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

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 new sneaker is designed to reflect that by taking inspiration from the iconic PlayStation design and colors.

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Audi testing its own Smart Energy Network home battery system

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.

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Nokia flagship 2018 smartphone tipped to feature 5 camera setup

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 the works for reveal sometime later this year, one that will feature a whopping five lens camera setup.

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Official PlayStation Totaku figures are like Amiibo without the NFC

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.

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Cryptocurrency mining is causing high-end GPU shortages

Cryptocurrency mining is causing high-end 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 supply all around the globe, and PC gamers have the rapidly rising trend of cryptocurrency mining to thank.

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Google Play store will soon sell audiobooks

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 alongside its existing media like movies, TV shows, music, digital books, and more.

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

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, who has served as an executive at both Apple and Samsung in recent years.

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Final Fantasy 14 update reintroduces iconic FF6 villains

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 has series fans most excited is the tease of an iconic villain from Final Fantasy VI making a return.

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

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 it used in hardware from other manufacturers.

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Apple HomePod gets FCC approval, expected to launch soon

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 means the HomePod could soon be challenging the Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers for users' living rooms.

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KFC Canada offered BTC-themed chicken in Bitcoin Bucket

KFC Canada offered BTC-themed chicken in Bitcoin Bucket

KFC has a wonderful history of getting in on bizarre tech trends, including a food tray that doubles as a Bluetooth keyboard, a meal box that can charge your phone, a VR training game, and even chicken-flavored edible nail polish. The fast food chain's latest promotion attempts to cash-in on the growing Bitcoin craze with a limited time meal that can only be paid for with the cryptocurrency.

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Ressence Type 2 is a smartphone-pairing mechanical watch

Ressence Type 2 is a smartphone-pairing mechanical watch

These days, there's little middle ground between traditional mechanical watches, and the modern features offered by smartwatches. Sure, there are timepieces from the later category designed to resemble the former, but not without sacrificing real mechanical movement. Watchmaker Ressence is trying to address this conundrum with its new Type 2 e-Crown Concept, a mechanical watch that can be paired and set with a smartphone app.

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