every gaming peripheral is equipped with RGB lighting, and Logitech’s G gaming brand is no different. Last year, the company redesigned its Logitech Control Center (LCC) app, which allows you to fully control its gaming equipment, and it gave the app a new name in the process: the Logitech G Hub.

If you are a fan of RGB lighting, then here’s how to control the LED technology, which Logitech calls LightSync, in your peripherals. This guide also covers how to apply color presets that aren’t distracting, how to create your own custom lighting configurations, and how to sync all of your peripherals to the same lighting scheme. If you’re not a fan of RGB lighting, then I’ll also walk you through how to shut everything off.

After all,…

Continue reading…

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL start at $399 through Google Fi

See the original posting on The Verge

In celebration of Google Fi’s birthday, Google is slashing the cost of its Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones for new and existing users. The Pixel 3 usually costs $799, but you can get it for as little as $399. Doubling the Pixel 3’s 64GB storage to 128GB only costs an extra $50. If you want the Pixel 3 XL, it starts at $449 for 64GB; the 128GB model is $50 more.

This offer is valid today, April 22nd, until 11:59PM PT, and you’ll only be able to reap the savings once per person. So if you have three members in your family plan, you can each get a discounted Pixel 3. As far as what strings are attached, Google only requires you to activate the phone on Google Fi within 30 days of when you receive the shipping confirmation email. There’s no…

Continue reading…

Fortnite is getting another Avengers crossover this week

See the original posting on The Verge

The Avengers are coming back to Fortnite — though in what form, we don’t know just yet. Today, developer Epic teased a crossover event between the two pop culture giants, which will kick off on April 25th, a day before the conclusive Avengers: Endgame hits theaters. Right now, all we can glean about the crossover comes from a single image of a Fortnite character wielding Captain America’s shield along with the tagline “whatever it takes.”

Last year, Marvel brought Thanos to the battle royale game with a limited time mode that let players take on the role of the galaxy-conquering villain. It seems like we’ll see a similar limited time event this time around that’s possibly based around Captain America’s shield. Epic did something along…

Continue reading…

The OnePlus 7 Pro will have a ‘breakthrough’ display and 5G

See the original posting on The Verge

Speaking exclusively with The Verge in the buildup to his company’s next flagship phone launch, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has confirmed some rumors and hinted at what we should expect from the next device. The big strategic change is that the OnePlus 7 will be arriving with a plus-one: a super flagship, which will be called the OnePlus 7 Pro and will feature 5G and a significant display upgrade. While OnePlus isn’t yet disclosing pricing, that model can be expected to cost somewhere close to the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy S10, Huawei’s P30 Pro, and Apple’s iPhone XS. It will mark OnePlus’ most direct challenge to the top tier of phones, building on the apparent success of the specced-up OnePlus 6T McLaren edition.

Continue reading…

Here’s why Sansa and Theon’s reunion was so emotional

See the original posting on The Verge

Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones, season 8, episode 2, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.”

Reunions have been a major feature of the final season of Game of Thrones, as the main characters gather for an epic battle against the undead. But one reunion in the episode “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” is exceptionally emotional: the one between Sansa Stark and Theon Greyjoy. “I want to fight for Winterfell, Lady Sansa. If you’ll have me,” Theon says. Sansa visibly tears up as she rushes to hug Theon. Over the past two seasons, we’ve watched Sansa reunite with her lost siblings Arya, Jon, and Bran, but she didn’t weep over any of them. Her reunion with Theon has more dramatic impact because of their shared past.

To understand Sansa’s…

Continue reading…

Tormund Giantsbane’s ridiculous origin story is different in the Game of Thrones books

See the original posting on The Verge

Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones, season 8, episode 2, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.”

Tormund Giantsbane, Game of Thrones’ resident comic relief, has a weird idea of what counts as a pickup line. In season 8’s second episode, when he finally reunites with Brienne of Tarth, who he’s been nursing a crush on for a while now, he tells her what sounds like a tall tale, claiming it’s the true story of how he got his nickname. The story he tells is an embellished version of one he tells in George R.R. Martin’s source books, and both versions sound pretty unlikely. Is there any way where the facts he states line up?

In “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” Tormund asks Brienne and the group around her, “They call me Giantsbane. Want to know…

Continue reading…

A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms hints at Brienne’s fitting legacy

See the original posting on The Verge

Spoiler warning: Spoilers ahead for “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” episode 2 of season 8 of Game of Thrones.

“A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” the official title of the second episode of the last season of Game of Thrones, is a phrase charged with meaning for fans of George R.R. Martin’s books, which form the basis for the show. At face value, it’s just echoing the phrase Jaime Lannister uses to refer to the newly knighted Ser Brienne of Tarth (played by Gwendoline Christie). After eight seasons of fighting off rapists, sexists, and the collective contempt of the half of Westeros who sees her gender before her honor, she’s finally become a knight.

But there’s deeper meaning in the words “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.” It’s also the…

Continue reading…

There’s a major flaw in Winterfell’s battle strategy on Game of Thrones

See the original posting on The Verge

Spoiler warning: Mild spoilers ahead for “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” episode 2 of season 8 of Game of Thrones.

We’re barreling toward a big battle in next week’s Game of Thrones, and if there was one part of the plan that this week’s episode, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms,” went to great pains to underline, it was that all the non-fighters would be safe in the crypts underneath Winterfell. Davos says it, Gilly says it, Daenerys says it, Jon says it — if you don’t want want to become a wight snack, the crypts are apparently the place to be. But given the near-Chekov’s Gun levels of emphasis of how safe the crypts are, the crypts of Winterfell are obviously extremely not safe.

Let’s walk through this fast. Given that the crypts…

Continue reading…

1 2 3 4 5 1,582