Since Pokémon Go debuted back in 2016, it hasn't been possible to keep all the creatures you collected throughout the various Pokémon titles in one place. They were split between your 3DS and phone, and the problem only got worse with the introduction of Pokémon Sword and Shield, which weren't compatible with Pokémon caught in any of the older titles. But relief is on its way next month, when The Pokémon Company finally releases Pokémon Home, a cloud service that will connect all the different games to give your precious battling pets a single happy place to live between battles.
Modern parents are faced with a bit of a tech dilemma. You want the kids to learn STEM skills, but you also don't want them spending all their time in front of screens. To combat this problem many coding tools incorporate some kind of physical element that kids have to put together or manipulate; with building toys like LEGO the marriage of physical play and computer programming makes a lot of sense. Then there's something like Hot Wheels, which never really claimed to be educational. This year the brand upgraded its basic racing experience with Hot Wheels ID, which added NFC to the cars and Bluetooth to the track, allowing the playset to keep tabs on how fast your vehicles are going and how far they've traveled. Now the product has a new coding aspect, via Apple's Swift Playgrounds. And it sounds great in concept. But after some time spent with it, I'm not sure this is a very good use of a very expensive playset.
Every parent probably dreams of that Nintendo 64 moment -- you know, that video of the boy opening up a present on Christmas morning and screaming the name of the system while his sister hops around him? Unfortunately these days it's easy for that excitement to come crashing down once they unbox a new system only to discover it needs a ton of updates or you don't have the right cables. So be prepared and make sure you do what needs to be done in advance so your kids can enjoy their gifts while you sit back with a well-deserved hot toddy.
With so many different streaming services coming out of the woodwork it's getting harder to keep up with everything — as well as more expensive. That's not going to get any better now that Disney's launched its own offering, with shows from popular franchises like Star Wars and Marvel to entice you to sign up. With only so much time and money to go around, you might need to make a choice as to which offers the best bang for the buck. While we can't tell you which shows you'll like, we can certainly help you out with some of the more technical details, so check out the chart below to see how Disney+ will stack up against established players like Netflix.
Kids today are growing up with a lot of screens in their lives, despite the advice of pediatricians. One of the things they get a lot less of in playing with devices is the development of more tactile skills, which are usually learned by manipulating toys and other physical objects. Over the past few years we've seen companies try to remedy this by introducing products that marry the real and virtual worlds, where physical play is required as part of a video game. Now game developer Bandai Namco and art tech company Iskn are teaming up with their own take on the idea: Tori. Kids can pilot a spaceship or wave a wand in real life and see how it plays out in a fantasy world on their tablet.
Every major flagship always has to come in two sizes now, so it's no surprise that we're looking at yet another XL Pixel model. This handset differs from its smaller sibling in size, but has the same camera setup. However, the big phone field gets more intense every year, especially since Apple went all-in with its "Max" models. For the skinny on all the relevant specs, check out the table below. For our final verdict, keep an eye out for Engadget's full review of the Pixel 4 XL later this month.
It's been yet another Pixel phone launch preceded by a ton of leaks, but we're still glad to see the official unveiling of Google's latest flagship. This 5.7-inch device may only have two rear cameras, but the software's been refined even further to include better Night Sight and HDR+. That's to be expected in the wake of more intense competition on the camera front from Samsung and Apple. To see exactly how this specs battle is shaking out, check out the table below, and stay tuned for our full review of the Pixel 4 later this month.
Alex Garland deconstructed the Turing test with Ex Machina and tormented our psyches with a horrifying alien invasion in Annihilation. Now he's tackling free will vs. a deterministic universe in Devs. And instead of trying to cram all that philosophy into a two-hour film (that might not even see theatrical release), Devs was crafted specifically for TV as an eight-episode, big budget miniseries on FX, where every installment was written and directed by Garland. It's not strictly science fiction either: He calls it a "science-based thriller."
