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Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ hands-on: A new model changes the game, for better or worse

Wed, 2019-08-07 16:19

When I picked up the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, it felt like I was holding the most powerful and beautiful phone on the planet. A 6.3-inch display, near-bezel-less design, triple-camera array, and supercharged S Pen are all crammed into an impossibly compact design. And then I picked up the Note 10+.

For the first time in the Note’s storied history, there are two sizes to choose from, and the difference between the two models couldn’t be clearer. While Samsung has set up the Galaxy S10 and S10+ smartphones to be mostly larger and smaller versions of the same device, the Note 10+ is a clear upgrade from the Note 10—so much so that many fans likely won’t even consider the smaller, lower-end model.

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Altice USA and Devialet team up for a pricey Alexa-powered smart speaker

Wed, 2019-08-07 14:00
The makers of one of our favorite speakers has joined forces with a big U.S. cable carrier for a luxurious Alexa-enabled speaker, but it’ll cost you a pretty penny.

Watch The Full Nerd talk about Ice Lake on desktop and more live!

Wed, 2019-08-07 13:49

Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. Today's show goes into Gordon's preview of Intel Ice Lake in laptops and how that could translate to the desktop part, the prospect of Intel bringing a $200 GPU to the market, and the rumors of Lisa Su leaving AMD for IBM. As always we will be answering your live questions so speak up in the chat.

If YouTube is not your thing you can also watch us on Twitch, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Logitech Zone Wireless headset review: Optimized for open workspaces

Wed, 2019-08-07 06:21

Logitech's Zone Wireless headset is designed to address a specific situation: open offices. This design trend might be great for collaboration, but it can be a hindrance when you’re just trying to work. Noise and lack of privacy can kill productivity and raise stress levels, ultimately leading to lower job satisfaction.

Many workers already combat the distraction by donning a pair of ear buds or headphones. But this workaround creates its own hassles, requiring separate headsets for music and phone calls. The Zone Wireless headset uses active noise cancellation to block out distractions, and a self-muting microphone that makes it easy to switch between listening to tunes and talking on the phone.

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Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front

Wed, 2019-08-07 06:00
A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.

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

Wed, 2019-08-07 06:00
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.

Astell&Kern SR15 review: This digital audio player is packed with features and high-fidelity performance

Wed, 2019-08-07 06:00
Astell&Kern's SR15 might be the best high-res portable player priced less than $800.

Samsung SmartThings Cam review: A top-notch security cam particularly suited to SmartThings users

Wed, 2019-08-07 06:00
But this pint-sized camera will make a great impression on anyone with basic surveillance needs.

Why the war on smartphone bezels is going too far

Wed, 2019-08-07 06:00

The battle to kill the smartphone bezel is going too far. Samsung, Huawei, and One Plus all sell phones with curved screens that make the edges of the display seem practically invisible at first glance. Pop-up cameras and notches have pushed displays to the tippy-top of the frame. Just last week, Oppo unveiled its “waterfall” screen, featuring an 88-degree fold that practically wraps the display around the side of the phone, all in the name of eliminating unsightly bezels once and for all.

And I’m done with all of it. I’ll admit that Infinity Displays and Dewdrop screens make for gorgeous renders—you need look no further than the leaked Note 10 shots to see that. But when you get past the prettiness, the only thing that thin bezels do is make our phones harder to use and easier to break.

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Best high-resolution digital audio player: Which DAP reigns supreme?

Wed, 2019-08-07 06:00
We review hi-res audio players from Astell&Kern, Pioneer, Questyle, and more. Find out which shine above the others.

How to buy the perfect PC case

Tue, 2019-08-06 08:02

No matter whether you treat your computer as the centerpiece of your home office or just stuff it under your desk, buying the right PC case matters.

At a minimum, you want to pick a PC case that’s the right size for your needs and has room for all your hardware and USB devices. But some PC cases offer much, much more. Spacious innards, lower temperatures, muffled sound, extensive water-cooling support, and fancy-schmancy tempered glass panels or RGB lighting are just the tip of the iceberg.

