Microsoft Teams taps AI to boost new background, whiteboarding features Tue, 19 Mar 2019 12:11:00 -0700
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Microsoft Teams is moving ahead in its gradual replacement of Skype for Business, which was once Microsoft’s go-to solution for collaborating via video or text. On Tuesday Microsoft announced several new collaborative features that lean toward business use, especially for those who work in collaborative environments at an office.One of the flagship features—background blurring for remote or home workers—has been beefed up with the ability to select a custom background. Other improvements include better whiteboarding, in both virtual spaces and the real world.To read this article in full, please click here Google's Stadia game-streaming service lets you play games anywhere, if your Internet can handle it Tue, 19 Mar 2019 11:30:00 -0700
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It’s safe to say that going into GDC 2019, Google’s Tuesday morning keynote was the most anticipated on the schedule. Rumors have flown for weeks, though calling them “rumors” is perhaps underselling it. We knew Google was working on streaming games to the Chrome browser, after last year’s Project Stream tests, and it was clear we’d see more about those ideas here.Tuesday was the official reveal though. It’s called Stadia, and already the old box-under-the-TV paradigm feels outdated.Meet Google Stadia: Streaming games anywhere “Building a game platform for everyone.” That’s the tagline Google went with during its presentation. You have a desktop? A laptop? A phone? Then you have Stadia. It’s that easy. This is the future that game streaming allows.To read this article in full, please click here Get Microsoft's Xbox One controller with a bundled wireless PC adapter for just $45 today Tue, 19 Mar 2019 08:07:00 -0700
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With the 2019 Game Developers Conference underway, the gaming community is looking forward to news on new ways to play. It’s also a good time to take a look at your own gaming setup and see what could use some improvement. Today only, you can grab the go-to controller for PC gamers, Microsoft’s Xbox One controller, at a pretty slick discount from B&H Photo Video. The wireless version of this controller will typically run you about $50, with another $25 for the wireless adapter, but this sale will get you both for just $45Remove non-product link—a pretty killer deal.To read this article in full, please click here HP's high-res Reverb VR headset blows the screen door effect off its hinges Tue, 19 Mar 2019 07:00:00 -0700
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That dreaded low-resolution "screen door effect" that's dogged virtual reality imaging since its inception just got blown off its hinges by HP's Reverb VR headset.Announced Tuesday at HP Reinvent in Houston, the Reverb boasts twice the resolution of its predecessor—2,160x2,160—plus a wider 114-degree field of view. The Reverb is the highest-resolution HMD (head-mounted display) that's shipping among "major" makers, the company said.That caveat of "major" HMD makers obviously excludes such smaller projects as Pimax's 8K headset. Even so, HP's Reverb will likely ship ahead of Pimax's unit. Gordon Mah Ung The controllers don't change for HP's Reverb, but the company has integrated Bluetooth into the headset to improve connection issues. HP's also improved the tracking algorithms.To read this article in full, please click here The 1TB Samsung 860 QVO, our favorite budget SSD, is cheaper than ever at just over $100 Tue, 19 Mar 2019 06:36:00 -0700
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It’s a good day to get a whole lot of storage at a great price. Our favorite budget SSD is available for cheaper than it’s even been before. Amazon is selling the 1TB Samsung 860 QVO SSD for $108. That’s down from it’s MSRP of $130, and less than the 1TB Samsung 860 EVO’s current price of $148.It’s understandable if you haven’t heard of the QVO line before. This is Samsung’s first consumer-grade quad-level cell (QLC) NAND drive. QLC NAND crams in four bits per cell versus three-bit per cell on the TLC NAND that underlies the 860 EVO. The end result is that with QLC, SSD makers can offer greater storage capacities at a lower cost.To read this article in full, please click here Summer Baby Pixel Cadet Video Monitor review: A virtual boundary provides a "safe space" for your infant Tue, 19 Mar 2019 03:00:00 -0700
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This baby monitor will alert you when your child moves to an unsafe position. Nvidia's $99 Jetson Nano Developer Kit brings GPU-supercharged AI smarts to maker projects Mon, 18 Mar 2019 16:25:00 -0700
