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Mar 19, 2019

Microsoft Teams taps AI to boost new background, whiteboarding features
Microsoft Teams is moving ahead in its gradual replacement of Skype for Business, which was once Microsoft's go-to solution for collaborating via video or text. On Tuesday Microsoft announced several new collaborative features that lean toward business use, especially for those who work in collaborative environments at an office.

One of the flagship features—background blurring for remote or home workers—has been beefed up with the ability to select a custom background. Other improvements include better whiteboarding, in both virtual spaces and the real world.

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Mar 19, 2019

Google's Stadia game-streaming service lets you play games anywhere, if your Internet can handle it
It's safe to say that going into GDC 2019, Google's Tuesday morning keynote was the most anticipated on the schedule. Rumors have flown for weeks, though calling them "rumors" is perhaps underselling it. We knew Google was working on streaming games to the Chrome browser, after last year's Project Stream tests, and it was clear we'd see more about those ideas here.

Tuesday was the official reveal though. It's called Stadia, and already the old box-under-the-TV paradigm feels outdated.

Meet Google Stadia: Streaming games anywhere "Building a game platform for everyone." That's the tagline Google went with during its presentation. You have a desktop? A laptop? A phone? Then you have Stadia. It's that easy. This is the future that game streaming allows.

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Mar 19, 2019

Get Microsoft's Xbox One controller with a bundled wireless PC adapter for just $45 today
With the 2019 Game Developers Conference underway, the gaming community is looking forward to news on new ways to play. It's also a good time to take a look at your own gaming setup and see what could use some improvement. Today only, you can grab the go-to controller for PC gamers, Microsoft's Xbox One controller, at a pretty slick discount from B&H Photo Video. The wireless version of this controller will typically run you about $50, with another $25 for the wireless adapter, but this sale will get you both for just $45Remove non-product link—a pretty killer deal.

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Mar 19, 2019

HP's high-res Reverb VR headset blows the screen door effect off its hinges
That dreaded low-resolution "screen door effect" that's dogged virtual reality imaging since its inception just got blown off its hinges by HP's Reverb VR headset.

Announced Tuesday at HP Reinvent in Houston, the Reverb boasts twice the resolution of its predecessor—2,160x2,160—plus a wider 114-degree field of view. The Reverb is the highest-resolution HMD (head-mounted display) that's shipping among "major" makers, the company said.

That caveat of "major" HMD makers obviously excludes such smaller projects as Pimax's 8K headset. Even so, HP's Reverb will likely ship ahead of Pimax's unit.

Gordon Mah Ung The controllers don't change for HP's Reverb, but the company has integrated Bluetooth into the headset to improve connection issues. HP's also improved the tracking algorithms.

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Mar 19, 2019

The 1TB Samsung 860 QVO, our favorite budget SSD, is cheaper than ever at just over $100
It's a good day to get a whole lot of storage at a great price. Our favorite budget SSD is available for cheaper than it's even been before. Amazon is selling the 1TB Samsung 860 QVO SSD for $108. That's down from it's MSRP of $130, and less than the 1TB Samsung 860 EVO's current price of $148.

It's understandable if you haven't heard of the QVO line before. This is Samsung's first consumer-grade quad-level cell (QLC) NAND drive. QLC NAND crams in four bits per cell versus three-bit per cell on the TLC NAND that underlies the 860 EVO. The end result is that with QLC, SSD makers can offer greater storage capacities at a lower cost.

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PC World Latest News
Mar 19, 2019

Summer Baby Pixel Cadet Video Monitor review: A virtual boundary provides a "safe space" for your infant
This baby monitor will alert you when your child moves to an unsafe position.

PC World Latest News
Mar 18, 2019

Nvidia's $99 Jetson Nano Developer Kit brings GPU-supercharged AI smarts to maker projects
Machine learning is coming to the masses, and those hordes of DIY drones and robots are about to get a whole lot smarter. On Monday at Nvidia's GTC conference, the company plans to reveal the $99 Jetson Nano Developer Kit. The kit is an expansion of the company's "Jetson" embedded graphics platform, and it aims to infuse your wildest maker projects with AI that the Raspberry Pi could only dream of. It'll be available immediately online, through distributors, and at GTC itself.

The Jetson Nano Developer Kit is a standalone version of the new Jetson Nano AI computer also announced today. As you'd expect from an Nvidia product, the GPU's the secret sauce—a 128-core beast that looms large on the maker board. Based on the "Maxwell" GPU architecture that powered the company's GeForce GTX 900-series graphics cards, it's capable of 472 GFLOPS of FP16 performance, HEVC video encoding at either 4K30 or 3x 1080p30 resolution, and HEVC decoding at 4K60 or 8x 1080p30—meaning it can monitor several high-definition video inputs at once and process the images it sees in real time. This is a powerful GPU to hand to makers. It's tamed by a massive black heatsink sitting atop the module.

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Mar 18, 2019

RTX on GTX: Nvidia is enabling ray tracing on some GeForce GTX graphics cards
Nvidia invested heavily in real-time ray tracing capabilities in its GeForce RTX 20-series graphics cards—so much so that those highest-end GeForce GPUs swapped out the age-old "GTX" branding for the new "RTX" name. But industry support for the radical new technology hasn't been fast in coming. Only a handful of big-name games ship with RTX features enabled. At the annual Game Developers Conference on Monday, the company revealed plans designed to spur wider adoption. Beyond some dev-centric announcements, Nvidia is enabling basic ray tracing support for several non-RTX GeForce GPUs.

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Mar 18, 2019

The best gaming headsets: Reviews and buying advice
The next great peripherals war is being waged over your ears. After every company on the planet put out a gaming mouse and then a mechanical keyboard, they turned their attention to headsets. So many headsets.

We know you don't want to scroll through every single headset review when all you want is a simple answer: "What's the best gaming headset I can buy with my hard-earned dollars?" This page holds the answers you seek, no matter what your budget is.

We'll keep updating our recommendations as we look at new products and find stronger contenders. 

Updated 3/18/19 to include our review of the Logitech G935, which represents a solid-update to the company's flagship wireless headset. See the bottom of this article for all of our headset reviews.

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PC World Latest News
Mar 18, 2019

Best headphones: Our top picks for personal listening
Whether you're looking for an over-the-ear, on-ear, or in-ear model, we'll help you find the perfect pair.

PC World Latest News
Mar 18, 2019

Best Google Home add-ons and accessories
These mostly inexpensive gadgets can make Google Home smart speakers even better.

PC World Latest News
Mar 18, 2019

Make your dumb bulbs and devices smarter with these killer TP-Link deals
If you don't have hundreds of dollars to spend on new bulbs, hubs, and thermostats, you can still make your home a whole lot smarter. And today's a great time to start: B&H Photo is selling the TP-Link HS300 smart Wi-Fi power strip for $55Remove non-product link when applying the 31 percent coupon on the listing,, along with

PC World Latest News
Mar 18, 2019

Apple resurrects the Air and updates the mini, but the iPad lineup has the same old problems
Apple has resurrected the iPad Air and updated the iPad mini in an attempt to streamline and simplify its family of tablets.

