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The Nintendo Switch has become the system people love to love

How Nintendo changed the conversation<p>I spent a significant amount of time playing <i>Mario Kart 8 Deluxe</i> on a hammock today.<p>You could have something like that experience before — it’s not like <i>Mario Kart 7</i> wasn’t a thing that existed on the 3DS — but this isn’t a portable version of Mario Kart that’s …

Surface Laptop is Microsoft's $999 flagship for Windows 10 S

The latest Microsoft PC is a traditional high-end clamshell running the new Windows 10 S operating system.<p>Microsoft has a new Surface computer, but rather than a touchscreen tablet that adds a keyboard cover, the new Surface Laptop is exactly what it sounds like -- a shockingly traditional …

MacBook Pro

Acer's Predator X27 G-Sync HDR gaming monitor does 4K at 144Hz

In January, Asus showed off the first 4K HDR gaming monitor running at 144Hz — a sort of best-of-all-specs scenario. Now Acer is following with a very similar display, the Predator X27, which combines G-Sync HDR, a 4K resolution, and a 144Hz rate. The display is based on the quantum dot tech that …

Acer

A major Nintendo policy change has saved at least one Switch game | Ars Technica

Third major patch for Nintendo Switch exclusive Bomberman does the unexpected.<p>With the Nintendo Switch's newness starting to fade, interest in the …

Nintendo Switch

What self-driving car software can learn from playing video games

Open-world driving games like Grand Theft Auto V aren’t just for lawless virtual joyrides anymore. They’re offering new learning opportunities for …

Driverless Cars

Origin PC has a new gaming laptop at a surprising price

The boutique brand is hitting mainstream prices on the new Eon15-S.<p>High-end custom gaming PC makers are known for great performance, great customer support -- and high prices. That's often left PC gamers with modest budgets stuck with off-the-shelf options from big mainstream brands such as Dell, …

Laptops

Zelda Breath of the Wild Already Running On PC Using Cemu Emulator (video)

PC gamers that would rather not shell out £279 on a new Nintendo Switch console but are eager to be able to play the new Zelda: Breath of the Wild …

IBM built an atomic hard drive

While the rush to keep pace with Moore's Law is getting rather "chaotic", researchers at IBM announced on Wednesday that they have drastically reduced the space required to store a bit of information down to that of a single atom.<p>This tiny advancement in storage technology, is a big deal. Given …

Inside the Startup Behind Silicon Valley's Favorite $100 Light Bulb

Austin-based lighting startup Ketra has built a state-of-the-art LED bulb and a state-of-the-art way to control it. But to sell its wares to the world’s biggest tech companies, it first had to build a state-of-the-art problem.<p><b>Two years ago,</b> as it prepared to build a new office on Manhattan’s West …

Colorware PlayStation 4 Pro Retro Announced

Colorware have announced that they will be launching a limited edition of the PlatyStation 4, the Colorware PlayStation 4 Pro Retro<p>The new Colorware …

No Man's Sky investigated over misleading advertising claims

One player of the action-adventure survival video game reports feeling misled "after seeing just how vastly different the trailers for No Man's Sky were from the actual released game."<p>The UK's Advertising Standards Authority is investigating action-adventure survival video game No Man's Sky after …

No Man's Sky

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NFL

Nike's self-lacing sneakers finally go on sale November 28th

Nike has finally announced when it will begin selling its self-lacing sneakers inspired by the shoes worn by Michael J. Fox in <i>Back to The Future II.</i> According to a tweet from the company's Heidi Burgett, the HyperAdapt 1.0 will be available for "experience & purchase" starting on the 28th of …

Shoes

Piracy in the UK could earn you a decade in jail

In an effort to stamp out online piracy, the United Kingdom could soon impose a maximum 10 year sentence for file sharers. The Digital Economy bill, now on its second reading in Parliament and inching ever closer to becoming law, seeks to jail online pirates with sentences that would normally be …

