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The death of “Works with Nest” begins now with Google account migrations
The smart home company Nest is currently in the middle of a rocky transition from standalone Alphabet company to a full-on merger with Google's hardware team, where it will exist as a Google sub-brand. The details were announced during Google I/O 2019 and include the debut of the first "Google Nest" product, the shutdown of the "Works with Nest" (WWN)…

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AT&T brings cable TV prices to online streaming with $135 monthly plan
AT&T is now charging up to $135 a month for the online video service formerly known as DirecTV Now. DirecTV Now launched in 2016 with plans ranging from $35 to $70 a month for 60 to 120 channels. There have been several price increases and a reduction in the number of channels since, resulting in AT&T offering just two packages…

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New Nvidia driver update cuts latency down to the bone
In the world of high-end gaming graphics cards, improvements in benchmarks like frame rate, resolution, and sharpness dominate much of the discussion. But a new driver update for Nvidia cards today also includes an important improvement that could help reduce the latency between when a player enters their input and when they see the results of that input on-screen.

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Apple Card is now available to all US iPhone owners, adds new cash-back rewards
Applications to Apple's new digital credit card, dubbed simply Apple Card, are now available to all iPhone users in the United States. This follows a short period when Apple offered early access to a select number of customers who signed up and an employees-only test before that.

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Super-Earth at a nearby star is a Mercury-like hunk of rock
The most common star in our galaxy is a red dwarf, smaller and dimmer than Earth. Because these small stars put out much less radiation, the region where planets could have liquid water on their surfaces is much closer to the star. In these exosolar systems, the habitable zone is typically closer to the star than Mercury is to our…

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States reportedly plan monopoly investigation of Google, Facebook, Amazon
Big Tech will soon be facing too many antitrust probes to count on one hand, as several states reportedly plan to launch their own joint investigation to accompany all of the federal inquiries already in progress. Attorneys general for as many as 20 states may be joining forces to dig into whether the dominant tech players use their outsized market…

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Man sued for using bogus YouTube takedowns to get address for swatting
YouTube is suing a Nebraska man the company says has blatantly abused its copyright takedown process. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act offers online platforms like YouTube legal protections if they promptly take down content flagged by copyright holders. However, this process can be abused—and boy did defendant Christopher L. Brady abuse it, according to YouTube's legal complaint (pdf).

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Dicey Dungeons review: Well, there goes another 100 hours of my life
Game DetailsDeveloper: Terry Cavanagh Publisher: Terry Cavanagh Platform: Windows PC (reviewed), MacOS, Linux Release Date: August 13, 2019 Price: $14.99 Links: Steam | Official websiteThe central premise of , the new dice-chucking roguelike from acclaimed developer Terry Cavanagh ( ) is that you are a walking, talking die starring in a twisted game show in which you must endlessly fight…

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Guidemaster: 2019’s best VR is a battle between Oculus Quest, everyone else
Welcome to Ars Gaming Week 2019! As a staff full of gamers and game-lovers, we'll be serving up extra reviews, guides, interviews, and other stories all about gaming from August 19 to August 23. As part of Gaming Week, we wanted to resurface our definitive guide to the state of VR in 2019, which was published earlier this year in…