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1. The Acer Swift 3 thinks a cool look is worth some extra cashСб., 26 мая[−]

Acer’s Swift 3 thin-and-light consumer laptop could be called a crowd-pleaser, if only because you can currently buy models ranging in price from $650 and up, with abundant in RAM and storage, as well as both AMD and Intel CPUs. With the upgraded unit unveiled Wednesday at Acer’s next@acer event in New York, the company’s raising the bar in all respects: a cooler look—and a higher price ceiling.

The Swift 3 we saw costs—are you sitting down?—$1,798. But don't panic: Acer will continue to offer a long list of configuration options that should help you get this laptop down to a range that fits your budget. Whatever the features inside, you'll enjoy an all-metal chassis with a brushed finish, and colors including gold, silver, blue, and rose.

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2. Watch us build a $360 Intel-based gaming PCПт., 25 мая[−]

Intel's 8th-generation CPUs are mighty tempting, but their prices can seem daunting at the high-end. Not all hope is lost, however, if you want to go Team Blue and stick to a budget. We found a way to build an 8th generation Intel-based gaming machine with discrete graphics for $360—and we'll assemble it live on YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook next week.

Parts list

The first step of any build is always choosing the parts. Our components may raise a few eyebrows (and even a little controversy), but they're affordable:

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3. These 20 deep, absorbing PC games will eat days of your lifeПт., 25 мая[−]
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Far too many games these days are built to be played in small bursts: brief encounters, designed for a world with too few hours in the day and too many digital distractions. And that’s fine! Blasting through a few rounds of Overwatch or Rocket League matches is a wonderful way to spend some time.

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4. Hands-on: Age of Wonders: Planetfall puts a refreshing sci-fi spin on 4X strategyПт., 25 мая[−]

Age of Wonders needed a hook, and I think Triumph finally found it.

Writing about Age of Wonders III back in 2014, one of my biggest complaints was that it felt somewhat unnecessary. The fantasy 4X genre is nothing if not crowded these days, and despite Age of Wonders lifting as much influence from Heroes of Might and Magic as it does from Civilization, it still didn’t offer much reason to persist through its cumbersome systems and slog of a story setup.

But science fiction 4X? That genre’s considerably more open, especially when it comes to land-based science fiction. In recent years, that category consists of Civilization: Beyond Earth and...not much else.

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5. The failed Essential Phone is an ugly testament to everything that's wrong with AndroidПт., 25 мая[−]

After a year of excessive hype, false starts, and empty promises, these may very well be the last words I will ever need to write about the Essential Phone. Quite frankly, I’ve already written too many.

Last May, Android founder Andy Rubin unveiled his post-Google company along with a beautifully rendered website and lots of assertive language. Among the marketing copy that peppered the page were promises to “change how successful technology companies are built forever,” testimonials about why the phone’s use of titanium and ceramic were superior to aluminim and glass, and an explanation of its use of “computational photography” to capture “dramatically better pictures for our users, no matter how much experience they have as photographers.”

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6. Get $15 off this Alexa- and Google Assistant-powered Wemo light switch todayПт., 25 мая[−]

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7. Make your animations with Animatron Studio Pro -- now 95% offПт., 25 мая[−]

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.

Used by industry heavyweights like Google, Dell, Facebook, and Amazon, Animatron Studio Pro lets you design your animations visually with a WYSIWYG editor. You can choose from thousands of free, pre-animated characters, backgrounds and props and hit the ground running creating explainer videos, banners, presentations, and more. Plus, Animatron Studio Pro lets you share project links, so you can collaborate with others on your work.

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8. Apple kills Valve's Steam Link iOS app, but you can still stream PC games to AndroidПт., 25 мая[−]

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9. Best Buy's selling an Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop for a ludicrously low $600Пт., 25 мая[−]

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10. The Full Nerd ep. 53: Razer Blade and Core X, NZXT's H500i case, and a new Nvidia GPUПт., 25 мая[−]

In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, Alaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray talk some seriously sweet PC hardware released this week, and give you the skinny on a scary-sounding (but not so bad) new CPU flaw. On tap:

And yes, as discussed, Alaina’s wrapped up her gorgeous, glittering beast. Check out her final thoughts at the bottom of our over-the-top RGB PC build article.

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11. HyperX Cloud Flight review: A solid wireless headset joins the venerable Cloud lineПт., 25 мая[−]

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12. 15 great movies for Memorial Day streamingПт., 25 мая[−]
These 15 movies pay tribute to the men and women who gave their lives for their country—a fitting way to spend the Memorial Day weekend.

