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Civilization VI adds its own brand of Battle Royale gameplay

Civilization VI adds its own brand of Battle Royale gameplay

You know that battle royale is THE thing in gaming when even games that you'd least expect adds a battle royale mode. That's the head-scratching revelation that game developers Firaxis made in its September 2019 update for Sid Meier's Civilization VI. More than just the usual fixes and balancing changes, the update's new Red Death feature turns the normally peaceful and relaxing game into a massive battle for survival.

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Xbox Lynx body spray will have you smelling like a pro gamer

Xbox Lynx body spray will have you smelling like a pro gamer

No, we haven't traveled back in time to April 1. We are, instead, looking to the future of gaming. E3 2019 is coming next week and gaming companies are revving up the marketing engine ahead of the big gaming event. Microsoft will probably take the cake for this partnership with Lynx, known as Axe in other markets. And if that name has you thinking of body sprays and body washes, then you're in for a scented treat with Xbox-branded products of that exact kind.

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Google Maps Snake game puts a twists on ride-sharing

Google Maps Snake game puts a twists on ride-sharing

For some people, ride-sharing services have completely changed the way they travel and live. Not everyone, however, will be able to get the experience of driving a vehicle, much less a train, to pick up random strangers for fun and profit. Google is all about making dreams come and starting today, not only will you be able to pick up passengers in locations you've never been to, you'll also be able to eat them up to increase your passenger-gobbling capacity.

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LEGO heads swallowed and passed for science so you won’t have to

LEGO heads swallowed and passed for science so you won’t have to

It’s a sad and unavoidable fact of life that innocent as well as not so innocent toddlers love putting things into their mouths. Most of the time it's food but other times it involves things they may perceive as delicious delights. It is a parent’s worst nightmare or at least one of them, and yet toy companies keep on producing potentially dangerous pieces of plastic. That is why a group of pediatricians has taken it upon themselves to go through the weirdest test ever to find out how long it will take for a kid to poop out a LEGO head in case the little one manages to swallow one.

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Banksy painting shredded itself after $1.4 million auction

Banksy painting shredded itself after $1.4 million auction

We’ve heard about ephemeral instant messages but ephemeral works of art? Especially one that has a self-destruct button that gets triggered after the masterpiece bags over a million dollars in an auction. In what has become the talk of the town in art circles, notorious yet anonymous street artist “Banksy” decided it would send an effective message about art, or his revolutionary spirit, if one of his most iconic works was shredded right before the unsuspecting public’s eyes and right after the hammer fell on what would have been a very lucrative auction.

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Sonic the Hedgehog Toaster will burn you the perfect breakfast

Sonic the Hedgehog Toaster will burn you the perfect breakfast

Breakfast is often the meal that gets thrown out the windows in the name of productivity. And if it’s taken at all, it’s often in a rush. That’s a trend anywhere in the world that even Japan has a trope for rushing off to school or work with a toast hanging off one’s mouth. When it comes to rushing off, however, no one’s better than Sonic the Hedgehog. That’s why SEGA of America came up with the perfect device to remind you to take breakfast even when you’re in a hurry. Introducing the Sonic Toaster.

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PUBG Ransomware makes you play PUBG to decrypt hostaged files

PUBG Ransomware makes you play PUBG to decrypt hostaged files

Everyone wants to ride the PUBG train. Short for PlayerUnknown’s Battleground, the battle royale game is like that popular kid in school that everyone wants to be or, at the very least, be with. That seems to be true even for malware. A new type of ransomware has popped up blatantly calling itself PUBG Ransomware. Although it does hold your files hostage by encrypting them, it does also provide the key to restore them. Or you can just play PUBG for one hour.

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KFC Canada offered BTC-themed chicken in Bitcoin Bucket

KFC Canada offered BTC-themed chicken in Bitcoin Bucket

KFC has a wonderful history of getting in on bizarre tech trends, including a food tray that doubles as a Bluetooth keyboard, a meal box that can charge your phone, a VR training game, and even chicken-flavored edible nail polish. The fast food chain's latest promotion attempts to cash-in on the growing Bitcoin craze with a limited time meal that can only be paid for with the cryptocurrency.

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Sundar Pichai vows to fix cheeseburger emoji cheese order

Sundar Pichai vows to fix cheeseburger emoji cheese order

Stop the presses! Or in this case, drop all work at Google on Monday in order to address one of the most critical issues plaguing the company. This is the tongue-in-cheek promise that Google CEO Sundar Pichai made on Twitter, responding to the noise that netizens have been making over what is possibly the most controversial emoji-related scandal to come after The Emoji Movie: the proper placement of the cheese in the cheeseburger emoji.

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Fake cracking glass skywalk in China is a terrible prank

Fake cracking glass skywalk in China is a terrible prank

A lot of things these days can be faked with the right hardware and digital tools. But while many of them are usually employed for harmless fun and laughs, some might have less than pleasant effects on people. In China's northern Hebei Province sits the Taihang Mountain range, about 1,500 to 2,000 meters high. And somewhere in the middle of that is a skywalk with glass panels for floors. And, for some "extra zing", the administrators of that tourist attraction deemed it wise to introduce a "special effect" in the form of breaking glass.

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South Park episode plays epic prank on Amazon Alexa owners

South Park episode plays epic prank on Amazon Alexa owners

It was bound to happen. People smarter, or more paranoid, than us have already pointed out how these always listening speakers are disasters waiting to happen unless their manufacturers quickly plug up holes and perfect their voice recognition systems. Nowhere has that warning been brought to its most comical conclusion than in a recent episode of South Park that has Amazon’s Echo devices going crazy everywhere. Fortunately this time for laughs rather than hair-tearing frustration.

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SNL’s Amazon Echo Silver responds to almost any name

SNL’s Amazon Echo Silver responds to almost any name

Let's admit it. Today's fancy gadgets and technologies are really designed for younger, more agile consumers. While market dynamics and profits do demand that, it doesn't have to be that way. Good technology is inclusive technology. Take for example the new Amazon Silver Echo, as seen on Saturday Night Live and only on Saturday Night Live. It's a super limited and nonexistent version designed with well-aged users in mind, responding to almost any name even loosely sounding like "Alexa".

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