Chrome’s autofill is getting more secure and convenient

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You’ll be able to use security options like a fingerprint to enter credit card details. | Image: Google

Google is updating its Chrome browser to let you automatically enter saved passwords and credit card details into forms more easily and securely, the company has announced. The browser will now use biometric authentication like a fingerprint to autofill credit card details without having to ask for your three-digit CVC each time, and a new dialog box will let you pick from a list of saved account credentials to sign into a website without having to tap into individual form fields.

As well as offering convenience, both features are designed to make transactions more secure on the web. Biometric security makes it harder for someone to make an online purchase if they have access to your device. You’ll still need to enter your CVC the first…

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Who wouldn’t want their Echo Dot to look like Baby Yoda?

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There are plenty of things I could tell you about Otterbox’s new stand for the third-generation Amazon Echo Dot smart speaker. I could tell you about its “durable materials” or how it’s designed to “securely” hold on to your Echo device. The Amazon listing even claims its “precision-fit, non-slip base” is “engineered for optimal audio output.”

But you and I both know that none of that really matters, because what’s really important here is that this base adds little tiny Emmy-nominated Baby Yoda* ears to the sides of your Echo Dot. If you want to pretend that you’re actually speaking to The Mandalorian character every time you ask Alexa to set a timer, then this is (probably) the easiest way to do it.

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Halo Infinite multiplayer will be free-to-play and up to 120fps, leaks reveal

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An Irish retailer has revealed that Halo Infinite’s multiplayer mode will be free-to-play and support up to 120fps. Smyths Toys Superstores briefly posted details (Google Cache) about Halo Infinite multiplayer on a promotional page this week before quickly removing them once the internet discovered the references.

“The legendary Halo series returns with the most expansive Master Chief campaign yet and a groundbreaking free-to-play multiplayer experience,” read the listing. “Enjoy up to 120 FPS and greatly reduced load times creating seamless gameplay with Xbox Series X.”

The listing on Smyths Toys Superstores.

Klobrille, an Xbox leaker that accurately revealed previous Halo Infinite details, backed up the claims that…

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Oppo launches mid-range Reno 4 Pro for $470

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Oppo has announced the Reno 4 Pro for international release. It’s a mid-range phone that isn’t a million miles away from sister company OnePlus’ new Nord in specs, design, and pricing.

The Reno 4 Pro has a matte back panel with a gradient design and a glossy finish on the quad camera bump. It feels very thin and light by today’s standards, at 7.7mm thick and 161g. The camera bump bears the legend “INNOVATIVE QUADCAM” in capital letters, which is a pretty amusing thing to write on a camera bump, but otherwise this is an attractive device.

The phone looks good from the front, too, with a 6.5-inch 90Hz 1080p AMOLED screen with the slightest of curves on the edges. Unlike other curved screens, this panel doesn’t stretch right…

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From tree tents to headlamps, these 10 camping essentials will improve your summer

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It’s summer. And this year, Europe and  Disney World just aren’t really all that feasible as part of your travel plans.

Yet especially with the last few months we’ve all endured, the need to get away and experience something new is like a raging fire in many of us. So if you can’t be around too many people these days, how about going where people ain’t?

Camping in the great — and vast — outdoors might be just what you need to decompress a bit, so stock up on these 10 tents, hammock and camping essentials, all at savings up to 60 percent, to make your time away as fulfilling as you need it to be.

Nylon Mesh Hammock – $17.99; originally $29

Sleeping on the ground is never comfortable, so this premium nylon and mesh hammock is ideal for sleeping under the stars without grimacing your way through the whole night. Portable and lightweight at less than 8 ounces, it holds up to 220 pounds comfortably for a relaxing afternoon swing or a full night’s slumber.

Foldable Nylon Hammock – $34.99; originally $49

With durable nylon construction and anchored by twin metal carabiners, this beast can support up to 485 pounds of weight. It’s also extremely versatile, foldable into a carrying back that even includes a strap for improved portability when you’re hiking to your campsite.

