Nick Summers

Engadget

@nlsummers

  • Currently writes for Engadget, focusing primarily on internet, technology, and sometimes gaming culture
  • Previously a staff writer at The Next Web
  • Has a bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism
Google’s messaging app strategy is still a mess

Dec 6

The rumors were true. Google is killing Allo, its smart messaging app, for good. The platform will "continue to work through March 2019," the company said in a blog post, and users can export their conversation history until then. The so-called "classic" vers…

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The 'Nightflyers' TV show has some killer user interfaces

Dec 5

The latest adaptation of Nightflyers, a novella and short story collection written by George R. R. Martin in the 1980s, premiered on Syfy last weekend. If you're following the nightly episodes, you'll know how integral the titular spaceship, with its...

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Inside Chronicle, Alphabet’s cybersecurity moonshot

Nov 30

Fifteen years ago, cybersecurity could be boiled down to a simple strategy: Secure the perimeter. Experts fought against malware and other nefarious code by implementing firewalls and other point-of-entry defenses. Since then, however, companies have moved th…

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'Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight' damaged my fictional friendships

Nov 28

Finishing a Japanese role-playing game is always bittersweet. There's a feeling of euphoria, of course, that comes with beating a final boss and watching the credits roll. But it also means saying goodbye to party members that you've spent 30, 60 or...

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Times Insider: Making Business More Colorful

Nov 18

A Q. and A. with Wendy MacNaughton, the illustrator of Meanwhile, a new column exploring the people, places and things we usually overlook.

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Will Tesla open up its Supercharger network in Europe?

Nov 16

Yesterday, Tesla announced that its mass-market Model 3 will use a Combined Charging System (CCS) port for slow and rapid charging in Europe. That's different from the modified Type 2 plug that has shipped on Model 3 cars in America and both the Mode...

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How Aardman made a WWI game look like an oil painting

Nov 15

Most video games set in the First or Second World War shoot for gritty realism. In Battlefield 1, for instance, there's an extraordinary amount of detail in every uniform, firearm and mud-filled trench. It's the visual fidelity, paired with addictive...

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League of Legends World Championship returns to NA in 2021

Nov 1

Today, Riot Games announced the regions that will host the League of Legends World Championship for 2019, 2020 and 2021. Following the grand final at the Incheon Munhak Stadium this weekend, the tournament will travel to Europe in 2019. The exact loc...

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Ken, Incineroar and Piranha Plant join 'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate'

Nov 1

The roster for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is complete. Sort of. During a Nintendo Direct presentation, Smash director Masahiro Sakurai confirmed that Ken, Ryu's legendary Street Fighter rival, and Incineroar, a feline Pokemon that debuted in Sun and Moon, wil…

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‘Super Mario Flashback’ is a stunning pixel art fan game

Oct 31

If you fancy playing some classic Mario, there are plenty of ways to go about it. You can buy a tiny NES or SNES Classic, for instance, or subscribe to Nintendo's Switch Online service. There's also Super Mario Maker, legally grey emulation and, of c...

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Nintendo Switch passes the GameCube in lifetime sales

Oct 30

The Nintendo Switch has overtaken another console in lifetime sales: the GameCube. The Japanese console maker sold 3.19 million units in the last quarter, brining the Switch's total install base to 22.86 million. The beloved GameCube, by comparison,...

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Google’s smart-city dream is turning into a privacy nightmare

Oct 26

Sidewalk Labs, an Alphabet division focused on smart cities, is caught in a battle over information privacy. The team has lost its lead expert and consultant, Ann Cavoukian, over a proposed data trust that would approve and manage the collection of i...

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Dyson will build its electric cars in Singapore

Oct 23

Dyson will build a two-storey factory in Singapore to assemble its highly anticipated electric car. In a letter to company employees, chief executive Jim Rowan said construction would start in December and be completed sometime in 2020. The nation wa...

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Making magic with the Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit

Oct 19

Like so many Harry Potter fans, I've dreamed of attending Hogwarts and learning magic with a wand, cauldron and bulging bag full of quills, ink and parchment. In the absence of real witchcraft and wizardry, I've visited movie sets and played countles...

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Carving up London on the monster Mate X electric bike

Oct 18

Most electric-bike companies are pursuing designs nearly indistinguishable from their purely pedal-powered brethren. They're hiding batteries in slightly thicker frames or attaching them where a rider would normally store a water bottle. While the ex...

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'The World Ends with You' shines on Nintendo Switch

Oct 12

The World Ends with You is one of my favorite Japanese role-playing games. It was released for the Nintendo DS in 2007, when I was a moody teenager trying to make it through college. I loved the graffiti-inspired art style, eclectic soundtrack and un...

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The notch on the Pixel 3 XL sucks

Oct 9

The deep notch on the Pixel 3 XL isn't a huge surprise. It was first revealed in leaked photos posted by an XDA forum user on June 6th. Some people hoped, or prayed, that it wasn't real or could somehow be fixed before the phone's release. But as mor...

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VanMoof's Electrified S2 is a seriously smart commuter bike

Oct 4

VanMoof is almost ready to ship its next generation of electric bicycles. The Electrified S2 and X2 are vast improvements over their predecessors, with bigger batteries, nippier motors and smarter locking mechanisms. If you live in a city and fancy c...

