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Indie Amplifier program promotes developers on the Twitch Prime channel

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:15 -0500

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Twitch Prime has launched a program to give indie developers a chance to increase their public presence. It is called Indie Amplifier. From now through the end of February and the first part of March, the promotion will feature Twitch streamers SimCopter1 and DizzyKitten streaming content from various indie titles.

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Super Mario Bros. encyclopedia is coming to the US later this year

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:20 -0500

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Nintendo in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. in 2015 launched an encyclopedia covering nearly every major title in the franchise’s storied history. The 256-page book was launched exclusively in Japan but later this year, those living in the US will have their opportunity to pick up...

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CD Projekt Red feels developers should focus more on the player and less on the loot box

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:34 -0500

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Loot boxes earned a lot of headlines in 2017. Most of them revolved around their contentious nature and player backlash over one game or another’s implementation of the controversial feature. PC Gamer recently interviewed CD Projekt Red co-founder Marcin Iwiński who says he feels the wave of complaining players is...

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Flight sim DLC maker used malware to steal pirates' passwords

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:48 -0500

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It’s not uncommon for developers to have a bit of fun with those who download pirated copies of their games.

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Google Project Zero discloses 'Medium' severity Microsoft Edge security flaw

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:01 -0500

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Google and Microsoft have never had the best of relationships. In addition to being bitter rivals in the realm of web browsers, Google previously disclosed a major Windows flaw before Microsoft was ready to release a patch for it - a decision Microsoft was less than pleased with.

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Aspark Owl electric hypercar breaks the sub-2 second 0-60 barrier

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:40 -0500

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk late last year claimed the company’s second generation Roadster would be able to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds (the Model S P100D sedan was able to do so in 2.28 seconds last February).

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Facebook will use postcards to fight US election interference from foreign governments

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:52 -0500

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Facebook has taken a lot of criticism for not doing more to stop Russia’s interference in the US election. In the future, it’s turning to low-tech ways of combating the spread of misinformation: using conventional ‘snail’ mail as a way of verification.

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The Boring Company has received a written permit to begin Hyperloop excavation in Washington, DC

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:00 -0500

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Elon Musk has been known to have the occasional wild idea. In 2016, he decided to start the Boring Company after expressing his frustrations with traffic jams on Twitter. Though Musk recently announced and sold a controversial flamethrower under the Boring Company brand, the company's end goals lie in the...

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LG's next flagship phone will reportedly arrive in June with an all-new design

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:14 -0500

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Back at CES, LG said it was moving away from a yearly smartphone launch cycle and will instead focus on releasing more variants of its handsets. It was also reported that CEO Jo Seong-jin ordered a complete redesign of the G6’s successor. Now, its rumored that the company's next device,...

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Bipartisan support for cryptocurrency regulation is growing

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 09:27 -0500

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The speculative nature of cryptocurrencies has caught the attention of gamblers and investors alike in hopes of chasing elusive quick cash. Aside from causing a shortage of graphics cards, using mass amounts of power globally, and making it difficult to track criminals online, the danger of speculation still remains. Congress...

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Microsoft removes document showing limitations of Windows 10 on ARM

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:32 -0500

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It was way back in December 2016 when Microsoft announced its plans for Windows 10 on ARM devices. A year later, Asus, HP, and Lenovo unveiled the first of these laptops, and while they may boast an “all-day” battery life, a recent document published by Microsoft has revealed some of...

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Google's first tweet on Twitter was a message encoded in binary that read what?

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:11 -0500

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Don't be evil, I'm feeling lucky, Do the right thing, Is this thing on?

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Researchers show off electronic skin that displays users' health stats

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 07:41 -0500

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Electronic skin patches able to perform tasks such as measuring glucose levels in people with diabetes and checking for dehydration in athletes are nothing new, but researchers from the University of Tokyo have taken things to the next level by adding an LED to an e-skin.

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Disappointing iPhone X sales leaves Samsung searching for OLED buyers

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:13 -0500

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One would imagine that Apple cutting production of the iPhone X in half due to weak sales would give rival Samsung a feeling of schadenfreude, but that might not be the case. The Korean firm provides the OLED displays for the flagship phone, and now that Apple has lowered iPhone...

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Pixel 2 owners say update caused phones to become warmer, reduced battery life

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 13:43 -0500

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It’s fair to say that Google’s second generation of Pixel phones haven’t had the smoothest of times since launch. Following their display and audio issues (among others), it seems some users are experiencing yet more problems with their Pixel 2 handsets: warm temperatures and reduced battery life....