Natural Cotton Rope Hammock – $79.99; originally $199

Hand-dyed and woven from 100 percent natural cotton with soft to the touch materials, the Yellow Leaf hammock comes from a thicker weaving yarn, so you can hang with no flipping or even those waffle print markings all over your body. Read the rest

Hyper Scape, Ubisoft’s take on Fortnite, launches August 11th

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Ubisoft’s Hyper Scape, the studio’s new futuristic free-to-play battle royale shooter, will be released on August 11th for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. The game is currently in open beta on PC, but that beta runs for just a few more days, ending on August 2nd.

Launch day marks the first time the game will be available on consoles. When it’s out, Ubisoft will also introduce a new weapon, new limited-time game modes, and a 100-tier battle pass, and more, according to a tweet from the official Hyper Scape Twitter account.

Hyper Scape was first announced just this month with a technical test that was available on July 2nd to some Twitch and YouTube creators. Within 30 minutes of their streams…

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CBS All Access adds 3,500 new episodes before rebranding in 2021

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ViacomCBS has announced a significant expansion to its streaming library, with the addition of more than 3,500 episodes of shows like “Avatar: The Last Avatar,” “Chapelle’s Show” and “Laguna Beach.” Viacom and CBS were previously merged, then separated, then most recently merged again, and the additional content comes from across the company’s different brands — […]

The SkyTote Battery Sleeve for your Amazon Echo sets Alexa free

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Where would we be without Alexa? Without Amazon’s virtual assistant, who would we ask to play back our favorite songs or tell us the weather or beatbox? No, seriously…ask Alexa to beatbox.

Of course, Alexa does have her limitations. The biggest one being that she’s tethered to an electrical outlet. For the vastness of her all-knowing powers, Alexa, and the Amazon Echo she’s working through, are dependent on staying plugged in, which means their range only extends as far as the power cord.

The SkyTote Battery Sleeve seeks to change all that, taking your Amazon Echo off the chain so Alexa can freely roam anywhere within your WiFi range.

The SkyTote works with all second-generation Amazon Echo units. All you have to do is slide the factory casing off your Echo, open the battery cover at the base, slip the SkyTote over the top — and now, your Echo is cordless. The two sync right up, so rather than getting a new Echo for every room in your house, you can now just take one room-hopping with you.

The SkyTote sports a rechargeable 8,800mAh lithium-ion battery that lasts up to eight hours on a single charge. Unencumbered, the SkyTote even lets you take Alexa out of the house, so long as you can keep her connected to your vehicle WiFi or a smartphone hotspot.

A set of four LEDs on the base always keep you aware of its current power levels, and a power button lets you shut the speaker down to preserve your battery life when it isn’t in use. Read the rest

Google teases August 3rd launch for long-awaited Pixel 4A

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Google’s next budget phone, the Pixel 4A, is likely just days away from going on sale. The company has posted a teaser on its online store, saying that “the Google just what you’ve been waiting for phone” will be revealed on August 3rd. 9to5Google spotted the page. To unlock the full message, you need to tap the various boxes until the colors match Google’s logo: blue, red, yellow, blue, green, and red.

Google has also updated some of its social media images (like the header for the Made by Google Twitter account) with a small circle cutout, which seems like an obvious reference to the 4A’s display with a hole for the selfie shooter. You’ll notice some references to photography in all that “lorem ipsum” text on the Google Store page,…

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This USB powered lighter is a good replacement for matches

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I bought a USB rechargeable lighter last year and will never go back to using matches or a butane lighter. I’ve used it to light many charcoal barbecues, candles, and stove burners. It works by making a small electric arc across two electrodes. It makes a barely perceptible hissing sound, but one of my cats can hear it from across the room and she runs away. It must sound like another cat hissing at her. Read the rest

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