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HP's Sprocket Photo Printer makes easy, fun snapshots and has a $40 discount today

Thu, 2018-07-19 10:46

The HP Sprocket Photo Printer is a cute, easy way to print out memories from your phone instantly. Right now the HP Sprocket is on sale for $90 in the blue versionRemove non-product link, its lowest price ever on Amazon and a steep discount from its $130 list price.

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These are the best PC deals in the Xbox Ultimate Game Sale

Thu, 2018-07-19 10:10

Microsoft is not playing around with the Xbox Ultimate Game Sale that runs now through July 30. There are a bunch of Xbox Play Anywhere games in the sale that allows you to play the games on either Xbox or PC. That means PC gamers on Windows 10 can also take advantage of the big deals event.

Here’s our look at some of the highlights:

Forza Motorsport 7 Standard Edition is $30Remove non-product link down from its MSRP of $60, and the Ultimate Edition of the game is $50, a 50 percent discount from its $100 MSRP. Forza 7 is a fantastic racing game, though when it came out we didn’t like the loot box system.

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What's in the hidden Windows AppData Folder, and how to find it if you need it

Thu, 2018-07-19 08:41

Frank Hammond asked PCWorld how to access the AppData folder and copy files from it.

The Application Data—or AppData—folder contains data created by programs. Almost every program you install creates its own folder in AppData and stores information there. At least in theory, users don’t have to worry about these files.

But in reality, you probably do. For instance, Firefox and Thunderbird profiles reside inside AppData and can be transferred from there between PCs. If you’re using an older version of Outlook, that program’s data is probably in AppData as well.

Finding this folder is easy if you know the tricks. The AppData folder resides in your user folder—the same location that contains Documents, Music, and other library folders (unless you’ve moved them elsewhere). Normally this is something such as C:\Users\[username]\AppData, but unlike those other folders, AppData is hidden, which means you can’t normally see it.

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Shinola Canfield Pro review: These in-ear headphones deliver stylish looks, but mediocre sound

Thu, 2018-07-19 06:00
Slick style and outstanding build quality can't make up for sonic shortcomings.

Streaming video DVR explained

Thu, 2018-07-19 06:00
We're often asked whether there's a DVR for streaming video services. The answer is complicated.

How Samsung could be the big winner in the EU's $5.1 billion fine over Android's Google apps

Wed, 2018-07-18 15:47

In a landmark ruling this morning, the European Union has hit Google with a record $5.1 billion antitrust fine over the way it distributes Android. In the decision, the court ordered Google to change the way it bundles its own apps into its mobile operating system, specifically Google and Chrome, within 90 days in an effort to give its "rivals the chance to innovate and compete."

Google, of course, disagrees and has vowed to appeal the decision. But while the case will likely stretch out for years before any final action is taken, the ruling is almost certain to affect the way Google makes and distributes future versions of Android. A fine this large is unlikely to be fully reversed on appeal, so there's a good chance that Google will be forced to change Android in some way down the line, which has the potential to dramatically alter the way we decide which phone to buy.

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Chase away the post-Prime Day blues with these two awesome smart home deals

Wed, 2018-07-18 09:48

Amazon’s Prime Day may be over, but all the discounts are not. So if you missed out on any of the smart home deals over the past 36 hours, we've got two more for you.

The first is the Lutron Caseat Wireless Smart Lighting Dimmer Switch Starter Kit for $120 on AmazonRemove non-product link. We've seem this bundle hit this all-time low a few times before, but it hasn't budged from its $160 MSRP since February, so this is a great time to grab it. In the box you get the two dimmer switches, two pico remotes, and a smart bridge, and they're certified to work with Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant..

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Virtual reality giants unveil VirtualLink as a standardized cable that may simplify VR rigs

Tue, 2018-07-17 20:47

Virtual reality headsets will standardize on a new physical connector standard, known as VirtualLink, that will be designed around the existing USB-C interface.

