On Monday, a slew of websites published news stories about the death of the Radeon-exclusive Arez GPU brand, which the @Asus_Arez Twitter account heralded in the wake of Nvidia ending the GeForce Partner Program. One problem: That account wasn’t run by Asus, as you could tell if you paid attention to the logo and actual words of the poorly faked Arez handle.
No, Asus didn't cancel Radeon-exclusive Arez GPUs
What you need to know about Speculative Store Bypass, the Spectre-like 'Variant 4' CPU flaw
The ghosts of the Meltdown and Spectre will haunt the computing industry for years to come. But now that the initial patching efforts for those CPU flaws are drawing to an end, Google and Microsoft have disclosed a related “speculative execution” attack dubbed Speculative Store Bypass, or simply Variant 4. (Meltdown and the two Spectre flaws were the first three variants.) Don’t panic though.
Let’s start with the bad news: Speculative Store Bypass affects Intel, AMD, and ARM chips, meaning mobile devices are also affected. But fortunately, Variant 4 attacks runtime languages in browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Edge—just like one of the previous Spectre attacks. “Starting in January, most leading browser providers deployed mitigations for Variant 1 in their managed runtimes – mitigations that substantially increase the difficulty of exploiting side channels in a web browser,” Intel’s Leslie Culbertson says. “These mitigations are also applicable to Variant 4 and available for consumers to use today.”
The Samsung T5, our favorite portable SSD drive, just hit its lowest price ever
For portable external storage, you can’t get much better than Samsung’s T5 portable SSD—and that's why it's our favorite external performance drive. Because of its killer speed and convenient size, this drive is usually a bit of an investment, but right now you can get the 500GB version for $150 on Amazon, good for a 20 percent discount off its $190 MSRP and the lowest price we've seen.
How the Un-premium OnePlus 6 could shake up the entire Android landscape
The OnePlus 6 doesn’t have wireless charging. That’s about the only knock against it I can come up with after spending the better part of a day with it. Snapdragon 845? Check. 18:9 OLED screen? Check. Dual camera? Check. Headphone jack? Check.
OnePlus may have a reputation as a mid-range phone maker, but the only thing mid-range about the OnePlus 6 is its price tag. In every other area, it matches up with the other 2018 flagships, and when you pick it up, it feels just as premium as the Galaxy S9+ and LG G7. Without seeing the price, you’d probably expect the OnePlus 6 to cost $700 or $800, but even the most expensive model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage barely tops $600. The new Galaxy S9+ with the same storage, less memory, and a smaller screen will cost you over $300 more.
Dell and HP have deep Memorial Day discounts on gaming rigs, PCs, and 4K TVs
Memorial Day is almost here, and tech retailers are gearing up with sales before the unofficial summer kick-off arrives. If you’re looking for a new laptop, gaming rig, or maybe a 4K TV, both Dell and HP are offering big sales with good discounts right now. Here are some of our favorites.
NZXT H500i review: 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 software to manage your PC’s lighting and fans. Now it’s the mainstream’s turn. On Tuesday, NZXT has expanded the H-series with the launch of the $70 NZXT H500 and $100 NZXT H500i, two new cases that deliver the same clean design as their luxurious predecessors, but at a price more people can afford.
Canary is putting security cameras in the hands of those who help keep us secure
The company will donate its All-In-One home monitoring camera to first responders and emergency services departments you nominate. Read More
Eve Button review: This programmable button puts you touch with your HomeKit tech
This smart button brings tactile control to HomeKit-enabled devices. Read More
Hands on: Razer's Core X GPU enclosure is cheaper, bigger, and even works with Macs
Meet the Razer Core X, the external GPU enclosure that complements the original Core by offering most of the capabilities for a lot less cash.
When the first Core was unveiled in 2016, it amazed everyone with its ability to boost the graphics performance of a tiny laptop. It shocked everyone with its price, too: $500.
The Core X doesn't offer the dual Thunderbolt 3 controllers with Ethernet and USB, nor does it sport the Core's svelte profile. But it makes up for these deficits in price: a cool $299.
Hands-on: Razer's redesigned Blade is the most powerful 15-inch laptop in town
What's the "smallest" 15.6 gaming laptop around? Razer's answer: The redesigned Blade, announced Tuesday, which measures a mere 0.66-inch tall yet packs in all the gaming performance you need.
Razer said its own measurements show the Blade's a smidge "smaller" than the competition. While we don't care too much about the "who-is-smaller" contest, we do care what's inside, and that's where Razer doesn't scrimp.
Inside you'll find:
The base model with a Core i7-8750H, GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 16GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and 1080p 60Hz panel will cost $1,899. The top-end 4K touch version with 16GB of RAM, 512GB and GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q will set you back a smooth $2,899.
