Dash cam reviews: Catch the maniacs and meteors of daily driving Wed, 04 Aug 2021 14:45:00 -0700
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Dash cams are your second set of eyes on the mean streets of today. Unlike a human witness, a dash cam records what actually happened and can even mark it with a timestamp or GPS for further proof. Use our reviews of front, front/interior and front/rear models to find the best model for your needs. We can also help you install a dash cam without driving yourself crazy.Garmin makes some of the very best dash cams in the industry, and the new generation continues the tradition. Yes, they're more expensive, but read our Dash Cam 57 and Dash Cam Mini 2 reviews and you'll see that you get what you pay for.To read this article in full, please click here Windows 10 will soon aggressively block dubious downloads Wed, 04 Aug 2021 11:30:00 -0700
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Windows 10 will begin blocking “potentially unwanted applications”—bundled apps that you probably don’t want—by default, Microsoft says, beginning in early August. The change was announced in a support document noted by Windows Latest. If you download a lot of third-party utilities, you may already have run into a potentially unwanted application (PUA), also called a potentially unwanted program (PUP). The terms most often describe a bundled piece of adware, or—worse—a small additional application that slowly mines cryptocurrency in the background.To read this article in full, please click here Best media streaming devices Wed, 04 Aug 2021 09:00:00 -0700
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Roku Streaming Stick vs. Amazon Fire Stick vs. Chromecast vs. Apple TV, and more. Which streaming device is best for-cord cutters? Our buying guide will help you pick the right accessories for your TV. 5 ways Microsoft Edge is better than Chrome Wed, 04 Aug 2021 03:22:00 -0700
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It might be hard to believe, but Microsoft has finally atoned for the sins of Internet Explorer. Last year, the company hit the reboot button on its web browser efforts, launching a new version of Microsoft Edge to replace the one that shipped with Windows 10. This new version is based on the same code as Google’s Chrome browser, so it offers similar performance and works with all the same extensions.Had Microsoft merely cloned Chrome, it wouldn’t deserve much more than a participation trophy in the browser wars. But Edge is more than a mere copycat. Since its launch last year, Microsoft has been piling on all kinds of useful features that Chrome lacks, to the point that I happily use it as my primary browser.To read this article in full, please click here X-Sense S21 Outdoor Security Camera review: Outstanding quality for a low price Wed, 04 Aug 2021 03:00:00 -0700
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This unassuming video camera is packed with features, including an LED spotlight for color night vision. Walmart Onn Streaming Stick and Device reviews: Surprisingly great budget streamers Wed, 04 Aug 2021 03:00:00 -0700
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Review: Walmart's Onn FHD and UHD Streaming devices should make Roku and Amazon sweat The best pre-built PCs with AMD’s Ryzen 5300G, 5600G, or 5700G APUs Wed, 04 Aug 2021 02:49:00 -0700
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AMD is at last putting its latest generation of Ryzen 5000G APUs in the hands of DIY builders. These processors, with Vega-powered integrated graphics, let you play games without having a discrete GPU--a much-welcome alternative after months of waiting out sky-prices on graphics cards. Of course, they also provide the best performance you can get from a CPU.But perhaps you don’t relish the idea of chasing after yet another component likely to be in high demand. Or maybe you don’t want to deal with building your own PC right now, period. You’re in luck—you don’t need to wait for the August 5th launch of the Ryzen 5 5600G or Ryzen 7 5700G. You can find those two chips, plus the even more affordable Ryzen 3 5300G, in pre-built machines right now.To read this article in full, please click here Microsoft says Surface, Windows sales were hurt by chip shortages Tue, 03 Aug 2021 14:10:00 -0700
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Apparent chip shortages have hit one of the world’s largest software companies, Microsoft, and its lineup of Surface PCs.Microsoft reported net income of $16.5 billion (up 47 percent from a year ago) on revenue of $46.2 billion, an increase of 21 percent over the same period. But two key businesses suffered as a result of ongoing supply issues.Microsoft said that Surface revenue dropped 20 percent, or by $348 million, to $1.376 billion. In a statement, Microsoft said the shortfall was driven by “supply chain constraints,” without specifying what those constraints were. Microsoft also said that Windows OEM revenue decreased 3 percent, “with continued PC demand impacted by supply chain constraints.” (Unfortunately, Microsoft executives didn't clarify what those supply-chain issues actually were during an earnings call.)To read this article in full, please click here Windows 365: Five key differences from Windows Home and Pro Tue, 03 Aug 2021 11:12:00 -0700
