July 19, 2019

Tesla opens Vegas V3 Supercharger station powered by solar and battery

Tesla is opening a V3 Supercharger station right on the Las Vegas Strip. The automaker released a video today with more details about its newest charging site, located next to the LINQ hotel's High Roller ferris wheel. Drivers can take advantage of T...
July 19, 2019

‘Pokemon Masters’ gameplay trailer gives us our best look yet at real-time battles

While Pokemon Go continues to add new features and refresh old ones to keep people playing, no one would ever mistake the mobile smash hit for a traditional Pokemon title. The same may not be true of Pokemon Masters, which looks like it's shaping up to be one of the deeper Pokemon games outside of the main series. As we learned a few weeks ago, Pokemon Masters takes the focus off of catching creatures and puts it on to battling them, as you will team up with other notable trainers from throughout the history of the franchise and rise up through the ranks of the Pokemon Masters League. We got a taste of all those elements in the presentation video that The Pokemon Company shared last month, but a new trailer gives us an even closer look. At the start of the trailer, we get to see one of the game's unique 3-on-3 battles play out in real-time, as well as a sneak peek of the sync moves that see the trainers and their partner Pokemon team up for a powerful attack. While Pokemon battles have traditionally been turn-based, you can use your moves as soon as they're ready in Pokemon Masters. This should make for more dynamic and fast-paced combat than in previous games. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oIwGe83JUo8 Pokemon Masters will also feature cooperative online play, allowing you to team up with two other players to face off against AI opponents. While playing with other human players, all three sync pairs (which are the teams of trainers and their partner Pokemon) can join forces to unleash a powerful unity attack. Finally, we also learned about Sygna Suits, which are special outfits that trainers can wear into battle to change their partner Pokemon. So even though you can't catch a new Pokemon, you do have some choice over which Pokemon you go into battle with. Pokemon Masters is still slated to launch at some point this summer.
July 19, 2019

SpaceX shows off a highlight reel of Crew Dragon parachute tests

As SpaceX continues its progress toward a Demo-2 launch of its Crew Dragon spacecraft with NASA astronauts aboard the company put together this reel of parachute tests. According to the tag, "SpaceX is returning human spaceflight capabili...
July 19, 2019

NASA just released gorgeous new panoramas from the Apollo missions

The 50th anniversary of NASA's Apollo 11 Moon landing is just days away, and with it comes a whole bunch of retrospective content from the space agency. NASA has pulled out all the stops to ramp up hype for the big day (July 20th, if you're wondering), but one of the coolest treats thus far has to be the release of a whole bunch of gorgeous panorama images shot by astronauts on the lunar surface. The new images, like those from the Apollo 17 missions, were stitched together from individual photos snapped by astronauts on the mission. The result is a brand new look at some of the most stunning sights ever captured by NASA. The images, which are hosted on NASA's official Flickr account, and are mixed in with other panorama images the agency has put together in the past. There are shots of the landing sights of several Apollo missions, including Apollo 16, Apollo 17, and of course Apollo 11. "The Valley of Taurus-Littrow on the Moon presents a view that is one of the more spectacular natural scenes in the Solar System,” Harrison Schmitt, Apollo 17 astronaut, said of the panorama image pictured in part at the top of this post. Check out the full version here. “The massif walls of the valley are brilliantly illuminated by the Sun, rise higher than those of the Grand Canyon, and soar to heights over 4,800 feet on the north and 7,000 feet on the south. At the same time, the summits are set against a blacker than black sky --  a contrast beyond the experience of visitors from Earth. And, over the South Massif wall of the valley, one can always see home, the cloud-swirled blue Earth, only 250,000 miles away." It's a neat look back at a seriously incredible time in the history of space exploration, and a reminder of the incredible things we can achieve when we put our mind (and huge amounts of money) to it.
July 17, 2019

What we played in July: ‘Bloodstained’ and ‘Super Mario Maker 2’

Welcome back to Engadget's Gaming IRL, a monthly segment where we run down what our editors are playing. This time around, we've finally got our hands on Kickstarter darling Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, as well as some more impressions on Super...
July 17, 2019

Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro review (2019): This is the one

Last fall, Apple finally updated the MacBook Air. In doing so, it made choosing the best entry-level Mac laptop far more complicated than necessary. The Air was directly pitted against the 12-inch MacBook and the cheapest 13-inch MacBook...
July 17, 2019

This $6 fast wireless charger is cheaper than any deal from Prime Day

There were tons of charging accessories on sale for Prime Day this year, and that obviously included deals on wireless chargers. We saw terrific prices on so many different chargers, but none of those deals were as good as the one we just found this morning. The BlitzWolf Wireless Charger is a Qi enabled wireless charger that will work with any iPhone or Android phone out there. Clip the 20% coupon on the Amazon page and you can get one right now for just $5.83! That's one of the lowest prices we've ever seen on any wireless charger, and we're willing to bet that it's going so sell out very quickly. What are you waiting for!?

