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Asus ROG Phone review: Too much gamer in one phone

Thu, 2019-03-21 15:10

The ROG Phone from Asus is another ‘gaming’ phone focusing on a high-refresh-rate screen, RGB lighting, and custom-cooled components. Asus has also given the ROG Phone a couple of hardware and software tricks that improve the gaming experience.

Unlike the similarly gaming-oriented Razer Phone 2, however, Asus has designed the ROG Phone to scream, ‘I’M A GAMER’ in its aesthethics and software choices, which really turns me off. The ROG Phone ends up feeling like a polarizing experience and not my first choice for a gaming phone.

The best gaming hardware?

You might have heard that Asus picked the “world’s fastest speed-binned” Snapdragon 845 chips for the ROG Phone. Spoiler alert: That means absolutely nothing in day-to-day use. I’ve never felt like any flagship phone released within the past year had a problem running the most intensive games or computational loads, and the ROG Phone is no different. But if you’re the type of person who needs the absolute best parts in your phone, then the ROG Phone checks that box. 

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Watch The Full Nerd talk RTX on GTX and Intel news live!

Thu, 2019-03-21 13:57

Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. In today's show the crew covers Nvidia's announcement of ray tracing on GTX cards, Intel's discreet graphics ambitions, and Comet Lake rumors! As always we will be answering your live questions so speak up in the chat.

If YouTube is not your thing you can also watch us on Twitch, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Facebook passwords for hundreds of millions of users were exposed to Facebook employees

Thu, 2019-03-21 12:49

Facebook confirmed Thursday that hundreds of millions of user passwords were being stored in a “readable format” within its servers, accessible to internal Facebook employees. Affected users will be notified, Facebook said, so they can change those passwords.

Interestingly, Facebook downplayed and confirmed the problem in the same post, filed Thursday, after researcher Brian Krebs issued his own report.  Facebook’s Pedro Canahuati, vice president of engineering for security and privacy, initially referred to “some” user passwords that were accessible to Facebook employees. A paragraph later, he revealed that “hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, millions of Facebook users, and tens of thousands of Instagram users” would be notified.

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You can add 2 TP-Link smart outlets to your home for just $25 today

Thu, 2019-03-21 11:33

It’s cheaper and easier than ever to add some smarts to your home, and today you can make two of your dumb devices smarter for the lowest price we’ve ever seen. B&H Photo Video is selling the TP-Link HS107 Wi-Fi dual-outlet smart plug for $25Remove non-product link with the on-page coupon today, down from a list price of $35. The coupon applies $10 off for each plug that you buy, so you can get multiple at this price.

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Become A Six Sigma Certified Project Manager For $35

Thu, 2019-03-21 10:05

To maximize profits, corporations hire skilled professionals — project managers — who know how to increase efficiency. Want to discover their secrets? Learn the tricks of their trade with the Comprehensive Six Sigma Certification Collection, price dropped to just $35.

Project managers play a crucial role. They oversee the operations of a business, keep production on track, and eliminate waste so that financial targets are more easily met. But, there isn’t just one way to accomplish this. Project managers, in fact, use several methodologies and tools to achieve success. And one of the most popular is Six Sigma.

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Microsoft slashes $330 off the Surface Pro 6 with a Type Cover keyboard

Thu, 2019-03-21 10:02

Today’s a good day to ditch your bulky laptop and upgrade to Microsoft’s stunning Surface 2-in-1. The Microsoft Store is selling a Core i5 version of the Surface Pro 6 for just $1,000Remove non-product link, complete with a fancy Type Cover keyboard thrown in. That’s $330 off the list price for the two items, and thus a really great deal.

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Lutron Caséta Fan Control review: Smart control for your dumb ceiling fan

Thu, 2019-03-21 06:00
The latest addition to the Lutron Caséta family delivers an excellent way integrate ceiling fans into your smart home.

The best ways to watch March Madness without cable

Thu, 2019-03-21 06:00
Cord-cutters now have plenty of options for watching the NCAA Tournament, but not all are equal.

Intel's gaming odyssey takes voyage with a slick new Graphics Command Center

Wed, 2019-03-20 22:00

Great software makes great hardware truly shine, and it seems like Intel graphics chief Raja Koduri knows it. Shortly after Koduri assumed control of the Radeon Technologies Group at his last job at AMD, the company rolled out a long-overdue revamp of its Radeon Settings application. On Wednesday, at GDC 2019, Intel revealed an overhauled Graphics Command Center app ahead of the hotly anticipated 2020 launch of its “Xe” discrete graphics cards.

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Intel promises 9th-gen mobile Core processors will arrive 'very, very soon'

Wed, 2019-03-20 22:00

Intel confirmed Wednesday that a mobile version of its 9th-gen H-series Core chips will  debut during the second quarter—and probably on the early side of that time window.

Frederik Hamberger, the general manager of premium and gaming notebook segments at Intel, said Wednesday that Intel would be coming out with a new 9th-gen mobile Core part “very, very soon,” accompanied by customer laptops. H-series chips are sold into premium and gaming notebooks, and generally represent the most power-hungry and least power-efficient chips in Intel’s lineup. For our analysis of how the 8th-generation Core chips top the 7th-gen mobile Cores, you can take a look at our earlier story.

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Intel hopes to clean up toxic speech in game chat with AI and machine learning

Wed, 2019-03-20 22:00

Anyone who has ventured into online gaming knows text chat can approach nuclear-waste-levels of toxicity. But what happens when it all shifts to voice-based chat in the future? Intel says it can help. Or at least, it hopes it can.

The company said on Wednesday night it’s working with Spirit AI on ways to use machine learning and artificial intelligence to reduce the acidic speech gamers often fall back on during intense gaming sessions. Spirit AI already has a machine-based tool developers can use to help monitor forums and online chat. Intel wants to help extend the tools to the voice-based chat that’s increasingly used in gaming.

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Amazon's All-new Kindle for $89.99 is priced for budget users

Wed, 2019-03-20 15:46

Amazon’s All-new Kindle improves upon the company’s most affordable e-reader by adding a few new features for a slightly higher price. Announced Wednesday and due to ship April 10, the All-new Kindle starts at $89.99 with Special Offers (ads) enabled—$10 more than the starting price for the prior generation. It will cost $109.99 without Special Offers (you can also disable Special Offers later, for a fee)

Because the All-new Kindle is still the lowest-end model, you can’t expect it to have all the perks of the midrange Kindle Paperwhite, which is our pick for the best Kindle for most users; let alone the Kindle Oasis, which has every imaginable e-reader bell and whistle—and a price to match. (For more Kindle reviews and how-to’s, go to our Kindle product roundup.) Still, Amazon is offering some nice features for the price, including: 

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