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PC World Latest News
Jan 23, 2020

Here's what Android running on the dual-screen Surface Duo might look like
On Wednesday, Microsoft released an emulator showing how Android apps would run on the dual-screen Surface Duo Android phone. We now have a better idea of how it will all work.

Microsoft is simultaneously developing apps for the dual-screen Surface Duo Android platform, as well as the Surface Neo, a dual-screen Windows PC that will run Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10X. Microsoft will release a Windows emulator for Windows 10X on February 11, but it has allowed developers to begin testing the Android emulator as well.

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PC World Latest News
Jan 23, 2020

Garadget review: Open your garage door with open-source technology
If you have the patience for delving into user forums if you need help, Garadget is worth a look.

PC World Latest News
Jan 23, 2020

Cord-cutting and sports: 5 ways to squeeze out more savings
Cord-cutting might not save as much money for sports fans, but these tips can help.

PC World Latest News
Jan 23, 2020

HP Elite Dragonfly review: The corporate laptop that's too good for your boss
The HP Elite Dragonfly is a corporate laptop made to please your manager—and isn't that the best way to get ahead in the working world? With a fingerprint-resistant finish, a beautiful cerulean magnesium body, and shoulder-friendly weight, the Elite Dragonfly is sure to earn you permission to leave 15 minutes early on Friday (thanks, boss!).

Just remember, the Elite Dragonfly is designed for the boardroom, not the racetrack, so don't expect blazing speed. What you will get is a solid configuration with some premium options; good performance, amazing battery life; and let's not forget the truly classy design. Hmmm, maybe this is laptop is too good for your boss? 

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PC World Latest News
Jan 22, 2020

Microsoft begins bringing in developers to build its dual-screen future, including Windows 10X
Over the next few weeks, Microsoft will begin asking developers to start building apps for the dual-screen future, including the Surface Duo Android phone and the Surface Neo PC that will run Windows 10X, the company's next-generation operating system.

Microsoft said Wednesday that it will begin providing access to a pre-release version of the Windows SDK through its normal Windows Insider builds. Specifically, on February 11, Microsoft will drop the Microsoft Emulator, a HyperV development platform that will allow app developers to begin porting their UWP and Win32 apps to Windows 10X.

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PC World Latest News
Jan 22, 2020

Microsoft's Office 365 for enterprises will switch Chrome search to Bing, unless you do this
In what seems like a broad case of overreaching, an upcoming version of Microsoft's Office 365 for enterprises will automatically switch Google Chrome's search engine to Bing. And Firefox is next on the list.

Yes, Google Chrome. Yes, Bing. Microsoft says it's doing so to enable Microsoft Search, which essentially evolves the Bing search engine into a way to delve through your corporate files and other information. But still, altering another company's search engine to do so? (We've reached out to Google for comment, but the company hadn't responded by press time. )

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PC World Latest News
Jan 22, 2020

Shop carefully: Some Radeon RX 5600 XT graphics cards are much faster than others
AMD's $279 Radeon RX 5600 XT launched this week, and it goes toe-to-toe with Nvidia's powerful $350 GeForce RTX 2060, nearly matching even AMD's own $350 Radeon RX 5700 in several games. Sometimes. Other times, it's merely an okay alternative to the $279 GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, which itself was effectively rendered obsolete by the launch of the $230 GeForce GTX 1660 Super last fall. Talk about Jekyll and Hyde. It all depends on which custom model you buy, and whether that card has the correct software preinstalled.

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PC World Latest News
Jan 22, 2020

How to use, modify, and create templates in Word
In Microsoft Word, templates are pre-designed documents that you or someone else (such as Microsoft) creates to use as a pattern for a project. The template could be for a business card, brochure, resume, presentation...the list goes on. Regardless of the purpose, templates provide the design consistency that any organization (or individual) needs to look professional. (You can also find templates for Excel, PowerPoint, and other applications, but in this article we're focusing on Microsoft Word.) 

The template contains a specific layout, style, design and, sometimes, fields and text that are common to every use of that template. Some templates are so complete (such as business cards), you only have to change the individual's name, phone number, and email address. Others, such as business reports or brochures, could require that everything is changed except the layout and design. 

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PC World Latest News
Jan 22, 2020

RCA Ultra-Thin Multi-Directional Amplified Indoor Antenna review: Good performance for the price
This inexpensive TV antenna does a good job pulling in strong signals, but you might be happier paying a little more for higher performance.

PC World Latest News
Jan 22, 2020

Samsung Galaxy S20 preview: This one goes past 11 with more screen, more cameras, more everything
In just about a month, Samsung will take the wraps off the new Galaxy S phone, the first premium Android phone of 2020. It's shaping up to be a great one. Not only will it bring the latest processor, oodles of RAM, and tons of storage, but it's also expected to make a major leap where it counts: the camera and display.

It's so big, in fact, it'll likely get a new name. A whole bunch of recent rumors and leaks (including the image at the top of this article) are claiming that Samsung is going to switch to whole numbers for the next Galaxy S phone and jump all the way to the Galaxy S20 (so for the sake of simplicity, that's what we'll call it here). This is all likely more marketing than magnitude, but Samsung's new phone may still be worthy of a ten-fold jump in numbering. Here's everything we know so far:

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PC World Latest News
Jan 22, 2020

Best TV antennas for cord cutters 2020: Tested for real-world signal strength
Ready to cut the cord? You'll need a quality antenna to pick up digital broadcasts. Here are our recommendations for best indoor and outdoor TV antennas.

PC World Latest News
Jan 22, 2020

The best indoor air-quality monitors: Identify the pollutants that can compromise your health and comfort
Whether you suffer from allergies or asthma or just want to optimize your indoor environment, these devices will give you insight into the air you're breathing.

PC World Latest News
Jan 21, 2020

Watch The Full Nerd talk about the RX 5600 XT review live!
Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. In today's show we go over the recent price drops of Nvidia RTX 2060 GPUs and Brad's review of AMD's Radeon RTX 5600 XT. 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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PC World Latest News
Jan 21, 2020

PC sales expected to fall after Windows 10 sales bump ends
Although analyst firms recently predicted that PC sales for 2019 would show the first signs of growth in nearly a decade, Gartner threw cold water on those findings on Tuesday: After the Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration ends, PC sales will decline once again.

On the other hand, global device sales—PCs, tablets, and smartphones—should continue to grow slightly by 0.9 percent in 2020, the firm said. Of note, too, is what Gartner predicts about 5G smartphone penetration: an estimated 12 percent of smartphone shipments in 2020, growing to 43 percent in 2022.

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PC World Latest News
Jan 21, 2020

Noon Lighting System review: It's the very best smart switch for your home, and it's priced accordingly
The ability to create scenes using your room's lighting is positively magical.

PC World Latest News
Jan 21, 2020

Sonos will stop issuing software updates for 'legacy' speakers and devices in May
You'll still be able to keep using older Sonos devices, but they'll gradually lose functionality once the software updates stop.

