How to host virtual Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Disney+, and YouTube watch parties Fri, 27 Mar 2020 16:41:00 -0700
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Due to the coronavirus and social distancing, traditional video watch parties are off the table right now—but you can still safely view movies and TV shows with loved ones. Thanks to the efforts of a few great developers, you can stream movies and TV shows together in perfect sync by installing a simple browser extension on your laptop or desktop computer. Of the options out there, TwoSeven stands out as my favorite in the bunch. This add-on is the most versatile, with support for Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Hulu, Disney+, YouTube, Vimeo, other web-based streaming sites (like Crunchyroll), and even files stored locally on a computer. You can use it in both Firefox and Chrome, and the interface even has built-in audio and video chat for sharing reactions in real time. It feels as close as you can get to having an in-person gathering.To read this article in full, please click here The Full Nerd ep. 131: Nvidia DLSS 2.0, what Half-Life: Alyx means for VR, Intel Rocket Lake-S leak Fri, 27 Mar 2020 11:12:00 -0700
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In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Ung, Brad Chacos, and Adam Patrick Murray dive into the latest gaming news with special guest (and PCWorld gaming guru) Hayden Dingman.We kick things off with a discussion about Nvidia’s DLSS 2.0 technology, which finally looks poised to deliver on the lofty promises made when the GeForce RTX 20-series launched. Better image quality and faster speeds? Yes please. Next, we talk about Hayden’s Half-Life: Alyx review, and why it’s so hard to create a game that really, truly feels immersive. Finally, Gordon gives us the skinny on an alleged Intel Rocket Lake-S leak.To read this article in full, please click here Cord cutting: A beginner's guide Fri, 27 Mar 2020 10:00:00 -0700
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How to cut the cord: All the devices, services, and knowledge you need to ditch cable and save money. How to turn off (or simply pause) news headlines on your Amazon Echo Show or Google Nest Hub display Fri, 27 Mar 2020 09:42:00 -0700
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If all the grim coronavirus bulletins are taking a toll on your sanity, consider taking a break from news headlines on your Echo Show and Google Nest smart displays. Now you can ask Alexa if you’re at risk for COVID-19 Fri, 27 Mar 2020 06:38:00 -0700
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Just ask, and Alexa will quiz you to determine whether it’s likely you’ve been exposed to the novel coronavirus. Switching from Android to iPhone: Here's where Apple's phone wins and fails Fri, 27 Mar 2020 06:25:00 -0700
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I hopped on the Android bandwagon early: I sold my iPhone 3G in 2009, bought an HTC Hero, and never looked back. I’ve been using Android every day since then, writing about Google’s platform as a tech journalist. Nonetheless, I’ve tried to keep pace with iPhone developments, and recently set aside a week of my life to get reacquainted with Apple’s smartphone.I put all my Android phones in a drawer and settled into life with the iPhone 11 Pro. Admittedly, the iPhone does some things extremely well, even for a long-time Android user like myself. However, there are also plenty of things I hate with a fiery passion.Where the iPhone wins Apple’s Taptic Engine: Haptics are an underappreciated but important aspect of interacting with a smartphone, and Apple understands this. The “Taptic Engine” is essentially a giant vibration motor bolted right to the iPhone’s frame, and it’s fantastic. The haptic feedback is tight and powerful, surpassing all Android phones on the market. It can almost feel like you’re pressing physical buttons on the screen sometimes. Google’s Pixel phones have by far the best haptics on Android, but even those devices are far behind Apple.To read this article in full, please click here The 12 best movies to stream with your kids while the whole family is stuck at home Fri, 27 Mar 2020 03:00:00 -0700
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These films are aimed at the younger set, but adults will enjoy them just as much—and that goes double when you all enjoy them together. iFi hip-dac portable DAC/headphone amp review: Sublime sound from a tiny, well-built package Fri, 27 Mar 2020 03:00:00 -0700
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Compared with a smartphone's built-in DAC/amp, the sound of this gem is a revelation. How to tune Windows 10 for laser-focused productivity Fri, 27 Mar 2020 02:56:00 -0700
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Find yourself suddenly needing to be more productive? Good news! Windows 10 comes loaded with all sorts of tools designed to help you Get Things Done, along with deeper tweaks that can optimize the operating system for productivity even more. Now for the bad news: All those excellent productivity-boosting Windows tools and tweaks aren’t immediately obvious, with many of the most useful settings buried deep inside a maze of options menus.We can help. Taking five or ten minutes to tinker with Windows 10 can supercharge your setup, regardless of whether you’re trying to keep at work while stuck at home or setting up something more permanent. Let’s dig in.To read this article in full, please click here Fire TV vs. Roku: Which streaming platform should today's cord-cutter pick? Thu, 26 Mar 2020 09:28:00 -0700
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We compare the streaming platforms most popular with cord-cutters: Fire TV and Roku. These 16 movies will be available online early to help ease your coronavirus anxiety Thu, 26 Mar 2020 09:19:00 -0700
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Emma, The Invisible Man, Birds of Prey, and more will be available to rent or buy from streaming services way ahead of schedule. Sling TV serves up 14 days of free Sling Blue service for new subscribers who are stuck at home Thu, 26 Mar 2020 09:08:00 -0700
