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Konami brings Metal Gear Solid and more to GOG

GOG announced today that is has partnered with Konami to bring many of its classic games to the PC gaming store. Starting today, Metal Gear, Metal Gear Solid, and Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance are on GOG. You can also grab Konami Collector’s Series: Castlevania & Contra, a $6 compilation that includes the 8-bit games of each series: Castlevania, Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, Contra, and Super C. GOG stands out from other digital PC game stores, like Steam, by offering DRM free versions of titles. DRM stands for digital rights management, and it’s something that publishers use to discourage piracy, but it can also make it a pain to download your games to multiple devices. But GOG, which once went by the longer moniker of Good Old Games, also specializes in making classic games accessible on modern PCs. The PC versions of Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2 are old, and getting them to run on modern machines can be a nightmare. That shouldn’t be an issue with these digital releases from GOG. Source linkContinue readingKonami brings Metal Gear Solid and more to GOG

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Tech Radar

LG brings its new range of 4K, 8K OLED and NanoCell TVs to India

LG  today updated its premium TV range in India ahead of the upcoming festive season and has introduced the  8K and 4K OLED and NanoCell TVs to its repertoire. All these TVs run on LG’s WebOS with support for virtual assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant. Here’s a quick look at LG’s 2020 lineup for India: LG 8K OLED and NanoCell TVs  The massive Real 8K LG ZX is priced at a whopping Rs 29,99,990 and is a mammoth 88-inches. It is powered by a new Alpha 9 Gen 3 processor that with the help of AI and upgraded processing power offers improved picture quality, upscale existing 4K apart from offering a ton of other features. The Nvidia GSync compatibility makes it ideal for gaming as well. The NanoCell TVs also offer 8K resolution and are available in four different series. The LG Nano99 is available in 75 and 65-inch variants and is priced at Rs. 10,99,990 and Rs. 499,990 respectively. Like the Real 8K series, even the NanoCell TVs come with the new Alpha 9 Gen 3 processor and offer features like Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos and come with LG’s AI-enabled WebOS platform. LG 4K OLED TVs  The new LG 4K OLED TVs are available in three different series – LG CX, GX and BX. The CX and GX series comes equipped with the Alpha 9 Gen 3 processor while the BX series is powered by the last years Alpha 7 Gen 3 processor. All these TVs run on…Continue readingLG brings its new range of 4K, 8K OLED and NanoCell TVs to India

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Razer Kishi controller brings console precision to iPhone games

Razer is launching the Kishi Universal Gaming Controller for the iPhone. Finally, I’ve got something that gives me an unfair advantage in a Call of Duty game. It’s a stretchable accessory that can fit most new iPhones, adding game controller analog sticks and buttons to your mobile gaming experience. It connects via the Lightning connector and wraps around the edges of the iPhone. I used it to play Call of Duty: Mobile. I came in first in two of my first three matches, and in my third match I had 26 kills and one death. It works with Fortnite as well, if you can still play it on your iPhone (some players can do so despite litigation between Epic and Apple, particularly those who don’t have to update the game). And admittedly, maybe there were some bots in my Call of Duty: Mobile battles, but I still did better than usual. Fortnite in particular is a cross-play game, where mobile players can go up against console and PC players. Usually when that happens, the mobile players get slaughtered because touchscreen controls aren’t as good as a mouse-and-keyboard or gamepad. The Kishi goes a long way toward leveling the playing field. The Razer Kishi for Android launched earlier this year, and Jeff Grubb played with it. Above: The Razer Kishi costs $100. The Kishi has clickable analog thumbsticks, a bunch of face and multi-function buttons, and an 8-way D-pad. The Kishi works with iPhone 6 Plus and newer devices. The Razer…Continue readingRazer Kishi controller brings console precision to iPhone games

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Engadget

Crowdfunded dongle brings wireless Android Auto to more cars

This also depends on the project completing as planned. Borconi-Szdressy is close to hitting his funding target and expects the first dongles to ship in December for $55 each, but there’s always the possibility of delays or other setbacks. You’re backing the project in hopes of getting something in return, not making a pre-order. Still, this could make Android Auto considerably more practical if you’re willing to take a risk. You might not have to be quite so picky when shopping for a car or head unit. This could be helpful if you’re using an older phone, too. AAWireless only needs a phone running Android 9 Pie, so this might help you delay a device upgrade if wire-free Android Auto is important. Source linkContinue readingCrowdfunded dongle brings wireless Android Auto to more cars

