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Echogear Outlet Shelf review: A brilliant, if not always practical, shelving idea
Mon, 04 Sep 2017 04:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
You’re plugging stuff in that outlet, so why not make use of the space around it?
Nonda USB-C HDMI review: Foldable adapter offers a well-made travel option
Mon, 04 Sep 2017 04:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
If you need to carry a USB-C adapter for HDMI output, Nonda’s foldable one is the best.
Best mouse pads for gaming or business
Mon, 04 Sep 2017 03:30:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
A great mouse mat is a must for gamers, reducing wear on wrists during hours of intensive play. Many modern ones use chemical coatings or specially engineered surfaces to improve sensor accuracy or reduce drag—a boon if you’re doing repetitive motion that requires high accuracy.(Don't mistake mouse mats for the smaller mouse pads, once an absolute necessity in the era of mechanical mice. Because optical and laser mice can work on so many different kinds of surfaces, the humble mouse pad has largely disappeared.) Plenty of mouse mat manufacturers exist, but few provide clarity or consistency in describing their products. For example, most don’t report how much friction you’ll encounter when using their mats with the most popular mice. To help you find the best mouse mat for your needs, we’ve tested several from a few different companies that represent a range of surface types (metal, plastic, or cloth) and usage cases (business or gaming).To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Yamaha YAS-107 soundbar review: This speaker delivers plenty of bang for the buck
Mon, 04 Sep 2017 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Highly intelligible dialog and great overall performance make Yamaha's sound bar a top performer in its price class.
Agents of Mayhem review: Not-so-super heroes
Sat, 02 Sep 2017 04:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Saint’s Row’s Achilles heel was always combat. It hid this fact by peppering each game with a handful of absurd weapons, from a recliner that fired missiles to the Dubstep gun to the iconic purple dildo bat—still the weapon I most associate with the series.But even armaments that creative couldn’t hide the fact that combat was often a by-the-book affair. Enemies were brainless, and each encounter involved simply trying to get through it as fast as possible without dying. It’s telling that most of the memorable moments in Saint’s Row had nothing to do with combat, be it the Tron-esque “Deckers Die” mission, singing Biz Markie in a car with your friends, or an Aerosmith-backed rocket ride into space.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Best gaming keyboards of 2017: Our picks for the top budget, mid-tier, and RGB boards
Fri, 01 Sep 2017 13:31:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Choosing a gaming keyboard is a matter of personal taste. One person could be into Cherry Browns and white backlighting. Another might favor Razer Greens and a rippling RGB glow. Gigantic wrist pads, compact shapes, numeric keypads, macro keys, volume controls—a plethora of keyboards exists because everyone wants a different mix of features.To help you sort through the many options, we’ve sifted through the latest and greatest planks to come up with our top recommendations. All of these are mechanical keyboards, and for good reason—they’re simply more comfortable to use over the long haul. But we’re open-minded, so if we encounter an alternative that works well, you may see it appear on this list. We’ll keep updating it periodically as we test new keyboards.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Amazon Alexa branches out, appearing in the Lenovo Tab 4 with Home Assistant
Fri, 01 Sep 2017 13:30:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Amazon Alexa is breaking free of the Echo. First she made friends with Cortana, and now she's popping up in the Lenovo Tab 4, thanks to the Home Assistant accessory introduced Thursday at IFA in Berlin.When the Home Assistant ships in October (for $70), you'll be able to dock the Tab 4 or Tab 4 Plus to it and run all Alexa functions off the tablet. The Home Assistant handles the audio portion, picking up your voice commands and responding for Alexa.The dock adjusts to fit the 8-inch and 10-inch tablet sizes in the Tab 4 line. It also charges the tablet and can be used to play music or other audio output from your tablet. Lenovo mentions how it can turn the tablet into a clock or weather station, but it could also lend better audio to movies streaming on the tablet.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
This week in games: Divinity: Original Sin II adds playable undead, Sunless Skies hits early access
Fri, 01 Sep 2017 12:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
It's the end of the week but not the end of the news, perhaps. This weekend is PAX Prime West up in Seattle, which means plenty of last-ditch efforts for publishers to stand out before heading into the crowded fall release calendar.A live-action trailer, for instance? We've got one of those for Destiny 2 as it approaches its console release, plus Divinity: Original Sin II lets you play as a face-stealing skeleton, Sunless Skies hits early access, Vermintide secures a sequel, and more.This is gaming news for August 28 to September 1.So many sinners Hard to believe Divinity: Original Sin II is only weeks away. It seems like just yesterday Chris Avellone was completely ruining (improving?) my first hands-on demo of the game. But it’s true—the isometric follow-up is due out on September 14, less than two weeks from now, and celebrated that milestone this week by revealing the final race players can take on: Undead.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Windows 10: Everything you need to know
