The Morning After: 'Pokémon Go' cheaters never prosper

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Over the weekend, cheaters never prosper as the creators of Pokémon Go sues a group of cheaters who used hacked apps to breeze through games. (Conveniently, we also run through the history of video-game cheating through the decades.) And, while it may not be cheating, spies may have used an AI-generated face to infiltrate US politics. That’s a little more involved than the Konami code.


It might be your best chance to get the EV you want.
Tesla starts selling used Model 3 cars online

The EV maker has started selling used Model 3s online in the San Francisco Bay Area, and some of them are potentially good deals (if not as good as you often see with used cars). There’s some extra peace of mind here, too. As with Tesla’s existing in-person used-car sales, each vehicle goes through a 70-point inspection and comes with either a four-year, 50,000-mile warranty or a two-year, 100,000-mile warranty.


One selection of hacked apps is apparently ruining Niantic’s games.
Niantic sues group of alleged ‘Pokémon Go’ cheaters

Niantic is holding Global++ to account for its unauthorized versions of Pokémon Go, Ingress and even Harry Potter: Wizards Unite — which isn’t even out yet. The company says the modified mobile apps not only violate intellectual property rights but “undermine the integrity of the gaming experience.”


It’s all to allow teams to focus on the development of ‘New World’ and ‘Crucibles,’ apparently.
Amazon Game Studios reportedly lays off dozens in shake-up

Timing is everything, so why did Amazon decide to lay off dozens of its Game Studios employees on the last day of E3, the world’s biggest gaming show? The company reportedly told affected employees that they only have 60 days to find new positions within Amazon. If they fail to do so within that period, they’ll have to leave the company with (thankfully) a severance package in tow.

The company’s statement reads: “Amazon Game Studios is reorganizing some of our teams to allow us to prioritize development of New World, Crucible and new unannounced projects we’re excited to reveal in the future.”


We’ve come a long way from unplugging your sibling’s controller.
A brief history of cheating at video games

Andrew Tarantola takes us through the history of video-game cheating, from the Konami code all the way up to Valve’s Anti-Cheat system.

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The Morning After: Going under the hood of Honda's adorable EV

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Now that E3 2019 is over there’s plenty of time to catch up on all of the gaming news revealed this week. Once you’re through with that, we’ve got some info about an appealing electric car, and a look back at the impact of Evangelion on 90s anime fans ahead of its debut on Netflix. Welcome to your weekend.


We already fell for the looks of the Honda E.Honda reveals more details about its adorable EV

The company says power will be delivered through the rear wheels and feature four-wheel independent suspension that should make the ride more comfortable.

The battery will also be located in the center of the car and below the floor, meaning the center of gravity will be low, and the weight of the car will be distributed evenly between front and back, giving more stability and better traction.


Nanowire is simple yet multifunctional.The best weapon in ‘Cyberpunk 2077’ is a glowing orange garrote

What can Jessica Conditt tell you about CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 after watching a dev navigate through it for nearly an hour? “This game is dense. These contained slices contain dozens of layers of customization and control, from skill trees to upgrades to individual dialogue choices, allowing players to craft a tailor-made tour through Night City.” Check out her impressions for more details, including information on how Keanu Reeves fits in.


Welcome to the future.NFC-enabled Hot Wheels cars keep tabs on which is fastest

Hot Wheels ID look like normal cars, but each carries a tiny NFC chip in the bottom that makes it possible to track each car’s race time and speed. Now, when kids claim their car is the fastest, they have the data to back it up.


‘Eva is the epitome of the mecha show.’The Engadget Staff on ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’

Neon Genesis Evangelion isn’t just any old TV show, but one that’s poised to be all anyone can talk about once it arrives. In the run-up to the show’s worldwide Netflix debut on June 21st, our team looks back on why the show is so important and beloved.


Can you feel it?PlayStation skipped E3, but Sony’s presence is everywhere

Just because a company can present at E3 doesn’t mean it should. That’s why Sony is doing E3 without actually attending. Even the company’s press conference gap left space for Square Enix to announce the release date of a major PlayStation exclusive. The PR machine is already buzzing along, with next-generation console details revealed in April and a launch date for the upcoming exclusive game Death Stranding. Jessica Conditt breaks down all the ways Sony is dominating the show floor even in its absence.


