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‘Minecraft’ now has 112 million players per month

Sponsored Links AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes Fortnite might still have the lion’s share of public attention, but that doesn’t mean it’s hurting the other gaming phenomenon. Microsoft’s Helen Chiang told Business Insider in an interview that Minecraft now has 112 million active players every month, a surge of 20 million over figures from October 2018. This …

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‘Gears 5’ will add new modes and maps in its first six months

Sponsored Links The Coalition/Microsoft Now that Gears 5 is out the door, The Coalition and Microsoft are ready to preview what’s next. They’ve outlined what you can expect in the first six months, and there shouldn’t be a shortage of new material. The initial season (“Operation” in Gears speak) is starting off modestly with weekly …

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Wirecutter’s best deals: Save $50 on an ELAC Debut 2.0 center speaker

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter’s independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read Wirecutter’s continuously updated list of deals here. Netgear Arlo Q 2-Pack Street price: $262; deal price: $203 This drop to $203 marks the lowest price we’ve seen …

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Even ‘Civilization VI’ is getting a battle royale mode

Sponsored Links Firaxis/2K Games Firaxis and 2K are taking an all-too-familiar approach to revitalizing a game: tack on a battle royale mode in a bid to capture the Fortnite crowd. They’ve released an update to Civilization VI that introduces Red Death, a 12-player competitive mode that grafts battle royale on to a strategy game that …

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PC-to-mobile game streaming arrives on the Galaxy Note 10

Sponsored Links Chris Velazco/Engadget Samsung’s PlayGalaxy PC-to-mobile game streaming app is ready to roll, provided you have the right hardware. The tech giant has released PlayGalaxy Link in the US and South Korea for Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ owners who want to play computer-quality games on their handsets. You’ll need a reasonably brawny …

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Watch Apple’s 2019 iPhone event here at 1PM ET

Sponsored Links AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez It’s time for Apple’s customary iPhone event, but there are a few twists this time around — including how you can watch it. The proceedings at the Steve Jobs Theater will still be available on Apple’s website and its event app for Apple TV starting at 1PM Eastern, but …

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Microsoft’s redesigned To Do app ties into more of its services

Sponsored Links Microsoft Microsoft is continuing its quest to replace Wunderlist with its entirely in-house offering. The software maker has unveiled a redesigned To Do app for desktop and mobile that both offers a fresher look and, crucially, tighter integration with Microsoft services. You can flag messages from Microsoft-based email accounts to send them to …

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Nanoleaf’s colorful wall tiles now act as Razer gaming controls

Sponsored Links Nanoleaf Nanoleaf and Razer teamed up last year to making gaming an even more immersive experience. Thanks to integrations between Nanoleaf’s modular lights and Razer’s Synapse IoT platform, gamers could enjoy everything from event-based flashes and explosions to instant notifications when a spell is ready to fire, all in glorious technicolor across their …

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‘Gears 5’ launch trailer highlights the variety of game modes

Sponsored Links The Coalition/Microsoft Microsoft is determined to pull out all the stops for the imminent Gears 5 release, and that includes showing how it pulled all the stops for the game itself. The tech giant has posted a definitive launch trailer that showcases the cover shooter’s five main modes, including the shiny new Escape …

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Acer adds RTX Quadro power to its high-end ConceptD laptops

Sponsored Links Acer is chasing the creative professional with the pro-grade line of ConceptD laptops it launched in April. These powerful notebooks with rich, accurate displays come in eye-catching designs that help them stand out even as other laptops up their style games. When the series was first unveiled, there were just three products — …

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