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This 8-in-1 USB-C hub is 25% off at Amazon today and your MacBook needs it

Jan 11, 2019

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All Macbook users know the pain of a paltry port situation. Today, you can fix your lacking I/O with a pretty slick deal: Amazon is selling the Vava USB-C Hub 8-in-1 adapter for just $45Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $60 and the lowest price we've seen.

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Store all the things with this massive 4TB WD hard drive for $85

Jan 11, 2019

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Every PC can benefit from more storage, and if you need a spacious drive to stash a slew of bulk files, we’ve got a deal for you. Newegg is selling a WD Blue 4TB 3.5-inch desktop internal hard drive for $85Remove non-product link with the checkout code EMCTUUU24. This hard drive—and most others with this much capacity—usually costs around $100, so you’re saving $15.

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Best of CES: The coolest smart home and home entertainment gear we saw

Jan 11, 2019

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From a smart wall outlet to a new range of smart lights to an amazing roll-up TV—and more!—we name the most impressive connected home and home entertainment gear of CES 2019.

6 important CES 2019 reveals and trends that PC enthusiasts need to know about

Jan 11, 2019

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The PC’s been enjoying a resurgence over the last few years, and judging by what we witnessed at CES, the pedal will remain planted firmly to the metal in 2019. AMD, Intel, and Nvidia all hosted blockbuster keynotes brimming with big announcements. Monitors evolved beyond being simple 27-inch rectangles. Gaming laptops embraced innovation in wildly different ways. And there’s a lot of gear coming that’s just plain badass.

These are the big CES hardware reveals and trends that PC enthusiasts need to know about. Buckle up, and be sure to hit those links if you want deeper details about any of these topics.

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Nvidia kicked CES off with a bang in its Sunday night keynote.

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Best of CES: The coolest PCs, PC components, and PC spectacles we saw

Jan 11, 2019

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Put aside all misconceptions that CES is a smart home show, a home entertainment show, or even a car stereo show. CES is a computer show, and we’ve got the battle scars to prove it. For the last four days, the PCWorld staff has immersed itself in all the laptops, chips, components, accessories and outright PC monstrosities it could find, and now we’re read to name the Best of CES 2019.

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To win a Best of CES award, a product has to show unique promise and technical innovation—but do keep in mind these aren’t final reviews. Check back throughout the year as we test this gear, and issue our final review verdicts. For now, just bask in the spectacle...

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Black & Decker is moving into the smart home with a mesh Wi-Fi router and an innovative home healthcare assistant

Jan 10, 2019

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Pria is designed to help the elderly age in place, while the Omni mesh Wi-Fi router could be useful for everyone.

Lisa Su on the record: AMD's CEO talks Ryzen, Vega, ray tracing, and lots more at CES

Jan 10, 2019

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On Wednesday, AMD chief executive Lisa Su sat down with a small group of reporters following her CES keynote, in which she formally announced the Radeon VII GPU and the third-generation Ryzen CPU. During our roundtable, Su disclosed that there will be more cores to come with the third-generation Ryzen chip as well as the presence of a ray tracing GPU under development within AMD. 

But there were even more details and context from the roundtable—and, well, if you’re as interested as we are in what’s coming down the pike from AMD, you’re going to want to read our full transcript of the event here.

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Gigabyte's Aero 15 optimizes itself to save power and push performance

Jan 10, 2019

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Most gaming notebooks treat good battery life as “nice to have but not essential.” But Gigabyte’s Aero 15 takes battery life seriously—so seriously that it applies machine learning to compare the user’s workload against its own database of applications, and optimizes battery life accordingly.

Specifically, Gigabyte uses Microsoft’s Azure AI cloud and its machine learning capabilities to dial CPU and GPU clocks up and down on the fly. Gigabyte is aiming at the very highest end of the market with a power-hungry Core i9 and Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU inside, so battery savings are particularly relevant to this machine. 

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Gigabyte’s Aero 15 is expected to include top-of-the-line hardware, but what’s most interesting will be its software controls.

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Victory, Royole: The FlexPai is the first folding phone we've seen

Jan 10, 2019

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For the moment, Royole can boast something that smartphone giant Samsung can’t: The smaller consumer electronics company has a foldable Android smartphone, the FlexPai, and Samsung doesn’t.

While Samsung reportedly has a folding phone under development, the FlexPai is here. While the FlexPai doesn’t quite fold flat—the rolling hinge is more like the Surface Book than anything else—it does get compact enough to fit in a pocket, and unfolds to yield a tablet-sized 7.8-inch screen. The 1920x1440 screen didn’t blow me away in terms of resolution, but it’s bright and clear enough to satisfy most users.

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This 480GB Kingston SSD is down to an insane $65 on Amazon today

Jan 10, 2019

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We love to spotlight SSD deals on PCWorld, but we rarely see one this low. So if you've been avoiding taking the plunge, wait no longer: Today, you can grab a Kingston 480GB A400 SSD for just $65 at AmazonRemove non-product link, down from a list price of $80 and the best price since Black Friday's blowout.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S10 will launch on Feb 20, and we only have one question: Will it fold?

Jan 10, 2019

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Samsung has begun sending out invitations to the launch of its first flagship phone of 2019, and anyone hoping for a return to Mobile World Congress will be disappointed: The Galaxy S10 will make its debut in San Francisco, not Barcelona.

Even with a launch thousands of miles away, however, the Galaxy S10 will surely loom large over the annual conference. Samsung is unveiling the phone at an Unpacked event on February 20 at 11 a.m. PT, just five days before MWC is set to begin.

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The Galaxy S10 will reportedly ship in three sizes.

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RGB fans, rejoice: Corsair's new Capellix LED technology is about to change everything

Jan 10, 2019

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RGB lighting on gaming PCs is about to get a whole lot brighter and a whole lot more efficient thanks to Corsair’s new Capellix LED technology, which promises to be 60 percent brighter while using 40 percent less power.

The new LEDs are incredibly tiny and dense compared to typical SMD, or surface mount device, LEDs. That density could one day lead to RGB grids on a case door or front panel with far more granularity than today’s LEDs.

Corsair didn’t create the LED technology but it did work with a manufacturer to take LED technology that normally would never be applied to a PC and had it adapted to computer applications.

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On the top are normal SMD RGB LEDs and on the bottom is Corsair’s new Capellix.

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Razer HyperSense's vision for haptic-filled PC gaming shakes up the future of peripherals

Jan 10, 2019

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Haptic feedback is the one feature I miss when gaming on PC. I love me a mouse and keyboard, but I find myself reaching for my Xbox One controller sometimes just for the rumble effects. It’s not a very sophisticated version of haptic feedback, but it nevertheless adds so much to the weightiness of guns, the rumble of engines, the boom of an explosion—all these small touches you don’t notice until they’re gone.

Nobody’s managed to make haptics work on PC though. Or, at least, nobody’s stuck with it long enough to force adoption.

Razer loves a good gimmick though, and in keeping with that spirit Razer might be the company to deliver us from our rumble-less prison. Well, Razer and a gaggle of partners, including Lofelt and Subpac.

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This $130 Radeon RX 570 with two free games is a great low-cost gaming PC upgrade

Jan 10, 2019

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We found a stunning deal on a killer graphics card, and it won’t even force you to mess around with checkout codes or mail-in rebates. The ASRock Phantom Gaming D Radeon RX 570 is only $130Remove non-product link at Newegg until Friday, and you’ll get two free games from AMD’s Raise the Game bundle with it. RX 570 graphics cards usually cost around $170.

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Android at CES 2019: Eight intriguing announcements you might have missed

Jan 10, 2019

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As CES comes to a close, two things are certain: We won’t be able to afford one of LG’s jaw-dropping roll-up OLED TVs and Android is poised for another big year.

While we might not have gotten a look at Samsung’s folding phone yet (though we did get our hands on Royale’s), there were plenty of low-key announcements in Las Vegas that could have a big impact on the rest of the year. From Google Assistant to Android TV, here are eight CES announcements that might have slipped under your radar.

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Cambridge Audio’s exquisite ALVA TT turntable is the first to support aptX HD for wireless streaming

Jan 10, 2019

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The British high-end audio manufacturer shows off the most convenient way to enjoy your vinyl collection.

AMD's CEO Lisa Su confirms ray tracing GPU development, hints at more 3rd-gen Ryzen cores

Jan 9, 2019

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While rival Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang took a few potshots at AMD’s new Radeon VII GPU, AMD chief executive Lisa Su dropped some bombshells of her own: yes, AMD has its own raytracing GPUs in development, and she hinted strongly that AMD’s 3rd-generation Ryzen chips will launch with more than eight cores.

Su sat down with PCWorld and a few other reporters following her CES keynote address on Wednesday, where she formally launched the 3rd-generation Ryzen and the 7nm “Vega” GPU, known now as the Radeon VII.

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Nvidia disses the Radeon VII, vowing the RTX 2080 will crush AMD's ‘underwhelming’ GPU

Jan 9, 2019

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Oh snap. Not known for mincing words, Nvidia’s outspoken CEO Jensen Huang described AMD’s return to high-end PC gaming graphics as “underwhelming.”

“It’s underwhelming,” Huang said when asked by PCWorld what he thought of AMD’s new Radeon VII, which features 16GB of HBM2 memory, 1TB of bandwidth, 60 graphics cores and is built on a new 7nm process. (See our full report on the Radeon VII, as well as AMD’s 3rd-gen Ryzen.)

Why ‘underwhelming’?

“The performance is lousy and there’s nothing new,” Huang said. “[There’s] no ray tracing, no AI. It’s 7nm with HBM memory that barely keeps up with a 2080. And if we turn on DLSS we’ll crush it. And if we turn on ray tracing we’ll crush it.”

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Battlestation alert! This Targus USB-C dock connects four monitors

Jan 9, 2019

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If you own a notebook equipped with a USB-C port, you’ll want a USB-C hub to enable legacy connectivity with ethernet or an external HDMI monitor. One external monitor. Wait, you want four? Well, Targus has you covered.

At CES 2019, Targus showed off the DOCK520USZ, also known as the USB-C Universal QUAD HD (QVHD) Docking StationRemove non-product link. There’s a slew of regular ports, including four USB 3.0 ports, a USB-C port with power, gigabit ethernet, a 3.5mm audio jack, and so on. What’s unique about this dock, however, is the four 1080p HDMI outputs, which essentially can be used to create a multi-monitor battlestation as the video shows. Because who doesn’t want to plug into four monitors for work and play?

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AMD announces 3rd-gen Ryzen and Radeon VII, beating Intel and Nvidia to 7nm

Jan 9, 2019

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AMD used its first keynote address at CES to formally announce its next GPU, the Radeon VII, as well as its 3rd-generation Ryzen processor. Both will ship this year using the 7nm manufacturing process, giving AMD the technological edge over Nvidia and Intel in the war for ever-shrinking chips.

The keynote by AMD chief executive Lisa Su initially paled in terms of new announcements to Intel’s own 10nm keynote blitz a day before. But it ended strong, with the smaller, finer 7nm technology the focus of Su’s speech. It’s already been a busy show for AMD, which already announced new mobile chips and its first foray into Chromebooks earlier in the week.

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An Epic defection? The Division 2 won't release on Steam

Jan 9, 2019

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When the Epic Games Store was unveiled last month, I said Valve should be scared. “Epic doesn’t need to convince players [to leave Steam],” I wrote, “It only needs to convince developers.” And that seemed eminently doable, given Epic was offering developers an additional 8 to 18 percent of revenue, depending on sales. “If enough developers decide the grass is greener on Epic’s platform, we could see a slow trickle and then an eventual exodus.”

Today’s the start of that exodus, I think. This morning we got news that Ubisoft will release The Division 2 on the Epic Games Store in March. The press release is pretty standard fare. Preorders open through the Epic Games Store today, random executives are “thrilled,” and so on and so forth.

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Enhance your outlets with these all-time-low Amazon prices on Aukey smart plugs

Jan 9, 2019

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Smart homes are the way of the future, but to add a little extra control to your lights and electronics, you don't need to buy all-new smart devices. Smart plugs can replicate the functionality of expensive bulbs and appliances, and today you grab a pair for cheap: Aukey's Wi-Fi Smart Plug two-pack is just $20Remove non-product link today on Amazon with the code AUKEY4AP, down from a $28 MSRP and a couple dollars cheaper than their previous all-time low.

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Here's what happens when using a GeForce GPU with a non-validated FreeSync monitor gets ugly

Jan 9, 2019

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Nvidia dropped a bombshell on gamers when it announced at CES that it would finally support not just its own proprietary G-Sync monitors but also AMD’s FreeSync displays.

The company said it would issue a GeForce GPU driver mid-month that supports monitors running VESA-standard Adaptive Sync displays, to enable variable refresh rates in games. Translation: GeForce graphics card will finally work with FreeSync monitors. 

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Pricing for RTX-equipped laptops might not be that bad after all

Jan 9, 2019

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When Nvidia announced its first RTX desktop cards at significantly increased prices last year, many assumed RTX laptops would see the same huge spike. Well, you can breathe freely again, because it doesn’t look to be that bad after all. Although we have yet to see final pricing for all of the 40 or so new RTX laptops, at least one vendor shared some details.

CyberPower’s new 15.6-inch Tracer III 15R with a GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8th gen 6-core Core i7, FHD 144Hz panel, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and low-profile mechanical keyboard with per-key lighting is expected to go on sale at the end of the month for about $1,799. 

Move on up to the larger 17.3-inch Tracer III 17R with a GeForce RTX 2070, an 8th gen Core i7, FHD 144Hz screen, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and low-profile mechanical keyboard with per key lighting, and you’ll have to pony up $1,900.

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Walmart has slashed the price of two great 15-inch laptops so grab one while you still can

Jan 9, 2019

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If you're looking to start off the new year with a shiny new 15-inch laptop, we have a great deal for you. Make that two great deals: Walmart is selling an HP Pavilion gaming laptop for $799Remove non-product link, down from its $999 list price and an AMD-based Dell Inspiron for $379Remove non-product link for a savings of $170 off its $549 list price.

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This Microsoft Excel Certification Training Is Just $39 Today (90% Off)

Jan 9, 2019

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When it comes to spreadsheet software, Microsoft Excel is the first and last word. A vast majority of organizations use it daily — which is why people who are familiar with Excel often get hired over those who don’t. Is your knowledge up to par? Make sure with the Microsoft Excel Master Diploma School, which has discounted the cost for a lifetime subscription to only $39.

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Intel's Optane Memory H10 marries super-fast Optane and SSD storage on one M.2 card

Jan 9, 2019

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PC makers at CES have told PCWorld that they haven’t warmed to cutting-edge Optane Memory as much as Intel would have liked. But that hasn’t stopped Intel from innovating, most recently by combining Optane and flash memory on a single M.2 card.

Eventually, Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage may yet be a boxed product that you can buy—that’s under investigation, according to Intel executives at a press conference here at CES on Tuesday night. For now, though, the H10 is being marketed at PC makers, many of which allowed notebooks using the technology to be showed off at the event.

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SanDisk's Extreme Pro portable SSD is so fast you can edit video on it

Jan 8, 2019

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While editing a document or spreadsheet directly from a flash drive is trivial, that’s not the case for video, where the interface speed limits performance considerably. WD’s SanDisk thinks they’ve solved the problem with the SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD.

The Extreme Pro uses its internally developed NVMe technology to saturate the USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface, with read speeds up to 1 gigabyte per second. That’s fast enough for users to edit video directly on the drive itself, without the need for copying the file from the drive to a local hard drive, then back.

SanDisk said that the company will deliver the Extreme Pro in spring 2019, in 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacity points. The company hasn’t released pricing, however, which is fairly typical for storage companies announcing products before they ship.

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Google Assistant will soon be your interpreter

Jan 8, 2019

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Google Assistant will soon be able to act as an interpreter, serving as a go-between for natural conversations among initially 27 languages.

D-Link partners with McAfee on new line of Exo 802.11ac Wi-Fi mesh routers

Jan 4, 2019

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D-Link will unveil a new lineup of mesh Wi-Fi routers and mesh access points at CES next week, featuring built-in network security courtesy of McAfee. Each of the routers in the D-Link Exo product line will be based on the 802.11ac standard and will ship with five years of IoT protection for smart home devices, and two years of cloud-based McAfee antivirus for any laptop, computer, or mobile device that connects to the home network.

The routers will also have built-in parental controls that allow the home network admin to create custom user profiles for each member of the family and the devices they use, so that adults and older children won’t be limited to the lowest common denominator of access that gets assigned to the youngest. Parents will be able to choose from present content filters sorted by age, and they can create usage schedules to limit the amount of time children spend on the web.

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This week in games: Super Meat Boy for free, Sega teases a Catherine port

Jan 4, 2019

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A brand new year! Anything is possible. We’re wiping 2018’s slate clean, resolving to be better in 2019, and—what’s that? The first news story of the year is Bethesda broke Fallout 76 again? Ominous.

That news, plus...well, not much else. We’ve rounded up what few stories we could find this week though, including a potential Catherine remaster and the disappearance of Lego: Lord of the Rings, as we slowly ease into the new year.

This is gaming news for December 31 to January 4.

Nine years later

Let’s start 2019 off right with a free game, shall we? The Epic Games Store is currently giving away various games, one at a time, in order to kick-start adoption of the new platform. That’s potentially good news for you, if you’re open to installing another launcher. And the latest? The ultra-hard platformer Super Meat Boy is free through January 10. A nearly nine-year-old game isn’t quite as exciting as the previous giveaway, Subnautica, but hey: It’s still a free game.

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How to set up your new computer

Dec 21, 2018

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So you’ve got a new computer. Awesome! That humble metal box is the key to a wide world of potential. It can help you with everything from juggling your finances to keeping in touch with your family to blowing off some steam on, uh, Steam.

But a new PC isn’t like a new car; you can’t just turn a key and put the pedal to the metal. Okay, maybe you can—but you shouldn’t. Performing just a few simple activities when you first fire it up can help it be safer, faster, and better poised for the future. Here’s how to set up a new laptop or desktop computer the right way, step by step.

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The Full Nerd ep. 80: 2019 PC predictions and literally eating our words

Dec 21, 2018

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Now that the gang’s picks for the best PC hardware of 2018 are out of the way, it’s time to gaze into the crystal ball. In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray make bold predictions about what to expect from the world of computing in 2019.

But first, the day of reckoning is here. We kick off the show by revisiting our PC predictions for 2018, which we made all the way back in December of last year—before real-time ray tracing, before Intel’s first-ever 8-core mainstream processor, and before SSDs got cheap again. We got a lot right! But predictions aren’t any fun without consequences. For the ones we got wrong, we literally eat the paper our words are written on. Spoiler alert: Some of us ate a lot more than the others. But fiber’s good for you, right?

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Apple's Powerbeats3 wireless earphones are cheaper than ever and arrive by Christmas

Dec 21, 2018

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If you’ve waited until the last minute to buy your holiday gifts, it’s not too late to grab something cool for your loved ones—and even at this late date, you won’t have to break the bank. You can get a pair of Powerbeats3 wireless earphones for $90Remove non-product link, a steep discount from their list price of $200, and their lowest price to date. And Amazon says they should arrive in time for Christmas if you order today.

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Save Over 80% On A Lifetime Of WhiteSmoke Premium Spelling & Grammar Editor

Dec 21, 2018

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Few writers can produce error-free work on a consistent basis. With the WhiteSmoke writing assistant, however, anyone can produce flawless prose each and every time they write. And, now is the perfect time to get it as the lifetime premium subscription, which normally costs $400, is on sale for only $79.

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Holiday Special: Get Unlimited Access To CuriosityStream's 2000+ Documentary Features For Just $30

Dec 21, 2018

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There are many services that stream fictional content. For those of us that appreciate good a documentary, however, content can be a little harder to come by. But, that’s not the case with CuriosityStream. This service boasts a vast library of non-fiction titles from top filmmakers, all at just $29.99 for a 2-year subscription.

CuriosityStream was created by Discovery Communications founder and media visionary John Hendricks. It’s an award-winning streaming service that offers access to over 2,000 documentary films and shows featuring celebrated experts, such as David Attenborough and Stephen Hawking. Just find a subject that piques your interest and discover as much as you want any time you want.

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The Humble Sonic Bundle gives you 6 Sonic the Hedgehog games for $1, or 12 games for $15

Dec 21, 2018

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There’s a great Humble Bundle available right now with one of the most legendary classic console characters to ever grace the PC platform. Until the end of the month, you can get a Humble Sonic Bundle packing up to 12 games depending on how much you want to pay.

As with other Humble Bundles there are three tiers, with the first starting at $1 or more. At that level you get Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode II, Sonic DX Adventure Director’s Cut, Sonic CD, Sonic & All-Stars Racing, and Sonic Adventure 2 with the Battle DLC.

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HighPoint RocketStor 6661A Thunderbolt 3 storage enclosure review: Fast, easy and affordable

Dec 21, 2018

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HighPoint’s RocketStor 6661A PCIe/NVMe external storage enclosure may be a mouthful of a moniker, but it’s a top-notch performer and extremely easy to set up. At $189 on Amazon, it’s more basic, but also more affordable than the direct competition—Akitio’s Node Lite (currently $220 on Amazon)Remove non-product link.

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Acer Predator Helios 500 Review: A rare chance to choose between AMD and Intel-Nvidia versions

Dec 21, 2018

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The Acer Predator Helios 500 gives you something few gaming laptops do: Choice. Sure, most let you pick what color to set the LED or the wallpaper, or offer tuning software. But if you want a substantive change, as in something other than Intel or Nvidia, your options are sparse.

That's not the case with the Predator Helios 500, though. This burly and powerful gaming laptop lets you pick what you want inside, with the unique luxury of either going with the typical duo of Intel and Nvidia, or going all-AMD.

What's on the outside

The outside of the Predator Helios 500 seems pretty much standard fare for gaming laptops and very, well, Acer Predator. It has that mix of aggressive lines and exhaust ports that the company has been working toward for the last few years. And, like others, anodized cooling fins accent the laptop exhaust ports. 

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Amazon Echo Show vs Google Home Hub: One of these smart displays is better than the other

Dec 21, 2018

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Which smart display belongs in your smart home? We put the Amazon Echo Show (2nd Gen) and Google Home Hub through the wringer to find out.

Best Google Home add-ons and accessories

Dec 21, 2018

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These mostly inexpensive gadgets can make Google Home smart speakers even better.

SteelSeries Rival 650 review: Solving the wireless-mouse problem with 15-minute charging

Dec 21, 2018

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SteelSeries has long had a weak spot in its peripherals lineup: mice. Great headsets, good keyboards, mediocre mice. Some were too conservative, others too daring, but none of the ones we’ve looked at over the years have qualified as must-haves.

That changes with the new Rival 650 ($120 on Amazon). At long last, SteelSeries has a mouse that both nails the fundamentals and packs a solid gimmick.

Note: This review is part of our roundup of best gaming mice. Go there for details on competing products and how we tested them.

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Free copies of Subnautica: Epic Games Store kickstarts your library with a winner

Dec 15, 2018

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The Epic Games Store launched last week, meaning now we’ve reached the point where Epic hopes to lure you away from Steam. And one of Epic’s primary strategies? Borrowing from EA’s long-running “On the House” program, Epic is giving away free games every two weeks for the next year, or 26 free games total. After all, it’s harder to complain that your Steam library is so much larger than your Epic library if the latter starts to grow through no real effort on your part.

Epic’s starting off strong, too: The first freebie is Subnautica, the underwater survival game that emerged from early access in 2018. It’s fantastic, one of the few survival games that’s ever truly hooked me thanks to its weird aquatic wildlife and hints of an alien civilization to discover. Subnautica’s so fantastic, in fact...I’ll tell you a secret: It’s on our Game of the Year list. (Look for that next week.)

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This week in games: Heroes of the Storm winds down, Monster Hunter adds The Witcher's Geralt

Dec 14, 2018

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We did it. Today marks the release of Capy’s Below, and with that? The end of 2018, at least so far as video games are concerned. Sure, there may be a few smaller Steam releases in the remaining weeks, but I’m drawing the line here. Game of the Year lists are locked in, and it’s time to settle in for about a month of catching-up-on-the-ol’-backlog. You’ll find me playing Exapunks in the corner.

There’s still a bit of last-minute news though! Not much, mind you, but some. Daybreak announced the sci-fi battle royale Planetside Arena this week, Metro Exodus moved its launch date up a week, Blizzard put Heroes of the Storm on death’s doorstep, Monster Hunter: World is adding Geralt, and ZeniMax settled its long-running VR lawsuit against Facebook. Oh, and there’s that awful Sonic the Hedgehog movie poster as well.

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How to link Apple Music to your Amazon Echo and set it as the default service

Dec 14, 2018

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Apple Music is finally available for streaming on all Amazon Echo devices. Here's how to set it up the right way.

Best DNA testing kits: Discover the secrets stored in your genes

Dec 14, 2018

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We all want to know more about who we are. Who were the people who came before us? Where did they come from? Are there relatives out there we don’t know about?

DNA testing services promise to help answer these questions. Today, multiple at-home ancestry DNA kits can find long-lost relatives, estimate your ethnic ancestry, or show where your ancestors came from tens of thousands of years ago.

These tests are popular—according to the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG), the number of people who bought at-home DNA kits now exceeds 18 million—and it’s easy to see why. All you have to do is swab your cheek or spit in a vial, seal your sample in a bag, and send it off to the lab. In a matter of weeks, you’ll be given a percentage breakdown of the regions your genes hail from.

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Amazon will give you a free Echo Dot when you buy 4 Tile Bluetooth trackers

Dec 14, 2018

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We all know the age-old annoyance of losing our keys, phones, and other small-but-necessary objects. Tile is here to help with that, providing handy little Bluetooth-equipped “tiles” to help track down your missing stuff. And today, you can choose from two different bundles, each with a second-gen Echo Dot that’s essentially free.

A bundle with two Tile Mate, two Tile Slim, and an Echo Dot is $60 on Amazon, down from a list price of $110, and a bundle with four Tile Mate + Tile Pro (two each in black and white) and an Echo Dot is $100, down from a list price of $140.

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Upgrade your game for cheap with these 3 awesome graphics card deals

Dec 14, 2018

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If you’ve been looking to upgrade your gaming rig without breaking the bank, today’s your day. Both B&H Photo Video and Newegg have some great deals on AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.

First up is the Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 2070 AMP for $500 at B&H PhotoRemove non-product link after you clip the coupon on the product page. The GeForce RTX 2070 is a great 1440p and entry-level 4K card that comes with Nvidia’s new Turing GPU, which enables ray tracing capabilities and AI-enhanced graphics for more realistic gameplay. Few games take advantage of the Turing GPUs yet, but this card offers solid good future-proofing while kicking butt in today’s games, too.

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How to connect your Kindle to a Wi-Fi Network

Dec 14, 2018

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You need to connect your Amazon Kindle to Wi-Fi to buy and download new books (unless you paid for a Kindle with built-in cellular connectivity). Fortunately, doing so is easy and should only take you moments.

To connect your Kindle to a Wi-Fi network, navigate to its Home screen. Next, locate the Menu icon (the dots in a vertical row) located in the top right corner of the Kindle’s display. Select it. From the menu that opens, select Settings. Next, choose Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

In the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth settings pane, you’ll see a number of options. Before going any further, let’s talk about Airplane Mode: You’re going to want this option to be switched to the Off’ position. When Airplane Mode is on, your Kindle will not be able to send or receive any wireless data. 

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Family Tree DNA review: Unique genealogical collaboration, but an outdated interface

Dec 14, 2018

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Family Tree DNA is the oldest DNA testing company—and it shows, for the wrong reasons. Its website and results appear outdated compared to newer, sleeker services like 23andMe and AncestryDNA.

That said, Family Tree DNA has some intriguing features you won’t find elsewhere. It takes a collaborative approach by letting you share your genealogical and genetic info with a project, where you can help uncover the shared lineage of families. It can also test up to three different parts of your DNA, depending on which versions of the test you pay for.

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Adata XPG SX8200 Pro NVMe SSD review: Top-tier performance for a song

Dec 14, 2018

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Uber-fast NVMe storage for 20 cents per gigabyte? That’s what Adata’s XPG SX8200 Pro delivers. Of course, NAND prices have dropped recently, but until now that’s only been reflected in performance-challenged (on long writes) budget drives. The SX8200 Pro is an NVMe drive that rivals top-rated Samsung’s 970 Pro in performance but is significantly cheaper. 

Design and specs

The Adata SX8200 Pro is a 2280 (22 mm wide, 80 mm long) form factor M.2 drive using 3D (layered) TLC (Triple-Level Cell/3-bit) NAND marshalled by a Silicon Motion SM-2262EN controller. It’s a full four-lane PCIe 3.0 implementation, not two lanes like many other bargain-priced NVMe SSDs such as Kingston’s A1000

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Blu-ray breakdown: The best movies newly available on disc

Dec 14, 2018

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These recent, notable DVD and Blu-ray releases offer up cheery and chilling entertainment alike.

Momentum Cori review: this budget-priced two-pack offers an instant security solution

Dec 14, 2018

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Having a tight budget doesn't mean you can't have pretty good video surveillance at home.

HyperX Cloud Mix review: Pivoting to a mobile lifestyle brand brings mixed results

Dec 14, 2018

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HyperX wants you to wear its Cloud Mix headset (MSRP $200) all the time—not just for gaming. At your desk? Sure. But also on the train, walking to the grocery store, maybe even while snowboarding. Wherever life takes you, thanks to the Cloud Mix’s built-in Bluetooth capabilities.

The Cloud Mix is HyperX's attempt to move up the ladder from a gaming brand to a “lifestyle brand.” Astro made the pivot early, pitching its high-end gaming headsets as a statement, not a mere accessory. Then Razer swung that direction as well, ushering in some sort of RGB-everything future.

But can every brand make the pivot? HyperX is a brand that seems steeped in gamer culture more than its predecessors—a brand that started with RAM and other arcane PC necessities. Let’s see how things shook out.

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GOG.com's winter sale kicks off with free copies of LucasArts classic Full Throttle

Dec 13, 2018

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It’s beginning to feel a lot like winter, which means it’s time for all the various winter sales to start kicking off. GOG.com is first to usher in the holiday spirit, with “1900 deals up to 90% off.” But more important: GOG’s giving away free copies of the LucasArts classic adventure game Full Throttle.

The story of a man, a motorcycle, and a whole lot of butt-kicking, Full Throttle was lauded in 1995 for its cinematic style and sharp writing. Double Fine remastered the game last year and you know what? It’s still pretty great.

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Samsung upgrades its Notebook 9 Pen (2019) with Thunderbolt and a discrete Nvidia GPU

Dec 13, 2018

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Samsung has disclosed that its Samsung Notebook 9 Pen for 2019 will boast a pair of moderately significant upgrades: Thunderbolt I/O ports, and a discrete Nvidia GPU on the larger model.

The 2018 version of Samsung’s Notebook 9 Pen was a study in contrasts: While the exterior felt relatively cheap and plasticky, Samsung’s choice of materials made it exceptionally light. Yet at $1,400, it felt overpriced. And while we applauded the inclusion of the pen—and a holster that was built right into the laptop itself!—the Samsung S Pen eventually got stuck and couldn’t be removed.

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The Full Nerd ep. 78: Intel's comeback plans, laptop GeForce RTX leaks, and fake RGB RAM

Dec 13, 2018

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In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad Chacos, and Adam Patrick Murray talk about what’s next.

We kick things off by discussing Intel’s surprise 10nm “Sunny Cove” CPU architecture and its next-gen graphics cores, then dig deeper into the details behind Intel’s comeback plans. Chipzilla’s been roused and it feels like this is a whole new Intel. Watch out, world.

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Get 4K streaming for insanely cheap with all-time-low pricing on Amazon's Fire TV Stick

Dec 13, 2018

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Media streamers open up a whole world of content for cord-cutters, and right now you can grab the one we’ve called “the media streamer to beat” at a steep discount. Amazon’s Fire TV 4K is on sale for $35, down from a list price of $50 and the lowest we’ve seen it. If you buy two, you can save even more, bringing the pair down to $60.

This plug-and-play streamer features 4K HDR streaming for some awesome visuals on supporting TVs. It also comes with the rare useful streaming remote, with control over volume, TV power, and even a mute button all in one place. For hands-free control, the Fire TV 4K is compatible with Amazon's Alexa digital assistant, and can respond to your voice using either the microphone built into the remote or via connection to an Echo. The voice control is a little limited, but it’s still a handy feature, and its ability to control things like volume amps up that convenience factor.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 renders show hole-punch camera, headphone jack, and no fingerprint sensor

Dec 13, 2018

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Samsung is gearing up to reveal its new Galaxy S10 lineup in just a couple months, and case seller Mobile Fun has give us clues as to what the new phones will look like, courtesy of a first round of S10 cases from Olixar. And it's shaping up to be one heck of a release.

According to the images Mobile Fun received, the S10 will come in three size: 5.8 inches (Lite), 6.1 inches, and 6.4 inches (Plus). That matches up almost exactly with what Apple did with the iPhone XS and XR this year, but in the case of the S10, the cheapest Lite version will also be the smallest size.

According to Mobile Fun, the images came directly from Olixar's offices in China and they are "extremely confident" that the S10 cases shown here represent final versions of the production models. We regularly speak with other case manufacturers, and Samsung (unlike Google and Apple) does share specs and dimensions with popular case makers so they can have cases ready at the time of the phones' launch.

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AMD's Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 update is packed with performance-boosting features

Dec 13, 2018

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Coming into December, I was hard-pressed to think of how AMD could improve Radeon Software after years of rock-solid annual feature updates. But somehow, they’ve done it. On Thursday, the company announced Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition, a sweeping upgrade that builds on past successes introduced in Catalyst OmegaCrimsonReLive, ReLive 17.7.2, and last year’s own Adrenalin.

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Best photo book printing service: Cherish your memories in a DIY project

Dec 13, 2018

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Online photo printing has disrupted the photography business, and now you can create your own custom photo book that will look at home on any coffee table. Before, you’d have to bring your film or SD card to a studio to turn your photos into a professional-looking photo book. But now you can upload photos to a website, design the book yourself, and receive a beautiful product in a week or even days later.

