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Protecting your Intel CPU from Plundervolt attacks can ruin your overclock, maybe
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 15:48:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
A new attack on Intel’s CPUs, called Plundervolt, may have an unforeseen consequence. The mitigation that fixes it appears to lock the CPU voltage to default settings, possibly preventing users from undervolting or overclocking them.On Wednesday, however, Intel representatives said that it’s unlikely that SGX use and overclocking will overlap, meaning that the risk to consumers is probably low.According to the researchers who authored the paper in question, every mobile and desktop Intel Core processor since the sixth-generation “Skylake” onward that supports Intel’s Software Guard Extensions (SGX) is vulnerable to the software attack, which injects faults into the processor package by very briefly decreasing the processor voltage. Injecting these faults can introduce errors into otherwise secure code, or reproduce cryptographic keys by what the researchers call negligible computational efforts.To read this article in full, please click here
Free game alert: Wasteland and Wasteland 2 are free at GOG for the next two days
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 13:13:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
We’re six months away from the release of Wasteland 3. To brush up I’ve been replaying its predecessor and our 2014 Game of the Year, Wasteland 2, and you know what? It’s still great. Sometimes clunky, sometimes unfair, but Wasteland 2 impressed me on the strength of its writing and its writing is still pretty damn good.But you don’t have to take my word for it. As part of its Winter Sale kickoff, GOG.com is gifting copies of Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut – Digital Classic Edition. That’s a lot of words, but basically means it includes the improved 2015 version of Wasteland 2 (more voice acting, better graphics and performance) plus a copy of the original 1988 Wasteland.To read this article in full, please click here
23andMe vs. AncestryDNA: Which ancestry DNA kit is better?
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 13:02:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
AncestryDNA and 23andMe are the world’s most popular DNA tests. Combined, the companies have tested the DNA of more than 15 million people, according to the International Society of Genetic Geneology.Here we compare AncestryDNA and 23andMe’s respective ancestry tests, which both cost $99, but can be had for a significant discount during the holidays. (Both services also offer a test for health and ancestry insights: 23andMe Health + Ancestry and AncestryHealth Core—which will be added to this comparison in the future.)To read this article in full, please click here
7 free GIMP scripts and plug-ins for filters, brushes, textures and more
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 03:26:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
The free and open source photo-editing program called GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a nice alternative to the subscription-based or boxed versions of its competition (including PhotoShop). Whether you’re a beginner with GIMP or a seasoned pro, there’s lots to love.Some of GIMP’s greatest assets are the plugins and scripts created by numerous independent programmers. At one time, there was a massive collection called the GIMP Plugin Registry, but that resource is no longer available. Consequently, you must search the Internet for GIMP plug-ins and scripts.To read this article in full, please click here
TCL Alto 7+ soundbar review: You’ll get more than you paid for, but less than you might wish for
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Buying a super-cheap 4K TV this year? This is the soundbar to go with it.
4K HDMI cables: How to cut through the marketing lingo and figure out what you actually need
Wed, 11 Dec 2019 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
You probably don’t need to buy a HDMI cable to go with your new TV, but here’s how to tell for sure.
Google's Chrome 79 will warn you if your password has been stolen—or will be
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 11:29:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Google usually bundles more than a few new features with each iteration of its browser, and Chrome 79 should add some fairly substantial performance and security improvements, including alerts if your password has been stolen.The additional features include phishing protections and tab freezing, which will try to mitigate Chrome’s voracious appetite for memory by limiting what actions a tab can take when not in use.Monitoring passwords has typically been performed by sites like HaveIBeenPwned.com, which aggregates usernames and passwords from major data breaches and allows you to cross-check your own. Now Google will do this in real time, when you enter a password into a site within the browser. A popup will then recommend that you change them, wherever they’ve been used.To read this article in full, please click here
Best true wireless earbuds: Free yourself from the tyranny of cords
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 11:20:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Not sure if you should buy AirPods or some AirPods alternatives? We break down the best earbuds without wires, whether you're looking for top sound quality, value, or workout-friendly features.
A maxed-out Mac Pro costs more than a 2020 Corvette coupe—wheels and all
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 09:30:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
The new Mac Pro is finally available for ordering, and it's as expensive as we though it would be.
