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This magnetic dashboard phone mount is under $10 today

Tue, 2018-03-13 11:36

If you’re someone who uses your phone in the car—and, honestly, who doesn’t?—a convenient way to keep it hands-free and at the ready is a magnetic mount. Right now, Amazon is offering a pretty solid deal for the KEKU Magnetic Car Cell Phone Mount, which comes in a two-pack and is on sale now for $9.99.

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Staples has an awesome deal on this 24-inch Dell UltraSharp display

Tue, 2018-03-13 10:42

Staples is a great source for monitor deals, and today there's a great buy on a 24-inch 1920x1200 Dell display. The office supply store is selling the Dell UltraSharp U2421M for $160, about $25 cheaper than you'll find elsewhere based on the best prices right now. It's also close to the all-time low on Amazon, which was $152.38 from a third-party seller in September, according to CamelCamelCamel.

This 24-inch IPS display has the aforementioned 1920x1200 resolution, giving it a 16:10 aspect ratio. Inputs include VGA, DVI-D (with HDCP), DisplayPort, and four USB 2.0 (two on the back, and two on the side). It also has a 178-degree viewing angle, and a response time of 8 milliseconds.

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Get A Lifetime Of Project Management Professional Certification Training For $49

Tue, 2018-03-13 10:11

As more companies look to reduce costs and boost efficiency, project managers are experiencing an increase in demand--and compensation--for their skills. However, demand alone won't secure you a spot in this field. The Project Management Professional Certification Training Bundle will help you along the path by preparing you ace a number of certification exams companies look for when hiring project managers, and it's on sale for over 90% off.

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How the new Versa and Ace will help Fitbit fight Apple Watch and ‘win the family’

Tue, 2018-03-13 09:00
Versa and Ace, the two newest members of Fitbit’s family of fitness trackers, represent a new focus on women and children with smaller, smarter devices.

Excel filters: How to use number, text and date filters to extract only the data you need

Tue, 2018-03-13 06:30

Excel spreadsheet databases work because users can filter the data inside these workbooks. Filters are conditions you specify in databases and spreadsheets to extract only the precise, requested information. 

For example, in a Human Resources spreadsheet database, the IT director may want to hire a candidate with a degree in Computer Science plus experience using HTML, Java, and C++ languages. The IT director uses filters based on logical operators to extract all the candidates with these credentials: equal to (Equals) degrees in "Computer Science" plus computer languages equal to (Equals) "HTML, Java, and C++." She may add more conditions, such as candidates equal to (Equals) "CS Software Developer," but not equal to (Does Not Equal) "CS Hardware Engineer," to minimize the list. This selective process can go on and on until the number of candidates is pared down to a reasonable number.

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Sbode M400 Bluetooth speaker review: Fantastic features, but not much bass

Tue, 2018-03-13 06:00
Feature-wise, Sbode has nailed it with this supremely portable and affordable Bluetooth speaker. The sonic quality is decent for a weatherproof speaker, if you don't count the lack of thump.

Asus Chromebook Flip (C101PA) review: Is this convertible the future of Android tablets?

Tue, 2018-03-13 06:00

True to its name, the convertible Asus Chromebook Flip (C101PA-DB2) can flip backward into a tablet. Given its compact size, you could just as well say you’re buying a 10.1-inch Android tablet with a keyboard attached.

Such a concept would have been sketchy just a year ago, when Google started making Android apps available to its newest crop of Chromebooks. And it’s true that neither Asus nor Google have completely solved the problem of how to re-format content for landscape-oriented laptop screens, let alone convince you that you’d prefer a Flip over a sleek, lightweight Galaxy Tab.

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Microsoft Teams marks its first birthday with a roadmap designed to battle Slack

Mon, 2018-03-12 17:57

Microsoft Teams celebrated its first year of competing against other collaboration tools like Slack and HipChat by giving users a peek at the roadmap of upcoming features, including cloud recordings, transcription, and even facial recognition.

Since Microsoft made Teams part of Office 365 a year ago, the company says more than 200,000 organizations make Teams part of their collaborative tools, including General Motors and Macy's.

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Reolink Argus 2 review: Better than its predecessor in all the right ways

Mon, 2018-03-12 08:00
All the impressive features of the original, but now with a rechargeable battery.

Best tax program 2018: TurboTax, TaxSlayer, H&R Block, TaxAct compared

Fri, 2018-03-09 18:45

Nothing is certain but death and taxes, as they say—and so we head once more into tax season by looking at four major online tax prep applications: H&R Block, TaxAct, TaxSlayer, and TurboTax.

All of these web-based tax apps work equally as well on your phone as they do on your computer, so it doesn’t matter whether you’re using a Mac or a PC, a Pixel or an iPhone X. Regardless of device, you can start and complete your taxes with ease.

Overall, the basic process is essentially the same no matter the service: You provide your financial information and the tax software uses an interview process to gather that information, minimize your tax liability, and, with some luck and good data, maximize your refund and reduce your stress level.

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This week in games: The Division 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII, Crash Bandicoot comes to PC, and Valve is "shipping games again"

Fri, 2018-03-09 15:21

Somebody should tell publishers it’s just a random week in March and not E3 or something, because seemingly everyone was announcing games this week—a new Division, a new Call of Duty: Black Ops, a Prey expansion, and a new game from the developer of Observer and Layers of Fear. Even Valve announced it’s going to “start shipping games again.”

That, plus a bevy of trailers for games we did know about, Crash Bandicoot is coming to PC, PUBG details its third map, the White House takes a look at violent video games, and Inside teases a collector's edition partnership with...Realdoll?