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How Dandelion is making geothermal heating affordable

Sep 28

Millions of US citizens still use oil and natural gas to heat their homes during the winter. Many would like to switch to geothermal, a cleaner and ultimately cheaper system that leverages the natural temperature of the earth. A few feet below the su...

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DeepMind and Unity will work together on AI research

Sep 26

Alphabet's DeepMind division is partnering with Unity to accelerate machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) research. The collaboration will focus on "virtual environments" that DeepMind and others can use to test and visualize experimental algorith…

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'The Gardens Between' is a bittersweet time-bending puzzler

Sep 24

How much of your childhood do you remember? Fleeting moments, I suspect, that made you chuckle, laugh or sob. The days you spent with classmates, perhaps, pulling pranks or killing time during summer break. But not everything. The Gardens Between, a surreal p…

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Sokpop is selling indie games like a magazine subscription

Sep 21

There are many ways to buy a video game. You can snag a physical copy, peruse a digital store like Steam, or subscribe to massive Netflix-style services such as PlayStation Now and Xbox Games Pass. There's no shortage of options, but that hasn't stop...

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Soylent's meal replacement drinks are coming to the UK

Sep 18

Soylent and its hugely divisive food replacement drinks will launch in the UK on Thursday. As BBC News reports, the Silicon Valley startup has swapped seven ingredients and tweaked some of the vitamin and mineral content to appease British regulators...

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Nintendo Labo Vehicle Kit: Rewarding builds with better games

Sep 13

Nintendo Labo has been out for a while now. We've been charmed by the company's inventive designs and the way they fuse cardboard with the Switch's powerful Joy-Con controllers. The product line hasn't been a runaway success, though. In its last quar...

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Kano adds a touchscreen to its complete DIY computer kit

Sep 13

Twelve months ago, Kano unveiled a complete build-it-yourself computer kit powered by Raspberry Pi. It looked the part but ignored the fact that most children love tablets, smartphones, and other devices with a touchscreen display. Now, the company i...

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Apple's A12 Bionic is the first 7-nanometer smartphone chip

Sep 12

Apple calls the A12 Bionic "the smartest, most powerful chip in a smartphone."

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Littlebits' latest kits are inspired by modern inventors

Sep 12

LittleBits is introducing three new kits that teach children about electronics and how to think with a creative, inventive and activist mindset. The Base Inventor Kit, which will retail for $99.99, comes with 12 color-coded pieces that snap onto a we...

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What we're listening to: Ghibliotheque

Sep 10

I firmly believe that Studio Ghibli is one of the best animation studios in the world. So does Michael Leader, digital lead for Film4 and regular host of Truth & Movies, a film podcast by Little White Lies magazine. Six weeks ago, he launched a new podcast ca…

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Square Enix survival-shooter 'Left Alive' delayed to 2019

Sep 10

Square Enix's mysterious Left Alive project has been pushed back from an ambiguous "2018" release date to February 28th, 2019 in Japan. The delay isn't a huge surprise given how little we've seen of the game. Square Enix did, however, show a new cine...

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'Kingdom Hearts 3' trailer shows off 'Big Hero 6' world

Sep 10

Back in 2015, Square Enix confirmed that Big Hero 6 would be a playable world in Kingdom Hearts 3. Since then, though, we've heard zilch about Hiro, the lovable Baymax and the rest of San Fransokyo's residents. Well, the wait is finally over. During...

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New York shines in Sony’s new ‘Spider-Man’ game

Sep 7

With its high rent, heavy traffic and unreliable subway system, New York can be a tough place to live. For many, it's a nonstop grind of work and sleep to make rent and pay the bills each month. It's also an exciting city full of diverse people and enormous s…

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Tesla touchscreens to offer minimalist 'fade mode'

Sep 7

Screens can be distracting and, therefore, dangerous if you're driving an expensive car down the freeway. If you own a Tesla, though, fear not: the company is adding a software feature that will make its giant touchscreens less intrusive. Tesla CEO E...

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'Eve Online' studio acquired by Korean MMO maker

Sep 6

Eve Online developer CCP Games has been acquired by Pearl Abyss, the South Korean studio behind the action-oriented MMORPG Black Desert Online. According to VentureBeat, the deal was worth $425 million and will close in early October. It's a surprise...

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UK broadcasters urge the government to create a social media watchdog

Sep 3

A smorgasbord of TV broadcasters, mobile network and internet service providers has urged the UK government to strengthen its oversight of social media companies. In a letter to The Sunday Telegraph, executives from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, as wel...

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Strategy RPG 'Valkyria Chronicles 4' is a wonderful return to form

Sep 1

For 99 percent of people, Valkyria Chronicles 4 might as well be called Valkyria Chronicles 2. The first game was a captivating war story that blended top-down strategy with third-person movement and gunplay. The second, admittedly decent title was stuck on t…

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Feast your eyes on the Pixel 3

Aug 31

If the idea of a notch-riddled Pixel 3 XL has you down, rejoice: the smaller Pixel 3 is basically a shrunken down Pixel 2XL. That's if you believe the latest crop of leaked images, anyway. Yesterday, an anonymous Redditor posted a bunch of seemingly...

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Uber wants to make its own electric scooters

Aug 31

Uber is working on its own scooter to compete with Lime, Bird, Scoot and others, according to Bloomberg. The project is being overseen by Jump, a bike-sharing firm that Uber acquired in April for a reported $200 million. Little is known about the hardware, ho…

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Is Riot spending less on professional League of Legends?

