Hori’s Onyx is a wireless alternative to the PS4 DualShock

It’s not all sunshine and rainbows, however — as The Verge notes, there doesn’t seem to be a speaker or light bar on the back. The latter is mitigated by a small LED bar on the front, sandwiched between the D-pad and right analog stick. Personally, I’ve always hated the light bar (though it does have functionality in games like Tearaway: Unfolded) and would happily trade it for some extra battery life. (Here’s hoping the Onyx lasts longer than the DualShock 4.) The controller is available now in Europe, though without an official price tag; Amazon is stocking it for £44.99/€69.99, which is roughly the same as Sony’s controller. Hopefully it will come to the US too.

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Amazon will focus on ‘bigger’ movies to lure people to Prime

Amazon Studios’ shift to movies with a broader appeal mirrors its plans for its TV business, which is also spending big in order to secure big-budget projects. In November 2017, the company confirmed it had acquired the rights to a Lord of the Rings TV series, which may have cost as much as $250 million. Netflix is also spending more on original movies: Will Smith fantasy Bright reportedly cost $90 million.

In order to fund more commercial content, Amazon is likely to scale back but not completely abandon smaller projects. On the TV side, the company recently announced that it had canceled three original comedies: One Mississippi, I Love Dick and Jean-Claude Van Johnson.

All three series were picked up by former Amazon Studios head Roy Price, who recently left the studio following reports of sexual harassment. One Mississippi was also executive produced by Louis CK, who had his second stand up special canceled following similar allegations.

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The most eye-catching cars and tech from NAIAS 2018 in Detroit

The North American International Auto Show’s press and industry preview week is winding down, but the show is far from over. Next week the NAIAS opens to the public and if can’t make it to the Mitten State yourself but still want a peek at what’s tucked inside Detroit’s Cobo Center, we’ve got you covered. HoloLens and VR? Check. A Chevy pick-up with snowmobile treads for tires? Mhrm. Same goes for a Mercedes G-Class Wagon trapped inside a brick of “amber” resin. Hell, we even got the Michelin Man to flex his muscles for a photo. There’s a lot to see, so kick back, pour yourself a frosty beverage and peep the slideshow below on the biggest monitor available.

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Intel admits Spectre patch problems also affect newer Core chips

Shenoy also discussed how the Spectre and Meltdown fixes will affect servers, staying true to Intel’s promise to be more transparent. He revealed the initial data the company got from benchmarking server platforms using two-socket Intel Xeon Scalable — its latest microarchitecture — systems. It found that the fixes don’t affect servers’ energy efficiency and it didn’t detect a slowdown when running Java business applications. However, it detected minimal impact of around 2 to 4 percent in some cases and saw significant slowdowns when it ran tests simulating different types of input/output (I/O) loads.

When it stressed the CPU to use 100 percent of its power to read data, it didn’t see a decrease in speed. But when it tasked the system to use 100 percent of its power to write data, its speed decreased by a whopping 18 percent. In addition, when the company tested the system using tools for writing high performance, scalable, user-mode storage applications, read more

Google may be bringing its handy Smart Replies to Gboard

The code also provides further hints of an option to create your own GIFs by recording them. Also, a “Universal Media Keyboard” may help you search for all kinds of content, although it’s not clear whether this is limited to cosmetic features like emoji and stickers or will include web material like news.

There’s no guarantee that these features will arrive in one of the near-term updates to Gboard, and there’s always a chance they’ll get cut. With that said, it’s hard to see Google ditching Smart Replies given how they’ve already pervaded multiple apps.

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Nintendo unveils Labo, DIY cardboard add-ons for the Switch

Clearly Nintendo intends this to be a discovery tool for youngsters to learn and play, repurposing the Switch to augment a dynamic constructive experience. At first glance, it’s hard to gauge how this system will play out: Kids will probably shred through the cardboard just by using it, yet that keeps the system’s cost low and could open the door for homebrewed hacks. Heck, it’s cheaper to download a cardboard design for a custom controller than 3D-print one. Whether kids will be motivated to repurpose their console for ‘edutainment’ instead of using it to just play games is another question.

Labo goes on sale on April 20th in the US and April 27th in Europe. If you live in New York or San Francisco, Nintendo is putting on 3-hour Labo Studio hands-on events — but you can only attend by bringing a 6-12 year old kid. Space is limited, so register now.

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Apple CEO: iPhone owners will be able to disable ‘power management’

About a month ago, Apple explained that slower performance of older iPhones is intentional, implemented as a “power management” plan through an iOS update. While it was ostensibly intended to prevent phones from crashing in situations when their worn-out battery couldn’t supply enough juice to support demanding functions, owners are upset they weren’t notified it was happening. In fact, it was only discovered through benchmarks. In an apology, Apple lowered the price of battery replacements and promised an iOS update that would inform users when the phone detects battery problems.

Tonight, in an interview with ABC News, CEO Tim Cook that not only will owners be able to check the health of their battery, but they can also turn off the performance-slowing power management, with a warning that it could lead to unexpected restarts. Cook said “maybe read more

Redbox says Disney lawsuit is a baseless attempt to stamp out rivals

In its argument, Redbox says that Disney’s request has no legal basis and that the lawsuit is just an attempt to hurt its competition. “By this motion, Plaintiffs seek to stifle competition to more smoothly launch Disney’s own digital content streaming service, maximize the price other services like iTunes and Amazon (and their customers) pay for Disney movies, and secure a greater market share for Hulu — the viewing service Disney will control as part of its $52 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox,” said Redbox. It also calls Disney’s methods “anti-consumer” and “anti-competitive.”

Redbox says that it’s protected by the first-sale doctrine, which allows for the resale of used items, such as DVDs, and that the doctrine applies to the resale of the download codes. It also said in its opposition that it had invested over $700,000 and a year’s worth of work into setting up its system to sell digital movie download read more

Autoblog’s 2018 Detroit Auto Show roundup

By Jeremy Korzeniewski

Yes, the 2018 Detroit Auto Show is a showcase for the latest and greatest American pickup trucks, like the 2019 Ford Ranger, 2019 Ram 1500, and 2019 Chevy Silverado. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to interest those with nothing to haul.

Mercedes brought along its luxurious G-Class SUV, Volkswagen looks to entice sedan buyers with a brand-new Jetta, and Infiniti and Lexus pulled the covers of some hot new concept vehicles. And there’s plenty more where those came from. Check out all of our Detroit Auto Show coverage, and stay tuned for more as news continues to flow out of the halls of Cobo Center.

This article originally appeared on Autoblog, the complete authority for news, reviews and car-buying research.

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Fitbit’s Xbox coaching app helps you work out between games

If you’re a gamer, you know it can be difficult to tear yourself away from the screen to get in some exercise. Fitbit, however, doesn’t think you have to. It’s trotting out an Xbox One version of its Coach app (released on mobile and PCs in the fall) that lets you squeak in guided fitness routines after your game sessions. You’ll get a range of audio and video workouts, personalized training programs and custom streaming music to keep you going. And logically, there are tie-ins if you have a Fitbit device. The app will show your heart rate on the screen, and recommend workouts based on your current activity levels.

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