This video of a kid solving a Rubik's Cube in 4.5 seconds will give you the purest joy

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Most of us will go through life mildly pondering a Rubik’s Cube every now and then, but a professional speedcuber can solve one in seconds – a record speed of 4.59 seconds, to be exact.

In a new video, Korean speedcuber SeungBeom Cho solves a cube so fast that most of the people around him don’t even realize what happened. Indeed, their realization takes longer than it took him to solve the cube, but the room erupts with congratulations, applause, and paparazzi-level enthusiasm for Cho’s accomplishment.

Cho broke the record using a specific technique (it’s posted in the video description but unintelligible if you’re not a skilled speedcuber)Reddit commenters note that the world record keeps getting broken (as records do) because speedcubers decrypt existing techniques in order to make them even faster. Read more…

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GameStop basically just turned itself into a Blockbuster for video games

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GameStop has launched an in-store rental service called PowerPass. Remember Blockbuster Video? It’s like that, except instead of VHS tapes, you’re renting used video games.

The only difference here is, you pay up front. A six-month subscription costs $60, and allows you to swap games anytime you want, at no additional cost. However, you can only have one game checked out at a time.

The program will launch during the looming holiday season, with only the six-month plan available. There’s a reason for that: At the end of a subscription, you’ll be able to choose one game to keep, for free. Read more…

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Apple fires engineer after daughter's iPhone X hands on video goes viral

According to a video posted today, Apple has fired an engineer after his daughter posted a hands-on video about the iPhone X on YouTube. While the engineer’s full name is unknown, we do know that his daughter goes by the name of Brooke Peterson. Apple requested that Brooke take down the video, and while she did comply immediately with the company’s desires, it was removed from the site well after the clip went viral.

Keep in mind that this was more than just a leaked iPhone X. This was an iPhone X that belonged to an Apple employee and the video revealed special QR codes on the phone …

Photos show iPhone X boxes waiting to ship; video reveals what is under the lid of the box

So let’s say that you pre-ordered your Apple iPhone X. What happens next? No, not to you, but to the boxes containing the iPhone X. Well luckily for everyone, tipster Benjamin Geskin’s dad isn’t an engineer at Apple, so no one will lose their job after we show you images of the Apple iPhone X retail box awaiting the long and winding journey to an Apple Store, or maybe to your front door at home.

Another photo shows the silver version of the iPhone X being stared at by some one whose reflection can be seen bouncing off the back of the phone. Check out the vertically mounted dual rear-facing …

For an extra $10 a month, Verizon will allow unlimited plan subscribers to stream video at 4K

When Verizon introduced its Unlimited plan back in February, it originally offered streaming video at 720p. But back in August, Verizon split its unlimited plan into three parts. The lower priced tier called Go Unlimited is priced at $75 a month for one line, and video is streamed at 480p (DVD quality) on smartphones. On tablets, video can be viewed at 720p. For $85 a month for one line, the Beyond Unlimited plan streams video at 720p HD on handsets and 1080p FHD on tablets.

If you want full resolution for your streaming videos on Verizon, pay an extra $10 a month to the nation’s largest …

Really short video shows how app switching works on iPhone X

Apple’s first iPhone to ditch the home button, the iPhone X will go on pre-order on October 27. Even though it was announced along with two other smartphones – iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, Apple needed a little bit more time to bring it to the masses.

Although Apple revealed some details about the iPhone X, there are many things that haven’t been covered during the official presentation of the handset. That’s why almost anything related to the iPhone X is a hot subject these days.

If you’ve been following our news feed, then you might have seen the YouTube …

Google Duo 21 hints that users will be able to send audio and video messages to contacts

According to a report published today, video conferencing app Duo could soon be used to send and receive audio and video messages to and from contacts. Breaking down Duo 21 reveals button-like icons that users would press to start and stop the recording of a video message. Also discovered in this teardown are several strings that are related to the message notification that a recipient would receive from Duo. The notification reveals if the message is via voice or video, and who it is from. Of course, a Watch or Listen button would be included depending on the form the message takes.

Speaking …

Latest video of Apple iPhone X shows how the notch might interfere with some apps

With the launch of the Apple iPhone X less than two-weeks away, a new video of the tenth anniversary model in the wild has been disseminated. The clip reveals that not all apps appear to be optimized to perfectly fit the new 5.8-inch edge-to-edge OLED display. Even though the video is only 9-seconds in length, we do get to see how Instagram looks on the phone, and some are not going to be happy with what they see.

The Instagram heading is too close to the dreaded notch at the top of the iPhone X screen, and appears not to be aligned correctly. The picture and video sharing app won’t …

New BlackBerry Motion video promises "32+ hours of battery life" in a phone that's built to last


Not long after we saw the very first official BlackBerry
Motion promo video, we’re now treated with a second look at this interesting, yet to be released
smartphone. As you can see above, BlackBerry Mobile says the Motion is a
device that’s built to last, as it’s got a strong aluminum frame, a
“premium” anti-scratch display, and a dust- and water-resistant design
(IP67-certified). 
Equally important, BlackBerry promises “32+ hours of
battery life” from the 4000 mAh battery that’s found inside the Motion – hopefully,
this means that, on a single charge, the phone will keep its lights …

LG highlights V30's video capabilities in 6 original short films


Released in the US earlier this month, the LG V30
is one of this year’s top extra-large Android smartphones, up there with the
likes of Samsung Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy Note 8, or the Google Pixel 2 XL. One of the
main features of the LG V30 is its dual rear camera – thanks to a Cine Video
mode and high-quality components, this camera is quite good at
shooting video.   

 

To illustrate what can be done with a V30, LG has partnered with
six emerging filmmakers who used the smartphone to create short films. All
the films were shot exclusively on the LG V30, being screened during …