Obsidian Entertainment is a studio best known for building on the work of others. Its most popular games to date have been titles like Knights of the Old Republic II, Fallout: New Vegas, Neverwinter Nights 2, and Dungeon Siege III, to name a few. And even the studios better known original work, the Pillars of Eternity series and spiritual spinoff Tyranny, are modeled on old school RPGs like Baldurs Gate, Icewind Dale series, and Planescape: Torment.
So its not entirely surprising that despite being a completely new franchise,The Outer Worlds (not to be confused with the excellent and extremely similarly named space-exploration game Outer Wilds, which came out earlier this year) draws on Obsidians own past RPG and action experiences…
Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg | Photo by Chris Welch / The Verge
Verizon has (rather confusingly) offered three different types of unlimited data plans for the past two years, but today, the carrier is looking to clear up that confusion by replacing them with four unlimited plans. Sorry, did I say clear up? I meant make everything even more confusing.
The changes arent that sweeping: there are $5 price cuts across the board; new names for two of the old plans; and the third plan is now split into two similar options that allow people to choose which perks theyd like, making the whole system somewhat baffling from the outside.
At the top of the list is the new Get More Unlimited plan, which starts at $90 per month for a single line (with autopay…
Attention humans: The robots are taking over. The good news is, they’re taking over the household chores. Robot vacuums have come a long way in terms of technology in the last decade or two. Not only are they a huge time-saver, but some of them are also downright fun to watch. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite deals on our favorite robo-cleaners.
Not every home is the same, but the DEEBOT 901 has solutions for nearly any floor plan. You can draw cleaning maps and assign jobs from the ECOVACS app on your phone, or just direct the bot to clean by voice command and let its Smart Navi Mapping technology do the rest. Get a refurbished ECOVACS DEEBOT 901 Robotic Vacuum Cleaner for $249.99, half off the retail price.
When it comes to tidy floors, it’s OK to be a bit of a control freak sometimes. This cleaning duo includes ECOVAC’s flagship robot and its smart mapping features for vacuuming wide areas, but the charging station also has a standard canister vacuum for those tight areas that need a personal touch. Pick up the ECOVACS Deebot Robot Vacuum Cleaner & Canister Vacuum Station for $439.99, a full 44% off the list price.
iRobot has had a long time to perfect their pioneering Roomba units, and it shows in this model. iAdapt Responsive Navigation lets it deftly navigate around or under obstacles and its Dirt Detect technology can actually seek out areas with a high concentration of dirt. Read the rest
So, for National Mustard Day (August 3), French’s thought to make mustard-flavored ice cream. They’re selling their horrible concoction for a limited time on both coasts:
To celebrate National Mustard Day on the West Coast, Coolhauss location in Culver City, CA will have the ice cream available on August 2-4 and August 9-11. On the East Coast, New Yorkers can look for the Frenchs Mustard Ice Cream truck on August 1 and 2, before making its way out to the Hamptons on August 3…
Madison Square Park
Brooklyn Heights (DUMBO)
Main Street Hamptons
East Hampton Main Beach on Ocean Ave.
Or, you can make your own. Because, why not? French’s leads the way:
The agriculture industry faces huge problems of sustainability. The world’s population is increasing, leading to higher food demand, but this then threatens increasing deforestation, pesticide use, and some fertilizers that are responsible for greenhouse emissions. Farming can also be a source of carbon sequestration, but how to preserve that? Plus, land quality is being decreased […]
You’ve got to hand it to marketers – they really know how to make you want something. All it takes is a little parental guilt, a bit of technical magic, and bam, you’re locked into a product you never knew you needed.
