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Trump reportedly approves TikTok sale to Oracle, Walmart
Sat, 19 Sep 2020 16:19:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
President Trump has signed off on a deal that will put TikTok’s U.S. operations under control of Oracle, Walmart, and other U.S. investors, apparently in exchange for a $5 billion fund that Oracle and Walmart would set up to fund the education of young Americans.The Wall Street Journal reported that both Walmart and Oracle would share approximately a 20 percent stake in the new company, which would be headquartered in the United States. In total, U.S. investors would own 53 percent, Chinese investors would own a 36 percent stake, with European investors taking up about 11 percent, the paper said.To read this article in full, please click here
You don't need a futuristic PC to run Cyberpunk 2077, but you might want one
Fri, 18 Sep 2020 14:03:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Cyberpunk 2077 looks like a truly next-gen game from everything we’ve seen, but you won’t need a futuristic rig to run it. CD Projekt Red unveiled the system requirements for the hotly anticipated game on Friday, and they’re surprisingly forgiving. You’ll need more powerful gear to unlock the real eye candy, though.On the processor front, your needs are minimal: an ancient Intel Core i5-3570K or AMD FX-8310 CPU. That's likely because Cyberpunk 2077 is also landing on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, which rock ancient, atrocious AMD Jaguar cores. You’ll need only a 3GB GeForce GTX 780 or Radeon RX 470 graphics card, too, so this should run on most modern gaming PCs, even modest ones. The 8GB RAM and 70GB storage requirements are probably more onerous than the CPU and GPU demands.To read this article in full, please click here
The best CPUs for gaming: Next-gen Ryzen chips are coming
Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:35:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Buying a processor for a gaming rig isn’t as hard as it used to be. Now that Ryzen 3000-series and Intel’s 10th-gen Core CPUs come with more performance and cores than ever before, it’s hard to buy a stinker these days—especially because most games favor graphics firepower over CPU oomph. 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:To read this article in full, please click here
Windows 10's October 2020 Update is ready to download
Fri, 18 Sep 2020 11:02:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Microsoft said Friday that it has finalized its next Windows 10 feature release, code-named 20H2, which it has now released to beta testers as the Windows 10 October 2020 Update.“We believe that Build 19042.508 is the final build and still plan on continuing to improve the overall experience of the October 2020 Update on customers’ PCs as part of our normal servicing cadence,” Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc, a senior program manager at Microsoft on the Windows Insider Program team, wrote in a blog post.To read this article in full, please click here
Windows 10 October 2020 Update review: Microsoft nudges Windows ahead slightly
Fri, 18 Sep 2020 10:33:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Microsoft’s Windows 10 October 2020 Update (20H2) update will usher the new Microsoft Edge browser onto millions of PCs, while upgrading the venerable Alt + Tab shortcut with a needed new function. But Microsoft’s designers have turned the once-colorful Start menu into watery gruel with a less-than-impressive visual update.All in all, the Windows 10 October 2020 Update is another in a line of anemic fall feature updates. And that’s okay! We expected this. For the past two to three years, Microsoft’s major feature updates have coalesced within the “spring” releases, leaving mainly minor patches and quality updates for the fall release. (See the Windows 10 November 2019 Update.) This year is no different, though the small list of changes do allow for some interesting tweaks to your Windows 10 PC.To read this article in full, please click here
RIP: Nvidia slams the final nail in SLI's coffin, no new profiles after 2020
