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Super Mario Run update introduces new world, mode, and playable character

Super Mario Run made its debut late last year as one of Nintendo‘s first big smartphone games, along with marking the iconic character‘s first time appearing on a non-Nintendo platform. Those who are still enjoying the run-and-jump mobile game will be pleased to hear that its largest update yet is arriving next week, adding a new playable character and level. Continue reading

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Pact fitness app settles with FTC over unfair billing accusations

Fitness app Pact wants to help users reach fitness goals by using a cash incentiveor at least it says it wants to. The app works by charging users if they don‘t meet their weekly fitness goals and rewarding them with money if they do meet their goals. Allegations made by the FTC allege that things have worked differently in reality, Continue reading

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YouTube Plus subscription reference found in app code

A tidbit found within the YouTube v12.37 apk indicates that Google‘s video service may be preparing to launch yet another subscription option, this one called Plus.‘ The subscription seemingly would be a companion to the existing YouTube Red subscription option, but details about it are slight. There doesn‘t appear to be any sort of information or documentation about the subscription Continue reading

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This AI turns simple sketches into Van Gogh paintings

Cambridge Consultants has demonstrated an artificial intelligence system that takes simple sketches and transforms them into artwork that look like something created by Vincent Van Gogh or other famous painters. The system, which is nicknamed Vincent for obvious reasons, serves as a deep-learning demonstration for the company, which recently showcased the AI‘s abilities on video. The system uses machine learning Continue reading

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A robot in China performed dental surgery on a living person

Going to the dentist is a scary experience for many, but obviously not for the brave person who volunteered to undergo oral surgery performed by a robot. The procedure took place in China, where the robotic dentist successfully implanted a pair of teeth into patient‘s mouth. No human took an active role in the surgery, according to a local report. Continue reading

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Don‘t underestimate the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

Any other year, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus would feel, well, magical. Apples two new smartphones address some long-standing complaints from iPhone owners, like including wireless charging support; they look sleek, have improved cameras, and borrow clever screen technology from the iPad Pro. Of course, this year there‘s a shadow looming over both new handsets. That‘s the iPhone Continue reading

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Target Restock next-day delivery hits 8 cities in move against Amazon

Target has expanded its next-day delivery service into 8 new cities, all of them major metro regions like Chicago and Los Angeles. This is done as part of Target‘s Restock service, a way for anyone to order certain goods online and have then arrive the next day. If that sounds familiar, that‘s because it is: Amazon does something similar with Continue reading

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The 2,000 iPhone is coming

Like many, I was unsurprised and generally unmoved by the iPhone X. We can blame leaks for that. The event wasn‘t exciting, and judging by the opening which brought us words from Steve Jobs‘ that had never been made public, it‘s clear Apple wanted it to be. Instead, we got exactly what we expected, save for one small detail. Apple Continue reading

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Nyko wireless SNES controller is perfect for the Classic Edition

Nintendo is teasing SNES fans with its Classic Edition, a modern version of the retro console that includes wired controllers for a more authentic experience. If you‘re not so keen on having an authentic experience, Nyko has the controller you probably wish Nintendo would have used: a wireless SNES controller. This model looks just like the original (with the purple Continue reading

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Tesla Superchargers may borrow something from gas stations

Tesla may have a track record of looking to the future of transportation, but it‘s considering a thoroughly well-established idea for upgrading its Superchargers. Rather than getting more energy into your electric car, the automaker is apparently considering ways drivers and their passengers might want to top up their own energy levels. If that sounds like a convenience store at Continue reading

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Escobar family seeks 1b from Netflix over Narcos trademarks

Netflix is facing a trademark dispute with the family of Pablo Escobar, the subject of its popular series Narcos. Escobar‘s brother Roberto De Jesus Escobar Gaviria is seeking a billion-dollar payment from Netflix over its alleged intellectual property violations. In return, and based on a legal letter that recently leaked, it seems Netflix‘s own lawyers are threatening to slap the Continue reading

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The SNES Classic Edition is here and I‘m already in love

We‘re one week out from the launch of the SNES Classic Edition, but today, SlashGear‘s review unit landed on my doorstep. Though I can‘t give you a full review just yet (that‘s coming soon), I can give you an early peek at the mini console itself, along with my initial impressions. It kind of goes without saying, but just like Continue reading

