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Best mouse pads for gaming

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 17:19:00 -0700

A great mouse pad is a must for gamers, reducing wear on wrists during hours of intensive play. Sometimes called mouse mats, they’ve evolved from the humble mouse pads of the 1990s to larger sizes that can accommodate more dramatic movements. Many modern ones use chemical coatings or specially engineered surfaces to improve sensor accuracy or reduce drag—a boon if you’re doing repetitive motion that requires high accuracy.

Plenty of mouse mat manufacturers exist, but few provide clarity or consistency in describing their products. For example, most don’t report how much friction you’ll encounter when using their mats with the most popular mice. To help you find the best mouse mat for your needs, we’ve tested several from a few different companies that represent a range of surface types (metal, plastic, or cloth) and usage cases (business or gaming).

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Google's Instant Apps hit the Play Store as a big step toward a future of cloud-based apps

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:34:00 -0700

At its annual Playtime event today Google showcased how it plans to make Play Store apps safer, speedier, and easier to find. The bottom line: You’re about to see a whole lot more Instant Apps.

Android’s Instant Apps were officially launched at I/O in May, but we’re just now starting to see how monumental they can be. Designed to get apps up and running within seconds, the feature lets users try out fully functioning Android apps without actually installing them. Just last week, Google unveiled the Instant Apps SDK 1.1, which brought a leaner and faster experience, and now Instant Apps are ready for their spotlight.

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This week in games: Civilization III for free, Halloween modes shower treats and tricks

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:00:00 -0700


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Newegg's selling a 35-inch 2560x1080 curved monitor for $449 today

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:39:00 -0700


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iPhone X: Everything you need to know about Apple's iPhone of the future

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:52:00 -0700

We've got everything you need to know right here. The latest? Apple encourages iPhone Upgrade Program participants to get pre-approved before next Friday.


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Samsung Bixby Voice: How to set up and use the Galaxy S8 assistant

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 06:46:00 -0700

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 more than 200 countries and territories. Before long, millions of people will be saying, “Hi Bixby” to summon the new assistant—though Bixby still only supports English and Korean despite the worldwide rollout.

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.

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Harman Kardon Invoke smart speaker review: Cortana could be a strong smart home system—someday

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 06:00:00 -0700

The Invoke is a good speaker, and Microsoft’s digital assistant has potential, but it’s too immature for us to give it a strong recommendation today.


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Harman Kardon Invoke hands-on: Cortana enters the smart speaker market with a boom

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Harman Kardon’s Invoke speaker, debuting Thursday for $199.95, may end up following in the footsteps of notable Microsoft-powered devices like Nokia’s Windows phones: lovely hardware that’s slightly tripped up by Microsoft’s software and services.

The soul of Harman’s elegant, cylindrical smart speaker is Cortana, the digital assistant that lives within Windows 10. Cortana deftly steps in during the business day to manage reminders, answer questions about your schedule, reply to general queries about the weather, nearby restaurants, and place calls via Skype. After hours, she’s your personal DJ, playing back audio with some serious boom. She also serves as the majordomo for your digital home.

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20 scary PC horror games to play with the lights off

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 05:21:00 -0700

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Horror games are a dime a dozen. Scary horror games, good horror games—well, those are much rarer. We've rounded up some of the best horror games ever made, running the gamut from big-budget extravaganzas released this very year to... text adventures. I'm serious.

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A hoot and a haunt for Halloween: Stream 21 of our favorite modern classics and cult favorites (if you dare)

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 03:00:00 -0700

Looking for the best scary movies to stream on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and other services? These 21 chillers will make you want to leave the lights on (and you probably shouldn't watch them alone).


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iPhone 8 Plus vs. LG G6: Which has the best camera in a smartphone?

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 03:00:00 -0700

Last year, Apple failed to take the top spot in our four-way smartphone camera shootout between the iPhone 7 Plus, LG V20, Google Pixel XL, and Samsung Galaxy S7. But this year’s iPhone 8 Plus includes some major improvements over the iPhone 7 Plus, and looks perfectly positioned to take on the LG G6, our current pick for best smartphone camera.

