From ITNews: This week in games: Civilization III for free, Halloween modes shower treats and tricks

We’re in the eye of the fall gaming storm, I think. The only huge release this week is South Park: The Fractured but Whole, a relatively calm point before next week’s onslaught of Destiny 2, Wolfenstein II, Hollow Knight, and Assassin’s Cr…

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From ITNews: Mac mini: Tim Cook says Mac mini is ‘important part’ of future Mac lineup

The Mac mini is Apple’s entry-level desktop Mac. It’s slower than Apple’s other desktop computers—the iMac and the Mac Pro—but it remains fast enough for general-purpose use. Apple targets first-time Mac users with the Mac mini, but longti…

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From ITNews: Harman Kardon Invoke smart speaker review: Cortana could be a strong smart home system—someday

Harman Kardon’s Invoke is a pretty good speaker, and Microsoft’s Cortana is a pretty good digital assistant. Put them together and you have a smart speaker that costs as much, but doesn’t sound as good—and isn’t as smart—as the brand-new…

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From ITNews: Harman Kardon Invoke hands-on: Cortana enters the smart speaker market with a boom

Harman Kardon’s Invoke speaker, debuting Thursday for $199.95, may end up following in the footsteps of notable Microsoft-powered devices like Nokia’s Windows phones: lovely hardware that’s slightly tripped up by Microsoft’s software and ser…

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