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Oppo UDP-205 Ultra-HD Audiophile Blu-ray player review: Audiophile sound and price tag (plus Dolby Vision)

Thu, 2017-12-14 13:50
With 32-bit DACs and other upscale components, you won't hear better analog audio from an Ultra HD Blu-ray player. It's also the first player we've tested to support Dolby Vision 4K UHD discs.

Amazon is selling the Ecobee4 at its Black Friday price

Thu, 2017-12-14 13:21

If you missed the Ecobee4 sale the first time around, Amazon has you covered. Today the retailer is selling the Ecobee4 for $200. That's the same price we saw at Lowe's and others (including Amazon) on Black Friday. Usually this latest model of the Ecobee sells for the MSRP of $249.

The big change with the Ecobee4 compared to its predecessor is built-in Alexa Voice Service. Prior to this, the Ecobee integrated with Alexa devices like most other smart home devices. With Alexa built-in, you can use the smart thermometer to get news, set timers, and many of the other things you can ask of an Echo device. The Ecobee4 works with the Google Assistant if you've got a Google Home device, too.

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Save 50% on the TP-LINK Wi-Fi Smart Plug, Works with Amazon Alexa - Deal Alert

Thu, 2017-12-14 09:22

The TP-LINK HS100 smart plug is quite simply a power outlet that you can control from anywhere. Using your smartphone, you can turn devices on & off, set programs to turn them on & off at set times while you're away, or engage a "countdown timer" which powers the switch off after a set amount of time. Installation is simple -- just plug a device into your smart plug and connect to your wifi network. The HS100 is also compatible with Amazon Alexa, for voice control. Buy multiple plugs and get creative.

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Star Wars: Battlefront II - Resurrection review: A disappointing end to Iden Versio's story

Thu, 2017-12-14 09:00

It doesn’t get any better. That’s all you really need to know about this week’s Star Wars: Battlefront II mini-expansion. Timed to land alongside The Last Jedi’s theater release, it’s the first bit of post-launch content for Battlefront II and adds stuff that’s theoretically tied to the movie—meaning Finn and Captain Phasma as heroes, plus a new ground map set on the planet Crait (which given the loot crate controversy is a pretty ironic name) and new space battle map set around D’Qar.

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iMac Pro first look: Apple’s most powerful Mac is a multiprocessing beast

Thu, 2017-12-14 08:30
Made for video editing, 3D graphics, VR, and software development, Apple's new pro Mac is an engineering feat.

Samsung's Notebook 9 Pen is ready for your scribbles, drawings and more

Thu, 2017-12-14 07:11

Samsung's Notebook 9 Pen is a slender 360-degree laptop that's committed to the stylus way of doing things. Of course there's a keyboard, but this convertible laptop wants to make it easy for you to scribble, tap, and create with your hand.

Announced Wednesday night, the Notebook 9 Pen and several other Notebook 9 models will ship in Korea first, then the United States in the first quarter of 2018. Prices were not disclosed. 

Why this matters: Samsung announced the Notebook 9 Pen and several other laptops on Wednesday night to get ahead of the news deluge at CES. Samsung is a relatively small player in the huge U.S. PC market, so every model counts. By focusing on pen input for the Notebook 9 Pen and a few other models, it has a chance of attracting stylus enthusiasts.

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Excel functions: 7 ways to use Text functions to manage data

Thu, 2017-12-14 06:30

Excel’s Text functions are a major time saver if your job entails managing massive data, especially data that’s imported from other sources. Fortunately, all ASCII data is easily imported, but the format of that imported data can vary drastically from one source to another.

For example, fields may be delimited, such as  with tabs, spaces, commas, or periods. Aany other characters are all preferable to spaces. That’s because spaces not only exist in between fields, they also separate words within the fields, which makes sorting out the fields a real challenge. That’s where the following Text functions are very helpful.

A. Use the SUBSTITUTE function to replace one string of text with another

Function syntax: The syntax (or sentence structure) of the SUBSTITUTE function is this:

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Verizon's free NFL streaming deal is good for cord cutters—but there's a catch

Thu, 2017-12-14 06:00
NFL games will be free to stream on smartphones next year, but watching on TV could still cost you.

Microsoft's path to a smarter Bing and Cortana includes tapping Reddit users' opinions

Wed, 2017-12-13 17:30

Microsoft’s Bing search engine and Cortana digital assistant might not change that much from day to day, but behind the scenes they’re getting smarter—integrating factual insights from more sources, including the opinions of Reddit users.

At an AI-focused event in San Francisco, Microsoft showed off a number of improvements, all geared towards increasing the “intelligence” of Bing, Cortana, and Microsoft Office. 

Why this matters: Calling out some of these behind-the-scenes upgrades helps Microsoft demonstrate its unique attributes, and thus relevance, among the competing AI-based platforms of Amazon, Apple, and Google.

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Bing already lets you comparison shop for similar items across the web. Now you can isolate an object in a photo and shop for it.

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BuyDig has a 27-inch 4K monitor with FreeSync for $350

Wed, 2017-12-13 14:24

This holiday season you can give the gift of 4K FreeSync gaming, thanks to a deal at BuyDig today. The online retailer is selling the HP Envy 27-inch 4K monitor for $350 when you use coupon code c11710154586 (via SlickDeals).

