Roku is losing Fox apps just in time for you to miss the Super Bowl, maybe

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If you were hoping to watch the Super Bowl on your Roku TV or set-top box, I hope you don’t mind paying for streaming services like FuboTV, Sling or Hulu, because your existing cable subscription is no good as of today — Roku is pulling all of its Fox apps off of the platform, effective tomorrow, two days before the Big Game.

That might strike you as sudden, considering we reported this very morning that Fox Sports was working hard to bring a 4K HDR stream of the Super Bowl to Roku’s streaming sticks, pucks, and TVs. But minutes ago, Fox Sports removed references to Roku from multiple spots on its Super Bowl website, and we confirmed with Roku that seven channels in total are leaving… unless Fox and Roku strike a deal.

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Nintendo says it has no plans for a new Switch this year

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Nintendo CEO and president Shuntaro Furukawa told investors today that the company has “no plans” to launch a new model of the Switch in 2020. Speaking as part of a corporate management policy briefing following yesterday’s release of financial results, Furukawa instead pointed to today’s announcement of the new Animal Crossing-branded model.

“According to the conventional wisdom for dedicated video game platforms, Nintendo Switch should be entering the midway phase of the hardware lifecycle,” Furukawa said. “But we believe we have built a foundation on which we can pursue further growth opportunities for Nintendo Switch.”

It wouldn’t really be surprising if there were no new Switch hardware this year. The original system came out in…

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Nintendo’s new Animal Crossing-themed Switch looks amazing

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Nintendo is releasing an Animal Crossing-themed Switch on March 13th, just one week before the launch of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, and it’s one of the best-looking Switch models yet. Nintendo says you’ll be able to pre-order the themed console at select retailers soon.

This is the full-size Switch, which means it can be played in handheld mode or on a TV by dropping the Switch into the (Nook family-adorned) dock. It also comes with detachable Joy-Con controllers, and the colors on them look amazing.

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This model of the Switch also has an embossed design on the back that’s just awesome.

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If you do pick this up, though, you should be aware that Animal Crossing: New…

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You can now own a life-sized, screen-accurate Baby Yoda figure… for $350

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The picture at the top of this post isn’t a screenshot of The Child (aka, Baby Yoda) from Disney+’s The Mandalorian; rather, it’s an incredibly detailed, 1:1 life-sized replica of the iconic character from Sideshow Collectibles, and it could be yours… for the low, low price of $350. Preorders for the figure open today, but it’s not expected to arrive until August to October later this year.

If that massive price tag didn’t give it away: this isn’t a stuffed toy or action figure, like the official plushies that Disney is selling later this year (or the far cuter but unofficial Etsy iterations that Disney is fighting against). It’s a collectible figurine that mostly just stands around on your desk or counter, with what looks like few…

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OnePlus just took a big step toward supporting wireless charging in future phones

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OnePlus’ smartphones are infamous for lacking support for Qi wireless charging —but the company has been spotted joining the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC), the standards group that handles the Qi wireless charging used by virtually every single smartphone, as reported by MobileScout.

The lack of wireless charging has been one of the glaring holes in OnePlus’ lineup that crops up every year, especially as OnePlus’ phones have gotten better and better and started to compete with other top smartphones. Despite this, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has previously been fairly unenthusiastic about wireless charging in the past. Earlier this year on The Vergecast, Lau commented that even 10W fast wireless charging was too slow and “not worth it”…

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Conquer your 2020 resolutions list with this productivity app

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Anyone can make a new year’s resolution list, but it takes a certain type of tenacity and planning to actually check off those boxes so you can live a happier and healthier life in 2020.

This Pagico 9: Task & Data Management Software will help you become more productive and efficient in every area of your life so you have more time to tackle that resolution list, and it’s available for 50% off MSRP today.

This all-in-one task and data management tool will help you simplify all of your tasks and focus on what needs to get done—both at work and at home.

Combining a variety of task timelines, project visualizations, daily planning sessions, and other time-saving productivity tools, this best-selling app makes it easy to organize your life so you can get more done, and it’s easy to keep track of both your personal and professional projects within a single interface.

Pagico 9 also comes with a handy browser extension that allows you to quickly turn entire webpages into simplified tasks that you can add to all of your lists.

