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Start stashing stocking stuffers early with these awesome Amazon Echo Dot deals

Mon, 2018-11-05 11:07

Black Friday is just around the corner, but you don’t have to wait until then to grab great deals on stocking stuffers. Today, the 2nd-generation Echo Dot is $30, down from a list price of $40, or you can save $60 when you buy four, bringing them down to just $25 each. And if you’re looking for a child-friendly version, the Echo Dot Kids Edition is on sale for $60, knocking $10 off the usual price. Alternatively, buying two brings them down to $55 each.

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You can grab the 1TB WD Blue SSD from Newegg for a new low price of $130

Mon, 2018-11-05 10:21

It seems like we’re spotlighting a new low for one of our favorite SSDs every week, and we’re already off to a good start this week. The 1TB WD Blue SSD is $130 at Newegg today with the checkout code EMCEEPU26Remove non-product link. That’s the best price we’ve ever seen for the M.2 “gumstick” version of the drive.

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Avast Premier 2019 review: High prices and good design are the mainstays of this suite

Mon, 2018-11-05 06:31

There are few mainstream antivirus suites that are as expensive as Avast Premier. Current pricing for this suite is $70 for a single PC for a year. For five PCs, that price jumps to $135. It’s crazy expensive compared to Norton or McAfee, both of which cover 10 devices for about $30 less. On the other hand, you do get a solid suite for Avast's price, with a good number of extra tools and utilities. 

For 2019, Avast Premier isn’t changing too much visually, but under the hood its bumping up the anti-phishing technology, offering an improved and renamed game mode that isn’t just for games, and a better smart scan.

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Coral One review: This 2-in-1 robot vacuum promises more complete cleaning

Mon, 2018-11-05 06:00
Combining a self-propelled vacuum with a handheld unit yields a tool that can clean more than your floors.

Should you wait for Black Friday to upgrade your PC?

Mon, 2018-11-05 06:00

Ask Reddit if you should wait until Black Friday to upgrade your PC, and you’ll get a stream of comments dismissing it as a time for good deals.

They’re not wrong, but they’re not exactly right, either.

If you’ve got your eye on a very specific part, your chances of a deep discount are generally a toss-up. For most components, it's as likely you’ll get a better price at another time of the year as you will during Black Friday. The more niche it is, the rougher your odds.

On the other end of the spectrum, if all you care about is price and not so much specific models for your components, you can chain together Black Friday deals for ultimate savings. (In fact, you can go the full distance and build an entire budget PC for stupid cheap.)

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10 killer PC upgrades that are shockingly cheap

Mon, 2018-11-05 04:45
No need to break the bank

Sure, swanky new Surface Pros and $1,200 graphics cards may capture all the headlines, but on a practical level, the real story is that PCs aren’t cheap. As a working father with two kids and a mortgage to pay, I understand that all too well. But if your computer’s starting to feel pokey, there’s fortunately no reason to rush out a spend hundreds on a new one.

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Abode home security starter kit (2018) review: This entry-level smart home hub continues to evolve

Sun, 2018-11-04 10:49
With Cue, Abode takes another step toward broadening the appeal of its security-focused smart home system.

Fallout 76 B.E.T.A. impressions: Hell is other people

Sat, 2018-11-03 10:07

It’s a familiar ritual, creating my latest Fallout character. Under the harsh glare of Vault 76’s fluorescent lights I poke and prod, sculpting the face of a man who I imagine entered this glorified bunker as a young man and emerges into the bombed out remnants of West Virginia much older, covered in wrinkles, hair gone white, eyes still kind. For a moment I feel the familiar swell, the “Oh wow I’m about to play a Fallout game” sensation of limitless potential.

And then a microphone cuts in. “Yeah, no, I’m still in character creation. What’s it do?” Who the hell is that?

Another voice says “Hello?” and after a few seconds repeats that same cautious greeting.

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Call of Cthulhu review: Inglorious resurrection

Sat, 2018-11-03 07:00

Deep under the island of Darkwater, something stirs. Leviathan. I’m not sure what that word entails yet, but I’ve seen the signs—the dead whales, the greenish pall on the town, the nightmares. I know Leviathan is nothing good. Now if only I could figure out why, pry up the secrets hidden under these rotting floorboards and in crumbling mansions.

Who is Sarah Hawkins, and how did she die? Or did she die? And what of her husband, Charles Hawkins? Where is he? And uh...why don’t people’s mouths move when they’re talking to me? Is that part of the horror? I can’t tell.

Elementary

Call of Cthulhu ($60 on Humble) is a game I should love. Hell, at points I did love it. Based to some extent on the Call of Cthulhu tabletop game, this video game adaptation takes cues directly from its analog counterpart. You play as Edward Pierce, a detective sent to Darkwater to investigate the death (or disappearance) of Sarah Hawkins, a painter known for her terrifying portraits of otherworldly monsters.

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