The best phone to buy right now

Due to a confluence of factors in 2021 — from production delays thanks to the ongoing pandemic, rising costs of labor and components, to the global chip shortage — prices for flagship phones have been higher than ever. The absolutely... Read more

Tesla is apparently installing Starlink antennas at some charging stations

Charging your Tesla isn’t the most exciting experience — especially if you’re not paying for the cellular data plan that comes with a Premium Connectivity subscription — but a report from Electrek finds that may be about to change. According... Read more

Microsoft surprises with early Halo Infinite multiplayer launch today

Microsoft is surprising Xbox fans today with an early launch for Halo Infinite multiplayer. Rumors of the early Halo Infinite multiplayer drop appeared over the weekend, and Microsoft is now making it official as part of today’s 20-year Xbox anniversary.... Read more

T-Mobile hits its goal of 200 million covered by ‘ultra capacity’ 5G a few weeks early

T-Mobile has announced that its “Ultra Capacity” 5G network now covers over 200 million people in the US, a goal the company had previously set to reach before the end of 2021. T-Mobile uses its “Ultra Capacity” 5G label for... Read more

Disney is giving its characters a license to brawl in this Apple-exclusive game

If you’ve dreamt of the day Disney would wake up and see the huge potential in creating its own take on Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros. fighting game… that day has not yet come. But Disney may have just taken a... Read more

Antitrust advocate Zephyr Teachout launches bid for New York attorney general

On Monday, progressive tech critic Zephyr Teachout announced that she will run for New York attorney general in 2022. A law professor at Fordham University and a scholar on corruption and antitrust laws, Teachout could push for more strenuous penalties... Read more

Biden signs $1 trillion infrastructure package into law

On Monday, President Biden signed a historic $1 trillion infrastructure bill aimed at repairing the nation’s roads and bridges along with investing billions into expanding access to broadband internet and bolstering the electrical grid. “For too long, we’ve talked about... Read more

Samsung releases Android 12-powered One UI 4 for Galaxy S21 phones

Samsung is making its One UI 4 software update available for the Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra starting today, the company has announced. The update is based on this year’s Android 12, was released in public beta in... Read more

Midnight Protocol is a cyberpunk hacking RPG that cuts out all the filler

Video games have taught me that hacking mainly involves two things: capturing little computer-shaped nodes and typing in a command line. Midnight Protocol is no exception. Released last month by Iceberg Interactive, it joins a glut of cyberpunk games from... Read more

Samsung hasn’t completely forgotten its Tizen smartwatches

When Samsung dropped the bombshell that it was ditching Tizen for Wear OS 3, it promised not to leave older Galaxy Watch models in the dust. Now Samsung has announced that the Galaxy Watch, Galaxy Watch 3, Galaxy Watch Active,... Read more

20 years of Xbox: a visual history

Twenty years ago today, Microsoft released the original Xbox in North America, marking its bold entry into the world of console gaming. Since then, the design of Xbox consoles have changed almost beyond recognition. What started with a piece of... Read more

Microsoft’s Xbox backward compatibility program returns with 76 new games

Microsoft put its Xbox backward compatibility program on hold two years ago, but it’s returning today for a final update to the catalog. To celebrate 20 years of Xbox, Microsoft is now adding 76 new games (full list below) to... Read more

Microsoft adds FPS Boost to 37 more games on Xbox Series X / S

Microsoft is enabling its Xbox FPS Boost mode on 37 more games today, bringing the total well beyond 100 games. Titles getting FPS Boost include the entire Gears of War franchise, the original Assassin’s Creed, Alan Wake, Fallout 3, and... Read more

Microsoft’s Xbox FPS Boost feature arrives on 33 Xbox Cloud Gaming titles

Microsoft is bringing its Xbox FPS Boost mode to the cloud. The Xbox maker is rolling out FPS Boost to 33 games on Xbox Cloud Gaming (xCloud) today, as part of a big push for Xbox backward compatibility that sees... Read more

Phil Spencer basically confirms The Elder Scrolls VI is an Xbox exclusive

Xbox chief Phil Spencer basically confirmed that The Elder Scrolls VI will be an Xbox exclusive in an interview with GQ. The news comes up in a section about Bethesda, which officially joined Microsoft in March. Starfield, Bethesda’s upcoming sci-fi... Read more

Amazon releases Prime Video app for Mac with downloads, AirPlay, and more

Better late than never, as they say: Amazon today launched a Prime Video app for macOS that’s available as a free download in the Mac App Store. Prime Video for Mac includes support for offline downloads, and you can choose... Read more

The live-action Halo TV show on Paramount Plus gets its first brief teaser

The long-in-the-works Halo TV series finally has its first — very brief — teaser trailer, revealed today at Microsoft’s 20th anniversary Xbox event, giving a first glimpse at the live-action adaptation of the iconic games. The teaser is very short,... Read more

Twitter makes big changes for devs as it eyes decentralized future

Twitter has announced that the second version of its application programming interface, or API, is ready to come out of early access and become the default for developers. When Twitter announced API v2 in August 2020, it seemed like a... Read more

Surprise: Amazon has four new smart switches

A new line of Amazon Basics Smart Switches has landed on Amazon.com, bringing the Amazon-branded smart home gadgets count up to seven, including the new smart thermostat and smart indoor air quality monitor. That’s a big leap from the one,... Read more

A $219 Windows on Arm PC is finally available for developers

Developers, historically, have had somewhat limited options when it comes to testing apps for Windows on Arm. They’ve commonly needed to purchase costly Arm devices like the Surface Pro X, which starts at $899.99. Microsoft and Qualcomm aim to lower... Read more

If you can’t play Halo Infinite right now, you’re not alone

Microsoft surprise-launched Halo Infinite’s free-to-play multiplayer beta on Monday, but if you’re having trouble jumping into the game, you’re not the only one. According to Brian Jarrard, Halo community director at 343 Industries, some players playing on Xbox or from... Read more

The remastered GTA Trilogy is back on PC

After a delay lasting around 72 hours, Rockstar Games finally made Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – Definitive Edition playable and purchasable again on PC. Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy – The Definitive Edition is again available through the Rockstar... Read more

Twitter Blue’s Nuzzel-like top articles summary has arrived for iOS

Twitter’s Top Articles feature, which creates a report of articles popular in Blue subscribers’ networks, is now available on iOS after the company promised last week that it’d be coming “very soon.” It’s been available on Android and the web,... Read more

Every little helps: Why high Covid booster vaccine uptake is key to saving Christmas

Modelling also suggested that Britain has little to fear from a new winter wave. New figures from University College London suggested that deaths will remain at an average of 150 a day for the next week, before steadily declining towards... Read more

Queen to display some of her most precious jewels and outfits for Platinum Jubilee

At Windsor Castle, the centrepiece of the displays will be the Queen’s coronation dress and Robe of Estate worn during her coronation at Westminster Abbey on June 2 1953. Designed by the British couturier Sir Norman Hartnell, the dress was... Read more