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Facebook axes its Onavo VPN app over data collection - CNET

cnet - 5 hours 20 min ago
The decision reportedly stems from backlash over Facebook amassing information on people's phone usage.
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Resurrected Firefly Aerospace will take over a launch site at busy Florida spaceport

The verge - 5 hours 21 min ago

Texas-based spaceflight company Firefly Aerospace is moving into a new launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida — the location of US’s premier spaceport. Thanks to a deal with Space Florida, a government agency that spurs development in the state, Firefly will be taking over a pad called SLC-20 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station as well as building a nearby manufacturing facility. That means the launch provider now has secured two launchpads for the rockets it has been developing: one in Florida and another at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

It’s a significant achievement for Firefly, a company that has essentially come back from the dead. Firefly Aerospace used to be Firefly Space Systems, which vied to build a rocket to launch...

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Unearthing Hardcore, DICE’s long-lost Sega Genesis shooter

The verge - 5 hours 21 min ago

In the early 1990s, after making its name with a pair of successful pinball games, Digital Illusions — which would go on to become Battlefield studio EA DICE — tried its hand at something more ambitious. Called Hardcore, it was a run-and-gun shooter with huge, detailed levels and frantic action. “It could be said that Digital Illusions’ motivation for creating games comes from looking at other examples of genres, sneering, and making them better,” gushed a preview in British games magazine The One. “With Hardcore, though, the boys are aiming at a very competitive area of the games market.”

Despite all of the hype, Hardcore never actually launched. Much like Nintendo’s Star Fox 2, it was a victim of timing. Hardcore was virtually...

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Samsung is keeping the Gear VR in stasis, and that might be fine

The verge - 5 hours 23 min ago

Samsung’s Gear VR is one of the most popular virtual reality headsets, but recently, its future has seemed uncertain. Samsung didn’t mention the mobile headset during this week’s Unpacked event, and it hasn’t significantly updated the hardware since 2017. Despite this, the company said that all four of its new Galaxy S10 phone models will work with the Gear VR, using an adapter that ships with the headset.

The Gear VR doesn’t seem to be facing imminent extinction. In fact, it seems to be in near-stasis, which is frustrating if you’d like to see Samsung fix its many problems, but it might make the most practical sense.

Samsung can upgrade the Gear VR without touching its hardware

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Vergecast: Samsung’s multiple galaxies

The verge - 5 hours 29 min ago

Samsung announced a plethora of new products at its Unpacked event in San Francisco this week, so you can imagine what’s being discussed on today’s Vergecast.

The Verge’s Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Dan Seifert, and Paul Miller run through everything that was shown at the event, including the Galaxy Fold, the S10 models, the Galaxy Buds, the Galaxy Watch Active, and a couple of other gadgets in this galaxy of an ecosystem. Which of them have headphone jacks?

Keep listening for our weekly 5G update (even 6G?) as well as Paul Miller’s reoccurring segment “Don’t brick the shoes.”

Stories mentioned in the show:

Samsung’s foldable phone is the Galaxy Fold, available April 26th starting at $1,980

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Amazon is blowing out MacBook and MacBook Pro refurbs, today only

BGR - 5 hours 30 min ago

Apple makes some phenomenal laptops. You know it, I know it, and everyone else out there knows it. Of course we also all know that Apple's laptops are quite expensive, and that's why you want to jump at any opportunity to save some cash when buying one. As it happens, one such opportunity just presented itself on Amazon, where you'll find a big one-day sale on refurbished MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops. Prices start at just $999.99, but remember these are refurbished units we're talking about here. That means there's a limited supply of each model, and we're definitely going to see some of them sell out. Check out the full sale right here, or you'll find a few of the models available at the time of this writing listed below.

