‘The Last Of Us 2’ Drops To $40 For Prime Day, Is PS5 Playable

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KEY POINTS

  • “The Last of Us Part II” offers a substantial price drop for Amazon Prime Day
  • Some retailers aside from Amazon are also offering the title for $40
  • “The Last of Us Part II” will be playable on the upcoming PS5 when it launches next month

Naughty Dog’s 2020 hit title “The Last of Us Part II” is on sale for Amazon Prime Day 2020.

An Amazon Prime membership is required for those who want to get “The Last of Us Part II” for just $40, though GameSpot noted that one can get a 30-day free trial to get around that. Other retailers such as Best Buy and Newegg have already matched the $40 pricing, which only benefits the consumers itching to finally get their hands on the title released in June.

Aside from the discounted price, another thing that might make the title more appealing is the fact that “The Last of Us Part II” is also among the backward compatible games for the PlayStation 5, which is set to be released on Nov. 12.

Although Naughty Dog has yet to announce if the graphics are also expected to make a significant leap on the more powerful PlayStation 5, just having access to the popular survival action-adventure title could be enough for interested buyers.

To be clear, since the physical copy of “The Last of Us Part II” is on sale, only the standard edition PS5 priced at $499 that can play it. The all-digital edition that is selling at $399 will not be able to play the game.

It has mostly been a successful few months for “The Last of Us Part II” as it immediately sold 4 million copies during its opening weekend. That made the sequel the fastest-selling PlayStation 4 exclusive game globally.

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Best Amazon Canada Prime Day 2020 deals: Echo Show 5 hits CA$60, the Echo Dot drops to CA$25

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This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

Amazon Prime Day 2020 is underway in countries around the world, and Canada is no exception. The two-day shopping event runs through the end of the day (Pacific Time) Wednesday, Oct. 14. We’ve pulled some the most notable deals we’re seeing at Amazon Canada, and compiled them below. (Check out Amazon Canada’s press release for the full list of discounts the retailer has promised.)

Note that prices and availability were accurate at the time of this update, but are subject to change. As more deals become available, we’ll update this story.

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As in the US, Amazon’s smallest Echo display device is already available at a discount, returning to its lowest ever price of CA$60. That’s a whopping 40% off. The price is expected to stay at this level now through Oct. 14.

Read our Echo Show 5 review.

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Normally running about CA$150, you can get nearly 30% off the Fire TV Cube with hands-free control via Alexa Voice Remote. The Cube also comes with 16GB of storage. 

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Samsung’s 40-inch LED Smart TV is seeing a sharp Prime Day price cut. The cost of the 1080p-resolution TV has recently fluctuated between CA$350 and CA$400, but you can snag it today for about 20% less.   

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Prices for the Eufy Security wireless video doorbell have been dropping steadily since March, but are bottoming out for Prime Day with a 30% cut from their summer price of CA$330. If you’re looking for a cost-conscious competitor to Ring and other wireless doorbell systems with a monthly cost, the battery-powered Eufy Security comes with no monthly fee and could be just the deal for

Dow Jones Industrial Average Drops After Johnson & Johnson Covid Vaccine Halt

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Stock indexes were modestly lower Tuesday after a big Monday for technology shares. There was some bad news on the Covid-19 vaccine front and little progress toward a fiscal stimulus bill in Washington, but most of Tuesday’s action was on the individual stock level, as third-quarter earnings season kicks off.

On Tuesday around midday, the

Dow Jones Industrial Average

was down 104 points, or 0.4%, the

S&P 500

dipped 0.3%, and the

Nasdaq Composite

ticked up 0.1%.

It was a contrast to Monday, when stocks jumped on little news during a light Columbus Day holiday and the technology-heavy Nasdaq rallied 2.6% to its third-highest close in history.

Contributing to the lackluster trading on Tuesday was an announcement from

Johnson & Johnson

(ticker: JNJ) on Monday night that it paused its trial of a coronavirus vaccine after an unexplained illness in a trial participant.

