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Report: Google's Gmail will soon include a time-limited Confidential Mode, UI redesign

Fri, 2018-04-13 14:02

As part of a Gmail redesign expected soon, Google is adding a new Confidential Mode as well as a sidebar that will display the calendar next to email messages, according to a report.

It isn’t clear when the new Gmail will be available, though The Verge reports that it incorporates several features that are already a part of its mobile app, including the “quick reply” feature that allows you to select from a few canned response, as well as the ability to snooze emails. More dramatic changes include the ability to add a sidebar to explore your calendar or notes taken in Google Keep. 

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This week in games: PUBG ransomware, Splinter Cell infiltrates Ghost Recon, SteamSpy ends

Fri, 2018-04-13 12:01

Lots of games-adjacent stuff happening this week. First, the sad news: SteamSpy is shutting down, or at least a shutdown is imminent if nothing else changes on Valve’s end. The second, still sad news: There’s new ransomware in town, and the only way to decrypt your stolen files? Play an hour of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds

Those stories, plus Warcraft III goes widescreen, CCP swears Project Nova lives, trailers for Worlds Adrift and Vampyr, and Sam Fisher’s triumphant return to...Ghost Recon?

This is gaming news for April 9 to 13.

Ol’ Ironsides

Five years? It’s been five years since the last Splinter Cell? Hard for me to believe. It looks like Ubisoft might be ramping up for Sam Fisher’s triumphant return though—or at least, it looks like he’s not entirely forgotten. Proof? He’s in Ghost Recon: Wildlands, of all things. There’s a new “Special Operation” featuring Sam and his night vision goggles. And even better, they brought back Michael Ironside as the voice actor.

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Logitech Z323 review: This 2.1 speaker system's boomy bass overwhelms room-filling sound

Fri, 2018-04-13 11:00

The Logitech Z323 ($70 on Amazon) is one of a handful of 2.1 computer speaker systems Logitech offers. With 60 watts of peak power, it employs a dual-driver speaker design along with a strong bass output to deliver “room-filling” sound.

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Charge up to 5 devices at once for $17 with this charger deal

Fri, 2018-04-13 10:16

Keeping your devices charged up and ready to use is an essential part of tech ownership, but if you have multiple devices (or multiple people) trying to use the same outlet, charging can get... complicated. That’s why multi-port USB chargers are so great —even with a single outlet, you can keep all your mobile devices at peak battery. Today, you can get Sabrent’s Quick Charge 5-port USB charger for its low price of $17, which is more than 25 percent off its average price on Amazon.

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Augment your hard drive with a speedy 120GB SSD for just $44 today

Fri, 2018-04-13 09:34

The best upgrade you can give an aging PC is a solid-state drive, full stop. Going from a traditional hard to an SSD can make your computer feel like new again, but fully swapping out your spacious for a speedy SSD can get expensive. Today, Amazon has a good middle ground alternative to going all out with a dedicated SSD.

A 120GB SanDisk SSD Plus is just $44 at the online retailer today. That’s the lowest price yet for this $65 SSD, though it's been hovering between $50 and $55 for a while. Still, $44 for an entry-level SSD is a stellar price, especially for one from a big-name storage brand.

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AMD's 2nd-gen Ryzen CPUs are faster, cheaper, and all come with Wraith coolers

Fri, 2018-04-13 09:00

After months of leaks that would make the Titanic blush, AMD on Friday formally confirmed four new second-generation Ryzen CPUs due to launch on April 19. The Ryzen 7 2700X, Ryzen 7 2700, Ryzen 5 2600X, and Ryzen 5 1600 will each be faster and cheaper than their trail-blazing predecessors.

All four chips run at slightly higher clock speeds than the versions they replace, and in a significant change from last year, AMD will bundle various Wraith coolers with the “X” versions of the chips. AMD’s first-gen Ryzen “X” processors didn’t include coolers in the box because AMD believed customers who splurged on high-end “X” CPUs would prefer to bring their own cooling.

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How to stream PC games on Twitch

Fri, 2018-04-13 08:17

Not so long ago there was pretty much one way to interact with a video game: You sat down and played it. Maybe you watched an older friend or sibling play while pointing out all their mistakes, but gaming was never what you’d call a “spectator sport.”

That’s changed in recent years thanks to YouTube gaming celebrities, the booming popularity of professional e-sports, and most importantly, the online game-streaming service Twitch. Firing up a stream and watching someone else play a thousand miles away is now a perfectly legitimate way to enjoy a game. Best of all, anyone is free to participate on either side of a Twitch stream—PCWorld even has its own Twitch channel. If you want to be the one gaming in front of a live audience, you can start doing it today, for free.

