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Pad & Quill sale makes its bags and phone cases slightly less costly

June 22, 2018 Alex 0

Pad & Quill is celebrating its eighth anniversary by offering a rare discount on some of its product lineup. The discount is good for 20 percent off of any item listed on the company’s sale page. You may also be able to knock 10 percent off of your entire purchase with offer code PQ16, according to9To5Toys, though we’ve had limited success with it registering at checkout.

Its leather-bound iPhone and iPad cases are popular among the tech-savvy crowd, but this sale also extends to Pad & Quill’s broader lifestyle products, like messenger bags, satchels, duffels, and wallets.

Pad & Quill’s products are pretty expensive, so it’s admittedly easy to find cheaper alternatives. But after almost a decade of existence, the quality of its…

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Valve is shipping new ‘Knuckles’ VR controllers to developers with a Portal-themed demo

June 22, 2018 Alex 0

Valve has announced that it’s shipping a new version of its experimental SteamVR “Knuckles” controllers to developers, and it’s posted a lot of detail about the controllers online, including video of a Portal-themed playground for testing them. The Knuckles EV2 substantially updates Valve’s earlier design, and although it’s not a consumer product, it’s looking more polished — and even less like the earlier Vive controller.

The Knuckles controllers, originally shown off in 2016, give users a fuller hand motion range than most VR controllers. Instead of holding them, you strap them around your hand, so you can open and close your fingers normally without dropping the controller. Capacitive sensors detect when individual fingers are…

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Bethesda is suing Warner Bros for its ‘blatant rip-off’ of Fallout Shelter

June 22, 2018 Alex 0

Fallout Shelterdeveloper Bethesda Softworks is suing Warner Bros Entertainment and the creator of a mobile game based on HBO’s Westworld for creating “a blatant rip-off” of its game. According to the lawsuit, obtained by Polygon, Westworld Mobile developer Behaviour — which Bethesda contracted to develop Fallout Shelter — “breached its contract with Bethesda and utilized its restricted access to Bethesda’s intellectual property.”

The lawsuit further alleges that Westworld Mobile rips copyrighted computer code used by Fallout Shelter, as well as “highly similar game design, art style, animations, features, and other gameplay elements.” This even extends to the bugs present in both games, Bethesda continues.

Westworld Mobile’s s…

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Logan and Jake Paul’s fight with KSI is shaping up to be deeply embarrassing

June 22, 2018 Alex 0

Logan Paul, the YouTuber whose career somehow recovered after a suicide forest stunt, opens his latest YouTube vlog with a telling statement. “A lot of people think this fight is a joke who are not in the YouTube community,” he says. “All jokes aside, this will be the biggest event in the history of the internet.” “Biggest internet event in history,” his younger brother Jake Paul echoes later on.

The two YouTube stars are talking about their upcoming boxing match against their UK counterparts KSI and Deji, a much-hyped event for which ticket sales opened up this morning. For the chance to see two pairs of YouTubers noodle around in a ring, some fans are evidently willing to pay up to $600 a pop. The event will likely be well-attended…

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Amazon’s FreeTime Unlimited service opens up to iOS devices

June 22, 2018 Alex 0

After years of being an exclusive for Amazon hardware, the company’s FreeTime Unlimited service is now available on iOS devices. The service houses thousands of children’s TV shows, books, and movies.

FreeTime first became available to other Android devices last year — four years after the app’s initial launch. The app offers content from PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, and Disney, but the experience is slightly different on an Apple device than on an Amazon one. On a Kindle, for example, parents are able to adjust the settings in a way that would keep kids from exiting the app. Apple doesn’t allow third-party apps to control an entire device in that way, so parents may have to be a little more cautious if they share their iPad or other personal…

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SpaceX wins bid to fly classified military satellite on Falcon Heavy

June 22, 2018 Alex 0

SpaceX has won a $130 million contract to send a classified Air Force satellite to space on its monster Falcon Heavy rocket. The satellite, known as AFSPC-52, is scheduled to launch in 2020. SpaceX beat out the United Launch Alliance, the joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin, which was angling to use its own heavy-lift Delta 4 rocket to send the military satellite to space.

One of the goals of pitting companies against each other for contracts like these is to reduce costs for the government. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center Commander Lt. Gen. John Thompson said in a statement released on Thursday that awarding the launch to Space X “fits the mission of delivering resilient and affordable space capabilities to our…

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Watch Rocket Lab’s Electron make its first commercial flight

June 22, 2018 Alex 0

Sometime in the next two weeks, US spaceflight startup Rocket Lab will attempt something it’s never tried before: a commercial launch of its Electron rocket. It will only be the Electron’s third flight and the first of what the company hopes will be monthly launches by the end of the year. The launch was scrubbed on Friday because of problems with a tracking dish. But check back in tomorrow… and the next day. Every day for the next 14 days, the company will attempt a launch within a four-hour window that starts at 8:30PM ET.

Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket is small for a rocket. At just 55 feet tall, it’s a fraction the height of SpaceX’s 230-foot-tall Falcon 9. But the Electron can afford to be diminutive because it’s built for putting…

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China’s ZTE expected to take last step to lift ban: U.S. official

June 22, 2018 Alex 0

(Reuters) – China's ZTE Corp is expected to deposit $400 million in an escrow account in a U.S. bank in the “next couple of days,” the last step the Chinese company must take before a ban on U.S. suppliers can be lifted, a U.S. Department of Commerce official told Reuters on Friday.

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Tesla built a giant tent to expand production of the Model 3

June 22, 2018 Alex 0

Tesla’s push to make more Model 3 electric cars expanded outdoors this week: On June 16th, Musk announced that Tesla had built an “entire new general assembly line” in just three weeks with “minimal resources.” He posted a photo of a gleaming red Model 3, the company’s first dual-motor, all-wheel drive performance model, inside what appeared to be a very large tent. And like all things Tesla, the tent instantly became the focus of intense interest.

Internet sleuths posted and dissected satellite imagery, spy shots, and aerial footage of the new structure — even though a reporter for Ars Technicanoted the tent was “easily visible from the nearby Warm Springs BART station platform.” At least two Twitter users camped outside the tent this…

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