Octopath Traveler gave Nintendo and Square Enix a surprise nobody predicted

Octopath Traveler gave Nintendo and Square Enix a surprise nobody predicted

On Friday, Octopath Traveler launched exclusively for the Nintendo Switch. We knew that a lot of people were excited for the game heading into release, and over the weekend, we found out just how excited they were. As it turns out, Octopath Traveler has turned into a success even bigger than what Nintendo and Square Enix were expecting.

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Galaxy S10 tipped to be freed from iPhone X’s shadow

Galaxy S10 tipped to be freed from iPhone X’s shadow

It's no secret that there's been a bit of contention between the makers of the Galaxy S and the makers of the iPhone over the past decade. Apple accused Samsung of copying their phone design, and Samsung accused right back. Each time a new Galaxy S device was released over the past decade, the device(s) and the launch were invariably compared to those made by Apple.

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Roku just entered the wireless speaker space

Roku just entered the wireless speaker space

Back at CES 2018, Roku announced a new wireless audio platform called Roku Connect. At the time, Roku said it would license this technology to its manufacturing partners like TCL and Element, which make Roku TVs. The company also has some first party plans for Roku Connect, announcing a pair of wireless speakers compatible with Roku TVs today.

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Vivo Nex S hidden camera exposed in “clear phone” mod

Vivo Nex S hidden camera exposed in “clear phone” mod

Today the backside see-through edition of the Vivo Nex S shows what's going on inside one of the strangest phones ever made. The Vivo Nex S is a smartphone with no immediately apparent frontside camera. Instead of an exposed camera, this device has a camera that pops up when it's activated by the camera app or a 3rd-party app.

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Prime Day deals start early with Echo, Fire TV, and Kindle discounts

Prime Day deals start early with Echo, Fire TV, and Kindle discounts

Amazon's Prime Day event doesn't technically kick off until 3 PM Eastern this afternoon, but the company is getting the ball rolling on some deals a little early. More specifically, many of Amazon's devices have already been discounted, so if you're looking to pick up something like an Echo or a Fire TV, there's no need to wait for Prime Day to actually begin. This is probably the lowest we'll see many of these devices go until at least Black Friday, so it might not be a bad idea to hop on these deals while you have the chance.

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Roborace driverless racing car takes on Goodwood

Roborace driverless racing car takes on Goodwood

Autonomous cars will be a mainstream part of life at some point in the not-so-distant future. People will get around without having to drive or even pay attention to what's going on around them. That day isn't here just yet but we are getting closer.

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Scientists figure out how to split water into hydrogen and oxygen in space

Scientists figure out how to split water into hydrogen and oxygen in space

Some of the biggest challenges with sending humans to distant planets like Mars comes in being able to get enough fuel, water, and oxygen onto the spacecraft and habitats needed to support humans. Scientists have now shown that it is possible to split water into hydrogen and oxygen in space. The hydrogen can be used for fuel for spacecraft while the oxygen is for supporting life.

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2019 Genesis G70 first drive: Bold car, brave choices

2019 Genesis G70 first drive: Bold car, brave choices

The 2019 Genesis G70 has a couple of problems, but underwhelming on the road - or indeed on the track - isn't one of them. Making a play for the fiercely competitive midsize luxury sedan segment, it has some strong credentials in its favor: not least a proven platform, punchy engines, and all the complementary luxe we've come to expect from pretenders to the 3 Series throne. Now, all it needs to do is confound expectations about a badge that's still a relative mystery among potential drivers.

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Porsche’s first fast charging park to pack 800V tech

Porsche’s first fast charging park to pack 800V tech

Porsche has announced that it has opened a fast charging park that is located at the Berlin-Adlershof Technology Park. This car park has four customer parking spaces that are equipped with the Porsche charging infrastructure. Of those four spaces, two of them have new 800-volt charging technology that was developed by Porsche Engineering Services GmbH.

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Google should stop Samsung from ruining Android Go

Google should stop Samsung from ruining Android Go

Motorola just announced the Moto E5 Play Android Go Edition, its first Android Go phone following in the footsteps of the Moto X4 Android One Edition. It is also one of the first Android Go phones to come from a major manufacturer (depending on how you rank HMD Global/Nokia and Alcatel). Its unexpected appearance could trigger questions of the state of Google’s Android Go thrust and what could be its most controversial member: Samsung’s still unreleased Galaxy J variant. Samsung’s first Android Go is already expected to be like no other Android Go phone you’ve seen so far and Google might want to rethink its strategy before the cat gets out of the bag.

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Microsoft-branded line of Android phones doesn’t make sense

Microsoft-branded line of Android phones doesn’t make sense

It’s amusing to see Microsoft receiving a bit more coverage for what it doesn’t do than what it does. Especially when it comes to its mobile strategy. From the now defunct Windows Mobile to the mythical Surface Phone to the reportedly postponed Andromeda, we’ve mostly heard it all. So when rumors start about a Microsoft-branded line of phones in development, we can’t but help raise an eyebrow. Because while it’s definitely something that’s within the realm of possibility, it makes no sense no matter which way you look at it.

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Galaxy Note 9 leak: who needs notches, elevating cameras

Galaxy Note 9 leak: who needs notches, elevating cameras

Smartphone designs these days can be grouped into three buckets. There’s the futuristic like the Vivo NEX and OPPO Find X, the notched like the iPhone X, and “everyone else”. Of course, somewhere in between the last two are smartphones that adopt a less flamboyant appearance but still have minimal bezels. These include and, admittedly, are mostly made up of Samsung’s smartphones, who, as these new Galaxy Note 9 images show, refuse to jump on the notch bandwagon.

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