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Townscaper impressions: Build picturesque fishing villages with no direction and no drama In the beginning, there was an ocean. Vast and unbroken, it stretched from one end of the horizon to the other, the blue of the sky barely distinguished from the blue of the sea.Then there was a pier, dredged up ...
How to check your graphics card's GPU temperature How hot is your PC’s graphics card temperature? During normal operations, your GPU temperature shouldn’t matter much—your graphics card should simply drive monitors and play games without overheating and shutting down. But if you have an older PC, or if ...
Xbox Game Pass for PC: 5 reasons it's the best deal in PC gaming When I say an Xbox Game Pass for PC subscriptionRemove non-product link is the best deal in gaming today, that’s no idle recommendation. I have a deep-seated hatred of today’s subscription culture. Yes, many streaming and subscription services are worth every ...
Cambridge Audio CXN (v2) network audio streamer review: This is a sweet-sounding, high-tech musical powerhouse Support for every audio-streaming protocol and service you can think of, prodigious connectivity options, upgradeable firmware, and sweet sound make for a best-in-class audio component.
Leviton puts Alexa in a dimmer switch Leviton is expanding its range of smart home switches and outlets with the Decora Voice Dimmer, a new Wi-Fi dimmer switch with Amazon Alexa built in.
Google retires the affordable Pixel 3a as Pixel 4a rumors swirl It’s the end of the line for our favorite bang-for-buck Android phone. Google’s superb Pixel 3A and 3A XL are now discontinued, as rumors of an imminent Pixel 4a launch swirl.“Google Store has sold through its inventory and completed sales ...
Microsoft Word reads to you: How to use the Speak and Read Aloud commands Can Microsoft Word read to me? Yes, it can. There are three ways to accomplish this task: The Speak and Read Aloud features in Word, or the Narrator feature in Windows.The Speak feature was incorporated into Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, ...
Best Galaxy S20, S20+ and S20 Ultra cases: Top picks in every style We're just gonna say it—you're crazy to take your Galaxy S20 out in public without something to protect it. With prices starting at $1,000 and going all the way up to $1,600, it's one of the most expensive phones ever ...
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 ...
Data caps on Comcast, T-Mobile return on July 1 Major Internet service providers are scheduled to end their quarantine benefits soon, once again subjecting Americans to data caps and removing protections if they are unable to pay their bills. On July 1, data caps returned to some major ISPs.The ...
New Windows test build makes major changes to Start, Taskbar, and Alt+Tab Microsoft released a major new Windows 10 Insider test build on Wednesday afternoon, offering dramatically different versions of the Start Menu and Taskbar, and even a revamped Alt+Tab experience with Microsoft Edge.Microsoft released the new updates as part of Windows 10 ...
OneDrive simplifies document sharing by making it even more complex Microsoft said Wednesday that it’s making OneDrive file sharing more manageable, adding a convenient way to share folders and files with friends, while giving business users more control over a file as it moves through an organization.“Sharing” a file or ...
Microsoft's Surface devices are now receiving the Windows 10 May 2020 Update Microsoft says it has patched a bug that may have prevented some of its most recent Surface devices from receiving the Windows 10 May 2020 Update. And as of July 1, our Surface devices in our review stable are receiving ...
Windows 10's Xbox Game Bar adds a widget store and much-needed transparency controls Microsoft began offering more customization for Windows 10's Xbox Game Bar on Wednesday, including a new “widget store” complete with a dedicated Destiny 2 widget that tracks your game progress. Microsoft also added some long-wanted transparency controls to help reduce the ...
'Significant and fundamental' Windows tweak sets the stage for GPU innovation Over the past week, both Nvidia and AMD released fresh graphics cards drivers that unlocked “hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling,” a new feature introduced in the Windows 10 May 2020 Update. Now, Microsoft has revealed what that setting does, and it turns ...
Who needs Windows 10 Pro: 5 reasons to upgrade Windows 10 Professional isn’t just for cubicle dwellers who have no choice in the matter. While users who own a “professional” PC like the Surface Book 2Remove non-product link will automatically be upgraded to this higher-end version of the OS, smaller ...
The best SSDs of 2020: Supersized 8TB SSDs are here, and they're amazing 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 ...
Spotify unveils $13-a-month Premium Duo plan for two people The new Premium Duo plan sits between Spotify’s existing individual and six-person family plans.
Avira Prime review: Value, value, value We’ve been reviewing Avira Antivirus Pro for a few years now and wondering why it was worth purchasing when the free version of Avira offered so much. At the time, Avira’s top-level offering, Prime, was just too expensive. Those days ...
Microsoft's Xbox Series S (code name Lockhart): What we know, what we expect Microsoft is expected to announce a second, cheaper console to complement its Xbox Series X. Could this "Lockhart" console be called the Xbox Series S? Here's what we know about it so far.
Skyroam Solis Lite The Skyroam Solis Lite is a solid international hotspot you can buy or rent, with long battery life and widespread coverage that offers unlimited LTE data in over 130 countries.
Brother DSmobile DS-940DW Brother's feature-rich, manual-feed DS-940DW portable document scanner makes scans (and processes them) quickly, and it comes with all the software you'll need for most tasks. It's a terrific value.
Acer Aspire TC-885-UA92 The Acer Aspire TC-885-UA92 is our top pick among budget desktops for its excellent value, delivering speedy performance and a solid feature set at a very reasonable price.
Sony FE 20mm F1.8 G The Sony FE 20mm F1.8 G is a sharp, bright lens with a wide angle of view. It's a top-end performer and a fine addition to your camera kit.
Doom Eternal (for PC) Doom Eternal tops its predecessor by featuring larger maps filled with secrets, more ultra-violent weapons, and a huge variety of demons to slay. It is 2020's most extreme, first-person shooter.
Dell Precision 7920 Tower (2020) Dell's Precision 7920 Tower workstation is a dual-CPU monster for tasks that can leverage its server-grade hardware and require maximum reliability. Just be prepared for sticker shock if you go all-in like on our test model.
Adobe Lightroom Classic Adobe's Photoshop Lightroom remains the gold standard in pro photo workflow software. It's a complete package, with top-notch organization tools, state of-the-art adjustments, and all the output and printing options you'd want.
Samsung Galaxy S20+ The Samsung Galaxy S20+ is pricey, but it's the first phone that's a solid investment in the 5G future.
Flo by Moen Smart Water Detector The Flo by Moen Smart Water Detector will let you know when something in your house has sprung a leak, and when used with the Flo Smart Water Shutoff valve, it will prevent further damage by turning off your water ...
NordVPN NordVPN wraps a slick client around a strong collection of security features and an enormous network of servers. It's an excellent VPN that's working hard to rebuild its reputation after a breach.