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Amazon's got a sale on Logitech products today, including an HTPC keyboard for $18
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:25:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Amazon has a sale on Logitech products today. These are not incredibly deep discounts—despite the savings claims on Amazon's sales page. Nevertheless, there are a few good buys here that are worth pointing out. Amazon's Logitech sale lasts until just before midnight on Tuesday evening. Logitech The MX Master Mouse is available for $50 today, which is a savings of about $14 off the previous price. This Bluetooth mouse has a thumb wheel for horizontal navigation. Logitech says the laser sensor can track on multiple surfaces (including glass), and you can expect up to 40 days of use on a single charge. It's also got an Easy-Switch feature that lets you pair the mouse with up to 3 computers and move between them seamlessly.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Intel discloses 'Ice Lake,' another 10nm chip beyond Cannon Lake
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:22:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
On Monday, August 21, Intel plans to unveil its 8th-generation Core processors. But it may have also unveiled one member of its 9th-generation Core family: Ice Lake.A terse note on the company’s website describes the new technology: “The Ice Lake processor family is a successor to the 8th-generation Intel Core processor family. These processors utilize Intel’s industry-leading 10nm+ process technology.”For years, Intel moved on what it called a “tick-tock” cadence, launching a chip on a new process technology, then redesigning it for faster performance around a new architecture. Intel’s Broadwell chips introduced the 14nm generation in 2014 and 2015, followed by the Skylake generation in 2015 and 2016. But then Intel unexpectedly added a third 14nm chip, Kaby Lake, and made plans to launch a fourth 14nm chip, believed to be called “Coffee Lake,” on August 21.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Google Allo finally gains a web interface but it may be too late
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:27:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Google’s scattershot messaging strategy has one less problem. Starting today, Android users can log in to Allo on the web to see and send messages, but it probably won’t make the chat platform more popular.For one, there are a lot restrictions. You’ll need an Android phone. It only works through the Chrome browser. You’ll have to get the latest version of Allo (16.0.024) before you can link your account. And the biggest one of all: Your phone will need to be online and running the Allo app for the web interface to connect. In other words, it’ll be quicker in most cases to just use your phone.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Samsung T5 review: USB 3.1 Gen 2 makes the best SSD even better
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
We’ve been fans of Samsung’s super-svelte T series USB SSDs since their introduction in the form of the T1. They’re small, light, silent, nearly indestructible, attractively styled—and the T1’s 300MBps performance over USB was a kick in the pants when we first experienced it.The follow-on T3 added a Type-C connector and Gen 1 USB 3.1, but overall performance was only a marginally better. With the T5, the company has gone state-of-the-art with 10Gbps USB 3.1 Gen 2, and the performance increase is now noticeable. Very noticeable. We like it.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Save on School Supplies With Amazon's Back To School Deals - Deal Alert
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:39:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
If you already know this page exists, let it serve as a reminder. Amazon's back to school deals page centralizes their best discounts on everything from laptops to calculators to pencils and batteries. If you still have supplies left to buy, there's plenty of time. Grab your list, fill your cart, and start putting check marks on your list while also saving some cash. Visit Amazon's back to school Electronics deals page here, or their main back to school deals page right here.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
50% off Prey for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 - Deal Alert
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:13:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
In Prey, you awaken aboard Talos I, a space station orbiting the moon in the year 2032. You are the key subject of an experiment meant to alter humanity forever – but things have gone terribly wrong. The space station has been overrun by hostile aliens and you are now being hunted. As you dig into the dark secrets of Talos I and your own past, you must survive using the tools found on the station, your wits, weapons, and mind-bending abilities. Right now you can get 50% off the listed price. See this deal now on Amazon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Windows 10 S review: Microsoft's OS for students is hard to love
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Microsoft’s Windows 10 S is what happens when a once-easygoing operating system has kids and turns into a helicopter parent. Windows 10 S, a locked-down version of Windows 10 found on the Surface Laptop and a small group of low-cost, third-party notebooks, keeps students safe and secure by restricting them to the Windows Store. But as our review shows, the lack of freedom chafes.Locking your PC away from the big, bad, outside world makes sense when your children are going off to high school or college, Microsoft thinks. But even the most dutiful parent will wonder why their child can’t use Chrome to beam YouTube videos to a Chromecast, print on some local printers, or protect their PC with anything other than Windows Defender. There’s always an escape hatch: a simple upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. But otherwise, Windows 10 S can be an exercise in frustration.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
BloomSky weather station/webcam review: Your eye on the sky
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
More webcam than weather station (unless you purchase an add-on kit), BloomSky still holds some appeal as an adjunct tool for weather enthusiasts.
