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Xbox Fall Update: The biggest changes as Microsoft preps for the Xbox One X

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:51:00 -0700

Microsoft's Windows Fall Creators Update may be upon us, but there's a second game in town: Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One X game console. In preparation for its upcoming launch on November 7, Microsoft began pushing what it calls its Fall Update for the Xbox One to consoles on Monday.

Though the update contains a number of different changes, the primary focus is to help gamers prep for the upcoming Xbox One X launch. With that in mind, let's look at what the new update adds.

1. Back up existing games to an external drive

Xbox One owners need to transition their older Xbox One games to their new console, but the last thing they want to do is re-download them via the cloud. Fortunately, the new Fall Update allows users to back up their games and settings onto an external hard drive. During the setup process for the Xbox One X, uses can connect their drive to the new console and bring all of their content over at once.

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KRACK Wi-Fi attacks shouldn't harm updated Windows PCs

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:41:00 -0700

The bad news: A severe WPA2 protocol vulnerability dubbed KRACK holds the potential to break Wi-Fi security for virtually all wireless devices or networks, allowing attackers to snoop on your Internet traffic or even inject malicious code into websites you visit. The good news: If you’re running a Windows PC, you’re already safe—at least if you automatically apply new updates.

Microsoft quietly released a KRACK-smashing update as part of last week’s Patch Tuesday blitz, the company confirmed to Windows Central and other websites. Phew! Here is the company’s statement:

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

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:59:00 -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.

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 update this article as more information becomes available.

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Microsoft delays Age of Empires: Definitive Edition as the series turns 20

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:45:00 -0700

Cue “Dust in the Wind,” because Age of Empires officially turned 20 on October 15. Unfortunately the surprise party Microsoft planned to throw in its honor has been delayed a bit—which is to say, Age of Empires: Definitive Edition ($20 preorder on the Microsoft Store) has been pushed back to “early 2018.”

The announcement comes just days before the remastered version’s planned October 19 release date, which understandably has left a portion of the audience a bit miffed.

Here’s the “Age of Empires: Definitive Edition Team” with an explanation:

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Amazon's selling the 256GB SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick for $100 today

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:47:00 -0700

Storage capacities on flash drives are ridiculous these days, and today’s deal is a reminder of that. Amazon’s selling the 256GB SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick for $100 as part of its sale on SanDisk products. Typically this drive sells for about $165, according to CamelCamelCamel. This is the second time we’ve seen the drive fall to this price—the last time was in late summer. Amazon’s offer ends just before midnight Pacific time on Monday.

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How to build the best free PC security software suite

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:35:00 -0700

If you have a PC, you’re a target. You need security software. 

That’s as true today as it was a decade ago, despite significant security improvements to Windows over the years. But you have a choice: You can continue paying a security software vendor an annual fee for protection or take matters into your own hands. If you choose the latter you’ll need to put together a custom security suite using various free products. 

The pros and cons of free AV 

Going free can save you some cash, but it isn’t a perfect solution for everyone. When you buy a paid antivirus product you usually get some form of customer support with it. Free products, on the other hand, often mean you’re on your own for solving problems. Going free also means stitching together a combination of utilities. That takes a little trial and error to find the best tools for your needs. Premium suites, by comparison, offer seamless, relatively pain-free security solutions.

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South Park: The Fractured But Whole review: This game doesn't stink, but the bugs sure do

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:31:00 -0700

In 2014, Obsidian made probably one of the all-time great licensed games (admittedly a low bar) with South Park: The Stick of Truth. Twisting genre tropes to fit the tone of the TV show, Stick of Truth reimagined a typical fantasy RPG as a child’s game—one where magic came from farts, elves wore glued-on Spock ears, and a backyard became a vast woodland realm.

Sequel South Park: The Fractured But Whole ($60 on Amazon or Steam) takes the same tack, but this time satirizing superheroes. The kids of South Park have ditched their wooden swords and garbage can shields for towel-capes and jokes about The Avengers.

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25% off SanDisk Ultra 32GB microSDHC UHS-I card with Adapter - Deal Alert

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:52:00 -0700


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Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:25:00 -0700

A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.


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Huawei Mate 10 hands-on: Five ways the neural processor is a game-changer

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:00:00 -0700

On the surface, there’s very little to distinguish Huawei’s Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro from the Pixel 2 XL or Galaxy S8. They have the same 6-inch screens, small bezels, curved edges, and sleek design as their premium peers, but Huawei isn’t trying to wow you with the Mate 10’s beauty. It wants you to fall in love with its brain.

And the Mate 10s have a big, beautiful one. Powered by the Kirin 970 chip, Huawei’s newest flagships aren’t just about speed boost and power efficiency. The phones also feature a dedicated neural processing unit (NPU) that brings AI and machine learning to all aspects of the phone. Even in my short time with it, I was extremely impressed.

