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Valheim raids: All raid types and how to survive them

Source: Iron Gate Studio In the Viking-themed survival game Valheim, one of the most dangerous threats you’ll face are base raids. If you aren’t prepared for these coordinated attacks, hordes of enemies will kill you and heavily damage your base. Therefore, it’s important to make sure you’re not only aware of what attacks might be…
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Why you should buy the newest Dell XPS 15 unless you can get a good deal

Newest model Dell XPS 15 9500 Capable laptop Dell XPS 15 9570 The newest XPS 15 from Dell packs everything you need for a powerful 15-inch laptop, including new options for an OLED 4K panel, GTX 1650, and an Intel Core i9 processor. If you want the latest and greatest from Dell, this is the…
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ID@Azure is a new program for indie cloud development, based on ID@Xbox

ID@Xbox is Microsoft’s program for independent game development on the Xbox platform, across PC, consoles, and Xbox Game Pass mobile endpoints. Microsoft has previously noted how ID@Xbox has handed millions of dollars to developers in the program, shipping over 2000 games, with over 2000 more in development for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series…
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Here’s what Apocalypse Plus mode is in Minecraft Dungeons

Best answer: Apocalypse Plus is Minecraft Dungeons’ true endgame, with additional challenging difficulty levels beyond the game’s initial ending. Players can tackle familiar and new levels at higher difficulties and be rewarded with more powerful gear to conquer these obstacles. Apocalypse Plus includes 25 new difficulties and raises the power level of Minecraft Dungeons to…
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Expand your Xbox storage with one of these spectacular SSDs

When running low on room for Xbox One games, an external hard drive is a must-buy accessory. Solid-state drives (SSD) are the premium option, upping your console’s capacity while outpacing the onboard storage. In short, this means drastically reduced load times across all games. We’ve rounded up the best SSDs available for Xbox One, also…
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Microsoft is testing 1080p xCloud streams for Xbox Game Pass gaming

Source: Windows Central What you need to know Right now Xbox Game Pass cloud gaming is limited to 720p. Recently, we were sent evidence that Microsoft is now testing 1080p streams too. Xbox Game Pass cloud infrastructure is getting a big upgrade throughout 2021. Project xCloud is the codename of Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass Ultimate…
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Should you get the touch or non-touch Dell XPS 13?

Source: Daniel Rubino/Windows Central Best answer: If you’re looking to get a 4K display, then you’ll want a touch-enabled XPS 13, but without official pen support, the regular non-touch will be better value for most people. People who want to use touch or a pen should get the XPS 13 2-in-1 instead. Touch adds more…
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These are the best AMD AM4 motherboards with PCIe 4.0

Best AMD AM4 B550 and X570 PCIe 4.0 Motherboards Windows Central 2021 Features like PCIe 4.0 are reserved for some of the best motherboards around. We’ve rounded up some of the top picks for you to choose for an Intel or AMD PC build, depending on which processor you plan to use. All of these…
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You need to wash and cure resin prints, how does Anycubic’s do?

Best answer: Yes! Properly washing and curing resin 3D prints is crucial, and the Anycubic Wash and Cure V2 is an inexpensive way to handle the messy reality of resin 3D printing. With a 3.5l Isopropyl Alcohol tank and a UV turntable, it takes a lot of the fuss out of resin post-processing. What does…
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Next Halo: MCC flight begins, includes new Halo 3 maps and armors

Source: Xbox Game Studios 343 Industries has officially launched the next Halo: Master Chief Collection (MCC) flight that was planned for the end of February 2021. It was originally supposed to come out earlier in the month, but an unexpected bug led the studio to delay the flight. The main contents of the flight includes…
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Here are 10 Xbox games that need ‘FPS Boost’

Source: Xbox Backward compatibility has been a huge focus for the Xbox platform in recent years. The engineering wizards at Microsoft are not only looking to preserve your existing catalog of titles but improve them as well. This started with Xbox One X enhancements for titles like Halo 3, Star Wars Battlefront 2, and many…
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Got HEIC and HEVC files on Windows 10? Here’s how to view them.

