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Belkin’s latest USB-C hub mounts to the back of your M1 iMac with a detachable design

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Belkin USB-C Hub

Belkin has recently lanuched a new USB-C hub that looks to be just as compelling of a solution for M1 iMacs as it is for taking with you in the everyday carry. The new Multiport Hub with Mount may look like a typical way to extend I/O, but features a novel design that can be attached to the back of your desktop machine and then unclamped for use on-the-go.

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Pad & Quill’s new US ballistic fabric Apple Watch Field Strap debuts today at 20% off

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After launching its first new band in years back in March, Pad & Quill is back at it again with its new Apple Watch Field Strap. Debuting today, Pad & Quill is setting the all-leather treatment aside to some degree to deliver a rugged Apple Watch strap made mostly of US ballistic nylon for all models of the popular wearable. Best of all, pre-orders are now live with a solid 20% discount code available below. Hit the jump for more details. 

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Learn the Dwarf or Elf language from Lord of the Rings with Drop’s latest ENTR keyboards

While we’ve seen Lord of the Rings keycaps from Drop in the past, this time around, the boutique brand went all-out. Launching two custom-designed ENTR keyboards today, Drop is letting you showcase both your support for Dwarves or Elves with its latest release. Sound interesting? Let’s take a closer look down below.

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Ultimate Ears debuts WONDERBOOM 3 speaker with recycled build and improved battery

Today, Logitech is announcing the long-awaited follow-up to our favorite portable Bluetooth speaker of 2019. All these years later, Logitech and Ultimate Ears are now launching the all-new WONDERBOOM 3 with some improvements baked into a largely identical form factor including improved battery life and recycled materials.

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LEGO’s new AT-TE walker set is finally available for purchase

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After the LEGO Group announced last month that the new AT-TE would be delayed into the fall, listings are finally live! As one of the most eagerly-awaited builds of the year, the new Clone Wars walker is finally available for purchase at $139.99 and includes seven minifigures alongside nearly 1,100 pieces.

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GAPKids’ back-to-school collection drops with essentials for your first day

Are your kids heading back to school? GAP is releasing their kids’ back-to-school collection just in time for all your shopping needs. The collection is called “Everyone Belongs” and was designed to remind us that it’s possible to make room for people of all abilities. Inside this collection you will find denim, khakis, pocket tees, dresses, varsity jackets, and many more items that are highly on trend for this season. Plus, GAP wants the entire collection to be all about versatility, which means you can dress up or down and mix each piece. I also wanted to note that you can score free shipping by signing up for free for a GAP Membership. Head below to find all of our top picks from the new GAPKids’ line, and you will want to be sure to check out Carhartt’s new fall line here as well.

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Edifier MS50A review: A solid AirPlay 2 smart speaker that doesn’t break the bank [Video]

While we’ve reviewed a few headphones in the past from Edifier – the budget-minded audio company also carries an extensive line of bookshelf and home theater speakers. The Edifier MS50A is a smart speaker for the connected home with AirPlay 2, Bluetooth, and a clean, elegant design. Coming in at $150, it is cheaper than an alternative like the One from Sonos, but how does it perform for the price? Be sure to hit the video below to find out. 

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Game Pass gains Midnight Fight Express and early access to Madden NFL ’23 with EA Play

Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass subscription just keeps getting better and better. We now have the list of games coming out through the rest of August, and it’s pretty stout. For starters, Midnight Fight Express launches on August 23 as a day one title for Game Pass. Plus, since EA Play is included with all Game Pass tiers, you can also now enjoy Madden NFL ’23 ahead of its official launch, should you subscribe. What else is coming to Game Pass this month? Let’s take a closer look below.

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ZAGG intros new ‘anything-proof’ water-resistant iPad case with detachable keyboard

Today, ZAGG is introducing its latest Rugged Pro Connect iPad keyboard case. ZAGG has been a mainstay in the Apple gear accessory space for many years, and its latest is specifically geared toward to 10.2-inch iPad models (Gen 7, 8, and 9). The new ZAGG Rugged Pro Connect iPad keyboard case, as the name suggests, is designed with durability in mind to be what the brand refers to as “anything-proof,” whether you’re a healthcare professional or just someone that needs to able to wipe down their case on a regular basis. Head below for a closer look and more details. 

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Review: Twelve South launches new Curve Flex MacBook stand with adjustable aluminum build

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Today, Twelve South is launching an all-new addition to its lineup of MacBook stands, and it just so happens to be the brand’s most versatile option yet. Meet the new Curve Flex, an adjustable way to prop up your machine at the desk with an aluminum design that can fold open to elevate your device up to 22 inches off the desktop. Head below as we take a hands-on look at what to expect from the new Twelve South Curve Flex.

