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How Using An Ultrawide Monitor Boosted My Productivity

I moved a few weeks ago, so I had to break down and re-set up my workspace. When I did, I replaced my dual-display setup with a new 34″ ultrawide LG curved display. It’s had its quirks, but now I’m not sure I could ever go back. Here’s why, and why it’s worked so well for me.


The Games To Get For A First Time PC Gamer

Late last week, a guest reader put forth a question. They’ve just joined the world of PC gaming, and they were quite looking forward to the upcoming Steam sale. Question is: what games should they buy?

And that can be a difficult question to broach. There are so many different genres. First-person shooters. Third-person shooters. Survival horror. Survival roguelike. Turn-based strategy. Real-time action strategy. MOBAs. Tower defence. Sports. Co-operative multiplayer. Competitive multiplayer. Simulations. Adventure puzzlers. Point-and-click puzzlers. The list goes on and on.

But we’re here to help. New to PC gaming? Look no further.


Count It Is A Framerate Counter For Gaming On Your Mac

Mac: There’s a lot you can do to improve gaming performance on the Mac, but a lot of it starts with benchmarking your current performance. Count It is a framerate counter that can help you figure out what’s dragging your performance down, and what tweaks boost it.


Build This Two-Player Arcade Table From A Raspberry Pi And IKEA Parts

We’ve shown you some awesome IKEA game tables, and even a two-player coffee table mod, but this one takes our favourite emulation powerhouse, the Raspberry Pi, puts it in an affordable IKEA table, packs in a pair of control sticks, and lets you use your existing screens to game on.


E3 2016 Recap: This Year's Most Exciting Games And Tech

E3 is now mostly over, at least for those of us watching along at home, and we’ve been following both from afar and through Lifehacker editor Chris Jager who has been on the floor in LA for this year’s E3. Here’s our roundup of the top tech and gaming news to come out of this year’s event.


Briefly: Avocado Crime Wave, Massive Insurance Claims And Stealthy Laptops

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: EA could have published Rocket League, insurance claims from the recent east coast storm have tripled and how El Niño has caused food supply havoc.


Should I Wait To Buy The Newest 4K Xbox One And PlayStation 4 Consoles?

The Xbox One and PS4 are getting some killer updates in the near future, bringing support for 4K gaming and VR. Microsoft’s 4K-capable Xbox One S even has a release date in August. If you’ve been watching the news or waiting to upgrade, here’s what you need to know.


Microsoft's New Xbox Play Anywhere Lets You Buy Games Once, Play Across Windows 10 And Xbox One

During their E3 press event , Microsoft had a nice surprise for people looking to save money on the latest video games: Xbox Play Anywhere, which will let you buy select titles once, and play them on both Xbox One and Windows 10.


How Video Games Changed The Way I Saw My Father

He towered over me, an imposing figure that I was all too familiar with. He wielded no weapons and he did not utter a single word but his stare was enough to turn me into stone. I was terrified. No, he was not Slender Man and I wasn’t trapped in some eerie survival horror game. He was my father.

This is a tale of how video games changed the way I saw my old man.


Thinking Cap: Gadgets To Get Organised And Daily To-Dos For A Good Life

Some useful gadgets to get and stay organised, the secret history of Mac gaming, a McDonalds and Chinese takeout mashup and some tips to live a good life — they’re all on the table in this week’s Thinking Cap.


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