November 28, 2020

Gadget

Another chance at a ton of Meltan is here!

When Pokémon HOME launched in February, 2020, it was with the promise of eventually integrating Pokémon Go. Now, it has finally happened. You can transfer nearly every Pokémon from Pokémon Go to Pokémon HOME. Aside from being able to take your Pokémon from one game to another and the ability to earn a Gigantamax Melmetal for free, you can also get a Mystery Box full of Meltan. Just follow our step-by-step guide and you’ll be swimming in Meltan before you know it!

What is Pokémon HOME anyway?

Pokémon HOME is a cloud based storage system for Pokémon caught in the many Pokémon games. It works with the core Pokémon games, Pokémon Bank, and now, Pokémon Go. However, there are some limitations as to what can and cannot be transferred, how many Pokémon you can store, and where

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  • Sony’s PlayStation 5 can download and play both the PS4 and PS5 versions of games.
  • Some PS5 owners are accidentally playing the PS4 version of the game instead of the next-gen version because the console doesn’t make it very clear which version you’re playing.
  • There’s only one icon for every game on the dashboard even if you have both versions installed, so make sure you choose the right option from the menu before you play.

One of my favorite features of the PlayStation 5 user interface is apparently confusing some early adopters.

Many of the new games coming out this fall are launching with last-generation versions and new-generation versions, such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Watch Dogs: Legion, and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. The PS5 is backward compatible with a vast majority of PS4 games, which means both versions of the game will be playable … Read the rest

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More good news: US drug company Moderna announced today that early trials of its covid-19 vaccine show that it is 94.5% effective. The news comes hot on the heels of a similar announcement last week from Pfizer, which reported that its own covid-19 vaccine was more than 90% effective. With covid-19 having killed 1.3 million people worldwide—more than 245,000 in the US alone—these results bring a glimmer of hope amid the gloom. 

How it works: Like Pfizer, Moderna is developing an RNA vaccine. These work by injecting a piece of genetic material into a person’s body that contains instructions for how to create the spike protein, the signature mechanism the coronavirus uses to invade its victim’s cells. Once the vaccine is injected, a person’s body will use those instructions to create its own version of the spike protein. When the immune system spots these proteins, it mounts defenses … Read the rest

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It’s been one heck of a week, folks!

Welcome back to another week where the world did not burn down. In fact, things are looking just a tad, dare I say, better? Anyway, let’s dive in, because a lot has happened in the past week.

Last Tuesday, Apple unveiled its own silicon, dubbed M1. Apple’s M1 chip debuts on three new Macs: the MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini. With the M1 chip, it’s a system-on-chip (SoC), so you get the CPU, GPU, T2, and RAM, all in a single, tiny chip. It features eight cores, with four of them used to maximize performance, and the other four for power efficiency. When Macs are armed with the M1, they’ll be more powerful and efficient, outperforming previous generation Intel Macs. In fact, an early benchmark test shows that the new M1 MacBook Air outperforms the

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  • Netflix is adding 18 new shows, movies, and specials on the week of November 15th.
  • New licensed movies and TV shows being added to the Netflix library this week include V for Vendetta, more seasons of Survivor, and more seasons of American’s Next Top Model.
  • The biggest Netflix original coming to the library this week is season 4 of The Crown.

This has been a weird month for Netflix, which probably explains why everyone is watching The Queen’s Gambit, which arrived on the streaming service back in October. I have a feeling the Anya-Taylor Joy masterpiece will end its streak at #1 this week though, because The Crown is returning for its fourth season on Sunday. Other highlights this week include Loving and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, which is a really solid sequel.


Today’s Best Deal


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On November 13, Michael Giusto turned 18 years old. Becoming an adult is always a big moment in any teenager’s life. But Giusto’s landmark birthday comes with added responsibility. Thanks to a quirk in Georgia’s laws that requires at least 50% of the vote to win a US Senate seat, both the state’s Senate races are going to a runoff on January 5, 2021. 

Giusto, a high school senior from Alpharetta, a suburb north of Atlanta, missed voting in the 2020 election by just 10 days. This time he has the opportunity to vote for his state’s senators—so long as he registers by December 7.

“It’s kind of surreal,” he told me the day before his birthday. “I’m coming to the realization that voting is a more powerful and valuable way to participate in the government than anything else I could do, and I will have this responsibility … Read the rest

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With the holiday season nearly here, it’s time to start thinking about which gifts you might give to your family or friends this year. Now’s the best time to start shopping with Black Friday deals going live at various retailers, including a new offer at Masterclass on the Masterclass All-Access Pass. The pass unlocks unlimited access to all of the site’s instructors and courses, so whether you want to learn cooking from Gordon Ramsay or filmmaking from Martin Scorsese, a Masterclass All-Access Pass can make it happen and at a major discount.

While the Masterclass All-Access Pass generally costs $180 per year, thanks to the site’s Black Friday offer you can score two passes for the price of one. That’s like snagging each one at 50% off, and in the process you’ll end up with a pass for a friend or family member and another for yourself. You’ll

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  • Razer’s first gaming chair includes a suite of features found on the most premium chairs on the market. 
  • The exclusive active lumbar support system helps the chair stand apart from the crowd.
  • At $499, it’s cheaper than some of its most well-known competitors.

Razer is nothing if not prolific when it comes to expanding into new product classes. Name a type of gaming accessory and I’m willing to bet that Razer has a product in that category. Gaming chairs — which, like it or not, are a very real and very popular thing — have been around for quite a while, so it seemed like only a matter of time before Razer came up with its own entry.

The Razer Iskur is it, and like many of Razer’s products, it has a couple of killer features that ultimately set it apart from the hundreds of other options on the … Read the rest

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What’s your plan for Thanksgiving? Americans caught between the dire reality of an out-of-control pandemic and a desire to celebrate the national holiday with family may be tempted to believe that maybe they can manage the risks.

I’ve been thinking through my own planned turkey day gathering, an outdoor event in a rural setting with perhaps 15 people, including several older people and a couple of teenagers whose social distancing has been unverifiable at best. To me, being outdoors mitigates most of the risk of coronavirus transmission, yet as the day approaches I am having second thoughts. I think I might cancel Thanksgiving.

So what’s the actual risk? A helpful dashboard from the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Event Risk Planning Tool, shows estimated odds that a member of your holiday party will bring the covid-19 virus to dinner. That chance depends on where you live and how large the … Read the rest

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Check out augmented-reality swim goggles.

What you need to know

  • The FORM Smart Swim Goggles are now available on the Apple Store website.
  • The goggles offer an augmented-reality display with real-time metrics.

FORM, the sports technology company behind the FORM Smart Swim Goggles, has announced that its product is now offered directly on the Apple Store website. The availability of the goggles on the Apple Store website fall at the same time that the company released an update enabling new features like real-time GPS performance metrics and heart rate data.

The release of the FORM goggles on Apple.com comes soon after FORM’s launch of open water features through a free firmware update in the summer of 2020. Through the update, swimmers can view real-time GPS performance metrics and heart rate data in open water when using compatible smartwatches including Apple Watch Series 6, SE, 5, 4 and 3, as

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