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Falcon Northwest’s Tiki is the sleek sports car of VR PCs

 Falcon Northwest is a small company, but small can mean focus and care when it comes to device makers. Falcon’s business is PCs, and specifically Windows machines capable of delivering terrific gaming power in a package that won’t take up an entire closet in your house. The Tiki is a compact gaming tower that uses top quality materials inside and out, and if you’re looking… Read More

"In other personal pursuits," the profile reads, "[Kalanick] once held the world’s second-highest score for the Nintendo Wii Tennis video game."

Unfortunately, that's all we get. There's no other detail in the profile to corroborate the claim, and Kalanick's name doesn't appear anywhere on Twin Galaxies, the organization that tracks video game high scores and world records.

The claim apparently goes back to an anecdote from Uber investor Chris Sacca. Back in 2015, the investor noted on Twitter that he'd "never, ever want to compete" with Kalanick. When pressed to expand on that comment, Sacca took to Medium with a story about his dad's failed attempt to beat Kalanick at the Wii Sports minigame. Read more...

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick claimed he was the 2nd best Wii Tennis player in the world

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Buried deep within the New York Times sprawling profile of Uber CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick is an unusual detail: he's a record-holding gamer.

"In other personal pursuits," the profile reads, "[Kalanick] once held the world’s second-highest score for the Nintendo Wii Tennis video game."

Unfortunately, that's all we get. There's no other detail in the profile to corroborate the claim, and Kalanick's name doesn't appear anywhere on Twin Galaxies, the organization that tracks video game high scores and world records.

The claim apparently goes back to an anecdote from Uber investor Chris Sacca. Back in 2015, the investor noted on Twitter that he'd "never, ever want to compete" with Kalanick. When pressed to expand on that comment, Sacca took to Medium with a story about his dad's failed attempt to beat Kalanick at the Wii Sports minigame. Read more...

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The Morning After: Weekend Edition

My name is Christopher Trout, your new editor-in-chief. You may not recognize my name, but chances are you've read something I've written. When I arrived at Engadget nearly seven years ago, I was a freelancer fresh off of unemployment, our rivalry wi...
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Valve is trying to end account smurfing in ‘Dota 2’

Valve is changing the way Dota 2 is played, at least on a meta level. Beginning May 4th, players will be required to register a unique phone number to their accounts in order to queue up for ranked matches. That's one account per phone number, ostens...
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Duolingo has a premium subscription, but lessons are still free

The idea that learning another language should be free is the core idea behind Duolingo. Over the past few years, the app has strived to make learning a new tongue convenient, portable and fun. Now the company's trying to turn its free language learn...
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Target is turning shopping carts into Mario karts and there’s no way this ends well

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With the release of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch just around the corner, Target is getting in the Mario Kart spirit with tricked-out shopping carts.

There's no way this could go wrong, right?

Over 650 Target stores in the U.S. are getting decked out with Mario Kart-inspired shopping carts (also known as Super Target Karts), decorations, and a starting line-like entrance complete with black-and-white checkers, a lakitu, flashing lights, and music. The promotion starts today.

Target is basically giving you the green light to take shopping carts and race through the store as quickly as possibly. People will definitely be throwing things at each other. Read more...

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Sony made a gigantic PS4 controller no one can use

Sony has eSports-tailored PlayStation 4 controllers, but aside from that, the gaming juggernaut hasn't made any major changes to the gamepad that shipped with the PS4. But as a Japanese promo for the recent Parappa the Rapper re-issue, the company ma...
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The rumors are true: ‘Call of Duty’ is going back to World War II

The next Call of Duty returns to the series' roots with a storyline set in World War II. Sledgehammer Games is working on the new title, dubbed Call of Duty: WWII, and the studio is expected to drop details in a livestream on Wednesday, April 26th at...
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It’s official — ‘Call of Duty: WWII’ will send the series back to the second great war

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The rumors are true — the Call of Duty series is diving back into the world of Axis vs. Allies with Call of Duty: WWII.

Activision revealed today the title of its upcoming game Call of Duty: WWII along with a picture of a soldier wearing a U.S. military helmet. More information about the game will be revealed during a live stream April 26 at 1 p.m. ET on the Call of Duty website.

Call of Duty: WWII is being developed by Sledgehammer Games, the team that developed Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and co-developed Modern Warfare 3 alongside Infinity Ward.

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Yes, you really can turn up the volume on colour

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Any gamer knows that reaction time is crucial. A split second can make or break a game, separating the winners from those doomed to be on potato chip and soda duty; you need to be 100 percent present at all times. Sharp, clear colours are like the secret weapons you never knew you needed – until now.   

Samsung hosted an innovative event recently that helped gamers and entertainment junkies alike experience colours like never before. Held at collaborative co-working space meets art gallery COMMUNE Waterloo in Sydney, the QLED Live event immersed attendees in a visually stunning spectacle of saturation.      Read more...

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