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This 480GB Kingston SSD is down to an insane $65 on Amazon today

Thu, 2019-01-10 12:14

We love to spotlight SSD deals on PCWorld, but we rarely see one this low. So if you've been avoiding taking the plunge, wait no longer: Today, you can grab a Kingston 480GB A400 SSD for just $65 at AmazonRemove non-product link, down from a list price of $80 and the best price since Black Friday's blowout.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S10 will launch on Feb 20, and we only have one question: Will it fold?

Thu, 2019-01-10 11:36

Samsung has begun sending out invitations to the launch of its first flagship phone of 2019, and anyone hoping for a return to Mobile World Congress will be disappointed: The Galaxy S10 will make its debut in San Francisco, not Barcelona.

Even with a launch thousands of miles away, however, the Galaxy S10 will surely loom large over the annual conference. Samsung is unveiling the phone at an Unpacked event on February 20 at 11 a.m. PT, just five days before MWC is set to begin.


The Galaxy S10 will reportedly ship in three sizes.

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RGB fans, rejoice: Corsair's new Capellix LED technology is about to change everything

Thu, 2019-01-10 11:24

RGB lighting on gaming PCs is about to get a whole lot brighter and a whole lot more efficient thanks to Corsair’s new Capellix LED technology, which promises to be 60 percent brighter while using 40 percent less power.

The new LEDs are incredibly tiny and dense compared to typical SMD, or surface mount device, LEDs. That density could one day lead to RGB grids on a case door or front panel with far more granularity than today’s LEDs.

Corsair didn’t create the LED technology but it did work with a manufacturer to take LED technology that normally would never be applied to a PC and had it adapted to computer applications.

Gordon Mah Ung

On the top are normal SMD RGB LEDs and on the bottom is Corsair’s new Capellix.

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Razer HyperSense's vision for haptic-filled PC gaming shakes up the future of peripherals

Thu, 2019-01-10 10:52

Haptic feedback is the one feature I miss when gaming on PC. I love me a mouse and keyboard, but I find myself reaching for my Xbox One controller sometimes just for the rumble effects. It’s not a very sophisticated version of haptic feedback, but it nevertheless adds so much to the weightiness of guns, the rumble of engines, the boom of an explosion—all these small touches you don’t notice until they’re gone.

Nobody’s managed to make haptics work on PC though. Or, at least, nobody’s stuck with it long enough to force adoption.

Razer loves a good gimmick though, and in keeping with that spirit Razer might be the company to deliver us from our rumble-less prison. Well, Razer and a gaggle of partners, including Lofelt and Subpac.

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This $130 Radeon RX 570 with two free games is a great low-cost gaming PC upgrade

Thu, 2019-01-10 09:51

We found a stunning deal on a killer graphics card, and it won’t even force you to mess around with checkout codes or mail-in rebates. The ASRock Phantom Gaming D Radeon RX 570 is only $130Remove non-product link at Newegg until Friday, and you’ll get two free games from AMD’s Raise the Game bundle with it. RX 570 graphics cards usually cost around $170.

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Android at CES 2019: Eight intriguing announcements you might have missed

Thu, 2019-01-10 06:30

As CES comes to a close, two things are certain: We won’t be able to afford one of LG’s jaw-dropping roll-up OLED TVs and Android is poised for another big year.

While we might not have gotten a look at Samsung’s folding phone yet (though we did get our hands on Royale’s), there were plenty of low-key announcements in Las Vegas that could have a big impact on the rest of the year. From Google Assistant to Android TV, here are eight CES announcements that might have slipped under your radar.

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Google just might power the streaming box of your dreams in 2019

Thu, 2019-01-10 06:00
Android TV is finally getting its due on consumer streaming players.

Cambridge Audio’s exquisite ALVA TT turntable is the first to support aptX HD for wireless streaming

Thu, 2019-01-10 06:00
The British high-end audio manufacturer shows off the most convenient way to enjoy your vinyl collection.

