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Microsoft's Surface Laptop is on sale for $699 at Amazon, a huge $300 discount

1 hour 16 min ago

Microsoft’s slim and sleek Surface laptop might be marketed towards busy students, but it’s one of the better notebooks anybody could buy, and today it's on a steep discount. Amazon is selling the entry-level Surface Laptop for $699Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $999.

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Steam may get tools to play Windows games on Linux and Mac, code deep-dive finds

1 hour 43 min ago

Perhaps Valve’s crusade against Windows isn’t quite over yet. After Valve quietly removed the Steam Machines page from its storefront earlier this year, it seemed like a quiet capitulation to Windows 10. Maybe Valve’s tactics have changed though, as evidenced by details datamined by the /r/linux_gaming subreddit (via Ars Technica) this week: Steam Play, a WINE-like compatibility wrapper.

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Newegg's selling a GeForce GTX 1070 Ti with MSI's potent custom cooler for $70 off

2 hours 8 min ago

The great graphics card crisis of 2018 is over, and we’re starting to see some enticingly juicy deals on GPUs. Today, the MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Gaming is $410 on NeweggRemove non-product link after applying the checkout code EMCSPXEU2 and doing the paperwork for a $20 mail-in rebate. When all is said and done that’s about $50 cheaper than you’ll find this and equivalent 1070 Ti cards going for elsewhere, and $70 less than this model's recent $490 selling price. 

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Hands-on with the Asus ROG Zephyrus S, a superportable 15-inch gaming laptop

2 hours 51 min ago

The Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX531 has news for you: It’s not enough to be a powerful gaming laptop anymore. You have to be super-portable too, and that’s what it promises to be.

The new ROG Zephyrus S GX531 will ship in September. One thing we don’t know yet is how much it will cost. If the previous model is any indication, it’s likely to be just above $2,000.

The GX531 builds on the ground-breaking thin chassis first seen in the ROG Zephyrus GX501. But while the original was a super-thin 17-inch gaming laptop, the ROG Zephyrus S GX531 shrinks down to a near-bezel-less 15.6-inch screen. The screen is a 1080p panel with  a refresh rate of 144Hz. Asus said it worked with AU Optronics to reduce the response time to 3ms, which it believes no other laptops can touch.

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ARM challenges Intel in PCs with Deimos and Hercules chips

2 hours 51 min ago

With PC makers like Asus and HP beginning to design laptops and tablets around ARM chips, ARM itself has decided to emerge from the shadows and unroll its roadmap to challenge Intel through at least 2020.

ARM’s now-public roadmap represents its first processors that are designed for the PC space. ARM, taking aim at the dominant player, claims its chips will equal and potentially even surpass Intel's in single-threaded performance.

ARM is unveiling two new chip architectures: Deimos, a 7nm architecture to debut in 2019, and Hercules, a 5nm design for 2020. There's a catch, of course: Many Windows apps aren’t natively written for the ARM instruction set, forcing them to pay a performance penalty via emulation. Comparing itself to Intel is a brightly-colored signpost that ARM remains committed to the PC market, however.

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Home security systems vs. smart home systems: How to choose the right DIY platform

5 hours 51 min ago
What’s more important to you, security or convenience? Maybe you can have both.

What the cord cutting naysayers still get wrong

5 hours 51 min ago
Once more with feeling: Streaming TV is not cable all over again.

Smart home systems vs. home security systems: How to choose the right DIY platform

5 hours 51 min ago
What do you value most: Convenience or security? Maybe you can have both.

How to install Windows on your Mac using Boot Camp

Wed, 2018-08-15 19:45

So you have a Mac but also want to run Windows? You’re in luck: shortly after the first Intel-based Macs arrived on the market in 2009, Apple released a tool called Boot Camp, which lets Mac owners install and start their machines natively in Microsoft Windows. With the press of a button, you can switch between Mac and Windows every time your computer turns on.

Probably the most common reason Mac owners use Boot Camp is to play Windows-only games. For instance, PC MMOs such as Star Trek Online, Tera, and Star Wars: The Old Republic only run on Windows. Boot Camp is also better at running Windows software than virtual machines like Parallels or VMWare Fusion, which are programs that simultaneously run Windows inside Mac’s operating system. Without further ado, here’s how to set up Boot Camp and install Windows.

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The Full Nerd ep. 63: Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 appears, AMD's 32-core Threadripper reviewed

Wed, 2018-08-15 11:27

In  this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad Chacos, and Adam Patrick Murray geek out over a monstrous new class of desktop processor and the future of graphics cards…which could arrive in less than a week!

Yes, Nvidia formally unveiled its Turing GPU and Quadro RTX hardware this week, and they provide a glimpse of what PC gamers can expect in the next generation of GeForce graphics cards. We won’t need to wait long, it seems. Not-so-cryptic secrets in a recent Nvidia video strongly hint that the GeForce RTX 2080 will launch next week at Gamescom. You read that right: RTX not GTX. R is for raytracing! We dig into the specs revealed so far.

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These deeply discounted 256GB SanDisk flash drives give you SSD-sized storage on the go

Wed, 2018-08-15 10:29

Have you ever wanted to carry a hard drive around in your pocket? Two deeply discounted 256GB flash drives give you SSD-sized storage on the go, and both for $50 or less. The SanDisk Cruzer is on sale for $40, down from a list price of $70, and the SanDisk Ultra Flair has dropped to $50, down from $83. These are some of the lowest prices these mammoth flash drives have ever been.

