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Oct 17, 2019

How to personalize your Windows 10 PC
What makes your house your home? Is it the furniture? The art? A few favorite collectibles arranged on the shelves? The same goes for your PC. If you're new to Windows 10, we'll show you how to personalize your PC to make it feel, well, yours.

From the moment you first power on your PC, you'll be asked to choose how to manage your privacy and security. But once you complete that short process, the fun begins: You can select backgrounds, configure your Start menu, and choose apps and shortcuts. Think of this story as a complement to our tutorial on how to set up your new PC efficiently and effectively. This is the fun stuff.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 17, 2019

Six-month-old Galaxy S10 bug lets strangers bypass your fingerprint scan, Samsung admits
The Galaxy S10 should be free of bugs by this point, but Samsung has admitted that a pretty big one is still out there. According to the company, some third-party screen protectors could allow anyone to bypass your in-display fingerprint authentication.

The bug was first reported by The Sun in the UK, who was tipped off by a reader. After Lisa Neilson, from Castleford, West Yorks, bought a cheap "gel cover" to protect her Galaxy S10's screen, she quickly learned that she could use any of her fingers to unlock it, despite only registering her right thumb. Her husband was also able to unlock her phone with an unregistered fingerprint. After calling Samsung, the company admitted it was a security bug and said it would investigate the problem.

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Oct 17, 2019

Windows 10 November 2019 Update review: Fewer features now, bigger changes later
Microsoft's Windows 10 November 2019 Update is deliberately low-key, primarily designed to optimize Windows rather than pile on a boatload of new features. If nothing else, Microsoft is likely clearing the path for the bigger splash expected from the Windows 10 20H1 "feature update," expected to ship around March 2020.

Microsoft recently said that the November 2019 Update (also known as "19H2" or version 1909) is essentially finalized, and has been released to the Windows 10 Insider "Release Preview" ring. Here are some of the features you can expect to see in the 19H2 update, based on our time with the Windows Insider previews that were released just before launch. We'll revisit our review once the final release goes live.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 17, 2019

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 vs Mac Pro: Can a thin, light laptop take down Apple's still-sold desktop?
We'll be honest with you: We didn't originally intend to see if an ultrabook convertible tablet could compete with a Mac Pro or not. No, our plan was to see if our monstrous American-made (from internationally sourced parts) Mac Pro clone could compete with the today's Mac Pro. No, not the beastly new one that's coming sometime this fall, but the only Mac Pro desktop currently available—the long-in-the-tooth "trash can."

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PC World Latest News
Oct 16, 2019

Night Sight fight: The iPhone 11 kinda destroys the Pixel 4 with low light camera shots
The first sample pics of the Pixel 4 Night Sight versus the iPhone 11 Night mode are surprisingly one-sided.

PC World Latest News
Oct 16, 2019

Acer Swift 3 (2019) review: This midrange notebook PC hides Nvidia graphics power
Acer's Swift 3 (2019) should attract the type of savvy notebook PC buyer searching for a little more graphics oomph than the standard integrated GPU provides. Combining an 8th-gen "Whiskey Lake" chip plus a discrete Nvidia GeForce MX150 GPU opens up more opportunities for light gaming without breaking the bank.

Acer's new Swift 3 clamshell is a generally solid midrange notebook, though it suffers in two key areas. First, the integrated audio isn't much to write home about, even with headphones. We found the fingerprint reader lacking as well. But Acer's Swift 3 also boasts excellent performance and a solid ten hours or so of battery life, with a comfortable keyboard and pleasing IPS display, too.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 16, 2019

The Pixel 4 has the same problem as the Pixel 3: It's too expensive
In an alternative universe, Google is the Apple of Android. People are counting down the days until the Pixel 4 goes on sale, and forums are filled with debates over how much better the square camera bump looks in person. The question isn't over whether the Pixel 4 is worth its price tag, but which color and how much storage to get. And the lack of earbuds in the box is courageous, not cheap.

In this reality, however, the Pixel 4's price is just too damn high. Even though the rumors of a $100 price hike didn't come to fruition, at $999 for the 128GB 6.3-inch XL model, it costs the same as the Galaxy S10 , and $250 more than the iPhone 11. And while it may stand up to both of those phones on the spec sheet, here's the reality: Google missed a golden opportunity to take a stand against outrageous phone pricing and position the Pixel 4 as an alternative to high-priced premium handsets, not just another option.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 16, 2019

Google PixelBook Go hands-on: Come for the low price, stay for the keyboard
The Pixelbook Go is nothing less than a mea culpa from Google, making good on the Pixel Slate. Launched last year at the very same Made By Google event, the Pixel Slate was such a mess, it led Google to declare that it was out of the tablet-making business for good.

The PixelBook Go is what the Pixel Slate should have been all along: an affordable version of the Pixelbook. Instead of trying to one-up the iPad Pro with a half-baked tablet interface and really bad keyboard, the Pixelbook Go carves its own path with a great form factor, fantastic specs, and a funky design. Oh, and it has one of the best keyboards I've ever used.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 16, 2019

Innr Smart White A19 bulb review: This inexpensive smart bulb seamlessly connects with a Philips Hue Bridge
If you're already invested in the Hue lighting ecosystem, these budget Zigbee bulbs can fill in your smart bulb gaps without breaking the bank.

PC World Latest News
Oct 16, 2019

SimpliSafe Smart Lock review: The ultra-simple alarm system gets its own companion smart lock
This inexpensive but barebones smart lock merits a look by the SimpliSafe set.

PC World Latest News
Oct 15, 2019

Google Pixel 4 hands-on: Once again, it's about features, not design
After months of leaks, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what the Pixel 4 would look like when I picked one up for the first time, but I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, the bezels are huge, the forehead and chin are terribly asymmetrical, and the camera square isn't nearly as pleasing as the iPhone 11's. But the design of the Pixel 4 isn't quite the eyesore I expected it to be.

And, besides, the Pixel 4 isn't trying to sell you on its looks. Not once during its hour-long presentation did Google talk about precision milling or diamond chamfering. Google wants you to choose to buy a Pixel 4 on the strength of its features, not its outward appearance.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 15, 2019

They're back: Windows 7 popup warnings to update to Windows 10 will soon reappear
Windows 7 support expires on January 14, 2020. And if you're a Windows 7 Pro user, Microsoft is going to tell you that right on your PC screen via a popup notification.

In March, Microsoft warned that it would begin using popup reminders to let Windows 7 users know that it was time to upgrade, and began pushing some to Windows 7 users. In an update to Microsoft's original blog post, Microsoft is now saying that it's begun specifically extending notifications to non-domain-joined Windows 7 Pro users—consumers, in everyday language. (ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley reported this earlier today.)

