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The 2017 Steam Summer Sale Is Now Live

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It is time once again for the annual ritual of buying PC games you’re never going to play—welcome to the 2017 Steam summer sale.

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The Kojima Game That Made You Play In The Sun

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Hideo Kojima is famous for being the driving force behind stuff like Metal Gear and Snatcher. But today, we’re going to talk about another of his games: Boktai, a quirky little Game Boy Advance title that asked the player to go outside and get some sun.

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Boktai was a lot of fun, but sadly, the custom hardware makes it a difficult experience to fully replicate.
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Terra Battle 2 Coming From Final Fantasy's Creator

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Hironobu Sakaguchi, creator of Final Fantasy and founder of game studio Mistwalker, announced that he’s currently working on another Terra Battle role-playing game. It’s called Terra Battle 2.

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First Terra Battle was a really fun puzzle-RPG for mobile with some nice production values, I'm looking forward to the sequel!
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Big Cable asks FCC to ban states' investigations into lies about broadband speed

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The cable industry lobby has petitioned the FCC, asking it to ban states from investigating and taking action on deceptive advertising claims about broadband speed -- seeking an end to actions like last year's New York State Attorney General's investigation into Time-Warner's lies about its broadband offerings. (more…)

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Every year, Starbucks sends 4 billion nonrecyclable paper cups to landfills

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In 2008, Starbucks publicly acknowledged that the plastic coatings it used on its paper cups made them impossible to recycle using the kinds of equipment deployed by municipalities around the world, and kicked off an annual competition to improve the cup design -- but five years later, it shut the competition down, went on using the unrecyclable cups, and adopted the line that the world's taxpayers should foot the bill for upgrading recycling plants to accommodate its cups. (more…)

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Need a new fan this summer? Try a Vornado

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Thanks to a big row of west-facing windows, my apartment can get really hot in the afternoon. And since I don’t have a ceiling fan, I was looking for a tower fan that would help me cool down without needing to run my air conditioner all the time. I randomly bought a Vornado tower fan at Target and I’m so glad I did. The basic idea of the Vornado brand is that their fans circulate air throughout the room rather than just blowing it in one direction (like a traditional fan) or providing intermittent bursts of air in different directions (like an oscillating fan). I was worried that was all just marketing jargon, but I’ve found the design actually works really well. In fact, the fan creates a far wider range of air circulation than I was expecting.

I wound up purchasing two different models, the NGT335 33” Whole Room Tower Circulator ($99.99) and the Model 143 29” Tower Circulator ($79.99). The NGT335 has a wider range and a bit more power and, in my opinion, is absolutely worth the extra $20. The Model 143, however, also gets the job done just fine. Both fans come with remotes and have timer features in case you don’t want to leave them running all day/night.

As far as tower fans go, both models are pretty elegant and discrete. They aren’t invisible by any means, but they also don’t look out of place sitting in a corner of my living room. And since they don’t rotate, neither draws the eye the way an oscillating fan might. The NGT335 is a little bigger and bulkier while the Model 143 is slightly sleeker. However, because the Model 143 works on a curved pattern, you might have to get a little creative in terms of where you place it in your room in order to ensure the air blows where you want it to.

Really the only downside I’ve found so far is that the fans can be a bit noisy on their highest settings. On their lowest settings, however, they’re both essentially silent. And, to be honest, when it’s sweltering outside I don’t mind a little extra noise so long as I can stay cool. Admittedly, I’ve only been using these fans for a few weeks so I can’t speak to their longevity. But so far I’ve been absolutely thrilled with the purchase. If you’re looking to stay cool this summer, the Vornado brand is definitely an option to consider. And a few years ago Boing Boing also praised the company’s small air circulators as well.

[Note: This is not a sponsored post. I purchased both of these Vornado fans with my own money and just happened to really like them.]

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