Blizzard's keeping the name after all
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
It’s been nearly a year since Blizzard announced it was retiring the beloved name—a fact you may or may not have noticed, as you’ve almost certainly kept calling it this entire time anyway. Not only was the new “Blizzard App” nomenclature awkward and sterile sounding, but...well, people love now it’s back.And for good reason. Oh it’s cheesy, for sure. is beautifully dated, immediately reminiscent of the 1990s and its newfound Internet obsession. But it’s also what everyone’s been using since Diablo in 1996—through multiple Diablo sequels, StarCraft, Warcraft, World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, and most recently Overwatch. It was the home of some of gaming’s biggest franchises for 20-odd years, and for a long time synonymous with PC multiplayer done well.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Best smart thermostat
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 04:35:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
There are so many smart thermostats to choose from today. We'll help you pick the right one.
SteelSeries Rival 500 mouse review: Innovative design we hope to see more of
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 04:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
What’s all this under my thumb? That’s the first thought I had when using the SteelSeries Rival 500 mouse (available for $80 on Amazon), and most likely the first thought anyone would have with this device—there’s a lot to take in. But is a unique and intuitive layout under the thumb enough to make up for the Rival 500’s shortcomings? Or is it just one standout feature that’ll hopefully carry forward into other, better mice in the future?To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
How to configure your Chromebook for ultimate security
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 03:38:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
A Chromebook is already an ultra-secure computer straight out of the box. Because it doesn’t run a traditional operating system and takes advantage of various Google-powered security measures, Chrome OS is well-guarded against the evils lurking out there on the web.But you can always do more, particularly if you want to minimize traces of your Internet wanderings, or prevent your every online action from contributing to an advertising profile.You may share a Chromebook with others or desire a setup that’s impervious to the latest security threats. Perhaps it’s time for a little de-Googling in your life, as the Mountain View giant can collect a lot of information about you.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Five Google Tango apps your AR phone needs right now
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 03:30:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Google’s Tango augmented reality platform has just hit its second Android phone, the Zenfone AR (see our review)—and if you’ve got one, you’re no doubt looking for the best apps to test its reality-bending capabilities. There aren’t a ton available in the Play Store, but there are definitely some great ones. If you want to see how this cool tech creatively integrate data and images with a real-world scene captured by your phone's camera, check out five of our favorite Tango apps:BMW Visualizer IDG Put a $150,000 i* in your driveway with the BMW Visualizer Tango app.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Zenfone AR review: A better phone for Tango AR but far from perfect
Tue, 15 Aug 2017 03:30:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The Asus Zenfone AR is a study in contrasts. On one hand, it has last year’s Snapdragon 821 processor... but it also packs up to 8GB of RAM. It has three rear cameras... but only one is used for taking photos. And while the Zenfone AR is on the bleeding edge of Google’s Tango AR and Daydream VR ambitions, it doesn’t have common premium features such as wireless charging and water resistance. Chris Hebert/IDG Don’t be fooled by the design—there’s an array of tech inside.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Corsair K95 RGB Platinum review: The luxury car of keyboards
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:19:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
It’s been a while since we’ve taken an in-depth look at one of Corsair’s keyboards, but the K95 RGB Platinum is a great reason to return. It is the luxury sedan of keyboards, dominating any desk it graces, both in sheer size and an impressive light-show that (for the moment) outshines all its competitors. Is it a bit gaudy? Sure. Everything about it is flashy, oversized, and slightly ridiculous.But that’s luxury, right?Sportier design The craziest bit is that the K95 RGB Platinum is actually slimmed down from the K90/95 of old. Where once the K90 line sported 18 (yes, eighteen) macro keys on the left side of the keyboard, the new K95 RGB Platinum now has six.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Staples has discounted the iPad mini 4 by $100
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:48:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Tablets may not be as popular these days, but they're still great devices. If you're in the market for one, Staples has a nice deal on the iPad mini 4 this week. For $299, you can pick-up this diminutive iPad in all three available colors: gold, silver, and space gray. That's $100 off Apple's standard price.The iPad mini 4 features a 7.9-inch display with 2048-by-1536 resolution at 326 pixels per inch. Under the hood, it has an A8 processor with the M8 motion coprocessor, an 8MP rear camera, and FaceTime front camera.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Consumer Reports' Surface Laptop flap is based on data from past Surface models
