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8/15/2018 3:13:16 PM

1 - Foreshadow attacks Intel CPUs with Spectre-like tactics (but you're probably safe)
2 - Best soundbars to improve your TV's audio
3 - The Full Nerd ep. 63: Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 appears, AMD's 32-core Threadripper reviewed
4 - These deeply discounted 256GB SanDisk flash drives give you SSD-sized storage on the go
5 - Walmart's selling an all-aluminum Chromebook with a comfy keyboard for just $220
6 - Alexa, Cortana officially become BFFs as Amazon and Microsoft integrate the two assistants
7 - Corsair K63 Gaming Lapboard review: Second time's the charm for couch gamers
8 - Corsair K63 review: A wireless, Cherry MX-based keyboard made for couch gaming
9 - Smart home guide for beginners: Make your home more convenient to live in without spending lots of time or money
10 - Denon HEOS HomeCinema HS2 soundbar review: Alexa, play 'Jurassic Park'
11 - Chromebooks versus Windows laptops: Which should you buy?
12 - The best online courses for learning Python
13 - 2 ways to control Windows 10 automatic updates
14 - The best laptops: Premium laptops, cheap laptops, 2-in-1s, and more
15 - Owl Car Cam review: 24-hour surveillance redefines the dash cam
16 - If Apple wants to properly add Pencil support to the iPhone, it needs to copy the Galaxy Note 9
17 - Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front
18 - Best home weather station: Which one should be your personal meteorologist?
19 - Bose's QuietComfort 35 Series II noise-canceling wireless headphones just hit an all-time low
20 - Why You Shouldn't Settle for a Free VPN - DealPost
21 - Nvidia teaser suggests GeForce RTX 2080 will launch next week
22 - Adobe's ultra-rare 40% discount for Photoshop Elements 2018 is back
23 - Nvidia's Turing GPU, Quadro RTX and GeForce RTX: 6 things PC gamers need to know
24 - Acer Aspire E15 E5-576G-5762 review: Smooth productivity and even gaming for a bargain price
25 - Ambient Weather WS-2902 Osprey Weather Station review: The best choice for smart-home buffs
26 - Foscam E1 review: This battery-powered camera detects people and pets
27 - Best gaming mouse: Find your perfect match
28 - How to install Fortnite on Android, and every phone that can play it
29 - The Campfire caveat: Why cheap Chromebooks running Windows will benefit Google, not you
30 - Samsung can fix the Galaxy Note 9's biggest problem but it won’t
1 - Foreshadow attacks Intel CPUs with Spectre-like tactics (but you're probably safe)

Move over, Meltdown and Spectre. A new “Foreshadow” attack, alternatively called L1 Terminal Fault or L1TF, targets Intel’s Security Guard Extensions (SGX) within its Core chips.

You should be safe, though, if you’ve already patched your PC as part of the earlier Spectre and Meltdown mitigations that rolled out over the course of the year, according to a blog post from Intel, which disclosed the flaw today. (Wired has more of the technical backstory on the bug itself, and Intel has published a video explaining the issue.) Microsoft is also rolling out patches, Intel said.

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8/15/2018 2:41:00 PM

2 - Best soundbars to improve your TV's audio

Find the best soundbar for music and movies and that's the perfect fit for your budget.

8/15/2018 10:36:00 AM

3 - The Full Nerd ep. 63: Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 appears, AMD's 32-core Threadripper reviewed

In  this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad Chacos, and Adam Patrick Murray geek out over a monstrous new class of desktop processor and the future of graphics cards…which could arrive in less than a week!

Yes, Nvidia formally unveiled its Turing GPU and Quadro RTX hardware this week, and they provide a glimpse of what PC gamers can expect in the next generation of GeForce graphics cards. We won’t need to wait long, it seems. Not-so-cryptic secrets in a recent Nvidia video strongly hint that the GeForce RTX 2080 will launch next week at Gamescom. You read that right: RTX not GTX. R is for raytracing! We dig into the specs revealed so far.

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8/15/2018 8:27:00 AM

4 - These deeply discounted 256GB SanDisk flash drives give you SSD-sized storage on the go

8/15/2018 7:29:00 AM

5 - Walmart's selling an all-aluminum Chromebook with a comfy keyboard for just $220

If you’re not considering a Chromebook when you're shopping for a notebook, you’re doing it wrong. Google's low-cost laptops are typically light, fast, secure, and have almost everything you need for remote work a.k.a. the Internet. Today, you can get in on the action for a great price. Walmart is selling the Acer Chromebook 14 (CB3-431-C6ZB) for $220. That’s about $30 to $40 cheaper than you’d usually pay for this laptop.

