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Total PlayStation 4 sales cross 50 million mark

Total PlayStation 4 sales cross 50 million mark

Despite Microsoft's recent boost in Xbox One sales, the PlayStation 4 remains dominant. Sony has announced that total PS4 sales have crossed the 50 million threshold, thanks in part to what Sony calls the "best ever Black Friday week in the history of PlayStation." That number includes sales of the freshly-released PlayStation 4 Pro, though at this early point in the console's life, PS4 Pro likely didn't contribute much to the overall tally of 50 million.

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The Best Games of 2016: Overwatch

The Best Games of 2016: Overwatch

It's late in the game and my team is defending the delivery point for the opposing team's payload. Things are hot around the payload, which is where I'm positioned, playing as an old, war-weary solider who's sick of fighting but nevertheless finds himself here. Bullets zoom by as I step out from behind cover, emboldened by my team's success in pushing the other team back. Then I hear it: "it's high noon," and realizing that there's no time to find cover, I accept my fate. Defeated, I decide to switch characters from the grizzled war veteran to the talking gorilla with a jet pack and a Tesla cannon, and it becomes clear that Overwatch is something special.

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Pokemon GO update makes it easier to transfer monsters

Pokemon GO update makes it easier to transfer monsters

It's been a big day for Pokemon GO, with Niantic earlier announcing an update that adds a ton of new PokeStops to the game through a partnership with Sprint. On top of that, Niantic also said that it will soon be adding more Pokemon to Pokemon GO, but we need to wait until next week for more details there. As if that somehow weren't enough, Pokemon GO is getting a second update today, and it's adding some quality of life improvements players have been requesting for quite some time.

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T-Mobile’s DIGITS allows for multiple phone numbers on a single device

T-Mobile’s DIGITS allows for multiple phone numbers on a single device

T-Mobile has introduced DIGITS, a new voice over LTE feature that will allow customers to use their phone numbers on a variety of internet-connected devices. Just as well, DIGITS will allow its customers to use multiple phone numbers on a single device. At first blush, DIGITS may sound like some VOIP solutions that exist, and though there are some similarities, T-Mobile is trying to make the experience with DIGITS a little more fleshed out.

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Nintendo Switch might have a GameCube Virtual Console

Nintendo Switch might have a GameCube Virtual Console

Nintendo may look to give fans of the GameCube a reason to purchase a Switch next year. According to new reports, Nintendo is working on a bringing classic GameCube games to the Switch via its Virtual Console feature. This would mark the first time GameCube games have been available through the Virtual Console, and so far, Nintendo is said to have three games ready to go for launch.

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Estimote beacons get mesh networking in massive update

Estimote beacons get mesh networking in massive update

If you use Estimote's location beacons, then you're about to get a major new feature with the addition of low-energy mesh networking. Mesh networking is being added today by way of software update, and once that update has been applied, your beacons will be able to pass data between one another. Among other things, this means that you can now have beacons in more remote locations, as they no longer need to rely on a strong WiFi signal to work.

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Pebble Fitbit acquisition confirmed: Backers’ hardware cancelled

Pebble Fitbit acquisition confirmed: Backers’ hardware cancelled

It looks like the rumors were true - Fitbit has closed a deal to purchase rival smartwatch maker Pebble. The buyout was confirmed by Pebble just a few minutes ago, and unfortunately, this acquisition means the end of the line for Pebble's products. Pebble will now cease making hardware, and all Pebble devices that were in development have been cancelled.

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Pokemon GO getting new Pokemon soon – Gold and Silver incoming?

Pokemon GO getting new Pokemon soon – Gold and Silver incoming?

Pokemon GO is about to get some new monsters, and we'll find out what they are next week. Niantic has announced that it will be revealing new Pokemon for Pokemon GO on December 12. With that announcement now scheduled, Niantic didn't get anymore specific about what to expect, so we're left waiting to see what it has up its sleeve.

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Mophie iPhone 7 Juice Pack Air adds wireless charging

Mophie iPhone 7 Juice Pack Air adds wireless charging

Mophie has introduced a new set of Juice Pack Air battery cases for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. As with all Mophie cases, these exist to extend the battery life of your phone, but Mophie has also outfitted them with a few extra features. Chief among these new features will likely be wireless charging for most people.

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Netgear refreshes entry-level lineup with Nighthawk AC2300 Smart Wifi router

Netgear refreshes entry-level lineup with Nighthawk AC2300 Smart Wifi router

Netgear has announced its new Nighthawk AC2300 Smart Wifi router (R7000P), refreshing its entry-level model in the process. Netgear has been on something of an announcement tear recently, revealing its Nighthawk X10 back in October. Where the Nighthawk X10 is more for people who need (or want) a top-tier router, however, the Nighthawk AC2300 is more of a router for the rest of us.

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Lenovo opens the Moto Mod floodgates, commits to 12 per year

Lenovo opens the Moto Mod floodgates, commits to 12 per year

If you're a fan of the modular Moto Z, then you're apparently in for a treat, as Lenovo has committed to releasing 12 Moto Mods per year. The Moto Z family has already received seven different mods since it launched back in July, so Lenovo is already throwing a lot of weight behind its modular phone. From here it seems like things will only get better for Moto Z owners, which is definitely an exciting proposition.

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Magearna event: a Mythical Pokemon Sun and Moon catching how to

Magearna event: a Mythical Pokemon Sun and Moon catching how to

Pokemon Sun and Moon are barely out of the gate and already it's time for the first mythical Pokemon, Magearna, to be given away. This promotion caps off nearly an entire year of mythical Pokemon giveaways, which Nintendo started back in February to commemorate the franchise's 20th anniversary. However, whereas Nintendo distributed previous mythical Pokemon through the mystery gift function, the way you'll add Magearna to your game is a little different.

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