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Canary's security cameras will soon detect people

While Canary's security cameras can notify you when they detect something moving in your home, they can't differentiate between an intruder and your pet Fluffy doing zoomies. Once their new feature rolls out, though, you won't have to get 20 notifica...

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Sky and BT agree to share their top TV channels

After years of "on and off" negotiations, BT and Sky have agreed to share their most popular TV channels. The deal means that Sky's Now TV streaming service will soon be available on BT's set-top box. BT will sell the various passes directly to consu...

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Alphabet tries internet lasers instead of balloons for India

Alphabet is adopting laser-beaming boxes in favor of Project Loon's balloons for its latest internet-delivery partnership in Andhra Pradesh, India. The state government is snapping up 2,000 of the hubs, which rely on Free Space Optical Communications...

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Rinspeed's concept EV puts swappable pods on a 'skateboard'

Rinspeed has been dreaming up insane vehicles for years -- from scuba cars plucked from James Bond's garage to modded self-driving rides. Even if they never make it to the public, the concepts are at least fun to check out, and the Rinspeed Snap is n...

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'Oxenfree' developer's next game is about drinking with Satan

2016 saw the release of many YA-themed games, and Oxenfree was one of the highlights. Developer Night School Studio is ready to show off its next project and, well, this one is a little different. In Afterparty, players assume the role of a pair of c...

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Canary's security cameras will soon detect people

While Canary's security cameras can notify you when they detect something moving in your home, they can't differentiate between an intruder and your pet Fluffy doing zoomies. Once their new feature rolls out, though, you won't have to get 20 notifica...

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Video games

Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion, An Open World Pirate Game, Announced For Spring

Outright Games, a developer known for licensed games, has announced an open world Adventure Time game for all the major consoles next spring. The game starts of in the Land of Ooo, where rising tides are risking every kingdom with flooding. Player characters Finn, Jake, Marceline, and BMO decide to go check out the problem in the various kingdoms by crossing the newly created sea. Finn captains the ship and recruits various other characters to join. You can see a few shots of the game here. Pirates of Enchiridion will release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch in Spring 2018.

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GI Show – PUBG On Xbox, Death Stranding, Shadow Of The Colossus Interview

On this week's Game Informer Show podcast, Ben Hanson, Ben Reeves, Suriel Vazquez, and Kyle Hilliard talk about the final piece of content for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild with the Champion's Ballad DLC. Then Jeff Marchiafava joins us to talk about the experience of jumping into the less-than-stellar port of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on the Xbox One. There were a lot of great game announcements last week, so we Skype in Imran Khan to talk about Geoff Keighley's The Game Awards and PSX 2017. After some great community emails, we're joined by Bluepoint Games' technical director Peter Dalton and producer Randall Lowe to talk about the tricky task of remaking Team Ico's masterpiece Shadow of the Colossus on the PlayStation 4. You can watch the video below, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes or Google Play, or listen to episode 377 on SoundCloud. Also, be sure to send your questions to podcast@gameinformer.com for a chance to have them answered on the show and win a prize by becoming Email of the Week! (Please visit the site to view this media) Our thanks to the talented Super Marcato Bros. for The Game Informer Show's intro song. You can hear more of their original tunes and awesome video game music podcast at their website. To jump to a particular point in the discussion, check out the time stamps below... 3:40 - The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's Champion's Ballad DLC17:15 - Never Stop Sneakin'22:30 - A Hat in Time26:25 - PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on Xbox One44:45 - The Game Awards 2017 Recap52:37 - Death Stranding1:02:40 - Lost Soul Aside1:05:20 - Knights and Bikes1:06:55 - Firewall: Zero Hour1:10:30 - Community emails1:41:25 - Calling out The Rock1:47:10 - Bluepoint Games Interview on remaking Shadow of the Colossus

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November U.S. Sales Show Call Of Duty Rocketing Past All Competition

November is generally the biggest month of the year for the gaming industry and this year's sales grew over last, with Call of Duty: WWII leading the charge in a commanding way. The PlayStation 4 sold the most units last month, likely due to the $199 Black Friday pricing. Microsoft took the lead in terms of revenue of consoles sold due to the more expensive Xbox One selling quite well on its own. Nintendo's Switch sold somewhere around a million units, but had no bundles or sale prices of any kind. In terms of software, Call of Duty: WWII is far and away the best selling game of November. It reverses a downward trend that Activision's major series has been seeing over the last few releases. It so strongly reverses the trend that Call of Duty: WWII is the best selling game of the entire year from this single month of sales so far. Call of Duty: WWII is also the best selling game of the 12-month time span that includes the previous November. “According to NPD, based on revenues Call of Duty: WWII is the #1 top selling console video game in North America this year, making Call of Duty the #1 top selling console video game franchise in North America for the 9th year in a row,” says Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg. “As proud as we are of Call of Duty: WWII, we’re equally proud that our talented teams have found ways to keep Call of Duty fresh, relevant and on top of the charts for nearly a decade—an amazing feat. Thanks to the greatest fans in the world for their passion and engagement with this awesome franchise.”   Star Wars: Battlefront II also did well despite the controversies surrounding the game, but analysts believe it did quite a bit worse than the first month debut of the last Star Wars: Battlefront game. Here is the top twenty of all platforms combined. Call of Duty: WWII 1 Activision Blizzard  Star Wars: Battlefront II 2017 2 Electronic Arts Assassin's Creed: Origins 3 Ubisoft NBA 2K18 4 Take 2 Interactive  Madden NFL 18 5 Electronic Arts Super Mario Odyssey** 6 Nintendo FIFA 18 7 Electronic Arts Need for Speed: Payback 8 Electronic Arts Destiny 2 9 Activision Blizzard  Pokemon: Ultra Sun** 10 Nintendo Pokemon: Ultra Moon** 11 Nintendo Middle Earth: Shadow of War 12 Warner Bros. Interactive Grand Theft Auto V 13 Take 2 Interactive (Corp) The Sims 4 14 Electronic Arts The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild** 15 Nintendo Mario Kart 8** 16 Nintendo Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus** 17 Bethesda Softworks South Park: The Fractured But Whole 18 Ubisoft WWE 2K18 19 Take 2 Interactive  Just Dance 2018 20 Ubisoft   Items denoted with a ** do not have digital sales counted by the NPD. Sonic Forces, Sega's first multiplatform 3D Sonic since Sonic Generations in 2011, only charted on the Nintendo Switch top ten, just ahead of Bethesda's port of Doom.    Our TakeThe sales of Call of Duty are actually really crazy. These numbers represent Call of Duty as Activision's biggest title and show the power of the brand. It also seems like Nintendo would have benefited from having a $300 bundle with a game, though the numbers are not anything to sneeze at.

