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This week in games: Henry Cavill reads a Witcher bedtime story, 2K confirms a new... The Game Awards sucked up most of the news this week. If you want to watch a dozen “World Premier” trailers, we’ve got ‘em. Or wait, maybe you want to see the next-gen Xbox Series X? We covered that too.But ...
The best graphics cards for PC gaming: The budget GPU battle heats up “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 ...
The Game Awards 2019's biggest reveals: Hellblade II, a new PlayerUnknown game, and more Last night was the sixth annual Game Awards, and per usual that means a raft of trailers. Microsoft dropped a bomb on proceedings, announcing the name for its next-gen console—the Xbox Series X—and showing off the new look. Spoiler: It’s ...
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 would make a great holiday gift, weighing a Chrome OS-powered Chromebook versus a PC can ...
Logitech G Pro X Keyboard review: Hot-swappable switches let you mix and match Spend enough time with any niche hobby and you’ll start to intuit what’s likely to become mainstream in the future and what won’t. With mechanical gaming keyboards, there are a number of trends I expect to see popularized in the ...
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.
Microsoft announces the Xbox Series X at The Game Awards, along with a Hellblade sequel This is certainly proving to be a weird lead-up to the next generation of consoles. Sony's been low-key dribbling information every few months through a series of Wired exclusives. Now Microsoft's gone ahead and blown the lid off Project Scarlett ...
Awesome tech gifts that cost $50 or less Please the gadget lover in your lifeImage by Rob Schultz/IDGWhen it comes to finding gifts that are cool, useful, and affordable, technology can check all those boxes. And contrary to what you might think, the audience for cool tech gifts ...
Best antivirus: Keep your Windows PC safe from spyware, Trojans, malware, and more Antivirus software is nearly as crucial as a PC’s operating system. Even if you’re well aware of potential threats and practice extreme caution, some threats just can’t be prevented without the extra help of an AV program—or a full antivirus ...
13 game demos hit Steam to celebrate The Game Awards, including System Shock's reboot Tonight Geoff Keighley will host the sixth annual Game Awards, and per usual it will be as much about hyping up forthcoming games as it is celebrating the old ones. You can catch it live tonight at 5:30 p.m. Pacific ...
Google makes it safer to text on Android phones, but end-to-end encryption is still MIA As part of its year-end push to bring Android Messages up to speed, Google is rolling out two new features today: Verified SMS and spam protection. Together, they will help make sure your conversations aren’t taken over by people you ...
AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT review: Bleeding-edge, underpowered, and overpriced When it comes to graphics cards, AMD’s owned the sub-$200 price point for years. Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060 and 1660 series graphics cards couldn’t hold a candle to the value proposition of the Radeon RX 570 and 580, nor its ...
Windows Security review: There are better options, but not for the 'price' For years, the attitude towards Windows 10’s built-in security was that it’s a nice idea, but you really shouldn’t rely on it. That stared changing in 2019, with the major testing houses giving Windows Security top marks.Could it be true? ...
Cleer Enduro 100 headphone review: Great sound, fantastic battery life, and all the right features Cleer's Enduro 100 are stylish, sound expensive, and offer state-of-the-art features, including Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX HD, Google Fast Pair, Siri invocation, and USB-C connectivity.
Media streamer remotes, ranked Which streaming media player has the best remote control? Let's compare.
Protecting your Intel CPU from Plundervolt attacks can ruin your overclock, maybe A new attack on Intel’s CPUs, called Plundervolt, may have an unforeseen consequence. The mitigation that fixes it appears to lock the CPU voltage to default settings, possibly preventing users from undervolting or overclocking them.On Wednesday, however, Intel representatives said ...
Free game alert: Wasteland and Wasteland 2 are free at GOG for the next two... We’re six months away from the release of Wasteland 3. To brush up I’ve been replaying its predecessor and our 2014 Game of the Year, Wasteland 2, and you know what? It’s still great. Sometimes clunky, sometimes unfair, but Wasteland 2 impressed me on ...
23andMe vs. AncestryDNA: Which ancestry DNA kit is better? AncestryDNA and 23andMe are the world’s most popular DNA tests. Combined, the companies have tested the DNA of more than 15 million people, according to the International Society of Genetic Geneology.Here we compare AncestryDNA and 23andMe’s respective ancestry tests, which ...
7 free GIMP scripts and plug-ins for filters, brushes, textures and more The free and open source photo-editing program called GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a nice alternative to the subscription-based or boxed versions of its competition (including PhotoShop). Whether you’re a beginner with GIMP or a seasoned pro, there’s lots ...
Avast Free Antivirus Avast Free Antivirus combines an antivirus engine that scores very well in testing with a surprisingly extensive collection of bonus features.
Intuit QuickBooks Online QuickBooks Online is still the best online accounting application for small businesses, thanks to its depth, flexibility, and extensibility. It's easy to use, well designed, and built to serve a wide variety of users, but it's also pricey.
MSI GL65 9SC MSI's 15.6-inch GL65 levels up the entry-level with its bright screen, 512GB SSD, and GeForce GTX 1650 GPU. Packing solid 1080p gaming pep, for the money it's hard to top.
Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX502 The Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX502 is one of the slimmest, most versatile gaming laptops you can buy. With support for both G-Sync and Optimus, it's a high-power rig for play and a decent-battery one for productivity tasks.
Zotac GeForce GTX 1650 Super Twin Fan Zotac's punchy GeForce GTX 1650 Super Twin Fan is markedly better than the non-Super GTX 1650 and a solid version of this mainstream GPU. It gives budget-focused 1080p gamers a better option against competing AMD cards in the same price ...
HP Elite Dragonfly The HP Elite Dragonfly is a no-compromises, no-nonsense business laptop that manages to stay under 2.5 pounds while including a 360-degree convertible hinge.
Razer Basilisk Ultimate The Razer Basilisk Ultimate is a killer, all-purpose wireless gaming mouse for serious PC gamers driven to pull out all the stops.
Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN Art The Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN Art captures wide views with loads of detail, and offers weather protection, adding appeal for landscape and outdoor photographers.
Blazing Chrome (for PC) A throwback to classic 16-bit action titles, Blazing Chrome is a run-and-gun game that captures the co-op thrills and tough-as-nails gameplay found in Contra and Metal Slug.
Steam (for PC) Loaded with titles and user-friendly features, Steam continues its reign as the best PC game store. It could use better customer service, however.