Steam Summer Sales are a great time to pick up top-notch PC games for rock-bottom prices. Case in point: There are nearly 20,000 games on discount during Valve’s 2017 sale, and nearly half of those are under $5.
But a lot of those games are junk. So we spent hours sifting through the Summer Sale’s stock to find 15 great PC games that cost less than a fiver. (
Update: Make that 20 after more sifting!) These may not cost much, but each kicks a lot of ass. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here OnePlus 5: Everything you need to know about the budget flagship Updated 06/27/17: You can now buy an unlocked OnePlus 5 from the OnePlus site starting at $479. But before you buy, check out our review and updated FAQ below.
The original flagship killer is back with, well, another flagship killer. After weeks of leaks and rumors, OnePlus has released its sixth handset, the OnePlus 5, and it has the major Android players in its sights: the
LG G6, Galaxy S8, and HTC U11. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here 73% off amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector for iPhone 7/6/6s (2-Pack) - Deal Alert
These Amazon best-selling screen protectors from amFilm are specifically designed for iPhone 7, 6S, and 6. Ultra thin-0.3mm thickness is reliable and resiliant, and promises full compatibility with touchscreen sensitivity. Also ultra-clear with 99.9% transparency to allow an optimal, natural viewing experience. Highly durable and scratch resistant/chip resistant, this strong protector will guarantee your cell phone the best protection against drops, bumps, scratches and normal wear and tear. Over 8,200 reviewers on Amazon give this item an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars (
read reviews). Amazon indicates that its list price has been dramatically reduced to just $8, and for that price you will receive 2 glass Screen Protector, wet/dry wipes, squeeze card, installation guide and dust removal stickers. See the discounted screen protectors on Amazon. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Best Bluetooth speakers
There was a time when Bluetooth speakers were like jelly beans: They were cheap, they all looked the same, and they were invariably of dubious quality. Times have changed. Every major audio manufacturer has at least one model on the market today, and most have several. If you haven’t listened to a Bluetooth speaker lately, you’re in for a very pleasant surprise. While today's addition of the
Libratone One Click doesn't change our overall rankings, we certainly welcome it to the I'm-not-a-jelly-bean troop. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
57% off Anker Quick Charge 3.0 39W Dual USB Car Charger - Deal Alert
Dual ports pump out 39W of power to simultaneously charge power-hungry USB devices at full speed. Charge compatible devices up to 80% in just 35 minutes with Quick Charge 3.0. Patented PowerIQ and VoltageBoost deliver high-speed charging to non-Quick Charge devices. Anker's Quick Charge Dual USB Car Charger is discounted right now to just $25.99.
See this deal now on Amazon. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Hands-on: How the Asus ROG GX501 Zephyrus performs with Nvidia's Max-Q technology
The Asus ROG (Republic of Gamer) GX501 Zephyrus laptop is here to break a big rule. That rule says you can have a thin gaming laptop, you can have a quiet gaming laptop, and you can have a powerful laptop—but you can only have
two of those things in one machine. If it’s thin, it can’t be powerful, or if it’s powerful, it can’t be quiet.
That’s not true anymore—as I learned after spending some time with the ROG GX501 Zephyrus. As the first laptop to ship with
Nvidia’s Max-Q technology ( other Max-Q models are coming), it’s an impressively thin PC that can sometimes offer the performance of laptops three times thicker. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here European Union slaps Google with $2.72 billion fine for manipulating search results
Google abused its dominant position in the search engine market to illegally promote its comparison shopping service, the European Union's top antitrust authority ruled Tuesday, slapping the company with a €2.42 billion ($2.72 billion) fine.
The consequence could be still greater differences in the ways Google presents search results to users in the U.S. and to those in the EU.
The European Commission gave the the company 90 days to change its ways or face additional fines of up to 5 percent of average daily worldwide sales of parent company Alphabet for each day that the infringement continued.
The Commission's ruling targets the way
Google uses its search service to promote another service, "Google Shopping", previously known as Google Product Search and Froogle. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here OnePlus 5 review: This mid-range Android phone is speedy inside, but stale outside
There are certain things you can usually count on in a OnePlus phone: great performance, an awesome price, and a touch of originality. But with the
OnePlus 5, you’re only getting the first two parts of the three-part equation.
The OnePlus 5 is packed with the latest components on the inside, but its display is nothing special. It’s still a good deal cheaper than other premium phones, but even at a starting price of $479, it’s not quite a killer bargain. And its design, while nice-looking, is derivative of both previous OnePlus phones as well as Apple’s aging iPhone 7 Plus.
To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Become an expert at Safari for iOS with these 8 tips and tricks Hide your frequently visited sites, remotely close Safari tabs on other devices, turn web pages into PDFs, and more.
How to secure your CMS without patching
In as little as four hours, the bad guys can reverse engineer a software patch for an open-source content management system (CMS) and build an exploit capable of turning millions of websites into spammers, malware hosts or DDoS attackers.