<p>It's October once more, which means we get to look at some new machines from Microsoft. We're long accustomed to the hybrid <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2019/10/02/microsoft-surface-pro-7/">Surface Pro line</a> but we're also seeing the third iteration of the company's powerful and stylish <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2019/10/02/microsoft-surface-laptop-3/">Surface Laptop</a>. The 15-inch version packs an AMD Ryzen CPU, but the 13-inch is no slouch thanks to its 10th-gen <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2019/08/01/intel-10nm-ice-lake-laptop-benchmarks-upscaled/">Ice Lake</a> chip, the better to compete with machines like the <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2019/04/04/dell-xps-13-review-perfect-ultraportable/">XPS 13</a>. To see how the smaller Surface Laptop stacks up against some of the leading 13-inch machines on the market, check out the table below and read <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2019/10/02/surface-laptop-3-hands-on/">our hands-on</a> while you wait for our full review of the new computer later this year.</p>
<p>Surface Pro devotees can rejoice, for the <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2019/10/02/microsoft-surface-pro-7/">Pro 7 is here</a>, bringing with it a new 10th-gen processor. But is that enough to get <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2018/10/16/surface-pro-6-review-tablet-pc/">Pro 6</a> owners to upgrade, or for shoppers to ignore a <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2019/09/30/microsoft-surface-pro-6-price-drop/">recent discount</a> on last year's machine? You can take a peek at the changes in the table below and, for a deeper dive into Microsoft's newest hybrid, check out our <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2019/10/02/surface-pro-7-hands-on-usb-c/">hands-on</a> today as well as our upcoming review in a few weeks.</p>
<p>A few months ago a friend of mine mentioned on Twitter she was getting into birding. And I thought, "I used to love birdwatching when I was little!" I'd go out and wander around with my little Golden Nature Guide and record sightings of the avians that made my large backyard their home. I rarely saw any birds and when I did see them, I had no idea what they were. I was a terrible birdwatcher. But now that I want to get back into the hobby, I don't have to be, thanks to modern technology that makes it feel more like playing a really advanced game of <em>Pokémon Go</em>. Here are some of the tools I've found most useful while walking through parks and forests searching for feathered friends.</p>
<p>One thing I've noticed these past few years is that <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2019/09/16/how-to-buy-a-gaming-headset/">gaming headsets</a> are getting more attractive. You'll still see plenty of black and red with the occasional green, and unnecessary grills or fins on the cups, but overall headsets are sleeker and more stylish. That's probably because a lot more people with widely differing tastes are getting into gaming gear. Now Corsair is introducing a pair of wireless headsets, the Virtuoso RGB Wireless and Virtuoso RGB Wireless SE that look great, feel super comfortable and oh yeah, offer solid audio too. <core-slideshow data-slideshowid="304a35c9-0676-3606-97cf-1c4a6662be83"/></p>
<p>Today is Nintendo's 130th birthday. No, that's not a typo. The company's been around since before video games or even televisions. It started way back in 1889 making hanafuda — that's a type of playing card with flowers on it. In fact, the company still makes them, and you can even buy a set with Mario's face on the cards (<a href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01683O8H8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=productpost2019text-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B01683O8H8&linkId=3ddb62f6e3fc0ed193fc4b8ccb9cb970" target="_blank">$22</a>).</p>
<p>The new <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2019/09/19/nintendo-switch-lite-review/">Switch Lite</a> is finally here. It's smaller than the original, so it'll be easier to take on the go, whether it's your daily commute, a long flight or a week-long road trip. However, such close quarters mean you're going to want to invest in a pair of headphones for your new handheld, something that can do justice to the audio on games like <em>Breath of the Wild</em>, <em>Fire Emblem: Three Houses</em> and <em>Splatoon 2</em>. The bad news is, any wireless headsets you might already be using with your Switch won't work with the Lite. The good news is, you don't need anything fancy and won't have to spend a lot to find a new pair of cans. Just something with excellent audio and a 3.5mm jack will do.</p>
<p>Today's games boast stirring orchestral scores, realistic-sounding weaponry and high-caliber voice acting. But none of it means anything if your headset is crap. Same goes for well-laid plans in co-op games: You draw up the best tactics with your teammates, but if they can't hear you because of a bad mic, it all goes to waste. So the headset you buy is key to getting the most out of your game. But with so many companies getting into the market, how do you find the one that best suits your cranium?</p>
