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Nintendo announces the SNES Classic (and Star Fox 2)

We all knew it was going to happen (or at least we hoped), and Nintendo today confirmed it: the Super Nintendo Classic Edition is coming out later this year. The SNES Classic has been rumored to be in the works ever since the NES Classic was announced, if only because it’s a natural continuation of the idea. So the console itself isn’t really a surprise, per se — but its library does have one unexpected inclusion. The biggest surprise for longtime Nintendo fans is the inclusion of Star Fox 2. The sequel to the original Star Fox was never released due to a tricky transition to the new console generation. ROMs have been available online for years, but I honestly never thought we’d see any kind of official acknowledgement of the game from Nintendo. The other installed offerings include RPGs like Secret of Mana, Final Fantasy III, and Super Mario…
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Amazon’s Echo skills to get adverts… kinda

It was bound to happen eventually. As more and more Echo devices are making their way into people’s homes — including the utterly pointless Echo Show — marketing companies are figuring out how to monetize Alexa skills with adverts. One company, VoiceLabs, has announced a platform called Sponsored Messages, which lets skill developers add 6 to 15-second long commercials at the start and end of each conversation. These commercials would come from major brands, like ESPN and Wendy’s. Win a trip to Amsterdam! We've teamed up with Product Hunt to offer you the chance to win an all expense paid trip to TNW Conference 2017! Speaking to CNET, VoiceLabs CEO Adam Marchick suggested that the developer of a sports podcast might team up with ESPN. So, when the user leaves the skill, they’ll hear a message that says “Thanks for listening, and thanks to ESPN for supporting us.” A few…
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Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine are hijacking cell networks to send threatening texts

Ukraine is currently in the spotlight in Europe, as this year’s Eurovision Song Contest is being held in Kiev. While singers prance around safely in the country’s capital, soldiers and civilians are battling pro-Russian separatists in the eastern part of the country — as they’ve done for the last three years. There seems to be no end in sight for the conflict and there’s fighting on all fronts, especially the digital. According to the Associated Press (AP), Ukrainian soldiers are subjected to new form of information warfare where they’re periodically threatened with text messages from the separatists. “This event was off the charts” Gary Vaynerchuk was so impressed with TNW Conference 2016 he paused mid-talk to applaud us. Ukrainian soldiers! They’ll find your bodies when the snow melts. So read the text message that television journalist Julia Kirienko and Ukrainian soldiers received simultaneously during a shelling from the separatists. The…
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We’re worrying too much about zero days

The bulk of media coverage after leaks like the recent ‘Vault 7’ release by WikiLeaks tend to focus on zero days: vulnerabilities in software the manufacturer doesn’t know about until they’re released. This focus is only natural, because the unknown tends to scare people, and scaring people gets you clicks. But according to a panel of security experts at South by Southwest, this focus on zero days is somewhat exaggerated. Follow TNW at SXSW 2017! We're covering the weird and wonderful tech at SXSW, join us in the fun. The panel was called Bugs in the System: Mapping the Vulns Market – with ‘vulns’ standing in for the catch-all term vulnerabilities for exploitable flaws in software. The hour-long panel revolved around the ethical questions about disclosure of these flaws. Lots of interesting and timely points were raised, especially around when governments should disclose vulnerabilities found by hackers they employ in…
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This is your final shot at last week’s best offers from TNW Deals

Kicking yourself because you missed out on a one-time deal is bad enough… so don’t beat yourself up over missing it a second time. From a stellar VPN that will protect your online security, to an app that builds stunning webpages with zero code — here’s one last chance at four of the best bargains we dished out last week from TNW Deals. MailButler Professional: Lifetime subscription (97% off) MailButler is the next-level email handler you’ve been waiting for, enabling you to take care of email tasks you couldn’t before like scheduling outgoing emails for a later date or saving your messages to Evernote. When it’s used with MailButler, your Apple Mail will be serving up like a personal assistant on an espresso high. “This event was off the charts” Gary Vaynerchuk was so impressed with TNW Conference 2016 he paused mid-talk to applaud us. Buy now: Mailbutler prices start…
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We’ve slashed the price on the Lytro Illum Camera from $1,299.99 to $299.99

We’ve slashed the price on the Lytro Illum Camera from $1,299.99 to $299.99 TNW uses cookies to personalise content and ads to make our site easier for you to use. We do also share that information with third parties for advertising & analytics. Got it! or More info Shh. Here's some distraction ↑ ↓ Navigate up/down Enter Go to article / Search new term Esc Close search kkIt6VE-796x398.jpg...
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