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5 reasons to not get excited about the Samsung-Verizon 5G phone announcement yet

Mon, 2018-12-03 11:56

We already knew that 2019 was going to be the year that the first 5G phones became available for purchase, but even before the calendar turns, the ball is already starting to roll. Samsung and Verizon announced Monday that they will be partnering to deliver a 5G phone in the first half of 2019, bringing Wi-Fi speeds to mobile networks.

At least in theory. While the first phones able to stamp 5G on their boxes will have bragging rights for sure, the benefit to consumers won’t be so great, especially for the first round of handsets. While 5G is most certainly the future and someone has to be first, you might not want to rush out to buy whatever 5G Samsung phone releases next year. Here are five reasons to wait:

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Just Cause 4 review impressions: A buggy and boring overhaul

Mon, 2018-12-03 10:54

Being in a creative rut is bad, but getting out of one isn’t always better. The proof? Just Cause 4 ($60 on Humble), a game that could’ve been a mindless retread of old ideas but instead opts to do something different, with middling results. Everyone’s favorite explosion simulator has been overhauled from head to toe, but the changes here often make for a tedious, meandering experience even when the game’s at its most exciting.

I’m not finished with Just Cause 4 yet. I'm only maybe 10 hours into it. I plan to keep playing, but it’s worth mentioning that the reason I’ve only made it 10 hours in so far is because I just don’t enjoy playing it. Well, that and an enormous helping of bugs.

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The 3 best deals in Amazon's huge one-day PC gaming hardware sale

Mon, 2018-12-03 09:44

Amazon’s at it again with a huge one-day sale on gaming PCs and accessoriesRemove non-product link, including price drops on external storage, headsets, mice, keyboards, routers, and a smattering of laptops and graphics cards. We’ve taken a look at the list and compiled our top three picks from the blowout. 

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Meet T-Rex: Nvidia's Titan RTX is the new graphics card mega-monster

Mon, 2018-12-03 08:00

When the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti launched with a sky-high $1,000 theoretical price tag and $1,200-plus actual price tag, some people speculated that it simply took the place of the Titan at the top of Nvidia’s graphics card lineup. Nope. On Monday, Nvidia revealed the Titan RTX, a $2,499 behemoth that the company also calls “T-Rex.”

It’s certainly monstrous enough. Like its Titan V predecessor, the Titan RTX returns to the Titan’s roots as a prosumer card, with a focus on AI, data science, and content creation tasks. Nvidia’s flagship TU102 GPU packs 72 dedicated RT cores for real-time ray tracing and 576 tensor cores so beloved by machine learning tasks. That’s identical to the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti’s loadout.

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Best DNA testing kits: Discover the secrets stored in your genes

Mon, 2018-12-03 06:30

We all want to know more about who we are. Who were the people who came before us? Where did they come from? Are there relatives out there we don’t know about?

DNA testing services promise to help answer these questions. Today, multiple at-home ancestry DNA kits can find long-lost relatives, estimate your ethnic ancestry, or show where your ancestors came from tens of thousands of years ago.

These tests are popular—according to the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG), the number of people who bought at-home DNA kits now exceeds 18 million—and it’s easy to see why. All you have to do is swab your cheek or spit in a vial, seal your sample in a bag, and send it off to the lab. In a matter of weeks, you’ll be given a percentage breakdown of the regions your genes hail from.

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Living DNA Review: This DNA test kit offers surprising detail

Mon, 2018-12-03 06:30

The newest player in at-home DNA testing, Living DNA claims to be the “world’s most advanced DNA test.” Not only does the company provide a report on your ethnic ancestry, but it also offers information on your maternal and paternal ancient ancestors.

Living DNA calls itself a three-in-one DNA test, as it inspects there parts of your DNA: your autosomes, yDNA from your father, and mtDNA from your mother. However, be aware that only males inherit yDNA from their fathers, so women will only get results based on autosomes and mtDNA.

The yDNA from your father and mtDNA from your mother allow you to explore what Living DNA calls “direct ancestry.” By matching your yDNa and mtDNA with genetic variations found over time in ancient people, Living DNA can determine which haplogroups you belong to. (A haplogroup is a set of people who share genes with an ancient common ancestor, through either the fatherline or motherline.)

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MyHeritage DNA review: The international alternative to AncestryDNA

Mon, 2018-12-03 06:30

MyHeritage’s DNA testing service may be similar to that of its older rival, AncestryDNA, but it differs in one important way: MyHeritage DNA has more users outside the US. For Americans looking to connect with long-lost relatives across the Atlantic, that makes it a compelling option.

Still, choosing MyHeritage DNA over another service won’t be a cut-and-dry decision. As one of the newer companies doing DNA analysis, MyHeritage DNA has tested nowhere near the same amount of people as its established rivals, and its database reflects that. Right now, MyHeritage DNA has data for more than 2 million people, while AncestryDNA’s records contain more than 10 million.

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GPS Origins review: Untrustworthy DNA test results make its rivals look all the more appealing

Mon, 2018-12-03 06:30

For those interested in the more distant eras of their family’s history, GPS Origins’ DNA test kit might sound especially appealing. Not only does the company’s reports show your ancestors migration patterns and how that movement led to your more recent relatives’ origins, but they also go so far as to pinpoint precise geographic coordinates associated with your genes.

