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4/27/2018 12:44:42 AM

1 - Intel earnings call reveals strong revenue despite delays in 10nm chips
2 - Master Lean Six Sigma with This Training and Certification Bundle, Currently 95% Off
3 - Intel hires Jim Keller, AMD's former Zen chief, as the company beefs up its talent pool
4 - Snapchat's Spectacles 2 are here and Apple's AR glasses can't come soon enough
5 - The best SSDs of 2018
6 - Amazon's Fire HD 10 tablet is only $100 today, a $50 discount
7 - The Full Nerd episode 49: The fastest NVMe SSD, AMD Combat Crates, and the state of PC HDR
8 - Amazon's one-day PC hardware sale has unprecedented deals on all sorts of gear
9 - Plantronics RIG 800LX review: A comfy wireless headset with Dolby Atmos and subpar bass
10 - How to use fonts in Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and more
11 - Nest Secure review: This security offering carries a premium price tag
12 - Ryzen boosts AMD profits, as mobile chips promise further growth
13 - Best smart bulbs for your connected home
14 - Intel 8th-gen motherboards explained: Z370 vs. H370 vs. B360 vs. H310
15 - Get Lifetime Access To 120 Hours of Game Design Training For Over 90% Off ($59)
16 - AMD Combat Crates help gamers get Radeon GPUs by bundling them with Ryzen hardware
17 - Google's major Gmail update boosts your privacy and productivity
18 - AMD 'boot kits' loan chips to help update motherboards for 2nd-gen Ryzen CPUs
19 - Online backup: We test the best services—from Backblaze to Carbonite, iDrive, Mozy and more
20 - Bose's SoundSport Free headphones, our favorite truly wireless workout earbuds, are $70 off
21 - Buy a 1TB Samsung 860 EVO SSD for cheap, get a free copy of Far Cry 5 or a big Ryzen discount
22 - OnePlus 6: Everything we know leading up to its May 16 launch
23 - How Intel's 8th-gen CPUs will affect budget gaming laptops
24 - Wi-Fi gets quicker with 802.11ax, but buying early might offer few advantages
25 - Microsoft's 'April Xbox Update' debuts, pushing Xbox One gamers toward PC monitors
26 - 5 reasons to switch from Spotify Premium to its new free tier (and 5 reasons not to)
27 - The best Windows backup software
28 - How to check your Google Assistant history
29 - Anker's water-resistant SoundCore 2 is just $30, the lowest price yet for this Bluetooth speaker
30 - Switching between Windows 10 S, Home, and Pro may get more flexible
1 - Intel earnings call reveals strong revenue despite delays in 10nm chips

Intel's first-quarter earnings call on Thursday revealed a new name for its roadmap: Whiskey Lake, which will debut as a consequence of a delay in 10nm volume manufacturing until 2019. Intel did say, though, that it's shipping low volumes of its 10nm Cannon Lake processor now. 

Intel reported outstanding first-quarter profits of $4.5 billion, a 50 percent boost over the same quarter a year ago, as well as record revenues of $16.1 billion for the first quarter of 2018. "Coming off a record 2017, Q1 is off to a strong start," Brian Krzanich, the company's chief executive told analysts in a Thursday conference call.

Intel’s revenues were buoyed yet again by its Data Center Group, which reported a 23 percent boost in revenue to $5.2 billion. Intel’s Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group, which produces flash memory and Optane, grew by 20% to $1.0 billion. Intel’s PC-centric Client Computing Group is still its largest, at $8.2 billion in revenue, but that business grew just 3 percent, evidence of a PC market that has begun to stabilize over the last 12 to 18 months. 

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4/26/2018 3:08:00 PM

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Six Sigma is a business management and improvement methodology that uses the following constructs to make changes to any process: Defining, Measuring, Analyzing, Improving, and Controlling. Also called DMAIC, Six Sigma measures the capability of a process to perform defect-free work with a minuscule failure rate of 3.4 parts per million, or 99.9997%. Lean Six Sigma combines Lean and Six Sigma methodologies to enhance performance by eliminating waste. You can now get all three of the Lean Six Sigma—Yellow, Black, and Green—Belt Training & Certification courses for just $49.99 (formally $1,200). That's an incredible 95% off retail.

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4/26/2018 11:43:00 AM

3 - Intel hires Jim Keller, AMD's former Zen chief, as the company beefs up its talent pool

Intel has hired the mastermind behind the AMD Zen architecture, Jim Keller, as its head of silicon engineering, Intel confirmed on Thursday.

Keller, who had left AMD to join Tesla as its chief of autopilot engineering, has been hired at Intel, the company confirmed in a tweet on Thursday morning. Keller joins his fellow AMD alumnus, Raja Koduri, as two key chip designers in Intel’s architecture group.

