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Hands on: Blade's Shadow cloud gaming service can be a bumpy ride

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:00:00 -0800

In a normal year, Blade’s Shadow cloud-gaming service might seem superfluous: Do you really need to stream games to your PC as components quickly drop in price? But that was before today’s cryptocurrency miners began snapping up GPUs left and right. Now, the Shadow service is something of an option for leasing a pricey GPU, rather than buying one. In our hands-on time with the service, it works acceptably—though a bit of lag, bugs, and an obtuse setup process muddy the experience.

The Shadow service takes a page from its spiritual ancestor, OnLive, the cloud-gaming service that disappeared in 2012, was reborn in 2014, and then sold to Sony. Blade provides a powerful virtual PC, currently housed at or near the company’s Palo Alto, Calif. headquarters. You, the user, are asked to pay $49.95 per month ($34.95 per month if you sign up for a year) to use it—and for now, it’s limited to Californians. 

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The Full Nerd episode 41: Nvidia rumors, Spectre updates, and will Ryzen APUs stay relevant?

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:28:00 -0800

In this episode of the Full Nerd, the crew mulls whether Ryzen APUs even matter, pick apart the Nvidia Volta / Ampere / Turing / Kardassian rumors, and update you on Meltdown and Spectre.

Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray kick things off by talking about AMD’s hot new Ryzen APUs and whether they’ll even be relevant if graphics card prices settle down. If you're a PC gamer without a graphics card, should you buy one of these or a cheap Xbox One? The debate gets heated!

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How to create an insane multiple monitor setup with three, four, or more displays

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:27:00 -0800

By now, a dual-monitor setup has become commonplace. Multitasking on a single screen is just way too confining. But why stop at two displays?  I can speak from experience: Having multiple monitors (and I’m talking three, four, five, or even six) is just…awesome, and something you totally need in your life.

Right now, my main PC has a triple-monitor setup: my main 27-inch central monitor, with a 24-inch monitor on either side. I use my extra monitors for a number of things, such as comparing spreadsheets side-by-side, writing articles while also doing research, keeping tabs on my social media feeds, and, of course, watching Netflix.

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Reolink RLC-422W home security camera review: Affordable, nearly vandal-proof outdoor security

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 03:00:00 -0800

With crystal clear video, 100-feet of night vision, and customizable motion alerts, this dome-style camera delivers peace of mind at a wallet-friendly price.


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Intel ships new Spectre patches: Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake now, Sandy Bridge next

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 03:00:00 -0800

Intel said Tuesday afternoon that it’s shipped updated patches to mitigate the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities for Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake Core processors, plus additional Skylake chips. Intel’s patch roadmap also indicates that beta patches for Broadwell, Haswell, and Ivy Bridge-based PCs are in the works.

The microcode updates have been shipped to Intel’s hardware partners, some of which have already begun passing them along to customers. As always, the best protection against Spectre and Meltdown is to patch your PCs, especially as the new, updated code appears.

It’s been almost a month since Intel yanked some of its earliest patches for the Spectre vulnerabilities because of system instability and unexpected reboots. After working to fix those issues, Intel started releasing new patches almost two weeks ago, when new code for Skylake based PCs was released. 

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The 500GB Samsung 960 Evo is at its cheapest price yet

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:22:00 -0800


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Samsung's 30TB SSD crams massive capacity into an ultra-fast 2.5-inch drive

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 07:11:00 -0800

The solid-state drive pictured above may look like any other, but don’t be fooled: Samsung’s PM1643 crams a staggering 30.72 terabytes of storage into the traditional 2.5-inch SSD form factor. That’s enough room for 5,700 full HD movies, Samsung says.

Samsung created its 30TB SSD by combining 32 sticks of 1TB NAND flash packages together, each built with 16 layers of stacked 512Gb V-NAND chips. This drive nearly doubles the capacity of Samsung’s previous champion, which topped out at 16TB.

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Save Hundreds On The Lifetime MCSA Windows Server 2016 Bundle

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:17:00 -0800

As any IT professional will tell you, certifications are essential for climbing the career ladder. The MCSA: Windows Server 2016 certification demonstrates an individual's ability to administer networks and reduce IT costs, which can open the door to a high-paid position as a network or computer systems administrator, or computer network specialist.

