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Intel reveals its 10nm Ice Lake Core and stacked Lakefield CPUs, and 'Project Athena' for laptops

Mon, 2019-01-07 21:47

It’s official: The next major iteration of Intel’s Core microprocessor will be “Ice Lake,” and you’ll be able to buy it this holiday season in PCs from Dell and other manufacturers.

Intel used its CES 2019 keynote to formally launch the 10nm Ice Lake chip, based on the Sunny Cove architecture, as well as flesh out its existing Coffee Lake CPU family. But Intel’s surprisingly newsy keynote also featured something entirely different: Lakefield, a “big-little” approach to computing that combines stacked Atom and Core chips, as well as an entirely new platform approach to the PC. That initiative, known as Project Athena, will represent the next generation of ultrabook or thin-and-light PCs—and PCWorld has an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at it.

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Third-generation Meural Canvas is like having an art gallery in your home

Mon, 2019-01-07 21:30
Meural scales up the technology in its unique digital displays after being acquired by Netgear.

Sony goes big with 8K and hones its OLED technology

Mon, 2019-01-07 20:15
Sony goes 8K UHD with its 98- and 85-inch Z9G models, and it revs its 4K UHD OLED TV from the A9F to the A9G

Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon, X1 Yoga slim down with 8th-gen Core chips for 2019

Mon, 2019-01-07 20:00

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 series, including the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and ThinkPad X1 Yoga, are already among the top business notebooks in their class. At CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Lenovo’s making its laptops thinner, lighter, and faster with the latest Intel "Whiskey Lake" Core processors. The Yoga gets an all-new aluminum chassis, too.

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon (7th Gen), also known as the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2019) will be priced at $1709.99 and up, and will begin shipping in June. The  ThinkPad X1 Yoga Convertible Notebook 4th Gen, or the 2019 edition, will be priced at $1929.99 and up, also shipping in June.

As you might expect, both notebooks boast Intel’s 8th-generation Core chips—though Lenovo’s not saying what specific CPU architecture is included. One plus that’s common to both platforms is Lenovo’s continued commitment toward improving the display, with options that include both Dolby Vision and HDR400 certification, as well as 500 nit output on the 4K panel options and 400 nits on the 1080p displays. That’s much brighter than many laptop displays.

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Inside Project Athena: How Intel and PC makers are creating the ultra-responsive laptops of tomorrow

Mon, 2019-01-07 19:45

A little less than eight years ago Intel helped usher in the era of thin-and-light notebook PCs, then called ultrabooks. Now, Intel and a number of its partners are ready to take the ultrabook to the next level with “Project Athena,” in a multi-year roadmap they’re unveiling here at CES.

Intel executives say the have the support of partners including Acer, Asus, Dell, Google, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft, Samsung and Sharp. Yes, Google. You’ll eventually see “Athena”-specced Chromebooks, too. What Project Athena notebooks will eventually be branded as hasn’t been formally decided yet, but the timetable has; the first Project Athena laptops will ship in the second half of 2019. (Unfortunately, they won’t be at CES 2019 this week.)

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Netgear takes its Orbi mesh Wi-Fi system to the next level with Wi-Fi 6

Mon, 2019-01-07 18:12

Netgear was one of the first router manufacturers to embrace Wi-Fi mesh technology, and now it will be among the first to offer a Wi-Fi mesh system based on Wi-Fi 6 (aka 802.11ax).

The system will support 12 concurrent data streams to deliver four times the capacity per node compared to previous Orbi systems. Netgear says it will support gigabit internet access speed across the entire network (your internet access speed will ultimately be determined by your ISP, of course; gigabit internet access is something of a rarity for most folks).

Like the original Orbi, this is a tri-band system operating one network on the 2.4GHz frequency band and one on the 5GHz band. A second 5GHz network is dedicated to data backhaul, supporting four spatial streams in each direction.

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Samsung's stylish Notebook 9 Pro adds Intel's Whiskey Lake CPU and Thunderbolt ports

Mon, 2019-01-07 17:30

Samsung’s Notebook 9 Pro has traditionally aspired to premium notebook status, but without the pricing that goes along with it. Samsung’s updated Notebook 9 Pro (2019) is an attractively designed 360-degree 13.3-inch convertible that builds in Intel’s “Whiskey Lake” Core chips.

Unfortunately, we can’t be too confident in Samsung’s pricing ambitions, since the company didn’t make the price available to us at press time. Samsung did say, however, that the company plans to ship the Notebook 9 Pro in early 2019.

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The diamond-cut grooves on the Samsung Notebook 9 Pro’s edges give it surprisingly pleasing aesthetic.

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HTC reveals two new VR headsets, the untethered Vive Cosmos and gaze-tracking Vive Pro Eye

Mon, 2019-01-07 17:23

A few months back we went to look at HTC’s new Vive Focus, a clunky standalone headset that stumbled through all the demos we tried. It didn’t impress us much, to say the least—and that was a shame, because HTC needs something to counter Oculus’s upcoming standalone Quest headset. Much as we love PCs here at PCWorld, the Quest’s slick wireless VR is impressive enough that we’ve already hypothesized it “could be the VR headset moving forward.”

