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'Halo: Reach' comes to PC and Xbox One on Dec. 3 as part of 'The Master Chief Collection'

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The Master Chief Collection, enhanced versions of the popular Halo series of Xbox video game, is finally arriving on PCs. "Halo: Reach," a prequel to the original 2001 "Halo: Combat Evolved," a game that helped drive the success of the original Xbox console, will be released Dec. 3 for PCs and Xbox One. It can be purchased as part of "Halo: The Master Chief Collection" ($39.99) or individually for $9.99 on PCs or Xbox One. The game is also available on Xbox Game Pass (special offer of first three months for $1, then $4.99 monthly for PCs and $9.99-up for Xbox One). "Halo: Reach" will be the fifth game in the Halo series to be optimized for Xbox One and improved PCs with up to 4K Ultra HD video and support for high dynamic range (HDR) for improved contrast, colors and details.


Is the all-new Amazon Echo worth the money?

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Amazon's Echo has been our long-time favorite in the lineup of Alexa-enabled smart speakers and displays. Since its introduction in 2015, the Echo has stood out in an increasingly congested marketplace for its sound quality, far-field voice technology, and minimal footprint. The new Echo is no exception to that trend with its improved speaker, rounded design, and ever-helpful Alexa. Let's dig a little deeper into what the third-generation Echo is about and whether you should get one. The third-generation Echo can put out decent sound with its 0.8-inch tweeter and 3-inch woofer.


MacBook Pro first look: Apple fixes the keyboard on its pricey new 16-inch portable

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Consider this if you're looking at the new 16-inch MacBook Pro: When Apple says "pro," it means it. These pricey ($2,399 on up) and muscular machines that went on sale Wednesday are, indeed, aimed at pro-type customers – video editors, game developers, scientists, Hollywood creators and the like. But consumers seeking more power than they get from Apple's MacBook Airs buy them, too, even as some Pro features, notably a Retina display, have trickled down to the Airs of recent vintage. Typically, such folks edit pictures and videos as well, and produce pro-sounding podcasts. The first thing you'll likely notice is the brilliant-looking 16-inch Retina display (nearly 6 million pixels), which, thanks to narrower bezels, fits into a 4.3-pound overall package that's roughly the same size as the 15-inch MacBook Pro that this new model replaces.


Smart doorbells can prevent stolen packages over the holidays--here's how

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The holiday shopping season is in full swing, but before you checkout on your next order, there are a few steps you should take to keep your packages safe. You've probably heard the term "porch pirates" before--they steal packages from your doorstep before you ever get home. And since 56% of consumers plan to shop online this year, that's a lot of opportunity for theft. Thankfully, you can help safeguard your packages by using a smart doorbell. So, before you start ordering away (and even if you've already started shopping for the perfect gifts), here are seven ways that using a smart doorbell can keep your packages safe during the holiday season.


The 5 best deals and sales you can shop this Tuesday

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Tuesday's best early Black Friday deals on Amazon are on some of the most popular holiday gifts. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA Today's newsroom and any business incentives. Coming back from a long weekend is always hard, especially one that's so close to the holidays, like Veteran's Day. If you're just settling back into the office, chances are you could use a few distractions, and lucky for you, we've got five of them--specifically in the form of these great deals you can snag on Amazon.


T-Mobile CEO John Legere on what's next following Sprint merger

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T-Mobile USA CEO John Legere has surfaced as the possible new CEO at WeWork, where he would follow the troubled tenure of co-founder Adam Neumann. The Wall Street Journal reported that Legere is in discussions with the office-sharing startup, which was bailed out recently by SoftBank Group. The topic of succession at T-Mobile came up during a sit-down Legere had with USA TODAY's Ed Baig last week, fresh off the announcements that T-Mobile would be flipping the switch on its 5G network on Dec. 6, Legere was joined in the conversation by T-Mobile president and COO Mike Sievert to discuss the remaining obstacles to T-Mobile's pending merger with Sprint and to make the case that the merger will result in more, not less competition, and more jobs. SoftBank already holds a major stake in Sprint. The Journal article stated that there's no guarantee Legere would take on the WeWork challenge.


20 gifts for those who love cats more than people

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Best cat gifts 2019: These are the best gifts for anyone who absolutely adores cats. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA Today's newsroom and any business incentives. Being a cat owner is an incredibly fun job to have, whether you've got a sassy cat that enjoys knocking things off tables or a lazy cat who loves laying on your face as soon as you go down to sleep. Cat parents are a proud breed, and while we enjoy receiving socks with cat faces and wacky tongs that have cat paws, opt for more practical gifts for the cat lover on your list this holiday season.


Team of 'white hat' hackers found bugs in Amazon Echo and Galaxy S10

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A team of leading security researchers was recently crowned top hackers after finding vulnerabilities across multiple devices including an Alexa-powered Amazon Echo and a Samsung Galaxy S10. Amat Cama and Richard Zhu, who go by Team Fluoroacetate, compromised the devices at an international bug bounty event called Pwn2Own in Tokyo late last week. The event, hosted by Zero Day Initiative, is home to "white hat" hackers who are paid top dollar if they find previously unknown bugs in gadgets supplied by big tech companies. The vulnerability Cama and Zhu found in the Echo allowed them to "take control" of the gadget, according to Pwn2Own. And finding the bug earned them $60,000.


Researchers use laser to hack voice-activated devices like Amazon Echo

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Suddenly, the garage door opens, a burglar slides in, uses another laser to have the Echo start the car and drives off. Researchers from the University of Michigan have used laser lights to exploit a wide variety of voice-activated devices, giving them access to everything from thermostats to garage door openers to front door locks. The researchers have communicated their findings to Amazon, Google and Apple, which are studying the research. Working with researchers from the University of Electro-Communications in Japan, U-M's researchers published a paper and a web site detailing how it works. There are also videos showing it in action.


Will 'Death Stranding,' a mysterious game about building connections, connect with gamers?

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Those are some of the adjectives being used to describe "Death Stranding," the much-anticipated video game from famed game designer Hideo Kojima ("Metal Gear Solid") available Friday (Nov. Since Kojima revealed the game was under development three years ago, with a trailer showing Norman Reedus ("The Walking Dead") as the main character in a sci-fi setting, expectations have been high – and speculation has spiked – about the prospects for "Death Stranding," which is currently only available on the PS4. A PC version is in the works for summer 2020. A measurement of demand for the game comes from Nielsen, which asked 10,000 gamers, aged 7 to 54, to rank their interest in games set to be released before and during the holiday season. Nintendo Switch:'Super Smash Bros. Ultimate' is officially the best-selling game in the series While "The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening" (Score: 99), "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare" (98), "Luigi's Mansion 3" (96) and "Borderlands 3" (95) led the way, "Death Stranding" was close behind with a score of 94, ahead of well-known titles such as "Gears 5" (88), "FIFA 20" (87), and "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order" (82).