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Lenovo's Legion Y530 and Legion Y7000 gaming laptops are designed to be subtle

Mon, 2018-06-11 14:16

Lenovo’s Legion Y530 and Legion Y7000 are gaming laptops with a new twist: subtlety. This isn’t a characteristic one normally associates with gamers, but it makes sense for more mainstream users who want a PC with that kind of power but don’t necessarily want to flaunt it. Your boss certainly doesn’t need to know you frag bots (after hours, natch). 

The Legion Y530 and the Legion 7000 will share the same basic internals (with some differences in a few options) and the same “Onyx Black” ABS plastic chassis. Their major differences are retail availability and lid design.

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The Lenovo Legion Y530 features a plastic lid with the logo stamped into the left side. 

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Lenovo's Legion Y530 and Legion Y7000 gaming laptops are designed to be subtle

Mon, 2018-06-11 14:16

Lenovo’s Legion Y530 and Legion Y7000 are gaming laptops with a new twist: subtlety. This isn’t a characteristic one normally associates with gamers, but it makes sense for more mainstream users who want a PC with that kind of power but don’t necessarily want to flaunt it. Your boss certainly doesn’t need to know you frag bots (after hours, natch). 

The Legion Y530 and the Legion 7000 will share the same basic internals (with some differences in a few options) and the same “Onyx Black” ABS plastic chassis. Their major differences are retail availability and lid design.

Melissa Riofrio/IDG

The Lenovo Legion Y530 features a plastic lid with the logo stamped into the left side. 

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Square Enix's E3 showcase: Just Cause 4, Dragon Quest XI, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and more

Mon, 2018-06-11 13:49

Square Enix hasn't held an E3 press conference since 2015, a full three years ago. So when I heard they were holding one this year, I assumed there must be some huge announcements on the way.

But for us on the PC side? Not so much. The focus was very much on Kingdom Hearts III, which isn’t coming to PC. The highlight for us was Shadow of the Tomb Raider, but...well, we just saw that one two months ago. Played it too.

Overall it wasn’t the event I was hoping for, but we've gone ahead and rounded up all the announcements below, along with any trailers and game footage we could find. Just Cause 4 is on the way, along with a new Souls-like game from Platinum and a few other things.

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Fitbit’s Ace tracker for kids could be the ultimate weapon in the fight against smartphone addiction

Mon, 2018-06-11 13:04
Fitbit's first fitness tracker for kids, the Ace, is now available for $99.

Forza Horizon 4 hands-on: A song of ice and tires

Mon, 2018-06-11 12:57

It’s been six years now since the first Forza Horizon released, and yet I still get excited every time Microsoft announces another one. Barring the Burnout: Paradise remaster this year, it’s the best arcade racer series we’ve got. Exciting locations, tons of cars, tight but still fun handling, and full of spectacle. Though I felt like the formula got a bit tired with Forza Horizon 3’s Australia, I can’t deny I’m ready to play another.

And so after the reveal of Forza Horizon 4 ($60 preorder on Amazon) at Microsoft’s E3 2018 press conference, I immediately went to the showcase event and played the demo. And then played it again. And again.

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Triple the space on your phone with this deal on Samsung's crazy-fast 128GB MicroSD card

Mon, 2018-06-11 10:48

A lot of us use our phones for, well, a lot of things. And most of those things, such as taking photos and videos, take up a lot of space. Luckily, you're not limited to the space built in to your Android phone—a microSD card can add a whole lot of extra storage. Right now, Samsung's 128GB MicroSD EVO Select memory card, which comes with an adapter, is down to $37, good for $5 off the MSRP and the lowest we've seen.

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Get ready for all the new E3 games with a 29-inch LG UltraWide display for less than $200

Mon, 2018-06-11 10:05

The E3 Gaming Expo is upon us, and if you're gearing up to play new games like Metro Exodus, Fallout 76, and (possibly) Halo Infinite then what better way to get ready than with a new monitor? Right now, BuyDig is offering an LG 29-inch UltraWide 2560-by-1080 display for $184 with the checkout code SYNC.

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StrongVPN review: A good VPN service for rookies

Mon, 2018-06-11 06:34

StrongVPN in brief:

  • P2P allowed: Yes
  • Business location: Dallas, Texas
  • Number of servers: 650+
  • Number of country locations: 24
  • Cost: $70 per year
  • VPN protocol: IKEv2
  • Data encryption:  256-bit AES
  • Data authentication: SHA-512
  • Handshake encryption: modp8192

Simplicity is something of a theme in the VPN services we’ve looked at recently, and StrongVPN follows suit. This newly overhauled VPN is all about reducing choice to make it as easy as possible to get online. While there aren’t a ton of extra options, there are still some key choices that longtime VPN users will appreciate.

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How to watch the FIFA 2018 World Cup without cable

Mon, 2018-06-11 06:00
Our cord-cutter's guide will ensure you don't miss a moment of the world's most popular sporting event.

OnePlus 6 review: The Android rebel phone grows up

Mon, 2018-06-11 06:00

With a new design and gorgeous screen, the OnePlus 6 is nearly impossible to pick out of a lineup among other 2018 premium phones. This superficial comparison doesn't quite hold up when you really study the phone, but one thing is certain: OnePlus has finally graduated from maverick to mature.

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The OnePlus 6 doens’t look like a $529 phone.

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Everything Bethesda revealed at E3: Fallout 76, Doom Eternal, Elder Scrolls VI, Starfield, more

Sun, 2018-06-10 23:06

With both Rage 2 and Fallout 76 announced before E3 started, I was doubtful Bethesda could pull off a surprise for its 2018 press conference. After all, we knew some sort of Prey *thing* was on the way too—that's been teased for months.