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:50:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
When Consumer Reports stopped recommending the Microsoft Surface Laptop and latest Microsoft Surface Book, it did so based not on those specific products’ reliability. Rather, the company used reliability surveys of earlier Surface devices (including Surface 3, Surface Pro 3, and the early Surface Book), according to a report the publication released Thursday.Microsoft apparently privately confirmed this as well, via an internal memo obtained by this week, which shows that while return rates of products like the Surface Pro 3 and Surface Book were initially atrocious, they improved substantially over time. Later Surfaces, like the Surface Hub, also never really suffered from the same issues. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Best Bluetooth speakers
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 10:38:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Updated August 14, 2017 to add our review of the JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker, which we've named to the new category of best $100 Bluetooth speaker. There was a time when Bluetooth speakers were like jelly beans: They were cheap, they all looked the same, and they were invariably of dubious quality. Times have changed. Every major audio manufacturer has at least one model on the market today, and most have several. If you haven’t listened to a Bluetooth speaker lately, you’re in for a very pleasant surprise.The industry’s progress doesn’t mean that every Bluetooth speaker justifies its price tag, no matter how inexpensive it might be. There’s still plenty of dreck floating around. Don’t worry, we’re here to help you steer clear of the junk and point you to the best speakers at the price range that fits your budget. To that end, we’ve picked the best Bluetooth speakers in four broad price ranges: budget, mid-range, high-end, and—yes, there are ultra-high-end Bluetooth speakers—price is no object. We also added an outdoor category to our coverage, with Soundcast's VG7 the first to win our praise, with the Bose Soundlink Revolve+ taking the runner-up spot.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Best home weather station: Which one should be your personal meteorologist?
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:28:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Updated August 14, 2017 to add our review of the Davis Instruments Vantage Vue wireless weather station. It's a solid offering, but it doesn't displace our current top pick, the AcuRite My AcuRite platform due the added cost Davis charges for internet connectivity. The Netatmo Weather Station—the base package plus the wind and rain gauges—remains our top recommendation for smart-home enthusiasts.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
24% off Taotronics Universal Smartphone Bike Mount - Deal Alert
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 06:33:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The Taotronics phone mount is easy to install and features a fully adjustable viewing angle, non-slip rubber grips and a one-button phone release mechanism. It averages 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon (read reviews), where its list price of $16.99 has been discounted 24% to $12.99. See this deal now on Amazon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
45% off Vastar 4-in-1 USB Charging Cable Adapter With Micro, Mini USB and Lightning - Deal Alert
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 06:31:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
This charging cable from Vastarfeatures micro and mini USB, 30-pin and lightning connectors, making it compatible with a very wide range of newer and older smartphones, tablets, USB devices and more.Equipped with a connector for iPhone 6/6 plus, 5/5s, iPad4, iPad Air, iPad mini, USB type C for Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X, Oneplus 2, 2015 MacBook with 12" Retina Display, 2015 Google Chromebook Pixel.Micro USB connector charge for most android phones, Bluetooth headset, external batteries; Mini USB connector for some additional mobile phone models, MP3, digital cameras or other devices. The list price on this cable has been reduced 45% to just $5.99. See it on Amazon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
AMD Radeon RX Vega review: Vega 56, Vega 64, and liquid-cooled Vega 64 tested
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 06:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
After months of teases and delays, the wait for Vega is finally over. On Monday, AMD launches its flagship Radeon RX 64 lineup: the $499 Radeon RX Vega 64 and the $699 liquid-cooled Radeon RX Vega 64, which is only available as part of a convoluted “Radeon Aqua Pack” bundle. Reviews are also lifting for the $399 Radeon RX Vega 56, which will hit the streets on August 28. And for the first time in a long time—over a year, in fact—the Red Team is fielding high-end graphics cards capable of challenging Nvidia’s enthusiast-class hardware.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Elgato Eve Degree review: This pricey sensor’s limited appeal is further narrowed by its HomeKit exclusivity
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 04:30:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
If you need to know the exact temperature and humidity inside your home, this stylish comfort gauge can work in concert with your HomeKit-based smart home.
