PCWorld https://www.pcworld.com en-us Sat, 21 Jul 2018 07:51:56 -0700 Sat, 21 Jul 2018 07:51:56 -0700 The NES Classic Edition is available on Amazon, so get it before it's gone Fri, 20 Jul 2018 13:18:00 -0700 Leif Johnson Leif Johnson

Okay, sure, it’s not a PC (technically), but Nintendo’s SNES Classic is once again on sale at Amazon for its retail price of $60 as a part of a lightning deal, and there’s a good chance it won’t be there for long.

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This week in games: Star Citizen is sued by a backer, The Culling 2 is yanked from Steam and more Fri, 20 Jul 2018 13:01:00 -0700 Hayden Dingman Hayden Dingman

The rapid ramp-up toward review season continues this week, as evidenced by an absolute mountain of trailers for you to climb, Sisyphus-style. No Man’s Sky, Theme Hospital, We Happy Few, new expansions for Hollow Knight and Total War: Rome II—they’re all due within the next few weeks. Phew.

That, plus the story of a man who tried to sue Star Citizen to get his $4,500 back, Todd Howard says “never say never” to the idea of another New Vegas (but he kind of means never), and The Culling 2 ’s brutal failure and subsequent removal from Steam acts as a warning to anyone developing a battle royale game at the moment.

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Microsoft's pledge to win back the consumer needs to be more than just words Fri, 20 Jul 2018 12:31:00 -0700 Mark Hachman Mark Hachman

Consumers, rejoice: Microsoft cares about you again. Maybe. It depends on whether the head of Microsoft's new Modern Life & Devices group has substantive plans behind his statements. 

For the past few years, Microsoft’s attention has been fixated upon the enterprise. While the company has built products like Azure and related services into thriving businesses, consumer-focused products like the Groove Music service, Microsoft Band, and Windows Phone have fallen by the wayside. 

Microsoft essentially acknowledged its neglect of the consumer market at the company's Inspire partner conference this week. Yusuf Mehdi, now the corporate vice president in charge of the Modern Life & Devices group within Microsoft, led a closed session on "Modern Life Services," according to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley. A tweet that Mehdi posted from the event includes the words, "we begin the journey to win back consumers with our vision," presumably this year.

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The Data Transfer Project’s big-name support won’t matter without the biggest one: Apple Fri, 20 Jul 2018 10:50:00 -0700 Michael Simon Michael Simon

The Data Transfer Project addresses one pain point we all experience on our phones: moving our stuff around. While it’s certainly gotten easier over the years to share individual photos, songs, and files from one app to another, shifting large chunks of data or entire libraries and histories between services is often an exercise in futility, even with hundreds of gigabytes of cloud storage at our disposal.

The open-source Data Transfer Project initiative aims to solve that problem once and for all. It already has four major players pledging support—Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft—with the ultimate goal of separating the data from the service. Once it’s up and running, the project will make it easier for users to switch to a new app or network, or simply try out a different one without needing to start from scratch.

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This 4-port USB hub is just $3.50 today, $4.50 off list Fri, 20 Jul 2018 07:59:00 -0700 Alexandria Haslam Alexandria Haslam

Everyone needs a USB hub, especially if your laptop is lacking in the ports department. Unitek's portable USB 3.0 4-port high speed hub can help, and today it's just $3.50 using the code WDIE5BZU. That's a sharp discount from its $8 list price.

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The Full Nerd ep. 59: Core i7-8086K overclocking and CPU soldering with Steve from Gamers Nexus Fri, 20 Jul 2018 07:30:00 -0700 PCWorld Staff PCWorld Staff

In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad Chacos, and Adam Patrick Murray are joined by special guest Gamers Nexus editor-in-chief Steve Burke!

GamersNexus digs deep into enthusiast PC hardware, so we spend some time talking to Steve about his extensive adventures overclocking Intel’s new Core i7-8086K processor, which has no problem hitting 5GHz across all cores. And by adventures, we mean adventures; Steve delidded his 8086K and used liquid metal to improve thermal and acoustic performance. He talks about the results, and whether stripping the integrated heat spreader off your CPU is as scary as it sounds. (Spoiler: Nope. Mostly.)