Photo book services offer DIY customizations, and you can spend hours putting together and decorating your book to create a truly unique product—whether it’s for your own home or as a gift for a friend.

best photo books featured image Adam Patrick Murray/IDG

The first batch of five photo books we reviewed.

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The sudden revival of PlayStation Vue

Dec 13, 2018

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Maybe PlayStation Vue isn't ill-fated after all.

Best offbeat Christmas movies to stream in 2018

Dec 13, 2018

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When you've had your fill of traditional feel-good Christmas fare, these 12 offbeat movies add an interesting twist to the holidays.

Picaboo photo book review: Decent overall, but photo reproduction is inconsistent

Dec 13, 2018

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Picaboo is certainly a contender among the many services that let you create and order a custom photo book online. The company is mostly focused on photo books, but also offers journals, notebooks, calendars, and even mouse pad printing services.

We found its web editor better than Shutterfly’s thanks to a variety of charming options and features. That said, because of occasional crashing and general sluggishness, the Picaboo editor wasn’t as smooth as Mixbook’s. What’s more, the Picaboo book itself suffered some photo consistency issues, and the final printed product wasn’t as striking as we hoped for.

Picaboo has an array of book formats to choose from: Classic (starting at $19.99), the ultra-portable Minibook (starting at $19.99), the Seamless Layflat (starting at $64.99), the leather-wrapped Madison (starting at $199.99), and the double-thick, leather-bound Flush Mount (starting at $399.99). There are seven different sizes in total and two options for each type of book, except for landscape which only has an 11x9-inch option.

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AdoramaPix photo book review: A great tool that creates beautiful, hard-bound books

Dec 13, 2018

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If you live in New York City, you might be familiar with the professional photography shop Adorama in lower Manhattan. The company has taken its photo printing to the web with AdoramaPix, where you can order prints and create various products, including photo books.

Whatever Adorama learned running its photo emporium has worked. AdoramaPix wowed us with its polished and snappy editor, original-looking photo prints, and high-quality photo book.

AdoramaPix offers photo books oriented as square (starting at $32.99), portrait (starting at $31.99), and landscape (starting at $36.99), with 14 different sizes total. You can further customize your book with nine different paper types and a hard, soft, fabric, or even leather cover. All of the hardcover, fabric, and leather books have pages that lay flat.

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PrestoPhoto photo book review: Affordable but seriously flawed

Dec 13, 2018

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PrestoPhoto isn’t just a photo book service. It’s also an online marketplace for selling your creations—though there’s no obligation to put your work up for sale. It’s a great idea, but sadly PrestoPhoto just doesn’t deliver. The book creation editor is slow, dated-looking and lacks essential features, and the final book it produces doesn’t match the quality of competitors, despite relatively decent (if a bit dark) image reproduction.

On the positive side, PrestoPhoto has the widest selection of photo book types and sizes among the services PCWorld reviewed. There are six different styles, ranging from “landscape” to “tall portrait,” and a whopping 24 different sizes to choose from. Paper comes in either lustre, matte, silk, or velvet, and the book can be either hardcover or softcover. The pages can also lay flat when opened for an additional fee.

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Mixbook photo book review: Great online editor, stunning photo prints

Dec 13, 2018

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In the wide world of online photo book services, Mixbook handily distinguishes itself as one of the best. One main reason is Mixbook’s smooth, easy-to-use web editor which makes it a pleasure to assemble your creation. The resulting photo book was also quite good. Colors popped, quality was consistent throughout, and the book looked and felt like a coffee table book you could buy in a museum gift shop.

Mixbook offers three basic photo book types: landscape (starting at $15.99), square (starting at $19.99), and portrait (starting at $24.99). There are seven sizes to choose from, which go from as small as 8x6-inches to as large as 14x11-inches. You can also select from four different covers: softcover, glossy, matte, and leather. And the book’s paper comes in various styles, including semi-gloss, pearl finish, and premium lay flat.

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Shutterfly photo book review: Great photos, not-so-great editor

Dec 13, 2018

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Founded in 1999, Shutterfly has been in the online photo printing business the longest among all its DIY photo book competitors. It’s very popular, with millions of customers ordering photo books, prints, cards, and other photo products every year.

When it comes to photo books, Shutterfly offers a sometimes frustrating web editor for creating the book, but somewhat makes up for this with a nice selection of creative features. The photos came out looking good, but we received a book with some trim issues that sliced into text placed near the edge of a page.

Shutterfly has three options for creating your photo book: Make My Book, Custom Path, and Simple Path. The Make My Book service is where Shutterfly’s designers create your book for you. Custom Path has you make your book and arrange your photos. And Simple Path is where you make the book but the photos are automatically arranged for you.

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Careful! Windows 10's 'Check for updates' button may download beta code

Dec 12, 2018

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Some users are adventurous, and seek to be the first to use new Windows 10 features via Microsoft’s Windows Insider program. Others aren’t, and just want a stable system to use on day-to-day basis.

If you’re one of the latter, don’t go clicking Windows Update’s “Check for updates” button willy-nilly, or you may unwittingly join the ranks of the Windows pioneers—even if you were simply hoping for a patch to fix a problem with your operating system.

In a blog post this week, Microsoft revealed that those users who click the “Check for updates” button (Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update) are opted in to testing new Windows features on a one-time basis, if they happen to click the button during the third and fourth week of the month. Microsoft calls those updates “C” and “D” releases, and issues them to those who are “seeking” them when they click the update button.

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Keep all of your devices powered up with these awesome prices on Anker chargers today

Dec 7, 2018

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If you're reading this post, you have a device that needs a charger. And today's a great day to stock up on them. Amazon is offering fantastic deals on two of Anker's most popular charging accessories, with one hitting an all-time low.

First up, you can grab the PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C wall charger for $30Remove non-product link, 25 percent off its $40 list price and the lowest price we've ever seen. The 60W plug is equipped with USB-C power delivery so it can safely charge everything from a cell phone to a laptop. A tight design with a foldable plug allow you to take this charger with you on the road, while a built-in LED indicator lets you see when your device is charging at a glance.

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Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile review: Get a laptop feel on your desktop PC

Dec 7, 2018

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Low-profile mechanical keyboards are the next trend, it seems. Just last month we reviewed Roccat’s Vulcan 120 Aimo, the first keyboard I’d seen to combine laptop-style keycaps with full-sized mechanical switches. It was eye-catching, to say the least.

Now Corsair’s got its own version, the K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile Rapidfire ($160 on Amazon). Thankfully, the keycaps are a lot shorter than the name. Let’s dig in.

Note: This review is part of our best gaming keyboards roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.

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All the big reveals at The Game Awards 2018

Dec 7, 2018

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We’re here! 2018 is over (mostly) and awards season has begun. We’ll be running our own Game of the Year list later this month but gaming’s faux-Oscars, The Game Awards, took place last night in Los Angeles. Spoiler: God of War took home Game of the Year, which I’ll have to trust them on since it’s not a PC game.

But forget awards, right? The real reason everyone watches Geoff Keighley’s event every year is the “World Premieres,” as close as we’ve got to a wintertime press conference. We’ve gone ahead and rounded up the best of the night below, from Obsidian’s Outer Worlds to new Stanley Parable to Mortal Kombat XI, Psychonauts 2, and a fresh Supergiant game.

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Treat yourself to a visual upgrade with these 3 awesome monitor deals

Dec 7, 2018

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We’ve had a bunch of deals on graphics cards this week, but an awesome graphics card can’t shine without an awesome monitor to pair with it. Fortunately, we’ve found three awesome monitor deals at Dell and Newegg today.

First up: the 32-inch D3218HN 1080p monitor at Dell for $150Remove non-product link. Dell says this monitor is 50 percent off the usual price, and this is one of the company’s holiday “doorbusters” so availability is limited. The monitor doesn’t have much in the way of gaming extras, but it’s a solid monitor with a huge screen size and a 178-degree viewing angle.

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PCWorld is giving away a OnePlus 6T in Midnight Black for the holidays!

Dec 7, 2018

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The OnePlus 6T isn’t just the best mid-range phone you can buy—it’s one of the best phones of the year, with a gorgeous screen, tiny notch, and killer specs. And now you can win one of your very own.

One lucky reader will win a OnePlus 6T in Midnight Black with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage along with three official cases. The phone is unlocked, so it works with AT&T and T-Mobile networks, as well as Verizon, though you may need to call your carrier to turn on some things.

Entering our giveaway, on the other hand, couldn’t be easier. You can scroll to the bottom of this page and enter your email address in the widget to gain a single entry. Score extra chances to win by subscribing to our Twitter and Twitch accounts, as well as the PCWorld's YouTube page (be sure to check out the latest episode of Android Confidential while you’re there). Also make sure to follow OnePlus on Instagram for all the latest awesome pics taken with the 6T’s camera.

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17 gorgeous PC games that will punish your graphics card

Dec 7, 2018

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Pixel-pushing, PC-melting graphical firepowerbest looking games primary

Image by Gordon Mah Ung/Rob Schultz

So you built yourself a brand-new gaming rig, you’ve slotted your sweet new graphics card into the PCIe slot, you’ve sealed up the case, and you’ve heard it all POST—congrats! Now it’s time to throw games at your fresh build until it breaks, then cry at the thought that if you’d spent just 200 dollars more you could’ve played at 4K instead of a mere 1080p!

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Hands on: Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx reference laptop is a fresh attempt to be faster

Dec 7, 2018

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The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx is the chip the company hopes will scale the performance mountain, reaching the heights that competing Intel Core chips have already surmounted. After trying it at Qualcomm's Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui, we can say it seems promising.

As we learned Thursday morning, the Snapdragon 8cx was designed as a ground-up, optimized design specifically for laptops. Its mission is to achieve performance comparable to that of an Intel U-series Core i5 chip.

Qualcomm supplied a limited number of Snapdragon 8cx reference notebooks at the event, all running Windows 10 Pro. We tried to navigate to one of the web-based benchmarks we’ve used to test previous Snapdragon PCs, but we were told that benchmarking wasn’t allowed. In part, that’s because the clock speeds of the chip haven’t been formally determined.

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Brinno Duo review: Our favorite peephole camera adds live remote viewing

Dec 7, 2018

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This security camera mounts to your door's peephole and streams live video to your smartphone and to its own display on the interior side of your door.

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx for PCs aims to overcome the performance gap

Dec 6, 2018

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Qualcomm’s efforts to put its Snapdragon chips into PCs have historically run into one major obstacle: The performance simply isn’t competitive with that of chips from Intel and AMD. Now Qualcomm is trying again, with what it’s calling an “extreme” version of the Snapdragon: the Snapdragon 8cx. 

Qualcomm’s promising that the 8cx will offer the equivalent performance of the competition’s 15-watt processor offerings—though it’s not saying which one. (Intel’s U-series Core chips consume 15 watts.) At the same time, Qualcomm is promising more of its traditional strength: an incredible 25 hours of battery life, plus support for niceties like LPDDR4X memory, NVMe SSDs, USB 3.1, and four PCI Express lanes. There’s Qualcomm QuickCharge, too.

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive goes free-to-play, adds a battle royale mode called Danger Zone

Dec 6, 2018

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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive’s finally making the free-to-play pivot, ditching the $15 barrier to entry it’s maintained since release in 2012. Starting today you can head over to Steam and grab the full game, including multiplayer modes, for free—though you can still pay $15 for “Prime” status and earn some extra skins.

It seems like an obvious move to keep Counter-Strike competitive in the modern era, what with the rise of the battle royale genre. CS:GO is even getting its own take on the phenomenon, called CS:GO Danger Zone, an 18-player battle royale(ish) mode that involves scrounging for supplies and money around the map. Timing that release with the move to free-to-play could convince an entire new generation of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds players to give Counter-Strike a shot...maybe.

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ECG for the Apple Watch Series 4 now available in watchOS 5.1.2 update. Here’s how to get it

Dec 6, 2018

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The much-anticipated electrocardiogram feature that Apple highlighted during its Apple Watch 4 unveiling is now available.

Microsoft Edge embraces open-source Chromium code, plans move to Windows 7, 8, and Macs

Dec 6, 2018

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Microsoft is overhauling its struggling Edge browser in pretty much every way over the next year. The proprietary EdgeHTML engine underpinning the browser will be abandoned in favor of the Chromium code used by Google’s Chrome and several other browsers. After the shift, Microsoft plans to end Edge’s Windows 10 desktop exclusivity by bringing it to Macs and older versions of Windows.

 “People using Microsoft Edge (and potentially other browsers) will experience improved compatibility with all websites, while getting the best-possible battery life and hardware integration on all kinds of Windows devices,” Joe Belfiore, corporate vice president of Windows, said in the blog post announcing the shift. He also touted compatibility benefits for web developers and corporate IT administrators.

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How Google can clean up its messaging mess after Allo's shutdown

Dec 6, 2018

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Google would like us to think of its messaging strategy as a work in progress. What it’s progressing towards, I don’t know. Amongst all the changes, additions, mergers, and rebranding its series of messaging apps have gone through over the past few years, Google has done little to simplify or streamline its strategy. And with the latest moves, we may have fewer apps than ever, but the message has never been more muddled.

In a blog post Wednesday night, Google confirmed rumors that classic Hangouts and Allo are going away, which comes as no surprise. Google already announced that Hangouts would be splitting into two new apps, Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet, and Allo has been “on pause” since April as Google re-evaluated the purpose of the two-year-old app. But with less comes more confusion. Eight months later, we have a new Allo-less strategy that’s no clearer than it was when the app launched in 2016.

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Amazon is selling Microsoft Office 365 and 2019 for insanely cheap today

Dec 6, 2018

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As a longtime staple of work and personal computer use, Microsoft Office doesn’t often go on sale. So if you need a copy, today’s the day to grab it: Amazon is knocking up to $45 off a subscription to Microsoft Office 365 and taking $50 off a one-time purchaseRemove non-product link of the suite of apps, bringing them to rarely-seen lows.

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Download Malwarebytes Today and Protect Your Data for Free

Dec 6, 2018

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Everyone lives on the internet, period. Whether you’re streaming a standup special on Netflix, answering emails from your boss, chatting on Tinder, or completing everyday errands like paying bills online, you’re likely spending most of your day tangled up in the world wide web.

Unfortunately, that makes you a high-risk candidate for a cyber attack at some point along the way, be it through malware, phishing, or hacking. Best-case scenario, it sucks up your time to fix (or your money by paying someone else to fix it). Worst case scenario, it puts you and your computer out of commission for days and damages your files beyond repair. Not to mention the sheer terror of knowing some hacker has complete and total access to virtually everything about you, including all of your banking and credit card information. Malwarebytes is a free program built to help you avoid the above scenarios altogether — and it makes traditional antivirus look old, tired, and played out (seriously it’s free, download it here).

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Watch the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855's best new features in action

Dec 6, 2018

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Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 855 mobile processor offers a ton of new features that could be potentially enabled on next-generation smartphones—almost too many to list. But we managed to see some of the best in action.

After Qualcomm finished announcing the Snapdragon 855, the company opened a pair of demo rooms showing some of the 855’s flagship features. Through PCWorld’s video team didn’t make it to the event, I was able to record video demonstrating some of the new capabilities of the mobile chip, including improved battery life and gaming performance, intelligent audio filtering, and 4K recording with HDR. They all ran on prototype phones with the Snapdragon 855 chip inside.

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Microsoft's 1TB Xbox One X, the most powerful gaming console, is $100 off

Dec 6, 2018

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There’s a great deal right now on the most powerful gaming console available. The Xbox One X 1TB is $400 at Amazon and other retailers. The price dropped from $500 a few days ago and will likely hang around at this price for a good chunk of the holiday season. That’s just a guess, however, so don't delay if you're hankering for a super-charged version of Microsoft's Xbox.

The Xbox One X is a fantastic gaming console that’s about equal to an AMD Radeon RX 580 or the Nvidia GeForce 1060–two great, no compromises 1080p gaming cards. The Xbox One X also includes a 4K Blu-ray player, and supports high dynamic range (HDR) visuals. That's a whole lot of enticing living room tech for a mighty enticing price. While you can play games in 4K with the Xbox One X, we found in our review of the console that a better option was to play upscaled 1080p on ultra with a rock steady 60 frames per second on most games.

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5 ways the Snapdragon 855 will change Android phones in 2019 (other than making them faster)

Dec 6, 2018

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Qualcomm has given Android users an early Christmas present in the form of a sneak peek at the Snapdragon 855 processor, the chip that will power 2019’s flagship phones. We already know it’s going to be faster and more power efficient than the 845, but what really matters is how it’s going to change your next phone beyond the speed and battery boosts. Here are five things to look forward to.

Download speeds will be way faster

You’re going to hear a lot about 5G in 2019, and Qualcomm will be leading the revolution with its X50 modem. However, the 855 will have some serious speed improvements of its own, thanks to a directly integrated 2Gbps LTE modem. The 855 is also 802.11ax ready for up to 14 Gbits/s WiFi, nearly five times the 3Gbits/s that’s offered now.

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Roku tips: How to make the most of your streamer

Dec 6, 2018

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These Roku how-to tips will help you navigate faster, find free content, and master your playback controls.

Sony PSZ-HC1T USB 3.1 Gen 1 hard drive: A stylish and rugged portable storage workhorse

Dec 6, 2018

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The Sony PSZ-HC1T quickly became one of my favorite external hard drives to use around the lab. Why? Because it’s rugged and has a captive USB cable. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve held my breath after accidentally banging a drive, or every second I’ve wasted hunting down a cable, I’d be a rich man. 

Speaking of everyone’s relative financial status, those perks do cost you a bit—at around $110, the PSZ-HC1T sells for $50 more than most 1TB external USB 3.1 drives. Still, if you’re prone to being rough on your equipment, consider that it’s still cheaper than replacing a less sturdy unit.

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best external drives. Go there for information about other competing products and how we tested them, plus our top picks. 

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Best TVs: Our top picks, plus plain-language explanations of the most important specs and features

Dec 5, 2018

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There are plenty of great smart TVs. Our guide cuts through the alphabet soup to tell everything you need to know to buy the one that's right for you.

SaferVPN review: This newcomer is off to a good start

Nov 30, 2018

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SaferVPN in brief: P2P allowed: Netherlands server only Business location: Tel Aviv, IL Number of servers: 700 Number of country locations: 34 Monthly cost: $65.88 billed annually, or $78.96 for two years VPN protocol: IKEv2 (default with OpenVPN as fallback) Data encryption: AES-256 Data authentication: SHA-256 Handshake encryption: 2048-bit

Editor’s Note: This review was updated November 29, 2018 to reflect changes to infrastructure, improved speed scores, and a new overall review score.

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The Full Nerd ep. 76: Sapphire RX 590 Nitro+, misleading Optane PC ads, Black Friday hauls

Nov 30, 2018

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In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray celebrate good deals and warn you about misleading ones.

First, though, we talk about one heck of a graphics card. We crowned the Radeon RX 590 the new king of 1080p gaming when it launched a couple weeks back, and the highly customized Sapphire Radeon RX 590 Nitro+ makes it even better. It’s awesome. Brad explains why.

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Best Black Friday Android deals 2018: Best Buy is slashing $400 off the Google Pixel 3 and 3XL

Nov 23, 2018

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Update 11/23: We don't know how long this is going to last but Best Buy has reduced all colors and capacities of the Pixel 3 and 3XL by $400 for Verizon customers.

In case you haven't turned on a TV, or browsed the Internet, or even picked up a newspaper for the past three weeks, Black Friday has arrived. And with one of the busiest shopping days of the year comes great deals on the hottest Android phones. Here are the best we've found—and remember to check back during the weekend as we add more:

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Best Buy has the best deal of all on the Pixel 3 and 3 XL. We don't know how long it's going to last, but you can get any color or capacity of the Pixel 3 for $400 offRemove non-product link, provided you activate it through Verizon and agree to a 24-month zero-interest payment plan. That means you're getting the 64GB Pixel 3 for half off! Some models are already sold out but several are still available.

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Black Friday Special: Get These $260 Noise Cancelling Headphones For Just $64

Nov 23, 2018

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Whether you're traveling for the holidays or just kicking back at home, you'll appreciate having a pair of headphones that are comfy to wear and tune out exterior sound. The TREBLAB Z2 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones do just that, and you can get them today at a special Black Friday price. Normally $259.99, these headphones are available for just $63.19 when you use the code BFSAVE20 at checkout.

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Black Friday Special: Get A Lifetime To Stone River's 2000+ Hours Of Tech Training For Just $30 (90% Off)

Nov 23, 2018

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The job market is evolving, and it's up to you to ensure your skills stay relevant. Keep your education on the cutting edge with a lifetime membership to Stone River eLearning. With over 170 courses in coding, graphic design and more, it’s the perfect way to hone your skills. Best of all, this Black Friday you can pick up this valuable package for just $29.40 with code BFSAVE40 — a savings of 99% off the MSRP — but only for a limited time.

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Focal Elegia headphone review: Rich, luxurious sound and impeccable design

Nov 23, 2018

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Focal's first closed-back headphone for audiophiles is a winner.

Kiss your cable bill goodbye: The best TV antennas for cord cutters

Nov 23, 2018

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Ready to cut the cord? You’ll need a quality antenna to pick up digital broadcasts. Here are our recommendations for indoor and outdoor antennas.

Black Friday 2018: All of the best tech deals at Amazon, Target, Best Buy, Newegg, and more

Nov 23, 2018

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The most difficult part of Black Friday shopping is knowing when you’ve come across a bargain. As prices start dropping, the temptation to pounce on the first decent discount becomes overwhelming.

Since forewarned is forearmed, we’ve gone through popular retailers’ Black Friday advertisements to find the gems available this weekend, and listed our findings below. (Most deals are already live now, or will go live shortly at midnight Friday.) 

Note: These prices are the best we’ve seen in the information available in advance. Stores often start price-matching one another and even undercutting each other, so if a deal you like is at a store you can’t get to easily, it’s worth checking other stores to see if they have price-matched. (Or actually do have a price-matching policy.)

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How to choose a TV antenna

Nov 23, 2018

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Attention cord cutters: This in-depth guide to HDTV antenna tech will help you find just the right model for tuning in free over-the-air broadcasts.

Amazon has slashed Black Friday prices on iPads to lows we've never seen before

Nov 23, 2018

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Amazon is running a Black Friday sale on the 9.7-inch iPad, 10.5-inch iPad Pro and iPad mini 4 at crazy low prices.

Best Black Friday smartwatch and fitness band deals 2018: Fitbit, Samsung, Huawei, and more

Nov 22, 2018

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Update 11/22: Added the Mobvoi Ticwatch Pro at Amazon for $175.

If you want to get healthy ahead of the holiday eating season, now's a great time to get a fitness band or smart watch for super-cheap. We'll be updating this post through the weekend as we come across new deals, but here are the best ones we know about so far:

Fitbit

The best prices on Fitbit's family of fitness devices are through the company's own website. Now through Monday, Fitbit has slashed the prices of its most popular devices to all-time lows with free shipping:

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Alta HR: $80 ($50 off)Remove non-product link

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23andMe vs. AncestryDNA: What's the difference?

Nov 22, 2018

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AncestryDNA and 23andMe are the world’s most popular DNA tests. Combined, the companies have tested the DNA of more than 15 million people, according to the International Society of Genetic Geneology.

They also both cost $99, unless you elect for 23andMe’s $199 Ancestry + Health service to get info on potential health risks and genetic traits in addition to ancestry. So what’s the difference? We took both tests to find out. You can read our full reviews of AncestryDNA and 23andMe, but below we break down the primary differences between the two kits.

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Black Friday streaming TV devices: An upgrade guide

Nov 22, 2018

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Black Friday is the best time to buy a new Roku, Fire TV, or Chromecast, but not all the deals are worth your dollars.

Marley No Bounds XL Bluetooth speaker review: Floatable, sustainable sonics

Nov 22, 2018

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Kudos to Marley for using recycled materials in the No Bounds XL waterproof Bluetooth speaker. But its sounds mediocre at low volumes, and only average when you crank it.

Black Friday deals: Best smart-home discounts

Nov 21, 2018

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The future is now. Just look at all the new and nifty ways our homes can do more for us. From regulating temperatures, to operating our lights, to keeping us secure and responding to a variety of our commands.

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PCWorld's November Digital Magazine: Intel's 9th-gen chips are here

Nov 21, 2018

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Stay on top of the latest tech with PCWorld’s Digital Magazine. Available as single copies or as a monthly subscription, it highlights the best content from PCWorld.com—the most important news, the key product reviews, and the most useful features and how-to stories—in a curated Digital Magazine for Android and iOS, as well for the desktop and other tablet readers.

In the November issue

With the November issue of PCWorld comes the debut of Intel’s 9th-generation Core chips, including Core i9 and X-series parts, with a few twists. We visited the Living Computer Museum in Seattle, which was founded by Paul Allen, to travel back in time. We have the lowdown on Intel’s new Z390 motherboards; find out what’s inside Intel’s new high-end chip.

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Black Friday deals: PC and PC component steals

Nov 21, 2018

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You can snag great deals on PCs, PC components, and PC accessories during Black Friday—if you know where to look. Not all cheap laptops are the same, for example. One retailer might offer a newer processor, more storage, or more RAM in a system for the same price as its competition.

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Black Friday 2018: The best tech deals

Nov 21, 2018

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Here we go! The deal madness is upon us, and it’s time to get your shopping game on. Once again we’ve searched high and low to come up with the 10 best Black Friday deals for PC users and all around tech addicts. This year’s selection offers Chromebooks, fitness bands, regular laptops, gaming machines, and other treats to please tech conoisseurs everywhere.

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Fallout 76 review: Almost hell, West Virginia

Nov 21, 2018

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Here at PCWorld I try to stick to a simple standard when reviewing games. I either finish the game or the game finishes me—a.k.a. after long hours spent frustrated I deem it unplayable. Fallout 76 is not strictly unplayable, but after 30-odd hours wasted in this West Virginia wasteland I’m calling it. Time of death, around 2 a.m. on November 19 when I logged in to find half my quest log mysteriously wiped away, as if I’d never started any of a half-dozen different missions.

It was the latest motivation-sapping bug in a long, long cavalcade, and so I’m tapping out. Fallout 76 wouldn’t be a great game even if it functioned properly. And in its release state? It’s worse.

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Best media streaming devices

Nov 21, 2018

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Roku Streaming Stick vs. Amazon Fire Stick vs. Chromecast vs. Apple TV, and more. Which streaming device is best for cord cutters? Our buying guide will help you pick the right accessories for your TV.

Forget the crowds and stay home with $0.99 Google Play Store movie rentals on Black Friday

Nov 21, 2018

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While we’ve been tracking all of the best deals on phones, TVs, and Echo devices for Black Friday, you don’t have to open your wallet wide to take advantage of this one: Google will be offering a movie rental for just 99 cents on Thanksgiving DayRemove non-product link, including new releases such as Crazy Rich Asians, The Meg, and Incredibles 2.

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Black Friday Bests: You Can Get This $130 Wifi HD Panoramic Security Camera For $36

Nov 21, 2018

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There are many wireless IP security cameras on the market. A lot of them, however, can be easily hacked which quickly renders them useless. This isn’t the case with the iPM World Camera. It, instead, offers full video encryption so your security camera does what it’s designed to do — keep you and your family safe.

You can get it on sale today at a special Black Friday price of $44.99; and you can bring its cost down to an even lower $35.99 price with the BFSAVE20 coupon code.

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Turtle Beach Elite Atlas review: This PC-first headset gives us hope for the brand

Nov 21, 2018

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I’ve looked at a fair number of Turtle Beach headsets over the years, but I’ve never seen the words “PC Gaming” emblazoned across the packaging. Sure, you could still use Turtle Beach’s headsets with your PC—most via a simple 3.5mm jack, and even the recent Turtle Beach Stealth 700 could connect to your PC via the Xbox Wireless Adapter.

The Turtle Beach Elite Atlas ($99.95 on Amazon) makes it official, though. This is a PC-first headset, even if that’s mostly a marketing bulletpoint. Let’s dig in.

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23andMe review: It lives up to the hype of DNA testing

Nov 21, 2018

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Of the companies that offer DNA testing, 23andMe is one of the most famous. According to the International Society of Genetic Genealogy, 23andMe has tested the DNA of more than 5 million people, making it the second-most popular test after AncestryDNA.

This popularity provides an advantage over DNA tests from smaller services: The more people in the system, the more accurate the ethnicity estimates. 23andMe also regularly releases new reports evaluating your DNA.

For $99, you’ll get just the ancestry reports, which outline your recent ethnic heritage and the ancient forebears on your mother’s and father’s side. It also has a robust relative-matchmaking system, thanks to its large database of users.

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AncestryDNA review: The largest DNA database for finding relatives and heritage

Nov 21, 2018

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If you’re looking to find relatives you’ve never heard of, AncestryDNA is your best bet. That’s because the company has the largest DNA database out there. Since launching AncestryDNA in 2013, Ancestry has tested the DNA of more than 10 million people, which is more than half of the estimated 18 million people who’ve taken DNA tests worldwide, according to the International Society of Genetic Geneology.

Ancestry has been around long before it got into the DNA business. The Utah-based company got its start in 1996 building a network of genealogical data from historical records. Along with your DNA results, you can use these records to find relatives and discover your genealogy (for an additional fee, of course).

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Chromecast (2018) review: Google's revamped media streamer is what you make of it

Nov 21, 2018

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The new Chromecast might not replace your Roku or Fire TV, but it is a nice supplement.

Lutron Caseta Wireless Smart Lighting Lamp Dimmer Starter Kit review: A smart plug with all the fixin’s

Nov 21, 2018

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Lutron's lamp dimmer kit can be expanded with in-wall smart dimmers, not just additional smart plugs.

5 things to consider when buying a business laptop

Nov 15, 2018

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There are many factors to consider when buying a new business laptop for yourself or others in your organization. To help you make the best decision, we’ve put together this quick guide to the things you should be looking out for when making your purchase.

Sponsored by HP.

How will you use it?

The most important question to ask before drawing up your shopping list is what the device’s day-to-day duties will entail.

If it’s just for producing reports, presentations, and spreadsheets, then all modern laptops will easily cope with these tasks. But if you need to replace a desktop machine, you're better off going for models with larger 15in or 17in displays, as they provide a more comfortable experience for users.

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If you think the Pixel 3 XL is ugly, take a look at the double-notch Sharp Aquos R2 Compact

Nov 15, 2018

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Just when you thought you had seen every awful notch on a phone, Sharp is here to one-up them all. Like the Essential Phone, the Aquos R2 Compact has a small eraser-shaped camera notch at the top of the screen, which is all good. But when you get to the bottom of the screen it all falls apart.

Why? Because there’s a notch down there that wraps around the fingerprint sensor.

We know what you’re thinking, and no, we don’t know why Sharp didn’t just put the sensor on the back like with every other Android phone. We also don't know why it didn't just increase the size of the chin. But as it is, you’ll get a rectangular notch at the bottom of the screen that cuts around half of the fingerprint sensor, while the other half rests below the screen.

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Nvidia confirms 'limited' GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition quality issues

Nov 15, 2018

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After weeks of numerous forum posts and social complaints about misbehaving graphics cards, Nvidia has acknowledged that its GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition has a problem.

“Limited test escapes from early boards caused the issues some customers have experienced with RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition,” a company employee wrote on the GeForce forums. “We stand ready to help any customers who are experiencing problems. Please visit www.nvidia.com/support to chat live with the Nvidia tech support team (or to send us an email) and we’ll take care of it.”

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A new Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ has arrived with Bluetooth 4.2 and dual-band Wi-Fi for $25

Nov 15, 2018

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Raspberry Pi has introduced a new version of one of its most popular models just in time to stuff your stocking: the Model A+. And this time around, it’s even more attractive.

The Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ costs $25, $5 more than the previous generation, but has a lot more going for it. Just like the top-of-the-line Model B+, the new Model A+ has a 1.4GHz 64-bit quad-core processor, and you’ll also get dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4GHz + 5 GHz), a feature that was missing from the previous A+. And you’ll have to use it, since the A+ doesn’t have an Ethernet port. It does, however, have Bluetooth 4.2 on board.

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The awesome iRobot Roomba 690 is down to its lowest price ever today

Nov 15, 2018

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iRobot has been making smart home devices since before smart homes were a thing, and its Roomba vacuums are among the best you can buy.  And today, you can get one for the cheapest it's ever been: The iRobot Roomba 690 is down to $249 at AmazonRemove non-product link, down from a list price of $375.

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Best water leak detectors for smart homes

Nov 15, 2018

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Fires can be devastating, but water damage is a far more common risk. These smart devices will alert you if your home springs a leak, so you can take action quickly.

Go grab our favorite SSD, the 1TB Samsung 860 Evo, for less than $150 at Amazon today

Nov 15, 2018

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Our favorite SSD for most people is available today at its cheapest price for a whole lot of capacity. The 1TB Samsung 860 Evo SSD is $148 at AmazonRemove non-product link right now. The last time we looked at this drive it was on sale for $199, so if you've been waiting for the best possible deal, now's the time to act. Of course, we don't know what Black Friday will bring, but it’s hard to go wrong with $148 for 1TB of awesome SSD storage.

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Save 80% On The CompTIA Cyber Security Expert Bundle ($59)

Nov 15, 2018

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Cybercrime is a problem that likely isn’t going to go away any time soon. That’s why companies are always searching for trained professionals that can mitigate the risk. If you're looking to lead the charge in the war against hackers, the CompTIA Cyber Security Expert Bundle is a solid starting point, and it's on sale for only $59 today.

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XFX Radeon RX 590 Fatboy review: Pedal to the heavy metal

Nov 15, 2018

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How can improvements to the GPU manufacturing process make graphics cards better? There’s no one solution, and today’s launch of the $280 Radeon RX 590 shows that Nvidia and AMD took two wildly divergent paths in the shift to the 12nm process.

