Child uses sleeping mom’s fingerprints to buy Pokemon gifts

Child uses sleeping mom's fingerprints to buy Pokemon gifts

A fingerprint-ID locked phone wasn't going to stop this 6-year-old from catching 'em all. Online purchases have been a pain in the wallet for parents, with the Federal Trade Commission hitting Apple, Google and Amazon with complaints accusing the companies of making it too easy for kids to make in-app purchases. Kids buying online without their parents' consent has cost these companies millions in settlements.

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Game on! The best board games of 2016

Game on! The best board games of 2016

Do you get unhealthy levels of enjoyment from unwrapping decks of cards, punching out cardboard tiles, and evaluating the heft and finish of wooden cubes? We do, too—we're gamers, after all—and 2016 was a tremendous year for tabletop gaming. The tireless members of the Ars Cardboard crew spent a lot of time playing, replaying, and dissecting the year's new titles, and we're ready to tell you what we enjoyed most.

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Super Mario’s Reluctant Leap to the iPhone

Super Mario’s Reluctant Leap to the iPhone

As recently as five years ago, Nintendo’s late president, Satoru Iwata, was adamant that Super Mario would never make the leap to smartphones. “If we did this, Nintendo would cease to be Nintendo,” he said in an interview with Nikkei, in 2011. The decision was philosophical rather than economic. The goal of smartphone developers, Iwata had said earlier that year, “is just to gather as much software as possible, because quantity is what makes the money flow.”

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Original The Legend of Zelda Map Gets Printed In 3D

Original The Legend of Zelda Map Gets Printed In 3D

The Legend of Zelda on NES had a sprawling world by the standards of 1980s console games. While decades ago people used to draw their own maps to try and keep track of where each dungeon and secret, alternative methods now exist. Like, for instance, 3D printing a replica of the game’s entire overworld.

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Now you can get Super Mario Run on your iPhone

Now you can get Super Mario Run on your iPhone

Mario fans can now hang out with their favourite Nintendo character while they're away from their game system. Nintendo announced on Thursday that Super Mario Run is now available for iPhone and iPad. The game can be downloaded from the App Store at no cost, and players have a chance to try out the game's three modes for free. For unlimited access to the game, there's a one-time payment of $13.99.

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This Mod Makes Grand Theft Auto V as Photorealistic as Possible

This Mod Makes Grand Theft Auto V as Photorealistic as Possible

A Modder by the name of ‘Razed’ has just released an epic graphical mod for Grand Theft Auto V that aims to make Rockstar’s title as photorealistic as possible. This mod goes by the name of NaturalVision 2.0 and is the result of greatly utilizing ReShade, ENB, VisualSettings and TimeCycle files in combination with the VisualV mod.

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Man spends stolen $1m on Game of War

Man spends stolen $1m on Game of War

A man went on a $1m (£800,000) spending spree on the Game of War app after stealing $4.8m from his employer. Kevin Lee Co, 45, from Sacramento, California, pleaded guilty to fraudulently using company credit cards to steal the money. Court documents reveal Mr Co spent about $1m of the embezzled funds on Game of War, one of the world's highest grossing mobile games. Players buy gold and other in-game credits to help build their empires.

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