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The forgotten dream of second-screen gaming

Engadget - 34 min 27 sec ago
The original iPad came out on April 3rd, 2010, at a time when most smartphone manufacturers were making the awkward transition from full QWERTY keyboards to touchscreen-only devices. Apple sold 1 million iPads in that first month, and by the end of 2...

Slashdot Asks: Do You Own a Gaming Console? What Titles Have You Been Playing Lately?

SlashDot - 44 min 27 sec ago
What games have you been playing on your Xbox, or PlayStation, or Nintendo Switch? Any game on your PC?

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The latest iPad Pro disables mics when its case is closed

Engadget - 59 min 27 sec ago
These days, any connected device with a microphone could arguably be treated with suspicion, from smart speakers to phones to computers. Apple helped to address privacy concerns in 2018 by adding a feature that disconnects MacBook microphones when th...

Best gifts for tween boys in 2020: Gifts for 10-, 11- and 12 year olds - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 15 min ago
Whether he's a son, a brother, a cousin or a friend, shopping for the tweenager in your life can be difficult. Let us help you find the perfect gift.

Disney pushes back its Marvel movie release dates because of coronavirus - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 19 min ago
Disney's entire theatrical slate is getting overhauled, and Artemis Fowl will skip theaters entirely.

Deadpool is Fortnite's latest playable crossover cameo

Engadget - 1 hour 20 min ago
While he's been in the periphery of the game since the start of the current season, Deadpool is finally making his way to Fortnite proper. If you purchased this season's battle pass, you can obtain the skin by finding the mercenary's two...

WeWork Founder Misses Out on $1 Billion as SoftBank Cancels Share Buyout

SlashDot - 1 hour 22 min ago
SoftBank is walking away from a sizeable chunk of its WeWork rescue package, which included a near billion dollar windfall for ousted founder Adam Neumann. From a report: The Japanese tech company has backed out of a plan to buy $3 billion worth of shares in the coworking startup from existing shareholders and investors, according to statements from SoftBank and a special committee of WeWork's board. SoftBank's chief legal officer, Rob Townsend, said in a statement on Thursday that the share purchase was subject to certain conditions agreed to in October. "Several of those conditions were not met, leaving SoftBank no choice but to terminate the tender offer," he said.

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Lyft offers free scooter rides for coronavirus health and transit workers - CNET

CNET News - 1 hour 28 min ago
The free unlimited Lyft scooter rides will be available through April 30.

This week's best deals: Sonos speakers, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and more

Engadget - 1 hour 44 min ago
As another week comes to a close, we’re recapping the deals you can still grab now. A major highlight is Sonos’ sale on a trio of speakers — the Beam, the One, and the One SL — that brings prices down to Black-Friday lows. Gamers can grab a 6-month X...

Tesla owners can now view Sentry Mode, TeslaCam footage in-car - Roadshow

CNET News - 1 hour 47 min ago
A new update headed to owners will make it a lot easier to watch footage captured on these systems.

BMW's prewar-inspired R18 boxer motorcycle makes its production debut - Roadshow

CNET News - 1 hour 48 min ago
We loved the concept at Villa d'Este, and now the production version will haunt our dreams until it's released.

Amazon Prime Day reportedly delayed due to coronavirus - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 3 min ago
Prime members bought more than 175 million items during the shopping event last year.

How Google Ruined the Internet

SlashDot - 2 hours 3 min ago
An anonymous reader shares a column: Remember that story about the Polish dentist who pulled out all of her ex-boyfriend's teeth in an act of revenge? It was complete and utter bullshit. 100% fabricated. No one knows who wrote it. Nevertheless, it was picked up by Fox News, the Los Angeles Times and many other publishers. That was eight years ago, yet when I search now for "dentist pulled ex boyfriends teeth," I get a featured snippet that quotes ABC News' original, uncorrected story. Who invented the fidget spinner? Ask Google Assistant and it will tell you that Catherine Hettinger did: a conclusion based on poorly-reported stories from The Guardian, The New York Times and other major news outlets. Bloomberg's Joshua Brustein clearly demonstrated that Ms. Hettinger did not invent the low friction toy. Nevertheless, ask Google Assistant "who really invented the fidget spinner?" and you'll get the same answer: Catherine Hettinger. In 1998, the velocity of information was slow and the cost of publishing it was high (even on the web). Google leveraged those realities to make the best information retrieval system in the world. Today, information is free, plentiful and fast moving; somewhat by design, Google has become a card catalog that is constantly being reordered by an angry, misinformed mob. The web was supposed to forcefully challenge our opinions and push back, like a personal trainer who doesn't care how tired you say you are. Instead, Google has become like the pampering robots in WALL-E, giving us what we want at the expense of what we need. But, it's not our bodies that are turning into mush: It's our minds.

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Ten years in, a look at the iPad killers that weren't

Engadget - 2 hours 3 min ago
Apple's original iPad went on sale ten years ago today, which means that it's been ten years since people finally started taking tablets seriously. Hyperbole? Not really. The idea of a tablet computer had been kicked around for years, fueled in large...

Vizio TV sale: Save up to $500 on some of the best 65-inch, 75-inch TVs - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 26 min ago
Jumbo M-Series, P-Series and PX-Series Quantum sets are discounted to Black Friday prices.

Apple Arcade: Big updates come to Rayman-Mini, Pac-Man and 8 other games - CNET

CNET News - 2 hours 27 min ago
Apple updated 10 games to help keep you entertained while social distancing.

SoundCloud has a new way to help users directly support musicians

Engadget - 2 hours 41 min ago
Musicians who rely on concert ticket sales are hurting -- shows across the world have been cancelled, leaving bands with little recourse. Thankfully, platforms like Bandcamp and SoundCloud have been softening the blow. The latter is allowing musician...

Amazon Exec Called Fired Worker 'Not Smart' in Leaked Memo

SlashDot - 2 hours 42 min ago
A senior Amazon executive called a fired Staten Island warehouse worker "not smart or articulate" in internal discussions about how the company should respond to employee criticism of its handling of the pandemic, Bloomberg reported Friday. From a report: Amazon General Counsel David Zapolsky said fired worker Chris Smalls should be the focus of Amazon's public-relations campaign countering activist employees, said the person who saw an internal memo. Amazon workers around the country have been walking off the job or holding demonstrations to highlight what they describe as inadequate safety precautions. Smalls said the memo reveals that Amazon is more interested in managing its public image than protecting workers, and he called on employees to keep pressuring the company to implement stronger safeguards. "Amazon wants to make this about me, but whether Jeff Bezos likes it or not, this is about Amazon workers -- and their families -- everywhere," he said, referring to the company's chief executive officer. "There are thousands of scared workers waiting for a real plan from Amazon so that its facilities do not become epicenters of the crisis. More and more positive cases are turning up every day."

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NASA spots rare interstellar comet Borisov falling apart - CNET

CNET News - 3 hours 27 sec ago
A space snowball tossed our way from another star system has gone all melty and crumbly.

Twitter is rushing to verify health experts

Engadget - 3 hours 3 min ago
Twitter is making good on its promise to verify more health experts. Since the company said it would expand verification two weeks ago, more than 1,000 accounts have received the coveted blue checkmark, according to a company spokesperson. The accoun...