Category: Plugged

Look, I don’t care if ‘The Outer Worlds’ Switch port is bad — pump it in my veins

Today, friends, is a Good Day™: The Outer Worlds is being released on the Nintendo Switch. Excuse me while I slip into my Springsteen jeans and fist-pump for the next three hours. At this stage in the article, I assume you’re one of two types of people: you either know about The Outer Worlds or you don’t. If you’re in the former camp, I give you permission to skim over this part. Okay, so The Outer Worlds is a first-person RPG set in an alternative reality. It was released on the Xbox One and PS4 in October of last year (check out our original review here)…

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Huawei’s new phone can take your temperature because coronavirus

With coronavirus an ongoing pandemic, checking for a fever when you feel ill is one of the first things you should do before deciding to go to the hospital. No need to bust out the thermometer if you buy Huawei‘s new Honor Play 4 Pro — it has a temperature sensor built-in. To quote ArsTechnica, it has to be the most 2020 phone of 2020. To use the temperature sensor, you open up the app and apply the phone directly to your forehead, as shown in this Weibo video. The infrared sensor supports temperatures from -20°C (-4°F) to 100°C (212°F)…

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‘51 Worldwide Games’ is now a relaxing part of my lockdown life

Gaming has been a blessing during lockdown. And while I haven’t been pumping hours into Valorant or cruising GTA V online, I have been spending the past couple of weeks unwinding to the incredibly therapeutic 51 Worldwide Games on the Nintendo Switch. “What’s that?” I hear you say. Well, it is what it says on the tin: a collection of 51 games from around the world. You can find the full list of the titles here, but it includes a whole range of fun activities, from chess to mancala, from bowling to battle tanks, and from blackjack to solitaire. And more, obviously. I…

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Protesting? Here’s how to turn off location services on iOS and Android

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Following the murder of George Floyd by the US police, protests have erupted across America. While this is a legally protected right, Trump’s attempt to label Antifa as “domestic terrorists” and the police’s brutal responses suggests this isn’t a given. Which is why you need to protect yourself when protesting. And, specifically, why you must turn off location services on your phone if you go out. If you’re protesting against racial injustice and police brutality, you don’t…

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Review: The Burley Travoy is an almost-perfect bike trailer for city life

If you ask me, every e-bike should be able to carry some cargo. Some cyclists do everything to minimize the weight and maximize the aerodynamics of their two-wheel machines. But as someone who uses e-bikes as veritable car (and subway) replacements rather, I need to be able to run most of the errands I’d regularly do using a larger vehicle. The Burley Travoy makes it so I needn’t have to choose. An ingenious cross between a bike trailer, a handtruck, and a granny cart, the Travoy has helped me haul all sorts of things I’d never imagined I’d be able…

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Xiaomi dual driver earbuds cost only $11, but they handle Zoom calls just fine

I got the Xiaomi’s dual-driver earphones in February. It had been a while since I used wired earphones, because I don’t like sticking dongles in my phones.phones — especially when there are wireless alternatives out there. So, I didn’t really have a clue how this review will turn out at the time. But then, the lockdown happened, and a lot of us spent hours on video calls. All of a sudden I had a use case for these $11 (₹799) wired earbuds. Before we dive into details, let me be clear: these aren’t the best sounding earphones, and they aren’t going…

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Apple ‘begs’ Escobar for extension on $2.6B lawsuit — Escobar DENIES

The $2.6 billion legal saga between Roberto de Jesús Escobar Gaviria — brother of notorious drug kingpin Pablo Escobar — and Apple (which is most likely an elaborate publicity stunt on the former’s part) continues. Apple has responded to Escobar’s lawsuit, asking for a 30-day extension to properly evaluate the allegations, according to emails Escobar Inc. CEO Olof Gustafsson shared with TNW. Here’s where things get heated: Gustafsson adds Escobar has already declined Apple’s request for extension. “All US Courts only allow for 30 days to respond to a lawsuit, and failure to respond results in an instant loss for the…

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The BBC has launched a digital assistant to take on Alexa — but Amazon won’t be worried

The BBC has launched an early version of a voice assistant called Beeb, which it’s given a male voice to avoid reinforcing gender stereotypes. Beeb can access the broadcaster’s radio, music, podcasts, news, and weather services. It was built with Microsoft’s AI tech and is being tested on PCs by members of the Windows Insider Program ahead of a wider roll-out. Notably, the BBC has eschewed the trend for giving digital assistants female voices — another example of how tech amplifies social prejudices. It also speaks in a northern English accent, a refreshing departure from the cut-glass accent of “educated south-eastern England” that’s so…

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The new iPad Air ditching the Lightning connector is the shape of things to come

That’s right, the new iPad Air might well drop the Lightning port and come with a USB-C connection instead. And one thing’s for certain: there’s gonna be a whole lot more of this sorta news over the next year or two. Anyway, back to the new iPad Air. A report from Japanese tech site Mac Otakara states that the 4th generation of Apple’s tablet will discard the Lightning connector, instead coming with a USB-C connector. The outlet has stated this information comes from a Chinese supplier. The rumor also claims the new iPad Air will take a lot of design influence from…

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Muto’s $1,800 ebike is a wonderfully simple and adaptable ride that’s fit for life about town

Welcome to Riding Nerdy, TNW’s fortnightly dive into bicycle-based tech, where we go into too much detail and geek out on all things related to pedal-powered gadgets. When ebike startup Muto got in touch to tell us about their debut machine, also called the Muto, I jumped at the chance to use it as my daily commuter for a week — and boy I’m glad that I did.  [Read: Here’s how many cyclists it takes to charge a Tesla as fast as a Supercharger] My colleagues have reviewed quite a few ebikes here on TNW, but I’ve personally never had…

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