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Slack now integrates with Office 365, pushing Office docs and email reminders into your chat

Tue, 2019-04-09 11:00

Microsoft Teams may be part of the Microsoft ecosystem of apps and services, but that doesn’t mean Office won’t enjoy a cozy relationship with anyone else. Slack said Tuesday that it, too, has integrated extensive Office 365 support, offering a number of conveniences for long-time Slack users.

The Office 365-Slack integration will be available within Slack’s App Directory, according to a company spokesperson, where various Office 365 app connectors will be found. Users on Slack’s free plan can have up to 10 apps installed, while all of its paid plans offer unlimited app usage.

Here’s a quick list of all of the new features that Slack will offer thanks to its integration with Office 365:

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Amazon's blowing out ViewSonic monitors and projectors at killer prices

Tue, 2019-04-09 10:02

Spending money on a decent computer monitor isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. You spend all day staring at your screen! If your suffering with a tiny, low-resolution display, today’s your day. Amazon’s blowing out ViewSonic monitors and projectorsRemove non-product link until midnight Pacific time tonight and every one’s selling for an all-time low or close to it.  

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R-Drive Image review: Super reliable imaging backup

Tue, 2019-04-09 06:30

Sometimes it's better to have a program that's just superb at just one task rather than one that does a lot of things in mediocre fashion. In this case, I'm talking about the $45 R-Drive Image, which does everything related to imaging of disks and the related tasks, but leaves file-base backup, syncing, etc. to the competition.

The reward for the laser-like concentration on is the most reliable imaging I've ever come across, not to mention a very lightweight system footprint.  


R-Drive image creates image files of disks and individual partitions, that is, it creates a bit-by-bit exact copies of the contents of your drive, including the layout and boot sectors, all written to one handy container file that's easy to store and archive. While file backup saves your important data, images are used to recover your crashed system to a point in time so you can get back to work more quickly. Not to mention, recovering all that optimization you did to get things just the way you like them.

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Sinopé Sedna water-leak protection kit review: This electronic valve is less expensive, but only semi smart

Tue, 2019-04-09 06:00
This electric valve can’t analyze your water system the way some of its competitors will, but it might react to a leak more quickly than those smarter devices.

Alienware Area-51m R1 review: Fast, big and upgradable

Tue, 2019-04-09 06:00

Alienware's Area-51m flagship gaming laptop is big, thick, and fast, a return to form that should reassure people who got worried when the company unveiled the thin-and-light Alienware m15 last year. The new Area-51m very well might be the first gaming laptop to bring the Holy Grail of features to consumers: Upgradable graphics and an upgradable CPU.

Gordon Mah Ung Alienware Area-51m specs and features

The Area-51m's spec list is all good stuff, and it'll cost you. Our review unit is the highest-end SKU, which starts at $4,050 (available at but is $4,500 as configured below. For slightly more modest budgets, the lowest-end model starts at $1,950 and is nothing to sneeze at. Also note, the white "Lunar Light" color is a $50 upgrade over the dark-gray "Dark Side of the Moon" color. 

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Fluance Fi20 Bluetooth speaker review: Stylish good looks and rich sound unfortunately marred by boomy bass

Tue, 2019-04-09 06:00
The price is delightful, and it looks great, but those two pluses can't overcome this speaker's overblown low end.

Microsoft's Windows 10 May 2019 Update can be downloaded now: Here's how

Mon, 2019-04-08 15:08

If you want to be one of the first to experience Microsoft’s Windows 10 May 2019 Update, you can. The release is live now for Windows Insiders, a program you can easily join.

Normally, Windows Insiders test the beta builds of new Windows 10 features. But since Microsoft pushed build 18362.30 into the Release Preview ring last night, that means there’s a stable build of the next feature release waiting for you. 

Officially, the May 2019 Update (aka ‘19H1’) will be pushed to all PCs in late May—the idea being that Microsoft has prolonged its final beta period for a month. That’s why the term 'stable' has to be taken with a grain of salt: Microsoft thinks the May 2019 Update is feature complete and bug-free—but it also thought so with the October 2018 Update, and we all remember what happened then

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AMD's 2nd-gen Ryzen Pro mobile chips see some traction with HP, Lenovo design wins

Mon, 2019-04-08 14:31

One of the complaints surrounding AMD’s efforts to ship mobile Ryzen chips for notebook PCs was a fundamental one: Where were the notebooks? On Monday, AMD answered. The company announced the second-gen Ryzen Pro mobile processor for commercial notebook PCs, which will appear first in notebooks from HP and Lenovo.

There are three new Ryzen Pro chips: the 2.3GHz, 4-core/8-thread Ryzen 7 Pro 3700U; the 2.1GHz 4-core/8-thread Ryzen 5 Pro 3500U; and the 2.1GHz 4-core/4-thread Ryzen 3 Pro 3300U. All are 15W parts, meaning that they’re aimed at more mainstream and ultrathin notebooks. They all use the older 12-nm manufacturing process, but they boast the discrete-class integrated “Vega” GPU that other mobile Ryzen chips do as well.

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Microsoft releases alpha versions of its Microsoft Edge on Chromium browser for you to try

Mon, 2019-04-08 13:56

You can peek at Microsoft's big plan to move Edge to open-source Chromium code, if you're a developer or enthusiast. The company is making the first alpha builds available on Monday.