PC World Latest News
Jan 21, 2020

Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5600 XT review: Punching above its class
With the launch of the $279 Radeon RX 5600 XT, AMD's finishing off the mainstream push for its cutting-edge "Navi" architecture by aiming for PC gaming's sweet spot, the no-compromises 1080p arena currently dominated by Nvidia's trio of GeForce GTX 1660 graphics cards. It more than gets the job done—especially if you get the right overclocked model, equipped with a supercharged BIOS.

Yes, the Radeon RX 5600 XT can be much faster than AMD originally claimed, but you need to jump through some hoops to achieve those speeds if you're an early buyer, adding a regrettable layer of confusion.

In the default configuration announced at CES 2020, the card does a solid job of matching up with Nvidia's identically priced $279 GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. It's good! But mere days before the card's launch, AMD sent us a new BIOS for the custom $289 Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5600 XT on our test bench. This BIOS pushed the power limits to new levels, which allowed Sapphire to crank up the overclock on the GPU and the already blazing-fast GDDR6 memory. 

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PC World Latest News
Jan 21, 2020

Puma Smartwatch review: A smartwatch that's best when the smart stuff is turned off
As soon as I took the Puma Smartwatch out of the box, I wanted to like it. Unlike the sea of bulky, all-black Wear OS entries of late, the Puma Smartwatch is lightweight and sporty, with a slimming aesthetic and minimal single-button design. Add to that Puma's fitness pedigree, Qualcomm's newest Wear 3100 processor, and built-in GPS, and I had high hopes that I was strapping a rare Wear OS winner to my wrist.

Michael Simon/IDG The single-button design eliminates some of the confusion from the Fossil Sport's trio of buttons.

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PC World Latest News
Jan 21, 2020

Kwikset Halo smart deadbolt review: Wi-Fi in, attractive design out
Kwikset's smart lock gains in connectivity, but loses out in the looks department.

PC World Latest News
Jan 20, 2020

Will virtual reality finally break out in 2020?
Maybe this will be the year virtual reality goes mainstream. If we say it enough times we'll be right eventually, yeah?

But it really does feel like 2020 might be the year. Four years into consumer virtual reality, I finally feel excited again. The hardware is great, and cheaper than ever before. The games are promising, albeit few. And there's a sense that maybe the "We need software to sell hardware to make developing software worthwhile" vicious cycle has finally been overcome. Maybe.

I could be wrong. I certainly hate to get excited about virtual reality's prospects in 2020, in a "Fool me twice" sort-of way. I've had my heart broken by VR before. And yet…

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PC World Latest News
Jan 20, 2020

Amarey A980 robot vacuum review: Pet hair is no match for this super sucker
This inexpensive mapping robot vacuum is a fantastic option for animal owners.

PC World Latest News
Jan 20, 2020

Best robot vacuums: We name the most effective cleaners
Vacuuming is one of the most hated household chores. Here are your best choices for outsourcing it to some automated help.

PC World Latest News
Jan 18, 2020

Microsoft didn't win the PC turf war. Sony never showed up.
This week, Kotaku reported that PlayStation 4 exclusive Horizon: Zero Dawn may come to the PC in the near future. And let me first say, it's interesting this became big news because when Quantic Dream announced that Detroit: Become Human was coming to PC last year—another Sony-published game—it didn't inspire nearly the same levels of pontificating about Sony's intentions for the PC.

Of course, people generally praised Horizon: Zero Dawn and disliked Detroit. Maybe that's the only difference, that Horizon is seen as one of Sony's "prestige" games. 

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PC World Latest News
Jan 17, 2020

Best antivirus: Keep your Windows PC safe from spyware, Trojans, malware, and more
Antivirus software is nearly as crucial as a PC's operating system. Even if you're well aware of potential threats and practice extreme caution, some threats just can't be prevented without the extra help of an AV program—or a full antivirus suite. 

You could, for example, visit a website that unintentionally displays malicious ads. Or accidentally click on a phishing email (it happens!). Or get stung by a zero-day threat, where an undisclosed bug in Windows, your browser, or an installed program gives hackers entry to your system.

We're not suggesting that PC security software is fool-proof. Antivirus software often can't do much to stop zero-day exploits, for example. But it can detect when the undisclosed vulnerability is used to install other nasty bits, like ransomware, on your machine. Anyone who actively uses email, clicks on links, and downloads programs will benefit from an antivirus suite.

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PC World Latest News
Jan 17, 2020

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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PC World Latest News
Jan 17, 2020

ZoneAlarm Extreme Security review: Good protection in need of an overhaul
The more things change, the more they stay the same, the saying goes. That couldn't be more true for our review candidate today, Check Point's ZoneAlarm Extreme Security. We reviewed this software nearly six years ago, and in that time the Windows interface has not changed.

Sure, some features have disappeared and others have taken their place, but overall it's the same program with the same dated interface. That's set to change, however. A Check Point spokesperson told us the company is planning a major interface and user experience overhaul for 2020.


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PC World Latest News
Jan 17, 2020

Google wants to bring Steam to Chromebooks
Chromebook fans have been able to get their game on ever since Google Stadia launched in November, but a new report from Android Police claims that more might be on the way. According to an interview with Kan Liu, Director of Product Management for Chrome OS, Google is working toward bringing Steam support to Chromebooks, too.

Granted, this is Google we're talking about, so it's not all that surprising that they're working on major features that may or may not get released. But taken at face value, this is a particularly interesting tidbit. It's unclear whether Google is working in direct conjunction with Valve or if Steam support would even launch as an official feature, but Liu suggested Google is definitely serious about the project.

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PC World Latest News
Jan 17, 2020

Elder Scrolls Online's Skyrim-themed ‘Greymoor' expansion is a missed opportunity
I had a feeling it wouldn't be too long before The Elder Scrolls Online played its Skyrim card, particularly since the last two expansions were set in places we never saw in the most popular mainline Elder Scrolls games. And sure enough, yesterday developer ZeniMax Online revealed a trailer and some facts about ESO's upcoming Greymoor expansion, which takes place in the upper northwest corner of the Viking-themed realm.

It looks like a fun romp, especially if you're into vampires, werewolves, and other assorted favorite Halloween costumes. It also looks and sounds a little too familiar for anyone who's played the game in the last couple of years, and that's not just because of the setting. Considering that we're rapidly approaching the 10th anniversary of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - one of the most popular RPGs of all time - I would've expected something a little more ambitious.

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PC World Latest News
Jan 17, 2020

Razer DeathAdder V2 review: We like the upgrades, but what's with the weighty name?
Razer first released its iconic DeathAdder mouse in 2006. Thirteen years later, there have been multiple revisions and even more special edition reskins. In 2020, we're arguably on...let's call it the Razer DeathAdder 7. Maybe 8? It depends on how you look at it.

