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  • NES Classic Edition will be back in stock at Best Buy stores on December 20th

    After inadvertently sending out a promotional email on Wednesday regarding the NES Classic Edition, Best Buy sent out a clarification email later in the day to confirm that it would in fact have the hard-to-find console in stock at retail stores beginning on December 20th. Last night, Oscar Muñoz ( @oscarinmv on Twitter ) received an email from Best Buy informing him that the NES Classic Edition would be "available in all Best Buy stores tomorrow, December 20." At the time, "tomorrow" was actually December 8th, which explains why Best Buy had to send another email minutes later explaining that NES Classic Edition consoles would actually be in stores on the 20th (via: @matthewrex ). https://twitter.com/matthewrex/status/806661882941583360 Unsurprisingly, there will be limited quantities available, so if you want to grab an NES Classic Edition from Best Buy later this month, you'll probably need to be at your local store the minute it opens. Nothing in the email suggests that any stock will be available on BestBuy.com , but it still might be worth keeping an eye out on the website come December 20th. We'll be sure to update this post if we hear anything definitive about the NES Classic Edition coming to Best Buy's website. If you don't want to wait that long, Amazon said on Twitter earlier this week that it would have "exciting announcements to make in the coming week" for NES Classic Edition fans. We won't know for sure until the retailer shares more details, but we have to assume that means Amazon will have more units soon as well.

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  • A famous part of MS DOS, the program that made Bill Gates, is finally being retired

    Before Microsoft had Office, before it had Windows, it had an operating system called MS DOS. MS...

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  • NASA’s Saturn orbiter just sent back the most stunning photos yet

    NASA's Cassini-Huygens orbiter has been on mission for nearly two decades and it's still delivering glimpses of Saturn that leave us in awe. The spacecraft, which is approaching its final phase, just sent back some glorious photos of Saturn's northern pole, and it's some of the most impressive space photography yet. The photos show the massive swirling storm at Saturn's north pole, which has formed a hexagonal shape, though scientists don't know precisely why. NASA notes that each side of the hexagon is roughly as wide as the entirety of Earth, just to give you an idea of the scale. http://media.zenfs.com/en_US/News/BGR_News/pia21053-1045.jpg?itok=d1cMx4S2 The photos were taken at a distance of 400,000 miles from the surface of the planet, and originally have a resolution of just 256 by 256 pixels — space camera technology just wasn't all that great back in 1997. Resolution aside, Cassini's camera is capable capturing its photos through several different filters, each of which is particularly sensitive to certain wavelengths. The resulting photos show the layers of cloud cover that make up the gas giant's exterior. http://media.zenfs.com/en_US/News/BGR_News/pia21052-1045.jpg?itok=JMRm7iR3 Cassini captured the photos just before diving through Saturn's outer ring, which it will do over a dozen more times as the final act in its decades-long mission. These "Ring-Grazing Orbits" will number 20 in total, and will hopefully produce many more images of the planet and its rings that NASA has never had a chance to glimpse. "This is it, the beginning of the end of our historic exploration of Saturn," Cassini imaging team lead Carolyn Porco said in a release. "Let these images — and those to come — remind you that we’ve lived a bold and daring adventure around the solar system’s most magnificent planet."

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  • The inside of Apple's new $5 billion campus is stunning

    The interior of Apple's new $5 billion Apple Campus 2 in Cupertino, California, is breathtaking...

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  • Super Mario makes jump to iPhone

    Nintendo of America COO Reggie Fils-Aime on the company's NES Classic Edition console, Super Mario Run iPhone app, the 'Switch' and the success of 'Pokemon Go.'

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  • Samsung's Galaxy S8 will reportedly have an 'all-screen' design

    One of the big questions of 2017 will be how (or if) Samsung recovers from the double whammy of its disastrous Note 7 release and Google's triumphant Pixel launch this year. The company's answer, it seems, is to push the boundaries of design with the next Galaxy S flagship phone, which Bloomberg today reports will feature an "all-screen" design. An instructive example of what such a Galaxy S8 might look like is provided by Xiaomi's recently introduced Mi Mix smartphone.

