Samsung gunning for the low-end market with Galaxy M series?

The Wi-Fi Alliance has certified an upcoming Samsung smartphone believed to be the Galaxy M10. The phone was certified earlier today, as spotted by 91Mobiles (via PhoneArena), indicating Samsung may launch it within the next few weeks.

According to the certification document, the phone has serial number SM-M105F/DS — the DS standing for dual-SIM — and will run Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box with support for the 2.4 GHz frequency band.

The Wi-Fi Alliance gives little else away about the handset, but 91Mobiles’ sources have hinted at some specifics about it.

A Wi-Fi Alliance screenshot of a new Samsung phone certification. Wi-Fi Alliance

It’s tipped to be part of a new budget lineup from Samsung, with the M10 packing an Exynos 7870 chip at 1.59GHz, 3GB RAM, and 16GB or 32GB storage. It’s also set to come with a more powerful version, the Samsung Galaxy M20.

These phones would apparently start from 10,000 rupees (~$140) in India, pitting them against phones like the Oppo Realme 2 (starting at 8,990 rupees, or ~$127.50) and the Xiaomi Redmi 6 (7,999 rupees, ~$113).

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Chinese OEMs have been trouncing Samsung in the low-end market lately, though Samsung has been making positive moves this year with the release of phones like its ultra-budget Android One device, the Samsung J2 Core. This launched in India for 6,190 rupees, or ~$88.

The Galaxy M10 may launch as soon as January, but will it help Samsung claw back market-share from Chinese OEMs? Give us your thoughts in the comments.

All you need to know about OnePlus’ new 30W Warp Charge standard

Warp Charge takes one of the best fast charging protocols available today and makes it even better.

OnePlus rolled out Dash Charge back in 2016 with the OnePlus 3 and 3T, with the 22.5W charging standard allowing devices like the OnePlus 6T to go from zero to 60% charge in just 35 minutes. With the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition, however, OnePlus is introducing a new fast charging standard called Warp Charge that offers even faster charging speeds.

OnePlus is quoting charging speeds going from flat to 50% in just 20 minutes with Warp Charge, and a full charge in under an hour.

While there are other fast charging solutions that let you top up your battery quickly, the advantage with OnePlus’ tech is that it doesn’t overheat your phone. That’s because most of the charging circuitry is offloaded onto the wall unit. Like Dash Charge, Warp Charge is based on OPPO’s Super VOOC charging standard, and is different from the majority of quick charging options available today.

Here’s what you need to know about Warp Charge.

A primer on fast charging

A standard smartphone battery is highly reactive, which is why phone manufacturers have several safeguards built into the charging circuitry. Lithium-Ion batteries are able to take in more power initially, tapering out as the charge builds. It is on this principle that fast charging works.

Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology delivers a higher voltage to the battery to expedite charging time. Quick Charge 4.0 is fully compliant with the USB-C Power Delivery (PD) spec, and is 20% faster and up to 30% more efficient than Quick Charge 3.0. Qualcomm has introduced a power management algorithm called Intelligent Negotiation for Optimum Voltage (INOV) to ensure better temperature regulation, along with safeguards to protect against overheating and overcharging.

Qualcomm uses high voltages, whereas OPPO pushes more amperage to the phone.

Qualcomm claims that with its parallel charging technology, you’ll be able to use your phone for five hours with just a five-minute charge. The chip vendor licenses the technology to third-party OEMs, which is how companies like Samsung can offer Adaptive Fast Charging on the likes of the Galaxy Note 9. In Samsung’s case, the company is still using Quick Charge 2.0, and although there aren’t many phones with Quick Charge 4.0 on the market, most flagships today offer a charging standard based on Quick Charge 3.0.

