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Someone put the Nintendo Switch's battery to the test

Nintendo estimated two and a half to six hours of battery life.

Nintendo sues go-kart company that lets people race dressed as Mario

Seeking to protect its intellectual property, Nintendo has filed a lawsuit against a go-kart company that lets people race dressed in Super Mario costumes.

Play both 'Banner Saga' games for free via Twitch Prime

Amazon will also donate $1 toward the "Banner Saga 3" Kickstarter for each download.

The NBA hopes VR will expand its audience

After dabbling in 360 video the league is building a reputation for experimentation.

Valve's cool new tech can make games sound more realistic than ever

Gaming giant Valve has just released Steam Audio, a free toolkit for developers to add realistic spatial effects for sounds in their games.

How to improve the Oscars in 2017 and beyond

A shorter ceremony? A smarter one? More politics? Less? The members of our culture team all have different thoughts.

Woman having a scary good time at a concert is everything

'What are these things attached to my hands?'

'Tokyo 42,' that colorful 'Grand Theft Auto'-like game, reveals more of its tricks

A look at the Cop Drop minigame.

WTF is TNW: You think you know, but you have no idea

A peek under the hood of why we do what we do and how we make all our different activities complement each other in a virtuous cycle.

Watch this astounding trip around the world, made entirely from Google Maps

Fancy a quick trip around the world? Then check out this impressive hyperlapse made entirely with screenshots from Google Maps.

Embark Self-Driving Truck Eyes Driverless Freeway Journeys

The big rig uses radar, cameras, and sensors to transport cargo without a human behind the wheel.

Aubrey Plaza gives charming, adoptable puppies fantastic backstories

Let's adopt all of them.

Jordan Peele's new horror movie will destroy your post-racial delusions

You need to get out and watch this.

What to Expect at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017

The biggest mobile industry trade show of 2017 is coming up. Here's what we expect in Barcelona.

'Runner 2' and other indie hits get rare physical releases

"Runner2" is limited to 3,500 copies and comes on March 17th.

Super Smash Borg Melee: AI takes on top players of the classic Nintendo fighting game

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Everything you don't want to know about the Nintendo Switch

Being a Nintendo fan is often an exercise in managing expectations. For years, we've watched the company just miss the mark with online services , third-party game availability and outdated hardware specifications . The frustration of seeing a company you like make so many odd decisions can wear you down. Now, Nintendo is about to release a new game console , and as always, it's far from perfect. For the most loyal Nintendo fans, these imperfections can evoke one of two responses: anger that the company has failed to live up to their expectations, or denial that the company is doing anything wrong at all. That's no way to live. Instead, let's skip the first four stages of grief and embrace the Nintendo Switch's faults with acceptance. This is everything the Nintendo Switch is doing wrong at launch (so far).

Cloudbleed: How to deal with it

Subjectively, I believe this is a serious security issue and should be evaluated by any major service using Cloudflare. It is likely not an “end of the world” in severity, as unless there was concerted malicious exploitation, vulnerable data is probably fairly randomly distributed across the Internet, but presence of data in searchable caches might make small-scale exploitation possible. Since the mitigation for end users is good advice in general (use a password manager, use unique random passwords per sites, rotate on any compromise), it’s a “no brainer” for most security-conscious end users. For site operators, the decision really comes down to your specific userbase and their level of security sophistication and risk tolerance. I’m deeply appreciative of both the ongoing work by Google’s Project Zero (especially Tavis) and by Cloudflare’s rapid response to this issue.

LG's ultralight 2017 Gram laptop line starts at $999

LG introduced its 2017 Gram notebooks at CES this year. The updated line includes a touchscreen option and way better battery life. Today, we got pricing details . The LG Gram 13Z970 will cost $999.99 for non-touch, or $1,099 for touch. The LG Gram 14Z970 is priced at $1,499 when it includes an Intel Core i7 processor and $1,199 for the version with the Intel Core i5. The largest notebook in the line, the Gram 15Z970, goes up to $1,699 with the inclusion of an Intel Core i7 processor with 16GB of memory and 512GB of storage with a touchscreen. All models are available now from the usual nationwide retailers, like Amazon, Costco, and B&H.

