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God of War on PC: Gameplay tips for tomorrow’s launch

Tomorrow on January 14, God of War (2018) launches on PC. To ensure you’re ready, we’ve released our PC system requirements and features – be sure to check them both out. Ultrawide trailer One of the unique PC features that we’re very excited about is the 21:9 ultra-widescreen support that will allow you to play […]
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    The Morning After: The worst solution to watch 'Tenet'

    Welcome to Friday morning. As some email subscribers may have noticed, the daily newsletter has been on hiatus for several weeks as we contended with a persistent technical issue. We’ve now figured out a fix, so we’re back to our regularly scheduled newsletter.  Thanks for your patience and if you have any more feedback, you can get in touch with us at themorningafter(at) (And if you’re reading this on the site, you can subscribe right here.) Today's edition includes a smartphone with a ‘microscope’ camera, Tenet on a Game Boy Advance, an explanation of exactly what NFTs are and how to digitally organize your Mac, as our Spring Cleaning series goes beyond simply cleaning your keyboard. That’s where my spring cleaning typically ends. — Mat Smith Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should. Bob Wulff, YouTube Proving old devices never really die, some enterprising crafters keep squeezing functionality out of yesteryear’s gadgets. That includes a horrifically compressed version of Tenet for Game Boy Advance, and a wildly unnecessary Twitter client for the Handspring Visor. Continue reading. The cryptocurrency offshoot presents a jumble of contradictions. NBA Non-Fungible Tokens, or NFTs, are the cryptocurrency off-shoot that has, all of a sudden, burst into the mainstream. They’re essentially a way of tying a certificate of authenticity to a digital file, among other things, like a contract, video clip or even a still image. The possibilities for NFTs are still to be explored, but they’re booming right now like Bitcoin did through much of 2020. Yesterday, a digital artwork by Beeple and associated NFT sold at auction for nearly $70 million. For what essentially amounted to a copy of a still image someone could have printed at home for free and a signed receipt. If you’re wondering what exactly all of this means, and what’s going on, then Dan Cooper has written a lengthy explainer to get you up to speed on what this is, even if you still have trouble understanding why someone would spend so much money on it. Continue reading. And both its wide and ultra-wide cameras have the same sensor. Engadget Oppo’s new flagship phone, the Find X3 Pro is entirely focused on photography — the giant sensor array on the back kind of gives that away. The headline feature has to be its "microscope" camera. The 3-megapixel f/3.0 microscopic camera delivers 30x magnification natively and can handle 1080p video recording. As you have to get close — the focal distance is between only 1mm and 3mm — this camera even has a small ring light to illuminate your subject. The results make for a unique camera phone. It’s an Oppo device, so there’s also lightning-fast charging with the bundled 65W SuperVOOC charger and speedier wireless charging with compatible docks, which can fully charge your phone in 80 minutes. Given past form, chances are the Find X3 Pro won't head to the US, but the company has announced it'll be available in the UK on April 14th, starting at £1,099, which is around $1,250. Continue reading. It aims to have a high-capacity pre-production battery by 2023. GM is elaborating on its next-generation Ultium batteries, which sound like something from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but are not. The company plans to use lithium-metal (Li-metal) technology to boost performance and energy density. Li-metal batteries replace carbon anodes with lithium metal, allowing for lighter and more powerful cells. The challenge with the technology is increased resistance and "dendrite" filaments that tend to form on the anodes, making batteries short-circuit and heat up. “With this next-generation Ultium chemistry, we believe we’re on the cusp of a once-in-a-generation improvement in energy density and cost," said GM President Mark Reuss, adding that there was also “still room for improvement”. Continue reading. Taking care of your computer doesn’t need to be complicated. Engadget Once you’ve dusted the cookie crumbs from your MacBook keyboard, it’s time for a digital clean. Associate Editor Igor Bonifacic reveals his fastidious Mac cleaning techniques, encompassing hard-drive organization, keeping your desktop clean going forward and even how to purloin the best organization features from Windows 10 for your Mac. Continue reading. Do you remember whose account you’re streaming on? Getty For years, Netflix has looked the other way on people sharing passwords to their streaming accounts with folks that may not quite meet the definition of a “member of the household.” As its streaming audience has grown into the hundreds of millions, allowing easy access has been more important than triple-checking credentials. But those days may be coming to an end. The company confirmed a test it’s running that prompts suspected freeloaders to get their own accounts and then asks to verify their access with a code sent to the registered account holder’s phone number or email address. Now that Netflix has hiked its prices for several years in a row, and growth in some countries is slowing, it looks like this is a way to find a few more paying customers. Continue reading. Nearly every addition is coming to play on Xbox, PC and mobile. Now the deal is done, Microsoft-owned game publisher Bethesda has announced 20 of its games are xton Xbox Game Pass, starting today. In all, Microsoft is adding 12 new titles, including Fallout 4, Morrowind and The Evil Within, for people to check out. They'll join eight other Bethesda games, like Dishonored 2, Fallout 76 and Doom Eternal, that were already available through the service, making a total of 20 titles. Check the full list of titles here. But wait, there’s more... US lawmakers introduce bill to make high-speed internet available to all Chrome for Android lets you preview web links SSL's UF8 DAW controller is a luxury in search of an audience Google Meet update crams more people into your mobile video calls EA opens probe into claims that staff are selling rare ‘FIFA 21 Ultimate Team’ cards Apple's MagSafe Duo Charger is 22 percent off at Best Buy Netflix's 'Resident Evil' CG anime leans on familiar voice actors The best white noise machines for babies

