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Overwatch update enacts stricter penalties for bad behavior

Blizzard has delivered some news that‘s encouraging for a lot of its players and scary for a special few: it will begin enacting stricter penalties for toxic behavior in Overwatch. Blizzard has already shown us that it has no problem swinging the banhammer when cheating is involved, but if you‘re toxic to your teammates (or even your enemies) it will Continue reading

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5 steps to Legendary Pokemon GO Raid (Best Boss Kill and Capture)

In Pokemon GO today we‘re running down the five not-so-secret ways in which MODS (aka Modifiers) will allow you to catch a Legendary Pokemon. These modifiers all take place within the capture screen after a Legendary Raid Boss Battle - but you‘ll need to take heed before the fact! When this article was first posted, the first Legendary Pokemon had Continue reading

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Sony A7s II shoots in outer space from outside ISS

It came from outer space! Actually, it went to outer space. We‘re talking about Sony‘s nearly two-year old full-frame mirrorless camera, the (alpha) A7s II. In addition to its boasted top of the line (as of 2015) features, the camera can now boast of being the first commercial camera to have the honor of staying outside the International Space Station Continue reading

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AutoTools 2.0 for Android is out: what it is and why you‘d want it

If you‘re an iPhone power user migrating to Android, you might feel you‘re missing out on one of the most powerful automation tools available on iOS: Worklow, not a property of Apple. Sure, there is the equally popular Tasker in the Android world, but, for all the power it offers, it has one or two major flaws. It‘s not particularly Continue reading

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iPhone 8 launch could be as late as this

Apple will unveil the iPhone 8 in September, along side its less glamorous siblings, the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus. There seems to be very little argument about that. When you will actually be able to buy, much less hold, an iPhone 8 is the one subject to debate. According to Japanese fansite Mac Otakara, the 10th anniversary edition of Continue reading

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YouTube Red, Google Play Music merger confirmed by YouTube exec

Google will soon be consolidating its music streaming strategy, which, in all honesty, is a long time coming. Almost like its confusing assortment of messaging services, music in Google can come from a variety of sources. One is the more obvious Google Play Music, but YouTube, which is normally about streaming videos, also does have music-related offering, including YouTube Red. Continue reading

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Xiaomi Mi 6 Mercury Silver Edition doubles as a mirror

Do you remember that rumor that the iPhone 8 will have a new ‘color‘ that puts a very reflective metal coating on its back? Would it surprise you that a Chinese manufacturer tried to beat Apple to the punch? And would it be a shock to find out that said Chinese manufacturer is Xiaomi? If you‘ve been keeping tabs on Continue reading

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Windows 10 will have these features in Fall Creators Update

This close to the expected launch of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you‘d expect Microsoft to be focused more on polishing and bug fixing. While that‘s generally true, that hasn‘t stopped ol‘ Redmond from pushing out new features to its Insider testers. The latest 16251 build for PCs and 15235 for mobile has an unexpected surprise for mobile users. Yes, Continue reading

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Meizu PRO 7, PRO 7 Plus launched with a second AMOLED screen

To the surprise of no one, Meizu has finally made official what has been leaked to no end the past days. The Meizu PRO 7 is real and it does have two cameras (three if you count the front one) and two screens. There is even a PRO 7 Plus model to go with it. And, as expected, that second Continue reading

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Xiaomi Mi 5X launch brings MIUI 9, dual cameras to midrange

Another day, another new affordable Xiaomi phone. This time, however, China‘s second top smartphone seller (Huawei claims to be numero uno) is catering to those who want or need an even more affordable mobile device. It singles out ‘young people with fashionable outlook‘ as the target market of its new Xiaomi Mi 5X because of its design and its dual Continue reading

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HTC Vive standalone VR headset runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

Despite the surge of interest and content in consumer virtual reality, thanks to the likes of Oculus and HTC Vive, proponents quickly saw the technical limits of current technology and devices. For one, wands and sticks make for poor approximation of our hands. For another, these VR headsets keep us tethered to desks or, at the very least, laptops. The Continue reading

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Foxconn manufacturing plant will be built in Wisconsin as part of 10bn plan

Foxconn has announced plans to build a massive facility in the United States, one that will include housing units, service businesses, stores and more. The facility will be constructed in Wisconsin, with the overall plan representing a massive 10 billion investment for the company. Wisconsin lawmakers are now tasked with presenting a subsidy package, one that may be about 50 Continue reading

