Gene Bailey

20,378 Flips | 6 Magazines | 667 Likes | 17 Following | 415 Followers | @arch_l33t | Husband, father and nerd. That sums me up pretty well. These magazines are a collection of what I find interesting. Enjoy.

Square readers can now read chip cards in just two seconds

Down from a 4.2-second milestone in 2016<p>Mobile payment company Square announced today that it’s lowered its chip card read time down to two seconds. The company says the industry average is typically between eight and 13 seconds. That makes Square’s Reader and Register platforms significantly …

Apple Pay

Grab a New Nintendo 2DS XL for $130 shipped at Amazon and GameStop today

Amazon is offering the Nintendo New 2DS XL (White and Orange) for <b>$129.99 shipped</b>. Over at GameStop you’ll find both colorways at the same price. That’s a nice $20 price drop from a pair of trusted retailers. Nintendo charges $150. Most of the offers we have seen for less are limited Google Express …

Volvo Now Offers Polestar-Reprogrammed AWD to Enable Max Hooning

Sometimes on cold nights, with the countryside iced over, all you wanna do is drift.<p>New Polestar-developed software introduced by Volvo Cars<p>James …

Volvo

Subaru Is Just Giving Recalled 2019 Ascent Owners Brand New Vehicles

Subaru has issued a recall for the 2019 Subaru Ascent because some of the vehicles may be missing crucial spot welds on the B-pillar, per Consumer …

Automotive Industry

Dishonored Series "Resting For Now," Dev Says

Arkane Studios rose to prominence with the release of Dishonored, a unique first-person stealth-action game renowned for its immersive world and flexible gameplay. Since then, the series has become one of the most acclaimed of the modern generation, but according to one of the studio's developers, …

Gaming Industry

Xbox One Adds Two More Backwards Compatible Games

Microsoft has added another pair of Xbox 360 games to Xbox One's growing backwards compatible library. Ahead of the release of Shadow of the Tomb Raider next month, players can now revisit two of Lara Croft's last-gen adventures on Xbox One: Tomb Raider Legend and Tomb Raider Anniversary.<p>Originally …

Tomb Raider

New Polestar software upgrade boosts rear-wheel torque to 2019 Volvos

Volvo's Polestar might have spun off to become its own brand with its own vehicles, but it's still lending its tuning expertise to new Volvo vehicles.<p>Volvo announced today that it will release a new Polestar software update for a variety of new Volvo vehicles with all-wheel drive. The software will …

Plug-in Hybrid EVs

SPIED: Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class Interior — How does the BMW X5 compare?

The new G05 BMW X5 is on its way to the market, as we’ve already seen its official debut. One of the main talking points for the new X5 is its all …

BMW

Fortnite Update Coming Soon [Update: Out Now]

The next update for Epic's battle royale game Fortnite is coming out soon. Update 5.21 will arrive August 15 at 1 AM PT / 4 AM ET--and the good news is that its release won't be accompanied by server downtime as has been the case in the past. [<b>Update:</b> The new patch is out now; here are the patch …

Nintendo Switch

THQ Nordic now owns Timesplitters

Free Radical’s time-traveling shooter is coming back<p>Publisher THQ Nordic has added the Timesplitters franchise to its massive stable of video game properties. The company announced today it has acquired the rights to the franchise from its former owner, Crytek, and it sounds like there are plans to …

Gaming

Two Nice-Looking Xbox One Controllers Announced

If you're in the market for a new Xbox One controller, Microsoft has announced a couple of nice-looking new color options you'll be able to get your hands on soon. The publisher unveiled the new special edition Phantom Black controller and the Grey/Blue controller, both of which are slated to hit …

Xbox Game Pass

Volkswagen Is Finally Bringing Back Some Good Colors To America But It's Not Cheap

Color! It’s my dream that, before I die, someone will heft the plastic bag that contains the still operating parts of my body, and hold a remaining …

Deep Blue

Diablo 3: The wholesome, forever game

Why it’s so easy to return to Blizzard’s classic, and then leave again<p>I feel a bit of dull shame when I return to Blizzard games, and this emotion is mirrored when my friends see each other on Battle.net. It feels like bumping into someone you know at a seedy club, or wondering if someone is an …

Diablo

How Ubisoft Rebuilt Athens for Odyssey

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is the 11th core game in the franchise, averaging one a year since the original’s launch back in 2007. Considering this, …

