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The Verge
Tuesday October 23, 2018 @ 09:47:57 PM mt

HPs latest Spectre x360 has a new angular design and 22.5 hours of battery life




HP is updating its popular Spectre x360 convertible laptops today. Both the 13- and 15-inch versions are getting a new gem cut design with a more angular look and feel. The new design also includes a USB-C port thats angled on the edge of the Spectre x360 to improve cable management. As youd expect, HP is including Intels latest 8th Gen quad-core processors inside the 13-inch Spectre x360, and six-core options for the larger 15-inch model.

The big promise of the new 13-inch Spectre x360 is the worlds longest battery life in a quad-core convertible. Thats quite the claim, and HP is promising up to 22.5 hours of battery life. Well need to test that fully, but even if it manages half of that it will be solid battery life....

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Tuesday October 23, 2018 @ 09:47:45 PM mt

Apple reportedly planning global rollout for its streaming TV service next year




Apples streaming television service, which is said to resemble Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, will launch in the first half of next year, according to a report today from The Information. The service, which may exist as a standalone app or within the existing TV app, will launch in the US first and become available in more than 100 countries after a few months of availability, the report says. It will feature a mix of original programming, access to third-party services, and the ability to subscribe directly to channel packages offered by network and cable providers, similar to Amazons Channels feature.

For years, Apple has been trying to crack streaming like it did digital media and smartphone apps. But due to complex licensing...

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Tuesday October 23, 2018 @ 09:47:34 PM mt

Firefox 63 released with Enhanced Tracking Protection to block third-party cookies




Mozilla has released Firefox 63, which introduces Enhanced Tracking Protection, a feature that blocks third-party trackers to increase your privacy online. Mozilla has been focused on data and privacy in recent months, announcing upcoming features like having Firefox block ad-tracking software by default and partnering with ProtonVPN to sell subscriptions to a small group of Firefox users.

For now, Firefox 63 has Enhanced Tracking Protection off by default, but it gives users the option to block third-party tracking cookies or block all trackers. Users can also create exceptions for sites they trust, in case they break due to having trackers blocked. In a detailed blog post discussing this feature, the company explains finding the right...

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The Verge
Tuesday October 23, 2018 @ 09:47:22 PM mt

Meet Jelly the new electric scooter science project run by Ford




Jelly is a new electric scooter company preparing to launch at Purdue University in Indiana. Outwardly, it appears very similar to other scooter startups that have quickly spread across the country in the last 12 months. Except for one key difference: Jelly is apparently a subsidiary of Ford, one of the largest automakers in the world.

Of course, you wouldnt know that by going to Jellys website, because theres nothing there except the words Coming Soon! set against a purple background. Nor would you know it to read Purdue Universitys announcement, which describes Jelly as a campus-wide research project on best practices for using e-scooters, but makes no mention of Ford.

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Tuesday October 23, 2018 @ 09:47:10 PM mt

God of War creators share some of the funniest bugs from development




Peeking behind the curtain to see the process of game development is already a rare joy, but its even more unusual to see some of the flawed, erroneous moments that had to be polished out of a finished piece of work. Thankfully, Sony Santa Monica, the makers of PS4 hit God of War, have lifted that curtain for us in a newly posted video.

Making a video game is difficult, reads the YouTube description for the video, which showcases some particularly choice prerelease gameplay bugs. Making a stable game that both pushes the capabilities of the hardware and creates a super immersive, no-camera-cut, epically-sized AAA gaming experience like the one seen in the new God of War, is vastly more difficult. This massive task, involving...

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Tuesday October 23, 2018 @ 09:47:00 PM mt

Leaked OnePlus 6T specs confirm bigger battery




We already know quite a bit about the OnePlus 6T. Its launching on October 29th with an event in New York City that was moved up a day to avoid conflicting with Apples iPad Pro event. And the phone will come with an in-display fingerprint sensor and a tiny notch at the top of its bezel-less display. Theres even a leaked image of the front and back of the phone that circulated earlier this month.

But we may have just gotten a better picture of the devices specs, thanks to an accidental leak from German retailer Otto, which posted a listing for the OnePlus 6T that was then spotted by GSMArena. The listing is only for the 128GB variant, which is said to come with 8GB of RAM. But it also clearly listed the devices 6.4-inch AMOLED...

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Tuesday October 23, 2018 @ 09:46:47 PM mt

How thinking like a geologist could help us fight climate change




Society as a whole is unable to think on anything like geologic time scales, says Marcia Bjornerud. Or even decadal time scales. Its clear that we need to think long-term about climate and the environment, but instead political leaders are constrained by the two-year Congressional cycle and those working in business are beholden to quarterly earnings.

Bjornerud is a geologist at Lawrence University in Wisconsin and the author of Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World. If people understood the history of the Earth, she argues, we would perceive our world very differently. The Verge spoke to Bjornerud about geologys PR problem, the big questions in the field, and what it means to be timeful.

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Tuesday October 23, 2018 @ 09:46:38 PM mt

Drake now co-owns a professional e-sports organization




Drake has transitioned from casual Fortnite player into video game overlord today, assuming the mantle of co-owner of professional e-sports organization 100 Thieves.

Drake and producer Scooter Braun (best known for working with fellow Canadian superstar Justin Bieber) are now co-owners of Matthew Nadeshot Haags 100 Thieves, coming in as the company completes its Series A funding round.

The choice to invest is an adventurous one for Drake and Braun, but not completely surprising. Unlike other popular e-sports organizations, like Evil Geniuses and Cloud9, 100 Thieves is more on par with a streetwear brand. Theyre the Supreme of e-sports, alongside groups like FaZe Clan, which is run by popular YouTube creator, FaZe Banks. In fact, the...

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Tuesday October 23, 2018 @ 09:46:26 PM mt

Apples iCloud services are suffering an extended outage




Apples iCloud service appears to be experiencing an extended outage today, with some users reporting problems accessing iCloud-based apps and services like Notes and Find My iPhone. In an update of its System Status page, Apple notes that iCloud is suffering a widespread service disruption of some sort. Not everyone appears to be affected by whatever the issue is.

The outage looks like its affecting some key Apple software services, including iCloud Backup, iCloud Drive, and a number of productivity apps that sync using Apples cloud platform. And beyond Find My iPhone and Backup, there are quite a few serious software tools that rely on the iCloud infrastructure, like iCloud Keychain for secure login and general account sign in for iOS...

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Tuesday October 23, 2018 @ 09:46:14 PM mt

The Pixel 3 only supports fast wireless charging on Google-approved chargers




One of the more convenient additions to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL this year was support for wireless charging. Google embraced the new tech with a Pixel Stand accessory that can charge both new phones while providing easy access to Google Assistant and even acting as a photo frame.

But it turns out that theres a catch: if you want to get the fastest wireless charging speeds out of your Pixel 3, youll need to own the Pixel Stand (or another, Google-licensed 10W wireless charger) to take advantage of those speeds. Otherwise even if youre using a third-party charger that can support faster wireless charging youre stuck at the 5W Qi spec thats serves as the base Qi charging speed.

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