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Microsoft released Windows 365 business pricing this week, telling us a little more about what Microsoft’s “PC in the cloud” will cost. Right now, this cloud-based version of Windows is an enterprise product, but it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that a version of Windows 365 will eventually land in consumer PCs. But what then? Windows 365’s business plans give us some hints.If nothing else, any curious Windows user should be looking at Windows 365 for glimpses of where Microsoft is taking the broad Windows platform and Cloud PCs.Microsoft isn’t afraid to migrate its products to and from the cloud, both for enterprise and consumer users. Exhibit A: Microsoft 365 (once called Microsoft Office) runs on your PC, the Web, and mobile apps. Exhibit B: Microsoft has already made a “Cloud Xbox” accessible to consumers, as part of Xbox cloud gaming.To read this article in full, please click here Spotify’s latest test: A 99-cent plan with on-demand tunes, unlimited skips, and ads Tue, 03 Aug 2021 07:22:00 -0700
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Don’t want to pay $10 a month for Spotify Premium? Spotify is test a cheaper, ad-supported Plus tier with perks that free users don't get. Ryzen 7 5700G review: AMD's answer to the GPU shortage has arrived Tue, 03 Aug 2021 06:00:00 -0700
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AMD’s Ryzen 5000G seems like the perfect antidote to a PC world still wracked by GPU shortages (and inflated prices for the few available). It integrates high-performing Zen 3 cores with Radeon graphics into a package called an accelerated processing unit (APU).Whether it truly is the answer to all your needs depends largely on what you intend to do with your PC over its lifespan. We’ll walk you through the highlights and low points of this new product.What is Ryzen 5000G? Ryzen 5000G is essentially AMD’s wildly successful 7nm Cezanne laptop chip, first used in the also wildly successful Ryzen 5000 desktop chips, but moved into an AM4 socket. You can read our review of Cezanne for full details on the chip.To read this article in full, please click here How to remote-access a Windows 10 PC Tue, 03 Aug 2021 03:14:00 -0700
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We’ve all gotten that text or phone call, asking for help with a Windows computer. And sometimes an in-person tech support visit isn’t in the cards, making remote access to the PC the only viable option.Problem is, in most cases you won’t be able to use Remote Desktop, Windows’ built-in option, for this purpose. The PC being connected to (a.k.a. the person needing assistance) has to have a Windows 10 Pro license, and the vast majority of people tend to have Windows 10 Home on their machine.You could shell out $100 for an upgrade on the fly to unlock the feature, but it’s not necessary. Use one of these third-party services instead.To read this article in full, please click here EZVIZ DB1C video doorbell review: Reliable performance at an attractive price Tue, 03 Aug 2021 03:00:00 -0700
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This simple, but affordable wired doorbell cam performed well for us. Best wireless keyboards: Hand-tested reviews of Bluetooth and USB models Mon, 02 Aug 2021 11:40:00 -0700
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The best wireless keyboards do more than free you from a cable. They let you toss the crummy keyboard you got for free with your PC—does anyone like that one?—and they also give you options. The models we’ve reviewed range from full-size desktop slabs to portable models that skip easily from laptop to tablet to phone. Whatever you need to type with, there’s a keyboard for it. Keyboard choice can be very subjective. That said, we’ve based our reviews on hours spent with each model, banging away on work projects, surfing the web, and keeping up on social media. There’s truly no one size to fit all, but our reviews aim to give you enough specifics to make a sound decision. Check out our buying advice at the end to help you choose from other models you find.To read this article in full, please click here What is Valve Proton? The Steam Deck's live-or-die Linux software, explained Mon, 02 Aug 2021 08:48:00 -0700