"There's just not enough time for normal site owners to apply the updates," said David Jardin, a member of the German association CMS Garden, which promotes the use of open source CMS software including Drupal, Joomla, WordPress and others.
To help ordinary users patch more quickly, CMS Garden is participating in a government-funded project, Secure Websites and Content Management Systems (Siwecos), to make the websites of SMEs more secure.
To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Libratone One Click Bluetooth speaker review: Fun design and very good sound Swappable accessories make it easy to take the music with you. TCL P-series Roku smart TV review: Dolby Vision hits the mainstream Support for Dolby Vision elevates the TCP 55P607's image chops. PNY GTX 1080 Ti XLR8 OC review: A gorgeous graphics card with great value
Let’s be frank: Most of the customized versions of Nvidia’s
beastly GeForce GTX 1080 Ti that you can buy offer largely similar levels of gaming performance. This monstrous GPU pushes Nvidia’s Pascal architecture as far and fast as it’ll go.
That’s good in some ways. Aside from Founders Edition models, you know you aren’t leaving performance on the table by opting for one custom GTX 1080 Ti over another, and you shouldn’t have any problem pushing clock speeds up around the 2GHz range if you want to try your hand at
manual overclocking. But it also means that custom cards need to bring a little something extra to the table if they want to stand out from the crowd. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Amazon's Echo has dropped to an all-time low of $130
Amazon and Best Buy are offering the cheapest price yet on the Amazon Echo at $50 off. The popular smart speaker is available right now for $130 instead of the usual sticker price of $180.
The price of the Echo has been fluctuating a bit in recent months with sales going as low as $140 to $150. In May, Amazon and Best Buy did a discounted "two pack" where you could get
two Echo units for $280. Today's deal beats that sale by $20 if you were to buy two, and it's the best price we've seen since the Echo's launch. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Radeon Vega Frontier Edition: Benchmarks and behind-the-scenes AMD interview
AMD’s first graphics card based on the Vega graphics architecture launches this week, and we’ve gotten our grubby hands on it.
The $1,200 Radeon Vega Frontier Edition goes toe-to-toe against Nvidia’s Titan Xp in prosumer applications, with the gamer-focused
Radeon RX Vega series slated to launch at the end of July. In time for the Vega Frontier Edition’s June 27 launch AMD brought a vanload of hardware by PCWorld’s offices to see how it handles. Check out our Radeon Vega Frontier Edition hands-on preview for the full details, but we thought you might want a glimpse behind the curtain, too. The video above shows our extended interview and testing session with AMD’s Nick Pandher and Omar Faiz. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here 10 great Steam Summer Sale game bundles that save you even more money Even bigger deals
There’s no time like a Steam Summer Sale to find games at rock-bottom prices—witness PCWorld’s roundups of
15 great games under $5 and 15 hidden gems under $10 for proof of that. But you can save even more scratch if you buy an entire series. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Photoshop fonts: Creating swashes, swirls and flourishes
In our first story on
Photoshop fonts, we covered font and paragraph attributes, plus how to alter the shapes of a word, phrase, or sentence, which (obviously) affects the shapes of the fonts. The instructions targeted Creative Suite users, which means the path to altering a string of text is Edit > Transform > Warp. If you’re using Photoshop version 6.x or 7.x (pre-Creative Suite), the Warp feature is under Layer > Type > Warp Text.
This follow-on article explains how to add swashes, swirls, and flourishes that turn words into a visual feast. Nothing makes typefaces pop more than a few well-placed calligraphic swirls. Even though some fonts already fall into the script or calligraphy categories, they can be difficult to read and are often too decorative for a full word or phrase.
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Evernote does not offer an official desktop client for Linux, but there are a few workarounds. For a better-than-browser experience, try one of these methods.
Evernote Web and Chrome app
The browser-based version of Evernote is the only officially supported way of using the application on Linux. It works, but if you’re a tab hoarder like me, editing your notes in a tab in a sea of tabs can be a bit tricky. On top of that, there is the additional baggage of running a full-fledged web browser.
The Evernote Chrome application works just like the web application without the UI cruft of running it in a web browser window.
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Amazon will sell you groceries, one way or another. Case in point: The day before it announced plans to
buy Whole Foods for a cool $13.7 billion, it released Amazon Dash Wand, a small Alexa-powered gadget that will likely be just as integral to the company’s produce push.
Amazon’s new scanning stick is Jeff Bezos’s latest attempt to link the virtual world with the physical one. But even though it’s not Amazon’s first shot at a home shopping assistant, it’s definitely the first fully formed one. Combining
the ease of a Dash button with the versatility of the relatively unknown Dash scanner and the smarts of an Echo, Dash Wand could be the thing that finally streamlines the way we buy groceries, and eliminates checkout lines, empty refrigerators, and even trips to the store. But that’s going to take a while. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Hands-on: AMD's Radeon Vega Frontier Edition vs Nvidia Titan Xp
AMD’s Radeon Vega Frontier Edition may be a graphics card for workstations, but gamers are just as eager to see what this GPU can tell us about the coming consumer version. AMD has already made a splash with its Ryzen and Ryzen Threadripper CPUs, and now Vega can help complete a high-performance puzzle. To show how the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition could benefit workstations, AMD officials gave us a hands-on preview of one of the first production cards.