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ZenMate VPN review: This simple VPN clears your mind of complexity

Fri, 2018-04-13 07:00

ZenMate VPN in brief:

  • P2P allowed: Yes
  • Business location: Berlin, Germany
  • Number of servers: 300+
  • Number of country locations: 29
  • Cost: $60 per year
  • VPN protocol: IPSec + L2TP
  • Data encryption: 2048-bit PSK/ESP 
  • Data authentication: AES 256/HMAC
  • Handshake encryption: IKEv2 sha256 with 4096-bit RSA

When you think of Zen you probably think of monks, meditation, and cryptic sayings meant to expand your understanding of the world. But the word also suggests a certain sparseness and simplicity. Germany-based ZenGuard took those latter notions to heart when it created its ZenMate VPN service.

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Next-gen TV to usher in viewer tracking and personalized ads along with 4K broadcasts

Fri, 2018-04-13 06:00
The new US digital TV standard includes closer tracking of viewing habits and could be a privacy nightmare

Plex DVR review: Still the best option for power users

Fri, 2018-04-13 06:00
Plex is the most powerful over-the-air DVR for cord-cutters, but it's not the easiest to use.

Vizio courts cord cutters, challenges OLED, and adds new HDR options to its 2018 smart TV lineup

Thu, 2018-04-12 17:38
The manufacturer is stepping up its soundbar game with Dolby Atmos models, too.

Sound BlasterX Kratos S3 review: A versatile entry-level 2.1 speaker system

Thu, 2018-04-12 14:58

A pair of external PC speakers will improve any PC’s audio, but to really bring your sound to life you need a 2.1 system. Creative’s Sound BlasterX Kratos S3 ($80 on Amazon) offers an excellent opportunity to upgrade your audio to the next level without too much expense.

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iPhone 8 and 8 Plus: Wireless charging, Portrait Lighting, and five more features you'll want

Thu, 2018-04-12 14:50
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have the Home button and body bezels, they still use Touch ID instead of Face ID, and the LCD screen sizes are the same that you're used to. But don't call them retro.

Ring slashes the price of its video doorbell to $100

Thu, 2018-04-12 13:12
Amazon has completed its acquisition of Ring and immediately cut the price of its popular video doorbell

Ring Video Doorbell review: The gadget that makes crooks think you never leave home

Thu, 2018-04-12 11:54
Ring provides home security through a video peephole, letting you see who's at the door whether you're inside the house or 100 miles away.

HTC Vive vs. Oculus Rift vs. Windows Mixed Reality: What's the difference?

Thu, 2018-04-12 11:03

The fierce competition between the HTC ViveOculus Rift, and Windows Mixed Reality headsets as been heating up ever more in 2018, with prices dropping left and right and the arrival of the much-improved HTC Vive Pro.

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Save 90% On A Lifetime Of Dragify's Website Hosting And Builder

Thu, 2018-04-12 10:34

If you've tried HTML coding by hand, or perhaps with a complicated design program, such as Adobe Dreamweaver, than you know that creating a professional-grade website isn't easy. Dragify has simplified the process for thousands of designers, and, with its drag-n-drop placement, 44 pre-designed HTML snippets, the ability to format  text, add background color, change fonts and more in the style editor, it doesn't get any easier, nor less expensive. You get a lifetime subscription to Dragify and Web hosting for life, all for $49.99.

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Pay What You Want For The 2018 Arduino Enthusiast E-Book Bundle

Thu, 2018-04-12 10:26

Thanks to its simple and accessible user experience, Arduino has been used in thousands of different projects and applications. The Arduino software is easy-to-use for beginners, yet flexible enough for advanced users.

The 2018 Arduino Enthusiast E-Book Bundle is a collection of 10 publications designed to teach you Arduino programming and deployment through project-based instruction. E-book titles include: Learning C for Arduino; Internet of Things with Arduino Cookbook, Arduino by Example, Arduino Robotic Projects, and much more. And right now you can get it for up to 99% off retail with the current "pay what you want" offer.

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SanDisk's gargantuan 400GB microSD card is cheaper than ever

Thu, 2018-04-12 10:21

They say good things come in small packages, and that's increasingly the case when it comes to digital storage. Adding large amounts of space to your devices is now as easy as getting a microSD card, and right now you can get a massive 400GB for just $180 with a SanDisk Ultra microSD card on Amazon. That's a full 20 percent off its average price of $225 and the lowest we've seen it.

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Corsair's compact K63 mechanical keyboard is made for gamers and only $60 today

Thu, 2018-04-12 09:48

Nothing beats a mechanical keyboard when it comes making typing feel luxurious, regardless of whether you're filling out documents or riding the WASD keys to combat alien hordes. If you haven't embraced the mechanical life yet, The Corsair K63 with Cherry MX Red switches is only $60 on Amazon today. That's about $20 cheaper than the usual price, and the lowest price it's ever been.

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