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8/15/2018 6:47:00 AM

6 - Alexa, Cortana officially become BFFs as Amazon and Microsoft integrate the two assistants

A year ago, Amazon and Microsoft pledged that their digital assistants, Alexa and Cortana, would become friends. That future has now arrived: Beginning today, you’ll be able to invoke Alexa from Windows 10’s Cortana, and Cortana from an Alexa device like the Echo.

Today (or possibly tomorrow, according to a Microsoft representative) Alexa and Cortana will become skills in their respective devices. Put another way, you’ll be able to say “Hey Cortana, open Alexa” on a Windows 10 PC or Harman Kardon Invoke. On an Amazon Echo, you can say “Alexa, open Cortana.” It sounds as though there will be a brief initial setup process for each device.

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8/15/2018 6:00:00 AM

7 - Corsair K63 Gaming Lapboard review: Second time's the charm for couch gamers

Remember the great living-room PC fad of 2013 to 2016? Oh, what a thrilling time that was, when we still thought Steam Machines might take off, when the Steam Controller was full of potential, and when everyone rushed to capitalize with their own miniaturized PCs and peripherals. Into that environment arrived Corsair’s Lapdog, a combination keyboard/mousepad lapboard made for couch use.

It was emblematic of everything wrong with living room PCs at the time, trying to translate the entire desktop experience to the couch. Overlarge, overpriced, and wired, the Lapdog was a bit of a mess. But two years later, Corsair is back with a newer, slimmer iteration of the Lapdog—now called the Gaming Lapboard—and while living room PCs are just, well, PCs at this point, anyone with a living room machine should snag one of these. 

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8/15/2018 3:45:00 AM

8 - Corsair K63 review: A wireless, Cherry MX-based keyboard made for couch gaming

We technically received Corsair’s K63 Wireless Keyboard as part of our review of the Corsair K63 Wireless Gaming Lapboard—a living-room ready lapdesk, and a refresh of the old Corsair Lapdog but slimmer and wireless this time around. And the K63 works excellently in that context. 

But the Gaming Lapboard is overkill for most people, and you know what? The K63 stands great on its own. It’s compact, it’s durable, it’s reasonably comfortable to type on, and I’ve spent a surprising amount of time using it separate from the Lapboard enclosure. After all, it’s only the second wireless mechanical keyboard from a major manufacturer—and the first with backlighting. Let’s dig in.

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8/15/2018 3:45:00 AM

9 - Smart home guide for beginners: Make your home more convenient to live in without spending lots of time or money

You don’t need to be an expert or spend a fortune on cutting-edge gear, these first steps will lay a foundation you can build on.

8/15/2018 3:00:00 AM

10 - Denon HEOS HomeCinema HS2 soundbar review: Alexa, play 'Jurassic Park'

You’ll find Denon’s Heos HomeCinema HS2 soundbar and wireless subwoofer a solid, feature-rich package.

8/15/2018 3:00:00 AM

11 - Chromebooks versus Windows laptops: Which should you buy?

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

Who should buy a Windows PC?

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

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

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8/15/2018 3:00:00 AM

12 - The best online courses for learning Python

If you’re looking to learn coding or want to pick up another programming language, Python is a good choice. One of the terrific things about Python is how closely it resembles the English language, so you’ll often see words like “not,” “in,” and “or” in its scripts. Because of its readability, Python is commonly the first programming language schools teach. It’s a great launchpad for an aspiring coder

Best online courses for Python at a glance
Our picks for the best subscription / fee-based Python courses and tutorials
    1. Python For Everybody View
    2. Learning Python with PyCharm View
    3. DataCamp View
    4. Introduction to Python: Absolute Beginner View
    5. Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python View
    6. Python and Django Full Stack Web Developer Bootcamp View
    7. AI Programming with Python View
    8. Introduction to Computing in Python View
    9. Python I: Essentials View
 

Now you might be asking: What can you do with Python? Python is the official language of Google, it powers Instagram, and it even runs on chips Intel tests. It’s a scripting language that can automate all sorts of tasks, big or small. You can do just about anything with Python that you can do with other languages. But it also has some distinct advantages.

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8/14/2018 3:35:00 PM

13 - 2 ways to control Windows 10 automatic updates

An up-to-date PC is less vulnerable to attack, so Windows automatic updates are generally a good thing. But sometimes an update will make things worse, rendering a PC problematic, or even unusable until the problem is solved.