And yet Razer would argue otherwise. For 2020, Razer's chosen a name for its new DeathAdder so daring, we had to sit up and take notice: the Razer DeathAdder V2. Forget the past decade, this is the first deserving successor to the original DeathAdder—or at least, that's what Razer would like us to believe.

How does it fare then? Is the DeathAdder V2 worth the name? Is it so revolutionary, it deserves this bit of pageantry? Well…

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PC World Latest News
Jan 17, 2020

Battle passes are making me play games less, not more
Once upon a time we had loot boxes and everyone hated them, myself included. Remembered mostly as a pernicious ploy to merge gambling and gaming, it's important to remember that they also worked—for a while, at least. That was why they were so frustrating. Chasing skins in Overwatch, or engrams in Destiny 2, it was junk food I (and many others) couldn't stop eating. Then loot boxes ran afoul of regulation, or even the threat of regulation, and boom: no more loot boxes.

Having tabooed one form of monetization though, developers quickly moved to another. Modeled after Fortnite—hell, borrowing the name from Fortnite in many cases—we got Battle Passes. A new strategy for a new era, Battle Passes are built for games-as-a-service. They're supposed to keep people coming back for months or even years to see what's new.

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PC World Latest News
Jan 17, 2020

Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Netflix: The big three streaming services compared
Which online entertainment service offers cord-cutters the best combination of original content, user interface, and bottom-line value?

PC World Latest News
Jan 16, 2020

Best wireless charger: Ditch the headache of cables with our top pick
As convenience goes, wireless charging can't be beat. You simply drop your phone onto the charger and walk away. Gone is the headache of managing cables that inevitably break or get lost.

Until recently, the main drawback to wireless chargers has been slow adoption and slow charging. This style of charging is still not ubiquitous, but you can now find Samsung, LG, Sony, and Moto phones that support it on the Android side, and Apple has adopted it for its iPhone lineup as well. And the technology itself is finally reaching a point where its speed is easier to live with, too.

Now that it's a good time to go out and grab a stand or pad, we've tested some of the most popular models out there for both Android and iPhone, and discovered our favorites among the bunch. Read on for our findings, and check back periodically for our latest updates.

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PC World Latest News
Jan 16, 2020

New Windows 10 Insider build 19546 adds a nifty graphing calculator
You can put away your Texas Instruments graphing calculators, kids. Microsoft's bringing that capability to the Calculator app within Windows 10, as part of a new Insider build.

Windows 10 Build 19546 includes a special Graphing Mode for Windows Calculator, as well as a new Indexer Diagnostics app for delving a bit deeper into what Windows is making searchable on your PC. Microsoft has said previously that the company is migrating the Fast Ring into a more generic bunch of future code, so it's not clear whether the new Calculator capabilities will be rolling out as part of the upcoming "20H1" release, or held over until a future release. (Edit: Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc has confirmed it will be a separate release.)

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PC World Latest News
Jan 16, 2020

CD Projekt delays Cyberpunk 2077 and suddenly the spring looks pretty quiet
Not all that long ago, the spring of 2020 seemed like a golden age of wonders. We complained there would be too many games—Watch Dogs Legion, Dying Light 2, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2, Baldur's Gate III, and the crown jewel Cyberpunk 2077.

Now uh...maybe none of them will release in the spring. Most were already delayed or simply absent, i.e. we haven't heard word of Baldur's Gate III since the Google Stadia event announcing it last June. But today CD Projekt announced Cyberpunk 2077 is delayed to September 17, where it will join Watch Dogs Legion and Bloodlines 2.

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PC World Latest News
Jan 16, 2020

How to use your iPhone as an encrypted Google security key
Google has added the ability to use your iPhone as a physical security key to authenticate your account. Here's how to set it up.

PC World Latest News
Jan 16, 2020

How to tweak your Wyze cam settings now that people detection is going away
Now that your Wyze Cam and Wyze Cam Pan are about to lose people detection, you can cut down on the number of false alarms by following these steps.

PC World Latest News
Jan 16, 2020

Windows PCs push back against Chromebooks in schools with LTE, Gemini Lake Refresh chips
Microsoft and its partners, including JP.IK and Positivo, are launching new "Always Connected PCs" for education in conjunction with T-Mobile, which will supply the laptops with 4G LTE SIM cards.

The two Always Connected PCs will be built around undisclosed Qualcomm Snapdragon chips. Many more education devices that Microsoft and its partners plan to announce at the BETT 2020 show in London next week will be based around Intel's Gemini Lake Refresh chips, an update to 2017's Gemini Lake processor for low-cost PCs. Those PCs will offer up to 47 percent more performance than their predecessors, according to Intel and Microsoft.

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PC World Latest News
Jan 16, 2020

Mophie Wireless Charging Pad review: Don't let its basic looks fool you
Mophie's Wireless Charging Pad has a simple name and a simple design. It's a small black (or white) disc with a shiny finish, encircled with a rubber ring that keeps your smartphone from slipping off its surface. A single port on the back accommodates the included power cable with barrel adapter; a status light resides on the front.


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PC World Latest News
Jan 16, 2020

How to watch the 2020 Super Bowl without cable
Options abound for checking out all the championship action on whatever screen you choose.

PC World Latest News
Jan 16, 2020

I switched from Android to iPhone: Here's where Apple's phone wins and fails
I hopped on the Android bandwagon early: I sold my iPhone 3G in 2009, bought an HTC Hero, and never looked back. I've been using Android every day since then, writing about Google's platform as a tech journalist. Nonetheless, I've tried to keep pace with iPhone developments, and recently set aside a week of my life to get reacquainted with Apple's smartphone.

I put all my Android phones in a drawer and settled into life with the iPhone 11 Pro. Admittedly, the iPhone does some things extremely well, even for a long-time Android user like myself. However, there are also plenty of things I hate with a fiery passion.

Where the iPhone wins Apple's Taptic Engine: Haptics are an underappreciated but important aspect of interacting with a smartphone, and Apple understands this. The "Taptic Engine" is essentially a giant vibration motor bolted right to the iPhone's frame, and it's fantastic. The haptic feedback is tight and powerful, surpassing all Android phones on the market. It can almost feel like you're pressing physical buttons on the screen sometimes. Google's Pixel phones have by far the best haptics on Android, but even those devices are far behind Apple.

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PC World Latest News
Jan 16, 2020

ATSC 3.0: How cord-cutters should plan for antenna TV's big upgrade
ATSC 3.0 (or Next Gen TV) is coming to replace today's over-the-air broadcasts, but it's still very early days.

PC World Latest News
Jan 15, 2020

Google will wind down Chrome apps starting in June
Google said Wednesday that it will begin to phase out traditional Chrome apps starting in June, and winding down slowly over two years' time. Chrome extensions, though, will live on.

Google said Tuesday in a blog post that it would stop accepting new Chrome apps in March. Existing apps could continue to be developed through June, 2022.

The important dates start in June of this year, when Google will end support for Chrome Apps on the Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. Education and Enterprise customers on these platforms will get a little more time to get their affairs in order, until December, 2020. 