    The Morning After: This electric pickup will need on Tesla in 2023

    We're still staring at Canoo's unusual electric pick-up that looks set to take on Tesla's Cybertruck. We're also thinking on why Apple's iPhone 12 Mini has struggled. But today we're starting with some sad news. The former Philips engineer who invented the first compact cassette tape, Lou Ottens, has passed away at the age of 94. Cassette tapes had a major impact on music culture, offering listeners the ability to easily create their own albums and playlists, recording from different sources, like other tapes and live radio. Like a lot of people in my generation, I owned a dual-cassette boombox in my childhood, just please don’t ask me about my music tastes. Cassette tapes were subsequently usurped by compact discs (which Ottens also helped develop) and then digital music and streaming services. Having said that, tapes persist. In 2016, sales of cassettes increased by 74 percent. — Mat Smith The company will build several electric vehicles on one platform. This design certainly takes a different approach to Tesla's edgy Cybertruck and is even going to stand out as electric pickups from Rivian, Ford and others start to hit the streets. The specs promise more than 200 miles of range on a charge, with up to 600 HP and 550 lb-ft of torque in a dual-motor configuration and a payload capacity of up to 1,800 pounds. At 76 inches, it's one inch taller than Tesla's Cybertruck but notably shorter than GMC's 81.1-inch tall Hummer EV. It's also short in length compared to those competitors at just 184 inches, but a pull-out bed extension brings the total length to 213 inches.Continue reading. Reports suggest Apple is slashing production by at least 70 percent. Apple is slashing production of the iPhone 12 mini through the first six months of the year, according to Nikkei. The company will reportedly produce at least 70 percent fewer units than it planned and backs previous suggestions that the 5.4-inch iPhone 12 mini isn't selling as well as other models. There are certainly drawbacks to the mini, like its battery life, but there are also few phones as small and as high-specced as the mini iPhone 12 — it might just be a niche proposition.Continue reading. Yeah, the company skipped number 4. It's only been a little over seven months since ASUS launched its ROG Phone 3 gaming smartphone, but the company is already releasing a follow-up model, the ROG Phone 5 (skipping 4 due to tetraphobia). There are some minor cosmetic changes, but also better heat dissipation, weight distribution and audio performance. Those audio improvements seem to be the focus: Better component choices mean there’s more space inside the ROG Phone 5 for the front-facing speakers.Continue reading. It looks like a spiritual successor to ‘Turtles in Time.’ TMNT If cassettes weren’t nostalgic enough, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge is sure to delight anyone who remembers ‘90s arcade scrolling beat-em-ups. The new game, developed by Dotemu (Streets of Rage 4) and Tribute Games (Mercenary Kings), is a four-player brawler that looks like a natural successor to Turtles in Time. No quarters needed.Continue reading. What will the show look like when it kicks off on June 28th? The GSMA is sticking to plans for an in-person Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this June — just without a few marquee names. A handful of companies, including Oracle, smartphone maker Sony and networking firms Nokia and Ericsson, have all confirmed they will not attend the show. There are also strict travel restrictions for would-be attendees. The website for the US Embassy in Spain and Andorra says that entry into the country is not allowed unless they meet “very specific requirements or have already obtained special permission from the Government of Spain.”Continue reading. It promises "the best still and video performance in Nikon history." Nikon Nikon has announced it's developing the Z9, a flagship full-frame mirrorless Z mount model with "the best still and video performance in Nikon history." The new model will ship in 2021 with 8K video and other advanced features. Expect the very best from Nikon and a price tag to match. There's no word yet on pricing, but Nikon has promised more information in the months to come.Continue reading. But wait, there’s more... How to organize your desk at home Adobe Photoshop is now available natively on M1 Macs 'Valorant' pro Sinatraa has been suspended amid sexual assault allegations HTC shrinks its VR Tracker, debuts new face-tracking accessory Apple to invest over $1 billion in new Munich silicon facility The best smart lights for your bedroom Apple rejected Parler's latest attempt to come back to the App Store ESPN+ live sports and originals are now available on Hulu Polestar's latest EV concept is an adorable three-wheeled cargo sled