Fri, 18 Sep 2020 10:09:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Pour one out, enthusiasts. Nvidia’s beastly new GeForce RTX 30-series graphics cards just slammed the final nail into SLI’s coffin. Well, almost.A glaring fact jumped out at me while I was sifting through Nvidia’s product pages for our GeForce RTX 30-series vs. RTX 20-series spec comparison: Only the monstrous $1,500 GeForce RTX 3090 includes support for NVLink, the proprietary connector that enables SLI mult-GPU configurations. Even the $800 GeForce RTX 3080 lacks it, and Nvidia calls that graphics card the 30-series flagship. (The RTX 3090 is a “BFGPU” above and beyond the rest.) Given that Nvidia controls 80 percent of the graphics card market, it seems clear that the days of slapping multiple graphics cards into your PC to boost frame rates is effectively over. To read this article in full, please click here
Time is running out on TikTok, WeChat downloads on iPhones and Android phones
Fri, 18 Sep 2020 09:21:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
While we await word of a sale or some kind of a compromise, the popular TikTok and WeChat mobile apps will be removed from Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store at midnight on Monday, September 21. The announcement follows months of jockeying and negotiations after the Trump Administration put the two apps on notice for allegedly collecting personal data from U.S. citizens and funneling it to the Chinese government.To read this article in full, please click here
The best graphics cards for PC gaming: GeForce RTX 30-series changes the game
Fri, 18 Sep 2020 08:52:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
“What graphics card within my budget gives me the best bang for my buck?”That simple question cuts to the core of what people hunting for a new graphics card look for: the most oomph they can afford. Sure, the technological leaps behind each new GPU can be interesting on their own, but most everyone just wants to crank up the detail settings on Battlefield and get right to playing. Gaming GPU cheat sheet Our quick-hit recommendations: Best budget GPU: GeForce GTX 1650 Super [amazon.com] Best 1080p GPU: GeForce GTX 1660 Super [newegg.com] Best 1440p GPU: None, or GeForce RTX 3080 [nvidia.com] Best 4K/60Hz GPU: GeForce RTX 3080 [nvidia.com] Updated September 18, 2020 to update the news, 1440p, and 4K sections with information about Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 30-series resetting performance baselines, and to name the RTX 3080 the best option for high refresh rate 1440p and 4K gaming.To read this article in full, please click here
Do you need a new power supply for Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3080?
Fri, 18 Sep 2020 03:30:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Do you need to upgrade your power supply for Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card? That’s a concern many people have, but it’s actually two concerns clumped into one.First, people fear they’ll need a new PSU to handle the new 12-pin connector on Nvidia’s own RTX 3080 Founders Edition. Second, the RTX 3080 pulls more wattage than even the prior-gen RTX 2080 Ti flagship. That's why Nvidia bumped the recommend power supply rating up to 750 watts to compensate, up from a 650W maximum last go-round.To read this article in full, please click here
Klipsch The Fives review: These Bluetooth bookshelf speakers deliver smooth, refined sound
Fri, 18 Sep 2020 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
But the sonic balance tips toward the bass and away from the mids and highs.
Graphics card zombies: 7 GPUs you absolutely shouldn't buy now
Fri, 18 Sep 2020 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
We’ve been telling you for a while that it’s an awful time to buy a graphics card, but now we’re serious. Nvidia’s next-gen GeForce RTX 3080 is here (with the RTX 3070 and 3090 coming soon), and it basically turns all GPUs that came before it into the walking dead—graphics cards that aren't worth buying unless they’re deeply discounted.Don’t get me wrong: These are all still great graphics cards if you already own one. But if you bought any of the seven last-gen GPUs listed below right now, without a substantial discount that takes the value of RTX 30-series graphics cards into account, you’d be the sucker that retailers are hoping to find. Let’s get you smart so that doesn’t happen.To read this article in full, please click here
Orbit B-hyve XR sprinkler timer review: One of the best smart irrigation systems
Fri, 18 Sep 2020 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
It’s not perfect, but the B-hyve XR is both flexible and reasonably priced.