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Watch CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, AMC, FX, and more for free, no credit card or subscription required. WiZ Connected BR30 Colors smart bulb review: An affordable Wi-Fi floodlight that doesn’t require a hub Thu, 26 Mar 2020 03:00:00 -0700
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WiZ’s smart BR30 floodlight is easy to set up, boasts more than a dozen dynamic color lighting modes, and it can even turn “dumb” light switches into smart ones. 10 easy ways to boost your router's performance while working at home Thu, 26 Mar 2020 03:00:00 -0700
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Home Wi-Fi problems were easy to ignore when it was just the occasional pause of a Netflix stream, or uploading a GIF took a few seconds longer than it should. But if you’re working at home—and your kids are learning at home—during this corona virus pandemic, you need your router to operate at peak performance.Before you start shopping for a new router, there are lots of things you can do to improve the performance of your current hardware.Tip: If speed is the issue, use an app such as Ookla’s Speedtest to see if performance improves between each troubleshooting step. Be aware, however, that this tool measures the speed of your connection to the internet, not the maximum speed your router is capable of achieving while transferring data over your local network.To read this article in full, please click here The best laptops: Premium laptops, budget laptops, 2-in-1s, and more Wed, 25 Mar 2020 18:00:00 -0700
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Looks like 2020 is going to be a great year for laptops. We have AMD and Intel battling it out on the CPU front (we talk about whether you should wait for Ryzen 7 4000 and Comet Lake H or buy now), new mobile discrete GPUs enabling thinner, lighter, and faster gaming laptops, and battery life that won’t quit. Check out the latest news and reviews below. Latest laptop news and reviews Laptop news and reviews are heating up, because of new AMD and Intel mobile CPUs coming soon. Here’s the latest. To read this article in full, please click here Which Internet providers are lifting data caps during the coronavirus, and which aren't Wed, 25 Mar 2020 14:48:00 -0700
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As American businesses are forced to shut down because of COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus), customers are anxious about their bill for Internet access. Data caps, an annoyance in the best of times, suddenly can mean paying additional fees if a family sheltering in place goes over their limit.Think of it: you're working from home, videoconferencing over Skype or Zoom, while your kids are playing games and chatting with friends. There's streamed movies to watch in the evenings. Disney+ and Netflix may be in constant rotation, adding to the bandwidth strain. That's a lot of data!To read this article in full, please click here Microsoft offers a cool Xbox extension for Microsoft Edge: Xbox New Tab Wed, 25 Mar 2020 13:10:00 -0700
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Microsoft has published a new Xbox extension for Microsoft Edge that blurs the lines between working from home and sneaking a peek into your favorite game streams. And hey, who says your web browser can’t have a little fun?The new Xbox New Tab extension for the new Microsoft Edge alters Edge’s layout schemes from its mix of inspirational and informational new-tab screens to add a fourth option: scenes and art from popular Xbox games, as well as quick links to popular game streams. (Oddly, all of the featured streams that were displayed linked to Twitch, but there’s also a dedicated shortcut to Microsoft’s own Mixer service.)To read this article in full, please click here Google Chrome terms of service are changing on March 31: Here’s what’s new Wed, 25 Mar 2020 12:36:00 -0700
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While you won’t be getting a new version of Chrome or Chrome OS for a while due to the coronavirus outbreak, Google has announced upcoming changes to its Terms of Service, effective March 31, that “make it easier for you to understand what we can expect from each other.” It’s the first time since October, 2017 that Google has updated the terms of service, and because you probably don’t want to read through the whole thing, we’ve summarized the important changes for you.To read this article in full, please click here Best wireless charger: Ditch the headache of cables with our top pick Wed, 25 Mar 2020 10:23:00 -0700
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As convenience goes, wireless charging can’t be beat. You simply drop your phone onto the charger and walk away. Gone is the headache of managing cables that inevitably break or get lost.Until recently, the main drawback to wireless chargers has been slow adoption and slow charging. This style of charging is still not ubiquitous, but you can now find Samsung, LG, Sony, and Moto phones that support it on the Android side, and Apple has adopted it for its iPhone lineup as well. And the technology itself is finally reaching a point where its speed is easier to live with, too.Now that it’s a good time to go out and grab a stand or pad, we’ve tested some of the most popular models out there for both Android and iPhone, and discovered our favorites among the bunch. Read on for our findings, and check back periodically for our latest updates.To read this article in full, please click here YouTube Music now displays song lyrics for selected tracks Wed, 25 Mar 2020 08:57:00 -0700
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Both the iOS and Android versions of the YouTube Music app now display song lyrics, although real-time lyrics aren't supported yet. ATSC 3.0: How cord-cutters should plan for antenna TV's big upgrade Wed, 25 Mar 2020 08:40:00 -0700
