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Published: Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:02:53 -0700

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Surface Laptop vs. Surface Book: The prices and features of two premium laptops, compared

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 22:39:00 -0700


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Microsoft's Office sales soar and Windows Phone fades in cloud-happy earnings call

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:50:00 -0700

Remember when Microsoft touted Windows Mobile during earnings calls? Now, Microsoft's Windows Phone business is "immaterial," while Office, Azure, and other cloud and services products continue to propel the company to profitability. 

In a small note during its second-quarter earnings report Thursday, Microsoft said its phone business had declined $361 million in revenue from a year ago, leading to the claim that the phone business was “immaterial,” or not enough to report to investors. It wasn't enough that Microsoft’s More Personal Computing segment reported a revenue decline of 2 percent to $8.8 billion: chief financial officer Amy Hood also noted that phones caused a four-percent decline—in other words, Microsoft blamed phones for the company’s loss.

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Best Buy is selling a 2-in-1 Chromebook for $220

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 11:40:00 -0700

Chromebooks are great, but I have a very specific opinion about buying them. I want a price around $200, an Intel processor, and a minimum 32GB of onboard storage. Right now, Best Buy has just such a deal: You can get the Acer R11 2-in-1 Chromebook for $220. The only catch is you have to sign-up for a “My Best Buy” account to see the sale price, as this is an “early access” deal.

This is a great price for this machine—and surprising to see so soon, given that we just saw this steep discount during last week’s Amazon’s Prime Day sale. For $220, you get an 11.6-inch touchscreen display with 1366-by-768 resolution, 32GB of eMMC flash storage, 4GB of RAM, and a 1.6GHz quad-core Intel Celeron N3160 processor. The N3160 is a pretty standard processor for Chromebooks, and it runs really well with Chrome OS since the operating system is so light.

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SteelSeries Arctis 7 review: This wireless headset provides incredible comfort

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:00:00 -0700

Ski goggles. That’s the inspiration for SteelSeries’s new Arctis line of headsets, including the wireless Arctis 7 I’ve been using for the past few weeks. Take the floating headband that SteelSeries popularized on its old Siberia line, replace it with the elastic you’d use to strap on ski goggles (or maybe a VR headset) and you’ve got the Arctis.

Sounds weird, right? But it’s one of the most comfortable headsets I’ve ever worn.

Surprising design

It’s amazing nobody else has done this. I’ve praised floating headbands in the past, especially those from SteelSeries, but there was some caveat. Maybe the headset had a tendency to slip around, or the headband felt like it would wear out too quickly, or it seemed unreasonably bulky (see: G.Skill’s SR910). A great idea maybe, but one that needed refining.

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What to do about the 'Windows 10 is no longer supported on this PC' error

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:21:00 -0700

Updated July 20 with confirmation from Microsoft about the root cause, and how security updates will be handled on affected PCs.

Owners of some Windows 10 laptops and tablets are crashing into a worrying roadblock when they try to install the Windows 10 Creators Update. Windows Update initially says the notebooks are compatible with the upgrade, but fails to install it after downloading the setup files, instead displaying the following message: “Windows 10 is no longer supported on this PC. Uninstall this app now because it isn’t compatible with Windows 10.”

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Phiaton BT 460 Bluetooth headphone review: Sleek, smart, and feature rich. But they sound best wired

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 04:00:00 -0700

Innovative features and strong battery life set these headphones apart from the pack. Unfortunately, their Bluetooth audio performance falls short.


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What happened to Fling, Amazon's Chromecast clone on Fire TV?

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 03:00:00 -0700

Amazon Fling was supposed to bring Chromecast-like features to Fire TV devices. Two years later, that effort has fizzled.


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Confirmed: Windows 10 may cut off devices with older CPUs

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 03:00:00 -0700

No Windows 10 Creators Update for you, Microsoft says—at least, not if you happen to be the unlucky owner of certain older Atom-based Windows devices, and other aging models in the future. After stories arose of failed attempts to upgrade such hardware to the Creators Update, Microsoft confirmed late Wednesday that any hardware device that falls out of the manufacturer’s support cycle may be ineligible for future Windows 10 updates.