There’s just one big problem with GPS Origins’ approach: Genetics experts have major concerns about the accuracy of the test.

According to genetic genealogist Debbie Kennett, the test is based on questionable and science that claims to pinpoint the village someone’s DNA hailed from. That may sound amazing, but some people have been told they come from a village in the middle of the ocean. (You can read her full critique here.)

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Philips Hue Calla outdoor pathway light review: A sophisticated outdoor lighting system

Mon, 2018-12-03 06:00
Philips takes its Hue smart lighting outdoors with this elegant and well-built pathway light.

Eufy SpaceView Baby Monitor review: simple security for your small fry

Mon, 2018-12-03 06:00
This video baby monitor comes with an attachable wide-angle lens to give you a full view of your child's nursery once they're old enough to be out of their crib.

SaferVPN review: This newcomer is off to a good start

Fri, 2018-11-30 18:08
SaferVPN in brief:
  • P2P allowed: Netherlands server only
  • Business location: Tel Aviv, IL
  • Number of servers: 700
  • Number of country locations: 34
  • Monthly cost: $65.88 billed annually, or $78.96 for two years
  • VPN protocol: IKEv2 (default with OpenVPN as fallback)
  • Data encryption: AES-256
  • Data authentication: SHA-256
  • Handshake encryption: 2048-bit

Editor’s Note: This review was updated November 29, 2018 to reflect changes to infrastructure, improved speed scores, and a new overall review score.

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The Full Nerd ep. 76: Sapphire RX 590 Nitro+, misleading Optane PC ads, Black Friday hauls

Fri, 2018-11-30 17:02

In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray celebrate good deals and warn you about misleading ones.

First, though, we talk about one heck of a graphics card. We crowned the Radeon RX 590 the new king of 1080p gaming when it launched a couple weeks back, and the highly customized Sapphire Radeon RX 590 Nitro+ makes it even better. It’s awesome. Brad explains why.

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Best password managers: Reviews and buying advice

Fri, 2018-11-30 15:49

We are terrible at passwords. We suck at creating them (the top two most popular remain “123456” and “password”), we share them way too freely, and we forget them all the time. Indeed, the very thing that can ensure our online security has become out biggest obstacle to it. This is what makes a good password manager essential.

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This week in games: Obsidian teases a game reveal, the FTC pledges to look into loot boxes

Fri, 2018-11-30 15:00

We’re in a bit of a lull here. Next week is the Game Awards, a.k.a. that one random point in the winter where we get a bunch of game announcements—and Geoff Keighley gives out a few awards too, if we’re lucky. This week’s all lead-up to that slew of trailers, basically.

But luckily we were off last week for Thanksgiving, so we’ve got two slim weeks of news to recap. Turns out two boring weeks is almost equivalent to one good week, so let’s dig into the FTC’s loot box investigation, Obsidian’s new game tease, Dragon Age...something, Life is Strange 2 and Pathologic 2 and the future of episodic games, and more.

This is gaming news for November 26(ish) to 30.

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Marriott Starwood hotel data breach FAQ: What 500 million hacked guests need to know

Fri, 2018-11-30 11:25

It’s been a couple of months since a major company unveiled a data breach that affected millions of people, so it’s time for a new one. The Marriot hotel chain has announced a major database breach that could affect anyone who stayed at its 6,700 worldwide Starwood hotel properties since 2014—up to 500 million people in total.

That’s a lot of people an a long stretch of time, so check out our FAQ for all of the information:

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Arlo is planning to launch a 4K smart home security camera next year

Fri, 2018-11-30 11:21
Arlo plans to launch a 4K security camera in 2019, potentially stealing a lead on competitors and kicking off a new race in the smart home security market.

Amazon's 7th-gen Kindle Paperwhite is $60 off, by far its lowest price yet

Fri, 2018-11-30 11:02

If you’re a bookworm with nowhere to stash more paperbacks, Amazon’s 7th-edition Kindle Paperwhite—a.k.a. the best Kindle for most readers—is on sale for $80 today. That’s a steep discount from its $140 list price and well below its previous best price of $110.

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Get Six Sigma Certified With This Training Bundle, Now Just $59

Fri, 2018-11-30 09:29

Six Sigma and Lean are powerful project management methodologies that eliminate waste, ensure efficiency, and keep profits high. As such, professionals savvy with these concepts are in high demand. The Complete Six Sigma Training & Certification Bundle can get you up to speed with the Lean and Six Sigma essentials, and it's on sale for only $59.

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Snag extremely useful Windows software for cheap in the Best of Stardock Humble Bundle

Fri, 2018-11-30 08:15

It’s a great time to be a Stardock fan. The fabled software and game developer has its own Humble Bundle available right now meaning you can get some great utilities at an awesome price. All told, if you pay the full price of at least $15, you’re getting close to $90 worth of Stardock programs (we’ve noted the regular pricing below) and you’re doing a good deed in the process—a share of the proceeds from Humble Bundle sales are automatically donated to charity. That’s what we call a win-win, especially since Stardock offers some of the best paid Windows software around.

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JBL Xtreme 2 review: A sturdy Bluetooth speaker that's up for serious partying

Fri, 2018-11-30 06:00
Boasting a weatherization rating of IPX7, JBL's beefy Xtreme 2 portable Bluetooth speaker can deliver the tunes just about anywhere.