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Thermaltake's Riing 12 Trio RGB fans can be voice-controlled with Amazon's Alexa Fri, 20 Jul 2018 07:02:00 -0700 Brad Chacos Brad Chacos

We don’t normally cover case fan launches here on PCWorld, because while proper airflow is a key component of any build, fans don’t tend to be that exciting.

Today is different. Thermaltake’s just-announced Riing Trio 12 RGB stands out from the crowd of spinning blades with a unique twist: Amazon Alexa support.

The Riing Trio 12 RGB—named for being a three-pack of 120mm RGB LED-equipped fans, natch—supports Thermaltake’s TT RGB Plus software ecosystem. In the third quarter of 2018 TT RGB Plus will gain Alexa voice support, so you can control it via Amazon’s Echo.

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This 8GB Radeon RX 580 is just $230 and comes with a $25 Amazon gift card Fri, 20 Jul 2018 06:39:00 -0700 Ian Paul Ian Paul

Today, Amazon’s selling an 8GB MSI Radeon RX 580 for $230 after a $30 mail-in rebate, plus you get a $25 Amazon gift card. 

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G-Sync vs. FreeSync: Adaptive sync gaming monitors explained Fri, 20 Jul 2018 03:41:00 -0700 Brad Chacos Brad Chacos

Once you’ve used a variable refresh rate monitor, you can’t go back. AMD’s FreeSync and Nvidia’s G-Sync technology promise PC gamers a buttery-smooth experience free of stuttering, screen tearing, or V-Sync-like input lag. But both ecosystems have their perks—and their downsides.

Now that adaptive sync monitors have several years of maturation under their belts, it’s time to take stock of FreeSync vs. G-Sync yet again. Here’s everything you need to know about AMD and Nvidia’s gaming displays.

Editor’s note: This article was last updated to include availability information for FreeSync 2 and G-Sync HDR displays.

What is adaptive sync, or variable refresh rate?

Before we dive into the differences between FreeSync and G-Sync, let’s take a quick look at the adaptive sync, or variable refresh rate, technology underneath both.

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15 gorgeous PC games that will punish your graphics card Fri, 20 Jul 2018 03:41:00 -0700 Hayden Dingman Hayden Dingman
Pixel-pushing, PC-melting graphical firepower
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So you built yourself a brand-new gaming rig, you’ve slotted your sweet new graphics card into the PCIe slot, you’ve sealed up the case, and you’ve heard it all POST—congrats! Now it’s time to throw games at your fresh build until it breaks, then cry at the thought that if you’d spent just 200 dollars more you could’ve played at 4K instead of a mere 1080p!

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]]> http://www.envirotrips.in/?id=article/2840251/software-games/10-gorgeous-graphics-intensive-games-that-will-utterly-punish-your-pc.html#tk.rss_all Games Software Gaming Best video doorbell: Nest vs. Ring vs. August and all the rest Fri, 20 Jul 2018 03:00:00 -0700 Martyn Williams Martyn Williams Video doorbells maintain a continuous watch over the most important part of your property but which one is best? We take a look at the field. https://www.techhive.com/article/3277467/home-tech/best-video-doorbells.html#tk.rss_all Home Tech Cameras Surveillance Connected Home Nanoleaf Remote review: The smartest d12 on the block Fri, 20 Jul 2018 03:00:00 -0700 Christopher Null Christopher Null This avant-garde approach to smart home control needs refinement. https://www.techhive.com/article/3290367/lighting/nanoleaf-remote-review-the-smartest-d12-on-the-block.html#tk.rss_all Lighting Connected Home Home Tech 6 cool things we learned about Android P from Google's Reddit AMA Thu, 19 Jul 2018 16:52:00 -0700 Michael Simon Michael Simon

After four developer previews and a chunk of stage time at Google I/O, we already have a pretty good idea of what’s in store for Android P when it releases later this summer. For everything we don’t know, however, Google’s engineering team hosted a Reddit AMA, in which they answered as many tough questions as they could about the next major version of Android. Here are the six biggest things we learned.

