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Published: Thu, 18 Jan 2018 02:31:28 -0800

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Two Lenovo ThinkPad X1 tablets are available for an all-time low price

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:40:00 -0800

Amazon's got a deal on Lenovo ThinkPad X1 tablets today. All of the deals are through third-party marketplace sellers, and to be honest most of them are not worth your time. There are two worth looking at, however, with prices at $730 and $950. Both of those 2016 models are selling at the lowest prices ever on Amazon—though this isn't the first time they've been this low.

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HDHomeRun plans a new DVR box, an interface overhaul, and maybe Roku support someday

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:42:00 -0800

The HDHomeRun Connect Duo+ could be an alternative to Tablo if your storage needs are minimal.


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BrandPost: Securing content with an integrated approach

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:55:00 -0800

No company can afford the backlash associated with a data breach. It’s not just the fines, it’s also the monumental impact to the company’s reputation and potential hit to customer loyalty that can ultimately prove difficult for even the largest organizations to overcome.

Unfortunately, data breaches and ransomware attacks are seemingly regular events with new occurrences continuously making headlines. In fact, in the first 10 months of 2017 alone there were a reported 1,120 breaches and more than 171 million records exposed — a significant jump from the 36.6 million exposed records in all of 2016.

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BrandPost: 3 ways that file sharing improves collaboration

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 08:22:00 -0800

There’s no such thing as “business as usual” any more. Technology and devices have changed the way we work—from the factory floor to the high-rise office building.

One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is the need for collaboration. In fact, in today’s always-on, always-moving markets, getting everyone on the same page with the latest information is critical. Having and sharing up-to-date data establish the basic foundation for companies to innovate, deliver faster, and edge out their competition.

How do you improve collaboration and make that information instantly accessible? The most straightforward, economical place to start is document management and file sharing. These solutions transform workflow, making it simpler and faster for people to exchange ideas and information. Documents, presentations, videos, and other files that may be stored in multiple locations can be centralized in a cloud, where they be accessed, reviewed, edited, and printed from just about any device.

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We just learned Moto's plans for the X5, Z3 and G6, and that’s a big problem

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:48:00 -0800

Android leaks are normal this time of year. We’ve already learned all about the Galaxy S9, tempered our expectations for the LG G7, and have seen revived rumors of the folding Galaxy X from Samsung. But none of that could prepare us for the Moto dump detailing specifics for the X5, Z3 and G6.

In an unprecedented leak that could have huge ramifications for Lenovo’s future plans, Droid Life somehow got its hands on the entire 2018 Moto lineup, complete with pics, specs, and marketing slogans for no fewer than six handsets. The massive dump spans the company's entire lineup and includes new models, new features, and an overall new direction for the phone maker.

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How to protect your PC from the major Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:32:00 -0800

A pair of nasty CPU flaws exposed this week have serious ramifications for home computer users. Meltdown and Spectre let attackers access protected information in your PC’s kernel memory, potentially revealing sensitive details like passwords, cryptographic keys, personal photos and email, or anything else you’ve used on your computer. These are serious flaws. Fortunately, CPU and operating system vendors pushed out patches fast, and you can protect your PC from Meltdown and Spectre to some degree.

It’s not a quick one-and-done deal, though. They’re two very different CPU flaws that touch every part of your operating system, from hardware to software to the operating system itself. Check out PCWorld’s Meltdown and Spectre FAQ for everything you need to know about the vulnerabilities themselves. We’ve cut through the technical jargon to explain what you need to know in clear, easy-to-read language. We’ve also created an overview of how the Spectre CPU bug affects phones and tablets.

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Meltdown and Spectre FAQ: How the critical CPU flaws affect PCs and Macs

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:28:00 -0800

Massive security vulnerabilities in modern CPUs are forcing a redesign of the kernel software at the heart of all major operating systems. Since the issues—dubbed Meltdown and Spectre—exist in the CPU hardware itself, Windows, Linux, Android, macOS, iOS, Chromebooks, and other operating systems all need to protect against it. And worse, plugging the hole can negatively affect your PC’s performance.

Everyday home users shouldn’t panic too much though. Just apply all available updates and keep your antivirus software vigilant, as ever. If you want to dive right into the action without all the background information, we’ve also created a focused guide on how to protect your PC against Meltdown and Spectre.

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Is your PC vulnerable to Meltdown and Spectre CPU exploits? InSpectre tells you

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 07:03:00 -0800

The vital information you need to know about the serious Meltdown and Spectre CPU exploits isn’t whether your PC is inherently vulnerable to them—it is—but whether your system has been patched to protect against the flaws. Finding that information isn’t easy though. You need to sift through update logs, cross-referencing them with arcane vulnerability identifiers and Microsoft Knowledge Base codes—or at least you did. Gibson Research recently released InSpectre, a wonderfully named, dead simple tool that detects if your PC is vulnerable to Meltdown and Spectre.

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Photoshop Text Effects: Adding Styles to fonts

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 03:33:00 -0800

Photoshop Text Effects, also called Styles, let you add color schemes, textures, and other variations to fonts. Text Effects take a font much further than we've shown you in tutorials on creating swirls and flourishes with text, or Text Type and Text Editing.