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PC World Latest News
Jan 15, 2020

What to expect from Microsoft's 'new Edge' browser, rolling out to you soon
Microsoft said Wednesday that while it will begin rolling out its new, Chromium-based Edge browser today, the process will take several months to complete for the PC market as a whole.

Microsoft said in a blog post on Wednesday that the new Edge browser would be pushed to PCs as part of a "measured rollout" that will take months to complete. In fact, if you're on the stable version of Windows, you'll be somewhere in the middle of the line.

Microsoft will first roll out the new Edge via a subset of Windows Insiders on the Release Preview ring. It will be "offered to additional devices as data and feedback indicate that users are having a good experience," Microsoft said. (Here's our review of the new Microsoft Edge browser.)

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PC World Latest News
Jan 15, 2020

Microsoft 'new' Edge review: Microsoft's Chromium-based browser gets the job done
Microsoft's new Edge browser is coming, ready or not. Starting Wednesday, Microsoft will begin pushing it out to Windows 10 PCs, a complete revamp built on the Chromium technology of Google Chrome. This review, based on a late beta version available via the Windows Insider program, is a solid, mainstream browser with a few tempting features. But it's facing a real uphill battle.

By any estimate, Microsoft's Edge—new or old—won't make a splash. That's because, at least where market share is concerned, it's Google Chrome's world, and we're just living in it. As of December, Chrome commanded over 67 percent of the browser market, as measured by NetMarketShare. Firefox, currently the second most popular browser, captured just 9 percent.

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PC World Latest News
Jan 15, 2020

Windows 10: The best tricks, tips, and tweaks
Digging deep into Windows 10Image by Dan Masaoka/IDG

It's official: Windows 7 is dead. If you've recently made the jump to Windows 10 to keep receiving security patches—perhaps using a free unofficial upgrade?—then let this serve as your guide to the many handy features found in Microsoft's latest, living OS.

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PC World Latest News
Jan 15, 2020

Spotify playlists for your pets? OK, we'll bite
Spotify's new "algorithmically created" Pet Playlists are designed to cater to you and your pooch, kitty, or even your iguana.

PC World Latest News
Jan 15, 2020

How Microsoft could improve Windows by being more like Apple
Now that Microsoft has ended support for Windows 7, it has an opportunity to rethink how it manages its operating system. It would be a good time to take some lessons from its age-old enemy, Apple: Stop doing some things that make Windows upgrades onerous, and start doing some things that will keep Windows users faithful and happy. Some particularly important things to stop and start come to mind, like: 

Stop: Charging for upgrades Microsoft fell far short of its widely publicized goal to get a billion people to upgrade to Windows 10 within three years. It's not hard to see why. While Microsoft offered a long grace period to upgrade to Windows 10 for free, those who missed the deadline have to pay up (unless certain unofficial loopholes to upgrade to Windows 10 for free still work). Windows 10 Home costs $139, while Windows 10 Pro, which brings "enterprise-grade security, powerful management tools like single sign-on, and enhanced productivity with Remote Desktop and Cortana," will set you back $200. 

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PC World Latest News
Jan 15, 2020

EZVIZ C6CN pan-and-tilt security camera review: Motion tracking keeps intruder in this camera's sights
EZVIZ says a built-in motor helps this baseball-sized home security camera keep intruders in sight.

PC World Latest News
Jan 15, 2020

Microsoft shuts down Remix3D, and an era of consumer-focused Windows creativity quietly dies
Shutting down Microsoft's Remix3D art repository feels like something more than just ending a project that failed to gain traction. It feels like one of the last gasps of an era when Microsoft wanted to bring creativity to all Windows users. 

When we compiled our list of Microsoft's 2019 hits and misses, Microsoft The Musical, conceived and performed by company interns, stood out as a breath of fresh air. It said, yeah, we toil away writing code all day, but we're more than nerds. We're creative nerds.

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PC World Latest News
Jan 15, 2020

Emporia Vue energy monitor review: Understand your home's energy consumption without breaking the bank
The Emporia Vue gives great insight on your home's carbon footprint by monitoring how it consumes electricity.

PC World Latest News
Jan 15, 2020

Best wireless keyboards: Hand-tested reviews of Bluetooth and USB models
The best wireless keyboards do more than free you from a cable. They let you toss the crummy keyboard you got for free with your PC—does anyone like that one?—and they also give you options. The models we've reviewed range from full-size desktop slabs to portable models that skip easily from laptop to tablet to phone. Whatever you need to type with, there's a keyboard for it. (If you're looking for a gaming keyboard, we've got you covered! Click that link to see our full reviews and rankings.)

Keyboard choice can be very subjective. That said, we've based our reviews on hours spent with each model, banging away on work projects or surfing the web and keeping up on social media. 

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PC World Latest News
Jan 15, 2020

Logitech Ergo 860 review: This ergonomic keyboard delivers a more comfortable typing experience
I'm usually skeptical about split keyboards. Because I don't have any of the ergonomic-related aches and pains they purport to help, I find it hard to evaluate the efficacy of their science-backed designs. It doesn't help that most of the ones I've used have introduced more typing discomfort than they've relieved.

Logitech's Ergo K860 has made me a believer. Announced Wednesday and due to ship later in January, it showed me that just because my usual typing posture doesn't cause pain doesn't mean it can't be improved. In the few weeks I used the K860 I noticed increased typing comfort, reduced muscle tension, and all without sacrificing productivity to a steep learning curve.

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PC World Latest News
Jan 15, 2020

Logitech Ergo K860 review: This ergonomic keyboard delivers a more comfortable typing experience
I'm usually skeptical about split keyboards. Because I don't have any of the ergonomic-related aches and pains they purport to help, I find it hard to evaluate the efficacy of their science-backed designs. It doesn't help that most of the ones I've used have introduced more typing discomfort than they've relieved.

Logitech's Ergo K860 has made me a believer. Announced Wednesday and due to ship later in January, it showed me that just because my usual typing posture doesn't cause pain doesn't mean it can't be improved. In the few weeks I used the K860 I noticed increased typing comfort, reduced muscle tension, and all without sacrificing productivity to a steep learning curve.

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PC World Latest News
Jan 14, 2020

Microsoft, NSA confirm killer Windows 10 bug, but a patch is available
As expected, Microsoft did reveal a fundamental flaw in Windows that affected Windows 10's cryptographic library. January's Patch Tuesday updates issued today, however, fix the issue, which is specific to Windows 10 and Windows Server. 

The flaw, CVE-2020-0601, was found in the usermode cryptographic library, CRYPT32.DLL, that affects Windows 10 systems. (Contrary to earlier rumors, it does not affect Windows 7, which coincidentally is being shut down Tuesday as well.) Fortunately, Microsoft reported that the library was not in active use, though that doesn't prevent an attacker from weaponizing it now that it's been disclosed.

