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Yesterday   The beauty of a cloud gaming service is two-fold: 1) you can theoretically play any game, anywhere you’ve got a good enough internet connection to stream it over the net, and 2) even if you’re playing it on a wimpy smartphone, you can harness the power of a beefy server located in a data center.

2 Days Ago   How do you convince gamers that they’re getting their money’s worth from a $500+ graphics card? Nvidia’s latest technique is pretty smart — it’s taking real-time ray tracing, an eye-popping if barely adopted feature previously exclusive to its pricey new RTX-series graphics cards, and bringing it to a whole bunch of older Nvidia GTX-series GPUs that can’t ray trace to save their lives.

2 Days Ago   For a moment, it seemed like Warner Bros. boss Kevin Tsujihara might have been in the clear — despite allegations that he’d had an extramarital affair with one of the studio’s actresses, his new corporate overlords at AT&T saw fit to promote him to head up all of the children’s programming at the newly minted WarnerMedia.

5 Days Ago   When news broke of the mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand that left at least 49 dead Thursday evening, I started watching Twitter. Two surprising themes stood out: people urging their social media followers to protect themselves from accidentally watching an extremely graphic 17-minute video of the attack — and separately, New Zealand and Australian locals condemning local channel Sky News Australia from intentionally sharing parts of that same footage with their viewers.

5 Days Ago   Netflix has finally decided that its original horror movie Bird Box doesn’t need to contain footage of the real-life train disaster that killed 47 people in Lac-Mégantic, Canada in 2013.

6 Days Ago   Turtle Beach is known for gaming headsets, but it’ll soon be adding an entirely new roster of PC gaming peripherals to its catalog: it’s purchasing Roccat, a fine purveyor of mice, keyboards, mouse pads, and headsets, for $19.2 million in cash, stock, and earn-out payments, according to the press release.

13 Days Ago   We all know the story of the prototype iPhone 4 that was left at a bar, spoiling what could have been one of the biggest surprises in Apple history.

14 Days Ago   If you’ve been wondering when it’ll be safe to play Anthem on your PlayStation 4 — you know, given the reports of some PS4s spontaneously powering down in the middle of a game — developer BioWare now has an answer.

15 Days Ago   Who is criminally liable when a self-driving car fatally strikes a pedestrian? Not the company that built and tested the car — at least not when it comes to Uber’s fatal crash in Tempe, Arizona last March, which killed 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg.

15 Days Ago   I think the hilarity in this image may speak for itself: But I will translate anyhow. If you happen to be the kind of person who’s willing to spend $1,295 on one of the least inspiring gadgets we’ve ever reviewed, an utter mess of a phone — and yet also the kind of person who hasn’t already bought one and was miraculously waiting until just now — now is your golden opportunity, your limited-time-only chance to get a free copy of a disappointingly average superhero film that came out last year.

16 Days Ago   I can’t remember the last time I heard of a video game bug so bad that people’s consoles just quit in disgust — but some PlayStation 4 owners are reporting that BioWare’s shared-world shooter Anthem is completely crashing their consoles.

20 Days Ago   You might want to watch Tesla’s website in just under an hour, because Elon Musk is teasing — well, Tesla’s teasing something. To focus your attention, the company has suspended sales of the Model 3, Model S and Model X, as noted by CNBC, with all the buy buttons redirecting to this page.

22 Days Ago   When massively popular workplace messaging app Slack first revealed that it would be trading in its wonderfully unique hashtag logo for a squirting pinwheel, I found a silver lining anyhow.

22 Days Ago   Last year, Impossible Aerospace built a drone that’s literally filled with batteries, so it can fly for up to two hours on a charge. Now, the company says a 90-minute version of its US-1 quadcopter has proven its worth to a SWAT team in Campbell, California.

26 Days Ago   Yesterday, responsible tech journalists across the web did an important job: they warned readers that it might be a little bit premature to spend $1,980 on a completely unproven, entirely new category of phone-computer.

28 Days Ago   Two years ago, Samsung’s virtual reality ambitions were big enough to produce a bizarre, award-winning commercial featuring an ostrich who learns to fly, thanks to a Gear VR headset and the music of Elton John.

29 Days Ago   I think I’ve come to a realization — most of my current favorite TV shows are only still favorites because I’m waiting for them to come to what seems like an inevitably gruesome end.

30 Days Ago   Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei basically just said his company is too big and too important to fail. In his first public interview since his daughter — Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou — was arrested in December, he tells the BBC that the US government’s accusations and criminal indictments, including fraud and the theft of trade secrets, won’t be enough to “crush” Huawei.

31 Days Ago   Tech reporters never fully trust a rumor, but some rumors have more credibility than others — and few have a track record for pegging Apple releases like analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who first revealed the screen sizes and features of last year’s iPhones, among other things.

31 Days Ago   Today, I learned The Verge has never written a single post that so much as mentions Animorphs. This is a travesty that will now end. Because today is also the day I am sharing this delightful video from YouTube’s retro computing and gaming enthusiast LGR (via Kotaku), which vividly shows how an exceptionally specialized piece of early ‘90s editing software — Elastic Reality — was used to morph kids into animals, creating the eye-popping cover art for those kid thrillers back in the day.

31 Days Ago   He tried to sell a $700 smart lock. His startup went belly-up, leaving employees and contractors in the cold. But now, he’s working for Apple — and leading a new smart home initiative to boot, according to a CNBC report.

31 Days Ago   Slowly but surely, spinning discs are dying out, and Samsung just put another nail in their coffin. The company told Forbes that it’s done producing new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players — and CNET was able to confirm that Samsung is halting production on at least some of its 1080p Blu-ray players as well.

31 Days Ago   The first wave of folding phone announcements is nigh, with Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi and others expected to show devices this month. But the one company I’d expect to join them — LG — says it’ll be sitting this one out.

32 Days Ago   Last August, Motorola announced what might still wind up being the world’s first true 5G phone — the Verizon-exclusive Moto Z3 with an optional 5G Moto Mod.

32 Days Ago   Should local communities have the right to know before a big tech company moves in? Should they be able to protest before city planners offer those companies millions or even billions of dollars in incentives?

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