Gifts to buy the PS5 fan right now: Headsets, controllers, games and gadgets

Here are the best headsets, games and gadgets to go with the in-demand next-gen PS5 console this holiday season.

PS5 console and digital edition

are sold out everywhere and people are scrambling to score a unit online or with in-person walk-ins at Walmart and GameStop. Some people have given up and plan to look in early 2021. Regardless, there are a lot of cool accessories available to go with the PS5. Some parents might decide that gifting a bundle of accessories with a handmade coupon the gift recipient can exchange for a PS5 console as soon as they’re more readily available is the best they can do. 

And if you’re lucky enough to have already purchased a PS5 console from a pre-order or a restock, then you’re definitely in need of the right accessories to go with it. The PS5 comes with one controller in the box, but sometimes

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The best gadgets and games for ANY budget

CHRISTMAS is just around the corner, and we’ve rounded up the best tech for gadget geeks in your life.

The Sun’s expert tech team has tested every item on this list – so they’re all up to snuff! Look out for our Editor’s Pick too…

Note: This gift guide will be updated with even more gadget pressie ideas in the coming weeks! Bookmark this page and check back for more goodies.

This smart bulb will light up your life


This smart bulb will light up your lifeCredit: Nanoleaf


Nanoleaf Essentials smart lightbulb – £17.99

This nifty smart lightbulb changes brightness, colour and warmth – and can be easily controlled by a phone app or voice commands through a smart speaker.

  • Essentials bulb at Nanoleaf for £17.99 – buy here
Game with "Ultimate" freedom...


Game with “Ultimate” freedom…Credit: Microsoft

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate (3x months) – £32.99

Play loads of new and old Xbox

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The Best Coding Games & Board Games That Teach Kids Programming

If you feel like you’re being bombarded by endless avalanche of toys that promise to teach your kid to code … yeah, sorry about that, but it’s only going to continue. For one, marketers want to sell your kids toys. Secondly, these skills are really important to the future — for both the economy and your kid’s job prospects. So how do you help teach them coding basics in a hands-on way that’s actually relatable to you? Board games. Yes, those rainy day boredom busters you feared were going extinct are actually highly useful learning tools. At least these coding games are. Hungry, Hungry Hippos still only teaches kids horrid, horrid table manners.

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Robot Turtles

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Robot Turtles — coding board games

Coding games are killing it on Kickstarter right now, and this game out-raised all of them. That tells you everything you

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The Internet Archive Preserves Flash Animations and Games

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Adobe is killing Flash by the end of 2020, but Flash animations and games will live on.

The Internet Archive is using an in-development Flash emulator called Ruffle to help users play historical Flash items in their browsers without having to use a plugin. The emulator isn’t perfect, but it can run a large number of Flash animations smoothly. 

Here are some of the best Flash items in the Archive’s collection, and here’s a more extensive collection of the hundreds of items uploaded so far. 

As the Internet Archive explains, Flash emerged (alongside Shockwave) in the early 1990s amid a need for animation, sound, and greater audio/video flexibility in webpages.

“Flash had many things going for it—the ability to compress down significantly made it a big advantage in the dial-up web era. It could also shift playback quality to adjust to a wide variety of machines,” Jason

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Internet Archive Now Preserves Flash Animation and Games

Adobe’s Flash died many deaths, but we can truly throw some dirt on its grave and say our final goodbyes because it’s getting the preservation treatment. The Internet Archive announced on Friday that it has begun cataloging Flash animations and games for us all to visit and remember the good stuff with none of the bad.

Flash was discontinued in 2017, but it spent decades making our computers less secure and nagging users for updates. In a statement, the Internet Archive said that it’s using an emulator called Ruffle to handle the technical elements in your browser. The emulator is still in development and, according to an FAQ on Ruffle’s website, it can’t handle most Flash projects that were built after 2013. But this is only the beginning.

