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Snapchat fights clickbait in Discover stories

Clickbait headlines and fake news aren't limited to the web and social networks. They're also problems in mobile services, and Snapchat wants to do something about it. The company is instituting rules that prevent Discover publishers from misleadin... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

China just made VPNs illegal

Chinese authorities block access to big-name websites such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and numerous others, and to thwart these restrictions, many residents on the mainland use virtual private networks. Starting this week, that could be a crime. Us... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

White House adds four ‘Skype seats’ for press briefings

Starting this week, the White House will open up four so-called Skype seats to reporters outside of Washington, DC. Press secretary Sean Spicer announced the move in a briefing today, one that he says will "open up the briefing room to journalists wh... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

The White House’s Spanish-language website is gone, for now

Under both George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the White House maintained a Spanish-language version of its official website, while the Obama administration also updated its companion Twitter account, @LaCasaBlanca. Since noon on Friday, just after Pres... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Zelda fans uncover Breath of the Wild backstory from Special Edition map

Dedicated Legend of Zelda fans have uncovered a detailed backstory for Breath of the Wild, hidden on the reverse of the game's Special Edition map.The parchment map, included with North American copies of the Special or Master Edition, features a stylish set of runes embedded in a print on its reverse side.Fans, including YouTuber Zeltik, decoded this script - the language of the game's Sheikah race - and translated the resulting message from Japanese into English.Read more… SOURCE: [Read Entire Story]

Yelp’s redesigned homepage puts photos front and center

Yelpers everywhere will soon be greeted with a new homepage. Earlier today, Yelp announced it's rolling out a redesign that focuses on showcasing imagery from users, as well as content from different local services (think: not only restaurants). Yelp... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

‘Final Fantasy XV’ kicks off a limited-time carnival event

It's not just multiplayer games that can host limited-time events. Square Enix is launching the Moogle Chocobo Carnival, a time-sensitive Final Fantasy XV feature, today (January 23rd) at 8PM Eastern. So long as you have the Holiday Pack add-on (fr... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Xbox One gets its first taste of Creators Update features

You don't have to wait long to try some of the big Xbox One upgrades that Microsoft has been promising lately. The company is trotting out an Xbox Insider preview update that includes a few of the bigger improvements that will come alongside the Cre... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Should We Worry About Assassin’s Creed: Unity?

With little over a month to go until release, I’ve got to hope that Ubisoft Montreal will pull its finger out if Assassin’s Creed: Unity is going to be ready for launch. Unity is supposed to be the ultimate Assassin’s Creed experience. A return to the core values that the franchise was once established on, and an opportunity for the series to truly establish itself as a force to be reckoned with in the next-generation. But the work Ubisoft has done on the three main pillars of the series – [Read Entire Story]

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative acquires Meta’s scientific search engine

In September, Facebook CEO and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan promised to spend a whopping $3 billion of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative's extensive capital over the next 10 years, as it works towards its lofty goal of curing, preventing or managing all... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Retro procedural shooter Strafe gets a PC release date

One of our earmarked games of 2017, Strafe, has a release date: 28th March on PC. This is the fly by the seat of your pants shooter, the one where you get one life, random levels, and guns. There's lots of blocky blood and frantic action. Strafe harkens back to simpler days when cover systems hadn't been invented, to the days of Quake, and mixes in Spelunky for endless replayability. The Strafe website is a lovely homage to the '90s too! Jeffrey previewed Strafe last summer, and Ian made a [Read Entire Story]

PSN Not Down For Maintenance Early, Instead Seems DDoS To Blame?

