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Tuesday January 16, 2018
10:00JBL Pulse 3 review: This weatherproof Bluetooth speaker puts on a fun...
An IPX7 weatherization rating means this speaker can survive a dip in the pool, but it's audio performance left us wanting.
Monday January 15, 2018
13:00Microsoft is shutting down its free upgrade from Windows 8.1 to...
If you’re still running Windows 8.1, be advised that Microsoft shut down mainstream support a week ago. But there’s still a last-ditch upgrade path to Windows 10: Microsoft’s assistive technology loophole, which closes January 16. Microsoft ended mainstream support for Windows 8.1 on January 9, five years after the operating system’s debut. ...
11:30Nest Cam IQ Outdoor review: Nest's upgraded outdoor security camera is ...
Nest follows the blueprint of the Nest Cam IQ indoor camera with its second outdoor model.
11:01Save Hundreds On 70+ Hours Of Professional Excel Training ($49)
Microsoft Excel is undoubtedly one of the most popular spreadsheet tools used in today's companies, and while most of us know how to leverage its basic functions, few take the time to learn its advanced capabilities. ...
11:00iHome iAVS16B review: This smart bedside clock radio gets Alexa in the
Though it has some growing to do, iHome + Alexa make for an impressive couple.
Saturday January 13, 2018
10:45Here's how much the Meltdown and Spectre fix hurt my Surface Book...
As a performance junkie, I’m less concerned about the security risks of the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities—after all, there are no known exploits in use today—than I am about a performance hit from the fixes.And from what I’m seeing, my concerns are warranted.My sole experience with a fully updated platform so far is with Microsoft’s original Surface Book. ...
Friday January 12, 2018
21:36Avira Antivirus Pro review: Great performance, but the free version is ...
Avira is a great choice for people who want a no-nonsense antivirus security suite with very few extras. The company certainly has a whole roster of services and features including a software updater, password manager, VPN, and system analyzer. However, Avira focuses on its antivirus offerings first. Antivirus Pro—the subject of this review—is its main product for home users. ...
19:41The Full Nerd episode 38: Kaby Lake G, Zen+, and the best of CES
Consumer Electronics Show? Maybe call it the “PC Showî instead. This week Gordon, Melissa, Adam, and Brad go full nerd on the big reveals at CES 2018 and pick our favorites.So yeah, if you want to hear what the crew thinks of Intel’s Vega-infused Kaby Lake G, AMD’s Zen+, and the BFG of Displays, tune into the the Full Nerd here or on YouTube.To read this article in full, please click here
19:00This week in games: Big Destiny 2 changes revealed, Dark Souls finally ...
I didn’t expect to come away from CES 2018 thinking the highlight was a motherboard, but here we are. Or maybe that’s just a sign of CES’s weird spiral into the world’s largest SkyMall catalog.As for games? Well, nothing much at CES. ...
18:19The best SSDs of 2018
Switching to a solid-state drive is the best upgrade you can make for your PC. These wondrous devices obliterate long boot times, speed up how fast your programs and games load, and generally makes your computer feel fast. But not all solid-state drives are created equal. ...
17:12Aukey is selling its 12,000mAh power bank for $12 right now
Today’s a good time for getting a deal on mobile charging gear: Aukey via Amazon has dropped the price of its 12,000mAh portable charger to $12. This is one of the cheapest prices we’ve seen.To get the deal, you must redeem the coupon in the drop-down menu near the current price of $26. ...
16:33CES was surprisingly subdued for cord-cutting
For cord-cutters, CES was quieter than usual, as companies like Tablo and Mohu avoided the show.
15:48The Samsung Galaxy X folding phone rumor just won’t die and I wish it...
If you were one of the lucky few to get invited into Samsung’s secret briefing at CES 2018, you didn't get a look at the upcoming Galaxy S9. Instead, you would have seen specs for the company’s white whale: a foldable phone. According to people who were there, the handset has a 7.3-inch screen, folds both ways, and is due to launch later this year. ...
15:18MSI's GE73VR gaming laptop brings RGB lights to new places
When Alexander saw his laptop, he wept, for there were no more things to put RGB LEDs on. Well, at least until he talked to MSI. With few places left to put RGB lights in blinged-out gaming laptops, MSI has found one more thing to light up: The rear lid. ...
14:16AMD processors will get a firmware update for the Spectre CPU exploit, ...
AMD will release firmware updates for its processors to protect against the devastating Spectre CPU exploits that affect every modern computer, phone, and tablet. Unlike Intel’s flurry of CPU firmware updates, however, they aren’t being treated as critical must-install patches. ...