On computing, the High-Efficiency Image File Format (HEIF) is a container for images and videos designed specifically to improve the compression of files and at the same time continue improving image quality and additional benefits over older formats (JPEG, PNG, and GIF) and videos using the High-Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC) specification. Although the file format…
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Xbox Chaturdays Live: PS5 on PC and Elden Ring fanatics with Jeff Grubb

For our 16th episode of Xbox Chaturdays we’ll be joined by the ‘Elden One’ himself, Jeff Grubb, to discuss the future of Playstation games on PC, a State of Play, a Nintendo Direct, a Pokemon Direct, our impressions of the Outriders demo, and the insatiable desires of the Elden Ring fandom. If you want to…
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XP-Pen Artist 22 PC drawing tablet review: Digital art as easy as it is fun

Source: Windows Central To preface, I’m by no means a professional artist, but I’ve done plenty of dabbling over the years. In a past life, I had aspirations of being an animator, and occasionally still do projects in Adobe Animate and drawing apps like Sketchable. Historically, I’ve used Surface devices as my primary drawing tool,…
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The latest ‘How We Make Minecraft’ episode is all about redstone

Source: Mojang Studios | YouTube One of the many ways Mojang Studios has connected with the diverse Minecraft community has been the How We Make Minecraft YouTube series, which goes over different parts of Minecraft, why they’re essential, and how Mojang Studios balances all of these parts. Episode 7 is now here, and the beloved…
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Playstation bringing more games to PC proves Xbox had the right approach

In some big Playstation news this week, Sony Interactive Entertainment’s CEO Jim Ryan confirmed that more first-party Playstation games are on their way to PC, starting with Days Gone in the spring. The company has historically been rather sheepish about its stance on cross-platform releases, but these new details open up a whole new world…
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Star Wars: Squadrons is coming to EA Play and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate

Star Wars: Squadrons is coming to EA Play according to an update shared by EA on its official page for the service. Since EA Play is also included with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, anyone subscribed to the latter will also be able to play Star Wars: Squadrons when it arrives. If you’re an Xbox Series…
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Go pre-built with one of these excellent Dell gaming desktops

Source: Alienware Best Dell Gaming Desktops Windows Central 2021 Dell has a sizable lineup of gaming desktops, and each of them has a range of different pros and cons. With gaming desktops, power, price, and style are what matter the most. For that reason, the Alienware Aurora R10 Ryzen Edition is the overall best Dell…
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Subnautica: Below Zero is feature complete after the Seaworthy update

Subnautica is an incredibly popular indie game, and one of the Best Survival Games for Xbox, that has players survive the perilous depths of an alien world’s vibrant oceans. While Subnautica has been completed for two years now, the team at Unknown Worlds has been hard at work on Subnautica: Below Zero, the exciting sequel…
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Will your warranty be voided if you use AMD Rage Mode?

Best answer: No, AMD Rage Mode does not void warranty. While AMD has said that overclocking AMD processors even with the official software will void the warranty, Rage Mode is just a fan and power tuning preset and does not increase the GPU’s clock speeds. AMD has clarified that it is not an overclocking setting…
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Check out what’s new in Windows 10 build 21322 with our hands-on video

Windows 10 build 21322 is now out in the Insider Dev ring for testers to submit feedback. And with it, comes a few notable changes and enhancements that we think warrant a video demo. Today’s build video showcases improvements introduced with the last few Windows 10 builds, including an improved app open animation, a new…
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Here’s why Bill Gates uses Android over iPhone

Bill Gates has stated he prefers Android over the iPhone because of its pre-installed Microsoft software and its flexibility. Gates was speaking to Andrew Sorkin during a Clubhouse interview earlier this week, as reported by iMore: In an interview with CNBC and NY Times journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin, Gates spoke about various issues including Bitcoin,…
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Samsung’s 2TB 870 QVO solid state drive has matched a low price of $200

The Samsung 870 QVO internal solid state drive is the newest generation of Samsung’s unique QVO series, and it got 4 out of 5 stars with a Recommended badge in our review a few months back. You can get the 2TB of the drive on sale for just $199.99 at Amazon. We’ve also seen it…
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Review: AMD’s Radeon RX 6800 GPU is a killer option for high-end 2K gaming

Source: Windows Central AMD’s “Big Navi” Radeon RX 6000 graphics cards (GPU) were revealed about four months ago, and since then it’s mostly been a fracas for anyone on Team Red looking to get their hands on the new RDNA 2 hardware. These GPUs, including the RX 6900 XT, RX 6800 XT, and RX 6800…
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A great OLED TV, the LG CX 65-inch, is down to $2,000 with a $200 gift card

The LG OLED65CXP 65-inch OLED 4K HDR Smart TV is our pick for the best TV compatible with Nvidia G-Sync technology, and it has a whole lot of other great features, too. Right now you can get the 65-inch OLED TV for $1,996.99 with an extra $200 gift card at Newegg. This is a great…
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Just how powerful is AMD’s Ryzen 7 4800U CPU inside the Lenovo Yoga Slim 7?