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Oct 15, 2019

Disco Elysium review-in-progress: This deep detective RPG bends itself around your choices
There has been a murder. Last week a man was hanged behind the Whirling-In-Rags hostel (and cafeteria). I know who did it, but I need to confirm why they did it, so I head to the docks to ask some questions.

Or at least that was my intention. Instead I find myself embroiled in a spirited debate about the merits of communism, about how I'm destined to foment a worker's uprising one overlong hug at a time—or maybe I'm not. Also, I'm having this philosophical debate with myself, or maybe it's with my possibly sentient necktie.

My partner looks on in concern. Of course, he can't know how bad things really are. He knows I've lost my badge and my gun, sure—but he doesn't know I've lost my entire memory, can't even remember my own name.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 15, 2019

Try out the Google Pixel 4's Recorder transcription tech now, on your own phone
Google's forthcoming Recorder app promises to both record and transcribe audio into text within the Google Pixel 4. But you don't have to wait—you can check out Google's underlying speech-to-text technology right now, right on your own Android phone, with Live Transcribe.

Google's Live Transcribe wound up a native feature in the Google Pixel 3 when it rolled out earlier this year, but it's also downloadable as a separate Live Transcribe app, requiring just Android 5.0 to work. As the screenshot indicates, Live Transcribe is the basic version of Google's Recorder app, with a shortcoming or two that we'll discuss below. One difference is that Live Transcribe requires an Internet connection to perform transcription in the cloud; Recorder will not. 

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PC World Latest News
Oct 15, 2019

Nest Wifi's integrated smart speakers could give it an edge over Amazon Echo
It's been a long three years since Google introduced its Google Wifi mesh router. After a messy reorganization in which Nest lost its semi-autonomy to become Google's smart home brand, the company introduced the new Nest Wifi at its Made by Google event in New York on Tuesday.

Google Nest VP and general manager Rishi Chandra didn't specifically describe the Nest Wifi as a mesh router, but he did say the system would consist of a router that plugs into your broadband modem or gateway, and a satellite he called Point. According to Chandra, a Nest Wifi router and a single Point should be sufficient to cover 85 percent of households. According to this page on the Google Store, the Nest Wi follows the IEEE 802.11s standard for mesh networking, so I presume it's an 802.11ac router.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 15, 2019

Google Pixel 4: The 5 things you really need to know
Google finally unveiled the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL at its Made By Google event in New York City today, and frankly, there weren't many surprises left after months of leaks and teases, many by Google itself.

A lack of surprises doesn't mean a lack of excitement, though, as the Pixel 4 packs enough punch to catapult it to the top tier of Android devices yet again—propelled by a new generation of impressive software tricks, as well as a camera setup that's been both upgraded and downgraded simultaneously.

Here are five things you need to know about the new Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.

Dual camera lenses, at last The Pixel 4 is taking a page from the iPhone 11's design with a rotund backside hump that's home to not one, but two camera lenses. Finally. Google leans heavily on software tricks to power the Pixel's amazing photography, but the lineup lingered on a single camera lens for far too long now.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 15, 2019

Google Nest Mini arrives with same design as Home Mini, better sound, and a wall mount
The Google Nest Mini is basically the old Home Mini with bigger bass, a wall mount, and more under-the-hood processing power.

PC World Latest News
Oct 15, 2019

Google Pixelbook Go: the 5 major things you need to know
Google's new Pixelbook Go answers the question of whether its next Chromebook would be a budget or premium device: It's both. Priced at a somewhat moderate $649, this clamshell Chromebook offers a 13.3-inch display, with processor options all the way up to a Core i7. 

Recall that in 2017 Google launched the Google Pixelbook, a 360-degree notebook for nearly $1,000. A year later, it followed up with the Google Pixel Slate, a shift to a more traditional tablet merging Chrome OS and Android. Now the pendulum has swung back again to the Pixelbook Go, a definite return to the laptop form factor.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 15, 2019

Google takes a second stab at Pixel Buds with a true wireless design
Google's Pixel Buds, first released in 2017, just couldn't compete with better offerings from dedicated bud manufacturers, and stacked up even more poorly against Apple AirPods. Today, though, Google announced a Pixel Buds update slated for Spring 2020, and if its Made By Google presentation is any indication, the company is intent on making the new version a major technological make-good.

The original Pixel Buds delivered access to Google Assistant, but the implementation was clumsy, requiring tap prompts. The new Buds, though, promise hands-free access to Assistant, letting you ask for walking directions, control your music playback and translate languages (among other tasks) with just a verbal "Hey Google" prompt. Google says the new Buds will include "on-device machine learning" that will be refined as the Buds project develops.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 15, 2019

What makes the Ryzen 7 Surface Edition inside the Surface Laptop 3 so custom
Microsoft's 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 running a "custom" AMD Ryzen CPU was one of the big surprises of Microsoft's new Surface lineup, unveiled October 2.

Although the chip is still under fairly tight wraps, PCWorld had a chance to chat with AMD officials about its big splash with the 15-inch Surface Laptop 3, as well as the future of AMD in Microsoft products.

And yes, it was a big splash for AMD, which has seen huge success on desktop with Ryzen, but a more muted response on laptops thus far. AMD's main problem has been resistance against going into expensive laptops.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 15, 2019

Wyze Bulb review: A tunable white light bulb with a rock-bottom price tag
This $8 smart bulb is tough to beat, unless you're looking for a smart home product with a broader ecosystem that includes full-spectrum color bulbs and other devices, akin to Philips Hue.

PC World Latest News
Oct 15, 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
Oct 15, 2019

Astell&Kern T9iE in-ear monitor review: Spectacular sound, with a price to match
Astell&Kern joined with high-end headphone builder Beyerdynamic to formulate the elegant, high-performance, but pricey T9iE in-ear monitors.

PC World Latest News
Oct 15, 2019

Astell&Kern T9iE in-ear monitor review: Spectular sound, with a price to match
Astell&Kern joined with high-end headphone builder Beyerdynamic to formulate the elegant, high-performance, but pricey T9iE in-ear monitors.

PC World Latest News
Oct 15, 2019

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

PC World Latest News
Oct 14, 2019

Razer's Blade 15 gaming laptop goes pink and adds optical keyboard switches
If you want your pink, Razer's got your game. On Monday, the company announced new versions of the Razer Blade 15Remove non-product link clad in Quartz hues, along with an optical keyboard that promises lower latency while gaming.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 14, 2019

Surface Book 2 firmware fixes Nvidia GPU bug blocking Windows 10 upgrades
Microsoft has apparently fixed an issue with its Surface Book 2's discrete GPU that prevented it from receiving the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, supplying new firmware to solve the problem.