PC World Latest News
Mar 18, 2019

Corsair's sublime K70 MK.2 mechanical keyboard is $70 off today
We've seen some juicy deals on Corsair's excellent K70 mechanical keyboard lately, and while the deal Amazon is offering today isn't the best we've seen, it's still pretty darn good. The online retailer is selling the Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 for $100. That's $70 off the usual price, and the all-time low at Amazon for this particular keyboard.

This isn't the low-profile version of the K70 MK.2, which we spotted for $90 at Best Buy in January. Nevertheless, it offers a similarly stacked set of features as its laptop-like cousin: Cherry MX Speed switches, per-key RGB backlighting, 8MB of onboard profile storage, USB passthrough for your mouse or headset, anti-ghosting, full-key rollover, and compatibility with Corsair's iCue software for syncing all the Corsair RGB gear on your rig.

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Mar 18, 2019

Raspberry Pi projects: Insanely innovative, incredibly cool creations
A heaping helping of PiImage by Brad Chacos/IDG

The Raspberry Pi's very existence can be chalked up to creativity. Ebon Upton and the Raspberry Pi Foundation created the $35 mini-PC to inspire students to learn computer science and to enable tinkerers to dream up wild projects without breaking the bank.

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Mar 18, 2019

Logitech G935 review: Slight upgrade to an old favorite
For a brief period in 2016, the Logitech G933 sat atop our recommendations for wireless gaming headsets. Retailing for about $100, less than half the price of premium options like the Astro A50, the 933 nevertheless was a great-sounding headset with an ingenious hidden microphone and a fancier look than the G930 it replaced.

But then Logitech put out the G533—cheaper, better looking, more comfortable, and built specifically for the PC. Yes, Logitech dethroned itself, and the G533 has sat on our recommendations list for nearly two years now. 

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PC World Latest News
Mar 18, 2019

Edifier W860NB ANC headphones review: Excellent active noise cancellation, but not the best audio performance
Sound quality is quite good—as long as you listen with active noise cancellation enabled; otherwise, it's just too boomy.

PC World Latest News
Mar 16, 2019

World of Warcraft now lets me play as a fat guy, and I love it for that
Every so often I get the urge to travel to the Caverns of Time dungeon in World of Warcraft and behold one of the game's rarest creatures. It's not a dragon or another friggin' elf—oh, no. Instead, this once-endangered species is a portly human mage who ambles down shady lanes in the Hillsbrad Foothills.

So far as anyone knew, he was the only fat human in the game for at least a decade, and damn if he didn't make a potbelly look good. He carried himself with the poise of a king. He didn't give a flip what you thought of his paunch-friendly shirt. In a world where even walking corpses look as though they could model for Cosmo, he reminded me that not all heroes hate crèpes.

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PC World Latest News
Mar 15, 2019

This week in games: Borderlands 3 teased for PAX East, Dwarf Fortress is coming to Steam
Let's be real, nothing in this news round-up is going to top the stories we already wrote up this week: Halo is coming to PC again after 15 years, and Valve's letting you stream PC games to your phone or laptop while you're away from home. Those are both huge stories. What's left? Comparatively minor.

But Dwarf Fortress is coming to Steam, Gearbox is teasing two game reveals at PAX East later this month, someone recreated Star Wars: Episode I Racer in Unreal 4, the Rising Storm devs are creating a new shooter set in an alt-history Cold War, and Doom has another terrible movie adaptation coming up soon. Like seriously, so bad Uwe Boll could've directed a better film.

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PC World Latest News
Mar 15, 2019

LG announces pricing and availability of its 2019 OLED smart TV lineup
The company's 55- and 65-inch E9 and C9 models will arrive in April, with additional models to follow in May and June.

PC World Latest News
Mar 15, 2019

Add 6TB of storage to your PC or Mac with a crazy low price on this WD Elements external drive
we spotlight a lot of hard drive deals on PCWorld, but today's is one of the best values we've ever seen. Newegg is selling the WD Elements 6TB USB 3.0 external drive for a crazy-low price of $100Remove non-product link today when using the code EMCTWUA65. That's nearly 50 percent off the list price and matches the lowest we've ever seen.

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Mar 15, 2019

Apple sounds off on Spotify's antitrust claims in surprisingly tone-deaf screed
Apple has published a statement in response to Spotify's claims that it is being anti-competitive with its App Store fees. But it hits a sour note.

PC World Latest News
Mar 15, 2019

Anker's awesome, affordable car chargers and dash cams are even more affordable, but only today
Anker's affordable dash cams and car chargers are even more affordable today. The accessory maker is hosting a savings-stuffed one-day sale on AmazonRemove non-product link for a selection of its car gear, including chargers, dash cams, and phone mounts.

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Mar 15, 2019

This $40 universal portable charger simplifies life on the road
Mobile phones and tablets are convenient. What's inconvenient is lugging around all the cables and chargers that go with them. And, that's what makes the SCOUT Wireless Portable Charger the perfect accessory, especially when you can pick one up at half-price.

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PC World Latest News
Mar 15, 2019

Meet the new, tougher Cinebench R20 benchmark: We test it on Xeon and Threadripper
Maxon's popular Cinebench CPU benchmarking program just got a long-overdue update to bring it up to parity with modern PCs. We've already tried it, on two of the most powerful CPUs you can buy today, and have results to share, along with some historical context and tips for using it with your own CPU. 

A little Cinebench history The free Cinebench R20 app is intended to replace Cinebench R15, which first saw service in 2013. To give you an idea of how far we've come in hardware, the top-end desktop CPU in 2013 was a quad-core, 4th-gen Haswell Core i7, while an enthusiast-level chip was a six-core 3rd-gen Ivy Bridge-E Core i7.

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PC World Latest News
Mar 15, 2019

10 awesome (and not-so-awesome) things I learned while becoming a cord-cutter
I finally decided to take the plunge and cut the cable cord, and I learned a few things along the way.

PC World Latest News
Mar 15, 2019

GDC 2019: Why gamers should actually care about this year's Game Developers Conference
We don't usually make a huge deal about the annual Game Developers Conference. Sure, we cover it. Why not? It's right down the street from our office in San Francisco, and in past years we've gotten some big stories out of it. It's where Microsoft gave us the first details on DirectX 12, back in 2014—a move that's just now starting to come to fruition. It's also where Epic made Unreal Engine free for developers. It's where real-time ray tracing became, well, real. And who could forget the mythological Atari VCS, a console we "saw" at GDC 2018 but still have yet to see in any working form.

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Mar 14, 2019

How to build a Raspberry Pi retrogaming emulation console
This RetroPie really happened: Watch (above) as our own Adam Patrick Murray and Alaina Yee build a RetroPie system after they weren't able to buy an SNES Classic. Go ahead, laugh at (and learn from) our mistakes.

