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Best Buy is selling an 8TB external hard drive for $140

Thu, 2017-12-07 14:02

If you missed out on Best Buy's Black Friday deal on the WD Easystore 8TB external hard drive, you're in luck. Today it's one of the big box retailer's daily doorbusters, though its price tag of $140 isn't quite as cheap.

That's still a very good deal, however. While this Easystore drive is part of Western Digital's exclusive line for Best Buy, its equivalents at Amazon and other retailers are currently selling for about $45 more. This discount also undercuts last week's sale price of $150.

This drive comes with USB 3.0, which WD says allows transfer rates of up to 5 gigabits per second. As with other WD drives, it comes with WD Backup (the company's automated backup software) to keep all the files on your PC in more than one place.

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Hands-on: HP's Envy x2 is a Surface clone boasting 20 hours of battery life

Thu, 2017-12-07 08:00

The HP Envy x2 joins a growing cohort of Surface Pro clones, but with one big difference: Inside it is a Snapdragon 835, offering battery life of up to 20 hours. We spent a little time with it at the Qualcomm Technology Forum to see what a new chip would do in an established category.

Externally, HP’s Envy x2 changes another key thing about HP’s line of Windows tablets: it removes the kickstand from the tablet itself and puts it inside the keyboard case. Normally, that’s a risky decision: Samsung’s Galaxy Book is an otherwise excellent Windows tablet, but its keyboard case doesn’t allow the flexibility of a true kickstand.

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The Full Nerd episode 36: The best PC hardware of 2017

Thu, 2017-12-07 06:30

It’s that time of year yet again, and what an amazing year it’s been for computer enthusiasts. In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray name the best PC hardware of 2017.

These aren’t PCWorld’s formal picks—they’re the opinions of the Full Nerd podcast group alone. We didn’t hold staff-wide meetings or create elaborate Excel spreadsheets full of information about every gizmo reviewed in 2017. Instead, each member of the Full Nerd crew walked into the studio armed with their personal lists of the best hardware in each category, ready to cajole and convince the others to their cause. No one leaves until we’ve named every winner. And in the cases where we couldn’t break a deadlock, we turned to the live audience as the tiebreaker.  

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Why Amazon and Google just can't get along

Thu, 2017-12-07 06:00
Amazon Prime Video finally arrives on Apple TV, but don't hold your breath for Chromecast support.

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 will bring speed, security and smarts to high-end phones

Wed, 2017-12-06 18:56

On Wednesday, Qualcomm revealed its first concrete details of the Snapdragon 845, the next-generation mobile chip that stands a good chance of being in your next smartphone. The 845 will ship in early 2018, and appear in phones sometime after that.

Qualcomm calls the Snapdragon 845 a chip to improve both artificial intelligence and immersion, blending the future of smart devices with the past. At its heart lies the Kryo 385, the semi-custom, upgraded CPU. It’s still an eight-core device, with four performance cores running at 2.8GHz and four energy-efficient cores running at 1.8GHz. That represents a 25- to 30-percent improvement over the existing Snapdragon 835 in the performance cores, and a 15-percent improvement in the smaller, energy-efficient cores. 

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Five ways the Snapdragon 845 chip will impact 2018 Android flagship phones

Wed, 2017-12-06 17:29

If you thought this year's Android flagship phones were fast, wait until next year. Qualcomm has unveiled its next-generation chip, the Snapdragon 845, and it's more than just the next number in the evolution: It's a ground-up redesign of the platform's architecture. And it's sure to have a profound affect on next year's crop of premium Android handsets.

While the 835 was mostly focused on performance and speed, the 845 brings a slew of enhancements to how phones will use the processor for AI, photos, and, of course, battery life. We'll probably have to wait until the Galaxy S9 to see it in action—Samsung is once again the manufacturing partner—but once the new chip arrives, it will mean great things for mobile power users. Here are five ways the new chip will impact future Android flagship phones:

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Newegg is offering a $40 discount on a GTX 1080 bundled with Destiny 2

Wed, 2017-12-06 13:19

While prices aren't quite as good as they were during Black Friday, you can still find some decent graphics card deals right now. Case in point: Newegg is selling the EVGA GTX 1080 SC Gaming ACX 3.0 graphics card for $520 after a $20 rebate. This offer also comes with a free copy of Destiny 2.