Text Effects or Styles should not be confused with Special Effects, which include features such as Shadow, 3D Effects, Lighting, and Depth, and apply to both Text and Shapes. They are also not the same thing as Microsoft or HTML Stylesheets or Style Sets, which define how fonts and paragraphs are displayed in documents. Text Effects in Photoshop are also much more elaborate and decorative than Styles in other software programs. If you want your text to look tie-dyed or beveled or shaded, this is the place to go.

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Graphics card prices are ludicrous. Here's how to keep gaming in the coin mining era

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 03:30:00 -0800

2017 might have been a standout year for PC enthusiasts, but these early weeks of 2018 are nothing short of a nightmare for PC gamers. Graphics card prices are downright ludicrous, as the cryptocurrency craze skyrockets in lock-step with Bitcoin’s rising price.

That’s nothing new. Miners have been inflating graphics card prices since the middle of the year. But the damage was limited to the middle of the market for most of 2017. Currently, virtually every gaming-class graphics card is affected. The theoretically $200 3GB GeForce GTX 1060 currently goes for $380 to $550—when you can find it in stock, that is. The Radeon RX 570, RX 580, and 6GB GTX 1060—graphics cards with suggested retail prices of $200 to $250—are selling for $500 to $800 on Newegg. And if you thought the GTX 1080 Ti’s $700 price tag was steep, prepare to clutch your chest: Nvidia’s gaming flagship can’t be found for less than $1,300 on Newegg today.

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Nest Secure review: This security offering carries a premium price tag despite missing some key features

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 03:00:00 -0800

Save your pennies if you want to adopt Nest’s sleek—yet limited—security offering.


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Amazon's Fire TV boss: We're beating Roku, and we're still doing smart TVs

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 03:00:00 -0800

Amazon says it's winning the streaming device wars and plotting a return to smart TVs.


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Steam is selling Papers, Please for $2 today

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:31:00 -0800

Yearning to smuggle drugs or participate in other questionable antics on the border of an imaginary Eastern Bloc-esque country? Today's Steam Daily Deal is for you. Right now, the online gaming retailer is selling Lucas Pope's Papers, Please for $2. You've got quite a while to get this deal as Steam's "daily deal" ends just before 9AM on Wednesday Pacific time. The game is usually $10.

Papers, Please is a very engrossing game despite its low-buck graphics (the game only takes up 41MB on your hard drive). Regardless, we were so enthralled with it that we named it our Game of the Year for 2013.

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Apple’s iOS 11.2.2 Spectre patch probably won’t slow down your iPhone, but here’s what to do if it does

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:46:00 -0800

There are reports that Apple's iOS 11.2.2 Spectre security update is slowing down some older iPhones. That shouldn't be the case for most people, but here's what to do if your phone is affected.


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Final Fantasy XV's PC port needs up to 155GB of storage space

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 06:08:00 -0800

Final Fantasy XV fans better clear some room on their drives, because they’re the latest victims of ballooning video game install sizes. And it’s really big this time.

The previous record holder was Forza Motorsport 7, which arrived last October with a 99GB footprint. Square Enix has blown that record out of the digital waters though, announcing today that Final Fantasy XV ’s PC port will require a whopping 155GB of storage space when it arrives on March 6.

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Yamaha YAS-207 soundbar review: A taste of immersive audio in a spouse-friendly footprint

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 04:00:00 -0800

The first soundbar with DTS Virtual:X technology is impressive, but it's not perfect.


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JBL Pulse 3 review: This weatherproof Bluetooth speaker puts on a fun light show

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:00:00 -0800

An IPX7 weatherization rating means this speaker can survive a dip in the pool, but it's audio performance left us wanting.


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Microsoft is shutting down its free upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 on Jan. 16

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 06:00:00 -0800

If you’re still running Windows 8.1, be advised that Microsoft shut down mainstream support a week ago. But there’s still a last-ditch upgrade path to Windows 10: Microsoft’s assistive technology loophole, which closes January 16. 

Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 8.1 on January 9, five years after the operating system’s debut. Essentially, it’s dead, and for the average consumer, Windows 8.1 will remain forever unchanged, with no new features or bug fixes. Instead, Microsoft has migrated the OS to “extended support,” which will provide security updates for another five years, until 2023. 

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Nest Cam IQ Outdoor review: Nest's upgraded outdoor security camera is a winner

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 04:30:00 -0800

Nest follows the blueprint of the Nest Cam IQ indoor camera with its second outdoor model.


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Save Hundreds On 70+ Hours Of Professional Excel Training ($49)

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 04:01:00 -0800

Microsoft Excel is undoubtedly one of the most popular spreadsheet tools used in today's companies, and while most of us know how to leverage its basic functions, few take the time to learn its advanced capabilities. The truth is Excel boasts a trove of features that can help you streamline or even automate parts of your workflow, which can help you impress at the office and even qualify yourself for a promotion—if you have the right training.

The Ultimate Excel Bootcamp Bundle offers 70+ hours of Excel instruction, and it can be yours for only $49.