For the past 20 years, retrogaming enthusiasts have dreamed of building a "universal game console" capable of playing games from dozens of different systems. Their ideal was inexpensive, easy to control with a gamepad, and capable of hooking into a TV set.

Thanks to the Raspberry Pi 3 hobbyist platform and the RetroPie software distribution, that dream is finally possible. For under $110, you can build a very nice emulation system that can play tens of thousands of retro games for systems such as the NES, Atari 2600, Sega Genesis, Super NES, Game Boy, and even the PlayStation.

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Mar 14, 2019

Steam Link Anywhere lets you play your Steam library on the go
Imagine: Your entire gaming library on the go, accessible at all times as long as you have a controller or a mouse and keyboard with you. And then stop imagining, because that future is...here? Sort of? Today, Valve announced the Steam Link Anywhere service, the next logical extension of the streaming features it's been working on the past few years. As the name implies, you can now stream your Steam library to just about anywhere, as long as you have a strong internet connection.

Details are a bit fuzzy right now, and Valve's news post isn't helping much. The gist of it:

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Mar 14, 2019

Watch The Full Nerd talk GTX 1660 reviews and upgradeable laptops live!
Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. In today's show we talk about yet another Nvidia GPU release - the GTX 1660, and talk about the merits of upgradeable laptops like Alienware's Area 51m. As always we will be answering your live questions so speak up in the chat.

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PC World Latest News
Mar 14, 2019

Best TVs: Our top picks, plus plain-language explanations of the most important specs and features
There are plenty of great smart TVs. Our guide cuts through the alphabet soup to tell everything you need to know to buy the one that's right for you.

PC World Latest News
Mar 14, 2019

Microsoft ports Xbox Live to Android, iOS to extend the reach of Xbox
Previously, Microsoft appeared poised to widen the reach of its gaming ecosystem, connecting games on iOS, Android, and even the Nintendo Switch to its Xbox Live multiplayer platform.

Only two of the three came through, however, as Microsoft announced Thursday that its Xbox Live SDKs would be ported to Android and iOS. As for the Switch, Microsoft had no comment.

Sharing achievements, friends lists, and gameplay was the first step toward establishing Microsoft's gaming ecosystem within the Windows PC and Xbox console. According to Windows Central, Microsoft was preparing to unveil a cross-platform SDK (or XDK) at the Game Developers Conference in March at a special session. That session, once named "Xbox Live: Growing & Engaging Your Gaming Community Across iOS, Android, Switch, Xbox, and PC," now has been renamed "Xbox Live: Growing & Engaging Your Gaming Community Across Platforms," and its description scrubbed of the juicy details.

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Mar 14, 2019

Samsung's 1TB T5 SSD, our top high-performance portable drive, has never been so cheap
A huge SSD can make many elements of your computing life a whole lot easier, and today you can grab a massive—and ultra-fast—1TB Samsung T5 portable SSD that you can carry around with you for just $178 on Amazon. That's down from a list price of $250 and the lowest we've ever seen it. (And we've been keeping a close eye on this one.)

The Samsung T5 packs a ton of space into a compact, shock-resistant body that weighs less than two ounces. You connect the drive to your gear via a USB-C port, while compatibility with Windows, Macs, and Android devices means it'll work with pretty much everything except for iOS devices. In addition, it features speedy transfer speeds up to 540 MB/s.

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PC World Latest News
Mar 14, 2019

Save big on Acer laptops, monitors, Chromebooks, and more in Amazon's huge one-day sale
Amazon's got yet another ultra-enticing one-day sale for PC enthusiasts today, with this latest blowout focused on Acer hardware. Until midnight Pacific time on Thursday, you can pick-up some great deals on Acer laptops, Chromebooks, displays, backpacks, keyboards and accessories.Remove non-product link.

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Mar 14, 2019

This Photoshop and Illustrator Alternative is 50% Off Today ($30)
We tend to be our own worst critics. For illustrators and comic artists, this statement couldn't be more true. Want to make sure your drawings are as good as they can be? Then give Clip Studio Paint PRO, discounted by 50% to just $29.99, a try on for size.

Formerly known as Manga Studio, Clip Studio Paint PRO is an all-in-one digital art software package that lets you produce your highest quality work. It offers all the features you'd expect to find in a title of this caliber, but manages to maintain a user-friendly interface that everyone can appreciate. And that's probably why it's used by over 4 million artists around the globe.

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Mar 14, 2019

EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 XC Ultra review: The new 'sweet spot' champion
Hail to the new champion of the graphics card "sweet spot." Nvidia's $220 GeForce GTX 1660 usurps the prize from AMD's Radeon RX 580, which held the title for years now, and renders even the recently released Radeon RX 590 obsolete. And though Nvidia's latest GPU technically replaces the unimpressive $200 3GB GTX 1060, it actually manages to surpass the more potent (and pricier) 6GB GTX 1060 while simultaneously addressing the most glaring weaknesses of its predecessor.

Not too shabby, Nvidia. Not too shabby at all.

Nvidia isn't creating a Founders Edition for the GPU, but its board partners will release a variety of GTX 1660 models for Thursday's launch. Today, we'll be reviewing the $250 EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 XC Ultra, the more affordable cousin to the custom-cooled, highly overclocked $310 EVGA GTX 1660 Ti XC Ultra that we loved so much. Let's go!

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PC World Latest News
Mar 14, 2019

Periodic Audio Nickel headphone amp review: Make your smartphone sound like a high-res digital audio player
Music comes alive through the headphones you love most when played on even an average smart device or PC.

PC World Latest News
Mar 13, 2019

HP recalls 78,500 more laptop batteries because of fire concerns
HP has recalled 78,500 batteries used in its laptops and mobile workstations, due to overheating issues which can cause fire and burn hazards. 

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall on Tuesday, but noted that the recall expansion was previously announced independently on January 17 by HP, and delayed due to the government furlough. It's considered an expansion of the previous HP battery recall of January, 2018, which affected 50,000 batteries. HP has received eight new reports of battery packs in the U.S. overheating, melting, or charring, including one report of minor injury and two reports of property damage totaling $1,100, the CPSC said.

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Mar 13, 2019

Alienware Area-51m: We unbox and benchmark this desktop-class laptop
The Alienware Area-51m is a flagship gaming laptop that breaks a lot of new ground. When it debuted at CES we already were intrigued by the desktop-class parts and highly upgradable design. Now that we have it in-house for testing, we couldn't resist taking a first look at the design and features, and run a few benchmarks while we were at it. Watch the video for more details, and read our news from the Alienware Area-51m's CES debut to learn even more. 

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PC World Latest News
Mar 13, 2019

7 tweaks and changes in Android Q that will make your phone better than it is now
Right on schedule, the first Android Q developer preview has arrived, and there's a lot to unpack. As with the last few releases, there aren't a ton of user-facing features just yet—those will likely be reserved for Google I/O and the Pixel 4 launch in September. Nonetheless, the changelog is still filled with plenty of interesting tweaks and additions that will make your phone better than ever once the OS lands in late summer.

