38% off Inateck USB 3.0 to IDE/SATA Hard Drive Adapter - Deal Alert Tue, 23 May 2017 14:17:00 -0700
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This USB 3.0 adapter from Inateck can interface with up to three drives simultaneously. It is compatible with 2.5"/3.5" IDE/SATA hard drives and 5.25" IDE/SATA CD/DVD drives, and features a one-touch backup function. Use it to read an old internal drive from a crashed computer, or to use an internal drive similar to an external backup drive. You might find a lot of uses for this one. The typical list price of $47.99 has been reduced on Amazon 38% right now to $29.99. See this deal on Amazon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Anker's faster-charging 10,000mAh power bank is $27 right now Tue, 23 May 2017 14:14:00 -0700
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With spring’s rain (and snow...) finally clearing up, we can once again start spending time outdoors. There’s no reason to let your tiny cellphone battery hold you back from enjoying the sunshine, either—not when Amazon is offering Anker’s PowerCore Speed 10000 power bank for $27. That’s just two dollars more than its lowest price ever on the site, and overall a good deal for a 10,000mAh portable charger.The PowerCore Speed 10000 is very similar to its plain PowerCore 10000 counterpart, but as its name implies, it supports faster charging. The Speed 10000 has a maximum output of 3 amps (versus the standard PowerCore 10000’s 2.4A), and it also supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0. However, the battery pack’s maximum input is capped at 2A, which means that you’ll have to wait awhile for it to fully recharge. (Total time varies between 5.5 and 6 hours.) You also get only one port for charging.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here 58% off RAVPower Portable Multi-Functional Power Bank with 9000mAh Built-in Apple Lightning Connector and AC Plug - Deal Alert Tue, 23 May 2017 11:01:00 -0700
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The RAVPower Savior 9000mAh portable chargerhas both a built built-in Apple Lightning Connector and a foldable two prong wall plug so you don't need to bring an extra cable to charge your Apple Device. The additional USB output is 1A & Lightning output is 2.4A - this means you can have incredible charging speeds up to 3.4ATo read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here 35% off Anker Phone Camera Lens Kit With Fisheye, 0.65x Wide Angle, 10x Macro - Deal Alert Tue, 23 May 2017 10:42:00 -0700
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This multi-functional camera lens kit works on most standard sized smartphones including the iPhone 7 (excluding Plus), and brings even more life to your photos with 180-degree fisheye, 0.65x wide angle and 10x macro lenses. It currently averages 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon, and its list price of $20 has been reduced 35% to just $13. See the lens kit now on Amazon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Best water leak detectors for smart homes Tue, 23 May 2017 10:10:00 -0700
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Last updated May 23, 2017 to add our review of the WallyHome Starter Kit. Fire might be a homeowner’s greatest fear, but any insurance company will tell you that water is the far more common cause of property damage, even if you don’t live in an area subject to flooding. And it can come from many sources: A failing water heater, a burst pipe, a broken supply line under your sink, a clogged toilet, or even a split hose connected to your washing machine.Just as it’s essential to have a smoke detector in each of your home’s bedrooms and common areas, you’d be wise to install leak detectors in places where water damage could start: The laundry room, water heater closet, the bathroom, under your kitchen sink, and so on. Leak alerts are arguably less important for renters, but it’s something landlords might want to consider—although that raises the issue of how the sensors would connect to the internet. More on that later.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here You'll soon be able to control IKEA's affordable smart lights with Assistant, Alexa, and Siri Tue, 23 May 2017 09:35:00 -0700
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We’ve been hearing a lot about how Google Home and Amazon Echo can control our smart appliances and devices, but for many of us, they’re still out of reach. Spending a couple hundred dollars on smart light bulbs or thousands on a new oven aren't exactly impulse buys, especially if we’re just buying them to try out voice control.But now there’s a much cheaper alternative for smart home newbies. Thanks to IKEA, just about anyone can install smart lighting in their homes and manage them with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and Siri. The Swedish furniture company announced in a press release that you will soon be able to control its affordable line of smart lights with the smart speakers and assistants you already have.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here How to take screenshots in Windows 10 Tue, 23 May 2017 08:30:00 -0700