A consortium of the VR industry bigwigs, including Nvidia, Oculus, Valve, AMD, and Microsoft, have backed the interface. Notable exceptions appear to be Sony, whose PlayStation VR wasn't listed among the promoter companies, and Intel, which has backed the Thunderbolt specification. Companies that wish to join the consortium can do so at VirtualLink.org, which for right now resolves to a Google Sites address.

Details of the VirtualLink spec itself weren't immediately available, though the member companies said that the spec will support four high-speed HBR3 DisplayPort lanes, which are scalable for future needs; a USB 3.1 data channel for supporting high-resolution cameras and sensors; and up to 27 watts of power. It's not immediately clear what bandwidth the cable will support, or how scalable it will allow VR headsets to be. Anandtech, however, did the math and concluded that the spec allows for 4K @ 120Hz with 8 bits per color.

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PCWorld's July Digital Magazine: AMD steals Computex with its 32-core Threadripper

Tue, 2018-07-17 19:25

Stay on top of the latest tech with PCWorld’s Digital Magazine. Available as single copies or as a monthly subscription, it highlights the best content from PCWorld.com—the most important news, the key product reviews, and the most useful features and how-to stories—in a curated Digital Magazine for Android and iOS, as well for the desktop and other tablet readers.

In the July issue

This month we have all the breaking news from Computex, including AMD’s monster 32-core Threadripper 2. We also have the details on Intel’s not-too-shabby 28-core 5GHz chip. Considering a tablet in the not too distant future? Find out why Microsoft may release a tiny $400 Surface tablet and what it means for the tablet market.

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Best Amazon Prime Day 2018 tech deals for students

Tue, 2018-07-17 14:44
50% off: SanDisk 128GB Ultra Fit USB 3.1 Flash Drive

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Who doesn't need a flash drive while at school? For $21.99, this 128GB SanDisk is a steal at $16 off its $37.99 retail price. Sure, a lot of your work will be in the cloud on Google Drive or elsewhere, but flash drives still come in handy when you're working with large media files. SanDisk says this 3.1 USB drive can write files up to 15 times faster than previous 2.0 drives, which means you can move a full-length movie in less than 30 seconds.

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You can grab a 128GB SanDisk microSDXC memory card for less than $27 today

Tue, 2018-07-17 12:00

If you have a new Android phone on the way thanks to Prime Day, you can triple the storage with this SanDisk 128GB microSDXC Memory Card Ultra for just $26.95 on B&H PhotoRemove non-product link. That’s a few cents higher than the Amazon Prime Day deal, but still nearly half off its $40 regular price. And what's more you can get it right now—the Amazon deal is currently out of stock.

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Best Amazon Prime Day deals on fitness trackers and smartwatches

Mon, 2018-07-16 15:34

While Prime Day is a great chance to grab a cheap TV, PC, or DVD set, it’s also a good excuse to get the tools you need to get in shape. Amazon is running a few awesome deals on fitness trackers to help Prime members on the road to their workout goals, and we’ve collected the best ones here:

Fitbit Alta HR Fitbit/Thinkstock

If you’re looking for something a little simpler, Fitbit’s Alta HR might fit the bill. Even with a slim design, it still brings a heart-rate sensor, sleep tracking, full fitness tracking, and 7-day battery life, as well as notifications and call alerts. It retails for $150, but Amazon is selling it today in black, blue, coral, or fuchsia for just $90Remove non-product link. We’ve previously seen it as low as $99, so this is an incredible deal.