Aug 30

Three days ago, League of Legends owner Riot confirmed that it wouldn't be sending English commentators to the early stages of Worlds in South Korea. Instead, casters will be covering the games from Los Angeles, likely inside the NA LCS (North American League…

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Square Enix and Tencent will make games together

Aug 30

Today, Square Enix formally announced a "letter of intent" to forge a strategic alliance with Chinese tech giant Tencent. The details of the partnership are a mystery for now, however a few intriguing tidbits were mentioned in a press release. The pair want t…

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Twitter tests personalized 'unfollow' recommendations

Aug 30

Twitter works best when you have a perfectly-curated follower list. For many, it's an evolving process as their interests and opinions -- and those of the people they follow -- slowly change. For years, Twitter has recommended "Who to Follow," but as...

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Libratone's new portable Zipp speakers come with Alexa

Aug 30

These days, there's no shortage of Alexa-enabled speakers, so companies have to differentiate through design and audio quality. One brand swimming in both is Libratone, which announced a new version of its Zipp and Zipp Mini speakers during IFA 2018....

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Nintendo's next mobile game launches on September 27th

Aug 29

Nintendo's next crack at the mobile gaming market is fast approaching. Today, the house of Mario announced that Dragalia Lost will be released in the US, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau on September 27th. There's no word on when the game will be a...

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‘Seed’ is an ambitious, massively multiplayer city builder

Aug 25

From a distance, Seed looks like any other settlement-building game. Tiny villagers shuffle around a colorful, low-poly map, collecting wood, wheat and other important resources. At any time, you can zoom in, check the stats of individual people and cash in i…

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Housemarque knows people are skeptical about 'Stormdivers'

Aug 24

Two days ago, Resogun developer Housemarque released its first proper trailer for Stormdivers. The reaction was mixed. At the time of writing, the official upload on YouTube has 290 thumbs-up and 321 thumbs-down ratings. "I'm going to miss absolutel...

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How 'Anthem' balances story and shared-world action

Aug 24

BioWare's next blockbuster RPG, Anthem, comes out in less than six months. We know little about the project, though, despite its extensive showing at E3. The studio has explained the basics; it's a sci-fi epic that combines BioWare storytelling with the coope…

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‘The Grand Tour Game’ is a near-perfect mirror of the show

Aug 23

When Amazon announced its Grand Tour video game, I imagined a generic racer with crudely digitized versions of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. The reality, though, is quite different. Amazon Game Studios is developing a title that, in...

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I never thought I'd see Master Chief drive around Northumberland

Aug 22

Halo's armored hero, Master Chief, has fought the Covenant on a raft of planets throughout the galaxy. One place the super-soldier hasn't visited, though, is a village called Bamburgh on the northeast coast of England. That is, until now. At Gamescom 2018, I …

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How Ronaldo's transfer impacted The Journey in 'FIFA 19'

Aug 22

On July 10th, 2018, less than three months before the release of FIFA 19, Juventus announced that it had signed soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid for $110 million. The timing made sense -- at 33, the Portuguese forward is entering h...

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‘Dark Souls Trilogy’ collection is coming to PS4 and Xbox One

Aug 21

The critically-acclaimed Dark Souls series is getting a three-disc bundle release for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 later this year. Dark Souls Trilogy will include the remastered original, Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin and Dark Souls III:...

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'Stormdivers' is a battle royale game with superpowers

Aug 21

Back in April, Resogun and Super Stardust HD developer Housemarque teased a mysterious multiplayer project called Stormdivers. The reveal, though, showed little beyond a forest locale, some man-made structures and the promise of "hard flying and heav...

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'Ugly' is a stunning short built on glitch-riddled simulations

Aug 17

Ugly is a film built on beautiful contradictions. The characters have odd, blocky proportions and stumble around like a group of drunk boxers. The town, too, is comprised of weirdly angular cars, buildings, bicycles and trash bags. There's a consiste...

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DeepMind AI matches health experts at spotting eye diseases

Aug 13

DeepMind has successfully developed a system that can analyze retinal scans and spot symptoms of sight-threatening eye diseases. Today, the AI division -- owned by Google's parent company Alphabet -- published "early results" of a research project wi...

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Obsession drives Lara in 'Shadow of the Tomb Raider'

Aug 10

Early trailers for Shadow of the Tomb Raider have portrayed Lara Croft as a ruthless killer. Someone who can hide in the jungle and silently dispatch armored soldiers with sophisticated traps and fast, calculated strikes. The underlying message is cl...

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'Gris' is a gorgeous 2D platformer about personal loss

Aug 9

Gris might be the prettiest game I've ever played. The 2D platformer is set in a dream-like world filled with crumbling statues, towering temples and inky, shape-shifting birds. Even the trees -- a typically unremarkable part of video game environmen...

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Negan from 'The Walking Dead' is coming to 'Tekken 7'

Aug 6

Negan might be tied up in the latest season of The Walking Dead, but that doesn't mean he can't bash a few skulls in the latest Tekken video game. That's right, the iconic Saviors leader (and archenemy of Rick Grimes and company) is coming to Tekken...

