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See Samsung's Galaxy Phone Reveals With CNET's Watch Party - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-08-09 19:35
CNET's preshow begins at 5 a.m. PT (8 a.m. ET) and will cover Samsung's new reveals.

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Movie Gets December 2024 Release Date - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-08-09 19:26
The third installment in the popular video game movie franchise is hitting theaters in just over two years.

Former Twitter Worker Found Guilty of Spying for Saudi Government, Reports Say - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-08-09 18:50
Ahmad Abouammo allegedly accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments in exchange for the personal info of Twitter users.

DOJ Will Sue Google Over Ad Tech Business in September, Report Says - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-08-09 18:31
The Department of Justice sued Google in 2020 alleging the company maintained a monopoly in search.

The 2023 Honda Pilot TrailSport Is Somewhere In This Photo - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-08-09 18:10
Zoom in and you can barely make out a camo'd prototype Honda's new three-row SUV.

Best Drones for 2022 - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-08-09 18:00
Want to get the best photos and videos from the air? These drones are the ones to go for.

New Monkeypox Vaccine Method Could Increase Limited Supplies - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-08-09 17:51
Health officials authorized a new way of administering Jynneos, the monkeypox vaccine, which could multiply its limited supply by five times.

Jumping Spiders Seem to Experience REM-Like Sleep, Might Even Dream - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-08-09 17:17
Call the Sandman. We're going to need a Dreaming for spiders.

Best Air-Frying Toaster Ovens for 2022 - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-08-09 17:00
A proficient countertop toaster oven with air fryer function is the best of both worlds -- and a space-saver to boot.

Blizzard will stop selling ‘Overwatch’ loot boxes on August 30th

Engadget - Tue, 2022-08-09 16:42

Blizzard will stop selling Overwatch loot boxes on August 30th, the studio announced in a blog post published on Tuesday. The date coincides with the end of the game’s recently launched Anniversary Remix Vol. 3 event. Blizzard notes players will still have the chance to earn free loot boxes after the 30th. Additionally, the game will automatically open any loot boxes in a player’s inventory before the launch of Overwatch 2 on October 4th. With the new game set to replace Overwatch at that point, that will ensure players don’t lose any skins and other cosmetics before the switch.

In June, Blizzard announced Overwatch 2would abandon loot boxes in favor of a seasonal battle pass and a “consistently updated” in-game store. The move came after the studio said it would not release Diablo Immortal in Belgium and the Netherlands due to laws in those countries against that kind of monetization.

Google Stadia’s Party Stream is exactly what it sounds like

Engadget - Tue, 2022-08-09 16:16

Google Stadia is still very much alive and kicking — and has made some updates that will make it easier to livestream games. XDA Developers reported that Stadia will unveil a new Party Stream feature that enables players to privately broadcast their gameplay to up to nine other users, who can opt to either play or watch. Users can take advantage of Stadia’s party chat features during these streams, including emoji and voice reactions. A Google spokesperson confirmed the news to Engadget in an email.

Stadia already allows players to directly share their gameplay to YouTube. The Party Stream feature accommodates gamers who don’t want to broadcast their games to the world — but merely wants to share it with a few friends. We've already seen platforms like Discord (with its Go Live feature) tap into this need to gamestream to a select few. Party Stream also saves Stadia players the trouble of using Twitch to share games with friends, which requires downloading a third-party encoder.

Other updates include the ability for players to switch devices mid-game without ending the livestream. For example, you could stream a Stadia game from your PC and then resume playing it on your Android device— without halting the streaming session.

According to XDA Developers, Party Stream began rolling out to users on Monday and should be available to all players in the next 24 hours. Keep in mind that it is currently only limited to desktop and Android devices — but will likely expand to more devices in the future.

Amazon's palm payments arrive in more than 65 Whole Foods stores in California

Engadget - Tue, 2022-08-09 15:57

Amazon's palm-reading payment technology will soon be available in many more Whole Foods stores. The company is rolling out Amazon One to more than 65 Whole Foods shops in California, starting with Malibu, Montana Avenue and Santa Monica locations in Los Angeles. More stores in LA, Orange County, Sacramento, the San Francisco Bay Area and Santa Cruz will come online in the "coming weeks."

Before, palm-based payments were only available in a handful of Whole Foods stores in Austin, LA, New York City and Seattle. In California, you could also try Amazon One at the company's Style fashion store in Glendale and certain Fresh and Go locations.

As usual, One is meant to streamline retail shopping. So long as you link your palm and payment card to the service, you just have to hover your hand over a scanner to complete a purchase. While you still have to stop at a checkout terminal, you don't have to pull out a phone like you do with Amazon's camera-based Just Walk Out system.