    The Morning After: Testing the very best budget robot vacuums

    I bought my first Roomba more than a decade ago. Unfortunately, cheap robovacs back then didn’t have much in the way of intelligence or suction power, so it was mostly a curiosity that would bump around my apartment for a while before I followed up with a real vacuum. Whether you’re like me, or you’ve never had one, then you’re probably wondering if current models can do any better, and according to Valentina Palladino, the answer is yes. Engadget As she explains, “If you’re someone who wants to spend as little time as possible cleaning your home — or just someone who detests vacuuming — then a semi-autonomous robot is a great investment.” She reviewed several options that are available for under $300 and picked out a few that are worthy of slinking under your couch or into dusty corners. — Richard Lawler The streams cut out before anyone could finish the four-hour movie. Warner Bros. The Snyder edition of Justice League accidentally appeared ahead of its expected premiere later this month. Late yesterday, some HBO Max subscribers who tried to watch Tom & Jerry had a chance to get the 4:3 aspect ratio superhero flick instead. WarnerMedia confirmed the leak and was able to cut the streams before anyone could watch the whole movie. Continue reading. The installation will be able to power 20,000 homes when complete. Tesla Tesla’s latest big energy storage facility will be in Angleton, Texas, according to Bloomberg. A company subsidiary, Gambit Energy Storage, is installing enough of the company’s modular Megapacks to power approximately 20,000 homes. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) reportedly said the site could begin operating as soon as the start of June. Timing is everything: Last month, unprecedented winter weather left much of Texas without electricity. Continue reading. Just what can your perspiration tell you? Engadget We get sent the occasional random product that barely ties together tech with a huge consumer product or brand. Like the Pringle’s gaming headset, which feeds you. Most were never meant for the public, perhaps thankfully. Some are actual real products, though, like Gatorade’s new Gx Sweat Patch. At least there’s a legitimate connection between a sports drink and a sweat patch, right? The patches come in packs of two for $25, available to buy online, and you scan them for results using the iPhone app (sorry, no Android version yet). Those results give some insight into exactly what you’re sweating out and try to tie that information to hydration and nutritional advice to improve your workouts and recovery. Reviews Editor Cherlynn Low strapped one on and tried to get her sweat on. Continue reading. Expect to see the laptops next month. Engadget According to a report from WinFuture, Microsoft will release the Surface Laptop 4 later this spring, and you’ll have AMD and Intel processor options in both 13.5-inch and 15-inch sizes. The company will reportedly offer “Surface Edition” variants of the Ryzen 5 4680U and Ryzen 7 4980U. That’s an improvement on the 3580U and 3780U options for the Surface Laptop 3 but a step below the 5000 series chips AMD announced at the start of the year. Continue reading. It has a homescreen, player controls and more. Engadget When you cast from the YouTube app to a Chromecast-connected TV, it’s a pretty minimalistic experience, with your TV showing only basic details like the channel name, view count, date and time. With a new interface on your TV, however, casting YouTube will reportedly be more akin to using Android TV, with settings like resolution, captions and subtitles. Continue reading. But wait, there’s more... What's on TV: 'Cherry,' 'Last Chance U' and 'Assembled' Porsche now owns almost a quarter of EV car maker Rimac Arlo's Video Doorbell and Pro 3 cameras helped me survive suburbia Kia shows off the EV6, the first vehicle based on its new electric platform Apple releases iOS 14.4.1 and macOS 11.2.3 to address a WebKit vulnerability ‘WandaVision’ is anti-binging TV GM teases more Hummer EV news with sub-zero test footage The Audi Q4 e-tron's augmented HUD beams driving info on to the windshield