Nvidia’s used the extra space and process improvements to cram its GeForce RTX 20-series graphics cards with radical, futuristic hardware devoted to driving adoption of real-time ray tracing and machine learning in games. The downside? The cheapest RTX option, the RTX 2070, starts at $500. AMD took a different tack: The Radeon RX 590 is essentially identical to the $240 8GB Radeon RX 580 under the hood, but shifting from 14nm to 12nm let AMD eke out much higher clock speeds than before—and prep a new graphics card that challenges the massive price gap between the $250 GTX 1060 and $370 GTX 1070.

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Flo smart water valve review: The high price of prevention

Nov 15, 2018

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The Flo Water Damage Prevention System monitors and reports on your home’s water usage. It can also shut off the water supply to prevent catastrophic damage in the event of a leak.

Don't fret over FilmStruck's demise

Nov 15, 2018

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Streaming video will remain a boon to movie history, even after FilmStruck shuts down.

OnePlus 6T review: Android's rebel phone goes mainstream—with a punkish purple streak

Nov 15, 2018

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OnePlus sure knows how to make an entrance. Arriving at the tail end of a jam-packed Android season that included nothing less than the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, LG V40 ThinQ, Google Pixel 3, and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, the OnePlus 6T could have easily been a victim of flagship fatigue.

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Black Friday 2018: The best early deals

Nov 14, 2018

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Black Friday is no longer just the day after Thanksgiving. Deals now roll out in a chaotic mass all throughout November.

Just a couple of years ago, most of those early discounts weren’t any good. But that’s changed.

While the deals that command headlines (those so-called “doorbusters”) are typically still available on only Thanksgiving or Black Friday, some worthwhile sales are already trickling out now. 

We’ve begun rounding up those here, so keep an eye peeled for further updates as the days tick by. We’ll add new deals as we spot them. And don’t forget: Holiday return windows have just expanded (many run into early January), so you can buy now and repent at leisure—assuming you can float the cash.

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Windows 10 preview build 18282 finally supports smarter Windows Updates, new light theme

Nov 14, 2018

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The headline feature of Windows 10 Insider build 18282 is probably the “light theme” for your Windows desktop. But the most useful addition is the new, Intelligent Active Hours designed to present unwanted interruptions from Windows updates.

The preview build, leading up to the next big update to Windows 10 due early next year (code-named 19H1), doesn’t boast any truly new features. Rather, these enhancements to existing features are conveniences you may try if you choose. Here they are:

The “light theme”

You’re probably aware of the existing Windows “dark theme,” which uses darker colors and accents to soften the vast expanses of white within Explorer, Edge, and so on. And you probably thought that the existing light theme was an alternative to that. Well, not so much, apparently.

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Samsung's folding Galaxy phone reveal was a giant disappointment

Nov 7, 2018

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After more than an hour of tiring Bixby announcements, cursory Galaxy Home details, and long-winded IOT speeches during the opening keynote to its developers conference, Samsung finally showed us what we were all waiting for: its new folding phone.

Except it wasn’t really a phone at all. Samsung’s big innovation is the Infinity Flex display, and we still don’t know much about what Samsung is going to do with it. Senior vice president Justin Denison waxed poetic about an advanced composite polymer and reduced thickness that paves the way for rollable displays, foldable phones, and thinner handsets. Except he didn’t actually show us any of that.

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If youu blinked while Senior Vice President Justin Denison showed off Samsung’s new folding phone you would’ve missed it.

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Windows 10 blocks pesky notifications with improved Focus Assist feature in Build 18277

Nov 7, 2018

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Fed up with any and all notifications, but don’t want to fiddle with them? Microsoft’s Windows 10 Build 18277, released Wednesday, turns on Focus Assist when launching full-screen apps, together with a few other tweaks.

Build 18277 is part of the 19H1 release, which will eventually become the Windows 10 update due in the first half of 2019. Though the build doesn’t contain any new features, Microsoft has made some tweaks to various features within Windows, including Focus Assist. You can also sample the new Emoji 12 emoji.

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Here’s the Windows 10 setting to give Focus Assist more control.

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Best smart plugs: These gadgets will turn any electrical outlet into a smart socket

Nov 7, 2018

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Here’s an easy and inexpensive way to control the lamps and small appliances in your smart home. There are dozens to choose from; we’ll help you find the right one.

Back up everything with this awesome deal on the 8TB Seagate Backup Plus Hub

Nov 7, 2018

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You don't have to have been a victim of the October Windows 10 update file-deletion bug to understand the importance of a solid backup. And today Amazon is offering a great deal on a drive big enough to back up all of your files for years to come: the 8TB Seagate Backup Plus Hub is down to $150 todayRemove non-product link, matching an all-time low and more than 30 percent off its $220 list price.

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Nvidia's Shield TV, the best media streamer for enthusiasts, hits its lowest price yet

Nov 7, 2018

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You don’t need to settle for a simple Chromecast or Amazon Fire TV Stick. If you’re looking for a media streamer that checks virtually every high-end box you could ask for and can play games from a wide variety of sources, Nvidia’s Shield TV with remote is just $140 on Amazon right now. That’s $40 cheaper than the usual price of $180 for the device we crowned “the best media streamer for geeks.” We haven’t seen the Shield TV price drop very often, and this is the all-time low for Nvidia’s streaming box.

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Best Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL cases: Top picks in every style

Nov 7, 2018

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The Google Pixel 3 has arrived and it’s more fragile than ever. Not only is there more screen on the front, the back is now entirely made of glass as well, making it likely to crack somewhere if you drop it. You know where we’re going with this—you’re going to need a case. Here are the best ones we’ve found so far:

  Google Pixel 3 Fabric Case View Speck Presidio Grip View Under Armour Protect Verge View LifeProof Next View Otterbox Defender View OtterBox Symmetry Clear View Totallee Thin View Speck Presidio Stay Clear View Incipio DualPro View

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Get This $260 Philips Sonicare Alternative For Just $50 Today

Nov 7, 2018

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When shopping for an electric toothbrush, Philips Sonicare and Braun Oral B instantly come to mind. These brands offer outstanding entry-level electric toothbrushes for a fair price. However, the lower-priced models don’t include the bells and whistles the higher end models offer, and these toothbrushes can easily cost over $100. If you’re looking for a feature-packed electric toothbrush that doesn’t carry a name brand premium, this $49.99 Platinum Sonic toothbrush is for you.

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Samsung Q8FN 4K UHD TV review: A great TV and a comparative bargain

Nov 7, 2018

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It doesn't come with the One Connect breakout box you get with the Q9FN, but it offers nearly the same performance as higher-end model for $700 less.

iPhone XR review: This iPhone might be the best Apple has ever made

Nov 7, 2018

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The iPhone XR isn't as cutting-edge as the iPhone XS, but it strikes a perfect balance between luxury and affordability.

What AMD's 64-core 'Rome' server CPU tells us about Ryzen 2

Nov 7, 2018

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AMD’s Ryzen 2 consumer CPU isn’t coming until 2019, but we saw hints of what to expect in “Rome,” the 64-core server CPU AMD unveiled on Tuesday. It’s based on a new 7nm Zen 2 core that’s likely to find its way into Ryzen 2 next year. Let’s take a closer look.  

Each Rome CPU will feature 64 cores with symmetrical multi-threading for 128 threads per socket. The CPU itself is “revolutionary,” AMD said, and is built around eight separate 7nm “chiplets” with eight cores each.

The chipsets contain no memory controller or PCIe, but are instead tied to a central IO chip built on 14nm. The IO chip has 8 channels of DDR4 plus support for PCIe 4.0. The company connects each chiplet to the IO chip via a 2nd-generation reduced latency Infinity Fabric. 

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Goodbye, Cortana: Microsoft's Javier Soltero leaves, putting the digital assistant's future in doubt

Nov 6, 2018

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Javier Soltero, who briefly led the development of Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant, plans to leave the company, Soltero confirmed on Tuesday.

Soltero confirmed his decision via Twitter after ZDNet reported the story earlier on Tuesday. Microsoft representatives had not previously responded to requests for comment, but confirmed his departure after Soltero’s Twitter message.

“I’ve made the decision to leave Microsoft,” Soltero wrote. “The past 4 years have been an incredible experience. I’m humbled to have been a part of building something that 100M+ users depend on every day and grateful to have worked with some amazing people.

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Nextbase 612GW Dash Cam review: A touchscreen, stylish design, and features galore

Nov 6, 2018

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Nextbase’s 612GW dash cam made quite the impression when I popped it out of the box. First off, it’s the only dedicated dash cam I’ve tried with a touch display. Touch makes using the camera super-easy. Eliminating the buttons lends a clean and uncluttered aspect to what is easily one of the more stylish dash cams to cross our portal.

The 612GW also has GPS integrated into the mount, takes very good day and night video (up to 4K UHD!), has a battery that allows it to run for a few minutes away from the 12-volt, and even offloads via a phone app. 

The only negative is the low-light captures, which are some of the weaker I've seen recently when it comes to peripheral detail. 

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Google's Chrome 71 will block 'abusive' ads that trick you into clicking them

Nov 6, 2018

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Google Chrome 71, due in December, will block what it calls “abusive” ads—ones that employ deceptive elements to trick users into clicking them them, Google said Monday.

In fact, the new browser will remove all ads from sites that feature these types of ads, the company said in a blog post

Google defines an abusive ad as one that includes a deceptive behavior—for example, an ad that includes a deceptive “close” or “X” button within it. In a legitimate ad, clicking such a button would close the ad. A deceptive ad makes the element part of the ad itself, so that clicking it actually launches the ad. That’s the sort of behavior that will trigger Google’s ire.

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The best Amazon Echo add-ons and accessories

Nov 6, 2018

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A few are goofy, but many are great: These mostly inexpensive gadgets can make Amazon’s smart speakers even better.

Google offers Pixel 3XL users free Play Store credit, promises bug fixes 'in the coming weeks'

Nov 6, 2018

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If you bought a Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL, you’re probably very happy with your purchase. But they’re not quite perfect. Over the weeks, several nagging bugs have popped up that have Pixel users shaking their fists and demanding retribution. And Google has heard their cries.

Ahead of an upcoming software update, Google is offering Pixel 3 owners free money for their troubles. Head over to the Google Play Store app on your Pixel and scroll down on the main page until you see an offer exclusively for Pixel 3 users. (My offer was $2, but your mileage may vary. Some people report getting as much as $5.) To claim the credit, simply click on the banner and follow the “Shop now” button. The credit expires on December 6, and is only good for apps and games, not movies or books.

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Step up your fashion sense with the Amazon Echo Look for 50% off

Nov 6, 2018

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When it comes to fashion, we can all use a little help. Of course, having a personal stylist is the dream, but the next-best thing is Amazon’s Echo Look. Amazon’s selling the $200 high-tech selfie cam for 50 percent off today, bringing the Echo Look down to $100.

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Find great PC accessories at all-time low prices in Amazon's one-day Logitech blowout sale

Nov 6, 2018

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Amazon’s throwing another one-day blowout sale on Logitech PC accessoriesRemove non-product link, including keyboards, webcams, speakers, and mice. While we’ve seen bigger PC accessory sales, this one has some particularly enticing deals.

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Get A Lifetime Of VPNSecure For Just $25

Nov 6, 2018

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If you travel frequently, you know how convenient public Wi-Fi hotspots can be. They can be used to take calls, answer emails, and stream your favorite shows. However, most people don’t realize that public Wi-Fi is essentially a target for hackers, identity thieves, and shady organizations vying for your private information.

Your private info is worth its weight in gold, which is why you should spare no expense protecting yourself with a reliable VPN service. However, this doesn’t mean your VPN needs to be expensive; if you’re looking for a well-rated and affordable VPN, you may want to consider VPNSecure, which is currently on sale for $24.99, or 94% off.

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Hints of Windows 10's 2019 future show up in early '19H1' builds

Nov 6, 2018

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We’re already seeing hints of the next version of Windows 10, due in the spring of 2019 and known by the code name “19H1.” Some are cosmetic, like the new Acrylic look and feel to the Windows sign-in page. Others are more substantive, like the new Search Indexer. 

But wait, you ask: Isn’t Windows 10’s October 2018 Update still in limbo? Yes: The October 2018 Update, delayed due to the potential for data loss, hasn’t been pushed to anyone but Windows Insiders. Currently there is no further news to share about its release, a spokesman said.

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MacBook Air review: Out with the old and in with the new, for better or worse

Nov 6, 2018

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The new MacBook Air is essentially the 12-inch MacBook, made larger.

$799 Mac mini review: Impressive multi-core performance from Apple’s most affordable Mac

Nov 6, 2018

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The new Mac mini is faster than its four-year-old predecessor. That’s no surprise. What may be surprising is the dramatic boost it has with multi-core, professional apps.

Leviton Decora Mini Plug-In Outlet (model DW15P) review: Leviton’s Wi-Fi smart plug goes on a diet

Nov 6, 2018

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Tired of smart plugs that block adjacent outlets? Give this svelte model a try.

Laptop showdown: AMD vs. Intel and AMD vs. Nvidia in Acer's Predator Helios 500

Nov 6, 2018

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We all love arguing AMD vs. Intel, and AMD vs. Nvidia. The challenge is that you’re rarely comparing apples to apples.

What if two apples fell right into your lap? That’s what happened when we had the chance to test two of Acer’s Predator Helios 500 gaming laptops: one with an Intel CPU and an Nvidia GPU, and the other with all-AMD.

With basically identical machines, we can answer some hard questions about which configuration makes the better high-performance machine. There’s so much to test here, between the CPUs and GPUs, and their different core counts, clock speeds, and technologies. So grab your popcorn and get ready to see two heavyweights in the ultimate gaming laptop fight. 

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We're building a Fallout PC—and giving away its limited-edition case!

Nov 5, 2018

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We're back (at last!) with another live build, and November's project is particularly special: It's time to break free of our vault with a Fallout-themed gaming PC.

NZXT sent us one of their limited-edition H700 Nuka-Cola cases just in time for the release of Fallout 76, so we're throwing together a machine where aesthetics reign supreme as our wallet cries in a corner.

Inside will be a Core i9-9900K paired with an Asus Maximus XI Hero, along with many RGB fans and some RGB RAM. Corsair's RM750i and some custom braided cables will also make an appearance. Storage is still to be determined.

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Unless Samsung is trolling us, a folding Galaxy phone is finally coming this week

Nov 5, 2018

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After four years, dozens of rumors, several patents, and one profile pic change, Samsung appears to finally be on the verge of showing off its first folding Galaxy phone. And man are we ready for it.

Ahead of its annual Developer Conference on Wednesday, Samsung provided the most concrete evidence that it will be showing off its new folding phone this week. Samsung Mobile updated its Facebook and Twitter profile pics with a folding Samsung logo, which can really only mean one thing: at long last, we’re finally going to get a look at Samsung’s vision of the foldable future.

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Start stashing stocking stuffers early with these awesome Amazon Echo Dot deals

Nov 5, 2018

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Black Friday is just around the corner, but you don’t have to wait until then to grab great deals on stocking stuffers. Today, the 2nd-generation Echo Dot is $30, down from a list price of $40, or you can save $60 when you buy four, bringing them down to just $25 each. And if you’re looking for a child-friendly version, the Echo Dot Kids Edition is on sale for $60, knocking $10 off the usual price. Alternatively, buying two brings them down to $55 each.

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You can grab the 1TB WD Blue SSD from Newegg for a new low price of $130

Nov 5, 2018

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It seems like we’re spotlighting a new low for one of our favorite SSDs every week, and we’re already off to a good start this week. The 1TB WD Blue SSD is $130 at Newegg today with the checkout code EMCEEPU26Remove non-product link. That’s the best price we’ve ever seen for the M.2 “gumstick” version of the drive.

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Avast Premier 2019 review: High prices and good design are the mainstays of this suite

Nov 5, 2018

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There are few mainstream antivirus suites that are as expensive as Avast Premier. Current pricing for this suite is $70 for a single PC for a year. For five PCs, that price jumps to $135. It’s crazy expensive compared to Norton or McAfee, both of which cover 10 devices for about $30 less. On the other hand, you do get a solid suite for Avast's price, with a good number of extra tools and utilities. 

For 2019, Avast Premier isn’t changing too much visually, but under the hood its bumping up the anti-phishing technology, offering an improved and renamed game mode that isn’t just for games, and a better smart scan.

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MacBook Air Hands-on: All-new but still very familiar

Oct 30, 2018

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Apple's new MacBook Air adds everything we want in Apple's ultra-portable laptop without messing with the classic formula.

The Full Nerd special episode: Intel's storage chief talks Optane, the death of hard drives, and the future of storage

Oct 30, 2018

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In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung and Adam Patrick Murray are joined by Intel storage chief Bill Leszinske to discuss all things about data drives.

What’s up with Optane now that Intel and Micron’s joint development has ended? Why does Intel call it a “system accelerator” rather than a caching solution? Why haven’t U.2 drives or SATA Express taken off? When will hard drives die for good? We discuss all that and more, also indulging in some nostalgia before Bill wraps things up with predictions of what to expect from storage technology in the years to come.

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iPad Pro Hands-on: The first Apple tablet that actually feels new

Oct 30, 2018

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Apple has unveiled the new iPad Pro, with slim bezels, no home button, Face ID, and a whole new philosophy.

The new MacBook Air: Everything you need to know

Oct 30, 2018

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Apple has finally replaced the MacBook Air with a truly modern machine.

6 ways the iPad Pro refresh makes Apple’s tablet exciting again

Oct 30, 2018

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Much like the tablet market as a whole, the iPad Pro had started to feel a little dull. But that changes with the new iPad.

Apple finally updates Mac mini with new quad- and 6-core CPUs, space gray case

Oct 30, 2018

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After four years since its last update, Apple on Tuesday announced a new Mac mini with modern processors and specifications.

Play blockbuster games for only $9.99/month with Xbox Game Pass

Oct 30, 2018

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When it comes to hobbies that are friendly on the wallet, gaming sits somewhere between iPhone frisbee and collecting exotic cars. In addition to the hardware, controllers, and peripherals gamers need to invest in, most new games release with a $60 price tag; and more titles are launching with premium editions that edge closer to the $100 mark. Well worth it in the end, but significant all the while.

This makes gaming on a budget challenging, but it’s by no means impossible, especially now that Microsoft is shaking up the market with Xbox Game Pass.

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Boost your storage with Samsung's superb EVO Select microSD cards at all-time low prices

Oct 30, 2018

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If you need a little extra storage space on your phone, laptop, or digital camera, Amazon is selling three Samsung EVO Select microSD and microSDXC cards at their all-time lowest prices. You’ll find 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB capacities available dirt-cheap, and these SD cards are a mainstay in the phones of our resident Android expert.

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Load up on these 32GB USB 3.0 flash drives while they're just $6.50

Oct 30, 2018

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Cloud storage and email attachments might have made it easier than ever to shuffle files between PCs, but sometimes, nothing beats the sneakernet. If you need a USB key you can slip in your pocket, Newegg’s selling a 32GB Adata flash drive for just $6.50Remove non-product link with coupon code EMCEPRY22.

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Giveaway: Win a Overwatch-themed Razer gaming gear bundle

Oct 30, 2018

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Let's drop the beat! Just in time for BlizzCon 2018, PCWorld and Razer have teamed up to give away an awesome Overwatch-themed gaming bundle. The bundle includes:

Overwatch Razer Blackwidow Chroma Overwatch Razer Man O'War Tournament Edition Overwatch Razer Deathadder Elite Overwatch Razer Goliathus Speed

All you have to do to sign up for free is enter with your email in the Gleam widget below. You can receive extra entries by following our video and social channels. Only legal residents of the 50 United States, including the District of Columbia, or Canada (except Quebec) are eligible to win. The contest ends at 12:00 p.m. Pacific time on November 6th, so get your entries in now!

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Cooler Master MasterCase SL600M hands-on: This sleek PC case has room for a ton of storage

Oct 30, 2018

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The first in a new line of cases from Cooler Master, the MasterCase SL600M is a full-sized tower with ample space and a relatively compact footprint. One landed on our doorstep just head of its Tuesday launch, and we couldn’t resist opening it up in advance of the project we’ll be using it in. You can watch us take a tour of it—by way of a teardown of the sample build we installed—in the video above.

Among the SL600M’s unique features is a vertical airflow design, powered by two standard, non-RGB 200mm fans at the bottom of the chassis. You also get a whopping eight different mounting points for storage. Four can support both 2.5- and 3.5-inch drives, while the remaining four are only for 2.5-inch models.

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Best surge protector: Reviews and buying advice

Oct 30, 2018

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Far better than ordinary power strips, these products will protect your expensive electronics from dangerous power spikes. We'll help you pick the right one for your home or small office.

TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Strip review: The ultimate surge protector for the smart home (or smart home office)

Oct 30, 2018

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This smart outlet strip has it all: sophisticated scheduling, power monitoring, and support for voice control via Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and Microsoft Cortana.

Upgrade your gaming rig with these smoking-hot graphics card deals

Oct 22, 2018

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It’s a great time to upgrade if you’re looking to score a new graphics card for cheap. With Nvidia’s high-end GeForce RTX 2070 and GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti now available, we’re starting to see some seriously enticing discounts on graphics cards for lower budgets too—a merciful situation after a year of cryptocurrency-induced price inflation. If you’re looking to level up to no-compromises 1080p gaming or push a 1440p monitor screaming past 60fps, we’ve found deals worth checking out.

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Black Friday has arrived at Monoprice with 20 percent off nearly everything, even sale items

Oct 22, 2018

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The jack-o-lanterns are barely on the stoop, Thanksgiving is over a month away, and Christmas isn't even on the radar, but that's not going to stop Black Friday. So if you want a month-long jump on the crowds, Monoprice has launched its one-day Early Black Friday sale with an extra 20 percent off just about everythingRemove non-product link, including the site's famous cheap cables that started it all. To get the discount, just apply the code BFNOW at checkout, though be warned that there's a pretty long list of exclusions.

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Google Home Hub review: The least-expensive smart display is one of the best

Oct 22, 2018

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Google definitely got the price right, even if the Google Home Hub can't make video calls.

Best universal remote control

Oct 22, 2018

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Which remote control is the best companion for your smart TV and the rest of your entertainment system.

Logitech Harmony Hub review: The essential kit for turning your phone into a TV remote

Oct 22, 2018

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Logitech's Harmony Hub is like a command center for your various home entertainment gear and smart home appliances, which you can control using your phone or Alexa voice commands.

Logitech Harmony 665 review: The best standalone remote for most environments

Oct 22, 2018

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Logitech's standalone Harmony 665 universal remote offers great value, with plenty of flexibility and power for entertainment buffs.

Logitech Harmony 350 review: Only the basics in a universal remote

Oct 22, 2018

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Logitech's Harmony 350 universal remote is amazingly affordable at less than $40 retail, but a powerful upgrade isn’t much more costly.

Logitech Harmony Companion review: Enhancing the Logitech Hub with a simple, physical remote

Oct 22, 2018

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Logitech's Harmony Companion extends the power of the standalone Harmony Hub, and is a good value for users with basic entertainment and smart-home needs.

Logitech Harmony Elite review: The top of the line in universal remotes

Oct 22, 2018

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Logitech's Harmony Elite is the premier universal remote for smart home and entertainment enthusiasts.

5 reasons to consider the Honor 8X over the Google Pixel 3, LG V40, and Huawei Mate 20

Oct 22, 2018

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While Android fans are debating whether to spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars on the LG V40, Huawei Mate 20 Series, or Google Pixel 3 this season—with the OnePlus 6T still waiting in the wings—there's another phone out there that deserves some consideration. It might not have the newest chip, best camera, or highest-resolution screen, but the Honor 8X is offering something those other phones can't: value. So before you write it off as another budget phone that can't compete, here are five reasons you might want to consider picking one up.

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How to export PDF files from Acrobat to PowerPoint, and PowerPoint to Acrobat

Oct 22, 2018

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You have just a few choices when working with PDFs and Microsoft PowerPoint compared to everything you can do with PDFs in Microsoft Word. You cannot import PDFs from Adobe Acrobat directly into PowerPoint 2016. However, you can export PDFs from PowerPoint to Acrobat, and you can export from Acrobat to PowerPoint. We'll show you how.

Export PDFs from PowerPoint to Acrobat

1. To export from PowerPoint to Acrobat, open a PowerPoint presentation.

2. Choose File > Export, and click the Create PDF/XPS button.

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This week in games: Blizzard dispels Diablo 4 rumors, and Hitman 2 adds Sean Bean to the cast

Oct 19, 2018

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It's the week before Red Dead Redemption 2's release, which means a) there's a launch trailer and b) almost everyone else is avoiding the black hole-style news vacuum.

So this week's news wrap-up is a bit thin. We've got that Red Dead trailer of course, buried at the bottom, plus whatever other snippets I could find: Sean Bean in Hitman 2, the debut of a silly and self-aware stealth game Skin Deep (from the creator of Quadrilateral Cowboy), Blizzard dispels Diablo 4 rumors, and Destiny 2 reworks how it's selling the Forsaken expansion.

This is gaming news for October 15 to 19.

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Dash cam reviews: Catch the maniacs and meteors of daily driving

Oct 19, 2018

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Dash cams are already essential in many countries because of scam artists who try to create accidents so they can sue you. They’ve also proven useful for catching cars flying into buildings, or the occasional meteor, as happened in Thailand and in Russia a few years ago.

But while auto con artists aren’t as common here, recording your excursions is a reasonable precaution to take—especially if you’re driving professionally. And even if you’re not, you may unexpectedly appreciate using it to chronicle your vacation travels—or tap into your smart home, as we’ve just tested an Alexa-enabled dash cam, the Garmin Speak Plus.

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Papago GoSafe S810 dash cam review: It nails video, but lacks a battery and integrated GPS

Oct 19, 2018

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The Papago GoSafe S810 camera duo has more “safety” features than you can shake a stick at, including one I’d never even considered—stop sign recognition. Yup. It recognizes stop signs and pops the digital equivalent up on its display. Kind of fun, but as I’m wont to say: If you need this stuff, call a cab or wait for self-driving vehicles.

Admonishment aside, the $170 S810 is more than just fancy features. It takes very, very good day and night video, and the rear camera, unlike some we’ve seen recently, actually captures enough detail to be useful.

Alas, there’s no battery, and the supercapacitor runs the camera only long enough to save a file, not to take a few more seconds of video. If your 12-volt is disrupted in the initial impact of an accident, this means you won’t capture the entire incident.

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Amazon is selling these tiny 32GB SanDisk flash drives for less than $11 each

Oct 19, 2018

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It’s always a good idea to keep a spare flash drive on hand to help you move and store data in a pinch. Today, you can choose one of two 32GB SanDisk flash drives for less than $11, making that preparedness and convenience cheap.

The SanDisk Cruzer Fit is $7.48 todayRemove non-product link, down from a list price of $16 and its lowest price. This tiny USB 2.0 drive features a built-in LED light so you can tell when your drive is working. It also provides an extra layer of security through its compatibility with SanDisk’s Secure Access software. This drive is a hit on Amazon, with 4.5 stars out of 5 across more than 12,000 user reviews.

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Humble's Bethesda Bomb Drops Sale offers up to 50 percent off Fallout games

Oct 19, 2018

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Bethesda’s Fallout 76 rolls out next month on November 14, and this weekend is a great time to catch up on any Fallout games you might’ve missed before the big release. Humble’s Bethesda Bombs Drop Sale is selling all kinds of Fallout games for up to 50 percent off. It’s not clear when the sale will end, but Steam is running a similar sale with October 24 as the end date. All Humble game purchases are redeemed on Steam.

Top of the deal list is Fallout 4 for $15. That’s 50 percent off the game’s current price. You can also get the Fallout 4: Season Pass for $30, which is 40 percent off. The Season Pass adds Automatron, Wasteland Workshop, Far Harbor, Contraptions Workshop, Vault-Tec Workshop, and Nuka-World to the base game. That’s a great price considering that just to pick up Far Harbor right now will set you back $15.

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Intel 9th-gen Core i9-9900K Review: The 'best gaming CPU' is also the fastest

Oct 19, 2018

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When Intel declared its new 9th gen Core i9-9900K the “world’s best gaming CPU,” it lied. After poking and prodding the CPU, we can say without a doubt that it is actually the fastest mainstream CPU around and—wait for it—the fastest gaming CPU too.

For those who watch every nuance of CPU movements like a degenerate gambler following the ponies, this news won’t exactly come as a shock. After all, take a 14nm++ (+?) CPU, throw on two more cores and crank the clock speed up to 5GHz almost all of the time, and it’s easy to see how the Core i9-9900K would top the charts.

The shocker to us wasn’t that it was fast, but just how fast, and how easy it was to make even faster.

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Roccat Khan Aimo review: Hi-Res Audio and 7.1 sound in an affordable headset

Oct 19, 2018

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There always needs to be a new gimmick. It’s the most fascinating aspect of reviewing peripherals, and particularly gaming headsets. Every year or two, they need to one-up themselves. Maybe it’s a symptom of their proximity to PCs and PC gaming hardware, but regardless of the underlying reason, the point is there’s always some new headset arms race underway.

The latest battlefield? Hi-Res Audio—and it’s the Roccat Khan Aimo that’s leading the charge.

This review is part of our roundup of best gaming headsets. Go there for details on competing products and how we tested them.

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Best headphones: Our top picks for personal listening

Oct 19, 2018

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Whether you're looking for an over-the-ear, on-ear, or in-ear model, we'll help you find the perfect pair.

Charge your MacBook, iPad, and three phones with this $30 Anker USB-C charger

Oct 18, 2018

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If you never seem to have enough power to quickly charge all of your devices, today’s deal is the one you've been waiting for. Amazon is selling a five-port Anker PowerPort+ USB Type-C charger for just $30, discounted from a list price of $48 and the lowest we’ve seen it.

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Return of the Obra Dinn review: A phenomenal detective story invoking old Macintosh adventures

Oct 18, 2018

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“I trust that you now find yourself aboard the Obra Dinn. I expected this day to come and my every intention was to tell the ship’s strange tale within the pages of this book. Regrettably, failing health has allowed me to produce only the basic outline that follows. Your presence on the Obra Dinn is critical. I leave the discovery of its fate and the completion of this book in your hands.”

Thus begins your time aboard the Obra Dinn, a 19th century merchant vessel that set sail with a full complement of 50-odd crew members and about a dozen passengers, and returned with none. None alive, at least.

And it’s your job to figure out what happened.

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A new MacBook may be on the way, but I'm not buying one until Apple dumps Intel for its own chip

Oct 18, 2018

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Invitations have gone out for Apple's October Mac and iPad event, but Ming-Chi Kuo is already predicting something better: an A-Series-powered MacBook by 2020. And that's the one I want.

Go grab an 8GB Radeon RX 570 for $160 at Newegg and get three free games too

Oct 18, 2018

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Sometimes you find a graphics card deal that’s just too good to pass up. Today's that day: Newegg is selling the 8GB MSI RX 570 Armor OC for $160Remove non-product link. As with most Newegg graphics card deals, you'll need to remember to apply for a $30 rebate, but it's still one of the best prices we've ever seen for an 8GB RX 570 card.

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Battlefield V's War Stories explore lesser-known vignettes from World War II, for the better

Oct 18, 2018

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Strange days, when I’m looking forward to a Battlefield game’s singleplayer campaign more than its multiplayer. Battlefield 3’s campaign was mediocre. Battlefield 4’s was somehow even worse, full of tough-guy posturing and the worst excesses of the “Modern Military Shooter” era.

Then Battlefield 1 won our Game of the Year prize. And sure, the multiplayer side of DICE’s World War I shooter was impressive, albeit much more explosive than the grim trenches of Verdun. The singleplayer “War Stories” were the highlight for me though, a series of vignettes covering different theaters of the war, different tones, different military roles. Lawrence of Arabia, zeppelins and biplanes, tank crews and trench warfare—Battlefield 1 captured a very large war by focusing on the very small, the ultra-personal, and was a better game because of that approach.

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Get a Lifetime Of Noiselab's Music Production Training For Just $29

Oct 18, 2018

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Electronic music is one of the most popular music genres today. You can hear it every time you tune into a pop station, and even hear EDM-influenced trap beats in modern hip-hop. It’s no wonder so many young people aspire to become EDM producers. However, just like any genre, a producer needs to be well versed in production and music theory in order to succeed. If you’re interested in producing your own EDM tracks, you can subscribe to Noiselab for $29.  

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Microsoft offers to kill more (of its own) bloatware with a new Windows 10 build

Oct 18, 2018

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Microsoft took a step toward eliminating more app bloatware—well, some of its own app bloatware—with one of the earliest builds of next year’s upcoming Windows 10 “19H1” update.

For Insider build 18262 of Windows 10, Microsoft said it would allow users to uninstall several of its own apps from within the Start menu. The build isn’t part of “Redstone 5,” officially known as the October 2018 Update, which Microsoft is working to finalize. Instead, it will ship as part of the next, unnamed update due sometime in the first half of 2019.

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How to share books on a Kindle

Oct 18, 2018

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One of the best, lesser known perks that come with owning an Amazon Kindle is the ability to share many of the ebooks in your digital library with your friends and family. Better still, your friends and family can also share the books from their collection, with you.

We’ll show you how to quickly and easily loan Amazon Kindle ebooks to your friends, share your digital library with members of your family and, in some circumstances, shuttle the DRM-free books you own from your computer onto any Kindle you connect to it.

Note: See our Best Kindle roundup for reviews of all the different Kindle models and our top picks.  Loan a Kindle ebook to a friend amazon share Seamus Bellamy/IDG

Amazon doesn’t advertise the fact that you can loan ebooks to friends, but the option is there and it’s fabulous.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 review impressions: Come for battle royale, stay for battle royale

Oct 13, 2018

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We got access to the PC version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 ($60 on Humble) at the same time as the rest of the world, so I’ve been playing catch-up all day. Don’t ask me why Activision didn’t make it available ahead of release. I expected it to be truly broken given the circumstances but...nope. Everything seems fine, at least on a technical level.

Of course, reviewing Call of Duty is a lot easier this year given Black Ops 4 doesn’t have an actual singleplayer campaign, and the Blackout battle royale mode had a beta last month. I’ve spent some post-release time with Blackout though, plus a bit of time in traditional multiplayer and of course this year’s time-traveling Zombies stories.