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Argument over video game leads teenager to shoot and kill friend

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 09:55 -0500

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A 16-year-old Columbia male has been charged with murder after shooting his friend while they were playing a video game.

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AMD Raven Ridge 8GB vs. 16GB Reserved Memory Benchmark & Explanation

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 01:00 -0500

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Unlike a typical discrete graphics card, most integrated graphics solutions like the one on AMD's new Raven Ridge desktop APUs don't have their own dedicated memory. Instead AM4 motherboards let you set the video memory somewhere between 64MB and 2GB. Let us explain what that means.

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AMD will give Ryzen APU customers a free processor to help flash their firmware

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:31 -0500

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AMD's highly anticipated Ryzen + Vega APU chips launched earlier this week to a fairly positive critical reception. Our own Steve Walton gave the chips in question -- the Ryzen 5 2400G and Ryzen 3 2200G -- a collective 90/100 score, praising the hybrid chips for their value and exceptional budget motherboard support.

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System Shock remaster put on hold after raising $1.3 million on Kickstarter

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:44 -0500

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Backing projects on crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter is a risky proposition, even if the creator is a well-established company. Just ask one of the more than 21,000 backers that pledged money to support Nightdive Studios’ remake of the 1994 classic System Shock.

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Apple requires all new iOS apps to support the iPhone X's Super Retina display

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:59 -0500

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Though the iPhone X has been met with excellent reviews since its launch, that doesn't mean Apple hasn't faced their fair share of problems with the device. Indeed, in addition to the iPhone X being labeled the "most breakable" iPhone released thus far, weaker-than-expected sales have reportedly led to Apple...

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FDA approves blood test to detect concussions

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:13 -0500

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The US Food and Drug Administration this week approved the first blood test to diagnose mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), commonly referred to as a concussion.

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Google removes 'View Image' button from image searches following Getty Images settlement

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:33 -0500

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If you tend to take full advantage of Google's image search functionality, you may be in for a bit of bad news. According to Google, the "View Image" link in Google Images has been removed following a recent legal settlement between Google and Getty Images.

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Apple Park employees keep smacking into the building's glass walls

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:47 -0500

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Many consider Apple Park to be a modern architectural marvel but according to a new report, the lavish campus that opened less than a year ago is quite literally presenting some unforeseen headaches.

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Authorities are investigating what may be the first drone-linked aircraft crash

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:01 -0500

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Drones are pretty interesting and versatile pieces of technology. They can be used for surveillance, high-speed video capture, package deliveries and even ocean rescues. However, as their popularity grows, so too does their associated risks - specifically regarding the devices sharing the sky with larger, more dangerous aircraft.

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Sony's PlayStation VR holiday pricing returns with bundles starting at $199

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 14:14 -0500

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The holidays can be a great time to score some items you’ve been eyeballing but if you’re like most of us, you don’t always get everything you want in part because finances dry up from buying gifts for everyone else.

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Free gaming weekend: NBA 2K18, Overwatch, Rainbow Six Siege and more

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:25 -0500

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With Valentine’s Day duties squarely in the rear view mirror, gamers can get back to doing what they do best – play games! The timing couldn’t be any better as multiple games and services are free to try this weekend.

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New York federal judge rules news outlets violated copyright by embedding a tweet

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:31 -0500

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Embedding tweets, videos and images on one's blog or website is a pretty common practice. However, if a recent New York federal court ruling is any indication, that seemingly harmless act may land you in quite a bit of trouble in the future.

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Twitch launches Discord-like chat channels for streamers

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:52 -0500

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Twitch streaming may be an appealing job for many but it comes with its own set of risks - specifically, privacy-related ones. As we've seen on many occasions, streamers and other Internet personas have dealt with stalkers, swatting and even home invasions from certain members of their audience.

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The Steam Lunar Sale is underway as Valve adds new Wishlist features

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 11:24 -0500

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Steam has decided it’s time for you to add to your backlog of unplayed games. To celebrate the Lunar New Year, a sale is underway on the popular platform. Not only are there a slew of discounts available, but Valve has also updated the Steam Wishlist with some new features....

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Samsung halts Oreo rollout to Galaxy S8 handsets due to rebooting issues

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:55 -0500

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Galaxy S8/S8 Plus owners were pleased to hear that Samsung had started rolling out Android Oreo to the handsets last week, but there’s been a hitch. The Korean company has confirmed it halted the rollout after discovering it was causing random reboots.

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