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HTC VIVE gets a price drop, free Steam gift card for Summer Sale

HTC VIVE gets a price drop, free Steam gift card for Summer Sale

The Steam Summer Sale is officially underway, but the deals don't apply to just Steam games. HTC announced today that it's discounting the VIVE for the duration of the sale as well, giving you the opportunity to save a bit of money on the admittedly expensive VR headset. HTC will also toss in a Steam gift card too, so you'll be able to take full advantage of the Summer Sale.

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Echo Show now lets you watch a live feed from your smart home camera

Echo Show now lets you watch a live feed from your smart home camera

Earlier today, Logitech announced that you will soon be able to view a live feed of footage from its incoming Circle 2 camera on Amazon's new Echo Show. It turns out that the Circle 2 is just the tip of the iceberg here. Amazon plans to incorporate Echo View functionality with a lot of smart home cameras from a bunch of different companies - in fact, you might already some of these cameras up and running in your house already.

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Steam Summer Sale starts: Store down as deals dashed

Steam Summer Sale starts: Store down as deals dashed

Here's a bit of good news: PayPal was right and the Steam Summer Sale kicked off today! Now here's a bit of bad news: the Steam store is currently crippled because of heavy traffic. If you've got some money burning a hole in your pocket, it looks like you'll have to wait to spend it.

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Facebook update adds new user protections for profile pictures

Facebook update adds new user protections for profile pictures

As part of an effort to focus on what people in individual countries expect of Facebook, today the company announced new controls for users in India. These controls almost entirely concern profile pictures, allowing users to control who can download them, tag themselves in them, or even screenshot them. The hope is that more people will feel comfortable uploading profile pictures, thus helping grow that aspect of community.

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Nintendo commits to in-stock Switch

Nintendo commits to in-stock Switch

After E3 2017, the Nintendo Switch is looking like a much more attractive platform - the only problem is that they're still difficult to find. Nintendo has been grappling with stock shortages ever since launch, and though we're now nearly five months out from release date, those shortages don't seem to be getting any better. This has led Nintendo to not just comment on, but apologize for, the shortages.

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LG’s new OLED display is transparent, flexible, and gigantic

LG’s new OLED display is transparent, flexible, and gigantic

Most of the time, discussion about display technologies will be limited mostly to their consumer applications. Every once in a while, though, a company will create a new display that isn't meant to be sold, but rather was created as a way of pushing display technology forward. LG Display is doing precisely that today, showing off a new massive, flexible OLED display.

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Watch the new Game of Thrones season 7 trailer here

Watch the new Game of Thrones season 7 trailer here

We're now less than a month out from the premiere of Game of Thrones season 7. HBO delivered the second trailer for the incoming season today, and it gives us a taste of what Westeros is like now that winter has arrived. How fitting, considering that this is the first day of summer for half of the world.

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Flic Hub lets you control your IoT buttons without a smartphone

Flic Hub lets you control your IoT buttons without a smartphone

Flic buttons were already kind of an IoT lover's dream, but now the company behind them wants to try making them better. When Flic buttons first launched two years ago, they needed to be paired with a smartphone app. Obviously, needing to own a smartphone isn't much of a barrier to entry these days, but the new Flic Hub wants to free you from the app requirement all the same.

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Sega Forever revives classic games on iOS and Android for free

Sega Forever revives classic games on iOS and Android for free

Though some gamers may be feeling a little cool toward Sega these days, there's no denying that the company put out some excellent games back when it was still in the business of making consoles. Sega will be reviving some of those classic games on iOS and Android tomorrow, something it's already done with popular games like Sonic the Hedgehog and Crazy Taxi. There's an interesting twist this time, though, as this collection of games - known as Sega Forever - will be free-to-play and constantly expanding.

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Steam Summer Sale start date outed by PayPal: Prepare your wallets

Steam Summer Sale start date outed by PayPal: Prepare your wallets

Like death and taxes, Steam's annual sales have become a certainty of life. Steam is usually pretty secretive when it comes to the start and end dates for its sales, but as it has done for most Steam sales in recent memory, PayPal is here to bail us out. PayPal UK has announced the start date for 2017's Steam Summer sale, and it's coming up a lot faster than you may realize.

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Here’s how to create Spotify’s new group playlists in Facebook Messenger

Here’s how to create Spotify’s new group playlists in Facebook Messenger

Creating playlists with your friends can lead to the discovery of a lot of great music, and today Spotify is trying to make that process even easier. Spotify announced today that it has given Facebook Messenger users the ability to create group playlists in-chat. The process of creating a group playlist seems pretty straightforward, as it centers around using Spotify's own Messenger extension.

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Newegg drops PlayStation VR price, but only briefly

Newegg drops PlayStation VR price, but only briefly

Though Sony spent a lot of time at E3 2017 focusing on its heavy hitters coming to PS4, it devoted some of its press conference to incoming games for the PlayStation VR as well. Games like Moss, The Inpatient, and Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR definitely have some PS4 owners excited, but considering the PSVR costs as much as a PS4 Pro, that might serve as a barrier to entry for those who would otherwise like to give VR a spin. Newegg seems to have something to say about that, discounting the PSVR today through its eBay store.

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