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Intel's Kaby Lake-G mystery: Why Radeon Vega M may be more Polaris than Vega

Fri, 2018-04-06 06:00

Intel’s Kaby Lake-G chip harbors a mystery. PCWorld has learned the company’s exciting CPU/GPU combo chip may actually be based on AMD’s older-generation Polaris cores rather than the newest Vega cores. 

This revelation doesn't change how we feel about the chip, having already tested it (and liked it) in Intel's Hades Canyon NUC. But an industry-standard system utility identifies the Kaby Lake-G as having an AMD Polaris bloodline. And we've discovered other evidence suggesting the chip's GPU core is Polaris. 

Kaby Lake-G: Making the impossible 

In January, Intel unveiled it had linked a Core i7 to an AMD Radeon RX Vega M with its advanced Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge. And thus the Kaby Lake-G mobile chip—and a once-unthinkable Intel/AMD partnership—was born.

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Microsoft adds ransomware protections to make OneDrive and Outlook.com safer

Thu, 2018-04-05 16:14

If your PC is infected with ransomware, it will spread from file to file, encrypting them until you pay the bad guys for the digital key. But ransomware can also spread to your files stored in the cloud—and that’s what Microsoft’s new OneDrive protections are designed to address.

On Thursday Microsoft announced the ability to “roll back” the files stored in OneDrive to versions stored up to a month ago, to help you return to a point before you were infected by malware. The company also said it will use its automated threat-detection systems to figure out when the ransomware began infecting those files and alert you via your phone that an infection has taken place.

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The Razer Game Store is a Steam alternative that gives you free games and PC hardware

Thu, 2018-04-05 12:19

Razer creates virtually every type of PC peripheral you can think of, from headsets to mice to keyboards, but today it’s taking on a new challenge: Steam. Yes, Razer’s launching a gaming store of its own. Aptly called the Razer Game Store, the new marketplace taps into the zVault rewards system that Razer debuted last year to give loyal customers free games and gear.

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Get Alexa's smarts for less than $20 with this deal on the Eufy Genie smart speaker

Thu, 2018-04-05 10:12

Smart speakers are a useful and convenient way to control your smart home devices, but their price tags can be a little steep, even for inexpensive models like the Echo Dot or Google Home Mini. But right now you can get an Alexa-compatible smart speaker for super cheap: the Eufy Genie smart speaker is $19.99, a savings of nearly 45 percent off its $34.99 list price.

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Boost your setup with big deals on near-perfect G.Skill gaming peripherals

Thu, 2018-04-05 10:08

If you're looking to upgrade from the ho-hum peripherals that came with your PC, two great pieces of G.Skill Ripjaws gaming gear—both of which earned 4.5/5 star ratings in PCWorld reviews—are on sale today with sweet discounts. First up is the G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 ambidextrous gaming mouse for $30 at Amazon. That's about $10 to $12 cheaper than usual, and it also matches the mouse's all-time low price.

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Western Digital Black 3D NVMe SSD: High-end performance at near entry-level prices

Thu, 2018-04-05 08:00

Western Digital’s WD Black 3D NVMe SSD delivers much the same performance as the chart-topping Samsung 960 Pro, but for significantly less cash—$200 less in the 1TB capacity.

This is a good thing, and a big deal. Samsung has been unchallenged in the end-user, performance NVMe SSD market since its inception. If you wanted best speed at a fairly reasonable price, the company’s SSDs were your only choice. Until now.  

Design and specs

Announced Thursday, the WD Black 3D NVMe is an M.2, PCIe x4 SSD in the 2280 (22 millimeters wide, 80 mm long) form factor. It uses WD’s 3D TLC NAND. The NAND resides on only one side of the PC board, so the Black 3D NVMe can fit in the narrow confines of thin-profile laptops.

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Skyrim VR review: Staring down life-sized dragons is terrifying

Thu, 2018-04-05 07:42

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has been remastered and re-released so many times it’s an inside joke at this point, and yet I haven’t really felt drawn to go back—until last night. Last night I once again took that fateful wagon ride through the mountains, put my head down on the chopping block, watched a dragon burn a village down, and helped my ol’ pal Ralof escape from those nasty brutes in the Imperial Legion.

Only this time, I did it in virtual reality.

Fus ro dah, for real

Yes, after six-ish months of PlayStation VR exclusivity, Skyrim VR released on PCs this week ($60 on Green Man Gaming) with official support for both the HTC Vive and, in huge news for Bethesda, the Oculus Rift. I wouldn’t say there’s peace between Zenimax and Oculus, but some sort of detente evidently prevailed finally.

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9.7-inch iPad (2018) review: Apple’s tablet is ‘pro’ enough for many of us

Thu, 2018-04-05 07:00
Apple Pencil support and a faster processor make a good case for leaving behind your iPad Pro.