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4/26/2018 10:29:00 AM

4 - Snapchat's Spectacles 2 are here and Apple's AR glasses can't come soon enough

Snap's second-generation Spectacles sunglasses, are thinner, water resistant, and upload faster. But that doesn't mean people will want to wear them.

4/26/2018 10:28:00 AM

5 - The best SSDs of 2018

Switching to a solid-state drive is the best upgrade you can make for your PC. These wondrous devices obliterate long boot times, speed up how fast your programs and games load, and generally makes your computer feel fast. But not all solid-state drives are created equal. The best SSDs offer solid performance at affordable prices—or, if price is no object, face-meltingly fast read and write speeds.

This article was last updated on April 26, 2018 to mention the Samsung 970 EVO and 970 Pro in our best NVMe SSDs section.

4/26/2018 7:38:00 AM

6 - Amazon's Fire HD 10 tablet is only $100 today, a $50 discount

4/26/2018 7:19:00 AM

7 - The Full Nerd episode 49: The fastest NVMe SSD, AMD Combat Crates, and the state of PC HDR

In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray talk about the fastest NVMe SSD yet, a badass FreeSync 2 monitor and the state of HDR on PCs, and AMD dropping hardware-laden Combat Crates behind cryptocurrency lines.

First up: The Samsung 970 Pro is the fastest NVMe SSD we’ve tested, full stop. But is the massive price premium for “the best” worthwhile when more affordable NVMe drives like the WD Black 3D and Samsung’s own 970 EVO deliver much of the same performance at a fraction of the price? Should you even consider an NVMe SSD or just go for a standard SATA-based drive? We haven’t discussed storage in a while so we go deep on this one.

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4/26/2018 7:03:00 AM

8 - Amazon's one-day PC hardware sale has unprecedented deals on all sorts of gear

4/26/2018 6:41:00 AM

9 - Plantronics RIG 800LX review: A comfy wireless headset with Dolby Atmos and subpar bass

A few years ago, $150 for a wireless headset was a bargain. Now it’s a war zone. Seemingly every peripherals company has decided that’s the target to hit, and the latest contestant is the Plantronics RIG 800LX. Plantronics brings along some extra ammo: full Dolby Atmos support (and free access too). That’s intriguing, for sure.

But is it enough to make it stand out from some stacked competition? We went hands-on to find out.

[ Further reading: The best gaming headsets ]

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The RIG 800LX takes getting used to. It’s an odd-looking headset, especially in an era of peripherals that skew ever more minimalist. The RIG 800LX bucks the trend, with aggressive edges, multi-textured surfaces, prominent wiring and branding, and a bevy of controls on the rear.

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4/26/2018 3:30:00 AM

10 - How to use fonts in Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and more

We have access to more fonts today than ever before, and so many are free! Fonts, like graphics, can make or break a presentation (such as a PowerPoint slideshow); sell a book, magazine, newspaper (or leave it on the shelf); and make an advertisement succeed or fail. We’ll go over fonts in detail so you can start downloading and using them for your own projects.

What are fonts?

Fonts are the complete set of characters—that is, letters, numbers, and symbols/icons—within a typeface, which is the design of the characters. For example, Arial is the typeface; Arial Bold, Italic, Narrow, Extended (Wide), Black, etc., are the fonts, or font Family.

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4/26/2018 3:00:00 AM

11 - Nest Secure review: This security offering carries a premium price tag

Save your pennies if you want to adopt Nest’s sleek—yet limited—security offering.

4/25/2018 7:08:00 PM

12 - Ryzen boosts AMD profits, as mobile chips promise further growth

Revenues in AMD’s computing and graphics segment nearly doubled compared to a year ago, paving the way for even more growth as AMD’s mobile Ryzen chips begin taking the field.

AMD, which has struggled to achieve profits for most of the last decade or so, reported a $114 million increase in net income to $81 million during the first calendar quarter of 2018. The company also posted a sizeable 40 percent increase in revenue to $1.65 billion. AMD even confidently predicted revenues for the next quarter would be about $1.725 billion, which would represent an increase of another 50 percent.

AMD’s numbers represent the success of both the company’s Ryzen and Vega-based GPUs, while the outlook reflects expectations for the recently announced Ryzen 2 CPUs and notebook chips. Processor sales were “significantly better than seasonality,” chief executive Lisa Su told analysts in a Wednesday afternoon conference call. 

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4/25/2018 6:08:00 PM

13 - 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.

4/25/2018 5:50:00 PM

14 - Intel 8th-gen 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. That was enough to help the flagship Core i7-8700K CPU counter AMD’s Ryzen threat at the high end, but left PC users looking for more affordable options in a pickle. Buying a $100 Core i3 chip doesn’t make much sense when you’re forced to slap it in a $130, high-end motherboard, especially with AMD offering a full arsenal of Ryzen motherboards at all price points.