    The Morning After: OnePlus gets some photography help because of its new flagship phone

    You might be excited to hear about the OnePlus 9 when it launches later this month, but OnePlus phones are rarely a surprise. The company has long suffered from a cat that’s always getting out of the bag, with phone specs, renders and in-the-wild photoshoots punctuating any build-up hype. This goes hand-in-hand with the company’s often piecemeal announcement strategy. Take the run-up to the launch of its midrange Nord phone, last year. You might recall OnePlus announced its plans for a more affordable phone, then announced what it would be called, then announced some of the camera features. Even the color and price were hinted at a month before OnePlus officially revealed the Nord in full detail. Dave2D So, true to form, we knew that OnePlus would announce a Hasselblad tie-in for its cameras on its next flagship phone. We saw the leak, and here's the official tease. Only OnePlus can decide whether its relentless PR barrage is a better approach than keeping a secret but expect to hear an awful lot more about the OnePlus 9 in the run-up to the company’s launch event on March 21st. Hopefully, there will be something left to tell us. — Mat Smith The all-in-one workstation is only available 'while supplies last.' Engadget If you were hoping to buy an iMac Pro for some serious work, you'd better act quickly. Apple is winding down sales of its all-in-one workstation. Supplies are now limited to the base 10-core Xeon configuration, however, and orders look like they’ll take at least three weeks. Apple told Engadget that most pro customers should be accommodated by the high-end 2020 iMac, which made SSDs standard and includes more recent graphics and up to 128GB of RAM. And if you need more beastly specs, there’s still the Mac Pro. Will the iMac Pro be the next to benefit from Apple’s home-made silicone? Let’s see. Continue reading. It might be a living-room browser you'd actually want to use. Microsoft has started testing a version of its Edge browser on the Xbox One and Series X/S. Participate in the Alpha Skip-Ahead testing ring and you'll get a web experience with improved compatibility and syncing with Edge across multiple platforms. It’s still pretty buggy at this point — and you can’t use a mouse or keyboard with it yet. Theoretically, though, you could well play Google Stadia on your Xbox in the future. Continue reading. The park will limit attendance numbers and require masks for visitors. Nintendo Universal Studios Japan has announced its Nintendo-themed park, at Universal Studios in Osaka, will finally open later this month. Visitor numbers will be limited and the park will operate with strict COVID-19 hygiene measures in place, including a mandatory mask entry requirement. Continue reading. It plans to go toe-to-toe with the US. According to a Wall Street Journal report, China used its annual party meeting to outline a five-year plan for advancing technology that aids "national security and overall development." To do so, the country plans to increase spending on basic research by 10.6 percent in 2021, with labs and educational programs aimed at boosting research in fields like AI, biotech, semiconductors and quantum computing. Continue reading. It's reportedly trying to give Sputnik-V an edge. Just because there’s no major election at the moment, that doesn’t stop the disinformation train. US State Department officials say Russia is running a disinformation campaign to shake confidence in COVID-19 vaccines competing with Sputnik-V. A WSJ report names New Eastern Outlook, News Front, Oriental Review and Rebel Inside, which all cast unfounded doubts on vaccines like Pfizer's, falsely calling mRNA delivery a "radical experimental technology." All four sites are "directly" tied to Russian agencies. Continue reading. But wait, there’s more... 'Watch Dogs: Legion' PC multiplayer delayed indefinitely due to bugs iCloud allegedly locked out a user over her last name Vizio tries to go public, five years after its messy first attempt Hitting the Books: Elon Musk and the quest to build a better rocket engine Sonos' Roam can reportedly pass music to other speakers

    The Morning After: Just how much may be the first tweet worth?

