Oppo’s new Reno Ace can be fully charged in half an hour

From The Verge: Oppo has announced the latest phone in its increasingly diversified Reno range of flagship phones, the Reno Ace. This one is in many ways the most high-end entry yet, although that depends on how you feel about notches.

Spec-wise, this device is very similar to sister company OnePlus’ excellent new 7T. There’s a Snapdragon 855 Plus processor, a 20:9 6.5-inch 1080p display with a small waterdrop notch and a 90Hz refresh rate, and a camera system built around Sony’s ubiquitous 48-megapixel IMX586 sensor.

Steam Is Adding Online Play to All Local Multiplayer Games

From PC Mag: Some PC games include a local multiplayer option for groups of people who want to play together in the same location. But Steam is unlocking the ability to play such games without needing everyone to be in the same place.

As PC Gamer reports, Valve is launching a new feature for Steam games called Remote Play Together. What Remote Play Together does is add online support for local multiplayer games, meaning you can play with friends even if you can't all meet up in the same location and sit in front of the same TV.

Apple pulls HKmap.live app used in Hong Kong protests

From CNET: Apple has removed HKmap.live, a mapping app that crowdsources the location of police and protestors in Hong Kong, from the App Store, saying it violated the store's guidelines and local laws by allowing protestors in Hong Kong to ambush police and threaten public safety. The move comes after Apple was sharply criticized by Chinese state newspaper People's Daily for allowing the app.

Apple said it removed the app after learning it has been used in ways that put law enforcement and residents in Hong Kong in danger.

Unlike Blizzard, Epic Games says it won’t ban players for political speech

From The Verge: Fortnite developer Epic Games said in a statement that it will not ban players or content creators for political speech. The message comes after Blizzard caught fire this week for banning a professional Hearthstone player for shouting a statement associated with Hong Kong protesters.

“Epic supports everyone’s right to express their views on politics and human rights. We wouldn’t ban or punish a Fortnite player or content creator for speaking on these topics,” an Epic Games spokesperson told The Verge.

Uber now lets you tell your driver if you're traveling with a pet

From CNET: Uber is adding a new category to its list of ride-hailing options. Along with UberX, Uber Comfort, UberPool and others, the company unveiled Uber Pet on Wednesday. The idea is to let passengers notify drivers when they're traveling with a pet.

"This new feature lets you communicate to a driver that you'll be bringing a furried (or even scaled!) friend onboard your Uber trip," Uber wrote in a blog post. "We built this feature to give riders peace of mind."

Instagram introduces new tool to help prevent phishing attacks

From The Verge: Instagram has added a new feature to its app to help users work out if an email was sent by the Facebook company or if it’s an attempted phishing scam. Now, if you receive an email claiming to be from Instagram, you can check if it’s genuine by heading over to the “Emails from Instagram” option in the app’s Security settings, which lists every email the service has sent you over the last 14 days. The update is rolling out now and may take time to appear in your settings.

Your PS4 Can't Connect to Facebook Anymore

From PC Mag: If your friends are on Facebook and you game on a PS4, the ability to link the two is quite useful for sharing. However, Sony announced this week that Facebook integration is no longer available for PS4 owners.

As Kotaku reports, the ability for a PS4 to integrate with a Facebook account ended yesterday. Sony didn't explain why the integration suddenly came to an end, but it has explained what it means for PS4 owners who already had their console linked to the social network.

PlayStation 5 will launch at end of 2020, Sony says

From CNET: Sony has made it official. The PlayStation 5 is coming at the end of 2020, according to a post Tuesday on the PlayStation Japan website. The US PlayStation site also has a post confirming the release window of the PS5 for the US as the 2020 holiday season.

Details of the PS5 were made available to Wired Tuesday. The new PlayStation will not only be a graphical upgrade but also a rethinking of certain aspects of a console.

HyperX Now Shipping Alloy Origins Keyboard with HyperX Branded Switches

From HyperX Press Release: HyperX, the gaming division of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., today announced that HyperX keyboard switches and the HyperX Alloy Origins™ gaming keyboard are now available and shipping globally. The first HyperX keyboard switch released to the market is a linear HyperX Red mechanical switch, built for performance and longevity with a shorter actuation point and 80 million click rating.

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