Google's Android texting app has a new name

If your iPhone owning friends hate seeing green bubbles pop up in iMessage, it probably won't do much to change that, and even for Android users, there's very little changed beyond the name. The styling and features of the app are exactly the same, but with MWC 2017 about to kick off, maybe it has more plans in store. In the changelog, it notes that there is "Simpler sign-up for enhanced features on supported carriers," so there could be easier access to Rich Communication Services (RCS) enabled enhancements that bring its experience up to par with iMessage.


Specifically, ZeniMax is seeking to block sales of its mobile and PC developer kits, as well as technology allowing the integration of Oculus Rift with development engines Unreal and Unity, reports Law360 . If the injunction isn't granted, ZeniMax wants a share of "revenues derived from products incorporating its intellectual properties," suggesting a 20 percent cut for at least 10 years. ZeniMax argues the previous settlement of $500 million is "insufficient incentive for [Oculus] to cease infringing." Oculus, meanwhile, says that "ZeniMax's motion does not change the fact that the [original] verdict was legally flawed and factually unwarranted. We look forward to filing our own motion to set aside the jury's verdict and, if necessary, filing an appeal that will allow us to put this litigation behind us," the virtual reality company stated.

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Apple Investigating the Melting iPhone 7 Plus Incident That Was Caught on Video

A video recently surfaced on Twitter showing the Apple iPhone 7 Plus spontaneously catching fire and subsequently melting. A new report now mentions that Apple is currently investigating the issue, which tells us that this could be a serious issue.

Apple is 'looking into' the viral video showing iPhone 7 burst into smoke

Olivas has since handed over the faulty handset to Apple. The company is yet to comment on the issue in more detail, but as of now nothing seems to suggest the flaw is more widespread.

You Can Now Use Google to Search Your Drive Files On Android

Currently, if you wanted to search through your Google Drive files on Android, you’d have to open the Drive app to search for them. Now, you can simply search from Google on your phone, then tap “In Apps” in the top bar to look through your files. This is much quicker and handier than opening an app just to find your TPS reports.

Change Your Passwords. Now.

A massive memory leak from web services and security company Cloudflare may have exposed user data for thousands of sites using the service. In other words: it’s time to change your passwords.

Google is shutting down Spaces

Google's oh-so-brief Spaces experiment didn't even last a year before the company decided to shut it down . According to a note from the Spaces team today, they've made a "tough decision" and the group-sharing social network will lock down in read-only mode on March 3rd, then completely shut down on April 17th.

Google Daydream View: The smart person's guide - TechRepublic

Google Daydream View headsets are more than just toys: They have the potential to be huge for business. Find out how you can make them work for you with this smart person's guide.

Alphabet's self-driving car unit sues Uber with trade theft charge

SAN FRANCISCO Alphabet Inc's ( GOOGL.O ) Waymo self-driving car unit sued Uber Technologies [UBER.UL] and its autonomous trucking subsidiary Otto on Thursday over allegations of theft of its confidential and proprietary sensor technology.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild on Nintendo Switch is the best handheld epic

In handheld mode, on the Switch's 6.2-inch screen, Breath of the Wild's details can be a little hard to make out. The game's design seems made for bigger-screen experiences, and handheld Zeldas don't tend to get this large-scale (Ocarina of Time on 3DS made it work very well, though). The game looks just as good on the Switch's screen as on the TV, to my eyes, but I couldn't see into the distance as well. The game involves tremendous maps and, sometimes, small things you need to spot from far distances.

New 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro Unlikely To Ship Before May or June

A new report from  DigiTimes  claims that the new 10.5-inch iPad Pro and the upgraded 12.9-inch iPad Pro from Apple will not ship until May or June. The company is expected to unveil them at a March event.

