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Amazon's one-day Logitech sale offers all-time low prices on keyboards, mice, and more

Thu, 2019-06-20 09:27

It’s time to stock up on accessories, PC fans. Amazon has a one-day sale on today with many Logitech peripherals for gaming and productivityRemove non-product link at or close to their all-time lows. The sale has a lot of mice, but there are also deals on headsets, keyboards, webcams, and other assorted peripherals. Here are our top three picks from the sale:

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iOttie iTap 2 Wireless review: A car mount and wireless charger in one

Thu, 2019-06-20 06:30

We’ve already looked at an iOttie wireless charging stand, and found it to be well designed and fast. The same can almost be said for the iTap 2, a smartphone mount that doubles as a wireless charging pad designed to attach to an air vent in your car.

The air vent mount is actually just one of three configurations the iTap 2 comes in: It’s also available as a mount that uses your old CD slot in your car’s stereo or as a dash mount. All three are priced at $55 and are capable of wirelessly charging your Qi-enabled smartphone.

Note: This review is part of our roundup of wireless charging pads. Go there for details on competing products and our testing methods for both Android phones and iPhones.

Included with the iTap 2 is the charging pad, a microUSB cable, a 12V adapter that itself sports an additional USB port that can be used to charge another device in your car. There’s also the mounting hardware required to hold your phone in place.

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No, your smart TV isn't catching viruses

Thu, 2019-06-20 06:00
A misguided tweet from Samsung instigates more pearl-clutching over smart TVs.

How to find out who owns that shady website

Thu, 2019-06-20 05:44

Have you ever visited a website and wondered where that site and its owners are located? Shopping sites are particularly of interest, because most people want to know who the seller is and where the seller is located. Casual online browsers may also find themselves on sites that dump malware onto unsuspecting PCs, plant malicious pop-up ads, or phish for private information. Others may stumble upon sites that push conspiracy theories, hate rhetoric, or violence, which they may want to avoid or expose.

Wouldn’t it be great if there were a service that revealed this information? Well, there is, and here’s how to use it.

Using WHOIS to sniff out shady sites

Many sites and organizations provide identifying site information for free. The most notable is ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), a private non-profit corporation that allocates space for IP addresses and manages domain names (among other things). The service is called WHOIS, and it provides a long list of biographical information for every website in the world. 

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Synology DS419slim NAS box review: A low-profile, power-saving media server for the smart home

Thu, 2019-06-20 00:00
Designed for 2.5-inch drives, including SATA SSDs, the Synology DS419slim is a mighty mite with a cornucopia of media-serving features, including the power to stream 4K video.

Best NAS drive for media streaming and backup

Thu, 2019-06-20 00:00
If you rip and library your own media, there's no better tool for storing and streaming it than a NAS box. These versatile storage devices also serve as the perfect personal, secure cloud for backing up your PCs and other devices.

The $300 Kano PC is designed to teach your kids what goes into a computer

Wed, 2019-06-19 16:34

Microsoft and Kano have launched the Kano PC, an Atom-powered laptop that’s designed to help kids understand what goes into building a computer. 

The $300 Kano PC will ship at the end of October, Kano said.

The Kano PC is designed to teach kids how to build a PC, with some basic explanations of the individual components that go into the modular tablet, as well as an explanation of what each component does. The thick tablet appears to be modular, so that kids will actually be able to connect some of the basic components themselves. 

Related software will also teach kids how to code, and connect to the Kano World online community, where kids can share code and finished projects. A trial version of Microsoft Office is also included.

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These four 'Eyes First' Windows games could do for eye tracking what Solitaire did for the PC's mouse

Wed, 2019-06-19 14:38

Microsoft Research has published four “Eyes First” games, designed to help make eye tracking more of a mainstream technology for Windows 10 users.

The Eyes First games—Tile Slide, Match Two, Double Up, and Maze—aren’t much in terms of actual games, as they’re just twists on existing apps. The difference, though, is that they can be played with eye tracking, using hardware from Tobii and others that tracks your gaze as you look at the screen. You’ll obviously need an eye tracker, but also a PC running the Windows 10 April 2018 Update or newer. 

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Microsoft floats the concept of a dedicated Office key in a closed survey

Wed, 2019-06-19 14:30

Microsoft has floated the idea of an “Office key” on PC keyboards. Such a move would go beyond controlling the operating system to encouraging use of the company’s Office applications, which typically require a subscription. 

Twitter user WalkingCat spotted a restricted survey that asks users if they’ve tried out new Office keyboards running the May 2019 Update. A second question asks users if they’ve tried out specific Office shortcuts, including the “Office key” plus O, T, W, X, P, D, N,Y, and L. Finally, the survey asks whether users would like to see the Office key on a laptop.

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The Anker PowerCore+ 26800 portable USB charger is on sale at Amazon for $56

Wed, 2019-06-19 13:10

The dreaded “low battery” notification is the bane of our smartphone existence. But now, whether you’re at home or on the go, Amazon’s sale on Anker charging products will help keep your devices powered up on the cheap. The awesome PowerCore+ 26800 portable chargerRemove non-product link is among the sale lineup, as is a sweet PowerPort Wireless 5 pad and stand bundleRemove non-product link.

