LG's smart home app adds voice control through Google Assistant

Many smart appliance makers’ apps still require that you tap buttons to control your home, but not LG’s. It’s introducing Google Assistant-powered voice control to its ThinQ app (previously SmartThinQ) to steer all its connected appliances, whether…

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Netflix test brings human-curated 'Collections' to streaming

Netflix leans on algorithms for virtually all of its show suggestions, but it’s trying something radical: curation from real, honest-to-goodness humans. The service is testing expert-crafted Collections that, much like music playlists, offer selecti…

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OnePlus TV will run ‘optimized’ Android TV software

Following the news that OnePlus will release its first TV this September in India, company CEO Pete Lau has shared additional information about the platform in an interview with Gadgets 360. Most notably, thanks to a partnership with Amazon, he said…

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China's latest retaliatory tariffs could pose trouble for Tesla

The escalating trade war between the US and China could have particularly steep consequences for car brands. China’s Finance Ministry has announced countering tariffs across a range of products, including plans to resume a suspended 25 percent extra…

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Yakuza's many remasters are about to pay off big time

Ryu Ga Gotoku (RGG) Studio is in a fantastic position. The Sega-owned developer has just released Judgment, a well-received detective game starring Japanese actor and singer Takuya Kimura as the lead. Now, the team is turning its attention back to Ya…

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'World's first' solar-powered rail line opens in the UK

Some trains in the UK are now running on a rail line powered entirely by a solar farm in what’s said to be a world first. Around 100 panels are keeping the signaling and lights up and running on the track near Aldershot in Hampshire, and the project…

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Bugged cell location data prompts Denmark to review 10,000 court cases

Authorities in Denmark are reviewing more than 10,000 court cases to see if flawed cellphone location data may have led to wrongful convictions, according to The New York Times. The review stems from two recently discovered bugs. The first caused the…

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'El Hijo' is a Spaghetti Western stealth game with heart

The art at the top of El Hijo’s website says it all. A young boy in a red poncho stands at the edge of a cliff, overlooking a sun-bleached desert valley with a stuffed bear dangling from his fingertips. His shadow unfurls across the rock behind him,…

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Sphero acquires LittleBits and eyes international growth

The popular STEAM education company Sphero announced today that it has acquired LittleBits. You may remember LittleBits as the company behind toys that teach kids about electronics, and Sphero has made a name for itself creating educational coding ro…

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Sega is becoming its weird and wonderful self again

Sega is in an unexpectedly good place right now. The company was never on top of the industry; it’s been beaten by Nintendo, by Sony, by the decline of the arcade. It spent years nursing the wounds from its fall from grace in the ’90s, and through th…

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Riot Games settles class action lawsuit over sexist culture

In May, more than 150 Riot Games employees walked out of their offices in Los Angeles. The protest was held to draw attention to what the workers alleged to be a sexist corporate culture, as well as to condemn the forced arbitration of employees who…

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Americans are waiting three years to replace their phones, study finds

A new study released by Strategy Analytics reflects the current state of the smartphone industry. Apparently, consumers in the US — Baby Boomers, in particular — are increasingly delaying their smartphone purchase for three or more years. In additi…

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'Dark Crystal: Tactics' and the evolution of Netflix's video game strategy

Stranger Things was Netflix’s first experiment with making video games. Developed by Texas studio BonusXP, the Stranger Things mobile game came out in October 2017, and it was a basic, accessible experience for anyone even vaguely familiar with the f…

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Google's internal community guidelines discourage political discussions

Today, Google released a new set of community guidelines that bans political discussions inside the company and reminds Googlers that they are responsible for their words and will be held accountable for them. The policy change appears to be an attem…

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‘Streets of Rage 4’ is shaping up to be a worthy sequel

Streets of Rage 4’s announcement landed with a bit of a thud. The original trilogy of Genesis games is beloved, and for many remains the benchmark for the genre. It’s now been 15 years since Streets of Rage 3, and a teaser trailer for a new game show…

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'Beyond’ delivers the ‘No Man’s Sky’ experience I was waiting for

If there was ever a game that rode its hype train off a cliff, it’s No Man’s Sky, which burned bright right up until the moment people got to play it. From a jaw-dropping announcement at E3 2014, it was clear that the infinite, procedurally generated…

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iDevices' Alexa-powered smart light switch finally goes on sale

One of the problems with smart homes is the variety of different devices and software you need to automate different parts of your house. iDevice is aiming to simplify the smart home experience with the Instinct, a smart light switch with Alexa built…

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'Windjammers 2' is a stylish update to a Neo Geo classic

Windjammers is basically Pong on steroids. The original, released for the Neo Geo arcade system in 1994, had two players throwing a frisbee — sorry, “ultimate flying disc” — across a net. If you managed to hit the opponent’s end zone, you got some…

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