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This 'Assassin's Creed' controller is fit for Odin himself

The good news is, this controller is sick. The bad news is, you can't buy it... yet.

Design

Yes, there are already iPhone 13 rumors

The iPhone 12 may be basically brand new, but that hasn't stopped the rumor mill from churning. Here's every rumor worth following.

Tech

The buzz about Rivian's electric truck explained in 5 key specs

Rivian filled all the reservations spots to buy the $75,000 launch edition of its new line of electric trucks.

Tech

Don't choose between style and practicality with this women's winter gear

Stay warm and look cool.

Style

This Anker mobile generator needs to go in your prepper stash

The Anker PowerHouse II 400 delivers enough juice to power a fridge and your laptop.

Reviews

GoPro Hero 9 review: Vlog the apocalypse and have fun while doing it

Leave the bulky mirrorless or DSLR at home. It'll only slow you down when you're running from virus-infected zombies.

Reviews

Nike SB's 'Turdunken' sneaker: A Thanksgiving feast for your feet

This Concepts collaboration is *chef's kiss* — especially with the special box edition.

Gobble Gobble

This exhibit is turning face masks into fine art

Is there anything more 2020 than turning your face mask into a piece of art?

Culture

People are going nuts with customizing the PS5

Not satisfied with how the PS5 looks? grab a can of spray paint and join the DIY mod-jobs trickling onto social media.

Gaming

Onyx's iconic RCR e-bike is getting a makeover

The electric café racer of 2020 is getting a few much-needed changes.

Design

Vollebak's newest puffer glows in the dark

This winter jacket helps you hold on to heat and sunlight.

Style

Everything you need to know about macOS Big Sur

These are all the new macOS features worth mentioning.

Guides

Style

A 'jockey' sherpa and 9 other fleece jackets to keep you warm this winter

Let these cold weather essentials hold you down.

As menswear and streetwear have gotten crunchier, fleece has become the reigning fabric of fall and winter. Those who've adopted the trend have learned what outdoorsy folk have always known: strong pile polyester is as comfy as it is insulating, an ideal piece for layering or wearing on its own when temps haven't quite hit freezing.

Malden Mills, now known as PolarTec, and Patagonia were the first to develop fleece as an alternative to wool in 1979. Like wool does naturally, fleece maintains warmth while wet while weighing a fraction of its predecessor. And more than 40 years after it was first introduced, it remains one of the most most widely used fabrics in technical apparel.

Now that fleece has become so popular amongst the fashionable set, it isn't just the outdoor mavens like The North Face and Patagonia that have a stronghold on the fabric. Many reputable brands have made fleece their own, bringing an inventiveness that goes far beyond utility. Sandy Liang makes fleece big and weird in jackets intended for women that men just can't resist, while streetwear brands apply their expertise in must-have graphics.

To hold you down as temperatures drop, we've put together the 10 coolest fleeces you can find. Even if you already have one or five, there's always room for another fleece in your collection.

Culture

Apple defends security chief accused of bribery charges

Thomas Moyer is accused of trading iPads for concealed-carry gun permits but Apple is standing by him.

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Apple's head of global security, Thomas Moyer, was recently indicted for bribery by a grand jury in the county of Santa Clara, California. Moyer was accused of bribing the Santa County Sheriff's office with 200 iPads — worth at least $70,000 — in order to access concealed-carry permits for certain Apple officials. The reports surrounding the incident pointed to four Apple employees as part of the alleged exchange.

Initially, it was expected that Apple would opt to go its characteristically silent and diplomatic way, and stay out of the legal chaos that has since unfolded. But Ars Technica reports Apple has actually defended Moyer. A spokesperson for Apple said in a press statement, "We expect all of our employees to conduct themselves with integrity. After learning of the allegations, we conducted a thorough internal investigation and found no wrongdoing."

Conceptual

Interview: Andy Park, the artist behind Iron Man, Lara Croft, and Kratos

Here’s how the imagination of one of the world’s greatest concept artists served as the midwife to an entire universe.

“I applaud what they did with the controller... I think for all of us in the industry, we should learn from each other and the innovation that we all push on.”

Phil Spencer, Xbox

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Not one to be stingy with compliments, Xbox boss Phil Spencer is here with ample praise for PlayStation 5's DualSense controller. In an interview with The Verge, Spencer spoke highly of Sony's ability to integrate haptic feedback into the controller, making video gaming a lot more realistic and even more addictive. For example, if you're playing Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War with a DualSense controller, you can quite physically experience your virtual heartbeat shake and slow down on low health.

"I applaud what they did with the controller [...] I think for all of us in the industry, we should learn from each other and the innovation that we all push on, whether it’s distribution of business model like Game Pass, or controller tech, or the Wii back in the day, which clearly had an impact on us when we went off and did Kinect and Sony did the Move," Spencer said.

It is Sony's push to break rules and take risks that deserves applause, Spencer said. "I think all of that innovation is something that we should all be looking at and learning and growing and saying, 'Okay, what’s really going to break out and become a common part of a platform that developers and players are going to look for?'" he said. "Or, 'What is more vertical around a specific scenario on a specific piece of hardware?' We’re trying to be eyes open on that."

Design

This 'Assassin's Creed' controller is fit for Odin himself

The good news is, this controller is sick. The bad news is, you can't buy it... yet.

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ACAB

What happens if the cops steal your phone and then deny it?

San Diego police are abusing their power... but you knew that. Is there any hope?

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