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The Next Web

Lenovo’s Yoga 9i brings updated specs and a leather chassis

Lenovo‘s Yoga laptops are some of the OG 2-in-1 laptops, popularizing the 360-degree hinge seen in so many models today. The company has since consistently built some of the best-regarded convertibles, and today it announced the latest in the family, the Yoga 9i, in 14 and 15-inch sizes. The star of the show us perhaps the Yoga Slim 9i — confusingly known as the IdeaPad Slim 9i in North America — a more svelte take on the lineup. A 14-inch laptop clad in black genuine leather, the laptop is just 13.9 mm (0.54 in) thick and weighs 1.26 kg (2.77 lbs). Why someone would want their gadgets wrapped in dead cow skin is beyond me, but you do you. If that’s not your thing, leather is optional on the standard 14-inch model and not available on the 15-inch one. The laptops can be configured with a 4K IPS touchscreen with 90 percent DCI-P3 coverage, and 500 nits of brightness for Dolby Vision support. On the Slim 9i, this top configuration can also be configured with curved edges that replicate the light curvature you see on many flagship phones. This doesn’t seem to affect the panel itself, but rather the sliver of border surrounding it. And while all the laptops feature Dolby Atmos sound, the Yoga 14 and 15 are a little more versatile than the Slim 9i in that speakers are placed in the rotating hinge, allowing the laptops to sound the same whether you are using them laptop or tablet…Continue readingLenovo’s Yoga 9i brings updated specs and a leather chassis

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Mashable

Google Arts & Culture brings ‘ancient creatures’ to augmented reality

A crustacean with scores of tiny eyes could be your newest houseguest — in augmented reality, at least. Google Arts & Culture released new AR offerings in its free app (for both iPhone and Android) Tuesday that allow users to visualize “ancient creatures” wherever you look through your smart phone. One such visitor is the Cambropachycope, a ten-limbed, lobster-like creature with one large eye made up of many other tiny eyes that scientists were able to visually reconstruct thanks to fossils. It looks like a cousin of the blast-ended skrewt come to life, and it’s pretty delightful to envision certain furry housemates interacting with these cute old monsters. Who the heck is this guy?! Image: rachel kraus / mashable Ok fine, I guess he can stay. Image: rachel kraus / mashable Google Arts & Culture is Google’s online portal dedicated to showcasing artifacts and experiences from the worlds of art and science. It serves as an enormous repository for online, digitized art collections. Some of its previous app experiences have allowed users to explore archaeological ruins or museums in VR, or even find a painting that best matches your selfie (a feature that was unfortunately a bit racially insensitive). The new explorations come thanks to partnerships with Moscow’s State Darwin Museum and London’s Natural History Museum. These AR overlays also include two other creepy-cool ancient marine animals, and the skeleton of a blue whale, which usually occupies London’s Natural History Museum. Since a lot of the world can’t visit museums…Continue readingGoogle Arts & Culture brings ‘ancient creatures’ to augmented reality

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TechCrunch

Google Chrome update brings better tab management, QR codes, plus performance improvements – TechCrunch

Google today will begin rolling out several updates to its Chrome web browser, with the goal of increasing user productivity and making the browsing experience faster. Specifically, Google is making Chrome’s tabs and its newer tab groups easier and quicker to use. Under-the-hood, it promises improvements that will deliver up to 10% faster page loads and those that will reduce the impact of having idle background tabs. Together, the full set of new features address concerns of Chrome power users who tend to have many tabs open at once and work in their browser on a regular basis. Google this May introduced tab groups, initially in beta. The feature allows users to add their open tabs to a group that they can then name and label, to keep their various projects, tasks, applications, and other online research organized. In this release, tab groups will roll out to all users. Based on beta user feedback, Google is tweaking how tab groups work, as well. Chrome will now users to collapse and expand their tab groups, so you can focus on the ones you need to access right now. Google says this was the most popular request it heard from those who were using tab groups, during tests. Also, Google is introducing a new touchscreen interface for tabs designed for laptops being used in tablet mode, coming to Chromebooks first. This will make it easier for users to flip through tabs. On Android’s version of Chrome, if you start typing a page…Continue readingGoogle Chrome update brings better tab management, QR codes, plus performance improvements – TechCrunch