Here are the highlights from the product page:

  • 【Highly Efficient Wireless Charger】-- Will charge up to 1.5X faster than other wireless chargers by using a QC2.0 & QC3.0 charger adapter (NOT INCLUDED). Supports input 5V/2A, output 5V/1A(max). 5W output is available Compatible Samsung s9, s9 plus, iPhone X, 8, 8 plus (also enable the latest iOS 11 update). Provides higher efficiency and saves time, no charge cables needed.
  • 【Supports All Qi-Enabled Phones】-- FWC3 wireless charger is compatible with all Smartphones that have a Qi receiver installed. Supports phone cases thinner than 3mm. (Important: Don’t put metal cases or metal phones on the wireless charger, otherwise phone and charger will overheat within 1 minute.)
  • 【Lightweight & Multi-Protection】-- Small (3.54”x3.54”x0.43”) and light-weight (7.4oz) hand-held wireless charger with internal intelligent protection mechanisms protecting the phone and you from over-current, overheating, short circuit and over-voltage.
  • 【Non-Slip Pad & Sleep-friendly】-- FWC3 premium wireless charger with mirror surface and a non-slip rubber base that keeps it from moving when your phone is charging, Sleep-friendly blue LED charge status light lets you charge phone at night without keeping the family awake.
  • 【Lifetime Quality Care】-- BlitzWolf 5W wireless charger also offers one 4.9ft micro usb cable. BlitzWolf warranty: 30 days money back no questions asked, 18 months seller warranty and lifetime support to assure your long-term enjoyment.
July 17, 2019

You’ll have to pay extra to fast-charge the Galaxy Note 10

We’re exactly three weeks away from the Galaxy Note 10 launch, but Samsung event will not deliver any huge surprises when it comes to the company’s newest smartphone. We know everything about the Note 10 thanks to a flurry of leaks and renders. The design was recently confirmed in FCC documentation that revealed other details about the phone, and the specs leaked more than once, camera details included. If there’s one thing that left us puzzled though, it’s the battery. We’ve seen conflicting reports about the type of fast-charging tech Samsung will use on the Note 10, but now it looks like we finally have a definite answer for you. Yes, the Note 10 will have faster battery charging than any previous Samsung flagship... as long as you’re willing to pay extra for it. A Samsung insider said the Note 10 phones would support 45W charging a few weeks ago, but others claimed that 25W would be the max for the phone. Since then, the leaker updated his claims more than once to say that the bigger Note, the Note 10+, will support 45W wired and 20W battery charging. Meanwhile, a blog called Nashville Chatter Class found proof in regulatory filings for the US and China that the smaller Galaxy Note 10 model will feature a 3,400 mAh battery that will support 25W charging speeds. If that sounds familiar, that’s because we already have a flagship Samsung phone that supports 25W charging, the Galaxy S10 5G. This brings us to Galaxy Club’s discovery, a product listing for a Samsung EP-TA845 phone charger that supports 45W. The charger costs €50.90 in Italy. The price probably won't top $50 in America when this product launches, though. There’s no indication that the charger will work with the Galaxy Note 10, but logic dictates that will be the case. The charger might also work on some new mid-range Samsung phones that could support the same charging speed.
July 16, 2019

Facebook introduces a scam ad reporting tool in the UK

Facebook has launched a new reporting tool designed to tackle scam ads. The feature lets UK Facebook users flag online ads that link to dubious get-rich-quick schemes or questionable cryptocurrency sales, which will then be reviewed by a dedic...
July 16, 2019

UK government puts $620 million behind Jaguar Land Rover’s EV push

The UK government is continuing its electric vehicle push by giving Jaguar Land Rover a £500 million ($620 million) loan guarantee to help advance its position as a global EV maker. This means that should Jaguar Land Rover default, t...