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Last Day of June review: A short, sweet, and simple gut-punch of an adventure

Wed, 2017-09-13 15:00

I knew Last Day of June would end in tears, and it still got me.

That, to me, is the most impressive feat this short time-traveling adventure pulls off. From two minutes into the game, before anything’s even gone wrong, you know tragedy lies in wait. From ten minutes in, you have a decent idea where the rest of the game is headed. From half an hour in, you’ve mapped out most of the remaining story.

It still gets you. And it hurts.

A stitch in time

“Sad Groundhog Day” is a pretty good descriptor here. You play as Carl, a bespectacled man with a comically large and round head. Carl’s life seems pretty damn picture-perfect to start, spending time down at the lake with what seems to be the love of his life. She shivers, you go get her a blanket—you can even stop and pick her flowers on the way to the car. Adorable.

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will add helpful privacy setting tweaks

Wed, 2017-09-13 10:36

Privacy concerns have plagued Windows 10 since its launch. It’s no surprise: The operating system is designed to ensnare you in Microsoft’s services, and you can’t stop it from sending Microsoft basic telemetry data about your device. But Microsoft has been working hard to assuage the concerns, and on Wednesday it announced enhanced privacy settings coming in October’s Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

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Amazon Discounts Fire 7 by $15, Fire HD 8 by $25 For Prime Members - Deal Alert

Wed, 2017-09-13 09:15

Amazon's best-selling tablets feature vibrant displays, generous battery life, Alexa, parental controls, and everything you need to surf, check email, watch Netflix, read books, and more. If you're a Prime member, you can get get the Fire 7 for as low as $34.99 after a $15 discount, or the Fire HD 8 for as low as $54.99 after a $25 discount. If you're looking for a tablet that won't drain your bank account these are solid considerations especially at these discounted prices. 

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Star Wars Battlefront's season pass DLC given away for free as we barrel towards the sequel

Wed, 2017-09-13 08:53

The new Star Wars Battlefront II is mere months away, and back at E3 I said it seemed “like the game we should’ve received two years ago.” We won’t be able to tell for sure until review time, but space battles? All three eras of current Star Wars canon? A singleplayer campaign? Yeah, it’s a damn sight better than the Star Wars Battlefront half-game we got in 2015.

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iPad Pro vs. iPad mini 4 vs. iPad: Which one should you buy?

Wed, 2017-09-13 08:30

Update 9-13-2017: This article has been updated to reflect a price increase for the 256GB and 512GB models of the iPad Pro.

So you’re in the market for a new iPad. Excellent choice—I couldn’t live without mine. It’s my companion when I’m catching up on news and email in the morning over tea, reading a comic book in the evening to unwind, or watching a movie while traveling on a plane.

But these days, picking an iPad can be tricky. Apple currently sells four different models of iPad, with prices ranging from $329 to $1279. There are size, storage, color, and connectivity options to consider. All in all, there are 60 different variations of iPad from which to choose. So which iPad is right for you? Read on.

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Sensibo Sky A/C controller review: Control your room air conditioner from anywhere

Wed, 2017-09-13 07:00
While the app is still under construction and the price is a bit off-putting, this device should help reduce your electric bill.

Sensibo Sky A/C controller review: Control your room air conditioner from anywhere

Wed, 2017-09-13 07:00
While the app is still under construction and the price is a bit off-putting, this device should help reduce your electric bill.

Apple iPhone 8 Plus vs. iPhone X vs Samsung Note 8: Phablet spec showdown

Wed, 2017-09-13 06:30
We pit Apple's new iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X against the Samsung Note 8 to see which phone has the best specs. Spoiler alert: It's complicated.

10 great laptops that cost less than Apple's iPhone X

Wed, 2017-09-13 06:00
iPhone X-pensive

Image by Apple

Apple pulled out all the stops for the iPhone’s 10th anniversary. The iPhone X looks amazing, with a gorgeous edge-to-edge display, biometric Face ID authentication, and animated emojis that let you live the dream of becoming a talking pile of poop.

