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AI Weekly: Amazon bots are helping bring the USPS back from oblivion

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The United States Postal Service is not exactly bouncing back from oblivion these days, but it’s worth noting that there’s been a slight bump in one area. For the low-margin Shipping and Packages division, there was an 11 percent increase in revenue over last quarter. In general, these items — small packages that come to your mailbox but not snail mail letters — have kept the USPS from sinking like a ship. For the savvy readers out there, you might already know there is one company that is helping them rebound. Hint: It’s named after an area in South America. ... Read More
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Blue Reflection doesn’t reflect well on the JRPG scene

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Puberty is a heckuva drug. But no matter how hard it is to be a normal teenager, no one has it tougher than the teens in Japanese role-playing games. Blue Reflection is the latest JRPG from publisher Koei Tecmo and its subsidiary, Gust Studios, and it features a lot of melodramatic youths and girls with secret magic powers. It’ll be available in North America on September 26 for PC and PlayStation 4. Although Blue Reflection stars a lot of magical girls wielding swords and flinging spells, when I played the demo, it lacked the actual magic you get when a story really clicks. It relies too much on tropes, including that of magical girls — girls who fight evil with sparkles and magic, often while wearing frilly get-ups — which... Read More
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Call of Duty had 3 games in the top 20 in July, but Tom Clancy is 2017’s biggest franchise

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Bright and colorful games like Splatoon 2 and Crash Bandicoot may have topped the sales chart in the heart of summer, but brown military shooters are still the biggest sellers. Call of Duty even had a hot July with three separate games making the top 20 best-selling chart in the United States, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. “Three games from the Call of Duty franchise reached the top 20 in July, with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered joining June carryovers Call of Duty: Black Ops III, and Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare,” NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said. “Over the 12-month ... Read More
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Rollin’ in gil: RPG sales are up 50% from 2016

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Role-playing games are having a big year in terms of sales, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. A number of RPGs have launched in 2017 both from Japan as well as the West, and many of those have found success. Compared to same time in 2016, this year’s crop of RPGs have attracted a much larger audience. “Role-playing games are experiencing a market resurgence,” NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said. “Driven by titles such as Horizon: Zero Dawn, Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Nier: Automata, Nioh, and Persona 5, year-to-date dollar sales of RPGs has grown more than 50 percent when compared t... Read More
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Nintendo Switch outsold PlayStation 4 and Xbox One last month

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Nintendo Switch consoles were easier to find last month, and this led to hybrid handheld/home console outselling its competition. The NPD Group’s monthly report is out, and the industry-tracking firm confirmed that the Nintendo console outsold the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One in July. The system is also contributing to a healthy gaming market in the United States. “The Nintendo Switch was July’s best-selling hardware platform,” NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said. ... Read More
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July 2017 NPD: Splatoon 2 paints a pretty picture for Nintendo

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Video game spending is up across the board in the U.S. in July. Nintendo drove both software and hardware sales, which grew 19 percent year-over-year to reach $588 million, according to the industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. Consumers spent $277 million on software last month, thanks in particular to the launch of Nintendo’s Splatoon 2 and Activision’s Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy... Read More
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The new touchscreen on this Acura looks (and feels) much better

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Cars have finally caught the iPad bug. The screen technology used over the past decade or more, which has almost always been resistive type, has not exactly registered every finger press perfectly. In some cars, you had to tap the screen a few times to get it to work — and forget about swiping or making any gestures on the screen. It was all about button taps. In a recent test of the 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec (base price $42,800), I noticed the screen looked better and responded to touch faster and better. It’s the first Acura to use a capacitive touch screen (there’s a second screen that is not touch-enabled). Once I connected my iPhone 7 Plus... Read More
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Amid Silicon Valley crackdown on alt-right, Gab social network raises $1 million via crowdfunding

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As high-tech firms have begun taking steps to weed out some of the most offensive right-wing hate groups, alternative social network Gab has seen a surge in donations to its crowdfunding campaign as it plays up its anti-Silicon Valley crusade. Today, Gab passed $1 million raised. That includes almost $500,000 in just the last five days. And Gab isn’t being coy about its feeling towards Silicon Valley giants. ... Read More
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Twitch is making it easier to find the best Hearthstone and Overwatch streams

