Dash cam reviews 2019: Catch the maniacs and meteors of daily driving Fri, 22 Mar 2019 19:17:00 -0700
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Dash cams are already essential in many countries because of scam artists who try to create accidents so they can sue you. They’ve also proven useful for catching cars flying into buildings, or the occasional meteor, as happened in Thailand and in Russia, all thanks to dash cams in the right place at the right time.To read this article in full, please click here Z-Edge T4 dash cam review: Great video, a touchscreen, and style for miles, but no GPS Fri, 22 Mar 2019 17:35:00 -0700
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When I pulled the Z-Edge T4 out of its box, I was thinking the company had made a mistake and sent me a digital camera instead. Most dash cams, capable or not, have a rather cheap feel. The T4, on the other hand, has the heft and feel associated with the object I mistook it for.The T4 is also a very good dash cam with a super-handy 4-inch touch display and a 1080p rear camera. Put bluntly, it’s easily the classiest dash cam system I’ve reviewed. For $170 with a 32GB SD card? Sold. If you don’t need GPS. Dang. For the whole package, the Viofo A129 remains our top pick. To read this article in full, please click here How to play DVDs in Windows 10 for free Fri, 22 Mar 2019 16:46:00 -0700
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You can play a DVD in Windows 10 for free with a little help. But that help’s probably best if it doesn’t come from Microsoft. I’ll tell you how Microsoft’s solution sort-of works for some people. Then I’ll tell you about the much better alternative called VLC that anyone can use and gets regular updates. Best of all, it’s free! Updated March 22, 2019, with a second look at the Windows Store app. RIP Windows Media Center When Windows 10 came along in 2015, it left behind Windows Media Center, a utility for home theater PCs that let you play DVDs on your computer. Windows 8 didn’t come with it either, but users running Windows 8 Pro could still install Windows Media Center.To read this article in full, please click here Best e-readers for digital-book lovers Fri, 22 Mar 2019 16:00:00 -0700
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Folks used to think that e-readers would relegate traditional paper books to the scrapyard of the past and destroy the publishing industry as we knew it. But, in the time since the first Kindle e-reader was unveiled in 2007, the dire declarations of what effect the devices might have on our reading habits and on publishers have given way to widespread acceptance from industry wonks and bookworms alike, for one simple reason: E-readers are pretty great.Lightweight, easily readable in direct sunlight or, on models equipped with a built-in backlight, in the dead of night, an e-reader is an excellent choice for browsing periodicals, documents, comic books, and of course, books. Most are capable of storing thousands of books—and with power-efficient E Ink displays, word aficionados can typically read for weeks at a time before their device’s battery will need to topping off. These are all great features but, as they’re all features that most e-readers share, choosing which device to buy can be daunting. Don’t worry, we’re here to help you find the device that suits your needs. We’ve assembled reviews of the most popular e-readers on the market today—as well as some you might not have heard of that deserve your attention.To read this article in full, please click here The best Kindle: Reviews and buying advice Fri, 22 Mar 2019 15:55:00 -0700
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When someone says they want an e-reader, they most likely mean they want an Amazon Kindle. Knowing which Kindle to buy is the next question, and it depends on your budget and your reading preferences. With this guide and our in-depth reviews, we’ll help you find just the right Kindle for you or your lucky loved one.Updated 3/22/2019 with news of the All-new Kindle, the updated affordable model (starting at $89.99 on Amazon with Special Offers, or $109.99 without Special Offers). Read more about it in our All-new Kindle news story, where we also compare its specs to those of our top pick, the Kindle Paperwhite. To read this article in full, please click here Best Galaxy S10e, S10, and S10+ cases: Top picks in every style Fri, 22 Mar 2019 14:01:00 -0700
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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 3/22/19: Added new categories for best wallet cases and best rugged 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 Intel kills the Compute Card, a small-form-factor modular computing product that didn't stick Fri, 22 Mar 2019 13:31:00 -0700
