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DRM for chargers? Google Pixel 3 locks fast Qi charging to certified chargers [Update]

Ars Technica - 29 min ago

Enlarge / The Pixel 3 XL and Pixel 3. (credit: Ron Amadeo)

Google's Pixel 3 smartphone is shipping out to the masses, and people hoping to take advantage of the new Qi wireless charging capabilities have run into a big surprise. For some unexplained reason, Google is locking out third-party Qi chargers from reaching the highest charging speeds on the Pixel 3. Third-party chargers are capped to a pokey 5W charging speed. If you want 10 watts of wireless charging, Google hopes you will invest in its outrageously priced Pixel Stand, which is $79.

Android Police reports that a reader purchased an Anker wireless charger for their Pixel 3, and, after noticing the slow charging speed, this person contacted the company. Anker confirmed that something screwy was going on with Google's charging support, saying "Pixel sets a limitation for third-party charging accessories and we are afraid that even our fast wireless charger can only provide 5W for these 2x devices."

Normally we would chalk this up to some kind of bug, but apparently Google told Android Police that this was on purpose. The site doesn't have a direct quote, but it writes that, after reaching out to Google PR, it was "told that the Pixel 3 would charge at 10W on the Pixel Stand [and that] due to a 'secure handshake' being established that third-party chargers would indeed be limited to 5W." We've asked Google why it is doing this and will update this article if we hear back, but it's hard to imagine a justification for this.

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Oculus reconfirms “future version of Rift” amid PC cancellation rumors

Ars Technica - 36 min 38 sec ago

Enlarge / An Oculus Rift photo montage from Oculus Connect. (credit: Kyle Orland)

Oculus has reaffirmed it's working on a new version of its PC-based Rift hardware. That affirmation follows a report from TechCrunch suggesting the cancellation of the "Rift 2" was behind the sudden departure of Oculus co-founder and former CEO Brendan Iribe, announced just yesterday.

Iribe, who stepped down as CEO to help lead Oculus' PC/Rift division in late 2016, announced his departure from the company on Facebook Monday. Iribe said he was "deeply proud and grateful for" the work he'd done with Oculus and that "although we're still far from delivering the magical smart glasses we all dream about, now they are nearly within our reach." That said, leaving the company "will be the first real break I've taken in over 20 years," he wrote. "It's time to recharge, reflect, and be creative."

The TechCrunch report, though, cites an unnamed source "close to the matter" in saying Iribe had actually grown frustrated with "fundamentally different views on the future of Oculus that grew deeper over time" and was concerned about a "race to the bottom" in terms of performance. That suggests Iribe may not have been happy with the increased focus on the recently announced Oculus Quest, a $400 standalone headset powered by a mobile system-on-a-chip.

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OnePlus 6T may have leaked on German retail website - CNET - News - 42 min 45 sec ago
The listing seems to confirm a slightly higher price and certain specs.

Every Apple TV show and series announced so far - CNET - News - 44 min 10 sec ago
A complete list of everything on Apple’s increasingly deep bench of original programming.

iPhone XR: Apple's version of a 'value' phone (The 3:59, Ep. 478) - CNET - News - 46 min 5 sec ago
We delve into the new phone's screen, camera and more.

Inventor Simone Giertz wants you to give yourself a gold star every day - CNET - News - 49 min 50 sec ago
This is used to enforce a habit -- exercise, yoga, meditation, flossing, writing or even putting your phone away at dinner.

World's oldest intact shipwreck discovered in the Black Sea - CNET - News - 50 min 47 sec ago
An ancient Greek ship that could have starred in The Odyssey lurks on the seabed.

Facebook's Messenger makeover focuses on simplicity - CNET - News - 1 hour 1 min ago
The messaging app, which counts more than 1.3 billion users, is cutting down on the number of tabs, adding a dark mode and other seemingly modernizing features.

Motiv Ring's new security features take the wearable beyond fitness tracking - CNET - News - 1 hour 3 min ago
The simple fitness tracker gets new life as a security key.

