Civilization VI system requirements released

Civilization VI system requirements released

With so many high profile game releases coming up before the end of 2016 - Titanfall 2, Pokemon Sun and Moon, Battlefield 1 - you'd be forgiven if, like me, you forgot that Civilization VI is also scheduled for an autumn launch. There are a lot of people out there looking forward to Civilization VI (or, on the other hand, hoping for a return to form after the stumble that was Beyond Earth), and ahead of its October 21 launch, Firaxis and 2K Games have unleashed the game's system requirements.

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Twitter may soon receive buyout offers from Google and Salesforce

Twitter may soon receive buyout offers from Google and Salesforce

Twitter's days as an independent company could soon be coming to an end, if new reports are to be believed. Those reports, which come from sources speaking to CNBC's David Faber, claim that Twitter could have incoming buyout offers from a number of technology companies, chief among those being Google and Salesforce.

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Raspberry Pi retro gaming system is inside a NES cartridge

Raspberry Pi retro gaming system is inside a NES cartridge

Way back in the day the video game system of choice was the NES or Nintendo Entertainment System. I had one with the little robot that moved things around in the real world while you played a rather boring game on the screen. All of the video games came on big gray cartridges that you slid into the front of the system.

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DIY liquid cooled 72k lumen LED flashlight will melt your soul

DIY liquid cooled 72k lumen LED flashlight will melt your soul

There are flashlights and then there are FLASHLIGHTS and this DIY 72,000 lumen bad boy is definitely the latter type of flashlight. It was made by a guy called Samm Sheperd and it uses eight 100w LED chips that generate a huge amount of heat when turned on. In fact, the thing generates so much heat that it has to be water-cooled to prevent it from catching fire.

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Japanese LED basketball court steals the show at B league season opener

Japanese LED basketball court steals the show at B league season opener

In the US, a basketball court is always made of wooden planks that are painted with the correct lines and markings and then waxed to a high sheen. In Japan, they do things very different for at least one of the courts where the B league will play games. Unlike practice courts made from LED screens that were used in the past, this time out the LED court at the Yoyogi National Gymnasium was used for an actual game.

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iPhone speed test pits original through iPhone 7 to see what’s fastest

iPhone speed test pits original through iPhone 7 to see what’s fastest

Each time a new version of the iPhone comes out we all wonder just how much faster the latest version is compared to its predecessors. EverythignApplePro has take an example of every iPhone model made going back to the original until the new iPhone 7 to see just how fast they are. You don’t really remember how ugly that original iPhone is until you see it compared to the latest version.

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Samsung says half of recalled Galaxy Note 7 devices have been exchanged

Samsung says half of recalled Galaxy Note 7 devices have been exchanged

Samsung has issued a statement noting that about half of all the recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that were sold in the US have now been exchanged. The exchanges have all taken place under the Samsung voluntary recall that has been underway for several weeks now after more than 70 cases of the original Note 7 catching fire while charging. Samsung says that about 90% of the Galaxy Note owners have been opting to get the new Galaxy Note 7 as a replacement since it launched on September 21.

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Germany will soon have a quieter, hydrogen-powered train

Germany will soon have a quieter, hydrogen-powered train

“Environment-friendly trains” is probably a bit of an oxymoron, unless you’re talking about electric-powered ones. Ever since their first incarnations, trains have been synonymous not just with the consumption of massive amounts of diesel but also of CO2 emission. But as they are an integral part of public transportation, especially in European countries, they can’t be simply removed. In Germany, however, a solution is already being tested in the form of the Coradia iLint, billed as the world’s first clean and green train fit for public use.

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Upcoming Roku Express, Premiere, Ultra boxes leaked in photos

Upcoming Roku Express, Premiere, Ultra boxes leaked in photos

The living room entertainment market is getting a bit more crowded, with an increasing number of players in the smart TV, set-top box, and streaming markets. In order to maintain its prominence as the set-top box brand, Roku is expected to do a refresh of its entire line, from top to bottom. Instead of the numbered models from 1 to 4, this latest leak shows five, yes five, models to take their place. With features that sometimes bleed into each other, the Roku Express, Express Plus, Premiere, Premiere+, and Ultra could give consumers more options, or confuse the hell out of them.

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Flybrix is a drone made of LEGO that you can crash

Flybrix is a drone made of LEGO that you can crash

Drones are fun stuff, but most ready to use products are either too pricey to have some rugged fun with or too cheap to even be rugged. On the other hand, building a drone yourself is no walk in the park and requires tinkerers to know how one works even before they start the project. Enter Flybrix, a drone that is both toy and teaching tool that can be built, taken apart, and rebuilt again using the most reusable parts known to man, woman, and child: LEGO bricks.

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USB sticks with malware are being hand-delivered to mailboxes

USB sticks with malware are being hand-delivered to mailboxes

Sometimes, the best strategy is an old-fashioned one, and sadly some criminal elements might be using that nugget of wisdom to spread malicious software to unsuspecting victims. In Australia and the UK, there have been reports of USB thumb drives being delivered, most likely by hand, to physical mailboxes. And while these branded memory sticks look innocent, they are rarely so. The few that have been analyzed revealed to contain malware, ransomware even, designed to hold users’ data hostage for a price to be paid to hackers.

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ASUS ZenFone 3 Laser, Deluxe now available in the US

ASUS ZenFone 3 Laser, Deluxe now available in the US

Last May, ASUS unveiled its new flagship ZenFone 3 family of Android smartphones, one of which included what the Taiwanese manufacturer boasted to be the first commercially available smartphone with the Snapdragon 821 processor. Now it is bringing two of those devices to the US market via Amazon, sitting on two opposite ends of the smartphone spectrum. On one end, you have the ASUS ZenFone 3 Laser, a moderately lower end phablet. While on the opposite end you have the beast that is the ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe.

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