Amazon's Prime Day 2017 brings 30 hours of deals starting July 10

Amazon has just announced 30 hours of deals starting on July 10, and the Thrifter team will be covering it all!

Prime Day 2017 will be spread across three days, starting Monday, July 10, at 9 p.m. EST and going until 3 a.m. Wednesday, July 12. The Thrifter team is already gathering all the information you need to know about Prime Day, and they will be on hand to cover this event from beginning to end, with every standout deal posted to the site and on Twitter.

While you can obviously expect the bulk of the deals to happen on Tuesday, June 11, don’t be surprised if they kick off with a few great ones on Monday night. In fact, Amazon will be offering some exclusive deals to people using their Alexa-enabled devices like the Amazon Echo or Echo Dot. Those deals will start at 7 p.m. on June 10, two hours before everything else kicks off. Going even farther back, Amazon plans to drop some other big sales in the week leading up to Prime Day.

In aftermath of Petya, congressman asks NSA to stop the attack if it knows how

 Today Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu of California wrote to the NSA in an appeal for the agency to do anything in its power to stop the spread of the global ransomware (or potentially just disguised as ransomware) attack that began yesterday. Lieu seeks to hold the NSA accountable for its leaked exploit, known as EternalBlue, which appears to have facilitated the malware’s spread.… Read More

Windows 10 build 16232 for PC and 15228 for Mobile now rolling out for Fast Ring Insiders

A new week, a new Insider Preview build for PC and Mobile. Build 16262 rolling out for PCs, and 15228 for Mobile. Let’s see what’s new!

Another week, another Insider Preview build for us to get our hands into. Today’s build is 15228 for Mobile and 16232 for PC, and as usual is packing new features and changes for PC and nothing worthy of note for Mobile. These builds are available in the Fast ring.

The last two insider Preview builds for PC have been jam packed with new features, so today’s build won’t be as huge as the builds we’ve had previously, but there are still several noteworthy changes.

It’s worth noting that with this new build for PC, Microsoft will no longer be flighting new inbox app updates. Microsoft explains:

Star Wars Battlefront 2 for Xbox One multiplayer improves on the original in 5 big ways

These are the five changes we’re most excited to see in Star Wars Battlefront 2’s multiplayer mode.

While Star Wars Battlefront 2 will debut a new narrative-driven campaign, its online multiplayer mode is still a core part of the experience. The original Star Wars Battlefront relied almost entirely on its player versus player (PvP) combat, but various approaches to its design drove away what could’ve been a more dedicated player base.

Between the game’s reveal and a showcase at E3 2017, we’ve learned a fair amount about Star Wars Battlefront 2’s multiplayer modes. These are the five biggest, and most welcome, changes in the pipeline.

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Free DLC for all, ditching the season pass

By launching alongside “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the original Star Wars Battlefront managed to sell millions of copies after its first week on store shelves. However, over time the game’s active user base fell significantly, failing to maintain players among an industry dominated by shooters.

Aukey is offering 3-packs of its USB-C cables for as little as $9, 5-packs for $14

USB-C has been slowly taking over, and recently we’ve seen more and more electronics include it as the standard charging method. While USB-C has plenty of advantages, this change means that all of your old cables will no longer help you charge, and now you’ll need a bunch of new ones. Right now, Aukey is offering some pretty nice discounts on its 3 and 5-packs of USB-C cables, which helps make the transition a bit more affordable.

You can grab a basic 3-pack for as little as $8.80, or opt for the braided ones which are perfect for those who are a bit harsher on their cables) for just $11.99. You’ll need to use a coupon code during checkout at Amazon to get these prices, so be sure to use the matching coupon code below for the listing you select.

Best Computer Speakers

Pump up the jam with a new set of computer speakers.

PC speaker preferences vary from person to person, as it really depends on your rig, set up and the space restrictions of your home or apartment — not to mention your budget.

We’ve broken down this list to include some more affordable and compact options, and round things out with some of our favorite picks for 5.1 surround sound setups for gaming .

Bose Companion 2 Series III

If you’re looking for a simple two-speaker setup that offers great sound quality at a great value, you’ve got to go with Bose. These computer speakers are very reasonably priced at just $99 but feature the high-quality audio performance that you’ve come to expect from speakers marked with the Bose brand.

What these speakers lack in flashiness they make up in pure utility. Bose somehow managed to create a cheap speaker that’s still capable of filling the room with sound. With a simple layout for volume control, as well as the second AUX-in port on the back for conveniently plugging in a phone or other device without touching the line going to your PC.

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How to set custom backgrounds on the HTC Vive

Immerse yourself with custom SteamVR backgrounds.

Virtual reality is now a bigger platform than ever before and with that, the demand for unique customization choices is growing too. Here at VR Heads, we’ve previously explained how to apply skins to both the controllers and base stations for the HTC Vive through SteamVR. The third component of a custom SteamVR Dashboard is a background, which can be applied directly through the headset. Follow the steps below to change the SteamVR background for the HTC Vive!

Note: Following the introduction of SteamVR Home, backgrounds may not be accessible for some users. If SteamVR Home is enabled, users should download “SteamVR Home Environments” that offer a wider range of features and support for social experiences.

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