In the case of the four “Clover Trail” processors (part of the Cloverview platform) that have fallen into Intel's End of Interactive Support phase, they will be ineligible for the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft confirmed. Instead, they’ll simply be offered the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, plus security updates through January, 2023, the end of the original Windows 8.1 support period.

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Intel's 12-core Core i9 might lose the megahertz war to AMD's Ryzen Threadripper

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 15:54:00 -0700

When Intel’s next Core i9 CPU appears in a month or so, it may face some stiff competition in a battle people long thought was over: the Megahertz Wars.

Although Intel hasn’t formally declared the clock speed of its upcoming 12-core Core i9-7920X, the company appears to have inadvertently disclosed it. A price list posted by the company on July 14 shows the $1,200 Core i9-7920X with 16.5MB of cache, 12 cores, 24 threads, and a clock speed of 2.9GHz.

Intel officials declined to comment to PCWorld on the apparent slip.

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Intel may have inadvertently published the clock speed of its upcoming 12-core Core i9-7920X and it doesn’t look inspiring.

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Android O: The Reddit AMA's 8 most interesting reveals

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 14:51:00 -0700

As the Android O release date nears, Google’s busy engineering team still found time on Wednesday to hop onto Reddit for their annual AMA. Users submitted a barrage of questions, and here are the most interesting things we learned:

Dark mode isn’t coming, so stop asking

Google teased us with dark mode on both the Android N and O developer previews, but it’s not making it into the full release anytime soon. The reason? “Reliable and consistent theming is hard.”

Numerous questions about themes and dark mode stacked up on the Reddit board, and Android engineer Alan Viverette addressed it thusly: “There are technical and logistical issues with theming. The technical side is largely solved in O with Runtime Resource Overlay support (a Sony framework that allows the system to modify the look and feel of an app while it is running); however, we still don’t have stable APIs for describing what can be themed or adequate ways to verify that existing applications properly support theming.”

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Pop! OS Linux from System76 is a rare DIY distro from a hardware vendor

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:54:00 -0700

Pop! OS is more than just another Linux distro. Many Linux OSes borrow from other OSes in one way or another but add their own spin to the OS in question--like a different desktop environment, for example. Pop! OS is not much different in this respect, except that it's developed by System76, a company that sells laptops and desktops preloaded with Ubuntu. Well, for now. System76 recently released an Alpha version of its own Ubuntu-based operating system, dubbed Pop! OS. The company has set the first official release for Pop! OS for October 19.

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The Full Nerd episode 26: AMD Threadripper's wild prices, Ryzen 3, Radeon Vega FE reviews

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:32:00 -0700

In this week’s The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray discuss all things AMD, starting with the bombshell Threadripper pricing. Sixteen cores and 32 threads for $999! Can the far more expensive Core i9 chips compete with such aggressive pricing by AMD, especially with Intel’s debut 12-core clocked at a mere 2.9GHz (as we discovered totally by accident, live, in the middle of the show)?

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Doom's 6.66 update makes all DLC free

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:50:00 -0700

Doom was probably 2016’s greatest surprise. After a disastrous multiplayer “beta”/demo I was primed to hate it, only to come away from the campaign a few weeks later thinking it was one of the year’s best games.

With that in mind, the phrase “We’ve retired the Doom season pass” should be cause for celebration. Bethesda announced today that all of Doom’s post-release downloadable content is now free to everyone, as part of Update 6.66. More Doom? For free? Excellent.

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Newegg is offering a four-port USB hub for free today (after rebate)

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:21:00 -0700

Periodically Newegg decides to heavily discount its Rosewill cables and connectors. Right now, the retailer has a sale on its in-house products that’ll beat even a $0.99 HDMI cable on eBay: Everything’s free. Kind of.

These products are free after rebate, so you still have to pay up front. (And depending on where you live, you’ll also have to pay sales tax, which won’t get reimbursed.) After the rebate, you’ll get a gift card worth the value of the purchase. Of all the products available today, I’m most interested in the four-port USB 3.0 aluminum hub for $12 (before the $12 rebate).

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Telltale reveals Wolf Among Us 2, a final Walking Dead season, and another Batman

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 11:10:00 -0700

Just yesterday I was lamenting on Twitter that we’d never see another Wolf Among Us, with Telltale apparently content to churn out licensed superhero games, and then...more Wolf Among Us. Surprise! Telltale announced a trio of games this morning at San Diego Comic-Con—Batman: The Enemy Within,The Walking Dead: The Final Season, and (most importantly) Wolf Among Us 2.