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Review: Sony’s new X-Series rugged speakers deliver this summer’s best portable sound

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Earlier this summer, Sony launched a new series of portable Bluetooth speakers that arrived in the X-Series lineup. Today, we’re taking a hands-on look at what all three different portable offerings can deliver and just how the waterproof design stacks up with USB-C charging, X-Balanced drivers, and other signature Sony features.

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Latest EarFun Air S true wireless earbuds deliver premium features on a budget

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Today, EarFun is announcing its latest Air S noise canceling earbuds that feature Qualcomm aptX technology, Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity, and a wireless charging case. Designed to be premium earbuds on a budget, the EarFun Air S also come in at a pretty good price of $70, though for launch they’re discounted by 10% to $63. Sound intriguing? Keep reading below, where we’ll take a deeper dive into what the EarFun Air S noise-canceling true wireless earbuds have to offer.

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Arcade1Up runs the blitz on retro gaming with its latest NFL arcade cabinet, pre-orders now live

Arcade1Up is putting its brand new NFL BLITZ arcade machine up for pre-order today. The brand says the NFL Blitz cabinet is one of its “most requested home arcade machines ever,” and it has finally arrived. Pre-loaded with three BLITZ titles to bring some arcade-style gridiron action to your game room, it also features all of the usual Arcade1Up touches with complete cabinet artwork, and it even ships with a limited edition bonus collectible NFL BLITZ Legends cap (the first 1,000 orders). Head below for a closer look. 

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Samsung’s new Odyssey Ark monitor with 55-inch mini-LED panel finally goes up for pre-order

$300 off Pre-order

After stealing the show back at CES in January, Samsung’s glorious new curved monitor is finally on the way. Deemed the Odyssey Ark, Samsung’s latest desktop offering arrives with an eye-catching mini-LED panel to complement the unique curved form-factor. Now available for pre-order at long last, there are $300 in savings attached for early adopters.

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Here’s a first look at LEGO’s upcoming 2,065-piece motorized Ideas Lighthouse

Just over a year ago, the LEGO Group confirmed that one of the next sets to enter the Ideas stable would be a motorized lighthouse, and today 9to5Toys can offer a first-look. Slated to hit store shelves as the latest creation from the fan-made community on September 1, the upcoming kit will arrive with 2,065 pieces.

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Amazon rolls out Photo Frame mode to all Echo Show smart displays

Those with Amazon Echo Show displays know how it scrolls through various random pages every day containing news, Amazon shopping information, and more. Now, Amazon is bringing a previously Echo Show 15 exclusive feature to every display. The digital photo frame feature will scroll through your Amazon, Facebook, or even stock photos over the course of three hours in a non-cluttered interface.

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WiZ launches new dual-zone RGB lights to go on your floor and everywhere else

WiZ is a more budget-friendly sibling to Philips Hue that offers a similar experience at a fraction of the cost, so long as you’re okay with no HomeKit compatibility. Now, the brand launching a Mobile Portable Light as well as a Smart Button to expand your setup. In addition to those announcements, there’s also the new Pole Floor Light that’s already available, whereas the other two launches won’t be ready to purchase until September for the Smart Button and October for the Mobile Portable Light. What features can you expect, and what’s the pricing? Let’s take a closer look.

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New official Casely Crayola iPhone and AirPod case designs from $17.50 with exclusive 30% off

30% off $17.50+

Today we are taking a look at the brand new Casely Crayola iPhone case collection alongside the new AirPods covers. We have featured the brand around here a number of times because of the wild designs and patterns, and today it’s time for its latest crossover collaboration with Crayola. Featuring covers for all of Apple’s earbuds as well as iPhone 13 series devices and previous-generation devices going all the way back to Series 6, if you’re not planning on upgrading to iPhone 14 next month, it might be worth taking a closer look at the vibrant new Casely Crayola iPhone case collection below alongside our exclusive discount code. 

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Canon’s latest mirrorless camera is actually a robot in disguise thanks to Transformers collab

$170 Pre-order

After seeing the LEGO Group finally partner with Hasbro earlier in the delivering a brick-built Optimus Prime, all bets were off for crazy collaborations we’d like to see from Transformers. Canon is now the latest company to take on the task of bringing the robots in disguise into a new form-factor, with the camera company applying its usual mirrorless designs to the iconic Transformers brand.