Why Tile Pro isn't working with your iPhone, and what to do
Thu, 17 Sep 2020 15:13:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
If you suddenly can’t seem to get your Tile Pro to be seen by your iPhone, you’re not alone. The company has acknowledged that some of the users of its Tile Pro locator beacons were having issues locating their Tiles. Tiles use Bluetooth LE to help you find your keys, wallet or even pets, from your phone. The problem appears mostly limited to those who use the company’s Tile Pro units on an iPhone. For example, a Tile Slim might still be seen by your iPhone, but the Tile Pro won’t respond no matter how close you get or how many times you power-cycle your phone or Bluetooth. PCWorld has also tested Tile Pro units on Android without issue. The Tile app on two different iPhones, meanwhile, had issues seeing Tile Pro units.To read this article in full, please click here
How to get the screenshot button back on your Pixel phone in Android 11
Thu, 17 Sep 2020 13:09:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
You might not have noticed many changes to Android 11 when you updated your Pixel phone last week—unless you tried to take a screenshot on your Pixel 2 or Pixel 3. Depending on which navigation method you selected, you might have lost the handy screenshot shortcut that was built into the power button.While Google has taken away two-button navigation on the Pixel 4 and 4a, it remains on the Pixel 2 and 3, which is where the problems begin. If you were using 2-button navigation on Android 10—with the pill-shaped home button and back arrow—it’ll remain on Android 11. However, like the other Pixel phones, when you long-press the power button, you’ll get a whole new set of options. At the top are three buttons for Emergency, Lockdown, and Power, followed by Google Pay and Home actions.To read this article in full, please click here
Mozilla's RegretsReporter browser extension will try to learn why YouTube is awful
Thu, 17 Sep 2020 10:38:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
You’re casually browsing through YouTube, video after video. Suddenly, you jolt upright. Some content creator you’ve never heard of is trying to tell you the moon landing was faked...or worse. A lot worse. And like you, Mozilla’s RegretsReporter browser plugin wants to know how in the world that happened.In a way, Mozilla’s new RegretsReporter plugin—available for Mozilla Firefox and Chrome—takes a look back at the ”Elsagate” scandal of 2017: when videos supposedly depicting child-friendly characters were put into bizarre, disturbing situations by creators hoping to game YouTube’s recommendation algorithm. YouTube said later that it had demonetized those types of videos and prevented them from appearing on YouTube Kids.To read this article in full, please click here
Intel 11th-gen Core i7-1185G7 Tiger Lake Preview: It's (mostly) faster than Ryzen
Thu, 17 Sep 2020 08:35:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Intel’s 11th-gen Tiger Lake is perhaps the most important laptop CPU launch for the company. While previous generations suffered no real competition from AMD, Tiger Lake enters the ring facing a legitimate foe: Ryzen 4000.You can read up on AMD’s game-changing Ryzen 9 4800HS, or its recently surfaced and equally impressive Ryzen 7 4800U for mainstream laptops. And yes, that was a budget Acer beating a Core i7 MacBook senseless.To read this article in full, please click here
How to use Microsoft Rewards to get Xbox Game Pass for PC (and more!) for free
Thu, 17 Sep 2020 08:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
While Microsoft's Game Pass for PC is scheduled to more than double in price as it  comes out of beta this week, don't despair! Microsoft Rewards is your ticket to getting the best deal in gaming, for free.Microsoft Rewards is basically free money, and not enough of you know how to use it. We’re going to show you how to use Microsoft Rewards to help buy all the things you want—an Xbox Series X! Starbucks! Amazon gift cards!—beginning with the awesome Game Pass for PC subscription.Like the name says, Microsoft Rewards is Microsoft’s incentive program for using its consumer services. Using Bing earns you points. Playing Xbox games can earn you points. Playing PC games can earn you points. You can “chase points” as much as you’d like, and earn more and more. Or you can chill, go about your daily activities as you normally would, and still earn points. All of these points can be traded in for stuff you'll actually want.To read this article in full, please click here
