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Back up all the things with this massive 10TB WB external drive for $200, a $100 discount

Tue, 2018-12-04 09:48

If you missed the awesome storage deals during Black Friday, today’s deal comes close to those crazy low prices. Amazon is selling the WD 10TB Elements external desktop hard drive for $200. Yes, you read that right—10 terabytes. This deal doesn't quite match the drive's $180 low around Cyber Monday, but it’s still far below this drive’s usual $280 to $300 sticker price.

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Quora data breach FAQ: What 100 million hacked users need to know

Tue, 2018-12-04 09:29

Another week, another massive hack. Last week it was Marriott Starwood hotels; this week, it’s question-and-answer website Quora’s turn. Late Monday night, Quora revealed that “a malicious third party” gained access to its systems and swiped the account data of approximately 100 million users. That includes personally identifiable information, like your name and email address, as well as details about the actions you’ve taken on Quora itself, and data from other sites you’ve linked to your Quora account.

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Android Confidential: The Pixel Slate doesn't cut it as a high-end Android tablet

Tue, 2018-12-04 09:23

While I already reviewed the Pixel Slate at considerable length as a Chromebook, I also wanted to take a look at it as an Android device. Since Chrome OS can run Android apps now, the Pixel Slate should be a contender for Android tablet of the year.

OK, maybe that’s not saying much, but with a 2,000x3,000 screen, Core Intel processor, and up to 8GB of RAM, the Pixel Slate is a fantastic piece of hardware that any Android fan would love. But how does it perform as a tablet? The answer: just OK. Apps are buggy, performance is lackluster, and the tablet-PC hybrid interface just doesn’t work.

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DNA testing for ancestry is more detailed for white people. Here’s why, and how it's changing

Tue, 2018-12-04 06:04

As DNA tests for ancestry explode in popularity, a fundamental problem remains: The tests deliver more detailed results for people of European descent, as evidenced by the ethnicities and data that major DNA testing companies represent. While this bias should, theoretically, abate as more people take the test and add their DNA data to the mix, the companies have some work to do before their kits can work reasonably well on a worldwide population. 

In 2017, more people took DNA tests than in all the previous years combined, according to the MIT Technology Review, and that number keeps climbing. According to the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG), more than 18 million people have tested their DNA to learn about their ethnic identity or to find relatives. DNA testing companies like AncestryDNA and 23andMe have become household names as a result, while new tests claiming more specialized results crop up every few years.

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Sony A9F Master Series 4K UHD OLED TV review: A top-notch TV with the best sound in the business

Tue, 2018-12-04 06:00
Sony's XBR65A9 65-inch 4K UHD OLED TV offers great color, excellent blacks, and wonderful HDR. It also offers the best sound in a flat-panel TV, bar none. The only problem is that there's a significantly cheaper, but highly worthy competitor in the LG's E8 series.

Loft Portable Battery Base review: Take your Google Home anywhere with this easy-to-use accessory

Tue, 2018-12-04 06:00
Transform your Google Home into a mobile Bluetooth speaker with this clever battery accessory.

Best Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ cases: Top picks in every style

Mon, 2018-12-03 19:35

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ might look a lot like the models they replace, but they're not exactly the same. Put them side by side and you'll see just enough of a difference in size and shape that old S8 cases won't fit. So that means you need a new one. Here are our favorites so far:

Update (12/3/18): Added a new Best Battery Cases section, featuring the Mophie Juice Pack and the ZeroLemon Galaxy S9 Battery Case 4700mAh.

Best shell cases for Galaxy S9 and S9+

Even if you're just looking for a simple case that adds a little protection and grippability to your Galaxy S9, you'll still want something with style. These case offer simple, sturdy protection for your S9 but still bring some flair.

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Do we need another stripped-down version of Windows? Microsoft apparently thinks so

Mon, 2018-12-03 16:44

Both the people who make PCs and the people who use them have repeatedly shown that they prefer a full-featured version of Windows. Nevertheless, Microsoft appears to be developing a stripped-down Windows for those who have never experienced the real thing.