Best answer: The Lenovo Yoga Slim 7 comes rocking up to an AMD Ryzen 7 4800U processor, and it’s a powerful CPU on paper, effectively competing against and sometimes outright beating an equivalent Intel Core i7-1065G7 CPU. Latest and great AMD Ryzen for notebooks AMD scored big with the launch of Ryzen and continues to…
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How to find out which sleep states your PC supports on Windows 10

Windows 10 supports multiple power states defined in the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) specifications by the UEFI Forum. It is important to understand each one of them because depending on the hardware, the device may or may not support power-specific features, such as “Hibernate,” “Fast startup,” or modern power states like “Modern Standby.”…
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Users should be able to sign in to Xbox Live again after outage

Update, February 25, 2021 (9:00 pm CT): A short time ago, Microsoft reported that the ongoing Xbox Live outage should be resolved, and users should be able to sign in again. Update, February 25, 2021 (8:10 pm CT): Nearly six hours later, Microsoft still hasn’t fully resolved the sign-in issues with Xbox Live. Some users…
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Halo Infinite: Hidden audio discovered in new blog post

Mere minutes after 343 Industries released a new update on Halo Infinite’s development, a Halo fan on Twitter by the name of @ZachRRobertson discovered a hidden audio file embedded in the blog post. You can listen to the file yourself here. ALSO quietly tucked away in this article is an AUDIO FILE between Chief and…
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Everything we know about Halo Infinite (so far)

Source: 343 Industries With several years since the last major Halo game, it’s time to start looking forward to the franchise’s future. Microsoft’s beloved first-person shooter series is due for a new entry, with development underway behind closed doors. Halo Infinite’s showing at E3 2019 didn’t reveal a lot, but there’s still plenty of information…
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Halo Infinite world design details shown off in new update

Source: 343 Industries What you need to know 343 Industries has released a new “Inside Infinite” article that gives insight about Halo Infinite’s environments and world design. The blog post mainly talks about how 343 Industries is focusing on making Halo infinite’s world beautiful while ensuring that it feels familiar to Halo fans and isn’t…
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Valheim Swamp guide: Swamp Key, Sunken Crypts, and more

Source: Windows Central While the Meadows and Black Forest biomes are relatively easy for Valheim players to explore, the same can’t be said of the Swamp, the third biome players will most likely encounter. Between its many dangerous enemies, unforgiving wetland terrain, and cryptic dungeons, the Swamp is a biome that will make quick work…
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Why sail in Valheim when you can use portals

Source: Windows Central / Zackery Cuevas In Valheim, you must adapt to the harsh Norse-inspired world if you plan on defeating the forsaken beast that control the tenth world. Exploration is key to finding new materials to craft better weapons and armor but sailing across the sea can be time-consuming and especially frustrating when the…
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EA reportedly cancels new IP from Motive Studio

A new action-adventure IP from Motive Studio has been canceled by EA. That’s according to a report from Bloomberg, which explains that this new IP wascodenamed Gaia and was an action-adventure game similar to the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Gaia was first developed under the leadership of Ubisoft veteran Jade Raymond. After Raymond departed EA, the…
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These are the best internal hard drives for your PC

Source: Windows Central Best Internal Hard Drives (HDD) Windows Central 2021 When it comes to storing files and games, it’s hard to beat the value proposition of the classic hard disk drive (HDD). Sure, it’s old technology at this point, but with high-capacity SSDs still costing significantly more in some cases, it’s no wonder that…
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Here’s everything you need to know about fishing in Valheim

Source: Nick Sutrich / Windows Central You’ve played Valheim. You’ve seen those fish taunting you from the shoreline, in the rivers, and throughout the ocean. You’re sick of eating Neck tails and you’ve grown plenty of veggies, so now it’s time to turn to the waters. There’s no way to craft a fishing pole in…
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Destiny 2: The Vault of Glass raid will arrive in Season 14

