November 2018 NPD: Red Dead on top with strong debut from Pikachu – VentureBeat
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November 2018 NPD: Red Dead on top with strong debut from Pikachu – VentureBeat

The video game industry in the United States was flat year-over-year in November, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. U.S. consumers spent $2.693 billion on hardware, software, and accessories. In November 2017, that number was $2.706 billion. Overall, the month was still strong considering it had a tough comparison to last year. “Gains in…

Launch Center Pro 3.0 Review: Universal Version, New Business Model, NFC Triggers, and More – MacStories
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Launch Center Pro 3.0 Review: Universal Version, New Business Model, NFC Triggers, and More – MacStories

Launch Center Pro, Contrast’s popular launcher for iPhone and iPad, has been updated to version 3.0. It may be hard to believe, but Launch Center Pro 2.0 came out five years ago (in 2013), before Workflow, when Pythonista, Editorial, and Drafts were the only other apps pushing forward the idea of iOS automation thanks to…

Alexa Guard goes live, lets your Echo speakers listen for trouble – CNET
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Alexa Guard goes live, lets your Echo speakers listen for trouble – CNET

“Alexa, I’m leaving.” “OK — I’ll be on guard.” That’s the gist of Alexa Guard, a new feature from Amazon that lets your Echo devices keep an ear out for trouble when you’re away from home. If Alexa hears something after you’ve put her into Guard mode — a smoke alarm ringing or the sound…

These faces show how far AI image generation has advanced in just four years – The Verge
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These faces show how far AI image generation has advanced in just four years – The Verge

Developments in artificial intelligence move at a startling pace — so much so that it’s often difficult to keep track. But one area where progress is as plain as the nose on your AI-generated face is the use of neural networks to create fake images. In brief: we’re getting scarily good at it. In the…

The Chip Stocks Have Bottomed – Seeking Alpha
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The Chip Stocks Have Bottomed – Seeking Alpha

Now that the trade war has officially been put on ice, two short-term trades to scoop up out there for the taking would be chip leaders Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) and Nvidia (NVDA). Even though I am still bearish on the chip sector as a whole, the mini rapprochement signals a much-needed reprieve to China-sensitive…

Apple Stock Could Double Over 3 Years – Motley Fool
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Apple Stock Could Double Over 3 Years – Motley Fool

A longtime Apple bull says the company could add another $1 trillion to its market cap. Despite a strong start to the year, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is ending 2018 on something of a sour note. The company hit a $1 trillion market cap in August, becoming the first U.S. company in history to achieve that benchmark.…

This week’s top stories: Google Discover dark, Chrome OS 71, Android meets Fuchsia, more – 9to5Google
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This week’s top stories: Google Discover dark, Chrome OS 71, Android meets Fuchsia, more – 9to5Google

In this week’s top stories: We soothe our eyes with the new, darker look for Google Discover, enjoy the benefits of Android and Chrome OS being ‘Better Together’, and uncover part of Google’s plans for the future of Android and Fuchsia. Our top story this week is the availability of dark theme for Google Discover,…

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) review: The rise of the mid-range – Android Authority
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Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) review: The rise of the mid-range – Android Authority

To a lot of people, Samsung just makes flagship devices like the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy Note 9. However, it also makes a range of mid-tier devices with its “J” and “A” series. The “J” phones are the more competitively priced and the “A” range is designed to be more premium. I recently got…

Google Play Games v5.14 enables Dark Theme for all, prepares Minesweeper, and… ( ͡° ͜ʖ a pointless side project? [APK Teardown] – Android Police
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Google Play Games v5.14 enables Dark Theme for all, prepares Minesweeper, and… ( ͡° ͜ʖ a pointless side project? [APK Teardown] – Android Police

Google Play Games is officially going dark. Well, the latest update is making its dark theme accessible to everyone. But that’s not the only thing this update brings, there are now app shortcuts and a new sorting feature for achievements coming soon. A teardown also shows the team is preparing to add Minesweeper to the…

BMW tries to revive lagging 3 Series sales with new 2019 design that’s more, well, BMW-like – CNBC
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BMW tries to revive lagging 3 Series sales with new 2019 design that’s more, well, BMW-like – CNBC

Source: BMW 2019 BMW 330i  BMW likes to boast that it builds “the ultimate driving machine,” and if any individual model has deserved that reputation, it’s the 3 Series sedan. While BMW produces a broad range of vehicles — traditional sedans, sports cars, wagons and a growing list of sport utility vehicles — no vehicle…