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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 vs iPhone 11 Pro: This $1,000 spec showdown has a clear winner
Sun, 09 Aug 2020 14:24:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and the iPhone 11 Pro cost the same but they're not created equally.
Trump ban of Tencent Holdings could affect Fortnite, League of Legends and other games
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 07:46:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Could President Trump stop you from playing Fortnite or League of Legends? That spectre arose when Trump unexpectedly added Tencent Holdings to the list of Chinese companies being targeted by recent executive orders.Trump's probably not trying to ruin your fun, at least not explicitly. But by roping in Tencent he's potentially affecting a huge swath of holdings that the Chinese conglomerate owns or invests in.The latest order actually targets WeChat, a popular messaging application owned by Tencent. The language and restrictions closely follow the wording of Trump’s first executive order extending his previous ban on TikTok, basically stating that the United States would ban the video-sharing service outright if an acquisition by Microsoft or another company were not completed in 45 days. To read this article in full, please click here
If you ever set up a Google+ account, you might be due some money
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 06:32:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Google+ might be gone but it’s not forgotten. At least not by the courts. On June 10, Google agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit over the “software bugs” that led to some 50 million accounts having their data leaked. The settlement is a relatively small one, just $7.5 million, but if you ever set up a Google account, you may be eligible for a piece of it: $12 to be exact.Previous Google+ account holders have likely already received an ominous email claiming “You are not being sued,” but if you banished it to your spam folder, here are the details. All claims must by submitted by October 8 and as per usual, any claims forfeit all rights “to sue Google and/or any other released entities regarding the legal claims in this case.” If you’d like to retain these rights, you must opt-out of the settlement.To read this article in full, please click here
The best free PC games
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 05:41:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Worth the price of admissionImage by RespawnThere was a time when “free-to-play” was a dirty term in the games industry. There are still terrible, exploitative free-to-play games on the market—more every day, in fact.But occasionally—occasionally—we get something...miraculous. We get a free-to-play game that doesn’t try to con players out of money or make the design intentionally boring in order to make those purchasable unlocks more exciting.To read this article in full, please click here
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ delivers iPad Pro-level hardware—but Android (or DeX) is no iPadOS
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 03:30:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The Galaxy Tab might be a distant second to the iPad when it comes to tablet market share, but Samsung is hardly ready to concede the crown. Its newest tablet, the S7+, isn’t just its best and biggest, but it’s easily the closest you’re going to get to an iPad Pro without shopping in an Apple Store.Samsung's Galaxy S tablets have always showcased the latest tech and specs, and the S7+ is no different. It boasts the Snapdragon 865+ processor, up to 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, a giant 10,090mAh battery, and 5G support.But what gives the S7 its “plus” designation isn’t the specs--rather it’s the 12.4-inch screen, the biggest in a Samsung-made Android tablet since the 18.4-inch Galaxy View. That’s about two inches bigger than the 10.5-inch Tab S6 and gives Samsung a true competitor for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.To read this article in full, please click here
Hisense H9G 4K UHD TV review: Excellent color and HDR performance for the price
Fri, 07 Aug 2020 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Hisense's H9G 4K UHD TV offers an excellent picture for the price. It's available only in 55-inch and 65-inch flavors, but if that's what you're shopping for, it should be on your short-list.
