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Overwatch is free again this weekend

Overwatch is free again this weekend

It may be hard to believe, but we're quickly approaching the two-year anniversary of Overwatch's launch. In the time since then, Overwatch has grown to become one of Blizzard's most successful games, but even with that success, it's never a bad idea to attract new players. Blizzard is doing just that this weekend by making Overwatch free for everyone to check out.

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Atari is launching its own cryptocurrency (yes, really)

Atari is launching its own cryptocurrency (yes, really)

Atari, it would seem, is a company of many hats these days. The company launched itself back into the spotlight with the reveal of its Linux-based Ataribox, and we can even take the "many hats" idiom literally in this case, as it has also lent its name to the Atari Speakerhat, a baseball cap with speakers built into the brim. Atati isn't stopping there, and now it's made what is perhaps its strangest announcement yet.

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Verizon’s new prepaid plan offers a paltry amount of data

Verizon’s new prepaid plan offers a paltry amount of data

Usually when we talk about wireless plans, we're talking about postpaid plans that come with a subsidized device. Most carriers, however, offer prepaid plans to those who already own a device or want to buy one at full retail price, and today Verizon is adding a new one to its line up. A word of warning, though: While the monthly cost on this new plan is low, so is the amount of data you're afforded each month.

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Pixel 2 deal sees Google reward loyal Nexus hold-outs

Pixel 2 deal sees Google reward loyal Nexus hold-outs

Though the Pixel and the Pixel 2 are pretty solid devices in their own right, they replaced a line of much-loved devices from Google and its manufacturing partners. Back before Google decided to get into the hardware game, it relied on those partners to make devices for the Nexus line. That line had quite a few great phones, but unfortunately, it's gone the way of the Dodo as Google tries to grow the Pixel brand.

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Monster Hunter: World’s Street Fighter crossover is now underway

Monster Hunter: World’s Street Fighter crossover is now underway

Capcom has been running a number of different promotions for early adopters of Monster Hunter: World, but unfortunately, the first big one - which grants players armor and weapons from Hoirzon Zero Dawn - is only available to PlayStation 4 players. Capcom is ready to launch a Street Fighter V tie-in with Monster Hunter: World, and the good news is that eventually this will be available to everyone playing on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The bad news (for Xbox One players at any rate) is that it's rolling out to PS4 owners first.

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Xbox Live Gold is free for all this weekend

Xbox Live Gold is free for all this weekend

These days, it's tough to avoid paying to play video games online unless you happen to be playing on PC. Prompted by the rise of Xbox Live Gold in the Xbox 360/PS3 era, Microsoft, Sony, and now even Nintendo either have implemented or will be implementing systems that require you to pay to play online multiplayer. Though there probably aren't very many Xbox owners who don't have an Xbox Live subscription at this point, Microsoft has a new promotion for those hold outs who remain.

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Pandora for web gets a Premium makeover

Pandora for web gets a Premium makeover

It's been almost a year since Pandora launched its new Premium service, and somehow, there hasn't been a web interface for it this entire time. This created some kind Bizarro World scenario where users who were using Pandora's free service could access their music through their browsers, but those who were actually paying for the service could not. Pandora is rectifying that little oversight today by launching Pandroa Premium for web.

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Xbox One deals are back with 2017’s biggest game

Xbox One deals are back with 2017’s biggest game

Every so often, Microsoft likes to drop the price on the Xbox One or offer other promotions in order to stimulate sales. Since we find ourselves smack in the middle of a period that's traditionally slow for game sales, Microsoft has determined that now is the time to do just that. The company today announced two new Xbox One deals - one for the Xbox One X and another for the Xbox One S.

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Project Fi new global roaming rules kill wild data bills

Project Fi new global roaming rules kill wild data bills

International phone service is generally something no one wants to talk about. International roaming charges at the big four US carriers can wind up being ridiculously expensive if you don't monitor your usage closely, and it isn't uncommon for folks to come back to phone bills that are much more expensive than what they're accustomed to paying. Google's Project Fi, on the other hand, is taking a more laid back approach to international coverage.

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Samsung Notebook 9 and 7 Spin release and pricing details confirmed

Samsung Notebook 9 and 7 Spin release and pricing details confirmed

Back during the lead up to CES 2018, Samsung made a quite few new notebook announcements. At the time, the company shared information about specifications and features, but failed to announce release dates and pricing for them. Today, that all changes, as Samsung has revealed when we can expect the new entries in the Notebook 9 line and the 2018 Notebook 7 Spin, along with how much they'll cost.

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Windows 10 Pro Ultimate Performance mode is what power users were waiting for

Windows 10 Pro Ultimate Performance mode is what power users were waiting for

While average, every day tasks like internet browsing and streaming video don't require that you squeeze the most out of your PC's hardware, there are just as many tasks that need unrestrained power. Microsoft, it would seem, recognizes that, and it'll soon be rolling out a new power profile for Windows 10 Pro that should help bolster performance beyond what's currently allowed by the OS.

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Steam removes developer caught reviewing its own game

Steam removes developer caught reviewing its own game

We're not sure if you've noticed, but there are a lot of games on Steam. These days, new games are being added at a breakneck pace, too, owing to Valve's recent submissions rework that lets anyone submit a game for a Steam store listing for a mere $100. Because of this, it can sometimes be difficult to get your game noticed, and some developers end up doing some shady things in an effort to get their titles in front of more eyes.

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