Fri, 01 Sep 2017 11:41:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The next Windows 10 update—currently the Fall Creators Update—is always around the corner, and this article will keep you informed about what’s new and what’s important. Check here for our latest Windows 10 review based on the two major updates scheduled per year, plus the highlights from notable builds in between. We’ll tell you how to get Windows 10 for your PC. Finally, we’ll discuss the major features of Windows 10—including a few you should watch out for. Keep reading for everything you need to know about Windows 10. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
How Intel Core chips could take over two-factor authentication from your phone
Fri, 01 Sep 2017 11:40:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Password manager Dashlane is one of the first consumer-facing companies to take advantage of a little-known feature within Intel’s 8th-generation Core chips that could become much more popular: enabling two-factor authentication with just your PC, and not your phone.What’s known as Universal Second Factor (U2F) authentication lives within the 8th-generation Core architecture. Typically, two-factor authentication (2FA)—recommended for years as an additional security measure for email, online storage, and other data—requires that a code be sent to your phone either via an app or SMS. Intel’s 8th-gen Core architecture and its associated software cut out the need for a phone, simply requiring you to click a software “button” to authenticate the 2FA transaction. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Anker's highly popular Bluetooth keyboard is just $14 right now
Fri, 01 Sep 2017 11:10:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
If your plan this fall is to survive school or work with only a tablet as your daily driver, you’ll definitely need a keyboard to go with it. Today, Amazon has an Anker Bluetooth ultra-slim keyboard on sale for $14 if you use the code DEAL7726 at checkout.This isn’t the lowest price we’ve seen for this keyboard—it was just $7 around the holidays last year. Still, it’s a good price for a well-liked keyboard.The style is clearly inspired by Apple’s popular Bluetooth keyboard, just with a little more color. Anker says this keyboard is 30 percent smaller than most traditional keyboards. It takes two AAA batteries that can last up to three months based on two hours per day of usage. It also comes with an 18-month warranty.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
IVPN review: A small VPN worth a look for U.S. and UK connections
Fri, 01 Sep 2017 10:45:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
IVPN in brief:P2P allowed: Yes (company asks users not to use U.S. servers)Business location: GibraltarNumber of servers: 36Number of country locations: 13Cost: $100 per yearWhen it comes down to it, there are really two kinds of VPNs: those that promise an unbelievable number of country connections and those that don’t. This review is looking at a service of the latter type. IVPN is a small service officially based in Gibraltar that offers what you need in a VPN, including the right privacy promises, excellent speeds in at least some regions, and an easy-to-use Windows app. The company’s mobile support for Android could use a little more work, but no service is perfect.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
The Full Nerd episode 30: Radeon RX Vega 56 review, Intel's 8th-gen CPUs add more cores
Fri, 01 Sep 2017 08:19:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
In this week’s The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, Alaina Yee, and Dan Masaoka talk about the release of AMD’s Radeon RX Vega 56, and how the Radeon RX Vega lineup compares against Nvidia’s GeForce cards. It doesn’t really matter for the GTX 1070 or Radeon RX Vega 56, since you can’t buy either at anywhere near suggested pricing, so we dive into Radeon Vega 64 vs. GTX 1080 and GTX 1080 Ti as well.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update's best new features
Fri, 01 Sep 2017 06:32:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The future of WindowsImage by MicrosoftThe next-gen version of Windows is almost here. The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will hit Windows 10 PCs on October 17—including Windows 10 S devices—with a legion of Windows Mixed Reality headsets from HP, Lenovo, Dell, Asus, and Acer in tow.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and Mixed Reality headsets launch October 17
Fri, 01 Sep 2017 06:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is launching on October 17, with Windows Mixed Reality headsets in tow, Microsoft announced at the IFA tradeshow in Berlin on Friday.That’s a bit later than expected, as this past April Microsoft committed to twice-yearly Windows 10 updates in March and September, in perpetuity. Microsoft is missing its very first deadline under the new system—but not by much.No new features were announced by Windows chief Terry Myerson at the event, but that’s to be expected since Windows Insiders have been testing the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update for months now. It won’t be quite as interesting as originally expected, as flagship cross-device features teased at Microsoft’s Windows 10 Fall Creators Update unveiling in May—like an app Timeline and cloud clipboard—didn’t wind up making the final cut.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Five to Try: Amazon Prime Video hits the Play Store, and The Walking Dead begins March to War
Fri, 01 Sep 2017 04:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Grab this week's biggest new Android app and game releases.