Meanwhile, OPPO has its own fast charging solution called Super VOOC (Voltage Open Loop Multi-step Constant-Current Charging). The fast charging system is used in the likes of the R17 Pro and other OPPO flagships in a bi-cell 50W configuration, and is available on the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition in a 30W option. OPPO uses dedicated circuitry in the charger itself for heat management and dissipation, which is why you can only get Warp Charge speeds with OnePlus-branded wall and car chargers — such as the one that’s included in the OnePlus 6T’s box.

The key difference between the two fast charging technologies is that while Qualcomm uses higher voltages to charge batteries, VOOC relies on delivering a higher amperage. For instance, Quick Charge 3.0 goes up to 6.5V at 3A, creating 19.5W, whereas Warp Charge delivers 5V at 6A to attain 30W. And that has a few advantages.

A day’s worth of battery life in 20 minutes

One of the main benefits of Warp Charge is its ability to keep temperatures low while charging. The fast charging option allows you to watch videos or play games while the phone is charging, with no net drop in charging speeds. That isn’t the case with Quick Charge, as the higher voltages invariably lead to the phone reverting to normal speeds to prevent overheating.

In fact, OnePlus is actively touting Warp Charge’s efficacy while gaming, stating that the standard will deliver up to a 52% charge in 30 minutes. With the screen off, the 30W Warp Charge will be able to charge the battery from flat to 50% in 20 minutes, and up to 70% in 30 minutes. By contrast, the Not e9 is able to go only up to 41% after a 30-minute charge from the bundled wall charger.

With Warp Charge, you can play games or watch videos while charging your phone without worrying about overheating.

Furthermore, even though the OnePlus 6T can charge up to 50% in just 20 minutes, it takes an additional 40 minutes to fully charge the battery. That’s to prevent damage to the battery (and more importantly, you), with the wall charger limiting output at 2A after hitting 75% and going even lower after reaching 85%. The microcontroller unit inside the phone constantly monitors the charge level to determine the desired amperage to be delivered.

The main disadvantage with Warp Charge is that you need to use OnePlus-branded chargers to get the higher speeds on the OnePlus 6, as OPPO is yet to license the technology to third-party vendors. You can use other chargers to top up the OnePlus 6, and use the Dash Charge wall charger with other devices, but in both cases they will fall back to a lower charging speed.

Can I use Warp Charge on older OnePlus phones?

Right now, Warp Charge is limited to the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition. Because the standard has higher charging speeds than Dash Charge, it comes with added safeguards on the phone itself: the battery protection board is larger — it has eight layers for better heat distribution — and the wire that connects the battery to the board is wider as well.

As such, you won’t be able to use Warp Charge on older OnePlus phones. When you plug in the charger to the standard OnePlus 6T, it will fall back to Dash Charge speeds. OnePlus says it could have rolled out compatibility to the standard 6T via a software update, but as the device lacks the hardware-level safeguards, that won’t be the case.

Coming to all OnePlus phones in 2019

OnePlus has confirmed that Warp Charge will be standard on its 2019 portfolio. The company says it invested significant resources in building Warp Charge, and that the 30W fast charging standard will be the default option for its phones going forward.

That’s great news for those eyeing OnePlus devices in 2019, as Warp Charge takes all the benefits from Dash Charge and kicks things up a notch.

Updated in December 2018: Added details on the new 30W Warp Charge standard and timeline for rollout in 2019.

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Alcatel 1X cases aren’t easy to find, so let us help you

The Alcatel 1X is an Android Go phone that launched in the US early 2018. The phone wasn’t widely distributed so it may be a bit hard to find good cases for it. That’s why we’ve gone and found the best ones for those who want to protect that $100 investment. Here are the best cases for the Alcatel 1X.


TOMYOU Clear Slim

These TPU cases cost less than a cup of Starbucks and will protect all the edges of your Alcatel 1X. And this particular collection has 30 different designs to choose from.

$5 at Amazon

Animal Lovers

Stephen Huneck Series

Another range of affordable TPU cases, the Stephen Huneck collection is all about celebrating life’s best companions. And Huneck is no pretender — he built an actual Dog Chapel for people and their furry pets to go and enjoy themselves.

