Atari’s betting its future on gays and gamblers

Atari's betting its future on gays and gamblers

“If I had a hole in New Mexico, maybe that one [the Project Runway game] would have made it there.”

Todd Shallbetter, Atari’s chief operating officer, is just joking of course. He’s referencing the company’s infamous 1983 move to bury countless amounts of unsold gaming hardware and E.T. game cartridges under a slab of cement in the desert. Shallbetter doesn’t deny his company’s rocky legacy. On the contrary, he embraces it, using its failures as a counterpoint for a new version of Atari he’s helping to build. To push the company past the €31.7 million

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Amazon Fire phone review: a unique device, but you’re better off waiting for the sequel

Amazon Fire phone review: a unique device, but you're better off waiting for the sequel

After producing a long line of e-book readers and tablets (not to mention a set-top box), Amazon has its sights set on the smartphone market. But finding success here won’t be easy, even for an established tech giant like Amazon. With the Fire phone, the online retailer is coming in as an unproven underdog, hoping to bring iPhone and Android users into its fold. CEO Jeff Bezos says the only way to do that is to differentiate; to wow potential buyers with new features they didn’t even realize they needed. These unique offerings

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NVIDIA’s new Shield is a tablet built for gaming

NVIDIA's new Shield is a tablet built for gaming

In January 2013, NVIDIA unveiled its first end-to-end consumer product: NVIDIA Shield. In our review, I wrote, “NVIDIA Shield is a truly strange device” One year later, that statement stands — only now it applies to NVIDIA’s second consumer product as well: the Shield tablet. Okay, okay, Shield Tablet isn’t quite as bizarre as the original Shield, but it’s a close second.

Shield Tablet dumps the original Shield’s 5-inch screen in favor of a bigger 8-inch, 1080p display, swaps the original Tegra 4 in favor of K1 and drops the controller bit entirely. Should you wish to pair a

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NVIDIA’s new Shield is a tablet built for gaming

NVIDIA's new Shield is a tablet built for gaming

In January 2013, NVIDIA unveiled its first end-to-end consumer product: NVIDIA Shield. In our review, I wrote, “NVIDIA Shield is a truly strange device” One year later, that statement stands — only now it applies to NVIDIA’s second consumer product as well: the Shield tablet. Okay, okay, Shield Tablet isn’t quite as bizarre as the original Shield, but it’s a close second.

Shield Tablet dumps the original Shield’s 5-inch screen in favor of a bigger 8-inch, 1080p display, swaps the original Tegra 4 in favor of K1, and drops the controller bit entirely. Should you wish to pair a

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NVIDIA’s new Shield is a tablet built for gaming

NVIDIA's new Shield is a tablet built for gaming

In January 2013, NVIDIA unveiled its first end-to-end consumer product: NVIDIA Shield. In our review, I wrote, “NVIDIA Shield is a truly strange device” One year later, that statement stands — only now it applies to NVIDIA’s second consumer product as well: the Shield tablet. Okay, okay, Shield Tablet isn’t quite as bizarre as the original Shield, but it’s a close second.

Shield Tablet dumps the original Shield’s 5-inch screen in favor of a bigger 8-inch, 1080p display, swaps the original Tegra 4 in favor of K1 and drops the controller bit entirely. Should you wish to pair a

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NVIDIA’s new Shield is a tablet built for gaming

NVIDIA's new Shield is a tablet built for gaming

In January 2013, NVIDIA unveiled its first end-to-end consumer product: NVIDIA Shield. In our review, I wrote, “NVIDIA Shield is a truly strange device” One year later, that statement stands — only now it applies to NVIDIA’s second consumer product as well: the Shield tablet. Okay, okay, Shield Tablet isn’t quite as bizarre as the original Shield, but it’s a close second.

Shield Tablet dumps the original Shield’s 5-inch screen in favor of a bigger 8-inch, 1080p display, swaps the original Tegra 4 in favor of K1, and drops the controller bit entirely. Should you wish to pair a

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NVIDIA’s new Shield is a tablet built for gaming

NVIDIA's new Shield is a tablet built for gaming

In January 2013, NVIDIA unveiled its first end-to-end consumer product: NVIDIA Shield. In our review, I wrote, “NVIDIA Shield is a truly strange device” One year later, that statement stands — only now it applies to NVIDIA’s second consumer product as well: the Shield tablet. Okay, okay, Shield Tablet isn’t quite as bizarre as the original Shield, but it’s a close second.

Shield Tablet dumps the original Shield’s 5-inch screen in favor of a bigger 8-inch, 1080p display, swaps the original Tegra 4 in favor of K1, and drops the controller bit entirely. Should you wish to pair a

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Xiaomi’s latest phone gets a steel frame, IR blaster and top specs for just $320

Xiaomi's latest phone gets a steel frame, IR blaster and top specs for just $320

Having sold 26.11 million phones in the first half of this year, the beast from the East that is Xiaomi is back again with a new flagship Android phone: the Mi 4. For the first time ever, the company is adding a touch of metal — SAE 304 stainless steel, to be exact — to the phone’s frame, which is sandwiched between a flat 5-inch 1080p screen and a swappable, slightly curved plastic back cover. The internal specs are as you’d expect: 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 16GB/64GB of internal storage, 13MP f/1.8 main camera, 8MP selfie

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Xiaomi’s latest phone gets a steel frame, IR blaster and top specs for just $320

Xiaomi's latest phone gets a steel frame, IR blaster and top specs for just $320

Having sold 26.11 million phones in the first half of this year, the beast from the East that is Xiaomi is back again with a new flagship Android phone: the Mi 4. For the first time ever, the company is adding a touch of metal — SAE 304 stainless steel, to be exact — to the phone’s frame, which is sandwiched between a flat 5-inch 1080p screen and a swappable, slightly curved plastic back cover. The internal specs are as you’d expect: 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 16GB/64GB of internal storage, 13MP f/1.8 main camera, 8MP selfie

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‘Simpsons World’ puts the full series online, but you’ll need cable to watch everything

'Simpsons World' puts the full series online, but you'll need cable to watch everything

First, the good news: At its Television Critics Awards, Fox just announced the details of its plan to put every episode of The Simpsons online for streaming (also, Louie and Fargo have been renewed). Simpsons World will launch in October and let fans browse episodes, create their own playlists, search for/share clips and more. Before that, the FXX cable channel will run “the longest TV marathon in history” by airing the full 25-season / 552 episode run (just for reference, the first HD episode is S20E10, from 2009) in one shot, 24 hours a day, plus The Simpsons Movie,

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