PCWorld https://www.pcworld.com en-us Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:59:58 -0700 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:59:58 -0700 One of the best features of Microsoft's upcoming October update to Windows could be in doubt Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:16:00 -0700 Mark Hachman Mark Hachman

Though features within upcoming Windows updates come and go during the beta Insider builds, one that many were looking forward to—a Smart Updater feature that would hopefully cut back on awkwardly timed Windows 10 updates—is now in doubt.

Microsoft representatives said Wednesday that they had “nothing to share” regarding the feature, which Microsoft first introduced in Build 17723, in late July. Then, Microsoft promised that the feature would reduce the trauma caused by spontaneous reboots during Windows Update process—especially during times when a user was actively working on the PC.

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PCWorld's September Digital Magazine: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Wed, 19 Sep 2018 12:05:00 -0700 PCWorld Staff PCWorld Staff

Stay on top of the latest tech with PCWorld’s Digital Magazine. Available as single copies or as a monthly 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 Magazine for Android and iOS, as well for the desktop and other tablet readers.

In the September issue

In the September issue we go deep on the new Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Find out what it’s like to hold a $1,250 phone, what its biggest problem is, and whether Samsung will fix it. We have a 19-page review of the new Microsoft Surface Go; compare how it stacks up against other tablets.

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Master Adobe's Most Popular Software With This 60+ Hour Training Bootcamp ($39) Wed, 19 Sep 2018 10:00:00 -0700 DealPost Team DealPost Team

When it comes to creative software, Adobe is king. With programs like Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and Lightroom being used by photographers, designers, and editors across the globe, you should expect to master these tools if you hope to make it as a creative professional. Thankfully, doing so is much easier with the Complete Adobe Mastery Bundle, which contains 11 courses on some of Adobe's top creative tools; and it's on sale for only $39 today.

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Best home weather station: Which one should be your personal meteorologist? Wed, 19 Sep 2018 08:52:00 -0700 Ed Oswald Ed Oswald Home weather stations are getting more accurate and sophisticated all the time. Follow our buyer's guide to ensure you're not left in the cold or soaking wet. https://www.techhive.com/article/3073795/software-weather/best-home-weather-station-which-one-should-be-your-personal-weatherman.html#tk.rss_all Weather Sensors Connected Home Home Tech Watch The Full Nerd talk about the RTX 2080 review right now! Wed, 19 Sep 2018 08:35:00 -0700 Adam Patrick Murray Adam Patrick Murray

Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. Today's show is all about the Nvidia RTX launch! First up we cover the official PCWorld review of the RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti, next we'll answer the question of whether you should buy a RTX 2080 or GTX 1080 Ti, and lastly we look over to AMD to see if it's better to buy a Radeon card instead. As always we will be answering your live questions so speak up in the chat.

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Best smart lock for a keyless home Wed, 19 Sep 2018 08:11:00 -0700 Christopher Null Christopher Null Keys are yesterday’s tech, your smart home needs a smart lock. https://www.techhive.com/article/3212828/connected-home/best-smart-lock.html#tk.rss_all Connected Home Bluetooth Home Tech Zigbee Nvidia Turing GPU deep dive: What's inside the radical GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Wed, 19 Sep 2018 08:10:00 -0700 Brad Chacos Brad Chacos

It’s time to pull back the curtain on the Turing GPU inside Nvidia’s radical new GeForce RTX 20-series, the first-ever graphics cards designed to handle real-time ray tracing thanks to the inclusion of dedicated tensor and RT cores. But the GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti were also designed to significantly improve performance in traditionally rendered games, with enough power to feed those blazing-fast 4K, 144Hz G-Sync HDR gaming monitors

Nvidia revealed plenty of numbers during the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti announcement. Clock speeds, memory bandwidth, CUDA core counts—it was all there. This deeper dive explains the underlying, architectural changes that make Nvidia’s Turing GPU more potent than its Pascal predecessor. We’ll also highlight some new Nvidia tools that developers can embrace to speed up performance even more, or bring the AI-boosted power of Nvidia’s Saturn V supercomputer into your graphics card.

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Amazon Prime members can get the Fire 7 tablet with Alexa for just $35 today Wed, 19 Sep 2018 07:54:00 -0700 Alexandria Haslam Alexandria Haslam

Amazon's Fire 7 tablet is just $35 for Prime members today—$15 off its list price and the lowest it's been since last holiday season. It's a killer deal on one of the most popular tablets out there. If you're not a Prime member, you can sign up for a free trial here.

