Intel's 12-core Core i9 might lose the megahertz war to AMD's Ryzen Threadripper Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:54:00 -0700
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When Intel’s next Core i9 CPU appears in a month or so, it may face some stiff competition in a battle people long thought was over: the Megahertz Wars.Although Intel hasn’t formally declared the clock speed of its upcoming 12-core Core i9-7920X, the company appears to have inadvertently disclosed it. A price list posted by the company on July 14 shows the $1,200 Core i9-7920X with 16.5MB of cache, 12 cores, 24 threads, and a clock speed of 2.9GHz.Intel officials declined to comment to PCWorld on the apparent slip. IDG Intel may have inadvertently published the clock speed of its upcoming 12-core Core i9-7920X and it doesn’t look inspiring.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Android O: The Reddit AMA's 8 most interesting reveals Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:51:00 -0700
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As the Android O release date nears, Google’s busy engineering team still found time on Wednesday to hop onto Reddit for their annual AMA. Users submitted a barrage of questions, and here are the most interesting things we learned:Dark mode isn’t coming, so stop asking Google teased us with dark mode on both the Android N and O developer previews, but it’s not making it into the full release anytime soon. The reason? “Reliable and consistent theming is hard.”Numerous questions about themes and dark mode stacked up on the Reddit board, and Android engineer Alan Viverette addressed it thusly: “There are technical and logistical issues with theming. The technical side is largely solved in O with Runtime Resource Overlay support (a Sony framework that allows the system to modify the look and feel of an app while it is running); however, we still don’t have stable APIs for describing what can be themed or adequate ways to verify that existing applications properly support theming.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Pop! OS Linux from System76 is a rare DIY distro from a hardware vendor Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:54:00 -0700
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Pop! OS is more than just another Linux distro. Many Linux OSes borrow from other OSes in one way or another but add their own spin to the OS in question--like a different desktop environment, for example. Pop! OS is not much different in this respect, except that it's developed by System76, a company that sells laptops and desktops preloaded with Ubuntu. Well, for now. System76 recently released an Alpha version of its ownUbuntu-based operating system, dubbed Pop! OS. The company has set the first official release for Pop! OS for October 19.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here The Full Nerd episode 26: AMD Threadripper's wild prices, Ryzen 3, Radeon Vega FE reviews Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:32:00 -0700
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In this week’s The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, Alaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray discuss all things AMD, starting with the bombshell Threadripper pricing. Sixteen cores and 32 threads for $999! Can the far more expensive Core i9 chips compete with such aggressive pricing by AMD, especially with Intel’s debut 12-core clocked at a mere 2.9GHz (as we discovered totally by accident, live, in the middle of the show)?To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Doom's 6.66 update makes all DLC free Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:50:00 -0700
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Doom was probably 2016’s greatest surprise. After a disastrous multiplayer “beta”/demo I was primed to hate it, only to come away from the campaign a few weeks later thinking it was one of the year’s best games.With that in mind, the phrase “We’ve retired the Doom season pass” should be cause for celebration. Bethesda announced today that all of Doom’s post-release downloadable content is now free to everyone, as part of Update 6.66. More Doom? For free? Excellent.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Newegg is offering a four-port USB hub for free today (after rebate) Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:21:00 -0700
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Periodically Newegg decides to heavily discount its Rosewill cables and connectors. Right now, the retailer has a sale on its in-house products that’ll beat even a $0.99 HDMI cable on eBay: Everything’s free. Kind of.These products are free after rebate, so you still have to pay up front. (And depending on where you live, you’ll also have to pay sales tax, which won’t get reimbursed.) After the rebate, you’ll get a gift card worth the value of the purchase. Of all the products available today, I’m most interested in the four-port USB 3.0 aluminum hub for $12 (before the $12 rebate).To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Telltale reveals Wolf Among Us 2, a final Walking Dead season, and another Batman Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:10:00 -0700
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Just yesterday I was lamenting on Twitter that we’d never see another Wolf Among Us, with Telltale apparently content to churn out licensed superhero games, and then...more Wolf Among Us. Surprise! Telltale announced a trio of games this morning at San Diego Comic-Con—Batman: The Enemy Within,The Walking Dead: The Final Season, and (most importantly) Wolf Among Us 2.Batman is the only one out in 2017, so it is indeed a year of Telltale superheroes—Guardians of the Galaxy and Batman will finish out the rest of the year. Episode one, titled “The Enigma,” will be out on August 8 which is mere weeks from now. And if you hadn’t already guessed from the title, Riddler will play a large role in the new season.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Best VPN services of 2017: Reviews and buying advice Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:55:00 -0700
