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New Windows 10 build adds GPU temp monitoring, desktop renaming, and Settings updates
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 14:53:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Users have been waiting for the first significant builds of the upcoming Windows 10 20H1 feature release to drop, and build 18963 is just that. It offers improvements to the Task Manager, Settings, Windows Search, and even your account picture. None of the new features should be considered barn-burners, but we haven’t seen this breadth of variety very often with the upcoming 20H1 release. (While the 20H1 release, due in the spring of 2020, is the “feature release,” Microsoft has said before that the 19H2 release due this fall will be built around optimizations and bug fixes.)Here’s a list of what’s new, starting off with a feature designed for PC enthusiasts:To read this article in full, please click here
Best gaming mice: Find your perfect match
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 13:49:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The mouse is a simple tool: point and click. That’s it. But if you’re a PC gamer, you know that pushing virtual paper around on your desktop isn’t the same as fragging bots and shooting zombies. (Not even remotely.) What’s more, picking the right gaming mouse is an intensely personal decision. Every little detail—its overall shape and size, the shape and placement its buttons, its cable (or lack thereof), its weight, its materials—can change how you feel about it. More than any other peripheral, a mouse is the hardest to recommend, because there is no objectively perfect mouse. Everyone’s hands are different.That said, we can guide you on your search. Below are our recommendations for gaming mice, built on years of experience first and foremost as gamers, and second as writers here at PCWorld. To read this article in full, please click here
Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 09:36:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.
Swiftpoint Z review: Would you spend $230 on a mouse?
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 03:30:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Would you spend $200 on a mouse? Should you spend $200 on a mouse? Always a fan of gloriously pricey peripherals, I recently took the Swiftpoint Z for a spin to find out. At $230 list, I’m pretty sure it’s the most expensive mouse I’ve ever used—and it certainly tries to justify that price with a laundry list of experimental features. (Note: As of this writing, Amazon is selling the Swiftpoint Z for $150.)Or gimmicks, if you’re feeling less generous.Let’s get into it though. If nothing else, the Swiftpoint Z is at least the most interesting mouse I’ve ever laid hands on. Get ready to rethink every assumption you’ve ever had about how a mouse should function.To read this article in full, please click here
Deep Sentinel Home Security review: More than just cameras that document crime, this system actively deters it
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Real people monitor these security cameras on your behalf, and they'll let any potential intruder know they're being watched.
Why lower clock speeds on Intel 10th-gen Ice Lake CPUs aren't a disaster
Fri, 16 Aug 2019 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Despite what’s been said for years about CPUs, megahertz still matters. So just how much should you be freaked out at the lower clock frequencies of Intel’s new 10th-gen Ice Lake CPUs? The answer goes beyond simple numbers.The issue, of course, is the lackadaisical top clock speed of Intel’s fastest 10th-gen Ice Lake Core i7-1065G7 CPU: 3.9GHz. Compared to the 8th-gen Core i7-8565U’s 4.6GHz, the Ice Lake part is nearly 15 percent slower. It gives up a full 900MHz over the less common 8th gen Core i7-8665U, too. Although many things contribute to a CPU’s performance, including its micro-architecture as well as thermal and power constraints, overall press previews (including our own early benchmarks)  were generally favorable considering—wait for it—Ice Lake’s lower clock speed. Still, the response from many has been along the lines of, “is that all you got?” To read this article in full, please click here
Best antivirus for Mac: Protect yourself from malicious software
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 14:28:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
We name the top free and paid Mac antivirus products to root out malicious software and prevent infections.
