Review: The Nintendo Switch
Nintendo's long-awaited Switch has arrived, alongside the even more long-awaited New Zelda. The Switch combines the convenience of a handheld with the power..
Intel VR boss: VR will revolutionize gaming for players and spectators
Frank Soqui, Intel’s GM for virtual reality gaming, talks to TNW about the future of VR and interactive entertainment at this year’s IEM tournament.
iFixit teardown reveals what's inside a Nintendo Switch
Now that Nintendo's newest console is on store shelves you may be familiar with the outside of it, but what's inside? The crew at iFixit has completed its teard...
Everything Coming to Amazon Video in March
Amazon hasn't added too much this month but the choices are still good.
Here’s the Deadpool 2 teaser playing before Logan
There’s no end credits scene playing at the end of Logan (which is fine by us), but there is a taste of Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool 2 playing before the film. The long teaser, titled No Good Deed, is...
Expert-led digital photography training is under $20
With camera-enabled smartphones in virtually everyone’s pocket, photography has never been more simple. But just because there are so many photographers doesn’t mean they’re all good. You may be surprised to learn how a few well-targeted pro tips laid out in the Hollywood Art Institute Photography Course can take you from so-so shutterbug to truly eye-catching …
4 Ways Nintendo Can Improve Switch to Prove Doubters Wrong
Nintendo Switch promises gamers a unique home and portable gaming experience, but a handful of nagging issues need to be addressed to attract the wary.
Samsung is doubling down on tablets with the Galaxy Tab S3 and Galaxy Book
Mobile World Congress could have been Samsung’s big moment to put 2016 behind it once and for all with a brand new flagship handset. Instead, the company is..
Alec Baldwin and Spy co-founder writing satirical Trump book
"You Can't Spell America Without Me" will be written in the voice of Baldwin's comedic take on the president.
Will Ride-Hail Be Free By 2021? The Startup Ad Platform Vugo Says Yes | Fast Company | The Future Of Business
The company is betting that passengers will soon travel in autonomous vehicles for free as long as they don’t mind watching ads—including political ones.
Line Announces Smart Assistant Clova, A Potential Alexa Competitor
Japanese messaging service Line announced on Thursday a personal assistant, called Clova, in the mold of Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri. The app will communicate to Asian users through hundreds of different screens, including an Echo-like speaker.
The Best Gaming Desktops of 2017
Most gaming systems will come preinstalled with a single midrange or high-end graphics card; higher-priced systems will naturally have better cards, since purchase price typically correlates with animation performance and visual quality. Our gaming desktop reviews will let you know if there is room in the system's case for adding more graphics cards, in case you want to improve your gaming performance in the future. Most boutique manufacturers, however, will sell systems equipped with multiple-card arrays if you want to run the best-looking and best-performing games right away. (Nvidia has deemphasized, if not discouraged, using more than two of its current-generation cards at the same time, though it's still possible to have three or four AMD cards in your computer at once provided you have the proper power and heat management. AMD calls its multicard system CrossFireX and Nvidia calls its solution Scalable Link Interface, or SLI, but in practice both work the same.)
Facebook Finally Rolls Out 'Disputed News' Tag Everyone Will Dispute
On Friday, Facebook debuted its new flagging system for fake news in America, tagging hoax stories as “disputed” for some users. First announced amid criticism of the company for its role in spreading misinformation during the 2016 election, the new feature uses non-partisan third parties to assess the factual accuracy of stories reported as fake by users.
Nintendo Switch Teardown
We can see weld lines (also known as knit lines or meld lines) on the black plastic housing pieces near the button and light pipe openings. Weld lines are caused by resin having to flow around a core pin (used to form holes). Tuning molding parameters can reduce their appearance, but sometimes they can’t be completely eliminated due to the design of the part and mold. So don’t give yourself a hard time when this happens to you in the future—even Nintendo has to live with this sometimes!
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild review
This prolonged production period may well have annoyed those Wii U owners who were holding out for an original Zelda adventure on their much-maligned console, but the upside for Switch players is that we have a launch release which has benefitted from the kind of development period few first-generation titles are lucky enough to receive; Breath of the Wild refreshingly lacks the rough edges which usually plague early software and instead delivers a polished and mature experience which comes close to being worth purchasing a Switch for alone.
Facebook tests reaction and Dislike button (!) on messages
TechCrunch reader Hoan Do sent us a tip that Facebook Messenger is showing some users a Reactions option. When you hover over messages friends have sent in a chat thread, you can tap the emoji button to pick from attaching a little thumbs-up Like, thumbs-down Dislike, or a heart-eyes, lol, wow, sad, or angry emoji. Everyone in the thread will then see that Reaction counted below the specific message you attached it to, and you can tap to see a full list of who left which Reaction.
