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Galaxy S8 tipped to use facial recognition along with iris scanning

Galaxy S8 tipped to use facial recognition along with iris scanning

The Galaxy S8 will apparently have more security options than any of its predecessors, according to new reports today. Rumors out of Korea claim that Samsung will include facial recognition technology in the Galaxy S8 and its larger brother, the Galaxy S8 Plus. This would be in addition to fingerprint and iris scanners we've already seen in previous Samsung devices.

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I said Nintendo should quit consoles: Can Switch change my mind?

I said Nintendo should quit consoles: Can Switch change my mind?

Way back in September, when the Nintendo Switch was still known as the NX and we had no idea what Nintendo was plotting, I wrote that the company should call it quits when it comes to consoles. I remembered this article when I was standing in line on the morning of March 3, waiting to pick up my Switch, which had been pre-ordered and paid off since January. The irony of the situation wasn't lost on me, but now that I've got the Switch and I've been playing it constantly for the better part of a week, can it change my mind about Nintendo and its console business?

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Facebook and Vimeo launch 360-degree video hubs: Here’s how to watch

Facebook and Vimeo launch 360-degree video hubs: Here’s how to watch

Those of you with VR headsets have a lot of new content to look forward to, as Facebook and Vimeo are both rolling out 360 content in some capacity today. For Facebook, that functionality is coming specifically to the Gear VR by way of a new app. With Vimeo, on the other hand, we're seeing the site-wide launch of 360 videos in general.

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Tinder Select is real, but only for the rich and beautiful

Tinder Select is real, but only for the rich and beautiful

Tinder has found a lot of success among singles because of its streamlined approach to online dating, but we're learning today that there may be more to Tinder than meets the eye. According to a new report, Tinder has been operating a separate dating service called Tinder Select for months now. Only a few people know about it too, thanks to its invite-only nature.

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Nintendo Switch: Netflix, Hulu “will come in time”

Nintendo Switch: Netflix, Hulu “will come in time”

It seems that the Nintendo Switch if off to a pretty strong start, with the console selling out across the US and fans and critics alike singing the praises of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Even with that praise, though, the Switch is still lacking in some other areas. Specifically, aside from Zelda and a few other launch games, there isn't that much to do with the Switch just yet.

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Makeblock Neuron launches Kickstarter to get kids interested in STEM

Makeblock Neuron launches Kickstarter to get kids interested in STEM

Getting kids interested in STEM fields can be a difficult thing, but a new Kickstarter wants to change that. Say hello to Makeblock Neuron, a set of modular, plug-and-play building blocks that aims to get kids interested in things like robotics, programming, and engineering in a relatively simple and engaging way.

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PS4 system update 4.50 lands tomorrow – here’s what to expect

PS4 system update 4.50 lands tomorrow – here’s what to expect

Back at the beginning of February, we told you about PlayStation 4 system update 4.50. When it was first detailed, Sony talked about a lot of major features, like Boost Mode for the PS4 Pro and external hard drive support for the entire PlayStation family. Today, we're learning about some additional features that will be coming along with 4.50, making this one massive update.

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Nintendo Switch problems? You’re not the only one

Nintendo Switch problems? You’re not the only one

There's been a lot of excitement surrounding the Nintendo Switch and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but for some folks, that excitement was quickly killed by what seems to be a variety of launch day problems. Some of these issues were documented before launch - such as the connectivity issues with the Joy Con controllers - while others have waited until consumers took their consoles home to rear their ugly heads.

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Google Pixel 2 could pull an Apple and drop headphone jack

Google Pixel 2 could pull an Apple and drop headphone jack

A few days back, Google confirmed that there will be a new Pixel phone released in 2017. Obviously, Google's going to look to make a number of improvements with this new device, but today we're hearing that it might take a step back in some regards, as the Pixel is rumored to lose its 3.5mm headphone jack with this latest iteration. It wouldn't be the first phone to do so, as Apple famously dropped the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, prompting much controversy in doing so.

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Nintendo Switch sales: best launch ever, Zelda best for games

Nintendo Switch sales: best launch ever, Zelda best for games

One only needs to call around to stores trying to find a Switch to know that the new console is having a good launch, but Nintendo has now shed a little more light on just how successful it is. Speaking to New York Times reporter Nick Wingfield, Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime said that the Switch exceeded the first two-day sales of any other Nintendo console in the Americas. That, importantly, means that it managed to beat the sales numbers for the Wii.

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Logitech’s G Pro Mechanical Keyboard was made with pro gamers in mind

Logitech’s G Pro Mechanical Keyboard was made with pro gamers in mind

Logitech's G Pro line of gaming accessories is expanding today with the introduction of the G Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard. This new keyboard is one of two devices in the G Pro segment of Logitech's larger G series, joining the G Pro Gaming Mouse. Just like it did in the development of that mouse, Logitech has partnered with pro gamers to develop this new keyboard.

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More Galaxy S8 images leak out ahead of release date

More Galaxy S8 images leak out ahead of release date

Though we've seen the Galaxy S8 and its big brother, the Galaxy S8 Plus, from nearly every angle thus far, more images of the two devices have leaked out ahead of release. When compared to some of the other images we've seen, these images are somewhat sharp, giving us a nice, clear look at both phones. These aren't anything we haven't seen before, but when the reveal isn't happening until the end of this month, we'll take what we can get.

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