Owl Car Cam review: 24-hour surveillance redefines the dash cam
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 15:04:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Update 08/06/2020: After the startup Owl Cameras Inc. shut down abruptly, users were stuck with expensive dash cams and no support. But there's hope! Xirgo Technologies, the company that acquired Owl Cameras Inc.'s intellectual property, has partnered with CallPass to take over the consumer service. Read more about the rehatching of Owlcam, and stay tuned for a review of the new product promised for later this year.To read this article in full, please click here
Owl Cameras is reborn as Owlcam, rescuing bereft users and promising new products soon
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 15:02:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Update 08/06/2020:After the startup Owl Cameras Inc. dissolved rather untidily earlier this year (see original news story below for more on that), users were stuck with expensive dash cams and no support. But there's hope! Xirgo Technologies, the company that acquired Owl Cameras Inc.'s intellectual property, has partnered with CallPass to take over the consumer service.Existing Owl customers should have received a notification via their app or email.Read more about the rehatching of Owlcam, and stay tuned for reviews of the new product promised for later this year. To read this article in full, please click here
Owl Car Cam review: The easiest, classiest, most phone-centric dash cam on the market
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 14:56:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Update 08/06/2020: After the startup Owl Cameras Inc. shut down abruptly, users were stuck with expensive dash cams and no support. But there's hope! Xirgo Technologies, the company that acquired Owl Cameras Inc.'s intellectual property, has partnered with CallPass to take over the consumer service. Read more about the rehatching of Owlcam, and stay tuned for a review of the new product promised for later this year.To read this article in full, please click here
Dash cam reviews: Catch the maniacs and meteors of daily driving
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 14:54:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The dash cam market is changing fast, as vendors hop onto the 4K-resolution bandwagon. We just reviewed four of the first models out the door and can’t deny the allure of supercrisp 4K images. But there are caveats, which we’ll discuss below and in the individual reviews. Until we review a few more 4K models, our top picks remain 1080p dash cams, which you can find in the chart below.Say, did you buy an Owl Car Cam? After the startup Owl Cameras Inc. shut down abruptly, users were stuck with expensive dash cams and no support. But there's hope! Xirgo Technologies, the company that acquired Owl Cameras Inc.'s intellectual property, has partnered with CallPass to take over the consumer service. Read more about the rehatching of Owlcam, and stay tuned for reviews of the new Owlcam products promised later this year.To read this article in full, please click here
Owlcam is the security-focused dash cam rehatched from failed startup Owl Cameras
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 11:52:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Goodbye, Owl Cameras; hello, Owlcam. The well-regarded Owlcam dash cam, which nearly died when startup Owl Cameras, Inc. ran out of money earlier this year, officially rehatched Thursday as a consumer security service run by CallPass, under license from Xirgo Technologies.Xirgo, the enterprise IoT company that acquired all the Owl Cameras intellectual property in February, 2020, will continue to develop the technology pioneered by the failed startup. The company immediately sought a partner to continue the consumer service, and in May licensed the brand to Clearwater, Florida-based CallPass.To read this article in full, please click here
The Full Nerd ep. 147: 2nd annual PC Hardware Hall of Fame selections
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 07:47:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Ung, Brad Chacos, Alaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray dress up nice to fight over a new batch of potential inductees in our very PC Hardware Hall of Fame!Last year, the Intel 8086/8088 processors, Nvidia GeFore 8800 GT graphics card, and IBM Model M keyboard made the cut after a fierce debate. This year, each of us brought three more legendary picks to the table, prepared to plea and cajole as we narrow the original field of 12 nominees down. It starts out full of laughter and trips down memory lane, then the smiles gradually disappear as well-deserving components start getting the axe. In the end, only three products manage to become our 2020 inductees in The Full Nerd’s PC Hardware Hall of Fame.To read this article in full, please click here
Samsung’s Android update guarantee might actually be better than Google’s
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 06:45:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
If steady updates are your priority when choosing which Android phone to buy, you basically have one option: the Google Pixel. Google famously promises three years of Android version and security updates with all Pixel purchases, which is at least a year more than any other Android phone maker. Now Samsung is stepping up to change that.As part of its Unpacked announcements Wednesday that brought the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Samsung announced that its new phones will receive OS updates for “up to three generations” including the “latest features” and “latest security.” That’s a huge commitment over the two generations it previously promises and excellent peace of mind for anyone buying a new Galaxy phone.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, 06 Aug 2020 03:38:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
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
Here comes cord-cutting's messy phase
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The next phase of cord-cutting: Less bloat, lower prices, more confusion
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is the right phone at the very wrong price
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
If you don’t want to spend $1,300 or $1,450 on the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Samsung has an affordable option for you: the Galaxy Note 20. Like last year’s Note 10, the Note 20 is a less-loaded handset, meant to bring the Note experience to a less-demanding crowd that still wants all the productivity benefits provided by the S pen.It could have been one of the best phones of the year. Samsung has made all the right moves with the Note 20, prioritizing a big screen, top-of-the-line processor, 5G modem, and excellent camera. Looking at the spec sheet, I’d expect the Note 20 to cost about $799, maybe even $750 like the S10e. Either price would make the Note 20 one of the best premium Android values this side of the OnePlus 7T.To read this article in full, please click here
Eufy Security EufyCam 2 Pro 2K review: A solid boost in video quality (but nothing else) in this Best Buy exclusive
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The Pro upgrade takes Eufy’s indoor/outdoor cam kit to nearly 3 megapixels.
MacBook Air 2020 vs. 13-inch MacBook Pro (2016): Which would I buy?
