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Regulator announces online gambling enforcement action

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The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has begun an enforcement action against online gambling sites. The enforcement action is focused on sign-up promotions, which can attract new customers but have hidden restrictions or unclear terms. The CMA is also reviewing restrictions on customer ability to withdraw funds from their accounts, preventing them from accessing money to which they are entitled and removing the choice to leave the game at will. Instead, often times customers must play hundreds of times before they are allowed to withdraw any money from their account, preventing th... Read More
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‘Unbelievable emotions’: 10yo girl in wheelchair kissed & hugged by Ronaldo

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Ten-year-old Polina Haeredinova could not stop smiling when her football idol Cristiano Ronaldo rolled the disabled girl onto the pitch ahead of the Russia versus Portugal 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup match in Moscow - READ MORE https://www.rt.com/sport/393519-confe...RT LIVE ... Read More
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Governor Cuomo Announces Major Milestone Reached By NY Green Bank With $2.7 Million In Profits

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Clean Energy Initiatives Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions – Equivalent of Removing 50,000-70,000 Cars from New York Roads for 20 Years. Albany, NY - June 23, 2017 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that during fiscal year 2016-2017, NY Green Bank generated $2.7 million in positive net income as a result of $291.6 million in investments in clean energy transactions across New York. Achieved one year ahead of schedule, this positive net income surpassed expectations and NY Green Bank’s overall portfolio is expected to reduce between 4.3 and 6.4 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, which is the equivalent of taking between 50,000 and 7... Read More
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Netflix’s New Gawker vs. Hulk Hogan Doc Has Us All Conflicted

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Shortly before Donald Trump was elected president, Hulk Hogan and Gawker Media ended their months-long legal battle over the wrestler's sex tape. The case may seem like a media law footnote, but as director Brian Knappenberger argues in his documentary, the fight over Gawker's decision to publish the footage irrevocably shifted the media landscape. In Nobody Speak, which premieres today on Netflix, Knappenberger draws parallels between Silicon Valley mogul ... Read More
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Amazon to charge advertisers $2.8 million for Thursday night NFL ad packages

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(Reuters) — Amazon is looking to charge advertisers $2.8 million for packages that include 30-second spots during the Thursday night National Football League games it will stream live to its Prime customers this coming season, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The offering will be closely watched by the advertising and broadcasting industries as the world’s largest online retailer and cloud-computing company makes its first high-profile push into live sports. Amazon is paying $50 million to the NFL to stream this season’s 10 Thursday night games, sources told Reuters in April. The games will be shown simultaneously on either CBS Corp or Comcast Corp’s NBC, which are broadcasting five games e... Read More
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AI Weekly: $102 million and machine learning’s theory of general relativity

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What’s $102 million among friends? That was the question last week as Element.ai raised this hefty sum in a Series A funding. Investors included ... Read More
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Sea of Thieves should go into Early Access on PC and Xbox One right now

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If you’ve paid close attention to the language coming out of major gaming publishers recently, you’ve probably heard buzzwords like “games-as-a-service” (GaaS) or simply “services.” That’s when a developer builds a game to keep players coming back for months or years with regular content updates and a core structure that never really ends. Think Overwatch or ... Read More
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The surprising logic behind the use of check cashers and payday loans

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Often seen as predatory, the check cashing industry has been booming. Lisa Servon wondered why lower-income people who were struggling would cash checks instead of getting a bank account, so she took a job as a cashier to find out. What she learned -- that it’s often cheaper -- is the subject of her new book, "The Unbanking of America." Economics correspondent Paul Solman reports.... Read More
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Creative’s Sonic Carrier megasoundbar was the most impressive tech at E3

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Gaming is reaching a point where its most bleeding edge technologies are challenging to demonstrate to a remote audience. At last week’s E3 (the Electronic Entertainment Expo gaming trade event) in Los Angeles, PlayStation VR and the Xbox One X’s 4K HDR gaming struggled to translate to gamers watching livestreams at homes. But that’s the kind of problem that has fru... Read More
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Overwatch is improving its highlights and loot boxes

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In a new developer update, Overwatch lead designer Jeff Kaplan detailed changes coming to Blizzard’s hit team-based shooter. Players will be able to bookmark their own highlights while they play the game, and they can also export them as videos. Meanwhile, Blizzard is promising that loot boxes will soon give out fewer duplicate items. Overwatch has been a huge hit for Blizzard since its release in May 2016 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It already has over 30 million players. Quality-of-life upd... Read More
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OnePlus 5: Is the smartphone worth upgrading, check out the features to know