How a high school student hacked his way to free, unlimited 4G

Unlimited, free data is basically the dream, right? Jacob Ajit, a 17-year high school student from Virginia, hacked his way to just that.<p>It all started with boredom, as Ajit explained in a post on Medium:<p>I had a T-Mobile prepaid SIM on a spare phone with no active service, so I came up with a fun …

Why Nintendo's Next Console Might Bring Back Cartridges

Get ready to blow on them.<p>Nintendo is planning to bring back cartridge-based gaming for its next console, code-named NX. And while Nintendo has been riding a wave of nostalgia lately, this decision is based firmly in what the technology can do.<p>Optical discs overtook cartridges because of cheap …

Chip Kelly didn’t know Eric Reid planned to not stand for anthem

AP<p>On Thursday night, the number of players on the 49ers not standing for the national anthem increased by 100 percent when safety Eric Reid joined …

Football (U.S.)

Massive Windows 10 Update Causing Serious New Problems

Windows 10 is in a dangerous moment. It has missed sales expectations, is no longer free and now the troubled ‘Anniversary Update’ – the biggest upgrade Windows 10 has received to date – is causing new problems…<p>Discovered by Microsoft-centric blog Thurrott, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update has …

Windows 10

Microsoft wants to pay you to use its Windows 10 browser Edge

Rebranded Microsoft Rewards will now pay you to dump Google’s Chrome for its browser – but only if you make Bing your default search engine<p>Microsoft has a new browser. It launched with Windows 10 and it’s called Edge. The company says it’s faster, more battery efficient and all-round better than …

IPad Pro

Intel will start building ARM-based smartphone chips

Paving the way for deals with Apple and Qualcomm<p>Intel has entered into a new licensing agreement with competitor ARM to produce ARM-based chips in Intel factories. The deal, announced today at the Intel Developer Forum, is a strategic move from the Santa Clara, CA company to offer its large-scale …

Supercomputers

Guccifer 2.0 doxes hundreds of House Democrats with massive document dump | Ars Technica

Trove includes home and cell phone numbers, e-mail addresses and some home addresses.<p>On Friday, the online persona behind a high-profile hack of the …

Personal Information

North Korea won't let its Olympic athletes have their free Galaxy S7s

Part of participating in any large event is getting to walk away with an unbelievable amount of free swag (just ask anyone who’s ever been to CES.)<p>The Olympics is no different. As an official sponsor of the 2016 Rio games, Samsung had planned to give each of the 11,200 athletes a special edition of …

Microsoft starts testing Windows 10's next major update

Microsoft released Windows 10's Anniversary Update last week, but it's already getting ready to unveil new features for its next major update. The software giant has started testing its "Redstone 2" update to Windows 10, with an initial build available for Windows Insiders testing public beta …

Beta Testing

Yelp will let you wait in line at restaurants virtually

Don’t you hate it when your favorite restaurant doesn’t take reservations, and you have to wait in line for 30 minutes? With Yelp’s $8 million investment in Nowait, things are about to change.<p>Yelp announced its partnership with Nowait in its second quarter earnings call and will be bringing us an …

Texas

Fan-made Pokémon game took 9 years to build and is out now

<b>Update:</b> <i>After receiving multiple takedown notices from Nintendo in August 2016, the developers behind Pokémon Uranium shut down the project in September 2016. The game is no longer available at its original site.</i><p>This is some serious dedication right here: A bunch of die-hard Pokémon fans got …

Court rules your SMS messages are not necessarily private

The Ontario Court of Appeal recently ruled that the texts you send in private can be used against you in court. The ruling yet again brings up the question, “How do we distinguish a matter of security from an encroachment of one’s privacy?”<p>On August 7th, the Ontario Court of Appeal rejected Nour …

Privacy

Apple Security Measures on iOS Detailed at the Black Hat Conference

At the Black Hat conference, we expected to hear the Apple’s Bounty program. But, Ivan Krstic, Head of Security Engineering and Architecture at …

Information Security
Privacy