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After another massive Google+ data breach, you should probably delete your profile right now

2 hours 32 min ago

Google+ may be a punchline in the social-network world, but there’s something seriously wrong with it. For the second time in as many months, Google has announced that Google+ has been hit with another data leak, and this one is way worse than the last.

According to a blog post, some 52.5 million users are affected by this latest data breach, 100X more users than the 500,000 who were exposed during the last data leak. Like last time, affected users had their name, email address, occupation, and age exposed to third-party developers, regardless of whether their account was set to private. Google blames the leak on a bug and says it was fixed within a week of being introduced.

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Amazon has slashed prices on Fitbit's best trackers and smartwatches to all-time lows

4 hours 50 min ago

If improving your heath is part of your new year's resolutions, a fitness tracker needs to be on your holiday wish list. And today's a great day to buy one. Amazon is running a fantastic sale on some of Fitbit's best trackers and smartwatches, most of which are at all-time lows.

Most notably, the flagship Ionic is on sale for $150, $120 off its $270 list priceRemove non-product link and $50 less than its Black Friday pricing. With a five-day battery life, the Ionic is built for athletes, and is the only Fitbit to feature built-in GPS to keep track of locations and distances without having to use your phone. It also features full smartwatch features, with notifications, calls, and quick replies for messages, as well as on-board storage for phone-free music listening, on-screen coaching and routines, 50M water resistance, and of course, sleep, activity, and heart rate tracking. We gave the Ionic 3.5 out of 5 for its long battery life, detailed movement tracking, and comfortable design.

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The new Samsung A8s could be our first look at the Galaxy S10's notchless 'hole-punch' display

5 hours 21 min ago

If you’ve been following along with the Galaxy S10 rumors, then you know Samsung is planning something very different for its 2019 flagship: A display with a hole in the front rather than a notch. And we may have just gotten our first look at it.

Samsung has taken the wraps off the Galaxy A8s, a mid-range China-only phone that’s likely to cost hundreds of dollars less than the Galaxy S10. However, the two phones might not look too much different: the A8s is the first phone to feature Samsung’s new Infinity-O display, a near-edge-to-edge screen that has a small hole in the right corner for the selfie camera, rather than a notch. At 6.4 inches, it has a bigger screen than the 6.2-inch Galaxy S9+ but without the bulk of a camera-hiding strip above the screen.

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Give your lights and appliances brains with these awesome beginner smart home deals

7 hours 5 min ago

Today we've found a collection of deals that’ll make your home a little smarter, and make life a little easier when you’re feeling lazy or have your hands full.

First up is this TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi Plug Mini for $15.82 at Amazon. We’ve seen the plug priced this low before but only recently. Typically, the price jumps anywhere between $20 and $30. This smart plug only takes up a single socket, allowing you to buy two and stack them. The beauty of a smart plug is that it turns any standard appliance—such as a light, coffee maker, or even a phony electric fireplace—into a smart device. The plug connects directly to your Wi-Fi and doesn’t require a hub or bridge. Instead, you control it via the Kasa smartphone app, or by using Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

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Giveaway: Win a pair of Razer Nari Ultimate headphones!

7 hours 36 min ago

Ever wanted to feel the sound of games rather than just hear it? That's the idea behind the Nari Ultimate headset from Razer, which we loved so much that we gave it a rating of 4.5 out of five stars. Normally it costs $200, but we're teaming up with ArenaNet—the maker of the MMORPG Guild Wars 2—to give two sets away for free.

The contest coincides with Guild Wars 2’s month-long Roller Beetle Racing event, which introduces tracks all across the world of Tyria for racing the game’s popular roller beetle mounts. You can only win the headphones from us, but you can also win everything from a new PC to a car if you sign up through ArenaNet’s site and partake in one race per week.

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Sony PSZ-RA4T Professional RAID review: Clever portable and rugged design, plus Thunderbolt and USB

9 hours 36 min ago
Sony's PSZ-RA4T is a rugged, attractive, and versatile RAID box with support for both Thunderbolt 2 and USB. It's equally at home in a mixed Mac/PC environment, the field, or the trunk of your car.

