Gadgets, Game & Mobile News

'Cuphead' hits Nintendo Switch on April 18th

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 12:13
The delightfully difficult game Cuphead is making its way to the Switch this Spring, Nintendo announced at GDC 2019 on Wednesday. The game will be ported with the same hand-drawn cell animation and jazzy soundtrack by Kristofer Maddigan that endeared...

AIs are better gamers than us, but that’s OK

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 12:00
We're only just beginning to scratch the surface of what artificial intelligence is capable of, from medical advancements to movie recommendations. Despite AI being a potential goldmine of help to humanity, even the greatest minds are partial to the...

The new Oculus Rift S arrives this spring for $399

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 11:40
Oculus announced at GDC today that an updated version of its Rift virtual reality headset is on the way this spring. Oculus Rift S will cost $399, an increase of $50 from the Rift, while it's set to offer improved resolution and the same integrated a...

Optimus Ride is testing its self-driving shuttle in the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 11:18
New York City is getting a self-driving shuttle, sort of. Optimus Ride announced plans to deploy its self-driving system at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in the second quarter of this year. The vehicles will run in a closed loop on the Navy Yard's private r...

Google's first AI-powered Doodle is a piano duet with Bach

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 11:00
Google has created its first ever AI-powered Doodle to celebrate Johann Sebastian Bach's birthday, and it can turn your tunes into masterpieces in the Baroque composer's style. Starting on March 21st, you'll be able to play with the interactive Doodl...

Leaked memo promises major Xbox streaming news at E3

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 10:40
Google had some major news on the gaming front Tuesday when it announced Stadia, its game-streaming service. Microsoft's Xbox chief Phil Spencer was among those who paid attention to Google's event, and he was quick to remind his team Stadia wasn't t...

Konami is bringing 'Castlevania' and 'Contra' to modern consoles

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 10:19
Konami is celebrating its 50th birthday with three new compilations based on Castlevania, Contra and its early arcade games, each available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC (via Steam).

Grado Labs GW100 review: A blessing and a curse

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 10:00
Grado Labs was late to the wireless game. The company knows it, and it has good reasons for not jumping in sooner. "Wireless technology has never been very good, so just like closed-back, we could make them, but people would expect them to sound lik...

First 'Stranger Things 3' trailer reunites the gang

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 09:32
After giving us a brief Stranger Things 3 teaser yesterday, Netflix is treating us to the show's full-blown trailer. The clip crams plenty of action into its almost three-minute-long duration, with more nods to Spielberg (possessed toys for the Polte...

Battle medic Baptiste officially joins 'Overwatch'

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 09:16
Overwatch has a new entrant: support medic Baptiste. After a couple of months of battle-testing on the game's public server, the newbie is now live with the latest patch. Not only does the Haitian add a dose of diversity to the online shooter, but he...

Amazon releases a sub-$100 Kindle you can read in the dark

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 09:00
You don't have to shell out over $100 for a Kindle Paperwhite if all you really want is to be able to read your ebooks in the dark. Amazon has announced a new entry for its basic Kindle line, and unlike its predecessors, it comes with adjustable ligh...

Google Photos flaw let attackers grab users' location data

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 09:00
Researchers have revealed a now-patched flaw that would allow hackers to track your location history using Google Photos. Ron Masas, from security company Imperva, explains in a blog post that Google Photos -- which was recently subject to an Android...

Apple announces new AirPods

TechCrunch - Wed, 2019-03-20 08:56

Apple has just announced the second-generation AirPods.

The new AirPods are fitted with the H1 chip, which is meant to offer performance efficiencies, faster connect times between the pods and your devices, and the ability to ask for Siri hands-free with the “Hey Siri” command.

Because of its performance efficiency, the H1 chip also allows for the AirPods to offer 50 percent more talk time using the headphones. Switching between devices is 2x faster than the previous generation AirPods, according to Apple.

Here’s what Phil Schiller had to say in the press release:

AirPods delivered a magical wireless experience and have become one of the most beloved products we’ve ever made. They connect easily with all of your devices, and provide crystal clear sound and intuitive, innovative control of your music and audio. The world’s best wireless headphones just got even better with the new AirPods. They are powered by the new Apple-designed H1 chip which brings an extra hour of talk time, faster connections, hands-free ‘Hey Siri’ and the convenience of a new wireless battery case.