$18 at Amazon

Card Courier

Scheam Wallet Case

It doubles as a wallet and has a built-in kickstand design. Scheam’s wallet case looks good in the wild, too, and comes in a variety of other colors, including blue, red, and brown.

$9 at Amazon

Flip It

Scheam Folio Case

For those with a more vertical pedigree, Scheam’s other folio case for the Alcatel 1X flips upward inside of outward. Unfortunately, this one can only hold a single credit card.

$9 at Amazon

Lines and Shapes

Elisabeth Fredriksson Purple Stone Collection

This Swedish artist’s favorite class in school was clearly geometry. She’s brought her flair for lines, triangles, trapezoids in TPU format for your Alcatel 1X. There are 7 variations of the same design available for your choosing.

$18 at Amazon

No Nonsense

kwmobile TPU Case

Sometimes you just want a no-frills case to protect your phone. This is it, and it’s available in matte black or clear.

$8 at Amazon

Like I said, there isn’t much out there for the Alcatel 1X. These options should provide at least minimal protection, though I wouldn’t exactly go throwing the phone down a mountain. If I had to get one, I’d recommend the kwmobile TPU Case for its minimal aesthetic and maximum protection.

Google will spend $1 billion on new NYC campus ‘Google Hudson Square’

A Google logo.

  • The new Google NYC campus will be called “Google Hudson Square.”
  • Google Hudson Square will cost at least $1 billion.
  • The campus expansion will be finalized by 2022 and will allow Google to double its current staff numbers in the city.

Today, Google revealed its official plans for the expansion of its New York City campus, via Politico. The new Google NYC headquarters will be dubbed “Google Hudson Square,” aptly named due to the location of the buildings in the lower Manhattan district by the same name.

Google plans to invest over $1 billion in the creation of the campus.

There will be three buildings in all that make up the campus: two pre-existing buildings on Hudson Street and a yet-to-be-built building on nearby Washington Street. Google expects to begin moving into the Hudson Street buildings by 2020 and for the new building to be complete by 2022.

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Google and Alphabet Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat said in a blog post that the company will also “continue to deepen our commitments in STEM education, workforce development and access to technology,” which will include creating a program to train workers in digital skills. “We believe that as our company grows, we have a responsibility to support the communities we call home,” she said.

The Google NYC expansion comes as other tech giants from the west coast start moving eastward. Amazon’s move to both New York City and Virginia, in particular, is causing some controversy due to the heavy tax breaks the company is receiving. Several New York City protests have already happened related to the move.

However, Google has had a presence in New York for years already with little fanfare. It’s likely this expansion won’t receive the same amount of antagonism.

NEXT: Rhode Island sues Google over the two Google+ data breaches

Brawl Stars tips and tricks: How to fight your way to the top!

Brawl Stars has finally launched globally on Android and iOS, and it looks like the developer of Clash of Clans and Clash Royale might have another smash hit game on its hands.

Supercell’s new mobile MOBA/arena fighter has already amassed over five million downloads on the Google Play Store. That means there are plenty of players competing in Brawl Stars 3v3 online match ups and its unique take on a Fortnite/PUBG Mobile-style battle royale mode.

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In this guide, you’ll find some essential tips and tricks that will help you choose the best Brawlers for any game mode, unlock new rare and legendary characters, farm tokens and gems, and much more!

Brawl Stars: How to unlock new Brawlers

No MOBA-style game is complete without a roster of colorful characters with different abilities and classes. Thankfully, Brawl Stars delivers with 22 total Brawlers that cater to various play-styles.

There are currently three ways to get new Brawlers, not counting the promotion that unlocks Barley by linking/setting up your Supercell ID. The first is by earning Trophies (I’ll explain how to get these and all of Brawl Stars’ other currencies later) and passing pre-set milestones on Trophy Road.

