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I could slide the Acer Predator Helios 700's HyperDrift keyboard all day

Fri, 2019-04-12 05:30

Acer's done it again with the Predator Helios 700. It's added a completely new feature that no one has done before, and that everyone will love because it solves a problem in an elegant and fun way. 

In other words, I could slide the HyperDrift keyboard back and forth all day, just to watch how it exposes two ventilation grilles for extra air intake. I just love me my mechanical doohickeys. Announced at Acer's next@acer event in New York on Thursday, HyperDrift and the Predator Helios 700 that contains it will ship in April with a starting price of $2,700.

Let me obsess a bit more about the keyboard Acer

Sliding the HyperDrift keyboard forward exposes extra air intake fans and also makes it easier to type. 

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Sorry gamers: Acer's ConceptD PCs are powerful, quiet, and cool, but made for creators

Fri, 2019-04-12 03:24

ConceptD could be the gaming PC of your dreams, but it’s not for gamers. ConceptD is Acer’s new brand of PCs made for creative professionals who need gaming-class graphics power, but in quieter, cooler systems, better suited for corporate and studio environments. 

Acer introduced ConceptD on Thursday at the company’s next@acer event in New York. The brand’s genesis came about after Acer discovered that 50 percent of its so-called “hardcore gamer” customers also used professional creative applications on their gaming PCs. Acer further discovered that another 15 percent of its gaming PC customers were using their systems exclusively for professional creative applications—not gaming at all. This last group simply needed the horsepower. What they didn’t need were the heat, noise, and in-your-face aesthetic that come with gaming PCs.

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How to watch the NBA Playoffs without cable

Thu, 2019-04-11 19:00
How to watch all the hardwood heroics without paying for a cable subscription.

Intel's controversial 'auction-only' Core i9-9990XE finally goes on sale, sort of

Thu, 2019-04-11 15:27

If you covet nigh-impossible things to get, then you’ll be happy that Intel’s ultra-powerful and uber-rare Core i9-9990XE processor has finally reached retail.

Well, sort of anyway. As noted by AnandTech’s Anton Shilov, German retailer CaseKing.De has listed the Core i9-9990XE for 2.999,00 Euros or $3,376.08 American. This LGA2066 CPU packs 14 Hyper-Threaded cores based on the Skylake-X microarchitecture, and it can run all those cores at 5GHz turbo frequency. 

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Remnant: From the Ashes and the search for the infinitely replayable shooter

Thu, 2019-04-11 15:00

Gunfire Games must love Dark Souls. First David Adams and Co. cited From Software’s series as an influence on last year’s Darksiders IIINow the studio’s next project, Remnant: From the Ashes, invites the same comparisons. Hell, it even has fog doors you walk through to reach its boss battles.

Every “Dark Souls, but” game needs a good hook though, an ending to that sentence that sets it apart from a legion of other imitators, and Remnant has an ambitious one: It’s meant to be infinitely replayable.

The invisible hand

Okay, it’s also a shooter. I went hands-on with Remnant for about an hour last week, playing through one dungeon and a few boss battles. And yes, the Souls influence—tired as the comparison might be—is undeniable. There’s a bonfire equivalent, and resting at one will recover your health and ammo while resurrecting nearby enemies. Healing items are limited, but also refreshed at these faux-bonfires. Character animations are slow and weighty. You’ll dodge-roll, a lot. You’ll memorize attack patterns.

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Netgear's Orbi mesh Wi-Fi system just got insanely cheaper: 30% price drop

Thu, 2019-04-11 11:01

Wi-Fi dead spots can be pretty frustrating, but mesh systems are here to help, creating blanket Wi-Fi coverage for your home. Of course, getting this kind of coverage can be pretty pricey, but today the Netgear Orbi mesh Wi-Fi system, which includes a router and two satellite extenders, is $210 on Amazon when you check the coupon box. Earlier this week, we noted that it was on sale for $250, down from a list price of $300, but this coupon makes it another $40 cheaper from even that awesome price. So, yeah, we just had to share.