The biggest change is one that most people won't get to enjoy for years to come. Google already previewed its new folding interface with Samsung's ultra-expensive Galaxy Fold, but now it's making those new app actions—such as pause, resume, and resizing when opening a screen—available to all developers in order to make sure apps are displayed properly on the new crop of foldable screens.

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Mar 13, 2019

Cut your charging cord for good with 35% off Anker's PowerWave wireless charging stand
A wireless charger can keep your phone charged up without needing to fumble with wires, but they can be expensive and slow. Today's deal solves both of those problems: You can grab Anker's PowerWave wireless charging stand on Amazon for $16.79Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $26 and the lowest price we've ever seen.

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Mar 13, 2019

Microsoft ports DirectX 12 to Windows 7, giving some older PC games a performance boost
Just in time for Windows 7 to die, Microsoft is porting DirectX 12 to it -- on a game-by-game basis. The first game to deliver will be World of Warcraft, with others to follow.

Microsoft's latest graphics API has actually been around since 2015. But Microsoft typically reserved its latest features for Windows 10, the latest OS that already demands the latest hardware. DirectX 12's support for multithreading, for example, already generates "substantial framerate impriovement," Microsoft says.

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Mar 13, 2019

Pricing for the 6-inch Kindle and Kindle Paperwhite drop to all-time lows
If you need to get some reading done without lugging around a ton of books, today's deal is for you. Amazon is selling the latest version of the 6-inch Kindle with no ads and the Kindle Paperwhite with ads at $70 and $100 respectively-a discount of $30. Sure, those are their typical sale prices, but this is about as good as it gets, as these are the all-time low prices for these devices. The sales started earlier this week, and it's not clear when they will end.

The latest version of the 6-inch Kindle without "Special Offers" comes in either black or white, and has built-in Audible functionality. This feature lets you read a book, and then switch to listening to the audio book via Bluetooth headphones while you're on a run. This basic device features a 6-inch, 167ppi, glare-free display and 4GB of onboard storage. The fact that it comes without special offers is great since it means your Kindle won't show ads when it's idle (which is a standard feature for most Kindles).

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Mar 13, 2019

These $200 Bose Quiet-Comfort Alternative Headphones Are Just $135 Today
If you're looking for near-studio quality headphones that won't break the bank, then you owe it to yourself to check out the V1's from Culture Audio. On sale for only $135, these headphones offer an immersive listening experience with top-grade features that cost way less than other name-brand models.

Culture Audio V1's provide everything you could need in a set of headphones and nothing that you don't. They feature 40mm neodymium speakers for exceptional audio, which is only complemented by their best-in-class 98% active noise cancellation.

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PC World Latest News
Mar 13, 2019

These $200 Bose Quite-Comfort Alternative Headphones Are Just $135 Today
If you're looking for near-studio quality headphones that won't break the bank, then you owe it to yourself to check out the V1's from Culture Audio. On sale for only $135, these headphones offer an immersive listening experience with top-grade features that cost way less than other name-brand models.

Culture Audio V1's provide everything you could need in a set of headphones and nothing that you don't. They feature 40mm neodymium speakers for exceptional audio, which is only complemented by their best-in-class 98% active noise cancellation.

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PC World Latest News
Mar 13, 2019

Android phone mirroring arrives in new Windows 10 preview build 18356
Microsoft's latest Windows 10 build allows some users, using some PCs, to drive some phones directly from their PC—without removing them from their pocket.

Windows 10 Insider build 18356 supports screen mirroring within the Windows Your Phone app, which allows it to mirror and control what's being displayed on your Android's phone screen. That theoretically allows your PC to launch apps remotely, use messaging apps like WhatsApp, or perform other functions, all with your phone in your pocket.

Way back in October, Microsoft launched the Surface Pro 6 tablet, along with the Surface Hub 2 and other devices. It was then that Microsoft began showing off Your Phone's screen mirroring in a demo environment. Your Phone can already transfer photos back and forth between PCs and remotely respond to texts. (Here's a guide to using Your Phone.) 

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Mar 13, 2019

Private Internet Access 2019 review: A new app with the same great price
Private Internet Access 2019 in brief: P2P allowed: Yes Business location: Denver, CO Number of servers: 3,275 Number of country locations: 33 Monthly cost: $40 billed annually VPN protocol: OpenVPN Data encryption: AES-128 (GCM) Data Authentication: (GCM) Handshake: RSA 2048-bit Private Internet Access is a favorite third-party VPN for many users, but its biggest drawback was that the user interface was too utilitarian. That changed recently with an overhaul of PIA's Windows desktop app. Here's our look at the latest version of PIA.

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Mar 13, 2019

Lenovo IdeaPad 730S review: A slick laptop with no gimmicks
The Lenovo IdeaPad 730S is notable not just for what it offers, but for what it doesn't.

Unlike many other laptops in the $900-and-up price range, the IdeaPad 730S doesn't transform into a tablet and doesn't even have a touchscreen. It uses a modest 1080p display instead of a battery-chewing QHD or 4K panel, and its wildest flourish is a Dolby Atmos speaker system, which for a laptop actually sounds pretty good.

By trimming away fancy gimmicks, Lenovo has delivered a lightweight laptop that looks great and performs well for a reasonable price.

One word of caution, though: We've tested two of these laptops, and both had constant Wi-Fi connectivity issues across multiple networks. Lenovo's suggested fix involved installing a newer Wi-Fi driver for a different laptop. This solved the problem, but the company hasn't said when it will officially release those drivers for the 730S.

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Mar 13, 2019

TP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Power Outlet review: The Kasa Smart KP200 covers all the basics
You won't need a smart home hub to control this smart outlet, but it will work with smart speakers running Alexa, Google Assistant, or Cortana.

PC World Latest News
Mar 12, 2019

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is coming to the PC—and Steam
It's been 15 years since Halo last came to PC—15 years, 5 games, two entire console generations. And while Microsoft's paid a lot of lip service to the PC lately, there was still some uncertainty whether its flagship series would ever make it over.

No longer, though. Today, Microsoft revealed on its Inside Xbox stream that Halo: The Master Chief Collection is coming to PC—and not just PC, but Steam. To some extent that latter piece of news is even more surprising, signaling Microsoft might be relaxing its Windows 10 Store stranglehold for first-party titles. (It'll be in the Windows 10 Store as well, so if you own it on Xbox One the purchase might carry over. No details on that yet, though.)

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PC World Latest News
Mar 12, 2019

Windows 7 will use pop-ups to warn users of the operating system's impending death
Windows 7 support ends about nine months from now, on January 14, 2020—and if you're a Windows 7 user, you'll see more than this story reminding you of that date. In fact, according to Microsoft, you could see several pop-up reminders warning you to upgrade to Windows 10 before the year is out.

