Niantic, the maker of Pokémon GO, announced today that its new game Harry Potter: Wizards Unite will launch worldwide on June 21st. The game will be available in the US and the UK on Friday to kick off its worldwide launch. Players will be able to view the gameplay world through a smartphone, just like its predecessor, and fight against mythical beasts from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts universe. You’ll be able to choose a wizarding house, wand, and a profession – Professor, Auror or Magizoologist. Read more for the gameplay trailer and additional information.
What happens when you combine a 1960 Porsche 356B T5 with a 1990 Porsche 964 C2? Emory Motorsports 1960 Porsche 356 RSR. Think of it as a hot rod-inspired Porsche that wouldn’t look out of place in Mad Max. Powered by a twin-turbocharged 2.4-liter flat-four generating 393 horsepower, mated to a five-speed manual gearbox, this 1,950 pound vehicle features hand-formed nose / tail bodywork, an aluminum deck lid, and one-piece aluminum hood. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Storms that bring hail and rain are nothing new, but it’s not everyday that you see a microburst storm dropping both on a small isolated section of a city. That’s exactly what happened across Alberta, Canada this past week, which saw severe thunderstorms bringing hail, heavy rain, whipping winds, and lightning. Scientifically speaking, this is called a hail shaft, which is found underneath a convective storm when an abundance of hail is falling from the storm. Read more for the video and additional information.
Want to try out the new Tesla Arcade yourself, even without owning one of the company’s vehicles? Just head on over to a showroom between now and June 30th. That’s right, Beach Buggy Racing 2, which was unveiled in Los Angeles at E3 2019, can be tried out in-person, complete with steering wheel control. If you’re unfamiliar with the game, it’s “a kart racing game where you can careen, blast and launch your way through 22 tracks. Players can recruit new drivers (see if you can find our favorite) and use the steering wheel controls for the most immersive gaming experience,” according to Tesla. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
Byton has just released new images of its M-Byte electric crossover’s interior, showcasing the wraparound dashboard display that measures 48-inches across in all its glory. That’s not all, it boasts two additional screens as well, includinng a 7-inch driver tablet and an 8-inch Byton Central Touchpad placed between the front seats. The 48-inch Shared Experience Display (SED) has physical buttons rather than it being completely touchscreen. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Anker’s Soundcore Spirit Wireless Bluetooth Sport Eartphones feature a SweatGuard that’s designed to resist the corrosive properties of sweat, and it’s being offered for just $22.99 shipped after clipping the on-page $2 off coupon, today only, originally $32.99. Crystal-clear sound is delivered through premium composite drivers, while a cable clip keeps the neckband off your neck and the specially designed earwigs as well as ear tip provide a secure, yet comfortable fit. Product page. Read more for an in-depth video review and additional information.
Inventor and YouTube sensation Simone Giertz was tired of waiting for Tesla’s official all-electric pickup truck, so she bought a new Model 3 and went to work. To kick off the project, they hacked off the back of the Tesla 3 by first removing the back passenger seats and replacing the with a truck bed. “The truck itself is going to be great, but the process is going to be scrappy AF,” said Giertz. Read more for a 30-minute making of video and additional information.
An official media address by Pakistani regional minister Shaukat Yousafzai gained international attention last week, but not for the reasons you may think. Simply put, someone accidentally left the cat filter on during the Facebook livestream, thus transforming Yousafzai and other party members into cats for the entire conference. They intended to discuss important decisions of the provincial cabinet in Peshawar last Friday, but the social media team handling the broadcast wasn’t quite paying attention to what was going on. Read more for a video clip and additional information.
Nintendo fanatic David Barscheski specializes in modding game consoles, and what better way to show off his skills than by creating portable versions of his favorites? Meet the “Portable Wii GameCube Advance SP 2.0”. As you can probably deduce from the title, this SP-inspired device can play Game Boy Advance, Wii, and GameCube games, complete with buttons and controls similar to the latter. Read more for a video of it in-action and additional information.
Facebook announced today the details of its cryptocurrency project: a financial services offering called Calibra. This “newly formed Facebook subsidiary” is launching in 2020 and will be a digital wallet to store and send Libra, a new cryptocurrency. It will initially be integrated directly into WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, before eventually branching out as a standalone app for iOS and Android. Calibra will let its users send Libra to each other “as easily and instantly as you might send a text message, and at low to no cost.” The company hopes “to offer additional services for people and businesses, such as paying bills with the push of a button, buying a cup of coffee with the scan of a code, or riding your local public transit without needing to carry cash or a metro pass.” Read more for a video of the wallet in-action and additional information.