AMD's CEO Lisa Su confirms ray tracing GPU development, hints at more 3rd-gen Ryzen cores

Wed, 2019-01-09 16:57

While rival Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang took a few potshots at AMD’s new Radeon VII GPU, AMD chief executive Lisa Su dropped some bombshells of her own: yes, AMD has its own raytracing GPUs in development, and she hinted strongly that AMD’s 3rd-generation Ryzen chips will launch with more than eight cores.

Su sat down with PCWorld and a few other reporters following her CES keynote address on Wednesday, where she formally launched the 3rd-generation Ryzen and the 7nm “Vega” GPU, known now as the Radeon VII.

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Nvidia disses the Radeon VII, vowing the RTX 2080 will crush AMD's ‘underwhelming’ GPU

Wed, 2019-01-09 16:36

Oh snap. Not known for mincing words, Nvidia’s outspoken CEO Jensen Huang described AMD’s return to high-end PC gaming graphics as “underwhelming.”

“It’s underwhelming,” Huang said when asked by PCWorld what he thought of AMD’s new Radeon VII, which features 16GB of HBM2 memory, 1TB of bandwidth, 60 graphics cores and is built on a new 7nm process. (See our full report on the Radeon VII, as well as AMD’s 3rd-gen Ryzen.)

Why ‘underwhelming’?

“The performance is lousy and there’s nothing new,” Huang said. “[There’s] no ray tracing, no AI. It’s 7nm with HBM memory that barely keeps up with a 2080. And if we turn on DLSS we’ll crush it. And if we turn on ray tracing we’ll crush it.”

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Battlestation alert! This Targus USB-C dock connects four monitors

Wed, 2019-01-09 16:22

If you own a notebook equipped with a USB-C port, you’ll want a USB-C hub to enable legacy connectivity with ethernet or an external HDMI monitor. One external monitor. Wait, you want four? Well, Targus has you covered.

At CES 2019, Targus showed off the DOCK520USZ, also known as the USB-C Universal QUAD HD (QVHD) Docking StationRemove non-product link. There’s a slew of regular ports, including four USB 3.0 ports, a USB-C port with power, gigabit ethernet, a 3.5mm audio jack, and so on. What’s unique about this dock, however, is the four 1080p HDMI outputs, which essentially can be used to create a multi-monitor battlestation as the video shows. Because who doesn’t want to plug into four monitors for work and play?

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AMD announces 3rd-gen Ryzen and Radeon VII, beating Intel and Nvidia to 7nm

Wed, 2019-01-09 14:46

AMD used its first keynote address at CES to formally announce its next GPU, the Radeon VII, as well as its 3rd-generation Ryzen processor. Both will ship this year using the 7nm manufacturing process, giving AMD the technological edge over Nvidia and Intel in the war for ever-shrinking chips.

The keynote by AMD chief executive Lisa Su initially paled in terms of new announcements to Intel’s own 10nm keynote blitz a day before. But it ended strong, with the smaller, finer 7nm technology the focus of Su’s speech. It’s already been a busy show for AMD, which already announced new mobile chips and its first foray into Chromebooks earlier in the week.

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Gigabyte's Aero 15 optimizes itself to save power and push performance

Wed, 2019-01-09 13:18

Most gaming notebooks treat good battery life as “nice to have but not essential.” But Gigabyte’s Aero 15 takes battery life seriously—so seriously that it applies machine learning to compare the user’s workload against its own database of applications, and optimizes battery life accordingly.

Specifically, Gigabyte uses Microsoft’s Azure AI cloud and its machine learning capabilities to dial CPU and GPU clocks up and down on the fly. Gigabyte is aiming at the very highest end of the market with a power-hungry Core i9 and Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU inside, so battery savings are particularly relevant to this machine. 

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Gigabyte’s Aero 15 is expected to include top-of-the-line hardware, but what’s most interesting will be its software controls.