So which phone offers better camera performance—the latest iPhone or the G6? We took a ton of photos to find out. Oh, and in case you’re wondering where the Pixel 2 stands in this battle, just give us a few more days. We’re currently doing extra camera tests with Google’s amazing new phone, and will have definitive results soon.

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Logitech G703 review: A mainstream wireless mouse with some exceptional features

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 03:00:00 -0700

Logitech’s new Powerplay system is an exciting proposition. What’s not to like about a mouse pad that charges your wireless mouse as you use it? Okay, maybe the high price ($100) and the fact that Powerplay is currently only available with two mice—the Logitech G703 and G903.

Obviously, you’ll need to know more about these mice in order to know if they make Powerplay worth it. In this article we’re going to take a look at the lower-end option: the G703 (which can be found on Amazon for $94), a rework of Logitech’s right-handed G403 Prodigy mouse, but with added Powerplay functionality. Or, for those who aren’t buying a $100 mouse pad (even if it is magic), think of this as a G403 with an optional 10 gram weight.

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Logitech G903 review: The best wireless mouse that (lots of) money can buy

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 03:00:00 -0700

Logitech’s new Powerplay system is pretty revolutionary: a mouse pad that charges your wireless mouse as you use it. The problem? Well, it’s expensive. But even that’s not likely to be the biggest issue. No, the real problem (at least at launch) is that the Powerplay mouse pad is only compatible with two mice, the Logitech G703 and G903.

In this review we evaluate the higher-end option: the G903, an ambidextrous mouse which, at $150 list price, is one of the most expensive mice on the market. So is it worth $50 more than the sub-$100 G703? And if you’re not buying Powerplay, is it still a wireless mouse worth checking out?

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Logitech Powerplay review: Wireless-charging mouse pad will make you a believer

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 03:00:00 -0700

I’ve been converted. I never thought I’d be a wireless-mouse fan—first because wireless performance always lagged behind that of a wired mouse, then later because I was too lazy to periodically charge the damn thing. I could see the benefits of a wireless headset and could make charging one of those part of my daily routine. But a little cord drag on a mouse seemed a small price to pay for convenience.

And yet here we are. Logitech’s new Powerplay technology, centered on a mouse pad that charges your wireless mouse while you’re using it, has made me a wireless believer.

I might never go back.

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Powerplay is a two-part system: the aforementioned mouse pad and then (at the moment) one of two compatible mice to go along with it. Those mice, the G703 and G903, can be used independent of the Powerplay mouse pad, as just your everyday lithium-ion powered wireless mice, complete with a cord you need to periodically plug in for recharging. Thus I might mention them offhand, but for the sake of clarity I’m going to focus primarily on the mouse pad here. Feel free to check out our full reviews of the right-handed G703 and ambidextrous G903 though.

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Newegg is selling a 34-inch 3440-by-1440 display for $480 today

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:48:00 -0700

Newegg's deals email today has a nice deal on an LG 34-inch 21:9 ultrawide display. Today, you can get the LG 34UB88-P for $480. It's a FreeSync monitor, meaning you can sync up refresh rates with a compatible AMD Radeon graphics card. To get the deal you must use the coupon code EMCBRBK63.

This monitor features 3440x1440 quad HD resolution on an IPS display, 5ms response time, and the aforementioned FreeSync feature. For ports it has two HDMI 2.0, two Thunderbolt, one DisplayPort 1.2, and three USB 3.0 including a quick charge port for powering up connected devices. There are also built-in speakers.

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Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL: Everything you need to know about Google's new flagships

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 07:52:00 -0700

Google is back with a follow-up to its acclaimed Pixel phone, and it's not quite what we expected. Yes there is a Pixel 2 and a Pixel 2 XL, but unlike last year, they aren't larger and smaller versions of the same phone. The smaller Pixel 2 looks a lot like last year's phone, but the XL version has a new screen size, ratio, and design.