NASA chief says agency plans to launch crew on Soyuz in December

Ars Technica - 1 hour 7 min ago

Enlarge / The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft is seen in this false-color infrared image as it launched with Expedition 57 Flight Engineer Nick Hague of NASA and Flight Engineer Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos, on Thursday, October 11, 2018. (credit: NASA)

Less than two weeks ago, a Soyuz rocket took off with a Russian cosmonaut and a NASA astronaut riding in a Soyuz capsule. The launch proceeded normally for about two minutes until the rocket experienced a problem, and one of the Soyuz's emergency escape systems fired automatically and pulled the crew vehicle away from the booster. After a few seconds of rapid acceleration, the crew capsule carrying Aleksey Ovchinin and Nick Hague made a relatively normal, safe return to Earth.

In the wake of the accident, NASA officials expressed confidence in the ability of the Russian space agency to identify the problem with the Soyuz rocket and implement a fix. "It's my speculation that they will put a lot of resources into trying to understand exactly what happened," Kenny Todd, the International Space Station's mission operations integration manager, said at the time. "I would anticipate that they would try to do that sooner rather than later."

Russian officials have said that they intend to complete their investigation of the Soyuz failure by the end of October, and their report will include recommendations on how to fix the problem. Anonymous sources quoted in Russian media say the problem occurred because one of the Soyuz rocket's side-mounted boosters was improperly attached to the rocket core. This booster struck the core when it was supposed to fall away during launch, triggering a launch abort.

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Verizon's buy-one, get-one iPhone XR deal - CNET - News - 1 hour 12 min ago
Over the course of two years, you'll save $750, the full price of a second XR.

Outlaw King review: Brave-hearted Chris Pine plays a game of thrones - CNET - News - 1 hour 13 min ago
If you liked Braveheart, you might like Netflix's new historical epic.

iPhone XR vs. iPhone XS vs. iPhone 8 Plus vs. iPhone 7 Plus - CNET - News - 1 hour 15 min ago
The iPhone XR is the "cheap" 2018 iPhone, but when you see its specs side-by-side with iPhones from the last few years, it's pretty impressive.

Charter’s nationwide price hike could cost you another $91 a year

Ars Technica - 1 hour 17 min ago

Enlarge / A Charter Spectrum vehicle. (credit: Charter)

Charter Communications is raising prices throughout its 41-state cable territory in November, the company confirmed.

"For a customer with a full suite of [Charter] Spectrum services, [the price increases] could total an additional $7.61 a month," or $91.32 a year, the Asheville Citizen Times reported yesterday.

Charter confirmed the price increases when contacted by Ars today, saying that the change "takes effect in November throughout our service area."

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This camping stove turns fire into electricity, and you can get it for $70 off - CNET - News - 1 hour 22 min ago
The BioLite CampStove 2 cooks your food, boils your water and charges your phone.

Dealmaster: Prime members get 3 free months of Audible, $200 off Acer gaming laptop

Ars Technica - 1 hour 31 min ago

Enlarge (credit: TechBargains)

Greetings, Arsians! Courtesy of our friends at TechBargains, we have another round of deals to share with you today. Headlining the list today is an Audible deal for Amazon Prime members: select Prime members can now get three free months of Audible, the company's audiobook subscription service. That includes three credits for three audiobooks of your choosing that you can keep even if you decide to cancel after the trial.

Another great deal saves you $200 on a gaming laptop. Now you can get an Acer Predator Helios 300 notebook, featuring a hexacore Core i7 CPU, a GTX 1060 GPU, 16GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD, for $1,099. We also have the lowest price we've seen on a SanDisk Ultra 128GB microSD card with adaptor: $23.25, down from its list price of $33.79.

Check out those and a bunch of other deals on mesh router systems, robot vacuums, gaming consoles, printers, and more below.

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Apple iPhone XR review: The best iPhone value in years - CNET - Reviews - 1 hour 34 min ago
If you're buying a new iPhone, this should be your starting point.

Spirit of Eggstasy: Rolls-Royce's Fabergé egg is the pinnacle of posh - Roadshow - News - 1 hour 44 min ago
It's going to a person who collects both, which sounds like quite the life.

Misfit Vapor 2 expands size options, adds GPS and NFC - CNET - Reviews - 1 hour 53 min ago
The 44mm Misfit Vapor splits into 41mm and 46mm for the Vapor 2.

NASA spots bizarrely rectangular iceberg in Antarctica - CNET - News - 1 hour 54 min ago
It looks like the monolith from 2001, but it's not a movie prop and it wasn't planted by aliens.

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