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Ticket to Ride review

Ticket to Ride is a brilliant adaptation of one of the bestselling board games of the last decade. Perfectly capturing the look and feel of Days of Wonders' first and most ambitious game, Ticket to Ride plays seamlessly on the iPad, whether you want to take on the computer AI, connect with players through Game Center, or challenge your friends in a pass-and-play match.

Pros

Fast and intuitive play: Whether you've played Ticket to Ride before or not, the app is very easy to pick up and learn. A tutorial mode shows you the basics, and the variable difficulty … Read more

Xbox One Titanfall bundle drops to $449 at Walmart, Best Buy

One of the reasons Sony's PlayStation 4 game console has outsold the rival Xbox One in the early months of 2014 has been the $100 price difference -- $399 versus $499 -- between the two. In mid-March, Microsoft evened the score a bit, adding the exclusive game Titanfall to new consoles as a bundle. Assuming a $60 sold-separately price on the game, one could argue the base cost of the Xbox One was now just $440.

Now, a second wave of price cuts has come to the Xbox One. As noted by the New York Times, two major retailers, … Read more

Better late than never for Facebook's updated newsfeed

A newsfeed update more than 365 days in the making:

In this episode of Update:

-- Facebook finally rolls out newsfeed redesign

-- "Shaq-Fu" sequel that no one ever asked for

-- Drop a pretty penny on a new Samsung Tabpro

-- Jawbone Up24 apps

-- Wello case is your new doctor

-- Evernote opens up to handwriting

CNET Update delivers the tech news you need in under three minutes. Watch Bridget Carey every afternoon for a breakdown of the big stories, hot devices, new apps, and what's ahead. Subscribe to the podcast via the links below. … Read more

Samsung Galaxy TabPro 12.2 ships March 9 for $650

Samsung is letting loose its extra-large Galaxy TabPro 12.2 tablet this month and has released some more details about perks, price, and shipping date.

The TabPro 12.2 is expected to start shipping on March 9; it will be available on Samsung's Web site, along with a host of retailers, like Best Buy, Walmart, Newegg, and Amazon, according to Engadget.

While many of these retailers have yet to list the tablet on their sites, Best Buy has already posted the 32GB version of the device, saying that it'll cost $649.99. Best Buy doesn't list a … Read more

Best Buy sale trims price on cellular iPads

Consumers looking for a 3G or 4G iPad can save some cash via Best Buy.

Starting Wednesday and running through Saturday, the retailer's latest sale brings down the cost of a cellular iPad to that of a Wi-Fi model. The details of the sale are tricky, but here's how it all plays out.

Buy any cellular model iPad at Best Buy, and you instantly get a $30 discount. Activate the tablet and data plan in the store, and you save an additional $100 off the price at checkout. Further, the usual activation fee of $35 is waived. Activate … Read more

Samsung opens the throttle on its retail expansion

Samsung might not have the same sort of brick-and-mortar storefronts as Apple and Microsoft, but it is hard at work beefing up its presence in the retail sector.

Last spring, the South Korean electronics giant revealed its intention to launch Samsung mini stores in Best Buy stores and Best Buy Mobile locations across the United States. The company said that it would operate those Samsung Experience shops for three years, and then evaluate with Best Buy whether to continue the arrangement.

On top of its 1,400 US locations, Samsung is now pushing ahead with plans for a greater presence … Read more

Best Buy to trim $50 off all iPhones

Consumers looking for an iPhone could shave $50 off the price through a new sale from Best Buy.

From Sunday, February 16, through Saturday, February 22, Best Buy will slash $50 off the price of all iPhones bought via the usual two-year contract with AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon Wireless. As just a few examples, the 16GB iPhone 5 will be free, the 16GB 5C will sell for $50, and the 16GB 5S can be had for $150.

Additionally, customers who reserve a new phone purchase with Best Buy by February 15 can receive a $50 gift card. That … Read more

What headphone buyers need to know, Part 1

I get a lot of reader emails seeking recommendations for headphones, and sometimes they'll ask about two very different types of designs. For example, "What should I buy, Sennheiser's on-ear Momentum or the AKG K 712 'phones?" In that case there's no obvious "better" headphone, because they are two radically different types of headphones. The Sennheiser is an on-ear, closed-back design, and the AKG K 712 is a much larger over-the-ear, open-back headphone. It's like asking "What's better, a Ford F-150 Raptor truck or a Porsche 911 Turbo sports car? … Read more

Best Buy to give mobile phone buyers a $50 gift card

Best Buy is dangling a new promotion to lure in mobile phone buyers.

From Sunday, February 2, through Saturday, February 15, anyone who signs up to buy a new mobile phone will receive a $50 gift card. The terms seem a bit tricky at first glance, but here's how it all works:

You first register your mobile phone number and e-mail address at Best Buy's Gift Card Offer page. You must register sometime between February 2 and February 15.

You then must buy and activate a new mobile phone from Best Buy via a two year-agreement with AT&… Read more

Best Buy slashes price of Surface Pro by $400

Anyone interested in the original Surface Pro tablet can save a hefty amount of cash through a new sale at Best Buy.

The promo trims $400 off the regular retail price of $900, bringing your cost down to just $500. The offer is valid online and at Best Buy retail outlets, but it's only good Friday and Saturday.

The Surface Pro comes with 128GB of storage space, a 10.6-inch ClearType HD display with a 1,920x1080 resolution, 720p HD video cameras on the front and rear, and a stylus pen.

Other retailers have trimmed the price of the … Read more