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Every AMD Radeon RX graphics card you can buy for PC gaming

PC World - Fri, 2017-12-15 14:39
Radeon roundup

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Not all graphics cards are created equal. Both AMD and Nvidia offer a wide range of graphics cards designed for tasks as varied as adding basic video support to a home theater PC to playing gorgeous video games at crushingly high frame rates and resolutions.

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Amazon's Echo Show has dropped in price by $80

Mac World - Fri, 2017-12-15 12:17

Amazon has one of the new additions to the Echo family at a Black Friday-level discount: For the past few days, the retailer's been selling the Echo Show for $150. This Alexa device normally sells for $230.

This deal is also available at Echo-friendly stores like Best Buy, Target, and B&H.

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Amazon's Echo Show has dropped in price by $80

PC World - Fri, 2017-12-15 12:17

Amazon has one of the new additions to the Echo family at a Black Friday-level discount: For the past few days, the retailer's been selling the Echo Show for $150. This Alexa device normally sells for $230.

This deal is also available at Echo-friendly stores like Best Buy, Target, and B&H.

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Fallout 4 VR review: An epic sense of scale bolsters this janky VR port

PC World - Fri, 2017-12-15 11:08

Fallout 4 VR makes a terrible first impression.

Boot it up and it’s immediately clear it wasn’t built for VR first and foremost. The main menu does that thing where it’s just the original 2D menu projected in empty space. The “War never changes...” intro does the same. Then when you get into the actual game, you see a rudimentary version of the character creation sequence where you’re standing in front of a mirror—and if you step backwards, you can just walk straight through the wall.

This “Oh, someone didn’t even think of this or at least didn’t come up with a way to solve it” rough-around-the-edges aspect does not bode well. It continued, too. As I dove further into the game, I kept finding other aspects that annoyed me, that demonstrated Fallout 4 was never built with VR in mind—awkward controls, a terrible teleport system, objects that don’t react the way you’d expect in VR.

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Best smart thermostat

Mac World - Fri, 2017-12-15 11:05
There are so many smart thermostats to choose from today. We'll help you pick the right one.

Best smart thermostat

PC World - Fri, 2017-12-15 11:05
There are so many smart thermostats to choose from today. We'll help you pick the right one.

Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 64 Limited Edition review: Taming Vega's flaws with brute force

PC World - Fri, 2017-12-15 09:00

Four long months after AMD’s flawed Radeon Vega graphics cards launched, custom versions are finally starting to trickle out—and the wait was worth it. The monstrous, yet luxurious Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 64 Limited Edition relies on brute force to squash the most troubling problems that plague reference Vega cards. This beast sports the most wildly effective cooler to ever cross our test bench, and it manages to toss in a factory overclock while providing impressive tools for enthusiasts to push performance even further.

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How Microsoft's wading into 'fake news' with Bing's opinion-based search results

PC World - Fri, 2017-12-15 06:30

On Wednesday, Microsoft told a roomful of journalists that, on Bing, “alternative facts” would be considered the equivalent of the Washington Post.

Sure, that’s just my opinion. But that’s also the new approach that Bing’s rolling out over the next week: striking out beyond facts into a brave new world in which opinions matter, too. Eventually, Bing will respond to certain questions with answers that represent both sides of an issue, not just a list of search results. One of those new voices will be Reddit, a popular online community with millions of contributors.

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Bosch Connected Control BCC100 Wi-Fi thermostat review: Pretty to look at, easy to program

PC World - Fri, 2017-12-15 06:00
It’s not as slick as some of its competitors, but it can control the humidifiers and dehumidifiers others don’t.

Star Wars gift guide: Top picks for fans who are tech geeks

PC World - Fri, 2017-12-15 06:00

You need this Star Wars gift guide. There’s no way any human could navigate the millions of Star Wars-themed items available, thanks to Disney’s merchandising-industrial complex. But you want this Star Wars gift guide, too, if you are (or you’re shopping for) a Star Wars fan who’s also a tech geek.

“Tech geek” describes 100 percent of the staff at PCWorld, and as for Star Wars...well, I saw Episode IV more than 24 times in the first year (yes, I lost count), Episode V 14 times in the first year, and Episode VI 8 times (blame the Ewoks). Just call me OG Star Wars. Meanwhile, my esteemed colleague Gordon Mah Ung has three replica lightsabers, including one he gave to his wife for their first wedding anniversary. Awwww!

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Bosch Connected Control BCC100 Wi-Fi thermostat review: Pretty to look at, easy to program

Mac World - Fri, 2017-12-15 06:00
It’s not as slick as some of its competitors, but it can control the humidifiers and dehumidifiers others don’t.