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Android Confidential: Just how big is that notch on the Google Pixel 3 XL anyway?

Oct 12, 2018

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The notch. By now it’s become a fairly commonplace feature on premium phones. Even some budget handsets are starting to get in on the act.

But the Google Pixel 3 XL reignites the notch frenzy. Why? Because it’s so damn big. Google didn’t just add a normal screen cutout to the top of its latest flagship phone, it added the biggest one I’ve ever seen, big enough to house two cameras and a speaker. I generally don’t mind phone notches, but there’s something about the Pixel 3 XL’s that really bothers me. Is it the shape? The depth? Just an optical illusion? A little of all three?

In the latest episode of Android Confidential, I take a look at what makes the Pixel 3 XL’s notch so distracting compared to similar phones. I compared the Pixel 3 XL against the notchiest Android phones I could find to see if it’s really that much bigger. How does it stack up to the Essential Phone, LG G7, OnePlus 6, LG V40? Here’s what I found out:

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The Full Nerd ep. 71: Core i9-9900K, Intel benchmark controversy, farewell Hyper-Threading?

Oct 12, 2018

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In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray dig deep into the Core i9-9900K, Intel’s first 8-core mainstream processor, and all the other new 9th-gen chips announced this week.

We kick things off with an overview of the mainstream 9th-gen CPUs, Intel’s refresh of the Core X high-end desktop chips, and the beastly unlocked, 28-core Xeon W-3175X, just to get everybody on the same page. If you want the speeds and feeds in black and white, be sure to hit the link above.

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Kit out and charge up your laptop with Anker's 7-in-1 premium USB-C hub adapter for $20 off

Oct 12, 2018

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If there's one thing every computer needs, it's more ports. Anker's 7-in-1 Premium USB-C hub adapter adds convenience and more connections to your setup all in one place, and today you can snag one from Amazon for $50, down from a list price of $70 and the lowest we've ever seen it.

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Samsung's decadent, ultra-fast CHG70 FreeSync 2 HDR monitor just hit its lowest price yet

Oct 12, 2018

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We love Samsung’s CHG70 curved FreeSync 2 display despite the hefty $600 price tag for the 27-inch version and the even heftier $700 price for the 32-inch model. Today, you’ll love the 27-inch version even more since Amazon is selling this glorious HDR display for $426. Samsung’s monitor has been dropping in price lately—it was $490 just a few days ago—but still, $426 is the monitor’s all-time low, and the first time it’s hit this price.

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Razer Naga Trinity review: Three gaming mice in one

Oct 12, 2018

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It’s always been hard for me to recommend Razer’s Naga line, not because they’re bad mice but because they’re not the mice for me. They’re specialty hardware, not Swiss Army knives. The original Naga and its telephone-style numpad was designed for MMO players who need a lot of shortcut keys. The Naga Hex was a compromise of sorts, with half as many buttons in a much more intuitive, ring-shaped layout. But both always seemed overly complicated to me, especially for day-to-day use.

What if you didn’t have to choose, though? What if you could get the 12-button, six-button, and a standard two-button layout from the same mouse? Enter the Naga Trinity.

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Lenovo Legion Y530 review: An affordable gaming laptop saddled with an iffy graphics card

Oct 12, 2018

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The bargain-priced Lenovo Legion Y530 weighs less than five pounds and measures less than an inch thick—impressively portable for a gaming laptop. It packs impressive quad-core multitasking performance, a comfortable keyboard, a reasonably bright screen and solid battery life. Unfortunately, the Legion Y530’s middling graphics card struggles to deliver buttery visuals from today’s AAA games, and its performance will only go downhill as more demanding titles come down the pike.

Price and specifications

We reviewed the cheapest version of the Lenovo Legion Y530 (81FV0013US), which comes with a quad-core Intel Coffee Lake Core i5-8300H processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB solid-state drive. This CPU’s eight threads of processing power (thanks to Intel’s hyperthreading technology) promises plenty of multitasking, perfect for gamers who want to stream or create content while they play. Because it lacks a larger secondary drive, however, the Y530 doesn’t have enough storage for more than one or two top-tier games at a time.

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Best antivirus: Keep your Windows PC safe from spyware, Trojans, malware, and more

Oct 11, 2018

Intel 300-series motherboards explained: Z390 vs. Z370 vs. H370 vs. B360 vs. H310

Oct 11, 2018

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Which Intel motherboard should you buy? After initially launching with the Z370 chipset alone in October 2017, Intel fleshed out the 300-series lineup with a full range of motherboard options in April, complete with nice extra features not included in Z370. It then plopped a cherry on top by releasing enthusiast-class Z390 motherboards alongside the 9th-gen Core processors in October 2018. These motherboards should work with both 8th-gen and 9th-gen Core CPUs (though older models may need a BIOS revision to support the new chips) so you’ve got options galore now.

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Assassin's Creed: Odyssey's hidden Historical Locations map is stuffed with Ancient Greek lore

Oct 11, 2018

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History is my favorite part of Assassin’s Creed. Years ago I used to read through all the historical database entries, getting context about historical figures and landmarks in Florence, Rome, colonial Boston, and more. And I spent hours in Assassin’s Creed: Origins’s Discovery Tour earlier this year, admiring how much detail Ubisoft put into recreating Ptolemaic Egypt from both primary and secondary sources.

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The 6TB WD My Book external drive just hit an all-time low of $110 at Newegg

Oct 11, 2018

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Storing and backing up data safely and securely is the one thing all PC and Mac users can agree on, and we can never have enough space. And you guess it, today's a great day to buy more. Newegg is selling the WD My Book 6TB external hard drive for $110Remove non-product link if you apply this $20 discount code: EMCEPEE77. That's the lowest price we've ever seen for this drive.

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Microsoft cracks the top 5 U.S. PC vendors, but Intel CPU shortages could bring more change

Oct 11, 2018

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Microsoft’s Surface has moved from breaking trail to setting the pace in the U.S. PC market, as the company cracked the top five PC vendors for the third quarter, according to research firm Gartner. But other forces could shake things up even more in the months to come.

Gartner predicts that Intel's CPU shortages will persist until 2019, yet have no apparent effects on PC demand. AMD will simply pick up Intel’s slack while Intel prioritizes the high-end PC market, the firm said. For that matter, Windows PCs aren’t even showing the strongest growth. That crown goes to Chromebooks, which grew by double digits within the U.S., Gartner said.

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Google's Pixel 3 XL notch 'fix' is dumb and you should just buy a regular Pixel 3 instead

Oct 11, 2018

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The Pixel 3 XL hasn't even gone on sale yet and a lot of words have been written about the notch. I know, because I've written many of them. The controversy over the Pixel 3 XL's extra-large notch will surely rage on for weeks to come, at least until the next tech tumult takes hold of our attention.

In response to the outcry, Google has offered a solution. Sort of. In a tweet from the Made by Google account, the company confirmed that there will be an option to hide the display cutout on the Pixel 3 XL for those who prefer "a more traditional smartphone look." Or, you know, one that's not ugly as hell.

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Pick up Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 for 15 percent off before it launches tonight

Oct 11, 2018

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Activision’s highly anticipated launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is just hours away–the official launch is the stroke of midnight (Eastern time) on October 12. If you’ve already picked up your Call Of Duty PC flair, but haven’t got the actual game yet, you can snag it at a discount before the servers go live. Green Man Gaming is selling Black Ops 4 for $51 right nowRemove non-product link.

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Google's lost year in TV

Oct 11, 2018

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Despite a new Chromecast and Android TV box, Google seems starved for ideas.

iDevices Thermostat review: This inexpensive smart thermostat works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri, too

Oct 11, 2018

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Whether your smart home uses an Amazon Echo, Google Home, or Apple HomePod, this budget-priced thermostat will fit right in.

Kaspersky Total Security 2019 review: A fantastic security suite available at a better price

Oct 11, 2018

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So here we are. The most awkward antivirus review ever. I mean how do you review a security platform that was accused of being a proxy for an unfriendly government just one year ago? Kaspersky Lab denies the allegations, but regardless of what the truth is, the accusation is out there.

Now, one of the first things many Americans think of when it comes to Kaspersky is Russian espionage. 

The reality is we have no way of ascertaining the truth so we’re going to do our best to set aside the controversy. This review is not going to weigh the spying accusations into the score. We’ll look at this suite like we would any other, and then leave it to you to weigh the other considerations—though we do have a helpful article on the Kaspersky controversy with advice from experts.

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The Razer Blade 15 Base Model is actually affordable

Oct 11, 2018

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'Razer' and 'affordable' go together about as well as 'Apple' and 'affordable.' That all changed Wednesday night when Razer introduced the Razer Blade 15 Base Model gaming laptop.

The Razer Blade 15 Base Model with 8th-gen Core i7-8750H, GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q 16GB of RAM, 128GB SSD, and 1TB hard drive will be available starting Wednesday night for $1,599. The company also has a configuration for $1,799 that doubles the SSD and hard drive capacities.

If spending less than $1,600 for a gaming laptop is beneath you, Razer also announced a special edition of the Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model in all-white. Called the Razer Blade 15 Mercury White Limited Edition, the laptop clones the specs of the current Advanced Edition except for the white aluminum shell and non-backlit logo on the lid.

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Razer Phone 2 hands-on: The first gaming phone gets better

Oct 11, 2018

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It was only last year that Razer finalized its purchase of Nextbit and quickly released the Razer Phone—the world’s first gaming-centric smartphone. This year’s Razer Phone 2 maintains its focus on the unique design language and hardcore internals we loved, while refining key weaknesses and adding RGB for maximum ‘tude. My colleague Gordon Mah Ung and I got some hands-on time with the Razer Phone 2 a couple of weeks before launch—and even though it looks similar to last year’s version, it’s been reworked from the inside out.

Razer Phone 2 specs and features

Announced Wednesday, the Razer Phone 2 will be priced at $800 and will be available for pre-order soon. Below are the main Razer Phone 2 specs (look for camera specs later in the story):

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PCWorld's October Digital Magazine: Acer's Predator X27 gaming monitor

Oct 10, 2018

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Stay on top of the latest tech with PCWorld’s Digital Magazine. Available as single copies or as a monthly subscription, it highlights the best content from PCWorld.com—the most important news, the key product reviews, and the most useful features and how-to stories—in a curated Digital Magazine for Android and iOS, as well for the desktop and other tablet readers.

In the October issue

The October issue features a review of the Acer Predator X27: 4K, 144Hz G-Sync HDR is the Holy Grail of gaming monitors. Find out how memory bandwidth is killing AMD's 32-core Threadripper performance. Plus, learn how to control your TV with Alexa.

Other highlights include:

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Get A Lifetime Of Microsoft Office Training For Just $29

Oct 10, 2018

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Chances are most of us have used Microsoft Office at one point in our careers, but most of us hardly scratch its surface. The truth is that Office offers much more functionality than meets the eye, and mastering it can make you a huge asset in any workspace. This Microsoft Office Mastery Bundle can help you do so for $29.

This bundle contains 7 courses spanning SharePoint, PowerPoint, Outlook, Word, and Excel, some of Office’s most widely used programs. Microsoft Word: Beginner To Intermediate is a good course to start off with if you don’t have much experience in Office programs in general; here, you’ll explore several tools to help you get the most out of Word, such as using macros to automate tasks, or adding tables, graphs, images, and graphics to enhance your Word documents.

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Intel Z390 motherboards revealed: What's inside Intel's new high-end chipset

Oct 10, 2018

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A new chip demands a new motherboard chipset, and on October 8, Intel and its partners revealed a wide array of Z390 motherboards to accompany the new 9th-gen Core processors. Z390 builds atop the foundation set by existing Z370 boards. Its capabilities come as no surprise, as Intel published documentation detailing the high-end chipset all the way back in May. Nevertheless, Z390’s arrival gives Intel a new flagship motherboard lineup and should finally bring the bizarre, drawn-out saga of Intel 300-series motherboards to a cohesive close.

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Google Pixel 3 XL vs Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone XS Max: Which $1,000 phone is worth it?

Oct 10, 2018

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The four-figure handsets just keep coming. While the Pixel 3 technically starts at $799, if you want the larger Pixel 3 XL with 128GB of storage, it’s going to set you back $999, $50 more than last year’s Pixel 2 XL with the same storage. That makes the Pixel the third phone so far to top a thousand bucks, following last year’s iPhone X and the Galaxy Note 9. And there will surely be more to come. But for now, let’s see how the three most expensive phones on the planet stack up.

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Pixel 3 XL camera first look: Awesome features you need to see in action

Oct 10, 2018

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If we had to pick one reason to pre-order the Pixel 3, it’s the camera. Or rather, the camera app. Like always, Google has packed the Pixel 3 with tons of cool tricks to take advantage of the beefy Pixel Visual Core and its second-to-none AI- and ML-powered processing.

But this time around Google also has another camera to play with. It’s not on the back, it’s on the front, but it’s not for portraits or stage lighting. It’s a wide-angle lens for a feature Google calls Group Selfie Cam. There’s a new slider at the bottom of the screen that lets you adjust the camera’s field of view from 75 degrees to 97 degrees so you can fit more people without reaching for a selfie stick.

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Pixel 3 and the rules of attraction: How Google is elevating Android with unsexy hardware

Oct 10, 2018

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Whether it's the LG with the V40 or Apple with the iPhone XS, phone makers are all trying to sell us on the same thing: desire. Whenever there's a new launch, the first thing we see is a 30-second video filled with seductive curves, sexy lighting, and tantalizing turns. You're supposed to want to touch it, hold it before you even know a thing about it. But that's not the case with the Pixel 3.

The first thing Google talked about during its event Tuesday wasn't industrial design. No, it was the Material Design of its software. Sure, Rick Osterloh will tell you all about how beautiful the Pixel 3 is, but when you get down to it, Google isn't trying to entice you with graceful design. Rather it's selling a premium experience than you can't get on any other Android phone, one that's about function over form, utility over attraction.

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These massively popular Bluetooth sport headphones are only $17 today

Oct 10, 2018

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A reliable pair of wireless sport headphones can bring your playlist to your workout, but finding a reliable set at an affordable price can be tricky. Today, though, Mpow’s ultra-popular Flame Bluetooth headphones are $17 on Amazon, which matches their lowest-ever price.

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Assassin's Creed Odyssey review in progress: This ancient adventure breathes new life into the series

Oct 5, 2018

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I haven’t finished Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey ($60 on Humble), nor will I for a while. I’ve been playing it for days now, over 30 hours and counting. “Surely I must be closing in on the end,” I keep thinking. Then I check the map and find I’ve explored less than half of it. My quest log tallies at least 40 active missions at the moment. Everywhere I go, there’s more stuff.

It’s no wonder Odysseus was away from home for two decades.

The long journey home

This is Assassin’s Creed now, I guess. The “Return to Our Roots” direction of Unity and Syndicate is dead. Instead Ubisoft rebooted the reboot, with last year’s Origins hearkening back to the sprawling world of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag. It traded stormy Caribbean seas for the dusty deserts and hidden oases of Ptolemaic Egypt, but the core loop felt similar.

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This week in games: Total War: Warhammer II adds undead pirates, Amazon's MMO leaks on Pornhub

Oct 5, 2018

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Amazon’s MMO has gone from being a rumor to being a screenshot repository to showing off (leaked) footage in mere weeks. If only all games could be so speedy.

That news, plus Surviving Mars and Total War: Warhammer II unveil expansions, Mike Morhaime departs Blizzard after 27 years, Gameumentary puts out an hour-long documentary on Divinity developer Larian, and...yeah, more Telltale layoffs.

This is gaming news for October 1 to 5.

Shining stars

This week I don’t have free games for you per se—although Shadow Warrior 2 is still available through Saturday morning. Humble’s also running its most appealing bundle in ages though, the “Humble Overwhelmingly Positive Bundle 2.” The $1 bundle is fine, with Wuppo, Simulacra, and Subsurface Circular. Beating the average is where it gets interesting though, adding Nuclear Throne, Momodora: Reverie Under Moonlight, Lisa, and Frictional’s fantastic Soma. And for $15? You’ll unlock Zachtronics’s excellent alchemy-themed puzzle game Opus Magnum as well. Pretty great deal.

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The $100 Oontz Angle 3 Ultra Bluetooth speaker is on sale for nearly 75% off today

Oct 5, 2018

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Picking the right Bluetooth speaker can be an exercise in futility, but today Amazon is making it easy. The popular Oontz Angle 3 Ultra is on sale for $27Remove non-product link, the best price we've ever seen and nearly 75 percent off its $100 MSRP.

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update review: Many small improvements make a better experience

Oct 5, 2018

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Microsoft’s Windows 10 October 2018 Update, officially released October 2, doesn’t offer the standout, marquee features you might have come to expect from earlier releases. But as our review demonstrates, a few new features highlight a longer list of under-the-hood, day-to-day improvements.

Our review is based on the final Windows 10 Insider Builds, which led up to the official October 2018 Update. Microsoft doesn’t appear to have added anything with the announcement, but we’ll check and update this story to reflect any last-minute changes. 

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The Full Nerd ep. 70: Microsoft Surface refresh analysis, inside the Windows 10 October Update

Oct 5, 2018

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In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAdam Patrick Murray, and PCWorld’s resident Microsoft expert Mark Hachman dive deep into the slew of Surface device updates and what to expect from the big (and boringly named) Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

We start by talking about Surface, as Microsoft refreshed most of its lineup earlier this week. Mark got hands-on time with the new Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, Surface Studio 2, and Surface Headphones in New York, and he shares his impressions of all the new gear. And, well, we mock the updated-but-still-outdated CPU and GPU inside the new Studio 2 all-in-one. (That luscious display though!)

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Bait and fix: Apple is basically forcing you to get AppleCare for your new MacBook Pro

Oct 5, 2018

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Apple has implemented a new policy that will render your MacBook Pro 'inoperative' if you try to fix it at home or through an unauthorized repair shop.

Corsair's K70 MK.2 Special Edition keyboard is built for fast gaming and cheaper than ever at $50 off

Oct 5, 2018

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One of the most beloved gaming keyboards is available at an all-time low price today. Amazon is selling a version of the Corsair K70 for $130, $50 off this particular model’s most recent price.

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LG V40 review: The V stands for Victory (and Very expensive)

Oct 5, 2018

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LG's V40 comes at a time when LG desperately needs a break. After the V30, V35, and G7 all stumbled out the gate with unforgivable flaws and half-baked features, LG has gone back to the well with the V40. And wouldn't you know it, LG's finally got it right. With the changes to the screen, camera, and design, the V40 fixes early every problem I had with its predecessors.

Whether that translates into robust sales or any kind of sustained success remains to be seen, but the V40 is a phone that can stand up to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Pixel 3 XL, and even the iPhone XS Max. The penta-camera system you've heard about gives it a massive boost over the G7 without introducing too many gimmicks, and the OLED display is a giant leap over the V30's screen.

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Logitech K600 TV review: A keyboard for the couch

Oct 5, 2018

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Logitech's keyboard-trackpad combo gets a hand from thumb-friendly navigation options.

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max review: It’s time for older iPhone owners to jump on the X bandwagon

Oct 5, 2018

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A faster processor, new Max size and camera improvements make the iPhone XS a compelling upgrade.

Logitech G305 and G603 wireless mice review: A lifesaver for traveling gamers

Oct 5, 2018

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Nowhere do I see technology’s relentless progress more these days than in wireless mice. When I was in college, not all that long ago, I had a wireless mouse for traveling. It cost me $30, and it barely worked. As if its error-prone laser sensor wasn’t bad enough, it was always losing connection temporarily—and at the worst moments, of course.

It soured me on the whole idea, and for years I defaulted to carrying a wired mouse with me on trips. Usually that meant something by SteelSeries or Corsair, because whatever those companies lack in elegance they make up for in durability.

But for the past six months or so I’ve packed a pair of Logitech’s wireless mice on my trips, and honestly I feel like either one is a valuable investment for the travel-prone.

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The $999 Surface Laptop 2 is available, but good luck finding it

Oct 4, 2018

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Correction: This article originally published with the premise that the lowest-priced Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Pro 6 models were available only as part of bundles with higher total costs. Microsoft has since clarified how to find the lowest-priced models, but it's very confusing. PCWorld regrets the error.

At Microsoft’s Surface launch, Microsoft device chief Panos Panay put up a slide with minimum, “starting at” prices for the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2: $899 and $999, respectively. 

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Best true wireless earbuds: Free yourself from the tyranny of cords

Sep 26, 2018

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Truly wireless earbuds let you ditch all cables in our post-headphone jack world, but like with anything else, their quality varies. Our top picks offer great audio without sacrificing battery life or comfort.

Forget tariffs, Apple highest luxury tax ever has already pushed prices to the breaking point

Sep 17, 2018

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Maybe you didn't notice, but it's not just the iPhone Xs Max that's crazy expensive. Apple has raised prices on nearly every one of its new products.

BrandPost: Say Goodbye to Password Anxiety, Free Password Manager Simplifies and Organizes Your Online Life

Sep 17, 2018

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Every computer user has a password problem. The meteoric rise in the number of websites visited on a daily basis, combined with our ‘there’s an app for that’ mentality, have created the need to remember – or write down – literally hundreds of login and password combinations for everything from Amazon to Zappos.

Until now, users could either create easily-remembered passwords, or write them on sticky notes taped to their monitors – not a great strategy if password strength is your objective. In a world where cybercriminals are eager to gain access to every user’s logins, how can you be safe – without having to remember arcane, unique passwords for every site and application and on every computer and browser used at home or on the job?

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Power up everything for just $17 with this deal on Sabrent's 10-port desktop USB charger

Sep 17, 2018

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Finding an open outlet to charge multiple devices can be a pain, even in your own house. That's where multi-port USB chargers can save the day, and today you can get one big enough to charge everything in your house for cheap: Amazon is selling Sabrent's 10-port desktop USB charger for just $17Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $45 and just pennies off an all-time low.

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The Full Nerd ep. 67: Inside Nvidia's futuristic Turing GPU, GeForce RTX overclocking made easy

Sep 17, 2018

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In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray dig deep into the beast at the heart of the GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti.

We kick things off with more details about Nvidia’s radical new Turing architecture, pulling the most pertinent details from Brad’s massive Turing GPU deep-dive. (And we do mean massive.) What makes it faster in traditional games? How can it handle ray tracing? What the heck are tensor cores? We explain it all.

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JBL Link 300 review: This Google Assistant-powered speaker delivers multi-room sound and smart home skills

Sep 17, 2018

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Shake your money maker with the middle of JBL’s Link series of smart speakers.

D-Link Full HD Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Camera review: This one is for smart-home buffs only

Sep 17, 2018

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D-Link delivers another solid camera, but its app's emphasis on smart-home automation may limit its appeal.

How to remove ads and Special Offers from your Kindle or Kindle Fire

Sep 17, 2018

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If your Kindle has ads or “Special Offers” showing onscreen, it’s because you made a deal. You chose to save money on your Kindle’s purchase price by accepting the “With Special Offers” discount. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but now you’re sick of the ads.

The good news: You can back out of this deal. The bad news: It’s going to cost you. 

Why does my Kindle have Special Offers? 

You might not have given this much thought when you bought your Kindle, but Amazon offers a lower price for the E-reader if you accept Special Offers. As Amazon explains, “If your Fire tablet or Kindle e-reader includes Special Offers, you’ll receive Sponsored Screensavers and special offers, including personalized advertising, from Amazon directly on your device.”

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th Gen) review: A business laptop that's tops in its class

Sep 17, 2018

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Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th Gen) continues its tradition as a premier, though pricey, business laptop that weighs as little as some tablets. Quite simply, it exudes quality.

Around the very good 14-inch display can be found a variety of ports, including a pair of high-speed Thunderbolt connectors ideal for driving external displays. Battery life is also very good, though that’s assisted by the somewhat basic 1080p display that accompanied our review unit. Under the hood, there’s an 8th-gen Intel Kaby Lake-R processor that accomplishes quite enough for most business tasks. It may be be a few hundred dollars more than the competition, but that hasn’t prevented it from earning our Editors’ Choice award. Read on for why.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's Blackout mode is like PUBG without the jank

Sep 15, 2018

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is its own worst enemy. Only a year ago it was a phenomenon the likes of which the games industry only sees once or twice a console generation, but a rough transition out of Early Access, an ill-planned lawsuit against Epic, a flood of cheaters, and persistent bugs have chipped away at that impregnable position despite its ongoing popularity.

I don’t enjoy Fortnite though, and so far that’s kept me in the PUBG camp. There just haven’t been any alternatives that kept the same realistic aesthetic, the slow pace, the aspects I did like about PUBG—until now, that is. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII is running a beta for its “Blackout” battle royale mode this weekend, and it’s a lot like PUBG.

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Nvidia delays GeForce RTX 2080 Ti general availability by one week

Sep 15, 2018

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Nvidia’s flagship RTX graphics card will miss its own birthday party. The GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti were supposed to land on store shelves and the doorsteps of preorder customers on September 20, but as The Tech Report first spotted, Nvidia quietly delayed the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti’s launch in a forum post Friday night.

“GeForce RTX 2080 Ti general availability has shifted to September 27th, a one week delay,” moderator ericnvidia80 wrote. “We expect pre-orders to arrive between September 20th and September 27th. There is no change to GeForce RTX 2080 general availability, which is September 20th.”

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How to erase specific autosuggested URLs from Chrome, Firefox, and IE

Sep 14, 2018

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A big part of my job is doing research online. That means from time to time the autocomplete function in my browser’s address bar gets filled with mistyped URLs and sites I visited once but never will again. If you’ve ever spent a boring night surfing around the web chances are your browser’s autosuggest function tosses up similar unwanted ghosts. 

Erasing all autosuggested URLs from your browser is easy, but it would slow you down even more than a few bad suggestions. Deleting just the unwanted URLs, however, really streamlines the browsing experience.

Here’s how to dump the annoying addresses while keeping all the good stuff in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera.

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Watch The Full Nerd live right now!

Sep 14, 2018

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Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. Today's show is all about the Nvidia RTX launch! First up we'll deep-dive into the Turing GPU, next we'll cover Nvidia's new one-click overclocking tool called Scanner, then move to a quick discussion about how there will be no ray tracked games at the launch of these new graphics cards. As always we will be answering your live questions so speak up in the chat.

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This week in games: Katamari Damacy finally rolls onto PCs, Tencent's snowboarding battle royale

Sep 14, 2018

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With the amount of news out of Japan this week, you’d think Tokyo Game Show had already started. Nope! It’s next week. That didn’t stop a flood of trailers though, including new footage of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Project Judge, a new game from the Yakuza devs.

Other than that, an avalanche of weirdness this week: Alan Wake’s headed to TV, Pathologic 2 showed off its creepy village, Katamari Damacy’s coming to PC, Assassin’s Creed III is getting a remaster (for some reason), and Tencent brought a literal avalanche with its snowboarding battle royale game Ring of Elysium.

This is gaming news for September 10 to 14.

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Anker's ultra-portable Soundcore Bluetooth speaker is just $26 at Amazon today

Sep 14, 2018

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Portable Bluetooth speakers help you bring your tunes along wherever you go, and today you can get a popular option on the cheap. Anker’s SoundCore Bluetooth speaker is just $26Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $80. It’s not an all-time low, but it’s tantalizingly close.

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The three best deals in Newegg's big one-day graphics card sale

Sep 14, 2018

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It’s a September to Remember according to Newegg’s deal mailer today, which is promoting the retailer’s one-day graphics card saleRemove non-product link. Overall, we’d say this sale isn’t really one to remember, but we did find a few smoking-hot deals amid the ho-hum prices. Here are our top picks from the sale.

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Samsung teases a quad-camera Galaxy because smartphones are like razors now

Sep 14, 2018

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In a cryptic message posted to its website Friday, Samsung invited us all to a “Galaxy Event” on October 11. The message simply reads “4x fun,” and “Samsung’s newest Galaxy device is bringing more ways to express yourself than ever before,” a thinly veiled message to a phone sporting four cameras.

Back in July, notable Samsung leaker Ice universe predicted on Twitter that “there will be a four-camera phones in the second half of this year,” and later qualified that all four lenses would be “at the back.” Samsung only just debuted its first dual-camera Galaxy handset with last year’s Note 8, while Apple and others have been selling dual-camera phones for years. And Huawei recently launched a triple-camera phone in the P20 Pro and is rumored to be putting three lenses in the upcoming Mate 20 as well. But four would be an industry first, and we all know how much Samsung likes being first.

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Best smart thermostat: Reviews and buying advice

Sep 14, 2018

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There are so many smart thermostats to choose from today. We'll help you pick the right one.

Best Samsung Galaxy Note 9 cases: Top picks in every style

Sep 7, 2018

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If you’ve decided to spend $1,000 or more on a Galaxy Note 9, one thing is certain: You’re going to need a case. With a 6.4-inch display and an all-glass design, the Note 9 is basically an accident waiting to happen. Use our list of the best cases to find the right one for you and keep your phone in pristine condition.

Update 09/07/18: Added the Case-Mate Sheer Crystal to best transparent cases, and the Case-Mate Karat Petals to best-looking cases, as well as a new best wallet cases category.

Best transparent Galaxy Note 9 cases

The Galaxy Note 9 comes in two colors—lilac purple and ocean blue—that are gorgeous enough to show off. That’s why a sturdy clear case is the Note 9’s best friend.

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The Occupation preview: This real-time investigative thriller feels groundbreaking

Sep 7, 2018

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“You’ve already played past the end of the official demo, but you can keep going if you’d like.” That’s when I knew I’d fallen in love with The Occupation, flaws and all. I’d spent the better part of an hour playing, and I didn’t even realize it until the developer tapped me on the shoulder. And then I kept going.

The Occupation is going to be a tough sell I think. It’s complicated, it’s stressful, it’s buggy-sometimes-bordering-on-broken—and it’s probably the most inventive game I’ve demoed in 2018.

Time is fleeting

The watch is your friend. It’s also your enemy. In The Occupation, every second—and I mean every second—matters.

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Microsoft announces October 2 event: New Surface devices inbound?

Sep 7, 2018

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Microsoft has scheduled an event in New York City on Oct. 2, where the company is expected to release new Surface devices.

Officially, the event is scheduled to update journalists on “how Microsoft is continuing to think about empowering every person on the planet to achieve more.” But it's expected to include the launch of one and probably multiple Surface devices—though not a Surface phone. It also may include some updates to Microsoft’s services, almost certainly including the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

While competitors like Apple, Dell, and HP tend to update their flagship notebook lines on an annual basis, Microsoft has been a bit more infrequent. Microsoft’s Surface Pro (2017) was last refreshed in June of 2017, though the Surface Book 2 was released later in the fall. It’s likely that we’ll see a refresh of the Surface Pro, and possibly a new Surface Book, too.

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PCWorld is streaming Destiny 2 on Twitch!

Sep 7, 2018

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PCWorld's Hayden Dingman is working hard on the review of the Destiny 2 expansion Forsaken, but you can already check out his first impressions here. Today Dan and Adam are hopping back into the sweet Destiny 2 grind -- playing on a Maingear F131 equipped with an Intel Core i9 7980xe and dual Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti's!

Watch live video from PCWorldUS on www.twitch.tv

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This killer Samsung storage bundle pairs a 250GB T5 portable SSD with a 64GB memory card for $100

Sep 7, 2018

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We highlight lots and lots of SSD deals here on PCWorld, but today's is more interesting than most. Amazon is pairing our favorite external performance drive, Samsung's T5 SSD, with a popular Evo Select memory card, so you can get storage for your PC and your phone for one super low price. That's a 250GB T5 and a 64GB memory card for $100Remove non-product link, the lowest price we've seen when buying these two items together. In fact, the price is so low, you're essentially getting a cheap T5 and a free memory card.

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G-Sync vs. FreeSync: Adaptive sync gaming monitors explained

Sep 7, 2018

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Once you’ve used a variable refresh rate monitor, you can’t go back. AMD’s FreeSync and Nvidia’s G-Sync technology promise PC gamers a buttery-smooth experience free of stuttering, screen tearing, or V-Sync-like input lag. But both ecosystems have their perks—and their downsides.

Now that adaptive sync monitors have several years of maturation under their belts, it’s time to take stock of FreeSync vs. G-Sync yet again. Here’s everything you need to know about AMD and Nvidia’s gaming displays.

Editor’s note: This article was last updated to include availability information for FreeSync 2 and G-Sync HDR displays, and link to our review of the Acer Predator X27 G-Sync HDR monitor.

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The Full Nerd ep. 66: Threadripper 2990WX memory bandwidth, Athlon with Radeon, and more

Sep 7, 2018

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In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAdam Patrick Murray are joined by games guru Hayden Dingman once again—though games aren’t up for discussion.

Instead, Gordon covers his investigation into the Threadripper 2990WX’s memory bandwidth performance, sparked by the unusual configuration of the four dies connected within the 32-core (!!!) CPU. It’s complicated, and doubly so thanks to some quirky Windows behavior. Bottom line: If you can put all those cores and threads to work, the Threadripper 2990WX is still a very worthwhile purchase, though you might want to consider alternatives if your workload is especially memory intensive.

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Google Pixel 3 rumors: The leaks will be confirmed (or denied) on October 9 in NYC

Sep 7, 2018

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The year of Android releases isn’t over until Google says it is. After Samsung, LG, and Apple each have their moment in the spotlight, all attention turns to the Pixel phone, and this year’s release—inevitably called Pixel 3—is shaping up to be one of the best phones of the year. At least if all the leaks come to fruition.

With only a few weeks until Google shows off its new handset, we already have a pretty good idea of how it will change the game. Much like last year’s Pixel, which brought a bigger screen and stereo speakers, and dumped the headphone jack, the Pixel 3 is shaping up to be a full-scale evolution of its predecessor that will reinvent the “pure” Android appearance. Here’s everything we think we know about Google’s next phone.

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Best wireless charger: Ditch the headache of cables with our top pick

Sep 7, 2018

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As convenience goes, wireless charging can’t be beat. You simply drop your phone onto the charger and walk away. Gone is the headache of managing cables that inevitably break or get lost.

