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How to take a screenshot in Windows 10

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:47:00 -0700

There are good reasons why you might want to take a screenshot in Windows 10. A screenshot can be useful for quickly showing someone what’s on your desktop, or grabbing a quick moment from a video that you need to share. Windows 10’s built-in screenshot controls are easy to use, but they aren’t exactly obvious.

Here are three built-in Windows screenshot keyboard shortcuts, most of which will also work in earlier versions of Windows. We’ll also suggest a few third-party applications for those who need a more powerful screenshot utility.

Print Screen

The old screenshot standard still exists in Windows 10. Press the PrtScn button on your keyboard and your entire screen (or screens, in a multi-monitor setup) is copied to the clipboard. From there you can paste it into Paint, GIMP, IrfanView, Photoshop, or any other photo program that allows you to paste in an image.

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Best Buy dumps Huawei phones, another major blow to the company's U.S. aspirations

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:34:00 -0700

Best Buy has just made Huawei’s tough year a lot worse. The Chinese company has already dealt with government pressure and scrutiny that's resulted in the dissolution of a proposed deal with AT&T,  and an all-out warning by the heads of multiple U.S. intelligence agencies. On Thursday, Best Buy, one of its biggest partners, has said it won’t be selling Huawei phones anymore.

As first reported by CNET and confirmed by the Wall Street Journal, Best Buy plans to stop selling the Mate 10 Pro in stores and on its website once the current stock dries up. According to the reports, Best Buy has stopped ordering new handsets from Huawei and will no longer sell its products over the coming weeks.

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Google Assistant's new voice command sends money to your contacts

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 08:26:00 -0700

Google made a splash earlier this week with a new Assistant-powered shopping initiative seemingly aimed at chipping away at Amazon’s dominance, and now it has a new target in its sights: Venmo.

Starting today, you’ll be able to use your iPhone or Android phone to send money to anyone in your contact list just by asking Google Assistant. Like the Google Express shopping service, you’ll need to have Google Pay installed and set up, but once you go through the process—either through the app or by following Assistant’s guided setup—you’ll be able to send any amount of money just by saying, “OK Google, send Brad $100 for dinner.”

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Nvidia's delayed 4K, 144Hz G-Sync HDR displays are expected to launch in April

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 08:06:00 -0700

When Nvidia first revealed G-Sync HDR monitors all the way back at CES 2017, enthusiast hearts around the globe skipped a beat. With searing 1,000-nit 4K HDR screens blazing along at 144Hz, bolstered by Quantum Dot Enhancement Film and Nvidia’s gameplay-smoothing G-Sync technology, these beasts are essentially the holy grail of PC displays. Pushing the bleeding edge isn’t easy though, and the monitors—first promised for summer 2017—wound up being delayed. But they should be here soon.

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Keep all your devices alive with this 7-port charging station for 25% off

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 07:19:00 -0700

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This workhorse AMD laptop is just $260 at Staples, $80 less than anywhere else

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 07:00:00 -0700

Laptops come in all shapes and sizes, but it’s always nice to have a traveling “workhorse” laptop that you can take anywhere without needing to worry about banging it up too much. We’ve found just such a laptop for a great price. An AMD A9-based version of the Acer Aspire A3 is just $260 at Staples today.

That’s about $80 cheaper than Amazon’s third-party sellers right now, and is actually lower than the best historical sale price for the Amazon Marketplace. Staples’ deal expires on Saturday.

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Owl Car Cam review: 24-hour surveillance redefines the dash cam

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 03:30:00 -0700

Owl’s Car Cam is ground-breaking and uniquely capable, and it sports a wonderfully slick design that cherry-picks the best bits from the competition—and adds some soon-to-be-copied tricks of its own. But at $349, it’s also one of the most expensive dash cams I’ve ever tested, and it has some caveats. It currently depends upon the iPhone (6 or greater, iOS 11), as well as, to some extent, proximity to your vehicle. It’s also currently missing some key features that other, less expensive dash cams we've reviewed already have.