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Blizzard’s Hearthstone and Overwatch are two of the most popular games on Twitch, the No. 1 game-streaming site in the world. Now, fans of those titles will have an easier time finding content that suits their needs. Twitch is adding new search filters for each game. For Overwatch, you can look for streams for specific heroes. For Hearthstone, you can find ones for classes, game modes, player ranks, and number of... Read More
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GameCredits takes on Apple and Google with its blockchain-based app store

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Cryptocurrency has the potential to disrupt many industries, and a startup called GameCredits hopes to use it to disrupt the mobile app store duopoly of Apple and Google. Its motto is “In games we trust.” GameCredits is creating a blockchain-based app store that will be an alternative place where mobile game developers can sell their games. Users will be able to make purchases in the games using the company’s own digital blockchain currency, dubbed GameCredits, and GameCredits will give 90 percent of the proceeds to developers, rather than just the 70 percent that Apple and Google share from their app store sales. GameCredits hopes to remove... Read More
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Shenmue III is the latest Kickstarter game to get a publisher

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Shenmue III is set to debut in the second half of next year, and now Saints Row publisher Deep Silver has revealed that it will distribute the game for PC as well as PlayStation 4. This ensures the most unlikely of sequels to Sega’s Dreamcast and Xbox life-simulator series will get both a digital and a physical release when it rolls out in late 2018. Shenmue creator and director Yu Suzuki will also appear at Gamescom in Germany at the end of this month to meet with fans and discuss his latest project as well as his partnership with Deep Silver. This is not a new strategy for Deep Silver. It did this previously with ... Read More
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DMarket launches ICO, plans blockchain marketplace for in-game items

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Blockchain-based game marketplace DMarket has raised $2.5 million in a presale and launched its public token sale (ICO) today. The ICO, which kicked off just an hour ago, has so far generated over $1.5 million. DMarket’s decentralized, cross-game marketplace will let gamers freely trade and sell in-game assets, earning real value for those virtual items. In the $100 billion-plus gaming market, only about 4,000 of the millions of gamers are able to profit from their time spent gaming, the company said. It wants to open up that capability to all gamers. Right now, people can make money off in-game items they sell on the Steam Marketplace, which is in Valve’s digital communi... Read More
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How to avoid crashing your car during the eclipse

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SBA head sees businesses held back by lack of loans, workers

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Six months into her tenure as head of the Small Business Administration, Linda McMahon sees a split among small business owners — they are increasingly optimistic, she says, but many are held back by their inability to get loans or find the right workers for jobs that are staying open. “Entrepreneurs are willing again to be bigger risk-takers than they have been over the past eight years,” McMahon said in a phone interview this week with The Associated Press. But, she said, there are also lingering effects of the Great Recession, and “I think there is still a caution.” McMahon’s observations matched owners’ self-assessments in surveys including ones released by Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Bus... Read More
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Trick Out Your Dorm With Cool Gear Even Students Can Afford

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So you’ve done the Ikea run. You have a trash can, and a laptop, and a whole bunch of hangers that will hang lonely in your closet while your clothes pile up on your floor. You want to get your place set up with all the coolest stuff, but let’s face it—you’re broke. Don’t worry. Here are a bunch of ways to kit out your dorm room or apartment for less than $40 a pop. ... Read More
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Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom on Free Speech, Artificial Intelligence, and Internet Addiction.

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I sat down with Kevin Systrom, the CEO of Instagram, in June to interview him for my feature story, “Instagram’s CEO Wants to Clean Up the Internet,” and for “Is Instagram Going Too Far to Protect Our Feelings,” a special that ran on CBS this week.It was a long conversation, but here is a 20-minute overview in which Systrom talks about the artificial intelligence Instagram has been developing to filter out toxic comments before you even see them. He also discusses free speech, the possibility of Instagr... Read More
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Microsoft’s biggest Xbox One X launch title is delayed until 2018

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Uncharted: The Lost Legacy — the first 20 minutes are gorgeous

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Sony’s Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is one of the prettiest games you’ll play this fall. The game debuts as an exclusive on the PlayStation 4 on August 22. We’ve played through the game and thought that the first 20 minutes of cinematics and gameplay would be a nice treat for players who can’t get enough Uncharted. This is the first Uncharted without Nathan Drake, and it stars Chloe Frazer. The opening scene is quiet, and it tells us more about the woman who Chloe has become since we saw her in the previous games. Her kindness shows as she befriends a lone girl in the bazaar. As that scene plays out,... Read More
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Uncharted: The Lost Legacy review: who needs Nathan Drake?