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ATSC 3.0 (or Next Gen TV) is coming to replace today's over-the-air broadcasts, but it's still very early days. Why I spent a bundle on a Wi-Fi 6 router for my work-from-home setup: Speed, speed, speed Wed, 25 Mar 2020 08:00:00 -0700
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As a long-time freelancer and work-from-homer, I’ve owned a lot of routers in my quest for the speediest and most pervasive possible Wi-Fi. I had the original Apple Airport, followed by the AirPort Extreme, the Linksys WRT3200ACM, and most recently, the Netgear Orbi RBK50. Update 3/25: Newegg is selling the Orbi WiFi 6 router for $550 todayRemove non-product link, taking $150 off the MSRP with code 3FNMDS36. This version is slightly better than the model I own and wrote about here, with 1.2Gbps of bandwidth on the 2.5Ghz network versus 900Mbps on the Costco model I bought.To read this article in full, please click here Samsung brings Galaxy S20 features to the S10 and Note 10 as sales slump Wed, 25 Mar 2020 07:59:00 -0700
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If you’ve been itching to try out the Galaxy S20’s best features but don’t want to drop a ton of money on a new phone right now, you’ll soon have your chance. As part of a global update rolling out this month, Galaxy S10 and Note 10 users will gain a variety of software enhancements that were previously exclusive to the S20.The most interesting is Single Take, a new shooting mode that takes some of the guesswork out of shooting. Instead of waiting for the right moment and tapping the shutter, Single Take captures more than a dozen photos and videos at once and automatically chooses the best shots. All you need to do is record video of a scene for up to 10 seconds and the AI will do all the work. Your mileage will most certainly vary, but when it works, it’s a delightful feature not unlike one you’d find on your Pixel or iPhone.To read this article in full, please click here 31 great games you can play on laptops and low-end PCs Wed, 25 Mar 2020 05:40:00 -0700
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No graphics card? No problem.Image by CupheadPC gaming is often synonymous with performance. Tech specs, frame rates, resolutions, settings menus—we dedicate thousands and thousands of words to these topics, spend hours obsessing over the details.But for every person running Crysis there’s another fending off an upgrade and squeezing the last ounces of power out of their older or low-end desktop PC, or someone valiantly trying to game on a hand-me-down non-gaming laptop. This list is for you folks. Below, you’ll find a list of games that any PC can play. Or at least any from the last decade. Probably.To read this article in full, please click here Fiora Ultimate Wireless Desk Charger review: A sleek, affordable desktop charger Wed, 25 Mar 2020 03:30:00 -0700
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The Fiora Ultimate Wireless Desk Charger looks sleek, and frankly, pretty darn cool. It’s a small square slab of glass that has a premium quality to it.The bottom and edges of the pad are made of aluminum. The power port is found on the back edge of the pad, while the front edge features an indicator light that’s green whenever the pad has power, and blue when it’s wirelessly charging a device.Note: This review is part of our roundup of wireless charging pads. Go there for details on competing products and our testing methods for both Android phones and iPhones. Looks are only part of the story, however. I put the Desk Charger through our standardized testing process, and the results were surprising.To read this article in full, please click here Six unfortunate truths cord-cutting newbies should know Wed, 25 Mar 2020 03:00:00 -0700
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I've encountered a few drawbacks in the year since I cut the cable TV cord. Securam Touch smart lock review: It might look more at home on a military base, but this fingerprint reader-equipped lock offers solid security Wed, 25 Mar 2020 03:00:00 -0700
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A high price tag and a rough-around-the-edges app keep Securam’s first consumer lock from being a runaway success. The best smart lock for a keyless home Wed, 25 Mar 2020 03:00:00 -0700
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Keys are yesterday’s tech, your smart home needs a smart door lock. How your Apple, WearOS, and Fitbit smartwatch can help track your coronavirus symptoms Tue, 24 Mar 2020 12:05:00 -0700
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As the coronavirus spreads across the globe, your Apple, Android, and Fitbit smartwatch can help you monitor potential symptoms. Minecraft transfers some 'Education Edition' content to 'Bedrock Edition' for kids stuck at home Tue, 24 Mar 2020 11:30:00 -0700
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Microsoft said Tuesday that it is making several educational activities normally reserved for its Minecraft: Education Edition available to the “Bedrock” editions found on the PC, Xbox, and other platforms—all for free.It’s a recognition that kids may be stuck at home for weeks waiting out the coronavirus, stuck in an odd limbo between vacation and “learning from home.” To help, Microsoft has taken a number of lessons from its Minecraft: Education Edition and made them free to download until June 30, all as part of a new “Education” category. (Normally, Minecraft: EE content is specific to the classroom, with specific activities for students.)Not only are there ways for kids to explore the inner workings of the human eye, or take a tour of the International Space Station, but the company has also thrown in 10 worlds from its creator community for free. Creators Everbloom, Jigarbov, Lifeboat, Razzleberries, and others have added worlds themed around renewable energy, marine biology, Greek history, and other topics. Normally, add-on content is paid for by “Minecoins,” which can be bought en masse by players. To read this article in full, please click here