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PlayStation-themed Nike sneakers are a gamer‘s dream footwear

If sneakers and video games are your thing, get ready for a product collaboration made in heaven. NBA player Paul George of the Oklahoma City Thunder has created his second signature basketball shoe with Nike, the PG2, and it‘s an official collaboration with Sony‘s PlayStation brand. George himself claims he‘s one of the biggest gamers in the NBA, and his Continue reading

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Audi testing its own Smart Energy Network home battery system

Tesla may have made waves with its Tesla Energy home batteries, but more luxury car makers are looking to do something similar as they make the jump to all-electric vehicles. Audi is one of the latest, as the company has just announced its own Smart Energy Network, which combines home energy storage, solar power generation, and electric vehicle charging. Audi Continue reading

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Nokia flagship 2018 smartphone tipped to feature 5 camera setup

The new HMD Global-owned Nokia has been hard at work over the last year to become a producer of affordable quality Android handsets. The latest Nokia 6 has already been announced, and the upcoming Nokia 8 and Nokia 9 are expected to be high-end devices. However, there‘s a new rumor developing that the Finnish company has a new flagship in Continue reading

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Official PlayStation Totaku figures are like Amiibo without the NFC

Fans of video game-related collectibles, be warned, there‘s a new range of figures coming to drain your wallet. ThinkGeek and its parent company GameStop have announced a line of officially licensed figures based on popular PlayStation game franchises, including PaRappa the Rapper, Crash Bandicoot, and God of War. Dubbed Totaku Collection, the figures are thankfully very affordable. Each figure measures Continue reading

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Cryptocurrency mining spurs high-end graphics card sales & causing GPU shortages

If you‘ve been shopping around for a new graphics card over the last few weeks, you‘ve likely had a very hard time finding any in stock. And if you do find one, it‘s probably priced well above the MSRP on a re-selling site like eBay or Craigslist. It turns out that graphics cards, especially the high-end type, are in short Continue reading

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Google Play store will soon sell audiobooks

In this age of podcasts and other forms of streaming media, the audiobook format has been growing in popularity over the last few years. Amazon currently dominates the market, however, with its ownership of Audible, but it appears Google is about to make a big push back. The Google Play store has revealed that it will soon start selling audiobooks Continue reading

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Disney hires ex-Apple & Samsung director to lead its streaming service

Disney is continuing to make progress on building itself one of the top streaming video services when it launches sometime in 2019. The media giant has already been pulling its content and ending deals with rival Netflix, and now it appears to have hired someone with experience at some of the biggest tech companies to head operations. Specifically, Kevin Swint, Continue reading

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Final Fantasy 14 update reintroduces iconic FF6 villains

The popularity and quality of Final Fantasy XIV has grown significantly since the release of the Stormblood expansion last year, and now developer Square Enix has detailed the online RPG‘s latest update. Dubbed Rise of a New Sun, the new 4.2 update will be released on January 30th and include plenty of new content for players to explore. But what Continue reading

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Baidu reveals a different smart speaker strategy with Raven H and DuerOS

Like just about every big tech company these days, Chinese web giant Baidu is getting in on the smart speaker game. But the company is doing things noticeably different from Amazon or Google, despite selling its new Raven H speaker device. Instead the key product is the assistant software itself, the DuerOS AI platform, and Baidu‘s goal is to have Continue reading

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Apple HomePod gets FCC approval, expected to launch soon

For those waiting to get their hands on Apple‘s upcoming HomePod, the wait appears to soon be over. The Siri-powered smart speaker was delayed from its original release last fall to sometime in early 2018, but the device was recently granted approval by the FCC for sale in the US. There‘s still no solid launch date, however, but the approval Continue reading

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Flu virus can be spread by simply breathing: study

Being around a random sneeze or cough during flu season is enough to strike paranoia into one‘s heart, but it turns out it takes far less to potentially infect you. Researchers with the University of Maryland and other institutions are behind a newly published study that details how easily the influenza virus can be transmitted. Sneezing and coughing can spread Continue reading

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Twitter starts notifying users who followed Russian propaganda accounts

Following Facebook‘s publication of a tool that shows users whether they followed Russia-linked pages comes an update from Twitter: it is emailing users who followed a Russia-linked page on its platform. Twitter revealed its plans in an update on the topic, where it details its progress and what it is doing moving forward. Among its users, 677,775 people located in Continue reading