Until recently, the main drawback to wireless chargers has been slow adoption and slow charging. This style of charging is still not ubiquitous, but you can now find Samsung, LG, Sony, and Moto phones that support it on the Android side, and Apple has adopted it for its iPhone lineup as well. And the technology itself is finally reaching a point where its speed is easier to live with, too.

Now that it’s a good time to go out and grab a stand or pad, we’ve tested some of the most popular models out there for both Android and iPhone, and discovered our favorites among the bunch. Read on for our findings, and check back periodically for our latest updates.

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Arlo Security Light review: These battery-powered, multi-colored LED lights are good companions for Arlo cameras

Sep 7, 2018

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Arlo's motion-sensitive security lights complement Arlo security cameras, but they add another box inside the house.

Billie Jean in-ear headphone review: Audiophile performance on a mainstream budget

Sep 7, 2018

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The partnership between Astell&Kern and Jerry Harvey Audio delivers an affordable winner.

Dell G3 15 (3579) review: This budget gaming laptop makes the most of what it’s got

Sep 7, 2018

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The Dell G3 15 gaming laptop delivers solid performance in a package that’s a little less than an inch thick. It’s very affordable, too, at just $850 from Dell (at this writing) for the Model 3579 configuration we tested. 

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Yootech Wireless Charger review: An inexpensive, adequate alternative to expensive pads

Sep 7, 2018

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Among Amazon’s many options for cheap wireless chargers is the Yootech Wireless Charger, which ranks high among the retailer’s popular options.

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Belkin BoostUp Wireless Charging Pad for Samsung review: Slow and expensive are a bad combo

Sep 7, 2018

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Belkin’s BoostUp Wireless Charging Pad for Samsung has a charging speed of up to 15W using the Qi standard, so it’d be easy to assume that this $60 pad will blow the competition away.

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Mophie Charge Stream Pad+ review: It’s a looker, but a little slow

Sep 7, 2018

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The Mophie Charge Stream Pad+, priced at $60, has the classic Mophie look: It’s subtle, sleek, and available in black or white.

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Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charging Stand (2018) review: Best when used with Samsung products

Sep 7, 2018

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For the past few years, Samsung has helped push wireless charging into the mainstream, continually supporting the technology as it introduces new products. One of its current updates is the Samsung Fast Charge Wireless Charging Stand (2018), which sports a few design changes.

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Anker PowerWave 7.5 Stand review: Look no further for fast wireless charging

Sep 7, 2018

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Anker’s known for making all sorts of high-quality accessories, so it should be no surprise that the company has a lineup of wireless chargers. Among them is the $49 Anker PowerWave 7.5 Stand, which supports both 7.5W and 10W charging speeds via the Qi standard.

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Get 100+ Hours Of Computer Science Training For Just $39

Sep 6, 2018

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With thousands of apps launching every year, there’s never been a better time to be a developer. However, learning the skills to get your foot in the door isn't exactly easy. Traditional schooling is expensive and can take years, while coding bootcamps can be too fast-paced for most. If you want to teach yourself computer science at your own pace, the 2019 Complete Computer Science Bundle is a better place to start, and it's just $39 today - over 90% off.

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Redesigned Wear OS gives us a glimpse into Google's vision for the Pixel Watch

Aug 29, 2018

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Update 12:35: Casio and Diesel have each released new Wear OS watches.

Your wrist is about to get a serious upgrade. Google announced on Wednesday that a long-overdue Wear OS redesign will be rolling out to all watches over the next month. It's not the first Wear OS refresh we've gotten—Google has quietly been updating the OS formerly known as Android Wear throughout 2018, including bringing a true dark mode that finally takes advantage of the OLED screens on nearly every smartwatch—but this is the first full-scale redesign it’s gotten since Android Wear 2.0 landed back in February 2017.

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Amazon is blowing out its Fire HD 8 tablets for $50, which probably means a new model is on the way

Aug 29, 2018

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Amazon probably isn’t the first name you think of when you need a tablet, but it’s actually the No. 2 tablet maker behind Apple’s ubiquitous iPad. And now there are signs that a new model may be coming out just in time for the holidays.

While there aren’t any rumors or spy shots of a new Fire HD tablet, a close reading of the tea leaves suggests a new one is on the way. For one, Amazon has always updated its tablets before the end of the year, and we haven’t gotten any new models in 2018 yet. The fifth-gen and sixth-gen versions of the Fire HD 8 each had September release dates to boot, so an event sometime within the next 3-4 weeks isn’t out of the question.

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Sonos Amp is the most important new product the company has launched in years

Aug 29, 2018

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It's not a powered speaker, and it's aimed primarily at customer installers. But audio enthusiasts should still be excited about Sonos’ first new product since going public.

Steel Division II preview: Massive real-time WWII battles get more strategic on the Eastern Front

Aug 29, 2018

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Steel Division II’s existence is surprising. Not only did the first game, Steel Division: Normandy 44, just release last May, but developer Eugen Systems was beset by some sort of labor dispute around the same time. To emerge with a sequel ready for Gamescom fifteen months later? Seems impossible.

And yet I spent 30 or 40 minutes with Eugen’s Eastern Front-themed sequel last week. It’s more than just a quick cash-in sequel too. Judging by my demo, Steel Division II is even more complicated and layered than I would’ve guessed.

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The Full Nerd ep. 65: GeForce RTX Q&A, 4K G-Sync HDR review, AMD's PC chief leaves

Aug 29, 2018

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In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad Chacos, and Adam Patrick Murray dig deeper into some seriously fast gaming hardware. And, uh, Gordon dodges bees.

Now that Brad’s back stateside, we caught up on everything we know about the GeForce RTX 20-series graphics cards so far, from pricing to performance and everything in between. Live viewers had an absolute ton of questions, and we answered as many as possible. A bit later, we also dived into Brad’s review of the Acer Predator X27, a 4K, 144Hz G-Sync HDR monitor that truly feels like it’s advancing the state of the art. And it better for $2,000! The forthcoming GeForce RTX 2080 Ti looks poised to push this ultra-fast monitor to its fullest, something that today’s GPUs simply can’t do.

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These discounted Beats urBeats3 wired earbuds don't need a dongle to work with your iPhone

Aug 29, 2018

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The Beats brand might be best known for its Bluetooth headphones, but it also makes some great wired buds too. And since they're own by Apple, they even have a Lightning option, so iPhone users don't need to remember your dongle. Today Amazon is selling the urBeats3 wired earphones for up to 40 percent off its $100 MSRP, with a variety of colors on sale in either Lightning or 3.5mm plugs, all of which are all-time lows:

Lightning Black: $60Remove non-product link Matte gold: $60Remove non-product link Matte silver: $60Remove non-product link Defiant black-red: $80Remove non-product link 3.5mm Black: $59Remove non-product link Blue: $60Remove non-product link Gray: $60Remove non-product link Defiant black-red: $70Remove non-product link

No matter which pair you choose, the urBeats3 earbuds promise great sound in the stylish package we've come to expect from Beats. A durable metal exterior is designed to withstand your busy life, while the cable is meant to be tangle-free, so you can avoid annoying detangling after throwing them in your bag. You can also switch between songs and take calls using the remote on the cable, so you can leave your phone in your pocket.

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5 smoking-hot deals on PC components and peripherals

Aug 29, 2018

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Back to school season has returned, and while that usually means big deals on laptops, I found some surprisingly sweet sales on PC components and peripherals while poking around the corners of the Internet today. These deals all meet or exceed previous all-time low prices, and it’s all gear I’d consider picking up if I needed to upgrade my PC right now. Unfortunately I don’t. (Although, I could use one of those SSDs to store all those giant games I keep downloading…)

Here are some smoking-hot deals on storage, a potent graphics card, a mechanical keyboard, and a closed-loop liquid CPU cooler selling for the price of a budget air cooler.

1. Samsung 860 EVO SSD

Let’s kick things off with new low prices on our favorite SSD for most people, the Samsung 860 EVO. Amazon dropped the cost for every capacity of the SSD except for the entry-level 250GB version. Now, you can get 500GB for $100, 1TB for $180, 2TB for $400, or a whopping 4TB for $950. The Samsung 860 EVO earned our top nod at higher prices thanks to its blend of performance, a long warranty, and Samsung’s superb SSD management software. At these prices it’s a no-brainer…unless you’re tempted by an SSD from little-known brand we’ll mention later.

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Gate Smart Lock review: When smart lock meets camera, homeowners win

Aug 29, 2018

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While the design feels like a beta, this ingenious product raises the bar of what smart locks can do.

Eufy RoboVac 30 review: A robot vacuum for beginner budgets

Aug 29, 2018

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It's an excellent cleaner, but Eufy's latest robot vac doesn't distinguish itself enough from the 11s to justify its higher price tag.

Acer's blisteringly fast 4K, 144Hz HDR gaming monitors cost far less than rival displays

Aug 29, 2018

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Consider the 60Hz barrier for ultra-high definition screens officially broken. Acer announced not one, but two new 4K, 144Hz gaming monitors at IFA in Berlin on Wednesday for folks who like their frame rates high and temperatures low. One, the $1,299 Predator XB273K, supports Nvidia’s gameplay-smoothing G-Sync technology. The other, the $899 Nitro XV273K, plays nice with AMD’s rival FreeSync tech.

On paper, the Predator XB273K matches many of the key specifications of Acer’s Predator X27, a $2,000 display that we dubbed the Holy Grail of gaming monitors in our review. It’s got 4K resolution, a blazing-fast 144Hz maximum refresh rate (though that’s probably when overclocked), G-Sync, and even DisplayHDR 400 certification.

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Acer's Swift 5 aims to be the lightest laptop to include Intel's new Whiskey Lake chips

Aug 29, 2018

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Acer’s Swift series has always sought to offer the world’s lightest notebooks in its category, and the new Swift 5 laptops are no different. The latest models weigh just over 2 pounds apiece, and they boast Intel’s new Whiskey Lake 8th-gen Core processors.

On Wednesday at the IFA show in Berlin, Acer announced the Swift 5 (SF515-51T), a 15-inch notebook; and a second Swift 5 (SF514-53T), with a smaller 14-inch display. Both use the new Core i7-8565U and Core i5-8265U processors Intel just announced. While North America consumers will have to wait until January to receive the larger, $1,099 15-inch Swift 5, Acer hasn’t said when the smaller 14-inch model will be available in this geography, nor has the company revealed its price.

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Witness the Acer Predator Thronos: A hulking triple-monitor cockpit for extreme gaming

Aug 29, 2018

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If you think gaming chairs just aren’t GAMER enough, then Acer just revealed the gaming chair for you. Meet the Predator Thronos, a nearly 5-feet-tall steel monstrosity “in menacing dual-tone black with white or blue accents.” 

Just look at it! This “gaming chair” will no doubt get hearts racing on the r/simstation subreddit.

The Predator Thronos reclines up to 140 degrees, giving you plenty of room to lay back and soak in your games across up to three 27-inch displays. And if that doesn’t sound immersive enough, the chair vibrates when you’re hit in-game, which sounds similar to the haptic feedback you get with controllers. Acer’s clearly envisioning the Predator Thronos as the, uh, throne of gamers who live and breathe the brand. “Integrated with a Predator PC and triple Predator monitors plus gadgets, the Thronos becomes more than a gaming chair—it’s a gamer’s cave,” the press release says.  

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Dell's cheapest XPS 13 yet, the 9370 is just $900

Aug 29, 2018

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If you've been coveting an 8th-gen Dell XPS 13 but couldn't quite justify the price, here's some good news for you: The company has just added a Core i3 version that's a hundred bucks cheaper.

Announced Wednesday at IFA in Berlin, Germany, the XPS 13 9370 features a dual-core 8th-gen Core i3-8130U, 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM, a 128GB SATA SSD, and 1080p panel for $900.

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Don't turn your nose up at the thought of a low-rent Core i3. It's likely to be nearly as fast if not faster than the previous XPS 13 model with a mid-range Core i5 inside of it. We can say this with some confidence because Dell's redesigned XPS 13 9570 (reviewed here) hammered the previous version, thanks to its enhanced cooling. Dell likely used the same cooling system in the Core i3 too, which means greater performance.

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Microsoft adds video transcription to Microsoft 365 OneDrive to keep corporate content off YouTube

Aug 28, 2018

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If you use Microsoft Office at work, chances are that videos you’ll save to OneDrive will be automatically transcribed and more easily shareable before the year is out.

Microsoft’s OneDrive exists in two worlds: as a personal cloud storage tool, and as a repository for business documents. Unfortunately, Microsoft reserves most of the good stuff for subscribers to Office 365, specifically integrated into the Microsoft 365 package. This is the case here.

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Videos stored within SharePoint or OneDrive (for Microsoft 365) will be automatically transcribed later this year, Microsoft says.

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Intel's Whiskey Lake notebook chip launches, emphasizing connectivity this time around

Aug 28, 2018

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While Intel’s new Whiskey Lake and Amber Lake mobile Core chips differ from their predecessors mainly in terms of available boost speed, Intel’s marketing spin will emphasize something else: Notebooks and tablets sold with these new 8th-gen U- and Y-series chips will be labeled as "optimized for connectivity."

Expect to see the first announcements this week at the IFA show in Berlin, Germany. The first Whiskey Lake notebooks and Amber Lake 2-in-1s could ship as early as September.

Rather than pitch the new processors as simply faster, Intel’s messaging will emphasize the Gigabit Wi-Fi connectivity Intel built into its six new chips. That may be because Intel’s chips are simply becoming harder to tell apart. These new 14nm Core chips are essentially the third iteration of the original Skylake 14nm processor, though Intel has shipped 14nm chips since 2014’s “Broadwell” generation.

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Best PDF editors: Reviewed and rated

Aug 28, 2018

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Though it’s nearly 25 years old, the PDF may be more useful than ever in our increasingly multi-device, cross-platform world. Much of the time you can get by with a free PDF reader to review and comment on these files. But inevitably, particularly in a business setting, you’ll need to edit a PDF file and that usually requires upgrading to a premium PDF editor.

Historically, Adobe Acrobat has been the best option, but it has also been the most expensive, often putting it out of reach of individuals and small businesses. That has given rise to a wealth of alternatives with varying features and costs. We looked at six PDF editors to see what they offer and how they stack up against each other.

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LG turned the G7 ThinQ into a high-end Android One phone and I want one now

Aug 28, 2018

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Ahead of the IFA 2018 conference kicking off later this week, LG has announced two new handsets. Before you get too excited, neither is the V40. Instead they're variants of the G7 ThinQ, but they still could represent a welcome new direction for LG.

The LG G7 ThinQ should have been LG's greatest achievement. A followup to the awesome G6 and equally excellent V30, the G7 combined a new look (read: notch) with a smarter camera and top-of-the-line specs, but sadly it couldn't live up to its own hype. Basically, the phone had one big problem that caused a bunch of little issues: the software. Over the years, LG's UX interface has gotten more bloated and bogged down, and the G7 was the worst offender, with an uninspired Oreo-based interface that was as far from a Pixel phone as you can get.

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Smarten up your home lighting for cheap with deals on Wemo dimmer switches and Philips Hue bulbs

Aug 28, 2018

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Add some smarts to your home lighting system today with Amazon deals on a few essential lighting items. First is a two-pack of Wemo dimmer switches; usually $80 apiece, you can get the pair for $100. Also on sale: Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19 bulbs for $40 each, down from $50.

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Amazon's one-day PC sale offers deep discounts on Samsung 960 Pro SSDs and more

Aug 28, 2018

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Today’s a good day to grab some great gear for your PC or pick up a new one at a great price. Amazon’s got a one-day sale on PCs, components, and accessoriesRemove non-product link, and there are some great discounts to be had on blazing-fast SSDs, super-lightweight Chromebooks, high-def monitors, and more.

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K7 Ultimate Security review: Simple yet sophisticated

Aug 28, 2018

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Security is an essential element of any PC user experience—even if you don’t use a third-party security suite. But it’s so easy for these suites to become overcomplicated and loaded with tools nobody really needs.

That’s why it’s refreshing to see K7 Ultimate Security for Windows from UK-based K7 Computing. This is an at-once simplified yet effective security suite, although its pricing leaves a lot to be desired.

Note: This review is part of our best antivirus roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.

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PDF Complete Office Edition 4.2 review: A quietly capable PDF editor

Aug 28, 2018

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It may not be a marquee name, but PDF Complete is a capable—and currently very affordable (at $59.95)—alternative to Acrobat and other powerful PDF editors. Pairing the basic tools of its Corporate Edition with users’ most requested Office Edition features, it’s a one-stop shop for all your PDF needs.

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World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth review: The world is enough

Aug 28, 2018

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In our age of divisiveness, World of Warcraft's Battle for Azeroth expansion begins with a premise that cuts deep. It's nasty stuff. Greed (and quite a bit of petty hate) led the Horde to burn the Night Elves' tree city a few weeks before launch, potentially killing thousands. The Alliance sought revenge, leading to an assault on its old capital of Lordaeron. And all because a godlike figure thrust his gigantic sword into Azeroth itself, causing a powerful new substance called Azerite to erupt from its core through fissures and even small volcanoes, spread over the entire world.

At a time when everyone should have been working together, suddenly everyone was at each other’s throats. Considering what the world had just gone through, the conflict seemed unnecessary. It was all a little too on-the-nose, leading some longtime Horde players to question the integrity of the Horde. Some claimed they wouldn't even play the expansion.

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Wisenet 8-channel, 4-camera 5MP DVR Kit review: Wired, multi-camera security

Aug 28, 2018

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This four-camera kit provides comprehensive coverage for your home or small business.

Acer Predator X27 review: 4K, 144Hz G-Sync HDR is the Holy Grail of gaming monitors, with quirks

Aug 28, 2018

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Nvidia’s groundbreaking G-Sync HDR monitors aim for the sun, but unlike Icarus, these dazzlingly bright displays never fall back to earth. On paper, the Acer Predator X27 ($2,000 on NeweggRemove non-product link) and its G-Sync HDR cousin, the Asus ROG Swift PG27UQ (also $2,000 on NeweggRemove non-product link) are the Holy Grail of PC monitors. These are among the first monitors to support 4K resolution at refresh rates higher (significantly higher) than 60Hz, and two of only three monitors certified to achieve DisplayHDR 1000 certification. They’re the first displays ever to support both 4K/120Hz and DisplayHDR 1000, with Nvidia’s gameplay-smoothing G-Sync technology as the cherry on top. They have quantum dots. 

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Microsoft shines a 'spotlight' on Bing news searches to add more context

Aug 27, 2018

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One of the complaints I recently had with Bing’s ability to search news involved its seeming inability to generate search results with sufficient information density. On Monday, Bing coincidentally released a new “spotlight” feature that promises to help.

The Bing spotlight feature consists of three different areas: a timeline that tracks major evolutions in the story or topic, and various news perspectives, as well as the large "hero" image that features breaking news. Both perspectives and stories are compiled using a combination of both AI and experienced human editors, according to Bing.

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AMD loses another key executive, Jim Anderson, as it shifts manufacturing to TSMC

Aug 27, 2018

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As AMD moves into the next phases of its Threadripper and Vega chip architectures, it has made two key business changes as well: Jim Anderson, who oversaw AMD’s Computing and Graphics Group, has left the company. In addition, AMD has shifted its leading-edge manufacturing to TSMC, and away from GlobalFoundries.

Anderson, who appeared on PCWorld’s The Full Nerd podcast just two weeks ago to explain the ins and outs of AMD’s new 2nd Gen Threadripper chip, has left to become chief executive of Lattice Semiconductor, an FPGA maker. Anderson will be paid several million dollars in stock and incentives, according to a Lattice statement. An AMD spokesman said that it was always Anderson's career ambition to eventually become a chief executive.

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Chromebooks versus Windows laptops: Which should you buy?

Aug 27, 2018

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Should I buy a Chromebook or a Windows laptop? Whether you’re seeking out the best computer for your child or just weighing which inexpensive computer is right for your home, considering a Chrome OS-powered Chromebook as a PC alternative is a smart choice—and we can help you choose the right one. 

Who should buy a Windows PC?

A notebook PC powered by Microsoft Windows offers several advantages: Windows offers the most flexibility to run just about any app, as well as the choice of any browser you choose. You can tweak and configure your PC as you choose.

Windows laptops for the budget buyer Our quick-hit recommendations: Acer Aspire E 15 (Core i3, HD 620) View Dell New XPS 13 View IdeaPad Miix 520 View Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (late 2017) View  

That convenience demands more computing horsepower, and often a higher price compared to most Chromebooks. Prices can soar into the thousands of dollars, and if you need a powerful PC for gaming or video editing, Chromebooks really don’t offer that much competition. But you’ll find some great deals among our more affordably priced, top Windows picks.

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AMD's first-gen Ryzen Threadripper CPUs get deep price cuts

Aug 27, 2018

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If you need a cornucopia of CPU cores but don’t want to make your accountant curl up into a ball and start crying, it’s a great time to buy. Now that 2nd-gen Ryzen Threadripper chips have arrived, AMD’s slashing the prices of the initial mega-core processors. What used to be regarded as juicy discounts on the first-gen parts are the new normal while supplies last. 

The Threadripper 1950X, the 16-core, 32-thread former flagship that debuted at $1,000, now carries a suggested retail price of $800, though it currently sells for $720 on Amazon and Newegg. The 12-core, 24-thread 1920X is supposed to sell for $400 now, Anandtech says, but it’s selling for $463 on Amazon and $589 on Newegg. Both listings are via third-party sellers, so this chip may very well be sold out of official channels already—the Threadripper 1920X has cost around $450 pretty consistently over the past month. Finally, the 8-core, 16-thread Threadripper 1900X now costs $320 on Amazon and Newegg, which is by far the cheapest it’s ever been after releasing at $550 last year.

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This week's new PC hardware: Nvidia Turing GPU, AMD Threadripper 2990WX, and big power in tiny laptops

Aug 18, 2018

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Fresh gear comes fast and furious in the wide-open world of PC hardware—so quickly that even computing faithful like us can’t possibly cover it all. But nobody wants to miss out on an interesting launch! So welcome to “This week’s new PC hardware,” our weekly roundup dedicated to keeping you informed of the most intriguing, important PCs, PC components, and peripherals announced over the past seven days.

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This week in games: Battlefield V teases its battle royale mode, Deep Silver acquires TimeSplitters

Aug 17, 2018

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There are about a million games releasing, Gamescom is next week, PAX in two weeks—it’s starting to get pretty damn busy around here again. Both Brad Chacos and I will be in Germany for Gamescom next week, so keep an eye out for previews, announcements, and maybe even a video or two.

But for now, a recap. It's mostly QuakeCon news this week, including 25 minutes of Doom talk, but you'll also find a smattering of early Gamescom trailers below, a tease for Vermintide II's first DLC, and a surprise TimeSplitters acquisition by Deep Silver. Remaster on the way? Let's hope.

This is gaming news for August 13 to 17.

Almost paradise

As I said, Gamescom is still four or five days away—but not for everyone, evidently. Tropico 6 got out ahead of the competition and dropped this so-called “Gamescom Trailer” this week. Get ready to dance a bit in your seat while watching.

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The best laptops: Premium laptops, cheap laptops, 2-in-1s, and more

Aug 17, 2018

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Today’s best laptops bask in the glow of Intel’s 8th-gen Core CPUs, which at last bring quad-core performance to mainstream machines. The only thing missing is Oprah shouting, “and you get an 8th-gen quad-core laptop!”

There’s plenty of good news with this new generation. Our favorite convertible laptop, HP’s Spectre x360 13, sports a quad-core 8th-gen chip while maintaining its diminutive size. It’s really the total package. 

But let’s be honest: You probably don’t need a quad-core powerhouse, especially if the hottest application you run is Microsoft Excel. Check out our budget favorites, like the Acer Aspire E 15 and Asus ZenBook Flip, whose dual-core CPUs do just fine with mainstream fare. Or read about the Asus Chromebook Flip, a well-priced and versatile laptop for living on the web—or delving into the wide, wide world of Android apps. 

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How next-gen motion capture will supercharge VR arcades

Aug 17, 2018

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You might know motion capture as the tech that transformed Andy Serkis into Gollum, but now it can transform everyday people into animated avatars in virtual worlds, and all in real-time. Motion capture—which uses body sensors, ultra-precise cameras, and modeling software to create 3D animations from real-life human movement—is now taking on location-based virtual reality, or LBVR.

PCWorld visited a leading motion capture company called Vicon in Oxford, England to learn how mocap has evolved to take on this new frontier in entertainment.

If you’ve watched behind-the-scenes footage of how motion capture (or mocap) works, you’ve probably seen actors in skintight lycra suits covered with golf ball-sized sensors. Normally, dozens of infrared cameras track these sensors to model an actor’s movements. But now Vicon has a new system called Origin that requires only one sensor on each limb, plus one for a VR headset.    

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Amazon slashes up to 20% off Fitbit Charge 2 as Charge 3 rumors heat up

Aug 17, 2018

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With a massive Charge 3 leak spilling many of its reported features, Amazon has added some more intrigue by slashing prices on the Charge 2. Normally priced at $150 and $180, you can save $30 off a Charge 2 or Charge 2 Special EditionRemove non-product linkin every color today.

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T-Mobile will reportedly sell the OnePlus 6T, which is great… for everyone but you

Aug 17, 2018

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While the fall smartphone season generally belongs to Samsung, Apple, and Google, OnePlus has been making plenty of noise the past two years. After moving to a six-month refresh cycle with the 3T, the Oppo offshoot has steadily increased pressure on its heavyweight competitors with low-priced phones packed with specs that rival the premium Android flagships.

But this year, OnePlus might have a new trick up its sleeve. According to CNet, when the OnePlus 6T launches later this fall it will have more than a refreshed design and specs. For the first time, it will also have U.S. carrier support. CNet reports that T-Mobile will be the exclusive U.S. carrier partner for the new handset with “a specific version of the OnePlus 6T optimized for T-Mobile’s network.”

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Robot Cache, a Steam rival that lets you sell your 'used' games and mine cryptocoins, opens signups

Aug 17, 2018

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Steam alternatives are cropping up all over the place, so let’s throw one more into the ring. Announced earlier this year, Brian Fargo’s Robot Cache officially began signups for its so-called Early Access period today. Why should you care? Well, players can sell used games, developers get to keep 95 percent of a game’s revenue, and there’s a cryptocurrency involved.

Yes, a cryptocurrency. If you go to the Robot Cache website, it even says it’s “The world’s first blockchain-based digital marketplace for video games.”

The cryptocurrency in question is called “IRON,” all-caps, and apparently one Iron is pegged to the value of one Euro. Players can mine Iron or earn it in other unspecified ways, then spend it on games at Robot Cache. (In Robot Cache?) It feels like an idea that was probably very exciting in January 2018 when cryptocurrency was hot, and much less exciting in August 2018 when it’s the last thing anyone wants to hear about.

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Upgrade your gaming rig with these sweet GTX 1080 Ti and ultrawide monitor deals

Aug 17, 2018

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The weekend’s almost here. Game time! We’ve found a bunch of awesome deals to put together a sweet little upgrade to your gaming rig, with a great game to put your new hardware through its paces.

First up, the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti SC Gaming Black Edition is on sale for $650Remove non-product link at B&H Photo Video. This card is sitting at $720 right now on Amazon, so you’re saving about $70.

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How to transform your laptop into a gaming powerhouse with an external graphics card

Aug 17, 2018

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My desire to power up a laptop with an external graphics card began in 2015, when I set out on a quest to get back into PC gaming—a beloved pastime I’d neglected since childhood.

But the only PC I had at the time was a 2011 Lenovo ThinkPad X220 laptop with Intel HD 3000 integrated graphics. That just won’t cut it for proper PC gaming. Sure, the laptop would work well enough for older titles like Diablo III, especially on the laptop’s tiny 1366x728-resolution display, but forget about more graphics-intensive modern games on an external 1080p monitor. That’s why I decided to examine external graphics card (eGPU) setups.

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Fnatic Streak RGB review: A gaming keyboard that punches well above its price

Aug 17, 2018

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The esports company finally made an esports-worthy peripheral. We took a look last year at the Fnatic Clutch G1 gaming mouse, and I was not impressed. When Fnatic got in touch to send us its second-gen Streak keyboard, I wasn't expecting much.

And yet the Fnatic Streak is, as of this moment, probably the best bang-for-your-buck RGB keyboard on the market. Quite a turnaround.

Competition quality

For an esports company, Fnatic sure is good about reining in its designs. I know that's because these are technically made by Func, the Swedish company Fnatic acquired. It's remarkable how minimalist and distinctly not "Gamer" the Streak looks.

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Smart home systems: DIY vs. hiring a professional

Aug 17, 2018

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A certain degree of pride comes with building out your own smart home, but there’s no shame in hiring a pro.

The 10 best Amazon Prime original series

Aug 17, 2018

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Amazon’s slate of original shows has won acclaim and awards. These are our favorites.

Save Hundreds On 100+ Hours Of Professional Big Data Training ($59)

Aug 16, 2018

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What is big data, and why is it so important? On a surface level, big data refers to large data sets that cannot be handled by traditional data analytics tools because of their volume. Analyzing and comprehending big data can be extremely lucrative, as purveyors of big data can detect trends.

Interpreting trends can lead to breakthroughs in countless industries. For example, companies can predict consumer behavior, improve research methods, optimize security, and more. Large corporations are investing billions into big data annually. As a result, the demand for big data professionals is rising.

As with most advanced professions, big data professionals need to earn a professional certification. The Big Data Hadoop Spark & Administrator Master Bundle contains 6 training courses which will prepare aspiring big data scientists for big data certification exams. The bundle is currently on sale for $59.

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PCWorld's August Digital Magazine: Intel Kaby Lake G review

Aug 16, 2018

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Stay on top of the latest tech with PCWorld’s Digital Magazine. Available as single copies or as a monthly subscription, it highlights the best content from PCWorld.com—the most important news, the key product reviews, and the most useful features and how-to stories—in a curated Digital Magazine for Android and iOS, as well for the desktop and other tablet readers.

In the August issue

This month, it’s the showdown you’ve been waiting for: Intel 8th-gen Core i7 vs. 7th-gen Core i7 CPUs; it’s an upgrade that's finally worth it. You won’t want to miss our roundup of the 10 best PC games so far this year. We also have the details on Microsoft’s $399 Surface Go; find out if it’s faster than the iPad.

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Intel rolls out NUC mini-PCs with 10nm 'Cannon Lake' CPUs and AMD Radeon graphics

Aug 16, 2018

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Fans of tiny PCs have some interesting new toys to play with. Intel announced several fresh bare-bones NUC kits rocking eight-generation Core processors late Wednesday, as well as two interesting NUC mini-PCs that introduce several firsts to the mainstream Next Unit of Computing lineup.

Christened the NUC8i3CYSM and the NUC8i3CYSN, both palm-sized computers (pictured above) come equipped with the 2.2GHz, dual-core “Cannon Lake” Core i3-8121U, bringing chips built on Intel's beleaguered 10nm process to small form-factor PCs for the first time.

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Microsoft's Surface Laptop is on sale for $699 at Amazon, a huge $300 discount

Aug 16, 2018

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Microsoft’s slim and sleek Surface laptop might be marketed towards busy students, but it’s one of the better notebooks anybody could buy, and today it's on a steep discount. Amazon is selling the entry-level Surface Laptop for $699Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $999.

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Steam may get tools to play Windows games on Linux and Mac, code deep-dive finds

Aug 16, 2018

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Perhaps Valve’s crusade against Windows isn’t quite over yet. After Valve quietly removed the Steam Machines page from its storefront earlier this year, it seemed like a quiet capitulation to Windows 10. Maybe Valve’s tactics have changed though, as evidenced by details datamined by the /r/linux_gaming subreddit (via Ars Technica) this week: Steam Play, a WINE-like compatibility wrapper.

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Newegg's selling a GeForce GTX 1070 Ti with MSI's potent custom cooler for $70 off

Aug 16, 2018

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The great graphics card crisis of 2018 is over, and we’re starting to see some enticingly juicy deals on GPUs. Today, the MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Gaming is $410 on NeweggRemove non-product link after applying the checkout code EMCSPXEU2 and doing the paperwork for a $20 mail-in rebate. When all is said and done that’s about $50 cheaper than you’ll find this and equivalent 1070 Ti cards going for elsewhere, and $70 less than this model's recent $490 selling price. 

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Hands-on with the Asus ROG Zephyrus S, a superportable 15-inch gaming laptop

Aug 16, 2018

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The Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX531 has news for you: It’s not enough to be a powerful gaming laptop anymore. You have to be super-portable too, and that’s what it promises to be.

The new ROG Zephyrus S GX531 will ship in September. One thing we don’t know yet is how much it will cost. If the previous model is any indication, it’s likely to be just above $2,000.

The GX531 builds on the ground-breaking thin chassis first seen in the ROG Zephyrus GX501. But while the original was a super-thin 17-inch gaming laptop, the ROG Zephyrus S GX531 shrinks down to a near-bezel-less 15.6-inch screen. The screen is a 1080p panel with  a refresh rate of 144Hz. Asus said it worked with AU Optronics to reduce the response time to 3ms, which it believes no other laptops can touch.

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ARM challenges Intel in PCs with Deimos and Hercules chips

Aug 16, 2018

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With PC makers like Asus and HP beginning to design laptops and tablets around ARM chips, ARM itself has decided to emerge from the shadows and unroll its roadmap to challenge Intel through at least 2020.

ARM’s now-public roadmap represents its first processors that are designed for the PC space. ARM, taking aim at the dominant player, claims its chips will equal and potentially even surpass Intel's in single-threaded performance.

ARM is unveiling two new chip architectures: Deimos, a 7nm architecture to debut in 2019, and Hercules, a 5nm design for 2020. There's a catch, of course: Many Windows apps aren’t natively written for the ARM instruction set, forcing them to pay a performance penalty via emulation. Comparing itself to Intel is a brightly-colored signpost that ARM remains committed to the PC market, however.

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Home security systems vs. smart home systems: How to choose the right DIY platform

Aug 16, 2018

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What’s more important to you, security or convenience? Maybe you can have both.

