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Month: August 2020

‘Rowdy City Wrestling’ is ‘Rowdy Wrestling’ with a Story-Driven Campaign, Coming September 17th

Developer Colin Lane LOVES wrestling. And golf. But mostly wrestling. And not just any wrestling but wacky physics-based wrestling in particular. Back in 2015 Lane and company’s Wrassling (Free) had us in stitches with its… nonconventional take on pro wrestling, and the game went on to be something of an underground hit. A few years later a spiritual successor called Rowdy Wrestling (Free) took a less abstract approach to a pro wrestling game by adding in more traditional elements like steel chairs (well, traditional for pro wrestling that is) as well as an expanded set of moves and abilities. Also wacky costumes. Rowdy Wrestling also proved to be a hit, but it was also a rather simplistic affair where you’re simply fighting one match after another. What if you wanted some Rowdy Wrestling but with… MORE. That, my friends, is what Rowdy City Wrestling is all about. Here is Colin Lane’s own description: “Rowdy City Wrestling is an arcade wrestling game where you take a fighter on a journey to the world championships. The main game mode is the career mode where you fight in 1vs1 matches, royal rumble events and a 6 person free for all brawl mode. During your career you will meet various characters in the gym and surrounding locations. These characters will offer you things like jobs, assistance in a fight or even some backyard...

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Sonos explores possible designs for its first wireless headphones

Credit: Sonos / USPTO Sonos has received a patent for two wireless headphone designs. Its first wearable could include noise cancellation and the ability to “swap” audio with nearby speakers. The company isn’t confirming plans at this stage. Rumors have persisted of Sonos working on headphones, and there are now hints of what that might entail. The company has received a patent (via Protocol and CNET) covering two potential over-ear headphone designs. While neither would have particularly radical looks, Sonos’ multi-room audio expertise could give them an edge over conventional headphones. Credit: Sonos / USPTO Most notably, the over-ears could have a “swap” that moves existing content to and from the headphones. You could finish listening to a podcast on your headphones when someone goes to bed, or resume an album on your speakers when you arrive home. Sonos is also exploring knob and touch controls that would provide advanced control over music streaming services. A line-in jack for wired audio could also double as a charging port, although the patent also talks about possible USB charging. This could be a full-featured headset with active noise cancellation and voice calls, and could use both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for listening. Read more: The best Bluetooth headphones Don’t expect this to represent exactly what you’d see from Sonos, however. Patents may offer clues as to what a company is doing next,...

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Poll: Could you go back to an audio jack after using Bluetooth headphones?

Since the release of the iPhone 7, we’ve seen almost all phone manufacturers drop headphone jacks from their high-end phones. Samsung was a noteworthy holdout for a while, but even it removed the port from the Note 10 last year. It’s easy to see why the entire industry went the way that it did. By removing the headphone jack from their flagship phones, manufacturers could more easily make the case a pair of Bluetooth headphones was something you definitely needed to buy. Related: The best Bluetooth headphones But another change could be on the horizon. Sony’s upcoming Xperia 5 II recently leaked, with a headphone jack where its predecessor was missing one. We’ve also seen compelling midrange options like the Pixel 4a include the venerable headphone jack. Let’s say the Xperia 5 II marks a turning point and Android high-end phones with headphone jacks become more commonplace. Would you buy one of those devices? Taking things a step further, would you actually use the headphone jack on your new phone frequently? It’s probably safe to say most of us, for all the complaining we did when phone companies first started removing the headphone jack, have come to like things the way they are with Bluetooth headphones. Loading poll Back when I used to commute to the office, I fell in in love with my Sony WH-1000XM3 noise-cancelling headphones. They made...

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The best phones skins: A buyer’s guide

Credit: Credit: Credit: Credit: Credit: Credit: Credit: Skinit The last option on today’s list — Skinit — also happens to have some of the most exciting skins on the market. A unique skin says a lot about your interests, and Skinit offers some of the most unique skins around. Whether you want to show off your favorite cartoon, rep your team, show off your alma mater, or showcase your fandom, Skinit should have you covered. Designs and textures While there are plenty of pattern-based skin manufacturers out there, Skinit goes all-in on the graphics. You’ll find skins for sports teams, colleges, superheroes, cartoons, and a whole lot more. If you’re looking to show off your fandom, Skinit is it. Of course, you can get standard patterns and textures like carbon fiber, brushed metal, and more too. You can opt to create your own custom skin as well. However, there are some copyright limits if you attempt to create your own skin. Unfortunately, there’s no mixing or matching, but the great-looking full-back designs mean that you might not want to anyway. Supported devices You’ll find a variety of fandom-related skins for smartphones, tablets, laptops, audio products, gaming consoles, controllers, and accessories like streaming devices and chargers. Going even further, you can buy skins for coffee mugs, or you could simply cover up an entire wall. Not happy with the lack...

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