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This Impressively Powerful Mini PC Is A Great Gift For Under $160

Wed, 2018-12-05 09:21

Desktop computers are notorious for being bulky, towering machines that take up a ton of desk space and are no fun to transport. The Fusion C Mini PC, however, is looking to change that. You can get it on sale and save an extra 15% when you use the code MERRY15 at check out, lowering the final price to only $153.

The Fusion C is a fully realized personal computer that runs all your favorite productivity apps with ease but is small and lightweight enough that you can take it wherever you go. It’s perfect for students, business professionals on the go, and everyone in between. If you need portable computing power, the Fusion C is exactly what you’ve been searching for.

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Rakuten Kobo Forma e-reader review: Refined experience, flawed package

Wed, 2018-12-05 06:00

There’s a tug-of-war behind the design of every device you own. Companies strive to find the right balance of size, weight and features based on market research and what’s worked well for them in the past. Rakuten Kobo’s done well with large-format E-Ink devices like the Kobo Aura One over the past few years. With the Forma, Kobo looks to build upon this success by giving digital book lovers more of the same, only more so. It’s larger, lighter, and comes packing more features than the Aura One.

Unfortunately, when you go larger and lighter at the same time, something’s got to give.

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Nanoleaf Canvas Smart Light Squares review: Nanoleaf’s wall lighting goes touch-sensitive

Wed, 2018-12-05 06:00
Nanoleaf continues to innovate in the realm of decorative home lighting. It's new Canvas Smart Light Squares open up new opportunities for creating your own illuminated wall art.

How fast is 5G? This speed demo gives us an idea

Tue, 2018-12-04 20:08

So how fast is 5G, anyway? About as fast as a premium-tier cable modem, according to a live test performed by Qualcomm, Motorola, and Verizon on Tuesday. 

All three companies showed off the technology at the Snapdragon Technology Summit in Maui, demoing a prototype 5G device on a prototype 5G network. (The entire first day was devoted to 5G.) And according to the test, the modem transferred a gigabyte’s worth of data in 17 seconds. That’s 0.0588 gigabytes per second, or 58.8 Mbps or 470.4 Mbits/s. That’s pretty damn fast.

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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 855 mobile chip as it readies for 5G

Tue, 2018-12-04 18:51

Qualcomm opened its Snapdragon Technology Summit as a cheerleader, evangelizing the 5G wireless technology that’s rolling out worldwide from chipmakers, carriers, and smartphone makers. Qualcomm’s first “5G-ready” smartphone processor will be the Snapdragon 855.

Qualcomm executives provided a “state of 5G” update—part technical summary, part hype. AT&T and Verizon also joined Qualcomm on stage to provide updates on their own 5G rollouts, as well as to promote the new standard. 

Though Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips are built into phones, part of the 5G transition is simply convincing users that 5G is real, that it’s here, and that it’s needed. “Here is the final message: It’s that the entire industry is moving at the same pace for 2019 launches. It is not just about upgrading a mature market, but moving to new business models,” said Cristiano Amon, executive vice president of Qualcomm Technologies and president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies (QCT), the company’s chipset business, 

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Epic Games is creating a Steam rival and Valve should be scared

Tue, 2018-12-04 14:56

Valve must be sleeping poorly these days. Steam is still king of PC gaming at the moment, but it’s an increasingly belabored kingdom beset on all sides by would-be rulers. Today presents perhaps the strongest challenge yet: Epic, flush with Fortnite cash, will open its own storefront in the near future. It’s cross-platform, cuts developers a much better deal, focuses on discoverability and communication from the get-go, and of course ties in with Epic’s work on the Unreal graphics engine.

We’ve seen plenty of Steam competitors over the years, but this is the first one I’d call a true threat to Valve’s dominance. I’m going to take a bit to recap the story as it stands, but if you want to know how this affects you feel free to skip ahead to “Part 2” where we lay out what this means for the future.

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Watch The Full Nerd talk Creative Super X-Fi and old PC memories right now!