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Updated 7/19/17 to reflect a new contender in our roundup, CyberGhost, which earns the distinction of Runner-up for best overall VPN.Choosing the right virtual private network (VPN) service is no simple task. A VPN should keep your internet usage private and secure, but not every service handles your data in the same way. Just look at the critiques of notable computer security experts and online pundits to understand the challenge.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here CyberGhost 6 review: A speedy VPN out of Romania Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:24:00 -0700
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CyberGhost in brief: P2P allowed: YesBusiness location: RomaniaNumber of servers: 852Number of country locations: 27Cost: $30-$48 billed annuallyBlazing-fast speeds are something that all VPNs promise, and most of them are fast enough for common use cases like high-definition video streaming. CyberGhost, on the other hand, has some consistently fast speeds across most of its network. CyberGhost is also good on privacy and anonymity, and offers an attractive user interface that will appeal to most, especially novice VPN users.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Goodbye Google Now, hello new feed that obsessively tracks your interests Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:16:00 -0700
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Google Now is gone, but your information feed lives on as a revamped, humbly no-name feed, whose mission is you and only you.When you launch the new Google app (or swipe right on Pixel phones), it won’t look much different. The search bar remains at the top, followed by your shortcut icons and a series of cards based on your interests.What’s changing is how Google populates it. As Google's Shashi Thakur writes in a blog post, “Your feed will not only be based on your interactions with Google, but also factor in what’s trending in your area and around the world. The more you use Google, the better your feed will be.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Save 38% on the TP-LINK Wi-Fi Smart Plug, Works with Amazon Alexa - Deal Alert Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:45:00 -0700
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The TP-LINK HS100 smart plugis quite simply a power outlet that you can control from anywhere. Using your smartphone, you can turn devices on & off, set programs to turn them on & off at set times while you're away, or engage a "countdown timer" which powers the switch off after a set amount of time. Installation is simple -- just plug a device into your smart plug and connect to your wifi network. The HS100 is also compatible with Amazon Alexa, for voice control. Buy multiple plugs and get creative.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Get $100 off Amazon Echo When You Buy 2 Right Now - Deal Alert Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:43:00 -0700
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Put 2 Echo devices in your cart and Amazon will credit you back $100 right now, effectively pricing each one at $129.99 vs. the typical $179.99 list price. But you'll have to use a special code at checkout, to activate the discount: ECHO2PACK. Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask. Echo has seven microphones and beam forming technology so it can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. Echo is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with 360° immersive sound. When you want to use Echo, just say the wake word “Alexa” and Echo responds instantly. If you have more than one Echo or Echo Dot, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo you're closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception), so it makes a lot of sense to pick up 2 right now with this discount.  See the Amazon Echo on Amazon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here How to reclaim your privacy in Windows 10, piece by piece Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:32:00 -0700
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Updated July 19, 2017, to reflect changes based on Windows 10's Creators Update.There’s no doubt about it: Windows 10 is studded with data-tracking tidbits and hooks into all sorts of Microsoft’s online services. Handing over all that data has some tangible benefits, like Windows 10’s OneDrive integration and the Bing-powered brains behind the Cortana digital assistant, but not everyone is thrilled with the idea of an operating system that’s constantly looking over their digital shoulder.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Samsung Bixby Voice: How to set up and use the Galaxy S8 assistant Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:28:00 -0700
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Update 7/19/17: Bixby Voice is rolling out to all U.S. Galaxy S8 and S8+ phones. See Setting up Bixby Voice below for how to download and install it.It’s been a long time coming, but Bixby has finally found its voice. Samsung has begun pushing out the final piece of its AI package, Bixby Voice, to all Galaxy S8 phones in the U.S. Before long, millions of people will be saying, “Hi Bixby” to summon the new assistant.But while we might not need another AI assistant on our phones, Bixby is actually a pretty good companion to Google Assistant. It’s a little slow on the trigger at times, but I was impressed with how well it was able to understand me. And Bixby isn’t a clone of Google Assistant or Sir eitheri. Samsung’s AI is more servant than smartie pants, carrying out phone tasks that would normally require numerous steps. Here's everything you need to know to get started:To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Amazon is selling a home UPS for $55 right now Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:52:00 -0700
