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PUBG map selection announced for PC as free weekend begins on Xbox Live

PUBG map selection announced for PC as free weekend begins on Xbox Live

The developers of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds announced today that they will soon be adding a long-requested feature to the game: map selection. While some players don't mind the map they play on, others do, and those who want the freedom to pick their preferred map have been requesting this feature pretty much since the day Miramar launched. While we still have a little while to wait before it arrives, PUBG Corporation revealed today that it's on the way at long last.

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Nintendo Switch owners can head on down to South Park this week

Nintendo Switch owners can head on down to South Park this week

It's a big week for Nintendo Switch owners - or at least those who also like South Park. Just as it does every Thursday, Nintendo has detailed all of the games coming to the eShop over the next week, and this week the headliner is a pretty big one. South Park: The Fractured But Whole will be making its debut on the Switch in a few days, giving Switch owners the chance to check out this unique game if they haven't already on other platforms.

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Verizon Smart Family brings parental controls to phones

Verizon Smart Family brings parental controls to phones

Verizon's FamilyBase is getting something of a relaunch today. Citing a need for increased parental controls when it comes to kids and smartphone usage, Verizon has launched a new subscription service called Smart Family, which is says is an evolution of the old FamilyBase. It sounds like Smart Family keeps many of the parental controls FamilyBase offered, only it expands on them to include new features and capabilities for parents looking to manage screen time.

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Netflix mobile previews roll out today on iOS

Netflix mobile previews roll out today on iOS

Finding something good to watch on Netflix can be quite the chore. There's a lot of content - some of it good, some of it not so much - available through the service, which can lead to choice paralysis for those who log in without a clear idea of what they're looking for. Netflix is hoping to help make the decision easier with new mobile previews, which are rolling out today on iOS.

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It turns out people really like Amazon Prime

It turns out people really like Amazon Prime

It's hard to believe that Amazon Prime has been available for 13 years at this point, but perhaps ever more surprising is Amazon's hesitancy to talk about just how popular it is among users. Obviously, we can guess that Prime has been a big win for Amazon, but the fact that the company has never shared specific subscriber numbers means it's impossible to know just how successful it's been. That all changed today, as Amazon finally shared some hard numbers for the first time in Prime's 13-year history.

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Fortnite 3.5 content update is now live: Here’s what it adds

Fortnite 3.5 content update is now live: Here’s what it adds

As expected, a new content update for Fortnite version 3.5 went live in the wee hours of the morning. While it's a bit smaller than many of the content updates we've seen before, it still adds a couple of things worth checking out. Unfortunately, those of you hoping for some drastic changes with this patch (such as the destruction of Tilted Towers) are going to be a bit disappointed upon logging in this morning.

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Call of Duty: WWII is Alexa’s next all-knowing skill

Call of Duty: WWII is Alexa’s next all-knowing skill

Alexa is already capable of doing a wide variety of things, thanks to the thousands of third-party skills that have been developed for the platform. Today, those skills expand to Call of Duty, with Activision announcing a new skill for Call of Duty: WWII. Not only will this skill give you statistics about your matches, but it could also help you get better at the game.

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Walmart electric car chargers coming soon from Electrify America

Walmart electric car chargers coming soon from Electrify America

As the market shifts more and more toward electric vehicles, drivers will naturally need more places where they can charge up their batteries. While there are already thousands of charging stations dotted around the US, there's always room for more, and by the end of next year, you might be heading to Walmart for a top off. Today, Electrify America and Walmart announced a new partnership that will see the installation of fast charging stations at Walmart stores across the country.

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Fortnite’s guided missile has been removed from the game

Fortnite’s guided missile has been removed from the game

Now that Fortnite has found its (massive) audience, Epic has the task of keeping that audience interested. One of the best ways to do this is by regularly adding new weapons and items to the game, but every once in a while, a weapon that's just a little bit too powerful makes it through the cracks. Such is the case with the guided missile, which was added to the game just a few weeks ago.

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iPhone SE 2 release might be just around the corner

iPhone SE 2 release might be just around the corner

For a lot of people, the iPhone SE was a refreshing reprieve from the increasing screen size of mainline iPhones. At a time when it was becoming clear that larger iPhones were here to stay, Apple threw small phone lovers a bone by launching the 5-inch SE. Though Apple doesn't share iPhone sales numbers, it seems that the iPhone SE was a success, and today there might be some good news for folks who are hankering for a follow up.

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Amazon and Best Buy team up to sell Fire smart TVs

Amazon and Best Buy team up to sell Fire smart TVs

It isn't exactly a secret that Best Buy and Amazon are rivals. In fact, where Amazon and the internet in general have driven some brick or mortar stores out of business, Best Buy remains and - as of the end of its last fiscal year - is actually on something of an upswing. As the old adage goes: "If you can't beat them, join them," and today, Amazon is doing just that.

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IRS Direct Pay and e-file go down at the worst possible time

IRS Direct Pay and e-file go down at the worst possible time

It's a big day here in the US, as many Americans need to have their tax returns filed with the IRS by the time the clock strikes midnight. It's a day of dread and stress for many of those filers, and unfortunately, problems with the IRS website aren't making the day go by any smoother. Crucial parts of the IRS website have gone today, preventing some people from successfully submitting a return or paying what they owe.

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