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Get 72% off NordVPN Virtual Private Network Service For a Limited Time - Deal Alert
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:37:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
NordVPN gives you a private and fast path through the public Internet. All of your data is protected every step of the way using revolutionary 2048-bit SSL encryption even a supercomputer can’t crack. Access Hulu, Netflix, BBC, ITV, Sky, RaiTV and much more from anywhere in the world. Unmetered access for 6 simultaneous devices. You're sure to find dozens of good uses for a VPN. Take advantage of the current 72% off deal that makes all of this available to you for just $3.29/month (access deal here). This is a special deal available for a limited time.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
40% off TurboTax Deluxe 2016 Tax Software Federal & State - Deal Alert
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:31:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
TurboTax coaches you every step of the way and double checks your return as you go to handle even the toughest tax situations, so you can be confident you’re getting every dollar you deserve. Its typical list price of $59.99 has been reduced a generous 40% to $35.79, a deal that is exclusive to Amazon. Learn more, or take advantage of the deal now, on Amazon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Inkle's space archaeologist adventure won't tell you if your lost language translations are wrong
Sat, 25 Mar 2017 04:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
“The game isn’t going to tell you if you got that right.” It’s an ominous way to start a game demo, but one I’m not too surprised by after playing 80 Days and Sorcery! Heaven’s Vault is Inkle’s new game, and I met up with studio co-founders Jon Ingold and Joseph Humfrey recently to get some hands-on time. At first glance it’s a huge step away from Inkle’s previous games—where 80 Days and Sorcery mostly played out in text, Heaven’s Vault features fully navigable 3D environments.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
43% off Caller-ID Call Blocker For Robo-calls, Telemarketers and Other Nuisances - Deal Alert
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:38:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Just hit the big red "block now" button and say goodbye to robocalls, telemarketer calls, solicitor calls, elections calls, junk faxes or anyone else you'd prefer not to hear from. This small and discreet gadget can also block international and private numbers, as well as full area codes. It has a 1,000 number/area code memory with 200 numbers pre-programmed. The popular gadget averages 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 3,450 people on Amazon (73% rate 5 stars -- read recent reviews here), where its original list price is reduced 43% to $79.99. See the discounted 1,200 number call-blocker on Amazon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
This week in games: Mod fixes Nier: Automata PC woes, Up's house floats into Battlefield 1
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:22:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
So we’re about a month out from Christmas now and...wait, what? It’s only March? But we’ve already seen Nier, Mass Effect, Resident Evil, Stories Untold, Kona, with Thimbleweed Park and Yooka-Laylee right around the corner. Oh, and some Zelda game for our console cousins. Crazy. Not as crazy as some of this news, though: Assassin’s Creed abandons the silver screen for the smaller screen, the Up house floats over war-torn France, and Fallout 4 VR is “the most incredible thing you’ve ever seen in your life.” Their words, not mine. This is gaming news for March 20 to 24.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Apple: Macs and iPhones are safe from newly revealed CIA exploits
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:06:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The Mac and iPhone exploits described in new documents attributed to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency were patched years ago, according to Apple.WikiLeaks released a new set of files Thursday that supposedly came from the CIA. They contain details about the agency’s alleged malware and attack capabilities against iPhones and Mac computers.The documents, dated 2012 and earlier, describe several “implants” that the CIA can install in the low-level extensible firmware interface (EFI) of Mac laptop and desktop computers. These EFI rootkits allow the agency's macOS spying malware to persist even after the OS is reinstalled.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Google shuttering Talk, removing SMS support from Hangouts in new messaging shakeup
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:05:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Messaging has never been Google’s strong suit. Aside from the various messaging apps from Android phone makers, it also has its own problems, with numerous overlapping apps that all have similar functions: Allo, Android Messages, Hangouts, Duo, Google Voice, and Google Talk. Now, Google is taking some much-needed steps to consolidate its efforts.On June 26, Google will finally be closing Google Talk for good. The instant messaging service affectionately known as Gchat is one of Google’s oldest messaging apps, having been in existence since 2005. Way back in 2013, Google began encouraging Talk users to switch to Hangouts, and on June 26 the transition will be complete and its doors will be closed for good. On that day, any straggling Talk users will be automatically transitioned to Hangouts for good, where they can continue chatting with their friends. (And for anyone who was hanging on just for the interface, Google notes that the Dense Roster setting in Hangouts will provide a similar experience.)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Dell's 28-inch 4K monitor is just $300 right now
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 12:37:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The world may be excited about Dell’s stunning new 32-inch 8K monitor going on sale, but at the consumer level, everyone’s still barely living in a 4K world. Amazon’s trying to help change that a little today, however—it’s currently selling a Dell 28-inch 4K Ultra high-definition monitor for $300.The Dell S2817QR features 3840x2160 resolution, a gamer-friendly refresh rate of 60Hz, and a 2ms response time. It’s also capable of taking in content from two different sources and displaying them simultaneously using picture-in-picture or picture-by-picture mode. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Microsoft delays tools for third-party Cortana integrations
