Nomad’s new wireless charging hub is a traveler’s best friend

If you spend any meaningful amount of time in hotels, you’ll know that many of them are still living in the age of the 30-pin adapter, even though most of us have already moved on to Lightning, wireless charging and USB-C. So it’s essential to pack charging equipment to handle any need that might arise — and usually that means a lot of dongles. Nomad’s new wireless USB hub really cuts down on clutter, and makes it easy to charge what you need to charge, when you need to charge it.

The hub looks a bit like a sleek bag burger designed by someone who makes luxury car interiors for a living. It sounds like a weird description, but it’s not a bad thing — the black puck is basically at home in any decor, so it’s a good bedside companion for home as well as away. On top, the hub has a wireless charging pad with a 7.5W max output (the max supported input the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus can accept).

Inside, however, there’s plenty more in the way of charging options, including read more

New story in Technology from Time: You Can’t Use Google’s New Selfie Art App in These States

Selfie-takers in Illinois and Texas are freaking out. People in both states haven’t been able to use the free Google Arts and Culture app that has gone viral on social media. The app, which lets users upload a selfie and then matches their photo with a work of art that most resembles that selfie, isn’t working in either state, to the bewilderment of many trying to find out what historical figures they might look like. Why is Google keeping users in these two states from comparing their likeliness to famous historical figures? The problem appears to be a legal one. Illinois and Texas both have laws regarding biometric privacy that may be preventing the app from working in both places. Biometrics is the use of technologies like facial recognition to digitally identity people, which means that the selfies being taken in Texas and Illinois aren’t legally allowed to be identified by Google, or any other company, without user consent. Washington is the only other state to have enacted a similar law, though its regulations are not as stringent, according to Bloomberg. Google confirmed to the San Francisco Chronicle that the selfie-matching app is not available in Illinois or Texas, but there is hope for users in those states. The Houston Chronicle published an article detailing some of the ways the app can still be used. We’ve made a quick list of the all the ways we know how to get around the ban. (Disclaimer: they have worked for a majority of users but not all.)
  • Turn off location services on your phone or turn off location services for all Google apps on your phone (not only the Arts & Culture app).
  • Sign up for a Virtual Private Network (be willing to be possibly pay a fee).
  • If you travel out of state, use the app before you get back to the Lone Star state and the Prairie state.
But the easiest way to find out who your long-lost doppleganger is? Send a selfie to a friend out of state and ask them to upload it for you.

New story in Technology from Time: Nintendo’s Newest Products Are Switch Accessories You Can Build Yourself

Ever since Nintendo unveiled the Switch about one year ago, one message was immediately clear: The ability to interact with the console in a variety of different ways — docked to a TV, held in your hands, or propped up on a table — was going to be the device’s distinguishing characteristic.

Nintendo is now taking that idea one step further with the announcement of Nintendo Labo, a new line of do-it-yourself products that lets Switch owners build interactive cardboard add-ons for the console.

Nintendo Labo involves sheets of modular cardboard cutouts that when assembled can take the form of various Switch accessories. The company calls those accessories Toy-Cons, a reference to the console’s Joy-Con controllers. The $69.99 Labo variety pack comes with five different kits, including two RC cars, a motorbike, a fishing rod, a house, and a piano. A separate $79.99 kit lets Switch owners build a wearable robot suit. Both the variety pack and the robot kit will be launching read more