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Rovio shares crash 19% after Angry Birds maker’s disappointing first post-IPO earnings

Almost two months after its IPO , Angry Birds maker Rovio Entertainment today learned a painful lesson about life as a public company when investors battered its stock following an earnings report that failed to meet expectations. Rovio missed on both profits and sales, which sent its stock down 18.87 percent in mid-day trading on…

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Amazon begins taking orders in Australia

(Reuters) — Amazon.com’s Australian arm began an order-taking trial on Thursday, giving life to the hype which has preceded its arrival in the world’s No. 12 economy and weighed on the shares of the brick-and-mortar retail sector. The trial kicked off at 3 p.m. (0400 GMT) with the Amazon Australia website’s search box filling in…

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Microsoft releases new Windows 10 preview with Edge, shell, and input improvements

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs with Edge, shell, and input improvements. This build is part of the RS4 branch, which represents the next Windows 10 update the company has yet to announce. Windows 10 is a service , meaning it was built in a very different way from its predecessors…

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Single-player games withstood World of Warcraft. They’ll survive PUBG, too

GUEST: With the recent cancellation of Visceral’s single-player Star Wars game, shifting focus of big publishers on multiplayer games and more than stellar success of cooperative multiplayer games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, gamers are starting to ask questions. Are single-player story-driven games dead? Do players want them contrary to what some big publishers say? Do they…

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World of Warcraft devs explain how Legion takes us to Battle for Azeroth

The World of Warcraft is going back to its roots: war. Blizzard Entertainment announced earlier this month at BlizzCon  that its next expansion, Battle for Azeroth , is coming out in 2018. The massively multiplayer online role-playing game’s seventh expansion focuses on the war between its two player factions: the Alliance and the Horde. But it’s also…

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Scuf’s Infinity1 Xbox One gamepad is like a lighter, cheaper Elite Controller

The Xbox One Elite Controller is still the best gamepad I’ve ever used , but I can see why some people may choose Scuf’s Infinity1 instead. Scuf, which also works with Microsoft on the Elite, provides similar functionality in its Infinity1 customizable controllers. You can swap out thumbsticks and use back paddles to activate face…

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Immigrants are vital to startup communities across the U.S.

GUEST: On November 13, Albuquerque mayor Richard J. Berry (R) awarded local nonprofit WESST a $75,000 Mayor’s Entrepreneurship Prize for the organization’s La Escalera program, which is specifically designed to aid immigrant entrepreneurs. As he gave the award to WESST , which promotes small business training and development in New Mexico, Mayor Berry stated, “Like a…

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Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, iterative upgrades, will make a cameo at CES

EXCLUSIVE: Samsung is planning to show off its next-generation Galaxy S handsets a bit earlier than usual, according to someone briefed on the company’s plans, with the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ scheduled to make their first public appearance at January’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Although some of the details of the new…

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Infinity Blade characters come back to life as emojis

The Infinity Blade trilogy was one of the best-selling mobile gaming series on the iPhone, but its last installment came out in 2013. Now fans can express their love for the franchise with a new emoji sticker pack based on Infinity Blade characters. Pundit , a sticker technology platform, has partnered with Epic Games’ Chair…