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Get 200+ hours of CompTIA certification training for only $69

Fri, 2019-06-14 10:05

A myriad of jobs will be eliminated in the coming years. Will automation threaten yours? Ensure your livelihood — and save thousands at the same time — by prepping to become a credentialed IT professional with The Complete 2019 CompTIA Certification Training Bundle.

This package is perfect for anyone who wants to train for a new career but can’t afford to go back to college. It includes twelve courses that’ll prepare students for a future-friendly career as an IT pro. They’ll learn key skills in computer maintenance, network configuration, security, and more. And they’ll receive instruction to prepare them to ace industry-respected certification exams from CompTIA, too, so that they can easily prove their knowledge.

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The blazing-fast 500GB Samsung 970 Evo SSD is 33% off at Amazon

Fri, 2019-06-14 09:43

If you have an empty M.2 NVMe slot in your desktop or laptop, now’s the time to put it to good use with an ultra-fast SSD. Amazon is selling the 500GB Samsung 970 Evo for $100. This is the all-time low on Amazon for this drive, and about $50 cheaper than it was just a few days ago (and for most of May and early June).

You won’t find the Samsung 970 Evo in our round-up of the best SSDs of 2019, because it’s overshadowed by its siblings, the Evo Plus and 970 Pro.

Nevertheless, when  we reviewed the Samsung 970 Evo in April 2018, we loved it as a fast yet affordable drive that delivers much better bang for your buck than the 970 Pro. The 500GB 970 Evo does tend to run out of cache during especially large write jobs, which means performance slows noticeably–by about half during our tests.

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Move data from your PC to iOS with iMazing 2, now only $20

Fri, 2019-06-14 09:05

iOS users know the anguish associated with upgrading to a new device, largely due to the massive hassle that is moving data between devices. Thankfully, there's iMazing 2, the innovative tool that lets you freely move data between devices without having to jailbreak them, and it's on sale for only $20.

iMazing 2 provides an easy method of transferring data between iOS devices without involving iCloud or iTunes. And you won’t need to jailbreak your devices either. Just install this desktop app on either your compatible Windows or Mac computer, connect your iOS devices either wirelessly or by USB, and swap files as needed. It really couldn’t be any simpler.

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Intel's NUC Compute Elements hopes to make laptops modular

Fri, 2019-06-14 08:00

Stop us if you've heard this one before: Imagine buying an ultrabook laptop or all-in-one PC that could be one day be easily have its guts swapped out for a faster CPU, faster RAM and faster SSD.

If that sounds faintly like Intel's failed Compute Card imitative from 2017, it is kinda. But when we talked to Intel officials recently at Computex in Taipei, they claimed to have thought about what made Compute Card fizzle and addressed it.

While the previous version was limited to 5-watt Y-class CPUs, the new NUC Compute Elements can run 15-watt U-class chips. Part of that is helped by the design of the NUC Compute Elements, which uses the backside as a giant heat sink. Inside you'll get an 8th-gen U-class CPU, SSD, RAM and wireless modules.

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The 10 best PC games of E3 2019

Fri, 2019-06-14 06:30

E3 2019 is over, and what did we learn? Well, March and April of 2020 are going to be an absolute embarrassment of riches. Four of our favorite games from this show are due to release during that two-month timespan, including heavy hitters like Dying Light 2 and Cyberpunk 2077.

Indeed, our favorite games of E3 2019 are more predictable than usual I think. Whether it’s because these games stood that far above the rest this year or because there’s less to choose from, the end result is the same. Comparing beforehand, my stalwart editor Brad Chacos and I had pretty much the exact same list.

It’s that kind of year though, and I’m not going to complain about 10 games so incredible-looking they eclipse all others. That’s at least 10 games I’m looking forward to playing in the next year or two. If you’re looking for a wider look at the show’s biggest reveals, be sure to check out our roundup of the 41 must-see PC game trailers of E3 2019. These games were the best of the best though. Without further ado…

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Alienware m15 review: The power of OLED compels you

Fri, 2019-06-14 06:30

The Alienware m15 midrange gaming laptop we’re reviewing here is in a bit of a weird spot at the moment, caught mid-refresh. In October of 2018 the Alienware m15 debuted—at long last, a slimmed-down version of its longtime Alienware 15 laptop. But only a few months later that version is seemingly on its way out, with the announcement at Computex that the product line will soon be updated with the “Legend” design language first seen on the flagship Alienware Area-51m.

