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Playing PC Games on Mac Should Get Better With Parallels 18 - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-08-09 00:01
The virtual machine software's latest update improves its game controller support and preps for MacOS Ventura.

The New Meyers Manx 2.0 Electric Is Freakin' Cool - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2022-08-08 21:00
This electric dune buggy has up to 300 miles of range and will hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds.

Meyers Manx 2.0 EV Reimagines the Classic Dune Buggy - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2022-08-08 21:00
The electric Meyers Manx will go into production in 2023.

Here's When House of the Dragon Hits in Your Time Zone - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2022-08-08 19:50
The Game of Thrones prequel airs on HBO and streams on HBO Max in the US. Here's how and where to watch it in other countries and time zones.

NASA Caught a 'Sun-Diving' Comet Crashing Into Our Star - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2022-08-08 18:55
A dirty space snowball approached from one side of the sun but never came out the other side.

Getting a Handle on Lasers with the Anker Nebula Cosmos Laser 4K Projector - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2022-08-08 18:09
It's got a weird shape for a $2,200 projector, but it's got 4K, lasers, and more.

US Treasury Bars Americans From Using Tornado Cash Crypto Mixer - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2022-08-08 18:00
The virtual cash mixer has been used to launder more than $7 billion since 2019, Treasury says.

Sennheiser promises 60 hours of listening with its new Momentum headphones

Engadget - Mon, 2022-08-08 18:00

Sennheiser hasn't refreshed its over-hear Momentum noise-canceling headphones since 2019, but that changes today. The company has announced the Momentum 4, a new take on its flagship headphones that includes an exterior redesign, new features and a whopping 60 hours of battery life. What's more, Sennheiser is offering this host of updates for $50 less than the Momentum 3 at its debut. 

First, the design Sennheiser had carried through much of the Momentum line since its introduction is gone. The mix of metal and leather with visible cables has been traded for a more simplified, more plastic affair. The new look is decidedly less premium than previous Momentum models. However, what the Momentum 4 may lack in aesthetics is offset by increased comfort. The company notes the new hinge easily adjusts and doesn't exert too much pressure on your head. Earcups also rotate flat now, which makes storage a bit easier. Another big change is the on-board controls: most of the physical buttons have been replaced with a touch panel on the right side.

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Inside, Sennheiser says it opted for an "audiophile-inspired acoustic system" that relies on 42mm transducers for the sound. The company explains the setup creates "brilliant dynamics, clarity and musicality," plus you can use an EQ, presets and a new Sound Personalization feature to further adjust the tuning. Sound Personalization takes into account your personal preferences and adjusts "the listening experience" accordingly. 

Of course, these are flagship headphones so active noise cancellation (ANC) is on board. The company says its updated adaptive ANC works to maintain sound quality even in the noisiest of surroundings. Transparency Mode is available as well and there's a slider control between it and ANC in Sennheiser's app. In other words, you're not just left with one or the other, so you can mix in a dash of environmental noise if needed. This model can automatically change sound settings based on your location too, a feature Sennheiser first debuted in March.

Sennheiser also offers a feature called Sidetone, which allows you to adjust how much of your voice comes through during calls. It's a tool that helps you feel less shouty and it works on top of automatic wind noise suppression for the Momentum 4's beamforming microphones during voice and video chats. 

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Sennheiser says you can expect up to 60 hours of battery life on a charge, and that's with ANC turned on. A quick-charge feature gives you six hours of use in 10 minutes. To help you conserve battery, the Momentum 4 is equipped with both automatic pausing and automatic on/off. The company says the headphones will power off when you leave them unattended and turn back on when you pick them up.

The Momentum 4 will be available for preorder in black and white color options on August 9th before shipping on August 23rd. The headphones are priced at $349.95, which is $50 less than the Momentum 3 when it debuted in 2019. 

Best Chest Strap Heart-Rate Monitors for 2022 - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2022-08-08 18:00
No more slipping, sliding or shimmying with these chest straps.

Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless Headphones Are Built to Take On Sony - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2022-08-08 18:00
Perhaps it's Sony's influence over the over-ear headphones market, but Sennheiser's much-anticipated Momentum 4 is a bit more subdued-looking -- and that may be a good thing.

Firaxis delays Marvel's Midnight Suns, maybe until 2023

Engadget - Mon, 2022-08-08 17:54

Take-Two Interactive has once again pushed back the release of Marvel’s Midnight Suns. Following a delay late last year, the upcoming tactical RPG from XCOM developer Firaxis was scheduled to arrive on October 7th. The publisher now plans to release the game sometime within its fiscal 2023 year, which ends on March 31st, 2023. Additionally, Midnight Suns won’t arrive on all consoles simultaneously.

“We have made the decision to move back the launch timing of Marvel’s Midnight Suns to ensure the teams at Firaxis Games and 2K deliver the best possible experience for our fans,” Take-Two said in a statement. “The title will launch later this fiscal year on Windows PC, Xbox Series X/S, and PlayStation 5. The Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch versions will follow at a later date.”

