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How Huawei’s flagship P40 Pro could still impact premium Android phones in the U.S.

Wed, 2020-04-01 06:30

In case you missed it, Huawei unveiled a few new flagship phones in late March. The newest members of its high-end P series, the P40, P40 Pro, and P40 Pro+, are unlikely to make much of a splash outside of China due to the lack of Google apps, Google Assistant, and the Play Store, but they’ll still have a major impact on the global Android smartphone landscape. Here’s how Huawei’s latest flagships will influence the phones you’ll actually buy.

Curves everywhere

Samsung phones have long had Infinity displays with curved edges that slightly wrap the screen on the right and left sides of the phone, but the I quad-curve overflow display on the P40 Pro and P40 Pro+ takes it to a whole new level. Here’s how Huawei describes it: “Inspired by the art of motion, the display takes on a curved edge on all four sides, creating a shape that is reminiscent of water on the cusp of overflowing from the rim of a filled cup.” In other words, the top and bottom of the glass are curved like the sides, with extremely skinny bezels and a near-all-screen aesthetic.

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How Huawei’s flagship P40 Pro could still impact premium Android phones in the U.S.

Wed, 2020-04-01 06:30

In case you missed it, Huawei unveiled a few new flagship phones in late March. The newest members of its high-end P series, the P40, P40 Pro, and P40 Pro+, are unlikely to make much of a splash outside of China due to the lack of Google apps, Google Assistant, and the Play Store, but they’ll still have a major impact on the global Android smartphone landscape. Here’s how Huawei’s latest flagships will influence the phones you’ll actually buy.

Curves everywhere

Samsung phones have long had Infinity displays with curved edges that slightly wrap the screen on the right and left sides of the phone, but the I quad-curve overflow display on the P40 Pro and P40 Pro+ takes it to a whole new level. Here’s how Huawei describes it: “Inspired by the art of motion, the display takes on a curved edge on all four sides, creating a shape that is reminiscent of water on the cusp of overflowing from the rim of a filled cup.” In other words, the top and bottom of the glass are curved like the sides, with extremely skinny bezels and a near-all-screen aesthetic.

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How to use your iPhone as a webcam for video conferencing and virtual meetings

Wed, 2020-04-01 06:15
If you're in need a webcam for all the video conferences you're doing nowadays, your iPhone can carry the load.

Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro review: Sophisticated front-door security—for a price

Wed, 2020-04-01 06:00
This is the best video doorbell we’ve tested, but not everyone will want the professionally installed and monitored smart home/home security system that it's part of.

Braven BVR-XXL/2 Bluetooth speaker: Gigantor lays down the beat

Wed, 2020-04-01 06:00
If you appreciate volume, thump, and durability in a speaker, the Braven BVR-XXL/2 should be at the top of your short list. It's IPX5 rated, sounds good for the weatherized category, and even features a magnetic bottle opener.

Home office tech: Essential tips to maintain your PC, router and more

Wed, 2020-04-01 06:00

Maintaining your home office tech is just as important as maintaining your yard or your car. It can be tempting to put off these critical tasks, but if you’re working from home the last thing you want is downtime. Start checking these items off your list to develop good tech maintenance habits. 

There’s an economical side to this, too. In certain situations, working from home effectively may mean buying new equipment to fill the gaps. But before you decide you need something new, making the most of what you already have might be a better idea!

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Apple acquires Dark Sky weather app

Tue, 2020-03-31 14:22
Apple now has its own weather service. And Android users will have to find a new weather app.

How to prevent Zoom bombing by being smarter than Boris Johnson

Tue, 2020-03-31 13:48

Even heads of state need some help with Zoom. A screenshot of a Zoom meeting shared publicly by the UK’s prime minister, Boris Johnson, included its Zoom Meeting ID. Don’t do that! Here’s why.

With more and more people using the convenient Zoom videoconferencing app to communicate while working from home, “Zoombombing” is becoming a thing. “Zoom bombing” is as bad as it would be in real life: When an uninvited guest suddenly shows up in your Zoom meeting and starts acting up, swearing, or sharing inappropriate pictures, everyone loses. 

Boris Johnson / Twitter

Zoom in far enough, and you can clearly see the Zoom meeting ID in the upper left-hand corner of this Zoom meeting UK prime minister Boris Johnson shared on Twitter.

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Best gaming laptops: Know what to look for and which models rate highest

Tue, 2020-03-31 13:00

The gaming laptop landscape is about to change, because both AMD and Intel are coming out with new performance chips for mobile this year. While the first Ryzen 4000 laptop is a gaming laptop—the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14—it's too early to tell whether the new CPU will have any effect on gaming performance. 

Not everyone needs to wait for Ryzen 4000 and Comet Lake H CPUs, though. Budget-minded and entry-level to intermediate gamers already have a lot of great choices—and they may see discounts as the new CPUs come online. Check out our top picks immediately below, and keep reading to catch up on the latest news and reviews. 

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The Full Nerd ep. 132: AMD's Ryzen 4000 mobile arrives, and it's amazing

Tue, 2020-03-31 12:00

In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Ung, Brad Chacos, Alaina Yee and Adam Patrick Murray dive into AMD’s game-changing Ryzen 4000 CPU for laptops.

