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INTEL 8TH-GEN CPU MOTHERBOARDS EXPLAINED: Z370 vs. H370 vs. B360 vs. H310
Selecting the best Intel 300-series motherboard to fit your needs was straightforward when the initial wave of 8th-gen Core desktop processors launched in October 2017, because only the enthusiast-class Z370 chipset released alongside the new chips.
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Lenovo Mirage Solo: No-wires VR Arrives, And It’s Pretty Awesome
Lenovo’s new Mirage Solo with Google Daydream separates “good” VR from a glorified View-Master experience because of one thing: the ability to move. No, not turn your head as though locked in a brace, but actually kneel on the floor and feel as thoug
PCWorld4 min read
VPNhub Premium: Pornhub’s New VPN Service Needs To Work Out The Kinks
If ever there was a company meant to produce a virtual private network (VPN) service as a natural outgrowth of its business it’s Pornhub. That’s why it surprised no one, but possibly intrigued everyone, when the famous site introduced VPNhub in late
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AMD Tops Intel With Its 32-core Threadripper 2, Which Will Ship This Year
AMD just did Intel one better at Computex. On the Tuesday of the show, Intel wowed the Taipei crowds with a 28-core Core chip (see page 11), which the company promised by the end of the year. One day after, on Wednesday, AMD announced Threadripper 2—
PCWorld4 min read
Rakuten Kobo Clara HD E-reader: Superior To The Kindle Paperwhite, Except For One Thing
BY SÉAMUS BELLAMY Rakuten Kobo’s Clara HD e-reader ($130 from Rakuten Kobo) costs $10 less than its main competitor, the ad-free version of the Kindle Paperwhite (reviewed here and available, of course, from Amazon). The casual observer could be forg
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How To Install Fortnite On Android, And Every Phone That Can Play It
BY BRAD CHACOS Epic Games’ Fortnite is eating the world, and now the battle royale game (and occasional golf simulator) is finally coming to Android. Samsung Galaxy devices held exclusive access to the Fortnite beta for now, but Epic has started roll
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10 Best PC Games Of 2018 (so Far)
BY HAYDEN DINGMAN As always, it’s hard to believe we’re already halfway through 2018. Seems like just yesterday we were crowning 2017’s best PC games, and now there’s six more months of titles swelling the backlog. This year’s been a bit odd though,
PCWorld2 min read
All Five Myst Games Are Being Rereleased For Myst’s 25th Anniversary
BY HAYDEN DINGMAN Hot on the heels of the recent Firmament announcement, Cyan teased another project in the works. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Myst, and it looks like Cyan’s preparing…something. Hard to say what, exactly, but something. I
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Ryzen APU: Ryzen Plus Vega Saves Budget Gamers During A GPU Drought
BY GORDON MAH UNG Let’s just lay our cards down at once. AMD’s Ryzen 3 2200G and Ryzen 5 2400G APUs are everything budget gamers have been praying for: surprisingly decent gaming performance at a shockingly low price. In years past, such a statement
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Google Pixel Slate Hands-on: This Is What The Next Generation Of Android Tablets Feels Like
BY MICHAEL SIMON Three years after Google released its first Pixel-branded Android tablet, it’s back with another one. This time it’s called the Pixel Slate, but it doesn’t run Android 9 Pie. It runs Chrome OS. You wouldn’t know it looking at it. Lyi
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How To Set Up Android Auto In Any Car
Android Auto will work in any car, even an older car. All you need is the right accessories—and a smartphone running Android 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher (Android 6.0 is better), with a decent-sized screen. Add a few handy apps and phone settings, and yo
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Samsung 970 EVO: Strong Competition For The Best Budget NVMe SSD
Samsung’s EVO series has owned the title of fastest TLC-based M.2 NVMe SSD since there has been such a thing. But unfortunately for the company, that distinction went the way of the dodo with the release of the WD’s game-changing Black NVMe in April.
