February 14, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

The 2018 Winter Olympics are in full swing, but watching online via NBC can be more pain than its worth. Fortunately, there are other ways of watching your favorite sports: You can use a VPN to view streams from Canada, Australia, and (for some), the United Kingdom, as long as you don’t mind coverage not focused on American competitors.Many VPNs will likely work with the Australian and Canadian streams, but if you don’t already have a provider, here’s a rundown of three VPNs that will work—including a free option. We’ve also got details on connecting with BBC’s iPlayer, because that…

February 14, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

EA’s “On the House” program has given away some great free games over the past few years, but almost felt like it took a hiatus during 2017. It didn’t, but after starting strong with Mass Effect 2 last January the rest of the year featured giveaways of more niche games (Syberia II), downright awful games (Dead in Bermuda), a few repeats (Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault and Plants vs. Zombies for the hundredth time) and one lone standout, Steamworld Dig.On the House is starting semi-strong for 2018 though, with 2008’s sci-fi horror classic Dead Space up for grabs. Okay, technically this…

February 14, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Long hours at work and the demographics of an aging population mean small businesses in Japan face extra pressures over and above the common pain points of cutting costs, increasing revenue and retaining high quality staff, even though the country is enjoying its longest period of economic growth since the 1990s.That growth looks set to continue with exports, consumer spending and business confidence all rising – making this a good time to make sure your business is in the best position to handle challenges, and take advantage of new opportunities.But the on-going Work-Style Reform means you must plan for changes…

February 14, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

The way we work is being transformed by people, process and technology. Business is no longer about sitting in the office, tied to the desktop PC and the phone, but about working where you need to, when you need to, and using the right device for the job.Cloud and mobile technologies are empowering a new, more flexible approach, where we have the tools and information to be effective whenever, wherever. Put that together with data-driven business intelligence, and we’re seeing waves of innovation opening up new products and services, which in turn are opportunities for businesses of all sizes to…

February 14, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Using a processor’s built-in graphics to play games has always required tedious tinkering. Integrated graphics aren’t anywhere near as powerful as standalone graphics cards, so you need to tweak your resolution and visual settings to coax many games into even running. But Intel’s latest drivers make it easier than ever for gamers on integrated graphics to start playing by adding in an automatic game optimization tool similar to what’s available in Nvidia and AMD’s software.The Intel Graphics Driver for Windows version 15.65 adds in the new capabilities to the company’s Graphics Control Panel software, Tom’s Hardware points out, along with…

February 14, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

The Samsung 860 EVO has convinced us: It is now safe to equate TLC (Triple-Level-Cell) SSDs with top-notch SATA performance. TLC-NAND SSDs used to be more about affordability, but the 860 EVO is the third TLC-NAND drive we’ve tested that doesn’t bog down on long sustained transfers. (The other drives are the identical-except-for-the-label WD Blue 3D and Sandisk Ultra 3D.)We even quadrupled our normal 20GB copies, and the 860 EVO easily maintained the pace. In fact, despite being quite a bit cheaper, the 860 EVO’s performance compares more than favorably with that of its 860 Pro cousin. You can check out…

February 14, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

In the age of fake news, collusion, coercion, and bots, the heads of all three U.S. intelligence agencies all agree on one thing: don’t buy Huawei phones.CBS News is reporting that FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats each gave testimony on Capitol Hill this week to address the cybersecurity threats facing the nation and all admitted that they would never willingly use a Huawei handset.The impact on you at home: The intelligence community has been warning about the risk of Huawei for years, but the timing of the message here is…

February 14, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Kingdom Come: Deliverance released yesterday ($60 on Steam), and by now people have no doubt begun living out their peasant-in-the-Holy-Roman-Empire fantasies en masse. If you read my review impressions though, you’re no doubt aware the game has some optimization issues, bugs, and so on. The usual suspects when it comes to a vast Elder Scrolls-style RPG perhaps, but exacerbated in this case by Kingdom Come’s odd save system—one that forces players to rely on autosave unless their poor peasant character can afford a costly “Saviour Schnapps” item from local innkeepers.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

February 14, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Android lite apps are the antidote to full-sized apps whose ample features may be hard to use, or hard on your phone’s performance. Google, Facebook, and others have finally started taking lite apps seriously, offering versions that let you declutter your app experience without losing any of the core functionality you’ve come to expect. Here are the lite apps you need to download.Some of these apps are available on the Play Store in all countries, but many are limited to “developing” markets. You can always sideload the apps from a trusted source like APK Mirror that verifies app signatures.Messenger Lite…