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The gaming industry suffered a schism earlier this year as multiple PC storefronts triggered the Store Wars, an escalating battle for exclusive games. Gamers were divided over the benefits of this, and the debate over it continues as more games come out as “exclusive” to a store. TNW got the chance to speak to Raph Koster, a legend in the industry, about the state of gaming. Koster’s previous credits include Ultima Online and Star Wars Galaxies. Koster recently revealed he’s working on a new MMO that’ll capitalize on modern technology to create more immersive worlds. “We haven’t seen the fruition of true alternate worlds… This story continues at The Next Web

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Capcom might be looking to revive some of the older franchises it hasn’t touched in a while. Gamers are happy to give them ideas because they’re nothing if not wildly nostagic — even if some of these franchises have gone decades without signs of life. The company’s annual report describes Capcom’s success with recent franchise entries like Devil May Cry 5, Resident Evil 2 Remake, and Monster Hunter World. One of its strategies for maintaining this prosperity is to “awaken dormant intellectual properties,” which kind of makes them sound like eldritch gods. Gamers wasted no time giving them ideas. I don’t think I’ve seen this… This story continues at The Next Web

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Few things are more annoying than coming across an unexpected delay in traffic. Thankfully modern mapping services are generally pretty good at warning you about hindrances on the road, but someone has to report those incidents first. Now Google is making it easier to do so. The update most affects iOS users, as some traffic-reporting features were already available on Android. The iPhone crowd will now be able to report crashes, speed traps, and traffic slowdowns right from the maps navigation screen. Simply tap  ‘+’ and select the appropriate incident from a few icons. New to both platforms, Google is… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google Maps,Google

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Apple may have announced three new iPhones last month, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the company is done for the year. A report from China Economic Daily suggests Apple plans to announce a ‘Pro’ version of its ubiquitous AirPods soon. Like, before the end of October soon. The most notable rumored update to the AirPods Pro is the inclusion of noise canceling. That would be a big boon to everyone who appreciates the reliability of Apple’s buds, but wants something that can actually block out sound too. This seems further corroborated by the design leaks we’ve seen so far, which… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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The dated tech in the United State’s nuclear computer system is getting an upgrade as the military sunsets those gigantic old-school floppy disks. It’ll be replaced with a digital solution of some kind. 60 Minutes exposed the monstrous floppy disks in 2014 when it ran a special on the nuclear mechanism — host Leslie Stahl called them “the really old kind. They were mentioned again in a report from the Government Accountability Office, which said the disks were “a legacy system that coordinates the operational functions of the nation’s nuclear forces.” Last Week Tonight reported on it in 2014 as well, whereupon host… This story continues at The Next Web

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Fitness wearables aren’t that exciting to cover. It’s a crowded niche, with few factors of differentiation between the dozens of competing devices. Fortunately, the Honor Band 5 Sport edition is an exception, and has a focus that stretches far beyond step counting. By and large, fitness wearables are focused on those with an interest in exercise. If you’ll forgive the pun, the Honor Band 5 Sport takes that a step further. It emphasizes the quality of exercise, while including metrics that help users avoid sports injuries. While the Honor Band 5 Sport comes with a wristband (which, incidentally, is made… This story continues at The Next Web

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I was giddy to get my review unit of Google’s brand new Pixel 4. I ripped the plastic seal around the box like a wild animal that hasn’t been fed for weeks, turned the handset on, and rushed through the setup menus so I can get to the camera app. And then it struck me like a dagger in the back: there’s no pro photography mode. I’ve been truly impressed with the Pixel series’ cameras for years, but never quite got my hands on one. So naturally, my expectations were high. I couldn’t wait to put the Pixel 4 to the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google

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Of all the true wireless earbuds I’ve tried, the Master & Dynamic MW07 have been my favorite. Yeah, AirPods feel sophisticated, the Jabra Elite Active 65t are slick and durable, while the Sennheiser Momentum sound fantastic — but it was the MW07 that really captured my heart. They’re well designed, work flawlessly, and — importantly — sound tight as fuck. Well, today is a good day, because Master & Dynamic has updated the MW07 true wireless with two new models: the MW07 GO and the MW07 PLUS. Great names? Not really, but should you be excited? Definitely. MW07 PLUS These… This story continues at The Next Web

