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Apple's Tim Cook warns regulation is coming for the tech industry

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This year has been horrendous for Silicon Valley's public image.

With a litany of issues like data misuse and political interference laid bare within the last 12 months, Apple CEO Tim Cook told Axios on HBO that government regulation of the tech industry is "inevitable."

SEE ALSO: Facebook's former security chief stands up for the social network, calls for change

"Generally speaking, I am not a big fan of regulation," he said in an interview from Apple's headquarters in Cupertino.

"I'm a big believer in the free market. But we have to admit when the free market is not working. And it hasn't worked here. I think it's inevitable that there will be some level of regulation ... I think the Congress and the administration at some point will pass something."  Read more...

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Posted on 19 November 2018 | 3:57 am

Facebook's former security chief stands up for the social network, calls for change

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Facebook's former chief security officer is defending the social network amid the fallout from the New York Times’ bombshell report on the company this past week.

Alex Stamos, who was the company’s CSO from 2015 up until the summer of 2018, wrote a piece published in the Washington Post on Saturday responding to the New York Times report. Stamos attempted to dispel the Times’ report claiming that Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, fearing blowback, delayed taking action following his team’s discovery of Russian interference in the 2016 election via a misinformation campaign on the platform. Read more...

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Posted on 18 November 2018 | 11:32 pm

YouTube now offers free, ad-supported streaming Hollywood movies

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YouTube has just rolled out dozens of free-to-watch full-length feature films on its platform. The only catch is that the content is ad-supported.

First noticed by AdAge, YouTube began launching ad-supported Hollywood films under a “Free to watch” section on its Movies & Shows vertical. Films like Legally Blonde, The Terminator, Rocky, Hackers, and All Dogs Go to Heaven are listed on the page with a “Free with Ads” tag displayed under the title. Users can watch these films at no cost with commercial interruptions and pop-up banner ads like the ones displayed on other YouTube videos.

(The ads appear to go away for YouTube Premium subscribers, based on our testing so far.) Read more...

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Posted on 18 November 2018 | 7:03 pm

The best T-shirt gifts for the true tech geek in your life

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Shopping for the tech geek in your life can feel like a major challenge — but it doesn't have to be that way.

Instead of trying to find yet another gadgets for the tech geek in your life who seems to have everything, why not buy them one of these very low-tech tees? 

SEE ALSO: Next-level tech gift ideas for the techie who has it all

Whether you're shopping for the engineer in your life, or just looking to pick up something fun for the office exchange, even the geekiest among us will appreciate these shirts.

16 Stages of Debugging

Because debugging is a journey.

Because debugging is a journey.

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Ah, debugging. This "6 Stages of Debugging" tee is both too real and instantly relatable to anyone who spends their days writing code. Get them this shirt and maybe the next debugging cycle will be a little less painful. Read more...

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Posted on 18 November 2018 | 6:17 pm

Best Black Friday deals at Walmart: Xbox One S, Instant Pot, iPad, and Samsung TVs

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It's the most wonderful time of the year — for deals!

Black Friday is upon us, and ya'll knew Walmart was gonna give us reason to hold onto our turkey leg hats as we dive after some of the best deals.    

Feeding right into our gadget-loving hearts, we see plenty of worthwhile snags in the tech department (hint: now's definitely a good time to be in the market for a gaming system or TV.) There are also some great steals on everything from home goods and appliances, to kids toys and so much more.  

SEE ALSO: All the best Black Friday 2018 sales, right in one place

To make sure you don't miss a thing, we're rounding up the best of the best bargains Walmart is throwing at us this year.  Read more...

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Posted on 18 November 2018 | 1:35 pm

Amazon has the Ecovacs robot vacuum on sale right now for its best price ever of $139.99

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Turkey, bread crumbs, corn — these are just a couple of "gifts" your friends decided to leave on your floor after friendsgiving. And if you've got family coming over soon for Thanksgiving, you're going to have clean up again. Here's a pro tip from us to you: it's time to get a robot vacuum.