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The best laptops of 2017: Ultrabooks, budget PCs, 2-in-1s, and more

Tue, 2017-09-12 20:04

Choosing the best laptop is about to get a lot harder. Fall is coming—and so are a slew of new laptops.

In fact, if you’re hunting for a new ultraportable, we recommend holding off on any purchases for the time being. Intel recently announced four 8th-generation Core i5 and Core i7 mobile processors that could result in a dramatic leap in performance in thin-and-light convertibles, 2-in-1s, hybrids, and traditional laptops. Reveals of notebooks with these chips have begun, with likely more to follow.

If you must buy now, though, we’ve got you covered with our current top laptop picks. And if you’re instead in the market for a gaming laptop or even a budget laptop, you’re in luck: Recent reviews include the Gigabyte Aero 15Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501, and the Acer Aspire E 15.

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iPhone X: Hands-on and first impressions with Apple’s new iPhone

Tue, 2017-09-12 16:27
The new iPhone X changes the way you use your iPhone. Jason Snell takes a look at the new UI, Animoji, and more.

iPhone X: Face ID, OLED screen, wireless charging and the other features you'll care about most

Tue, 2017-09-12 15:38
Good-bye Home button, hello OLED, Face ID, and Animoji. Here's everything you need to know about the iPhone X announcement.

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus: Wireless charging, Portrait Lighting, and five more features you'll want

Tue, 2017-09-12 15:02
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have the Home button and body bezels, they still use Touch ID instead of Face ID, and the LCD screen sizes are the same that you're used to. But don't call them retro.

Apple Watch Series 3: Six reasons why it's a must-upgrade

Tue, 2017-09-12 15:00
Apple has announced Apple Watch Series 3, and it brings a whole lot more than a cellular connection. Here's why you'll want one.

Apple TV 4K adds HDR and faster performance

Tue, 2017-09-12 14:10
Apple TV 4K offers 4K HDR video, better access to live sports, and an iPad Pro CPU, all for $179.

Adobe Premiere Elements 15 is just $45 today

Tue, 2017-09-12 13:39

Nearly a year has passed since Adobe released Elements 15, and if history is any guide, Elements 16 is probably right around the corner. Right now, Amazon has a deal on Premiere Elements 15, the video editing component of the Elements suite. Typically, Adobe charges $100 for a fresh install of Premiere Elements, but Amazon's selling it for $45 until just before midnight Pacific time on Tuesday night.

When we reviewed Premiere Elements 15 for macOS in October 2016, we found the program very easy to use, stable, and responsive—and a highly recommended alternative to video editors like iMovie. One of the nicest features was Remix, which lets you drop in a music file and automatically match it to the length of your video, as long as it's over a minute or more.

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The Full Nerd episode 31: The state of 4K gaming, Intel's 4-way VR PC, upcoming PC builds

Tue, 2017-09-12 09:47

In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Dan Ma…er, Adam Patrick Murray dive deep into the state of 4K gaming. How much do 4K monitors cost these days? What sort of graphics card do you need to power a 4K gaming rig? Should you splurge on a FreeSync or G-Sync monitor? Heck, is 4K gaming even worthwhile? The live viewers had some strong opinions, too.

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61% off this 3-foot Anker Powerline+ USB C to USB 3.0 Cable - Deal Alert

Tue, 2017-09-12 09:32

This USB C to USB 3.0 cable from Anker merges seamless connectivity, premium materials and market benchmark production techniques. Features a double-braided nylon exterior, toughened aramid fiber core and laser-welded connectors for with superior toughness end-to-end, and super fast 5Gbps data transfer speeds. Right now you can pick up the 3-foot version for 61% off, or just $10.19. See it on Amazon.

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TP-Link's Kasa Cam is the company's first home security camera

Tue, 2017-09-12 08:00
The 1080p home security camera joins TP-Link's Kasa Wi-Fi smart plugs, smart bulbs, and in-wall switches.

WiZ Connected Lights Color A E26 Light Kit review: Wi-Fi smart bulbs on a budget

Tue, 2017-09-12 06:00
This new smart lighting player offers plenty of flexibility at a price that makes sense.

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