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Facebook account hack FAQ: What happened, how it affects you, and what you should do now

Fri, 2018-09-28 13:56

Facebook has announced a massive security issue affecting at least 50 million of its 2.23 billion active users. While the company is still investigating the issue, it already has taken steps to stop the exploit and protect users. Here’s what we know so far:

What happened?

Facebook says its engineering team discovered a security threat that could allow a hacker “to steal Facebook access tokens which they could then use to take over people’s accounts.”

When did the attack occur?

It’s unclear exactly when the accounts were breached, but Facebook discovered the issue on Tuesday, September 25. The issue stems from a change Facebook made to its video uploading feature in July 2017, so it’s possible the vulnerability went unnoticed for a long time.

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Intel supply woes could lead to pricier PCs, or a stampede to AMD's Ryzen

Fri, 2018-09-28 13:42

Intel admitted to a problem everyone already knew about: a shortage of 14nm CPUs for PCs as the company struggles to transition to a 10nm manufacturing process. The actions Intel is taking will ripple through the PC market, and could mean higher PC prices as a result.

Intel admitted Friday that it hasn’t been able to keep up with demand for its processors at the 14nm generation, which includes its current Core chips. Consequently, Intel is taking action: It’s investing an additional $1 billion in 14nm fabs, and beginning to prioritize its existing manufacturing to producing more 14nm chips. Intel said it is still planning for volume manufacturing of 10nm chips in 2019.

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PCWorld is streaming Forza Horizon 4 on Twitch!

Fri, 2018-09-28 12:59

Join Adam Patrick Murray, Dan Masaoka on Player Ready, PCWorld's weekly PC gaming stream! This week we are driving into the sunset with Forza Horizon 4 - which our own Hayden Dingman has reviewed and enjoyed. Playing on a Maingear F131 equipped with an Intel Core i9 7980xe and dual Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti's!

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Ecobee's Switch+ is $30 off today, a huge discount

Fri, 2018-09-28 11:09

Few smart light switches are as smart as Ecobee’s Switch+, which comes with Alexa built right in. And it’s never been cheaper than right now—it’s $69.95 today on Amazon, down from a list price of $100.

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Google really wants you to use Maps and search to plan your next outing

Fri, 2018-09-28 10:33

Google might always know where we are, but it isn't exactly the first name you think of when it comes to travel and trip planning. With a handful of new tools rolling out over the coming weeks (users on Android and iPhones get it first this week), the search giant is trying to change that.  

First up is a new feature in Maps. As promised at I/O back in May, Google is finally rolling out group planning, giving users an easy way to create a list that can be shared, modified, and voted on without needing to deal with a constant stream of beeps and buzzes via group texts. Here's how it works:

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Get 80+ Hours of Accredited Business Training With The Lifetime MBA Bootcamp Bundle

Fri, 2018-09-28 10:25

If you’ve worked in the corporate world for several years, you might be seeking avenues to higher-paying managerial positions. Earning an MBA is one of the most popular ways to do so, but following a structured curriculum may be impossible given your schedule. If you want to learn MBA-grad skills at your own pace, this $29 Lifetime MBA Bootcamp Bundle may be for you.

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Marshall Kilburn II Bluetooth speaker review: Great sound and nostalgic design

Fri, 2018-09-28 10:00
You'll pay extra for the branding, but this is a strong and well-designed speaker, even it it isn't built by the company famous for its "Marshall stack."

Newegg's selling a Gigabyte AMD Radeon RX 570 for a crazy low $150 right now

Fri, 2018-09-28 09:32

Newegg’s got a fantastic deal on a budget graphics card today. The online retailer has a Gigabyte 4GB AMD Radeon RX 570 for $150Remove non-product link. Newegg’s sale price ends on Sunday. This is the lowest price we’ve seen this card. It was $170 the last time we featured it as a deal a few weeks ago, and it is about $185 on Amazon right now. 

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iMovR ZipLift Patriot standing desk review: Great build quality, but no motor and monitor support costs extra

Fri, 2018-09-28 06:00
The robust construction, large surface area, and tilting keyboard tray are great, but you’ll miss the easy precision a motor can offer.

Antlion ModMic 5 review: The best headset mic you can get, but is it worth it?

Fri, 2018-09-28 06:00

“Why buy a headset when you could just buy a great pair of headphones and a good microphone for the same price?” So goes the conventional wisdom in comment sections around the world, every time someone dares to suggest that a gaming headset might not be so bad a purchase.

But what if the self-professed audiophiles are right? And what if you could get the same form factor as a headset, but with any top-tier pair of headphones? Wouldn’t that be a better deal?

We went hands on with the ModMic to find out.

(See our roundup of best gaming headsets for a thorough comparison of headset solutions.)

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Vantrue OnDash N1 Pro dash cam review: A little gem of a basic dash cam

Fri, 2018-09-28 03:23

Okay, the Vantrue N1 Pro by its lonesome is only an $80 dash cam. A very nice dash cam. But as we recommend GPS for legal and travel log reasons, I'm going to talk about it as if the $22 optional GPS mount were part of the deal. If you're smart, it will be. That brings us to $102.  

Either way, this tiny unit is our new favorite low-cost dash cam. Great basics, compact installation, a real battery, and excellent video captures will do that for you. 

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best dash cams. Go there for more reviews and buying advice. 