Batman is the only one out in 2017, so it is indeed a year of Telltale superheroes—Guardians of the Galaxy and Batman will finish out the rest of the year. Episode one, titled “The Enigma,” will be out on August 8 which is mere weeks from now. And if you hadn’t already guessed from the title, Riddler will play a large role in the new season.

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Best VPN services of 2017: Reviews and buying advice

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:55:00 -0700

Updated 7/19/17 to reflect a new contender in our roundup, CyberGhost, which earns the distinction of Runner-up for best overall VPN.

Choosing the right virtual private network (VPN) service is no simple task. A VPN should keep your internet usage private and secure, but not every service handles your data in the same way. Just look at the critiques of notable computer security experts and online pundits to understand the challenge.

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CyberGhost 6 review: A speedy VPN out of Romania

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:24:00 -0700

CyberGhost in brief:

P2P allowed: Yes

Business location: Romania

Number of servers: 852

Number of country locations: 27

Cost: $30-$48 billed annually

Blazing-fast speeds are something that all VPNs promise, and most of them are fast enough for common use cases like high-definition video streaming. CyberGhost, on the other hand, has some consistently fast speeds across most of its network. CyberGhost is also good on privacy and anonymity, and offers an attractive user interface that will appeal to most, especially novice VPN users.

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Goodbye Google Now, hello new feed that obsessively tracks your interests

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:16:00 -0700

Google Now is gone, but your information feed lives on as a revamped, humbly no-name feed, whose mission is you and only you.

When you launch the new Google app (or swipe right on Pixel phones), it won’t look much different. The search bar remains at the top, followed by your shortcut icons and a series of cards based on your interests.

What’s changing is how Google populates it. As Google's Shashi Thakur writes in a blog post, “Your feed will not only be based on your interactions with Google, but also factor in what’s trending in your area and around the world. The more you use Google, the better your feed will be.”

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Save 38% on the TP-LINK Wi-Fi Smart Plug, Works with Amazon Alexa - Deal Alert

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:45:00 -0700

The TP-LINK HS100 smart plug is quite simply a power outlet that you can control from anywhere. Using your smartphone, you can turn devices on & off, set programs to turn them on & off at set times while you're away, or engage a "countdown timer" which powers the switch off after a set amount of time. Installation is simple -- just plug a device into your smart plug and connect to your wifi network. The HS100 is also compatible with Amazon Alexa, for voice control. Buy multiple plugs and get creative.

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Get $100 off Amazon Echo When You Buy 2 Right Now - Deal Alert

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 06:43:00 -0700

Put 2 Echo devices in your cart and Amazon will credit you back $100 right now, effectively pricing each one at $129.99 vs. the typical $179.99 list price. But you'll have to use a special code at checkout, to activate the discount: ECHO2PACK. Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information, news, sports scores, weather, and more—instantly. All you have to do is ask. Echo has seven microphones and beam forming technology so it can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. Echo is also an expertly tuned speaker that can fill any room with 360° immersive sound. When you want to use Echo, just say the wake word “Alexa” and Echo responds instantly. If you have more than one Echo or Echo Dot, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo you're closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception), so it makes a lot of sense to pick up 2 right now with this discount.  See the Amazon Echo on Amazon.

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How to reclaim your privacy in Windows 10, piece by piece

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:32:00 -0700

Updated July 19, 2017, to reflect changes based on Windows 10's Creators Update.

There’s no doubt about it: Windows 10 is studded with data-tracking tidbits and hooks into all sorts of Microsoft’s online services. Handing over all that data has some tangible benefits, like Windows 10’s OneDrive integration and the Bing-powered brains behind the Cortana digital assistant, but not everyone is thrilled with the idea of an operating system that’s constantly looking over their digital shoulder.

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Samsung Bixby Voice: How to set up and use the Galaxy S8 assistant

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:28:00 -0700

Update 7/19/17: Bixby Voice is rolling out to all U.S. Galaxy S8 and S8+ phones. See Setting up Bixby Voice below for how to download and install it.

