For its first competitive shooter, League of Legends developer Riot is pulling from some of the biggest games in the genre. Today, the developer officially unveiled Valorant previously known only as Project A with a video that shows nearly three minutes of gameplay. Based on this, Valorant looks to combine the tactical gunplay of CS:GO with the over-the-top characters and special powers of Overwatch. The creators describe it as a five-versus-five game where creativity is your greatest weapon.
Imagine this: tactical shooter meets hypernatural powers, the official site explains. Everyones got guns and a unique set of abilities, so how do you beat someone with the speed of wind? Use your own moves to outplay them and beat them…
In 1982, Jeff Spicoli brought checkerboard Vans beyond the SoCal surf-skate culture and onto the big screen in one of my all-time favorite films, Fast Times at Ridgemont High. (The story goes that Sean Penn had bought shortly before filming began and convinced director Amy Heckerling to let him wear them in the movie.) To celebrate the movie’s release, Steve Van Doren, son of the Vans founder Paul Van Doren, made a limited run of special Fast Times slip-ons made to give away at the premiere. Those special pairs have become a holy grail of shoe collectors and now Vans has reissued them. Awesome. Totally awesome. From Vans:
Borrowing details from the original Classic Slip-On and offering modernized comfort with upgraded Ortholite® sockliners, Anaheim Factory Classic Slip-On 98 DX also includes throwback details like the iconic Vans checkerboard print, higher glossed foxing tape, printed sidewalls, and sturdy canvas and textile uppers to complete the look.
For most riders, bicycle lighting consists of an array of LED lamps and flashing gizmos, usually powered by lithium-ion batteries, or coin cells for the smaller ones. Some people though prefer to dispense with batteries and generate their own power, and that’s what [Thomas D] has done by fitting his …read more
Oppo has announced the Reno 3 Pro, the latest entry in the ever-more-convoluted Reno series. Its a mid-range model thats altogether separate from the Reno 3 Pro 5G released in China in December; this model is launching in India first.
The Reno 3 Pro feels slimmer and lighter than most of its peers, at 8.1mm thick and 175g. Otherwise, though, its design is pretty unremarkable its yet another bezel-less Chinese phone with a gradient finish and cameras everywhere the eye can see. Oppo says the finishes are all meant to evoke the sky; the model you see above is the Auroral Blue version, supposedly inspired by the northern lights, while there are also Midnight Black and sunrise-pink-ish Sky White variants.
If you have a PS4, you can now play Final Fantasy VII Remake, which is a sentence that a lot of people have been waiting forever to hear. Square Enix just released a demo of the upcoming game on PlayStation Network across the world; the link in the tweet below should take you to your local store.
Final Fantasy VII Remake was first announced in 2015 and, after a recent delay, is now set to be released on April 10th. It is, of course, a remake of 1997s Final Fantasy VII for the PlayStation, which is probably the most titanically popular Japanese RPG of all time.
The infectious groove of Hall & Oates’s classic “Maneater” (1982) is driven by the absolutely killer bass line. As evidence, I present to you the “bassapella” version of “Maneater” with the drums removed from the mix.
Bonus musical memory: Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs credits the “Maneater” bass pump as inspiring his band’s mighty fine cover of The Supremes’ “My World is Empty Without You” (1991)…
The world of consumer banking has seen a massive shift in the last ten years. Gone are the days where you could open an account, take out a loan, or discuss changing the terms of your banking only by visiting a physical branch. Now, you can do all this and more with a few quick […]
AT&T TV is launching nationwide today after initially rolling out to over a dozen markets last year. The subscription TV service not to be confused with AT&T TV Now (formerly DirecTV Now) is contract-based, which is a departure from the freedom you get with month-to-month streaming TV apps like YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, and Sling TV. Signing up for a two-year agreement gets you an Android TV set-top box and a very cable-like remote control (with a Google Assistant button).
AT&T is trying to position AT&T TV as its premium streaming TV experience; its more for people seeking a better cable / satellite alternative than a cheaper one. This is basically AT&Ts next play as it moves on from DirecTV, which continues to bleed…
The world just isnt made for lefties. From baseball gloves to can openers to credit card readers with slots on the right side, the 10 percent of the planet with a dominant left hand long ago realized theyre trapped in a world crafted by the other 90 percent.
Among all those indignities, there may be no more lefty a problem than when a left-handed person tries to write with an ink pen. Even with attention, the left hand perpetually slides over freshly-scrawled text over and over, leading to smudged pages, an ink-stained hand and loads of frustration.
Omega feels you, lefties. They make a pen that handles everything your typical ballpoint can do…but with no ink. On top of that, theyre also putting them on sale now at up to 60 percent off the regular price.
And while this tech marvel is of particular note to the lefties in your life, right-handed people can still buy an Omega as well. Because unlike the other 90 percent, lefties dont discriminate.