The battle of the not-beef burgers.Beyond Meat answers Impossible Foods with ‘meatier’ plant patties

Beyond Meat isn’t going to sit by while Impossible creates juicier versions of its plant-based burgers. The company is rolling out a “meatier” version of the Beyond Burger to grocery stores across the US with a new mix of mung bean, pea and rice proteins. It even changes color from red to brown during cooking thanks to apple extract. You should see the next-gen Beyond Burger in meat aisles within the next two to three weeks, and you can recognize it by the red tab at the top.


Season five review.‘Black Mirror’ has nothing left to say

Devindra Hardawar enjoyed all of his Bandersnatch playthroughs, but hoped Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker would give us more of an upgrade with the show’s fifth season. Unfortunately, it’s more of the same, with just a few bright spots.


OTA TV on your Roku.HDHomeRun for Roku gives cord-cutters access to live TV

Silicondust has released a Roku channel for its service called HDHomeRun OTA Live. At the moment, it’s in its early beta stages and can only play over-the-air live TV — viewers can use it to watch shows currently airing, check out the program guide and change channels, but that’s pretty much it.

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The Morning After: Google's free game that makes new games

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E3 2019 is finally over and our team is heading home after a long week. Of course, there’s still plenty of news to catch up on and a few stories popping up today, but two intriguing ones involve a Google incubator and Tesla’s in-car systems. Also, Target is taking the fight to Amazon with nationwide same-day delivery while Tyson is joining the meatless trend with new nuggets and burger patties.


This would probably make for a great horror movie score.Gamechanger Audio’s Motor Synth mechanically makes grungy synth music

There’s no shortage of ways for synthesizers to generate sounds. Generally they rely on one of two tried-and-true technologies — analog or digital oscillators. Gamechanger Audio, however, went a completely different route and turned to… motors. Specifically, eight high-precision brushless motors (like those used in drones). According to Terrence O’Brien, “The result is unlike anything I’ve heard come out of a synthesizer before. It’s aggressive and rough, but still thoroughly enjoyable.”


Take that, Bezos.Target launches same-day delivery across the US

Target announced that customers in 47 states will now be able to place orders on Target.com and have them delivered in as little as one hour. Deliveries cost a flat fee of $9.99 and will be fulfilled by Shipt, a delivery startup it acquired in 2017.


Heard you like games.Google’s ‘Game Builder’ is a game where you build other gamers

The latest project from Google’s Area 120 incubator asks the question: “What if creating games could be as easy and fun as playing them?” Game Builder uses a drag-and-drop, card-based visual programming system which doesn’t require any coding. Though, if you want to take things up a level, you can build your own cards in Javascript.

There are thousands of 3D models to work with when you’re building characters, and it’s collaborative so multiple people can play and build in one environment simultaneously. Game Builder is available for free on Steam to PC and Mac players.


Netflix and YouTube, too.‘Fallout Shelter’ is coming to Tesla cars

Elon Musk turned up at E3 to announce that Fallout Shelter, along with Netflix and YouTube, will be available on Tesla’s in-car systems. It will be joined by Beach Buggy Racing 2, along with previously announced titles including classic Atari games and indie darling Cuphead. To play Tesla’s eclectic lineup of games, users will have to keep their car in park — which is probably for the best for everyone. The vehicles will support PS4 and Xbox controllers, though racing titles will be compatible with the car’s controls — just not the accelerator pedal for obvious reasons.

Elon also talked about simulations and how we’re living in one, because of course he did.


It’s no ‘Dark Souls,’ but you won’t button mash your way through this one.‘Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order’ is a delicate balance of light and dark

Everything in Respawn’s upcoming Star Wars game feels like a balancing act. A story that bounces between swashbuckling action, buddy comedy and a dark, depressing war saga. Visuals and sound that pull from the original movie trilogy and, occasionally other projects set before A New Hope, like Rogue One. It all comes together in a package that, for now, feels tonally complex and narratively unique.


