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I want to believe in EA’s character-focused future, but I’m not sure I can

If there was a theme uniting everything shown at Electronic Arts’ E3 event, it was drama. From Madden NFL 18, the yearly iteration of EA’s football franchise, bearing the character-focused subtitle “ Longshot ,” to the Fast and Furious-like Need for Speed: Payback , every game EA showed focused on characters front and center. The angle is refreshing, to be sure. Since story is so often shortchanged in games and characters are often thin and...
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Oh, the inhumanity! Rich Robinson of Magpie Salute on the tragedy of autotune

“It’s important to show and elicit true and authentic feelings with your music.” J ust because you’re no longer in a group that made many songs you wrote and performed famous is no reason to not continue performing them on your own. Rich Robinson, founding guitarist of the legendary, now-in-limbo jam band The Black Crowes, recognized this not long after he embarked on a solo career in earnest — and then he decided to take it one step furthe...
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‘The End is Nigh’ is the new platformer from the co-creator of ‘Super Meat Boy’

Why it matters to you Super Meat Boy and The Binding of Isaac are generally considered two of the best indie games of recent years, and The End is Nigh looks set to continue Edmund McMillen's strong track record. Edmund McMillen, best known for the games Super Meat Boy and The Binding of Isaac, has announced a new project that he’s working on in collaboration with Tyler Glaiel, best known for Bombernauts and Closure. The duo’s new title is ...
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North Face Homestead Collection offers camping gear for millennials

Why it matters to you Are traditional tents too drab for your liking? The Homestead Collection is designed to appeal to younger campers who are getting started in the outdoors. Over the past few years, the outdoor industry has come to realize that its lightweight, pricey, and often overly technical gear does not necessarily appeal to a younger crowd. Traditionally, hikers and campers have looked for the best gear possible to keep them warm ...
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These robotic shorts will improve your running performance

Why it matters to you The design could lead to improved methods for treating people with leg injuries and help to speed up recovery. If you’ve tried everything to improve your running time but just can’t seem to beat your personal best no matter how much you try, then slipping into a pair of these robotic shorts might be the answer. OK, it may seem a little underhanded to use an exosuit system to score a better time, but it would still be p...
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Optoma NuForce BE6i review

All too often, the convenience of Bluetooth-powered headphones usually means trading sound quality for comfort and convenience – to be honest, it’s a trade most of us are willing to make. With Optoma’s NuForce BE6i wireless earbuds, though, music sounds surprisingly good. Despite a few minor design flaws, the BE6i easily outstrip most other options, and at less than $100, these bargain ‘buds are a no-brainer. Out of the box The BE6i arrive ...
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Google faces a potentially massive fine for breaking antitrust rules in the EU

Why it matters to you Along with the financial penalty, this ruling against Google could force changes in the way the company presents search results to users. For over a year, Google has been the subject of an investigation by the European Commission relating to accusations of anti-competitive practices. Now, there’s word that the company is about to be hit with a likely hefty fine as the Commission prepares to share its findings and admin...
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Adobe’s Document Cloud for mobile can now turn your PDFs into editable text

Why it matters to you If you're someone who handles a lot of papers and documents, Adobe Document Cloud can now make your workflow a little more streamlined. Adobe is making some major changes to Adobe Document Cloud, its suite of tools aimed at increasing productivity levels on mobile devices, and the update should offer some pretty helpful new features. Perhaps the biggest change to Adobe Document Cloud is the addition of Adobe Scan, whic...
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T-Mobile’s ‘Thankiversary’ promotion includes free gas for a year, other prizes

T-Mobile’s been on a roll lately. Hot off the carrier’s launch of Digits — the benefit that lets subscribers forward calls and texts to another phone, a smartwatch, or PC — the self-coined “Un-carrier” is back with another promotion. As part of T-Mobile’s “Thankiversary” event celebrating the one-year anniversary of the launch of T-Mobile Tuesdays — a weekly promotion that gifts customers free movie tickets, ridesharing credits, takeout piz...
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That laptop ban could be about to get a whole lot worse for plane passengers

Why it matters to you If you fly into or out of the U.S. and usually use a laptop during your journey, any extension of the ban is going to affect you. The U.S.-imposed ban preventing plane passengers on certain U.S.-bound flights from taking electronic devices larger than a mobile phone into the cabin could be about to get a whole lot more troublesome for travelers. In an interview on Sunday, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly confirme...
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