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Hey Google sensitivity setting arrives for Google Home and Nest devices

Fri, 2020-05-01 14:30
The new setting helps solve the problem of Google Assistant either not hearing its wake word, or accidentally thinking it did hear it.

Plex adds free TV shows and movies from Crackle

Fri, 2020-05-01 10:35
Plex users can now stream free (albeit ad-supported) movies and TV shows such as "Captain Phillips," "Patriot Games", "Hell’s Kitchen," and more.

The best VR headsets for 2020: Every option reviewed and ranked

Fri, 2020-05-01 06:30

When do we draw the line between “early adoption” and, uh, “regular adoption”? With virtual reality, maybe it’s right now. Years of sluggish sales had me convinced that virtual reality might disappear with nary a whimper, but then the hardware got better, the games got better, and suddenly people are talking about VR again. And hey, being essentially trapped in your house for weeks on end doesn’t hurt.

The hardware landscape has gotten a lot more confusing since the first-gen Oculus Rift and HTC Vive debuted in 2016. We have “tethered” and “untethered” headsets, different resolutions, different lenses—and what the hell is “MR” anyway?

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$3K PC build challenge: The parts and peripherals we'd splurge on

Fri, 2020-05-01 06:00

If we could drop $3,000 to splurge on a luxurious new PC, what would we spend our money on? That was the challenge presented to the Full Nerd gang on PCWorld’s YouTube channel, and with such a sky-high budget, we saw a lot more variety than in the largely similar builds in our recent $750 PC build challenge. But even with such lofty budgets, we all needed to make some sacrifices to squeeze in our must-own hardware picks, because this contest also required budgeting for peripherals and Windows 10.

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Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus review: It's good, but it's not new or improved enough to be the best

Fri, 2020-05-01 06:00
The latest video doorbell from Ring adds dual-band Wi-Fi better motion detection, but there's no step up in video resolution or field of view.

Intel's 'Comet Lake-S' 10th-gen Core CPUs hit 10 cores and 5.3GHz speeds

Thu, 2020-04-30 09:00

Intel’s latest 10th-gen “Comet Lake S” desktop processors solve the hyperthreading issues that plagued Intel’s 9th-gen chips, with a unique wrinkle: the ability to dial hyperthreading on and off on a per-core basis. The fastest of the thirty-two new chips pushes clock speeds up to 5.3GHz, though that’s specific to a single core. Intel boasts the 10-core/20-thread Core i9-10900K will be the world’s fastest gaming processor, a claim that we’re eager to test. 

Also in the mix are two derivatives Intel’s offered previously: specific F-series parts that lack integrated GPU cores, as well as ten T-series 35W chips optimized for small-form-factor designs.

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Swapping streaming remotes for fewer cord-cutting annoyances

Thu, 2020-04-30 06:00
Annoyed by your Roku or Apple TV remote? Replace it with something better.

Ryzen 7 4700U review: AMD's budget 8-core crushes Intel's 10th-gen chips, again

Thu, 2020-04-30 06:00

The AMD Ryzen 7 4700U arrives at a key moment for laptop CPUs. After AMD launched its 7nm Ryzen 4000 CPU family at CES and dealt a first, crushing blow with the Ryzen 9 4900HS chip in high-end notebook PCs, the company has its eyes on the real prize: U-class laptops. Yes, those sub-three-pound slivers (known in a past life as Ultrabooks) everyone casually carries into meetings or lays on the table in a cafe. 

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Motorola Lux65 Connect-2 video baby monitor review: This two-camera set offers monitoring and more

Thu, 2020-04-30 06:00
This baby monitor can operate as a conventional video monitor or a sophisticated smart camera, but a paid subscription is required to unlock its full feature set.

Ryzen 4000 performance benchmarks: Ryzen 7 4700U beats Intel H-class mobile chips

Thu, 2020-04-30 06:00

Our first taste of the AMD Ryzen 7 4700U came in the form of the affordable Acer Swift 3 laptop. After AMD launched its 7nm Ryzen 4000 CPU family at CES and dealt a first, crushing blow with the Ryzen 9 4900HS chip in high-end notebook PCs, the Ryzen 7 4700U tackles the next challenge: U-class, thin-and-light laptops. The company’s offerings in this area have been weak in the past, so AMD focused on optimizing Ryzen 4000 for thinner notebook PCs. Everyone wants to know if AMD’s Ryzen “U” chips finally have what it takes.

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The best video baby monitors: Keep eyes—and ears—on your bundle of joy

Thu, 2020-04-30 06:00
Today's baby monitors are more capable—and more complex—than ever. Here's how to find the right one, so you and your baby can get some sleep.

Microsoft starts pushing coronavirus info in Windows Search

Wed, 2020-04-29 14:07

Microsoft said Wednesday that it will begin pushing coronavirus news and information to Windows Search within Windows 10. There’s also a quick and easy way to opt out.

Search for “coronavirus” on either Google or Bing, and both providers will return a wealth of information before search results even appear. Now, Microsoft will jump the queue, so to speak, and provide a link to that information within the Windows Search box within Windows before you even begin typing.