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NEW DELHI: OnePlus has finally launched its OnePlus 5 smartphone in India at a starting price of Rs 32,999. The smartphone comes in two variants -- 6GB and 8GB RAM. Exclusively available on Amazon India's website, the smartphone will go on open sale starting June 27. OnePlus also claims OnePlus 5 to be the company's thinnest smartphone so far. But how good buy is the all-new OnePlus 5 smartphone? Is it work upgrading to OnePlus 5 smartphone? Below we have listed five reasons to buy and not to buy the new OnePlus 5. Read on to make your own decision.Reasons not to buy* 'Co... Read More
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Warner Bros. opens New York office to support games like Injustice 2

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is setting up shop on the East Coast with WB Games New York to provide additional backend support for their online games. The new branch is focused on cloud-based backend technology, which will allow Warner Bros.’s teams to implement new online content. There’s a big benefit to this, as it’ll be able to quickly add features such as the Wonder Woman gear that went live in the DC comics-based fighting game Injustice 2 shortly after the Wonder Woman movie debuted in theaters. “We understand the importance of expanding the connected communities of players... Read More
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Days Gone will be an open world full of fast zombies, wolves, and bears

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Days Gone is one of Sony’s big games coming for the PlayStation 4. It had a riveting demo last year, and it showed up again as a much different game at the 2017 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) last week. Last year, the hero Deacon St. John had to dodge hundreds of “freakers,” or really fast zombies, as they chased him around an old sawmill in the Oregon woods after a viral apocalypse. This year, developer Bend Studio returned with a marquee position in Sony’s... Read More
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The Woman Who Gave You the Video Game ‘Journey’ Returns With a VR Fairy Tale

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"Not everything that happens in your life is good," Robin Hunicke says. "But everything that happens is a part of your story." We're sitting in a small apartment across the street from the LA Convention Center the week of E3 2017, talking about her new game, Luna. It's quiet and heartfelt, which should come as no surprise: before founding studio Funomena in 2013 with fellow developer Martin Middleton, Hunicke was a producer on the incredibly personal and wildly expressive PlayStation 3 title ... Read More
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Color Switch kicks off esports competitions in partnership with Skillz

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Hit mobile game Color Switch is adding a competitive esports element today in a partnership with mobile esports firm Skillz. In an effort to bring competitive gaming to the masses, Skillz offers a platform for mobile esports and games for prizes. It enables players to compete head-to-head in mobile game tournaments. Now the millions of daily active Color Switch players will be able to compete with each other for prizes. Overnight, that could make Color Switch one of the world’s biggest esports, as it has ... Read More
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Punkt MP01 Review: You’ll Love This Very Smart Dumbphone

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To cash in on the growing anxiety that we are fast becoming a bunch of Wi-Fi-enabled cyborgs, the marketplace has spawned a new consumer category: products to free you from the crushing grip of always-on digital ubiquity. There are digital detox retreats: off-grid playgrounds where the habitually frazzled do downward dog in grassy fields and type letters on manual typewriters. There are $76 bath salts, too—minerals specially formulated to c... Read More
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Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with Edge, emoji, input, gaming, and even calculator features

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Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs with a long list of features and improvements spanning Edge, emoji, OneDrive, keyboard, handwriting, sound, gaming, settings, shell, My People, calculator, accessibility, security, Hyper-V, and mixed reality. This is the fourth build of the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which is slated to arrive later this year (likely in September). Windows 10 is ... Read More
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AR/VR Weekly: Virtual reality takes a bigger stage at E3

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You can get a good sense of the role virtual reality plays in the video game industry by comparing two of the biggest industry events in North America: the Game Developers Conference and the Electronic Entertainment Expo. VR plays a crucial role at GDC, and this year’s event made a case that it’s not going anywhe... Read More
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26 VR startups debut at HTC’s Vive demo day

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HTC has bet big on virtual reality with its HTC Vive VR headset. It continues to believe in the market, and it showed off technology from 26 new companies today at its Vive X accelerator demo day in San Francisco. HTC has set up a $100 million fund to invest in VR companies, and it has made 60 investments so far across five different accelerator locations in China, the U.S., Taiwan, and Israel. Here’s the enterprise VR companies: ... Read More
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Best of Long Island Spotlight: Top Beach, Surf Shop for Summer

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Summer is back, which means it’s time to hit the beach for some fun in the sun, but which of the many choices on Long Island is worth the trip? It may come as little surprise that Jones Beach State Park won the title of Best Park on Long Island for the second year in a row in the 2017 Best of Long Island contest. Of course, you can’t go to the beach without the right gear. Here to help with that is Bunger Surf Shop, which won Best Surf Shop on Long Island eight years running. With about six million visitors in 2016, Jones Beach State Park is... Read More
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Gran Turismo creator expected a ‘more incredible’ PSVR

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Sony Interactive Entertainment hasn’t released a Gran Turismo on the PlayStation 4 since the system launched in 2013. Instead, developer Polyphony Digital is still working to bring Gran Turismo Sport to the company’s latest home console. We got our hands on the racer at the influential Electronic Entertainment Expo tradeshow in Los Angeles last week, and it looks stunning on a PS4 Pro in 4K. But Sony al... Read More
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How voicebots will free us from our screens

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With the release of Apple’s HomePod, unveiled at WWDC 2017, the race has officially started — we are all waiting to see who will win as the leader in the voice-activated intelligent speaker market. And while the early adopters get to work integrating these devices into their lives and the late adopters drag their heels because of security fears, we might all still agree that this trend toward voice-activated technology is not showing any signs of slowing down. It’s been around for decades, but recent years have seen it trickle down... Read More
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After CEO Resignation, Is Uber Kalanick-less Or Kalanick-free?