As part of a new Surface firmware update released Friday, Microsoft apparently has fixed both a bug affecting the Surface Book 2's discrete GPU as well as a separate issue that caused its CPU clock speed to slow to a crawl. Thurrott first reported the story. 

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Oct 14, 2019

Nanit Plus baby-monitoring system review: This pricey tech will soothe anxious parents
Much more than a baby camera, the Nanit Plus and its companion app can actively warn you if anything goes amiss while your baby is in its crib.

PC World Latest News
Oct 14, 2019

Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL preview: More than meets the eye
It's October, and you know what that means: pumpkins, parties, and Pixels. In just about 24 hours, Google will show us its latest creation at an event in New York City, and from the looks of it, it's going to be a trademark Pixel phone: loaded with tech and packing a powerful camera.

And that's before we get into the rumors. In uncharacteristic fashion, some of the biggest leaks about the next Pixel have come from Google itself. But rest assured, there's a whole lot more Google hasn't told us it's next handset. So here's everything we've heard about the Pixel 4, officially and otherwise:

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PC World Latest News
Oct 14, 2019

Ask a PC expert: Is an Nvidia G-Sync monitor worth it vs. AMD FreeSync?
Nvidia's G-Sync monitors cost a steep premium over AMD's rival FreeSync Displays. But are they worth it, especially now that Nvidia lets you use FreeSync panels with GeForce graphics cards? It's a complicated issue, but PCWorld graphics guru Brad Chacos unravels what you need to know in the video below.

Both G-Sync and FreeSync panels revolve around the same core variable refresh rate technology, also known as adaptive sync. Standard monitors refresh their image at a constant speed, such as 60Hz or 144Hz. Adaptive sync monitors synchronize your monitor's refresh rate to your graphics card's output—hence their name. Doing so prevents ugly screen tearing and stuttering, giving you a delicious, buttery-smooth gaming experience.

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Oct 14, 2019

Best smart plugs: These gadgets will turn any electrical outlet into a smart socket
With models from Lutron, Wemo, Leviton, iDevices, and others, it can be difficult to know which easy and inexpensive device is best for controlling the lamps and small appliances in your smart home. We'll help you find the right one.

PC World Latest News
Oct 14, 2019

How to play music on all (or some) of your Amazon Alexa speakers at once
Want to hear tunes booming throughout your house? If you have Amazon Echo devices in multiple rooms, just ask Alexa, although you'll need to tweak some settings first.

PC World Latest News
Oct 11, 2019

This week in games: Doom delayed until March, Call of Duty's 175GB install
Start freeing up drive space. This week's news is all about Call of Duty and Red Dead and their massive install footprints, plus Blizzard's troubles with China, a new Surviving Mars spin-off, a Doom delay, a detective game that involves Picross, and more.

This is gaming news for October 7 to 11.

Survival is cheap This week's Epic Games Store freebie comes with a side helping of news. Paradox is giving away Haemimont's space-age city builder Surviving Mars, along with last year's Space Race expansion. I haven't been back since the earliest days, but I've heard Space Race and the latter Green Planet expansions have put the game in a much better state than it was at launch. And hey, as always: It's free. No reason not to grab it.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 11, 2019

No, Intel didn't confirm its discrete Xe GPUs will support ray tracing
And...it's gone. Recent reports that Intel had confirmed ray tracing support in its Xe graphics cards are wrong, a company spokesman said Friday.

News broke earlier this week that a briefing given to analysts in Tokyo had confirmed hardware ray tracing support in Intel's upcoming Xe consumer graphics cards. It turns out the presenter never confirmed ray tracing support, and in fact, never even mentioned ray tracing, an Intel spokesman said.

So how did multiple tech news sites come to believe it had been confirmed? Blame machine translation of a news story covering the Intel presentation. Intel officials said they believe computer-based translations of a Japanese language story on MyNavi.jp somehow conflated what was essentially a rehashed graphics presentation with the site's speculation on upcoming graphics features in Tekken 7 into "ray tracing in Xe confirmed." Intel says the presentation never mentioned ray tracing, nor did it "refer to the Xe graphics architecture found in Tiger Lake processors as ‘Gen 12'," as some sites reported. Specific frame rate targets also weren't formally announced.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 11, 2019

Go big or go fast: Corsair shatters the 5GHz DDR4 barrier, G.Skill unveils a monster 256GB RAM kit
It's a killer time for PC memory enthusiasts. A pair of recent RAM releases should bring a smile to your face regardless of whether you're into ultra-fast memory speeds or kits with massive capacity.

On Thursday, Corsair became the first memory vendor to commercially ship DDR4 RAM that can break the 5GHz barrier on Ryzen 3000-based systems. The company's 16GB Vengeance LPX kit, a pair of 8GB modules, are based on Micron dies and can hit 5GHz with a CAS Latency timing of 18 at 1.5 volts. 

If you're shrugging because you've already seen people hit memory clock speeds over 5.7GHz, remember that most of memory overclocking records are performed with exotic cooling. Corsair's announcement of a commercial product can be bought and essentially guaranteed to hit such sky-high clock and memory timings is another matter. That blistering performance doesn't come cheap, though, as Corsair charges $1,225 for its 5GHz Vengeance LPX memory kit

PC World Latest News
Oct 11, 2019

Upcoming Microsoft keyboards will include dedicated Office, emoji shortcut keys
Microsoft is finally launching two keyboards with new, dedicated shortcut keys for Office and Windows 10's emoji menu.

Both the $59.99 Microsoft Ergonomic KeyboardRemove non-product link as well as the $49.99 Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard

PC World Latest News
Oct 11, 2019

Best mesh Wi-Fi routers: Reviews and buying advice
A great wireless router is an essential element of tech life, whether you're building out a smart home or you just want the best experience streaming music and video at home. If you're suffering with low wireless throughput or dead spots in any area of your home, we heartily recommend deploying a mesh network consisting of a Wi-Fi router with one or more satellite nodes that you sprinkle around your home, because it will blanket your home with coverage. 

You can deploy a mesh Wi-Fi router without any satellites, but you'd be losing out on all the coverage benefits that mesh technology provides. We pick the best mesh systems here, because even those of us fortunate enough to have ethernet drops everywhere have devices—smartphones and tablets, for instance—that depend on Wi-Fi to connect to the home network and the internet.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 11, 2019

Roku Ultra (2019) review: It's all about the buttons
The Roku Ultra is the best high-end Roku streamer yet, but there's a lot more room for improvement.

