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Windows Vista is officially dead

Windows Vista is officially dead

More than 10 years after it first launched, Microsoft has officially ended support for Windows Vista. Today is the final day for Windows Vista extended support, which means that the divisive operating system is well and truly dead. This move from Microsoft comes nearly five years to the day after mainstream support for Vista ended.

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Google Home multi user support is on the way at last

Google Home multi user support is on the way at last

Google Home has won itself a fair few fans in the battle for best smart speaker, but it still needs to play catch up to Amazon's Echo and Alexa platforms in a couple of areas. One of those areas is support for multiple users - Alexa allows users to change Amazon accounts once those users have been added to the same household, but thus far Google Home does not.

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New Nintendo Direct will cover ARMS and Splatoon 2

New Nintendo Direct will cover ARMS and Splatoon 2

Now that the Switch launch is over and we're moving deeper into the important first year, Nintendo is ready to start producing Nintendo Direct presentations again. The next one was announced today, with Nintendo revealing that it will mainly focus on ARMS and Splatoon 2 - two games that are on the horizon for the Switch.

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Is this our first look at the Galaxy Note 8? Probably not

Is this our first look at the Galaxy Note 8? Probably not

Samsung's spring flagship - the Galaxy S8 - hasn't even shipped yet, and already we're onto what to expect in autumn. An image of an alleged Galaxy Note 8 is making the rounds today, giving us what could be our first look at the next phone in the Note lineup.

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Minecraft Marketplace will offer curated maps and skins

Minecraft Marketplace will offer curated maps and skins

Microsoft and Mojang have announced a new premium marketplace incoming for Minecraft. With the simple name of Minecraft Marketplace, this new digital storefront will allow players to buy curated content like new maps, textures, and skins from Microsoft's partnered creators. While it sounds like a paid mod store at first blush, it's actually a little more exclusive than that.

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Galaxy S8 pre-orders break Samsung records in Korea

Galaxy S8 pre-orders break Samsung records in Korea

It would seem that consumers in South Korea aren't shying away from the Galaxy S8 because of the Galaxy Note 7 battery debacle. In just two days, Samsung's new flagship phone has managed to hit 550,000 pre-orders in Korea, surpassing the other flagships that came before it.

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GameStop looking into reports of security breach

GameStop looking into reports of security breach

We're hearing some news that's potentially bad for anyone who has shopped on GameStop.com in the past few months. GameStop said today that it's investigating reports of a security breach on its website, but hasn't really delved into many details concerning what such a breach would entail.

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Graceful Explosion Machine arrives on Nintendo Switch eShop

Graceful Explosion Machine arrives on Nintendo Switch eShop

This week is a fairly big one for the Nintendo Switch eShop, with two big releases now available for digital download. The first is Graceful Explosion Machine, an indie title that turned a lot of heads when it was first previewed during Nintendo's Nindies showcase for the Switch.

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Nintendo Switch in stock at Toys R Us again this weekend

Nintendo Switch in stock at Toys R Us again this weekend

We're now more than a month out from the launch of the Nintendo Switch and many folks are still having trouble finding one. It would seem that Nintendo didn't realize how popular the Switch would be, which is causing stock problems around the country. Those of you still looking will want to check out Toys R Us this weekend, as the retailer has announced new incoming stock.

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These early Surface Pro 5 rumors suggest Microsoft is playing safe

These early Surface Pro 5 rumors suggest Microsoft is playing safe

Given that the Surface Pro 4 was released back in 2015, there's at least a decent chance that we'll see the Surface Pro 5 release sometime this year. Today new rumors are suggesting that Microsoft may not be looking to do much in the way of refinement in the Surface Pro 5, instead playing it safe and sticking with what works.

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Google brings Fact Check to Search and News worldwide

Google brings Fact Check to Search and News worldwide

Google has been taking steps to fight fake news over the past few months, but today those efforts took a big leap. After launching fact check tags for Google News results in a few countries, Google has announced that this tag will roll out on a worldwide scale. This should hopefully help readers tell the difference between news based in verifiable fact and news that's a little less trustworthy.

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Snipperclips review: A great Nintendo Switch co-op puzzle game

Snipperclips review: A great Nintendo Switch co-op puzzle game

Despite my love for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and its numerous brain-teasing shrines, I have to say that I’ve never been much of a puzzle game fan. Video games, in my mind, have always been about the adventure or competition or relaxation. Working through puzzles never seemed like something I’d want to do to wind down at the end of the day. As it turns out, I was wrong about that - I just needed a game like Snipperclips to show me the light.

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