Aside from how they look, there are a lot of changes in this year's Pixel 2 lineup, and this is the place to learn all about them:

Google Pixel 2 specs

Pixel 2

  • Dimensions: 145.7 X 69.7 X 7.8mm
  • Weight: 143 grams
  • Display: 5-inch FHD (1920x1080) AMOLED
  • Chip: Snapdragon 835
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Battery: 2,700mAh
  • Camera: 12.2MP, f/1.8, OIS
  • Storage 64GB, 128GB
  • Water/dust resistance: None
  • OS: Android 8.0
  • Colors: Just Black, Clearly White, Kinda Blue

Pixel 2 XL

  • Dimensions: 157.9 X 76.7 X 7.9mm
  • Weight: 175 grams
  • Display: 6-inch QHD+ (2880x1440) pOLED
  • Chip: Snapdragon 835
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Battery: 3,520mAh
  • Camera: 12.2MP, f/1.8, OIS
  • Storage 64GB, 128GB
  • Water/dust resistance: None
  • OS: Android 8.0
  • Colors: Just Black, Black & White

Pixel 2 XL Review

The Pixel 2 XL is a worthy successor to the original Pixel XL, with AI smarts, a stellar camera, and a pristine Android Oreo experience. Check out our full review.

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25% off Dyson V6 Motor Head Cord-free Vacuum - Deal Alert

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:37:00 -0700

The powerful, portable and wire-free Dyson V6 Motorhead vacuum is currently discounted by a generous $100 on Amazon, where it averages 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 1,000 reviewers. The Dyson V6 Motorhead cordless vacuum has an overall cleaning performance that beats most full-size corded vacuums -- without the hassle of a cord. Compared to the upright market, the Dyson V6 Motorhead vacuum has one of the highest geometric average pickup performances, dust loaded, when hard floor, creviced hard floor, and carpet results are combined. Its Direct-drive cleaner head provides 75% more power on carpets than the Dyson V6 vacuum. The V6 Motorhead's typical list price has been reduced 25%, or $100, so you can pick it up for $299. See this deal on Amazon.

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Moto X4 Android One review: A good reminder of what a great deal looks like

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 06:00:00 -0700

The Motorola Moto X4 Android One is the latest proof that in the Android world, you can easily find a smartphone that offers plenty of bang for your buck. It’s the next device to come to the Android One family, a program that’s expanding beyond budget phones. Now Android One targets anyone who wants a stable Android phone that’s consistently updated and stamped with the Google seal of approval. For $400, the Moto X4 gives you mid-tier specs in a premium-looking body, with a version of Android that’s sure to be as secure as possible. 

The Moto flair is there

Before we dissect the hardware that makes the Moto X4 Android One tick, remember that this is a review of the Android One version of the device. There are currently three variants of the Moto X4 floating around, including an unlocked version available on Amazon for $330 with ads on the lock screen. That device runs a different version of the Android software, however, while the Moto X4 reviewed here runs Android One tied to Google’s Project Fi, a mobile virtual network operator (or MVNO).

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HTC Vive vs. Oculus Rift vs. Windows Mixed Reality: What's the difference?

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:17:00 -0700


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5 reasons to buy a Pixel 2 over iPhone 8 (and five reasons not to)

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 03:45:00 -0700

The Google Pixel 2 and iPhone 8 are the two hottest phones out there. We help you choose which one to buy.


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Don't buy an old Roku now

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 03:00:00 -0700

Old Roku players are on sale, but the latest models are well-worth the extra cash.


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How to remove malware from your Windows PC

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:47:00 -0700

Beware the signs of a potentially malware-infested PC: slower-than-usual performance, the recent occurrence of lots of pop-ups, and other weird issues. It's possible your system has been infected by a virus, spyware, or other nefarious entity—even if you have an antivirus program installed. Yes, out-of-the-ordinary behavior is sometimes the result of hardware issues, but it’s best to first rule out malware if your PC is acting up. Here's a step-by-step guide for taking action.

Step 1: Enter Safe Mode

Before you do anything, you need to disconnect your PC from the internet, and don’t use it until you’re ready to clean your PC. This can help prevent the malware from spreading and/or leaking your private data.

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How to download the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update right now

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:28:00 -0700

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update launched on October 17, stuffed with all sorts of cool new features. That doesn’t mean you’ll get it immediately. Microsoft rolls out big updates in waves. But the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is available right now if you’re the impatient type.

