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Plants vs Zombies 2 Game Guide review

As a 33-page guide to the popular tower defense mobile and PC game, Plants vs Zombies 2 Game Guide does help you become a better player, but it reads awkwardly at times. Don't expect to find any cheats or special tactics in it.

Pros

Concise: Plants vs Zombies 2 Game Guide tells you the essentials about the game, covering the gameplay and all the plants and zombies you must deal with. It's a quick read from start to finish.

Includes graphics: Every plant and zombie covered in this guide has its own icon, so that you can easily … Read more

Candy Crush Saga Game Guide review

Are you addicted to Candy Crush Saga? If so, you're not alone or forgotten: Millions share your love of the game. Help is available, though! Not to kick the habit but to kick tail by becoming a Candy Crush expert with help from The Unofficial Ultimate Candy Crush Saga Game Secrets Guide by Josh Abbott and HiddenStuffEntertainment. It's an Android app, but it's not a game or even an application, for that matter -- nor is it affiliated in any way with Candy Crush Saga, King, or Midasplayer. It's an eBook: a reference guide to the … Read more

The 404 1,440: Where we channel surf with Sadie Gennis (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Livr: This social network unlocks features the more drunk you get.

- Some people just hate music, and here's what's wrong with them.

- Follow Sadie on Twitter and check out her Tumblr page, everythingyouleftbehind.tumblr.com.… Read more

The 404 1404: Where we channel surf with Robyn Ross (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Check out TV Guide's top 20 shows of 2013.

- Follow Robyn Ross on the Twitter.… Read more

The Audiophiliac's totally awesome $100+ holiday gift guide

Audio bling makes terrific presents, here's a nice assortment of goodies. While audiophile gear can be quite expensive, picking out a selection of terrific gift ideas that won't break the bank is still doable. Prices on today's blog start at $100, a couple of days ago I collected a bunch of under $100 gift ideas, many were under $50!

The Audiophiliac's under $100 holiday gift guide

Music and audio bling make terrific presents, so here's a nice assortment of goodies. While audiophile gear can be quite expensive, picking out a selection of terrific gift ideas that won't break the bank is still doable. Prices start at $10 and go up to $100. I'll trot out another list of $100+ gift ideas in a few days.

Pinterest inspires gift givers with holiday gift guides

Shopping for gifts can be difficult. It's sometimes impossible to find the right present for certain people -- there are those people who have everything and those who don't want anything. To tackle this conundrum, Pinterest is trying out ways to help gift givers this year.

Ahead of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping frenzy weekend, the social network has rolled out two separate holiday resources -- the Holiday Giving Guide and the Holiday Gifts Feed.

"In the spirit of the season of Pinspiration, we're unveiling our first-ever Holiday Giving Guide," Pinterest's head … Read more

Xbox One in the living room: The dazzling, erratic everything box

Walk into your living room, say "Xbox on," and your Xbox One, TV, and sound bar automatically power on. Sit down and say "Xbox Watch ESPN," and the cable box automatically turns to ESPN and fills the TV screen. It feels futuristic, but in a retro way. It's the kind of thing someone in a Disney "Home of the Future" exhibit might do, right after getting out of a flying car.

With the Xbox One, Microsoft wants to bring all your living room entertainment -- cable TV, gaming, and streaming video -- to … Read more

The 404 1,383: Where we hurry up and wait for the Sony PlayStation 4 (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- CNET's PS4 review: The next generation is here. Now wait.

- Jeff's first-ever PS4 screenshot.

- Why you should wait before buying an Xbox One or PS4.

- Follow Scott Stein on Twitter.… Read more

What we learned about Xbox One's living-room future

The Xbox One is ready to be the hub of your living room.

That's been the pitch since Day 1 for Microsoft's next-gen console, but it wasn't until this Wednesday that the CNET crew had a chance to check out many of the Xbox One's home entertainment features in person.

We already knew that the Xbox One would include Blu-ray playback, the TV overlay functionality called OneGuide, and built-in support for voice and motion control through the included Kinect. But many of the specifics have been hard to come by, especially regarding the challenges of integrated TV.… Read more