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Enlarge this image Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick, pictured here at a Vanity Fair summit in October 2016, resigned abruptly this week as the company's CEO after weeks of scandals about workplace culture. Mike Windle/Getty Images for Vanity Fair hide caption toggle capti... Read More
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Pokémon Go’s developers keep finding new ways to punish cheaters

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Nintendo has a plan to keep Switch owners happy, and it’s more than Mario

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Nintendo released Arms, the company’s first major new property since 2015’s Splatoon, right at the close of the Electronic Entertainment Expo tradeshow in Los Angeles last week. And at E3, the company revealed it will have at least one major release for its hybrid Switch handheld/home console each month culminating in the launch of ... Read More
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Rocket League is NBC’s test drive for esports

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NBCUniversal is already making a big push into mobile games, and now it’s launching its first esports tournament for the soccer-played-with-cars game Rocket League in partnership with the esports community platform FaceIt. NBC Sports Group will broadcast the tournament across all eight of its regional networks — such as Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and Comcast SportsNet New York — as well as in Europe and Telemundo Deportes, NBC’s Spanish-language sports channel. It’s a move that’s likely trying to capitalize on the popularity of esports, as well as capture a group of viewers who have ... Read More
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Nintendo’s most important new games have nothing to do with Mario

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Intel Signs On As An Olympic Sponsor, Promising Virtual Reality And 360-Degree Video

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Intel says it will bring virtual reality, drones and 360-degree to future Olympics, after signing a deal to become a worldwide Olympic partner through 2024. The company says it will bring its technical prowess to the upcoming Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Intel "will accelerate the adoption of technology for the future of sports on the world's largest athletic stage," CEO Brian Krzanich said in a statement about the company's plan. The International Olympic Committee and Intel announced the new sponsorship deal Wednesday. If the plans live up to high expectations, Intel's participation could change the way we watch the Olympics. Some highlights: Intel will offer "the first live v... Read More
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Cory Barlog paints a picture of a kinder, gentler God of War

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With two riveting trailers, Sony has held us spellbound with the story for God of War. It introduced the first trailer last year at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3 2016), the big game trade show in Los Angeles. It didn’t ship that game yet, so it showed another trailer at E3 2017 last week. In these trailers, we see a lot of violent action typical of the series. But we also see a lot of storytelling. Kratos, the angry god, has moved to Norse lands to escape the cycle of violence in his life. He has a son, and the mothe... Read More
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Nassau Legis. Carrié Solages Arrested for Assaulting Girlfriend, Cops Say

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Nassau County Legis. Carrié Solages (D-Elmont) was arrested early Wednesday morning for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend in Valley Stream, Nassau County police said, sparking swift and bipartisan calls for his immediate resignation. Solages, who is running for his fourth term this fall, was charged with assault and child endangerment after, police said, he allegedly grabbed the victim by the neck while her daughter jumped on his back to get him to stop. He is among the Democratic legislative minority’s most vocal critics of the GOP-controlled county legislature and Republican administration of County Executive Ed Mangano. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle wasted no time in demanding that he step down. “All domest... Read More
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Cities: Skylines is building a PlayStation 4 release

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Cities: Skylines already made the transition from PC to Xbox One. Now PlayStation 4 owners can create their own massive metropolises thanks to the next move that publisher Paradox Interactive has in mind for its city-management sim. Paradox announced today that Cities: Skylines is coming to the PlayStation 4 on August 15. The popular city-building game first released for the PC in 2015 and has sold more than 3.5 million copies.... Read More
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The Best Toiletry Bags

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Our pick Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Wallaby Small This bag’s large hook and simple, effective interior organization make it particularly easy to pack, hang, and access a week’s worth of toiletries. *At the time of publishing, the price was $33. The Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Wallaby Small organizes a week’s worth of tra... Read More
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Star Wars’ Han Solo Movie Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Directors

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Of all the Star Wars tropes fans love—the scoundrels, the weird foods, the planets dominated by a single biome—the best one might just be the face-off. Not the battle itself, but the fermata beforehand: Two combatants, gazes locked on each other, knowing that it's about to go down. Most of the time, the ensuing struggle goes the way you want it to. This time, though, is not that time. Late Tuesday, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy announced that directing team Phil Lord and Christopher Miller had left the still-untit... Read More
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NBA’s minor league gets major sponsor, name change