This starts at 10 Trophies when you’ll unlock Nita and ends at 3,000 Trophies which gets you Bo. The other Trophy Road Brawlers are Colt (60 Trophies), Bull (250 Trophies), Jessie (500 Trophies), Brock (1,000 Trophies), and Dynamike (2,000 Trophies).

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Trophy Road guarantees new characters but you’ll only ever unlock Common Brawlers.

You can also occasionally buy new Brawlers in the Shop using Gems, Brawl Stars’ premium currency. Be sure to save your Gems and be on the lookout for timed special offers.

The final way to get new Brawlers is the one you’ll rely on the most: Brawl Boxes.

Brawl Boxes serve up random drops of Coins, Power Points, and sometimes new Brawlers.

Related: 10 best battle royale games like PUBG Mobile or Fortnite on Android!

You’ll get a bunch of Brawl Boxes organically as you play the game over time, but the best way of unlocking new Brawlers is Big Boxes and Mega Boxes. Big Boxes will give you three times more drops than regular Brawl Boxes, while Mega Boxes go up to ten times more. Big Boxes and Mega Boxes can be obtained through Trophy Road, collecting Star Tokens, and by spending real money in the Shop.

It’s worth noting that the longer it takes for you to unlock a new character, the higher the chance the next Brawl Box (of any size) will contain a fresh fighter to play with.

Brawl Stars best brawlers

I like how all of these Brawler profile images could be the Play Store art for a new Supercell game.

Brawl Stars: Best Brawlers and tier list

Brawlers in Brawl Stars are categorized by their rarity tiers: Common, Rare, Super Rare, Epic, Mythic, and Legendary.

While you might think the Legendary Brawlers are automatically the best, that’s not quite how the game works.

Every Brawler in Brawl Stars has their individual strengths and weaknesses. Some, like the tanky Nita who unlocks very early on, are incredibly strong in specific game modes like Gem Grab.

Meanwhile, damage-focused Brawlers like Colt are better at clocking up those kills in Bounty.

For a good idea of which Brawlers to pick for each mode, check out YouTuber KairosTime’s most recent Brawl Stars tier list.

As for the roster, here’s every Brawler in the game so far ranked by rarity:

Common Brawlers


Rare Brawlers

El Primo

Super Rare Brawlers


Epic Brawlers


Mythic Brawlers


Legendary Brawlers


Brawl Stars upgrade brawlers

Remember, you don’t need to upgrade every Brawler in the game. You can save Coins and spend them on your favorites first.

Brawl Stars: How to upgrade Brawlers and unlock Star Powers

Another reason why there isn’t exactly a best Brawler in Brawl Stars is that you can power up each hero to boost their stats, giving them more health, attack damage, and Super damage.

First off, ignore each Brawler’s rank completely as this only relates to your overall Trophy haul — not their stats. Instead, keep an eye on each Brawler’s Power Points meter. Once this is full you can spend Coins to upgrade a Brawler’s overall Power Level. Just note that Power Points are specific to each character, so you can’t use El Primo’s Points to level up Poco, for example.

Once you hit Power Level 9, you’ll be able to unlock that Brawler’s Star Power, which is a permanent passive buff that’s unique to that character. You’ll have to get lucky to get the Star Power though, as these are random drops from Brawl Boxes.

Brawl Stars farm star tokens gems power points

If you can find a decent duos partner, Showdown is a great way to farm Trophies.

Brawl Stars: How to get Gems, Coins, Tokens, Star Tokens, Trophies, and Power Points

As you might have noticed, there are loads of different currency types in Brawl Stars and keeping track of them all can get a little confusing. To help you know your Tokens from your Star Tokens, here are all the currencies in the game to date and what you’ll be using them for:

Coins: Used to upgrade Brawlers

  • Coins are available in Brawl Boxes and Coin packs in the Shop (in-app purchase).