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Looking at the spec sheet alone, the just-revealed $399 Steam Deck gaming handheld should be a winner. Valve’s PC-centric Nintendo Switch rival features a big 7-inch touchscreen, plenty of control inputs, an all-AMD chip based on the same hardware inside the Xbox Series S|X and PlayStation 5, and the ability to double as a full-fledged Linux PC. But forget the hardware. While it’s impressive indeed, the Steam Deck will sink or swim based on its software, and that means Valve awesome Proton technology is about to be thrust into the spotlight.To read this article in full, please click here How to change your mouse DPI Mon, 02 Aug 2021 07:42:00 -0700
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Everything connected to a PC should go faster. The processor, the GPU, the storage drive, the printer (like that'll ever happen), and even the mouse. Yes, the mouse. You may not know it if you're using a regular office mouse, but that little handheld pointer is unacceptably slow. Upping its DPI setting can help. IDG Razer Synapse supports greater control over mouse DPI for the company's gaming peripherals.To read this article in full, please click here Audeze debuts its CRBN electrostatic headphone Mon, 02 Aug 2021 06:00:00 -0700
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The audio company's first electrostatic model employs patented carbon-nanotube technology originally developed for medical applications. Klipsch’s first true wireless ANC earphones are finally available Mon, 02 Aug 2021 06:00:00 -0700
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The T5 II True Wireless ANC earbuds are the first to offer Dirac HD sound correction, as well as Bragi’s AI-enabled operating system. How to pause Windows 10 updates Mon, 02 Aug 2021 03:30:00 -0700
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Sometimes Windows updates can cause enough problems that you just want to turn the whole thing off. We’re going to show you how to do that, but first remember this: In general, pausing Windows Updates is a bad idea. The reason is that you can miss out on critical security patches that keep your PC safe from malicious actors. At the time of this writing, for example, Windows users were asked to update to avoid getting hit with the ”PrintNightmare” vulnerability.Unfortunately the patch for “PrintNightmare” caused some printers to stop working. Microsoft then advised users to roll back the update as one way to get their printers working again. About a week later, Microsoft released an update that was a fix to the fix.To read this article in full, please click here Online backup: We test the best services—Carbonite, iDrive, Backblaze, Livedrive Mon, 02 Aug 2021 03:30:00 -0700
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Online backup is an essential hedge against physical data disaster. Whether it’s an act of malice or an act of nature (earthquakes, floods, hard-drive devouring locusts), you never know what could hit your PC or phone, and when. Most of us stand to lose a significant store of digital possessions if our primary device disappears or is rendered inoperable.Uploading your data to an online backup service covers a lot of the bases. Some people call these “cloud” services, but in reality, your data is stored on servers at the other end of the connection—that is, someone else’s hard drives. But that’s part of the plan! The backup Rule of Three says you should maintain three copies of your data: the original, a copy, and a copy of the copy. One copy should be in a safe place away from the original and secondary.To read this article in full, please click here How to calibrate your monitor: An in-depth guide Mon, 02 Aug 2021 02:49:00 -0700
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Disappointed by your monitor’s image quality? You might be able to improve it through monitor calibration. Learning to calibrate your monitor will make the most of its potential, and while you can purchase expensive tools for this task, you can often achieve a noticeable improvement without them.This guide will explain how to calibrate your monitor, step by step.[ Further reading: The best bias lighting kits for TVs and monitors ] How to start monitor calibration in Windows 10 Windows and MacOS have very basic built-in calibration utilities. They’re limited and won’t help you understand how your monitor works, but they’re a good place to start.To read this article in full, please click here Why California isn’t banning gaming PCs (yet) Fri, 30 Jul 2021 03:25:00 -0700
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Have you heard? California just banned gaming PCs! Yes, they took your job and now they’re taking your gaming PC too!!! (more exclamation marks indicate more outrage).Well, that’s what you’d think if you read a headline that screamed: “Several US states are banning gaming PCs” or “High-end gaming PCs banned in six US states after Calfornia energy bill limits sales on high performance PCs.”To read this article in full, please click here The best movies and shows on Disney+ right now Fri, 30 Jul 2021 03:00:00 -0700