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  • NES Classic Alternative Plays Games From 28 Consoles

    Nintendo's NES Classic is one of the hottest gifts this holiday season, but it's all but impossible to find in stores and runs just 30 games. Instead, you could turn your wallet towards Indiegogo, where a company called Doyoda is crowdfunding for its Retro Engine Sigma, which emulates games from 28 different game consoles. The Retro Engine Sigma has two USB-ports for controllers, as well as the option to use a Bluetooth adapter for wireless joysticks.

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  • Navy's futuristic-looking USS Zumwalt arrives in homeport

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The U.S. Navy's biggest, most expensive and most technologically advanced destroyer arrived at its homeport on Thursday after a nearly four-month transit that included some hiccups, such as a high-profile breakdown in the Panama Canal.

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  • Pebble Discontinuing Smartwatches After Its Sale to Fitbit

    Pioneering smartwatch maker Pebble is no longer manufacturing or selling any of its devices after the bulk of the company was bought by Fitbit

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  • Amazon should have the NES Classic Edition in stock soon

    The NES Classic Edition is virtually impossible to find right now, unless you want to go on eBay and pay someone five times the asking price for a glorified Nintendo DS. Up until now, your best chance has been flash sales by Walmart, or weird one-off stock events from Toys R Us and Urban Outfitters . But Nintendo is pumping out consoles as fast as it can, which means you might still have a chance to buy one before Christmas. The latest retailer to enter the fray? Amazon. The country's biggest online retailer dropped a big hint about an upcoming sale yesterday on Twitter, which has us thinking there's stock coming soon: https://twitter.com/amazongames/status/806292512356732928 That announcement is about as vague and open-ended as they come, so we don't have much to go on for the time being. My best guess is that Amazon is going to have some kind of Lightning sale for Prime members only, which will help scare off the scalpers, and also get more people onto Amazon's VIP program. Of course, it's equally possible that Amazon is going to troll us with an exclusive one-day sales event for NES Classic cases, skins and accessories, but I'm really hoping the company is better than that. Even if Amazon does run some kind of limited sales event, chances are stock will be incredibly limited. Walmart is having trouble fulfilling orders from two weeks ago, according to emails readers have sent me, and the Urban Outfitters flash sale seems to have only sold a tiny number of consoles, leaving hundreds of people complaining on Twitter. For the time being, it seems like the recipe for NES Classic success is the same as ever : keep your eyes on local Target and Walmart stores, using stock trackers to see any overnight deliveries coming into stores. Watch Walmart's site for any last-minute flash sales, although those seem to have ceased for now. And, for the time being, add to the list desperately monitoring Amazon's Twitter account for any updates on this mysterious sale. There's still a few weeks before Christmas. Don't give up hope yet. Here's the Amazon link you'll want to keep your eye on every waking moment from now until Christmas

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  • Download ‘Assassin’s Creed III’ free on PC for a limited time

    December has arrived, which means Ubisoft has one more game to give away before the year comes to an end. The French video game publisher has already given away six classic titles in 2016, from Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time to Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon . On Wednesday, Assassin's Creed III was added to that list . DON'T MISS:  Ubisoft celebrates the holidays with 30 Days of Giveaways While the third entry in the Assassin's Creed franchise wasn't as impressive a leap forward as the second, it was still well-received by gamers and the press alike. In spite of its technical issues, fans appreciated new direction of the story and the drastic shift from the Italian Renaissance to the American Revolution. And because I'll use any excuse to share one of Ubisoft's fantastic cinematic trailers for the Assassin's Creed series, here's the trailer from E3 2012: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nL6chDa7T8Q Before you grab your free copy of Assassin's Creed III , you need to either log in to or create a Uplay account. It's also worth noting that, like previous Ubisoft Club games, Assassin's Creed III will no longer be free to download a month from now. So if you want to get it for free, sign up for an account and download today . In addition to the free game of the month, Ubisoft is also in the middle of its 30 Days of Giveaways promotion. All you need to do to participate is log in to that account you created to get your hands on free games, wallpapers and discounts.

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  • Inmarsat switches to Arianespace for satellite launch after SpaceX delays

    British satellite company Inmarsat will switch to using Arianespace from rival SpaceX to launch a new satellite to provide broadband connectivity to air passengers, it said on Thursday. The S-band satellite had been scheduled to launch with technology billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX but Inmarsat said setbacks to SpaceX's launch schedule prompted it to turn to Arianespace instead. Inmarsat said on Thursday that European-owned Arianespace will launch the S-band satellite in mid-2017.

