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'H1Z1' developer Daybreak lays off staff amid restructuring efforts

Unfortunately, Telltale's effective closure wasn't the end of tough times for the game industry. H1Z1 and EverQuest developer Daybreak Game Company has confirmed that it's laying off staff as it's "optimizing [its] structure" for the future. The comp… Source: Engadget | 'H1Z1' developer Daybreak lays off staff amid restructuring efforts

'Anthem' demo will be open to everyone on February 1st

No, you won't have to plunk down some cash to play the Anthem demo before the game's February 22nd debut. BioWare and EA have announced that the sneak peek on February 1st through February 3rd is an open demo that will be accessible to anyone on PC,… Source: Engadget | 'Anthem' demo will be open …

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China forms video game ethics committee as part of crackdown

China's freeze on game approvals is winding down, although gamers and developers might not like what the thaw entails. The country has revealed the existence of an Online Game Ethics Committee that will screen games to ensure they're "healthy and be… Source: Engadget | China forms video game ethics committee as part of crackdown

Steam gives successful developers a larger cut of game revenue

Valve wants to make Steam more alluring for large developers, and it's willing to give up a slice of the pie to make that happen. The company has revised Steam's Distribution Agreement to give its most successful publishers a larger cut of their reve… Source: Engadget | Steam gives successful developers a larger cut of …

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Microsoft’s Black Friday deals include discounts on Surface devices

Microsoft already announced its Xbox Black Friday deals — which include $100 off an Xbox One X — and now it's previewing the discounts you can expect on its Surface line. You'll be able to save $300 on the Surface Laptop 2 in black and up to $50 on… Source: Engadget | Microsoft’s Black Friday …

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Apple says T2 chip can limit third-party repairs for recent Macs

Yes, the reports were true — Apple's T2 chip can potentially restrict third-party Mac repairs. The company confirmed to The Verge that the co-processor can limit third-party repairs for certain components on recent systems, likely including the iMac… Source: Engadget | Apple says T2 chip can limit third-party repairs for recent Macs

ASUS ZenBook S review: Just a decent laptop

ASUS has cranked out so many laptop variations over the years that it's a little hard to be surprised by a new traditional clamshell notebook. But the ZenBook S represents an intriguing combination of portability, power and design. It's extremely… Source: Engadget | ASUS ZenBook S review: Just a decent laptop

Apple announces repair programs for iPhone X, MacBook Pro problems

As it tends to do, Apple has chosen a Friday evening to announce programs that will replace flawed components on a couple of its devices. First up is a display module replacement program for the iPhone X. Some owners have been reporting touch issues… Source: Engadget | Apple announces repair programs for iPhone X, MacBook …

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Mac mini teardown uncovers all of the tiny desktop's updates

The long-overdue Mac mini update looks similar on the outside, but how much has it changed on the inside? Quite a bit — though you'll be glad to hear some things have stayed the same. iFixit has torn down the diminutive desktop, and it's evident t… Source: Engadget | Mac mini teardown uncovers all of …

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Apple MacBook Air review (2018): A good buy and a tough call

I'm going to let you in on a secret: In the lead-up to Apple's big Mac-and-iPad event last month, Team Engadget had a pre-written story ready to go in the event that Apple finally killed off the Air line. Needless to say, that article never saw the l… Source: Engadget | Apple MacBook Air review …

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Xiaomi's UK launch is an important step in going global

In some parts of the world, Xiaomi is a household name. And in others, it's almost unknown, discussed only in whispers amongst tech journalists and enthusiasts. The Chinese company launched its first smartphone seven years ago, and since then it's gr… Source: Engadget | Xiaomi's UK launch is an important step in going global

iPad Pro 12.9 review (2018): The future of computing?

The iPad Pro line has been around for three years now, and Apple has been adamant that it embodies the company's vision for the "future of computing." That's as big a claim now as it was when Tim Cook first made it, but with the release of the ne… Source: Engadget | iPad Pro 12.9 …

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'Destiny 2' for PC is free until November 18th

Bungie and Activision aren't going to stop at handing out free copies of Destiny 2 to console gamers. Right in time for the launch of BlizzCon, they're making the base PC version of the shared-world shooter available for free from now through Novemb… Source: Engadget | 'Destiny 2' for PC is free until November 18th

Experimental AI lie detector will help screen EU travelers

In the future, you might talk to an AI to cross borders in the European Union. The EU and Hungary's National Police will run a six-month pilot project, iBorderCtrl, that will help screen travelers in Hungary, Greece and Latvia. The system will have… Source: Engadget | Experimental AI lie detector will help screen EU travelers

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