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The National Basketball Association’s Development League, also known as the D-League, has been renamed as the G League after making a major sponsorship deal with Gatorade. The newly named G League will also expand from 22 to 26 teams starting with the 2017-2018 season, according to an announcement from the NBA and Gatorade. Twenty-two of the G League teams are owned and operated by NBA franchises, including the Long Island Nets, the minor league affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets. The Long Island Nets’ new home arena will be the Nassau Coliseum beginning with the 2017-2018 season. The NBA’s Development League debuted with eight teams during the 2001-02 season and has since tripled in size. Nearly 1.5 million fans attended... Read More
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MIT accelerator Play Labs announces class of 13 AR/VR startups

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Play Labs, a summer accelerator at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announced its first batch of 13 startups that are developing augmented reality and virtual reality technology. The focus of the startups will be to develop “playful tech” in a variety of industries. The initial companies are focused on AR and VR, as well as online gaming and esports. The summer class will run from June to August, with a demo day on August 15. The Demo Day will be open to investors, members of the MIT community, and the general public. In addition to the physical event, Play Labs Demo Day will be streamed live on the... Read More
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Dailymotion reboots itself with new premium video service

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In an effort to make a fresh start, Dailymotion announced today that it was reinventing its video platform with a narrower focus and a new premium service that features quality over users’ videos. Speaking today at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity , Dailymotion CEO and Chairman Maxime Saada took the wraps off the new look. Going forward, Dailymotion says it will concentrate on four themes: news, sports, music and entertainment. In terms of advertisers, it wants to be focused on the market for 18 to 49 year olds. In a press release, it said that “users wil... Read More
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These autonomous sumo wrestling bots are freakishly fast

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A Diabolical Way of Hacking a Chip With a Wave of Your Hand

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Polyarc’s Moss hides clever VR game design under its cuteness

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The adorable action-adventure virtual reality game Moss debuted at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo last week for Sony’s PlayStation VR. It’s the first game from Polyarc Games, a studio founded by ex-Bungie developers. Moss takes place in a fairy tale setting that springs up out of an actual virtual book. The player embarks on an adventure with Quill, the little mouse heroine, to explore ruins and solve puzzles. The storybook aesthetic has a dual function in the premise as well as the way players... Read More
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Like most of us, Amazon spent too much on Whole Foods

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We are entering an era of seismic change — retailers have started to right-size their physical assets (whether those are stores, transportation assets, or other physical capital investments) enabled by the move to cloud computing and the ability to intelligently connect stores, devices, warehouses, and transportation. Amazon, however, has been moving in the exact opposite direction, albeit cautiously at first: investing in physical distribution and infrastructure, including brick-and-mortar experiments like its consumer electronics pop-ups, baker’s dozen bookstores, and ... Read More
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Knack 2 is more fun than it should be thanks to co-op

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People don’t seem to be taking Knack 2 seriously, but it could be one of the best games for the PlayStation 4 for the rest of the year. The first Knack was a launch game for the PlayStation 4. Like a lot of early PlayStation 4 releases, it felt unpolished. But Knack had some cool ideas. It’s lead character was made of a bunch of tiny machine bits. It was cool to see all of these pieces fall off and come together to make bigger or smaller Knacks, but its combat-focused gameplay lacked depth. Now the sequel is coming out on September 5 for the Pla... Read More
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Microsoft creative director on reviving Age of Empires and making PC-only games

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More companies at the Electronic Entertainment Expo tradeshow are targeting a PC gaming audience. Alienware had a booth on the E3 show floor to reveal new prebuilt rigs with AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper CPU. Razer was showing its new Razer Blade Stealth with a smaller bezel and Intel’s Kaby Lake Core i7. And Creative was demoing its first new PCIe Sound BlasterX sound card in four years. Even Microsoft, which de... Read More
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Cliff Bleszinski is so glad he un-retired to create LawBreakers

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Cliff Bleszinski retired from Epic Games in 2012, after two decades making Unreal and Gears of War video games. Two years later, he started Boss Key Productions, and in 2015, he revealed LawBreakers, a first-person shooter set in a sci-fi universe. It’s a game where you can float through the air in areas where the laws of physics are “shattered” and players have to decide whether to uphold the law or break it. Nexon will publish the game on August 8 on the PC and the PlayStation 4 for what Bleszinski calls the “no bullshit” price of $30 (or $40 for the Deadzo Deluxe Edition). I played a round of it at the Electronic ... Read More
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Twitch signs exclusive esports deal for 20 Overwatch, Hearthstone, and Heroes events