Gems: Used to buy exclusive skins, other shop items, or Brawl Boxes

  • Gems are available in Brawl Boxes and Gem packs in the Shop (in-app purchase).

Tokens: Used to obtain a Brawl Box for every 100 Tokens

  • Tokens are gained by raising your Experience level and increased Brawlers ranks. You’ll also get 20 Tokens for every game you play up to five times. This resets in increments of 20 every three hours. Token Doublers are also available from the Shop and in Brawl Boxes.

Star Tokens: Used to get a Big Box for every 10 Star Tokens

  • Found in Brawl Boxes and by completing Events. The latter will reset for each game mode about once per day.

Trophies: Used to rank up Brawlers and unlock rewards on Trophy Road

  • You’ll get Trophies by winning games. You’ll also lose a nominal number of trophies (usually just one) if you’re defeated.

Experience: Used to obtain Tokens with each Experience level

  • Gain Experience by playing games and getting star player awards.

Power Points: Used to upgrade Brawler stats

  • Power Points drop in Brawl Boxes and are often available to buy with Coins in the Shop once per day.
Brawl Stars gameplay tips

Team balance is important, but only at really high levels of play.

Brawl Stars: Gameplay tips and game modes

So far we’ve looked at how Brawl Stars’ general set-up, but that’s not going to help you in the thick of a fight. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you win and master each game mode.

Brawl Stars heist

The yellow circle around El Primo indicates he’s stored a Super.

Know your game modes!

There are a few different modes in Brawl Stars, each with their own set of rules and win conditions. The main two are Gem Grab (3v3 mode, collect and hold on to your Gems!) and Showdown (single or duos battle royale mode), but you’ll also see Bounty (3v3 mode, collect Stars by eliminating opponents), Heist (3v3 mode, protect your safe and break open your opponents’), and Brawl Ball (3v3 mode, basically soccer with guns) on rotation.

This is the most obvious and crucial tip: learn the rules!

I’ve lost track of the amount of times I’ve lost a round of Gem Grab in Brawl Stars because my teammates run off trying to get kills rather than holding onto those precious Gems. Likewise, I’ve won my fair share of Showdown matches because often everyone ignores the Power Cubes which increase your attack damage giving you a huge advantage.

The long and short is don’t lose sight of the overall objective. You can chalk up all those glory kills but it will mean nothing if you’re on the losing team when the round is up.

Know your Brawlers!

It’s all well and good understanding the game modes, but if you don’t know how to make the most out of your chosen Brawler’s abilities and Super attacks you might as well start waving the white flag of surrender before the round even begins.

Practice is the key here. Learn which Brawlers suit each game mode and what their toolkit is for. Don’t rush in as Poco when you could be healing, but also don’t hold back as El Primo when you could be soaking up damage directed at your teammates.

You’ll also need to learn the range and spread of each Brawler’s attacks, as some are best in face-to-face throwdowns while others are better standing back and taking pot shots from behind cover.

Brawl Stars super

Colt’s Super can be lethal but will often miss if you rely on auto aim.

Auto aim and tracking

Brawl Stars is quite forgiving compared to other MOBAs, especially when it comes to aiming. Instead of having to manually aim your shots with the virtual stick, you can just tap it to shoot at the nearest enemy.

Don’t do this.

While it’s fine to spam the attack button at very close range, if there’s any kind of distance between you and your target it’ll most likely miss when auto aiming. This also takes the choice of who you want to attack out of your hands and sometimes you’ll shoot a full health enemy rather than the one on 1HP that’s holding all the Gems.

Try to aim ahead of foes and track their movements with your shots, especially your Supers so you don’t end up wasting them.

Tap to move

Brawl Stars is controlled using two virtual sticks as standard, but you can switch this in the settings to a tap to move scheme. Give both a try and see which one suits you better.

