The Nokia 106 feature phone has a 1.8-inch screen that’s perfect for Snake

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HMD Global has announced the Nokia 106, an affordable feature phone destined for the global market. The 106 has a 1.8-inch, 160×120 display that’s a perfect match for the built-in Snake game. (You’ll have to pay for others, though demos are included.) The phone can store up to 2000 contacts, and retain up to 500 SMS messages. Yes, these are the highlights advertised for a device like this.

HMD says the battery lasts “from sunrise to sunset with one charge,” which is something I’d honestly expect from a feature phone. That all-day battery life — 15.7 hours, to be specific — is for active use; the battery “lasts weeks” on standby. That’s 21.9 days, according to the spec sheet. If you want to use this thing solely as an FM radio, it’ll…

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Nikon’s Z6 mirrorless camera launches on November 16th for $2,000

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Nikon’s first mirrorless camera, the Z7, launched back in September for $3,999.95. If you’ve been holding out for the cheaper Z6 model, your patience has been rewarded: it’ll hit stores on November 16th, starting at $1,999.95 for just the camera body or $2,599.95 for a bundle with a 24-70mm f/4 “kit” lens.

The pricing puts the Z6 right up against Sony’s similarly priced A7 III mirrorless camera, which has long been the go-to option, and it also starts at $2,000.

As for the Z6, it’s largely similar to the Z7, although it trades the 45.7-megapixel sensor, 493 focus points, and 64-25600 ISO from its pricier sibling for slightly lower specs of a 24.5-megapixel sensor, 273 focus points, and 100-51200 ISO. That said, the Z7 costs $1,400 more…

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LG’s featherweight Gram may stretch to a MacBook-beating 17 inches

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The current LG Gram lineup advertises strong battery life. Maybe not this strong, though...

The LG Gram is one of the thinnest, lightest Windows laptops you can buy — also see: Acer’s Swift 7 — but now, it may be going places the new MacBook Air and its featherlight Windows rivals haven’t. Namely, all the way to 17 inches.

Today, LG offers 13.3-inch, 14-inch, and 15.6-inch variants of the Gram laptop, but an FCC filing may have just clued us in on LG’s laptop strategy this CES — a 17-inch version that’d offer a bigger screen than any of Apple’s MacBooks. (Apple discontinued its 17-inch MacBook Pro way back in 2012.)

Mind you, the evidence we’ll see a 17-inch model from LG isn’t overwhelming — just a US certification for computers with the model numbers “17Z990,”…

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Amazon Music is now available on Xbox One consoles

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Microsoft’s November update for Xbox One consoles brings a plethora of new capabilities and changes, including the ability to directly stream from Amazon Music.

The app is available for Xbox One users today for customers based in the United States, according to a press release. More countries are expected to be added “soon,” but there isn’t a firm launch date just yet. Amazon Music joins Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and YouTube as apps that people can use to stream music.

Amazon Prime members can use the new Xbox One app to stream from their library at no additional cost, according to Microsoft. The app is available in the Xbox Store now.

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Three new bands are coming for the Apple Watch Nike+

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Nike has announced new Nike Sport band colors that are coming for the Apple Watch Nike+, as reported by 9to5Mac. The new bands include two Nike Sport Loop bands and one Nike Sport band that will be available to purchase starting on November 16th.

The forthcoming bands were spotted within the Nike shopping app for the iPhone. The Nike Sport Loop is adding “smokey mauve” and “celestial teal” colors, and both new colors are reflective, like other Nike Sport Loop bands. The new Nike Sport band will come in a color called “olive flak.”

The bands are shown with the Apple Watch Nike+, and there’s no mention of whether they will be sold separately. The bands will be available on Friday, November 16th but only in the Nike app for iPhone within…

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Skullcandy’s first truly wireless earbuds leak in FCC filings

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Skullcandy is apparently making the jump to truly wireless earbuds, with an unannounced pair of Skullcandy Push earbuds making it through the FCC today in a filing that managed to reveal almost every single aspect of the device, down to the instruction manual.

True to the name, each Push earbud has a large button on the side, which can variously be used to change volume, skip tracks, and activate a smart assistant on your phone (honestly, check the manual for the list of button commands because there are a lot).