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Huawei’s Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro bring larger screens, better cameras, and bigger brains

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 06:00:00 -0700

Huawei already surpassed Apple earlier this year to become the second-largest overall smartphone maker (behind Samsung), but it hasn’t yet had a hit handset to rival the iPhone 7 or the Galaxy S8. With the launch of the Mate 10, Huawei is hoping to change that.

While the new phones look a lot like the flagships from Google, Samsung, and LG, there’s a key difference with the Mate 10: Huawei says it’s smarter than the average smartphone. Thanks to a new chip with a built-in neural processing unit (NPU), the Mate 10 can sense, analyze, and adapt to its surroundings, letting your phone work faster and last longer. 

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The Mate 10 Pro has an edge-to-edge screen with thin top and bottom bezels.

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Best media streaming device

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 05:30:00 -0700

Which streaming box is best for cord cutters? And what's the skinny on streaming sticks? Our buying guide will help you pick the right accessories for your TV.


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Roku Streaming Stick and Stick+ review: A new remote makes a big difference

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 03:00:00 -0700

Roku's Sticks get even better with TV controls, voice commands, and 4K HDR video at the high end.


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Save 40 percent on Overwatch GOTY Edition

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:38:00 -0700

Newegg’s got a sale on video games going into the weekend. Right now you can get Blizzard’s Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition for $36 with coupon code EMCBRBD25. This game is normally $60—the standard edition is $30—meaning you’re getting 40 percent off. In the case of Overwatch, the GOTY tag means you get 10 bonus loot boxes as part of the package—don’t tell Hayden.

Newegg’s sale lasts until just before end of day on Thursday, October 19. To get the deal you have to be on Newegg’s promotion email list, but you can just hand over your email under the “Apply Promo Codes” section at checkout to take care of that. Newegg won’t let you use the promo code until you provide an email address.

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This week in games: Loot boxes are "not gambling," Titanfall devs announce a VR game

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:00:00 -0700

The ESRB tried to douse the flames of controversy a bit this week by stating that "Loot boxes aren't gambling," but accidentally sprayed gasoline all over the place instead.

That news, plus the continued death of Denuvo DRM, first details on Respawn's new VR game, a look at Frontier's Jurassic Park builder, EVE's loosening free-to-play restrictions, and more below. This is gaming news for October 9 to 13.

Freekend

As per usual, a bunch of games are going free-to-try this weekend. If you’ve somehow managed to avoid building a backlog of a billion games this fall, it might be worth your time to grab these pseudo-demos. On Steam, you’re looking at Day of Infamy, the World War II multiplayer game from the Insurgency devs. If you want something more tactical than Call of Duty and fresher than Red Orchestra, take a look.

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Get 4 Philips Hue White A19 60W Dimmable LED Smart Bulbs for just $50 - Deal Alert

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 06:38:00 -0700

This is probably the cheapest price you're going to pay right now for these bulbs. At $49.97 for a 4-pack, you're paying $12.49 per bulb. A very solid discount over the typical list price. Automate your lighting experience with Philips Hue and control your lights from home or away. Create light schedules from the Philips Hue App and never come home to a dark house. Install the LED lights as you would install ordinary bulbs and pair them with the Hue Bridge, which allows you to control smart-bulb-equipped lamps and overhead lights via the Philips Hue App. The box includes four Philips Hue White A19 Energy Star Certified Standard light bulbs, a manual, and a two-year warranty. See this deal now on Amazon.

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Google Home Mini review: It doesn’t outdo the Dot

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 06:30:00 -0700

But Google’s answer to Amazon’s Echo Dot couldn’t have come soon enough.


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Seagate Barracuda Pro 12TB review: Speedy, spacious proof that the hard drive isn't dead

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 05:56:00 -0700

Seagate's Barracuda Pro 12TB reminds us why at least some hard drives can remain relevant despite the swift encroachment of SSDs. Until we reviewed its predecessor the Barracuda Pro 10TB last year and tasted its 250MBps read performance, we hadn’t given hard drives much thought for a while. To be blunt, year after year of 120MBps - 150MBps transfer rates had became boring in a world of blindingly fast SSDs—even with the steady and admittedly enormous increases in capacity.

The Barracuda Pro 12TB reviewed here is just a hair faster than the 10TB version, but the additional 2TB of capacity is truly a fantastic thing. We can remember $800 4GB hard drives (as well as 8-inch floppies and Winchester drives if we’re honest), so color us intrigued to see just how far Seagate and the industry can take things.

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The Evil Within II (PC) impressions: Help, I'm stepping into the Twilight Zone

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 05:16:00 -0700

Take this from someone who hated the first Evil Within and never finished it: I think The Evil Within II might be brilliant. Think, because I’m only about two hours in, and who knows? Maybe it all goes wrong in the fifth hour or whatever.

But the two-hour mark is where I quit playing the original Evil Within my first time around, fed up with its clunky movement and tedious combat and terrible save system. The latter was really what did me in—I was dealing with the movement and combat, but when an ill-timed death wiped away 20 minutes of progress I quit and never looked back.