Thu, 06 Aug 2020 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
“Should I buy a MacBook Air 2020 or a13-inch MacBook Pro made in 2016?” That’s the simple question an old friend asked me this week.Although I do not lean toward Apple hardware in any way, my time spent testing, prodding and riding PC hardware, as well as monitoring all things related to computers, gives me a pretty strong position to answer this question, even if it is on the other side of the aisle.Answering a question like this is always a little tough because most of the people asking aren’t technical enough to know which CPU, how large of an SSD or how much RAM the laptops have. That means the answer has to be somewhat dithered to fit a variable amount of hardware that could be used.To read this article in full, please click here
PCWorld's August Digital Magazine: Dell XPS 15 9500 reviewed
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 17:14:00 -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 This month we review Dell's XPS 15 9500, the laptop Apple should have made. We pick the best PC Games of 2020 (so far). Plus, find out why Xbox Game Pass for PC is the best deal in PC gaming.Other highlights include: News: Arm Macs and AMD rising: How Intel's endless 10nm struggles cost it so much Lenovo Yoga C640 review: The battery life blows us away HP Chromebook x360 12b review: It's affordable and good Samsung SSD 870 QVO review: Stupendous 8TB capacity in a SATA SSD Best Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra cases: Top picks in every style Android tips: 11 quick ways to clear space on an overstuffed Android phone, plus how to share large video files from your device Here's How: How to fix audio problems on your Windows PC Video highlights Watch: The Acer Aspire 5 has been a bestseller on Amazon for months. Here's why: It has a nice, big 15.6-inch display, a slim chassis, and solid performance from its Ryzen 3 CPU on day-to-day computing.To read this article in full, please click here
AMD's notebook PC share climbs to an all-time high of nearly 20 percent
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 13:01:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
AMD’s share in the notebook PC market is now the highest ever, just under 20 percent, the company said Tuesday night.AMD’s market share of X86 notebook PCs now stands at an all-time high of 19.9 percent, according to the company, citing a Tuesday report by analyst firm Mercury Research. Though PCWorld did not have access to the full report, Dean McCarron, the Mercury analyst who authored it, confirmed the accuracy of AMD’s statement in an email.Though neither AMD nor Mercury cited the reasons for AMD’s strength in the notebook PC market, it’s reasonable to assume that AMD’s mobile Ryzen 4000 is the cause. AMD’s latest mobile chip is blowing away Intel in terms of performance. Notebook sales more than doubled during AMD’s recent quarter. AMD’s mobile Ryzen 4000 now powers 54 notebooks, and there are 30 more waiting in the wings, AMD CEO Lisa Su said.To read this article in full, please click here
Microsoft, Samsung show how you'll pin Android apps to your Windows taskbar
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 11:18:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Microsoft continues to forge closer ties between Windows and Samsung products. The company announced Wednesday that users who pair Windows’ Your Phone app with a Samsung Galaxy Note 20 will be able to pin one or more Android apps to their Windows taskbar.Your Phone users will be able to interact with multiple Android apps via the Your Phone app—up to three, Microsoft showed off at the Samsung Unpacked virtual event. (Microsoft said a total of five will be supported.) Even better, via a persistent virtual connection between phone and PC, you’ll be able to pin those Android apps to your PC’s taskbar, beginning in November.Samsung and Microsoft also showed off additional capabilities that bring the two companies closer together. For example, Samsung Notes will be able to integrate with the Windows’ OneNote app, allowing you to jot down a note on your phone and later combine it with text you entered from your PC. Microsoft has written a version of the Outlook mobile app to run on Galaxy smartwatches, including the new Galaxy Watch 3. Finally, Microsoft is writing a version of its Game Pass app for the Samsung Galaxy app store. New Samsung Galaxy buyers will have the option of buying a three-month Game Pass subscription, bundled with the Power A MOGA XP5-X Plus Bluetooth Controller that Microsoft announced on Tuesday.To read this article in full, please click here
Samsung’s new Galaxy Fold Z 2 is vastly improved, but now it needs a purpose
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 09:48:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The follow-up to the Galaxy Fold is such a departure from the original beleaguered model that Samsung gave it a new name. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 would seem to fix much of what was wrong with the original Fold, bringing bigger outside and inside screens, better cameras, and a smarter design with a stronger screen and sturdier hinge.Whether that fits into “the new normal” Samsung is selling with the Galaxy Note 20 is another story. While Samsung continuously stressed during Unpacked how its lineup of new “power devices” are built for the new way of doing things remotely, the original Galaxy Fold doesn’t really fit that mold. It’s a device for traveling light and convenient, and, let’s face it, to be seen by others.To read this article in full, please click here
What's wrong with Intel, and how to fix it: Former principal engineer unloads
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 08:39:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