PC World Latest News
Oct 11, 2019

Samsung SmartThings Wifi review: A sensible choice for smart homes, but far from the best router
Mesh tech is as beneficial to smart home devices as it is to home networking, so it makes sense to deploy a single product that can handle both missions—provided that single device offers best-in-class performance in both areas. While the second-generation Samsung SmartThings Wifi mesh router is a great smart home hub, it's far from being a state-of-the-art router. But if you don't need a top-shelf router, and not everyone does, the SmartThings Wifi's price tag and its performance as a smart home hub renders it a good enough value.

SmartThings Wifi as a smart home hub In some respects, the Samsung SmartThings Wifi three-pack reviewed here is an even better smart home hub than our top pick in that category—the third-generation Samsung SmartThings Hub—simply because it has three nodes to the Hub's one. That said, we're sticking with our recommendation of the SmartThings Hub as the best smart home system for most people because the SmartThings Wifi router simply isn't the best mesh router you can buy. You won't want to replace a superior router with this one just to get a smart home hub.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 11, 2019

Microsoft's next Windows 10 feature update gets a name: the Windows 10 November 2019 Update
Microsoft has made it official: Windows 10's "19H2" release will now be officially known as the Windows 10 November 2019 Update.

Microsoft is giving itself plenty of runway with what's also known as the version 1909 release. Typically, the version number incorporates the month and the year, so that "1909" would be assumed to ship in September. That's the schedule Microsoft committed to, anyway. Microsoft hasn't changed the November 2019 Update's version number to accommodate the revised shipping date.

Microsoft hasn't committed to an official rollout date for shipping the Windows 10 November 2019 Update to the millions of "stable" PCs who aren't in the Insider testing program, either, though sometime in November is a safe bet.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 10, 2019

PC market grows again in Q3, as Windows 7 nears end of life
The PC market grew in the third quarter of 2019 year over year, largely due to looming tariffs and the end of the road for Windows 7.

According to IDC, the PC market grew 3 percent to 70.4 million units. Gartner, which measures growth slightly differently, said that the PC market grew 1.1 percent to 68.1 million units. Gartner excludes tablets like iPads and alternative OS devices like Chromebooks from its tally; IDC does not.

Both firms said that Lenovo, HP, and Dell represented the top three PC makers worldwide. U.S. PC sales grew in the low single digits, IDC said, without specifying numbers. According to Gartner, U.S. PC sales fell by 0.3 percent, to 14.8 million PCs,

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PC World Latest News
Oct 10, 2019

Best cheap laptops: We rate the best-sellers on Amazon and Best Buy
When you're looking for a good, cheap laptop, knowledge is power. Every budget machine (which we're defining as Windows laptops costing $500 or less) is the product of compromise—corners carefully cut here and there to hit a price point.

Your job is to find the one that checks off the most boxes for your needs. We'll show you what to look for by highlighting which budget laptops among the best-sellers currently listed at Amazon and Best Buy are worth buying. We haven't necessarily tested these specific machines (we'll let you know if we have), but we've seen enough similar ones to have a good idea of the pros and cons. We're also focusing on 14-inch and larger laptops, because part of the great deal should be getting a decent-sized display.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 10, 2019

The Full Nerd ep. 102: Intel price cuts, Radeon RX 5500, Dune Pro vs. Mac Pro
In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, Alaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray wade into battlegrounds, digging deep into CPU and GPU price wars before revealing a new PC-centric rival to the Mac Pro. Well, at least the Mac Pro case.

We kick things off by discussing Intel's recent processor price reductions. They're significant in the case of the massively multi-core upcoming "Cascade-X" Core-X chips, and milder (but still welcome) in Intel's graphics-less F-series Core CPUs. After that, Brad reveals what we know (and don't know) about AMD's just-announced Radeon RX 5500 series graphics cards, which are coming to prebuilt systems before DIY enthusiasts can pick them up.

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Oct 10, 2019

WD's My Passport 5TB USB hard drive review: Updated style and capacity
WD's My Passport external 2.5-inch USB 3.0 hard drive is now available in up to 5TB in capacity, which means you can stuff even more data in your pocket than with the last iteration. At $150 retail, you pay $30 more than the previous top-capacity 4TB unit, but that's the same price as its Seagate Expansion rival, as well as one-fifth the price per gigabyte of SSDs. 

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

Design and specs The 5TB My Passport measures 4.22 x 2.95 x 0.75 inches and weighs 0.46 pounds. It's also available in 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB capacities, with the 1TB and 2TB versions being thinner at 0.44 inches and weighing only 0.27 pounds. All capacities carry a three-year warranty. (Note that if this drive is like other WD My Passports, you'll likely find a decent discount if you shop around.)

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PC World Latest News
Oct 10, 2019

Where's the "Low Data Mode" for streaming TV devices?
Features like Apple's Low Data Mode and Google's Data Saver should also apply to streaming TV devices, where data caps are an unfortunate reality.

PC World Latest News
Oct 10, 2019

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
Oct 10, 2019

Review: Dell's XPS 15 7590 reaches for 8 cores of CPU power
Dell's XPS 15 (version 7590) is a test of just how much hardware you can jam into a 4.2-pound laptop. This latest iteration includes up to an 8-core "overclockable" Core i9-9980HK and a discrete GeForce GTX 1650 card. That is a lot of hot hardware in a body arguably not built to handle it. Hardware you'd expect to see in a gaming laptop, not a high-end, thin-and-light workhorse. 

We know why Dell likely did it: to compete with another high-end 15-inch laptop that's stuffed to the gills, the MacBook Pro 15. That's not a gaming machine either—both are systems designed for programmers, engineers, content creators, and other computing-intensive professionals. But the sad truth is most consumers will compare the top CPUs in both laptops, and buy the one with the "faster" CPU. So yes, if Apple is going to cross the line with a Core i9, Dell is apparently ready to cross it too, thermal limitations be damned. Our review will see if the XPS 15's stretch was worth the sacrifice. 

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PC World Latest News
Oct 09, 2019

The 'radically different' Essential Phone 2 is on its way, but why?
It's been more than two years, several price cuts, and one mass layoff since Andy Rubin's Essential burst into the scene with a new kind of phone. Hailed by critics and instantly declared the next big thing, it was the first Android phone with a notch, no headphone jack, a modular magnetic system, and an overinflated sense of purpose.