Intel vs. Snapdragon: We test HP's Envy x2 with both on speed, battery life and more

10 hours 6 min ago

We just spent a week hearing about the future of Qualcomm’s PC chips. Now it’s time to return to the present. Until the Snapdragon 8cx comes out around Q3 2019, the battle of Intel vs. Snapdragon is being played out in stores and online, with the scrappy Snapdragon 835 and 850 facing a small army of Intel mobile CPUs.

Should you buy a laptop with a tried-and-true Intel chip, or an upstart from mobile leader Qualcomm? While it’s generally accepted that the Intel chips offer better performance, and the Snapdragon chips offer better battery life, we had a unique opportunity to dive deep into the differences when we tested two versions of HP’s Envy x2: one with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835, the other with Intel’s 7th-gen, low-power, Core i5-7Y54. Both are shipping products still being actively sold by HP today.

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Ecovacs Deebot 601 review: Mapping features are missed in this otherwise capable cleaner

10 hours 36 min ago
This budget robot vacuum has some good features, but navigation skills aren't among them.

Centralite 4-Series Smart Outlet review: This add-on outlet is a tiny treat

10 hours 36 min ago
Centralite's new smart outlet is an affordable, compact choice for ZigBee ecosystems.

Whirlwind FX VortX review: The PC's first "environmental simulator" is just hot air for now

10 hours 36 min ago

“Immersion.” It’s become a meaningless buzzword in video games because it represents a dream. We might scoff when it’s applied to the latest Battlefield or whatever, but “Immersion” remains a driving force in the industry. We want to feel like we’re there, like these digital worlds are real. In virtual reality we speak of “Presence,” which is really just immersion by another name. But at a fundamental level, games play much the same in 2018 as they did in 1998: We sit at a PC with a mouse and keyboard and watch images on a screen.

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Exclusive first look: Creative Labs' high-end Sound BlasterX AE-9 breaks cover

Sat, 2018-12-08 12:17

High-end audio lovers finally got the attention they craved this week when Creative Labs showed off its upcoming $300 Sound BlasterX AE-9 sound card.

Aimed at a more discriminating class of audio listeners, the AE-9 features such audiophile features as replaceable operational amplifiers, or opamps, to tune the flavor of sound from the card.

Following the introduction of the gaming-focused Sound BlasterX AE-5Remove non-product link and Sound BlasterX AE-5 PureRemove non-product link last year, the AE-9 kicks it up a notch or two.

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Android Confidential: Is Google's Night Sight for the Pixel phones really that big of a deal?

Sat, 2018-12-08 08:00

One of the most hyped features of the Pixel 3 is Night Sight, Google's low-light mode that blends AI, computational, and long-exposure photography to turn incredibly dark scenes into usable and sometimes mind-blowing images. But is Night Sight all it's cracked up to be? In a pair of Android Confidential videos this week, PCWorld photographer Adam Patrick Murray and I square off over whether the new feature is worth all the hype it's getting.

Adam argues that while it’s good, Night Sight isn’t that special. When compared to other phones that did it first, namely Huawei’s P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro, Night Sight isn’t always the clear winner, and even when it is, the results don’t stand up his intense scrutiny. I take the opposing view, saying that Google's low-light mode is the best low-light camera I've ever used, and consistently snaps pictures that are better than either the competition or non-Night Sight enhanced pics.

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This week in games: Call of Duty starts selling sans-Zombies, DayZ preps Early Access exit

Fri, 2018-12-07 17:16

You’d think Epic’s new storefront and The Game Awards would’ve swept up all the week’s news, but no! Turns out plenty happened in and among this week’s bombshell announcements: Below surprise-announced a release date in the near future, DayZ preps to emerge from Early Access at long last, Call of Duty starts selling Black Ops 4 sans-zombies, and Just Cause 4 adds a Getting Over It Easter egg.

This is gaming news for December 3 to 7.

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Keep all of your devices powered up with these awesome prices on Anker chargers today

Fri, 2018-12-07 11:42

If you're reading this post, you have a device that needs a charger. And today's a great day to stock up on them. Amazon is offering fantastic deals on two of Anker's most popular charging accessories, with one hitting an all-time low.

First up, you can grab the PowerPort Speed 1 USB-C wall charger for $30Remove non-product link, 25 percent off its $40 list price and the lowest price we've ever seen. The 60W plug is equipped with USB-C power delivery so it can safely charge everything from a cell phone to a laptop. A tight design with a foldable plug allow you to take this charger with you on the road, while a built-in LED indicator lets you see when your device is charging at a glance.