Not counting the game, that's about $40 cheaper than Amazon's price for this card—provided you file the rebate. Newegg's offer ends at 11:59 PM Pacific on Friday, December 7.

In our graphics card roundup, we liked the GTX 1080 as a solid enthusiast-level graphics card for 1440p gaming, and entry-level 4K if you have a G-Sync monitor. It's also got some sweet overclocking capability thanks to Nvidia's 16nm Pascal GPU.

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Amazon Prime Video finally arrives on Apple TV: Here’s everything you can watch

Wed, 2017-12-06 10:02
At long last, Amazon Prime Video has arrived on Apple TV.

Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris is a decent expansion but no game-changer (yet)

Wed, 2017-12-06 09:54

It’s been barely a month since Destiny 2 released on PC, but it’s been almost three since the console versions hit. Thanks to that awkward bit of timing, the first expansion is already here: Curse of Osiris released yesterday, bringing with it a new mini-campaign, a new planet to explore (Mercury), a new level cap, and a whole host of quality-of-life tweaks.

Fresh off our review of Destiny 2’s base game, I dove back in with my Titan to check out the expansion content. I haven’t completed the new raid subsection yet nor spent much time in the player-versus-player Crucible modes, but I’ve finished up the campaign (such as there is) and spent some time tooling around the sun’s closest neighbor.

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Dolby Vision vs HDR10: Which is best?

Wed, 2017-12-06 08:45
Round 2 of our HDR video comparison sees Dolby Vision come out way on top.

6 secret Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL power tips

Wed, 2017-12-06 06:30

With the Pixel phones, Google aims to make a compelling smartphone experience, even if that means making some changes to Android. That's why the version of Android 8.0 Oreo that ships on the Pixel 2 and 2 XL isn't quite what you'll find on other stock Android devices. Some of the coolest bonus features are hiding beneath the surface of Google's latest phones, but we'll tell you our favorites here. 

Wallpaper-based themes

Changing your wallpaper is something you probably do on a regular basis. Usually, that just gets you a new wallpaper as expected, but there's a neat extra on the Pixel 2. The theming of the home screen and some system elements changes based on the color of your wallpaper.

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Hands-on: Asus NovaGo's Snapdragon-based Windows PC manages expectations

Wed, 2017-12-06 06:00

The Asus NovaGo is a Windows laptop with something completely new: the Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC Platform, Qualcomm’s bid to use its smartphone chip to grab some Windows PC share in a category long dominated by Intel.

Spending a little time with the machine on Tuesday was an exercise in testing—and managing—expectations. Qualcomm executives have admitted that the Snapdragon platform will be a bit slower to launch apps, a bit slower to boot, a bit slower here and there. Our early impressions show the kind of performance that Qualcomm hopes will be "good-enough" for mainstream users with modest demands. 

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BrandPost: The Secret to a Perfect Elevator Pitch

Tue, 2017-12-05 14:38

Philip B. Crosby invented the concept of the 'elevator pitch' in the 80's, and it quickly became popular in the business world​​. Today it is commonly used as a strategic tool for initial meetings. It has become so popular in fact that business schools, such as Harvard, include how-to information in their course curriculum and on their website to help people create and evaluate elevator pitches.

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June 6, 2017

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Qualcomm invades Intel's turf with Snapdragon PCs that push battery life over performance

Tue, 2017-12-05 13:56

Qualcomm is invading Intel’s turf, announcing Windows PCs that use the same Snapdragon chips as your phone and can last well into a second day of use. 

On Tuesday at its Snapdragon Technology Forum, Qualcomm showed off its Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC Platform on a HP Envy x2 tablet and an Asus NovaGo ultrabook. Both run on the company’s Snapdragon 835—yes, the same processor (and cellular modem) inside popular phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

Qualcomm uses its success with smartphones to justify its foray into PCs. You demand all-day performance from your phone, while it’s constantly connected to the Internet. Why shouldn’t your PC deliver the same?