In no uncertain terms, Essential Phone was a beautiful disaster. Initial figures put sales south of 100,000, the promised charging and audio mods arrived late or not at all, and the AI-powered home hub turned out to be pure vaporware.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 09, 2019

Sennheiser's GSP 370 gaming headset touts a 100-hour battery life
Battery life remains one of the key shortcomings for most wireless headsets. Nothing is more frustrating than donning your device and realizing you forgot to charge it the night before, waiting for the low-battery beeps to kick in. Companies have taken various stabs at combating the dreaded dead headset these past few years. Astro built a little charging display stand for its 2016 A50 refresh. SteelSeries provides backup batteries for the Arctis Pro Wireless.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 09, 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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PC World Latest News
Oct 09, 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
Oct 09, 2019

Intel kills Kaby Lake G, vows to offer drivers for five years
When Kaby Lake G debuted at CES 2018, it made a big bang. No one expected sworn rivals Intel and AMD to collaborate on a CPU package, marrying  a 7th-gen Kaby Lake CPU with a unique AMD Radeon RX Vega GPU. 

But what began with a bang ended Monday with an unceremonious memo. First noticed by Paul Alcorn of Tom's Hardware, the Product Change Notification published by Intel on Monday confirmed that pretty much every single Kaby Lake G, including the Core i7-8706G, the  Core i7-8705G, and the Core i5-8305G, would be discontinued. Last call for orders will be on January 17, 2020, and the final shipments are scheduled for July 31, 2020.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 09, 2019

Vizio SB36514-G6 Home Theater Sound System review: Impressive sound, but we had Chromecast issues
We loved its true surround sound and immersive Dolby Atmos effects, but the Vizio SB36514-G6 gave us trouble when it came to iOS 13 and Chromecast.

PC World Latest News
Oct 09, 2019

Xfinity Flex review: Comcast's "free" streaming hardware/service combo is a work in progress
It's a clever customer-retention gambit, but neither the hardware nor the service is best in class.

PC World Latest News
Oct 08, 2019

Best smart lock for a keyless home
Keys are yesterday's tech, your smart home needs a smart door lock.

PC World Latest News
Oct 08, 2019

Soliom G1 380° review: A clever, but incomplete take on a dual-channel dash cam
I didn't quite know what to make of Soliom's G1 380° ($100 on Amazon) the first time I saw the horizontally split-frame front/rear, surround video that it captures by default. It's unique among dash cams in my experience, and while the quality is weak, this camera is arguably the best I've seen for pure legal daytime protection to the front and sides. For everything else, not so much.

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best dash cams. Go there for information on competing products and how we tested them. 

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PC World Latest News
Oct 08, 2019

Owlcam review: The easiest, classiest, most phone-centric dash cam on the market
When it first shipped, the Owlcam broke new ground by cherry-picking the best ideas from the competition and adding an excellent trick of its own: uploading incident video in real time to the cloud. It's also easily the slickest consumer experience in the market, with some real top-notch design flourishes. 

But at $349 on Amazon plus a yearly subscription (the first year is included), it's pricey over the long haul. It's also highly co-dependent with your phone. If neither of those factors bothers you, it's the real deal.

Note that this is actually our second look at the Owlcam. We tested what was basically a shipping beta, then known as the Owl Car Cam, just over a year ago. It lacked key features such as Android support, some of which were added after that review. Reviewed here is the mature product.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 08, 2019

The next big things in home-theater: Dolby Atmos and DTS:X explained
What's more immersive than surround sound? An audio system that can use the third dimension of height.

PC World Latest News
Oct 08, 2019

Microsoft rolls out Your Phone's Calls feature: You can use your PC to make calls using your phone
Microsoft has been showing off Your Phone's ability to place and make calls, and now it's finally arrived on a significant portion of Android phones and Windows 10 Insider PCs. Yes, you can leave your phone in your pocket.

Calls promises to do what its name implies: permit you to answer incoming calls from your PC, as well as initiate calls from your PC using either the dialer app or your existing contacts. Calls will be placed from your nearby Android phone, but you'll be able to control your phone via Windows, as well as hear and talk to your caller via your PC's mic and speakers.

You'll be able to decline incoming calls and send them to voicemail, or respond with a text. A call history will also be available. (Note that this assumes your contacts are from your Windows People app, and not your Android contact list.)  Finally, you'll be able to swap calls between your PC and the phone, and vice versa.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 08, 2019

Windows, Xbox now allow parents to set per-game screen time limits for kids
Microsoft now allows more specific limits on kids playing games on Windows PCs and Xbox Ones, permitting parents to set limits on specific games and websites.

Although Microsoft rolled its new "app and game limits" feature out as part of the October 2019 Xbox Update, the new limits can be applied to both the PC and the console. They're accessible via the existing family settings associated with your Microsoft account. 

Specifically, Microsoft now allows parents to specify times that their kids can play games—from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends, say—as well as the total time that they can play the game. Each option can be configured for a specific game, such as Roblox, for example. Previously, parents were simply allowed to specify a chunk of time—two hours, possibly—during which their kids could be online.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 08, 2019

Watch The Full Nerd talk about Intel and AMD news live!
Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. Today's show covers the recent CPU price cuts from Intel, AMD's new Radeon RX 5500, and our upcoming Dune Pro case build. As always we will be answering your live questions so speak up in the chat.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 08, 2019

John Wick Hex review: This strategy game nails the John Wick feel
It always starts with one. One is manageable. One is easy even, if their back is turned. Walk up behind, that sort-of hunched at-the-ready walk, then slam them into the ground.

Then doors start opening, men rush out with guns drawn. You crouch, roll, fire off two shots. Don't even stop to confirm he's down. Throw your gun into the guy rounding the corner, punch him twice in the face. Steal his gun. Fire twice behind you. Another one down.

All hell breaks loose. Luckily, you're the devil.

Good evening, Mr. Wick We rarely see licensed video games these days, let alone ones as daring as John Wick Hex. Best case scenario, you'd expect the John Wick films to get a middling first-person shooter adaptation. Worst case scenario, a mobile collectible card game or something.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 08, 2019

The Bradwell Conspiracy review: You can unravel this one in an afternoon
Remember when every puzzle game wanted to be Portal? We're a few years on from that trend now, but every now and then it resurfaces.

Sometimes the connection is a little more distant, like The Talos Principle. Other times it's practically hitting you in the face. Shady tech corporation? Snarky sense of humor? And always, the puzzle gimmick, the underlying foundation and ostensibly the raison d'etre.

