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‘ARK: Survival Evolved’ brings dinosaurs to your phone this Spring

Open-world survival game ARK: Survival Evolved was one of the bigger early access games back in 2015, eventually launching a couple of years later on PS4, Xbox One and Steam and gathering 13 million players in the process. Now the title is coming to mobile devices as a free-to-play game. Show More Summary

'#WarGames' is the 'Rosemary's Baby' of interactive cinema

The line between film and video game is blurring. Much of this has to do with the shifting ways we consume media: Our screens are smaller, more personal and imbued with interactivity. They're meant to be tapped, swiped, clicked and pinched, and we expect the images under the glass to respond to every prod. Show More Summary

Mickey and Minnie AR Emoji arrive in time for Galaxy S9 launch

If you think the Galaxy S9's personalized AR emoji creations are creepy, well, you're right. But as teased by Samsung at its launch event in MWC a few weeks ago, some familiar Disney faces are joining the robo-avatar party. Both Mickey and Minnie will be available starting today -- coincidentally, the day that the S9 and S9 plus go on sale. Show More Summary

Pokémon Go players can use Facebook to log in and sync devices

Niantic is making it easier to log into Pokémon Go, perhaps in an effort to prevent you from giving up on the game completely if you don't play for long stretches of time. You can now link Pokémon Go with your Facebook account, so you don't have to spend time trying to remember a password you invented on the fly when you signed up. Show More Summary

Wirecutter's best deals: Save over $200 on a 13-inch MacBook Pro (2017)

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Casio revives its musical, game-playing calculator from the '80s

Back in 1980, Casio released a musical, game-playing calculator cleverly named the MG-880. Apparently, kids went wild for the thing, playing a mini Space Invaders-inspired game with just numbers on the LCD screen. Now, Casio is releasing a revival of the calculator -- the SL-880 -- in Japan on March 23rd. Source: Casio

Bali plans to shut down mobile internet for its New Year

You might turn off your home internet or cell network on occasion to disconnect and have some down time, but it's likely that your country isn't doing it for you. According to The Guardian and the BBC, Bali is shutting off the net country wide for 24 hours this coming Saturday in recognition of Nyepi, or Balinese New Year. Via: The Verge Source: The Guardian

All Ford vehicles will have built-in 4G LTE by 2020

Ford's vision for the future is electric, connectivity and assisted driving. For the Blue Oval company, that means by 2020 its entire lineup will have 4G LTE connectivity and Waze navigation built in at a system level. The former means that all aspects of a vehicle can be updated over the air rather than just the Sync platform. Show More Summary

Rihanna slams Snapchat over ad that mocked domestic violence

A few days ago, Snapchat allowed an ad on its platform that plenty of folks thought made light of domestic violence. The ad was apparently for a game and it asked if viewers would rather "Slap Rihanna" or "Punch Chris Brown," likely referencing Brown's 2009 felony assault on the pop star. Show More Summary

Spotify is testing in-app voice search

Spotify is currently compatible with voice search, but it only works through integrations with voice assistants, such as Google Assistant and Alexa. That might not be the case much longer. Twitter user Hunter Owens (@Owens) spotted the new feature on the music streaming service. Show More Summary

Google Maps can find wheelchair-accessible routes

Google announced today that Maps is getting a new feature aimed at helping those in wheelchairs or people with other mobility restrictions. While lots of people rely on apps like Google Maps to help them get where they're going, they're not always so useful when it comes to finding wheelchair-accessible routes. Show More Summary

Google to test video ads on the Play Store

Video ads are an inescapable part of the internet, and it sounds like Google is going to try bringing them to its app store.Today, the company announced that it is testing video ads for apps in its Play Store, alongside the standard static images for promoted apps and games. Show More Summary

Reddit will blast its mobile apps with promoted posts

You'll soon see curious new entries on Reddit mobile marked "Promoted," and that badge says exactly what they are: advertisements. Starting next week, Reddit will start showing native sponsored posts -- mixed with user-made entries, but properly marked -- in its official mobile apps. Show More Summary

Anyone can make Facebook Instant Games

Facebook's Instant Games technology hasn't exactly taken off (there are less than 200 games to date), but that's because it's been in closed testing. Now, it might have a chance to grow: Facebook has opened the Instant Games platform to all developers. Show More Summary

Google's Pixel 2 portrait photo code is now open source (update: not quite)

Of all the AI-related features inside the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, the portrait mode is arguably the most impressive -- Google manages to produce dramatic-looking depth-of-field effects without relying on dual cameras or other exotic hardware. Show More Summary

California lawmaker introduces 'right to repair' bill

The Right to Repair Act is heading to the biggest tech corporations' home state. Lawmaker Susan Talamantes Eggman is introducing the bill in California, which is now 18th state in the country to look into making devices easier to repair. Show More Summary

Google Lens is now available for non-Pixel Android phones

Google Lens is making it way from the Pixel to Android devices and iPhones alike starting today. In a roundabout way, that is. The AI-powered photo analyzing app will live inside Assistant in Google Photos, as spotted by 9to5 Gooogle. Show More Summary

BlackBerry sues Facebook for violating messaging patents

BlackBerry has filed a lawsuit against Facebook for infringing the patent on its messaging technology in a Los Angeles Federal Court, according to a Reuters report. The lawsuit calls out Facebook, WhatsApp as well as Instagram for their use of instant messaging. Show More Summary

MWC 2018 teased a 5G-powered world that’s so close to being real

Before packing my bags for Spain, I took stock of my inbox for MWC meeting requests. A quick search showed I had more than 100 emails about 5G. "Solutions for cloud-based 5G infrastructures," one read. "5G is happening," another proclaimed. Show More Summary

Facebook expands breaking news label to more publishers

Facebook began testing a "breaking news" label for developing stories back in November, and now the social network is expanding the option to more publishers. Starting this week, the company says 50 more outlets in North America, Latin America, Europe and Australia will be privy to the tag. Show More Summary

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