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99 players enter, one player leaves.The power of geometry sorts the weak from the .Nintendo has laid down the gauntlet against Fortnite, announcing a battle royale version of its retro game Tetris.Tetris 99 will bring 99 players together in an online arena to fight for block supremacy.The gameplay looks like the Tetris you know, just with 98 other players trying to lay down bricks alongside you -- should be easy, right?Nintendo revealed the game on Wednesday as part of a raft of new announcements at Nintendo Direct, including more details about its new tactical role-playing game Fire Emblem: Three Houses, as well as the launch of Super Mario Maker 2 for Switch.
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When the Nintendo Switch launched with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it showed us what a vastly open-world, free exploration Zelda game could be like -- but sometimes, it's good to go back to basics.If you've been craving a traditional, top-down Zelda experience that harkens back to the series origins, you're about to get it: Nintendo just announced that it's remaking The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening for Nintendo Switch.Link's Awakening was the first Zelda game to make its way to the Nintendo Game Boy, the company's first portable game console -- one that stranded the game's titular hero on a mysterious island.This quirky adventure filled with fun characters and goofy humor.It was also the first Zelda game that allowed link to jump.Link's Awakening eventually received a colorized re-release on the Game Boy Color, but the incoming Switch remake takes things to the next level.
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Read on to see which tech and science has left Team CNET downtrodden and questioning our undying love.The film subscription service promised to let me watch as many movies as I wanted for the cost of less than one ticket a month.I started watching several movies a week and finding myself weirdly proud to run out of titles to see at theaters.MoviePass didn't respond to a request for comment, but at this point, I doubt it's gonna happen and my friends insist I should forget about it.The insane new transit concept would shoot us to our destinations at supersonic speeds like so many bank deposits launched from the drive-up lane to a smiling teller on the other side of the window.We may finally have remarkable reusable rockets and electric cars with capabilities straight out of Knight Rider, but it seems my heart will pine forever for the 40-minute hyperloop ride from Albuquerque to Denver that never quite arrives.
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You can already reserve a spot to pre-order the upcoming Galaxy S10 from Samsung.Those who are interested should consider that the phone hasn't been reviewed, or even announced yet.Samsung is announcing the Galaxy S10 at its February 20 Unpacked event.Reserving a spot gives you a 72-hour priority window to actually pre-order the Galaxy S10.Samsung is letting you reserve the Galaxy S10 a full week before the company even announces it at its February 20 Unpacked event.In fact, Samsung's reservation page doesn't even say it's the Galaxy S10 you're reserving.
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Despite all the huge and potentially world-changing things going on in at the moment, a load of red-faced angerbots still found the time to chuck their toys out of the pram at the news that Greggs would offer a vegan sausage roll.To be clear, they didn't discontinue the meat sausage roll.Nor did they mandate that everyone had to try the vegan one.They just introduced a new product for people who might like it, no harm done to those who didn't.Judging by the reaction among a certain portion of society, you'd think they'd bonfired all the sausage rolls in the world -- and we can only imagine Piers Morgan's spittle-flecked reaction now that Greggs has announced the vegan roll will be going nationwide.Despite all the 'controversy,' the vegan not-a-sausage roll was enormously popular when it launched in about a thousand stores in January.
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If you have a Rolex or a Breitling or even a Patek Philippe, you'd probably be reluctant to swap out your expensive status symbol for a cheaper model, even if it is newer, smarter and offers you a whole host of features a traditional timepiece just can't provide.But you might be willing to change the strap.At least that's the bet Sony is placing with its latest range of Wena wearables.The company on Wednesday announced two different versions of the Wena wristband.Both can either be used with your existing watch face, or with one of a range of faces designed by Sony.The Wena Wrist Pro is a metal strap, which is available in silver and black, with 18, 20 and 22mm attachments, and is the more traditional of the two options.
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Power polled nearly 33,000 owners of 2016 model-year vehicles about their three-year ownership experience, and some very familiar names have ended up atop the resulting ranks.This is the eighth year in a row that Lexus has topped the VDS.Chevrolet and Buick bring a little bit of American flavor to the top five, also.Overall, the VDS found an industry average of 136 problems per 100 vehicles, an improvement of 6 over last year.It's an improvement, but a slower one overall.However, this year marked the first time that mass-market automakers outperformed their luxury counterparts, with a score of 135 versus 141, respectively.
