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This week in games: Destiny 'accidentally' pops up on Steam, Civilization goes tabletop, and Animal Farm gets a game adaptation

Licensed games all-but-disappeared for a few years there, swept into the trash alongside a bevy of B-tier studios. But I guess they're back—and way weirder this time around, too. Adaptations of both Planet of the Apes and Animal Farm were announced this week, and the Pillars of the Earth ...

Jackery Titan S 20100 review: An affordable battery that packs a punch

Note: The following is part of our roundup of USB-C battery packs. Go there for details on how we tested this device.The Jackery Titan S 20100 mAh battery pack is listed on Amazon at a respectable $40.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD review: Everything you want in a battery pack

Note: The following is part of our roundup of USB-C battery packs. Go there for details on how we tested this device.Let's get this out of the way: The Anker PowerCore+ 28600 is expensive; it's currently listed at $110 on Amazon. Ouch.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please ...

Samsung Fast Charge Portable Battery Pack 5100 review: Slim, portable, and full of energy

Note: The following is part of our roundup of USB-C battery packs. Go there for details on how we tested this device.Samsung may have earned the honor of being at the end of random battery jokes, and suggesting a battery pack from Samsung may seem unlikely. But just put the Note 7 debacle in a ...

RAVPower 20100 review: USB-C and QC 3.0 together

Note: The following is part of our roundup of USB-C battery packs. Go there for details on how we tested this device.Priced at just under $50, the RAVPower 20100 battery pack isn't a bad deal. It has Quick Charge 3.0 tech inside, and a lone USB-C port can charge a phone or MacBook, or accept a ...

Aukey 30000 PowerBank with Power Delivery review: A respectable upgrade

Note: The following is part of our roundup of USB-C battery packs. Go there for details on how we tested this device.The Aukey 30000 Power Bank was last year's top pick, despite a couple of flaws. Its price point, combined with Quick Charge 3.0 and a handy flashlight were enough to propel it to ...

Amazon is selling an EVGA 450W PSU for $10

Whether you've got a PC building project on deck or need to replace an existing PSU, you can get an incredible deal on a power supply right now. Amazon is selling the EVGA 450 BT for $10 after mail-in rebate. That means you'll pay $30 upfront, and then get $20 back in the form of a ...

63% off Anker SoundCore 2 Bluetooth Speaker with 24-Hour Playtime - Deal Alert

SoundCore 2 From Anker produces outstanding audio from an astonishingly compact speaker. Upgraded 2x 6W drivers blast out rich, clear sound. IPX5 water-resistant rating and dustproof engineering mean you can bring your beats anywhere - from the garden, to the beach. Upgraded materials provide ...

Five to Try: Hamilton's official app takes its shot, and Framed 2 revives the comic caper

Don't miss this week's hottest new Play Store picks.

Elgato Stream Deck review: A streamer's best friend

Pro-grade equipment at a bargain price. That's the reputation Elgato earned as first YouTube videos and then Twitch streaming took over video games. Straddling a line between hobbyist and professional-grade—a line that's hard to walk competently, I might add—Elgato's capture cards have become a ...

Netgear Arlo Go review: This security camera lets you roam free

This indoor/outdoor security camera runs on batteries and a cellular connection, It doesn't need to be in range of your Wi-Fi network.

What to do when your laptop's touchpad stops working

When your laptop's touchpad stops responding to your fingers, you've got a problem. Have you ever tried to use a Windows PC without a mouse, touchpad, or other pointing device? It's all but impossible. If the problem just started, reboot your computer and see if that fixes it. If that doesn't ...

How to change your email address without losing your friends

Think of all the places where your old email address resides, outside of your immediate control, waiting to give people plenty of false information. There are other people's address books, old messages in people's inboxes, websites that use your address as your logon name, and your business ...

The best graphics cards for PC gaming

Last updated August 17, 2017 to add AMD's long-awaited Radeon RX Vega 56 and Vega 64 graphics cards to the 1440p and enthusiast sections, though overall prices still vary wildly due to cryptocurrency mining. What graphics card within my budget gives me the best bang for my buck?'To read this article ...

Galaxy S8 and S8+ case roundup: Protect your investment in style

A phone this expensive deserves some protectionImage by Jason Cipriani/IDGSamsung's Galaxy S8 and S8+ are two of the best-looking devices we've ever seen.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Verizon is selling a Miracast dongle for $20

Similar to an Android phone, your Windows 10 device has a type of casting built-in—but depending on your hardware you may not be able to use it. Right now, you can change that by picking up a Belkin Miracast Video Adapter from Verizon for $20. That's about $20 cheaper than what you'll find ...

Hands on with Microsoft's Story Remix, the new tool to make your photos pop

Microsoft's Story Remix for Windows 10 is what happens when someone who suffered through too many dull slideshows of vacation photos thinks about what they could do better—a lot better. Try virtual dragons!Update: An earlier version of this story noted that one of the best features of Story ...