So, if you're looking to broaden your IT employment prospects, picking up this certification is a step in the right direction, and the Lifetime MCSA Windows Server 2016 Bundle can prepare you to ace its exams for $29.

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Get a 299-Piece All-Purpose First Aid Kit For $12 Today

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:59:00 -0800

This full-fledged, easy-to-tote first aid softpack is designed to save time and frustration in the midst of an emergency. It's compact and portable, but contains 299 physician-recommended supplies.  Among the items neatly organized inside the zippered kit is a first aid guide, vinyl gloves, bandages, cold compress, gauze pads, trauma pad, cotton-tipped applicators, first aid tape roll, antiseptics and all three common OTC pain medications. The kit is currently a #1 best seller on Amazon, averages 4.6 out of 5 stars from over 2,230 customers, and its typical list price of has been reduced to just a hair over $12. Click over to Amazon to see this deal.

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$27 For Two Etekcity Smart Plugs With Alexa Compatibility - Deal Alert

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 05:09:00 -0800

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. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 2,200 people on Amazon, the 2-pack of smart plugs has been discounted to just $26.99, or $13.50 per plug. See this deal now on Amazon.

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Ivacy VPN review: A competent VPN that doesn't mind cryptocurrencies

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 04:00:00 -0800

Ivacy in brief:

P2P allowed: Yes

Business location: Singapore

Number of servers: 459+*

Number of country locations: 55

Cost: $40 (billed annually)

VPN protocol: IKEv2 (default)

Data encryption: AES-256-CBC

Data authentication: MS-Chap v2

Handshake Encryption: SHA-II

* Includes virtual server locations

When you look at VPN services for regular users, you don’t often see purpose-based server recommendations, such as “use this server for streaming and this one for downloading.” Ivacy VPN, a 10-year-old service officially based in Singapore, stands out by doing just that. (It’s not the only service to take this tack—CyberGhost has a similar purpose-based approach—but it’s still rare.)

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The best video editing software: Reviews, buying advice, and more

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 02:05:00 -0800

Video editing software ranges from free versions that are pretty bare-bones to feature-packed prosumer versions. Indeed, they vary as much as the reasons why people take up video editing—whether to make home videos, to become YouTube stars, to create VR experiences, and more.

Most video editing software for consumers and mainstream users is best used for one or another of these specific functions, but there are a few generalists out there, too. We look at the full spectrum: Free video editing software; paid consumer video editing programs that cost $80 or less; and "prosumer" versions that offer deeper feature sets, though usually for high purchase prices. 

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Cyberlink PowerDirector 16 Ultra review: Ahead of the pack, especially in 360 video

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:29:00 -0800

Cyberlink PowerDirector 16 Ultra is a prosumer video editor that aims to bring every feature under the sun, including multiple versions of the proverbial  kitchen sink, to a video editor that is accessible and affordable. It’s largely successful—there’s nothing else in this price range that brings you this many well-implemented features. 

Accessibility is where it falls a little short. The user interface is not always self-explanatory, and the inclusion of so many features means it can be difficult to find what you want. For other prosumer options, as well as mainstream consumer and free video editors that might be simpler, check out our comprehensive video editing software roundup.  

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Magix Vegas Pro 15 review: Major overhaul makes it one of the best

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 01:25:00 -0800

Vegas Pro 15 represents a major overhaul of the software that was originally developed by Sony but taken over by Magix. The company’s first post-sale version 14 in 2016 fixed many compatibility issues and bugs neglected by the prior owner.

With Vegas Pro 15, the software is once more competitive with other prosumer video editing suites. It adds numerous modern features that serious video editors expect. The result is one of the best semi-pro video editing applications for the price. You can read about other prosumer packages, plus consumer and even free programs, in our comprehensive roundup of video editing software

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Age of Empires: Definitive Edition review: A classic remastered, but not remade

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:57:00 -0800

There are certain series where the question “Which one’s the best?” is difficult to answer. Ask someone what their favorite Civilization is for instance and you’re bound to start an argument. (It’s Civilization IV, by the way.) The same goes for Mario, Zelda, Final Fantasy, Fallout, Smash Bros., Mortal Kombat, Tony Hawk, Assassin’s Creed, Street Fighter, Elder Scrolls, and so on and so forth.