    NFT. The letters stand for non-fungible token, and as I understand it, they’re a cryptographically backed way to create unique, trackable digital certificates of ownership. Whether or not that makes sense to you — this article may help, it’s from a few years ago when NBA Top Shots predecessor CryptoKitties was at its peak — they are suddenly attracting attention for drawing huge prices at auction. Jack Dorsey Now Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who is already a cryptocurrency fan, is swirling the waters by “minting” one NFT for something that is truly unique — the first tweet on Twitter, posted by Dorsey himself in 2006. The process is taking place on Cent’s Valuables platform, and while people aren’t bidding on ownership of the actual tweet, the platform itself says you can obtain a “1-of-1 autographed version.” As of this writing, the highest offer submitted is for $700,000. Whether or not you agree NFTs are a “dangerous trap” or even an “absolute disaster,” as long as someone’s willing to keep the prices at this level they won’t go away. — Richard Lawler It traveled 21.3 feet over 33 minutes. NASA NASA’s Perseverance rover has completed its first test drive since landing on the surface of Mars on February 18th. On March 4th, it went on a short 33-minute jaunt that saw it travel 21.3 feet (6.5 meters) in and around its landing site, the agency announced on Friday. The milestone is the first of many technical tests Perseverance needs to complete before it starts looking for signs of ancient microbial life in the Jezero Crater, which was once home to an ancient lake.Continue reading. Is that a social media feature worth paying for? Social media maven Jane Manchun Wong has shared a first look at an "Undo Send" timer for tweets that lets you take back your hot take or erroneous comment before it's out in the wild. The feature — which gives you about five seconds to retract a sent tweet — was first mentioned in a Twitter survey last July seeking feedback on its push into subscriptions. The platform was also reportedly mulling tipping for exclusive content and paid access to the Tweetdeck app in a bid to supplement its ad revenues.Continue reading. The August Smart Lock is on sale for $184. Engadget This week Apple's 256GB iPad Air was discounted to its lowest price yet ($680) and Google's midrange Pixel 4a 5G smartphone fell to $450. Nintendo Switch owners can still grab a few accessories like the Ring Fit Adventure ($70) and the Switch Pro Controller ($59) for less, while Bose's high-end 700 wireless headphones remain $80 off at $299. Here are all the best deals from the week that you can still snag today, and remember to follow @EngadgetDeals on Twitter for more updates.Continue reading. Is Microsoft Mesh the future of remote work? This week, Cherlynn and Devindra chat with CNET Editor-at-Large Scott Stein about Microsoft’s latest Mixed Reality endeavor: Mesh. It’s a virtual meeting platform that can work across HoloLens, VR headsets, computers and smartphones, making it one of the most versatile remote work solutions we’ve seen yet. Will Microsoft Mesh power all our virtual meetings in the future? Or do we need AR glasses to get here first? Also, they dive into Google’s new privacy changes around ads. No more personalized ads based on your browsing history! Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts or Stitcher.Continue reading. But wait, there’s more... My late, reluctant trip to 'Mass Effect Andromeda' How to choose the best TV for gaming The world's largest telescope is edging closer to completion Big Tech critic and net neutrality advocate Tim Wu is joining the White House Microsoft email server flaws exploited to hack at least 30,000 US organizations Bag maker Peak Design calls out Amazon for its copycat ways SpaceX's SN10 Starship sticks the landing -- and then explodes Ford Mustang Mach-E's first recall addresses loose bolts The CPU from Apple's iMac G3 is powering NASA's Perseverance rover Bloomberg: Next Nintendo Switch can output 4K and has a 7-inch OLED Watch Samsung detail its Micro LED TVs DJI officially unveils its cinematic FPV drone Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2: A better balance of premium and practical Researchers build the fastest laser-based random number generator

