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Intel announces Comet Lake, a faster, 10th-gen Whiskey Lake chip for mainstream laptops

Wed, 2019-08-21 09:00

Intel’s Comet Lake 10th-gen Core chips reveal what Intel was alluding to a few weeks ago: It’s shipping a replacement for the 8th-gen Whiskey Lake mobile processors currently powering most notebook PCs, with a new memory controller and substantially faster clock speeds. 

Comet Lake is actually more like than unlike Whiskey Lake. Both chips use Whiskey Lake’s 14nm CPU architecture. Comet Lake is clocked faster, yet it still remains within roughly the same thermal constraints. Both families primarily use four cores and eight threads, though Comet Lake adds a single six-core option. Nevertheless, Intel is positioning Comet Lake as a 10th-gen chip, in the same family as its recently-introduced Ice Lake

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Best Apple Card alternatives: 5 existing credit cards that outdo the new kid

Wed, 2019-08-21 07:00
There’s buzz around the Apple Card, but you can do better. Try one of these options instead.

Apple Card vs Citi, Chase, and Capital One: Is Apple's new credit card as good as it seems?

Wed, 2019-08-21 03:00
Apple announced a brand new credit card at its 'Show time' event with low interest rates, no fees, and daily rewards. But is it worth adding to your wallet?

Microsoft Edge in Chromium goes beta, and Microsoft says it's ready for everyday use

Tue, 2019-08-20 18:40

Microsoft's Chromium-based Edge browser has reached beta status, meaning that Microsoft feels like the new version of Edge is available for everyday use for Windows and MacOS.

The new Edge beta channel allows users to download major new builds every six weeks, joining the weekly developers-only channel as well as the nightly "canary" builds. Microsoft's Chromium-based Edge browser shares the same core rendering engine as Google Chrome, though Microsoft has implemented some features differently. 

Microsoft is preparing to phase out the EdgeHTML-based version of Edge in favor of the new Chromium version, which is designed to allow users access to Chrome extensions and plug-ins, and attract more users to the browser. The beta channel will be the last official channel before launch, which will happen at some future, undisclosed time. It's also the most stable channel, while more features (and more bugs!) are available in the Canary and Developer channels.

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Nvidia's massive Gamescom Game Ready driver improves performance, latency and sharpness

Tue, 2019-08-20 16:20

Nvidia wants everyone to know that those nifty graphics features AMD and Intel have been touting are cute, but watch this. On Tuesday at Gamescom, Nvidia dropped the Gamescom Game Ready driver, a massive update that:

  • Increases frame rates by as much as 23 percent in some games
  • Decreases the mouse click-to-reaction latency in games
  • Adds integer scaling
  • Lets you personalize image sharpening

The bread and butter of the driver are performance improvements for Apex Legends, Battlefield V, Forza Horizon, Strange Brigade and World War Z. Performance improvements vary by game, resolution and GPU, but the the buffs seem fairly decent, with most of the improvements in the double-digit range.

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Dell's OptiPlex 7070 Ultra is a mini-PC that fits into a monitor stand

Tue, 2019-08-20 09:00

The Dell OptiPlex 7070 Ultra answers a prayer. This long, slender mini-PC slides into the back of a monitor stand, creating the first all-in-one that’s modular and upgradable.

Officially, it’s designed for corporate desk jockeys needing to de-clutter their open-office workspaces. Anyone who’s had to junk an entire all-in-one PC because one component has died, however, understands why we’re so excited about this design.  

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The OptiPlex 7070 Ultra measures a slender 10.09 x 3.78 x 0.78 inches, and weighs 1.43 pounds. 

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8BitDo SN30 Pro+ review: Vintage style meets modern hardware & software

Tue, 2019-08-20 06:30

The SN30 Pro+ is the first full-size gaming controller from 8BitDo, building upon an already solid track record of smaller-sized offerings. With the SN30 Pro+, 8BitDo maintains the classic Nintendo design cues and modern features present in other models, but offers robust software on the PC that enables deep customization options.

At first glance it looks like a SN30 Pro with handles, but its larger size makes it more comfortable for longer gaming sessions. And while the SN30 Pro+ is the best pro controller option for the Nintendo Switch, it has some stiffer competition on the PC—which is where I’ll be focusing this review. 

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Netvue Belle video doorbell review: Certainly not the belle of the doorbell ball

Tue, 2019-08-20 06:00
Netvue makes a big AI promise for its Belle video doorbell, but that feature falls flat.

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