Recommended Reading: The rise and fall of ‘Mortal Kombat’

‘Mortal Kombat’s’ 1997
Was the Opposite
of a Flawless Victory

Matt Gerardi,
AV Club

The Mortal Kombat franchise was riding high… and then 1997 rolled around. AV Club takes a look at the hot streak before the release of two games and a movie in the fall of that year. All three fell flat. That trio of shortcomings didn’t kill the franchise completely, but it did enough damage to end Mortal Kombat’s reign atop the video game world.

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Source URL:http://www.engadget.com/2017/08/12/recommended-reading-the-rise-and-fall-of-mortal-kombat/

Slooh’s stargazing telescope livestreams now free to view

Slooh’s aim is to bring outer space to your fingertips; it owns two telescopes in Chile and seven in the Canary Islands. It allows its paid members to book time to control these telescopes. You can secure 5 reservations per month (5–10 minutes in length) for $5 per month or an unlimited number of reservations for $25 per month. Other Slooh members can sit back and watch online, but until today, they were required to pay for the privilege. Now the organization has opened up viewing for free; all you have to do is register to view live streams of outer space.

Right now, some of Slooh’s telescopes are offline due to dust in the air, and obviously when it’s daylight at a telescope’s location, it will be dormant. To join Slooh’s community, you can register on their website. You’ll be taken to a payment page, which offers a 30-day trial of the $5/month tier, but you can move ahead with a free account by clicking the “Continue Exploring the Community” option. You can’t control the telescopes, and the number of photos you’ll be able to take is limited, but hey, it’s hard to complain about a free account.

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Source URL:http://www.engadget.com/2017/08/07/slooh-telescope-livestream-free-tier/

The best gear for building a home theater in your dorm

Engadget is the original home for technology news and reviews. Since our founding in 2004, we’ve grown from an exhaustive source for consumer tech news to a global multimedia organization covering the intersection of technology, gaming and entertainment. Today, Engadget hosts the archives and expertise of early digital publishing players like Joystiq, TUAW and gdgt, and produces the Internet’s most compelling videos, reviews, features and breaking news about the people, products and ideas shaping our world. After 13 years in the game, we’re leveraging our history to bring the future into focus.

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Source URL:http://www.engadget.com/2017/08/04/back-to-school-2017-home-theater/

Three new ‘Persona’ spin-offs are coming, including ‘Q2’

From the brief excerpts on show, it appears developer P Studio is taking a similar approach musically as it did for the first Dancing game — expect to hear all of your favorite tracks from the games’ soundtracks remixed and arranged with big bands, swing beats and EDM in mind.

As a nice touch, both 3 and 5‘s visual styles are mirrored in the presentation of their respective Dancing games, with Moon Night lit up in bright pastels and Star Night opting for moodier tones. There’s no word on what the games’ storylines might cover, or if they’re linked. (Although a rhythm game at its core, the original Dancing game had a decent, 10-hour campaign with old and new characters integrated.)

While Dancing All Night was received fairly well by fans, the third new spin-off is likely to get people a little more excited: Persona Q2 for the 3DS. The original Persona Q came out on Nintendo’s handheld in 2014 as a mashup of Persona and publisher Atlus’ Etrian Odyssey series, with the majority of its gameplay coming from the latter.

What pleased fans the most was the storyline, which, aside from being full of fan service, pulled in chibi-fied characters from Persona 3 and 4 and had them interacting in the same world. There is very little detail on the game, but from the teaser image it seems it will at least feature characters from Persona 5.


ニンテンドー3DS『ペルソナQ2(仮称)』ティザーサイトOPEN!今作ではあのキャラたちも…?続報を待て! https://t.co/yTzyl3fHn1 #PQ2 #ペルソナ

— モルガナ_ペルソナ広報 (@p_kouhou) August 2, 2017

Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5: Dancing Star Night are both due for release in Japan next spring. There’s no word on an international release, but hopefully the wait won’t be too long — Dancing All Night took just three months to be localized. As for Persona Q2, your guess is as good as ours. The original game sold well in the west, so it’s likely it will arrive at some point. Now, if we could just get a Switch port of Tokyo Mirage Sessions

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Source URL:http://www.engadget.com/2017/08/02/persona-dancing-star-night-moon-night-q2-hypetrain/

Pentagon officials can view classified material on special tablets

As of now, 23 other officials have been issued tablets and they not only allow access to classified documents, they also support the Unified Video Dissemination System (UVDS). Through UVDS, DOD employees can view video feeds collected for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance purposes. In 2015, the Defense Information Systems Agency began providing smartphones approved for accessing classified materials, but the larger screens of a tablet make for a better user experience, especially when viewing videos.

