Motorola Q14 Wireless Mesh Router Review

Motorola Q14 Wireless Mesh Router Review

Motorola's Q14 is an entry-level wireless mesh platform with a flagship price that tries to deliver but ultimately falls short in our testing.

Sony: Activision merger 'threatens gaming ecosystem at a critical moment'

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Nov 25, 2022 1:54 PM CST

Sony's latest response letter to UK regulators argues heavily against the Microsoft-Activision merger and uses very expressive language to describe multi-billion franchises like Call of Duty.

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Before we delve any deeper, there's something I'd like to make clear in this article: This new document is not Sony's official response to the merger itself, but a direct response to the CMA's Issues Statement that was published on October 14. Sony's response was published on October 28 and is nearly 1 month old. It does not include recent developments or reflect recent statements made by Phil Spencer, e.g. the 10-year Call of Duty offer.

Sony's messaging has become much more specific and targeted in this brief. While Microsoft's tone with Call of Duty is now much more confident and adamantly against exclusivity, Sony's language makes it clear that the deal should not go through at all. There's some holes in Sony's arguments to be sure, and most of the document is re-asserting the CMA's position on the merger, but the platform-holder is making some stark and bold comments regarding the merger.

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With Witcher 3, CD Projekt shows games industry how to do a real next-gen update

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Nov 24, 2022 11:37 AM CST

CD Projekt RED shows its peers how to do a real next-gen upgrade with The Witcher 3's impressively robust update.

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New-gen game upgrades should be a lot more than simple visual upgrades--they should be more like The Witcher 3's upcoming re-release. CD Projekt RED has detailed the massive amount of added value that this upgrade brings to the core Witcher 3 experience, and many of the features actually help evolve and adapt the open-world RPG to a more modern day gaming market.

Apart from the significant visual upgrades on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, which includes raytraced global illumination, optimized frame rates and FSR 2.0 / DLSS support, there's a bunch of great new additions that will improve gameplay. These big updates include a quick cast feature that will make it so you "never have to go into the radial spell menu ever again," a new dedicated photo mode, and an awesome new map feature that lets you filter out the messy icons. There's also quest fixes that will retroactively unlock across all platforms, and cross-save/progression that will allow PC gamers to pick up and play their old save on a PS5, for example. The console versions even include the HD Reworked mod.

Continue reading: With Witcher 3, CD Projekt shows games industry how to do a real next-gen update (full post)

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet: biggest Pokemon launch ever with 10 million sales

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Nov 24, 2022 7:31 AM CST

Pokemon Scarlet and Violet has broken new sales records and the duo now has the biggest launch in franchise history.

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Despite ongoing controversy regarding in-game performance and often-hilarious glitches, the new Pokemon duo on Switch is performing extremely well. The game has broken all previous records for any Pokemon series release with 10 million copies sold digitally and physically in the first 3 days of availability.

Nintendo confirms that Pokemon Scarlet and Violet also achieved the highest worldwide launch sales out of any video game in the history of all Nintendo video games. For comparison's sake, the previous Switch record-holder, Animal Crossing New Horizons, managed to sell 11 million copies in 11 days' time during the height of the coronavirus. The previous best-launched Pokemon game was Arceus, which had sold over 6.5 million copies in 7 days.

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Sam Bankman-Fried says he's 'deeply sorry' for the collapse of FTX

Jak Connor | Business, Financial & Legal | Nov 24, 2022 3:46 AM CST

Sam Bankman-Fried recently penned a letter to FTX employees apologizing for the collapse of the company. This letter has managed to get out to the media.

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Cointelegraph reports that it has read a copy of the letter Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) dated November 22, the former FTX CEO explains what led to the liquidity crunch that resulted in declaring bankruptcy, the accusations about him in the media via leaked text messages, and other factors that have influenced where the exchange is today. According to SBF, one of the main factors that caused the bankruptcy was the market downturn that caused the assets FTX was holding to rapidly decrease in value, which was quickly followed by a "run on the bank".

The former CEO writes that "I never intended this to happen", and that he wasn't aware of the "full extent of the margin position, nor did I realize the magnitude of the risk posed by a hyper-correlated crash." SBF continued and described his personal role in the collapse of the company as a complete failure in oversight, and that he wishes he was "more skeptical of large margin positions". Furthermore, SBF wrote that he should have had procedures in place based on simulated crashes/bank runs similar to what effectively killed the cryptocurrency exchange.

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Tesla to roll out update that'll bring Dolby Atmos sound to 1 million cars

Jak Connor | Electric Vehicles & Cars | Nov 24, 2022 3:11 AM CST

About 1 million Tesla owners are expected to get a significant upgrade to their sound system when the company rolls out a software update that enables Dolby Atmos.

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According to an exclusive report from BGR, Tesla is currently working on an upcoming software update that will improve the sound quality of the vehicle's speakers. The publication spoke to an unnamed source that said the company has been working with major record labels for several months to fine-tune the software and make Dolby Atmos available in Tesla cars. Notably, the software update will be rolled out to 1 million Tesla vehicles that are on the road, and all newly manufactured Tesla cars will come with the software already installed.

