Author Archives: Adam Westlake


Super Mario Odyssey players are already speedrunning the in-store demo

Super Mario Odyssey players are already speedrunning the in-store demo

We're only a few weeks away from the release of Super Mario Odyssey on the Nintendo Switch, but eager players are still getting all the playtime they can at the new demo kiosks appearing in stores across the country. With all the excitement surrounding Mario's newest adventure, some players turned to recording their runs through the demo and sharing them online. The result is that now fans are trying outdo each other, seeing how fast they can complete the 10-minute demo.

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Pokemon Go data leak reveals Gen 3 release during Halloween event

Pokemon Go data leak reveals Gen 3 release during Halloween event

As most players are already aware, a special Halloween event is coming to Pokemon Go this year. But it appears the spooky-themed update isn't the only thing players will experience in the weeks to come, as a new datamine has revealed that several generation three Pokemon have been added to the game's files, along with a new loading screen teasing their arrival. For fans wanting to experience all the surprises of the Halloween event, it would be best to look away now, as spoilers follow after this.

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OnePlus will begin limiting data collection, offer opt-out following privacy outcry

OnePlus will begin limiting data collection, offer opt-out following privacy outcry

Earlier this month it was revealed that Android handset-maker OnePlus was collecting large amounts of users' data, both without explicit permission and without making it clear it was doing so. While the data is said to be used for analytical purposes, it included plenty of personally identifiable information. Understandably, OnePlus users have been more than a little upset about this, but the company has now come forward to address concerns and reveal changes to their collection policy.

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Microsoft’s newest employee meeting rooms are giant treehouses

Microsoft’s newest employee meeting rooms are giant treehouses

While Google is already well-known for its creative, unique office environments, and Apple has its cool new "spaceship campus," Microsoft has revealed that its employees can now enjoy a trio of giant treehouses. The treetop meeting spaces were built at the company's headquarters in Redmond, Washington, and are made to embrace the effects of nature on "creativity, focus, and happiness."

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Riot Games’ founders are finally making something other than League of Legends

Riot Games’ founders are finally making something other than League of Legends

Since founding Riot Games in 2006, the almost sole focus of co-founders Brandon "Ryze" Beck and Marc "Tryndamere" Merrill has been creating and managing the development of League of Legends. But after 11 years, the pair are now ready to work on something other than their immensely popular MOBA game, and have announced a shift in roles.

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Pirate Bay returns to mining cryptocurrency with visitors’ CPUs, no opt-out option

Pirate Bay returns to mining cryptocurrency with visitors’ CPUs, no opt-out option

Just over a month ago The Pirate Bay's website was found to be using visitors' CPU cycles to mine cryptocurrency while they browsed the site. At the time, the practice was said to be a limited test in order to see if digital currency mining could be a new source of revenue to replace traditional advertising. However, without notice Pirate Bay has returned to mining and offers no opt-out option to visitors.

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T-Mobile drops unlimited LTE perk for trips to Canada and Mexico

T-Mobile drops unlimited LTE perk for trips to Canada and Mexico

T-Mobile has done a lot over the years to back-up its claim of being an "Un-carrier," offering perks and options that big rivals Verizon and AT&T don't come close to. Unfortunately the company has announced it's bringing an end to one of its more attractive perks: the free unlimited LTE service for customers traveling in Canada and Mexico.

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New Xbox One S bundles include Rocket League, Minecraft, and Halo

New Xbox One S bundles include Rocket League, Minecraft, and Halo

We're still in the midst of October, but the holiday shopping season will soon be here, and Microsoft has gotten an early jump on things for those planning on buying an Xbox One this year. The company has announced four new console bundles that include a popular game and its DLC or other digital content, along with a white 500GB Xbox One S and a wireless controller.

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No Android Oreo for the NVIDIA Shield Tablets

No Android Oreo for the NVIDIA Shield Tablets

Quality Android tablets are in decline these days, but the Shield Tablet from NVIDIA has been one of the better options of the last few years, even for those with little interest in gaming. Unfortunately for owners of these devices — both the original Shield Tablet from 2014, and 2015's Shield Tablet K1 — NVIDIA has now revealed they won't be upgraded to Android 8.0 Oreo, the newest version of the mobile OS.

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Amazon made its own iPhone dongle, beating Belkin in price

Amazon made its own iPhone dongle, beating Belkin in price

Last year, Apple removed the standard 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7, a "courageous" move, but one that has put us in a world where dongles are now the norm. With Google's new Pixel 2 smartphones also ditching the 3.5mm jack, the era when we could charge our devices and use wired headphones at the same time is quickly coming to an end. Fortunately Amazon is here to rectify the situation, at least for iPhone users, with a dongle that slightly undercuts Belkin's new solution in price.

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See Overwatch’s new skins before the 2017 Halloween event begins

See Overwatch’s new skins before the 2017 Halloween event begins

Overwatch players are abuzz this week as Blizzard began teasing this year's Halloween Terror seasonal event, revealing it begins on Tuesday, October 10th. The announcement was made on Twitter, including with a quick shot of two new character skins (seen above) to get fans excited, but while Blizzard usually waits until the event begins to reveal all the new items, several other skins have leaked a bit early. For those of you waiting to be surprised on Tuesday, this is your warning that spoilers will follow!

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Hulu reveals first trailer for Marvel’s Runaways series

Hulu reveals first trailer for Marvel’s Runaways series

Netflix may have been the exclusive home to Marvel's television series for the last few years, but that's finally changing later this year when Hulu debuts its new Runaways series, based on the comics about super-powered teenagers. At New York City Comic Con this week, the streaming service revealed the first trailer for Runaways, introducing us to its six heroes and their story.

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