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Want to listen to Spotify remotely with your friends? There’s an app for that

Mon, 2020-05-25 07:00
Just like the late Turntable.fm app, JQBX lets you create remote listening rooms for your friends. You will, however, need a Spotify Premium account to indulge.

iPhone SE vs Android’s best: A $399 iPhone stands up to $3,000 in Android phones

Sat, 2020-05-23 08:07

When comparing phones, you generally want them to be in the same league. These days that might mean there’s a few hundred dollars separating the models—like the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, or the Galaxy S20+ and the OnePlus 8 Pro—but it's basically a waste of time to pit the $1,400 Galaxy S20 Ultra against the $400 Galaxy A51.

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McAfee Total Protection review: A good antivirus solution with room for improvement

Fri, 2020-05-22 12:00

McAfee is a longtime name in the world of PC security, and these days it offers three security products to consumers: McAfee Total Protection, Gamer Security (a suite specific to gamers), and LiveSafe—the latter provides protection for unlimited devices. This review is looking at Total Protection.

Total Protection comes at a variety of price points depending on how many devices you want to license. For a single device, you’ll pay $30; add another $5 and you get Total Protection for five devices; and for $40 you’ll get coverage for 10 devices. Those are first-year prices, however. McAfee’s MSRPs after the first year are $80, $100, and $120, respectively.

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Google Pixel 4a preview: Single camera, fingerprint sensor, no 5G, and July launch

Fri, 2020-05-22 10:36

There might not be an I/O keynote to stream this week, but some new hot Google hardware might still be on the way. All rumors and signs suggest that Google will celebrate the first anniversary of the launch of the bodaciously budget Pixel 3a with an equally affordable Pixel 4a follow-up. Here's what we already know about it.

Update 5/22: Rumors now say the Pixel 4a won't be released until July.

Design

While the Pixel 3a was basically a plastic version of the high-end Pixel 3, the Pixel 4a will reportedly deviate from the bezel-heavy design of Google’s Pixel 4. Based on leaked images, the Pixel 4a may be Google’s first phone to adopt a hole-punch camera, which will be aligned in the upper left corner of the screen. The 4a design was seemingly confirmed by Google exec Rick Osterloh, who tweeted about his Fitbit Earth badge with an Android screenshot sporting an indented status bar. (However, he could have been using a OnePlus 8.)

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SD Express will support PCIe 4.0, but don't hold your breath

Fri, 2020-05-22 10:00

The race to be the world’s next high-performance memory card standard took it up a notch this week when the SD Association said it will adopt PCIe 4.0 for SD Express cards.

Yes, you heard that right: PCIe 4.0 in a postage stamp-sized memory card, a move that will make SD cards essentially on a par with some of the fastest memory card standards out right now.

SD Express itself isn’t new, as the SD Association introduced it with version 7.0 of the spec using PCIe 3.1. With the new 8.0 spec, the SD Association moves to using up to two lanes of PCIe 4.0 for up to 4GBps of throughput.

SD Association

An SD Express card that can support two lanes of PCIe 4.0 will feature an additional third row of pins.

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Fitbit is exploring an algorithm to detect coronavirus infection before symptoms show up

Fri, 2020-05-22 09:45
Fitbit has launched a new survey that aims to help detect COVID-19 in Fitbit users before symptoms show up.

For Pac-Man's 40th birthday, Nvidia uses AI to make new levels

Fri, 2020-05-22 09:00

Pac-Man turns 40 today, and even though the days of quarter-munching arcade machines in hazy bars are long behind us, the legendary game’s still helping to push the industry forward. On Friday, Nvidia announced that its researchers have trained an AI to create working Pac-Man games without teaching it about the game’s rules or giving it access to an underlying game engine. Nvidia’s “GameGAN” simply watched 50,000 Pac-Man games to learn the ropes.

That’s an impressive feat in its own right, but Nvidia hopes the “generative adversarial network” (GAN) technology underpinning the project can be used in the future to help developers create games faster and train autonomous robots.

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Apple’s COVID-19 exposure notification API: What it is and how it works in iOS 13.5

Fri, 2020-05-22 07:00
Apple and Google have new technology to help you know when you might have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. It's not as scary as it sounds.

The Dell G5 15 SE features Ryzen, Radeon and Smart Shift's 'free performance'

Fri, 2020-05-22 06:00

The mystery of just how well AMD’s laptop “Smart Shift” technology will perform just got a little less mysterious on Thursday.

First, AMD formally shed a little more light on the first laptop to use the Smart Shift feature, Dell’s G5 15 SE. Calling it kind of a “free performance” boost, AMD’s Frank Azor said the power-sharing technology would net gamers up to 14 percent more performance. Smart Shift works by letting the Ryzen CPU talk to the Radeon GPU about which part should get more power, communicating across the company’s InfinityFabric.

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Weber Connect Smart Grilling Hub review: It's better than a Bluetooth tracker, but not better enough for the price

Fri, 2020-05-22 06:00
It's great to have the range and reliability of Wi-Fi, and Weber’s hub supports up to four probes, but this high-tech grilling gadget barely justifies its price tag.