Photo: FCC (via Skullycandy)

The headphones automatically turn on when you take them out of the companion charging case, and shut off when stowed. Additionally, the case appears to charge over USB-C, which…

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V-Moda’s new Bassfit earphones enter the fitness game for $130

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V-Moda is releasing its first pair of fitness neckbuds today called the BassFit. They employ what V-Moda is calling “TriFit design,” meaning there are three different wear options to accomplish the best fit.

The first TriFit option uses flexible ear hooks that wrap around your ears to help the earbuds stay in place, the second option uses ear fins, and the third TriFit implementation uses both fins and hooks. These are handy features to ensure the fit is as snug as possible.

Image: V-Moda

The BassFit weigh just 17 grams, they have weather and sweat resistance, and they support AptX and AAC audio codecs for better and lower-latency audio. You can also connect the earbuds to two devices simultaneously. The BassFit…

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Cortana’s redesign is now available for iOS

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Cortana’s version 3.0 redesign, which we first saw released in beta last month, is now available to all iOS users. As well as overhauling its interface, the update adds the ability for you to have “conversational experiences” with the voice assistant, listen to music and podcasts, and set up Cortana devices. These latter two pieces of functionality are especially relevant right now, given that Microsoft’s Surface Headphones are due to launch next week on November 19th.

As expected, the update also brings better integration with the rest of Microsoft’s ecosystem of services. You can now use the app to join Skype or Teams (Microsoft’s version of Slack) meetings, and also access your calendar, meetings, emails, reminders, and to-dos.

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Mozilla releases privacy report on which holiday gadgets are too creepy

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Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Mozilla has released a privacy report on some popular gift options, which tells you if a gadget meets basic security standards like encrypting data and offering a clear privacy policy.

While the list isn’t comprehensive, it looked at 70 popular items and found that a little over 25 of them meet Mozilla’s minimum security standards. The most secure gadgets: the Nintendo Switch, a Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit that mixes wand magic and teaching kids how to code, and an open-source smart speaker called Mycroft Mark 1.

The PlayStation 4 and Apple’s AirPods do well on the test, too, but they get dinged for having privacy…

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Xbox One keyboard and mouse support arrives with today’s November update

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Microsoft is enabling mouse and keyboard support for its Xbox One console today. Fortnite will be one of the first games to enable this support alongside Warframe. Bomber Crew, Deep Rock Galactic, Strange Brigade, Vermintide 2, War Thunder, and X-Morph Defense will also all support keyboard and mouse later this month. Microsoft also previously revealed 7 additional games will support keyboard and mouse in the future.

Developers will need to specifically opt-in to enable keyboard and mouse support in Xbox One games, and Fortnite in particular is only matching these gamers with the same inputs to keep play balanced. Most modern wired or wireless USB keyboards and mice will work on the Xbox One, and Microsoft is also partnering with Razer…

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Ralph Breaks the Internet is The Lego Movie of Disney films

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Disney’s 2012 film Wreck-It Ralph proved that a movie based on video game nostalgia could actually be more than a gimmick. It’s the story of Ralph (John C. Reilly), a villain in a Donkey Kong-esque 1980s-style retro arcade game, who ventures outside of his own cabinet and into the world of other games to prove he’s not such a bad guy after all. Along the way, he befriends a wisecracking racing-game misfit named Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman). Together, they learn that what’s important isn’t what others think about you; it’s about what you think of yourself. It’s kinetic, clever, and filled with video game cameos, though it doesn’t fully achieve its Pixar-perfect ambitions.

For the sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet, directors…

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The makers of the selfie drone camera are Kickstarting its sequel, the Hover 2

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ZeroZero Robotics, the makers of the Hover Camera Passport selfie drone which followed around subjects using facial and body recognition, is back with a sequel. The Hover 2 camera is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and ZeroZero says it’s four times more powerful than its predecessor. The drone’s body features most of the same design of the original, but the Hover 2 now comes with an encasing that can be replaced with a lighter weight protector that improves flight time, control range, and aerodynamics.