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HP's Sprocket Photo Printer makes easy, fun snapshots and has a $40 discount today Thu, 19 Jul 2018 07:46:00 -0700 Alexandria Haslam Alexandria Haslam

The HP Sprocket Photo Printer is a cute, easy way to print out memories from your phone instantly. Right now the HP Sprocket is on sale for $90 in the blue version, its lowest price ever on Amazon and a steep discount from its $130 list price.

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These are the best PC deals in the Xbox Ultimate Game Sale Thu, 19 Jul 2018 07:10:00 -0700 Ian Paul Ian Paul

Microsoft is not playing around with the Xbox Ultimate Game Sale that runs now through July 30. There are a bunch of Xbox Play Anywhere games in the sale that allows you to play the games on either Xbox or PC. That means PC gamers on Windows 10 can also take advantage of the big deals event.

Here’s our look at some of the highlights:

Forza Motorsport 7 Standard Edition is $30 down from its MSRP of $60, and the Ultimate Edition of the game is $50, a 50 percent discount from its $100 MSRP. Forza 7 is a fantastic racing game, though when it came out we didn’t like the loot box system.

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The highest-performing PC hardware you can buy today Thu, 19 Jul 2018 05:43:00 -0700 Brad Chacos Brad Chacos
The best gear money can buy
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One of the PC’s greatest strengths is its extreme flexibility. There’s a vast selection of hardware out there, of all different shapes and sizes and makes and models—so much so that even if your budget’s not a concern, buyer’s paralysis very well could be.

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]]> http://www.envirotrips.in/?id=article/3112726/computers/the-best-pc-hardware-you-can-buy-today.html#tk.rss_all PCs What's in the hidden Windows AppData Folder, and how to find it if you need it Thu, 19 Jul 2018 05:41:00 -0700 Lincoln Spector, Ian Paul Lincoln Spector, Ian Paul

Frank Hammond asked PCWorld how to access the AppData folder and copy files from it.

The Application Data—or AppData—folder contains data created by programs. Almost every program you install creates its own folder in AppData and stores information there. At least in theory, users don’t have to worry about these files.

But in reality, you probably do. For instance, Firefox and Thunderbird profiles reside inside AppData and can be transferred from there between PCs. If you’re using an older version of Outlook, that program’s data is probably in AppData as well.

Finding this folder is easy if you know the tricks. The AppData folder resides in your user folder—the same location that contains Documents, Music, and other library folders (unless you’ve moved them elsewhere). Normally this is something such as C:\Users\[username]\AppData, but unlike those other folders, AppData is hidden, which means you can’t normally see it.

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Shinola Canfield Pro review: These in-ear headphones deliver stylish looks, but mediocre sound Thu, 19 Jul 2018 03:00:00 -0700 Theo Nicolakis Theo Nicolakis Slick style and outstanding build quality can't make up for sonic shortcomings. https://www.techhive.com/article/3290352/headphones/shinola-canfield-pro-review.html#tk.rss_all Headphones MP3 Players Consumer Electronics Streaming video DVR explained Thu, 19 Jul 2018 03:00:00 -0700 Jared Newman Jared Newman We're often asked whether there's a DVR for streaming video services. The answer is complicated. https://www.techhive.com/article/3291278/streaming-services/streaming-video-dvr-explained.html#tk.rss_all Streaming Services Home Theater Cloud & Services How Samsung could be the big winner in the EU's $5.1 billion fine over Android's Google apps Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:47:00 -0700 Michael Simon Michael Simon

In a landmark ruling this morning, the European Union has hit Google with a record $5.1 billion antitrust fine over the way it distributes Android. In the decision, the court ordered Google to change the way it bundles its own apps into its mobile operating system, specifically Google and Chrome, within 90 days in an effort to give its "rivals the chance to innovate and compete."

Google, of course, disagrees and has vowed to appeal the decision. But while the case will likely stretch out for years before any final action is taken, the ruling is almost certain to affect the way Google makes and distributes future versions of Android. A fine this large is unlikely to be fully reversed on appeal, so there's a good chance that Google will be forced to change Android in some way down the line, which has the potential to dramatically alter the way we decide which phone to buy.

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TaoTronics Active Noise-Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones are $25 off today Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:33:00 -0700 Alexandria Haslam Alexandria Haslam

Today, TaoTronics Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones are on sale for $45 with the code 4TVHMY2G, down from a list price of $70.