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:26:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Microsoft has delayed the release of its tools for connecting other services to the Cortana virtual assistant, a decision that could cause it to lose ground in a crowded industry.The tech titan announced the Cortana Skills Kit in December of last year, saying at the time that it would be released to the public in February. As Microsoft watcher Brad Sams noted on Twitter, Microsoft missed that deadline, and the Skills Kit remains locked in a private beta with a select group of partners. Microsoft didn’t offer an explanation for the delay, saying in a statement that the kit will be coming soon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
To punish Symantec, Google may distrust a third of the web's SSL certificates
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:23:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Google is considering a harsh punishment for repeated incidents in which Symantec or its certificate resellers improperly issued SSL certificates. A proposed plan is to force the company to replace all of its customers’ certificates and to stop recognizing the extended validation (EV) status of those that have it.According to a Netcraft survey from 2015, Symantec is responsible for about one in every three SSL certificates used on the web, making it the largest commercial certificate issuer in the world. As a result of acquisitions over the years the company now controls the root certificates of several formerly standalone certificate authorities including VeriSign, GeoTrust, Thawte and RapidSSL.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Google Play faces cat and mouse game with sneaky Android malware
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:16:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
What’s the best way to avoid Android malware? Downloading all your apps from the Google Play store -- where software is vetted – is perhaps the best advice.   But that doesn’t mean Google Play is perfect. Security researchers do find new Android malware lurking on Google’s official app store. That’s because hackers are coming up with sneaky ways to infiltrate the platform, despite the vetting processes that protect it. "Eventually, every wall can be breached," said Daniel Padon, a researcher at mobile security provider Check Point. To be sure, most Android users will probably never encounter malware on the Google Play store. Last year, the amount of malicious software that reached the platform amounted to only 0.16 percent of all apps, according to a new report from Google.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
How to set up two-factor authentication for your Apple ID and iCloud account
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:40:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
If you aren’t using two-factor authentication to protect your Apple ID and iCloud account, you really should do it today. Hackers who claim to have millions of stolen iCloud credentials are demanding Apple pay a ransom or they’ll release them—and ZDNet obtained a sample set of credentials and determined they’re real. But guess what? Using two-factor authentication should protect you completely. It’s easy to set up, so take a minute and do it now.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Three privacy tools that block your Internet provider from tracking you
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:03:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
It’s on. Recently, the United States Senate saw fit to allow Internet Service Providers to sell your web browsing history and other data to third parties. The action has yet to pass the House, but if it does, it means anyone concerned about privacy will have to protect themselves against over zealous data collection from their ISP. Some privacy-conscious folks are already doing that—but many aren’t. If you want to keep your ISP from looking over your shoulder for data to sell to advertisers, here are three relatively simple actions you can take to get started.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
62% off Anker PowerLine+ Micro USB 6ft Premium Cable - Deal Alert
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 08:29:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
With this cable, Anker boasts reinforced stress points with a 10000+ bend lifespan, double-braided nylon exterior and toughened aramid fiber core, laser-welded connectors and a worry-free 18-month warranty. The micro-USB cord is a generous 6 feet in length. Its list price on Amazon is currently discounted to just $10.99. See this deal now on Amazon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Dell's wild 8K monitor goes on sale with a just-as-stunning price tag
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:32:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
That fancy 4K display you just bought is already obsolete. After teasing it at CES, Dell put its monstrous32-inch, 8K monitor up for sale late Thursdayfor the whopping sum of $5,000. At CES, Dell said the UP3218Kmonitor would start shipping on March 23, but in reality the display's just available for preorders. The company is currently quoting April 17 as the ship date.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Amazon undercuts the Moto G5 Plus preorders with unlocked, ad-supported model for $185
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:41:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The Moto G5 Plus is already one of the best budget phones of the year, with premium styling, all-day battery life and nearly stock Nougat, all at an eye-popping $230. But if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you’ll be able to get it even cheaper.As part of the ad-supported Prime Exclusive program, Amazon will be offering the 5.2-inch G5 Plus in two variants: 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage for $185, or 4 GB of RAM with 64 GB of internal for $240, representing discounts of $45 and $60, respectively. Both models feature a 2MP f/1.7 camera with dual autofocus pixels, a 3,000 mAh battery with fast charging, and a fingerprint sensor.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Every custom GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card revealed so far: Aorus, MSI, EVGA, Zotac, Asus and more