In December, Microsoft said it would begin migrating its Edge browser to Chromium, the underlying open-source platform used by Google Chrome, Vivaldi, and some other browsers. The result, Microsoft said then, should be greater compatibility with Chrome extensions.

Microsoft’s Edge on Chromium browser had previously leaked, with early builds available on file-sharing sites—though without Microsoft’s official endorsement, users downloaded at their own risk. Now, Microsoft has made the new browser available from its Edge Insider program, a version of its Windows Insider program specific to the Edge browser. 

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Cool your computer with EVGA's sleek controllable case fans for $6 instead of $20

Mon, 2019-04-08 11:04

Computers don’t like to be hot. Adding a fan or two to your PC can help tame wild temperatures and keep your precious (and pricey) components cooled. Everyone should have an intake and an exhaust at the very least! If you need to beef up your rig’s cooling capacity, today’s deal is one you don’t want to miss. Office Depot is selling EVGA’s 120mm FX12Remove non-product link and 140mm FX13Remove non-product link software-controllable case fans for a mere $6, down from a regular price around $20 each.

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IKEA just put a Sonos speaker in a table lamp

Mon, 2019-04-08 11:00
The Swedish furniture maker also partnered with Sonos to build a low-cost wireless bookshelf speaker.

Speed up your Wi-Fi with this $47 TP-Link smart router that listens to Amazon's Alexa

Mon, 2019-04-08 09:34

If you’re not happy with the Wi-Fi router your ISP gave you, there’s a great deal today on an affordable and highly rated router. The TP-Link Archer A7 AC1750 Smart WiFi router is $47 on Amazon when you clip the extra $10 off coupon on the product page, located just underneath the sales price.

That extra discount makes this price the all-time low for the Archer A7 on Amazon. If the coupon doesn’t show up for you, $57 is still a great price for this router, which usually sells for $65 to $70.

The Archer A7 features three external antennas promising a good signal of 802.11ac, dual-band Wi-Fi for up to 2,500 square feet. It’s also packed with bandwidth prioritization “quality of service” (QoS) technology to ensure intensive uses like online games and 4K Netflix streams get the best experience possible on your network. 

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The 5 things Google should kill next

Mon, 2019-04-08 06:30

Google is a stone-cold killer. A virtual Keanu Reeves/John Wick or Chow Yun-fat/Ah Jong of death-dealing, wiping out failing products left and right.

Just last week Google killed Inbox,, and Google+. Per Killed By Google’s count (yes, that’s a real website), Google has smothered no fewer than 158 of its own children, easily making it one of the most prolific and family-unfriendly assassins around. For all we know, sweet old Auntie Gmail will be next.

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HP Spectre Folio review: This lightweight leather laptop is different in a very good way

Mon, 2019-04-08 06:00

I can’t take my hands off the HP Spectre FolioRemove non-product link. Lightweight and fully sheathed in leather, it feels great in a way that a metal- or plastic-clad laptop never could. Thanks to its energy-sipping Intel Core Y processor, it generates scant heat, and its battery lasts a very long time.

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New Blu-ray and DVD releases: The latest, greatest movies to enjoy on disc

Mon, 2019-04-08 06:00
Streaming movies is fine and all, but high-quality Blu-ray discs packed with extra features make watching your favorite movies at home a special treat.

AKG Y500 Wireless headphone review: Ultra-compact on-ear headphones for audiophiles

Mon, 2019-04-08 06:00
These on-ear wireless headphones sport an ultra-compact, folding form factor and good wireless features, but their wired performance is where they really shine.

Apple’s ‘courage’ to remove the headphone jack has created a brave new world

Mon, 2019-04-08 06:00
It’s been over two years since Apple opted to axe the headphone jack from the iPhone and guess what? Things are pretty good.

Best smart lock for a keyless home

Fri, 2019-04-05 19:05
Keys are yesterday’s tech, your smart home needs a smart door lock.

Best gaming keyboards: Our picks for the top budget, mid-tier, and RGB boards

Fri, 2019-04-05 16:48

Choosing a gaming keyboard is a matter of personal taste. To that point, there are a plethora of options, with a dizzying mix of features. One person could be into Cherry Browns and white backlighting. Another might favor Razer Greens and a rippling RGB glow. Gigantic wrist pads, compact shapes, numeric keypads, macro keys, volume controls.... You get the picture

To help you sort through the many options, we’ve rounded up a large number of planks, putting them through their paces, to come up with our top recommendations. All of these are mechanical keyboards, and for good reason—they’re simply more comfortable to use over the long haul. But we’re open-minded, so if we encounter an alternative that works well, you may see it appear on this list. We’ll keep updating it periodically as we test new keyboards.

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This week in games: Borderlands 3 is an Epic exclusive, Obsidian shows off The Outer Worlds

Fri, 2019-04-05 16:33

Another week, another Epic exclusive—and this one, people are really mad about. That news, plus free copies of The Witness, 20 minutes of Outer Worlds footage, Rage 2 announces a wandering wizard who sells cheat codes, and Prince Harry says Fortnite should be banned.

This is gaming news for April 1 to 5.

Hip to be square

Let’s just pause for a moment and think about the fact we live in a time where a full-length game is given away for free every two weeks. Say what you want about the Epic Games Store, my teenage self is seething with envy right now. I would’ve killed for this. And the latest game is another good one: The Witness, the excellent 2016 puzzle game about an island full of grids. Grab it in the next two weeks, lest you find another freebie’s taken its place. (Supergiant’s Transistor is waiting in the wings.)

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