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Jan 14, 2020

A revamped Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo CPU cooler is finally here
The Hyper 212 Evo is arguably the most popular CPU air cooler for the budget-minded crowd wanting to upgrade from the stock options—but it's never been perfect. After years of accumulating feedback, Cooler Master is attempting to change that with the launch of a second version.

As our video shows, the changes address the two main issues of the Hyper 212 Evo. When using current Evo, you have to carefully consider clearance when using tall RAM, and also wrestle a bit with the cooler to keep it stable while mounting it. The updates now shift the cooler to an asymmetrical design, allowing the use of a wider assortment of RAM. The second-gen 212 Evo also sports a completely redesigned mount to make installation much simpler. The company says you no longer need to fear version 1's habit of wiggling around during the anchoring process.

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Jan 14, 2020

Watch The Full Nerd talk about the death of Windows 7 live!
Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. Today's show covers the death of Windows 7, the PC news after CES 2020, and all the questions we haven't gotten to in the past month. As always we will be answering your live questions so speak up in the chat.

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Jan 14, 2020

Update: Rumors mount that a major bug could be disclosed on the day Microsoft ends support for Windows 7
Security researcher Brian Krebs is warning that a particularly nasty bug may be patched on Tuesday, January 14—the day that support for Windows 7 is expected to expire. And it appears that Microsoft will have more the share later today.

If that's true, then potentially millions of Windows users could be exposed to the malware, which Krebs is reporting could involve crypt32.dll, which controls "certificate and cryptographic messaging functions in the CryptoAPI." Here's what's scary, Krebs reports: A flaw in the crypt32.dll could be used to spoof the digital signature of a piece of software, creating the possibility that your PC could allow in a piece of malware posing as a perfectly legitimate application.

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Jan 14, 2020

The Full Nerd ep. 120: AMD CPUs, Intel discrete graphics, and our favorite CES picks
Join the Full Nerd crew as Gordon Mah Ung, Alaina Yee, Adam Patrick Murray and special guest Keith May of WCCFTech discuss AMD's jump into laptops, Intel's jump into discrete graphics, and their favorite hardware of CES.

How crazy does it get? Keith and Gordon ponder the idea of a Threadripper CPU in a "laptop" and Gordon does his best Elvis impression.

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PC World Latest News
Jan 14, 2020

Guest Mode disappears from Google Nest and Home devices
The Guest Mode feature, which allowed visitors to stream media to your Google smart speakers and displays without connecting to your Wi-Fi network, still works on Chromecast devices.

PC World Latest News
Jan 14, 2020

Tip: You can still upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 for free
It was a great ride, but today it's over. On January 14, 2020, Microsoft ended the life of one of its greatest operating systems ever. Windows 7 is dead.

Your computer will still power on, but it won't receive any more security updates, and any bugs found won't get fixed. Bottom line: It's dangerous to keep using Windows 7, especially if you shop online or store any personal information on your PC. We've got tips on how to stay as safe as possible now on Windows 7 now that security updates are done but your best bet is migrating to a more modern operating system. Good news! Remember Microsoft's offer of a free Windows 10 upgrade, the one that ostensibly ended years ago? It's quietly still available.

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PC World Latest News
Jan 14, 2020

Epic's weekly free game giveaways will keep going throughout 2020
If you thought Epic would stop giving away games at the end of 2019...well, by now you've probably realized that hasn't happened. Instead the Epic Games Store kicked off 2020 by giving away three games the first week (Darksiders, Darksiders II, and Steep), before returning to its standard one-game-a-week pattern with Sundered this week and Horace next.

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PC World Latest News
Jan 14, 2020

Lian Li's smaller take on its popular O11 Dynamic is all about room for radiators
The Lian Li O11D Mini we saw at CES in Las Vegas fills out a family. Nearly two years ago, Lian Li released the O11 Dynamic, a case born from collaboration with well-known overclocker Der8auer. The tempered glass ATX case allowed builders to show off their stunning water-cooled builds in their full glory and won hearts across the globe. Lian Li then followed up with an XL version in 2019, which fans received with equal enthusiasm.

For 2020, the O11D Mini is Lian Li's solution for on the opposite end of the size spectrum, A smaller 38L variant accommodating up to full-ATX motherboards, the littlest O11 remains geared for water-cooling aficionados, particularly those eager to add multiple radiators to their build.

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PC World Latest News
Jan 14, 2020

Bulbrite Solana color-changing A19 smart bulb review: A fair generic built for Wi-Fi
An immature app keeps Bulbrite's color-changing smart bulb from meriting a strong recommendation.

PC World Latest News
Jan 14, 2020

Windows 7 is dead: How to stay as safe as possible after the security updates stop
Windows 7 is one of the best things Microsoft ever released. The much-adored operating system wooed back users who reviled the disappointing Windows Vista, and it remained a comfortable refuge during the even bleaker Windows 8 era.

Even today, with Windows 10 fixing Windows 8's worst mistakes and standing as a superb desktop operating system of its own, a legion of vocal PC enthusiasts swears by Windows 7. Why? Because it stays out of your way, and it just works.

Until today. On January 14, 2020, Microsoft ends Windows 7's extended support. Windows 7 is dead.

Your PC will keep operating, of course. Microsoft isn't literally pulling the plug on your devices. But Windows 7 won't receive any more updates or security patches, meaning your PC will also be very vulnerable to all those nasty malware programs garnering headlines seemingly every day. If you keep using Windows 7—and over a quarter of all computers run it, per NetMarketShare—you're on your own, and the Internet can get nasty.

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PC World Latest News
Jan 13, 2020

Rumors mount that a major bug could be disclosed on the day Microsoft ends support for Windows 7
Security researcher Brian Krebs is warning that a particularly nasty bug may be patched on Tuesday, January 14—the day that support for Windows 7 is expected to expire.

If that's true, then potentially millions of Windows users could be exposed to the malware, which Krebs is reporting could involve crypt32.dll, which controls "certificate and cryptographic messaging functions in the CryptoAPI." Here's what's scary, Krebs reports: A flaw in the crypt32.dll could be used to spoof the digital signature of a piece of software, creating the possibility that your PC could allow in a piece of malware posing as a perfectly legitimate application.

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Jan 13, 2020

The PC market, once left for dead, actually grew during 2019
After years of consistent declines, PC sales appear to have finally turned a corner. Market researchers Gartner and IDC reported today that PC sales grew during the fourth quarter of 2019, boosting the entire year into the black.

Gartner reported that PC sales grew 2.3 percent for the fourth quarter, to 70.6 million units, and 261 million units for the year. Rival analyst firm IDC largely agreed, estimating that PC unit sales grew 4.8 percent, to 7.18 million units. IDC said that worldwide PC sales grew 2.7 percent for 2019 as a whole, ending eight successive down years since the PC market grew 1.7 percent in 2011.

Gartner reported that two opposing factors affected PC sales: On one hand, the end of support for Windows 7 prompted businesses to invest in new hardware, giving new PC sales a shot in the arm. However, the ongoing Intel CPU shortage constrained sales, Gartner wrote, and actual sales could have been much higher. 

