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How to type kaomoji on your PC in Windows 10
Tue, 21 May 2019 16:09:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
How can I type kaomoji on my PC? And what are kaomoji, anyway? Fortunately, the answers to both questions are simple, and easily accessible within Windows 10's May 2019 Update. The familiar emoji keyboard within Windows has been expanded to include both kaomoji and symbols, and adding them to Facebook, Twitter, and other social media apps is extremely easy. What’s a kaomoji? A kaomoji is simply a more complex emoticon, the predecessor to the emoji. You’re probably familiar with the smiley :) or winky ;) which consist of familiar punctuation symbols combined to form an expression.That’s an emoticon. Emoji are simply pictorial representations of emoticons, so that a winky symbol is represented as a 😉.  To read this article in full, please click here
Huawei devices disappear from Microsoft Store and Best Buy, but remain on Amazon, Newegg
Tue, 21 May 2019 12:24:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Microsoft appears to have pulled Huawei's Matebook X Pro from its online shelves, and Best Buy, too, has followed suit. Huawei phones and devices are still available from Amazon and Newegg as of this posting, however.Neither the Huawei Matebook X Pro nor the Huawei Matebook 13 appear on Microsoft's Store site, though at least the Matebook X Pro appeared previously, as the Verge noted. The only reference to Huawei on the site is via third-party apps that reference Huawei services, none of which appear to be authored by Huawei.To read this article in full, please click here
Windows 10 May 2019 Update review: Sandbox and a better Windows Update improve your PC
Tue, 21 May 2019 12:23:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Microsoft’s Windows 10 May 2019 Update offers some badly needed improvements to Windows Update, a much speedier search function, and troubleshooters that solve problems on their own. There’s even an updated emoji keyboard with symbols and the more sophisticated kaomoji (❁´◡`❁). The best feature, however, is the cool new Windows Sandbox. The May 2019 Update (also known as 19H1 or version 1903) may not officially be pushed to your PC until later in May, but it’s already available if you want to manually download it via Windows Update. We've also compiled a separate roundup of the best hidden features of the Windows 10 May 2019 Update that lurk beneath what we've talked about here, including a better Focus Assist and reserved storage. To read this article in full, please click here
Microsoft's Windows 10 May 2019 Update is live—here's how to get it
Tue, 21 May 2019 11:30:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Microsoft said Tuesday that it has begun making the Windows 10 May 2019 Update generally available, though the company said that it will take a “measured and throttled approach” toward rolling it out. Microsoft also implied that if your PC hasn’t already automatically upgraded to the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, PCs on that version and earlier releases will begin updating this June, as they reach what Microsoft calls the end of service date on November 12, 2019.To receive the Windows 10 May 2019 Update now, you can go to the Windows 10 Settings menu, go to Update & Security, and click the Check for updates button at the top of the page. That will be received by Microsoft as a request for the update.To read this article in full, please click here
Firefox 67 arrives with faster performance and enhanced Private Browsing features
Tue, 21 May 2019 10:22:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Mozilla released Firefox version 67 on Tuesday, promising that the browser is 40 to 80 percent faster compared to a year ago. Firefox 67 also ships with a number of other new features, including amped-up Private Mode options and an intriguing GPU acceleration tool.Ever since Firefox Quantum overhauled the browser's backbone at the end of 2017, Firefox has emphasized speed as a niche in the crowded field of competing browsers. As our recent browser tests showed (based on Firefox 64) it’s a niche that the company has somewhat exploited—Firefox is indeed fast, but so is its competition. Opera remains our favorite browser.To read this article in full, please click here
Apple upgrades processors in MacBook Pro, 8-core 15-inch model now available
Tue, 21 May 2019 10:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Apple's MacBook Pro now features eight- and ninth-generation Intel Core procesors.
