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Best Internet Providers in Las Vegas - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-06-07 15:07
Shopping for broadband in Sin City? These ISPs will be your best bet.

Best Fitness Deals: Save on Trackers, Equipment, Accessories and More - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-06-07 15:00
Building a home gym can be expensive, but with these deals you can get everything you need to hit your fitness goals for less.

Grab Google's Latest Chromecast Streamer for Just $40 Right Now ($10 Off) - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-06-07 14:20
The Chromecast with Google TV is already one of our favorite streamers on the market, and it's even better when you can find it at a discount.

BMW M3 Touring Will Debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed on June 23 - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-06-07 14:04
This is the first time BMW has ever made an M3 wagon.

NASA Mars Helicopter Has a Dead Sensor, but It Might Still Fly - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-06-07 13:57
The Ingenuity team hopes a patch will get the chopper off the ground once again.

New Hiking-Focused Insert from Superfeet Lowers the Price of Trail Comfort - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-06-07 13:12
Your hiking shoes could probably use some additional support, and Superfeet aims to deliver.

Best iPhone 11 and 11 Pro Cases for 2022 - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-06-07 13:00
Looking for a case for your new-to-you iPhone 11? Take a look at our current top picks.

First season of 'Battlefield 2042' debuts June 9th with a new map

Engadget - Tue, 2022-06-07 12:26

After a months-long delay, DICE and EA are finally ready to premiere the first season of Battlefield 2042. The two have announced that Season 1: Zero Hour premieres on June 9th with a large batch of fresh content. There's a new map set in the Canadian Rockies (Exposure) for the All-Out Warfare and Portal modes. A new character, Ewalina Lis, is well-suited to anti-vehicle combat. You'll need her, too, as there are new stealth helicopters (the Huron and Hannibal) that could provide an unwelcome surprise.

The new season includes a wider range of gear, including a crossbow with multiple round options (including explosive), a mid-range rifle and a smoke grenade launcher. To no one's surprise, EA is also promising more skins and melee takedown animations for Premium Battle Pass buyers.

Zero Hour also builds on the many bug fixes and needed feature additions since launch. You can expect greater stability, better balancing and improved handling for guns and vehicles, among other tweaks. Custom game mode creators can expect a more powerful editor and a new preset, while Portal brings back some vehicles and "experiences."

Season 1 is free for all BF2042 players, and you'll only really want the Premium pass if you insist on having the latest cosmetics. The question is whether or not the update will bring gamers back. While active player counts have levelled out, according to Steam Charts, there's no doubt that interest in the shooter tumbled soon after its November 2021 debut. A rough launch and other frustrations prompted much of the target audience to drift toward other titles. The major content update might encourage users to give the game a second chance, but it's not certain that they'll stick around.

E3 Will Return In 2023 As In-Person and Digital Event, Report Says - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-06-07 12:10
E3 hasn't been held in-person in over two years.

MacBook Air M2: What You Can Get For Your Money - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-06-07 12:02
Looking to pick up a new Apple Macbook Air M2? Here's a look at the various configurations and what may be your best option.

Google adds auto-transcription and simplified grading to its education tools

Engadget - Tue, 2022-06-07 12:00

Many students have returned to in-person classes, but that isn't stopping Google from making online education more viable. The company has updated Classroom and Workspace for Education with a host of features that improve life for teachers and students alike. In Workspace, for instance, you can now auto-transcribe Meet calls directly into Google Docs — helpful if you want to quickly produce lesson material or help students catch up when they miss lectures. You can also host polls and Q&A sessions in Meet sessions, livestream public events (think school assemblies) to YouTube and use picture-in-picture to manage class presentations without losing sight of your pupils.

Teachers using Classroom, meanwhile, now have access to previously beta-only add-on support that extends functionality beyond what Google can offer. You can get an EdPuzzle add-on to automatically integrate and grade assignments, while a Pear Deck extension can create assignments using lessons from the Pear Deck library. The Classroom updates also make it easier to add YouTube videos to lessons, export grades and get updates through email notifications. An update later in 2022 will let teachers reply directly to students from Gmail notifications.

Google is expanding access to its Read Along app, too. It's rolling out a beta for a new web version over the next month, so students might not need to lean on their phones as they improve their literacy skills.

The announcements come alongside Chrome OS updates that include improved casting and optimizing educational apps like Figma. Although these updates might not matter much as the pandemic (hopefully) winds down, they could still be useful as schools increasingly rely on internet-based lessons and coursework.

Google's Screencast app for Chrome OS lets teachers record video lessons

Engadget - Tue, 2022-06-07 12:00

In its ongoing push to corner the education market, Google is introducing new classroom-specific features to Chrome OS. The first of those is Screencast, a new built-in app that allows teachers to build a video library of lessons and demos students can turn to if they miss a class or need help with a homework assignment. Available as of Chrome OS version M103, the software includes tools for trimming and transcribing clips.

Google points out that students can also use the app to create video reports and share ideas with classmates. Additionally, Screencast supports stylus input, allowing both teachers and students to write and draw on their videos. Sharing is done through Google Drive, allowing students to access content their teachers upload both at school and at home.

The other feature Google introduced today is a new cast moderator mode designed to give teachers more control over onscreen presentations and other content shared wirelessly within their classroom. With the help of an access code, the feature gives educators the power to turn off disruptive screencasts. Before making the feature widely available, Google plans to run a pilot program to trial the feature with a select group of schools this summer. Once it’s available, it will work with the company’s Chrome browser, Chrome OS and Google TV devices.

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Google also announced today it’s partnering with Figma, a collaborative graphic design tool, to optimize its software for Chromebooks. With the partnership, schools in the US can download a free beta of the software through the Google Admin Console.

Make a Clean Sweep of Your Floors With This Robot Vacuum for Only $165 - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-06-07 11:38
Schedule cleanings, create no-go zones, use integrated room mapping and get powerful suction for 50% less.

'Deadpool 3' Won't Be 'Disney-fied', So Everybody Relax - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-06-07 11:36
The Merc With a Mouth vs the House of Mouse.

Save 30% on Ziva Kettlebells and Tribells With This Early Father’s Day Offer - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-06-07 11:18
These home gym essentials make a great gift for Dad (or yourself), and right now you can grab them at a bargain.

'Prey' Trailer Hints at Predator Prequel's Intense Hunt - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-06-07 11:14
The 1719-set sci-fi adventure comes to Hulu on Aug. 5.

Dyson Ditches Trigger in New V12 Detect Slim Cordless Vacuum - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2022-06-07 11:14
The lightweight stick vacuum brings a laser -- and a power button.