Lucky for you, we have just the deal.

The Ecovacs Deebot N79S robot vacuum is currently on sale for $139.99 on Amazon as the retailer's "Deal of the Day" ahead of Black Friday, making it $159.99 off the original $299.98 price and the lowest we've ever seen this robot vacuum. (The best price we saw last year was $10 more at $149.99.) Read more...

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Posted on 18 November 2018 | 12:23 pm

Pay only $29 for this extensive set of courses in social media marketing

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We hate to break it to you, but posting perfectly-edited photos on Instagram during "prime time," writing a few advice pieces on Medium, and posting Gary Vee inspired updates on LinkedIn do not exactly constitute as social media marketing.

Real social marketing involves a deep understanding of the inner workings of different social platforms — whether it be Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, or even Reddit — and planning a strategy on how to best amplify your content and connect with people on each channel. It all sounds like tough work, and that's because it is. But the benefits far outweigh the amount of blood and sweat you've put into crafting a brand worthy of a follow. Read more...

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Posted on 18 November 2018 | 10:00 am

This ingenious gadget is designed to wake you up if you start to doze while driving — and it's on sale

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Drunk driving is universally scorned, as it should be, but did you know that driving after a bad night's sleep can be just as dangerous? It's true: According to a National Safety Council study on fatigue, "Losing even two hours of sleep is similar to the effect of having three beers." And if you're up for 20 hours straight? Well, you might as well be legally drunk. Considering the fact that a third of us don't get as much sleep as we should, uh, yikes.

We're not going to stop by your house every night to make sure you're tucked in on time (because that would be weird for both of us), but we can offer another solution in the form of the Ridy Distracted Driving Alert Device. Read more...

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Posted on 18 November 2018 | 10:00 am

Apple's new iPad Pro 'folds like a piece of paper' during a stress test

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Apple would probably rather skip the references to Bendgate. It's not like anyone's walking around with an iPad Pro in their pocket, right?

That may be true, but it's still alarming to see just how fragile the newly released iPad Pro actually is. YouTuber JerryRigEverything put the tablet through a multi-part stress test, including the damning bend test, and he was left with a mangled wreck of an Apple device.

This is a great video to check out if you're mulling a new tablet purchase. While, yes, the iPad Pro is hardly pocket-sized, it's very easy to imagine things getting bendy if someone were to accidentally sit on one. Read more...

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Posted on 17 November 2018 | 9:41 pm

Elon Musk celebrates The Boring Company's L.A. tunnel completion with a video

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There's light at both ends of The Boring Company's first tunnel.

Elon Musk celebrated his tunneling company's success on Friday night as a key phase in one of two ongoing Los Angeles projects came to an end. Just before 8:00 p.m. PT, Musk shared a video of a mammoth boring machine breaking through an opening to mark the end of the company's Hawthorne tunnel.

SEE ALSO: Elon Musk's 'Teslaquila' isn't meshing with Mexico's tequila industry

Work on The Boring Company's first "Hawthorne test tunnel" began in mid-2017. It runs the SpaceX headquarters (another Musk-founded company) and follows Hawthorne's 120th St. for about two miles. Read more...

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Posted on 17 November 2018 | 3:46 pm

6 tech gifts for the filthy rich

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Oh, hello! I didn't see you there, amongst my many possessions.

You're looking for some guidance, you say, for this year's holiday season? Just a little, trinket? I see...

Well, for the well-to-do lady or gentleman, nothing expresses love like a thoughtful gift. Cashmere, say. Or perhaps a little villa in the Riviera? A new cabana boy? That chalet in the Alps? 

SEE ALSO: The richest 1% will soon own half the world's wealth

But, I have an alternative... suggestion... if you will. Now listen, chap — you are a citizen of the world! You are on the cutting edge, my boy! Why settle for a mere object when you can present an item with a brain all its own?! Technology is the thing!   Read more...