Apple MacBook (Mid 2017) 12" Laptop, 226ppi, Intel Core i5 Dual-Core 1.3 GHz, 512GB, 8GB DDR3,…: $1,399.99

Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2017), 15.4", Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad-Core 2.8GHz, 256G…: $2,599.99

Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2017), 15.4", Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad-Core 2.8GHz, 256G…: Price too low to display

Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2017), 15.4", Intel Core i7-7820HQ Quad-Core 2.9GHz, 512G…: $2,599.99

Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (Mid 2017), 15.4", Intel Core i7-7820HQ Quad-Core 2.9GHz, 512G…: Price too low to display

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Amazon is blowing out MacBook and MacBook Pro refurbs, today only originally appeared on BGR.com on Fri, 22 Feb 2019 at 10:51:20 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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How to use a two-factor security key

The verge - 5 hours 49 min ago

Two-factor authentication is a good way to add an extra layer of security to online accounts. It requires the use of your smartphone, however, which is not only inconvenient, but it can be a problem if your phone is lost or breached. Hardware security keys can offer an extra layer of security to password-protected online accounts and, in turn, your identity. They’re also not hard to install. Here’s how to set them up for your Google account, Facebook, and Twitter.

Security keys connect to your system using USB-A, USB-C, or Bluetooth, and they are small enough to be carried on a keychain (with the exception of Yubico’s USB-C nano key, which is so small that it’s safest when kept in your computer’s USB port). They mainly use an open...

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Volvo launches new mild hybrid trims alongside refreshed XC90 SUV - Roadshow

cnet - 5 hours 54 min ago
It'll build upon an electrified lineup that already includes plug-in hybrids.
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Everything we know about iOS 13

BGR - 5 hours 54 min ago

With 2019 already in full swing, we're now just less than four months away from WWDC and the official unveiling of iOS 13. Though Apple has yet to confirm the exact dates, a leak recently revealed that WWDC 2019 will kick off on June 3 with a keynote address from Tim Cook and a slew of Apple executives and engineers.

Per usual, iOS 13 is poised to be the star of WWDC this year. And if you were understandably underwhelmed by the release of iOS 12, the good news is that iOS 13 will reportedly usher in a number of sweeping enhancements and features that will greatly impact how we use and interact with our iOS devices. It's admittedly been a while since an iOS update wowed us, but iOS 13 will hopefully change that.

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Everything we know about iOS 13 originally appeared on BGR.com on Fri, 22 Feb 2019 at 10:26:35 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Today’s best deals: $30 true wireless earbuds, Philips Hue sale, Google WiFi for $240, $19 earphones, more

BGR - 6 hours 20 min ago

Happy Friday, bargain hunters! You've come to the right place if you're looking for the best deals on the web on Friday, and we've got some unmissable sales for you to check out. Highlights include a must-have fast wireless charger for $19.99, the best-selling Bluetooth earbuds on all of Amazon for just $18.99 when you clip the 5% off coupon, Sony WH1000XM3 wireless noise cancelling headphones for $50 off when you snag refurbs, a pair of $30 true wireless earbuds that are better than $159 AirPods in one key way (they have silicone tips so they actually stay in your ears!), the best Instant Pot deal on the net, a $76 smartwatch with incredible 30-day battery life, the lowest price of 2019 on a Fire TV Stick or Fire TV Stick 4K, the lowest prices of the year so far on a bunch of popular Philips Hue smart LED lighting products, the lowest price of all time on the Google WiFi mesh wireless system, a $30 LED light strip as good as Philips Hue's $90 version, and plenty more. Check out all of today's top deals below.

