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Killing Floor 2 Halloween Horrors event lands today

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:42 -0500

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Today marks the beginning of Halloween festivities in Killing Floor 2 as Tripwire Interactive just released the Halloween Horrors Content Pack DLC for its Autumn event.

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is now available: A collection of many small and medium-sized improvements

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:57 -0500

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Microsoft started rolling out the Fall Creators Update this morning to Windows 10 PCs worldwide. As usual, the roll out will be in phases, with newer machines receiving it first as an automated update, or if you check manually and your PC is eligible for this first phase, it will...

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Razer unveils quad-core Blade Stealth laptop, Core V2 external graphics dock

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:46 -0500

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Featuring Intel's latest generation of processors, Razer has a new ultralight laptop that packs plenty of processing power. Utilizing the same i7-8550U quad-core CPU that we recently reviewed, the Blade Stealth can provide up to 10 hours of runtime courtesy of a 53.6Wh battery.

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Sony set to publish games for Nintendo Switch and PC under new division

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:32 -0500

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Sony has created a new publishing house under the Sony Music Entertainment arm. The division is called “Unties” and is looking to publish video games for the Switch, PC and PlayStation 4 platforms.

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ZTE's foldable Axon M smartphone debuts with two displays

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:46 -0500

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Smartphone makers are looking for new features to try out and ZTE has gone all-in on its new flagship model unveiled today at a New York City event. The Axon M has not one but two 5.2-inch, 1080p displays with a hinge in the middle allowing the phone to be...

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Google unveils Pixel Visual Core, its first custom-designed SoC

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:54 -0500

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Google earlier this month announced its second-generation flagship Android smartphone, the Pixel 2 (and Pixel 2 XL). The handsets, slated to arrive on October 19 and November 15, respectively, are driven by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835. On Tuesday, however, we learned that there’s some additional processing power in the new...

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PC case mod: Dancing anime girls

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:20 -0500

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Who wouldn't want to have Hatsune Miku dancing on the side of their PC?

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Google to remove experimental calorie counter from Maps following user backlash

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:49 -0500

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Google is removing an experimental feature from its iOS version of Maps following a social media outcry. The update estimated how many calories a user would burn if they walked to their destination instead of drove, but “based on strong user feedback,” Google has decided not to keep it in...

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Opinion: Tech inevitability isn't guaranteed

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:07 -0500

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It’s a story that would have been hard to believe a few years back.

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Microsoft Surface Book 2 announced with 13.5-inch / 15-inch screens, 8th gen Intel CPU and Nvidia graphics

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:18 -0500

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Microsoft on Tuesday rolled out refreshed versions of its Surface Book packing faster hardware, improved battery life and more.

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Venmo now works on all US sites that accept PayPal

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:51 -0500

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In a surprise announcement this morning, PayPal shared that Venmo customers will soon be able to shop online at over 2 million US retailers, making it accepted at almost all locations that PayPal is.

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Car fan buys $46,600 Gran Turismo Sport bundle that came with a real Mazda MX-5

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:58 -0500

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Comically priced Special Editions of games are nothing new. Dying Light took the practice to new limits with its $380,000 Apocalypse Edition in 2015, which came with a custom-built, zombie-proof shelter, before introducing a $10 million Spotlight Edition that offered buyers a role in the Dying Light movie, if it ever gets made.

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US government to investigate FCC's claim that its comment system was hit with DDoS attacks

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:16 -0500

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When the FCC put out a request for comments on net neutrality, they got a little more than they bargained for.

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Alphabet's Project Wing drone initiative is delivering burritos and medicine to Australian homes

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:27 -0500

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It feels like it’s been a while since we heard anything new about drone deliveries, but an update from Alphabet’s Project Wing shows the concept is still on track to becoming a reality.

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Netflix surges to nearly 110 million users on strong Q3

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:41 -0500

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Netflix’s stellar year continued this week with news that it added 5.3 million subscribers to its service in the third quarter. Analysts were expecting a net addition of just 4.5 million customers.