That’s why some people prefer to hold off on a update until other people have tried it without disaster. But this requires you to take time out of your day to keep up on the news about Windows updates (a Google News alert can help).

If you’re using Windows 10, you’ve got another problem: It won’t let you turn off automatic updates. Luckily, there are two workarounds.

But if you chose to use one of these tricks, remember to follow the update news. 

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8/14/2018 12:59:00 PM

14 - The best laptops: Premium laptops, cheap laptops, 2-in-1s, and more

Today’s best laptops bask in the glow of Intel’s 8th-gen Core CPUs, which at last bring quad-core performance to mainstream machines. The only thing missing is Oprah shouting, “and you get an 8th-gen quad-core laptop!”

There’s plenty of good news with this new generation. Our favorite convertible laptop, HP’s Spectre x360 13, sports a quad-core 8th-gen chip while maintaining its diminutive size. It’s really the total package. 

But let’s be honest: You probably don’t need a quad-core powerhouse, especially if the hottest application you run is Microsoft Excel. Check out our budget favorites, like the Acer Aspire E 15 and Asus ZenBook Flip, whose dual-core CPUs do just fine with mainstream fare. Or read about the Asus Chromebook Flip, a well-priced and versatile laptop for living on the web—or delving into the wide, wide world of Android apps. 

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8/14/2018 12:20:00 PM

15 - Owl Car Cam review: 24-hour surveillance redefines the dash cam

Owl’s Car Cam is ground-breaking and uniquely capable, and it sports a wonderfully slick design that cherry-picks the best bits from the competition—and adds some soon-to-be-copied tricks of its own. But at $349, it’s also one of the most expensive dash cams I’ve ever tested, and it has some caveats. It currently depends upon the iPhone (6 or greater, iOS 11), as well as, to some extent, proximity to your vehicle. It’s also currently missing some key features that other, less expensive dash cams we've reviewed already have.

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8/14/2018 11:30:00 AM

16 - If Apple wants to properly add Pencil support to the iPhone, it needs to copy the Galaxy Note 9

Apple is rumored to be adding Pencil support to the new OLED iPhones. Here's how that could work.

8/14/2018 11:00:00 AM

17 - Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front

A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.

8/14/2018 10:33:00 AM

18 - Best home weather station: Which one should be your personal meteorologist?

Home weather stations are getting more accurate and sophisticated all the time. Follow our buyer's guide to ensure you're not left in the cold or soaking wet.

8/14/2018 9:21:00 AM

19 - Bose's QuietComfort 35 Series II noise-canceling wireless headphones just hit an all-time low

8/14/2018 8:51:00 AM

20 - Why You Shouldn't Settle for a Free VPN - DealPost

The Web is a dangerous place, and while surfing it with a free VPN might keep you under the radar, you're far from invincible. With private data being worth more than gold nowadays, hackers, shady agencies, and the like are stepping up their game to access your information.

Free or paid, just about every VPN will mask your online movements, but some offer better protection than others. What's more, depending on which country your VPN is based in, that provider may be subject to less-than-stellar privacy laws, allowing government agencies to wrangle your data if they so wish.

The best VPN is one that covers you with top-tier technology and isn't likely to be bossed around by its country's government—one like ProtonVPN. You can find ProtonVPN Plus subscriptions here starting at $59.99. It's far from free, but you can’t place a monetary value on absolute privacy.

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8/14/2018 7:36:00 AM

21 - Nvidia teaser suggests GeForce RTX 2080 will launch next week

If there was smoke before, there’s an outright fire now. Shortly after Nvidia revealed its radical Turing GPU and new Quadro RTX hardware at Siggraph Monday night, the GeForce Twitter account posted a teaser video full of cryptic hints that the long-awaited GeForce RTX 2080 will launch during Gamescom next week.

Nvidia’s “Gaming celebration” with “spectacular surprises” takes place in Cologne, Germany on August 20. The hardware-heavy video below hypes it up, but if you pay close attention, you’ll find all sorts of not-so-subtle clues about what to expect at the event.

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8/14/2018 7:01:00 AM

22 - Adobe's ultra-rare 40% discount for Photoshop Elements 2018 is back

8/14/2018 6:35:00 AM

23 - Nvidia's Turing GPU, Quadro RTX and GeForce RTX: 6 things PC gamers need to know

It looks like the fearsome GPU inside Nvidia’s Titan V will never make it to gamers after all. Poor Volta. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang revealed the Quadro RTX 8000, 6000, and 5000 graphics processors at Siggraph 2018 late Monday, powered by an all-new and long-rumored “Turing” graphics architecture. Friends, Turing looks ferocious—and it’s brimming with portent about Nvidia’s next-gen GeForce graphics cards.

