Author: Editorial Team

Epic Games is introducing a new type of account for kids playing its online multiplayer games. The new accounts, called Cabined Accounts, have some restrictions until a parent or guardian gives their approval for certain features. They’ll start rolling out in Fortnite, Rocket League, and Fall Guys, Epic said in a blog post on Wednesday.If someone tries to make an account and says they are under 13 years old (or below the age of digital consent for their country), that account will be a Cabined Account. Kids using a Cabined Account will be able to play Fortnite, Rocket League, or…

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For tons of creatives and professionals, Apple’s powerful iPad tablets are a critical piece of equipment. And there are all sorts of helpful accessories out there that can help make them even more convenient to use. The Apple Magic Keyboard doubles as both a keyboard and an adjustable stand, and right now you can pick one up for $210, saving you $90 compared to the usual price. There’s no set expiration on this offer, but deals on Apple devices rarely last for long. We’d recommend getting your order in soon if you don’t want to miss out on these savings.This…

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If you want your iPhone to reap all the benefits of new features and bug fixes, you won’t want to pass up iOS 16.1.2, the newest version of Apple’s mobile software.The most recent version of iOS provides some security fixes, better wireless provider compatibility and improvements to crash detection for the iPhone 14 series. Apple has yet to confirm details on its security updates and software patches, but says it will share more information soon. It’s expected that users will see enhanced performance and connectivity with certain wireless carriers. The car crash detection feature, which is designed to automatically report potential car crashes, was reportedly dialing 911…

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Now Amazon’s Echo Show 15 has a Fire TV inside.A few months ago, Amazon announced its wall-mountable Echo Show 15 would get a software update to add Fire TV streaming capabilities with YouTube TV, Disney Plus, Prime Video, Netflix, and more, and now it’s here.That upgrade alone won’t address all the issues Jennifer Pattison Tuohy noted in her review, but she’s giving it another try with the Fire TV remote to see how things have evolved.

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This story is part of Focal Point iPhone 2022, CNET’s collection of news, tips and advice around Apple’s most popular product. Google’s Pixel 7 Pro impressed me so much I gave it a highly sought-after CNET Editors’ Choice award. Its excellent triple camera system is superb, and I love the refreshed design and streamlined Android 13 software. But the competition is fierce, with Apple’s latest iPhone 14 Pro also packing some potent specs and a set of cameras that can take truly superb images. And yes, we loved that phone enough to give it an Editors’ Choice award too. So which one…

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Apple revealed a set of features Wednesday intended to keep iPhone, iPad and Mac devices more secure.For iCloud, Advanced Data Protection lets users add end-to-end encryption to their data saved on the cloud that can only be decrypted on trusted devices. Data such as passwords and health info are already encrypted, but this new protection also covers iCloud backups, notes and photos. Hackers have been able to access incredibly sensitive info by hacking a person’s iCloud account and stealing personal pictures and cryptocurrency. iMessage contact key verification offers another layer of protection for the messaging app. It verifies who the person texting…

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In celebration of the 10th anniversary of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Tolkien fans can finally book to stay at the genuine Hobbiton Movie Set via Airbnb. The Hobbiton set was initially built by Lord of the Rings director Sir Peter Jackson on Buckland Road in New Zealand in 1999 and features in both of his Middle-earth movie trilogies. While the location has since become an active tourist destination in New Zealand, this announcement marks the first time that guests will be able to stay overnight.Russell Alexander, whose family owns the farmland on which Hobbiton is built, will host guests…

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Google’s Pixel 7 Pro has already earned itself a coveted CNET Editors’ Choice award thanks to its awesome all-round set of features and superb camera system. And while it might not have been the best at photos at night, in the daytime it put up a great fight against the iPhone 14 Pro. Although the Pixel’s 5x optical zoom comfortably outstrips the iPhone’s mere 3x optical zoom, there is another zoom king to contend with: the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. Since its launch earlier this year, the S22 Ultra has reigned supreme when it comes to zoom, thanks to its whopping 10x…

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There’s a new AI bot in town: ChatGPT. And you’d better take notice.The tool, from a power player in artificial intelligence, lets you type questions using natural language that the chatbot answers in conversational, if somewhat stilted, language. The bot remembers the thread of your dialog, using previous questions and answers to inform its next responses.It’s a big deal. The tool seems pretty knowledgeable if not omniscient — it can be creative and its answers can sound downright authoritative. A few days after its launch, more than a million people are trying out ChatGPT.But its creator, the for-profit research lab called…

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Elden Ring got more multiplayer in its Colosseum update on Wednesday, after publisher Bandai Namco revealed the fresh content in a trailer Tuesday. The free update is available on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S and PC. It’ll let you fight with your real-life buddies in the various colosseums around the critically acclaimed FromSoftware action RPG’s open world.”The Colosseums of Limgrave, Leyndell, and Caelid will open their gates, allowing players to engage in battles such as duels, free-for-alls and team fights,” the trailer’s description says.

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