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Snapping screenshots in Windows 10 can be helpful indeed. Screenshots are useful for quickly showing someone what's on your desktop, or grabbing a quick moment from a video that you need to share. Taking screenshots with Windows 10's built-in controls is easy, but the methods to do so aren't exactly obvious.Here are three built-in Windows screenshot keyboard shortcuts, most of which will also work in earlier versions of Windows. We'll also suggest a few third-party applications for those who need a more powerful screenshot utility.Print Screen The old screenshot standard still exists in Windows 10. Press the PrtScn button and your entire screen (or screens, in a multi-monitor set-up) is copied to the clipboard. From there you can paste it into Paint, GIMP, IrfanView, Photoshop, or any other photo program that allows you to paste in an image.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Apple's updated Android 'Switch' campaign explains why people move to iPhone Tue, 23 May 2017 07:26:00 -0700
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Apple and Android may forever be locked in a fight for mobile domination, but they take very different approaches to their quest for market share. On the one hand, there are more than 2 billion active Android devices in use around the world. On the other, Apple makes gobs of money from selling just a handful of handsets.But like the PC wars of the 90s, Apple isn’t content with such a slim slice of the market. While it has had a Move to iOS app in the Play Store for a while now, Apple is now taking the fight directly to Android users with a new campaign devoted to switching.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here The Pi Desktop kit transforms your Raspberry Pi into a stylish, SSD-powered mini-PC Tue, 23 May 2017 07:09:00 -0700
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Raspberry Pi retailer Element 14 recently announced a flashy new mini desktop kit for the Raspberry Pi 3, dubbed the Pi Desktop. The core concept’s similar to Intel’s sleek NUC—just with lower-powered hardware and a lot more DIY. The kit harnesses the power of the Raspberry Pi and adds a few extra features, such as an mSATA interface for an SSD.The Pi Desktop will sell for about $56 when it becomes available to North American customers on Monday, June 5.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here The 15 highest-performing PC components you can buy today Tue, 23 May 2017 06:51:00 -0700
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The best gear money can buyOne of the PC’s greatest strengths is its extreme flexibility. There’s a vast selection of hardware out there, of all different shapes and sizes and makes and models—so much so that even if your budget’s not a concern, buyer’s paralysis very well could be.Fear not, fellow enthusiast. We’ve got your back. These are the 15 highest-performing PC components you can buy today. We’ve even done the homework to ensure they all work fine together if you’re looking to really splurge. (If, on the other hand, your means are a bit more modest, be sure to check out our guide to 10 killer PC upgrades that are shockingly cheap.)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here The Full Nerd episode 23: AMD Threadripper vs Intel Core i9, Radeon Vega is here(ish) Tue, 23 May 2017 06:44:00 -0700
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In this week’s The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, Alaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray discuss what the long-awaited arrival of the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition means for PC gamers—even though it isn’t meant for PC gamers. The wait is finally over, yet it still continues.After that things get reallyinteresting, as we jump into AMD’s monstrous new 16-core Threadripper CPUs (seriously, 16 cores) before gossiping about the Intel “Core i9” Skylake-X processors rumored to counter the latest Ryzen threat. Are we crazy enough to spit out some early pricing predictions? You know it.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Surface Pro is Microsoft's long-awaited Surface Pro 4 upgrade, restyled as a laptop Tue, 23 May 2017 06:33:00 -0700