The Full Nerd ep. 150: GeForce RTX 3080 review, Radeon RX 6000 teases
Thu, 17 Sep 2020 07:46:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Ung, Brad Chacos, Alaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray dive into graphics, graphics, and more graphics, because it’s GeForce RTX 3080 time.Brad kicks things off with his review of Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition. Bottom line? It’s an absolute beast, and a quiet one at that, but you may need to upgrade your power supply to feed it. Check out all his coverage below:To read this article in full, please click here
What cable do I buy for my HDMI 2.1 graphics card? | Ask an expert
Thu, 17 Sep 2020 07:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Q: I plan to buy an Nvidia RTX 3080 because of its HDMI 2.1 support—it’ll pair nicely with my LG C9 TV. I’ve researched cables, but information about actual HDMI 2.1 48Gbps compliant ones is all over the place. Do you have a recommendation for what to buy?If you’re able to shop at a physical store, the easiest solution is to look for an Ultra High Speed HDMI cable when they become available in Q4 2020. Cables with that specific label must support all HDMI 2.1 features, including bandwidth up to 48Gbps—and can only earn the designation after undergoing mandatory certification from the HDMI Licensing Administrator group, which oversees the HDMI specification. Genuine products will have an official QR code and hologram on the packaging that you can scan in a mobile app for verification.To read this article in full, please click here
MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio review: A silent, face-melting behemoth
Thu, 17 Sep 2020 06:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The GeForce RTX 3080 hits the streets today. Fueled by Nvidia’s next-gen Ampere GPU architecture, it wields enough power to trample its predecessor, the GeForce RTX 2080, by up to 80 percent. Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition showed just how dominant this new GPU is—and how much juice it requires to push that many pixels. The spectacular Founders Edition deploys a new 12-pin connector and unique “flow-through” cooler design to tame the beastly RTX 3080.But Nvidia’s $699 Founders Edition isn’t the only RTX 3080 in stores today. In an unusual move, a wide range of customized graphics cards by Nvidia partners will also be available on day one, including the $750 MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio 10G on our test bench today. Where Nvidia turned to technical tricks with its Founders Edition, MSI cranks its overpowering card to 11. The MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio 10G overclocks the GPU to 1800MHz, feeds it with a trio of 8-pin connectors, then cools it down with a massive three-slot, triple fan cooler loaded with new technologies and yes, RGB lights. It dwarfs Nvidia’s offering.To read this article in full, please click here
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080: 3440x1440 ultrawide benchmarks
Thu, 17 Sep 2020 03:29:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Nvidia’s Ampere-powered GeForce RTX 3080 chews up games and spits out frames for breakfast, as we covered in-depth in our comprehensive Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition review. You need a pixel-packed monitor to get the most out of it, though—like a 3440x1440 ultrawide display.Our initial tests of the GeForce RTX 3080 showed it really flexing its muscles at 4K resolution, where the graphics workload is so heavy that your CPU is pretty much taken out of the equation. At 4K, the RTX 3080 performed up to a whopping 80 percent faster than its RTX 2080 predecessor in some games. Stepping down to 1440p, the RTX 3080 continues to dominate, but not quite as much as at 4K, because at the lower resolution your CPU struggles to feed frames to the ultra-fast graphics card fast enough. A 3440x1440 ultrawide monitor splits the difference between the two more standard resolutions.To read this article in full, please click here
Over-the-air DVR: An illustrated guide for cord-cutters
Thu, 17 Sep 2020 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
TiVo vs. Tablo vs. HDHomeRun: An illustrated guide to cord-cutting DVRs
Asustor AS6602T (LockerStor 2) review: This NAS box is a super streamer
Thu, 17 Sep 2020 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
It provides fast network storage and a great feature set, but NVMe caching adds a lot to its price tag without delivering much in the way of hard benefits to the home user.
