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The three best deals in Newegg's big one-day graphics card sale

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-14 11:01

It’s a September to Remember according to Newegg’s deal mailer today, which is promoting the retailer’s one-day graphics card saleRemove non-product link. Overall, we’d say this sale isn’t really one to remember, but we did find a few smoking-hot deals amid the ho-hum prices. Here are our top picks from the sale.

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How to fix a 1Password sync problem

Mac World - Fri, 2018-09-14 10:13

If you’re a 1Password user, you likely enjoy the ability to make unique, strong passwords for every account you have to manage or create. Unique passwords make it enormously unlikely that a single breach of a site at which you have an account, even a catastrophic breach, would let attackers leverage that information to log into your accounts elsewhere.

However, there’s a problem seen routinely that’s easy to fix: 1Password sometimes loses its connection to a syncing archive. 1Password has a few ways to keep vaults in sync. Some people use the 1Password.com vault for everything, which allows them to access their passwords from a web browser, as well as from end points, like an iPhone (or Android phone) or desktop computer.

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Samsung teases a quad-camera Galaxy because smartphones are like razors now

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-14 10:08

In a cryptic message posted to its website Friday, Samsung invited us all to a “Galaxy Event” on October 11. The message simply reads “4x fun,” and “Samsung’s newest Galaxy device is bringing more ways to express yourself than ever before,” a thinly veiled message to a phone sporting four cameras.

Back in July, notable Samsung leaker Ice universe predicted on Twitter that “there will be a four-camera phones in the second half of this year,” and later qualified that all four lenses would be “at the back.” Samsung only just debuted its first dual-camera Galaxy handset with last year’s Note 8, while Apple and others have been selling dual-camera phones for years. And Huawei recently launched a triple-camera phone in the P20 Pro and is rumored to be putting three lenses in the upcoming Mate 20 as well. But four would be an industry first, and we all know how much Samsung likes being first.

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Best smart thermostat: Reviews and buying advice

Mac World - Fri, 2018-09-14 10:00
There are so many smart thermostats to choose from today. We'll help you pick the right one.

Best smart thermostat: Reviews and buying advice

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-14 10:00
There are so many smart thermostats to choose from today. We'll help you pick the right one.

Channels DVR review: This is a powerful DVR for cord-cutters, but it's also an expensive one

Mac World - Fri, 2018-09-14 09:30
Channels DVR gets a lot of little things right, but the price is wrong.

Best DVR for cord cutters

Mac World - Fri, 2018-09-14 09:30
TiVo Roamio OTA vs. Tablo vs. Channel Master vs. Plex: None are ideal, but one might work for you.

Best DVR for cord cutters

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-14 09:30
TiVo Roamio OTA vs. Tablo vs. Channel Master vs. Plex: None are ideal, but one might work for you.

Nvidia Turing GPU deep dive: What's inside the radical GeForce RTX 2080 Ti

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-14 09:00

It’s time to pull back the curtain on the Turing GPU inside Nvidia’s radical new GeForce RTX 20-series, the first-ever graphics cards designed to handle real-time ray tracing thanks to the inclusion of dedicated tensor and RT cores. But the GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti were also designed to significantly improve performance in traditionally rendered games, with enough power to feed those blazing-fast 4K, 144Hz G-Sync HDR gaming monitors

Nvidia revealed plenty of numbers during the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti announcement. Clock speeds, memory bandwidth, CUDA core counts—it was all there. This deeper dive explains the underlying, architectural changes that make Nvidia’s Turing GPU more potent than its Pascal predecessor. We’ll also highlight some new Nvidia tools that developers can embrace to speed up performance even more, or bring the AI-boosted power of Nvidia’s Saturn V supercomputer into your graphics card.

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Ray traced games won't launch with Nvidia's GeForce RTX graphics cards

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-14 09:00

The radical Turing GPUs inside the GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti are built for the future of computing. Nvidia stuffed these monsters with dedicated tensor cores to bring the power of an AI supercomputer into your graphics card, and dedicated RT cores designed to enable real-time ray traced games—long considered the graphics Holy Grail—far before anybody thought it would be possible. It’s such a sizeable shift in focus that Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang spent the entirety of the long RTX 20-series announcement simply explaining what ray tracing is, with nary a peep on traditional gaming performance. Fear not: Performance improves there, too.

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Nvidia Scanner uses math to auto-overclock GeForce RTX graphics cards to their limit

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-14 09:00

The radical Turing GPUs inside the GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti may be built for the future, but Nvidia’s still tossing some mighty delicious bones to old-school graphics enthusiasts who want to push their hardware to the limit. A powerful auto-overclocking tool dubbed “Nvidia Scanner” will hit the streets with the GeForce RTX 20-series GPUs. The new graphics cards also support a new NVLink SLI connection that brings a tremendous bandwidth boost to multi-GPU setups.

