gaming
These Are the Best Games You Can Play on a Chromebook

Android apps are now a fixture on Chrome OS and Chromebooks, but they don’t all run as smoothly as you might hope – and that includes games. If you’re looking for gaming experiences that work well on a bigger screen, run without a hitch, and even offer keyboard and trackpad support (in some cases), then these are the best games we’ve found for playing on a Chromebook. Read More >>

headphones
I Really Wanted to Love These Cheap AirPods Pro Rivals

Apple’s AirPods Pro offer quality sound and active noise cancellation, but they’re expensive. With a £130 price tag (£120 less than AirPods Pro), Urbanista’s new London wireless earbuds offer active noise cancellation for less than both Apple’s best offering and our current top choice for wireless earbuds, Jabra’s Elite 75T remain our top choice for wireless earbuds (which lack active ANC). Urbanista’s earbuds can save you a hefty chunk of change if you’re in the market for wireless earbuds that shroud you in silence, but unfortunately, you won’t be doing your ears any favours. Read More >>

samsung
Samsung Galaxy Note 20: All the Leaks and Rumours So Far

We’re just under a month out from officially seeing the Samsung Note 20 for the first time. But as in previous years, there are plenty of leaks and rumours to tide us over in the meantime. This is what we know so far. Read More >>

transport
e-Scooter Legalisation: What You Need to Know

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Read More >>

giz asks
Is There a Way to Cure or Prevent Nightmares?

Are you spending your sleeping hours getting chased down endless hallways by men with enormous claws for hands? Shrieking in pain as wolves chomp your legs? Re-experiencing various traumatic incidents from your childhood from the vantage point of a ghost, forced to watch the same disasters play out over and over again with no ability to affect their outcome? If so, this week’s Giz Asks is for you: we reached out to a number of experts in the field of dream research, to figure out how to put an end to chronic nightmares. Read More >>

movies
10 Years Later, Christopher Nolan’s Inception Remains Magnificent

Somehow, 2010's Inception has suddenly become topical again – an idea that seems like it was mysteriously planted in our minds by Leonardo DiCaprio himself. In reality, though, people are talking about Christopher Nolan’s trippy hit for a few good reasons: the film has been a Netflix staple for all of 2020 (when lots of people have been streaming heavily); it’s about to celebrate its 10th anniversary; it recently screened inside Fortnite; and there’s even a potential return to cinema as an appetiser for Nolan’s new sci-fi opus, Tenet. Add it all up and, yes, it’s time to revisit Inception. Read More >>

movies
15 Movies That Will Make You Feel Like a Kid Again

Being an adult is hard nowadays. There’s the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, further escalated by bad behaviour and even worse policy decisions. Sometimes, you just need to go back to the days when things weren’t nearly as complicated – even if it’s only for a couple of hours. Here are 15 movies that will help make you feel like a kid again. Read More >>

star wars
The Too-Short Story of Ahmed Best’s Other Star Wars Roles

We are, at long last, living in the early days of what is a long-overdue Ahmed Best renaissance. After years of horrifying torment the actor received for having the audacity to bring Jar Jar Binks to lifeStar Wars (both its fandom and its institution) has accepted Best into its heart again as he hosts Jedi Temple Challenge. But this isn’t the first time Best has slipped into the galaxy far, far away without a Gungan guise. Read More >>

family matters
When Video Chat is the Only Thing Holding Your Family Together

Lizmarie Oropeza imagined that when her 17-month old foster son, Caden, hit his milestones – pointing, learning to walk, speaking his first words – his biological family would be able to celebrate alongside her. Then coronavirus hit. In Oropeza’s home-state of Connecticut, visitation between families and children in the child welfare system has come to a halt under stay-at-home orders. Caden’s mother and grandparents haven’t seen him in three months. His father, who had planned on visiting in March, has never even met him. Read More >>

gadgets
I Miss the Sony Watchman

A lifelong obsession with technology has left me with drawers full of gadgets, many of which I don’t even remember buying. But the very first? That memory remains crystal clear. It was a Sony, one of the company’s first truly pocket-friendly portable TVs, and it remains one of my favourite gadgets of all time. Read More >>

discord
10 Tips and Tricks to Make You a Discord Master

Discord is based around digital chat in all its various forms, and while it’s maybe best known among gamers, it can power group chats for a whole host of purposes – like a cooler, less formal Slack. Whether you’ve been on Discord for years or only just opened up the app for the first time, these tips can help you get more out of the platform. Read More >>

huawei
What You Get with a World-Class Phone That Can’t Access Google

It’s a weird situation when the second largest smartphone maker in the world is treated as persona non grata, but that’s precisely what Huawei is facing when it comes to selling gadgets in the west. And based on the current political climate, there’s very little chance that will change between now and November. However, that doesn’t mean Huawei’s latest flagship phone – the P40 Pro – isn’t worth checking out. Because even though its lack of support for Google Mobile Services can be a real pain sometimes (more on that later), it also has world-class components and some of the best cameras you can get on a phone. Read More >>

science
Is Plant ‘Intelligence’ Just a Human Fantasy?

Although plants make up over 80% of the biomass on Earth, for centuries they have been thought of as inanimate and passive things. Researchers even coined the term “plant blindness” to refer to a cognitive bias that literally makes our brains zone out plants in our view and underestimate their importance. Read More >>

coronavirus
‘We Are Frightened’: Disney Cast Members Share Their Anxiety and Anger About the Parks Reopening

“It’s time for magic.” With that phrase, Disney revealed on June 10 that Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure would reopen on July 17, the 65th anniversary of opening day in 1955. That date’s been pushed back because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, but Disney is determined to open its doors soon. Guests are thrilled at the idea of returning to “The Happiest Place on Earth,” but some cast members are terrified. Read More >>