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Two Free PC Games Available Right Now From The Humble Store

As it is wont to do from time to time, the Humble Store has made a game available for free for a limited time. In this case, however, the game in question is actually a compilation that consists of two full-fledged games--and good ones, at that.<p>Right now, Humble is giving away Amnesia Collection. …

Video Games Have Invented So Many Ways to Define a "Remake"

Between ports, high-definition remasters, and straight-up reboots, there's a lot of ways to bring back a game.<p><i>Open Thread</i> <i>is where Waypoint staff talk about games and other things we find interesting. This is where you'll see us chat about games, music, movies, TV, and even sports, and welcome you</i> …

Resident Evil

Pre-match 'PUBG' meet-ups won’t be nearly as violent

<i>PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds</i> is shaking things up. But why improve a formula that's already helped it nab 25 million PC players and over three million Xbox One players? Well, the problem lies with its pre-match meet-ups, which spawn players in the same area causing strain on its servers. …

Next Dragon Age Will Be a 'Live' Game

Bioware's Casey Hudson has said that the in-development Dragon Age game will be a "live" experience, which "means designing a game for continued …

How to send large files for free

For bigger file transfer, email is a no-go. So what are your options?<p>E-mail is creaking under the demands of the internet, and nowhere is that more …

Acer launches $349 Spin 11 hybrid Chromebook with Google Play support

After a shaky start, Google’s pairing of Chrome OS and Android apps has progressed enough to make Google Play support something of a deal breaker for many Chromebook buyers. Thankfully, there are plenty to choose from, including Acer’s newly announced Chromebook, the Spin 11.<p>Much like the Google …

Gboard Go APK now available for devices on Android 8.1 with low RAM

Google has been steadily rolling out slimline (Go) versions of its biggest apps for devices with low power and limited internet access. The latest of these, the Gboard keyboard, has now been spotted on APK Mirror (via <i>Android Police</i>).<p>The file was uploaded by a developer who found it in the Google …

Porsche boasts that Mission E charging will be twice as fast as a Tesla

Porsche earlier this week released a new interview with Uew Michael, the company’s head of Electrics/Electronics Development at Porsche. As part of …

Telstra, Optus, Vodafone complaints rise as zero recorded for Pivotel

Telstra had a complaints ratio of 9.2 per 10,000 services in operation during the quarter to December, while Optus had 10.6 and Vodafone had 4.9, …

Galaxy S9 color options leaked in new renders

It’s finally official, the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be unveiled on February 25th, a day before the next edition of the Mobile World Congress kicks off …

Facebook’s least favorite Austrian can now press privacy suit in Vienna

A big blow for Facebook today after Europe’s top court delivered a verdict in a long-running legal challenge that opens the door for plaintiff and privacy campaigner, Max Schrems, to sue Facebook in his home city of Vienna.<p>The company had sought to argue that Schrems’ does not have consumers rights …

Privacy

‘Bezel-less’ smartphones drove record growth for average prices during Q4 2017

Smartphone sales reports for the final three months of 2017 and the year as a whole are starting to pile up, with GfK focused on the total global …

The 5 Best Smartphones You Can Buy Right Now

Between all the makes, models and sizes out there, buying a new smartphone can be a dizzying experience. Should you get an iPhone or an Android? Do …

Phones

Robinhood will let users trade cryptocurrencies for free

Robinhood, the app that lets you make zero-fee stock trading and tracking, is moving into a new market: Cryptocurrencies. Next month, users in select US states will be able to buy and sell bitcoin and ethereum without having to pay transaction fees, with support for more currencies coming …

Upcoming Android Wear 2.9 update adds new notification indicator to all watch faces

Following the rollout of Android Wear 2.0, Google has been pushing more frequent updates to its wearable platform. An upcoming version adds a default notification indicator to all watch faces, with developers able to customize the look.<p>Android Wear 2.8 rolled out with a number of new features just …

Dell considering acquisitions or possible IPO - sources

U.S. computer maker Dell Technologies is exploring a range of options that could see the world's largest privately held technology company grow further through acquisitions or going public, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.<p>Dell's board of directors will meet later this month to …

