As usual, this Saturday email includes highlights from Friday and the rest of the week, but one of my favorites came in late last night. To celebrate its socially-distanced QuakeCon event this weekend — and encourage donations to several charities — Bethesda is making the original Quake free.
It’s usually only a few bucks anyway, but if you’re like me then it’s a nice opportunity to roam the halls of The Netherworld while giving the Fall Guys servers a much-needed break. It’s just like 1996, except with better 3D acceleration and a better excuse to spend the summer indoors.
The Engadget Podcast
Diving into everything Samsung (and the Pixel 4a).
Cherlynn and Devindra chat about the Galaxy Note (and Ultra!), the Z Fold 2, Tab S7 and S7+, Watch 3 and Buds Live. Whew. And they still find time to go into Cherlynn’s glowing Pixel 4a review, plus the Microsoft/Tiktok deal and Trump’s latest attempt to block Chinese companies.
The best deals we found this week: Nest WiFi, Sony wireless earbuds and more
Plus Echo Dot bundles for as low as $21.
A two-pack of Google’s Nest WiFi system remains on sale for $199 at a bunch of retailers, and two Sony wireless earbuds that we reviewed and rated highly dropped to their lowest prices ever. You can also snag a handy 15-port Thunderbolt 3 docking station for $40 off, and save hundreds on a few TCL 8-series Roku smart TVs.
Reels is a worthy TikTok rival lost in Instagram bloat
The copy-paste strategy worked well for Stories, but not IGTV.
So what is it like to use Facebook’s latest clone? Nicole Lee gave Reels a try and found that the biggest problem is just finding it inside Instagram’s increasingly-crowded app.