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Galaxy Note8: Everything we know about Samsung’s next flagship phablet

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 11:50:00 -0700

Update 8/20/17: It's confirmed: Samsung outed the Note8 a few days early with an accidental post on its website. The pic is identical to the one leaked earlier by Evan Blass. Also, Blass says preorders for the new phablet will likely start on Thursday, August 24 with a shipping date of September 15.

The late-summer launch of the Galaxy Note phablet is always a big event for Samsung, but there’s even more attention on this year’s release. In case you’ve forgotten, the Galaxy Note7 was an epic fail for Samsung, resulting in a massive recall after devices began exploding around the world. Since then, however, Samsung has been on a roll, launching the highly acclaimed Galaxy S8 and posting record profits along the way.

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This week in games: Destiny "accidentally" pops up on Steam, Civilization goes tabletop, and Animal Farm gets a game adaptation

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 16:00:00 -0700

Licensed games all-but-disappeared for a few years there, swept into the trash alongside a bevy of B-tier studios. But I guess they’re back—and way weirder this time around, too. Adaptations of both Planet of the Apes and Animal Farm were announced this week, and the Pillars of the Earth point-and-click hit Steam. I can only imagine Ken Kesey’s logging classic Sometimes a Great Notion is next. Maybe Call of Duty: Catch-22?

That, plus Destiny briefly sort-of pops up on Steam, Total Warhammer II adds the ratlike Skaven, and Civilization gets adapted into board game form.

This is gaming news for August 14 to 18.

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Jackery Titan S 20100 review: An affordable battery that packs a punch

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:48:00 -0700


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Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD review: Everything you want in a battery pack

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:48:00 -0700


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Samsung Fast Charge Portable Battery Pack 5100 review: Slim, portable, and full of energy

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:47:00 -0700

Note: The following is part of our roundup of USB-C battery packs. Go there for details on how we tested this device.

Samsung may have earned the honor of being at the end of random battery jokes, and suggesting a battery pack from Samsung may seem unlikely. But just put the Note 7 debacle in a box—keep it there, just in case something else bad happens.

Now, look at the Fast Charge Portable Battery Pack 5100. This $59 pack has a 5100 mAh (19.38Wh) capacity, is slightly thicker than a Galaxy S8, and is easy on the eyes.
A carrying loop sticks out of the top, with a power button and a USB-C port for charging the pack found on one side. On the other side you’ll find a USB-A port, used to charge your phone.

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RAVPower 20100 review: USB-C and QC 3.0 together

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:47:00 -0700


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Aukey 30000 PowerBank with Power Delivery review: A respectable upgrade

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:47:00 -0700

Note: The following is part of our roundup of USB-C battery packs. Go there for details on how we tested this device.

The Aukey 30000 Power Bank was last year’s top pick, despite a couple of flaws. Its price point, combined with Quick Charge (QC) 3.0 and a handy flashlight (as gimmicky as it may sound) were enough to propel it to the top.

The current model (available for $80 on Amazon) adds Power Delivery (PD) charging, extending its compatibility to more devices, such as a MacBooks.

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Amazon is selling an EVGA 450W PSU for $10

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 11:50:00 -0700

Whether you've got a PC building project on deck or need to replace an existing PSU, you can get an incredible deal on a power supply right now. Amazon is selling the EVGA 450 BT for $10 after mail-in rebate. That means you'll pay $30 upfront, and then get $20 back in the form of a prepaid debit card.

The rebate offer lasts until Monday.

This 450W PSU comes with a three-year warranty, and it's 80+ Bronze certified, which means it operates at 85 efficiency or greater under usual workloads. It has a single 12 volt rail, and if you need or want to know what that means, this YouTube video offers a great explanation.

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63% off Anker SoundCore 2 Bluetooth Speaker with 24-Hour Playtime - Deal Alert

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:16:00 -0700

SoundCore 2 From Anker produces outstanding audio from an astonishingly compact speaker. Upgraded 2x 6W drivers blast out rich, clear sound. IPX5 water-resistant rating and dustproof engineering mean you can bring your beats anywhere - from the garden, to the beach. Upgraded materials provide smooth touch, and better grip. Listen for up to 66ft with latest Bluetooth 4.2 technology, while an in-built microphone makes hands-free calling a breeze. If you find yourself without BlueTooth, an aux port allows you to plug in and play. And a 24-hour / 500-song playtime means you can listen all day. The SoundCore 2 from Anker's typical list price has been reduced 63% to just $33.59. See this deal on Amazon.

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Elgato Stream Deck review: A streamer's best friend

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 03:37:00 -0700

Pro-grade equipment at a bargain price. That’s the reputation Elgato earned as first YouTube videos and then Twitch streaming took over video games. Straddling a line between hobbyist and professional-grade—a line that’s hard to walk competently, I might add—Elgato’s capture cards have become a mainstay of streamers at all levels.

The Stream Deck, Elgato’s latest piece of hardware, is something altogether different: A video switcher (or mixer), not a capture card. But aside from some early-days software issues, it’s poised to be just as important a piece of kit for a certain tier of creatives.

