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Nintendo Switch will give mobile gaming a much needed boost

Nintendo Switch will give mobile gaming a much needed boost

Nintendo fans are just counting the days, even if there are still weeks, to the Nintendo Switch's launch. Critics are waiting with bated breath to see how expectations and marketing will match both reality and sales. Some people will love it, some will hate it.

Whichever way the pendulum swings, and it will swing back and forth repeatedly the Nintendo Switch will have one lasting effect on one corner of the gaming market. The Nintendo Switch, intentionally or not, will give an infusion of inspiration, not to mention a role model, that the mobile gaming industry so desperately needs.

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Here’s what the Nintendo Switch can’t do, or so says Nintendo

Here’s what the Nintendo Switch can’t do, or so says Nintendo

For some gamers, the Nintendo Switch is a dream come true, allowing them to take console-quality games on the road, in the living room, or whenever and wherever the urge strikes. It also has some fancy controllers to boot! But it’s not going to be everything for everybody, especially not for Nintendo. For its creator, the Switch is designed to deliver the best gaming experience, nothing more, nothing less. So, at least for now, video streaming is out!

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Amazon Dash one-click ordering goes digital

Amazon Dash one-click ordering goes digital

Amazon Dash is a strange but oddly reasonable product.It removes every excuse not to get your groceries done, especially for essential supplies. Or seen in another way, it appeals to the human propensity for laziness. But apparently even the act of physically pushing a button might be too much work. Or that people are not so keen on buying a $5 button. So what is poor Amazon to do? Why, make a virtual Amazon Dash button, of course! And that is exactly what smart Amazon did.

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Apple’s 3 new iPads not coming until second half of 2017

Apple’s 3 new iPads not coming until second half of 2017

If you’ve been holding out for a new Apple tablet, you might have to wait a bit longer or, depending on your particular proclivities, just suck it up and buy one already. That’s because, according to sources, Apple’s new iPads aren’t scheduled to be even announced until later this year. And even then, what it has in the works might not exactly be to everyone’s liking, with Apple shuffling its tablets around to accommodate a totally new size model.

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Galaxy S8’s Bixby to be able to identify real-world things

Galaxy S8’s Bixby to be able to identify real-world things

It’s really no secret that Samsung wants in on the whole AI-powered personal assistant bandwagon. After all, it did purchase Viv Labs, founded by Siri’s original creators. Rumored to be called Bixby, at least in one gender-based incarnation, Samsung’s personal assistant is expected to debut on the Galaxy S8, which, in turn, is expected to be unveiled in just a few weeks. But when Bixby does launch, it might have an ability none of its peers currently have: recognizing objects and text via the Galaxy S8 camera.

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Windows 10 Creators Update e-book store is official

Windows 10 Creators Update e-book store is official

Well that was quick. After it was leaked early on, Microsoft has now revealed what’s in store for Windows Insiders in Build 15014, which will eventually be incorporated in April’s Windows 10 Creators Update. And as that early reveal said, Microsoft will be rolling out its own e-book store and makeshift e-book reader. But, there’s also a new would-be feature lurking in that build that will give power users and gamers a bit more control over their power settings. Provided the final feature actually makes the cut.

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Here’s when Huawei will push out Nougat to models in China

Here’s when Huawei will push out Nougat to models in China

When your smartphone, be it a fresh new release or a one-year old model, will get the latest and greatest Android release has always been a guessing game for the Android faithful. Some, like LG, seem to take pride in how fast at least one of its phones gets the update. Others, like Samsung, have developed a notoriety for taking ages, sometimes never. Huawei, who is arduously climbing up the Android ladder, isn’t yet the fastest, but, if this leaked timetable is to be believed, it is at least trying to finish before the second half of 2017.

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Galaxy Note 7 investigation reveal will be livestreamed

Galaxy Note 7 investigation reveal will be livestreamed

It seems almost too ironic that Samsung is turning what is one of its most embarrassing moments into a high-profile media event. Then again, considering the media circus that formed around the Galaxy Note 7 and its fiery fate, it really had little choice in the matter. In any case, there is no more stopping Samsung’s revelation of what really caused its phablet to catch fire, at least according to its investigation. And it will make that announcement at a large press conference on Sunday evening, US time.

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LG Music Flow to get Google Home, Multiroom next month

LG Music Flow to get Google Home, Multiroom next month

At least among Google’s fans and partners, Google Home, and its smart Assistant, is the new hot trend. It also happens to be Google’s biggest walled garden as far as features go. Which is why, almost like a major Android version, users are incessantly asking when they’re going to get even some integration with those features. For owners of LG’s Music Flow wireless speakers, the answer is “end of February”, which might be a generous estimate but a much welcomed estimate nonetheless.

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Resident Evil 7 biohazard will be a Play Anywhere title

Resident Evil 7 biohazard will be a Play Anywhere title

Even before zombies or mutated critters were hot (presuming they are), Resident Evil was already scaring the bejeepers out of gamers since 1996. Now past its 20th birthday, the title is undergoing a bit of a facelift in the latest installment, Resident Evil 7 biohazard. To make that celebration even sweeter, Microsoft's Phil Spencer will be inducting the game into its exclusive club of Xbox Play Anywhere titles. Which means you only need to buy the game once and play it not really anywhere but on both Xbox and Windows PC.

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Intel Baby Canyon NUC: Kaby Lake, Thunderbolt 3, Optane-ready

Intel Baby Canyon NUC: Kaby Lake, Thunderbolt 3, Optane-ready

The slim Compute Card may have been the star of Intel's CES 2017 show, but it is hardly the only big thing it revealed back then. For the more traditional computer users, Intel has also unveiled the next generation of its "Next Unit of Computing", or NUC mini PCs. Aside from naturally running on its next processors of computing, namely the 7th gen Kaby Lake Core chips, these NUCs also signal the return of the Thunderbolt on the small boxes as well as heralding the arrival of ultra fast Optane SSDs.

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Minecraft for Windows 10 Mobile will no longer be updated

Minecraft for Windows 10 Mobile will no longer be updated

Microsoft's smartphone platforms, from Windows Phone to Windows 10 Mobile, can't seem to catch a break. Until recently, and even now to some extent, it has been sorely lacking in apps. The mobile game situation was even worse. And just when you thought the worst was over, some bad news is hitting Windows 10 Mobile users. Still unofficially confirmed, Microsoft-owned Mojang might stop updating Minecraft
Pocket Edition for the smartphone platform, leaving the open world voxel game to stagnate and, eventually, die there.

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