ESPN+ isn’t really for cord-cutters

Thu, 2018-04-05 06:00
ESPN’s standalone service does nothing to fix the mess that sports streaming rights have become.

Nest Hello review: This is a great video doorbell

Thu, 2018-04-05 06:00
Nest Hello is one of the best video doorbells we've tested, boasting great image quality and integration with Google's smart home.

How Facebook will prevent future Cambridge Analytica scandals: Rein in third-party apps

Wed, 2018-04-04 16:14

In light of revelations that data from 87 million Facebook users was improperly harvested for use in targeting American voters, Facebook could have simply pledged to turn off the spigot to third-party developers. Instead, the company is fixing the plumbing. The company outlined nine initiatives to change how Facebook manages data given to third-party apps.

There's one potential change users will actually see: Beginning April 9, Facebook will show a link at the top of the News Feed where users will be able to see what apps are using what data—and turn them off if they want. 

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Get The Complete Digital Marketing Course For Just $19

Wed, 2018-04-04 14:19

For most of us, Internet marketing is a mysterious business with seemingly countless new concepts and disciplines, such as SEO, Google AdWords, WordPress Websites, and so much more to learn. You can, however, demystify online marketing, making yourself a more attractive employee or marketing specialist, with the Complete Digital Marketing Course, a comprehensive 12-courses-in-one compilation of everything you need to know about selling products or promoting a business online. Get a complete education in everything from search engine optimization (SEO) to building effective Google advertising campaigns to creating attractive WordPress sites and attracting thousands of subscribers—all for a mere $19.

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Get CISSP Certified With This Comprehensive Training Course, Now 95% Off

Wed, 2018-04-04 14:05

As the world becomes more connected, companies are taking their information and business online. While an overall step forward for the global Internet economy, going online exposes companies to a host of hacking risks, which is why they're looking for certified cybersecurity specialists to keep their networks safe. The CISSP Certification Training Course can help you get your foot in the door to this booming field, and it's on sale for over 90% off.

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H&R Block's tax software drops to $18 for today only as deadline looms

Wed, 2018-04-04 10:31

April is upon us, and you know what that means—tax season. Preparing your taxes can be tedious, frustrating, and time-consuming, so if you’re going to be preparing them yourself, it’s important to make sure you’re using the right software to make it easier. Today, you can get H&R Block’s Deluxe + State Tax Software for just $17.99, which is 60 percent off its list price on Amazon. If you put your refund on an Amazon gift card, you’ll also get a 5 percent bonus payment.

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Watch your front door from anywhere with this Ring Video Doorbell Pro bundle for $80 off

Wed, 2018-04-04 10:03

If you want to keep an eye on who's at your front door, today's deal is for you. Home Depot is selling the Ring Video Doorbell Pro and the Ring Chime Pro for $200. Both of these devices at regular prices would set you back around $280, giving you a savings of $80. The deal is only available on Wednesday.

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Intel finishes Spectre patching, some older CPUs won't receive planned updates

Wed, 2018-04-04 09:43

Intel’s months-long marathon of releasing CPU microcode patches to protect against critical Meltdown and Spectre exploits is ending, but some older processors that were promised firmware updates won’t be receiving them.

The chipmaker’s latest microcode revision update now says planned revisions are “stopped” for CPUs based on the Penryn (2007), Yorkfield (2007), Wolfdale (2007), Bloomfield (2008), Clarksfield (2009), Jasper Forest (2010), and Atom “SoFIA” (2015), as Tom’s Hardware first noticed.

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Apple hiring Google's AI chief is a huge test for Siri's privacy stance

Wed, 2018-04-04 09:26
Apple has hired John Giannandrea, Google's longtime AI and machine learning wizard, to head its new Siri team, but the transition is going to be tricky.

How a custom processor could make Apple’s MacBooks exciting again

Wed, 2018-04-04 07:00
Bloomberg's report that Apple is working on a custom Macs processor could mean big things are in store for Apple's notebooks.

Penclic Mini Keyboard KB3 review: One set of keys for all your devices

Wed, 2018-04-04 06:30

Swedish company Penclic employs Scandinavian design principles to improve the ergonomics and efficiency of our most commonly used computer accessories. Its new Mini Bluetooth keyboard offers the best of all worlds, working as both a wireless and corded keyboard for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS devices.

Many portable keyboards are built with plastic to keep them light. As a result, they can feel chintzy. The K83, though, is constructed of brushed aluminum, which gives it a premium look and assures it won’t weigh down your laptop bag. It weighs about three-quarters of a pound and measures 0.4 x 11 x 5 inches. In practical terms, the keys almost perfectly overlaid those on a 13-inch MacBook Air’s keyboard.

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Fiio X7 Mark II review: You can swap out the amplifier in this Android-based high-res audio player

Wed, 2018-04-04 06:00
The Fiio X7 Mark II’s modular architecture, apps, and sweet sound make this a great choice for serious music lovers who want an Andriod-based hi-res audio player.

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