12:26How to take a screenshot on any Android phone
Every Android phone is different, and so is taking screenshots with them. Even though Android 4 introduced simple screenshots for all with the handy power-and-volume-down-key combo, nailing it can still be tricky. That's why some phone makers have introduced new methods. ...
12:00ESET Internet Security review: A highly rated security suite with an...
Slovakia-based ESET is a security company that wants to do it all. Its Internet Security suite aims to monitor and destroy malware through its entire life cycle (before and after execution), the company has AV suites for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and it offers protection for smart home devices.ESET has some pretty big aims. ...
10:3610 big CES reveals that PC enthusiasts need to know about
An ominous Spectre hung over CES 2018’s PC announcements, as the industry grapples with how to protect against devastating CPU exploits that melt down security on damned near every computer on the planet. But put all that aside for now: 2017 was one of the best years for PC hardware ever, and at CES 2018, the PC kept the pedal firmly planted to the metal. ...
10:04CES 2018: The best products we saw at the show
CES 2018 is winding down, and we finally have a chance to pause and reflect on what we saw that was actually great. Products that advanced their category, or broke new ground. Things that leaped ahead of the competition, Or maybe they just looked cool.It's easy to hit saturation at CES, but these are the products we're still talking about when everything else has blurred together. ...
02:06Five new features in Windows 10 Insider Build 17074 include Quiet...
Microsoft fittingly released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17074 in the late hours of Thursday afternoon. The new build adds improvements to Quiet Hours, which will automatically dial down notifications, as well as a host of other improvements such as autofilling forms in Microsoft Edge.As might be expected, Microsoft’s first Insider build of 2018 is a large one. ...
Thursday January 11, 2018
23:16PCWorld's January Digital Magazine: Laptop Revolution
Stay on top of the latest tech with PCWorld’s Digital Edition. Available as single copies or as a yearlong subscription, it highlights the best content from PCWorld.com—the most important news, the key product reviews, and the most useful features and how-to stories—in a curated Digital Edition for Android and iOS, as well for the desktop and other tablet readers. ...
18:33Skype taps Whisper's Signal protocol to test encrypted calls and chats
Skype became the latest chat app to adopt encrypted communications on Thursday, as Microsoft taps Whisper Systems’ Signal protocol in a preview version of both desktop and mobile clients.The feature, known as Private Conversations, is available to iOS, Android, Linux, Mac, and the Win32-based Windows desktop app in beta form. ...
16:40A Rosewill ATX case is $31 today
If building a new PC is part of your New Year's Resolutions, and you haven't bought a case yet, Newegg has a good deal today. Rosewill's Nautilus 200G ATX mid-tower case is $31, or about 44 percent off its normal price. The deal is only good until just before midnight on Thursday evening Pacific time. ...
13:37Get 33% Off H&R Block's Federal & State Tax Software, Plus a 5% Amazon ...
If you're a tax time do-it-yourselfer, this is a deal that will save you money, and potentially make you some money as well.H&R Block's popular tax software is fully updated for 2018 and designed to make your 2017 tax prep easier and more convenient. Step-by-step interviews guide you through a customized experience relevant to your tax situation, so you know everything is accounted for. ...
12:17Axiim’s Link HD Wireless System is a truly wireless 7.1-channel audio...
Designed to for use with the Xbox One and Windows PCs, the Link can stream high-res audio to wireless self-powered speakers.
10:30CES 2018: 8 awesome Android announcements you might have missed
CES may be all about consumer electronics, but sadly that doesn’t really include phones. Most companies hold off until the spring to unveil their newest handsets, and there hasn’t been a big Android splash at CES since Google unveiled the Nexus One back in 2010.But that doesn’t mean there isn’t any Android news coming out of Las Vegas this week. ...
02:52The best smart TV at CES is this giant Nvidia gaming display
Nvidia sneaks into the TV business with its Shield-powered Big Format Gaming Displays.
00:04The latest Wi-Fi mesh router comes from... First Alert?
First Alert invented residential smoke detectors decades ago, so imagine my surprise when I walked into First Alert’s booth at CES and saw a router bearing the company’s name. And it’s not just any router: The Onelink Connect is a tri-band 802.11ac model that comes with two mesh access points in addition to the one inside the router. ...
Wednesday January 10, 2018
18:24NZXT's debut motherboard is one of the most breathtaking motherboards...
