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New Godzilla trailer is a classic big-screen event

New Godzilla trailer is a classic big-screen event

There's a new Godzilla King of the Monsters trailer out right this minute and you're gonna want to watch right here and now. Unless you've only got your phone - if that's the case, maybe send it somewhere where you've got a big TV to watch this in massive format. This trainer is as big as the last movie, and several times as heavy.

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New Blade Runner: Black Lotus announced

New Blade Runner: Black Lotus announced

The next chapter in the Blade Runner series will appear in limited series of animated stories. These episodes were announced in the form of a series called "Black Lotus" today by Alcon Television Group, Crunchyroll, and Adult Swim. The series will feature thirteen 30-minute episodes that'll be available both on broadcast television on Adult Swim and through the Crunchyroll streaming video service.

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Japan isn’t taking cybersecurity seriously

Japan isn’t taking cybersecurity seriously

Japan is famous for a lot of things, from sakura blossoms in Spring to its unique cuisine to, of course, anime and manga. There is also this perception of the country being a technological superpower, especially in the fields of manufacturing, robotics, and computing. Those perceptions, however, may have been based partly on fantasy and romanticized fiction as the country is slowly proving itself to be lagging behind its peers, especially in the computing industry where cybersecurity has not only become an important topic, it has sometimes become a matter of life or death for both businesses and governments.

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A new PS4 Pro 2TB model is coming

A new PS4 Pro 2TB model is coming

The high-budget games of the modern era tend to take up a ton of space. Microsoft and Sony both offer consoles that start at 500GB of internal storage and go up to 1TB from there, but depending on the kind of games you play, 1TB might not even be enough to store your entire library. There are external storage options for both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but a better solution is just to have as much storage as possible from the get go. Today, Sony announced a new PS4 Pro that helps with just that.

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Turns out Nintendo made a rare Wii remote prototype for the GameCube

Turns out Nintendo made a rare Wii remote prototype for the GameCube

Back in 2006, Nintendo's Wii console broke new ground when it came to using motion-based controls in video games thanks to its then-unique wand-like remote. Now we're getting a rare look at an official prototype version of the Wii remote, thanks to a Japanese auction listing. Right off the bat it's clear the remote is very similar in appearance to the consumer version that was released with the Wii, but what's interesting here is that the prototype is designed to work with the GameCube, Nintendo's console before the Wii.

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BepiColombo spacecraft launch will kick off seven-year Mercury mission

BepiColombo spacecraft launch will kick off seven-year Mercury mission

The European Space Agency is preparing to launch the BepiColombo spacecraft as part of a mission to study Mercury. The ESA has been preparing for the launch for weeks, including a series of rehearsals that took place earlier this month. The spacecraft is currently scheduled to launch from French Guiana at 9:45PM ET tonight.

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Japan’s PS4 Pro price drop could be good news for US

Japan’s PS4 Pro price drop could be good news for US

We're quickly approaching the holiday shopping season, which means that Black Friday is nearly upon us. We can probably expect to see plenty of gaming discounts on offer for Black Friday, but as it turns out, the PS4 Pro might get a discount before then. Sony has decided to cut the price of the PS4 Pro in Japan, and though it isn't a massive price reduction, it might mean something similar is about to happen here in the US.

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PS Vita production ends in Japan next year

PS Vita production ends in Japan next year

If it wasn't before, it's clear now that the PS Vita is on the way out. Sony has revealed plans to wind down production in Japan soon, essentially condemning the handheld to death. There's no precise date for this halt to production yet, but the PS Vita's days are certainly numbered regardless.

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Today’s Nintendo Direct has been delayed

Today’s Nintendo Direct has been delayed

Yesterday, Nintendo announced that a new Nintendo Direct broadcast centered around upcoming games for the 3DS and Switch. The original plan was to premiere the Direct today, September 6, at 3 PM Pacific/6 PM Eastern. Unfortunately, Nintendo has decided to delay the debut of this Direct due to a earthquake that hit Hokkaido, Japan last night.

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Sony ends PlayStation 2 service in Japan nearly two decades after release

Sony ends PlayStation 2 service in Japan nearly two decades after release

It's the end of an era for Sony and the PlayStation 2, as the company has revealed that it will be ending its PS2 repair program in Japan. That repair program is being ended nearly two decades after the console first launched, which is pretty ridiculous when you think about it. Then again, the PlayStation 2 found unprecedented success, so the idea that Sony would support it for so long after release shouldn't really come as a shock.

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Apple launches free repairs for devices damaged in Japan’s floods

Apple launches free repairs for devices damaged in Japan’s floods

Apple is making a very generous offer of good will for its customers in Japan. The last month has seen the country's southwestern region plagued by flooding and landslides caused by heavy seasonal rainfall, resulting in millions of evacuations, damage to buildings and homes, and over 200 deaths. As a way of extending its sympathies to Japanese residents, Apple has announced free repairs for any iPhones, Macs, iPads, and iPods damaged in the flooding.

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Japanese private rocket crashes in flames right after launch

Japanese private rocket crashes in flames right after launch

It appears that Japan's private rocket industry still has ways to go before it catches up with the US's SpaceX and Blue Origin. On Saturday, the Japanese startup Interstellar Technologies attempted to launch its MOMO-2 rocket, only for the vehicle to come crashing down in the seconds after liftoff and burst into flames. The incident took place on the northern island of Hokkaido, was the second launch attempt by Interstellar Technologies.

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