AMD has never beaten Intel in laptops—until now. The crew gets into just how fast, and how awesome the Ryzen 9 4900HS inside of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is.

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Spotify Kids beta app finally arrives in U.S., Canada, and France

Tue, 2020-03-31 10:36
Available for months in other territories, the family-friendly Spotify Kids music app is making its stateside debut.

How to test your home Internet speed

Tue, 2020-03-31 10:00

Testing your internet connection’s performance is even more important with millions of extra workers working from home. You don’t need any extra software—a web browser will do. But there are also a few things you can do to make sure you are getting the most accurate reading of your internet connection. Here’s what to do!

Get ready

Essentially, what we're trying to do is compare the amount of bandwidth that's coming into your home with what your ISP is promising you. First make sure that you know what your Internet plan is, and what your ISP promises is the minimum connection speed. Consult your bill or your ISP's Web site for that.

Let's turn to the PC. For best results, you'll want to use a wired connection if at all possible; that way, you don’t have to worry about interference and performance fluctuations that can occur while you’re on Wi-Fi. If you have any other wired devices on your home network, plug your test computer directly into the modem so those don’t interfere. Again, we're trying to learn how much bandwidth is coming directly into your home, before it begins getting divvied up among connected devices.

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Fitbit launches the Charge 4 with built-in GPS, few other reasons to upgrade

Tue, 2020-03-31 09:55
Fitbit has launched the Charge 4 with built-in GPS, new activity zones, and the same $150 price tag.

AMD ascending: How Ryzen CPUs snatched the computing crown from Intel

Tue, 2020-03-31 08:31

Monday, November 25, 2019 was a momentous day. On it, AMD’s benchmark-shattering, floor-wiping, mic-dropping 32-core Threadripper 3970X reviews launched alongside Intel’s most potent consumer chip, the 18-core Core i9-10980XE. The wild performance difference between the two respective champions drove home a truth that’s been slowly building and is suddenly here: For the first time since Intel’s Core architecture ended the Athlon 64’s dominance nearly 15 long years ago, after an AMD Bulldozer era seemingly endless with disappointment, AMD’s Ryzen processors are firmly in control on the desktop.

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How YubiKey Bio could make remote security concerns a thing of the past

Tue, 2020-03-31 06:30

The YubiKey Bio is a security product seemingly made for the growing number of people working from home during the coronavirus threat, but the security issues facing remote workers are hardly new. Even if they’ve figured out everything else—bought a second monitor, rearranged some furniture, or upgraded their router—security remains an oft-forgotten, but vital detail.

The transition from working in an office to working at home creates a juicy opportunity for attackers intent on stealing your personal information. “With a rapid shift toward remote workforces, the attack vector grows larger and we’re already seeing an increase in targeted phishing attacks,” said Guido Appenzeller, chief product officer of Yubico. “Not to mention, operating remotely is new territory for many companies, involving steep learning curves and confusion. This is the perfect scenario for an attacker to thrive in and opens opportunities for social engineering and phishing attacks.” That’s why Yubico is developing a security key with built-in biometrics for the ultimate portable encrypted key.

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ADT Blue Indoor Camera review: Watches for intruders, listens for alarms

Tue, 2020-03-31 06:00
The Blue Indoor Camera is a DIY home-security cam from ADT that will alert you should it hear a CO2 or smoke alarm going off.

VR is keeping me sane while I'm stuck at home

Tue, 2020-03-31 06:00

Quarantine, day six. I’m standing in Paris, in one of my favorite spots. It’s a fountain in the Tuileries, near the Louvre. There are green metal chairs scattered around, inviting people to sit and relax for a few moments, or for an afternoon. Wind mixes with birdsong as I stand and take it all in. It feels as if I’m the last person on Earth, standing here alone in an empty park—but at least I’m outside.

Quarantine, day seven. I’m in a different city, vaguely Soviet in appearance. Again, there is nobody else around—or nobody living, anyway. City 17 is quiet, but for the headcrabs. I holster my pistol and admire the crumbling remains of the North Star Hotel, imagine it in happier times.

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iSmartgate Pro review: This smart garage door opener fails to deliver on its big promises

Tue, 2020-03-31 06:00
This garage door controller is difficult to install, and suffers significant problems, including frequent disconnects.

The best smart garage door controllers deliver convenience and peace of mind

Tue, 2020-03-31 06:00
Even if you use your garage only as an oversized storage locker, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without a smart controller for your existing garage door opener.

Microsoft Edge plans to add password monitoring, vertical tabs

Mon, 2020-03-30 14:58

Microsoft said Monday that it’s adding new security and usability features to Microsoft Edge, complementing the company’s rebranding of its Office 365 suite for consumers into Microsoft 365.

Microsoft plans to add three key improvements over the coming months: an automated password checker that will try to determine whether your password has been leaked to the web, an arrangement of vertical tabs, as well as taking the Collections arrangement and merging it with the mobile apps. 

While Collections is unique to Edge, the other capabilities have been offered by other browsers. Google, for example, will alert you if it detects that any of your passwords stored in its browser vault have been published to the web as part of a site hack, and will encourage you to change them. Edge—what used to be called the “new Edge,” and now is just Microsoft Edge—will do the same. 

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