    The Morning After: Facebook is apparently attempting to build its Clubhouse

    Facebook loves to see what’s working well elsewhere, and then do exactly the same thing for itself. Snapchat, in particular, has seen the biggest social network borrow features and ideas, like Instagram Stories, camera interfaces on WhatsApp, sharing profiles through QR codes and more. Facebook also recently showed interest in getting into the newsletter game, reportedly developing its own tool while Twitter bought up a newsletter service to bolster its own offering. Now the social network is working on its own version of Clubhouse — the latest social app to catch the world’s attention. It’s an audio-chat iOS app (invite-only, naturally) which blew up last week when Elon Musk stopped by for a conversation. Mark Zuckerberg also recently popped in to chat as well — so its existence is definitely known to the company’s executive circle. For now, the Facebook version is still in the early stages of development. Facebook’s track record for borrowed ideas is mixed: for every Instagram Stories, there was a Rooms, Poke or Slingshot launch that fell by the wayside. If you want to learn more about Clubhouse, here’s everything you need to know.  And no, I don’t have an invite for you, yet. — Mat Smith The plot feels a lot closer to home now than it did when the first game debuted. Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey are already familiar to subscribers of HBO, Netflix and Disney+, but now they’re going to appear together. They’re playing Joel and Ellie (respectively) from Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us game, as they attempt to smuggle Ellie safely through the zombie-infested quarantine zones of a pandemic-ravaged post-apocalypse USA.Continue reading. The group used SIM-swaps to target sports stars, influencers and musicians. Eight men have been arrested in the UK, according to Europol, after stealing more than $100 million in cryptocurrencies. They were part of a larger gang that targeted high-profile Americans, including sports stars, influencers and musicians and their family members. They began by using SIM-swap attacks to access the victims’ phone numbers and apps by changing their passwords. SIM-swapping involves hackers taking control of a person’s phone number by deactivating their SIM and porting the number over to their own SIM card, thus being the de facto access point for password changes.This is typically done with the help of an insider at the targeted phone service or through social engineering ploys, such as phishing. If you’re an incredibly rich celebrity, Europol advises keeping your tech software up to date, limiting your data-sharing online and using two-factor authentication where you can.Continue reading. Can’t just hawk PS5s forever. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Pokémon, McDonalds Happy Meals include a pack of special-run Pokemon cards. There are over 50 to collect, and each pack contains an exclusive holo card. Because we’re not allowed anything nice in this world, resellers are pumping eBay with card bundles, including what seems to be giant boxes of the card packs, which must have fallen off a Mickey D’s truck somewhere. These are selling on eBay for $1,000 or more. The individual packs are often selling for at least $10. For context, a Happy Meal costs around $3, depending on its contents.Continue reading. It's functional, but clumsy. We’re not sure if Samsung is fading out its Note phone series — reports differ — but you’re unlikely to see a smartphone that can holster a stylus inside it this year.  So, for now, you can get a version of the S-Pen (with a case) specifically for the S21 Ultra to live that phablet life, if you want to. Chris Velazco tried it out, and he wasn’t sold.Continue reading. But wait, there’s more... SpaceX opens Starlink satellite internet pre-orders to the public A 'Clone High' reboot and Velma 'Scooby-Doo' spinoff are heading to HBO Max Hacked water-plant computer used shared passwords and Windows 7 OS Toyota is launching three electrified vehicles in the US this year Apple Maps will get crowdsourced incident reporting with iOS 14.5 Netflix is adapting the 'Redwall' fantasy books into a film and series Riot Games CEO sued for sexual harassment by former assistant 'Overcooked 2' for Switch will be free to play for a week Ford made a garish version of the F-150 for 'Rocket League' Google tries to replicate synesthesia with its latest experiment TikTok sale to Oracle and Walmart put on ice 'indefinitely'

    The Morning After: Tesla accuses engineer of stealing Warp Drive secrets

    Good morning! We start the week as Tesla tries to keep its trade secrets and technology safe. This time, it’s suing engineer Alex Khatilov for allegedly stealing the company’s custom Warp Drive software (which automates purchasing and other systems)...

