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Budget tablet showdown: Apple 10.2-inch iPad (2019) vs. Microsoft Surface Go

Wed, 2019-09-11 09:55

In about a month’s time, Microsoft may unveil the next generation of its year-old, entry-level Windows tablet, the Surface Go. For now, however, Apple has fired the first shot: a $329 10.2-inch iPad that offers a lot of what the Surface Go does, and for slightly less.

While many Microsoft Surface tablets feel bulky when detached from their Type Cover keyboards, the $399 Surface Go does not. However, it’s also powered by a somewhat poky Intel Pentium Gold processor, while Apple’s latest iPad has its optimized A10 Fusion chip under the hood. It’s not that much different than the Apple 9.7-inch iPad (2018), though. The iPad also makes the camera a focus, though you’ll look slightly ridiculous taking photos using any tablet, Apple or Windows.

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With the iPhone 11 Pros, Apple stripped all meaning from the ‘Pro’ name

Wed, 2019-09-11 07:00
Apple says the iPhone 11 Pro is “the first iPhone powerful enough to be called Pro,” but that’s hardly the case.

Galaxy Note 10 tips: 10 things to do first

Wed, 2019-09-11 06:30

Samsung’s phones always have a lot of features hidden in their labyrinthine menus, but the Note series is particularly jam-packed. Along with the usual Samsung One UI features, the 10 and 10+ also have S Pen capabilities and all the features those entail. The new Notes aren’t cheap phones, so you’ll want to actually use all those features. Here are the 10 things you ought to do first.

Choose your navigation buttons

Samsung still defaults to the standard button navigation system, but you can make some changes. There’s even a gesture option that’s easier to adjust to than the systems used by some other device makers. Just head to Settings > Display > Navigation bar.

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AirTV Mini review: A streaming dongle for Sling TV diehards

Wed, 2019-09-11 06:00
This Sling-centric streaming dongle gets the hardware right. It's the software and Sling TV service that remain iffy.

Best Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ cases: Top picks in every style

Wed, 2019-09-11 06:00

With a near “all-screen” design that barely has a bezel, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is one of the prettiest phones we’ve ever seen, but it’s also very fragile. Even if you opt for the smaller model over the monster 6.7-inch version, you’re going to want to buy a case for your brand new thousand-dollar handset. We’re here to help you pick out one that will fit well, keep it safe, and of course, look good. We’ll keep updating this list as we test new cases, but here are our favorite picks so far:

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Anker Soundcore Motion+ Bluetooth speaker review: Big sound in a rugged, compact package

Wed, 2019-09-11 06:00
This $100 Bluetooth speaker could do with a little more high-end detail, but its attention to mid-range audio pays dividends when it comes to delivering rich, robust sound.

Best TVs: Our top picks, plus plain-language explanations of the most important specs and features

Tue, 2019-09-10 18:59
There are plenty of great smart TVs. Our guide cuts through the alphabet soup to tell everything you need to know to buy the one that's right for you.

Best antivirus: Keep your Windows PC safe from spyware, Trojans, malware, and more

Tue, 2019-09-10 18:53

Antivirus software is nearly as crucial as a PC’s operating system. Even if you’re well aware of potential threats and practice extreme caution, some threats just can’t be prevented without the extra help of an AV program—or a full antivirus suite. 

You could, for example, visit a website that unintentionally displays malicious ads. Or accidentally click on a phishing email (it happens!). Or get stung by a zero-day threat, where an undisclosed bug in Windows, your browser, or an installed program gives hackers entry to your system.

We’re not suggesting that PC security software is fool-proof. Antivirus software often can’t do much to stop zero-day exploits, for example. But it can detect when the undisclosed vulnerability is used to install other nasty bits, like ransomware, on your machine. Anyone who actively uses email, clicks on links, and downloads programs will benefit from an antivirus suite.

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Apple needs to stop comparing iPad to PC

Tue, 2019-09-10 17:04

Apple just trolled the PC yet again. The solution? Ignore the troll.

On a launch day predictably blotted out by iPhones, Apple also slung a rock at the PC by saying that its newest budget iPad is “two times” the performance of the best-selling Windows PC. Lest you think that’s just a slip of the tongue, Apple has made it a prominent selling point of the 7th-gen iPad, which you can see documented below.

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The average consumer is likely to see that and think the 7th-gen iPad is “two times” faster and accept it on faith and without much skepticism. 

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Apple needs to stop comparing itself to PC

Tue, 2019-09-10 17:04

Apple just trolled the PC yet again. The solution? Ignore the troll.

On a launch day predictably blotted out by iPhones, Apple also slung a rock at the PC by saying that its newest budget iPad is “two times” the performance of the best-selling Windows PC. Lest you think that’s just a slip of the tongue, Apple has made it a prominent selling point of the 7th-gen iPad, which you can see documented below.

