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DirecTV Now review: Hard to resist, despite its flaws

Wed, 2018-06-27 11:30
DirecTV Now comes cheap with AT&T wireless service, but odd design choices and feature limitations hold it back for everyone else.

Blanket your home in Wi-Fi with this great deal on Netgear's Orbi home system

Wed, 2018-06-27 10:23

Any good mesh system will cover every inch of your home with glorious Wi-Fi, but they usually don't come cheap. Today Amazon is selling Netgear's Orbi Whole Home WiFi System (RBK43) for $250, the lowest we've seen it and a solid discount from its $300 list price.

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5 ways to manage emails and control spam in Outlook

Wed, 2018-06-27 10:20

Spam lives on, despite all our efforts to snuff it out—but Outlook has some features to help slow it down. Here are some things anyone can do, plus some tips for working within a corporate Outlook system. 

1. Use Block Sender frequently

Use Outlook’s Block Sender feature to add intrusive spam to your Block Sender List, and then move it to the Junk Email folder. This works fine if you receive fewer than a dozen emails a day.

Select the spam email, right-click, choose Junk from the drop menu, and click Block Sender. Or, Select Home > Junk > Block Sender. Outlook marks it and relocates it immediately.

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Upgrade your PC's storage with these awesome deals on budget SSDs at Newegg

Wed, 2018-06-27 09:27

If there's one constant in the world of PCs, it's that there's no better upgrade than swapping a hard drive for a speedier SSD. And today, there are two deals from Newegg for varying budgets to bring the speed of an SSD to your PC.

The first is one is a 525GB M.2 Crucial MX300 for $109. This is a close cousin of our favorite budget SSD the Crucial BX300. Act fast though, since the M.2 MX300 is not that easy to find these days. Amazon, for example, has some resellers offering used versions of this drive for $122, and other online retailers are selling new versions for far more.

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Sony G Series Professional SSD review: What a super-reliable, fast SATA SSD is like

Wed, 2018-06-27 06:07

So what exactly is a professional SSD, you ask? Take a look at the Sony G Series Professional SSD’s outstanding longevity ratings, and you’ll have your answer. Where the average mainstream 480GB SSD is rated for around 180TBW, i.e., the number of terabytes that can be written to it over its lifespan, the Sony is rated for a whopping 1,200TBW. Throw in a twice-the-average 10-year warranty, and yowser! More peace of mind delivered by anything other than Intel’s Optane SSDs.

But while the G-Series won’t set you back as much as Intel’s Methuselah-like Optane, they’re more than twice as expensive as the average NAND-based SSD. That begs the secondary question: Do you actually need that kind of endurance? Not likely if you’re an everyday user, but we don’t need sports cars, either. That’s why the super-reliable G-Series makes for interesting reading.

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Will HDR kill your OLED TV?

Wed, 2018-06-27 06:00
With HDR requiring considerably more brightness from OLED elements, will lifespan be significantly reduced? Can OLED's reduced luminance over time still provide the HDR effect?

Giveaway: Win a signed Threadripper 2 T-Shirt

Tue, 2018-06-26 13:00

Remember that time in college when you scored free tickets to that Van Halen concert and talked yourself into the after-party, where you had Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth sign your tour shirt?

While this uber-rare "2nd Gen Ryzen Threadripper Heavy Metal Tour" T-shirt isn't the same as partying with Van Halen, it's probably about close to nerd nirvana as you're going to get today.

Given away at the announcement event for 2nd-gen Threadripper, only a small quantity of these shirts were made by AMD. To make this shirt even more rare, AMD CEO Lisa Su and Senior VP Jim Anderson signed the back for us.

Its ultra-rare existence means we only have one XL shirt to give away to a lucky nerd which we'll announced during The Full Nerd Podcast on June 26 at 10:30 AM PT.

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Sabrent's Quick Charge 3.0 three-port wall USB charger is $20 off, a big discount

Tue, 2018-06-26 11:03

Sabrent’s Quick Charge 3.0 three-port USB wall charger is $13 today, down from a list price of $33. That’s a 60-percent savings off an essential accessory—charging multiple devices quickly is a daily need for families as well as heavy tech users.

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Newegg is selling a 43-inch Samsung 4K HDR TV for less than $350 today

Tue, 2018-06-26 09:59

While the prices of 4K HDR TVs are coming down, they are still often out of reach for most people. Today, Newegg's got a great deal on a 2017 43-inch Samsung 4K HDR Smart TV. You can get the Samsung UN43MU6300FXZA for $340 with the coupon code EMCPVRV22. This is about $40 cheaper than what you'll see on Amazon and a killer deal for a great set.

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Best Android phones 2018: What should you buy?

Tue, 2018-06-26 08:37

Choosing the best Android phone for you is a big decision. The Android universe teems with options, from super-expensive flagship phones, to affordable models that make a few calculated compromises, to models expressly designed for, say, great photography. 

Chances are that whichever phone you buy, you’ll keep it for at least two years. So we’ve made picks for the best Android phone in categories spanning a variety of needs. Check out our summary list below, or keep reading for the details on each one. 

The Best Android phones

Here are our top picks for:

At the bottom of this article, we also list all our recent Android phone reviews—in case you have your eye on a model that didn’t make our cut.