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Intel’s Compute Cards always felt like an odd response to the push toward smaller form-factor computing, and the market apparently agreed: Intel said Thursday it has decided to discontinue development.Compute Cards, first launched in 2017, were little bigger than a credit card and several times thicker. The self-contained modular computing card contained one of four Intel processors, from a Celeron up to a Core i5, plus memory and storage.The first clue that Compute Cards were in jeopardy came from NexDock, which developed a modular laptop shell, the NexDock 1, that was powered by your phone. (The company launched during a period when Microsoft’s Continuum environment was in vogue, in conjunction with a Windows Phone.)  A similar device, known as the NexPad, was powered by a Compute Card and has now been discontinued, NexDock said, because of the uncertainty from Intel.To read this article in full, please click here Bloody B975 review: The optical switches impress even if the 'edgy' aesthetic doesn't Fri, 22 Mar 2019 09:06:00 -0700
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Optical keyboards entered the mainstream last year with Razer’s Huntsman Elite. But as I noted at the time, Razer was far from the first company to explore optical keyboard switches. A few years back I started noticing a company called “Bloody” showing up at every trade show, fronting huge booths full of keyboards—ones equipped with optical switches.Why it’s taken us so long to review one of Bloody’s keyboards, I’m not sure, but we’ve finally gotten our hands on one. Bloody recently sent us its B975, one of its more recent (and more refined) models. I’ve spent the last few weeks typing on it, and you know what? I like it—even if Bloody’s claims about optical switches are a bit overblown.To read this article in full, please click here Help your iPhone stay safe and last all day with Amazon's big one-day accessory sale Fri, 22 Mar 2019 08:01:00 -0700
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Phone accessories can add functionality or fun personalized flair to your device, and it’s even better when you get them on a deal. If you’re looking for a cheap case or battery pack for your iPhone, Amazon is running a today-only sale on many of little-known mobile company Altigo’s accessoriesRemove non-product link. The sale features portable chargers, cases, earbuds, and over-the-ear headphones, for discounted prices ranging from $7 to $35.To read this article in full, please click here Master C# Programming for Just $31 Fri, 22 Mar 2019 07:05:00 -0700
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Making it as a successful programmer means knowing the industry's key tools and languages. To this end, you'll need to get serious with your education and learn one of the most important coding languages in use today with the Complete C# Coding Bootcamp, price dropped to just $31.As far as programming languages go, C# is among the most popular. It’s a high level language that’s used to produce professional-level software like desktop applications, games, web apps, and much more. And, since it’s a general purpose language, the possibilities of what you can do with it are almost limitless. The point is, if you want to offer elite level skills to a future tech employer, then you absolutely have to learn C#.To read this article in full, please click here Upgrade your gaming setup with killer deals on peripherals we adore—and a free game Fri, 22 Mar 2019 06:54:00 -0700
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Friday is always a good day for a gaming deal, and we’ve put together a juicy combo deal today. Amazon’s got great deals on one of our favorite gaming mice, and a highly regarded mechanical keyboard that earned our Editors’ Choice award. On top of that we’ve found a great free game. Let’s get started.First up is the Roccat Tyon multi-button gaming mouse for $50, down from $60. This is the all-time low for this mouse on Amazon, though we have seen it hit this price several times in recent weeks. This is truly a multi-button mouse. In fact, we named it  “the best gaming mouse with lots of buttons” in our roundup of the top gaming mice. It offers a ridiculous 14 programmable buttons, along with an 8,200 DPI sensor and an RGB light channel around the bottom of the mouse.To read this article in full, please click here Bent iPad Pros may develop logic board issues, but good luck getting the Apple Store to fix it Fri, 22 Mar 2019 05:00:00 -0700
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Two different Apple Store technicians concluded that a Macworld reader’s iPad Pro issues were caused by bending but refused to repair it under warranty. Swann Outdoor Security Camera review: a straightforward way to monitor the exterior of your home Fri, 22 Mar 2019 03:00:00 -0700
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With only the most essential features, this weatherproof camera is ideal for security novices. The best indoor air quality monitors: Identify the pollutants that can compromise your health and comfort Fri, 22 Mar 2019 03:00:00 -0700
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Whether you suffer from allergies or asthma or just want to optimize your indoor environment, these devices will give you insight into the air you're breathing. Data caps must die: How Google and Microsoft's cloud gaming ambitions could conquer ISP greed Fri, 22 Mar 2019 02:52:00 -0700
