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Microsoft begins bringing in developers to build its dual-screen future, including Windows 10X
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 12:57:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Over the next few weeks, Microsoft will begin asking developers to start building apps for the dual-screen future, including the Surface Duo Android phone and the Surface Neo PC that will run Windows 10X, the company's next-generation operating system.Microsoft said Wednesday that it will begin providing access to a pre-release version of the Windows SDK through its normal Windows Insider builds. Specifically, on February 11, Microsoft will drop the Microsoft Emulator, a HyperV development platform that will allow app developers to begin porting their UWP and Win32 apps to Windows 10X.To read this article in full, please click here
Microsoft's Office 365 for enterprises will switch Chrome search to Bing, unless you do this
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 11:50:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
In what seems like a broad case of overreaching, an upcoming version of Microsoft’s Office 365 for enterprises will automatically switch Google Chrome’s search engine to Bing. And Firefox is next on the list.Yes, Google Chrome. Yes, Bing. Microsoft says it’s doing so to enable Microsoft Search, which essentially evolves the Bing search engine into a way to delve through your corporate files and other information. But still, altering another company’s search engine to do so? (We’ve reached out to Google for comment, but the company hadn’t responded by press time. )To read this article in full, please click here
Shop carefully: Some Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics cards are much faster than others
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 09:21:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
AMD’s $279 Radeon RX 5600 XT launched this week, and it goes toe-to-toe with Nvidia’s powerful $350 GeForce RTX 2060, nearly matching even AMD’s own $350 Radeon RX 5700 in several games. Sometimes. Other times, it’s merely an okay alternative to the $279 GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, which itself was effectively rendered obsolete by the launch of the $230 GeForce GTX 1660 Super last fall. Talk about Jekyll and Hyde. It all depends on which custom model you buy, and whether that card has the correct software preinstalled.To read this article in full, please click here
Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5600 XT review: Punching above its class
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 06:15:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
With the launch of the $279 Radeon RX 5600 XT, AMD’s finishing off the mainstream push for its cutting-edge “Navi” architecture by aiming for PC gaming’s sweet spot, the no-compromises 1080p arena currently dominated by Nvidia’s trio of GeForce GTX 1660 graphics cards. It more than gets the job done—especially if you get the right overclocked model, equipped with a supercharged BIOS.Yes, the Radeon RX 5600 XT can be much faster than AMD originally claimed, but you need to jump through some hoops to achieve those speeds if you’re an early buyer, adding a regrettable layer of confusion.In the default configuration announced at CES 2020, the card does a solid job of matching up with Nvidia’s identically priced $279 GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. It’s good! But mere days before the card’s launch, AMD sent us a new BIOS for the custom $289 Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5600 XT on our test bench. This BIOS pushed the power limits to new levels, which allowed Sapphire to crank up the overclock on the GPU and the already blazing-fast GDDR6 memory. To read this article in full, please click here
How to use, modify, and create templates in Word
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 03:30:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
In Microsoft Word, templates are pre-designed documents that you or someone else (such as Microsoft) creates to use as a pattern for a project. The template could be for a business card, brochure, resume, presentation...the list goes on. Regardless of the purpose, templates provide the design consistency that any organization (or individual) needs to look professional. (You can also find templates for Excel, PowerPoint, and other applications, but in this article we’re focusing on Microsoft Word.) The template contains a specific layout, style, design and, sometimes, fields and text that are common to every use of that template. Some templates are so complete (such as business cards), you only have to change the individual’s name, phone number, and email address. Others, such as business reports or brochures, could require that everything is changed except the layout and design. To read this article in full, please click here
RCA Ultra-Thin Multi-Directional Amplified Indoor Antenna review: Good performance for the price
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
This inexpensive TV antenna does a good job pulling in strong signals, but you might be happier paying a little more for higher performance.
