GoPro Hero 7 Black, Xbox One X with Fallout 76, and more are discounted

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Those who wait for deals are eventually rewarded with some good price drops, and today is paying off if you’ve had an eye on the GoPro Hero 7 Black or Xbox One X.

GoPro’s Hero 7 Black camera is its fastest-selling camera yet, and it’s now $50 off at its website. Normally $399.99, the camera is now $349.99, and comes with a SanDisk 32GB microSD card and GoPro beanie for free with purchase. Hypersmooth, a feature powered by this camera’s GP1 custom processor, allows for surprisingly good image stabilization, according to Verge transportation reporter Sean O’ Kane’s hands-on impressions and videos.

The Xbox One X console bundled with Fallout 76 is $349.99 at Newegg today, which is $50 cheaper than the best price we’ve seen to date. The…

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The first Frozen 2 trailer looks grim as hell

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Today, Disney released the first trailer for Frozen 2, the sequel to 2013’s animated musical adventure Frozen. Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, returning from the first film, have said virtually nothing so far about the plot of the new film. And the initial trailer doesn’t fill in any gaps. It’s a wordless collection of scenes of the characters grimly striving at various unclear tasks. In particular, it looks like Queen Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel) is trying to escape a barren island by running across the churning ocean, while her sister Anna (Kristen Bell) and their friend Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) charge into their own grave-looking crisis situations. The overall tone is grim and serious, with comic-relief snowman Olaf (Josh…

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Pixelmator Pro adds support for iPhone Portrait Mode depth masks

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Pixelmator Pro’s latest update adds support for the iPhone’s portrait masks, which lets you do more with photos taken in Portrait Mode. Photos taken in Portrait Mode on iOS 12 or later will be imported with the depth data in a separate layer mask, so you can easily edit backgrounds or swap them out entirely.

The feature isn’t available in the iPhone version of Pixelmator or the basic Mac version of Pixelmator. Pixelmator Pro, which costs $39.99, has a few more premium features over the $4.99 iPhone app and the standard $29.99 Mac app.

Both Mac versions of Pixelmator are powerful image-editing tools that support RAW image processing and offer an affordable alternative to Photoshop CC, which starts at a $10-a-month subscription plan. The…

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How to set up Apple’s HomeKit for your smart home

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Apple’s HomeKit may not be the most popular of the major smart home systems, especially when compared to competitors like Amazon’s Alexa ecosystem and Google Assistant, but it still has a lot of benefits, particularly when it comes to its deep integration with Apple’s platforms.

In fact, even if you prefer using Alexa or Google Assistant, you can still benefit from HomeKit. While there are plenty of smart home products that only support either Alexa or Google Assistant, odds are that if your light bulb, outlet, or fan supports HomeKit, it’ll work with another service, too. Since there’s no penalty for using accessories with multiple services, you can configure products with, say, Alexa and Apple’s Home app to get the best of both worlds….

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This slim wireless mechanical keyboard for the Mac almost gets it right

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<em>The Keychron K1 wireless mechanical keyboard.</em>

In the past few years, mechanical keyboards have become popular among PC gamers and typists who want a particular feel when using their computers. But the options for mechanical keyboards designed to be used with Macs have remained few. Using a Windows keyboard with a Mac can be frustrating, as it has the incorrect layout and won’t have Mac-specific function keys. Your options shrink even further if you’re looking for a wireless mechanical keyboard.

That’s why the $74-and-up Keychron K1 is such an interesting product. Born out of a crowdfunding project last year, the K1 is a wireless mechanical keyboard that’s specifically designed to be used with a Mac. (A Windows-specific version is also available.) It uses Bluetooth to connect to the…

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The Xbox One X with Fallout 76 is just $350 at Newegg

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Microsoft’s Xbox One X bundle with Fallout 76 is discounted at several retailers, but the best price by a $50 margin is at Newegg where you can buy it for $349.99. This is the best deal that we’ve seen on this console, and the savings make it easier to afford an extra controller or a different game if the always-online shooting and looting in Fallout 76 isn’t your type of experience.

Minor discounts on Xbox One bundles come and go somewhat regularly — they were $100 off during the holidays — but a $150 discount on the best Xbox One console that you can buy is pretty rare. If you’ve been waiting for a deal like this for the Xbox One X, it comes at a good time since Anthem, Devil May Cry 5, and Crackdown 3 are launching soon. (The original…

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You can already reserve a Galaxy S10 from Samsung

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There have already been plenty of leaks, but Samsung hasn’t yet formally announced its Galaxy S10 smartphone lineup, which is set to be offered in several different models and sizes. Even so, that’s not stopping the company from kicking off S10 reservations ahead of next week’s Unpacked event.

Samsung has launched a website with details, and it’s promising customers up to $550 off the S10 with a trade-in of an eligible device. Devices will “ship by March 8th,” which is our best evidence yet of an official S10 release date (or time frame, at least). Placing a reservation will give you priority during a 72-hour window after preorders go live, but Samsung notes that “not all Galaxy device versions are eligible for this offer.” If you don’t…

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Vizio is telling you how to get paid for TV-spying lawsuit by taking over your TV

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If you turn on your Vizio TV right now, you may see a strange message telling you that “you could get money” from a class-action settlement. That’s because Vizio has settled a $17 million lawsuit for allegedly spying on what you’ve been watching — and it’s telling you how to get your money by controlling your TV, because that isn’t ironic or creepy in the least. It’s a feature that’s been spotted in development last September, so we knew it was coming.

Customers — and the Federal Trade Commission — have accused Vizio of tracking data for years,…

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Developers say Sony is ‘playing favorites’ with PS4 cross-play support

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After months of dragging its feet, Sony finally started enabling cross-play between the PlayStation 4 and other consoles like the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One late last year with Fortnite, followed by Rocket League in January. But those two games remain the only titles with cross-console play, and some developers are calling out Sony for “playing favorites” with which games it is and isn’t allowing to have the feature, via Kotaku.