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Now thatGoogle Stadia and Microsoft XCloudhave been unveiled at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, it's safe to say cloud gaming has arrived, promising a future where content will be streamed to smartphones over high-speed Wi-Fi and 5G.But if these services are to flourish, something else must die: the data caps ISPs impose upon most consumer Internet service plans. No one ever liked these limits except the ISPs. Now that major tech companies have some skin in the streaming game, data caps may finally have too many enemies to survive.To read this article in full, please click here 15 years later, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 is finally happening Thu, 21 Mar 2019 20:30:00 -0700
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Good things come to those who wait, and in this case to those who waited a long time. Fifteen years after the release of one of the most beloved “cult” role-playing games ever made, it’s finally getting a sequel in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2.And while publicly Paradox only showed a trailer at tonight’s reveal event, we were given a 30-minute behind-closed-doors demo at this week’s Game Developers Conference. Check out the trailer below, and then read on for more details. Good night, good luck Bloodlines 2 begins with a slaughter. On a foggy Seattle night, vampires swoop down from the rooftops in Pioneer Square and conduct a Mass Embrace, converting a group of humans into so-called “Thin Bloods.” It’s a dangerous and illegal act. Abandoned to the world, these bewildered and naive Thin Bloods threaten the Masquerade, the elaborate social pact that prevents humans from finding out about vampires.To read this article in full, please click here Best robot vacuums: We name the most effective cleaners Thu, 21 Mar 2019 15:36:00 -0700
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Vacuuming is one of the most hated household chores. Here are your best choices for outsourcing it to some automated help. Best password managers: Reviews of the top products Thu, 21 Mar 2019 14:24:00 -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 Your Steam library is getting a massive visual overhaul this summer Thu, 21 Mar 2019 13:34:00 -0700
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We’ve known a Steam redesign is in the works for...well, a long time now. A very Valve amount of time, you might say. Some aspects of that redesign have already rolled out even, with new interface elements appearing in the Steam storefront a few weeks ago.But today, at Valve’s Steam Business Update panel at the annual Game Developers Conference, we got a comprehensive look at the redesign, as well as a release window. If you’re ready to ditch Steam’s old look, you’ll be able to opt into the Library Redesign open beta this summer.So what will it look like? To be honest, it looks a bit like some of the more popular Steam skins that are out there, with aspects of the third-party Metro and Air reskins visible. There’s a more comprehensive library homescreen though that will quickly allow you to resume whatever you were last playing. It also embeds tiles that update you on events happening in the games you own, perhaps surfacing games you haven’t played in a while or games that just received major patches. A lot of these features already exist in Steam’s Big Picture mode, so it’s nice to see them folded into the small-screen interface.To read this article in full, please click here The Epic Games Store won't always push for exclusives 'at this scale' Thu, 21 Mar 2019 13:06:00 -0700
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You might’ve heard that Epic locked down another round of Epic Games Store exclusives this week—Obsidian’s The Outer Worlds, Remedy’s Control, Quantic Dream’s Heavy Rain, et cetera. And along with those exclusives, of course, came more controversy. The “No Steam, No Buy” crowd was out in full force again, as they were with Metro Exodus and The Division 2.To read this article in full, please click here Asus ROG Phone review: Too much gamer in one phone Thu, 21 Mar 2019 12:10:00 -0700
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The ROG Phone from Asus is another ‘gaming’ phone focusing on a high-refresh-rate screen, RGB lighting, and custom-cooled components. Asus has also given the ROG Phone a couple of hardware and software tricks that improve the gaming experience.Unlike the similarly gaming-oriented Razer Phone 2, however, Asus has designed the ROG Phone to scream, ‘I’M A GAMER’ in its aesthethics and software choices, which really turns me off. The ROG Phone ends up feeling like a polarizing experience and not my first choice for a gaming phone.The best gaming hardware? You might have heard that Asus picked the “world’s fastest speed-binned” Snapdragon 845 chips for the ROG Phone. Spoiler alert: That means absolutely nothing in day-to-day use. I’ve never felt like any flagship phone released within the past year had a problem running the most intensive games or computational loads, and the ROG Phone is no different. But if you’re the type of person who needs the absolute best parts in your phone, then the ROG Phone checks that box. To read this article in full, please click here Watch The Full Nerd talk RTX on GTX and Intel news live! Thu, 21 Mar 2019 10:57:00 -0700
