Seagate's new Barracuda 500GB SSD is less than $72 today

New, fast, and inexpensive.

The Seagate Barracuda 500GB internal solid state drive is down to $71.69 on Amazon. This is a brand new drive only announced by Seagate back in July. It originally was only available to Prime members, but that’s no longer the case. The 500GB capacity of the SSD released at a retail price of $120, has been selling closer to $90 recently, and just dropped down to less than $72 for the first time today.

Seagate’s SSD is meant to be a more budget-friendly option for people upgrading from an old hard drive. It won’t be as fast as a Samsung 860 Pro or something like that, but it won’t be as expensive either. The 500GB capacity is plenty of space for you to install an operating system, all your favorite games, and keep some music or movies on there as well. It has read/write speeds of up to 540 and 520 MB/s respectively. It will work with PC and Mac and comes with a five-year warranty.

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The 2nd gen Amazon Echo Dot is just $30 today

Historically, the best direct discount ever.

Right now you can get one for just $29.99 in Black or White. That’s a price we haven’t seen since Prime Day in mid-July.

For the past couple months, the best deals we’ve seen on the 2nd-generation Echo Dot have generally been in bundle deals… like getting bundled with a smart video doorbell or the Kids Edition that comes with a FreeTime Unlimited subscription. Getting a direct discount is not quite as common. Even during Amazon’s big hardware sale in August, the Echo Dot didn’t drop this low.

This hands-free, voice-controlled device uses Alexa to do all sorts of stuff. Play music, control smart home devices, make phone calls, read the news, check the weather, hear audiobooks, set timers and alarms, and oh yeah….shop on Amazon. These things are seriously handy. I find myself asking for weather updates when deciding what to wear, and playing music through my Echo Dot to keep my phone battery full. You’ll surely find tons of uses for yours, too. Another great feature is that these are updated through the cloud, so everything happens in the background.

UK esports degree gets underway and FACEIT launches on PUBG

FACEIT has launched on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, allowing players to compete against one another in ranked matches.

Getting more people involved in esports is the goal of not only game developers, organizations and streaming platforms, but also universities as a new esports degree kicks off in the UK. FACEIT also teamed up with PlayerUnknown Battlegrounds to make it easier for amateur player to turn pro using a fully supported ranked system.

Stock up on TP-Link's Kasa mini smart plugs for $20 each

Make everything a little smarter.

The TP-Link smart plug mini is down to $19.99 on Amazon, which is a match of its lowest price. It tends to fluctuate a bunch, but seems to bound between like $27 and $30, with the last time it hit this low being back at Black Friday time.

Unlike most other smart plugs on the market right now, this one only covers up a single outlet, meaning you can stack two of them in the same receptacle, or use just one with another plug. The free Kasa iOS and Android apps allow you to control the status of the plug from anywhere, and you can also use a voice assistant, like Alexa on the Echo Dot (down to its lowest price today) to turn it on or off. It can be scheduled and has an away mode to turn devices on and off at random times so it appears as though you’re home.

If you’ve been looking for some extra smart plugs for the house, or want to try one out for the first time, this is one of the best options available.

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You can spend a fortune on a new TV. But you really don’t have to.

You can spend a couple thousand dollars on a TV. And if you have a couple thousand dollars to spend on a TV, by all means do it. You’ll get something pretty incredible with an OLED panel.

But for those of us who don’t have a couple thousand dollars to spend on a TV, it’s not like we have to settle for some kind of lesser class of living. You can get a really good TV for less than $1,000 these days.

I’ve spent a few months with a 55-inch TCL 6-Series. It’s $649 (retail) for the 55-inch model, and $999 for a 65-incher. 4K resolution, Dolby Vision and HD 10, and Roku built in. For a lot of folks — a whole lot of folks, seeing as how Roku TVs make up a quarter of the smart TV market these days — that’s going to be plenty.

No, it’s not the same as Android TV or Apple TV, though you certainly can plug in a box (and set up the TV to use it by default) if you want to. It’s not quite as quick, perhaps, Roku just has a different feel about it. But if your goal is to just watch your shows on a good (again, really good) TV for the price with a smart system that is easy to use, I’d have a hard time recommending something else at this point.

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Forza Horizon 4 early access begins on Xbox One and PC

You’ll have to spend a lot.

Forza Horizon 4 is an open-world racing game which features innovations like a shared world and seasons. Leaving Australia behind, this installment in the staple franchise takes players to Britain. For the first time ever, Xbox One X owners can choose to play it at 4K 30 FPS or 1080p 60 FPS.

Amnesia: Collection finally launches on Xbox One

Relive the terror on Xbox One.

The Amnesia: Collection is a package of three first-person horror games which offer plenty of scares and moments where you question the protagonists’ sanity. Beforehand, the titles were only available on PC or PlayStation 4, but that changed today. While the Amnesia: Collection may feature dated visuals because the last entry launched in 2013, the gameplay still holds up.

The Crew 2 'Gator Rush' expansion smashes onto Xbox One and PC

The swamps are calling.

The Crew 2 is an open-world racing game which takes players all over the United States. Gamers can drive cars, sail boats, and even take to the skies in small planes to become the greatest racer alive. Today, Ubisoft released the free “Gator Rush” update for the game. As the name suggests, Gator Rush takes you down south.

The most anticipated Xbox One games launching next week are…

Every week, numerous games launch on Xbox One, but which ones truly stand out? Here are some of the biggest and most anticipated titles launching across Microsoft’s platforms next week.

Next week we have a few new “AAA” releases on Xbox One, but there are still a few surprises here and there. Notably, Forza Horizon 4 is finally launching for everyone, and Assassin’s Creed Odyssey features substantial improvements over its predecessor. With that in mind, here are all the biggest games launching next week, between October 1 and October 5, 2018.

Battle Royale Showdown: CoD Black Ops 4 Blackout vs. PUBG

One definitely outshines the other.

A few days ago, Activision released the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 “Blackout” battle royale multiplayer beta. While that sounds like a mouthful, the test was a success and the developer even allowed more gamers to participate in each match. Just like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), individual players or teams start off with absolutely no weapons. Scavenging abandoned buildings and sheds is necessary to accumulate guns and health packs.