December 14, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

If you missed the Ecobee4 sale the first time around, Amazon has you covered. Today the retailer is selling the Ecobee4 for $200. That’s the same price we saw at Lowe’s and others (including Amazon) on Black Friday. Usually this latest model of the Ecobee sells for the MSRP of $249.The big change with the Ecobee4 compared to its predecessor is built-in Alexa Voice Service. Prior to this, the Ecobee integrated with Alexa devices like most other smart home devices. With Alexa built-in, you can use the smart thermometer to get news, set timers, and many of the other things…

December 14, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

The TP-LINK HS100 smart plug is quite simply a power outlet that you can control from anywhere. Using your smartphone, you can turn devices on & off, set programs to turn them on & off at set times while you’re away, or engage a “countdown timer” which powers the switch off after a set amount of time. Installation is simple — just plug a device into your smart plug and connect to your wifi network. The HS100 is also compatible with Amazon Alexa, for voice control. Buy multiple plugs and get creative.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by…

December 14, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

It doesn’t get any better. That’s all you really need to know about this week’s Star Wars: Battlefront II mini-expansion. Timed to land alongside The Last Jedi’s theater release, it’s the first bit of post-launch content for Battlefront II and adds stuff that’s theoretically tied to the movie—meaning Finn and Captain Phasma as heroes, plus a new ground map set on the planet Crait (which given the loot crate controversy is a pretty ironic name) and new space battle map set around D’Qar.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

December 14, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Samsung’s Notebook 9 Pen is a slender 360-degree laptop that’s committed to the stylus way of doing things. Of course there’s a keyboard, but this convertible laptop wants to make it easy for you to scribble, tap, and create with your hand.Announced Wednesday night, the Notebook 9 Pen and several other Notebook 9 models will ship in Korea first, then the United States in the first quarter of 2018. Prices were not disclosed. Why this matters: Samsung announced the Notebook 9 Pen and several other laptops on Wednesday night to get ahead of the news deluge at CES. Samsung is a…

December 14, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Excel’s Text functions are a major time saver if your job entails managing massive data, especially data that’s imported from other sources. Fortunately, all ASCII data is easily imported, but the format of that imported data can vary drastically from one source to another.For example, fields may be delimited, such as  with tabs, spaces, commas, or periods. Aany other characters are all preferable to spaces. That’s because spaces not only exist in between fields, they also separate words within the fields, which makes sorting out the fields a real challenge. That’s where the following Text functions are very helpful.A. Use…

December 13, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Microsoft’s Bing search engine and Cortana digital assistant might not change that much from day to day, but behind the scenes they’re getting smarter—integrating factual insights from more sources, including the opinions of Reddit users.At an AI-focused event in San Francisco, Microsoft showed off a number of improvements, all geared towards increasing the “intelligence” of Bing, Cortana, and Microsoft Office. Why this matters: Calling out some of these behind-the-scenes upgrades helps Microsoft demonstrate its unique attributes, and thus relevance, among the competing AI-based platforms of Amazon, Apple, and Google. Microsoft Bing already lets you comparison shop for similar items across the…

December 13, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

This holiday season you can give the gift of 4K FreeSync gaming, thanks to a deal at BuyDig today. The online retailer is selling the HP Envy 27-inch 4K monitor for $350 when you use coupon code c11710154586 (via SlickDeals).This IPS display has a 4K UHD resolution of 3840×2160, a 60Hz refresh rate, and a native response time of 14 milliseconds. On the back, it has one DisplayPort 1.2, one HDMI 2.0, one HDMI 1.4, and one USB-C port. It also has a “micro-edge bezel” to minimize distractions for gamers who go for multi-monitor setups.To read this article in full,…

December 13, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

If you’re interested in trying out Windows Mixed Reality headsets, the time is now. They’re basically half off on the eighth day of Microsoft’s 12 Days of Deals, with savings up to $200 on three separate headsets.The Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset (normally $399, now $199), the HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset (normally $449, now $249), and the Lenovo Explorer Windows Mixed Reality Headset (normally $399, now $199) are at heavy discounts. The higher-resolution Samsung HMD Odyssey Windows Mixed Reality Headset still commands a premium. It’s on sale too, but only $50 off at $449. All of the deals include a…