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Microsoft’s Surface Pro lineup has remained largely unchanged for the last two generations. Now you can make that three: The new Surface Pro (2017)—no, not the Surface Pro 5—features substantial internal improvements, but otherwise refuses to mess with a good thing.Ranging in price from just $799 to a whopping $2,699, the Surface Pro is slightly more expensive than its Surface Pro 4 predecessor, which has been discounted from $799 to $699 at Microsoft’s store. All of the new Surface Pros are available for preorder, and will ship on June 15, the same day as the Surface Laptop. They'll launch in 26 markets—including the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, India, Taiwan, and more. Type Cover keyboards will cost an additional $129 to $159, Microsoft says.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here How 'Start - A New Tab Page' turns Chrome into an iGoogle replacement Tue, 23 May 2017 06:00:00 -0700
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Sure, it’s 2017, but if you miss the old days of iGoogle personalized homepages, there are a few Chrome extensions that can provide something similar on your new tab page. One of them is called “Start - A Better New Tab” from 64 Pixels.This extension includes all kinds of information on your new tab page in the form of widgets. They include the current weather, top visited sites (as you see in the regular new tab page), top news stories from CNN or Google, Gmail, Facebook, popular videos on YouTube, your installed Chrome Apps, a notepad, Google Calendar, bookmarks, stocks, a to-do list, and the current time. Most widgets are activated by default.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Microsoft shows the power of its Pen with a new Whiteboard app and other upgrades Tue, 23 May 2017 05:15:00 -0700
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Microsoft wants you to use Windows 10's inking talents in your everyday work life, and that's why it's offering two new features: a custom collection of pens that will roam with you from device to device, and coming later, the Whiteboard collaborative app.Both build upon new inking capabilities Microsoft has incrementally added to its hardware and its Windows OS, as well as Office. One of the features of the new Surface Pro (2017), for example, is a more sensitive Surface Pen with tilt capabilities and an almost unnoticeable pen latency, to make digital ink feel smooth and seamless.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Amazon Web Services sets a lure for Java programmers Tue, 23 May 2017 04:44:00 -0700
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Amazon Web Services has long offered an SDK to make it easier to access its web services from Java. Now it has another lure for Java programmers: James Gosling, the father of Java.Gosling revealed his new employer on his Facebook page with the words: "It's time for a change. I'm leaving Boeing Defense (nee Liquid Robotics), with many fond memories. Today I start a new Adventure at Amazon Web Services." IDG News Service On May 22, 2017, James Gosling announced on his Facebook page that he is joining Amazon Web Services.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Gear VR vs. Daydream: Which delivers the best VR experience? Tue, 23 May 2017 04:00:00 -0700
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Both deliver impressive mobile VR experiences, but one has an edge right now. WallyHome Starter Kit review: An ultra-budget smart sensor system Tue, 23 May 2017 03:00:00 -0700
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Some backstory: WallyHome was originally a product developed by a Seattle startup called SNUPI (an acronym for Sensor Network Utilizing Powerline Infrastructure). The company was focused exclusively on water leak detection, and while the product got rave reviews, it didn’t take off, and the company ended up selling its technology to, of all places, Sears.Three years later, Wally is back on the market, redesigned, upgraded, and priced to move at $99.99 for a starter kit that includes the hub and one sensor, and $34.99 for each additional sensor.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Today at Apple could make Apple’s growth troubles a thing of the past Tue, 23 May 2017 03:00:00 -0700
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The Apple Store has always been more than a place to buy stuff. From the moment the first location opened its doors at Tyson’s Corner in Virginia, its main purpose was to create an environment where people could gather to talk, test, and learn about all things Apple.There were no pushy salespeople urging you to take advantage of the latest limited-time offer or time limits imposed on trying the products on display. Apple encouraged people to linger at the counters and spend a little more time at the stores, and that philosophy influenced the evolution of the store design, as software aisles gave way to casual seating and checkout lines were replaced with roving scanners.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here SAP has designs on new government business Mon, 22 May 2017 14:55:51 -0700
