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These 22 deep, absorbing PC games will eat days of your life
Sun, 10 Nov 2019 23:09:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Built to lastImage by RockstarFar 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 Overwatch or Rocket League matches is a wonderful way to spend some time.To read this article in full, please click here
Black Friday 2019: The best tech deals available now
Sun, 10 Nov 2019 01:39:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Black Friday is no longer contained to the day after Thanksgiving. Deals roll out in a chaotic stream all throughout November, and these days, you can score great deals among the lackluster discounts.For 2019, Best Buy, Newegg, and Amazon have all offered an early taste of sweet bargains. Today's the last day of this round, but we expect further teasers to come soon. Keep an eye peeled for further updates as the days tick by—we’ll add new deals as we spot them. Not sure if you should wait or buy now? Newegg's current Early Black Friday sale offers an interesting twist: If the company offers a lower price on a purchase between now and the end of November, they'll refund you the difference. Otherwise, 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.To read this article in full, please click here
This week in games: IO confirms Hitman 3 development, BioWare teases Dragon Age news for next month
Fri, 08 Nov 2019 13:39:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
If you wanted to jeer “slow news week?” in my general direction...well, this is the week. Maybe it’s because Red Dead Redemption 2 released, maybe it’s because we’re closing in on the holidays, but there is not much going on right now.IO did sort-of announce Hitman 3 though, so there’s that—plus Payday 2 released a new heist for the first time in a year, Hideo Kojima expanded his horizons, Kerbal Space Program 2 was delayed (I guess), BioWare teased Dragon Age news, and China cracked down on children playing Fortnite. Or PUBG? Probably one of the two.This is gaming news for November 4 to 8.To read this article in full, please click here
The Google Pixel 4 isn't getting monthly Android updates on time and that's a problem
Fri, 08 Nov 2019 07:46:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
What gives, Google? It’s November 8, and the Android November Security Update has been out for more than four days now. It includes the usual patches as well as camera and Smooth Display improvements that should fix some of the issues I had when I reviewed the phone last month. That’s the good news.The bad news is my Pixel 4 XL hasn’t gotten it yet. I’ve restarted and pounded the check for updates button, but nada. What’s more frustrating is my Pixel 3 does have it.And I’m not alone. A growing thread on the Pixel Phone Help forums was finally addressed by a Gold Product Expert, who are described as “Trusted members who are knowledgeable and active contributors.” On Thursday night, they issued a terse response to the hundred-plus comments: “The update is rolling out and you should see it in the next few weeks.”To read this article in full, please click here
PNY GeForce GTX 1660 Super Single Fan review: Tiny graphics card, big performance
Fri, 08 Nov 2019 03:30:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Pound for pound, Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1660 Super is the best GPU you can buy for 1080p gaming—and the graphics card we’re reviewing today proves that it doesn’t even need much weight to push out those blisteringly fast frames. The PNY GTX 1660 Super Single Fan, well, puts a miniscule single-fan spin on Nvidia’s newest GPU, making it easy to slip into almost any system. Even better, it sticks to the GeForce GTX 1660 Super’s baseline $230 price, rather than inching upwards into GTX 1660 Ti territory.How does this smaller-statured graphics card compare against the dual-fan (and just as appropriately named) Asus Dual GTX 1660 Super EVO OC we originally reviewed? Let’s dig in.To read this article in full, please click here
McIntosh RS200 wireless speaker review: Congested sound mars the performance of this high-end behemoth
Fri, 08 Nov 2019 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
It's humongous, heavy, and very expensive with a good feature set and exceptional build quality, but its audio performance falls short.
HP Omen 17 (2019) review: Solid performance that's shockingly affordable
Fri, 08 Nov 2019 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
HP’s Omen 17 gaming laptops have a reputation with us that can be summarized in four words: solid performance. Shockingly affordable.That’s particularly true for the Omen 17. Is it a looker? Debatable. Is it the best gaming laptop? Definitely not. But HP always manages to cram more hardware than you’d expect under the hood, then sell the Omen 17 way below market rate.I’m not sure how HP pulls off this bit of wizardry, but it’s made the Omen 17 a hit. And the trend continues, as the 2019 model we’re testing (poetically monikered the 17-cb0040nr) packs in some of the latest and greatest CPUs and GPUs for hundreds of dollars less than the competition.To read this article in full, please click here
Bang & Olufsen Beoplay H9 noise-cancelling headphone review: A stunning refinement to a flagship
Fri, 08 Nov 2019 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Best headphones: Our top picks for personal listening
Fri, 08 Nov 2019 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Whether you're looking for an over-the-ear, on-ear, or in-ear model, we'll help you find the perfect pair.