Age of Empires? Not so much. People by and large consider Age of Empires II to be the pinnacle of the series. Oh you might find a few holdouts for the original, or for Age of Empires III, but the second game is the runaway fan favorite—as evidenced by the fact Microsoft remastered it back in 2013, before the original.

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Apption Labs Meater review: This smart thermometer changed the way I grill

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 03:00:00 -0800

The Meater smart thermometer takes the guess work out of cooking meat and helps time cooks perfectly.


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Entering year three, Rainbow Six Siege is still the only true "next-gen" shooter

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 13:30:00 -0800

It’s been over a year since I last played Rainbow Six Siege for any real length of time, and I regret it. Earlier this week I went to play the upcoming Rainbow Six Siege – Year Three content ($30 season pass on Amazon) at Ubisoft’s offices in San Francisco, and to be honest I’d be hard-pressed to talk about what’s new. A lot has been added since last time I checked in, though from what I gather the standout new Operator is Lion—an attacker whose special gadget is basically a legitimate wallhack. More on that later.

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Confirmed: AMD will loan chips to help with motherboard updates for Ryzen APUs

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:39:00 -0800

If you can't get your shiny new Ryzen APU on the motherboard you bought last year, don't panic: AMD officials have confirmed that they will indeed ship you an older, dual-core chip to help you make it work.

The problem relates to AMD's new Ryzen APU and how it interacts with older stocks of motherboards. It's a classic chicken-and-egg situation: Some older motherboards won't recognize the new Ryzen APU without a BIOS update. And the only way to update that BIOS is to boot the system with a chip that it recognizes.

While some advanced motherboards allow updating a BIOS without a CPU, many budget boards don't. For those few cases, AMD said it would offer a "boot kit" (once you've provided a qualifying APU serial number and other information). That "boot kit," as it turns out, is actually an AM4-based Bristol Ridge APU. In a post by "Hansmuffin" at tech site arstechnica.com, a user wrote that AMD was sending a previous-generation APU to help perform the update.

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Intel says it's been hit with 32 separate lawsuits over Spectre, Meltdown

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 13:50:00 -0800

Intel customers and shareholders are angry about Meltdown and Spectre—angry enough that a total of 32 suits have been filed against the company regarding the two vulnerabilities.

In its annual report, filed Friday, Intel disclosed that 30 customer class-action suits have been filed against the company, plus two additional class-action suits by shareholders. Those suits have been filed both within the United States and abroad. Given a host of uncertainties—how the cases are proceeding, whether damages have been claimed, and the uncertainty of whether the suits will succeed—Intel said it was not estimating potential losses as a result of the litigation.

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Cortana's smart-home powers grow with IFTTT, Honeywell, Ecobee support

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:03:00 -0800

Microsoft's Cortana has added support for the IFTTT conditional platform plus a number of smart services, both helping bring Cortana more in line with competing services from Amazon and Google Home.


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This week in games: New THQ buys back old THQ, The Evil Within II adds a first-person mode

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:00:00 -0800

The biggest video game news this week is that Valve updated the format for Steam Wishlists—not because I care about Wishlists, but simply because Valve actually updated the Steam interface. Could this be the start of that large-scale overhaul we’ve heard has been coming for like, two years now? One can hope.

In any case, plenty of other news this week too. The Evil Within II now lets you get up-close-and-personal with your monsters, release dates for a slew of games including Where the Water Tastes Like Wine and Warhammer: Vermintide II, a bunch of free-to-try games for your long weekend, and the incredible tale of THQ Nordic slowly reforming the entire THQ library one piece at a time.

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Amazon has dropped $50 off the Ring Video Doorbell Pro

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:57:00 -0800

The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is $199 today on Amazon.


