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Maximus Camera Floodlight review: Brand X is trying harder

Mac World - Mon, 2018-01-08 12:00
It's cheaper than the Ring Floodight Cam and offers some benefits that camera doesn't.

Maximus Camera Floodlight review: Brand X is trying harder

PC World - Mon, 2018-01-08 12:00
It's cheaper than the Ring Floodight Cam and offers some benefits that camera doesn't.

D-Link's McAfee-powered AC2600 router aims for network-wide protection

PC World - Mon, 2018-01-08 11:39

One of the biggest security holes in most people's home network is their router. It's a mission critical device, but so often it doesn't get patched and offers only minimal security against any serious malware. D-Link is joining the trend to help make the home network more secure with the D-Link AC2600 Wi-Fi Router Powered by McAfee (DIR-2680). As its name suggests it's an 802.11ac Wi-Fi router with McAfee security built-in.

D-Link isn't the first company to offer serious security at the edge of your home network. Symantec has its Norton Core router, and Bitdefender offers the second iteration of its "Smart Home Cybersecurity Hub," Bitdefender Box.

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That thing on the back on the Sony Xperia XA2 is a fingerprint sensor. And it works in the U.S.

PC World - Mon, 2018-01-08 11:36

New Sony phones don’t usually generate all that much attention in the States, but the next batch from the Japanese giant might be different. That’s not to say people are going to rush to buy them, but the XA2 and the XA2 Ultra do have one thing going for them: They have a fingerprint sensor that works in the U.S.

That’s right, an important security feature that is available on the cheapest Android phones wasn’t on any U.S. Sony phone that shipped before 2018. For years, Sony has been shipping phones with novel side-scanning fingerprint sensors that were disabled in the U.S., leaving them without any real biometric security. But that’s finally changing with the launch of the mid-range XA2 and the XA2 Ultra at CES. Presumably, this is the start of a trend that will be carry over to the Xperia XZ2 Premium expected later this year.

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BrandPost: Apple HomeKit Flaw Emphasizes the Need for Security

Mac World - Mon, 2018-01-08 11:29

A recent vulnerability in Apple’s HomeKit framework that lets developers build apps for connected devices may also have enabled hackers to remotely control those devices. Considering that some smart locks and other Internet-connected devices around the house were also HomeKit-enabled, the risk was high that hackers could turn into actual burglars.

While Apple quickly patched the HomeKit vulnerability by issuing a server-side update, few details are known about how the actual exploit works, apart from that it’s “difficult to reproduce.” If an attacker compromised any Internet of Things (IoT) device connected to your home network – regardless of whether it’s a smart lock, a smart refrigerator, or even a toaster – he could potentially infect other network-connected devices.

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D-Link introduces its first 802.11ax routers

PC World - Mon, 2018-01-08 11:28

D-Link today announced two home networking devices based on the IEEE 802.11ax standard at CES Monday: the AX6000 and the AX1100 Ultra Wi-Fi routers. And here you thought 802.11ac was the latest and greatest.

The AX6000 is a dual-band router that D-Link says will deliver up to 6,000Mbps of bandwidth—hence the name AX6000. The AX11000, meanwhile, is a tri-band device that promises 11,000Mbps. But those massive numbers are purely theoretical and unlikely to ever be seen in the real world. 

Not fully baked D-Link

The D-Link AX11000 Ultra Wi-Fi Router.

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The Nest x Yale Lock emerges, starts shipping in March

PC World - Mon, 2018-01-08 11:00
After years of anticipation, Yale is finally ready to ship the Nest x Yale Lock in March, with pre-orders opening in February.

Nvidia GeForce Experience's FreeStyle feature adds Instagram-like filters to your games

PC World - Mon, 2018-01-08 10:45

Sure, those wild 65-inch 4K G-Sync HDR displays might have stolen the gaming headlines during Nvidia’s CES 2018 keynote, but hardware wasn’t the company’s only focus. A new GeForce Experience feature dubbed Nvidia FreeStyle can completely change the look and feel of your games by letting you apply Instagram-like post-processing filters right as you play.

You’ll be able to apply the fresh filters on the fly from within the GeForce Experience overlay, summoned by pressing Alt + Z while in-game. There’s a total of 15 filters with 38 different settings available. Beyond the straightforward eye candy, Nvidia also included a Night Mode that reduces blue colors for a better night’s sleep after a late gaming session, as well as a colorblind mode.