Essential Phone: Everything you need to know about Andy Rubin's new Android phone
Fri, 01 Sep 2017 03:30:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The Essential Phone (styled PH-1) is a debut handset created by the godfather of Android, Andy Rubin, and his brand-new company. It's entering a crowded field dominated by the same few phones: Samsung's Galaxy Note. The latest LG V phone. Google's Pixel (previously Nexus) phones. And of course, the iPhone.Nevertheless, the new kid in town is getting a lot of attention. But will it succeed? Here’s everything you need to know about the Essential Phone and how it stacks up against the heavy-hitters.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
YouTube TV review: Patience pays off
Fri, 01 Sep 2017 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
YouTube TV is the best streaming bundle for Chromecast users within the service's footprint.
How to set up Steam Link and play PC games on your TV
Fri, 01 Sep 2017 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Windows may have the most robust library of games in the world, but many people enjoy playing games in the living room—yes, even PC gamers. Valve, the company behind Steam, helps its users cross the bridge between computers and couches with the Steam Link ($50 or less on Amazon), a diminutive set-top box that streams games from your gaming PC straight to your TV.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Astro's A20 gaming headset ditches the A10's wires for more than twice the price
Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:18:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
When Astro announced the budget-friendly A10 headset a few months ago, we hypothesized that it was only a matter of time until an A20 slotted into the remaining empty space. Sure enough, it’s here: The Astro A20, a wireless version of the A10.Retailing for $150, the A20 features the same stripped-down design as the A10 but...wireless. That seems to be the only difference, though I’m judging by photos—I’ve yet to see the headset in person or test it out.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Logitech’s HERO sensor makes the G603 wireless mouse both powerful and wildly long-lasting
Thu, 31 Aug 2017 12:07:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
“Do you even make wired mice anymore?”I posed that question to Logitech during a briefing this week for its new G603 mouse, yet another wireless addition to Logitech’s lineup. Just two months ago the company introduced  Powerplay—a mousepad that charges your wireless mouse while you play—plus a G900 refresh  to go along with it. So another wireless mouse? Already?Indeed. Even weirder: The Logitech G603 wireless mouse is not Powerplay compatible—a fact Logitech ascribes to it being developed in parallel.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
The Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 520 is a Surface clone with quad-core power
Thu, 31 Aug 2017 11:30:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Lenovo’s IdeaPad Miix 520 is a 2-in-1 Surface clone that’s taking a big step forward with its support of Intel’s latest 8th-generation CPUs. Announced Thursday at Lenovo's event at IFA in Berlin, the Miix 520 will be among the first products to offer Intel's quad-core CPUs for laptops. These new chips, which promise up to a 40-percent performance hike, are melting away the compromises we used to assume with thinner, lighter PCs. When it ships in October with a starting price of $1,000, the IdeaPad Miix 520 will offer these key features and options:To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
The Lenovo Yoga 920 adds even more luxury with 8th-gen Intel Core power
Thu, 31 Aug 2017 11:30:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The Lenovo Yoga 900 series are already some of the most luxurious convertibles you can buy, with a gorgeous, watchband-like 360-degree hinge. Now Lenovo's adding yet more premium features. Announced Thursday at IFA in Berlin, the new flagship Lenovo Yoga 920 laptop will support Intel’s 8th-generation Core CPUs, which promise up to 40 percent more power even in slender notebooks. This is a sea change for portable PCs, and the Yoga 920 is riding the wave. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
The Garmin Vivomove Classic is on sale for $50 today