It isn’t uncommon for drugmakers to pause trials in this way, and so far the pause isn’t the more serious clinical hold.

“Investors’ risk appetite is on hold today following delays and difficulties in the development of a vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, while infection numbers keep on increasing everywhere,” said Pierre Veyret, technical analyst at ActivTrades. He added investors are acting cautiously ahead of earnings results and after the rally on Monday.

Released on Tuesday morning, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ consumer price index for September came in about as expected. The National Federation of Independent Business’ small business optimism index for September beat forecasts and rose to its highest level since January.

Global stocks similarly lost Monday’s momentum on Tuesday. Asian stocks saw muted moves, with the Nikkei 225 rising 0.2% and indexes in China, India, and South Korea hugging the flat line.

In Europe, the Stoxx 600 index slipped 0.5%, as the

Loop Industries Drops – Hindenburg Makes Claims, Shorts Stock

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Shares of Loop Industries  (LOOP) – Get Report lost a third of their market value on Tuesday after the activist investment group Hindenburg published a report lambasting the plastics-recycling company and said it took a short position.

The investment firm said it interviewed former employees, competitors, industry experts and company partners as part of its investigation and concluded that Loop is “smoke and mirrors with no viable technology.”

Loop, Terrebonne, Quebec, didn’t immediately return a request for comment. 

Former employees told Hindenburg that Loop operated two labs, one reserved for its “two twenty-something lead scientist brothers and their father” and one run by rank-and-file scientists who were unable to replicate results. 

The investment firm said that a Loop employee told Hindenburg that scientists were pressured by Chief Executive Daniel Solomita to “lie about the results of the company’s process internally. We have obtained internal documents and photographs to support their claims.”

The report also alleges that to help raise Loop’s startup capital, Solomita hired a convict who had pleaded guilty to stock manipulation.

Loop has claimed to have developed a patented proprietary technology that breaks down a common plastic, PET, using “products purchased from the local hardware store,” Hindenburg said.

“In other words, the company claims to have discovered how to turn worthless trash into pure gold, a feat that multi-billion chemical companies such as DuPont,  (DD) – Get Report Dow Chemical,  (DOW) – Get Report and 3M  (MMM) – Get Report have been unable to achieve on a large scale despite years of efforts,” Hindenburg said in its note. 

Loop Industries shares at last check fell 34% to $7.69. 

Texas Tech drops third-straight Big 12 game in 31-15 loss to No. 24 Iowa State

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AMES, Iowa (AP) — With an offense that did just about whatever it wanted and a defense that was dominant deep into the game, No. 24 Iowa State put away Texas Tech to get out to its best start in Big 12 play in 18 years.

Brock Purdy passed for 302 yards and two touchdowns, Breece Hall rushed for 135 yards and two scores, and the Cyclones won 31-15 Saturday for their fifth straight win over the Red Raiders.

Iowa State remained tied with Kansas State atop the Big 12 standings and have won three straight to open conference play for the first time since 2002 and only the second time since 1950.

It was Iowa State’s most complete performance this season, but coach Matt Campbell said there is plenty to clean up before the Cyclones (3-1, 3-0 Big 12) head to No. 10 Oklahoma State after an open date this week.

“We want to be the best version of ourselves,” Campbell said. “It’s going to be detail and precision that allows that to happen.”

Purdy was 32 of 43 passing and connected with 11 different receivers. He also ran seven times for 42 yards.

The Cyclones rolled up 516 yards of total offense and held Texas Tech (1-3, 0-3) under 100 yards until early in the fourth quarter.

It added up to Iowa State’s 12th win in 13 October games since 2017, most among Power Five programs.

Asked why the Cyclones have been so successful in October, tight end Chase Allen said, “I really couldn’t tell you. It’s pretty spooky, though.”

The Red Raiders finished 0 for 10 on third downs and couldn’t move the ball until the Cyclones had built a 31-7 lead.

Texas Tech was held to 2.6 yards on 22 rushing attempts.

“Credit to Iowa State,”