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Check out the Destiny 2 PC launch trailer and Assassin's Creed live-action promo

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:50 -0500

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The original Destiny seemed like one of those games that would have been right at home on the PC, but it was never to be. For the sequel, developer Bungie decided to bring its online-only multiplayer title to the home of the FPS. Now, over a month after it hit...

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CD Projekt Red addresses company morale concerns and Cyberpunk 2077 in open letter

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:52 -0500

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Several former employees of CD Projekt Red recently posted negative reviews about the company on Glassdoor. The reviews mainly leveled criticism at the company for long working hours and low pay. The complaints were met by current employees leaving positive reviews on the site and rebutting some of the other...

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Qualcomm completes 5G mobile data connection test, unveils 5G smartphone reference design

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 06:12 -0500

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At its annual 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong last year, Qualcomm revealed its first 5G modem, the Snapdragon X50. At this year’s event, the company announced it had taken another step toward the dream of 5 gigabits per second wireless data speeds for mobile users.

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TechSpot PC Buying Guide: A quick CPU/platform update for late 2017

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 01:52 -0500

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The TechSpot PC Buying Guide offers a comprehensive analysis of today's best desktop PC hardware spanning five well differentiated budgets. Starting at ~$400 for an affordable PC, followed by two well-balanced enthusiast-oriented machines, a premium high-end build, and finally a dream machine packing the baddest hardware available, period.

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Upgrade My PC Please! Episode 7: Core i7's of Yesteryear

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 01:00 -0500

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One of these old Core i7 power plants will get a much deserved upgrade, tell us which should win. We've also got a reader getting a new AOC gaming monitor for voting and commenting. Watch the new episode here.

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Apple loses $440 million infringement battle with patent troll

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:48 -0500

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Apple has been ordered by a US District Court to pay Texas-based company VirnetX $439,727,418 in patent infringement damages and legal fees. This legal battle has been going on for years and it’s not over yet as Apple plans to appeal.

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Doom is coming to the Nintendo Switch on November 10

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:37 -0500

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If you've been waiting for the opportunity to shoot, punch or otherwise destroy demonkind on the go, Bethesda and Nintendo have good news for you. Bethesda's popular demon-slaying title 'Doom' is finally making its way to the Nintendo Switch on November 10.

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Wi-Fi weakness KRACK disclosed, affecting nearly every connected device

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:58 -0500

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Wi-Fi encryption security took a major hit on Monday with the disclosure of a flaw that affects virtually every device that wirelessly connects to the Internet.

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Survey data suggests buyers are opting for the iPhone 7, not the new iPhone 8

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:21 -0500

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Apple’s annual marketing push for its latest iPhone is in full swing but according to one analyst, the new iPhone 8 has taken a back seat to last year’s model.

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UK lawmakers receive proposals to apply gambling laws to loot boxes

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:37 -0500

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It was only last week when the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) announced that loot boxes do not qualify as gambling. The way the ESRB sees it, loot boxes are the digital equivalent of trading cards. So at least for now, developers can continue to safely add loot boxes to...

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Russia may launch its own state-issued cryptocurrency

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:49 -0500

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At a private meeting in Moscow, Vladimir Putin has advocated for Russia to begin issuing its own cryptocurrency. Dubbed CryptoRuble, the Russian cryptocurrency will not be open for mining and will be under tight control by government authorities.

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Canon's G1 X Mark III is the first PowerShot with a large APS-C sensor

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:04 -0500

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Canon on Monday introduced its first-ever point-and-shoot camera with an APS-C sensor, the PowerShot G1 X Mark III.

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Alphabet is teaching law enforcement how to respond to self-driving collisions

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:18 -0500

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Self-driving cars are expected to help greatly reduce the number of vehicle collisions by eliminating human error but no technology is likely to be completely error-free. In a recent safety report from Waymo, Alphabet shared some insights as to how law enforcement should respond to an accident involving an autonomous...

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Play original SNES, Super Famicom cartridges with the Analogue Super Nt console

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:36 -0500

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Nintendo has done a lot for nostalgic gamers with the release of its NES and SNES Classic Edition consoles. The pint-sized remakes are loads of fun and make for great conversation pieces but they’re not without faults and shortcomings.

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