For those that aren't familiar with Dolby Atmos, the software is a surround sound technology that is developed by Dolby Laboratories. The technology, originally designed for the cinema market, began to be implemented in 25 cinemas worldwide in 2012, and as of 2022, there are more than 10,000 Dolt Atmos-enabled cinemas. The software itself adds height channels that enable sounds to be interpreted as 3D objects, creating a more immersive surround sound experience with more accurate sound.

Continue reading: Tesla to roll out update that'll bring Dolby Atmos sound to 1 million cars (full post)

Amazon is already looking to capitalize off the collapse of crypto exchange FTX

Jak Connor | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Nov 24, 2022 2:29 AM CST

The collapse of FTX is being felt worldwide by thousands of users, and while the fiasco is far from complete, the sequence of events is already attractive enough for Amazon to want to get involved.

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Amazon has confirmed that it has partnered with the Russo Brothers production studio AGBO to create a new TV series based on the collapse of the world's second-largest cryptocurrency exchange. The Russo Brothers, best known for their work with Marvel, directing titles such as Avengers: Infinity War, Captain America: Civil War, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Avengers: Endgame. Amazon is pushing for the duo to direct the series, with the studio also confirming that "Hunters" creator David Weil is writing the pilot.

In a statement, the brothers explained that the collapse of FTX and its filed bankruptcy is "one of the most brazen frauds ever committed" and that the story behind it is multidimensional, touching on many aspects across a wide range of different sectors. Furthermore, the Russos said that at the center "of it all sits an extremely mysterious figure with complex and potentially dangerous motivations. We want to understand why."

Continue reading: Amazon is already looking to capitalize off the collapse of crypto exchange FTX (full post)

Amazon hit Bose headphones with ridiculous Black Friday deals up to 24% off

Jak Connor | Deals | Nov 24, 2022 1:32 AM CST

Amazon's Black Friday deals are continuously getting crazier and crazier leading up to Friday, and now the online retailer has slapped discounts on a range of Bose headphones.

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Good audio can sometimes be the most noticeable difference between an average gaming or music-listening experience and a fantastic one. Bose headphones, and in particular the noise canceling headphones, can really add a new level of listening immersion as the noise canceling blocks out any outside noise through the use of tiny microphones around the headphones to listen to the outside sounds and produce opposite signals to cancel them out.

Amazon has decided to slash the prices on the Bose QuietComfort 45 Bluetooth Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones, which come in four different colors. The online retailer has reduced the price of these headphones by 24%, bringing them down from $329.99 to $249.99. Below is the full list of the deals.

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Amazon reduce prices of Fitbit products by 33% for crazy Black Friday deals

Jak Connor | Deals | Nov 24, 2022 1:04 AM CST

Black Friday sales have arrived early, with many online retailers slashing prices across a range of various items.

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Amazon is no stranger to a sale that features ridiculous prices, and 2022s Black Friday-week of sales is no different with the online retailer putting up sweeping discounts on a range of Fitbit products. Amazon have slapped discounts on the Fitbit Charge 5, Versa 2, Charge 5 Advanced, Versa 4, Ace 3, Luxe, Sense and more, with the minimum percentage off being 30% on all available Fitbit products.

If you were thinking about picking up a fitness tracker to complete your exercise fit, or were thinking of getting an early Christmas present sorted for that special someone, now might be the time as its not known how long this 30% off sale will last for. Below are some of the best deals Amazon has listed in no particular order. Happy shopping!

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Elon Musk comments on rumors of FTXs Sam Bankman-Fried having a stake in Twitter

Jak Connor | Business, Financial & Legal | Nov 24, 2022 12:31 AM CST

Yesterday a story was published that claimed Elon Musk took an investment of $100 million from FTX co-founder and former CEO Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), and now Musk has responded to the allegations.

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The story was published by Semafor, a publication that SBF has invested in, which claimed that they viewed an undisclosed text message between Elon Musk and SBF regarding the $100 million in Twitter stock that SBF owned. Musk requested that SBF roll the public Twitter stock into the now-private Twitter owned by Musk. Semafor reported that SBF complied with Musk's request, which is the aspect of the story that has seemingly caught Musk's attention.

The SpaceX CEO took to Twitter to clarify that all public holders of Twitter were allowed to roll their stock into Twitter as a private company, and that SBF chose not to. Additionally, Musk went after Semfaor, writing that "your reporting made it falsely sound like he did, when in fact he owns 0%". Musk didn't stop there as the Twitter owner added, "To be direct, the very real concern here is that you have been pushing a completely false SBF ownership of Twitter narrative while effectively being his paid shill."

Continue reading: Elon Musk comments on rumors of FTXs Sam Bankman-Fried having a stake in Twitter (full post)

NASA announces it lost communication with Artemis 1's moon-bound Orion capsule

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Nov 24, 2022 12:04 AM CST

NASA has taken to its blog to announce that it lost communication with the Orion capsule on November 23, but everything seems to still be in working order.

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According to the announcement made on NASA's social media channels as well as its blog on its website, NASA's Mission Control Center located at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston lost communication with the Orion capsule for 47 minutes as officials were unable to send or receive data from the spacecraft.

The space agency writes that teams have conducted a reconfiguration of the communication link between the Deep Space Network and Orion, with NASA writing that these repairs were "successful", and that an investigation has been launched into what caused the issue. Additionally, NASA explains that teams are currently sifting through data from the communication outage event to assist in finding the root cause, and add to the overall assessment.

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