According to Petri, Microsoft is developing an OS that’s currently called “Lite” (not Windows Lite, just Lite). And it might not actually be Windows. The target? America’s youth, whose introduction to computing in increasingly in the guise of Google’s Chromebooks. Similarly, Lite would be limited to running Progressive Web Apps and apps released in the Microsoft Store.

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Valve's Steam Link app for Raspberry Pi lets you build your own PC game-streaming box

Mon, 2018-12-03 16:32

The Steam Link is dead, and that sucks, but now we have the technology to resuscitate it. On Monday, Valve’s Sam Lantinga announced that the Steam Link app is now available in beta form on the Raspberry Pi 3 and Raspberry Pi 3 B+.

To install the app, make sure you’re running the “Stretch” version of the Pi’s Raspbian operating system—it’s been the default since August 2017—and input the following from a command line. (Protip: cut and paste it instead of manually typing it in.)

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Battlefield V is about to get a huge ray tracing performance boost, Nvidia says

Mon, 2018-12-03 12:22

Three weeks back, EA officially turned RTX on in Battlefield V, becoming the first game to support the radical real-time ray tracing capabilities of Nvidia’s  GeForce RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti graphics cards. Real-time ray tracing has long been considered the Holy Grail of gaming graphics. The fact that it’s running at all in modern games is very technically impressive and required the addition of dedicated hardware in Nvidia’s graphics cards.

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Power up two devices at once with Samsung's Wireless Charger Duo for an all-time low of $50

Mon, 2018-12-03 12:16

Even with wireless charging, keeping all of your devices powered up can still clutter your desk. Samsung's solution is the Wireless Charger Duo, a fast-charging pad that conveniently lets you charge two devices at once, but at $120, it's not cheap. Today, however, you can pick one up in black for $50Remove non-product link, the lowest price we've seen by far.

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5 reasons to not get excited about the Samsung-Verizon 5G phone announcement yet

Mon, 2018-12-03 11:56

We already knew that 2019 was going to be the year that the first 5G phones became available for purchase, but even before the calendar turns, the ball is already starting to roll. Samsung and Verizon announced Monday that they will be partnering to deliver a 5G phone in the first half of 2019, bringing Wi-Fi speeds to mobile networks.

At least in theory. While the first phones able to stamp 5G on their boxes will have bragging rights for sure, the benefit to consumers won’t be so great, especially for the first round of handsets. While 5G is most certainly the future and someone has to be first, you might not want to rush out to buy whatever 5G Samsung phone releases next year. Here are five reasons to wait:

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Just Cause 4 review impressions: A buggy and boring overhaul

Mon, 2018-12-03 10:54

Being in a creative rut is bad, but getting out of one isn’t always better. The proof? Just Cause 4 ($60 on Humble), a game that could’ve been a mindless retread of old ideas but instead opts to do something different, with middling results. Everyone’s favorite explosion simulator has been overhauled from head to toe, but the changes here often make for a tedious, meandering experience even when the game’s at its most exciting.

I’m not finished with Just Cause 4 yet. I'm only maybe 10 hours into it. I plan to keep playing, but it’s worth mentioning that the reason I’ve only made it 10 hours in so far is because I just don’t enjoy playing it. Well, that and an enormous helping of bugs.

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The 3 best deals in Amazon's huge one-day PC gaming hardware sale

Mon, 2018-12-03 09:44

Amazon’s at it again with a huge one-day sale on gaming PCs and accessoriesRemove non-product link, including price drops on external storage, headsets, mice, keyboards, routers, and a smattering of laptops and graphics cards. We’ve taken a look at the list and compiled our top three picks from the blowout. 