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Intel issues Meltdown/Spectre fixes for Ivy Bridge, Sandy Bridge as patch effort winds down

Fri, 2018-03-09 14:13

Intel's revised patches for its Ivy Bridge and Sandy Bridge processor families have begun rolling out to address Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities. With the release of the new code, just a few older processor families remain in the patch queue.

According to Intel's microcode update document, patches for several processor families have entered production, most notably the second-generation Core (Sandy Bridge) and third-generation Core (Ivy Bridge) families. The patches also cover several, more niche architectures, such as the Gladden Xeon of the Sandy Bridge generation, and the Broadwell Xeon chips. 

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Best Buy is selling an 8TB WD external hard drive for $40 off

Fri, 2018-03-09 13:30

Space is one of the great mysteries of our time. What will SpaceX find when it goes to Mars? Are black holes gateways to other universes? And how are you supposed to work with a lot of video files with the paltry 256GB of storage space found on a starter MacBook Pro?

We can’t help you out with the first two questions, but we’re happy to let you know you can affordably solve the third with B&H’s $170 deal on a WD 8TB My Book USB 3.0 external hard drive. That’s $40 off the $210 it usually sells for, and it’s only $10 higher than the lowest price that we’ve ever seen it at.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 rumors: In-display fingerprint sensor might not be happening

Fri, 2018-03-09 13:10

Now that the Galaxy S9 has officially landed, it’s time to look ahead to the next big thing from Samsung: the Note 9. Right on cue, rumors are starting to trickle in about the phablet phone—and it’s already shaping up to be a monster release. Here’s what we know so far:

Galaxy Note 9: The latest

While it was beginning to look like Samsung would be adding an in-display fingerprint sensor to the Note 9, a new report by Ming-Chi Kuo says that's probably not happening. Read on for more information.

Galaxy Note 9: Design and Display

The look of the Galaxy Note generally follows the lead of the Galaxy S phones, but bigger. Last year’s release brought the Infinity Display from the Galaxy S8 to the Note 8 in a bigger 6.3-inch package, and this year will likely bring more of the same. Samsung opted to keep the design of the Galaxy S9 mostly unchanged from the S8, so the Note 9 will likely bring a similar aesthetic, with skinny bezels and an aluminum-and-glass enclosure.

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Best gaming keyboards: Our picks for the top budget, mid-tier, and RGB boards

Fri, 2018-03-09 12:27

Choosing a gaming keyboard is a matter of personal taste. To that point, there are a plethora of options, with a dizzying mix of features. One person could be into Cherry Browns and white backlighting. Another might favor Razer Greens and a rippling RGB glow. Gigantic wrist pads, compact shapes, numeric keypads, macro keys, volume controls.... You get the picture

Gaming keyboard cheat sheet

Our quick-hit recommendations:

To help you sort through the many options, we’ve rounded up a large number of planks, putting them through their paces, to come up with our top recommendations. All of these are mechanical keyboards, and for good reason—they’re simply more comfortable to use over the long haul. But we’re open-minded, so if we encounter an alternative that works well, you may see it appear on this list. We’ll keep updating it periodically as we test new keyboards.

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Best Buy drops prices on HP and Asus 2-in-1 laptops by $50 and $130

Fri, 2018-03-09 10:35

If you’ve already got your tax refund, Best Buys some great ways for you to maximize it. The big box retailer is running a huge sale this weekend, and these two 2-in-1 laptops caught our eye: There’s a 15.6-inch Asus premium 2-in-1 for $700 instead of the usual $800-plus price tag, and a lower end 11.6-inch HP 2-in-1 for $350—good for about $50 off the usual price.

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The best co-op PC games to play with your friends

Fri, 2018-03-09 07:06
Battle buddies

Image by Ubisoft

It’s good to have friends. That goes doubly so when you’re facing down a zombie horde or coordinating an attack on a Klingon warship.

Here we’ve rounded up 12 co-op PC games that are better in every way to play with friends. Yeah, you could play some of them alone. Sure, you could (if you’re masochistic) play some of them with random Internet strangers who love to use profanity. But if you pair up with a partner or three you’ll have a much more rewarding experience.

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Cougar Attack X3 (2018) review: An RGB keyboard for under $100? Believe it.

Fri, 2018-03-09 06:00

Last time I looked at the Cougar Attack X3, I called it “an unpretentious keyboard.” Not exactly the most inspiring compliment, but about the best I could do at the time. The standout feature was that it contained honest-to-goodness Cherry MX switches in an era where that’s increasingly rare. Still, the Attack X3 was far from the only keyboard to feature Cherry switches in 2016, and in all other respects—shape, materials, lighting—it was just competent. Inoffensive. Boring, perhaps.

But dropping the price can make an also-ran into a must-have item. Such is the case with the Attack X3’s 2018 revision, a full RGB-backlit keyboard that’s selling for under $100.

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How to catch March Madness without paying for cable TV

Thu, 2018-03-08 23:30
Our cord-cutter's guide will show you how you can watch every game in the tournament for free.

H1Z1, PUBG's battle royale predecessor, is going free-to-play today

Thu, 2018-03-08 14:58

What even is H1Z1 these days? Answering that question is harder than you might think, if you haven’t been paying attention. Once upon a time, there was a game called H1Z1, with no subtitle. It was a zombie-survival game in the vein of DayZ. That game developed a mode called “King of the Kill,” a battle royale mode when the genre was still basically unheard of—and that mode then proved so popular it spun off into its own game, H1Z1: King of the Kill. Then later the spin-off proved so popular that developer Daybreak renamed the original game to Just Survive. The battle royale game dropped the King of the Kill moniker, becoming just H1Z1. Phew.

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