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Shark Ion Robot 750 review: Shark's first robot vacuum is a mixed bag

Mon, 2018-07-09 06:00
Shark's budget-friendly robot vacuum navigates obstacles well and has an elegant app, but falls surprisingly short on the cleaning quality.

Shark Ion Robot 750 review: Shark's first robot vacuum is a mixed bag

Mon, 2018-07-09 06:00
Shark's budget-friendly robot vacuum navigates obstacles well and has an elegant app, but falls surprisingly short on the cleaning quality.

NItro Pro 12 review: A better document workflow

Mon, 2018-07-09 06:00

As Adobe Acrobat alternatives go, Nitro Pro sits near the top of the heap. It’s used by tens of millions of consumers and over 650,000 businesses—including more than half of the Fortune 500—according to the company’s chief product officer, Jeff Kreutz. With version 12, Nitro isn’t relaxing its efforts to help people and organizations improve their digitized workflows.

The features that make Nitro Pro beloved by individuals and businesses alike are all still here. You get a complete set of content editing tools; review and markup features for efficient collaboration; form fill and signing capability; and multiple security options for sensitive documents including permissions, password protection, and data redaction. All of these must-have features are intuitively organized in a Microsoft Office-style ribbon interface that groups them into task-based tabs.

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This week in games: Dead Island 2 revival, Kingdom Come: Deliverance DLC and Shenmue on PC

Fri, 2018-07-06 15:38

Every year it's like falling off a cliff. The run-up to E3 is a million stories per day—game announcements, game leaks, game trailers. Then E3 is obviously a billion stories per day as we try to sort through all the madness. And then the week after E3? Tumbleweeds.

Two weeks after E3 looks about the same. But three weeks after E3 is where people actually start working again, so I'm back with a very light dusting of news. Dead Island 2 is still apparently in development, Shenmue gets a PC release date, Kingdom Come: Deliverance delivers DLC, Bethesda talks smack about Sony, and more.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 sales are slumping and that's a problem for all premium Android phones

Fri, 2018-07-06 11:00

When Samsung announces its quarterly results later this month, the numbers will look plenty good to the untrained eye: $13 billion in profit on $51.8 billion revenue. However, analysts will tell you that those figures represent a 0.7-percent decline in sales over the prior year’s quarter. That might not seem like a terrible dip, but when you zero in a little further, it spells trouble for one of Samsung’s most visible products: the Galaxy S9.

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Google's original Pixel and Pixel XL phones are discounted by hundreds of dollars now

Fri, 2018-07-06 10:48

Google's Pixel and Pixel XL phones have been top performers since their debut in 2016. Now their smarts and functionality are available for killer deals.

A 32GB carrier-unlocked Pixel is available on B&H for $330. Google's original Pixel was a very expensive Android phone when it came out, and this discount is a huge savings of $320 off its list price. The Pixel comes equipped with a 5-inch, 1920x1080 Full HD AMOLED display with a retina-style image quality comparable to the best phones around. 

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Newegg's got an EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC Gaming for $180 right now

Fri, 2018-07-06 09:03

Consider this your weekly reminder that we are still in the end throes of the graphics card crisis. That means sometimes the sales drop down to the original MSRP, and sometimes they get closer than before—like today’s deal. Right now, Newegg’s got the EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC Gaming for $180 with code EMCPWPV24.

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Rakuten Kobo Clara HD E-Reader review: Superior to the Kindle Paperwhite, except for one thing

Fri, 2018-07-06 06:31

Rakuten Kobo’s Clara HD e-reader ($130 from Rakuten Kobo) costs $10 less than its main competitor, the ad-free version of the Kindle Paperwhite (reviewed here and available, of course, from Amazon). The casual observer could be forgiven for mistaking one for the other, as they share similar dimensions and the same display size.

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Wyze Cam Pan review: Premium features, budget price

Fri, 2018-07-06 06:00
Wyze Labs' $30 pan-and-tilt camera can hold its own with the big brands.

Razer Blade Stealth (2018) review: Near-perfection has its price

Fri, 2018-07-06 06:00

When I reviewed Razer’s debut Blade Stealth ultrabook two years ago, I thought it would usher in a wave of imitators. Small, sleek, with an all-metal chassis that rivaled Apple’s finest MacBooks, it was one of the best laptops I’d ever used.

And now? Well, not much has changed. I’ve been using the Blade Stealth’s most recent revision for a bit now, and while there are certainly some excellent alternatives, Razer’s machine (available via Amazon) remains near the top of the pack. There’s still room for improvement—particularly the battery life—but it’s an impressive machine.

