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Hyperkin plans to revive the Game Boy before Nintendo has a chance

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The market for retro gaming hardware has been around for ages, but no one knew quite how massive it could be until Nintendo came out with the NES Classic Edition in 2016. The miniature console sold out immediately, and every time it came back in stock, it was gone as quickly as it had arrived. Nintendo followed it up with the SNES Classic Edition in 2017, and despite having significantly more stock, still managed to sell out at virtually every retailer.

Taking advantage of the wave of enthusiasm for old school hardware, gaming peripheral maker Hyperkin announced at CES 2018 this week that it is working on an updated version of Nintendo’s Game Boy that will actually play original Game Boy games in addition to featuring countless improvements over the original hardware.

Gizmodo was able to get its hands on the device, which Hyperkin is calling the Ultra Game Boy while in development, in Las Vegas at the electronics trade show. According to Gizmodo, Hyperkin’s console is made of aluminum, has the same volume and contrast dials as the original and looks virtually identical to the Game Boy Pocket.

But as familiar as the Ultra Game Boy looks, there are some significant changes. First of all, there’s a third dial that allows you to adjust the backlit LCD display, which wasn’t possible on the first several Game Boy models. If you want an authentic Game Boy experience though, you can turn off the backlight altogether.

Other new features include a built-in battery with a six-hour life span, a USB-C charging port, stereo speakers as well as right and left audio output connections. Of course, classic Game Boy carts only use mono sound, but the updated sound system will allow musicians to more easily use the Ultra Game Boy to create chiptunes.

Hyperkin is planning to launch the Ultra Game Boy (definitely not its final name) before the end of the summer for a price point under $100. Since this console isn’t being made by Nintendo, it obviously won’t have any games built in, but it will play all original Game Boy cartridges and possibly Game Boy Color carts too.

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Wynn casino heist: $6 million in chips allegedly stolen by a dealer and an accomplice

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The upcoming reboot Ocean’s 8 won’t be out until this summer, but it appears that someone took inspiration from the series this week as $6 million in gaming chips went missing from the Wynn Macau casino in China. Macau police tell CNNMoney that a dealer from the casino and a potential accomplice have already been arrested, but the hunt for the chips continues as the Wynn Macau attempts to recoup its losses.

Opened in 2006, the Wynn Macau is one of the premier gaming houses in a territory that has become synonymous with gambling. Revenue from gambling in Macau nearly tripled that of Las Vegas in 2016, making it arguably the top gambling destination on the planet. So you can see why security would be at a premium.

Police would not confirm how the heist was pulled off, but local media reports claim that the suspect simply stuffed the chips into a bag in the VIP room and walked out of the building. Of course, in order to profit from the chips the thief (or thieves) would need to return to the casino and cash them out. Probably not all at once, either.

Speaking with CNNMoney, Sanford Bernstein analyst Vitaly Umansky explained that gambling rules are more relaxed in Macau than they are in Nevada. According to Umansky, much of the high-stakes gaming takes place in VIP rooms that are run by junket operators from mainland China, rather than the casinos themselves.

“The junkets get a lot of leeway inside the rooms in terms of how money changes hands and how chips change hands,” said Umansky. “That’s something that may need to get evaluated.”

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Apple’s New iMac Pro vs 5K iMac (Video)

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Apple’s new iMac Pro went on sale last month, the computer is Apple’s most expensive iMac to date with a starting price of $5,000 and the top model costing as much as $14,000. Now we have a video of the new iMac Pro vs 5K iMac.

The iMac Pro is designed for professionals and it comes with some high end specifications, how does it perform against Applke’s standard 5K iMac. Dan from Mac Rumors tested out the new iMac Pro against a 5K iMac and also Aooke’s MacBook Pro, have a look at the video below.

As we can see from the video there are significant differences between the three Macs in the disk tests with the iMac Pro being way ahead of the other two.

The next test was exporting a the same video on all three devices, the MacBook Pro took 9 minutes and 34 seconds. The 5K iMac took 3 minutes and 50 seconds and the new iMac Pro was actually slower at exporting the video taking 4 minutes and 5 seconds. It looks like in overall performance the new iMac Pro is considerably ahead of the other two devices.

Is it worth the extra cost though? For everyday users like myself probably not, but if you are doing a lot of video editing and other labourt intensive tasks then it may be the one to go for.

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How to cut the cord without losing live network TV or your DVR

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Now that you’ve finally cut the cord, you’re probably saving more money each month than you know what to do with. Here are a few suggestions: take your family out to a nice dinner, add some extra money to your savings each month, and spend $28 on a Mediasonic Homeworx HW180STB OTA DVR. With this simple little box, you can get back the DVR features you lost when you canceled cable. This way, you can record live network TV shows you get for free using your OTA TV antenna so you can watch them anytime you want.

Here are some highlights from the product page:

  • Receive Over-The-Air Digital Broadcast to your Analog and Digital TV, Projector, and Computer Monitor. Antenna Out Analog Pass Through, Favorite Channel List, Parental Control Function,USB Multimedia Player Function.
  • Auto Tuning, HDMI 1080P Output / Composite Out / Coaxial Output, Closed Caption,Real-Time recording & Programmed Time Recording, Auto, 16:9 Pillar Box, 16:9 Pan G Scan, 4:3 Letter Box, 4:3 Pan G Scan, 4:3 Full, 16:9 Wide Screen. Timing Start Up & Shut Down.
  • Recording require user to connect a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 2.5″ / 3.5″ External Hard Drive via USB (Up to 2TB). (USB Flash Drive not recommended)
  • **PLEASE NOTE**:This converter box is designed to receive Over-The-Air signal, and it is not a replacement of cable box. External Antenna is required to connect to this converter box in order to receive signal. This product does NOT Work with TIVO and cable company such as Comcast, DirecTV, DISH Network, Time Warner Cable, etc. In general, this product does NOT work with encrypted cable signal
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