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Pixel art and pigeons: Inside Devolver Digital's quirky, retro-infused PC game lineup

Devolver always has my favorite showcase at E3, and it's not just because I get to escape from the stale-air conditioned hell of the LA Convention Center to rake in some Southern California sunshine--though that is, scientifically, part of it. Never underestimate the effect Vitamin D has on your happiness.

GAMES

For Honor's epic melee combat makes you feel like a medieval badass

Let's get one thing out of the way, because it's a thing that really bugs me about For Honor: It is not a "new genre," no matter how many times Ubisoft claims it is. I don't care that it said it in the E3 presentation. I don't care that on Ubisoft's blog creative director Jason Vandenberghe is quoted saying "I haven't actually been able to really put a name to For Honor's genre."

GAMES

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Why you should avoid AMD and get a Steam Machine with Nvidia's GeForce graphics

The hour draws nigh. Valve recently announced the first few Steam Machines available for pre-order, and beyond SteamOS itself, each one had something in common: The first announced Steam Machines from Alienware and Syber all have Nvidia graphics hardware.

SOFTWARE

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How Square aims to bring Apple Pay into mom-and-pop shops

You can use Apple Pay at more than 700,000 retail locations across the U.S., but good luck trying to pay with your phone at your neighborhood coffee shop or favorite food truck. While national chains and big-box stores are working to upgrade their systems to accept contactless payments and chip-and-pin cards, small businesses have been much slower to join the mobile payment party.

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6 reasons to get excited about OS X El Capitan

I'm not feeling a lot of love for OS X El Capitan out there. That might not be surprising, given that it's firmly in the tradition of Mountain Lion and Snow Leopard–new-feature-light, speed-and-stability-focused OS X updates.

GAMES

The King's Quest reboot embraces everything that made old-school adventure games so wonderful

As I was sitting in a dark little cubicle during E3 last week watching a presentation for King's Quest, I started to wonder how much it cost to make. This was no idle speculation--no meaningless mind-wandering. Quite the opposite. I was trying to figure out whether we could officially say the adventure game, that much-maligned genre, was a "Big Deal" again.

CONSUMER ELECTRONICS

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Mikme microphone promises studio quality sound in a tiny package

Capturing good audio isn't easy. But it's essential if you're recording a new track, producing a podcast, or chatting over Skype.

INTERNET

5 reasons to switch to Inbox by Gmail, and 4 reasons not to

You've been away from your desk for an hour--just one hour!--and already, you've got 20 or 30 email messages stacked up in your inbox. It could be nothing more than the usual pile of newsletters, retail promos and updates from company mailing lists--or it could be something big. The only way you'll know is if you stop what you're doing and take a peek.

GAMES

E3 2015: Your survival guide for when the games industry invades Los Angeles

It's time. Time for trailers, for loud dubstep, countless Inception-style bass drops, and "Welcome to the new age" hammered into your ear drums for hours on end. It's time for at least one borderline-tasteless joke made by a corporate stooge, at least three trailers for games that look functionally identical, and Assassin's Creed Whatever-We're-On.

NETWORKING

How MU-MIMO Wi-Fi works

None of the many advancements to Wi-Fi over the past decade compare to the potential of this emerging technology. It's one of the most complex and beneficial enhancements yet, because it enables Wi-Fi routers to do something they never could before: simultaneously send data to multiple devices.

Expert Opinion

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Apple doesn't need its own gadgets to dominate the smart home

If you believe the weekend rumors, Apple will announce a connected-home platform next week at WWDC. But before you get too excited about an iThermostat and an iFridge and an iCamera watching you sleep, consider this: If Apple does get into the home-automation market, that doesn't necessarily mean it'll make smart-home gadgets of its own.

Editors Pick

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Justin.tv goes off the air

With all signs pointing to a Google purchase of Twitch, the company behind Justin.tv has shut down the live video service.

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Verizon fires back at FCC over data throttling

The FCC called out Verizon for its plans to throttle customers with unlimited data plans who use the most data, so the carrier responded.

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Business faces backlash after threatening $500 fines for negative Yelp reviews

Businesses who don't know how to manage their social media presence should remember that the Internet can be vicious.

Latest Product Reviews

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Key Ingredient kitchen tablet review: Yummy recipes can't rescue this crummy tablet

Meatballs. Giant bacon-wrapped meatballs. The Key Ingredient Recipe tablet suggested this fantastic idea to me when I searched for a meatball recipe. It's a good thing the meatballs were tasty, because that's about the only thing this tablet gets right.