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Best smart speakers: Which deliver the best combination of digital assistant and audio performance?

Fri, 2019-06-14 06:00
With models based on Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and others to come, we’ll help you find just the right model for you.

Lenovo Smart Clock review: Great form compensates for a lack of function

Fri, 2019-06-14 06:00
The Lenovo Smart Clock is the smallest Google Assistant-powered smart display, both in size and stature, but it nails its core mission.

PCWorld's June Digital Magazine: This is the first foldable tablet

Thu, 2019-06-13 16:47

Stay on top of the latest tech with PCWorld’s Digital Magazine. Available as single copies or as a monthly subscription, it highlights the best content from—the most important news, the key product reviews, and the most useful features and how-to stories—in a curated Digital Magazine for Android and iOS, as well for the desktop and other tablet readers.

In the June issue

On the cover of the June issue is Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 foldable prototype. Find out why it may have killed the laptop for one editor. In the features section, find out how Windows and Chrome quietly made 2019 the year of Linux on the desktop. Plus, we lay out the best free PC games currently on the market.

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Ghost Recon Breakpoint's rogue operative oozes mesmerizing Apocalypse Now-style madness

Thu, 2019-06-13 16:32

Jon Bernthal might save Ghost Recon Breakpoint as former-Ghost, now-antagonist Cole D. Walker. "Might," because all I played was a 45-minute demo, and he only appeared in a single scene. Who knows how often he shows up, or how his story plays out?

But what I can say is that in two or three minutes, Bernthal put on a better show than the entirety of Ghost Recon Wildlands. He's got that Heart of Darkness, that Apocalypse Now madness down. You can hear it in his voice, as the Walker regales his comrade with stories about adventures in Mexico, breaking every once in a while to relay commands. It's mesmerizing, his monologuing. We shot a lot of weapons and killed a lot of enemies in my Breakpoint demo, but the part I truly enjoyed was simply sitting back and watching that scene play out.

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What's inside the Atari VCS: Faux wood paneling, AMD's Ryzen, and the soul of a Steam Machine

Thu, 2019-06-13 15:00

Surprise! The Atari VCS still exists. The last time we saw it was GDC 2018, at which time I asked “What the hell is this?” and Atari provided very few answers. As I now know, that’s because the entire project was in flux, a pivot point where one partner left the project and another came on.

Now, more than a year after Atari started raising money, the Atari VCS is a mostly functional product. But will anyone buy it? And really, what the hell is it? We met with Atari behind closed doors at E3 2019 to find out.

Full steam ahead

“Steam Machines are actually a pretty good comparison,” says Atari’s Rob Wyatt when I bring them up. “Everyone always compares us to retro boxes, which we’re not. Or they pick PlayStation, which we’re not.”

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Intel hires ex-AMD fellow, Xbox chip designer John Sell to oversee chip security

Thu, 2019-06-13 14:49

Intel has hired another big name: John Sell, the ex-AMD fellow and Apple architect who designed the Scorpio and Scarlett SOCs for Microsoft's Xbox One, as a fellow overseeing chip security for Intel.

John Sell / LinkedIn

According to Sell's LinkedIn profile, Sell left Microsoft to join Intel in May. Sell lists his official title as an Intel fellow, responsible for "Security for Intel Architecture, Graphics, and Software." An Intel spokeswoman confirmed Sell's hire. Sell will report to ex-AMD graphics guru Raja Koduri, senior vice president of the Core and Visual Computing Group at Intel, "focusing on architecture and security innovation," she said.

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Watch The Full Nerd talk about AMD and Nvidia news live!

Thu, 2019-06-13 13:12

Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. Today's show dives deep into AMD's announcements around Ryzen 9 3950X and Navi, aka Radeon RX 5700XT. And oh yeah, there are some juicy rumors about what Nvidia Super means. As always we will be answering your live questions so speak up in the chat.

If YouTube is not your thing you can also watch us on Twitch, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Amazon is running a monster sale on PNY storage devices at all-time-low prices

Thu, 2019-06-13 11:54

Beefing up your storage options can make your life a whole lot easier, and today, an Amazon sale on a solid lineup of PNY storage products can help you add some space at crazy-low prices. You'll find discounts from flash drives to SSDs, so whatever your storage needs, you should be able to find one that works for you.

