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Jul 18, 2019

Samsung's next-gen RAM will make your phone way faster, but the Galaxy Note 10 won't get it
Samsung on Thursday announced a major breakthrough in the future of smartphones: mass production has begun on the industry's first 12GB LPDDR5 mobile DRAM chip, so it should start showing up in smartphones pretty soon. But don't get your hopes up about it showing up on the Galaxy Note 10's spec sheet next month.

As Samsung explains in its press release, the 10nm LPDDR5 chip (Lower Power Double Data Rate) has been "optimized for enabling 5G and AI features in future smartphones." That mainly boils down to speed. The new chips have a data rate of 5,500Mbps, about 1.3 times faster than the LPDDR4X DRAM used in the Galaxy S10 5G and about 1.7 times faster than the LPDDR4 in the Galaxy S10 . That's not quite as big of a leap as the 2x increase from LPDDR3 to LPDDR4 (2133Mbps to 4266Mbps) but it's still significant.

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Jul 18, 2019

Denon AH-D9200 headphone review: Superb sound quality in a luxurious, closed-back, over-ear headphone
The build quality is exceptional, and it's super comfortable, which befits its high price tag.

PC World Latest News
Jul 18, 2019

5 Windows display tricks to help you focus
When you're trying to focus on a specific task, the right display settings can make a big difference. Dimming or disabling secondary monitors, cutting down on harsh screen lighting, or even eliminating color altogether can help draw your eyes to the job at hand and reduce eyestrain.

With the right tools, Windows can make managing these display settings practically effortless. Here are five screen manipulation tools and tricks to help you concentrate:

Automatic dark mode With the May 2019 update for Windows 10, Microsoft added a "light" mode to complement its existing dark theme, rendering the taskbar, Start menu, and certain app menus in a bright shade of gray. Unfortunately, Microsoft provides no way to switch automatically between light and dark modes, so your display vibes might be too mellow by day and too harsh at night.

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PC World Latest News
Jul 17, 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.

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Jul 17, 2019

Dash cam reviews 2019: Catch the maniacs and meteors of daily driving
Dash cams are already essential in many countries because of scam artists who try to create accidents so they can sue you. They've also proven useful for catching cars flying into buildings, or the occasional meteor, as happened in Thailand and in Russia, all thanks to dash cams in the right place at the right time.

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Jul 17, 2019

Z-Edge F1 dash cam: Great image quality and versatile GPS outweigh the baffling buttons
The $170 Z-Edge F1 ticks nearly all the boxes a front/interior dash cam should tick, especially for professional and rideshare drivers. Boasting 1440p front video, 1080p front/interior video, good night and low-light captures, and GPS, it's almost the total package—once you figure out how the heck to use it.

Features and specs The F1 is a wide-body camera, measuring approximately 4.25x1.75x1.35 inches. It's handsome as dash cams go, with a suction mount that also incorporates the GPS module. Nicely, the GPS module serves as a handle that rotates to aid the removal mechanism. If you've used a high-suction model that relies on only a rotary dial, you'll appreciate how much easier it is.

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Jul 17, 2019

The best Amazon Echo add-ons and accessories
A few are goofy, but many are great: These mostly inexpensive gadgets can make Amazon's smart speakers even better.

PC World Latest News
Jul 17, 2019

Best phone mounts and holders for cars
If you're using your smartphone for GPS directions but leaving it in your lap or cupholder, it's time to get a phone holder for your car. These mounts allow you to position a smartphone within line of sight—and keep it out of your hands, thus avoiding a ticket in some states.

The best phone holder isn't the same for everyone, however. Car manufacturers not only use different types of vents, but they mix up the positions of both CD players and vents too. States also have different laws for what can be attached to a windshield (and where).

Accordingly, our list of the best phone mounts doesn't single out just one or two picks. Instead, we're sharing the most convenient and reliable models as a group after putting them to the test in a variety of cars.

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Jul 17, 2019

Emoji are getting more inclusive on your iPhone and Android phone—even if you're a vampire
In case you forgot to buy your phone a present, it's World Emoji Day today. And to celebrate, Apple and Google have unveiled a slew of new emoji based on the approved characters in Unicode 12 that will be arriving in iOS 13 and Android Q later this year. And the theme this year is inclusion for everyone. Even vampires.

Whatever your race, gender, sexual orientation, or disability, you'll be able to find an emoji to express yourself. On both iPhones and Android phones, the Holding Hands emoji has been greatly expanded to include more than 70 combinations and sex, gender, and race, so you'll be able to properly represent your relationship no matter who your significant other may be.

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Jul 17, 2019

Scout's $99 video doorbell promises to detect people rather than cars
The makers of a new, bargain-priced smart doorbell claims it's found a better way of detecting people on your doorstep, as opposed to cars or critters.

PC World Latest News
Jul 17, 2019

Google Pixel 3a review: A budget phone that acts like a premium flagship
The Google Pixel 3a makes a strong case for tossing out the spec sheet. On paper, it looks like yet another boring budget smartphone, with a middling processor, single front and rear cameras, and a bare-minimum 1080p screen. But in your pocket, you might just mistake it for a premium phone.

Part of the reason why is because, well, it's a Pixel. Specifically, it looks a lot like the notchless Pixel 3 and the rumored design for the Pixel 4, and of course, it runs the latest version of Android. But while the high-priced G-stamped phones always left something to be desired when it came to design, the $399 Pixel 3a looks like a budget phone but acts like a premium one. It's almost like Google has been setting us up for this all along.

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Jul 17, 2019

V-Moda M-100 Crossfade Master headphone review: The best headphone V-Moda has ever made
The first real collaboration between V-Moda and majority stakeholder Roland delivers sonic refinements and performance improvements in just about every area.

PC World Latest News
Jul 17, 2019

V-Moda M100 Crossfade Master headphone review: The best headphone V-Moda has ever made
The first real collaboration between V-Moda and majority stakeholder Roland delivers sonic refinements and performance improvements in just about every area.

PC World Latest News
Jul 17, 2019

Ryzen 3000 Review: AMD's 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X conquers its past
Our review of AMD's 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X CPU, in five words:

Damn, this CPU is fast.

But keep reading, because the Ryzen 9 3900X is likely as significant, and likely as game-changing, as AMD's original K7 Athlon-series of CPUs that crossed the 1GHz line first, or its Athlon 64 CPU that ushered in 64-bit computing in a desktop PC.

You'd think the Ryzen 9 3900X would have a hard time achieving the same greatness. It's true that it doesn't quite shake all the gaming-performance bugaboos of past generations. But we think when the dust settles, the CPU series will easily be a first-ballot, CPU hall of fame entry.

AMD AMD said it has improved its floating point performance by 2X on its Ryzen 3000 series of CPUs.

