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'Ghost Recon Wildlands' adds a hardcore permadeath mode

Ubisoft isn't just relying on cameos from aliens and iconic game characters to inject extra life into Ghost Recon Wildlands. When the Special Operation 2 pack arrives on July 24th, it'll include a Ghost Mode that adds some high-stakes realism. For… Source: Engadget | 'Ghost Recon Wildlands' adds a hardcore permadeath mode

VR standard promises an end to headset connector headaches

If you've used a wired VR headset, you probably know the connector situation is inconsistent and messy: you frequently have to plug multiple cables into your PC, which is space consuming at best and potentially impractical if you have a laptop. That… Source: Engadget | VR standard promises an end to headset connector headaches

Popular 'PUBG' streamer faces ban for playing with cheater

There's no question that PUBG's creators want to crack down on cheating, but some players have wondered: is it really willing to go after superstar players if they play dirty? Apparently, the answer is yes. PUBG Corp has issued a one-month ban to Shr… Source: Engadget | Popular 'PUBG' streamer faces ban for playing with …

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Former Google AI chief will lead Apple’s new machine learning team

Back in April, Google's former AI and search chief John Giannandrea left the company to join Apple for an undisclosed role. Today, the latter company announced he will head a new team combining the Core ML and Siri groups. Source: Engadget | Former Google AI chief will lead Apple’s new machine learning team

HQ Trivia is rewarding regular players with extra lives

Anyone who's played the frustratingly-addictive HQ Trivia is familiar with the crushing disappointment that follows a wrong answer, especially when you were only a question or two away from the jackpot. So in a bid to stop players rage quitting the a… Source: Engadget | HQ Trivia is rewarding regular players with extra lives

Nintendo Switch gets SNK's arcade games this November

SNK is celebrating its 40th birthday with a triumphant return to the golden age of arcade games — with a modern twist. On November 13, the creator is launching a bevy of retro games for Nintendo Switch, including Alpha Mission, Ikari Warriors, Athen… Source: Engadget | Nintendo Switch gets SNK's arcade games this November

Microsoft's low-cost Surface may use a modest Pentium chip

It's no secret that Microsoft is working on a lower-priced Surface between leaks and FCC filings, but just what's going to power this 10-inch tablet? There might be a clue. WinFuture sources have claimed that the low-cost Surface will use Pentium S… Source: Engadget | Microsoft's low-cost Surface may use a modest Pentium chip

Now Google Duo can stay signed in on more than one phone

The latest build of Google Duo revealed multi-device support was on the cards, and while the feature hasn't been officially announced, it is rolling out to users now, according to 9to5Google. The function means you can simultaneously sign into the Du… Source: Engadget | Now Google Duo can stay signed in on more than one …

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DeepMind AI’s new trick is playing ‘Quake III Arena’ like a human

Research in AI continues to make video games better. The technology informs NPCs that can move and fight more convincingly, orcs with personalities and ever-more realistic visuals. Now researchers at DeepMind have taught an AI to play a customized ve… Source: Engadget | DeepMind AI’s new trick is playing ‘Quake III Arena’ like a human

'Semblance' makes history on the Nintendo Switch on July 24th

Semblance, the squashy platformer from independent studio Nyamakop, will hit the Nintendo Switch, PC and Mac on July 24th, 2018 — a date that will go down in video game history. Semblance is the first South African-developed game to ever make its wa… Source: Engadget | 'Semblance' makes history on the Nintendo Switch on July …

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'Overwatch' update rewards you for commending fellow players

Blizzard is continuing its quest to create a positive Overwatch community and fight toxicity. After a round of testing, the developer has released an update to its class-based shooter that introduces an Endorsements system. Think of it as a rough par… Source: Engadget | 'Overwatch' update rewards you for commending fellow players

Microsoft improves facial recognition across skin tones, gender

Facial recognition is everywhere. The technology is used in China to make kids pay attention and in California to order burgers. You can of course use your face to unlock your iPhone, but the tech also has the potential to screen passengers at US air… Source: Engadget | Microsoft improves facial recognition across skin tones, …

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GarageBand lessons are now free for aspiring musicians

GarageBand has long been a useful tool to record music, podcasts and more. Even better, the app is free to download and use on your Mac or iOS devices, making it easy to try. Recent updates have brought enhancements like a portal for free sound packs… Source: Engadget | GarageBand lessons are now free for …

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YouTube creators can hype pre-recorded videos with 'Premieres'

While YouTube users have been able to schedule pre-recorded videos for years, up until now there hasn't been a seamless way to build anticipation for those videos. But, there's a new feature being launched at VidCon 2018, called YouTube Premieres, th… Source: Engadget | YouTube creators can hype pre-recorded videos with 'Premieres'

Microsoft and friends need to explain why always-connected PCs make sense

It's been over a year since Microsoft, Qualcomm and Intel unveiled the Always Connected PC (ACPC) ecosystem at WinHEC 2016. At Computex 2017, we learned about Qualcomm's undertaking to power PCs with its mobile processors and Intel pledged to support… Source: Engadget | Microsoft and friends need to explain why always-connected PCs make sense