    The Morning After: CES 2021 starts with drones, 8K TVs and robots

    Samsung The last time I wasn’t in Las Vegas for CES, the iPhone didn’t exist yet. A virtual show means that this year the Engadget team is experiencing things more like our readers. The upside is that it’s easier to get a broad view of everything going on, and I didn’t have to figure out how to pack a PS5 in my luggage. The downside is I’m not seeing any sweet new TVs in person. It’s the smallest of sacrifices, but being able to hop on live video and chat/argue with the team over our favorite picks is helping to fill the gaps. Our live stream will continue today starting at 9 AM ET with GM’s press conference — tune in and join the chat as we all get through what is (hopefully) a one-time-only remote event. — Richard Lawler LG briefly teases its rollable phone The company offered a quick peek during its CES press conference. LG hasn’t got into the foldable phone trend, but it’s long been working on a smartphone with a rollable screen. While no one’s seen it in person just yet, LG did offer a glimpse of the device, with its display that starts out phone-sized and stretches into a tiny tablet. Alas, other details were scant, but we’ve confirmed it’ll be called the LG Rollable when it actually arrives. The company isn’t alone in chasing rollable phones, however, as both TCL and Oppo are working on similar concepts. 2021 could be the year of the rollable.Continue reading. LG has bigger, brighter OLED TVs and a new OLED monitor The UltraFine OLED Pro looks amazing, but we don’t know much about it yet. How does the best keep getting better? For LG, they’re improving on OLED image quality at the high end with a new “evo” panel technology that promises better luminosity. While we love OLEDs for their deep, inky blacks and amazing contrast, they can struggle with bright scenes and this should fix that — if you’re willing to pay a bit extra. Meanwhile, its C1 series is now available in sizes up to 83-inches, assuming you have the space and budget to match, and will have Google Stadia streaming built-in. But that’s not where the OLED developments end. Aside from the 77-inch 8K Z1 series of OLED TVs, LG also introduced the UltraFine OLED Pro, a 31.5-inch computer monitor that brings those individually backlit pixels to your desktop. We don’t have a price for either one yet, and probably for a good reason.Continue reading. Sony test drives its Vision-S prototype car on public roads Filmed by its new camera drone. Sony’s CES keynote touched on new TVs — revealed last week — speakers, a pro-level filmmaking drone and updates on its splashy announcement from last year: the Vision-S car. As promised, Sony started testing the EV in Europe in December, and even shared a clip of the car driving on snow-dusted Austrian roads. The company offered no other major updates on the concept car, but it seems Sony is intent on taking the project further.Continue reading. TCL pushes 8K and 'OD Zero' mini LED tech for its 2021 TVs Its existing 4K 6-Series lineup will stick around this year, too. Belatedly following up on a promise from last year’s CES event, all the new entries in its midrange 6-Series lineup will feature 8K resolution four times sharper than 4K. While it’s unlikely you’ll have much native 8K content to watch on the sets, they’re prepared to upscale lower-res content.  As Samsung and LG have added mini LEDs to their TVs, TCL is launching its third generation of mini LED backlighting, dubbed OD Zero. The name is Zero because the distance between its backlight layer and LCD panel has been reduced to 0mm, which should make for an even thinner display. Oh, and it’s launching an 85-inch 4K TV in the next few months that will start at $1,599.Continue reading. Samsung's latest home robots can do chores and nag you to stop working Bot Handy's extendable arm can load your dishwasher and set the table. Samsung is still working on robots for your home, and it has two new creations to reveal. Bot Handy might be the most interesting one: It has an extendable gripper arm to help you take care of things like loading the dishwasher, setting the table and pouring drinks. Using cameras on the robot’s head and arm, the advanced AI can identify objects of various sizes, shapes and weights. The robot can even extend vertically to reach higher spots.  The updated Bot Care is more of a personal assistant. It will monitor your behaviors and offer reminders, for instance, nagging you to get up and stretch your legs if it thinks you’ve been at your computer or watching TV too long.  Both are still in development stages. Samsung is currently testing those robots and didn’t say if or when you’ll be able to actually buy them to both do your chores and nag you when you’re not doing your chores.Continue reading. But wait, there’s more... Intel's Rocket Lake S CPUs are up to 19 percent faster than last year Intel's 11th-gen H-series CPUs are for ultraportable gaming laptops Sony shows off its Airpeak filmmaking drone for the first time Microsoft's Surface Pro 7+ has LTE, new CPUs and a bigger battery BMW previews iDrive in the iX electric SUV Netgear's first WiFi 6E router offers plenty of bandwidth for streaming Verizon CEO pitches 5G as a 'platform' for services like drone delivery Sony launches an exclusive streaming service for Bravia XR TV owners PopSockets' latest iPhone grips are MagSafe-compatible 2020 was the best year for PC shipments in a decade Linksys reveals a WiFi 6E mesh system starting at $450 Parler sues AWS after Amazon knocks service offline Qualcomm says its new in-display fingerprint sensor is 50 percent faster Lenovo’s ThinkPad Yoga gets a titanium upgrade Dolby promises better call quality with Dolby Voice for PCs Follow all of the latest news from CES 2021 right here! 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    The Morning After: Big tech may face antitrust lawsuits from the DOJ