The powerful, feature-packed Neato Botvac D6 Connected gets a ludicrous $330 discount
Tue, 21 May 2019 08:08:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Using a robot vacuum to care for your home not only makes you look cool, but adds some hands-free convenience to your cleaning routine. Of course, they can get a little pricey, but today you can get one of our favorites on a ludicrous sale. The Neato Botvac D6 Connected is $400 at Best BuyRemove non-product link today, a massive discount from the $730 list price that it’s selling for at other retailers.To read this article in full, please click here
Observation review: Old science fiction meets New Weird in this 2001: A Space Odyssey homage
Tue, 21 May 2019 07:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The camera whirs into focus. Distorts. Whirs into focus again. Scanlines and static make the scene hard to process at first, but they slowly fade. There’s an astronaut here—Emma Fisher, one of your crew. She sounds worried. “That wasn’t good. SAM, run your self diagnostic procedure. What errors are you showing?”You check, one memory module at a time. The first one, mostly red, displays 95% degradation. The second, 93%. The remaining two, similar. “The main memory core has been corrupted,” you say. “I have lost significant station data.” Your voice is calm. The implications are not. There’s been some sort of accident onboard the Low Orbit Space Station, maybe an explosion, and nobody knows why. Not even you, the ship’s artificial intelligence.To read this article in full, please click here
How Google's Huawei license ban could change Android and smartphones forever
Tue, 21 May 2019 06:20:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
A bad month has just gotten a whole lot worse for Huawei. According to a Reuters report and confirmed by the two companies, Google is preparing to cut off the China-based smartphone maker’s Android license, preventing future Huawei phones (such as the upcoming Mate 30) from using the Play Store and Google’s popular apps and services.The bombshell comes just days after President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order barring U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment made by firms that “pose a national security risk.” While the order didn’t single out Huawei, the Commerce Department simultaneously added Huawei to its Entity List, effectively banning the smartphone maker from buying parts and components from U.S. companies without explicit government approval. Together, the two moves make it extremely difficult for any U.S. company to do business with Huawei.To read this article in full, please click here
Amazon's huge one-day PC sale slashes prices on laptops, mice, keyboards, and more by up to 50%
Tue, 21 May 2019 06:17:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Amazon’s current one-day sale is one you don’t want to miss if you’re on the lookout for fresh PC gear. The online retailer is dropping prices on laptops, gaming headsets, mice, keyboards, and moreRemove non-product link. Some of these deals are up to 50 percent off, according to Amazon. The top picks we've curated from the sale didn’t quite hit that mark, but we found some really nice deals that are at, or close to, their all-time lows.To read this article in full, please click here
Vizio 2019 product showcase: The value-oriented manufacturer has an impressive lineup
Tue, 21 May 2019 06:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Vizio TVs and soundbars get better every year while maintaining down-to-earth prices, which is great news for consumers.
RoomMe promises to make your smart home more intelligent
Tue, 21 May 2019 06:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
This ceiling-mounted occupancy sensor triggers smart home devices based on who enters the room.
Windows Sandbox: How to use Microsoft's simple virtual Windows PC to secure your digital life
Tue, 21 May 2019 03:46:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Microsoft may be positioning its upcoming, easy-peasy Windows Sandbox within the Windows 10 May 2019 Update as a safe zone for testing untrusted applications, but it’s much more than that. Windows Sandbox, and sandboxing PC apps in general, give you a solution for trying a “utility” that may be malware, or a website that you’re not sure about. You could leave those potentially dangerous elements alone, but with Sandbox, you can be a little more adventurous. Windows Sandbox creates a secure “Windows within Windows” virtual machine environment entirely from scratch, and walls it off from your “real” PC. You can open a browser and surf securely, download apps, even visit websites that you probably shouldn’t. Sandbox also includes a unique convenience: you can copy files in and out of the virtual PC, bringing them out of quarantine if you’re absolutely sure they’re safe.To read this article in full, please click here
BrandPost: Use GPU-accelerated VideoProc to easily process 4K video, audio, and DVDs
Mon, 20 May 2019 14:47:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
More and more people are using mobile phones, 4K ultra high-definition (UHD) cameras, GoPro action cameras, drones, and other devices to shoot exciting video. But when it comes to sharing and displaying the output, the results can often be disappointing, lacking the polish of professional footage. Now, whether you’re a novice or a pro, you can take advantage of VideoProc on your Windows PC to utilize full hardware acceleration to process and touch up your footage.Turning raw footage into polished videosTo read this article in full, please click here