Yes, AT&T customers, ditch your grandfathered unlimited data plan
I'm currently grandfathered into an unlimited data plan with AT&T. My phone bill right now without the lease payments for our phones is $165 a month for two lines. With our current plan, we get 700 minutes of talk time between the two of us, unlimited text messaging, one line has 3GB of data and the other line gets unlimited data. Should I ditch my grandfathered data plan for one of AT&T's new unlimited plans? Is there any reason to hang onto this old plan?
How to custom-fit your images for the lock screen with Windows 10's Photos app - TechRepublic
Since that time, I've received all kinds of feedback and questions about using images as the lock screen background. One question that has popped up quite frequently refers to the way Windows automatically crops user photos that are set as the lock screen background on a wide screen monitor. Most often folks complain that when they set their own pictures as the lock screen background from the Lock Screen tab, as shown in Figure A , Windows crops out the main focus of their photo.
How to add RainLoop Webmail to a Nextcloud server - TechRepublic
When adding a domain, it is important that you add the correct information for the Name. If the domain you are adding is domain.com, you must enter domain.com as the name—entering a nickname for the domain here will result in a login failure. Also, some domains do not allow the usage of short login (username vs. username@domain). If your domain requires a full email address for login, do not enable the Use Short Login option.
Ryan Reynolds Releases That Deadpool Teaser
Slashfilm originally reported that a Deadpool teaser, called “No Good Dead,” is playing before Logan in theaters. Now it’s available to watch in all its Chimichanga glory. The clip features Reynolds, as Wade Wilson, witnessing a crime and (with much difficulty) changing in a phone booth to try and stop it. Sadly, it doesn’t quite work out, but at least he and the victim share a nice moment. There’s even a Stan Lee cameo!
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Trump accuses 'sick' Obama of wiretapping and his proof is [INSERT PROOF HERE]
As is custom in the United States, we wake up, yawn, remember that it's 2017, grab our phones, and then, bleary-eyed, go on Twitter to see what messages our president has hastily tapped that will rule our lives for the next 24 hours.
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‘Artificial Intelligence’ Has Become Meaningless
The flags in the lobby of the State Department stood bathed in sunlight and silence on a recent afternoon. “It’s normally so busy here,” marveled a State Department staffer as we stood watching the emptiness. “People are usually coming in for meetings, there’s lots of people, and now it’s so quiet.” The action at Foggy Bottom has instead moved to the State Department cafeteria where, in the absence of work, people linger over countless coffees with colleagues. (“The cafeteria is so crowded all day,” a mid-level State Department officer said, adding that it was a very unusual sight. “No one’s doing anything.”) As the staffer and I walked among the tables and chairs, people with badges chatted over coffee; one was reading his Kindle.
USCIS Will Temporarily Suspend Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions
Starting April 3, 2017, USCIS will temporarily suspend premium processing for all H-1B petitions. This suspension may last up to 6 months. While H-1B premium processing is suspended, petitioners will not be able to file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service for a Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker which requests the H-1B nonimmigrant classification. We will notify the public before resuming premium processing for H-1B petitions.
A scientific approach to the paranormal
What's haunting Carrie Poppy? Is it ghosts or something worse? In this talk, the investigative journalist narrates her encounter with a spooky feeling you'll want to warn your friends about and explains why we need science to deal with paranormal activity.
How to Jailbreak Apple TV 4 running tvOS 10.0 - 10.1 with liberTV
That’s all you need to do to install the liberTV jailbreak app onto your Apple TV 4 and proceed with jailbreaking it. Keep in mind that nitoTV has issues with tvOS 10.0 – 10.1. An update is in the works to support this firmware, but until then, avoid installing it.
How to Clean Up Windows 10 With the Refresh Windows Tool
Of course, you'll have to reinstall any software or apps and restablish any customized settings to bring Windows back to the way you want it. That's why the best time to run the Refresh Windows tool, at least on a brand new PC, is as soon as you get it home and take it out of the box. That means less work for you and a PC unburdened by junkware.
Here's what's in a $25,000 taco
A resort's chef cooks up a taco you'd want to stash in a safe deposit box rather than eat. Want some gold with that salsa?
How to troubleshoot Google Cloud Print in 5 steps - TechRepublic
When Google Cloud Print doesn't work, it sometimes takes more than a simple reboot to get things working again. Here are five simple steps to fix Cloud Print problems.
We love our phones, so why do we hate making phone calls?
Interview time arrived, I called her and we chatted for 45 minutes. Yet somewhat embarrassingly, as with many phone calls these days, I got nervous as the call approached. WTH? We're both professionals, she was expecting my call and it wasn't an adversarial situation. I wasn't shaky and my palms didn't sweat, but I felt that unspoken, low-key dread that never hits when I'm punching out a text. It's a mix of not knowing what attitude I'll get from the other person and a general nervousness about whether I know enough about the topic we'll tackle.