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Machine learning is coming to the masses, and those hordes of DIY drones and robots are about to get a whole lot smarter. On Monday at Nvidia’s GTC conference, the company plans to reveal the $99 Jetson Nano Developer Kit. The kit is an expansion of the company’s “Jetson” embedded graphics platform, and it aims to infuse your wildest maker projects with AI that the Raspberry Pi could only dream of. It’ll be available immediately online, through distributors, and at GTC itself.The Jetson Nano Developer Kit is a standalone version of the new Jetson Nano AI computer also announced today. As you’d expect from an Nvidia product, the GPU’s the secret sauce—a 128-core beast that looms large on the maker board. Based on the “Maxwell” GPU architecture that powered the company’s GeForce GTX 900-series graphics cards, it’s capable of 472 GFLOPS of FP16 performance, HEVC video encoding at either 4K30 or 3x 1080p30 resolution, and HEVC decoding at 4K60 or 8x 1080p30—meaning it can monitor several high-definition video inputs at once and process the images it sees in real time. This is a powerful GPU to hand to makers. It’s tamed by a massive black heatsink sitting atop the module.To read this article in full, please click here RTX on GTX: Nvidia is enabling ray tracing on some GeForce GTX graphics cards Mon, 18 Mar 2019 16:00:00 -0700
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Nvidia invested heavily in real-time ray tracing capabilities in its GeForce RTX 20-series graphics cards—so much so that those highest-end GeForce GPUs swapped out the age-old “GTX” branding for the new “RTX” name. But industry support for the radical new technology hasn’t been fast in coming. Only a handful of big-name games ship with RTX features enabled. At the annual Game Developers Conference on Monday, the company revealed plans designed to spur wider adoption. Beyond some dev-centric announcements, Nvidia is enabling basic ray tracing support for several non-RTX GeForce GPUs.To read this article in full, please click here The best gaming headsets: Reviews and buying advice Mon, 18 Mar 2019 12:51:00 -0700
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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 3/18/19 to include our review of the Logitech G935, which represents a solid-update to the company's flagship wireless headset. See the bottom of this article for all of our headset reviews.To read this article in full, please click here Best headphones: Our top picks for personal listening Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:46:00 -0700
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Whether you're looking for an over-the-ear, on-ear, or in-ear model, we'll help you find the perfect pair. Best Google Home add-ons and accessories Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:22:00 -0700
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These mostly inexpensive gadgets can make Google Home smart speakers even better. Make your dumb bulbs and devices smarter with these killer TP-Link deals Mon, 18 Mar 2019 09:35:00 -0700
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If you don't have hundreds of dollars to spend on new bulbs, hubs, and thermostats, you can still make your home a whole lot smarter. And today's a great time to start: B&H Photo is selling the TP-Link HS300 smart Wi-Fi power strip for $55Remove non-product link when applying the 31 percent coupon on the listing,, along with a three-pack of TP-Link's HS200 smart Wi-Fi switches for $57Remove non-product link, nearly 50 percent off its list price of $105.To read this article in full, please click here Apple resurrects the Air and updates the mini, but the iPad lineup has the same old problems Mon, 18 Mar 2019 08:12:00 -0700
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Apple has resurrected the iPad Air and updated the iPad mini in an attempt to streamline and simplify its family of tablets. Corsair's sublime K70 MK.2 mechanical keyboard is $70 off today Mon, 18 Mar 2019 06:43:00 -0700
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We’ve seen some juicy deals on Corsair’s excellent K70 mechanical keyboard lately, and while the deal Amazon is offering today isn’t the best we’ve seen, it’s still pretty darn good. The online retailer is selling the Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 for $100. That’s $70 off the usual price, and the all-time low at Amazon for this particular keyboard.This isn’t the low-profile version of the K70 MK.2, which we spotted for $90 at Best Buy in January. Nevertheless, it offers a similarly stacked set of features as its laptop-like cousin: Cherry MX Speed switches, per-key RGB backlighting, 8MB of onboard profile storage, USB passthrough for your mouse or headset, anti-ghosting, full-key rollover, and compatibility with Corsair’s iCue software for syncing all the Corsair RGB gear on your rig.To read this article in full, please click here Raspberry Pi projects: Insanely innovative, incredibly cool creations Mon, 18 Mar 2019 06:11:00 -0700
