Author Archives: Chris Scott Barr


Overwatch’s Super Bans are great news for (non-cheating) gamers

Overwatch’s Super Bans are great news for (non-cheating) gamers

Nothing takes the fun out of an online game like cheaters. It's one thing to take on opponents that are simply much better than you at the game. That gives you incentive to work hard, practice, and get better. But if you run into players that don't take damage, seem to headshot from across the map, and can see through walls, you aren't going to have any fun. Blizzard knows this, and that's why they're making sure that cheaters don't ruin Overwatch.

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Nikon offers battery replacement for D500 owners

Nikon offers battery replacement for D500 owners

I dabble in photography, and occasionally shoot performances and events for friends. In addition to my camera, lenses, and tripod, there are some very important things that I pack in my bag. These are extra memory cards, and spare batteries. If I don't have the right lens, or a tripod, I can still shoot pictures. However, if my camera dies, or I run out of space on my memory card, there's nothing I can do. Well it turns out that Nikon D500 owners may run into issues with their batteries dying before they should.

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NFC rings won’t let you cheat on shows without your partner

NFC rings won’t let you cheat on shows without your partner

In the past, commitment meant that you fell in love with someone, exchanged rings and vows, and lived happily ever after. These days, people apparently can't even commit to watching a TV show together without one party cheating on the other. Sure, it seems harmless. You'll just jump ahead and watch the next couple episodes of House of Cards, even though you promised never to do that. It's okay though, you can just act surprised when you re-watch it with them. Well, one company wants to prevent this from happening, by once again using rings as a means of commitment.

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ChromeOS bug halts automatic updates on certain Chromebooks

ChromeOS bug halts automatic updates on certain Chromebooks

When updates come out for a device, it tends to be good practice to install them. This is especially true for firmware updates, as they can sometimes drastically change the operation of the device. Unfortunately, sometimes those updates can backfire, and that's exactly what appears to have happened with certain Chromebooks.

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MEEM is the first cable that backs up your phone

MEEM is the first cable that backs up your phone

I'm terrible about backing up my phone. I generally only need to charge it overnight, so I simply dock it when I go to sleep. And since I'm only at my computer for the first half of the day, I rarely think about plugging it in to sync. Well one company wants to help you backup your phone every time that you charge it.

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Fallout 4 mods are now live on Xbox One

Fallout 4 mods are now live on Xbox One

There are a number of differences that set consoles and PCs apart, as far as gaming goes. Better graphics, key/controller mapping, and mods are some of the major ones. However, now one of those is no longer exclusive to the PC, thanks to Bethesda's most recent initiative.

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Atari-branded IoT devices are coming, but we’re not sure why

Atari-branded IoT devices are coming, but we’re not sure why

If you head to the store to pick up something that's got the Atari logo on it, you'll probably end up with one of those joysticks that you hook up to your TV, that plays a bunch of retro games. Or maybe a t-shirt, because retro is in. However, someday in the future, Atari will have their name stamped on IoT devices.

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Star Wars replicas don’t get any better than this

Star Wars replicas don’t get any better than this

When you're a fan of something like Star Wars, you have a few options when you want to get a prop for your collection. You can try to make one yourself, you can buy a cheap plastic toy, or if you get lucky, you can find someone selling an old Master Replica for a pretty penny. Well soon, you'll have another option for getting items from The Force Awakens.

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The Apple TV will never come to Amazon, here’s why

The Apple TV will never come to Amazon, here’s why

These days it seems like you can buy almost anything from Amazon. It doesn't seem to matter who the manufacturer is, if it's sold in stores, it's also on Amazon. There's just one strange little exception to that rule. You won't find the Apple TV for sale on the site. Not even from third-party sellers.

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YouTube Red subscribers are getting free Chromecasts

YouTube Red subscribers are getting free Chromecasts

If you've not signed up for YouTube Red, you're not alone. Despite YouTube's offer to let people pay for the option of not having ads, most people would rather watch ads than pay. Or probably more correctly, people will rather block ads for free, than pay to not see them. But Google wants to reward some of those people who have signed up for the service.

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Use your iPhone cable to charge your 3DS with this adapter

Use your iPhone cable to charge your 3DS with this adapter

When you have a smartphone that need recharged at least every night, you tend to carry around something to charge it with. That's why I keep a spare Lightning cable in my bag, and one in the car. But what happens when you want to charge something else, like your 3DS? Well, if all you have is a Lightning cable, then you'll soon be in luck.

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First iPhone 7 Lightning to 3.5mm adapters spotted in the wild

First iPhone 7 Lightning to 3.5mm adapters spotted in the wild

It's long been rumored that the iPhone 7 will be losing a big feature when Apple announces it later this year. It may prove one of the most controversial changes that the company has made to the smartphone, as people have already been up in arms about it. After all, nearly every pair of headphones uses a 3.5mm jack, so what will customers do if Apple takes that port away?

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