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Skype is coming to Alexa devices, bringing another Microsoft service to Amazon's hardware
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 17:14:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
At one time, Skype seemed to be the one thing Microsoft was holding back in reserve from its Cortana-Alexa partnership. That no longer seems to be the case.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 fans can now build an almost all-COD PC thanks to Asus
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:18:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Call of Duty: Black Ops fans, if you want all the pieces of flair for your PC, Asus has your back.The company has unveiled just about every imaginable thing you can think of to coincide with the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4on October 12.Besides a keyboard, mouse, monitor and mouse pad, Asus is also offering a Call of Duty: Black Ops 4-branded monitor, PC, motherboard and router.Yup. A router. No, we're not making that up. ASUS You're not a superfan if you don't have a Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 router. No word on whether it blocks packets for Battlefield V.To read this article in full, please click here
Microsoft warns that overstuffed hard drives could stall the Windows 10 October 2018 update
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:07:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
If you have a tablet or older laptop with just a tiny bit of storage available, pay attention: Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10 October 2018 Update may cause you some headaches unless you tidy up.In a support document, Microsoft acknowledges that Windows 10's Windows Update fails to check PCs for adequate storage before it kicks off, an oversight that may cause the upcoming feature update to repeatedly fail unless the PC has enough space to download and install it.To read this article in full, please click here
This $13 RavPower wireless charging stand will make up for your iPhone XS's lame 5W plug
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 11:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The new iPhone XS and XS Max are shipping out tomorrow, but it's not all good news: They still ship with the same 5W charger that takes forever to fill up your phone. That's why you need a wireless charger, and today, RaVPower's Qi-certified wireless charger is an all-time low of $13Remove non-product link so go grab one before they're all gone.To read this article in full, please click here
Cube Escape: Paradox review: There's nothing else like this surreal room-escape/short film mash-up
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 09:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
“Do be warned, detective…some men find this place hard to leave.” It’s meant as a threat, but I laughed. Even for the Rusty Lake series, this is one hell of a wink-nod, fourth-wall-breaking moment.Yes, one of the most prolific game development teams is back for its second game of 2018, Cube Escape: Paradox—and perhaps the most ambitious of the series, thanks to a 20-minute short film that’s integral to the plot. Just when you think Rusty Lake can’t get any weirder, it does.Empty the mind You’ll note of course that this is titled Cube Escape: Paradox, not Rusty Lake: Paradox. A bit confusing, no? To recap, the Rusty Lake games (Hotel, Roots, Paradise) spun out of a series of browser-based escape rooms, titled Cube Escape. Until now the main distinction has been that the Cube Escape games are both shorter and free, while the Rusty Lake entries are longer, more complex, and sold through Steam.To read this article in full, please click here
The Full Nerd ep. 68: GeForce RTX review, RTX 2080 vs. GTX 1080 Ti, what about Radeon?
