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Best smart plugs of 2019: Reviews and buying advice

Every room in your house has them: power outlets, and they’re about as dumb as technology can be. To create a true smart home, you need to upgrade the way your wiring works, so that it can be controlled, managed, and monitored from...

This week in games: Doom delayed until March, Call of Duty’s 175GB install

Start freeing up drive space. This week's news is all about Call of Duty and Red Dead and their massive install footprints, plus Blizzard's troubles with China, a new Surviving Mars spin-off, a Doom delay, a detective game that involves Picross, and more.This...

No, Intel didn’t confirm its discrete Xe GPUs will support ray tracing

And...it’s gone. Recent reports that Intel had confirmed ray tracing support in its Xe graphics cards are wrong, a company spokesman said Friday.News broke earlier this week that a briefing given to analysts in Tokyo had confirmed hardware ray tracing support in Intel’s upcoming...

Go big or go fast: Corsair shatters the 5GHz DDR4 barrier, G.Skill unveils a monster 256GB RAM kit

It’s a killer time for PC memory enthusiasts. A pair of recent RAM releases should bring a smile to your face regardless of whether you’re into ultra-fast memory speeds or kits with massive capacity.On Thursday, Corsair became the first memory vendor to commercially...

Upcoming Microsoft keyboards will include dedicated Office, emoji shortcut keys

Microsoft is finally launching two keyboards with new, dedicated shortcut keys for Office and Windows 10’s emoji menu.Both the $59.99 Microsoft Ergonomic KeyboardRemove non-product link as well as the $49.99 Microsoft Bluetooth KeyboardRemove non-product link have shown up on Microsoft’s site, though they...

Best mesh Wi-Fi routers 2019: Reviews and buying advice

A great wireless router is an essential element of tech life, whether you’re building out a smart home or you just want the best experience streaming music and video at home. If you’re suffering with low wireless throughput or dead spots in any...

Roku Ultra (2019) review: It’s all about the buttons

How much do you value a few extra buttons?That’s the main question you must ask yourself when deciding between the 2019 Roku Ultra and cheaper Roku streamers. At $100, the Ultra is by far the most expensive Roku player, and it remains the...

Samsung SmartThings Wifi review: A sensible choice for smart homes, but far from the best router

Mesh tech is as beneficial to smart home devices as it is to home networking, so it makes sense to deploy a single product that can handle both missions—provided that single device offers best-in-class performance in both areas. While the second-generation Samsung SmartThings...

Microsoft’s next Windows 10 feature update gets a name: the Windows 10 November 2019 Update

Microsoft has made it official: Windows 10’s “19H2” release will now be officially known as the Windows 10 November 2019 Update.Microsoft is giving itself plenty of runway with what’s also known as the version 1909 release. Typically, the version number incorporates the month...

PC market grows again in Q3, as Windows 7 nears end of life

The PC market grew in the third quarter of 2019 year over year, largely due to looming tariffs and the end of the road for Windows 7.According to IDC, the PC market grew 3 percent to 70.4 million units. Gartner, which measures growth...
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