The latest Nintendo Switch bundle includes a $35 eShop gift card

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The Nintendo Switch probably won’t receive a price cut anytime soon, but the latest bundle is close enough thanks to its inclusion of some eShop cash to jumpstart your digital collection of games.

Starting today at GameStop, Best Buy, and Amazon, you’ll be able to find the console for its regular $299.99 price, bundled with a free $35 eShop gift card. Previous bundles have come with first-party games, like Mario Kart 8: Deluxe or Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, but this bundle lets you make the choice on what to buy.

Nintendo’s eShop offers digital games for those who don’t want to stockpile cases and cartridges. But several acclaimed titles for the Switch, like Stardew Valley, Hollow Knight, and Into the Breach, are only available through…

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Eight Sleep’s $2,000 smart mattress is exactly what you’d expect

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The Pod is a new smart mattress from Eight Sleep that is able to adjust its temperature automatically throughout the night according to your sleep habits. Your body’s temperature naturally shifts as you sleep, cooling off as you wind down for the night and warming up in the run-up to morning. A “thermal alarm” also allows you to use the mattress as an alarm clock, by having it cool down your side of the bed to wake you up.

In addition to its variable temperature feature, the Pod also includes all of the functionality of Eight Sleep’s previous mattress, meaning it will track your sleep, allow you to set different temperature zones for each side of the bed, and integrates with other smart home devices like Nest, Philip Hue smart lights,…

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This wireless AI camera runs entirely on solar power

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The prototype device built by startup Xnor can run indefinitely just on sunlight.

A big trend in AI is the transition from cloud to edge computing. Instead of AI devices doing their computation remotely via an internet connection, they’re increasingly handling things locally, with algorithms working directly on-device. Benefits of this approach can include faster results, greater security, and more flexibility. But how far can you push this model?

Seattle-based startup Xnor is certainly right at the bleeding-edge. This week the company unveiled a prototype AI camera that runs entirely off solar power — no battery or external power source required. The camera has a piddling 320 x 320 resolution, an FGPA chip to handle processing, and is loaded with a state of the art object recognition algorithm.

You could,…

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Mint copy of Super Mario Bros. sells for $100,150 at auction

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A mint condition original copy of Super Mario Bros. for the NES has sold for a whopping $100,150 at an auction, making it one of the most expensive games ever sold.

According to Heritage Auctions (which ran the auction), the NES game “set a world record for a graded game,” so it may not be the outright most expensive ever — just the most expensive copy that’s had its condition professionally graded and certified. That outsized price tag also is the reason that the copy was bought by a group of collectors, who’ll share ownership of the game.

Almost as interesting as the price is the actual game, though, which looks practically preserved in amber from when it was released in 1985. The particularly…

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Brazilian cell carrier Claro’s ‘4.5G’ network logo is breathtakingly dishonest

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There is a long and colorful history of cell carriers lying to their customers about speeds and sticking terrible names on products, but Brazilian carrier Claro may put them all to shame with its almost breathtakingly dishonest 4.5G network logo. It looks to be trying to pull the same kind of manipulation as AT&T’s 5G E network, just without any of the hard work involved (via Gustavo Santos on Twitter).

So, instead of coming up with a new name to hide behind, Claro is taking the unorthodox approach of just calling…

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The Apple Watch Series 3 at $199 matches its best price yet

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Apple Watch

The Apple Watch Series 3 is $199 at Amazon (usually $279), matching the lowest price that we saw during the Black Friday shopping holiday. This price will get you the 38mm model with GPS. In terms of colors available, Amazon currently offers a white sports band with the Apple Watch in a silver aluminum casing, and the black sports band with the device in a space gray aluminum case. If you’re looking for the larger 42mm Apple Watch Series 3, Amazon has it available in the same color and material schemes for $229.