FCC Chairman Pai moves to block internet privacy rules

Under the data privacy rules, wireless and broadband companies are required to take "reasonable" steps to protect sensitive data. The rules were passed after the FCC gained authority under the new net neutrality rules to regulate broadband like the traditional telephone network. The FCC currently regulates privacy for phone networks. But conservatives, including Pai, oppose this reclassification.

Google Users Unexpectedly Signed Out of Accounts

Some speculated that the logouts were a security issue, but Google says that was not the case. Google is investigating the issue, but there's "no indication that this is connected to any phishing or account security threats," Cee wrote. If you were logged out of your account last night and had trouble logging back in, you might have more luck now.

Apple's Tim Cook marks Steve Jobs's 62nd birthday on Twitter

Apple CEO Tim Cook took to Twitter on Friday to mark what would've been the 62nd birthday of his predecessor, company co-founder Steve Jobs. "Remembering Steve, whose words and ideals will always inspire us," Cook wrote . The executive added a quote by Jobs himself, "There is no reason not to follow your heart." Cook regularly posts on Twitter whenever an anniversary from Jobs' life arrives, such as his birthday or his death from pancreatic cancer on Oct. 5, 2011. Remembering Steve, whose words and ideals will always inspire us. "There is no reason not to follow your heart."—Tim Cook (@tim_cook) February 24, 2017 Jobs founded Apple along with Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne in 1976, initially seeing success on the back of the Apple II and Macintosh. He resigned from the company in 1985 amid internal conflicts, however, and would only return in 1997 after Apple bought out NeXT. The executive was credited with turning Apple into the multinational giant it is today, thanks to profits from the iMac, iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Cook was hired to manage operations during this period, radically overhauling supply and manufacturing, and got an early taste of the CEO role when Jobs went on a medical hiatus in 2009.

'RollerCoaster Tycoon' finally goes 3D on mobile

With RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch , the beloved amusement park building series is moving beyond dated 2D graphics and into the modern world. It's strange to say this in 2017, but it's the first mobile version of the game to take advantage of 3D graphics. It's a major leap ahead of 2014's RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile and RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic , a rehash of the series' first two games released in December. The free-to-play title is available on iOS and Android , and you can bet there will be plenty of micro-transactions.


Given the more than $10 billion in demand, that suggests there is at least $6.8 billion in orders over what Snap is seeking in its sale.

Ghosts of past tech IPOs could haunt Snap's performance

Snap Inc appears set to make a splash next week with the biggest tech stock debut since Facebook Inc, but history suggests investors shut out of the initial public offering would be better off waiting a bit to chase this unicorn on the open market.

Serious Cloudflare bug revealed secret user data from major websites

For months, a bug in Cloudflare’s content optimization systems exposed sensitive information sent by users to websites that use the company’s content delivery network. The data included passwords, session cookies, authentication tokens and even private messages.

White House Bars NYT, CNN and BuzzFeed From Press Briefing

Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed, told the Times that the move to exclude his site and others from the briefing was clearly "the White House’s apparent attempt to punish news outlets whose coverage it does not like." BuzzFeed recently published a dossier of allegations (which remain unproven) about Trump's connections to Russia.

Kind RA fulfills student's birthday dream of hearing a bedtime story

Andrew also only had glowing things to say about Q, which may seem obvious because the man was willing to read a bedtime story to a college student, for goodness sakes.



How to master macOS whois command basics - TechRepublic

These are important elements when coordinating and fulfilling web services, whether internally for an organization or externally for clients. Leveraging the Terminal's whois command permits immediately accessing such information. Using Terminal, users can also quickly export the whois documentation to a text file for later reference by clicking Shell from the menu bar, selecting Export Text As, providing a filename and location for the resulting file and clicking Save. For documentation search and retrieval purposes, users can also enter corresponding tags, such as the domain or client name.