NZXT makes motherboards now.That’s the news—but saying “NZXT makes motherboards nowî is perhaps the greatest understatement of 2018. (Hey, we’re only ten days in so far.) At CES this week, NZXT announced it’s done what’s almost impossible: Made a motherboard that looks good. It’s the NZXT N7 Z730, and as I alluded to earlier it’s NZXT’s debut motherboard. ...
17:51Master Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign With a Lifetime of...
We live in a highly visual society, and, as such, companies rely on graphic designers to create gripping images and content that gets their brands out there. With a lifetime subscription to Graphic Design Certification School, you can join their in-demand ranks by mastering three of their most popular tools, and lifetime subscriptions are on sale for more than 90 percent off. ...
17:43Huawei's new WiFi Q2 mesh networking system is capable of ridiculous...
Today’s smartphones are nothing without a fast Wi-Fi connection, so Huawei is taking things into its own hands. Joining the likes of Google and Samsung, who each have their own mesh Wi-Fi system, Huawei unveiled the Q2 hybrid 5G powerline hybrid home Wi-Fi system, so your new Mate 10 Pro can stream clearly from any room on your house. ...
17:02Newegg is selling Destiny 2 for $27
During the holidays, we saw a few sales on the PC version of Destiny 2. If you wish you'd grabbed the game then but didn't, you're in luck: Newegg is currently selling Destiny 2 for $27 when you enter the promo code EMCXEEP32 at checkout. Shipping is free if you use ShopRunner. ...
15:41Nvidia updates graphics drivers to protect against Spectre CPU attacks
The Game Ready driver Nvidia released earlier this week for GeForce graphics cards ostensibly added new features announced at CES, like Nvidia FreeStyle filters, Ansel screenshot improvements, and ShadowPlay Highlights for Fortnite, Crossout, and Elex. But it quietly held another purpose, too: Protecting your data from hackers. ...
15:29Everything we think we know about the Samsung Galaxy S9
It might seem like the Galaxy S8 just arrived, but we’re already looking ahead to the S9. Samsung blew us away with the Infinity Display and all-glass design of the S8. Expectations are high for S9, as the highly anticipated smartphone sets the stage for the rest of 2018 flagships to follow. Here’s everything we think we know about Samsung’s next Galaxy phone. ...
15:09Sorry, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, not even Wonder Woman can fight the U.S....
CES 2018 was supposed to be Huawei’s coming-out party. With a new handset that rivals the Pixel 2 XL and Note 8, the No. 2 or No. 3 phone maker in the world (depending on the month) was seemingly poised to finally break out of its niche, enthusiast status by finally getting some respect with the big U.S. carriers. ...
13:58Anker's Twin USB High Speed Car Phone Charger Is Just $8.99 Right Now
The PowerDrive 2 Elite from Anker is super compact, and can simultaneously charge 2 devices with the fastest possible charge of up to 2.4 amps per port. A soft blue LED light makes it easier to navigate in the dark. 10 safety mechanisms are built in to protect your devices from surge and temperature fluctuations, and an 18-month warranty is included for additional peace of mind. ...
06:23Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 tablet unexpectedly adds a bigger, better 13-inch ...
Because most Windows tablets have settled upon the 12.1-inch display size, an increase is unexpected. Lenovo’s third-generation ThinkPad X1, however, bumps up the visual quality with a larger, 13-inch 3K screen.The significant improvement over the 12-inch, 2160x1440 IPS display in 2017’s second-generation X1 Tablet may boost Lenovo’s standing. ...
00:20Intel announces Optane 800P SSD for the rest of us
We've been waiting for this: Intel announced the first consumer Optane SSD on Tuesday at CES. Dubbed the 800P, Intel said two models of the 800P will ship in M.2 trim: a 58GB version and a 118GB version. Both will be bootable and will come with a two-lane (x2) PCIe configuration. The drives are rated to write more than 200GB per day.The 800P is the third of Intel's much-hyped Optane drives. ...
00:00The best cheap cell phone plans: Slash your monthly bill with one of...
When choosing a wireless carrier, most Americans just go with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, or Verizon. But the reluctance to look beyond the big four, to an alternative carrier, could be costing you serious money.An array of lesser-known carriers in the U.S. use the same networks as the big companies yet offer heavy discounts on your monthly bill—with no contracts. ...
Tuesday January 9, 2018
22:26WPA3 is coming to Wi-Fi routers in 2018, with better encryption and...
Anyone who has ever set up a router is probably familiar with Wireless Protected Access, or WPA encryption. Now the stage is set for WPA3, an improved Wi-Fi security protocol that brings improved security to network devices.At CES on Monday, the Wi-Fi Alliance announced WPA3, whose improvements will slowly roll out during 2018 in new devices. ...
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