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Dealmaster: All the best Amazon Prime Day deals going live right now

Greetings, Arsians! The Dealmaster is here again to bring you the latest deals courtesy of our partners at TechBargains. This is a very special edition of the Dealmaster, because it’s time for the third-annual Amazon Prime Day! 30 hours of non-stop deals on at everyone’s favorite online retailer, provided you’re subscribed to Amazon Prime.

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Study: Lumosity boosts brain function as much as normal video games—by 0%

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Brain training may do little more than train healthy brains to be good at brain training, yet another study suggests.

In the new controlled, randomized trial involving 128 healthy young adults, researchers found that playing Lumosity brain-training games for 30-minute sessions, five times a week for 10 weeks resulted in participants getting better at playing the games. But researchers saw no changes in participants’ neural activity and no improvements in their cognitive performance beyond those seen in controls. The same went for participants who played video games not designed with cognitive benefits in mind.

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Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age review: Reinforced for reexamination

Enlarge / Hunts for named monsters are one of the only reliable ways to make gold. (credit: Square Enix)

Final Fantasy XII has always been a bit of an oddball within the long-running series. Its real-time combat smacks of an MMO, like FFXI and FFXIV, but it’s still a single-player adventure centered around a core party of characters. Throw in a Gambit system that lets players “program” party behavior and a story more about political intrigue than gods or monsters, and XII just might be the weirdest main game in its franchise—at least compared to what passes for normal in Final Fantasy.

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Wait, what? Trump proposed a joint “cyber security unit” with Russia

Enlarge (credit: Mikhail Pochuyev/via Getty Images)

President Donald Trump proposed creating a so-called “cyber security unit” with Russia, then he decided against it after the idea was shot down by pretty much anybody who got word of it, including congressional members of his own GOP party. Trump, after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, said Sunday that they discussed building “an impenetrable Cyber Security unit” to address issues such as election meddling.

“It’s not the dumbest idea I have ever heard, but it’s pretty close,” Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican of South Carolina, said of the plan. Senate Republican Marco Rubio of Florida tweeted that “partnering with Putin on a ‘Cyber Security Unit’ is akin to partnering with [Syrian President Bashar] Assad on a ‘Chemical Weapons Unit.”‘

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Trump begins to dismantle Obama’s “startup visa” program

Enlarge / US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Trump administration has delayed the implementation of the “International Entrepreneur Rule,” an Obama-era policy that would have allowed more foreigners to start businesses in the US. The administration intends to overturn the rule, which would have gone into effect next week.

Official notice of the delay, which pushes out the effective date of the regulation until March 2018, will be published tomorrow in the Federal Register. The Department of Homeland Security intends to rescind the rule but is taking public comment during a review period.

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