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HP Offering $330 off Pavilion 15z 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop Right Now ($370)

Tue, 2018-11-13 10:28

You don't have to wait for Black Friday. Deals have started to drop early, but you have to know where to look. HP has activated a whopping $330 discount on its Pavilion 15z 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop, which puts it at just $369.99 with Free Shipping, but the deal ends Wednesday 11/14. This laptop comes with Windows 10 Home 64, the AMD Ryzen™ 3 processor, AMD Radeon™ Vega 3 Graphics, 8 GB memory, 1 TB HDD storage, and a 15.6" diagonal HD touch display. See the full spec, customize, and/or buy it here while the deal is active. If you haven't seen it yet, HP has posted a Black Friday deals page right here that includes a few other early deals you may be interested in.

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Upgrade to an 8-core, all-AMD gaming PC for cheap with these killer Newegg CPU and GPU deals

Tue, 2018-11-13 10:01

If you’ve been waiting for just the right time to overhaul your PC, Newegg’s offering some mighty enticing discounts on an AMD Ryzen CPU and Radeon GPU that would make solid cornerstones for a powerful gaming and productivity rig. The AMD Ryzen 7 1700X processor is $150Remove non-product link, and the MSI Radeon RX 580 Armor OC is $190Remove non-product link, each after a $20 mail-in rebate. The CPU is $50 off Amazon’s current price and about $30 under the historical low. It’s a similar story for the RX 580, which is $35 cheaper than it was just a few weeks ago.

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Avira Antivirus Pro 2019 review: Solid performance, better prices

Tue, 2018-11-13 06:51

Avira Antivirus Pro is back with an updated version for 2019 that promises to take up a smaller chunk of your hard drive, as well as improve overall PC performance with fewer virus defintion files (VDFs) plugging up memory. The interface hasn’t really changed, however, and it’s still largely a no-nonsense suite with few extras.

Antivirus Pro is well priced at $36 for a single device for new users—the standard price is about $48. For five devices you’ll pay $57 (for new users), with $72 being the standard price. That’s okay, but you can get far more value with premium suites like McAfee and Norton that charge around $100 to cover 10 devices. 

If extras are what you’re looking for in a premium A/V suite then Avira’s all-inclusive Avira Prime subscription is the product you’re looking for. It includes Antivirus Pro, identity protection, a system optimizer, third-party software updates, a password manager, and a VPN. 

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Intel 905P NVMe SSD review: Blazing random access and amazing endurance (for a hefty price)

Tue, 2018-11-13 05:49

Intel’s Optane SSD 905P is a follow-on to the Intel Optane SSD 900P we reviewed earlier this year. If you read that review, you already know about the ridiculously long claimed lifespan of Intel’s Optane memory. I'm talking petabytes written rather than terabytes regular NAND SSDs claim.

The 905P is also faster than the 900P and beats the pants off of any single M.2 PCIe/NVMe drive in threaded and small file performance. The downside? It’s really, really expensive. 

Design and specs

Before I get to the specs, more on that price. The 960GB PCIe 3.0, x4 add-in card version of the 905P that I tested has a list price of a cool $1,300. The 1TB Samsung 970 Pro, a most worthy drive in its own right, costs less than $400. 

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Mon, 2018-11-12 16:44

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LifeLock protects members through a combination of state-of-the-art monitoring, notification, and remediation services. LifeLock continuously searches hundreds of millions of transactions per second to detect potential threats to a member’s identity. You could miss certain identity threats by just monitoring your credit. LifeLock sees more, like your personal information on the dark web. LifeLock has Identity Protection Agents, who are ready to help answer questions 24/7. And if a member’s identity is ever compromised, a dedicated Identity Restoration Specialist will take charge and help fix the problem.

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Put wireless charging and Alexa in your car with all-time low prices on Anker accessories

Mon, 2018-11-12 12:13

If you're looking for ways to spice up your commute and add some smarts to your drive, Anke has some awesome ways to do it without spending too much. And today's it's even cheaper. Amazon is running a sale on Anker that bring some of its best auto accessories to all-time lows, and we've picked out our favorites:

The Roav Viva is less then $20 todayRemove non-product link, and brings hands-free voice control to your ride via built-in Alexa. You'll be able to use your voice to make calls, play music, ask for directions, control your connected smart devices, and more. It also has two USB ports to charge up your devices while you drive and comes with a magnetic vent mount to keep your phone propped securely.

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iPhone X Display Module Replacement Program FAQ: Everything you need to know

Mon, 2018-11-12 11:50
Apple has launched a new program to repair iPhone X screens that experience touch issues. Here's everything you need to know about it.

13-inch MacBook Pro SSD service program FAQ: Everything you need to know

Mon, 2018-11-12 10:07
Apple has launched an SSD repair program for the 13-inch non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro. Here's everything you need to know.

Upgrade to the Samsung 970 EVO SSD's blazing-fast NVMe speeds for cheaper than ever

Mon, 2018-11-12 09:52

If your PC or laptop supports lightning-quick NVMe storage, today’s a good day to pick-up one of our favorite SSD drives. Amazon’s selling the 500GB 970 EVO M.2 drive for $117. That’s about $30 cheaper than it was late last week, and $26 cheaper than the 500GB WD Black 3D, a rival with a very slight performance advantage at this capacity.

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Microsoft adds LTE options to the Surface Go, making it the always-connected PC it should be

Mon, 2018-11-12 09:00

Microsoft said Monday that it has added an LTE option to its Surface Go for an additional $130 over the basic Surface Go, bringing always-on connectivity to Microsoft’s cheapest 2-in-1 tablet.

