New Nintendo 2DS XL: Five things to know

New Nintendo 2DS XL: Five things to know

You'd think that most of Nintendo's focus would be on the Switch at the moment, but even a new console launch isn't stopping Nintendo from refining its existing platforms. Late last night, Nintendo introduced the New 2DS XL, keeping with the confusing naming convention it's used for the 3DS. In order to dispel some of that confusion, here are five things you need to know about Nintendo's latest handheld.

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Apple is playing patent royalty hardball, and Qualcomm is furious

Apple is playing patent royalty hardball, and Qualcomm is furious

The patent fight between Apple and Qualcomm is getting uglier, with the chip-maker now outraged that its legal foe - and customer - is now withholding cash while the two clash in court. Tensions were cranked up to eleven back in January, when Apple accused Qualcomm of forcing unfair licensing fees onto it. Suing the company, it accused it of having "unfairly insisted on charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with."

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PS4 sales are going to slow, Sony warns

PS4 sales are going to slow, Sony warns

PlayStation 4 may have given Sony a welcome nudge upwards in its latest financial results, but the company is warning that sales are likely to slow in the year ahead. Sales in Sony's Game & Network Services division rose 6.3-percent year-on-year, to $14.73bn, an increase which the company says was primarily down to greater sales of PS4 and games for the console. Now, though, the PS4 enters a new stage of its life, Sony warns.

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Super Mario Run is nearing this major milestone

Super Mario Run is nearing this major milestone

Though the Switch garnered a lot of attention in Nintendo's receny year-end financial report, there was still some big news about Super Mario Run hiding within. Though we haven't heard much from the mobile game in a while, it appears to be chugging along quite nicely. In a briefing to investors, Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima announced that Super Mario Run is about to hit an important download milestone.

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10 Android smartphones that cost less than $40 (2017)

10 Android smartphones that cost less than $40 (2017)

Flip phones are by and large a thing of the past. For many buyers, a smartphone is their primary or sole means of accessing the Internet. For some, having a smartphone means being able to stay in touch with friends, apply to jobs, check email, and more. Not everyone has the budget for a pricey handset, though, and that's where the market's cheapest smartphones come. These models are, in some cases, as cheap as a mere $10, though for this list we're including models that range up to just under $40 USD.

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This is when Google Pixel will receive its last Android update

This is when Google Pixel will receive its last Android update

The smartphone market has a very high turnover rate. The commonly established, or at least expected, practice is to support a device for two years after its launch. Of course, that still depends on the OEM and whether said OEM makes an explicit promise. Google just put that promise down on writing when it updated its "end-of-life" support page with an entry for its Google Pixel. Despite being Google's special smartphone, it isn't getting any special treatment and is guaranteed only two years' worth of Android version updates.

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Synology RT2600ac Router Review

Synology RT2600ac Router Review

The days when a household only had one computer connected to the Internet is ancient history. Never mind desktops and laptops, the sheer number of smartphones, tablets, and even smart TVs means that we have started needing networks akin to very small home offices or businesses right in our abode. Network routers have evolved to take on the needs of modern-day users and the Synology RT2600ac is the famed NAS maker's second stab at this market that's already crowded with the big players. So how does it fare? Surprisingly well, despite its rather modest and unassuming looks.

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Google+ is still alive, even gets new Topics feature

Google+ is still alive, even gets new Topics feature

Google is known, nay, notorious, for starting dozens of projects and then killing them off when they no longer become feasible or practical business-wise. That has happened to both small and big projects alike, even revolutionary ones like Google Glass, Project Ara, and more. And yet there is one product that, despite being a ghost town and shadow of its former self, remains alive and has even gotten a new feature. Yes, that is Google+, which, starting today, will start surfacing interesting Topics to try and get you hooked on the social network.

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HTC’s “Brilliant U” ad makes you want to squeeze everything

HTC’s “Brilliant U” ad makes you want to squeeze everything

If the tagline for the next HTC flagship isn't "for the squeezable U", it would be terribly disappointing. The company has just released its second teaser video for what is believed to be the HTC U "Ocean" or HTC U 11 and, unsurprisingly, it is playing on what is also expected to be its headlining feature. This HTC smartphone has been leaked to have pressure sensitive side edges that allow you to squeeze the phone to make something happen. Other than breaking it, of course.

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Logitech Universal Folio turns any tablet into a mobile office

Logitech Universal Folio turns any tablet into a mobile office

For the past weeks, Apple has been leaning heavily on advertising its iPad Pro tablets as more than just a tablet and better than a PC. But what if you don't have an iPad Pro or can't afford one? Or what if you prefer some other tablet with some other OS? Well, there are a variety of solutions other there, but Logitech boasts it has the perfect productivity one. Its new Universal Folio offers a typing experience as close to a laptop you can get, won't topple over on your lap, and even has a pen loop for whatever stylus you fancy.

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Galaxy S8 gets red tint fix, Samsung insists it’s not a bug

Galaxy S8 gets red tint fix, Samsung insists it’s not a bug

It's no explosive Galaxy Note 7, but one particular complaint with the Galaxy S8 is having users buzzing a bit. Not because it's a terribly deal-breaking "misfeature" but because of how Samsung is handling the problem. Or rather, how it is denying there is a problem in the first place. Nonetheless, yielding to outcry, Samsung has apparently started to roll out a software "fix" for the red tint issue on the Galaxy S8, which simply gives users more control over the colors on the screen.

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The New Nintendo 2DS XL is a 3DS XL without the 3D

The New Nintendo 2DS XL is a 3DS XL without the 3D

Nintendo isn't abandoning its other handheld platform, the 3DS, just yet. If there were any doubt about its sincerity, then this latest announcement should banish that. Though it'll probably earn some ridicule at this point. It has just announced a New Nintendo 2DS XL that is, as the name says, larger than the Old Nintendo 2DS. But don't worry about how difficult it will be to use because Nintendo wisely folded the 2DS XL in half so that you could still comfortably hold it, despite the larger size.

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