The fight is on.Even Tyson is selling meatless protein alternatives

Tyson, one of the biggest food producers in the US, is getting into the alternative protein game, but it hasn’t embraced entirely plant-based products just yet. Its chicken nugget alternative contains egg, while the burger patties in the Raised & Rooted lineup are a blend of lean Angus beef and pea protein.

The move underscores a growing demand, and makes Tyson a direct competitor to Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat, both of which sell vegan plant-based proteins that are rapidly growing in popularity.


After a 20-minute hands-off demo, we have some thoughts.I’m worried about this ‘Marvel’s Avengers’ game

This Square Enix Marvel’s Avengers game is the combined effort of several studios, including the talent behind Tomb Raider (Crystal Dynamics) and Deus Ex (Eidos) as well as Crystal Northwest, and Nixxes Software. As Mat Smith explains: If they get it right, this could be the blockbuster game that the Avengers phenomenon deserves. If not, it will be an expensive mistake for everyone involved.

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The Morning After: Google leaked the Pixel 4

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We’ve seen a lot of phones leaked on Twitter lately, but Google dropping a pic of its own device months before we expect it to launch is a new twist on the genre. Also, we’re powering through to the final day of E3 2019, and it’s time to talk about Wall TVs.


@GoogleLeaks.Google just revealed the Pixel 4

After a purported render of the Pixel 4 popped up a few days ago, Google took the unusual step of directly leaking a pic of its own next phone. A tweet informed us to “wait until you see what it can do,” and if the rumors are accurate then that could refer to an embedded sensor used for advanced gesture control. For now, we’ll just feast our eyes on its frame and curious square camera array.


Despite incredible battery life, a $300 price makes these tough to recommend.Jabra Elite 85h review: Noise cancellation to rival Bose and Sony

The Elite 85h is a well-built audio workhorse with amazing battery life and capable ANC, but the overall audio quality isn’t as good as the Sony 1000XM3.


If you call your TV a wall, then it has to be about this size.Samsung’s next The Wall TV can stretch to 292 inches with 8K

The Wall Luxury is an even more ambitious TV designed for the poshest of abodes. It starts at ‘just’ 73 inches and 1080p, but its MicroLED panels scale all the way to 292 inches and 8K. That’s over 24 feet in the diagonal, folks. Samsung hasn’t detailed the pricing as we write this, but let’s be honest — if you need to ask, you’re probably not the target audience for this behemoth.


Apparently users found the old way confusing. Google will stop syncing files between Drive and Photos

From July 10th, when you upload files to Drive or Photos, they won’t automatically sync to the other service. Likewise, when you delete a photo or video from Drive, it won’t be removed from Photos and vice versa.


Should’ve brought the six-button one.Sega Genesis Mini hands-on: A faithfully clunky controller

This year’s E3 is the first time journalists and the public have been able to play with the Genesis Mini, and there are some great games baked in. Highlights include Sonic 2, Castle of Illusion, Shinobi 3, Kid Chameleon and Streets of Rage 2. The only drawback, according to Mat Smith, is that when it comes to the system’s three-button controller, “It feels cheap, lightweight, chunky and… exactly how I remember it.”


Time to become a YouTube star. Or Instagram video. Or Tik-Tok.Apple’s big iMovie iOS update includes green screen and more

The latest update for iMovie for iOS comes with a new green screen effect, better still image support, 80 new soundtracks, graphic overlays and more.


Power slaps in space.‘Journey to the Savage Planet’ is surprisingly relaxing

Plenty of games let you explore an alien world. Few have the same charm and distinctive personality as Journey to the Savage Planet, though.

Typhoon Studios, a Canadian developer comprised of former Ubisoft and Electronic Arts employees, calls its game an “earnest comedy.” The team wanted to build a smaller and more light-hearted title that didn’t require hundreds of hours to complete. You might play the game for a couple of hours after work, or breeze through most of the quests over a weekend.

