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Apple's services event laid the groundwork for a long and difficult transition away from the iPhone

Tue, 2019-03-26 10:10
Apple may be late to the video streaming party, but it's getting ahead of the shift away from it's No. 1 device: the iPhone.

Amazon's one-day PC gaming blowout offers juicy deals on Threadripper, huge hard drives, and more

Tue, 2019-03-26 09:36

It's a great day for great deals on PC gaming components and accessories. Amazon's throwing a huge one-day gaming hardware saleRemove non-product link that includes a wide variety of laptops, desktops, components, and accessories. We've sifted through the nearly 30 deals to find our top three picks from today's sale.

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Hands-on with Control: Weird, unsettling, and Remedy's best-playing game since Max Payne 2

Tue, 2019-03-26 09:02

“Do you think there’s a secret in here?” “Well now I do.”

I’ve walked in and out of the same room maybe four times now, pressed up against every wall, tinkered with every switch. The Oldest House, headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Control, wraps around itself like a maze. There are no rules here, no laws of physics or Euclidean geometry to fall back on. Bodies float in the lobby. Hallways fold in on themselves. And I’ve found myself wandering in and out of Audio Testing Laboratory 2, the existence of which implies an Audio Control Laboratory 1—if only I could find it.

Finally I give up though, leave the laboratory and head back to the lobby. Good thing, too. The various Remedy developers in the room laugh, and one says “Yeah, no secret in there.” I take him at his word, though some small part of me still thinks there must be an Audio Testing Laboratory 1, if I just looked hard enough.

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Myst developer Cyan returns to Kickstarter for new game Firmament

Tue, 2019-03-26 09:00

It’s been almost precisely a year since Cyan unveiled the first trailer for Firmamentand a busy year for Cyan at that. 2018 marked the 25th anniversary of Myst, which resulted in a celebratory Kickstarter for limited-run merchandise, plus re-releases of Myst III and IV, which had been missing from storefronts for (pun intended) ages. It’s no wonder Firmament faded into the background for a while.

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You can use this powerful online meeting solution for free

Tue, 2019-03-26 08:05

The conundrum of business meetings: as much as they allow for dispersed teams to connect and hammer out issues and propose solutions in real-time, it can be equally difficult to find an easy-to-use solution that works for everyone. We’ve all been there: getting booted off a call, only to find it impossible to join later, or dealing with frustrating limits to the number of people who can join the conference — the list of issues goes on. Now is the time to get an easy-to-use online meeting solution that’s made to scale for businesses of all types: RingCentral Meetings™.

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Get a Lifetime Of Excel Training For Just $20

Tue, 2019-03-26 08:05

Businesses tend to be more successful when they collect data. But, once it’s gathered, how do they analyze it to make informed decisions? Microsoft has released a series of tools for this purpose, and you can learn how to use them with the Complete Microsoft Data Analysis Expert Bundle, on sale for only $20 today.

This package introduces students to a range of Microsoft tools that makes data analysis far less complex. It includes six courses that illustrate how popular titles like BI, Access, and Excel are used to sort, crunch, and analyze information as efficiently as possible. From there, you’ll be better equipped to identify trends and foresee conclusions so you can ensure a healthier bottom line.

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BlackBerry Key2 LE review: A cheaper way to get the keyboard in your pocket

Tue, 2019-03-26 06:29

Last year I was stunned by just how much I loved using the BlackBerry Key2 and its physical keyboard. This year I’m checking out its little sibling—the Key2 LE—to see if it’s a cheaper way to get your hands on a BlackBerry device in 2019. 

The base model of the LE clocks in at $399, while the entry level of the standard Key2 starts at $649. Luckily BlackBerry didn’t cut too many corners in order to get the price down, making the Key2 LE a very viable alternative if your thumbs are craving some tactile keyboard action. 

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The BlackBerry name and logo still conjure up good vibes.

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Dahlia Home Review: Finally, I can repurpose my old iPhone as a smart home hub (said no one ever)

Tue, 2019-03-26 06:00
Here’s a truly innovative solution in search of a problem.

Amarey A800 robot vacuum cleaner review: This budget robot vac delivers premium performance

Tue, 2019-03-26 06:00
Your floors won't collect dust but your stand-up vacuum might.

How to create, filter, and format tables in Excel

Tue, 2019-03-26 06:00

What’s the difference between a table and a range of columns and rows on an Excel spreadsheet? How do I create and populate tables? And, once a table is created, how do we custom filter, format, and design those tables so they look professional in a report? We’ll show you how it's done. 

What’s the difference between a table and a range in an Excel spreadsheet?

There’s not much difference regarding the data. Both use columns (the database fields) and rows (the database records), and both can be sorted, filtered, calculated, custom formatted, and printed.

