Spelunky 2 game review: Roguelite perfection

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Enlarge / Ana (center) is the star of Spelunky 2, and she’s on a search for her adventuring parents after they abandoned her to look for treasure on the Moon.

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My recent work at Ars Technica has mostly revolved around high-end gadgets like VR headsets, GPUs, and next-gen consoles. It’s fun stuff.

But while swimming through embargoed hardware and frantic news announcements, I keep coming back to a single video game well outside the “next-generation” mold.

Spelunky 2 is likely the most “dated” game I’ll slap the “Ars Approved” sticker onto in 2020. The adjective “dated” works in

Honor MagicBook Pro review: Mac-inspired, wallet friendly

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Back at IFA 2020, Honor announced a series of new products in its MagicBook laptop line. The range blurs the lines between premium features and more affordable price tags, offering sleek designs and powerful hardware for less than €900/£1000. The Honor MagicBook Pro carries the torch at the higher end of the range.

We’ve had the Honor MagicBook Pro in-house for the last week, and I’ve been using it as my daily workstation during that time. So, let’s find out what this laptop has to offer and whether it’s a worthwhile purchase. This is Android Authority’s Honor MagicBook

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 2, Tab S7, and Tab S7 Plus are available now

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Samsung’s latest foldable, the Galaxy Z Fold 2, and its newest tablets, the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7 Plus, are now available to purchase. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 costs $1,999, the Galaxy Tab S7 starts at $649.99, and the Galaxy Tab S7 Plus starts at $849.99.

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 has a number of improvements intended to make the phone more durable than its predecessor, including an ultra-thin glass screen and a stronger hinge. The foldable also has larger inner and cover screens as well as five cameras: a triple-camera system on the back and

Comcast shut off Internet to hundreds, saying they were illegally connected

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Comcast says that a broadband reseller illegally sold Comcast Internet service in residential buildings in the Denver area and has terminated the connections to those buildings.

As reported by Denver7 this week, the shutoff affected hundreds of people who live in buildings serviced by AlphaWiFi, “which installs and services Internet in approximately 90 apartment buildings across Denver.” The shutoff came as a surprise to residents, including Kaley Warren, who has been working at home during the pandemic.

“It is my entire lifeline,” said Warren, who said that without warning last Friday, her Internet service disappeared. “I felt lost.

Apple’s new eighth-gen iPad and the latest Apple Watches are available today

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Apple has launched three new products today, following their announcement just a few days ago at the company’s “Time Flies” event. You can now order the $329 eighth-generation iPad, the $399 Apple Watch Series 6, and the $279 Apple Watch SE from its online store. The redesigned iPad Air with USB-C charging won’t arrive until October.

Speaking of October, Apple’s site says if you place an order today, you can expect them to be delivered during the first or second week of next month. That’s kind of a long wait, especially if you’re excited to upgrade. So I’d recommend

The best AWS courses for professionals

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Ultimate Microsoft SQL Certification Bundle

AWS courses aim to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to attain AWS certification. This, in turn, provides IT professionals with demonstrable skills that are widely sought after by employers. One survey conducted in 2018, suggested that AWS certification could increase a professional’s average salary by 20% on average.

Also read: What is AWS certification?

AWS stands for “Amazon Web Services.” This is the most widely used cloud platform in the world, with a roughly 33% market share for IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service). Companies use the 175+ services provided by Amazon to handle storage, database management, IoT, security, machine

LG Wing hands-on: A new kind of dual-screen (Video!)

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In the past few weeks, we’ve seen a slew of devices with weird and wonderful new form factors. We’ve seen more traditional foldable devices like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, a new dual-screen experiment in the form of the Microsoft Surface Duo, and now, LG is getting in the game with a phone that physically swivels to reveal a second display.

This is the LG Wing.

Wait, swivel how?

LG Wing open home screens 1

The LG Wing can physically rotate its display 90 degrees, resulting in a landscape-oriented display up top with a smaller square-shaped display underneath. The top display is much

Why Amazon is backing this former Tesla executive’s recycling startup

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Enlarge / Empty phone batteries are sorted by the company Accurec Recycling GmbH.

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Tesla cofounder JB Straubel has been funded by Amazon for Redwood Materials, a start-up aiming to extract lithium, cobalt and nickel from old smartphones and other electronics for reuse in new electric batteries.

Redwood is one of five companies Amazon is investing in as part of its $2 billion Climate Pledge Fund, announced this year.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive, said in a statement that this first batch of companies were “channelling their entrepreneurial energy into helping Amazon and other companies

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