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Super Mario 64 native PC port supports 4K and Xbox controllers

Super Mario 64 native PC port supports 4K and Xbox controllers

Almost every Super Mario title has been a hit but a few have become milestones in gaming history for one reason or another. Super Mario 64 is the prime example of that, being the first of its kind to land not only on the new (in 1996 at least) Nintendo 64 console, it was also the first in that series to jump into three-dimensional space. That monumental title in Nintendo's history is scheduled for a revival but not before fans have released a PC port that requires no emulator to play.

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AR experiment uses AI to cut and paste real-world things into Photoshop

AR experiment uses AI to cut and paste real-world things into Photoshop

Augmented or mixed reality experiences often involve placing virtual objects alongside real-world things as seen through glasses or on phone screens. Doing the reverse, that is, placing real-world objects into digital canvases and in real-time, isn't so common and not that easy either. That, however, is the almost magical accomplishment that AI programmer and UX designer Cyril Diagne accomplished, letting you "cut and paste" real-world things into a Photoshop canvas.

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How you’ll turn on Coronavirus Contact Tracing with your iPhone

How you’ll turn on Coronavirus Contact Tracing with your iPhone

Apple and Google revealed plans to implement Contact Tracing on the iPhone and Android devices of all sorts this week. The plan starts with Google and Apple creating the code that'll allow smartphones to anonymously "ping" one-another and keep a record of said pings. If one person tests positive for COVID-19, notifications will be sent to all devices that've been near the infected person in the recent past.

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Coronavirus Contact Tracing settings for Android, and how they’ll switch on [UPDATE]

Coronavirus Contact Tracing settings for Android, and how they’ll switch on [UPDATE]

Today Google and Apple revealed bits and pieces of their plans for COVID-19 contract tracing in Android and iOS settings. For Android, the process of getting to contact tracing settings will be relatively straightforward. Users will to go to Settings - Google - Services - COVID-19 Exposure Notifications. This set of features was not yet active in Android at the time this article was scheduled to be released.

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Windows 10X will come to single-screen laptops first

Windows 10X will come to single-screen laptops first

Microsoft will launch Windows 10X on single-screen devices first, it's been confirmed today, flipping the script on the special version of the OS that had initially been promised for dual-screen Windows devices. Panos Panay, Chief Product Officer for Windows and Devices at Microsoft, confirmed the change in strategy, suggesting that the computing landscape has changed dramatically since the first roadmap was shared in October of last year.

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LineageOS Android ROM servers hacked but code is secured and safe

LineageOS Android ROM servers hacked but code is secured and safe

We often rely on our devices' operating systems to keep us safe from malicious apps and people but what if the operating itself gets compromised behind people's backs. That's the almost nightmarish possibility that may go into some people's heads whenever they think of security breaches that may happen or have already happened at places like Microsoft, Apple, or Google. That nightmare almost became reality for the developers of one of the most popular Android community ROMs but, thanks to a more agile and open team, LineageOS' lived to see another day.

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OnePlus crowdsourced Beta features revealed

OnePlus crowdsourced Beta features revealed

A release from OnePlus just revealed 5 user-recommended/suggested features that've been adopted as official updates for the future of OnePlus devices. This release builds on the previously-announced OnePlus Ideas program that's... not entirely unlike the LEGO Ideas program. That's a program in which everyday average users recommend ideas for the brand that the brand then uses if the ideas are both popular enough and realistic enough to implement.

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Plex Free Movies and TV gets huge library of new content from Crackle

Plex Free Movies and TV gets huge library of new content from Crackle

Home media server company Plex has announced an expansion of its free content streaming integrations with the addition of Crackle. The expansion is available for Plex users in the United States, the company announced on Friday, bringing thousands of new additions to the platform's growing number of free streaming options. Because the content is integrated in the Plex app, you won't have to toggle between it, Crackle, and other free video apps.

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Microsoft Build 2020 dev conference will do more than just go virtual

Microsoft Build 2020 dev conference will do more than just go virtual

The first months of this year have been marked by sudden cancellations of events and conferences as the world tried to come to grips with the COVID-19 threat. By this time, however, many companies have already adjusted to the new world order and have even developed strategies to move forward despite physical and geographical locations. Most of the time, that means holding events online or broadcasting from people's houses. Microsoft's annual developer conference this year will be doing exactly that and more.

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Google Web Store is clamping down on spam extensions with new policy

Google Web Store is clamping down on spam extensions with new policy

Once upon a time, the browser wars revolved around which browser supports more or better extensions. As those extensions became more popular or got imitated, their exclusivity became less of a selling feature. In fact, extensions themselves have become somewhat of a liability because of security and privacy concerns. Unsurprisingly, Google's Chrome Web Store has become a haven for those kinds of unhelpful and even harmful extensions. Given the times, Google is putting in place stricter rules to reduce the number of spam and misbehaving extensions on Chrome.

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Zoom alternative Google Meet needs sticking power

Zoom alternative Google Meet needs sticking power

The importance of a good brand name is important to the highest degree, especially when it comes to marketing at times of extreme stress. Over the past few weeks, during an unprecedented global event (COVID-19 pandemic, that is to say), the name "ZOOM" became synonymous with simple, one-tap video conferencing. Google's got the capacity, technology, and knowledge to make a video conferencing system rivaling that of Zoom, but until now, they didn't have the right brand.

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Canon EOS Webcam Utility turns ILCs and PowerShots into USB webcams

Canon EOS Webcam Utility turns ILCs and PowerShots into USB webcams

Video conferencing is the in thing these days thanks to the inability to go to work and have face-to-face meetings. Despite the popularity of services like Zoom, however, users are still limited by the webcam that they may or may not have. Desktops are the biggest culprits but even laptop cameras may make some people wish they could simply use their bigger and better Canon camera instead. Well, now they can thanks to a simple software that uses the camera you already own to stream better-quality video over the Internet.

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