It’s been a long time coming, but Bixby has finally found its voice. Samsung has begun pushing out the final piece of its AI package, Bixby Voice, to all Galaxy S8 phones in the U.S. Before long, millions of people will be saying, “Hi Bixby” to summon the new assistant.

But while we might not need another AI assistant on our phones, Bixby is actually a pretty good companion to Google Assistant. It’s a little slow on the trigger at times, but I was impressed with how well it was able to understand me. And Bixby isn’t a clone of Google Assistant or Sir eitheri. Samsung’s AI is more servant than smartie pants, carrying out phone tasks that would normally require numerous steps. Here's everything you need to know to get started:

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Amazon is selling a home UPS for $55 right now

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:52:00 -0700

Amazon has several deals on APC back-up power supplies and surge protectors right now, and the best of them is the APC Back-UPS Connect for $55. That’s its lowest price yet on the site, and the first real discount we’ve seen in the last six months.

The Back-UPS Connect is an interesting device as it can act as a mobile power pack, or you can slap it in the dock for a 50 watt UPS. When in mobile mode, it has enough power to charge a smart phone approximately five times. When docked, the UPS supplies about 2.5 hours of power for a home network. (That’s not a ton of time, but it’s fine for a sub-$60 UPS. Remember, this is not a fancy pure sine wave UPS like the CyberPower unit we looked at in May.) And when you’re not using it for battery power, the Back-UPS Connect doubles as a surge protector.

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Best home security camera: Our favorite tools for keeping an eye on the home front

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:35:00 -0700

Updated July 18, 2017 to add a new subcategory—best all-in-one home monitor—along with our picks for the best and runner-up in that category: the LG Smart Security Wireless Camera and the Canary Security System respectively. We also added a fresh take on the Piper NV security system. Rent or own, we all want to know our homes are secure while we’re gone. That used to mean signing on with a professional—and pricey—security service like ADT. But the boom in wireless security cameras is putting home surveillance into our own hands.

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Canary review: A sophisticated home-security system packed inside a camera

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:30:00 -0700

Originally published on June 10, 2015, this review was updated on July 18, 2017 to reflect a few new features along with information about limited Wink Hub and IFTTT integration, currently available membership plans, and the upcoming Canary Plus, which will support Apple's HomeKit ecosystem.

The Canary I’ve finally had a chance to review isn’t as sophisticated as the Canary I wrote about when its manufacturer was crowdfunding its development. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad product—it has a strong price/performance ratio for a $249 now $169 home-security system—it just means its developer’s ambition exceeded its grasp in a few key areas. And in some other areas, the developer wasn’t ambitious enough.

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Piper NV review: strong security features hampered by a buggy app

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:00:00 -0700

Connection problems and missing notifications drag down this otherwise solid smart home monitor.


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Surface Laptop review: Microsoft's MacBook Air killer nails what students need

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 12:33:00 -0700

Updated 07/18/2017: We've upgraded the Surface Laptop to Windows 10 Pro to run traditional benchmarks, and the results are...interesting. Click the Performance section in the TOC, or simply jump to this link, to see to all the numbers. 

Our Surface Laptop review considers Microsoft’s new notebook in three ways: first, as a stylish ultrabook, designed to compete with Apple’s MacBook Air on college campuses. It’s also a showcase for Windows 10 S, limiting users to Windows Store apps but with an unexpected benefit to battery life. But if you want more flexibility, you can upgrade to Windows 10 Pro—and we’ve tested that, too. 

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Best smart home system

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 09:31:00 -0700

Your home is only as smart as the hub that orchestrates everything behind the scenes. These DIY tools are the best of the bunch.


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40% off Inateck USB 3.0 to IDE/SATA Hard Drive Adapter - Deal Alert

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 06:39:00 -0700

This USB 3.0 adapter from Inateck can interface with up to three drives simultaneously. It is compatible with 2.5"/3.5" IDE/SATA hard drives and 5.25" IDE/SATA CD/DVD drives, and features a one-touch backup function. Use it to read an old internal drive from a crashed computer, or to use an internal drive similar to an external backup drive. You might find a lot of uses for this one. The typical list price of $47.99 has been reduced on Amazon 40% right now to $28.99. See this deal on Amazon.

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