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Rock Band VR arrives on Oculus Rift today

Rock Band VR arrives on Oculus Rift today

It used to be that if you wanted to pretend to be a rock star, you'd have to plop down in front of your TV with a copy of Rock Band or Guitar Hero and your plastic guitar. Today, that process is becoming a little more involved. You still need the plastic guitar, but your time as a rock star can be a little more realistic with the arrival of Rock Band VR on Oculus Rift.

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Wells Fargo goes cardless for ATM withdrawals

Wells Fargo goes cardless for ATM withdrawals

If you're a Wells Fargo customer, you'll soon be able to leave your card in your wallet when making a withdrawal at an ATM. Next week, Wells Fargo will transition its 13,000 ATMs dotted across to the US to become offer cardless withdrawals, meaning that all you'll need is your smartphone if you want to pull out some cash.

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Destiny 2 release date tipped in store preview poster

Destiny 2 release date tipped in store preview poster

There's still a lot we don't know about Destiny 2 aside from Bungie's intention to release sometime in fall 2017. That release window may have just been narrowed thanks to a leak from an Italian retailer. A promotional poster, of all things, may have just spilled the beans on the release date for one of the most anticipated games of the year.

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Walmart’s Vudu service now lets you convert discs into digital movies

Walmart’s Vudu service now lets you convert discs into digital movies

If you have a large movie library on disc and you happen to use Walmart's streaming service, Vudu, then you might like this bit of news. Walmart has announced that it will now allow Vudu users to convert their disc-based movies to digital ones, regardless of if they're DVDs or Blu-Rays. The service goes live today and it supports around 8,000 movies.

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Apple patent turns iOS devices into laptops

Apple patent turns iOS devices into laptops

We can discover a lot of interesting stuff by looking at patent filings, and a new patent from Apple definitely falls within that category. At first blush, the drawings in the patent seem to show a device that looks just like a regular old laptop. The major difference, though, is that the laptop can't operate without some kind of host device attached - in this case, an iPhone that's slotted in where the laptop's trackpad would traditionally be.

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This new discovery could change the way we study dinosaurs

This new discovery could change the way we study dinosaurs

Despite everything fossils can tell us about dinosaurs, a new study is changing some of the oldest research we have at our disposal. The study in question, published in the journal Nature today, not only changes how some dinosaurs are classified, but also suggests traits of a common ancestor and shakes up what we thought we knew about where dinosaurs came from.

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FreedomPop’s new prepaid family plans go light on data and cost

FreedomPop’s new prepaid family plans go light on data and cost

In a world where the big four carriers in the United States are promoting their new unlimited data plans, FreedomPop is going in the opposite direction. FreedomPop has introduced a new prepaid family plan that goes light on the data in the name of making monthly fees as small as possible. Assuming you can handle having next to no data each month, this might be the plan for you.

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Alexa comes to Android with new app for Huawei Mate 9

Alexa comes to Android with new app for Huawei Mate 9

A couple of days ago, support for Amazon's Alexa landed on iOS by way of the Amazon shopping app. Today, we're getting similar treatment on Android, but for now, only Huawei Mate 9 owners are getting in on the action. Huawei is currently in the process of pushing out its Huawei Alexa app to Mate 9 owners in the US, unlocking Alexa functionality on those devices.

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Nintendo Switch in stock at GameStop today

Nintendo Switch in stock at GameStop today

Just a quick reminder for anyone still trying to find a Nintendo Switch: GameStop will have them back in stock starting today. We don't know how many each store is getting, but GameStop knew about this restock with enough lead time that it was able to make an announcement about it last week. The fact that it was even announced at all suggests that the restock could be a fairly significant one, too.

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LG G6 getting a mobile payment system of its own

LG G6 getting a mobile payment system of its own

LG announced today that its new flagship smartphone, the G6, will take the fight to Apple and Samsung in more ways than one. That's because the G6 will feature a mobile payments system all its own, putting it in a position to compete with Apple Pay and Samsung Pay. LG says this mobile payment service will go live in Korea this June, but so far that's really all the company has shared about this new G6 feature.

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Quit playing Nintendo Switch on your TV

Quit playing Nintendo Switch on your TV

If you have a Nintendo Switch and you've been spending most of your time playing on your TV, I have a message for you: stop it. The Switch's hybrid nature might be a little strange to folks who have never really used handheld gaming devices, but there's no need to fear change in this case. Playing the Switch in portable mode is, in my opinion, the best way to play.

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Amazon Prime Now Alexa update adds orders for booze

Amazon Prime Now Alexa update adds orders for booze

With a range of skills at its disposal, Amazon's Alexa platform is capable of a lot of things. Strangely, one thing Alexa hasn't been able to do is place orders through Amazon Prime Now. You'd think we would have seen that kind of functionality early on, but in any case, it's arriving today, letting you place same-day orders through Amazon's service.

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