For its part, Sony’s Shawn Layden claimed in an interview with Game Informer this week that the company is “open for business” when it comes to cross-console multiplayer, adding that “All it takes is for publishers and developers who wish to permission it,” and that interested developers should work with their…

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9, the PlayStation Classic, and more are cheaper today

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is no stranger to the occasional good deal on Amazon. We’ve seen the phone bundled with the likes of the Gear S3 smartwatch, the Amazon Echo Show, and the IconX earbuds, but today’s offer seems like the best yet. The 512GB model is discounted to $1,049 (its lowest price yet), and it comes with a Galaxy Tab A midrange tablet for free with purchase. The 128GB configuration qualifies for the bundle, too, but at $999, it’s hard to recommend since $50 more for the 512GB model quadruples your storage.

The original Sony PlayStation has its fans, and if you’re one of them, the PlayStation Classic is $39.99 at Walmart right now. It debuted in November 2018, and has since been easy to find for around $59.99….

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Tidal follows Spotify, adds block button for specific artists

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Tidal is staying on top of the social climate and its competition by allowing you to block music you don’t want to hear. It’s a page taken out of Spotify’s book, which recently enabled the feature after receiving pressure from their users.

Blocking artists or specific songs on Tidal affects the My Mix personalized playlists and track radio. Unless you unblock your selection(s) within the Tidal app’s settings, the previously blocked song or artist will never play again on your account.

Tidal’s addition of artist / song blocking is great for those scenarios where you want to avoid an earworm, or just have an artist you loathe and don’t want to listen to. After Spotify came under fire for removing singer R. Kelly’s songs (following recent…

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This Chrome extension lets you learn a new language by watching Netflix

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Learning a new language through immersion doesn’t mean you have to pack your bags and move to Europe for three months. Now, you just need to turn on Netflix. Language Learning with Netflix is a Chrome extension that lets you watch shows with two subtitles on at the same time so you can visually pair translations with dialogue and learn some new vocabulary in the process. It’s a clever service that makes use of Netflix’s massive catalog and all of the major languages in which it already offers subtitles, including Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish.

The extension was created by developers David Wilkinson and Ognjen Apic who experimented with making their own language…

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 comes with a free Galaxy Tab A tablet

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 with 512GB of internal storage is $1,049, and it comes with a free Galaxy Tab A tablet with purchase for a limited time. This phone, sans bundle, retails for $1,249, though it can usually be found for around $1,100. The 128GB model currently costs $999 bundled with the tablet, though if you need more space for music, movies, and games, paying an extra $50 is a tiny premium that quadruples the amount of storage that you’ll get.

The Note 9 is still a solid value when it comes to hardware. In his review, Verge senior reviews editor Dan Seifert says that the Note 9 “gives the most more of any Note…

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Pokémon Go is getting a vastly improved AR photo mode very soon

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Your Pikachu photos are about to look a lot better. Today, Niantic announced the latest feature coming to Pokémon Go — called “Go snapshot” — which will expand the photo capabilities in the game, building on the AR+ feature that first debuted in late 2017.

Currently, Pokémon Go players can take augmented reality photos of pokémon they encounter in the wild, and it has proved to be a popular feature — so much so that Niantic says players regularly requested more options. The new snapshot mode extends the feature to all the pokémon in your storage. Now, when you select a pokémon in your bag, there will be a camera icon, and from there, you can move to the snapshot tool. The process seems both simple and playful; to get a pokémon where you…

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PlayStation Classic console is $39.99 at Walmart

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Sony’s PlayStation Classic mini console is $39.99 at Walmart for a limited time. This is $60 off the price at which it debuted in November, though you can usually find the console for a little over $50. Similar in approach to Nintendo’s popular NES Classic and SNES Classic, the PlayStation Classic includes a single wired controller and comes with 20 preinstalled games from the PS1 era, including Metal Gear Solid, Tekken 3, Twisted Metal, and Final Fantasy VII.

There are a handful of reasons why it’s gotten so cheap in so little time. Due to a rather weak game selection (where are UmJammer Lammy, Resident Evil 2, or Legend of Dragoon?) and questionable emulation choices (pushing 50Hz PAL format for some games), it hasn’t been as…

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Adobe adds AI-powered ‘zoom and enhance’ feature to Lightroom CC

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<em>The new feature could help you retain extra detail in your photos.</em>

Adobe has announced a new feature for its suite of photo-editing apps called Enhance Details that uses machine learning to artificially improve the resolution and picture quality of zoomed-in images. The results aren’t as dramatic as the “zoom and enhance” tropes of TV and film, but they do show how AI can help fill in details in digital pictures.

The new tool will be available in Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom Classic CC, and Lightroom CC for Mac and Windows, and Adobe claims it can increase the resolution of certain images by up to 30 percent. However, the actual improvements are not as striking as that figure might make you think. You can see what I mean in the comparison GIF below.

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The Taihe Gemini will sell you on battery-powered monitors

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve been running out of HDMI ports for as long as they’ve existed.

Beats me why no TV manufacturers ever equip their sets with more than four. Maybe it’s only a problem for people who perpetually feel the need to own every modern gaming console and a streaming box. But right now I have all four ports occupied, the fourth by a five-way splitter that itself is entirely occupied.

What this means is that each time an enticing new TV-adjacent gadget comes out, I have to make a tough decision about what to remove from my setup. Until this past week, I’d barely touched the PlayStation Classic I bought on a Boxing Day fire sale, simply because I didn’t have anywhere to plug it in. Half its value as a product is as a…

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