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'Cyberpunk 2077' video game release pushed back to Dec. 10

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The release of Cyberpunk 2077, the highly-anticipated action game from the creators of The Witcher series, has been pushed back to provide extra time prepping the game for both current- and next-generation video game consoles. In a statement posted to Twitter on Tuesday, studio CD Projekt Red said the video game will release Dec. 10, 21 days later than planned. "We're aware it might seem unrealistic when someone says that 21 days can make any difference in such a massive and complex game, but they really do," read a joint statement from CD Projekt Red studio head Adam Badowski and co-CEO Marcin Iwiński. The studio cites developing the game for multiple platforms of the Xbox and PlayStation, as well as PC, "which requires us to prepare and test 9 versions." It was originally scheduled to launch Nov. 19.


Netflix teams with Ubisoft to develop series based on 'Assassin's Creed' video games

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Netflix is taking a swan dive into the Assassin's Creed video game franchise. The streaming TV giant will create a live-action TV series based on the Assassin's Creed series of video games, published by Ubisoft, the two companies announced Tuesday. Netflix may also eventually develop animated and anime series based on the hugely popular franchise, which chronicles a group of assassins' fight throughout history. "We're excited to partner with Ubisoft and bring to life the rich, multilayered storytelling that Assassin's Creed is beloved for," said Peter Friedlander, vice president of original series for Netflix, said in a statement. "From its breathtaking historical worlds and massive global appeal as one of the best selling video game franchises of all time, we are committed to carefully crafting epic and thrilling entertainment based on this distinct IP and provide a deeper dive for fans and our members around the world to enjoy."


Ditch the soundbar with new Amazon Echo speakers

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Besides sporting a new round look, Amazon's updated fourth generation Echo speakers have something else going for them. Buy a pair for $200 and they make fabulous TV speakers. Without wires spread across the room from the TV. TV's have gotten way thinner and cheaper over the years, and a big casualty has been the tinny speaker, sending many consumers to soundbars that fit near the TV and connect directly. The advantages to two Echo speakers instead are huge.


The 45 best and coolest tech gifts of 2020

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Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. I don't know about you, but I've never gotten a techy or tech-adjacent gift I wasn't excited about--it's true. Opening up a gift and getting a new pair of headphones or a fun gadget I wasn't expecting is almost always fun, even if it isn't something I thought I wanted. That's the problem with trying to buy a fun new tech gift for a giftee: How do you single out the small margin of great products from the ocean of sub-par stuff? Easy--you check out our picks below. Reviewed tests tech all year long and this list is chock full of our favorite gadgets. Roku's fancy "Ultra" media streaming device has been our favorite for a couple years running now, and for good reason. Processing is snappy and the UI is extremely friendly and intuitive, making it easy to settle in for a night of Netflix (or Hulu, or Amazon Prime, or YouTube, or Twitch, or anything else) without a hitch.


You can get our best-valued robot vacuum for a serious steal right now

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Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. If you don't own a robot vacuum by now, chances are, it's an item that's pretty high up there on your Christmas wish list. But spending hundreds of dollars on a quality model may not be something that's in everyone's holiday budget. If you still long for the convenience and ease of an automated vac, we've got the best news for you: The eufy 11S slim robot vacuum--our best-value pick for robot vacuums in 2020--is currently on sale for less than $200 at Amazon. You'll want to note that it won't ship until Sunday, November 1, however, with free delivery between November 4 - 6 for Prime members.


You can get a 3D printed studio (yes, a printed apartment) for just over $100K

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A tiny California start-up is looking to printers to solve the housing crisis – actually, a very large 3D printer. The company, Mighty Buildings, has been showcasing small (350 square foot) studio apartment models of its new "ADU" units (Accessory Dwelling Units) aimed at backyards and selling for around $115,000. That is, if you do the work and deal with local governments to get all the permits, connect the utilities and install the unit. Have Mighty set it up for you, and you're looking around $184,000. Sam Ruben, the co-founder of the firm, says Mighty can have the home in place in just over two weeks.


The best smart speakers of 2020

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The Bose Home 300's sleek design fits in well with most decor. We weren't sure what to expect upon opening the Bose Home 300 for testing, but we were pleasantly surprised on almost every level. While the sound quality can't quite compete with the (much larger) Echo Studio, the Bose Home 300 allows users to choose between Alexa or Google Assistant; it has handy preset buttons on the top of the speaker; and it can stream audio over Bluetooth, AirPlay, WiFi, or via an old-school auxiliary cable. Through its app and smart assistants, the Bose Home 300 can play music from a large number of streaming services, such as Spotify, TuneIn, Amazon Music, Tidal, Pandora, and even Apple Music via Airplay or Bluetooth. The compatible music and podcast sources will vary a bit depending on which smart assistant you choose (you can only use one assistant at a time, however it is very easy to switch in the Bose app). Though not any larger, this speaker is much louder than most of the other smart speakers we included in this roundup.


Amazon's new Echo speakers sound better, but do you need to upgrade?

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Amazon has new Echo speakers to sell you. And if you're wondering whether or not to ditch the old ones for these, the answer comes down to two key questions for Alexa, the personal assistant. Do I prefer the looks of a round speaker over a cylinder? Do I crave better sound? This year Amazon is all about being spherical, in the shape of its "The Spheres" corporate headquarters in Seattle.


Amazon's 2020 Echo speaker has new features

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How does the latest Echo compare to other top smart speakers? The newest thing about the 2020 Echo is its round design. In the box, we find the ball speaker and a power adapter. As with all Echo speakers, you don't need any substantial directions to get it up and running. Just plug it in, open the Alexa app, and follow the prompts when, after a few seconds, the new speaker is detected and a pop-up appears asking whether to set the speaker up.


Amazon just dropped a huge holiday sale on top gifts for the season--shop the best deals

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Amazon's holiday deals on the season's top items start now. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Holiday cheer has comes early this year for budget shoppers. Not only is Walmart set to release its Black Friday discounts well ahead of schedule, Amazon has launched its Holiday Dash event, which features Black Friday-level savings on the season's most interesting gifts, with new deals being added daily. That means through Thursday, November 19, Amazon will be your go-to spot for epic discounts on everything from popular robot vacuums to exercise gear for less than $10.