China wants an “orderly exit” from bitcoin mining

Bitcoin mining could be on its last legs in China.<p>The country’s top internet-finance regulator, the Leading Group of Internet Financial Risks Remediation, issued a notice asking local governments to “guide” bitcoin-mining operations to make an “orderly exit” from the business, according to a leaked …

Game Stream raises HP's cloud-gaming game at CES 2018

At CES 2018, it seems like everyone's getting into the cloud gaming game.<p>HP offers the latest in a growing number of options intended to solve the problem of playing power-hungry games on increasingly lightweight hardware. Its Omen Game Stream -- not to be confused with Nvidia GameStream -- lets …

Consumer Tech

Intel says its new palm-sized PC is the smallest VR-ready computer ever

To showcase its latest 8th gen Core i7 processor at CES 2018, Intel has unveiled two flavors of a new NUC that fits in the palm of your hand and is said to be capable of running VR experiences and games.<p>That means powerful graphics performance in a tiny package that’s easy to carry around and use …

Flavors

WikiLeaks tweets then deletes link to full text of Trump book

The organization temporarily circulated a link leading to a PDF of Michael Wolff's new book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House."<p>WikiLeaks tweeted on Sunday and later deleted a link to Michael Wolff's book about US President Donald Trump's first year in office.<p>The link leads to a PDF …

Donald Trump

Toyota’s ‘e-Palette’ is a weird, self-driving modular store on wheels

Deals with Amazon, Didi Chuxing, Mazda, Pizza Hut, and Uber on mobility concept<p>Toyota, the second biggest automaker in the world, announced an ambitious plan today to tackle mobility and delivery services in the age of autonomous cars. Apparently it involves weird, see-through self-driving boxes …

Pizza Hut

Apple releases new security update to protect Safari against the Spectre attack

The second mass update dealing with last week’s chip-breaking bug<p>Apple has released three new security updates aimed at protecting Safari and WebKit from the Spectre attack. The three updates make changes to iOS, macOS, and Safari itself, but in each case, the stated goal is protecting Safari and …

App Store

Google Assistant is coming to Android Auto

Despite what you thought, it wasn’t really there before<p>Alongside the bigger news that there will be “smart display” Google Assistant speakers, Google is also announcing that Assistant is going to work in Android Auto. That might be a <i>little</i> confusing to people who have been using Android Auto, …

Android News

Philips Hue and Razer will light up your next Overwatch match

A partnership between Philips Hue and Razer will soon let PC gamers sync color-changing lights with popular games like Overwatch and DOTA2.<p>Last summer, Philips teased new "Hue Entertainment" partnerships meant to help sync its popular, color-changing smart bulbs with movies, TV shows, and video …

Gaming

HTC's new Vive Pro is for hardcore VR fans

The HTC Vive isn't the only Vive headset anymore.<p>HTC unveiled the HTC Vive Pro, a new VR headset that upgrades the Vive's audio and resolution in a …

Virtual Reality

Trump Touts Tax Cuts to Farmers Amid Immigration, Trade Concerns

President Donald Trump told a group of farmers on Monday that recent tax cuts and deregulation will revitalize the U.S. rural economy.<p>Trump’s speech …

HTC Unveils New Higher-Resolution Vive Pro VR Headset

HTC used its virtual reality (VR) keynote at CES in Las Vegas Monday to unveil an updated version of its Vive virtual reality headset: The Vive Pro, …

Virtual Reality
Immigration

USB about to get better at charging laptops and phones fast

New technology will let phones closely control any USB charger. Also at CES: Authentication helps block USB chargers from frying your laptop.<p>USB is getting more power -- the kind that's measured in watts and that's useful for charging phones and laptops -- and the companies behind it are trying to …

Gear & Gadgets

Intel's CEO publicly addresses its big chip vulnerabilities, says response has been 'remarkable'

LAS VEGAS — Last week, Google revealed "Meltdown" and "Spectre," a pair of big security holes in pretty much every processor. These vulnerabilities could make it possible for a hacker to access sensitive information, like photos or passwords, from almost every PC, phone, and tablet.<p>Meltdown, in …

Autonomous Cars