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You can get a 43-inch 4K smart Fire TV for a ridiculously low price of $180 today

Wed, 2019-04-17 11:36

In a streaming-centric world, a 4K smart TV is practically a must-have these days, and today you can get a great one for a crazy low price. Via Best Buy's storefront, Amazon is selling the 43-inch Insignia 4K Ultra HD Smart LED with Fire TV on board for just $180Remove non-product link, a significant drop from its $300 list price and an all-time low.

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Anker's Roav Bolt brings Google Assistant to your car's 12V socket, even with an iPhone

Wed, 2019-04-17 11:30

If you want to summon Google Assistant in your car, you basically have two options: Enable “Hey Google” and Smart Lock on your Android phone or launch Android Auto (should you be lucky enough to have a car with it built in). But with the new Roav Bolt, Anker gives us a third option, and even iPhone users can get in on it.

Like the Alexa-powered Roav Viva, the Bolt plugs into your car’s 12V socket and connects via Bluetooth or an auxiliary jack. A pair of USB ports lets you keep your phone charged while driving, and a single button on the front lets you manually summon Google Assistant. Otherwise, the Bolt is all about its noise-canceling microphones, which should provide better voice pick-up than the mic on your phone.

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SpyOff VPN review: A study in basic

Wed, 2019-04-17 10:36
SpyOff in brief:
  • P2P allowed: Yes
  • Business location: San Marino
  • Number of servers: 1,000+
  • Number of country locations: 39
  • VPN protocol: OpenVPN
  • Data encryption: AES-256-CBC
  • Data authentication: SHA-256
  • Handshake: SSL/TLS 2048-bit RSA

A VPN can easily get overcomplicated with a fistful of features that nobody really needs or uses. Then there are VPNs like SpyOff that keep it as basic as possible. SpyOff’s big promise is that it won’t track your browsing habits, and it claims its service is the best for this because it has no device or bandwidth limits.

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Heaven's Vault review: In search of lost time

Wed, 2019-04-17 10:29

The wood is weather-worn, rough edges smoothed by untold hundreds of years spent floating through space, but still a few symbols remain, meticulously carved into the surface. It’s a few words, I think, and the wood was part of a prow—the only remaining bit of a long-lost shipwreck.

But I can’t quite make out what it says. I recognize a few symbols, one for action and one I associate with movement, and the grouping of glyphs that represents “Me.” I’m going to have to make some guesses though. Looking over my options, I cobble together a brief sentence.

“Follow me if you can? That’ll have to do for now.” I slip the wooden fragment into my pack. Luckily we can trace the origin, an unmarked moon that will hopefully be full of more artifacts with more symbols to translate. It better, because these feeble guesses at meaning are the only clues we have to stave off the end of the universe.

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Learn effective touch typing skills from home for $20 with Typesy

Wed, 2019-04-17 10:05

The faster you can type, the more efficient you’ll be. If your words per minute could use improvement, then maybe it’s time you checked out Typesy Typing Training. And, since a lifetime subscription has been discounted to just $19.99, now’s the perfect time to get it.

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Intel’s exit leaves Qualcomm in full control of the 5G smartphone modem roadmap

Wed, 2019-04-17 09:50

What was shaping up to be a lengthy battle between Apple, Qualcomm, and Intel over the future of wireless communication ended suddenly Tuesday with two shocking pieces of news: Apple and Qualcomm settled their long-standing legal fight and Intel abruptly announced it was abandoning its plans to make a 5G smartphone modem.

In the short release, Intel said it will also “complete an assessment of the opportunities for 4G and 5G modems in PCs, internet of things devices and other data-centric devices.” The decision does not affect Intel’s 5G network infrastructure business, which the company says it will continue to invest in.

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Save well over $1,000 on Microsoft's luxurious Surface Studio with these refurbished models today

Wed, 2019-04-17 09:16

Amazon’s got some great deals today on a killer all-in-one desktop PC. Amazon Renewed (read: refurbished) versions of the Microsoft Surface StudioRemove non-product link are on sale today at some amazing discounts. The sale ends just before midnight Pacific time on Wednesday.

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Microsoft's Xbox One S All-Digital Edition finally joins PC gamers in the disc-less future

Wed, 2019-04-17 08:05

When’s the last time you bought a physical copy of a PC game? Like, on a disc? Yeah, I can’t remember either. I don’t even have an optical drive in my desktop tower anymore. But consoles are still a bit behind the curve, with discs still the primary means of distribution for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Digital sales have slowly grown this generation though, enough so that Microsoft apparently feels comfortable offering an Xbox One sans disc drive. The rumored “Xbox One S All-Digital Edition” is indeed real, and was officially announced this week. It’s exactly what you’d expect, an Xbox One S without the optical drive slot on the front.

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Logitech Z606 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker System review: Affordable immersive audio

Wed, 2019-04-17 06:30

“Surround sound system” and “affordable” aren’t words you often see together, but with the Z606 Logitech has put immersive audio within grasp of modest budgets. The Bluetooth-enabled 5.1 system delivers 160 watts of peak power and can pump out sound from TVs, computers, mobile devices, Blu-ray/DVD players, and video game consoles. It’s not audiophile quality—and for just $130 you wouldn’t expect it to be—but it’s a low-risk upgrade from your devices’ native speakers.

The satellite speakers measure 7.01 x 4.33 x 3.42 inches, and weigh a pound apiece. Each has a 2.5-inch driver and bass port. Visually, they’re identical save for the color and lengths of their attached speaker wires. The wires for the center and two front channel speakers are 7 feet long, while the rear-channel wires stretch 20 feet. All are color coded to indicate where they connect to the back of the subwoofer. Thought the satellites are designed to stand upright, they each have a hole in the back for wall mounting.

