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Atlas is a disheartening MMO shipwreck that plunders your time

Fri, 2019-01-04 06:30

Grapeshot Games, a sister studio of the makers of Ark: Survival Evolved, calls its new pirate-themed survival MMO Atlas, a word that sizzles with the promise of high adventure and discovery. And it’s true, there is a bit of that. But the more I played the newly launched Early Access release over the holiday break, the more I felt it’d be better called Odyssey.

That word also evokes escapades and exploration, but more to the point, it suggests an aimless voyage where greater powers pelt you with hours of misery and misfortune. Much like Homer’s Odyssey, Atlas ($30 on Steam) is an ordeal that breeds good stories, but they’re stories that are better told than experienced.

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CES 2019: The PC gear and smart home tech we can't wait to see

Fri, 2019-01-04 06:15

More than 4,400 exhibitors showed off their hardware at CES 2018. That’s a lot of gadgets, and the show can become an unmanageable circus if you don’t enter with a game plan—and that counts for people following the action at home, as well. To give you a little head start, here’s our cheat sheet on what to look for at CES 2019. We’re focusing solely on PC gear, home entertainment and smart home gadgets—because that’s our bread and butter at PCWorld and TechHive.

AMD’s 7nm CPUs, including Ryzen 2

It’s pretty easy to predict what AMD will be revealing at CES—because the company has already told us. AMD chief executive Lisa Su will host a keynote address on Wednesday, Jan. 9 where she’ll talk up the company’s 2019 plans to “catapult computing, gaming, and visualization technologies forward with the world’s first 7nm high-performance CPUs and GPUs.” You can expect demos covering the future of gaming, entertainment and virtual reality.

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Philo review: A valuable alternative to the average TV bundle

Fri, 2019-01-04 02:05
By cutting out broadcast and sports networks, the Philo streaming TV service provides cord-cutters lots of channels for not a lot of money.

LG to ship 8K UHD OLED and LCD smart TVs this year, many powered by a new Alpha 9 Gen 2 processor

Thu, 2019-01-03 15:13
LG will ship its first 8K UHD OLED and LCD TVs in 2019, and nearly all will get a boost in processing power. Two-fold in some instances.

Amazon has slashed the price of Foscam's ultra-secure R2 camera to an all-time low

Thu, 2019-01-03 11:55

If one of your resolutions is to worry less in the new year, it might be time to invest in home security. And this Amazon deal can help: Today the Foscam R2 home security camera is on sale for $56Remove non-product link, down $29 from its list price of $85 and an all-time low.

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5 ways Apple's awful quarter could impact the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch in 2019 and beyond

Thu, 2019-01-03 10:00
Tim Cook's letter to investors wasn't just a warning about the upcoming quarterly results—it was a sign that things could be changing at Apple.

Samsung's spectacular 860 EVO, our favorite SSD, is cheaper than ever at Amazon today

Thu, 2019-01-03 09:20

One of our favorite solid state drives is available at a great price today. Amazon is selling the 500GB Samsung 860 EVO for $68.40, after you clip a 5 percent off coupon just below the price on the product page. Ostensibly a $110 SSD, the historic all-time low for this drive on Amazon was $71 and the current price is $72. 

Any way you slice it, this is a great cost for a great drive. Today’s deal is for the standard 2.5-inch form-factor version of the Samsung 860 EVO. There is an M.2 version as well, but at this writing it was much more expensive at $98. Both the 2.5-inch and M.2 versions use a SATA III interface.

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How to unlock and enable Developer options on any Android phone

Thu, 2019-01-03 07:21

Even if you're leery about rooting your Android phone and installing a custom ROM, you can still try out some features and settings that aren't turned on by default. Every Android phone comes equipped with the ability to enable Developer options, which lets you test some features and access parts of the phone that are usually locked away. As you might expect, Developer options are cleverly hidden away by default, but it's easy to enable if you know where to look.

Find your Android Build number

Before you can enable Developer options on your Android phone or tablet, you'll first need to find your phone's build number. On most phones, you can simply type build number into the search field, but here's how to find it on a few popular devices:

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Logitech G613 wireless keyboard review: A rare mechanical option

Thu, 2019-01-03 06:08

Mechanical keyboards have grown from niche to mainstream in the past few years, but only for the corded among us. Those who prefer a wireless keyboard have been out of luck, which is especially odd given the push for more living room-friendly peripherals.

That oversight's starting to be addressed though, with both Logitech and Corsair releasing wireless mechanical keyboards recently. Here we're going to take a look at the former, the Logitech G613, which seems perfect for both living room and desktop use—as long as you don't mind keeping the lights on.

Cutting the G213's cord

The G613 has an inauspicious pedigree. Out of the box it looks like Logitech's short-lived G213, an entry-level keyboard that experimented with custom "mech-dome" switches, rubber domes that supposedly felt like true mechanical switches. Supposedly. The reality was not nearly as exciting.

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Cord-cutting in 2019: What to expect in a pivotal year

Thu, 2019-01-03 06:00
Big changes for cord-cutting lay ahead in 2019.

Shure SE535 in-ear headphones review: Great sound and upgradeability, but a steep price tag undermines the fun

Thu, 2019-01-03 06:00
The Shure SE535 deliver luxurious performance at a starting price of $449. Adding the optional RMCE-BT2 module delivers Bluetooth 5 and aptX HD support for 24-bit audio, but adds another $149 to your bill of sale.