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Here are the tech companies that have taken action against hate groups

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A couple of days ago, I took a shot at tech companies that had ignored the role their services had played in enabling white supremacist and neo-nazi groups. Not it appears the Nazi-fueled violence in Charlottesville last weekend prompted a growing number of tech companies to take action. Here’s a list of known companies that have moved to give hate groups the boot: 1. ... Read More
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Roxi music: Electric Jukebox takes on Spotify with a $200 streaming box aimed at families

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A hardware-based music-streaming service that only works through your TV? That’s exactly what Electric Jukebox brought to market in the U.K. last year. And now, it’s coming to the U.S. too. Backed by big names such as Robbie Williams, Sheryl Crow, Alesha Dixon, and Stephen Fry, the original Electric Jukebox was met with derision in some quarters, but its celebrity endorsements were enough to prick the media’s ears ... Read More
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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice’s scariest moments

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Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, the excellent PC and PlayStation 4 game from Ninja Theory, had some terrifying moments. It’s a disturbing story about a journey into both madness and the underground of the Norse gods. For many gamers, the profile of madness might be too much. Many scenes throughout the game are uncomfortable. This video has spoilers for the story. We recommend you finish the game first — Ed. For me, one of the scariest moments was when Senua was walking into the darkness, knowing some kind of creature was ahead of her. She hears voices in her h... Read More
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Crackdown 3 delay means Microsoft has just one big new game this holiday

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The next Crackdown will not hit PC and Xbox One until 2018. Microsoft has delayed its open-world action shooter to next year to ensure it can produce a high-quality single-player and multiplayer product. That’s a bummer for Crackdown fans who have waited since the original (the sequel was disappointing) for a worthy successor. But by delaying Crackdown, Microsoft will have almost no major games debuting this holiday season. Crackdown 3 is now due out in the Spring. Microsoft Studios Publishing boss Shannon Loftis... Read More
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Stay Ahead of the Competition

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Competition makes the world go 'round. You can either be behind or ahead of it, and if you forget to pay attention to it, your competition completely passes you by. This is especially true in the automotive industry, where shrinking profit margins mean no one can afford to get into a price war. The dealership with even the slightest competitive advantage can quickly move ahead of the pack, and it might as well be you. Here are three tips to give you a leg up on your competition.1. Understand Your Audience... Read More
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The Daily Stormer just lost the most important company defending it

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The Daily Stormer just lost the most important company defending it - 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.windowLoaded... Read More
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Sony teams up with Streamline Studios to support games development in China

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Sony Interactive Entertainment announced today that Streamline Studios is joining its China Hero Project, an initiative to support PlayStation games from Chinese development studios. China’s gaming market is growing, and its expanding middle class has helped make games a $24 billion business in the country. However, most of that is coming from PC and mobile. Console gaming hasn’t made a... Read More
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Former NBA players tip-off new league at Nassau Coliseum

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A new professional basketball league made up of former NBA players makes its debut next week at Nassau Coliseum. Dubbed the Champions Basketball League, its inaugural season begins with a contest between the New York Gotham Ballers and the Los Angeles SuperStars on Wednesday, August 23 at 7 p.m. The game features five-on-five, full-court play with 19 former NBA players, including Al Harrington and Daniel “Boobie” Gibson, going head-to-head, according to a league statement. The event at the Coliseum will include a pre-game youth shoot-around and a post-game meet and greet. NBA Hall of Famer Walt Frazier serves as president of the Gotham Ballers, with fellow Hall of Famer Earl Monroe as its general manager. The tea... Read More
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The Nokia 8 flagship keeps the bezels, adds a ‘bothie’ camera

