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Weekend Open Forum: How fast can you type?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:00 -0500

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There was a time when a fast typing speed was an attribute usually reserved for those who sat behind a keyboard all day. But in today’s connected society, it’s not just the likes of secretaries, IT workers, and professional writers that can exceed 60 words per minute.

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Xbox One X may be seeing a Day One special edition branded with the Project Scorpio logo

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 17:00 -0500

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At least one German retailer has posted a listing for a special edition Xbox One X. The German online store MediaMarkt has a page up under its Xbox One consoles category titled “MICROSOFT Xbox One X (1TB) Project Scorpio Edition.” It even posted some pictures of the console which appear...

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Google to livestream Android O reveal on August 21 during the eclipse

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:15 -0500

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Google late last month released the fourth and final Android O developer preview, nudging the mobile operating system one step closer to its commercial release. We still don’t know exactly when that’ll happen but we should find out soon.

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This portable charging hub lets you take six high-powered ports on the move

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:45 -0500

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You'd be hard-pressed to find a charging hub more versatile than the Adam Casa USB-C 6-port hub. Boasting two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, a USB 3.1 Type-C port, plus HDMI, ethernet, and an SD card reader, this sleek and ultra-portable hub is designed to meet your needs -- no matter...

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PlayStation 4 firmware version 5.0 makes several major usability improvements

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:45 -0500

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Sony made a few significant changes to the PlayStation 4’s system software. Version 5.0 of the PS4 operating system (codenamed NOBUNAGA) adds better parental controls, improved broadcasting capabilities, custom friends lists, and more. Here are a few of the major additions.

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Studios are moving forward with plans to make movies available for rental mere weeks after appearing in theaters

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 14:00 -0500

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Movie theaters seem like an incredibly archaic concept in 2017 as nearly every amenity or benefit they once afforded has been nullified – or made worse – by modern technology.

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Can tech companies legally cancel service to hate groups?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:21 -0500

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The past few days have seen many of the largest tech companies coming out against extremist groups such as the KKK, neo-Nazis, and other white supremacists. While condemning hate is nothing new, this has led to a debate over whether or not these groups are protected under the First Amendment....

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Asus launches six new dual camera ZenFone 4 handsets

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:30 -0500

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Last week, Asus accidentally gave us a taste of what to expect in its upcoming ZenFone 4 line when the handsets’ details were published on a French website. Today, the company has officially announced the six new smartphones, all with dual (front or rear) camera setups, at an event in...

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Quake Champions early access starts next week, adds playable Doom Guy

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:30 -0500

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With the excellent remake of Doom proving so popular, it didn’t come as too much of a shock when id Software revealed a reboot of its other iconic first-person shooter - Quake – at E3 last year. The game finally entered closed beta a few months ago, and next week...

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Google Play bans alternative social media site Gab for hate speech

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:30 -0500

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Late last year, I reported on a new social network called Gab that was quickly gaining popularity. It was positioned as an alternative to the likes of Twitter and Facebook, focusing on free speech and less censorship. Now, the app has been kicked off Google’s store for hate speech. ...

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What was the first MMORPG to be based on graphics instead of text?

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:00 -0500

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Was it Neverwinter Nights, EverQuest, Ultima Online or Asheron's Call?

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Atari sues Nestle over accusations it copied Breakout game in Kit Kat ads

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 08:00 -0500

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We’re used to seeing tech companies sue each other over alleged IP infringements, but we now have what may be the first case of a gaming firm suing a confectionary maker. Atari has accused Nestle of violating its rights by using the name and concept of its 1976 game Breakout...

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Thomas Was Alone's developer just released a surprise sci-fi title for $6

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:00 -0500

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If you've played Volume or Thomas Was Alone, you're probably already familiar with indie developer Mike Bithel and his fondness for quirky, narrative-driven games. However nobody could've anticipated today's surprise release of Subsurface Circular, a short sci-fi title that follows the life of a robot detective.