First up is a five-pack of 32GB Attache USB 2.0 flash drives is $22Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $30. With a sliding collar design, these flash drives are ultra portable and are compatible with most PC and Mac computers. Also marked down is a 128GB Elite-X Fit USB 3.0 flash drive for just $17.49Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $29.75 and an all-time low. This tiny flash drive features read speeds up to 200MB/s and is also compatible with a wide range of devices, and with five of them you'll never have to search to hard to find one.

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Five burning Pixel 4 questions following Google's official 'leak'

Thu, 2019-06-13 10:57

Google might have pulled the greatest trick with the Pixel 4. On Wednesday afternoon, the Made by Google Twitter account confirmed a leak that was just starting to make the rounds: the Pixel 4 will finally have a second camera on the back, along with a new design that looks an awful lot like the presumed iPhone 11. And in doing so, it made the Pixel 4 a whole lot more interesting.

That's because there’s a lot more to be excited about than a square camera bump and a new sensor. Google may have squashed a few months of rumors and leaks with the first Pixel 4 image, but it also completely changed my expectations for the upcoming handset. By revealing what should be one of the phone’s biggest features months ahead of the game, Google actually created more hype of the phone.

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Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is more than just another remaster

Thu, 2019-06-13 09:47

I've been confused about Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition. Sure, it's one of my favorite real-time strategy games, but we got a remaster just six years ago, Age of Empires II: HD Edition—and three brand-new expansions since. It made sense for Microsoft to re-release the original Age of Empires last year, as it hadn't ever been modernized. But Age of Empires II? Again?

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition is much more than a remaster though—which may or may not prove controversial. The HD Edition was for purists. It played better on modern machines, with widescreen support and improved sprites, but otherwise it was pretty much the same game as the original, with all its rough edges.

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How to get Windows 10 cheap (or even for free)

Thu, 2019-06-13 06:30

Windows 10 licenses are expensive—almost painfully so. Shelling out $139 for Windows 10 Home or $200 for Windows 10 Pro feels rough when Linux is free and Windows 7 still hasn’t been completely put down. That amount of cash can easily be a third of a budget PC build.

But with less developer support for Linux and the end-of-life deadline rapidly approaching for Windows 7, Windows 10 is an inescapable necessity for most of us. What’s not a given is paying full retail.

Cheap Windows 10: Fast summary

The list below outlines our suggested methods, with links to the explanations of each.

Yes, it’s possible to snag a discount on Windows 10. The amount you’ll save depends on how much hassle you can tolerate—as well as your circumstances. If you’re lucky, you could technically get Windows 10 for free. (Legitimately for free, because installing Windows 10 without ever activating it doesn’t quite count as getting a full, sanctioned copy of Windows.)

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Do you need an antenna to cut the cord?

Thu, 2019-06-13 06:00
If you're cutting the cord to save money, this guide will help cord-cutters decide if they can save even more by not buying a TV antenna for local channels.

PCIe 4.0: Everything you need to know, from specs to compatibility to caveats

Thu, 2019-06-13 05:57

Come July, AMD gets to hoist the trophy in the race to the next-generation PCIe 4.0 interface for desktop PCs. By combining its upcoming Ryzen 3000 CPUs, Radeon RX 5700 graphics, X570 chipset, and a new spate of PCIe 4.0 SSDs, consumers will be able to build or buy the first PCIe 4.0-based PC.

PCIe 4.0 sounds exciting—it’s the first big change to the interface since 2010. But as always, the questions of who can get it (and who can’t), and who really needs it, are more nuanced than you’d think. Keep reading to get the all the details. 

What is PCIe 4.0?

PCIe 4.0 is the next iteration of the PCIe interface. It’s used for connecting add-in cards and M.2 drives, as well as interconnecting various chips inside a PC. Compared to its predecessor PCIe 3.0, PCIe 4.0 essentially doubles the overall throughput. The chart below from PCI-SIG lays it all out nicely: 

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Best cheap laptops: We rate the best-sellers on Amazon and Best Buy

Thu, 2019-06-13 03:52

When you’re looking for a good, cheap laptop, knowledge is power. Every budget machine (which we’re defining as Windows laptops costing $500 or less) is the product of compromise—corners carefully cut here and there to hit a price point.

Your job is to find the one that checks off the most boxes for your needs. We’ll show you what to look for by highlighting which budget laptops among the best-sellers currently listed at Amazon and Best Buy are worth buying. We haven’t necessarily tested these specific machines (we’ll let you know if we have), but we’ve seen enough similar ones to have a good idea of the pros and cons. We’re also focusing on 14-inch and larger laptops, because part of the great deal should be getting a decent-sized display.

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