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Start building a kick-ass AMD gaming PC for cheap with these CPU and GPU deals

Fri, 2019-05-31 09:16

AMD unleashed a flurry of next-gen gear at Computex in Taipei this week, including the Ryzen 3000 series and the Radeon RX 5700—a challenger to the GeForce RTX 2070. But before all the new stuff hits stores, AMD’s existing hardware needs to vacate the shelves, so it’s a great time to find killer deals on potent Ryzen and Radeon gear. Case in point: Amazon and Newegg both have sales today that can be the building blocks for a rockin’ new 1080p gaming PC.

Let’s start with the processor. Amazon is selling the AMD Ryzen 5 2600 CPU for $145.88. That’s about a dollar higher than this CPU’s all-time low on the site. The 6-core, 12-thread and overclockable Ryzen 5 2600 is an absolute beast at heavy productivity workloads, and very capable at AAA gaming—especially at this price.

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Raspberry Pi 3 B+ review: Better than ever, but limits remain

Fri, 2019-05-31 06:30

The Raspberry Pi mini computer just keeps getting better. It’s been three years since we reviewed a major upgrade to the Raspberry Pi line, and it was worth the wait. If you’ve been wondering if the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ is a worthwhile upgrade let me answer that with an emphatic yes.

Once again, we’re seeing a noticeable jump in performance compared to the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B that we looked at in early 2016. Some of the downsides of the Raspberry Pi still exist with the Pi 3 B+. Nevertheless, if you’re looking to tinker with hardware, start programming, or just create an everyday PC for very basic needs, the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ is an excellent choice.

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iLIfe W400 review: this robot mop is a diligent scrubber

Fri, 2019-05-31 06:00
It brings the elbow grease many robot floor mops lack.

The monstrous, momentous PC hardware of Computex 2019

Fri, 2019-05-31 06:00
Where tomorrow's computing gets real

Image by Adam Patrick Murray

CES is where the technology industry goes to dream. Computex, in Taipei, Taiwan, is where things get real ahead of the crucial back-to-school and holiday seasons. At this year’s show, some of the PC’s most ambitious dreams are finally becoming tangible.

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C by GE Smart Plug review: This smart home gadget disappoints

Fri, 2019-05-31 06:00
Adding one to your Wi-Fi network is easy enough, but GE falls short of delivering on its promise of easy integration with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

Basketball without cable: A cord-cutter's guide to the NBA

Thu, 2019-05-30 13:43
Cord cutters can get their fill of big nationally televised games, but local broadcasts are still left on the bench.

Amazon has slashed the price of the iPad Air-compatible Apple Smart Keyboard by 50% today

Thu, 2019-05-30 12:52

Apple's Smart Keyboard is the perfect companion for the 10.5-inch iPad Air, but at $159, it's not exactly an impulse buy. Today it is. Amazon is selling the Apple Smart Keyboard for $79.50Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $159 and its lowest price we've seen by a wide margin.

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Google Maps will now help you navigate restaurant menus, too

Thu, 2019-05-30 12:51

Google Maps is already the preferred way for millions of people to find and get to new restaurants, but Google doesn’t want you to stop using the service once you arrive. In a new feature rolling out to Android phones today and coming soon to iPhones, Google will use crowd-sourcing to spotlight popular dishes so you know what to order.

The new “dish-covery” feature, as Google cheekily refers to it, is powered by a machine learning algorithm that matches dish names with relevant photos and reviews provided by Google Maps users. It’s kind of like Waze but for burgers and salads. 

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The PCI Express 5.0 spec will bring 128 gigabytes per second to your PC, someday

Thu, 2019-05-30 09:57

The PCIe 5 spec promises up to 128 gigabytes per second (GBps) of throughput via a x16 configuration—enabling faster storage, graphics, and other components for future PCs. But while the PCIe 5 spec was announced Wednesday by the PCI SIG trade group, that’s just a step toward actual implementation of the interface. PCIe 3 is the active standard, and PCIe 4 is just coming out.

At Computex in Taipei earlier this week, AMD touted the combination of the Ryzen 7 3800X CPU and its X570 motherboard as the first PCI Express 4.0-ready PC. Between the X570 and the Ryzen platform, up to 40 lanes of PCIe 4.0 are available, AMD said. 

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Fast storage for cheap: Sabrent's Rocket NVMe SSDs are on sale for all-time low prices

Thu, 2019-05-30 09:28

If you need some zippy storage for your laptop or desktop, today is the day. Sabrent Rocket NVMe M.2 “gumstick” SSDs are available on Amazon at their all-time low prices in four different capacities. We haven’t reviewed these SSDs, but they are very popular on Amazon.

Right now, the 256GB Sabrent Rocket NVMe is $40 instead of $45. The 512GB version is $66, down from around $75, the 1TB model is $113.65 instead of around $132, and the 2TB model is $260 instead of $300. It’s not clear when these sale prices end, but they likely won’t last long.