Here’s a guide to buying a PC case that’s perfect for you. This is just the first step in your DIY journey; be sure to check out PCWorld’s guide to building a PC, too.

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Acer Aspire 5 A515-54-51DJ review: Slim and inexpensive, but middling quad-core performance

Tue, 2019-08-06 06:41

If you’re looking for an inexpensive quad-core laptop that’s less than three-quarters of an inch thick, the Acer Aspire 5 A515-54-51DJ might fit the bill. This slim laptop packs in more than enough power for everyday computing tasks, and its quad-core performance is respectable, if shy of awe-inspiring. A fingerprint reader and nearly all-day battery life will appeal to productivity-minded road warriors, although they’ll have to settle for a display that’s on the dim side.

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best laptops. Go there for information on competing products and how we tested. 

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Lutron Aurora review: A nearly perfect solution for Philips Hue smart bulbs

Tue, 2019-08-06 06:00
This gadget handily solves the smart bulb, dumb switch problem—but only if you have Philips Hue bulbs and a toggle switch.

The best laptops: Premium laptops, cheap laptops, 2-in-1s, and more

Mon, 2019-08-05 21:40

The laptop world is a-changing. New CPUs and GPUs—yes, mobile discrete GPUs—are bringing forth laptops that are thinner, lighter, and faster than ever, even gaming laptops. And the advances keep coming: After a busy round of CES announcements in January, Intel and Nvidia have welcomed spring with yet another round of products: the 9th generation of Core mobile processors, and mobile GeForce GTX 1650 and 1660 Ti graphics. Acer, Asus, Dell, Razer, and more companies are jumping on this bandwagon, so stay tuned for new models we bring in for review. 

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Apple Card FAQ: Interest rates, rewards, sign-up and everything else you need to know

Mon, 2019-08-05 15:00
Here's everything you need to now about Apple's new credit card.

Age of Wonders: Planetfall review: This space-faring 4X saga is dense but rewarding

Mon, 2019-08-05 09:00

“Cryosleep cycle complete. No casualties. Time since launch: 197 years. We’re finally back.” Jack Gelder stands on the deck of his ship, planning his triumphant return. An equipment malfunction meant they’d had to take the long way back, but at long last they’d made it to Star Union space, to the military border colony of Leave-6. Home.

A lot can change in two centuries though. As Gelder and his troops enter orbit around Leave-6 there’s...nothing. The fabled Elysium pleasure parks, gone. The lush greenery replaced with arid wasteland. And the former imperial soldiers?

Well, by the time this is over you’ll wish they’d disappeared too.

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Intel's Gen 11 graphics has improved so much, we may have to stop making jokes about it

Mon, 2019-08-05 06:00

It looks like we'll have to stop joking about Intel's integrated graphics. With the arrival of the 10th-gen Ice Lake CPU, we're finally seeing impressive graphics performance. Sure, we called out just how much faster it is in our performance preview, but to appreciate how much of a jump 10th-gen Ice Lake brings, you have to take a few steps back.

We went to our database of reviewed laptops and cobbled together 3DMark Sky Diver scores from various laptop generations. The chart includes 2013's 4th-gen Haswell U and its HD4400 graphics, as well as 2015's 5th-gen Broadwell U's HD 5200. We also included the lone and fairly rare Iris 540, used in 2015's 6th-gen Skylake U. We didn't include low-power chips, such as Cherry Trail's HD and Core M variants, because we can stoop only so far.

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Blue Line Innovations EnergyCloud review: A simpler way to monitor your home’s power consumption

Mon, 2019-08-05 06:00
It's not as sophisticated as some other systems, but it costs less and is easier to set up.

Wemo WiFi Smart Light Switch 3-Way review: One of the best ways to render a three-way circuit smart

Mon, 2019-08-05 06:00
Excellent design, trouble-free installation, and elimination of the need for a matching switch gives Wemo another winner in the smart home space.

How to keep Amazon and Google from listening to your Alexa and Assistant voice recordings

Sat, 2019-08-03 10:21
Amazon Echo and Google Home users can shut the door on “human review” of their voice recordings. Also: how to wipe your Siri history off of Apple's servers.