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Friday, November 28

Hands On: Styx: Master of Shadows (PS3, Windows, Xbox One)

Instead of launching the next game in the Of Orcs and Men franchise as a sequel to the action role-playing game, Cyanide Studios released a prequel with Styx: Master of Shadows. The prequel takes place roughly 200 years prior to the events in Of Orcs and Men, playing out the formative years of one of its protagonists, the goblin assassin Styx. Cyanide Studios makes a drastic shift to the stealth genre, something that...

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Giveaway: win a Penclick B2 Bluetooth mouse

Last, but certainly not least on our list of giveaway items today is the Penclic B2 Bluetooth mouse. This isn't your average, every day basic Bluetooth mouse though. This mouse takes computing to the next level by harnessing the natural power and dexterity in our fingers and hands and helps to prevent Repetitive Strain Injury. Read on to learn more, and to find out how you can win. ...

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Black Friday: hot Windows notebooks at cool prices

Right now at OfficeDepot.com take advantage of instant savings and a mail-in-rebate offer that slash the price on the 17.3-inch Toshiba Satellite notebook computer. The starting price is $450, but a $120 instant price break drops it to $330. A $50 mail-in-rebate lowers it to $280, which is around $70 less than the next lowest price. This notebook features a 1.8GHz AMD A4 quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 500GB hard dr...

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Giveaway: Win a Verve 2 sensor system

What is the Verve 2? We asked ourselves the same question when we first heard of it. It turns out that it is quite unlike anything we have ever seen before. The Verve 2 is a sensor system that can be used to interact with a computer in a whole new way. We have one Verve 2 system to give away to our readers. Read on to learn more about this unique technology toy, and find out how you can win. ...

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Black Friday: Android tablet deals from zero dollars

With all the great deals out there on Android tablets today, it gets a little bit tricky trying to figure out what exactly the best prices are. To help, we have put together a list of some of the best Black Friday Android tablet deals we could find. At TigerDirect.com right now get the Proscan 7-inch Android tablet with McAfee 2015 multi-access for only $70. That's already $80 off the list price of $150. A $70 mail-i...

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Razer Nabu fitness tracker available in North America from December 2

Razer is finally going to release its fitness tracker, just in time for the holiday sales. Originally launched at CES in January followed by delays caused by hypoallergenic testing and a beta test with developers, the Razer Nabu is being made available to purchase from the Razer website and retailers from December 2nd in North America, with Razer pricing the fitness band at $100. ...

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Black Friday Deals: $780 MacBook Air, $99 LG G Watch

Welcome to Friday Deals, on today, Black Friday. If you don't fancy wandering through the post-apocalyptic retail landscape caused by ravenous shoppers arguing over cheap televisions, we're listing the best online deals here for you, the discerning (and wise to stay away from the battle) MacNN and Electronista reader. As usual, all prices are correct at the time of publication, and considering the sales today, may ch...

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Second generation of Puls smartwatch could arrive in early 2015

The release of a smartwatch created by musician Will.i.am will apparently take place next month, but with a smaller release than originally thought, a report claims. A second generation of the Puls smartwatch with a few slight alterations is also touted for release, but it is believed to be heading to market early next year in both the United States and the United Kingdom. ...

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Sony e-paper watch resurfaces in crowdfunding effort

Sony's rumored e-paper watch may have already surfaced, under the name of the FES Watch. A watch from a Sony project called Fashion Entertainments, using e-paper for the watch face and for the the watch strap, has apparently been offered for sale via crowdfunding since September, and though it has requested 2 million yen ($17,000), it has managed to raise 3.5 million yen from 150 participants. ...

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Thursday, November 27

Briefly: Three trials same-day delivery, Slingbox YouTube update

British carrier Three is starting to offer same-day delivery for smartphone orders, within central London, saving customers from going to a store. The trial will allow customers to order a Samsung Galaxy S5 or the iPhone 6 from the carrier from Monday to Friday between 7am and 3pm at "selected London postcodes," reports Engadget, with customers paying £15 ($23.50) for the privilege. ...

