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Overwatch Lunar New Year event returns next week for Year of the Pig

Overwatch Lunar New Year event returns next week for Year of the Pig

It's nearly that time of the year: Blizzard has announced that Overwatch's Lunar New Year event will be kicking off soon once again. This will be the event's third year running, and of course, this time around, we're celebrating the Year of the Pig. Details are still pretty slim, but Blizzard has revealed when the event will kick off, which is arugably the most important detail of the bunch.

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Verizon will start blocking spam calls for free this year

Verizon will start blocking spam calls for free this year

For a lot of us, spam calls and robocalls have gone from being an occasional annoyance to a frequent problem. Some carriers are attempting to do something about that, and today Verizon is hopping on that train. The company announced today that it will soon make its spam and robocall protection tools free for all of its customers to use (as long as they have a phone that supports these features).

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There’s a cross-platform Power Rangers fighting game coming

There’s a cross-platform Power Rangers fighting game coming

Folks of a certain age are probably intimately familiar with the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. That show spawned a media franchise that's still going strong today, giving us new TV series, movies, toys, and even the handful of video games throughout the years. The next video game to feature the Power Rangers seems like it could potentially be a big one, as it's a cross-platform fighting title.

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Fortnite is so big even Netflix is feeling the heat

Fortnite is so big even Netflix is feeling the heat

When it comes to competition in the entertainment industry, you might be tempted to think that companies only consider similar services to be competitors. For instance, Netflix and Hulu obviously compete with one another, but what about Netflix and Fortnite? As it turns out, Netflix considers Fortnite a major competitor, and it often loses out to the popular game when it comes to winning screen time.

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Tesla cuts jobs as it pushes for cheaper Model 3

Tesla cuts jobs as it pushes for cheaper Model 3

Elon Musk delivered a company update for Tesla today, and it's basically a rollercoaster of ups and downs. The update - an email that was sent to employees this morning and later shared on Tesla's website - details the successes and difficulties the company faced throughout 2018. It also talks about goals for 2019, and what the company needs to sacrifice in order to meet those goals.

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I’d say I like this Detective Pikachu hat ironically, but I’d be lying

I’d say I like this Detective Pikachu hat ironically, but I’d be lying

Detective Pikachu is on the horizon, and while we're still trying to figure out just what makes Ryan Reynolds the perfect fit for the voice of Pikachu, The Pokemon Company has gone along and announced a bunch of merchandise for the movie. Of course, with any movie aimed primarily at children, toy sales are going to be a major focus for studios, and The Pokemon Company is definitely no exception to that age-old rule.

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Black Ops 4 Blackout free trial now live: Here’s how to get it

Black Ops 4 Blackout free trial now live: Here’s how to get it

Earlier this week, Activision revealed plans to host a free trial for Blackout, the battle royale mode in Black Ops 4. The trial is scheduled to last a full week, giving curious players who don't want to drop the cash on Black Ops 4 plenty of time to take Blackout for a spin. That free trial is live now, so you can download Black Ops 4 and dive into some CoD-style battle royale.

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New John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum trailer doubles-down on action

New John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum trailer doubles-down on action

Earlier this week, Lionsgate released the first teaser trailer for John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum. It was a teaser in every sense of the word - the 10 second clip merely showed John Wick running through the rain before revealing that a full trailer would be released on January 17. That just so happens to be today (crazy, isn't it?) and as promised, that first trailer for John Wick 3 is now live.

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Spotify Car View begins rolling out on Android today

Spotify Car View begins rolling out on Android today

Spotify is rolling out a new feature called Car View to its Android users today. As the name suggests, Car View gives Spotify a simplified UI to use while you're driving, potentially cutting back on the time you spend looking at your phone. That's never a bad thing, so here's hoping this feature sees a lot of use from Spotify's user base.

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Amazon re:MARS heads to the desert to talk AI, automation, and space

Amazon re:MARS heads to the desert to talk AI, automation, and space

Amazon has announced that it'll be heading to Las Vegas later this year to host a new conference centered around AI, automation, and space. The event, which has been dubbed re:MARS, will run for four days in June and Amazon claims it will "bring together innovative minds with diverse skill sets." Those who are excited for the future of AI might want to consider registering for the event, even if attending means heading into the desert in the middle of summer.

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Pixel 3 Lite leaks again, this time in hands-on video

Pixel 3 Lite leaks again, this time in hands-on video

In the months since the Pixel 3 and 3 XL launched, a third phone in the line called the Pixel 3 Lite has leaked a considerable number of times. At this point, most of us are convinced that the Pixel 3 Lite is a phone that Google plans to release in the near future, but if you still need more evidence, here it is: The phone has leaked yet again, this time in video form.

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Fortnite security fail put accounts and chat at risk

Fortnite security fail put accounts and chat at risk

A game as big as Fortnite is obviously going to be a target for the more unsavory people of the world. Though a major concern is children falling victim to phishing attempts or other scams, those usually require the victim to attempt logging in on a bogus website. Today, Check Point Research has detailed scary a Fortnite vulnerability that doesn't require victims to hand over their credentials before having their accounts compromised.

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