Apple Card Monthly Payments make it that much easier to buy an iPhone you can't afford
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 08:22:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Apple is rolling out monthly installments for the Apple Card, which lets you spread the cost of an iPhone over two years.
Microsoft will check off Wunderlist in May 2020
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 07:31:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Well, you can’t argue that Microsoft isn’t giving anyone enough notice. Microsoft said Monday that it plans to shut down its Wunderlist to-do list service on May 6, 2020.You’ll still be able to use Wunderlist until then, though Microsoft is cutting off new signups. You’ll have the option to remove your data from Wunderlist—or, as Microsoft hopes, export it to the company’s own To-Do app.Microsoft originally bought the Wunderlist app in 2015, and then said in 2017 that it planned to phase out Wunderlist in favor of a similar, self-developed app called To-Do. Since then, To-Do has been developed and integrated within other apps, such as Outlook, to provide a more holistic note-taking service across multiple Microsoft apps. To read this article in full, please click here
AMD's massive Adrenalin 2020 Edition update streamlines Radeon Software
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 06:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
It’s that time of year again: Snow’s falling, chestnuts are roasting, and AMD’s huge annual update for Radeon Software is rolling out.While previous iterations focused on stuffing in new features—to such an extent that I wondered how AMD could further improve its already-outstanding graphics suite—AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2020 Edition revolves around a gorgeous visual overhaul that puts everything you need in more obvious places. That said, it also comes with some helpful new additions that flesh out existing features, streamline your gaming experience even more, and in the case of the intriguing new Radeon Boost, can potentially supercharge your frame rates in fast-paced games.To read this article in full, please click here
Windows 10 Mobile is finally dead: How to take your data and move on
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 05:05:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
At last long last, Microsoft’s mobile OS experiment has come to an end. Support for the last version of Windows 10 Mobile dies on December 10.Windows phones will still work, but the last wave of Windows Mobile devices running the last official supported version of Windows 10 Mobile (version 1709, the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update) won’t receive any more updates or patches for Windows 10 Mobile—features, security, or otherwise. Officially, it will cease to exist.If you’re a Lumia 640 or 640XL owner, you’ve already felt the touch of death: Support for those devices ended in June. But for the last hurrah of Windows devices, which included the HP Elite x3, Microsoft Lumia 550, 650, and the Lumia 950/950 XL; Alcatel IDOL 4S and 4S Pro; and the Alcatel OneTouch Fierce XL—it’s time for you to retire those devices and move on.To read this article in full, please click here
EZVIZ C1C Indoor Wi-Fi Camera review: a full-featured budget security camera
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
For just $20, you get solid security in a simple package.
TP-Link Kasa Filament Smart Bulb review: Models KL50 and KL60 both deliver quality light, but neither is very bright
Tue, 10 Dec 2019 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
These smart(ish) vintage-style bulbs offer Wi-Fi connectivity.
Best power banks 2019: The top portable chargers for your phone
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 11:25:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Anyone who uses a smartphone knows the importance of carrying a backup battery pack. But given the large number of options on Amazon, you might feel overwhelmed, understandably. Besides the various charging specs, ports, and even cables you have to consider, there are a ton of competing brands. But how do you know which ones actually deliver on their promises? Is it worth saving a few bucks if a battery pack’s performance is lacking?Cheat sheet: Best power banks 2019 Mophie Powerstation XXL: Best overall [mophie.com] Xiaomi 10,000mAh Mi Power Bank: Most portable [amazon.com] Sherpa 100AC Portable Power Bank: Best for road warriors [goalzero.com] Anker Powercore+ 26800 PD: Best USB-C pack with Power Delivery [amazon.com] RockPals 300W Power Station: Best portable power station [amazon.com] We decided to do the legwork for you, acquiring a wide range of power banks from different manufacturers, some offering unique features. We then spent weeks testing the packs (read about our testing process in detail below).To read this article in full, please click here
The best gaming headsets: Reviews and buying advice
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 10:45:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
The next great peripherals war is being waged over your ears. After every company on the planet put out a gaming mouse and then a mechanical keyboard, they turned their attention to headsets. So many headsets.We know you don’t want to scroll through every single headset review when all you want is a simple answer: “What’s the best gaming headset I can buy with my hard-earned dollars?” This page holds the answers you seek, no matter what your budget is.We’ll keep updating our recommendations as we look at new products and find stronger contenders. Updated 12/09/19 to include our reviews of the Razer Kraken Ultimate, which improves on the Kraken V2 in all the right ways, and the Corsair Virtuoso RGB, which makes a worthy companion for Corsair’s premium K96 mechanical keyboard. See the bottom of this article for links to all of our headset reviews.To read this article in full, please click here
Yale Assure Lever with Connected by August review: Yale lets you ditch its own app for August’s
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 09:30:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Alas, Yale’s hardware and August’s wireless technology make for truly unhappy bedfellows.