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5 Android Messages Features You Should Start Using
The Google Android Messages app is one of the finest ways to send and receive text messages. It’s even ready for the future with RCS standard support and ample features. You might not even realize all the neat things you can do with Android Messages,
PCWorld2 min read
Intel And Micron Announce QLC Dies, Which Means SSDs Are About To Get A Lot Bigger
SSDs are about to get a whole lot bigger and a whole lot cheaper. Intel and Micron recently announced the delivery of the industry’s first Quad-Level Cell NAND dies, which will offer a third more space than previous technology. QLC technology stores
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How Memory Bandwidth Is Killing Amd’s 32-core Threadripper Performance
BY GORDON MAH UNG AMD’s 32-core Threadripper 2990WX is the fastest consumer CPU ever sold. And let’s be clear: We’re in full agreement with anyone who said that. But we would also be the first ones to say it has its limitations, too. The most glaring
PCWorld5 min read
OnePlus 6: Tips, Tweaks, And Secrets For The Best OnePlus Phone Ever
BY RYAN WHITWAM Some of the most popular phones on the market run heavy custom UIs with more features than any sane person needs (we’re looking at you Samsung and LG). The OnePlus 6 doesn’t overload you with things you’ll never use, but there are sti
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5 Ways To Manage Emails And Control Spam In Outlook
BY JD SARTAIN Spam lives on, despite all our efforts to snuff it out—but Outlook has some features to help slow it down. Here are some things anyone can do to manage their email, plus some tips for working within a corporate Outlook system. Use Outlo
PCWorld2 min read
Early Tests Show The Galaxy S9 Beating IPhone X Where It Counts: The Screen And Camera
BY MICHAEL SIMON If the first round of test results is an indication, the iPhone X’s reign as the best handset in the world could be coming to an end. DisplayMate and DxOMark, two of the most respected names in smartphone testing, have put the Galaxy
PCWorld5 min read
How To Check Your PC’s CPU Temperature
BY BRAD CHACOS Is your computer’s CPU too hot? If your PC starts spontaneously shutting down, locking up, or acting sluggish during intense tasks, overheating could be the issue. Keeping tabs on your CPU temperatures is crucial when you’re overclocki
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Hands-on With The Microsoft Surface Laptop 2: A Great Laptop, Now Without Windows 10 S
BY MARK HACHMAN With Microsoft’s Surface Laptop, Microsoft used Windows 10 S as a tool to help enable the Laptop’s outstanding battery life. Now the Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 is here, complete with a higher-performing, 8th-generation Intel Core chip
PCWorld4 min read
Is Your VPN Secure? How To Check For Leaks
A trustworthy virtual private network (VPN) is a good way to keep your internet usage secure and private whether at home or on public Wi-Fi. But just how private is your activity over a VPN? In other words, how do you know if the VPN is doing its job
PCWorld7 min read
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 3rd Gen: A Speedy, Premium 2-in-1 With A Lofty Price Tag
Tough, fast, and generous with battery life, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga has a lot going for it, but a bargain price isn’t one of them. We certainly admire the ThinkPad’s top-notch construction, impressive performance and clever touches, like its ret
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NZXT H500i: A $100 Case Loaded With Premium Features
NZXT’s highly regarded H700i and H400i cases shook up the status quo when they debuted in late 2017 by blending the crisp, unpretentious look of the company’s popular S340 and S340 Elite with an integrated Smart Device that taps the company’s CAM sof
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Nvidia CEO: No Next-gen GeForce GPUs For A ‘Long Time,’ But G-Sync BFGDs Coming Soon
The gamers hoping, wishing, and praying for a new generation of GeForce cards to arrive at Computex got some bad news from the company’s CEO during a press briefing at the trade show: The hardware won’t show up for a “long time.” When reporters asked
PCWorld7 min read
Google Privacy Checkup FAQ: How To Limit Tracking And Still Use The Apps You Love
BY MICHAEL SIMON It’s been a rough month for Google. A new report by Digital Content Next reveals some troubling news: Android phones, even when idle, send data to Google at an alarming pace. In fact the study found that an Android phone “communicate
PCWorld4 min read
Where To Find Free Books For Your Amazon Kindle
BY SéAMUS BELLAMY When you own an Amazon Kindle, the cost of supporting a voracious reading habit can get very steep, very quickly. A quick glance at Amazon’s list of the Best Books of the Month shows that a decent read can set you back between $13 a
PCWorld5 min read
7 Ways To Master The New Google News And Use It More Like Google Reader
BY MICHAEL SIMON It’s been nearly five years since Google shut down its Reader service, and we still haven’t gotten over it. We’ve tried our share of replacements—Feedly, Inoreader, NewBlur, etc.—but between subscription fees, cross-platform compatib
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Samsung Galaxy S9: Incrementally Better In All The Right Places
BY MICHAEL SIMON Samsung’s Galaxy S9 is a strange breed of smartphone. With a Snapdragon 845 processor, great camera, and 18:9 screen, it has all the trappings of a fantastic 2018 handset. Yet, at the same time, it’s remarkably similar to the Galaxy
PCWorld2 min read
How To Set Up Two Monitors For Double The Screen Real Estate
BY KATHERINE STEVENSON Even a generous 24-inch monitor can feel cramped when you’ve got multiple windows open on your desktop (and who doesn’t?). It’s much worse if you’re confined to a laptop screen. Fortunately, it’s simple enough to add a second m
PCWorld3 min read
Hands-on With Alienware M15: The Thinnest 15-inch Alienware Laptop Ever Made
BY GORDON MAH UNG Alienware’s beefy gaming laptops have never been known to be thin, but that’s about to change. The new Alienware m15 introduced in early October is a whopping 17 percent thinner and 30 percent smaller than the current 15-inch Alienw
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