Power at your fingertips

Video switchers are a fairly standard (and boring) part of multi-camera broadcasts. If you’ve ever watched a sporting event or another live broadcast, chances are a switcher was employed—it allows a producer to switch between multiple camera feeds on the fly, rather than sticking a camera on a tripod and calling it a day. Usually it’s a big gray rectangle full of dials, levers, and color-coded buttons.

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Netgear Arlo Go review: This security camera lets you roam free

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 03:00:00 -0700

This indoor/outdoor security camera runs on batteries and a cellular connection, It doesn't need to be in range of your Wi-Fi network.


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What to do when your laptop's touchpad stops working

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:03:00 -0700

When your laptop’s touchpad stops responding to your fingers, you’ve got a problem. Have you ever tried to use a Windows PC without a mouse, touchpad, or other pointing device? It’s all but impossible. 

If the problem just started, reboot your computer and see if that fixes it. (Yes, I know that’s painfully obvious, but we all sometimes overlook the obvious.) If that doesn’t work, try these solutions.

First, make sure you haven’t accidentally disabled the touchpad. In all likelihood, there’s a key combination that will toggle the touchpad on and off. It usually involves holding down the Fn key (which is probably near the lower-left corner of the keyboard) while pressing another key.

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How to change your email address without losing your friends

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 18:45:00 -0700

Think of all the places where your old email address resides, outside of your immediate control, waiting to give people plenty of false information. There are other people’s address books, old messages in people’s inboxes, websites that use your address as your logon name, and your business cards.

Changing your email address can be quite a chore.

1. Keep the old address for a little while

The first thing you need to do is check with your old mail provider and find out how long you can keep the old address and at what price. It’s probably worth the money to keep it for at least a few months.

2. Tell your contacts, but bcc: please

Then you need to tell everyone about the change. Using your new address, send an email to everyone in your address book—friends, relatives, and business associates. Address the message to yourself (again, with the new address), and BCC everyone else.

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The best graphics cards for PC gaming

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 17:54:00 -0700


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Galaxy S8 and S8+ case roundup: Protect your investment in style

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 14:35:00 -0700


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Verizon is selling a Miracast dongle for $20

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:10:00 -0700

Similar to an Android phone, your Windows 10 device has a type of casting built-in—but depending on your hardware you may not be able to use it. Right now, you can change that by picking up a Belkin Miracast Video Adapter from Verizon for $20. That's about $20 cheaper than what you'll find elsewhere.

Miracast is one of two standards—the other being DLNA—that Windows 10 can use to cast content from your Windows 10 device to a television. With Miracast, you can project to your TV as if it was a wireless display for mirroring your PC's desktop. You can also use Edge's casting feature to throw web content onto your TV, or just right-click any media you have on your Windows 10 PC, select Cast to Device and select your Miracast dongle. Miracast is also supported on some Windows 8.1 devices, as well as Android 4.2 and up.

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Hands on with Microsoft's Story Remix, the new tool to make your photos pop

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:39:00 -0700

Microsoft’s Story Remix for Windows 10 is what happens when someone who suffered through too many dull slideshows of vacation photos thinks about what they could do better—a lot better. Try virtual dragons!

Update: An earlier version of this story noted that one of the best features of Story Remix—adding 3D objects to an existing video or image—had been delayed. But Chris Pratley, the corporate vice president in charge of Windows 10’s Photos, Videos, and Story Remix, confirmed that that feature will ship at the same time as the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update as an updated app.

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60% off Logitech G105 Gaming Keyboard - Deal Alert

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:41:00 -0700

The G105 gaming keyboard from Logitech features dual-level LED backlighting, fully programmable g-keys for single actions and macros, and anti-ghosting capabilities. Program 3 macros per key -- configure up to 18 unique functions per game. Program single keystrokes, complex macros or intricate LUA scripts. Record new macros on the fly while you're in the game. The G105 Logitech gaming keyboard is built for serious gaming and its typical list price of $59.99 has been reduced 60% to $23.99. See this deal on Amazon.

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65% off AcuRite Refrigerator/Freezer Wireless Digital Thermometer - Deal Alert

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 06:32:00 -0700

How often do you check temps in your fridge or freezer? With the AcuRite wireless fridge/freezer thermometer you can be sure that your food is being stored at safe temperatures. It displays the refrigerator temperature, freezer temperature and the high / low temperatures recorded for each. An alarm notifies you audibly and visually when temperatures exceed your customizable presets. Especially useful in a power outage, or if you plan to store food in a cooler for an extended period of time. Right now the typical list price on AcuRite's thermometer is discounted 65% to just $13.84. See this deal on Amazon.

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Kobo Aura H20 Edition 2 review: A waterproof e-reader worthy of your consideration

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 04:00:00 -0700

While not indestructible, this Kindle competitor can survive being submerged in water.


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The best educational software for students

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:30:00 -0700

As you prepare to start a new school year, make sure your PC gets the attention it deserves (if you’re in the market for a new PC, be sure to check out PCWorld’s best cheap laptops and best laptops of 2017 picks). The hardware is important, but loading your PC with the right educational software can give you a big leg up.

