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The LG Wing 5G is Coming to T-Mobile on November 6

The LG Wing 5G is Coming to T-Mobile on November 6

The LG Wing smartphone front, swivel screen, and rear view of the device
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T-Mobile just announced that the LG Wing 5G smartphone is coming to the carrier on November 6. Because the phone’s main screen swivels out to a T-shape, T-Mobile is offering customers a free second LG Wing after 24 monthly bill credits after buying their first one, without needing to trade in a device or add another line.

The fun phone is perfectly primed to join T-Mobile’s nationwide 5G network. The carrier says it has a “massive supply of ideal mid-band 5G spectrum (2.5 GHz),” and that it has seen the average download speeds of its 5G network clock in at around 300 Mbps and peak at nearly 1 Gbps. T-Mobile recently announced that its mid-band 5G has nearly doubled and now reaches nearly 410 towns and cities across the United States.

The LG Wing has a unique form factor. Its 6.8-inch FHD P-OLED FullVision screen swivels out to reveal another smaller screen underneath—a 3.9-inch G-OLED. The phone has three rear cameras and a front-facing pop-up camera. Its 4,000 mAh battery should be able to keep up with you all day without fully draining, and its in-display fingerprint sensor helps it maintain a sleek profile. It comes in two colors: Aurora Gray and Illusion Sky.

The LG Wing 5G is also coming to AT&T on November 6. It will be available for purchase at T-Mobile on November 6 for $41.67 per month or for its full retail price of $999.99.

Source: T-Mobile

Instagram nixes the ‘recent’ tab from hashtag pages ahead of election

Instagram nixes the ‘recent’ tab from hashtag pages ahead of election

With only four days until the US presidential election, Instagram is cracking down on hashtags. The company announced yesterday that it would temporarily get rid of the “recent” tab on hashtag pages to potentially stop the spread of “harmful content” around the election. Typically when you search a hashtag on Instagram, you can choose between browsing the “top” posts or the most recent. Now, it seems you can only view the top ones.

Both Instagram and its parent company Facebook have taken steps to try to prevent misinformation across various platforms ahead of and during the election. Facebook said earlier this month it took down 120,000 posts across both Facebook proper and Instagram that violated its voter interference policies. The company also added warnings to 150 million posts debunked by fact-checkers and rejected 2.2 million ad submissions for targeting the US without completing its authorization process.

Facebook also says it will ban ads that wrongly claim victory in the US presidential race or ads that claim rampant voter fraud could alter the results of the election. It’ll also reject ads from the campaigns of President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden if either tries to claim a win prematurely. In September, Facebook announced a ban on new political ads the week before the election, and earlier this month, the company said it would stop accepting US-based political ads after the election “indefinitely” to avoid confusion and chaos stemming from potential misinformation and premature announcements about the results of the race.

Here’s How to Request a Free PS5 Adapter for Your PSVR Camera

Here’s How to Request a Free PS5 Adapter for Your PSVR Camera

A photo of the PSVR helmet and the PS4 controller.
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PlayStation VR isn’t going anywhere. The low-cost virtual reality hardware works on PS5, so you can continue playing old and new VR titles on your next-gen console. Unfortunately, your PSVR camera can’t plug into the PS5 without an adapter. You can request an adapter for free through Sony’s website.

Requesting an adapter is easy. Just give Sony your PSVR serial number and the company will ship you a dongle for free. The company is (obviously) limiting adapters to one per person, so don’t try anything sneaky! Sony says that adapters should ship in mid-November.

I know what you’re thinking—Sony sells a new PS5 camera, which will surely work with the four-year-old PSVR headset! Nope, the PS5 camera doesn’t work with PSVR, which is why you need to hang on to your PSVR camera and ask Sony for an adapter.

Sony could stop giving away adapters at any time, so grab yours before its too late. If you’re late to the party and can’t get a free adapter from Sony, try shopping for a PS4 AUX to USB-A adapter on eBay or Amazon.

