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Amazon Prime members can get the Fire 7 tablet with Alexa for just $35 today

Wed, 2018-09-19 10:54

Amazon's Fire 7 tablet is just $35 for Prime members today—$15 off its list price and the lowest it's been since last holiday season. It's a killer deal on one of the most popular tablets out there. If you're not a Prime member, you can sign up for a free trial here.

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Best soundbars to improve your TV's audio

Wed, 2018-09-19 10:27
Find the best soundbar for music and movies and that's the perfect fit for your budget.

Our favorite high-performance portable SSD, Samsung's T5, is far cheaper than ever before

Wed, 2018-09-19 10:16

Today’s a good day to turbocharge your local backup with one of our favorite external SSD drives. The 500GB Samsung T5 portable SSD is on sale for $100 at Amazon today. This drive was sitting around $120 just a few weeks ago, and this is the lowest price we’ve seen for it. The T5 is also close to $30 cheaper than the SanDisk external SSD sale we looked at last week.

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti review: Changing the game

Wed, 2018-09-19 09:00

The GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti aren’t like any other consumer graphics cards. Nvidia built these cards for the future. So much so, in fact, that we’re going to take the unusual step of not rendering a final, rated verdict today.

Unlike existing graphics cards, these include dedicated RT cores to vastly improve real-time ray tracing performance, putting the Holy Grail of gaming graphics within reach. Also unlike existing graphics cards, the GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti include dedicated tensor cores to leverage the awesome power of machine learning and a Saturn V supercomputer in the games you play. Nvidia’s new hardware is the first designed specifically for the 4K, 144Hz HDR era, with a revamped architecture that increases performance in traditional games, and they’re the first graphics cards equipped with GDDR6 memory or a VirtualLink connector. Our Nvidia Turing GPU deep-dive explains all.

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LifeShield Home Security Advantage review: The whole is considerably less than the sum of its parts

Wed, 2018-09-19 07:30
Setup headaches and operational flubs dampen our enthusiasm for this professionally monitored security system’s minimal price tag.

Gigabyte wades into NVMe SSDs with a trio of budget-priced drives

Wed, 2018-09-19 06:00

You can't build an entire PC out of Gigabyte and Aorus components, but that goal just got one step closer. On Tuesday, the company announced that it's wading into the PCIe M.2 SSD game, after a positive reception to its SATA SSDs in May.

Three PCIe NVME M.2 drives will be available initially, in capacities of 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB, the company said.

The drives carry a three-year warranty. The 256GB drive is rated at sequential read speeds of 1,200MBps and 800Mbps sequential writes. The 128GB drive will hit 1,100MBps sequential reads and 500MBps sequential writes.

Gigabyte officials said the 128GB SSD should sell for $50, while the 256GB drive will be listed at $70. The two lower-capacity drives are expected to be on sale in the US next week. Pricing and availability of the 512GB drive wasn't available, but if the pricing of the smaller drives is any indication, it'll be competitive. 

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How Microsoft Edge's hidden WDAG browser lets you surf the web securely

Tue, 2018-09-18 18:09

Occasionally, for whatever reason, we browse parts of the web we know could be dangerous, where malicious pop-ups, ransomware or other malware could infect our PCs. While no solution is totally safe, Microsoft now has a free, specialized version of its Edge browser specifically designed to protect you online: Windows Device Application Guard, or WDAG.

WDAG was originally developed for Windows 10 Enterprise, protecting companies with billions of dollars at stake. Now that same protection has migrated to Windows 10 Pro—sorry, Windows 10 Home users—as an optional feature that you can turn on within Windows, for free. It debuted on Windows 10 Pro as part of the  Windows 10 April 2018 Update, and will receive some new features as part of the October 2018 update, too.

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Microsoft's Dynamics 365 Remote Assist finally makes the HoloLens useful for anyone

Tue, 2018-09-18 15:18

In 2015, when Microsoft unveiled the very first public iteration of the HoloLens, product managers demonstrated the augmented reality headset by asking users to re-wire an actual light switch, live, guided by a remote professional. Three years later, Microsoft has finally commercialized that demo with a HoloLens-enabled version of Microsoft Dynamics.

