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This week in games: NZXT announces Fallout-themed PC cases and Blizzard says "multiple" Diablo projects are in the works

Fri, 2018-08-10 18:02

"Multiple" Diablo projects in the works. Blizzard's words, not mine. Diablo IV is an obvious bet, but what are the others? Diablo III on Switch? A Hearthstone successor? Rocket League, but with demons? Warcraft IV, except all the Warcraft characters are now Diablo characters? At this point, I'd take it.

That news, plus NZXT shows off new Fallout themed cases, Monster Hunter smashes Steam records, PUBG pledges three months of fixes, and Torchlight emerges from Runic's ashes.

This is gaming news for August 6 to 10.

Show up, show down

It’s only the second week of August and we’re already inundated with games, but if you’re hoarding your hard-earned cash for purchases later this fall, this weekend brings you free entertainment like always. This week it’s Hunt: Showdown, the battle royale-esque monster hunting game from Crytek and (as far as I remember) a bunch of the ex-Darksiders team. It’s very good, and if you haven’t given it a shot yet then this is a great opportunity—the free period runs through Monday.

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HyperX Alloy Elite RGB review: A solid, Cherry MX-based option, despite its iffy software

Fri, 2018-08-10 14:09

Learning is a process, right? It certainly has been for HyperX and its keyboards. First there was the stripped-down HyperX Alloy FPS in late 2016—a no-frills budget keyboard that, as I wrote at the time, “focused on the fundamentals.”

The new HyperX Alloy Elite RGB ($170 on Amazon) is the opposite end of the spectrum, decked out with RGB lighting, media keys, a wrist rest, and a much larger footprint. It’s the flagship. So how does it fare against the competition? We went hands-on to find out.

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Intel's Whiskey Lake notebook chips will offer big turbo boosts to get you to upgrade

Fri, 2018-08-10 12:59

While motherboard companies continue to outdo themselves releasing data on Intel’s upcoming 9000-series processors, HP has accidentally disclosed details regarding another of Intel’s upcoming chips: its “Whiskey Lake” notebook processors.

As disclosed by Anandtech, the Whiskey Lake-U processors aren’t that different from the existing Kaby Lake-R chips that they’ll replace. In fact, the base clock speeds for the three chips outed by HP are essentially identical with the existing Kaby Lake-R chips. What Intel has done, however, is offer significantly higher turbo speeds as a way of differentiating the two families. 

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Preorders open for the Galaxy Note 9 and it'll cost the same anywhere you get it

Fri, 2018-08-10 12:29

Pre-orders have opened for the Galaxy Note 9, and there’s a pleasant surprise. Anywhere you buy it will cost the same: $1,000 for the 128GB version and $1,250 for the 512GB model.

OK, maybe those prices aren’t exactly pleasant, but it is refreshing to see everyone get on board with Samsung’s unlocked pricing. Carriers traditionally set their own rules when it comes to Android phones, making it difficult for customers to figure exactly how much the phone actually costs. While the monthly bill will still vary depending on whether you’re on a 24-month payment plan, the final cost will be the same. 

Some carriers have already sweetened the pot, however. VerizonRemove non-product link and AT&TRemove non-product link are offering a buy-one-get-one deal on the new handset (128GB only).  Sprint is knocking 50 percent offRemove non-product link the price with its Flex lease. Best Buy is also offering $200 off the priceRemove non-product link of the phone with activation through one of the major carriers. T-MobileRemove non-product link and SamsungRemove non-product link are also accepting pre-orders, but there aren't any deals other than trade-ins.

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Samsung's $1,000 Galaxy Note 9 makes Apple's $1,000 iPhone X seem like a bargain

Fri, 2018-08-10 11:03
Samsung has unveiled the Note 9, its first phone that tops $1,000, and it's a far cry from the iPhone X.

The Wemo smart light switch is $15 off today

Fri, 2018-08-10 10:25

A smart light switch gives you control over your lights from anywhere, and it’s a great way for smart home beginners to begin building their connected setup. Today, the popular Wemo light switch is $35 on AmazonRemove non-product link, down from a list price of $50.