When PCWorld originally reviewed Microsoft’s Surface Go tablet, the absence of an LTE option was noticeable—this was the Surface Go, after all. On Monday, Microsoft announced an 8GB RAM/128GB storage version of what it calls the Surface Go with LTE Advanced for $679, with support for AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. You can preorder today, with shipments arriving in the U.S. and Canada on Nov. 20.

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Ring Stick Up Cam Wired (2018) review: Ring finally has an indoor security camera

Mon, 2018-11-12 06:00
The Ring Stick Up Cam Wired is a strong entry into the indoor security camera space from Ring.

Bose Home Speaker 500 review: Rethinking—and reshaping—smart speakers

Mon, 2018-11-12 06:00
Bose's first smart speaker supports Amazon Alexa today, and promises AirPlay 2 compatibility in 2019.

Pixel 3 tips and tricks: Getting the most from your new Google phone

Mon, 2018-11-12 05:45

Google makes Android freely available to phone manufacturers so they can tweak and contort the OS to suit their needs. Nonetheless, Google does have its own idea of what Android should be. That’s on display every year with the Pixel phones, and the latest Pixel 3 and 3 XL include some cool software extras you won’t get on other Android devices. These phones offer the best Android experience available, but your experience can be even better if you know about all the best features. Without further ado...

Use Call Screen to intercept spam voice calls

Spam calls have become so common, they might make up the majority of the voice calls you receive some days. But now the Pixel 3 has an ingenious and almost life-changing way to deal with spam. Using the Call Screen feature, you can have Assistant answer the call for you, letting you make sure the person on the line is someone you actually want to speak with.

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Mouse and keyboard support coming to Microsoft's Xbox next week

Sat, 2018-11-10 23:39

Ever since Microsoft launched the Xbox One, it’s been making noises about bringing the console and PC closer together—including adding mouse and keyboard support to supplement the Xbox One controller. Now Microsoft’s Xbox chief confirmed Saturday that it’s happening next week.

At X018, Microsoft revealed a list of games that will see mouse and keyboard support: Fortnite (yes, Fortnite) will be among the first, followed by Bomber CrewDeep Rock GalacticStrange BrigadeVermintide 2War Thunder and X-Morph Defense in November. Children of MortaDayZMinion MasterMoonlighterVigorWarface, and Wargroove will be added in the future. 

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Microsoft acquires CRPG heavyweights Obsidian and InXile

Sat, 2018-11-10 18:08

For years Microsoft's talked about renewing its commitment to PC gaming, with mixed results. Today's announcements might signal an actual push though. At its XO18 event in Mexico City, Microsoft announced it's acquiring not one but two PC-centric developers, Obsidian and InXile.

It's a huge play. Both spun out of legendary publisher Interplay—InXile founded by Interplay's "leader in exile" Brian Fargo, while Obsidian emerged from the ashes of Black Isle Studios. Both have been perpetually cash-strapped, turning to Kickstarter to fund Wasteland 2 and Pillars of Eternity, and involved with game crowdfunding platform Fig in some capacity.

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This week in games: Mythological Assassin's Creed monsters, Prima Games plans its last strategy guide

Fri, 2018-11-09 16:30

Not much news this week. Maybe it’s the post-Red Dead slump, or the post-election slump, or maybe the pre-holidays slump. November’s got quite a few releases though, so there are a handful of launch trailers below for Hitman 2 and Battlefield V, plus a release date for Tannenberg, more monsters for Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, and an obituary for strategy guide printer Prima Games.

This is gaming news for November 5 to 9.

A longer odyssey

I already sunk 60-plus hours into Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey so the prospect of going back for more is...daunting. If you’re looking to extend your stay in Ancient Greece however, Ubisoft’s adding a bunch of stuff to the game in November—new questlines, a new mythological creature, more items, and a level cap bump. Check out the video below for more details. Oh, and it’s all free. That part’s important.

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The clever phone-, tablet-, and PC-friendly Logitech K780 keyboard is 44% off today

Fri, 2018-11-09 12:32

A good keyboard is hard to find, so once you do find your perfect match, you'll want to use it for everything. The Logitech K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard fits the bill, seamlessly switching between your phone, tablet, and PC at the push of a button. And today, you can grab one for just $45 on AmazonRemove non-product link, down from a list price of $80 and matching the lowest price we've ever seen.

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HTC Vive Focus hands-on impressions: No-PC, no-wires VR at a too-steep price

Fri, 2018-11-09 11:05

In 2016 I defended the HTC Vive’s hefty $800 price tag. Sure, it was $200 more than the Oculus Rift, but it was also the only virtual reality headset (at the time) to nail room-scale and hand-tracking. Then earlier this year I defended the Vive Pro’s $1,100 price. Sure, it’s outrageous and ostentatious and nobody should pay for it, but the Vive Pro is also the best VR headset on the market today, bar none.

But on Thursday HTC announced its standalone Vive Focus headset is coming stateside with a list price of $599, and well, that’s pure hubris with slick standalone rival Oculus Quest ready to debut at $399 early next year.

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iFixit's MacBook Air teardown reveals Apple's most repairable notebook in years

Fri, 2018-11-09 10:03
iFixit found a few surprises during its teardown of the new MacBook Air, and some of them are surprisingly pleasant.

Get great PC upgrades for cheap in Newegg's second Early Black Friday blowout

Fri, 2018-11-09 09:54

There’s still two weeks to go until the official sales bonanza, but the early Black Friday deals keep on coming. Newegg just released its Early Black Friday sale round 2Remove non-product link, which lasts until just before midnight on Sunday evening Pacific time. The retailer says that the prices on these early Black Friday sales won’t be beat in November. In other words, don’t hold out for lower prices two Fridays from now.

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