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The 8 big unknowns with Disney’s streaming service plans

Tue, 2019-11-12 09:02
Standalone ESPN and Disney streaming services are a “strategic shift," but the details and implications are murky.

If you're not seeing the new Google Assistant on your Pixel 4, here's how to fix it

Tue, 2019-11-12 06:40

The new Google Assistant is one of the marquee features of the new Pixel 4, with a less-intrusive interface, rapid-fire responses, and smarter integration with Android 10. But even if you have a Pixel 4, you might not be seeing it due to Google’s restrictions on how and when you can get it. So if you’re still seeing the old Assistant, here’s how to get the new one.

Change your language IDG

The new Google Assistant is U.S.-only at launch, so you'll need to pick English (United States) to get it to work.

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Lenovo IdeaPad S340-15IWL review: Peppy quad-core performance, but a cheap display

Tue, 2019-11-12 06:34

Those looking for solid productivity power, a roomy screen, and a comfortable keyboard should give the Lenovo IdeaPad S340-15IWL a fair shake, but make sure you pick up the right model. While we were pleased with the benchmark results for the S340-15IWL ($730 list, but generally closer to $500 online), the configuration we tested comes with a cut-rate TN display saddled with poor viewing angles. you can upgrade to a superior IPS panel for a modest amount of cash (as in $40 or so) while keeping the same internals, so you have options. A svelte design rounds out the package, although we do wish Lenovo had managed to wring a little more life out of the S340’s battery.

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Amazon Echo vs. Google Nest: Which of the two big smart platforms is right for you?

Tue, 2019-11-12 06:00
The choice between Amazon Alexa-powered Echo devices or Nest gadgets with Google Assistant can be a tough one. We'll help you pick.

Innr Smart Plug review: A cheaper way for Philips Hue users to take control of their “dumb” lights

Tue, 2019-11-12 06:00
Small, sturdy, and reliable, the Innr Smart Plug makes for an inexpensive alternative to the new Philips Hue Smart plug.

Best smart plugs: These gadgets will turn any electrical outlet into a smart socket

Tue, 2019-11-12 06:00
With models from Lutron, Wemo, Leviton, iDevices, and others, it can be difficult to know which easy and inexpensive device is best for controlling the lamps and small appliances in your smart home. We’ll help you find the right one.

Hotspot Shield 2020 review: New owners, fantastic speeds, slightly better privacy

Mon, 2019-11-11 13:04

P2P allowed: Yes
Business location: United States
Number of servers: 3,200+*
Number of country locations: 82
Cost: $95.88 per year
VPN protocol: Standard TLS1.2 / DTLS1.2 tunnel using OpenSSL 1.1 library
Data encryption: AES-GCM (128 and 256 bit) and ChaCha-poly1305 supported
Data authentication: All supported ciphersuites perform authenticated encryption using an AEAD model.
Handshake: Standard TLS1.2/DTLS1.2

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Mohu Curve 50 TV antenna review: Pretty, but not powerful

Mon, 2019-11-11 06:00
This interesting-looking antenna is good for the ‘burbs, but it’s not the best at pulling in broadcast channels.

Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 review: More of the same, but better

Mon, 2019-11-11 06:00

It’s surprising the Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 took this long. We first started hearing rumors of an Xbox Elite Controller follow-up back in 2017, when the Xbox One X had yet to launch and the console generation had a handful of years ahead of it still. Now in November of 2019 it’s finally here, with a new Xbox peeking over the horizon. Good thing Xbox One peripherals are confirmed to work on the next generation, eh?

Besides, that doesn’t concern us as much on the PC side. My wired Xbox 360 controller tided me over until 2015, when the first Xbox Elite Controller model released. Will the Xbox Elite Controller Series 2 stay on my desk well into the next hardware cycle?

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Best TV antennas for cord cutters 2019: Tested for real-world signal strength

Mon, 2019-11-11 06:00
Ready to cut the cord? You’ll need a quality antenna to pick up digital broadcasts. Here are our recommendations for best indoor and outdoor TV antennas.

These 22 deep, absorbing PC games will eat days of your life

Mon, 2019-11-11 02:09
Built to last

Image by Rockstar

Far too many games these days are built to be played in small bursts: brief encounters, designed for a world with too few hours in the day and too many digital distractions. And that’s fine! Blasting through a few rounds of Overwatch or Rocket League matches is a wonderful way to spend some time.

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Black Friday 2019: The best tech deals available now

Sun, 2019-11-10 04:39

Black Friday is no longer contained to the day after Thanksgiving. Deals roll out in a chaotic stream all throughout November, and these days, you can score great deals among the lackluster discounts.

For 2019, Best Buy, Newegg, and Amazon have all offered an early taste of sweet bargains. Today's the last day of this round, but we expect further teasers to come soon. Keep an eye peeled for further updates as the days tick by—we’ll add new deals as we spot them.

Not sure if you should wait or buy now? Newegg's current Early Black Friday sale offers an interesting twist: If the company offers a lower price on a purchase between now and the end of November, they'll refund you the difference. Otherwise, holiday return windows have just expanded (many run into early January), so you can buy now and repent at leisure, assuming you can float the cash.

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