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Refurbished and original Galaxy Note 7 land at Wi-Fi Alliance

Refurbished and original Galaxy Note 7 land at Wi-Fi Alliance

It is no secret that Samsung still wants to salvage what little is left of the Galaxy Note 7's reputation. Whether that's a wise move or not is something we'll leave to the Korean OEM to find out. Also not surprising is the fact that this refurbished model has reportedly been seen at the Wi-Fi Alliance for certification. That just means its arrival is coming soon. What is surprising, however, is to see the original Galaxy Note 7 making that same appearance and with the same certification as the refurbished model.

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Breathe of the NES pays tribute to Breath of the Wild 2D prototype

Breathe of the NES pays tribute to Breath of the Wild 2D prototype

Back at GDC in March, just before The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild launched, Nintendo made an unprecedented revelation. It showed the tool it used to quickly prototype some of Breath of the Wild's gameplay mechanics and ideas. To make a long story short, it was practically a recreation of BotW's 3D world in the 8-bit 2D aesthetics of the original Zelda game. The developers should have expected that someone would be inspired by this. And, of course, it did happen. And so Breath of the NES was born.

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Galaxy S8 owners complain about wireless charging issues

Galaxy S8 owners complain about wireless charging issues

No smartphone is going to be perfect. Even Apple's iPhones have their fair share of complaints and imperfections. Given how high-profile the Galaxy S8 is, it's really no surprise that there is a lot more noise being made about each and every potential defect or problem. Following complaints of red tinted screens, some Galaxy S8 owners are now finding themselves unable to charge their smartphones wirelessly even when using Samsung's own wireless fast charging pads.

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OpenLara lets you play the first Tomb Raider in your browser

OpenLara lets you play the first Tomb Raider in your browser

Tomb Raider's Lara Croft is easily one of the most iconic females in the gaming industry. And although she started out as a rather inappropriate icon, she eventually matured into something more befitting a modern female lead. But despite the advancements in the game's series and lore, the original Tomb Raider game still holds a special place in fans' hearts. And now you can relive those experiences, or live them for the first time, right on your web browser, thanks to the open source OpenLara project.

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Elgato M4 Stand now turns your iPhone into the original Mac

Elgato M4 Stand now turns your iPhone into the original Mac

There is just something to Apple's Mac design that has people reaching for it decades after it has gone extinct. No, we're not talking about the candy iMacs but the original Macintosh. There hasn't been a shortage of attempts to emulate that computer. There's even an Apple Watch stand that turns it into a mini Macintosh. Appropriately, Elgato, who made that same W3 Apple Watch stand, has come out with the M4 for the iPhone to satisfy that craving for old-school industrial design.

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This humongous PS4 controller is thankfully a one-time thing

This humongous PS4 controller is thankfully a one-time thing

Some things are never meant to be and this probably one of them. We've seen our fair share of gaming devices and peripherals magnified a hundred times their size, but almost all of those have been fan-made. This one, however, is as official as it gets. Sony has made a gigantic PS4 controller to celebrate the remaster of Parappa the Rapper, which is celebrating its 20th year. And what better way to make a big party than by having a big controller?

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You can somewhat reclaim the Bixby Button again

You can somewhat reclaim the Bixby Button again

The greatest irony of the Galaxy S8 is that Samsung launched a crippled Bixby in the worst way possible. Whether you're still waiting for promised features or have no care for Bixby at all, that means you're left with a practically useless hardware button. Some have tried to give that button some other purpose in life, but Samsung quickly slammed that door shut. Now BixRemap tries to pick up where others left off but also does two things differently. For one, it can only launch Google Now. For another, Samsung hasn't yet blocked it.

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Intsta360 Pro adds 8K to the equation, now on pre-order

Intsta360 Pro adds 8K to the equation, now on pre-order

Pretty soon, there will be no excuse for anyone and everyone not to create 360-degree content. Of course, that doesn't mean that everyone will be able to enjoy those via VR headsets, but at least modern browsers can give them a foretaste of that. 360-degree cameras are becoming more and more accessible, with companies like Insta360 putting out portable and affordable cameras. The Insta360 Pro, however, isn't that. Looking more like a big ball and UFO, the Insta360 Pro, with its 8K capability, has "professional" written all over it. And it even has the price tag to prove it.

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Uber tracked iPhones even after wiping, until Cook stopped it

Uber tracked iPhones even after wiping, until Cook stopped it

Once considered a darling and pioneer of the still nascent ride-hailing industry, Uber has quickly become the villain of a still ongoing drarma. It's the typical story of a successful company willing to do anything and everything to stay that the top, even when that means breaking the rules. And break the rules Uber did, according to this new report. Uber has allegedly been "fingerprinting" iPhones, identifying them even after they have been fully erased. It was a gross violation of Apple's privacy policies and a practice that went on for almost a year until Apple CEO Tim Cook put a stop to it.

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Samsung insists Galaxy S8 red screen just needs a software fix

Samsung insists Galaxy S8 red screen just needs a software fix

The Galaxy S8 is already receiving its fair share of criticisms not even a week into its launch. But aside from the crippled initial Bixby launch, the most glaring, almost literally, complain has been around some screens. Some users have reported have reported seeing a red tinge on their screens, at least more than normal and definitely more than what is comfortable. While some market watchers theorize it might be a problem inherent in Samsung's Super AMOLED hardware, the Korean giant is insisting it's simply a software calibration problem. And to prove that, it will soon be releasing a software update "fixing" the issue.

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DJI Ronin 2 stabilizer caters to pros with bigger rigs

DJI Ronin 2 stabilizer caters to pros with bigger rigs

DJI may be more known for its drones but it prefers to bill itself as a creative camera tech company. To that end, its portfolio includes not just camera drones but also camera gimbals and stabilizers as well. The commercialization of such products has given birth to a new breed of amateurs and aspiring professionals, but this time DJI is aiming for the higher end of the market. The DJI Ronin 2 stabilizer is choc full of features and has enough muscle to carry some of the heavier cameras that these pros use.

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iPhone 8 dummy model pics surface, confirm features so far

iPhone 8 dummy model pics surface, confirm features so far

The all-screen smartphone wars have begun. LG and Samsung already have their guns ablazing and, in just a few months, so too will Apple. And because there's still a lot of time before that happens, there's plenty of time for leaks of what the iPhone 8 could look like. This latest photo dump supposedly doesn't come from mere schematics. According to Benjamin Geskin, Foxconn confirmed that these are CNC dummy models of what we'll soon gawk at as the iPhone 8, in all its shiny, glassy glory.

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