Third-party adoption may be trickier. While Amazon has touted plans to use One at concert venues and sport stadiums, there's been a mounting backlash over worries palm data could be misused or stolen. Amazon has maintained that it holds info in secure, One-exclusive cloud storage, but politicians have still been concerned enough to grill company leadership over its practices. There's a reluctance to trust biometric tech like this, and the Whole Foods expansion isn't guaranteed to assuage people's fears.

Yamaha’s flagship noise-canceling wireless earbuds arrive in the US for $280

Engadget - Tue, 2022-08-09 15:38

After launching earlier this summer, Yamaha’s flagship TW-E7B true wireless earbuds are now available in the US. You can buy them starting today for $279.95. The TW-E7B have a few things going for them. They’re the first true wireless earbuds from Yamaha to include the company’s proprietary active noise cancelation algorithm. Yamaha claims its take on ANC doesn’t “color” audio the way some implementations do. The earbuds also feature an internal microphone that monitors how the shape of your ear affects audio output and adjusts accordingly.

Many of the other software features you’ll find on the TW-E7B are standard at this price range. The usual ambient mode makes an appearance, as does Google’s Fast Pair. For gamers, there’s a low-latency mode you can activate by triple tapping the volume down button on the right earbud. On that note, the inclusion of built-in volume controls is notable. Most true wireless earbuds don’t have them. Bluetooth codec support isn’t as extensive as some of the earbuds we’ve seen hit the market recently, but you do get access to AAC and aptX adaptive.

According to Yamaha, you can get up to six hours of battery life from the earbuds alone, and a total of 22 hours with the included charging case. The casing protecting the 10mm drivers is IPX5 certified against moisture. The TW-E7B are available in four colors: black, dark blue, beige and white. They also come with five different silicone eartips.

Best Toaster Oven for 2022 - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-08-09 15:00
We hauled in nine of the top brands -- Breville, Balmuda, Ninja and Oster -- to find the best countertop toaster ovens for every taste and budget.

Twitter Is Fixing Its Outage - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-08-09 14:50
The social media platform is down for some users.

Beats Collaborates With Kim Kardashian on Three New Fit Pro Colors - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-08-09 14:38
Beats x Kim let you "blend in or stand out" with three new neutral colors.

People spent much less time watching gaming streams this spring, report says

Engadget - Tue, 2022-08-09 14:30

The number of hours streamed and watched across Twitch, YouTube Gaming and Facebook Gaming have dropped significantly over the last year, according to the latest Streamlabs and Stream Hatchet report on the landscape of livestreaming. Between April and June, streamers on the three platforms were live for 273 million hours. That's down 19.4 percent from Q2 2021 and 12 percent from the previous quarter.

Viewers tuned in to streams for 7.36 billion hours across the three platforms last quarter. That's a drop of 18.1 percent year over year (viewership was at 8.99 billion hours in Q2 2021) and 8.4 percent from the previous quarter. The slowdown for all three platforms could be a case of people spending more time outside than they did last year for pandemic-related reasons.

Twitch is still by far the biggest player among the three platforms, with 76.7 percent of market share in terms of hours watched (5.64 billion) and 92.7 percent of hours streamed (204.2 million). Those figures dropped by 13.4 percent and 16 percent from Q2 2021. The number of unique channels streaming on the platform dropped by nearly 2 million to 9.6 million as well.

However, Twitch's Just Chatting category continues to go from strength to strength. Hours watched there actually grew by 2.2 percent from the previous quarter, giving the category its highest ever viewership. The most-watched categories after that were Grand Theft Auto V (465 million hours) and League of Legends (464 million).

YouTube Gaming viewership actually remained steady from the previous quarter, though it dropped 13.1 percent from Q2 2021 to 1.13 billion hours. The total hours streamed dropped by 9.6 percent year over year to 8.05 million.

Facebook Gaming suffered a bigger setback, per the report, despite Meta's efforts to court creators. The number of hours watched fell by a whopping 51 percent from a year ago to 580 million. There was an even bigger drop in terms of hours streamed, from 20.8 million in Q2 2021 to 7.9 million last quarter — a decline of 62 percent.

Perhaps we'll soon start seeing some of those numbers creep up again, though. With a recession looming, folks may spend more time indoors again, tuning back into streamers they enjoyed watching during the first 18 months or so after COVID-19 took hold.

Maya Hawke, Camila Mendes Team Up in 'Do Revenge' Netflix Trailer - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-08-09 14:09
Hawke and Mendes play two high school girls out for payback.

Best Electric Cars and EVs for 2022 - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-08-09 14:00
We rounded up the best of the battery-powered cars just for you.

Coachbuilt Bentley Mulliner Batur Will Preview EV Design Language - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-08-09 13:31
While this new hand-built grand tourer likely won't be electric itself, its styling will influence Bentley's production EVs.