Thu, 31 Aug 2017 10:35:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Don’t call it a smartwatch, but if you want a smarter watch on the cheap, BuyDig has a good deal on Garmin Vivomove Classic today. Enter the code ‘CLASSYFIT’ at checkout to get it for $50. This watch typically sells for $80 and includes a black leather band.The Vivomove is an analog watch that can also track your steps, monitor sleep patterns, and automatically sync with your mobile device. This kind of activity tracker watch doesn’t do much compared to a smartwatch, but if all you want is step tracking, you get that without a half-second delay when you check the time.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
SanDisk crams 400GB into a tiny microSD card
Thu, 31 Aug 2017 09:10:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
If you’re feeling squeezed for space on your favorite device, SanDisk just announced your thumbnail-sized salvation. The new SanDisk Ultra microSXDC USH-I crams in an astonishing 400GB of storage, prompting the company to declare it the “world’s highest capacity microSD card.” Hot damn.You may remember Microdia announcing a 512GB microSD card in 2015, but it never actually launched.Stat time: SanDisk says the 400GB Ultra microSDXC card ($250 on Amazon) can hold up to 40 hours of 1080p video, with a Class 10 rating that lets you capture high-def photos and videos, too. The card offers transfer speeds up to 100MBps and meets the A1 App Performance Class specification, which means it can load and run apps lickity-split if you’re using it to boost a mobile device’s storage.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Neato Robotics adds more smarts to its vacuum cleaners
Thu, 31 Aug 2017 08:57:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Neato Robotics has doubled the storage in its latest robot vacuum cleaner, the Botvac D7 Connected, and given owners new ways to interact with it.
Ryzen Threadripper 1900X launches as AMD's most affordable high-end CPU
Thu, 31 Aug 2017 07:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The third and final piece of AMD’s initial return to high-end desktops slide into place on Thursday, as the Ryzen Threadripper 1900X hit the streets, along with AMD’s Ryzen Pro processors.The Threadripper 1900X ($549 on Amazon) doesn’t offer an almost ludicrous number of threads, unlike its bigger brothers, the 12-core Threadripper 1920X ($799 on Amazon) and the 16-core Threadripper 1950X ($999 on Amazon). Instead, it offers 8 cores and 16 threads—similar to the core count in most previous Intel Extreme Edition flagship CPUs, but also mirroring the hardware inside the superb $500 Ryzen 7 1800X.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
35% off Etekcity Smart Plug 2 Pack, Energy Monitoring and Alexa Compatible - Deal Alert
Thu, 31 Aug 2017 06:46:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
With this smart plug from Etekcity, you can turn your appliances on/off remotely from your mobile device, or with your voice via Alexa. Or automate the on/off cycle with a schedule. The plug also monitors and helps control energy usage, and the slow drain that occurs even when devices are powered down. With this deal, a 2-pack of smart plugs is discounted 35% down to $38.74, or just under $20 per plug. See this deal now on Amazon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Sony incorporates Google Assistant into its new wireless smart speaker
Thu, 31 Aug 2017 04:15:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
But the Sony LF-S50G Wireless Speaker looks less like Google Home and more like Apple’s HomePod.
LG's V30 dumps the removable battery, but adds features galore
Thu, 31 Aug 2017 04:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
LG has officially unveiled the V30, its 6-inch flagship phablet, and the phone is conspicuously missing two mainstays of the company’s V line: a removable battery and LG’s so-called “second screen.” The new direction could turn off LG diehards, but they can rest assured that the V30 has every other feature imaginable. From its new display to its camera to its processor, everything about the V30 has been upgraded over both 2016’s V20, as well as the G6, a 5.7-inch flagship from this year. On paper alone, the V30 is a very intriguing phablet, but it still faces a tall order: Convincing enough people to buy it over the Note 8 and upcoming Pixel 2.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
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