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The Morning After: Finding some peace playing 'Microsoft Flight Simulator'

And 'Ghost in the Shell' is coming home in 4K.

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July 30th, 2020
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Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020)
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Why is Konami making low- to midrange gaming PCs? I do not have the answer, and I can’t tell you why they’re in these bulging grater-style cases. But here it is, the Arespear lineup that’s ready to go on sale in Japan.

Arespear Gaming PCs
Konami

There’s no indication they’ll ever be released anywhere else, but maybe Silent Hill fans are looking to import the ultimate accessory. Or maybe not.

— Richard

What to expect from Samsung's Unpacked event next week

Samsung isn’t great at keeping secrets.

Galaxy Unpacked
Samsung

The big Samsung mobile event is still a few days away, but we have a pretty good idea of what to expect. If you can’t wait until Wednesday, let Chris Velazco break down all the leaks — minus a late breaking one this morning — from the next Galaxy Note to the Galaxy Z Fold 2.
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Playing 'Flight Simulator' at home feels like meditation

Perhaps the perfect game for lockdown.

Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020)
Microsoft

Microsoft’s highly anticipated Flight Simulator is almost here — and VR support is on its way. When most of us can’t leave the country, using a combination of photogrammetry, procedural generation and hand-crafted code, developers have recreated our world in ridiculous detail, with particular attention paid to major cities, landmarks and (of course) airports. As Jessica Conditt puts it: “There are 117 million lakes on Earth and all of them are in Flight Simulator.” Read on for her full impressions on each individual lake. I’m kidding.
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GMC teases its 1,000HP electric Hummer truck and SUV

Production is scheduled to begin in late 2021.

Hummer EV
GMC

GM will unveil an electric Cadillac next week, but the more anticipated option is this 1,000HP “supertruck.” The electric Hummer will come in two versions, and a minute-long teaser video gave us an idea of what to expect before they’re officially unveiled this fall.
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Free Google One phone backups are coming to Android and iOS

It uses the 15GB of free storage that comes with a Google account.

Google One
Google

Last year, Google added automatic Android phone backups to Google One, the company’s “membership” program that includes Drive storage, family sharing and a handful of other perks. Now, the company has announced that the phone backup feature will be free for all Android and iPhone users. It keeps a copy of photos, contacts, messages and more  on Android, while iOS users can store photos, videos, contacts and calendar events.

An updated Android Google One app is coming to the Play Store in the “coming days,” while its iOS counterpart will be available “soon.”
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Cove neckband vibrates behind your ears to reduce stress

The wearable uses mechanical stimulation behind your ears to help with anxiety.

Cove
Cove

Nope. Don’t touch me there.
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The good ‘Ghost in the Shell’ movie is finally getting a 4K release

Not the Scarlett Johansson one.

'Ghost in the Shell' 4K
Lionsgate

On September 8th, you’ll be able to buy Mamoru Oshii’s landmark film in a beautiful collection that will let you watch the 1995 feature across multiple formats in Ultra High-Definition. Lionsgate has remastered both the original Japanese and English audio tracks for Dolby Atmos. There’s also support for Dolby Vision HDR. Special features include new English audio commentaries from English language scriptwriter Mary Claypool and Richard Epcar, who voices Batou in the dub. 

It will be available via video on-demand, but if you prefer discs for maximum 4K quality, you can pre-order it for $19.29 at Amazon or $19.99 at Best Buy for the exclusive Steelbook edition.
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