What the cord cutting naysayers still get wrong

Aug 16, 2018

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Once more with feeling: Streaming TV is not cable all over again.

Smart home systems vs. home security systems: How to choose the right DIY platform

Aug 16, 2018

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What do you value most: Convenience or security? Maybe you can have both.

How to install Windows on your Mac using Boot Camp

Aug 15, 2018

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So you have a Mac but also want to run Windows? You’re in luck: shortly after the first Intel-based Macs arrived on the market in 2009, Apple released a tool called Boot Camp, which lets Mac owners install and start their machines natively in Microsoft Windows. With the press of a button, you can switch between Mac and Windows every time your computer turns on.

Probably the most common reason Mac owners use Boot Camp is to play Windows-only games. For instance, PC MMOs such as Star Trek Online, Tera, and Star Wars: The Old Republic only run on Windows. Boot Camp is also better at running Windows software than virtual machines like Parallels or VMWare Fusion, which are programs that simultaneously run Windows inside Mac’s operating system. Without further ado, here’s how to set up Boot Camp and install Windows.

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Foreshadow attacks Intel CPUs with Spectre-like tactics (but you're probably safe)

Aug 15, 2018

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Move over, Meltdown and Spectre. A new “Foreshadow” attack, alternatively called L1 Terminal Fault or L1TF, targets Intel’s Security Guard Extensions (SGX) within its Core chips.

You should be safe, though, if you’ve already patched your PC as part of the earlier Spectre and Meltdown mitigations that rolled out over the course of the year, according to a blog post from Intel, which disclosed the flaw today. (Wired has more of the technical backstory on the bug itself, and Intel has published a video explaining the issue.) Microsoft is also rolling out patches, Intel said.

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The Full Nerd ep. 63: Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 appears, AMD's 32-core Threadripper reviewed

Aug 15, 2018

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In  this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad Chacos, and Adam Patrick Murray geek out over a monstrous new class of desktop processor and the future of graphics cards…which could arrive in less than a week!

Yes, Nvidia formally unveiled its Turing GPU and Quadro RTX hardware this week, and they provide a glimpse of what PC gamers can expect in the next generation of GeForce graphics cards. We won’t need to wait long, it seems. Not-so-cryptic secrets in a recent Nvidia video strongly hint that the GeForce RTX 2080 will launch next week at Gamescom. You read that right: RTX not GTX. R is for raytracing! We dig into the specs revealed so far.

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These deeply discounted 256GB SanDisk flash drives give you SSD-sized storage on the go

Aug 15, 2018

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Have you ever wanted to carry a hard drive around in your pocket? Two deeply discounted 256GB flash drives give you SSD-sized storage on the go, and both for $50 or less. The SanDisk Cruzer is on sale for $40, down from a list price of $70, and the SanDisk Ultra Flair has dropped to $50, down from $83. These are some of the lowest prices these mammoth flash drives have ever been.

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Walmart's selling an all-aluminum Chromebook with a comfy keyboard for just $220

Aug 15, 2018

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If you’re not considering a Chromebook when you're shopping for a notebook, you’re doing it wrong. Google's low-cost laptops are typically light, fast, secure, and have almost everything you need for remote work a.k.a. the Internet. Today, you can get in on the action for a great price. Walmart is selling the Acer Chromebook 14 (CB3-431-C6ZB) for $220Remove non-product link. That’s about $30 to $40 cheaper than you’d usually pay for this laptop.

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Save Hundreds On This Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification Training

Aug 8, 2018

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The ultimate business management and improvement methodology, Lean Six Sigma is one of the most popular strategies for reducing waste, accelerating product delivery, and ultimately driving profit. So, it should come as no surprise that companies are willing to pay a pretty penny to Lean Six Sigma-savvy project managers to get their initiatives from A to B. You can train to join their ranks and certify your skills with the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Master Certification Bundle, on sale for $69 today.

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Best wireless keyboards: Hand-tested reviews of Bluetooth and USB models

Aug 8, 2018

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The best wireless keyboards do more than free you from a cable. They let you toss the crummy keyboard you got for free with your PC—does anyone like that one?—and they also give you options. The models we’ve reviewed range from full-size desktop slabs to portable models that skip easily from laptop to tablet to phone. Whatever you need to type with, there’s a keyboard for it. (If you’re looking for a gaming keyboard, we’ve got you covered! Click that link to see our full reviews and rankings.)

Keyboard choice can be very subjective. That said, we’ve based our reviews on hours spent with each model, banging away on work projects or surfing the web and keeping up on social media. 

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The Full Nerd ep. 62: 2nd-gen Threadripper details, Intel 9000-series leaked, first QLC SSD reviewed

Aug 8, 2018

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In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray get geeky over unprecedented PC gear and a fresh wave of processors.

Things start off with a robust discussion about the speeds, feeds, and pricing of AMD’s 2nd-gen Ryzen Threadripper CPUs, which were announced this week. A whopping 64 CPU threads and 64 PCI-E lanes for $1,800 seems awfully competitive when Intel’s rival chip tops out at 18-cores for $200 more. Look for a full review soon, and be sure to check out our Full Nerd special episode with AMD computing chief Jim Anderson to dive deeper into the backstory of 2nd-gen Threadripper.

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This awesome 40-inch Roku smart TV is down to a ridiculous $200 on Amazon

Aug 8, 2018

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A smart TV can transform your viewing experience, providing access to streaming services and more without the need for a separate device. TCL's 40-inch smart TV provides the smarts and usability of a Roku streaming device built-in to the set itself, and right now you can grab one on Amazon for just $200Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $290 and the lowest we've seen it.

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AMD bundles Assassin's Creed: Odyssey and two more free games with Radeon graphics cards

Aug 8, 2018

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We haven’t seen much in the way of GPU promotions the last few years. Time was, nearly every graphics card purchase came with one or two free games to sweeten the deal. A win-win, really: Companies offload sluggish or end-of-life stock, and soften the blow of a $500 GPU purchase. But there’s been no need for AMD and Nvidia to sweeten the deal as long as every card they made was snatched up by crypto miners.

Sign of the times then that AMD’s now bringing back the free game bundles. Purchase a Radeon RX 580, 570, or Vega graphics card at a participating between now and November 3 and you’ll receive codes (eventually) for three upcoming games: Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, the Star Control: Origins reboot, and Rebellion’s 1930s-themed shooter Strange Brigade.

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Make life easier on your eyes with these big sales on luxurious monitor upgrades

Aug 8, 2018

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Today’s a great day to make life easier for your eyes. You spend all day staring at a monitor, so it’s worthwhile to invest in a high-quality display, and several retailers are offering great deals on luxurious monitors today. Bonus if you own a Radeon graphics card: All of these monitors support AMD's stuttering-killing FreeSync gaming technology.

At the top of our list is the Nixeus EDG 27, a 1440p monitor on sale for $350Remove non-product link at Newegg. That's far below the current $430 Amazon price. This bright, responsive panel is a fantastic choice for gamers who also need to type out text documents or spreadsheets during the day. The 2560-by-1440 monitor refreshes at an ultra-fast 144Hz, and the Nixeus EDG 27 supports FreeSync from 30Hz all the way up to 144Hz if you have a compatible Radeon graphics card. That’s a huge range, and just one of the reasons we like this IPS panel.

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How to create and share custom Style Sheets in Word and PowerPoint

Aug 8, 2018

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Who knew Microsoft Word could give you a power rush? That’s what you feel when you create a one-click, customized Style Sheet that automatically applies font, paragraph, layout, and other settings to any document. It’s a great way to create consistency for monthly reports or other routine pieces of content. Once you get the hang of Style Sheets, formatting text one paragraph or section at a time will feel as primitive as Sumerians writing cuneiform on wet-clay tablets. Style Sheets also work in PowerPoint, and we'll show you those as well.

In Word 2016, the process for creating styles and Style Sheets is similar to the processes in Word 2010 and 2013. Veterans will recognize most of the commands, and novices should catch on quickly, especially in the user-friendly Word 2016. The only real differences (aside from the aesthetics) are the location of these features on the menus, the addition of many new templates and themes that use Style Sheets, and some new options that make this feature more proficient and accessible.

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iOS Screen Time vs. Android Digital Wellbeing: Which phone addiction fighter is best for you?

Aug 8, 2018

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Apple and Google both have excellent systems for battling phone addiction, although they're still in beta. Here's how Screen Time and Digital Wellbeing stack up.

The Galaxy Tab S4 is a great productivity machine precisely because it’s an Android tablet

Aug 8, 2018

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When I took the press briefing for the Galaxy Tab S4, Samsung’s new ultra-premium productivity tablet, another reporter in the room asked, “Why Android?” 

His subtext: If someone is going to spend so much on a 2-in-1 tablet experience—in this case $650 for the Tab S4 itselfRemove non-product link and $150 for the Samsung Book Cover Keyboard—why not just build a full-fledged Windows 10 device with the same physical parts? Samsung does make Windows laptops after all, so it’s not like the company doesn’t have a Windows legacy. 

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Focal Sib Evo Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 speaker system review: A convenient, but ineffective substitute for in-ceiling speakers

Aug 8, 2018

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This speaker system delivers a solid surround-sound performance, but it doesn’t provide the perception of height.

Eufy RoboVac 11s review: Our favorite budget robot vacuum gets an upgrade

Aug 8, 2018

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The affordable carpet cleaner is now smaller and has more suction.

Giveaway: Win a back-to-school suite from Razer

Aug 8, 2018

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The new school year is just around the corner, and what better way to strut your stuff on campus than with a suite of Razer gear? Here’s your chance to win a 15-inch Rogue backpack, Hammerhead BT headphones, and Atheris wireless mouse—courtesy of Razer! The giveaway ends at 9 a.m. PT August 14, at which point we will draw the winner and announce it on the next episode of The Full Nerd.

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Kiss your cable bill goodbye: The best indoor TV antennas for cord cutters

Aug 8, 2018

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Ready to cut the cord? You’ll need a quality antenna to pick up digital broadcasts. Here are our recommendations.

Logitech MK320 wireless keyboard & mouse review: A flawed mouse holds this bundle back

Aug 7, 2018

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The roomy, and relatively responsive Logitech MK320 keyboard isn’t bad as far as cheap keyboard bundles go, but it’s saddled with a so-so mouse. On sale for as little as $25 on Amazon (its list price is $40), the MK320 benefits from dead-simple wireless setup and snappy typing, but the stiff buttons on the mouse make clicking a drag. Given that Logitech offers better options at slightly higher and lower price points, bargain hunters can safely give the MK320 a miss.

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Logitech Wireless Wave Combo MK550 review: This ergonomic keyboard needs better keys

Aug 7, 2018

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Boasting a slightly curved, contoured keyboard and a smooth, substantial mouse, the Logitech Wireless Wave Combo MK550 could be just the thing for typists with aching wrists and tendons, provided you warm to the wave-like form factor.

But while we like the keyboard’s roomy design, padded palm rest and array of programmable hotkeys, we’re disappointed by the cheap feel of the keys themselves, particular given the MK550’s $80 list price (we found it for only $45 on Amazon, though). And while the included mouse feels pleasingly hefty, lefties will be miffed by the righty-oriented button layout.

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Logitech MK270 wireless keyboard & mouse review: A cheap keyboard with a springy feel

Aug 7, 2018

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If you’re shopping for a wireless keyboard on a tight budget, you could do worse than the Logitech MK270 wireless keyboard and mouse bundle. Available for as little as $20 on Amazon, the MK270 looks and feels a bit cheap, and it makes a fair amount of racket as you type. That said, the MK270’s keys feel relatively springy, and the included travel mouse boasts a programmable middle button. Setup using Logitech’s “unified” USB dongle couldn’t be easier.

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Logitech MK520 wireless keyboard & mouse review: A comfy, quiet , bargain-priced bundle

Aug 7, 2018

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While it’s missing the bells and whistles you’ll find in pricier, more recent keyboards, the Logitech MK520 wireless keyboard and mouse combo nails the basics for a wallet-friendly price. Boasting a palm rest, dedicated media buttons and more than a dozen programmable keys, the MK520’s keys feel smooth and responsive. The bundled mouse comes with plenty of heft and a customizable middle button. Listed at $60 but available on Amazon for half that, the MK520’s aging software and iffy Mac support are its only notable drawbacks.

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Best VPN services of 2018: Reviews and buying advice

Aug 7, 2018

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Choosing the right virtual private network (VPN) service is no simple task. A VPN should keep your internet usage private and secure, but not every service handles your data in the same way. Just look at the critiques of notable computer security experts and online pundits to understand the challenge.

(Want to know more about VPNs and what they can and can’t do? Skip down to our “What is a VPN?” section below.)

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‘Classic’ Skype gets a stay of execution from Microsoft after users protest

Aug 7, 2018

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It’s fair to say that not everyone prefers the new Skype desktop experience, a rather dramatic revamp of the Skype UI that is heavily influenced by other social media platforms. And if you’re part of that camp, good news: Microsoft says it will leave the older, “classic” Skype in place for now.

In a post on the Microsoft community forums, Microsoft said that it will leave support for the desktop version of Skype 7, also known as “Skype Classic,” in place “for some time.” The original plan was to discontinue support for Skype 7 on Sept. 1, replacing it with the new Skype, AKA version 8. The goal was to “ensure that all customers have the best possible Skype experience, and that there are no quality or reliability issues resulting from old technology and new technology interoperating,” Microsoft explained.

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Iris Smart Hub (2017) review: Lowe’s offers an affordable smart-home system for the hacker mindset

Aug 7, 2018

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A new professional monitoring option puts the focus squarely on security.

Android Pie: 5 features to check out first

Aug 7, 2018

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Google has just launched Android Pie, aka Android 9.0. As usual, the latest and greatest version of Android will only be on a short list of devices at first—Pixels, and a handful of Android One and Project Treble phones—but the release signals big things for Android. Here are the five new Android features you should check out first once your phone gets a piece of the pie.

Adaptive Battery

Battery life is notoriously hard to gauge on a phone with final software, let alone the Android P developer previews that Android fans have been playing with for months. That's why the real test of Google's new Adaptive Battery feature (a collaboration with subsidiary DeepMind) will come when the final Pie release lands on all our phones for good.

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Hide.me review: A good service with zippy servers

Aug 7, 2018

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Hide.me in brief: P2P allowed: Yes Business location: Malaysia Number of servers: 150+ Number of country locations: 34 Cost: $60/$120 per year VPN Protocol (default): IKEv2 Data encryption: AES-CBC-256 Data authentication: HMAC-SHA2-256 Handshake encryption: ECP521

Every VPN claims to be the fastest, or one of the fastest, services on the Internet, but often those claims don’t pan out. Malaysia-based Hide.Me not only claims it’s fast, but has the annual charge to prove it. How did that work out for the company? Let’s take a look.

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Microsoft's decision to rejoin Movies Anywhere is a single step toward regaining consumer trust

Aug 7, 2018

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Microsoft’s consumer ambitions have floated in a sort of limbo since late 2017, when Microsoft shuttered Groove Music, one of its last user-facing services. Microsoft’s move to rejoin the Movies Anywhere service is a step toward renewing customer confidence.

As the name suggests, linking your Microsoft Account to Movies Anywhere will allow you to take any movie or TV show you purchased from Microsoft and play it on any other service that Movies Everywhere supports: Vudu, Amazon, Apple’s iTunes and Google Play, among others. By extension, that also means that you can view those movies or TV shows on those platform’s apps, which includes phones, PCs, and smart TVs. Microsoft also said that it will gift users a movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past, if they connect their accounts to the service.

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10 quick ways to clear space on an overstuffed Android device

Jun 28, 2018

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Updated June 28, 2018 to reflect Android O (Oreo).

Few things in life are as annoying as finding that your Android handset refuses to install any more app updates because it’s run out of storage. Unlike many of life’s little annoyances, though, this one’s easy to fix. You can quickly clear out hundreds of megabytes or even a gig or two by sweeping up stale downloads, rooting out offline maps and documents, clearing caches, and wiping unneeded music and video files. And if these tips don’t do the trick, check out our picks for the best Android phones for every need and budget. 

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Microsoft's Classic Intellimouse updates 2003's iconic mouse for the modern era

Jun 27, 2018

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Fans of the classic Microsoft Intellimouse 3.0 from 2003 can now buy an updated version, which, Microsoft has promised, is true to the spirit of the original.

In fact, Simon Dearsley, Devices Design Director at Microsoft, said this week that some of the components in the new Classic Intellimouse remain the same as those in the original Intellimouse 3.0, its inspiration. The key improvements are in the switch and tracking technology, updating the components for the modern era.

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Hide My Ass Pro 4 review: A noticeable upgrade with great speeds

Jun 27, 2018

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P2P allowed: Yes

Business location: United Kingdom and Czech Republic

Number of servers: 890+

Number of country locations: 190+*

Cost: $72 per year

VPN protocol: OpenVPN

Data encryption: AES-256

Data authentication: AES-256-GCM or SHA1

Handshake encryption: 2048-bit TLS and SHA256

Hide My Ass Pro version 4 is upon us bringing some new features and improved speeds. It can now periodically change your IP address, there’s an improved Location Mode, faster servers on the back end, and a way to tell HMA to back off when you’re on certain networks.

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Google insists its Duplex AI-powered voice calling is real and will prove it, umms and all

Jun 27, 2018

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Ever since Google played a demo of Duplex, its AI-powered real-world chatbot, at its I/O developer conference in May, people have been trying to undermine it as unethical, immoral, or just plain fake. Those criticisms haven't deterred Google from its plan to unleash Duplex upon restaurants and hair stylists all over the country.

During a demo with media outlets this week, Google said Duplex is set to begin rolling out across the United States sometime this summer. Don't expect it to appear on your Android phone just yet, though. It'll start in limited testing with "a set of trusted tester users," according to The Verge.

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DirecTV Now review: Hard to resist, despite its flaws

Jun 27, 2018

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DirecTV Now comes cheap with AT&T wireless service, but odd design choices and feature limitations hold it back for everyone else.

Blanket your home in Wi-Fi with this great deal on Netgear's Orbi home system

Jun 27, 2018

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Any good mesh system will cover every inch of your home with glorious Wi-Fi, but they usually don't come cheap. Today Amazon is selling Netgear's Orbi Whole Home WiFi System (RBK43) for $250, the lowest we've seen it and a solid discount from its $300 list price.

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5 ways to manage emails and control spam in Outlook

Jun 27, 2018

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Spam lives on, despite all our efforts to snuff it out—but Outlook has some features to help slow it down. Here are some things anyone can do, plus some tips for working within a corporate Outlook system. 

1. Use Block Sender frequently

Use Outlook’s Block Sender feature to add intrusive spam to your Block Sender List, and then move it to the Junk Email folder. This works fine if you receive fewer than a dozen emails a day.

Select the spam email, right-click, choose Junk from the drop menu, and click Block Sender. Or, Select Home > Junk > Block Sender. Outlook marks it and relocates it immediately.

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Upgrade your PC's storage with these awesome deals on budget SSDs at Newegg

Jun 27, 2018

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If there's one constant in the world of PCs, it's that there's no better upgrade than swapping a hard drive for a speedier SSD. And today, there are two deals from Newegg for varying budgets to bring the speed of an SSD to your PC.

The first is one is a 525GB M.2 Crucial MX300 for $109. This is a close cousin of our favorite budget SSD the Crucial BX300. Act fast though, since the M.2 MX300 is not that easy to find these days. Amazon, for example, has some resellers offering used versions of this drive for $122, and other online retailers are selling new versions for far more.

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Sony G Series Professional SSD review: What a super-reliable, fast SATA SSD is like

Jun 27, 2018

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So what exactly is a professional SSD, you ask? Take a look at the Sony G Series Professional SSD’s outstanding longevity ratings, and you’ll have your answer. Where the average mainstream 480GB SSD is rated for around 180TBW, i.e., the number of terabytes that can be written to it over its lifespan, the Sony is rated for a whopping 1,200TBW. Throw in a twice-the-average 10-year warranty, and yowser! More peace of mind delivered by anything other than Intel’s Optane SSDs.

But while the G-Series won’t set you back as much as Intel’s Methuselah-like Optane, they’re more than twice as expensive as the average NAND-based SSD. That begs the secondary question: Do you actually need that kind of endurance? Not likely if you’re an everyday user, but we don’t need sports cars, either. That’s why the super-reliable G-Series makes for interesting reading.

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Will HDR kill your OLED TV?

Jun 27, 2018

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With HDR requiring considerably more brightness from OLED elements, will lifespan be significantly reduced? Can OLED's reduced luminance over time still provide the HDR effect?

Giveaway: Win a signed Threadripper 2 T-Shirt

Jun 26, 2018

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Remember that time in college when you scored free tickets to that Van Halen concert and talked yourself into the after-party, where you had Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth sign your tour shirt?

While this uber-rare "2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper Heavy Metal Tour" T-shirt isn't the same as partying with Van Halen, it's probably about close to nerd nirvana as you're going to get today.

Given away at the announcement event for 2nd-gen Threadripper, only a small quantity of these shirts were made by AMD. To make this shirt even more rare, AMD CEO Lisa Su and Senior VP Jim Anderson signed the back for us.

Its ultra-rare existence means we have only one XL shirt to give away to a lucky nerd. We'll announce the winner during the Full Nerd Podcast on July 10 at 10:30 a.m. Pacific time.

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Sabrent's Quick Charge 3.0 three-port wall USB charger is $20 off, a big discount

Jun 26, 2018

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Sabrent’s Quick Charge 3.0 three-port USB wall charger is $13 today, down from a list price of $33. That’s a 60-percent savings off an essential accessory—charging multiple devices quickly is a daily need for families as well as heavy tech users.

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Newegg is selling a 43-inch Samsung 4K HDR TV for less than $350 today

Jun 26, 2018

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While the prices of 4K HDR TVs are coming down, they are still often out of reach for most people. Today, Newegg's got a great deal on a 2017 43-inch Samsung 4K HDR Smart TV. You can get the Samsung UN43MU6300FXZA for $340 with the coupon code EMCPVRV22. This is about $40 cheaper than what you'll see on Amazon and a killer deal for a great set.

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Best Android phones 2018: What should you buy?

Jun 26, 2018

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Choosing the best Android phone for you is a big decision. The Android universe teems with options, from super-expensive flagship phones, to affordable models that make a few calculated compromises, to models expressly designed for, say, great photography. 

Chances are that whichever phone you buy, you’ll keep it for at least two years. So we’ve made picks for the best Android phone in categories spanning a variety of needs. Check out our summary list below, or keep reading for the details on each one. 

The Best Android phones

Here are our top picks for:

Best overall: Samsung Galaxy S9 [samsung.com] Best overall (runner-up): Huawei Mate 10 Pro [amazon.com] Best phone for photographers: Google Pixel 2 XL [google.com] Best phablet (over 6 inches): Samsung Galaxy Note 8 [amazon.com] Best budget phone: Moto G5 Plus [amazon.com] Best budget phone (another option): Nokia 6.1 [amazon.com] Best bang for the buck: OnePlus 6 [oneplus.net]

At the bottom of this article, we also list all our recent Android phone reviews—in case you have your eye on a model that didn’t make our cut.

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You Can Get This $130 Wifi HD Panoramic Security Camera For $45

Jun 26, 2018

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The point of home security gear, such as wireless IP cameras, is to provide peace of mind. However, a drawback to wireless gear in general is that hackers with the right equipment and skill set can easily hijack the wireless signal and subsequently tap your video feed. One of the primary advantages of the iPM World HD 360 Degree 1080p Wireless IP Camera, though, is that this little panoramic video camera provides complete video encryption, thereby ensuring that your live feed and/or saved footage remains private.

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Wisenet SmartCam D1 video doorbell review: Great video quality, but its facial-recognition feature is a joke

Jun 26, 2018

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The Wisenet Smartcam D1 video doorbell delivers one of the best pictures we've seen, but it's not without its faults.

Hulu with Live TV review: The abundant streaming bundle

Jun 26, 2018

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Hulu's live TV service still has a few notable drawbacks, but the value is hard to beat.

Excel: How to create simple and dependent drop-down lists

Jun 26, 2018

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Drop-down lists in Microsoft Excel (and Word and Access) allow you to create a list of valid choices that you or others can select for a given field. This is especially useful for fields that require specific information; fields that have long or complex data that’s hard to spell; or fields where you want to control the responses.

Creating dependent drop-down lists (when combined with an INDIRECT function) is another benefit. This allows you to select a product category from the main menu drop-down list box (such as Beverages), then display all the related products from the submenu (dependent) drop-down list box (such as Apple Juice, Coffee, etc.). This works very well for ordering and inventory purposes because it divides all the products into manageable categories. This is how most wholesale and retail companies handle their product lines. In fact, companies from hospitals and insurance carriers to banks and more use drop-down lists, check boxes, combo lists, and/or radio buttons to minimize typing and user errors.

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Microsoft's $80 Surface USB-C dongle suggests there'll be no new Surface Dock

Jun 25, 2018

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If there’s been one weakness of the Surface tablet series, it’s been a lack of available expansion ports—a shortcoming Microsoft addressed with the Surface Dock. But three years after the latest Dock iteration was announced, Microsoft has revealed a new USB-C dongle is in the works, probably conceding that no new Docks are immediately forthcoming.

Tablets like the Surface Pro (2017) boast a single USB 3.1 Type A connector, and that’s largely it as far as expansion is concerned. Microsoft originally addressed Surface’s I/O shortcomings with the Surface Dock, a $200 expansion option Microsoft announced in 2015 that included four USB 3.1 Type A ports, a gigabit ethernet port, an audio-out connection, and a pair of miniDisplayPorts capable of driving 4K-resolution displays. Though it monopolized the tablet’s proprietary Surface Connector interface for power and I/O, the Dock nevertheless provided a solid, dependable I/O solution.

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Best gaming keyboards: Our picks for the top budget, mid-tier, and RGB boards

Jun 25, 2018

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Choosing a gaming keyboard is a matter of personal taste. To that point, there are a plethora of options, with a dizzying mix of features. One person could be into Cherry Browns and white backlighting. Another might favor Razer Greens and a rippling RGB glow. Gigantic wrist pads, compact shapes, numeric keypads, macro keys, volume controls.... You get the picture

Gaming keyboard cheat sheet

Our quick-hit recommendations:

Best budget keyboard: Razer BlackWidowX Tournament Edition [razerzone.com] Best budget RGB-enabled keyboard: Cougar Attack X3 RGB [amazon.com] Best mid-tier RGB-enabled keyboard: G.Skill Ripjaws KM780 [amazon.com] Best ultra-premium keyboard: Corsair K95 RGB Platinum [amazon.com]

To help you sort through the many options, we’ve rounded up a large number of planks, putting them through their paces, to come up with our top recommendations. All of these are mechanical keyboards, and for good reason—they’re simply more comfortable to use over the long haul. But we’re open-minded, so if we encounter an alternative that works well, you may see it appear on this list. We’ll keep updating it periodically as we test new keyboards.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 rumors: Launch date set for August 9 in New York City

Jun 25, 2018

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Now that the Galaxy S9 has officially landed, it’s time to look ahead to the next big thing from Samsung: the Note 9. Right on cue, rumors are starting to trickle in about the phablet phone—and it’s already shaping up to be one of the best phones of 2018. Here’s what we know so far:

Galaxy Note 9: The latest

As the release of the Galaxy Note 9 draws ever nearer, a fuller picture of the device is emerging. While it will likely be visually identical to last year's model, with an updated processor and camera, the S Pen seems to be in for a change. Well-known Twitter leakster Ice Universe has teased the phone's upgraded stylus as "the biggest update in the history of the S Pen," which could mean any number of things. 

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Report: Microsoft, Razer push to bring mouse and keyboard support to Xbox

Jun 25, 2018

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Ever since Microsoft launched the Xbox One, it’s been making noises about bringing the console and PC closer together—including adding mouse and keyboard support to supplement the Xbox One controller. Now, through a partnership with Razer, that evolution appears closer to reality.

Windows Central reports that Microsoft and Razer jointly presented a partnership on the Razer Turret earlier this year, touted as the “ultimate keyboard and mouse solution for Xbox One.” Notably, the USB mouse support uses the same APIs as those used within Windows, so you’d be able to unplug a mouse used with your PC and attach it to the Xbox.

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Samsung's Connect Home smart hub three-pack is just $100 today

Jun 25, 2018

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Building the foundations of smart home connectivity takes two things: a smart hub and Wi-Fi. Samsung's Connect Home serves as both, and right now it's on sale for $100 on Amazon, down from a list price of $280 and the lowest price we've seen by a wide margin.

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Intel 8th-gen Core i7 vs. 7th-gen Core i7 CPUs: An upgrade that's finally worth it

Jun 25, 2018

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Oh Internet, we know you’ve been throwing shade at Intel’s 8th-gen 6-core Core CPUs since they were announced. In fact, we bet you’re snidely commenting in YouTube or Reddit right now that the CPU is just another re-badge of the “same old thing.”

Well guess what? While it is essentially a derivative of the previous CPU, there’s a whole lot more to the 8th-gen Core i7 than you think. It’s enough of a difference, in fact, that it’s probably one of the rare times we can say it may be worth upgrading over the previous CPU generation. So yeah, that means it’s a big deal. We’ll explain why—and show you benchmarks to prove it—below. 

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Get a 29-inch LG Ultrawide FreeSync monitor for under $200 today

Jun 25, 2018

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The Steam summer gaming madness is in full swing, so if you need a better monitor to game on, Office Depot has you covered today, with the 29-inch LG 29WK500-P FreeSync monitor for $180. That's about $80-$90 cheaper than the prices you'll see on Amazon right now for 29-inch LG UltraWide displays. It's so low, in fact, that Office Depot is limiting all purchases to two monitors at this price.

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17 obscure Steam tips and tricks that can power up your PC gaming

Jun 25, 2018

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Let’s cut to the chase: For many people, PC gaming is synonymous with Steam. Valve’s ubiquitous gaming client is both storefront and service, delivering a one-stop shop for buying games, managing those games, and even building out a friends list to chat with while you play.

And then there are those irresistible Steam Summer Sales.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Steam’s rife with hidden features that can help you get more out of your PC gaming experience—tricks that few people ever touch. Here are some of the most useful, starting with obscure (yet helpful) library management tools on this page before diving into more exotic tips.

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The best CPUs for gaming

Jun 15, 2018

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Buying a processor for a gaming rig isn’t as hard as it used to be. Now that AMD’s Ryzen and Intel’s 8th-gen CPUs debuted with more performance and cores than ever before, it’s hard to buy a stinker these days—especially since most games favor graphics firepower over CPU oomph. But all that said, there are specific chips that stand out from the horde as the best gaming CPUs due to their price, performance, or nifty extras.

Best CPU for gaming cheat sheet

Our quick-hit recommendations:

Best gaming CPU for most people: Intel Core i5-8400 Best budget gaming CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 2200G Best high-end gaming CPU: Intel Core i7-8700K Best CPU for streaming: Ryzen 5 2600X or Ryzen 5 2700X

Whether you’re on a budget or willing to pay for sheer face-melting speed, these are the best CPUs for gaming PCs that you can buy.

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43 must-see PC games at E3 2018: Watch every trailer

Jun 15, 2018

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E3 may have a reputation as a console-centric gaming show, and it definitely still is on the surface. But between AMD’s APUs infiltrating the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, Microsoft cross-platform Xbox Play Anywhere push, and the continued rise of PC gaming, many of the blockbuster games announced at E3 2018 will wind up coming to PCs, too.

We’ve sifted through all the new games at the E3 events from EA, Microsoft, Bethesda, Ubisoft, Square Enix, Sony, and (of course) The PC Gaming Show to find the brightest PC gems hidden among the console rubble. While you should hit up our coverage of each of the events to sniff out some smaller games, these are the E3 reveals that PC gamers need to know about, from a new Doom to CD Projekt’s Cyberpunk 2077 to Madden NFL’s long-awaited return to the PC—and dozens (and dozens, and...) more.

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Dying Light 2 builds more heart and brains into one of the best zombie games ever

Jun 15, 2018

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Ever bitten into an apple and then realized it’s rotten inside? That’s The City during the day. It looks empty, or at least mostly empty. A few zombies shamble around, weak and defenseless. You might catch a few survivors outside too, looking for supplies. But to the casual observer, it would look calm. Peaceful, even. Quiet.

But inside every building, they wait. The Infected. They sleep, which is an oddly human behavior for something no longer even the least bit human. Dying Light 2 is massive, four times the size of the city in the original, and every building and darkened corner is packed full of nightmares waiting to be unleashed on you when the sun sets.

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Samsung Powerbot R7065 review: This Wi-Fi-enabled robot vacuum gives the Roomba 960 a run for its money

Jun 1, 2018

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Packed with premium features, the R7065 makes quick work of dirt and debris.

Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed: Odyssey teaser hints at Greek adventures

Jun 1, 2018

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So much for alternating schedules. I thought for sure Assassin's Creed would be taking a break this year—it seemed like Ubisoft was switching to an every other year cycle, trading off with Watch Dogs. And yet here we are, a week before E3, and there's now confirmation of Assassin's Creed: Odyssey.

The news first came by way of a leaked "collectible helmet keychain" on the French site JeuxVideo. Ubisoft went ahead and confirmed it a few hours later though, with a brief video of one guy kicking another off a cliff, a title splash, and a "See you at E3" message.

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What an Always Connected PC is, and what to expect if you buy one

Jun 1, 2018

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Amazing battery life, instant-on power, and pervasive connectivity: These are the tantalizing reasons for buying one of the new breed of Always Connected PCs. But this treasure comes with a price: app and performance penalties that will plague early PCs.

The troubles stem from the uneasy partnership between the Qualcomm Snapdragon microprocessors at the heart of these ACPCs, and Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system. Most ACPCs will ship with Windows 10 S, limiting the apps you can use. For now, though, there’s another caveat you can’t avoid: 64-bit apps are prohibited altogether.

At present, there are only three Always Connected PCs: the Asus NovaGo, the HP Envy x2, and the Lenovo Miix 630. More models are expected to emerge over time.

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Asus NovaGo review: The promise and the problems with the Always Connected PC

Jun 1, 2018

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The Asus NovaGo delivers the best battery life of any PC we've ever seen.