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An invitation to explore coronavirus news is now within Windows Search.

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Want free games? You need to turn on the Epic Games Store's two-factor authentication

Wed, 2020-04-29 11:26

If you want to get your grubby gamer paws on all those free games coming to the Epic Games Store through the rest of the year, you’ll need to step up your security. This week, Epic announced that gamers will need to enable two-factor authentication on their accounts in order to claim the giveaways.

“Beginning today and ending on May 21, we will periodically require two-factor authentication prior to claiming free games on the Epic Games Store,” Epic announced, with an in-store notification making users aware of the change. If you try to claim a free game without 2FA enabled, you’ll be prompted to activate the feature first.

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OnePlus 8 review: Android's mid-range champ has less bang for more bucks

Wed, 2020-04-29 06:30

In a topsy-turvy world where Apple is releasing $399 iPhones and OnePlus is making $999 premium phones, the OnePlus 8 should be the perfect foil to the OnePlus 8 Pro. After all, OnePlus built its reputation on showing up the high-priced Galaxies and Pixels of the world with premium-specced Android phones for pennies on the dollar. It’s only fair that it does the same for its own four-figure phone.

In some ways, the OnePlus 8 delivers on that promise. It has a great screen, the newest Snapdragon processor, 5G, and a triple-camera array at a price lower than the Pixel 4 and Galaxy S10. But when you zoom in on what the OnePlus 8 offers for its price ($699 from OnePlus), which is $200 higher than last year’s 7T (currently discounted to $499 from OnePlus), it becomes clear the while it’s a very good phone, it’s not quite the killer bargain OnePlus wants us to think it is.

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OnePlus 8 Pro review: A great phone that's no longer a great value

Wed, 2020-04-29 06:30

The OnePlus 8 Pro ushers in a bunch of firsts for the humble Android phone maker. It’s the first OnePlus display with a hole-punch camera and a 120Hz refresh rate. It’s the first OnePlus phone with wireless charging and a quad-camera. It’s the first time OnePlus has made Wi-Fi 6 and 5G standard. Heck, it’s even the first OnePlus phone with IP-rated water resistance.

It’s also the first OnePlus handset to top a thousand bucks (with tax), more than three times the cost of the original OnePlus One. To be fair, things have changed quite a bit since 2014, when Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S5 cost just $650 off-contract. But even though OnePlus can claim the 8 Pro costs $300 less than the closest apples-to-apples comparison Galaxy phone, a four-figure sticker price is still much more shocking on a OnePlus phone than a Samsung one.

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Google Meet becomes free for everyone, as the pursuit of Zoom continues

Wed, 2020-04-29 06:00

Google Meet is now free for everyone. As part of the video conferencing land rush begun by Zoom, Google has moved Google Meet out of its paid, premium tier, and made it available to both consumers and professionals alike.

In the same way that rival Facebook Messenger Rooms requires you to belong to Facebook to launch a new Room, Google Meet does require users to have a Google account, such as a Gmail email address. The free tier also limits users to just 60 minutes, though the company said it won’t enforce it until after September 30.

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AMD reaps big profits from Ryzen and Radeon, but PC sales remain a question mark

Tue, 2020-04-28 19:38

AMD reported very strong earnings for the first quarter of 2020, though AMD executives acknowledged that lower consumer spending may offset the strong demand for its Ryzen CPUs and Radeon GPUs as the year progresses.

AMD provided important context into how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the technology industry, providing a counterpoint to rival Intel’s earnings last week. Chief executive Lisa Su said that AMD has already seen strong demand in the work-from-home category, specifically notebooks. It’s unclear, however, whether that demand will slow if the economy continues to be hit hard.

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Best robot vacuums: We name the most effective cleaners

Tue, 2020-04-28 13:32
Vacuuming is one of the most hated household chores. Here are your best choices for outsourcing it to some automated help.

The best graphics cards for PC gaming: 'Get amped' for new Nvidia GPUs?

Tue, 2020-04-28 11:53

“What graphics card within my budget gives me the best bang for my buck?”

That simple question cuts to the core of what people hunting for a new graphics card look for: the most oomph they can afford. Sure, the technological leaps behind each new GPU can be interesting on their own, but most everyone just wants to crank up the detail settings on Battlefield and get right to playing.

Gaming GPU cheat sheet

Our quick-hit recommendations:

  • Best budget GPU: GeForce GTX 1650 Super [amazon.com]
  • Best 1080p GPU: GeForce GTX 1660 Super [newegg.com]
  • Best 1440p GPU: Radeon RX 5700 [amazon.com]
  • Best 4K/60Hz GPU: GeForce RTX 2080 Super [GeForce.com]
  • Best 4K/144Hz GPU: GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders EditionRemove non-product link [BestBuy.com]

Updated April 28, 2020 to update the news section with information about Nvidia’s GTC 2020 keynote plans, where details about next-gen “Ampere” GPUs are expected to be revealed.

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