Rockstar’s near-guaranteed hit Red Dead Redemption 2 is preparing to hit Xbox and PlayStation servers everywhere this Friday to get you ready for the big launch day.
Red Dead Redemption 2 launches on October 26, 2018, and is available now for pre-order starting at $59.99. The game world is reportedly massive, with huge 4K assets to boot, which will put some serious pressure on your downloads and HDD storage space. To help you prepare, Rockstar will allow players across Xbox One and PlayStation 4 to begin pre-loading the game this Friday, at 12AM ET.
Additionally, Rockstar will drop the launch trailer for the game tomorrow at 10AM, which we’ll slip in here once it goes live.
Red Dead Redemption 2 is set at the dawn of the industrial age in a fictional reimagining of the Wild West. The game is a prequel to the original Red Dead Redemption, with character Dutch Van der Linde and John Marston both returning from the previous game.
Early previews of the game speak of an open wor…
LIFX has a great app for controlling its smart bulbs, but turning on the lights and changing their colors is even easier with Google Assistant. Once connected, you’ll be able to use your voice to control your LIFX lights from your phone or Google Home — and don’t worry, setup is quick and easy.
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The best bulb: LIFX A19 ($60)
The cheapest assistant: Google Home Mini ($49)
First, connect your lights to LIFX
Download and launch the LIFX app.
Tap the plus button in the top right corner of the screen.
Tap Connect Light.
Tap your LIFX bulb in the list.
Enter your Wi-Fi network and password.
Wait for your bulb to connect, then name it and rejoice!
With your light bulb set up and connected to your LIFX account, it’s time to hop over to the Google Home app to finish the setup.
Linking LIFX to your Google account
Open the Google Home app.
Tap the Add button under your home group.
Tap Set up device.
Under Works with Google, tap Have something already …
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As expected, the Spotify app for Wear OS features native music playback controls and even includes support for Spotify Connect.
Even if you’ve made piece with the notch, adding another dash of sophistication and elegance to your Google Pixel 3 XL may make you forget about it altogether. Plus, the added protection a leather case means your phone may last until Google decides to release a notchless XL model again. These are the best leather cases (so far) for the Pixel 3 XL.
Bellroy Leather Phone Wallet
Purveyor of fine leather goods, Bellroy’s leather Pixel 3 XL cases are available straight from Google. This one has room for two cards inside the cover and two behind your phone, offering a slim profile and all-around protection.
$99 at Bellroy
Abacus 24-7 wallet case
I’ve had great experiences with Abacus 24-7’s faux-leather wallet cases. This one has slots for three cards, a cash slot, and your Pixel 3 XL is held in place by a silicone bumper. The cover folds into a kickstand, and the magnetic closure is quite strong.
$10 at Amazon
Bettop leather bumper