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 07:29:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, Alaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray discuss our exhaustive review of Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti, the first graphics cards built around ray tracing and AI-enhanced image processing.Unfortunately, none of those technologies are available in any games yet, but Nvidia sent reviewers some canned demos to try them in action, and well, if Deep Learning Super Sampling works anywhere near this well in shipping games, it’ll be black magic. The gang dives deep into the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti’s performance in traditional games and whether Nvidia’s new graphics cards perform better in HDR than the older GTX 10-series, before diving into a flood of questions by live viewers.To read this article in full, please click here
Replace your slow hard drive with these $25 SSDs
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 07:16:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Budget SSD maker Adata won’t be found among our selections for the top SSDs of 2018. But if you haven’t ditched your pokey hard drive yet, the ludicrously low prices of Adata’s 2.5-inch Ultimate SU655 SSDs on Amazon make them pretty irresistible.To start, the 120GB version of the drive costs just $25. We’re in pizza pricing territory here folks. True, this low capacity drive has been dropping in price for weeks, but it’s the lowest we’ve seen it go. You won’t fit much media on a 120GB drive, but it’s a great option for a boot drive.To read this article in full, please click here
Newegg confirms credit card information was taken in a sophisticated attack
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 04:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Online retailer Newegg on Wednesday confirmed that credit card information from customers had been stolen using a sophisticated attack."Yesterday we learned one of our servers had been injected with malware which was identified and removed from our site," the company said in a statement on Twitter. "We’re conducting extensive research to determine exactly what info was obtained and are sending emails to customers potentially impacted. Please check your email."This makes Newegg the latest company to get hit by black hat hacker groups collectively called Magecart. Security researchers at RiskIQ said the attack worked by injecting malicious JavaScript onto Newegg's page to skim credit card information and sent it it to a domain registered as Neweggstats.com. RiskIQ said a very similar "Magecart assault" was also used against British Airways and Ticketmaster earlier this year.To read this article in full, please click here
I switched from the $1,000 Galaxy Note 9 to the $250 LG Stylo 4 and now I question everything
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 03:30:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Switching from a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to an LG Stylo 4 is analogous to going from a Ferrari 812 Superfast to a Kia Optima. They’re both 2018 smartphones with styluses built in, and they both run the same version of Android (Oreo 8.1). But other than that, they couldn’t be more different.Where the Note 9 has sex appeal and a high price tag, the Stylo 4 is basic and affordable—even cheap. The Stylo 4 has a quarter of the Note 9’s internal storage (32GB versus 128GB), is made of plastic instead of glass, and is powered by a far slower processor. And it doesn’t have wireless charging or a dual camera or a WQHD+ Infinity display.To read this article in full, please click here
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 vs GTX 1080 Ti: Which graphics card should you buy?
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The long-awaited GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti are finally here, new “RTX” moniker and all, and well, they’re mighty impressive pieces of kit. Nvidia infused the radical Turing GPU at their hearts with dedicated RT and tensor cores to (hopefully) ignite a gaming future brimming with ray tracing and AI-enhanced graphics. The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is the fastest graphics card ever, full stop. But I’ve heard plenty of people wondering: Should I buy a GeForce RTX 2080 or a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti?Nvidia’s new RTX graphics cards cost significantly more than their predecessors. But prices for the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti—Nvidia’s powerful, previous-gen flagship—have started relaxing in recent weeks after spending most of 2018 inflated by wild cryptocurrency demand.To read this article in full, please click here
AirTV DVR doesn't quite pick up Sling TV's slack
Thu, 20 Sep 2018 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
AirTV now offers subscription-free DVR for cord-cutters, though its Sling TV app integration still needs work.
One of the best features of Microsoft's October update to Windows could be in doubt
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:16:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Though features within upcoming Windows updates come and go during the beta Insider builds, one that many were looking forward to—a Smart Updater feature that would hopefully cut back on awkwardly timed Windows 10 updates—is now in doubt.Microsoft representatives said Wednesday that they had “nothing to share” regarding the feature, which Microsoft first introduced in Build 17723, in late July. Then, Microsoft promised that the feature would reduce the trauma caused by spontaneous reboots during Windows Update process—especially during times when a user was actively working on the PC.To read this article in full, please click here
PCWorld's September Digital Magazine: Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:05:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Stay on top of the latest tech with PCWorld’s Digital Magazine. Available as single copies or as a monthly subscription, it highlights the best content from PCWorld.com—the most important news, the key product reviews, and the most useful features and how-to stories—in a curated Digital Magazine for Android and iOS, as well for the desktop and other tablet readers.In the September issue In the September issue we go deep on the new Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Find out what it’s like to hold a $1,250 phone, what its biggest problem is, and whether Samsung will fix it. We have a 19-page review of the new Microsoft Surface Go; compare how it stacks up against other tablets.To read this article in full, please click here
Master Adobe's Most Popular Software With This 60+ Hour Training Bootcamp ($39)
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 10:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
When it comes to creative software, Adobe is king. With programs like Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and Lightroom being used by photographers, designers, and editors across the globe, you should expect to master these tools if you hope to make it as a creative professional. Thankfully, doing so is much easier with theComplete Adobe Mastery Bundle, which contains 11 courses on some of Adobe's top creative tools; and it's on sale for only $39 today.To read this article in full, please click here
Best home weather station: Which one should be your personal meteorologist?