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Jul 17, 2019

Nextbase 422GW dash cam review: Superior video and versatile design, lacking only infrared
Nextbase's new GW modular series, including the $230 422GW reviewed here, have raised the bar for dual-channel dash cams. They're pricey, but feature an HDMI port that, besides outputting video, accepts any one of three $100 rear cameras: a cabin view (interior) module, a traditional rear-window mounted unit, and a unique telephoto rear module that captures what's behind you without the hassle of wiring, or obscuring your view.

Beyond that, there's phone connectivity, Alexa, GPS, and a touchscreen. If it weren't for the lack of infrared lighting for interior night captures, the 422GW would be hands-down the best dash cam I've ever tested. For my purposes it still is, but if you're driving a taxi or patrol car at night, the unit's interior captures aren't going to cut it. 

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Jul 17, 2019

Nextbase 422GW dash cam review: Superior video and versatile design, telephoto rear-view
Nextbase's new GW modular series, including the $230 422GW reviewed here, have raised the bar for dual-channel dash cams. They're pricey, but feature an HDMI port that, besides outputting video, accepts any one of three $100 rear cameras: a cabin view (interior) module, a traditional rear-window mounted unit, and a unique telephoto rear module that captures what's behind you without the hassle of wiring, or obscuring your view.

Beyond that, there's phone connectivity, Alexa, GPS, and a touchscreen. If it weren't for the lack of infrared lighting for interior night captures, the 422GW would be hands-down the best dash cam I've ever tested. For my purposes it still is, but if you're driving a taxi or patrol car at night, the unit's interior captures aren't going to cut it. 

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PC World Latest News
Jul 16, 2019

How to build a killer PC for cheap with Amazon Prime Day deals
My, how far we've come in half a year. RAM and SSD prices have dropped so much that in combination with Amazon Prime Day's PC component sales (and Newegg's thunderous response), you can build a budget gaming PC that's FreeSync-ready and includes Windows for $300.

This upgraded version of my $272 Black Friday gaming PC has a better motherboard, faster RAM, and double the amount of RAM and storage. Not shabby for an extra $40, and us being in the middle of the year. You don't even need to live near a Micro Center to get this price, either—nor are you limited to this one budget build. A plethora of CPU deals and a handful of GPU deals are available for folks with larger pockets.

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PC World Latest News
Jul 16, 2019

How to make voice and video calls using Alexa and your Amazon Echo
You can use Alexa on your Amazon Echo to make calls without a mobile number or landline? Here's how.

PC World Latest News
Jul 16, 2019

How to play music you own on an Amazon Echo
Play your own MP3 collection on an Amazon Echo or other Alexa devices using Plex or My Media.

PC World Latest News
Jul 16, 2019

AMD has a loaner program for third-gen Ryzen PCs that won't boot
Because of limitations in a motherboard's BIOS, third-generation Ryzen chips may not boot with older AM4 motherboards. The solution? An exchange program that can solve what's essentially a chicken-and-egg problem for users building their first Ryzen PC.

The problem can be traced back to the motherboard's UEFI/BIOS. AMD pledged to make the AM4 socket backward-compatible all the way to the original Ryzen. Unfortunately, the amount of code necessary to accommodate all of the various microprocessor permutations has stretched the limits of what AM4 motherboards can handle.

That's presented two issues. First, the latest X570 boards have dropped support for older chips like the first-generation Ryzen because of these limitations. But the opposite is also true: Consumers who buy the latest third-generation Ryzen processor may find themselves unable to boot their new chip when it's paired with a cheap, legacy motherboard, including those powered by an X370 and B350 chipset. 

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PC World Latest News
Jul 16, 2019

Yamaha YAS-207 soundbar review: A taste of immersive audio in a spouse-friendly footprint
The first soundbar with DTS Virtual:X technology is impressive, but it's not perfect.

PC World Latest News
Jul 16, 2019

Eero Home WiFi System 2 review: Beacons make this system even easier to install
Note: During Amazon's Prime Day sale you can get theEero mesh Wi-Fi system is on sale for a whopping 50 percent off. At $199 you can blanket your home with Wi-Fi at an incredible price. See all our other picks of the the best Prime Day deals.

The second-generation Eero Home WiFi System is even easier to set up than the first, thanks to wireless access points called Beacons that plug straight into AC outlets. It's also more powerful, thanks to a new Qualcomm mesh Wi-Fi router chipset and a tri-band Wi-Fi radio. Eero says the $399 kit reviewed here is suitable for a three- to four-bedroom home, and I agree. The router delivered triple-digit throughput in every room of my 2800-square-foot home—more than enough bandwidth to support several HD video streams simultaneously.

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PC World Latest News
Jul 16, 2019

Best smart bulbs for your connected home
Today's smart bulbs are brighter and easier to control than ever, but choosing the right one for your environment remains a challenge.

PC World Latest News
Jul 16, 2019

New BittBoy V3 review: The best option for retro gaming on the go
The New BittBoy V3 is a handheld retro gaming emulation device that looks like Nintendo's classic GameBoy—but has hardware powerful enough to play NES, Genesis, and even Playstation 1 games. For $70 (including an 8GB micro SD card) it offers great battery life, a nice screen, and consistent emulation. As of this writing we're also seeing some great summer discounts. It's a relatively easy option for those who like to take some favorite video games on the road, as long as you're willing to deal with a few drawbacks.  

Adam Patrick Murray/IDG Small device, mighty power

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PC World Latest News
Jul 16, 2019

How to protect yourself from online scams including ransomware and more
Protecting yourself from online scams is a fact of life now. According to the FBI's 2018 Internet Crime Report, Internet scams from 2014 through 2018 cost consumers $7.45 billion. Scams include online shopping/non-delivery of products ordered, identity theft, credit card fraud, and denial of service/DDoS attacks. Other threats include various flavors of ransomware, malware, scareware, and viruses, along with a few dozen other categories of crime.

I got hit with ransomware—twice—and learned a lot from the remedies I tried, as well as the experiences of friends who were hit. Read on to see what I did, and be sure to check PCWorld's thorough guide to removing malware and our follow-on story about how to rescue your Windows PC from ransomware for more information. We wrap up with a checklist that will help you fend off online scams of all kinds. 

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PC World Latest News
Jul 16, 2019

Abode Iota review: Abode streamlines its security hub by integrating a camera
A simple home security solution learns a few new tricks—and gets easier than ever to set up.

PC World Latest News
Jul 15, 2019

Amazon's Alexa might be the first thing you see in a future version of Windows 10
If you've chosen to enable Amazon's Alexa on Windows, you're in for a bonus: In the future, you may get to talk to Alexa—and not Cortana—while your PC is locked.

Microsoft celebrated Amazon Prime Day by announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18362.10005, a small build in the 19H2 or "Slow" ring. Those updates are part of what you might call the "patch" feature update that's due this fall, rather than the "new feature" release, or 20H1, due sometime in the spring of next year.

