E3 2015: Sony shows off The Last Guardian, Final Fantasy VII remake, Uncharted 4, Star Wars Battlefront, more

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Sony has strung us along for around 6 years with the near mythical The Last Guardian. Well, it is myth no more. Sony shocked the gaming world, opening its E3 2015 showcase with a brand new demonstration for the game. It followed up with a peek at the new Hitman, the next Destiny expansion, the long rumored Final Fantasy VII remake, and finishing up in usual fashion with a look at the next Uncharted: Read more

E3 2015: Microsoft unveils new hardware, 360 backwards compatibility + Forza 6, Halo 5, Tomb Raider

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Today was Microsoft’s big day at E3 2015, taking the stage to detail its latest advancements and upcoming titles for its flagship Xbox One console. There were many announcements worth noting, including new hardware/software upgrades and the ability to play Xbox 360 games on current generation consoles. Oh yeah, you can play a 3D hologram version of Minecraft, too. Head below for full details. Read more

MLB.TV Premium subscription drops to $50 for the rest of the season (50% off)

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Just like in years past, MLB.TV is available at a 50% discount this week to celebrate Father’s Day. A Premium subscription for the rest of the season will cost you $49.99. You could also go for a regular MLB.TV subscription at $39.99, but that won’t give you access to live streams on your mobile devices or media players. Make sure you review the blackouts policy before signing up. Subscriptions can be bought for yourself or given as a gift. Orders placed today will also receive a free copy of R.B.I. 15 for PC/Mac.

MLB.TV streams every out-of-market Major League Baseball game live and also features full game archives, gameday audio, pitch by pitch widget and fantasy player tracker.

Remember to cancel your subscription at the end of the season or it will renew at full-price next year. Read more

E3 2015: Bethesda’s real life Pip Boy for iPhone/Android, Dishonored 2, Doom, Elder Scrolls mobile, more

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Update (6/18 4:30pm):

Last night, Bethesda held its very first E3 showcase. We got to see more of the highly anticipated Fallout 4, along with a new Fallout iOS title and details on the very cool F4 special edition. We caught a quick CG glimpse at Arkane’s next sequel to the stealth action title Dishonored and more details on the return of Doom. Read more

Belkin is set to take on Philips Hue with its new WeMo smart home LED bundles

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Belkin’s WeMo ecosystem has partnered with OSRAM SYLVANIA to expand its line-up of Wi-Fi connected lighting products. All told, three new bundles have been released today that focus on different areas of the home. With Apple’s HomeKit on the way and competitors beefing up their own offerings, now is the perfect time for WeMo to make its move.  Read more

Keep your Wi-Fi and iPhone running during a power outage w/ APC’s Back-UPS Connect for $48 shipped (Orig. $80)

APC-Back-Up-BGE90MPower outages don’t have to take out your Wi-FI network or leave you with damaged gear: the APC Back-UPS Connect (model BGE90M) is on sale for only $47.99 shipped at Amazon. As a pricing comparison, nearly every other retailer is charging $65 for this recently released UPS. Today’s deal is 40% below list and by far the best price we’ve ever seen.

This APC UPS is specially tuned to keep low-power gear including your wireless router, cable modem, VoIP system, and cordless phone running for up to 4.5 hours during a power outage. What’s more, this model includes a pair of USB charging ports that’ll also continue to work long after your power goes down. On a daily basis this unit protects your electronics from dangerous power surges and spikes. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars from 82 Amazon reviewers. Read more

Quick Review: Kano’s Raspberry Pi 2 computer kit shines as a learning tool for kids and DIYers alike

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We first covered Kano back in the fall of the last year, detailing its rise from a Kickstarter campaign to a fully funded success story. Now, we’ve had the opportunity to spend a few months with the Raspberry Pi do-it-yourself computer kit. It has a simple design with young computer scientists in mind. By coloring all of the included peripherals, Kano has created a unique yet fun learning experience for children and adults alike. Read more

Samsung’s T1 Portable SSDs are smaller than a business card, now on sale: 250GB $98, 500GB $198, 1TB $398

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Update (6/16 9:00am): Lower prices available via Newegg when you enter coupon code AFEXSSD15614: 250GB $89.99, 500GB $179.99, 1TB $359.99

Samsung announced its T1 portable SSD lineup earlier this year at CES. Its tiny size and impressive specs caught our attention, but with retail prices upwards of $500 it wasn’t a practical choice for most people. Now the first significant price drops have put these drives within reach:

samsung-portable-t1-ssdAny of these drives would make a perfect backup solution or a super portable option for working with large photo and video files while on-the-go. Features include read-write speeds of up to 450MB/sec, optional AES 256 bit encryption, a tiny 71.0×9.2×53.2 mm form factor, and a 3 year warranty. The T1 lineup gets a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars from Amazon reviewers, while the 250GB is the best selling External Solid State Drive on Amazon. Read more

Amazon Fire TV Stick streaming media player w/ voice search for $34 (Reg. $39)

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Of the major HDMI stick media players, Amazon’s Fire TV Stick is the one that we see the least amount of deals for. Sure there was the insane $20 launch promo and the free offer with Sling TV (still available), but aside from those deals there really hasn’t been any other opportunity to grab one at a discounted price. However, it looks like Amazon wants its diminutive streaming media player in the hands of dads this Father’s Day since it has just dropped down to $34 at Amazon, Best Buy, and Staples.


Chromecast is usually the go-to choice when it comes to streaming sticks, but Amazon Fire TV offers a couple features that Google’s player doesn’t: Fire TV Stick has a robust 8GB of storage for downloading games/apps, a dedicated physical remote control, and integrated voice search. It’s also really popular with buyers having garnered a 4.2 out of 5 star rating from 42,197 reviewers. Read more

Seagate 8TB Backup Plus USB 3 Desktop Drive: $250 shipped (6TB: $200, 5TB: $134)

 

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Amazon just dropped their price on Seagate Backup Plus Hard drives to $249.99 for 8TB Model (STDT8000100) and $199.99 for 6TB, the lowest prices we’ve ever seen on these very large USB storage. The prices are the lowest we can find by as much as $50. These external hard drives with a unique blue underside for advanced cooling get 4.2/5 star ratings from Amazon reviewers and feature fast USB 3 bus, 1 year warranty and Mac and Windows compatibility.

Note Amazon also drops the price of the just released Seagate Expansion 5TB Desktop External Hard Drive USB 3.0 model STEB5000100 (pictured above)to $133.99 shipped. That’s the lowest we could find and one of the lowest prices we’ve seen on a 5TB external USB hard drive at Amazon.

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