Attack as a team

Solo Showdown aside, Brawl Stars is a team game and running in alone will almost always end in disaster. Attacking in numbers and picking off those out of cover is the name of the game. If you can, team up with friends or use the game’s Club system to join forces with other players online. Set up voice chat on Discord or a similar app so you can communicate and share strategies in the heat of battle.

Brawl Stars gem grab

Hiding is a legitimate strategy when you’ve got ten Gems and there are seconds to go.

Run away!

It may sound cowardly, but knowing when to retreat can sometimes be the difference between winning or losing.

If you can get out of danger and stop shooting for a few seconds your Brawler will gradually regain health so you can get back into the fight fully revitalized. Hiding in the grass or using cover can help you escape fatal damage.

Similarly, if you’ve managed to snag a massive wad of Gems in Gem Grab or Stars in Bounty then you absolutely don’t want to die! When the countdown begins for the end of the game, it’s a perfectly legitimate strategy to run away and let the timer tick down to victory.

Watch those circles

Each Brawler will have a circle around them during each game with the friendly team in blue and the enemy team in red. When another circle appears around a Brawler this means they have a Super ready to go.

Keep an eye on which of your foes (and allies) have Supers to burn to avoid an untimely death.

That’s it for our Brawl Stars guide! Do you have any tips and tricks to share with your fellow Brawlers? Punch that comment button below!

California could tax text messages (Update: Vote canceled, no tax for now)

An image of the California flag on a white pole with blue sky behind it. Wikimedia

Update, December 17, 2018 (09:45 AM ET): California planned to vote in January on the “text tax” detailed below, but now it looks like the vote is canceled. According to ABC 7 News, an FCC ruling blocked the vote.

The FCC ruled that text messages are an information service, not a telecommunications service. Therefore, texting cannot be taxed like landline service is in California.

For now, it looks like Californians are safe from getting taxed for text messages, although the state could try to push this through again at a later date.

Original Article, December 13, 2108 (12:36 PM ET): Most of us in the United States have unlimited texting on our mobile phone plans, allowing us to send as many as we like with little regard. However, if a new California bill gets passed in 2019, each and every text message Californians send could be taxed, via USA Today.

The tax bill is partially aimed at filling in gaps in California tax revenue related to landline phones. Each year, California makes billions from landline phone taxes — but since fewer and fewer people use landline phones, that revenue is drying up fast, and this new text message bill could help make up the difference.

In 2011, California made about $16.5 billion from landline taxes, while in 2017, the state only made $11.3 billion from the same revenue source.

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Meanwhile, the amount of money the state spends on subsidizing phone service for poorer residents in the state is increasing fairly quickly. In 2011, California spent $670 million on phone service subsidies, while in 2017 the state spent nearly $1 billion.

The subsidies are related to the Public Purpose Programs, which identify certain telecommunications services as being “universal,” and thus necessary for all residents to have the ability to easily access. If California can identify text messaging as part of the Public Purpose Program, the state would earn tax revenue from “normal” users to then subsidize those who are less fortunate.

Predictably, the telecommunications industry opposes the bill, saying that it is “illogical, anticompetitive, and harmful to consumers.” Industry reps point to non-texting services — such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram, etc. — as being platforms which handle the lion’s share of messaging nowadays. Since these services would not be taxed under this legislation, the carriers would be put at a significant disadvantage.

After all, if every text message you sent cost you money, why would you ever send a text message?

The proposal will not see a vote this year but is on the docket for early 2019.

NEXT: 10 best texting apps and SMS apps for Android

Here’s everything you can do with the PlayStation Aim controller!

This is your Aim Controller. There are many like it, but this one is yours.

Games that need you to shoot something are that much more immersive when you feel like a real gun is in your hands. That’s where the PlayStation Aim comes in. It’s got all the same functions of a DualShock controller but in an entirely new format.

When you first pick up the Aim it feels like the controller equivalent of a rifle. The trigger, analog stick, and all other buttons are strategically placed around the device to keep the immersion of holding a gun. All the same buttons you would find on your DualShock controller are available on the Aim so you won’t be sacrificing any mechanics to use this device.

