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Brendan Hesse

Brendan Hesse

Former Digital Trends Contributor

Brendan has written about a wide swath of topics, including music, fitness and nutrition, and pop culture, but tech was always his forte. Since his childhood, he's been obsessed with piecing together computers, figuring out how video games work, and anything NASA launches into space. Outside of writing, Brendan spends his time drawing, gorging on sci-fi, and adventuring outdoors.

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The best games like Pokémon [Ultimate 2022 List]

What happens when you catch them all in Pokémon? Here are other games to check out if you're looking for something similar to the beloved Pokémon RPG series.
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The best Linux distros for 2022

Wanting to ditch Windows or MacOS? Linux is a great option, but which version is the best for you? Here are some of our favorite Linux distros to choose from.
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How to use Remote Play on PS4

PS4 Remote Play is one of the best PlayStation 4 features. You can play your favorites nearly anywhere. Here's how to stream to a Mac, Windows, iPad, and more.
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How to set up a dedicated Terraria server

Terraria's fourth major content update is here, and despite the changes, multiplayer remains the core focus. Here's how to set up a dedicated Terraria server.
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The best Xbox One headsets for 2022

Check out our picks for the best Xbox One headsets we've found, with both wired and wireless picks whether you're looking for audiophile sound or affordability.
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The 25 best Nintendo 3DS games

We've narrowed down the console's deep library to the 25 best Nintendo 3DS games you can buy now, including exclusive 3DS, remastered, and re-released games.
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The most common HTC Vive problems, and how to fix them

VR headsets like the HTC Vive are complex devices and are thus susceptible to errors. This guide will help you troubleshoot common Vive problems and find fixes.
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How to factory reset a Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge

Looking to rid your device of potential problems and return it to its default settings? Here's how to factory reset a Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge.
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Looking to start a podcast: Here’s everything you need to know

Don't know how to start a podcast? It can be daunting, going it alone. Here's your guide to getting started, from outlining your niche and scripting your first episode to what kind of equipment you need and how to get your podcast online and shared for your new listeners to enjoy.
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Nuraphone hands-on review

Machine learning-equipped headphones get cozy with our inner ears in our Nuraphone Hands-On review.
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Your next hotel stay may include personalized Netflix streaming

Dish TV's hotel-exclusive streaming platform, Evolve, will soon be getting Netflix integration, a long-awaited inclusion to its already long list of supported apps and features. This new update will enable users access to their personal watchlists and suggestion while on the road.
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Here’s absolutely everything we know about ‘Deadpool 2’

The Deadpool sequel will introduce new characters both in front of the camera and behind it when it brings Marvel's mouthy, irreverent mercenary back to the big screen. From the familiar faces to the new characters, here's everything we know about Deadpool 2, which hits theaters May 18.
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AirTV Player review

Despite offering some novel and much-needed features for integrating antenna TV and internet TV streaming, the AirTV suffers from some glaring faults. By playing favorites when it comes to streaming services, and needlessly complicating the setup, the AirTV undermines its best aspects.
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New trailer reveals ‘Arrested Development’ season 5 will hit Netflix this month

In a surprise announcement, Netflix released a new trailer for the long-awaited season 5 of 'Arrested Development,' which is set to premiere in just a few weeks. The announcement comes just a few days after the release of a remixed season 4, giving fans plenty of Bluth Family material to enjoy.
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Bang & Olufsen unveils wireless reimagining of its classic Earset headphones

Bang & Olufsen has announced the newest member of its B&O Play lineup, a wireless reimagining of its classic Earset headphones. The new addition features an unorthodox look, customizable fit, and Bluetooth connectivity, but with the same attention paid to acoustic details and ergonomics as the original.
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‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ movie will let audiences control the ending

Fox is producing a film based on the Choose Your Own Adventure series of novels, both in terms of setting and experience. The new interactive film will give audiences control over how the story will unfold as they watch, just like they would when reading the classic book series.
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Amazon seemingly confirms the existence of the rumored Fire TV Cube

A mysterious sign-up page was discovered on Amazon's website that seemingly reveals the existence of the rumored Fire TV Cube, and gives serious credence to previously leaked benchmarks and images. We have all the info on all the features and specs rumored so far.
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Roku OS 8.1 update includes free live news, updated Roku Channel, multicast audio

Roku has announced that its next big update to the Roku OS, Roku OS 8.1, will be hitting your Roku streaming devices in the coming weeks, bringing with it a host of new features like free 24-hour news, updates to the Roku Channel, and multicast listening. ABC News Live is the main focus for the live news channels.
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DJ, producer, and EDM icon Avicii found dead at 28

Swedish DJ, producer, and philanthropist, Tim Bergling, better known by his stage name Avicii, was found dead in Muscat, Oman on Friday, April 20 at the age of 28. In 2016, he retired from public performances due to health concerns, instead choosing to focus on producing.
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SteelSeries Arctis Pro review: The best gaming headset

The Arctis Pro iterates smartly, solving the few compatibility shortcomings the previous Arctis headsets faced and boosting the quality to new heights.
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Brainwavz B400 high-grade earphones use 3D printing to keep costs low

Audio company Brainwavz is expanding its headphone lineup with a pair of 3D printed in-ear headphones that reportedly reach levels of performance that would please the audiophile crowd, but cost less than $200.
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No more memorizing dozens of passwords: Fire TV now supports single sign-on

Amazon announced today that the SSO feature is now available to U.S. customers, and will begin rolling out support to several popular channels and apps immediately.
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Plantronics Voyager 6200 UC wireless headphones will cure your noisy office woes

Plantronics has launched a new pair of neckband earphones designed with office professionals in mind: The Voyager 6200 UC, featuring active and passive noise cancellation to keep you productive in even in distracting office settings.
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Mother Nature is no match for Braven’s Ready Elite outdoor Bluetooth speaker

Braven's new Bluetooth speaker, the Ready Elite, is designed to deliver big sound, while taking the hazards of Mother Nature in stride.
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Amazon Prime takes the next step toward becoming a cable TV alternative

Amazon Prime users can now browse, watch, and search for live TV programming via Alexa and the Fire TV homepage.
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Trends With Benefits podcast: Our favorite tech from CES 2018

It's our annual CES episode! Our favorite products include the Vivo underglass fingerprint sensor, Sennheiser Ambeo 3D Soundbar, and more.
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Displaylink is ready to make wireless virtual reality setups, well, a reality

Displaylink is aiming to bring a fully wireless virtual reality experience to both gamers and enterprise business in the near future.
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Sonarworks storms CES with revolutionary headphone-enhancing app

Sonarworks gives us some info on its True-Fi digital sound-processing app, which completely upgrades the sound quality of your headphones.
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Klipsch wireless speakers will soon support Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa

A selection of Klipsch's wireless speakers and amps will be supporting Amazon's virtual assistant, Alexa, in the near future.
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We played around with Nvidia’s Holodeck software at CES 2018

At CES 2018, we got to see Nvidia's Holodeck. This 3D-design program allows users to collaborate in a virtual space.
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Xfinity talks about its surprising smart home announcements at CES 2018

Daniel Herscovici, Senior VP/GM of Xfinity Home and Comcast, fills us in on the company's surprising smart home announcements at CES 2018.
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Optoma gives us the scoop on its upcoming 4K projectors, wireless earbuds

Optoma stopped by our CES 2018 booth to show off its new projector and the NuForce BeFree 5 true wireless headphones.
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Join us as we kick off Day 2 of CES 2018 with details of our live coverage

It's Day Two of CES 2018, and we have another full day of interviews with the biggest companies and live video coverage ahead.