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Posted on 17 November 2018 | 3:01 pm

The Polk Command Bar levels up your TV experience with Alexa and better audio

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Polk Command Bar
$299
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The Good
Good sound quality • Alexa integration works well • Affordable
The Bad
Bulky design • Missing some Alexa features
The Bottom Line
The Polk Command Bar will definitely level-up the sound from your TV's crappy speakers, and the smartly realized Alexa integration is welcome.
Mashable Score3.75
Cool Factor3.0
Learning Curve4.0
Performance4.0
Bang for the Buck4.0

We're in the golden age of soundbars. It's a world flush with affordable, high-quality speakers for your TV that don't require putting different kinds of speakers all over your room, with multiple diagrams and sync options to ensure everything is just so. The soundbar is a gift for people who want to hear, and feel, their entertainment without the hassle of multiple wires. Read more...

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Posted on 17 November 2018 | 2:44 pm

How to become a graphic designer without going to art school

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Look, it doesn't matter if you can't draw to save your life. You shouldn't let your inability to illustrate anything beyond stick figures and random doodles impede your pursuit of becoming a graphic designer. You're trying to become a digital artist here, not emulate Pablo Picasso's career.

Plus, there's no need to bury yourself in loans and sell one of your kidneys to afford graphic design training. All you need is $29 and every ounce of determination to make itThe Ultimate Graphic Design Bundle is your $29 ticket to learning how to master the tools of design trade and create gorgeous content that very well may win the hearts of clients. Read more...

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Posted on 17 November 2018 | 10:00 am

The thinnest wallet you'll ever own is on sale for Black Friday

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Maybe you're sick of being unorganized. Maybe you're tired of constantly dropping your credit cards. Maybe your current wallet is so overstuffed that it forces you to sit on a slant whenever it's in your back pocket. (Who do you think you are, George Costanza?) Whatever the reason, the fact remains: You need a new wallet.

How about trying on the Fantom 10 for size?

The Fantom 10 Quick Access Slim Wallet is the ultimate in convenience, capable of packing six to ten cards in its lightweight, ridiculously slim frame. It's been carefully designed to allow one-handed operation while keeping your cards secure so they won't fall out even when they're fanned out for easy access. The wallet also features RFID protection to fend off would-be electric credit card thieves who use technology to hack credit card information. Read more...

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Posted on 17 November 2018 | 10:00 am

Original Tamagotchi review: The reboot of the '90s classic is still addictive

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Original Tamagotchi
$19.99
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The Good
Choose from either classic colors (Gen 1) or new colors (Gen 2) • Includes original addictive gameplay • Small size makes it super-portable
The Bad
Non-backlit display is antiquated • Battery isn't rechargable
The Bottom Line
Other than some color updates, there isn't much new to be had in the Gen 1 and Gen 2 Tamagotchis. But simplicity is the point: This is a fun, affordable pet-simulation toy that owners of the original will find irresistible.
Mashable Score4.0
Cool Factor4.0
Learning Curve4.0
Performance3.0
Bang for the Buck5.0
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Posted on 17 November 2018 | 2:13 am

How to get a $29.99 PlayStation Plus membership (an all-time low and a savings of $30)

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Editor's note: This story has been updated to include information about a better deal at Walmart when you use promo code Ellen10.

One of the good things about shopping for a gamer on Black Friday: it's really easy to find some stocking stuffers. This could include games, a basic headset, extra cables, or even a gift card.

One of the best stocking stuffers you can get in today's connected world (specifically for a PS4 owner) is a PlayStation Plus membership. They're cheaper than paying monthly and you won't need to put in any credit card information. That may not sound like much, but at least you'll rest easy knowing your kids aren't racking up your credit card bill on V-Bucks. Read more...

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 11:19 pm

Save $50 on Apple AirPods with Apple purchases — the Black Friday deal we've been waiting for

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U.S. Cellular just got a nice head start on their Black Friday game, and we're thinking it's the perfect time to finally splurge on a new Apple device. Through Nov. 26, you can get $50 off the Apple AirPods with the purchase of any new iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch.

