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Eight great board games we played at PAX Unplugged
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Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. PAX Unplugged, the tabletop board gaming conference that emerged from the PAX video game conference empire, took place in Philadelphia last week. It was bigger and better than last year’s inaugural event, with more space allocated […]

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Study: Tetris is a great distraction for easing an anxious mind
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Enlarge / A giant Tetris board illuminating the windows of the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality in 2016. Playing Tetris provides a useful distraction during anxious waiting periods. (credit: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images) There’s nothing worse than waiting to hear potentially upsetting news, whether it’s a bad medical diagnosis or learning if you got into your top college […]

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Google Doodle honors baseball great and humanitarian Roberto Clemente     – CNET
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The Hall of Famer gave his life trying to help victims of a massive earthquake.

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Apple HomePod review: Great sound, but it's trapped in Apple's world     – CNET
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The HomePod delivers amazing audio quality, but this pricey speaker is an iOS-only device that effectively requires an Apple Music subscription.

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This is the Story of the 1970s Great Calculator Race
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An anonymous reader shares a thread [Editor’s note: all links in the story will lead you to Twitter]: In the 1970s the cost — and size — of calculators tumbled. Business tools became toys; as a result prestige tech companies had to rapidly diversify into other products — or die! This is the story of […]

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S4 review: A premium tablet great for entertainment, but no PC replacement     – CNET
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The premium Android tablet shines for feasting on media, but a desktop-like interface and a cramped, pricey keyboard won’t have you leaving your laptop behind.

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Cree 60W Replacement LED (2018) review: Cree's new LED is its most basic bulb ever — and it's great     – CNET
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With solid dimming, excellent efficiency and plenty of brightness, the newest Cree LED is a light-bulb aisle standout.

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9 great reads from CNET this week     – CNET
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Fortnite is changing the way we play video games; you can’t escape data tracking on the web; and we compare the leading mobile payment systems.

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Cryptocurrency has been great for GPU makers—that might change soon
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Enlarge / Mostly bare shelves in the graphics card case at a Washington, DC, Best Buy in January. (credit: Timothy B. Lee) Nvidia announced its financial results on Thursday, and they were spectacular. For the company’s first fiscal quarter—which runs from late January through late April—the company had revenues of $3.2 billion. That’s up 10 […]

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