The top 10 games of E3 2017

The greatest video game show on Earth has ended, but the hype is just heating up. Nearly 70,000 gamers flooded an overpacked Los Angeles Convention Center for three straight days (not counting a few days of fancy media briefings) of digital insanity, and game makers of all shapes and sizes delivered enough gaming goodness to last a lifetime — or at least until the holidays.

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These are the coolest VR games at the world's biggest video game expo

Virtual reality might be stalled, but E3 2017 proved there's still plenty of life left for the medium.

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Important features to look for a shopping cart

Here are some important features that should be a part of any shopping cart services you select for your e-commerce operation:

Payment options

Consumers are no longer hesitant to use their credit cards online, and every shopping cart system supports cards. However, what you need to look for a is a system that supports other online payment methods. PayPal and Google Checkout are just two examples of services that consumers like to use as a security precaution against credit card fraud. Some providers like SecureNetShop.com can give you a merchant account in as little as 24 hours.

Search

When you use a shopping cart system, the user moves off-site and is within the store. Any search operations are now part of the store and not the main website. The quality of the search engine is important since there should be as little friction as possible for customers to find what they want.

Reviews

Studies show that sites with user-generated reviews generate more sales than sites do not. The increase in sales does come at a price. When users can enter their reviews, the system is then open to abuse. Preventing comment spam and abuse requires comment and review moderation teams. If you have the time and resources, then user moderation is a killer feature.

Real-time inventory

The worst thing that can happen from the perspective of a customer is to find a product, go through the long process of placing the order, only to be told that the product is no longer available. The chances are that customer will never return and encourage people to avoid the site for that same reason. Real-time inventory management is critical, especially for larger stores.

Microsoft's new Surface Pro is a powerful machine with a slight drawback

Microsoft's new Surface Pro is an excellent 2-in-1 laptop-tablet device with a ton of power and battery life.

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Microsoft's new Surface Pro is a powerful machine with a slight drawback

Data center or server room: Which is better for your business?

It wasn’t very long ago that all servers were entirely in-house. The company invested in the server room, the backup systems and security. Also, the company hired staff with specific skills to manage the different systems. Today, the story is very different, with cloud hosting, LA data center, these same organizations have the option to stay in-house of move everything out. Here is a quick look at the advantages and disadvantages of maintaining your server room:

Advantages:

The main advantage is that you own all the systems. Everything happens on your schedule, and any costs can be deferred or incurred as you see fit. It is a lot of work, but it comes with the sort of customization that is difficult in most third party environments. You can modify or change any component of the system to your needs, where in any other setting it might clash with the policies of the host or the requirements of other clients.

Disadvantages:

There are two big disadvantages. The first issue is with the resource requirements. You want your IT staff working on solutions and improvements to the technology related to running the business, rather than working to keep the data center running. The other is security. According to Rack Alley, there is an ever-increasing threat of new and advanced malware, viruses and malicious Internet traffic, which requires the sort of security expertise that is expensive to maintain in-house.

Nintendo shows off new 'Super Mario Odyssey' and more at E3 2017

Nintendo's E3 2017 event brought us 'Super Mario Odyssey,' but little in the way of third-party games.

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Nintendo shows off new 'Super Mario Odyssey' and more at E3 2017

Pogue's Basics: Operate the Windows Ribbon from the keyboard

The Windows 10 Ribbon is supposed to enhance your efficiency by putting every conceivable command in one place, with nothing hidden. But how efficient is a tool that requires mousing?

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Pogue's Basics: Operate the Windows Ribbon from the keyboard

Microsoft's new Xbox One X is a beast, but faces an uphill battle

Microsoft's Xbox One X is a powerful console, but faces stiff competition from Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro and Nintendo's Switch.

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Microsoft's new Xbox One X is a beast, but faces an uphill battle

America has slower LTE wireless than Canada or Mexico

Both Canada and Mexico, and a number of other countries, have much faster wireless internet than the U.S.

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America has slower LTE wireless than Canada or Mexico

E3 Preview: What to expect from 2017's marquee video game expo

Hope you like video games, because your social networks are about to get flooded with countless tweets, posts, pics, hot takes, snarky asides and full-on rants about interactive entertainment. E3, otherwise known as the Electronic Entertainment Expo. You’ve likely heard of E3 — it’s in its 24th consecutive year — but you might not know why the annual video game industry convention/circus is such a big deal.

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