PlayStation Network is down in North America right now, which lead some users to believe that previously announced scheduled maintenance had begun early. Sadly, that is not the case as a hacker group is claiming responsibility for an attack that also seems to be affecting Blizzard’s, League of Legends and Path of Exile. Now before some of you go back to thinking this is similar to the hack that took PSN down for several weeks a few years ago, this isn’t the same thing. In [Read Entire Story]

Warhammer: End of Times – Vermintide Console Players Receive New DLC February 28th

Warhammer: End of Times - Vermintide console players will receive new DLC on February 28th, specifically the Karak Azgaraz content which came to the PC version on December 15th. Console players have lagged a bit behind the PC version with the release of the game almost occurring a full year later, but are quickly catching up on the premium content. Martin Wahlund, CEO Fatshark. “We double down on excitement, and also release the free Quest and Contracts DLC the same day”. This Karak [Read Entire Story]

20 minutes of Ghost Recon Wildlands single-player footage

There's a new Ghost Recon game just around the corner - Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands. Hasn't exactly been shouting and hollering has it? But here's a new video showing 20 minutes of single-player mission footage no less, narrated by lead game designer Dominic Butler. The last time we publicly saw Ghost Recon Wildlands was at E3 2016. We played it recently, though, and will have coverage for you shortly.Today's video footage shows a helicopter mission to a ramshackle jungle village, which [Read Entire Story]

Scientists make a viable semi-synthetic organism

Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute have already created organisms with synthetic DNA letters, but they weren't ready for the real world when they couldn't even keep the artificial base pair in their genetic code. However, the team has made... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Brexit blamed for incoming UK App Store price rise

Brexit has already hit Toblerone and Terry's Chocolate Orange, but now its effects are about to really hit home.Apple has today notified app developers of an incoming 25 per cent price hike for the UK App Store, which will see its default 79p price tag raised to 99p.While 99p is still a small fee, this price change is a sizeable increase - and double the 10p raise seen on the App Store previously.Read more… SOURCE: - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

What’s on TV: ‘iBoy,’ ‘Beware the Slenderman,’ ‘Resident Evil 7’

While we take a week off from football ahead of the Super Bowl (unless you count the Pro Bowl), there are plenty of ways to fill the time. Netflix is dropping in its odd cellphone-superpower iBoy flick, while HBO airs a Slenderman documentary. The Pa... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Google X co-founder Yoky Matsuoka returns to Nest

Silicon Valley's most in-demand robotics professor has returned to Alphabet Inc.'s Nest. As Recode reports Monday, Yoky Matsuoka will step back into the Google fold as Chief Technology Officer at the smart home devices company. SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

Nintendo Switch won’t have any video apps at launch

The Nintendo Switch won't include any video apps upon its 3rd March launch.The storied Kyoto-based company confirmed this information in a statement to Kotaku. "All of our efforts have gone toward making the Nintendo Switch system an amazing dedicated video game platform, so it will not support any video-streaming services at launch," Nintendo said. "However, support for video-streaming services is being considered for a future update."Another new revelation about Nintendo's console/handheld [Read Entire Story]

Zelda will be Nintendo’s last game for the Wii U

Nintendo has confirmed that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be the last game it produces for the Wii U console. Breath of the Wild is coming out on March 3rd, alongside the Switch version which launches alongside Nintendo's new console. Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime confirmed in an interview with Polygon that there would be no new games from Nintendo for its outgoing console."From a first-party standpoint, there's no new development coming after the launch of the legend of Zelda: [Read Entire Story]

Android Instant Apps begins limited testing

Back at last year's Google I/O conference, the search giant introduced a new concept that the Android team had in the works: Instant Apps. The abbreviated applications would be streamlined enough to start working immediately after users open them wit... SOURCE: Engadget RSS Feed - Read entire story here. [Read Entire Story]

What Zelda can learn from Skyrim

While the original Legend Of Zelda was definitely a pioneer in terms of a game being set in an open world, it's the upcoming Breath of the Wild where the series has truly embraced what the genre is known for today. With a sweeping landscape and the always appealing selling point of 'if you see it, you can travel there', in many ways it's brand new territory for Nintendo. And with that comes a lot of anticipation, excitement and intrigue. A franchise that's been doing this - and doing it very [Read Entire Story]