What's interesting, of course, is that most people would consider talking to Alexa on the lock screen a feature, rather than a fix. (Right?) Alexa is already available as an app for Windows. But Alexa is also a part of Windows, and can be invoked by saying "Hey Cortana, open Alexa." (Always-on, listening assistants may pose a risk to privacy, as we've pointed out.)

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Jul 15, 2019

Elgato Stream Deck Mini review: All your streaming actions and enhancements are a button push away
During Amazon's Prime Day sale you can find all sorts of deals on Elgato streaming hardware, including this Elgato Stream Deck Mini for just $60—a $40 savings off list price. 

Last year I called Elgato's Stream Deck "a valuable tool in anyone's streaming kit." Long known for affordable capture equipment, Elgato had entered another important hardware niche and created an inexpensive video switcher—one that was only the size of a card deck. With multiple customizable buttons, you could manage all facets of your streaming process without every leaving your primary screen.

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Jul 15, 2019

Elgato Stream Deck review: A streamer's best friend
During Amazon's Prime Day sale you can find all sorts of deals on Elgato streaming hardware, including this Elgato Stream Deck for just $100—a $50 savings off list price. 

Pro-grade equipment at a bargain price. That's the reputation Elgato earned as first YouTube videos and then Twitch streaming took over video games. Straddling a line between hobbyist and professional-grade—a line that's hard to walk competently, I might add—Elgato's capture cards have become a mainstay of streamers at all levels.

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Jul 15, 2019

Acer Predator Helios 300: We review the bestselling gaming laptop on Amazon
During Amazon's Prime Day sale you can score this very popular-for-a-reason laptop for less than $1,000—$200 off its list price. See our picks for other great Prime Day deals.

Acer's Predator Helios 300 has achieved something we never thought a gaming laptop could do. It actually manages to be popular, powerful, and affordable. 

You'd think popularity would be the hardest thing to prove, but that's what caught our eye first. A specific model of the Predator Helios 300 has maintained a steady position among the top ten bestselling laptops on Amazon for many, many weeks. It just won't quit. 

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Jul 15, 2019

Microsoft blocks Windows 10 May 2019 Update on the Surface Book 2
It's not every day that Microsoft can't work out a bug on its own hardware, but that's what has happened with the Microsoft Surface Book 2: Microsoft has blocked the devices from updating to the Windows 10 May 2019 Update.

Microsoft says the root cause is issues with the discrete GPU inside the notebook. Two things may happen, Microsoft said in a support note: Either Nvidia's discrete GPU may disappear from the Device Manager, or games that require the discrete GPU may simply refuse to open. A Surface Book 2 evaluation unit issued to PCWorld by Microsoft experienced that problem, refusing to play the game Broforce, as evidenced by the screenshot that accompanies this story.

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Jul 15, 2019

Google Pixel 3 XL review: Winning the game by rewriting the rules
During Amazon's Prime Day sale, you can pick up the 64GB version of the Pixel 3 XL for $260 off, or the 128GB version of the Pixel 3 XL in pink also for a $260 discount. See our other picks for Android phone deals here.  

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Jul 15, 2019

The Best Amazon Prime Day 2019 deals for cord-cutters
Amazon Prime Day is a great time to score big discounts on streaming devices, smart TVs, and other cord-cutting gear.

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Jul 15, 2019

AMD officially hires Alienware's Frank Azor as its new gaming chief
Frank Azor has made it official: The co-founder of Dell's Alienware business has now joined AMD as its chief architect of gaming.

AMD welcomed Azor to AMD via tweets from AMD chief executive Lisa Su and other AMD employees. Azor also announced the change in his Twitter bio, where he's known as chief architect of gaming solutions. "Thanks @LisaSu. This is a huge opportunity to grow the gaming industry! I'm really excited to be part of the @AMD family," Azor tweeted Monday.

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PC World Latest News
Jul 15, 2019

Roku Streaming Stick and Stick review: A new remote makes a big difference
Roku's Sticks get even better with TV controls, voice commands, and 4K HDR video at the high end.

PC World Latest News
Jul 15, 2019

Best media streaming devices
Roku Streaming Stick vs. Amazon Fire Stick vs. Chromecast vs. Apple TV, and more. Which streaming device is best for cord cutters? Our buying guide will help you pick the right accessories for your TV.

PC World Latest News
Jul 15, 2019

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K review: This is the media streamer to beat
Amazon's new Fire TV Stick sheds past mistakes and streams 4K HDR video at an unbeatable price.

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Jul 15, 2019

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 Plus might make the Galaxy Note 10 and Google Pixel 4 even faster
If there's one constant in the world of Android phones, it's that the top phones all use Qualcomm's best Snapdragon processor. This year, that's the Snapdragon 855, a powerful system-on-chip that we've already seen in the Galaxy S10, One Plus 7 Pro, LG G8 ThinQ, and a few others.

Naturally, we assumed that the premium handsets coming in the second half of the year, namely the Galaxy Note 10 and Pixel 4, would use the same processor. But that might not be the case. Qualcomm has announced a mid-year refresh to the Snapdragon 855 that it's calling the 855 Plus. Because, you know, everything that's better has a plus in its name these days.

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Jul 15, 2019

Warning: Watch out for Prime Day graphics card 'deals' that aren't worth your money
Be wary if you're browsing Amazon Prime Day or Newegg's Fantastech sale with an eye toward upgrading your gaming PC. Many of the "sales" we're seeing on graphics cards and desktops aren't really deals at all, and if you're not careful, you could wind up spending much more money than you should to get the performance you want.

That's because the new Radeon RX 5700 series and GeForce RTX Super graphics cards released last week drastically realigned the value proposition for all high-end graphics cards. You can get a lot more for your money with high-end GPUs than you could a scant few days ago. The $400 GeForce RTX 2060 Super delivers performance on par with the original $500 RTX 2070, while the $500 RTX 2070 Super is almost as fast as the original $700 RTX 2080. The Radeon GPUs, meanwhile, outpunch Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2060 duo at the same price point.

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Jul 15, 2019

Best external drives for backup, storage, and portability
During Amazon's Prime Day sale you can find savings on a number of external drives. We've compiled picks of the most attractive deals.

Anyone who uses a PC should have an external drive. It's not only a useful means of data backup and storage, it also allows you to transport files from your desktop or laptop to another device.

Xbox One X users, as well, would be wise to invest in an external drive as a way of augmenting the console's measly 1TB hard drive (the external drive needs to be USB 3.0-compatible and will be formatted when you insert the drive). 

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Jul 15, 2019

Acer Aspire E15 E5-576-392H review: A bargain-priced laptop with plenty of productivity power
During Amazon's Prime Day sale even more on this already affordably priced laptop—it's now a low $280, a whopping $90 off its list price.

The Acer Aspire E15 (E5-576-392H) is a bargain laptop that delivers solid productivity performance. Given its low price, mainstream users may be willing to overlook the laptop's extra weight, so-so display and lack of keyboard backlighting. But if you have any high-demand applications (or a bit of a gaming bug), it would be better to consider one of its pricier cousins. 

