You’d think Epic’s new storefront and The Game Awards would’ve swept up all the week’s news, but no! Turns out plenty happened in and among this week’s bombshell announcements: Below surprise-announced a release date in the near future, DayZ preps to emerge from Early Access at long last, Call of Duty starts selling Black Ops 4 sans-zombies, and Just Cause 4 adds a Getting Over It Easter egg.
This is gaming news for December 3 to 7.
November’s patches initially appeared relatively innocuous, with a few catastrophic problems in 64-bit Office 2010, which is a bit of a standing joke anyway.
As the month melted on, we saw a Win10 version 1803 second cumulative update, KB 4467682, that caused havoc, including blue screens on Surface Book 2 PCs, and customized Start Menu bugs (thx, Günter Born). Microsoft yanked it on Dec. 6 — no small consolation to those of you who install everything as soon as it’s offered. Or even a week later.
Things have changed in the iOS economy.
While it’s still possible since the 2008 App Store launch for relatively inexperienced developers to create hit products, it’s a lot less likely. And while you still get stories of young developers making it, for the most part it’s all about the big dev firms.
I’ve been thinking about this for a bit, and thought I’d try to put together a few ideas that may help people thinking about making an iPhone or iPad app.
Start where you mean to finish
If you haven’t yet started building your software, then App Store optimization may not be particularly high on your list of priorities. But given this is where you will end up once you build your app, it makes sense to consider this first when you first imagine the idea for a new solution.
If you're reading this post, you have a device that needs a charger. And today's a great day to stock up on them. Amazon is offering fantastic deals on two of Anker's most popular charging accessories, with one hitting an all-time low.
First up, you can grab the PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C wall charger for $30, 25 percent off its $40 list price and the lowest price we've ever seen. The 60W plug is equipped with USB-C power delivery so it can safely charge everything from a cell phone to a laptop. A tight design with a foldable plug allow you to take this charger with you on the road, while a built-in LED indicator lets you see when your device is charging at a glance.
Low-profile mechanical keyboards are the next trend, it seems. Just last month we reviewed Roccat’s Vulcan 120 Aimo, the first keyboard I’d seen to combine laptop-style keycaps with full-sized mechanical switches. It was eye-catching, to say the least.
Now Corsair’s got its own version, the K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile Rapidfire ($160 on Amazon). Thankfully, the keycaps are a lot shorter than the name. Let’s dig in.
Note: This review is part of our best gaming keyboards roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.
We’re here! 2018 is over (mostly) and awards season has begun. We’ll be running our own Game of the Year list later this month but gaming’s faux-Oscars, The Game Awards, took place last night in Los Angeles. Spoiler: God of War took home Game of the Year, which I’ll have to trust them on since it’s not a PC game.
But forget awards, right? The real reason everyone watches Geoff Keighley’s event every year is the “World Premieres,” as close as we’ve got to a wintertime press conference. We’ve gone ahead and rounded up the best of the night below, from Obsidian’s Outer Worlds to new Stanley Parable to Mortal Kombat XI, Psychonauts 2, and a fresh Supergiant game.