PS Plus Extra and Premium games for July include ‘Stray’ and ‘Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade’

Sony has announced the first new batch of games for its higher PlayStation Plus tiers since it revamped the service. Along with the three titles that are available for PS Plus Essential members and those in the current Extra and Premium libraries, subscribers will have access to a bunch more games as of July 19th.

One of those is Stray, a cyberpunk adventure game in which you play as a cat with a drone companion. It’s the first time that a third-party title will be available on a higher PS Plus tier on its release date. You’ll have access to the PS4 and PS5 versions. 

Members will also be able to check out PS5 blockbuster Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade. The PS4 version of Final Fantasy VII Remake was previously available to claim through PS Plus. However, for a while, those who snagged it were unable to get Intergrade without paying for the full game. Square Enix eventually relented and offered an upgrade path.

Also on July 19th, Extra and Premium members can play Marvel’s Avengers on PS4 and PS5 at no extra cost. Things haven’t exactly gone incredibly well for that but the gameplay is solid. Crystal Dynamics just added the latest playable character, The Mighty Thor (Jane Foster), a few weeks ago.

On top of those, you’ll have access to a bunch more Assassin’s Creed games, Saints Row entries and some other games:

  • Assassin’s Creed Unity (PS4)

  • Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag (PS4)

  • Assassin’s Creed Rogue Remastered (PS4)

  • Assassin’s Creed Freedom Cry (PS4)

  • Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection (PS4)

  • Saints Row IV: Re-Elected (PS4)

  • Saints Row Gat out of Hell (PS4)

  • Spirit of the North: Enhanced Edition (PS5)

  • Ice Age: Scrat’s Nutty Adventure (PS4)

  • Jumanji The Video Game (PS4)

  • Paw Patrol on a Roll! (PS4)

  • ReadySet Heroes (PS4)

Premium members will be able to dive into a couple more PlayStation Portable titles in the form of No Heroes Allowed! and LocoRoco Midnight Carnival as well. That’s a fairly solid slate of additions overall, with something for just about everyone.

Sony says it will continue to shakeup the PS Plus lineups on a monthly basis. It will refresh the Essential library at the start of each month and add new games to Extra and Essential a couple of weeks later. Bear in mind that games will cycle in and out of the Extra and Essential tiers, but you’ll have access to Essential titles you claim as long as you maintain a PS Plus subscription.

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These are the games included with PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium

You don’t have to wonder just what games you can play if you subscribe to PlayStation Plus Extra or Premium. Twitter user Wario64 has noticed that Sony published its game catalog for those who sign up for PS Plus’ two higher-end plans. As hinted earlier, the company is offering a mix of big-name hits, classics (for Premium users) and lower-profile titles.

You can expect well-known games like Death Stranding, several Final Fantasy releases and Red Dead Redemption 2 alongside major PS4 and PS5 offerings like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Demon’s Souls, Ghost of Tsushima and Spider-Man: Miles Morales. There are some curious splits, though. You can play Uncharted 4 and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy through the mid-priced Extra tier, but you’ll need Premium to revisit the series’ roots through the Nathan Drake Collection — it’s considered a classic even though it’s a PS4 title.

There’s also a clearer look at Premium’s time-limited free trials. You’ll have a chance to try Horizon Forbidden West, Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection and Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands in addition to nine other games as of this writing. You won’t want to subscribe to Premium with the trials in mind, then, but they could be nice perks on top of core benefits.

Extra costs $15 per month in the US, while Premium is $18 per month. The full list underscores the differences between the new PS Plus and Xbox Game Pass. While Sony is including some recent games in its costlier tiers, it’s not making a point of adding games on launch day like Microsoft sometimes does. This is a bonus for PlayStation fans, not a replacement for buying the latest blockbusters.