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Microsoft's fantastic Xbox Game Pass subscription service is coming to the PC

Thu, 2019-05-30 09:00

Two years after its debut on the Xbox, Microsoft is bringing its video game subscription service to PC—and it’s bigger than I ever expected. So big, it just might convince skeptics to use the Windows 10 Store, and I don’t say that lightly. Dubbed “Xbox Game Pass for PC,” a branding kerfuffle that ranks up with Games for Windows Live, the proposition is nevertheless pretty interesting.

First, some context: If you’ve never tried the original console Game Pass, $10 a month gets you unlimited access to a curated library of games from the Xbox One, Xbox 360, and original Xbox, thanks to Microsoft’s backwards compatibility efforts.

It’s a damn good offering, probably the closest the industry’s come to the whole “Netflix for Games” idea. And it’s made even sweeter by Microsoft’s first-party offerings. Every first-party Xbox One release shows up on Game Pass on release day, meaning if you buy even two exclusives per year you’ve essentially broken even. Of course, Microsoft’s exclusives track record hasn’t been fantastic these past few years, but in 2018 that might’ve meant Sea of Thieves or State of Decay 2 and Forza Horizon 4 as your buy-in cost, with the rest of Xbox Game Pass “free.”

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Every future Xbox game Microsoft makes for PC will launch on Steam, too

Thu, 2019-05-30 09:00

Microsoft announced a version of its Xbox Game Pass subscription service for PC today, but for those who still prefer to own games there’s interesting news as well. As of today, Microsoft is abandoning its previous Windows 10 Store exclusivity and bringing all its future first-party PC titles to Steam—and potentially other storefronts as well.

We had an inkling this might be the case after the announcement of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection port in March. Microsoft surprised us by saying Halo would come to Steam, but stopped short of stating whether this was an exception or the new rule.

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Samsung Q900 smart TV review: This 8K TV will make you forget all about 4K

Thu, 2019-05-30 06:00
Samsung's best TV yet shows what's possible with 8K video. It also upscales lower-resolution material with aplomb.

7 tools to make sense of cord-cutting

Thu, 2019-05-30 06:00
These cord-cutting apps will help you figure out which streaming services to get and what to watch on them.

This Blazing Fast VPN Is Now Available For Just $1/mo

Wed, 2019-05-29 14:21

If you use the internet (which you clearly do), you likely know how important it is to protect your data in an increasingly dangerous cyber environment. But like other essential tasks that tend to be tedious (like filing taxes early and brushing your teeth for the full two minutes), most installing and running a VPN can sound unappealing to many: sure, they encrypt your internet traffic and hide your location — but they can also run frustratingly slowly, delaying the way you’d usually use the internet for entertainment and work.

That’s where Ivacy VPN is different: not only will the speedy service let you browse and stream lag-free, it also offers real-time threat detection technology, removing malware and viruses at the server level. It ensures that all your downloads and devices stay totally secure, so you can stay safe online without being inconvenienced.

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Go from MS Office zero to hero with this $29 training bundle

Wed, 2019-05-29 14:20

Competition on the job market can get pretty fierce, which is why it pays to make sure you have the know-how that will put you above the competition. While there's plenty of different skills out there that can help you advance in a particular field, having a solid understanding of Microsoft Office can take you far in virtually any modern workspace. The Microsoft Office Mastery Lifetime Bundle can get you up to speed and it's only $29 today.

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You can work toward a lucrative cloud career with this $39 bundle

Wed, 2019-05-29 14:20

Cloud platforms, such as AWS and Azure, are more popular today than ever — And they’re projected to grow even further in the coming years. If you want to cash in on the demand and kickstart a career in this field, picking up the Cloud Computing Architect Certification Bundle is a solid start, especially now that its price has been lowered to only $39 today.

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You can get this Arduino hardware and training bundle for just $77

Wed, 2019-05-29 14:20

There's a good chance you've heard of Arduino, the wildly popular DIY electronics platform that hobbyists and aspiring engineers alike use to create everything from robots to musical instruments. If you want to channel your inner maker and try this exciting platform out for yourself, The Complete Arduino Starter Kit and Course Bundle is a solid place to start, especially now that you can get it for a mere $77 this Memorial Day weekend.

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You can get these $260 headphones for only $67 today

Wed, 2019-05-29 14:19

Normally, you'd be hard-pressed to find a pair of headphones that sound great, feel amazing, and don't burn a hole in your wallet. But, this Memorial Day, you can get your hands on the TREBLAB Z2 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones for only $67—a mere fraction of their $260 retail price—when you use the WEEKEND15 coupon code at checkout.

These headphones offer virtually everything that you’d expect to find in an elite pair of headphones, but they cost far less than other models with similar specs. They look great, fit comfortably, and they offer a sound that’ll take your listening enjoyment to the next level.

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Amazon’s Echo Show 5 could kneecap the Google Nest Hub

Wed, 2019-05-29 12:20
Its 5.5-inch display is slightly smaller, but it has a camera and is priced at just $90.