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Razer announces another mobile gamepad, but for Android and iOS

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The GameVice for iOS is very neat. The only problem is that my favorite games don’t support MFi controllers (I’m looking at you, FIFA).

The new gamepad is called the Razer Kishi, and it works with more devices than the Junglecat by attaching to the sides of your phone and connecting directly to it with either a USB-C or Apple Lightning connector, depending on the Kishi model specific to your phone. Plugging directly into your phone means the controller should, in theory, have very low latency, and, if you’re on Android, it should work with cloud gaming services like xCloud or Stadia. (If either of those services come to iOS, it seems possible that iPhone users could use Kishi for cloud gaming as well.)

Source: Razer made another Switch-like mobile gamepad, but this one works with Android and iOS on The Verge

Building a personal media paradise with Plex

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Man, do I love Plex.

  • Enhanced and expanded playback capabilities on Android, Apple TV, and iOS.
  • Best-in-class media players on Android, iOS and Apple TV, bringing better format support, smoother playback, and overall higher quality viewing.
  • Expanded and improved support for hardware-accelerated transcoding.
  • Rich push notifications for a variety of server-related events.
  • Beautiful server dashboard with activity history and clickable graphs.
  • Simpler restriction profiles and managed users in a Plex Home now free for everyone.

Source: Building a personal media paradise

Netflix wants to let people watch things at twice the speed, but Hollywood is pushing back

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” Netflix is testing a feature that will allow a small group of Android phone users to change the playback speed of what they’re watching, but some of Hollywood’s biggest actors and filmmakers are pushing back.
Directors Judd Apatow (Knocked Up), Brad Bird (The Incredibles), and Peyton Reed (Ant-Man) asked Netflix on Twitter not to move forward with the tool. Actor Aaron Paul (El Camino, BoJack Horseman) called it a bad decision.”

Netflix wants to let people watch things at twice the speed, but Hollywood is pushing back originally published on The Verge

Ferrari Files Patents For New, More Fuel-Efficient V12

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Ferrari Files Patents For New, More Fuel-Efficient V12 originally published on Carscoops

Ferrari has filed a patent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a new V12 engine that should be more efficient than the company’s current twelve-cylinder powertrains.

 

In the patent, Ferrari explains how two different combustion methods could improve the efficiency of the engine. The first sees a small amount of fuel injected just before the spark plug ignites to create a hotter air-fuel mixture that will allow the catalytic system to rapidly gain heat at engine start-up, reducing emissions during this phase.

Also Read: Is Ferrari Bringing Back The Targa? Patent Application Suggests So

Ferrari’s second solution sees a pre-chamber fitted above the main combustion chamber, from which it is separated by wall and communicates through one or more free connection ports and has a second set of spark plugs “for cyclically and selectively determining the ignition of the mixture present in the pre-chamber and triggering the combustion reaction”.

In September, Ferrari said it will “fight” to keep its 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 engine around. It was recently forced to modify it to comply with Euro 6 regulations and was able to do so in such a way that the Euro 6-compliant engine of the 812 GTS produces the same 789 HP as the hardtop.

Interestingly, Ferrari appears resistant to hybridizing or downsizing its V12 despite the fact that most other manufacturers have already embraced both in order to comply with new emissions regulations.

“A naturally aspirated V12 engine is not a downsized engine, and for me it doesn’t make sense as a hybrid. We will fight for the V12, of course. We will do everything we can to keep it as it is core to our brand. But a real hybridization of the V12? I don’t see it,” Ferrari technical chief Michael Leiters told Top Gear earlier this year. “The LaFerrari was hybridization for performance. In the future, we’re being forced to look at emissions and if you want to really utilize the CO2 benefit, you have to downsize.”

Apple TV app launches on Amazon Fire TV devices

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Apple TV app launches on Amazon Fire TV devices originally published on The Verge


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With a week to go before its TV service launches, Apple has brought the Apple TV app to Amazon’s streaming devices. The Apple TV app is now available on three different models of Fire TV devices — the Fire TV Stick 4K, the Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen), and the Fire TV Basic Edition — with support for more models coming soon.

The app will allow you to watch shows from Apple’s streaming service, Apple TV Plus, which will launch on November 1st. But it also has perks for non-subscribers: it’ll let you stream any movies or TV shows you’ve purchased through iTunes in the past, too. You can also watch new purchases and rentals through the app, but you’ll have to make those purchases through another device with iTunes on it. You can’t do it straight from the TV.

Apple previously announced that the Fire TV would be one of several third-party platforms where its app would launch. It’s already available on Samsung TVs, and Apple said support is coming for LG, Sony, and Vizio TVs, too. Support for Roku devices arrived earlier this month.

While Apple is usually content to only serve customers who are willing to buy the company’s own hardware devices, things have been a little different when it comes to Apple TV Plus. Apple knows it needs to reach a large audience in order to make the $5-per-month subscription service into a worthwhile business, so it’s suddenly ready to extend access to iTunes purchases to wherever people watch TV. If the shows are hard to watch, people will be more inclined to choose other services.

The streaming service will launch next Friday with nine original shows, most of which will premiere with their first three episodes, with new ones arriving weekly.