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4/25/2018 12:15:00 PM

15 - Get Lifetime Access To 120 Hours of Game Design Training For Over 90% Off ($59)

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4/25/2018 11:09:00 AM

16 - AMD Combat Crates help gamers get Radeon GPUs by bundling them with Ryzen hardware

Think of AMD’s new Combat Crates as PC gaming supply crates dropped behind enemy lines during the zombie apocalypse. Yup, finding a graphics card to game with has gotten that bad that AMD has had to resort to bundling up Radeon GPUs with a motherboard and Ryzen CPUs to get hardware into the hands of gamers.

The first bundle spotted on Amazon includes a first-gen Ryzen 5 1600 with cooler, an MSI  B350 Tomahawk motherboard and most importantly—an MSI Radeon RX 580 Armor OC card. The entire bundle now costs $549. AMD says a Combat Crate with the Ryzen 7 1700 will also be released soon.

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4/25/2018 10:00:00 AM

17 - Google's major Gmail update boosts your privacy and productivity

Just when you thought it had completely forgotten about the Gmail web client, Google has launched a brand new version, with a fresh design, new features, and a new way of thinking about email. As previously rumored, Google is rolling out a slew of interface and feature changes to the Gmail web client today, but as with all things web and Google, it may take a while to reach your browser.

Right off the bat, you’ll notice a visual change with the new Gmail. While the old web interface was a bit long in the tooth, the new redesign gives it a more modern feel, with rounded buttons, cleaner menus, and collapsible side panels. But while the new interface is nice and intuitive, the biggest changes are in how you use it, not how it looks.

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4/25/2018 8:04:00 AM

18 - AMD 'boot kits' loan chips to help update motherboards for 2nd-gen Ryzen CPUs

If you can’t get your shiny new 2nd-gen Ryzen processor running on your AM4 motherboard, don’t panic: AMD officials have confirmed that they will indeed ship you a “boot kit” with an older dual-core chip to help you make it work. The program was introduced for Ryzen APUs with Radeon graphics in February 2018 and extended to the 2nd-gen Ryzen CPUs that launched in April.

The problem relates to how AMD’s new 2nd-gen Ryzen CPUs and APUs interact with older stocks of motherboards. It’s a classic chicken-and-egg situation: Some older motherboards won’t recognize the new Ryzen chips without a BIOS update. And the only way to update that BIOS is to boot the system with a chip that it recognizes.

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4/25/2018 7:55:00 AM

19 - Online backup: We test the best services—from Backblaze to Carbonite, iDrive, Mozy and more

Online backup is an essential hedge against physical data disaster. Whether it’s an act of theft or an act of God (earthquakes, floods, hard-drive devouring locusts), you never know what could hit your PC or phone, and when. This is especially important for mobile-centric users, who stand to lose a lot of digital stuff if their device disappears.

Uploading your data to an online service covers a lot of the bases. Some people call these “cloud” services, but in reality, your data is stored on servers at the other end of the connection—that is, someone else’s hard drives. But that’s part of the plan! The backup Rule of Three says you should maintain three copies of your data: the original, a copy, and a copy of the copy. One copy should be in a safe place away from the original and secondary.

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4/25/2018 7:33:00 AM

20 - Bose's SoundSport Free headphones, our favorite truly wireless workout earbuds, are $70 off

Update 4/28/18: While these earbuds are still on sale, the price is now $199 instead of $179.10.

Truly wireless headphones keep you from tripping over cables while you’re jamming to your workout playlist. There are lots of options out there, but if you’re looking for top-of-the-line wireless earbuds designed for life in motion, you can’t get much better than Bose’s SoundSport Free sport headphones, our favorite true wireless earbuds for exercising. And you’re in luck – they’re on sale at Amazon for $179.10, the lowest we’ve seen them and down $70 from their normal listing of $249.

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4/25/2018 7:19:00 AM

21 - Buy a 1TB Samsung 860 EVO SSD for cheap, get a free copy of Far Cry 5 or a big Ryzen discount

There’s nothing we love more than singing the praises of solid state drives. It’s such a simple DIY upgrade for your PC, but it pays dividends in vastly increased performance. And right now, if you pick up the spacious 1TB version of the Samsung 860 EVO—the best SSD for most people—you can grab a free copy of a hot new game, or a steep discount on an AMD Ryzen processor. 

First up, Amazon has a fantastic deal, selling the 1TB Samsung 860 EVO for just $280 with a free game code for Far Cry 5. This is the lowest price yet for this drive, though it has been hovering around $290 in recent months. Still, this is a great price for a fantastic SSD with a large amount of storage. Far Cry 5 is just a cherry on top. The free game offer expires on Saturday, April 28, just before midnight Pacific time.