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You Can Get This $130 Wifi HD Panoramic Security Camera For $45

Tue, 2018-06-26 08:30

The point of home security gear, such as wireless IP cameras, is to provide peace of mind. However, a drawback to wireless gear in general is that hackers with the right equipment and skill set can easily hijack the wireless signal and subsequently tap your video feed. One of the primary advantages of the iPM World HD 360 Degree 1080p Wireless IP Camera, though, is that this little panoramic video camera provides complete video encryption, thereby ensuring that your live feed and/or saved footage remains private.

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Wisenet SmartCam D1 video doorbell review: Great video quality, but its facial-recognition feature is a joke

Tue, 2018-06-26 06:00
The Wisenet Smartcam D1 video doorbell delivers one of the best pictures we've seen, but it's not without its faults.

Hulu with Live TV review: The abundant streaming bundle

Tue, 2018-06-26 06:00
Hulu's live TV service still has a few notable drawbacks, but the value is hard to beat.

Excel: How to create simple and dependent drop-down lists

Mon, 2018-06-25 23:48

Drop-down lists in Microsoft Excel (and Word and Access) allow you to create a list of valid choices that you or others can select for a given field. This is especially useful for fields that require specific information; fields that have long or complex data that’s hard to spell; or fields where you want to control the responses.

Creating dependent drop-down lists (when combined with an INDIRECT function) is another benefit. This allows you to select a product category from the main menu drop-down list box (such as Beverages), then display all the related products from the submenu (dependent) drop-down list box (such as Apple Juice, Coffee, etc.). This works very well for ordering and inventory purposes because it divides all the products into manageable categories. This is how most wholesale and retail companies handle their product lines. In fact, companies from hospitals and insurance carriers to banks and more use drop-down lists, check boxes, combo lists, and/or radio buttons to minimize typing and user errors.

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Microsoft's $80 Surface USB-C dongle suggests there'll be no new Surface Dock

Mon, 2018-06-25 18:29

If there’s been one weakness of the Surface tablet series, it’s been a lack of available expansion ports—a shortcoming Microsoft addressed with the Surface Dock. But three years after the latest Dock iteration was announced, Microsoft has revealed a new USB-C dongle is in the works, probably conceding that no new Docks are immediately forthcoming.

Tablets like the Surface Pro (2017) boast a single USB 3.1 Type A connector, and that’s largely it as far as expansion is concerned. Microsoft originally addressed Surface’s I/O shortcomings with the Surface Dock, a $200 expansion option Microsoft announced in 2015 that included four USB 3.1 Type A ports, a gigabit ethernet port, an audio-out connection, and a pair of miniDisplayPorts capable of driving 4K-resolution displays. Though it monopolized the tablet’s proprietary Surface Connector interface for power and I/O, the Dock nevertheless provided a solid, dependable I/O solution.

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Report: Microsoft, Razer push to bring mouse and keyboard support to Xbox

Mon, 2018-06-25 14:36

Ever since Microsoft launched the Xbox One, it’s been making noises about bringing the console and PC closer together—including adding mouse and keyboard support to supplement the Xbox One controller. Now, through a partnership with Razer, that evolution appears closer to reality.

Windows Central reports that Microsoft and Razer jointly presented a partnership on the Razer Turret earlier this year, touted as the “ultimate keyboard and mouse solution for Xbox One.” Notably, the USB mouse support uses the same APIs as those used within Windows, so you’d be able to unplug a mouse used with your PC and attach it to the Xbox.

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Samsung's Connect Home smart hub three-pack is just $100 today

Mon, 2018-06-25 11:04

Building the foundations of smart home connectivity takes two things: a smart hub and Wi-Fi. Samsung's Connect Home serves as both, and right now it's on sale for $100 on Amazon, down from a list price of $280 and the lowest price we've seen by a wide margin.

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Get a 29-inch LG Ultrawide FreeSync monitor for under $200 today

Mon, 2018-06-25 09:25

The Steam summer gaming madness is in full swing, so if you need a better monitor to game on, Office Depot has you covered today, with the 29-inch LG 29WK500-P FreeSync monitor for $180. That's about $80-$90 cheaper than the prices you'll see on Amazon right now for 29-inch LG UltraWide displays. It's so low, in fact, that Office Depot is limiting all purchases to two monitors at this price.

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Samsung 65Q7FN 4K Ultra HD TV review: (Relatively) affordable quantum dot color

Mon, 2018-06-25 06:00
The Q7FN doesn't offer quite the brightness or HDR impact that Samsung's higher-end QLEDs deliver, but its picture is still marvelous and the "disappearing" design is arguably the best in the business.

Intel 8th-gen Core i7 vs. 7th-gen Core i7 CPUs: An upgrade that's finally worth it

Mon, 2018-06-25 06:00

Oh Internet, we know you’ve been throwing shade at Intel’s 8th-gen 6-core Core CPUs since they were announced. In fact, we bet you’re snidely commenting in YouTube or Reddit right now that the CPU is just another re-badge of the “same old thing.”

Well guess what? While it is essentially a derivative of the previous CPU, there’s a whole lot more to the 8th-gen Core i7 than you think. It’s enough of a difference, in fact, that it’s probably one of the rare times we can say it may be worth upgrading over the previous CPU generation. So yeah, that means it’s a big deal. We’ll explain why—and show you benchmarks to prove it—below. 

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