60% off Logitech G105 Gaming Keyboard - Deal Alert

The G105 gaming keyboard from Logitech features dual-level LED backlighting, fully programmable g-keys for single actions and macros, and anti-ghosting capabilities. Program 3 macros per key -- configure up to 18 unique functions per game. Program single keystrokes, complex macros or intricate LUA ...

65% off AcuRite Refrigerator/Freezer Wireless Digital Thermometer - Deal Alert

How often do you check temps in your fridge or freezer? With the AcuRite wireless fridge/freezer thermometer you can be sure that your food is being stored at safe temperatures. It displays the refrigerator temperature, freezer temperature and the high / low temperatures recorded for each. An alarm ...

Kobo Aura H20 Edition 2 review: A waterproof e-reader worthy of your consideration

While not indestructible, this Kindle competitor can survive being submerged in water.

The best educational software for students

As you prepare to start a new school year, make sure your PC gets the attention it deserves . The hardware is important, but loading your PC with the right educational software can give you a big leg up.Sure, you've probably grabbed your favorite browser and installed Office, but there are plenty of ...

Google Home and Chromecast vs. Amazon Echo and Fire TV: Which is the best hands-free TV experience?

Hands-free remote battle: Amazon Alexa and Fire TV vs. Google Home and Chromecast

EVE Valkyrie's Warzone update brings CCP's VR dogfighter to normal monitors

We've seen quite a few virtual reality projects that are just ported from normal screens to fancy goggles—Half-Life 2 was a notable early adopter, with Superhot, ARK, Tabletop Simulator, Elite Dangerous, and more taking the same route. But a game starting in VR and then heading to normal screens? ...

How to use Miracast to mirror your device's screen wirelessly on your TV—even 4K

After the Wi-Fi Alliance announced the finalization of the Miracast wireless display standard at CES 2013, a plethora of Miracast-enabled devices and receivers followed, and include newer devices like Microsoft's Surface Pro  and Amazon's Fire TV stick. But while Miracast continues to be ...

PCWorld's August Digital Magazine: Intel's Core-i9 Tested

Stay on top of the latest tech with PCWorld's Digital Edition. Available as single copies or as a yearlong subscription, it highlights the best content from PCWorld.com—the most important news, the key product reviews, and the most useful features and how-to stories—in a curated Digital Edition ...

Google Home hands-free calling is here, but doesn't yet have caller ID

OK Google, phone Home. First announced at I/O in May, Google is ready to launch hands-free calling via its voice-activated Home speaker, letting you get in touch with anyone in the U.S. or Canada without lifting a finger—and for free. Starting Wednesday, you'll be able to use your Home speaker to ...

Aukey's dual-port car charger with Quick Charge 3.0 is $9 right now

Aukey loves to offer deals on its products. Right now on Amazon, you can get the Quick Charge 3.0 Car Charger for $9 if you redeem the "Buy 1, get 55% off" promotion right underneath the price. This charger can charge two "compatible devices" up to four times faster than normal chargers, ...

Best indoor digital TV antennas: Our top picks for cord cutters

Updated August 16, 2017 to add our review of the Terk Trinity Xtend indoor TV antenna, which also includes an 802.11n Wi-Fi range extender. We weren't impressed.Ditching your cable- or satellite-TV subscription and going to a setup combining a streaming device along with an antenna to pick up ...

31% off WD 4TB My Passport Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive - Deal Alert

Safely store massive amounts of photos, videos and music with this 4TB external drive from WD. It comes equipped with WD Backup software so you can automatically back up photos, videos, music and documents on your preferred schedule. And built-in 256-bit AES hardware encryption with WD Security ...

47% off Solartab S1111 Solar Mobile Device Charger - Deal Alert

Whether in the park, at the beach, at a music festival or out trekking, Solartab lets you enjoy free and endless solar power. Simply open up the Solartab to start solar charging either the internal battery or or USB devices like your phone or tablet. Thanks to Solartab's huge internal battery, you ...

Terk Trinity Xtend review: This TV antenna tries to pull double-duty as a Wi-Fi range extender

Two taste treats in one? Or less than the sum of its parts?

Acer Aspire E 15 review: This low-cost laptop provides incredible value

Anyone who's researched sub-$500 laptops in recent months will know the Acer Aspire E 15. For a while now, the E5-575-33BM model has maintained its status as a best-selling laptop on Amazon. In fact, it's often been the top seller.Looking at specs, it's easy to see why this cheaper version of ...

Emerson Sensi Touch review: A big step up from the first-generation, but it's not as deluxe as the competition

This is a smart and stylish thermostat, but it's not in the same league as Nest or Ecobee.

Gmail for Android: 6 awesome features you probably aren't using

The Gmail app has been on Android literally since the beginning, but it's gotten much more powerful over the years. Today, the app does so many things, it can be hard to keep track of them all. Now, you don't have to know everything Gmail can do in order to improve your efficiency, so here are the ...