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If you’re paying for Twitch Prime, you’re going to be getting free stuff in Blizzard’s biggest games thanks to a new deal between the two companies. Twitch announced today that it will have the exclusive third-party streaming rights for some of Blizzard’s biggest tournaments through 2018. As part of the deal, Blizzard is also giving Twitch Prime members in-game content for Overwatch, ... Read More
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Twitch and Blizzard sign a deal to bring big e-sports events to the streaming service

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Ex-Suffolk Conservative Party Chair Ed Walsh Sentenced to 2 Years

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Ex-Suffolk County Conservative Party Chairman Edward Walsh was sentenced Tuesday to two years in federal prison for golfing, gambling and politicking while he was on the clock at his county jail job. Walsh, a former corrections lieutenant, had been convicted of wire fraud and theft of government services following a three-week-long trial at Central Islip federal court in the spring of 2016. Judge Arthur Spatt also ordered Walsh to pay $202,225 in restitution for time he was paid for while not at work. “What Walsh did was steal taxpayer money, plain and simple,” said William Sweeney, Assistant Director-in-Charge o... Read More
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PDP’s third-party PlayStation 4 media remote looks way better than Sony’s official one

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PDP’s third-party PlayStation 4 media remote looks way better than Sony’s official one - The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem('chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c') === 'yes') { d.documentElement.className += ' fonts-loaded'; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = ["https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css"]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = 'all'; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host="https://volume.vox-cdn.com";var Chorus=Chorus|... Read More
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Liftoff

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Everyone I speak to at the Drone Racing League World Championship Race is happy about how well things are going. The pilots? Happy. The crew? Happy. Nick Horbaczewski, CEO of the Drone Racing League (DRL), which this month raised $20 million in venture capital to turn what is a niche hobby into a worldwide sport? Extremely happy, if a little red-eyed and ragged. We’re sitting in a back room in Alexandra Palace, otherwise known as Ally Pally, an extravagant Victorian-era venue in London that was once home to balls and traveling exhibitions. This is the home for the final race of DRL’s 2017 season. Horbaczewski, who speaks fluent press release, is rattling off figures at me.... Read More
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Ex-Suffolk Conservative Party chairman sentenced in fraud scheme

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The former chairman of the Suffolk Conservative Party was sentenced Tuesday after he was convicted in 2016 of falsifying his timesheets while working at the county’s Sheriff’s office, authorities said. Edward Walsh was sentenced to 24 months in prison, three years of supervised released, $202,225 in restitution and $245,811 in asset forfeiture, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Walsh, of East Islip, was convicted at trial in 2016 of wire fraud and theft of government services charges at federal court in Central Islip in connection with his employment with the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office. Prosecutors alleged that fudged timesheets allowed Walsh to receive $80,000 in wages for regular and overtime... Read More
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Diablo III banks on a Necromancer to breathe life into its aging community

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Diablo III is getting a new class on June 27, the Necromancer. And for the first time in the series’ history, the new character isn’t coming as part of an expansion. Instead, Blizzard is hoping that Diablo III players on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC are willing to spend $15 to unlock this nostalgic class, which first appeared in Diablo II. It’ll give the studio a way to continue monetizing a game that came out back in 2012, and since sold over 30 million copies. These days, Blizzard operate... Read More
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E3 thrilled fans, but everyone agrees: The show must change

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The Entertainment Software Association, the industry group that operates the influential Electronic Entertainment Expo tradeshow in Los Angeles each June, sold E3 tickets to the public for the first time this year. And it was easy to spot the rookie attendees — not just because they wore bright yellow badges, but also because many looked lost and gloomy. In many ways, E3 2017 wasn’t all that different from the 2016 show. Microsoft... Read More
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Aera uses AI to help enterprises make good decisions

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An enterprise tech startup called Aera unveiled its product today, which is aimed at helping businesses use machine intelligence to make decisions about their next moves. Company decision makers can ask Aera questions about their business using a voice interface or text search, and get answers back with proactive suggestions about what they should do to improve the outcome. For example, the system could answer a question about revenue by suggesting an inventory shift from one territory to another. Those suggestions are based on a skill builder that Aera provides, which allows enterprise users to define workflows that run in response to certain questions. For example... Read More
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Keypr raises $19 million to build mobile and cloud-based services for hotels

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Keypr is one of the companies bringing hotels into the modern age of cloud services, keyless entry, and mobile apps. And the Los Angeles company is announcing today it has raised $19 million in a first round of funding. Karlani Capital led the round, with strategic investors including former Starwood executive Simon Turner and former CEO of Bally Technologies, Richard Haddrill. Keypr was founded by Nizar Allibhoy, Mark Anderson and Sabir Jaffer to drive increased efficiency in the hospitality industry by using the latest technologies to enhance the guest experience through mobile services and to unite back-end operations. ... Read More
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Tour Company Used By Otto Warmbier Will Stop Taking Americans To North Korea