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Get a Lifetime Of Heimdal Pro Anti-Malware For $45 (90% Off)

Fri, 2018-08-10 09:55

Regardless of your browsing habits, malware is always a threat when you're surfing online. While there's no shortage of anti-malware tools out there, few offer as seamless and comprehensive coverage as Heimdal PRO Anti-Malware, and lifetime subscriptions are on sale today for $44.99.

Discreet but effective, Heimdal PRO Anti-Malware works silently in the background to filter all your incoming and outgoing internet traffic and block malware communication, allowing you to go about your business while your computer is shielded from 2nd generation malware. You can surf knowing you're protected from ransomware, malicious redirects, DNS hijacking, and other cyber threats; and Heimdal keeps you in the loop with actionable details on your computer's security status.

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Grab an 8GB Radeon RX 580 and three games for just $220

Fri, 2018-08-10 09:39

It’s Friday! As we're all turning our thoughts to the weekend and the gaming potential it holds, today’s a good day to upgrade your gaming rig. Newegg’s got anASRock 8GB AMD Radeon RX 580 for $220Remove non-product link after mail-in rebate–(it's $240 up front). Plus you get three free games with your purchase including Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, Star Control: Origins, and Strange Brigade.

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Fall preview: 15 games we're excited for in 2018

Fri, 2018-08-10 06:04

The bad news: Two of the most-hyped games this fall aren’t coming to PC. Not yet anyway, and maybe not ever: Red Dead Redemption 2 and Insomniac’s Spider-Man. But now for the good news: A staggering number of excellent games are coming to PC this holiday season. Like seriously, too many for any one person to play.

We’ve rounded up 15 of the PC games we’re most looking forward to this fall. While a few of the usual heavy hitters make the list (Forza), we’ve also tried to pick out a few surprises, or games you might not have heard of, like The Occupation. Because hey, you definitely know Shadow of the Tomb Raider is coming out this fall, but have you heard the good word about Outer Wilds?

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Nuheara IQbuds Boost review: Fine tune and augment your hearing experience

Fri, 2018-08-10 06:00
These Bluetooth headphones sound great with music, and they can help compensate for minor hearing loss. Think of them as hearing aid lite.

Can your Android phone play Fortnite? We list them all

Thu, 2018-08-09 17:03

Epic Games’ Fortnite is eating the world, and now the battle royale game (and occasional golf simulator) is finally coming to Android. Samsung Galaxy devices hold exclusive access to the Fortnite beta for now, but Epic will start rolling out invites to owners of other phones “over the next few days.”

Can your phone even play Fortnite for Android though? The game requires some serious graphical horsepower despite its cartoonish looks.

Here’s how Android users can gain access to Fortnite, followed by the full list of phones that can play Fornite on Android.

How to play Fortnite on Android

To celebrate the launch of the Galaxy Note 9, Samsung Galaxy owners can play the Fortnite beta right now. Starting today, anyone who has a Galaxy S7 or later, the Galaxy Note 8, or Galaxy Tab S3 or S4 will find a Fortnite icon in Samsung’s Game Launcher app. (You can find it in your app drawer.) Just tap it to start downloading the game.

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Samsung's Galaxy Home smart speaker will combine Bixby with SmartThings

Thu, 2018-08-09 14:37
Samsung says its Galaxy Home smart speaker will deliver high-quality audio with an integrated smart home hub.

Watch out, Steam? Discord starts selling PC games, unveils a universal game launcher

Thu, 2018-08-09 13:00

Mere weeks after Valve launched a blatant Discord clone, Discord is striking back. The company will begin selling PC games directly inside its supercharged communications software, Discord announced today, as well as offer access to select games as part of its $5 per month Nitro subscription.

The Discord Store’s beta rollout starts small, however. Today, 50,000 Canadian users running Windows PCs will see it offered as a new tab on the Discord home screen.

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Make Stunning Animations With Animatron Studio Pro, Now Just $50

Thu, 2018-08-09 12:45

You don't need to be a coding guru to create your own digital animations. Animatron Studio Pro is giving users the means to make mobile-friendly, entertaining animations, regardless of their experience levels, in an intuitive browser environment. Lifetime subscriptions are on sale today for $49.99, more than 90 percent off the usual price.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch has an Android name but doesn't run Google's Wear OS

Thu, 2018-08-09 12:05

While the Galaxy Note 9 and its four-figure price tag got all of the attention at Samsung's Unpacked event, it wasn't the only new product it unveiled. There's also a new smartwatch with a new name: the Galaxy Watch. But while this is the first Samsung wearable to carry the Galaxy name, it still runs the Tizen OS rather than Google's Wear OS.

