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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
NESPi Case+

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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.

Best gaming laptops: Know what to look for and which models rate highest

Thu, 2018-06-28 21:48

Picking a gaming laptop is a lot more fun today than it was five years ago, when a “real” gaming laptop meant 12 pounds of back-breaking hardware to haul around.

Gaming laptop cheat sheet

Our quick-hit recommendations:·

With major advances in laptop CPUs and graphics technologies, you can now get great gaming performance in sizes from slender to huge, and prices from budget to sky-high. That's where this handy-dandy buyer’s guide come in. We’ll name the best gaming laptops currently available, and we’ll highlight what to look for when buying a gaming laptop. (Check back often, as we’ll update this list as new products arrive.)

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The best SSDs of 2018

Thu, 2018-06-28 19:15

Switching to a solid-state drive is the best upgrade you can make for your PC. These wondrous devices obliterate long boot times, speed up how fast your programs and games load, and generally makes your computer feel fast. But not all solid-state drives are created equal. The best SSDs offer solid performance at affordable prices—or, if price is no object, face-meltingly fast read and write speeds.

SSD cheat sheet

Our quick-hit recommendations:

Many SSDs come in a 2.5-inch form factor and communicate with PCs via the same SATA ports used by traditional hard drives. But out on the bleeding-edge of NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) drives, you’ll find tiny “gumstick” SSDs that fit in M.2 connections on modern motherboards, SSDs that sit on a PCIe adapter and slot into your motherboard like a graphics card or sound card, futuristic 3D Xpoint drives, and more. Picking the perfect SSD isn’t as simple as it used to be.

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PCWorld is streaming the Battlefield 5 PC Closed Alpha on Twitch!

Thu, 2018-06-28 17:04

Battlefield V (aka 5) is now available to play in a closed alpha on PC via Origin. Join Adam and Dan as they jump into the new modes EA announced during their EA Play event earlier this month. Hayden also got his hands on the Grand Operations mode and and really enjoyed his time with it.

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Deep Fitbit Surge, Beats Studio3 discounts today could add style and smarts to your workout

Thu, 2018-06-28 11:21

A couple great workout accessories have great deals today. The Fitbit Surge is $100 on Amazon, down from a list price of $189. The Beats Studio3 wireless headphones in rose gold are $205, a steep discount from their MSRP of $350.

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Newegg's got an MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti for well under $450 with rebate

Thu, 2018-06-28 09:55

The graphics card sale pricing keeps on getting better. Today only you can pick up an MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Duke 8G for $420 with the checkout code EMCSPVRW2 and a $20 mail-in rebate. That makes the up-front cost $445, which is still $45 cheaper than what you'll see for this same graphics card on Amazon right now.

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Cobra Drive HD Dash 2316D review: Dual cameras, neat features, poor night video

Thu, 2018-06-28 09:01

I was anxious to try the $240 Drive HD Dash 2316D dual-camera system and see what Cobra brings to the table these days. We gave the last dual-camera Cobra solution I reviewed, the CDR895D Drive HD, an Editor’s Choice, largely because of ease of use and low price. That system’s night video has since been eclipsed in quality by many cameras, even entry-level models. I expected and hoped the Dash 2316D had evolved with the times. 

Long story short: In terms of usability, the Dash 2316D is on point. There are numerous nice-to-have new features iRadar (Cobra’s information service) traffic alerts, and driver assistance. But when it comes to video quality, the Dash 2316D has not evolved, and there are a few other features I'm surprised Cobra hasn't improved.  

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AT&T Watch: All the channels, details, and gotchas

Thu, 2018-06-28 06:00
After buying Time Warner, AT&T is giving away TV with unlimited wireless service, but some caveats apply.

Windows 10's big Insider build showcases Skype, a font maker and Task Manager tweaks

Thu, 2018-06-28 06:00

Midway through developing new Windows Insider builds, Microsoft usually begins dropping some doozies. Wednesday's release of Windows 10 Insider build 17704 was no exception: Microsoft retired its Sets UI again, updated the Windows 10 version of Skype, and began promoting a new Fonts Maker app.

As it often does, Microsoft complemented its major updates with smaller, though more useful additions. Perhaps the most significant is an update to Task Manager that offers some insight into which apps and services are using the most power.

Here's what the latest Insider build version 17704 will add, and what it will taketh away:

Sets is gone, again

Sets, the tabbed UI that appeared within the April 2018 Update as well as the current Redstone 5 builds, had been updated to support more Win32 apps as well as services like Task Manager. But, as it did with the Redstone 4/April 2018 Update builds, Microsoft has phased out Sets once again.

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10 quick ways to clear space on an overstuffed Android device

Thu, 2018-06-28 03:12

Updated June 28, 2018 to reflect Android O (Oreo).

Few things in life are as annoying as finding that your Android handset refuses to install any more app updates because it’s run out of storage. Unlike many of life’s little annoyances, though, this one’s easy to fix. You can quickly clear out hundreds of megabytes or even a gig or two by sweeping up stale downloads, rooting out offline maps and documents, clearing caches, and wiping unneeded music and video files. And if these tips don’t do the trick, check out our picks for the best Android phones for every need and budget. 

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Microsoft's Classic Intellimouse updates 2003's iconic mouse for the modern era

Wed, 2018-06-27 13:51

Fans of the classic Microsoft Intellimouse 3.0 from 2003 can now buy an updated version, which, Microsoft has promised, is true to the spirit of the original.

In fact, Simon Dearsley, Devices Design Director at Microsoft, said this week that some of the components in the new Classic Intellimouse remain the same as those in the original Intellimouse 3.0, its inspiration. The key improvements are in the switch and tracking technology, updating the components for the modern era.

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Hide My Ass Pro 4 review: A noticeable upgrade with great speeds

Wed, 2018-06-27 13:28

P2P allowed: Yes

Business location: United Kingdom and Czech Republic

Number of servers: 890+

Number of country locations: 190+*

Cost: $72 per year

VPN protocol: OpenVPN

Data encryption: AES-256

Data authentication: AES-256-GCM or SHA1

Handshake encryption: 2048-bit TLS and SHA256

Hide My Ass Pro version 4 is upon us bringing some new features and improved speeds. It can now periodically change your IP address, there’s an improved Location Mode, faster servers on the back end, and a way to tell HMA to back off when you’re on certain networks.

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Google insists its Duplex AI-powered voice calling is real and will prove it, umms and all

Wed, 2018-06-27 12:28

Ever since Google played a demo of Duplex, its AI-powered real-world chatbot, at its I/O developer conference in May, people have been trying to undermine it as unethical, immoral, or just plain fake. Those criticisms haven't deterred Google from its plan to unleash Duplex upon restaurants and hair stylists all over the country.

During a demo with media outlets this week, Google said Duplex is set to begin rolling out across the United States sometime this summer. Don't expect it to appear on your Android phone just yet, though. It'll start in limited testing with "a set of trusted tester users," according to The Verge.

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