If you're always on the go, you should give serious consideration to what's being called "Always Connected PCs," a new breed of tablets and notebooks powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor—yes, the same kind of processor found in many smartphones. ACPCs feature stunning battery life, nearly instant-on power, and constant connectivity in areas with a cellular connection. Rivals to the Asus NovaGo include the HP Envy x2 and the Lenovo Miix 630.

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LG G7 ThinQ review: Big brains, bigger yawns

Jun 1, 2018

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In a vacuum, the LG G7 ThinQ would probably be in the running for best Android phone of the year. But when considering everything else on the market (including LG’s own handsets), LG might have been better off just skipping the G7 entirely.

lg g7 notch2 Adam Patrick Murray/IDG

With the notch visible, the G7 looks a little unbalanced

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Best robot vacuums: We name the most effective cleaners

Jun 1, 2018

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Vacuuming is one of the most hated household chores. Here are your best choices for outsourcing it to some automated help.

Logitech G513 review: Attractive outside, new Romer-G switch inside

Jun 1, 2018

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Four years. I’ve spent nearly four years poking fun at Logitech’s Romer-G keyboard switch, ever since its debut in the G910. “Mushy,” I said way back in ye olden days of 2014, and while the original Romer-G switch has gone on to have a bit of a following, I still haven’t changed my mind. I hate it.

But I can finally start using Logitech’s keyboards again. Logitech recently debuted the G513 keyboard, and along with it, a second Romer-G switch. This one eschews the clunky tactile bump of the original in favor of a more straightforward linear keypress.

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Ecovacs Deebot OZMO 930 review: This robot vacuum can mop, too

Jun 1, 2018

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This combo-cleaner recognizes the type of floor surface its on and automatically switches to the appropriate mode.

Neato Botvac D7 Connected review: Building a better (but more expensive) mousetrap

Jun 1, 2018

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With its advanced mapping, deep cleaning, and intuitive app, the D7 is our favorite high-end robot vacuum.

Eufy RoboVac 11 review: A budget-friendly dust buster

Jun 1, 2018

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This robot vacuum will clean your floors as well as some remium models, at a fraction of the price.

Hands-on: HP's Envy x2 is a Surface clone boasting 20 hours of battery life

May 31, 2018

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Updated May 31, 2018, with pricing information: It's $1,000 via Amazon.

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The Cresuer Touchwave Bluetooth Earbuds Are Great Airpod Alternatives, Now 57% Off

May 31, 2018

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With their intuitive, practical simplicity, the Cresuer Touchwave Wireless Earbuds are unique from other similar products in that they incorporate everything a discerning set of earbuds should. Features that you need, such as CVC Noise Cancellation and Bluetooth 4.1 are readily available, and those that you don't need, like complex button arrays and extra weight, are just not there.

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ASRock leaks four unannounced 2nd-gen AMD Ryzen processors

May 31, 2018

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Motherboard maker ASRock has a history of prematurely spilling the beans about hot new hardware, and it’s at it again. An update to the compatibility chart for the company’s AB350M Pro4 motherboard lists the names and basic specification details for four unannounced 2nd-gen Ryzen processors.

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How to buy the perfect PC case

May 31, 2018

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No matter whether you treat your computer as the centerpiece of your home office or just stuff it under your desk, buying the right PC case matters.

At a minimum, you want to pick a PC case that’s the right size for your needs and has room for all your hardware and USB devices. But some PC cases offer much, much more. Spacious innards, lower temperatures, muffled sound, extensive water-cooling support, and fancy-schmancy tempered glass panels or RGB lighting are just the tip of the iceberg.

Here’s a guide to buying a PC case that’s perfect for you. This is just the first step in your DIY journey; be sure to check out PCWorld’s guide to building a PC, too.

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Charge your phone wirelessly and cheaply with these can't-pass-up deals on Qi chargers

May 31, 2018

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Unless you’ve got a Pixel 2 or a OnePlus phone, your new iPhone or Android phone has a great feature you might not be taking advantage of: wireless charging. So if you haven’t picked up a wireless charging pad yet, today’s the day to do so: Amazon is selling two of the best charging pads around for some of their lowest prices ever. Samsung’s Fast Charge pad is down to $25 and Anker’s Ultra-Slim Wireless Charging Pad is down to $13.49 using a 10 percent coupon on the purchase page. (To get the lowest price for the Anker pad, make sure you click the coupon box above the price listing.)

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The WD Black 3D, our favorite NVMe SSD, drops under $100 in an unprecedented sale

May 31, 2018

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If you absolutely, positively need the fastest storage possible, few options topple the blistering speed of an NVMe SSD. There’s just one problem: The cutting-edge, gumstick-sized drives typically cost far more than hard drives and even standard SATA SSDs. But not today. As part of Amazon’s huge one-day PC hardware sale, the 250GB Western Digital Black 3D—our favorite NVMe SSD—is available for $93.49, a $26.50 discount from its usual $120 cost.

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New GeForce graphics cards inbound? Nvidia will discuss its next-gen GPU at Hot Chips

May 31, 2018

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Despite months of swirling rumors and the recent two-year anniversary of the GTX 10-series’ arrival, Nvidia has never hinted that a new generation of GeForce graphics cards even exists, much less announced a potential release window. But it wasn’t in doubt, and now it’s official. Stuart Oberman, Nvidia’s vice president of GPU ASIC engineering, will host a presentation on “Nvidia’s Next Generation Mainstream GPU” at the annual Hot Chips processor conference on August 20, as first noticed by Videocardz.

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Amazon's huge one-day PC hardware sale has graphics cards you can actually afford, and more

May 31, 2018

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Amazon’s going for it again. The online retailer is running a huge PC hardware sale for today only, and there are some stellar deals to be had for computer enthusiasts of all sorts—but especially for gamers. Some of these deals wouldn’t be bargains in a perfect world. But in this alternate universe where we’re barely crawling out of the great graphics card crisis, the return to standard pricing definitely counts as a win.

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LibreOffice 6 review: The open-source favorite gets an update

May 31, 2018

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The free and open source suite LibreOffice is loved by many for its excellent compatibility with Microsoft Office formats including the newer DOCX, PPT, and PPTX files. LibreOffice 6, its first major update in a couple years, continues that tradition but redesigns the UI and adds productivity improvements to its “big three” programs—Writer, Calc, and Impress.

This review is part of our roundup of best Microsoft Office alternatives. Go there for details on competing products and buying advice.

Hands on

LibreOffice 6 sports a static menu, but its still-experimental ribbon-style interface, called Notebook bar, has been upgraded to include two options. The first, Grouped Bar Full, displays three tiers of buttons in Writer, Calc, and Impress. The other, Tabbed Compact, is a streamlined variant of the Tabbed Notebookbar. Other features, including the special characters dialog and the Help system, have also been modernized to be more attractive and intuitive.

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The tragedy of PlayStation Vue

May 31, 2018

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Sony’s streaming TV service earns high marks from users, so why is it struggling?

How to watch the NBA Finals without cable

May 31, 2018

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How to watch all the hardwood heroics without paying for a cable subscription.

The most interesting feature in the Pixel 3 leak isn't Google's notch—it's what's inside

May 30, 2018

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Update 3:10 p.m.: A render based on the leaked screen protector shows what the Pixel 3 could look like in the flesh.

With the launch of the Pixel 3 less than six months away, Google has likely shored up the phone’s final design, and is putting on the finishing touches before it heads off to manufacturing. And right on cue, we have our first leak of the front screen protector of the next-generation Pixel, and, well, it looks pretty much exactly as I expected.

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Watch us build a $360 Intel gaming PC

May 30, 2018

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Intel's 8th-generation CPUs are mighty tempting, but their prices can seem daunting at the high-end. Not all hope is lost, however, if you want to go Team Blue and stick to a budget. We found a way to build an 8th generation Intel-based gaming machine with discrete graphics for $360—and we assembled it live on YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook.

Parts list 

The first step of any build is always choosing the parts. Our components may raise a few eyebrows (and even a little controversy), but they're affordable:

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Reboot your router to avoid Russian malware, FBI warns: What you need to know

May 30, 2018

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Your gateway to the Internet may be the portal that foreign hackers are using to snatch your data. The FBI recently issued a security notice warning that all home and small office routers should be rebooted after Cisco’s Talos group discovered sophisticated Russian-linked “VPNFilter” malware infecting at least 500,000 networking devices.

Here’s what you need to know about VPNFilter and the FBI’s guidance to reboot your router—which might not even safeguard against the malware completely.

What’s the threat?

Since all your Internet and local network traffic flows through your router, it can be pretty severe.

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Bethesda reveals Fallout 76

May 30, 2018

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"Please Stand By." The familiar Fallout crawl went up on a Twitch stream yesterday, as Bethesda began to tease something related to the series. And tease, and tease, and tease. For nearly 24 hours, nothing really happened—there was a bobblehead, a Vault Boy puppet, all sorts of weirdness.

But the stunt culminated this morning in the reveal of Fallout 76, which is already available to preorder on Amazon. Pretty shocking—I had my money on a 10-year-anniversary remaster of Fallout 3 personally, not an entirely new game. Take a look:

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The notch-less V35 ThinQ adds more confusion to LG’s crowded flagship phones

May 30, 2018

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The G7 ThinQ might not even be on shelves yet, but LG is already hawking another new smartphone, with premium specs, high-end materials, and flagship features. And this one doesn't have a notch.

LG is calling its new phone the V35 ThinQ, and it's the third V phone in less than a year. First there was the V30 back in August, then the V30S ThinQ that hit shelves last month. Now we have the V35, which is something of a mashup of the V30S and the G7, bringing the latest specs to the V30's notch-less OLED screen.

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This Allpowers solar phone charger is ready for emergencies and now only $17

May 30, 2018

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Portable phone chargers provide convenience and peace of mind, but even they need charging—usually with electricity from a wall outlet. But solar charging is a thing, and right now on Amazon, the Allpowers 15000mAh Solar Charger is on sale for $17, down from a $60 MSRP, and an average sale price of $24.

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Newegg's selling a 500W Cooler Master 80 Plus Bronze certified power supply for only $17.60

May 30, 2018

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Power, unlimited power is great for taking over a galaxy, but to run a standard gaming PC you probably only need 500 watts or so. Today, we’ve got a heck of a deal for budget-conscious gamers and other desktop PC users looking for a solid power supply. Newegg’s selling the Cooler Master MWE Bronze 500 Watt 80 Plus power supply for $17.60.

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VTech VM3251 Expandable Digital Video Baby Monitor review: providing parents peace of mind

May 30, 2018

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With built-in lullabies, room temperature monitoring, and a multi-camera "patrol" mode, this easy-to-use baby monitor is the next best thing to a night nurse.

This tiny, travel-ready $6 USB wall charger powers two devices at once

May 10, 2018

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If you want to keep your tech charged without taking up all your plugs, you’re in luck—today, you can get a tiny Aukey USB wall charger with dual USB ports for $6 on Amazon with the code FORMOM32.

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Tune into The Full Nerd episode 51 live today at 12:45 p.m. Eastern

May 10, 2018

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The Full Nerd is a video talk show where technology enthusiasts come together to explore, celebrate, and generally geek out on cool PC hardware technology, from CPUs to GPUs to extreme laptops and desktops—and all the tech in between. We’re shooting the 51st episode today! On tap:

Nvidia’s GeForce Partner Program is dead. Nvidia’s G-Sync HDR monitors are almost here, and the Acer Predator X27 is glorious. (Check it out in the video below.) Leaked roadmaps show Intel and AMD’s CPU plans for 2018.

And of course, we’ll answer plenty of questions from the audience. Tune in live at 12:45 p.m. Eastern / 9:45 a.m. Pacific on any of the platforms below to join the discussion as it happens.

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Aukey's 8-plug, 6-USB power strip eradicates cable clutter for $30 with this code

May 10, 2018

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We don’t think too much about the cords strewn around our home theaters and desks—until, that is, it comes time to clean off all those dust bunnies or move things around. Then you realize just how awful that mess of cables hidden behind a desk or entertainment center really is.

On Amazon, Aukey is offering a great deal on a power strip that can help organize your tangled cable nest. You can pick-up Aukey’s power strip with eight plugs and six USB Type-A charger ports for $30 today with checkout code FORMOM13. This strip normally sells for $43, and its all-time low on Amazon was $32.50 in March 2017.

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Google has subtly retooled its smart TV plans

May 10, 2018

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Android TV, Google's long-neglected streaming-box platform, is showing new signs of life.

Google Assistant: 12 awesome features you should be using

May 10, 2018

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Google has had voice search features in Android for years, but when Google Assistant rolled out on the Pixel in October 2016, everything finally came together. You can now get Assistant on all modern Android devices, and Google has already announced new Assistant features at I/O 2018 that will make it even better (okay, and maybe a little too real, in the case of Duplex).

It can be easy to miss the improvements if you don’t obsessively keep an eye on the news, so here they are in one place: the 12 coolest new features in Google Assistant.

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Google Assistant supports numerous smart home devices, but you might notice that devices you’ve just added to your account don’t always work right away. That’s because Assistant isn’t constantly scanning for new connections. You can give it a kickstart.

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Best smart lock for a keyless home

May 9, 2018

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Keys are yesterday’s tech, your smart home needs a smart lock.

Apple’s $29 iPhone battery replacement program: Apple says batteries are available ‘without delay’

May 9, 2018

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Anyone with an iPhone 6 or later can get a new battery in their phone for $29. Here's how Apple's program works.

You can actually afford Nvidia GeForce graphics cards now

May 9, 2018

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Good news, gamers! Graphics cards are starting to become affordable again thanks to shake-ups in cryptocurrency markets, a fact that Nvidia’s touting with a new Made to Game promotional campaign. While prices still haven’t returned to pre-crisis levels, and a fresh generation of GeForce cards are expected to ship this summer, you can now buy gaming hardware at a bearable premium rather than an outright price gouging.

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Valve's Steam Link app will let you stream PC games to Android and iOS devices

May 9, 2018

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Valve’s in-home streaming tech is proving to be its most forward-thinking development. First it helped kill off the company’s own short-lived Steam Machines, with the $50 Steam Link perfectly capable of putting PC gaming in your living room without the need for another high-end PC. And now it’s putting PC gaming...well, anywhere you’d like.

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Best soundbars to improve your TV's audio

May 9, 2018

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Find the best soundbar for music and movies and that's the perfect fit for your budget.

Destiny 2: Warmind review: A small expansion surrounded by bigger steps towards salvation

May 9, 2018

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The good news: There’s light at the end of the long, dark-ish tunnel that is Destiny 2’s endgame woes. The bad news: It’s not Warmind, probably.

No surprise, really. The smart money’s betting on a Hail Mary expansion this fall, another Taken King-style resurrection for the much-maligned (but still addictive) sequel. But I know some people were hoping Warmind ($20 on Battle.net) might salvage Destiny 2’s first year and, well, it doesn’t. Having played through the additional story missions and spent a few hours in the other modes, Warmind feels more like the second act of a trilogy, the setup so whatever releases this fall has a smooth landing.

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Aukey's 10,000mAh Powerbank is now 36% cheaper on Amazon

May 9, 2018

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Portable chargers provide convenience and peace-of-mind wherever life takes you, and right now, you can snag a 10,000mAh Aukey powerbank for the lowest price we’ve ever seen it—just $12.80 on Amazon using a code.

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Hands-on: Two Point Hospital brings Theme Hospital's spirit into the modern era

May 9, 2018

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It’s a miracle Theme Hospital was made. It’s a miracle Theme Hospital holds up. It’s a miracle Theme Hospital, 20 years after release, is still spoken of with a reverence reserved for a few elite games. A simulator from that era in the ‘90s where seemingly everything was primed for simulation, Theme Hospital’s mandate of “Build and manage a hospital” doesn’t sound like a great time.

And yet it was, and continues to be. Awkward interface aside, Theme Hospital is still one of the all-time great builders, and still well worth playing in 2018. It’s high time someone came along and “borrowed” from it to create a spiritual successor.

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For less than $30 you can get AVG Internet Security 2018 for three PCs at Newegg

May 9, 2018

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While Microsoft's Windows Defender is pretty good for basic security, there's still a lot to be gained from using a robust, third-party suite. Today, Newegg has a great deal on a good anti-virus suite for up to three-PCs.

For $24 you can pick up AVG Internet Security 2018 with the checkout code EMCPUPY34.The purchase includes AVG, as well as Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 3.0. The license is for three PCs for one year. The checkout code is from Newegg's daily sales email circular, so you will have to supply the retailer with your email address to get the deal.

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How Waymo's AI-trained self-driving cars could feel scary even if they're safe

May 9, 2018

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Waymo’s plan to launch a transportation service with self-driving cars in Phoenix, Arizona, later this year has a bit more riding on it than usual. Phoenix is just 10 miles from Tempe, Arizona, where a self-driving test car from rival Uber killed a pedestrian in March of this year. No pressure, Waymo.

The company made a strong case Tuesday morning at Google I/O for how AI technology made its self-driving cars ready to hit the streets solo. But one of its strongest examples also showed how a self-driving car could intelligently scare the bejeezus out of a rider. It’ll be interesting to see how perceptions of safety work their way into the self-driving car experience. 

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Google's Digital Wellbeing is schooling Apple on how to combat smartphone addiction

May 9, 2018

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Along with updates to Google Assistant, Lens, Gmail and just about every app with the word Google before it, there was one unveiled at I/O that isn't about enhancing Google's ecosystem of services. In fact, it's about using all of them less.

Baked deeply into Android P is a set of tools Google is calling Digital Wellbeing, and it's all about balancing your digital life with your real-world one. Through a series of settings, options, and features, Google wants Android P to be the least-used version of Android, and it just might make us love our phones even more.

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4 ways Android P's gesture navigation is better than the iPhone X's (and 4 ways it's not)

May 9, 2018

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As expected, Google today introduced a new way to navigate Android with gestures instead of virtual buttons, and it's sure to spur opinions among both Android and iOS users. But while it might seem like a blatant rip-off of Apple's iPhone X navigation, Google's method—which is says it's been working on since before the iPhone X landed—differs from Apple's in meaningful ways. The early beta suggests that the experience will actually improve on Android's speed and intuition. Here are four reasons why we're looking forward to it on the Pixel and other Android P phones, and four reasons why we're not:

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Microsoft, Qualcomm ship an SDK to solve the Snapdragon's 64-bit app problem

May 8, 2018

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Running Windows on top of the Qualcomm Snapdragon chips enables amazing battery life but includes all sorts of complications, including clunky emulation and some app restrictions. As expected, Qualcomm and Microsoft are eliminating a key roadblock with an SDK that enables 64-bit apps to run on ARM CPUs.

Until now, only 32-bit apps could run on top of the ARM64 instruction set used by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU found in Always Connected PCs. Consumers either had to dig down into the specs of apps found within the Microsoft Store to confirm compatibility, or take their chances. If they guessed wrong, the app simply wouldn't install.

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Google Lens: 6 new features we can't wait to try out

May 8, 2018

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We all know Google as a powerhouse for search results when we’re entering text into a search engine, but the substantial improvements to Google Lens announced at Google I/O today effectively transform the AI service into a real-time search engine for the world around us—all with the help of on-board camera apps. 

Here’s what we’re looking forward to the most.

Augmented reality integration with Google Maps

Sometimes, especially in unfamiliar cities, it’s hard to tell which direction you’re facing, even when Google Maps shows you right where you’re standing.

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It’s also a good way to check out reviews for nearby places.

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Everything revealed at Google I/O 2018: Android P beta, huge Maps overhaul, Google Assistant gets personal

May 8, 2018

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Your own personal Googlegoogle io

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Google always pulls out the stops for the keynote at its annual I/O developer conference, and this year was no exception. Google I/O 2018 lacked the flashy flagship hardware that defined previous keynotes—nary a new Chromebook, Pixel, or Google Home could be found—but it still managed to shine, thanks to some serious improvements to the software and services underlying the entire Google ecosystem.

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The Elder Scrolls Online's Summerset expansion doesn't shy from the dark sides of elves

Apr 21, 2018

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The first chap I meet in the Summerset Isles is an elf with a Sean Penn face who gripes about how he’s missing out on a wine tasting because some local Wood Elves “offed” the vintner, because of course. This, after all, is the closed beta for The Elder Scrolls Online’s Summerset expansion ($40 on Amazon), which whisks us off to the ancestral homes of the High Elves, a magical land crammed with haughty wizards, Neuschwanstein-like villas, and flora that likely would have been at home in Eden. Whatever. This dude just wants his wine, and I can appreciate that.

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Ryzen 7 2700X review: AMD's 2nd-gen CPUs nail the sequel

Apr 21, 2018

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Just over a year ago, AMD flipped the PC industry on its proverbial head with revolutionary Ryzen 7 processors that democratized CPU core counts in a way never seen before. 

While the 2nd-gen Ryzen 7 2700X officially unveiled today (don’t call it Ryzen 2—that’s coming later) doesn’t quite shake things up the way the original Ryzen chips did last year, it’s a solidly good sequel that, in many ways, is far better than what it replaces. And it puts the squeeze back on Intel’s 8th-gen “Coffee Lake” processors, which upped their own core count to counter Ryzen’s threat.

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I don't care if Google's 'chat' for Android is an inferior version of Apple iMessage, I want it now

Apr 20, 2018

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Update 5:25 p.m.: This article has been updated with more details about 'chat.'

Ever since I became a phone reviewer, my messages have been a mess. When I switch from an iPhone to an Android one, I need to remember to turn off iMessage on all of my devices lest I miss a blue bubble that sneaks through. And any conversations I was having on my iPhone are effectively over when I switch, since nothing carries over between operating systems.

It’s not much better when switching between Android phones. Android Messages doesn’t sync or restore your texts between phones, no one uses Allo, and third-party apps can be wonky. I’ve taken to using Pulse to keep my conversations synced across numerous phones and devices, but I still need to be careful when I switch SIMs since it’s not technically designed for multiple handsets. On more than one occasion, I’ve blown up my conversation history and needed to start over.

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Microsoft nudges Xbox One towards PC monitors with 120Hz display support

Apr 20, 2018

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Microsoft continued its gradual push toward making the Xbox One more like PCs by announcing it will soon support compatible 120Hz displays for its game console platform.

The new additions will be added within the coming weeks, Microsoft said in a blog post on Friday. Microsoft also added a number of UI improvements, including the ability to group games. They’ll all be rolled out first to members of the Xbox Insiders program, then to the general public at a later date.

Friday’s announcement complements its March update, when Microsoft announced a number of improvements designed to enhance the Xbox One experience when playing on PC-caliber displays and TVs.

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Q Acoustics' all-new 3000i speaker lineup promises to extend the company's bang-for-the-buck hi-fi tradition

Apr 20, 2018

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Refinement, not revolution, takes center stage in this redesign.

This week in games: Call of Duty and Battlefield bound for battle royale, Shenmue comes to PC

Apr 20, 2018

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We are well and truly in the grips of the battle royale era at this point, with rumors this week pegging a PUBG-style mode coming to both Call of Duty and Battlefield in the fall. At this point the question’s not whether we see a new battle royale game at E3, it’s how many we see.

That news, plus a trailer for an IKEA-builder game, a first glimpse of the next Cities: Skylines expansion, Shenmue’s long-awaited arrival on PC, a Serious Sam 4 tease, and Amazon’s robot-lady acting as your “personal Call of Duty coach.”

This is gaming news for April 16 to 20.

Cyberpunk 2015

Humble’s habitually giving away games nearly every weekend it seems, and the trend continues this week with Satellite Reign. A blend of real-time tactics game and open-world adventure, it was intended as a successor to Syndicate—the original isometric one from the ‘90s, not the 2012 reboot.

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Try out Alexa's new custom skills with this great deal on an Echo Dot

Apr 20, 2018

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Amazon announced Alexa Blueprints this week, a new skill that lets you create custom responses and commands for your smart speaker. But you need an Echo to try them out. At $50, the Echo Dot is already the cheapest Alexa speaker you can buy, and right now it’s even cheaper: Newegg is selling the Echo Dot for $39.99 and they're even throwing in  promotional $10 gift card.

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Water-cooling specialist EKWB starts selling complete custom gaming PCs

Apr 20, 2018

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People often turn to boutique PC builders like Maingear, Digital Storm, Falcon Northwest, and Origin PC when they want a badass, over-the-top, liquid-cooled beast of a system, but don’t want to worry about cutting tubes and tightening fittings themselves. The newest entrant in the custom desktop landscape practically wrote the book on extreme cooling. EK Water Blocks, the creator of custom liquid-cooling hardware beloved by enthusiasts around the globe, announced on Friday that it’s now selling full PCs dubbed EK Fluid Gaming Systems.

The timing’s no coincidence. Every EK Fluid Gaming System relies on the potent AMD 2nd-gen Ryzen CPUs released yesterday—either the Ryzen 5 2600 or Ryzen 7 2700X, more specifically. No Intel chips are on offer.

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Get 65 Hours of Salesforce Training For $29.99

Apr 20, 2018

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Whether you're an administrator, sales professional, developer, or marketer, you too can become a mover and shaker—especially if you learn your skills from Salesforce. And right now there's a terrific collection of courses on sale—and then some—in the Salesforce Trailblazer Bundle. Until now, if you bought each course separately, you'd pay about $910, but for a limited time, when you purchase all eight courses in the bundle, the price is a mere $29.99. That's 96% off retail.

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Acer and Dell gaming laptops drop to ludicrously low prices to clear way for Intel 8th-gen CPUs

Apr 20, 2018

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Intel’s new 8th-gen mobile gaming processors are here, and you know what that means: A fresh generation of gaming laptops! But that’s not all. As we’ve been preaching on PCWorld’s Full Nerd podcast, new hardware means deep discounts on existing stock, and it’s a stellar time to buy a 7th-gen laptop at prices previously considered ludicrous.

Case in point: Newegg is selling the Acer Nitro 5 for just $699.99. And Dell's still offering a GTX 1060-equipped laptop at a borderline unheard-of price.

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AMD Ryzen motherboards explained: The crucial differences in every AM4 chipset

Apr 20, 2018

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For AMD’s disruptive Ryzen processors, selecting the correct motherboard is both easier and more crucial than ever.

First, the good news: AMD’s doing away with the frightful hodgepodge of motherboard platforms to unite around the AM4 socket with Ryzen CPUs, Radeon-bolstered APUs, and all other chips released in the foreseeable future—including the 2nd-gen Ryzen processors. Huzzah! But there are a wide variety of chipsets available for AM4 motherboards, and each unlocks different capabilities in your PC, from USB support to overclocking to how many graphics cards you can install.

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SkylinkNet Alarm System Starter Kit Plus review: Built by techies, for techies

Apr 20, 2018

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It’s short on handholding, but SkylinkNet’s SK-250 kit is a good-enough security offering (though not recommended for beginners).

PlayStation Now for PC is the surprise OnLive replacement I didn't know I wanted

Apr 20, 2018

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The new God of War releases this week, and by all accounts it’s fantastic. So fantastic in fact that last week I bought the God of War Saga Collection for PlayStation 3, wanting to play through the original Gods of War again (and III for the first time) before delving into the new one. And all that would’ve been just a fun little detour for me, given the fact they’re PlayStation exclusives and thus not fodder for PCWorld.

Faced with the prospect of hooking up a PS3 though, I suddenly thought “Wait...aren’t those games available on PCs via PlayStation Now?”

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Astell&Kern Kann review: This high-resolution digital audio player delivers sweet sound, but with a steep price tag

Apr 20, 2018

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An intoxicating sonic experience from a hi-res audio player that's as heavy as it is expensive.

How to create private Alexa skills without code

Apr 19, 2018

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Amazon's Alexa Skills Blueprints let anyone with an Alexa device make household skills.

Amazon's custom Alexa Blueprints skills show how far ahead of Siri and Google Assistant it is

Apr 19, 2018

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Amazon has released a super-easy tool for anyone to make their own Alexa skill, and you won't find anything like for Siri or Google Assistant.

Turn a single USB-C port into three USB ports and Ethernet with this $20 adapter

Apr 19, 2018

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Modern laptops never seem to have quite enough USB ports for all your plug-ins. Hook up a mouse, plug in a flash drive, and suddenly you’ve got no room for anything else. And as more laptops adopt USB-C ports, some items won’t plug in at all. A port hub can fix both problems, and right now you can get an AmazonBasics USB-C to three-port USB hub for $20, the lowest we’ve seen it and nearly 20 percent off its average price.

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The Full Nerd ep. 47: 2nd-gen Ryzen Q&A with Jim Anderson, AMD's VP of computing

Apr 19, 2018

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In this special episode of the Full Nerd,  Gordon Mah UngBrad Chacos, and Adam Patrick Murray are joined by Jim Anderson, the senior VP of AMD’s computing and graphics business, to dig deep into the 2nd-gen Ryzen CPUs that launched today.

This is no mere spec overview though. Anderson explains how upgraded Precision Boost 2 and XFR2 technologies help 2nd-gen Ryzen chips maintain higher clocks for longer, regardless of how many cores are being stressed—a key improvement over the initial iterations. We also dig into AMD’s decision to include coolers with X-branded Ryzen CPUs after skipping them the first time around, and the design of the swanky new RGB-enabled Wraith Prism cooler that ships with the flagship Ryzen 7 2700X ($329 on Amazon).

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The Sbode M400, one of our favorite Bluetooth speakers, is 20% off today

Apr 19, 2018

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These days, it seems there are more Bluetooth speakers on the market than songs to play on them, and finding a good one for a good price can be tricky. The Sbode M400 Bluetooth speaker, one of our favorites, fits the bill: It's normally only $50, looks good, and is packed with high-end features. And today on Amazon, it's even cheaper. With this coupon, you can get 20 percent off the Sbode M400 Bluetooth speaker today while supplies last, bringing it down to just $40, the lowest price we've ever seen.

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Best antivirus for Mac: Protect yourself from malicious software

Apr 19, 2018

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We name the top free and paid Mac antivirus products to root out malicious software and prevent infections.

Best Raspberry Pi kits: 10 options for beginners and experienced makers

Apr 18, 2018

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The Raspberry Pi is an incredibly flexible little computer. You can use it for a wide range of projects ranging from the pragmatic to the innovative to the nostalgic—the same hardware can power a retro gaming setup as readily as an ad-blocking server. But if you’ve never handled a circuit board in your life, getting started with a Raspberry Pi may seem intimidating.

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The best gaming headsets: Reviews and buying advice

Apr 18, 2018

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The next great peripherals war is being waged over your ears. After every company on the planet put out a gaming mouse and then a mechanical keyboard, they turned their attention to headsets. So many headsets.

Gaming headset cheat sheet

Our quick-hit recommendations:

Best all-around gaming headset: HyperX Cloud Alpha Best budget gaming headset: Astro A10 Best low-end wireless gaming headset: Corsair Void Pro Wireless Best mid-range wireless gaming headset: Logitech G533 Best extravagant wireless gaming headset: Astro Gaming A50 (2016); SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless

We know you don’t want to scroll through every single headset review when all you want is a simple answer: “What’s the best gaming headset I can buy with my hard-earned dollars?” This page holds the answers you seek, no matter what your budget is.

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How to automatically mute a website within Google Chrome, forever

Apr 18, 2018

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If you’re the type of person who detests autoplaying video ads with sound, Google’s Chrome browser provides some help. Google Chrome 66 will mute autoplaying video by default, permanently, so even if a video pops up—and Chrome can block some of those, too!—it won’t blow you out of your seat. The Chrome 66 release is now live in the stable channel.

As Google explains here, muted videos will always be autoplayed. But autoplayed videos won’t always be muted. Google uses what it calls the Media Engagement Threshold to determine if a video should be muted. (Google’s page goes into the details, though it’s a typically complex Google algorithm.) Put simply, if you’ve played a video on the site before, with sound, Google may think that you want to hear the audio for another video on that site, too.

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Microsoft will stop developing OneNote 2016 in favor of the Windows 10 OneNote app

Apr 18, 2018

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Microsoft has quietly worked to improve the basic OneNote app within Windows 10, and on Wednesday it received an unexpected show of support: The OneNote 2016 app for Office 365 will be put on hold, and the OneNote app already within Windows 10 will replace it within Office 2019.

It’s a ringing endorsement for OneNote for Windows 10, whose UI overhaul in 2017 (above) migrated the pages and sections to the left-hand rail. Since then, OneNote for Windows 10 has added some of the top features of the Windows 10 app, including perhaps the best feature of the note-taking tool: audio that’s synced to your notes. Microsoft said it plans to keep migrating features from one app to the other, including the ability to insert and search for tags, create page templates, as well as preview other Office files, right within OneNote.

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Best smart home systems for a connected domicile

Apr 18, 2018

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Your home is only as smart as the hub that orchestrates everything behind the scenes. These DIY tools are the best of the bunch.

Heat and cool your home for less with a $60 discount on the Nest Thermostat E

Apr 18, 2018

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Whether you’re someone who likes your home frigid or toasty, a smart thermostat can help save you money on your bills. If you don’t have one yet, you’re in luck–the Nest Thermostat E is on sale for $109.99 on Woot today or while supplies last, a whopping 35 percent off the list price and the lowest price we’ve seen.

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Best Buy gets smart, teams up with Amazon to sell Alexa-powered Fire TVs

Apr 18, 2018

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Amazon has announced a partnership with Best Buy to sell the next-generation of Fire TVs due to launch this summer.

Heaven's Vault preview: Translating long-lost alien languages is all about context

Apr 18, 2018

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I’m agonizing over a translation. What I’d thought was a simple piece of driftwood washed up on the riverbank is now a test, of sorts. The wood is old, worn down, but still there are remnants of symbols, letters in a language I’ve only seen twice before—and it’s my job to discern the intent. Where did this wood come from? Why did someone painstakingly carve letters into it?

A few clues guide me. My character thinks the wood probably came from a ship’s mast, for one. And two, a series of symbols resembles some other symbols I took to mean “strength” a few minutes back. That’s it.

Grasping at straws, I mutter something about “Wind” and plug that in as the translation. It doesn’t seem like a perfect fit, but...well, sometimes in Heaven’s Vault you just have to go with your gut.

