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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.

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This week in games: Homeworld's lost expansion returns, 15 minutes of Beyond ...

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 Wolfenstein II, I think.

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

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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.

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Steam Summer Sale hidden gems: 15 fantastic games under $10
Great games done cheap

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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.

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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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Echo Show Ships on Wednesday, Buy 2 and Get a $100 Discount Right Now - Deal ...

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 SHOW2PACKat 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.

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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.

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Steam Summer Sale gems: 15 great games under $5
A cornucopia of riches

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 games that cost less than a fiver. These may not cost much, but each kicks a lot of ass?and you can buy ALL of them for less than a single new AAA game. (Want more? Check out our roundup of 15 hidden gems under $10.)

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Steam's Summer Sale kicks off with a $15 Steam Link, game discounts galore, a...

School?s out, and you know what that means: Time to draw the blinds and catch up on the games you?ve missed this year. Or, if you?re a working adult...well, business as usual I guess. But hey! The Steam Summer Sale is back for yet another year of discounts, running from today until July 5 at 10 a.m. Pacific.

Steam Summer Sales aren?t nearly as special as they used to be, given the number of sales year-round and the excision of the old Daily Deals, Flash Sales, and everything else that used to make rampant consumerism feel like an ?event.? Still, it?s a good chance to fill up your library, try some games you might otherwise not bother with, and generally celebrate video games as a creative medium.

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Virgin Mobile has a $120 discount on an instantly unlockable 32GB and 128GB i...

Virgin Mobile is becoming America?s first iPhone-only carrier, and to celebrate its collaboration with Apple, it?s launched heavy deals on a year?s worth of cell service and the purchase price of a newiPhone SE.

For existing customers and new customers who port-in a number, Virgin Mobile will give them a year?s worth of unlimited talk, text, and data service for $1 when they purchase a new iPhone and sign up for Auto Pay. To help sweeten that deal even further, the virtual network carrier is offering$120 off an unlockable 32GB and 128GB iPhone SE.

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Best DVR for cord cutters

Here?s the hard truth for cord-cutters right now: The ideal over-the-air DVR doesn?t exist. And if you're on the fence about even needing one, you should read the June 22 installment of this column.

While some products are better than others, all of them?from Tablo and TiVo to Channel Master DVR+ and HDHomeRun with Plex?have at least one critical weakness. If you want to record broadcast TV channels from an antenna, you must decide which of those weaknesses you?ll tolerate.

The good news is that the lowly antenna is experiencing a rebirth, and we?re likely to see more over-the-air DVR products later in 2017 and beyond. But if you want to start recording broadcast channels now, here?s a rundown of where the current products stand:

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Surviving Mars captures the excitement and dread of launching a colony mission

Last month when Paradox and Haemimont announced Surviving Mars, I didn?t know what to compare it to. Here was a semi-realistic, science-based ?colony builder? from the same studio that makes the satirical and somewhat grim Tropico series. It was a departure, for sure.

But after getting a bit of hands-on time with Surviving Mars at E3, it?s feeling a lot more familiar. I don?t just mean ?It?s a city builder,? because yeah, it?s definitely one of those. It reminds me a lot of one particular city builder, though: The Anno series. And that?s not a bad thing.

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The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update's best new features
The future of Windows

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The feature-packed Windows 10 Creators Update hasn?t even hit every PC yet but Microsoft?s already taken the wraps off of its successor.

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