Luckily HTC gets a second try. At CES, HTC hosted a small press conference that revealed multiple new pieces of hardware: The Vive Cosmos and Vive Pro Eye. Details on both were skimpy, but perhaps HTC’s finally landed upon a proper Oculus Quest competitor.

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Arlo is planning a smart-home security system

Mon, 2019-01-07 16:20
Add Arlo to the list of companies selling a DIY-install smart-home security system. The company, best known for its security cameras, will launch its system in the second half of 2019 and it's centered around a clever all-in-one sensor unit.

Arlo unveils its Ultra 4K smart-home security camera

Mon, 2019-01-07 15:59
Arlo has the first smart-home security camera to capture and stream footage in 4K and TechHive got a chance to check it out at CES in Las Vegas.

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Mon, 2019-01-07 15:41

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What the ambitious Mad Box console implies about the future of gaming

Mon, 2019-01-07 14:17

“The most powerful console ever built.” No, I’m not talking about Microsoft’s Xbox One X. That’s old news at this point. We’re looking towards the future now, to the so-called Mad Box, a new console announced by Project CARS developer Slightly Mad Studios this week. CEO Ian Bell promises the Mad Box will run games at 4K resolution and 60 frames per second, with full support for the major virtual reality headsets—thus the “most powerful console” comment.

And he promises it will ship in three-ish years, for a price comparable to other next-gen consoles—which raises the question, what will those next-gen consoles look like? What does the Mad Box tell us, if anything, about the PlayStation 5 and whatever Microsoft’s next Xbox is named? What features will be important? And, in turn, what effect will that have on the PC?

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TP-Link goes all in with Wi-Fi 6 home networking gear, offering five products in 2019

Mon, 2019-01-07 13:14

TP-Link is wholeheartedly embracing the next-generation of wireless networking, dubbed Wi-Fi 6 (the common name for technology based on the IEEE 802.11ax standard). The company announced a slew of new products at CES 2019, including the Deco X10 Wi-Fi mesh router and the super-powerful Archer AX11000 gaming router.

The Deco X10 is a tri-band router that will deliver wireless throughput of up to 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz frequency band, and as much as 1,200Mbps each on two independent networks operating on the 5GHz frequency band. It will sell as a two-pack (one router and one node) for $349.99.  

Gamers will be more interested in TP-Link’s Archer AX11000 Gaming Router, pictured up top. While this is a new market for TP-Link, it looks as though the company has done its homework to understand what gamers are looking for. The Wi-Fi 6-compatible Archer AX1000 is also a tri-band router, but TP-Link says it’s capable of providing up to 1,148Mbps of wireless throughput with its 2.4GHz network and a whopping 4,804Mbps on each of its 5GHz networks.

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Make your home smarter with these great deals on popular TP-Link W-Fi plugs and switches

Mon, 2019-01-07 12:13

Making your home smarter home doesn't have to be expensive. And today it's downright cheap. B&H Photo is running a sale on TP-Link accessories that can save you up to 50 percent on popular plugs, switches, and Wi-Fi accessories—as long as you remember to clip the coupons before you check out.

First up is a two-pack of the HS105 Wi-Fi Smart Plug Mini. Normally selling for $25 each, you can get a pair of these plugs for $28Remove non-product link, a savings of 44 percent. The Wi-Fi smart plug mini allows you to turn any dumb device into a smart one by letting you turn devices off and on remotely and schedule usage times and away mode. You can also hook it up to Alexa and Google Assistant for hands-free operation with a smart speaker.

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LG's rollable OLED TV hides away when you don't need it

Mon, 2019-01-07 12:01
LG's new flexible panel Signature OLED TV R (65R9) rolls up in its cabinet to render your living space less of a shrine to the pixel.

Ring launches a smart home lighting range

Mon, 2019-01-07 12:00
Ring is launching a new range of smart lighting that will brighten areas around your house while beefing up motion detection capabilities, and hook into Ring video cameras and doorbells.

Ring Alarm expands with new sensors, smart-lock support

Mon, 2019-01-07 12:00
The top-rated smart home alarm system is becoming more useful.

Ring finally has a doorbell cam for renters and apartment dwellers

Mon, 2019-01-07 12:00
Ring's latest video doorbell attaches to the peephole on a front door, making it suitable for renters or apartment residents who often cannot drill into the wall next to the door.

Apple's iPhone privacy billboard is a clever CES troll, but it's also inaccurate

Mon, 2019-01-07 10:41
Apple's new billboard in Las Vegas touting the iPhone's privacy features doesn't quite tell the whole story.

Grab a Corsair gaming keyboard, mouse, and mousepad for nearly $100 off at Amazon today

Mon, 2019-01-07 10:18

PC gamers looking to upgrade their setup can put together a nice little package today at Amazon. The online retailer has a trio of great deals on Corsair gaming devices, and you can grab a keyboard, mouse, and mousepad (all with RGB lighting of course) for less than $170.

First up is the Corsair Strafe RGB MK.2 mechanical keyboardRemove non-product link with Cherry MX Red switches for $100–down from a retail price of $140. We haven’t done an official review of this keyboard, but it does get honorable mention in the best budget keyboard category in our round-up of the best gaming keyboards. The Strafe MK.2 features USB passthrough, the ‘quiet’ version of the Cherry MX Red switches, onboard profile storage, and per-key RGB backlighting.

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