Subscribe: PC World
http://feeds.pcworld.com/pcworld/update/gadgets
Added By: Feedage Forager Feedage Grade B rated
Language: English
Tags:
article full  article  click  comment click  comment  full leave  full  leave comment  leave  new  read article  read 
Rate this Feed
Rate this feedRate this feedRate this feedRate this feedRate this feed
Rate this feed 1 starRate this feed 2 starRate this feed 3 starRate this feed 4 starRate this feed 5 star

Comments (0)

Feed Details and Statistics Feed Statistics
Preview: PC World

PCWorld





Published: Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:56:21 -0700

Last Build Date: Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:56:21 -0700

 



BrandPost: Messaging Vs. Email and Voicemail: Here’s What You Need to Know

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:05:00 -0700

There are so many marketing and customer communication channels available today, it’s hard to know where to turn.

Email drip campaigns can be effective if they’re done right. Phone support can help strengthen relationships with existing customers.

And if you’re looking for a way to improve your results dramatically and quickly, texting is a must.

Texting Is Everywhere

Texting is the surest way to get in front of your customers. Seventy-seven percent of Americans and 92% of 18- to 29-year-olds now own a smartphone, according to Pew Research. All smartphones come with SMS texting.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


Media Files:
http://zapt4.staticworld.net/images/article/2017/07/istock-578307838-100730219-large.3x2.jpg




Google Play Music and YouTube Red may merge into the single streaming service we all want

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:50:00 -0700

A new mega streaming music service may be coming to your phone. In a panel discussion at the New Music Seminar conference in New York, a YouTube exec has confirmed what we all hoped would happen one day: YouTube Red and Google Play Music are planning to merge.

As first reported by The Verge, hip-hop guru and YouTube’s global music chief Lyor Cohen plainly stated, “The important thing is combining YouTube Red and Google Play Music, and having one offering,” in response to a question about YouTube Red’s waning popularity. That would come as welcome news to users who struggle to navigate between the two services.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


Media Files:
http://zapt3.staticworld.net/images/article/2016/11/9-google-play-music-tips-tinker-with-music-queue_7-100695061-large.3x2.jpg




The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update's best new features

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:27:00 -0700


Media Files:
http://zapt3.staticworld.net/images/article/2017/05/windows-10-100722421-large.3x2.jpg




Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and the perils of previews

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 07:50:00 -0700

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus shows how hard it can be to judge a game based on pre-release demos. Coming out of E3, there was no game I was more excited about—we gave it our Best in Show prize. The E3 demo was fantastic, putting longtime protagonist Billy “B.J.” Blazkowicz in a wheelchair, taking down Nazis from waist-level.

So when Bethesda offered more hands-on time with the game a scant few weeks later, I jumped at the chance. That’s rare—I usually try to avoid doing more than one preview per game, especially when it’s not tied to an event we’re already attending, like E3 or PAX.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


Media Files:
http://zapt0.staticworld.net/images/article/2017/07/row_wolfenstein_ii_roswell_1496826976-100730183-large.3x2.jpg




Amazon and Newegg have this 24-inch Asus gaming monitor for $110 after rebate

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 07:28:00 -0700

There’s a good deal on a 24-inch, 1080p Asus gaming monitor today. Both Amazon and Newegg are selling the Asus VX248H for $110 after rebate. The rebate is via Asus, which means you’ll have to pay $130 up front, and then get $20 back in the form of a prepaid card.

Still, $110 is a pretty good price for this monitor. The 24-inch display boasts a 1920x1080 resolution with a 1ms response time and a 60Hz refresh rate. It has two built-in 2-watt speakers, meaning you can use it for PC or console gaming. On the back you’ve got two HDMI, and one VGA connector. It also has Asus VividPixel Technology, which is supposed to improve image quality by enhancing sharpness and color saturation.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


Media Files:
http://zapt2.staticworld.net/images/article/2017/07/asusgamingmonitor-100730189-medium.jpg




AMD ships Ryzen 3, facing Intel's Core i3 with more performance for less money

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 06:00:00 -0700

As AMD begins shipping its low-end Ryzen 3 chip Thursday, it's employing a familiar strategy: undercutting Intel’s Core i3 pricing while offering more performance.

AMD used the same tactics with its higher-performance Ryzen lineup, most notably with the eye-popping discounts attached to its Threadripper high-end gaming processors. But don’t expect such massive cuts with AMD’s new Ryzen 3 1200 and Ryzen 3 1300X: You’ll pay just a few dollars less, though AMD promises performance from 17 percent to 29 percent better than what Intel’s Core i3 chips can achieve.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


Media Files:
http://zapt4.staticworld.net/images/article/2017/07/amd_ryzen_cpu_wooden_crate-100730185-large.3x2.jpg







Microsoft slips four more features into the Fall Creators Update with Build 16251

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 03:00:00 -0700

Microsoft isn’t quite finished developing Windows 10’s Fall Creators Update after all: Four new features were added as part of Windows 10 Insider Build 16251, including new Cortana capabilities and more communication between Windows and your phone.