And bold: Microsoft only pushes the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to PCs if it knows your computer won’t run into technical issues or nasty bugs, like the broken webcams, Kindle-induced crashes, and system freezes that followed in the wake of Windows 10’s Anniversary Update in 2016. In fact, Microsoft actively discourages workarounds like the one below even though it makes them available.

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The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt GOTY is on sale for $20 right now

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 13:17:00 -0700

One of the best games of 2015 is on sale right now, and if you haven’t played it yet you absolutely should. The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt Game of the Year Edition (GOTY) is available on GoG and Steam for $20 as part of CD Projekt Red’s celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Witcher game series.

The standard game is also $20 right now, but the GOTY offer is by far the better deal since it includes the two expansion packs as part of the package. It’s also the lowest price yet for the GOTY edition, which came out in early 2016.

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OneDrive Files On-Demand: How to enable it in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 09:22:00 -0700

Where is OneDrive Files On-Demand? If you downloaded Microsoft’s Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, you might be interested in the terrific new OneDrive placeholders feature. But on some PCs, it never showed up.

OneDrive Files On-Demand returns the Windows 8.1 placeholder functionality to Windows 10. This displays shortcuts to all the files stored in your OneDrive account in a File Explorer window, rather than storing a local copy on your hard drive. Even if you have hundreds of gigabytes stored in OneDrive, you’ll be able to see them all in a folder that takes up a megabyte or two. It’s one of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update’s best new features.

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KRACK Wi-Fi attack threatens all networks: How to stay safe and what you need to know

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:42:00 -0700

A devastating flaw in Wi-Fi’s WPA security protocol makes it possible for attackers to eavesdrop on your data when you connect to Wi-Fi. Dubbed KRACK, the issue affects the Wi-Fi protocol itself—not specific products or implementations—and “works against all modern protected Wi-Fi networks,” according to Mathy Vanhoef, the researcher that discovered it. That means that if your device uses Wi-Fi, KRACK likely impacts it. Fortunately, major tech companies are moving quickly to patch the issue.

Read on for what you need to know about the KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability, from how it works to how to best protect yourself against it. We’ll repeatedly update this article as more information becomes available.

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Save Hundreds On 48 Hours of DevOps & Deployment Tech Training ($39) - Deal Alert

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:01:00 -0700

You may have heard the concept of "DevOps" thrown around in the software community. For the uninitiated, it's essentially the merging of development and operations teams into one synergistic whole that can rapidly produce applications and services. As such, those versed in DevOps' practices and tools are in high demand, and with the Complete DevOps & Deployment Technologies Bundle, you can join their ranks for over 80 percent off.

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The HP ZBook x2 is a wildly powerful Surface Pro rival with a tear-off keyboard

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 06:51:00 -0700

Whether you call it a workstation or a 2-in-1, HP just designed perhaps the most powerful tablet you can buy. The HP ZBook x2 features a quad-core 8th-gen Intel processor, workstation-caliber graphics, Thunderbolt, and up to a whopping 2TB of SSD storage. Did we mention it’s ruggedized, too?

HP unveiled the ZBook x2 in advance of the Adobe Max conference, aiming the powerful tablet at graphics professionals who need the power of a workstation while on the road. Competing tablets, such as Microsoft’s Surface Pro series or the Apple iPad, simply don’t offer enough horsepower to get the job done, according to Sarah Burton, the global lead for the zBook mobile workstations. 

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48% off Kidde Carbon Monoxide Alarm with Display and 10 Year Battery - Deal Alert

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 06:32:00 -0700

Carbon Monoxide is odorless, tasteless and invisible, and it accounts for over 72,000 cases of poisoning each year. Kidde calls their C3010D model "worry free" because its sensor and sealed battery provide 10 years of uninterrupted CO detection, and a digital display that updates every 15 seconds. The unit will chirp when its reaching the ends of its life, so you don't have to wonder. The Kidde C3010D alarm is currently discounted down to just $27.93. See this deal now on Amazon.

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