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Tespa and Blizzard serve up $1 million for college esports scholarships

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While esports has spent much of 2017 building and formalizing infrastructure, Tespa has been around since 2013 as a network of collegiate-level esports clubs and tournaments. It now boasts over 65,000 members and 220 chapters at different universities and, working in partnership with Blizzard Entertainment, is planning on awarding over $1 million in scholarships through its leagues for the 2017-2018 academi... Read More
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The Daily Stormer comes back online by moving to a Russian domain

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The right-wing hate site Daily Stormer has returned to the web with a Russian domain. In the wake of the racial violence by Nazis in Charlottesville last weekend that left one woman dead, GoDaddy booted the site off its service. Daily Stormer attempted to register on Google before that company also blocked it. The site then moved to the so-called Dark Web, where it was accessible only through a Tor browser, before being blocked there and going dar... Read More
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Meet the streamers using Twitch to pay for college

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The Docx games: three days at the Microsoft Office World Championship

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No. 236: Farrell Fritz stars, robots rising and a scary price spike on bacon and butter sandwiches

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It’s Wednesday out there: Happy hump day, kids, and welcome new readers Mark, Andrea, Harrison, Jeisenia, Anthony, Bianca, Roxanne, Weicheng and Daisy. Great to have you aboard. It’s Aug. 16, on which Edwin Prescott – builder of Coney Island’s first Loop the Loop – received an 1896 patent for the roller coaster. Also, Ringo replaced Pete Best on this day in 1962. Happy birthday: Dan Polner and John McNally and Larry Levy and Jamie Lynn Ryan. And hope you had a good one, Carl Corry. At InnovateLI.com: Long Islanders Noreen Kazi and Nisha Bhalla will open a local branch of Silicon Valley’s ... Read More
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Palliative care in Mongolia helps terminally ill to die with grace

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Mongolia’s standard of care for people with terminal illnesses is ranked higher than its larger neighbours Russia and China, as well as some European countries. This developing country is punching above its weight in palliative care, the branch of medicine that supports people with terminal or complex illnesses.Al Jazeera's Pearly Jacob reports from Ulaanbaatar. - Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe- Follow us on Twi... Read More
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Daniel Craig confirms return as James Bond

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Uncharted: The Lost Legacy review — for good and bad, it’s not Nathan Drake

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Sony’s Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is one of the big exclusives on the PlayStation 4, debuting on August 22. The Naughty Dog game is full of familiar puzzles, action sequences, and plenty of climbing, but the female lead characters take the series in an intriguing new direction. It is the first Uncharted without Nathan Drake, and it started as a simple downloadable content (DLC), a side story that grew up into a full-fledged game of its own. Sony now calls it a stand-alone Uncharted adventure, and it stars two women, Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross, who have replaced Drake and Sully as the heroic thieve... Read More
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Today in History for August 16th

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Subscribe for more Breaking News: http://smarturl.it/AssociatedPressHighlights of this day in history: Elvis Presley, the King of Rock n' Roll, dies at Graceland; Baseball's Babe Ruth dies in New York; Uganda's Idi Amin dies in Saudi Arabia; 'Sports Illustrated' hits newsstands; Singer Madonna born. (Aug. 16)Highlights of the day in history - a retrospective view on political events, historic battles, and life changing decisions. More: http://smarturl.it/TodayInHistor... Read More
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Another registrar rejects The Daily Stormer as Coinbase blocks transfers

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First, GoDaddy kicked the neo-Nazi blog The Daily Stormer from its domain-name registry. Then, right after the site appeared to stage a fake hack by Anonymous, Google did the same. Today, the blog’s problems only got worse. The Daily Stormer reportedly retreated to the dark web, turning the site into a Tor Hidden Servi... Read More
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Trump’s Business of Corruption