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Samsung accidentally leaked the Galaxy Note 9 again

Aug 3

Oof. We're used to leaks from factory floors, retailers and, well, those who make a living from the dark art, but the manufacturer itself? That's unusual. And multiple leaks? That's just embarrassing. Today, Samsung accidentally posted a video for it...

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LittleBits’ Marvel kit lets you code your own superpowers

Aug 1

LittleBits is back with another kit designed to teach kids about electronics and coding. Following Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp, the startup has partnered with Marvel on an Avengers-themed gauntlet set. It ships with nine colorful 'bits,' wh...

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Nintendo is closing in on 20 million Switch sales

Jul 31

Nintendo's books are healthy, but the company still has work to do. The house of Mario sold 1.88 million Switch consoles last quarter, bringing total sales up to 19.67 million. These figures, while decent, pale in comparison to the 2.93 million and 7...

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Twitter's tougher stance on users is hurting its growth

Jul 27

The number of people actively using Twitter fell in the second quarter of 2018, the company confirmed today. Monthly active users slipped to 335 million in the three-month period, down from 334 million. Curiously, the one million drop-off came from A...

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The Japanese ensemble making music from old tape reels

Jul 26

Open Reel Ensemble doesn't play conventional instruments, like guitars, drums and keyboards. Instead, the Japanese band uses reel-to-reel tape recorders built by Pioneer and TEAC in the 1970s and '80s. They weren't designed, of course, with musical c...

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'Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice' is getting the VR treatment

Jul 26

British developer Ninja Theory is bringing its critically acclaimed Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive later this month. The new version will be available as a free update for anyone that has already bought the game on Steam...

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Xiaomi targets Europe with two cheap Android One phones - Engadget

Jul 24

Engadget Xiaomi targets Europe with two cheap Android One phones Engadget Remember Android One? Google launched the program in 2014 as a way to improve cheap, low-end Android phones. These days, though, that responsibility has passed to Android Go -- a new ve…

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Kano's next coding kit is a ‘Harry Potter’ wand

Jul 24

Harry Potter fans have plenty of replica wands to choose from. Some are designed for children, with mystical sound effects and LED lights. Others hew closer to movie props with beautifully carved handles and tips. Few, however, replicate the art of learning a…

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Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter unite to simplify data transfers

Jul 20

Four of the biggest technology companies are banding together to make it easier for users to download and transfer their data between services. Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Twitter formally announced The Data Transfer Project (DTP) today, an open-...

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'Mario Kart 8 Deluxe' update adds Link from 'Breath of the Wild'

Jul 20

Is Link your favorite racer in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe ? Good news! A new version of the Hylian hero has been added to the game. It's based, unsurprisingly, on the wonderful Breath of the Wild that was released for Wii U and Switch last year. You can play as Link…

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The Tour de France deserves a better video game

Jul 19

The Tour de France is one of the toughest and -- in my opinion -- most exciting sporting events in the world. Every year, close to 200 riders saddle up and race across a 21-stage course that spans over 2,000 miles. Aside from the occasional rest day, it's a n…

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Roborace is still pursuing its driverless race-car dream

Jul 17

Clearly, Roborace doesn't believe in bad luck. Last week, on Friday the 13th, the company chose to run its self-driving Robocar in front of a feverish crowd at England's Goodwood Festival of Speed. It was only the second time the team had demonstrate...

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The latest Tilt Brush tool is a game-changer for VR artists

Jul 13

Google's Tilt Brush is one of the best VR painting apps for the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Since its release in 2016, artists have drawn magnificent ships, jaw-dropping mountain ranges and imaginative fight scenes in immersive 3D. Most of the app's br...

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Splatoon 2's new weapon looks like a toilet

Jul 12

Splatoon and its Switch-based sequel, Splatoon 2, are known for their imaginative and bombastic weapons. You can tackle the series' ink-based warfare with dual pistols, shotguns and sniper rifles, but also paint brushes, buckets and even a modified NES Zapper…

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Critics say UK EV policy doesn't do enough

Jul 10

As expected, the UK government revealed a raft of new measures today designed to cut harmful emissions and promote EV adoption. The package, known collectively as the Road to Zero Strategy, builds on a pledge to ban sales of fossil fuel-powered vehic...

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Uncharted's Nathan Drake isn't a bullet sponge after all

Jul 9

Almost every action-adventure game has an unrealistic health system. In Gears of War, for instance, you can take a shockingly high number of bullets (at least on the standard difficulty) before your hero starts to crawl along the floor. Halo: Combat...

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VanMoof's Electrified X cured my fear of bike thieves

Jul 5

Five years ago I lost my bike. A few months prior, I had moved into a half-finished block of flats in southeast London. The apartment was complete, but construction workers were still beavering away at the stairwell. Progress was slow, though, and I was keen …

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Fans are mad at one of the biggest 'League of Legends' teams

Jun 29

Winning a professional League of Legends title is tough. Keeping fans happy, one esports organization has learned, can be even tougher. On June 13th, Cloud9 benched three of its best players : Zachary "Sneaky" Scuderi (AD carry), Nicolaj "Jensen" Jensen (mid-…

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'Mavericks' promises 1,000-player battle-royale mayhem

Jun 28

It's difficult to stand out in the battle-royale genre right now. Fortnite's bright and zany combat has attracted over 125 million players, while PUBG stands firm with its slower, military-inspired shooting. Blockbuster franchises such as Battlefield...

