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‘Fortnite’ winds down season nine with a giant-sized battle

Sponsored Links Epic Games Epic is still finding ways to mark Fortnite‘s season transitions in grand style. The studio just finished a “Final Showdown” event for the end of season nine that interrupted the battle royale with a brawl between a giant monster and an equally massive robot defending humanity. It’s not a spoiler to …

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The Netflix business model is bad news for indie games

Sponsored Links The Netflix model doesn’t work for video games. Neither does the Spotify plan, the HBO Go ecosystem or the Amazon Prime Video marketplace. Sure, digital distribution is king and subscription-based streaming services will absolutely become a dominant market force in gaming. But, when it comes to paying content creators, current subscription models just …

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Synthetic fiber ‘muscles’ could lead to brawny robots and prosthetics

Sponsored Links Kanik et. al. Most attempts at giving robots muscles tend to be heavy, slow or both. Scientists might finally have a solution that’s both light and nimble, though. They’ve developed fibers that can serve as artificial muscles for robots while remaining light, responsive and powerful. They bonded two polymers with very different thermal …

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Sony says its USB hub is the world’s fastest SD card reader

Sponsored Links Sony It’s hard to spice up USB hubs when they’re practically ubiquitous. Sony’s solution? Make it indispensable to pro photographers. The company’s newly announced MRW-W3 hub is billed as the “world’s fastest” UHS-II SD (and microSD) card reader, supporting read rates up to 300MB/s. Whether or not it lives up to the boasts, …

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Blizzard will shut down ‘Overwatch’ matches when it spots cheating

Sponsored Links Activision Blizzard Blizzard thinks it has a straightforward way to prevent Overwatch cheaters from wrecking others’ matches: bring those matches to a screeching halt. As part of a developer update, Game Director Jeff Kaplan has revealed that Blizzard will automatically shut down matches when it detects cheating. It’s not certain how the studio …

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AMD Ryzen 3000 systems need a BIOS fix for Linux, ‘Destiny 2’ issues

Sponsored Links Last week AMD officially released its new Ryzen 3000 Series CPUs and Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards, but there’s a small problem with the CPUs. As some Linux users quickly noticed, there’s an issue with newer distributions based on 5.0 or higher that makes the OS unable to boot. Some people have been …

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The Morning After: Nintendo’s Lite Switch

Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. Nintendo reveals its next console, and we even have a peek at Samsung’s next Galaxy Note. There’s also a new update for Google’s AI-powered Translate camera, and the last Windows 10 preview is testing a post-password lifestyle. It’s Thursday. If it only does one thing, then why is it …

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Analyst: Apple will soon ditch its butterfly keyboard design

Sponsored Links MacFormat Magazine via Getty Images After years of controversy and technical difficulties, Apple could be about to give up on the butterfly mechanism keyboard in its MacBooks. According to a report authored by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo — who has a decent record in accurate Apple predictions — the company is on track …

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Are headphones ‘made for women’ really necessary?

Five years ago, Nicole Rose Stillings wanted a better pair of headphones. As a full-time professional DJ, she thought that most of the ones she wore were much too big and bulky for her head. So she created a few prototypes that were smaller in size, and for a bit of flair, adhered decorations on …

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Apple offers free repairs for faulty 2018 MacBook Air logic boards

Sponsored Links Evan Rodgers/Engadget Some owners of Apple’s current-generation MacBook Air might be due for a free but important fix. Reports from 9to5Mac, AppleInsider and MacRumors indicate that Apple has found a logic board problem with a “very small number” of MacBook Air units that will warrant free repairs for up to four years after …

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