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President Donald Trump’s attorney Jay Sekulow recently told me that the investigation being led by Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed by the Justice Department, should focus on one question: whether there was “coördination between the Russian government and people on the Trump campaign.” Sekulow went on, “I want to be really specific. A real-estate deal would be outside the scope of legitimate inquiry.” If he senses “drift” in Mueller’s investigation, he said, he will warn the special counsel’s office that it is exceeding its mandate. The issue will first be raised “informally,” he noted. But if Mueller and his team persist, Sekulow said, he might lodge a ... Read More
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King of the Kill keeps the H1Z1 in its divorce with Just Survive

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H1Z1 started as an online multiplayer zombie-survival shooter, but it will end its life as a Battle Royale-like. Publisher Daybreak Game Company is officially dropping the “H1Z1” name from Just Survive, and the company is introducing a new story to separate its fiction from the more popular H1Z1: King of the Kil. This all comes along with the biggest update ye... Read More
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CEOs’ Dilemma: Supporting Trump’s Agenda, Opposing His Behavior

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Enlarge this image President Trump speaks during a meeting with manufacturing executives at the White House in February, including Merck's Kenneth Frazier (center) and Ford's Mark Fields. Frazier has resigned from the president's manufacturing council. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption ... Read More
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To create more businesses across the U.S., support first-time founders

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In the United States, 25 percent of startups fail in the first year, and 75 percent of venture-backed start-ups fail at some point. Those are startling percentages, and ones that can be alarming and disheartening for both aspiring entrepreneurs and those who invest in startups. However, there is an opportunity to lower that statistic while simultaneously fostering an environment that ensures entrepreneurs are prepared to succeed from day one – regardless of where they are located: in the plains of the heartland or in Silicon Valley. As a co-founder of an early-stage venture capital firm, Unshackled Ventures, I see pitches daily from bright minds wishing to change the world... Read More
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Nightmarchers explores the lore of Hawaii in a postapocalyptic hellscape

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The Hawaiian island of Oahu is a popular tourist destination in real life, but the new open world adventure Nightmarchers transforms it into a magical hellscape. Indie developer Wyrmbyte has created a postapocalyptic version of the tropical island where myths come to life. In 2018, it’ll launch in early access for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on BrightLocker, a platform for games that are still in development. Nightmarchers plays on a ... Read More
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CBO Predicts Rise In Deficit If Trump Cuts Payments To Insurance Companies

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Enlarge this image An analysis by the Congressional Budget Office released Tuesday found that ending cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers, a move that President Trump is contemplating, would raise the deficit by $194 billion over 10 years. Melina Mara/The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption ... Read More
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Undertale’s release on PlayStation 4 and Vita today is a perfect reason to revisit it

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CCP unveils non-VR version of Eve: Valkyrie

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CCP Games has been one of the strongest supporters of virtual reality, but it is taking its flagship VR property, Eve: Valkyrie, and making a version for broader audiences without Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, or PSVR headsets on the PC and PlayStation 4. Dubbed Eve: Valkyrie — Warzone, the new version will enable PC and PlayStation 4 gamers to play together, both in and out of VR, in a big space combat multiplayer arena. CCP Games has been a huge supporter of virtual reality, but sales for PC-based VR systems have been slower than expected. To make it through the ... Read More
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Bungie and Nvidia release Destiny 2 beta trailer running at 4K and 60 frames per second

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The PC beta for Destiny 2 opens up to everyone on August 29 and runs through August 31, and graphics-card manufacturer Nvidia is showing off some more of what it looks like running at a 4K resolution and 60 frames per second. This beta comes a month after the console versions, but it will feature the same content. Destiny 2 launches on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 6, and it will hit PC on October 24. As for the new trailer, this is the latest promotional material for Destiny 2 out of Nvidia. The hardware vendor has a deal with Activision Blizzard to help ma... Read More
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Facebook adds new camera features in hopes that you’ll use Stories

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Faraday Future may cut its Formula E team to save cash

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Beyond KDA: Mobalytics launches open beta for League of Legends analysis

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Mobalytics is launching the open beta of its analytics platform for League of Legends players, providing an automated way to give coaching advice to millions of wannabe pro gamers. The “Moneyball of esports” is turning into a common description for new analytics startups for competitive gaming. I wrote about Dojo Madness moving into this last month, and Mobalytics is announcing something similar today for amateur or professional players of Le... Read More
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Sling TV now lets you watch with Chrome on Windows and Mac

