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Oct

Should you buy Kingdom Hearts: The Story So far?


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Best answer: Yes. Kingdom Hearts is a notoriously convoluted series, so much so that it’s become a running joke about how difficult it is to explain its plot. If you’re gearing up for Kingdom Hearts III, this is the perfect bundle to get you caught up.

Amazon: Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far ($40)

What’s included?

The better question is: What isn’t included? Because this bundle contains just about everything. Though some of the titles listed below are not full games and are instead only cutscenes, you’re getting the entire Kingdom Hearts narrative in one place.

Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5+2.5 ReMIX

  • Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (HD Remastered cinematics)
  • Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix
  • Kingdom Hearts Re:coded (HD Remastered cinematics)

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue

  • Kingdom Hearts Dream Drop Distance HD
  • Kingdom Hearts 0.2 Birth by Sleep – A fragmentary passage
  • Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover (movie)

Why should I buy The Story So Far over other Kingdom Hearts compilations?

Simply put: This bundle contains the most content. With The Story So Far, you’re getting the most bang for your buck.

Is it worth it?

Absolutely. You’re getting nearly every Kingdom Hearts game to ever release, all remastered, for just $40. That’s less than the usual $60 retail for new games, so it’s a hell of a good deal. You can’t go wrong with The Story So Far if you’re looking to save money.

Similar compilations with less content can be purchased for $20 each. If you’re looking to buy another compilation anyway and already spend some money, it’s well worth it to purchase the best bundle possible.

Bottom line

When it comes to bundling up a series, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better compilation than this. Square Enix wants to ensure that no one is confused going into Kingdom Hearts III. And that’s a tall order.

Our pick

Kingdom Hearts: The Story So Far

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$40 at Amazon

The entire journey

When it comes to bundling up a series, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better compilation than this. Square Enix wants to ensure that no one is confused going into Kingdom Hearts III. And that’s a tall order.

30
Oct

Portable heaters, the new Echo Dot, and more are discounted today


Whether you’re looking for new tech gear or household items, we’ve got you covered.

There’s never a shortage of deals available, but sorting through all of them can be difficult at times. We’ve handpicked all the best tech, and everyday essentials discounts that you can take advantage of right now and brought them to one central location. From space heaters to Fingerlings, these are today’s best deals.

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30
Oct

Apple Pencil 2 Not Compatible With Older iPads and Original Apple Pencil Won’t Work With New Models


The new second-generation Apple Pencil that Apple introduced today alongside new iPad Pro models includes support for tap gestures and inductive charging when attached to an iPad Pro via magnets, a major upgrade from the previous model that had a built-in Lightning port.

Given all of the changes introduced in the Apple Pencil 2, it only works with the new 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models and it is not compatible with older iPad Pros or the sixth-generation iPad.

Likewise, the current Apple Pencil will not work with the new iPad Pro models and is limited to older iPad Pro models and the sixth-generation iPad.

That means if you’re upgrading to the new iPad Pro from an older iPad Pro model and already have an Apple Pencil, you’re going to need to buy a new second-generation model if you want an Apple Pencil to use with the upgraded tablets.

The new second-generation Apple Pencil is priced at $129 and can be ordered starting today, with the accessory set to be delivered on November 7.

Apple’s new Apple Pencil is $30 more expensive than the existing Apple Pencil, which is priced at just $99.

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30
Oct

Apple Quietly Announces AMD Radeon Pro Vega Graphics Options Coming to MacBook Pro


During today’s New York event where a new space gray Mac mini, a Retina MacBook Air and redesigned iPad Pros took center stage, Apple also quietly announced new graphics options for the MacBook Pro coming next month.

Tucked away in a press release, Apple revealed it is bringing AMD Radeon Pro Vega graphics to MacBook Pro for the first time. The company says these new graphic options deliver up to 60 percent faster graphics performance for the most demanding video editing, 3D design and rendering workloads.

The new configurations are set to be custom-order only from Apple’s online and retail stores, with availability at Apple Authorized Resellers also expected, from Wednesday, November 14. Apple has yet to release pricing details.

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30
Oct

New 11 and 12.9-Inch iPad Pro Models Have No Headphone Jack


Prior to today’s event, iPad Pro rumors suggested Apple would remove the headphone jack from the updated tablet, and as it turns out, those rumors were accurate.

Apple’s newly redesigned 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models do not feature a headphone jack, with the port now officially eliminated from all flagship iPhone and iPad models.

Apple’s new tablets are just 5.9mm thick, a slim size that was likely enabled through the removal of the headphone jack. To allow customers to use 3.5mm headphones with their new tablets, Apple is selling a $9 USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack, which will plug in to the USB-C port on the bottom of the device.

The USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack is not included with an iPad Pro purchase and must be bought separately if you want to use 3.5mm headphones with the new tablet.

The headphone jack has been missing from the iPhone since the introduction of the iPhone 7, which upset many customers at the time of its removal. Since then, people have become accustomed to using Bluetooth headphones like the AirPods, which may be why Apple felt that it was also time to eliminate the port from its new iPads as well.

Apple’s iPad Pro models feature its latest technology with edge-to-edge displays, Face ID, super fast A12X bionic chips, and USB-C connectivity rather than a Lightning port.