The best laptops: Premium laptops, cheap laptops, 2-in-1s, and more
Thu, 07 Nov 2019 14:28:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
The laptop world is a-changing. New CPUs and GPUs—yes, mobile discrete GPUs—are bringing forth laptops that are thinner, lighter, and faster than ever, even gaming laptops. And the advances keep coming: We first glimpsed Intel's 10th-generation, 10nm laptop CPU first in Taipei at Computex, and we just got our first 10th-gen  benchmarks as it rolls out officially. It will coexist with the 9th generation of Core mobile processors, and mobile GeForce GTX 1650 and 1660 Ti graphics. Stay tuned for new models we bring in for review. Updated 11/07/2019: Some of the latest laptops we've tested are some of the best we've seen. Dell’s new XPS 13 7390, with its 6-core Intel Core i7-10710U CPU, has actually outpaced bigger workhorse models—and it's our new top pick for best thin-and-light. Google's Pixelbook Go (available via Google.com) is arguably the company's best Chromebook yet, providing a high-quality laptop for a pretty reasonable price. Read our review. Dell's XPS 13 2-in-1 (available via Dell.com) gets our nod for best convertible. It would be interesting if only for its spanking-new Ice Lake CPU, but it's also amazingly tiny and awesomely fast. Read our review. Acer’s Swift 3 (2019) (available via Amazon) combines an 8th-gen Whiskey Lake chip plus a discrete Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU, for light gaming without breaking the bank. Read our review. To read this article in full, please click here
The best Kindle: Reviews and buying advice
Thu, 07 Nov 2019 13:51:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
When someone says they want an e-reader, they most likely mean they want an Amazon Kindle. Knowing which Kindle to buy is the next question, and it depends on your budget and your reading preferences. With this guide and our in-depth reviews, we’ll help you find just the right Kindle for you or your lucky loved one.Updated 11/07/2019 with our review of the Kindle Oasis, Amazon’s top-shelf e-reader. starting at $250 with Special Offers. If that's beyond your budget, we've also reviewed the All-new Kindle, the updated affordable model (starting at $89.99 on Amazon with Special Offers, or $109.99 without Special Offers). For help deciding between the lower-priced Kindles, check out our spec comparison of the All-new Kindle vs. the Kindle Paperwhite. To read this article in full, please click here
Best password managers: Reviews of the top products
Thu, 07 Nov 2019 11:34:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
We are terrible at passwords. We suck at creating them (the top two most popular remain “123456” and “password”), we share them way too freely, and we forget them all the time. Indeed, the very thing that can ensure our online security has become our biggest obstacle to it. This is what makes a good password manager essential.To read this article in full, please click here
How to check your graphics card's GPU temperature
Thu, 07 Nov 2019 10:08:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
How hot is your PC’s graphics card temperature? During normal operations, your GPU temperature shouldn’t matter much—your graphics card should simply drive monitors and play games without overheating and shutting down. But if you have an older PC, or if you want to try your hand at graphics card overclocking, being able to monitor your GPU temperature is vital.The good news? Checking your PC’s graphics card temperature is dead simple. The bad news? Windows doesn’t offer an easy way to do so by default, so you’ll need to download third-party software. Fortunately, all sorts of free GPU monitoring tools are available, and many of them can help you check your PC’s CPU temperature, too.To read this article in full, please click here
Watch The Full Nerd talk with AMD about 3rd Gen Threadripper live!
