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Analogue Nt mini won’t limit you to 30 classic NES titles

Analogue Nt mini won’t limit you to 30 classic NES titles

In about three months, Nintendo will be unleashing the NES Classic, a smaller, and more limited, throwback to a console fan favorite. Naturally, NES “remakers” Analogue is following suit. But unlike Nintendo’s official mini, the Analogue Nt mini won’t be as limited, offering all the amenities of modern technology while still promising compatibility with the cartridges and accessories of old. That said, it won’t be as small or as cheap as the NES Classic either. You do, however, really get what you pay for.

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Eyefi, Toshiba FlashAir will soon play nice with each other

Eyefi, Toshiba FlashAir will soon play nice with each other

Not all SD cards are created equal. While these pieces of plastic are more known for providing extra storage for digital cameras and laptops, some cards offer more. These are the so-called Wi-Fi SD cards, enabling wireless transfer from SD card to some other wirelessly connected device. And there are, in fact, two competing, ergo incompatible, brands: Eyefi and Toshiba’s FlashAir. But thanks to a licensing deal between the two, cards from one company will soon be able to work with apps and services of the other, creating one big happy Wi-Fi SD card family.

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Microsoft HoloLens powered by TSMC holographic processing unit

Microsoft HoloLens powered by TSMC holographic processing unit

If there were questions as to why AR headsets like Microsoft’s HoloLens are so expensive and so rare, then this little tidbit might explain things a bit. Although it was already revealed that the headset uses an Intel Atom Cherry Trail for its main processor, that isn’t actually the one doing the heavy lifting. Instead, it is the 28 nm “holographic processing unit” or HPU fabricated by TSMC that does most of the sensor processing required to deliver a fluid, real-time AR experience.

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IOGEAR USB-C Docking Station trades one USB-C port for ten

IOGEAR USB-C Docking Station trades one USB-C port for ten

Laptops are, mostly, designed to be portable, even when they can weigh a ton. But there will come a time, or times, when you’ll wish you had more than just your single screen, keyboard, and touchpad on your desk. Sure, you can plug in all types of cables and peripherals, but that can be unwieldy quite quickly. And when you have a sole USB-C port like the new MacBook, you’re practically out of luck. Not unless you have this new IOGEAR USB-C Docking Station that will make you forget your laptop isn’t a desktop workstation.

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PS4 Slim leaked to have a new DualShock 4 controller

PS4 Slim leaked to have a new DualShock 4 controller

We saw leaked photos of what was allegedly a PlayStation 4 “Slim” variant before analysts chimed that, yes, there is such a slightly redesigned console coming along with the PS4 Neo. While details are still as slim as the console itself, that isn’t stopping others from jumping in to show their own unofficial take on the still unconfirmed console. Like this equally slightly redesigned DualShock 4 controller, whose most significant change is a new, or maybe even a second, location for a light bar.

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Pokemon GO Update makes Team Leaders useful, promises exciting features

Pokemon GO Update makes Team Leaders useful, promises exciting features

Niantic Labs has just announced what seems to be a very minor update to Pokemon GO, which could still pique people’s curiosities. For one, it finally gives a bit of character to the otherwise practically useless Team Leaders. It also very briefly mentions one of the most debated aspects of the game: bots (and cheating). But most importantly, it tells players to hold on to their seats because new and exciting features are coming. Which isn’t really that surprising, but is now actually more critical than ever before.

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NVIDIA Parker chip exposed: DRIVE PX 2’s heart and brain

NVIDIA Parker chip exposed: DRIVE PX 2’s heart and brain

Graphics chip maker NVIDIA may have thrown in the towel as far as commodity smartphones are concerned, but definitely hasn’t given up the fight in the mobile system-on-chip arena. In addition to its Tegra line of mobile chips still powering tablets and embedded devices, it has just revealed Parker, a new, but not completely, ARM-based system-on-chip. You aren’t going to find it in any mobile device, mind you. Unless you consider cars to be literally mobile “devices”. That’s because this Parker chip is the beating heart of NVIDIA’s DRIVE PX 2 computer aimed at powering today’s and tomorrow’s generation of smart cars.

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LG V20 will really have Nougat first, high end features teased

LG V20 will really have Nougat first, high end features teased

It seems that there is some truth to LG’s boast after all. Now that Android 7.0 Nougat has been formally launched, the list of devices getting first dibs have also been revealed. Naturally, existing Nexus devices, as well as the Pixel C and General Mobile 4G Android One, are getting the preferential treatment. But as far as new devices rocking the new Android version, it seems that the honor will actually belong to the LG V20 after all. That’s based on Google’s own website for Android Nougat, calling the V20 the "first new smartphone that comes with Android Nougat, right out of the box."

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Samsung LEVEL Active headphones promise a firm but comfy grip on ears

Samsung LEVEL Active headphones promise a firm but comfy grip on ears

Somewhat a bit late to capitalize on the Olympics fever, Samsung has finally announced the availability of its new LEVEL Active Bluetooth headphones. Built and designed for very active users, the headphones offer hooks that cling to your ears and rugged materials that withstand both elements and sweat. And, of course, pairing with Android smartphones, particularly Samsung’s own Galaxy line, the LEVEL Active offers integration with apps to provide a “smarter” way to exercise.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics vid pokes good fun at Japan’s gaming, anime culture

Tokyo 2020 Olympics vid pokes good fun at Japan’s gaming, anime culture

As the Rio 2016 Olympics comes to a close, it was time for the baton to be passed to Japan, who will be hosting the next big international competition. And what better way to introduce the world to the new host than to show them just how wacky the Japanese can be. In a good way of course. In its pitch video for the 2020 Olympics, Japan made some lighthearted, tongue in cheek jokes about the countries perceived obsession with gaming and anime. They even got the highest political power in the country to jump in, almost literally.

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Game Boy Classic turned into a drone controller

Game Boy Classic turned into a drone controller

The Internet is filled with Game Boy hacks, from boards turned into GameBoy clones to GameBoys themselves modded to do things that couldn’t even be imagined decades ago. And yet there is no shortage of new cool things people do with the venerable gaming handheld. Take for example, this project undertaken by Gautier Hattenberger, who turned the classic version of the Game Boy into a controller for a Parrot AR Drone 2. Perhaps best of all, it doesn’t actually require gutting the now rare and expensive gaming device to do so.

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Hugo Barra: Xiaomi still coming to the US, but not in a rush

Hugo Barra: Xiaomi still coming to the US, but not in a rush

In the Android smartphone market, few names outside of brands like Samsung, LG, and other international giants make it to headlines. China’s Xiaomi, of course, remains the exception, sparking interest and even demand in countries outside of its focus markets like China and India. Interest in Xiaomi’s smartphones in the US, however, might be waning as the company continues to drag its feet in a Western expansion. Company VP of International Hugo Barra, formerly a Google exec, reassures fans that Xiaomi still has the US in its sights. That said, it is in no rush to get there and wants to time things right or risk actually doing more harm than good to Xiaomi’s image.

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