Microsoft is commercializing two Dynamics apps with HoloLens: Dynamics 365 Remote Assist, which allows a remote viewer to assist a front-line worker, and Dynamics 365 Layout, which uses the HoloLens spatial-mapping abilities to help lay out a retail space or factory floor. 

Remote Assist is what Microsoft originally wowed journalists with, and here’s how it works: Imagine building a PC, wearing a HoloLens, but you forgot to insert the memory with the proper spacing, or some other error. HoloLens Remote Assist would allow a remote support tech to see what you’re seeing via your HoloLens, with the ability to highlight what you should be doing. In addition, the remote assistant could use Skype to tell you to tighten the proper bolts, for example, or not to mix CPU pastes. 

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Android Confidential: Why these 3 upcoming Android phones could put the iPhone XS to shame

Tue, 2018-09-18 14:07

Everyone’s talking about how great the new iPhone XS and XS Max are but I’m not so sure they’re going to feel the same way after a few weeks have gone by. The fall season is jam-packed with flagship Android releases, and several of them have the potential to beat Apple at its own game. I talked about three of the best Android phones coming later this year as part of my new show, Android Confidential:

Huawei Mate 20: The Huawei Mate 20 and newer P20 are already two of the best phones you can buy, but the Mate 20 could beat them both (along with the iPhone XS). Rumor has it that Huawei will be using a triple-Leica setup on the Mate 20, an impressive array that has already shown tremendous results on the P20, the current Last Cam Standing reigning champ. Add to that the Kirin 980 chip and a 6.9-inch screen, and you’ve got a maxed-out Android phone that can beat the iPhone XS Max.

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Anker's popular Roav Dash Cam C2 is a few dollars away from an all-time low on Amazon today

Tue, 2018-09-18 12:06

Dash cams come in all shapes and sizes, but they're a must-have gadget you want to keep a close eye on the road ahead of you. Today you can get a popular one on the cheap: Anker's Roav Dash Cam C2 is $47.59, down from a list price of $120Remove non-product link and very close to an all-time low.

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The Bard's Tale IV review impressions: An enthralling adventure hobbled by PC performance issues

Tue, 2018-09-18 12:00

The fate of the world is at stake, and I haven't even made it out of the starting city. The Bard's Tale IV seems long, to say the least—I'm ten hours in as I write this, and I feel like I just finished the prologue. Suffice it to say, we're not slapping a score on this one yet.

And perhaps that's a good thing, because The Bard's Tale IV ($35 on Humble) is a fascinating game that desperately needs polishing up.

A looming high-resolution shadow

Let's just deal with performance first, because it really is abysmal. Listen, I'm running a PC with an overclocked i7-5820K and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. It is absolute overkill for even the most cutting-edge games, and The Bard's Tale IV isn't one of them. Art direction is strong, but you wouldn't look at it and go "Wow, what a technical feat." Indeed, the recommended specs on the Steam page are a fairly reasonable i5-4590 and a GTX 970.

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Newegg is selling an 8GB AMD Radeon RX 580 for less than $200—and you get 3 games free

Tue, 2018-09-18 10:14

You know it’s a great day when you can get a solid entry-level graphics card and three free games for under $200. That day is today. Newegg has an 8GB MSI Radeon RX 580 for $190Remove non-product link after a $30 mail-in rebate, and this card is eligible for AMD’s Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey free game bundle.

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Vizio Home Theater Sound System with Dolby Atmos review: This speaker covers all the bases

Tue, 2018-09-18 08:00
This soundbar features immersive audio for movies, Chromecast for multi-room audio, and Google Assistant support for voice control.

World of Warships dives deep for new players, adding submarines to popular naval combat game

Tue, 2018-09-18 07:00

Free-to-play naval combat game World of Warships will make a drastic and controversial U-turn and add submarines to the mix next year, Wargaming officials announced Tuesday morning.

Gamers can get a taste of the silent service October 31. The company will let players sample submarines for the first time as part of a temporary Halloween gag, where ships and subs take on spooky themes.

