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PS4 DualShock 4 green camo controller arrives in December

PS4 DualShock 4 green camo controller arrives in December

Sony dropped a fun, if not brief, announcement on its PlayStation Twitter account earlier today: there's a new DualShock 4 controller inbound, and it has a traditional green camouflage design. The controller will be available to purchase starting some time next month (an exact date was not provided save for 'late' in December). The model will be available alongside the new upcoming Silver color.

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NASA ‘smallsats’ swarm will help space agency study Earth’s weather

NASA ‘smallsats’ swarm will help space agency study Earth’s weather

NASA is set to launch a swarm of small satellites into Earth’s orbit, enabling the space agency to study our planet’s climate as it changes, as well as the weather patterns that result from that. These small satellites are, appropriately enough, called 'smallsats,' and they're described as being 'next-gen' versions of this technology. The space agency detailed the smallsats yesterday during a conference, and plans to release them into orbit in the upcoming months.

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Star Wars Rogue One RC Tie Fighter lets you fly for the empire

Star Wars Rogue One RC Tie Fighter lets you fly for the empire

Excited about the upcoming Rogue One Star Wars movie? Merchandise for the film is already surfacing, and newest among them is this remote controlled Tie Fighter. With this RC device, fans who are imperials at heart can pilot their own space craft for the Empire, doing so with ranges up to 250ft., and with the convenience of easily replaced AA batteries. Yes, the Tie Fighter is made from crash-resistant material, too.

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Four ways to stream live election results without cable

Four ways to stream live election results without cable

Polls are closing soon and many are tuning into their favorite news channel to watch the results. If you don't have cable, satellite, or a live streaming television service like Sling TV, don't worry: you have options for streaming live election coverage, too. As we've previously reported, a bunch of news networks and video platforms are offering live news coverage this year as a way to tap the millennial audience, as well as collect data on how consumers utilize such coverage.

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PlayStation Vue is losing Comedy Central and other Viacom channels

PlayStation Vue is losing Comedy Central and other Viacom channels

If you're a PlayStation Vue subscriber, Sony has some bad news for you: its livestreaming television service is losing Comedy Central, Spike, MTV, and other Viacom channels. "As part of our ongoing evaluation of the PlayStation Vue offering," the company said in a statement today, "we have determined that removing the bundle of channels from Viacom is the best way for us to continue to offer the most compelling value to our fans."

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Vespa Elettrica is an electric version of the classic scooter

Vespa Elettrica is an electric version of the classic scooter

The iconic Vespa scooter will soon be available as an electric offering, with maker Piaggio Group revealing earlier today the new Vespa Elettrica. Unfortunately, the company hasn't offered many details about the upcoming model; this announcement instead concerns itself with confirmation that yes, it really is happening. The Elettrica model features the classic Vespa look, but with a modern light blue stripe accenting the design.

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Leica TL is a modest update to the ‘T’ mirrorless camera

Leica TL is a modest update to the ‘T’ mirrorless camera

Leica has launched a modestly updated version of its Leica T mirrorless camera, the new Leica TL. This model brings some notable but relatively small changes over the previous model, including a higher storage capacity and a new color option that sets it apart. Some of the great aspects from the Leica T remain, however, including the 16-megapixel APS-C sensor and the same general body design.

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Amazon job listing hints home cleaning service heading to Prime

Amazon job listing hints home cleaning service heading to Prime

In the near future, some Amazon Prime members may be able to order home cleaning help through the subscription service, at least if a new job listing is anything to go by. A pair of job listings have surfaced on Amazon's website for "Home Assistant" workers who will help customers "with tidying up around the home." The job listings are only for the Seattle region, however.

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Facebook testing Messenger ‘instant games’ for playing with friends

Facebook testing Messenger ‘instant games’ for playing with friends

Facebook introduced a couple games in Messenger in recent months, including one related to basketball and another related to soccer. As it turns out, both those games were experiments for a larger project called ‘Instant Games,’ at least per new sources who have cropped up, and we’ll be getting more games in the future. Instant Games may be rolling out in Facebook Messenger this month, the sources say, though it may end up launching at a later date. With it, Messenger users can play easily accessible games with their friends, perhaps drawing more people to the service.

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Baby Groot charger dances in your car’s cupholder

Baby Groot charger dances in your car’s cupholder

There's a new USB car charger out there, and it's entirely too cute for the road. ThinkGeek's new baby Groot charger is designed to fit in your car's cupholder where Groot dances while charging your phone or other small USB gadgets. The charger has two USB ports and can itself be plugged into your car's DC 12V port, and it outputs enough power to charge tablets as well as smartphones. The item is officially licensed and available now.

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T-Mobile SyncUp DRIVE adds a 4G LTE hotspot to your car

T-Mobile SyncUp DRIVE adds a 4G LTE hotspot to your car

T-Mobile has introduced SyncUp DRIVE, a new connected device that plugs into a car’s OBD-II port and provides access to vehicle data, as well as an in-car WiFi network via the carrier’s 4G LTE network. While devices like this aren’t unusual, T-Mobile says SyncUp DRIVE is the only available device of its kind that uses and shares 4G LTE — it doesn’t fail to point out that Verizon’s HUM works with 2G networks and doesn’t provide in-car WiFi.

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YouTube adds support for HDR videos

YouTube adds support for HDR videos

YouTube has added support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) videos, it has announced, opening the door for higher-quality content matching the capabilities of high-end televisions. HDR videos are often more detailed than regular videos, with better contrast and clarity, as well as a wide range of vibrant, highly saturated colors. While the technology is still somewhat rare in terms of consumer video devices, it is becoming more common and YouTube is making sure it keeps pace with the trend.

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