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Best Galaxy S10e, S10, and S10+ cases: Top picks in every style
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:04:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Aside from its great screen, ultra-fast processor, and awesome camera, the Samsung Galaxy S10its also big, slippery, and fragile, and the last thing you want is a giant crack in it. Here are our favorite cases for the S10 so far. Update 4/23/19: Added new categories for best shell cases and new ruggedand wallet cases. Beat clear cases for Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e Along with super slim bezels and a gorgeous display, the Galaxy S10has one more thing going for it: beautiful new colors to choose from. Available in new "prism" finishes that change color depending on the light, a flamingo pink that's too cool for school, and two luscious ceramic options, it's a shame to cover up your Galaxy S10 with a case.So here are some great ones that will still its natural color shine through:To read this article in full, please click here
Best smart sprinkler controller
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 12:05:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Whether you’re motivated by water conservation, saving money, a drive to render every aspect of your home smart, or all the above, a smart irrigation controller will scratch that itch.
Microsoft Paint has been given another reprieve
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 10:53:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
After previously warning that Microsoft Paint would go away, it appears that Microsoft has instead saved the venerable program once again.In 2017, Microsoft warned that it would deprecate Paint within Windows 10. The company later backed off, saying it would instead make Paint a downloadable app, available to whoever wanted it.Now, about two years later, Microsoft apparently has backtracked further. In a tweet, Brandon LeBlanc, senior program manager for the Windows Insider Program Team, indicated that Paint will be included in the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, and will remain in Windows 10 “for now.”To read this article in full, please click here
Amazon drops the price of the Orbi Wall-Plug Wi-Fi System with two satellites to $200 today
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 09:20:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
There are few things as annoying as Wi-Fi dead spots, but a satellite-based router system can help put those frustrations to rest. Today, you can grab the Orbi whole-home plug-in Wi-Fi system with two satellites for just $200Remove non-product link, $100 off its list price and just one cent away from its all-time low.To read this article in full, please click here
Amazon's awesome one-day PC accessories sale offers blowout deals on gaming mice, storage, and more
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 07:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Amazon's one-day PC sales are always filled with great deals, but today's might be the best we've ever seenRemove non-product link.There are a whole bunch of deals to be had in basically every category, and many of them are well under their previous all-time lows. Here are our top three picks from the sale:To read this article in full, please click here
Razer revamps the Blade Pro 17 with 9th-gen Intel Core and Nvidia RTX in a trimmer package
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 06:05:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The Razer Blade Pro 17 is one of the first laptops out of the gate with two shiny new parts: Intel’s 9th-gen Core i7 mobile chip, with 6 cores and 12 threads of processing goodness; and Nvidia’s RTX 2080 with Max-Q. Further improvements include a trimmer overall package, narrow bezels, and connectivity to spare. Prices start at $2,499, and product will start shipping in May. The Razer Blade Pro 17 was long overdue for a refresh, and almost everything is new—and more compact. The chassis is 25 percent smaller than the predecessor in overall volume, and about 20 percent lighter at 6 pounds, compared to 7.4 pounds for the prior model. The bezels are 6mm thin and surround the sole display option, a 1080p/144Hz non-GSync panel. To read this article in full, please click here
Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1650 is a $150 graphics card built to plug-and-play in any PC