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 08:52:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Home weather stations are getting more accurate and sophisticated all the time. Follow our buyer's guide to ensure you're not left in the cold or soaking wet.
Watch The Full Nerd talk about the RTX 2080 review right now!
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 08:35:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. Today's show is all about the Nvidia RTX launch! First up we cover the official PCWorld review of the RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti, next we'll answer the question of whether you should buy a RTX 2080 or GTX 1080 Ti, and lastly we look over to AMD to see if it's better to buy a Radeon card instead. 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
Best smart lock for a keyless home
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 08:11:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Keys are yesterday’s tech, your smart home needs a smart lock.
Nvidia Turing GPU deep dive: What's inside the radical GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 08:10:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
It’s time to pull back the curtain on the Turing GPU inside Nvidia’s radical new GeForce RTX 20-series, the first-ever graphics cards designed to handle real-time ray tracing thanks to the inclusion of dedicated tensor and RT cores. But the GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti were also designed to significantly improve performance in traditionally rendered games, with enough power to feed those blazing-fast 4K, 144Hz G-Sync HDR gaming monitors. Nvidia revealed plenty of numbers during the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti announcement. Clock speeds, memory bandwidth, CUDA core counts—it was all there. This deeper dive explains the underlying, architectural changes that make Nvidia’s Turing GPU more potent than its Pascal predecessor. We’ll also highlight some new Nvidia tools that developers can embrace to speed up performance even more, or bring the AI-boosted power of Nvidia’s Saturn V supercomputer into your graphics card.To read this article in full, please click here
Amazon Prime members can get the Fire 7 tablet with Alexa for just $35 today
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 07:54:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Amazon's Fire 7 tablet is just $35 for Prime members today—$15 off its list price and the lowest it's been since last holiday season. It's a killer deal on one of the most popular tablets out there. If you're not a Prime member, you can sign up for a free trial here.To read this article in full, please click here
Best soundbars to improve your TV's audio
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 07:27:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Find the best soundbar for music and movies and that's the perfect fit for your budget.
Our favorite high-performance portable SSD, Samsung's T5, is far cheaper than ever before
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 07:16:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Today’s a good day to turbocharge your local backup with one of our favorite external SSD drives. The 500GB Samsung T5 portable SSD is on sale for $100 at Amazon today. This drive was sitting around $120 just a few weeks ago, and this is the lowest price we’ve seen for it. The T5 is also close to $30 cheaper than the SanDisk external SSD sale we looked at last week.To read this article in full, please click here
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti review: Changing the game
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 06:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti aren’t like any other consumer graphics cards. Nvidia built these cards for the future. So much so, in fact, that we’re going to take the unusual step of not rendering a final, rated verdict today.Unlike existing graphics cards, these include dedicated RT cores to vastly improve real-time ray tracing performance, putting the Holy Grail of gaming graphics within reach. Also unlike existing graphics cards, the GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti include dedicated tensor cores to leverage the awesome power of machine learning and a Saturn V supercomputer in the games you play. Nvidia’s new hardware is the first designed specifically for the 4K, 144Hz HDR era, with a revamped architecture that increases performance in traditional games, and they’re the first graphics cards equipped with GDDR6 memory or a VirtualLink connector. Our Nvidia Turing GPU deep-dive explains all.To read this article in full, please click here
LifeShield Home Security Advantage review: The whole is considerably less than the sum of its parts
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 04:30:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Setup headaches and operational flubs dampen our enthusiasm for this professionally monitored security system’s minimal price tag.
