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Black Friday 2018: The best tech deals worth waiting for
Mon, 19 Nov 2018 17:40:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
The most difficult part of Black Friday shopping is knowing when to hold. As prices start dropping, the temptation to pounce on the first decent discount becomes overwhelming.Since forewarned is forearmed, we’ve gone through popular retailers’ Black Friday advertisements to find the gems arriving Thursday and Friday, and listed our findings below. With this knowledge, you’ll be able to compare prices and more accurately judge when to grab an early deal and when to wait a couple more days.Don’t expect to wait idly and be triumphant, though. Stores can spontaneously undercut their own advertised prices, and days ahead of the planned sale date—all part of the game of chicken that retailers currently play with each other.To read this article in full, please click here
Black Friday 2018: The best early deals
Mon, 19 Nov 2018 17:16:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Black Friday is no longer just the day after Thanksgiving. Deals now roll out in a chaotic mass all throughout November.Just a couple of years ago, most of those early discounts weren’t any good. But that’s changed.While the deals that command headlines (those so-called “doorbusters”) are typically still available on only Thanksgiving or Black Friday, some worthwhile sales are already trickling out now. We’ve begun rounding up those here, so keep an eye peeled for further updates as the days tick by. We’ll add new deals as we spot them. And don’t forget: 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
Black Friday deals: Best sales on TVs, speakers, and streaming video devices
Mon, 19 Nov 2018 14:30:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
It's a jungle out thereBlack Friday can be a great time to upgrade your home theater for less, provided you know what to look for. While plenty of TVs, streaming players, and speaker systems are available now at historically low prices, retailers also use Black Friday to push a fair share of junk that’s not worth buying at any price.To read this article in full, please click here
Watch The Full Nerd talk Black Friday PC deals right now
Mon, 19 Nov 2018 10:42:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. Today's show is almost all about deals! Alaina takes us through the tech deals that are out there, helps us understand why there aren't as many as last year, and shows off the cheapest PC you can build using Black Friday deals.As always we will be answering your live questions so speak up in the chat. If YouTube is not your thing uou can also watch us on Twitch, Facebook, and Twitter!To read this article in full, please click here
Turn your dumb devices into smart ones with all-time low Amazon prices on Wemo accessories
Mon, 19 Nov 2018 10:02:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Setting up a smart, connected home adds convenience and control, but buying all-new lights and appliances can be a drain on your plans. That's where smart switches and plugs come in, letting you connect your old appliances without spending hundreds of dollars. And today you can get started for less than $50: Amazon is selling the Wemo light switch for $28Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $50, and the Wemo Mini Smart Plug for $18.70Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $35. Both are the lowest prices we've ever seen for these devices.To read this article in full, please click here
Black Friday Special: Save 50% on the SKEYE Nano 2 Drone ($19)
Mon, 19 Nov 2018 06:57:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Ever wish you could soar majestically through the sky? You can with the SKEYE Nano 2 Drone. This quad-copter is perfect for beginners and, since it’s marked down by 51% to just $19 for Black Friday, it fits practically any budget.The SKEYE Nano 2 Drone is small. So small, in fact, that it’ll easily fit in the palm of your hand. But don’t let its size fool you. Though tiny, this drone is jam packed with features that’ll keep your family entertained.To read this article in full, please click here
Logitech's outstanding G502 Proteus Spectrum gaming mouse is just $35, a nearly 60% discount
Mon, 19 Nov 2018 06:46:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
If you’re shopping for a gaming mouse, you’ve got a borderline overwhelming array of options these days—as PC gaming becomes more and more popular, these mechanical rodents have been proliferating almost as prolifically as their furry physical namesakes. But despite the surge of contenders, a single mouse has laid claim to our best gaming mouse title for over four years running: the Logitech G502 Proteus Core and its various iterations. And now, you can get the RGB LED-laden Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum for $35 at Amazon and NeweggRemove non-product link instead of its $85 sticker price.To read this article in full, please click here
SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro review: Sharp video leaves a positive impression
Mon, 19 Nov 2018 04:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
The SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro is a wired doorbell with infrared motion detection that produces a great picture.
