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Nintendo’s new galaxy-themed 3DS XL has a truly ridiculous name

Nintendo’s new galaxy-themed 3DS XL has a truly ridiculous name

Nintendo, we need to have a talk. I thought that maybe you learned an important lesson about branding thanks to the failure that was the Wii U, but it's clear from this newest 3DS XL variant that you have not. You put Reggie on video to announce the "New Galaxy Style New Nintendo 3DS XL," today, and when the President of Nintendo of America has to say "new" so many times that he begins to doubt his script and stumble over his words, we've got a problem.

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Chinese smartphone makers are putting old giants on notice

Chinese smartphone makers are putting old giants on notice

Warranted or not, the phrase “Made in China”, even in tech, evokes all sorts of negative imagery and emotions, mostly related to the quality or originality of said products. Never mind that nearly almost all smartphones, including the iPhone, could trace their origins to China, be it from components, manufacturing, or both. That bias, however, has led many to underestimate, even ignore the slumbering dragon that has now woken up and is taking the smartphone market by storm, much to the detriment of the old guard like Samsung and Apple.

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Android tablets endangered: searching for a new purpose

Android tablets endangered: searching for a new purpose

A few years back, analysts and market watchers loved picking on the PCs, by which they traditional meant desktops and laptops, as the underdogs of the consumer tech industry. These days, however, that status has befallen the tablet, whose sales have seen continuously plummeting numbers. But with the iPad Pro and the proliferation of Windows 2-in-1 hybrids, that is even more so the case with Android tablets, despite the strength of their numbers. Why has this once popular device class become so laid low? Is there a way to save them, or should we even bother trying? I'd say yes, but it's going to take some guts, which OEMs have unfortunately lost in the past years.

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No Man’s Sky PC disaster reminds us why we should stop pre-ordering games

No Man’s Sky PC disaster reminds us why we should stop pre-ordering games

In case you missed the news, No Man's Sky launched on PC last week, and the version that appeared on Steam and GOG was in rough shape. Users reported a whole slew of problems with the game, from frame rate hitching even on overpowered rigs to frequent crashes. The backlash against developer Hello Games was swift and widespread, with angry purchasers tanking the game's Steam user rating almost immediately. All the while, gamers who have been through this before held it up as an example of why we should no longer pre-order video games.

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The Internet of Things will always be vulnerable

The Internet of Things will always be vulnerable

The "Internet of Things", also known as the "IoT". A made up marketing buzzword now used to refer to anything and everything that can connect to the Internet, or at least a local network, that isn't a traditional computer or mobile device. But as dreamy as the idea of being able to command your entire home, as well as your car, with just a few taps on your smartphone or smartwatch, this new trend in consumer electronics does come with some risks. As IoT brings these devices right into our homes and deeper into our lives, they also pose bigger threats to our privacy and security. Because try as we might, the Internet of Things will never be truly and absolutely secure. But that's also alright, because no connected device really is.

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Pokemon GO is kinda boring

Pokemon GO is kinda boring

I remember being about 12 when Pokemon became a thing in the U.S. One day all the neighborhood kids were talking about pocket monsters and assorted oddities which I, having been homeschooled at the time, knew nothing about. I was quick to pick up on their excitement, though, and soon came into possession of my first Pokemon item: a small Pikachu stapler I found lying in the grass at a nearby park. For a whole day, that little stapler was my prized possession.

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7 Must have apps for Galaxy Note 7 & S Pen

7 Must have apps for Galaxy Note 7 & S Pen

The Galaxy Note 7 cat is finally out of the bag and, for whatever reason, you've set your heart and mind to get one as soon as they hit the shelves. Whether you're a new convert or a returning believer to the church of stylus, you will most likely be curious about the apps that will best utilize that oh so slim stylus. And there are quite a few out there but not all of them are created equal. To help break you in or re-orient you to the joys of the pointy stick, here are our top seven picks for your soon to be Galaxy Note 7.

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The Android PC – Revisiting mobile productivity

The Android PC – Revisiting mobile productivity

Last week we took the iPad Pro again for a spin, trying to verify, or refute, Apple's claims about the tablet being the ultimate PC replacement. And just in time, the company just released a video ad just few days ago that tries to make the same point again. But iOS is hardly the only game in town, especially on mobile. And while Google hasn't exactly made a similar claim for Android, others have spoken for it instead. But before go off on another crazy adventure, we first have to look at the few, of course unofficial, attempts at making Android the ultimate PC replacement, as far as OS is concerned at least. Yes, this is the so-called "Android PC".

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Galaxy S7 edge vs. Galaxy Note 7: Which one should you buy?

Galaxy S7 edge vs. Galaxy Note 7: Which one should you buy?

As far as this year's flagships are concerned, Samsung has already laid out all its cards. And like it or not, its cards look eerily alike. But the most striking similarities can be found in the newly announced Galaxy Note 7 and the slightly older Galaxy S7 edge. Given their near identical status, consumers will undoubtedly ask, "which one is which?" If you're in the market for a 2016 Samsung champion and feel a bit stumped choosing between its two curved models, this little guide can hopefully help narrow down the choice to a few factors.

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Galaxy Note 7 just cleared the runway for iPhone Pro

Galaxy Note 7 just cleared the runway for iPhone Pro

Samsung releases the Galaxy Note 7, a device that's traditionally come with features that favor the power user. This generation it would appear that Samsung is making clear that they're aiming directly for the features that make the most sales. As they should. They're going for profit, after all - why make another truck when a luxury race car sells so much better?

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Galaxy Note 7: compelling first device, disappointing upgrade

Galaxy Note 7: compelling first device, disappointing upgrade

Samsung has finally removed the covers off the Galaxy Note 7, perhaps one of this year's worst kept secrets. Unsurprisingly, the phablet is getting rather mixed reviews, with most of the negativity coming from those who have spent quality time with a Galaxy Note or two in the past. But why is this phablet, whose size and stylus has already been vindicated by Apple, failing to capture the hearts of even some of Samsung's stalwart fans? The reason is less about the specs, which are excellent in themselves, but more about a trend that has the stylus-faithful a tad worried.

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Niantic is the worst part of Pokemon GO

Niantic is the worst part of Pokemon GO

A team of developers called Niantic created Pokemon GO. They saw this April Fool's Joke just like everyone else in the world, and saw potential. Once they received the GO-ahead, they got to work, splitting their staff between working on their already-active game Ingress and the game that'd be built on the progress they'd already made: Pokemon GO. What went wrong?

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