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Tetris speedrunning world record beaten by accident

Tetris speedrunning world record beaten by accident

Speedrunning is a skill that eludes many of us, and yet, there's nothing quite like watching a world record be broken. Even better is when the speedrunner in question doesn't realize they've broken a world record until after the fact. Such is the case of Tetris speedrunner Jonas Neubauer, who accidentally broke a world record while pursuing another one entirely.

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PUBG on PS4 is coming, but it isn’t good enough for Sony yet

PUBG on PS4 is coming, but it isn’t good enough for Sony yet

Though PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds launched on Xbox One in something of a rough state, it's been enjoying a lot of success thus far. Shortly after it released last month, Microsoft and the PUBG Group revealed that it had sold 1 million copies in a mere 48 hours. With that kind of success on just one platform - not to mention its excellent performance with the PC segment - the PUBG Group has to be looking at other platforms, right?

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Netgear Orbi outdoor satellite takes your WiFi network outside

Netgear Orbi outdoor satellite takes your WiFi network outside

If you need to get a solid WiFi connection to the far corners of your home, mesh networking is generally the solution. What about times when you want your WiFi to extend to the boundaries of your property and not just be limited to your home? That poses something of a larger problem, as many mesh networking systems aren't really designed for outdoor use.

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Avido WiBa is the Human Centipede of wireless chargers

Avido WiBa is the Human Centipede of wireless chargers

Just when you've thought the mobile world had figured out wireless charging pads, Avido comes up with a curveball. Today the company introduced its new WiBa dual-charging wireless power system. Yes, that's the full name of the device, but in fairness to Avido, there's good reason for such a long and convoluted name.

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Apple tipped to buy Netflix as streaming war gets serious

Apple tipped to buy Netflix as streaming war gets serious

It's not exactly a secret that Apple has a lot of cash laying around, and thanks to the GOP's new tax plan, we may see it put some of that money to use. Apple is said to have a decent chance of buying Netflix at some point this year, which would certainly shake up the streaming scene. Such a purchase would mark a rather grand entrance into the packed streaming market for Apple, which it has been trying to break into for quite some time now.

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These are Steam’s best games of 2017

These are Steam’s best games of 2017

Now that we're into 2018, Steam is looking back at the year that just was and using its internal metrics to name the best and most popular games of 2017. Steam does this each and every year, and this time around, the games are being split into 5 different categories. Many of these lists are determined by total revenue, but one in particular focuses on games that were most popular among Steam players as well.

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First-person Super Mario 64 is the stuff of nightmares

First-person Super Mario 64 is the stuff of nightmares

Super Mario 64 has earned its spot as one of the most beloved games of all time, so the healthy modding community that has grown around it over the past 20 years shouldn't come as much of a shock. Over the years, modders have done a lot to Super Mario 64, including a recent mod that enables online multiplayer. Kaze Emanuar, the same person behind Super Mario 64 Online, is back today with a new mod, and it certainly isn't one for the faint of heart.

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Galaxy S9 leak reveals Samsung’s final design

Galaxy S9 leak reveals Samsung’s final design

Today we're getting a fresh look at the Galaxy S9 from a few different angles. To those who have been following Galaxy S9 leaks closely, these may not offer anything new, as they show off the rear and front panels of both the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+. However, they do serve to reinforce previous leaks, further solidifying this idea that what we've been seeing are final components of both phones.

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Nintendo Direct could reveal as many as 18 new Switch games

Nintendo Direct could reveal as many as 18 new Switch games

Nintendo just wrapped up a pretty fabulous year for the Switch, and it could be looking to start of 2018 with a bang. Over the holiday weekend, Amazon briefly sent a number of listings for Switch games live, revealing that there are numerous titles in development for Nintendo's latest console. These were all placeholder listings, which were run without game names or release dates, but what they mean is clear: Nintendo is planning a bunch of releases for the Switch in 2018.

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The Best Games of 2017

The Best Games of 2017

While 2017 was a rough year in many regards, it was one of the best for gaming. This past year was packed with so many excellent releases that making a list of the best could very well turn out to be a losing proposition. I’m going to try, though I should mention that these are my favorites of the year - this list was not determined by committee, nor will it be ranked. Since this is a list of my personal favorites, I’ll obviously only be discussing games that I’ve played. Therefore, if you don’t see your favorite game of the year, don’t necessarily take it to mean that it isn’t good. Let’s dig in!

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Dispute over $1.50 Call of Duty match leads to swatting death of Kansas man

Dispute over $1.50 Call of Duty match leads to swatting death of Kansas man

A prank that first gained popularity on video game streaming sites like Twitch may be behind the death of a man in Wichita, Kansas. "Swatting," as its known, involves sending local police to a streamer's house when their address leaks online. The somewhat popular prank can be very dangerous in nature, as pranksters typically report killings or hostage situations at the location in question, prompting a large-scale response by police.

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Google’s top 10 tech searches of 2017 will surprise you

Google’s top 10 tech searches of 2017 will surprise you

Being just a few days away from the beginning of 2018, it's time to look back on 2017 and reflect on what's happened throughout the year. Google is doing just that today, sharing the top 10 searches for a bunch of different categories in 2017. While each list has some interesting entries, the consumer tech top 10 is particularly surprising.

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