Ancient History

Google One launches with cheaper cloud storage plans

For some reason, Google is rebranding Google Drive storage plans under the name Google One. Along with the rebranding, Google is also improving its pricing in ways that give customers more options and more storage at lower prices. It marks the service’s first price cut in four years.<p>Google One …

Google Drive

A Used BMW i8 Is the Supercar for Everyone

You can get a used i8 for about half its original sticker price, and it's still a massively impressive machine.<p>A funny thing happened over the past five years or so, while almost nobody was looking: Supercars stopped depreciating in any tangible fashion. Let's say you want a 2015 Lamborghini …

Chevrolet Corvette

'TimeSplitters' is coming back

British console game <i>TimeSplitters</i> saw massive popularity in the 2000s. Its humor, artistic style and cheeky pop culture references earned the three-game series a passionate fan base, but despite its success, the title subsequently lay dormant. Until now. Maybe. The series has been bought by Koch …

Intellectual Property

GameStop’s Xbox One X $200 sale has one big caveat

This week there’s a GameStop deal in which the Xbox One X can be had for around $200 – sort of. There’s a rather big proviso here, and it involves …

Xbox One X

Microsoft Patch Tuesday: 60 vulnerabilities resolved including two active exploits

A total of 19 vulnerabilities are deemed critical, including two zero-day flaws being actively used in the wild.<p>Microsoft's Windows Patch Tuesday …

Information Security

The Hertz Rental Corvette Z06 Seems to be Missing its Front Splitter

You can rent a 650-horsepower Corvette Z06 from Hertz, but it seems you might not get the car's aggressive front splitter as part of the deal.<p>To celebrate its 100th anniversary, Hertz is teaming up with Chevrolet to offer a special-edition Corvette Z06 for rent at various locations around the …

Sports Cars

The 2019 Audi RS5 Sportback Makes the Case for High-Performance Hatchbacks

Audi’s first ever RS5 Sportback sits comfortably between the RS5 coupe and the RS4 wagon.<p>Audi has a history of withholding some of its models on the lunatic fringe from buyers in the United States. We were never offered the ahead-of-its-time Audi A2 back in the early 2000s, for example, or the …

Carbon Fiber

Toxic cadmium discovered in 124,000 VW EV and plug-in chargers

In yet another facepalm-worthy bit of news, Volkswagen seems to have equipped some of its European-market electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles with chargers from a third-party manufacturer that built them with components containing cadmium.<p>Why is that a big deal? Well, in case you skipped chemistry …

Electric Vehicles

Everything we know about the GeForce RTX 2080, Nvidia's next graphics card

If current indications are to be believed—those indications being signs and teasers direct from Nvidia itself—the company's next graphics card is …

Computer Hardware

Galaxy Note 9's screen receives record-setting rating from DisplayMate

That Samsung's phones have the best displays in the business isn't all that surprising at this point. What's truly amazing, though, is that they keep …

Galaxy Note

Finally, there’s news about Apple’s AirPower wireless charger – it’s just not the news we wanted

Apple debuted its AirPower wireless charger on stage during its September 2017 iPhone event, and more or less blew everyone away. Wireless charging …

Tech Trends

The first graphene jacket is here, and it’s magical

And it only costs $695.<p>At $695 a pop, Vollebak’s new graphene jacket isn’t for everyone. But if even half of what its creators promise is true, it could be worth every cent. According to the company, it shares many of the magical properties of graphene–absorbing heat and then warming you up over …

Graphene

Google Tracks You Even If Location History's Off. Here's How to Stop It

If, like most people, you thought Google stopped tracking your location once you turned off Location History in your account settings, you were …

Privacy

What’s the best calendar app for iPhone?

Calendar apps for iPhone are a tough thing to advise for because different people use them in different ways. Some people are busier than others (meeting wise), and others use their calendar as a to-do system (personally I question your sanity if you are this way). All of the primary calendar apps …

Apps

Engine failure left VW owners picking up a surprise £6,700 bill

A couple from Durham were left with a £6,650 bill after the engine on their VW Polo catastrophically failed three months after the car’s warranty expired – in a problem that appears to affect many car owners with TSI engines but which VW ignores once a warranty is no longer valid.<p>Paul Bennett and …

Volkswagen

Peugeot and Toyota commit to midsize segment despite SUV shift

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE<p>The VW Passat dominates Europe's midsize segment with sales more than double its closest competitor.<p><b>Nick</b> …