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HDR is coming to every PS4 soon via firmware update

HDR is coming to every PS4 soon via firmware update

If you own the 'original' PlayStation 4 and feel a bit left out by today's Sony event, good news: Sony has a little present for you, and it will be arriving next week. As announced today, all PlayStation 4 devices -- including the original one -- will be getting HDR support via a firmware update arriving next week. Once it arrives, your PS4, regardless of whether you have the original or slim, will get some level of HDR capabilities.

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PlayStation 4 Slim has thin body, round corners, arrives September 15

PlayStation 4 Slim has thin body, round corners, arrives September 15

Sony has officially unveiled the PlayStation 4 'slim' model, and it looks exactly like it did in the most recent leaks we saw. Bringing with it a slim body, as well as rounded corners, the unit looks distinctly like a PS4, but definitely distinct enough in its own right to stand out from the original, sharper model. If you've been waiting months to buy a PS4 in anticipation of this launch, good news: you'll be able to get one starting September 15 for $299.

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iPhone 7 A10 Fusion: 40% faster processing than the A9

iPhone 7 A10 Fusion: 40% faster processing than the A9

There’s a lot to like about the iPhone 7, but is it worth upgrading to? It is if you care about performance and battery life. The iPhone 7 boasts the A10 Fusion, a four-core 64-bit processor with two high-efficiency cores and two high-performance cores. With the processor comes 40-percent faster processing over the A9 and two times processing over the A8. It’s a big jump in processing performance over the iPhone 6s, and is especially faster than older models — in fact, Apple says it is 120x faster than the original iPhone.

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iPhone 7 camera: 12MP, OIS, quad-LED flash, 60% faster

iPhone 7 camera: 12MP, OIS, quad-LED flash, 60% faster

The iPhone 7 boasts an all-new 12-megapixel camera, though as expected, it is of the single-lens variety (you’ll need to grab the iPhone 7 Plus if you want the dual-lens camera). The iPhone’s offering is still a force to be reckoned with, though, as it brings optical image stabilization with it, an f/1.8 aperture, and a six-element lens, not to mention the high-speed sensor and Apple’s own ISP. This is joined by a wide color gamut and quad-LED True Tone flash, the sum total of which is a powerhouse mobile photography device.

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iPhone 7 Jet Black is a high-gloss work of precision

iPhone 7 Jet Black is a high-gloss work of precision

Apple has taken the wraps off the new iPhone 7, saying it is "very beautiful, very high-tech." The phone is, says Apple, a work of perfection, of precision, of many technologies brought together to produce a single, seemingly simple smartphone that is on point at all points. Says Apple, the iPhone 7 is made with "few and very precisely engineered parts."

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Google Drive better handles duplicate files via version history

Google Drive better handles duplicate files via version history

Google Drive has made a small but significant change that better enables it to handle duplicate files. When the same file is downloaded and then re-uploaded, rather than changing the name to reflect that it is a duplicate, Drive will list the most recently uploaded file as “version x,” making it easy to see which file you edited last or to find an older version of the file that you may need.

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PlayStation 4 Elite controller surfaces on Target’s website

PlayStation 4 Elite controller surfaces on Target’s website

Ahead of Sony’s event this month, a third-party PS4 controller called the ‘PlayStation 4 Elite Controller’ surfaced on Target’s website, only to be pulled a short time later. The controller has the same general shape as the regular PS4 controller, but comes with a somewhat futuristic, geometric design. The controller was originally listed as a pre-order item, but that pre-order was obviously premature given that the entire product listing has been taken down.

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Bowers & Wilkins P3 Series 2 headphones bring black leather finish

Bowers & Wilkins P3 Series 2 headphones bring black leather finish

Bowers & Wilkins has introduced an updated version of the P3 headphones called, aptly enough, the P3 Series 2. These headphones bring a lot of the elements we like most from the P3 model and adds a new luxury black leather finish, according to the company. The headphones are targeted at music lovers who want ‘pristine sound’ coupled with lightweight earphones and more.

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Pistachio scarcity looms as droughts decimate farms

Pistachio scarcity looms as droughts decimate farms

If you love pistachios, stock up while you can: the next few years or more may see a scarcity of the nut as long-running droughts in Iran have decimated entire pistachio farms and have others on the brink of collapse. Pistachios are a vital export for Iran, coming second only to crude oil, with the nation’s various pistachio farms producing 250,000 tons last year. Extreme water scarcity in the nation, though, has led to mass farm loss and more farms are sure to fail soon if something doesn't change.

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Amazon Fire TV update expands search, voice control and more

Amazon Fire TV update expands search, voice control and more

Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick are getting an over-the-air update that brings new features and expands others, including Universal Search for more apps and channels, using Alexa voice control to skip through videos and ask for sports updates, and more. According to Amazon, the OTA software update is being rolled out to the aforementioned devices now.

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‘Narcos’ renewed for two more seasons, making 4 total (so far)

‘Narcos’ renewed for two more seasons, making 4 total (so far)

Narcos, a drama detailing the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar and the DEA agents on the other side, is Netflix's latest original series hit. The company quickly promised a second season after the first premiered, and now that the second has arrived (it dropped on September 2), Netflix has announced yet another renewal -- this time for two seasons, taking us up to four total (so far).

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Nazi U-boat seen for first time since sinking in 1942

Nazi U-boat seen for first time since sinking in 1942

The German ‘U-boat’ submarine U-576 has been seen for the first time since sinking about 74 years ago. Entombed within are the 45 German sailors who went down with the sub; according to the researchers who discovered it, the hatches are still closed, and most of the other elements — minus the now-rotted wooden deck pieces — are still present. The discovery marks the end of a mission that has been ongoing since 2009, providing an actual look at the vessel that was first 'seen' by sonar in 2014.

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