August 15, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Remember the great living-room PC fad of 2013 to 2016? Oh, what a thrilling time that was, when we still thought Steam Machines might take off, when the Steam Controller was full of potential, and when everyone rushed to capitalize with their own miniaturized PCs and peripherals. Into that environment arrived Corsair’s Lapdog, a combination keyboard/mousepad lapboard made for couch use.It was emblematic of everything wrong with living room PCs at the time, trying to translate the entire desktop experience to the couch. Overlarge, overpriced, and wired, the Lapdog was a bit of a mess. But two years later, Corsair…

August 15, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

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 is right for your home, considering a Chrome OS-powered Chromebook as a PC alternative is a smart choice—and we can help you choose the right one.Who should buy a Windows PC? A notebook PC powered by Microsoft Windows offers several advantages: Windows offers the most flexibility to run just about any app, as well as the choice of any browser you choose. You can tweak and configure your PC as you choose.That convenience demands more…

August 14, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Move over, Meltdown and Spectre. A new “Foreshadow” attack, alternatively called L1 Terminal Fault or L1TF, targets Intel’s Security Guard Extensions (SGX) within its Core chips.You should be safe, though, if you’ve already patched your PC as part of the earlier Spectre and Meltdown mitigations that rolled out over the course of the year, according to a blog post from Intel, which disclosed the flaw today. (Wired has more of the technical backstory on the bug itself, and Intel has published a video explaining the issue.) Microsoft is also rolling out patches, Intel said.To read this article in full, please…

August 14, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

An up-to-date PC is less vulnerable to attack, so Windows automatic updates are generally a good thing. But sometimes an update will make things worse, rendering a PC problematic, or even unusable until the problem is solved.That’s why some people prefer to hold off on a update until other people have tried it without disaster. But this requires you to take time out of your day to keep up on the news about Windows updates (a Google News alert can help).If you’re using Windows 10, you’ve got another problem: It won’t let you turn off automatic updates. Luckily, there are two…

August 14, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Today’s best laptops bask in the glow of Intel’s 8th-gen Core CPUs, which at last bring quad-core performance to mainstream machines. The only thing missing is Oprah shouting, “and you get an 8th-gen quad-core laptop!”There’s plenty of good news with this new generation. Our favorite convertible laptop, HP’s Spectre x360 13, sports a quad-core 8th-gen chip while maintaining its diminutive size. It’s really the total package. But let’s be honest: You probably don’t need a quad-core powerhouse, especially if the hottest application you run is Microsoft Excel. Check out our budget favorites, like the Acer Aspire E 15 and Asus ZenBook Flip,…

August 14, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

High-quality noise-canceling headphones don’t come cheap, particularly if they’re made by a well-known brand like Bose. But today Amazon is running a rare sale on one of Bose’s best. Act fast and you can save $50 on the Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) noise-cancelling wireless headphones, bringing them down to $300Remove non-product link and the best price we’ve seen.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

August 14, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

The Web is a dangerous place, and while surfing it with a free VPN might keep you under the radar, you’re far from invincible. With private data being worth more than gold nowadays, hackers, shady agencies, and the like are stepping up their game to access your information.Free or paid, just about every VPN will mask your online movements, but some offer better protection than others. What’s more, depending on which country your VPN is based in, that provider may be subject to less-than-stellar privacy laws, allowing government agencies to wrangle your data if they so wish.The best VPN is…

August 14, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

If there was smoke before, there’s an outright fire now. Shortly after Nvidia revealed its radical Turing GPU and new Quadro RTX hardware at Siggraph Monday night, the GeForce Twitter account posted a teaser video full of cryptic hints that the long-awaited GeForce RTX 2080 will launch during Gamescom next week.Nvidia’s “Gaming celebration” with “spectacular surprises” takes place in Cologne, Germany on August 20. The hardware-heavy video below hypes it up, but if you pay close attention, you’ll find all sorts of not-so-subtle clues about what to expect at the event.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by…