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Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile review: Get a laptop feel on your desktop PC

Fri, 2018-12-07 11:00

Low-profile mechanical keyboards are the next trend, it seems. Just last month we reviewed Roccat’s Vulcan 120 Aimo, the first keyboard I’d seen to combine laptop-style keycaps with full-sized mechanical switches. It was eye-catching, to say the least.

Now Corsair’s got its own version, the K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile Rapidfire ($160 on Amazon). Thankfully, the keycaps are a lot shorter than the name. Let’s dig in.

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

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All the big reveals at The Game Awards 2018

Fri, 2018-12-07 10:34

We’re here! 2018 is over (mostly) and awards season has begun. We’ll be running our own Game of the Year list later this month but gaming’s faux-Oscars, The Game Awards, took place last night in Los Angeles. Spoiler: God of War took home Game of the Year, which I’ll have to trust them on since it’s not a PC game.

But forget awards, right? The real reason everyone watches Geoff Keighley’s event every year is the “World Premieres,” as close as we’ve got to a wintertime press conference. We’ve gone ahead and rounded up the best of the night below, from Obsidian’s Outer Worlds to new Stanley Parable to Mortal Kombat XI, Psychonauts 2, and a fresh Supergiant game.

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Treat yourself to a visual upgrade with these 3 awesome monitor deals

Fri, 2018-12-07 09:59

We’ve had a bunch of deals on graphics cards this week, but an awesome graphics card can’t shine without an awesome monitor to pair with it. Fortunately, we’ve found three awesome monitor deals at Dell and Newegg today.

First up: the 32-inch D3218HN 1080p monitor at Dell for $150Remove non-product link. Dell says this monitor is 50 percent off the usual price, and this is one of the company’s holiday “doorbusters” so availability is limited. The monitor doesn’t have much in the way of gaming extras, but it’s a solid monitor with a huge screen size and a 178-degree viewing angle.

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PCWorld is giving away a OnePlus 6T in Midnight Black for the holidays!

Fri, 2018-12-07 09:00

The OnePlus 6T isn’t just the best mid-range phone you can buy—it’s one of the best phones of the year, with a gorgeous screen, tiny notch, and killer specs. And now you can win one of your very own.

One lucky reader will win a OnePlus 6T in Midnight Black with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage along with three official cases. The phone is unlocked, so it works with AT&T and T-Mobile networks, as well as Verizon, though you may need to call your carrier to turn on some things.

Entering our giveaway, on the other hand, couldn’t be easier. You can scroll to the bottom of this page and enter your email address in the widget to gain a single entry. Score extra chances to win by subscribing to our Twitter and Twitch accounts, as well as the PCWorld's YouTube page (be sure to check out the latest episode of Android Confidential while you’re there). Also make sure to follow OnePlus on Instagram for all the latest awesome pics taken with the 6T’s camera.

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17 gorgeous PC games that will punish your graphics card

Fri, 2018-12-07 07:47
Pixel-pushing, PC-melting graphical firepower

Image by Gordon Mah Ung/Rob Schultz

So you built yourself a brand-new gaming rig, you’ve slotted your sweet new graphics card into the PCIe slot, you’ve sealed up the case, and you’ve heard it all POST—congrats! Now it’s time to throw games at your fresh build until it breaks, then cry at the thought that if you’d spent just 200 dollars more you could’ve played at 4K instead of a mere 1080p!

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Hands on: Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx reference laptop is a fresh attempt to be faster

Fri, 2018-12-07 06:00

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx is the chip the company hopes will scale the performance mountain, reaching the heights that competing Intel Core chips have already surmounted. After trying it at Qualcomm's Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui, we can say it seems promising.

As we learned Thursday morning, the Snapdragon 8cx was designed as a ground-up, optimized design specifically for laptops. Its mission is to achieve performance comparable to that of an Intel U-series Core i5 chip.

Qualcomm supplied a limited number of Snapdragon 8cx reference notebooks at the event, all running Windows 10 Pro. We tried to navigate to one of the web-based benchmarks we’ve used to test previous Snapdragon PCs, but we were told that benchmarking wasn’t allowed. In part, that’s because the clock speeds of the chip haven’t been formally determined.

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