Report: Microsoft is readying a new Surface Pro X, maybe with 64-bit support
Wed, 16 Sep 2020 16:36:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Microsoft may announce support for emulating 64-bit Windows apps alongside a refresh of the Surface Pro X this fall, according to a report.Sources talking to Windows Central report that Microsoft plans a refreshed Surface Pro X using Microsoft’s SQ1 chip, a derivative of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G, itself the next iteration of the Snapdragon 8cx chip that powered notebooks like the Samsung Galaxy Book S. Microsoft's version of the 8cx Gen 2 5G would reportedly be called the SQ2.To read this article in full, please click here
Oculus plans to kill off PC-only VR in 2021
Wed, 16 Sep 2020 15:38:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
After launching its latest standalone VR headset, the Oculus Quest 2, on Wednesday, Facebook quietly dropped a bombshell: Oculus is moving away from PC-only VR headsets.The company that introduced the original Oculus Rift in 2016, which relied on the PC’s native CPU for the rendering, said in a blog post that it “won’t pursue PC-only hardware” any more. To read this article in full, please click here
Sony's $499 PlayStation 5 launches November 12
Wed, 16 Sep 2020 14:07:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
A week to the day after Microsoft announced pricing for its imminent next-gen consoles, Sony struck back with firm details of its own during a digital event on Wednesday. The PlayStation 5 will cost $499, while the disc-less PlayStation 5 Digital Edition will cost $399 when they launch on November 12 in several countries. Preorders will start tomorrow at select retailers.Microsoft’s flagship Xbox Series X will also cost $499 when it launches November 10 alongside the stripped-down $299 Xbox Series S. That’s an incredibly competitive price for the level of hardware inside the Xbox Series X. Microsoft’s console probably puts your PC to shame.To read this article in full, please click here
Oculus Quest 2 VR headset launches for $299, with 2K/90Hz performance
Wed, 16 Sep 2020 14:05:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The Oculus Quest 2 is here. Announced Wednesday at Facebook Connect, it builds upon the untethered appeal of Facebook’s original Oculus Quest, whose freedom of movement came with performance limitations. Oculus Quest 2 brings important improvements—most notably, 2K displays running at 90Hz.While many details of Facebook’s new Oculus Quest 2 headset leaked out early, what we didn’t know was the price: $299, a significantly cheaper option versus the $399 Oculus charged for the Facebook Quest. Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, introduced the Quest 2 by identifying the $299 price point. But there will apparently be two models:  the $299 model with 64GB of storage, and a more expensive $399, 256GB model, according to Road2VR.com, which received a briefing on the Quest 2 news. Preorders will begin October 13.To read this article in full, please click here
Facebook will bring multiple displays into VR with 'Infinite Office'
Wed, 16 Sep 2020 12:18:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The new Facebook Oculus Quest 2 isn’t just about playing games. Facebook also debuted a concept called “Infinite Office,” a Facebook “experiment” that will move the concept of multiple displays into virtual reality when it debuts this winter.Facebook will even get around the problem of typing in VR—when, otherwise, you wouldn’t be able to see your hands—by partnering with Logitech on a keyboard. The Infinite Office keyboard will exist in the real world and be seen by the Oculus Quest 2 hardware as well.Facebook’s idea is that productivity should exist in the virtual space, as well as in the real world. With so many people working from home, they may not have a large physical workspace upon which they can mount many monitors—which improves productivity for most people. By placing those monitors in a virtual space, Infinite Office allows users to surround themselves with screens, and thus accomplish more during their workday.To read this article in full, please click here
Amazon Music rolls out free podcasts, taking on Spotify
Wed, 16 Sep 2020 08:50:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
DJ Khaled, Becky G, Will Smith and more are slated to produce exclusive Amazon Music podcasts.
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Founders Edition review: Staggeringly powerful
Wed, 16 Sep 2020 06:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card symbolizes why we tell people to wait for the second generation when bleeding-edge technology appears.The radical new-look Turing GPUs inside Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 20-series packed all sorts of cutting-edge technologies designed to usher in real-time ray tracing, a long sought-after goal for the gaming industry. Not only did Turing introduce specialized RT cores devoted to processing ray tracing tasks, it also debuted tensor cores, dedicated hardware that uses machine learning to help denoise ray traced visuals and enable AI-enhanced tools like the fantastic Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) technology. Turing’s improvements also extended to the traditional shader cores, introducing an overhauled processing pipeline better equipped to handle games built using the newer DirectX 12 and Vulkan graphics APIs. All of these were huge departures from the norm.To read this article in full, please click here
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