I always enjoy a good space opera thriller. In recent weeks, Ive been reading Dan Morens latest book, The Bayern Agenda, which Id characterize as John le Carré meets Battlestar Galactica.
In it, Simon Kovalic is an intelligence agent for the Commonwealth of Independent Systems, which has been engaged in a sort of cold war with the Illyrican Empire. He was injured in the course of his last mission, and his covert team of operatives has been handed over to his ex-wife, Lieutenant Commander Natalie Taylor, for a mission to the banking planet Bayern Corporation. When hes tipped off that their cover might have been blown, its up to him to go in and save them. The book is the perfect beach read for science fiction fans, with plenty of…
If youve noticed some issues with Fortnite on Xbox One today then Kinect could be to blame. Epic Games is encouraging Fortnite players to disconnect their Kinect camera due to stability issues when starting up Fortnite. The issues appear to have started happening today, just as the 10th season of Fortnite, dubbed season X, began. Were investigating a fix for this issue, but players can work around it in the meantime by disconnecting their Kinect, says Epic Games on Twitter.
Its not clear why Kinect is causing Fortnite issues, especially as it has been five years since Microsoft stopped reserving GPU resources for Kinect. Microsoft used to reserve 10 percent of GPU bandwidth for Kinect, before unlocking this for developers to use…
Miniaturization has made smart watches possible, even for the DIY maker to tinker with. For those just getting to grips with basic digital electronics, it can be daunting, however. For those just starting out, [??] put together a handy guide to building the core of an Arduino-based watch.
Subscription services are all the rage these days, and Google is the latest company to get in on the action, with Android Police reporting that the company has already started testing a new Play Pass subscription service that offers hundreds of premium apps and games with no ads or in-app purchases for a flat monthly fee.
The leaked screenshots that Android Police received from a reader show some of the details of the service, and they sound extremely similar to the upcoming Apple Arcade subscription, which was announced earlier this year.
Customers pay a monthly $4.99 fee for unlimited access to a catalog of premium apps and games without any ads and all of the in-app purchases…
Warning: Significant spoilers ahead for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
More and more often these days, press screenings for movies are preceded by warnings to critics, asking them not to spoil the movie in their reviews. Its an attempt to preserve a movies sense of surprise in an era where outlets race to jump-start the online discourse about new releases, as if a starter pistol went off at the beginning of every movie.
Generally, the anti-spoiler requests are reasonable. But the entreaties around Quentin Tarantinos Once Upon a Time in Hollywoodfelt particularly odd. Please dont spoil this movie about the 1969 Manson Family murders sounds as counterintuitive as the warnings issued over the Lion King remake. Doesnt everyone already…
The Action Lab Man is a guy who makes good videos of science demonstrations and experiments. In this video he tries to make something called an “Egely Wheel” to spin just by putting his hand near it. I’ve never heard of an Egely Wheel before I saw this video. Here’s what the Action Lab Man said about it: “In this video I bought and Egely Disk Vitality indicator that supposedly moves through your body’s “bio-energy” or telekinesis. Is it true? I test it out myself to see if it truly can move simply through concentration. I test it with gloves on, in a jar, and even in a vacuum chamber.”
The Keystones keys respond differently depending on how hard you press them. | Video: Input Club
One of the big benefits of mechanical keyboards is that there are almost an infinite number of different designs and switch types to fit your needs. But regardless of whether youre using a gaming-friendly Cherry MX Red switch or a more typing-focused Cherry MX Blue, the actual mechanical mechanism inside each switch is largely the same; you press down on a key, an electrical circuit gets completed, and the resulting signal indicates that a key has been pressed. However, Input Club, the keyboard startup behind cult keyboard community favorites like the WhiteFox, has a different idea about how mechanical keyboard switches should work.
Input Club is currently running a Kickstarter campaign for the Keystone, a new keyboard that will be the…
This, friends, is the Samsung Galaxy Dongle. The NSFW photo arrives courtesy of SamMobile. The story isn’t the image itself, so much as what it represents. Its the end of an era. A last key flagship smartphone maker acknowledging the death of the 3.5mm jack. Its been years in the making, of course. Apple took […]
After years of delays and false starts, Intel is finally shipping its first batch of 10nm processors to the world, the company announced last week. As weve previously discussed, the new Ice Lake CPUs are only for thin-and-light laptops no more powerful than a 13-inch MacBook Pro but were now getting a rough idea how the lineup actually breaks down.
Today, Intel has revealed the first 11 processors based on its Ice Lake architecture, and some differences might not be obvious when youre buying a laptop from a store so I thought Id whip up a little decoder ring to help you understand what a phrase like Intel Core i5-1035G4 is all about.