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Enlarge this image A China-based tour company says it will no longer take U.S. citizens to North Korea. Here, Chinese vendors sell flags of North Korea and China along the Yalu river in Dandong, northern China, along the border with North Korea. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images hide caption ... Read More
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Trump May Have A Lot Of Money, But Documents Show He Owes A Lot, Too

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Enlarge this image Back when commercial lenders were eager to do business with him, Donald Trump briefly operated an airline. In this 1989 picture, Trump attended a ribbon-cutting for the venture at Boston's Logan Airport. Elise Amendola/AP hide caption... Read More
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Harvest Moon farm-life sim celebrates 20th anniversary with its first-ever PC game

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It’s the 20th anniversary of Natsume, Inc.’s Harvest Moon, and for the first time, the iconic farming simulator will be coming to PC with Harvest Moon: Light of Hope. In its long history, Harvest Moon has been available on a variety of platforms, starting with Super Nintendo and releasing on all Nintendo and Sony consoles thereafter. Though Light of Hope is the first time Harvest Moon is for the PC, developer and publisher Natsume’s first PC launch will be Wild Guns Reloaded later this year. Much like ... Read More
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May 2017 NPD: Mario Kart and Zelda outsell Prey

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Gamers in the United States are still buying Switches as well as software for their new systems, but the biggest release last month was Warner Bros. superhero fighting game. Consumers in the U.S. spent $542 million on game-related hardware, software, and accessories in May, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. That’s down 11 percent from $610 million during the same period in 2016. Injustice 2 and Prey were the big new releases, but the former had a much better showing. Hardware sales is where most of the growth is at however as May 2017 had a touch comparison to May 2016 when it comes to games. May results Total: $542 million (down 11 percent from $610 million in May 2017)... Read More
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Brooks Koepka wins the 2017 U.S. Open

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CBS Sports' Bill Reiter, host of "Reiter Than You," joins CBSN to discuss U.S. Open winner Brooks Koepka, as well as the NBA draft kicking off this week with the Sixers acquiring the overall first pickSubscribe to the "CBSN" Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch "CBSN" live HERE: ... Read More
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The Best Flying Disc (Surprise! It Isn’t a Frisbee!)

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Our pick Discraft UltraStar This disc is accessible for any skill level, easy to throw, durable, and comfortable. The Discraft UltraStar isn’t sparkly or decked out with wild colors or lights. In fact, of the 11 discs we tested, the UltraStar was one of the simplest—but that’s part of its appeal. It’s a USA Ultimate–certified disc that comes in a variety of basic colors. At 175 grams, ... Read More
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Call of Duty World League gains momentum as an official esport

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare wasn’t the most popular in the long-running first-person shooter combat series. But you wouldn’t know that from the growing popularity of the Call of Duty World League, the official esports league for professional Call of Duty players. Last weekend, thousands of Call of Duty fans converged on Anaheim, Calif., for one of the major stage events in the CWL. 120 teams competed in the CWL Anaheim Open for a $200,000 prize pool. The winners of this competition will head to the Call of Duty World League Championship in Orlando, Fla., from August 9 to August 13, 2017. We talked with Jay Puryear, director of brand development at Acti... Read More
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FTC moves to block DraftKings and FanDuel fantasy sports merger

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The Federal Trade Commission and attorneys general in California and the District of Columbia said they will file a complaint to block the merger of the biggest fantasy sports companies, FanDuel and Draftkings. The complaint will allege that the combined firm would control more than 90 percent of the U.S. market for daily fantasy sports contests, giving the combined company a near-monopoly. Anti-trust is the FTC’s motivation here. “This merger... Read More
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Grand Theft Auto Online gives Take-Two breathing room as it awaits Red Dead Redemption 2

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Take-Two Interactive’s stock price took a short dip in May after its Rockstar Games label delayed its much-awaited Western video game Red Dead Redemption 2 until the spring of 2018. But it bounced back as the company reassured investors that it could still have a pretty good year. That’s because revenues are still pouring in from Grand Theft Auto Online, which was launched in 2013. And Grand Theft Auto V also launched that year and continues to sell as well, with more than 80 million units sold to date. On top of that, the company will make money from expansion packs launched for Mafia III and XCOM 2 this year.... Read More
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WWE 2K18 features Seth Rollins as its generational-shifting cover star

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Publisher 2K and the WWE revealed today that they picked Seth Rollins as the cover star for WWE 2K18, the next entry in the successful, yearly wrestling game series. WWE 2K18 is due out October 17 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Above: Seth Rollins is making way for the young wrestlers. Image Credit: 2K This is a generational shift for the franchise, as Seth Rollins represents a newer generation of WWE stars. Recent cover stars have included the likes of Stone Col... Read More
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This is the OnePlus 5