Tue, 2018-12-04 14:07

Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. In today's special show we are joined by Ryan Schlieper from Creative to talk about PC audio and the new Super X-Fi as well as old PC building memories. As always we will be answering your live questions so speak up in the chat.

If YouTube is not your thing uou can also watch us on Twitch, Facebook, and Twitter!

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The Anker Soundcore 2, one of our favorite portable Bluetooth speakers, is 25% off

Tue, 2018-12-04 11:31

With a month full of parties and winter adventures ahead, picking the perfect playlist is key to setting the mood, and a portable Bluetooth speaker can help you wirelessly connect to your tunes wherever you go. And right now, you can snag “the best and most affordable backpack speaker we’ve reviewed” for cheap. Anker’s popular Soundcore 2 portable Bluetooth speaker is $30 on Amazon, a 25% discount off its $40 list price.

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Razer's Blade Stealth gets a long-awaited upgrade to GeForce graphics and a Whiskey Lake CPU

Tue, 2018-12-04 11:00

For a company that prides itself on its gaming creds, Razer’s 13-inch Razer Blade Stealth has always had one weakness: no discrete graphics.

That just changed Tuesday morning. Razer announced that it has updated the Stealth with Intel’s newest 8th-gen (Whiskey Lake) quad-core Core i7-8565U, along with an Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU option. These components are stuffed into a laptop that’s only a smidge larger than its predecessor. 

Why this matters: Razer’s thin-and-light laptop has a lot of competition. Bringing in a new CPU and especially the discrete GPU option, along with some other design and feature tweaks, helps the Razer Blade Stealth stand out in a very tough game. We’ll see which laptops follow—and at what price points. 

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Brydge G-Type wireless keyboard review: The best typing companion for the Google Pixel Slate

Tue, 2018-12-04 10:30

If you’re buying a Pixel Slate, you pretty much need a keyboard. And at the moment there are basically two options: Google’s Pixel Slate Keyboard, which connects via the Quick Snap Connector and the Bluetooth Brydge G-Type. While they both have their pros and cons, the Brydge G-Type is a no-brainer.

It’s not just that it’s $40 cheaper, although that certainly helps. It’s that it does two important things that the Pixel Slate Keyboard doesn’t. It allows the Slate to be used comfortably on your lap, and it lets you switch between interfaces at the push of a button. The latter might not be an intended feature of the Brydge G-Type—the website encourages removing the Slate and flipping it around to use it in tablet mode—but it’s one I used often during my testing.

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Back up all the things with this massive 10TB WB external drive for $200, a $100 discount

Tue, 2018-12-04 09:48

If you missed the awesome storage deals during Black Friday, today’s deal comes close to those crazy low prices. Amazon is selling the WD 10TB Elements external desktop hard drive for $200. Yes, you read that right—10 terabytes. This deal doesn't quite match the drive's $180 low around Cyber Monday, but it’s still far below this drive’s usual $280 to $300 sticker price.

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Quora data breach FAQ: What 100 million hacked users need to know

Tue, 2018-12-04 09:29

Another week, another massive hack. Last week it was Marriott Starwood hotels; this week, it’s question-and-answer website Quora’s turn. Late Monday night, Quora revealed that “a malicious third party” gained access to its systems and swiped the account data of approximately 100 million users. That includes personally identifiable information, like your name and email address, as well as details about the actions you’ve taken on Quora itself, and data from other sites you’ve linked to your Quora account.

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Android Confidential: The Pixel Slate doesn't cut it as a high-end Android tablet

Tue, 2018-12-04 09:23

While I already reviewed the Pixel Slate at considerable length as a Chromebook, I also wanted to take a look at it as an Android device. Since Chrome OS can run Android apps now, the Pixel Slate should be a contender for Android tablet of the year.

OK, maybe that’s not saying much, but with a 2,000x3,000 screen, Core Intel processor, and up to 8GB of RAM, the Pixel Slate is a fantastic piece of hardware that any Android fan would love. But how does it perform as a tablet? The answer: just OK. Apps are buggy, performance is lackluster, and the tablet-PC hybrid interface just doesn’t work.

