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PlayStation VR play area details, FAQ surface ahead of October launch

PlayStation VR play area details, FAQ surface ahead of October launch

We're being treated to some new details about Sony's PlayStation VR today, which will be hitting stores later this year. PlayStation VR is being targeted toward existing PlayStation 4 owners who want a less expensive alternative to VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and the Vive, as the PS VR will only require the PS4 and the PlayStation Camera instead of a powerful PC.

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Hearthstone’s latest adventure invites players to spend One Night in Karazhan

Hearthstone’s latest adventure invites players to spend One Night in Karazhan

Just a few months after the release of Hearthstone's latest expansion, Whispers of the Old Gods, Blizzard is ready to release the game's next single-player adventure. The mini-expansion, named One Night in Karazhan, will have players travelling to the tower of Karazhan to attend a disco-themed party thrown by the Magus Medivh. Apparently, disco never died in the lands of Azeroth, and we're kind of okay with that.

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Reminder: Windows 10 free upgrade promotion ends today

Reminder: Windows 10 free upgrade promotion ends today

Just a friendly reminder that today is the final day that folks with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 can upgrade to Windows 10 for free. The free upgrade promotion - which has been running for nearly a year now - will come to a close at midnight, so if you've been procrastinating but planned to upgrade, now is definitely the time. Of course, many of you are probably well aware that the promotion has been going on for a year, given the rather annoying desktop pop-ups that urge you to upgrade. Those should (presumably) be ending too, so cheers all around.

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Apple Car project reportedly shifting focus to develop autonomous driving software

Apple Car project reportedly shifting focus to develop autonomous driving software

Earlier this week, we heard that Apple had brought back longtime executive Bob Mansfield to head up the development of its rumored electric car. If new reports are to be believed, however, it would appear that the return of Mansfield has heralded more than a new face for the head of Project Titan's development team. Instead, his return may be bringing an entire shift in focus for the project.

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August Home teams up with Amazon to offer first Alexa-enabled door lock

August Home teams up with Amazon to offer first Alexa-enabled door lock

As time goes on, Amazon keeps bolstering the smart home capabilities of Alexa. The company announced today that it's adding the first Alexa Skill for door locks, with the August Home Smart Lock getting the distinction of being the first smart lock that's Alexa-enabled. Now owners of Alexa devices like the Echo or Tap can lock their front doors or check if the doors are locked using Alexa voice commands.

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iPhone 7 Lightning adapter leak paints grim picture for headphone jack

iPhone 7 Lightning adapter leak paints grim picture for headphone jack

In the absurdly long list of iPhone 7 rumors, one persistent whisper has been the notion that Apple will be ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack in its next flagship. This rumor has been the center of much debate, with a fair number of prospective buyers upset by the idea that Apple would choose to leave the headphone jack in the dust in favor of something else. Though we can't know for sure until Apple actually announces the iPhone 7, new leaked images showing off a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter don't paint a very pleasant picture for the pro-headphone jack crowd.

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DJI and uAvionix partner to introduce ADS-B collision avoidance dev kits

DJI and uAvionix partner to introduce ADS-B collision avoidance dev kits

Drones are everywhere these days, and their presence in the skies often brings up questions of air traffic safety. With corporations and consumers both adopting drones at a fast pace, some may be concerned by the possibility of mid-air collisions or drones that make their way into restricted airspace. DJI and uAvionix are looking to solve that issue with a new partnership that will see collision avoidance developer kits come to DJI's drones.

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Pokemon GO player hits level cap, but needed a bot to get there

Pokemon GO player hits level cap, but needed a bot to get there

With Pokemon GO developer Niantic remaining tight-lipped on a number of the game's inner workings, players have been left to postulate and discuss what could be going on behind the scenes. One of the most discussed topics seems to be Pokemon GO's level cap, with Niantic never stating outright that there's a hard cap in the game. Well, we now have an answer to that question, as one player has managed to hit the level cap and took to Reddit to share that success.

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Oracle snatches up NetSuite in huge $9.3 billion deal

Oracle snatches up NetSuite in huge $9.3 billion deal

Oracle is looking to tackle the cloud market in a big way, announcing today that it will acquire NetSuite for a staggering $9.3 billion. That's enough money to firmly position this deal as one of the largest in Oracle's history, which is no stranger to multi-billion dollar buyouts. NetSuite has the distinction of being the first company to offer cloud-based computing, launching way back in 1998.

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New study shows cloned sheep are living long lives with few health problems

New study shows cloned sheep are living long lives with few health problems

Those of you who survived the roarin' 1990s will almost certainly remember Dolly the Sheep, who was created from a single adult cell that was combined with an egg cell that had been stripped of its DNA. In other words, Dolly was a clone. Dolly was all over the news when she was born in 1996, but soon after, she started to suffer from health problems, with many people assuming that she was facing these issues because she was a clone.

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Microsoft Pix aims to bring better photos to iOS

Microsoft Pix aims to bring better photos to iOS

The camera on the iPhone 6s is already fairly impressive in terms of quality, but Microsoft is looking to improve the photos it takes with its new app, Pix. The app launches today on the iOS App Store, and it comes with a number of features that make it worthy of consideration by folks who have decided to use an iPhone as their day-to-day shooter.

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Google Play Family Library arrives with app and media sharing

Google Play Family Library arrives with app and media sharing

After hearing about Google's plan to launch a family sharing feature for Google Play earlier in the month, the company announced today that it has finally gone live. Google Play has officially rolled out Family Library, which allows families of up to six people to share purchases across their devices. Families can share any eligible purchase with one another, be it an app, game, book, TV show, or movie.

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