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GoPro Fusion Android support arrives for 10 compatible phone models

Last year, action camera maker GoPro introduced a 360-degree 5.2K camera called Fusion, a model that resembles the company‘s HERO models but with notably different functionality. The GoPro Fusion has launched in the months since its introduction, enjoying fairly solid user ratings and reviews while helping GoPro edge away from its business troubles. Thanks to a new app update, Fusion Continue reading

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LG folding phone patent shows handset transform into tablet

A patent filed by LG shows a folding phone concept in which the handset forms a tablet when unfolded. According to the patent‘s details, this model should it ever be put into production wouldn‘t feature two separate displays like the ZTE Axon M, but rather a single flexible display that can be folded in half. The result is Continue reading

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Verizon Go Unlimited will soon include service in Mexico and Canada

Back in August, Verizon diced up its Unlimited plan and with that came multiple varieties of unlimited, one of them being Verizon Go Unlimited. That plan clocks in at 75/month versus Beyond Unlimited‘s 85/month price, though with restrictions, such as dvd-quality video streaming versus actual HD quality over mobile. Now the company is adding a new feature to its cheaper Continue reading

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Samsung Cloud will delete third-party app backups next month

Samsung is changing its Samsung Cloud service‘s backup policy, the company has announced in an email sent to users, a change that will affect app backups. According to the email, Samsung Cloud will stop supporting third-party app data backups soon, at which point Samsung will purge the data it has already backed up from these apps. Users only have a Continue reading

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PSN flash sale discounts a bunch of PS4 indie games

As it‘s been known to do every once in a while, Sony has kicked off a flash sale on the PlayStation Store. This sale comprises deals for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita, though those buying for PlayStation 4 are unsurprisingly going to have the most offers to take advantage of. If you‘re going to buy something, you‘ll need Continue reading

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Twitter Bookmarks feature appears in beta on Android

Back in October, Twitter announced plans to add a feature that allows its users to save tweets for later. The feature was referred to as Save For Later, but its in-app name will actually be Bookmarks. With Bookmarks, a user can privately save specific tweets, a feature the company says has been a frequent request from users. The idea behind Continue reading

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Ripple price rise with Stellar: Battling the BTC USD drop tide

After a significant dip in Bitcoin price last week and over the weekend, several cryptocurrencies are on the rise. Notably XRP, the coin for Ripple, saw a 50% rise in value one day, then a fall by around 6% the next. Ripple saw a 70+ percent recovery from the lowest price in several weeks at 0.897 (according to CoinMarketCap.) Meanwhile Continue reading

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PUBG cheaters banned en masse as blue zone changes arrive

If there‘s one thing that‘s the bane of a PUBG player‘s existence right now, it isn‘t server lag or textures failing to load, but cheaters. The problem with cheaters within PlayerUnknown‘s Battlegrounds has been well documented at this point, with many players complaining loudly and frequently about the problem. Though the PUBG Corporation has been trying to keep up with Continue reading

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Alexa app finally has a voice

An update for the Alexa app for Android was given an update this morning with support for Alexa voice interaction. This update brings Alexa voice interaction on all Androids, not just a few - all just as long as they have at least Android 4.4 or newer. That‘s the basic requirement for the app itself - and was before this Continue reading

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OnePlus confirms security breach with a staggering number of affected users

Last week, we started hearing word of a potential security breach over at OnePlus. Users were reporting that their credit cards had been compromised shortly after making a purchase on the OnePlus website, which prompted the company to launch an investigation. Today we‘re getting the first results from that investigation, and things aren‘t looking good for OnePlus or its users. Continue reading

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Samsung investigated for old phone slowdown (just like Apple)

Remember how Apple just got in trouble for deliberately slowing down old iPhones? Samsung was just called out for the same thing. Antitrust authorities are now investigating both Samsung and Apple for their part in unfair commercial practices. More specifically, Samsung and Apple now part of two separate proceedings for exploiting the shortcomings of some components to reduce the performance Continue reading

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Galaxy S9 release date may hinder tech to truly battle iPhone X

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is just one of three big-name smartphones the company will reveal this year. The company is set to reveal the Samsung Galaxy S9, the Samsung Galaxy S9+ (or Galaxy S9 Plus), and the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. These three devices will be very similar to one another, and the first two will inform the details of Continue reading

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