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Wyze Cam Pan review: Premium features, budget price

Fri, 2018-07-06 06:00
Wyze Labs' $30 pan-and-tilt camera can hold its own with the big brands.

Dash cam reviews: Catch the maniacs and meteors of daily driving

Thu, 2018-07-05 16:07

Dash cams are already essential in many countries because of scam artists who try to create accidents so they can sue you. They’ve also proven useful for catching cars flying into buildings, or the occasional meteor, as happened in Thailand and in Russia a few years ago.

But while auto cons aren’t as common here, recording your excursions is a reasonable precaution to take—especially if you’re driving professionally.

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The Crew 2 review: A bad racing game I can't help falling in love with

Thu, 2018-07-05 11:29

I'm having flashbacks. A little over two years ago now I wrote a review for The Crew, Ubisoft's racing-game-slash-MMO hybrid, a game that touted all of America as its map. And it made good on that promise—I spent a long time just admiring the scenery contained therein.

That's about all I admired though, because it was a pretty damn mediocre racing game.

And here we are again, with The Crew 2. Another game with an identity crisis, of sorts. Another game where the map is the biggest draw—and it's a fantastic draw, let me say that up front. I just wish literally anything else about it were interesting.

Drawing lines on the map

No game captures America the way The Crew 2 does. Or at least, no other game captures this very specific, vehicle-centric America.

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Bear Motion's $19 solar-powered flashlight will also charge your phone in a pinch

Thu, 2018-07-05 10:28

Bear Motion's self-powered radio/flashlight combo is $19 on Amazon today, down from an average price of $24. You can never be too prepared, and an emergency multi-function flashlight can add peace of mind and convenience anywhere, from home to camping and beyond.  

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Amazon's selling the 1TB WD Blue 3D NAND for less than $200 today

Thu, 2018-07-05 09:16

Whenever there's a really good deal on an SSD, you can always count on PCWorld to remind you this is the single best upgrade you can give a PC. 

Today, we've got a great deal on one of our favorite drives: Amazon's selling the 1TB WD Blue 3D NAND SSD for $199. That's $30 off its most recent price, and the all-time historical low for this SSD.

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Amazon's selling the 1TB WD Blue 3D NAND for less than $200 today

Thu, 2018-07-05 09:16

Whenever there's a really good deal on an SSD you can always count on PCWorld to remind you this is the single best upgrade you can give a PC. Today, we've got a great deal on one of our favorite drives: Amazon's got the 1TB WD Blue 3D NAND SSD for $199. That's $30 off its most recent price, and the all-time historical low for this SSD.

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DirecTV Now, Sling TV, and PlayStation Vue price hikes: The cost of more bloated bundles

Thu, 2018-07-05 06:00
DirecTV Now, Sling TV, and PlayStation Vue are raising prices, but don't call it cable all over again.

Review impressions: The definitive Crash Bandicoot experience in 2018 is on the PC, and that's bizarre

Thu, 2018-07-05 05:59

Crash Bandicoot is on PC. I've played it and yet I still can't fully comprehend it, like a color that shouldn't exist, or some sort of uncanny valley android. It's been over 20 years since I first played Crash Bandicoot, and in all that time it's been a tentpole PlayStation series. Hell at one point in the '90s, the titular Bandicoot was the PlayStation's mascot, its answer to Mario.

And now it's on PC. Even weirder? That's the best way to play it, these days.

Crash into me

You can thank/blame the long, slow march of hardware—and for once I'm not talking about graphics cards. That's usually the reason I'd recommend a PC over a console, and Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy certainly looks great. The N Sane Trilogy is one hell of a remake, perhaps the bar by which they should be judged. Gone are the old polygonal graphics, replaced with something that looks like it could've released for the first time in 2018. Pretty astonishing, given the 22 years in between.

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Cacagoo CA03 dash cam review: A great bargain for daytime use

Wed, 2018-07-04 22:22

For an inexpensive dash cam (available on Amazon), the Cacagoo CA03 is impressive. It takes good day video, and sports the looks and out-of-box experience of a much pricier item. That said, the detailing in the dark areas of night video is weak, and there’s no GPS. The latter is hardly surprising given the price, but the former may be a deal-buster if you drive at night a lot. I’m not going to take cheap shots at the name—the product doesn’t warrant it. Just forget that last “o” and think Windy City.

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Safety 1st HD WiFi Baby Monitor review: This camera system alerts you to your child's sounds and movements

Wed, 2018-07-04 06:00
This smart device lets parents check on their little ones from anywhere they have internet access.

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