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13. The Acer Predator Helios 500 is a gaming laptop that's overclockable in all the right placesПт., 25 мая[−]
The Acer Predator Helios 500 is a gaming laptop designed for extreme gamers. Not infinitely wealthy ones, such as the lucky 300 who bought a limited-edition $8,000 Predator 21 X, but reasonably well-financed ones who could instead “settle” for a model that offers an overclockable GPU and a few overclockable CPU options as well.That’s just the beginning. We saw the Predator Helios 500 on Wednesday, when it was announced at Acer’s next@acer event in New York. Up close, you can see this beast checks off a lot of boxes. Features and specs for serious gaming Acer CPU options for the Acer Predator Helios 500 span Intel Core i5-8300H to Core i9+ 8950HK.To read this article in full, please click here

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14. Watch us build an over-the-top RGB PCПт., 25 мая[−]

Whether you love them or hate them, it's hard to ignore the number of PC components with RGB lights. Multi-colored PC lighting has crept into almost every category out there—even sound cards and power supplies.

What's less clear is just how easy it is to build a system entirely of RGB parts and then simultaneously control all of the lighting. So to put it to the test, we're building a PC that houses as many RGB components as possible.

Parts list

When choosing the parts for this build—which we've affectionately dubbed our "Viva Las Vegas" machine—it became clear that even four years into this RGB fad, you can't throw together whichever components you want and expect to control them through a single interface. You have to commit to an ecosystem.

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15. The Acer Chromebook Spin 13 is a classy product rising above a mob of cheap clamshellsПт., 25 мая[−]

The Acer Chromebook Spin 13 is giving high-end Chromebooks for business another chance. God knows others have tried—RIP the Dell Chromebook 13 and the HP Chromebook 13. So far, most people seem to be happy with one of the inexpensive, modestly powered, plasticky clamshells that made Chromebooks an easy buy for entry-level users and the huge education market.

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16. Steam's Spring Cleaning event encourages PC gamers to clear out their backlogЧт., 24 мая[−]

Valve’s vaunted Steam sales whip PC gamers into a buying frenzy, but the “Spring Cleaning” event that kicked off today has the opposite goal: coaxing people into playing games that they already own, but rarely play.

The Spring Cleaning event runs through May 28 and uses Steam’s meta-game-esque badge system to encourage backlog clearing. Playing games that you haven’t touched in a while—or at all—completes daily tasks or one-time projects that unlock a special Spring Cleaning badge, which can then be leveled up by dipping further into your library.

Interestingly, Steam scans your backlog and user profile to create custom objectives for each user. Selecting today’s “Spin Cycle” daily task, for instance, picks four random games from your library to play. The “Trusted Friend” project, on the other hand, scans your backlog to suggest games you own that your friends have recommended on the platform. Other one-time projects have you playing a game you’ve spent more than two hours in, but not in a while, and the first title you ever added to your account.

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17. Pornhub launches VPNhub, a VPN service with free, unlimited bandwidthЧт., 24 мая[−]

Pornhub, one of the most-trafficked adult video sites on the Internet, is launching a virtual private network (VPN) with free, unlimited bandwidth to help keep prying eyes away from your browsing activity. Seriously. It’s called VPNhub and apps are already available for iOS and Android, with Windows and MacOS apps for premium subscribers.

VPNs exist to avoid ISP-level website blocking or tracking and keep your browsing activity private, even on public Wi-Fi connections, by encrypting your data. Launching a VPN service makes sense for Pornhub in an era when some governments are leaning towards regulating adult content online, including the United Kingdom. The unlimited bandwidth—while highly unusual for free VPNs—does as well given that Pornhub’s existence revolves around streaming videos. But VPNhub isn’t intended as a secure Pornhub portal alone; you can browse other sites on the web too.

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18. Hands-on: The Acer Predator Helios 300 Special Edition takes the boring out of budget gamingЧт., 24 мая[−]

The Acer Predator Helios 300 Special Edition didn’t need to impress us. We already liked the Predator Helios 300 we reviewed in March—that was the entry-level version, which offered serious bang for buck.

We got our hands on the Special Edition at Acer’s next@acer event in New York CIty on Wednesday, and it improves upon its more modest sibling in a number of ways. What we still don’t know is how the price compares (we expect it to be higher than the base model’s $1,100 cost), or when it’ll ship (we expect within the next few months).

The biggest change, as you can plainly see, is the chassis color scheme: white. White! With gold accents, no less! This throws down a shining gauntlet before the legions of black-and-whatever gaming laptops that have come before. This Special Edition is not afraid to stand apart. Acer’s even issued matching headset, mouse, and backpack accessories for a fully coordinated look.

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19. Amazon's one-day Caseology sale can protect your iPhone or Galaxy S9 for $10Чт., 24 мая[−]

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20. Start playing in comfort! Amazon's selling a leather gaming chair for $68Чт., 24 мая[−]

Anyone who spends even a few hours a week PC gaming needs a comfortable chair. While console gamers usually sprawl out on a couch, we the gamers of the PC are often stuck with office chairs unless we’re willing to shell out hundreds of dollars. Today, Amazon’s got a deal that will let you game like a pro without paying like a sucker.

The Essentials by OFM racing-style leather gaming chair in red is $68.84 right now. That’s $21 off its most recent price, and about the same amount you’d pay for a regular desk chair.