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Microsoft says it ‘would not be profitable’ to make Call of Duty Xbox exclusive

When Microsoft announced it planned to purchase Activision, the immediate response from many was “Is Call of Duty going to become an Xbox/PC exclusive?” At first, Sony didn’t expect it to happen, and then a little while later Microsoft said that Call of Duty would remain on PlayStation “into the future,” but there wasn’t much else besides that. However, in a new filing to the Administrative Council for Economic Defense in Brasil, Microsoft comes out and straight up says that removing Call of Duty on PlayStation wouldn’t be profitable for them. Keep reading to find out more about Microsoft’s statements on keeping Call of Duty cross-platform.

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DeathAdder V3 Pro review: Razer’s refined and stripped down fan favorite [Video]

The DeathAdder – the mouse that really made a name for Razer. Over the last 15 years, over 15 million mice carrying that name have been sold. Now, the latest iteration is the Razer DeathAdder V3 Pro. With a refined shape, Razer’s latest sensor and switch tech, and an incredibly lightweight 63g design, the $150 DeathAdder V3 Pro has a lot to talk about. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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HORI’s Splatoon 3 Switch sling pack and Vault Case with Amazon pre-order guarantee now live

The HORI Splatoon 3 gear is now up for pre-order ahead of Nintendo’s squid shooter splashing down in early September. Much like HORI’s Pokémon Legends: Arceus Switch accessories, the new Splatoon 3 gear delivers some officially licensed carriers inked out in themed iconography to celebrate the upcoming release. After Nintendo’s 30-minute presentation on the upcoming title yesterday, now’s a perfect time to take a closer look at the latest HORI Splatoon 3 Switch accessories. Head below for all of the details. 

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Brydge’s new Thunderbolt 4 ProDock packs an upright design with integrated 15W MagSafe charger

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Today, Brydge is launching the latest addition to its stable of MacBook docking stations. Marking only the second Thunderbolt 4 option to land in the lineup, the new Brydge ProDock takes a unique approach by delivering a smattering of I/O in a verticle form factor for one of Apple’s latest MacBooks.

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Anker’s new PowerCore 24K power bank sports a 140W USB-C PD output for MacBook charging

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Just after seeing Anker launch its new GaNPrime series earlier in the summer, Anker is now back today with the debut of one of its most capable portable power banks to date. Arriving with an impressive 24,000mAh of capacity, the new fittingly-named PowerCore 24K packs an even more notable 140W charging output for topping off everything from iPhones to MacBooks.

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Unknown Worlds, the team behind Subnautica, is launching a new sci-fi IP at Gamescom

Gamescom is just around the corner, with the opening night scheduled for August 23. During the showcase, we’re now expecting Unknown Worlds, the developers of the Subnautica series of games, to launch a sci-fi IP that’s outside of its existing world. While the new game is a completely different IP than Subnautica, it’s still exciting, nonetheless, that we’re getting a title from Unknown Worlds at Gamescom this year. What else do we know, and what can we expect? Let’s take a closer look below.

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Urbanista puts the power of the sun in the palm of its new Phoenix ANC earbuds

Urbanista today is launching its latest pair of true wireless earbuds with the upcoming Phoenix, which really lives up to its name. Packed with 32-hour battery life, the earbuds sport a unique charging case that lets you extend playtime thanks to a built-in solar panel.

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Nintendo splashes down with 30 mins. of new gameplay in today’s Splatoon 3 Direct

Update: The Splatoon 3: Splatfest World Premiere FREE demo pre-order eShop page is now live. “A Nintendo Switch Online membership is required to access the Splatoon 3 Splatfest World Premiere demo. Everyone who downloads the demo will receive a code redeemable for a 7-day free trial. Code redemption begins 8/25/22 and must be redeemed before 11:59pm PT on 8/31/22.” 

The Nintendo Splatoon 3 Direct showcase is set to kick off in just a few minutes now. With pre-orders already live and the new themed console on the way, Nintendo is ready to ink the next details on its upcoming squid shooter in today’s dedicated showcase. Now set for release on September 9, 2022, we are just under a month away from the launch date and Nintendo is set to dish up some of what will likely be the final pre-release details in today’s Splatoon 3 Direct showcase. 

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Carhartt drops new fall gear including durable workwear, denim, and layers to keep you warm

from $7

Carhartt is known for its durable workwear, and the brand just dropped new fall arrivals. There are 148 new arrivals for fall with an array of items for the entire family. Plus, pricing starts at just $7 for accessories. Whether you need new apparel for work, back to school, or everyday jobs, this new line has something for you. Be sure to head below to find all of our top picks from Carhartt – and you will want to check out the new Southern Tide Golf line as well.

