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Best Android phones 2017: What should you buy?

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 10:30:00 -0700

Updated 06/27/17: OnePlus once again takes the Best Bang for Your Buck crown with the OnePlus 5.

Choosing a new Android phone isn’t easy. The Android universe is teeming with options, from super-expensive flagship phones, to affordable models that make a few calculated compromises, to models expressly designed for, say, great photography. 

Chances are that whichever phone you buy, you’ll keep it for at least two years. So choosing the best Android phone for you isn’t a decision you should take lightly. But we can make things easier. Everyone has different priorities and needs, so we’ve made some picks for the best Android phone in several categories. 

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How to remove ransomware: Use this battle plan to fight back

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 09:43:00 -0700

Ransomware doesn’t sneak into your PC like ordinary malware. It bursts in, points a gun at your data, and screams for cash—or else. And if you don’t learn to defend yourself, it could happen again and again, as the Petya (or NotPetya) outbreak is demonstrating.

A form of ransomware similar to a piece of malware called Petya has attacked the Ukraine and other sites around the globe, encrypting files until a ransom has been paid. Researchers, though, have moved quickly to block the spread of the ransomware, also known as Petrwrap, exPetr, Petna, and SortaPetya. There's no real way to remove the Petya ransomware, but researchers have come up with a way to "immunize" your PC, and malware companies are already working to block it.

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AMD, Nvidia coin mining graphics cards appear as gaming GPU shortage intensifies

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 07:42:00 -0700


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Best home security camera: Our favorite tools for keeping an eye on the home front

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 06:28:00 -0700

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. We had intended to add a review of the new Nest Cam IQ to this roundup today; unfortunately, the evaluation unit we received proved to be defective. Nest is sending a replacement unit, so we should have a through hands-on review soon.

These close cousins of webcams require minimal installation and offer flexible setups and a range of security features. Indeed, the offers vary widely by camera, and navigating them all gets more daunting as this category grows ever more crowded. To help you find the best security camera for your needs, we’ve outlined the key features to consider and tested six of the newest, most high-profile models.

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Keyloggers: Beware this hidden threat

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0700

The American television series Mr. Robot introduces its viewers to a lot of hacking attacks, techniques, and tools. Most of it is based on actual methods and hardware, even if it is presented as far easier to do on the show than in real life. One thing the show portrays as a common, almost pedestrian attack technique is keylogging.

You need to know about keylogging, because it really is as common, easy to do, and critical to the success of criminals as it is on the TV show. That’s because the targets of attacks that involve keylogging are, well, just about anyone and everyone. And you wouldn’t even know that it’s happening.

How it works

Keylogging, formally called “keystroke logging,” is exactly what it sounds like: It’s when a user’s keystrokes on a computer, tablet, or phone are recorded and tracked. This is sometimes done in an IT monitoring environment, or for studying human-computer interaction. Even Windows 10 has a creepy keylogger, to collect your info for… reasons. Fortunately, you can turn it off.

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Akitio Node Cabinet review: Real, affordable graphics for your laptop

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 03:00:00 -0700

The Akitio Node external GPU cabinet is here to give your Thunderbolt 3-equipped laptop a big boost. This affordable unit—basically, a big steel box with a 400-watt PSU and a fan in front—lets you drop in most modern AMD or Nvidia graphics cards and then connect it to a laptop using PCIe over Thunderbolt 3/USB-C.

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The Akitio features one fan for the PSU, and one in front that offers plenty of airflow.

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10% off Bose SoundSport Pulse Wireless Headphones With Heartrate Monitor - Deal Alert

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:25:00 -0700

Take your workout to the next level with Bose SoundSport Pulse wireless headphones. A built-in heart rate sensor makes it easy to track your performance without missing a beat of your music. The sensor measures your heart rate directly from your ear, delivering a highly accurate reading without interfering with your workout. And while you’re on the move, SoundSport Pulse wireless headphones stay secure. The StayHear+ Pulse tips are designed for stability even during intense workouts. Connect to your device easily with Bluetooth and NFC pairing. The Bose SoundSport Pulse headphones average 4 out of 5 stars from over 1,900 people on Amazon (read recent reviews here), where their typical list price of $199 has been reduced to $179. See this deal on Amazon.

