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Microsoft buying Valve would be a disaster for PC gaming

It's (thankfully) just a rumor, and a thin one at that, but a potential Microsoft acquisition of Valve could spell the end of PC gaming as we currently know it.

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Open source turns 20: How Linux, Raspberry Pi, Chromium and more are influencing PCs

It's been 20 years since the term open source was coined by the Open Source Initiative, and computers haven't been the same since.

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This week in games: A Commodore 64 mini, Rainbow Six Siege adds aliens, RIP MOBAs

Plus: Hollow Knight teases its third free expansion, EA says real-money microtransactions will return to Battlefront II in the near future, Paragon and Gigantic announce shutdown dates, and more. This is gaming news for January 29 to February 2.

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Staples has 12 duster cans for $40

Normally $80, this pack of duster cans will keep your PC and other electronics clean for months.

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Get 3 Years of NordVPN Service for Just $2.75 Per Month

Safeguard yourself against snoops, and access blocked content with this no-log VPN service. NordVPN is just $2.75 per month for 3 years, if you sign up right now.

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Get Sid Meier's Civilization VI (Mac and Linux versions) For 50% Off

Winner of 15 E3 Awards, including Best PC Game and Best Strategy Game, Sid Meier's Civilization VI has you advance your civilization from the Stone Age to the Information Age by waging war, conducting diplomacy, advancing your culture, and going head to head with history's greatest leaders.

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The $799 Surface Laptop makes Microsoft's sleek MacBook Air rival more affordable

Microsoft's new Surface Laptop and Surface Book 2 models slash starting prices by hundreds of dollars.

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Five Chromebook hacks that give your laptop surprising new talents

Chromebook hacks help your laptop break out of its browser-based routine and learn some new skills. Try these tweaks and additions to turn your Chromebook into an indispensable tool.

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How to watch the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang without cable

Ditching cable doesn't mean you'll miss all the Olympics action. Here's how to watch every moment of action for free or through a streaming service.

on techhive.com

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Plextor M9Pe NVMe SSD review: Far faster than SATA and almost as affordable

Plextor's latest NVMe SSD, the M9Pe, offers great performance for the price (even compared to its M8Se predecessor). It's also a worthy rival to Intel's 760p.

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Microsoft's Windows Defender antimalware targets scareware apps

While Microsoft's Windows Defender frowned upon "optimizer" or "cleaner" apps that didn't explain what they did, it's drawing the line on "scareware" apps that tell you that your PC will be ruined if you don't pay up.

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The Amazon Fire TV 4K is 21% off right now

You can grab Amazon's 4K-capable streaming stick for just $55.

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Mario Kart is coming to your phone, but don't start your engines just yet

Nintendo has announced that Mario Kart is coming to smartphones, but it might not roll in until next year.

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Surviving Mars hands-on preview: Martian pop music makes doomed existence cheerful

Surviving Mars shows why you shouldn't sign up for the first colony on Mars. The second group might be okay though.

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Best Samsung Galaxy Note 8 cases: Top picks in every style

The Galaxy Note 8 is a very expensive phone, so if you buy one you're going to want to protect it. Here are the best cases we could find.