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Nintendo's SNES Classic preorders were a shitshow - CNET

I sure hope you weren't hoping to preorder the Super NES Classic Edition , the pint-sized $80 (£80, roughly AU$105) remake of one of Nintendo 's most beloved game consoles . Because Nintendo doesn't seem to want your money. How else would you explain what loyal Nintendo fans went through in the past 18 hours? We woke up this morning to find that Best Buy and Amazon, two of only six retailers pledged to carry the SNES Classic, had launched t...
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NASA: Wave at the moon during the solar eclipse - CNET

The LRO snapped this photo of Earth during the 2012 solar eclipse.  NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Arizona State University While you're standing outside enjoying the spectacle of the great North American solar eclipse , be sure to reach a hand out toward the moon and give an enthusiastic wave.  NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) will turns its eyes from the moon and instead aim its camera at Earth during Monday's eclipse, so the s...
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Amazon was selling Echo Dots for the low, low price of $0 - CNET

The Dot was yours, for free, for a short time on Friday. Tyler Lizenby/CNET Screenshot by Ben Fox Rubin/CNET For a short while on Friday, Amazon.com was apparently giving away Echo Dot smart speakers for free.The devices, which typically sell for $50, were offered for no money with free shipping thanks to an "Audible Promo" that wasn't advertised and only appeared at checkout.An Amazon spokesman didn't have an immediate comment when asked a...
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Best Buy's 50-Hour 'Black-Friday like' sale returns tonight - CNET

The sale starts Friday, August 18th at 11PM ET. Best Buy Black Friday is only supposed to come once a year, but that hasn't stopped retailers from creating Black Friday-like sales multiple times a year. The latest one? Best Buy's 50-Hour sale , which starts at 11 p.m. EST tonight (August 18) and runs through the weekend. Last year's 50-Hour sale was in honor of the retailer's 50th birthday. I personally think Best Buy should have gone with ...
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Reports: Facebook shut internal forum that grew sexist, racist - CNET

Mark Zuckerberg. James Martin/CNET Facebook shuttered an anonymous internal forum late last year after people using the message board posted sexist and racist comments, according to two reports on Wednesday. The social giant closed the forum, FB Anon, after a flurry of offensive posts, according to reports in The Wall Street Journal and Business Insider . The offensive posts included some that said Facebook lowered the bar for female engine...
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Apple Watch for cheap? Aetna may expand health subsidy - CNET

Well, this is a weird one. CNBC is reporting that health insurer Aetna has been having secret negotations with Apple to bring free or discounted Apple Watches to millions of covered employees.  Admittedly, that sounds pretty great. The only problem: There's nothing secret about that idea. Aetna publicly told us that it'd start subsidizing Apple Watches for employees on its health insurance plans back in September 2016 , and CNET understands...
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The 25 fastest gaming laptops ranked - CNET

Sarah Tew/CNET Gaming on a laptop is no longer the frustrating compromise it once was. Slimmer designs paired with more powerful processors and graphics cards  have brought gaming laptops closer than ever to performance previously found only in desktops. And the pace of innovation hasn't slowed down. Just in the past year, laptops can now easily support high-end virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive , and new designs ca...
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Get ready to upgrade over receiver sound quality - CNET

I review many integrated amplifiers and receivers, but it's been ages since I covered a matching preamp and power amplifier. So when I was offered the PS Audio Stellar Gain Cell DAC stereo preamp ($1,699, £1,700) and Stellar S300 power amp ($1,499, £1,500), I quickly accepted. They're available in silver or black finishes, both feel substantially built, and they're designed and assembled in PS Audio's factory in Boulder, Colorado. The compa...
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China investigates internet giants over ‘violence, rumours, porn’ - CNET

China is investigating popular social media platforms for content involving "violence, porn [and] rumours" ahead of the ruling party's 19th Communist Party Congress which will see the renewal of its leadership. Zhang Peng/LightRocket via Getty Images The internet is in trouble with China's government. Again. The Cyberspace Administration of China is investigating WeChat, Weibo and Baidu -- the Chinese equivalents of WhatsApp, Twitter and Go...
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Hey neighbors! Nearest sun-like star hosts 4 Earth-sized planets - CNET

A comparison of the rocky planets around Tau Ceti and our sun. Fabo Feng Last year we learned the nearest star beyond our sun has a planet about the size of Earth , but it's very different than our solar system and not an ideal candidate for finding alien life. So what about the closest star that would actually remind us of our own beloved sun? We now know that it probably hosts a handful of Earth-like planets, including a pair that might b...
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Which Millarworld comics should Netflix make? - CNET

Netflix is looking to repeat the success of "Daredevil", "Jessica Jones" and its other Marvel TV shows by recruiting the creator of "Wanted", "Kick-Ass" and " Kingsman " to rip more comic book adventures from page to screen. Netflix said Monday it's buying Millarworld , essentially the back catalogue of comics writer Mark Millar. The works of Millar (and the various talented artists co-creating each book) will be mined to make new movies an...
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Google engineer's anti-diversity manifesto sparks outrage - CNET

Internally shared document argues that women make up less of tech's workforce because of biology, not bias. AFP/Getty Images Google employees are reacting with outrage to a manifesto written by a senior engineer that criticizes the company's efforts to improve workforce diversity and its "left leaning" bias. The 10-page treatise, titled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber," argues that women are underrepresented in tech not as a result of bi...
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The 5 best ways to view the 2017 total solar eclipse - CNET