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Screenshots reveal what extra information the Robinhood hackers accessed

Screenshots obtained by Motherboard reportedly show the internal Robinhood tools that a hacker used to access “more extensive account details” for some of the trading platform’s accounts. The heavily redacted screenshots show that hackers had access to buttons labeled “Disable MFA” (multi-factor authentication) and “Add to Trusted Device Email Code Whitelist,” along with information about what devices were logged into the account, and the ACH bank transfers the user had done.

Motherboard says it got the screenshots from someone claiming to be affiliated with the hackers. Robinhood told The Verge that its investigation didn’t reveal evidence that the hacker made any changes to accounts.

One of the screenshots reportedly provided by the Robinhood hackers. Redactions were made by Motherboard.
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Although data was accessed for around 7 million people, Robinhood said in its announcement that most of them only had their email addresses or full names obtained. Ten people, however, had “more extensive account details revealed.” Robinhood confirmed the account included in one screenshot Motherboard received showing a customer support conversation was one of those 10. Another screenshot also shows a customer’s account balance, portfolio value, and verified phone number.

Robinhood announced the hack on Monday, saying that someone was able to socially engineer one of its support employees and gain access to some of the company’s customer support tools. These tools gave them access to some user information, though not Social Security, bank, or debit card numbers, according to Robinhood. The company won’t say if the users who had more data accessed than others were specifically targeted, but it has said that it’s reaching out to those affected. Robinhood also said that the hacker tried to extort it for money, but that it didn’t pay.

Update November 10th, 5:16PM ET: Added information from Robinhood stating the hackers did not alter account information.

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Fortnite Supercharged weekend makes a surprise return with extra XP

Epic Games has brought back its Supercharged power-leveling weekend for a second time in a row, giving players more than enough opportunities to rake in as much XP as possible. As with previous weeks, players will need to make sure they log in at some point during the power-leveling weekend to enable the Supercharged bonus.

Fortnite‘s Supercharged weekend applies an XP multiplier that awards more points for eliminations, opening chests, and other activities that award XP. This results in leveling up to new tiers at a faster rate, particularly if the player completes Punchcards and daily challenges with high XP rewards.

Some players were concerned at the start of Chapter 2 – Season 8 that too much grinding would be required to get enough points for completing the Battle Pass. Epic had said back in September that it would address the XP concerns, leading to an adjustment. On top of that, this season has brought a huge number of daily challenges in addition to the new character Punchcards, enabling players to rake in more than 50k XP per completed card by performing simple tasks.

Combined with the Supercharged multiplier weekends, many players have already unlocked all of the Battle Pass items, opening the Bonus Rewards that, generally speaking, cost considerably more Battle Stars than the initial Battle Pass rewards.

Fortnite players need to log into their game account at some point before November 1 at 4 AM PT / 7 AM ET in order to get the Supercharged multiplier. Players can tell when the multiplier has been applied to their account by looking for the “Supercharged” label above the XP bar at the bottom of the screen during matches.

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The MacBook Pro’s Fast Charging Feature Will Cost Extra

Apple finally introduced its redesigned MacBook Pro line that brought many features that professionals and prosumers alike will definitely enjoy. One of those features is ability to get at least 50% charge after only 30 minutes of fast charging. However, the catch is that the ability to fast charge comes at an additional cost.

The base model 14-inch MacBook Pro ships with the 67W USB-C adapter. The problem is that it isn’t enough to actually fast charge the base model. To take advantage of Apple’s impressive fast charging, buyers must pay an extra $20 for the 96W USB-C power adapter. While $20 doesn’t seem like much (especially if you’re paying $2,000 or more for a laptop), it’s disappointing that one of the marquee features of the new MacBook Pro is still an extra charge.

Many customers who purchase Apple’s base model MacBook Pro may not realize that the included 67W charger won’t fast charge their shiny new laptop. Apple’s website says that the 96W charger is a “free upgrade” if customers opt for the model with the 10-core M1 Pro chip, but that’s a $200 upgrade. The irony is that because Apple’s M1 chips are so powerful and efficient, many people may opt to just get the base 8-core M1 Pro instead of the more powerful 10-core.

