Watch the first trailer for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

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Ubisoft is adding Vikings to its Assassin series. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, revealed yesterday, is adopting a Norse-inspired setting. The game’s first trailer offers a cinematic look at the game, coming this holiday, and its “heartless, godless barbarians.”

Valhalla stars Eivor, a Viking raider, as he or she (players will be able to chose the gender of their character, as well as customize their look) leads clans “from the harsh shores of Norway to a new home amid the lush farmlands of ninth-century England.” From there, players will build settlements through customization and upgrades, while also raiding fortresses and forging alliances. Ubisoft also teases hunting, fish, drinking games, and “verbally devastating rivals through the art…

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Streets of Rage 4 is retro in all the right ways

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Video games get sequels all the time, but it rarely happens more than two decades after the original trilogy concluded — and it’s even rarer when that sequel is as faithful as Streets of Rage 4. The just-launched beat ‘em up comes 26 years after Streets of Rage 3 graced the Sega Genesis, and, in many ways, the experience is the same. You still wander the streets, listening to kickass Yuzo Koshiro tracks, while pummeling street punks and bad cops. But Streets of Rage 4 also manages to modernize the experience in key ways — through both its design and visuals — to make it feel unmistakably modern. This is still authentic Streets of Rage, but in a way that works for 2020.

The new game takes place a decade after Streets of Rage 3 and…

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This baby goat live stream is the mood-booster we need

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Cries at desk.

Every once in a while, I hear a cascade of “bleeeeats” from my laptop speakers. For the past several weeks, I’ve been leaving a live stream of goats running while I work. It’s not really something you tune into for 30 seconds and then peace out of: this is a stream you keep on in the background, do some work, and then revisit for a soothing break in your day. And don’t worry, the goats will let you know when it’s time to tune back in. Bleeeat!

You’ll hear the baby goats — kids — bleat as they explore different parts of the farm throughout the day. The most dramatic moments occur when, all of a sudden, all of the goats start bleating at once as they rush toward their bucket of milk.


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Dribbble, a bootstrapped ‘LinkedIn’ for designers, acquires Creative Market, grows to 12M users

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Traditionally dominated by big players like Adobe and Autodesk, the world of design has been flush with a newer wave of startups that are creating collaboration spaces and new cloud-based tools designed to address the needs of creatives today. Today, two of those players are combining. Dribbble, an online community for designers that lets them […]

3D Printering: Will A Resin Printer Retire Your Filament-based One?

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Adding a resin printer to one’s workbench has never looked so attractive, nor been so affordable. Complex shapes with effortlessly great detail and surface finish? Yes, please! Well, photos make the results look effortless, anyway. Since filament-based printers using fused deposition modeling (FDM) get solid “could be better” ratings when …read more

Save $40 on SteelSeries’ Arctis 1 Wireless headset and much more at Best Buy

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Several PC components and gaming accessories are discounted today at Best Buy. Whether you are piecing together your next PC build or just want a few things to complete your setup, these deals might be what you’re looking for. First off, the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless gaming headset is down to $60 ($40 off) when you buy it with at least $10 worth of Fortnite V-Bucks in-game currency. The lowest price we’d seen before was $80, and with this combo deal, you’re looking at a total of $70 alongside the V-Bucks. Just add both products to your cart to see the price fall.

If you haven’t heard of this model, it includes a USB-C dongle that can be plugged directly into the Nintendo Switch console for wireless audio. The sound performance and…

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New Surface Headphones spotted with 20 hours of battery life and dial buttons

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Microsoft appears to be getting ready to launch Surface Headphones 2. A new Bluetooth SIG listing, spotted by 91 Mobiles, reveals an updated version of Microsoft’s Surface Headphones. The listing says this new model includes 20 hours of battery life (up from 18 hours on the original), Bluetooth 5.0 support, and support for Qualcomm’s aptX codec that delivers high-definition audio.

Interestingly, the listing also states “dial buttons adjust the levels of Noise cancellation to three settings,” which is different from how you adjust the current Surface Headphones. The existing cans include a rotating dial to adjust for 13 different levels of noise cancellation. These new headphones appear to still support the ability to tap and hold to…

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Go Visitor Pattern

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One feature that Go does not offer that is really useful in visitor patterns is overriding methods. The basic idea is to write a concrete class that contains all the VisitX methods with empty implementations, and a subclass can choose to only override the methods it cares about, ignoring the rest.

We’ll see an example of how to implement this pattern in idiomatic Go code.

Intel says its new 10th Gen desktop lineup offers ‘the world’s fastest gaming processor’

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Intel has rolled out its 10th Gen chips to almost all of its laptop lineup at this point, and now, it’s time for desktops to get a turn. The company has announced its latest Comet Lake-S processors across its Core i9, i7, i5, and i3 lineups. Leading the range is the new Core i9-10900K, which offers 10 cores, 20 threads, a 125W TDP, boosted speeds up to 5.3GHz, and, according to Intel, it’s “the world’s fastest gaming processor.”

Despite the 10th Gen moniker, like Intel’s recent high-performance H-series laptop chips, the new desktop lineup still relies on Intel’s 14nm Skylake architecture, which it’s been using since 2015, not the 10nm process found in its Ice Lake chips.

But the fact that Intel is…

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Intel’s 10th Gen Comet Lake for Desktops: Skylake-S Hits 10 Cores and 5.3 GHz

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Today we get the full range of its Intel’s 10th Generation processors for desktops. These chips, which fall under the banner of ‘Comet Lake’, will now go up to 10 cores and offer turbo speeds up to 5.3 GHz. Comet Lake is the fifth iteration of Intel’s very profitable Skylake microarchitecture, built on Intel’s 14++nm process, at a time when the competition is on 7nm with sixteen cores. The crux, according to Intel, is that it will offer the best gaming experience in this market.