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NZXT Canvas 27Q Monitor review: A solid QHD 165Hz gaming display [Video]

Continuing its run of peripheral offerings, the NZXT Canvas monitors bring solid midtier gaming performance in a sleek package. Two different sizes, a 27-inch and a curved 32-inch monitor, cater to different needs. NZXT is also offering multiple mounting options with a monitor stand, a single monitor arm, and a dual monitor arm. We got our hands on the 27-inch display with a monitor stand. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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SIGMA launches two new wide-angle Sony mirrorless lenses aimed at astrophotography

SIGMA is now expanding its Art line of camera lenses with the addition of 24mm f/1.4 and 20mm f/1.4 options for Sony E-Mount and L-Mount cameras. Both of these lenses are aimed at everyday mirrorless photography and those who want to show off nature with astrophotography with some features being well suited for those looking to do the latter.

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Snapmaker’s latest 3-in-1 Artisan 3D printer is also a laser engraver and CNC

Today, Snapmaker, a maker-focused manufacturer known for multifunction machines, is announcing its latest generation of the 3-in-1 3D Printer Artisan. Delivering a dual-extrusion 300C 3D printing module, 10W laser engraver/cutting module, and 200W CNC carving/cutting module, you can swap between functions in as little as one minute, and there’s a 400x400x400mm work area for all functions. Sound intriguing? It’s available for pre-order, and you can head below to learn more.

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LG’s upcoming T90 true wireless earbuds deliver Atmos and Dolby Head Tracking at $230

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LG this week is showing off its latest flagship earbuds that will be debuting later this fall in the form of the new Tone Free T90. Arriving as some of the very first true wireless earbuds to date with Dolby Atmos, LG takes it one step further by building in Dolby Head Tracking for more immersive listening.

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PowerA unleashes new iOS MOGA mappable cloud controller with 3000mAh battery, more

After launching its Razer Kishi V2 competitor last month, PowerA is out with its latest cloud iOS gaming controller, the PowerA MOGA XP5-i Plus Controller. Delivering a familiar form-factor for the lineup, it combines an Xbox-style Bluetooth controller with an onboard clip to securely and ergonomically fix your iPhone atop with an ideal, adjustable viewing angle. The MFi iOS gaming controller from PowerA is now available for purchase on Amazon and directly on the official site. Head below for more details. 

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Sennheiser’s new Momentum 4 Headphones with ANC ditch retro designs for 60-hour battery

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Today, Sennheiser is announcing the latest additions to its collection of flagship ANC headphones with the new Momentum 4. Centered around improved active noise cancelation and a refreshed design, Sennheiser is going all in on the function with 60-hour battery life while ditching the usual retro stylings.

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Review: LEGO’s Sanctum Sanctorum assembles the largest Marvel set of the year, but is it worth the cost?

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On August 1, the LEGO Group launched its largest Marvel set of the year with the new Sanctum Sanctorum modular finally hitting store shelves. Now a week later, we’ve fully assembled the kit and are going hands-on to look at the overall build, every inch of detail, and the nine minifigures.

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Review: A closer look at all nine minifigures in LEGO’s new Sanctum Sanctorum

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After going hands-on with the actual LEGO Sanctum Sanctorum, we’re going to take a deeper dive into what you can expect from the minifigures. There’s so much to talk about with the largest Marvel set of the year, and the figures are one of the exciting aspects, especially with nine minifigs included in the box.

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Pro iPhone filmmaking for less with exclusive deal on SANDMARC’s Cinema Slider dolly

Out now $153

Today we are taking a look at the new SANDMARC Cinema Slider – a sort of portable metal dolly system for iPhoneographers. The new Cinema Slider might not be for your average iPhone photographer, but as filmmaking and content creation using the handsets millions of folks are already carrying around continues to grow in popularity, SANDMARC’s lineup of lenses attachments, tripod gear, and now, the new Cinema Slider help to deliver pro-grade visual effects without entirely breaking the bank. Now available for purchase directly from SANDMARC, you can get a closer look, more details, and a 9to5Toys-exclusive discount down below. 

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Creality updates CR-Laser Falcon laser engraver/cutter with new 10W module

Today, Creality, a fan-favorite 3D printer company, is updating its CR-Laser Falcon with a 10W module to deliver a more powerful experience all around. There are quite a few updates that come with the new CR-Laser Falcon Engraver, which includes 0.06mm precision, 12mm one-pass cutting depth, and easy operation. Whether you’re a DIYer, hobbyist, or maker, the new Creality 10W CR-Laser Falcon will be a great addition to your tool arsenal. Keep reading to learn more about this upgrade.