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 06:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Gamers on a strict budget can finally get a taste of the improvements found in Nvidia’s Turing GPU architecture. On Tuesday, Nvidia launched the GeForce GTX 1650, a $150 graphics card built to slip easily into pre-existing PCs and start playing 1080p games with minimal fuss. It joins the more powerful GTX 1660 and GTX 1660 Ti in the current GTX 16-series lineup.Like those cards, the GeForce GTX 1650 will be available only in custom designs by Nvidia’s board partners—there won’t be a Founders Edition version. But unlike its cousins, the GeForce GTX 1650 will be available in some boards that consume a mere 75 watts of power, avoiding the need for a supplemental power connector from your power supply. That unique capability helped make its predecessors, the GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti, such popular gaming options. Graphics cards that don’t need extra power connectors can turn even cheap prebuilt PCs into proper gaming rigs.To read this article in full, please click here
Intel's 9th-gen mobile Core chips aim for the high end, rocking 8 cores at up to 5GHz speeds
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 06:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Intel debuted six new 9th-gen mobile H-series Core chips on Tuesday—with its fastest, the Core i9-9980HK, soaring to a new high-water mark: 8 cores, 16 threads, and a whopping 5GHz clock speed, after boost. After launching its 9th-generation Core chips for desktop PCs last October, Intel has now brought that same capability to notebooks. Intel executives said systems based upon the 9th-gen chips are expected to debut shortly.All the chips are based on the “Coffee Lake Refresh” (Coffee Lake-R) architecture, and all are fabricated on a 14nm process. Last year’s 8th-gen mobile Core chips topped out at 4.8GHz, and offered only 6 cores.   To read this article in full, please click here
Nvidia's mobile GeForce GTX 1650 and GTX 1660 Ti give affordable gaming laptops more firepower
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 06:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The GTX 1060’s years-long reign over the mainstream gaming laptop market is ending. On Tuesday, Nvidia announced that its GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and GTX 1650 GPUs are coming to gaming notebooks, where they’ll join the more powerful mobile GeForce RTX options introduced earlier this year. (Haven’t heard of the latter GPU? Surprise!)Nvidia also announced the GeForce GTX 1650 desktop graphics card today.Interestingly, Nvidia did not announce a non-Ti mobile version of the GTX 1660. Based on previous pricing trends, we’d expect the GTX 1650 to slip mostly into systems costing less than $1,100, while the GTX 1660 Ti will likely be reserved for laptops in the $1,000 to $1,600-or-so range. Beyond that lies the mobile RTX 2060’s territory.To read this article in full, please click here
Intel launches 18 9th-gen desktop Core chips, the majority without hyperthreading
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 06:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
As Intel releases 18 desktop Core chips (and 7 others) on Tuesday, the company also answers a question that arose when it debuted its 9th-generation desktop Core microprocessors in October. The question was whether Intel was holding back hyperthreading as a premium feature. That, unfortunately, appears to be true.Just two of the new desktop “Coffee Lake” Core chips Intel announced on Tuesday contain hyperthreading capabilities. Several carry an “F”-series suffix, which means they forego integrated graphics and probably aren’t worth your money. All support Optane Memory.To read this article in full, please click here
Keychron K1 Wireless Keyboard review: Mechanical RGB magic beats backlit butterfly
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 04:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The Keychron K1 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard may as well be the anti-butterfly keyboard. It’s thicker than Apple’s MacBook and Magic Keyboard. It has wild RGB lighting. It has an 87- or 104-key layout. And most importantly, its keys don’t get stuck.I’ve been using the Keychron K1 Mechanical Wireless KeyboardRemove non-product link with my MacBook Pro for a couple of months and it’s hard to switch back. I’m not generally a fan of the clickity-clack noise that mechanical keys make, but the Keychron K1 made me a believer in Blue switches. I imagine that in a quiet office I’d get a few dirty looks, but I actually grew to like the sound. Typing on it is way more pleasurable than the cramped and noisy MacBook keyboard, and its function row is inherently more useful that the Touch Bar.To read this article in full, please click here
Igloohome Smart Deadbolt 2S review: The industry’s most handsome lock remains the most aggravating to install
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The smart lock maker shrinks down its beautiful deadbolt, but it remains a frustrating experience.