Submarines, however, aren't just a short-term gag. Wargaming officials said submersibles will be added as the permanent 5th class of vessels alongside World War II-era battleships, cruisers, destroyers, and aircraft carriers. World of Warships is known for its meticulously modelling of ships such as the H.M.S. Hood, Bismarck, and U.S.S. Missouri.

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Garmin Dash Cam 65W review: State-of-the-art features in a compact design

Tue, 2018-09-18 06:00

Garmin’s Dash Cam 65W has all the latest fancy features, such as voice command, red light camera warnings, bad driver alerts, GPS, and Wi-Fi connectivity. It also packages them in a nice compact design that sports a very clever magnetic mount. 

The $250 65W is basically the same camera as the Garmin Dash Cam 55 that I gave four stars to over a year ago, except that it sports a wider-angle 180 degree lens. It’s also “limited” to 1080p (which is fine) rather than 1440p video. Note that the wider lens, while capturing a larger swath of action, does impart a noticeable fish-eye effect. Regardless, a very nice dash cam on the whole.

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Withings is back with the Steel HR Sport, a connected GPS hybrid watch that lasts 25 days

Tue, 2018-09-18 03:01

Withings couldn’t have picked a more opportune time to make its return. With the Apple Watch Series 4 set to release in just a few days, interest in wrist wearables couldn’t be higher, and to celebrate its re-arrival, Withings is launching a new Sport version of its popular Steel HR wearable. 

Apple fans are intimately familiar with the French maker of high-end devices such as scales, baby monitors, and sleep trackers, but for the past two years the company has been languishing under the Nokia Health umbrella with no new product to speak of. Now that the company is independent again, it’s putting a renewed focus on design and intelligence, and the Steel HR Sport is the first fruits of the company’s new direction. A hybrid watch with a classic style and swappable bands, the Steel HR gives you the benefits of a smartwatch without any of the drawbacks: It has 25-day battery life, an analog display, heart-rate monitor 50M of water resistance, and connected GPS, a first for the line. 

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BrandPost: Say Goodbye to Password Anxiety, Free Password Manager Simplifies and Organizes Your Online Life

Mon, 2018-09-17 12:33

Every computer user has a password problem. The meteoric rise in the number of websites visited on a daily basis, combined with our ‘there’s an app for that’ mentality, have created the need to remember – or write down – literally hundreds of login and password combinations for everything from Amazon to Zappos.

Until now, users could either create easily-remembered passwords, or write them on sticky notes taped to their monitors – not a great strategy if password strength is your objective. In a world where cybercriminals are eager to gain access to every user’s logins, how can you be safe – without having to remember arcane, unique passwords for every site and application and on every computer and browser used at home or on the job?

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Power up everything for just $17 with this deal on Sabrent's 10-port desktop USB charger

Mon, 2018-09-17 11:32

Finding an open outlet to charge multiple devices can be a pain, even in your own house. That's where multi-port USB chargers can save the day, and today you can get one big enough to charge everything in your house for cheap: Amazon is selling Sabrent's 10-port desktop USB charger for just $17Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $45 and just pennies off an all-time low.

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The Full Nerd ep. 67: Inside Nvidia's futuristic Turing GPU, GeForce RTX overclocking made easy

Mon, 2018-09-17 10:23

In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray dig deep into the beast at the heart of the GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti.

We kick things off with more details about Nvidia’s radical new Turing architecture, pulling the most pertinent details from Brad’s massive Turing GPU deep-dive. (And we do mean massive.) What makes it faster in traditional games? How can it handle ray tracing? What the heck are tensor cores? We explain it all.

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How low can our favorite SSD for most people, Samsung's 860 Evo, go? 256GB for $58

Mon, 2018-09-17 10:16

Sometimes prices on Amazon get a little on the ridiculous side. If you're looking for a new SSD, today is one of those days. The 250GB Samsung 860 Evo is just $58Remove non-product link while the 1TB version is $170Remove non-product link. The 1TB version is also available for the same price in the M.2 form factorRemove non-product link. Those are all the lowest prices we've ever seen for these drives.

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