Hands-on: MSI’s GT75VR Titan brings high-end HDR display tech to a gaming laptop

There are big laptops, and then there’s MSI’s Titan series. Weighing in at 9.7 pounds and featuring a dozen cooling pipes, an Nvidia GTX 1080, and a full mechanical keyboard, the GT75VR Titan can’t quite match the $ 9,000 decadence of Acer’s Predator 21 X, but it’s still one of the largest and most feature-packed laptops around.

The feature I expect will make the most difference, though not necessarily the one that will be most talked about? An HDR-ready display—two, actually, because you can get the GT75VR in 1080 and 4K variants. HDR is still a rarity in desktop displays, let alone in laptops—we’ve only seen one or two announced with the capability so far. MSI actually dropped from an 18-inch Titan down to a 17-inch Titan because of the greater availability of displays at the smaller size. The upgrade in screen technology immediately puts the GT75VR in an elite group.

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43% off Caller-ID Call Blocker For Robo-calls, Telemarketers and Other Nuisances – Deal Alert

Just hit the big red “block now” button and say goodbye to robocalls, telemarketer calls, solicitor calls, elections calls, junk faxes or anyone else you’d prefer not to hear from. This small and discreet gadget can also block international and private numbers, as well as full area codes. It has a 1,000 number/area code memory with 200 numbers pre-programmed. The popular gadget averages 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 3,600 people on Amazon (73% rate 5 stars — read recent reviews here), where its original list price is reduced 43% to $ 79.99. See the discounted 1,200 number call-blocker on Amazon.

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Total War spins off Saga series focused on smaller ‘powder-keg’ moments in history

How much Total War is too much? It seems like Creative Assembly’s determined to discover the answer, today announcing yet another spin-off of the strategy series. In addition to the mainline historical Total War and the fantastical Total Warhammer, we’ll now see A Total War Saga games.

And soon. While Total Warhammer 2 releases this fall, the first A Total War Saga game will release “before the next major historical release in the franchise,” as this press release puts it. Sometime next year, probably.

So what is A Total War Saga? I’ll let Creative Assembly’s Jack Lusted give you the short of it. From today’s announcement:

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Google wants to kill your phone

Google is working hard to make phones obsolete.

The company wouldn’t admit this. And they don’t want me to say it. They still have to make nice with mobile phone carriers who support and sell Android phones.

In getting rid of the phone as we know it, Google is both on the right side of history and also on your company’s side. The post-phone world is a world with higher-quality voice communication, better security and telephony services that work better than today’s communication apps.

What’s a smartphone, anyway?

Everybody’s talking about the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, which first shipped on June 29, 2007. That’s as good a place as any to dissect the smartphone and what it really is.

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AMD, Nvidia coin mining graphics cards appear as gaming GPU shortage intensifies

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