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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.

Give your house brains for cheap with Home Depot's today-only smart home blowout

Wed, 2019-04-10 11:25

There’s a whole lot of smart home tech out there, designed to boost the intelligence of your house and make your life a little easier (or at least cooler). And today only, you can pick from a wide selection of gear at solid discounts during a huge Home Depot smart home saleRemove non-product link. You’ll find a whole lineup of options, including picks from popular brands like Nest, Ecobee, TP-Link, Switchmate, and more.

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The beautifully over-engineered 8GB Asus ROG Strix Radeon RX 580 is just $180 today

Wed, 2019-04-10 09:28

When we reviewed the Asus Rog Strix Radeon RX 580 Gaming OC Edition two years ago we loved everything about it...except the $300 price tag. Prices have dropped since then, but today Newegg’s selling this graphics card for a cool $180Remove non-product link after a $30 mail-in rebate. This is a great time to get this triple-fan beast of a GPU, which excels at 1080p gaming with few visual compromises. Newegg’s sale ends on Monday, April 15.

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Create Excel Alerts, then write a macro to email them

Wed, 2019-04-10 06:08

Can Excel send Alerts? Yes, but with some limitations. Excel cannot email an alert to you automatically unless you write a macro in the Visual Basic (VBA) editor to perform this function. And, the reminder Alert only works if the Excel software is open. Not quite the convenient method you were hoping for, right?

Another option, although complicated and limited (at this time) to the XLS spreadsheet formats only, is to set up your spreadsheet like an Outlook Calendar, then import the data from one to the other. But this method is not really a satisfactory result either. So, until Microsoft decides to provide a functioning solution, we have to settle for work-arounds, using macros plus a little manual intervention for the email.

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Q Acoustics Concept 300 loudspeaker review: Grand sound in a compellingly intriguing package

Wed, 2019-04-10 06:00
The company’s engineers and designers tweaked every imaginable aspect—including the stands—to enhance the performance of these high-end speakers.

TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Outdoor Plug review: Individual outlet control makes this the outdoor smart plug to beat

Wed, 2019-04-10 06:00
This outdoor outlet’s upscale feature set makes it well worth the price.

Amazon All-new Kindle review: Front lighting and a better screen elevate this entry level e-reader

Wed, 2019-04-10 03:00

Amazon’s All-new Kindle brings its entry-level e-reader out of the dark ages. With the addition of glare-free, adjustable front lighting, it allows users a more comfortable reading experience day or night without having to spring for the higher-priced Kindle Paperwhite or the luxe Kindle Oasis.

The All-new Kindle replaces the 8th generation Kindle e-reader and retains many of its slimmed-down specs. It does, however, introduce a few upgrades including improved E-Ink technology and a capacitive touchscreen. With special offers—i.e., ads—enabled, it costs $89.99, a $10 increase over the prior generation. Without special offers it’s priced $109.99.

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Who needs Windows 10 Pro: 5 reasons to upgrade

Tue, 2019-04-09 14:53

Windows 10 Professional isn’t just for cubicle dwellers who have no choice in the matter. While users who own a “professional” PC like the Surface Book 2Remove non-product link will automatically be upgraded to this higher-end version of the OS, smaller businesses and PC enthusiasts may also weigh the benefits of the Pro version vs. Windows 10 Home. Recent Windows 10 feature updates, such as the April 2018 and May 2019 Windows 10 Updates, add more Pro-specific features. 

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Meet the new, tougher Cinebench R20 benchmark: We test it on Xeon and Threadripper

Tue, 2019-04-09 13:45

Maxon’s popular Cinebench CPU benchmarking program just got a long-overdue update to bring it up to parity with modern PCs. We’ve already tried it, on two of the most powerful CPUs you can buy today, and have results to share, along with some historical context and tips for using it with your own CPU. 

A little Cinebench history

The free Cinebench R20 app is intended to replace Cinebench R15, which first saw service in 2013. To give you an idea of how far we’ve come in hardware, the top-end desktop CPU in 2013 was a quad-core, 4th-gen Haswell Core i7, while an enthusiast-level chip was a six-core 3rd-gen Ivy Bridge-E Core i7.

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Qualcomm's Snapdragon 730G processor was built for kick-ass mobile gaming

Tue, 2019-04-09 12:30

While Qualcomm has integrated several gaming-specific technologies into its Snapdragon mobile processors, on Tuesday the company announced something a little different: a version of its Snapdragon 730 optimized for gaming, dubbed the Snapdragon 730G.

Though mobile gaming may be an idle pastime with American consumers, it’s a way of life overseas. Over 586 million mobile gamers are in China alone—twice the population of the United States, according to Qualcomm’s Hiren Bhinde at Qualcomm’s technology summit last December. It isn’t clear which phones and mobile devices Qualcomm has in mind for the Snapdragon 730G, but recent gaming phones from Asus ROG and Razer indicate that Qualcomm was designing for what they hope will be a trend. 

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Best water leak detectors for smart homes

Tue, 2019-04-09 12:14
Fires can be devastating, but water damage is a far more common risk. These smart devices will alert you if your home springs a leak, so you can take action quickly.

Tax Day's looming, and H&R Block's Tax Software Deluxe + State is on sale for just $23

Tue, 2019-04-09 11:20

Tax Day is just around the corner, but if you’ve waited until the last minute to get yours done, don’t worry—it’s not too late to grab some tax software to help eliminate some of the headache. And today, you can get the H&R Block Tax Software Deluxe + State 2018 for either PC or Mac on Amazon for $23 for a direct download, down from a list price of $45 and within striking distance of its lowest price ever. Better yet: we’ve tested this software and absolutely love it.

H&R Block Tax Software Deluxe is designed to guide you through the process of filling out your taxes, with a user-friendly question-and-answer process to walk you through each step. You can also import your W-2 by taking a picture of it, which it will then use to pull some of your information from. Because H&R Block has a bunch of physical locations, you can choose to upgrade to receive some in-person guidance, but the software thankfully isn’t too pushy about upgrading and in-app ads.

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