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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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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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