Source: Sony via Input Mag

Apple One now available, bundling Apple’s services into a single subscription

Apple One now available, bundling Apple’s services into a single subscription

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Apple One, a bundle combining services like Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, and Apple Arcade into one monthly subscription, is now available. The bundle was first announced at an event last month, before Apple confirmed the release date yesterday. Currently, you can subscribe to the bundle via the App Store on iOS. Open the store, head into the account page by tapping the profile icon on the top right, tap subscriptions, and you should see the option to subscribe to Apple One. However, on Apple’s site itself, the bundle is currently listed as “Coming this fall.”

At launch, there are three different tiers available, which range in price from the $14.95 Individual tier to the $29.95 Premier plans. With the Individual plan, you get Apple Music, Apple TV Plus, Apple Arcade, and 50GB of iCloud storage. The step-up $19.95 Family plan, meanwhile, increases the iCloud storage to 200GB and adds a family subscription to Apple Music. Finally, the $29.95 Premier plan increases the iCloud storage to 2TB and adds subscriptions to Apple News Plus as well as Apple’s upcoming Fitness Plus service.

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Apple’s site shows a comparison of what’s available with each tier.

Although Fitness Plus isn’t available alongside the launch of Apple One, the service will eventually be available with the Premier plan after its launch later this quarter. Otherwise, it’ll be available as a $9.99 per month standalone subscription.

Compared to subscribing to each service individually, the Individual plan saves you $6 a month, the Family plan saves $8, and the Premier plan $25. Of course, that only applies if you were planning to subscribe to all of the included services, so for most people, the savings are likely to be more complicated.

As well as signing up through the App Store, you can also currently access Apple One via the Settings app. Open the app, tap your name at the top of the menu, hit “Subscriptions,” and you should see the option to sign up. Apple says its Individual and Family plans will be available in over 100 countries and regions, but its Premier tier will be limited to the US, UK, Australia, and Canada since those are the only countries where Apple News Plus is currently available.

Russian hacker group reportedly targeted state Democratic parties in repeat of 2016 attacks

Russian hacker group reportedly targeted state Democratic parties in repeat of 2016 attacks

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A Russian hacking group known as Fancy Bear targeted the emails of Democratic state parties in Indiana and California earlier this year as well as progressive think tanks, Reuters reported. The attempts were apparently not successful and were flagged by Microsoft, according to Reuters, with targets that included the Council on Foreign Relations, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Center for American Progress.

The Russian embassy denied the allegations to Reuters, calling it “fake news.”

Fancy Bear has been connected to GRU, a Russian military intelligence agency, and in 2018, the Department of Justice indicted 12 members of GRU for hacking the Clinton campaign and the DNC. Fancy Bear was previously linked to the 2016 hacks of the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta, then-chair of the Clinton campaign. Emails collected through the hacks were published by WikiLeaks before the 2016 presidential election and proved damaging to the Clinton campaign.

Despite confirmation from the US intelligence community that the Russian government was behind the hack, President Trump has repeatedly expressed doubts that Russia was involved.

Microsoft said in a security report last month that Fancy Bear — also known as Strontium, or APT28 — was back and looking for targets related to the upcoming presidential election. The majority of the attacks were not successful, according to Microsoft, but Reuters previously reported that the hackers were targeting a communications firm working with the presidential campaign of Joe Biden and other prominent Democrats. The Biden campaign said at the time that a foreign actor had tried to breach the non-campaign email accounts of people affiliated with the campaign, but was not successful.

But Fancy Bear is nothing if not persistent, and according to cybersecurity firm FireEye, it’s known for going above and beyond the typical hack to get the information it wants. The group’s “unique history raises the prospect of follow-on information operations or other devastating activity,” FireEye warned in a note to customers.

