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WD Gold Enterprise Class Hard Drive review: 12TB of vast storage goodness

Thu, 2018-04-12 06:30

WD’s Gold Enterprise drive offers a staggering 12TB of capacity and overall performance that’s equal to or better than rival Seagate’s 12TB offerings. At $500 MSRP (currently $476 on Amazon), it’s comparable in price to the entry-level Seagate Iron Wolf, yet sports the features of Seagate’s Pro series drives. That speaks for itself. For anyone hoarding lots of movies, games, hi-resolution audio and the like, this drive will store them with room to spare. 

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Q Acoustics Concept 20 loudspeaker review: These gorgeous bookshelf speakers sound positively divine

Thu, 2018-04-12 06:00
A box-within-a-box design contributes to a delightfully impressively sonic signature.

ibVPN review: A no-frills VPN with everything you need

Thu, 2018-04-12 06:00

ibVPN in brief:

  • P2P allowed: Yes
  • Business location: Târgu Mureș,Romania
  • Number of servers: 180+
  • Number of country locations: 50
  • Cost: $37 (Standard) / $58 (Ultimate)
  • VPN protocol: IPSec (default)
  • Data encryption: AES-256 
  • Data authentication: HMAC-SHA2-256
  • Handshake encryption:  DHE-RSA-AES256-GCM-SHA384

Romania-based ibVPN (Invisible Browsing VPN) does not have a beautiful app. It looks a little dated, in fact. Despite that, however, I found it surprisingly easy to use and very helpful.

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Where's the YouTube Kids app for TVs?

Thu, 2018-04-12 06:00
Google says children should only use YouTube Kids, yet the app is strangely hard to get.

PCWorld's April Digital Magazine: Samsung Galaxy S9 reviewed

Wed, 2018-04-11 15:19

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 April issue

This month we have the eagerly awaited review of Samsung’s flagship phone, the Galaxy S9. The issue contains 26 pages of buying guides, including the best budget computer speakers and the best gaming laptops. 

Other highlights include:

  • News: Intel issues Meltdown/Spectre fixes for Ivy Bridge, Sandy Bridge, plus news on AMD's Project ReSX
  • LG Gram 15Z980 review: It's rich and thin, and its battery doesn't stop
  • Samsung Notebook 7 Spin review: A solid 8th-gen 2-in-1 with plenty of battery life
  • Intel 800P Optane SSD review: Bleeding-edge pain without bleeding-edge gain
  • Here's How: How to set up a VPN in Windows
Video highlights

Watch: Meater has changed the way I think of grilling. It’s delivered perfectly cooked pieces of meat each time I’ve tried it, and it quickly turned my initial skepticism into enthusiasm. Watch our video review.

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The Curse of the Pharaohs DLC for Assassin's Creed: Origins is Assassin's Creed at its best

Wed, 2018-04-11 11:25

Curse of the Pharaohs took me by surprise. I didn’t really think twice about putting it off—usually Assassin’s Creed DLC is filler, an indulgence I save for the quieter parts of the year. It’s an excuse to jump back in for 5 or 10 hours, and in the case of Assassin’s Creed: Origins I planned to spend some extra time mopping up side content I’d skipped.

I played through it recently though and quickly found out Curse of the Pharaohs is legitimately fantastic. Maybe the best Assassin’s Creed in years. The most creative, at the very least.

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40-inch smart TV with built-in Roku costs just $230 on Amazon now

Wed, 2018-04-11 10:24

Whether you’re a cord cutter, a cord shaver, or even a cable subscriber, a smart TV can elevate your viewing experience. And if you use cord-cutting services like Hulu and HBO Now, Roku’s lineup of video streamers are among the best on the market. But you don’t have to buy these two things separately. In fact, you can get a 40-inch TCL smart TV with built-in Roku for $229.99 right now, which is about 10 percent off its average price on Amazon.

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Immerse yourself in this massive 32-inch, curved Samsung monitor for just $190 today

Wed, 2018-04-11 10:12

A gigantic, curved display can make your PC experience feel wonderfully immersive, regardless of whether you’re gaming or slinging spreadsheets around. Impressive monitors like that don’t come cheap, though—at least usually. Amazon’s featured deal today is a refurbished curved monitor from retailer Woot. A refurbished 32-inch Samsung C32F397FWN is only $190. This monitor normally sells for $270 brand new. The deal ends just before midnight on Wednesday, Pacific time.

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AMD's Radeon RX 500X graphics cards are just RX 500-series GPUs with a new name

Wed, 2018-04-11 09:50

The $799 entry-level model of HP’s new Pavilion gaming laptops includes Radeon RX 560X graphics, a GPU unheard of before this morning. But that’s no typo. On Wednesday, AMD announced the Radeon RX 500X series of graphics cards, which basically slap a new name on the existing Radeon RX 500-series GPUs (which themselves were pretty much a slightly faster, rebranded version of the RX 400-series).

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HP debuts Pavilion Gaming Laptops with many choices for mainstream gamers

Wed, 2018-04-11 08:00

HP’s Pavilion Gaming Laptops are jumping straight into a massive, multiplayer battle royale, as PC vendors vie for mainstream gamers’ money. The Pavilion Gaming line, announced Wednesday, is due to ship in late May or early June (and also includes desktops). It closely follows the Dell G series competition announced April 3 and shipping later this month. Meanwhile, Lenovo’s Legion gaming line and Acer’s Nitro affordable gaming PCs are already on the field. 