This prototype flight tracking nightlight for kids is …read more
One of my favorite essays for understanding modern life was published in May of 2016 by Jeremy Gordon. In Is Everything Wrestling?, Gordon examined the way that the news cycle had come to resemble a scripted WWE spectacle. As in a wrestling match, the boundaries between reality and fiction had become permanently blurred. Gordon writes:
With each passing year, more and more facets of popular culture become something like wrestling: a stage-managed reality in which scripted stories bleed freely into real events, with the blurry line between truth and untruth seeming to heighten, not lessen, the audiences addiction to the melodrama. The modern media landscape is littered with reality shows that audiences happily accept arent…
Early-stage startuppers around the world are getting ready for Disrupt Berlin 2019, which takes place on 11-12 December. Our premier tech conference attracts an international startup community from more than 50 countries. Its the intersection of current and future tech and an incomparable networking opportunity. You reap big savings with our super early-bird pricing (up […]
When shopping online, there’s plenty of great deals out there on modern graphics hardware. Of course, if you’re like [Dawid] and bought a GTX1050 Ti for $48 from Wish, you probably suspect it’s too good to be true. Of course, you’d be correct.
At a press event at the ChinaJoy gaming conference in Shanghai today, Tencent and Nintendo announced the first details of their strategy for releasing the Nintendo Switch console in China.
The Chinese internet giant will be providing cloud services and servers for the Switchs online platform in China as well as localizing Nintendos games into Simplified Chinese. Titles like Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild have already been announced, with more on the way. The Switchs eShop store will also be modified so that users can buy games with Tencents hugely popular WeChat payment system.
The companies collaboration was first revealed in April, when Tencent won initial approval from Guangdong authorities to…
While you’d be hard pressed to find any startup not brimming with confidence over the disruptive idea they’re chasing, it’s not often you come across a young company as calmly convinced it’s engineering the future as Dasha AI. The team is building a platform for designing human-like voice interactions to automate business processes. Put simply, […]
The $79 Razer Viper is the lightest wired gaming mouse Ive ever used. It weighs just 69 grams, which I learned is the weight of two standard-sized light bulbs. What are the benefits of such a feather-light gaming mouse? It depends on who you ask. Those who prefer a hefty mouse with added weights wont want much to do with it, but during my week with the Viper, I really liked how easy it was to flick along the mouse pad whenever the in-game moment demands some brisk, twitchy movement.
The relative weightlessness at least compared to the Logitech G502 Lightspeed Ive been using, which weighs 130 grams with all of its added weight installed doesnt come at the expense of ergonomics. The Viper molds well to my hand, and its…
Most hobbies come with a lot of tools, and thread injecting is no different. Quilting itself may be Queen Hobby when it comes to the sheer volume of things you can buy: specialized templates, clips, thimbles, disappearing ink pens, and so on. And of course, you want it all within …read more
Six years of tracking a special class of star have yielded a new and improved 3D model of our galaxy, based on direct observation rather than theoretical frameworks. And although no one ever really thought the Milky Way was flat flat, the curves at its edges have now been characterized in better detail than ever before.
YouTube TV must be feeling a crunch from its recent price increase that raised the streaming TV services monthly subscription to $50. For a limited time only, YouTube TV is offering a two-week free trial instead of the usual one-week duration. Droid Life spotted the longer-than-usual free trial. Sadly (but predictably), this is only for new customers and wont do you much good if youve already tried and canceled YouTube TV.
The fine print reveals that this promo will run from today until August 14th. There are a number of other YouTube TV trial deals happening particularly if youre a Verizon Wireless or home internet customer. But again, anyone who has already used up their YouTube TV free trial cant redeem any of these. The…
Last year, General Motors filed a trademark for something called Ultra Cruise. The company has never explained what Ultra Cruise is, but it would seem to be a reference to the auto giants well-regarded advanced driver assist system, Super Cruise. Today, we got some more details courtesy of GM CEO Mary Barra but not enough to see the whole picture.
In an earnings call Thursday, Citi Researchs Itay Michaeli asked Barra about Super Cruise, and then a follow-up about how GM might go to market with the next-generation Ultra Cruise system?
Barras response suggested the new technology would have even more capability than Super Cruise. Or she could be conflating Ultra Cruise with Super Cruise? Honestly, its hard to say.