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The iPhone Xs: An innovation dilemma

Mac World - Fri, 2018-09-14 07:00

In a financial conference call during the last year, Apple CEO Tim Cook described the iPhone X as setting up the next ten years of smartphones. It’s easy to see now what Cook meant by that: this week, the company updated all of its new iPhones to follow the design example set by the iPhone X.

But even as it unveiled the iPhone Xs Max and the iPhone XR, the company ran into a struggle when it came to the iPhone X’s successor, the iPhone Xs. How do you take what was formerly your most advanced iPhone and distinguish it from the rest of your now equally advanced line-up?

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Johnson Controls GLAS smart thermostat review: Hey Cortana, I’m cold!

Mac World - Fri, 2018-09-14 06:00
No smart thermostat is more beautiful, but is that enough to justify a sky-high price tag?

Johnson Controls GLAS smart thermostat review: Hey Cortana, I’m cold!

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-14 06:00
No smart thermostat is more beautiful, but is that enough to justify a sky-high price tag?

Dell G7 15 (7588) review: A hex-core gaming laptop that won’t break the bank

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-14 06:00

The Dell G7 15 is a mid-size gaming laptop with middle-of-the-road GTX 1060 Max-Q graphics, middling battery life, and—you guessed it—a mid-range price tag of $1,200. But this system boasts a stellar feature that sets it apart from the crowd: a hex-core, benchmark-crushing Core i7 processor that’ll thrill content creators. Indeed, the G7 15’s overall performance is only a step or two behind that of our current 15-inch gaming laptop, the thinner and lighter MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RE, while costing about $600 less. Among our quibbles: a dim screen and an occasionally too-hot chassis.

This review is part of our best gaming laptops roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them. 

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First iPhone Xs Max cases: What you can buy right now

Mac World - Thu, 2018-09-13 16:19

At 6.5 inches, the iPhone Xs Max is the largest of Apple’s new iPhones, and it offers the largest iPhone display ever. It also offers the largest battery. So it’s not surprising that it’s got a large price to match—$1,099 to start. (See our comparison of the new iPhone Xs Max, Xs, and XR.)

So if you’re planning to buy the iPhone Xs Max, you’ll want a case to protect it. Fortunately, there are already quite a few decent cases out there you can order right now. We rounded up some of our top picks. As more cases become available, we’ll update this article. So watch this space.

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Get A Lifetime Of GOOSE VPN For Just $40

PC World - Thu, 2018-09-13 12:58

Free Wi-Fi undeniably makes our lives easier; you can use it to send emails or stream video content without consuming mobile data. However, public hotspots are also a commonly-used trap by which hackers and identity thieves can steal your information.

If you absolutely need to access an unprotected public hotspot, you’ll need a reliable VPN so you won’t expose your private data to the world. With subscriptions starting at $14.99, GOOSE VPN can secure multiple devices while accessing public hotspots.

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OnePlus finally works up the 'courage' to dump the headphone jack in the 6T

PC World - Thu, 2018-09-13 10:54

It’s been two years since Apple courageously removed the headphone jack from the iPhone 7, and it’s certainly taken its lumps over it. But Apple stuck to its guns, and today you can pretty much count the number of mainstream Android phones with a 3.5mm jack on one hand.

And now there’s one less in the pack. OnePlus has announced that it’s upcoming handset, the OnePlus 6T, won’t have a headphone jack. In an interview with Techradar, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei divulged that “now is the right time” to dump the legacy audio port, “as it'll benefit the majority of our users while keeping the downside low.”

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The GeForce RTX 2080 will be faster than the GTX 1080 Ti, Nvidia says

PC World - Thu, 2018-09-13 10:37

One week before launch, and long after preorders launched, Nvidia is putting more cards on the table: The GeForce RTX 2080 will be faster than the GTX 1080 Ti. And the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti will be the fastest consumer graphics card ever released.

Nvidia spent the entirety of the GeForce RTX 20-series reveal hyping up the exciting potential of ray traced games, and understandably so—nobody expected ray tracing to be in mainstream games this soon, and gamers need to know what ray tracing even is. But the complete lack of information about the GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti’s performance in traditional games left people wondering if there was an ulterior motive behind it. Could these pricey graphics cards be slower than their predecessors?

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Walmart's selling a GeForce GTX 1060-equipped Dell gaming laptop for a ludicrously low $880

PC World - Thu, 2018-09-13 10:28

Walmart is helping you get your game on this week, and it has nothing to do with consoles. The big box retailer is selling the Dell G5 gaming laptop with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 for $880Remove non-product link. That’s about $70 cheaper than Microcenter, which has this same laptop available for $950, while an Amazon third-party marketplace seller has it for more than a grand. You don’t find GTX 1060-equipped gaming laptops under $1,000 very often.

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