Google first ‘Pixel feature drop’ enhances Photos, Call Screen, Duo, RAM
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 08:03:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
When the Pixel phone landed in 2016, the promise was that the handset would be continuously updated, not just with regular Android security and version updates, but with new features like Apple does with the iPhone. Over the years, Google has obliged by regularly bringing newer Pixel features to older phones, but it’s stopped short of delivering big feature-packed updates. That’s changing with the first ever “Pixel feature drop.”According to a blog post, the updates are already rolling out and involve two steps: a system update and app updates via the Play Store. It’s unclear whether the update is part of the December security update that began rolling out last week (and has yet to hit the Pixel 4) or a newer Android 10.1 update, but it should reach all Pixel phones “in the coming weeks.”To read this article in full, please click here
Razer Kraken Ultimate review: Tournament Edition features with consumer polish
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 03:30:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
The Razer Kraken Ultimate is not new, but “new.” What I mean is, Razer’s latest flagship headset is a sizable upgrade over 2016’s Razer Kraken V2, the last proper iteration of the Kraken line. But the Kraken Ultimate’s tentpole features—THX Spatial Audio, better volume controls, cooling gel—debuted with 2018’s esports spin-off, the Kraken Tournament Edition.Thus the Kraken Ultimate mostly brings the consumer edition up to parity with the competitive edition. And that’s undoubtedly necessary, but not exactly jump-out-of-your-seat exciting for a product labeled “Ultimate.” I thought there’d be more to it.To read this article in full, please click here
A cord-cutters guide to watching sports without cable TV
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
You probably don't need cable to watch your favorite sports teams. Here's how to get all the action through online streaming services instead.
Microsoft ends support for Office 2010: What you can do
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Office 2010 users, we know you're out there. As recently as 2017, according to a survey published by IT marketplace Spiceworks, Office 2010 was being used in 83 percent of the companies surveyed. Most companies seemed to have a mix of Office versions active, with Office 2007 the next most prevalent, at 68 percent.While time and Microsoft's relentless efforts to get users to switch to Office 365 subscriptions have surely shifted the data somewhat in the past two years, it's very likely that Office 2010 is still popular. And if you're one of those Office 2010 users, you might have seen this screen pop up recently as you launched Word or another Office program:To read this article in full, please click here
BetterAir Biotica800 review: Using probiotics to combat indoor pollutants
Mon, 09 Dec 2019 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
This unconventional air purifier claims to tackle organic irritants like mold, dust mites, and pet dander at their source.