<p>Phone users love big screens and, as a result, handsets have been creeping ever closer to seven inches each year. Apple is no exception, debuting the 6.5-inch <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2018/09/21/apple-iphone-xs-and-xs-max-review/">iPhone XS Max</a> last fall to compete with the likes of the Galaxy Note line. This year's <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2019/09/10/apple-iphone-11-pro-max/">iPhone Pro Max</a> isn't bigger, but it is more powerful with a <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2019/09/10/iphone-11-pro-and-pro-max-hands-on/">triple camera setup</a> that uses some impressive machine processing to deliver the best photos and video. How does that stack up against the phones that <em>have</em> grown in size? We've thrown up a table with some of the Pro Max's closest rivals, if not in dimensions but in power, to see how the specs measure up. Of course, the real test will be our review, so be sure to join us in a few weeks for the final verdict.</p>
<p>The <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2019/09/10/apple-iphone-11-pro-max/">new flagship iPhone</a> is here, and Apple's added the word "Pro" to its name — the first time Apple's used that term for a handset. And no wonder: The camera on the iPhone 11 Pro is a triple-lens setup that takes nine images with each press of the shutter and uses a neural engine to assemble the best picture possible. It'll need to deliver in order to keep pace with rival flagships like the <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2018/10/15/google-pixel-3-pixel-3-xl-review-android-pie/">Pixel 3</a> (or next month's <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2019/08/07/google-pixel-4-90hz-oled-screen/">Pixel 4</a>) and the Galaxy S10 or <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2019/08/31/samsung-galaxy-note-10-review-s-pen/">Note 10</a>. Where else does it shine? And where does it fall behind? Check out our table below for the essential specs, and join us later this month for our full review.</p>
<p>It's iPhone time again — and we're back to a more traditional numbering scheme. We're looking at the <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2019/09/10/iphone-11/">iPhone 11</a>, which has a 6.1-inch screen and new colors (like green!) as well as improvements to the processor and water resistance. And of course, there's the camera setup, which introduces an ultra-wide shooter and an automatic night mode. But Apple isn't the only one with a high-spec low-end phone out in the market. Google gave us the Pixel 3a and <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2019/05/07/google-pixel-3a-xl-review-cheap-great-camera/">3a XL</a> and Samsung introduced the <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2019/03/13/samsung-galaxy-s10e-review/">S10e</a> earlier this year; we found both to be surprisingly capable handsets. So we're stacking up these three phones, plus the <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2019/02/10/oneplus-6t-review/">OnePlus 6T</a>. As for our full review of the iPhone 11: it won't be out for a few weeks, but you can always peep our upcoming hands-on later today.</p>
<p>The Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei series are pretty popular with JRPG fans, but crossover title <em>Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE</em>? Not so much, mostly due to being stuck on a system a lot of people never owned, the <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2016/08/26/the-wii-u-revisited-looking-back-on-a-forward-thinking-console/">Wii U</a>. That's about to change thanks to an upcoming port on the Switch next year.</p>
<p>Game Freak is best known for creating the main series of Pokémon games, starting with <em>Red and Green</em> all the way back in 1996. That's because aside from the occasional one-off games like <em>Drill Dozer</em> back in 2005, the company doesn't really do much besides Pokémon. That changed nearly a year ago when the developer announced it was working on <a href="https://www.engadget.com/2018/09/13/game-freak-nintendo-switch-rpg-town/">an RPG simply known as <em>Town</em></a>. During today's Nintendo Direct presentation we got a few more details on this upcoming title, including an October release date and a new name, <em>Little Town Hero</em>.</p>
<p>We've long been fans of Logitech's MX line of mice, especially the Master series. They're attractive, reliable and have found a home in both our <a href="https://www.engadget.com/back-to-school-guide-2018/#/gear/all">back to school</a> and <a href="https://www.engadget.com/holiday-gift-guide-2017/#/gear/all">holiday gift guides</a>. Today the company revealed the newest additions to the family: the <a href="https://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/mx-master-3">MX Master 3</a> mouse and, the first keyboard in the series, the <a href="https://www.logitech.com/en-us/product/mx-keys-wireless-keyboard">MX Keys</a>. </p>