Need a dragon fix after Game of Thrones’ finale? Head to Elder Scrolls Online’s Elsweyr expansion
Mon, 20 May 2019 11:06:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
ZeniMax Online either has an impeccable sense of timing, or it’s so lucky that all its employees should go buy lottery tickets this second. The smoke and memes have barely cleared in the aftermath of last night’s series finale of Game of Thrones, and yet, mere hours later, ZeniMax is kicking open the gates of early access for Elder Scrolls Online’s Elsweyr expansion ahead of its official release in two weeks. (Only for PC and Mac users, though—if you’re on a console, you’ll have to wait until June 4.)Elsweyr is a perfect chaser for HBO’s tale of politics and fantastic beasts. You’ll see dragons, for one, and lots of them. You’ll find family members with decidedly different opinions about the invasion of a city, and you’ll even find an army of the undead worked into the mix. And if that all sounds a little too familiar, get this: Elsweyr’s also got a bunch of cat people. And we all know how much the Internet loves its cats.To read this article in full, please click here
Save $100 on the luxurious Bowers & Wilkins PX Active noise-cancelling wireless headphones
Mon, 20 May 2019 08:36:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
A solid set of noise-cancelling headphones can be a lifesaver in offices, commutes, homes, and all the other noisy places you spend your life. And today, you can get one of our favorite pairs, the luxurious Bowers & Wilkins PX Active noise-cancelling wireless headphones, for $300 on Amazon. That’s down from a list price of $400 and the lowest we’ve ever seen them.“The Bowers & Wilkins PX headphones’ excellent audio fidelity and solid noise cancellation make these a set of headphones all but the most fussy audiophiles will be happy to own,” we declared in a glowing 4-star review of this headset.To read this article in full, please click here
Google pulls Huawei's Android license: 5 reasons not to panic (yet) if you own a Huawei phone
Mon, 20 May 2019 08:07:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The future just got a little dicey for millions of Huawei fans. Following a Trump administration Executive Order last week that put Huawei in the U.S. government’s crosshairs, Google has reportedly pulled its Android app, search, and Play Store license from the smartphone giant, leaving future phones in doubt and current handsets in limbo while the details get sorted out.To read this article in full, please click here
Logitech's couch-friendly K600 TV keyboard has never been this cheap
Mon, 20 May 2019 06:59:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
If you’ve been pining for a couch-friendly keyboard with an integrated trackpad for the living room, today’s your lucky day. Amazon dropped the price of the Logitech K600 TV keyboard to $50. That’s down from a $70 list price, and the $60 street price this keyboard recently hovered around.The keyboard has a 15 meter wireless range using an included USB dongle. It works with Windows and Mac PCs, as well as Android and iOS devices. Being a living room-focused peripheral, the Logitech K600 can also connect directly to select smart TVs, including Samsung Tizen-based units from 2016, LG TVs rocking webOS 2016 or newer, and Sony Bravia sets running Android TV 2016 and up.To read this article in full, please click here
The Lutron Aurora handily solves the smart bulb, dumb switch predicament
Mon, 20 May 2019 06:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
This battery-powered dimmer retrofits toggle switches controlling Philips Hue and other Zigbee smart bulbs, so they can’t be turned off by accident.
FileShadow review: 100GB of free online storage plus local data backup and consolidation
Mon, 20 May 2019 04:07:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
FileShadow is a free backup program that's grown up. It started as a very nice cloud storage consolidator with advanced search and sharing abilities. It could transfer from various online storage services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive to its own facilities, as well as tag photos and perform OCR on your PDFs. Good stuff, but not PC backup. Stop the presses! Or actually, start them up: The company has added both Windows and macOS backup clients. Good thing—free 100GB storage accounts don’t grow on trees these days. This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best free backup services. Go there for information on competing products and how we tested them. To read this article in full, please click here
Best smart speakers: Which deliver the best combination of digital assistant and audio performance?
Mon, 20 May 2019 03:01:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
With models based on Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and others to come, we’ll help you find just the right model for you.
How to use Siri for hands-free Apple TV control
Mon, 20 May 2019 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Siri can control your Apple TV with hands-free voice commands. Here's how.
Marshall Stanmore II Voice review: This voice-controlled Bluetooth speaker has the iconic look of rock royalty
Mon, 20 May 2019 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The sound quality is fairly good overall, especially with rock music, but I had several problems with its operation.
