There’s finally a board game powered by Amazon Alexa

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Your next family game night could include Amazon Alexa. 

Game manufacturer Sensible Objects has released When in Rome, the first board game to incorporate Alexa. 

Through your Amazon Echo device, Alexa teaches you the rules, keeps track of the score, and guides you through the game. 

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The game is pretty simple. Players sit around a world map, and each places their marker on a “home city” to start. 

Players then travel around the map to various major cities. As your marker enters each city, Alexa asks you questions about that city’s weather, customs, food, culture, and more. The questions range from easy (“Is San Francisco foggy?”) to difficult (“Which of these is not a real pub?”).  Read more…

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‘Black Panther’ star Chadwick Boseman hands over mask to Victor Oladipo

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It was a slam dunk for Wakanda on Saturday night, as Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman bestowed his own character’s mask on Indiana Pacers’ Victor Oladipo.

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Black Panther co-stars Boseman and Michael B. Jordan sat courtside at the 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend Slam Dunk championship at Staples Center on Saturday in Los Angeles.

Aw. Chadwick Boseman, Victor Oladipo and Michael B. Jordan.

Aw. Chadwick Boseman, Victor Oladipo and Michael B. Jordan.

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During the game, Boseman presented Pacers guard Oladipo with his own Black Panther mask, to the sheer delight of the crowd. Read more…

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These two guys tried that ‘tall man in a trenchcoat trick’ to see ‘Black Panther’

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Marvel’s latest hit Black Panther has audiences and critics swooning, and some people will do anything to see it.

That includes moviegoers resorting to tactics you’d only see in cartoons, a la Vincent Adultman from Bojack Horseman.

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As per a video by Twitter user @steveslikecups posted on Saturday, two people were spotted in a trenchcoat trying to score themselves a “two for one special” to the movie. 

We tried getting the two for one special at black panther. The manager was not having itpic.twitter.com/Ktqsuh7s3m

— Pillsbury (@stevelikescups) February 16, 2018 Read more…

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Twitter trolls are using the latest iOS bug to crash iPhones

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It looks like trolls are exploiting the latest iPhone bug to make life very difficult for Twitter users.

Earlier in the week, yet another iPhone-crashing iOS bug surfaced. For some reason, a single character from the Indian Telugu language will cause whatever app it’s viewed in to crash repeatedly.

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Apple has said it’s aware of the issue and plans to fix it in an upcoming update, but the issue has proved to be particularly problematic on Twitter. As word of yet another crash-inducing bug has begun to spread, it appears that some Twitter users are using it to their advantage. Read more…

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Adam Rippon just won a different kind of Olympic prize: A spot on NBC

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Adam Rippon may be done skating at this year’s Winter Olympics, but thankfully that doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of him.

In addition to winning a bronze medal in the team skating event, the 28-year-old figure skater has made headlines both as one of two openly gay U.S. male athletes competing in Pyeongchang and for speaking up to Vice President Mike Pence in support of LGBTQ rights. 

Oh, also for his sass — an element of his personality that will likely be on full display as he spends the rest of the Olympics working as an NBC correspondent.  

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That’s right, NBC offered Rippon a gig, and according to USA Today Sports he accepted. That means we’ll see his beauty on TV, digital streams, and social media.  Read more…

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Now you can shoot enemies out of the sky like Iron Man using augmented reality

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Every New York Toy Fair is a constant reminder that kids are so friggin’ lucky these days.

Take the Avengers: Infinity War Hero Vision Iron Man AR Experience role-playing mask (yes, that’s what it’s called) Hasbro just announced. It’s no ordinary mask. Slap a phone inside and put on the gauntlet and you can actually blow up enemies in augmented reality.

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The toy is the latest attempt by a company to fuse traditional toys with the latest technology. Years ago it was simply creating an app for a toy and now it’s augmented reality. Read more…

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Anyone can use Facebook to boost a message. Even Russian agents.

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There’s no longer any question at all: Russians meddled in the 2016 U.S. election, and they relied on social media tools we can all use.

Facebook and its photo-sharing site, Instagram, are mentioned dozens of times in the indictment handed down Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller. Twitter, YouTube, and PayPal are also mentioned at various points. 

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Mueller, for those catching up, was appointed by the Justice Department in May 2017 to investigate alleged foreign meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. The Friday indictment is only the latest development in the lengthy process of disentangling who interfered and how they did it. Read more…

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Apple’s slow iPhone X sales are hurting Samsung too

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It’s not just Apple feeling the effects of lackluster iPhone X sales.

Samsung is also now grappling with the same problem. Since Apple relies on the Korean tech giant for the iPhone X’s expensive display panels, it is now searching for a new buyer, according to a report from Nikkei.

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This new development follows earlier reports that Apple was cutting production of the iPhone X after slowing sales. 

The problem for Samsung, though, is that it’s proving more difficult than expected to find takers for the leftover OLED display panels originally intended for the iPhone X. Nikkei reports that Samsung had been counting on other smartphone-makers to follow Apple’s lead and start using the more expensive OLED displays. Read more…

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Researchers discover hidden details lurking beneath a Picasso masterpiece

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There are many layers to great art — sometimes literally. 

We are reminded of this fact by researchers at the Art Institute of Chicago’s Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts, who have revealed hidden details lurking beneath the Pablo Picasso masterpiece “La miséreuse accroupie.” 

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While the presence of another artwork — specifically, a painting of the Catalan countryside by a different artist — below Picasso’s “Crouching Beggar” has been known about since the 1990s, Science reports that we now are able to see previously hidden elements of Picasso’s work.  Read more…

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Google tests its answer to Apple’s screenshot-editing tools

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One of the best features in iOS 11 was the addition of new markup features that made it much easier to edit screenshots without having to go find them in the Photos app. Now, Google is coming out with its own take.

Android already includes ways to do this, but — like so much of Android — it depends on which phone you have since it’s not an official part of the operating system. 

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The latest beta for the Google app on Android includes new screenshot-editing tool that functions very similarly to Apple’s markup tool. Once enabled, the app will surface a prompt after you take a screenshot anywhere in the Google app.  Read more…

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