Anker Fast Wireless Charger, 10W Wireless Charging Stand, Qi-Certified, Compatible iPhone XR/Xs…: $19.99

Mpow Flame Bluetooth Headphones Waterproof IPX7, Wireless Earbuds Sport, Richer Bass HiFi Stere…: $18.99

Sony WH1000XM3 Bluetooth Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones, Black WH-1000XM3/B (Certified Ref…: $299.99

SoundPEATS True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds in-Ear Stereo Bluetooth Headphones Wireless Earphone…: $29.99

Instant Pot Smart WiFi 6 Quart Multi-use Electric Pressure, Slow, Rice Cooker, Yogurt, Cake Mak…: $119.99

Amazfit Bip Smartwatch by Huami with All-Day Heart Rate and Activity Tracking, Sleep Monitoring…: $75.99

Fire TV Stick with all-new Alexa Voice Remote, streaming media player: $29.99

Fire TV Stick 4K with all-new Alexa Voice Remote, streaming media player: $39.99

Philips Hue Single Premium Smart Bulb, 16 million colors, for most lamps & overhead lights, Hub…: $38.98

Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance LightStrip Plus Dimmable LED Smart Light (Requires Hue Hub…: $79.49

Philips Hue White A19 60W Equivalent LED Smart Bulb Starter Kit (4 A19 White Bulbs and 1 Hub Co…: $54.00

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MagicLight LED Strip Lights, WiFi Wireless Smart Phone Controlled Light Strip Kit 16.4ft 150led…: $29.95

YI Dome Camera, 1080p HD Indoor Pan/Tilt/Zoom Wireless IP Security Surveillance System with Nig…: $47.99

Car Jump Starter, 1500A Peak Trekpow By ABOX 12V Auto Battery Booster Power Pack with Smart Jum…: $89.97

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Today’s best deals: $30 true wireless earbuds, Philips Hue sale, Google WiFi for $240, $19 earphones, more originally appeared on BGR.com on Fri, 22 Feb 2019 at 10:01:22 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Galaxy S10+ tops DxOMark’s camera rankings, which still don’t mean anything

BGR - 6 hours 45 min ago

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S10 series and its multi-lens cameras for high-end devices on Wednesday, and in case you were wondering how good the camera on the phone really is, you should know that the Galaxy S10+ already tops the DxOMark rankings for both the triple-lens camera shooter on the back, and the dual front-facing camera. As with previous DxOMark reviews, we’ll remind you these scores are meaningless for the simple fact that camera performance can’t be judged objectively. Not to mention that the scores themselves are strange, and they contain subjective interference.

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Galaxy S10+ tops DxOMark’s camera rankings, which still don’t mean anything originally appeared on BGR.com on Fri, 22 Feb 2019 at 09:36:10 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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MWC 2019: foldable phones, 5G, and other news from Mobile World Congress

The verge - 6 hours 51 min ago

Our faster, more flexible mobile future is about to be revealed

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When did cutscenes start looking worse than actual video games?

The verge - 7 hours 59 sec ago

I started playing video games around the time when they were transitioning to 3D and making use of CDs, which meant that the capacity to store beautiful visuals far outstripped the hardware’s ability to render them in real time. The upshot of this was that big-budget games often didn’t look great while you were playing them, but every now and then, you’d be treated to a lavishly rendered cutscene that would not only blow you away with its detail and artistry, but provide crucial context for what the regular graphics were actually meant to look like.

The canonical example of this is Square Enix’s Final Fantasy games for the original PlayStation. Last week, Final Fantasy VIII celebrated its 20th anniversary, while IX was re-released for...

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The best wireless noise cancelling headphones on the planet are back on Amazon at $50 off

BGR - 7 hours 10 min ago

If you missed out on the chance to pick up a pair of Sony's insanely good WH1000XM3 Bluetooth Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones earlier this week when refurbs popped up at a $50 discount, we have some good news: they're back! move quickly and you can snag a pair of the best wireless noise cancelling headphones on the planet for $50 off their normal price. Since they're regularly quite expensive at $350, this is a great opportunity.

