Gaming For Couples: Monopoly Plus, or, if at first you don’t succeed, try again

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Our prior Gaming For Couples articles have focused on “slam dunk” titles – games that are highly likely to appeal to both people in a couple for various reasons. But for this week’s column, I decided to try something different: picking a niche, relatively unknown game that seemed on the surface to be a really good fit for my murder mystery-loving spouse, but didn’t wind up working out. I’m sharing the story because it was a valuable learning experience, and how we handled it might help you get out of a similar jam.

We wound up buying a classic board game she liked, instead. And in retrospect, just doing that in the first place would have been a lot easier. Read on for the story.

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Here are the official Mortal Kombat X PS4/PS3 and Xbox One/360 Fight Pad controllers from CES 2015

Update (1/8 11:25am): We’ve updated this post with the above video from CES 2015

While we previously got a very quick glimpse of the Mortal Kombat X gamepads for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, we’ve now seen them being shown off on the show floor today at CES 2015. As expected, the custom controllers feature special button layouts and decals based on the upcoming NeatherRealm fighter, although somewhat different than the “pending approval” models we saw in September…

More details and images below:

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Get 78% Off The 10-For-10 Mac Bundle – 10 Apps For $10

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StackSocial has a new mac bundle that just launched on 9to5Specials – the 10-For-$10 Mac App Bundle. For $10 (down from $46), you’ll get 10 utility apps from FIPLAB like Disk Map And NotesTab Pro, and more. This is the first time these apps have EVER been offered outside of the Mac App Store. The full list of apps is below:

  • Disk Map ($4.99) – Visual roadmap of all your apps and files
  • MenuTab Pro ($1.99) – Access your Facebook w/out opening a browser
  • NotesTab Pro ($4.99) – Safely store & access your notes
  • CopyClip 2 ($4.99) – Clipboard made for easy management & use
  • Privacy Protector ($4.99) – Protect your data
  • Share Bucket ($4.99) – Simple file sharing + screenshots & annotation
  • StatsBar ($3.99) – Monitor your Mac’s performance efficiency
  • StockTab ($4.99) – Easily monitor your investments
  • Alerts for Gmail ($4.99) – Real-time email alerts on your menu bar
  • InstaReel for Instagram ($4.99) – Browse Instagram w/out opening a browser

Interested? Get the bundle here.

Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro w/ Retina display 2.4GHz/4GB/128GB $1,000 w/ MIR (Reg. $1,300)

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MacMall offers the Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display (ME864LL/A) 2.4GHz/4GB/128GB for $999.99 shipped after mail-in rebate. Instructions and rebate information can be found here. This is a savings of $300 off the regular price and the lowest that we can currently find it. Also, keep in mind that MacMall only charges tax at the time of purchase for buyers in nine states (CA, CO, GA, IL, MN, NC, NY, TN, and WI).

It features a 2.4GHz Haswell dual-core Intel Core i5 processor and a Retina display, LED-backlit with IPS technology, an Intel Iris Graphics; 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking and up to 9 hours of battery life.

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DISH brings Sling TV with ESPN, TNT, TBS and more to a myriad of streaming devices for just $20

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Update (1/11 10:00am): Sling TV is now accepting requests to try its service, it is currently invite-only so you’ll have to submit your information and hope for the opportunity to get in early!

DISH is looking to revolutionize home entertainment by offering a smaller package of popular channels, without contract, for just $20 per month. Focusing on a handful of popular channels has allowed for DISH to put together a competitive product, dubbed Sling TV, that falls between the Netflix/Hulu and full cable TV price points. With ESPN, TNT and TBS, Sling TV is making a strong case for your living room.

There are however a few key differences from other offerings that make this an interesting proposition, including a special offer for Xbox One users.

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The Samsung portable SSD T1 is smaller than a business card and up to 100 times faster than a traditional HDD

Introducing the Samsung Portable SSD T1Monday at CES-2015, Samsung unveiled the ultra small portable SSD T1. It has the powerful performance of an internal solid-state drive, a pretty cool looking shell, and it’s only about the size of a business card. Weighing only an ounce, you can fit it in your wallet or shirt pocket and you’re good to go. Did I mention it’s fast? It only takes eight seconds to transfer a 3GB movie file, according to Samsung.

You can get 250GB, 500GB, or even 1TB of storage for $180, $300, or $600 respectively. Each drive comes with AES 256-bit encryption, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 support.

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ION Audio introduces new hybrid smart LED light bulb speakers and the Air LP Bluetooth turntable audio interface

As the new gear rolls in from our team on the show floor of CES 2015, consumer audio and electronics lifestyle company ION has a few announcements of its own. Makers of everything from Bluetooth speakers to headphones and DJ gear (among other things), ION Audio is introducing new hybrid light bulb speakers and a new Bluetooth turntable/audio interface…

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CES roundup: FirstBuild’s ChillHub Smart Fridge, Harman’s Yurbuds, SanDisk, Linksys, and Netgear

FirstBuild's USB-packed ChillHubIntroduced this morning on the floor of CES, The ChillHub is a refrigerator with two 4-port USB hubs, built-in Wi-Fi, and an open-source iOS-compatible app. The idea is that you can access sensor data and control the fridge components remotely. This “first-of-its-kind platform” enables the development of new hardware products that benefit from operating inside a cooled space.

FirstBuild, the company that developed the “smart fridge,” describe ChillHub as an open development platform designed for “makers, hackers, tinkerers and developers”.

Head below to see more new products unveiled at CES this morning including: Harman, SanDisk, Linksys, and Netgear.

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Roku goes 4K Ultra HD with new Netflix partnership and upcoming Roku TVs

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CES 2015 is now in full swing with a number of companies announcing new and interesting products. One of which is Roku, who has so far announced a series of new Roku TVs and deeper 4K Ultra HD content support across the board.

Not only is the company planning to support 4K for future Roku TV models, the company has also teamed up with online content powerhouse Netflix to offer 4K content on Roku’s streaming boxes/sticks in the future. As 4K TV prices plummet, both companies are looking to offer solid Ultra HD solutions for their customers, something Roku believes is instrumental in the overall adoption of higher resolution content.

Head below for more details on the new Roku TVs and future 4K support for the platform:

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Kitchen Tech: The best bar tools for making amazing home cocktails (Part 1)

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Some wonderful things can be made entirely with your hands. Others — including fantastic cocktails — require tools. The topic for this week’s edition of Kitchen Tech is bar tools, specifically the ones necessary to make restaurant-caliber cocktails at home. Not just any restaurant and cocktails, mind you: we’re talking about making the very best cocktails from leading restaurants across the world.

Ready for the surprise? These tools aren’t crazy expensive. They’re actually some of the most affordable we’ve covered in Kitchen Tech, even though most of our choices are endorsed by top bartenders inside and outside the United States. Inside, you’ll find over a dozen different types of tools I’ve personally tested and found worthy of recommending, along with a few tips on why I didn’t pick some other options.

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