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Best soundbars to improve your TV's audio Wed, 19 Sep 2018 07:27:00 -0700 Theo Nicolakis Theo Nicolakis Find the best soundbar for music and movies and that's the perfect fit for your budget. https://www.techhive.com/article/3197573/speakers/best-soundbars.html#tk.rss_all Speakers Home Theater Home Audio TVs Consumer Electronics Our favorite high-performance portable SSD, Samsung's T5, is far cheaper than ever before Wed, 19 Sep 2018 07:16:00 -0700 Ian Paul Ian Paul

Today’s a good day to turbocharge your local backup with one of our favorite external SSD drives. The 500GB Samsung T5 portable SSD is on sale for $100 at Amazon today. This drive was sitting around $120 just a few weeks ago, and this is the lowest price we’ve seen for it. The T5 is also close to $30 cheaper than the SanDisk external SSD sale we looked at last week.

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti review: Changing the game Wed, 19 Sep 2018 06:00:00 -0700 Brad Chacos Brad Chacos

The GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti aren’t like any other consumer graphics cards. Nvidia built these cards for the future. So much so, in fact, that we’re going to take the unusual step of not rendering a final, rated verdict today.

Unlike existing graphics cards, these include dedicated RT cores to vastly improve real-time ray tracing performance, putting the Holy Grail of gaming graphics within reach. Also unlike existing graphics cards, the GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti include dedicated tensor cores to leverage the awesome power of machine learning and a Saturn V supercomputer in the games you play. Nvidia’s new hardware is the first designed specifically for the 4K, 144Hz HDR era, with a revamped architecture that increases performance in traditional games, and they’re the first graphics cards equipped with GDDR6 memory or a VirtualLink connector. Our Nvidia Turing GPU deep-dive explains all.

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LifeShield Home Security Advantage review: The whole is considerably less than the sum of its parts Wed, 19 Sep 2018 04:30:00 -0700 Christopher Null Christopher Null Setup headaches and operational flubs dampen our enthusiasm for this professionally monitored security system’s minimal price tag. https://www.techhive.com/article/3307436/security/lifeshield-home-security-advantage-review.html#tk.rss_all Security Connected Home Cloud & Services Home Tech Gigabyte wades into NVMe SSDs with a trio of budget-priced drives Wed, 19 Sep 2018 03:00:00 -0700 Gordon Mah Ung Gordon Mah Ung

You can't build an entire PC out of Gigabyte and Aorus components, but that goal just got one step closer. On Tuesday, the company announced that it's wading into the PCIe M.2 SSD game, after a positive reception to its SATA SSDs in May.

Three PCIe NVME M.2 drives will be available initially, in capacities of 128GB, 256GB, and 512GB, the company said.

The drives carry a three-year warranty. The 256GB drive is rated at sequential read speeds of 1,200MBps and 800Mbps sequential writes. The 128GB drive will hit 1,100MBps sequential reads and 500MBps sequential writes.

Gigabyte officials said the 128GB SSD should sell for $50, while the 256GB drive will be listed at $70. The two lower-capacity drives are expected to be on sale in the US next week. Pricing and availability of the 512GB drive wasn't available, but if the pricing of the smaller drives is any indication, it'll be competitive. 

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Best smart speakers: Which delivers the best combination of digital assistant and audio performance? Tue, 18 Sep 2018 18:16:00 -0700 Michael Brown Michael Brown With models based on Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and others to come, we’ll help you find just the right model for you. https://www.techhive.com/article/3252155/speakers/best-smart-speakers.html#tk.rss_all Speakers Hubs and Controllers Connected Home Home Tech Siri Cortana Apple HomePod Amazon Alexa Google Home Apple Watch Series 4 FAQ: All your questions about the new Apple Watch, answered Tue, 18 Sep 2018 16:56:00 -0700 Jason Cross Jason Cross The new Series 4 represents the biggest update to the Apple Watch since the original. https://www.macworld.com/article/3305328/wearables/apple-watch-series-4-features-design-price.html#tk.rss_all Wearables Apple Consumer Electronics How Microsoft Edge's hidden WDAG browser lets you surf the web securely Tue, 18 Sep 2018 15:09:00 -0700 Mark Hachman Mark Hachman

Occasionally, for whatever reason, we browse parts of the web we know could be dangerous, where malicious pop-ups, ransomware or other malware could infect our PCs. While no solution is totally safe, Microsoft now has a free, specialized version of its Edge browser specifically designed to protect you online: Windows Device Application Guard, or WDAG.

WDAG was originally developed for Windows 10 Enterprise, protecting companies with billions of dollars at stake. Now that same protection has migrated to Windows 10 Pro—sorry, Windows 10 Home users—as an optional feature that you can turn on within Windows, for free. It debuted on Windows 10 Pro as part of the  Windows 10 April 2018 Update, and will receive some new features as part of the October 2018 update, too.

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Microsoft's Dynamics 365 Remote Assist finally makes the HoloLens useful for anyone Tue, 18 Sep 2018 12:18:00 -0700 Mark Hachman Mark Hachman

In 2015, when Microsoft unveiled the very first public iteration of the HoloLens, product managers demonstrated the augmented reality headset by asking users to re-wire an actual light switch, live, guided by a remote professional. Three years later, Microsoft has finally commercialized that demo with a HoloLens-enabled version of Microsoft Dynamics.

