Nomad’s latest charging cables are made of actual Kevlar


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Accessory company Nomad is overhauling its line of charging cables across the board with a major redesign that adds a whole bunch of Kevlar — actual, licensed Kevlar — to the mix for what promises to be even tougher cables than the company’s already-strong cords.

The new cables feature Kevlar K29, an industrial version of the material that’s used in cables (like these charging cords) and also body and vehicle armor, which might make it a bit overkill for charging a phone. Nomad is using the Kevlar both for an braided exterior, as well as for a central internal core for the new cables, which should make them pretty tough to break.

The new Kevlar design is rolling out across Nomad’s entire lineup of cables, with 11 different cords of…

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Google Maps can now show you where bike sharing stations are and how many bikes they have


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Google Maps is adding support for bike sharing stations in a big way, with the company rolling out a new integration that will offer users information on docked bike sharing services like Citi Bike directly in the app.

The new integration is made possible from data provided by Ito World, which provides information on where to find a bike sharing station, how many bikes are there, and whether or not there’s an empty space waiting for you to dock your bike when you arrive at your destination.

The feature has previously been in testing in New York City for the last year, and now is expanding to 23 more cities: Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Chicago, Dublin, Hamburg, Helsinki, Kaohsiung,…

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Here’s every game coming to Ubisoft’s UPlay Plus, including Watch Dogs: Legion and every Assassin’s Creed


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Ubisoft has revealed the list of its initial game lineup for its upcoming UPlay Plus PC gaming service ahead of its September 3rd launch, with a surprisingly deep lineup of titles that looks to leverage Ubisoft’s biggest franchises, like Assassin’s Creed, Far Cry, and the seemingly endless number of Tom Clancy games.

To that end, included in the 100-plus titles that Ubisoft will be offering is what looks like every single Assassin’s Creed game ever released on PC, most of the Far Cry series, and more. Notably, it’s not just the back catalog, either: recent releases like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Far Cry: New Dawn are on the list, too.

Also there are yet to be released titles like Gods & Monsters, Rainbow Six Quarantine, and Watch…

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The Nokia 2.2 has a small notch and costs $140


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Announced back in June for international markets, the Nokia 2.2 is now available for US customers. And it actually looks pretty good for a $140 phone, offering premium features like a teardrop notch display, face unlock camera, and a dedicated Google Assistant button at a very wallet-friendly price point.

There’s still a decent-sized chin on the 2.2, so don’t expect a perfectly seamless front of the device, but for $140, it does look pretty impressive. That display is a 5.71-inch HD+ display, and embedded in it is the front-facing camera, which also supports a face-unlocking feature (although it looks less sophisticated than IR-based methods used by more expensive phones).

The biggest catch is probably the specs, specifically the…

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Microsoft pulls Windows 10 May update from some Surface Book 2 devices over GPU issues


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Microsoft is putting a compatibility hold on its Windows 10 May 2019 update for some of its Surface Book 2 laptops due to an issue where the discrete Nvidia GPU can vanish from the device manager on the OS, which in turn can cause apps or games that rely on that GPU to have issues, via ZDNet.

The problem affects a small subset of Surface Book 2 devices — only high-end models with discrete Nvidia GPUs — but it is all the more notable for occurring on Microsoft’s own in-house hardware. Until the company can resolve the issue, though, Surface Book 2 owners with Nvidia hardware won’t be able to download the May 2019 update.

It’s not the first issue that Microsoft has had with the May 2019 update, either: as ZDNet points out, the company had…

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Author Myke Cole talks writing hard science fiction in his space-set Coast Guard novel Sixteenth Watch


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Myke Cole is best known for his fantasy work, including his military-focused urban fantasy Shadow Ops series and his more traditionally epic fantasy Sacred Throne trilogy. But with his next novel, Sixteenth Watch, he’s switching things up a bit, swapping out the swords and sorcery for spacecraft in his first novel-length science fiction work.

Like Cole’s other books, his next draws on his personal military experience. But instead of putting the spotlight on the usual branches of the armed forces seen in military science fiction, like the Army or Marines (or even a Space Force), it focuses on the United States Coast Guard attempting to de-escalate a potential war on the Moon between the United States and China.

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Apple restores banned parental control app OurPact to the App Store


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Apple has reversed course on its ban of parental control app OurPact, allowing the ousted software to return to the App Store in its original form and without any limitations or restrictions. The move marks an end to a months-long dispute between Apple and a variety of parental control companies affected by Apple’s restrictions.

