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Three ways to stop your Samsung Galaxy phone from randomly sending out your pics

Tue, 2018-07-03 10:33

If you have a new Galaxy S9, you’re probably using Samsung Messages for your texting needs. The default messaging client on all new Galaxy phones, the app lets you text your friends and family with modern features and strong search, and integrates with all of Samsung’s other apps. In short, if you're locked into the Samsung ecosystem, you have every reason to use it.

And now there's a reason not to use it. According to reports, the app has been sending out photos to random contacts without the user’s permission, a massive privacy issue and a potential embarrassment for victims of the bug. It’s unclear how widespread this issue is, but it’s major enough to warrant more than 200 comments on this Reddit thread.

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Amazon Prime Day Deals start now: Save on Echo Show, movies, Twitch, and more

Tue, 2018-07-03 10:14

Amazon Prime Day is back for its fourth annual outing on July 16, and this time Amazon promises 36 hours of deal mania, up from the usual 30. While the official kickoff isn't for another couple of weeks, Amazon is building up to the big day with some preliminary deals.

Remember, these deals are available only for Prime subscribers who pay a $119 annual fee ($59 for students) to get free two-day shipping on orders and a slew of other perks. If you aren't already a member, you'll be able to get a 30-day free trial just in time for all the deals.

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Dell New XPS 13 vs. HP Spectre x360 13t: Which laptop is better

Tue, 2018-07-03 06:30

When you're trying to decide on a great laptop, Apple's MacBook can take a backseat. For the PC faithful, the only grudge match that matters is the one between Dell and HP. Specifically, the companies' flagships, the New XPS 13 ($1,199 from Dell) and the Spectre x360 13t (officially $1,250 from HP, on sale as configured for $990 as of this writing) are constantly competing to be top dog in the laptop universe.

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Amazon Prime Day 2018: Everything you need to know about Amazon's shopping extravaganza

Tue, 2018-07-03 02:34

Prime Day, Amazon’s summer shopping event, is back for its fourth appearance. On Monday, July 16, Amazon will offer deals for thirty-six hours on over a million products on its sites around the world. Bargain hunters can track all the action starting at noon Pacific time via the company’s Prime Day landing page.

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Lock down your home with $200 off Netgear's Arlo Pro 2 smart home security system

Mon, 2018-07-02 10:14

A good home security system provides elevated safety and peace of mind to a home, and right now one of our favorites, Netgear's Arlo Pro 2, is on sale on Amazon for $483. That's a steep discount off the list price of $680 and the lowest we've seen it.

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Stock up on Philips Hue Color Ambiance bulbs and floodlights with 20% off at Amazon

Mon, 2018-07-02 09:23

Lighting might be the easiest way to start a smart home, but upgrading all of your bulbs can quickly add up, especially if you want to add color to your rooms. Today’s the day to stock up: Amazon is selling Philips’ most popular Hue White and Color Ambiance smart bulbs, the A19 standard LED and BR30 flood light, for $40 each, a savings of 20 percent. It’s not quite the lowest price we’ve ever seen, but it’s a great deal.

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Stock up on Philips Hue Color Ambiance bulbs and floodlights with 20 percent off at Amazon

Mon, 2018-07-02 09:23

Lighting might be the easiest way to start a smart home, but upgrading all of your bulbs can quickly add up, especially if you want to add color to your rooms. Today’s the day to stock up: Amazon is selling Philips’ most popular Hue White and Color Ambiance smart bulbs, the A19 standard LED and BR30 flood light, for $40 each, a savings of 20 percent. It’s not quite the lowest price we’ve ever seen, but it’s a great deal.

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Let Windows 10's Cortana Show Me be your family's tech support

Mon, 2018-07-02 06:27

Most how-to articles on a given subject walk you through a series of steps, perhaps with a video attached. Windows 10’s new free help feature, Cortana Show Me, is different: It actually performs basic Windows tasks for you on your PC while you follow along.

Even better, Cortana Show Me strikes a nice balance between showing you what to do, actually performing those steps, and providing an “escape hatch” if you need to slow down. All you need to do is wiggle your mouse, and Cortana Show Me will stop. Microsoft’s free app is part of the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, and includes walkthroughs for many basic tasks—we have a full list below.

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10 more great movies to celebrate the Fourth of July

Mon, 2018-07-02 06:00
Stream a few of these fantastic movies to capture the spirit of Independence Day.

How a robot vacuum navigates your home

Mon, 2018-07-02 06:00
Its movements might seem random, but there's a method to how these machines get around.