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Jul 15, 2019

Intel connects 64 Loihi 'brain chips' together and hands them off to researchers
Intel said Monday that its "Pohoiki Beach" neuromorphic system, consisting of 64 of its Loihi chips connected together to simulate 8 million neurons, is being made available to the broader research community. A 100 million-neuron system, known as Pohoiki Springs, is on track to debut later this year, as originally planned. 

In 2017, Intel began defining Loihi, the first of its neuromorphic "brain chips" that simulate how the human brain works, in terms of the synapses that connected them. Now, the company has returned to just talking about simulated neurons.

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Jul 15, 2019

Best gaming keyboards: Our picks for the top budget, mid-tier, and RGB boards
Note: During Amazon's Prime Day sale you can find deals on many of the top mechanical gaming keyboards, including the Corsair K95 RGB—our pick for best ultra premium keyboard—which is now $110, a $90 savings off the list price.

Choosing a gaming keyboard is a matter of personal taste. To that point, there are a plethora of options, with a dizzying mix of features. One person could be into Cherry Browns and white backlighting. Another might favor Razer Greens and a rippling RGB glow. Gigantic wrist pads, compact shapes, numeric keypads, macro keys, volume controls.... You get the picture

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Jul 15, 2019

Google Keep Notes: 10 tips and tricks to become a master
Google Keep Notes might be the most underrated of Google's services. It's more than just a place to jot down your thoughts—it's also the missing link to bring Docs, Calendar, Photos, and the rest of Google's services together. Here are 10 tips and tricks to unlock the full potential of Google Keep Notes:

Take a voice memo While most people use Google Keep Notes to type quick notes to themselves, you can actually get your thoughts down even quicker by using your voice. In the bottom menu on the main screen, you can tap the microphone icon to speak your note to Google Keep. It'll both record and transcribe everything you say, so even if Google's dictation engine misses a word, you'll still have a record of it.

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PC World Latest News
Jul 15, 2019

Roborock S6 review: This premium robot vac/mop combo features Increased suction, carpet recognition, and more
It also improves the navigation and mopping function of its predecessor.

PC World Latest News
Jul 15, 2019

Acer Swift 7 (July 2019) review: The ultimate thin-and-light laptop's flaw is still performance
Acer's Swift 7 (July 2019) 14-inch laptop still represents the pinnacle of the thin-and-light PC movement. Amazingly, this breathtakingly slim notebook PC is significantly lighter than its predecessor, while solving many of the usability issues which detracted from Acer's previous Swift 7.

That laptop was frankly unpleasant to work on, with an average keyboard, a touchpad without click capabilities, and an absence of Thunderbolt ports—though the latter is admittedly still more of a spec we expect rather than one many peripherals take advantage of. Our updated Swift 7 (July 2019) review reflects how Acer solved those problems, though others remain: a poor webcam, mediocre performance, and a somewhat worrying amount of heat. That won't altogether dull the sheer gasp of amazement that occurs when you first lift this sliver of a laptop out of its box.

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Jul 15, 2019

Amazon Prime Day 2019: The best tech, electronics, PC, and mobile deals
For Amazon Prime Day 2019, the number of deals have increased dramatically. Amazon's competition has grown, too—but still, this annual summer sale has a long way to go before it rivals Black Friday.

Still, during our hours of poring over deals, we found respectable deals in multiple categories—you'll find everything from chargers to TVs on the cheap. Tech enthusiasts can find a few diamonds in the rough, too. Overall, it'll pay off to check out both Amazon and rivals like Dell, Walmart, and Newegg, especially if you're shopping for a laptop.

Deals will roll out continually over the course of Prime Day (between July 15 12 a.m. PT and July 16 11:59 p.m. PT), so be sure to check this page regularly for updates. We'll update this article as new deals and new pricing information become available.

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Jul 14, 2019

Microsoft is shutting down its online versions of Hearts, Spades, Checkers and more
Chances are that you're either obsessed with Microsoft's Internet versions of Hearts, Backgammon, Checkers and more—or completely oblivious that such games exist. Unfortunately for the fans, Microsoft's online card games are going away entirely.

In a Community post, Microsoft has announced that its versions of Internet Backgammon, Checkers, Spades, Hearts, Reversi and MSN Go are indeed going away—if you're still running Windows XP, they'll vanish at the end of July. Support for the games on Windows 7 will end on January 22, 2020, the same day that support for Windows 7 officially ends.

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Jul 14, 2019

Best Amazon Kindle and Fire tablet deals for Prime Day 2019
Amazon Prime Day isn't just a day—it's essentially a 60-hour event that starts right now with deals on Amazon's own devices, including Fire tablets and Kindle e-readers. Bottom line: If you've been considering one of these devices, now is the time to buy, as we're seeing discounts of up to 50 percent. (You'll need to be an Amazon Prime member to score these deals, and if you aren't already, you can sign up here.)

Of all the deals listed below, we're partial to the all-new Kindle, which is the best budget Amazon e-reader you can buy, and now $10 less than its all-time low price. Compared to the previous model, it upgrades from E Ink Pearl to E Ink Carta for sharper text. It also adds a capacitive touchscreen to minimize errant swipes. 

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Jul 13, 2019

Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers review: Lighting the way for other MMORPGs
"Shadowbringers" is such a goth name, to the point that I wouldn't be surprised if you entered Final Fantasy XIV's latest expansion expecting to see, oh, broody anime antiheroes running a delivery service for vampires. But it's so much more than that.

It's a tale that reminds us that the world's beauty depends on a balance of light and dark rather than a surfeit of one or the other, and that starry nights boast as much majesty as sunny afternoons. It's an oddly timely tale that riffs off contemporary concerns about ignorant politics in the context of a sickened world, and its cutscenes command more interest than many series on television. It's not only the best Final Fantasy XIV expansion so far (at least in terms of its launch state), but its story hits with such a force that there's no longer any question that Square Enix's MMORPG warrants inclusion in discussions of the best Final Fantasy games of all time.

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Jul 12, 2019

This week in games: Blizzard sics DeepMind on its StarCraft II players, Cuphead heads to Netflix
Steam's Summer Sale is over, which means summer is well and truly underway. I hope you're all having a good July, the only month of the year where games sort-of stop releasing for a bit. I know I am.

There's still plenty of news though—teases for Control and other August releases, plus Blizzard sics the AlphaStar AI on its StarCraft II players, The Bard's Tale IV gets a director's cut, Cuphead is getting a Netflix cartoon, Amazon announces a Lord of the Rings MMO, and Ion Maiden bows to Iron Maiden.

This is gaming news for July 8 to 12.

Free for the ages Steam's free games are usually free-to-try, not free-to-keep, but this week's the rare exception. With Age of Wonders: Planetfall due out on August 6, Triumph's made its previous game Age of Wonders III free to drum up excitement. You can grab it here from now through July 15.