Best cheap laptops: We rate the best-sellers on Amazon and Best Buy
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 13:37:00 -0700
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
Microsoft's privacy policy admits contractors listen to Cortana, Skype recordings
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 10:43:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Microsoft’s updated privacy policy acknowledges that the company is allowing humans to listen to recordings made by Cortana and other speech services, and the company has not yet allowed customers to opt out.Microsoft’s privacy issues follow similar problems with Google’s Assistant as well as Apple, where contractors revealed that humans are allowed access to snippets of recorded conversations to improve the performance of the respective devices. Vice’s Motherboard also revealed similar practices going on at Microsoft, specifically with regards to Skype and Cortana. To read this article in full, please click here
Pre-binned Ryzen 3000 CPU listings reveal the limits of AMD overclocking potential
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 08:38:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
AMD designed its Ryzen 3000 processors to milk out every possible ounce of performance, leaving very little room for enthusiasts to push the pedal even closer to the metal. That’s the key takeaway from Case King and Silicon Lottery listings for pre-binned chips with guaranteed all-core overclocking headroom.Both sites validate their chips in-house and then sell them at a premium for their guaranteed minimum overclocking potential, so the faster the chip, the more you pay. The Case King offerings are tested by renowned overclocker Roman “der8auer” Hartung, as Anandtech points out. Most of the available chips have already been gobbled up, but the listings themselves provide deeper insight into AMD’s strategy.To read this article in full, please click here
Google Assistant can now remind other people to do things you don’t want to do
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 07:12:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Setting a reminder is one of the most useful things you can do with Google Assistant on your phone or smart speaker, especially if you’re the forgetful type. But a new feature rolling out to Assistant will make reminders even more useful, so much so that you won’t have to do the remembering.Instead of asking Google Assistant to set a reminder for you, you’ll now be able to set one for someone else in your family or household. So, instead of saying, “Hey Google, remind me to take out the trash on Sunday,” you’ll be able to say, “Hey Google, remind Susan to take out the track on Sunday.” Then, the notification will appear on their phone or smart speaker at the specified time.To read this article in full, please click here
Amid privacy concerns, Google nixes the ability turn off the status light on active Nest cameras
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 07:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Nest Cam, Dropcam, and Hello owners will no longer be allowed to completely turn off the status lights on their cameras, although they will be able to dim them.
Install Windows 10's August 2019 updates now to protect your PC from a nasty worm
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 06:39:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Microsoft’s monthly Patch Tuesday updates rolled out earlier this week, and you should update Windows pronto. The updates include patches for four severe “wormable” security exploits that can let attackers spread malware without any user action, similar to WannaCry and the BlueKeep vulnerability that coerced Microsoft into releasing a rare post-death patch for Windows XP.To read this article in full, please click here
The best bias lighting for TVs and computer monitors: An easy way to boost contrast and ease eyestrain
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Read on for reviews of some of the best bias lighting kits we’ve tested, along with what to look for in bias lighting for a TV.
10 wishes for the new Nvidia Shield TV
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Nvidia Shield TV: What I'd like to see next in the new version
Philips Hue Play review: This versatile bias lighting kit syncs with your PC
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
If you’ve already got a Philips Hue Bridge in your home, the Hue Play makes for a great way to add bias lighting to your home theater setup, or as a responsive bias light for your computer monitor.
Ask a PC expert: Is air cooling or liquid cooling better for your CPU?
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Keeping your PC’s high-end processor cool used to require heavy metal: A CPU cooler with a massive heatsink smooshed between big fans. But closed-loop all-in-one cooling has come up fast in recent years, swapping out those huge metal towers for tubes full of liquid (and big metal reservoirs at the edge of your case). Which is the better CPU cooling method: air or liquid?There’s no right or wrong answer, and viewpoints vary even among our tiny Full Nerd gang. PCWorld CPU guru voices his opinion in the video below, breaking down the advantages (and disadvantages) of each cooling method. We also dig into whether you should fear a liquid cooler potentially spraying your pricey PC parts, and if the generalization that you can achieve higher overclocks on liquid coolers is true or not. Knowing is half the battle, after all.To read this article in full, please click here
Govee DreamColor for TV with Alexa review: This bias light uses a camera to sync with your TV screen
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
If you want more from your TV bias lights than a subtle glow that boosts contrast and eases eye strain, this responsive LED light strip from Govee is worth a try.
Luminoodle Color Bias Lighting review: A nice range of bias lighting colors for your TV, but no “true” white mode
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
If you’re looking for a moderately priced, multi-colored bias lighting strip for the back of your TV, the Luminoodle Color Bias Lighting strip makes for a solid choice.
The MediaLight bias TV lighting review: Subtle bias lighting designed for videophiles
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The MediaLight bias lighting strips are designed for discriminating viewers who want to enhance their TV’s visuals while preserving the integrity of the original image.
Vansky Bias Lighting for HDTV review: This bargain bias lighting strip is a little too cool
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
This popular LED light strip is easy to install and boasts a variety of colors and light modes, but its color temperature leaves something to be desired.