Samsung Galaxy S20 preview: This one goes past 11 with more screen, more cameras, more everything
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
In just about a month, Samsung will take the wraps off the new Galaxy S phone, the first premium Android phone of 2020. It’s shaping up to be a great one. Not only will it bring the latest processor, oodles of RAM, and tons of storage, but it’s also expected to make a major leap where it counts: the camera and display.It’s so big, in fact, it’ll likely get a new name. A whole bunch of recent rumors and leaks (including the image at the top of this article) are claiming that Samsung is going to switch to whole numbers for the next Galaxy S phone and jump all the way to the Galaxy S20 (so for the sake of simplicity, that’s what we’ll call it here). This is all likely more marketing than magnitude, but Samsung’s new phone may still be worthy of a ten-fold jump in numbering. Here’s everything we know so far:To read this article in full, please click here
The best indoor air-quality monitors: Identify the pollutants that can compromise your health and comfort
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Whether you suffer from allergies or asthma or just want to optimize your indoor environment, these devices will give you insight into the air you're breathing.
Best TV antennas for cord cutters 2020: Tested for real-world signal strength
Wed, 22 Jan 2020 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Ready to cut the cord? You’ll need a quality antenna to pick up digital broadcasts. Here are our recommendations for best indoor and outdoor TV antennas.
Sonos will stop issuing software updates for 'legacy' speakers and devices in May
Tue, 21 Jan 2020 11:31:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
You’ll still be able to keep using older Sonos devices, but they’ll gradually lose functionality once the software updates stop.
Watch The Full Nerd talk about the RX 5600 XT review live!
Tue, 21 Jan 2020 10:56:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. In today's show we go over the recent price drops of Nvidia RTX 2060 GPUs and Brad's review of AMD's Radeon RTX 5600 XT. 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
PC sales expected to fall after Windows 10 sales bump ends
Tue, 21 Jan 2020 10:52:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Although analyst firms recently predicted that PC sales for 2019 would show the first signs of growth in nearly a decade, Gartner threw cold water on those findings on Tuesday: After the Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration ends, PC sales will decline once again.On the other hand, global device sales—PCs, tablets, and smartphones—should continue to grow slightly by 0.9 percent in 2020, the firm said. Of note, too, is what Gartner predicts about 5G smartphone penetration: an estimated 12 percent of smartphone shipments in 2020, growing to 43 percent in 2022.To read this article in full, please click here
Noon Lighting System review: It’s the very best smart switch for your home, and it’s priced accordingly
Tue, 21 Jan 2020 10:14:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
The ability to create scenes using your room’s lighting is positively magical.
Puma Smartwatch review: A smartwatch that’s best when the smart stuff is turned off
Tue, 21 Jan 2020 05:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
As soon as I took the Puma Smartwatch out of the box, I wanted to like it. Unlike the sea of bulky, all-black Wear OS entries of late, the Puma Smartwatch is lightweight and sporty, with a slimming aesthetic and minimal single-button design. Add to that Puma's fitness pedigree, Qualcomm’s newest Wear 3100 processor, and built-in GPS, and I had high hopes that I was strapping a rare Wear OS winner to my wrist. Michael Simon/IDG The single-button design eliminates some of the confusion from the Fossil Sport's trio of buttons.To read this article in full, please click here
Kwikset Halo smart deadbolt review: Wi-Fi in, attractive design out
Tue, 21 Jan 2020 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Kwikset’s smart lock gains in connectivity, but loses out in the looks department.
Will virtual reality finally break out in 2020?
Mon, 20 Jan 2020 03:31:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Maybe this will be the year virtual reality goes mainstream. If we say it enough times we’ll be right eventually, yeah?But it really does feel like 2020 might be the year. Four years into consumer virtual reality, I finally feel excited again. The hardware is great, and cheaper than ever before. The games are promising, albeit few. And there’s a sense that maybe the “We need software to sell hardware to make developing software worthwhile” vicious cycle has finally been overcome. Maybe.I could be wrong. I certainly hate to get excited about virtual reality’s prospects in 2020, in a “Fool me twice” sort-of way. I’ve had my heart broken by VR before. And yet…To read this article in full, please click here
Amarey A980 robot vacuum review: Pet hair is no match for this super sucker
Mon, 20 Jan 2020 03:30:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
This inexpensive mapping robot vacuum is a fantastic option for animal owners.