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Jul 12, 2019

Google defends 'critical' language experts who listen to and transcribe your Assistant recordings
A report this week by VRT NWS seemingly outed Google employees for listening to users' Assistant recordings. Now Google wants you to understand that they were just doing their job.

The Belgian broadcaster got ahold of the recordings after Dutch audio data was leaked by a Google employee. VRT says they received more than a thousand Google Assistant excerpts in the file dump, and they "could clearly hear addresses and other sensitive information." The outlet then was able to match recordings to the people who made them.

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Jul 12, 2019

Google defends 'critical' Assistant language experts who listen to your recordings
A report this week by VRT NWS seemingly outed Google employees for listening to users' Assistant recordings. Now Google wants you to understand that they were just doing their job.

The Belgian broadcaster got ahold of the recordings after Dutch audio data was leaked by a Google employee. VRT says they received more than a thousand Google Assistant excerpts in the file dump, and they "could clearly hear addresses and other sensitive information." The outlet then was able to match recordings to the people who made them.

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Jul 12, 2019

GOG Galaxy 2.0 hands-on: The only game launcher you need? Not yet, but maybe someday
While Valve and Epic battle over storefront supremacy, there's another battle quietly looming. As complaints mount against the proliferation of storefronts, there's a chance for someone to make the ur-storefront. I'm talking of course about the launcher that will unify all the other launchers, the one launcher to rule them all and—in the darkness of your hard drive—bind them.

And GOG's taken an early shot at it. Building off its Galaxy launcher, which was once a mere repository and auto-updater for your GOG library, it's now begun rolling out "Galaxy 2.0" to a select few, including us. I've spent the last week or so testing its capabilities to see if I'm ready to condense my launcher loadout.

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Jul 12, 2019

Graphics card massacre: 6 GPUs you absolutely should not buy right now
What a week it's been for gaming nerds. Over the past seven days, AMD kicked off its next GPU generation with the $350 Radeon RX 5700 and $400 Radeon RX 5700 XT, while Nvidia countered its rival by launching a barrage of souped-up GeForce RTX "Super" graphics cards. The $400 GeForce RTX 2060 Super and $500 GeForce RTX 2070 launched on July 9, with a faster GeForce RTX 2080 Super scheduled to land on July 23.

The RTX Super cards effectively shift performance down a pricing tier. The GeForce RTX 2060 Super performs on a par with the original $500 RTX 2070, and the new RTX 2070 Super is almost as powerful as the original $800 RTX 2080. AMD's Radeon duo, meanwhile, outpunches their direct GeForce competition in raw frame rates despite Nvidia's attempted Super spoiler.

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Jul 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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Jul 12, 2019

Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild: A behind-the-scenes look at the advanced audio technology in a unique live show
An in-depth look at one of the first THX-certified concert venues that enables Aerosmith to deliver live, immersive rock-and-roll performances.

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Jul 12, 2019

Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild: A behind-the-scenes look at the advanced audio technology in a very unique live show
An in-depth look at one of the first THX-certified concert venues that enables Aerosmith to deliver live, immersive rock-and-roll performances.

PC World Latest News
Jul 11, 2019

Best PDF editors: Reviewed and rated
Though it's nearly 25 years old, the PDF may be more useful than ever in our increasingly multi-device, cross-platform world. Much of the time you can get by with a free PDF reader to review and comment on these files. But inevitably, particularly in a business setting, you'll need to edit a PDF file and that usually requires upgrading to a premium PDF editor.

Best PDF editors 2019 Adobe Acrobat Pro DC: Best overall [adobe.com] Nitro Pro 12: Runner up [gonitro.com] PDF Architect 6 Professional: Best budget option [pdfforge.org] Historically, Adobe Acrobat has been the best option, but it has also been the most expensive, often putting it out of reach of individuals and small businesses. That has given rise to a wealth of alternatives with varying features and costs. We looked at several top PDF editors to see what they offer and how they stack up against each other. See below for why we choose our top picks, and scroll to the bottom to see all of our PDF reviews.

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Jul 11, 2019

The PC market grows unexpectedly, thanks to tariff fears and the Windows 7 transition
The PC market benefited from a higher number of Intel processors and the Windows 7 transition to record a higher-than-anticipated 4.7 percent year-over-year growth, IDC said late Thursday. President Trump even contributed.

Overall, 64.858 million PCs were sold worldwide, IDC said, a 4.7 percent increase. A year ago, HP topped the list of worldwide vendors. For the second quarter, however, a whopping 18.2-percent increase in year-over-year sales propelled China's Lenovo to the top of the list.

In part, that may be because tariff fears prompted PC vendors to stuff the channel, IDC said, selling laptops out of China before possible tariffs raised their prices. Otherwise, the two factors that contributed most were Intel's ability to ship microprocessors once again without supply constraints, as well as the looming end of support for Microsoft's Windows 7 in January 2020. That, IDC said, is spurring corporations to invest in new PC hardware. 

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Jul 11, 2019

Microsoft brings new ways to pester your coworkers to Microsoft Teams
Microsoft claims that its Teams collaboration tool now has 13 million active daily users. But a few new features may not exactly be welcomed by those who use it.

Employers will probably love the fact that a new Time Clock feature will allow employees to clock in and out, including for breaks. Employees may not appreciate the fact that those notifications can be geofenced, meaning that if you're not quite back in your office when you say you are, your employer will know.

Microsoft Announcements are now part of Microsoft Teams.

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Jul 11, 2019

The best graphics cards for PC gaming
"What graphics card within my budget gives me the best bang for my buck?"

That simple question cuts to the core of what people hunting for a new graphics card look for: the most oomph they can afford. Sure, the technological leaps behind each new GPU can be interesting on their own, but most everyone just wants to crank up the detail settings on Battlefield and get right to playing.

Gaming GPU cheat sheet Our quick-hit recommendations:

Best budget GPU: Radeon RX 570 [amazon.com] Best 1080p GPU: GeForce GTX 1660 [amazon.com] Best 1440p GPU: Radeon RX 5700 [amazon.com] Best 4K/60Hz GPU: GeForce RTX 2070 Super [GeForce.com] or Radeon RX 5700 XT [amazon.com] Best 4K/144Hz GPU: GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition

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Jul 11, 2019

Valve intriguing 'Steam Labs' experiments help you find new games to play in a sea of releases
Steam is enormous, and growing more so by the day. And that presents a problem: How the hell do you find anything that isn't already on your radar? It's less a needle in a haystack, more a needle in a hayfield—and that's after Valve tried to solve the problem once already, with 2014's Discovery Update.

Five years later, it's time to try again. This time, Valve's approach is a bit more advanced—and a bit more scattershot. Under the umbrella of Steam Labs, Valve's rolling out three new experiments that should hopefully streamline the discovery process and help you find the odd diamond among Steam's 30,000 game library.

