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The Morning After: Monday, June 26th 2017

It‘s Monday morning, and we‘re talking about how tweets are now official presidential statements, the problem with the console wars and Snapchat Specs made for underwater.

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The next video-game controller is your voice

For all of modern gaming‘s advances, conversation is still a fairly unsophisticated affair. Starship Commander, an upcoming virtual reality game on Oculus and SteamVR, illustrates both the promise and challenge of a new paradigm seeking to remedy that-using your voice. In an early demo, I control a starship delivering classified goods across treacherous space. Everything is controlled by my voice; flying the ship is as simple as s

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Recommended Reading: Apple‘s original television aspirations

Apple Is a Step Closer to Making Its Own TV Shows David Sims, The Atlantic While the company‘s television aspirations remain largely a mystery, Apple hired two big names this week to help build its slate of original shows. Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, presidents of Sony Pictures Television, will make the move to Cupertino this summer with experience making hits like Damages, Breaking Bad, Justified and other series. The At

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The Morning After: Weekend Edition

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Welcome to the weekend. We have Galaxy Note 8 rumors, and information about an Amazon beehive -- we‘ll explain.

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Rockstar Games, Take Two seem to back off of PC game modders

Earlier this month, Grand Theft Auto publisher Take-Two angered the PC gaming community after sending a cease and desist letter to the developers of the OpenIV modding tool. OpenIV allowed people to create modifications for GTA IV and GTA V single player, but according to its creators, the letter said their tool could "allow third parties to defeat security features of its software and modify that software in violation Take-Two‘s r

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‘Overwatch‘ loot boxes will have fewer duplicates

Players of Overwatch and Hearthstone should pay attention to Blizzard. The company has made two separate announcements that will significantly affect the loot systems in both games. Via: Gamasutra Source: Overwatch, Hearthstone

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Keiichi Yano wants to make a music game with heart

"Now let me welcome everybody to the wild, wild West. A state that‘s untouchable like Eliot Ness." It‘s rare for a video-game developer to rap during an interview. It‘s rarer still for him to recite a Tupac track with perfect pitch and cadence. But that‘s Keiichi Yano, the Tokyo-based game designer behind cult classics Gitaroo Man and Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan, better known as Elite Beat Agents in the West. He loves

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Nintendo‘s 3DS isn‘t dead, but it is trapped in the Switch‘s shadow

Earlier this year, Nintendo announced a brand-new console, a hybrid portable device that serves as both a portable entertainment machine and a game system for the living room. At a glance, it looked great -- but some criticized the Nintendo Switch for having "nothing to play" except the new Legend of Zelda game, of course. Nintendo‘s E3 show served as a strong answer to those critics: Between Super Mario Odyssey, the promise of a

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The Morning After: Friday, June 23rd 2017

Welcome to your Friday morning. As we prepare to phone in the rest of the day, read about how a lensless camera is possible with math, how car buyers aren‘t quite sold on autonomous vehicles, and how one company‘s working on a Photoshop for your voice.

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