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Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. In today's show the crew covers Nvidia's announcement of ray tracing on GTX cards, Intel's discreet graphics ambitions, and Comet Lake rumors! As always we will be answering your live questions so speak up in the chat. If YouTube is not your thing you can also watch us on Twitch, Facebook, and Twitter.To read this article in full, please click here Facebook passwords for hundreds of millions of users were exposed to Facebook employees Thu, 21 Mar 2019 09:49:00 -0700
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Facebook confirmed Thursday that hundreds of millions of user passwords were being stored in a “readable format” within its servers, accessible to internal Facebook employees. 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 Thursday, 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 You can add 2 TP-Link smart outlets to your home for just $25 today Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:33:00 -0700
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It’s cheaper and easier than ever to add some smarts to your home, and today you can make two of your dumb devices smarter for the lowest price we’ve ever seen. B&H Photo Video is selling the TP-Link HS107 Wi-Fi dual-outlet smart plug for $25Remove non-product link with the on-page coupon today, down from a list price of $35. The coupon applies $10 off for each plug that you buy, so you can get multiple at this price.To read this article in full, please click here Become A Six Sigma Certified Project Manager For $35 Thu, 21 Mar 2019 07:05:00 -0700
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To maximize profits, corporations hire skilled professionals — project managers — who know how to increase efficiency. Want to discover their secrets? Learn the tricks of their trade with the Comprehensive Six Sigma Certification Collection, price dropped to just $35.Project managers play a crucial role. They oversee the operations of a business, keep production on track, and eliminate waste so that financial targets are more easily met. But, there isn’t just one way to accomplish this. Project managers, in fact, use several methodologies and tools to achieve success. And one of the most popular is Six Sigma.To read this article in full, please click here Microsoft slashes $330 off the Surface Pro 6 with a Type Cover keyboard Thu, 21 Mar 2019 07:02:00 -0700
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Today’s a good day to ditch your bulky laptop and upgrade to Microsoft’s stunning Surface 2-in-1. The Microsoft Store is selling a Core i5 version of the Surface Pro 6 for just $1,000Remove non-product link, complete with a fancy Type Cover keyboard thrown in. That’s $330 off the list price for the two items, and thus a really great deal.To read this article in full, please click here Lutron Casta Fan Control review: Smart control for your dumb ceiling fan Thu, 21 Mar 2019 03:00:00 -0700
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The latest addition to the Lutron Casta family delivers an excellent way integrate ceiling fans into your smart home. The best ways to watch March Madness without cable Thu, 21 Mar 2019 03:00:00 -0700
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Cord-cutters now have plenty of options for watching the NCAA Tournament, but not all are equal. Intel's gaming odyssey takes voyage with a slick new Graphics Command Center Wed, 20 Mar 2019 19:00:00 -0700
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Great software makes great hardware truly shine, and it seems like Intel graphics chief Raja Koduri knows it. Shortly after Koduri assumed control of the Radeon Technologies Group at his last job at AMD, the company rolled out a long-overdue revamp of its Radeon Settings application. On Wednesday, at GDC 2019, Intel revealed an overhauled Graphics Command Center app ahead of the hotly anticipated 2020 launch of its “Xe” discrete graphics cards.To read this article in full, please click here Intel promises 9th-gen mobile Core processors will arrive 'very, very soon' Wed, 20 Mar 2019 19:00:00 -0700
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Intel confirmed Wednesday that a mobile version of its 9th-gen H-series Core chips will  debut during the second quarter—and probably on the early side of that time window.Frederik Hamberger, the general manager of premium and gaming notebook segments at Intel, said Wednesday that Intel would be coming out with a new 9th-gen mobile Core part “very, very soon,” accompanied by customer laptops. H-series chips are sold into premium and gaming notebooks, and generally represent the most power-hungry and least power-efficient chips in Intel’s lineup. For our analysis of how the 8th-generation Core chips top the 7th-gen mobile Cores, you can take a look at our earlier story.To read this article in full, please click here