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PCWorld's January Digital Magazine: Snapdragon rising

Wed, 2019-01-16 19:04

Stay on top of the latest tech with PCWorld’s Digital Magazine. Available as single copies or as a monthly subscription, it highlights the best content from—the most important news, the key product reviews, and the most useful features and how-to stories—in a curated Digital Magazine for Android and iOS, as well for the desktop and other tablet readers.

In the January issue

On the cover of the January issue is our hands-on of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx reference laptop, a fresh attempt to be faster. Our lab tests will tell you how Snapdragon stacks up against Intel. We also examine two of the top DNA testing services, explaining their differences and we help determine which one might be better for your situation. Plus, you'll find an exclusive first look at Creative Labs’ high-end SoundBlasterX AE-9; you have to hear it to believe it.

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Microsoft separates Cortana from search in new Windows 10 preview build

Wed, 2019-01-16 14:42

Microsoft’s Insider preview builds for 19H1, the next major update for Windows 10, haven’t been packed as chock full of new features as in releases past, favoring tweaks and adjustments instead. The Windows Insider Build 18317 released on Wednesday also goes this route, most notably by separating Cortana from the Windows 10 search box.

The new build also includes new ways to import fonts, a tweaked Windows Console for Linux, and a separate process for the Start menu, a behind-the-scenes change that’s being made for stability’s sake.

The most significant change is the separation of Cortana and the search box, which Microsoft has been testing with a few Insider builds previously. “This will enable each experience to innovate independently to best serve their target audiences and use cases,” Microsoft executives wrote in a blog post.

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Amazon gives its vastly improved Fire TV remote a rare 50 percent discount

Wed, 2019-01-16 10:54

A good remote can make all the difference with a streaming device, adding control and convenience to the cornucopia of content options available. Now, Amazon’s Fire TV lineup is adding much more power to its viewing experience with a slick new remote, and you can grab one today for just $15, a unheard-of 50 percent drop from its list price of $30.

This remote is easy to use but comes with plenty of bells and whistles, including Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant built-in for voice control. To take that even further, you can also connect this remote to an Amazon Echo. If you use it to control a Fire TV Stick (note that it won’t work with the 1st-gen edition), you’ll finally be able to manage volume and power from your remote, with an infrared emitter that allows it to control your TV, A/V receiver, or soundbar.

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This GeForce GTX 1060-equipped MSI gaming laptop is on sale for a ludicrously low $619

Wed, 2019-01-16 10:20

Buckle up, on-the-go gamers: We get excited when a laptop with Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060 inside goes on sale for $700, but right now, Newegg is selling the MSI GV62 with a GTX 1060 for just $619Remove non-product link. That’s a ridiculously good deal. The bad news is, in true Newegg style, you have to pay $769 upfront and then get a $150 mail-in rebate.

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Metro Exodus hands-on: Patrolling the Caspian Sea almost makes you wish for nuclear winter

Wed, 2019-01-16 10:00

Imagine, all you’ve ever known are the dank tunnels of the Moscow subway system. You were raised there, amid the shacks and hovels of a city’s survivors, attacked daily by vicious mutant animals, short on food and water, rarely venturing above-ground lest you succumb to radiation—or, more likely, other scavengers.

And then one day you leave, and you find out it didn’t have to be that way, that there’s life outside Moscow. There are places the nuclear bombs didn’t touch, or at least left a lighter impression, where people live on almost like nothing happened.

Such relief, to have made it out alive. Such disappointment, that it didn’t happen sooner.

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Master blockchain technology with this extensive training bundle, now just $19

Wed, 2019-01-16 09:47

From cryptocurrencies to decentralized apps, blockchain technology is powering an Internet revolution. It’s a bit surprising, then, that there are so few of us who are truly aware of its capabilities. If you want to get ahead of the curve and understand how blockchain is going to impact the Web, then getting the 2019 Blockchain Developer Mastery Bundle is a must. You can grab it on sale for only $19 today. 

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Hook Up Your Business with Award-Winning Video Conferencing For As Little As $19.99/mo

Wed, 2019-01-16 09:30

If you’re still using a business landline, you’re likely not doing much business in 2018. Video conferencing is as commonplace as sending an email, and remote team members are increasing by the minute, making internet-based communication systems essential for any rising company. So if you’re finally looking to get your office set up with a state-of-the-art communications system, look no further than RingCentral, an award-winning VoIP (voice over internet provider). RingCentral offers comprehensive, affordable packages for any size organization, and you can set it up in minutes for as low as $19.99 per month.

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How to secure, protect, and completely lock down your Android phone

Wed, 2019-01-16 06:45

Android phones might get a bad rap, but they’re actually quite secure. Or at least they can be.

With a little work, your Galaxy, Pixel, or OnePlus phone can be a veritable fortress, virtually impenetrable to hacks, attacks, and bad apps. So whether you’re looking for a little extra security or a complete lockdown of your phone, here’s everything you need to keep your data from falling into the wrong hands.

Android security: Default protection

Even if you skip the entire set-up process and ignore every safeguard prompt, your Android phone still does plenty to keep your information safe.

Play Protect IDG

Google has built a malware scanner right into the Play Store called Play Protect. First and foremost, it runs a safety check on apps before you download them, but more importantly, it also checks your phone for any apps that may have gone awry since you downloaded them. If it finds any, it will warn you via a notification and in extreme cases delete them from your device on its own. You can check your Google Play Protect settings and see the apps it scanned in the Updates tab inside the My apps & games section of the Play Store.