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A heaping helping of PiImage by Brad Chacos/IDGThe Raspberry Pi’s very existence can be chalked up to creativity. Ebon Upton and the Raspberry Pi Foundation created the $35 mini-PC to inspire students to learn computer science and to enable tinkerers to dream up wild projects without breaking the bank.To read this article in full, please click here Logitech G935 review: Slight upgrade to an old favorite Mon, 18 Mar 2019 03:30:00 -0700
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For a brief period in 2016, the Logitech G933 sat atop our recommendations for wireless gaming headsets. Retailing for about $100, less than half the price of premium options like the Astro A50, the 933 nevertheless was a great-sounding headset with an ingenious hidden microphone and a fancier look than the G930 it replaced.But then Logitech put out the G533—cheaper, better looking, more comfortable, and built specifically for the PC. Yes, Logitech dethroned itself, and the G533 has sat on our recommendations list for nearly two years now. To read this article in full, please click here Edifier W860NB ANC headphones review: Excellent active noise cancellation, but not the best audio performance Mon, 18 Mar 2019 03:00:00 -0700
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Sound quality is quite good—as long as you listen with active noise cancellation enabled; otherwise, it's just too boomy. World of Warcraft now lets me play as a fat guy, and I love it for that Sat, 16 Mar 2019 04:10:00 -0700
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Every so often I get the urge to travel to the Caverns of Time dungeon in World of Warcraft and behold one of the game’s rarest creatures. It’s not a dragon or another friggin’ elf—oh, no. Instead, this once-endangered species is a portly human mage who ambles down shady lanes in the Hillsbrad Foothills.So far as anyone knew, he was the only fat human in the game for at least a decade, and damn if he didn’t make a potbelly look good. He carried himself with the poise of a king. He didn’t give a flip what you thought of his paunch-friendly shirt. In a world where even walking corpses look as though they could model for Cosmo, he reminded me that not all heroes hate crèpes.To read this article in full, please click here This week in games: Borderlands 3 teased for PAX East, Dwarf Fortress is coming to Steam Fri, 15 Mar 2019 13:23:00 -0700
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Let’s be real, nothing in this news round-up is going to top the stories we already wrote up this week: Halo is coming to PC again after 15 years, and Valve’s letting you stream PC games to your phone or laptop while you’re away from home. Those are both huge stories. What’s left? Comparatively minor.But Dwarf Fortress is coming to Steam, Gearbox is teasing two game reveals at PAX East later this month, someone recreated Star Wars: Episode I Racer in Unreal 4, the Rising Storm devs are creating a new shooter set in an alt-history Cold War, and Doom has another terrible movie adaptation coming up soon. Like seriously, so bad Uwe Boll could’ve directed a better film.To read this article in full, please click here LG announces pricing and availability of its 2019 OLED smart TV lineup Fri, 15 Mar 2019 12:00:00 -0700
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The company’s 55- and 65-inch E9 and C9 models will arrive in April, with additional models to follow in May and June. Add 6TB of storage to your PC or Mac with a crazy low price on this WD Elements external drive Fri, 15 Mar 2019 09:30:00 -0700
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We spotlight a lot of hard drive deals on PCWorld, but today's is one of the best values we've ever seen. Newegg is selling the WD Elements 6TB USB 3.0 external drive for a crazy-low price of $100Remove non-product link today when using the code EMCTWUA65. That's nearly 50 percent off the list price and matches the lowest we've ever seen.To read this article in full, please click here Apple sounds off on Spotify's antitrust claims in surprisingly tone-deaf screed Fri, 15 Mar 2019 08:49:00 -0700
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Apple has published a statement in response to Spotify's claims that it is being anti-competitive with its App Store fees. But it hits a sour note. Anker's awesome, affordable car chargers and dash cams are even more affordable, but only today Fri, 15 Mar 2019 07:45:00 -0700