Microsoft says that Windows 7 users will see a notification appear on their PC "a handful of times" before the year is out. The company didn't say what message it would contain, though, or when or where it would appear.

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Mar 12, 2019

Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front
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.

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Mar 12, 2019

G-Drive mobile USB-C review: An external drive that's stylish and fairly fast
The G-Drive mobile USB-C external drive has forward-looking connectivity and stylish design that can help it stand out from the crowd, when performance is fairly even among competitors. USB-C connectors are the new standard for Macs and newer PCs (though USB-A ports will likely hang around for a while longer on the PC platform). G-Technology always delivers attractive designs that mesh particularly well with Apple's products. Alas, along with the Apple design cues, comes an relatively Apple-like price. 

Design and specs The G-Drive mobile USB-C comes in three capacities: 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB for $80, $95. and $150 respectively. 2TB or 4TB are your best cost per gigabyte. It's also available in three matte shades: gray, silver, and gold. All three drives measure  4.33 inches long and 3.23 inches wide, but where the 1TB and 2TB drives are 0.41 inch thick, the 4TB is 0.75 inch thick. That's because more platters must be stacked to reach the larger capacity. 

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Mar 12, 2019

This huge 60-inch Sony 4K HDR smart TV is cheaper than ever after a $300 discount, today only
Today's streaming ecosystem means TV fans have access to a ton of on-demand and live content without needing a cable subscription. And these days, you don't even need a separate device to tap into these streaming options. Smart TVs ship with the smarts of streaming media boxes built right in, and today you can grab a feature-packed on a massive sale. Sony's 60-inch 4K HDR smart TV (XBR60X830F) is $798 at Amazon today, down from a list price of $1,098—a head-turning $300 discount.

You'll have to act fast though, because this today-only deal expires at midnight Pacific time.

This smart TV is built for a high-quality entertainment experience, with HDR and 4K Ultra HD capabilities providing top-notch visuals. You can also fine-tune control with Google Assistant, which is built-in and available with a dedicated button on the included remote. Not a fan of Google Assistant? You can also use Alexa once you connect your TV to an Alexa-enabled device like an Amazon Echo or recent Fire Tablet. Of course, the main attraction is this TV's streaming capabilities, which will allow you to tune into services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video with no need for an external streaming device.

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Mar 12, 2019

Eero's mesh Wi-Fi router system is $100 off today
Mesh Wi-Fi maker Eero is officially part of Amazon today, and to celebrate it seems the online retailer is putting on a one-day sale. Right now you can pick up an Eero hub and two beacons for $299. That's not quite the all-time low of $296.65, but it's close, and this system usually sells for $400. The sale ends on Tuesday night just before midnight Pacific time.

Eero is a mesh Wi-Fi system, which promises to kill dead Wi-Fi spots in your house. Unlike a traditional Wi-Fi extender system, where signals are just repeated from the primary router, mesh systems act as routers working in tandem putting a "blanket" of wireless coverage around your house.

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Mar 12, 2019

Learn how to get certified in Microsoft Azure for just $29
You may be surprised to learn that AWS isn't the only cloud solution out there. In fact, Microsoft has their own cloud platform that's surging in popularity. You can explore its potential with the Complete Microsoft Azure Certification Prep Bundle 2019, discounted by over 90% to just $29.

The Complete Microsoft Azure Certification Prep Bundle 2019 includes access to four beginner friendly-courses that'll show you how to use Azure to deploy a cloud-based environment. Students will start by learning the foundations of cloud technology and then gradually move into more complex concepts. The courses are accessible online 24/7; and the content will be available to you for life, so it's a convenient way to learn too.

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Mar 12, 2019

Empower your teams with Salesforce's productivity platform — get started for free
These days, customers are smarter and more connected than ever — meaning their expectations are higher. In order to deliver a customer experience tailored to those needs, companies need to quickly transform the way their teams collaborate and work together. That's where Quip, a Salesforce company, comes in: a trailblazing communication and productivity platform that empowers teams to stay connected, work more efficiently and innovate at a rapid clip.

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Mar 12, 2019

How Word translates text between languages
Can Microsoft Word translate my documents to and from different languages? Yes, and it's easy. However, note that the Office 365 version requires the Office Intelligent services (included with subscription) and an Internet connection for the Translator feature to function.

Word asks if you want to "Turn On" this service the first time you use the Translate feature, which then remains "On" unless (or until) you disable the service from the Options menus. Additional features such as Editor, Smart Look Up, PowerPoint Designer, and more are included with these services.

Word 2013's and Word 2016's respective Translate features function essentially the same way, except the languages are located on your local system, and the menu design is slightly different.

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Mar 12, 2019

The 5 best VPNs for Android
There are so many VPN services out there that it can often be overwhelming. While that's a good thing for competition, features, and pricing, it means choosing a VPN can be an absolute nightmare. That goes double for browsing the Google Play Store where it can be difficult to see which services are legitimate and which ones are outright scams. 

That's why we're here to help. Over the past few years we've tested a ton of VPN services, looked at their privacy policies, and checked out their extra features. While our main focus was the PC, we've also kept our eye on the mobile apps. 

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Mar 12, 2019

Swann Indoor Security Camera review: Advanced performance at an affordable price
This easy-to-use security camera includes advanced motion detection, full HD video and smart home integration, all for less than $100.

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Mar 12, 2019

Safe by HUB6 review: Upcycle your old alarm system into a smart alarm
With a little wiring work, you can give your outdated alarm system a DIY upgrade.

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Mar 11, 2019

HP Wireless Elite v2 keyboard and mouse review: Cut the cord with this comfy combo
The HP Wireless Elite v2 keyboard-and-mouse combo offers an inexpensive, yet well-made way tountether yourself from your desktop or laptop, The full-sized keyboard's responsive, quiet keys deliver an exceptionally comfortable typing experience, and the wireless mouse is a stylish upgrade over your factory mouse or trackpad.

Design The keyboard measures 17.28 x 6.02 x 0.61 inches, and at 1.5 pounds feels much more substantial than its thin-and-light design would suggest. Whereas most keyboards in this class will flex and bend with little effort, the Elite's plastic chassis has very little give.

Above the alphanumeric keys are dedicated keys for media playback and various program functions. Four hotkeys for volume control and quick access to your browser's homepage sit over the number pad. A Sleep button sits all on its own in the upper left corner of the keyboard.

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Mar 11, 2019

The best Google Home-compatible smart home devices
It's the third-party smart devices that put the "home" in Google Home. Here are our favorites.

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Mar 11, 2019

Apple to hold special media event on March 25
Event rumored to showcase a new on-demand video streaming service.

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Mar 11, 2019

Best universal remote control
Which remote control is the best companion for your smart TV and the rest of your entertainment system.