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Meet T-Rex: Nvidia's Titan RTX is the new graphics card mega-monster

Mon, 2018-12-03 08:00

When the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti launched with a sky-high $1,000 theoretical price tag and $1,200-plus actual price tag, some people speculated that it simply took the place of the Titan at the top of Nvidia’s graphics card lineup. Nope. On Monday, Nvidia revealed the Titan RTX, a $2,499 behemoth that the company also calls “T-Rex.”

It’s certainly monstrous enough. Like its Titan V predecessor, the Titan RTX returns to the Titan’s roots as a prosumer card, with a focus on AI, data science, and content creation tasks. Nvidia’s flagship TU102 GPU packs 72 dedicated RT cores for real-time ray tracing and 576 tensor cores so beloved by machine learning tasks. That’s identical to the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti’s loadout.

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Best DNA testing kits: Discover the secrets stored in your genes

Mon, 2018-12-03 06:30

We all want to know more about who we are. Who were the people who came before us? Where did they come from? Are there relatives out there we don’t know about?

DNA testing services promise to help answer these questions. Today, multiple at-home ancestry DNA kits can find long-lost relatives, estimate your ethnic ancestry, or show where your ancestors came from tens of thousands of years ago.

These tests are popular—according to the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG), the number of people who bought at-home DNA kits now exceeds 18 million—and it’s easy to see why. All you have to do is swab your cheek or spit in a vial, seal your sample in a bag, and send it off to the lab. In a matter of weeks, you’ll be given a percentage breakdown of the regions your genes hail from.

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Living DNA Review: This DNA test kit offers surprising detail

Mon, 2018-12-03 06:30

The newest player in at-home DNA testing, Living DNA claims to be the “world’s most advanced DNA test.” Not only does the company provide a report on your ethnic ancestry, but it also offers information on your maternal and paternal ancient ancestors.

Living DNA calls itself a three-in-one DNA test, as it inspects there parts of your DNA: your autosomes, yDNA from your father, and mtDNA from your mother. However, be aware that only males inherit yDNA from their fathers, so women will only get results based on autosomes and mtDNA.

The yDNA from your father and mtDNA from your mother allow you to explore what Living DNA calls “direct ancestry.” By matching your yDNa and mtDNA with genetic variations found over time in ancient people, Living DNA can determine which haplogroups you belong to. (A haplogroup is a set of people who share genes with an ancient common ancestor, through either the fatherline or motherline.)

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MyHeritage DNA review: The international alternative to AncestryDNA

Mon, 2018-12-03 06:30

MyHeritage’s DNA testing service may be similar to that of its older rival, AncestryDNA, but it differs in one important way: MyHeritage DNA has more users outside the US. For Americans looking to connect with long-lost relatives across the Atlantic, that makes it a compelling option.

Still, choosing MyHeritage DNA over another service won’t be a cut-and-dry decision. As one of the newer companies doing DNA analysis, MyHeritage DNA has tested nowhere near the same amount of people as its established rivals, and its database reflects that. Right now, MyHeritage DNA has data for more than 2 million people, while AncestryDNA’s records contain more than 10 million.

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GPS Origins review: Untrustworthy DNA test results make its rivals look all the more appealing

Mon, 2018-12-03 06:30

For those interested in the more distant eras of their family’s history, GPS Origins’ DNA test kit might sound especially appealing. Not only does the company’s reports show your ancestors migration patterns and how that movement led to your more recent relatives’ origins, but they also go so far as to pinpoint precise geographic coordinates associated with your genes.

There’s just one big problem with GPS Origins’ approach: Genetics experts have major concerns about the accuracy of the test.

According to genetic genealogist Debbie Kennett, the test is based on questionable and science that claims to pinpoint the village someone’s DNA hailed from. That may sound amazing, but some people have been told they come from a village in the middle of the ocean. (You can read her full critique here.)

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Philips Hue Calla outdoor pathway light review: A sophisticated outdoor lighting system

Mon, 2018-12-03 06:00
Philips takes its Hue smart lighting outdoors with this elegant and well-built pathway light.