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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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FOX Sports Go app arrives on Roku

FOX Sports Go app arrives on Roku

Following its arrival on Apple TV on August 26, FOX Sports has announced the availability of FOX Sports Go on Roku devices, saying it is now available on both the set-top-boxes and Roku smart TVs. FOX Sports Go provides access to FOX Sports' “full slate” programming, which amounts to more than 3,000 live events plus access to original content and studio content. All of this depends, though, on whether you have a pay-TV subscription already.

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NASA spacecraft captures double eclipse in new video

NASA spacecraft captures double eclipse in new video

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, more commonly called the SDO, caught a rare double eclipse up close as both the Earth and the moon crossed in front of the sun. It’s a rare event, and one that we get to see up-close thanks to a video the space agency has made public. All we see are two massive dark shadows, but there’s an easy way to tell them apart — the Earth’s edges look fuzzy when it passes in front of the sun, while the moon’s edges are super sharp and clear.

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Sony ‘Signature Series’ audio devices include gold-plated Walkman

Sony ‘Signature Series’ audio devices include gold-plated Walkman

Sony has a new ‘Signature Series’ line of what it calls high-resolution audio devices. Counted among these new devices is the MDR-Z1R headphones, the NW-WM1Z and NW-WM1A Walkman devices, and the TA-ZH1ES headphones amp. All four devices are stylish, especially the NW-WM1Z Walkman with its gold-plated copper chassis. According to Sony, that design keeps down magnetic interference and contact resistance/oxidation.

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Syfy’s ‘Channel Zero’ series is seriously creepy in new teaser trailer

Syfy’s ‘Channel Zero’ series is seriously creepy in new teaser trailer

Syfy, the network with shows just cheesy enough to keep people coming back, has a new series that’ll be airing soon called “Channel Zero.” It is, according to the network, based upon the creepypasta stories that dot the Internet. It appears the show will be broken up into various stories by season, with the first being Channel Zero: Candle Cove — and, judging by the new trailer for it released yesterday, it’ll definitely be creepy.

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Samsung now sells refurbished phones in the US

Samsung now sells refurbished phones in the US

Late last month we heard word that Samsung may soon start selling refurbished smartphones in the U.S., and today that rumor has become official. As of now, you can buy a refurbished Samsung smartphone directly from the company itself rather than a carrier or third party. The devices are available through the Certified Pre-Owned online device store, which boasts that the phones are “rebuilt, refreshed, and covered” with the same one-year warranty you get on new smartphones.

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Alcatel POP 4 tablets debut alongside XL phone at IFA

Alcatel POP 4 tablets debut alongside XL phone at IFA

Joining its wearables and VR gear come some mobile devices from Alcatel, a trio of POP 4 slates including a 6-inch “phablet” smartphone and two tablets with 7-inch and 10-inch displays. The 10-inch model is the most notable of the bunch, coming with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 rather than the MediaTek offerings found in the two smaller models. All three models offer LTE support, and tap Waves MaxxAudio for their audio experience.

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