Best robot vacuums: We name the most effective cleaners
Mon, 20 Jan 2020 03:30:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Vacuuming is one of the most hated household chores. Here are your best choices for outsourcing it to some automated help.
Microsoft didn't win the PC turf war. Sony never showed up.
Sat, 18 Jan 2020 05:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
This week, Kotaku reported that PlayStation 4 exclusive Horizon: Zero Dawn may come to the PC in the near future. And let me first say, it’s interesting this became big news because when Quantic Dream announced that Detroit: Become Human was coming to PC last year—another Sony-published game—it didn’t inspire nearly the same levels of pontificating about Sony’s intentions for the PC.Of course, people generally praised Horizon: Zero Dawn and disliked Detroit. Maybe that’s the only difference, that Horizon is seen as one of Sony’s “prestige” games. To read this article in full, please click here
Best antivirus: Keep your Windows PC safe from spyware, Trojans, malware, and more
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 17:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Antivirus software is nearly as crucial as a PC’s operating system. Even if you’re well aware of potential threats and practice extreme caution, some threats just can’t be prevented without the extra help of an AV program—or a full antivirus suite. You could, for example, visit a website that unintentionally displays malicious ads. Or accidentally click on a phishing email (it happens!). Or get stung by a zero-day threat, where an undisclosed bug in Windows, your browser, or an installed program gives hackers entry to your system.We’re not suggesting that PC security software is fool-proof. Antivirus software often can’t do much to stop zero-day exploits, for example. But it can detect when the undisclosed vulnerability is used to install other nasty bits, like ransomware, on your machine. Anyone who actively uses email, clicks on links, and downloads programs will benefit from an antivirus suite.To read this article in full, please click here
Best gaming mouse: Find your perfect match
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 16:08:00 -0800
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
ZoneAlarm Extreme Security review: Good protection in need of an overhaul
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 09:04:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
The more things change, the more they stay the same, the saying goes. That couldn’t be more true for our review candidate today, Check Point’s ZoneAlarm Extreme Security. We reviewed this software nearly six years ago, and in that time the Windows interface has not changed.Sure, some features have disappeared and others have taken their place, but overall it’s the same program with the same dated interface. That’s set to change, however. A Check Point spokesperson told us the company is planning a major interface and user experience overhaul for 2020.Note: This review is part of our best antivirus roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them. When you start ZoneAlarm Extreme Security the first thing you’ll notice is that it looks a little fuzzy. It appears Check Point didn’t update its app for high-resolution displays. We tested ZoneAlarm Extreme Security on a laptop with a 1080p display, and found that the menu items and tiles were noticeably lacking in sharpness.To read this article in full, please click here
Google wants to bring Steam to Chromebooks
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 07:14:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Chromebook fans have been able to get their game on ever since Google Stadia launched in November, but a new report from Android Police claims that more might be on the way. According to an interview with Kan Liu, Director of Product Management for Chrome OS, Google is working toward bringing Steam support to Chromebooks, too.Granted, this is Google we’re talking about, so it’s not all that surprising that they’re working on major features that may or may not get released. But taken at face value, this is a particularly interesting tidbit. It’s unclear whether Google is working in direct conjunction with Valve or if Steam support would even launch as an official feature, but Liu suggested Google is definitely serious about the project.To read this article in full, please click here
Elder Scrolls Online's Skyrim-themed ‘Greymoor’ expansion is a missed opportunity
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 06:25:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
I had a feeling it wouldn’t be too long before The Elder Scrolls Online played its Skyrim card, particularly since the last two expansions were set in places we never saw in the most popular mainline Elder Scrolls games. And sure enough, yesterday developer ZeniMax Online revealed a trailer and some facts about ESO’s upcoming Greymoor expansion, which takes place in the upper northwest corner of the Viking-themed realm.It looks like a fun romp, especially if you’re into vampires, werewolves, and other assorted favorite Halloween costumes. It also looks and sounds a little too familiar for anyone who’s played the game in the last couple of years, and that’s not just because of the setting. Considering that we’re rapidly approaching the 10th anniversary of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – one of the most popular RPGs of all time – I would’ve expected something a little more ambitious.To read this article in full, please click here
Razer DeathAdder V2 review: We like the upgrades, but what's with the weighty name?