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Nvidia's free GeForce Now beta lets you stream games from the cloud to your crappy PC

PC World - Mon, 2018-01-08 09:41

The dream of turning any cheap PC into an impromptu gaming rig took a step closer to reality late Sunday night, as Nvidia announced that its GeForce Now game-streaming service is now available on PCs—and even better, giving this beta build a whirl is free.

GeForce Now essentially rents you a speedy virtual gaming PC stored in Nvidia’s servers, where you can sign into digital gaming accounts like Steam or Uplay or Blizzard’s, just like you would on a computer in your home. Your BYO games install on the virtual gaming PCs in mere seconds. When you play those games on your computer at up to 120Hz at 1080p resolution, it’s really being played on that far-away server and streamed to your PC over the Internet. It’s wild! Last year I even played Witcher 3 on a MacBook Air.

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iPhone or iPad unexpectedly switches to Lost Mode? Reset your iCloud password

Mac World - Mon, 2018-01-08 08:00

A macOS pseudo-ransomware attack from September 2017 that could also be used to irritate iOS users may continue to plague Apple users. Macworld reader Richard says one morning he found his iPhone and iPad locked in Lost Mode. He was unable to regain access, and had to use Apple’s recovery process to verify his identity. This happened two weeks later to his wife’s iPhone and iPad, and then a friend of his wife’s had the same experience.

This is almost certainly related. In the previous attack, crackers would use database of passwords stolen and cracked from the many billions of leaked account/password combinations in the last few years. Some of those accounts were from iCloud users who used an email address for their account name and re-used the same password on another site they used with iCloud.

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D-Link’s latest COVR whole-home Wi-Fi systems look a lot more like whole-home Wi-Fi systems

PC World - Mon, 2018-01-08 08:00

D-Link is showing two new whole-home Wi-Fi systems at CES, the dual-band COVR-C103 and the tri-band COVR-2202. Both are aimed at bridging the gap between mesh network early adopters and consumers who just want to plug things in and get seamless Wi-Fi a few minutes later.

Both routers support MU-MIMO technology, to provide high throughput to multiple wireless clients simultaneously; smart roaming, to keep client devices connected to the strongest network signal in the home; and smart steering, which directs client devices to the optimum frequency band to reduce buffering and lag.

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Apple's original TV shows and series: The complete list

Mac World - Mon, 2018-01-08 06:30

Apple is said to be spending as much as $1 billion over the course of 2018 on original TV programming. That's a lot of TV! It's not the $8 billion Netflix is going to spend, but it's still a huge commitment.

What can you get for a billion dollars? Well, some simple math gives us 200 episodes at $5 million a piece (a reasonable per-episode price for high-end TV). But we're not likely to actually see 10-20 shows with 10-20 episodes each, all costing around that much. For starters, that billion dollars has to cover a lot more than per-episode production costs.

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HP's updated Spectre x360 15 lets you pick your poison: Radeon or GeForce

PC World - Mon, 2018-01-08 03:01

HP’s Spectre x360 15 is here to help with one of the most vexing questions faced by high-performance laptop buyers: GeForce or Radeon discrete graphics? The super-thin flagship 15-inch laptop gives you both answers: You can pick up an updated Spectre x360 15 with either Nvidia or AMD graphics, along with Intel’s 8th-gen Core i7.

Announced at CES early Monday, the Spectre x360 is slated to ship March 18 and will has a starting price of $1,370.

The Nvidia-based Spectre x360 15 is the more conventional of the two. It features an 8th-gen quad-core Core i7-8550U low-power CPU. It pairs with Nvidia’s Pascal-based GeForce MX150 GPU with 2GB of GDDR5. A 4K IPS panel with touch and pen support is included, along with 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a 512GB NVMe SSD.

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Meet Nvidia's BFGDs: Massive 4K, 120Hz G-Sync HDR displays bigger than your TV

PC World - Mon, 2018-01-08 00:30

In the legendary Doom series of games, the “BFG” was the ultimate weapon—the room-clearing, awe-inspiring Big F****** Gun. Late Sunday night at CES 2018, Nvidia revealed BFGDs: Big Format Gaming Displays, created in conjuction with Asus, Acer, and HP. BFGDs may not slay demons, but like their wink-wink namesake, Nvidia’s new monitors are massive, loaded with cutting-edge technologies, and might well be the ultimate weapon in a high-end gaming arsenal.

