October 20, 2021 CuttingEdgeTech

If you’ve been meaning to try your hand at PC building, but are intimidated by the huge selection of parts and their potential compatibility headaches, PC hardware maker NZXT is here to help. The company is now selling what it calls BLD Kits, pre-selected collections of parts that you assemble into a full, working desktop PC. The kits include step-by-step instruction booklets, and even a screwdriver.  Naturally, the BLD kits feature NZXT-branded parts where possible, most notably the stylish H510 case. But the package also comes with a motherboard, power supply, RAM, SSD storage, a graphics card, a CPU cooler,…

October 20, 2021 CuttingEdgeTech

For decades, fans of Frank Herbert’s seminal sci-fi novel Dune could only get their tabletop kicks from one game, also called Dune. But it was some game: released in 1979 it was years ahead of its time and encouraged players to recreate the Machiavellian scheming of the novel. However, it needed six players to shine and had a wildly variable play time.Now there’s a new pretender to the throne in Dune: Imperium. It’s a very different beast, eschewing the classic territorial conquest setup of the old game for a mishmash of modern strategic design ideas. But with the Dune name…

October 20, 2021 CuttingEdgeTech

EA has temporarily banned over 30,000 players in FIFA 22 for seven days. These bans were the results of the players taking advantage of a “no loss” glitch in the game’s Ultimate Team mode last week.As reported by Eurogamer an exploit appeared where, if abused, players could obtain a 20-0 perfect win record. All players had to do is click on the “home” button on their PlayStation or Xbox controllers to go back to the console’s home screen. Then simply wait for the match to time out. If players were losing a match, they could use this exploit and the…

October 20, 2021 CuttingEdgeTech

At a glanceExpert’s Rating ProsFunky, eco-friendly design.Preloaded with Windows 11.Approachable price.ConsShort battery life.Dim display.Keyboard quirks might annoy you.Our VerdictThe Acer Aspire Vero would have earned a stronger recommendation among midrange laptops, particularly for environmentally conscious people with budgets of less than $1,000 to spend on a laptop, but the disappointing battery life holds it back. Price When Reviewed899.99 Best Prices Today Retailer Price Delivery Acer $899.99 View $899.99 Free View Price comparison from over 24,000 stores worldwide There are two headliners that make the Acer Aspire Vero more than an average, midrange laptop. For starters, it’s made with PCR (post-consumer…

October 20, 2021 CuttingEdgeTech

Facebook is reportedly planning to change its name in an effort to reflect its work building the “metaverse,” The Verge reports, citing a source familiar with the matter.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly plans to announce the name change at the company’s Connect conference on October 28, if not sooner. The name change could signal Facebook’s intentions to grow further beyond a social media company and into more of a tech conglomerate. With Facebook owning Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus VR devices, and other brands, the name change will likely organize every group under one umbrella, similar to Google’s change to Alphabet in…

October 20, 2021 CuttingEdgeTech

A chance meeting is part of the reason Sora from Kingdom Hearts joined Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as its final fighter.In the latest Masahiro Sakurai Famitsu column, translated by @PushDustIn and @KodyNOKOLO on Twitter, the Smash director pulled back the curtain on Sora’s inclusion.According to the translation, Sakurai reiterated that getting Sora in the game was much more difficult than other fighters. However, Sakurai managed to bump into a Disney representative at an awards show, which seemed to kickstart the discussions that made Sora in Smash a reality.Sora’s inclusion was finalized later than the rest of Ultimate’s DLC roster. Sakurai…

October 20, 2021 CuttingEdgeTech

Far Cry 6 is the latest in Ubisoft’s open-world franchise, building on the base-clearing, first-person shooting, and definitions of insanity of the past while simultaneously introducing some smart new ideas that could help pave the way for where Far Cry goes next. For sixteen years now, this series has been known for unleashing players in massive, alluring worlds both familiar and unfamiliar across vastly different continents, time periods, and sometimes even apocalypses while giving them total freedom to cause mischief and mayhem.That’s mostly been a winning formula, but the Far Cry franchise is as much about being experimental as it…

October 20, 2021 CuttingEdgeTech

Square Enix has announced a new studio with a focus on developing mobile games.The studio, called Square Enix London Mobile, is currently developing games based on Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender and Tomb Raider. The Avatar game is in joint development with Navigator Games, another mobile games studio.We don’t yet know what the gameplay will look like for the Avatar game. However, Navigator Games’ last project, Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast, was a turn-based fantasy RPG.The Tomb Raider title in development is called Tomb Raider Reloaded, and it was announced in November of 2020. It was originally supposed to…

October 20, 2021 CuttingEdgeTech

Microsoft said Wednesday that a small number of Android apps will begin rolling out as part of a new Windows 11 beta, adding a feature the company promised at the Windows 11 unveiling but that wasn’t available at launch. About 50 of the new Android apps will be made available via Microsoft and Amazon, including apps like Lords Mobile, June’s Journey, Amazon Kindle and Khan Academy Kids. They are rolling out via a somewhat convoluted arrangement, where the apps will be provided by the Amazon AppStore Preview—which is its own app, found within the Windows Store. Microsoft originally promised Android apps…