If you hadn't heard, there's a major eclipse happening soon. The US hasn't had a total solar eclipse visible from coast to coast (Pacific to Atlantic) since 1918 -- so we figured we'd give you some retina-safe options for viewing the eclipse on August 21, 2017. And, to be clear, safety is paramount. Repeat after me: Don't look at any phase of the eclipse with your naked eye Note that conventional sunglasses will not protect your eyes The  c...
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Apple patent app adds privacy viewing to your screen - CNET

Apple suspects there are times when you don't want the whole world seeing what's on your tablet. Josh Miller/CNET Apple is working on a screen that would allow for increased privacy on portable devices such as the iPhone and iPad, according to a patent application published Thursday. Apple's application, entitled " Displays With Adjustable Angles-of-View ," discusses using an electrically adjustable lens array that can modify backlight illu...
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What Apple's earnings tell us about the iPhone 8 - CNET

The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus may see it's future sibling sooner than many expected.  Sarah Tew/CNET Apple's next iPhone may arrive on time after all.  Maybe.  Going into Tuesday's earnings report, most expected Apple to delay the launch of its next flagship iPhone, with rumors calling for an October release date, if not later. But the normally conservative Apple surprised everyone by offering a cheery forecast for the current quarter, with reven...
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Reddit's value hits $1.8B, plans redesign to be more appealing - CNET

Despite being a playground for silliness, and a cesspool for racists and sexists, Reddit just got its biggest upvote from Silicon Valley's venture capitalists. The social network, commonly referred to as "the front page of the internet," is now valued at $1.8 billion with plans for a redesign of its website, CEO Steve Huffman told Recode .  Reddit is rising as execs say it's now worth $1.8 billion.  Reddit The new valuation comes after the ...
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An insanely great phono cartridge for well-heeled audiophiles - CNET

The Koetsu Urishi Sky Blue cartridge. Koetsu How can a phono cartridge's tiny stylus tracing an LP's microscopic grooves make great sounding music? To me it's a magic trick that never gets old with just about any decent cartridge, but with the  Koetsu Urishi Sky Blue  cartridge it happens on a wildly higher level, so musical epiphanies occur on a regular basis. Koetsu cartridges have been the choice of the audiophile cognoscenti since the 1...
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PlayerUnknown: A chat with the man behind 2017's viral PC game - CNET

PlayerUnknown, as it turns out, is a pretty humble guy. Not the sort of person you'd expect to have their name up in flashing lights. The mystery man behind the intense, bloodthirsty Battle Royale game. Bluehole Studio But every single day, as many as 400,000 people see his name on their computer screens at any given moment. It's because they're playing PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) , the PC smash hit that's sold over six million cop...
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VR's new mission: Reunite immigrants with family back home - CNET

A grandmother in Iztapalapa, Mexico, used a Samsung Gear VR to spend the afternoon with relatives in the US she hasn't seen in almost two decades. Family Reunions Project Marleny, a Guatemalan immigrant in New York, hasn't returned to her home country in over 15 years. But a few months ago she was able to tour her grandfather's land in Valle del Rinconcito, Guatemala. She could see the palm trees swinging about and her mom inviting her to e...
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Niantic CEO blames Pokemon Go Fest mess on mobile carriers - CNET

Niantic CEO John Hanke at Pokemon Go Fest in Grant Park in Chicago. Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images The first Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago on Saturday was a hot mess -- like Charizard hot. Who's to blame? Niantic CEO John Hanke said software problems prevented some players from being able to connect to the game, but the biggest issue was congested mobile networks. Pokemon Go Fest was supposed to bring fans of the AR game together to pursue colo...
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Zuckerberg fires up the Zuckergrill live on Facebook - CNET

At home with the Zuckerbergs. Screenshot/Facebook Oh, those summer nights. What to do when you're at a loose end? If you're anything like Mark Zuckerberg, you butcher yourself some brisket and stick it on the smoker, then fire up a Facebook live video so the whole world can see. Facebook's CEO spent an hour and 25 minutes broadcasting live from his back yard on Sunday evening while he was waiting for his meat to cook. Zuckerberg's wife, Pri...
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'Justice League,' 'Thor,' 'Westworld' and more at Comic-Con - CNET

Welcome to Comic-Con's Hall H, where Hollywood heavyweights are previewing the most anticipated movies and TV shows of the next 12 months. Marvel once again stole the show with a bevy of exclusive footage. The studio kicked things off with a humorous summary of the franchise from Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) and Michael Peña (his sidekick), which segued into an introduction of Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet Van Dyne, Hope Pym's mother and Hank Pym's wif...
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Razer may be making a phone - CNET

The Razer Blade laptop was the first breakout product from the company outside its PC peripheral roots. Sarah Tew/CNET It's been a long time since Razer was satisfied building gaming mice, keyboards, and headphones. Every January, the company shows off a crazy new computer at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas -- remember the three-screen laptop ? -- and now, Bloomberg reports  Razer is working on a phone as well. We don't know much...
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iPhone manufacturers join hands with Apple in Qualcomm spat - CNET

This tiny little chip is behind all that drama that's been going on for several months. Qualcomm More are joining Apple 's court battle against Qualcomm . Four iPhone manufacturers have filed a suit against the US chipmaker, alleging it used its market position to charge excessive royalties, Reuters reported Wednesday. They are Foxconn's parent company Hon Hai Precision Industry, Wistron Corp, Compal Electronics and Pegatron Corp. The move ...
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Google Pixel 2 comes to life in this concept video - CNET

Did you love the look of last year's Google Pixel ? You're not alone. While the sequel phone is still under wraps, digital designer Concept Creator has given us an interpretation of what the Google Pixel 2 may look like. If you can't wait for Google's next big Android phone, take a look at this concept video from Concept Creator (above, but also here .) We know for certain that Google plans to continue its  Pixel flagship line thanks to har...
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