iPhone XR vs Android’s best: A razor-thin margin of victory
Mon, 19 Nov 2018 03:32:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
The new iPhone XR might not be a flagship, but it’s really good. So good, in fact, that I called it Apple’s best iPhone ever in my review—not because of its specs (which are technically inferior to those of the XS and XS Max) but because of its value proposition. That’s pitting it against other, pricier iPhones, though. I wanted to see how the iPhone XR would fare against three of Android’s best phones: the Galaxy Note 9, Pixel 3 XL, and OnePlus 6T.We’ll walk through all the major factors we review in a phone, discussing each phone’s pros and cons and picking a winner. Click a link on our table of contents if you want to jump to a specific item.To read this article in full, please click here
LG E8PUA 4K UHD TV review: Approaching TV nirvana
Mon, 19 Nov 2018 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
LG's 55-inch OLED smart TV is simply one of the best TVs money can buy. It delivers luxurious color, real blacks, smooth motion, and the best interface and remote in the business.
Acronis True Image 2019 review: Fast, comprehensive, and a wee bit overkill for the average user
Mon, 19 Nov 2018 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Acronis True Image is quite arguably the fastest, most powerful backup solution available to consumers. It’s also, slowly but surely, working its way toward being truly user-friendly. It still has a ways to go in that regard, but the the company is certainly trying. The real issue is whether you need all of True Image’s multifold capabilities.This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best Windows backup software. Go there for information on competing products and how we rated them.True Image: From imaging utility to backup suite True Image has long since morphed from a plain “imaging” program into a backup suite. While it still creates sector-accurate images of your drives or partitions, it also features an online storage component in Acronis Cloud; offers archival and sync functionality; has a hidden restore-from partition (such as those often found with laptops) called Secure Zone; can clone disks; and offers ransomware protection.To read this article in full, please click here
Black Friday Amazon device deals 2018: Echo speakers, Fire HD tablets, Fire TV and more
Sun, 18 Nov 2018 15:01:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
At this point in the big scheme of gadget shopping, it seems almost inconceivable that anyone who wants an Amazon device—like an Echo smart speaker, Fire HD tablet, or Fire TV stick—hasn’t already bought one. Yet Amazon continues to enjoy steady sales of its own branded gear, and it’s doubling down on Black Friday to sell even more.The good news is that so many of these gadgets performed well in our own independent reviews. To that point, we’ve curated a list of what we think are the best Amazon device deals available during Black Friday 2018.Echo smart speakers Echo Dot Kids Edition 3-pack—$100 (save $110) Echo Spot 2-pack — $160 (save $100) Echo Show 2-pack — $340 (save $120) We don’t have any experience with the kids’ version of the Echo Dot, but we love the standard version for delivering all key Alexa functions in a cheap, small puck. We gave it an Editors’ Choice award and 4 stars in our official review. To read this article in full, please click here
Black Friday 2018 deals: The cheapest gaming PC you can build
Sun, 18 Nov 2018 04:45:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
This year's sky-high component prices made it more expensive to build a PC, but relief is finally in sight. Black Friday is once again bringing low prices on components, sweet combo and bundle deals, and extras like free video games.Now is a great time to roll a new rig, so like in 2016 and 2017, I wanted to see how cheap we could go using Black Friday deals. To my surprise, you can build a 2nd-generation Ryzen system that's FreeSync-ready and includes Windows for an astonishing $272.To read this article in full, please click here
Anki’s adorable Vector smart robot has a rare 30% cut at Amazon today
Sat, 17 Nov 2018 06:57:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Anki’s Vector isn’t your typical smart speaker. Yes, it can set a timer and tell you the weather, but it’s not tethered to a plug. It’s not even stationary. It’s a smart robot with a personality that sleeps, explores, and is afraid of heights. And today Amazon is selling Vector for the lowest price it’s ever been: $175, 30 percent off its $250 list priceRemove non-product link.To read this article in full, please click here
MacBook Air review: Out with the old and in with the new, for better or worse
Fri, 16 Nov 2018 17:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
The new MacBook Air is essentially the 12-inch MacBook, made larger.