Acer Nitro 5: We unbox a budget gaming laptop for the rest of us
When we unboxed the Acer Nitro 5 we knew not to expect RGB-lit packaging or a fancy carrying case. This is a budget gaming laptop, and it squeezes every penny of value out of its $750 price.
Start with the CPU: It's an Intel 8th-gen Core i5-8300H, a Coffee Lake CPU with 4 cores and a new bonus: Hyper Threading, which takes advantage of unused CPU resources to boost performance. The CPU comes with 8GB of RAM, and there's another 4GB of memory with the Nvidie GeForce GTX 1050 discrete GPU.
The 1TB SATA HDD is a tough call: Lots of capacity, far less speed than you'd get from an SSD. If you have the extra cash you can pony up for its $850 sibling, which comes with a 256GB SSD and has the space to add another drive.
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 on Monday afternoon 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 four bits per cell on a NAND cell, which is a significant increase over today's common TLC (Triple-Level Cell) NAND.
Why this matters: As users hunger for ever more storage capacity, SSD makers have labored to add additional layers to meet those demands. QLC will give the title of densest flash to Micron and Intel with a single die capable of holding 1 terabit of information, the companies said.
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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. Read More
Nvidia launches a 3GB GeForce GTX 1050 for PC gamers on a budget
A year and a half after the release of the GeForce GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti, PC gaming’s budget champions, Nvidia has quietly launched a new graphics card that blends the two. Over the weekend, a 3GB GeForce GTX 1050 appeared on the company’s website with no fanfare and a somewhat odd configuration—as VideoCardz first notice—despite looming rumors about the potential launch of a new GeForce generation later this summer.
The Beats Powerbeats3 wireless headphones are $90 off today
Beats headphones fly off the shelves so quickly that it’s rare to find them at any discount, much less on a huge sale. But today you can get the Powerbeats3 wireless in-ear headphones for just $110 on Amazon, down from the $200 retail price that it rarely wavers from and $40 cheaper than their previous low. Only the shock yellow headphones get such a steep deal; while other colors are also discounted, these are by far the lowest price.
Get a free Apple TV 4K when you prepay for three months of DirecTV Now
Sometimes a deal comes along that’s perfect for the fence sitters. You know what I’m talking about—sometimes you’re interested in a product or a service, but aren’t sure if it’s worth the investment. If you’ve been sitting the fence on either the Apple TV 4K or DirecTV Now then today’s deal’s for you.
Right now, new DirecTV Now customers can get a free Apple TV 4K if you prepay for three months. That’s $105 for three months of DirecTV Now and an Apple TV 4K. The latter retails for $180.
Facebook's Terragraph hopes to replace fiber broadband beginning with 2019 trials
Facebook’s plan to connect neighborhoods and businesses wirelessly, known as Terragraph, will begin field trials in 2019 using 60GHz technology from Qualcomm, the two companies said on Monday.
Facebook began talking about Terragraph in 2016, part of a bid to replace fiber broadband with 60GHz millimeter-wave wireless. The technology wouldn’t replace Wi-Fi, but was designed to offer a replacement for fiber or cable to homes and businesses, forgoing the need to rip up streets and sidewalks.
Now we have a date: 2019, the first time the technology will be tested, according to Jesse Burke, a staff marketing manager at Qualcomm. Actual deployment will come later, he said.
Halo Home Anyplace Bluetooth Dimmer Switch review: It's not as good as the lights it's designed to control
Eaton’s slim smart dimmer switch only works with its own lights, but it’s not as good as they are. Read More
Bitdefender Total Security 2018 review: A solid choice for your PC
Romania-based Bitdefender is increasingly one of the top antivirus choices these days. It's also a company not content to sit on its laurels, as evidenced by Bitdefender Total Security 2018, its full security suite.
PdxCon 2018: Paradox reveals Imperator Rome, Age of Wonders: Planetfall, and board games
Paradox hasn't been shy about the fact it's working on a new grand strategy game. It's been two years since Stellaris and Hearts of Iron IV, and despite the usual trickle of post-release DLC for each game it's felt like maybe time for something new. Paradox said as much in February, hinting we'd see more at Paradox Con—and that it would not be the long-awaited Victoria III.
Best Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ cases: Top picks in every style
The Galaxy S9 and S9+ might look a lot like the models they replace, but they're not exactly the same. Put them side by side and you'll see just enough of a difference in size and shape that old S8 cases won't fit. So that means you need a new one. Here are our favorites so far:
Best Shell Cases for Galaxy S9 and S9+
Even if you're just looking for a simple case that adds a little protection and grippability to your Galaxy S9, you'll still want something with style. These case offer simple, sturdy protection for your S9 but still bring some flair.