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Raspberry Pi projects: 10 insanely innovative, incredibly cool creations

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:53:00 -0700


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Amazon has knocked $50 off the price of a 1TB SSD

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:27:00 -0700

The best thing you can do to improve the performance of an old PC is to swap out that spinning hard drive for an SSD. Just a few years ago that meant you’d trade speed for capacity, but that’s quickly changing. Today, Amazon’s got a deal on an SSD with a 1TB capacity. The SanDisk Ultra II 1TB 2.5-inch SATA III drive is on sale today for $270.

That might not sound cheap, especially if you were tracking prices just last fall. But we’re in an period of inflated prices for SSDs—so if you need to buy a drive now, this is one of the better discounts we’ve seen in recent weeks.

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10 supremely useful Microsoft OneNote add-ins and tools

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 11:34:00 -0700

Microsoft OneNote can do just about anything to help you stay organized and productive. That utility doesn’t end with the core features in the desktop and mobile apps, either. OneNote also hooks into a ton of different services, so it’s easy to save everything from meeting notes to recipes and even emails to your digital notebook. And with Microsoft’s cross-platform strategy, OneNote is available on every platform.

We’ve gathered together the most powerful ways to augment your OneNote experience no matter what device or third-party service you’re using.

OneNote Clipper

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Bookmarking sites is a good way to forget about them a few days later. Instead, if you want to read article later, hold onto it for research, or save a recipe, then get the OneNote Clipper for Chrome, Firefox, or Edge. When you save an article, it can be stripped down to just the text, capture the entire page, or let you snip just a portion of it. The only caveat is that if you’re using some type of ad blocker you may need to disable it on that page.

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What the Radeon Vega Frontier Edition's specs and pricing mean for PC gamers

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:38:00 -0700

Editor’s note: This article was updated to reflect AMD’s official pricing for Radeon Vega Frontier Edition at launch, as early preorder prices were much more expensive. We’ve also included details from PCWorld’s Vega Frontier Edition hands-on preview.

After months of trickles and teases, the full hardware details about the first Radeon Vega graphics card are finally here as AMD formally launched Radeon Vega Frontier Edition on Tuesday.

Don’t get too excited though. This hardware is intended for “data scientists, immersion engineers, and product designers” rather than gamers. That professional focus reflects in the pricing: The air-cooled Frontier Edition costs $1,000 and the liquid-cooled Vega goes for a cool $1,500 on Newegg. (That’s cheaper than initially expected, however, as online retailers like SabrePC, Newegg, and Exxact originally listed earlier preorders at $1,200 and $1,800, respectively.)

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Samsung Galaxy S8: Everything you need to know, all in one place

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:30:00 -0700

Updated 06/27/17: This post has been updated with information about the U.S. launch of Bixby Voice and upcoming Daydream VR support (it looks like the Galaxy S8 will work with Google's VR platform, after all). Jump to our FAQ section for update details.

The release of the latest Galaxy S phone is always a major event, and with good reason. Samsung’s premium flagship practically defines our expectations for high-end, high-price Android phones for the year to come. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ deliver a smorgasbord of features, top-tier hardware, a great camera, and bleeding-edge design. This, together with Samsung’s marketing muscle, make them the most popular premium Android phones. 

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Steam Summer Sale gems: 20 great games under $5

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 08:07:00 -0700

A cornucopia of riches
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Steam Summer Sales are a great time to pick up top-notch PC games for rock-bottom prices. Case in point: There are nearly 20,000 games on discount during Valve’s 2017 sale, and nearly half of those are under $5.

But a lot of those games are junk. So we spent hours sifting through the Summer Sale’s stock to find 15 great PC games that cost less than a fiver. (Update: Make that 20 after more sifting!) These may not cost much, but each kicks a lot of ass.