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PC World Latest News
Jan 13, 2020

Windows 7 dies January 14: How to move from Windows 7 to Windows 10
If you're a Windows 7 user, your deadline is near: Windows 7 officially exits support on Jan. 14, 2020, so it's very close to the time you need to upgrade to Windows 10.

"End of support" means that your Windows 7 or Office 2010 software will no longer receive updates, including security updates, according to Microsoft. 

If you're a consumer, there's really no option but to upgrade to Windows 10. If your PC is part of a Windows 10 Professional or Enterprise volume license, joined to a domain, your company may be willing to pay Microsoft a per-device fee to maintain support for 2020. But that's an option only for business PCs, not everyday users.

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PC World Latest News
Jan 13, 2020

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
Jan 13, 2020

AMD talks Threadripper: How it works, who should buy it, and what's that price again?
AMD's 64-core Threadripper 3990X won the chip war at CES, and there's still plenty to learn about it as we await its ship date February 7. PCWorld's Gordon Mah Ung talked to AMD's David McAfee to get more details. 

The 64-core, 128-thread 3rd-gen Threadripper may be gargantuan even compared to the monstrous 32-core version released last fall, but one thing hasn't changed: The compatible motherboard is the existing TRX40 available today. You won't be able to bring over your motherboard if you own a first- or second-gen Threadripper, but if you've already splurged on a third-gen model and still want to upgrade, you'll be able to use the same board. 

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PC World Latest News
Jan 13, 2020

Microsoft publishes Microsoft Launcher preview for an inside look at its phone future
Windows fans helped develop Windows 10 and its related apps and services via the Insider program. But with Windows Phone dead, how can enthusiasts help guide Microsoft's presence in phones like the Microsoft Surface Duo? Via a new preview of the Microsoft Launcher app for Android phones.

Microsoft published a preview version of its Microsoft Launcher to the Google Play Store for Android. Note that Microsoft has already published what you might call a "stable" version of the Microsoft Launcher to the Play Store, which you can download and use. In contrast, the preview is designed to be a testing ground for new features and UI elements, and comes with all the risks of beta software—i.e., it might break something.

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Jan 13, 2020

Samsung teams up with Microsoft to sell a weirdly practical phone that means business
While we're all waiting for the Galaxy S20 to arrive in San Francisco on February 11, Samsung isn't resting on its laurels. After announcing the budget-friendly Galaxy S10 and Note 10 Lite models ahead of its CES appearance last week, Samsung has turned its sights to a new kind of Galaxy phone, and it's getting a little help from Microsoft.

The Galaxy XCover Pro is something of a return to the "Active" phones that Samsung made from the Galaxy S4 to the S8, but it's more than just a rugged, IP68 water-resistant, MIL-STD 810G certified handset that doesn't need a case. You're also getting something that was long thought to be extinct. No, I'm not talking about a headphone jack (though it has one of those too). I'm talking about a removable battery.

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Jan 13, 2020

Cooler Master's adorable Masterbox MB311L mini-tower is affordable, too
Not too long ago, spending under $80 for a computer case meant you'd get an entirely plastic affair with unlit fans. Or, if you looked hard enough, fans with simple red or blue LEDs—definitely not the rainbow colors that have overtaken the industry.

In 2020, higher-end aesthetic touches are trickling down to mainstream components, as we saw this year at Cooler Master's CES booth. Among the company's upcoming offerings is the Masterbox MB311L ARGB, a micro-ATX mini-tower case that comes with a tempered glass side panel and two 140mm addressable RGB fans for just $60.

In our video, we take a look at it up close, as well as indulge in a little bit of spontaneous emotion in response to its appearance. (If you're also vulnerable to the cuteness of kittens when compared to full-grown cats, the MR311L's look of "miniaturized version of a mid-tower or even full-sized ATX case" may hit you the same way.)

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Jan 13, 2020

Lian Li's upcoming RGB accessories blend practicality and good looks
Among the trends at CES 2020 was greater attention from PC component manufacturers on eliminating the small but irritating aspects of PC building—be it the classic conflict between the position of an CPU air cooler and tall RAM DIMMs, or more aesthetic headaches like logo positioning after installing an AIO cooler. 

As you can see in the video above, Lian Li's upcoming launches of its Strimer Plus RGB power cables, Uni Fan modular fans, and Galahad AIO offer relief in different ways. The second generation of the company's Strimer 24-pin and 8-pin cables now come with brighter LEDs, because if you're going to go full Vegas with your lighting, you may as well do it boldly, while the Galahad AIO CPU cooler lets builders choose to rotate the orientation of Lian Li logo or hide it all together.

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PC World Latest News
Jan 13, 2020

Please, Android phone makers, just give us better cameras, not more dumb gimmicks
We're barely a week into 2020, and we've already got the first smartphone camera gimmick of the year. At last week's CES in Las Vegas, OnePlus demoed an "invisible camera," which uses electrochromic glass to create various tints in color to make the camera under the rear glass seem like it's not there until it's called into action. It takes its inspiration from the McClaren 720S Spider supercar, and it generated lots of media coverage and undoubtedly long lines at OnePlus's booth.

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PC World Latest News
Jan 13, 2020

Nexx Smart Wi-Fi Garage Door Controller NXG-200 review: Sophisticated, but very expensive
This garage door controller Wi-Fi retrofit kit has some advanced features, but that might not be enough to justify its high price tag.

PC World Latest News
Jan 13, 2020

AMD vs. Intel: Which CPU is likely to be faster this year?
This year we'll see an historic fight for laptops, as AMD's first truly competitive mobile CPU seeks to dethrone Intel's decades-long dominance. Although full details of AMD's mobile Ryzen 4000 chips aren't known—and Intel has two more cards to play this year in Tiger Lake U and Comet Lake H—we think we can forecast what to expect if you're looking for a new laptop. Join us as we make odds on who will win this match, looking at performance and battery life potential for both ultraportable (sub-three-pound) and heavier-weight (gaming/workhorse) laptops.

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PC World Latest News
Jan 13, 2020

AIAIAI TMA-2 modular headphone review: You'll pay a steep price to build your own headphone
This customizable, modular headphone sounds good, but has some quirks that mar its overall appeal.

PC World Latest News
Jan 10, 2020

Microsoft will begin replacing Microsoft Edge with its Chromium-based browser next week
Beginning Wednesday, the era of the "traditional" Microsoft Edge will come to an end—for consumers, anyway.

Microsoft said in November that the new Chromium-based Edge would begin replacing the "traditional" Edge, which uses Microsoft's own EdgeHTML to render pages.  Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president in charge of Microsoft's Modern Life & Devices Group, told PCWorld that the process would begin on January 15. Microsoft confirmed this in a document it released earlier this week, though with one caveat: If you're a business user, you can choose to remain on the "old" Edge.