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WiTopia personalVPN review: It's all about choices

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 03:00:00 -0700

WiTopia personalVPN in brief:

P2P allowed: Yes

Business location: Reston, VA

Number of servers: 300+

Number of country locations: 45

Cost: $50 (Basic) / $70 (Pro)

VPN protocol: OpenVPN (default)

Data encryption: AES-128

Data authentication: SHA2

Handshake encryption: TLSv1.2

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Maximus Camera Floodlight review: Brand X is trying harder

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 19:54:00 -0700

It's cheaper than the Ring Floodight Cam and offers some benefits that camera doesn't.

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Microsoft's DirectX Raytracing paves the way for lifelike gaming, the graphics holy grail

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:09:00 -0700

The PC industry is finally making a push toward a “holy grail” rendering technique that makes computer-generated imagery in movies appear so much more lifelike than the graphics in games. At GDC 2018 on Monday, Microsoft introduced a new “DirectX Raytracing” (DXR) feature for Windows 10’s DirectX 12 graphics API.

To coincide with the announcement, Nvidia announced “RTX technology” for enhanced DXR support in upcoming Volta graphics cards, as well as new ray tracing tools for its GameWorks library that can help developers deploy the technology faster. Likewise, AMD said it’s “collaborating with Microsoft to help define, refine and support the future of DirectX 12 and ray tracing.” And top gaming engines like Unity, Unreal, and Frostbite are already planning to integrate DirectX Raytracing.

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Nvidia Highlights and Ansel appear in more games to make sharing your epic wins easier

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:20:00 -0700

Nvidia’s Highlights and Ansel technologies make GeForce graphics cards more fun. At GDC 2018, they’re debuting in games like Tekken 7, Star Wars Battlefront II, and Call of Duty to help you spread your most glorious gaming moments to the world.

Highlights was formerly called ShadowPlay Highlights, but it seems Nvidia changed the name to coincide with these announcements. It automatically identifies your gaming highlights—such as kills, multi-hit combos, or oh-so-delicious chicken dinners—and lets you easily create short video clips that can be shared on social networks.

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PCWorld's March Digital Magazine: AMD's Ryzen APU could save budget gaming

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:46:00 -0700

Stay on top of the latest tech with PCWorld’s Digital Magazine. Available as single copies or as a monthly subscription, it highlights the best content from—the most important news, the key product reviews, and the most useful features and how-to stories—in a curated Digital Magazine for Android and iOS, as well for the desktop and other tablet readers.

In the March issue

This month we review AMD’s Ryzen APU. Could it save budget gaming? If you’re looking to buy a smartwatch, find out which platform is better: Samsung Gear or Android Wear. Speaking of Android, you won’t want to miss 5 awesome Android features you probably take for granted. 

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AMD's Project ReSX makes ultra-popular games smoother and faster on Radeon graphics

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 11:19:00 -0700

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This Bluetooth wireless headset deal lets you free your hands for 30% off

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 07:34:00 -0700

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Get A Lifetime Subscription To Windscribe VPN For 92% Off

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 06:29:00 -0700

The Internet is wonderful, highly productive place, but it's also strewn with snoopers, sniffers, unwanted ads, blocked destinations, trackers and other pitfalls; it's also a dangerous place. A desktop app and browser extension, WindScribe VPN allows you to access geo-locked content from virtually anywhere, hide most ads as you browse, mask your physical location with the app's encrypted tunnel, and leave no trace of your browsing activity anywhere. And you get it all for life on an unlimited number of devices with WindScribe VPN Lifetime Pro Subscription for a mere $69.

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Newegg's selling a mechanical keyboard with backlit Cherry Brown switches for $55

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 06:00:00 -0700

Devoted typists adore mechanical keyboards, but all of their internal hardware usually pushes entry prices up towards the $100 mark. This week, the barrier's much lower. Newegg is offering a mechanical keyboard at a solid discount—complete with cherished Cherry switches. The G.Skill Ripjaws KM570 MX with Cherry Brown switches is $55 via the retailer's Newegg Flash site. This keyboard has an MSRP of $100 but commonly sells around $79 elsewhere. 

