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The best lenses for iPhone photography

<i>By Erin Lodi</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with The Wirecutter, a buyer's guide to the best technology. When readers choose to buy The Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here.</i><p>After more than 16 hours …

Star Wars Battlefront's Outer Rim expansion launches April 5, costs $14.99, says GameStop

The $49.99 season pass is currently discounted by some retailers, Walmart included<p><i>Outer Rim</i>, the first premium expansion for <i>Star Wars Battlefront</i>, launches April 5 and will cost $14.99, according to this listing on GameStop.<p>The launch date represents a slight delay, although the original release …

Nintendo Actually Confirms 'Pokemon Sun' And 'Pokemon Moon'

A Nintendo parody account may have tricked a bunch of outlets into confirming the existence of <i>Pokemon Sun/Moon</i>, two new Pokemon games whose logos leaked out yesterday, but a Nintendo Direct actually confirmed the fact Friday morning. The announcement was short and sweet, clocking in at only six …

HP floats a new Windows 10 smartphone that could replace your laptop

Hewlett Packard’s new Windows Phone could be the only laptop you’ll ever need.<p>That’s the idea behind HP’s Elite X3 smartphone -- which crams laptop-like hardware into a smartphone -- introduced this week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.<p>The Elite X3’s raw specs bear this out. A giant 6-inch …

Pokémon Sun and Moon Launching on Nintendo 3DS This Fall

“Gotta catch ‘em all” has been a mantra of video game players for 20 years. Nintendo has sold more than 277 million <i>Pokémon</i> video games since the …

Samsung Galaxy users are finally getting the middle finger and upside-down face emoji

Still no diverse skin tones, though<p>Samsung phone owners will get the first new set of emoji since the S5 when the company releases the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge next month. Get ready, taco fans, unicorn lovers, and volleyball players because the release on March 8th will include all the emoji you’ll …

Nikon takes down plane photo after row

<b>Nikon has taken down the winning entry to an amateur photography competition after a social media storm erupted over the obviously edited image.</b><p>Look Up, by Singaporean photographer Chay Yu Wei, appeared to capture a plane just as it flew over a building.<p>But Nikon and Mr Chay had to apologise after …

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Has Microsoft's big Xbox One secret just been revealed?

Microsoft stopped releasing console sales figures months ago while Sony regularly updates on its amazing PS4 stats.<p>The industry widely believes Sony …

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Porsche CEO: 'An iPhone belongs in your pocket, not the road.'</b> Porsche does not plan to join luxury carmakers who are trying to develop self-driving vehicles, its CEO told a German newspaper.<p><b>2. London taxi-app Gett has launched a new flat-fee courier service that promises to get a package from A</b> …

Angry Birds

Is Apple losing its touch? Don’t count on it

Three years ago, Apple was in a real bind, or so you would have thought. Steve Jobs, its mercurial founder, had died 18 months earlier, and pundits wondered if the company had lost its spark.<p>Jobs’ successor Tim Cook was seen as a masterful operator but less of a creative force. Apple’s latest …

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So You Want To Eat Snow. Is It Safe? We Asked Scientists

<i>Editor's note: A version of this post first appeared in January 2015.</i><p>Many people will see the snow currently blanketing much of the U.S. Eastern Seaboard as a nuisance coating sidewalks and roads. Others are celebrating it as an excuse to spend the day swooshing down a hill.<p>As for me, I like to …

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Xbox One Vs. PS4: Which Console Has The Best Deals This Christmas? [Updated]

It’s the holiday season, and that means it’s time to argue about video game consoles.<p>Yesterday, I argued that the PS4 is still the best choice this Christmas, in spite of the Xbox One’s major strides since last year.<p>But today, Microsoft announced that its myriad holiday bundles would be getting a …

Huge Xbox Live Sale Begins This Month, Includes 200-Plus Offers

Microsoft will launch a huge digital game sale on Xbox Live later this month, the company has announced. It's called a "Countdown" sale, but it actually extends beyond the start of the new year.<p>The promotion runs December 22 through January 7, and Microsoft is calling it the "biggest digital game …

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Playing Xbox One games on a computer solves one of gaming’s biggest problems