In terms of what the new Apple Watch Series 4 has over the Series 3 (if saving $200 on the previous iteration isn’t what you want), its display has rounded edges that push further out into the bezel, the EKG functionality is good…

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Happy Death Day 2U finds the fun in complicated, self-referential franchise-building

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As movies become more heavily franchised, it’s inevitable that more sequels, spinoffs, and homages will require more knowledge of other movies — not just for viewers’ enjoyment, but for their comprehension. Look at the biggest movie franchise in the world today: nothing about Avengers: Infinity War, from the seriousness of its stakes to the tension-breaking comic relief, makes a lick of sense to people who haven’t seen at least three or four other Marvel movies first. (If not 10 or 15.) Hardcore fans can find this interconnectivity extremely satisfying. People who just like to watch movies might find that it requires a lot of effort just to keep up with the ways these series fold back in on themselves, using fan service and multi-film…

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Save some money on Amazon Echo devices, movies, and games at Target

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Today is the final day to take advantage of Amazon’s discounted prices on Echo devices. You can get $50 off of the Echo Show and $30 off of the Echo or Echo Spot, and more. Several of these sale prices match the lowest that we’ve seen, and it might be some time until we see them this cheap again. A few of these models don’t ship until early March, but you’ll save some money if you’re cool with waiting a few weeks.

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The trailer for David Fincher’s Netflix anthology Love, Death & Robots is a manic headache

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“Sentient Dairy Products, Rogue Werewolf Soldiers, Robots Gone Wild, Sexy Cyborgs, Alien Spiders And Blood-thirsty Demons From Hell Converge In An 185-minute Genre Orgy Of Stories Not Suitable For The Mainstream…” reads the tagline for David Fincher and Tim Miller’s short-film anthology Love, Death & Robots. (It’s apparently also an orgy of unwarranted capitalization.) The first trailer for the Netflix project has arrived, and it’s a blur of rapid cuts between startling images, from a full-frame close-up staring up the bulbous ass of a running anthropomorphic fox-creature to a POV shot of someone’s leg getting sawn open. This trailer seems like it was designed for the frame-by-frame analysis obsessives who proliferate on YouTube: as it…

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Neill Blomkamp’s Oats Studios released a live-action Anthem short film

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District 9 director Neill Blomkamp unveiled a new live-action short film called Conviction from Oats Studios. It’s set in the same world as BioWare’s upcoming open-world power armor shooter Anthem.

Blomkamp set up his studio in 2017, describing it as an experimental incubator in which he can prototype ideas and see what sticks before fully committing to a longer work. Over the course of several months, he released a series of lengthy science fiction short films on YouTube along with a smattering of other zany experiments.

This three-and-a-half-minute short film follows the mold of its predecessors, showing off something that plays like a trailer for a longer project. The short film outlines that the people of the world were “the slaves…

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Tetris 99 is the opposite of Tetris Effect, and it’s amazing

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I used to think I was good at Tetris, but that was before I was pitted against 98 other players in a block-dropping battle to the death.

One of the biggest surprises during last night’s Nintendo Direct live stream was the reveal and launch of Tetris 99. The game, which is a free download for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers, is perhaps the least likely take on the battle royale formula that’s most closely associated with Fortnite. The goal is simple: 99 people are playing Tetris simultaneously, and the last surviving player wins. It’s ridiculous and hectic, and it’s also kind of amazing.

At its core, the game is still Tetris as you know it. Tetrominoes of various shapes fall from the top, and it’s your job to line them up and clear…

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Crackdown 3 review: the Netflix Original of games

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You know when there’s a show you really like, but then it dips in quality and eventually gets canceled, and the creators say they want to make a new season someday or maybe a remake, but it’s stuck in production hell for several years, then Netflix or whoever sinks a bunch of money into it, and it eventually gets released and it’s not quite as good as you remember the original, but it’s still pretty entertaining and hey, you’re paying for Netflix anyway so you’re not going to complain about getting it for “free?”

That’s Crackdown 3. It is video game as Netflix Original.

