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Logitech's G923 racing wheel makes you feel every curve of the road

The entire experience, which is powered by Logitech’s TRUEFORCE force feedback, felt more like playing a racing game in a custom arcade cabinet where everything is finely tuned to recreate the sensation of high-speed driving. I’ll admit, I was sweating after a few races, as if I was actually behind the wheel of an expensive super-charged vehicle. Logitech says TRUEFORCE processes game engine physics and audio over 4,000 times a second to deliver that sense of realism. That’s not a spec I can easily test, but my accelerated heart rate spoke volumes. Clearly,......

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Why mixing optimism with entrepreneurship can be dangerous for startups

Most business startups end badly. While the number of new businesses created in the UK in 2016 – 414,000 – looks impressive at first, it is less so when set against the number that failed that same year: 328,000. Failure has always been the hallmark of entrepreneurship – only around 50% of businesses survive their first five years. And not only are the chances of survival slim, but there is evidence that on average business owners earn less than if they had remained as someone else’s employee. They also work substantially longer hours......

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Triller, the short video app backed by a Hollywood mogul and music celebrities, is rapidly ballooning in both user size and valuation. It’s now seeking a new funding round of $250 million that will push its valuation to over $1 billion, according to a source with knowledge of the matter. That’s a leap from its $130 million valuation reported last October. Triller’s founder and CEO Mike Lu declined to comment, although another executive confirmed the funding with Dot.la. The app has emerged as what many see as a TikTok replacement, but it has......

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How to prevent people from snooping on your private files and photos on Android

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Your phone is likely home to many sensitive and personal files, pictures, and videos. Heck, because of the pandemic, you might be relying on it more to view office documents and even store them on your device for easy access. You might not want anyone to see these confidential files while they’re rifling through your phone. Thankfully, Google’s Files app for Android is rolling out a vault feature to safely......

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Electric vehicles (EVs) are spreading throughout the world. While Tesla has drawn the most attention in the United States with its luxurious and cutting-edge cars, EVs are becoming a mainstay in markets far away from the environs of California. Take India for instance. In the local mobility market, two- and three-wheel vehicles are starting to emerge as a popular option for a rapidly expanding middle class looking for more affordable options. EV versions are popular thanks to their reduced maintenance costs and higher reliability compared to gasoline alternatives. Two-wheeled electric scooters are a......

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Ex-Waymo engineer Levandowski sentenced to 18 months in prison

In mid—March this year, Levandowski agreed to plead guilty to one count of stealing materials from Google to make other criminal charges go away. He apologized to his former colleagues in a statement: “The last three and a half years have forced me to come to terms with what I did. I want to take this time to apologize to my colleagues at Google for betraying their trust, and to my entire family for the price they have paid and will continue to pay for my actions.” Meanwhile, Waymo told TechCrunch in a......

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Elon Musk says Starship is SpaceX's 'top priority' from now on

Almost a year after we saw SpaceX’s ‘Starhopper’ test vehicle make a short trip into the air, the company has successfully flown and landed a full-size Starship prototype. The SN5 vehicle is missing its nose cone, so it’s a bit like a taller “flying water tower” just like the earlier test rig, but it went up and down from SpaceX’s Boca Chica, TX launch pad all the same. You can watch the NASASpaceflight YouTube stream that captured the event (start at about 1:14), and see the single Raptor engine-powered hop, that took SN5......

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New Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Update Adds Small Battlefield Stage

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate started with a ton of characters, stages, and modes, and those numbers have only grown. The two Fighters Passes have added several new characters and stages along, but Nintendo has announced that with the free, newly released version 8.1.0 update, players can add the new Small Battlefield stage to their catalog of arenas. As the name indicates, Small Battlefield is a more compact version of the existing Battlefield and Big Battlefield. Known as one of the most neutral stages in the game, Battlefield is often picked in competitive settings. Small Battlefield......

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How to delete your TikTok account

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. So… you want to delete yourself from TikTok, huh? Here’s how you do it. I can think of multiple reasons why you might not want to have a TikTok account anymore. Maybe you don’t approve of the parent company ByteDance‘s questionable rules with regards to disabled content creators. Maybe you’re leery of the app‘s reputation for being “spyware.” Or maybe you’re just not interested in TikTok content, your......

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Android’s AirDrop rival, Nearby Share, is finally here

While I’ve always been an Android user, if there’s one feature I’ve long been jealous of people in Apple’s walled garden, it’s probably AirDrop. Today, after years of waiting, Google has finally started to roll out its answer: Nearby Share. We first heard rumblings of such a feature last year, when it was rumored to be called ‘Fast Share.’ Google confirmed the feature was on the way, and today’s announcement finally made it a reality. Rather than having to open your messaging app or a dedicated file sharing app and go through the hassle of......