“Big” doesn’t do these displays justice. At 65 inches' diagonal width, BFGDs outsize the televisions in many households. They still honor the “gaming display” part of their name, though.

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AMD drops prices on Ryzen 7, Ryzen 5 and Threadripper, upping the value war with Intel

PC World - Mon, 2018-01-08 00:00

Those crazy-good prices you saw on AMD’s stellar Ryzen CPUs aren’t going away.

At CES Sunday night the company announced permanent price cuts to some Threadripper, Ryzen 7, and Ryzen 5 chips:

  • Ryzen Threadripper 1900X takes a permanent haircut from $549 to $449.
  • Ryzen 7 1800X goes from $499 to $349.
  • Ryzen 7 1700X drops from $399 to $309.

From there the price reductions get a little less impressive:

  • Ryzen 5 1600X goes from $249 to $219.
  • Ryzen 5 1600 drops from $219 to $189.
  • Ryzen 5 1500X goes from $189 to $174.

Here are all the details, in the chart below:


AMD's crazy-good prices are now permanent.

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AMD reveals Ryzen 2, Threadripper 2, 7nm Navi and more in CES blockbuster

PC World - Mon, 2018-01-08 00:00

AMD dropped a blockbuster at CES on Sunday, unveiling its plans for a 2nd-gen Threadripper, Zen 2, Zen 3, and its next-next-generation 7nm GPUs. The company even broke out a new mobile Vega chip. And that's not even the company's full list of upcoming products, which includes two new Ryzen APUs with integrated Vega graphics.

The executive summary is that AMD's serious about regaining its reputation for fast chips. "For us, it is all about high-performance computing," said AMD CEO Lisa Su. "High-performance computing is absolutely the most exciting part of the semiconductor industry today."

Ryzen APUS with Vega graphics

For all those people obsessed with building the ultimate budget gaming PC, AMD's two new low-cost chips will make them happy.

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'Hades Canyon' NUCs finally give Intel's tiny PCs the gaming chops they deserve

PC World - Sun, 2018-01-07 21:01

Intel’s tiny NUC PC initiative finally gets the gaming chips it deserves with the roll out of two new models that feature one of the company’s new Kaby Lake G chips, pairing a Core i7 with AMD Radeon Vega M graphics.

  • The NUC8i7HVK features an unlocked Core i7-8809G CPU, which includes an unlocked quad-core CPU with Hyper-Threading and the faster Radeon RX Vega M GH GPU. 
  • The NUC8i7HNK features a Core i7-8705G, which contains a quad-core CPU with Hyper-Threading and the lower-end Radeon RX Vega M GL.

The fastest previous Intel NUC machine was the “Skull Canyon” model that featured a quad-core 6th gen Skylake CPU and Iris Pro graphics. While faster than lower-end Intel graphics chips, most gamers would turn their noses up at it. It’s unlikely graphics will be what turns gamers off on the new “Hades Canyon” NUC though.

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Intel launches five Core chips with Radeon graphics from rival AMD

PC World - Sun, 2018-01-07 21:01

Intel’s startling marriage with AMD’s graphics chips has finally borne fruit, as Intel announced five new Core H-series chips that use two variants of the AMD “Vega M” GPU. The combination of Intel and AMD technology should outperform a last-gen system with a discrete Nvidia chip, Intel says.

You can jump straight to our performance section to learn more about Intel’s claims.

The new 8th-generation, quad-core Core i5 and Core i7 chips, together with what AMD calls the Radeon RX Vega M GPU, will power laptops from Dell and HP. They’ll also appear in new Intel-branded “Hades Canyon” NUCs, with prices beginning at $799 and $999, Intel said.

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Samsung's ginormous 'The Wall' TV is the first consumer display to use micro-LED technology

PC World - Sun, 2018-01-07 21:00
Like OLEDs, mLEDs enable deeper blacks because they don't need a separate backlight.

Samsung's ginormous 'The Wall' TV is the first consumer display to use micro-LED technology

Mac World - Sun, 2018-01-07 21:00
Like OLEDs, mLEDs enable deeper blacks because they don't need a separate backlight.


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