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The Nintendo 2DS is coming to Japan in four gorgeous Pokémon-themed colors

Two years after release, Nintendo's hingeless 2DS console is coming to Japan, and it's doing so in style. Tomorrow, preorders start for four transparent <i>Pokémon</i>-themed variants of the 2DS, each preinstalled with a version of <i>Pok</i><i>émon Red, Blue, Green,</i> or <i>Yellow</i>, depending on the color.<p>The consoles will …

Photographer Captures Powerful Waves on Lake Erie as Liquid Mountains

Dave Sandford is a professional sports photographer of 18 years whose hometown is London, Ontario, Canada. Over the past 4 weeks, for 2 to 3 days per …

Lake Erie

Romain Jerome Creates A Watch For True Mario Fans

Do you like Nintendo? Do you have $19,000? I think we found you a watch. The Romain Jerome Super Mario Bros. the watchmaker’s take on good old Mario and his mushroom-induced adventures and is aimed at collectors who aren’t afraid to drop twenty grand on nostalgia.<p>The watch is RJ’s third …

Super Nintendo turns 25: Why it’s the best game console ever

Super Nintendo. Just reading that phrase fills you with happiness and warmth.<p>The Super Nintendo Entertainment System came out in its first territory, Japan (where it was known as the Super Famicom), on November 21, 1990. Yup, the classic console that sold 49.10 million boxes worldwide is 25 years …

Retrogaming

Attack survivor: Cell phone saved me - CNN Video

A Paris terror attack survivor says his cell phone blocked shrapnel during a blast near the Stade de France.

Terrorism

The Magic of a Student Astronomy Camp, Captured with the Sony a7S

The team at Uncage the Soul Productions followed 23 high school students around as they spent a week at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s …

Stephen Hawking explains how to (sort-of) escape a black hole

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>If you find yourself stuck inside a black hole, Stephen Hawking says not to panic: You may die, but all traces of your existence may not be lost forever.<p>Current science suggests that a black hole’s gravity is so strong that absolutely nothing—not even light—can escape …

Physics

Olympus Air A01 Coming to the US in July for $300

Olympus’ innovative Air camera was announced back in February, but up to this point it has been a Japan-only product. Not anymore: today Olympus …

Nintendo's NX 'will start from zero'

Nintendo will continue to make games for its Wii U and 3DS consoles, even once the secretive new 'NX' platform is released.<p>But Nintendo president …

This Wooden Leica Helps You Crack Your Nuts

Check out this handmade wooden Leica camera replica. In addition to looking beautiful on your desk, it has a practical use as well: it’s a working …

Nvidia's 4K Android TV game console is now available

As promised back in March, the Nvidia Shield Android TV console is coming this month — today, in fact. The company has announced it's now available to order from Amazon, Best Buy, and its own website.<p>The new Shield — a thin, angular console with a sharp green streak of light — is powered by …

Five tips you should know before jumping into Splatoon's multiplayer

<b>Watch in 60fps on YouTube | Subscribe to Polygon on YouTube</b><p>As of this moment, <i>Splatoon</i> is now available via the Nintendo Wii U eShop, which means players are finally starting to get their hands on the multiplayer — many of them for the first time. Here are five essential tips to help you get the …

Google's Project Jacquard wants to put a trackpad on your pants

The ATAP division of Google is known for some the most innovative ideas to come out of Silicon Valley. It's the home of the Project Ara modular phone and Project Tango. So it's no surprise to find that Project Jacquard has a large single piece of fabric with conductive yarn woven in that works like …

Wearable Tech

Stunning Travel Photos Captured Using a Drone

Drone technology, although developed originally for military purposes, has no doubt found its way into civilian use. Many enthusiasts exist today who …

Nintendo Won't Be An Imitator in Mobile Market, Says Iwata

Nintendo chief executive Satoru Iwata has said the company's strategy in the mobile games market is to "receive a small amount of money from a wide range of consumers."<p>Speaking with investors during a financial results briefing, Iwata said the company would not be able to achieve success in the …

Mobile Gaming

Xbox One pulls off an unlikely sales victory over the PS4

Well, this is kind of surprising: the Xbox One lead console sales last month. I say it's surprising because there wasn't an exclusive game that launched for the system, nor was there a new bundle deal going at the time, either. Regardless, it's good news and something that Redmond hasn't seen in an …

Barcelona advances to 1st Champions League final since 2011

Samsung reveals a few facts about its round Gear smartwatch

Samsung hasn't exactly been <i>coy</i> about its new Gear watch having a round screen -- it confirmed as much in an SDK announcement the day the Apple Watch launched -- but we're finally getting a better sense of what it brings to the table. The company released development tools for its new Gear watches …

Apple is the greenest tech company in the world, according to Greenpeace

Under CEO Tim Cook, the Cupertino company has made a major push to become environmentally friendly, committing to drawing 100% of its energy from renewable sources over the long-term.<p>This year the company has began work on two solar-powered data centres in Ireland and Denmark, and it is also …

Renewable Energy

The Closest Photo Yet of the Dwarf Planet Ceres

This is the closest photo ever shot of the dwarf planet Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt. It was captured on May 4th by NASA’s Dawn …

How Smartphones Have Changed Photography, In Three Numbers

<i>Truth Facts</i> posted this simple tongue-in-cheek infographic showing how smartphone cameras have impacted the way people take and view photos. It’s a …

Android Wear 5.1 review: simple, useful and the best – for now

Google’s smartwatch operating system, Android Wear, is on its third major revision, and this time it is a coherent and useful platform that does what a smartwatch does best – handle notifications – making it the best platform out there.<p>Setup<p>Android Wear watches are only compatible with Android …

Apps