February 15, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

What did I miss? Sorry, I’ve been locked in a room for the last week or so, finishing up our reviews of Metro Exodus, Far Cry New Dawn, and Crackdown 3. Was there news this week? Does anything exist, outside those three games?Apparently so. There’s a Hollow Knight sequel in the works, EA’s got Neill Blomkamp to make a spiffy live-action Anthem trailer, and Harmonix has a new VR game, plus some brief notes about this week’s ugly Activision layoffs to wrap it up.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

February 15, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

Paying your internet service provider to rent a modem gets pretty expensive as the months roll on—but it doesn’t have to. Using your own modem lets you kick those fees to the curb. Today, a discount-coupon combo brings Netgear’s CM500 modem down to $45 on Amazon from a list price of $63. With many ISPs charging around $10 per month for modem rentals, this deal will pay for itself in no time.Netgear’s modem works with all major ISPs, so compatibility with your current service shouldn’t be a problem. It’s also compatible with any Wi-Fi router, so you won’t have to…

February 15, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

Sweet holy moly the prices of SSDs just keep on dropping! Right now, Amazon is selling a Kingston A400 240GB 2.5-inch SSD drive for $30. This deal has been around for a few weeks now, but we still love it simply for its ultra cheap price. It’s the nearly the same price as a 120GB Kingston A400 we spotted for $28 in July—a price we called ludicrous at the time. (That drive is $20 now. Ludicrous.)240GB isn’t great for capacity, but it’s an awesome option as a boot drive on a desktop PC, or as a hard drive replacement on…

February 15, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

Forget folding phones, Samsung might have finally made an Android tablet you want to buy. Instead of updating last year’s Galaxy Tab S4 with a Snapdragon 845 processor and slimmer bezels and calling it a day, Samsung took a different path with the Galaxy Tab S5e, adding an “e” to its name to emphasize its lower price tag.Just like its rumored Galaxy S10e phone, the Galaxy Tab S5e is Samsung’s version of affordable premium, bringing high-end parts and features for just $400, or $250 less than the Tab S4. And on paper, the Tab S5e doesn’t give up too much…

February 15, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

At the end of January, Deep Silver pulled Metro Exodus from Steam and moved it to the Epic Games Store. It was the latest in a series of high-profile defections, made perhaps more noteworthy because it came just two weeks before Metro’s February 15 release date. Some portion of the internet was, undoubtedly, happy about the move—or at least indifferent. Another, much louder portion of the internet was very, very mad.As happened with Origin once upon a time, with GOG.com, with Humble, and with Bethesda.net, a significant subset of PC gamers looked at Epic and said “Nay, this will not…

February 14, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

With Microsoft’s latest “19H1” feature release of Windows 10 nearing completion, the company has opted to “skip ahead” and release builds of subsequent feature releases to testers. What’s totally unexpected is that the “20H1” build—not due for another year—will be among those releases.Windows 10 Build 1836 (which will eventually be released under 20H1) doesn’t have any noteworthy features; it’s mainly a collection of bugfixes and tweaks to existing features, such as a “tamper protection” setting that prevents bad actors from messing with your security settings. Known issues, such as a “green screen of death” when launching games with anti-cheat software,…

February 14, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

Can Excel track changes? Yes, and it’s easy to do. The process is similar to Track Changes in Word, except Excel highlights the altered cells as opposed to the altered words and sentences.Two notes before we begin: Track Changes does not work in spreadsheets that contain tables. To use Track Changes on these workbooks, select the table, click the Design tab, then click Convert to Range. To solicit edits from others, be sure to post the workbook in a shared location. First, you may have to add the Track Changes buttons to your Ribbon menu, because some versions do not show…