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Venture capital fund All-Stars Investment has raised US$500 million to expand its portfolio of startups.The Hong Kong-based company’s latest investments include co-working space operator Ucommune, AI startup SenseTime, and ride-hailing giant Grab.All-Stars focuses on “category leaders,” so it will continue to invest in later-stage investments, said co-founder Richard Ji.This comes as total investments from Chinese VC funds and private equity firms have declined by 67.5 percent to US$4.4 billion last month.
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As a child, I would compulsively devour horror short stories and watch classic movies on late-night TV, like Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960) or I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957).(In reality, it was a trick of light and shadow against the curtains.)It's one way we can explore "issues of morality and evil and the contours of our own psychological landscape," he said."I would have nightmares and would sleep with the lights on," he admitted.He devoured the writings of Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, and H.P.They had their subjects take the standard Big Five personality test—currently the professional standard for social psychologists who study personality—and looked for correlations between those results and whether the participants did/did not like horror.
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Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday this month had higher-than-usual stakes with fixes for a zero-day Internet Explorer vulnerability under active exploit and an Exchange Server flaw that was disclosed last month with proof-of-concept code.The IE vulnerability, Microsoft said, allows attackers to test whether one or more files are stored on disks of vulnerable PCs.Attackers first must lure targets to a malicious site.Microsoft, without elaborating, said it has detected active exploits against the vulnerability, which is indexed as CVE-2019-0676 and affects IE version 10 or 11 running on all supported versions of Windows.The flaw was discovered by members of Google’s Project Zero vulnerability research team.Microsoft also patched Exchange against a vulnerability that allowed remote attackers with little more than an unprivileged mailbox account to gain administrative control over the server.
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Trevari, a South Korean online book club platform, has raised 5 billion won (US$4.44 million) in its first round of investment led by SoftBank Ventures Asia.Fast Investment also participated in the round.Founded in 2015, Trevari runs a subscription-based platform where subscribers can join book clubs that meet in person.The startup addresses users’ need to discover a sense of belonging with those who share similar tastes, said Jay Choi, a senior associate at SoftBank Ventures Asia.According to the Seoul-based venture capitalist, around 4,600 active paid members have participated in 300 book clubs in spaces run by Trevari.
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Nintendo has selected Interpublic’s Initiative as its new U.S. media agency partner, sources with direct knowledge of the matter confirmed.AdAge first reported the news earlier today.The appointment follows a competitive review.It is not clear if the incumbent, Publicis media agency Blue 449, participated in the review.Blue 449 deferred to the client.Nintendo has yet to respond to a request for comment.
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Recode executive editor and seasoned journalist Kara Swisher set up an interview with Twitter chief Jack Dorsey on Tuesday to discuss the future of the platform, preparing for the 2020 elections (in light of the issues tech platforms have had in combating fake news) and, of course, the issues of trolling and banning problem users.Maybe Swisher's curtain-raiser tweet, showing a video of her screeching cat getting a rabies shot, was a grim portent of what was to come.What followed was the online equivalent of a phone interview conducted at 2 a.m. from a sports bar where the bartender just announced they were out of Fireball.The @ replies ballooned out with pile-ons, threads got twisted and confused and even the interviewer and her guest ended up hopelessly lost."I am going to start a NEW thread to make it easy for people to follow," Swisher tweeted."@waltmossberg just texted me that it is a "chaotic hellpit").
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Photo-sharing community 500px said Tuesday it recently discovered a breach of its system last summer that exposed personal data on all of its users.The July 2018 hack, which was discovered Saturday, yielded user information such as users' first and last names, 500px usernames, email addresses and hashed passwords, the site told users Tuesday.If users provided their birth date, local region or gender information when they registered, that information is also affected, the site said."If you were a 500px user on or prior to July 5, 2018, you have been affected," 500px said in a blog post."Our engineers are closely monitoring our platform and we've found no evidence to date of any recurrence of this issue."500px said its investigation has shown no evidence individual users' accounts or other personal data such as credit card information were accessed.
