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GoldenEye can’t distract from Switch retro games’ most annoying pitfall

Enlarge / Nintendo's promotional key art for the launch of GoldenEye 007 on Switch. (credit: Nintendo) Today marks the long-awaited rerelease of the Nintendo 64 classic GoldenEye 007 on the Nintendo Switch. As was announced before the launch, the game supports widescreen. When I learned that, my first thought wasn't "Oh, nice!" Rather,...

Like shoppers, Apple shows reduced interest in buying phones

Enlarge / Apple will pay you less for this iPhone 13 Pro Max than it used to. (credit: Samuel Axon) As spotted by MacRumors on Wednesday, Apple has cut the trade-in values of iPhones by up to $80, with the biggest cuts coming to the iPhone 13 Pro Max ($570 trade-in value versus $650 before) and the iPhone 13 Pro ($470 versus $550)....

Q4 2022 was a disaster for smartphone sales, sees the largest-ever drop

Enlarge / An empty Samsung Store. (credit: Samsung) With a million layoffs and rising inflation, it turns out consumers also aren't interested in spending a ton on a new smartphone. The International Data Corporation has the latest numbers for worldwide smartphone sales in Q4 2022, and it's a disaster. Shipments declined 18.3 percent...

Do mechanical keyboards really need arrow keys? 

Enlarge / A recent keyboard announcement explores a space-saving alternative to dedicated arrow buttons. (credit: Scharon Harding) Which keys are absolutely essential to a keyboard? Many will tell you the entire numpad is, while others demand macro keys. I personally insist on a volume knob for my home office setup. And as someone...

Rumored overhaul for Windows File Explorer would tie into OneDrive, Microsoft 365

Enlarge / A PC running Windows 11. (credit: Microsoft) Microsoft is working on an overhaul of the File Explorer app in Windows 11, according to a report from Windows Central. The new Explorer will reportedly feature redesigned and more touch-friendly navigation, better photo viewing with larger previews, keyword and color tagging for...

Get your first look at the OnePlus Pad, OnePlus’ first tablet

The OnePlus Pad teaser image. That round camera bump looks just like the OnePlus 11's. [credit: OnePlus ] OnePlus is scheduled to launch the OnePlus 11 smartphone internationally on February 7, but it looks like a big...

Samsung’s new touch tech enables thinner, lighter OLED laptops

Enlarge / A concept laptop with Samsung Display's new 16-inch OLED touchscreen. (credit: Samsung Display) As plenty of laptop makers proved at CES earlier this month, there will be plenty of OLED laptops to choose from in 2023. The technology's high-contrast, rich image quality has tempted creatives and power users alike. A new year...

512GB version of the new MacBook Pro has a slower SSD than the Mac it replaces

Enlarge / The 14- and 16-inch M2 MacBook Pros. (credit: Apple) In our review of Apple's new M2 MacBook Pros, our testing showed that the laptops' internal storage speeds were higher than those in the M1 MacBook Pros they replaced. But that won't be true for all models—9to5Mac has discovered that for the entry-level models with 512GB...

Apple beefs up smartphone services in “silent war” against Google

Enlarge / Apple allegedly still holds a ‘grudge’ against Google ever since co-founder Steve Jobs called its rival Android operating system a "stolen product." (credit: FT montage/Reuters) Apple is taking steps to separate its mobile operating system from features offered by Google parent Alphabet, making advances around maps, search,...

The DOJ sues Google for ad dominance, wants to break company up

Enlarge / Let's see, you landed on my "Google Ads" space, and with three houses... that will be $1,400. (credit: Ron Amadeo / Hasbro) It has been expected for some time, but today the Justice Department and eight states are suing Google over its purported domination of the online advertising market. The government has a problem with...

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