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How to watch the Super Bowl without cable

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:23:00 -0800

Options abound for checking out all the championship action on whatever screen you choose.


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The best laptops: Ultrabooks, budget PCs, 2-in-1s, and more

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:15:00 -0800


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A set of three Type-A to Type-C USB cables is just $7 today

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:01:00 -0800

If you didn't have a USB-C powered device last year, chances are you will before the end of 2018. That means you'll need Type-A  (i.e. standard USB) to Type-C cables to make all of your devices and chargers play nice with each other. Today, Aukey via Amazon is selling a three pack of 3-foot USB 3.0 Type-A to USB Type-C for $7.

The sticker price is $10, but if you click the rebate section underneath the price, then click Redeem, you'll see an option for "30% off 1 item(s)".

These cords have not been examined by Type-A to Type-C guru Benson Leung, but they are from a known company with many happy customer reviews and the right specs. In other words, these wires should be safe for all your USB-C electronics.

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Speed up Windows 10 for free: Tips for a faster PC

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 09:39:00 -0800

It’s a common complaint: My Windows PC is running slow. Annoyingly slow. You can add RAM, or buy a faster SSD, but that costs money. No, your first order of business should be an attempt to wring free performance from Windows. In the following nine steps we show you how to speed up your Windows 10 PC without spending a dime.

Be warned: There could be trade-offs. More speed could mean less battery life in the case of a laptop, or you may have to give up a beloved program that’s bogging things down. You’ll have to decide what sacrifices you’re willing to make in order to make your Windows PC faster.

1. Give it the reboot

If your PC is behaving horribly slow, try rebooting. Yes, it’s an obvious solution, but people tend to forget the obvious.

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Intel 760P SSD review: This affordable NVMe delivers on read speed, falters on writes

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0800

Intel is marketing its 760P NVMe SSD and cohort as “NVMe speed for not much more than the cost of SATA,” a slower and more affordable interface. That speed is exactly what you get the vast majority of the time. But on occasions when you copy more data than the drive’s caching system can hold, you also get sustained write speed that’s only a little faster than...SATA. Sorry, Intel brought it up.

The slowdown in sustained write speed, such as when you copy a Blu-ray movie rip or large game to the drive, won’t often affect you. Even when it does, the 760P’s write rate is hardly slow, and it still features the stellar read access times and queued I/O that makes NVMe so scintillating. But there’s a competitor that’s almost as affordable and doesn’t slow down quite as much—Plextor’s new M9Pe. We’ll be comparing the two in the performance section.

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Amazon Is Offering a $40-Off Deal On Its Echo Spot Devices

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 07:14:00 -0800

Amazon's Echo Spot brings you all the features of its Echo, with a screen for displaying weather forecasts, news updates, sports scores, song lyrics and much more. All you need to do is ask Alexa. It fits comfortably on a nightstand and works well as an alarm clock and bedside calendar as well. Watch videos, call your friends, control your smarthome -- new features are added all the time. Right now, if you buy two, Amazon will activate a $40 discount in your cart. See this deal now on Amazon.

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Samsung 860 Pro SATA SSD review: Great performance, capacity and longevity

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 07:00:00 -0800

In a world headed toward NVMe, the appearance of a new 2.5-inch SATA SSD such as the Samsung 860 Pro might seem a bit boring. But that’s ignoring the fact that there are untold millions of PCs with legacy SATA interfaces that deserve the new lease on life that replacing their hard drive with an SSD delivers--it makes that drastic a difference in feel and actual performance. To that end, the 860 Pro is quite likely the best SATA SSD for the job.

Design and features

If the traditional concerns about capacity and longevity have held you back from upgrading to an SSD, then you’re going to love the 860 Pro. It offers a whopping 4TB of capacity, but where the 850 Pro used more ephemeral 3-bit TLC V-NAND, the 860 Pro uses longer-lived 2-bit MLC V-NAND We’re guessing there are more layers in the stacked Samsung V-NAND, but this remained unconfirmed by Samsung at the time of this writing.

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The best graphics cards for PC gaming

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 06:14:00 -0800

“What graphics card within my budget gives me the best bang for my buck?”

The answer is pretty much “none” in today’s wildly inflated market, but that simple question cuts to the core of what people hunting for a new graphics card look for: the most oomph they can afford. Sure, the technological leaps behind each new GPU can be interesting on their own, but most everyone just wants to crank up the detail settings on Far Cry and get right to playing.

Last updated 1/23/2018 to address astronomical graphics card prices and link to PCWorld’s guide on how to keep gaming in the coin mining era.

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Save 90% On The Complete Python Programming Bundle ($19)

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:25:00 -0800

It's no surprise that coding is still one of the most valuable skill sets you can have in today's market. But, with more than 600 notable programming languages out there, deciding on that first one to learn can be daunting for the uninitiated. Hailed for its versatility and user-friendly nature, Python is a popular pick for beginners, and you can master its ins and outs with the Complete Python Programming Bundle, on sale for over 90% off.