Problem is, very few of these puzzle mechanics are ever as fresh or as malleable as Portal's portals. Such is the case with The Bradwell Conspiracy, an adventure that starts strong but runs out of ideas too early.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 08, 2019

Excel: Top 10 tips for beginners
Microsoft Excel is an incredibly capable and complex spreadsheet program. If you're just getting your feet wet, these tips will help you get started on making a spreadsheet and writing a formula. Once you learn the vocabulary, the rest gets easier.

Open Excel and choose a blank workbook JD Sartain / IDG Worldwide Open a new blank Excel workbook

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PC World Latest News
Oct 08, 2019

Delaney Smartlock & Video Camera and Bridging Hub review: A home security bundle not ready for prime time
These two also-ran smart-home products form a mediocre bundle.

PC World Latest News
Oct 08, 2019

Microsoft Surface Pro X vs 12.9-inch iPad Pro: Which big-screened productivity tablet is best?
In the world of ultraportable 2-in-1 tablets that can work as hard as they play, there are but two options: the iPad Pro and the Surface Pro. And on October 2, Microsoft unvieled not just a refreshed Surface Pro 7, but the brand-new Surface Pro X, an always-on, always-connected tablet that seems solely designed to take on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. So let's dive in and see how these two tablets stack up.

Surface Pro X vs 12.9-inch iPad Pro: Design With either the Surface Pro X or the iPad Pro, you're getting a modern tablet with a giant display surrounded by slim bezels, all packed in a thin, lightweight frame:

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PC World Latest News
Oct 08, 2019

Ring Spotlight Battery review: The best Smart Lighting starting point
If you're looking to dive into Ring's Smart Lighting world, the best place to start is the Spotlight Battery.

PC World Latest News
Oct 08, 2019

Opera 64 kills trackers for more speed, creates memes for more laughs
What's more important to you in a browser: faster performance, greater privacy...or memes? With Opera 64 for the PC, Opera says you can have all three.

Opera 64 already includes a built-in ad blocker, which the company has said can increase performance. Opera 64 now includes a technology that blocks tracker scripts as well, improving performance by an additional 20 percent. One of the advantages, Opera says, is that the blocking script will prevent scenarios in which an item you checked out or bought online will "stalk" you, appearing in numerous ads on Web pages.

Opera Opera's menu system appears to have changed, consolidating all of the available privacy options into a single location.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 07, 2019

Intel shows off the 'Element,' another modular CPU design for servers or workstations
When we saw Intel's NUC Compute Element this summer in Taipei, we thought that Intel's spin on a modular laptop was interesting, though odd. It turns out that "odd" has an older sibling.

Meet the "Element," a larger take on the NUC Compute Element we saw earlier. While the NUC Compute Element was about as large as a business card, the Element looks about as big as a...NUC, but still with a slot-based design. (For now, you'll have to visit Anandtech's site to see more of what the Element looks like.)

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PC World Latest News
Oct 07, 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 2080 Super [GeForce.com] Best 4K/144Hz GPU: GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition

PC World Latest News
Oct 07, 2019

MSI's affordable Alpha 15 gaming laptop goes all-AMD with Radeon RX 5500, Ryzen 7, and FreeSync
AMD revealed its new Radeon RX 5500 series graphics cards on Monday, bringing the cutting-edge features found in its Radeon RX 5700 series to the masses with a focus on 1080p gaming. In an unusual twist, AMD's new GPU is debuting in prebuilt PC systems first, including an intriguing all-AMD gaming laptop also introduced today: MSI's Alpha 15.

The Alpha 15 packs Radeon RX 5500 graphics, obviously, along with the Ryzen 7 3750H processor and a blazing-fast 15.6-inch 144Hz FreeSync panel for stutter-free, buttery-smooth mobile gaming. Better yet, this notebook clocks in at a very attractive price, costing just $999 for a version with 8GB of RAM, or $1099 for a 16GB model.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 07, 2019

Watch us build this PC with Threadripper and GeForce RTX inside
If your idea of a professional computer means being locked into proprietary parts and never being able to upgrade—think again.

On October 9, watch PCWorld build a 32-core AMD Threadripper-based, GeForce RTX 2080 Ti-packing PC in this beautiful all-aluminium Dune Pro case.

With artisanal stainless steel handles and aluminium parts, nothing says classy like the Dune Pro case. And you don't even have to buy a $1,000 monitor stand to get it.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 07, 2019

Amazon's upgraded Fire HD 10 tablet finally dumps micro-USB for USB-C
After launching 16 new devices at its blowout Echo event last month, Amazon has one more thing to show off before its holiday push. On Monday, it rolled out a new version of its Fire HD 10 tablet, and it has a surprise in tow: a USB-C port.

That might not seem like a big deal in 2019, but it's something of a milestone for Amazon. All of its other tablets and readers rely on the finicky and antiquated micro USB. The new port brings Amazon's biggest tablet in line with fast-charging smartphones, laptops, and tablets, and for most people will eliminate the need to carry around two chargers.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 07, 2019

AMD's Radeon RX 5500 graphics card brings Navi to the masses with 'next level 1080p gaming'
With AMD's new Radeon RX 5500 series announced Monday, some of the company's most advanced graphics technologies just got more affordable. Unfortunately you'll have to buy a prebuilt PC to get it, at least at first.

It all goes back to AMD's superb Radeon RX 5700 and 5700 XT GPUs, which dropped this summer and immediately became some of the best 1440p graphics cards you can buy because of their GeForce-toppling performance. That gaming prowess is build atop several future-looking features: The Radeon RX 5700 series were the first 7nm GPUs, the first graphics cards to support bleeding-edge PCIe 4.0 connections, and the first cards to feature AMD's all-new RDNA graphics architecture, which delivers key power efficiency and gaming improvements. 

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PC World Latest News
Oct 07, 2019

Samsung's Chromebook 4 and Chromebook 4 offer affordable, small luxuries
Samsung's Chromebook 4 and Chromebook 4 , both announced Monday, represent one big upgrade and a bunch of little ones to the company's popular line of entry-level Google machines. The laptops start shipping Monday as well, with starting prices of $230 and $300, respectively. 

The big upgrade is the Chromebook 4 itself (pictured at top), which has a roomy 15.6-inch display with a nice Full HD resolution (1920x1080). While the most common Chromebook display size continues to be 11.6 inches (that would include the Chromebook 4), a larger display size offers greater productivity, as well as a better visual experience for videos and games. The Chromebook 4 also appears to have fairly slim bezels, while the Chromebook 4's bezels are pretty chunky (see below). 

