Here are Fallout 76's patch notes for December 11, December 13 on consoles

Let’s hope this fixes a lot.

Fallout 76 is a shared-world multiplayer survival game for Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4. The title marks an all-new direction for Bethesda’s establishing post-apocalyptic role-playing series, allowing groups of survivors to explore, build settlements, and uncover secrets of West Virginia. It’s a multiplayer experience which requires you to work together and form alliances.

Drop your phone on the $20 Mophie Wireless Charge Pad to power up

Charge up with this wireless pad at its lowest price ever.

Mophie’s Wireless Charge Pad just dropped to a new low price at Amazon of $19.99. Up until last month, it had never even sold below $40. Its average price lies just under $45, so this makes for a pretty nice deal at over half off. It originally sold for $60 earlier this year. There is a slight shipping delay on this item listed on the page, so you’ll want to take that into consideration as well.

This wireless charger is optimized and MFi-certified for use with the Apple iPhone, with the ability to charge them 50% faster than standard wireless chargers can thanks to its 7.5W fast charge capability. You can charge any other QI-compatible devices wirelessly with this product too. All you have to do to charge your phone with it is place it on the base. An LED light glows when charging is complete. It’s also equipped with a durable non-slip TPU coating that’ll protect your phone from scratches.

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Ghost Recon Wildlands gets Ghost Recon Future Soldier content today

Ghost Recon Wildlands keeps on growing.

Ghost Recon Wildlands is a third-person shooter playable entirely in four-player co-op or single-player from beginning to end. Gamers have total freedom to accomplish their missions how they want. They can choose to move quietly in the night, go in hot at dawn, or work together to execute the perfect sync shot that takes out enemies in one fell swoop. Each choice has a consequence, and players must improvise and adapt their plans.

Amazon’s all-new waterproof Kindle Paperwhite is finally on sale

Be a bookworm in 2019.

The older you get, the harder it is to stay in touch with reading. Books are amazing. They’re also bulky, and they can get expensive. Luckily, it’s 2018, and you can have an entire library in your back pocket.

The all-new Kindle Paperwhite is down to $99.99 at Amazon. That’s $30 off this recent release, and the most significant price drop in its history. It didn’t even go on sale for Black Friday, and there’s no telling how long this deal will last. You’ll get it before Christmas, too.

The Kindle Paperwhite is the thinnest, lightest model yet. It has a built-in adjustable light to help you read at night, and the glare-free screen is easy on your eyes, too. It’s waterproof, so you can read at the beach or in the bath. It can connect to your headphones for audiobook listening as well. The battery lasts for weeks at a time, and the display is higher-resolution than the original Kindle. This model also features Bookerly, which is an Amazon-exclusive font that was designed specifically for reading on digital screens. The display does feature special offers on the lockscreen, which are tastefully designed and unobtrusive.

Do you really need an external hard drive for your Xbox One?

Best answer: No, but they are significantly useful. If you plan on having more than a handful of games installed at one time, you’ll be needing an external hard drive. Luckily, there are multiple options and sizes to choose from.

Amazon: WD 4TB My Book ($90)
Amazon: WD 1TB My Passport ($53)
What makes external hard drives so useful?

The reason why getting an external hard drive for your Xbox One console is a good idea is that in today’s market, games are getting bigger and bigger. On average, most big titles are around 50GB in size, with some titles like Halo 5: Guardians and Red Dead Redemption II being more than double that.

This means that the Xbox One family’s built-in hard drive (either 500GB or 1TB, depending on the version you own) won’t be enough if you plan on having more than a handful of AAA games installed at one time. An external hard drive gives you significantly more space to work with, meaning you won’t have to pick and choose what to have installed.

Should you buy an Aerostruder v2 Micro for your Lulzbot Mini v2 3D printer?

Best answer: If you are looking to create very small or very detailed models then the Aerostruder v2 Micro is worth the money. It can create visually stunning models but may take a little work to get it to produce the quality you want.

MatterHackers: Aerostruder v2 Micro ($300)
Amazon: LulzBot Mini v2 ($1,500)
The fine details are incredible

The secret of the LulzBot’s new tool head, the Aerostruder v2 Micro, is two-fold. The first part is the reduction in nozzle size: 2.5mm, down from 5mm, which helps reduce the amount of plastic going through the nozzle. This allows you to get ultra fine details without having to reduce the resolution. I spent some time printing the same models at the same resolution — 0.1mm, on each of the tool heads, which is the standard — and the Micro to see what the difference would be (read on for the results).

If you’re looking to create very small or very detailed models then the Aerostruder v2 Micro is worth the money.

Grab iOttie's stylish and compact fast wireless charger for just $30 today

It’s so cute and small.