Thu, 07 Nov 2019 09:41:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. In today's special episode we are joined by AMD's Senior Technical Marketing Manager Robert Hallock to talk about 3rd Gen Threadripper launch details and Ryzen 9 3950X. As always we will be answering your live questions so speak up in the chat. If YouTube is not your thing you can also watch us on Twitch, Facebook, and Twitter.To read this article in full, please click here
With the App Defense Alliance, Google Play Protect might actually keep malware off your phone
Thu, 07 Nov 2019 08:41:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
While Android has come a long way in its fight against so-called “bad actors” in the Play Store, Google isn’t able to stop every malicious app from making its way inside. So it’s stepping up its efforts with the formation of a new App Defense Alliance with some of the biggest name in mobile security.The partnership brings Google, ESET, Lookout, and Zimperium together to augment Android’s Play Protect malware scanner that’s been in effect since Android 8 Oreo. Built to run in the background, Play Protect regularly scans the apps in the Play Store and installed on your phone for known malware and alerts users to their existence.To read this article in full, please click here
Password Boss review: Managing your passwords with authority
Thu, 07 Nov 2019 08:06:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
True to its name, Password Boss manages your login credentials with authority. The app, which provides a seamless experience across Windows, Mac OS, iOS, and Android, allows you to corral all your passwords, keep them strong and safe, and share them securely.Note: This review is part of our best password managers roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them. Once you install Password Boss, it prompts you through a thorough on-boarding process. You’re asked to create a master password of at least eight characters using upper- and lower-case letters, numbers, and special characters; enter your name and address for form-filling purposes; and download and install the browser extension. The app also provides explanations of and tips on its various features.To read this article in full, please click here
AMD unveils 32-core Threadripper 3970X, 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X, and unlocked Athlon
Thu, 07 Nov 2019 06:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
AMD on Thursday officially unwrapped two new Threadripper 3 CPUs with 24 and 32 cores, respectively. The company also announced an unlocked Athlon and said its 16-core Ryzen 9 3950X will finally go on sale on November 28.The two new Threadripper CPUs are the biggest news. AMD will sell a 24-core Threadripper 3960X for $1,399. The chip is built on a 7nm process, features 140MB of cache, and will have a base clock of 3.8GHz and boost of 4.5GHz. The 32-core Threadripper 3970X, priced at $1,999, arrives in the wake of much undue hand-wringing that AMD would only go to 24 cores.Both CPUs will go into AMD’s new TRX40 platform using the new sTRX4 socket. The use of a new socket essentially means the original X399 chipset, along with the  Threadripper 2000-series, will be stranded.To read this article in full, please click here
Apple TV+ has arrived: Here are the details (and some fine print)
Thu, 07 Nov 2019 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Apple TV+ arrives: Everything you need to know about Apple's new streaming service.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 15-inch (Ryzen 7) review: The price tag climbs, but battery life drops
Thu, 07 Nov 2019 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
With Microsoft’s Ryzen 7-powered 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 joining the Ryzen 5-powered 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 already in our lab, we have an opportunity to answer the question: Does the upgrade justify the price premium? Our answer: Probably not, though we’ve provided several metrics to help you decide for yourself.It’s not an academic question. At the time of the review, the AMD Ryzen 7 3780U cost $400 more than our Ryzen 5-based review unit—though that factors in a 256GB bump in the SSD size, too. Because our performance benchmarks don’t factor in storage space, we can make clear comparisons between each model. Jump to the performance section using our table of contents if you want these answers.To read this article in full, please click here
Serena Motorized Shade by Lutron review: A step up in sophistication, but also in price
Thu, 07 Nov 2019 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Lutron’s solution is more proprietary than many, but the compatibility trade-off is worth it.
Best cheap laptops: We rate the best-sellers on Amazon and Best Buy
Wed, 06 Nov 2019 12:24:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
When you’re looking for a good, cheap laptop, knowledge is power. Every budget machine (which we’re defining as Windows laptops costing $500 or less) is the product of compromise—corners carefully cut here and there to hit a price point.Your job is to find the one that checks off the most boxes for your needs. We’ll show you what to look for by highlighting which budget laptops among the best-sellers currently listed at Amazon and Best Buy are worth buying. We haven’t necessarily tested these specific machines (we’ll let you know if we have), but we’ve seen enough similar ones to have a good idea of the pros and cons. We’re also focusing on 14-inch and larger laptops, because part of the great deal should be getting a decent-sized display.To read this article in full, please click here
Graphics cards ranked, from fastest to slowest
Wed, 06 Nov 2019 10:30:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