Asus ZenFone 6 hands on: Flipping the script to take on the OnePlus 7 Pro
Mon, 20 May 2019 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Even if they hadn’t released within days of each other, it’s impossible not to compare the Asus ZenFone 6 to the OnePlus 7 Pro. They both have Snapdragon 855 processors, funky selfie cams, and near-stock Android skins. And they’re both a whole lot cheaper than their premium counterparts.But while we expected the OnePlus 7 Pro to stand out in the field, the Asus ZenFone 6 may be one of the most surprising phones of the year so far. Where last year’s ZenFone 5z was an iPhone imitator with an ugly notch, forced AI camera gimmicks, and a heavy-handed skin, Asus has completely reimagined its smartphone experience for this year’s model: The camera cutout is gone, the AI scene detector is little more than a toggle, and ZenUI has been all but jettisoned. It’s a refreshing change that makes the ZenFone 6 feel more like a reboot than a annual refresh. That’s exactly what Asus needs to take on OnePlus 7 Pro, the ZenFone 6’s most obvious competitor. To read this article in full, please click here
Score over $1,750-worth of coding courses for a price you pick
Sun, 19 May 2019 14:12:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
It's no secret that coding is one of the most lucrative skills you can learn today. But, with a myriad of languages out there, finding the best ones to master first can be challenging. Featuring 13 courses on HTML, Ruby, and more languages used by today's coding pros, the Pay What You Want: The Legendary Learn to Code Bundle can remove the guesswork and get you adding new coding languages to your repertoire—all for a price you get to pick.To read this article in full, please click here
Learn how to design your own Amazon Echo clone for just $29
Sun, 19 May 2019 14:12:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Home automation devices continue to gain popularity. But some consumer-grade products boast only limited abilities, leading some people to go the DIY route. Want to learn how to make your own for cheap? Then try The Complete Raspberry Pi and Alexa A-Z Bundle, discounted to just $29.If you’ve got even just a passing interest in electronics, then this package is ideal. It includes four courses that’ll teach you how to turn an economical Raspberry Pi microcomputer into a Amazon Alexa compatible home automation device. You’ll learn RPi essentials, discover how to create custom Alexa skills, and you’ll even design your own Amazon Echo clone.To read this article in full, please click here
You can learn Python programming with this $35 bundle
Sun, 19 May 2019 14:11:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Python’s simplicity makes it an ideal language for first time programmers to learn. And now anyone can learn Python programming for cheap with The Complete Python Certification Bootcamp Bundle, which has been temporarily discounted to just $34.99.This bundle, which is normally valued at over $2,000, features twelve courses that’ll turn virtually anyone into a Python coding expert. Students will learn the highly readable syntax, find out the many applications of Python, and be able to create their own code fast. It’s more flexible than traditional classroom training, which makes it perfect for people that have other life commitments.To read this article in full, please click here
You can train to be a certified Excel expert for just $49
Sun, 19 May 2019 14:10:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The job market is competitive. To be the successful applicant, you’ll need to possess skills that others simply do not have. If you want to position yourself for success, then you'll want to start training with The A to Z Microsoft Excel Certification Training Bundle, discounted by over 90 percent to just $49.This package is ideal for job seekers in nearly every employment sector. It includes eight courses that’ll familiarize students with the world’s top spreadsheet software title, Microsoft Excel. They’ll learn how spreadsheets work, how to apply them to business, and become adept with Excel’s many features. They’ll even walk away with certifications that prove their expertise.To read this article in full, please click here
These WD 10TB My Book and 4TB My Passport deals are so insane we thought they were a mistake
Sun, 19 May 2019 10:08:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Editor's note 1:05 pm ET: These deals are currently unavailable but we recommend checking periodically throughout the day in case they pop up again.Even if you don’t need any more storage for your PC right now, you might want to consider grabbing one of these Western Digital Amazon deals, since we don't know how long they will last. Today Amazon is selling WD 10TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive for $80Remove non-product link, 73 percent off its list price and the 4TB My Passport drive for $55Remove non-product link, 65 percent off and far below the previous low price of $90.To read this article in full, please click here
This week in games: World of Warcraft Classic enters beta, another new Vampire: The Masquerade game
Fri, 17 May 2019 12:44:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Okay, making the E3 schedule and...wait, Netflix? Really? Netflix is at E3 this year?That news, plus Ubisoft delays one game and jokes about another, a second Vampire: The Masquerade game is announced, World of Warcraft Classic opens beta signups, Metro details its two expansions, and KFC gets put in its place by Respawn. Sigh.This is gaming news for May 13 to 17.Ski Free It’s basically summer, which makes this timing a bit funny—like buying a winter coat on-sale at the end of the season—but if you’re longing for the slopes and need something to tide you over until next fall, Steep is currently free through Uplay. That’s Ubisoft’s ski/snowboard/wingsuit/paraglide simulator, if you need a refresher. Released in late 2016, I played it for an hour or two back then and found it a bit stiff, but it’s hard to fault free. You can nab your copy here, anytime before May 21.To read this article in full, please click here
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