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 06:30:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The ultimate GeForce card, almostImage by Gordon Mah UngNvidia just unleashed what it calls the “ultimate GeForce card,” and the blisteringly fast GTX 1080 Ti indeed delivers unparalleled levels of gaming performance. But the version you can buy today isn’t truly the apex of graphics technology, even if the core graphics processor itself is.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
How to easily switch between open windows of the same program
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 05:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Switching between multiple open windows of the same program is a problem we try to solve in several ways. Sometimes you have applications that use tabs to view multiple files in one window. For those that don’t, users often turn to Windows’ Snap function or multiple monitors.Today’s tip uses a different solution by importing a longtime keyboard shortcut from the Mac, Alt + ` (backtick). (The Mac version uses Cmd instead of Alt.) This simple keyboard shortcut, which you can easily hit with the same hand, automatically switches between multiple windows in the same program. You can accomplish something similar with Windows’ tried-and-true Alt + Tab, but that shortcut switches between every open window on your desktop.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Leaked iCloud credentials obtained from third parties, Apple says
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:39:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
A group of hackers threatening to wipe data from Apple devices attached to millions of iCloud accounts didn’t obtain whatever log-in credentials they have through a breach of the company’s services, Apple said. “There have not been any breaches in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud and Apple ID,” an Apple representative said in an emailed statement. “The alleged list of email addresses and passwords appears to have been obtained from previously compromised third-party services.” A group calling itself the Turkish Crime Family claims to have login credentials for more than 750 million, and email addresses, and the group says more than 250 million of those credentials provide access to iCloud accounts that don’t have two-factor authentication turned on.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Twitter mulls an enhanced TweetDeck for power users as subscription rumors swirl
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:38:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Twitter has started surveying users to check their interest in a new enhanced version of its TweetDeck product, raising the possibility that the company is considering a paid version of its service. The move by Twitter comes in the wake of its almost flat revenue growth and a lackluster increase in the number of its users in the fourth quarter in comparison to the company’s social networking peers like Facebook. A subscription-based version of its service would be in line with the strategies of some other Internet services like Microsoft-owned LinkedIn, which offer additional features to paid users. Twitter said in an emailed statement that it is conducting a survey “to assess the interest in a new, more enhanced version” of TweetDeck, the application for power users of Twitter that lets people monitor multiple timelines in one interface, manage multiple accounts and schedule tweets for posting later.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Five to Try: Super Mario Run finally arrives, and Samsung unpacks its Galaxy S8 event app
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Nintendo's on-the-go adventure headlines a fresh batch of Android releases.
New movies available for streaming include Fences, Deidra & Laney Rob a Train, Pete's Dragon, and more
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Spring is arriving, so it seems fitting that several of this week’s streaming selections take the action outdoors, whether it’s telling the story of a couple sisters turned wannabee train robbers, or following a college baseball team in the last few days of summer, or exploring a black family living in the Louisiana Bayou.  Some movies ask you to ponder heavy subjects, like assisted suicide or children’s fear of abandonment. And some on this list are just plain goofy. If you were heading into the weekend without any firm plans, consider the matter closed.Deidra & Laney Rob a Train (Netflix) Fred Hayes (Courtesy Netflix) ★★★☆☆ Netflix continues its Sundance spree, snapping up this unusual, amusing little crime film/family story and giving it an exclusive release. In Deidra & Laney Rob a Train (2017), older sister Deidra (Ashleigh Murray) is the top student in her miserable little high school, and while making money selling essays and test answers to fellow students, she prepares to head off to college with a well-earned scholarship. Unfortunately her mother (Danielle Nicolet) suddenly snaps inside a consumer electronics store, smashes a TV, and goes to prison. Deidra finds herself supporting her younger sister Laney (Rachel Crow) and their action-figure-loving younger brother (Lance Gray).To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
How to transform your smartphone into a real-world Star Trek tricorder
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
When the first flip-top phones appeared in the ‘90s, prompting amazed gasps of, “Hey, this is just like the communicator in Star Trek!” it felt like we were on the cusp of an amazing sci-fi future. These days, however, James T. Kirk’s handy interstellar mobile device looks a bit clunky—and it’s shamefully low on functionality. With no text or web capability, the communicator’s only uses are voice calls and the occasional deployment as a medium-yield timed explosive. To compete with today’s phones we’ll have to turn to another bit of Star Trek equipment: the tricorder. Fans will know the tricorder as the palm-sized (at least by The Next Generation) device filled with enough sensors and computers to scan the surrounding area, allowing its wielder to deliver whatever exposition the Star Trek writers needed the audience to know.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Uber finally agrees to reveal diversity data