The Hover 2 includes a feature called Optical Radar, which is a swiveling stereo sensor that offers 360-degree depth perception and obstacle avoidance. Paired with the new housing and the remote, it has 23 minutes of flight…

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One of the best podcast apps, Pocket Casts, just got a big redesign

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Several months after the podcast app Pocket Casts was acquired by a mix of public radio stations, today marks the release of a major update. Version 7.0 brings with it a revamped design and a handful of new features that I’ve really come to appreciate in the couple weeks I’ve spent testing it. The look of the app has changed up quite a bit, but it still feels like Pocket Casts.

Here are some of the main improvements you’ll see when you install the update today on iOS and Android.

  • Play episodes without subscribing: This is a big one and perhaps my favorite of all. Now you can pull up a podcast and jump right into a specific episode without having to commit to the entire series — even temporarily — with a subscription. So if you’ve…

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Apple updates MacBook Pro with AMD Vega GPU options

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As promised, Apple has updated its MacBook Pro configurations with new options for AMD Radeon Pro Vega graphics cards, specifically the all-new Pro Vega 16 and Pro Vega 20 options. Apple first announced these new component choices as part of its fall Mac hardware event, where it announced a new MacBook Air and Mac mini.

The options are now available on Apple’s online store for the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. It’s only available on the laptop’s highest-end configuration. You’ll be paying an extra $250 for the Pro Vega 16, and an extra $350 for the Pro Vega 20. That’s on top of the laptop’s $2,799 base cost. However, the laptop’s base GPU is seeing a small update from the Radeon Pro 555X to the 560X, which was previously an…

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Fallout 76 players are helping newbies by acting like NPCs

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When Fallout 76 was announced, fans of the open-world role-playing series worried that making the traditionally solitary franchise into a multiplayer game would ruin the experience somehow. Wouldn’t griefers be inevitable? Do you really want random jerks doing strange things in your game? Now that Fallout 76 is out, however, the most common player behavior seems to prove that Bethesda knew exactly what it was doing. People are actually being nice.

Perhaps the most high-profile documentation comes from veteran Fallout player Many A True Nerd, a YouTuber who has made a name for himself by doing things like beating the games without ever healing himself. In Fallout 76, he’s picked up a new schtick: welcoming new players. The game officially…

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Niantic’s Pokémon Go-style Harry Potter game is coming in 2019

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Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the latest augmented reality venture from Pokémon Go developer Niantic and publisher WB Games, is delayed until 2019. The game was first announced in November 2017 with plans to launch last year. Niantic did provide a first-look teaser of the game, however, which can be seen above.

There isn’t much to take away from the teaser in terms of a narrative, but the infamous Golden Snitch does make an appearance. A player can be heard chanting a spell (immobilus, which stops an object from moving) before an ominous poster appears warning all wizards and witches of a brewing threat.

Players in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will be able to “explore real-world surroundings to unravel a global mystery, cast spells, and…

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The Google Assistant smart home ecosystem is slowly starting to take shape

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At an event in San Francisco yesterday, Google gave the press a tour of a smart home featuring its Google Assistant products. Notably, the new Google Home Hub was there. It was, in many ways, pretty typical: here’s how you can turn on the lights, command a TV to play Stranger Things on Netflix (it’s always Stranger Things on Netflix), and start or stop a Roomba. But Google also showed off a handful of new features for both Assistant and its Google Home products.

On their own, none of these new features are particularly revolutionary. Taken together, they certainly don’t add up to a compelling case for why somebody who is already enmeshed in Amazon’s Alexa ecosystem should switch over. What they did do, however, was begin to present a…

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Nintendo is betting on Smash Bros. and Pokémon for huge holiday sales

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The Switch has been a huge success for Nintendo, already outselling both of its predecessors: the GameCube and the Wii U. But the portable console — coming up on its second holiday season — is about to face its biggest test yet, with Nintendo needing to sell nearly 14 million Switches over the holidays if it wants to meet its lofty 20 million unit sales goal that it set at the beginning of the year. And it has to do it without the benefit of a Zelda or a Mario game to bolster sales.

It’s a big moment for the future of the Switch, but Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé isn’t concerned. “This year, we think that we’re exceptionally well prepared for the holidays and truly have something for every type of gamer and every type…

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