Bang & Olufsen’s latest lunchbox-shaped speaker has a built-in Qi wireless charger

The Beolit 20 features a Qi wireless charging pad for keeping other devices topped up with power. | Image: Bang & Olufsen

Bang & Olufsen’s latest portable Bluetooth speaker is the Beolit 20, a lunchbox-sized successor to 2017’s Beolit 17. The big upgrade this time around is a new Qi wireless charging pad that can be found on top of the speaker, which can charge other devices like phones or earbuds.

According to Bang & Olufsen, the Beolit 20 can also play for 30 percent longer than its predecessor. The company says the speaker’s 3,200mAh battery offers 37 hours of listening at low volumes, but this reduces to a little over 8 hours if you’re listening at typical levels, or just under 4 hours at max volume.

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There’s a USB-C port for charging.

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Author: Jon Porter

Samsung posts highest revenue ever after boost in flagship phone sales

Samsung Electronics has announced quarterly earnings for the July-September 2020 period, making 66.96 trillion won in revenue and 12.35 trillion in operating profit. That’s the highest quarterly revenue figure ever for the Korean electronics giant, which says that it was able to meet a boost in customer demand following COVID-19 disruption.

“Even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues around the world, reopening of key economies led to significant increase in consumer demand,” Samsung says in a statement. “Samsung Electronics was able to respond aggressively through flexible global supply chain management, reporting its highest-ever quarterly revenue.”

Samsung says that an increase in demand for…

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Author: Sam Byford

BioWare Details How Anthem’s Javelin Builds And Gameplay Will Change In Major Update

Anthem, BioWare’s loot-shooter, has had a rough time since releasing in early 2019–so much so that the developer has promised an extensive overhaul. At the beginning of 2020, BioWare said that the update would be a long process, and now some new details about some of the changes being made have been released.

In an update on BioWare’s blog, we’ve been given some more details about the Anthem NEXT update that’s in the works. The post looks at how Javelin builds and skill trees will work after the update, and how they will change gameplay. There are some fundamental shifts here, like components being done away with and a greater emphasis on abilities.

A new work-in-progress UI for modifying your Javelin
A new work-in-progress UI for modifying your Javelin

BioWare has presented a series of bullet points explaining how gameplay and builds will change, which you can check out below.

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Author: James O’Connor

Vizio and LG’s next-gen-ready OLED TVs are up to $500 off at Best Buy

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Through Sunday, November 1st, Best Buy is giving shoppers another sliver of time to get in on some deals ahead of Black Friday later in the month. Most of these are repeats from the retailer’s Black Friday kickoff event that went up against Prime Day, though a few are newcomers. We’ll be keeping you posted on all of the latest Black Friday deals throughout the month, no matter where they’re coming from or when they actually drop, so stay tuned.

If you’re hunting for a 4K TV with fantastic picture quality and contrast, the highlight deal is on Vizio’s brand-new 65-inch OLED TV. It normally costs $2,000, but it’s $500 off until the sale ends on Sunday. This model should be on your shortlist if you need a new TV that has HDMI 2.1, which…

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Author: Cameron Faulkner

Watch Dogs: Legion – 10 Tips To Know Before Playing

There’s a lot going on in Watch Dogs: Legion. As a member of the hacker resistance group DedSec, your job is to bring down the terrorist organization Zero Day and fight back against Albion, a paramilitary company that has all but taken over London in the wake of an attack on the city. To do that, you have a bunch of tools at your disposal, like the ability to hack all sorts of machinery–and you can recruit just about anyone in the city to serve as a playable character, with each potential recruit bringing their own skills.

There are a lot of systems to keep in mind as you run around London fighting fascism, though. You’ve got your hacker gear, weapons, and a melee fighting system that’s new to the series. You’ll also find all kinds of side quests that have various benefits and with a city full of potential recruits, it can be tough to decide who to bring into your organization.

To help you get DedSec on its feet, we’ve compiled 10 tips you should know about as you begin your career as a cyberpunk insurrectionist. Here’s a rundown of what you should upgrade, what you should look for in recruits, and what you should prioritize in the game’s first few hours. And if you haven’t yet, make sure to check out our Watch Dogs: Legion review.