Best wireless keyboards: Hand-tested reviews of Bluetooth and USB models
The best wireless keyboards do more than free you from a cable. They let you toss the crummy keyboard you got for free with your PC—does anyone like that one?—and they also give you options. The models we’ve reviewed range from full-size desktop slabs to portable models that skip easily from laptop to tablet to phone. Whatever you need to type with, there’s a keyboard for it. (If you’re looking for a gaming keyboard, we’ve got you covered! Click that link to see our full reviews and rankings.)
Keyboard choice can be very subjective. That said, we’ve based our reviews on hours spent with each model, banging away on work projects or surfing the web and keeping up on social media.
This week in games: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 gets battle royale, Stalker 2 teased
If last week was the week of E3 rumors, this is the week of delays. Phoenix Point, Metro: Exodus, and Skull & Bones were all pushed back this week, meaning the first few months of 2019 are already looking busy.
There’s also a metric ton of Call of Duty news this week (including a battle royale confirmation), plus teases about Outlast III and Stalker 2, No Man’s Sky getting co-op multiplayer, Sea of Thieves and a giant shark, and details on SteamVR’s new controller mapping options.
This is gaming news for May 14 to 18.
Call of Duty: Battle Royale
Let’s get the Call of Duty news out of the way first, if only because there’s a lot of it. This week was the Black Ops IIII reveal event, and the biggest news? It’s exclusive to Battle.net on the PC. That’s not entirely unexpected, given Activision did the same with Destiny 2 last year. And yet...wow. They really did it. I guess we should probably expect all major Activision games to be Battle.net exclusive going forward, which is a huge shift in the PC market.
EVGA moves its motherboard drivers to reusable flash drives, finally leaving DVDs behind
Say it with me: Finally. EVGA is bucking the trend and embracing the new normal by shipping the drivers for its new motherboards on a tiny flash drive instead.
“No more driver DVDs in future EVGA motherboards including the new H370,” EVGA product management director Jacob Freeman tweeted late Thursday. “Instead you get the drivers on this small 8GB flash drive.”
Optical drives might not be dead yet, but they’re certainly an endangered creature in the age of Steam and blisteringly fast broadband speeds. At a time when many cases—including Corsair flagships—don’t even include a 5.25-inch drive bay anymore, we’re baffled that so many motherboards still ship with their drivers imprisoned on discs.
Nvidia's first 4K G-Sync HDR monitor is available to preorder, with a cutting-edge price
The first round of G-Sync HDR displays is almost here after nearly a year of delays and they look awesome, with a specification sheet that checks virtually every box a monitor nerd could dream of. But there’s been a question looming over Nvidia’s boundary-pushing screens: How much will they cost? Now we know: The Acer Predator X27 just went up for preorder at Newegg for a cool $2,000, ready to ship on June 1.
Get your home ready for summer with $50 off Nest, Ecobee smart thermostats
Smart thermostats are a great way to regulate your home's temperature and control your budget. Right now, two of our top-rated smart thermostats, the Ecobee4 Thermostat with Sensor and the third generation of the Nest Learning Thermostat in white, are both $200, $50 off their list prices on Amazon.
The $1,200 Red Hydrogen One phone is coming to Verizon and AT&T this summer, but why?
Carriers can make or break a phone release. As we’ve seen with Huawei’s debacle earlier this year, selling a new handset in the U.S. pretty much requires retail support of at least one major carrier, namely Verizon or AT&T, and generally both. And getting it isn’t always an easy task.
Take a look at the phones that aren’t being sold at AT&T stores (other than the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and P20):
Aside from the Pixel 2, you won’t find any of them at a Verizon store either. And a couple of of them can’t even be used on Verizon’s CDMA network. Yet, both of the biggest carriers in the U.S. sent out press releases triumphantly announcing that they would be carrying the Red Hydrogen One phone when it launches later this summer. That begs the question: Why?
Get a sleek Asus laptop with an 8th-gen Core i5 CPU and USB-C for $479 today
Sometimes people buy laptops for its trendy or sleek looks. A lot of times, however, a bigger concern is value. Today, there's a sleek Asus laptop on Amazon that covers both of those bases. The Asus VivoBook F510UA with an 8th-gen Intel Core i5 is just $479. This is the all-time low price for this laptop, which has been selling between $510 and $550 in recent months.
Roccat Horde Aimo review: This 'membranical' gaming keyboard explores new territory
We’ve seen two attempts at a hybrid mechanical/membrane keyboard so far: Logitech’s G213 Prodigy with its “mech-dome” switch and Razer’s Ornata with its “mecha-membrane.” And I would’ve been happy if that were it, forever. Neither was that great, and it’s hard to convince me to buy an “upscale” membrane keyboard when true mechanical keyboards are so cheap these days. (Shoot, our favorite budget mechanical keyboard, Razer’s Blackwidow X Tournament Edition, is just $70.)