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Nintendo Switch actually has a hidden NES emulator

Nintendo Switch actually has a hidden NES emulator

Console makers have a love/hate relationship with emulators. On the one hand, emulators walk the thin line between innocent emulation of legally owned games and piracy. On the other hand, console makers themselves are now known to make use of that very same technology for their own benefit, from the Xbox One’s backward compatibility to the tiny NES Classic. Now it seems Nintendo is yet again banking on emulation, this time for the Nintendo Switch as homebrew modders discover traces of one inside Nintendo’s latest console.

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Windows Phone 8.1 will no longer get any updates starting today

Windows Phone 8.1 will no longer get any updates starting today

As of today, Windows Phone 8.1 is deader than dead. You’ll probably be more surprised to learn that it wasn’t already, but they do say that fact is stranger than fiction. Officially speaking, however, Windows Phone 8.1 only ends its mainstream support 11th July this year. This means that, unless Microsoft relents and shows a bit of mercy, devices running on this version of Microsoft’s operating system will no longer receive updates, even critical security ones.

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Give three thumbs up with this robotic extra finger

Give three thumbs up with this robotic extra finger

Prosthesis is nothing new but the 3D printing and robotics have made it both more accessible as well as more advanced. But what if you don’t have any missing limb or body part? What if you just wanted to add one more? That’s the very question that Dani Clode from UK’s Royal College of Art is trying to answer. And her first answer comes in the form of a thumb that you can attach to your hand and control with your feet.

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You can now pre-order a Limited Edition Destiny 2 PS4 Pro bundle

You can now pre-order a Limited Edition Destiny 2 PS4 Pro bundle

Bungie tempted fate when it made Destiny, which not only became one of the best known “MMO” shooter today, it also showed Bungie could outgrow its Halo roots. With Destiny 2, the game developer is again testing its luck once more, this time bringing the game to the so-called PC “Master Race”. But before that happens, the sequel will first grace consoles like the PlayStation 4. If you’re a hardcore destiny fan wanting to show your support, or get an edge over other players, you might also want to test your own fate by putting in a pre-order for this Destiny 2 themed Limited Edition PS4 Pro even before the beta is out.

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This is the LG V30 in all its rendered glory

This is the LG V30 in all its rendered glory

LG has just announced the LG Q6, a.k.a. the LG G6 mini, but those who might still be hoping for a “true” 2017 flagship from the Korean OEM might not need to wait that much longer. The LG V30, which will supposedly, or hopefully, sport the latest and greatest features, is believed to be arriving in a little over than a month. It hasn’t been as widely talked about as its predecessor, perhaps because there’s not much left to be known about it. And thanks to OnLeaks and MySmartPrice, we might very well know what it will look like as well.

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Half-Life gets an update 19 years after it launched

Half-Life gets an update 19 years after it launched

Reviving old games seems to be a trend now. And, no, we’re not just talking about a case of “retro” fever. This is about old titles having their dust brushed off, shaken, and updated for the modern age. Blizzard did that with the original StarCraft, not the Remastered edition mind, and now Valve is apparently doing likewise for its debut game. Half-Life just got its first ever update in like forever, nearly two decades after it first took PC gaming by storm. At least back in 1998.

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Android 7.1 hides an anti-malware “panic detection” safeguard

Android 7.1 hides an anti-malware “panic detection” safeguard

Alongside fragmentation, security is one of the most criticized flaws of the Android platform. Although it takes the matter seriously, Google remains firm on not exercising an iron fist and instead implements “smart” systems to automate the checking of apps. Some malware, however, do slip through the cracks and others can be obtained from unofficial sources. In such cases, Android still tries to be smart without being heavy-handed in dealing with already installed and running malware. Like this hidden “panic detection” feature that presumes you’re phone is infected when you repeatedly press the back button too many times.

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LG Q6 brings bezel-less FullVision design to new mid-range

LG Q6 brings bezel-less FullVision design to new mid-range

Every year, LG boasts about how it’s bringing premium features to budget-friendly phones. That started with the K and then the X series in 2016 and now LG is doing it again with a new Q series. But rather than starting with “1”, the pioneering models of this new line are the Q6 triplets, the LG Q6, the LG Q6+, and the LG Q6α (alpha). And if that number reminds you of the LG G6, that’s by no means an accident. That’s because, with a nearly bezel-free FullVision display, these three are practically your LG G6 “minis”.

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Xperia XZ Premium is one of the toughest cookies

Xperia XZ Premium is one of the toughest cookies

Sony makes classy looking smartphones, although it has hung on to that look far too long. They also make very waterproof smartphones, being one of the first manufacturers to flaunt high IP ratings. They don’t, however, make very durable ones, or at least not by JerrryRigEverything’s standards. That seems to have finally changed with the Xperia XZ Premium, the company’s latest, greatest, most expensive, and, fortunately, most durable flagship to date.

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Youyota Sailfish OS tablet tries to revive a failed Jolla dream

Youyota Sailfish OS tablet tries to revive a failed Jolla dream

Just because you’re a somewhat popular company that managed to successfully deliver a crowdfunded product doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be able to do it again. Not even if you rake in more than $2 million in funding. That’s the bitter reality that Jolla faced last year when it had to cancel its successfully funded Sailfish OS tablet. Some, however, still believe in that vision and have taken to Indiegogo to try and resuscitate the Jolla Tablet, now as the Youyota Tablet. And based simply on numbers, it seems there are still many who still believe in that dream too.

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Here’s how to get rid of ads on your Amazon Edition phone

Here’s how to get rid of ads on your Amazon Edition phone

About two weeks ago, Amazon proudly announced the addition of the Nokia 6, Alcatel IDOL 5S, A50, and A30 PLUS to its roster of exclusive unlocked phones. It coincided with the first anniversary of this “Amazon Edition” lineup that offered a few mid-range smartphones at heavily marked down prices. The was, however, a catch to this deal. After all, there always is a catch. In exchange for $25 to $50 off the retail price, these smartphones come preloaded not just with Amazon apps but with tons of Amazon ads. Fortunately, since this is Android, there is a way to get rid of those.

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iPhone 8 “mirror” variant is just begging to be dirty

iPhone 8 “mirror” variant is just begging to be dirty

Black isn’t the new black anymore. Fingerprints are the new black. Just look at all fuss around fingerprint sensors or the lack of them. That fascinations with our unique body marks has seemingly extended to smartphone designs, with more and more flagships sporting high-gloss glass backs that are veritable fingerprint magnets. Unsurprisingly, Apple will be trumping them all. According to a new leak, the OLED iPhone 8 will come in four colors, one of which will have give you a mirror on its back.

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