Amazon's got a sale on Logitech products today, including an HTPC keyboard for $18

Amazon has a sale on Logitech products today. These are not incredibly deep discounts—despite the savings claims on Amazon's sales page. Nevertheless, there are a few good buys here that are worth pointing out. Amazon's Logitech sale lasts until just before midnight on Tuesday evening. Logitech ...

Intel discloses 'Ice Lake,' another 10nm chip beyond Cannon Lake

On Monday, August 21, Intel plans to unveil its 8th-generation Core processors. But it may have also unveiled one member of its 9th-generation Core family: Ice Lake.A terse note on the company's website describes the new technology: The Ice Lake processor family is a successor to the 8th-generation ...

Google Allo finally gains a web interface but it may be too late

Google's scattershot messaging strategy has one less problem. Starting today, Android users can log in to Allo on the web to see and send messages, but it probably won't make the chat platform more popular.For one, there are a lot restrictions. You'll need an Android phone. It only works through the ...

Samsung T5 review: USB 3.1 Gen 2 makes the best SSD even better

We've been fans of Samsung's super-svelte T series USB SSDs since their introduction in the form of the T1. They're small, light, silent, nearly indestructible, attractively styled—and the T1's 300MBps performance over USB was a kick in the pants when we first experienced it.The follow-on T3 added ...

50% off Prey for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 - Deal Alert

In Prey, you awaken aboard Talos I, a space station orbiting the moon in the year 2032. You are the key subject of an experiment meant to alter humanity forever – but things have gone terribly wrong. The space station has been overrun by hostile aliens and you are now being hunted. As you dig into ...

Windows 10 S review: Microsoft's OS for students is hard to love

Microsoft's Windows 10 S is what happens when a once-easygoing operating system has kids and turns into a helicopter parent. Windows 10 S, a locked-down version of Windows 10 found on the Surface Laptop and a small group of low-cost, third-party notebooks, keeps students safe and secure by ...

BloomSky weather station/webcam review: Your eye on the sky

More webcam than weather station , BloomSky still holds some appeal as an adjunct tool for weather enthusiasts.

Blizzard's keeping the Battle.net name after all

It's been nearly a year since Blizzard announced it was retiring the beloved Battle.net name—a fact you may or may not have noticed, as you've almost certainly kept calling it Battle.net this entire time anyway. Not only was the new Blizzard App' nomenclature awkward and sterile sounding, ...

SteelSeries Rival 500 mouse review: Innovative design we hope to see more of

What's all this under my thumb? That's the first thought I had when using the SteelSeries Rival 500 mouse , and most likely the first thought anyone would have with this device—there's a lot to take in. But is a unique and intuitive layout under the thumb enough to make up for the Rival 500's ...

How to configure your Chromebook for ultimate security

A Chromebook is already an ultra-secure computer straight out of the box. Because it doesn't run a traditional operating system and takes advantage of various Google-powered security measures, Chrome OS is well-guarded against the evils lurking out there on the web.But you can always do more, ...

Five Google Tango apps your AR phone needs right now

Google's Tango augmented reality platform has just hit its second Android phone, the Zenfone AR —and if you've got one, you're no doubt looking for the best apps to test its reality-bending capabilities. There aren't a ton available in the Play Store, but there are definitely some great ones. If ...

Zenfone AR review: A better phone for Tango AR but far from perfect

The Asus Zenfone AR is a study in contrasts. On one hand, it has last year's Snapdragon 821 processor... but it also packs up to 8GB of RAM. It has three rear cameras... but only one is used for taking photos. And while the Zenfone AR is on the bleeding edge of Google's Tango AR and Daydream VR ...

Corsair K95 RGB Platinum review: The luxury car of keyboards

It's been a while since we've taken an in-depth look at one of Corsair's keyboards, but the K95 RGB Platinum is a great reason to return. It is the luxury sedan of keyboards, dominating any desk it graces, both in sheer size and an impressive light-show that outshines all its competitors. Is it a ...

Staples has discounted the iPad mini 4 by $100

Tablets may not be as popular these days, but they're still great devices. If you're in the market for one, Staples has a nice deal on the iPad mini 4 this week. For $299, you can pick-up this diminutive iPad in all three available colors: gold, silver, and space gray. That's $100 off ...

Best Bluetooth speakers

Updated August 14, 2017 to add our review of the JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker, which we've named to the new category of best $100 Bluetooth speaker. 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 ...

Best home weather station: Which one should be your personal meteorologist?

Updated August 14, 2017 to add our review of the Davis Instruments Vantage Vue wireless weather station. It's a solid offering, but it doesn't displace our current top pick, the AcuRite My AcuRite platform due the added cost Davis charges for internet connectivity. The Netatmo Weather Station—the ...