Anthem’s campaign takes the fight to the villainous ‘Dominion’

You can’t let the Anthem fall into the wrong hands.

Anthem is an upcoming shared world third-person shooter from BioWare. BioWare is the studio behind famous franchises like Dragon Age and Mass Effect. Anthem is expected to launch on February 22, 2019, but that hasn’t stopped the developer from releasing new details about the project.

Microsoft wins $1.76 billion Department of Defense contract

The five-year contract includes Microsoft Enterprise Services for the Department of Defense, Coast Guard, and the intelligence community.

While CES 2019 was at the top of every techie’s mind last week, Microsoft also managed to score a big payday from the U.S. government.

Upgrade your internet with $60 off TP-Link's Archer C5400 tri-band router

Get online and stay there.

The TP-Link Archer C5400 wireless tri-band router is down to $179.99 on Newegg with code EMCTUUC45. The same router sells for $240 without the code and is currently that price at other retailers like Amazon and Best Buy. We have seen this router go on sale but never lower than $190 before.

The Archer C5400 is a very powerful device that will let you enjoy 4K video and play online games with no interruptions on its ultra-fast Wi-Fi. It uses three wireless bands, NitroQAM technology, and MU-MIMO tech to keep your signal flowing as fast as possible with up to 1000 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band and 2167 Mbps on two 5 GHz bands. MU-MIMO is the tech designed for homes with a dozen different mobile devices all trying to connect to the same wireless network. It helps keep them all running as smooth as possible, and the powerful 1.4 GHz dual-core processor with three co-processors helps with that, too.

New Galactic Civilizations III DLC to add more 4X strategy content

Take to the stars to uncover new mysteries.

Stardock announced the next expansion pack for the company’s popular space strategy 4X PC game, Galactic Civilizations III called Retribution. In this latest DLC, your civilization has uncovered powerful artifacts, perfected the construction of hypergates, and managed to stumble upon two new major civilizations.

Plantronics' RIG Flex LX Gaming Headset for Xbox One is down to $15 today

This gaming headset features 40mm drivers and a noise-cancelling microphone.

Today only, Newegg is offering the RIG Flex LX Xbox One Stereo Gaming Headset for only $14.99. That brings them $40 below their average price at Amazon. Select Newegg accounts can even use promo code BTETUUB99 to save an additional $3, though this code isn’t working for everyone. In any case, you’re snagging a great deal here whether the code works or not. Shipping is free.

Absolver for Xbox One lets you master the power of the martial arts

Absolver blends For Honor-style perspective with unique mechanics inspired by the martial arts.

It’s rare to find a three-dimensional fighting game where weapons aren’t a core part of the experience. This has always bummed me out because unarmed martial arts combat is every bit as interesting and fun to watch as swordplay. Absolver, a new fighting game experience on Xbox One, scratches that itch. And while the game’s lackluster campaign experience and the small shared multiplayer world are disappointing, Absolver nevertheless stands out as one of the most unique and fun fighting games of this generation.

Aukey's Rugged Bluetooth Speaker hits a crazy low price of $10 via Amazon

This water-resistant speaker lasts for up to six hours on a single charge.

Aukey’s Rugged Portable Bluetooth Speaker drops to just $9.99 at Amazon when you enter promo code VS4FL9KC during checkout. That’ll save you 50% off its current price there. Up until a few months ago, it was selling for $35; now its average price is around $27. With the coupon, you’re snagging it for the best price we’ve seen on it so far.

This compact, water-resistant speaker features dual speaker drivers and pairs with devices wirelessly using Bluetooth 4.2. A 3.5mm audio cable is included so you can plug it into non-Bluetooth devices too. It’s fitted with an adaptable hanging cord that allows you to hang it from your backpack, your wrist, or elsewhere. There’s even a built-in microphone so you can take calls with it.

Aukey includes a 24-month warranty with its purchase. If you’re planning to take this portable speaker on the go, you might want to bring along a portable battery charger too. Aukey’s 10050mAh QC 3.0 portable charger is on sale for $18 right now.

For a more stylish speaker option, consider Anker’s SoundCore Bluetooth Speaker currently down to $23.

Anthem Demo schedule: All times and dates

Prepared for the Anthem Demos? These are the dates and times you need to know.

Electronic Arts is preparing to launch pre-release demos for Anthem, its upcoming shared-world role-playing game, headed to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. While the all-new franchise isn’t set to launch until February 22, 2019, two planned preview sessions are your chance for early access.

The Anthem demo splits into two separate periods, from a limited-access “VIP Demo” to a wider “Open Demo.” The former is limited to those who preorder Anthem, subscribe to EA Access on Xbox One, or use Origin Access on PC. Alternatively, the Open Demo is accessible for all.

Related: How to play Anthem early demos

How to use Nanoleaf smart lights with Cortana or Amazon Echo

In this guide, we explain how you can use IFTTT to control Nanoleaf and other types of smart lights, using Cortana or Alexa voice commands, either via a PC or a connected smart speaker like the Harman Kardon Invoke or Amazon Echo.

Products used in this guide

Amazon: Harman Kardon Invoke ($64)
Amazon: Nanoleaf Light Panels ($210)
Amazon: Amazon Echo (From $50)
How to connect your Nanoleaf panels to Cortana or Alexa through IFTTT

First, make an account on IFTTT. (This service allows you to set up custom interactions between a wide array of services.)
Sign in to your Microsoft account and your Nanoleaf account.
Go back to IFTTT, and select My Applets at the top.

Click on New Applet. (It should open a new “If This Then That” template as seen below.)