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Get ready: Nintendo Switch is back in stock at GameStop on Tuesday
Having trouble getting your hands on the Nintendo Switch? You may have another shot at grabbing one of the console/handheld gaming hybrids before it sells out again — provided you don't mind getting up...
iPhone 7 was by far the world's best-selling smartphone in Q1, says report
The iPhone 7 was the world's best-selling smartphone during the first quarter of this year, Strategy Analytics said Wednesday. The research firm said it estimates Apple shipped 21.5 million iPhone 7 units...
New leak points to the power of AMD’s Radeon RX Vega graphics cards
We now know more about the alleged specs of AMD’s incoming RX Vega graphics cards, at least if details which were gleaned from poking around in an update for Linux turn out to be accurate.The DRM (direct...
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III review
It’s taken on new forms, thanks to multiplayer online battle arena, or MOBA, franchises like League of Legends, Dota 2 and Heroes of the Storm. As a result, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III sees developer...
Samsung's Galaxy S8 rolls out, and analysts are positive
Samsung's newest smartphone, the Galaxy S8, hit shelves Friday, and analysts told CNBC they're impressed by the tech, which initial market reaction appeared to confirm. The S8's edge-to-edge OLED "infinity"...
Report: Nintendo plans to double Switch production for coming year
Enlarge / If you have to run your cords to the left with the Nintendo Switch Dock, you'll have to wind them around its body. reader comments 28 Share this story Further ReadingHard-to-find Nintendo Switch...
Buying a Nintendo Switch is about to get a whole lot easier
The Nintendo Switch has been tough to get hold of recently and there's a very good reason for that: stock has been low - but this is all set to change. According to the WSJ, Nintendo is double the amount...
Don’t read too much into the Switch’s successful launch numbers
Enlarge / Any Switch units you ship to stores at this point will fly off their shelves as fast as these demo units Nintendo showed off in January. reader comments 13 Share this story The Switch has been...
Finally, VR has a legitimate RTS contender in Brass Tactics
reader comments 9 Share this story SAN FRANCISCO—That real-time strategy battling is a solid fit for virtual reality seems like a foregone conclusion. RTS games like Total Annihilation and Starcraft already...
Halo Wars 2 review
It’s taken a long time for Microsoft to make another Halo Wars. The original came out eight years ago and there’s been a small contingent of fans who have been calling for a sequel ever since. A new game...
Israel telecom regulator signals likely to allow Bezeq to merge units
JERUSALEM Bezeq Israel Telecom said on Sunday it had received notice that Israel's telecoms regulator would likely allow Bezeq to merge its various business units.Bezeq, Israel's dominant telecoms operator,...
Russian hackers tracked Ukrainian artillery units using Android implant: report
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A hacking group linked to the Russian government and high-profile cyber attacks against Democrats during the U.S. presidential election likely used a malware implant on Android devices...
PS4 passes 50 million sold, and it’s about to get even cheaper
It appears the PlayStation 4 still has no trouble moving off shelves - and yet it appears Sony isn't done putting its latest console on sale.As of this week, Sony's latest generation of gaming hardware...
Halo Wars 2’s new Blitz mode: Getting Hearthstone mixed up in your RTS
reader comments 1 Share this story REDMOND, Washington—Card economies are pretty much everywhere in video games right now, and Microsoft is leading that charge. The company's first major card stab was...
Will you be one of the 'hundreds of thousands' buying PlayStation VR this year?
The de facto savior of virtual reality (VR) gaming before it’s even began, PlayStation VR, is finally here – and we’re quite smitten with it. Sony itself is unsurprisingly bullish on the thing, with president...
Apple’s miserable Mac sales aren’t helping the big PC slump
At the beginning of this year, we witnessed the largest ever year-on-year decline to hit the PC market according to IDC, and the latest figures from analyst firm Gartner point to the most sustained slump...
Are replaced Samsung Galaxy Note 7s still overheating?