When it comes to gaming PCs, nothing matters more than your graphics card. To push as many pixels as possible you’re going to want the fastest graphics card you can afford—but ever-shifting prices and product lineups make it difficult to keep track of what’s available.In honor of keeping frame rates high, we decided to rank all the major available discrete GPUs from Nvidia GeForce and AMD Radeon, starting with the fastest graphics card available and working on down. This list focuses on each company’s most current GPU lineup, and doesn’t include older graphics cards.We’ve verified this information through hours of blood, sweat, and benchmarking. Feel free to hit up the individual reviews to see our work in greater detail. Or, if you want more concrete buying advice for your specific budget or display resolution, be sure to read our guide to the best graphics cards for gaming. It provides much more information than this simple list, complete with discussion about considerations like form factors and what to look for in a customized model. (Concrete example: The Radeon VII is technically more powerful than the GeForce RTX 2070 Super, and hence higher on this list, but it’s awfully close and the GeForce option is $200 cheaper, making it a better buy.)To read this article in full, please click here
Red Dead Redemption II PC impressions: Drop-dead gorgeous, if you can run it
Wed, 06 Nov 2019 08:02:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
After a year’s wait, Red Dead Redemption II came to PC yesterday and I’m slowly making my way through it. So damn slowly. Red Dead Redemption II is undoubtedly the longest game I’ll play in 2019, a year that also involved me playing three Yakuza games, The Division II, Borderlands 3, and more.Needless to say, six or seven hours is barely enough to know where it’s headed. And really, is there any point in rendering a verdict? It’s new to PC, but hardly an unspoiled landscape outside these pastures. If you want to know whether it’s worth playing, there’s about a year’s worth of writing and video on the subject.To read this article in full, please click here
Xerox's reported HP bid could create a PC and printing juggernaut
Wed, 06 Nov 2019 06:35:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Xerox is considering a bid to acquire HP, which would unite a leader in copiers and printers under one roof.The Wall Street Journal reported Monday night that Xerox, now somewhat flush with cash following the $2.3 billion sale of ventures with Fujifilm, could make a cash-and-stock bid for HP, worth about $27 billion. Xerox, with a market value of just over $8 billion, would need some assistance, and the paper reported that it's found additional funding with an unnamed bank.HP has yet to respond to the report.To read this article in full, please click here
How to use Windows' Your Phone app to connect your phone to your PC
Wed, 06 Nov 2019 03:30:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Why does Microsoft think you need the Windows 10 Your Phone app? Because it preserves the most important functions of a phone: access to your photos, messages, notifications, calls, and even your phone’s home screen—without the need to remove your phone from your pocket.That might sound ridiculous, but think again: Once you pull your phone from your pocket, you’re instantly lost in messages, email, Instagram—all of these distracting from your focus and flow while working on your PC. Theoretically, you could refuse to open Outlook on your PC and use your phone instead. But you don’t, right? Because the PC is much more convenient—and, in certain situations, playing with your phone is also quite rude.To read this article in full, please click here
Apple TV+ review: It’s cheap entertainment, but there’s not a lot of it
Wed, 06 Nov 2019 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Apple’s first attempt at producing original TV content is a mixed bag, but the future looks promising.
Dell XPS 13 7390 review: Whoa, the XPS 13 is officially faster than an XPS 15 now
Wed, 06 Nov 2019 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
It’s official: You can have both performance and light weight in the same laptop, and Dell’s new XPS 13 7390 is here to prove it. With its 6-core Intel Core i7-10710U CPU, this thin, light machine (available via Dell.com) has actually outpaced bigger workhorse models.And no, before we get you too worked up: The XPS 13 7390 and its Comet Lake-U CPU aren’t going to outpace a current workstation with, say, a smoking-fast, state-of-the-art Core i7-9750H. But it is the first ultraportable laptop to actually outrun older 7th-gen “H”-class CPUs in heavier laptops, including those in its XPS 15 cousins.To read this article in full, please click here
Google's Chrome OS 78 gives Chromebooks virtual desktops, click-to-call, and longer support spans
Tue, 05 Nov 2019 15:42:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Google quietly made Chromebooks a substantially better value this week by adding virtual desktops and click-to-call capabilities to Chrome OS, and extending the support lifespan of existing Chromebooks by about a year.Google announced Tuesday that it's begun pushing Chrome OS 78 to Chromebooks, The updated OS includes three new key features: virtual desktops, called Virtual Desks; click-to-call connections to Android phones, and simpler connections to printers.Virtual desktops have already appeared in Windows, of course, as part of Task View, which can be accessed via the Windows taskbar. In Chrome OS, the way to access Virtual Desks is through a button in the upper righthand corner, or by using theShift+ Search+ =shortcut. You can switch from Desk to Desk by using theSearch+ ]shortcut.To read this article in full, please click here
How to check your PC's CPU temperature
Tue, 05 Nov 2019 11:19:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Is your computer’s CPU too hot? If your PC starts spontaneously shutting down, locking up, or acting sluggish during intense tasks, overheating could be the issue. Keeping tabs on your CPU temperatures is crucial when you’re overclocking your PC’s processor, too—you don’t want to accidentally push the performance pedal too far to the metal.Bizarrely, Windows doesn’t offer any way to check your computer’s CPU temperature. You could dive into your system’s BIOS to find the information, but that’s a lot of hassle to find a simple sensor reading. Fortunately, several free programs exist that make it easy to see your processor’s temperature.To read this article in full, please click here
How much of an Apple Watch ripoff is the Xiaomi Mi Watch? This much
Tue, 05 Nov 2019 09:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Xiaomi is back to its old tricks but this Apple clone might be the worst of all.
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