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You don't need to be a kid—or a cord-cutter—to dig the entertainment streaming on Disney+. Philips Hue Dimmer Switch (2021) review: The aging Hue dimmer switch gets a welcome revamp Fri, 30 Jul 2021 03:00:00 -0700
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Equipped with a new button, a much improved wall plate, and greater configurability, the new Hue Dimmer Switch is better in every way. Asus ROG Falchion review: A wireless gaming keyboard that falls short of the target Fri, 30 Jul 2021 02:52:00 -0700
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Tiny mechanical keyboards are all the rage at the moment. But the ones from gaming companies like Razer and Corsair try to be everything to everyone: ideal companions for both desktops and mobiles. Asus is taking a more focused approach with the ROG Falchion. With an RF-only wireless USB connection, it’s laser-targeted at PC gamers. The Falchion should look familiar if you’re a mech keyboard enthusiast. It’s using the unofficial “65 percent” layout, with one extra column of keys beyond the absolute minimum alphanumeric arrangement. This gives it just enough space for a full arrow cluster—a must-have for many users, particularly gamers.It’s got the touch But the Falchion also has a hidden trick: a touch-sensitive strip on the left side of the case, cleverly concealing volume controls. This is a smart addition for such a small keyboard. The strip is illuminated. When you touch it, the light indicates volume level while you make adjustments. When not touched, the light indicates battery level. To read this article in full, please click here AMD's Radeon RX 6600 XT is an 'epic 1080p' graphics card with a not-nice price Thu, 29 Jul 2021 20:30:00 -0700
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Nearly nine long months after the Radeon RX 6800 and 6800 XT GPUs launched, AMD’s radical new RDNA 2 architecture is finally coming to the midrange—though the midrange sure is a lot more expensive in the midst of a crippling graphics card shortage. At ChinaJoy on Thursday evening, AMD announced the long-awaited Radeon RX 6600 XT for “epic 1080p gaming” at high refresh rates, with a not-so-epic $379 price tag.To read this article in full, please click here Best password managers: Reviews of the top products Thu, 29 Jul 2021 16:01:00 -0700
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We are terrible at passwords. We suck at creating them (the top two most popular remain “123456” and “password”), we share them way too freely, and we forget them all the time. Indeed, the very thing that can ensure our online security has become our biggest obstacle to it. This is what makes a good password manager essential.To read this article in full, please click here How to get the Windows 11 beta Thu, 29 Jul 2021 12:49:00 -0700
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Microsoft has released the first official builds of Windows 11. Here’s how to get Windows 11 and try it out for yourself.You’ll need two things: first, a PC that meets the minimum hardware specifications of Windows 11. Second, you’ll need to join the Windows Insider program so that your PC can receive the first beta or Windows Insider builds of Windows 11. While it’s possible that Microsoft will release a standalone .ISO file of Windows 11, those plans still haven't materialized, officially.To read this article in full, please click here Amazon’s second-gen Fire TV Cube now lets you make Zoom calls Thu, 29 Jul 2021 10:06:00 -0700
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Just add a compatible webcam, and the latest Fire TV Cube will let you make two-way video calls using the Zoom app for Fire TV. Intel Beast Canyon NUC11BTMi9 review: A bigger footprint shrinks this gaming PC's appeal Thu, 29 Jul 2021 06:00:00 -0700
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The gaming variants of Intel’s Next Unit of Computing (NUC) mini-PCs have always been expensive. For the price, you got unique, compact, and ultimately turn-key options for a portable desktop PC. You might pay out the nose, but you couldn’t replicate the experience as a DIY builder. That’s what justified the cost.With the launch of Beast Canyon—officially known as the NUC11BTMi9 or NUC11BTMi7, depending on which version you get—the high cost is harder to justify.Admittedly, the audience for these gaming PCs wasn’t large to begin with. But Beast Canyon is a surprisingly harder sell than I expected.Design Once upon a time, Intel’s gaming NUCs were tiny. That’s not so with Beast Canyon, which is an eight-liter small-form-factor (SFF) PC—or roughly the size of an eGPU enclosure.To read this article in full, please click here