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Get 2 USB-C to USB 6-foot Cables For $9.49 Right Now On Amazon

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 04:57:00 -0800

When you find a good cable for a cheap price, it never hurts to grab it. Anker's USB-C to USB cables feature a double-braided nylon exterior, toughened aramid fiber core and laser-welded connectors, which Anker says makes them more reliable and longer lasting.  With this deal, you'll get two 6-foot cables for $9.49, which is a healthy discount from its average list price. See Anker's discounted cables now on Amazon, where they currently average 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 300 customers.

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Canary View review: This budget-friendly Canary companion also makes a great standalone camera

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 03:00:00 -0800

With the best features of the original Canary, the View is a solid security option with or without an All-In-One.


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Acer's Chromebook Spin 11 brings a stylus, 360-degree hinge, and USB-C for an affordable $349

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 01:00:00 -0800

Acer's latest Chromebook, the Spin 11, takes aim at premium rivals like the Google PixelBook with features like USB-C connectivity and even a bundled stylus, but with a far more modest CPU and price.

The 11.6-inch Acer ChromeBook Spin 11 convertible will be sold in North America beginning in March. The two models, the CP311-1H and the CP311-1HN, will be priced as low as $349, although exact pricing for both models wasn't immediately available. (That leaves out at least one model, as there are three CPU options listed.) That's a bit more than Acer is asking for its more basic Chromebook 11 announced at CES, though you'll find a bit more under the hood.

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Why parents should worry about Office 365's Immersive Reader dictation feature for students

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:34:00 -0800

Beginning in February, Microsoft plans to offer a new feature for young students: Immersive Reader dictation, a new feature within Office 365 apps for Windows and the Mac. As a parent of two elementary school students, though, I’m concerned that this feature—which brings smartphone-style voice dictation to traditional desktop apps—will be an unwelcome crutch.

It’s not just on Windows, either. Microsoft is pushing dictation onto Word for Mac, iPhone, Outlook Desktop, OneNote iPad, and OneNote Mac.

Even though I write about technology for a living, I’m sort of feeling my way through applying it toward parenting. Is a smart speaker an annoyance or a learning aid? Do I need to place hardwired parental controls on my kids’ screen time, or can I just check up on them? And when do I need to have “the talk” about using the computer to solve problems that my kids are struggling with? 

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

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:02:00 -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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Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:55:00 -0800

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

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:47:00 -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—well, most—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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BrandPost: Productivity booster: A simple case of improving the user experience

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:37:00 -0800

Many people can relate to the scene from the movie “Office Space” when several employees take a baseball bat to an office printer.

Although the film made for a good laugh, challenges with office hardware and software do have a serious effect on the business. Ineffective tools and technology lead to frustration and, in many instances, result in employees disengaging. And worker disengagement is the last thing companies need, as digital transformation ups the competition ante. Organizations are depending heavily on employees to help them capitalize on the latest opportunities within the new digital economy.

What differentiates digital transformation from previous business trends is the focus on enabling engagement and enhancing the user experience. The new economy is fueled by organizations that have recognized the power of customizing to the customer.

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BrandPost: Empowering the workforce: How hybrid ECM boosts productivity

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:19:00 -0800

Business is moving significantly faster, with the objective of continuously improving the customer experience. Because after all, engaging the customer means being able to compete and grow.

As a result, organizations are constantly looking for ways to empower users with access to the data they need to make quick and informed decisions no matter where they are — for example, in the office, at home, or at a customer’s or supplier’s location.

This is why enterprises are rapidly adopting cloud offerings. Doing so enables organizations to quickly realize new levels of agility, cost reduction, scalability, and flexibility — while putting data more effectively in the hands of users.

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Stop installing our buggy Spectre CPU firmware fixes, Intel says

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:18:00 -0800

The firmware patches designed to protect Intel processors against nasty Spectre CPU exploits have a big downside: They’re forcing more frequent reboots and other performance issues on some systems, including PCs that released in 2017. The problem is severe enough that Intel is now recommending that users not install currently available patches and instead wait for new ones to be released.

“We have now identified the root cause for Broadwell and Haswell platforms, and made good progress in developing a solution to address it,” Intel executive vice president Navin Shenoy said in a January 22 post. “We recommend that OEMs, cloud service providers, system manufacturers, software vendors and end users stop deployment of current versions, as they may introduce higher than expected reboots and other unpredictable system behavior.” 

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Humble Monthly is selling Civilization VI for 80% off

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 09:54:00 -0800

If you dream of spending your evenings building civilizations and going forth to conquer the world, then today’s deal is for you. Humble Bundle’s monthly subscription service is offering Civilization VI right now for $12. For that price you get the base game, the Australia Civilization and Scenario Pack, and the Vikings Scenario Pack. The base game is currently $60 on Steam, so you’re getting it for 80% off with two scenario content packs included for free. On top of that, more games will be added to this month’s bundle. The Humble Monthly offer runs until early February.