If you haven't yet snatched up a pair of Apple AirPods, chances are you've been waiting for the right deal. (As cool and innovative as they are, their normal $159 price tag is still pretty hard to swallow for a pair of wireless earbuds.) 

What you've probably realized is: the deals aren't usually that great. Generally speaking, you'll be lucky if you catch them at $15 off.  Read more...

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 11:02 pm

This self-driving billboard and vending machine is so dystopian

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If San Francisco's robot security guards faced backlash for simply standing around, an autonomous tech company's latest self-driving idea doesn't stand a chance.

This week PerceptIn, a Chinese robotics company with Silicon Valley offices, introduced the DragonFly Intelligent Advertising Vehicle, a self-driving vending machine and mobile advertising unit. It's effectively a robotic billboard that takes your money.

SEE ALSO: These robots have nailed bottle-flipping, proving not even internet challenges are safe from automation

A promo video for the device, above, shows the small robot on wheels flagging down a thirsty runner. You can also hail the robot from your phone to buy food or drinks, or other products that companies want to put on wheels.  Read more...

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 10:17 pm

Here's how to sell your old iPad in the easiest way possible

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The new iPad Pros have been in the market for a little while, and if you're eyeing one, you may be wondering how much you can get by reselling your current iPad.

Here's how to get the most for that device with a trade-in.

SEE ALSO: You spent $999 on an iPhone X. Here's how much you can get for it.

First, you'll need to know some information about your iPad: mainly the model number, what sort of connectivity it has (WiFi only or WiFi+cellular), and storage. If you're not sure, go to Settings>General>About to see the model number and the storage capacity. 

Gazelle

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The most well-known tech trade-in site is Gazelle. It's one of the better places to trade in iPads, but be warned that iPads tend to depreciate more than iPhones. Gazelle will pay for the device in the form of a check, PayPal deposit, or an Amazon.com gift card.  Read more...

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 10:03 pm

Whoops! Prosecutor accidentally reveals charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in court filing

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The U.S. government has filed charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange — and the reason we know is because of a copy-and-paste error.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kellen S. Dwyer accidentally dropped in two references to the sealed charges against Julian Assange in a filing for a separate unsealed case completely unrelated to Wikileaks. The charges against Assange, which are unknown at this time, are under seal according to a report by The Washington Post.

The unintentional disclosure appears to have occurred due to a copy-and-paste mistake, reports both The New York Times and The Guardian. It looks as if the prosecutor copied text from a similar case and neglected to swap out Assange’s name. Read more...

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 6:04 pm

Stay safe with this deal: The Ring Alarm security system is $80 off at Amazon before Black Friday

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Listen up y'all. While everyone knows you can't put a price on safety, we bet you'll be pumped to learn that you can get it at a discount. The Ring Alarm 8-Piece Home Security System is currently on sale for just $188.98 at Amazon, which is a nice $80 off its usual listing price. 

The Ring Alarm system makes securing your home easy. So easy you can install it yourself without the need for any professional installation. Once you take the few minutes it takes to set it up, you'll essentially have a full blown monitoring system at your fingertips, literally: you can monitor everything from your smartphone.  Read more...

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 5:46 pm

Where's the 5G iPhone?

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 5:25 pm

Sheryl Sandberg denies slowing and downplaying Russia investigation

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The righteous shock continues.

Sheryl Sandberg broke her silence Thursday evening about the New York Times' report on Facebook executives' actions dealing with Russian manipulation, hate speech, and other crises on the platform. The report specifically detailed Sandberg's role as a political operative within Facebook, seeking to shield the company from scrutiny and legislation in multiple instances.

SEE ALSO: Facebook held back on Trump and Russia so Republicans wouldn't get angry

In a Facebook post, Sandberg denied the Times' report, and said that she never interfered with taking action on the Russian investigation, nor did she empower others to do so.  Read more...