But let's be honest: you've been hogging the TV for hours, and you really should let others use it.<p>What if there was an easier solution? A solution, perhaps, that enabled everyone to be happy?<p>Back in November, Microsoft released an update for the Xbox One operating system that put Windows 10 on the …

Windows 10

TRUMP: 'I am the least racist person that you have ever met'

"I am the least racist person that you have ever met," Trump said. "I am the least racist person."<p>Lemon then asked Trump if he's "bigoted in any way."<p>"I don't think so. No. I don't think so," the real-estate mogul replied.<p>"Islamophobic?" Lemon asked.<p>Trump said he wasn't Islamophobic and then …

The best gadgets you can buy this holiday season

Trying to decide on the perfect laptop, tablet, or tech accessory can be overwhelming.<p>Manufacturers release tons of gadgets all year, so sifting through all of your options to find the best fit is often a pain.<p>Our holiday gift guide is full of excellent ideas — whether you're trying to find a new …

Leonardo DiCaprio's new movie is a brilliantly gory revenge tale that could win him his first Oscar

It has gotten to a point where it's hard for any new movie in that setting to deliver anything that surprises the audience.<p>But then Alejandro González Iñárritu went and made "The Revenant," which proves there's still new ground to cover in the frontier movie, and that he's one of the best directors …

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Nintendo Black Friday sale on 3DS bundles, merch

If you're thinking about getting a 3DS for Christmas then it's worth checking Nintendo's store today for a range of sub-£100 bundles.The discounts …

Facebook expands parental leave policy to include employees outside the US

Last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he plans to take two months off after the birth of his daughter, echoing the tech industry's recent investment in paid parental leave. That two months is half of Facebook's current policy, which allows some new parents in the US to take up to four months …

How Cocaine Changes the Brain

<b>The burst of energy and hyperactivity that comes with a cocaine high is a rather accurate reflection of what’s going on in the brain of its users,</b> …

Hack of toy maker VTech exposes 5 million customers

VTech, a Chinese company that makes popular electronic toys for kids, had its app store hacked.<p>An "unauthorized party" accessed customer information in a database for VTech's Learning Lodge app store on November 14, the company said in a statement Friday. The app store lets parents download apps, …

Coffee and Wine. Same or different?

Breaking down the similarities between two of our favorite drinkables<p>As access to both good coffee and wine has increased throughout the world, …

Coffee

Best Video Game Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals 2015

Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals have begun! While we have plenty of comprehensive lists broken down by both retailers and indvidual consoles, if you want a quick look at some of the best deals we've been able to find on games and consoles, check out our lists below.<p>We expect more discounts to …

Grand Theft Auto

GameStop Black Friday deals expanded, offers starting two days before Thanksgiving

GameStop's Black Friday 2015 circular leaked online last week, but it turns out that the leak doesn't represent the retailer's entire ad. Polygon can now share four new pages from next week's circular, pages full of additional deals that get the ball rolling early.<p>The four pages, which you can …

Star Wars Battlefront

Half of tree species in the Amazon at risk of extinction, say scientists

If deforestation continues at current rate, 57% of the 15,000 tree species will be in danger, including Brazil nut, cacao and açai<p>More than half the myriad tree species in the Amazon could be heading for extinction, according to a study that makes the first comprehensive estimate of threatened …

Extinction

Now Is a Great Time to Buy a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One

If you’re in the market for a new video game console, the Thanksgiving shopping season is almost always a great time to buy. That’s true once again …

The first 'Star Wars' spinoff was inspired by one line from the original movie

The perfect movie pitch can be done in one sentence.<p>Lucasfilm chief creative officer John Knoll pitched a new "Star Wars" movie to the company's current president Kathleen Kennedy in 2012, according to a lengthy "Star Wars" feature in Wired out Tuesday.<p>"I just have this very simple idea," said …

Star Wars

Hilarious Park Rules Posted Online Go Viral

The list of comic conditions addresses park users, dog dress code and even music with an amusing slant<p><i>Imgur / obviousplant</i><p>A new set of park rules …

Xbox One update adds controller button remapping for all games

Last week's big Xbox One update was a welcome re-haul for Microsoft's console, making the machine faster, making its dashboard easier to navigate, and adding backwards compatibility for more than a hundred Xbox 360 games. It also, as Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hyrb noted yesterday, introduced …

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