Gadgets, Game & Mobile News

Steam is finally adding support for Nintendo Joy-Con controllers

Engadget - Sat, 2022-08-06 13:17

Five years after the Nintendo Switch’s release, Valve is finally adding Steam support for the console’s controllers. In an announcement spotted by PC Gamer, the company said the latest Steam beta adds Joy-Cons support. With the new software, it’s possible to use Joy-Cons either individually or as part of a matched pair for playing games.

If you want to try the feature out, you need to opt into the Steam beta. You can do that by navigating to Steam’s Settings menu and clicking “Change” under the “Beta participation” heading. Keep in mind you’ll either need a Bluetooth adapter or a motherboard with Bluetooth connectivity to use your Joy-Cons with Steam since it’s not possible to connect the controller to your PC through a cable like you would most gamepads.

Dear Gen Z, Here's How to Be OK When a Recession Hits - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2022-08-06 12:00
Five millennials share the most important financial and career lessons they learned during the Great Recession.

Instagram will test extra-tall photos to go along with Reels

Engadget - Sat, 2022-08-06 11:47

Instagram will soon allow users to post 9:16 photos to their feed as part of a test the company plans to undertake “in a week or two.” The tidbit of news came out of Adam Mosseri’s weekly Q&A. “You can have tall videos, but you cannot have tall photos on Instagram,” the executive said. “So we thought maybe we should make sure that we treat both equally.”

While it’s already possible to share 9:16 photos through Instagram, you have to do so through the app’s Stories feature, meaning those images will disappear unless you save them as a Highlight. Currently, vertical photos you post to your feed will top out at 8:10 as long as you crop them correctly.

It's been a busy week at Instagram. I'm doing an AMA shortly – – like I do every Friday. Ask a question there and I'll do my best to answer it.

— Adam Mosseri (@mosseri) July 29, 2022

The timing of the test comes after Mosseri recently announced Instagram would walk back its unpopular full-screen interface. The company had been testing the redesign since mid-June, only to find that most people didn’t like it. “For the new feed designs, people are frustrated and the usage data isn’t great,” Mosseri told Platformer last week. Among the most vocal detractors of the redesign were photographers who found the new interface would overlay captions on top of their images, obscuring part of their work in the process. Instagram’s latest test would suggest the company still intends to move towards a more TikTok-like experience.

Save up to 36% on Hiboy Electric Scooters - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2022-08-06 11:37
Get rolling with budget friendly electric scooters and more during Amazon's one-day sale.

Capture Everything With This Discounted Beginner Drone -- Just $85 Right Now - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2022-08-06 11:01
Save up to $35 off this budget-friendly, easy-to-use drone and capture everything in high definition.

This Time Machine Takes You Back to When Phones Were a Shared Experience - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2022-08-06 11:00
Commentary: A St. Louis museum shows that back in the day, the same phone might be used by many people. It gave me newfound appreciation for the smartphone.

Grab Factory Reconditioned Amazon Fire TVs Starting at $245 - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2022-08-06 10:44
This one-day deal can help you revamp your entertainment space for less with 50-, 55- and 65-inch smart TVs.

'They/Them' Fails to Show the True Horrors of LGBTQ Conversion Therapy - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2022-08-06 09:24
Review: Peacock's new slasher film isn't as scary or subversive as real life.

California DMV accuses Tesla of falsely portraying its vehicles as fully autonomous

Engadget - Sat, 2022-08-06 09:03

Tesla uses advertising language on its website for its Autopilot and Full Self-Driving products that's untrue and misleading to customers, the California DMV said. According to The Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal, the agency has filed complaints with the California Office of Administrative Hearings, accusing the automaker of making statements "not based on facts" that make it seem like its vehicles are capable of full autonomous driving. The DMV pointed to the name of the products themselves in the complaints, as well as to other misleading language on Tesla's website. 