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DNA testing for ancestry is more detailed for white people. Here’s why, and how it's changing

Tue, 2018-12-04 06:04

As DNA tests for ancestry explode in popularity, a fundamental problem remains: The tests deliver more detailed results for people of European descent, as evidenced by the ethnicities and data that major DNA testing companies represent. While this bias should, theoretically, abate as more people take the test and add their DNA data to the mix, the companies have some work to do before their kits can work reasonably well on a worldwide population. 

In 2017, more people took DNA tests than in all the previous years combined, according to the MIT Technology Review, and that number keeps climbing. According to the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG), more than 18 million people have tested their DNA to learn about their ethnic identity or to find relatives. DNA testing companies like AncestryDNA and 23andMe have become household names as a result, while new tests claiming more specialized results crop up every few years.

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Sony A9F Master Series 4K UHD OLED TV review: A top-notch TV with the best sound in the business

Tue, 2018-12-04 06:00
Sony's XBR65A9 65-inch 4K UHD OLED TV offers great color, excellent blacks, and wonderful HDR. It also offers the best sound in a flat-panel TV, bar none. The only problem is that there's a significantly cheaper, but highly worthy competitor in the LG's E8 series.

Loft Portable Battery Base review: Take your Google Home anywhere with this easy-to-use accessory

Tue, 2018-12-04 06:00
Transform your Google Home into a mobile Bluetooth speaker with this clever battery accessory.

Best Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ cases: Top picks in every style

Mon, 2018-12-03 19:35

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ might look a lot like the models they replace, but they're not exactly the same. Put them side by side and you'll see just enough of a difference in size and shape that old S8 cases won't fit. So that means you need a new one. Here are our favorites so far:

Update (12/3/18): Added a new Best Battery Cases section, featuring the Mophie Juice Pack and the ZeroLemon Galaxy S9 Battery Case 4700mAh.

Best shell cases for Galaxy S9 and S9+

Even if you're just looking for a simple case that adds a little protection and grippability to your Galaxy S9, you'll still want something with style. These case offer simple, sturdy protection for your S9 but still bring some flair.

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Do we need another stripped-down version of Windows? Microsoft apparently thinks so

Mon, 2018-12-03 16:44

Both the people who make PCs and the people who use them have repeatedly shown that they prefer a full-featured version of Windows. Nevertheless, Microsoft appears to be developing a stripped-down Windows for those who have never experienced the real thing.

According to Petri, Microsoft is developing an OS that’s currently called “Lite” (not Windows Lite, just Lite). And it might not actually be Windows. The target? America’s youth, whose introduction to computing in increasingly in the guise of Google’s Chromebooks. Similarly, Lite would be limited to running Progressive Web Apps and apps released in the Microsoft Store.

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Valve's Steam Link app for Raspberry Pi lets you build your own PC game-streaming box

Mon, 2018-12-03 16:32

The Steam Link is dead, and that sucks, but now we have the technology to resuscitate it. On Monday, Valve’s Sam Lantinga announced that the Steam Link app is now available in beta form on the Raspberry Pi 3 and Raspberry Pi 3 B+.

To install the app, make sure you’re running the “Stretch” version of the Pi’s Raspbian operating system—it’s been the default since August 2017—and input the following from a command line. (Protip: cut and paste it instead of manually typing it in.)

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Battlefield V is about to get a huge ray tracing performance boost, Nvidia says

Mon, 2018-12-03 12:22

Three weeks back, EA officially turned RTX on in Battlefield V, becoming the first game to support the radical real-time ray tracing capabilities of Nvidia’s  GeForce RTX 2070 and RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti graphics cards. Real-time ray tracing has long been considered the Holy Grail of gaming graphics. The fact that it’s running at all in modern games is very technically impressive and required the addition of dedicated hardware in Nvidia’s graphics cards.

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