This is either the beginning or the end of the smartphone wars

This is either the beginning or the end of the smartphone wars

There's a wave rising in the mobile technology universe, and it's not going to be easy to talk about. We're in a position where the change between each generation in smartphones is smaller, and a few major brands have taken over the industry. At the same time, we're living in a country where protectionism has us restricting international brands, but not products manufactured internationally. We're in a place where it's rare to find something really good and/or exciting to say about a new smartphone.

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Tetra countertop dishwasher doubles as a seafood cooker

Tetra countertop dishwasher doubles as a seafood cooker

Many homes contain only two people, making the typical dishwasher you find at appliance stores unnecessarily large. Rather than having a large dishwasher that takes up a bunch of space, Heatworks presents Tetra as a compact solution; it sits on a countertop and plugs into a regular wall outlet, no plumbing necessary. Tetra doesn't just wash dishes, though, also being adequate for sanitizing certain products and even cooking seafood.

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Nintendo Switch needs these 5 Wii U games next

Nintendo Switch needs these 5 Wii U games next

Throughout 2017, Nintendo bolstered its first-party offerings on the Switch with ports of Mario Kart 8 and Pokken Tournament, two games that originally appeared on the Wii U. The thought process behind this is pretty clear, as it allows Nintendo to keep up a steady string of releases for a new console without as much effort as developing new games from the ground up. It also gives the large number of us who missed out on the Wii U a chance to play these games, which is nice because Nintendo released some excellent titles for its ultimately doomed console.

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SkyBell Plug-in Camera mounts directly over a wall outlet

SkyBell Plug-in Camera mounts directly over a wall outlet

SkyBell has announced a new security camera simply called the Plug-in Camera. That names hints at the camera's most notable feature: it plugs into the wall. Yes, every camera plugs into the wall, but SkyBell's new model is a bit different. You don't mount the Plug-in Camera somewhere and then plug it into the wall using a long charging cable; rather, the camera itself installs directly over an outlet by plugging into it.

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Watch Intel’s stunning CES 2018 drone light show right now

Watch Intel’s stunning CES 2018 drone light show right now

Intel wanted to do something interesting with a whole bunch of drones, and they landed on Las Vegas. A lovely show of lights in more than 4 billion color combinations flew over the Fountains of Bellagio, making a mockery of the pitiful, legendary water show below. Intel's first showing came on the 8th of January at 9 and 11 PM, then showed from the 9th until the 11th at both 8PM and 10PM, entertaining hundreds of viewers below.

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Star Wars: Rivals mobile game detailed: pre-registration goes live

Star Wars: Rivals mobile game detailed: pre-registration goes live

The mobile game Star Wars: Rivals, which made a brief appearance in Australia and New Zealand last year, has launched for "pre-registration" on the Google Play Store. You can't play the game yet, unfortunately, but now we have a better idea of what to expect when it does launch. Among other things, Disney is promising to give mobile players who download from Google a special bonus for doing so.

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PUBG on Xbox One hit a huge milestone of its own

PUBG on Xbox One hit a huge milestone of its own

As of today, PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has been available on Xbox One for a month. On December 12, PUBG entered Xbox Preview, which is Microsoft's program for unfinished games that want to give players access before launch. Today, Microsoft announced that in the time since it launched, PUBG has become quite the sensation on Xbox One.

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Pokemon GO Community Day Jan 2018: Special Surf Pikachu

Pokemon GO Community Day Jan 2018: Special Surf Pikachu

Niantic revealed Pokemon GO Community Day this week as a monthly event that'll take place at parks around the world. "Pokémon GO Community Day is an opportunity for Trainers around the world to meet up at their local parks to make new friends and experience what it means to be a part of this special community." Niantic announced that these events will feature a "special Pokemon" that'll only be available during that time, on that special day. The first special Community Day Pokemon is Pikachu with a unique move: SURF!

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Google Duo now lets you call Android contacts without the app

Google Duo now lets you call Android contacts without the app

Google has quietly made its Duo video messaging app far more useful, enabling audio and video calls even if the person you're contacting hasn't installed the app. Launched in mid-2016, Duo originally ran into criticism from some quarters, with users questioning why they needed yet another Google messaging app.

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Pikachu 2DS XL is perfect for budding Pokemon detectives

Pikachu 2DS XL is perfect for budding Pokemon detectives

It seems that making just one Pokemon announcement today wasn't enough for Nintendo. Hot on the heels of the news that Detective Pikachu will be coming to the US, Nintendo has also announced a special edition Pikachu-themed 2DS XL. This 2DS XL looks similar to other Pikachu handhelds we've seen in the past, with the electric mouse's familiar face on the front (or back, depending on your perspective) of the device.

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Google: We fixed Spectre and Meltdown with no performance loss

Google: We fixed Spectre and Meltdown with no performance loss

In the fallout of the discovery of Spectre and Meltdown, companies have been racing to patch vulnerabilities. Along with these patches comes the expectation of performance hits, and yesterday, Intel shared some benchmarks to show relative performance for a handful of recent Core i7 CPUs after its patches for Spectre and Meltdown were applied. While the performance decreases were mild in a lot of cases, some things like CPU responsiveness took a larger hit.

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Deadpool 2 release date update with Han Solo, Gambit, New Mutants

Deadpool 2 release date update with Han Solo, Gambit, New Mutants

A selection of superhero movies previously set for different dates will now be set in their own individual weekends. This includes Deadpool 2, The New Mutants, and Gambit too. The first film to get a bit of a change is Deadpool 2, which will now be set just one week before the opening of Disney/Lucasfilm's Han Solo film: "Solo: A Star Wars Story." That means the tail end of May 2018 is going to be the best couple of weekends of superhero/sci-fi action movies of the year - if not the entire history of the world.

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