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Jul 11, 2019

Valve's intriguing 'Steam Labs' experiments help you find new games to play in a sea of releases
Steam is enormous, and growing more so by the day. And that presents a problem: How the hell do you find anything that isn't already on your radar? It's less a needle in a haystack, more a needle in a hayfield—and that's after Valve tried to solve the problem once already, with 2014's Discovery Update.

Five years later, it's time to try again. This time, Valve's approach is a bit more advanced—and a bit more scattershot. Under the umbrella of Steam Labs, Valve's rolling out three new experiments that should hopefully streamline the discovery process and help you find the odd diamond among Steam's 30,000 game library.

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Jul 11, 2019

Apple temporarily disables Walkie Talkie on Apple Watch over eavesdropping concerns
Apple has temporarily disabled the Walkie Talkie app on the Apple Watch because a security flaw can let outsiders listen to your iPhone without consent.

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Jul 11, 2019

How to shop Lightning Deals during Amazon Prime Day
Amazon's summer sales extravaganza, Prime Day, is a full 48 hours this year. From 12:00am PT Monday, July 15 until 11:59pm PT on Tuesday, July 16, the deals will flow on the popular shopping site. One of the best ways to find good prices during the sales fest will be Amazon's Lightning Deals.

Lightning Deals feature limited stock available at a low price for a limited time, with a purchase limit of one per customer per item. They generally offer some of the best sale prices on Amazon, which makes the demand for them that much higher.

Lightning Deals expire in two ways: The deal ends either when the time limit runs out, or when customers claim all available stock. Because these bargains often sell out fast, you'll want to have a plan to take advantage of the best items.

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Jul 11, 2019

Windows 10 Insider Build 18936 lets you skip the password on your PC
Hate passwords? So, apparently, does Microsoft. And in the most recent Windows 10 Insider build, you can do without them.

Windows 10 Insider Build 18936, part of the 20H1 branch inside the Fast Ring, adds three new key features: the ability to remove passwords from your PC, the addition of new events from the calendar flyout, and broader support for the Your Phone app within the Microsoft Surface lineup. Remember, this is the so-called "feature release" of Windows 10, due to roll out in about April 2020.

Microsoft isn't revoking passwords entirely. Presumably you'll still have to enter a password under certain conditions, such as managing your account online. On your PC, though, it's a different story.

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Jul 11, 2019

PDFelement Pro 7 review: A full-featured Acrobat Alternative
Wondershare's PDFelement 6 Pro has been one of our favorite PDF editors, combining essential business features with a simple but sophisticated interface. Version 7 isn't a major overhaul, thankfully, introducing only a few UI tweaks for even better usability while keeping the features that made its predecessor so great.


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Jul 11, 2019

Sling TV would be great if it wasn't so chintzy
Here's what Sling needs to be the best streaming service for cord-cutters.

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Jul 11, 2019

Kangaroo Motion Entry Sensor review: This motion-sensing entry detector needs more tricks up its sleeves
Kangaroo's new sensor is an enticing entry-level choice given its no-tools, no-hub setupd and $30 price tag. But sensors on their own can't provide a complete picture of what's happening in your home.

PC World Latest News
Jul 10, 2019

How to add music to your Google Slides presentation
Music is a great way to liven up your Google Sheets presentations and keep your audience engaged. Unlike Microsoft PowerPoint, however, Google Sheets doesn't include support for audio files. But with the following workarounds, you can add a soundtrack to any slide. (Updated July 10, 2019, with a new workaround via YouTube.)

Add a link to an online music file The easiest way to add music to your Google Slides presentation is to link to a track from an online music service like Spotify, Soundcloud, or Grooveshark.

1. Open a Google Slides presentation in your web browser and go the slide to which you want to add music.

2. Select Insert Text box from the menu, or click the text box button in the toolbar. Click anywhere on the slide to automatically create a text box.

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Jul 10, 2019

As Microsoft kills off Remix3D, it's time to save another important Paint 3D feature: Magic Select
Microsoft said Tuesday that it has scheduled Paint 3D's Remix 3D archive for termination—and if you don't know what that is, then you probably were one of the many who ignored both apps. Now is a good time to highlight Magic Select, another feature of Paint 3D, which could have a great future in other Windows utilities.

Twitter users WalkingCat and developer Rudy Huyn unearthed what appears to be plans to shut down the Remix 3D database of user-created 3D art by January 2020. Microsoft has since confirmed it within the Paint 3D app. (If you haven't heard of Remix 3D, don't worry—that's apparently why it's being discontinued.)

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Jul 10, 2019

Take that Intel 10th-gen 'Comet Lake' CPU leak with a massive grain of salt
We don't usually like to report on rumors here at PCWorld because, well, they're usually (but not always) full of crap. But you'll want to take the latest "leak" of Intel's 10th-gen Comet Lake Core processors with an even bigger helping of salt than usual. These slides just scream fake.

The Comet Lake slide first came to our attention from Computerbase, which duly remarked that some things seem off. Still, we've since seen it repeated several other times around the web and on other PC sites without skepticism. (No, we won't name names.) Make no mistake: The advances these slides promise would be amazing if they wind up true. Ten-core processors! Hyper-threading for everyone! Prices that compete with AMD's outstanding new Ryzen 3000 processors! Everything's coming up Milhouse!

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Jul 10, 2019

Zoom patches Mac app to remove local server, allow uninstalls following backlash
Zoom has patched its Mac app after a researcher discovered a vulnerability that could allow a website to access your Mac's camera.

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Jul 10, 2019

Mobvoi has launched the TicWatch Pro 4G at a discount because 4G doesn't work yet
There might not be much to get excited about when it comes to Wear OS watches these days, but that's not stopping Mobvoi. After tackling the mid-range market with the TicWatch E2 and S2 earlier this year, it now has its eyes on the upper tier of Android-based wearables as well with its newest watch.

As its name suggests, the TicWatch Pro 4G/LTE is essentially last year's TicWatch Pro with cellular capabilities. It comes in a single black color and brings a 1.4-inch 400 x 400 AMOLED display, GPS, NFC, a heart-rate sensor, and IP68 water resistance. It also means you're getting the previous generation Wear 2100 processor, a big case, and the same 415mAh battery. However, Mobvoi says the new model is 11 grams lighter than the non-4G one and still features two-day battery life. You also get all of the latest Wear OS features, including Google Assistant and Tiles.

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Jul 10, 2019

The Raspberry Pi 4's new USB-C charging doesn't work with some USB-C chargers
The Raspberry Pi 4 launched in late June and as usual, it's a major upgrade over the prior model, packing more RAM, enough graphics horsepower to drive a pair of 4K displays, and USB-C charging instead of micro-USB. But there's a problem: The USB-C charging doesn't work with some USB-C chargers.