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Dell's selling our favorite budget gaming laptop with a GTX 1060 for an unheard-of price

Apr 18, 2018

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The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 currently holds the crown as PCWorld's best budget gaming laptop. Most gaming laptops start around $1,000, but Dell's laptop earned its four stars by offering a Core i5 CPU with a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti for only $900. That's a great price on its own, but Dell's currently running a deal on a model that's faster and cheaper.

Dell is selling the Inspiron 15 7000 for $850, but instead of the GTX 1050 Ti our review model included, you get a faster 6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060. You almost never find GTX 1060-equipped laptops selling for less than $1,000. Plus, the company's added a 128GB SSD boot drive in addition to the usual 1TB hard drive. That's a heck of an upgrade for $850. The bad news? Stocks are limited. Dell warns that your purchase isn't guaranteed at this price until your order is completed.

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PC Building Simulator might be one of the most important DIY enthusiast tools ever created

Mar 31, 2018

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It’s been almost exactly a year since we last checked in with PC Building Simulator. A productive year, it seems. What was once an extremely rough “pre-alpha build” on itch.io is now a more polished $20 Early Access production on Steam. Yes, you can buy it and start assembling your own dream PCs right now, complete with dozens of licensed parts. There’s even the skeleton of a career mode.

And I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself, but I think PC Building Simulator might be one of the most important enthusiast tools since the advent of PCPartPicker. It’s one part tutorial, one part visualizer, and one part wish fulfillment—a perfect blend.

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You can now stream music from Google Home to a Bluetooth speaker. Here's how

Mar 30, 2018

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Update 03/30/18: Updated the steps to clarify that the pairing setting can be found in the default music speaker setting.

Google Home and Google Home Mini might be good at finding songs you want to hear, but they’re not the best at playing them. Compared to higher-priced speakers such as Google Home Max and Apple’s HomePod, Google’s diminutive devices sound exactly as you’d expect: small, tinny, and muddled.

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VTech VM2251 Video Baby Monitor review: A best friend for new parents

Mar 30, 2018

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The in-home baby camera includes a temperature monitor, automatic night vision, and a sound-activated screen.

This week in games: Red Faction Guerrilla gets 'Re-Mars-Stered,' de_dust2 appears in Far Cry 5

Mar 30, 2018

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I’m pretty sure building de_dust2 in any map-editing tool is the equivalent of running Doom on every device with a screen. It’s mandatory. Mandatory. So it’s no surprise someone already did it with Far Cry 5’s spin-off Arcade mode.

A look at that, plus new trailers for Pillars of Eternity II and Jurassic World Evolution, details on a Red Faction: Guerrilla remaster and one for Mark of the Ninja too, and free copies of Spec Ops: The Line (for a limited time).

This is gaming news for March 26 to 30.

The discounts

Starting this week as always with everyone’s favorite: Free games. This week it’s Humble again giving away the goods, with “the goods” in this case being free copies of Spec Ops: The Line, everyone’s favorite slightly-deeper-than-your-average-shooter shooter. It probably isn’t as impactful in 2018 as it was in 2012—the shooter landscape’s changed a lot. Still, nobody else has even attempted something better yet so...yeah. Pick it up, and fast. The deal only runs until Saturday.

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Cover your home with Wi-Fi on the cheap with Amazon’s one-day TP-Link sale

Mar 30, 2018

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A strong Wi-Fi system is the foundation of any connected home, and Amazon’s one-day TP-Link sale will help you blanket every room without hurting your wallet. With everything from routers to range extenders, this sale offers plenty of options for enabling or enhancing your Wi-Fi connection.

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Why Apple's new iPad is a better option for schools than a Chromebook tablet

Mar 30, 2018

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Acer's new Chromebook tablet may be a dead ringer for the new iPad, but when it comes to schools, Apple has a key advantage when it comes to privacy.

AMD Ryzen 5 processors get killer Amazon deals with Zen+ CPUs looming

Mar 30, 2018

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A fresh generation of AMD processors looms on the horizon, and its approach is creating wonderful ripple effects: You can find current-gen Ryzen processors going for wickedly good deals. AMD already dropped Ryzen prices in January, then pushed them down even further this month. Now costs have plunged yet again for two mainstream models if you’re willing to fill out rebate forms.

First up: The 6-core, 12-thread Ryzen 5 1600, which we recently used in a mini-ITX Ryzen gaming PC. Amazon’s selling it for $176, or $13 less than its newly reduced price. But a rebate slashes another $20 off, bringing the total down to just $156. That’s not quite as cheap as the low-water mark this sold for during Amazon’s recent one-day PC gaming sale, but that’s an astounding number of cores and threads for the price. This chip originally launched at $220 and was worth every penny even then; Intel’s rival Core i5-8400 costs $179, and its six cores lack multi-threading and can’t be overclocked.  

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Acer Predator Helios 300 review: A well-rounded gaming laptop at a great price

Mar 30, 2018

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With the monstrous Predator 21 X and sleek Predator Triton 700, Acer staked a compelling claim on the high-end market, loading its notebooks with extravagant features and the most powerful portable gaming hardware available. The Acer Predator Helios 300 doesn’t concern itself with fanciful bells and whistles. It’s a straightforward, no-nonsense gaming laptop that delivers a refreshing amount of bang for your buck, starting at $1,100 on Amazon with a Core i7-7700HQ processor and a GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card.

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Tobii's eye-tracking tech is niche on PCs, but makes virtual reality feel like magic

Mar 30, 2018

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When I got one of Tobii’s eye-tracking devices a few years ago, I didn’t know what to do with it. Tobii bills itself as “the world leader in eye tracking,” and as far as I could tell the claim rang true. The device certainly worked, and I could see it being very useful for people who (for any number of reasons) can’t use a keyboard and mouse.

But Tobii clearly wanted to broaden its ambitions and turn eye-tracking into a more mass-market solution, not an alternate means of interfacing with PCs but a primary means. I tried it. Ubisoft builds Tobii support into all its games, and I played Assassin’s Creed: Rogue with Tobii’s eye-tracker swinging the camera wherever I looked. “Cool tech,” I thought, and then promptly went back to using a mouse and keyboard.

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How to listen to live baseball games on an Amazon Echo

Mar 29, 2018

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TuneIn Live and MLB At Bat can stream live baseball on the Amazon Echo and other Alexa devices—but not for free.

Microsoft executive shakeup signals big changes for Windows, Office and more

Mar 29, 2018

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Microsoft handed the reins of its Windows and Devices team from Terry Myerson to Rajesh Jha on Thursday, part of a series of moves signalling that Microsoft wants to bring a “unifying product ethos” to Windows, Office, and third-party apps.

In an email to employees, chief executive Satya Nadella explained that the future of Microsoft lay in "the intelligent cloud and the intelligent edge," Nadella’s new way of describing Microsoft’s mission. Familiar names will help Microsoft get there: Panos Panay, who helped bring the original Surface to market, is now Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer, and Joe Belfiore will continue leading Microsoft’s Windows experiences.

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Hades Canyon NUC review: Intel taps AMD's Radeon Vega graphics for a powerful mini-PC

Mar 29, 2018

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Intel’s Hades Canyon is more than a simple successor to its Skull Canyon predecessor, an extreme version of Intel’s Next Unit of Computing (NUC). When Skull Canyon launched in 2016, it bucked the mini-PC trend of modest specs designed for general computing, instead boasting the absolute latest in hardware for its size: a 45W quad-core processor, integrated graphics capable of 1080p gaming, and a port that supported external graphics. At the time, that ultra-compact mini-PC was unrivaled.

The Hades Canyon NUC brings its own first: a single, Intel-produced chip (code-named Kaby Lake-G) that marries an Intel mobile CPU with an AMD Radeon RX Vega M mobile GPU. It’s silicon that can handle heavy-duty tasks without breaking much of a sweat.

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This lens cleaner keeps your camera spotless for under $5

Mar 29, 2018

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Nothing’s more irritating than snapping the perfect picture only to discover dust and dirt blemishing the image. Wiping your phone or camera with your shirt can work in a pinch, but also leaves tiny fibers scattered across the lens. A cleaning pen can wipe your camera spotless in seconds, and LensPen’s silver UltraPro lens cleaner is on sale on Amazon and Best Buy right now for $4.89, or about 43 percent lower than usual.

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The Full Nerd episode 44: AMD Zen+ rumors, Dell's speedy XPS 13, and the future of graphics

Mar 29, 2018

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In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAdam Patrick Murray, and Mona talk about the future!

AMD’s next-generation “Zen+” Ryzen processors are due in April, and what appears to be an early leaked review by French computer magazine Canard PC has hit the web. The gang chats about the numbers—and about the white-hot deals you can find on Ryzen CPUs right now, as AMD clears house before the Zen+ launch.

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Protect five PCs with Norton Security Deluxe for $20 today

Mar 29, 2018

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Today you can secure a deal to secure your PC at Newegg. The retailer is selling a one-year, five device license for Norton Security Deluxe for $20 with coupon code EMCPSRW25. The code works with digital download and boxed versions. Norton typically sells this version of its security suite for $45 per year for five devices.

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Record your travels for cheap with this $30 dash cam

Mar 16, 2018

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Dash cams may not seem like a necessary car accessory to people outside a few accident-prone countries, but for insurance reasons alone they can be a valuable addition to your safety measures while driving. The problem: Many models can be pricey. Not today’s deal.

If you want to start recording your travels without shelling out $100 or more, Amazon is selling the Fliiners Mini LCD dash cam for $30.59. That’s nearly 40 percent off its usual $48.99 price. While we haven’t reviewed this particular product, its high 4.7 out of 5 star rating indicates that it’s a hit on Amazon. With wide-angle shots, loop recording, and built-in exposure adjustment for night driving, this dash cam has enough features to give you an idea of what a dash cam can record.

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Smarten up your dumb devices with this $20, two-for-one smart plug deal

Mar 16, 2018

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Listen up Echo fans! Today’s a good day to smarten up your outlets at a steal of a price. B&H Photo and Video is offering a two-pack of the Keewifi kisslink Wi-Fi smart plug mini for $20. This plug usually sells for $20 each.

Simply insert these plugs into your existing outlet and follow the set-up instructions on your smartphone using Tuya’s Smart apps for Android and iOS. These plugs don’t require a hub, which makes it easy to set them up without added cost. At the moment, however, the Kisslink plug is only compatible with Alexa devices—not Google Assistant or Apple HomeKit.

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Samsung Galaxy S9: The best tips and tricks

Mar 16, 2018

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The Samsung Galaxy S9 has slick design and the latest hardware, but it’s not just a pretty face. This phone includes ample software features and options—so many, in fact, you might need help wading through it all to find the truly useful stuff. You need not wander the menus alone anymore. Here are the best tips to make your new Galaxy S9 as useful as possible.

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Samsung’s home screen got a big overhaul last year, and this time it’s refining what’s already there. Finally, the stock “Samsung Experience” launcher works in landscape mode, and it’s one of the best implementations of a landscape launcher you’ll find. This feature is disabled by default on most versions of the Galaxy S9, but you can enable it with a quick trip to the launcher settings. Long-press on an empty space and tap the settings button at the bottom. You need to turn off the Portrait mode only toggle to get landscape mode.

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Raspberry Pi projects: Insanely innovative, incredibly cool creations

Mar 16, 2018

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A heaping helping of Piraspberry pi 3

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The Raspberry Pi’s very existence can be chalked up to creativity. Ebon Upton and the Raspberry Pi Foundation created the $35 mini-PC to inspire students to learn computer science and to enable tinkerers to dream up wild projects without breaking the bank.

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Best Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ cases: Top picks in every style

Mar 16, 2018

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The Galaxy S9 and S9+ might look a lot like the models they replace, but they're not exactly the same. Put them side by side and you'll see just enough of a difference in size and shape that old S8 cases won't fit. So that means you need a new one. Here are our favorites so far:

Best Shell Cases for Galaxy S9 and S9+

Even if you're just looking for a simple case that adds a little protection and grippability to your Galaxy S9, you'll still want something with style. These case offer simple, sturdy protection for your S9 but still bring some flair.

  Tech21 Evo Tactical View Spigen Neo Hybrid Urban View Tech21 Evo Check View Speck Presidio Grip View Best Clear Cases for Galaxy S9 and S9+

If you want the natural beauty of your S9 to show while still protecting it from bumps and bruises, a transparent case is the way to go. Just make sure to clean your S9 from fingerprints before you snap it on.

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Airthings Wave review: Real-time radon detection

Mar 16, 2018

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This device tracks levels of the deadly, odorless gas but at a steep price.

Google Assistant rolls out Routines

Mar 16, 2018

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Google Assistant rolls out Routines

Windows 10: Everything you need to know

Mar 15, 2018

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Windows 10 is always updating. This article will keep you informed about what’s new and what’s important. Check here for our latest Windows 10 review based on the two major updates scheduled per year, plus the highlights from notable builds in between. We’ll tell you how to get Windows 10 for your PC. Finally, we’ll discuss the major features of Windows 10—including a few you should watch out for. Keep reading for everything you need to know about Windows 10. 

What’s new in Windows 10 Microsoft story remix 3d Microsoft

Windows 10's Story Remix turns photos and videos into slideshows where you can also add fun 3D effects. 

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Android Wear becomes Wear OS by Google—let's hope bigger changes follow

Mar 15, 2018

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Google announced today that it’s changing the name of its wrist-sized OS from Android Wear to Wear OS by Google. The re-branding is rolling out now and should start appearing on phones and watches in the coming weeks.

To say Android Wear is in need of a change is something of an understatement. Google’s smartwatch OS received its last major update in February 2017 with version 2.0, after months of delays. It’s been nearly two years since Google announced any new features to Android Wear, and some manufacturers have abandoned the platform due to low sales.

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The state of Android security: Great on Oreo, but most phones are missing out

Mar 15, 2018

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Google has released its annual report on Android security and the message is clear: The devices running the latest version of Android are among the safest you can buy. Through a combination of features such as Google Play Protect and Instant Apps, the bug bounty program, and machine learning, Google says Android 8 “has achieved a strength of protection that now leads the industry.”

That’s great news if you’re using a Pixel or have a Galaxy S9 on the way. But if you have one of the millions of phones that will never receive an Oreo update, the biggest issue with Android security is one that’s plagued the platform for a while: fragmentation. At last count, just 1 percent of Android users were running Oreo on their phones, compared to nearly 28 percent each on Nougat and Marshmallow. That means nearly 99 percent of Android phones aren’t as secure as they could be. But Google’s trying to change that narrative.

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Amazon is selling a pair of true wireless earbuds for just $33

Mar 15, 2018

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Updated 8:15 p.m.: These earbuds are sold out on Amazon.com.

Thanks to Apple's AirPods, wireless earbuds are fast becoming one of the hottest mobile accessories on the market—but they're not cheap. At least not usually.

If you're itching to try out a pair but don't have $159 to blow, Amazon is selling the Photive TWS-01 Bluetooth-enabled wireless earbuds, which come with their own charging case, for just $33, or about 40 percent off their average selling price. That's especially low when you consider how expensive most true wireless earbuds can be. Our top-rated picks fall anywhere from $100 to more than $300, though many of those have features that you won't get with the Photive TWS-01, such as noise cancellation and AI voice control.

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10 surprisingly practical Raspberry Pi projects anybody can do

Mar 15, 2018

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The Raspberry Pi single-board computer and all its variants (including the dirt-cheap Raspberry Pi Zero and a turbo-charged Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ released on Pi Day 2018) have captured the imaginations of DIY enthusiasts and budding hobbyists alike.

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Meltdown/Spectre: Intel plans changes to protect future chips

Mar 15, 2018

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Intel has reached one Meltdown/Spectre milestone and is moving on to the next one. The company plans to add “partitioning” to processors later this year to protect against two of the Spectre processor vulnerabilities, it said Thursday. 

Intel said last week that it had begun sending patches for its Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge chips to its PC hardware partners, leaving just a few niche chips to be patched. That process has now been completed, Intel said Thursday, covering all of its processors released in the last five years.

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Upgrade to a 24-inch, 1080p monitor for only $80 today

Mar 15, 2018

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Don’t underestimate the importance of your computer monitor. Larger sizes let you get more done, and more pixels make everything crisp and clean. If you’re still working on a tiny monitor with an even more cramped resolution, today’s the day to upgrade on the cheap. Walmart is selling a Sceptre 24-inch 1080p monitor for $80. Monitors like this don’t go for so far under $100 very often. The display usually sells for about $96 on Amazon, and Newegg’s offering it for an inexplicable $206.

At this price, you won’t find an abundance of extra features—this is a basic, no-nonsense 1080p display that would do just fine for everyday computer use, 1080p video watching, and casual gaming. It’s got the usual widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio, a 60 to 75Hz refresh rate, and a 5ms response time, but no fancy extras like FreeSync support or gaming modes.

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Logitech's G560 speakers expand your gaming boundaries with screen-synchronized RGB lights

Mar 15, 2018

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When Microsoft showed off its IllumiRoom concept back in 2013, I thought the technology must be right around the corner. Extending your display onto the surrounding walls using a projector—how hard could it be? Harder than I thought apparently, seeing as we’re five years on and there’s no IllumiRoom in sight.

But the new Logitech G560 speakers might bring us a hell of a lot closer.

Ooooh, we’re halfway there

To be clear, none of the tech in the Logitech G560 is unprecedented. It’s essentially your standard 2.1 PC speaker system with some very large RGB lighting zones on the front and back. The front is mostly decorative, but the two rear zones are designed to splash on your wall.

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How to keep gaming when graphics cards cost so much

Mar 6, 2018

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2017 might have been a standout year for PC enthusiasts, but these early months of 2018 are nothing short of a nightmare for PC gamers. Graphics card prices are downright ludicrous, fueled by the craze for cryptocurrency coins.

That’s nothing new. Miners have been inflating graphics card prices since the middle of the year. But the damage was limited to the middle of the market for most of 2017. Currently, virtually every gaming-class graphics card is affected, though prices have relaxed somewhat after Bitcoin’s plummet. The theoretically $200 3GB GeForce GTX 1060 currently goes for $340 to $500—when you can find it in stock, that is. The Radeon RX 570, RX 580, and 6GB GTX 1060—graphics cards with suggested retail prices of $200 to $250—are selling for $400-plus on Newegg. And if you thought the GTX 1080 Ti’s $700 price tag was steep, prepare to clutch your chest: Nvidia’s gaming flagship can’t be found for less than $1,040 on Newegg today.

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Get Sony's WH-1000xM2 noise-cancelling headphones for $52 off

Mar 6, 2018

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I’m a daily user of noise-cancelling headphones, and I’m here to tell you that they’re positively divine for getting work done. That’s why I’m also happy to tell you that Amazon has Sony’s impressive (if inelegantly named) wireless WH-1000xM2 over-ear noise-cancelling headphones on sale for 15 percent off, which drops the price down from $349.99 to a more agreeable $298.

Good noise-cancelling headphones rarely get down to that price, which makes this a nice opportunity to pick some up if you’ve always wanted some. In fact, this is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen for these particular headphones to date.

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Seagate IronWolf 12TB review: A hard drive made for NAS that's fast and affordable

Mar 6, 2018

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There's something about 12TB hard drives reading and writing at 250MBps that we just can't get enough of. This go-round, we review Seagate's IronWolf--the slightly slower, slightly lower-rent cousin to the mighty 12GB Seagate BarraCuda Pro we recently took for a spin. Game of Thrones moniker aside, the IronWolf is still easily fast and enough, and should be reliable enough to make sense in the multi-drive setups for which it's intended.

While the 12TB IronWolf falls a hair off the performance pace set by the 12TB BarraCuda Pro, it adds vibration detection (in the higher capacities) which Seagate says will ward off tracking issues when you pack two or more drives together in close proximity. 

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Ion Maiden preview: An excellent '90s-style shooter with modern twists

Mar 6, 2018

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We’re barely two months into 2018, but I’m already going to shortlist Ion Maiden for the biggest surprise of the year.

When I heard 3D Realms was back with a new game, I had lower-than-zero expectations—the publisher’s previous outing was 2016's Bombshell, which started life as an isometric Duke Nukem shooter-slash-Diablo hybrid, then (after some legal trouble) finished life as something much, much worse. Even if it’d run perfectly at release it would’ve amounted to a shrug at best, but it was so busted I literally couldn’t finish it.

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Three things Apple's cheaper MacBook Air will need to be a hit

Mar 6, 2018

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A new rumor says that Apple is planning to release a cheaper MacBook Air sometime in the next few months. Here's what it needs to be a hit.

Watch your home for cheap with this deal on a simple, affordable security camera

Mar 6, 2018

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If you’re looking to protect your home without breaking the bank, we’ve found a simple home security camera system selling at a sweet discount. Amazon’s selling the Blink XT Home Security camera system for $100. This particular sale is via a third-party seller but fulfilled by Amazon, meaning any problems will be subject to Amazon’s customer service policies.

The Blink XT system usually sells for $130 so this a nice discount, according to CamelCamelCamel data. It’s not the lowest price we’ve ever seen—that was $70 last June—but this kit hasn’t gone this low in a while.

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How to set up a VPN in Windows

Mar 6, 2018

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VPN (virtual private network) technology lets a computer using a public internet connection join a private network by way of a secure “tunnel” between that machine and the network. This protects the data from being seen or tampered with by bad actors. The two most common use cases are consumer VPN services that allow individuals to surf privately from home or a public setting, and business-oriented solutions that allow employees to securely connect to a corporate network remotely.

For the most part, VPN connections are handled by custom software such as the many consumer VPN services we’ve reviewed, or by third-party generic software such as the OpenVPN client or Cisco AnyConnect.

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Abode home security starter kit (2018) review: This solid, if basic, security system gets a modest upgrade

Mar 6, 2018

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Stepping cautiously, Abode expands from security into the broader smart-home ecosystem.

Azio Retro Classic BT review: This vintage mechanical keyboard will delight serious typists

Mar 5, 2018

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The Azio Retro Classic isn’t the cheapest vintage-style mechanical keyboard we’ve seen, but it’s certainly one of the most striking. From its deep, clicky keystrokes and wood or leather paneling to its LED-backlit keys and rechargeable battery, the Bluetooth-enabled Retro Classic (available for $220 from Azio at the time of this writing) will delight serious typists with old souls and money to burn. 

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Into the Breach review: Chess meets Starship Troopers in brilliant, bite-sized battles

Mar 4, 2018

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The Rusting Hulks—not exactly the most inspiring name for humanity’s saviors. And yet that sad group of orange-colored mechs finally got the deed done. It was around 4 a.m. We’d battled our way across two islands full of giant bugs, entered their volcanic lair, and were on the verge of killing off the Vek leader, a moth probably fifty feet long. Doing so would secure the bomb we’d warped in here, saving the Earth.

I knew what I had to do. With my jet already on fire, I fired a missile at the Vek, enfolding it in smoke. Blinded, the Vek halted its attack and slowly succumbed to the dark cloud. The threat was over. Humanity was saved.

“Smoking kills,” I said, as the bomb detonated and brought the volcano down on the Vek swarm.

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This week in games: Battlefield returns to WWII, 3D Realms' retro shooter channels Duke Nukem

Mar 3, 2018

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3D Realms is making a new game in the Duke 3D engine the same week Washington D.C. starts complaining about video game violence? It's like 1997 all over again up in here.

That news, plus rumors Battlefield will head back to World War II this year, David Lynch teaches you typing, the ESRB takes less-than-zero action on loot boxes, and a bevy of trailers for Battletech, Heaven's Vault, Vermintide II, and more. This is gaming news for February 26 to March 2.

Wild at Heart

Growing up I remember taking typing classes in school, and then continuing that learning at home with Mario Teaches Typing. I don’t think either helped much, and it wasn’t until the onset of AIM (rest in peace) that I started hitting my current 100-plus words per minute. Still, I’ve got a soft spot for those old educational typing tools, which means David Lynch Teaches Typing is the perfect blend of weird and nostalgia. The “Trial Version” is available for free on itch.io. I recommend checking it out.

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Newegg's selling a 15.6-inch Asus laptop with a potent Core i5 processor for under $500

Mar 3, 2018

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Let’s finish off the week with a deal on an affordable laptop that packs some punch. Newegg is selling a Core i5-equipped Asus VivoBook for just $480 today. The sale ends just before midnight on Friday Pacific time, and it’s a good $100 cheaper than you’ll find at Amazon and other competitors online.

This Windows 10 laptop revolves around some impressive specs for a budget notebook, with 2.5GHz Core i5-7200U processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive. The 1366-by-768 display resolution is a bit low, but dropping below 1080p probably helped Asus keep the price down while still including such solid internal hardware.

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Far Cry 5 hands-on preview: Cultists, crossbows, and a trained bear named Cheeseburger

Mar 3, 2018

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Far Cry 5 is not what I expected. Far Cry 5 is also exactly what I expected.

That conflict is the core of my thoughts, after spending more than three hours of hands-on time with the game recently. Far Cry 5’s first trailer made it seem like a hard-hitting commentary on American society, on aspects of religion and gun control and politics and all sorts of other weighty topics. That game? Nowhere to be found in Far Cry 5 as it stands now. Thus, not what I expected.

And yet what’s left is very much Far Cry 5 ($60 preorder on Amazon), the sequel to Far Cry 4 and Far Cry 3 before that. The scenery’s changed to craggy Montana mountains, evergreen forests and elk, but otherwise this is another same-y iteration of a game I’ve played multiple iterations of. Exactly what I expected.

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These 20 deep, absorbing PC games will eat days of your life

Mar 3, 2018

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Far too many games these days are built to be played in small bursts: brief encounters, designed for a world with too few hours in the day and too many digital distractions. And that’s fine! Blasting through a few rounds of Call of Duty multiplayer, or playing a few run-throughs in Spelunky, is a wonderful way to spend a few minutes.

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The best—and worst—Netflix original movies

Mar 2, 2018

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Netflix has produced a considerable number of films. Our guide will help you decide which ones are worth watching, and which are to be avoided.

Corsair MM1000 review: A wireless charging mousepad with strings attached

Mar 2, 2018

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The day is finally here, and the challengers to Logitech’s revolutionary Powerplay wireless charging mousepad system have arrived. First up is Corsair’s MM1000 (currently $80 on Amazon), which actually was announced before Logitech showed off Powerplay last year. However, Logitech released its wireless charging mousepad suite last summer, while Corsair's MM1000 took until 2018.

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Microsoft will host Intel's Spectre and Meltdown patches on its own site

Mar 2, 2018

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If you've been worried about receiving Spectre and Meltdown BIOS patches for the PC you built yourself, there may be a solution: Microsoft has begun supplying them itself via an archive on its site.

Typically, patching Spectre and Meltdown mitigations have followed a traditional pattern: Microsoft patches Windows via Windows Update, antivirus companies like AVG have patched their antivirus software, and so on. Intel, too, authors patches, as it recently did for Haswell and Broadwell CPUs. But unlike Microsoft, Intel doesn't directly ship those patches to end users—it uses its network of PC makers and motherboard vendors to distribute them, after the appropriate testing by each vendor.

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Hands on: How one mouse can control multiple PCs with Microsoft's Mouse Without Borders app

Mar 2, 2018

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Microsoft’s Mouse without Borders app is an unsung productivity tool whose ability to let a mouse and keyboard hop from one Windows device to the next is worth checking out. It unlocks a versatility similar to that of Logitech’s Flow, but for far, far cheaper—because it’s free to use with any Windows device.

Mouse without Borders originally launched in 2011, long before Logitech debuted Flow. The app resurfaced Wednesday as part of Microsoft’s inaugural Microsoft Garage Wall of Fame, a celebration of smaller apps developed within Microsoft. You should try it out.

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Best gaming laptops: Know what to look for and which models rate highest

Mar 2, 2018

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Picking a gaming laptop today isn’t as easy as it was five years ago when a “real” gaming laptop meant 12 pounds of back-breaking hardware to haul around.

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Best 17-inch gaming laptop: Alienware 17 R4 [dell.com] Best 15-inch gaming laptop: Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501 [amazon.com] Best budget gaming laptop: Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming [dell.com] Best portable gaming laptop: Alienware 13 [dell.com] ·

With major advances in laptop video cards and CPUs, you can now get great gaming performance from laptops ranging from light to super heavy and from super expensive to budget.

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Cyan reveals Firmament, a steampunk adventure by the creators of Myst and Obduction

Mar 2, 2018

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I don’t often do trailer posts here, but it’s also not often a trailer post doubles as a “Studio I love announces a new game” post. Which is to say: Nearly two years after the release of Obduction (and uh...25 years after Myst, if you can believe it), Cyan is ready to show off its new game.

It’s called Firmament, and both a bare-bones website and a “teaser” trailer appeared overnight. It’s a pretty generous teaser though, as these things go, coming in over two minutes long. Check it out below:

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Early tests show the Galaxy S9 beating iPhone X where it counts: The screen and camera

Mar 2, 2018

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DisplayMate and DxOMark have crowned the Galaxy S9 and S9+ the king of phones in their screen and camera tests, but speed is another story.

Four highly rated Anker chargers are cheaper than ever for today only

Mar 2, 2018

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Anker’s offering four chargers on sale for their lowest prices yet, but you’ll need to act fast. They’re Amazon’s deal of the day and will disappear tonight. On tap: two Qi wireless charging pads, a USB Type-C wall charger, and a combination Type-C and Type-A wall charger.

The best deal of the bunch is Anker’s 60W Wall Charger PowerPort+ for $33—about $17 cheaper than its usual $50 price. The charger features four Type-A USB ports and one USB Type-C connection that supports Power Delivery fast charging, making it an ideal choice for compatible MacBooks and other devices that support the technology.

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Intel quietly releases Spectre fixes for Haswell and Broadwell CPUs

Mar 2, 2018

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The fixed Spectre fixes are coming fast and furious now. Intel quietly pushed CPU firmware updates out for Haswell (4th-generation) and Broadwell (5th-generation) processors earlier this week, following in the footsteps of recent microcode patches for Skylake (6th-gen), Kaby Lake (7th-gen), and Coffee Lake (8th-gen) processors.

The Broadwell and Haswell patches were designated as “in production” in Intel’s recent microcode update guidance, as Tom’s Hardware first noticed. Intel did not publish a blog post heralding their release. The company’s roadmap shows that it plans to issue fixes for processors all the way back to the decade-old Nehalem and Penryn generations.

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The best SSDs of 2018

Mar 2, 2018

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Switching to a solid-state drive is the best upgrade you can make for your PC. These wondrous devices obliterate long boot times, speed up how fast your programs and games load, and generally makes your computer feel fast. But not all solid-state drives are created equal. The best SSDs offer solid performance at affordable prices—or, if price is no object, face-meltingly fast read and write speeds.

This article was last updated on March 1, 2018 to name the Samsung 860 EVO as the best SSD for most people.

SSD cheat sheet

Our quick-hit recommendations:

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Everything Roku should do in 2018: A cord-cutter's wishlist

Mar 1, 2018

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As Roku lays out its business goals for 2018, here's what cord-cutters can hope for.

Android news from MWC 2018: 8 intriguing announcements you may have missed

Mar 1, 2018

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Mobile World Congress 2018 is officially in the books and to the surprise of no one, the Galaxy S9 stole the show. From the AR Emoji to the Super-Slow-mo camera and recycled design, people couldn't stop talking about Samsung's latest flagship phone. And that means a lot of other announcements flew under the radar. Here are some of the coolest ones you may have missed:

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Huawei's new MateBook X Pro has a pop-up camera, and one might be coming to an Android phone near you.

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Where the Water Tastes Like Wine review: Finding truths through myth and legend

Mar 1, 2018

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The sun beats down as I walk up California State Route 1, the Pacific Coast Highway. I crossed the entire country to be here, on foot—first down from New England, down to Florida, then across through the Southern states into Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and then finally through the Mojave Desert to Los Angeles, where I turned north again.

It’s been a long walk, always headed towards some new horizon. What’s that idiom? “Americans think 100 years is a long time, while the English think 100 miles is a long way.” Well I’ve walked a few thousand miles, all in search of stories.

Stories of hope, loss, love, betrayal, ghosts and other ghoulish things. I’ve met Paul Bunyan and Casey Jones, conversed with ghosts at the Alamo and in the woods around Georgia, been attacked by a bear and a bull, seen the Jersey Devil drinking water from a bright blue pond, met a woman who faked her own death, worked in the fields until my hands bled, stumbled back in time in Washington DC, and a hundred other anecdotes.

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Pay What You Want For 50+ Hours Of Python Programming Training

Mar 1, 2018

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There are quite a few programming languages out there, but when it comes to choosing that first language to learn, Python is hard to beat. Versatile, user-friendly, and tremendously popular, Python is an ideal pick for those looking to get their feet wet with programming, and with the Pay What You Want: Absolute Python Bundle, you can learn its ins and outs for a price you get to pick.

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BrandPost: Your iPhone Has Everything in It. How Do You Protect That Information?

Mar 1, 2018

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Thanks to the magic of Apple and other smartphone producers, today we get to walk around with entire libraries in our pockets and purses. Even more: every month our phones make obsolete even more of the chunks of plastic and paper – credit cards, airline tickets, prescriptions – we used to have to carry just to get through our daily lives.

It’s all extraordinarily convenient. But with convenience comes tradeoffs. If you’re like most people, your phone has become the desk drawer that holds your personal information. While this makes things easy for you, it also makes your phone more valuable for criminals. Lose your phone or have it stolen, and you’re at risk for identity theft and credit card fraud, in addition to the hassle of recovering all of the personal information you’ve assumed would be safe.

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The Logitech Proteus Spectrum, our favorite gaming mouse, is over 40% off

Mar 1, 2018

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The Logitech G502 Proteus Core and its “unprecedented levels of customization” wowed us from the instant it launched in 2014. Many years and many would-be competitors later, Logitech’s masterpiece still reigns supreme on PCWorld’s list of the best gaming mice. But now you can pick up the RGB lighting-equipped version of the Proteus Core, the G502 Proteus Spectrum, for nearly half off. It’s just $45.99 at Amazon and Best Buy.

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