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OnePlus 5: Everything you need to know about the mid-range flagship

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:59:00 -0700


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73% off amFilm Tempered Glass Screen Protector for iPhone 7/6/6s (2-Pack) - Deal Alert

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:26:00 -0700

These Amazon best-selling screen protectors from amFilm are specifically designed for iPhone 7, 6S, and 6. Ultra thin-0.3mm thickness is reliable and resiliant, and promises full compatibility with touchscreen sensitivity. Also ultra-clear with 99.9% transparency to allow an optimal, natural viewing experience. Highly durable and scratch resistant/chip resistant, this strong protector will guarantee your cell phone the best protection against drops, bumps, scratches and normal wear and tear. Over 8,200 reviewers on Amazon give this item an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars (read reviews). Amazon indicates that its list price has been dramatically reduced to just $8, and for that price you will receive 2 glass Screen Protector, wet/dry wipes, squeeze card, installation guide and dust removal stickers. See the discounted screen protectors on Amazon.

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Best Bluetooth speakers

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:20:00 -0700

There was a time when Bluetooth speakers were like jelly beans: They were cheap, they all looked the same, and they were invariably of dubious quality. Times have changed. Every major audio manufacturer has at least one model on the market today, and most have several. If you haven’t listened to a Bluetooth speaker lately, you’re in for a very pleasant surprise. While today's addition of the Libratone One Click doesn't change our overall rankings, we certainly welcome it to the I'm-not-a-jelly-bean troop.

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57% off Anker Quick Charge 3.0 39W Dual USB Car Charger - Deal Alert

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:18:00 -0700


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Hands-on: How the Asus ROG GX501 Zephyrus performs with Nvidia's Max-Q technology

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:00:00 -0700

The Asus ROG (Republic of Gamer) GX501 Zephyrus laptop is here to break a big rule. That rule says you can have a thin gaming laptop, you can have a quiet gaming laptop, and you can have a powerful laptop—but you can only have two of those things in one machine. If it’s thin, it can’t be powerful, or if it’s powerful, it can’t be quiet. 

That’s not true anymore—as I learned after spending some time with the ROG GX501 Zephyrus. As the first laptop to ship with Nvidia’s Max-Q technology (other Max-Q models are coming), it’s an impressively thin PC that can sometimes offer the performance of laptops three times thicker.

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European Union slaps Google with $2.72 billion fine for manipulating search results

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 05:39:00 -0700

Google abused its dominant position in the search engine market to illegally promote its comparison shopping service, the European Union's top antitrust authority ruled Tuesday, slapping the company with a €2.42 billion ($2.72 billion) fine.

The consequence could be still greater differences in the ways Google presents search results to users in the U.S. and to those in the EU.

The European Commission gave the the company 90 days to change its ways or face additional fines of up to 5 percent of average daily worldwide sales of parent company Alphabet for each day that the infringement continued.

The Commission's ruling targets the way Google uses its search service to promote another service, "Google Shopping", previously known as Google Product Search and Froogle.

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OnePlus 5 review: This mid-range Android phone is speedy inside, but stale outside

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:30:00 -0700

There are certain things you can usually count on in a OnePlus phone: great performance, an awesome price, and a touch of originality. But with the OnePlus 5, you’re only getting the first two parts of the three-part equation.

The OnePlus 5 is packed with the latest components on the inside, but its display is nothing special. It’s still a good deal cheaper than other premium phones, but even at a starting price of $479, it’s not quite a killer bargain. And its design, while nice-looking, is derivative of both previous OnePlus phones as well as Apple’s aging iPhone 7 Plus.

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Become an expert at Safari for iOS with these 8 tips and tricks

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:30:00 -0700

Hide your frequently visited sites, remotely close Safari tabs on other devices, turn web pages into PDFs, and more.


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How to secure your CMS without patching

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:01:00 -0700

In as little as four hours, the bad guys can reverse engineer a software patch for an open-source content management system (CMS) and build an exploit capable of turning millions of websites into spammers, malware hosts or DDoS attackers. 

