Apple says an issue is preventing some animations from using high refresh rates on the iPhone 13 Pros

The iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max keep the major redesigns introduced last year — they still feel fresh and modern.
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Apple’s iPhone 13 lineup launched Friday, and one of the key features of the 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max are their ProMotion displays with variable refresh rates that can top out at 120Hz. But as spotted by 9to5Mac, some app animations in third-party apps are currently only running at 60Hz. That might be frustrating if you were expecting to see buttery-smooth animations across all of your apps with the new phones, but when we asked Apple what was going on, the company shared two reasons why this might be happening.

One reason is that developers will need to update their apps to declare that they use the higher refresh rate. This can be done by adding an entry to the app’s plist, Apple tells The Verge, and the company says it plans to share…

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Author: Jay Peters

Netflix queues up a roguelike PC game to go with its action movie Kate

Kate: Collateral Damage
Kate: Collateral Damage | Image: Ludic Studios

Kate: Collateral Damage isn’t the first gaming tie-in we’ve seen for a Netflix original, but now that it’s seriously entering the space, each title feels a little different. Developed by Ludic Studios, the new game is a “time-attack action roguelike” that relates to the movie Kate, a Netflix movie starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead about an assassin who has 24 hours to find the antidote to a poison that is killing her.

The plot of the movie makes the game’s time attack approach easy to understand as players take over the central character on her quest. As its Steam description reveals, players extend the length of each run by killing enemies to slow down the constantly depleting timer, and earning stimulant syringes that reset it entirely.

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Author: Richard Lawler

Sable Beginner’s Guide: Seven Things We Wish We Knew At The Start

Sable is out now, and the open-world adventure game wears its inspirations on its thick-lined sleeves. With an aesthetic that borrows heavily from the art of Moebius and gameplay that borrows heavily from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you may go into the debut PC and console game from developer Shedworks thinking you know what to expect. But Sable has plenty of surprises in store. It may seem like Breath of the Wild minus combat, but it differs from Nintendo’s masterpiece in plenty of other ways as well. And, if you go in expecting pacifist Zelda, you may be waiting for mechanics that will never show up.

Here are seven things we wish we knew when we first embarked on our desert adventure.

You CAN Upgrade Your Stamina

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Author: Andrew King

Twitter says new videos will be less pixelated

Twitter’s blue bird silhouette logo on a black background.
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Twitter’s poor video quality has been a long-running frustration for users on the platform, but on Friday, the company shared some potentially promising news: videos uploaded to the service will now “appear less pixelated for a better watching experience,” Twitter said in a tweet from its support account.

Twitter removed a pre-processing step in its video pipeline when you upload, the company tells The Verge, which could mean that the fidelity of a video is closer to the original version. But beyond that, we don’t know much about what’s changing, and it’s unclear why the company is being so vague about what should be a change worth celebrating from the rooftops.

App researcher Jane Manchun Wong uploaded a video to put the supposed…

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Author: Jay Peters

Kena: Bridge Of Spirits Corrupt Woodsmith Boss Guide – How To Beat Adira

Similar to Corrupt Taro, Corrupt Woodsmith is a test of the abilities and strategies you’ve developed up to this point in Kena: Bridge of Spirits. In Taro’s case, that mostly has to do with the Spirit Bow, as most of the ways to weaken him and make the fight easier are related to sniping parts of his body. Similarly, Woodsmith is all about your recently acquired Spirit Bombs–this fight requires you to regularly use Kena’s bomb abilities, so having a good grasp of how they work is vital for overcoming this fight.

In the following guide, we go over how to best handle the Woodsmith and her fiery attacks. More so than the Taro boss fight, this battle will test you on your ability to keep track of your surroundings. Always keep in mind where the Woodsmith is, as well as where the two healing flowers are in relation to you. Turning your back on the Woodsmith to run away and heal can result in some easily avoidable deaths–this boss behaves differently depending on how far away you are from her and turning your back to run away means you’ll have a hard time responding to her long-range attacks. Keep your eyes on Woodsmith so you can keep track of her tells.