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 03:30:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Razer first released its iconic DeathAdder mouse in 2006. Thirteen years later, there have been multiple revisions and even more special edition reskins. In 2020, we’re arguably on...let’s call it the Razer DeathAdder 7. Maybe 8? It depends on how you look at it.And yet Razer would argue otherwise. For 2020, Razer’s chosen a name for its new DeathAdder so daring, we had to sit up and take notice: the Razer DeathAdder V2. Forget the past decade, this is the first deserving successor to the original DeathAdder—or at least, that’s what Razer would like us to believe.How does it fare then? Is the DeathAdder V2 worth the name? Is it so revolutionary, it deserves this bit of pageantry? Well…To read this article in full, please click here
Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Netflix: The big three streaming services compared
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Which online entertainment service offers cord-cutters the best combination of original content, user interface, and bottom-line value?
Battle passes are making me play games less, not more
Fri, 17 Jan 2020 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Once upon a time we had loot boxes and everyone hated them, myself included. Remembered mostly as a pernicious ploy to merge gambling and gaming, it’s important to remember that they also worked—for a while, at least. That was why they were so frustrating. Chasing skins in Overwatch, or engrams in Destiny 2, it was junk food I (and many others) couldn’t stop eating. Then loot boxes ran afoul of regulation, or even the threat of regulation, and boom: no more loot boxes.Having tabooed one form of monetization though, developers quickly moved to another. Modeled after Fortnite—hell, borrowing the name from Fortnite in many cases—we got Battle Passes. A new strategy for a new era, Battle Passes are built for games-as-a-service. They’re supposed to keep people coming back for months or even years to see what’s new.To read this article in full, please click here
Best wireless charger: Ditch the headache of cables with our top pick
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 15:46:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
As convenience goes, wireless charging can’t be beat. You simply drop your phone onto the charger and walk away. Gone is the headache of managing cables that inevitably break or get lost.Until recently, the main drawback to wireless chargers has been slow adoption and slow charging. This style of charging is still not ubiquitous, but you can now find Samsung, LG, Sony, and Moto phones that support it on the Android side, and Apple has adopted it for its iPhone lineup as well. And the technology itself is finally reaching a point where its speed is easier to live with, too.Now that it’s a good time to go out and grab a stand or pad, we’ve tested some of the most popular models out there for both Android and iPhone, and discovered our favorites among the bunch. Read on for our findings, and check back periodically for our latest updates.To read this article in full, please click here
New Windows 10 Insider build 19546 adds a nifty graphing calculator
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 15:21:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
You can put away your Texas Instruments graphing calculators, kids. Microsoft’s bringing that capability to the Calculator app within Windows 10, as part of a new Insider build.Windows 10 Build 19546 includes a special Graphing Mode for Windows Calculator, as well as a new Indexer Diagnostics app for delving a bit deeper into what Windows is making searchable on your PC. Microsoft has said previously that the company is migrating the Fast Ring into a more generic bunch of future code, so it’s not clear whether the new Calculator capabilities will be rolling out as part of the upcoming “20H1” release, or held over until a future release. (Edit: Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc has confirmed it will be a separate release.)To read this article in full, please click here
CD Projekt delays Cyberpunk 2077 and suddenly the spring looks pretty quiet
Thu, 16 Jan 2020 10:19:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Not all that long ago, the spring of 2020 seemed like a golden age of wonders. We complained there would be too many games—Watch Dogs Legion, Dying Light 2, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, Baldur’s Gate III, and the crown jewel Cyberpunk 2077.Now uh...maybe none of them will release in the spring. Most were already delayed or simply absent, i.e. we haven’t heard word of Baldur’s Gate III since the Google Stadia event announcing it last June. But today CD Projekt announced Cyberpunk 2077 is delayed to September 17, where it will join Watch Dogs Legion and Bloodlines 2.To read this article in full, please click here
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