Right now, Amazon has the iOttie iON Wireless Mini Fast Charger on sale for just $29.95, which is about $10 less than it normally sells for. The only color option at this price is the ash one, which is grey. Both the white and red versions have jumped back up to $40 already. This wireless charger is designed to be super portable, and something you can keep on your desk or in a travel bag.

It outputs up to 7.5W for iPhone charging, and 10W for Android devices, which means that you won’t be stuck sitting around forever while your phone charges up. There’s an easy to spot status indicator that lets you know if the phone is still charging or has completed its charge, and it’s wrapped in fabric to give it an elegant and unique look. It’s backed by a two year hassle-free warranty from iOttie.

Unlike other options, this pad comes complete with a charging cable and fast-charging wall adapter. You can pick one up without the wall adapter for $26 as well.

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The Cloud Native Computing Foundation adds etcd to its open-source stable

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), the open-source home of projects like Kubernetes and Vitess, today announced that its technical committee has voted to bring a new project on board. That project is etcd, the distributed key-value store that was first developed by CoreOS (now owned by Red Hat, which in turn will soon be owned by IBM). Red Hat has now contributed this project to the CNCF.
Etcd, which is written in Go, is already a major component of many Kubernetes deployments, where it functions as a source of truth for coordinating clusters and managing the state of the system. Other open-source projects that use etcd include Cloud Foundry, and companies that use it in production include Alibaba, ING, Pinterest, Uber, The New York Times and Nordstrom.
“Kubernetes and many other projects like Cloud Foundry depend on etcd for reliable data storage. We’re excited to have etcd join CNCF as an incubation project and look forward to cultivating its community by improving its technical documentation, governance and more,” said Chris Aniszczyk, COO of CNCF, in today’s announcement. “Etcd is a fantastic addition to our community of projects.”
Today, etcd has well over 450 contributors and nine maintainers from eight different companies. The fact that it ended up at the CNCF is only logical, given that the foundation is also the host of Kubernetes. With this, the CNCF now plays host to 17 projects that fall under its “incubated technologies” umbrella. In addition to etcd, these include OpenTracing, Fluentd, Linkerd, gRPC, CoreDNS, containerd, rkt, CNI, Jaeger, Notary, TUF, Vitess, NATS Helm, Rook and Harbor. Kubernetes, Prometheus and Envoy have already graduated from this incubation stage.
That’s a lot of projects for one foundation to manage, but the CNCF community is also extraordinarily large. This week alone about 8,000 developers are converging on Seattle for KubeCon/CloudNativeCon, the organization’s biggest event yet, to talk all things containers. It surely helps that the CNCF has managed to bring competitors like AWS, Microsoft, Google, IBM and Oracle under a single roof to collaboratively work on building these new technologies. There is a risk of losing focus here, though, something that happened to the OpenStack project when it went through a similar growth and hype phase. It’ll be interesting to see how the CNCF will manage this as it brings on more projects (with Istio, the increasingly popular service mesh, being a likely candidate for coming over to the CNCF as well).

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation adds etcd to its open-source stable

Is Samsung's HMD Odyssey+ better than Oculus Rift?

We’re constantly testing awesome new tech products, including hardware from the VR realm. If you’re wondering which headset you should buy, we can help by comparing Samsung’s Odyssey+ and the Oculus Rift.

Samsung HMD Odyssey+

Premium WMR

$499 at Microsoft


No external sensors required
No screen door effect
Easy to set up
Lower starting system specs

Tracking not as precise
No wireless option
More expensive than Rift
The best Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) headset on the market has been updated to fit better and has no screen door effect (SDE) in its display. It’s easy to set up and can be used with more PCs, but it costs more than Rift and uses inside-out tracking that can be less reliable.

Oculus Rift

Seasoned veteran

$349 at Amazon

Track your blood pressure with the $47 Omron Series 10 Bluetooth monitor

Easy to use thanks to Bluetooth.

The Omron 10 Series wireless Bluetooth upper arm blood pressure monitor is down to $47.07 thanks to a price drop to $58.84 and a 20% off on-page coupon. The monitor more regularly sells for around $65, and today’s deal even beats one we shared in mid-November when it dropped to around $50. Before that, you’d have to go all the way back to Prime Day in July for any sort of deal.

This blood pressure monitor allows two different users to review up to 100 readings and receive those readings by smartphone using the Omron app. The integrated Bluetooth makes the whole process very simple. On the screen it automatically displays the last three readings taken within 10 minutes and compares them to normal blood pressure levels.

It includes four AA batteries, but if you need more you should get an 8-pack of AA rechargeable batteries for $15 so you don’t have to worry about replacing them for a while. The Omron Series 10 is one of the most popular blood pressure monitors around, and it has 4.1 stars out of 5 based on almost 7,900 user reviews.