Train You in The Force, Yoda Will in ”Star Wars: Tales From the Galaxy’s Edge’

Train You in The Force, Yoda Will in ”Star Wars: Tales From the Galaxy’s Edge’

The character Yoda from 'Star Wars' meditating in a droid maintenance facility.
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Arguably one of the best reasons to own a VR headset is to play Vader Immortal. The game puts you deep into the Star Wars universe, and staring up at Darth Vader’s towering figure is a humbling moment. It’s starting to look like Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge will follow in its footsteps, only this time you’ll look down at Yoda.

We’ve known that Lucasfilm’s immersive entertainment studio ILMxLAB was working on a new Star Wars VR game for awhile and that you’d take control of a new character named Ady Sun’Zee. But beyond that, we didn’t know much.

As the name implies, the game takes inspiration from Disney’s Star Wars attraction at its theme parks, Galaxy’s Edge. Now in a new trailer released by ILMxLAB, we know a little bit more. 

The game uses a framing narrative set in the time of the First Order; you’ll visit the planet Batuu (where the Disney theme park claims to be) and run small missions to help a local bartender, and even meet up with R2D2 and C3P0.

But the real narrative action seems to come from a bartender; he’ll tell you the story of an ancient Jedi temple filled with a mysterious evil. That’s where Ady Sun’Zee and Yoda come into play. That portion of the story is set hundreds of years before the events of Phantom Menace, as the two characters explore and ancient and abandoned Jedi Temple.

It looks like Ady Sun’Zee is a padawan, and you’ll get a chance to use the force and swing lightsabers. Much like Vader ImmortalStar Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge will come out in multiple episodes. The first part, with Yoda and Ady Sun’Zee, will release November 19 on Oculus Quest. Part two will arrive in early 2021, and ILMxLAB hinted additional installments might follow.

Source: StarWars.com

‘Spider-Man: Miles Morales’ Gets an Awesomely Animated ‘Spider-Verse’ Suit

‘Spider-Man: Miles Morales’ Gets an Awesomely Animated ‘Spider-Verse’ Suit

Spider-Man: Miles Morales screenshot
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Sony Animation’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was one of the best animated movies of the last few years. It was so good and so popular that it’s probably why the young web-swinger it focuses on, Miles Morales, was included in the also-excellent Spider-Man PS4 game. The sequel focuses on Miles, and includes a wonderful outfit from the Spider-Verse movie.

But the animated Spidey suit doesn’t just look like the younger, more lithe Miles from the movie, it moves like him, too. See, one of the most innovative parts of the movie’s animation was how different characters moved differently in the same scene, allowing the animators to subvert the medium itself in order to express the story through motion. It’s a bit technical, but here’s a good breakdown of how Into the Spider-Verse shattered decades of animation norms to make something unique.

The Spider-Verse suit in the new Miles Morales game takes inspiration from that. It eschews the silky-smooth animation of other AAA games to give Miles a stilted, stuttering look, evoking both traditional 2D animation and staggered comic book panels. Other visual touches abound: the suit’s halftone pixel shading, the 60s Batman-style visual “pow!” pop-ups as punches land, the slightly unsure, flailing motions of this new and inexperienced Spider-Man. It all combines in a wonderfully cohesive way.

I only wish the rest of the game world got a similar makeover. It’s weird to see New York and its occupants done up in the typical realistic visuals and animations, and Spidey stilted and with cartoon proportions. A cel-shaded filter, like the one applied to the old-fashioned animated suit from the first game, would go a long way here.

Miles Morales players will be able to unlock the Into the Spider-Verse suit by playing through the game’s story, but those who pre-order the game can get access to it right away. Playing through the game as the wonderful-looking hero of the movie might just make a pre-order worth it for a lot of fans. Spider-Man: Miles Morales releases November 12th, the same day as the PlayStation 5. It will also be available for the PS4.

Vergecast: this week’s Section 230 hearing and the season of weird gadgets

Vergecast: this week’s Section 230 hearing and the season of weird gadgets

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This week on The Verge’s flagship podcast, The Vergecast: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) yells at Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, gadget makers are going to QVC, and it is weird phone season once again.

