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This week in games: Battlefield V teases its battle royale mode, Deep Silver acquires TimeSplitters
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 12:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
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.To read this article in full, please click here
The best laptops: Premium laptops, cheap laptops, 2-in-1s, and more
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 11:54:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
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. To read this article in full, please click here
The best CPUs for gaming
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 09:03:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
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.Updated August 17, 2018 with confirmation of an Intel 9000-series by motherboard vendors.To read this article in full, please click here
How next-gen motion capture will supercharge VR arcades
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 09:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
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.    To read this article in full, please click here
Amazon slashes up to 20% off Fitbit Charge 2 as Charge 3 rumors heat up
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 07:59:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
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.To read this article in full, please click here
T-Mobile will reportedly sell the OnePlus 6T, which is great… for everyone but you
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 07:36:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
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.”To read this article in full, please click here
Robot Cache, a Steam rival that lets you sell your 'used' games and mine cryptocoins, opens signups
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 07:21:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
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.To read this article in full, please click here
Upgrade your gaming rig with these sweet GTX 1080 Ti and ultrawide monitor deals
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 07:01:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
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.To read this article in full, please click here
How to transform your laptop into a gaming powerhouse with an external graphics card
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 04:52:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
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.To read this article in full, please click here
Fnatic Streak RGB review: A gaming keyboard that punches well above its price
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 03:07:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
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.To read this article in full, please click here
Smart home systems: DIY vs. hiring a professional
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
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
Fri, 17 Aug 2018 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
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)
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 12:37:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
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.To read this article in full, please click here
PCWorld's August Digital Magazine: Intel Kaby Lake G review
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:32:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
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—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.To read this article in full, please click here
Intel rolls out NUC mini-PCs with 10nm 'Cannon Lake' CPUs and AMD Radeon graphics
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 08:59:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
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.To read this article in full, please click here
Microsoft's Surface Laptop is on sale for $699 at Amazon, a huge $300 discount
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 07:35:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
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.To read this article in full, please click here
Steam may get tools to play Windows games on Linux and Mac, code deep-dive finds
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 07:08:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
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.To read this article in full, please click here
Newegg's selling a GeForce GTX 1070 Ti with MSI's potent custom cooler for $70 off
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 06:43:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
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. To read this article in full, please click here
Hands-on with the Asus ROG Zephyrus S, a superportable 15-inch gaming laptop
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 06:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
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.To read this article in full, please click here
ARM challenges Intel in PCs with Deimos and Hercules chips
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 06:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
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.To read this article in full, please click here
Home security systems vs. smart home systems: How to choose the right DIY platform
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
What’s more important to you, security or convenience? Maybe you can have both.
What the cord cutting naysayers still get wrong
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
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
Thu, 16 Aug 2018 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
What do you value most: Convenience or security? Maybe you can have both.
How to install Windows on your Mac using Boot Camp
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 16:45:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
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.To read this article in full, please click here
Foreshadow attacks Intel CPUs with Spectre-like tactics (but you're probably safe)
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 14:41:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
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.To read this article in full, please click here
Best soundbars to improve your TV's audio
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 10:36:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Find the best soundbar for music and movies and that's the perfect fit for your budget.
The Full Nerd ep. 63: Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 appears, AMD's 32-core Threadripper reviewed
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:27:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
In  this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung, Brad 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.To read this article in full, please click here
These deeply discounted 256GB SanDisk flash drives give you SSD-sized storage on the go
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 07:29:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
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.To read this article in full, please click here
Walmart's selling an all-aluminum Chromebook with a comfy keyboard for just $220
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 06:47:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
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.To read this article in full, please click here
Alexa, Cortana officially become BFFs as Amazon and Microsoft integrate the two assistants
Wed, 15 Aug 2018 06:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
A year ago, Amazon and Microsoft pledged that their digital assistants, Alexa and Cortana, would become friends. That future has now arrived: Beginning today, you’ll be able to invoke Alexa from Windows 10’s Cortana, and Cortana from an Alexa device like the Echo.Today (or possibly tomorrow, according to a Microsoft representative) Alexa and Cortana will become skills in their respective devices. Put another way, you’ll be able to say “Hey Cortana, open Alexa” on a Windows 10 PC or Harman Kardon Invoke. On an Amazon Echo, you can say “Alexa, open Cortana.” It sounds as though there will be a brief initial setup process for each device.To read this article in full, please click here
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