HTC U12+ review: One too many pressing problems

Mon, 2018-07-02 06:00

With the U12+, HTC somehow manages to mess up the one thing that all other phones get right: the volume and power buttons. I don’t generally pay much mind to the buttons on my phone—the Bixby key on the Galaxy S9 notwithstanding—but the U12+’s are so finicky, I actively tried to avoid them.

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The buttons on the U11 (bottom) were fine, HTC, so why’d you have to change them?

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Watch us give our RetroPie console a whole new look

Fri, 2018-06-29 18:00

Nintendo re-released the NES Classic today, but despite the immediate shortages (again), we’re sitting pretty. We might have built our Raspberry Pi-powered emulator in September to play Super Nintendo games, but it plays original Nintendo games equally well.

So to celebrate the current attention being lavished on classic gaming, we’ve swapped out our SNES-themed case for an NES-themed one. It’s not a purely cosmetic update, either—the new case offers a couple of features we didn’t have before. You can catch all the details in the video, and if you get the urge to build your own RetroPie system, check out our primer that walks you through the process from start to finish. We even have suggestions for the best retro-console cases to house your Raspberry Pi, too.

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PCWorld is streaming Overwatch PTR on Twitch!

Fri, 2018-06-29 15:45

Players seem to be a bit intriged by Overwatch's 28th member: Wrecking Ball. He's a hamster named Hammond -- in a machine gun equipped hamster ball. He's playable on the PC in PTR, and today Adam and Leif will try him out (among other changes) at 1:00 P.M. PT.

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Best Raspberry Pi gaming cases

Fri, 2018-06-29 15:04
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If you’re having trouble getting the hot-selling Nintendo NES Classic, don’t worry: You can make your Raspberry Pi look just like the vintage system. This highly-reviewed case from Retroflag pays homage to the classic 1980s Nintendo console, which featured the likes of Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Kirby’s Adventure.

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Myst III: Exile and Myst IV: Revelation are back on sale for the first time in a decade

Fri, 2018-06-29 14:06

It’s the 25th anniversary of Myst this year, and you might recall Cyan had a bit of a celebration in store: A special edition Linking Book containing all five Myst games. That Kickstarter is over, which means you’ve missed out on the book itself—but the fruits of that labor are still available, which is to say Myst III: Exile and Myst IV: Revelation are on sale again!

You can find the pair on GOG.com for now, with Steam releases due later this year. It’s been a long time since you could legally find Myst III and IV, so it’s great to see them out in the wild again. They aren’t even necessarily the best games in the series, but no collection’s really complete without them.

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Make perfect steaks for the Fourth with $33 off the iGrill 2 smart thermometer

Fri, 2018-06-29 10:52

The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and you know what that means: barbeque. Of course, not all of us are well-seasoned grill masters, and even those of us who are can use a little help making sure our meat is cooked to perfection. That's where a smart meat thermometer comes in, and right now the Weber iGrill 2 smart thermometer is $67 on Amazon, down from a list price of $100 and the lowest we've seen it.

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Get a blazing fast 27-inch 1440p Acer FreeSync monitor for $200 off at Newegg

Fri, 2018-06-29 09:23

If you plan on celebrating liberty with a full day of gaming on July 4, Newegg’s got a great deal on a sweet monitor right now. The electronics retailer has a 27-inch 1440p Acer FreeSync monitor for $300 with checkout code EMCPVRY42. That’s about $65 cheaper than what you’ll find elsewhere. Newegg’s says this price is good through Thursday July 5.

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The 10 best PC games of 2018 (so far)

Fri, 2018-06-29 06:30

As always, it’s hard to believe we’re already halfway through 2018. Seems like just yesterday we were crowning 2017’s best PC games, and now there’s six more months of titles swelling the backlog.

This year’s been a bit odd though, with many of the biggest and most anticipated games (Sea of Thieves) floundering, and others ending up on this list that I hadn’t even heard of until they popped up on Steam (Yoku’s Island Express). We’ll see how many of them survive for our final Game of the Year list in December, but for now? Read on for our 10 favorite PC games of 2018...so far.

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10 great movies to celebrate the Fourth of July

Fri, 2018-06-29 06:00
Stream a few of these fantastic movies to capture the spirit of Independence Day.

Bluesound Pulse Mini Bluetooth speaker review: Great sound, strong feature set, and a few rough edges

Fri, 2018-06-29 06:00
The Bluesound Pulse Mini sounds great, will mesh with other Bluesound speakers, and plays music from a wide variety of sources. But its out-of-box experience and controls leave something to be desired.

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