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The BBC has a new app to counter Spotify and Apple Music

Jun 26

The BBC has a problem. For almost a century, the British broadcaster has run a variety of national and regional radio stations to great effect in the UK. Their influence, though, has waned in recent years as podcasts and music-streaming services have...

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Oppo's all-screen Find X hides a pop-up selfie camera

Jun 19

Almost every phone manufacturer is trying to develop a handset with a truly edge-to-edge display. Most end up with a small notch, but others are finding new and unusual ways to hide the front-facing camera. Oppo, for instance, has packed a tiny motor...

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What happens when a pro 'League of Legends' game crashes?

Jun 18

Riot Games ran into an unexpected snag during the North American LCS (League of Legends Championship Series) yesterday. The MOBA crashed partway through a match between Clutch Gaming and Echo Fox, kicking all 10 players out of the session. After a le...

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'Wattam' is a wonderfully weird game about friendship

Jun 15

Keita Takahashi is an unusual video game designer. His breakout hit, Katamari Damacy, was about picking up objects with an increasingly large, sticky ball. He then made Noby Noby Boy, a game about a colorful, worm-like creature that can stretch aroun...

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Telltale's quest to end 'The Walking Dead' on a high

Jun 15

With its third season of The Walking Dead, game developer Telltale took a risk. The team moved the spotlight away from Clementine and onto a new batch of survivors led by former baseball star Javier Garcia. "People just wanted more Clementine," Kent...

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'Beyond Blue' is an educational game about saving the ocean

Jun 14

Our oceans are in trouble. Climate change, plastic waste and overfishing are all causing tremendous damage to underwater life around the world. Inspired by the BBC's Blue Planet II series, developer E-Line Media is making a video game that focuses on...

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We watched someone play 'Beyond Good and Evil 2'

Jun 14

Beyond Good and Evil 2 is a game that exists. Or at least, there's something that's playable inside Ubisoft's office. During a behind-closed-doors presentation, some of the team showed off a playable demo on a planet called Soma. It revolved around G...

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'Mega Man 11' is a welcome return for the Blue Bomber

Jun 14

It's been more than eight years since Capcom released Mega Man 10. Do we really need a sequel? Based on a short demo I played, the answer is absolutely yes. Mega Man 11 has everything you would want and expect from the run-and-gun platforming franchi...

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'Kingdom Hearts 3' made me feel 15 again

Jun 13

Kingdom Hearts II was my jam. I can't recall the number of times I've played those opening hours in Twilight Town. When the game came out in 2005, I was a 15 year-old grappling with adolescence and the relentless pressure to figure out my career path...

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'Fire Emblem: Three Houses' brings the strategy RPG to Switch

Jun 12

Fire Emblem's long-awaited arrival on Nintendo Switch is edging closer. During its E3 press conference, the house of Mario finally unveiled Three Houses, a game built from the ground up for its portable-console hybrid. As you might expect, the experi...

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Bethesda's E3 2018 show: Our verdict

Jun 12

Bethesda's E3 press conference is over. Join editors Jess Conditt and Mat Smith as they break down the most important announcements. Or, if you haven't got seven minutes, here...

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FromSoftware is making a PSVR game called ‘Deracine'

Jun 12

When you think of FromSoftware, what comes to mind? Dark, grisly worlds and tense, strategic combat I imagine. Well, the developer is working on a new PlayStation VR game which seems to have none of those things. Déraciné is about a you...

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'Control' is the next game from 'Alan Wake' developer Remedy

Jun 12

Well, that was a surprise. Sandwiched in the middle of Sony's E3 press conference was Control, the next game from Alan Wake and Quantum Break developer Remedy. The short teaser showed a heroine in a trippy, labyrinth style world full of levitating humans and …

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'The Division 2' will have the raids 'Destiny 2' doesn't

Jun 11

One of the biggest criticisms levied against Destiny 2 right now is its lack of raids. Ubisoft knows this, which is why it proudly announced today that The Division 2 will have eight-player raids next year. What's more, all the game's year one expans...

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Square Enix’s E3 showcase was a bust

Jun 11

Well, that was a disappointment. Square Enix held its E3 showcase earlier today and it was, to put it mildly, underwhelming. If you were hoping for more information about Final Fantasy VII Remake, or the mysterious Avengers Project, sorry -- neither...

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How Bethesda plans to pull players back to 'Prey'

Jun 11

Last year's Prey was a creepy shooter and role-playing game set on a spaceship riddled with black, shimmering aliens. The so-called 'immersive sim' was praised for its science fiction story, which let you shape the main character and the fate of the hostile r…

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Here’s your first look at dystopian RPG ‘Cyperpunk 2077’

Jun 10

Finally, we have our first proper look at Cyberpunk 2077. We've known for some time that Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt Red is working on a new role-playing game set in a dystopian future. Beyond a brief teaser trailer, however, the studio has shown and said …

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‘Gears of War’ heads to mobile with a Funko Pop art style

Jun 10

Gears of War. But with Funko Pops. Yeah, really. It's a mobile game that will launch sometime next year. Honestly, I'm lost for words.

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‘Devil May Cry V’ promises more stylish demon slaying

Jun 10

Devil May Cry is back, baby. After the controversial DmC -- developed by the now Microsoft-owned Ninka Theory -- Capcom is working on Devil May Cry V. The main character, though, looks different to both the classic Dante and the younger, hipster-ish...