If there’s a theme to the new build, it’s following up on promises that Microsoft made earlier. At its Build developer conference, Microsoft promised that phones and Windows would begin to communicate with one another, so tasks begun on the phone could be completed on the desktop. Voice commands to shut down and reboot your PC have also been enabled via Cortana—who now has greater freedom to provide answers without launching a browser. Finally, if you do need to reboot your PC, you can program your PC to skip the authentication process.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


Media Files:
http://zapt1.staticworld.net/images/article/2017/07/windows-10-conect-your-phone-100730173-large.3x2.jpg




How to install a graphics card

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 16:55:00 -0700

Few upgrades add as much punch to your PC as installing a new graphics card. It can transform your PC from a system that chokes on lightweight games into a monster that churns through even the most visually punishing titles with ease.

But you need to get that new hardware up and running before you’re able to bask in enhanced graphics glory. Here's how to upgrade your existing computer with a new graphics card, from basic buying considerations to step-by-step installation instructions.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


Media Files:
http://zapt2.staticworld.net/images/article/2017/07/graphics-cards-100730161-large.3x2.jpg




Crimson ReLive 17.7.2 is a massive, feature-filled update for AMD's Radeon Software

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 14:00:00 -0700


Media Files:
http://zapt3.staticworld.net/images/article/2017/07/radeon-rx-480-2-100729752-large.3x2.jpg




Cord cutting is easier and better than ever, but it’s not the right choice for every TV fan

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:46:00 -0700

Cable and satellite TV can be expensive, but don’t feel guilty if you want to keep it.


Media Files:
http://zapt0.staticworld.net/images/article/2016/11/cord-cutting-cable-cut-100694851-large.3x2.jpg




Best Bluetooth speakers

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:31:00 -0700

Updated July 26, 2017 to add our review of the Bose Soundlink Revolve+ as runner-up in the outdoor speaker category.

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.

The industry’s progress doesn’t mean that every Bluetooth speaker justifies its price tag, no matter how inexpensive it might be. There’s still plenty of dreck floating around. Don’t worry, we’re here to help you steer clear of the junk and point you to the best speakers at the price range that fits your budget. To that end, we’ve picked the best Bluetooth speakers in four broad price ranges: budget, mid-range, high-end, and—yes, there are ultra-high-end Bluetooth speakers—price is no object. We also added an outdoor category to our coverage, with Soundcast's VG7 the first to win our praise, with the Bose Soundlink Revolve+ taking the runner-up spot.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


Media Files:
http://zapt0.staticworld.net/images/article/2016/09/best-bluetooth-speaker-hub-image-2-100684652-primary.idge.jpg




Pixel 2: Everything we know about Google’s next flagship phone

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:27:00 -0700

Update 7/26/17: Rumors point to the Pixel 2 getting a souped-up version of the Snapdragon 835 chip, and new 3D renders confirm the lack of a headphone jack and show the Pixel 2 with a camera bump.

Google flipped the script last year when it retired the Nexus line in favor of its own branded handsets. Now all eyes are on the Pixel 2. With improved specs and even better cameras, the new phones are poised to propel Google back to the head of the class with a pure Android O experience.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


Media Files:
http://zapt3.staticworld.net/images/article/2017/07/google-pixel-xl-2-resized-100728286-large.3x2.jpg




Best white LED smart bulbs

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 08:30:00 -0700

Updated July 26, 2017 to include our reviews of Feit Electric's Intellibulb lineup, designating its Intellibulb ColorChoice our pick for best semi-smart bulb.

With their rainbow of hues and myriad party tricks, color-tunable LEDs get all the press in the world of smart lighting (click here if color is what you're looking for). It's fun stuff, but the reality is that most of us will rarely find much of a need to turn all the lights in the house blue or red—unless it’s time to celebrate our team winning the World Series. Even then, you’ll probably want to turn them all back to white after the celebration.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


Media Files:
http://zapt0.staticworld.net/images/article/2016/10/white-smart-led-opening-art-100690420-large.3x2.jpg




13% off Zeiss Pre-Moistened Lens Cleaning Wipes - Deal Alert

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:45:00 -0700

Zeiss provides an effective way to clean and preserve valuable optics. Whether used with camera lenses, eyeglasses, sunglasses, telescopes, or spotting scopes, these non-abrasive pre-moistened wipes are safe and effective. These ammonia-free wipes are appropriate for anti-reflective coatings and may also be used to clean laptop, GPS, tablet, or cell phone screens without leaving streaks. Designed for a single use, these wipes come in individual disposable packets.  The wipes are highly rated on Amazon, where it currently averages 4.7 out of 5 stars (read reviews). Its typical list price of $29.99 has been reduced 13% to $25.99 for a pack of 400. See the discounted Lens Cleaning Wipes now on Amazon.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


