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NVIDIA SHIELD Controller Review (Gen 2, 2017)

NVIDIA SHIELD Controller Review (Gen 2, 2017)

In our first hands-on experience with the NVIDIA SHIELD TV, I made a strong suggestion that the Game Controller was the major upgrade of this generation in SHIELD hardware. As such, I've separated this review from our primary review of the NVIDIA SHIELD TV. The review here suggests that this new controller is largely worth purchasing on its own if the user already owns the Gen1 NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV device, and will be a positive piece of the puzzle for those that purchase Gen2.

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Nintendo Switch: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Nintendo Switch: The good, the bad, and the ugly

In a roughly 14 hour period spanning Thursday night and Friday morning, we received an onslaught of Nintendo Switch news. A lot of new information was revealed, including details about the Switch's release, its online systems, and its launch titles. As a lifelong Nintendo fan, I'd been looking forward to these events since they were announced, and I thought I'd take some time to go through my personal hits and misses with Nintendo's Switch reveal.

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iPhone 8 tipped to have even stronger water resistance

iPhone 8 tipped to have even stronger water resistance

Water resistance, perhaps even more than dust proofing, has become an expected feature of almost every high-end smartphone these days. After all, if you’re paying premium price for such a sophisticated device, you’d expect it to survive a few, hopefully minor, mishaps. Until the iPhone 7, however, Apple’s smartphones haven’t exactly joined that trend. But now that it has, it seems to be going full out. According to multiple sources, the iPhone 8 will feature an ingress protection (IP) rating of IP68, obtaining the highest dust and water proofing score that few smartphones so far enjoy.

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Xbox One S laptop made real, courtesy of Ben Heck

Xbox One S laptop made real, courtesy of Ben Heck

Benjamin “Ben” Heck might be best known for tearing things apart, but he also leaves an army of rebuilt, modded, and re-designed gadgets in his wake. The latest to get the privilege of being reincarnated in a new body is the Xbox One S, which Heck tore down late last year. Feeling uninspired to put it all back together again, Humpty Dumpty style, he decided to put it instead into the most portable form for a gaming console. And thus the Xbox One S laptop was born!

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7 mystery to finally end next week

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 mystery to finally end next week

This has honestly gone far too long. Although things seem to be winding down for the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7, there is still some amount of closure needed. To be specific, Samsung still has to officially explain, once and for all, why the phablet that was supposed to be the crowning glory of Android smartphones in 2016 was, instead, cursed with fiery deaths. And, perhaps just as important, it needs to sufficiently explain why it made a premature call when it restarted sales of the phablet instead of pulling them all out at once.

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LG G6 promised not to explode

LG G6 promised not to explode

The incident involving the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has had everybody reeling, from consumers all the way up to other smartphone makers. 2017 will most likely be marked by OEMs boasting about how safe their smartphone will be, particularly when it comes to batteries and heat management. LG is kicking off that trend by explaining the steps it has taken to ensure the utmost safety of their smartphones. And while it specifically names the LG V20 in its piece, given the timing, there is very little doubt those same points will apply to the upcoming LG G6 as well.

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More Nintendo Switch details: 2TB microSD card support, no Miiverse or StreetPass

More Nintendo Switch details: 2TB microSD card support, no Miiverse or StreetPass

While almost all the details about the new Nintendo Switch console have been revealed, there's still a few things that leave eager gamers wondering about their potential future purchase. Most of the hardware specs have been sufficiently outlined, but one troubling item is the fact that the Switch only comes with 32GB of internal storage, a paltry amount compared to the 500GB and 1TB hard drives we're used to.

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Apple debuts AirPods ads highlighting Siri and pairing

Apple debuts AirPods ads highlighting Siri and pairing

You'll still be hard-pressed to find Apple's new AirPods in stores anywhere, ever after the holidays, but Cupertino has taken to rolling out a new series of television commercials for the wireless headphones, highlighting and promoting their key features. The ads, which began appearing on TV this weekend, feature the dancer Lil Buck using the AirPods as he walks down the street, making use of Siri and pairing them with an iPhone 7.

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Amazon seeks FCC permission for secret wireless testing

Amazon seeks FCC permission for secret wireless testing

It appears Amazon may be up to another one of its mysterious, experimental projects. It's been discovered that the company has filed a request with the FCC for permission to test wireless communication technology in areas of Washington, all without stating the exact purpose. There are a few hints that the tests could be related to Amazon's desire to begin drone deliveries, but the company only says it involves "innovative communications capabilities and functionalities."

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Chinese app stores ordered to register with government

Chinese app stores ordered to register with government

In what may seem like a totalitarian move on the surface, the Chinese government's Cyberspace Administration has announced that it will require all the country's app stores to register with their offices. While this certainly opens the door to more direct government control, the move is said to be in the name of consumer protection, with a goal of cracking down on fraudulent apps.

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Now you can play Portal on an Apple II

Now you can play Portal on an Apple II

If for some reason you still haven't played Valve's hit game Portal, I implore you to go to Steam or your favorite console's digital marketplace and download it right away. It really is as good as everyone says. However, if you have played it (and the acclaimed sequel) before, but wish you re-experience it on your aging but beloved Apple II computer, now you finally can, thanks to computer engineering professor Vince Weaver.

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SpaceX launches first rocket since explosion, deploying satellites & landing successfully

SpaceX launches first rocket since explosion, deploying satellites & landing successfully

A round of congratulations are in order for SpaceX, as the Elon Musk-led agency successfully returned to flight on Saturday with the launch of a rocket that delivered 10 satellites into orbit, followed by a first stage booster landing atop a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean. This was SpaceX's first launch in over four months, following the August launchpad explosion of their previous rocket in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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