The Ripjaws keyboard comes with Cherry MX Brown switches. As PCWorld's guide to mechanical keyboards explains, that means the keypresses are much quieter than other mechanical switches, which can sometimes get pretty loud. But while Cherry Browns lack the same "click" that other switches do, they offer a tactile bump to signify a keypress. This middle-of-the-road approach makes Browns viable for both typists and gamers. 

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17 obscure Steam tips and tricks that can power up your PC gaming

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 05:44:00 -0700

Let’s cut to the chase: For many people, PC gaming is synonymous with Steam. Valve’s ubiquitous gaming client is both storefront and service, delivering a one-stop shop for buying games, playing and managing those games, and even building out a friends list to chat with while you game.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Steam’s rife with hidden features that can help you get more out of your PC gaming experience—tricks that few people ever touch. Here are some of the most useful, starting with obscure (yet helpful) library management tools on this page before diving into more exotic tips.

Optimize your Steam library

Add non-Steam games to your library

From DRM-free indie titles to EA games sold exclusively through Origin, not every PC game graces Steam’s digital shelves—which can be a problem if you game and socialize exclusively through Valve’s service. Fortunately, Valve lets you add non-Steam games to the Steam client.

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MarkAudio-SOTA Tozzi One loudspeaker review: Audiophile sound in a small footprint

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0700

You'll be hard-pressed to find a more stylish, fun, and sweet-sounding set of small speakers under $450.

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How to set up Android Auto in any car

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 03:30:00 -0700

Android Auto will work in any car, even an older car. All you need is the right accessories—and a smartphone running Android 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher (Android 6.0 is better), with a decent-sized screen. Add a few handy apps and phone settings, and you can make your smartphone version of Android Auto just about as good as the dashboard version. 

Android Auto wasn’t always this easy. When it debuted in 2015, you needed either a new car or pricey aftermarket hardware to run Google’s infotainment system of the future. Google brought a standalone Android Auto app to smartphones the following year, allowing anyone with an Android phone to use the simplified menu system for music, navigation, phone calls, and messages. More recently, Android Auto added support for Google Assistant and all the same voice commands you’d use with a Google Home speaker.

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What is two-factor authentication, and which 2FA apps are best?

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:19:00 -0700

The age of widespread fingerprint and face-scanning authentication is almost here. Yet even in the age of Apple’s Face ID and Windows 10’s Hello, passwords are still the main way we log in to our various accounts. That’s why two-factor authentication (2FA) is still important.

What is two-factor authentication?

Two-factor, or multi-factor, authentication is an additional login code for an account—a second line of defense to your sensitive info. There are a number of ways you can get these short, secondary login codes. In a moment, we’ll take a look at some of the most popular methods for using two-factor authentication. Before we do that, however, here’s a quick review of what two-factor authentication is.

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AMD confirms Ryzenfall vulnerabilities, but says they'll be fixed soon via routine BIOS updates

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:44:00 -0700

AMD has acknowledged the Ryzenfall vulnerabilities discovered by CTS-Labs, though the chip company believes the flaws can be patched via BIOS updates issued over the next few weeks.

In a blog post authored by AMD’s chief technical officer, Mark Papermaster, AMD confirmed that the four broad classifications of attacks—Masterkey, Ryzenfall, Fallout, and Chimera—are viable, though they require administrative access to the PC or server in question. Third-party protection, such as Microsoft Windows Credential Guard, also serve to block unauthorized administrative access, Papermaster wrote.

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TCL's 6-Series Dolby Vision Roku TVs will ship on May 1st

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 10:32:00 -0700

With improved image chops to support Dolby Vision HDR, TCL TVs are poised to go where none of them have gone before.

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How to delete, disable, or limit your Facebook account

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 10:07:00 -0700

There was a time when deleting your Facebook account was a pie-in-the-sky fantasy, but this week’s news might have you thinking twice. In a series of reports, we learned that an employee at Facebook erroneously handed a trove of data to a company called Cambridge Analytics, which in turn used that information to target voters and spread influence ahead of the 2016 election. So we totally understand if you’re having second thoughts about your account.

The good news is, you have options. First you can limit what third-party apps and the Facebook community can see about your account. If that’s not enough, you can deactivate your account, which can be undone, or full-on delete it—and even then, you have a chance to change your mind. Here’s how it works.

