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The best games aren’t being made by big studios anymore

The best games aren’t being made by big studios anymore

I'm not sure if you've noticed, but the AAA games industry is in a pretty sorry state at the moment. Big publishers spend months hyping their games up only to launch titles that feel designed to squeeze as much money as possible out of players. Then, when forced to defend these practices, they have the audacity to suggest that their "surprise mechanics" are ethical and fun for everyone involved.

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Where does Huawei go from here?

Where does Huawei go from here?

Things were looking up for Huawei just a couple of weeks before. Plenty of well-reviewed products from sleek MateBook laptops to powerful phones gave it a winning streak. But everything seems to be going south now that Google and a list of other U.S. companies have cut ties with the Chinese tech company. Technology from China has been under great scrutiny in the U.S., with suspicions of spying that has led to the Trump administration blacklisting the company.

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Five things the new iPod touch (2019) got me thinking

Five things the new iPod touch (2019) got me thinking

Apple likes a surprise and so, just a week before WWDC 2019, we have a new iPod touch to marvel at. The iOS-based media player had seemed like the afterthought of Apple's range, going untouched in 6th Generation form since 2015. Now, with a new 7th Generation iPod touch arriving, it's hard not to read some key messages into Apple's decision not to put the iPod out to pasture.

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The foldable screen RAZR reboot has a rare opportunity

The foldable screen RAZR reboot has a rare opportunity

The Motorola RAZR is reportedly returning, the iconic flip-phone rebooted as a cutting-edge foldable screen smartphone, but there's the potential for something far more interesting than just a cynical branding revival. It's fair to say that Motorola has never returned to the dizzying heights it attained on the success of the RAZR and its successors. What better way to pay homage to its innovation by bucking the trend in foldable phones today?

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Apple has problems and there’s no easy fix

Apple has problems and there’s no easy fix

More and more expensive iPhones which last longer, an increasingly competitive smartphone segment, and shakiness in the Chinese market have helped sent Apple's stock price plummeting today. The Cupertino firm issued a rare warning yesterday that its profits for Q1 2019 would be lower than expected, blaming fewer than expected sales of its star product as one of the key reasons.

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Apple AirPower needs a rethink

Apple AirPower needs a rethink

We may have reached 2019, but Apple's AirPower certainly hasn't, with the much-anticipated wireless charging pad failing to hit shelves by the end of the company's self-imposed deadline. Announced alongside not 2018's iPhone range, but the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus the year before, AirPower was to be one of the most sophisticated - and flexible - wireless charging pads on the market.

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The Best Games of 2018: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The Best Games of 2018: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

I’m pretty sure that Masahiro Sakurai is a superhuman who is not of this world. Sakurai, who has been the director of the Super Smash Bros. series from the very start and founded Sora, Ltd. in 2005, is notorious for working long hours, sometimes to the point of injury or illness. You’d think that after four different Super Smash Bros. games (five if we’re counting SSB for 3DS and Wii U as two different titles), Sakurai would want to relax a bit. Instead, he and his team at Sora, Ltd. went along and created the biggest SSB game to date, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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The Best Games of 2018: Forza Horizon 4

The Best Games of 2018: Forza Horizon 4

It hasn’t exactly been a homerun year for Xbox One exclusives. For starters, there just weren’t that many of them, and Sea of Thieves - arguably the biggest Xbox One release of the year - was fairly underwhelming at launch. It wasn’t all bad for Xbox One and its exclusives, though, as 2018 gave us Forza Horizon 4.

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The Best Games of 2018: Marvel’s Spider-Man

The Best Games of 2018: Marvel’s Spider-Man

Generally speaking, superhero video games have a bit of a checkered past. There are some that are amazing, such as Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham games, but many more are just mediocre or outright bad. Marvel’s Spider-Man, which was released this year as a PS4 exclusive by Insomniac, is not one of those bad superhero games that have plagued us for decades.

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The Best Games of 2018: God of War

The Best Games of 2018: God of War

If, at the beginning of the year, you were worried that the new God of War title was just a cynical money grab from Sony, you definitely weren’t alone. After all, the God of War series had a pretty good run back in the days of the PS2 and PS3, but it overstayed its welcome and ended up going out with the whimper that was God of War: Ascension. It wasn’t hard to imagine that Sony was simply tapping a dormant franchise to squeeze more money out of fans of the series, with no real intention of returning the franchise to its former glory. That’s just what big publishers do.

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Microsoft is winning the console war from second place

Microsoft is winning the console war from second place

It has not been a friendly console cycle for Microsoft and the Xbox One. Microsoft’s troubles began from the second it revealed the Xbox One back in 2013 - not only did the company reveal a console that seemed to put gaming last, but it also took a heavy-handed approach to digital rights management that immediately received a lot of blowback. Though Microsoft reversed many of these controversial decisions before the console launched, the damage was done.

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The Amazon smart microwave is an Alexa Trojan horse

The Amazon smart microwave is an Alexa Trojan horse

Kitchen conversations usually consist of "what time is dinner ready?" and "it's your turn to load the dishwasher," but Amazon's Alexa-powered microwave hopes to change all that. It's easy to joke at the idea of a voice-controlled appliance, certainly one which counts proactively reordering popcorn among its key talents, but the AmazonBasics Microwave is more important than you might think. For $60, it's Amazon's cunning Trojan horse for Alexa.

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