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Animal Crossing: New Horizons first impressions: Wonderful with one major problem

Animal Crossing: New Horizons first impressions: Wonderful with one major problem

Animal Crossing: New Horizons landed last week, and I expect many players spent the bulk of their weekend building out their islands. Indeed, with tensions high around the world, Animal Crossing: New Horizons really feels like a game we all needed. After spending the weekend with the game myself, my thoughts are mostly positive, but I can already tell there's one major issue that will hold New Horizons back from achieving true greatness.

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Is it time for an even bigger iPad Pro?

Is it time for an even bigger iPad Pro?

The gap between the iPad Pro and the MacBook only gets smaller, and now I suspect it's time for Apple's tablet to get bigger. The arrival this week of the new 2020 iPad Pro, complete with LiDAR Scanner camera and fancy new Magic Keyboard cover, saw Apple take a huge step with the addition of mouse and trackpad support, and an on-screen cursor.

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Without a PS5 reveal, Sony’s deep dive fell flat

Without a PS5 reveal, Sony’s deep dive fell flat

Sony just wrapped up its presentation into the PlayStation 5 hardware, and it's safe to say that what we got is not what most people were expecting. While many were hoping for a full reveal similar to what the Xbox Series X served up earlier in the week, what we received instead was a very technical presentation on some of the PlayStation 5's capabilities.

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The games I’m playing during coronavirus self-isolation

The games I’m playing during coronavirus self-isolation

In an attempt to slow the coronavirus outbreak, health organizations like the WHO and the CDC are recommending that people exercise social distancing in communities where the virus is spreading. On top of that, sports organizations like the NHL and NBA have postponed the remainder of their seasons, Broadway theaters are closed until further notice, film distributors are delaying major upcoming films, and there's even talk of movie theaters temporarily closing.

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Three years with Nintendo Switch

Three years with Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch turned three years old this week, and these past few years have marked quite the turnaround for Nintendo. Before the Switch arrived, Nintendo was saddled with the Wii U, a console that was a failure by many metrics and had little hope of becoming a success. Since the Switch, however, Nintendo's fortunes have greatly improved, with the console pulling in a grand total of 52.48 million sales in the past three years.

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At this point, just cancel GDC 2020

At this point, just cancel GDC 2020

Aside from being a major public health concern, the current coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) has been bad news for a few annual trade shows that take place early in the year. Throughout January and into February, a number of major exhibitors decided to drop out of Mobile World Congress 2020, which was scheduled to take place in Barcelona this week. MWC is the biggest trade show of the year for the mobile industry, so for companies that decided to pull out, it probably wasn't an easy call.

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There’s a weird hole in Samsung’s Galaxy S20 5G line-up: Here’s my theory

There’s a weird hole in Samsung’s Galaxy S20 5G line-up: Here’s my theory

Samsung's big Unpacked 2020 event - and the Galaxy S20 5G family that it revealed - had a glaring hole in it. The S20 5G series are more powerful than any phones Samsung has had before, make 5G the default, and double-down on the camera technology the company insists is the number one reason for smartphone upgrades. Question is - where's the direct iPhone 11 rival?

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What’s Nintendo’s game plan for the next generation?

What’s Nintendo’s game plan for the next generation?

2020 is going to be a big year for the games industry, because by the end of it, we'll be in a new console generation. Microsoft and Sony are both slated to release their new machines before the end of the year, kicking off what will be the ninth generation of video game consoles. Yet, while Sony and Microsoft are setting the stage for a grand battle, there's one other company that seems to simply be staying the course: Nintendo.

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It’s time to stop making excuses for game publisher greed

It’s time to stop making excuses for game publisher greed

If you find you're dismayed by the current state of the AAA games industry, you certainly aren't alone. These days, it seems like many games from publishers like Electronic Arts, Activision, Ubisoft, and countless others are vehicles for microtransactions first and actual games second. Publishers have been getting bolder and bolder with their monetization strategies, and as much as it may sting to hear it, some of the blame for that lies with us, their customers.

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Sonos’ nightmare was inevitable

Sonos’ nightmare was inevitable

Sonos is at the center of a crisis, bleeding goodwill from some of its most loyal users, and all because of a situation as inevitable as it is frustrating. CEO Patrick Spence shifted into damage control this week, after reports that come May 2020 some of the company's oldest products would no longer be eligible for software support.

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Super Mario Party is one of Switch’s biggest missed opportunities

Super Mario Party is one of Switch’s biggest missed opportunities

A little over a year ago, Nintendo released Super Mario Party for the Switch. Like many of Nintendo’s franchises, Mario Party is one that’s been running for decades, so bringing the franchise to the Switch was a no-brainer. After a few years of experimentation with the Mario Party series that - in my opinion at least - mostly missed the mark, Super Mario Party was something of a return to form. As someone who has been playing since the very first game in the series, that was an exciting thing to see.

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There is no “simple trick” to privacy

There is no “simple trick” to privacy

As 2019 draws to a close, if the past twelve months - indeed, the past decade - have taught us anything, it's that you can't take privacy for granted. While there have been plenty of high-profile hacks, leaks, and data exposed through general mismanagement by companies large and small, the reality is that much of the time our personal information gets distributed not because it's stolen, but because we don't take sufficient care with it.

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