The ban on TikTok makes no sense. These things make no sense.

President Trump issued an Executive order to ban TikTok. This order specifically names TikTok, and claims their collection of user data is the reason.

TikTok may be bad. But if the objection to TikTok were really about privacy, why wouldn’t the US pass privacy legislation, ala Europe’s GDPR?

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Google partnering with banks to make online banking portals… in the middle of anti-trust investigation

Google, currently under anti-trust investigations by US Congress, isn’t letting that scrutiny slow them down. Having tried and failed to make Google Pay (formerly Android Pay) adoption take off, they’re going to partner with banks to build online banking portals.

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Samsung intros a new phone, and here comes the protection

Funny thing, that. Yesterday, we told you about new cases and glass protection for the Google Pixel 4a (right here), and we also covered the new Samsung phone launches (here). Well, wouldn’t you know it – Gear4 and InvisibleShield smashed those two together, and now we’ve got some new protection for those phones as well.

First up, on the case front, we’ve got (from left to right) we’ve got the Crystal Palace, Wembley, and Battersea cases. The Crystal Palace looks similar to what we talked about yesterday, and the Wembley looks like a darker version with some additional edge protection. The Battersea? That’s one we talked about in a different article (here) on iPad cases, but it still holds here. Basically, you decide the look you want for your phone – and the level of protection – and away you go. With them offering styles across devices, you could reasonably end up with the same style on all your electronics. The cases range from $29.99 to $49.99, and are specific to either the Note20 5G or the Note20 Ultra 5G.

You know if there are new cases, there’s going to be some new screen protection offered up as well. I’m a big fan of the InvisibleShield items, as I’ve got it on my iPhone (and my wife’s) as well as my iPad (watch for that review soon), as they just get the job done. As with other offerings, they’ve got a three-tiered approach to the protection you can get:

  • GlassFusion VisionGuard+ ($49.99 SRP) is a hybrid screen protector that is engineered to be unbreakable and features an Eyesafe technology layer that eliminates HEV blue light without distorting the color performance of device screens.
  • GlassFusion ($39.99 SRP) is a hybrid screen protector thatprovides users with complete edge-to-edge protection while preserving the touch sensitivity of the device screen. 
  • Ultra Clear+ ($29.99 SRP) is an ultra-thin film screen protector that features advanced high-definition clarity combined with Self-Healing Nano-Memory Technology that makes InvisibleShield Ultra Clear+ feel and look as great as the device’s own screen.

However you go, there’s no denying our phones are expensive and crucial parts of our daily lives – so it makes sense to wrap them up in some great protection. You can check out the product-specific pages for the Note20 5G or the Note20 Ultra 5G, or just head on over to Zagg to find protection for your own device.

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Now funding: Supers & Sorcery

We truly seem to be in a bit of a golden age when it comes to TTRPG resources. There are quite a number of real-play podcasts out there to inspire (and entertain you), and there are all manner of books and modules coming out to help you run your own game and bring something new to the table. One of the latest of these is Supers & Sorcery.

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Protect that Pixel 4a you just pre-ordered

Earlier this week, Google announced the new Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a (5g) and Pixel 5 (you can see that here). Well, you know that protection for those devices wouldn’t be far behind. One of our favorite protection brands, Zagg, is here with new Gear4 cases and InvisibleShield screen protectors for those devices.

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Who’s buying TikTok, and why? (And how to work around a ban)

TikTok, for the intersection of people who read knapsack and yet somehow don’t know what TikTok is, is an app for short video creation, with tools for superimposed video, quit cutscenes, and basically fun dances, social commentary, or comedy. They’re headquartered in China, with a US division. And, in case you haven’t heard, are under threat of being banned, or acquired.

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SND-RAY: Classic shades with silent tunes

Hey, you remember those funky Oakleys with built in headphones that Dog the Bounty Hunter wore, right? Well, it takes a certain style to pull those off, I think. What if, however, you could have some classic Wayfarer style shades with “hidden” headphones built in? That’s what the SND-RAY has on tap.

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