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PC World Latest News
Jan 10, 2020

This Firefox vulnerability is so bad, the U.S. government is urging users to patch it immediately
We're just 10 days into 2020, and already we have our first critical security flaw. It comes from Mozilla's popular Firefox browser, and it's so dangerous, the Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is warning users about it.

The good news is that it's already been patched. The bad news is that it's already being exploited in the wild. And it's about as bad as it can get. In technical terms, as Mozilla explains, "Incorrect alias information in IonMonkey JIT compiler for setting array elements could lead to a type confusion. That means that an attacker could exploit the Javascript code to surreptitiously hack a user's PC and install malicious code outside of Firefox. Mozila says it is "aware of targeted attacks in the wild abusing this flaw," but doesn't give any information about how widespread the attacks are.

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PC World Latest News
Jan 10, 2020

Nanoleaf's new Unified Light Panels will feature sturdier connectors
The upcoming Unified Hexagon light panels, which are due this summer, will also boast new snap-on mounting plates.

PC World Latest News
Jan 10, 2020

A huge battery, teeny fan blades, and other cool features adorn MSI's GS66 Stealth and GE66 Raider
We always like to see what dedicated gaming PC maker MSI is up to, and CES is a great place to do that. We got a closer look at the upcoming MSI GS66 Stealth and GE66 Raider laptops at the show. MSI couldn't say exactly when these laptops would be available and for how much, but there's a lot to look forward to. 

The MSI GS66 Stealth is the latest in one of our favorite product lines, the most recent being the GS65 Stealth Thin we reviewed last year. The weight has increased to 4.6 pounds from 4, but it's still surprising how much hardware MSI has stuffed into this thin and light (for a gaming laptop) system.

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Jan 10, 2020

CES 2020: 8 exciting Android announcements you might have missed
Another year, another CES in the books. Once again, the halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center were filled with folding PCs, helpful smart home gadgets, and futuristic AI dreams. But among all the hype that may or may not ship, we found some truly useful and exciting Android-related things at CES this year:

Wacom One Wacom The Wacom One pen tablet connects to your Android phone.

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Jan 10, 2020

CES 2020: The chips, laptops, and badass gear PC enthusiasts need to know about
Another CES is in the books, and this time around, the annual techstravaganza served as a harbinger for the disruption aimed at PCs in 2020. Things are about to get funky, friends.

AMD opened a new front in the war against Intel, Intel fired shots at AMD and Nvidia, and monitors were being pushed to blazing-fast new limits left and right. Laptops embraced newfound form factors. Desktops got weird. Heck, we even saw a détente in the battle between consoles and PC gamers in bold, badass fashion.

We were there to capture it all. Here's a recap of the CES 2020 reveals that PC enthusiasts need to know about. Hit those links for deeper details throughout.

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Jan 10, 2020

TP-Link revs its mesh Wi-Fi router lineup to Wi-Fi 6, but leaves Zigbee behind
TP-Link is showing three new mesh Wi-Fi routers at CES. Each model in the good, better, best Deco lineup is based on Wi-Fi 6 (aka IEEE 802.11ax), but none of them have the integrated Zigbee smart home hub that TP-Link brought to market with its earlier Deco M9 Plus.

The TP-Link Deco X90 leads the pack. This tri-band router promises to deliver 574Mbps on its 2.4GHz network, 1,201Mbps on its first 5GHz network, and a staggering 4,804Mbps on its second 5GHz network. The router has a dynamic backhaul feature that can utilize all three networks for that purpose. TP-Link says a $450 two-pack should be able to blanket up to a 6,000-square-foot home with Wi-Fi when it ships in April.

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Jan 09, 2020

Attention! Microsoft Teams will add push-to-talk Walkie Talkie feature
Microsoft Teams will preview a push-to-talk "Walkie Talkie" feature later this year, giving managers an easy—or perhaps annoying—way to reach employees and coworkers.

Push-to-talk has been one of those communications features that can be indispensible to a certain niche—after all, Nextel's Direct Connect basically was the killer feature that kept the cellular company afloat before it was sold to Sprint. Now, Microsoft is building it into Teams.

Push-to-talk is different than calling features, which are already in Teams and its competitor, Slack. While a call is essentially a request to talk that is either accepted or rejected by the other party, the new Walkie Talkie feature will simply broadcast a message to a person or group of people. While Walkie Talkie presumably will work over both the desktop and mobile versions of Teams, Microsoft exclusively showed it on its mobile app, presumably to imply that it should be an integral part of Teams communication. The Walkie Talkie feature will work over either Wi-Fi or cellular, Microsoft says.

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Jan 09, 2020

Project Snowblind CL from iBuypower could make custom loop cooling easier and cheaper
Custom loop cooling for CPUs and GPUs in a pre-built PC has long been recognized to be more beautiful, more efficient—and more expensive.

iBuypower's Project Snowblind CL plans may change all that. It turns what is normally a five-hour process into a 10-minute process, essentially putting custom water loop cooling within reach of normal budgets.

Shown at CES in Las Vegas, Project Snowblind CL is built on a custom-designed case with a water distribution block in the front bezel of the PC. The fixed inlets and outlets mean a single case can be used with different components. This eliminates the need for custom fitting and the routing of each hardline tube.

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Jan 09, 2020

As Microsoft kills off its Remix3D 3D art repository tomorrow, let's hope that Magic Select survives
Editor's Note: This story was originally published on July 10. Microsoft said Thursday that the Remix3D.com online repository will shut down on Friday, Jan. 10. This story has been slightly edited to reflect that.

Microsoft 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.

Twitter users WalkingCat and developer Rudy Huyn originally 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 Windows 10 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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Jan 09, 2020

Intel already has a working DG1 'Xe' graphics card, but it's only for developers
You could almost hear a collective sigh from PC gamers on Monday when Intel showed off its first modern discrete GPU confined to a laptop instead of a desktop.

That all changed this morning when Intel revealed that it's already begun shipping a desktop DG1 graphics card based on the company's forthcoming Xe graphics architecture—but only to developers.

Intel's building the DG1 Software Development Vehicle solely to ship to game and app developers around the world, so they can begin optimizing for the company's new graphics architecture.

And no, before you ask, you couldn't buy the Intel DG1 SDV even if you wanted to. If you're wondering how many execution units its has, what clock speed it runs at, and what kind of RAM it has—we don't know and Intel won't say. Although it's rumored to have 96 EUs (execution units), Intel wouldn't confirm or deny that either.

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Jan 09, 2020

Here's Destiny 2 being played on Intel's first Xe discrete graphics chip
After months of teasing and social media hype, Intel finally showed off a system running its first-ever discrete graphics chip, based on the company's forthcoming Xe architecture. Dubbed "DG1"—first discrete graphics, get it?—Intel had the chip playing Destiny 2 in a Compal reference laptop with a U-class Tiger Lake processor, pairing the company's next-gen 10nm CPU with its debut 10nm graphics. Desktop graphics cards aren't ready for their grand unveiling yet, alas.