It's not just that Midnight Suns was just delayed (the dev team getting more time is great)

.. it's that its PC/PS5/Xbox Series versions were delayed to later in fiscal 2023 (by March 31, 2023) but that the Switch and old-gen console versions now have no release date. Yikes

— Stephen Totilo (@stephentotilo) August 8, 2022

Marvel’s Midnight Suns was first announced at Gamescom 2021. Unlike XCOM, the game includes a deck-building component. Battles still unfold over the course of multiple turns, but instead of each superhero bringing the same set of abilities to every battle, you’ll draw cards to determine their capabilities. Some of the characters that will join your roster include Wolverine, Iron Man and Blade. You’ll also create your own superhero named The Hunter.

Pac-Man Live-Action Film in Development - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2022-08-08 16:48
Is there any actor who can fill Pac-Man's red shoes?

Wordle: My New Two-Step Strategy Keeps Me Winning - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2022-08-08 16:45
Try starting with these two words and see how far you get.

iOS 16 beta brings back the battery percentage icon

Engadget - Mon, 2022-08-08 16:40

Earlier today, Apple released the fifth iOS 16 developer beta. It adds a handful of changes, but if you’ve spent any time on Twitter, you know there’s only one thing everyone wants to talk about: the return of the battery percentage indicator. For the first time since Apple removed the icon in 2017 to accommodate the iPhone X’s notch, it’s possible to see exactly how much battery your iPhone has left without pulling down the Control Center shade.


— Ian Zelbo (@ianzelbo) August 8, 2022

If you’re enrolled in the developer beta, you can add the indicator to your status bar by opening the Settings menu and navigating to the Battery section. Once there, you’ll see a new toggle labeled “Battery Percentage.” The resulting icon is slightly larger than the one you’re probably used to seeing. Additionally, if you plug your iPhone into a charger, the icon will turn green and display a lightning symbol next to the battery percentage. Conversely, it's yellow when your iPhone is in low power mode.

The option to see battery percentage is not available on the iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 mini. We’ll also note it’s possible the feature may not make it into the final release of iOS 16. The next version of Apple’s mobile operating system will arrive later this year. Some of the more notable features Apple announced at WWDC 2022 include new lock screen customization options, the ability to edit and recall texts in iMessage and real-time notifications called Live Activities.

Olivia Newton-John, Singer and 'Grease' Star, Dies at 73 - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2022-08-08 16:40
Newton-John won four Grammy Awards and remained Australia's all-time most successful solo music star.

HBO Max finishes rolling out its much-needed app redesign

Engadget - Mon, 2022-08-08 16:17

It took the better part of a year, but HBO Max's app should (hopefully) be more pleasant to use. Warner Bros. Discovery has finished rolling out its redesigned app on desktop, Android and iOS, delivering a more intuitive interface, a performance boost and some arguably overdue features. It finally supports tablets in both portrait and vertical modes, for instance. You'll also find a dedicated video download page, split-screen support, SharePlay (on Apple devices in the US) and a shuffle button on mobile.

The move ends a long and painful saga. In its haste to launch HBO Max, WarnerMedia based the original app on the same foundations as its aging Go and Now apps. The result was, frankly, a mess — it was buggy, sluggish and otherwise less polished than software from competing services. While the new app won't persuade you to subscribe on its own, it could reduce any skittishness.

The timing is less than ideal. Warner Bros. just recently confirmed that it's merging HBO Max and Discovery+ into one service next summer. The app you see today won't last long. With that said, the redesign promises a better starting point for the new platform.

Rivian is field testing dual-motor versions of the R1T and R1S

Engadget - Mon, 2022-08-08 16:02

Electric vehicle maker Rivian is testing dual-motor versions of its R1T pickup and R1S SUV in the wild. The automaker is currently putting those models through their paces in the New Zealand winter, according to a tweet from CEO RJ Scaringe that InsideEVs spotted.

The company announced in March it would offer R1T and R1S variants that use its dual-motor Enduro powertrain. It said these models would be less expensive than their four-motor counterparts, starting at $67,500 for the R1T and $72,500 for the R1S. Not accounting for the destination fee, the four-motor R1T starts at $79,500 and the R1S at $84,500.

Winter testing our ‘Enduro’ dual motor in New Zealand!

— RJ Scaringe (@RJScaringe) August 8, 2022

Rivian developed Enduro's motors in-house and the system is already in use — the electric van the company is making for Amazon has an Enduro drive unit. The company hopes the Enduro powertrain will help it to reduce costs and keep down the price of the R1S, R1T and upcoming R2 models. That's an important consideration for Rivian, given that the Inflation Reduction Act the Senate just passed seeks to bring in new federal EV tax credit rules. Electric SUVs, trucks and vans priced $80,000 and over won't be eligible for the $7,500 subsidy.

At the time Rivian announced the dual-motor R1T and R1S, it raised prices of the four-motor EVs by $12,000. After a backlash, it limited the price increases to new orders, though the automaker was swiftly slapped with a shareholder lawsuit over the issue.

Meanwhile, Rivian is attempting to increase production of the R1T and R1S. It expects to build around 25,000 vehicles this year, despite having a backlog of 71,000 as of early July. Late last month, it laid off six percent of its workforce in order to dedicate more resources to production.

Lewis Hamilton Almost Played a Fighter Pilot in 'Top Gun: Maverick' - CNET

CNET News - Mon, 2022-08-08 15:59
The seven-time F1 world champion discussed having to pass on the role in Vanity Fair's September issue.