JBL Flip 4 Bluetooth speaker review: Better-than-expected sound in a compact, waterproof enclosure
Mon, 14 Aug 2017 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
$100 isn’t chickenfeed, but this small speaker sounds like it should cost a lot more.
Tacoma review: Telling a tale of the future
Sat, 12 Aug 2017 04:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Show, don’t tell. It’s one of filmmaking’s oldest adages—write for the screen. Don’t drag out in dialogue what’s better served through action, left unsaid, sequestered away in subtext.I bring it up because Fullbright’s first game, Gone Home, was a master of subtext. Arriving at your family’s empty house in the middle of the night, you’re left wandering room to room, piecing together a story from the objects you find scattered about. An invoice, a rejection letter from a publisher, a milk carton, a scribbled drawing, an old newspaper clipping—Gone Home worked in subtleties, a family dynamic reduced to its material possessions.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
The Full Nerd Episode 29: Threadripper review, final Core i9 specs, and an Intel eclipse
Fri, 11 Aug 2017 17:59:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
In this week’s Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, Alaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray talk Ryzen Threadripper, reveal the latest specs on Intel's Core i9 CPUs, and wonder why on earth Intel scheduled its 8th-gen Core launch for the same day as the total eclipse?Gordon goes full John Madden and breaks out detailed benchmark charts on AMD 16-core Ryzen Threadripper 1950X. Find out why it's now the biggest, baddest CPU in the valley of nerds.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
BrandPost: Take Control of Your Communications with Enterprise Texting
Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:32:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
It’s not surprising that many employees are using text to communicate with customers. Workers, like the customers they serve, have become accustomed to messaging’s intuitive structure and fast interactions.Like customers, employees are often on the go, but always have access to their smartphones, and texting is the most widely and frequently used smartphone feature, according to a Pew Research report.Texting the simplest, most natural way of communicating. But for businesses, it isn’t necessarily the best way. Customer threads can get lost amid a multitude of personal texts. Your employees may not be delivering messages with the right tone or the right message for maximum effectiveness. Personal texts look unprofessional, and they expose employees’ personal phone numbers to customers.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
AMD Threadripper vs. Intel Core i9: The best CPU for enthusiasts
Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:14:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Intel’s Core i9 and AMD’s Ryzen Threadripper are facing off in the toughest CPU match in years. Historically, if you wanted the fastest PC chip, you bought Intel. If you wanted to save money, you went with AMD. With Threadripper, AMD claims you can have it all: a low price, and the best performance.We pitted both chips against each other in a grudge match... and each walked away claiming victory. If you’re obsessed with single-threaded performance (including games), back the Core i9 and its higher clock speeds. Threadripper 1950X’s outsized core count punches way higher in multithreaded performance, though, and it’s the people’s champion in everyday tasks and price. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
This week in games: Valve reveals a Dota card game, Overwatch adds deathmatch
Fri, 11 Aug 2017 12:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
It’s only the second week of August and already we’re in the thick of the fall release cycle—LawBreakers, Hellblade, Rez, Telltale’s Batman, and a bunch of other games launched this week. Too many games for any one person.Wait, did I say Rez? Indeed I did. That news, plus Valve’s (sigh) collectible card game, Gearbox’s new project, a glimpse of Overwatch’s new deathmatch modes, Tempest 4000, and more. This is gaming news for August 7 through 11.Not dead yet For Honor seems to have caught Battleborn disease—by which I mean “Hemorrhaging players much faster than you thought.” Maybe it’s the fault of balance issues, maybe the finally-being-fixed reliance on P2P connections, maybe just the game getting stale. Hard to tell.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Amazon has a 50-foot ethernet cable for less than $7
Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:48:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Wi-Fi is great, but for online gaming, Twitch broadcasting, or anything else that requires a stable, high bandwidth connection only a wired cable will do.If you stop at a brick and mortar store, a long ethernet cable can cost you well above $25. Amazon, however, is offering a 50-foot flat CAT 6 ethernet cable for just $6.90 right now. That makes it pretty cheap to reach theclosest router from out-of-the-way corners in your home.The item is sold by CableMonsta, but it's fulfilled by Amazon and is covered by Amazon's return policy. To get the deal, sign-in with your Amazon account, then redeem the "buy 1, get 42% off" coupon listed under the price. (You may need to be logged in from a desktop computer to see it.) You'll see the discount during checkout.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
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