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This USB-C battery that can fully charge a 15-inch MacBook Pro is $100 for Black Friday

The Zendure SuperTank is currently on sale at Amazon for just $100.99 after coupon, bringing one of the first batteries that can fully charge a full-size laptop down to a relatively reasonable price. → Read More

Razer’s Junglecat brings Nintendo Switch-like snap-on controllers to Android

Remember when Razer announced a sleek sliding gamepad for your iPhone called the Junglecat? I bet not, considering how the company axed that idea without ever releasing it to the world. But today, it’s launching a $100 mobile gamepad called the Junglecat yet again — this time reincarnated as a set of two Nintendo Joy-Con-like gamepads that snap onto either side of your handset. → Read More

Andy Rubin has left his own incubator — but he’s still in the building

Andy Rubin used to be primarily known as the “father of Android,” but he’s also becoming known for leaving companies amid scandal — in this case Playground Global, the tech incubator he founded after leaving Google in 2014. Rubin confirmed to The Verge today that he’s no longer with the incubator, following a BuzzFeed report that he was “quietly shown the door.” → Read More

Skydio 2: the self-flying future of drones starts at $999

Skydio has announced the Skydio 2, following up its Skydio R1 self-flying drone with a version that’s been improved in practically every way, from size and weight to battery life and AI autonomy, with new controllers to let you pilot it manually in addition to following you around through tricky terrain without crashing into obstacles. → Read More

Jeri Ellsworth’s unique AR glasses are back from the dead

In 2013, we brought you the story of how two Valve engineers walked away with the company’s augmented reality glasses. That company, CastAR, failed, but now Jeri Ellsworth is trying the idea again with Tilt Five and a new Kickstarter campaign for a similar set of mixed reality glasses. → Read More

Nerf’s new Ultra blasters shoot farther than ever before — but there’s a catch

The next time you get pegged with a Nerf dart, it might be from an incredible 120 feet away — because Hasbro’s new Ultra One blaster, coming October 1st for $49.99, is boasting ranges we’ve never seen from an unmodified blaster thanks to a completely redesigned dart with new stabilizing fins. But they also aren’t compatible with existing blasters. → Read More

What we know about the Pixel 4, the most-leaked phone ever

The Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL have leaked so thoroughly that there’s practically nothing left to the imagination — and Google’s getting in on the fun this year. Here’s everything we know about Google’s flagship phones and how they might compete with the new iPhone 11. → Read More

Google may reveal ‘Nest Wifi’ with beacons that double as smart speakers on October 15th

Google’s mesh Wi-Fi routers may be getting a radically different design next month. 9to5Google is reporting that the company is prepping a new "Nest Wifi" that pairs a single new hub router with two new "beacons" that will double as Google Assistant smart speakers, basically giving you two additional Google Home Mini speakers to cover additional rooms of your house with both Wi-Fi and sound. → Read More

Nintendo’s wireless SNES controllers for Switch are now available to buy

If you’re hankering for the perfect classic controller to play the Nintendo Switch’s new collection of downloadable Super Nintendo titles, you may be happy to hear that the company’s new retro wireless SNES gamepad is now available for purchase for $29.99 — assuming you’re a Nintendo Switch Online member, of course. → Read More

Google is changing its search algorithm to prioritize original news reporting

Google is changing its news search algorithms again, in a move that’s sure to annoy everybody. Today’s announcement is that the company is going to try to emphasize “original reporting,” which it will “elevate” in its search results. To do so, it has distributed new instructions to its cadre of 10,000+ human reviewers, whose feedback helps train the Google algorithm that actually delivers search… → Read More

Google takes one tiny step closer to the world beneath the world

If you put a virtual work of art in the real world for everyone to see — say, a beautiful sculpture in a park — you wouldn’t want it to disappear overnight. That’s why Google’s upgrading its ARCore augmented reality platform with what it’s calling a “save button” for AR: persistent cloud anchors to store the locations of your creations indefinitely. → Read More

What we’re still waiting for after Apple’s iPhone 11 event

On September 10th, Apple revealed practically everything we expected it to reveal at its "By Innovation Only" iPhone 11 event — and yet, there are plenty of surprises still on the table. Here’s what the company didn’t announce that we’re still expecting, including new iPads, AirPods, the 16-inch MacBook Pro, a cheaper HomePod, and more. → Read More

This screenshot might be the first real confirmation of Apple’s AR headset

It’s no secret that Apple’s been quietly trying to build an augmented reality headset. Over the past several years, Apple has hired, acquired, attempted to patent and repeatedly talked up the idea — Apple CEO Tim Cook called AR as big an idea as the smartphone, and reportedly had 1,000 engineers working on the tech in 2017. But despite repeated rumors that Apple is getting ready to produce such… → Read More

Apple says its new A13 Bionic chip has the fastest smartphone CPU and GPU ever

Apple has revealed the chip that will power its new 2019 iPhones: the A13 Bionic. And as you’d expect, the company is wasting no time in explaining that it’s the most powerful silicon ever to grace the inside of a smartphone — just as it has every year for the past three years. “The A13 Bionic is the fastest CPU ever in a smartphone,” Apple just said on stage, adding that it also has “the… → Read More

Google Docs could soon show you word counts while you type

If you want to see how many words you’ve typed in a Google Docs document right now, you currently gotta select that from a drop-down menu first: Tools > Word Count. But starting this week, G Suite (read: Google Docs for business) customers can activate a live word counter that shows you word counts while you type. → Read More

The next iPhone may not have reverse wireless charging for your AirPods after all

With less than 24 hours remaining until Apple reveals the iPhone 11 — or whatever they might be named — the most trusted source of Apple rumors is backing away from his prediction that they’ll include reverse wireless charging that would let you use your phone to top up your wirelessly charging AirPods. It may have been ditched because the "charging efficiency may not meet Apple’s requirements,"… → Read More

Medium is toying with being the place for all your longreads — even if they’re paywalled

Never mind that Medium charges $5 for a paywall of its own → Read More

Amazon reportedly has ‘more than 20’ Fire TV devices coming, including an OLED TV

Amazon looks set to release a new Fire TV Cube and several “Fire TV Edition” devices soon — as well as the first OLED Fire TV television set. Now-deleted posts on TechCrunch and CordCutters had the details, which have since made the rounds on Engadget, the BBC, and elsewhere. → Read More

Firefox’s latest version blocks third-party trackers by default for everyone

You’ve had the ability since October, and in June they made it official, but it’s only today that Mozilla’s Firefox web browser will protect your privacy by blocking third-party tracking software for all its users by default — theoretically keeping companies from keeping tabs on your online activity and potentially selling it to their clients. → Read More

iPhone 11 Pro Plus Max and more: all the rumors about Apple’s September 10th event

Apple will unveil the 2019 iPhone, potentially three different kinds, at its hardware event on September 10th. It could also announce several other products, including new Apple Watch devices, a refreshed iPad Pro and entry-level iPad, and more. → Read More