The downside of this sale is that you have to sign-up for the Humble Monthly bundle. Humble Monthly is a subscription service that charges $12 per month for a selection of games chosen by Humble Bundle every month. On top of the monthly game handout, you also get 10 percent off all Humble Store purchases.

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The Full Nerd episode 39: Meltdown, Spectre, and astronomical graphics card prices

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:33:00 -0800

In this episode of the Full Nerd, it’s doom, gloom, and trying to make the best decisions when all your options are bad. But you know, in a fun way.

Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosMelissa Riofrio, and Adam Patrick Murray kick things off with a topic requested by you, the viewers, at the end of Full Nerd’s CES wrap-up: Meltdown and Spectre. We explain why these CPU exploits are so dangerous, how the computer industry is scrambling to plug the holes, potential PC performance nerfs, and what you can do to stay safe. For more info, be sure to check out PCWorld’s Meltdown and Spectre FAQ and our guide on how to protect your PC against the CPU exploits.

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Get 29% Off This 6-Sheet Micro-Cut Paper and Credit Card Shredder

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:08:00 -0800

This powerful micro-cut shredder from AmazonBasics turns a letter-sized sheet into 2,235 pieces of confetti, up to 6 sheets at a time (5/32 by 15/32 inches; security level P-4). Inserted one at a time, it also destroys credit cards, rendering them completely unusable. It features a generous 4.1-gallon waste bin that is easy to manage. This micro-cut shredder averages 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 1,900 people (72% rate a full 5 stars: read reviews). Its typical list price of $50 has been reduced 29% to $36. See it on Amazon.

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Best Android phones 2018: What should you buy?

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:52:00 -0800

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: We’ve made picks for the best Android phone in several categories. Check out our summary list below, or keep reading for the details on each one. 


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Kano Computer Kit Complete review: A fun DIY 'laptop' that teaches kids to build PCs and code

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 03:30:00 -0800

Make your own laptop. Learn to code. Hack Minecraft. The tantalizing promise of Kano’s Computer Kit Complete ($250 at Target and Kano’s website) is made clear right on the front of its brightly colored packaging. This charming kit for kids contains everything you need to build a Raspberry Pi 3-powered PC, explaining the basic concepts behind every step of building a computer, then seals the deal with a friendly operating system designed from the ground up to teach children the thought processes crucial to coding. And every step is fun!

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Hive View review: Attractive design, average features

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 03:00:00 -0800

This security camera's singular "grab-and-go" design stands out, but its feature set is too basic for serious DIYers.


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Rusty Lake Paradise review: Bizarre and brilliant

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 04:00:00 -0800

Rusty Lake Paradise is a puzzle game where the puzzles are the least puzzling aspect. Three games into its run on Steam, following 2016’s Rusty Lake Hotel and Rusty Lake Roots double-feature, the Rusty Lake series has already built up an extensive layered mythos—one that’s even more convoluted when you add in the nine (shorter, free, and related) Cube Escape games from the same developer.

It’s in pulling at those interwoven threads we find the real puzzle of Rusty Lake. Taken alone, each is a perfectly competent adventure game in the escape room mold. The rabbit hole is now a dozen games deep though, each a piece of a larger and far more unsettling story, spanning a hundred years of Victorian Gothic macabre.

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This week in games: Theme Hospital's spiritual successor, rumors of Fable's return from death

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 12:30:00 -0800

Hope you're all enjoying your game backlogs as we continue on through January, the lazy river of months.

This week proves the slow period won't last forever, as we take a look at Q.U.B.E. 2 and Underworld Ascendant, a new Theme Hospital successor, plus the upcoming Civilization VI and Total Warhammer II expansions. Rumor also has it Microsoft's working on a new Fable and there's an Alien shooter coming from Fox (instead of the Alien: Isolation sequel people actually wanted). Lastly, Epic discusses winding down Paragon development to focus on Fortnite, of all things.

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If you bought a OnePlus 5T, your credit card info may have been stolen

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:40:00 -0800

After launching an investigation into reports of a credit card breach on its website, OnePlus has announced some grim findings: Up to 40,000 customers may have had their credit card data stolen. That includes card numbers, expirations dates, and CVV codes entered at oneplus.net.

The culprit for the breach, according to OnePlus, is a rogue script that was injected into the payment page code and able to capture unencrypted credit card info from customers’ browser windows. The company says the exploit has been running since the OnePlus 5T launched in November, though it affected all sales made through the website. It’s unclear whether the attack was triggered remotely or internally.

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The best free PC games

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 05:24:00 -0800

Worth the price of admission
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There was a time when “free-to-play” was a dirty term in the games industry. There are still terrible, exploitative free-to-play games on the market—more every day, in fact.

But occasionally—occasionally—we get something...miraculous. We get a free-to-play game that doesn’t try to con players out of money or make the design intentionally boring in order to make those purchasable unlocks more exciting.

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