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DarbeeVision DVP-5000S video processor review: A clever, but pricey fidelity upgrade for 1080p video

Wed, 2018-04-11 06:00
The DVP-5000S sits between your HDMI source and display and uses a stereoscopic processing trick to create greater apparent detail in 1080p and lower-resolution video.

AMD rolls out CPU firmware and Windows 10 patches to protect against Spectre exploits

Tue, 2018-04-10 16:33

Intel recently finished its barrage of CPU microcode updates designed to combat the nasty Spectre variant 2 exploit, and today, AMD revealed its plans to protect PCs against the flaw. (AMD processors aren’t vulnerable to Meltdown.)

AMD’s announcement, penned by chief technical officer Mark Papermaster, released alongside Microsoft’s monthly “Patch Tuesday” update and showcases how complex plugging Meltdown and Spectre’s security holes can be. Today’s Windows 10 updates include code containing Spectre variant 2 mitigations at an operating system level, similarly to how a Windows update in early January protected against Specter variant 1.

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Hands-on: Radical Heights is a free battle royale game oozing '80s neon and early access bugs

Tue, 2018-04-10 15:39

Last week Boss Key said it was moving on from Lawbreakers to a “passion project.” Now just a handful of days later that passion project is out on Steam. I didn’t expect such a fast turnaround, but the game is called Radical Heights, and it’s a free-to-play, ‘80s game show-themed battle royale shooter. Basically, it’s The Running Man.

And you know what? I like it.

Smash and grab

Okay, "like" is maybe too strong a word for what's here. I think it has potential though. Radical Heights cribs a lot of its best ideas from the arcade classic Smash TV, but I’m hardly going to complain about that. There’s an over-the-top announcer yell-talking bad jokes at you, there are “prizes” to pick up. It’s very much that sort of game show aesthetic, and it fits well with the low-stakes setup of battle royale matches.

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The Anker charger that brings Amazon's Alexa into your car has never been cheaper

Tue, 2018-04-10 10:40

Car chargers are essential for keeping your phone powered up during busy days. They’re a boring, necessary accessory that get the job done, but usually don’t spice up the drive. Not Anker’s Roav Viva. This car charger is compatible with the Alexa smart assistant found in the heart of Amazon Echo, and you can get it right now for $40 on Amazon, almost 20 percent off its average price. It’s never been cheaper on the retail site.

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A Dell laptop with a speedy Intel 8th-gen CPU is $150 off at the Microsoft Store

Tue, 2018-04-10 10:03

Intel supercharged the performance of its 8th-gen mobile processors by cramming them full of more cores and threads than ever before, and we’ve spotted a rare deal on a laptop packing one of the new chips. You can get a 13-inch Dell Inspiron 13 i7370 for $599 at the Microsoft Store. Dell itself is currently selling this laptop for $749.

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How to check if Facebook shared your personal info with Cambridge Analytica

Tue, 2018-04-10 09:32

Was your Facebook data shared with Cambridge Analytica? The political research firm harvested the personal information of roughly 87 million people to target American voters, using a personality quiz called “This Is Your Digital Life” that scraped the Facebook data of you and your friends. The revelation sparked big changes in the way Facebook handles third-party apps, and the social network recently started notifying users who had their information scooped up.

If you haven’t seen the prompt in your News Feed, you can check if your Facebook data was shared with Cambridge Analytica by logging into the network and visiting this help page. The section titled “Was my information shared?” explains whether your or your friends ever logged into the nefarious quiz, though it won’t name which friends handed over your data to the app.

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Windows 10 Spring Creators Update: The best hidden features

Tue, 2018-04-10 06:31

Microsoft’s next Windows 10 upgrade, code-named Redstone 4 and informally known as the Spring Creators Update, improves Windows in numerous ways. But Microsoft has also added innumerable under-the-hood adjustments. That’s why this roundup exists: to underscore smaller additions you might miss, or explain subtle changes in how Windows 10 works.

Unlike previous lists we’ve compiled, though, some of these hidden features seem tentative, with more work clearly needed. Fortunately, Microsoft seems inclined to keep developing Windows 10, with no major replacement on the radar. (We'll highlight the very best features as part of our review, due soon.)

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Should you buy a Core i9 laptop?

Tue, 2018-04-10 06:01

If you’re asking yourself: “Should I buy a Core i9 laptop?” don’t worry. We can help you cut through the hype, innuendo, and specs so you can make the right decision.

Frankly, the name itself is enough to confuse casual observers. In desktops, the Core i9 brand indicates the processor packs a ton more CPU cores (10 to 18) than the other “Core” brands (4 to 8). But today, Core i9 in laptops mostly just signifies higher clock speeds—not more CPU cores. The 6-core, 12-thread Core i9-8950HK laptop chip has a base clock of 2.9GHz with a boost speed of 4.8GHz, for example. Intel’s new 8th-gen Core i7-8850H laptop chip also packs 6 cores and 12 threads, but slower speeds at 2.6GHz base and 4.3GHz boost.

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Electric Jukebox Roxi review: Turn your TV into a music machine

Tue, 2018-04-10 06:00
Built for families and parties, Roxi can be slow on the draw, but it makes up for it in versatility.

The cord-cutter's guide to watching the NBA playoffs

Mon, 2018-04-09 23:12
How to watch all the hardwood heroics without paying for a cable subscription.