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  • Egyptian mummies virtually unwrapped in Australia

    The hidden secrets of Egyptian mummies up to 3,000 years old have been virtually unwrapped and reconstructed for the first time using cutting-edge scanning technology in a joint British-Australian exhibition. Three-dimensional images of six mummies aged between 900BC and 140-180AD from ancient Egypt, which have been held at the British Museum but never physically unwrapped, give an insight into what it was like to live along the Nile river thousands of years ago. "We are revealing details of all their physical remains as well as the embalming material used by the embalmers like never before," the British Museum's physical anthropology curator Daniel Antoine told AFP at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney Thursday.

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  • Banking on change: Tech startups target financial services

    It may not be much longer before bank branches join video-rental stores and record shops as relics of a bygone era. Silicon Valley is pressuring banks to change their ways or risk becoming the latest industry ...

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  • Apple's guiding voice(over) helps the blind create software

    Kids and adults with visual impairments can use Apple's Swift Playgrounds to learn programming on their iPads.

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  • Behind the Scenes at TaylorMade's 2017 Product Launch Event (5 photos)

    Get a behind-the-scenes look at the 2017 TaylorMade Product Launch event where the company debuted it's new M1 and M2 drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons.

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  • Gifting a 'Smart' Device? Here's How to Keep its Recipient From Getting Hacked

    If you're gifting a 'smart' device to a loved one this year, there's a piece of advice you should also include. 

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  • Pokemon Go Plus now available to preorder at Best Buy; ships in January

    Much like the NES Classic Edition, the Pokemon Go Plus is going to be one of the most difficult gifts to get your hands on this holiday season. Although Amazon had a few in stock on Wednesday, those sold out almost immediately, and there's no telling when they'll be back in stock. But if you don't care when you get your Pokemon Go Plus, you might want to check out Best Buy . This week, Best Buy's reopened preorders for Pokemon Go Plus units on its website. Finding the Pokemon Go Plus at standard retail price has been all but impossible, so if you don't want to pay extra by buying from a third party, you should act now before Best Buy inevitably runs out of stock as well. The only issue? Best Buy doesn't expect orders to arrive until January 20th, 2017. If you're desperate to get your hands on a Pokemon Go Plus before Christmas, you're going to have to look elsewhere. But if your goal is simply to obtain a Pokemon Go Plus bracelet without paying over the odds, this might be your best bet. The preorder has been up for over a day through, so don't delay. As always, we'll continue to keep our eyes peeled for any updates regarding Pokemon Go Plus stock. In the meantime, you can also grab an NES Classic Edition at Best Buy stores on December 20th (but you'll probably need to be there when they open). I do not envy parents this holiday season.

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  • Amazon Partners With Chipmakers To Push Alexa Voice Assistant Into More Devices

    Amazon wants to put Alexa into every single object in your home.

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  • Pokemon Go is turning thousands of Starbucks stores into PokeStops and Gyms

    By the end of the day, more than half of the Starbucks stores in America will be converted into PokeStops and Gyms. Just a day after unveiling a partnership with Sprint , Pokemon Go developer Niantic has expanded its list of corporate partners once again with the addition of Starbucks on Thursday, December 8th. "Starbucks has a long-standing commitment to providing spaces for social interaction and real-world community building in its extensive network of locations," said Niantic in a new blog post on Thursday morning . "We appreciate their role in creating safe, welcoming locations for people from all walks of life to come together for refreshment and social engagement." Starting at 11AM PT / 2PM ET on Thursday, 7,800 company-owned Starbucks stores will be "transformed" into either a PokeStop or a Gym. Considering how ubiquitous Starbucks has become, this should increase the density of PokeStops and Gyms in virtually every town and city in the country. In addition to the transformation of the Starbucks stores, the coffee shop will also be offering a Pokemon Go -themed Frappuccino for a limited time. The special edition drink was actually leaked earlier this week (along with the addition of 100 Generation 2 Pokemon to the game), but now it's official. Between the Sprint and Starbucks partnerships, there are going to be nearly 20,000 additional PokeStops and Gyms around the country by the end of the year. Although this might not make much difference to rural players, it's nice to see Niantic make this a priority heading into the new year.

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