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How to choose a TV antenna

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 03:00:00 -0700

Attention cord cutters: This in-depth guide to TV antenna tech will help you find just the right model for tuning in free over-the-air broadcasts.


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Apple TV 4K review: The ultimate iTunes box has finally arrived

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 03:00:00 -0700

Apple has finally released a TV box that can handle 4K HDR streaming, and even with a few missing parts, it’s the perfect companion for your UHD television.


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AMD vs. Intel at 16 cores: We test Ryzen Threadripper 1950X against Core i9-7960X

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 03:00:00 -0700

Who makes the best 16-core CPU? Now that AMD has its 16-core Ryzen Threadripper 1950X and Intel has its 16-core Core i9-7960X, we had a chance to find out when boutique custom PC builder Falcon Northwest built a pair of nearly-identical rigs that could truly go head to head. 

Our 16-core Falcon Northwest Talon specs

As Falcon Northwest is famous for, both Talon systems are over-the-top in specs and chassis. Each came equipped with:

  • 128GB of DDR4 RAM
  • Two Nvidia Titan Xp graphics cards in SLI
  • A pair of Samsung 1TB 960 Pro SSDs
  • A 6TB Western Digital hard drive

Both feature the same 1,000-watt EVGA Super Nova G3 PSU and the same custom closed-loop cooler system. The number and type of system fans are the same as well.

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Best gaming mouse: Find your perfect match

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:13:00 -0700

The mouse is a simple tool: Point and click. That’s it. But if you’re a PC gamer, you know that pushing virtual paper around on your desktop isn’t the same as fragging bots and shooting zombies. (Not even remotely.)

What’s more, picking the right gaming mouse is an intensely personal decision. Every little detail—its overall shape and size, the shape and placement its buttons, its cable (or lack thereof), its weight, its materials—can change how you feel about it. More than any other peripheral, a mouse is the hardest to recommend, because there is no objectively perfect mouse. Everyone’s hands are different.

That said, we can guide you on your search. Below are our recommendations for gaming mice, built on years of experience first and foremost as gamers, and second as writers here at PCWorld. The list starts with the most popular mouse of the modern era: Logitech’s brilliant G502.

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Best Bluetooth speakers

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:31:00 -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.

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.

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PCWorld's October Digital Magazine: Acer Predator 21 X

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 15:31:00 -0700

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

In the October issue

This month we review the Acer Predator 21 X, the most insane laptop ever built. We also dig through all of the awesome new features in Android 8 Oreo and pick out 5 cool things you didn’t know you could do with the YouTube app.

Other highlights include:

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Movies Anywhere will merge your iTunes, Google, Vudu, and Amazon libraries: Here's how

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 07:22:00 -0700

At long last, Disney has opened its Movies Anywhere service to other studios, and now you can watch your iTunes movies on an Android Phone. Here's how it works.


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Hands-on: Oculus Santa Cruz proves stunning wireless VR isn't a pipe dream

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 07:02:00 -0700

Going into my hands-on demo with Oculus’ Project Santa Cruz headset, think I forgot how it felt to be surprised by virtual reality. We’re coming up on three years since the last major advance in VR, which I’m going to peg as the first time I tried the HTC Vive’s room-scale experience. Since then we’ve seen a few refinements—Oculus Rift’s built-in headphones and lighter form factor, the remarkably comfortable and intuitive Oculus Touch controllers—but the fundamental tech has stayed pretty similar to the Vive demo I saw in 2015.

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Get 63% off This 76-in-1 Precision Tool Set For Smartphones, Laptops and Electronics - Deal Alert

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 06:57:00 -0700

This 76-piece repair kit contains everything you need to work on your smartphone, tablet, laptop, stereo, or anything else that requires precision instruments. Everything from screwdrivers, to a suction cup to a plastic spudger, whatever that might be. This kit is highly rated and a #1 best seller on Amazon, where its typical list price of $69.99 has been reduced 63% to $25.99. See this deal now on Amazon .

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60% off TaoTronics Bluetooth Sweatproof Earbuds With Built in Mic - Deal Alert

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 06:52:00 -0700

Set yourself free from wires and cords with Bluetooth 4.1 and CVC Noise Cancellation 6.0 technology with these sweatproof sport earbuds from ToaTronics. Pair in a few seconds with your smartphone, tablet, or music player, and let your favorite music and podcasts drive you forward. With wireless audio range of 33 ft, you can roam around the house with uncompromised sound quality. aptX proprietary audio compression technology increases the Bluetooth data transmission rate so you can enjoy the purest high-fidelity music and sound. Weighting only 0.6 oz and coming with interchangeable ear buds and hooks, the headset will stay comfortable on your ears even when you are moving around. And with 5 hours of play time and sweat-proof design, you can take it for a good work out, knowing the headset will remain stable as you sweat it out. The typical list price on these earbuds have been discounted 60% down to just $19.99. See this deal on Amazon.

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