Faster, better, cheaper.
The Roku Streaming Stick media streaming device normally sells between $48 and $50. It dropped to $40 a couple times back in May and earlier, but this $34.99 sale price is the lowest we have ever seen.
This is one of Roku’s newest streaming devices, a refresh of previous models. It just released in early October. Roku claims the processor in the new stick is 50% faster than last year’s model. The remote is also updated with voice control and a few extra buttons, including power and volume control.
It comes with two AAA batteries, but you might consider adding some rechargeable batteries so you can just power them back up and keep on streaming when they get low.
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Getting more kids into professional gaming.
It has been a fairly quiet week in the world of esports as we lose ourselves in the blistering summer heat. This week did see the announcement of a new college and school league in the UK, which will focus on 12-19-year-olds and League of Legends. Also, the F1 annual tournament kicked off with a shortlist of talented individuals representing nine teams.
Banking information. Mortgage payment history. Your important documents. Nearly all of your life is online these days, and while convenient that can be scary. There are tons of people out there who are looking to do malicious stuff, and we need to be sure that is in the back of our brains at all times. While you can’t avoid using the internet (in most cases), you can ensure that it is a secure connection when you do use it.
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VPNs have become more and more popular as the time passes because people want to make sure that the information they are transmitting is getting to the right places. VPNSecure is a great option, and right now you can score a sweet deal on a lifetime subscription to the service. With it, you’ll be able to connect up to five devices at the same time, use unlimited bandwidth and more.
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After the devastating fall of Reach, the crew of the Pillar of Autumn would end up making mankind’s biggest discovery yet.
In the last article, we went over the UNSC’s crippling loss at Reach, as well as how the Pillar of Autumn was able to flee.
Halo timeline part one: Precursors, Forerunner betrayal, and the era that followed
Halo timeline part two: Forerunner-Flood War and the firing of the Halo arrays
Halo timeline part three: War of Beginnings and formation of the Covenant
Halo timeline part four: Growth and expansion of the Covenant empire
Halo timeline part five: Rise of humanity and the Spartan program
Halo timeline part six: Beginning of the Human-Covenant War
Halo timeline part seven: The Battle of the Etran Harborage
Halo timeline part eight: The Fall of Reach and the Pillar of Autumn’s escape
In this one, we’ll cover the events of the first Halo game: how the crew discovered Alpha Halo, and ultimately caused its destruction.
Find a discount on just about anything.
Ahead of Prime Day next week, Amazon is offering an extra 20% discount on over 200,000 products available on Amazon Warehouse exclusively for Prime members. Those who are in-the-know have been checking out Amazon Warehouse to snag deals for a while now, and today’s offer brings the already discounted items there further down to can’t-miss prices. If you’re not a Prime member yet, you can start a free 30-day trial to take advantage of this offer. The 20% discount will be added during checkout automatically.
Blanket your home with quick Wi-Fi speeds.
The TP-Link 3-pack Deco M5 mesh networking system is down to $177.48 at Amazon when you clip the on-page coupon code and also enter promo code 40PDDECOM5 during checkout. It mostly sells between $220 and $230 when not on sale.
A single Deco M5 device is $100 on its own, so you’re basically getting three for less than the price of two with this deal.
The Deco M5 replaces your Wi-Fi router and any other devices you’ve been using to make up for dead zones like range extenders. It can cover up to 4,500 square feet of your home in strong, stable wireless signal. TP-Link HomeCare gives the system security. Adaptive routing technology lets it choose the fastest path to keep your network running smooth. With the TP-Link Deco app, all you have to do is follow the on-screen instructions to get the system up and running as soon as possible. TP-Link covers the Deco M5 with a two-year warranty.
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Streaming sports is getting better, but still has room to improve.
By the time you read this, the World Cup will be over. Or nearly over. It’s almost over, anyway. France and Croatia. Not exactly the final most were expecting. (My money’s on France.) For the most part, the streaming experience of the World Cup was pretty good. Fox had a chunk of the games — which was great, given that it’s a broadcast network, and thus free for a lot of folks over the air. And that they were willing to air games in the middle of the day is always a nice surprise.
And FS1, of course, is available on all the major streaming services. Now we’ve just got to up the resolution and quality a bit. Fubo attempted to streaming the quarterfinals on in 4K, to varying degrees of success. YouTube TV crashed and burned in the England-Croatia semifinal. (They’re very sorry about that. YouTube TV, that is. England has no one to blame but itself for not showing up in the second half.)
Me? I opted for a tried-and-true over-the-air antenna. It’s one of the best improvements I made to my house in the past couple of years. (Especially paired with an HDHomerun Duo.)
But now the soccer’s almost over. Time for baseball, finally, I suppose. It is summer, after all.
Here’s what else you missed this past week on CordCutters.com:
The world of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is wonderful to explore, but its clunky combat left us yearning for polish.
I know I’m not alone in being a bit burned out by the Assassin’s Creed series over the years. After Black Flag and a slog of yearly, repetitive releases, my interest waned. But Ubisoft caught my attention again with their E3 2018 trailer for Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, which featured a beautiful depiction of ancient Greece.
I went hands-on with Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey at E3 2018 and found that its world and characters were everything Ubisoft promised and more, but its combat needs a lot of polish to keep from hindering my enjoyment of the rest.
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Dolby Vision hits Xbox One in the coming weeks – with support for discs reportedly slated for the fall.
Earlier this week Microsoft outlined the first wave of Xbox One features under the next major system update. With the Redstone 5 update coming soon to select Xbox Insiders, deeper Avatar integration, improved accessibility, and numerous other changes are on the way.
The next Xbox One update is also set to bring support for Dolby Vision – Dolby’s in-house High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology bringing a wider color gamut and increased contrast ratio across supported content. While Microsoft currently embraces the open HDR10 standard across Xbox One S and Xbox One X, licensed Dolby Vision support delivers an even wider pool of content.
Bullets flying everywhere.
A joint Gears of War 4 and Halo 5 Championship Series is taking place today in New Orleans. If you’re a fan of the games, be sure to check out the livestream on Mixer and other platforms.