December 14, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Samsung’s Notebook 9 Pen is a slender 360-degree laptop that’s committed to the stylus way of doing things. Of course there’s a keyboard, but this convertible laptop wants to make it easy for you to scribble, tap, and create with your hand.Announced Wednesday night, the Notebook 9 Pen and several other Notebook 9 models will ship in Korea first, then the United States in the first quarter of 2018. Prices were not disclosed. Why this matters: Samsung announced the Notebook 9 Pen and several other laptops on Wednesday night to get ahead of the news deluge at CES. Samsung is a…

December 14, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Excel’s Text functions are a major time saver if your job entails managing massive data, especially data that’s imported from other sources. Fortunately, all ASCII data is easily imported, but the format of that imported data can vary drastically from one source to another.For example, fields may be delimited, such as  with tabs, spaces, commas, or periods. Aany other characters are all preferable to spaces. That’s because spaces not only exist in between fields, they also separate words within the fields, which makes sorting out the fields a real challenge. That’s where the following Text functions are very helpful.A. Use…

December 13, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Beating a level in Opus Magnum is just the beginning. Sure, I built a machine to assemble that level’s target product, but how do I make it better? How do I make that machine of pistons, moving arms, and base components cheaper, smaller, or more efficient? It’s questions like this that literally kept me up at night, and what makes Opus Magnum one of the most captivating puzzle games I’ve ever played. It’s set in a stylish, pseudo-futuristic fantasy world where alchemy is a fundamental part of life and, with a little thought, devices can turn water to fuel, lead…

December 13, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Rocket League developer Psyonix has confirmed the physical version of its acclaimed car soccer smash will be available on Switch in January 2018. Rocket League will arrive on store shelves for Switch on January 16 in North America, January 24 for Australia and New Zealand, and January 25/26 for Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and South Africa. The retail version of Rocket League on Switch will match the ones available on PS4 and Xbox One and will contain the full game plus the following additional content: Supersonic Fury DLC Pack Revenge of the Battle-Cars DLC Pack Chaos Run DLC Pack…

December 13, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Microsoft’s Bing search engine and Cortana digital assistant might not change that much from day to day, but behind the scenes they’re getting smarter—integrating factual insights from more sources, including the opinions of Reddit users.At an AI-focused event in San Francisco, Microsoft showed off a number of improvements, all geared towards increasing the “intelligence” of Bing, Cortana, and Microsoft Office. Why this matters: Calling out some of these behind-the-scenes upgrades helps Microsoft demonstrate its unique attributes, and thus relevance, among the competing AI-based platforms of Amazon, Apple, and Google. Microsoft Bing already lets you comparison shop for similar items across the…

December 13, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Despite all its acclaim, the reimagined Battlestar Galactica series that ran from 2004 to 2009 has been severely underrepresented when it comes to quality games. Similarly, recent choices for space-based strategy games have been limited too, especially if you aren’t looking for a 4X experience. But Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock solves all of these issues single-handedly, with tactical-strategy gameplay featuring Cylons, Vipers, and Battlestars. The best surprise, though, is that it’s all of that and a good game. Deadlock is a cleverly designed space combat game layered on top of a challenging resource-management simulation. In this regard, Deadlock echos what makes…

December 13, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

The wild and free nature of building your own bear is getting a host of options designed to please the bear-loving Nintendo fan in your life. Build-a-Bear Workshop’s new Super Mario collection features characters and costumes from the beloved franchise, including a Mario bear, as well as Yoshi, Bowser, and Toad plushies. There are also costume accessories, full costumes, like Peach and Luigi, as well as sounds you can implant inside your bear friend. Since Build-a-Bear is a chill company, you can mix and match as long as everything fits. For example, throw the Superman 6-in-1 sound pack into Yoshi…

December 13, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Star Wars Battlefront II’s The Last Jedi add-on content is now available. The game’s first DLC “season” is free for all players and includes the new single-player story Resurrection and new multiplayer content. The three single-player chapters follow the First Order’s rise to power, with players once again taking control of Commander Iden Versio. On the multiplayer side of things, playable characters Finn (Resistance) and Captain Phasma (First Order) join the fight. Those who log in during The Last Jedi season will automatically unlock both characters without any Credits required. The DLC also includes the planetary map Crait, the Starfighter Assault map D’Qar, and…

December 13, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Welcome to Best. Game. Ever., our new video series where we ask entertainers, athletes, comedians, and creators to weigh in on their all-time favorite video games. From Mario to Master Chief, 8-bit to 4K, we’re celebrating the best games ever, and in our debut episode, we’re taking a look at the classics. In Episode 1, we ask Michele Morrow, Nolan North, Jimmy Wong, and several other celebrities to share what their favorite classic games are, covering everything from Super Mario Bros. to The Legend of Zelda and Tetris. Watch the first episode below and find out if your favorite retro titles got a mention. Continue…