    It’s not been long since the US Department of Justice filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google, but more legal battles are on the horizon for Big Tech. A Wall Street Journal report yesterday suggested that both federal and state antitrust authorities will be filing new lawsuits against not only Google but Facebook, too. If it happens, this would be the first time the government has sued Facebook on antitrust grounds. For Google, the case against it is its dominance in search and search advertising to box out potential competitors. For Facebook, it’d likely delve into whether the company abuses its position to stifle competition or puts user data at risk — not to mention the consequences of the company’s acquisitions, including Instagram and WhatsApp.  Tech companies are going to have a busy 2021. In the UK, the government plans to create a new agency to regulate these large tech companies. Starting in April 2021, the Digital Markets Unit (DMU) will enforce a code that will set new limits on tech’s biggest platforms.    — Mat Smith, Bureau Chief FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is resigning on January 20th With a new administration taking over at the White House, Pai is on his way out. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has announced he’s leaving the commission on January 20th, 2021, the same day President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in. It’s not a major surprise — such appointees often resign as a new administration takes over. Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler left his position when the Trump administration took over back in 2017. Of course, Pai will always be remembered for his infamous decision to strip net neutrality protections put in place under the Obama presidency. It’s not clear yet who will take over at the FCC, but it’s entirely possible a new chairperson under the Biden administration will work to bring back net neutrality protections.Continue reading. HP's latest privacy tool for laptops is meant to thwart prying eyes It can sense your presence. It’s getting pretty difficult to make a laptop that stands out. There are countless thin and light notebooks with comfortable keyboards, beautiful screens and enough power for most professional workflows. Companies have to figure out unique features to help devices rise above what’s already out there. For HP, its latest attempt is something called Presence Aware on the EliteBook 1040, which lets the machine know when you’re in front of it so it can dim the screen when you leave and wake up when you return. There’s also a new AI noise reduction tool to make your voice sound clearer on calls. It’s unusual for Engadget to test a commercial laptop like the EliteBook 1040, but it’s unique enough to warrant it. Read on for the full review. Two classic RPGs are being ported to a rare 1980s PC On floppy discs. The company behind Ys and Ys II, two very old JRPG titles, is porting the games to a new platform. I say ‘new’, but they’re being ported to the Sharp X68000, a Japan-only PC first released in 1987. They’ll come on 3.5-inch floppy disks and have had some improvements in the intervening… decades. Japanese outlet ITMedia notes you’ll see smoother in-game scrolling and won’t need to swap in blank floppies to save your progress. The ports will be available in Japan on March 9th, 2021, in a bundle for ¥8,800 ($84) — all for a game almost as old as me.Continue reading. Sponsored by Walmart From TVs to game consoles, discover the gifts techies really want Xiaomi overtook Apple in smartphone sales last quarter The industry as a whole is bouncing back from the pandemic. Gartner estimates that Xiaomi overtook Apple in phone sales during the third quarter of 2020, climbing from 32.9 million handsets a year earlier (8.5 percent of the market) to 44.4 million (12.1 percent) this summer. Apple gained share, too, but its 40.6 million iPhone sales were a slight dip from 2019. Samsung remains at the top, with a 22 percent market share, while Huawei saw sales shrink, predictably, but still held on to second place.Continue reading. But wait, there’s more... DeepMind's latest AI breakthrough can accurately predict the way proteins fold  The Cardinals–49ers NFL game will only be available to stream GM has ditched plans to build Nikola's hybrid fuel-cell pickup Scotland is testing green hydrogen for cooking and heating in 300 homes In this article: themorningafter, newsletter, gear All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

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