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Researchers have discovered several malicious WordPress plugins that are being used to surreptitiously mine cryptocurrency by running Linux binary code. According to the researchers at website security company Sucuri, the plugins are also being used to maintain access to compromised servers. It seems their use has increased in recent months. Essentially, the components are clones of the legitimate software, which have been altered for illicit purposes, making them relatively easy for hackers to create. Attackers have been using different names for these fake plugins, including ‘initiatorseo’ or ‘updrat123,’ the researchers said. Although the plugins‘ code differs in terms of names, they do have several things… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: WordPress

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It’s kind of poetically funny to post an iPhone camera review during the week of the new Pixel launch. Google’s phones have been fierce, and often overpowering rivals to iPhones, especially in the camera department. Last month, when Apple announced its new set of iPhones, it talked about cameras and their new features a lot. So, it was time to test out whether the company’s tall claims were true. Just so you know, we’ve used the iPhone 11 for this review. Camera specs Rear camera: 12-megapixel wide sensor with f/1.8 aperture + 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor with f/2.4 aperture, 120° field of view Front… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: iPhone,Apple

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Rather than dumping hours into trying to make sure all your business emails and social media posts are just right, Design Wizard Pro offers up tons of pre-prepared templates and other design elements that can shave your creation time down to minutes.

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Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! There’s nothing better than humiliating your friends… in a heated PlayStation showdown. But if you wanna wreck your buds online (because what else is gaming good for), then you’re gonna need a PlayStation Plus subscription. Especially if you don’t want them to swing by your dirty crib for an IRL multiplayer session. Worry no more, we’ve got you covered. There’s currently some handy discounts on one-year Plus subscriptions out there. You can grab one for $39,99 — $20 bucks cheaper than from the official… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Playstation

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Researchers from cybersecurity firm ESET have uncovered a malicious version of the Tor browser – the program used to access the dark web – and it’s been stealing user‘s Bitcoin. According to ESET, the bad actors were able to steal more than $40,000 worth of Bitcoin. But how? The scammers have been using a trojanized version of an official Tor browser package. The bad browser redirects users to two websites which claim the user’s version of Tor is out of date. Researchers say this happens even if the browser is the most up-to-date version. When a user clicks on the… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin

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A gender-based wage gap is persistently setting women and people of color back in the technology industry. While diversity and inclusion have made revolutionary strides for white women, the picture is still dismal for women of color — for every dollar a man makes, a black woman makes 61 cents, while a white woman makes 81 cents.  Pay transparency has been lauded for its potential to solve the pay gap, and in the past few years we’ve seen a handful of corporate companies releasing their salary data — such as Buffer, the social media scheduling tool, and the BBC. Joining… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Intel

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Our robot colleague Satoshi Nakaboto writes about Bitcoin every fucking day. Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours. As Schopenhauer used to say: Yolo! Bitcoin Price We closed the day, October 17 2019, at a price of $8,103. That’s a minor 0.69 percent increase in 24 hours, or $56. It was the highest closing price in one day. We’re still 59 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017). Bitcoin market cap Bitcoin’s market cap ended the day at $145,853,994,298. It… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Bitcoin,Facebook

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Earlier this week I told you Facebook‘s ‘cryptocurrency‘ saga had turned into a soap opera and that it was going to be a long season, and it seems I wasn’t wrong. The technology giant is facing a new challenge after the G7 said on Thursday that such stablecoins shouldn’t be allowed to launch until international risk was assessed. Ultimately, regulators and governors are scared about Libra‘s potential impact on the world’s monetary system and financial stability — a concern echoed by the G7 working group report. There are also concerns about the digital currency being used for money laundering and financing… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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It’s brilliant news. In just over a decade, there will be two spacecraft exploring one of the most habitable worlds in the solar system – Jupiter’s moon Europa. That’s thanks to a recent announcement by NASA that the orbiter Europa Clipper has been given the go ahead, scheduled to reach the moon at the beginning of the 2030s. In April this year, the European Space Agency also approved development of the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE), which is currently slated to reach the Jupiter system in 2029. At the dawn of the space age, it was imagined that all life… This story continues at The Next Web

