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Must-Have PC Games of 2016

Must-Have PC Games of 2016

While I tend to keep up with the latest console releases, I'm a PC gamer at heart. I like having a good computer with a nice screen that's going to play games with the graphics turned up as high as I can get them. I also like how easy it is to find games on the cheap, thanks to Steam sales, Humble Bundle specials, and countless others.

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iOS 9.3 New Features – Here’s what to expect

iOS 9.3 New Features – Here’s what to expect

Just three days ago, Apple released the fifth developer beta of iOS 9.3. Considering iOS 9.3 beta 4 was released barely a week before that, you can get a feeling that Apple is quickly doing one last round of polish. Which could mean that the final release is indeed just around the corner, a corner that has "March 21" on its name. But while we just count down the days before Apple's much awaited early 2016 event, let's take a quick look at some of the things waiting for your iPhone or iPad when the fated day truly arrives.

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Fan-cut Ghostbusters trailer brings back the nostalgia

Fan-cut Ghostbusters trailer brings back the nostalgia

When you think about what makes a movie successful, you often think of the actors, writers, and director. These people might seem like the backbone of the movie making process, but they're not the only ones that have a large amount of control over the way the final product looks. One way to easily see this is by watching a fan re-cut something such as a trailer.

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iPhone SE release will answer Apple’s big iPhone problem

iPhone SE release will answer Apple’s big iPhone problem

Not everybody wants a phablet, and while the growth in smartphone screens may have opened the door to more immersive experiences, its left Apple and others with a bigger size problem than Donald Trump. Certainly, the sales success of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus suggests that there are many who will gladly accommodate a 4.7- or even 5.5-inch display, but glance around while you're out in public and it's clear that there are plenty of 4-inch or even 3.5-inch iPhones still in circulation.

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Augmented reality is the future our hands are not yet ready for

Augmented reality is the future our hands are not yet ready for

While virtual reality or VR continues to ramp up the hype, a slightly related technology is also starting to rev up its engines. Augmented reality is that other movement that is trying to bring technology closer to our eyes, quite literally too. But unlike VR, AR has a significantly more ambitious goal. Or rather, it is what proponents like Microsoft and Meta are trying to shape it into. Augmented reality could effectively revolutionize how we do computing in the future, replacing monitors and some forms of input with more "natural" counterparts. But while that might be easy for our eyes to take in, our hands might have a harder time adjusting.

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Amazon is using Dot to make you more comfortable with Echo

Amazon is using Dot to make you more comfortable with Echo

If you want to get your customers to take your product and utilize all of its features, there are a lot of good ways that you can do it. Amazon has been pushing Alexa pretty hard, and with today's newest additions to the family, they found one way to encourage owners to use their Echo for ordering products from them. And not everyone likes the idea.

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Far Cry 4’s map was reused in Primal, and Ubisoft should have embraced it

Far Cry 4’s map was reused in Primal, and Ubisoft should have embraced it

Back in 2013, Ubisoft made an interesting move with the Far Cry series. Far Cry 3 did incredibly well, and the team decided that they'd have some fun and make a stand-alone expansion for the game that took a completely different turn that we were used to. The result was a retro-futuristic game starring a cyborg named Rex "Power" Colt named Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon.

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LG G5 vs Galaxy S7 – What you need to know before buying

LG G5 vs Galaxy S7 – What you need to know before buying

As fast as MWC 2016 arrived, so did the dust around it settle. Now that we have room for a bit of a breather (thanks to the distractions of virtual and augmented reality), we can stake stock at the spoils of war. You've heard the spiels, you've read the impressions. Now it's time to pass judgment. Which flagship tickles your fancy, enough for you to put down a few hundred bucks to buy one. Usually, smartphones are so similar that it's harder to choose between them. This year, however, Samsung and LG have drawn the line a bit more clearly to make things both a bit easier to some extent.

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Android Superphone: 5 features you’re going to want

Android Superphone: 5 features you’re going to want

The age of the do-everything Android smartphone, the Superphone, is upon us. This device is going to have abilities well beyond what we had in mobile devices even a year or two ago - and it'll all stem from our inability to remain satisfied with what's simply good enough. Today we ask: what'll be best for tomorrow? Will we want smaller phones or bigger batteries? Will we want all-in-one phones, or plug-and-play components? Do we need desktop-level processing power, or should we leave that to the desktops?

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VR will be the most “anti-social” social platform

VR will be the most “anti-social” social platform

Thanks to the wonders of technology and the Internet, we are able to connect with friends and family, share with them our experiences and interests, wherever they are in the world. However, most of the time, we can only do so if they happen to be on the same service as we are. Sounds familiar? That's basically the structure behind every social network walled garden. And that is going to be the case with VR as well. At Samsung's UNPACKED event at MWC 2016, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg prophesied that VR will be the next platform, meaning the next social platform. Problem is, VR, as it is today, is inherently anti-social.

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NY Judge rules against DEA in Apple iPhone encryption case

NY Judge rules against DEA in Apple iPhone encryption case

One ruling is released in Apple's battle with the government over given access to encrypted iPhones in court cases throughout the United States. As we pour over what Magistrate Judge James Orenstein's 50-page memorandum and order means for Apple, we can also fairly easily interpret what it'll mean for all smart devices, including those running Google's Android. And Windows Phone. And Blackberry, if you wish. The whole lot.

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Reality check for virtual reality – the dangers of subpar VR experiences

Reality check for virtual reality – the dangers of subpar VR experiences

In the next few months, even this week alone, expect to hear a lot about virtual and augmented reality products. Oculus and HTC/Valve are set to launch their respective headsets in a month or two. Google has just stepped up its Cardboard marketing and retailing. Coca-Cola is mulling over recycling its packaging into VR headsets, but Sweden's McDonald's may have already beaten them to the punch. But more than any other consumer technology in the past decade, from smartphones to wearables, VR perhaps presents the most health questions. While the answer are still murky at this point, they all revolve on how the quality of a VR product, both hardware and software, largely determines the effects it will have on your body.

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