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WWE 2K19 Universe Mode puts you in control of your own wrestling promotions

Show Vince McMahon how it’s done.

WWE 2K19’s Universe Mode is one of the most interesting ones in wrestling video games. The mode essentially lets you play the role of pro wrestling booker. That is, you’re in charge of which matches go on the show card, who wins championships, and who becomes the face of your company.

Feeling a bit overwhelmed trying to put on the best wrestling shows you can? Don’t worry. We have a few  [Read More…]

First Impressions: What does the Sony Xperia XZ3 offer in 2018

Before getting started, it’s important to note that I have never owned or used a Sony smartphone for more than just a few minutes. Those times have been limited to seeing the display units in my local Best Buy and putting around with those for just a few moments before moving on.

Now that we got that out of the way, let’s talk about the Sony Xperia XZ3. This is just our first impressions of the device, as we have  [Read More…]

Does Nest Secure work with my existing home security system?

Best answer: No, the Nest Secure system doesn’t work with any existing security solutions. Nest Secure offers a comprehensive package for home security, but it uses Thread and Weave for communication instead of the more popular Zigbee or Z-Wave protocols. For the most interoperability with existing wireless security systems, we recommend Simplisafe.

Amazon: SimpliSafe Wireless Home Security ($ 274)

An awesome, but seemingly closed, ecosystem

There’s no denying that the Nest Secure, a system consisting of  [Read More…]

Get protection without bulk with these thin Google Pixel 3 cases

Google made the Pixel 3 beautifully thin, but unfortunately, it also made the Pixel 3 a glass-backed phone, and glass-backed phones need cases before they face the concrete jungles of the real world. Nobody likes a clunky tank of a case, but you can protect your phone without losing that thin feel. There are many cases on the market for the Pixel 3 that are so thin, you’ll forget you have a case!

Like totally perfect Totallee Case

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Interested in CAD and 3D printing? Dive deep with this 12-book bundle from Make

You’re probably at least passively familiar with 3D printing. It’s certainly not new and the benefits and applications continue to grow. Surely you’ve seen scale models, prototypes, toys, and other items printed from a 3D printer.

We’re now entering a different phase; Volkswagen, for instance, recently announced it was going to use metal printing know-how to craft spare parts like gear knobs and custom lettering. Things are getting quite serious for 3D printing. Are you ready?

Understanding CAD (computer-aided design)  [Read More…]

4K streaming doesn’t get much easier than this for $39

Roku now does 4K streaming for less than $ 50. That’s pretty much all you need to know.

This is going to be one of those reviews where we spoil everything from the jump. Roku Premiere (and the Walmart-exclusive Premiere+) bring 4K streaming down to under $ 50.

That’s it. That’s the important part. Everything else is secondary.

The Roku user experience? Same as it ever was. All those streaming “channels”? (What Roku calls “apps,” really.) Still  [Read More…]

4000mAh or bust: What are the best phones with the biggest batteries?

Ask most smartphone users to name one feature they’d like to see improved on their phone and you’ll likely hear a common reply: better battery life. Indeed, as much as battery capacities and charging technology have improved over the decade, we’re always looking for more.

Today we routinely see devices announced with 2500mAh or more, with most flagships topping 3000mAh of power. Further, Android has vastly improved and become a much more streamlined and mobile processors have gotten exponentially better.

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The best Pixel Stand alternatives

Google recently introduced a slew of new products including the brand new Pixel Stand. The Pixel Stand is a premium fast wireless charging stand that turns your Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL into a Google Home Hub. It’ll give you calendar notifications, photo slideshows and more.

But at its heart, the Pixel Stand is a wireless charger. And like almost every other wireless charger on the market, it supports the Qi standard. There’s nothing revolutionary about the hardware in  [Read More…]

Google’s Home Hub smart display spotlights another Microsoft failure

Google’s Home Hub joins Amazon’s Echo Show in an ambient-computing, smart-display space in which Microsoft is conspicuously absent.

Amazon pioneered the progression of voice-controlled ambient computing with its Alexa-powered smart speakers. The Google Assistant-powered Google Home and Apple’s Siri-powered HomePod eventually followed. In 2017, Amazon upped the ante with its Amazon Echo Show smart display. The Echo Show brought the ability to display interactive content to the smart speaker battle.

Microsoft was notably absent from this space  [Read More…]

Show off your Pixel 3 while keeping it safe with a clear case

The Google Pixel 3 is a beautifully crafted phone with a thin profile and an iconic look. It’s only natural you’d want to show that off, but the Pixel 3 is also a phone with a glass back and a very high price tag, so you should really, really get a case on it. Thankfully, clear cases can keep your phone safe while showing it off for all the world to see.

Crystal clear choice Spigen Liquid Crystal

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