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Anker launches new laser-guided eufy RoboVac L35 Hybrid with optional dirt disposal unit [Deal]

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Last week saw Amazon acquire iRobot, and as robotic vacuum owners look to ditch Roombas in favor of more privacy-conscious alternatives, Anker is debuting a pair of new releases that couldn’t come at a better time. Arriving with a pair of launch discounts attached, the new eufy RoboVac L35 Hybrid/+ models balance flagship features with more affordable price tags.

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Call of Duty Next livestream set to show future of the franchise alongside September beta access

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Last we checked in with Call of Duty, the best teams in the competitive league were squaring off in Brooklyn with the Major IV tournament. Today, we’re now getting a teaser as to what’s next from the popular franchise, with the announcement of Call of Duty Next, a live event later this fall. Showcasing the future of the series including gameplay coverage of Modern Warfare II’s multiplayer modes and more, there’s also information on the first round of beta access for those who pre-ordered the game.

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Hands-on: Are LEGO’s new personalized Minifigure Factory figs worth the $12 cost?

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At the end of last month, the LEGO Group revealed a new online experience for customizing your own minifigs. Since the debut nearly two weeks ago, I’ve since had my very own brick-built rendition show up in the mail and today we’re taking a hands-on look at what spending $12 for the online LEGO Minifigure Factory experience gets you.

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Epic Games celebrating Fall Guys’ anniversary with custom Xbox Series S console and controller

If you’re a big Fall Guys fan or just want a chance to win a free Xbox, now is the time. The official Fall Guys Twitter account is running a giveaway to celebrate the game’s anniversary, and one lucky winner will come into the possession of a custom Fall Guys-themed Xbox Series S console and controller. This giveaway is open now and accepting entries until August 8. Keep reading to learn more about how to enter.

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Spider-Man Remastered gets Steam Deck verification ahead of next week’s release

Originally announced back in April, Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered is making its way to PC next week on August 12. Well, this week, Insomniac Games announced that the title is now Steam Deck verified, meaning you can play it anywhere the portable console travels with you. What else does this mean? Let’s take a closer look below.

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Golf in style with Southern Tide’s new collection for men and women

The 2022 golf season is in full swing, and being comfortable as well as sleek on the course should be a top priority. Southern Tide released a new collection for both men and women. This line has fabric that’s infused with stretch, features moisture-wicking technology, and offers breathability. So whether you’re just hitting the driving range or going for a full 18 holes, this collection has you covered. Be sure to head below to find all of our top picks from Southern Tide, and if you’re back to school shopping, check out our fashion guide for all of the top sales going on today.

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CASETiFY brings Woody, Buzz, and more to your iPhone 13 with new Toy Story case collection

CASETiFY today is launching its latest collection of iPhone cases, this time tapping the iconic characters of the Pixar flick that started it all. Off the big screen and hall of animated legends, Toy Story is joining the CASETiFY stable with a whole new series of covers for iPhone 13 alongside Apple Watch bands, iPad covers, and more.

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Apex Pro Mini Wireless review: SteelSeries delivers adjustable switches in a 60% board [Video]

The latest compact keyboard from SteelSeries is the Apex Pro Mini. Coming in both wired and wireless variants, this 60% layout gaming keyboard features OmniPoint 2.0 adjustable optical switches, a solid typing feel for a pre-built gaming keyboard, and a hefty price tag. Be sure to hit the video below to see all of the details. 

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Clarks iconic suede Wallabees evolve in new must-see Pokémon Pikachu collaboration

New Pikachu shoes have surfaced in collaboration with Clarks, makers of the iconic Wallabees. We love a good Pokémon cross campaign around here, whether it’s CASETiFY’s latest Pokémon collection, the Converse collaboration that dropped back in May, or those more subtle adidas sneakers we saw before that, but today it’s Clarks’s turn. Head below for a closer look at the latest in Pokémon footwear with the new Clarks Pikachu shoes. 

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Apex Legends Hunted intros Vantage, ready to take sniping to the next level

The current Apex Legends season draws to a close next week, and Hunted takes its places. Out with the old, and in with the… older? That’s right, Kings Canyon is coming back and Skulltown is better than ever. Plus, we’re getting an all-new legend named Vantage that’s sure to take sniping to a new level in Apex Legends Hunted. What other changes are on the horizon? Let’s take a closer look.

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