Sure, you’ve probably grabbed your favorite browser and installed Office, but there are plenty of other tools you’ll need at the ready to be productive and successful. 

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EVE Valkyrie's Warzone update brings CCP's VR dogfighter to normal monitors

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:23:00 -0700

We’ve seen quite a few virtual reality projects that are just ported from normal screens to fancy goggles—Half-Life 2 was a notable early adopter, with Superhot, ARK, Tabletop Simulator, Elite Dangerous, and more taking the same route. But a game starting in VR and then heading to normal screens? That’s a weird one.

That’s what CCP is doing with EVE Valkyrie though. Nearly a year and a half after Valkyrie’s dogfighting debuted on the Rift and Vive, a forthcoming update is set to bring it to your non-VR displays.

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Rebranded as EVE Valkyrie - Warzone, the update is due to arrive on September 26 (alongside a price drop to $30), at which point you’ll be able to fight both in and out of VR—though I can’t tell from the announcement whether there will be cross-play between headset and monitor users. It seems like it would be unfair, given how much easier it is to look around the cockpit in VR.

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How to use Miracast to mirror your device's screen wirelessly on your TV—even 4K

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:10:00 -0700

After the Wi-Fi Alliance announced the finalization of the Miracast wireless display standard at CES 2013, a plethora of Miracast-enabled devices and receivers followed, and include newer devices like Microsoft’s Surface Pro (2017) and Amazon’s Fire TV stick. But while Miracast continues to be developed—as of July 2017, Miracast hardware will support HD and 4K streaming, for example—it’s also lost some support to competing technologies. Keep reading to figure out how Miracast could work for you.

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PCWorld's August Digital Magazine: Intel's Core-i9 Tested

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 14:37:00 -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 August issue

We test the fastest consumer CPU ever: the Intel Core i9. Find out all about 5 killer new Google Assistant features you should be using right now. Plus, the catalog of Edge extensions isn’t huge yet, but we have the 10 best so far. 

Other highlights:

  • News: The best PC Games of 2017 (so far)
  • Surface Laptop review: Microsoft's MacBook Air killer nails what students need
  • Gigabyte Aero 15 review: A near-perfect power user's laptop
  • Here's How: How to transfer everything from your old Android phone to your new one

Video highlights

Watch: Virtual reality could get less awkward with Intel’s WiGig technology, which lets you shed the wires that tether you to a PC (or tangle up around your legs). We checked out a prototype at E3 2017, and you could start seeing it in retail products within a year. 

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Google Home hands-free calling is here, but doesn't yet have caller ID

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 10:00:00 -0700

OK Google, phone Home. First announced at I/O in May, Google is ready to launch hands-free calling via its voice-activated Home speaker, letting you get in touch with anyone in the U.S. or Canada without lifting a finger—and for free. 

Starting Wednesday, you’ll be able to use your Home speaker to place a call to virtually any person in your contacts or business across the U.S. or Canada, but there’s a catch: The recipient won’t know who’s calling. Since Google Home uses its own number to place the call, the recipient will see “Unknown” or “No Caller ID” on their end. Google says it hopes to allow users to link their mobile numbers by the end of the year.

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Aukey's dual-port car charger with Quick Charge 3.0 is $9 right now

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 09:38:00 -0700

Aukey loves to offer deals on its products. Right now on Amazon, you can get the Quick Charge 3.0 Car Charger for $9 if you redeem the "Buy 1, get 55% off" promotion right underneath the price. (Mobile users may need to scroll further down the page to see the promotion.)

This charger can charge two "compatible devices" up to four times faster than normal chargers, according to Aukey, as it supports Qualcomm's Quick Charge 3.0 technology. (Hence the product's name.) The charger is also loaded with safeguards to prevent excessive current from overloading your devices. That should just be a standard part of any charging device, mind you--especially car chargers.

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Best indoor digital TV antennas: Our top picks for cord cutters

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 08:46:00 -0700

Updated August 16, 2017 to add our review of the Terk Trinity Xtend indoor TV antenna, which also includes an 802.11n Wi-Fi range extender. We weren't impressed.

Ditching your cable- or satellite-TV subscription and going to a setup combining a streaming device along with an antenna to pick up over-the-air digital broadcasts is a smart move that will save you some serious cash every month.

There’s plenty of free TV to be had—well, you’ll passively pay by being exposed to commercials—but you’ll need an antenna to pull those signals in. An outdoor model mounted to a tall mast (elevating the antenna at least 30 feet off the ground) will yield the best results, but that’s not the most attractive accessory for your home, and it’s a total no-go if you’re a renter or live in an apartment.

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31% off WD 4TB My Passport Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive - Deal Alert

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:26:00 -0700

Safely store massive amounts of photos, videos and music with this 4TB external drive from WD. It comes equipped with WD Backup software so you can automatically back up photos, videos, music and documents on your preferred schedule. And built-in 256-bit AES hardware encryption with WD Security software helps keep your content private and safe. The 4TB My Passport model is currently priced just $10 higher than its 3TB counterpart with this 31% off deal. See it now on Amazon.

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