Dash cam reviews 2019: Catch the maniacs and meteors of daily driving
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 01:21:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Dash cams are already essential in many countries because of scam artists who try to create accidents so they can sue you. They’ve also proven useful for catching cars flying into buildings, or the occasional meteor, as happened in Thailand and in Russia, all thanks to dash cams in the right place at the right time.To read this article in full, please click here
Roav DashCam Duo review: Excellent video plus GPS, but no life after 12-volt
Thu, 15 Aug 2019 01:09:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The $130 Roav Dash Can Duo is a very capable front/interior dash cam that takes some of the best video I’ve seen. Exceptionally easy to use, it also has a GPS receiver to record your location, and it enhances interior night captures with infrared. The only downside is that the unit won’t capture after 12-volt power is removed, as occasionally happens in an accident. This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best dash cams. Go there for information on competing products and how we tested them.To read this article in full, please click here
PCWorld's August Digital Magazine: Ryzen 3000
Wed, 14 Aug 2019 10:50:00 -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 PCWorld.com—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 The August cover of PCWorld is all about the Ryzen 3000 review. With its ground-breaking 7nm process, AMD’s Ryzen 9 3900X leaves little room for Intel’s best CPUs. Plus, about a month past 2019’s midway point, we take a look at all of the best new games so far this year; don’t miss our roundup.To read this article in full, please click here
Momentum Meri smart thermostat review: The opposite of bang for the buck
Wed, 14 Aug 2019 04:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Sluggish, convoluted, and unreliable, this low-cost smart thermostat just can't justify its $99 price tag.
Windows 10: What to expect in the next two releases
Wed, 14 Aug 2019 03:46:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The next two Windows 10 updates, code-named “19H2” and “20H1,” reflect Microsoft’s recent decision to split the major Windows 10 feature releases into two: a full-fledged update, with new features, and a secondary patch update. We’ve already had the major “19H1” update, known officially as the May 2019 Update, so we’re now looking forward to the minor 19H2 patch and then the major 20H1 feature release. Here’s what we know so far about both of them.As of July 2019, the upcoming 19H2 feature will focus on “quality enhancements,” while the “20H1” feature will return to more substantive improvements. If the latter hews to Microsoft’s usual schedule, it’ll drop in March or April of 2020. Interim beta builds will provide further hints about what’s coming, and we’ll continue to cover them. Meanwhile, here’s where we stand on each release as of early August:To read this article in full, please click here
Samsung HW-Q70R soundbar review: This easy-to-install soundbar delivers Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
Wed, 14 Aug 2019 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Yes, it’s pricey, but the Samsung HW-Q70R lets you add rich, detailed, and immersive sound, complete with Dolby Atmos and DTS;X support, to your TV in a matter of minutes.
Kingston A2000 NVMe SSD: Fast and cheap, at 10 cents per gigabyte
Wed, 14 Aug 2019 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
As out headline trumpets, the big news here is a new low in NVMe SSD prices, at 10 cents per gigabyte. The drop comes courtesy of Kingston’s new A2000, which also offers surprisingly good performance the vast majority of the time. Design and features The A2000 is a 2280 (22 mm wide, 80 mm long) M.2, PCIe 3.0 x4, NVMe SSD, that’s available in 250GB (currently , 500GB (currently $60 on AmazonRemove non-product link) and 1TB (currently $100 on Amazon) capacities. I must admit I did a double-take when I saw those prices, as they’re considerably lower than those of the Addlink S70, which itself set a price record only a month or so ago. Commodity items at last! Mostly: 1TB seems to be the sweet spot in price per gigabyte these days. At the time of this writing, larger capacity 2TB/4TB SSDs, SATA or NVMe, were still in the 20-cent-per-gigabyte range.To read this article in full, please click here
Brilliant is adding native LIFX smart bulb support to its smart home controller
Tue, 13 Aug 2019 09:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
LIFX bulbs use Wi-Fi, so they don’t necessarily need a controller, but this should be a benefit to Brilliant users nonetheless.
More bad news for Microsoft’s Cortana as Johnson Controls’ GLAS Smart Thermostat nixes support
Tue, 13 Aug 2019 08:25:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
One of the few smart home devices to offer full-on Cortana integration is dropping it in favor of Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
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