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8/14/2018 3:45:00 AM

24 - Acer Aspire E15 E5-576G-5762 review: Smooth productivity and even gaming for a bargain price

Yes, this mid-range model of Acer's budget Aspire E15 line is a little thicker and heavier than an ultraportable, and we wish its 15.6-inch display were brighter. But for an affordable price (currently $600 on Amazon), it delivers supple performance courtesy of its quad-core, eighth-generation Intel CPU, plenty of ports for everyday users, a discrete graphics card for casual gaming, and even a DVD drive. That's a great value, even if it means toting around a couple extra pounds.

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8/14/2018 3:30:00 AM

25 - Ambient Weather WS-2902 Osprey Weather Station review: The best choice for smart-home buffs

You'll encounter a quirk or two, but this home weather station offers everything an enthusiast could want.

8/14/2018 3:00:00 AM

26 - Foscam E1 review: This battery-powered camera detects people and pets

This cordless indoor/outdoor camera's intelligent motion detection can capture criminal activity, but it takes too long to get to the video evidence.

8/14/2018 3:00:00 AM

27 - 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.) 

Gaming mouse cheat sheet
Our quick-hit recommendations:
    1. Logitech G502 Proteus Core View
    2. Logitech Powerplay Wireless Charging System View
    3. Razer Naga 2014 Edition View
    4. NAOS 7000 View
    5. G303 Daedalus Apex View
 

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.

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8/13/2018 4:56:00 PM

28 - How to install Fortnite on Android, and every phone that can play it

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 rolling out invites to owners of other phones as well.

Can your phone even play Fortnite for Android though? The game requires some serious graphical horsepower despite its cartoonish looks.

Here’s how Android users can gain access to Fortnite, followed by the full list of phones that can play Fornite on Android.

How to play Fortnite on Android

To celebrate the launch of the Galaxy Note 9, Samsung Galaxy owners can play the Fortnite beta right now. Anyone who has a Galaxy S7 or later, the Galaxy Note 8, or Galaxy Tab S3 or S4 will find a Fortnite icon in Samsung’s Game Launcher app. (You can find it in your app drawer.) Just tap it to start downloading the game.

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8/13/2018 1:12:00 PM

29 - The Campfire caveat: Why cheap Chromebooks running Windows will benefit Google, not you

The most affordable Chromebooks aren’t exactly barn burners, pairing low-end ARM chips with Google’s streamlined, browser-based Chrome OS. Now, reports of a newly discovered “Campfire” feature suggests Google wants to enable Chromebooks to run Windows? Madness!

Well, not if you’re Google. In fact, in most cases the only party that would benefit from this is Google, in terms of showing off how efficient its Chrome OS can be in comparison to Microsoft’s “bloated” Windows.

Google’s secret project to bring Windows 10 to Chromebooks is reportedly named Campfire, according to the XDA Developers who delved through source code, and part of a new “Alt OS Mode” for Chromebooks that won’t require enabling Developer Mode. Campfire supposedly will launch on the next Pixelbook and similarly high-powered Chromebooks, which use Windows-capable Core i5 processors. But if Google is devious, it will enable Campfire on Core i3 or Celeron-powered devices—notebooks that are just fast enough to make Chrome OS appear fast and powerful, but just underpowered enough to make Windows look tired by comparison. 

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8/13/2018 12:33:00 PM

30 - Samsung can fix the Galaxy Note 9's biggest problem but it won’t

Samsung passed up a golden opportunity with the Galaxy Note 9. Just days earlier, Google officially launched Android 9 Pie, bringing a brand new way to navigate, smarter notifications, and indoor mapping with Wi-Fi RTT. The world’s most dominant mobile platform reinvented itself to stay ahead of the ever-changing smartphone landscape.

But you wouldn’t know it by looking at the Note 9. Samsung launched its new $1,000 phone with Android Oreo 8.1, an OS that’s technically newer but nearly indistinguishable from the one that’s running on the Galaxy S9. And instead of making a statement to the Android community that it will not only make the best hardware but pair it with the best software, Samsung continued to treat Android as a necessary burden standing in the way of its vision.

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8/13/2018 9:04:00 AM

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