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Preview: ‘Disney Melee Mania’ aims to broaden the appeal of the MOBA genre

Mighty Bear Games simplifies the concept of a multiplayer online battle arena and makes it easy for anyone to pick up

Mighty Bear Games has a way of taking popular genres and making it accessible to a wide audience. The developer did that with the battle royale category made popular by “Fortnite” by turning it into a family-friendly food ...Read more


CNET: Stop package theft now: These smart home devices can protect your deliveries

As deliveries begin to roll in ahead of the holiday season, it's prime time for porch pirates to swipe unprotected packages off of doorsteps. A number of strategies can foil their evil plans, and bringing a few smart home gadgets into play is high on the list.

Americans are estimated to spend $63 billion online for holiday shopping this ...Read more


Gadgets: Soundcore's Liberty 3 Pro true wireless noise-canceling earbuds a great choice for your holiday gift list

True wireless earbuds are undoubtedly going to be a popular item on this year's holiday gift lists. Soundcore's Liberty 3 Pro true wireless noise-canceling earbuds are a great choice for that list.

The earbuds can be customized, which is fun to do, but right out of the box the sound is great with a nice clear audio, the right amount of bass, ...Read more


Jim Rossman: Going laptop shopping? Read this first

CPUs, RAM, SSDs ... there are so many choices. What should you buy?

As the holiday season approaches, I usually get asked for advice on picking out a laptop. This year was no exception.

Apple users were presented two new MacBook Pro models, and Windows users had the release of Windows 11.

There’s something new for everyone.


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Review: Not sure about ‘Battlefield 2042’? Wait for it to get better

Latest entry to Electronic Arts’ military shooter needs work but will likely be good in the long run

When perusing a game on the shelves or a digital shop, players face three decisions: They can buy it, forget it or wait on it. Few titles are worth the immediate purchase and plenty more can be ignored. The last category is more complicated ...Read more

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Review: ‘Pikmin Bloom’ is a perfect companion game to ‘Pokemon Go’

With ‘Pikmin Bloom,’ Niantic creates a game that’s casual enough that fans can play it alongside its flagship game

Niantic’s vision of gaming demands so much that it could be considered a lifestyle. Players are encouraged to explore the world, exercise and socialize with others. It takes a lot of commitment and that could be the ...Read more

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Killer asteroids abound. NASA is ready to do something about it

The Russia incident was a warning.

On a winter morning in 2013, a meteor the size of a four-story building screamed across the country, exploding near the city of Chelyabinsk and injuring more than 1,600 people amid widespread property damage.

The chunk of rock and iron, which was 60 feet across, served as a violent reminder that Earth, ...Read more


Holograms on the horizon? San Diego company seeks to make futuristic technology mainstream

Remember R2D2 beaming a hologram of Princess Leia pleading for help from Obi-Wan-Kenobi in the first Star Wars movie back in 1977?

Now a San Diego company aims to bring similar holograms to real life on desktop and handheld devices.

IKIN, founded four years ago by Taylor Scott Griffith and Joe Ward, is working on volumetric hardware, "neural ...Read more


Connecticut's largest dairy farm taps into energy markets with a plentiful supply of cow manure

It’s a common farm odor, but for Connecticut’s largest dairy operator, cow manure is the smell of money.

In the complicated business of energy markets, manure produced from a herd of 3,000 cows at Oakridge Dairy in Ellington, Connecticut will be transformed into gas sold in New Jersey.

Oakridge and its partner, South Jersey Industries, ...Read more

Tech Q&A: Making sure that deleted Android phone pictures are really gone

Q: I transfer photos from my Android phone (a Moto G Stylus) to my computer, then delete the pictures from the phone. But the photos don't stay deleted from the phone. Is there a way to permanently delete pictures?

—Tom Krocak, New Brighton, Minnesota

A: There are several possible reasons why photos aren't being deleted from your phone. Here...Read more


Nintendo Switch OLED makes the gaming console more mobile: review

The classic Nintendo Switch has always been almost perfect.

Since its release four years ago, it’s been Nintendo’s finest console, a machine that blends all the insights the brand learned in the Wii U and DS eras into a console that shines on both big screen and small. It’s a complete product that delivers more than horsepower, ...Read more

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Where will the next pandemic begin? The Amazon rainforest offers troubling clues

MARUAGA, Brazil — The 10-year-old took off running down a dirt road in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, turning cartwheels, playing tag and picking fistfuls of wild bougainvillea.

Small fires flared all around Darah Lady Assunção Oliveira da Costa and her young cousins as men burned trees to make room for more farmland. On the horizon ...Read more


Gadgets: Proscenic A9 Air Purifier a must for work-from-home environment

The Proscenic A9 Air Purifier is one of those appliances you don’t think you need, but you do. Having clean, filtered and allergy-free air is nothing but a good thing. The A9 is built with multiple filtration systems and is perfect for home use, especially with home hours extending with the work-from-home movement.

An air quality smart ...Read more

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CNET Holiday gift guide 2021: Top picks from CNET editors, early bird edition

"Wait a minute," you're saying to yourself. "They're already pushing holiday shopping and Christmas stuff down our throats, and it's barely November?" Yes, we hear you. But we're already hearing rumblings about empty warehouse shelves for the hottest toys and gifts this year, thanks to everything from chip shortages, supply chain constraints and...Read more


Review: Underhyped ‘Call of Duty: Vanguard,’ ‘Riders Republic’ are solid releases

Latest entry to ‘Call of Duty’ takes place in World War II while ‘Riders Republic’ brings a ‘Forza Horizon’ vibe to extreme sports

It’s a weird year when a “Call of Duty“ game feels like an afterthought. Activision’s flagship franchise will still be a blockbuster regardless, but the series doesn’t have the hype it once ...Read more

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‘Outriders’ aims to make a good second impressions with New Horizon update

Developer, People Can Fly, aims to fix end game issues by adding four new Expeditions and improving the quality of life for players.

A project with the ambition of “Outriders” is almost never perfect out of the box. There’s too many moving parts for a cover-based shooter with online and loot-based mechanics. The developer, People Can ...Read more

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Maryland father and son roll out national ‘Uber for laundry’ concept

PIKESVILLE, Md. — As a teenager, Nachshon Fertel co-founded a business that grew out of the piles of laundry his mother did for her family of seven in Pikesville.

His mom, Ari Fertel, spent way too many hours washing, drying and folding. She challenged her son, then a high school sophomore with a knack for technology, to reimagine the time-...Read more

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Welcome to Musklandia: Austin adjusts to life with Tesla and its eccentric billionaire boss Elon Musk

Welcome to life in Musklandia.

As Elon Musk's sphere of influence in Austin and across Texas seems to expand by the day, the eccentric Texas-based billionaire is taking the region and the state along on the wild and often weird roller-coaster ride that is his life.

It's been a little more than a month since Musk announced Oct. 7 that Tesla is ...Read more

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In Korea, Epic Games CEO Sweeney calls Google 'crazy' and says 'Apple must be stopped'

Earlier this year, South Korea became the first country to pass a law that could potentially force Apple and Google to add third-party payment options within their app stores, a move that would allow developers to bypass the companies’ 30% fee on in-app purchases.

That immediately made the country an ally of Cary-based Epic Games, the video ...Read more


Lawsuit filed on behalf of Zillow shareholder after flipping business folds

A lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday alleges Zillow illegally failed to disclose to shareholders that it was struggling to accurately predict home prices for its house flipping business, which ultimately led the company to shutter the operation this month.

The suit, filed on behalf of shareholder Dibakar Barua, alleges that "misstatements ...Read more