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Google Instant Search is dead and we have mobile to thank

It has been nearly seven long years since Google rolled out Instant Search, a feature that irritated a bunch of users early on by presenting search result pages as a user typed their query. You‘ve no doubt gotten used to Instant Search by this point (if you haven‘t disabled it entirely), but things are changing regardless: Google has killed the Continue reading

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Walmart SNES Classic preorders will all be cancelled

Earlier this week we reported that customers who had preordered the SNES Classic from Walmart were experiencing order cancellations. Though the company hadn‘t said anything official about the issue, emails were going out to customers advising them of the cancellation, and customer service reps were giving explanations that basically amounted to the website glitched.‘ According to those representatives, the Walmart Continue reading

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TSA‘s new domestic gadget rules will make travel even more frustrating

The TSA has announced new domestic safety screening rules that will make air travel a bit more frustrating for many travelers. Following the international in-flight laptop ban that had affected some countries a rule reportedly based on tips from intelligence agencies that large electronics may be modified as bombs the TSA has announced that all gadgets bigger than Continue reading

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5 Ways bonuses will make you catch a Legendary in Pokemon GO

In Pokemon GO today we‘re running down the five not-so-secret ways in which MODS (aka Modifiers) will allow you to catch a Legendary Pokemon. These modifiers all take place within the capture screen after a Legendary Raid Boss Battle - but you‘ll need to take heed before the fact! When this article was first posted, the first Legendary Pokemon had Continue reading

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Cochlear implant beams iPhone audio straight into your brain

The company Cochlear Limited has taken the wraps off its new Cochlear Nucleus 7 Sound Processor, an FDA-approved technology that is explicitly Made for iPhone‘ so that those hard of hearing can better utilize their Apple smartphone. This is the first ever cochlear implant sound processor designed to work with the iPhone, and it also has the distinction of being Continue reading

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Destiny 2 Beta isn‘t final: how a demo can change drastically

If you spent the previous weekend playing through the Destiny 2 beta on PS4 or Xbox One, you may have encountered a particularly tough section of the beta‘s Homecoming mission. Many players got stuck trying to complete the part of the mission that tasks them with destroying a set of power turbines. It was a difficult segment, with a number Continue reading

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Glow in the dark walking trail opens to the public in Singapore

Remember those glow-in-the-dark roads that began cropping up a few years ago? One in Singapore just opened to the public, and it aims to make the length of space safer for people to use at night. Whereas ordinary road lights are expensive and result in light pollution, glow-in-the-dark materials are energized by the sun during the day and then glow Continue reading

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300 Jedi vs 60,000 medieval knights: simulator shows who would win

Have you ever wondered who would win in a battle between Jedi Knights and regular ole medieval knights? It seems pretty obvious that the Jedi would win (read: slaughter) the metal-sword-wielding warrior, but what about an entire league of them? An entire army? What about sixty-thousand of them against a mere 300 Jedi? A simulator offers the answer. Jedi have Continue reading

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The Sims 4 release date announced for Xbox One and PS4

After three years of exclusivity on PC, Electreonic Arts has announced that The Sims 4 will finally make its way to consoles. Today the company announced the release date for the both the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game. While The Sims 4 won‘t be landing on consoles until November, those who are subscribed to EA Access will Continue reading

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This espresso machine is made from concrete (and it‘s not the first)

No doubt included on the list of appliances you won‘t want to transport often is a new espresso machine called the AnZa,‘ one created by designers in California who position the appliance as something like a kitchen sculpture. The appliance would match well with both modern home interiors and grungy, dark warehouse-style apartments. One would be tempted to think this Continue reading

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Xiaomi Mi AI smart speaker joins Echo, but at a much lower price

While some companies are still working to get their smart speakers on the market, Xiaomi has launched its own, the Mi AI. This is the first smart speaker launched by the Chinese company, and as we‘d expect, its price undercuts most of the existing models on the market substantially. A big question remains, though, and that‘s whether it‘ll be hitting Continue reading

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release may have wireless earbuds inside box

Samsung‘s Galaxy Note 8 is just around the corner, and Samsung may be looking to take a page out of Apple‘s book with its release. Back with the introduction of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Apple announced a pair of wireless earbuds known as AirPods. Samsung could be looking to do the same, only it might just include its Continue reading

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