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BrandPost: Meditation: Helpful in Many Ways

Tue, 2017-12-05 13:19

Meditation is associated with mindfulness and the spiritual side of eastern religions. But the truth is that for a while now, it’s been growing in popularity throughout the world as a way of relaxing. Meditation is becoming a potential tool to fight against some of the bigger problems of modern society, like depression and stress.

The first historical data about this topic is from over 3,000 years ago. But it wasn’t until 100 years ago when scientists started to study the benefits of meditation on the human body and specifically, the changes it makes in the brain of the person who practices it.

Since the beginning of these more recent investigations, scientists have discovered several benefits from the practice of mindful meditation, like the reduction of physical pain. As first realized by the research of Dr. Fadel Zeidan, a neurobiologist and anatomy professor at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and which was published in the Journal Neuroscience, people who practice meditation endure physical pain better than those who do not. This is important because it can be a good option for those patients who suffer from chronic pain.

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BrandPost: Digital Transformation: Steps to an Effective Strategy

Tue, 2017-12-05 12:50

Digital transformation (DT) is defined as the modification of business activities, procedures, capabilities and models to take advantage of the changes and opportunities presented by new digital technologies, as well as the impact they have on society, while always thinking about current and future trends. Why is this so important to businesses everywhere? Because DT is fundamentally changing the way we live, work and buy.

The first step to a complete transformation is to develop a clear strategy. According to The Digital Business Transformation Playbook For 2017only 27% of today’s businesses have a coherent digital strategy that sets out how the firm will create customer value as a digital business.

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AMD quietly made some Radeon RX 560 graphics cards worse

Tue, 2017-12-05 10:55

Buying a budget graphics card just got trickier. AMD and its partners quietly began selling Radeon RX 560 cards with fewer compute units and stream processors than originally advertised, without changing the name or otherwise identifying the lesser-powered model in any way. But here’s the kicker: The Radeon RX 560s you can find in stores are a mix of the full-fat version and the cut-down version.

Ick.

When the Radeon RX 560 launched in April it was the only RX 500-series card with a meaningful under-the-hood tech boost compared to the RX 400-series. The graphics processor in the older RX 460 cards packed 14 compute units and 896 stream processors; the upgraded Radeon RX 560 bumped that to 16 CUs and 1,024 SPs. Now, some—but not all—of the Radeon RX 560s you’ll find online have specs that match the older 460 cards, and sometimes run at lower clock speeds to boot.

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The Honor 7X is the $199 successor to one of the best budget smartphones

Tue, 2017-12-05 10:00

The Honor 6X was one of 2017’s best budget handsets, and now the Huawei subsidiary is looking to build on that success with the Honor 7X. The U.S.-bound budget handset has a bigger screen, a better camera, and best of all, a lower price: just $199. Honor also took the wraps off a new flagship phone, the 6-inch Honor V10.

The U.S. version of the Honor 7X mimics the China release that launched a few short weeks ago, with a slim-bezel design and an impressive set of specs:

  • Display: 5.93-inch LCD, 18:9, 2160p x 1080p FHD+, 407ppi
  • Dimensions: 156.5mm x 75.3mm x 7.6mm
  • Weight: 165g
  • OS: Huawei EMUI 5.1 (Nougat 7.1)
  • Chip: Kirin 659, Octa-Core
  • Battery: 3,340mAh
  • RAM: 3GB/4GB
  • Storage: 32GB/64GB
  • Camera: 16MP + 2MP, wide aperture range, phase detection auto focus
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The Honor 7X has a dual camera setup just like last year.

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Best USB car chargers for your phone

Tue, 2017-12-05 06:30

There are plenty of options for keeping your phone or tablet charged while on the go. We’ve already taken a look at portable USB battery packs, as well as the USB-C variety. Now were ready to take a look at car chargers.

These small devices don’t differ from each other all that much. Some have an indicator light, others have illuminated ports. Some feature Quick Charge for devices that support it, others don’t. One attribute they all share, however, is two USB ports—ie, the days of the single-port car charger are long over. 

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Amazon Echo Plus review: Not plus enough

Tue, 2017-12-05 06:00
Amazon’s mid-range smart speaker comes up just a little short.

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