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Best Amazon Prime Day Android smartphone deals for every carrier

Mon, 2018-07-16 15:30

Prime Day is here and if you've been waiting for just the right moment to upgrade your smartphone, today might be the day. Whether you want a top-of-the-line gaming phone or just something that will get you though a day of messaging and music streaming, Amazon is running some killer deals for Prime members on some of the year's most exciting phones. Here are the best ones we found for every carrier and taste:

Fully unlocked Phones Galaxy Note 8 Doug Duvall/IDG

The Galaxy Note 8 is our pick for best phablet phone, and today you can grab the Orchid Grey version for just $650Remove non-product link, $300 off the list price. That's the best price we've seen this side of a BOGO deal and a killer price for a phone with a 6.3-inch screen and incredible all-around specs. Of course, Samsung is gearing up to release the Note 9 next month, but rumors are all pointing to a minor upgrade, so you don't have to worry too much about new phone envy. But you might have bargain regret if you pass on this deal.

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Best Amazon device deals on Prime Day 2018

Mon, 2018-07-16 15:23

Lest we forget, Amazon made e-readers ubiquitous, tablets affordable, and smart speakers a thing. And just like clockwork, the retail giant is using Prime Day 2018 to drop prices on Kindles, Fire tablets, and Echo smart speakers. Oh, and don’t forget Amazon owns Ring now—so Ring Video Doorbell products are on sale too, along with Amazon's own Cloud Cam.

If you want to see the whole line-up of Amazon device price reductions, go to this Amazon page that showcases all the gadgets Amazon makes itself. Or just keep reading for a rundown of what’s on sale by category.

Kindle E-reader deals

Our recommendation: Get the Paperwhite. It’s our favorite overall E-reader.

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A LIFX A19 LED lights four-pack is $98 from LIFX and half off Amazon's price

Mon, 2018-07-16 10:58

The LIFX A19 LED light, one of the best smart bulbs we've tested, is available from LIFX's website today for $97.98 for a four pack, using the code B2G2Remove non-product link. That’s a steep discount from the $240 list price and Amazon's price, where the same pack is $196.

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4 non-Amazon Prime Day deals: A $450 GTX 1080, a $95 SSD and more

Mon, 2018-07-16 10:30

The best non-Amazon Prime Day deals take the "holiday" created for members-only and make it a great shopping time for the rest of us, too. We’re only a few hours away from the Prime Day kick-off, and we’ve rounded up a bunch of solid deals for a Monday morning from all over the web. If you put them all together you’ve got one heck of an upgrade for your average gaming rig or home PC.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080

Newegg’s got the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 (GV-N1080WF3OC-8GD) for $460 after code 18FANST05Remove non-product link, and if you do the mail-in rebate thing you can get $10 back, bringing the total cost to $450. This model of the GeForce GTX 1080 has three fans, 8GB of GDDR5X RAM, 2,560 CUDA cores, a base clock of 1,632MHz, and a boost to 1,797MHz. There’s also a non-gaming boost up to 1,657MHz. Ports include one DVI-D, one HDMI 2.0b, and three DisplayPort 1.4.

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Best Amazon Kindle and Fire tablet deals for Prime Day 2018

Mon, 2018-07-16 09:45

Hopefully you haven’t purchased an Amazon Kindle or Fire tablet in the last few months—because now is the time to buy. Amazon has been hyping Prime Day savings for weeks now, and like Prime Days past, its own branded mobile devices receive some of the best discounts of all. 

Obviously, you’ll need Amazon Prime to score these deals, and if you don’t yet have a membership, you can sign up hereRemove non-product link. You may also consider our suggestions for getting a short-term Prime membership for free.

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Best Amazon Echo and Fire TV deals for Prime Day 2018

Mon, 2018-07-16 09:33

With Google Home and Apple HomePod gaining ground in the smart speaker space, it looks like Amazon wants to cement its popularity in the U.S. with some major price drops for the Echo LookRemove non-product link, Echo Show, and Echo Dot. Echo savings range from 40% to 50%, and two Fire TV devices are on sale as well. 

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Roku will ship its first wireless speaker in October and surprise! It’s not a soundbar

Mon, 2018-07-16 09:00
Designed specifically for Roku TVs, the Bluetooth speakers will be bundled with Roku's voice remote and an all-new tabletop voice remote.

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