So far, the Archive says it has preserved around 1,000 Flash items for display as their creators originally intended. They’ve

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The Internet Archive is now preserving Flash games and animations

The Internet Archive — the non-profit digital library known for the Wayback Machine — announced that it will now preserve Flash animations and games, ahead of Adobe’s planned demise for the defunct web software at the end of 2020. The Archive will emulate the content so it plays as it used to, preserving critical elements of early internet culture for browsers that can no longer run them.

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The Internet Archive says you can already browse over 1,000 games and animations that it’s saved, including classics like “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” and “All your base are belong to us”. The organization says emulation is made possible by an in-development Flash emulator called Ruffle that it’s incorporated into its system. While Ruffle’s developers say it isn’t currently compatible with a majority of Flash projects made after 2013, having any amount of access to the culture that defined many

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Computer games and fashion prices boost inflation in bounceback after Covid 19 disruption

Inflation posted a surprise increase to 0.7% in October from the previous month’s 0.5%, official figures showed today.

The Consumer Prices Index showed a rise as clothing prices increased, returning to normal seasonal patterns after the disruption wrought on the industry by Covid-19 .

Food prices also “nudged up”, as did second hand cars and computer games.

“These were partially offset by falls in the cost of energy and holidays,” the Office for National Statistics said.

The price of goods as they leave the factory gate, known as producer prices, fell 1.4% against 1.7% in September, perhaps signalling the crisis hitting manufacturers could be easing.

Similiarly, the deflation in raw materials eased somewhat, coming in at  1.3% in the year to October against 2.2% in September.

Including people’s housing costs, the consumer prices index inflation rate was 0.9% October, up from 0.7% in September.

Recreation and culture were the biggest

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NFL TV ratings down 6%, but games remain most-popular programming

The NFL was not expected to be immune from the ratings declines that have hit all sports this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and presidential election. But the declines are not as bad as feared at the beginning of the season.

Games are averaging 15.1 million television and digital viewers, according to the league and Nielsen, a 6% decline from last year. Despite the decreases, all but four of the top 30 shows since the season began have been NFL games.

“Considering all the issues the NFL has had to deal with, the ratings are OK,” said Neal Pilson, the former president of CBS Sports who now runs his own sports television consulting company. “It hasn’t been a great year for ratings considering everything that has happened, but they aren’t in the toilet either.”

Sports consultant Marc Ganis cited the lack of preseason games to build up fan interest,

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What Is PlayStation Plus (PS5 And PS4): Price, Free Games, Deals, And More

If you’re new to the PlayStation ecosystem–either on PS4 or the new PS5–you’re going to need to be familiar with PlayStation Plus. A subscription service introduced several years ago, PlayStation Plus is required to play the majority of online PS5 and PS4 games, and you also get a few different perks and bonuses for having an active PS Plus subscription. The biggest perk is the monthly free games, which let you build up a collection without needing purchase games outright, should you so choose.

Whether you’re new to PlayStation or just need a refresher, here’s everything you need to know about PS Plus to help you decide if it’s right for you.

What is PlayStation Plus?

PlayStation Plus is Sony's online membership for PS5 and PS4 owners.
PlayStation Plus is Sony’s online membership for PS5 and PS4 owners.

PlayStation Plus is an optional service similar to Microsoft’s Xbox Live Gold that provides subscribers with access to online gaming. If you want

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COVID-19 ‘war games’: the computer program that could help save your job

* Tech firm creates game to simulate impact of COVID layoffs

* ‘Broad-front’ cost-cutting strategy seen as more effective

* World of work on brink of revolution, creator says

LONDON, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Bank of England Chief Economist Andy Haldane has signed up to judge the winner of a ‘war game’ designed to help firms find alternatives to mass layoffs in the face of a coronavirus-driven slowdown.

Confronted with the most unpredictable pandemic in memory, cost-conscious firms have already axed millions of staff worldwide, while UK redundancies hit a record high of 314,000 in the quarter to Sept. 30, official data showed on Tuesday.

Unilever-owned tech firm uFlexReward created the COVID-19 War Game to allow executives to explore the impact of huge job cuts on their future earnings prospects.

“Many companies across the UK are facing financial strains as a result of the COVID crisis,” Haldane told Reuters.


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