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Amazon has several deals on APC back-up power supplies and surge protectors right now, and the best of them is the APC Back-UPS Connect for $55. That’s its lowest price yet on the site, and the first real discount we’ve seen in the last six months.The Back-UPS Connect is an interesting device as it can act as a mobile power pack, or you can slap it in the dock for a 50 watt UPS. When in mobile mode, it has enough power to charge a smart phone approximately five times. When docked, the UPS supplies about 2.5 hours of power for a home network. (That’s not a ton of time, but it’s fine for a sub-$60 UPS. Remember, this is not a fancy pure sine wave UPS like the CyberPower unit we looked at in May.) And when you’re not using it for battery power, the Back-UPS Connect doubles as a surge protector.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Best home security camera: Our favorite tools for keeping an eye on the home front Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:35:00 -0700
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Updated July 18, 2017 to add a new subcategory—best all-in-one home monitor—along with our picks for the best and runner-up in that category: the LG Smart Security Wireless Camera and the Canary Security System respectively. We also added a fresh take on the Piper NV security system. Rent or own, we all want to know our homes are secure while we’re gone. That used to mean signing on with a professional—and pricey—security service like ADT. But the boom in wireless security cameras is putting home surveillance into our own hands.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here LG Smart Security Wireless Camera review: DIY security backed by ADT professional monitoring Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:30:00 -0700
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This all-in-one home monitor increases security with an extra set of eyes. Canary review: A sophisticated home-security system packed inside a camera Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:30:00 -0700
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Originally published on June 10, 2015, this review was updated on July 18, 2017 to reflect a few new features along with information about limited Wink Hub and IFTTT integration, currently available membership plans, and the upcoming Canary Plus, which will support Apple's HomeKit ecosystem.The Canary I’ve finally had a chance to review isn’t as sophisticated as the Canary I wrote about when its manufacturer was crowdfunding its development. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad product—it has a strong price/performance ratio for a $249 now $169 home-security system—it just means its developer’s ambition exceeded its grasp in a few key areas. And in some other areas, the developer wasn’t ambitious enough.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Piper NV review: strong security features hampered by a buggy app Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:00:00 -0700
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Connection problems and missing notifications drag down this otherwise solid smart home monitor. Surface Laptop review: Microsoft's MacBook Air killer nails what students need Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:33:00 -0700
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Updated 07/18/2017: We've upgraded the Surface Laptop to Windows 10 Pro to run traditional benchmarks, and the results are...interesting. Click the Performance section in the TOC, or simply jump to this link, to see to all the numbers. Our Surface Laptop review considers Microsoft’s new notebook in three ways: first, as a stylish ultrabook, designed to compete with Apple’s MacBook Air on college campuses. It’s also a showcase for Windows 10 S, limiting users to Windows Store apps but with an unexpected benefit to battery life. But if you want more flexibility, you can upgrade to Windows 10 Pro—and we’ve tested that, too. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Best smart home system Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:31:00 -0700
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Your home is only as smart as the hub that orchestrates everything behind the scenes. These DIY tools are the best of the bunch. 40% off Inateck USB 3.0 to IDE/SATA Hard Drive Adapter - Deal Alert Tue, 18 Jul 2017 06:39:00 -0700
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This USB 3.0 adapter from Inateck can interface with up to three drives simultaneously. It is compatible with 2.5"/3.5" IDE/SATA hard drives and 5.25" IDE/SATA CD/DVD drives, and features a one-touch backup function. Use it to read an old internal drive from a crashed computer, or to use an internal drive similar to an external backup drive. You might find a lot of uses for this one. The typical list price of $47.99 has been reduced on Amazon 40% right now to $28.99. See this deal on Amazon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here 19% off TaoTronics LED Dimmable Touch Control Desk Lamp with USB Charging - Deal Alert Tue, 18 Jul 2017 06:26:00 -0700
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This desk lamp from TaoTronics features a sleek and minimalistic design with no buttons to speak of, thanks to its creative touch sensitive panel, for control over 5 brightness settings and another 5 color temperature settings (25 light combinations). Also features a USB port equipped with the iSmart technology for safer and faster charging. The LED reflects the light sideways and produces a strain-free light beam that doesn’t harm your eyes. The light averages 4.8 out of 5 stars from over 675 reviewers on Amazon (90% rate a full 5 stars: see reviews), where its typical list price of $36.99 has been reduced 19% to $29.99. See this deal on Amazon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Home8 Video-Verified Security Alarm System review: A simplistic DIY kit with integrated video recording Tue, 18 Jul 2017 03:00:00 -0700
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For simple needs, this security setup can work well. Best Windows backup software 2017 Tue, 18 Jul 2017 03:00:00 -0700
