Nintendo Just Killed This Very Popular Console

Nintendo will stop making its NES Classic Edition console, a retro gaming device introduced in November that reprised older games like Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda. The video game giant said Thursday that the device “wasn’t intended to be an ongoing, long-term product” despite being a hit with consumers, according to videogame publication IGN. Nintendo’s decision to […]

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Apple may ditch Dialog, analyst says, hitting chipmaker’s shares

Dialog Semiconductor (DLGS.DE) risks losing a crucial supply deal with Apple Inc (AAPL.O), according to a financial analyst who cut his rating on the stock on Tuesday, sending the Anglo-German chipmaker’s shares down by as much as one-third. Bankhaus Lampe reduced its rating on Dialog to “sell” from “hold” as it argued that Apple was working on its own battery-saving […]

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Google’s AlphaGo AI Takes on China After South Korean Triumph

It’s time for the humans to have another Go. An artificial intelligence program romped to a lopsided victory over South Korean Go master Lee Sedol in 2016. Now, Google DeepMind’s AI software is heading to the 2,500-year-old board game’s roots, taking on top-ranked Chinese player Ke Jie in May in a formal re-match between man and machine. The Alphabet Inc. company and […]

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Netflix’s Journey From Mail-Order to World Leader

In just a decade, Netflix has grown from a video service with seven million U.S. subscribers to one that reaches 93 million people worldwide. Its growth and ability to break into well-established industries—first video rental, now television and film—is a rare accomplishment. In my book “Portals: A Treatise on Internet-Distributed Television,” I explore how Netflix and other internet-distributed video services forced the existing […]

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Snapchat just launched an attack on a key source of Facebook’s ad revenue

Snapchat’s popularity with younger users has helped it eat into an important segment of Facebook’s audience. Now Snapchat is stepping up its attack on another major pillar of Facebook’s business: advertisers. Snapchat is rolling out two new tools to bolster its ad offerings, one of which is aimed squarely at a key source of Facebook’s mobile ad revenue. Advertisers on Snapchat will now have access […]

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YouTube TV goes live

YouTube TV has arrived, and with it the potential to change how television works. Google-owned YouTube’s first foray into true cable-like television takes to the internet equivalent of the airwaves in select cities today: 40-plus channels of entertainment, news and sports for $35 per month, the so-called skinny bundle. So far, the service is still a little wonky. But the […]

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