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Every button that you can find on a DualShock is available on the Aim. There are L1, L2, R1, R2, Options, Share, and more built directly into the controller. Even when you navigate the PlayStation menu you have the option to use those buttons and analog sticks to select the app or game you want to play.

Each button is strategically placed around the controller to keep the immersion alive. All of the clusters of buttons are in areas you would interact with if it were a real gun. One of your analogs and all 4 the action are where the sights of a gun would be. The second analog, directional keypad, Options, Share, L1, and L2 buttons are on the extended trigger guard of the Aim controller. That means all of your most used buttons are in easy access where your hands will be resting anyway.

Where can I use it?

This controller was built for games like Farpoint on the PlayStation VR. The selection started off small but now there is more game for you to dive into!

You can try to use it in unsupported games but it won’t always work out well. Trying to use it like a two-handed move controller feels particularly unwieldy and doesn’t link up well. It’s very obvious that the games with Aim support have put thought into ensuring that the controls sync up with the controller in your hand well.

And no, this game doesn’t work with Killing Floor Incursion. I’ve tried. Yes, I’m just as sad as you are.

Where do I buy an Aim controller?

The PlayStation Aim controller first hit the market on May 16th, 2017, and finding one was a bit difficult. Thankfully that’s not an issue anymore. You can order your controller online or head up to the store and pick one up in person. If you’re ordering online the best place to shop is Amazon. If you prefer to buy in person go to GameStop or BestBuy because other common options, like Wal-Mart, are selling the controller for more than the average buying price.

An essential accessory

PlayStation Aim Controller

If you’re a big fan of first-person shooters you’ll need this beauty in your collection to revolutionize the way you play games in virtual reality. PlayStation Aim is comfortable, lightweight, and comes with all the same buttons that you would find on a DualShock controller.

$60 at Amazon.

Update December 2018: We’ve updated this article formatting and included two new games with PlayStation Aim compatibility!

Get a $25 gift card and $25 off the PlayStation Classic retro console

Essentially giving you $50 in savings.

The PlayStation Classic retro gaming console is on sale for the first time since its release. You can get it for $74.99 on Amazon right now, which is $25 off its normal price and the best deal we’ve seen. You’ll also get a $25 Amazon gift card when you buy it, for a total value of $50 you’re saving with this deal. This should arrive before Christmas, so get it as a gift for someone.

Sure, the PlayStation Classic has not been as well-received as Nintendo’s retro consoles like the NES Classic, but if you grew up with one of these consoles it still might hold a special place in your heart. And now it can hold that place for $25 cheaper, which makes it even more special to me.

The PlayStation Classic is loaded with 20 original PlayStation games including Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3 and Wild Arms. It comes with two wired controllers, so you can play with a friend, an HDMI cable, and a virtual memory card. The device is tiny, about 45% smaller than the original PlayStation, but looks nearly identical.

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Insta360 ONE and ONE X action camera international giveaway!

It’s time for the Sunday giveaway!

A big congratulations to the winner of last week’s OnePlus 6T international giveaway, Offord from Canada.

This week we’re giving away three Insta360 cameras!

In the world of 360 action cameras, it doesn’t get much better than the new Insta360 ONE X.

The Insta360 ONE X was made to provide best-in-class image quality no matter the environment, whether you’re skiing down a snowy mountain or deep-sea diving. It’s able to shoot 5.7K video at 30fps, 4K video at 50fps, and 3K video at 100fps. Perhaps most importantly, the ONE X features FlowState Stabilization, which means you’ll never have to worry about your videos coming out shaky.

We’re not just giving away one camera this week, we’re giving away three… and more! Check out the giveaway widget below to find out how to win. And if you want to see some great Insta360 ONE X footage, be sure to follow Insta360 on Instagram and subscribe on YouTube!

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