The fact that Apple removed or prevented updates to many of these apps (including OurPact) raised eyebrows because it allegedly stemmed from a sudden change in policy that reclassified the apps as unsafe, due to the technology they relied on for managing kids’ devices. The issue was that these apps were using a suite of tools called MDM, or multi-device management, designed for management of hardware in IT and…

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Sony’s new USB-C hub promises the fastest data transfer and charging yet


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USB-C hubs are (sadly) pretty common these days, and now Sony is getting in the game with the MRW-S3, a nice-looking hub that checks a whole bunch of high-end spec boxes like 100W USB-C PD charging and a UHS-II SD card reader that most don’t.

For any hub, the most important spec is what ports it offers, and Sony has plenty: there’s an HDMI port for video (with support for 4K video at 30 fps), a USB-C PD port for plugging in power (at up to the aforementioned 100W speed), a USB-C and USB-A port for external devices and accessories, both rated for the USB 3.1 Gen 2. Sony also says that specification makes its hub the fastest on the market, with transfer speeds of up to 1000 MB/s, at least for the USB-C port. And rounding things out are an…

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Charter gets to stay in New York, reaches new deal with state to roll out internet service


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Charter Communications (and its Spectrum internet service) has officially reached a deal to stay in New York State, with the Public Service Commission agreeing on a settlement that will see Charter fulfill its original commitments for broadband expansion that the company had agreed to when it first merged with Time Warner Cable in 2016, via Ars Technica.

Charter was originally at risk of being barred from operating in the state entirely due to its failure to roll out high-speed internet services to more homes, which the company had originally promised to do as a condition to be allowed to merge with Time Warner Cable.

Per the agreement, “Charter will expand its network to provide high-speed…

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Apple TV Plus’ See reportedly costs almost $15 million per episode


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The already-crowded streaming market is on the verge of getting some new competitors, with Apple TV Plus, Disney+, HBO Max, and more gearing up to face off against more established players like Netflix and Hulu. These companies are willing to shell out some big bucks to try to compete, with Apple reportedly spending nearly $15 million per episode on See, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

To put that number in perspective, Game of Thrones — likely the most expensive TV show made yet — took eight seasons to work its way up to a $15 million-per-episode budget. Apple is starting See out at a similar cost, which feels like a pretty big bet to place on a brand-new sci-fi series, even one with the…

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The Sigma fp is the ‘world’s smallest’ full-frame mirrorless camera


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Sigma has announced its first full-frame mirrorless camera, the Sigma fp, and the company is looking to make an impression on the market with the claim that it’s the “smallest & lightest” full-frame mirrorless camera in the world.

Designed as a “pocketable full-frame” camera, the fp measures 4.43 x 2.75 x 1.78 inches but still offers a 24.6-megapixel 35mm full-frame sensor. (For comparison, Sony’s RX100 VI, which features a 1-inch sensor, is only marginally smaller at 4.0 x 2.3 x 1.7 inches.)

Despite the small size of the body, you’ll still need to attach a lens to it. Given the size of most full-frame lenses, that means you’ll have a slightly awkward weight to balance, but the fp’s diminutive form factor does look pretty impressive.

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Motorola expands iFixit partnership to sell replacement phone parts in Europe


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Last year, Motorola began making its phones easier to repair by partnering with iFixit to provide official replacement parts and kits directly to customers. Today, the companies announced that they’re expanding that program to Europe as well.

Like the US program, the European iFixit store will now offer repair parts for a variety of Motorola phones along with premade kits that also include all of the necessary tools. This is designed to go hand-in-hand with iFixit’s step-by-step repair guides (which, fittingly for the European expansion) are available in French, German, and English.

So far, the European store offers screen and battery replacement kits for the Moto X, Moto X Pure,…

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Nintendo’s Switch Lite doesn’t have to switch to be a success


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The Switch Lite — the newly unveiled spinoff of the full-sized Switch console — doesn’t actually “switch.” Instead of the detachable controllers and TV dock that allows the standard Switch to shape-shift between a TV console, portable gamepad, and a mobile multiplayer machine, the Switch Lite has a much narrower focus on just one of those experiences — but that’s not a bad thing. Instead, it shows that the Switch’s audience and appeal extend to a different market than what the full-sized version currently serves.

In the wake of the Switch Lite’s announcement, there’s been a lot of debate over whether the Switch’s idealism toward play-anywhere multiplayer failed or if people just weren’t using it with their…

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Amazon is developing a Lord of the Rings MMO


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Amazon Game Studios has announced its latest project: a Lord of the Rings massively multiplayer online game that Amazon is developing in partnership with Leyou. It’s planned as a free-to-play title for both PC and consoles.