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Chase away the post-Prime Day blues with these two awesome smart home deals Wed, 18 Jul 2018 06:48:00 -0700 Ian Paul Ian Paul

Amazon’s Prime Day may be over, but all the discounts are not. So if you missed out on any of the smart home deals over the past 36 hours, we've got two more for you.

The first is the Lutron Caseat Wireless Smart Lighting Dimmer Switch Starter Kit for $120 on Amazon. We've seem this bundle hit this all-time low a few times before, but it hasn't budged from its $160 MSRP since February, so this is a great time to grab it. In the box you get the two dimmer switches, two pico remotes, and a smart bridge, and they're certified to work with Alexa, Apple HomeKit, and Google Assistant..

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How to buy the perfect PC case Wed, 18 Jul 2018 06:46:00 -0700 Brad Chacos Brad Chacos

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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Virtual reality giants unveil VirtualLink as a standardized cable that may simplify VR rigs Tue, 17 Jul 2018 17:47:00 -0700 Mark Hachman Mark Hachman

Virtual reality headsets will standardize on a new physical connector standard, known as VirtualLink, that will be designed around the existing USB-C interface.

A consortium of the VR industry bigwigs, including Nvidia, Oculus, Valve, AMD, and Microsoft, have backed the interface. Notable exceptions appear to be Sony, whose PlayStation VR wasn't listed among the promoter companies, and Intel, which has backed the Thunderbolt specification. Companies that wish to join the consortium can do so at VirtualLink.org, which for right now resolves to a Google Sites address.

Details of the VirtualLink spec itself weren't immediately available, though the member companies said that the spec will support four high-speed HBR3 DisplayPort lanes, which are scalable for future needs; a USB 3.1 data channel for supporting high-resolution cameras and sensors; and up to 27 watts of power. It's not immediately clear what bandwidth the cable will support, or how scalable it will allow VR headsets to be. Anandtech, however, did the math and concluded that the spec allows for 4K @ 120Hz with 8 bits per color.

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PCWorld's July Digital Magazine: AMD steals Computex with its 32-core Threadripper Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:25:00 -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 July issue

This month we have all the breaking news from Computex, including AMD’s monster 32-core Threadripper 2. We also have the details on Intel’s not-too-shabby 28-core 5GHz chip. Considering a tablet in the not too distant future? Find out why Microsoft may release a tiny $400 Surface tablet and what it means for the tablet market.

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Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:50:00 -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 Best Amazon Prime Day 2018 tech deals for students Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:44:00 -0700 Dieter Holger, Leif Johnson Dieter Holger, Leif Johnson
50% off: SanDisk 128GB Ultra Fit USB 3.1 Flash Drive
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Who doesn't need a flash drive while at school? For $21.99, this 128GB SanDisk is a steal at $16 off its $37.99 retail price. Sure, a lot of your work will be in the cloud on Google Drive or elsewhere, but flash drives still come in handy when you're working with large media files. SanDisk says this 3.1 USB drive can write files up to 15 times faster than previous 2.0 drives, which means you can move a full-length movie in less than 30 seconds.

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]]> http://www.envirotrips.in/?id=article/3290281/consumer-electronics/best-amazon-prime-day-back-to-school-tech-deals.html#tk.rss_all Consumer Electronics Best smart bulbs for your connected home Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:18:00 -0700 Christopher Null Christopher Null Today’s smart bulbs are brighter and easier to control than ever, but choosing the right one for your environment remains a challenge. https://www.techhive.com/article/3129887/lighting/best-smart-bulbs.html#tk.rss_all Lighting Connected Home Home Tech Holiday Gift Guide Best soundbars to improve your TV's audio Tue, 17 Jul 2018 10:00:00 -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 You can grab a 128GB SanDisk microSDXC memory card for less than $27 today Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:00:00 -0700 Alexandria Haslam Alexandria Haslam

If you have a new Android phone on the way thanks to Prime Day, you can triple the storage with this SanDisk 128GB microSDXC Memory Card Ultra for just $26.95 on B&H Photo. That’s a few cents higher than the Amazon Prime Day deal, but still nearly half off its $40 regular price. And what's more you can get it right now—the Amazon deal is currently out of stock.

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