Media Files:
http://zapt0.staticworld.net/images/article/2017/02/zeiss-lense-wipes-100707023-large.3x2.jpg




$50 off iRobot Roomba 690 Wi-Fi Alexa Compatible Robotic Vacuum - Deal Alert

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 06:43:00 -0700


Media Files:
http://zapt3.staticworld.net/images/article/2017/07/roomba_690-100730070-large.3x2.jpg




Logitech G533 review: An excellent wireless headset that's both attractive and affordable

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0700

The G533 makes an interesting counterpoint to its predecessors. Pull up pictures of 2016’s G633 and G933 headset, the heirs apparent to Logitech’s old G930—bulky air-traffic-controller silhouette, coffin-shaped earcups, RGB lighting, edgy accent decorations. The video game aesthetic. Take all of that and throw it out.

What are you left with? Probably something that looks like Logitech’s new G533.

Design: Professional courtesy

Okay, maybe keep the air-traffic-controller silhouette—the G533 is a bit slimmer than its older siblings but not by much.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


Media Files:
http://zapt3.staticworld.net/images/article/2017/06/20170422_142229-100725430-large.3x2.jpg




Feit Electric Intellibulb review: ColorChoice, Switch to Dim, Dusk to Dawn, and Motion Activated

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 03:00:00 -0700

These four bulbs give you a degree of control over color temperature, brightness, and other settings without need for a hub or a smartphone app.


Media Files:
http://zapt0.staticworld.net/images/article/2017/07/feit-intellibulbs-100730055-large.3x2.jpg




Kaspersky's stellar antivirus finally goes free

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 23:06:00 -0700

Kaspersky has always charged a premium price for its antivirus product, and rightfully so. The software's topped independent testing results for years, to such an extent that in 2016 AV-Comparatives created a new "Outstanding Products" category for it and Bitdefender. But late Tuesday, the company announced Kaspersky Free, letting you deploy that top-notch defense without spending a single dime. 

Kaspersky Free isn't as full-featured as the full-blown version, offering only antivirus protection for files, emails, and the web, along with table-stakes features like automatic updates and a quarantine for flagged files. "In short, the indispensable basics that no one on the planet should do without," CEO Eugene Kaspersky wrote.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


Media Files:
http://zapt0.staticworld.net/images/article/2017/07/kaspersky-logo-flag-resized-100730050-large.3x2.jpg




Ryzen sales lead AMD earnings, despite issues with game optimization and mining

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:45:00 -0700

Ryzen was the star of AMD's second-quarter earnings call Tuesday: The processors helped boost earnings 19 percent compared to a year ago. Company executives also had two messages for gamers: one, that game developers had largely completed their code optimizations for Ryzen, and two, that miners who hoarded graphics cards wouldn't be around forever.

Both messages should resonate with gamers, who have struggled to find available graphics cards because cryptocurrency speculators have snapped up the available supply. Meanwhile, those same gamers have had to wait while developers rewrote their code to take advantage of the new Ryzen chips.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


Media Files:
http://zapt4.staticworld.net/images/article/2017/06/asus-rog-ryzen-laptop-100724606-large.3x2.jpg




Pyre review: Magical basketball made rote

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:00:00 -0700

Supergiant's Pyre ($20 on Steam) has me thinking about repetition.

All games are repetitive, be it on the macro level or micro. Pong, you hit a ball back and forth. Super Mario Bros, you run to the right and sometimes jump. Doom (and basically every shooter since) you enter an area and gun down everything that moves. The Witcher 3 might house one of gaming’s best stories, and some of its most creative side missions, but even there you’ll do an awful lot of “Following the glowing red footprints to the waiting monster.”

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


Media Files:
http://zapt4.staticworld.net/images/article/2017/07/20170719010917_1-100729944-large.3x2.jpg




Newegg is selling the Surface 3 for less than $300 today

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 10:00:00 -0700

Microsoft stopped production of the Surface 3 in late 2016, but there are still some new units lying around at Newegg. The online retailer is selling the non-Pro version of the Surface 3 for $289 on Tuesday. Now while this deal isn’t quite as good as Newegg’s bundle earlier this month that included a type keyboard, it’s still a great price for the tablet on its own. Microsoft sells refurbished Surface 3 devices for $300. 