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Mar 11, 2019

The Full Nerd ep. 86: GeForce GTX 1660 Ti vs. RTX and Radeon, Ryzen 3000 rumors, untangling USB4
In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, Alaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray talk Nvidia's new GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, even more Ryzen 3000 rumors, and what we know about USB4 so far.

With Nvidia's new GeForce GTX 1660 Ti here, the crew ponders whether it matches up to a GeForce RTX 2060 and whether it makes the Radeon RX 590 irrelevant. 

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Mar 11, 2019

Best gaming mouse: Find your perfect match
The mouse is a simple tool: point and click. That's it. But if you're a PC gamer, you know that pushing virtual paper around on your desktop isn't the same as fragging bots and shooting zombies. (Not even remotely.) 

What's more, picking the right gaming mouse is an intensely personal decision. Every little detail—its overall shape and size, the shape and placement its buttons, its cable (or lack thereof), its weight, its materials—can change how you feel about it. More than any other peripheral, a mouse is the hardest to recommend, because there is no objectively perfect mouse. Everyone's hands are different.

That said, we can guide you on your search. Below are our recommendations for gaming mice, built on years of experience first and foremost as gamers, and second as writers here at PCWorld. 

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Mar 11, 2019

Need more ports? Anker's fully loaded USB-C hubs are cheaper than ever today
It's no secret that Macs could use a few more ports, and you can say the same about many modern thin-and-light Windows laptops, too. Today, you can end the no-port nightmare thanks to an Amazon sale on Anker's USB-C hubs. Both models on offer are at their all-time low prices, and by far. Anker's 7-in-1 USB-C hub can be yours for $42, down from a list price of $70, with an extra check-the-box coupon bringing it even lower to $35. A 4-in-1 hub is just $23, down from a list price of $30, but with a coupon of its own bringing it down to $16.

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Mar 11, 2019

Multitask like a champ with AMD's 6-core, 12-thread Ryzen 5 2600X processor, on sale for just $170
If your PC's feeling a little pokey then today's a great day to visit Amazon. The online retailer is selling the AMD Ryzen 5 2600X for $170. On top of that, you get a free copy of Tom Clancy's: The Division 2. That's a fantastic price for the 2600X. It retails for $250, though it usually sells for closer to $200.

The Ryzen 5 2600X rocks six CPU cores with simultaneous multi-threading to bring the total thread count to twelve, all running at a base clock of 3.6GHz and a boost clock of 4.2GHz. That's a whole lot of processing power that will work wonderfully for gaming, but remember this chip doesn't have integrated graphics, so you'll need to pair it with a graphics card. The Ryzen 5 2600x is also an absolute beast for productivity applications, including video and photo editing.

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Mar 11, 2019

Mad Catz R.A.T. 8 review: Back from the dead
The RAT is back, and no I don't mean your trash-uncle's favorite glam metal band. Two years ago venerable peripherals maker Mad Catz filed for bankruptcy and then subsequently died, taking its designs to the grave with it. But not permanently, as it turns out! Mad Catz reemerged at CES 2018, or at least there's a new company wearing the skin of the old, a la corporate Hannibal Lecter.

And in addition to reviving the brand, nu-Mad Catz has revived the well-known RAT line of mice. So what's the verdict? Is the new Mad Catz worthy of the name? We went hands-on with the resurrected RAT 8 to find out.

This review is part of our roundup of best gaming mice. Go there for details on competing products and how we tested them.

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Mar 11, 2019

PSB M4U 8 headphones review: Very fine noise-cancelling Bluetooth headphones
Superb sound and top-notch active noise cancellation make these wireless cans hard to beat.

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Mar 11, 2019

The best SSDs of 2019
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. The best SSDs offer solid performance at affordable prices—or, if price is no object, face-meltingly fast read and write speeds.

Many SSDs come in a 2.5-inch form factor and communicate with PCs via the same SATA ports used by traditional hard drives. But out on the bleeding-edge of NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) drives, you'll find tiny "gumstick" SSDs that fit in M.2 connections on modern motherboards, SSDs that sit on a PCIe adapter and slot into your motherboard like a graphics card or sound card, futuristic 3D Xpoint drives, and more. Picking the perfect SSD isn't as simple as it used to be.

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Mar 11, 2019

NVMe SSDs: Everything you need to know about this insanely fast storage
NVMe is no longer a nice-to-have storage technology. If you're shopping for a new PC, it's a feature you should actively seek out. Moreover, if your PC is of fairly recent vintage, you should upgrade to NVMe. Here's why.

What it is NVMe is a communications standard developed specially for SSDs by a consortium of vendors including Intel, Samsung, Sandisk, Dell, and Seagate. It operates across the PCIe bus (hence the ‘Express' in the name), which allows the drives to act more like the fast memory that they are, rather than the hard disks they imitate. Bottom line: NVMe is fast. Really fast. Like never-have-to-wait-again-for-your-computer fast.

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Mar 09, 2019

I'm ashamed it took me so long to try the Yakuza series
This is not an official review of Yakuza 0, nor is it an official review of Yakuza Kiwami. It can't be. The former released on PC last August, making this writeup more than six months overdue—or four years, if we time it to the original PS4 release. Kiwami's PC port is only a few weeks old as I write this, but I just finished Yakuza 0 this week and have only managed to put a few hours into the follow-up.

That said, I can't believe it took me so long to give this series a shot.

Realpolitik Okay, maybe it's not that surprising. The Yakuza series is coming up on fifteen years old now, but until last summer's Yakuza 0 port the games had been primarily released on PlayStation (and uh...Wii U, of all places). And from talking to friends who are longtime fans, the early games were rough. The core was there, the key elements that make the series so special, but it hadn't quite gelled yet. The first two games to hit PC are modern Yakuza experiences, of a sort. Yakuza 0 is a prequel made a decade after the fact, and Yakuza Kiwami is a remake of the original game in the same engine as 0.

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Mar 08, 2019

The best clear and translucent cases for your Galaxy S10e, S10, and S10
Aside from its great screen, ultra-fast processor, and awesome camera, the Samsung Galaxy S10 has one more thing going for it: the array of colors available to choose from. Available in new "prism" finishes that change color depending on the light, a flamingo pink that's too cool for school, and two luscious ceramic options, it's a shame to put the Galaxy S10 in a case.

But it's also big, slippery, and fragile, and the last thing you want is a giant crack in it. So you're going to get a cast that both protects your S10 and lets its natural color shine through. Here are our favorite clear cases for the S10 so far:

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Mar 08, 2019

This week in games: Diablo rises from the dead on GOG, Dead or Alive's $93 season pass, Halo on PC?
All I want to do is talk about how terrible the Sonic the Hedgehog movie looks. That's it. It's scarred me, deep into my soul. It's already the Super Mario Bros film for the modern era, in my mind. And if you don't know what I'm talking about? Well, you'll see what horrors lie in wait below.

