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What to expect from the MacBook Pro’s leap to 8th-generation Intel processors

Thu, 2018-07-12 08:35
Apple is finally refreshing the MacBook Pro line with 8th-generation (Coffee Lake) Intel CPUs, and everything is about to get a whole lot faster.

Apple releases new Coffee Lake-based MacBook Pro laptops

Thu, 2018-07-12 08:34
Apple's new pro laptop feature eighth-generation Intel Core processors that offer a significant performance jump, as well as DDR4 memory support and True Tone display technology.

How to make voice and video calls using Alexa and your Amazon Echo

Thu, 2018-07-12 06:00
Did you know that you can use your Echo to make voice and video calls without a mobile number or landline? Here's how to do it.

Yes, HBO should be more like Netflix

Thu, 2018-07-12 06:00
HBO needn't abandon its quality-over-quantity ideals, but AT&T is right to call for change.

Want more control over autoplay video? Windows Insider Build 17713 tries that and much more

Wed, 2018-07-11 19:36

If you're a Microsoft Edge user, you might find that Windows 10 Insider Build 17713 offers a welcome addition: the ability to manage autoplaying video on a site-by-site basis. 

The new Windows build isn't heavy on new features for consumers, though business users may find some interesting additions: Web Sign-in, Fast Sign-in, and even using biometric logins to log into a remote PC. Microsoft did make some enhancements to how Edge uses PDF files, and even Notepad.

Here's a look at what's new:

Autoplay, PDF controls within Edge

While Google's Chrome and other browsers have begun offering users the flexibility to decide what to do with autoplaying video on websites, Microsoft's Edge hasn't followed suit, until now. As part of Edge's new per-site controls, you'll have the freedom to decide whether video autoplays. To access the controls, click the small lock-shaped icon in the browser. 

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PCWorld is streaming The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset on Twitch!

Wed, 2018-07-11 17:53

Leif has been dumping plenty of hours into the new expasion for The Elder Scrolls Online called Summerset. In this live stream we'll be venturing in the new delves, checking out some world bosses, and just do some general expolration!

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PCWorld is streaming Dark Souls: Remastered on Twitch!

Wed, 2018-07-11 17:53

Dark Souls is know for it's punishing difficulty and precise gameplay. While Adam has tried out many enteries in the series Dan has not, and we are looking forward seeing how he handles it live on Twitch!

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Nvidia Shield TV levels up to full-featured PC gaming with free GeForce Now beta

Wed, 2018-07-11 16:34

Nvidia’s dueling GeForce Now services just got a whole less complicated—and a whole lot more appealing for Shield TV owners. Originally created as a Netflix-like all-you-can-play subscription service for Nvidia’s set-top box, the waters became murkier with the beta launch of the wildly different GeForce Now for PCs and Macs, which essentially runs the PC games you already own on an Nvidia server in the cloud. Today, Nvidia announced that the services are unified. Shield TV now runs the same version of GeForce Now as the PC and Mac.

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Put Alexa in your car with this awesome Prime sale on Anker's Roav VIVA 2-port USB charger

Wed, 2018-07-11 10:41

Amazon is continuing its week of pre-Prime Day sales with a killer deal on an awesome car charger. Anker's Alexa-enabled 2-port USB Roav VIVA is on sale on Amazon today for $34 for Prime members, down from a list price of $60 and the lowest price we've ever seen.

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How to get Amazon Prime for free for Prime Day

Wed, 2018-07-11 09:30

When Amazon’s Prime Day starts Monday, July 16 at 12 p.m. Pacific, you’ll need to be a Prime member to partake of the deals. Prime is Amazon’s $119 per year service that provides two-day shipping on all orders, as well as a ton of extras like the Kindle lending library and Prime Video.

Good news, though: You may not need to pay for membership at all if you just want it long enough to take advantage of Amazon’s annual shopping extravaganza. Here are a few ways to get a short-term Prime membership to cash in on the savings.

Amazon Method One: The standard 30-day free trial

If you’ve never tried Amazon Prime or haven’t tried it in a while, you may be eligible for a free, 30-day trial. After the 30 days, Amazon will charge you for the membership—either $13 per month or $119 per year—so don’t forget to cancel before the trial is up.

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ASRock's bundling an 8GB Radeon RX 580 graphics card with a B350 Ryzen motherboard for $300

Wed, 2018-07-11 09:28

ASRock is a big name in motherboards but only recently started making graphics cards. Now the company's leveraging its traditional expertise to offer a tantalizing bundle for gamers--especially if you're building a new PC from the ground up.

Until Thursday, you can get an 8GB ASRock Phantom Gaming X Radeon RX 580 for $300. That's a pretty average price right now for an 8GB RX 580, but to sweeten the deal Newegg's throwing in a $90 ASRock AB350 Pro4 motherboard for free. As long as you need that motherboard, this bundle means you're getting ASRock Phantom Gaming X for far below the 8GB RX 580's original $240 MSRP, in an era where AMD GPUs are still selling for significantly over list prices. The deal ends on Thursday.