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NuOrder raises $8 million to create a digital catalog for brands

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NuOrder, which connects brands and retailers to optimize inventory and orders, today announced funding of $8 million. The round was led by Argentum, with participation from returning investors Upfront Ventures, Greycroft Partners, Cowboy Ventures, Novel TMT, and Box Group. “B2B ecommerce is widely different than B2C,” said cofounder and co-CEO Heath Wells, in an exclusive interview with VentureBeat. Wells cofounded NuOrder with his wife Olivia in Los Angeles five years ago. “We found that the business side of ecommerce was a huge opportunity, as there was a lack of innovative technologies trying to solve issues like fax machines and trade hal... Read More
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Sex, Drugs, and the Inside Lane: Recapping the 2017 World Championships of Track

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Nicholas Thompson: Malcolm, hello! Welcome back from vacation. And also welcome to WIRED.com! We’ve been chatting about Olympic and World Championship track for five years now, but this i... Read More
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Microsoft’s smaller Xbox Wireless Adapter mysteriously delayed until 2018

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Why do we like robots more when they mess up?

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SteelSeries launches Apex M750 programmable keyboard with Discord integration

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SteelSeries is launching its Apex M750 mechanical gaming keyboard for gamers who love to customize their gear with colorful lighting. It comes with new apps for lighting up your keyboard as well as using the Discord game chat application. It’s part of the company’s effort to attract the attention of game influencers and the esports industry, which has become a big market, with revenues expected to grow 41 percent to $696 million in 201... Read More
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Matterfall review — a hectic and challenging take on side-scroller shooting

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Matterfall combines the twin-stick shooter with the action-platformer. It’s like Geometry Wars and Mega Man got their chocolate and peanut butter all mixed up. And it tastes pretty good! This PlayStation 4 game comes from Housemarque, which also developed Resogun. That twin-stick shooter launched with the system in 2013. It was one of the console’s best early games, thanks to its voxel-based graphics (which had just about everything blowing up into thousands of blocks). M... Read More
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Songbringer sings an indie sci-fi RPG tune on Xbox and PC on September 1

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Indie action role-playing game Songbringer is on-trend with its pixel art, procedural generation, and a protagonist with a mysterious past. It’s a sci-fi adventure with swords and robots, and it’ll be available on Xbox and PC on September 1 and on PlayStation 4 on September 5. Nathanael Weiss designed, wrote, and developed Songbringer under his studio name, Wizard Fu. He draws inspiration from classic RPGs like The Legend of Zelda, but hopes to provide a modern twist. The main character, Roq, crash-lands on a strange planet and accidentally awakens an ancient evil. In order to defeat it and save the universe, he battles his way through dungeons and discover secrets and hidden items. At the start, you can enter a random mishma... Read More
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Critical Ops hits 25 million downloads as mobile shooter preps for esports and Asia

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Indie studio Critical Force is declaring mission success. Its mobile first-person shooter Critical Ops reached 25 million downloads in two years and boasts 860,000 daily active players. Critical Ops features FPS gameplay similar to Counter-Strike, and it’s available on Android and iOS. Players can embark on a solo campaign or join a clan and play alongside friends. Though all the big-name FPSes are on PC and console, like Counter-Strike or ... Read More
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Drifting Lands shows that people want game mashups … until they don’t

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Change is a risky proposition. As much as gaming celebrates new concepts, it also thrives on the traditions that shape our expectations. Sometimes breaking from those traditions pays off, as we’ve seen with games such as Rocket League or Crypt of the Necrodancer. This is what happens when it backfires. We tried to bring something new to the table with Drifting Lands, as we do with every project at Alkemi Games. Creating an entirely new genre is no ... Read More
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Cristiano Ronaldo shoves referee & other sports headlines

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Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has been suspended for five games after shoving a referee. In golf news, Justin Thomas wins the PGA Championship, his first major title. CBS Sports columnist Bill Reiter joins CBSN to discuss.Subscribe to the "CBSN" Channel HERE: http://bit.ly/1Re2MgSWatch "CBSN" live HERE: ... Read More
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AR + VR marketing: It starts now (VB Live)