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Enhance your outlets with these all-time-low Amazon prices on Aukey smart plugs

Wed, 2019-01-09 12:29

Smart homes are the way of the future, but to add a little extra control to your lights and electronics, you don't need to buy all-new smart devices. Smart plugs can replicate the functionality of expensive bulbs and appliances, and today you grab a pair for cheap: Aukey's Wi-Fi Smart Plug two-pack is just $20Remove non-product link today on Amazon with the code AUKEY4AP, down from a $28 MSRP and a couple dollars cheaper than their previous all-time low.

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An Epic defection? It looks like The Division 2 won't release on Steam, though Ubisoft's playing coy

Wed, 2019-01-09 12:00

When the Epic Games Store was unveiled last month, I said Valve should be scared. “Epic doesn’t need to convince players [to leave Steam],” I wrote, “It only needs to convince developers.” And that seemed eminently doable, given Epic was offering developers an additional 8 to 18 percent of revenue, depending on sales. “If enough developers decide the grass is greener on Epic’s platform, we could see a slow trickle and then an eventual exodus.”

Today’s the start of that exodus, I think. This morning we got news that Ubisoft will release The Division 2 on the Epic Games Store in March. The press release is pretty standard fare. Preorders open through the Epic Games Store today, random executives are “thrilled,” and so on and so forth.

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Here's what happens when using a GeForce GPU with a non-validated FreeSync monitor gets ugly

Wed, 2019-01-09 10:54

Nvidia dropped a bombshell on gamers when it announced at CES that it would finally support not just its own proprietary G-Sync monitors but also AMD’s FreeSync displays.

The company said it would issue a GeForce GPU driver mid-month that supports monitors running VESA-standard Adaptive Sync displays, to enable variable refresh rates in games. Translation: GeForce graphics card will finally work with FreeSync monitors. 

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Pricing for RTX-equipped laptops might not be that bad after all

Wed, 2019-01-09 10:39

When Nvidia announced its first RTX desktop cards at significantly increased prices last year, many assumed RTX laptops would see the same huge spike. Well, you can breathe freely again, because it doesn’t look to be that bad after all. Although we have yet to see final pricing for all of the 40 or so new RTX laptops, at least one vendor shared some details.

CyberPower’s new 15.6-inch Tracer III 15R with a GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8th gen 6-core Core i7, FHD 144Hz panel, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and low-profile mechanical keyboard with per-key lighting is expected to go on sale at the end of the month for about $1,799. 

Move on up to the larger 17.3-inch Tracer III 17R with a GeForce RTX 2070, an 8th gen Core i7, FHD 144Hz screen, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and low-profile mechanical keyboard with per key lighting, and you’ll have to pony up $1,900.

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Walmart has slashed the price of two great 15-inch laptops so grab one while you still can

Wed, 2019-01-09 10:12

If you're looking to start off the new year with a shiny new 15-inch laptop, we have a great deal for you. Make that two great deals: Walmart is selling an HP Pavilion gaming laptop for $799Remove non-product link, down from its $999 list price and an AMD-based Dell Inspiron for $379Remove non-product link for a savings of $170 off its $549 list price.

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This Microsoft Excel Certification Training Is Just $39 Today (90% Off)

Wed, 2019-01-09 10:00

When it comes to spreadsheet software, Microsoft Excel is the first and last word. A vast majority of organizations use it daily — which is why people who are familiar with Excel often get hired over those who don’t. Is your knowledge up to par? Make sure with the Microsoft Excel Master Diploma School, which has discounted the cost for a lifetime subscription to only $39.

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Intel's Optane Memory H10 marries super-fast Optane and SSD storage on one M.2 card

Wed, 2019-01-09 09:06

PC makers at CES have told PCWorld that they haven’t warmed to cutting-edge Optane Memory as much as Intel would have liked. But that hasn’t stopped Intel from innovating, most recently by combining Optane and flash memory on a single M.2 card.

Eventually, Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage may yet be a boxed product that you can buy—that’s under investigation, according to Intel executives at a press conference here at CES on Tuesday night. For now, though, the H10 is being marketed at PC makers, many of which allowed notebooks using the technology to be showed off at the event.

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