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Best PDF editors: Reviewed and rated

Wed, 2018-07-11 08:45

Though it’s nearly 25 years old, the PDF may be more useful than ever in our increasingly multi-device, cross-platform world. Much of the time you can get by with a free PDF reader to review and comment on these files. But inevitably, particularly in a business setting, you’ll need to edit a PDF file and that usually requires upgrading to a premium PDF editor.

Historically, Adobe Acrobat has been the best option, but it has also been the most expensive, often putting it out of reach of individuals and small businesses. That has given rise to a wealth of alternatives with varying features and costs. We looked at six PDF editors to see what they offer and how they stack up against each other.

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Ecobee Switch+ review: This powerful smart light switch is an Amazon Echo in disguise

Wed, 2018-07-11 06:00
It’s not perfect, but who wants another hockey puck just to talk to Alexa?

Best true wireless earbuds: Free yourself from the tyranny of cords

Tue, 2018-07-10 19:57
Truly wireless earbuds let you ditch all cables in our post-headphone jack world, but like with anything else, their quality varies. Our top picks offer great audio without sacrificing battery life or comfort.

BolehVPN review: A capable service that's not for novices

Tue, 2018-07-10 18:41

BolehVPN in brief:

  • P2P allowed: Yes
  • Business location: Malaysia and Seychelles
  • Number of servers: 35
  • Number of country locations: 12
  • Cost: $80 per year
  • VPN protocol: OpenVPN and L2TP
  • Data encryption: AES-256
  • Data authentication: SHA2
  • Handshake encryption: RSA-4096

Many VPNs right now are trying to be as user friendly as possible with a simple connect button and a simplified list of server locations. Not so with BolehVPN. This Malaysia-based VPN is not focused on ease of use, but at the same time there may not be quite enough here to satisfy power users.

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Best wireless routers: Reviews and buying advice

Tue, 2018-07-10 17:00

A great wireless router is an essential element of tech life, whether you’re building out a smart home or you just want the best experience streaming music and video at home. We pick the best models here, because even those of us fortunate enough to have ethernet drops in every room have devices—smartphones and tablets, for instance—that depend on Wi-Fi to connect to the home network if not the internet.

Wi-Fi router cheat sheet

Our quick-hit picks:

Twin and sometimes conflicting demands for high performance and ease of use are powering a thriving and rapidly evolving market. Innovation is one of the biggest upsides of this dynamic, and confusion its biggest downside. Today’s hero could be tomorrow’s has-been, as established brands like Linksys and Netgear try to one-up each other while simultaneously fending off new challengers such as Eero and Luma. But it’s those challengers who have innovated the most, starting with Eero, the first manufacturer to bring mesh networking to the consumer router market.

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Watch The Full Nerd ep. 58 live at 1:30 p.m. ET: We're giving away ultra-rare AMD swag!

Tue, 2018-07-10 11:40

The Full Nerd is a video talk show where technology enthusiasts come together to explore, celebrate, and generally geek out on cool PC hardware technology, from CPUs to GPUs to extreme laptops and desktops—and all the tech in between. We’re shooting the 58th episode today, answering the questions you need to know and giving away the swag you want to own. On tap:

  • Should you buy a new GPU right now?
  • Should you buy a new CPU right now?
  • Reader Q&A

We’ll also pick the winner of a 2nd-gen Threadripper “Heavy Metal tour” t-shirt signed by AMD CEO Lisa Su and computing and graphics chief Jim Anderson! Get your entries in now if you haven’t already, and brush up on your knowledge by watching our detailed 2nd-gen Threadripper interview with Jim Anderson below while you wait for us to go live today.

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3 reasons why Microsoft's Surface Go beats Apple's iPad (and 3 reasons why it doesn't)

Tue, 2018-07-10 11:13

It’s no coincidence that Apple released a series of iPad international video spots just hours before Microsoft unveiled its most affordable tablet, the Surface Go. The four 15-second ads spotlight the iPad’s ability to make mundane tasks like paperwork, packing, and traveling easier with the low-cost tablet.

But now Microsoft has a strong competitor to Apple’s entry-level $329 iPad. With a $399 price tag and a 10-inch screen, the Surface Go isn’t just Microsoft’s cheapest Surface tablet, it’s one of the most affordable full-featured tablets you can buy. And it just might be a better investment than the 9.7-inch iPad, depending on what you need. Here’s why (and why not):

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Belkin's $230 USB-C Express Dock is down to $99—and even less if you're an Amazon Prime member

Tue, 2018-07-10 10:59

If you could use a few more connections on your laptop on your MacBook or PC, Belkin's USB-C 3.1 Express Dock, which comes equipped with a 3.3-foot USB-C cable, can provide up to eight ports. Amazon is selling is for $99 today, a sharp discount from its $229 list price and by far the lowest we've seen it. And if you're an Amazon Prime member, you can save another 20 percent, bringing it down to an unheard-of $80.

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You Can Get A Lifetime Of Ivacy VPN For Just $30

Tue, 2018-07-10 10:39

Between geo-restrictions, third-party trackers, and ISPs slowing your browsing speed, there's no shortage of obstacles standing between you and the content you're trying to enjoy online. Ivacy VPN gives you the means to sidestep today's browsing restrictions with access to a colossal network of more than 450 secure servers spanning over 100 locations across the globe. Lifetime subscriptions are on sale today for more than 90% off the usual price.

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