Star Wars gift guide: Top picks for fans who are tech geeks

Mac World - Fri, 2017-12-15 06:00
PCWorld's Star Wars gift guide, is for people who are (or are shopping for) Star Wars fans who are also tech geeks. Our top picks range from droids to drones, from LEGOs to ugly sweaters, and even snow globes.

Apple off to a promising start with its revamped pro Mac lineup

Mac World - Fri, 2017-12-15 06:00

So, the iMac Pro is shipping. After many years’ worth of fretting and worrying, Apple once again has a pro-level desktop that boasts the modern technology. And all is right with the world.

But is it? There’s no disputing that the iMac Pro is a capable machine: with up to 18 cores, a maximum of 128GB of RAM, and a hefty video card, the benchmarks indicate that this is a machine that can take everything you throw at it.

And yet it’s not Apple’s whole “pro” story. In an interview with select outlets back in April of this year, Apple executive Phil Schiller had multiple shoes to drop, including this morsel:

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How to shop at the Apple Certified Refurbished store online and save money

Mac World - Fri, 2017-12-15 00:35

Looking for a way to save some money on new Apple products. Consider a refurbished MacBook, refurbished iPhone, or refurbished iPad from the Apple Certified Refurbished store. A refurbished product is just like a new, but at a lower price.

Here’s a quick guide with links to the best deals you can find on the refurb store, along with a FAQ guide if you want to know more about the ins and outs of the Apple Certified Refurbished store and buying a refurbished MacBook, iPhone, or iPad.

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BrandPost: Tomorrow’s workforce, today. Orchestrated by CDW.

PC World - Thu, 2017-12-14 20:30

How we work and where we work are changing. If handled properly, the opportunities are endless. If not, productivity is sure to plummet. At CDW, we can help you harness the latest in mobility and collaboration to allow both workforce flexibility and organizational agility.

Minnesota Wild Retools Tech for the Ultimate Fan Experience

The National Hockey League's Minnesota Wild updated the technology at their arena, the Xcel Energy Center, with one goal in mind: to create a better fan experience. The team is focused on engaging with fans and helping them interact with each other and brands during the games, and is using new technology platforms, especially for its core and Wi-Fi networks, to help enable that. 

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BrandPost: Less-risky business. Orchestrated by CDW.

PC World - Thu, 2017-12-14 20:24

Evolving attacks. Scattered endpoints. Strained resources. Risks are changing, and you need to be prepared for anything. We can help you build a holistic solution that combines strategy and technology to keep your data accessible and secure.

Lessons learned from 4,000 security assessments conducted by CDW can prepare your IT troops to address common vulnerabilities. CDW has been in the IT security trenches for decades. Any organization can apply the lessons our experts have learned to fundamentally shift its approach to security. The infographic below shows how.

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Windscribe Pro review: It's all about the extras

PC World - Thu, 2017-12-14 17:22

Windscribe in brief:

P2P allowed: Yes, on most servers

Number of servers: 321

Business location: Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

Number of country locations: 50

Cost: $49 billed annually

Metropolitan Toronto is something of a VPN hub these days. We’ve already looked at TunnelBear and recent Symantec acquisition SurfEasy, both based in Toronto. Now it’s time to look at Windscribe, a capable VPN based just outside of Canada’s largest city.

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BrandPost: Stronger Connections, Orchestrated by CDW

PC World - Thu, 2017-12-14 16:41

From shoppers and patients to students and constituents, client satisfaction is key. And technology is key to client satisfaction. We can help you develop a client-centric approach to IT that increases engagement, retention and your competitive advantage.

One example:

Every great musical composition has at least two components to make it come to life: talented musicians and top-notch instruments. The same is true of a K–12 classroom, where lessons sometimes are only as solid as the methods and tools used to teach them.  

Imagine the classroom as an orchestra, with the teacher as the conductor. Each child has individual learning needs met by a personalized learning model, which means it doesn’t matter what types of instruments these little maestros are playing — the conductor is prepared to help them harmonize and play a beautiful melody together by teaching them as individuals first.

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FCC votes to kill net neutrality in an unsurprising move. What happens now?

PC World - Thu, 2017-12-14 15:04

That noise you just heard was the sound of millions of modems across the U.S. crying. As expected, the FCC just voted 3-2 to kill its own net neutrality rules, and the Internet as we know it could be forever changed.

Under the current net neutrality rules (classifying ISPs under Title II of the Communications Act), which were only just enacted in 2015, Internet service providers are required to deliver all online content with the same speed and accessibility, meaning they can’t charge more for faster Netflix speeds or restrict YouTube access. There are particular exceptions for medical services, public safety communications, and other data that is deemed to be in the public good.

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FCC votes to kill net neutrality in an unsurprising move. What happens now?

Mac World - Thu, 2017-12-14 15:04
The FCC has voted to kill its own net neutrality rules in a 3-2 vote along party lines. Here's what will likely happen next.

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