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Amazon Prime Day 2021: All the deals that are actually worth your time

Enlarge / The Dealmaster is here to help guide you through Prime Day 2021. Ars Technica Amazon Prime Day has arrived, and another avalanche of deals has come along with it. As ever, the vast majority of the gadget and gear discounts Amazon is advertising aren’t that special: many of the products are mediocre, and …

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Arcade1Up pinball cabinet review: Fine for families, interesting for modders

Enlarge / Say hello to the Arcade1Up Attack From Mars physical pinball cabinet. The chassis is physical; its games are all virtual. Read below to understand what the heck that means. Sam Machkovech If you’re of a certain generation, chances are you have imagined (or, at this point in your adulthood, built) your own home …

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Forget trailers: The best upcoming games we played at this year’s E3

Enlarge / In another year, these weird games wouldn’t necessarily rise to the top of our “best of E3” list. But when the biggest gaming companies focus almost exclusively on non-playable trailers, our picks have to go to the games we can personally test. Chris Klimowski / Gamious / rose-engine As the dust begins to …

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Trace fossils, the most inconspicuous bite-sized window into ancient worlds

Enlarge / It may not look like much, but you can actually learn a lot from a fossilized leaf that preserves insect damage. Donovan et. al. He knew what it was as soon as he saw it: the signature sign of a bird landing. He’d seen hundreds of such tracks along the Georgia coast. He’d …

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RTX 3070 Ti review: Nvidia leaves the GPU fast lane (for now)

The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Founders Edition, going on sale this week for $599. Sam Machkovech A zoom on Nvidia’s proprietary power port, which you’ll find on every RTX 3000-series GPU. Sam Machkovech Three DisplayPort ports, one HDMI 2.1 port. Sam Machkovech The RTX 3070 Ti uses a very 3080-like twin-fan system for intake …

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Review: Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart doesn’t reinvent the franchise—and that’s OK

Enlarge / No, it’s not fan-fiction. It’s just Rivet. In the run-up to the launch of the PlayStation 5, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart was placed front and center as a game that would embody the promise and potential of the new console hardware and its high-speed SSD storage. Early gameplay footage focused on the …

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24-inch iMac review: There’s still no step three

Enlarge / The 2021, 24-inch iMac with Apple’s M1. Samuel Axon Much has been written about people embracing nostalgia for comfort during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the new 24-inch iMac’s bright colors and simplistic design, Apple seems to be indulging in the pangs of nostalgia, too. But the new iMac’s nostalgia is only skin deep. …

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What to expect from WWDC 2021: iOS 15, M2, and more

Behold, the Steve Jobs auditorium on Apple’s campus in 2017. This is where Apple often hosts its events. Samuel Axon The surface-level waiting area has a minimalist design with slight accents, like many Apple products and retail spaces. Samuel Axon You can see the now-famous spaceship campus through the window. Samuel Axon The elevator from …

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