That news, plus Halo rumors return to the PC, Diablo lands on GOG.com, Creative Assembly confirms it has three unannounced games in the works, Dead or Alive 6's $93 season pass, and Devil May Cry 5's silly live action cutscenes.

This is gaming news for March 4 to 8.

Weekend farmer First up, this weekend's freebies. Epic's game giveaway continues this week with probably the most addictive game so far: Slime Rancher. Imagine Stardew Valley or Harvest Moon, except it's in first-person and instead of growing crops you're harvesting adorable slimes. It cannibalized hours and hours of my time upon release in 2017, and now you can own it for free—provided you make an Epic Games Store account, of course.

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Mar 08, 2019

Watch The Full Nerd talk GTX 1660 Ti reviews and 3rd gen Ryzen rumors live!
Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. In today's show we cover Brad's Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti review, the latest 3rd gen Ryzen rumors hinting at more cores, and the problems Gordon has been having with USB 4. As always we will be answering your live questions so speak up in the chat.

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Mar 08, 2019

Elizabeth Warren wants to break up Amazon, Facebook, and Google and undo their acquisitions
On Friday, Senator Elizabeth Warren tried to separate herself from a crowded field of Democratic challengers for the U.S. presidency with a big proposal: break up Amazon, Google, and Facebook, and unwind their recent acquisitions of smaller companies. 

Specifically, Warren suggested that these and other tech giants be considered "platform utilities," and broken apart from any participant on the platform, she wrote on a Medium post. Second, Warren said that, if elected, she would appoint regulators "committed to reversing illegal and anti-competitive tech mergers."

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Mar 08, 2019

How to use Wireless PowerShare on the Galaxy S10 to charge your Galaxy Buds or another phone
Samsung is so confident in the battery in the Galaxy S10 that it's letting you give away some of your precious percentage points. A new feature called Wireless PowerShare lets you literally turn your S10 into a wireless charging mat so you can power up your Galaxy Watch, Buds, or just another Qi-enabled phone just by laying it on the back of the S10. It works on all three models. Here's how to use it:

Pull down on the notification shade until the Quick Settings appear. If you don't see a Wireless PowerShare button, swipe to the left to find it and tap the button to turn it on. Lay the S10 on its face and place a second phone, Galaxy Watch, or Galaxy Buds case back-to-back against the S10. For best results, you'll want to line up the phones the same way to prevent slipping and make sure the coils meet. When you're finished, remove the phone, and pull down the notification shade. You'll see a persistent notification for Wireless PowerShare. Tap as usual to expand it, and then tap Turn off to stop it. You can still use your S10 while charging the other phone. Wireless PowerShare obviously will drain your phone's battery faster, so be mindful of how much battery life is being used. On average, you'll lose about 25 percent of your battery per hour, but your mileage will vary.

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Mar 08, 2019

Fast speeds, big capacity: This 480GB Kingston SSD is on sale for a ridiculously low $52
We've covered a lot of SSD deals in recent months, but few offer as much space for such a low price as today's Amazon deal on the 480GB Kingston A400 SSD. In January, when this SSD was $65, we called that price "insane," but today it's even lower at a truly ridiculous $52.

Kingston's drive is designed to provide faster speeds for everything from boot-ups to file transfers to app loading, with read speeds up to 500MB/s and write speeds up to 450MB/s—up to 10x faster than a standard hard drive. It's also built to be pretty rugged, with shock- and vibration-resistance to keep your data safe if you tuck the drive into a laptop. As a standard 2.5-inch SSD with a 7mm form factor, the Kingston A400 shouldn't have any trouble fitting into even slim notebooks.

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Mar 08, 2019

Reach your fitness goals with Vitagene's DNA reports
Our genes can tell us a lot about ourselves. They provide insight into who we are, where we come from, and how various lifestyle choices affect our health. There are a lot of DNA testing kits out there, but if you want to learn more than just where your great-great grandparents came from, consider Vitagene, the DNA ancestry test service that uses your DNA to create actionable diet and exercise reports for reaching your fitness goals. You can get a Vitagene DNA Ancestry Test Kit & Personalized Health Plan on sale for $69 today.

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Mar 08, 2019

Get two years of Bitdefender protection for all your family's devices for $30—a wild $170 discount
If you need to secure a whole bunch of devices, Newegg's got a great deal today. The online retailer is selling a two-year subscription to the Bitdefender Family Pack for $30Remove non-product link. This package usually sells for $200, and that's the current price on Amazon. Newegg isn't displaying the sale price, but you will see it once you add the software to the cart. The sale price ends on Thursday, March 14. The sale appears to be for disc-based software, not a download.

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Mar 08, 2019

The best co-op PC games to play with your friends
Battle buddiesImage by Ubisoft

It's good to have friends. That goes doubly so when you're facing down a zombie horde or coordinating an attack on a Klingon warship.

Here we've rounded up over a dozen co-op PC games that are better in every way to play with friends. Yeah, you could play some of them alone. Sure, you could (if you're masochistic) play some of them with random Internet strangers who love to use profanity. But if you pair up with a partner or three you'll have a much more rewarding experience.

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Mar 08, 2019

Chromebooks versus Windows laptops: Which should you buy?
Should I buy a Chromebook or a Windows laptop? Whether you're seeking out the best computer for your child or just weighing which inexpensive computer is right for your home, considering a Chrome OS-powered Chromebook as a PC alternative is a smart choice—and we can help you choose the right one. 

Who should buy a Windows PC? A notebook PC powered by Microsoft Windows offers several advantages: Windows offers the most flexibility to run just about any app, as well as the choice of any browser you choose. You can tweak and configure your PC as you choose.

That convenience demands more computing horsepower, and often a higher price compared to most Chromebooks. Prices can soar into the thousands of dollars, and if you need a powerful PC for gaming or video editing, Chromebooks really don't offer that much competition. But you'll find some great deals among our more affordably priced, top Windows picks.

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Mar 08, 2019

Best true wireless earbuds: Free yourself from the tyranny of cords
Truly wireless earbuds let you ditch all cables in our post-headphone jack world, but like with anything else, their quality varies. Our top picks offer great audio without sacrificing battery life or comfort.

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Mar 08, 2019

Samsung Galaxy S10 review: The phone that goes higher, further, faster
It's something of a perfect coincidence that Samsung's Galaxy S10 goes on sale the same day Captain Marvel lands in theaters. Both were once the most powerful members of their respective universes. Both are struggling with an identity crisis spurred by a larger-than-life existential threat. And both have a gorgeous shimmer when the light hits them just right.

Christopher Hebert/IDH The Galaxy S10 's fantastic display is in rarefied air.

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Mar 08, 2019

Cord cutting: A beginner's guide
How to cut the cord: All the devices, services, and knowledge you need to ditch cable and save money.

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Mar 08, 2019

EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Ultra review: Laser-focused on all-around great performance
The EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Ultra we're testing today strikes a balanced compromise. Nvidia's $280 GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is the best GPU you can buy for 1080p gaming, full stop. It's an enticing option for 1440p gaming too, usurping the last-gen GTX 1070 that debuted at nearly $100 more.