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Inside Qualcomm‘s big C-V2X plans for tomorrow‘s smart cars

I‘ve always felt nervous when using adaptive cruise control (ACC) on a busy highway. ACC has always left too much of a gap between my car and the lead car: even setting ACC for one car length, the minimum most automakers allow, I felt the gap would allow someone to sneak in and I was always unsure of how the Continue reading

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Apple movie rentals now give you double the time to watch

You might not be impressed with the Apple TV 4K, but a big change to how iTunes movie rental periods are handled is likely to be much more warmly received. Apple has quietly switched up its policy on how long rented content can be watched after you‘ve started playback, much to the benefit of iTunes users. Now, you‘ll have 48 Continue reading

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Noon smart lighting control may offer Nest-like polish

Looks like Hue, LIFX, and others will soon have some new smart lighting competition, with a former Nest exec preparing to launch a rival system of his own. Locoroll is the brainchild of Erik Charlton, formerly a founder at Nest and the company‘s head of business. It‘s been working for more than a year and a half on what appears Continue reading

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Intel‘s Project Alloy standalone VR headset is dead

It‘s been quite some time since we last heard from Intel‘s Project Alloy. The VR headset was first revealed last year and was intended to be an open reference for other manufacturers who wanted to make their own VR headsets. Though Project Alloy was an impressive and promising standalone VR headset, Intel announced today that it will be pulling the Continue reading

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There‘s a Red Dead Redemption 2 reveal coming, and it‘s big

After revealing Red Dead Redemption 2 nearly a year ago, Rockstar has been mostly silent about the game. We received some new screenshots back in May, along with the news that the game had been delayed beyond its original fall 2017 release window, but other than that, new information on Red Dead Redemption 2 has been painfully slim. It looks Continue reading

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This 3D printed sensor could democratize self-driving cars

An innovative 3D-printed sensor could dramatically reduce the cost of giving autonomous cars a 360-degree view of the world, potentially replacing radar as a key component of driverless technology. The tech, handiwork of researchers at the University of Arizona, is currently being developed for commercialization by startup Lunewave. That‘s making some big claims about just how much of an improvement Continue reading

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The ridiculously fast Marea transatlantic internet cable is complete

Microsoft and Facebook may not be as cool as SpongeBob, but they do now have a mighty cable under the sea which is almost as impressive as a pineapple. The two companies has completed its Marea subsea cable, a groundbreaking - or should that be seabreaking? - infrastructure project that will funnel vast quantities of high-speed data more than 17,000 Continue reading

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Pokemon Gold and Silver now available on Nintendo 3DS

It‘s a big day for Pokemon fans. Not only is Pokken Tournament DX launching on Nintendo Switch (read our review here), but Nintendo is also bringing Pokemon Gold and Silver to the Nintendo 3DS eShop. These re-releases follow the eShop launch of Pokemon Blue, Red, and Yellow, which were all released to celebrate Pokemon‘s 20th anniversary. There doesn‘t seem to Continue reading

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The T-Mobile and Sprint merger terms are reportedly almost set

T-Mobile and Sprints on-again, off-again merger is near to terms being agreed, sources claim, though there‘s still some way to go before the four major carriers become three. The two networks have been potential suitors for several years now, though so far have failed to reach a conclusive deal that would see them merge. However, reports earlier this month claimed Continue reading

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Apple TV 4K won‘t let you download 4K content

The new fifth-generation Apple TV is certainly a big launch for Apple, as it brings the company‘s line of streaming boxes into the 4K era. While that support will definitely be exciting for the Apple TV faithful, we‘re discovering some limitations placed on 4K content today. As it turns out, you won‘t be able to download 4K content for offline Continue reading

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IKEA welcomes iPhone 8 wireless charging with tribute campaign

You can credit the iPhone 8 and iPhone X for the recent resurgence in interest in wireless charging, and IKEA isn‘t letting that opportunity pass it by. The company has offered select versions of its furniture with wireless charging functionality since 2015, but until now iPhone owners have required an adapter in order to take advantage. With the arrival of Continue reading

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Uber loses London license

In an unexpected blow to Uber, the city of London has refused to reissue its license to operate, over concerns that its ride-sharing service is not fit and proper. The decision will mean that, after Ubers current license expires on September 30, 2017, Uber will not be able to run its business in the UK‘s capital city. At its heart, Continue reading

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