The title was actually announced last year by Leyou-owned Athlon Games. At the time, Athlon was said to be working with an unnamed “partner developer,” which was revealed today to be Amazon Game Studios.

According to Athlon’s announcement last fall, the new MMO is set “at a time long before the events of The Lord of the Rings, exploring lands, people and creatures never seen before by fans of the Tolkien universe.” That may sound similar to Amazon’s…

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Facebook says it will launch experimental apps under NPE Team name


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Facebook is launching a new brand of experimental apps for consumers, developed under the “NPE Team, from Facebook” label. (NPE stands for “new product experimentation.”) The team will be developing new apps for iOS, Android, and the web, with a specific focus on consumer services, which is similar to Microsoft’s Garage group.

In a blog post announcing the new team, the company notes that it “decided to use this separate brand name to help set the appropriate expectations with users that NPE Team apps will change very rapidly and will be shut down if we learn that they’re not useful to people.”

Facebook is no stranger to odd experimental apps. The company’s past is littered with abandoned…

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AT&T says it will automatically block robocalls ‘in the coming months’


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In June, the Federal Communications Commission ruled that carriers could block robocalls for their customers by default — without requiring the customers opt in first. Now, AT&T is following through on the ruling, enabling its Call Protect service by default for new and existing lines. New customers will automatically have Call Protect enabled going forward, and existing customers will have it enabled “in the coming months.”

AT&T’s Call Protect service does three things: it detects and blocks fraudulent calls entirely, flags telemarketers and spam calls as “Suspected Spam” when the phone rings, and allows you to maintain a personal block list to specifically block individual numbers.

The service has been around (and available for free)…

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Apple adds True Tone display to the MacBook Air and Touch Bar to the entry-level MacBook Pro


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Apple updated its high-end MacBook Pro models at the end of May, and now it’s time for the entry-level MacBook Pro (which was previously known as the MacBook Escape) and the MacBook Air to get some refreshes.

The base model MacBook Pro is getting the most substantial update: after being ignored by Apple since 2017, it’s finally getting an overhaul, adding a Touch Bar and Touch ID (sorry, physical keyboard fans) as well new Intel processors. Instead of the 2.3GHz dual-core 7th Gen Core i5 chipset that Apple has offered for over two years, the new entry-level MacBook Pro now offers a 1.4GHz quad-core 8th Gen Core i5 chip (which can boost up to 3.9GHz) from Intel’s Coffee Lake lineup. Sadly, the biggest flaw of the original MacBook Escape…

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YouTube is back on the Fire TV, and Prime Video launches on Chromecast starting today


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YouTube is officially back on Fire TV devices starting today, almost a year and a half after Google pulled the app as part of a lengthy fight with Amazon. Additionally, Amazon’s Prime Video streaming is also launching today with support for Chromecast and more widespread Android TV devices, just as the two companies promised earlier this year.

According to Amazon, the YouTube app will be available on the following devices: the Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen), Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube, and Fire TV Stick Basic Edition, along with Toshiba, Insignia, Element, and Westinghouse Fire TV Edition smart TVs.

Unlike the web browser workaround that Fire TV owners have had to use since Google pulled the original app, the official release is a…

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Apple’s Texas Hold’em game returns to the iPhone to celebrate 10 years of the App Store


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Apple’s Texas Hold’em game was released over 11 years ago for the iPhone as the first game ever sold on the App Store. Today, seemingly out of nowhere, Apple has updated the game with a refreshed version that actually works on today’s iPhones, as spotted by 9to5Mac.

The App Store page for Texas Hold’em claims that the update is to celebrate “the 10 year anniversary of the App Store.” That’s a bit strange: the App Store’s 10th anniversary — which, not coincidentally, was the same day that Texas Hold’em launched for the iPhone — was last July. But better late than never, I guess.

The new update adds new characters, modernized visuals, and, most importantly, an update for the 64-bit architecture that Apple launched…

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Dr. Mario World feels more like Candy Crush than the classic NES game


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Super Mario World is a legendary Nintendo game that took the original Super Mario concept from the NES and expanded it into a whole new evolution of the franchise that arguably laid the groundwork for what Mario games are today. Sadly, despite its name, Dr. Mario World — the upcoming mobile evolution of the original NES title — lacks the same pedigree, hewing closer to free-to-play mobile puzzlers like Candy Crush Saga.

To start, the base concept of Dr. Mario doesn’t even make it to Dr. Mario World. The game is a match-three game instead of a match-four, so any strategies or play styles that you’ve developed from years of Dr. Mario are rendered useless. That doesn’t really matter, though, because Dr. Mario World is more of a single…

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