Microsoft's tabbed interface for Windows, known as Sets, appears dead for now
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 15:01:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Microsoft appears to have put Microsoft Sets, the tabbed redesign of Windows, on hold, though it’s uncertain whether it’s been killed outright.Rich Turner, a senior product manager at Microsoft responsible for the Windows Console, tweeted on Saturday that “the Shell-provided tab experience is no more, but adding tabs is high on our to do list.” After this story was published, Turner later clarified that he was speaking about Windows Console, not the Windows Shell team in general.To read this article in full, please click here
Best VPN services: Reviews and buying advice
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 11:04:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Choosing the right virtual private network (VPN) service is no simple task. A VPN should keep your internet usage private and secure, but not every service handles your data in the same way. Just look at the critiques of notable computer security experts and online pundits to understand the challenge.Even supposed experts in the field can turn out to be frauds, as was recently reported about site TheBestVPN.com. The site’s creator appears to not actually be a cypber-security expert, as he once claimed, but might not actually be a real person, casting serious doubt on any of the site’s VPN reviews and research.To read this article in full, please click here
Samsung pushes back Galaxy Fold release to 'run further internal tests' following poor reviews
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 10:09:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Update 1:10 pm ET: Samsung has issued a statement confirming the delay of the Galaxy Fold launch.I guess it’s true what Kenny Rogers said: You gotta know when to fold ‘em. After announcing over the weekend that it was delaying Galaxy Fold launch events in Hong Kong and Shanghai this week, the electronics giant has now also reportedly pushed back the U.S. release date of its next-generation handset following a flurry of poor reviews and problems with the device, according to a statement from the company.To read this article in full, please click here
Amazon has slashed this Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2019 bundle to just $100
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 09:01:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Editing photos and videos can be complicated, and the best tools can get a extremely pricey. Today, though, you can grab your own PC or Mac downloads of Photoshop Elements 2019 and Premiere Elements 2019 for $100 on AmazonRemove non-product link, down from a list price of $150.To read this article in full, please click here
Intel Optane Memory H10 SSD Review: How it could speed up your next laptop
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 08:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Intel’s Optane Memory H10 SSD is one of those enigmas of PC hardware that can drive reviewers crazy. It is—simply put—a storage technology that is more responsive in some cases, but slower in others.It’s also a technology you can’t choose for yourself. Currently, Optane Memory H10 is being sold only to PC OEMs, who will integrate it into space-limited laptops and eventually full-on gaming laptops.Because it’s Intel technology, it’s not going work with platforms it’s not approved for (read AMD). As you start seeing it in new laptops, this review will help you decide whether it’s a feature worth seeking out.  IDG Intel’s Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage is essentially two drives in one one.To read this article in full, please click here
Pump up your PC's storage with these killer deals on big and speedy internal drives
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 07:05:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
If you've been itching to upgrade your PC's hard drive, we've got you covered today, whether you're looking for more space or more speed. Newegg is selling a 4TB WD Blue 3.5-inch hard drive for $80 Remove non-product linkwhen you apply the $5 checkout code EMCTYVV23, bringing it down to the lowest price we've tracked. And Amazon is offering a speedy1TB SanDisk SSD Plus for $100, which is a few bucks shy of its all-time low.To read this article in full, please click here
Bowers & Wilkins announces its Formation Suite, a very high-end wireless multi-room audio system
Mon, 22 Apr 2019 05:15:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The all-new mesh wireless system streams audio with up to 24-bit resolution and at sampling rates as high as 96kHz, but it also supports AirPlay 2 and Bluetooth.
This week in games: Lego Star Wars returns, Ubisoft gives away Assassin's Creed: Unity after Notre Dame fire
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 14:29:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
I’ve said for years that Assassin’s Creed is more impressive for its art nowadays than the games themselves, but still, who would’ve guessed that one day Assassin’s Creed would be used to restore a priceless piece of architectural history?That news, plus a new Lego Star Wars, an Old Republic expansion and potential film adaptation, details for Netflix’s Witcher series, a remake of cult classic shooter XIII, and more.This is gaming news for April 15 to 19.Digital artifacts This week’s first freebie is a big one, relatively speaking. You probably heard that Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris caught on fire this week. In the wake of that fire you maybe remembered that one Ubisoft designer spent two years of her life creating the Notre Dame model for Assassin’s Creed: Unity. Turns out that Notre Dame model might now be used in reverse, helping guide restoration efforts on the actual church. As some sort of weird (but nice) gesture, Ubisoft is now giving away copies of Unity through April 25.To read this article in full, please click here
Best Buy is selling a 10TB WD external drive for an insane $160 today
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 12:10:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
External hard drives have been steadily dropping for months, but this deal is one of the best we've ever seen: Best Buy is selling a 10TB WD Easystore hard drive for just $160Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $300 and just $0.016 cents a gig.To read this article in full, please click here
The latest Windows patch is breaking even more PCs with antivirus installed
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 11:34:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The last major Windows update broke some systems with particular antivirus software installed, and it’s seemingly getting worse.Earlier this week we reported that Microsoft halted updates to Windows PCs running Sophos and Avast’s security solutions, following user complaints that their machines were locking up or failing to boot. Since then, the list of known issues for the rogue update was itself updated to acknowledge compatibility issues with Avira and ArcaBit antivirus installed, with Microsoft temporarily blocking updates to those affected systems, too. Today, Ars Technica noticed that Microsoft is investigating compatibility issues for systems with McAfee antivirus installed, though it hasn’t started blocking the April 9 update from those PCs just yet.To read this article in full, please click here
Best smart thermostat: Reviews and buying advice
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 10:56:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
There are so many smart thermostats to choose from today. We'll help you pick the right one.
