The best Black Friday TV deals on 4K, Ultra HD, and smart TVs

Aside from maybe Super Bowl weekend, there’s really no better time to buy yourself a brand new TV than Black Friday. Plenty of stores position TVs as doorbusters to lure you inside at some ungodly hour, but you really don’t need to leave your house (or bed, even) for some of the nicer deals this year. Whether you’re making the move to 4K, searching for a giant-sized 1080p set, or trying to find a bargain-priced smaller TV, you’ve got plenty of options. But when you’re staring at a huge stack of ads, filtering out the best deals can be a daunting challenge. So we’ve done the grunt work for you. These are the best TVs going on sale this Black Friday.

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Author: Micah Singleton

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Street Fighter 5 Steelbook Edition Revealed

Publisher Capcom has revealed a collector’s edition of Street Fighter V that will be available in limited quantities on PlayStation 4.

The Steelbook Case edition, featuring Ryu on the cover, is said will come with “all content from the game,” though to what extent this means access to future DLC is not clear. Series creator Yoshinori Ono recently told GameSpot that Capcom has a five-year plan in place for supporting the fighting game.

Currently the case has only been announced to go on general sale in Europe, while the price has yet to be announced.

Sony is both helping fund the development and publishing of Street Fighter V, as part of a major exclusivity agreement with Capcom. No edition of the game will ever appear on Xbox One, if statements from Capcom are to be believed.

Asked recently by GameSpot what message he had for Xbox One fans of Street Fighter, Ono said: “There’s plenty of time to save $300 before the game comes out. The PlayStation 4 is at a very attractive price point at the moment.”

The Street Fighter V release date for PS4 and PC falls on February 16 across North America and Europe.

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Author: Rob Crossley

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The reusable space rocket is nearly here with Blue Origin’s first successful landing

Private spaceflight company Blue Origin, helmed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, says it has landed its main rocket, New Shepard, back on Earth after launch. That would make it the first rocket ever to have gently landed and remained intact after taking off into space. It also means that Blue Origin has beaten SpaceX in the race to make the first reusable rocket; the Elon Musk-led space venture has been trying to soft-land its main rocket, the Falcon 9, for the past year.

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Author: Loren Grush

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Alphabet prepares to turn off parental support for Google's moonshots

In August, Google surprised the tech world by restructuring its sprawling business into separate firms owned by a larger parent company, Alphabet; a change that was designed, in part, to increase accountability. Google’s moonshot projects include everything from drone-mounted wind turbines to smart contact lenses for diabetics, so it makes sense for these to be separate ventures with losses that aren’t hidden by Google’s profits. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, this move towards increased accountability is now well underway, with various Alphabet firms set to be charged for corporate services such as “computing, recruiting, and marketing.”

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Author: James Vincent

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Xiaomi’s Mi Pad 2 is an iPad mini that runs Windows 10

Chinese tech firm Xiaomi has unveiled three new products to mark the end of the year, and one of them is a real surprise. The trio of gadgets includes a low-cost smartphone with solid specs (the Redmi Note 3), the Mi Air Purifier (which may bore Westerners but plays into the company’s smart home ambitions), and — last but not least — a 7.9-inch metal-body tablet that looks like an iPad mini, but is available running Windows 10 as well as the company’s MIUI Android fork.

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Author: James Vincent

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Apple plans Apple Pay for China by February, says WSJ

Apple has struck deals with China’s four main state-run banks in an effort to bring Apple Pay to the country, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. Apple is said to be hoping for a launch before the Chinese New Year is celebrated on February 8th. The bank deals follow a move Apple made back in September to register in the Shanghai free-trade zone as a business entity in the field of payments.

The WSJ notes that Apple could still face regulatory tangles as well as entrenched competition. Tencent’s WeChat and Alibaba’s Alipay are significant players in the electronic payments space, while China UnionPay has a near-monopoly on bank cards. But China remains one of Apple’s fastest-growing and most important markets, and with l…

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Author: Sam Byford

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Star Wars in VR is coming to Google Cardboard on December 2nd

ILMxLab, Industrial Light & Magic’s division dedicated to augmented and virtual reality experiences, is going to step into the spotlight right before the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. On December 2nd, Disney will release a serialized VR experience designed for Google Cardboard; the experience “ties directly” into the opening of The Force Awakens, and will be available through the official Star Wars app for iOS and Android.

The collaboration with Google follows the search giant’s extensive “Awaken the Force Within” cross-promotion in which users can choose the light side or dark side of the Force and brand their apps accordingly. Verizon is also part of the VR initiative — there’ll be four Google Cardboard viewer…

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Author: Sam Byford

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