In a blunt video posted late Thursday evening, outspoken former Intel principal engineer Francois Pidnoel offered his advice on how to “fix” Intel CPUs, criticized current leadership for not being engineers, said AVX512 was a misadventure, and declared that it’s only luck AMD hasn’t grabbed more market share.“First, Intel is really out of focus,” Piednoel said in the nearly hour-long video presentation. “The leaders of Intel today are not engineers, they are not people who understand what to design to the market.”  Piednoel said Intel’s technical decisions have largely been “nonsense” since 2016. Incidentally, Piednoel left Intel in 2017 after serving as a principal engineer and performance architect for 20 years, working on CPUs from the Pentium III to the 6th-gen Core i7. The outspoken engineer often made technical presentations and demonstration pitches to the hardware press, passionately arguing why design decisions made by Intel were the right decisions.To read this article in full, please click here
Samsung's incredibly powerful Galaxy Note 20 Ultra doesn't need to exist
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 07:15:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The Galaxy S20 Ultra is without a doubt the best phone Samsung has ever made. It’s loaded with the specs and features that Android enthusiasts and Note loyalists want and need and can take on any and all contenders, including the upcoming iPhone 12 Pro Max. There really isn’t a thing I’d change about it—even the $1,300 price tag is somewhat more palatable than the $1,400 Samsung charges for the Galaxy S20 Ultra.And yet, I’m finding a hard time justifying its existence. As the designs, performance, and features for Samsungs two flagship lines continue to blur, the difference between the flagship Galaxy Note and Galaxy S phones has become little more than the S Pen. Take a look at the specs for the two phones:To read this article in full, please click here
3 reasons to spend $1,000 on the Samsung Galaxy Note 20, and 3 reasons not to
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 07:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
You might think the new $1,000 Galaxy Note 20 and $1,000 Galaxy S20 are two peas in the same pod as “affordable” counterparts to their high-priced Ultra siblings. They’re not.While the Galaxy S20 is basically a smaller version of the S20 Ultra, with the same chip, RAM, and screen tech as its pricier sibling, the Galaxy Note 20 shares very little with the Note 20 Ultra. Samsung has set the cheaper Galaxy Note 20 apart from both the Note 20 Ultra and the Galaxy S20 Ultra with a number of changes, many of which might make buyers think twice about buying one.. Here’s why your thousand bucks might be better spent on the slightly older Galaxy S20—or not.To read this article in full, please click here
Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Plug review: We like the design shrink, but this device doesn’t offer enough for the price
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The new Wemo saves space, but some competitors deliver more for less.
Philips Hue Lightstrip Plus (2020) review: Hue’s versatile, delicate LED light strip gets Bluetooth control
Wed, 05 Aug 2020 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The latest version of Philips Hue’s Lightstrip Plus is perfect for accent lighting and it doesn’t require a bridge, but we’re concerned about its durability.
The Google Pixel 4a is a great phone at a great price, but is it too late to matter?
Tue, 04 Aug 2020 12:38:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
At long last and longer rumor, the Google Pixel 4a has arrived, adding another strong entry to a very crowded mid-range market. As premium phone sales continue to plummet due to the coronavirus, the Pixel 4a should be the 2020 value phone to beat, with surprisingly good looks and an aggressive $349 price tag.But while the Pixel 4a brings all the things you’d expect from a Google phone—namely an optimized UI and an excellent camera—it might be too little, too late. Google has built an excellent phone for an excellent price, but so have so many others. In just the time since it was originally rumored to launch at Google I/O in May, the Samsung Galaxy A51, OnePlus Nord, and TCL 10 Pro—not to mention the iPhone SE— have brought extreme value to the non-premium smartphone market.To read this article in full, please click here
Become an IT hero in PC Building Simulator's new esports expansion
Tue, 04 Aug 2020 10:59:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Well, here’s something we never expected to see. PC Building Simulator, the PC video game about building PCs, is getting an esports expansion today, the just-as-straightforwardly-dubbed “Esports Expansion.” But because this is PC Building Simulator rather than a game about scoring goals or shooting people, this esports expansion puts its own unique spin on things: You don’t actually play against other people.Instead, PC Building Simulator: Esports Expansion puts you in the shoes of an IT manager for an esports team. You’ll need to get your team’s rigs into tip-top game shape, fix technical issues that arise in the heat of battle, and outfit your players’ PCs with the right gear to keep your sponsors happy—all while staying within your esports organization’s budget. Between events, you’ll need to wrangle requests from sponsors and managers, keep an eye out for special requests from players, and even earn some extra scratch by doing side gigs.To read this article in full, please click here
5 reasons to buy a new 27-inch iMac rather than waiting for the Apple silicon transition
Tue, 04 Aug 2020 09:11:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Apple has announced a “major update” to the 27-inch iMac, bringing faster processor, better graphics, and Pro XDR display options.
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