This isn’t the only time Apple removed an important feature in base Mac models. The base 24-inch M1 iMac does not have the power adapter with the gigabit ethernet jack built in. That upgrade will set you back around $30. Again, it’s not that $30 is particularly expensive given how much the iMac already costs, it’s the principle of removing such a basic feature and selling it back as a paid “upgrade.”

By all accounts, the new MacBook Pro models provide the best price to performance out of any laptop out there. The M1 Pro and M1 Max chips are game changers that vastly outshine even the already impressive M1 chips. Early benchmarks for the M1 Max reveal a nearly 60% increase in performance compared to last year’s M1 chips. It’s just a shame that Apple continues to nickel and dime customers for access to advertised features.

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Hulu Live TV adds 14 ViacomCBS channels, but some cost extra

If you remember back in early January, Hulu announced a big deal with ViacomCBS that would bring 14 of its networks to the streaming service’s live television plan. Now, months later, those channels are finally available to subscribers, offering the opportunity to watch Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and other popular networks.

As originally announced, a total of 14 ViacomCBS channels are now available to people who have signed up for Hulu’s Live TV offering — though you’ll need to pay extra for the platforms’ Entertainment package to get access to all of the networks.

Assuming you have both Hulu Live TV plus its Entertainment package at another $7.99/month, you’ll get access to Paramount Network, TV Land, Nickelodeon and Nick Jr, Comedy Central, BET, MTV, VH1, CMT, BETher, NickToons, TeenNick, MTV Classic, and MTV 2.

The last four networks on that list are all locked behind the Entertainment package paywall, however, so you’ll find yourself with only the first nine on the list if you’re not willing to sign up for the extras package.

The Hulu Live TV subscription remains at the same $64.99/month price. It’s unclear whether this new addition will result in a future price increase or if moving some of the channels behind the paid Entertainment package was a way to avoid raising the base streaming plan rate.

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Save an extra 30% off these 10 apps that can get your mind and body right

TLDR: You can save an extra 30 percent off each of these 10 personal development apps to help improve your mind, body and soul.

Spring is here and it’s time to shake off some of the winter blahs. We’ve all probably let a few things go while we get our legs under us to start 2021, but now, it’s time to get serious. If you think it’s time to get your mind and body in shape, learn something new, or generally just make yourself a better you, we wholeheartedly agree.

To help, these 10 personal development apps can go a long way toward the self-improvement you want to see. As part of the TNW Deals’ Semi-Annual Sale, they’re also each improving your wallet as well. Just by entering the promo code “DOWNLOADIT” when you make your purchase, you can take an additional 30 percent off the already discounted price on each of these life-changing apps for a limited time.

1. Mondly Language Learning App

C’mon…you’ve wanted to learn a foreign language for years. Mondly is how you can make it stick. Instead of the old, borning language lab approach, Mondly uses state of the art speech recognition to listen to you speak in your new language and offer positive feedback to enable your growth. Memorize core words, form sentences, then take part in conversations in any of 33 different languages.

Get the Mondly Lifetime Subscription for $49 after code DOWNLOADIT (Reg. $1,199). 

2. YogaDownload Unlimited

Dive into more than 1,500 online at-home yoga and fitness classes to make your body healthier and stronger, while also clearing and focusing your mind. YogaDownload’s courses are geared to any level from beginner to advanced, all designed to be done in your home. With unlimited class downloads and unlimited access to all their content, your ability to be your best self is also unlimited.

Get the YogaDownload Unlimited: 1-Yr Subscription for $20.30 after code DOWNLOADIT (Reg. $119). 

3. Unplug Meditation App

It’s the world’s first drop-in meditation studio. Led by more than 60 expert instructors, you can choose from over 700 guided meditation sessions to help you feel connected and work toward your self-improvement goals. Whether it’s mindfulness or better sleep, improved productivity or improving relationships, users can create custom playlists, keep a meditation journal, set goals and reminders, and track their progress toward personal enlightenment.

