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Amazon has your last-minute Father's Day shopping covered with Echo, Kindle deals

Wed, 2018-06-13 12:01

Looking for an awesome last-minute Father's Day gift? You don't have to resort to another gift card or tie. Amazon's got you covered with deals on many of its most popular devices. From Kindles to Echos, there's something for every dad.

If the dad in your life is a reader, the Kindle Paperwhite e-reader is $100 right now, down from a list price of $120. We called it "the best e-reader for the buck," awarding it 4.5 stars out of 5 for its even backlight, comfortable design, and high-resolution display.

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Hands-on: Metro Exodus blends Metro's grim story with massive Stalker-like open areas

Wed, 2018-06-13 11:19

Metro Exodus is incredibly ambitious. I knew that as we headed into our hands-on demo at E3 this week. I'd heard it was a pseudo-open world game, almost more akin to S.T.A.L.K.E.R. than the Metro games before it.

But I don't think I'd completely internalized those thoughts, because Metro Exodus is way larger than I ever imagined. Overwhelmingly so when you only have an hour to see as much as you can.

Exile on main-track

Exodus is an appropriate name. For the first time Artyom is leaving the bombed out ruins of Moscow, via train. As we rushed down the tracks at the start of the demo though, our way was suddenly barred by a barricaded encampment—an ambush. The perpetrators retreated after shooting up the train, leaving us stranded in the Volga.

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You can get a 4GB Asus Radeon RX 580 graphics card for $210 with this code

Wed, 2018-06-13 09:47

We are just loving the return of sanity to the graphics card market, and while we’re not quite back to normal yet, prices are definitely getting better. Case in point, Newegg’s got a 4GB Asus Radeon RX 580 for $210 today with promo code EMCSPVER3.

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Cyberpunk 2077: What we learned in the most mind-blowing game demo we've ever seen

Wed, 2018-06-13 09:37

“In 2077, we’re in a different timeline. America lies in pieces. Megacorporations control every aspect of life while the streets are run by organized crime. In between is where sex, decadence, and pop culture mixes with extreme poverty, violence, and the unattainable promise of the American Dream.”

That’s how CD Projekt, the studio behind The Witcher series, opened our presentation of Cyberpunk 2077 at E3 2018, and...well yeah. So far, so Cyberpunk. And yet while the tropes may feel familiar, it quickly became clear to me that the game itself is anything but.

Straight up: Cyberpunk 2077 is the most impressive game demo I’ve ever seen.

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Ring Alarm home security system now available for presale and will ship on July 4

Wed, 2018-06-13 09:00
The long-delayed DIY home security system costs $199, with optional professional monitoring for $10 per month.

Google Photos: Awesome new features you need to start using

Wed, 2018-06-13 08:45

Google has been dabbling in photo hosting for years, but it wasn’t until it released the revamped Google Photos in May 2015 that it really took photo archiving seriously. We can now back up all our photos for free, and even get our images printed in Photo Books. But Photos leverages Google’s machine learning muscle to do a lot of other cool things—you just need to know where to look. 

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Hands-on: The Division 2's gorgeous Washington D.C recreation doesn't really show much yet

Wed, 2018-06-13 06:30

The problem with E3 demos is what the publisher's prepared to show often doesn't line up with what you want them to show. Never have I felt that conflict more than with The Division 2.

I've spent about 30 minutes cumulative hands-on time with The Division 2 so far, but that's entailed running the same 10-minute mission three times. And it's the same mission Ubisoft showed off during its press conference—not a story mission, nothing that really deals with the world of The Division 2. It's a generic end-game mission where you and your three fellow Division agents take over the plot of land around Air Force One, which apparently crash-landed in the swamp near the Capitol.

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Libratone Track+ wireless headphone review: Automated adaptive noise cancelling done right

Wed, 2018-06-13 06:00
You choose how much of the world to let in or keep out, or have the headphones do it for you automatically based on your surroundings and motion.

Toshiba RC100 NVMe SSD review: A good bargain SSD for laptops

Tue, 2018-06-12 17:56

Even though Toshiba’s RC100 is the slowest NVMe SSD we’ve tested, it’s still a kick in the pants after SATA. And because it’s so thin and light, it’s a worthy laptop upgrade.

The RC100 caught us just a tad off guard. We hadn’t seen a drive in the 2242 form factor (22mm wide, 42mm long) since...well, never. The longer 2280 form factor has been the name of the game around here since we started covering NVMe SSDs. Despite its diminutive nature, the RC100 is available in capacities up to 480GB. Check out our regularly updated guide to the best SSDs for other storage options. 

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Best Father's Day gifts for tech enthusiasts

Tue, 2018-06-12 16:30
Dad is, But have we got the perfect Father's Day gift suggestions for you!

Intel confirms plans for a discrete GPU by 2020, and gaming PCs might be first in line

Tue, 2018-06-12 16:10

Intel has officially confirmed that its first discrete graphics chip will land as soon as 2020. “Intel’s first discrete GPU coming in 2020,” the company said in a terse Tweet on Tuesday morning.