The Surface 3 features a 10.8-inch touchscreen with 1920-by-1080 resolution, a quad-core 1.6 GHz Atom x7-Z8700 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of onboard storage, and Windows 10. The device has a single USB 3.0 port, one mini DisplayPort, a microSD card reader, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


Media Files:
http://zapt1.staticworld.net/images/article/2015/04/surface3-main-1-100581436-primary.idge.jpg




Ilumi LED Smart Bulbs review: The brains are in the bulb

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:59:00 -0700

Update, July 25, 2017: ilumi's smart bulbs are now compatible with IFTTT.

With the Bluetooth speaker as a role model and chronic entrepreneur Mark Cuban as a “Shark Tank” sugar daddy, iLumi is the smart bulb that asks: Why Wi-Fi? Why not Bluetooth?

ILumi, with the range of its second-generation smart bulbs extended to 150 feet after a Bluetooth 4.0 upgrade, now behaves inside the home a little more like Philips’ Hue, Belkin’s WeMo and other Wi-Fi-connected bulbs.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


Media Files:
http://zapt3.staticworld.net/images/article/2016/03/two_illumi-_bulbs-100650272-primary.idge.jpg




Adobe Flash will die by 2020, Adobe and browser makers say

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:58:00 -0700

Adobe Flash, one of the most controversial elements of the web, will be phased out by 2020, Adobe said Tuesday. Browser makers, including Microsoft and Google, simultaneously announced plans for a gradual phaseout over the next few years.

Adobe said that enough progress had been made within open web standards like HTML5 that it was time to phase out Flash. "Adobe and Macromedia provided innovation to the web, through browser plug-ins, before the underlying web standards could support the interactivity and creativity our digital media publishers and consumers craved," the company said in a blog post. "By the end of 2020, we firmly believe that all of these required media capabilities and standards will be widely deployed and natively available to customers within browsers."

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


Media Files:
http://zapt0.staticworld.net/images/article/2016/11/adobe_flash_player_v10_icon-100692274-large.3x2.jpg




Moto packs power, performance in rugged Z2 Force Edition, coming to a carrier near you

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 09:55:00 -0700


Media Files:
http://zapt2.staticworld.net/images/article/2017/07/moto-z2-force-black-100729987-large.3x2.jpg




Microsoft will save Microsoft Paint, making it a downloadable app

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:24:00 -0700

Stand down, everyone: Microsoft Paint isn’t going away after all.

Microsoft signaled an about-face in a blog post Monday night by Megan Saunders, a general manager within the Windows Experiences group. Instead of deprecating Paint in Windows 10 (which seemed to many to be the first step toward oblivion), Saunders said Microsoft would release MS Paint in the Windows Store as a free app. "MS Paint is here to stay, it will just have a new home soon, in the Windows Store where it will be available for free," Saunders wrote.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


Media Files:
http://zapt2.staticworld.net/images/article/2017/07/paint-is-saved-100729929-large.3x2.jpg




61% off Anker Keyboard Case for iPad Air 2 with 6-Month Battery - Deal Alert

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 06:42:00 -0700

Enjoy more comfortable, efficient typing on your iPad and keep it protected as well with this smart folio keyboard case. Opening or closing the cover triggers your iPad's sleep or wake modes, and the keyboard connects automatically when needed via Bluetooth. With the one of the highest capacity battery of any iPad keyboard case, it lasts half a year between charges. The typical list price of $69.99 has been reduced 61% to just $27. See this deal on Amazon.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


Media Files:
http://zapt2.staticworld.net/images/article/2017/07/ipad_case-100729963-large.3x2.jpg




VTech VM981 Safe & Sound Expandable HD Video Baby Monitor review: Not quite ready for the nursery

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0700

Missing features and image-quality shortcomings keep this baby monitor from being all it can be.


Media Files:
http://zapt1.staticworld.net/images/article/2017/07/vtech-vm981_2-100729910-large.3x2.jpg




HP's Pavilion 27 is one of the first PCs with Intel Optane Memory

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0700

Correction: The original mistakenly indicated that Intel Optane Memory works with AMD Ryzen CPUs. PCWorld regrets the error. 

The HP Pavilion All-in-One 27 comes with 16GB of Intel Optane Memory, making it one of the first PCs to ship with the impressively fast caching storage. Announced Tuesday morning, HP did not provide full pricing, unfortunately, but based on our tests, Optane Memory will make this PC worth every penny. 

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


Media Files:
http://zapt0.staticworld.net/images/article/2017/07/hp_pavilion_27-r014_trimmed-100729937-large.3x2.jpg




Bose Soundlink Revolve+ review: An all-around excellent indoor/outdoor Bluetooth speaker

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 03:00:00 -0700

Audiophiles might blanch at the presence of a single full-range transducer, but we have no complaints about its performance.


Media Files:
http://zapt0.staticworld.net/images/article/2017/07/bose-revolve-100729915-large.3x2.jpg