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The Morning After: Tesla's electric trucks

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Electric trucks and robotic toy tanks. Plus everything from E3 (including a full breakdown of yesterday’s Nintendo Direct). Just another Wednesday morning.


And a submarine car design.Elon Musk talks up Tesla’s ‘Cyberpunk truck,’ and 400-mile-range EVs

This year at Tesla’s annual shareholders meeting, the conversation went pretty much as we’d expect, with teases of some upcoming products, muttering about negative media coverage and plenty of confidence from CEO Elon Musk. We should expect to see Tesla’s F-150-fighting electric pickup truck unveiled by the end of this summer, and the Model Y crossover is still on track to come out next year.


Can you feel it?PlayStation skipped E3, but Sony’s presence is everywhere

Just because a company can present at E3 doesn’t mean it should. That’s why Sony is doing E3 without actually attending. Even the company’s press conference gap left space for Square Enix to announce details about a major PlayStation exclusive. The PR machine is already buzzing along, with next-generation console details revealed in April and a launch date for the upcoming exclusive game Death Stranding. Jessica Conditt breaks down all the ways Sony is dominating the show floor even in its absence.


The battle of the not-beef burgers.Beyond Meat answers Impossible Foods with ‘meatier’ plant patties

Beyond Meat isn’t going to sit by while Impossible creates juicier versions of its plant-based burgers. The company is rolling out a “meatier” version of the Beyond Burger to grocery stores across the US with a new mix of mung bean, pea and rice proteins. It even changes color from red to brown during cooking thanks to apple extract. You should see the next-gen Beyond Burger in meat aisles within the next two to three weeks, and you can recognize it by the red tab at the top.


A TurboExpress mobile app would be a better idea.Konami’s TurboGrafx-16 mini is ready to ride the retro-gaming wave

Need a sign that the retro gaming console market just won’t come to an end? At E3, Konami just announced the TurboGrafx-16 mini, marking a return for the console that debuted in the US alongside the Sega Genesis in 1989, but never quite enjoyed the support or sales of its competitors. Games already announced include R-Type and Ys Book I & II, but there’s no word about Bonk’s Adventure.


Shall we play a game?DJI’s first educational robot is a $500 DIY drone tank

Inspired by a robotics competition that DJI has sponsored and hosted for the past five years, the RoboMaster S1 features high-performance motors, wheels with omni-directional movements, a gimbal, infrared and bead blasters, a speaker and, of course, a tiny camera that can shoot HD video at up to 1080p. Computer vision and AI tech means it can follow paths, recognize hand and body gestures and use its 31 sensors to follow you around a room.


Speaking of major PlayStation exclusives…‘Final Fantasy VII Remake’ feels ambitious and different

An early, 15-minute demo answers a lot of questions and concerns regarding the remake’s battle system and game dynamics — suddenly all that talk of active time battle gauges, abilities, staggering and player switching made much more sense.


Season five review.‘Black Mirror’ has nothing left to say

Devindra Hardawar enjoyed all of his Bandersnatch playthroughs, but hoped Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker would give us more of an upgrade with the show’s fifth season. Unfortunately, it’s more of the same, with just a few bright spots.


The next Xbox.Phil Spencer: xCloud runs ‘fine’ on 4G

“We’re not coming in and trying to tell people to stop doing what they were doing before and to adopt streaming today as the only way that they should play,” Xbox head Phil Spencer told Engadget after stepping off the stage where he unveiled Microsoft’s Project Scarlett at E3.


This retro console plays modern games, too.Pre-orders for Atari’s retro VCS console start at $249

The retro console is available for general pre-order now from both the company site as well as GameStop and Walmart, with orders from the last two expected to ship in March 2020 (crowdfunding backers may get theirs in December 2019). The base VCS 400, with an AMD processor, embedded Vega graphics and 4GB of RAM, will cost you $249. A VCS 800 with 8GB of RAM will cost $279. The classic Atari-style joystick and more modern gamepad will sell for $49 and $59, though, and buying an all-inclusive 800 model with both controllers will cost you $389.

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