And it hasn't gotten much smaller either. Like the Gear S3 Frontier, which was last updated in 2016, the Galaxy Watch comes in two different sizes, 42mm and 46mm, with a bezel all around. Samsung has kept the circular frame as well, so no one will mistake it for an Apple Watch.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 hands-on: This is what a $1,250 Android phone feels like

Thu, 2018-08-09 11:40

The Note 9 doesn’t come in black.

That was the second biggest surprise Samsung had for me during my Note 9 briefing earlier this week. The first was the price: $1,000 for the 128GB base model and an eye-popping $1,250 for the 512GB version. That’s $100 more than the top-of-the-line iPhone X (which only has 256GB of storage) for those keeping score. So Samsung’s Note 9 brings another first for the Android world: sticker shock.

Otherwise, Samsung’s newest phablet is pretty much exactly what I expected it to be, what with an endless stream of leaks and rumors spilling nearly every bean there was to be spilled. I already knew about the processor, the new S Pen, the storage increase, and the AI camera. The Note 9 is basically a Note 8 with Galaxy S9+ specs and a more logical fingerprint sensor placement.

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Samsung celebrates the Galaxy Note 9 launch with Fortnite beta access and 15,000 free V-Bucks

Thu, 2018-08-09 11:35

Samsung has announced the release of its latest Note handset, but you don’t have to spend $1,000 to join in the fun. Starting today, anyone who has a Galaxy S7 or later, Note 8, or Tab S3 or S4 will be able to try out the beta of Fortnite Mobile for Android. If you do preorder a Galaxy Note 9, however, Samsung will toss in $150 worth of V-Bucks, Fortnite’s in-game currency.

To download the game, go to your app drawer and find Samsung’s Game Launcher app. Open it and you should see a Fortnite icon with a blue arrow next to it. Tap it and it’ll begin downloading.

The unconventional delivery shouldn’t be a surprise. Epic Games has already announced that it wouldn’t be distributing Fortnite Mobile through the Play Store, mainly due to the cut Google takes for all in-app purchases. In a statement to The Verge, CEO Tim Sweeney said, “The 30 percent store tax is a high cost in a world where game developers’ 70 percent must cover all the cost of developing, operating, and supporting their games.”

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has a better S Pen, smarter camera, and astronomical price

Thu, 2018-08-09 11:30

The worst kept smartphone secret of the year has finally and mercifully been unveiled, and to no one's surprise... there aren't many surprises. As expected, the Galaxy Note 9 is basically a spec-sheet refresh of the Note 8 that ticks off the obligatory boxes, borrows a few of the S9+'s tricks, and brings a brand new S Pen to the party. Oh, and it starts at $1,000.

That's a lot of money for a phone that looks nearly identical to last year's model, save one change: the location of the fingerprint sensor. It's now below the camera rather than next to it. When it launched the Galaxy S9 in February, Samsung made it clear that this was a "tock" year for its Galaxy flagship phones, so even before everything was leaked about it, we didn't have game-changing expectations about the Note 9. In fact, we probably could have guessed at the specs six months ago:

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Punch up your PC audio! Logitech's powerful Z623 speaker system is $80, its lowest price ever

Thu, 2018-08-09 10:24

The tinny speakers embedded in your computer’s monitor just don’t cut it. A good home speaker system adds punch to your audio, providing immersive, full-bodied sound in movies, music, games, and more. And today, the powerful Logitech Z623 2.1-channel home speaker system is $80, down from a list price of $150 and a standard selling price north of $100. This is the lowest price these ultra-popular speakers have ever been.

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Amazon's 32GB Fire HD 8 Tablet is only $60 today, nearly 50% off

Thu, 2018-08-09 09:35

If you need an affordable tablet for watching videos, reading ebooks, and casual gaming Amazon has dropped the price of the 32GB Fire HD 8 with Special Offers to $60 for 48 hours only—it’s lowest price ever. That’s nearly half off the Fire HD 8’s $110 retail price, and $30 to $40 less than what the tablet sold for during the second half of July. 

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