But Bethesda managed it nevertheless, announcing both Doom Eternal and Wolfenstein: Youngblood even before it settled into divulging a raft of Fallout 76 details. And then it dove into Starfield and Elder Scrolls VI—two games that have been being buzzed about for years.

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Hands-on: Battlefield V's ambitious Grand Operations make map rotations meaningful

Sun, 2018-06-10 18:00

Battlefield has always been defined by its multiplayer modes. First there was Conquest. Then there was Rush.

And then there was “Operations.” The large-scale warfare mode, which debuted in Battlefield 1, quickly became one of my favorites, blending the standard Battlefield multiplayer with some light storytelling elements. For the first time, multiplayer matches weren’t just isolated, winner-takes-all brawls. They were contextualized, one small part of a larger war.

That flare for the dramatic returns in Battlefield V ($60 preorder on Amazon), and we went hands-on with the renamed “Grand Operations” mode at EA Play yesterday.

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Microsoft Xbox's E3 reveals: Halo Infinite, Cyberpunk 2077, Gears 5, and 18 exclusives

Sun, 2018-06-10 17:50

Xbox. Needs. Games.

It's been a constant refrain since the start of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 era, but reached a fever pitch in the last year or two. Sony's killing it with exclusives, from Yakuza 0 to God of War to Horizon: Zero Dawn, Bloodborne, Until Dawn, Uncharted 4, and more waiting in the wings. 

The Xbox One has struggled to keep up, with Forza its only consistent seller. Other experiments have either felt half-baked (Sea of Thieves, Quantum Break) or fallen flat (ReCore). But Microsoft came prepared for E3 2018, touting 50 games, including 15 world premieres and a full 18 exclusive titles. That's huge.

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EA Play at E3 2018: Madden NFL comes to the PC, Battlefield V battle royale, Anthem reveal

Sat, 2018-06-09 15:25

After 2017, it’s safe to say EA had to come out swinging. Mass Effect: Andromeda was a disaster, and EA followed that up with the loot box controversies of Need for Speed and, of course, the Star Wars: Battlefront II. 2018 is about EA trying to win back trust.

So for the second year in a row, we trekked out to Hollywood and the historic Palladium Theater on a hot Saturday to attend EA’s press conference and see what the company has in store. Battlefield V, Anthem, and—finally—Madden on the PC!

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The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset review: Don't leave this elf on the shelf

Sat, 2018-06-09 07:00

I’m stepping through a portal on the heels of a young elf woman who looks roughly my own age, or at least as close as you get when you’re dealing with a race that thinks of our pitiful lifespan like we think of dog years. And it’s your normal, everyday magical portal—no big deal, right? But on the other side of the portal I face a woman racked with the lines and worries of a wasted life. I hear her despair at seeing my relatively young face. And yes, it’s her: The trip through the portal felt like seconds for me, but she’s been over here on the other side, trapped and wandering in the lovely ruin we’d come to study for more decades than I’ve even been alive.

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PCWorld's June Digital Magazine: What's coming from Google

Fri, 2018-06-08 18:37

Stay on top of the latest tech with PCWorld’s Digital Magazine. Available as single copies or as a monthly subscription, it highlights the best content from PCWorld.com—the most important news, the key product reviews, and the most useful features and how-to stories—in a curated Digital Magazine for Android and iOS, as well for the desktop and other tablet readers.

In the June issue

This month we have all the news from Google I/O: Android P beta, huge Maps overhaul, Google Assistant gets personal. Our review of the Windows 10 April 2018 update reveals small fixes now, hinting at better things to come.

Other highlights include:

  • News: What still isn't clear about the future of Windows after Build 2018, plus Cortana gets the power of sight
  • Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 3rd Gen: A speedy, premium 2-in-1 with a lofty price tag
  • SanDisk Extreme Pro M.2 NVMe 3D SSD review: High-end performance at bargain prices
  • Lenovo Mirage Solo review: No-wires VR arrives, and it's pretty awesome
  • Here's How: 12 awesome Google Assistant features you should be using
Video highlights

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This week in games: Just Cause 4, Dead or Alive 6, and more break cover before E3

Fri, 2018-06-08 16:22

The pre-E3 hits keep coming and coming and coming. We’ve already covered the announcement of Hitman 2 this week, plus Destiny’s big Forsaken expansion. But Just Cause 4? A new game from Dontnod, the same week as the release of Vampyr? Dead or Alive 6? A second game reveal from Avalanche, in the same week?

Busy, busy, busy.

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PCWorld is streaming PUBG on Twitch!

Fri, 2018-06-08 15:28

In-house PUBG expert Leif Johnson shows us how it's done in squads on the new map Sanhok. And we'll also try the special event titled War Mode: One Shot, One Kill since it was extended through the weekend. Dan is still in Taiwan so Leif will be taking Adam for the ride of his life at 1:00 P.M. PT!

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Master Microsoft Excel With This Certification Bundle, Now $39

Fri, 2018-06-08 10:32

Looking at an empty spreadsheet without a lot of knowledge on how it works can be daunting, to say the least. All those cells, rows, and columns waiting for data... Now that the data's in there, what should you do next? Knowing the essentials of Excel can be a huge boon for your career.

Mastering Excel, knowing it in and out, creating data-manipulating applications with functions and macros, and so much more, will make your career sore—and you can master Excel now with this 9-course, 288-lesson bundle for a mere $39. That's $1,027 off the going rate, or 96% off retail.

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Stream all the 4K things for cheap with $20 off the Roku Ultra today

Fri, 2018-06-08 10:31

Streaming television is fast becoming the norm, but as any cord-cutter will tell you, you can't get great streaming services without a great device to play them on. Roku leads the charge when it comes to service availability, and right now you can get the popular 4K-ready Roku Ultra on Amazon for $80, down from an MSRP of $100.

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