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Author: Jordan Ramée

How to customize your Windows 11 taskbar

If you’ve updated your computer from Windows 10 to Windows 11, you may find that your taskbar isn’t quite as configurable — and perhaps not quite as useful — as it was before. For example, the old, familiar Start menu with its configurable Live Tiles is now gone. The search box is no longer within the taskbar but is accessed by first clicking on the Start menu — an extra step. (Although the fact that Cortana is no longer automatically part of that search box can be considered, by many at least, as a plus.)

Another thing: the taskbar is now permanently affixed to the bottom of the screen — so if you were more comfortable having it on top of the screen, or on either side, you’re out of luck.

As you might imagine, Windows users are already…

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Author: Barbara Krasnoff

Best Racing Wheel: Top Picks For PlayStation, Xbox, And PC

There’s never been a better time to be a fan of racing games, as not only is there no shortage of great titles to choose from, but they all look fantastic on current consoles and PC rigs. Not only is there a wide selection of attractive games to choose from, but you can faithfully replicate what it feels like to be inside of a modern hypercar thanks to a selection of peripherals on offer from multiple manufacturers.

Manufacturers from Logitech to Thrustmaster have long offered terrific steering wheels to use in these games, and even though many of them cost several hundreds of dollars, they’re well worth investing in when you want to treat yourself to a virtual track day. If you’re on the hunt for more hardware to enhance your racing experience, we’ve also got round-ups on the best accessories currently available for Xbox, PS4, and PS5.

We’ve rounded up the best racing wheels on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC, with some of our entries even boasting multiplatform use. If you’re looking for some games to play with your new racing wheel, check out our roundup of the best PlayStation racing games (many of which are also available on Xbox and PC). The most prominent racing exclusives on PlayStation and Xbox are getting new entries soon as well. Make sure to check out our Forza Horizon 5 preorder guide and Gran Turismo 7 preorder guide for more details.

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Author: Darryn Bonthuys

It’s Friday, here’s the Galaxy S22 Ultra render that has the Android blogosphere abuzz

Image: Digit, OnLeaks

It’s Friday, it’s fall, there’s a breeze in the air (hopefully), and there’s fresh, I’d argue ridiculous, renders of Samsung’s expected Galaxy S22 Ultra to show you. The renders come courtesy of @OnLeaks and Digit, and they feature a new Samsung flagship with what looks like a Galaxy Note 20-inspired body and back that… well you should see for yourself.

Since deciding to skip the Galaxy Note in 2021 — apparently much to the chagrin of T-MobileSamsung’s been seeding Note features across its popular phones. Both the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra and the Galaxy Z Fold 3 offer stylus support. If these new renders are to be believed, the Galaxy S22 Ultra will go even further. According to OnLeaks and Digit, the new phone will come with the…

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Author: Ian Carlos Campbell

Marvel Suing To Block Copyrights Of Characters From Going To Heirs

Disney’s Marvel unit has filed five lawsuits in hopes of retaining full control and ownership of Avengers characters including Iron Man, Spider-Man, Dr. Strange, Ant-Man, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Falcon, Thor, and others. News of these filings was first reported by The New York Times.

The litigation is a counter move after heirs of several Marvel authors filed dozens of termination notices with the U.S. Copyright Office, seeking to end Marvel’s licenses to the characters. However, Marvel argues that the characters were created under “work for hire” arrangements, meaning that the heirs would have no valid claim to the copyrights.

In the filing, Marvel draws a parallel to a case involving Jack Kirby, who co-created The X-Men, Thor, and Iron Man. Kirby’s heirs similarly sought to reclaim copyright to his creations, but the federal courts sided with Marvel, finding that the characters were created under work-for-hire arrangements. Marvel’s lawyers, led by Daniel Petrocelli, say these cases present “virtually identical circumstances.”

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Author: David Wolinsky