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Steve Ballmer's latest hobby, USAfacts.org, cast a spotlight on the effectiveness of local, state and federal governments when it launched in April. Its easy-to-read dashboards allow ordinary citizens to compare government's performance of its core missions with spending at all levels.In a roundabout way, that's made the former Microsoft CEO something of an evangelist for companies like SAP, which has released a new cloud service to help public sector organizations manage their spending.USAfacts and OpenGov, a young company offering financial reporting, budgeting and publishing tools for the public sector, are stirring interest in ERP tools for government, and that's creating opportunities for SAP to get involved in the sales cycle, according to Darren Koch, SAP's chief product officer for small and medium-size businesses.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here 25% off Pac-Man Connect and Play With 12 Classic Games - Deal Alert Mon, 22 May 2017 14:05:00 -0700
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Bandai's Pac-Man Connect and Play brings back your favorite classic video games right to your television. Connect the included cords directly into your television A/V jacks, and head back in time. Featuring 12 Classic games like: Pac-Man, Pac-Man Plus, Bosconian, Galaxian, Mappy, Super Pac-Man, Galaga, Dig Dug, New Rally X, Pac & Pal and Xevious. Not to mention, Pac-Man 256, which offers fans the chance to play the coveted level once made unavailable due to a bug in the program of the supposedly never-ending game. The list price of $19.99 has been reduced 25% down to $14.96 on Amazon, where it's currently listed as a #1 Best Seller. Get your Father's Day shopping done right now. See this deal on Amazon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here The LG X Venture is a rugged, durable smartphone with a killer battery Mon, 22 May 2017 12:26:00 -0700
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The LG G6 might have IP68 water resistance and rounded corners that reduce the risk of cracking, but it’s not exactly rugged. Its all-glass enclosure begs for careful handling and at $650 for an unlocked model, you probably don’t want to bring it on your next hiking trip.In that case, the LG X Venture might be the phone for you. Exclusive to AT&T, the 5.2-inch handset might not be able to keep up with the G6 in the speed department (it only features a Snapdragon 435 processor), but what it lacks in performance, it makes up for in durability. According to the tech specs, the device has passed 14 separate MIL-STD 810G tests, a U.S. military standard that address things like intense pressure, extreme exposure, heavy vibration, and harsh weather conditions.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Titan Souls is free for Twitch Prime and Amazon Prime subscribers Mon, 22 May 2017 10:59:00 -0700
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If you haven’t heard by now: Twitch is giving away free games to anyone with a Twitch Prime account—by which I really mean “Anyone who has Amazon Prime and then linked it to Twitch for the novelty.” Hard to tell whether the program will stick around or be one more gimmick in Amazon’s war against Steam, but the upshot is free games so I’m not complaining.The latest freebie is 2015’s Titan Souls. It’s like an old Zelda game if Zelda consisted of nothing but 15 or so boss fights. It’s like Dark Souls if Dark Souls were top-down, and if you were forced to fight with only a bow and arrow. It’s like Shadow of the Colossus if Shadow of the Colossus were on the Super Nintendo.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Anker's extremely popular ergonomic mouse is 70% off today Mon, 22 May 2017 10:08:00 -0700
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As part of Amazon's Gold Box Deals today, Anker is selling some of its input devices at a steep discount. Of the PC input deals, the one device that really caught our eye wasAnker's ergonomic wireless mouse for $15. On top of that, Amazon is also offering Anker's compact Bluetooth keyboardfor $17 as part of a different promotion.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here 60% off AUKEY USB-C to HDMI Adapter, 4k 1080p Support - Deal Alert Mon, 22 May 2017 09:46:00 -0700
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Compatible with the new Macbooks, Chromebooks and more, this reversible connector from Aukey is USB-C to HDMI. Mirror or extend your display and experience the lightning fast data transfer speeds that come with this new generation of USB technology. The adapter's typical list price of $39.99 has been reduced 60% down to just $15.99. See this deal on Amazon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Save 24% on Amazon's Echo Dot By Buying Certified Refurbished Right Now - Deal Alert Mon, 22 May 2017 09:05:00 -0700