With the Omega 2.0 AXL Inkless Pen ($29.99; originally $41.99), youll quickly find you dont need ink because thats not what youre writing with youre writing with metal. The AXL metal tip lays down a grey line made of anodized aluminum, a line that cant be smudged or erased.
And not only does the Omega never need ink, it never needs to be refilled at all…or replaced. This entirely eco-friendly lead and aluminum alloy instrument never stops working, continuing to lay down its thin metallic line for as long as your pen survives. Read the rest
Its not an exaggeration to place Singer and the Singer sewing machine among the most recognized heritage brand names and products in American business history. Back in the 1850s, entrepreneur Isaac Merritt Singer seized on a way to build the first practical sewing machine for use in the home and to say American housewives were ready for a way to vastly speed up and improve how clothes, blankets, bedding, and other fabrics were created and mended is an understatement.
Within a decade, Singer became a name synonymous with sewing and almost 200 years later, the company is still a worldwide leader in sewing machines and sewing technology.
Right now, Singer is opening up its stockroom, offering up six different refurbished models of their signature creations for over 60 percent off their retail price.
In case you thought a machine was too bulky for your home or too pricey, Singer has a handful of their best, most compact, like-new models on sale at more than half off. The Singer Start ($59.99; originally $119.99) has six basic stitches to choose from; and with an easy four-step process for adding simple buttonhole on items like pillows or clothing, its one of the best options for a young sewer.
And at over 60 percent off, the Singer Fashion Mate ($69.99; originally $179.99) is the biggest money saver in the bunch. Between 32 different stitch options with a handy selection dial to bounce through all those sewing options with ease, its $110 savings off the regular price should help land it at the top of many user wish lists. Read the rest
One of the biggest problems of owning an older boat (besides being a money pit – that is common to all boats regardless of age) is the lack of parts and equipment, and the lack of support for those parts if you can find them at all. Like most things, …read more
It can be difficult to find time to finish a video game, especially if you only have a few hours a week to play. In our biweekly column Short Play we suggest video games that can be started and finished in a weekend.
Tools like Twine have made it easier than ever to make interactive text-based games. But while they can be simple to make, that doesnt make it any easier to tell an engaging story. As a writer, you have nowhere to hide: there arent graphical avatars for the player to control or music and voice acting to help tell the story. Its just words and hyperlinks. Despite that, games like Lionkiller show just how engaging and powerful interactive fiction can be even if they only have words to work with.
Manufacturers of low-cost 3D printers that use the masked stereolithography (MSLA) process are able to build their machines so cheaply because they’re using repurposed smartphone or tablet LCD panels to mask off the UV backlight. Considering the quality you get out of even the entry-level MSLA resin printers, we certainly …read more
Looking for eco-friendly condoms is complicated. Kim Marks, the owner of As You Like It, a nontoxic and environmentally conscious sex shop in Eugene, Oregon, describes the concept as a Catch-22: Condoms are onetime use, but we need them for safe sex, she says. Matthew Nolan, the co-author of the Oh Joy Sex Toybook series who runs a website of the same name, agrees. Condoms are super tricky, he says. Almost all condoms are made from latex or a latex derivative stuff that takes forever to degrade. The best thing you can aim for is a cruelty-free, considerate condom manufacturer. And there are a handful of companies that go the extra mile to ensure that their rubber and manufacturing processes are sustainable.
It’s never a good sign when, in order to discuss the near future of technology, you first have to talk about epidemiology–but I’m afraid that’s where we’re at. A week ago I wrote “A pandemic is coming.” I am sorry to report, in case you hadn’t heard, events since have not exactly proved me wrong. […]
There are as many methods for creating on the web as there are creators to build them. But no matter what programming language or venue is a coders particular arena of choice, it never hurts to have the cross-disciplinary skills to try other avenues if needed that may better serve your app or web experience.
Thats easier said than done, of course…and requires some extra study hours. To help, we put together 10 current deals on coding packages that can get you up to speed on virtually all the most popular programming languages.
Across eight courses and 44 hours of training, youll get up-close and personal with ReactJS, the popular Java library of pre-built elements that make your websites and apps more responsive and appealing to your users. Youll not only see how ReactJS can be integrated into your builds, but youll also explore how some of the biggest tech companies employ its benefits, including Facebook and Instagram.
Every once in a while, this job helps you to discover something new and completely fascinating that has little to do with hacking but is worth sharing nonetheless. Turning a single brass bolt into a beautiful Cupid’s bow is certainly one of those times.
Watching [Pablo Cimadevila] work in the …read more
It’s something that can happen to all of us, that we forget things. Young and old, we know things are on our to-do list but in the heat of the moment they disappear from our minds and we miss them. There are a myriad of technological answers to this in …read more