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Psychedelic survival game 'We Happy Few' arrives August 10

Jun 10

Remember We Happy Few? That game about a small English town hooked on hallucinogenic drugs? Well, after a bunch of agonizing delays the indie adventure has a new release date for Xbox One: August 10th. That's a clarification of the "summer" window th...

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'Life is Strange' returns with 'The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit'

Jun 10

The next Life is Strange is all about childhood. Following the original series and Before the Storm -- both of which dealt with the challenges of adolescence -- developer Dontnod is tackling a younger character with a big imagination. The game is cal...

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Yoko Taro's 'Nier: Automata' comes to Xbox One on June 26

Jun 10

Nier: Automata was one of the most surprising games of 2017. The Japanese RPG had a mind-bending story, conceived by Nier and Drakengard director Yoko Taro, and a snappy combat system refined by Bayonetta developer PlatinumGames. It was a huge succes...

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Lose yourself in the ever-shifting 'Shape of the World'

Jun 8

Sometimes I need a video game that doesn't involve shooting people or decapitating monsters. (Sorry, Bloodborne and Wolfeinstein II: The new Colossus.) My brain cells crave something quieter, like a meandering dive through Abzu or a free-roaming sess.

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The Premier League is coming to UK Amazon Prime

Jun 7

Amazon Prime Video will show live Premier League matches from 2019 in the UK. The technology giant has bought a football package that will give it exclusive TV -- or in this case, streaming -- rights for 20 games per season, from 2019/20 to 2021/22. These wil…

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'Inventory' preserves street clutter with photogrammetry

Jun 6

Most of the time, we barely notice the lamp posts, bollards and road signs around us. They're street clutter that barely registers in our brain as we go about our busy lives. But Oddviz, an art and design collective from Istanbul, looks at them diffe...

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Washington state sues Google and Facebook over political ad records

Jun 5

The state of Washington is suing Facebook and Google over their failure to provide records on political ad buyers. Local law requires that advertisers collect and store a variety of information on political advertising, including the name and address...

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Apple will bring iOS apps to the Mac

Jun 4

Apple is bridging iOS and macOS with a new breed of apps that work across both platforms. At WWDC, Apple unveiled a suite of new Mac apps including News, Stocks, Home and Voice Memos. Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of Software Enginee...

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Apple's Podcasts app is coming to watchOS

Jun 4

If you love Serial or This American Life, good news: Apple is bringing its homegrown podcasts app to watchOS. That means if you're cycling, or out on a run, you can stay safe and control everything from your wrist. If you have an Apple Watch with LTE connecti…

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This guy attached a telephoto lens to his Game Boy Camera

Jun 4

Nintendo launched the wonderfully weird Game Boy Camera for its beloved handheld console in the late 1990s. It attached like a cartridge and allowed people to capture, edit and, if you had the companion hardware, print blocky images on thermal paper. These da…

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BBC iPlayer now hosts all post-revival 'Doctor Who' episodes

Jun 4

Whovians, rejoice: every 'modern' episode of Doctor Who is back on iPlayer. (At least for Brits, anyway.) All of the adventures starring Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Mat Smith and Peter Capaldi as the humanoid and usually heartwarming alien...

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It's the perfect time to give 'Pokémon Go' another chance

May 30

I loved the idea of Pok é mon Go when it launched in the summer of 2016. Like so many others, though, I eventually deleted the app due to numerous bugs and the toll it was taking on my smartphone's battery. If you fall into the same camp, but still love the P…

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Google’s Sidewalk Labs made the ultimate public transport guide

May 30

Google's parent company, Alphabet, has an offshoot called Sidewalk Labs tasked with improving urban living. The division gave birth to Coord, a spin-off which is launching a smart route planner today for people in New York City and Washington DC. The web app …

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'Knights and Bikes' captures childhood in '80s England

May 23

Knights and Bikes is a game about friendship, adventure and a county in the southwest corner of England called Cornwall. The area is littered with sandy beaches and quaint seaside towns that attract British families looking for a cheap summer holiday...

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Xbox One update lets you link your Discord account

May 18

Microsoft is treating Xbox One owners to another firmware update today. The headline addition is Discord integration, allowing players to link their Xbox Live and third-party chat accounts. The process is a little convoluted — you have to start...

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Google's music and video streaming strategy is a mess

May 17

Today, Google announced a major shake-up of its music and video streaming services. That should be cause for celebration; the company's offerings are a convoluted mess right now. There's Google Play Music, a Spotify rival with a robust 'locker' syste...

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Survival shooter 'Metro Exodus' delayed to early 2019

May 16

If you were hoping to play Metro Exodus this year, bad news: the first-person shooter has been pushed back to early 2019. The third instalment in THQ's nuclear-ravaged survival series was announced at E3 2017 during Microsoft's press conference. The...

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Designing a spaceship for the Guardians of the Galaxy

May 10

Avengers: Infinity War is a jam-packed movie set on multiple planets and spaceships. It moves at a rollicking pace too, flipping between superheroes young and old as they try to counter Thanos and the power of the mysterious Infinity Stones. Almost e...