Square Buys OrderAhead to Grab Pickup Business at Restaurants
This isn’t the first time Square has experimented with food pickup. The company rolled out its own app that allowed customers to pre-order food in 2014, but shut it down a year later. Gokul Rajaram, who leads product engineering at Square, said the company now is much more prepared for the business because it owns a delivery unit that can leverage its existing restaurant relationships.
Smart cities: The smart person's guide - TechRepublic
There is a range of definitions of a smart city, but the consensus is that smart cities utilize IoT sensors, actuators and technology to connect components across the city. This connects every layer of a city, from the air to the street to underground. It's when you can derive data from everything that is connected and utilize it to improve the lives of citizens and improve communication between citizens and the government that a city becomes a smart city, said Esmeralda Swartz, head of strategy and marketing of the software business unit for Ericsson.
Check out Ikea's new solar-powered outdoor LED lights
Ikea's new summer product lineup features a new "Solvinden" collection of solar-powered LED lights and lamps designed for your porch, balcony, or back yard. Most of them, like this table lamp, cost $20 or less.
Any lock's a smart lock with the Kwikset Kevo Convert
This is the Kwikset Kevo Convert, a renter-friendly retrofit smart lock that attaches to your existing deadbolt. Click through to see more about it.
Air Force Leaders Say It's High Time Our Planes Shoot Deadly Lasers
Military bigwigs gathered in Orlando this week for the annual AirWarfare Symposium to discuss big plans for big weapons that do big damage. According to a report, the biggest unfunded project that U.S. Special Operations Command hopes to push through is a C-130 that’s equipped with a power laser weapon.
12 best Google Chrome extensions to make life easier
Google Chrome has become the most popular way to browse the web. With Chrome extensions you can make your browsing experience even more efficient. Among the top browser add-ons are password managers, in-tab dating sites and discount hunters. The best part: they're all completely free.
Mark Wahlberg Making SciFi Comic Book in Hopes of Launching Movie Franchise
It makes sense that Wahlberg and crew would be interested in starting a franchise from a comic book, since so many upcoming films and TV shows are based on graphic novels, but this is an unusual case. Of course, comics have been launched before to promote or push different series, but this time around, they’re openly talking about how it’s mainly designed to lead to a brand-new film franchise.
Esports pros don’t worry about younger competitors with ‘faster reflexes’
I actually think a lot of the older players on my team have better skills, reflexes and reaction time than me. I believe it has more to do with how you improve your game and practice. For me, I try to use grenades to get kills; if you’re killing someone blind, you don’t have to have crazy-fast reaction time. You actually have time to put a crosshair on their head and take them down. It’s not flashy, but that’s the tactic I’ve worked on.
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Macs 'do more' than iPads says Apple’s Tim Cook http://www.computerworld.com/article/3175658/apple-mac/macs-do-more-than-ipads-says-apples-tim-cook.html … via @computerworld
How to Improve Your Facebook Ad Performance : Social Media Examiner
You can’t customize ads to each target audience and by device if they’re all in one ad set. Ads that are customized for your target audiences are much more likely to convert and get a lower cost per click. Additionally, mobile ads and desktop ads typically should be different. For example, mobile ads tend to have less text and user behavior for mobile differs greatly compared to desktop.
As CRT Supplies Vanish the Classic Arcade Machine is Virtually Dead
The classic arcade cabinet will soon be all but extinct. The niche market of manufacturing CRT televisions has officially hit a wall and the experience of playing a classic arcade game as it was originally intended will be a very rare thing in the near future.
URBAN-X launches in Brooklyn and introduces 8 startups focusing on smart city tech - TechRepublic
"As New York's Chief Digital Officer, part of my role is to recognize opportunities to bring more startups to the city, and URBAN-X is exactly the kind of organization that helps us accomplish that goal," said Sree Sreenivasan, New York City's chief digital officer, in a press release. "We strive to build a culture that values innovation, entrepreneurship, and solutions-driven action that benefits city residents and includes them in the process. I look forward to working with the URBAN-X team to scale change in an impactful way and work toward our shared goal of a better New York."
WhatsApp Is the Latest App to Add Snapchat-Like Features
Snapchat's way of sending photo and video messages "is a format that is being established and being changed and being improved upon by a lot of people in the space," said Randall Sarafa, a product manager for WhatsApp, in an interview. "We're bringing this format into WhatsApp and giving it a bit of the WhatsApp flavor that we know, which touches on reliability, security, and personal sharing."