The Dell G15 15 SE features Ryzen, Radeon and Smart Shift's "free performance"

Fri, 2020-05-22 06:00

The mystery of just how well AMD’s laptop “Smart Shift” technology will perform just got a little less mysterious on Thursday.

First, AMD formally shed a little more light on the first laptop to use the Smart Shift feature, Dell’s G5 15 SE. Calling it kind of a “free performance” boost, AMD’s Frank Azor said the power-sharing technology would net gamers up to 14 percent more performance. Smart Shift works by letting the Ryzen CPU talk to the Radeon GPU about which part should get more power, communicating across the company’s InfinityFabric.

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Level Lock review: This “invisible” retrofit smart lock lives up to its name

Fri, 2020-05-22 06:00
The Level Lock is the first smart deadbolt to have absolutely no impact on your home's décor, on either side of your door.

The best smart lock for a keyless home

Fri, 2020-05-22 06:00
Keys are yesterday’s tech, your smart home needs a smart door lock.

How to pair AirPods or AirPods Pro with Windows 10

Thu, 2020-05-21 16:52

Pairing AirPods or AirPods Pro with a PC may not be as utterly simple as with an iOS device, but it’s only marginally harder. You just connect the earbuds via Bluetooth—a straightforward, fast process in Windows 10. Just follow our steps below and you’ll be off and running.

Do note, however, that as an Apple product, AirPods and AirPod Pros lose some functionality in Windows. They work well for listening to audio, but fall quite short of microphone quality you’d get on iOS or macOS. So while Apple’s earbuds can handle Zoom calls in a pinch, we’d steer clear of them as your main Windows headset.

How to pair AirPods or AirPods Pro with Windows 10

First, make sure your AirPods are fully charged with both earbuds in the case, and the lid is shut. Also confirm your Windows 10 PC is capable of running Bluetooth devices. (The overwhelming majority of modern laptops have Bluetooth built-in, as do pre-built desktop PCs from vendors like Dell and HP.) If your system lacks support, you can buy an inexpensive dongle like this TP-Link oneRemove non-product link to add that feature.

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Civilization VI is free on the Epic Games Store

Thu, 2020-05-21 16:04

I hope you grabbed Grand Theft Auto V from the Epic Games Store if you wanted it, because it’s gone now. Another Thursday, another deal. Luckily Epic chose one hell of a follow-up. From now until next week, you can grab Civilization VI for free through the Epic Games Store.

It’s the baseline Civilization VI, and any Civilization veteran knows the game is never really complete until you’ve acquired the expansions. Those expansions, Rise and Fall and Gathering Storm, are available as a $40 add-on bundle.

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Best headphones: Our top picks for personal listening

Thu, 2020-05-21 13:14
Whether you're looking for an over-the-ear, on-ear, or in-ear model, we'll help you find the perfect pair.

Samsung’s 2020 soundbar lineup to be offered for sale starting this month

Thu, 2020-05-21 13:00
First revealed at CES, Samsung’s latest high-end soundbars work together with the speakers on Samsung TVs.

The Full Nerd ep. 140: Intel Core i9-10900K reviewed, AMD's AM4 motherboard reversal

Thu, 2020-05-21 11:30

In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Ung, Brad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray talk about new CPUs and fresh changes of heart.

Intel’s 10th-gen Core processors are finally here, and the Core i9-10900K’s ten cores and 5.3GHz speeds keep it atop the gaming CPU throne—though it’s still not a slam dunk over AMD’s rival Ryzen 9 3900X. Gordon explains why in his review. And speaking of AMD, the company recently pivoted on a controversial decision that got the Internet (and us!) riled up. Now, next-gen “Zen 3” Ryzen CPUs will indeed work in older B450 and X470 motherboards, though the compromise makes the process convoluted. Nevertheless, it’s good that AMD’s listening to feedback from upset users with valid complaints. We cover the complications.

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Intel has big plans to optimize Bluetooth and create all-wireless PCs

Thu, 2020-05-21 06:30

Intel's networking ambitions go beyond the high-profile purchase of Rivet Networks and its Killer Networking lineup, which should beef up its Wi-Fi quality. Intel also plans to optimize Bluetooth and connect everything on your desk wirelessly.

Eric McLaughlin, vice president of the Intel Client Computing Group and general manager of its Wireless Solutions Group, told PCWorld what the company's plans were for the new Killer technology. But, he added, Intel was also working to solve a pair of problems that hadn't yet been satisfactorily solved by the PC industry.

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Lenovo Yoga C740 15 review: A budget-friendly convertible that's a little clunky

Thu, 2020-05-21 06:00

The Yoga C740 15 is the kind of laptop Lenovo should have knocked out of the park. Its higher-end cousin, the Yoga C940 15, already stands out as a fine MacBook Pro alternative, so the C740 15 could have been a step-down variant. Lenovo did just that with its 14-inch Yoga C740, the cheaper counterpart to the C940 14 convertible. (Both of those laptops are excellent.)

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