This week in games: The mini "PC Classic" starts crowdfunding, Command & Conquer remasters
Fri, 16 Nov 2018 12:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
The best part about PC gaming is that so much of it is “backwards compatible,” to borrow the console term. Sit down at a modern PC and you can play 40-odd years of games, everything from Zork to Battlefield V. Where consoles need to trot out a miniature version of the hardware to capitalize on nostalgia, we can run the classics on any old machine....Wait, someone’s making a miniature “PC Classic”? Really? And it’s that ugly yellow-beige color from the ‘80s?That news, plus Telltale starts liquidating, more Command & Conquer remaster details, Crackdown 3 gets one last release date, and more. This is gaming news for November 12 to 16.To read this article in full, please click here
Get This Microsoft Excel Diploma Masterclass At Black Friday Pricing Today ($19)
Fri, 16 Nov 2018 11:41:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
If you step into an office or school, you’ll likely find Microsoft Excel installed on each computer. While it appears to be a simple spreadsheet program, Excel provides unparalleled bookkeeping and data analysis features; and mastering it can make you a major asset in any workspace. If you’re interested in harnessing Excel’s full potential, you can get started with this $19 Masterclass.To read this article in full, please click here
Microsoft Bing's Black Friday research tools are hit-and-miss
Fri, 16 Nov 2018 11:33:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
With Black Friday just (gulp!) a week away, Microsoft’s Bing search engine is launching tools to help with your shopping: a searchable index of deals, phone comparisons, and shortcuts to roundups of the best products.Unfortunately, Bing doesn’t currently seem to provide what you’re probably hoping for: a searchable list of Black Friday prices by item, together with the dates and times they’re available. It appears you’ll still have to do all the legwork yourself.Like other Black Friday sites, Microsoft has compiled a list of Black Friday ads by retailer, which the company has separated out by deal. Each ad lists the date and time during which the ad is active, with links to coupon codes, too. With each item, Microsoft also lists “See other buying options” so you can compare prices as part of its Bing Shopping service. Microsoft also promises that you’ll be able to search Bing Shopping for “Black Friday” plus the name of the item, and receive a list of Black Friday deals.To read this article in full, please click here
11-11: Memories Retold review: All's finally quiet on the Western Front
Fri, 16 Nov 2018 09:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
In 2014 Ubisoft commemorated the hundredth anniversary of World War I with a game called Valiant Hearts. Though hand-animated, it nevertheless told a grisly and often tragic story about the Great War, and it’s an experience that’s stuck with me for years now.Thus I was excited to hear the co-director of Valiant Hearts, Yoan Fanise, had founded a new studio to make a spiritual successor of sorts. As Valiant Hearts commemorated the start of the conflict, 11-11: Memories Retold marks the end, the hundredth anniversary of the Armistice.To read this article in full, please click here
The Full Nerd ep. 74: Radeon RX 590 review, RTX on in Battlefield V, GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FE failures
Fri, 16 Nov 2018 08:03:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, Adam Patrick Murray, and a very special guest delve deep into graphics card news.First up: A recap of our XFX Radeon RX 590 Fatboy review. AMD’s first 12nm GPU is a GTX 1060 killer, but how does it compare against the existing Radeon RX 580? It depends on the sales you can find. We dive into the RX 590’s tech specs, value proposition, and more.To read this article in full, please click here
The best smart thermostat you can buy, the Alexa-enabled Ecobee4, is $50 off
Fri, 16 Nov 2018 07:36:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Smart thermostats help keep your home a comfortable temperature with little effort on your end—and help you save money in the process. But the Ecobee4, our favorite smart thermostat, does a whole lot more than just that. Its built-in Alexa capabilities turn the Ecobee4 into a bona fide smart hub, and today, you can save $50 off its list price on Amazon, bringing it down to $199. To read this article in full, please click here
AMD's Radeon RX 570 and RX 580 are dirt-cheap after the Radeon RX 590's launch
Fri, 16 Nov 2018 06:55:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
AMD’s much rumored and recently released $280 Radeon RX 590 blows away Nvidia’s GTX 1060, but steep sale prices for the Radeon RX 570 and RX 580 make these graphics cards even more enticing for 1080p gaming. The cherry on top? You can still choose from two of the three free games that AMD’s offering with the Radeon RX 590 when you opt for one of these other Radeon cards, instead.First up, Newegg is selling the 4GB PowerColor Red Dragon RX 570 for $140Remove non-product link, or half the price of the Radeon RX 590. This is a fantastic card for consistent 60 frames per second gaming performance at 1080p resolution—one of the most common monitor configurations—though you might need to dial a graphics setting or two back in the most strenuous modern games to hit that goal. To read this article in full, please click here
Wi-Charge harnesses light to free Amazon Echo Dot and Google Home Mini smart speakers from power cords
Fri, 16 Nov 2018 05:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Wi-Charge’s technology can eliminate power adapters and cords and keep the batteries in devices such as smart locks, smartphones, security cameras, and sensors permanently topped off.