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We need backup software because we don’t live in a perfect world. If only Microsoft provided Windows users with something like Apple’s Time Machine: an effective, set-it-and-forget-it, total system recovery and backup solution that requires little interaction or thought on the part of the user. Instead, Microsoft offers a mishmash of restore points, recovery discs, file backup, and even the un-retired System Backup (Windows 7), which was probably originally put out to pasture for its propensity to choke on dissimilar hardware.Plenty of vendors have stepped in with alternatives. None are as quite as slick as Time Machine (though occasionally it’s mimicked), but some come darn close. Most are effective—and many are free. Read on for our top picks. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Acronis True Image 2017 review: Fast and powerful image backup Tue, 18 Jul 2017 02:30:00 -0700
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It would be quite easy to simply say that Acronis True Image 2017 New Generation is the best backup program; It’s the fastest all-around imaging program we’ve tested, it’s dead reliable, and it sports every imaginable option. But backup in the real world isn’t about feature sets. While we love True Image in the enterprise or SMB venues, its heavy system footprint and cornucopia of options are likely a wee bit much for the home user.Design and features True Image 2017 has an attractive interface that’s relatively easy to use—once you’re familiar with it. It’s light years better than it was before a re-design several years ago, but there are still little oddities, such as thin scroll bars with light-colored sliders on a dark background (the exact opposite of the Windows standard) that require more cognitive effort than they should.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here EaseUS ToDo Backup 10 review: Local and cloud backup under one roof Tue, 18 Jul 2017 01:30:00 -0700
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EaseUS ToDo Backup Home 10 may not have the cachet of rival Acronis True Image, but it's nearly as capable. Perhaps more so for the average user if you count its ability to back up to online services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive. It also supports LTO 4 tape, which alone warrants an upgrade to the program's $30 price tag if you're one of the diehards still rocking serial storage.Design Having not seen ToDo Backup for several full versions, we were pleasantly surprised at the revamped interface. The appearance and organization are far cleaner, and the workflow is more intuitive. Icons are clearly labeled so there's no guessing what's what, at least if you understand the jargon. For instance, "mount" refers to opening existing backup images so that they appear as a drive letter, letting you browse their contents in Windows Explorer.Even we didn't understand what "Include all contents referred to Reparse Point" meant. It should read "referred tobythereparse point," which means if you have a shortcut to My Documents on your D drive, the contents of the actual My Documents folder will be backed up along with the D drive.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Aomei Backupper Standard 4 review: A versatile free backup program Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:23:00 -0700
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Would you rather pay $50 for your backup software, or get it for free? All things being equal, and with the free Aomei Backupper Standard they pretty much are, we’re generally going to opt for the latter. Backupper even sports real-time sync, mirroring files to an external folder whenever changes occur.Design and Features Backupper Standard’s bitmapped interface may be retro, but the layout and workflow are so intuitive, even beginners should have few problems figuring out what to do. At least you have some idea of backup concepts involved.We spotted a couple of mild interface glitches in Aomei Backupper. When you increase the size of Windows objects in the Display Preferences (to 125% in this case), Backupper’s window actually shrinks. There are other tiny scaling glitches, such as the bottom of a dialog cut off, but nothing that renders the program unusable. Hopefully this will be addressed soon with a new look and a rendered (drawn in real time), not static bitmapped GUI.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Macrium Reflect Free review: Great, no-frills image backup Mon, 17 Jul 2017 23:30:00 -0700
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Macrium was one of the first to release a free version of its backup software. Ten years later, to the benefit of users everywhere, Reflect Free 6 remains a stable, reliable way to quickly image and restore your system. It doesn't offer as much functionality as Aomei's Backupper, but there's something to be said for a backup program that hasn't failed its fans in over a decade.Design and features Though Reflect is a bit old-school in appearance, the look somehow works better with the free version. Fewer options, less clutter, cleaner lines. Reflect Free is limited to imaging disks or individual partitions (no cloning, file backup, or other choices), but there's an option to select only those partitions required to restore the Windows operating system.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here Paragon Backup & Recovery 16 Free Edition review: Easy backup with a twist Mon, 17 Jul 2017 22:30:00 -0700
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Paragon’s Backup & Recovery 16 Free Edition is not only free for home users, it’s unique among consumer programs in that it backs up using virtual hard drives as the container format. This can be Paragon’s own pVHD, VMware’s, or the VHD/VHDX supported by most flavors of Windows.What’s the big deal about virtual hard drives? Windows itself will mount VHD files, so you can grab files off of a VHD with any PC, not just a machine with Backup & Recovery installed. You can also attach a VHD file directly to a virtual machine and use it there. It’s convenient for users in a number of ways a proprietary format is not.Design and features Beyond its signature VHD ability, Backup & Recovery 16 is a modernized, simplified version of Paragon’s well-established imaging technology and programs. All of the main imaging capabilities found in the company’s Hard Disk and Partition Manager are intact: imaging of entire system, whole disks, partitions, or sets of files you select.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here