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Author: Phil Hornshaw

Part Time UFO, A Brilliant Mobile Game From Kirby’s Creator, Is Out Now On Switch

During Nintendo’s most recent Direct Mini presentation, a new game dropped on the Switch Eshop–well, kind of. The game, Part Time UFO, was released on mobile in 2018–but the Switch version comes with various new features.

Part Time UFO, from Kirby developer HAL Laboratory, casts players as Jobski, a sentient UFO catcher who just wants to help out. Each level in the game features different objectives to complete, and as you progress you unlock money that can be spent on perks to improve your performance.

This Switch version has a co-op feature, letting you play levels with a friend, as well as a new, more difficult set of levels after the main campaign is done.

Watch the trailer below, but beware–the game’s theme song is a real earworm.

You’ll notice a little cameo from some Kirby characters in the trailer, so there could potentially be some other Nintendo-specific content in the game.

Back in 2018, Part Time UFO was one of GameSpot’s five mobile games of the year. It was described as “exactly the kind of charming game you’d expect from HAL Laboratory: easy to pick up, devilishly difficult to put down.”

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Author: James O’Connor

November 2020: Major Game Releases For PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, Switch, PC

November is nearly here, which means the next-generation of consoles is about to begin. Microsoft’s Xbox Series X/S and Sony’s PlayStation 5 are releasing on November 10 and 12 respectively, so excitement around the games industry couldn’t be any higher than it is now. You can expect a pretty packed month of games releases in November, seeing as both Microsoft and Sony are wheeling out their lineup of console launch games on top of an already full third-party release schedule.

As to be expected, the biggest names in gaming headline the month, with new entries in franchises like Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty, and Spider-Man. Though that doesn’t include other massive games coming out, like the Demon’s Souls remake, Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity, Godfall, the new Destiny 2: Beyond Light expansion, and a whole lot more.

Below, we’ve rounded up all of the biggest November 2020 game releases for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One, PC, and Switch. For a closer look at the titles still to come this year, look at our list of game release dates in 2020. Otherwise, check this article throughout the month, as we’ll be sure to update it with more new release dates that get announced.

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Author: Matt Espineli

The latest Section 230 hearing showed that Republicans want to make the internet smaller

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Well, we had another hearing with the platform CEOs.

The dream with this sort of thing is that Congress shows up with a full command of the issues, and asks the CEOs good-faith questions about matters of policy and law. And then I’d come along at the end of the day to walk you through the more provocative questions and productive answers, and gesture at what likely policy outcomes we could expect from this exercise in representative democracy.

But “Does Section 230’s Sweeping Immunity Enable Big Tech Bad Behavior?,” a hearing of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, was not that kind of exercise. The word “sham” got kicked around a lot, especially by the participants. “Stunt,” too. Some of the Democrats declined…

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Author: Casey Newton

Xbox Boss Apologizes For Expected Series X Shortages

The Xbox Series X and S consoles are going to be sold out at retail this year, and that’s something Xbox boss Phil Spencer has now apologized for.

In an appearance on the Dropped Frames podcast, Spencer said demand will outstrip supply for the new consoles this year and beyond. He said stock shortages will continue “for a few months” after release.

“We know what our supply will look like basically for the rest of the year. We’re going to have more demand than we do supply,” Spencer said. “And I will apologize in advance to people for that. We saw it with pre-orders, how much energy there was, and we were basically out [of stock] in a couple of hours, which is unfortunate. I think we are going to live in that world for a few months. We’re going to have a lot more demand than we do supply.”

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Author: Eddie Makuch

Amazon Says You Don’t Actually Own Purchased Prime Videos

In 2020, most of us buy more digital content than physical, whether it’s music, games, movies, or even TV. Despite how much is available on streaming subscriptions, lots of very new and very old content requires an individual purchase. When you buy a Blu-ray, you can come home and put it on your shelf or hide it under your mattress. What about those digital purchases? Amazon says you don’t actually own that thing you just bought from them, according to a motion filed in a California lawsuit.

California resident Amada Caudel sued Amazon in April, claiming that the company “secretly reserves the right” to revoke access to purchased content on Prime Video. Amazon filed a motion this week to dismiss Caudel’s claim.

First, the company discredited Caudel herself, stating that she not only hasn’t lost access to any content purchased through the application, but that she’s purchased 13 additional titles since filing the suit.

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Author: Eric Frederiksen