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PC World Latest News
Oct 07, 2019

Intel slashes prices of 9th-gen desktop 'F' chips without integrated graphics by up to 20 percent
Competition appears to be forcing Intel's prices down in the high-end gaming space. After launching its significantly cheaper Core X-series processors last week, on Monday Intel sliced up to 20 percent off of its 9th-gen "F" parts.

At the time, the thought was that these "F" chips, which lack an integrated GPU, would serve as a safety valve of sorts for those who couldn't find a 9th-gen Core chip. But Intel also pitched them as gaming-optimized processors for those who knew that they'd be pairing them with a dedicated GPU, anyway. Intel's 9th-gen products are based on the Coffee Lake architecture.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 07, 2019

NAD Masters M10 streaming amplifier review: Great sound, Dirac room correction, and lots more
The NAD M10 streaming amplifier sounds great, is extremely versatile and offers Dirac so you can tune it to your acoustical space. But despite a large colorful touch display, setup and some other functions rely on a phone app or web browser.

PC World Latest News
Oct 04, 2019

This week in games: Red Dead Redemption 2 is finally coming to PC
Leave it to Rockstar to completely blow up the November release calendar on a random Friday morning in October, eh? Sorry Planet Zoo, sorry Need for Speed, Red Dead is coming.

That news, plus Sony opens up cross-play, Gearbox settles (some of) its legal issues, release dates for Arise and The Bradwell Conspiracy, the Terminator hits Mortal Kombat metal bones and all, and a Twitch streamer builds a whole goose controller-costume for the Untitled Goose Game.

This is gaming news for September 30 to October 4.

Rootin' and tootin' Let's go ahead and start with the headliner news this week. After much will-they-won't-they consternation, Rockstar announced this morning that yes, of course they would. In other words, Red Dead Redemption 2 is coming to PC on November 5.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 04, 2019

Best gaming keyboards: Our picks for the top budget, mid-tier, and RGB boards
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

To help you sort through the many options, we've rounded up a large number of planks, putting them through their paces, to come up with our top recommendations. All of these are mechanical keyboards, and for good reason—they're simply more comfortable to use over the long haul. But we're open-minded, so if we encounter an alternative that works well, you may see it appear on this list. We'll keep updating it periodically as we test new keyboards.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 04, 2019

New zero-day Android exploit targets Pixel, Galaxy phones—and hackers are already using it
Google's Project Zero team is warning Pixel, Pixel 2, Galaxy S9, Huawei P20, and millions of other Android phone users that a new zero-day vulnerability could let a hacker take full control of your phone. And what's worse, there is evidence that it is being actively exploited in the wild.

As first spotted by Ars Technica, the issue was first patched in the December 2017 security update, but several phones are "still vulnerable based on source code review." According to Google, the phones at risk include:

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PC World Latest News
Oct 04, 2019

Belkin Boost Up Charge Wireless Charging Stand 7.5W review: A versatile design goes a long way
Wireless charging stands often have a pretty similar look: a main body that holds all the charging components, with a small ledge at the bottom on which your phone rests. But Belkin's $50 Belkin Boost Up Charge Wireless Charging Stand 7.5W has a little different look.


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PC World Latest News
Oct 04, 2019

Realforce RGB gaming keyboard review: Even for Topre fans this is a tough call
Topre switches. You either love them or...well, you've probably never tried them, because they're prohibitively expensive to all but the most enthusiastic of keyboard enthusiasts. Case in point: The Realforce RGB, Topre's attempt at a modern RGB gaming keyboard, yours for the low, low price—and this is the point where you swig some water—of $299.

Okay, now that you've wiped the spit-take from your monitor, let's dig in.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 04, 2019

Topre Realforce RGB gaming keyboard review: Even for Topre fans this is a tough call
Topre switches. You either love them or...well, you've probably never tried them, because they're prohibitively expensive to all but the most enthusiastic of keyboard enthusiasts. Case in point: The Realforce RGB, Topre's attempt at a modern RGB gaming keyboard, yours for the low, low price—and this is the point where you swig some water—of $299.

Okay, now that you've wiped the spit-take from your monitor, let's dig in.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 04, 2019

LG 88Z9 8K OLED TV review: If you've got the cash, this stunning TV delivers the goods
This monster-sized 8K OLED (88 inches measured diagonally) comes to market with a price tag much lower than was rumored, but it will still set you back about $30,000.

PC World Latest News
Oct 04, 2019

Ask a PC expert: AMD Radeon vs. Nvidia GeForce graphics cards
In this video, we attempt to answer the eternal question: AMD or Nvidia?

You won't find fanboy histrionics here. Instead, PCWorld graphics guru Brad Chacos tackles some of the key platform differences between AMD's Radeon graphics cards and Nvidia's GeForce GPUs. You'll learn about driver quality (spoiler: They're both great), adaptive sync monitor support, the exclusive allure of real-time ray tracing, bang-for-buck considerations, and more.

You should read our guide to the best graphics cards for PC gaming for concrete product recommendations, but hopefully this high-level overview helps you understand some of the key differences between AMD and Nvidia graphics cards.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 03, 2019

23andMe review: It lives up to the hype of DNA testing
Of all the companies that offer DNA testing, 23andMe is one of the most famous. According to the International Society of Genetic Genealogy, 23andMe has tested the DNA of more than 5 million people, making it the second-most popular test after AncestryDNA.

This popularity provides an advantage over DNA tests from smaller services: The more people in the system, the more accurate the ethnicity estimates. 23andMe also regularly releases new reports evaluating your DNA.


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PC World Latest News
Oct 03, 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: We first glimpsed Intel's 10th-generation, 10nm laptop CPU first in Taipei at Computex, and we just got our first 10th-gen  benchmarks as it rolls out officially. It will coexist with the 9th generation of Core mobile processors, and mobile GeForce GTX 1650 and 1660 Ti graphics. Stay tuned for new models we bring in for review. 

Updated 10/03/2019: In case you missed it, Microsoft revealed a raft of new hardware on October 2 at an event in New York, including news Surface Laptop and Surface Pro models, plus a few intriguing dual-display prototypes. We also recently reviewed Acer's Aspire 5 mainstream workhorse with Ryzen 5, and its Nitro 5 gaming laptop; plus Lenovo's affordable ThinkBook 13s for small businesses. Read on for all the latest developments, plus our top picks in all categories and price points.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 03, 2019

Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair review: Not impossible, but not very fun either
I'll never finish Yooka-Laylee and the Impossible Lair—and no, not because it's impossible. It's not, but I do find it pretty tedious and that's damning enough. After twelve hours of so-so platforming and a few stabs at finishing up its final challenge, I'm calling it quits.