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Android P 'actions' predict what you want to do next

May 8

The next version of Android will introduce a new, predictive app system called Actions and Slices. The former goes beyond predictive apps — merely suggesting the software you would like to use next — with features and information you would specifically like t…

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One man built his own vacation spot in VR

May 4

When most people fancy a vacation, they pack up their suitcase and go somewhere warm like Barbados. Not Bastiaan Hooimeijer, who goes by the name "Naam" online. Instead, he built his own holiday spot inside virtual reality. The result — crafted...

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Google's first VR Doodle honors filmmaker Georges Méliès

May 3

Visit the Google home page tomorrow (May 3rd) and you'll find an unusual Doodle of a stick-thin man with a pristine suit. Click and you'll be presented with a YouTube player that brings the quirky figure -- French filmmaker Georges Méliès -- and his creations…

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The Russia World Cup comes to 'FIFA 18' on May 29th

Apr 30

As the domestic football season starts to wrap up, all eyes are turning to the World Cup in Russia. EA, unsurprisingly, wants to celebrate the competition with a video game tie-in — this year, however, it will be released as a free update for F...

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Sony's business stabilizes with strong PS4 game sales

Apr 27

Sony's latest earnings reveal a simple truth: former CEO Kaz Hirai left the company in a relatively good position. In the full year leading up to March 31st, 2018, the company raked in revenue of 8,544 billion yen (roughly $78.1 billion) and operating income,…

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‘Hypnospace Outlaw’ is GeoCities moderator, the game

Apr 25

If you used the internet in the mid-to-late 90s, you probably remember GeoCities. Bright, garish webpages full of animated glitter and barely readable text. It was a different time, before Facebook, Twitter and anything resembling an ephemeral 'story.' The ol…

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'Tacoma' brings space-sleuthing to PS4 on May 8th

Apr 25

Last August, Gone Home developer Fullbright released Tacoma on Xbox One, PC, Mac and Linux. It was an ambitious adventure game set on an empty space station in 2088; you played as a sort of space detective with access to immersive 3D recordings and p...

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YouTube Remix could mean the end of Google Play Music

Apr 25

Google will reportedly shutter Google Play Music as part of a long-rumored audio and video cleanup. According to Droidlife, the subscription streaming service — a rival to Spotify, Apple Music and others — will be replaced by YouTube Remi...

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'Super Mario 64: Ocarina of Time’ is the perfect Nintendo mashup

Apr 23

Super Mario 64 is considered to be one of the greatest video games of all time. Its large, imaginative levels and increasingly difficult challenges have defined the 3D platformer genre since its release on the Nintendo 64. Similarly, The Legend of Ze...

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'Resogun' developer teases multiplayer-centric 'Stormdivers' - Engadget

Apr 21

Only Single Player 'Resogun' developer teases multiplayer-centric 'Stormdivers' Engadget Last November, Finnish game developer Housemarque declared that the arcade genre "is dead." The studio's last title, Nex Machina, was warmly received by the press and cur…

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A proper 'Serious Sam' sequel is in the works

Apr 20

There's a new Serious Sam game on the horizon. A fresh instalment of the bombastic shooter franchise was teased in 2014 but never came to fruition. Instead, developer Croteam released The Talos Principle, a critically acclaimed puzzler about androids and AI. …

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Check right now if Cambridge Analytica used your Facebook data

Apr 10

In the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, you're probably wondering: Was I actually affected? After all, the company obtained data on 87 million users ( that's the current estimate, anyway.) Facebook has, thankfully, started sending News Feed notif…

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'Alex's Sci-Fi World' is a beautiful piece of VR animation

Apr 5

Hand-painted VR animation isn't new. Oculus developed Quill, a 3D painting package for the Rift, back in 2015 for its now defunct Story Studio. It was released to the public in Dec. 2016 and updated with a slew of filmmaking features three months ago. Since t…

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‘Minit’ is a delightful introduction to speedrunning

Apr 4

I've never liked rushing through video games. I prefer to take my time, strolling aimlessly through the digital brush and marveling at each beautifully-realized world. There's just one problem: I don't have 100 hours to spend on Monster Hunter World or Assass…

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Mozilla is making a 'mixed reality' version of Firefox

Apr 3

Virtual and augmented reality hasn't taken off the way some people had hoped. Still, it's a growing market that Mozilla wants to support with a bespoke version of Firefox. The new browser, called Firefox Reality, will work on a variety of VR, AR and so-called…

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China's first space station burns up over the South Pacific

Apr 2

China's Tiangong-1 has met its fiery end. The out-of-control space station plummeted through the Earth's atmosphere at roughly 7:15pm ET on Sunday evening, as expected. Most of Tiangong-1 was destroyed during re-entry, however parts crash-landed some...

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'Away' is a full-length CG movie made by one person

Mar 30

A boy dangling from a tree in a barren desert. A forest filled with standing stones that have circular holes punched through them. Turtle-riding cats. Spooky caves. Curious elephants. These are just a few of the shots in the first trailer for Away. T...

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Magic Leap developer units must be kept in locked safes

Mar 30

Magic Leap is known for its secrecy. The company kept its One headset under wraps for years, teasing out details with ambiguous conference speeches and restrictive press opportunities. It should come as no surprise, then, to hear that developer units are bein…

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'Not Tonight' makes you a bouncer in post-Brexit Britain

Mar 29

In exactly 12 months, Britain will leave the European Union. It's a troubling time for the island state as politicians squabble over exit conditions and citizens grapple with a deep divide in their economic, societal and cultural values. For many, the future …

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Apple's big push into original TV could start next March

Mar 26

Apple's original TV programming has been lackluster so far, to say the least. Planet of the Apps? Don't bother. Carpool Karaoke? Not much better. But the company isn't giving up and, according to The New York Times, has a major expansion in the works...

