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Microsoft slips four more features into the Fall Creators Update with Build 16251

Microsoft slips four more features into the Fall Creators Update with Build 16251

Microsoft isn’t quite finished developing Windows 10’s Fall Creators Update after all: Four new features were added as part of Windows 10 Insider Build 16251, including new Cortana capabilities and more communication between Windows and your phone.

If there’s a theme to the new build, it’s following up on promises that Microsoft made earlier. At its Build developer conference, Microsoft promised that phones and Windows would begin to communicate with one another, so tasks begun on the phone could be completed on the desktop. Voice commands to shut down and reboot your PC have also been enabled via Cortana—who now has greater freedom to provide answers without launching a browser. Finally, if you do need to reboot your PC, you can program your PC to skip the authentication process. read more

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It’s Official: Walmart Has Cancelled All SNES Classic Edition Preorders

It’s Official: Walmart Has Cancelled All SNES Classic Edition Preorders

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The SNES Classic Edition debacle continues.

Some things are just too good to be true. Apparently, one of those things is a Walmart pre-order for the upcoming SNES Classic Edition.

Last week, Nintendo’s highly anticipated follow-up to the NES mini went up for sale on Walmart’s website. In a development that shocked literally nobody, available units sold out in a matter of minutes, leaving many gamers frustrated and empty-handed. Some lucky individuals, however, did manage to snag a reservation for the in-demand plug-and-play machine and, until earlier today, were sitting happy in their secured retro glory. But much to the dismay of customers, cancellation emails started going out to anyone with a proper pre-order, and just like that, the 16-bit dream died. Actually, that may be a little dramatic, but the whole debacle is rather ridiculous and is undoubtedly rubbing people the wrong way. read more

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Facebook Reports Strong Second Quarter; Sales Growth Beats Estimates

Facebook Reports Strong Second Quarter; Sales Growth Beats Estimates

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Facebook reported a strong second quarter earnings on Wednesday, with revenue and earnings that beat analysts’ estimates.

reported a solid quarter on Wednesday, with sales growth that beat analysts’ estimates, thanks to growing demand for the social network’s mobile ads and the company’s ability to attract new users across its suite of apps.

Revenue in the second quarter, ending June 30, rose 45% to $9.32 billion, from $6.43 billion in the same period a year earlier, topping the $9.2 billion and 43% year-over-year growth expected on average among analysts polled by Yahoo Finance. The gains represent Facebook’s ninth straight quarterly revenue beat, buoyed by mobile video ads sales, including those on Instagram. Mobile ad revenue represented about 87% of total ad sales in the latest quarter, up from the prior quarter (85%) and up from 84% in the same period a year earlier. Facebook’s global ad revenue is expected to total $36.29 billion this year, up 35% from 2016, according to forecasting firm eMarketer, making Facebook the largest ad seller after Google. read more

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Google’s Pixel 2 could be the next major smartphone to ditch the headphone jack

Google’s Pixel 2 could be the next major smartphone to ditch the headphone jack

Google’s upcoming Pixel 2 smartphones might not come with a headphone jack if the latest unofficial render of the device is accurate.

Indeed, it just so happens that the latest render, made by tech site MySmartPrice.com, was a collaboration with one of the most prolific and accurate gadget leakers, Steve Hemmerstoffer, who’s better known on Twitter as @onleaks. That’s a powerful backup behind the rumor that the Pixel 2 smartphones won’t come with a headphone jack. 

You can check out the render below: read more

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Overwatch League Players Will Get Health Insurance, At Least $50KA Year

Overwatch League Players Will Get Health Insurance, At Least $50KA Year

In an interesting turn of events, Blizzard has laid down hard line rules for how Overwatch League teams are expected to treat their players.

In a new blog post, Blizzard outlined the stipulations, which franchise heads like New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and New York Mets COO Jeff Wilpon will have to follow.

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The short version? They’ll be required to give players one year contracts, salaries of at least $50,000, health insurance, retirement savings plans, housing during the season, and at least 50 percent of “performance bonuses,” which Blizzard defines as “money from winning playoffs and other League events.” During season one, those winnings will amount to a total of $3.5 million, with a minimum of $1 million awarded to the champion team. Blizzard’s post does not, however, mention revenue from merchandise or anything of that nature. read more

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New Windows 10 Fall Creators Update test build adds Cortana voice commands, phone-PC linking

New Windows 10 Fall Creators Update test build adds Cortana voice commands, phone-PC linking

Microsoft is continuing to add new features to Windows 10 Fall Creators Update via its Fast Ring Insider builds.

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In Windows 10 test Build 16251 for PCs, which Microsoft rolled out to Fast Ring Insiders on July 26, Microsoft is enabling users to use Cortana voice commands to lock, sign out, show down or turn off their PCs. Users can say things like “Hey Cortana, restart PC” or “Hey Cortana, lock PC.”

These commands can be invoked above the Lock screen if users choose to do so. For now, this feature is available only in English. read more

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Here’s When Moltres And Zapdos Are Coming To ‘Pokémon GO’ (And When Articuno Leaves)

Here’s When Moltres And Zapdos Are Coming To ‘Pokémon GO’ (And When Articuno Leaves)
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Pokemon GO.

Last weekend we finally got to catch Legendary Pokémon in Pokémon GO. No, it didn’t happen it quite the way the developer had planned, coming as they did on the heels of the technical disaster that was Pokémon GO Fest, where trainers from around the world found themselves totally unable to play the game some had travelled thousands of miles for. But Lugia and Articuno arrived just the same, and players around the world got to catching them. Zapdos and Moltres, mascots from Team Instinct and Team Valor, respectively, will be arriving shortly thereafter. read more

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Motorola’s July 25th Event: Say hello to the Moto Z2 Force! New Moto Mod as well!

Motorola’s July 25th Event: Say hello to the Moto Z2 Force! New Moto Mod as well!

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Today is the (ongoing) launch event for the Moto Z2 Force.
The Z2 was accompanied by the unveiling of two more Moto Mods, as well: the 360
Camera Mod which launched today, and the Moto Gamepad, which is said to launch later
this summer. Motorola’s also throwing a full-blown launch party for the Z2
Force later today, but in the mean time we figured we’d break you off with a little
preview of the two products launched today. read more

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Flash loses final appeal: Adobe sentences its web tech to death

Flash loses final appeal: Adobe sentences its web tech to death

Armor Games’ Crush the Castle is one of thousands of games written for Adobe’s Flash Player, which is being squeezed off the web.

Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET

The Flash Player has been there for you all along, inside your browser, making it possible for you to play online games, stream radio station music and watch YouTube videos. But after a two-decade run, Adobe is killing it off.

Countless nails have been hammered in Flash’s coffin in recent years, most notably by Apple’s Steve Jobs and also by Adobe itself. Now, though, there’s a date for the funeral: Dec. 31, 2020.

Flash has been a website workhorse — online gaming site Kongregate has more than 100,000 Flash games — but don’t fret over the demise of the pioneering software. It’s more appropriate to rejoice, since the software today is a security risk and major source of browser crashes. read more

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Microsoft will save Microsoft Paint, making it a downloadable app

Microsoft will save Microsoft Paint, making it a downloadable app

Stand down, everyone: Microsoft Paint isn’t going away after all.

Microsoft signaled an about-face in a blog post Monday night by Megan Saunders, a general manager within the Windows Experiences group. Instead of deprecating Paint in Windows 10 (which seemed to many to be the first step toward oblivion), Saunders said Microsoft would release MS Paint in the Windows Store as a free app. “MS Paint is here to stay, it will just have a new home soon, in the Windows Store where it will be available for free,” Saunders wrote. read more

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