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Month: August 2019

How to use the Windows 10 start menu with some fun tricks

The Windows 10 start menu is a mixture of old and new. After many users expressed hatred toward the Metro UI start menu on Windows 8, Microsoft decided to do something about it with Windows 10. Microsoft took some Windows 7 elements and blended them with Windows 8 elements to make the Windows 10 start menu. It’s surprisingly easy to navigate and customize, so a lot of info here won’t be brand new. However, we’re hoping to add in some tips and tricks to give you even more customization options. Here’s how to use the Windows 10 start menu. More posts about Windows 10 tutorials! How to reset Windows 10 back to factory stock! Joe Hindy 5 days ago Here’s how to reinstall Windows 10 Joe Hindy 7 days ago Windows 10 search not working? Here’s how to fix it. Edgar Cervantes 2 weeks ago Chromebook vs laptop: Which should you get? Edgar Cervantes 4 weeks ago How to change your Hulu password using a few easy steps Kevin Parrish 1 month ago How to delete your Hulu account and history Kevin Parrish 1 month ago How to set up a VPN on Windows 10 and start browsing anonymously Mitja Rutnik 2 months ago How to text from Windows 10 using an Android phone Kevin Parrish 2 months ago Microsoft Your Phone app now lets you see all your...

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We asked, you told us: Most people use Google Assistant for a variety of things

I consider myself a pretty boring Google Assistant user. I use it quite frequently on my phones and Google Home speakers, but really only to ask it general questions and to tell me the weather. That’s why we asked you last week to tell us what you use Google Assistant for. Are you a boring user like me, or do you command your smart home with the voice assistant? Out of over 1,400 total votes, the results were actually pretty even. Which video chat apps do you use? Results 18% of voters said they use Google Assistant for controlling their smart home products, 16.6% use it to ask general questions, and 16.5% use it to play music around their house. 15.1% use it to set reminders, and 14.6% use Assistant to ask about the weather. More posts about Google Assistant What do you use Google Assistant for most often? (Poll of the Week) Jimmy Westenberg 3 days ago JBL Link Bar review: The smartest speaker in its class Lily Katz 1 week ago Lenovo Smart Clock just got two of the Google Nest Hub’s best features Williams Pelegrin 1 week ago Scam alert: Avoid asking Google Assistant for a support number (Update) C. Scott Brown 1 week ago OK Google not working? Here’s how to fix it Williams Pelegrin 1 week ago You can now send Google Assistant reminders...

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Plan Picks: $300 off the Pixel 3 XL and $200 free with Verizon

Plan Picks is your one-stop destination for the best carrier deals around. This week’s promotion could potentially let you walk away with a new phone as well as a $20 surplus overall. Right now, Verizon is offering $300 off on either the Google Pixel 3 or 3 XL. On top of that, you can get a $200 Prepaid Mastercard and up to $450 in savings with a select trade-in handset. Wait, a free Pixel 3 XL and $20? Well, in a way, yes. A Pixel 3 XL retails for $930, so if you add up all the savings above (counting the Mastercard as money), you effectively get a free Pixel and $20. But you need to know the steps required. First, you’ll need to add either the Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL with monthly device payments to your cart. You’ll also need a line of service for the maximum savings. The $300 is then credited to your account over 24 months. This indeed means you’ll redeem the money slowly, but it’s still some savings in the grand scheme of things. If you switch to a Verizon Unlimited Plan, you’ll also receive a $200 Prepaid Mastercard within only eight weeks. That’s much faster. Now, to get that extra $450 off on your Pixel, you’ll need to trade-in an eligible device. The list is surprisingly generous, ranging from the Galaxy...

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PAX West 2019: Hands-On Time with the Playdate Handheld Gaming System from Panic

Back in May, software developer Panic, Inc. sort of broke the internet when they unveiled a quirky new handheld gaming system called the Playdate. Since Panic is a software company they actually teamed up with Swedish consumer electronics company Teenage Engineering to produce this bit of hardware, and boy to they have some different ideas. The one that’s front and center is that the Playdate features a tiny crank which can be used for gameplay in addition to its d-pad and two face buttons. The way games will be released for the system, at least at first, is also rather unique. There will be 12 games in the first “season” of releases that come included with the price of the handheld itself, and they’ll be slowly released each week over the course of about 3 months. While several of these games have been announced already, many more of them are a complete surprise and will remain that way until they release. I never thought I could be excited about a game release strategy, but here we are. Panic has also courted an absolute superstar list of some of the most revered game developers in the industry to create quirky little experiences for Playdate. People like Zach Gage, Bennett Foddy, and Shaun Inman all have titles in the works, as does Keita Takahashi, the creator of Katamari Damacy. It’s Takahashi’s...

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PAX West 2019: A Lengthy Demo of Simogo’s ‘Sayonara Wild Hearts’, Which Will Be Part of Apple Arcade

Simogo is one of the most legendary developers on mobile, and their library of games that they’ve released over the past decade has run the gamut of being utterly charming with unique mechanics to games that just straight up redefined what interactive entertainment even is. I think they are geniuses, but the mobile platform hasn’t been super kind to poor Simogo. Constant software and hardware changes have made keeping their existing games up and running a headache, and the nature of pricing on the App Store means that even their most critically acclaimed titles aren’t exactly ensuring they have a secure future in game development. So in December of 2017 Simogo more or less bowed out of the mobile arena, with their new game tentatively titled Project Night Road being developed exclusively for consoles and PC. They weren’t saying they’d NEVER make a mobile game again, but they just had to try out a different strategy in a different segment of the video game world. However, earlier this year when Apple announced their Apple Arcade subscription gaming service, Simogo’s new game, which was now called Sayonara Wild Hearts, was among the games announced that would be heading to the service. Finally mobile gamers could get excited for Simogo’s next masterpiece alongside console and PC gamers. And Sayonara Wild Hearts, to no surprise, is also shaping up to be another...

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