Microsoft's Windows 10 finally tops Windows 7 in user share

Wed, 2019-01-02 15:07

Microsoft’s Windows 10 has finally surpassed Windows 7, according to an analyst firm that tracks real-world usage.

In December, Windows 10 overtook Windows 7 for the first time, according to NetAnalytics. Windows 10’s market share for desktop and notebook PCs combined hit 39.22 percent, versus 36.90 percent for Windows 7. That’s a shift from November, when Windows 7 held a 38.89 percent market share, and Windows 10’s share was 38.14 percent. For all of 2018, Windows 10’s market share rose by about 7 percentage points, while Windows 7’s share fell by about the same amount.

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Get your backups in order for 2019 with 25% off the 2TB WD My Passport drive

Wed, 2019-01-02 12:32

It's a new year, and you know what that means—new projects, new memories, and the possibility that you could lose them all. So start the new year right with a great deal on our favorite backup drive: Amazon is selling the 2TB WD My Passport external drive for $60Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $80 and its lowest price since last summer.

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Protect up to 5 devices with the excellent Norton Security Deluxe for just $15

Wed, 2019-01-02 09:41

Amazon’s dishing out software deals this week designed to help you get your digital life in order for the new year. Yesterday, it was personal finance software, today it’s a great deal on antivirus software. A one-year subscription to Norton Security Deluxe for up to five devices is just $15 today, for the downloadable version only.

Norton is currently charging $40 for new customers for the same suite. Amazon’s price, meanwhile, is at its all-time low for this security suite and the first time it’s dropped under $20.

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Cut The Cord With This Digital Antenna, Now Half Off

Wed, 2019-01-02 09:21

Cord cutting continues to gain popularity, but some of us still resist the movement for fear that we'll lose access to key programming. What you may not realize, however, is that you can still watch popular television shows—for free—via over the air transmissions and without having to mount an ugly mechanical antenna over your roof. All you need is a digital antenna like as the ANTOP AT-402B, which is currently on sale for just $79.99.

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Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 review: A once-great laptop now is merely good

Wed, 2019-01-02 06:30

Time has caught up to Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 2. We loved it in its first iteration—what Microsoft now calls the Surface Laptop (1st Gen), and the low-cost clamshell remains a superb, optimized laptop for students and workers on the go. But while the Surface Laptop 2 has basically stood still, the competition has chimed in with their own progressive offerings. As our review shows, the 13-inch Surface Laptop 2 is still a solid laptop, but design choices made a year ago look a bit tired now.

The Surface Laptop is nearly identical to its predecessor in all three dimensions, the rated battery life, and even weight. In addition to the color, Microsoft has moved from a 7th-gen to an 8th-gen Core microprocessor, and the company has thankfully eliminated the 4GB memory option that was available in the first generation. Gone, too, is Windows 10 in S Mode, now replaced with Windows 10 Home. There aren’t any low-power Qualcomm or Intel Pentium-based options, and Microsoft hasn’t announced an LTE option—but those weren’t available on the first device, either. 

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Disney+ streaming service: Everything we know so far

Wed, 2019-01-02 06:00
Disney+ details: The shows, the movies, pricing, and more.

Norton Security Premium (2019) review: A minor revision of an excellent security suite

Wed, 2019-01-02 06:00

Symantec is back with an overhauled version of Norton Security for 2019. Not a ton has changed since the last time we looked at Norton, but there are some differences worth noting, as well as a new look at the suite’s basic performance.

For this review we’re looking at the top version of the suite, Norton Security Premium, which costs $55 per year for new users and $110 per year at the standard price. Beyond the usual antivirus packages, Norton Security also offers packages that include Lifelock Identity Protection—Symantec acquired Lifelock in late 2016.

Note: This review is part of our best antivirus roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them

As I said last time, one of the first things you notice about Norton Security is that you don’t notice it. Once you install Norton, it goes about doing its job quietly. It doesn’t overload you with a bunch of pop-ups guiding you through its various features, or alerts about special offers, or anything like that. It just does its job, and lets you get on with yours with minimal interruptions.

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Get a jump on your 2019 finances with Quicken 2019 for less than $35

Tue, 2019-01-01 12:19

It’s a new year, new you, and maybe even a new handle on your finances, or at least it could be if you’re interested in today’s deal. Amazon is selling Quicken Deluxe 2019 for $33 with an extra two months of Quicken membership for free—14 months total. Quicken 2019’s MSRP is $55, and it has been selling for that much or slightly lower since it came out in October.

Amazon did have it on sale at its lowest price yet of $27.50 only yesterday, but at $33 it’s pretty close to that all-time low. The current sale price is available for both the boxed and digital download editions.

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15 new PC games we're excited for in 2019

Tue, 2019-01-01 06:30

It’s time. We’ve rounded up all our best games of 2018, then followed that up with another bunch of games you might’ve missed. We’ve done plenty of retrospective to close out the year. Now it’s our chance to look ahead at a packed spring schedule (and beyond), rounding up all the games we’re most excited about for 2019.

That part is key: Most excited about. That means you’ll find some obvious picks here, like Metro Exodus. You’ll also find some smaller, more niche picks like Disco Elysium, Heaven's Vault, and The Occupation. And it means this is not a comprehensive list. It’s just our favorites.

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