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Cavalier Audio Maverick wireless smart speaker review: This Alexa-powered Wi-Fi speaker speaks Bluetooth, too

Wed, 2019-04-17 06:00
It’s fabricated from high-end materials, including aluminum and genuine leather, but this speaker’s sound quality left me saying "meh."

PowerDVD 19 review: 8K UHD playback and 4K UHD TrueTheater enhancements

Wed, 2019-04-17 06:00
Cyberlink's PowerDVD series just keeps getting better, with PowerDVD 19 adding 8K video playback to its bag of tricks. Don't have an 8K display? The new 4K True Theater color, lighting, and HDR are worth a look.

Galaxy S10 set-up tips: 10 features to check out first

Wed, 2019-04-17 06:00

Samsung pulls out all the stops for its annual Galaxy S refresh, and the new Galaxy S10 is no exception. The phone is so overflowing with features that it can be intimidating when you start using it, but with a few quick tweaks and toggles you’ll be up to speed quickly. Here are 10 tips to get you started.

Customize the S10’s navigation buttons

Android 9 Pie brought new gesture navigation to Android phones, but Samsung has chosen to roll its own gesture navigation system. It’s not on by default, so you’ll have to dig into the settings to try it. It’s in Settings > Display > Navigation bar.

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The “Full screen gestures” option lets you swipe up along the bottom of the screen to trigger home, back, and overview. You can also disable the “Gesture hints” at the bottom for a full-screen experience. If you don’t like the gestures, you can still customize the order of the regular navigation bar.

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FlexiPDF 2019 review: Acrobat alternative adopts user-requested features

Wed, 2019-04-17 05:52

FlexiPDF 2019 is the update to FlexiPDF 2017, a program that trumpeted its ability to make PDF editing “as easy as working in a word processor.” That remains its greatest appeal, but the new version adds a clutch of user-requested improvements including form creation, side-by-side PDF comparison, and enhanced graphic capabilities.

FlexiPDF 2019 uses a simple toolbar to navigate. You can select from menu items or icons, the latter of which display descriptive bubbles when you hover over them. When editing large documents, thumbnails of each page appear down the right side. This redesigned interface also matches the design of SoftMaker’s Office 2018.

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Apple and Qualcomm surprisingly settle their legal differences, and it’s pretty clear who won

Tue, 2019-04-16 19:56

Just when their legal battle was just beginning the trial phase, Apple and Qualcomm have ironed out their differences in a surprise settlement. The terms of the agreement include the dismissal of all litigation between the two companies as well as any pending cases brought by Apple’s global contract manufacturers, and basically returns the relationship to the way it was before the allegations started flying.

Most notably, Apple has agreed to pay Qualcomm a one-time payment of an undisclosed sum, as well as royalties going forward. Both companies issued short press releases to announce the agreement, but it’s hard to find much good news in it for Apple. Qualcomm is getting paid and keeps Apple as a customer, and there’s no indication that they will be changing their business practices.

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Vivint's Outdoor Camera Pro can detect someone casing your home

Tue, 2019-04-16 14:46
The AI-powered Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro has a 4K image sensor and issues warnings to anyone lurking around your property.

This $59 training bundle will help you ace the CompTIA exams (90% Off)

Tue, 2019-04-16 14:03

The field of IT is home to some of the most lucrative tech jobs out there, but talent alone isn't enough to get your foot in the door. When it comes to getting hired, having the right certifications plays a major role, and CompTIA's are some of the most respected out there. The CompTIA Certification Prep Bundle will prepare you to ace several requisite exams for 3 foundational IT certifications, and it's on sale for only $59 today.

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Identify weaknesses In your Wi-Fi network With NetSpot Home, only $19

Tue, 2019-04-16 14:02

Most home Wi-Fi networks have problem areas. But eliminating these dead spots and optimizing performance can be difficult without outside help. NetSpot Home offers a visual representation of your home network so you can easily identify and resolve problem spots in your household, and lifetime licenses are on sale for over 70% off today.

Just install the software on either your Windows or Mac computer and you’ll see where your signal is strongest — as well as where it could use a little help. NetSpot's mapping feature lets you easily view dead zones and optimize hotspot placement, while the troubleshooting tool empowers you to identify connectivity issues.

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Best universal remote control

Tue, 2019-04-16 12:13
Which remote control is the best companion for your smart TV and the rest of your entertainment system.

HP's EliteBook 800 G6 notebook series adds convenience, privacy features

Tue, 2019-04-16 12:00

HP announced its latest Elitebook 800 G6 line of business notebooks on Tuesday, boasting additional privacy options and a security software agent that HP says will make them more capable against zero-day attacks.

HP’s new models—the EliteBook 830 G6, HP EliteBook 840 G6, and HP EliteBook 850 G6, plus the HP EliteBook x360 830 G6—offer up to 18 hours of battery life, a behind-the-glass privacy shutter, and options for a 1,000-nit screen that can be used outdoors. HP said it will ship most of the models in May, while the x360 model is expected to ship in June. Prices have not been announced.

According to specifications provided to PCWorld, all four notebooks will share common Core i5-8265U and Core i7-8565 Whiskey Lake processors from Intel, while the Elitebook 830 G6 and EliteBook x360 830 G6 will offer a Core i3-8145U option as well. Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 also appear for the first time in this generation, HP said.

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Amazon is selling an Anker USB-C car charger that can power your laptop for just $17 today

Tue, 2019-04-16 11:28

Keeping your phone charged up on the go is key to avoiding that dreaded “low battery” notification and the headaches that come with it, so if you do a lot of driving, a car charger can be a savior. Today, you can grab a great one for cheap. Amazon is selling the Anker PowerDrive Speed+ Duo USB-C car charger for $17Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $27 and an all-time low for this highly rated charger.

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