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Splatoon 2 release could be ruined by Nintendo’s online ineptitude

Splatoon 2 release could be ruined by Nintendo’s online ineptitude

After months of waiting, today is the day that Splatoon 2 arrives. Through numerous test fire events, Switch-owning gamers should already have a good idea if this game is for them, and for everyone who's on the fence, the stellar reviews for the game may push them to take the plunge. It should be an exciting day for Switch owners, but instead there's something of a black cloud hanging over Splatoon 2's launch: Nintendo's online ineptitude.

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Verizon throttling confession raises net-neutrality questions

Verizon throttling confession raises net-neutrality questions

It's been an interesting 48 hours for Verizon customers. Two days ago, some users discovered that Verizon may have been throttling their connections to video services like Netflix and YouTube. What's particularly strange is that under normal circumstances, average users wouldn't even realize they were being throttled.

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Blizzard has terrible news for some gamers

Blizzard has terrible news for some gamers

Bad news for some of you Blizzard fans: the company has revealed that it will soon end support for some legacy Windows operating systems. This, importantly, means that you won't be able to play any of Blizzard's more recent games if you're still using one of these OSes. It is worth pointing out, however, that the best Blizzard gave ever made - Diablo II - will still run just fine.

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Microsoft just passed a huge milestone

Microsoft just passed a huge milestone

It's a good day to be Satya Nadella. Microsoft delivered its latest round of financials yesterday evening, and things are generally looking good across the board. Revenue and per-share earnings beat estimates in Q4, but even those aren't the biggest items Microsoft reported. Instead, our focus should be on Office 365, which passed an absolutely massive milestone during the quarter.

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N64 Classic Edition: 8 games we’d like to see

N64 Classic Edition: 8 games we’d like to see

Yesterday, we heard that Nintendo may be plotting an N64 Classic Edition. With the NES Classic Edition in the books and an SNES version on the way, this is hardly surprising. If the SNES Classic Edition sells well (and we all know it will), then Nintendo will almost certainly produce an N64 Classic Edition. With that in mind, here are eight games that I think should feature on such a retro console.

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Nokia 8 prototype says hello in leaked images

Nokia 8 prototype says hello in leaked images

With HMD Global now heading up phone development, the revived Nokia brand has seen a few releases already. None of those releases have been quite as noteworthy as the rumored Nokia 8, however. The Nokia 8 is said to be the high-end flagship smartphone we've been waiting for from Nokia, and today we're seeing it (or at least something like it) in a series of leaked images.

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Atari Speakerhat is somehow both genius and ridiculous

Atari Speakerhat is somehow both genius and ridiculous

Atari seems to be a very busy company at the moment. Not only did it recently unveil its new Ataribox console, but it's also breaking into the world of apparel. Say hello to the Atari Speakerhat, the perfect head accessory for nearly anyone who has accepted that absurdity is now the norm on this wonderful planet of ours.

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This $79 AI USB stick could democratize deep learning

This $79 AI USB stick could democratize deep learning

In September of last year, Intel announced that it had acquired Movidius. Modivius is a company that does a lot of different things, from making avoidance sensors for DJI drones to developing deep learning technologies with a handful of different partners. Today we're seeing some of the deep learning fruits of that buyout, with Intel introducing us to the Movidius Neural Compute Stick.

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Google Motion Stills for Android is here: Why you need it

Google Motion Stills for Android is here: Why you need it

Last year, Google launched an app called Motion Stills for iOS users. Motion Stills worked in tandem with the iPhone's Live Photos feature, turning them into shareable GIFs and stabilizing them in the process. Of course, with no such Live Photos feature on Android, the app stayed exclusive to iOS devices - until today, that is.

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Rare NES game sells for a fortune (you won’t guess which one)

Rare NES game sells for a fortune (you won’t guess which one)

When it comes to game collecting, there are a lot of hard to find video games that cost a pretty penny. Unboxed copies of Chrono Trigger, for instance, routinely sell for more than $100 on eBay, while a handful of copies of the infamous Atari game E.T. the Extra Terrestrial sold for around $1,500 after being exhumed from a landfill in 2014. Those games and their prices, however, pale in comparison to one highly sought-after NES title: Stadium Events.

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Intel Core i9: 12-cores could still fall short of AMD Ryzen Threadripper

Intel Core i9: 12-cores could still fall short of AMD Ryzen Threadripper

Even though neither CPU has shipped yet, the battle between Intel's incoming Core i9 and AMD's Ryzen Threadripper is already heating up. Aside from the die-hard fans of both companies doing their standard chirping from one another, we now have published clock rates for both camps. As it turns out, Intel's Core i9 could still be outpaced by Ryzen Threadripper, at least in terms of overall clock speed.

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Nintendo N64 Classic Edition may just have been outed

Nintendo N64 Classic Edition may just have been outed

Given the massive success of the NES Classic Edition and the fact that an SNES follow up will be launching in September, it feels relatively safe to assume that Nintendo will want to release an N64 Classic Edition at some point. Today we may be getting our first indication that such a retro console is in the works. A new trademark filing from Nintendo may have just blown the lid off of such a project, and if that's the case, then this is a very exciting development.

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