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AMD is about to upend the Chromebook market just like it did for PCs

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Acer is doing Ryzen right with its new Chromebook Spin 514. It's the middle of the afternoon on a Friday and I'm typing this out on my back deck using a Chromebook . I love the darn things and any time I can get away from a desk during the workday I try to do it, and always with a Chromebook in tow. To me, a really well-built mid-range Chromebook with plenty of power and plenty of storage is just right. No one Chromebook is perfect for everyone. Of course, the best Chromebook for me might not be the best Chromebook for you. But if you're like me and want a modestly priced Chromebook that outperforms and out delivers, I think Acer has just what you're looking for in 2021 with the new Chromebook Spin 514 . It's not sleek and light as a feather. Not all of them have a backlit keyboard, nor do any have a glass-covered trackpad. But what it does have makes up for it — a beautiful 14-inch display, a very tough build of anodized aluminum, the best hinge system you&

Fortnite now supports Houseparty video chat on PC and PlayStation

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"Beginning today, connect with your friends in Fortnite like never before." What you need to know Epic Games has just announced new Houseparty integration for Fortnite. It means that players will be able to video chat with their friends live whilst playing the game. Epic Games has announced that Fortnite now supports integration with Houseparty, enabling players to video chat with their friends live in-game. In a press release Wednesday the company stated: Beginning today, connect with your friends in Fortnite like never before. Whether you're enjoying the latest in-game event or chasing an elusive Victory Royale, the new integration with the Houseparty app brings revolutionary video chat technology so that you can video chat with friends while playing Fortnite. The new feature will be available on PC, PS5 , and PS4 (but not Xbox currently), and players will need Houseparty installed on an iOS or Android device. Players will need to connect their Houseparty

What are Mixer Sparks and how do I use them?

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Best answer: Sparks are a currency of sorts that you can use in Mixer. There are two ways to get them: by streaming or by watching others stream. With Sparks, you can support partnered streamers, create Teams, launch Skills, and more. Premium experience: Mixer Pro ($8/month at Mixer) Start streaming: Elgato HD60 S ($180 at Best Buy) What are Mixer Sparks? Mixer Sparks are the basic currency used for interactions on Mixer, Microsoft's streaming platform. You earn Sparks for streaming games or for watching other streamers' channels. The base rate you'll earn Sparks at is 50 per minute for watching or streaming. If you subscribe to Mixer Pro, you'll earn 100 Sparks per minute while watching, and if you subscribe to a particular channel, you'll earn 250 Sparks per minute watching that channel. How do I use Mixer Sparks? Sparks can be used on a variety of different things. One of the primary uses is for Skills, which are divided into Stickers, Effects, and

Best Xbox game deals for April: Call of Duty, Monster Hunter, and more

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Check out these great deals on Xbox One games. Every week Microsoft and certain publishers discount numerous games for Xbox Live users. Some deals are available only to Xbox Live Gold members and others are available to anyone who utilizes the service through a Spotlight sale. A wide variety of titles, ranging from small experiences to massive blockbusters, are available for substantially less. This week, prominent games from the Call of Duty and Monster Hunter franchises are on sale. Here's a look at some popular discounted titles. You can check out last week's deals here for comparison. See at Microsoft Store Xbox One games Blair Witch Inspired by the cinematic lore of Blair Witch, experience a new story-driven psychological horror game that studies your reactions to fear and stress. Blair Witch costs $17.99 on Xbox One. You can purchase it on the Microsoft Store . The game is Xbox One X Enhanced. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare - Battle Pass Edition Buy the B

Store unlimited files on the free tier of OneDrive Personal Vault

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Although the free version of OneDrive limits you to three files in the Personal Vault folder, you can use this workaround to store as many files as you want. As part of the OneDrive experience, you can also use "Personal Vault," which is a feature designed specifically to store files (such as documents, personal records, pictures, etc.) with sensitive information. The data upload to this area is protected with encryption and using more robust security with two-factor authentication , in addition to the typical sign-in process. The only caveat is that Personal Vault is a freemium feature of OneDrive , which means that anyone can use it, but you'll need a Microsoft 365 subscription to store more than three files. However, if you're up to the challenge of using some extra steps, there's a workaround using a zip container that allows you to upload unlimited files (but limited to your OneDrive storage space) to the vault area using the free version of the Micros

Should you get the touch or non-touch Dell XPS 13?