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Obama signs E-Label Act, allows manufacturers to remove rear logos

The backs of smartphones will become slightly better looking, after a bill concerning the labeling of electronic devices has been signed into law by President Obama. The E-Label Act, created by Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), will allow manufacturers to leave off a large amount of the logos and other regulatory iconography from the device itself. ...

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Giveaway: Win a Skrillex X UE Boom Bluetooth speaker!

This next prize we are sure anybody would be very thankful to receive. Last week Ultimate Ears released the latest addition to their lineup, the custom designed Skrillex Edition UE Boom. Ultimate Ears teamed up with Skrillex and asked him to create custom artwork for their award-winning Boom speaker. What they created is a speaker that combines high-end sound quality with a twist of rave-culture style. ...

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Pre-Black Friday: best SSDs at the lowest prices

This year for Black Friday there will surely be heaps of discounts on solid state storage devices, with many of those deals showing up online already. Right now Newegg has the Corsair 240GB Force LS Series internal solid state drive on sale for $115. That's already a discount of 50 percent off the list price and a $30 rebate card drops the price further to $85. Just that alone makes this the best price out there by n...

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Windows 10 Consumer Preview could ship by end of January 2015

Microsoft may present what the final consumer version of Windows 10 will look like in late January, a report claims. The software giant is said to be holding an event towards the end of the month to showcase the consumer preview edition of the operating system, within weeks of the company presenting to attendees at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at Las Vegas. ...

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Pre-Black Friday: Walmart deals on electronics available now

Black Friday sales have gone live at Walmart.com, however if you plan on getting a head start on the deals at your local store, keep in mind they will be opening their doors tonight at 6PM. They are offering 3 different door-buster events, which are outlined below. If you don't want to wait for the door-busters, or would just prefer to shop from the safety and comfort of your own home, we have highlighted a selecti...

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European Parliament confirms wish to break search away from Google

The European Parliament has voted in favor of making Google break apart its search business from the rest of the company. With 384 approving the motion to 174 against with 56 abstentions, the Parliament is indicating to member states and the European Commission it wants something done about Google's power in search, with a separation of search services being the preferred option. ...

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Current and Black Friday Deals: 5TB HDD, iPads, 4k2k display, more

While Turkey Day (for our US readers) is only now upon us, the sales period associated with the dreaded "Black Friday" has begun! We are listing various deals you, the discerning MacNN and Electronista reader, can take advantage of now. As usual, all prices are correct at the time of publication, but may not be valid or available at a later time, so check before purchasing. Also, check back on this post later today a...

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Pre-Black Friday: Amazon Kindle tablets and e-readers from $49

Black Friday deals are on now at Amazon. No need to wait outside in the cold, or battle the hoards of deal-hungry shoppers to get these great prices. To kick things off today they are offering discounts on their line of Kindle tablets and e-readers. The all-new Kindle with touch has been reduced by $30 and can be had for only $49 with special offers that display on the lock screen or $69 without the special offers. ...

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Giveaway: Civilization: Beyond Earth

As was mentioned yesterday Civilization: Beyond Earth was released for purchase and download on Steam, the Mac App store and on GameAgent. Also announced yesterday was that we will be running a giveaway. So, without further ado we are pleased to announce that we have obtained 4 redemption codes for this game to give away to our readers. ...

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Happy Thanksgiving from MacNN and Electronista

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our US readers from all of us here at MacNN and Electronista! Today and tomorrow are traditionally very slow news days, so there will be reduced coverage through the holiday (except for our Black Friday and other deal-related posts, along with a hearty serving of giveaway goodness, never fear!) so that we can spend time with our families. We want to take this opportunity to express our ap...

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Hands On: Sproggiwood (Windows, OS X, Linux via Steam)

Because of the accessibility of game design tools, independently-produced games are springing up on every platform. There's certainly no shortage of dungeon crawlers, roguelikes, or turn-based strategy games today. That doesn't mean, though, that Sproggiwood, by Freehold Games, should be overlooked. This turn-based roguelike has the player explore dungeons inspired by Finnish mythology, bringing peace to the land of ...

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