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This revolutionary insurance company could save you major cash

Wed, 2019-06-19 10:05

In the unfortunate event that your home experiences a burglary or natural disaster, thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in property may be lost or damaged. That’s why we pay for homeowners or renters insurance — so that our property can be replaced when disaster strikes. But if and when your claim is approved, it can take weeks or even months to receive money from your insurer. Lemonade, however, is a new kind of insurance company, and it’s flipping the script by reviewing your claims and paying you within minutes.

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Newegg is selling a 10TB external hard drive for $160 today

Wed, 2019-06-19 09:05

Newegg has 10 whopping terabytes of deal-making storage for you—but act fast, as the offer ends just before midnight Pacific time on Wednesday. The retailer is selling the 10TB WD Elements desktop hard drive for $160 with the checkout code EMCTBUE24. That price is about $30 to $50 cheaper than what you’d usually pay for a 10TB WD desktop drive. 

We saw a similar deal in April when Best Buy sold the 10TB version of its exclusive WD Easystore line for $160. The Easystore and Elements lines aren’t all the different, save for some cosmetics. They both use a USB 3.0 interface for data transfer, they both have a limited 2-year manufacturer warranty, and they’re both desktop drives, meaning they need their own power source.

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ExpressVPN 2019 review: Great service, but why so secretive?

Wed, 2019-06-19 06:44
ExpressVPN in brief:
  • P2P allowed: Yes
  • Number of servers: 3,000+
  • Number of country locations: 94
  • Business location: British Virgin Islands
  • Cost: $99.95
  • VPN protocol: OpenVPN
  • Data encryption: SHA-256
  • Data authentication: AES-256-SHA256/AES-256-GCM
  • Handshake: 2048-bit RSA

Paying more than $60 for a VPN service is too much. Unless that company is offering a ton of extra features and device compatibility to justify the cost. One company making that gamble is ExpressVPN, which charges nearly $100 per year. I’d still like to see ExpressVPN be up front about who’s behind the company, but you sure get a lot for your annual fee.

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Eufy RoboVac 11s Max review: This popular budget vacuum gets increased suction

Wed, 2019-06-19 06:00
Eufy's latest robot vac is an even better dirt collector than its predecessor, thanks to more suction and a redesigned dustbin.

Best robot vacuums: We name the most effective cleaners

Wed, 2019-06-19 06:00
Vacuuming is one of the most hated household chores. Here are your best choices for outsourcing it to some automated help.

Dash cam reviews 2019: Catch the maniacs and meteors of daily driving

Wed, 2019-06-19 03:21

Dash cams are already essential in many countries because of scam artists who try to create accidents so they can sue you. They’ve also proven useful for catching cars flying into buildings, or the occasional meteor, as happened in Thailand and in Russia, all thanks to dash cams in the right place at the right time.

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Garmin 66W dash cam review: Same small form factor, much improved video

Wed, 2019-06-19 02:27

When it come to video stabilization, Garmin’s new Dash Cam 66W is a vast improvement over last year’s Garmin Dash Cam 65W, which had major difficulties on bumpy roads. This year the video is as smooth as a baby’s behind, even on San Francisco’s perpetually under-construction streets. In fact, it’s as stable as anything I’ve seen. 

Beyond that, the diminutive-sized Dash Cam 66W sports mild upgrades, which makes it a very, very good dash cam. However, there’s still room for improvement.  

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best dash cams. Go there for more information on competing products and how we tested. 

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Akaso Trace 1 Dash Cam review: Nice features, nice front and interior video

Wed, 2019-06-19 01:36

If you’re looking for an affordable dash cam for your taxi, Lyft, or Uber work, then Akaso’s $100, wide-angle Trace 1 is a good choice. It takes front and interior video, with infrared interior lighting for night time use. It’s also solidly built and easy to use. 

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best dash cams. Go there for more information on competing products and how we tested. 

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Garmin Dash Cam Mini review: Tiny and easy, with surprisingly good video

Wed, 2019-06-19 01:33

As if Garmin’s other dash cams weren’t small enough, the company has now released the $129 Dash Cam Mini. It’s by far the smallest unit I’ve seen, or even heard about—a mere 2.1 inches tall, 1.1 inches deep, and 1.1 inches wide. It also takes good video, both day and night.

The Dash Cam Mini is a very clever and low-profile (to thieves) design, but there are caveats.

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best dash cams. Go there for more information on competing products and how we tested. 

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The PCI Express 6.0 specification is announced and due to arrive in 2021, with products to follow

Tue, 2019-06-18 17:03

Time marches on, and so does the PCI Express standard. The PCI SIG pre-announced PCI Express 6.0 on Tuesday, scheduled to bring I/O transfer rates of 256 gigabytes per second (GBps) in a few years.

For I/O fans, the PCI Express standard is snarled at the intersection of the past, present and future. Less than a month ago, at Computex in Taipei, AMD announced that the X570 chipset and Ryzen 3800X would be the first to support PCI Express 4.0 and its 64GBps interface. The majority of PCs are stuck on PCI Express 3.0, with data transfers of 32GBps. (Here’s everything you need to know about PCI Express 4.0.) 

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