This week in games: Henry Cavill takes The Witcher to late night, Rune II controversy gets spicy
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 13:27:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Last week I was too busy eating to care about news. Cows wearing VR headsets? Neat. BioWare wants to remind everyone that Dragon Age 4 exists? Fascinating. Now pass the mashed potatoes, please.But we’re back for a few short weeks before year’s end, and I’ve returned to my weekly news-gathering duties despite suffering from some rather severe senioritis. This week, a look at Destiny 2’s new Season of Dawn, a sequel to Pathfinder: Kingmaker, our first fight scene from The Witcher, Human Head controversy, and more.To read this article in full, please click here
Best gaming keyboards: Our picks for the top budget, mid-tier, and RGB boards
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 12:20:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Choosing a gaming keyboard is a matter of personal taste. To that point, there are a plethora of options, with a dizzying mix of features. One person could be into Cherry Browns and white backlighting. Another might favor Razer Greens and a rippling RGB glow. Gigantic wrist pads, compact shapes, numeric keypads, macro keys, volume controls.... You get the pictureTo help you sort through the many options, we’ve rounded up a large number of planks, putting them through their paces, to come up with our top recommendations. All of these are mechanical keyboards, and for good reason—they’re simply more comfortable to use over the long haul. But we’re open-minded, so if we encounter an alternative that works well, you may see it appear on this list. We’ll keep updating it periodically as we test new keyboards.To read this article in full, please click here
A year in, the Epic Games Store's fight against Steam has made PC gaming better for everyone
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 10:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
A year ago, I wrote these words: “Epic Games is creating a Steam rival and Valve should be scared.” And for good reason: The Epic Games Store debuted December 6, 2018 and upended the PC gaming market. Valve, once unassailable, suddenly seemed very vulnerable. Flush with Fortnite money, Epic provided the first real competition to Steam since its inception 15 years prior. What company wouldn’t worry?If I could amend that headline now though, I’d instead write “Epic Games is creating a Steam rival and Valve should be grateful.”Grateful, not because Valve fended off the newcomer and solidified its own position, but because Epic spurred Valve out of complacency. The Epic Games Store is better now—but so is Steam. As we look back on the past year, that might be Epic’s most valuable contribution to the PC thus far.To read this article in full, please click here
Hallelujah! Google Keep notes and lists are finally coming to Google Assistant
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 09:48:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
After years of promises, changes, and utter confusion involving what should be a staple feature of all assistants, Google appears to finally be rolling out the ability to create and manage notes and lists using Google Assistant. Yeah, we can’t believe it either.A short history: When Google Assistant launched back in 2016, it offered the ability to create lists in Google Keep. It was quickly moved into the Home app as part of Google Express, which wasn’t ideal but kind of made sense since it’s a shopping thing. Then Google teased full Keep integration in 2018 as part of its “proactive” push, and again earlier this year, and now finally it appears to be rolling out.To read this article in full, please click here
Razer Huntsman Tournament Edition review: This stripped-down plank is laser-focused on 'pro' features
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 09:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
About a year ago we reviewed the Razer Huntsman Elite, arguably the first mainstream foray into optical keyboard switches. And uh...the only one, really. Optical switches still haven’t made much headway against traditional mechanical keyboards.Razer is doubling down though, introducing the Huntsman Tournament Edition for 2019. Like the rest of Razer’s Tournament Edition boards, the Huntsman TE ditches the numpad—and a lot of the Huntsman Elite’s personality, in the process. But if you’re looking for a simple keyboard with some enthusiast-grade influences, the Huntsman TE is a pretty interesting proposition.To read this article in full, please click here
Hands on with the Snapdragon 8c and 7c, Qualcomm's value-PC play
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 07:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Let’s be honest: We’re a bit skeptical of the new Snapdragon 7c and 8c story, Qualcomm’s latest expansion of its Snapdragon Compute lineup into cheaper markets. But we had a chance to play around with them, and they’re...fine?At the Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui, Hawaii, the company offered reporters a chance to try out a pair of 7c and 8c demo machines. Both of the units we saw were reference designs, with pre-production hardware.Miguel Nunes, senior director of product management for compute products, supplied us with a few more details about each chip. The 7c includes a pair of ARM Cortex-A76 “performance” cores, with six Cortex-A55 cores serving as the low-power “efficiency” cores. There’s an X15 LTE modem, too.To read this article in full, please click here
20 gorgeous PC games that will punish your graphics card
Fri, 06 Dec 2019 05:51:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Pixel-pushing, PC-melting graphical firepowerImage by Gordon Mah Ung/Rob SchultzSo you built yourself a brand-new gaming rig, you’ve slotted your sweet new graphics card into the PCIe slot, you’ve sealed up the case, and you’ve heard it all POST—congrats! Now it’s time to throw games at your fresh build until it breaks, then cry at the thought that if you’d spent just 200 dollars more you could’ve played at 4K instead of a mere 1080p!To read this article in full, please click here
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