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IO Interactive Giving Away Paris Hitman Level In Holiday Pack

It's been a year of ups and downs for Hitman developer IO Interactive, having split from owner Square-Enix but retaining the rights to the Hitman license. The developer is ending the year by giving away arguably the game's best level, Paris, for free alongside a holiday pack. The timed pack is only available from December 15 through January 9 as the Hitman Holiday Pack on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. It includes the first post-tutorial story mission, the Paris runway mission "Showstopper," all of the levels escalation missions, challenge packs, and any Paris-related Elusive Targets when they get re-activated in 2018. Downloading the pack makes it permanent and the remaining episodes can be purchased separately if you want. Whether you do that or get the Game of the Year edition, your progress and unlocks will carry over. Additionally, last year's Holiday Hoarders mission, which involves a teleporting Santa and the plot of Home Alone, is coming back. If you have the mission from last year, you also get the ability to wear the Santa outfit in all the levels in the game. Hitman originally released its first episode in March 2016 and the full season one in January of this year. A Game of the Year edition released recently with the first new content since wrapping up season one. You can watch us play the Game of the Year edition right here.   Our TakeParis was a fantastic level and trying to do the story mission in different ways cemented it as one of my favorite games of 2016. I am glad everyone gets the chance to play it now.

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Bungie Update Announces Free Destiny Comic And The Dawning Event Timing

This Week At Bungie, Bungie's blog post that announces and reviews news for Destiny 2, showed off a new comic and detailed The Dawning festivities. The comic, called Fall of Osiris, tells the story of how the vanguard hero went from lauded commander to traitor. It is written by Ryan North, the writer behind Dinosaur Comics and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, in concert with Bungie's narrative team. The comic is coming soon and will be available for free on Bungie's website. The Dawning decorates the Farm and the Tower with a winter wonderland feel. The festive atmosphere gives the opportunity for snowball fights, either with playful pelts on the farm or in strikes where snowballs deal extra damage. In addition, Mayhem is back in Crucible, reducing cooldown times for abilities. You can check out the full details of The Dawning here. The Dawning will start on December 19 and continue to January 9, giving you plenty of time to take part. [Source: This Week At Bungie]

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Adventure Time: Pirates of the Enchiridion, An Open World Pirate Game, Announced For Spring

Outright Games, a developer known for licensed games, has announced an open world Adventure Time game for all the major consoles next spring. The game starts of in the Land of Ooo, where rising tides are risking every kingdom with flooding. Player characters Finn, Jake, Marceline, and BMO decide to go check out the problem in the various kingdoms by crossing the newly created sea. Finn captains the ship and recruits various other characters to join. You can see a few shots of the game here. Pirates of Enchiridion will release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch in Spring 2018.

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News in brief

US regulator votes to roll back 'net neutrality' rules

US regulators voted Thursday to roll back so-called "net neutrality" rules which required internet providers to treat all traffic equally, in the latest twist to an acrimonious debate over online freedom.

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Children killed as train collides with bus in southern France

At least four children were killed and 19 people injured, seven seriously, on Thursday when a train crashed into a school bus at a level crossing in southern France.

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Australia 'failed children', sex abuse inquiry finds

Australian institutions "seriously failed" children in their care over decades with tens of thousands sexually abused, the final report from a five-year inquiry said Friday, calling it a "national tragedy".

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'I'm not running and I'm not hiding': Peru's president refuses to resign over corruption allegations

Peru's President Pedro Pablo Kucyznski scrambled for his political survival Thursday as opponents demanded he resign over revelations of decade-old payments from a Brazilian construction company at the center of Latin America's biggest graft scandal.

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Dustin Hoffman accused of exposing himself to teen, assaulting two women

More women are accusing Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct, including an incident in which a playwright says the actor exposed himself to her in a New York hotel room when she was 16-years-old.

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US regulator votes to roll back 'net neutrality' rules

US regulators voted Thursday to roll back so-called "net neutrality" rules which required internet providers to treat all traffic equally, in the latest twist to an acrimonious debate over online freedom.

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