Compatibility woes are nothing new with USB-C, but in this case, the problem lies with the Pi. As first described by Tyler Ward, the Raspberry Pi 4 uses "incorrect detection circuitry on the Pi end of the USB connection." The $35 micro-PC shares a single resistor for two of the USB-C port's pins, while the official USB-C spec calls for each pin to get a resistor of its own. This non-compliant design breaks functionality with more powerful "e-marked" cables, such as the USB-C chargers that ship with Apple's MacBooks and some Windows 10 laptops.  

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Jul 10, 2019

Addlink S70 NVMe SSD: Killer performance for a song
I must admit, I wasn't expecting all that much from Addlink's S70 SSD. I'd never heard of the company before, and a 1TB NVMe SSD for the stunningly low price of $120 raises every red flag I know concerning performance.

Well, pickle me and call me ridiculous if the S70 didn't run rings around the other budget drives, and many pricier models in our testing, easily earning an Editor's Choice. The market just got very interesting.

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best SSDs. Go to that story for information on competing products and how we tested.

Specs and design There's not a whole lot to say about the design of the S70 other than it's your average M.2 NVMe SSD, which is in the standard 2280 form factor (22 mm wide, 80 mm long). It's PCIe 3.0 x4 (using four lanes), and it uses a Phison PS5012 controller and 64-layer TLC (Triple-Level Cell/3-bit) NAND. That turns out to be very good stuff.

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Jul 10, 2019

iLife Shinebot W400 review: this robot mop is a diligent scrubber
This bot brings the elbow grease many robot floor mops lack.

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Jul 10, 2019

Why your next smart bulb might have Bluetooth inside
While the Zigbee wireless standard has traditionally ruled the roost when it comes to wireless smart bulb protocols, Bluetooth appears to be gaining momentum.

PC World Latest News
Jul 10, 2019

How to back up your Google Photos library now that Google Drive auto-sync has shut down
Ever since Google Photos and its unlimited high-quality cloud storage arrived, Google has included a handy backup method with your Google Drive. As long as you had the Google Drive toggle flipped in the Google Photos settings (and enough space in your Drive), everything added to Google Photos synced back to Google Drive, so you could create a personal library of photos in their original quality.

As of July 10, that's changing. Google says that Drive sync was causing confusion with users, so Photos will no longer include an option to sync with Google Drive. You'll still be able to back up your photos in original quality if you choose, but you'll no longer see new photos appear on your Drive. Similarly, anything you add to the Photos folders in Google Drive will no longer automatically appear in Google Photos.

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Jul 09, 2019

The best laptops: Premium laptops, cheap laptops, 2-in-1s, and more
The laptop world is a-changing. New CPUs and GPUs—yes, mobile discrete GPUs—are bringing forth laptops that are thinner, lighter, and faster than ever, even gaming laptops. And the advances keep coming: After a busy round of CES announcements in January, Intel and Nvidia have welcomed spring with yet another round of products: the 9th generation of Core mobile processors, and mobile GeForce GTX 1650 and 1660 Ti graphics. Acer, Asus, Dell, Razer, and more companies are jumping on this bandwagon, so stay tuned for new models we bring in for review. 

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Jul 09, 2019

Intel takes the chiplet concept to the next level with co-EMIB, ODI connections
Intel's EMIB was the foundation of the Kaby Lake-G partnership with AMD. Intel's Foveros stacked-die technology produced the upcoming Lakefield chip. Now Intel is combining EMIB and Foveros into what it's calling "co-EMIB," alongside a more advanced ODI interface. 

Both technologies will "improve product-level performance, power and area while enabling a complete rethinking of system architecture," Intel said in a blog post. Both represent advances in how the chips are packaged and connected, rather than changes in the underlying silicon or the overall microarchitecture.

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Jul 09, 2019

Custom Radeon RX 5700 series graphics cards will arrive next month
AMD's highly anticipated Radeon RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT graphics cards launched on Sunday. Built using an industry-leading 7nm manufacturing process and AMD's all-new RDNA graphics architecture, the reference versions of these GPUs surpass Nvidia's identically priced GeForce RTX 2060 and RTX 2060 Super in raw performance, and their energy efficiency hint at even greater things to come when add-in board partners like Sapphire, XFX, and Asus put their own overclocked, custom-cooled spin on things. But you'll need to put up with AMD's blower-style cooler if you want to get your hands on the Radeon RX 5700 sooner than later, as customized designs won't roll out for at least a month.

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Jul 09, 2019

The Full Nerd ep. 99: Ryzen 3000, Radeon RX 5700, and GeForce RTX Super reviewed
We're only one show away from our milestone 100th episode, but this one might be even more exciting. In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, and Adam Patrick Murray dig into the earth-shattering hardware releases that rocked the PC this week.

Over the past seven days, we've seen the hotly anticipated release of AMD's Ryzen 3000 CPUs and Radeon RX 5700 series graphics cards, both built using the industry-leading 7nm manufacturing process. These parts kick ass, and for the first time in a long time, AMD has seized the CPU crown from Intel (though Intel still holds an edge in some scenarios). Even Intel's Core i9 chips have very little room left to maneuver in the shadow of the monstrous 12-core, 24-thread Ryzen 9 3900X.

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Jul 09, 2019

Amazon and Google declare truce, allow YouTube and Prime video streaming on each other's devices
The Amazon Prime Day celebration isn't just about low prices—starting today, YouTube will finally be available to watch on Amazon Fire TV devices, marking a serious thaw in the cold war between Google and Amazon over competing devices and streaming services.

Prime Video will also be available for streaming to Google Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra dongles and Android TV sets and boxes, and YouTube Kids and YouTube TV will make their way to Amazon devices later this year. Google pulled the YouTube app in December 2017 after Amazon refused to sell Google and Nest products on its site. Amazon has since begun selling Nest products but has yet to add Google Home speakers.

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Jul 09, 2019

Nvidia's leveled-up GeForce RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2070 Super hit the streets today
Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2060 Super and GeForce RTX 2070 Super hit the streets today, capping off a monumental week for graphics card releases.

Reviews of the new RTX Super duo actually went live a week ago as Nvidia angled to kneecap the hotly anticipated launch of AMD's 7nm "Navi" GPUs on July 7. Nvidia wasn't screwing around either; the RTX Super cards effectively shifted performance down a pricing tier, with the $399 RTX 2060 Super delivering frame rates on par with the original $500 RTX 2070, and the $500 RTX 2070 Super nearly matching the powerful $700 RTX 2080.

Both RTX Super cards earned glowing reviews and our Editors' Choice award for moving the price-to-performance bar so much. They're great.

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Jul 09, 2019

Zoom Mac app flaw sparks serious security concerns—and it's up to you to fix it
Researcher discovers vulnerability in Zoom app that could allow a website to access your Mac's camera.

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Jul 09, 2019

People actually lined up to buy AMD's new Ryzen 3000 desktop CPUs
That long line you see in the photo above isn't for the latest Avengers movie or a new pair of Jordan sneakers going on sale. Instead, the lines outside your local computer store this Sunday were PC enthusiasts waiting to buy AMD's hotly anticipated Ryzen 3000 CPUs. Yes—a desktop CPU.