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Best answer: If you're looking to get a 4K display, then you'll want a touch-enabled XPS 13, but without official pen support, the regular non-touch will be better value for most people. People who want to use touch or a pen should get the XPS 13 2-in-1 instead. Touch or not: Dell XPS 13 (From $1,200 at Dell) For inking: Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 (From $980 at Dell) Touch adds more to the price It shouldn't be any surprise, but having the XPS 13 with a touchscreen will cost you more than if you go for one without it. The standard choice is the 1080p non-touch display, but this can be configured to a 1080p touch version for an additional $100. The 4K display with touch is also an option now for an extra $300, but it comes standard on the higher-end models in the range, though you can opt to spec it down to a 1080p on some models. The quality of Dell's displays is excellent, whichever you go for, with great brightness and color reproduction across the board. Howev

Protect your Fortnite account, add two-factor authentication

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Fortnite is one of the most popular games on the planet and compromised accounts and scams are sadly, a thing. Here's how to protect your Epic account as best you can. Usually, if something looks too good to be true, it is. And this is exactly what's been known to happen with Fortnite, Epic Games' smash-hit with its free-to-play Battle Royale mode. The Fortnite in-game currency, Vbucks, is the only way to buy the cosmetic items, such as outfits, gliders, pickaxes and emotes. But Vbucks cost real money for the most part. What you earn in the game doesn't go that far. Enter the unscrupulous people of the internet and multiple "free-Vbucks, click-here" scams, or nefarious people just flat out hacking and stealing from accounts. Here's an important thing to remember: There are no free Vbucks. Epic Games has confirmed this. Unless you're winning some in a competition from, say, a well-known streamer, or being rewarded directly by Epic Games, the fre

How to remove and replace the Surface Pen's battery

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The Surface Pen is an incredibly useful tool and accessory for the Surface Pro, Surface Studio, Surface Laptop, and Surface Book. It's a battery-powered peripheral, meaning at some point the Surface Pen will stop working unless the battery is replaced. Don't worry because changing it is easy. Here's our step-by-step guide to help you along. Note: Make sure you have the correct batteries before you begin. A single AAAA battery is required for replacement, meaning you may have to find replacement batteries online rather than in stores. Products used in this guide Premium inking experience: Surface Pen ($99 at Microsoft) Power that lasts: AAAA Battery ($6 at Amazon) How to remove the Surface Pen battery To remove the Surface Pen battery, follow these simple steps: Pull the top of the pen away from the body of the Pen (you may have to use some force). Pull out the AAAA battery from the body of the Pen. How to insert a new battery in your Surface Pen

Sea of Thieves redefines social gaming in a time of social distancing

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A game chat can be scary, but in Sea of Thieves, you kind of need it. It's no secret that Rare's pirate-themed games-as-service title, Sea of Thieves, launched in a rather polarizing state. For many, there just wasn't quite enough content to keep them coming back. Many newcomers had grown accustomed to games telling them precisely what they needed to do and how they needed to play to "have fun." Sea of Thieves, on the other hand, is a social-driven experience quite the contrary. With an emphasis on what the dev team lovingly describes as "tools not rules," it's up to the player to dive into this world and craft their own story, adventure, and ultimately, fun. In the world of Sea of Thieves, traditional content takes a backseat to the thrill of interacting with other players online and how everybody creates an experience. This bold ideology goes against a lot of core principles (or cliches in many cases) of modern game design and forces a certa

The Jabra Elite 65t true wireless earbuds have dropped to $100 today only

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The Jabra Elite 65t true wireless earbuds are on sale for $99.99 at Best Buy. This sale is part of Best Buy's Deals of the Day, which means it's a temporary price. The same earbuds go for around $120 or more at most places, and that's even considered a sale at retailers like Target so you could find them going for much more on a regular day. Best Buy's sale only applies to the Titanium Black edition as the others are still going for the $120 street price. The 65t have dual microphone technology and true wireless Bluetooth stability that helps reduce audio drops. They will last up to five hours on a single charge of the battery with an extra 10 hours of battery life within the charging case itself. That means you can spend most of the day no where near a wall outlet and without a charging cable and still listen to your favorite tunes. These headphones also feature one-touch access to Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant, which can make your life so much easier when it

Collect your favorite Disney movies with 4K Steelbook editions as low as $5

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Best Buy's deals of the day features a selection of Disney movies in the form of 4K Blu-ray Steelbook collectors sets . The movies range in price from as little as $4.99 for the original Frozen to $14.99 for Captain America: Civil War. Many of these sets sell for around $35 to $40 on a regular basis, so you're saving a lot of money today. And it is only today as Best Buy's sales have an expiration date. If you're interested in Disney's animated films, the selection includes the entire Toy Story series, Cinderella, The Princess and the Frog, and much more. The Marvel movies on sale include Iron Man 1-3, Captain American, Captain Marvel, and oithers. Buy some for your kids or start a new collection of your favorite superheroes in 4K form. All of the Steelbook editions come with 4K Blu-rays of the movies in question. They also come with digital copies, though, so if your primary interest is in collecting your favorite films, you can keep the Blu-ray in mint condit

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