Hosts Nilay Patel and Dieter Bohn talk to Verge senior reporter Adi Robertson about the latest congressional hearing with the big tech CEOs — this time about Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Dorsey attended the hearing over video in front of the Senate Commerce Committee, and Adi explains what everyone had to say.

In the second half of the show, Ashley Carman stops by to talk about the newest episode of her video series In the Making, which is about how live shopping channels like QVC and HSN are now a new frontier for gadget companies marketing and selling their products.

And of course, The Vergecast had to fit in some smartphone talk. The wave of weird phone design has come back, and it does not disappoint. Reviews for the LG Wing and the new Motorola Razr are out, and for some reason, there is a Yahoo phone.

This whole week of news is captured on this episode of The Vergecast, so listen here or in your preferred podcast player to hear it all.

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Holiday 2020: The Best ‘Roblox’ Gifts

Holiday 2020: The Best ‘Roblox’ Gifts

'Roblox' on a smartphone.
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Roblox has become a fast favorite among younger gamers because of its focus on creativity over traditional gameplay, like Minecraft. The immersive platform allows players to create their own mini 3D worlds and games, with seemingly endless possibilities. Then, they can invite other players to join the fun.

The game’s massive player base loves creating and playing the platform’s myriad of free games. Some offer simple fun, like playing in a waterpark. Others, though, allow you to play in worlds inspired by content outside of Roblox, like that of Pokémon or Call of Duty.

Millions of Roblox players also love creating new worlds using the game’s programming language, Lua, in Roblox Studio. If your kids are interested in coding, they might enjoy tinkering in Roblox Studio (and the game’s occasional contests) more than any of the fun picks below.

Collectible Action Figures: Champions of Roblox

The six "Roblox" action figures in the Champions of Roblox Pack.
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The Champions of Roblox Pack includes figures of six famous characters from the game. They’re perfect for imaginative adventures away from the computer. Plus, you can mix and match each figure’s costumes and weapons to create new custom Roblox characters.

Every figure pack also includes a redeemable digital code that unlocks an exclusive virtual in-game item as a surprise. Although this collection has just six characters, there are tons of other sets you can collect within the Roblox world.

Collectible Action Figures

Avatar Items and Game Perks: Robux Gift Card

An ad for "Roblox" 2,000 Robux digital gift card.
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Robux is the in-game currency of Roblox. You can spend it on additional items for your avatar (like clothing and accessories), as well as common or rare game items. With a digital gift card code, like this one for 2,000 Robux, you’ll have enough dough to buy tons of new items.

The digital gift card works on all versions of the game, including tablets, smartphones, computers, Xbox One, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive. All you have to do to redeem it is log in on Roblox‘s redeem page and type the pin code. Happy shopping!

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Roblox: Where’s the Noob?

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If your child likes books, he or she will probably appreciate Roblox: Where’s the Noob? and it’s Where’s Waldo-esque search-and-find style. The officially-licensed book contains over a dozen intricately illustrated worlds with over 200 items that need finding!

Dive into the worlds of Theme Park Tycoon 2 and Hide and Seek Extreme alongside Builderman, Ezebel: The Pirate Queen, Mr. Bling Bling, and other famous characters. Together you’ll journey through each world as you seek the elusive and mischievous Classic Noob in time to stop him from causing any more chaos.

A Book-Based Item Search

Roblox: Where’s the Noob?

Over a dozen worlds to explore, while looking for items and characters.

Action Figure Storage: Roblox Collector’s Tool Box

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Kids who enjoy collecting Roblox action figures will eventually need somewhere to safely store them. If your child is building quite the collection, definitely pick up the Roblox Action Collection Collector’s Tool Box. It holds up to 32 figures, and each purchase includes a code for an exclusive in-game virtual item, as well.