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iHome iAVS16B review: This smart bedside clock radio gets Alexa in the mix

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 04:00:00 -0800

Though it has some growing to do, iHome + Alexa make for an impressive couple.


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Here's how much the Meltdown and Spectre fix hurt my Surface Book performance

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 03:45:00 -0800

As a performance junkie, I’m less concerned about the security risks of the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities—after all, there are no known exploits in use today—than I am about a performance hit from the fixes.

And from what I’m seeing, my concerns are warranted.

My sole experience with a fully updated platform so far is with Microsoft’s original Surface Book. It’s based on an Intel “Skylake” Core i7-6700U and has 16GB of LPDDR3 and a 512GB Samsung 950 Pro NVMe drive. The Surface Book is running the 64-bit Windows 10 Pro Fall Creator’s Update.

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Avira Antivirus Pro review: Great performance, but the free version is probably sufficient

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:36:00 -0800

Avira is a great choice for people who want a no-nonsense antivirus security suite with very few extras. The company certainly has a whole roster of services and features including a software updater, password manager, VPN, and system analyzer. However, Avira focuses on its antivirus offerings first. Antivirus Pro—the subject of this review—is its main product for home users.

Like its competitors, Avira has an “ultimate” package called Prime that offers all its products for a single price. It’s quite pricey, however, at $120 to $156 per year depending on how many devices you need to license.

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The Full Nerd episode 38: Kaby Lake G, Zen+, and the best of CES

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:41:00 -0800


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Everything we think we know about the Samsung Galaxy S9

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:02:00 -0800

It might seem like the Galaxy S8 just arrived, but we’re already looking ahead to the S9. Samsung blew us away with the Infinity Display and all-glass design of the S8. Expectations are high for S9, as the highly anticipated smartphone sets the stage for the rest of 2018 flagships to follow. Here’s everything we think we know about Samsung’s next Galaxy phone.

Update 1/12/18: A leak of the Galaxy S9 box reveals some details about the camera, including super-slo motion and variable aperture.

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This week in games: Big Destiny 2 changes revealed, Dark Souls finally gets a proper PC port

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:00:00 -0800

I didn’t expect to come away from CES 2018 thinking the highlight was a motherboard, but here we are. Or maybe that’s just a sign of CES’s weird spiral into the world’s largest SkyMall catalog.

As for games? Well, nothing much at CES. Dark Souls is getting a remaster and (hopefully) proper PC port though, Total War’s got a second historical game releasing this year, Cyberpunk 2077 showed signs of life, Bungie promised huge changes to Destiny 2, Stellaris is adding Death Stars, and more.

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The best SSDs of 2018

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:19:00 -0800

Switching to a solid-state drive is the best upgrade you can make for your PC. These wondrous devices obliterate long boot times, speed up how fast your programs and games load, and generally makes your computer feel fast. But not all solid-state drives are created equal. The best SSDs offer solid performance at affordable prices—or, if price is no object, face-meltingly fast read and write speeds.

This article was last updated on January 12, 2018 to mention Intel's new Optane 800P SSD.

Many SSDs come in a 2.5-inch form factor and communicate with PCs via the same SATA ports used by traditional hard drives. But out on the bleeding-edge of NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) drives, you’ll find tiny “gumstick” SSDs that fit in M.2 connections on modern motherboards, SSDs that sit on a PCIe adapter and slot into your motherboard like a graphics card or sound card, futuristic 3D Xpoint drives, and more. Picking the perfect SSD isn’t as simple as it used to be.

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Aukey is selling its 12,000mAh power bank for $12 right now

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 10:12:00 -0800

Today’s a good time for getting a deal on mobile charging gear: Aukey via Amazon has dropped the price of its 12,000mAh portable charger to $12. This is one of the cheapest prices we’ve seen.

To get the deal, you must redeem the coupon in the drop-down menu near the current price of $26. At the time of this writing, three deals were available—the one you want is titled “54% off it item(s).”

This charger offers two USB ports with a combined 4.8A output, with Aukey claiming that you can “simultaneously charge two iPads at max speed.” It also features Aukey’s AiPower feature that provides the safest and fastest recharge rate for anything you connect.

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CES was surprisingly subdued for cord-cutting

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:33:00 -0800

For cord-cutters, CES was quieter than usual, as companies like Tablo and Mohu avoided the show.


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The Samsung Galaxy X folding phone rumor just won’t die and I wish it would

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 08:55:00 -0800

If you were one of the lucky few to get invited into Samsung’s secret briefing at CES 2018, you didn't get a look at the upcoming Galaxy S9. Instead, you would have seen specs for the company’s white whale: a foldable phone. According to people who were there, the handset has a 7.3-inch screen, folds both ways, and is due to launch later this year.

And if you were at last year’s Mobile World Congress or CES in 2011, you saw something similar.

Samsung is so proud of its foldable screen tech that it’s been trotting it out for no less than seven years. And every year like clockwork, we’re convinced that this is the year it’s coming out. Maybe by the end of 2018 there will finally be a foldable Samsung Galaxy X phone for sale. But I’m not holding my breath.

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