Next week’s free Epic Store games list is a doozy

Next week’s free Epic Store games list is a doozy

The free games offered through the Epic Games Store have rotated once again, and this week, the game on offer is Fez. Many gamers are familiar with Fez by this point, as the puzzle platformer quickly became very popular (and was very well received critically) when it was initially released in 2012. While Fez is a solid offering for the Epic Games Store, it's next week that things really get cooking.

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Galaxy A50s and A30s revealed as Samsung’s release cycles quicken

Galaxy A50s and A30s revealed as Samsung’s release cycles quicken

The Samsung Galaxy A50s and A30s were announced today as 's' upgrades to devices in the Galaxy A series: A50 and A30. These devices were released with surprisingly few details on pricing or release - almost as if Samsung's push for the popularity of this lineup is more about the feeling than it is about the nitty gritty bits like... how they can be purchased.

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OtterBox reveals wireless charging system with stackable batteries

OtterBox reveals wireless charging system with stackable batteries

OtterBox, the company best known for its durable phone cases, has introduced its new OtterSpot Wireless Charging System with stackable, highly portable wireless charging pucks. The device opens the door for portable wireless charging, meaning there are no wires involved thanks to the OtterSpot Wireless Charging Batteries.

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Vaping linked to lung changes that cause emphysema in smokers

Vaping linked to lung changes that cause emphysema in smokers

The bad news about vaping continues to roll in with a new study from the University of North Carolina Health Care, where researchers identified changes in the lungs of vapers that mirror those seen in the lungs of smokers. These changes, according to the study, pave the way for the development of a lung disease called emphysema in people who smoke traditional cigarettes.

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Minecraft Earth beta finally hits Android next week

Minecraft Earth beta finally hits Android next week

It probably should be much of a surprise that there's a lot of interest about Minecraft Earth. Not only did Pokemon GO prove that there's definitely a market for augmented reality games, but Minecraft Earth is able to leverage the best selling video game of all time. While the closed beta for Minecraft Earth launched a few weeks ago, it's only been available for iOS thus far, leaving Android players out in the cold.

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Mobile PDF edits enabled with Google Drive and G-Suite

Mobile PDF edits enabled with Google Drive and G-Suite

This week the folks at Google enabled PDF edits for mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, and the like) in the Google Drive app. Users will need the official Google Drive app for iOS or Android to make this work, but the feature will be turned ON by default - so no worries about searching for settings before you hit the ground running. Users will be able to enter text in text fields, tap checkboxes, tap radio buttons, and select options from a dropdown menu. UPDATE/CLARIFICATION: This feature will be available to G Suite users soon, and Google has not announced a release for non-G Suite consumers.

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Drug-resistant Salmonella outbreak linked to US beef, cheese in Mexico

Drug-resistant Salmonella outbreak linked to US beef, cheese in Mexico

An outbreak of drug-resistant Salmonella that impacted more than 250 people in the United States from mid-June 2018 to March 2019 has been linked to beef from the United States and soft cheese from Mexico, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Cases involving the drug-resistant Salmonella were identified in 32 states, with nearly half of the patients having reported trips to Mexico prior to the illness.

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New Android logo and brand update for 2019

New Android logo and brand update for 2019

The big Android news from Google today was the change from Android Q to Android 10, and the end of the desserts. That's important - that's the fun part of the news, and the most tasty - but the part that will matter most to graphic designers is the edits made to the Android logo and design guidelines. Of import here are the adjustments in the eyes, the color shift, and the shift in aesthetics overall.

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Spotify Premium extends free trial period to match Apple Music

Spotify Premium extends free trial period to match Apple Music

For quite some time now, Spotify and Apple have been locked in a rivalry that can be very bitter at times. Not only is Apple Music gunning for Spotify's spot as king of the music streaming hill, but there's also an ongoing dispute between the two companies when it comes to Apple's management of the App Store and iOS functionality in general. In short: Neither company seems too fond of the other at the moment.

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Leather and denim Apple Card cleaning guide goes viral

Leather and denim Apple Card cleaning guide goes viral

The "titanium Apple Card" is a physical object to which Apple has affixed its name - as such, it's subject to Apple's industrial design scrutiny. Apple's history with design suggests the company almost always takes care to scrutinize every detail in any product they sell - from the hardware to the software to the packaging and the in-store experience. With the Apple Card, it would seem that lengths to which Apple went to create a top-notch experience got a little... funny.

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That ugly PlayStation 5 is likely a dev kit, so you can breathe easy

That ugly PlayStation 5 is likely a dev kit, so you can breathe easy

Earlier this week, images from a certain Sony patent started making the rounds. Those images showed off a bulky looking console that some were worried was the PlayStation 5. Why would people be worried that it was the actual PlayStation 5? In short, it's because the console depicted in the image is a bit on the ugly side, with a deep V-shaped indent on the top and vents all over the place.

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Swagtron NG2 smart electric longboard AI moves with shifts in weight

Swagtron NG2 smart electric longboard AI moves with shifts in weight

The folks at Swagtron just revealed a new electric longboard called NG2. This longboard has the ability to be moved with a hand-held remote control or a hands-free (no remote) A.I.-powered somatosensory control. This board is a full 38.6-inches long and has dual 450-watt motors that allow speed capabilities of up to 18 mph for up to 11.8 miles per charge.

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