Get the Unplug Meditation App: 1-Yr Subscription for $39 (Reg. $69). 

4. BetterMe Home Workout and Diet

No matter your fitness goal, BetterMe can help get you there. From losing weight to a proper diet plan to personal training advice, this app brings personalized exercise sets, nutrition options, online workouts, and a vast community of daily articles, tips, tricks, and FAQs to have you feeling and looking your best.

Get the BetterMe Home Workout and Diet: Lifetime Subscription for $28 after code DOWNLOADIT (Reg. $1,200).  

5. Restflix: Restful Sleep Streaming Service 

It’s Netflix for getting you to sleep peacefully. This streaming service lets you choose from more than 20 personalized channels of sleep meditations, bedtime stories, calming visuals, and binaural beats to create the perfect meditative state that helps you to fall asleep faster and sleep more restfully.

Get the Restflix: Restful Sleep Streaming Service Subscriptions for $35 after code DOWNLOADIT (Reg. $99). 

6. CogniFit Premium Brain Training

CogniFit is how to keep a brain purring like a European sportscar. Using scientifically validated exercises and games, CogniFit measures, monitors, and trains your cognitive skills, stimulating your brain function and improving its plasticity to combat the effects of aging and disease. This program is how anyone can keep track of their brain fitness and make sure it’s in tip-top shape.

Get the CogniFit Premium Brain Training: 1-Yr Subscription for $49.99 (Reg. $119). 

7. The New Paper: Fact First News

If you’re looking for a way to weed out all the nonsense, clickbaity, slanted, and unhelpful news from your daily diet, The New Paper can curate a smarter, healthier news feed. This convenient, non-sensationalized service summarizes the day’s top stories into straight-forward, fact-first news that lets you make your own conclusions. 

Get The New Paper: Fact First News for $49 after code DOWNLOADIT (Reg. $119).

8. 12min Micro Book Library

If you’ve got 12 minutes, you’ve got enough time to take down an entire book. This library gives you access to nearly 2,000 books across a host of categories, each boiled down to a 12-minute text or audio distillation so you can know the key takeaways of the work in only 720 seconds. And if there’s a book you want, you can ask the 12min team to synthesize it down to a short, yet comprehensive micro book for you.

Get 12min Micro Book Library: Lifetime Premium Subscription for $27.30 after code DOWNLOADIT (Reg. $399).

9. Knowable Audio Learning Platform

One of Google Play’s “New Apps We Love,” Knowable is podcasting meets the classroom. Each of these audio courses impart life-changing skills as learned by over 200 of the world’s leading experts in their fields. From business and career growth to personal finance, creativity, and health and wellness, these on-the-go trainings give you the insight to bolster your skills, all in a quick, easy form.

Get the Knowable Audio Learning Platform: Lifetime Subscription for $42 after code DOWNLOADIT (Reg. $600).

10. CuriosityStream HD Plan

TV doesn’t have to be just Housewives and Kardashians. CuriosityStream brings together thousands of documentaries and exclusive originals covering nature, history, science, and more, all in a streaming, on-demand format to help make you an expert on practically anything. You can unlimited streaming content, or download shows so you can watch anytime, anywhere.

Get the CuriosityStream HD Plan: Lifetime Subscription for $199.99 (Reg. $250).

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Get an extra screen for your laptop and even phone with his 1080p portable screen

TLDR: The Uperfect 15.6″ Portable Monitor is an on-the-go second screen that brings HD-quality video when connected to a smartphone, laptop and more.

Second screens always come in handy, especially when the first screen is a little on the small side. You can practically feel your eyeballs scrunching up and your vision deteriorating as you hold a phone screen inches from your face while you play a game or try to get some work done on that minuscule canvas.

Instead, users can have a ready-to-go second screen on the fly whenever it’s needed with the Uperfect 15.6-inch Portable Monitor ($197.99, 10 percent off, from TNW Deals). 