The case also includes two exclusive figures—Giant Hunter from “BuildintoGames” Giant Survival and Red Lazer Parkour Runner from “MasterOfTheElements”— so it’s a good way to start a collection. The same as other Roblox figures, you can mix and match clothing and weapons to create unique new characters.

Stay Comfy in Style: Roblox Hoodie and Sweatpants Set

The "Roblox" Hoodie and Sweatpants Set in red, gray, blue, and yellow.
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This comfy Roblox Pullover Hoodie and Sweatpants Set is perfect for kids who love the game and want to represent offline. The black sweatpants have the Roblox logo on the right leg, and the hoodie features a character’s face. The hoodie is available in blue, gray, black, pink, red, or yellow. Sizes start at 2-3T up to 5-6X, and it’s recommended you buy a few sizes up.

This 100% cotton unisex set is lightweight, soft, and perfect for casual days lounging around the house. The sweatpants have a drawstring tie and pockets to hold Roblox action figures, of course.

Everyone Loves a Mystery: Roblox Series 8 Action Figure Mystery Box

Six "Roblox" Series 8 action figures from the Mystery Box.
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Few things are as exciting as a mysterious gift, which is why the Roblox Series 8 Mystery Figure Six Pack is so awesome! The pack includes six of the series’ 24 collective figures, some of which also have their own fun accessories. You can also mix and match costumes and items to create your own custom figurine.

Each six-pack of figures comes with a redeemable scratch-off code that unlocks an exclusive virtual in-game item. The mystery boxes each have a letter on them that can spell out Roblox, but there’s no guarantee you’ll get all of them in one pack since they’re random.

Everyone Loves a Mystery

Roblox Action Collection – Series 8 Mystery Figure 6-Pack [Includes 6 Exclusive Virtual Items]

Contains six figures from Roblox series 8, from a possible collection of 24.

Cars Make Everything More Fun: Roblox Apocalypse Rising 4×4 Vehicle

A "Roblox" Apocalypse Rising 4x4 vehicle and action figure.
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Yes, the Roblox Action Collection figures are pretty cool, but those that come with a fancy vehicle are the coolest! The Roblox Apocalypse Rising 4×4 Vehicle comes with a unique character and accessories, as well as a redeemable digital code to unlock a secret in-game item.

The green SUV is the perfect way for the included character to get through the apocalypse. It’s also got plenty of room in the back for supplies.

Cars Make Everything More Fun

Stay Warm: Roblox Flannel Fleece Throw

A Roblox Flannel Fleece Throw Blanket thrown over a chair.
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This ultra-soft Roblox Flannel Fleece Throw Blanket is great for cuddling up on a cold day and playing Roblox. The 50- x 40-inch blanket is the perfect size for kids. It can be draped over a couch, chair, or bed to bring gamer-friendly style to any room. It’s made of anti-pilling fleece and high colorfastness, so it won’t fade.

Apple One Omnibus Subscription Available Today, Starting at $15 a Month

Apple One Omnibus Subscription Available Today, Starting at $15 a Month

Apple one services
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The future is services. At least that’s the way the tech industry seems to be heading: less focus on individual devices, and more on ecosystems and ongoing subscriptions. Apple has a few of them: Apple Music, Apple TV , Apple Arcade, and iCloud. Starting today, you can bundle all of them and save, well, a bundle, with the Apple One plan.

The individual Apple One plan is $14.95 a month, which includes Apple Music’s premium selection, Apple TV ’s streaming TV and movie library, a selection of high-quality games on your phone, tablet, and TV with Apple Arcade, and 50GB of Apple iCloud storage. It saves you $6 a month versus buying all of those services separately.

If you go for the family plan, you can share all of that among six users for $20 a month, boosting the shared iCloud storage to 200GB. That’s an $8 savings over separate purchases. The top tier of Apple One is Premiere, with six users, two terabytes of iCloud storage, and bonus access to Apple News , in addition to Apple Fitness when it launches later this year.

Apple One should be available for subscription on on the App Store later today.