December 14, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

We did it. Today marks the release of Capy’s Below, and with that? The end of 2018, at least so far as video games are concerned. Sure, there may be a few smaller Steam releases in the remaining weeks, but I’m drawing the line here. Game of the Year lists are locked in, and it’s time to settle in for about a month of catching-up-on-the-ol’-backlog. You’ll find me playing Exapunks in the corner.There’s still a bit of last-minute news though! Not much, mind you, but some. Daybreak announced the sci-fi battle royale Planetside Arena this week, Metro Exodus moved its…

December 14, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

We all know the age-old annoyance of losing our keys, phones, and other small-but-necessary objects. Tile is here to help with that, providing handy little Bluetooth-equipped “tiles” to help track down your missing stuff. And today, you can choose from two different bundles, each with a second-gen Echo Dot that’s essentially free.A bundle with two Tile Mate, two Tile Slim, and an Echo Dot is $60 on Amazon, down from a list price of $110, and a bundle with four Tile Mate + Tile Pro (two each in black and white) and an Echo Dot is $100, down from a…

December 14, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

If you’ve been looking to upgrade your gaming rig without breaking the bank, today’s your day. Both B&H Photo Video and Newegg have some great deals on AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.First up is the Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2070 AMP for $500 at B&H PhotoRemove non-product link after you clip the coupon on the product page. The GeForce RTX 2070 is a great 1440p and entry-level 4K card that comes with Nvidia’s new Turing GPU, which enables ray tracing capabilities and AI-enhanced graphics for more realistic gameplay. Few games take advantage of the Turing GPUs yet, but this card offers…

December 14, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

You need to connect your Amazon Kindle to Wi-Fi to buy and download new books (unless you paid for a Kindle with built-in cellular connectivity). Fortunately, doing so is easy and should only take you moments.To connect your Kindle to a Wi-Fi network, navigate to its Home screen. Next, locate the Menu icon (the dots in a vertical row) located in the top right corner of the Kindle’s display. Select it. From the menu that opens, select Settings. Next, choose Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.In the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth settings pane, you’ll see a number of options. Before going any further, let’s…

December 14, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Family Tree DNA is the oldest DNA testing company—and it shows, for the wrong reasons. Its website and results appear outdated compared to newer, sleeker services like 23andMe and AncestryDNA.That said, Family Tree DNA has some intriguing features you won’t find elsewhere. It takes a collaborative approach by letting you share your genealogical and genetic info with a project, where you can help uncover the shared lineage of families. It can also test up to three different parts of your DNA, depending on which versions of the test you pay for.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by…

December 14, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Uber-fast NVMe storage for 20 cents per gigabyte? That’s what Adata’s XPG SX8200 Pro delivers. Of course, NAND prices have dropped recently, but until now that’s only been reflected in performance-challenged (on long writes) budget drives. The SX8200 Pro is an NVMe drive that rivals top-rated Samsung’s 970 Pro in performance but is significantly cheaper. Design and specs The Adata SX8200 Pro is a 2280 (22 mm wide, 80 mm long) form factor M.2 drive using 3D (layered) TLC (Triple-Level Cell/3-bit) NAND marshalled by a Silicon Motion SM-2262EN controller. It’s a full four-lane PCIe 3.0 implementation, not two lanes like many…

December 14, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

HyperX wants you to wear its Cloud Mix headset (MSRP $200) all the time—not just for gaming. At your desk? Sure. But also on the train, walking to the grocery store, maybe even while snowboarding. Wherever life takes you, thanks to the Cloud Mix’s built-in Bluetooth capabilities.The Cloud Mix is HyperX’s attempt to move up the ladder from a gaming brand to a “lifestyle brand.” Astro made the pivot early, pitching its high-end gaming headsets as a statement, not a mere accessory. Then Razer swung that direction as well, ushering in some sort of RGB-everything future.But can every brand make…