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Having leaked in bits and pieces for the past several weeks, the design of boutique Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus‘ upcoming flagship is hardly a mystery anymore. Nonetheless, this is perhaps the best look at both the front and back of the OnePlus 5 among a sea of partial views and less-than-completely-clear shots. Bearing more than a passing resemblance to Apple’s latest models, the OnePlus 5 also borrows the dual camera configuration from the iPhone 7 Plus — revealed by The Verge to be comprised of 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel ... Read More
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OnePlus focuses on the next frontier

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In the smartphone world, there are basically two brands that matter and then there are a bunch of also-rans. Apple and Samsung are ahead of the pack for a variety of reasons, but it's their ability to create amazing cameras that's difficult to match. Thanks to the efficiencies of the smartphone supply chain, anyone can put together a high-end processor, design a metal unibody phone, put Android on it, and have the appearance of a premium phone. But it’s a lot harder to develop a class-leading mobile camera. Only Google itself has managed to come close, and only in the past year. OnePlus is one of those challenger companies that’s been chasing the leaders. It... Read More
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Ring’s new $199 video doorbell lets you swap out batteries to recharge

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Connected doorbell startup Ring has launched a brand new version of its security-focused video device, one that promises higher quality video and makes it easier for users to recharge their battery. Up until now, Ring has offered two versions of its video-enabled doorbell — the $179 Video Doorbell and the $249 Video Doorbell Pro. The latter offers a number of benefits over the cheaper incarnation, including 1080p HD video (compared to 720p) and interchangeable faceplates. However, the Video Doorbell Pro has to be hardwired into an existing doorbell, whereas the cheaper version sports a built... Read More
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Pokémon Go’s big summer update adds cooperative raids and redesigned gyms

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Pokémon Go’s big summer update adds cooperative raids and redesigned gyms - The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem('chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c') === 'yes') { d.documentElement.className += ' fonts-loaded'; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = ["https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css"]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = 'all'; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host="https://volume.vox-cdn.com";var Chorus=Chorus||{};Chorus.win... Read More
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Pokémon Go shows off gym system updates and upcoming co-op Raid Battles

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Pokémon Go has been hitting the gym, and it’s showing off some new features starting today. Developer Niantic unveiled updates to its gym system as well as a preview of a new Raid Battle feature that will roll out later this summer. Pokémon Go became a pop culture sensation last July, breaking mobile game records when it hit $600 million faster than any game before. By walking around in the real world, players could find virtual Pokémon to catch in-game. They could also visit virtual PokéStops placed in the real world to earn items and gyms, which players can conquer through battle to earn items, PokéCoins ... Read More
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Today in History for June 19th

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Subscribe for more Breaking News: http://smarturl.it/AssociatedPressHighlights of this day in history: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg executed; Father's Day first celebrated in the U.S.; The event behind 'Juneteenth'; Author Salman Rushdie born; NBA draft pick Len Bias dies; Entertainer Paula Adbul born. (June 19)Highlights of the day in history - a retrospective view on political events, historic battles, and life changing decisions. More: ... Read More
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Fox News’ Motto Is No Longer ‘Fair and Balanced,’ Plus More Internet Scandals of the Week

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It was a long, intense week. America had two shootings, the UK had a terrible fire in an apartment building that (as of this writing) killed 30 people, and the world lost actor Adam West, prompting Los Angeles to ... Read More
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Why blockchains fail and decentralization succeeds

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With all of the excitement around blockchain technology, it’s easy to think what we have now is the foundation for the next wave. Yet, it’s worth remembering we are still in the early stages. The blockchains we have today probably won’t be the blockchains of tomorrow. I am still bullish on Bitcoin (for reasons that go beyond this post), and Ethereum looks promising. It also has a lot of technical questions that surround it. As Muneeb Ali of Blockstack said, “At scale, Ethereum is designed to fail.” I am certain he didn’t mean, “it will intentionally fail.” However, if you think... Read More
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‘Game of Life’: Even during horrors of Leningrad Siege, there was still a place for football

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Football is indeed very significant for St. Petersburg - matches were held here even at the time of the Nazi siege, during the Second World War. Months before the siege the authorities suspended the matches because of the fighting, but later, despite the hunger, the bombings, the devastation, they decided they had to play football no matter what. Visit our website to stay up to date with all the latest information on the teams, fixtures and results: https://www.rt.com/fifa2018/RT LIVE h... Read More
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Confed Cup: If you come to Palace Square in St. Pete, be sure to bring ball & start freestyling

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The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup takes place from June 17 to July 2, across four Russian cities: St. Petersburg, Moscow, Sochi and Kazan. Visit our website to stay up to date with all the latest information on the teams, fixtures and results: https://www.rt.com/fifa2018/RT LIVE ... Read More
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Nvidia keeps the faith for virtual reality on the PC