This IPS display has a 4K UHD resolution of 3840x2160, a 60Hz refresh rate, and a native response time of 14 milliseconds. On the back, it has one DisplayPort 1.2, one HDMI 2.0, one HDMI 1.4, and one USB-C port. It also has a "micro-edge bezel" to minimize distractions for gamers who go for multi-monitor setups.

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Try VR for cheap: Windows Mixed Reality headsets are on sale for nearly half off today

Wed, 2017-12-13 09:27

If you’re interested in trying out Windows Mixed Reality headsets, the time is now. They’re basically half off on the eighth day of Microsoft’s 12 Days of Deals, with savings up to $200 on three separate headsets.

The Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset (normally $399, now $199), the HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset (normally $449, now $249), and the Lenovo Explorer Windows Mixed Reality Headset (normally $399, now $199) are at heavy discounts. The higher-resolution Samsung HMD Odyssey Windows Mixed Reality Headset still commands a premium. It’s on sale too, but only $50 off at $449. All of the deals include a pair of bundled controllers.

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Pay what you want for 65+ hours of in-depth ethical hacking training

Wed, 2017-12-13 09:03

Cybercriminals are getting smarter, and companies and individuals alike stand to lose in the event of a cyberattack. That's why demand for ethical, or white hat, hackers is skyrocketing. Skilled in the ways of breaching networks and stealing information, these experts use their knowledge for good—safeguarding networks from attack and keeping everyday users safe. And with the Pay What You Want: The Ultimate White Hat Hacker 2018 Bundle, you can become one for a price you get to choose. 

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New Amazon Echo Discounted $20 Right Now - Deal Alert

Wed, 2017-12-13 08:59

Amazon has a discount of $20 active right now on their all new Echo smart speaker, which features a new speaker, new design, and is available in a range of styles including fabrics and wood veneers. Echo connects to Alexa to play music, make calls, set alarms and timers, ask questions, control smart home devices, and more --
instantly. Echo averages 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 2,200 reviewers, and with the current discount you can grab it for yourself (or someone else) now for just $79.99. See the discounted Echo deal now on Amazon.

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MX Sound 2.0 Bluetooth Speakers review: premium PC speakers burdened by average audio

Wed, 2017-12-13 06:30

Logitech’s MX Sound 2.0 Bluetooth speakers join products including the MX Master mouse, Craft keyboard, and Brio webcam in the company’s premium computer accessory line. At $99, they’re a not-unreasonable upgrade over your PC’s speakers that can double as audio output for your mobile devices, but ultimately their sound performance left us a bit underwhelmed.

Though they’re described as Bluetooth speakers, they are clearly designed for the desktop. Each of the 6.3 x 6.3 x 3.8-inch (HWD) cabinets has a rear-facing bass port that does double-duty as a stand. These give the speakers a 10-degree backward tilt that purportedly puts the listener in an audio sweet spot when they’re sitting at a computer.

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What is Next Gen TV and when will it launch?

Wed, 2017-12-13 06:00
Next-generation TV is coming soon.

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop review: The discrete GPU is the star of the show

Wed, 2017-12-13 06:00

Dell’s Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop has a little secret that’s good news for budget-minded gamers. It’s hard to tell from the product information online, but one GPU option for this laptop is Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q. Max-Q GPUs manage performance closely to balance heat and noise, allowing powerful chips to go into lighter, slimmer, quieter laptops. The Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop offers Max-Q in a SKU that supports 1080p gaming and comes in just under $1,000. It’s a great value.

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Dell’s New Inspiron 15 7000 gets you to GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q levels for a scant $1,000.

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How to Fix Your Wi-Fi Network

Tue, 2017-12-12 20:19

Wi-Fi is everywhere and built into everything. It’s like oxygen for internet access, media streaming, gaming, and all types of networking. And it should just work all the time—right? If you’ve had an average experience with Wi-Fi on mobiles devices, laptops, game systems, and more, you know that while Wi-Fi connections and consistency work correctly nearly all the time, it’s the occasions when it doesn’t that can leave you tearing your hair out.

In this article, I look at a number of common scenarios that cause Wi-Fi headaches and how to solve them, whether you’re running your own network or trying to connect to someone else’s using any platform.

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This Speech Recognition Tool Helps You Get More Done Faster -- Now 60% Off

Tue, 2017-12-12 14:02

Typing is unquestionably a staple in our daily lives, but given enough time, even this activity will go the way of floppy disks and dial-up Internet. With Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13, you can tap into the future of productivity thanks to its advanced speech recognition software that lets you get more done faster on your computer. Plus, it's on sale for 60% off its normal retail price for a limited time. 

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Newegg has dropped the Ryzen 7 1700X to $300

Tue, 2017-12-12 13:35

It's not just a good day for laptop deals. Right now, you can find sales on new PC components too: This week Newegg is selling the AMD Ryzen 7 1700X for $300. The deal includes a free "Champions Pack" for Quake Champions.

That's about $30 cheaper than the best price Amazon has right now, and $100 off the MSRP. While it doesn't beat the crazy sales we saw during Black Friday, it's still a good deal and roughly matches what we last saw back in June.

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You can buy an iMac Pro on Dec. 14, but you can't upgrade the RAM

Tue, 2017-12-12 10:44
Apple has announced that it will begin selling its new iMac Pro on Thursday, December 14, but users won't be able to add RAM after they buy one.

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