Logitech G502 Hero review: A slight improvement on an old standard
Fri, 16 Nov 2018 03:13:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Rarely does a piece of hardware have the sticking power of Logitech’s G502 mouse. We originally reviewed the G502 back in 2014 in its first iteration, the Proteus Core, and both it and the later RGB-equipped Proteus Spectrum revision have been top mouse picks ever since. Now Logitech’s back with its third refresh, the G502 Hero. No, it’s not the long-awaited wireless version, but it does pack Logitech’s new and proprietary Hero sensor. Hence the name. And given that Hero was originally designed as an efficient wireless sensor...maybe it’s a sign of things to come?To read this article in full, please click here
Talking Turkey: Presenting the best movies to stream over the Thanksgiving holiday
Fri, 16 Nov 2018 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
We’ve picked 20 essential movies for you, with topics ranging from feasts to families.
OnePlus 6T tips: The 10 features to check out first
Fri, 16 Nov 2018 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
OnePlus doesn’t subscribe to the once-yearly update cycle we see from most smartphone makers. Instead, it updates its hardware quickly, and adds new features with each iteration. The OnePlus 6T just launched around the world with one of the first in-display fingerprint sensors, and it’s now being sold in the U.S. via T-Mobile—a first for OnePlus, which previously sold phones unlocked, direct-to-consumer.So, you’ve got a shiny new OnePlus 6T, but how can you make the most of it? By taking advantage of the 10 features we describe below. And if you don’t yet have a 6T, make sure to read Michael Simon’s OnePlus 6T review.To read this article in full, please click here
Best media streaming devices
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Roku Streaming Stick vs. Amazon Fire Stick vs. Chromecast vs. Apple TV, and more. Which streaming device is best for cord cutters? Our buying guide will help you pick the right accessories for your TV.
5 things to consider when buying a business laptop
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 12:30:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
There are many factors to consider when buying a new business laptop for yourself or others in your organization. To help you make the best decision, we’ve put together this quick guide to the things you should be looking out for when making your purchase.Sponsored by HP.How will you use it? The most important question to ask before drawing up your shopping list is what the device’s day-to-day duties will entail.If it’s just for producing reports, presentations, and spreadsheets, then all modern laptops will easily cope with these tasks. But if you need to replace a desktop machine, you're better off going for models with larger 15in or 17in displays, as they provide a more comfortable experience for users.To read this article in full, please click here
If you think the Pixel 3 XL is ugly, take a look at the double-notch Sharp Aquos R2 Compact
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 11:23:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Just when you thought you had seen every awful notch on a phone, Sharp is here to one-up them all. Like the Essential Phone, the Aquos R2 Compact has a small eraser-shaped camera notch at the top of the screen, which is all good. But when you get to the bottom of the screen it all falls apart.Why? Because there’s a notch down there that wraps around the fingerprint sensor.We know what you’re thinking, and no, we don’t know why Sharp didn’t just put the sensor on the back like with every other Android phone. We also don't know why it didn't just increase the size of the chin. But as it is, you’ll get a rectangular notch at the bottom of the screen that cuts around half of the fingerprint sensor, while the other half rests below the screen.To read this article in full, please click here
Nvidia confirms 'limited' GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition quality issues
Thu, 15 Nov 2018 09:32:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
After weeks of numerous forum posts and social complaints about misbehaving graphics cards, Nvidia has acknowledged that its GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition has a problem.“Limited test escapes from early boards caused the issues some customers have experienced with RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition,” a company employee wrote on the GeForce forums. “We stand ready to help any customers who are experiencing problems. Please visit to chat live with the Nvidia tech support team (or to send us an email) and we’ll take care of it.”To read this article in full, please click here
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