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This $100 Google Assistant-powered Insignia smart speaker is less than $40

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 07:25:00 -0700

Even if you don't have a home packed with smart devices, a smart speaker can still be a great way to play music and get information. So if you're looking for your first one or just want to add to an existing setup, Best Buy is offering its exclusive Insignia Voice smart Bluetooth speaker with built-in Google Assistant for just $36.99 right now.

The Bluetooth speaker looks like a standard alarm clock but it comes with Google Assistant built in for hands-free control. Once connected to your smartphone, the speaker can access a variety of popular online streaming services as well as your own Google Play music library to listen to a wide range of music in multiple rooms at once. And if you have other smart devices in your home, you'll be able to control them as well just by asking Google Assistant to turn off the lights or turn up the thermostat.

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Rachio 3 Smart Sprinkler Controller review: New tricks from the market leader

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 07:00:00 -0700

With onboard controls and cleaner connectors, this sprinkler system is better than ever.

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Monoprice slashes $80 off the Xbox One X on Sea of Thieves launch day

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 06:56:00 -0700

Online retailer Monoprice is famous for its cheap cables, but today you can get a good price on a 1TB Xbox One X as well. Monoprice is selling Microsoft's console for $420 today. That's around $80 cheaper than you'll find on other sites right now, where the the Xbox One X—the most powerful console ever, and one that rivals or beats many modern gaming PCs—usually sells for $500.

It's an especially enticing price for gamers now that the AMD Radeon RX 580 graphics card alone commonly sells for around the same amount, thanks to the ongoing graphics card shortage. The Xbox One X's graphics power roughly correlates to the Radeon RX 580, or the GeForce GTX 1060 on the Nvidia side.

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Is your VPN secure? How to check for leaks

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 05:10:00 -0700

A trustworthy virtual private network (VPN) is a good way to keep your internet usage secure and private whether at home or on public Wi-Fi. But just how private is your activity over a VPN? In other words, how do you know if the VPN is doing its job or if you’re unwittingly leaking information to prying eyes?

To find out, you first need to know what your computer looks like to the internet without a VPN running. Start by searching for what is my IP on Google. At the top of the search results, Google will report back your current public Internet Protocol (IP) address. That’s a good place to start, but there is more to your internet connection and its potential for leaks.

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How Apple can use Google’s simple strategy with Android P to make a better iOS 12

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 04:00:00 -0700

Google's Android P update is a typical release, focusing on system-level enhancements rather than innovative features. What if Apple adopted a similar strategy for iOS 12?

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Evoluent VerticalMouse C Right Wireless review: This upright mouse aims to end your arm pain

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 03:24:00 -0700

The Evoluent VerticalMouse C Right Wireless ($109.95) was designed combat  repetitive strain injury (RSI) and other shoulder-arm-hand discomforts, at least for the 90 percent of us that are right-hand dominant. The company claims the palm-down position used to operate conventional mice twists your forearm and puts you at risk of injury over time. The VerticalMouse C Right Wireless puts your arm in the more “neutral”—and presumably safer—handshake grip position.

I have to admit I couldn’t find any data to support this idea, though, and easily found plenty to contradict it. By most expert-y accounts, the handshake grip is not a neutral position and the proper hand and wrist Position for using a mouse is, in fact, pretty much the one Evoluent claims is the problem.

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AMD's Ryzen, Epyc security co-processor and chipset have major flaws, researchers claim

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:55:00 -0700

Researchers say they’ve discovered serious potential vulnerabilities within AMD’s Ryzen and Epyc chip architectures, which have now been confirmed by two independent firms. AMD said it’s taking the reports seriously, though it wasn’t provided sufficient time to investigate or confirm them before their disclosure.

CTS-Labs, a security research company which says it specializes in vulnerabilities within ASICs and other chips, has said it’s discovered four potential attacks, code-named Masterkey, Ryzenfall, Fallout, and Chimera. All would require a program running with local access and administrator privileges to exploit them. CTS published a clarification paper on March 16 with more technical details, including a claim that an attacker does not need physical access to the machine and that the vulnerabilities were more relevant to enterprise customers, not PC users.

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