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 5:22 pm

These robots have nailed bottle-flipping, proving not even internet challenges are safe from automation

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In this year's RoboCon in Japan, teams of high school students built a bunch of bottle-flipping robots that can nail the internet challenge better than most of us.  Read more...

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 5:21 pm

If you're going to buy an enormous TV, you better get one on sale for $1,000 off

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We've been talking a lot (okay, nonstop) about Black Friday this week, but we can't help it — early Black Friday deals are just too exciting to pass up. But we're about to do you one better. 

This 75-inch 4K TV from Sceptre is on sale for an insane $1,000 off today, slashing the price to just $799.99. And there you have it, folks: A discount so good that most Black Friday sales can't even match it. Bada bing bada boom.

SEE ALSO: All the best Black Friday 2018 sales, right in one place

Most 75-inch 4K TVs from the big guys (you know, the Samsungs and LGs of the world) go for $1,500 or more — and on a good day, might go on sale for $1,200. Getting a 75-inch 4K TV for a measly $799.99 seems like a dream, but we're just gonna go with it. Read more...

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 5:20 pm

This gaming robot will fight other robots IRL and in AR

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Reach Robotics have designed the world’s first gaming robot called MekaMon that battles in real life and in augmented reality. Read more...

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 4:59 pm

Get 5 years of PureVPN for $79 during this Black Friday sale — that's just $1.32 per month

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If you're trying to protect your online data, the easiest (and smartest) thing you can do is get a VPN. These virtual private networks (yep, that's what it stands for) can make a big difference in helping to keep your data secure online. One that routinely tops our lists of the best VPNs is PureVPN, which is currently running a sale in honor of Black Friday. (Live in the UK? Go here.)

Get five years of PureVPN on sale for only $79 right now, which works out to be only $1.32 a month. That means five quarters and a dime and you're good to go every month for five years. (We'll just let that sink in.) Read more...

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Posted on 16 November 2018 | 3:02 pm

Black Friday 4K TV sales start now: Get the cheapest OLEDs from Best Buy, Amazon, Walmart, and more

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Shopping in the UK? Check out the Black Friday TV deals we've found just for you.

If you're shopping for a new 4K TV on Black Friday this year, you're in luck.

With Black Friday quickly approaching (it's on Nov. 23 this year), there's going to be a mad race to find the best TV deals from across the internet, with people feverishly refreshing their web browsers during Thanksgiving dinner just to find something great at a low price. 

SEE ALSO: Full coverage of Black Friday 2018 sales

While a lot of TV deals have yet to be officially released, we've been sorting through all the Black Friday ads to determine what will be on sale and have assembled what we've learned. Read more...

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Posted on 15 November 2018 | 7:29 pm

Black Friday 2018: Shop early laptop sales from HP, Dell, Lenovo, and more

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Shopping in the UK? Check out the Black Friday laptop deals we've found just for you.

Looking for a laptop on sale? You're in luckBlack Friday is almost here, and so are all those deals you've been anxiously waiting for all year. And though Black Friday doesn't officially start until Nov. 23, there are already lots of laptop sales trickling in. 

Whether you need a 2-in-1, a Chromebook, a gaming laptop, or something else, there are plenty of laptops on sale from from the likes of Dell, HP, Asus, and Alienware on sale at places like Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon, and more.

SEE ALSO: Best Black Friday gaming deals already live right now Read more...

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Posted on 14 November 2018 | 10:00 am

Best Black Friday gaming deals: Xbox One X, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and more on sale

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Shopping in the UK? Check out the Black Friday gaming deals we've found just for you.

Black Friday officially launches in the U.S. on Nov. 23, which means all the deals you could hope for are soon to be splayed across the internet. But we're here to give you a sneak peek of what's going on sale. 

If you're a gamer — or need to shop for one — there are going to be tons of deals on systems, games, and everything in between from top retailers like Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, and more. Think big brand names like Alienware, Nintendo, Xbox, Razer, and Logitech. It's a lot to sift through, but don't worry — that's our job. Read more...

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Posted on 13 November 2018 | 7:49 pm