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Walmart's selling an all-aluminum Chromebook with a comfy keyboard for just $220

Wed, 2018-08-15 09:47

If you’re not considering a Chromebook when you're shopping for a notebook, you’re doing it wrong. Google's low-cost laptops are typically light, fast, secure, and have almost everything you need for remote work a.k.a. the Internet. Today, you can get in on the action for a great price. Walmart is selling the Acer Chromebook 14 (CB3-431-C6ZB) for $220Remove non-product link. That’s about $30 to $40 cheaper than you’d usually pay for this laptop.

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Alexa, Cortana officially become BFFs as Microsoft and Amazon integrate the two assistants

Wed, 2018-08-15 09:00

A year ago, Amazon and Microsoft pledged that their digital assistants, Alexa and Cortana, would become friends. That future has now arrived: Beginning today, you’ll be able to invoke Alexa from Windows 10’s Cortana, and Cortana from an Alexa device like the Echo.

Today (or possibly tomorrow, according to a Microsoft representative) Alexa and Cortana will become skills in their respective devices. Put another way, you’ll be able to say “Hey Cortana, open Alexa” on a Windows 10 PC or Harman Kardon Invoke. On an Amazon Echo, you can say “Alexa, open Cortana.” It sounds as though there will be a brief initial setup process for each device.

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Corsair K63 Gaming Lapboard review: Second time's the charm for couch gamers

Wed, 2018-08-15 06:45

Remember the great living-room PC fad of 2013 to 2016? Oh, what a thrilling time that was, when we still thought Steam Machines might take off, when the Steam Controller was full of potential, and when everyone rushed to capitalize with their own miniaturized PCs and peripherals. Into that environment arrived Corsair’s Lapdog, a combination keyboard/mousepad lapboard made for couch use.

It was emblematic of everything wrong with living room PCs at the time, trying to translate the entire desktop experience to the couch. Overlarge, overpriced, and wired, the Lapdog was a bit of a mess. But two years later, Corsair is back with a newer, slimmer iteration of the Lapdog—now called the Gaming Lapboard—and while living room PCs are just, well, PCs at this point, anyone with a living room machine should snag one of these. 

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Corsair K63 review: A wireless, Cherry MX-based keyboard made for couch gaming

Wed, 2018-08-15 06:45

We technically received Corsair’s K63 Wireless Keyboard as part of our review of the Corsair K63 Wireless Gaming Lapboard—a living-room ready lapdesk, and a refresh of the old Corsair Lapdog but slimmer and wireless this time around. And the K63 works excellently in that context. 

But the Gaming Lapboard is overkill for most people, and you know what? The K63 stands great on its own. It’s compact, it’s durable, it’s reasonably comfortable to type on, and I’ve spent a surprising amount of time using it separate from the Lapboard enclosure. After all, it’s only the second wireless mechanical keyboard from a major manufacturer—and the first with backlighting. Let’s dig in.

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Smart home guide for beginners: Make your home more convenient to live in without spending lots of time or money

Wed, 2018-08-15 06:00
You don’t need to be an expert or spend a fortune on cutting-edge gear, these first steps will lay a foundation you can build on.

Denon HEOS HomeCinema HS2 soundbar review: Alexa, play 'Jurassic Park'

Wed, 2018-08-15 06:00
You’ll find Denon’s Heos HomeCinema HS2 soundbar and wireless subwoofer a solid, feature-rich package.

Chromebooks versus Windows laptops: Which should you buy?

Wed, 2018-08-15 06:00

Should I buy a Chromebook or a Windows laptop? Whether you’re seeking out the best computer for your child or just weighing which inexpensive computer is right for your home, considering a Chrome OS-powered Chromebook as a PC alternative is a smart choice—and we can help you choose the right one.

Who should buy a Windows PC?

A notebook PC powered by Microsoft Windows offers several advantages: Windows offers the most flexibility to run just about any app, as well as the choice of any browser you choose. You can tweak and configure your PC as you choose.

That convenience demands more computing horsepower, and often a higher price compared to most Chromebooks. But you'll find some great deals among our top Windows picks, too. 

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Foreshadow is a new speculative execution exploit targeting Intel's SGX on Core chips

Tue, 2018-08-14 19:39

Move over, Meltdown and Spectre. A new “Foreshadow” attack, alternatively called L1 Terminal Fault or L1TF, targets Intel’s Security Guard Extensions (SGX) within its Core chips.

You should be safe, though, if you’ve already patched your PC as part of the earlier Spectre and Meltdown mitigations that rolled out over the course of the year, according to a blog post from Intel, which disclosed the flaw today. (Wired has more of the technical backstory on the bug itself, and Intel has published a video explaining the issue.) Microsoft is also rolling out patches, Intel said.

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2 ways to control Windows 10 automatic updates

Tue, 2018-08-14 15:59

An up-to-date PC is less vulnerable to attack, so Windows automatic updates are generally a good thing. But sometimes an update will make things worse, rendering a PC problematic, or even unusable until the problem is solved.

That’s why some people prefer to hold off on a update until other people have tried it without disaster. But this requires you to take time out of your day to keep up on the news about Windows updates (a Google News alert can help).

If you’re using Windows 10, you’ve got another problem: It won’t let you turn off automatic updates. Luckily, there are two workarounds.

But if you chose to use one of these tricks, remember to follow the update news. 

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