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VPN Unlimited review: Good speeds, but what's with that map?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 04:00:00 -0800

VPN Unlimited in brief:

P2P allowed: Yes

Number of servers: 400+

Business location: United States and Ukraine

Number of country locations: 51

Cost: $49.99

KeepSolid’s VPN Unlimited is interesting. It’s a typical VPN service, to be sure, but the company appears to see it as one service in a larger toolkit. In addition to VPN Unlimited, KeepSolid offers a roadmap planning app, an eSignature solution, a privacy-centric browser for mobile, and other services.

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Evodesk XE Pro sit/stand desk review: A smart addition to any home office

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 03:00:00 -0800

A motorized lift and a plethora of customization options are the highlights of this inexpensive workstation.


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Who should buy a Ryzen APU, and who shouldn't

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 03:00:00 -0800

If you're asking yourself, "should I buy a Ryzen APU?" for a new budget gaming PC, the short answer is yes, probably.

That's because for building a ground-up, entry-level gaming machine, the Ryzen APU is the best game in town, and possibly the only game for DIY builders, in the face of wallet-busting GPU prices.

But for everyone? Well, no. There is no one-size fits all answer, so read on to learn who should buy the Ryzen APU—and who shouldn't.

(image) Gordon Mah Ung

AMD's Ryzen 3 2200G is like getting a $110 GPU and a $100 CPU for $99—but it's not for everyone.

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How to register your own domain name

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:30:00 -0800

One of the many reasons the internet is so powerful is because it gives nearly anyone the ability to share their voice and knowledge with the rest of the world. A particularly popular way to make yourself known is to set up a website.

These days many services, such as WordPress or Blogger, offer websites on commercial domains, but in a lot of cases it makes more sense to have your website on your own domain—a personal place on the internet where you are in complete control of what’s published and how it looks. Here’s how to register your own domain name.

When setting up your personal domain name, you have a lot of options and many vendors to choose from. You can search around to see what works best for you and your needs—or look over our suggestions below—but the following steps outline the gist of what you need to do.

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Essential Phone PH-1 review: Sorry, even limited-edition colors won't make it less terrible

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:00:00 -0800

When Essential launched its inaugural handset, the PH-1, the hype was off the charts. Essential touted the edge-to-edge design, modular magnetic accessories, and near-stock home screen and apps. The only problem was the phone didn’t live up to any of it. It arrived more than a month late. The accessories were limited to a single high-priced camera. And the stunning sea-green color was nowhere to be seen.

Six months later, Essential is fixing the least important of those problems. Starting today, you can buy a PH-1 in the limited-edition Ocean Depths blue-green for $599 (as well as stellar gray on February 20 and copper black on February 22). That's $100 less than it would have cost you had it been available at launch, but $150 more than black, white, or the new exclusive Alexa-infused Halo Gray color will set you back on Amazon. That's because Essential slashed the price of its phone last year in response to flagging sales.

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Don't panic about the new 'Prime' Meltdown and Spectre CPU exploits

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 07:36:00 -0800

The news sounds bad at first blush: Researchers from Nvidia and Princeton University have discovered fresh ways to exploit the Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities present in every modern computer processor. But while the new MeltdownPrime and SpectrePrime attacks prove that the initial exploits aren’t necessarily the only way to trigger the vulnerabilities lurking inside chips, everyday computer users shouldn’t freak out about them.

The new vulnerabilities pit the multiple CPU cores inside modern processors against each other and take advantage of the way memory cache access works in multi-core systems. The Register’s synopsis and the research paper have more in-depth technical details if you want them. Like Meltdown and Spectre, a successful attack can extract sensitive information, including passwords.

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Save Hundreds On Lifetime Access To 9,500 Hours Of Tech Training Courses

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 07:14:00 -0800

For many of us, learning new skills involves going back to school and sinking hundreds of hours—and thousands of dollars—into traditional courses. But, this isn't the only option out there. The Complete eduCBA Professional Training Bundle lets you bolster your understanding of in-demand fields, like app development and project management, on your own time and for a fraction of the cost. Plus, you can pick up a lifetime subscription today for over 90% off the usual price.

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