Microsoft is commercializing two Dynamics apps with HoloLens: Dynamics 365 Remote Assist, which allows a remote viewer to assist a front-line worker, and Dynamics 365 Layout, which uses the HoloLens spatial-mapping abilities to help lay out a retail space or factory floor. 

Remote Assist is what Microsoft originally wowed journalists with, and here’s how it works: Imagine building a PC, wearing a HoloLens, but you forgot to insert the memory with the proper spacing, or some other error. HoloLens Remote Assist would allow a remote support tech to see what you’re seeing via your HoloLens, with the ability to highlight what you should be doing. In addition, the remote assistant could use Skype to tell you to tighten the proper bolts, for example, or not to mix CPU pastes. 

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Android Confidential: Why these 3 upcoming Android phones could put the iPhone XS to shame Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:07:00 -0700 Michael Simon Michael Simon

Everyone’s talking about how great the new iPhone XS and XS Max are but I’m not so sure they’re going to feel the same way after a few weeks have gone by. The fall season is jam-packed with flagship Android releases, and several of them have the potential to beat Apple at its own game. I talked about three of the best Android phones coming later this year as part of my new show, Android Confidential:

Huawei Mate 20: The Huawei Mate 20 and newer P20 are already two of the best phones you can buy, but the Mate 20 could beat them both (along with the iPhone XS). Rumor has it that Huawei will be using a triple-Leica setup on the Mate 20, an impressive array that has already shown tremendous results on the P20, the current Last Cam Standing reigning champ. Add to that the Kirin 980 chip and a 6.9-inch screen, and you’ve got a maxed-out Android phone that can beat the iPhone XS Max.

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Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:57:00 -0700 Michael Ansaldo Michael Ansaldo 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. https://www.techhive.com/article/2998898/security-cameras/best-home-security-camera.html#tk.rss_all Cameras Hubs and Controllers Connected Home Home Automation Security Home Tech Holiday Gift Guide Surveillance Anker's popular Roav Dash Cam C2 is a few dollars away from an all-time low on Amazon today Tue, 18 Sep 2018 09:06:00 -0700 Alexandria Haslam Alexandria Haslam

Dash cams come in all shapes and sizes, but they're a must-have gadget you want to keep a close eye on the road ahead of you. Today you can get a popular one on the cheap: Anker's Roav Dash Cam C2 is $47.59, down from a list price of $120 and very close to an all-time low.

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The Bard's Tale IV review impressions: An enthralling adventure hobbled by PC performance issues Tue, 18 Sep 2018 09:00:00 -0700 Hayden Dingman Hayden Dingman

The fate of the world is at stake, and I haven't even made it out of the starting city. The Bard's Tale IV seems long, to say the least—I'm ten hours in as I write this, and I feel like I just finished the prologue. Suffice it to say, we're not slapping a score on this one yet.

And perhaps that's a good thing, because The Bard's Tale IV ($35 on Humble) is a fascinating game that desperately needs polishing up.

A looming high-resolution shadow

Let's just deal with performance first, because it really is abysmal. Listen, I'm running a PC with an overclocked i7-5820K and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. It is absolute overkill for even the most cutting-edge games, and The Bard's Tale IV isn't one of them. Art direction is strong, but you wouldn't look at it and go "Wow, what a technical feat." Indeed, the recommended specs on the Steam page are a fairly reasonable i5-4590 and a GTX 970.

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Newegg is selling an 8GB AMD Radeon RX 580 for less than $200—and you get 3 games free Tue, 18 Sep 2018 07:14:00 -0700 Ian Paul Ian Paul

You know it’s a great day when you can get a solid entry-level graphics card and three free games for under $200. That day is today. Newegg has an 8GB MSI Radeon RX 580 for $190 after a $30 mail-in rebate, and this card is eligible for AMD’s Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey free game bundle.

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Withings is back with the Steel HR Sport, but don't call it an Apple Watch competitor Tue, 18 Sep 2018 07:04:00 -0700 Michael Simon Michael Simon

Update 9/18/18: This article has been updated with comments from Wtithings CEO Eric Carreel.

Withings couldn’t have picked a more opportune time to make its return. With the Apple Watch Series 4 set to release in just a few days, interest in wrist wearables couldn’t be higher, and to celebrate its re-arrival, Withings is launching a new Sport version of its popular Steel HR wearable.

And whether it was good planning or a happy coincidence, CEO Eric Carreel couldn't be happier that Withings chose this week. “With the relaunch of Withings, we are as enthusiastic as ever to deliver on our original mission to help people better manage healthy lifestyles. So the new Apple Watch and Apple’s new focus on health is great news for us.”