The second-gen AirPods are available with the standard wired charging case ($159), or a new Wireless Charging Case ($199). A standalone wireless charging case is also available for purchase to $79. We’ve reached out to Apple to ask if the wireless case is backwards compatible with first-gen AirPods and will update the post once we know more.

Update: Turns out, the wireless charging case works “with all generations of AirPods,” according to the Apple website listing.

It appears that older models are still for sale, as well.

Two times faster switching and 50 percent more talk time might sound like small perks for a relatively expensive accessory, but I’ve found that one of my biggest pain points with the AirPods are the lack of voice control and the time it takes to switch devices. The introduction of “Hey Siri” alongside the new H1 chip, as well as much faster switching between devices, should noticeably elevate the user experience with these new AirPods.

After a search through the Apple website, it appears that old AirPods are no longer available for sale.

The new Airpods are available to order today from Apple.com and the Apple Store app, with in-store availability beginning next week.

San Francisco lawmakers will consider a ban on e-cigarette sales

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 08:41
Authorities in San Francisco are considering banning the sale of e-cigarettes until the FDA carries out an investigation on their effects on health. Officials from the city -- which has already banned the sale of flavored tobacco and flavored vaping...

Apple's new AirPods offer longer battery life and wireless charging case

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 08:35
Apple's hardware trojan horse continues to gallop a week ahead of its "show time" event next Monday. We've seen two new iPads and an iMac update, and now its increasingly ubiquitous AirPods are up. The rumors have been around for a while as to what w...

Canada proposes its first-ever nationwide EV subsidy

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 08:23
In an effort to encourage more residents to buy zero-emission vehicles, the Canadian government is proposing a CA$5,000 federal incentive as part of its 2019 budget plan. Some Canadian provinces like Quebec and British Columbia have EV rebates of the...

OhMiBod's next remote-controlled vibrator promises to last a lot longer

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 08:01
Sex toys have come a long way since the early days of crudely-shaped, buzzing hunks of plastic. They're sleek, discreet and boast all kinds of features designed to give your sexy time a techy twist, from connected cameras to VR compatibility. But the...

EU fines Google $1.7 billion for 'abusive' advertising practices

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 07:23
The European Commission has fined google €1.49 billion ($1.69 billion) over what it calls "abusive practices in online advertising." That's on top of the $5 billion and $2.4 billion fines it slapped on the search giant in 2018 and 2017. Competit...

NVIDIA AI turns crude doodles into photorealistic landscapes

Engadget - Wed, 2019-03-20 07:01
Imagine if you had the power to turn your old-school Microsoft Paint doodles into actual art. Well, NVIDIA's latest AI-driven software can do just that. The GauGAN image creator, named after the French post-Impressionist painter, uses generative adve...

Markforged raises $82 million for its industrial 3D printers

TechCrunch - Wed, 2019-03-20 07:00

3D printer manufacturer Markforged has raised another round of funding. Summit Partners is leading the $82 million Series D round with Matrix Partners, Microsoft’s Venture Arm, Next47 and Porsche SE also participating.

When you think about 3D printers, chances are you’re thinking about microwave-sized, plastic-focused 3D printers for hobbyists. Markforged is basically at the other end of the spectrum, focused on expensive 3D printers for industrial use cases.

In addition to increased precision, Markforged can manufacture parts in strong materials, such as carbon fiber, kevlar or stainless steel. And it can greatly impacts your manufacturing process.

For instance, you can prototype your next products with a Markforged printer. Instead of getting sample parts from third-party companies, you can manufacture your parts in house. If you’re not going to sell hundreds of thousands of products, you could even consider using Markforged to produce parts for your commercial products.

If you work in an industry that requires a ton of different parts but don’t need a lot of inventory, you could also consider using a 3D printer to manufacture parts whenever you need them.

Markforged has a full-stack approach and controls everything from the 3D printer, software and materials. Once you’re done designing your CAD 3D model, you can send it to your fleet of printers. The company’s application also lets you manage different versions of the same part and collaborate with other people.

According to the company’s website, Markforged has attracted 4,000 customers, such as Canon, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, General Motors, Volkswagen and Adidas. The company has shipped 2,500 printers in 2018.

With today’s funding round, the company plans to do more of the same — you can expect mass production printers and more materials in the future. Eventually, Markforged wants to make it cheaper to manufacture parts at scale instead of producing those parts through other means.

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