The third entry in Microsoft’s destruction-heavy superhero cop series, Crackdown 3 does very little new and very little wrong. And that’s about as positive an outcome as…

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North drops the price of its Focals smart glasses by nearly half

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After less than a month on the market, the Focals by North smart glasses are getting a price cut of nearly 50 percent. The company says today that it’s adjusting the pricing to align them more with typical glasses, where the cost varies based on the lenses, frames, and coatings. But the price can climb quickly depending on what you want.

The most basic pair, which have been on the market since late January, now cost $599.99 as compared to the original $999. Prescription lenses cost an extra $200, which you can submit to your insurance for reimbursement; blue light blocking lenses cost $100; round frames cost $100; and limited-edition colors like tortoise and gradient also cost $100. You could end up paying $1,000 for the whole package.

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Amazon’s Good Omens will begin streaming on May 31st

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At its press brief before the Television Critics Association today, Amazon announced that its adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s classic fantasy novel Good Omens will begin streaming on May 31st, 2019.

The limited six-episode series follows Aziraphale, an angel (Michael Sheen), and Crowley, a demon (David Tennant). They struck up an unlikely friendship over the millennia and must work together to stave off the upcoming apocalypse because they’ve grown fond of Earth.

The studio had some additional news as well: Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing the part of Satan, and it unveiled the delightful opening credits for the series.

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Phone makers aren’t even trying to keep their secrets secret anymore

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The Samsung Galaxy S10 will be launched at Samsung’s February 20th event this year, and the first preorders will be delivered by March 8th. I can tell you these dates straight up, without any hedging or caveating, because they’re official, courtesy of Samsung’s newly published reservation page for the new phone. On that page, the company throws up a white flag of resignation, admitting that “we know you know what is coming.” Who is Samsung capitulating to? Industrious leakers like evleaks and Roland Quandt, who, year after year, preempt flagship phone announcements with detailed images and specs of the devices to come.

A few days after Samsung’s launch, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, LG will reveal the G8 ThinQ. Yes, its name is…

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Google adds haptic feedback to its iOS keyboard

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Google’s Gboard for iOS

Google is adding haptic feedback to its iOS keyboard today. Version 1.40 of Google’s Gboard, spotted by 9to5Google, includes an option to turn haptic feedback on for recent iPhones dating back to the iPhone 7. It’s a subtle vibration for each key press, and it’s something that Apple doesn’t offer with its own built-in iOS keyboard.

Most third-party keyboards also don’t offer haptic feedback for key presses, and the ones that do often cost money. Every letter press, symbol, and number provides a tiny vibration in Google’s Gboard update, and it feels good if you’re used to typing on physical keyboards every day. You’ll need to try it out for a few hours to see if it’s annoying or useful, though.

Google hasn’t enabled this feature by…

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Tesla’s new Dog and Sentry modes take care even when you don’t

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Tesla has just announced a pair of new modes that make great use of the abundance of sensors and technology inside the company’s cars to make a driver’s life a little easier. First and most endearing is the Dog Mode: this will keep your pup at a comfortable temperature while you’re out of the car, and it’ll use the jumbo display at the center to show a message for passersby that you’ll be returning soon. The other major addition is Sentry Mode, which you can enable to have the car essentially guard itself, using its exterior cameras to monitor movement nearby and identify potential threats.

To turn on Dog Mode, you just go into your climate control settings and select the…

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Fujifilm’s X-T30 is a smaller, cheaper version of the amazing X-T3

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Staying true to the pattern it has established over the last few years, Fujifilm is following up on its release of the X-T3 with a smaller, lighter, and more affordable camera that retains a lot of the best aspects of the flagship. According to the company, the X-T20 is its best-selling X-series camera, so producing a worthy follow-up is important. The new X-T30 is shipping next month for $899 (body only) or $1,299 in a kit with the company’s 18-55mm lens. (A 15-45mm kit will also be available for $999.) Black and silver color options will be available at launch, with a new gunmetal “charcoal silver” following in June.

From the front, the X-T30 looks quite similar to the X-T20, but Fujifilm has done some tinkering with the rear design….

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