To be perfectly accurate, the Orbi isn’t technically a mesh system. It’s a closely related hub-and-spoke system, but you shouldn’t worry about terminology, because this system just plain works. It can provide Wi-Fi coverage for your entire home (up to 6,000 square feet) by using connected Orbi satellites to extend coverage. Though this set comes with two satellites, you can add more to the system to extend that coverage even further. Each satellite comes with built-in ethernet ports, so you can hardwire in as needed.

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5 Google G Suite changes that will improve your life

Thu, 2019-04-11 10:18

Designing an effective productivity suite is increasingly about connections: between services, between data sources, between employees, and between apps. At Google Next on Wednesday, Google debuted a number of upgrades to its G Suite of business apps, which have competed against Microsoft Office and its ecosystem for years.

According to Google, more than 5 million businesses have signed up for G Suite. (Microsoft has said previously that it has more than 60 million commercial customers for Office 365.) But like Microsoft’s relationship with Slack, Microsoft isn’t necessarily adverse to partnering with potential adversaries. And that means if you’re using Slack, or G Suite, that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to directly interact with a Word document.

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Hushed gets you a secure, second phone line for only $25

Thu, 2019-04-11 10:05

Keeping your phone number private is no easy task. Whether you’re trying to sign up for a subscription or confirm an online purchase, giving out your phone number has become an unfortunate necessity in the modern age.

Hushed lets you keep your phone number entirely private by allowing you to set up a secure second line, and a lifetime subscription is currently available for over 80% off at just $25.

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Taxes are due in 4 days. H&R Block's Tax Software Deluxe + State is only $15 at Newegg

Thu, 2019-04-11 09:34

The annual tax deadline is fast approaching, and while you may not want to do your taxes, retailers sure want you to—judging by the prices on tax software. Just a few days ago we spotted H&R Block’s Tax Software Deluxe & State 2018 for $23 on Amazon, and now it’s even cheaper at Newegg. The online retailer is selling the same software package download for $15Remove non-product link with the checkout code EMCTYUU36. The same code gets you an identical discount on the Mac versionRemove non-product link, too. The checkout code is valid until just before midnight on Saturday, April 13.

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RTX on GTX: Nvidia's latest driver unlocks ray tracing on GeForce GTX graphics cards

Thu, 2019-04-11 09:00

It was promised at GDC last month, and now it’s here. On Thursday, Nvidia released Game Ready drivers that unlock DirectX Raytracing support on the GeForce GTX 1660 and 1660 Ti, and on GTX 10-series graphics cards from the 6GB GTX 1060 on up. You read that correctly: You no longer need a pricey GeForce RTX 20-series graphics card to experience ray tracing in games that support it. Nvidia and its partners also released a trio of new tech demos that allow gamers to see the power of ray tracing for free.

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6 steps to solving your streaming video problems

Thu, 2019-04-11 06:00
Got buffering or other streaming video issues? Here's a step-by-step troubleshooting guide.

Arlo Ultra review: This very expensive security camera delivers super-sharp 4k video

Thu, 2019-04-11 06:00
It stumbled out of the gate, but Arlo's high-end, high-res indoor/outdoor security camera is another winner.

Everything you need to know about Optane right now

Thu, 2019-04-11 06:00

Intel’s Optane technology promises fairly big jumps in performance, but not all Optane products function in the same way, so it behooves you to understand Optane’s various implementations.

There are currently three official iterations of Optane-based products. Although all share the same basic 3DX Point-based media, they have distinctly different purposes, and differing impacts on performance. And one of those products is being used in a fourth iteration that we'd also like to highlight.


Most people will think of an add-in card for Optane.

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VPN Unlimited for Windows 10 review: A useful app with minimal options

Thu, 2019-04-11 03:29
VPN Unlimited for Windows 10 in brief:
  • P2P allowed: Yes
  • Number of servers: 400+
  • Business location: United States and Ukraine
  • Number of country locations: 51
  • Cost: $60 (annual)
  • VPN protocol: IKEv2
  • Data encryption: AES-256
  • Data authentication: SHA-256
  • Handshake: MODP-2048

KeepSolid recently released a Windows Store version of its VPN Unlimited app for Windows 10 machines after overhauling the traditional Windows desktop app, as well as the app for Mac. We haven’t reviewed a Windows Store VPN app yet, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity. 