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AMD’s Radeon Vega Frontier Edition features a glowing yellow ‘R’ and blue-LED indicators that match the GPU utilization.
To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here The 10 best Android apps for Chromebooks
Running Android apps on Chromebooks is still a dream—a dream in extended beta, that is. After promising the feature earlier this year, Google has
pushed out the release date.
While a select number of
Chromebooks can access Google Play right out of the box, more adventurous Chromebook users will need to run the developer beta of Chrome OS to experience Android apps. After spending time with a number of Android apps that have become Chrome-friendly, I actually prefer some Android versions on Chrome over the web-based versions, as mobile apps can be refreshingly simple and uncluttered. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here This week in games: Homeworld's lost expansion returns, 15 minutes of Beyond Good & Evil 2 E3 is over. Time to settle in for the slow summer months, crank the air conditioning, peruse the Steam Summer Sale, and dream of all the games we’ll be playing in a few months. Mostly , I think. Wolfenstein II
And if you need proof the summer’s slow? Look no further than our news wrap-up this week. We've got a few additional trailers for games we saw last week (
XCOM 2, Total Warhammer II, Beyond Good & Evil), plus a look at the Vive's finger-tracking controllers and—oh yeah, Homeworld: Cataclysm is finally back on-sale thanks to GOG.com. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here The Steam Link is currently on sale for $15
Valve’s Steam isn’t the only place to get a
Steam Link on the cheap right now—Amazon also has the Steam Link on sale for $15. This is the lowest price we’ve seen for the game streaming device. Typically, the Link sells for $50 with sale prices usually going no lower than $20.
The Steam Link is a
set-top box that lets you stream games on your home network from your gaming PC to a television set. To play games with the Link, you’ll need a controller such as Steam’s own device or an Xbox controller. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Steam Summer Sale hidden gems: 15 fantastic games under $10 Great games done cheap
One of the most thrilling parts of the Steam Summer Sale—aside from, you know, all the cheap games—is the opportunity to check out lesser-known gems you may have missed. There’s no better time to try something new than when prices are low.
True to that spirit, this hand-picked list skips the annual discounts on the
Skyrims and Civilizations of the world to instead highlight damned good games that weren’t blockbusters. Even better, they’re all under $10 during the Steam Summer Sale—a fraction of the cost of a single new AAA game. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
iPad Pro vs. iPad mini 4 vs. iPad: Which one should you buy? Update 6-22-2017: This article has been updated to include information about the new 2017 iPad, as well as the upgrades to the iPad Pro line.
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 $1229. 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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The newly-announced Echo Show is available for pre-order in black or white and the shipping date is finally right around the corner: Wednesday, June 28. If you're interested, there are two things you need to know. Right now if you buy two of them and enter the code
SHOW2PACK at checkout, you'll activate a $100 discount. So you'll get two new Echo Shows for the price of two standard Echos. Go in on this deal with a friend, or buy a few for yourself (they work very well in multiple rooms). The other thing you should know is that by selecting Prime 2-day shipping, Amazon will actually have the Echo Show on your doorstep the very day it's released. Echo Show brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things. Amazon has announced an integration with some of the big names in wireless security cams, so you can simply say "Alexa, show me the front door camera". Echo Show should make a good kitchen assistant as well -- just ask for a recipe. You can watch news briefings, YouTube videos, ask for a weather forecast, video chat with family and friends (if they have Echos as well), see music lyrics, photos, to-do and shopping lists, and more. All hands-free—just ask. New skills and features are added all the time. See this deal now on Amazon. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here It's time to upgrade to TLS 1.3 already, says CDN engineer
Businesses dragging their heels over rolling out TLS 1.2 on their website might have an excuse to delay a little longer: Version 1.3 of the TLS (Transport Layer Security) encryption protocol will be finalized later this year, and early deployments of it are already under way.
TLS, the successor to SSL, is used to negotiate secure connections to web or mail servers, encrypting data on the move.
Six years in the making, TLS 1.2 added new, stronger encryption options -- but retained all the older, weaker encryption schemes that had gone before in the name of backward compatibility. Unfortunately, this meant that someone able to perform a man-in-the-middle attack could often downgrade connections to a weaker encryption system without the user being aware.
To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Five to Try: Sega Forever revives classic games, and Firefox refocuses the mobile browser Here are this week's hottest Play Store picks. Tivoli Audio Model One Digital review: Big sound from a small footprint Many won’t miss the extra features this tabletop radio is missing.