Facebook’s ambitions for the brain are coming into focus

From The Verge: Today, a few thoughts about mind control.

On the occasion of the launch of Facebook Dating last month, I noted here that “a defining feature of Facebook’s approach to product development is its ruthlessness, which often manifests as a kind of shamelessness. If good taste ever dictates that Facebook stay out of a product, history shows that it’s likely to wade right in.”

Mario Kart Tour Subscription Costs the Same as Apple Arcade

From PC Mag: On consoles, Nintendo likes to keep the prices of its first-party games high, and it seems that is also the case for the company's mobile games. Mario Kart Tour just launched on iOS and Android and it includes the option of a $4.99 subscription.

Just like Nintendo's other mobile games, Mario Kart Tour is classed as "free-to-start." It means the game can be played for free, but there's a range of in-game purchases available and you'll require both a Nintendo account and a persistent internet connection to play the game.

Amazon's Ring wanted to use 911 calls to activate its video doorbells

From CNET: Ring considered building a tool that would use calls to the 911 emergency number to automatically activate the video cameras on its smart doorbells, according to emails obtained by CNET. The Amazon-owned company isn't currently working on the project, but it told a California police department in August 2018 that the function could be introduced in the "not-so-distant future."

Cooler Master MM710 Review (Page 1 of 4)

If you have had instant noodles in the past, you probably know how great they are. Instant noodles were invented in Japan by Momofuku Ando. According to the World Instant Noodles Association, or WINA for short, they were produced in 1958, but inspired during the time when Japan was recovering from the Second World War. Momofuku wanted to create a ramen meal that would satisfy the hungry, have a longer shelf-life, and have a faster cooking time. When I was growing up, my parents would not normally buy instant noodles, especially since they are not very healthy. However, as I grew up, my parents relented and we had them once in a while. My favorite way of preparing instant ramen involves adding pan-fried Spam and scrambled eggs for a fuller meal. It definitely takes a bit more work, but the additional effort is worth the extra "yum". On the other hand, despite all the things we might add to instant noodles, there are times where having it unadulterated by anything else is the best way to enjoy this snack. This is because even on its own, the noodles shine and do not need additional ingredients to make it tasty. If I were to ask you about the purest, unadulterated form of an excellent gaming mouse, you might answer with something that is responsive, without anything unnecessary, and with a capable sensor. Today, we have the Cooler Master MM710. Announced during Computex earlier this year, this was said to be an ultralight mouse, with only the necessary things for a pro-grade gamer experience. Is this actually the case and how does it fare in our tests? Let us read on to find out!

Samsung will let Galaxy Fold owners replace their screens once for $149

From The Verge: In just a few days, the Samsung Galaxy Fold will again go on sale in the US, for $1980. One of the big mysteries about the re-launch was what Samsung would do to try to avoid another debacle. The answer, it turns out, is just a ridiculous amount of education and warnings. And if none of that convinces purchasers to baby their Folds, Samsung is allowing for a one-time-only screen replacement for $149.

After Tariff Exemption, Apple to Manufacture New Mac Pro in Texas

From PC Mag: Despite reports to the contrary, Apple today said it will manufacture its upcoming Mac Pro in Austin, Texas.

The news comes after the Trump administration agreed to lift a 25 percent tariff on certain Chinese-manufactured computer parts, including graphics cards, motherboards, and desktop tower cases.

Apple had requested a tariff exemption on 15 components, including what appeared to be the aluminum frame for the Mac Pro. The Trump administration responded by granting exclusions on at least 10 of them.

8K TVs Get an Official Definition and Logo

From PC Mag: It's becoming increasingly difficult to buy a new 1080p TV as 4K resolution has become the norm, but now we're getting an official definition and logo for what comes next: 8K Ultra High Definition displays.

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) has revealed what the requirements are for a television to claim it's officially 8K. The definition is split down into four key areas covering display resolution, digital inputs, up-conversion, and bit depth.

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