Currently, the tablets are only approved for materials classified as secret, not top secret. In a statement, Leticia Parra, the DOD Mobility Classified Capability-Secret tablet pilot program manager, said, “While the year-long pilot is in its initial stages, it will be a game changer across the department. As we continue to enhance capabilities, modern information technology will continue to join forces with cybersecurity to provide situational awareness and create a manageable battlefield communications infrastructure.”

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Source URL:http://www.engadget.com/2017/08/02/pentagon-officials-classified-material-tablets/

SteelSeries says it’s nailed ‘true 1-to-1’ mouse tracking

Gaming peripheral brand SteelSeries has expanded its mouse lineup with an offering that could prove to be the Holy Grail for serious esports gamers: true “1-to-1” tracking. The company’s new TrueMove3 sensor means your mouse movement will match up exactly with movement on-screen, regardless of the CPI setting (counts per inch, or the number of pixels your mouse moves in a single inch). Engineered in partnership with PixArt — the team behind the Wii Remote — the sensor is the product of the company’s 15-year quest to make the perfect gaming mouse and is available exclusively in the newly-designed Sensei 310 and Rival 310 models.

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Source URL:http://www.engadget.com/2017/08/01/steelseries-says-it-s-nailed-true-1-to-1-mouse-tracking/

Firmware shows the next iPhone will use infrared face unlock

Ever since our close look at an alleged render of the next iPhone back in May, there have been rumors of 3D face scanning plus a large screen-to-body ratio flying about. Today, we finally bring you some solid evidence about these features, courtesy of — surprise, surprise — Apple itself. After digging up new details about the Apple HomePod in its leaked firmware, iOS developer Steve Troughton-Smith came across some code that confirm the use of infrared face unlock in BiometricKit for the next iPhone. More interestingly, in the same firmware, fellow developer Guilherme Rambo found an icon that suggests a near-bezel-less design — one that matches rumored schematics going as far back as late May. For those in doubt, Troughton-Smith assured us that this icon is “specific to D22, the iPhone that has Pearl (Face ID).”

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Source URL:http://www.engadget.com/2017/07/31/iphone-8-3d-face-scanning-infrared/

Visit a kiosk in the UK to diagnose your cold

The service is geared towards minor illnesses and the company says around a third of the consultations conducted so far have been about coughs, colds and ear infections. MedicSpot also says that approximately 20 percent of appointments have been booked by travelers. Its site has a specific section for tourists letting them know that they can use MedicSpot’s services without any hassle if they’ve become sick on their trip or if they forgot or ran out of necessary medications.

Consultations cost £30, last around 10-15 minutes and patients can choose to send notes about the visit to their regular doctor. For simple, non-serious medical issues, a quick visit to a kiosk certainly seems better than waiting forever in a doctor’s office.

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Source URL:http://www.engadget.com/2017/07/28/visit-kiosk-uk-diagnose-cold/

Amazon’s ‘The Hub’ is a delivery locker for residential buildings

The Hub is meant to solve a common problem for tenants in residential buildings, especially those with no concierge or frequently open management offices. It’s always accessible, always open and isn’t exclusive to Amazon packages. To access a box, simply type in your passcode on the Hub’s touchscreen panel.

Based on the service’s official website, landlords can customize a Hub for their properties. The locker has an indoor and an outdoor version and is available in four colors and several sizes, starting at 6-foot wide. If you’re determined to convince your landlord to get one, point them to the Hub’s portal to submit an application.

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Source URL:http://www.engadget.com/2017/07/28/amazon-the-hub-delivery-lockers-apartment-buildings/

Google Play Music and YouTube Red to merge into single service

YouTube Red and Google Play Music will eventually merge to create a new service. The move comes after months of speculation following Google’s decision back in February to combine its YouTube and Play Music teams. According to The Verge, YouTube Music head Lyor Cohen said the company wanted to merge the services to help “educate consumers and bring in new subscribers”.

Google’s complicated music offering currently spans three different apps. YouTube Music is a free app open to everyone but offers an enhanced experience if you’re also signed up to YouTube Red, which gets rid of adverts on videos and lets you save them offline. People who sign up for YouTube Red also get access to Google Play Music, which is basically Google’s version of Spotify. At the same time, people who sign up for Play Music will also get YouTube Red’s benefits — if you sign up for one, you get the other free.

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Source URL:http://www.engadget.com/2017/07/27/google-play-music-youtube-red-merge-single-service/