And I'm a bit disappointed, I'll admit. I'm one of the few who really enjoyed the first Yooka-Laylee and its take on Banjo-Kazooie era mascot collectathons. This sequel ditches that format for a Donkey Kong Country-esque side-scrolling platformer, and loses much of its character in the process. There are neat ideas here and there, but by and large they're the parts that don't involve platforming, while the meat of the experience is simplistic and overfamiliar.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 03, 2019

Best Android phones 2019: What should you buy?
Choosing the best Android phone for you is a big decision. The Android universe teems with options, from superexpensive flagship phones to more affordable models that make a few calculated compromises, to models expressly designed for, say, great photography. 

Chances are that whichever phone you buy, you'll keep it for at least two years. So we've made picks for the best Android phone in categories spanning a variety of needs. Check out our summary list below, or keep reading for the details on each one. At the bottom of this article, we also list all our recent Android phone reviews—in case you have your eye on a model that didn't make our cut.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 03, 2019

EA will give you a free month of Origin Access if you turn on 2FA (which you should do anyway)
It's 2019, and you should have two-factor authentication enabled on every account that offers it. Sure, it's occasionally annoying to dig out your phone for every login attempt, but the added security and peace of mind is worth it. And if me telling you to enable two-factor won't convince you? Well, how about free games?

EA's latest promotion offers just that. October is "National Cybersecurity Awareness Month." As such, if you sign up for "Login Verification" a.k.a. two-factor authentication during October you'll get a month of EA's Origin Access Basic subscription service for free. And if you already ate your vegetables and signed up for two-factor in the past? You'll get a month of Origin Access for free as well. 

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PC World Latest News
Oct 03, 2019

Microsoft will bring its powerful cloud dictation and transcription services to Word in 2020
The dictation service within Microsoft Word is lousy. At long last, that looks like it's about to change.

In 2017, we complained that dictation within Windows was awful, specifically because it worked upon a local model that individual users had to train. Now, Microsoft says it's preparing to bring its far, far superior cloud dictation service to Microsoft Word, beginning in 2020. And it's bringing transcription to Word, too.

Open Word, tap the mic button in the upper right, and you can see what we mean: Unless you've specifically trained the model and speak clearly, Windows can only recognize a majority of your words. Unfortunately, a "majority" isn't good enough, as you'll often have to dive in and edit, interrupting your workflow.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 03, 2019

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

PC World Latest News
Oct 03, 2019

Why the Surface Neo's keyboard was the best thing at Microsoft's hardware showcase
For what it's worth, my Microsoft a-ha! moment came not with the surprise Surface Duo Android phone, nor with the two-screened Surface Neo, but when Microsoft unfolded the wraparound keyboard accessory that shipped with its dual-screen Neo prototype.

Why? Because no one likes typing on glass. Some of us prefer tapping on glass, in the way that we can bang out a quick instant message or selfie on the bus or train. But actual work requires a keyboard with travel, in much the same way that we wear comfortable, cushioned shoes for walking or running.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 03, 2019

Ears on with Microsoft's Surface Earbuds: Tapping the cloud for transcription and more
Microsoft's Surface Headphones probably hitched themselves too closely to Cortana, turning what was an intriguing product into a tchotchke that was handed out at a Surface fan event before Microsoft's Surface launch started. With Microsoft's Surface Earbuds, Microsoft seems determined not to make the same mistake.

That's not a slight against Microsoft. The Headphones offered powerful, selective noise-canceling technologies, but Microsoft positioned them as a Cortana accessory. When Cortana was de-emphasized, down went the Headphones. With the Earbuds, Cortana appears just once on the Earbuds' one-page product sheet. Instead, the secret sauce is its cloud transcription capabilities, plus what Microsoft is touting as a superior audio solution for apps like Spotify.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 03, 2019

Hands on with the Microsoft Surface Pro 7: Ice Lake looks promising
Most of the improvements in Microsoft's Surface Pro 7 are tied to an Intel "Ice Lake" microprocessor upgrade, and that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Admittedly, we've dinged prior Surface tablets like the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 because they have largely remained static over the past few generations. We can't quite say the same for the Surface Pro 7, for two reasons: One is that chip, and the other is the addition of a more modern USB-C port.

Microsoft's Surface Pro 7 starts at $749, and is available in either black or platinum. (The existing Type Covers have several different color options, including black and the red color shown here.) That price can quickly climb to $2,299, though, with higher-end . A corporate version running Windows 10 Pro is available as well.

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PC World Latest News
Oct 03, 2019

Best Fitbit: We help you choose the right one for your lifestyle
What is the best Fitbit? Our guide will help you find the one that best matches your activity level and habits, without spending more than you need.

PC World Latest News
Oct 03, 2019

10 burning Microsoft Surface Duo questions we need answered before it goes on sale
Look out Samsung Galaxy S11, iPhone 12, and Google Pixel 5: There's a new kid in town—or at least there will be, by the time all of those phones launch in 2020. Microsoft on Wednesday gave us a sneak peek of the Surface Duo, its first smartphone since the ill-fated Windows Phone, and it's definitely unique.

Something of a cross between a laptop and a Galaxy Fold, the Surface Duo is a device with more questions than answers. What we know for sure is that it runs Android and needs to be opened like a laptop to be used, but there are so many more things we need to know before it goes on sale late next year, like:

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PC World Latest News
Oct 03, 2019

Gee, the cost of all these streaming services sure adds up!
How to cut the cord and get everything—and I mean everything—you could possibly want.

PC World Latest News
Oct 03, 2019

Braumm S111 smart switch review: This generic switch won't break the bank
Like Braumm's Wi-Fi smart plug, there's absolutely nothing sophisticated about the Braumm S111 in-wall smart switch, but it is supremely inexpensive.

PC World Latest News
Oct 03, 2019

Hands on with the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3: Gorgeous reworking, inside and out
Even before you can start talking about the new 15-inch Surface Laptop 3, or AMD's custom Ryzen inside of it, you simply have to admit: Microsoft's new all-metal Surface Laptop 3's are gorgeous. 

Full disclosure: I'm typing this on a Microsoft Surface Book 2, so there's some justification for my love of shiny metal. And that's where the Surface Laptop 3 starts: with metal options in Sandstone, plus Matte Black, Cobalt Blue and the traditional Platinum. Yes, the Alcantara fabric is still an option, but if you want a Surface Book-like option without the price, Microsoft has you covered.

Mark Hachman / IDG The new 15-inch and the existing 13-inch form factors of the Surface Laptop 3, in metal and the traditional Alcantara fabric.

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