Tables, however, have many additional benefits that regular spreadsheets lack. The biggest plus is the option to use data from multiple tables to create queries and reports. For example, say that TABLE ONE (Corp) has the company name, address, city, state, ZIP Code, and phone number; while TABLE TWO (Products) has the company name, product number, product name, price, inventory, discounts, etc.; and Table THREE (Orders) has the product number, number of products ordered, price, extended price, sales, tax, and totals.

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Best media streaming devices

Mon, 2019-03-25 17:50
Roku Streaming Stick vs. Amazon Fire Stick vs. Chromecast vs. Apple TV, and more. Which streaming device is best for cord cutters? Our buying guide will help you pick the right accessories for your TV.

The best Amazon Echo add-ons and accessories

Mon, 2019-03-25 17:46
A few are goofy, but many are great: These mostly inexpensive gadgets can make Amazon’s smart speakers even better.

Pay what you want for 35 hours of Unity game dev training

Mon, 2019-03-25 16:53

Professional game developers are living the dream. With the average dev reeling in a 6 figure salary, as well as the satisfaction of creating fun and exciting projects, it's no wonder why so many of us fantasize about throwing our hats in the ring when we first pick up a controller. Of course doing so means getting up to speed with the tools of the trade, which can be a bit intimidating if you're new to the field.

The Unity Game Development Bundle includes lifetime access to five beginner-friendly courses that’ll familiarize you with the tools that the professionals use, even if you're a complete newbie. You’ll get familiar with the Unity game engine, dive into mobile development, and experiment with augmented reality systems. Better still, you’ll control how much you spend because this package is available for a price you get to pick.

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The new Apple TV app and Apple TV Channels: 9 things you need to know

Mon, 2019-03-25 16:52
Apple hopes to be a new destination for cord cutters, but Netflix remains a no-show.

Become a Big Data Professional With This Master Class Bundle, Now Just $35

Mon, 2019-03-25 16:51

The process of simplifying large amounts of unstructured information is known as data science. And, in our data-driven world, it has become an important area of expertise. You can learn all about this groundbreaking field and prep for a new career with The Complete Big Data Master Class Bundle, discounted to just $35.

This package, worth $891, offers a look at what it takes to become a skilled data scientist. It features nine courses that’ll introduce students to the concept of data analysis and teach them how to use an assortment of tools to process information. The program is suitable for both beginner and intermediate students, and they’ll receive a valuable certificate for each course completed.

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The Apple Card may be the most revolutionary announcement Apple made at its 'Show time' event

Mon, 2019-03-25 16:41
Apple on Monday unveiled a new credit card with no fees, daily cash rewards and powerful security. It might change the way we use credit cards forever.

Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front

Mon, 2019-03-25 13:27
A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.

'ShadowHammer' infects Asus PCs through its Asus Live Update utility

Mon, 2019-03-25 13:06

Over 57,000 users, and possibly up to a million, have downloaded and installed a version of the Asus Live Update utility that was poisoned with a backdoor and hosted on the official Asus servers.

What security vendor Kaspersky is calling ShadowHammer was actually a targeted attack at a small number of users.  (The investigation is still in progress, Kaspersky said.) Kaspersky said that the ShadowHammer attack had been detected worldwide, most commonly in Russia and Germany, with about five percent of victims in the United States.

From a security standpoint, the most disturbing aspect of the malware is that it was digitally signed with legitimate security certificates, the stamp of authenticity that would make them indistinguishable from a real update. The Asus Live Update software is designed to look for new versions of the programs released on the Asus website and then automatically update a PC’s BIOS, drivers, and applications. If ShadowHammer allowed the PC to download malicious BIOS software from another site, that software could take over the entire PC. The Live Update software can be downloaded from the Asus site, and it also comes pre-loaded on PCs. 

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Cobian Backup 11 (Gravity) review: Free, option-rich and effective file backup

Mon, 2019-03-25 12:40

Cobian Backup, with its old-guard look and interface, may not be much to look at.  But like many things OG, it works as well as, and quite likely better than, the shiny new toys. If you're looking for something reliable and more configurable that Windows' own File History, it's definitely worth the download.

Specs and features

I started off talking about Cobian's interface, and it is indeed a decade or two out of style with large, somewhat basic icons on the main window and tiny ones on the menus. But that's appearance, and Cobian is a sweetheart in use: neat, efficient, with all the functions and options (of which there are many) logically categorized and laid out.

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The popular OontZ Angle 3 Ultra Bluetooth speaker is on sale for a near all-time-low of $30

Mon, 2019-03-25 12:01

Streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music have made it easier than ever to take your music library with you wherever you go. And with today's deal you can get great sound too. Amazon is selling the Oontz Angle 3 Ultra from Cambridge Soundworks for just $30Remove non-product link, 40 percent off its recently reduced list price and just a couple dollars off its all-time low.

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