Obviously Samsung would like to just crawl under a massive bed and hide until the Note 7 debacle is over, but it seems that won't be any time soon.Firstly, the brand has delayed putting its high-end Galaxy...
Doing exercise may counteract some of alcohol’s deadly effects
Working out for wineHero Images/GettyBy New Scientist staff and Press AssociationIt’s good news for those equally at home on a treadmill or at a bar. Regular exercise seems to cancel out some of the risk...
Dawn of War 3: The most promising take on Warhammer 40K yet
17 minutes of Dawn of War III gameplay from Gamescom 2016. reader comments 15 Share this story What's impressive about Dawn of War III is how beautifully it manages to communicate the weight, scale, and...
How ‘Pokemon Go’ could pave the way for more profits at Nintendo
In its first quarter earnings, Nintendo said worldwide sales for its handheld gaming console, 3DS, slipped 7 percent on-year to 940,000 units. Software for the 3DS also fell 7 percent on-year to 8.47...
How to win at Clash Royale - 20 top tips and tricks
How to play Clash RoyaleSupercell's Clash Royale is wargaming in microcosm, and our Clash Royale tips and tricks will help you be a smash on the battlefield, whether you're a new player or an old hand.Two...
More than 500,000 hoverboards being recalled for fire concerns
In all cases, the potential problems stem from the boards' lithium-ion battery packs, which can overheat, "posing a risk of the products smoking, catching fire and/or exploding." The safety commission...
Civilization VI launches October 2016 with a cartoony new art style
civilization.com Civilization VI! Check out that art style. civilization.com Civilization VI! Check out that art style. civilization.com The Pyramids of Giza are still here and are looking pretty snazzy...
The best droids you can buy right now
We're here to help you pick the best droids for every occasion.(Photo: Lucasfilm) Whether you need protection in a dangerous city, an interpreter that can speak the binary language of load lifters, or...
Apple iPhone sees first YOY sales dip ever
For the first time in its history, the iPhone is experiencing a drop in sales. In 2015 at this same time, Apple sold 61 million units of the iPhone. This year, for the period ending March, Apple only...
PC sales in reverse gear, slumping to lowest level in a decade
Another round of figures on PC shipments have been released, and following the strong trend of late, there's more bad news for computer manufacturers.In fact, Gartner's figures for the first quarter of...
Nintendo to end Wii U production this year, report says - CNET
Japanese newspaper Nikkei is reporting today that Nintendo will cease production of the Wii U by the end of 2016, presumably switching to manufacturing for the mysterious NX system. Nikkei, which has accurately...
Total War: Warhammer release date delayed - CNET
Sega has announced Total War: Warhammer will launch one month later than previously indicated. The Creative Assembly-developed strategy game was scheduled for launch on April 28 but will now arrive on...
Raspberry Pi 3 is now out with WiFi, Bluetooth, but still costs $35
Comments Published:February 29, 2016 4:52 pm Raspberry Pi 3 is now out and comes with WiFi and Bluetooth. It is priced at . Raspberry Pi 3 is now out, exactly four years after the original 256MB Raspberry...
Life with the Nest Protect: Are “smart” smoke detectors a dumb idea?
Edited by Jennifer HahnMy smoke detectors were dying, with a scheduled end-of-life date of 2016. Because I'm the kind of person who over-researches even the best kind of hangers to use in his closet,...
Yahoo to cut 15 percent jobs, close several units: WSJ
(Reuters) - Yahoo Inc Chief Executive Marissa Mayer is set to reveal cost-cutting plans that include a reduction of 15 percent of the internet company's workforce and the closure of several business units,...
Yahoo to cut 15 pct jobs, close several units - WSJ
REUTERS - Yahoo Inc Chief Executive Marissa Mayer is set to reveal cost-cutting plans that include a reduction of 15 percent of the internet company's workforce and the closure of several business units,...
PS4/Xbox One combined sales reach 55 million units, estimates EA boss - CNET
According to Electronic Arts CFO Blake Jorgensen, 55 million combined PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles were sold worldwide before the end of 2015. Jorgensen revealed the figure during a recent earnings...
