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HTC 10 and LG G5 aren’t USB Type-C compliant, says Google engineer [update]

HTC 10 and LG G5 aren’t USB Type-C compliant, says Google engineer [update]

Benson Leung is someone that we've talked about before. He's the Google engineer that rounded up all of the USB Type-C cables and put them through a series of tests to see if they're up to snuff. As it turned out, a number of them weren't, and one even managed to permanently damage his laptop. Well he's back at it again, this time he's looking at phones that use the Type-C spec. And he calls out two big names for being non-compliant, the HTC 10 and LG G5.

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Amazon won’t sell certain games to non-Prime customers

Amazon won’t sell certain games to non-Prime customers

Amazon Prime has a lot of benefits that I personally enjoy. However, the $99 per year price tag can be a bit steep, and not everyone cares enough about the benefits to shell out that much money. Well it seems that if you're not interested in picking up a Prime subscription, Amazon doesn't want to sell you certain video games anymore.

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Elon Musk wants to tackle traffic woes with self-driving vehicles

Elon Musk wants to tackle traffic woes with self-driving vehicles

No one likes being stuck in traffic. I live in the Midwest, so a traffic jam means I might take an extra 10 minutes to get to my destination. However, in larger cities, a short distance can take a very long time to travel, especially during rush hour. Tesla's CEO Elon Musk thinks he has the answer to this problem, however.

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Ubisoft patches two major exploits in The Division

Ubisoft patches two major exploits in The Division

With the first round of content for Tom Clancy's: The Division, Ubisoft had to work on some balancing issues. This was mostly centered around the game's crafting, and ended up making it a lot harder to craft weapons and other gear. Considering how easy it was to craft the best stuff, it wasn't too surprising. Of course, that was the least of their problems, and they released a patch today to address two other major issues with the game.

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Piracy could land you in jail for 10 years in the UK, in the future

Piracy could land you in jail for 10 years in the UK, in the future

Piracy has been an issue for as long as digital content has been available. VCR's were once thought to kill the TV and movie industry, and we were told to not copy that floppy in the 90's. However, ever since Napster made online piracy almost mainstream, courts have cracked down on the offenders, and hard.

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Amazon to provide eBooks for New York City Schools

Amazon to provide eBooks for New York City Schools

When I was in school, at the end of every school day, I'd need to head back to my locker, and decide just how many books I needed to cram into my bag for the night. Sometimes that meant three or four large books strapped to my back as I made my way to the bus. But thanks to the power of technology, New York City students won't have to deal with any of that.

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Acer Switch Alpha takes on Microsoft’s Surface with liquid cooling

Acer Switch Alpha takes on Microsoft’s Surface with liquid cooling

Liquid cooling is the sort of thing that you expect to find in an enthusiast gaming desktop. However, Acer doesn't seem to think that those are the only kinds of systems that should be able to take advantage of all that liquid cooling has to offer. Today they announced their new Switch Alpha 12 2-in-1 notebook, which features their LiquidLoop technology.

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Eve: Valkyrie will have cross-platform multiplayer for Rift, Vive, and PSVR

Eve: Valkyrie will have cross-platform multiplayer for Rift, Vive, and PSVR

Since online multiplayer games first made their way to consoles, they have been a huge dividing factor among gamers. After all, if you own a PS4 and your best friend bought an Xbox One, your days of getting together and playing online are over. Now the same issue is worrying PC gamers who have picked out their VR headset of choice. Thankfully CCP Games is ready to put some of those worries to rest.

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Mirror’s Edge Catalyst delayed until June

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst delayed until June

If you're looking forward to Mirror's Edge Catalyst, then you're probably pretty excited for this weekend. The closed beta will begin tomorrow, and will last for five days. Unfortunately, while some people may be playing the game as early as this weekend, everyone is going to have to wait a bit longer for the game's full launch.

Today the game's Design Director Erik Odeldahl announced that the game would be receiving another delay. This is the second time that the game has been delayed. The game was originally slated to be released in February, and was pushed back until May 24th. Thankfully this delay isn't quite as long.

The game is now set to be released to the public on June 7th here in the US. I'm not quite sure just how much work can be done in those extra two weeks, but EA feels that it will be necessary, in order to address player feedback from this weekend's upcoming closed beta.

No one is ever excited to hear that a game has been delayed, but I really don't mind. Sure, I'll have to wait a bit longer. However, I'm of the mind that a delayed game is far better than a buggy launch.

Source: Mirror's Edge

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iPhone 7 may tap Intel for faster internet speeds

iPhone 7 may tap Intel for faster internet speeds

There are a lot of rumors swirling about the forthcoming iPhone 7. Everything from a missing headphone jack, to a new camera, to an OLED display. Now new information leads us to believe that the next iPhone may have even faster internet speeds than any previous generation.

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Windows Mobile users can now text from their PC

Windows Mobile users can now text from their PC

I spend a majority of my day sitting in front of a computer for work. I tend to get pretty focused, but multitasking is a natural part of my job. As long as everything I'm doing is on the computer, I can keep going pretty steadily, without skipping a beat. However, every time I get a text message that I need to respond to, it stops me dead in my tracks. One solution is to just keep my phone on silent, but Microsoft has another idea that they're wanting to implement into Windows 10.

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PlayStation 4.5 “NEO” – What you need to know

PlayStation 4.5 “NEO” – What you need to know

While we've heard rumors about Sony's plans to release an updated PlayStation 4 for some time now, yesterday we heard the most concrete evidence of it yet. Thanks to a few different sources, the guys over at Giant Bomb were able to glean a lot of information about the console, codenamed NEO. But what does all of the information mean for current PS4 owners?

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