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Last year, AR and VR raked in $1.8B, with 6.3M headsets shipped. And those numbers are expected to just keep climbing. Join this VB Live for insights into VR and AR usage, consumer attitudes, and to learn whether the massive potential audience that exists is ready to go virtual. Access this VB Live event on demand right here. With virtual reality and augmented reality starting to make meaningful penetration, it’s time to start thinking of them as potential new marketing channels — places to market... Read More
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Sonic Mania review — Sonic’s best game in over two decades

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After years of disappointments, with only a few decent games offering a small reprieve from an onslaught of garbage, the Sonic series has its first great entry in years. Sonic Mania, which comes out on August 15 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch (the PC version follows on August 29), goes back to the franchise’s roots, both aesthetically and gameplay-wise. Most modern Sonic games focus on pure speed. Sonic Mania is, finally, a true platformer. It also brings back Sonic and friends’ charming 16-bit looks, while spari... Read More
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Sonic Mania review: the return to form you’ve been waiting for

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Mewtwo is coming to Pokémon Go soon in new invite-only raids

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Former Microsoft exec reveals why Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant beat Cortana

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Former Microsoft exec reveals why Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant beat Cortana - 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.... Read More
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I just caught Mewtwo at Japan’s Pokémon Go Stadium

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Hellblade’s bizarre ending will make you question what’s real

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Editor’s note: This video and story have spoilers about the ending. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is an outstanding new game that debuted this week on the PlayStation 4 and the PC. The groundbreaking game from Ninja Theory chronicles the journey of Senua, a Celtic warrior who struggles with inner demons, into the Norse underworld to retrieve the soul of her slain love Dillion.... Read More
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Optic Gaming wins the top prize in $1.5 million Call of Duty World League final

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Optic Gaming took the top prize in The Call of Duty World League World Championship, the official esports tournament for professional Call of Duty players with a total of $4 million on the line. Fighting it out in Orlando, Florida, Optic Gaming outplayed Team Envy in two separate final matches on Sunday. Optic Gaming, a five-time finalist, won $600,000, or the biggest single chunk of the $1.5 million prize for a first-place finish. The esports competition was about settling who is the best at the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Activision’s flagship military shooter. Optic was beh... Read More
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Google spinoff Waymo patents softer self-driving cars to protect pedestrians

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Call of Duty World League wraps up today with $1.5 million shootout in Orlando

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The Call of Duty World League, the official esports league for professional Call of Duty players, will wrap up today in a series of final matches in Orlando, Florida. A total prize pool of $1.5 million is at stake today, as the finalists of 32 teams are competing to see who is the best at the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Activision’s flagship military shooter. The season kicked off in December, and the finale places at the Amway Center from August 9 to August 13. Throughout the whole season that culminates today, the CWL will have given away a total of $4 million in prizes, the largest amount to date. The finals are being broadcast now, and the final m... Read More
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Call of Duty World League finalists shoot for $1.5 million

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The Call of Duty World League, the official esports league for professional Call of Duty players, will wrap up today in a series of final matches in Orlando, Florida. A total prize pool of $1.5 million is at stake today, as the finalists of 32 teams are competing to see who is the best at the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Activision’s flagship military shooter. The season kicked off in December, and the finale places at the Amway Center from August 9 to August 13. Throughout the whole season that culminates today, the CWL will have given away a total of $4 million in prizes, the largest amount to date. The finals are being broadcast now, and the final m... Read More
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Capcom’s Mega Man Legacy Collections should have embraced these bizarre gems

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Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 has just come out for the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It contains Mega Man 7 through 10. Combined with the first Legacy Collection (which hold the first six Mega Man games), having both should give you a complete collection of the classic series, right? Not exactly. And I’m not talking about the spinoff series, like Mega Man X or Mega Man Legends. Those evolved i... Read More
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5 Alexa skills to try this week