Sony WH1000XM3 Bluetooth Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones, Black WH-1000XM3/B (Certified Ref…: $299.99

Here are the highlights from the product page:

  • Industry-leading Digital Noise Cancellation Industry-leading noise cancellation technology means you hear every word, note, and tune with incredible clarity, no matter your environment. Additional microphones also assist in isolating sound while talking on the phone, resulting in improved phone call quality.
  • Proprietary technology for premium sound Sony’s proprietary HD Noise Canceling Processor QN1 brings the WH-1000XM3 to the pinnacle of noise cancellation. With 32bit audio signal processing and best-in-class signal-to-noise ratio, the WH-1000XM3 headphones dramatically improve the sound quality of whatever you choose to listen to.
  • Smart Listening by SENSE ENGINE tailors the sound to you Smart Listening by Adaptive Sound Control automatically detects your activity, whether you’re travelling in an airport, walking on a crowded street, or sitting in a quiet area — balances the noise canceling levels. Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing keeps your music sounding great even when traveling at higher altitudes. You can customize them to your preferences with the Sony I Headphones Connect App
  • Sony | Headphones Connect App for Android /iOS Download the Android or iOS app to use Smart Listening by Smart Auto-settings, control your ambient sound settings and adjust the sound levels with the Equalizer. Wireless freedom with Bluetooth and NFC Bluetooth and NFC4 pairing make for hassle-free wireless connections to stream high-quality music and phone calls
  • Take your control to the next level with integrated Google Assistant available via the “Sony | Headphones Connect” App. Just announced, support for Amazon Alexa coming soon.

Sony WH1000XM3 Bluetooth Wireless Noise Canceling Headphones, Black WH-1000XM3/B (Certified Ref…: $299.99

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The best wireless noise cancelling headphones on the planet are back on Amazon at $50 off originally appeared on BGR.com on Fri, 22 Feb 2019 at 09:11:20 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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MWC 2019: the stories and devices to expect at the world’s biggest mobile show

The verge - 7 hours 18 min ago

In the next few days, the world’s tech press will descend on Barcelona for Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest mobile technology event. While January’s CES has a broad tech remit that includes everything from

TVs to smart toilets, MWC is a much more focused show where mobile and phone tech is the name of the game.

With Samsung’s major announcements done and out of the way a few days ahead of MWC, more of the limelight can be shared among its competitors. The Galaxy Fold is still liable to overshadow many of the smaller players, and Samsung will certainly maintain its massive presence at MWC, but still, we’re heading into a week of diverse and not entirely predictable announcements.

Before we get into the details of what to...

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Magic Leap and 5G illuminate catwalk fashion designs with lightning and skulls - CNET

cnet - 7 hours 21 min ago
Celebrities at London Fashion Week got a whole new view of the latest designs on the runway thanks to mixed reality.
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Lego's 1967 Ford Mustang kit challenges builders with 1,500 pieces - Roadshow

cnet - 7 hours 21 min ago
Live out your Gone in 60 Seconds dreams with this $150 Lego muscle car, with adjustable suspension, a supercharger and even swappable license plates.
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The best hardware security keys for two-factor authentication

The verge - 7 hours 21 min ago

Keep your virtual life secure with a physical key

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Nvidia’s new GeForce GTX 1660 Ti promises 120 fps gaming for $279

The verge - 7 hours 21 min ago

Nvidia is introducing a new affordable graphics card as part of the company’s GTX line today. While you might expect the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti to be based on the previous Pascal architecture, Nvidia is using its latest 12th-generation Turing GPU architecture instead. That means better performance and less power consumption, but since it’s not an RTX card, you won’t get Nvidia’s Deep Learning Super-Sampling (DLSS) or ray-tracing support.

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti includes 1,536 CUDA cores, 6GB of the latest GDDR6 memory, and a 1.8GHz boost clock. Nvidia says it has a power envelope of 120 watts, giving the GTX 1660 Ti “the best performance per watt of any GPU in its class,” according to the company. Nvidia is backing up that claim...

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While the world goes electric, some Germans desperately fight for their diesel

The verge - 7 hours 21 min ago

“Are we all supposed to drive electric vehicles now?”

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