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The Morning After: Tuesday, August 22nd 2017

34 min 45 sec ago
This Tuesday morning, we're still talking about the eclipse, getting a name for Google's latest version of Android and testing the best virtual assistants out there.
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'Cuphead' is as wondrous as it is difficult

1 hour 4 min ago
Cuphead is a flashback in many ways. It hearkens back to the classical, hand-drawn animation style of the 1930s. And it's reminiscent of 2D, 8-bit-era platformers that were so tough, they wanted to make you throw your controllers against the wall. Th...
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The first ‘Shenmue III’ teaser is comfortably familiar

2 hours 3 min ago
There's plenty of big news flowing out from this year's Gamescom. Although the Xbox One X has dominated the headlines thus far, some other fan-favorite games are also vying for space at the event. Among them, the long-awaited Shenmue III. Today, eage...
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Nintendo's second 'Classic' console is better, but not perfect

3 hours 4 min ago
When Nintendo announced that the already impossible to find NES Classic Edition was going out of production, there were two reactions: outrage that the company could introduce such a popular product and fail to meet demand, and curiosity -- why would...
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HP's first Omen X gaming laptop is built for overclocking

4 hours 4 min ago
With an over-the-top gaming desktop, you expect certain things: lots of overclocking potential, expansion, a mechanical keyboard... and, of course, windows and RGB lighting to show it off. Some laptops already include a few of those features, but al...
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'Life is Strange: Before the Storm' trailer showcases its story

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 23:47
Since Max and her time traveling powers won't be in Life is Strange's upcoming prequel, you might be wondering what to expect. Well, this new trailer out of Germany's Gamescom expo can give you a pretty good idea of what Before the Storm is all about...
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WhatsApp borrows Facebook's colorful status updates

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 22:02
Now you can switch your WhatsApp status update to suit your mood. You can stitch photos and videos together to make it look like Snapchat -- or you can make it look more like its parent company's status updates. The chat application has updated its i...
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Google may be readying its own smart headphones

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 19:33
Google might be planning a foil to smarter-than-usual headphones like Apple's AirPods or the Bragi Dash line. After some sleuthing inside the Google app, the team at 9to5Google has found references to headphones that would use Google Assistant to aug...
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The first new ‘Age of Empires’ game in over a decade is in the works

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 18:49
It's been over a decade since Age of Empires III came out in 2005, but fans of the lauded RTS franchise will once again be subject to Gandhi's merciless wrath: Age of Empires IV is officially in development. At Gamescom today, Microsoft announced the...
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Disney Research taught AI how to judge short stories

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 18:11
Disney researchers have been coming up with some striking new technology lately, including a method for real-time speech animation, shared augmented reality and some creepy face-projection tech for live performances. Now, researchers at Disney and th...
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Swiftly-falling snowstorms may fall at night on Mars

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:32
Certain areas of Mars develop clouds at night that drop icy rain rather quickly -- and in some areas, perhaps snow. While neither have been strictly observed, researchers have developed new computer models that forecast frozen precipitation on the re...
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CNN is the latest to make a daily news show for Snapchat

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:00
NBC isn't the only major US broadcaster hopping on the Snapchat daily news show bandwagon. CNN has launched The Update, a survey of events that will run in the Shows section of Snapchat's Stories at 6PM Eastern. Each regular episode will cover five...
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Google might launch a reborn Chromebook Pixel and smaller Home

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 16:38
Do you still have a Chromebook Pixel-shaped hole in your heart months after Google pulled the plug? Good news -- Google might be bringing it back. A source speaking to Android Police claims that a "Pixel-branded Chromebook" will launch alongside the...
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IRS warns that tax-related phishing scams are on the rise

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 16:11
According to the IRS, the amount of phishing scams targeting W-2 forms rose sharply this year compared to last. In 2016, around 50 companies and organizations fell victim to such scams while during this year's tax season, that number increased to aro...
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Walmart is slowly expanding its Uber-powered grocery delivery

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 15:41
Walmart has been testing a grocery delivery service since 2013, when it expanded from San Francisco and San Jose to the Denver market. It's been using ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft to deliver the goods since last year, in Denver and Phoen...
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High-powered microscope can scan cells without destroying them

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 15:19
Confocal microscopes are pretty wild. The instruments can capture cell division in realtime, but the downside is the lasers in existing ones tend to fry the cells they're studying. Researchers from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology m...
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Plex says recent policy changes don't mean it's sharing your data

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 15:02
Last week, the makers of media player software Plex sent an email to users informing them of a privacy policy. In effect, the new terms would remove the ability to opt-out of the software's data collection. Predictably, there was some pushback over t...
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Cute and creepy adventure game 'Fe' hits Switch in 2018

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 14:39
A year ago, Electronic Arts kicked off its indie publishing program EA Originals by announcing an intriguing gem: Fe, created by studio Zoink from Gothenberg, Sweden. The wordless adventure game follows a woodland creature as it roams a geometric, st...
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Facebook makes Safety Check a permanent feature

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 14:21
Facebook is acting on its promise to make Safety Check a permanent feature. The social network is rolling out a dedicated Safety Check hub that helps you find any ongoing crisis without first being prompted to declare yourself as safe. It's not exa...
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Cyberpunk shooter 'Ruiner' hits PC and consoles September 26th

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 14:03
When we played Ruiner during the Xbox showcase at GDC back in February, we compared it to a 3D, highly polished version of Hotline Miami. The cyberpunk-themed, top-down action game sets you up to kill the boss while taking out enemies who swarm in fr...
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