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Echo Dot is a hands-free, voice-controlled device with a small built-in speaker—it can also connect to your speakers or headphones over Bluetooth or through a 3.5 mm audio cable to deliver stereo sound to the speakers you choose. Dot connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly. Echo Dot can hear you from across the room, even while music is playing. When you want to use Echo Dot, just say the wake word “Alexa” and Dot responds instantly. If you have more than one Echo or Echo Dot, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo you're closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception). Buying a certified refurbished Dot typically saves you 10%, but right now Amazon is offering a 16% discount on that discount, so you'll be paying just $37.99 -- a total 24% discount over its "brand new" counterpart. Amazon's certified refurbished program ensures you'll receive a product that looks and functions good as new, complete with a warranty, so there's not much to worry about here. See this deal on Amazon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Dish teams up with Amazon Echo's Alexa to let you channel surf hands-free Mon, 22 May 2017 08:13:00 -0700
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Dish is getting serious about voice control. The company just announced that you can now use Amazon Echo’s Alexa to control any generation of a Hopper DVR or a Wally satellite receiver. That’s great news for Dish subscribers who missed out on the company’s homegrown voice control remote released last July because they lacked a Hopper 3 DVR. We first heard about Dish’s plans for Alexa during CES in January.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Google explains why Android apps still aren't on Chromebooks Mon, 22 May 2017 07:37:00 -0700
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Every time I open my Chromebook and see that an update is available, I get a twinge of excitement. Is this the moment that my Acer Chromebook will finally get Android apps? So far, the answer has always been no, and it doesn’t look like that will change anytime soon.Samsung’s new Chromebook Pro starts shipping on Sunday, but Android apps will remain in beta at least through the summer, as reported last week by The Verge.Google didn’t have much to say about the state of Android on Chrome OS during last week’s annual Google I/O conference. But the company did run a dedicated I/O session aimed at teaching developers how to target their apps for Chromebooks and larger screen devices, as first spotted by Thurrott.com.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here 47% off Pecham Vertical Stand for PS4 with Cooling Fan and Dual Controller Charging - Deal Alert Mon, 22 May 2017 06:35:00 -0700
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Keep your PS4 or PS4 Slim compact, organized and functioning properly with this vertical stand from Pecham. It features an integrated cooling fan, dual controller changing and a USB hub for powering & charging your phone or other devices as needed. Pecham's stand currently averages 4.6 out of 5 stars from over 185 people on Amazon (82% rate the full 5 stars: read reviews here), where its list price of $29.99 has been reduced 47% to just $15.99. See this deal now on Amazon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Windows 10 S FAQ: Everything you need to know about Microsoft's streamlined operating system Mon, 22 May 2017 06:09:00 -0700
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Editor’s note: This article is updated frequently as new information about Windows 10 S is revealed. The most recent addition: Details about the Windows Store apps (including Linux) that won’t run on Windows 10 S PCs. Microsoft’s taking aim at Chromebooks and MacBooks alike with Windows 10 S, a new version of Windows 10 designed foremost for educational use. But schools alone aren’t Microsoft’s target audience, and while the new operating system shares the same underlying bones as the standard version of Windows 10, there are some stark differences too.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here HP's Envy 13 offers Surface Laptop features without the markup—or Windows 10 S Mon, 22 May 2017 05:45:00 -0700
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HP's latest Envy 13 debuts in a post-Surface-Laptop world, where PC makers seem ready to challenge the MacBook Air's dominance in the thin-and-light category. Due to ship in June or July, the Envy 13 may lack the exotic touch of the Surface Laptop's Alcantara-clad body. Based on the specs, however, it could offer greater value. The Envy also comes with full Windows Home rather than the Surface Laptop's Windows 10 S.We're comparing the main specs of the Envy 13's middle SKU, priced at $1,000, to the Surface Laptop's base configuration at $999. The Envy will have two other SKUs for $890 and $1,180, with more customizability available via hp.com.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here