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Two-factor authentication explained: How to choose the right level of security for every account

Thu, 2019-04-11 02:51

If you aren’t already protecting your most personal accounts with two-factor or two-step authentication, you should be. An extra line of defense that’s tougher than the strongest password, 2FA is extremely important to blocking hacks and attacks on your personal data. If you don’t quite understand what it is, we’ve broken it all down for you.

Two-factor-authentication: What it is

Two-factor authentication is basically a combination of two of the following factors:

  1. Something you know
  2. Something you have
  3. Something you are

Something you know is your password, so 2FA always starts there. Rather than let you into your account once your password is entered, however, two-factor authentication requires a second set of credentials, like when the DMV wants your license and a utility bill. So that’s where factors 2 and 3 come into play. Something you have is your phone or another device, while something you are is your face, irises, or fingerprint. If you can't provide authentication beyond the password alone, you won't be allowed into the service you're trying to log into.

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You can now use your Android phone as a security dongle for two-factor authentication

Wed, 2019-04-10 16:18

Google now has a new way of enabling two-factor authentication: using your phone as the near-equivalent of a physical security key.

You should already be familiar with two-factor authentication: Typically, you’ll secure a web-based application like Gmail by not only inputting a password, but also providing a second means of authentication, such as an SMS code sent to your phone, or a code provided by an authentication app such as those listed in the link above. 

There’s an alternative 2FA method that doesn’t receive as much attention: a physical hardware dongle, like a YubiKey, that authenticates by being physically inserted into your PC. Think of it as a car key: You own it, you have it, so you must be who you say you are. 

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Get acquainted with blockchain technology for just $29

Wed, 2019-04-10 15:34

Many seem confused about blockchain. They fail to understand what it is, what it does, and how it's going to shape the future. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Demystify this emerging technology with the Blockchain Certification Advanced Training Bundle, discounted to just $29.

Blockchain is a digital ledger that's fueling an internet revolution. With it, we’ll one day be able to vote in democratic elections, transfer funds, share confidential information, and more via the web without taking unnecessary security risks.

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You Can Now Get This Award-Winning VPN For Just $1/month

Wed, 2019-04-10 15:31

If you use the internet (which you clearly do), you likely know how important it is to protect your data in an increasingly dangerous cyber environment. But like other essential tasks that tend to be tedious (like filing taxes early and brushing your teeth for the full two minutes), most installing and running a VPN can sound unappealing to many: sure, they encrypt your internet traffic and hide your location — but they can also run frustratingly slowly, delaying the way you’d usually use the internet for entertainment and work.

That’s where Ivacy VPN is different: not only will the speedy service let you browse and stream lag-free, it also offers real-time threat detection technology, removing malware and viruses at the server level. It ensures that all your downloads and devices stay totally secure, so you can stay safe online without being inconvenienced.

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Opera 60 debuts with a free, faster VPN, and Netflix hasn't blocked it yet

Wed, 2019-04-10 15:02

The 2016 addition of a free, unlimited VPN proxy to the Opera browser was one of the best features it had added in years. Unfortunately, the VPN was slightly too slow to be usable, and Netflix quickly blocked it. With Opera 60, the browser’s VPN has sped up—and you’re currently able to view Netflix movies from other regions, too.

If you’re a cryptocurrency user, there’s another interesting feature: Opera 60 (also known as “Reborn 3,” or just R3) includes a cryptocurrency wallet, built on top of the Ethereum Web3 technology. 

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Best smart plugs: These gadgets will turn any electrical outlet into a smart socket

Wed, 2019-04-10 13:59
With models from Lutron, Wemo, Leviton, iDevices, and others, it can be difficult to know which easy and inexpensive device is best for controlling the lamps and small appliances in your smart home. We’ll help you find the right one.