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30
Oct

New Apple Pencil, Smart Keyboard Folio, and Smart Folio Accessories Now Up for Pre-Order


Following today’s Apple event in New York, the company has now opened up pre-orders for the second generation Apple Pencil, as well as numerous other accessories. You can order your new Apple Pencil right now for $129.00, and the accessory will ship on November 7. Free engravings are also available for Apple Pencil.

Secondly, the new Smart Keyboard Folio for iPad Pro is available for pre-order in two sizes: 11-inch at $179.00 and 12.9-inch at $199.00. There is only one Space Gray color for the Smart Keyboard Folio.


Keyboard language options include U.S. English, Arabic, British English, Chinese, Danish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portugese, Russian, Swiss, Traditional Chinese, and Spanish. These will also launch and start delivering on November 7.

Lastly, Apple rolled out a new set of Smart Folio cases for the 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The 11-inch option comes in Charcoal Gray, Pink Sand, and White for $79.00, while the 12.9-inch version only comes in Charcoal Gray and White for $99.00.


The Smart Folio accessories are shipping faster, and orders made today will be delivered as soon as Thursday, November 1.

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30
Oct

Apple’s New iPad Pro Models Ship With New 18W USB-C Power Adapter


The new 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models that Apple debuted today will ship with an 18W USB-C power adapter, an upgrade from the 12W USB-A power adapter that shipped with the previous-generation models.

Apple’s 18W USB-C power adapter should charge new iPad Pro models faster, and it will also be able to be used for fast charging for Apple’s newest iPhones when paired with a USB-C to Lightning cable.

Apple is including a 1m USB-C charge cable along with the 18W USB-C power adapter that comes with the iPad Pro, and while the cable is available for purchase separately, the 18W power adapter can’t be bought as a standalone product just yet.

Rumors suggested that supply of the power adapter could be low at first, which may explain why it’s not available for purchase separately from the iPad Pro. Apple is likely to offer the 18W adapter for sale in the near future, though.

The new iPad Pro models are available for purchase from Apple’s website starting today, with new orders set to arrive on November 7.

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30
Oct

Apple Quietly Eliminates Rose Gold 12-Inch MacBook


Apple today announced a new MacBook Air with 8th-generation Intel chips, a Retina display, USB-C ports, and up to 16GB of RAM, a machine that, all in all, sounds a lot like the 12-inch MacBook.

Apple did not announce updates to its smaller notebook machine, but it did quietly remove the Rose Gold color as a purchase option. The 12-inch MacBook can now be purchased in Silver, Space Gray, and Gold, but not Rose Gold.

It’s not clear why Apple has removed Rose Gold as a color option, but no other Macs are available in the pinker shade, suggesting the Rose Gold color is out at Apple. The MacBook Air, like the MacBook, can be purchased in Silver, Space Gray, and Gold.

Apple does not appear to have made any other changes to the 12-inch MacBook and its future is somewhat unclear with the addition of a powerful $1,199 MacBook Air with a Retina display.

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30
Oct

A Maxed Out Mac Mini With Full Upgrades Will Cost You $4,200


Apple today introduced a long-awaited refreshed Mac mini, which has been reengineered to take advantage of the newest hardware available on the market.

The Mac mini features 4 and 6-core 8th-generation Intel processors, up to 64GB RAM, four Thunderbolt 3 ports, and up to 2TB of flash storage space.

The entry-level Mac mini with a 3.6GHz quad-core processor, 8GB RAM, Intel UHD Graphics 630, and a 128GB SSD is available for $799, which is $300 more expensive than the most affordable Mac mini was previously.

A middle-tier base model is available with a 3.0GHz 6-core processor, 8GB RAM, Intel UHD Graphics 630 and a 256GB SSD for $1,099.

Apple has added plenty of upgrade options aimed at pro level Mac mini users who want the fastest desktop-class machine in the smallest package.

A maxed out Mac mini with a 3.2GHz 6-core Intel Core i7 processor, Intel UHD Graphics 630, 64GB RAM, a 2TB SSD, and upgraded 10 Gigabit Ethernet is priced at a whopping $4,199.

Despite the high price tag, the upgrade options should make Mac mini customers who were awaiting more powerful features happy with this year’s refresh. Prior to today, the Mac mini had not been updated since 2014.

The new Mac mini is available for pre-order today and orders will be delivered starting on November 7.

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30
Oct

Apple Releases macOS 10.14.1 With Group FaceTime and New Emoji


Apple today released macOS Mojave 10.14.1, the first major update to the macOS Mojave operating system available on Apple’s Mac lineup. macOS Mojave 10.14.1 comes a little over a month after the release of the macOS Mojave update.

macOS Mojave 10.14.1 can be downloaded by going to the “Software Update” section of System Preferences, a new installation method that was introduced with the Mojave update.

The 10.14.1 update introduces support for Group FaceTime, a feature that was removed during the beta testing period. Group FaceTime, which lets you chat with up to 32 people at once, is also available in iOS 12.1.

macOS Mojave 10.14.1 brings more than 70 new emoji characters that are also available in iOS 12.1 and watchOS 5.1. There are new options for red hair, curly hair, no hair, and gray hair, along with characters to represent superheroes, cold face, party face, pleading face, and face with hearts.

There are a number of new animals and food items like kangaroo, parrot, lobster, mango, lettuce, and cupcake. Tweaks have been made to some existing emoji as well. The iPhone emoji, for example, has been updated to look like the iPhone X with no bezels or Home button.

For more info on macOS Mojave, the current version of macOS, make sure to check out our Mojave roundup.

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