Monthly Archives: January 2016

Criticism Often Says More About Who Gave It Than Your Work

Criticism Often Says More About Who Gave It Than Your Work

Constructive criticism is a pretty awesome tool for figuring out how to improve your efforts. At the same time, criticism might say more about the person giving it than it does your own work. It can be helpful to remember this if you have trouble taking criticism too personally .

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These Exceptions Allow You to Withdraw Retirement Money Early, Penalty Free

These Exceptions Allow You to Withdraw Retirement Money Early, Penalty Free

Retirement funds are appealing because you can save money before taxes. The downside is, if you withdraw early, you typically have to pay a penalty. However, there are some occasions where you avoid this.

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PAX South 2016: ‘Warbits’ Brings ‘Advance Wars’-Inspired Turn-Based Strategy to iOS Soon

PAX South 2016: ‘Warbits’ Brings ‘Advance Wars’-Inspired Turn-Based Strategy to iOS Soon

So, Warbits has been in the works for a long time now ? we wrote about it back in 2014, and it’s been in development for about 4 years now. But it’s finally nearing completion, and it’s looking really, really impressive. It’s very much inspired by and a streamlining of the influential turn-based strategy game Advance Wars ? many of the systems and unit types directly resemble ones from that game. Plus, the whole thing has a quirky and humorous feel to it, with robots arguing about whether ketchup goes on scrambled eggs. The villains say yes, and frankly, I agree. Hot sauce on scrambled eggs is good too, but sometimes I like some ketchup on there. But there’s a reason why I’m the villainous Carter Dotson, after all.

WarBits

Warbits will feature both a singleplayer campaign and multiplayer with online play. You’ll be able to compete in what they’re calling tag leagues, where you’ll be able join leagues based around a certain hashtag with rankings therein. So, you can battle it out in #toucharcade, for example. Warbits looks really slick and plays well in the demo I received, and the devs at Risky Lab are already doing a beta test for the game, and they’re hoping to release the final version this spring, with this game’s long, long development cycle coming to a close.

PAX South 2016: HyperX Reveals Cloud Revolver Gaming Headset

PAX South 2016: HyperX Reveals Cloud Revolver Gaming Headset

Kingston’s HyperX brand has largely been known for gamer-targeted, performance-focused computer components, but HyperX has started jumping into the gaming headset buiness recently, and with smashing results. The HyperX Cloud and Cloud II, priced at $ 79.99 and $ 99.99, are among the few well-regarded gaming headsets in the audiophile community in their price range. The headsets have good noise isolation, good sound for gaming, are remarkably comfortable, boast durable metal construction, and have detachable microphones. The Cloud II differs from the Cloud I in that it comes with a memory foam headband, and a 7.1 USB DAC for virtual surround sound. As well, the Cloud Core for $ 59.99 at Gamestop cuts out some of the optional acessories such as the travel pouch and optional earpads.

HyperX Cloud II Colors and Accessories

HyperX is going to introduce two new headsets later this year that will improve on the base Cloud models: the Cloud Revolver and Cloud Revolver S will feature angled drivers and an AKG-style headband system that provides a better soundstage than the Cloud Core, with the Cloud Revolver S boasting a Dolby Surround card for PC gaming. These will both use TRRS plugs for mobile compatibility as well, and the Cloud Revolver will start rolling out in May.

HyperX Cloud Revolver

HyperX Cloud Revolver

While the HyperX headsets aren’t explicitly targeted toward mobile (yet), there’s nothing stopping you from using them on your iPhone or iPad, say if you’re using Discord [Free] while playing Vainglory [Free] or something similar. All the headsets demoed use standard 3.5mm connections, either with headset+mic jacks that can be used on mobile with an adapter, or by using standard TRRS plugs. HyperX has a pretty solid assortment of gaming headsets, and while perhaps gaming headsets aren’t a super-hot market on mobile right now, with 2016 shaping up to be a big year for competitive mobile gaming, good headsets for gaming could be on many people’s radar soon.

Sunday’s Best Deals: Fire TV Sticks, $120 Exercise Bike, Bluetooth Speakers, and More

Sunday’s Best Deals: Fire TV Sticks, 0 Exercise Bike, Bluetooth Speakers, and More

A $ 120 exercise bike, discounted Fire TV sticks, and a clever water bottle lead off Sunday?s best deals. Bookmark Kinja Deals and follow us on Twitter to never miss a deal. Commerce Content is independent of Editorial and Advertising, and if you buy something through our posts, we may get a small share of the sale. Click here to learn more.

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Read It Later Showdown: Pocket vs. Instapaper

Read It Later Showdown: Pocket vs. Instapaper

When it comes to ?read it later? services that let you save articles today to read when you have time, you only have two serious options these days: Pocket and Instapaper. Both are great, but they?ve diverged a bit over the years and play to different strengths. Let?s compare them, head-to-head.

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