Intel didn't disclose more information about the system, or DG1's capabilities, so what you see is what you get in the video above. Steve from Gamers Nexus dropped by to join Gordon and Adam in guesstimating Destiny 2's frame rate on this iteration of Xe, though since this is a very early development design, don't take this performance to be DG1's final form. Check it out in the video above.

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Jan 09, 2020

Corsair's Project Orion is the best use of its ultra-bright Capellix LEDs yet
During last year's CES, Corsair unveiled its Capellix LEDs—smaller, brighter, and more power-efficient LEDs than the conventional ones found in RGB components. At that time we called them, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, the most important item at the show.

For CES 2020, Corsair showed off a new implementation of Capellix in Project Orion, a modified Corsair Crystal 465X case with the LEDs lining the inside of its glass panels. Embedded into a transparent film, the ultra-bright LEDs illuminate the exterior of the case without interfering with the clarity of the view of the internal components.

We were able to play with a few saved presets in Corsair's iCue management software to cycle the grid of 150 Capellix LEDs through different color schemes and patterns, including a downward stream of green inspired by the Matrix and the standard roll through a rainbow of hues. One monochrome red pattern stood out as particularly striking in its intensity of color, giving the impression of being on a warship in a 1980s movie.

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PC World Latest News
Jan 09, 2020

Ryzen 4000 Mobile: We learn more from David McAfee of AMD
AMD stole the show at CES in Las Vegas (not for the first time) by introducing its 7nm Ryzen 4000 mobile chips on Monday. After many years of being the mobile also-ran, AMD finally seems to be delivering a credible challenge to Intel's lineup.

PCWorld's Gordon Mah Ung talked to David McAfee of AMD to get more information on Ryzen 4000 and its implications for mobile computing. McAfee called it a "watershed moment for AMD," where new chips like the Ryzen 7 4800U will offer 8 cores vs. Ice Lake's 4 cores. "A lot of things that people do with their laptops today, having more cores helps them do whatever it is they want to," he explained. "Having more cores just gives you more flexibility."

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Jan 09, 2020

Razer's Tomahawk N1 is a modular gaming PC that makes DIY dead simple
Razer's Tomahawk N1, announced at CES in Las Vegas, takes the Intel NUC mini-PC concept and gives it more breathing room, offering a larger case that can fit full-size GPUs.

Intel's Compute Element is a complete computer on a PCIe card, with expandability via two M.2 slots and two SoDIMMs. But Intel's Ghost Canyon NUC, also revealed at CES, squeezes the Compute Element into a small, square box that restricts your companion GPU choices.

With the prototype Razer Tomahawk N1 PCWorld tried, we were able to slide the Compute Element into one PCIe slot, add an RTX 2080 GPU into another PCIe slot, and that was it: full computer, ready to rock.  

Sure, this kind of modular kit could take some of the excitement out of a true DIY build. On the other hand, if you're trying to build a small form factor PC, the Computer Element and a case like the Razer Tomahawk N1 gives you an easy way to get started, with a solid upgrade path.  

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PC World Latest News
Jan 09, 2020

Cord-cutting in 2020: The race for a unified streaming guide is on
Helping users navigate a sea of streaming apps will be one of cord-cutting's big trends this year.

PC World Latest News
Jan 08, 2020

TiVo's unreleased Roku and Apple TV apps are "in limbo"
TiVo's Roku and Apple TV apps are on the backburner as TiVo's priorities shift.

PC World Latest News
Jan 08, 2020

This bonkers 7-screen laptop deserves to be at CES
We're just going to say it: Somebody should've booked a flight to Las Vegas to show off the Expanscape Aurora 7 seven-screen laptop at CES.

I mean, seriously. CES, the home of litter boxes that use AI to analyze your cat's stool? Plant-based pork products? Ivanka Trump? A seven-screen laptop would fit right in at this celebration of the far-out and fantastical.

Sure, Expanscape says the Aurora 7 is an engineering prototype. But that's what CES is—a place to show off absolutely bonkers innovations that no one's particularly asked for, just in the hope of getting some attention and (maybe) funding. Expanscape says its even selling these prototypes! 

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PC World Latest News
Jan 08, 2020

How hackable is your smart device? The UL IoT Security Rating and UL Verified Mark will tell you
The UL Verified Mark will indicate the level of IoT device security based on a series of standards, and using a five-tier rating scale. GE is the first company to achieve UL certification.

PC World Latest News
Jan 08, 2020

WD's prototype portable SSD drive puts 8TB in your pocket
Data hoarders, rejoice: At CES, WD showed off an 8TB prototype SSD that can slip into the pocket of your skinny jeans.

The proof-of-concept drive features a loop and rubber bumpers should you drop it. But more importantly, cramming 8TB of NAND storage is a feat that hasn't been attempted in a portable drive yet.

Most portable drives are built using standard M.2 SSDs, and for the most part, WD does the same thing here. The problem is, you can't yet physically fit 8TB of NAND on an M.2 drive, and we haven't yet seen any with larger capacities than 4TB. And even that capacity is rare, as the majority are 2TB drives. So, yeah, 8TB would be unprecedented.

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PC World Latest News
Jan 08, 2020

High-end Navi GPUs and ray tracing are coming to Radeon graphics cards, AMD CEO teases
AMD revealed the Radeon RX 5600 XT during its CES 2020 keynote on Monday, aiming its new "Navi" RDNA architecture at PC gaming's 1080p sweet spot after tackling 1440p with the superb Radeon RX 5700 series and targeting budget gamers with the Radeon RX 5500 XT. But AMD's plans for Navi don't stop there. In a small roundtable with press after the event, which PCWorld attended and Anandtech transcribed, CEO Lisa Su gave us hints about what's coming next for Radeon graphics cards.

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Jan 08, 2020

Dell's Latitude 9510 shakes up corporate laptops with 5G, machine learning, and thin bezels
The Dell Latitude 9510 is a new breed of corporate laptop. Inspired in part by the company's powerful and much-loved Dell XPS 15, it's the first model in an ultra-premium business line packed with the best of the best, tuned for business users. 

Announced January 2 and unveiled Monday at CES in Las Vegas, the Latitude 9510 weighs just 3.2 pounds and promises up to 30 hours of battery life. PCWorld had a chance to delve into the guts of the Latitude 9510, learning more about what's in it and how it was built. Here are the coolest things we saw: 

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PC World Latest News
Jan 08, 2020

Samsung's T7 Touch portable SSD blends blazing-fast speeds with fingerprint security
Samsung announced its new T7 Touch portable SSD at CES 2020 on Wednesday. It features the same svelte, pocket-sized appearance and styling of the older Samsung T5—which we loved—and uses the same Type-C connector. But new to the party is a fingerprint scanner that can be used in conjunction with provided software to secure access to the onboard data.

The Samsung T7 Touch also supports password security and integrated 256-bit AES encryption, though there was no mention of a FIPS rating for physical security. The T5 was a rugged drive, but not built to withstand serious prying. 

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