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Slick gaming gifts for the players this season

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Looking for the perfect gift for the gamer in your life?

1. PlayStation 5 Console: The PS5™ console is a gaming powerhouse that takes the gaming experience to new heights. With lightning-fast loading times thanks to its ultra-high-speed SSD, haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, and 3D Audio support, the PS5™ delivers immersion like never before. Combine these features with an incredible lineup of PlayStation® games, and you have a gaming console that exceeds expectations.

TOP TITLES AVAILABLE FOR PS5: 

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2

Mortal Kombat 1

FIFA 23

Minecraft

Horizon: Forbidden West

2. Xbox Series S: The Xbox Series S is the smallest and sleekest Xbox console ever, offering next-gen speed and performance at an accessible price point. With the Xbox Velocity Architecture and a custom-built 512GB NVMe SSD, this all-digital console minimizes load times and allows you to seamlessly switch between recently played games with Quick Resume. Enjoy thousands of games across four generations with backward compatibility.

3. Xbox Series X: Introducing the Xbox Series X, the fastest and most powerful Xbox ever. With the Xbox Velocity Architecture, a custom SSD, and 12 teraflops of raw graphic processing power, this console offers a seamless and visually stunning gaming experience. Enjoy 4K gaming at up to 120 frames per second, Quick Resume for switching between games in an instant, and access to a library of high-quality games through Xbox Game Pass Ultimate.

TOP TITLES AVAILABLE FOR XBOX:

Halo: Infinite

Forza Horizon 5

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II/III/Warzone 2.0

Rocket League

Gotham Knights

4. ROG Ally Gaming Handheld: Immerse yourself in gaming on the go with the ROG Ally Gaming Handheld. Featuring a Full HD 120Hz display and comfortable ergonomics, this handheld device is perfect for enjoying AAA or indie games. Connect it to a TV for a couch multiplayer experience, or take it to the next level with the XG Mobile external GPU, monitor, mouse, and keyboard for high-fidelity 4K gaming.

5. Nintendo Switch OLED: The Nintendo Switch OLED model takes gaming versatility to the next level. Play at home on the TV or on-the-go with a vibrant 7-inch OLED screen. The adjustable stand, wired LAN port in the dock, 64 GB of internal storage, and enhanced audio make this version of the Nintendo Switch a must-have for gaming on the move.

TOP TITLES AVAILABLE FOR PC:

Apex Legends – 2019

Elden Ring – 2022

Hades – 2018

Grand Theft Auto V – 2013

Dota 2 – 2013

 

TOP TITLES AVAILABLE FOR NINTENDO SWITCH: 

Super Mario Bros: Wonder

The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Pikmin 4

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

This holiday season, give the gift of unparalleled gaming experiences with these top gaming products that cater to every gamer’s preferences and playstyle. Whether it’s the speed of the Xbox Series X, the versatility of the Nintendo Switch OLED, or the immersive features of the PS5, these gifts are sure to make any gamer’s dreams come true.

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President Biden cancels another $1 billion in student loans

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President Joe Biden’s administration will cancel another $1.2 billion in student loans.

This move comes as part of the administration’s ongoing commitment to addressing the financial challenges faced by many Americans in the realm of higher education.

The cancellation will primarily impact borrowers who were defrauded by for-profit colleges and those who attended schools that have since closed.

The new wave of relief applies to people enrolled in a repayment program known as SAVE and covers those who borrowed less than 12-thousand-dollars and have been repaying the money for at least 10 years.

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Tooth fairy paying less for lost teeth linked to high inflation

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Even the tooth fairy is feeling the pinch of high inflation, according to a recent survey conducted by insurer Delta Dental.

The survey revealed that the average amount of cash left under children’s pillows by the tooth fairy (read: parents) dropped to $5.84 in 2023, marking a 6% decrease from the previous year’s average of $6.23.

This decline represents the first drop in tooth fairy payouts since 2018.

Even the loss of a first tooth, which typically commands a higher reward, saw a decrease in average gift value. Last year, the average gift for losing a first tooth was $7.09, down from $7.29 in 2022.

Tooth fairy generosity

The survey, which polled 1,000 parents of children aged 6 to 12, also found regional disparities in tooth fairy generosity.

Children in the western part of the United States received the highest average payouts, with lost teeth fetching an average of $8.54 in 2023, a notable 37% increase from the previous year.

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In contrast, children in the Midwest experienced the sharpest decline in tooth fairy payouts, with the value of lost teeth plummeting by 36% to $3.63.

Similarly, children in the South saw a 16% decrease, with the average tooth fetching $5.51 compared to $6.59 in 2022.

Changing trends

The survey noted that the tooth fairy’s gifts historically correlated with the performance of the S&P 500, but this trend deviated in the past two years.

In 2022, despite an 18% decline in the S&P 500, the tooth fairy set a record high with an average gift of $6.23.

Conversely, in 2023, while the tooth fairy’s payouts decreased, the S&P 500 rebounded with a 24% gain, reflecting the resilience of the economy amidst challenges such as high interest rates and soaring inflation.

The survey results indicate that even the whimsical tradition of tooth fairy visits is not immune to the economic realities faced by households in an inflationary environment. As families navigate financial pressures, even the small joys of childhood may feel the impact of broader economic trends.

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Stocks jump to record close as Nvidia sparks AI frenzy

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The S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average both surged to close at record highs on Thursday, fueled by a wave of investor enthusiasm for growth and technology stocks following Nvidia’s stellar earnings report and bullish outlook on artificial intelligence chip demand.

Nvidia’s shares (NVDA.O) skyrocketed after the chip designer projected a nearly three-fold increase in first-quarter revenue, citing robust demand for its AI chips.

The company’s performance surpassed expectations for fourth-quarter revenue, underscoring its position as a leader in the AI market.

The success of Nvidia’s earnings served as a litmus test for the AI-driven rally on Wall Street, particularly after the S&P 500 breached the 5,000-point milestone earlier this month.

Analysts had warned of a potential sell-off in technology stocks if Nvidia’s results fell short. However, the market responded with a surge, propelling both the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average to record highs.

Significant gains

Unofficial closing data revealed that the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 456.54 points, or 1.18%, to 39,068.78, while the S&P 500 gained 105.14 points, or 2.11%, to 5,086.94.

The Nasdaq Composite also saw significant gains, adding 460.75 points, or 2.96%, to 16,041.62.

Jack Janasiewicz, lead portfolio strategist at Natixis Investment Managers Solutions, humorously remarked, “As Nvidia goes, so goes the world,” highlighting the company’s influence on market sentiment. Janasiewicz emphasized that Nvidia’s strong earnings dispelled doubts about the sustainability of the AI trade, suggesting further potential for growth.

Nvidia’s market capitalisation surge on Thursday surpassed Meta Platform’s historic $196 billion gain earlier in the month, solidifying its position as a market leader in AI technology.

Maintain its position

Market analysts predict that the S&P 500 will maintain its position above the 5,000 mark throughout the year, according to a Reuters poll.

Most sectors within the S&P 500 experienced gains, with technology stocks leading the charge.

The S&P 500 growth index recorded its largest daily percentage gain since November 2022.

In addition to Nvidia, other companies poised to benefit from the AI boom saw notable increases in their stock prices.

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD.O), Super Micro Computer (SMCI.O), and Arm Holdings all experienced significant jumps.

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