Zenimax goes for the jugular in new Oculus legal battle

In the injunction, ZeniMax demands that products using the disputed code be blocked from sale. Since the code is at the core of the Rift system, this could cost Oculus even more time and money to change it.

The 100 Best iPhone Apps of 2017

Whether you received a new iPhone for the holidays or you just want to breathe new life into an older one, these are the apps you need.

Five of the top global smart cities really are the brightest

The smart city space is basking in interest from global governments and companies looking to invest where environment and technology intersect. This intersection was formerly considered the domain of cleantech, and under the smart city mantle it may be so again. A recent Bloomberg article raised the notion that many cleantech startups are rebranding as … Read more »

A Brief History of Uber and Google's Very Complicated Relationship

Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that Anthony Levandowski, a former employee in Google’s self-driving car division, downloaded nearly 14,000 documents, including the design for the circuit board used Waymo’s self-driving car system. All the while, the lawsuit claims, he was surreptitiously planning to leave the company to start his own self-driving car startup. Levandowski did end up leaving and starting his own company, known as Otto. Otto was acquired by Uber for $680 million just a few months after its founding.

Apple, Google slam Trump's transgender policy reversal

The software giant was the first major tech company to say something about the Trump administration's decision: "Apple believes everyone deserves a chance to thrive in an environment free from stigma and discrimination. We support efforts toward greater acceptance, not less, and we strongly believe that transgender students should be treated as equals. We disagree with any effort to limit or rescind their rights and protections."

Beyond the shiny smartphones: What to really watch for at MWC 2017 | ZDNet

The rise of the smartphone has had a huge impact. Ian Fogg , senior director for mobile and telecoms at IHS Markit, said the technology pioneered in mobile has gone on to transform the broader tech market -- like the arrival of app stores on tablets and now PCs. "The mobile industry has become the technology industry," he said. And despite the nascent market for wearables, the smartphone remains the core device for most people. "The smartphone is the hub of their digital life," he said.

Report: Why the big challenges in AI aren't close to being solved - TechRepublic

Facebook, however, was ranked much lower in the report. Edison researchers even called it a "laggard with one of the weakest positions in AI globally." The core issues that Facebook is facing have to do with its inability to properly leverage automation, and its late start in the market. Additionally, Facebook's disastrous attempt to automate the removal of fake news further demonstrated how weak its AI was.

Why automation doesn't necessarily remove the need for QA - TechRepublic

In software development, the rise of automation tools has largely eliminated human involvement. ON one hand, it's easy to say that automation has further eliminated the need for QA but that's not the case. As experts have noted, QA is still essential, as is human intervention in some cases, to ensure a quality product is deployed.

Seiko will sell a limited run of "Steve Job" watches from his iconic 1984 potrait

The original watch owned by Jobs’ estate sold for $42,500 back in February 2016 . Now, Seiko is re-releasing it in its original 33mm size and and a slightly larger 37.5mm version. The company is selling 1,982 units with a white face, and another 300 in black. The cost, at ¥20,000, comes in a little less than $180. But the catch — because of course there is a catch here — is that these watches will be exclusive to to the Japanese market.

Eightydays Plans a Multi-City European Trip For You

When you first open the app, it will ask you to pick a city to start and finish in (for right now you can only pick one city for both your beginning and end points). Then pick when you want to travel and how long you’ll have. The site will then generate a travel plan with a list of cities you can visit. It also shows flight information as well as AirBnB rates so you can get around and find a place to stay in each city.

Nasty Gal is bankrupt and everybody is asking why

The dominant thesis is that Nasty Gal spent too much on advertising and plush new headquarters, but never acquired a loyal customer base, partly because product quality wasn't high. The brand was also deeply tied to Amoruso and suffered when she stepped down as CEO in 2015.

Fans wave what appear to be Russian flags in support of Trump at CPAC

On Friday, some attendees at CPAC, the annual Conservative Political Action conference, waved tiny flags that appear to be exactly copies of the Russian flag, however these have the word "Trump" emblazoned on them.

