Match Group and Betches’ new dating app lets you swipe for your friends

Match Group and Betches’ new dating app lets you swipe for your friends

Match Group and the media brand Betches are partnering to launch an iOS dating app that allows users to help their friends pick out potential dates. The app is called Ship, and it lets users swipe for their friends and chat about profiles, so even if your best friend is in a relationship, he or she can download the app and look around for you. (Your mom could, too.) Ship could stand out by creating…

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This synth module overdrives your music using actual lightning

Electronic music can occasionally sound a little too pristine and digital, and some of the best electronic musicians stand out for the way they dirty their productions up to give them an organic edge. To aid with that quest, Latvia’s Erica Synths is launching a new eurorack synth module called the Plasma Drive — whose job it is to add distortion to your music via the novel approach of turning it into lightning. Devised by…

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The Honor View 20 with a hole-punch display launches in Europe for €569

The Honor View 20 with a hole-punch display launches in Europe for €569

The Honor View 20 will go on sale in Europe tomorrow starting at £499 / €569 for the 128GB model, making one of the world’s first phones with a hole-punch display available to a wider audience. The View 20 is already on sale in China, but no availability has been announced for the US. Hole-punch display smartphones are just starting to arrive, and they could be the antidote to notches. The View 20 has a…

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Avoid dongle hell with this 5-in-1 charging cable

Avoid dongle hell with this 5-in-1 charging cable

As I will likely continue repeating until the heat death of the universe, life would be great if everything used USB-C. Sadly, everything doesn’t use USB-C, which is why I have to carry around a separate pouch of dongles and cables to make sure I can charge all of my gadgets. But the High Five — a crowdfunded mini-cable that claims to be the “world‘s first 5-in-1 charging cable” — might be able to help…

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Microsoft is helping visually impaired children learn to code with physical blocks

Microsoft is helping visually impaired children learn to code with physical blocks

Microsoft has been working on a physical programming language for children who are blind or visually impaired. Dubbed Code Jumper, it allows children to learn coding by connecting physical blocks together. Each block is around the size of a softball, and brightly colored. There are different sizes for different commands, and children can connect them together to build a program. It’s designed to offer students a basic understanding of coding between the ages of seven…

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Microsoft’s latest Chromebook competitors are budget laptops and a stylus for schools

Microsoft’s latest Chromebook competitors are budget laptops and a stylus for schools

Microsoft unveiled a big education push exactly a year ago today, and for 2019, the software maker is equally committed to challenging Chromebooks in a variety of ways. Like last year, Microsoft is introducing a range of Windows 10 devices for education, with one priced at $189. There are seven devices in total, including two new 2-in-1 devices from Acer and Lenovo that start at less than $300. Acer, Dell, and Lenovo are also offering…

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Uber said to be working on autonomous scooters and bikes for some reason

Uber said to be working on autonomous scooters and bikes for some reason

Autonomous cars? Sure. But autonomous bikes and scooters? It sounds outlandish, but not outlandish enough for Uber. The idea of dockless, electric bicycles and scooters that can ride themselves to a charging station or a more optimal pickup spot certainly sounds useful on the surface. But whether this is a technology that Uber is actually developing is still unclear. Over the weekend, a robotics expert outed the project before the ride-hailing company was ready to…

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Android Q might give carriers stricter ways to lock phones

Android Q might give carriers stricter ways to lock phones

We probably won’t have the full details about Android Q for a few months, although a leak from last week should give us an idea of what to expect, including a system-wide dark mode and better security options. New code posted to Android’s Gerrit source code management, discovered by 9to5Google, has revealed that Q might bring some unpleasant changes in the form of increased carrier control over locking down devices to specific SIM cards. More…

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The Resident Evil 2 remake is one of the best Resident Evil games ever

The Resident Evil 2 remake is one of the best Resident Evil games ever

When developers decide to remake beloved games, there are several possible avenues they can go down. They can take a largely hands-off approach, preserving the experience as much as possible while making it more technically palatable for modern audiences. They can throw the original game out of the window and use its concept as a framework for something entirely new. Or they can go for something in between. Capcom’s new Resident Evil 2 — which…

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