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21. Get SelectTV, The World's Largest Entertainment Library, For Just $29.99Чт., 24 мая[−]

Instead of alternative online programming, and in order to save money, an increasing number of people are cutting their conventional cable TV cable. An on-demand service, you get as many as 300,000+ TV episodes (250,000 free) and 200,000 movies (10,000 free), plus unlimited video on demand from any of your devices—a complete one-year subscription for $19, or 36% off retail.

In addition, the SelectTV by FreeCast: One-Year Subscription has included the two following bonuses:

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22. Nvidia's Shield TV gets an overhaul with Android 8.0 OreoЧт., 24 мая[−]
The Nvidia Shield TV is the best streaming box for power users, and now it has a totally new interface.

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23. Guess how much this Asus ROG monitor with 4K, HDR and 144Hz G-Sync will set you backЧт., 24 мая[−]

More than a year in the making, Asus has finally detailed when its long awaited G-Sync HDR 4K gaming monitor will ship—and for how much.

On Wednesday, Asus said the ROG Swift PG27UQ will finally begin shipping in June with a list price of a smooth $2,000, the same as Acer’s rival Predator X27 G-Sync HDR display.

If you just did a spit-take of Diet Coke, know that the PG27UQ will feature:

  • 27-inch diagonal width
  • 1,000 nits of brightness in HDR mode (300 nits in standard mode)
  • 384 zones of brightness
  • Quantum Dot filters for a wider color gamut
  • 3840x2160 resolution
  • 144Hz refresh rate
  • G-Sync support
  • 97 percent of DCI-P3 color gamut
  • IPS technology
  • 1.07 billion colors

Asus said the ROG PG27UQ is the first gaming monitor to receive VESA’s new DisplayHDR 1000 certification as well. Three levels of the new open spec are available, and the PG27UQ hits the top one, Asus said.

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24. How to upgrade your laptop's RAMЧт., 24 мая[−]

If your laptop’s performance has you down, don’t simply accept it as a way of life. It’s quite possible that by upgrading your laptop's RAM you can give your portable PC a boost. (For another great upgrade, see our article on how to add an SSD to your laptop.)

Does your particular laptop support a RAM upgrade? That depends. Laptop designs vary, including which components are accessible and upgradable. Because not every laptop is built the same, there’s no way to say with complete certainty what you can or can’t upgrade.

What we can say, however, is that most budget laptops tend to be far more serviceable than ultra-thin, premium models. Microsoft’s Surface devices, for example, are sealed shut, while Apple favors proprietary parts, with everything soldered to the motherboard.

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25. Streaming TV on vacation: What you need to knowЧт., 24 мая[−]
Before you take your streaming TV bundle on vacation, read up on these restrictions.

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26. The new Gmail steals some great ideas and invents some fresh onesЧт., 24 мая[−]

In April, Google launched its first major Gmail redesign since 2013, and in a sense it was an acknowledgement of all the ways Google had fallen behind.

With 1.4 billion users logging into Gmail at least once per month, the service has become resistant to change. This in turn has been a boon to the email software business, allowing third-party apps like Mailbox, Spark, Astro, and Newton to invent new features on a more regular basis. Several of Gmail’s most notable new features come straight from these apps, and from the broader software world in general. And while some have previously appeared in Google’s more forward-thinking Inbox app, others are new to Gmail entirely.

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27. Battlefield V returns to WWII with no plans for a premium season passСр., 23 мая[−]

Two months’ worth of leaks ruined most of the surprise, but as promised EA and DICE officially revealed Battlefield V today. As expected, the series is returning to World War II, coming full circle to where Battlefield 1942 started over 15 years ago.

I suspect this homecoming would feel more groundbreaking were it not for Call of Duty: WWII last year. That said, I’ve been anticipating Battlefield’s take on World War II, seeing what Frostbite could do with it—and now we’ve seen a bit.

Take a look at the initial reveal trailer:

Due for release on October 19, Battlefield V is bringing back one of my favorite parts of its predecessor, the “War Stories” campaign structure. Rather than one unwieldy, overarching campaign, War Stories breaks out into a series of short one- or two-hour vignettes. In Battlefield 1 that included a take on Lawrence of Arabia, a crawl through the muddy trenches of France, and a fight atop a crashing zeppelin. I’m hoping for some equally memorable moments here, and a larger selection of them.

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28. Apple’s $29 iPhone battery replacement program: Everything you need to knowСр., 23 мая[−]
Anyone with an iPhone 6 or later can get a new battery in their phone for $29. Here's how Apple's program works.

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29. 5 reasons why Apple's next-gen 7nm A12 chip could be the best feature in the 2018 iPhonesСр., 23 мая[−]
A new report claims that production has started on Apple new 7nm A12 processor. Here's why that's a big deal.

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30. Our favorite Kindle reader, the Paperwhite, is on sale for 25 percent off todayСр., 23 мая[−]

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