Xiaomi’s 4K-capable, Android TV-powered Mi Box is headed to the US

Google Home is likely to stand out as the most memorable new piece of hardware revealed at I/O 2016 but away from the spotlight, Google added some new televisions and set-top boxes to its Android TV lineup.The most notable of the bunch is a new set-top box from Chinese electronics maker Xiaomi called the Mi Box. If you’ve been waiting for something to rival the Roku 4, this may be it.The Mi Box is powered by a quad-core Cortex-A53 processor

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Halo 5’s map editor and a limited version of its online multiplayer is arriving on PC this year

Halo 5 is coming to PC! Well, part of it is. Microsoft and its internal Halo development team, 343 Industries, have revealed that the game’s custom map toolset, Forge, will launch across Windows 10 at some point this year under the name Forge – Halo 5: Guardians Edition.Sadly, this isn’t the full version of the Xbox One title, and is missing the single-player campaign and online matchmaking. However, it will be possible to test user-created maps in multiplayer games with

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Apple’s first retail stores opened 15 years ago today

Today marks the 15th anniversary of Apple’s retail stores. Led by Steve Jobs, the Cupertino-based company opened its first two retail stores, one in Tysons Corner, Virginia and the other in Glendale, California, on May 19, 2001.As Macworld recounts, Millard “Mickey” Drexler, who at the time served as president and CEO of fashion brand Gap, joined Apple’s board of directors in 1999. A year later, Apple hired former Target marketing executive Ron Johnson who was responsible for transforming the retail

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‘Gran Turismo Sport’ gets a release date, gameplay trailer

Gran Turismo Sport, the next major release in the popular Gran Turismo racing franchise, will be released on November 15 in North America and Japan.Publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment revealed the news earlier today in a post on the official PlayStation blog.Sony and Polyphony Digital first unveiled the game at the annual Paris Games Week trade show last October. At the time, the two stressed that this was not Gran Turismo 7 but rather, a completely new game that’ll be more

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Our favorite affordable phone, the Moto G, gets three new models

The Moto G has remained a favorite among budget buyers, combining high-end performance and features with great build quality and a wallet-friendly price. Today the company is releasing not one but three different models as part of its fourth generation Moto G lineup: The Moto G, Moto G Plus and Moto G Play.On the outside the Moto G4 and Moto G4 Plus look mostly the same, with a rounded metal frame and rubber back cover for a nice grip. Spec-wise

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Microsoft selling feature phone business as Nokia plans a comeback through licensing

Microsoft has announced it is selling the feature phone business it acquired from Nokia to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Foxconn, and the newly-established Finnish company HMD Global for $350 million. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2016 and will see around 4,500 employees leave the company.Nokia marked the end of an era when it closed the sale of its devices and services division to Microsoft back in 2014. The once dominant mobile phone player

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Chromebook shipments outpaced Apple’s Mac for the first time

The first Chromebooks were unveiled at Google’s annual I/O developer conference way back in 2011. At that time, netbooks were starting to decline in popularity so naturally, many people saw Chromebooks as the next netbook – or in other words, a trendy, budget notebook that’d probably only stick around for a couple of years.As it turns out, those people (myself included) were wrong.Chromebooks have stood the test of time and are more popular now than ever. In fact, during the

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This 3D printed, electric motorcycle weighs just 77 pounds

What happens when an aerospace specialist like Airbus subsidiary APWorks takes its expertise and creates something besides spaceship engines? You get the Light Rider, a jaw-dropping, 3D printed electric motorcycle that tips the scales at just 35 kilograms, or roughly 77 pounds.The Light Rider bypasses the typical motorcycle tube construction, instead utilizing bionic algorithms that define its organic frame structure and provide what the company describes as superb stiffness and optimal use of material.APWorks CEO Joachim Zettler said the complex

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Every ‘World of Warcraft’ expansion is now free

World of Warcraft’s latest expansion, Warlords of Draenor, is now entirely free and comes as part of the base game.A Reddit member noticed the other day that the expansion was no longer being offered for sale and surmised that it was now part of the base game. Shortly after, a Blizzard customer service rep confirmed the news.What that means is that all of the content from the first five expansions – The Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King, Cataclysm,

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Take-Two’s financial report better than expected, reveals Rockstar will announce new games “soon”

Game publisher Take-Two Interactive may not have released a huge number of major titles last year, but the company still posted better-than-expected earnings results, thanks to the continuing success of Grand Theft Auto V and the launch of XCOM 2. The report also revealed that developer Rockstar Games was working on some new projects.For the fiscal year 2016, Take-Two’s GAAP (generally accepted accounting practices) net revenue was $1.414 billion, an increase of 31 percent from the previous year. In the

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