"There's just not enough time for normal site owners to apply the updates," said David Jardin, a member of the German association CMS Garden, which promotes the use of open source CMS software including Drupal, Joomla, WordPress and others.

To help ordinary users patch more quickly, CMS Garden is participating in a government-funded project, Secure Websites and Content Management Systems (Siwecos), to make the websites of SMEs more secure. 

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TCL P-series Roku smart TV review: Dolby Vision hits the mainstream

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:00:00 -0700

Support for Dolby Vision elevates the TCP 55P607's image chops.


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PNY GTX 1080 Ti XLR8 OC review: A gorgeous graphics card with great value

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 03:00:00 -0700

Let’s be frank: Most of the customized versions of Nvidia’s beastly GeForce GTX 1080 Ti that you can buy offer largely similar levels of gaming performance. This monstrous GPU pushes Nvidia’s Pascal architecture as far and fast as it’ll go.

That’s good in some ways. Aside from Founders Edition models, you know you aren’t leaving performance on the table by opting for one custom GTX 1080 Ti over another, and you shouldn’t have any problem pushing clock speeds up around the 2GHz range if you want to try your hand at manual overclocking. But it also means that custom cards need to bring a little something extra to the table if they want to stand out from the crowd.

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Amazon's Echo has dropped to an all-time low of $130

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:14:00 -0700

Today, Amazon and Best Buy are offering the cheapest price yet on the Amazon Echo at $50 off. The popular smart speaker is available right now for $130 instead of the usual sticker price of $180.

The price of the Echo has been fluctuating a bit in recent months with sales going as low as $140 to $150. In May, Amazon and Best Buy did a discounted "two pack" where you could get two Echo units for $280. Today's deal beats that sale by $20 if you were to buy two, and it's the best price we've seen since the Echo's launch.

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Radeon Vega Frontier Edition: Benchmarks and behind-the-scenes AMD interview

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:44:00 -0700

AMD’s first graphics card based on the Vega graphics architecture launches this week, and we’ve gotten our grubby hands on it.

The $1,200 Radeon Vega Frontier Edition goes toe-to-toe against Nvidia’s Titan Xp in prosumer applications, with the gamer-focused Radeon RX Vega series slated to launch at the end of July. In time for the Vega Frontier Edition’s June 27 launch AMD brought a vanload of hardware by PCWorld’s offices to see how it handles. Check out our Radeon Vega Frontier Edition hands-on preview for the full details, but we thought you might want a glimpse behind the curtain, too. The video above shows our extended interview and testing session with AMD’s Nick Pandher and Omar Faiz.

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10 great Steam Summer Sale game bundles that save you even more money

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:07:00 -0700


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Photoshop fonts: Creating swashes, swirls and flourishes

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:51:00 -0700

In our first story on Photoshop fonts, we covered font and paragraph attributes, plus how to alter the shapes of a word, phrase, or sentence, which (obviously) affects the shapes of the fonts. The instructions targeted Creative Suite users, which means the path to altering a string of text is Edit > Transform > Warp. If you’re using Photoshop version 6.x or 7.x (pre-Creative Suite), the Warp feature is under Layer > Type > Warp Text.

This follow-on article explains how to add swashes, swirls, and flourishes that turn words into a visual feast. Nothing makes typefaces pop more than a few well-placed calligraphic swirls. Even though some fonts already fall into the script or calligraphy categories, they can be difficult to read and are often too decorative for a full word or phrase.

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How to use Evernote in Linux

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:36:00 -0700

Evernote does not offer an official desktop client for Linux, but there are a few workarounds. For a better-than-browser experience, try one of these methods. 

Evernote Web and Chrome app

The browser-based version of Evernote is the only officially supported way of using the application on Linux. It works, but if you’re a tab hoarder like me, editing your notes in a tab in a sea of tabs can be a bit tricky. On top of that, there is the additional baggage of running a full-fledged web browser.

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The Evernote Chrome application works just like the web application without the UI cruft of running it in a web browser window.

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