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Microsoft backed away from virtual reality on the Xbox One X at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) last week. But it said that VR on the Windows PC is a good fit, and graphics chip maker Nvidia is all in favor of that idea. VR has moved into its gap of disappointment, but there are plenty of believers who still say it will become a huge market over time. The market could reach $17.8 billion in VR hardware sales alone by 2020, according to SuperData Research. E3 2017 had plenty of VR backe... Read More
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This AI can’t save my golf game, but it might help yours

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Arccos thinks it has figured out how to turn golf statistics into a machine learning-powered Caddie feature that can improve your game. So I decided to take the Connecticut-based startup’s system of sensors and services for a whirl to see if it could save my golf game. See, I’m not a good golfer. I like hitting the driving range for a little stress relief every now and then, but a journalist’s schedule combined with a journalist’s salary means that I very rarely end up on the course. Yet I’m also a huge sports stats nerd, and Arccos offered to give me a ton of data about how I played the game, with the hope that it could help me get better. Caddie ... Read More
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Here’s how we start to stabilize Bitcoin, Ethereum

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News of Bitcoin and Ethereum is everywhere these days. The two cryptocurrencies have had returns over the past year that make a big-time hedge fund manager look like he’s running a lemonade stand in front of his parents house. Since last year, Bitcoin is up (at the time of this writing) 390.55 percent and Ethereum’s currency, Ether, is up a mind-blowing 1,896.13 percent. New money is pouring into the cryptocurrency space, with one investment fund announcing a raise of $400 million dollars. Though talk of the inevitable Tulip m... Read More
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XCOM 2: War of the Chosen upgrades design, enemies, and cinematic story

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2K’s Firaxis Games made a lot of changes to the basic design of its turn-based combat game with the new expansion XCOM 2: War of the Chosen. The tactical combat game launches on August 29, the same day as turn-based Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle. War of the Chosen will debut on the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. In this expansion, players will take on a new class of aliens, dubbed the Chosen. The aliens will give the game more personality and cinematic story sequences. It will also have options for easier gameplay (I had some huge difficulties with the original XCOM 2 last year). I’m gla... Read More
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‘Smaller version of Wembley’: Behind the scenes at St. Petersburg Stadium hosting Confed Cup

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The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup takes place from June 17 to July 2, across four Russian cities: St. Petersburg, Moscow, Sochi and Kazan. Russia vs New Zealand will take place in a newly built Saint Petersburg stadium with a modern design, overlooking the Baltic Sea coastline. RT took a behind-the-scenes look at the arena earlier.RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-airSubscribe to RT! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_c...Like us on Facebook ... Read More
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Our 12 Favorite Laptops, From MacBooks to Chromebooks

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If you’re looking to buy a laptop, we’re here to make your decision easier. Below are some of our favorite machines we’ve reviewed over the past several months. As new models make their way across our desks, we’ll update the selection. When you buy something using the retail links in our product reviews, we earn a small affiliate commission. Read more about how this works. ... Read More
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Today’s top sports stories

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Rick Pitino has been suspended for five games after a sex scandal, and Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor set an August date for their fight. CBS Sports columnist Bill Reither joins CBSN to discuss the detailsSubscribe to the "CBSN" Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch "CBSN" live HERE: http://cbsn.ws/1PlLpZ7Follow "CBSN" on Instagram HERE: http://bit.ly/1PO0dkxLike "C... Read More
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Modders deserve to be paid — but Bethesda’s Creation Club isn’t enough

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Arguably, no company in modern games has benefited from the work of modders more than Bethesda. My first experience with The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind role-playing game over a decade ago involved installing it, meeting the first few inhabitants of Seyda Need, shaking my head in horror, and then typing “morrowind face mod” into Google. (It worked, and it was great.) Every Bethesda game since has benefitted tremendously from the work of modders, even to the point where for many players, it’s almost impossible to imagin... Read More
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Amenity-packed Waterfront Merrick Home Going for $2.2M

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With all the amenities packed in this unique custom-built waterfront house, there would be no reason to ever leave 2825 Shore Drive in Merrick, which was recently listed for sale. This elegant, modern house has six bedrooms, five bathrooms, a beautiful living room, a state-of-the-art eat-in kitchen, formal dining room and has plenty of large windows that fill it with natural light to give a feeling of comfort and home. It’s situated on 29,111-square-foot lot. What makes this property unique, besides the fact that it’s an extremely rare double waterfront lot, is its endless features. The basement contains a home theater, fitness room and billiards room. The backyard has everyt... Read More
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E3 2017: Star Wars: Battlefront 2 conquers YouTube

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YouTube revealed that Star Wars: Battlefront 2 got the most views of all the new product announcements at this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo tradeshow in Los Angeles. Publisher EA first announced on April 15 that developers DICE, Motive, and Criterion are working on Star Wars: Battlefront 2. They showed off ... Read More