Apple may not be switching to USB-C on the iPhone 8 after all
The hardware tweaks will ultimately enable Apple to replicate some of the power benefits that come with USB Type-C and still maintain its signature Lightning connector. As 9to5Mac remarks, it remains unclear whether this rumor has any relation to previous reports about wireless charging .
Google will release a new Pixel phone this year
"There is an annual rhythm in the industry. So, you can count on us to follow it," Osterloh told Android Pit in a briefing at Mobile World Congress. "You can count on a successor this year, even if you don't hear a date from me now." In response to questions regarding a low cost Pixel, the Google executive simply told reporters: "the Pixel stays premium."
The Night They Locked Up All the Smartphones
Yondr's smartphone-locking pouches are the new thing at parties, concerts and other events. WSJ's Joanna Stern surrenders her device in the name of journalism. Photo: Jarrard Cole/The Wall Street Journal.
The argot of the aces: Common terms for the data enthusiast
Big data is loaded with big words. Having a good grasp of common data terms helps you not only understand, but also join in and influence conversations around data initiatives. Check out vital discussions around data evolution and revolution at
Nintendo Switch lets gamers play in both the real world and Zelda's
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How to use the versatile fman file manager on a Mac - TechRepublic
Previously I wrote about using Commander One , a potent Finder alternative, and fman is another option worth exploring. In the course of using fman for a week, both in Windows and on my Mac, I found the program intriguing and worthy of continued use. Often, upon completing trial experiences, I delete the software. I'll be leaving fman on both my Mac and Windows systems, though. It's earned its place.
How a single typo brought the internet to its knees
In response, AWS says it’s putting in safeguards to prevent this
kind of error from happening again. Apparently, creating these
safeguards had been in the works for a while, and AWS is making
it a priority after this outage. Considering it even brought down
AWS’s own conference mid-speech, this is probably for the best.
There are a dozen new ideas at GDC 2017's Indie Megabooth
Even the games that weren't necessarily science fiction related were a little spooky, including a horror thriller about a blind heroine exploring a haunted house and a surprisingly delightful, local multiplayer comedy dating sim about monsters who forgot to get a date to prom . It's a refreshing look at some of the industry's most creative projects. If you ever stumble across an Indie Megabooth showcase at a convention or tradeshow, make sure to stop and check it out.
Nintendo Switch Review: Elegant (but Unready) Balance of Portable and Home Gaming
I’ve always wanted a videogame console that lets me play beautiful games on a big-screen TV, then take those same games on the go. Nintendo Co.’s latest console, the Switch, is in many ways the realization of that dream. The hardware is ingenious. This isn’t a VCR-size box like Sony Corp.’s PlayStation or Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox. The heart of the $300 Switch is a 6.2-inch touch-screen tablet that you can play as a portable—the new mini controllers, dubbed Joy-Cons, slide into either side. When you want high-def gaming on...
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Uber devises secret Greyball tool to evade officials
Greyball collects in-app data to identify and target certain individuals, like law enforcement officers. If those people try hailing an Uber, the app will either display that no cars are available or show a mock-up of the app with fake Uber cars.
Trump accuses Obama of wiretapping him before election
'Simply false': Obama spokesman rejects Trump wiretapping claims
Trump, citing no evidence, accuses Obama of wiretapping him at Trump Tower just before election.
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The directors of 'XX' reveal their horror inspirations
The Babadook really landed with me. I watched it with my husband one night in the dark, after our son had gone to sleep, and it wormed its way under my psychic skin with its awkward, depressive lead character and snaky sense of dread. I went to bed thinking about what an assured and controlled film I'd just watched, and what a complete vision I'd just experienced. But beyond the film's technical and tonal prowess (manifest in its very consciously monochromatic production design, beautiful soundscapes, and very thoughtful camerawork), this is a film that really lives inside of its emotional ideas. The best horror films manage to locate one monster as a way to reveal an even more fearsome one -- and in the case of The Babadook , there is the external horror of a more typical bogeyman figure uncovering the more visceral horror of motherhood itself.
The Fossil Q Hybrid smartwatch does wearables right
The bad news? There is no lume on the face so you can’t read this at night. The notifications are pretty cool – it’s supposed to tell you when you get social media messages and the like – but a vague buzzing noise doesn’t give much context in this case. I’d say this is primarily an activity tracker with some added features and not a fully-featured smartwatch. An initial calibration process suggests that this watch could lose or gain time due to vagaries in the weather, etc. which means Fossil tries to ensure that the hands are always correct.
Amazon admits that a typo took the internet down this week
As for why the problem took so long to correct, Amazon says that some of its server systems haven't been restarted in "many years." Given how much the S3 system has expanded, "the process of restarting these services and running the necessary safety checks to validate the integrity of the metadata took longer than expected."