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This week in games: Team Fortress 2 gets spooky, Fallout 4's PC specs revealed, more

Plu:s The Witcher 3's latest patch notes detail 500+ fixes and voice actors vote to go on strike. This is gaming news for October 5 - 9.


Valve polishes up SteamOS 2.0 ahead of impending Steam Machine launch

Valve's getting its ducks in a row before the widespread launch of Steam Machines in November.

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Pick up some cool games for 10 cents each in the latest Play Store fire sale

EA Sports and Chillingo discounted some of their more popular titles, like Dead Space, Contre Jour, and Need for Speed: Most Wanted.

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Five to Try: SwiftKey's brainy new keyboard, and Psych! might power your next party

Here's another selection of useful apps and amusing games to check out.


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12 extreme, obscenely expensive laptop bags

All laptop bags are not created equally … and some cost a lot more than others. These 12 lavish notebook satchels may not be in your price range (unless you're a Saudi prince) but they're sure to inspire envy, confusion, disdain, or some odd combination of these emotions.

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You can change drive letters, but know the risk of doing so

You can easily change drive D: into drive F:. But if Windows expects a file to be on drive D:, this is going to cause a problem.


Sony starts selling a TV remote with PlayStation controls built-in

The Universal Media Remote can control cable boxes, audio receivers, and TVs, along with Sony’s game console.

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Comcast Xfinity Home subscribers can now add Nest thermostats and other connected-home devices

Some installations can be DIY projects, but anything involving the alarm system must be installed by a Comcast technician.



The Windows Control Panel will eventually be killed, says Microsoft

Better get used to the Settings app now, because it could completely replace Control Panel in the future.


Firefox will stop supporting plugins by end of 2016, following Chrome's lead

Chrome recently dumped plugin support, now Firefox has finalized its plans to do the same.

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iPhone 6s chips from TSMC and Samsung have similar battery life, says Apple

Some benchmark tests show weaker battery life in Samsung’s A9 chip, but Apple claims those tests are misleading and unrealistic.

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LogMeIn buying password manager LastPass

LogMeIn hopes to bring even more consolidation to the single-sign-on market with the acquisition of password management service LastPass.


BlackBerry CEO may kill off BlackBerry phones if they don't make money next year

Will we see the end of BlackBerry phones before 2016 is out? Maybe, but the company could try its hand at Android handsets first.


How to add tabs to File Explorer in Windows

The Clover 3 extension adds tabs to File Explorer in Windows to make file management easier.

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U.S. will not seek legislation against encryption

The U.S. administration will not seek legislation at this point to counter the encryption of communications by many technology services and product vendors, but will work on a compromise with industry, a senior U.S. official said Thursday.