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Twitter debuts more custom emoji for Wimbledon

Twitter debuts more custom emoji for Wimbledon

Twitter seems to be making it a trend to develop its own emoji to coincide with holidays and special events. The social network started this off with sporting events like the World Cup 2014, NBA tournaments, and more recently with Star Wars emoji for the Star Wars Celebration event back in April, a character for the debut of Taylor Swift's "Bad Blood" music video in May, and emoji to celebrate Ramadan earlier this month. Now the site is giving us special tennis characters in honor of Wimbledon.

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Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 gameplay/interview trailers released

Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5 gameplay/interview trailers released

This week the folks at Activision are ramping up - pun intended - for Tony Hawk Pro Skater 5. They're releasing both trailers in gameplay and trailers in interviews, all leading up to the first Tony Hawk Pro Skater full release in 13 years. Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4 was released all the way back in 2002, while a number of spin-offs and odd games like "Underground" were released in the meantime. Now it's time to return to the formula that made Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series great.

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FOX, NextVR to livestream US Open in VR style

FOX, NextVR to livestream US Open in VR style

FOX Sports is jumping into VR head first and it will be trying to make it big. Riding on the VR hype train, FOX has announced a partnership with virtual reality specialists NextVR to bring the US Open, which starts today, to the land of virtual reality. It will be first for many reasons. It will be the network's first time to broadcast the USGA event and it will be the first time that the sport will be livestreamed in this rather nascent, or resurging, medium.

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Sony Tennis Sensor now available to perfect your swing

Sony Tennis Sensor now available to perfect your swing

This is how athletes will be training in the future, with almost inconspicuous sensors and smartphones. Or at least that's the future that Sony is painting. Almost a year in the making, the consumer electronics giant is finally making available its Smart Tennis Sensor. This little orange knob, which can fit in any certified racket bottom, will deliver statistics and critical information about a player's swing, force, and other aspects of a player's performance that could make or break the next Grand Slam championship match.

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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 detailed for Fall

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 detailed for Fall

The next installment in the Tony Hawk Pro Skater collection of games has arrived. It's called Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5, and it'll be coming to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 later this year, and soon after it'll be delivered to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The first and most important bit of information you need to know about this game is that it's aiming to be retro. Back to the age of the first several Tony Hawk games. Back when the game was raw, simple, and ready to roll for a quick session.

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Who won the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight? Periscope

Who won the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight? Periscope

Manny Pacquiao definitely didn’t win the ‘fight of the century’. In many ways, neither did Floyd Mayweather. At the end of the night, most were left with a bad taste in their mouth. A underwhelming undercard underscored a dull main event that saw ‘Money’ Mayweather do what he does best, making Manny Pacquiao look downright pedestrian. All that for the low, low price of $99 via Pay Per View. Unless you were willing to watch a second-hand stream via Periscope — those people paid nothing, and they might have been the real winners.

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Periscope, Meerkat get NHL banhammer

Periscope, Meerkat get NHL banhammer

The NHL isn’t happy about people live-streaming its events, and so it has given both Meerkat and Periscope the banhammer, at least to the extent it is able to. This includes any live-streaming that starts 30 minutes before the beginning of an event or less, the event itself, and the end of the event. It’s not surprising that the NHL has its own Periscope account, and that it doesn’t like attendees eating into its revenue by doing their own illicit streaming.

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Zepp launches ‘Coaches Center’ to round out sports performance goals

Zepp launches ‘Coaches Center’ to round out sports performance goals

While we talk a lot about fitness wearables, we don’t talk about sports sensors nearly enough. Companies like Zepp are trying to quantify your sports movements, providing contextual data in real-time to eek out maximum results. While you might get info and feedback, that only goes so far. If you’re not met with the right drills and tools once you know where you’re making errors, you’re probably doomed to be more aware of your shortcomings. To that, Zepp is launching Coaches Center, a service to provide your coach the tools they need, too.

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Recon Jet launches with sports in sight, isn’t Google Glass [UPDATE]

Recon Jet launches with sports in sight, isn’t Google Glass [UPDATE]

More than two years in the making, Recon Instruments has finally decided to ship its Jet smart eyewear to the masses. During that time, despite the rise and eventual fall of Google Glass, Recon has been unyielding in its focus. This may seem like a rival to Google's own smart spectacle, but a more focused use case could probably save it from folding in the same way. Recon Jet has its eyes set, no pun intended, squarely on sports and health enthusiasts, content with bring timely performance stats, with a bit of fun on the side.

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Garmin intros VIRB X, VIRB XE for action shots anywhere you go

Garmin intros VIRB X, VIRB XE for action shots anywhere you go

GoPro is not the only company that wants to let you capture footage from anywhere in the world. Garmin is also involved in the action camera segment, and today announces updates to their VIRB lineup. The VIRB X and VIRB XE cameras bring HD video and pixel-dense still image capture in a small form factor. They’re also waterproof to 50 meters, and have a “variety of built-in sensors” like GPS, an accelerometer, and gyroscope. The lineup starts at $299.99.

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