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Red Bull built an underground eSports bar in London

Mar 23

London's Red Bull Gaming Sphere has everything you would expect from an eSports venue: neon-strewn PCs, large TVs, chunky headsets and the latest Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft consoles. But this isn't a stadium designed to compete with the Gfinity Arena or ESL…

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EU proposes strict new taxes on large technology companies

Mar 21

The European Commission has unveiled radical measures to better tax technology companies with large operations in its member states. The first proposal would allow countries inside the EU to effectively tax profit that is created inside their borders...

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‘Onrush’ is a racing game with no finish lines

Mar 20

Normally, a race requires a finish line. In a game like Forza Motorsport or Need for Speed, you're tasked with hurtling between two points or completing a certain number of laps before your opponents. Not so with Onrush, the next title by racing spec...

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Inside Google’s plan to build a smart neighborhood in Toronto

Mar 16

On the Sidewalk Labs website is a 200-page document explaining its vision for a smart neighborhood in Toronto. It's packed with illustrations that show a warm, idyllic community full of grassy parks, modular buildings and underground tunnels with delivery rob…

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Ubisoft revives 'Might & Magic' as a mobile strategy RPG

Mar 16

Might & Magic is back, but not in the way you were probably hoping for. Ubisoft has revived the beloved RPG series as a mobile battler called Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians, chock-full of colorful and chibi-esque creatures to collect. The...

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Yuri Suzuki mimics 'The Sound of the Waves' with surf data

Mar 14

Yuri Suzuki was hunched over a MacBook Air with a "Fuck Brexit" sticker on the lid. He opened Magicseaweed, an ocean-monitoring website for surfers, and searched for a few spots along Spain's northern coast. "It's quite amazing to see the super-preci...

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Qarnot’s wall-mounted heater doubles as a crypto-mining rig

Mar 9

As a student, I used to joke that my Xbox 360 doubled as the flat's central heating system. A few hours of Red Dead Redemption and boom, I could slip under the covers and fall asleep without an icy-cold mist forming around my breath. Qarnot, however,...

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Oculus Rift headsets should work as normal again

Mar 8

If you own an Oculus Rift, good news: It should work as normal again. The Facebook-owned division was caught off guard yesterday when a number of headsets suddenly stopped working. The problem -- much to Oculus' embarrassment -- was an expired securi...

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Google brings voice calling to Home speakers in the UK

Mar 7

It's taken a while, but finally Google Home speakers in the UK can be used to make hands-free voice calls. The feature was announced at Google I/O 2017 and introduced in the US last August. Brits have waited patiently since then (or switched to Alexa, which h…

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The Finns who refuse to give up on Sailfish OS

Mar 1

Wander the halls of Mobile World Congress and you'll notice a theme on almost every phone manufacturer's stall: Android. Google's operating system has slowly suffocated every "alternative" adversary including Firefox OS, Ubuntu Touch and Windows Phon...

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Even hula hoops are getting the 'smart' treatment

Mar 1

It's been roughly 20 years since I picked up a hula hoop and wiggled my waist with the elegance of, well, a technology journalist with zero coordination. But here I am, in the middle of Mobile World Congress, shaking my booty while a dozen or so atte...

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I found a Gemini PDA running Sailfish OS, and it was wild

Feb 26

At CES, a certain portion of Engadget's staff fell in love with the Gemini, a reimagining of the Psion PDA from the late 1990s. If the promise of a dual-booting Android and Linux phone had you drooling at the mouth, strap in, because I've just seen the same h…

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Jolla's alternative Sailfish OS is coming to more phones

Feb 26

It's been a long time since we've covered Jolla on Engadget, and with good reason — the company has had a tumultuous time of late. The Jolla Phone — the first hardware running its alternative Sailfish OS platform — failed to take of...

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Lenovo's Yoga 730 is a cheaper 2-in-1 with Alexa support

Feb 26

Mobile World Congress, for obvious reasons, isn't really known for its laptop announcements. Lenovo is bucking that trend today, however, with three mid-range convertibles sporting the Yoga name. The most exciting is the Yoga 730, a sleek 2-in-1 that...

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Watch Nokia's MWC 2018 event in under 10 minutes

Feb 25

It's good times for Nokia. Or rather HMD Global, the Finnish company that now owns the beloved Nokia brand. After a successful holiday season the phone maker has marched into Mobile World Congress with a bevy of new devices in tow. The Nokia 8 Sirocco is a st…

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Cat's S61 is an ideal phone for blue-collar workers

Feb 22

Two years ago, I was shown a Cat-branded smartphone with a thermal camera for people who work in construction and other outdoors-y, get-your-hands-dirty professions. I wasn't the target market, of course, and struggled to judge whether the feature wa...

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Land Rover Explore is a rugged phone with swappable backs

Feb 22

At last, we have a Land Rover phone that doesn't look like it was built from parts found on a factory floor. The new 'Explore' is the work of Bullitt, a British company that has made handsets for Caterpillar, Kodak and JCB in the past. It was actuall...

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