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Amazon now offers credits to make Alexa skills development free

Amazon now offers credits to make Alexa skills development free

We could be seeing many more Alexa skills launch shortly, as Amazon is rolling out new incentives for developers today. Aimed at making development of Alexa skills more affordable, Amazon will begin offering Amazon Web Services promotional credit to developers who have already published an Alexa Skill. Amazon says that in a lot of cases, this could make development of new Alexa skills entirely free.

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US ally uses Patriot missile to shoot down $200 quadcopter

US ally uses Patriot missile to shoot down $200 quadcopter

One of the more effective weapons the US military and its allies have at their disposal is the MIM-104 Patriot missile system. The surface-to-air missile is primarily used as an anti-ballistic missile these days, but one unnamed US ally recently found an unintended use for the system: shooting down quadcopter drones obtained from Amazon.

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Samsung supposedly begins producing iPhone OLED panels with 3D Touch

Samsung supposedly begins producing iPhone OLED panels with 3D Touch

If you believe the rumors we've heard so far, then the next iPhone will come equipped with OLED display. This has been one of the more prevalent rumors since the mill started churning, and today we're getting new details that seem to solidify it. According to this new report, Samsung Display has started producing OLED panels for the next iPhone, complete with 3D Touch functionality.

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Nintendo Switch sales reportedly top 1.5 million

Nintendo Switch sales reportedly top 1.5 million

To figure out that the Nintendo Switch is selling well, you need only phone around to a few stores and ask if they have any in stock. The answer will most likely be "no," as Switch consoles are sold out nearly everywhere you look. Today, analytics firm SuperData is putting a finer point on things, revealing that its estimates put total Switch sales at 1.5 million worldwide.

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AMD absolves Windows 10 of Ryzen CPU performance criticism

AMD absolves Windows 10 of Ryzen CPU performance criticism

AMD's Ryzen CPU launched to a lot of excitement a couple of weeks back, but in the time since then, some complaints about performance have started to appear. A portion of users suspected that some of the problems they were experiencing were the fault of Windows. A new blog post from AMD, however, suggests that may not be the case.

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Sony BRAVIA OLED 4K HDR TVs, sound bars get pricing and release dates

Sony BRAVIA OLED 4K HDR TVs, sound bars get pricing and release dates

Sony showed up to CES 2017 with a collection of new BRAVIA 4K OLED TVs in tow, but as is usually the case with these trade show reveals, Sony wasn't quite ready to talk release dates or pricing at the time. Today Sony is delivering that information at last, but with these TVs offering 4K OLED panels, don't expect them to be inexpensive.

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Watch Nintendo’s new Zelda: Breath of the Wild behind the scenes series here

Watch Nintendo’s new Zelda: Breath of the Wild behind the scenes series here

As promised yesterday, Nintendo has just released a new three-part video series that gives us a behind-the-scenes look at The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The latest Zelda title represents a pretty radical departure for the series in general, so getting a look at how it was made will definitely be interesting for a lot longtime fans.

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Galaxy Tab S3 pricing revealed by Best Buy

Galaxy Tab S3 pricing revealed by Best Buy

Back at MWC 2017, Samsung finally pulled the veil back on the Galaxy Tab S3. Thanks to a number of rumors before this reveal, we knew the tablet was coming, but it was nice to get confirmation nonetheless. Now it's time for Samsung to start ramping up toward release, and a new Galaxy Tab S3 listing on Best Buy's website is delivering some important details on pricing.

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Despite Switch Joy-Con complaints, Nintendo downplays problems

Despite Switch Joy-Con complaints, Nintendo downplays problems

By Nintendo's own metrics, the Switch seems to be off to a solid start. However, that doesn't appear to be the case for some folks who picked it up on launch day, as we've been hearing reports of a variety of problems for the last week. Chief among these complains are claims that the Joy-Con controllers are experiencing connectivity issues, something that was documented even before the Switch launched.

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PlayStation 4 games coming to PlayStation Now later this year

PlayStation 4 games coming to PlayStation Now later this year

PlayStation Now is going to get a major boost in value later this year, as Sony announced today that it will soon add PS4 games to the PS Now lineup. That's pretty huge news, as PS Now is currently exclusive to PlayStation 3 titles. The PlayStation 3 had a good library, to be sure, but at $20 per month, some folks think that PlayStation Now is a little too expensive when the service only offers previous-generation games.

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Rocket League’s new mode, Dropshot, arrives next week

Rocket League’s new mode, Dropshot, arrives next week

Rocket League fans have something new to look forward to today, as the game will be getting yet another new game mode next week. Dubbed Dropshot, this mode seems a little more intense than the hockey and basketball modes that came before it. That's because players will have to damage the arena before they can score their goals.

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild video series goes behind the scenes tomorrow

Zelda: Breath of the Wild video series goes behind the scenes tomorrow

If you have a Nintendo Switch or Wii U, chances are high that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been eating away at most of your free time. Not only is it the first console Zelda game in more than five years, but it's also getting rave reviews from consumers and critics alike. Now Nintendo has announced that it'll give us a look at how it made such an epic game through a three-part making of video series.

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