Apple

The average consumer is likely to see that and think the 7th-gen iPad is “two times” faster and accept it on faith and without much skepticism. 

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iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max: 5 features that justify the 'Pro' designation

Tue, 2019-09-10 15:27
The new iPhone is here, and Apple is calling it Pro. Here's why.

AMD issues updated BIOS to fix Ryzen boost bug, promising up to 50MHz more boost

Tue, 2019-09-10 15:04

As promised, AMD said Tuesday that it will deliver a new BIOS update to solve the company’s Ryzen boost bug, promising about 25MHz to 50MHz in additional boost clock speed under specific workloads. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait about three weeks to receive it.

On September 3, AMD acknowledged that its Ryzen processors weren’t reaching their advertised boost speeds. The new BIOS, based on the AMD AGESA 1003ABBA release, will address those issues, and even lower voltages a bit. There’s also something new: the AMD Monitoring SDK, designed to provide a framework for public reporting on various processor metrics, essentially reproducing the informal processor speed survey that helped unearth the original boost issue.

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Ring Video Doorbell 2 review: Better features, new frustrations

Tue, 2019-09-10 14:37
Despite a frustrating install, Ring Video Doorbell 2 is still a welcome, improved version of the original doorbell-slash-security camera.

Ring Floodlight Cam review: An excellent choice—if you’re living in Ring’s ecosystem

Tue, 2019-09-10 14:35
If you’re already using one of Ring’s doorbell cameras or spotlight cams, this porchlight replacement will be a great addition.

LG OLED TVs get Nvidia G-Sync Compatible for smooth big-screen gaming

Tue, 2019-09-10 10:48

Those massive, fully loaded Nvidia G-Sync HDR “BFG” displays might be mostly missing in action—HP’s $5,000 Omen X Emperium aside—but that doesn’t mean the dream of silky-smooth living room gaming is dead. On Tuesday, LG announced that it’s adding Nvidia’s G-Sync Compatible technology to five of its 2019 OLED televisions.

LG’s 55- and 65-inch E9 televisions will get the capability, as well as the 55-, 65-, and 77-inch C9 series. The exact rollout date is unclear, with LG simply saying that the firmware update “will become available in select markets via a firmware upgrade in the weeks to follow.”

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Apple's ‘Innovation’ event last-minute rumors: Pencil support is out but a new iPad is in

Tue, 2019-09-10 09:58
Bloomberg's Mark Gurman and analyst Ming-Chi Kuo serve up some interesting tidbits as Apple's 'By Innovation Only' iPhone event looms.

Bitdefender 2020 review: Solid protection, with an AI parental control add-on

Tue, 2019-09-10 06:31

Bitdefender Total Security 2020 is here promising better malware detection, data privacy, and parental controls. Bitdefender is always highly rated for malware detection, so it’s nice to see improvements beyond the basics. This year’s upgrades to parental controls are particulary interesting. They amount to an AI babysitter of sorts, which is interesting but may not be to everyone’s liking—it also costs a little bit more.

Note: This review is part of our best antivirus roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.

Bitdefender’s Windows app is the same as it was last time around. You navigate the app on the left rail, and the primary Dashboard is customizable to add and remove different modules, called “quick actions.” At the top of the Dashboard there are also recommendations for suggested actions. This happens courtesy of Bitdefender’s Autopilot feature, which got a big upgrade last year.

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Samsung Q90R QLED smart TV review: Samsung puts its best 4K UHD TV on a pedestal

Tue, 2019-09-10 06:00
The Samsung Q90R offers excellent color and puts out tons of peak brightness for dramatic HDR. New smart home features and image tweaks are a plus, but this top of the line 4K UHD model now plays second fiddle to the company's 8K UHD Q900.

Reference vs. custom graphics cards: Which should you buy?

Tue, 2019-09-10 06:00

While our guide to the best graphics cards can help you identify which hardware works best within your budget, simply knowing that you want to buy, say, a Radeon RX 5700 is only the start of the process. You’ll find endless models available for every graphics card, ranging from humble “reference” cards designed by AMD or Nvidia themselves, to highly customized options packing bespoke cooling solutions and extra features by “add-in board” partners like EVGA, Sapphire, Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, and more.

So should you buy a reference card or a custom graphics card when you’re on the hunt for a new GPU? The short answer is most—but not all—people should buy a customized model.

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Nanit Plus baby-monitoring system review: This pricey tech will soothe anxious parents

Tue, 2019-09-10 06:00
Much more than a baby camera, the Nanit Plus and its companion app can actively warn you if anything goes amiss while your baby is in its crib.

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