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The best gaming headsets: Reviews and buying advice

Thu, 2018-09-27 13:49

The next great peripherals war is being waged over your ears. After every company on the planet put out a gaming mouse and then a mechanical keyboard, they turned their attention to headsets. So many headsets.

Gaming headset cheat sheet Our quick-hit recommendations:
    1. HyperX Cloud Alpha View
    2. Astro A10 View
    3. Corsair Void Pro Wireless View
    4. Logitech G533 View
    5. SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless View

We know you don’t want to scroll through every single headset review when all you want is a simple answer: “What’s the best gaming headset I can buy with my hard-earned dollars?” This page holds the answers you seek, no matter what your budget is.

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Watch The Full Nerd talk about Intel 9000 series leaks and custom RTX performance right now!

Thu, 2018-09-27 12:51

Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. In today's show we talk about:

- What looks to be final info on the Intel 9000 series and how it stacks up against AMD.
- Custom RTX 2080 cards vs Nvidia Founders Editions
- How stupid was Gordon to buy or not buy that 400GB Sandisk MicroSD card?

As always we will be answering your live questions so speak up in the chat.

If YouTube is not your thing uou can also watch us on Twitch, Facebook, and Twitter!

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The Ecobee3 Lite smart thermostat just hit an all-time low at Amazon

Thu, 2018-09-27 12:10

As the seasons change, there's no better time to add some convenience to your home's temperature control. But smart thermostats can be pricy, with our top pick, the Ecobee4, coming in at well over $200. Today, though, you can get similar model for a lot less: the Ecobee3 Lite is just $139, down from a list price of $169Remove non-product link and an all-time low.

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How to check your PC's CPU temperature

Thu, 2018-09-27 11:53

Is your computer’s CPU too hot? If your PC starts spontaneously shutting down, locking up, or acting sluggish during intense tasks, overheating could be the issue. Keeping tabs on your CPU temperatures is crucial when you’re overclocking your PC’s processor, too—you don’t want to accidentally push the performance pedal too far to the metal.

Bizarrely, Windows doesn’t offer any way to check your computer’s CPU temperature. You could dive into your system’s BIOS to find the information, but that’s a lot of hassle to find a simple sensor reading. Fortunately, several free programs exist that make it easy to see your processor’s temperature.

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The best CPUs for gaming

Thu, 2018-09-27 11:52

Buying a processor for a gaming rig isn’t as hard as it used to be. Now that AMD’s Ryzen and Intel’s 8th-gen CPUs debuted with more performance and cores than ever before, it’s hard to buy a stinker these days—especially since most games favor graphics firepower over CPU oomph. But all that said, there are specific chips that stand out from the horde as the best gaming CPUs due to their price, performance, or nifty extras.

Updated September 27, 2018 with information about Intel 9000-series CPUs leaked by a Vietnamese retailers.

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Razer Nari Ultimate review: This haptics-enabled gaming headset lets you literally feel the groove

Thu, 2018-09-27 11:00

It’s the one area PC gamers get consistently overlooked: Haptics. Haptic feedback (or rumble, in the vernacular) has been a mainstay of console gaming for almost two decades now, and for good reason. Smart usage can both increase immersion and provide invaluable feedback to players, i.e. letting you feel the moment digital tires lose traction on slick asphalt, or warning that an enemy’s shooting at you.

There have been a few experiments, like SteelSeries’s Rival 500—a mouse with built-in haptics. But it’s hard to make a mouse with rumble because it’s bound to affect your aim, and keyboards are too large and heavy.

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Oculus Quest impressions: This no-hassle wireless VR headset could be a breakout hit

Thu, 2018-09-27 09:56

Surprised. That’s how I felt coming out of Oculus Connect 4 last year, where for the first time we got a glimpse of “what’s next” in VR. At the time it was called Project Santa Cruz, a standalone VR headset—meaning no wires—that nevertheless had full position- and hand-tracking capabilities. “I thought we were further away from wireless VR,” I wrote at the time. Even now, I still feel that way.

But come next spring, truly wireless VR will be here in the form of the newly christened $399 Oculus Quest. We already wrote up most of the technical details, but after yesterday’s keynote wrapped up I had the chance to run through some demos.

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Find unprecedented sales on Ryzen, SSDs, gaming monitors, and more in Amazon's one-day PC sale

Thu, 2018-09-27 09:42

Oh me, oh my—the mid-week one day sales keep coming from Amazon. Just yesterday we saw two 24-hour sales for Logitech accessories and expandable storage. Today, Amazon’s doing us one better with a PC gaming gear saleRemove non-product link featuring SSDs, displays, processors, graphics cards, RAM, and more. Today’s sale ends on Thursday evening just before midnight PDT, and as always, we’ve boiled it all down to the top three deal picks that you don’t want to miss:

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F-Secure Freedome review: A VPN with some built-in antivirus features

Thu, 2018-09-27 06:30
F-Secure Freedome in brief:
  • P2P allowed: No
  • Business location: Finland
  • Number of servers:  N/A
  • Number of country locations: 22
  • Cost: $50-$80 per year
  • VPN protocol: OpenVPN
  • Data encryption: AES 128-bit
  • Data authentication: AES 128-bit
  • Handshake encryption: 2048-bit RSA keys with SHA-256 certificates

There are a few VPN services that offer their own antivirus, one is Avira Phantom VPN Pro, which we looked at previously; Finland-based F-Secure is another. The company’s Freedome VPN is a premium service that offers 22 country locations around the world and extra freebies like tracker and malicious-site blocking.

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