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Lenovo ThinkPad L390 Yoga review: A chunky convertible business laptop that almost has it all

Wed, 2019-04-03 06:00

Lenovo’s ThinkPad L390 Yoga is in many ways the quintessential work laptop. It’s chunkier than many other thin-and-light laptops in its price range, but it also packs a lot of enterprise-friendly features, such as temperature and shock resistance and a variety of connection ports.

At the same time, the L390 Yoga has some nice touches to help it stand out from the enterprise pack, most notably a keyboard that feels great to type on and one of the best clicking mechanisms you’ll find on any trackpad today. If you’re not planning to do much work outside—and can therefore tolerate the L390 Yoga’s limited screen brightness—this might be your next workhorse.

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Remo+ RemoBell S video doorbell review: This one’s priced to sell, but the app needs a lot of work

Wed, 2019-04-03 06:00
You can buy this modern doorbell cam for the same price as the comparatively ancient original Ring, but should you?

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's battle royale mode Blackout is free to play throughout April

Tue, 2019-04-02 15:54

Poor Blackout. For a brief period last year I thought Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s battle royale mode was going to take off. Blackout looked like Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds but played like Call of Duty—a perfect combination, I thought, for those who wanted a more grounded battle royale experience without all of PUBG’s jank.

And then Apex Legends happened. Respawn’s battle royale folded in many of the same improvements as Blackout—more mobility, snappier shootings, better inventory management. Oh, and it was free. Turns out, it’s a lot easier to build and retain an audience when your game’s not behind a paywall, and while Apex Legends undoubtedly stole players from Fortnite and PUBG, it was Blackout’s distant third-place position that really seemed to be cannibalized overnight.

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Best smart thermostat: Reviews and buying advice

Tue, 2019-04-02 14:57
There are so many smart thermostats to choose from today. We'll help you pick the right one.

Best VPN services: Reviews and buying advice

Tue, 2019-04-02 14:38

Choosing the right virtual private network (VPN) service is no simple task. A VPN should keep your internet usage private and secure, but not every service handles your data in the same way. Just look at the critiques of notable computer security experts and online pundits to understand the challenge.

(Want to know more about VPNs and what they can and can’t do? Skip down to our “What is a VPN?” section below.)

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Microsoft has closed its e-bookstore, and everything you purchased will vanish in July

Tue, 2019-04-02 12:51

Microsoft has shuttered its ebook bookstore, yet another move by the company away from selling traditional consumer goods and services, with the exception of its Xbox console.

Microsoft made its decision without fanfare on Tuesday, simply posting a notice in the corner of the Microsoft Store app and removing the “Books” tab. Microsoft’s notice now leads to a support page and FAQ where Microsoft posted the answers to the questions consumers want to know: namely, what will happen to my books? 

The answer, simply put, is that they’ll disappear entirely sometime around July 2019, and you’ll be given a full refund. If you ordered or rented an ebook before today, your order will be cancelled and refunded. Free ebooks downloaded via the Microsoft Store app will also disappear, and they won’t be available after July, either. 

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Verizon’s dubious new Just Kids plan is a terrible deal for you and your kids

Tue, 2019-04-02 12:21

Anyone with a child under the age of 13 knows how tricky it can be to limit screen time. Whether we’re on a 3-hour car ride or in a long checkout line, the only sure-fire way to keep my kid quiet and calm is to pass him my iPhone or Galaxy phone to watch a few YouTube vids or play a round of Fruit Ninja.

But while many parents would balk at getting their kids their own phone before they’re old enough to cross the street on their own, Verizon thinks that’s just the solution to your problems. Rather than tie up your own phone in times of needs, Verizon wants you to consider calling a “ technology truce” by letting your tween text, call, and tweet at their leisure with their own phone plan.

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Control and manage your dumb appliances with a 3-pack of TP-Link smart plugs for just $34

Tue, 2019-04-02 11:49

Adding some smarts to even dumb devices can be as easy as connecting them to a smart plug. And today, you can grab a trio of those brain enhancers for a pretty sweet deal. A three-pack of TP-Link’s HS100 smart plugs is $34 on NeweggRemove non-product link, down from a list price of $50.97.

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Upgrade your PC with a powerful 8-core AMD Ryzen CPU and an overclock-ready motherboard for $290

Tue, 2019-04-02 09:50

Newegg’s offering a juicy discount on PC parts that can serve of the heart of a computer built for productivity or playtime. The online retailer is selling the powerful AMD Ryzen 7 2700 processor with MSI’s B450-A Pro motherboard for $290Remove non-product link. That’s about $50 off what you’d pay without this deal right now, and less than the cost of the CPU alone when it launched last year.

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House of Marley Exodus headphone review: Sustainably sourced, sweet-sounding headphones

Tue, 2019-04-02 09:00
The Exodus proves that you don't need to sacrifice sweet sound for mindfully sourced and sustainably built headphones

15 instant improvements to your Samsung Galaxy S10 or Note9

Tue, 2019-04-02 06:50

Samsung’s Galaxy S10 and Note9 are sort of like the Las Vegas of smartphones. Compared to the simple and understated approach of, say, an iPhone or Google Pixel 3, Samsung bombards you with settings to tweak and features to try. Much like a walk down the strip at night, this approach can feel overwhelming.

