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10 Places to Go While They Are Still Cheap: 2014 Edition

Do your travel ambitions eclipse your bank account? We've got just the fix: destinations around the world that offer plenty of cheap ways to stay, play, and eat. Whether you're on the prowl for a perfect beach or a city bursting with culture, these cities and countries deliver big but cost little. …

From Beginner to Advanced: 10 Steps to a Better Bedroom

Bored with your bedroom? We've got plenty of ideas for what to do about that. You can make your bedroom into a dreamy space without moving, or …

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How To Wash a Pillow by Hand or Washing Machine

Can you remember the last time you washed your pillow? It's generally a good idea to do it at least once each year to keep them fresh, clean, and …

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Will Arnett: 'I'm done with super-dumb'

Will Arnett is having himself a pretty good year. In spring he loaned his iron-and-gravel Bond-villain voice to The Lego Movie, playing an infuriatingly pedantic and melodramatic Batman in a delightful movie that made a tasty $468 million (£290m) worldwide. In the summer he went toe-to-toe with his …

Dragon Age: Inquisition is for players that still appreciate the long game

Free time is a precious commodity. Video games, TV and other media constantly vie for our attention when we've clocked out of work or school for the day. How we spend those precious few hours between EOD and bedtime is a decision not lightly made. With more and more games taking to the bite-sized …

6 Chic Cities for Long Weekend Getaways

Summer's over, but the fun needn't fade -- it's weekend warrior season. Here are eight hotels in six of North America's coolest cities for a quick getaway, from cultural capitals to desert oases.<p>PHOTO GALLERY<p>Chic Cities for Long Weekend Getaways<p>Follow Joy Pecknold on Twitter: …

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The Best Items to Buy Duty-Free at the Airport

(Aneil Lutchman / Flickr)</><p>I never paid much attention at all to airport duty-free shops until I moved my life outside the U.S. to a country with some seriously tight importation policies. Duty free is like the United Nations of shopping and it's awesome.<p>What little is allowed here into Argentina …

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Here's how Cortana will never let you miss a concert by your favorite bands

Concert Watch will let you know when favorite artists are playing shows near you. It's a cool way to keep tabs on your favorite musicians without …

Kinect Sports Rivals proves the Xbox One Kinect still isn't serious gaming hardware

<i>Kinect Sports Rivals</i> is the game that should show off everything the Xbox One Kinect sensor can accomplish. It’s a first-party game, it offers a combination of sports that should be able to communicate the flexibility of the hardware and it’s a chance for Microsoft to show that it learned from the …

Killer Instinct rolls out 6.8 GB Fulgore title update

Microsoft Studios has begun rolling out the Fulgore title update for <i>Killer Instinct,</i> which introduces the season's eighth and final add-on character, the cyborg knight Fulgore, and an Arcade Mode.<p>Weighing in at 6.8 GB, the update adds online lobbies featuring eight-player rooms and a spectating …

Titanfall Private Match details expanded in patch notes

Patch notes for Respawn Entertainment's first-person shooter, <i>Titanfall,</i> include more information on the first public test for the game's new Private Match mode.<p>Respawn Entertainment announced the arrival of the mode earlier today on Twitter, which fulfills the developer's promises from March to add …

Top 7 Bing features that we can’t do without

All of us here at Windows Phone Central use Bing for our day-to-day searches, and we are positive that most of our readers do also. For those of you …

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Life after Titanfall

Two key team members behind Call of Duty and Titanfall decided to start over to see what they could do on their own.<p>In mid-2012, developer Respawn Entertainment gave part of its staff a month off.<p>Many team members had been involved in highly publicized lawsuits with former employer Activision over …

Titanfall dev working on a companion app, new colors and private lobbies

<i>Titanfall</i>, Respawn Entertainment's mech-infused first-person shooter, will get a companion app and players may see new colors and an option for private servers, according to a series of tweets this week from producer Drew McCoy.<p>McCoy answered player questions yesterday while he was aboard a flight. …

The Madden ambulance, and other features the NFL made EA remove or tweak

EA Sports' slogan is "it's in the game," but since the NFL is tightly tied to the publisher's Madden NFL series, the league has forced the games' developers to remove a number of features over the years, reports Extra Mustard.<p>According to interviews with current and former producers on the …

The developer who convinced Sony and Kickstarter backers to help his Xbox One game

The wheels began to turn when, during a conversation with Microsoft's Chris Charla, game designer Jamie Fristrom was told that there weren't any twin-stick shooters on the way to the Xbox One via the company's self-publishing program.<p>It’s rare to find that sort of content hole during the early days …

See the astonishing real-life space photos that inspired 'Cosmos'

League of Legends Team Builder queue lets players choose roles before joining a team

Riot Games is rolling out a beta on live <i>League of Legends</i> servers to test Team Builder, a new queue where players can select a specific role, champion and position before joining a team, the company announced today.<p>Team Builder beta testing will go live across regions as a staggered roll out …

How a Minecraft video series changed Mojang's trolling policy

<i>Minecraft</i> developer Mojang will "clarify" its trolling policy, a reexamination that began because of a YouTube video series dedicated to the forbidden practice.<p>YouTube user John "ZexyZek" Morin posted the first video in his <i>Minecraft</i>: Trolling! series on Aug. 17, 2013. Throughout the series, Morin …

Clean These Two Parts of Your Dishwasher to Keep it Running Smoothly

Over time, dishwashers stop cleaning as well as they used to and need a bit of a cleaning. The Kitchn points to two parts of your dishwasher, the …

Supercharge Your Gmail Filters with These System Labels

One of the best things about Gmail is its robust filtering system. It's easy to route very specific types of messages to different folders or …

Stick to These Font Sizes to Simplify Designs (and More Design Tips)

Whether you're new to graphic or web design or have passed the beginner stage, these tips from David Kadavy can help you simplify your slides, web …

Blast Off Into the Future with These Sci-Fi Wallpapers

Whether the future holds a technological utopia or a dystopian nightmare, you can enjoy it in the present with these wallpapers.<p>We're changing up our …

Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls' Adventure Mode is the 'smartest way to play'

The upcoming expansion to <i>Diablo 3, Reaper of Souls</i>, will offer players "the most varied and smartest way to play" if their aim is to level-up and find gear, according to lead designer Kevin Martens.<p>Speaking to Polygon, Martens described Adventure Mode as a sandbox for <i>Diablo 3</i>, allowing players to …

Bravely Second will remain focused on narrative

<i>Bravely Second,</i> the sequel to Square Enix's <i>Bravely Default</i>, will expand on the game's world with story-driven gameplay, series producer Tomoya Asano recently told Siliconera.<p>Although <i>Bravely Second</i> will include "an expansive world" to explore, Asano said, player's actions will still be driven by the …

Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls' new Paragon system detailed

<i>Reaper of Souls</i>, the upcoming expansion to <i>Diablo 3</i>, will include an updated Paragon leveling system that removes a level cap, shares Paragon levels and more, Blizzard Entertainment announced via Battle.net.<p>Changes will be introduced with patch 2.0.1 and will affect all <i>Diablo 3</i> accounts. Without a …

Why I Bought A House In Detroit For $500

After college, as my friends left Michigan for better opportunities, I was determined to help fix this broken, chaotic city by building my own home in the middle of it. I was 23 years old.<p>My first job out of college was working for a construction company in Detroit.<p>“We're an all-black company and I …