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Tech News Digest… Breaking news into bite-sized chunks.

Today, Google Helpouts goes live, Everpix dies, Nintendo announces the Wii Mini is coming to the U.S., Chrome gains a malware-busting update, Apple drapes itself in the American flag (for a change), Google’s augmented reality game becomes available to all, Microsoft goes after Google, and we’re told that video games are good for us after all.

The Big Story Of The Day

Helpouts Is Live

Help from experts in their field is everywhere online if you know where to look. And most of it, like our own MakeUseOf Answers answers answers Read More , is offered completely free. Despite this heartwarming fact, Google thinks there is a gap in the market it hopes to fill with Helpouts, which offers “real help from real people in real time.

Google Helpouts was announced earlier this year Google Launches Landing Page For Helpouts - A Live Video Marketplace [Updates] Google Launches Landing Page For Helpouts - A Live Video Marketplace [Updates] Ever wanted to bring a professional into your home to help you with fixing your computer? Thanks to Google Helpouts, you will soon be able to, and best of all, professional assistance won't be limited... Read More but it has now officially launched and can be accessed here. The idea is that you pay an expert to talk to you via video chat about whatever issue you are experiencing. Everything from makeup tips to language lessons is available for those willing to pay. Which, as newspapers have discovered, people aren’t prone to do on the Internet.

News From Around The Web

Everpix Is Dead

Everpix, which The Verge described as “the world’s best photo startup” is shutting up shop. After the pace of user growth failed to keep up with its ambitions, the company ran out of money. Everpix is now in read-only mode and will shut down completely on Dec. 15, 2013. The company assures users that their data is safe and that their photos will be available to download. Still, it’s a mighty blow for those who loved the service Everpix provided.

$99 Wii Mini Coming To U.S.

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The Wii U has completely failed to win over consumers, with many likely to be completely unaware it even exists. Still, the trusty Wii, which did manage to win hearts and minds over to the Nintendo cause, is still popular. Nintendo knows this, and so the Japanese company is bringing the formerly-Canadian-exclusive Wii Mini to the U.S. It even comes with a copy of Mario Kart Wii, though the lack of an Internet connection means it will only suit those who prefer old-skool multiplayer gaming.

Chrome Blocks Malware

Despite all of your best efforts to safeguard your computer, every once in a while something nasty can infiltrate your system, and when this happens, it can be a pain in the posterior to remedy. Google is trying to cut malware off at the source, with the latest Canary build of Chrome able to automatically detect and block malicious files you’re downloading in error. Read more about Chrome introducing smart malware blocking Google Chrome Introduces Smart Malware Blocking & Factory Reset Google Chrome Introduces Smart Malware Blocking & Factory Reset The safety of your computer is an increasing worry with miscreants resorting to smarter malware every day. Google Chrome is trying to cut this at this at the source: your downloads. Read More , as “prevention is better than cure.

Apple Comes Home To U.S.

Apple has, for a long time, manufactured its products in China, with the working conditions in its factories vociferously questioned. However, Apple recently expressed a desire to return manufacturing to the United States, and the State of Arizona has announced that the iDevice maker is set to build “a new manufacturing facility in the city of Mesa.” The result of all this will be 2,000 jobs for American citizens, so long as people keep buying iPhones and iPads.

Ingress Available To All

You may not have heard of Ingress before, despite us having covered it in the past Step Into An Alternate Reality Universe With Google’s Massively Multi-player Online Game Called Ingress [Updates] Step Into An Alternate Reality Universe With Google’s Massively Multi-player Online Game Called Ingress [Updates] Google has just gone and launched Ingress as a free mobile app. Ingress is in closed beta right now, though you can request an invite at the website which is enticing enough. If you have... Read More . It isn’t exactly mainstream fare, and up to now it has also required an invitation to play. But no longer. Now, Ingress is available for anyone Google's AR Game Ingress Now Open To All & Will Drop Beta Tag Soon Google's AR Game Ingress Now Open To All & Will Drop Beta Tag Soon Google launched Ingress, its augmented reality video game, exclusively on Android a year ago, and players needed an invitation code to get the app. It's now available to all. Read More to download and play; anyone with an Android device, that is. And if you’re still none the wiser, Ingress is “an augmented reality game where you have to move around in the real world… while your phone tells you objectives like collecting artifacts and teaming up with other players.” Which makes GTA V GTA V On Film: 10 Great Grand Theft Auto 5 Videos GTA V On Film: 10 Great Grand Theft Auto 5 Videos We have compiled a list of 10 of the best GTA V videos released so far; all embedded below for your delectation. Read More sound positively dull by comparison.

Microsoft Slams Google

I think it’s fair to say that Gmail The Minimalist Gmail Cheat Sheet The Minimalist Gmail Cheat Sheet With the help of this infograph from Visualeks, you'll be a Gmail keyboard shortcut wizard in no time. Read More is insanely popular at this point in time; certainly a lot more popular than Microsoft’s mail offering Outlook (formerly Hotmail Microsoft Rolls Out Outlook.com Email Service [Updates] Microsoft Rolls Out Outlook.com Email Service [Updates] Microsoft is finally looking to put Hotmail to rest with the introduction of their new email service called Outlook.com. Hotmail has been a staple of many email users for a long time, and it has... Read More ). In order to try to reverse this trend and persuade us all to start using Outlook, Microsoft has launched a site attacking Google’s privacy policy when it comes to reading your email. It’s pretty strong stuff, at least as far as corporate competition goes.

And Finally…

Video Games Are Good For You

Politicians, teachers, and parents often condemn video games as being a waste of time and energy for all involved. They may have a point in the big scheme of things, but a recent study published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry and picked up by CNET suggests that playing video games can actually be good for you. So much so that there is a “direct causal link between video gaming and a volumetric brain increase.” The guy in the (unconnected) video embedded above, who clearly isn’t a scientist, agrees.

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