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Turtle Beach Atlas One review: This budget headset cuts too many corners on comfort

Wed, 2019-01-16 06:30

A few months ago we took a look at the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas, a headset I said “gives us hope” for the brand. Not only was it a PC-centric headset from a traditionally console-centric company, it was a marked step up from Turtle Beach’s norm—better build quality, better aesthetic, better sound. And it retails for only $100 (or less), if you can believe it.

But entry-level price aside, the Elite Atlas is actually Turtle Beach’s top-of-the-line Atlas model. Today we’re going to look at the true entry-level, the bargain-priced Atlas One, which costs half the price. Will it manage to impress as much as the Elite Atlas? Or should you scrimp and save for the more expensive model? We donned one to find out.

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JBL Everest 710GA headphones review: Superb sound and Google Assistant on demand

Wed, 2019-01-16 06:00
JBL's latest wireless headphones can broadcast your music to other Bluetooth headphones, letting you share the fun with friends. And many will find it handy to have Google Assistant available at a touch.

Best Fitbit: We help you choose the right one for your lifestyle

Tue, 2019-01-15 18:40
Find the best Fitbit for your activity level and habits, without spending more than you need.

5 reasons to be excited about Elder Scrolls Online's 'Elsweyr' expansion

Tue, 2019-01-15 17:55

I had worried that The Elder Scrolls Online had played its best hand too soon when it released Morrowind as its first “chapter” (or expansion) in 2017, but I’d forgotten about the dragons.

The beasts, so loved from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, take flight in ESO’s upcoming Elsweyr expansion, and earlier today ESO’s creative director Rich Lambert showed audiences on Twitch how dragons would spend the game’s next chapter burninating the homeland of the cat-like Khajiit. The new chapter launches for pre-orders buyers on May 20, and here are five good reasons why you’ll want to be around in May when the fur and fire starts to fly.

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Intel kills Optane 'Core+' desktop processor bundles as 3D XPoint venture dissolves

Tue, 2019-01-15 15:27

Intel has officially killed off its “Core+” Optane boxed processor bundles for desktop PCs in the wake of Micron’s decision to buy out Intel’s stake in the 3D XPoint fab once jointly operated by both companies. The Core+ branding was reserved for systems that shipped with both Core processors as well as Intel’s Optane Memory technology, which speeds up the other storage in your PC.

In a product change notification (PDF), Intel said that it would discontinue the boxed Core i7+8700, i5+8400 and i5+8500 by Sept. 30, though that’s only if supplies of the chips are still available. The last shipments will take place Dec. 27. Intel cited a “lack of market demand” as the reason for the discontinuation, in a document unearthed by Tom’s Hardware.

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The Full Nerd ep. 81: GeForce RTX 2060 review, 3rd-gen Ryzen, and CES wrap-up

Tue, 2019-01-15 14:20

It’s true, this is the absolute best episode of The Full Nerd made so far this year. And yes, it’s the first one too, but that doesn’t make it any less great. In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray talk Nvidia’s new GeForce RTX 2060.

Is RTX 2060 worth it, and what’s it really capable of? Brad lays it out. The gang then moves on to new belle of the ball: AMD’s highly anticipated 3rd-gen Ryzen CPU, and Gordon makes a wild prediction about what it’ll have and how much it’ll cost. 

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Best high-resolution digital audio player: Which DAP reigns supreme?

Tue, 2019-01-15 12:08
We review hi-res audio players from Astell&Kern, Pioneer, Questyle, and more. Find out which shine above the others.

Save $350 on the big-brained, awesome sounding LG G7 ThinQ smartphone

Tue, 2019-01-15 11:26

A phone doesn’t have to be revolutionary to be a good choice, and the LG G7 ThinQ is a perfect example of this. Though the G7 ThinQ didn’t shake the industry when it was released, it’s proven to be a popular full-featured option in the time since. And today, you can grab one on a killer discount; $399 from WalmartRemove non-product link, down from an original list price of $750.

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Amazon's Fire TV Stick gets a much better remote

Tue, 2019-01-15 11:24
The Amazon Fire TV Stick gets volume and power controls on its remote.

Nvidia driver unlocks FreeSync monitor support for GeForce graphics cards

Tue, 2019-01-15 10:46

It’s the start of a new era. On Tuesday, Nvidia fulfilled its CES promises by releasing GeForce driver 417.71, which lets GeForce graphics cards tap into the Adaptive Sync capabilities of AMD FreeSync monitors for buttery-smooth, tearing-free gaming. Previously, GeForce GPUs could only synchronize their refresh rates with Nvidia’s own G-Sync displays, which tend to cost much more than FreeSync displays. You can snag the driver in the GeForce Experience app or on the GeForce website.

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You Can Get A Lifetime Of Zoog VPN For Just $35

Tue, 2019-01-15 10:34

It's 2019, and by now most of us understand how important it is to surf the Web with a VPN watching our backs. Yet, so many of us refuse to do so, mainly because too many VPN providers deliver their protection at the expense of our browsing speeds. Zoog VPN is one of the few VPN solutions that safeguards your browsing while letting you surf at blazing speeds, and lifetime subscriptions are on sale for only $35 today.

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The ultra-popular 500GB Crucial MX500 SSD is just $64 today

Tue, 2019-01-15 09:35

If you need more storage without breaking the bank, Newegg’s got a deal for you. The 500GB Crucial MX500 is $64.23Remove non-product link with the checkout code EMCTUUY22. The code only adds a discount of $8.76, but that still makes it the best price for this drive right now. Newegg may require you to sign-up for its mailing list to use the discount code.

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