Acer CEO Jason Chen explains why his PCs are going niche
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 08:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Acer CEO Jason Chen thinks his company can get bigger if it thinks small. As the fourth- or fifth-largest PC vendor worldwide by shipments (per IDC and Gartner numbers, respectively), Acer already sells plenty of what it calls “value” PCs—commodity systems that offer good specs for the price. It’s thriving in the gaming and education markets, too, where performance and sturdiness matter.Compared to PC juggernauts Dell, HP, and Lenovo, however, Acer still has a long way to go. So the company’s next move is to pursue what Chen calls “microtrends,” courting users whose numbers might be too small—or their needs a little too niche—to draw much attention from bigger players. Acer sees an opportunity to shine by providing a more curated PC experience—a completely different strategy from its approach to mainstream PCs.To read this article in full, please click here
How to transform your laptop into a gaming powerhouse with an external graphics card
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 07:18:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
My desire to power up a laptop with an external graphics card began in 2015, when I set out on a quest to get back into PC gaming—a beloved pastime I’d neglected since childhood.But the only PC I had at the time was a 2011 Lenovo ThinkPad X220 laptop with Intel HD 3000 integrated graphics. That just wouldn’t cut it for proper PC gaming. Sure, the laptop on its own works well enough for older titles like Diablo III, especially on the laptop’s tiny 1366x728-resolution display, but forget about more graphics-intensive modern games on an external 1080p monitor. That’s why I decided to examine external graphics card (eGPU) setups.To read this article in full, please click here
Dude, this 24-inch Dell monitor is down to $110 today—and you get a $50 gift card with it
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 07:03:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
It would be great if we all could afford 4K G-Sync monitors, but sadly that's not the case. So if you're looking for a fantastic deal on a much more basic display, Dell is selling a 24-inch 1080p monitor for $110Remove non-product link, a near-50-percent savings from its $200 MSRP. And to sweeten the deal, Dell will throw in a $50 gift card, effectively bringing the price down to $60.To read this article in full, please click here
Cooler Master SK630 review: Low-profile gaming keyboards are officially a trend
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 03:30:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Here’s the rule with peripherals: Once is a gimmick, twice is a trend, and thrice is a category. And our latest category? Low-profile mechanical keyboards, which bring elements of the laptop typing experience to desktops. These hybrid keyboards started to show up late last year, first with the Roccat Vulcan 120 Aimo, then with Corsair’s K70 RGB Mk.2 Low Profile.Now we have a third contender, Cooler Master’s new SK630. With a tenkeyless design and detachable cable it’s certainly the most mobile of the bunch, though a few odd choices may prove polarizing.To read this article in full, please click here
Primephonic app review: The unrivaled classical music streaming service comes to Android and iOS
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Primephonic's mobile app for iOS and Android delivers the best parts of its classical music service to smart devices—with one glaring omission.
Mysa Smart Thermostat review: Rendering electric heat stylish and smart
Fri, 19 Apr 2019 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
A beautifull smart thermostat for baseboard, radiant, and fan-forced convector heaters.
Update: Facebook passwords for hundreds of millions of users were exposed to Facebook employees
Thu, 18 Apr 2019 12:30:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
April 18, 2019: Updated to add new information about how many Instagram user passwords were exposed internally at Facebook.Facebook confirmed March 21 that hundreds of millions of user passwords were being stored in a “readable format” within its servers, accessible to internal Facebook employees—including millions more Instagram users than previously thought. Affected users will be notified, Facebook said, so they can change those passwords.Interestingly, Facebook downplayed and confirmed the problem in the same post, filed in late March, after researcher Brian Krebs issued his own report.  Facebook’s Pedro Canahuati, vice president of engineering for security and privacy, initially referred to “some” user passwords that were accessible to Facebook employees. A paragraph later, he revealed that “hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, millions of Facebook users, and tens of thousands of Instagram users” would be notified.To read this article in full, please click here
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