Particularly because not all these chips are equal: a Core i7-1060G7, Core i7-1065G7 and Core…
Are you a current owner of a Samsung Galaxy device and a pair of wired headphones? Did it feel like someone just walked on your grave? It may be because pictures of Samsungs upcoming 3.5mm to USB-C dongle just leaked as the final, irrefutable confirmation that Samsung will be joining the ranks of Apple, Google (not counting the budget Pixel 3A), and nearly every other flagship phone maker in killing the headphone jack on the upcoming Galaxy Note 10, via SamMobile.
The photos depict a dongle that is exactly as youd expect: theres a USB-C jack on one end and a 3.5mm input on the other. Samsung appears to be using a sturdier, tapered connector that slopes down to the wire, instead of the more fragile step-style of reinforcement that A…
After releasing exclusively for Amazon Prime subscribers back in June, Mophies latest iPhone charging case, the Juice Pack Air, is now available for anyone to buy. There are models available to fit the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, and all three support Qi wireless charging, as well as pass-through charging and sync over Lightning. The cases can be bought either from Amazon or directly from Mophie for $99.95.
Luckily for Mophie, the company has managed to release its latest cases before the phones they support reach the end of their life. That wasnt the case last year, when Mophie released its iPhone X charging case a whole month after the phone was discontinued.
When it comes to language lessons, there’s no shortage of virtual teachers out there. But even with all that interactive technology out there, it’s tough to make the process of learning a new tongue seem as fun as actually getting out there and speaking it.
There are some standouts, though. There’s a reason why Babbel gets praise both from traditional news outlets and the internet intelligentsia: Its methodology is as smooth as its interface, and the sum of those parts is a joy to dive into.
Like a lot of language learning apps, you can plow through one of 14 languages in Babbel at your own pace. But the individual lessons are bite-sized and engaging, making you actually want to pick up that pace. Apart from that, it’s all about the details: The audio you’ll hear in Babbel is all from native speakers, and feedback from the speech recognition is top-notch. As you progress, you’ll notice old words popping up just often enough to make them stick in your long-term memory, and before you know it, you’ll be integrating them into a practical, usable conversation.
Building displays out of LEDs can be fun, but quickly becomes tedious as the pixel count increases. At this point, it’s worthwhile investing in off-the-shelf panels that have everything pre-soldered and ready to go. [Tom Hammond] wanted to run a P5 panel, and put a Raspberry Pi to work to …read more
The 10th season of Fortnite officially dubbed season X is finally upon us, and it adds a number of new features based on a time-bending theme.
One of the biggest changes is a new vehicle, a two-person mech suit called a B.R.U.T.E. where one player handles movement, and the other shooting. There are also all-new rift zones caused by a massive explosion that kicked off the season, and it sounds like theyll regularly change things up and even bring back elements from past Fortnite seasons. Locations once thought to be lost are beginning to appear, but they arent the same as they once were, developer Epic explains.
The most notable change on the island itself, meanwhile, is the long-awaited return of Dusty Depot the meteor that…
Ive recently written about the best iPad Pro keyboard options as well as how well iPadOS experimental mouse support works. So when I came across a neat product that bridges the gap between the two, I knew Id have to check it out. Developed by a small South Korean company called Innopresso, the Mokibo is a keyboard with touch sensitivity on the surface, allowing you to use it as a trackpad.
The product isnt designed exclusively for the iPad or even Apple computers in general it has Windows key markings as well and can be paired to multiple devices at once, with quick shortcuts for switching between keyboard profiles for each platforms. But the iPad jumped out to me as the ideal use case. Heres a slim, wireless keyboard that can…
The DJI Osmo 2 was released last year. | Tyler Pina / The Verge
A new entry in DJIs range of smartphone gimbals has appeared in an FCC listing, suggesting that a follow-up to last years DJI Osmo Mobile 2 could be on its way soon. The listing for the Osmo Mobile 3 was first spotted by Dave Zatz, who notes that the gimbals handle appears to have been redesigned for the new model.
Aside from the new grip, its unclear what new functionality we can expect from the DJI Osmo Mobile 3. Although ostensibly the big new feature introduced with the second version of the gimbal was the ability to film with your phone in portrait, we thought that its price was the bigger upgrade. At just $129.95 the Osmo Mobile 2 was under half the price of the $299 original. Its hard to see how DJI could drop the price by…
Microsoft is planning to improve the way you reset or refresh a Windows 10 PC. The company has revealed its testing a new cloud download feature for resetting Windows 10 when hardware fails or the OS needs reinstalling. While the feature isnt available for public testing just yet, it will appear on devices when you boot a machine in a failed state.
This will likely be similar to the way Apple handles macOS reinstalls, with the option to reinstall macOS by downloading a copy from the cloud. Microsoft has actually been using a similar feature for its Surface lineup recently, allowing the devices to recover from the cloud by downloading a copy of Windows 10 and reinstalling it.
With another summer of heatwaves leaving its mark on our planet, finding a way to stay cool during the day isn’t an easy task. From the morning and afternoon commute in public transport, to busy crowds outside during lunch hour, there are many times when you cannot just find a …read more