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Qualcomm to refund BlackBerry $815 million in patent royalties

Qualcomm to refund BlackBerry $815 million in patent royalties

Qualcomm just can't seem to catch a break. Which is probably the price to pay for being such a successful and high-profile company. While it is still in a tug of war with Apple, it has just announced its loss to BlackBerry in a different but eerily similar case. The two companies have announced that an arbitration panel is requiring Qualcomm to pay BlackBerry $814.9 million. All because BlackBerry says it has actually overpaid Qualcomm some patent royalties.

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Nintendo Switch gets Neon Yellow Joy-con, standalone dock

Nintendo Switch gets Neon Yellow Joy-con, standalone dock

Nintendo's recently held Direct live stream was unsurprisingly brimming with new games, or at least dates for those games. That said, there was plenty of room for some hardware surprises too. And, also unsurprisingly, they revolve around the new Nintendo Switch. Splashing a bit more color on the handheld/console hybrid, Nintendo has announced a Neon Yellow Joy-con that will be up for grabs in June. Before that happens, though, Nintendo will be selling limited quantities of its standalone Switch Dock starting next month.

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Nintendo 3DS not forgotten in Nintendo Direct stream

Nintendo 3DS not forgotten in Nintendo Direct stream

Nintendo just held one of its Nintendo Direct live stream press releases and, unsurprisingly, much of the fanfare was focused on its latest Switch handheld console. That, however, doesn't mean it has forgotten about its other gaming handheld. As if reassuring owners that the Nintendo 3DS lives on, the company revealed nearly a dozen titles that will grace the device all throughout the year.

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Sony isn’t that interested in phones anymore, looks to VR

Sony isn’t that interested in phones anymore, looks to VR

Sony's smartphone business has always been seen as on the verge of folding. After a brief period of fame, Sony's flagships have mostly failed to secure a foothold in the market, thanks to a combination of high prices and less impressive features. When Sony sold its VAIO PC business to a Japanese company, it was expected it would do the same with its smartphones soon as well. The good news: Sony President Kazuo Hirai thinks that smartphones are still a viable business. The bad news: it really doesn't care that much anymore.

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Logitech Z537 Powerful Sound with Bluetooth keeps things simple

Logitech Z537 Powerful Sound with Bluetooth keeps things simple

Smart speakers seem to be the trend these days, but not everyone wants a speaker that talks back at you or buys dollhouses just because the TV said so. Some just want the ability to wirelessly play audio from their phone or computer and sound great while doing it. For these more traditional use cases, Logitech is providing the new Z537 Powerful Sound with Bluetooth. A mouthful that really just translates to a wireless, sometimes wired, 2.1 speaker system.

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The 1996 Tamagotchi is back, but in a smaller egg

The 1996 Tamagotchi is back, but in a smaller egg

Wish you could raise a virtual pet that didn't need to be involved in fights? Jealous of the portability of the Nintendo Switch? Have a thing for all things retro and pixelated? If you answered a resounding "Yes!" to all three, then this new Tamagotchi is probably perfect for you. Actually, it's the old Tamagotchi, the original 1996 model, in fact. Just re-released in a smaller package to give fans a heavy dose of nostalgia and to give today's younger generation a chance to learn some old-school patience and responsibility.

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Western Digital G-DRIVE USB-C bring 10TB storage to MacBooks

Western Digital G-DRIVE USB-C bring 10TB storage to MacBooks

The new MacBooks, especially the new MacBook Pros, are probably the most controversial MacBooks yet. The smaller models ditched all but one USB-C port while the Pros ditched all ports in favor of all Thunderbolt 3's. That said, the decision had one positive side effect on the computing industry as a whole. More and more accessory and peripheral makers are jumping on the USB-C train to become compatible with the new MacBooks. Like this G-technology G-DRIVE USB-C device from Western Digital that brings not only external storage but also power to the MacBook.

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Google AutoDraw tries to make sense of your doodles

Google AutoDraw tries to make sense of your doodles

They say a picture paints a thousand words, but not everyone is confident they can even paint a picture at all. Almost all, however, would concede they can at least draw stick figures and shapes. The problem is that they don't think they represent the real thing they wanted to draw. Just as we "google" things we don't know these days, we can now also "google" scribbles and sketches. That's thanks to Google's new AutoDraw website and a whole lot of machine learning.

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Chrome browser’s new anchors will keep pages from jumping

Chrome browser’s new anchors will keep pages from jumping

Isn't it just annoying when you're in the middle of reading a rather engrossing web page only to have it suddenly jump back to the top or elsewhere? In this day and age of the modern web, websites still have a problem of jumping content, which, ironically, is a side effect of technologies designed to actually make the web more efficient. To make the web a better place, Google has added a new feature to Chrome called scroll anchoring to keep what you're currently seeing locked in place.

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Nikon D7500 DSLR offers D500 features at a lower price tag

Nikon D7500 DSLR offers D500 features at a lower price tag

Nikon just recently made a throwback to celebrate its 100th year in the camera business, but that doesn't mean looking back is all that it's going to do this month. It just announced the availability details of its new D7500, its latest DX-format digital SLR. While it isn't meant to be a flagship model, the D7500 boasts of flagship features nonetheless. Specifically, it shares the same image sensor and processor of Nikon's DX flagship, the D500 from 2016.

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You can now buy an AMD Ryzen 5 for your desktop

You can now buy an AMD Ryzen 5 for your desktop

AMD fans and gamers and streamers thirsting for something new can finally quench their processor thirst. Making good on its promise last month, AMD is finally making its more affordable Ryzen 5 processors available for purchase for desktop owners. Built on the same Zen architecture that AMD has been singing about since December last year, the Ryzen 5 line offers a more affordable alternative to the monstrous Ryzen 7 flagships, but with the matching "more efficient" power management.

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Galaxy S8’s Bixby will have a confusing, convoluted rollout

Galaxy S8’s Bixby will have a confusing, convoluted rollout

Gone are the days when you could expect most smartphone features, save for network support, to be uniform across all devices everywhere. These days, you have to be more aware of how certain features might be available for one market but not for your market. Or that those features might not come all at the same time, if at all. That mess is what will greet new owners of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ when the smartphones rollout next week without one key feature: Bixby voice control.

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