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:32:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Uber Technologies has agreed to provide next month its diversity data, which it had earlier declined to make public. Representatives of the ride hailing company will disclose the information at the PUSHTech2020 summit on April 19 in Silicon Valley. The move comes at a time when the company has run into a number of controversies, including sexism charges leveled by a former employee, the exit of some key executives and a lawsuit from self-driving car rival Waymo. The announcement follows a meeting Thursday between Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson, founder and president of the Rainbow Push Coalition, which has been demanding higher representation for minorities in tech companies, according to a statement issued by the coalition.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Augmented reality gets a second life in manufacturing
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:24:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The ungraceful death of the consumer version of Google Glass in 2015 may have had some grieving the early death of augmented reality. But the technology is being resurrected by companies on the manufacturing floor.Take for example Lockheed Martin. Technicians at the aerospace manufacturer use Microsoft's Hololens headset to design and examine models of spacecraft such as the Mars lander ahead of it's 2018 mission. Lockheed Martin Technicians at Lockheed Martin's Collaborative Human Immersive Lab in Colorado examine a model of the Mars lander using Micorsoft's Hololens augmented reality headsets.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
FBI director floats international framework on access to encrypted data
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:21:39 -0700
Source: PCWorld
FBI director James Comey has suggested that an international agreement between governments could ease fears about IT products with government-mandated backdoors, but privacy advocates are doubtful.Speaking on Thursday, Comey suggested that the U.S. might work with other countries on a “framework” for creating legal access to encrypted tech devices.“I could imagine a community of nations committed to the rule of law developing a set of norms, a framework, for when government access is appropriate,” he said on Thursday.Comey made his comments at the University of Texas at Austin, when trying to address a key concern facing U.S. tech firms in the encryption debate: the fear that providing government access to their products might dampen their business abroad.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
26% off Nintendo Wii Remote Plus, Toad - Deal Alert
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Simple, intuitive and easy to use. The Wii Remote Plus is a unique controller for the Wii and Wii U video game systems, now with the increased sensitivity of Wii MotionPlus built-in. The button presses of typical controllers are replaced by the natural, fluid motion of your hand.The Wii Remote Plus senses your every action and makes you feel less like a player and more like you're part of the game. This Wii remote is highly rated, and currently discounted 26% on Amazon to just $29.49.See this deal now on Amazon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Microsoft expands connected car push with patent licensing
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:33:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Microsoft's push into the connected car space has moved up a gear with a new patent licensing agreement with Toyota. The world's second-largest auto maker will have access to a range of Microsoft patents as part of the deal announced this week. Rather than trying to build a high-tech automobile of its own, Microsoft is focusing on providing carmakers with the tools they need to create smarter vehicles and the Toyota deal is the first of what it hopes will be a series of such agreements. Microsoft offers an entire suite of cloud services aimed at aiding the development of internet-enabled automobiles and is also integrating its Cortana virtual assistant into cars alongside PCs, phones and other devices. In the future, a connected car could become a rolling extension of a user’s office, with Office 365 integrations.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Instagram adds two-factor authentication, censors photos that are deemed offensive or disturbing
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:10:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
When in doubt, blur it out. That’s how Instagram is handling any controversial photos that surface on its platform.On Thursday, Instagram announced a new policy to blur out “sensitive” content that users have flagged as either offensive or disturbing. The blurred photos and videos do not explicitly violate Instagram’s content guidelines, so they don’t warrant a removal by Instagram standards. However, some users may still find them too sensitive to view. “While these posts don’t violate our guidelines, someone in the community has reported them and our review team has confirmed they are sensitive,” the Instagram team wrote in a blog post announcing the policy. “This change means you are less likely to have surprising or unwanted experiences in the app.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
35% off Razor Hovertrax 2.0 Hoverboard Self-Balancing Smart Scooter - Deal Alert
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:05:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Step on the deck and go with Razor Hovertrax 2.0, the world’s smartest self-balancing electric scooter. Intelligently-engineered with EverBalance technology, Hovertrax 2.0 is the only board that auto-levels for a safer, easier mount and a smoother ride. Whether you’re coasting, racing, or commuting, Hovertrax 2.0 is always in balance. Indoors or out, Hovertrax 2.0 does the work so you can enjoy the journey. Hovertrax 2.0: technology so advanced, it’s simple. Once you learn how to ride, it becomes second nature.  Razor was also the first U.S. brand to receive the UL 2272 listing for safety, ensuring that the Hovertrax 2.0 meets or exceeds the highest fire and electrical safety standards. The HoverTrax 2.0 has a list price of $459.99 has been reduced 35% to just 298.00. See this deal on Amazon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
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