Micro Center officials confirmed to PCWorld on Monday that several of its stores had PC DIYers lined up to buy AMD's much-hyped CPU when they went on sale early in the morning. AMD, for its part, has described the launch of the new Ryzen 3000 series as "historic" and described demand as "significant."

For Joe and Jane DIY, the excitement meant queuing up for AMD's 6 a.m. Eastern launch. Fortunately, as our Ryzen 9 3900X review demonstrates, the wait was worth it. AMD's Ryzen 3000 series is the first consumer x86 CPUs built on a 7nm process. To celebrate the company soundly beating Intel to a smaller process node, AMD released the 7nm Ryzen chips on the 7th day of the 7th month. 

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Jul 09, 2019

Cooler Master's pint-sized MasterCase H100 tears down quick and easy
At Computex 2019, several mini-ITX computer cases on the trade show's floor caught our eye. Among them was Cooler Master's MasterCase H100, a pint-sized addition to the company's H-series. The compact tower's 200mm RGB front fan—the signature feature of the H-series line—makes it unique among its competition.

So when a sample of the MasterCase H100 arrived just ahead of its July 9th launch, we were eager to build in it. Other projects (like the Ryzen 3000 and Radeon RX 5700 and 5700 XT launches) kept us from plunging in right away, however. Instead, we settled for hauling it out of the box for a once-over, then grabbing a screwdriver and opening it up.

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Jul 09, 2019

Apple kills the MacBook and non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro as part of a major laptop shakeup
Apple has killed the MacBook and the non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro, and discounted the MacBook Air as part of a new notebook lineup for the back-to-school shopping season.

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Jul 09, 2019

Nokia's new Beacon 1 mesh Wi-Fi router learns which wireless channels are the least congested
Nokia is doubling down on home networking. Just last year, the former smartphone titan acquired mesh networking startup Unium and bowed its first wireless router, the Beacon 3. Now the company is back with a sleeker, cheaper mesh router that can work in tandem with its pricier sibling.

On sale starting today, the $129 Beacon 1 (or $299 for a bundle of three) uses the same mesh-networking technology that powers the $199 Beacon 3, along with a new intelligent channel-hopping feature and a bridge mode that's compatible with an existing router.

Dubbed "Intelligent Channel Selection" by Nokia, the Beacon 1's smart channel-switching feature lets the router pick the best channels for the 2.4- and 5GHz frequency bands by analyzing nearby wireless usage patterns over time, rather than simply picking the clearest channels at the moment the unit is first configured.

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Jul 09, 2019

How to automatically delete the web activity and location history data in your Google account
Google is finally taking your privacy seriously. Earlier this year, it rolled out a simpler and more transparent way to access your Location History and Web & App Activity, and delete part or all of it, but it's effective only if you remember to do it. Now Google is making it easier to do that, too.

Google is rolling out a new account feature that lets you set an expiration date for your data. The options aren't as granular as we'd like, but you can set a kill date of three or 18 months, so even if you forget to clear it out, a record of the places you visit online and in real life won't stay around forever. It's still rolling out to devices, so if you don't see it on your phone, you can find it on the web. Here's how to set it up:

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Jul 09, 2019

Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 review: A nearly perfect combination of power and battery life
If you've been wondering about whether a long-life Qualcomm Snapdragon PC is for you, Dell would like a word. Dell's new 14-inch Latitude 7400 2-in-1 achieves a simply incredible 18 hours of battery life using a powerful Intel 8th-gen Whiskey Lake processor. It also offers a full complement of ports and a slightly gimmicky feature called ExpressSign-in (yes, it's really spelled that way).

As our review shows, Dell has designed a stylish business notebook optimized for life on the road. It's also optimized for IT rather than personal budgets, as our review unit clocked in at a whopping $2,800. But if you want a business laptop with all-day battery life and performance, the Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 delivers.

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Jul 09, 2019

Ember Ceramic Mug and Ember Travel Mug reviews: Smart at home, less so on the road
The Ember Ceramic Mug and Travel Mug are expensive, but they just might be worth the investment.

PC World Latest News
Jul 08, 2019

iOS 13 and iPadOS 13: Apple releases public beta 2 and revised developer beta 3
With over a billion users, iOS is one of the biggest consumer operating systems in the world. Here's how it's going to change your iPhone and iPad this fall.

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Jul 08, 2019

Watch The Full Nerd talk about Ryzen, Radeon, and RTX Super reviews live!
Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. Today's show covers all the major reviews including AMD Ryzen 9 3900X, Radeon RX 5700/5700XT, and Nvidia Geforce RTX 2060 Super and 2070 Super. As always we will be answering your live questions so speak up in the chat.

If YouTube is not your thing you can also watch us on Twitch, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Jul 08, 2019

Microsoft's retro Windows teasers emerge as a Stranger Things promo: the Windows 1.11 app
Finally, we know what Microsoft's teasing Twitter posts have all been about: the release of Windows 1.11, an app that mimics the look and feel of an early version of Windows in conjunction with the Netflix show, Stranger Things. 

Microsoft's Windows 1.11 app opens a Windows 1.0-like shell where users can dig through file trees and open up clips and teaser stills from the show. The app warns of "glitches" that you'll experience, which manifest almost immediately; clicking on a file opens a cascade of images that indicates something is very wrong. 

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Jul 08, 2019

Graphics cards ranked, from fastest to slowest
When it comes to gaming PCs, nothing matters more than your graphics card. To push as many pixels as possible you're going to want the fastest graphics card you can afford—but ever-shifting prices and product lineups make it difficult to keep track of what's available.

In honor of keeping frame rates high, we decided to rank all the major available discrete GPUs from Nvidia GeForce and AMD Radeon, starting with the fastest graphics card available and working on down. This list focuses on each company's most current GPU lineup, and doesn't include older graphics cards.

We've verified this information through hours of blood, sweat, and benchmarking. Feel free to hit up the individual reviews to see our work in greater detail. Or, if you want more concrete buying advice for your specific budget or display resolution, be sure to read our guide to the best graphics cards for gaming. It provides much more information than this simple list, complete with discussion about considerations like form factors and what to look for in a customized model. (Concrete example: The Radeon VII is technically more powerful than the GeForce RTX 2070 Super, and hence higher on this list, but it's awfully close and the GeForce option is $200 cheaper, making it a better buy.)

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Jul 08, 2019

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Watch us unbox the Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 9 3900X
They've finally arrived: The long-anticipated, much-rumored 3rd-generation Ryzen CPUs. AMD sent us the Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 9 3900X to test, and with them came some dream machine hardware: Wraith coolers. High-end motherboards from MSI and Asus ROG. RAM in gleaming metal shrouds, including a polishing cloth. 

Watch us unpack this box full of goodies, and see our review for all the details. 

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