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Every so often we take a look at the Alexa skills worth checking out from the 15,000 or so voice apps available today. Here are a few from the new, popular, and trending categories of the Alexa Skills Store. In recent Alexa news, the intelligent assistant can now has hands-free control of Amazon Fire TV devices, and and to hear Alexa talk about going back to school, say “Alexa, teach me something” or “Alexa, tell me a back to school joke.” ... Read More
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NextVR’s night camera brings ghost hunting into virtual reality

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There are a lot of different VR cameras in development, but I don’t think I’ve heard of one for capturing light in extreme darkness before. NextVR, however, built one for exactly this purpose. The Newport Beach-based company is best known for its live-streaming in VR of concerts, sporting events and even political debates with proprietary cameras they developed that produce great depth effects and detail, but the well-financed startup is also producing pre-recorded content as well. One of the company’s latest projects falls into that latter category with a spooky twist. Paranormal Evidence looks like it brings the Ghost ... Read More
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Team Liquid wins Dota 2 Championships, takes home $10.8 million

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Team Liquid won The International Dota 2 Championships, taking home a grand prize of $10.8 million. The European team beat the Chinese opponents Newbee, which took home $3.9 million for a second-place position. Team Liquid beat Newbee 3-0 in the final best of five series in Dota 2, Valve’s multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game. The seventh annual Dota 2 event in Seattle was like the Super Bowl of esports, with a record prize pool of $24 million this year, compared to $20.7 million a year ago. In the tournament, 16 finali... Read More
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Alexa finally makes Fire TV truly hands-free

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Amazon is always improving its popular digital voice assistant, Alexa. The latest update: You can now control your Amazon Fire TV using Alexa and the Echo, totally hands-free. Even if you don’t own one of the devices, you’ve probably heard of Alexa, the digital assistant that powers Amazon’s Echo line of devices. Alexa is one of the better AI assistants out there, capable of understanding thousands of commands to do almost anything you can imagine — play music, deliver sports scores, read the weather forecast, control smart hom... Read More
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Oculus Connect 4 reveals first sessions and workshops, Lone Echo postmortem

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Oculus Connect 4 is just a few months away; the developer conference returns to the San Jose convention center on October 11 and October 12. We’re expecting to see what’s new with the company during a busy keynote speech, but, until then, an initial list of sessions and workshops has been revealed for the two-day event. There’s not much here that points us toward what Oculus might reveal at the show, but there are definitely more than a few sessions you shouldn’t miss. With the rise of games like Echo Arena and Sparc, for example, the “VR Esports: The Future of C... Read More
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Nvidia CEO talks cryptocurrency, AI, and the leisure economy

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Nvidia turned out another stellar financial result for the second quarter ended July 31. Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of the world’s biggest stand-alone maker of graphics chips, credited some big trends like the growth of PC gaming, artificial intelligence, self-driving cars, and the Nintendo Switch. But the Santa Clara, California-based company also got some attention because some of its revenues came from an unusual source: Cryptocurrency. The demand for graphics hardware to mine the algorithms to produce more cryp... Read More
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Exposure channels nature’s beauty and brutality into a stealth game

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Don’t be fooled by Exposure’s sleek geometric look and minimalist soundtrack. It’s a tense game about hiding from predators, scurrying from one safe space to another, and changing colors for camouflage. It’s the first commercial work from the two-person team The Sheep’s Meow, an indie game studio based in New York. In early 2018, it will be available on Steam for Windows, Mac, and Linux, as well as on the Xbox One. When I played an early build of Exposure, I found it to be both meditative and stressful. Though I could collect little tokens, the main goal was to survive. I could switch colors to blend in with patches of light and dark, hiding from ... Read More
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Dota 2 championships: 3 finalists battle for biggest slice of $24 million prize pool

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The International Dota 2 Championships is like the Super Bowl of esports, and it wraps up today with three finalists fighting for the lion’s share of a record $24 million prize pool. The Dota 2 event takes place starting at 10 am Saturday at the KeyArena in Seattle, Washington. The play begins in a semifinal between LFY and TeamLiquid. Following that match, the winner will face Newbee in the best of five Grand Finals. So far this week, 16 teams battled each other in Valve’s multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game. The seventh annual event has a purse that is the largest in all of esports, as the pool is created by the fans the... Read More