Ban Donald Trump

A ban could also satisfy the broader meaning of the company’s stated mission — to give everyone the power to create and share ideas and information instantly, without barriers. It would not be ironic for Twitter to attack someone who wants to erect costly physical, technological , and social barriers that will erode progress and hope for the lives of millions of people around the world, if doing so sends a message that those measures cannot be tolerated by free societies. There would surely be a risk to Twitter’s business to provoke protest, but Twitter’s value does not come from hosting Trump. It comes from the millions of artists, celebrities, reporters, and regular folks who freely contribute to it on a daily basis as a real-time source of information and conversation. They’re not all going to leave because he’s banned.

FCC Picks Worst Day Possible to Block Rules Protecting Personal Info

Until today, March 2 marked the date that internet service providers would be required to adopt “reasonable” measures to protect sensitive customer info like browsing histories, location data and Social Security numbers. Thanks to the Federal Communications Commission’s new leadership, however, that deadline will now be extended indefinitely, and we have no idea if or when those rules will be enacted.

Denmark is appointing an ambassador to big tech

It sounds silly, but when you think about it, it does have many attributes in common with nation states. For starters, it’s got a population that’s bigger than that of India, and its 2016 revenue wasn’t too far from Estonia’s GDP. It also has a ‘national ethos’. If America’s philosophy is capitalism, Cuba’s is communism, and Sweden’s is social democracy, Facebook’s is ‘togetherness’, as corny as that may sound.

Android ransomware up more than 50%, locking users' devices until they pay - TechRepublic

A recent report stated that, over the past year, Android ransomware detections rose more than 50%, with many attacks occurring in the first half of 2016.

Barack Obama was just spotted in New York City and people treated him like a rockstar

Barack Obama was just spotted in New York City and people treated him like a rockstar

Prepare to blast off to the coolest galaxy cake ever

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Calvin Harris blesses us with Frank Ocean and Migos together on a sunny track

Calvin Harris, with the help of Frank Ocean and the Migos, comes through for us all this warm winter with a summer track that somehow works perfectly for the middle of February.

Apple, tech leaders will side with transgender youth in upcoming Supreme Court case

The Washington Post posted a piece this morning about how House Republicans want to steer away from Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid without hurting the states. Most of the details — keeping some money flowing to the expansion states, helping the non-expansion states with extra payments for the poor and uninsured — have been floated before. But the bigger news starts in the 11th paragraph: The Congressional Budget Office says the new, age-based tax credits, another part of the replacement plan, "would cost the government a lot of money and would enable relatively few additional Americans to get insurance."

How to Make Trump Less of a Dick, With Science

Imagine attending a work dinner and having your boss single you out and order your meal for you. Then imagine that meal was meatloaf. Chris Christie may not have cared about it so much, but to many people, that would be considered an obnoxious move at best. Unfortunately, that kind of behavior and worse is par for the course with Donald Trump, whose character flaws seem to manifest in horrifying new ways every week. But what Trump’s associates may not know is that science, an enterprise the new administration seems to have little regard for , could help make their boss a slightly more tolerable human being. Insights from fields like cognitive science and psychology could curtail some of Trump’s worst qualities, from lack of empathy to bigotry to narcissism.

Apple, Microsoft, PayPal join legal fight for transgender rights

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How to access Microsoft Remote Desktop on macOS Sierra - TechRepublic

Sometimes Mac users find themselves needing to access a Windows application, and Microsoft RDC can be a good option to do so. Here's how to access the application and set up a connection.

'Swarm AI' predicts winners for the 2017 Academy Awards - TechRepublic

For the third year in a row, Unanimous A.I.'s UNU platform has predicted winners for the Oscars. Here's how it harnesses the power of group intelligence in real time, and who it predicts to win.

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60 'Halo' will bring back local multiplayer
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73 Huawei believes in VR enough to design a smartphone camera
74 Newly discovered 400-million-year-old giant worm had killer jaws
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