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Vizio Home Theater Sound System with Dolby Atmos review: This speaker covers all the bases Tue, 18 Sep 2018 05:00:00 -0700 Theo Nicolakis Theo Nicolakis This soundbar features immersive audio for movies, Chromecast for multi-room audio, and Google Assistant support for voice control. https://www.techhive.com/article/3304982/speakers/vizio-sb36512-f6-soundbar-review.html#tk.rss_all Speakers Home Theater Home Audio Consumer Electronics World of Warships dives deep for new players, adding submarines to popular naval combat game Tue, 18 Sep 2018 04:00:00 -0700 Gordon Mah Ung Gordon Mah Ung

Free-to-play naval combat game World of Warships will make a drastic and controversial U-turn and add submarines to the mix next year, Wargaming officials announced Tuesday morning.

Gamers can get a taste of the silent service October 31. The company will let players sample submarines for the first time as part of a temporary Halloween gag, where ships and subs take on spooky themes.

Submarines, however, aren't just a short-term gag. Wargaming officials said submersibles will be added as the permanent 5th class of vessels alongside World War II-era battleships, cruisers, destroyers, and aircraft carriers. World of Warships is known for its meticulously modelling of ships such as the H.M.S. Hood, Bismarck, and U.S.S. Missouri.

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Garmin Dash Cam 65W review: State-of-the-art features in a compact design Tue, 18 Sep 2018 03:00:00 -0700 Jon L. Jacobi Jon L. Jacobi

Garmin’s Dash Cam 65W has all the latest fancy features, such as voice command, red light camera warnings, bad driver alerts, GPS, and Wi-Fi connectivity. It also packages them in a nice compact design that sports a very clever magnetic mount. 

The $250 65W is basically the same camera as the Garmin Dash Cam 55 that I gave four stars to over a year ago, except that it sports a wider-angle 180 degree lens. It’s also “limited” to 1080p (which is fine) rather than 1440p video. Note that the wider lens, while capturing a larger swath of action, does impart a noticeable fish-eye effect. Regardless, a very nice dash cam on the whole.

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The iPhone Xs FAQ: Everything you need to know about Apple's flagship phones Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0700 Jason Cross Jason Cross The iPhone Xs can be thought of as an upgrade to the iPhone X, and just enough of one to catch the eye of those who skipped last year's model. https://www.macworld.com/article/3304376/iphone-ipad/iphone-xs-specs-price-features-release-date.html#tk.rss_all Mobile iPhone Apple The best laptops: Premium laptops, cheap laptops, 2-in-1s, and more Mon, 17 Sep 2018 16:47:00 -0700 Gordon Mah Ung, Melissa Riofrio, Alaina Yee Gordon Mah Ung, Melissa Riofrio, Alaina Yee

Today’s best laptops bask in the glow of Intel’s 8th-gen Core CPUs, which at last bring quad-core performance to mainstream machines. The only thing missing is Oprah shouting, “and you get an 8th-gen quad-core laptop!”

There’s plenty of good news with this new generation. Our favorite convertible laptop, HP’s Spectre x360 13, sports a quad-core 8th-gen chip while maintaining its diminutive size. It’s really the total package. 

But let’s be honest: You probably don’t need a quad-core powerhouse, especially if the hottest application you run is Microsoft Excel. Check out our budget favorites, like the Acer Aspire E 15 and Asus ZenBook Flip, whose dual-core CPUs do just fine with mainstream fare. Or read about the Asus Chromebook Flip, a well-priced and versatile laptop for living on the web—or delving into the wide, wide world of Android apps. 

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Forget tariffs, Apple highest luxury tax ever has already pushed prices to the breaking point Mon, 17 Sep 2018 12:39:00 -0700 Michael Simon Michael Simon Maybe you didn't notice, but it's not just the iPhone Xs Max that's crazy expensive. Apple has raised prices on nearly every one of its new products. https://www.macworld.com/article/3305785/apple/apple-tax-2018.html#tk.rss_all Apple iPhone Wearables Consumer Electronics Mobile BrandPost: Say Goodbye to Password Anxiety, Free Password Manager Simplifies and Organizes Your Online Life Mon, 17 Sep 2018 09:33:00 -0700 Brand Post Brand Post

Every computer user has a password problem. The meteoric rise in the number of websites visited on a daily basis, combined with our ‘there’s an app for that’ mentality, have created the need to remember – or write down – literally hundreds of login and password combinations for everything from Amazon to Zappos.

Until now, users could either create easily-remembered passwords, or write them on sticky notes taped to their monitors – not a great strategy if password strength is your objective. In a world where cybercriminals are eager to gain access to every user’s logins, how can you be safe – without having to remember arcane, unique passwords for every site and application and on every computer and browser used at home or on the job?

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