One example the DMV noted in its complaints is language Tesla used for its Full Self-Driving product, which says:

"All you will need to do is get in and tell your car where to go. If you don’t say anything, your car will look at your calendar and take you there as the assumed destination. Your Tesla will figure out the optimal route, navigating urban streets, complex intersections and freeways."

Tesla vehicles come with the hardware needed to activate Full Self-Driving, which customers can unlock for a payment of $12,000. The automaker's active Autopilot features include the ability to automatically change lanes and do parallel or perpendicular parking for the driver. There's also a smart summon feature that will have the vehicle navigating complex parking lots to find its owner. And those who pay for FSD, which is currently in beta, have access to a feature that identifies stop signs and traffic lights. The technology will then automatically slow their car down on approach. 

Neither technology, however, can drive a car without the need for a person behind the wheel. Tesla chief Elon Musk recently said that FSD would have that capability next year, but the executive is known for his aggressively optimistic timelines.

While Tesla already warns drivers not to take their hands off the wheel even while they're using Autopilot or FSD, the DMV says that disclaimer isn't enough. The worst result the company could get is for its licenses in the state to be suspended or revoked, but a DMV spokesperson told the publications that the agency isn't seeking to put the company out of business in California. It will merely ask Tesla to "better educate Tesla drivers about the capabilities of its ‘Autopilot’ and ‘Full Self-Driving’ features, including cautionary warnings regarding the limitations of the features, and for other actions as appropriate given the violations."

Back in 2016, Tesla also got in trouble with Germany's Federal Motor Authority, which told the automaker to stop using the term "autopilot" in its advertising out of concerns that people would misinterpret its capabilities. Last year, Senators Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate the company over its "misleading advertising and marketing" of the Autopilot and Full Self-Driving technologies, as well.

Monkeypox: What Gay and Bisexual Men Need to Know - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2022-08-06 09:00
Public health officials are eager to reach men who have sex with men without adding stigma.

Solar Cars Are Coming, But at What Price -- and Are They Right for You? - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2022-08-06 08:00
They still plug in, but depending on how you use them, they may do so very rarely.

9 Great Reads From CNET This Week: VPNs, Marvel, Dark Matter and More - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2022-08-06 08:00
How VPN reviewers can do a better job, why visual effects artist are criticizing Marvel, what cosmic breakthroughs reveal about the universe, and plenty besides that.

Where Is the Job Market Headed? Your Biggest Employment Questions, Answered - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2022-08-06 07:00
Recession fears, interest rate hikes, salary negotiations, layoffs -- here's what to know about the confusing job market.

Anker Nebula Cosmos Laser 4K Projector Review: Get a Handle on 4K Lasers - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2022-08-06 07:00
This 4K laser projector goes bright and portable, but it's not cheap.

OnePlus Nord N20 5G Review: A $300 Value Pick That's Missing a Spark - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2022-08-06 05:00
Solid specs, but it's not here to shake up this price range.

The Most Exciting Samsung Gadgets We Want in 2022 and Beyond - CNET

CNET News - Sat, 2022-08-06 02:00
Commentary: The Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Fold 4 may be just around the corner. But I'm hoping to see new foldables and a cheaper version of the Galaxy S22, too.

Best Wireless Headphones for 2022: Top Picks in Every Style - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-08-05 18:00
There are a ton of wireless headphones to choose from, so which are really the best? Here are CNET's top picks, from full-size, noise-canceling models to tiny true wireless earbuds.

Samsung One UI 5.0 Beta Goes Live For Some Galaxy S22 Owners - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-08-05 17:23
The beta is starting to roll out in Germany, but only for Galaxy S22 owners at first.

New York Health Officials Urge Vaccination After Polio Was Detected in Wastewater - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-08-05 17:09
Two counties have poliovirus in their wastewater, which means there's a potential for community spread of the vaccine-preventable disease.

Loved 'No Time to Die'? This James Bond Movie Is the One You Should Watch Right Now - CNET

CNET News - Fri, 2022-08-05 17:00
Daniel Craig has bowed out. As we await the next James Bond, here's your guide to all the 007 movies in order, by actor and beyond.