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The Morning After: Apple may be testing USB-C iPhones


Oh my, it might actually be happening. I've wanted this for a while, and Apple's excuses for sticking with its Lightning connector get weaker each year. Now a report from Bloomberg says the company is testing new iPhones and adapters with USB-C -- what MacBooks and iPads already use. An adapter currently in testing could "let future iPhones work with accessories designed for the current Lightning connector" -- you may recall the in-box adapters that appeared when Apple nixed the headphone port from its smartphones. The EU has been pushing for a universal phone charging standard for years and recently proposed legislation that would make USB-C the de-facto charging port for all phones.

The best essential oil diffusers of 2019

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If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA Today's newsroom and any business incentives. A stash of essential oils and a good diffuser can really set the mood in your home. Whether you want to relax, focus, or have more energy and joy, there's a blend for that. But if the diffuser clogs, drips, or is awkward to use, chances are, it will just collect dust on the shelf and quietly shame you for the zenless air in your home.

'Genshin Impact' Is Too Good To Be a 'Zelda Clone'


Genshin Impact is better than it has any right to be. Written off as a free-to-play anime reskinning of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, the fantasy role-playing game doesn't make the best first impression. It's got the cloying gacha mechanics you'd expect from a mobile RPG, although it's also on PC and PlayStation 4. In a clear bid for otaku dollars, Genshin Impact boasts harems of playable waifus and husbandos to whet players' thirst. Yet Wednesday, Genshin Impact claimed the title of the largest international launch of any Chinese game, ever. It's deserved--and only took a few hours of playing to see why.

Genshin Impact: the video game that's slowly taking over the world

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Genshin Impact seems to have come from nowhere. A month ago nobody knew what it was; now ads for it are plastered all over the New York subway and it's the talk of gaming Twitter. It has raked in more than $100m (£75m) in its first two weeks, placing it among the Chinese games industry's most successful forays into the global scene. That's because it's a pretty good game that looks, sounds and feels expensive, but is available for free – at least at face value. Like Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – which it heavily resembles, at least on a surface level – Genshin Impact is an action-packed role-playing game with a huge world, chock-full of gorgeous vistas to explore by running, climbing and gliding.

'Genshin Impact' Is Free-To-Play Fun -- If You Can Resist Opening Your Wallet

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Genshin Impact has a huge world to explore, and a surprising amount of content for a free-to-play game. Genshin Impact has a huge world to explore, and a surprising amount of content for a free-to-play game. I didn't have an interest in playing Genshin Impact at first. I kept hearing it described as a clone of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and I didn't really feel like playing a crummier version of a game I've already played. It's available on mobile, PC, the PS4, and has cross-play compatibility between systems.