Gigabyte wades into NVMe SSDs with a trio of budget-priced drives
Wed, 19 Sep 2018 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
You can't build an entire PC out of Gigabyte and Aorus components, but that goal just got one step closer. On Tuesday, the company announced that it's wading into the PCIe M.2 SSD game, after a positive reception to its SATA SSDs in May.Three PCIe NVME M.2 drives will be available initially, in capacities of 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB, the company said.The drives carry a three-year warranty. The 256GB drive is rated at sequential read speeds of 1,200MBps and 800Mbps sequential writes. The 128GB drive will hit 1,100MBps sequential reads and 500MBps sequential writes.Gigabyte officials said the 128GB SSD should sell for $50, while the 256GB drive will be listed at $70. The two lower-capacity drives are expected to be on sale in the US next week. Pricing and availability of the 512GB drive wasn't available, but if the pricing of the smaller drives is any indication, it'll be competitive.To read this article in full, please click here
Best smart speakers: Which delivers the best combination of digital assistant and audio performance?
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:16:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
With models based on Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and others to come, we’ll help you find just the right model for you.
Apple Watch Series 4 FAQ: All your questions about the new Apple Watch, answered
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:56:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The new Series 4 represents the biggest update to the Apple Watch since the original.
How Microsoft Edge's hidden WDAG browser lets you surf the web securely
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:09:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Occasionally, for whatever reason, we browse parts of the web we know could be dangerous, where malicious pop-ups, ransomware or other malware could infect our PCs. While no solution is totally safe, Microsoft now has a free, specialized version of its Edge browser specifically designed to protect you online: Windows Device Application Guard, or WDAG.WDAG was originally developed for Windows 10 Enterprise, protecting companies with billions of dollars at stake. Now that same protection has migrated to Windows 10 Pro—sorry, Windows 10 Home users—as an optional feature that you can turn on within Windows, for free. It debuted on Windows 10 Pro as part of the  Windows 10 April 2018 Update, and will receive some new features as part of the October 2018 update, too.To read this article in full, please click here
Microsoft's Dynamics 365 Remote Assist finally makes the HoloLens useful for anyone
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 12:18:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
In 2015, when Microsoft unveiled the very first public iteration of the HoloLens, product managers demonstrated the augmented reality headset by asking users to re-wire an actual light switch, live, guided by a remote professional. Three years later, Microsoft has finally commercialized that demo with a HoloLens-enabled version of Microsoft Dynamics.Microsoft is commercializing two Dynamics apps with HoloLens: Dynamics 365 Remote Assist, which allows a remote viewer to assist a front-line worker, and Dynamics 365 Layout, which uses the HoloLens spatial-mapping abilities to help lay out a retail space or factory floor. Remote Assist is what Microsoft originally wowed journalists with, and here’s how it works: Imagine building a PC, wearing a HoloLens, but you forgot to insert the memory with the proper spacing, or some other error. HoloLens Remote Assist would allow a remote support tech to see what you’re seeing via your HoloLens, with the ability to highlight what you should be doing. In addition, the remote assistant could use Skype to tell you to tighten the proper bolts, for example, or not to mix CPU pastes. To read this article in full, please click here
Android Confidential: Why these 3 upcoming Android phones could put the iPhone XS to shame
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:07:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Everyone’s talking about how great the new iPhone XS and XS Max are but I’m not so sure they’re going to feel the same way after a few weeks have gone by. The fall season is jam-packed with flagship Android releases, and several of them have the potential to beat Apple at its own game. I talked about three of the best Android phones coming later this year as part of my new show, Android Confidential:Huawei Mate 20: The Huawei Mate 20 and newer P20 are already two of the best phones you can buy, but the Mate 20 could beat them both (along with the iPhone XS). Rumor has it that Huawei will be using a triple-Leica setup on the Mate 20, an impressive array that has already shown tremendous results on the P20, the current Last Cam Standing reigning champ. Add to that the Kirin 980 chip and a 6.9-inch screen, and you’ve got a maxed-out Android phone that can beat the iPhone XS Max.To read this article in full, please click here
Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front
Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:57:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.
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