Hit those resolutions in 2020 with help from Pagico 9 for just $25—50% off its list price today. Read the rest

Snapchat’s Bitmoji TV is a Saturday morning cartoon starring you and your friends

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Snap announced today that it’s launching Bitmoji TV, which will be a weekly “show” within Snapchat that stars you and your friends’ Bitmoji avatars. The show will launch this Saturday, February 1st, and it will have a 10-episode season, with new episodes debuting weekly, reports Variety.

In each episode, your personalized Bitmoji (if you’ve created one in Snapchat or the Bitmoji app) will pal around with Bitmojis of your friends through scripted episodes written by the Bitmoji team. The first episode, for example, will show you and your friends’ Bitmojis vying for the fictional “America’s Best Bitmoji” award. The second and third episodes are titled “Mime Cops” and “Spy Squad,” according to Variety.

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Overwatch’s next patch adds experimental mode and League of Legends-style hero pools

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Blizzard’s colorful team-shooter Overwatch is getting some big changes next month. Today the developer provided some details on the game’s next patch, bringing Overwatch to version 1.45, and it includes two major shifts. One will add a more experimental flavor to the game, while the other concerns which hero characters players can choose from.

To start, there will be a new feature called the “experimental card,” which will be available right in the main menu. Essentially, it’s a way for Overwatch’s developers to toy around with ideas that might not actually make it into the main game. That could mean anything from balance changes to brand-new game modes. Overwatch already has a PTR, or public test realm, which serves as a sort of beta…

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Madden 20 is adding a Nike cleat that makes players better

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Just in time for the Super Bowl, Madden 20 will be getting a new shoe. More specifically, the Nike Vapor Edge Cleat. Among the players getting this special footwear: Christian McCaffrey, Odell Beckham Jr., Kyler Murray, Ezekiel Elliott, and Dalvin Cook (congrats, Dieter). Most notably, it will be the first time an aesthetic update will actually affect players’ abilities in-game, increasing their speed and acceleration. EA says the virtual shoes are available in-game now.

Madden is a strange product already. It’s less a simulation of playing football and more a simulation of watching football on TV. Which means it exists as kind of a bizarre, alternate universe version of the NFL with its own in-game ads and sponsorships. A real-life Nike…

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Here’s what you need to watch the Super Bowl in 4K HDR

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NFL: JAN 29 Super Bowl LIV - Commissioners Press Conference

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Super Bowl LIV is coming up this Sunday, February 2nd on Fox, between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs. As if that matchup wasn’t reason enough to watch, this year’s Super Bowl will broadcast in 4K HDR. If you want to watch it in 4K HDR, we’re going to tell you how. But bear with us — this is more confusing to walk through than it should be.

It goes without saying that you’ll need a 4K HDR TV to view the game at the highest fidelity. You’ll also need a fast internet connection that supports at least 25MB/s download speeds. Last, you’ll need a streaming device that can support 4K HDR — but not just any one will do.

Amazon’s Fire TV Stick 4K and Fire TV Cube are confirmed to get the 4K HDR (HDR10, specifically) feed via…

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Amazon’s disconcerting Super Bowl ad makes real people respond to questions we’d ask Alexa

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Amazon released its Super Bowl commercial this week, and it’s a weird one. The company’s Super Bowl commercials have historically been a little offbeat, but the best word I can use to describe this year’s is disconcerting.

It starts with Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi preparing to go out somewhere, and DeGeneres turns to an Echo Dot and asks Alexa to turn down the thermostat before they leave. DeGeneres then wonders aloud, “What do you think people did before Alexa?”

That leads into a rather strange montage of historical situations where actual humans (whose names start with the letters A and L) respond to questions or obey commands that are similar to things you’d ask Alexa to do.

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Watch the first episode of Picard for free on YouTube

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The pilot episode of the new Star Trek: Picard series, which streams on CBS All Access, is available to view for free right now on YouTube, which we first learned about via Slashfilm. The intro credits say the episode is free “for a limited time,” so if you want to see Patrick Stewart reprise his role as the Starfleet captain from The Next Generation without shelling out for All Access, hit the link soon.

The new show “plays surprisingly well for people who have not seen a moment of Star Trek as well as longtime fans,” says a review from The Verge, which also suggests Picard hasn’t quite found its footing yet:

The good news is that even three episodes into a ten-episode season, Picard is still very much gearing up, and there’s still…

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Tensors Explained

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You can do a lot of electronics without ever touching a tensor, but there are some situations in which tensors are absolutely essential. The problem is that most math texts give you a very dry description that is difficult to internalize. That’s where [The Science Asylum] comes in. Their recent …read more

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