Gamers, take heart: Intel's Tweet didn't say where those GPUs were headed, but the company did confirm both data center and gaming PCs are targeted. Intel didn't say which was coming first, however.


Intel’s Raja Koduri

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Hands-on: Assassin's Creed: Odyssey embraces Witcher-like RPG elements, and it's damned exciting

Tue, 2018-06-12 14:42

It sure is fascinating to watch Assassin’s Creed reinvent itself. A series that was by and large stagnant for years—even going so far as to return to older design tropes with Unityit now seems determined to evolve into something entirely new. Something that, if we’re being honest, quite resembles (at least on the surface) The Witcher 3.

Last year’s Assassin’s Creed: Origins was the first step in this process, removing the series from the cities it had outgrown and putting it in a vast, detailed recreation of Ptolemaic Egypt, and then filling Egypt with mysteries big and small. It continues in 2018’s Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey ($60 preorder on Amazon), as for the first time ever the series adds dialogue trees.

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New leaks reveal the future of Xbox and Surface

Tue, 2018-06-12 14:16

During Microsoft’s massive Xbox showcase at E3 2018, gaming chief Phil Spencer said that the company is “deep into architecturing the next Xbox consoles.” Now we might know when to expect a new generation of Xbox hardware, as well as what’s coming next for the Surface PC lineup.

The next Xbox generation is code-named "Scarlett" and scheduled for a 2020 release, Brad Sams reports at That’s only a few years after the launch of the Xbox One X, and it’ll be interesting to see whether Microsoft continues using AMD’s APU technology to maintain backward compatibility—it’s been a selling point for the company. If so, current hardware won’t necessarily be made obsolete when Scarlett launches. Like the Xbox One X’s relationship with the original Xbox One, the new hardware could simply offer advanced features that previous Xboxes don’t, such as higher frame rates and graphical fidelity.

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How Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice's grappling hook arm changes Dark Souls-style combat

Tue, 2018-06-12 14:00

When Activision told me to swing by and see an unannounced game during E3, I didn’t really know what to think—but I definitely wasn’t expecting the next From Software game. I still think it’s an odd fit, Activision and a Souls-style game.

But I’m not complaining.

It’s called Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and if you didn’t see the trailer during Microsoft’s press conference you can catch it below.

Give me a hand

Luckily we also got a chance to see the game running behind closed doors, though unfortunately we don’t have any game footage to show you today. This was strictly a hands-off demo, running us through about 15 to 20 minutes of Sekiro on the PC.

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Nothing to C here: Apple is never switching from Lightning to USB-C in the iPhone

Tue, 2018-06-12 12:10
A new report from DigiTimes suggests that the 2019 iPhones will dump the Lightning cable in favor of USB-C. Here's why there's no chance of that happening.

Hands-on: Destiny 2's Gambit mode gives the Forsaken expansion a uniquely thrilling experience

Tue, 2018-06-12 12:00

I’m approaching Destiny 2’s big fall expansion, Forsaken, with the skepticism it deserves. As much as I enjoyed my time with Destiny 2 at release, the game certainly hasn’t managed to win over the “hobbyist” fans due to its lackluster end game, and both the Curse of Osiris and Warmind expansions have been deeply disappointing.

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Forget a new tie, get dad a Pixelbook for $250 off this Father's Day

Tue, 2018-06-12 10:22

Father's Day is just around the corner, and there's no better way to celebrate the best man in your life than with a gift that's both functional and stylish. No, we're not talking about another paisley tie or Hawaiian shirt. Right now, Google's acclaimed Pixelbook is $749, down from $999, good for 25 percent off and the perfect gift for the tech-connected dad.

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Got Prime? Get the hottest E3 games Fallout 76 and Wolfenstein Youngblood for 20% off

Tue, 2018-06-12 09:40

The E3 Expo is in full swing, and if Bethesda's Fallout 76 reveal got you excited (and if not, go re-watch the trailer below) then you should head over to Amazon right now. The online retailer is offering physical copy pre-orders of Fallout 76 for $48 right now, $12 off the standard $60 price for new games. That's good for 20 percent off, but there's a catch: You need to be a Prime member to take advantage of it.

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43 must-see PC games at E3 2018: Watch every trailer

Tue, 2018-06-12 06:30

E3 may have a reputation as a console-centric gaming show, and it definitely still is on the surface. But between AMD’s APUs infiltrating the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, Microsoft cross-platform Xbox Play Anywhere push, and the continued rise of PC gaming, many of the blockbuster games announced at E3 2018 will wind up coming to PCs, too.

We’ve sifted through all the new games at the E3 events from EA, Microsoft, Bethesda, Ubisoft, Square Enix, Sony, and (of course) The PC Gaming Show to find the brightest PC gems hidden among the console rubble. While you should hit up our coverage of each of the events to sniff out some smaller games, these are the E3 reveals that PC gamers need to know about, from a new Doom to CD Projekt’s Cyberpunk 2077 to Madden NFL’s long-awaited return to the PC—and dozens (and dozens, and...) more.

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Great Father’s Day gifts for tech-loving dads

Tue, 2018-06-12 06:00
Skip the slippers and the tie—give dad the gift of technology this year.