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We’re less than a month away from the PC release of Rockstar Games‘ blockbuster open-world cowboy adventure title, Red Dead Redemption 2 — and there’s finally a trailer to get you pumped about it. And it’s in 4K at 60 fps, no less. While the game is already a hit on PS4 and Xbox One, the Windows release is a big deal, not just because it’ll bring in a huge new wave of players, but also because this version will look better than it ever has. The PC version is getting HDR support, unlocked resolution of 4K and above, support for ultrawide aspect… This story continues at The Next Web

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Telegram has yielded to the US Securities and Exchange Commission over the sale of its Gram tokens, for now. According to a court filing submitted earlier this week, Telegram has agreed to stop selling its Gram tokens. “Telegram has agreed to stipulate that it will not make any offers, sales, or deliveries of its expected cryptocurrency, called “Grams,” in order to maintain the status quo until this Court can resolve the legal issues at the heart of the matter,” the document reads. Telegram continues to disagree with the SEC over whether its Gram token is a security. As such, it… This story continues at The Next Web

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Cyborgs are no longer science fiction. The field of brain-machine interfaces (BMI) – which use electrodes, often implanted into the brain, to translate neuronal information into commands capable of controlling external systems such as a computer or robotic arm – have actually been around for some time. Entrepreneur Elon Musk’s company, Neuralink, is aiming to test their BMI systems on a human patient by the end of 2020. In the long term, BMI devices may help monitor and treat symptoms of neurological disorders and control artificial limbs. But they could also provide a blueprint to design artificial intelligence and even… This story continues at The Next Web

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This September upwards of 7000 startup enthusiasts, founders, investors, and representatives of the world’s biggest tech companies flocked to Copenhagen for TechBBQ, the crown jewel in the Danish startup event calendar.  The event is now heralded as the biggest startup and innovation summit in the Nordic region but began with humble beginnings back in 2012. While tech events tend to flower from the ecosystems around them, in Copenhagen the opposite seems to be true. Grassroots nonprofit organizations like TechBBQ and Copenhagen For The Win (CPHFTW) played a key role in laying the seeds for the strong ecosystem which has flourished,… This story continues at The Next Web

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Motorola might finally give us want we’ve been asking for – a reincarnated Razr phone. According to a report by CNET, the company has sent an invite for an event scheduled for next month that hints towards a flip phone’s launch. The invite shows a device folding and unfolding with “An original, unlike any other” tagline. CNET adds the invite says, “You’re going to flip.” Since the beginning of the year, we’ve been hearing rumors of Motorola bringing the sexy back with a foldable Razr. We’ve even got a couple of glimpses of how the phone looks too. Unlike Google’s… This story continues at The Next Web

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Swedish company Yubico has announced that its hardware security keys can now be used to login to a local Windows OS account. The feature, which underwent extensive testing over the past six months, lets you add a second layer of authentication to your Windows accounts, by plugging a USB key into your PC. To reiterate, using the security key with your Windows PC will not fully eliminate the need for passwords. Rather, you’ll first enter your password, and then use the YubiKey to complete the login. This way, it’s next to impossible for an attacker to access your system even if… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Windows

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Google’s new Pixel 4 smartphone doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor. Instead it relies on “Face Unlock,” a proprietary facial scanning system similar to the one found in Apple’s Face ID. Early reports show a system that works well, perhaps too well, in fact, according to some security experts. To unlock a Pixel, the operator must hold it up to their face while onboard cameras and sensors go to work scanning their mug for defining characteristics — the distance between your eyes, for example. Once the device is confident it’s you, it unlocks and allows you to access the operating system.… This story continues at The Next Web

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Nintendo today released sales figures for the Switch, and it should really not come as a huge surprise to know that it’s surpassed 15 million units sold in North America alone. That means Nintendo’s hybrid console is dominating its two main competitors, the PS4 and the Xbox One. According to the NPD Group, a market research company, the Switch has been the top-selling video game console in U.S. for 10 months now. The sales figures are probably bolstered by the release of the Switch Lite, a handheld-only version of the game released earlier this year. Mat Piscatella, games industry analyst… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Nintendo

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