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Wired

Wahoo Fitness Kickr Smart Trainer Review: Brings the Backroads Indoors

If the pandemic wasn’t enough reason to take your cycling inside last spring, the cooler weather this fall will be. And while sweating up a storm in your basement after a glorious season of summer outdoor riding seems, well, kind of gross, there are still a lot of reasons to rejoice over the increasing sophistication of indoor trainers. Take the fifth-generation Wahoo Kickr that debuted in early August. While it carries the same price tag and compact design as its previous iteration, the new Kickr offers impressive upgrades in calibration, accuracy, and especially connectivity—those who have ever been dropped on Zwift mid-ride (or mid-race) because of a bad connection will be psyched to learn that Wahoo’s new built-in Direct Connect port will forever eliminate that issue. We’ll get to that. But first, the basics. Freedom Train Photograph: Rafael Astorga/Wahoo Fitness Unlike the Kickr Smart Bike, the stand-alone indoor bike we reviewed earlier this year, this new Kickr is a trainer; you use your own bike, removing the back wheel and attaching your frame to the unit. Even though it seems relatively simple, setting up a trainer can be as time-consuming as waiting in line at the DMV. That’s why I budgeted an entire Saturday morning to do it. The process with the Kickr, however, was so intuitive that it took less than a half hour. And that’s despite a kink, which is that the Kickr comes out of the box with an 11-speed Shimano freehub body attached, but my “indoor”…Continue readingWahoo Fitness Kickr Smart Trainer Review: Brings the Backroads Indoors

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AWS Graviton2 brings ‘major performance leap’ to Amazon EKS

Amazon’s cloud computing arm AWS has announced that its fully managed Kubernetes service Amazon EKS is now generally available on its Graviton2 processor. The Graviton2 is an Arm chip designed by AWS and its Annapurna Labs unit which provides a number of improvements over its predecessor including two times faster floating point performance per core, optimized instructions for faster machine learning inference, customer hardware acceleration, always-on fully encrypted DDR4 memory and 50 percent faster per core encryption performance for enhanced security. In a blog post, product developer advocate for the AWS container team, Michael Hausenblas explained how customers can benefit from running Amazon EKS on the Graviton2, saying: “AWS Graviton2 processors power Arm-based EC2 instances delivering a major leap in performance and capabilities as well as significant cost savings. A primary goal of running containers is to improve the cost efficiency for your applications. Combine both and you get a great price performance. For example, based on internal testing of workloads we saw 20% lower cost and up to 40% higher performance for M6g, C6g, and R6g instances over M5, C5, and R5 instances.” Amazon EKS on Graviton2 Now that Amazon EKS is generally available on AWS’ Graviton2 processors where both services are available regionally, the managed Kubernetes service now supports the 64 bit ARMv8.2 architecture among others. The service also offers end-to-end multi-architecture support as well as support for mixed managed node groups. At the same time, AWS has created and is maintaining a Git repository to help out…Continue readingAWS Graviton2 brings ‘major performance leap’ to Amazon EKS

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Sky Q brings back one of its best games, Beehive Bedlam

A Sky Q subscription also nets you access to a host of different games to play on your TV, and now Beehive Bedlam is one of them. If you need another time-filler, look no further. Sky has brought back the classic mini-game Beehive Bedlam, a fan-favorite puzzle game from the now-shuttered Sky Games service, which closed in January 2015. Sky Q subscribers will be able to play Beehive Bedlam on their Sky Q or Sky Q Mini boxes, offering a handy way to pass the time between TV episodes, or just work on your puzzling skills throughout the day while stuck indoors. BREAKING: Beehive Bedlam is back on Sky Q! 🐝🌼 Wouldn’t have been possible without you begging us to bring it back, so thanks to all of you! #MySkyQ pic.twitter.com/wYeiFTchrYAugust 14, 2020 Sky started adding games in its PlayWorks app back in May, and it’s certainly casual fare, but for the young’uns or bored among you, it’s totally worth dipping into. Beehive yourselves Beehive Bedlam is a spin on the classic Bubble Shooter formula, in which players aim bubbles – or, in this case, flowers – at a stack of colored icons, matching the color of the projectile to gradually clear the beehive and move onto the next level. It’s a winning formula, and one that’s been utilized in a host of mobile games or casual titles over the years, from Bobble Bust-A-Move to Peggle. While Sky Games shuttered in 2015, a fan-made version of the game has been…Continue readingSky Q brings back one of its best games, Beehive Bedlam