The Intel Z490 Overview: 44+ Motherboards Examined

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After another long wait for a new Intel platform, Comet Lake and the 400 series finally descends. Here we get a new socket, support for up to 10-cores with its flagship Core i9-10900K/KF processors, and a few interesting adjustments on ethernet, Wi-Fi. Scrambling to be the latest and greatest, some motherboard vendors include support for PCIe 4.0 ‘for a future platform’, which some have outright identified as Rocket Lake. We asked every motherboard vendor for specifications and details on their new product lines.

Here’s a truckload of Mother’s Day options for the Mom who loves her kitchen

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If you usually find yourself a last-minute shopper when it comes to a gift honoring the woman who brought you into this world, this is probably a good year to give Mother’s Day a little added consideration. 

Between social distancing, home quarantines and a rampaging COVID-19, chances are your mom could use a real pick-me-up about now. And guess what, folks? Amazon Prime next-day delivery probably won’t save you this year. Instead, do some planning. To help, we pulled together 30 — yes, thirty! — different food, drink and kitchen items for the mom who enjoys the fine art of food prep, food and beverage consumption or both. Which is…well, pretty much all moms.

And because you’re such a good son or daughter and thinking ahead, you can get any of these days with an additional 15 percent off when you use the code MOMSDAY15 at checkout.


Just pop the lid off the Pressa Bottle ($24.49 after discount; originally $39.99), drop fruits or vegetables into some water, then use the patented Twist N’ Press features. Instantly, you’ve got a freshly infused beverage. Voted one of the best water bottles in 2020 by CNET, you get up to 24 ounces of water just the way you like it.

If function matters more to Mom than taste, then LIZ: The Smart Self-Cleaning Bottle with UV Sterilization ($55.24 after discount; originally $79.99) might win her approval. With a tap, LIZ blasts her innards with UV-C light, sterilizing all surfaces and destroying 99.9 Read the rest

Sonos speakers can now play free audiobooks from your local library

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You can now use your Sonos speaker to listen to free audiobooks from your local library, thanks to a new integration with OverDrive’s Libby app. After downloading the Libby app, you’ll be prompted to register with a valid library card. Then, the app can be connected to a Sonos system and used to play any available audiobooks. Progress syncs across devices, so you’ll be able to pick up where you left off if you’ve been listening elsewhere.

Libby isn’t the only source of audiobooks on Sonos (we’re looking at you Audible), but unlike other services, it’s available completely free. The downside is that your choice of audiobooks will be limited by what your local library has available. OverDrive says that Libby works with 90 percent of public…

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Hardcover edition of The Making of Prince of Persia

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Jordan Mechner created Prince of Persia, a classic game noted for its perfect design, precise controls and wonderful rotoscoped animation. Mechner’s open-ness about his creative process, from source code to personal journals, is already legendary. Now it’s all collected in a beautiful new hardcover edition from Stripe Press, celebrating the game’s thirtiest anniversary.

Before Prince of Persia was a best-selling video game franchise and a Disney movie, it was an Apple II computer game created and programmed by one person, Jordan Mechner. Mechner’s candid and revealing journals from the time capture the journey from his parents’ basement to the forefront of the fast-growing 1980s video game industry… and the creative, technical, and personal struggles that brought the prince into being and ultimately into the homes of millions of people worldwide. Now, on the 30th anniversary of Prince of Persia’s release, Mechner looks back at the journals he kept from 1985 to 1993, offering new insights into the game that established him as a pioneer of cinematic storytelling in the industry. This beautifully illustrated and annotated collector’s edition includes:

• 300 pages of Jordan’s original journals
• Present-day margin notations by Jordan adding explanation, context, and affectionate cartoons of real-life characters
• Archival visuals illustrating the stages of the game’s creation
• Work-in-progress sketches, rotoscoped animation, screen shots, interface design, memos, and more
• A full-color 32-page “Legacy” section in which Jordan and fans share Prince of Persia memories from the past 30 years, including the Ubisoft games and Disney movie

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New DisplayPort spec enables 16K video over USB-C

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DisplayPort Alt Mode 2.0 is a new standard from the Video Electronics Standards Association that allows USB 4 to offer all the bells and whistles of the DisplayPort 2.0 standard as well as transmitting USB data. That means support for 8K displays at 60Hz with HDR, 4K displays at 144Hz with HDR, or even 16K (15360×8460) displays at 60Hz with compression. It’s a big step towards USB Type-C becoming a true jack-of-all trades connector.

The USB 4 spec can already transmit DisplayPort data, but AnandTech reports that the new standard remaps USB-C’s high speed data pins to unlock more bandwidth for video. USB 4 is bidirectional, meaning it can carry up to 40Gbps of data in either direction. However, video doesn’t need to go both ways — you…

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Raspberry Pi announces $50 12-megapixel camera with interchangeable lenses

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The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced a new camera board that should dramatically improve the photographic capabilities available to the popular DIY computer’s enthusiasts and hobbyists. It’s called the High Quality Camera, and it’s built around a 12.3-megapixel backside-illuminated Sony IMX477 sensor with 1.55-micron pixels.

There have been official Raspberry Pi camera boards before, but they used much smaller, lower resolution sensors and relied on fixed-focus lenses. The High Quality Camera, however, supports interchangeable C- and CS-mount lenses and offers adjustable back focus. The first options to be available through approved resellers include a $25 6mm CS-mount lens and a $50 16mm C-mount lens.

The board has a CS mount but…

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