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DualSense is the video game controller for PlayStation 5. Here's what it does.

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While we wait to get our first official glimpse of the PlayStation 5, Sony is sharing the first details on the video game console's controller. The DualSense features a two-toned look with a white touchpad and subtle PlayStation blue light bar illuminating the sides. It also boasts white grips, with black shoulder buttons and thumbsticks. The DualSense will include many of the features of the DualShock controller used on the PlayStation 4 but will focus more on how games feel as you use the controller, said Hideaki Nishino, Sony's senior vice president of platform planning and management. Nishino said the controller will have haptic feedback to mimic "powerful sensations you'll feel when you play, such as the slow grittiness of driving a car through mud."


Alexa, Google could be listening to your work calls. Here's what to do.

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A reminder to those who are working at home: You might want to turn your Amazon or Google smart home speaker them off, or at the very least, mute the microphone. What most people forget is that Alexa and the Google Assistant are always listening. Sure, they only come to life after you utter "Alexa" or "Hey, Google," but what happens when you slip those words in the middle of sentences? Amazon and Google record every interaction, even if you don't ask a specific question, and the recordings are stored on Amazon and Google servers. Sometimes the speakers are awakened with words that they mistake for the wake words.


The 5 best gaming deals you can get right now

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Here are the best gaming deals you can get at the moment. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Since we'll all be staying at home for the foreseeable future, a new gaming laptop or Nintendo Switch might be just the thing to keep you occupied. If you've worn out your video game collection while in quarantine or have been considering an upgrade to a new console, you may be on the hunt for the best video game deals, and right now, there are plenty of savings to be had on top-rated games, consoles, and accessories. To help you find them all in one place, we've rounded up the best deals on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch, as well as gaming laptops, headsets, and more below: Target, for instance has buy two get one free deal on select video games.


On coronavirus lockdown, gamers seek solace and community in video games

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Video games have always been a source of solace in tough times for Rosemary Kelley. Now, as everything across the U.S. is being shut down and slowed down, the 25-year-old has her game controller in hand again. "I originally had every single weekend booked, and now I have nothing," she said. For Kelley, an esports caster and host for games like "Pokémon," "Overwatch" and "Hearthstone," the worsening coronavirus pandemic has led to a halt in bookings and an array of cancellations for events. The Game Developer's Conference, known as GDC, supposed to happen in March is now postponed to the summer.


The best robot vacuum we've ever tested is back on sale

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The best robot vacuum we've ever used at Reviewed is on sale for an excellent discount. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Robot vacuums are incredibly popular, and for good reason. These helpful household gadgets are conveniently designed to pick up dust, hair, and all manner of grime so you don't have to do it yourself. Of all of the models available, the iRobot Roomba i7 is the best robot vacuum we've ever tested, and now, you can get it on sale for $200 off its usual price.


You can get these top-rated Sonos products at Cyber Monday prices

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You can get the Sonos One SL and so much more on sale right now for a major discount. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Sonos has an impressive reputation in the audio equipment business. The company's speakers are some of the most widely respected in the world, known for their modern, ultra-slim appearance and ability to deliver incredibly crisp, immaculate sound quality. All of that flawless audio comes at a price, though: Sonos speakers aren't exactly cheap.


10 fun games kids can play with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant

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If you're working from home with kids due to coronavirus quarantine, you're probably looking for ways to keep them occupied while you're on the job. Family-friendly board games and puzzles are a good start, but what happens when your kids run through them? As with so many things in life, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa can help with a healthy list of fun games for your kids (and even for you). To get started, simply download the Amazon Alexa app or Google Assistant app to an iOS or Android device. Alternatively, you can play using a smart speaker like the Echo (third-generation), Google's Nest Mini or other Amazon or Google smart speakers.


WHO says play video games as healthy social pastime during coronavirus pandemic

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Video games are being prescribed as a recommended treatment for our ongoing homebound existence, brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Game makers on Saturday began kicking off a new World Health Organization (WHO) initiative entitled #PlayApartTogether to encourage people on how to entertain themselves and also practice physical distancing. The initiative is particularly noteworthy because WHO previously designated video game addiction as an official mental health disorder. But the group hopes that the industry can "reach millions with important messages to help prevent the spread of COVID-19," said Ray Chambers, the U.S. ambassador to WHO in a statement. Game companies will encourage players to stay distanced and observe other safety measures including hand hygiene, he said.


Apple launches COVID-19 app and website

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Apple launched a new app and website to inform the public about COVID-19. It includes a screening tool to help people figure out if they've caught the coronavirus, and the information is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Apple says. The App was created in partnership with the CDC, the White House Coronavirus Task Force and FEMA "to make it easy for people across the country to get trusted information and guidance at a time when the U.S. is feeling the heavy burden of COVID-19," according to Apple. Both the app and website ask users to answer questions to help people figure out if they need to be tested. For instance, it asks if you have chest pain, difficulty breathing, dizziness, slurred speed or difficulty waking up.


How to video chat using Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant

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In an effort to curtail the spread of COVID-19, many Americans are working from home as health global experts continue to encourage social distancing. While you've probably got plenty of board games, TV shows, and other entertainment to keep you company, they can't replace facetime with friends and family. Smart assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant can help! Here's how to quickly and easily video chat with your loved ones using Alexa and Google Assistant. Amazon has several Echo smart displays that can be used for video calls, like the Echo Show 5 (pictured).