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The Essential Phone Will Skip Android 8.0 and Go Right to 8.1

There have been three releases of the Oreo beta so far, but Essential says it's identified several stability issues that have been difficult to solve.

Shadow of the Colossus PS4 Remake Is Exactly What We Hoped for

When game developers discuss their biggest influences, the beloved PS2 title Shadow of the Colossus is bound to come up. More than a decade later, Bluepoint Games has rebuilt the entire game for the PS4, and the results are stellar.

NASA Makes Contact With Satellite Thought Lost 13 Years Ago

NASA's IMAGE satellite has reactivated itself after over a decade of silence. Is there any data left to find?

Ransomware Scammers Get Scammed Themselves By Tor Proxy Hack

Ransomware payments are being diverted via a man-in-the-middle attack, which is some sort of perverse justice. Still, it won't do the original ransomware victims any good.

The Nintendo Switch Has Outsold the Wii U in Less Than a Year

As part of its quarterly report, Nintendo said the Switch has moved 14.86 million units as of the end of 2017. That's already more than the Wii U in its entire life, which is even faster than expected.

Hands On: How Mazda’s Gasoline-Powered Diesel May Lift MPG 20-30 Percent

Creativity flows from the smallest of automakers: The SkyActiv-X engine compresses gasoline until it self-combusts. It uses ultra-lean air/fuel mixtures, low enough to sometimes need a spark plug to start (only) combustion.

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If you're on public WiFi at the library or a coffee shop, anyone can look at your unencrypted traffic. Even when you're online at home, your ISP and government might very well be snooping on your day-to-day activities. Thankfully, investing in a VPN is incredibly affordable. Take advantage of today's deal from NordVPN, and you can get an entire year of service for less than $3 per month.

Google Pulled ‘Bad’ Android Apps in 2017 Faster Than Ever Before

Google reports that it took down more than 700,000 "bad" apps in 2017, and it did so faster than ever before.

New Bill Mandates Replaceable Batteries in Consumer Electronics

The state of Washington is proposing a new bill that would mandate the inclusion of user-replaceable batteries in all consumer electronics.

AMD Triumphantly Returns to Full-Year Profitability, Forecasts Strong 2018

AMD's financial earnings for 2017 were the companies greatest success in years and marked its return to full-year profitability. Can it pull off the same trick two years in a row?

Apple Slashes iPhone X Production by Half On Weak Demand

Apple is slashing production on its iPhone X to adjust to a drop in overall demand, according to a new report. No word yet on how this hit the company's financials as a whole.

Apple Prepping New Coprocessors, Macs, iPad for Later This Year

Apple is already hard at work on a new set of chips and hardware for this year, but Meltdown and Spectre could have ramifications well beyond Intel.