In a new developer blog post, Bungie has announced that the Vault of Glass raid from the first Destiny will arrive in Destiny 2 during Season 14. Season 14 is expected to begin on May 12, which is the day after the end of the current season, Season of the Chosen. Like all new raids,…
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Destiny 2: The Witch Queen delayed to early 2022

Destiny 2 developer Bungie has announced in a new blog post that the game’s next expansion, The Witch Queen, has been delayed to early 2022. It was originally going to launch in 2021, but Bungie stated that the impact of COVID-19, a desire to more thoroughly flesh out Destiny 2’s core systems, and a need…
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Teams will now prioritize people with video within meetings

Source: Dan Thorp-Lancaster/Windows Central Microsoft Teams will now make sure that you can see people with video more frequently within meetings. A new video-only meeting stage is available within Teams that prioritizes video-only participants. The feature has already been rolled out and should be available now. Before this update, when you had a meeting with…
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Bungie is removing sunsetting from Destiny 2

Destiny 2 developer Bungie has announced in a new blog post that sunsetting, the controversial system that limited how long players could use a given weapon or armor in high-level activities such as Nightfall Strikes or Raids, is being removed moving forward. Specifically, Bungie has confirmed that any weapon or armor piece that can currently…
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I used Microsoft’s free site builder to create an actual website

Source: Windows Central Microsoft launched a free tool for creating websites this week. The tool is aimed at small businesses that don’t have a website. While I don’t own a business, I run multiple American football teams in the UK, so I was curious to see if the tool could be a useful way to…
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5 things to look for when buying an Xbox / PC gaming headset

Source: Windows Central In the market for a gaming headset? If you are, you’ll probably be aware of the vast range of options out there. Manufacturers like Corsair, Razer, LucidSound, Turtle Beach, HyperX and beyond make a vast range of audio products, many of which feature in our roundups like best Xbox One headset, best…
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What’s new in Diablo 2: Resurrected?

Source: Blizzard Entertainment Best answer: Diablo 2: Resurrected actually includes the Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction expansion pack, as well as new graphical updates, higher framerate support, quality of life improvements, and more. What are the differences in Diablo 2: Resurrected vs. Diablo 2: Lord of Destruction? Diablo 2: Resurrected is a remaster of the…
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Mortal Shell: Enhanced Edition announced for next-gen consoles

Cold Symmetry, the development studio behind the popular Soulslike action RPG Mortal Shell, has announced that a special version of the game called Mortal Shell: Enhanced Edition is coming to Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PS5 on March 4, 2021. This edition of the game will be given to previous owners of Mortal…
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Bethesda is great, but Xbox Game Studios — you’re not off the hook

Source: Ninja Theory As Microsoft dives ever deeper into subscription-oriented gaming with Xbox Game Pass, there’s no question that the gaming giant has boatloads of content. With dozens of teams under Xbox Game Studios and soon Bethesda / ZeniMax, Xbox Game Pass content is set to swell by the truckload. One of the biggest narratives…
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Microsoft To Do now lets you share lists between work and personal accounts

Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central Microsoft To Do makes it easy to share tasks and lists between devices and other people. But until recently, you couldn’t share lists between personal accounts and work accounts. A recent update to Microsoft To Do brings support for sharing lists between the two types of accounts. Before this…
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This modular laptop lets you swap out just about everything

Source: Framework What you need to know Framework announced a new modular laptop today. The Framework Laptop is upgradeable and lets you swap out its ports, memory, batteries, screen, and more. The Framework Laptop should be available for preorder this spring. Unlike their desktop siblings, laptops aren’t very upgradeable. On many of the best upgradeable…
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Is Diablo 2: Resurrected available on console?

Source: Blizzard Entertainment Best answer: Yes. Unlike the original game, Diablo 2: Resurrected will be available on consoles, with cross-progression support using Battle.net account linking. Is Diablo 2: Resurrected available on console? Diablo 2: Resurrected is a remaster of the original game, which is widely considered one of the best PC games of its time.…
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Telegram now supports auto-deleting messages on Windows

Telegram rolled an update this week that brings support for automatically deleting messages. You can now set an auto-delete timer for all Telegram chats, which you can have delete your messages after 24 hours or seven days. The same update also brings several other features, including improvements to inviting people to groups. The ability to…
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The Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard is on sale for $26 off

Microsoft makes some of the best ergonomic keyboards around. In fact, Microsoft makes three of the keyboards on our roundup of the best ergonomic keyboards. Now, the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard is on sale for $26 off through Lenovo. The discount brings the price of the keyboard down to $55. Ergonomic Basics Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic…
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Microsoft’s new tool lets you create a free website within minutes

Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central Updated February 25, 2021: I tested out the website building tool to create a website for my American football team. Microsoft just launched a free tool for building websites. The website creation service is part of Microsoft’s Digital Marketing Center, and it lets you create a website from scratch…
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Here’s everything we know about Valheim’s content roadmap

Source: Windows Central / Zackery Cuevas Valheim may be in early access. Still, it’s already become one of the best survival games on the PC. Tasked with defeating the forsaken beast of legend by Odin himself, Valheim in a Viking survival simulator that takes no prisoners. You and up to nine other players must build…
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Outriders demo lets you play the first couple hours of the game for free

Source: Square Enix Game demos run the gamut in length. Sometimes you’ll get a quick, 10-minute demo like with Resident Evil Village’s recent Maiden. Other times, you’ll get what People Can Fly and Square Enix are presenting with Outriders, the three-player co-op looter shooter title set to come out on April 1. When the Outriders…
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Here’s the PC requirements for Days Gone

We recently learned that Sony is continuing its efforts of bringing PlayStation titles over to PC. This new slate begins with Days Gone, a third-person survival game developed by Bend Studio, a team that’s part of Sony Worldwide Studios. Days Gone tasks players with navigating an open world filled with massive hordes of infected called…
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Surface Pro X devices with SQ2 processors have a new firmware update

Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central Microsoft’s Surface Pro X recently received a firmware update. Specifically, the update is for the Surface Pro X with an SQ2 processor, which is also referred to as the Surface Pro X (2020). As is normally the case, the firmware update doesn’t include any new features. It does, however,…
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Do you need a laptop, desktop, or All-in-One PC for working at home?

Source: Windows Central Best answer: Choosing between a laptop, desktop, or All-in-One PC (AiO) comes down to several arguments. How you want to use your PC outside of work, where you want to take it, what type of display you want, and how powerful you want it to be all play a role in the…
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Here’s the full changelog for ‘Flames of the Nether’ for Minecraft Dungeons

Source: Mojang Studios | Twitter Minecraft Dungeons is having a massive day. The huge Flames of the Nether expansion is being released on all platforms, and Minecraft Dungeons is now Optimized for the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. If you want to know the full changes present inside the humungous Flames of the…
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The LucidSound LS35X wireless headset is great for gaming and down to $126

Today is your day to save on our favorite headset for the Xbox One. It’s also the best overall for the newer generation Xbox Series S and Xbox Series X thanks to a great combination of wireless features, long-lasting comfort, and an epic soundscape. The LucidSound LS35X wireless headset is now on sale for $125.99…
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Minecraft Dungeons is now an Xbox Series X|S Optimized title

Source: Mojang Studios | Twitter Earlier today, Minecraft Dungeons began releasing the Flames of the Nether expansion and update. Alongside the substantial changes in Flames of the Nether, Mojang Studios has also officially made Minecraft Dungeons an Xbox Series X|S Optimized title. That’s right, Minecraft Dungeons will now look and play best on the Xbox…
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The best laptops for business users to buy right now

Source: Windows Central Best Business Laptops Windows Central 2021 Buying the best Windows laptop for business use is very different than buying one for education or casual consumer use. Priorities change, but the need for a great laptop remains. Whether it’s from Dell, Microsoft, Huawei, or HP, some truly great business laptops are out there.…
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Microsoft announces cloud offerings for three more industries

Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central Microsoft announced three new industry-focused cloud offerings today; Microsoft Cloud for Financial Services, Microsoft Cloud for Manufacturing, and Microsoft Cloud for Nonprofit. The new offerings are built to work with Microsoft services, including Azure, Microsoft 365, Dynamic 365, and Power Platform. The goal of the services is to connect…
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Gaming brand HyperX is being acquired by HP for $425 million

HyperX is being acquired by HP for $425 million. The companies announced the deal today, which will see brand Kingston and former parent company of HyperX sell the titular headset brand but retain its other technologies, such as DRAM, flash and SSD products. HyperX is a brand of gaming accessories that makes some of the…
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OtterBox’s mobile gaming accessories are now available for order