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The move is being made in an effort at "de-prioritizing initiatives that are not meeting expectations and reducing certain non-development and administrative-related costs across the business," Kotick explained.Activision will cut ties with Bungie, give up publishing control of DestinyThe layoffs, which will mostly be in non-game-development areas like publishing, will impact Activision, Blizzard, and King.In one case, an entire studio of 78 people was shut down—Seattle-based mobile game studio Z2Live.This is in spite of Kotick saying that the company achieved "record results in 2018."The implication is that the positive results reported came thanks to a fairly narrow bench of franchises, with many of the company's efforts outside those franchises not meeting expectations.
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On Tuesday’s episode of Digital Trends Live, we discussed trending topics from Samsung’s Unpacked event, to LinkedIn Live, and Microsoft’s next-generation Hololens headset.We were also joined by automotive editor Ronan Glon to discuss electric motorcycles and welcomed Jerry Kolber, the CEO and co-founder of Atomic Entertainment, to our New York studio to talk about Brainchild, an educational Netflix show co-created with Pharrell Williams.Samsung Unpacked is right around the corner.The February 20 event will showcase new devices from Samsung, like its latest line of flagship phones, including the S10 Lite, S10, and S10+, as well as the manufacturer’s take on wireless headphones.Other products that are likely to be in the spotlight is the Samsung F (the possible name for a foldable phone) as well as special 5G phone utilizing the Qualcomm Snapdragon chip.Later in the show, we were also joined by Glon to talk about the latest news out of the auto industry.
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There might be hope for the simple Windows graphics editor yet.It seems Microsoft Paint has been granted a reprieve of sorts from its planned removal from future Windows OS builds in favor of replacing it with another app, Paint 3D.According to MSPoweruser, a recent tweet by Aggiornamenti Lumia noted (with comparison screenshots) that within the Insider preview of Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 build (19H1), the product alert that once announced the Paint program’s future Microsoft Store exile was no longer present in the 19H1 version of Paint.Prior to the 19H1 preview, and over the past two years, the product alert had been featured within Paint.The alert continues to appear for users not running the Insider preview build.It is surprising that the recent limited release of the 19H1 preview build even carries Microsoft Paint at all.
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Yesterday Marvel revealed it will be bringing four new shows to the streaming service—all animated, all aimed at adults, all from well-known creators, and all starring comic-book characters who fall squarely on the Spider-Ham end of the spectrum.There'll be Howard the Duck, written by Kevin Smith and Adult Swim mainstay Dave Willis; Tigra & Dazzler, co-written by Chelsea Handler; Hit-Monkey, about, yes, a macaque assassin; and M.O.D.O.K., a show co-written by Patton Oswalt and starring a villain who's essentially a living Madball.Sure, Marvel has managed to turn tertiary characters into household names, but this is like Hot Pie and the Shame Nun getting Game of Thrones spinoffs.When Disney's walled garden bears fruit, will everything outside those walls just wither on the vine?After the Marvel Cinematic Universe became a commercial juggernaut, branching out to TV seemed inevitable, both narratively and synergistically.), an obvious choice as a Disney-owned network.
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Huge hole hints at home world taking a poundingPics, video Scientists believe they may have found a second meteorite impact crater lurking under ice sheets on Greenland.Researchers say they've clocked a hole measuring 22.7 miles (36.5 kilometres) wide caused by an ancient space rock slamming into our home world.The exact historical timing of the cosmic prang isn’t clear, though it appears ice has been eroding the crater for anywhere between a hundred thousand years and a hundred million years.Here's a NASA video detailing the planetary pot hole:Evidence of the epic pit was taken from eleven datasets compiled from a variety of resources, including radar and satellite imagery of Earth’s poles and Greenland’s ice sheets.
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High up in the Swiss Alps in Davos last month, it was clear that most of the town was pessimistic because of the outlook on trade and the global economy.But what should concern investors more is the breaking up of the global web through the arrival of what’s known as the “splinternet”.It’s increasingly likely that China, Russia, and their allies will adopt one type of internet, reinforcing the power of political regimes, and removing data privacy for citizens under the guise of security and efficiency.And meanwhile, the rest of the world is adopting a different set of common standards and principles, reflecting western values on democracy, freedom of speech, and privacy.But they will need partners if Chinese giant Huawei is shut out of 5G development in the west, or if extreme scenarios occur, where governments order the replacement of previous 3G and 4G Huawei equipment due to security fears.Remember, many ordered Huawei equipment not just because it was good technology, but because it was cheaper than the other producers.
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