EA lets slip lifetime Xbox One and PS4 consoles sales
Lifetime Xbox One sales have reached 19 million units—at least if EA's CFO is to believed. During a financial call last night, Blake Jorgensen said the combined install base of the Xbox One and PlayStation...
Apple's iPad Pro didn't move Q1 sales needle: Enterprises will take time
The launch of Apple's iPad Pro couldn't stop the bleeding for sales of the company's iconic tablet as units fell well short of expectations.Simply put, Apple's iPad Pro didn't warrant a mention in the...
Bottle and a half of wine is new UK weekly alcohol limit
There is no completely safe level of regular alcohol drinking, England’s chief medical officer Sally Davies warned today as she unveiled new consumption guidelines for the UK. From now on, men and women...
PlayStation VR to sell 1.9 million units in 2016, report says - CNET
2016 is poised to be the year that virtual reality really gets going, as Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, and HTC Vive are all scheduled to make their commercial debuts this year. Now, research group SuperData...
Internet of Things Growth to Drive U.S. Tech Market
Tablets, notebooks televisions and smartphones are expected to be the major tech markets in 2016, according to a report from the CTA. The Internet of things (IoT) will help lead the U.S. consumer technology...
Sony PS4 sales top 35 million after holiday boost
Sony has sold more than 35.9 million units of its PlayStation 4, the Japanese electronics giant said Tuesday, as it touts its dominance over rivals Microsoft and Nintendo in the games console market....
Carrier recalls 285K AC units and heating pumps
Carrier has received reports of about 47 incidents of cords overheating. Two of them were hotel fires, and in one of them a person suffered burns and smoke inhalation. The units were manufactured in Mexico...
HTC Vive VR headset launch pushed back to April 2016
It looks like Samsung Gear VR will officially be the only consumer VR headset to launch this year, with HTC announcing the HTC Vive headset will now launch in 2016.With dev units sold earlier this year,...
Japan's Toshiba, Fujitsu in talks to merge loss-making PC units - sources
TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp and Fujitsu Ltd are in talks to split off and merge their personal computer units, people familiar with the matter said, as Japan's electronic conglomerates seek to retreat...
Toshiba, Fujitsu considering PC units merger: sources
TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp and Fujitsu Ltd are considering a merger of their personal computer businesses, two people familiar with the matter said on Friday, as the companies look to shed struggling...
IDC 3rd quarter 2015 wearables report: A growing market led by Fitbit
It's tough to make predictions in the mobile space and more often than not those predictions fail to materialize. According to a 2013 report Microsoft only has a year to get Windows Phone from about 3...
$350 Oculus Rift dev kits going for as much as $1,200 on eBay
Fig. 1: Even used DK2 units demand a premium price on resale sites like eBay. Fig. 1: Even used DK2 units demand a premium price on resale sites like eBay. Fig. 2: Resale prices for new DK2 units shot...
Sony has already sold more than 30 million PS4s
Sony Sony has sold more than 30.2 million PS4 consoles worldwide, the company has announced, saying that the figures "demonstrate the fastest and strongest growth in PlayStation hardware history".President...
Sony PS4 sales top 30 million in battle with Xbox
Sony has sold 30.2 million units of its PlayStation 4 (PS4) games console worldwide over the last two years, the Japanese electronics giant said on Wednesday, suggesting it is dominating in the console...
South Korea sees PC sales dip below 1M for first time in decade
PC shipment in South Korea has dipped below 1 million units in the third quarter of 2015, marking the first time quarterly levels have slipped to that level in the past decade. Shipment fell by 4.6 percent...
You can now bake your own Raspberry Pi
You can now customise your own Raspberry Pi hardware thanks to an agreement signed by the company with its long time partner, Element14.Various options are available for the bespoke service which will...
Are some franchises more likely to exploit their workers?
Franchising is a pervasive business model in contemporary Australia. Many of the best known brands, including those in fast food, retailing, coffee, car maintenance, and other services are or have become...
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