Source: Matt Brown | Windows Central OtterBox announced its lineup of mobile gaming accessories at CES 2021. The lineup includes five accessories to improve mobile gaming; a controller shell, a phone clip, a carrying case, a privacy screen protector, and a grip phone case. Now, after a couple of months of waiting, you can purchase…
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AMD’s Ryzen 7 4800H is great for gaming on notebooks

Best answer: Yes, the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H is a good mobile CPU to use for gaming. If you’re looking at a gaming laptop with this processor, you’ll be able to enjoy the latest PC games with a smooth experience. AMD strikes hard with Ryzen 4000 AMD made some considerable improvements with its Ryzen 4000-series…
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Edge Dev’s latest update adds custom keyboard shortcuts to Dev Tools

Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central Microsoft Edge Dev only made the jump to version 90 a few weeks ago. Now, there’s another version of the browser to download. The most recent update brings Edge Dev to version 90.0.803.0 and includes several new features. The build includes a new shortcut for Dev Tools, redesigned context…
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The latest update for Minecraft Dungeons, ‘Flames of the Nether,’ is here

Source: Mojang Studios | Twitter The paid portion of Flames of the Nether for Minecraft Dungeons includes: Six new levels. Flames of the Nether is adding six all-new levels for players to explore, each modeled after a biome from the Nether Update New mobs and bosses. In every level, players will be able to run…
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GameStop CFO resigns amidst company transition

GameStop chief financial officer (CFO) and executive vice president Jim Bell is resigning from the company, GameStop confirmed via press release, stating that “The Company thanks Mr. Bell for his significant contributions and leadership, including his efforts over the past year during the COVID-19 pandemic.” Bell will be leaving the company on March 26, 2021.…
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Govee’s Flow Pro light bars and Aura lamp offer dynamic lighting

Smart lights are a compelling way to turn your living space into something a bit more exciting than the norm. On top of their convenient features, like the ability to turn on when you come home or turn off when you leave, many offer a wide variety of colors you can use to set a…
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The new MSI MEG Aegis Ti5 has a gaming dial on the front, RTX 3080 inside

In terms of unique high-end gaming PCs that come already built, MSI might have just outdone everyone else. The MSI MEG Aegis Ti5, now available to buy at major retailers, looks sort of like a futuristic fighter pilot’s helmet. Aggressive lines and built-in RGB lighting certainly give it a fetching look. It’s the first desktop…
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Days Gone and other PlayStation games come to PC in 2021

Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan confirmed today that Days Gone and other PlayStation games are coming to PC later in 2021. Speaking with GQ, Ryan confirmed that Days Gone would arrive in later in Spring 2021, with more games to follow. When asked about the strategy for releasing these games, Ryan explained “There’s an…
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Konftel announces Cam10 webcam that’s built for business

Konftel recently announced the Cam10 webcam. The Cam10 is designed for desktop use and has several features to improve the quality of video conferencing and calling. The Cam10 is set to ship in the second half of February for $129. You may recognize Konftel for its conference call hardware. The company makes high-quality hardware that…
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Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 is being Optimized for Xbox Series X|S

Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 will look amazing playing on Xbox Series X|S and PS5, with a ton of enhancements planned. The update will include: VPN Deals: Lifetime license for $16, monthly plans at $1 & more 1080p at 120fps / 4K at 60fps on Xbox Series X and PS5 1440p (upscaled to…
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We put the Razer Kiyo Pro up against the Razer Kiyo

Best Overall Razer Kiyo Pro Best Budget Razer Kiyo Compared to the original Razer Kiyo, the Razer Kiyo Pro offers a much better experience for a much higher price. It’s a premium webcam for advanced users, and in that context, it’s fantastic. $200 at Razer Pros Better 1080p framerate and HDR More durable lens More…
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Should you buy the Razer Kiyo Pro or the Logitech StreamCam?

Best Overall Razer Kiyo Pro Vertical Versatility Logitech StreamCam Compared to the Logitech StreamCam, the Razer Kiyo Pro features better features and performance. Notably, however, it’s a little more expensive and also can’t be used for portrait-style video. $200 at Razer Pros HDR support More durable lens More FOV options Better sensor Better mounting options…
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The Razer Kiyo Pro goes up against the Logitech Brio

Best Overall Razer Kiyo Pro Best for 4K Logitech Brio The Razer Kiyo Pro is the best overall option thanks to its more durable lens, wider maximum FOV, and improved mounting options. However, it isn’t capable of 4K or HD zoom, and it doesn’t work with Windows Hello either. This gives the Logitech Brio some…
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Behold the new Razer Kiyo Pro full HD webcam with STARVIS technology

Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central What you need to know The Razer Kiyo Pro is a high-end full HD webcam with low-light abilities. It has a 1/2.8 CMOS sensor with STARVIS technology. Kiyo Pro is aimed at game streamers but also for productivity and the office. Kiyo Pro is available now through Razer for…
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Microsoft’s Remote Desktop just snagged its first update of the year on iOS

Source: Joseph Keller / iMore Microsoft recently rolled out an update to its Remote Desktop Mobile app on iOS (via OnMSFT). The update is the first of 2021, and it includes some notable improvements for the app on both iPhones and iPads. The app now has more options for the connection bar, including the option…
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The Surface Laptop Go is down to its lowest price ever

Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Go brings the build quality and design of the Surface lineup down to a fun form factor that’s incredibly portable. The little laptop weighs just 2.45 lbs (1.1 kg) and is a great option for students and people on the go. A deal at Walmart lowers its price by $200, which brings…
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These are the rugged laptops you should buy to use and abuse

Source: Sean Endicott / Windows Central Best Rugged Laptop Windows Central 2021 Rugged laptops aren’t something that crosses the average consumer’s path very often, but the best Windows laptop for you is the one that meets your needs. If that’s something rugged and capable of standing up to punishment, you’re in good hands. There are…
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Review: Connect the Reolink E1 Pro to your NAS for home surveillance

Source: Rich Edmonds / Windows Central I was impressed by Reolink’s external security cameras. The Reolink RLC-511W is a brilliant camera that can be used indoors and outdoors and hooked up to your home network for a smart surveillance system. Reolink also makes some more affordable indoor-only cameras like the E1 Pro. This little puppy,…
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Make the most out of Microsoft Edge with these features

Although the original release of Microsoft Edge did not reach the same popularity as other browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, the new version is different, and it offers (arguably) the best web experience for Windows 10 users. In part is because the new browser is now based on the Chromium engine designed by…
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Do NVIDIA GPUs have support for AMD Smart Access Memory?

Best answer: No, AMD’s Smart Access Memory does not work with NVIDIA graphics cards. AMD has designed Smart Access Memory to get the best of its own hardware, and as such it only works with the newer Radeon RX 6000 series GPUs when paired with AMD Ryzen 5000 series CPUs on AMD 500 series motherboards.…
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Cloning and reversing time await in upcoming Xbox / PC game ‘It Takes Two’

First revealed at the EA Play Live 2020 showcase, It Takes Two is an upcoming EA Originals title being developed by Hazelight, the team behind A Way Out. Today, EA released a new gameplay trailer for the title that’s narrated by the game’s director, Josef Fares, a man known for his passionate way of speaking,…
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Want a decent Xbox headset without spending over $100? Consider these.

Best Xbox Gaming Headsets Under $100 Windows Central 2021 Video game headsets are awesome, but getting a quality video game headset for less than $100 can be quite tough. Thanks to increased competition, you can now grab seriously decent headsets cheaper than ever before, and we’ve rounded up some of the best we’ve tested right…
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Microsoft’s developer event ‘Game Stack Live’ dated for April 2021

Microsoft Game Stack is a suite of tools, services, and middleware designed and maintained to help game developers and publishers build experiences. From Simplygon to Havok, DX12 Ultimate and PlayFab, Microsoft’s tools are among the best in the industry. Microsoft’s toolkit is also potentially set to grow even more robust after Microsoft acquires Bethesda/ZeniMax in…
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New Bing Wallpaper app is spotted early in the Microsoft Store

Source: Daniel Rubino/Windows Central The Microsoft Store now has an official Bing Wallpaper app from Microsoft, but it appears to be broken at the moment. The app was spotted and shared by Aggiornamenti Lumia on Twitter. The app appears to install onto Windows 10 PCs, but after being installed, it seems to crash. You can…
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Here are 5 things we’d like to see added to Valheim

Source: Iron Gate Studio The Viking-themed survival game Valheim has taken the PC gaming community by storm since its February 2, 2021 launch, with the game even recently reaching over three million copies sold. My colleagues and I have dived into the game quite deeply ourselves, and we all agree that the attention and fame…
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Review: HyperX Alloy Origins 60 delivers on its new Red linear switches

Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central One of the biggest crazes in mechanical keyboards over the last 12 months has been the rise of so-called 60 percent form factors. The design not only omits the number pad but the function row, macros, and arrow keys as well to make one of the smallest and most…
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LinkedIn reportedly launching a rival to Fiverr and Upwork

Microsoft’s LinkedIn is reportedly set to enter the gig economy. According to a report by The Information, LinkedIn will launch a service called Marketplaces that will compete with the likes of Fiverr and Upwork. Marketplaces is reportedly set to launch as soon as September. LinkedIn has 740 million users spanning across a wide range of…
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Microsoft and Europe's press publishers want Australia-style arbitration

More major legislation could be on the way that affects how publishers work with Google and Facebook. What you need to know Microsoft and Europe’s press publishers have jointly called for Australian-style arbitration to help publishers get paid. The goal of Microsoft and the press publishers is to ensure that publishers get paid when their…
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Sign up for Diablo 2: Resurrected’s tech alpha for an early hands-on

Source: Blizzard Entertainment Diablo 2: Resurrected was announced at BlizzCon 2021 with a release date expected this year. That likely means the game is still months away, but you can sign up for a Diablo 2: Resurrected technical alpha test if you’re anxious to get your hands on the remastered dungeon crawler. With overhauled 3D…
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These are the best settings for playing Fortnite on Xbox

Source: Epic Games While Fortnite may not be the world-conquering video game it was a year or two ago, the game is still extremely popular, and has cemented itself as one of the go-to multiplayer games of the generation. When playing nowadays, though, the competition levels in any given game can be extremely high. In…
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The best of 4K TVs with NVIDIA G-Sync compatibility

Best NVIDIA G-Sync Compatible 4K TVs Windows Central 2021 NVIDIA G-Sync delivers tear-free gaming, adapting your monitor or TV refresh rate to the outputted frames from any video game. It’s one of the best ways to achieve a snag-free gaming experience, with your PC and display working in harmony to deliver the best image. NVIDIA…
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On this week’s podcast … Windows 10 21H1, Xbox Headset, and more

On this episode of the Windows Central Podcast: Windows 10 version 21H1, new Xbox headset, and more We’re back with another exciting episode of the Windows Central Podcast, and this week, there’s so much news including Microsoft’s announcement of Windows 10 21H1, a fresh Dev Channel build, updates to Edge, and an inking app called…
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Microsoft Word for Windows will soon support text predictions

Microsoft Word for Windows will soon support text predictions. According to the Microsoft 365 roadmap, the feature is in development and could roll out as soon as next month (via Neowin). The Microsoft 365 roadmap is a guide for feature rollout, not a set of firm release dates, so we may have to wait a…
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Review: Corsair’s iCUE 5000X RGB goes all-in with glass for a premier build

Source: Windows Central Corsair’s lineup of PC cases, including the incredibly popular iCUE 4000X RGB, has a new addition. The Corsair iCUE 5000X RGB is slightly larger than its 4000X sibling, with more space inside for better cooling solutions and airflow, as well as four tempered-glass panels for an exceptional outward appearance. I put together…
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Save on rugged storage with B&H’s one-day SanDisk SSD sale

If you’re in the market for a killer SSD deal, B&H has a one-day sale that you ought to check out. Over there, various SanDisk Extreme portable SSDs are on sale with as much as $185 off) regular prices. These speedy drives are super rugged which is great for travelling photographers or anyone that wants…
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Microsoft joins BBC, Intel, and more in the battle against fake news

Source: Daniel Rubino / Windows Central Microsoft and several major tech and media organizations will work together to battle against fake news and disinformation. Microsoft announced the formation of the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA). Microsoft joins Adobe, Arm, the BBC, Intel, and Truepic as the founding members of the coalition. Disinformation isn’t…
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Teams now has a keyboard shortcut for raising your hand in meetings

The raise hand feature within Microsoft Teams makes it easy to notify a presenter that you have a comment or a question. The feature initially rolled out in May 2020 and has since worked its way across Teams on different platforms. Now, you can easily raise your hand in a meeting with a keyboard shortcut.…
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Microsoft rolls out Surface Studio 2 update to improve GPU performance

Microsoft recently rolled out a firmware update for the Surface Studio 2. As expected, the update doesn’t include any new features. It does, however, improve system graphics performance, stability, and security. It also includes security updates and other improvements. Here’s the complete changelog, as found on its Microsoft support page. The Surface Studio 2 is…
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