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SpaceX has been developing Starship, its next-generation spacecraft, at its site in Boca Chica, Texas. The company has built a number of different Starship prototypes to date, include one prior version called the Starhopper that was essentially just the bottom portion of the rocket. Today, the company flew its first full-scale prototype (minus the domed cap that will appear on the final version, and without the control fins that will appear lower down on its sides), achieving an initial flight of around 150 m (just under 500 feet). This is the furthest along......

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How to watch Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 event

Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked events are some of the biggest events in the tech world, matched only by the likes of Apple and Google. But in the year 2020 of coronavirus, physical tech events have almost all been canceled, and Samsung is hosting its first-ever virtual Unpacked event. The event will take place on August 5, at 7AM PT / 10AM ET/ 4PM CEST / 7:30PM IST. Samsung will be streaming the announcement right from its homepage on Samsung.com. It’s expected to be a bit of a doozy too, with Samsung planning to announce five......

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Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer and serial entrepreneur who was at the center of a lawsuit between Uber and Waymo, has been sentenced to 18 months on one count of stealing trade secrets.  <levandowski won’t be heading straight to prison, however. Judge William Alsup postponed his incarceration due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He will report to prison at a future date yet to be determined. Prosecutors agreed to set a date in February and Alsup said he should report to prison once COVID is under control. Judge Alsup said that home confinement......

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Stream Game Pass games to your Android with xCloud in September

After waiting for so long, Microsoft is finally launching on September 15 in 22 countries, albeit for Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. While it’ll be in beta form, it’ll be great to finally see Microsoft’s pet project finally reach gamers. Project xCloud has been in the works for a while as Microsoft’s cloud gaming solution — a “play your games anywhere, anytime” ambition we’ve also seen from the likes of Google’s Stadia. Now it seems to have found a home as the “cloud gaming” portion of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, Microsoft’s gaming subscription service.......

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Apple sponsors a three-year UCLA study on depression and anxiety

The university says it designed the study so that it could conduct it entirely remotely. Privacy was another major consideration. UCLA and Apple say they plan to anonymize any data they collect during the study.    The hope is that the study will lead to a breakthrough that will give healthcare workers a better way to spot the symptoms of depression and prevent potential depressive episodes. As the university notes, how the medical field goes about detecting depression hasn’t changed significantly for more than a century. Much as they’ve done in the past,......

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Activision Blizzard reports a record quarter amid growing wage dispute

Activision Blizzard is facing growing pressure from employees and stockholders to address wage disparities at the company. CEO Bobby Kotick pulled in $40 million in compensation last year, while Blizzard employees such as testers and customer service representatives report struggling to meet basic needs, according to Bloomberg. In the company’s Q2 2020 financial report, CEO Bobby Kotick said, “Our record engagement resulted in greater revenue and earnings per share than previously forecast.” Executives have used the word “record” to describe other positive periods in the company’s financial operations. Like in February 2019, when......

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Those wondering whether The Walt Disney Company would eventually give up on a traditional theatrical release for “Mulan” now have their answer. While the coronavirus pandemic prompted Disney to accelerate the release of some movies like Pixar’s “Onward” on streaming, and to send certain lower-profile movies like “Artemis Fowl” straight to Disney+, the company chose to delay its bigger releases like “Mulan” and “Black Widow.” In fact, “Mulan” and Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” were expected to be the first big movies in theaters whenever they reopened. However, with the pandemic showing no real signs......

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Disney+ had more than 60.5 million paying subscribers as of yesterday, according to The Walt Disney Company’s CEO Bob Chapek. Chapek shared the number during a call to discuss the company’s latest earnings report, which covered the company’s most recent quarter ending on June 27. He was essentially offering an update on the 57.5 million paid subscriber figure included in the report, and he said the growth is “far exceeding our initial projections for the service.” Disney+ launched in November of last year. The company previously announced in April that the service had......

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What if black holes had a safe zone where little planets could live? Let's call them blanets

Every once in a while the scientific community comes up with a discovery so important that it immediately changes the course of human evolution. I’m talking of course about the invention of the word blanet. I think we can all agree that it is the cutest word science has ever created. However, if you’re like me, you’ll be disappointed to know that a blanet is in fact not a tiny little planet covered in soft comfy blankets – it would have had a pillow moon as well. Blanets are actually a theoretical class......

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'Mulan' will premiere on Disney+ September 4th for $30

With theaters closed, Disney has decided to try a “premiere access” release strategy for its live-action Mulan movie. While it still plans to attempt a theatrical release in some parts of the world, on September 4th viewers will be able to buy it at home for $30 via Disney+. Disney CEO Bob Chapek announced the decision on his company’s earnings call, where it also announced it’s topped more than 100 million streaming subscribers across all of its services. The $200 million-budgeted blockbuster was originally supposed to premiere in theaters on March 21st, but......

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