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Overwatch’s Winter Wonderland holiday event has begun

Overwatch’s Winter Wonderland holiday event has begun

Overwatch's Winter Wonderland event has arrived at last. Blizzard teased the event earlier this much without giving anything away, but now we're getting a slew of details with the event is going live. Winter Wonderland is the third seasonal event for Overwatch and runs from today, December 13, to January 2.

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Waymo announced as the next step for Google’s self-driving technology

Waymo announced as the next step for Google’s self-driving technology

After years of development, Google is ready to take the next step with its self-driving technology with the introduction of Waymo, a new Alphabet company. Waymo was announced today by new CEO John Krafcik, who previously served as the CEO of Google's self-driving cars division. According to a blog post by Krafcik, Waymo signals that Alphabet sees a new road ahead for this technology, after being in development under the Google umbrella for the past seven years.

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Here’s the time Nintendo Switch gets a price and release date

Here’s the time Nintendo Switch gets a price and release date

Following October's reveal of the Nintendo Switch, we're left waiting until January 12 for more official information. Nintendo announced the date shortly after the Switch reveal, but failed to let us know specifically when we'd be able to tune in. Today, Nintendo has finally delivered a time: 8 PM Pacific.

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Apple AirPods available at last, begin shipping next week

Apple AirPods available at last, begin shipping next week

It's been a bit of a bumpy road, but we seem to have found the end of it: Apple AirPods are finally available. This announcement follows a delay that hit back in October. At the time, Apple didn't give a new release date for the wireless earbuds and said that it needed "a little more time" to perfect the product for customers.

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NES Classic Edition in stock at ThinkGeek, but only for lottery winners

NES Classic Edition in stock at ThinkGeek, but only for lottery winners

The NES Classic Edition is, unsurprisingly, still very difficult to find. What little stock comes in at retailers around the US is quickly swept up by eager consumers (and savvy scalpers), but the folks over at ThinkGeek have a new approach to making sure everyone has a fair shot at getting one. The NES Classic Edition is in stock over at ThinkGeek, but in order to get one, you'll need to win a lottery first.

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Netflix finally gets Google Daydream support

Netflix finally gets Google Daydream support

Daydream View owners take note, because your wait is over: Netflix has finally arrived. Now you'll be able to use Netflix instant streaming to watch movies or original shows like Stranger Things or House of Cards in wonderful virtual reality. Of course, you could do that before thanks to the Gear VR, but now you can also do it on the Daydream View.

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Instagram launches live videos in US – here’s how to use it

Instagram launches live videos in US – here’s how to use it

Instagram's live videos are going live for all users in the US today. We've known about this feature for a little while - first in an October leak that got to steep on its own for a while before Instagram confirmed that live videos were in the works. Today, live videos are being rolled out as part of the Stories feature.

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The White House is hosting a game marathon later today (yes, really)

The White House is hosting a game marathon later today (yes, really)

Gaming marathons are nothing new, but would you believe that the White House is hosting one later today? Believe it: at 1 PM Pacific, the White House will kick off a gaming marathon livestream on Twitch, complete with appearances from some of today's popular Twitch streamers. On top of all of that, Shaq's going to be there, and yes, I was confused at first too.

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You can now use Skype Translator in mobile and landline calls

You can now use Skype Translator in mobile and landline calls

Skype's cool real-time translation feature, appropriately named Translator, is getting a rather significant expansion today. What was once limited to Skype-to-Skype calling is now expanding to calls with mobile phones and landlines. This assumes a few things, most importantly that you're part of the Windows Insider program.

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These Netgear routers can be hacked: What you need to do

These Netgear routers can be hacked: What you need to do

Netgear has detailed a new security vulnerability in three of its Nighthawk routers, and leaving that vulnerability unchecked may lead to some particularly nasty consequences for users. The vulnerability affects Nighthawk R6400, R7000, and R8000 routers, and could potentially allow attackers to inject arbitrary commands that are then carried out by the system. For the moment, Netgear hasn't offered a fix for the issue.

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Pokemon GO Plus available for pre-order at Best Buy, shipping out in January

Pokemon GO Plus available for pre-order at Best Buy, shipping out in January

The wait for the fabled Pokemon GO Plus may soon be coming to an end, as Best Buy has made the accessory available for pre-order. For those not in the know, Pokemon GO Plus is an accessory that allows you to catch Pokemon and get items from PokeStops with the touch of the button. It acts as a companion to the app, meaning you don't have to constantly stare at your phone to play Pokemon GO when you're out and about.

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NES Classic Edition returns to Best Buy December 20, but for how long?

NES Classic Edition returns to Best Buy December 20, but for how long?

We've got some good news and some bad news for those of you still hunting for an NES Classic Edition. The good news is that Best Buy will have the console in stock starting on December 20, just in time to pick one up as a last-minute holiday gift. The bad news - or the more realistic news, at least - is that whatever stock Best Buy secures isn't likely to last for long.

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