Whether you just want to boost your productivity or just get a better view on your games or videos, the Uperfect is an easy plug-and-play device that’s always ready to get the job done.  It comes sporting full 1080p HD resolution so movies and other streaming videos as well as games crackle with sharpness and vivid color reproduction. 

This type of additional screen needs to be universally accommodating, so the Uperfect doesn’t disappoint with its fleet of open ports, including connection possibilities for Type-C, Micro-USB, Mini HD, PD, and HDMI hookups. And yes, that Type-C connector makes it 100 percent compatible with the Nintendo Switch, so users can finally play games without staring for hours at that tiny Switch screen.

The Uperfect takes full advantage of its 3-in-1 display modes. That includes a duplicate mode for displaying the screen of your laptop, phone or other device on the larger Uperfect, an extended mode so you can flip the monitor vertically and horizontally for the best viewing, and a second screen mode which powers down the screen on your attached device to better conserve power.

Meanwhile, it’s also packing built-in quad speakers for high quality stereo sound, as well as a 178-degree angle of view for watching the action at any angle. From a mini-theater to a conference, from online courses to an advertising display, the Uperfect can check all the boxes for a quality, versatile mobile screen.

Retailing for $219, the Uperfect 15.6-inch Portable Monitor is on sale now at 10 percent off the regular price, cutting your final cost to only $197.99.

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Bonus Black Friday: Amazon throws in an extra 256GB with this crazy Samsung Note 10+ deal

We’ve already spotlighted several deals on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+—one of our favorite smartphones of the year—but we’ve got one more to share while the turkey is brining. Amazon is selling the 512GB version of the Note 10+ for just $900, $300 off the MSRP and the same price as the 256GB version.

If you don’t want to do the math, that’s an extra 256GB for free, which is just too good to pass up. This configuration is only available in Aura Black and isn’t available with the free Galaxy Buds offer, but we’ll take the extra space any day of the week. We could go on about what you get—a glorious 6.8-inch Infinity display, 12GB of RAM, a 4,300mAh battery, and an S-Pen on board—but all you need to know is you’re getting twice as much storage for the same price.

With it’s a mistake or a blowout, we’re pretty sure this isn’t going to last, so go go go.

[Today’s deal: Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ with 512GB of storage for $900 at Amazon ]

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Sling TV increases price for new customers, adds extra DVR storage

Streaming live television service Sling TV is increasing its cost for new subscribers, though it is easing the burden a bit by also offering additional free DVR storage. The announcement comes alongside a new promotion that offers new customers a free preview of its ‘4 Extras Deal’ until the middle of February.

All Sling subscribers, including ones who have already signed up for the service, will benefit from the newly announced DVR expansion. With this, the company is offering 50 hours of free DVR storage, which is a 40-hour increase over the previous free offering. As well, the DVR Plus option has been bumped to 200 hours from 50 hours for the same $5/month rate.

Now, the bad news: new customers will pay a bit extra for the base Sling services and its Extras add-ons. Both the Sling Blue and Sling Orange services cost $35/month with this change, a five-dollar increase over the previous rate. Subscribing to both base services will cost $50/month, which is likewise a five-dollar increase.

New customers will also pay more for some extras; the Sports Extra, for example, is increasing by one dollar to $11/month if you have only the Blue or Orange base service. All of the other extras are also increasing by one dollar to $6/month each for new customers.

These new subscribers have the option of signing up for the Total TV Deal at $21/month if they have either base package (yes, that’s a one-dollar increase), or for $27/month if you have the two base services (that’s a two-dollar increase).

Why the price increase? Sling TV group president Michael Schwimmer said:

Unfortunately, we are forced to raise prices because the television networks keep charging us more, but we fight hard to get the best deal for our customers. The proof of our commitment is apparent, as SLING TV is still the best deal in the market, keeping our prices much lower than cable and other live streaming services. SLING TV customers can rest assured that we’ll continue to offer the best combination of live news, sports and entertainment cable channels at the best value.

Existing customers will continue to pay the lower rate until at least July 2021.

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