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Windows 10 Pro Ultimate Performance mode is what power users were waiting for

Windows 10 Pro Ultimate Performance mode is what power users were waiting for

While average, every day tasks like internet browsing and streaming video don't require that you squeeze the most out of your PC's hardware, there are just as many tasks that need unrestrained power. Microsoft, it would seem, recognizes that, and it'll soon be rolling out a new power profile for Windows 10 Pro that should help bolster performance beyond what's currently allowed by the OS.

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Steam removes developer caught reviewing its own game

Steam removes developer caught reviewing its own game

We're not sure if you've noticed, but there are a lot of games on Steam. These days, new games are being added at a breakneck pace, too, owing to Valve's recent submissions rework that lets anyone submit a game for a Steam store listing for a mere $100. Because of this, it can sometimes be difficult to get your game noticed, and some developers end up doing some shady things in an effort to get their titles in front of more eyes.

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The Evil Within 2’s spooky new first-person mode needs to be seen

The Evil Within 2’s spooky new first-person mode needs to be seen

Even though most people have probably moved on from last year's The Evil Within 2 by now, today Bethesda is giving you a new reason to dive back in for a second playthrough. Bethesda and developer Tango Gameworks today announced a new first-person mode for The Evil Within 2, giving you an entirely new way to play through the survival horror title.

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Lenovo Legion Y720 Review

Lenovo Legion Y720 Review

As someone who primarily games on PC, my advice to anyone who’s looking to get into PC gaming is usually going to be to build their own. Up until recently, I would have written that my advice would be to always go the custom build route, but thanks to that thorn in the side of the gaming enthusiast known as cryptocurrency mining, that may not be entirely realistic for a while. In turn, this makes buying pre-built PCs a better proposition than it usually is, and there are plenty of manufacturers ready and waiting to fill the gaps. Lenovo is once such manufacturer, with its Y720 offering solid mid-to-high-range hardware in a mobile package.

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Amazon Prime phones now get an ad-removed refund

Amazon Prime phones now get an ad-removed refund

Just about a week ago, Amazon revealed that it would be removing the lockscreen advertisements from Prime Exclusive phones. Those advertisements allowed Amazon to offer phones to Prime members at a lower cost, as presumably the revenue made from putting ads on the lock screen would make up the difference. Lockscreen advertisements apparently didn't work out the way Amazon was expecting, though officially, the company said it was removing them so that users would be able to take advantage of modern unlocking methods like facial recognition.

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Google Chrome ad blocking: What you need to know

Google Chrome ad blocking: What you need to know

A day of reckoning is nearly upon us. After announcing that it was preparing an ad blocker for Chrome way back in June, Google is finally ready to send the feature live. This is a big step for Chrome users, as it will block some of the more annoying advertisements you're likely to encounter as you make your way through this wonderful internet of ours.

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Snapdragon X24 blurs the line between 4G LTE and 5G

Snapdragon X24 blurs the line between 4G LTE and 5G

Qualcomm, it would seem, is starting 2018 with a bang. Last week, the company announced that its Snapdragon X50 would enter testing this year with carriers around the world and feature in 5G phones beginning next year. This week, the focus is back on 4G LTE and the immediate future, as we see the new Snapdragon X24 pushing LTE boundaries further.

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Huawei and ZTE come under fire from FBI, CIA, NSA

Huawei and ZTE come under fire from FBI, CIA, NSA

It isn't exactly a secret that the US government has a certain hesitancy when it comes to phones made by Chinese companies, but today, we're seeing some top security official state that apprehensiveness outright. Many top security officials have come out and recommended that Americans avoid buying phones made by Huawei and ZTE. Such a recommendation won't really come as much of a shock, and may even do something to solidify some recent rumors we've been hearing.

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Spyro trilogy expected next on Activision’s retro revival list

Spyro trilogy expected next on Activision’s retro revival list

Last week, we heard that Activision's return to Crash Bandicoot with the N. Sane Trilogy was so successful that the company might be planning to release a new game in the series this year. That success may also lead Activision to revisit other franchises from the past, with the next rumored to be the original Spyro trilogy. It's been a long time since we received a proper Spyro game, so taking the classic trilogy that started it all and updating it for modern platforms would probably make a lot of fans happy.

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Monster Hunter: World’s next Horizon Zero Dawn quest revealed

Monster Hunter: World’s next Horizon Zero Dawn quest revealed

If you happen to own Monster Hunter: World on PlayStation 4, then you're likely aware of the extra content that's only available on your platform. Since launch, Capcom has been running a special promotion that nets Monster Hunter players items that tie into Horizon Zero Dawn, which was perhaps PS4's best exclusive in 2017. The first stage of that promotion finished earlier in the month, and now Capcom has told us when the next stage will begin.

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Kingdom Come: Deliverance has everyone suddenly excited: But why?

Kingdom Come: Deliverance has everyone suddenly excited: But why?

If you've been following gaming news for the past few days, you've probably noticed an significant uptick in coverage about a game called Kingdom Come: Deliverance. That game launches today, and it's immediately taken its place among Steam's top sellers, while at the same time being the most-viewed game on Twitch at the time of this writing. If you find yourself confused by this seemingly sudden interest in Kingdom Come, you likely aren't alone, because for many, it'll feel like this game came out of nowhere.

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Galaxy S9 Animoji clones tipped to copy iPhone X

Galaxy S9 Animoji clones tipped to copy iPhone X

Animoji have surprisingly proven to be a pretty popular feature among iPhone X users, but if new rumors are to be believed, Apple may soon have some competition in the realm of animated emoji. Apparently, Samsung is plotting to introduce a similar feature with the Galaxy S9 and S9+, which are scheduled to be revealed later on this month.

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