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Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will be dead on arrival thanks to Microsoft

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition will be dead on arrival thanks to Microsoft

As far as strategy games go, the Age of Empires series ranks among the best of them. Age of Empires II is arguably the most fondly remembered game in the series, and a few years back, it was remastered to play nice with modern systems and displays. Now Microsoft is looking to do the same thing with the first Age of Empires game, and after being hit with a delay that pushed it beyond its original October launch window, we now have a new release date. Unfortunately, that release date becomes a lot less exciting when you realize that Microsoft is playing the exclusivity game with this launch.

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2017’s most surprising car has a lesson for EVs in 2018

2017’s most surprising car has a lesson for EVs in 2018

In a year where I've driven supercars like the new Ford GT, six-figure hand-built exotica such as Rolls-Royce's Dawn, and vehicles with horsepower by the bucketload, the car that stands out at the end of all that was a surprise even to me. Chevrolet's Bolt EV is, on the face of it, a fairly unassuming little hatchback that just so happens to be electric, not gas-powered. It's affordable, as electric cars go, but it has a surprise under the inoffensive sheet-metal.

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Apple’s good reason for slowing old iPhones won’t help

Apple’s good reason for slowing old iPhones won’t help

It's fair to say that Apple's admission this week that no, your old iPhone getting slower isn't just in your imagination, has proved divisive. For years, the idea that an older iPhone would perform more slowly than it once did was dismissed as paranoia. Now, it turns out, Apple actually is adjusting power profiles on handsets like the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7, arguing that it's doing it for good reasons.

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Magic Leap’s big reveal only prompts more questions

Magic Leap’s big reveal only prompts more questions

$1.9 billion dollars and six years in, Magic Leap has revealed its first product, and yet we still have more questions than we do answers. The Magic Leap One: Creator Edition has arguably been one of the most hotly-anticipated - and certainly controversial - wearables in the new age of mixed and augmented reality. Problem is, just like the virtual graphics it promises to overlay atop our vision, we're still not quite sure what we're looking at.

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Nine months with Nintendo Switch

Nine months with Nintendo Switch

It's sort of hard to believe, but it's been a whole nine months since the Nintendo Switch launched. Part of what makes that feel unbelievable is just how big of a year the Switch has had. 2017 was indeed packed for the Switch, and as we close in on the end of the Switch's first full year of retail availability, it's clear that Nintendo is onto something special.

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Google’s Pixelbook is wasted on Chrome OS

Google’s Pixelbook is wasted on Chrome OS

The status-quo in laptops has been upended. The MacBook Pro, once the darling of what seemed like every mobile user, has soured many with Apple’s resolute transition to next-generation ports and continued rejection of touchscreen displays. Microsoft, meanwhile, has demonstrated an unforeseen level of design creativity that borders on the obsessional, pumping out Surface hardware that has many macOS users second-guessing their platform of choice. And then there’s the Google Pixelbook running Chrome OS, a notebook both blessed and cursed.

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It’s time to stop pre-ordering video games (again)

It’s time to stop pre-ordering video games (again)

Another controversy swept the gaming industry recently. If you missed it, I’m not sure how, but just in case you did, here’s a quick rundown: Electronic Arts and DICE crossed a line for many gamers yet again, tying Star Wars: Battlefront 2’s progression system to a loot box feature that is unquestionably too greedy. The response from players was quick and brutal, causing EA’s PR team to go into crisis mode.

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3 iPhone X facts that made me #TeamNotch

3 iPhone X facts that made me #TeamNotch

Not since Apple ditched the headphone jack has a Cupertino design decision been so controversial as the iPhone X's notch. The unusually-shaped OLED screen on the flagship smartphone is still dividing opinion, months after we saw it for the first time. After living with the iPhone X for a few weeks, however, I've been swayed over to #TeamNotch for a few key reasons.

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How TrueDepth could make Apple’s AR headset actually work

How TrueDepth could make Apple’s AR headset actually work

Apple is working on an augmented reality headset, and I would be very surprised if the TrueDepth camera wasn't inside. Teams inside the Cupertino company are reportedly busy building a new rOS "reality operating system," the custom system-on-a-package chipset to run it, and the hardware to build around that under the codename "T288." Just as tricky as actually making an AR wearable that isn't utterly dorky, though, is figuring out how wearers will actually interact with it.

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It’s time to buy a Nintendo Switch

It’s time to buy a Nintendo Switch

When a new console launches, there's always a period immediately afterward where many gamers sit on their money and wait for that console to become worth a buy. The time following launch can be a defining period for a console - if it achieves wide appeal, that attracts more developers to support the young platform and increases its value. If, on the other hand, it only manages a niche or small appeal, growth can flounder and scare developers away.

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I love this iPhone X Face ID feature – but it could be better

I love this iPhone X Face ID feature – but it could be better

The internet may be obsessed with Animoji karaoke right now, but the iPhone X's Face ID has captured my attention - no pun intended - in another way. The TrueDepth camera is at the root of some of the most controversial elements of the iPhone X, its presence forcing the notched display and ousting the apparently beloved Touch ID fingerprint sensor, for example. Still, as I'm living with the iOS smartphone day to day, I'm growing increasingly convinced that those compromises were worth it.

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Pixel 2 XL screen saga keeps getting worse

Pixel 2 XL screen saga keeps getting worse

The Pixel 2 XL is still making headlines, but not for the reasons Google was hoping for. The early wave of generally glowing reviews may have given the Android smartphone a good start, but as devices reach buyers there are big, ominous concerns being raised about Google's choice of display. Right now, there are three big problems the Pixel 2 XL faces, and one awkward question.

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