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Anker’s affordable dash cams and car chargers are even more affordable today. The accessory maker is hosting a savings-stuffed one-day sale on AmazonRemove non-product link for a selection of its car gear, including chargers, dash cams, and phone mounts.To read this article in full, please click here This $40 universal portable charger simplifies life on the road Fri, 15 Mar 2019 07:05:00 -0700
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Mobile phones and tablets are convenient. What’s inconvenient is lugging around all the cables and chargers that go with them. And, that’s what makes the SCOUT Wireless Portable Charger the perfect accessory, especially when you can pick one up at half-price.To read this article in full, please click here Meet the new, tougher Cinebench R20 benchmark: We test it on Xeon and Threadripper Fri, 15 Mar 2019 03:32:00 -0700
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Maxon’s popular Cinebench CPU benchmarking program just got a long-overdue update to bring it up to parity with modern PCs. We’ve already tried it, on two of the most powerful CPUs you can buy today, and have results to share, along with some historical context and tips for using it with your own CPU. A little Cinebench history The free Cinebench R20 app is intended to replace Cinebench R15, which first saw service in 2013. To give you an idea of how far we’ve come in hardware, the top-end desktop CPU in 2013 was a quad-core, 4th-gen Haswell Core i7, while an enthusiast-level chip was a six-core 3rd-gen Ivy Bridge-E Core i7.To read this article in full, please click here 10 awesome (and not-so-awesome) things I learned while becoming a cord-cutter Fri, 15 Mar 2019 03:00:00 -0700
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I finally decided to take the plunge and cut the cable cord, and I learned a few things along the way. GDC 2019: Why gamers should actually care about this year's Game Developers Conference Fri, 15 Mar 2019 03:00:00 -0700
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We don’t usually make a huge deal about the annual Game Developers Conference. Sure, we cover it. Why not? It’s right down the street from our office in San Francisco, and in past years we’ve gotten some big stories out of it. It’s where Microsoft gave us the first details on DirectX 12, back in 2014—a move that’s just now starting to come to fruition. It’s also where Epic made Unreal Engine free for developers. It’s where real-time ray tracing became, well, real. And who could forget the mythological Atari VCS, a console we “saw” at GDC 2018 but still have yet to see in any working form.To read this article in full, please click here How to build a Raspberry Pi retrogaming emulation console Thu, 14 Mar 2019 16:35:00 -0700
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This RetroPie really happened: Watch (above) as our own Adam Patrick Murray and Alaina Yee build a RetroPie system after they weren’t able to buy an SNES Classic. Go ahead, laugh at (and learn from) our mistakes.For the past 20 years, retrogaming enthusiasts have dreamed of building a “universal game console” capable of playing games from dozens of different systems. Their ideal was inexpensive, easy to control with a gamepad, and capable of hooking into a TV set.Thanks to the Raspberry Pi 3 hobbyist platform and the RetroPie software distribution, that dream is finally possible. For under $110, you can build a very nice emulation system that can play tens of thousands of retro games for systems such as the NES, Atari 2600, Sega Genesis, Super NES, Game Boy, and even the PlayStation.To read this article in full, please click here Steam Link Anywhere lets you play your Steam library on the go Thu, 14 Mar 2019 11:35:00 -0700
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Imagine: Your entire gaming library on the go, accessible at all times as long as you have a controller or a mouse and keyboard with you. And then stop imagining, because that future is...here? Sort of? Today, Valve announced the Steam Link Anywhere service, the next logical extension of the streaming features it’s been working on the past few years. As the name implies, you can now stream your Steam library to just about anywhere, as long as you have a strong internet connection.Details are a bit fuzzy right now, and Valve’s news post isn’t helping much. The gist of it:To read this article in full, please click here Watch The Full Nerd talk GTX 1660 reviews and upgradeable laptops live! Thu, 14 Mar 2019 10:48:00 -0700
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Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. In today's show we talk about yet another Nvidia GPU release - the GTX 1660, and talk about the merits of upgradeable laptops like Alienware's Area 51m. 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