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Facebook clamps down on video clickbait

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:15 -0500

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For all the effort put into fighting the problem, clickbait is still one of the worst elements of Facebook. But the site continues to clamp down on such posts and will now be improving its “integrity of information” by targeting video clickbait.

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Origin Neuron Gaming Desktop Review

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:00 -0500

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From first glance it's clear that the Origin Neuron means business, and when I say business I mean serious gaming business. Flashy RGB lighting, top of the line components, and a clean aesthetic make it one of the best looking builds I've ever laid my eyes on.

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Most populated metropolitan markets in the US ranked by cellular service

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:30 -0500

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Contrary to popular belief, living in a densely populated metropolitan area doesn’t necessarily guarantee top-notch wireless service.

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New Skype for desktop preview adds @mentions, message reactions, and more

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:15 -0500

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The new chat oriented Skype Preview is available to download for Windows, macOS and Android, offering new features like @mentions, message reactions, new notification panel, new chat media gallery and enhanced group calls.

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Reddit rolls out native video hosting

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:30 -0500

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Reddit dealt a major blow to services like Imgur last year with the introduction of native image hosting. Now, it’s looking to do the same to video hosting services.

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What did the ESP button do on portable CD players?

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 16:00 -0500

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Are you old enough that you owned a Discman?

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Comcast Xfinity Mobile goes nationwide (and with a lower price)

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 15:15 -0500

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Comcast’s wireless phone service, Xfinity Mobile, launched in select markets in May. Now, the service – which blends 4G LTE service from Verizon with Wi-Fi hotspots – is available nationwide.

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Modder is remaking Diablo II as a StarCraft II mod

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:30 -0500

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The StarCraft remaster just dropped three days ago, and I’ve been playing it. I have to say, it looks great and really brings back the memories of why the game was so awesome in the first place. Of course, it also raises the question, where is a Diablo II remaster? ...

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iOS 11 has a new feature to lock down your phone's Touch ID from prying law enforcement officers

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:45 -0500

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Apple has added a new security and privacy focused feature to the latest revision of iOS. By pressing the power button five times in quick succession, a new menu will open up. This new setting will allow users to quickly reach emergency services and also temporarily disable Touch ID. It...

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Microsoft delays Xbox One X launch title 'Crackdown 3' until 2018

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:45 -0500

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Microsoft on Thursday said Crackdown 3 would miss its 2017 launch date and is being pushed back until next year. Shannon Loftis, Microsoft Studios Publishing general manager, recently confirmed the news with Polygon.

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Flagship Nokia 8 phone unveiled, coins the term "bothie"

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:00 -0500

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This has been a very busy year for Android flagship phones. If you're an Android fan, there are definitely no shortage of choices for you to choose from. However, there's one brand that still has some people waiting just a little bit longer to upgrade: Nokia. HMD Global, the company...

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Motorola patent describes the self-healing smartphone screen of our dreams

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:15 -0500

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A cracked screen is a nightmare scenario that many smartphone owners have faced, so wouldn’t it be great if there was a handset that could repair the damage itself? Based on a recently published patent, Motorola could already be working on the technology.

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Decent at Rocket League? Maybe it can help pay for college

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:48 -0500

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It used to be that being good at a video game got you little more than recognition from peers in the neighborhood. These days, trouncing the competition can earn you a respectable income and even pay for college. My, how times have changed.

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The V30 is LG's most gorgeous handset to date

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:00 -0500

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Following weeks of rumors and some low-quality videos appearing on Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s HitRecord website, we’ve finally got a good look at LG’s upcoming V30 smartphone - and it could be the company’s most attractive handset to date.

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Study warns that smartphone separation anxiety is increasing as people form closer bonds with their handsets

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 08:00 -0500

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With smartphones now considered a necessity for most people, nomophobia - the fear of being without a working cell phone - is becoming an increasingly widespread problem. That’s the view of researchers from Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul and City University of Hong Kong, who say many view the devices as...

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