But while Nvidia offers its own "Founders Edition" graphics cards for all RTX 20-series GPUs, it's skipping direct consumer sales for the return of the GTX brand. That means the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti's launch consists solely of models sold by Nvidia's board partners, each with its own unique spin.

We've already reviewed the Asus ROG Strix GTX 1660 Ti and fell in love with its borderline overkill custom cooler and abundant features. But at $330, the triple-slot behemoth commands a steep $50 price premium. The EVGA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti XC Ultra we're testing today offers a hefty overclock like the Asus ROG Strix and a customized dual-fan cooler of its own, but in a more accommodating dual-slot design—and for $20 less.

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Mar 08, 2019

Best tax software discounts 2019: Get TurboTax and H&R Block for cheap while you still can
Where and when you buy your tax software can save you cash—which can take away a tiny bit of the sting if you end up owing cash to Uncle Sam.

If you're looking to pay as little as possible for tax help, you'll need a PC or Mac that can install software from a disc. For ease of use, you'll want to go online and start a return directly with TurboTax, H&R Block, or the tax program of your choice.

Cheat sheet The current best tax software deals on the most popular editions:

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Mar 07, 2019

How to catch March Madness without paying for cable TV
Our cord-cutter's guide to March Madness shows you how you can watch every game in the tournament at the lowest possible cost.

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Mar 07, 2019

Best VPN services: Reviews and buying advice
Choosing the right virtual private network (VPN) service is no simple task. A VPN should keep your internet usage private and secure, but not every service handles your data in the same way. Just look at the critiques of notable computer security experts and online pundits to understand the challenge.

(Want to know more about VPNs and what they can and can't do? Skip down to our "What is a VPN?" section below.)

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Mar 07, 2019

Huawei Matebook X Pro review: A few cut corners diminish this otherwise great laptop's value
Huawei's Matebook X Pro may remind you of how another Chinese vendor, OnePlus, captured a chunk of the smartphone market with flagship specs at an affordable price.  Besides the oddball pop-up webcam and a short supply of the high-end Core i7 model, the 14-inch Matebook X Pro thin-and-light offers several compelling reasons to buy it: a great display, a good keyboard, terrific audio, and even an included USB-C dock. It's hard to believe that Huawei even included a discrete GeForce MX150 GPU in the faster, Core i7-powered version. 

But Huawei also cut a corner or two. Power limits restrict its performance, and both its Thunderbolt port and discrete GPU are cut-down versions. Battery life is middling. It's also hard to find: A Core i5 version can be found on Amazon for the superb price of $1,199. You'll need to track down the Core i7 version that we tested, which we found at B&H Photo for $1,499, but at Amazon for close to $1,900. 

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Mar 07, 2019

Recent Windows 10 patch brings good, bad performance news for PC gamers
Here's a conundrum for PC gamers: A recent Windows 10 patch solves some of the Spectre mitigation issues, increasing performance—but a new, separate issue means that your GPU and mouse performance may be slower than normal.

The KB4482887 patch, issued March 1, enables "Retpoline," a technique for helping reduce the performance hit of the Spectre mitigations Microsoft previously rolled out. But WindowsLatest also noted a catch: One of the known issues with the patch involves graphics and mouse performance degradation on certain games.

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Mar 07, 2019

Qobuz review: A music streaming service on the verge of greatness
And the U.S. version is now integrated with the Sonos multi-room audio system.

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Mar 07, 2019

Grab one (or 10) of our favorite color smart bulbs for 33 percent off on Amazon today
Smart lighting can elevate the ambiance and control of your home, but outfitting all of your lamps with WiFi bulbs can be pretty expensive. Today, though, you can grab one of our favorite smart bulbs, the LIFX A19, for $40Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $60 and the best deal we've seen on this bulb in a while.

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Mar 07, 2019

CyberGhost 7 Review: A better app and same good service
CyberGhost 7 in brief: P2P allowed: Yes Business location: Romania Number of servers: 3,500 Number of country locations: 58 Cost: $63 per year VPN protocol: IKEv2 (default) Data encryption: AES-256 Data authentication: SSL/TLS Handshake encryption: TLS v1.2 - Certificate signed with SHA256 We really liked CyberGhost 6 when we reviewed at it in mid-2017. It offered fast speeds, it defeated geo-restrictions, had a good privacy policy, and an odd but useful interface. Now, CyberGhost is back with a fresh coat of paint, more country locations, and more servers. Does it still deliver the goods like the CyberGhost of old? Let's take a look.

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Mar 07, 2019

Keep your computer in top shape with CleanMyPC and save 49%
Computers perform better when they receive regular maintenance. Most of us, though, never seem to get around to it in a timely manner. Thankfully, there's CleanMyPC, a handy app that removes the clutter that can slow down your computer and keeps it running at peak performance. Single licenses are on sale for only $19.99, nearly 50% off the usual price.

CleanMyPC handles all your computer maintenance dirty work for you. It scans your whole computer to clean up junk files and other clutter, drastically boosting its performance. CleanMyPC is designed to uninstall programs properly, removing every bit of material left behind by previously uninstalled programs; and it can shred files completely, so you won't have to worry about hackers digging them back up. What's more, CleanMyPC can even lighten the load on your Windows startup process by disabling autorun programs.

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Mar 07, 2019

Level up your gaming sessions with the Sapphire Radeon RX 580 Nitro 8GB for $199, today only
There's a great deal to be had today if you're looking for a fantastic 1080p graphics card. Newegg is selling the Sapphire Radeon RX 580 Nitro 8GB for $199Remove non-product link. This sale price ends just before midnight on Thursday, Pacific Time. Buying the Nitro RX 580 also nets you two free games via AMD's Raise the Game Bundle. The bundle includes your choice of Devil May Cry 5, Resident Evil 2, and Tom Clancy's The Division 2 (which releases March 15).

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Mar 07, 2019

6 big questions cord-cutters should ask about AT&T's and HBO's next streaming service
AT&T's management shakeup raises new questions about its streaming TV plans.

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Mar 07, 2019

WebAuthn: What you need to know about the future of the passwordless Web
WebAuthn is a new way of logging into websites that may finally free you from remembering passwords. Instead, you'll use you: your fingerprint or face, or a hardware token.

The WebAuthn API is now an official standard, ratified by the World Wide Web Consortium (or W3C) on Monday. Fortunately, it's already been built into many popular browsers as well as Windows 10. Now it's up to the web itself to incorporate it. Here's how it will work.

What makes WebAuthn better? You may have heard of the Collections data breaches: millions of usernames and passwords, some linked to one another, and published to the web. In part, that's because websites currently ask you to log in and store a username and password within the site itself. If that data leaks publicly, then bad actors can use that information to see whether you've used the passwords elsewhere. That can lead to a cascade effect, where hackers gain access to more and more of your personal information.

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