You can tone down the gaudiest features and tune others to suit your needs better. Here are 15 instant improvements you can make to a new Samsung phone:

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Sinopé TH1120RF programmable line-voltage thermostat review: A smarter way to control baseboard heaters

Tue, 2019-04-02 06:00
It doesn’t offer the panache of a Nest or the sensor-savvy of an Ecobee, but those smart thermostats don’t work with high-voltage heaters anyway.

Webroot WiFi Security review: A white label VPN with a dash of homegrown security

Tue, 2019-04-02 06:00
Webroot WiFi Security in brief:
  • P2P allowed: No
  • Business location: United States
  • Number of servers: 500+
  • Number of country locations: 32
  • Monthly cost: $40 billed annually for 3 devices, or $60 for 5
  • VPN protocol: IKEv2 (default)
  • Data encryption: AES-256
  • Data authentication: SHA-256
  • Handshake encryption: 2048-bit

We rarely review VPNs that use a white label service, because what’s the point? If it’s just the same as a service we’ve already reviewed with another name slapped on it, there’s little reason to revisit it. We’re making an exception today by taking a look at Webroot’s WiFi Security, which is based on an enterprise product called Perimeter 81 from Tel Aviv-based SaferVPN.

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Best true wireless earbuds: Free yourself from the tyranny of cords

Mon, 2019-04-01 17:30
Truly wireless earbuds let you ditch all cables in our post-headphone jack world, but like with anything else, their quality varies. Our top picks offer great audio without sacrificing battery life or comfort.

Best headphones: Our top picks for personal listening

Mon, 2019-04-01 14:54
Whether you're looking for an over-the-ear, on-ear, or in-ear model, we'll help you find the perfect pair.

Best smart bulbs for your connected home

Mon, 2019-04-01 14:36
Today’s smart bulbs are brighter and easier to control than ever, but choosing the right one for your environment remains a challenge.

No joke, Google is killing off the Pixel 2, Inbox, URL shortener, and Google+ this week

Mon, 2019-04-01 12:44

If there’s one thing Google doesn’t joke about, it’s killing off its products. Google may be celebrating 15 years of Gmail, but it has an equally long history of suddenly paring down its catalog of products and services, both loved and forgotten, and it’s at it again. This time Google is taking the axe to several popular apps and devices as it moves on to bigger and better things.

Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

While Google has been selling the Pixel 3 and 3XL for about six months now, the Pixel 2 and 2 XL are still very good phones, especially at discounted prices. But if you want one, you’ll have to act fast. Google has stopped selling the Pixel 2 and 2XL through its online store, which means whatever remaining stock at store like Best Buy and B&H Photo are sure to be extremely limited.

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Keep your delicate devices dirt-free with over 1,500 sprays of screen cleaner for $17

Mon, 2019-04-01 11:33

Whether you’re working at a desk or swiping at your phone, nobody likes a dirty screen, and trying to wipe away those specks with your finger or shirt never seems to work. You need a good cleaner to get your screen shining again, and today you can grab the popular Screen Mom cleaning kit on Amazon for $16, down from a list price of $22.

This cleaning kit includes a spray bottle of cleaner and a large microfiber towel. Designed to clean odor-free and without leaving streaks, Screen Mom cleans smudges and fingerprints from all kinds of screens. In addition, the bottle should provide over 1,500 sprays, so you’ll be able to clean all your devices for a while with one purchase.

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Intel's Optane Memory finally supports Celeron and Pentium budget PCs that need the most boost

Mon, 2019-04-01 11:20

Two long years after Intel debuted its radical—and awesome—Optane Memory caching SSDs, the company has finally decided to embrace the processors that could appreciate the technology’s benefits the most. A recent Optane Memory driver update added support for Intel’s budget-friendly 8th-gen Celeron and Pentium CPUs, as Anandtech noticed this weekend.

Optane Memory gives pokey mechanical hard drives a shot of SSD-like speed by intelligently caching your most-used programs and files to speed up access. You install an Optane Memory drive in an M.2 slot on your motherboard, and Windows sees it and your hard drive as a single combined storage pool. Intel’s software delegates which data should go on which drive. When you open a commonly used program that’s stored on the Optane Memory, speeds drastically increase. It makes a world of difference in terms of raw performance.

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Microsoft's Surface Book 2 gains a faster quad-core Core i5 CPU over the weekend

Mon, 2019-04-01 10:24

The baseline model of Microsoft’s stunning Surface Book 2 just received a significant bump in power, thanks to Intel. Sunday night, a new version of the Core i5 Surface Book 2 appeared on the Microsoft Store sporting a quad-core Intel Core i5-8350U CPU and a $1,499 price tagRemove non-product link, as first spotted by The Verge.

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