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4/25/2018 6:51:00 AM

22 - OnePlus 6: Everything we know leading up to its May 16 launch

It might seem as though the OnePlus 5T just arrived, but it’s already sold out in the U.S., and OnePlus has said it won’t be making any more. But don’t fret, it shouldn’t be too much longer before the OnePlus 6, the company’s next flagship handset, makes its debut, And it’s already shaping up to be one of the best phones of the year. To cut off the rumors leading up to its launch, OnePlus has provided its customers with a slew of details about the 6. Here’s everything we know about it so far.

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4/25/2018 5:24:00 AM

23 - How Intel's 8th-gen CPUs will affect budget gaming laptops

Intel’s 8th-gen “Coffee Lake” mobile CPUs arrived en masse this month, packing more cores and higher performance than ever before. What does that mean for budget gaming laptops?

If you’ve been waiting for the prices of gaming laptops to plunge now that next-gen processors are here, prepare to be a little disappointed. Prices of older laptops generally don’t drop too much when the next big thing shows up.

The reasons vary, but in general, PC vendors typically manage inventories fairly tightly to avoid being left with a lot full of Oldsmobiles when the new models come in. That’s not always the case though, and sometimes you’ll find some nice deals if you know where—and when—to look.

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4/25/2018 3:30:00 AM

24 - Wi-Fi gets quicker with 802.11ax, but buying early might offer few advantages

Wi-Fi networking is poised for a major update: The transition from 802.11ac to 802.11ax promises a modern networking hub that can cope with the burgeoning number and diversity of wireless devices that need access to your broadband connection.

At the dawn of the modern smartphone era in 2007, even a highly unplugged home might have only a handful of hardware connecting to its wireless router. Now—if you use tablets, smart-home devices, media streamers, smart TVs, gaming gear and security cameras—you could have 20, 30, or many more. And that number won’t get smaller in the future.

With 802.11ax, the IEEE engineering group that drives standards like wireless local area networking (WLAN) has pushed hard in several directions to make these complicated environments work. There are a lot of benefits for dense corporate networks that need massive throughput and could have tens of thousands of roaming and fixed Wi-Fi clients, but there’s no shortage of upsides for home users or small offices, especially when it comes to video streaming and file transfers.

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4/25/2018 3:00:00 AM

25 - Microsoft's 'April Xbox Update' debuts, pushing Xbox One gamers toward PC monitors

Microsoft continued its gradual push toward making the Xbox One more like PCs by announcing it will soon support compatible 120Hz displays for its game console platform. How soon? Try today. The new features are part of the "April Xbox Update," and it's rolling out over the "next few days".

Microsoft said in a blog post on Friday that the new additions would be coming in the next few weeks, but Microsoft apparently pulled in that timetable. (Microsoft is also expected to release a April Update to Windows 10 soon, too.) The April Xbox Update will still be rolled out first to members of the Xbox Insiders program, then to the general public, Microsoft added Tuesday.

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4/24/2018 1:31:00 PM

26 - 5 reasons to switch from Spotify Premium to its new free tier (and 5 reasons not to)

Spotify has taken the wraps off its new mobile app, which includes a major upgrade to the streaming service's free tier. Here's why Premium users might want to give it a listen.

4/24/2018 10:22:00 AM

27 - The best Windows backup software

We need backup software on our PCs because we don’t live in a perfect world. If only Microsoft provided Windows users with something like Apple’s Time Machine: an effective, set-it-and-forget-it, total system recovery and backup solution that requires little interaction or thought on the part of the user. 

Instead, Microsoft offers a mishmash of restore points, recovery discs, file backup, and even the un-retired System Backup (Windows 7), which was probably originally put out to pasture for its propensity to choke on dissimilar hardware. Online backup services are another option, but desktop clients tend to offer far more flexibility. 

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4/24/2018 10:19:00 AM

28 - How to check your Google Assistant history

Google lets you see everything Assistant heard and delete your history.

4/24/2018 8:23:00 AM

29 - Anker's water-resistant SoundCore 2 is just $30, the lowest price yet for this Bluetooth speaker

4/24/2018 7:50:00 AM

30 - Switching between Windows 10 S, Home, and Pro may get more flexible

As Microsoft’s annual Build developer conference nears, a new report suggests that the relationship between Microsoft Windows 10 S and Windows 10 may be more flexible than before.

Microsoft said in March that Microsoft will deploy Windows 10 S as a mode of Windows 10. In a blog post at the time, Windows chief Joe Belfiore said that users would be able to buy a new “Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro PC with S mode enabled.” Now, Windows users may be getting a clearer look at what options they have with the Windows 10 operating system installed on new computers.

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4/24/2018 7:14:00 AM

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