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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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