Snapchat’s Live Stories offer a compelling collection moments of each day from cities around the world. The company is now getting so many submissions in some cities that it’s expanding Live Stories to include multiple snaps for each moment. Story Explorer, as the new feature is called, lets you swipe up on any snap inside a Live Story to see the same moment from multiple angles. Tap through to see different points of view on big events — a goal scored at a soccer game, for example, or a favorite song performed at a concert. Swipe down to return to the main story.
Story Explorer, which launches today in New York and Los Angeles, shows Snapchat finding new ways to package user-submitted photos and videos into creative, ephemeral…
If you’re a Best Buy Elite or Elite Plus member, you can access the store’s Black Friday deals today only on its website. The New 3DS XL is $180, Grand Theft Auto V is $35, and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate is $35, among other deals. If you’re a Gamers Club Unlocked member, your 20 percent discount stacks with these offers.
Amazon has begun offering 10 percent discounts on select preorders, including Uncharted 4, Dark Souls III (PS4/Xbox One), and Rainbow Six Siege (PS4/Xbox One/PC). It’s not as steep as the 20 percent off that Best Buy GCU members receive, but unlike that $30 program, these prices are available to everyone.
The PlayStation TV is $20 at Best Buy, matching its lowest-ever price. Be aware that you’ll need a PS3 controller and that it uses Vita memory cards, which are still on the pricey side.
Xbox Live Gold members can get early access to the Xbox Game Store’s Black Friday deals right now. You can see a full list here; highlights include Dark Souls II for $20, Mortal Kombat X for $30, Forza Horizon 2 for $25, and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor’s Game of the Year Edition for $20. Xbox 360 games are on sale too, including some that are backwards compatible on Xbox One, such as Mass Effect for $4 and Super Meat Boy for $5.
Walmart also has a Star Wars bundle that starts at $399. For that price, you can get the Gears of War or Lego Movie system bundle, Star Wars Battlefront, and a Star Wars-themed controller and Turtle Beach headset. You’re also free to spend more to get more expensive console bundles, Battlefront’s Deluxe edition, and/or a different headset.
Amazon prices are accurate as of publishing, but can fluctuate occasionally throughout the day.
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Square is launching a new card reader today that’ll let merchants accept Apple Pay and other wireless payments systems. The new reader is a stand-alone device that, like other wireless payment terminals, a customer just needs to tap their phone to in order to make a payment. Square is only advertising support for Apple Pay, but it notes that the reader has some amount of support for Android Pay right now as well; it currently “can’t guarantee support” for all Android phones, however. There’s also a card slot on one side of the reader, allowing it to accept cards with EMV chips, which are now starting to roll out in the US.
This is Square’s first device for accepting wireless payments, and it could go a good ways toward making them more…
With the looming release of the hotly anticipated Rainbow Six Siege, Ubisoft is hosting a live event in Los Angeles to celebrate the intense competitive action of their upcoming shooter. Winners of previous Siege tournaments will clash to determine who is the best of the best, and celebrity teams will face off in a $10,000 charity competition. Tune in to the stream below to watch all the action unfold, starting at 2pm PST with the Undercard competition and culminating in the Main Event, starting at 6pm.
While some stores launch their Cyber Monday sales days before Thanksgiving itself, Target is extending its online deals for a week following the holiday. Various departments will have deals throughout that week, and Target is offering 15 percent off most of its inventory on Monday. The store will also offer nearly 75 bonus discounts throughout the day. If you get caught up in Cyber Monday madness, clicking “buy” on items you already have or don’t even need, there’s free shipping and returns. This doesn’t even take into account the store’s Black Friday deals, which start on Thanksgiving this year.
Full deal details will be announced this Sunday through target.com/Weeklyad, but the retailer previewed some of what shoppers can expect:
As Star Wars: The Force Awakens approaches, it’s time to pick a side–the Dark or the Light? And more specifically, which side should your browser be on? Google are now offering their users the chance to add Star Wars customisation their desktops and apps by heading to www.google.com/starwars. Check out this short promo:
Activating one or the other choice will add a variety of Jedi or Sith-powered enhancements to your Google experience. YouTube’s progress bars turn into lightsabers, Google Map markers becomes TIE Fighters or Millennium Falcons, Google Translate now includes alien languages, and Gmail showcases Star Wars-themed backgrounds. The company also promises more additions between now and the movie’s December 18 release, and settings can be turned off at any time. In any case, it will all deactivate on February 1, 2016.
In a post on his company blog, Clay Bavor, VP of product management at Google, said: “It’s a place for fans, by fans, and starting today you can choose the light or the dark side, and then watch your favorite Google apps like Gmail, Google Maps, YouTube, Chrome, and many more transform to reflect your path.
“And that’s just the beginning. We’ve got more coming between now and opening night–the Millennium Falcon in all its (virtual reality) glory included, so stay tuned. And we’ve hidden a few easter eggs, too.”