March 21, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Devoted typists adore mechanical keyboards, but all of their internal hardware usually pushes entry prices up towards the $100 mark. This week, the barrier’s much lower. Newegg is offering a mechanical keyboard at a solid discount—complete with cherished Cherry switches. The G.Skill Ripjaws KM570 MX with Cherry Brown switches is $55 via the retailer’s Newegg Flash site. This keyboard has an MSRP of $100 but commonly sells around $79 elsewhere. The Ripjaws keyboard comes with Cherry MX Brown switches. As PCWorld’s guide to mechanical keyboards explains, that means the keypresses are much quieter than other mechanical switches, which can sometimes get…

March 21, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Let’s cut to the chase: For many people, PC gaming is synonymous with Steam. Valve’s ubiquitous gaming client is both storefront and service, delivering a one-stop shop for buying games, playing and managing those games, and even building out a friends list to chat with while you game.But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Steam’s rife with hidden features that can help you get more out of your PC gaming experience—tricks that few people ever touch. Here are some of the most useful, starting with obscure (yet helpful) library management tools on this page before diving into more exotic…

March 21, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Android Auto will work in any car, even an older car. All you need is the right accessories—and a smartphone running Android 5.0 (Lollipop) or higher (Android 6.0 is better), with a decent-sized screen. Add a few handy apps and phone settings, and you can make your smartphone version of Android Auto just about as good as the dashboard version. Android Auto wasn’t always this easy. When it debuted in 2015, you needed either a new car or pricey aftermarket hardware to run Google’s infotainment system of the future. Google brought a standalone Android Auto app to smartphones the following year, allowing anyone…

March 20, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

The age of widespread fingerprint and face-scanning authentication is almost here. Yet even in the age of Apple’s Face ID and Windows 10’s Hello, passwords are still the main way we log in to our various accounts. That’s why two-factor authentication (2FA) is still important.What is two-factor authentication? Two-factor, or multi-factor, authentication is an additional login code for an account—a second line of defense to your sensitive info. There are a number of ways you can get these short, secondary login codes. In a moment, we’ll take a look at some of the most popular methods for using two-factor authentication. Before we…

March 20, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

AMD has acknowledged the Ryzenfall vulnerabilities discovered by CTS-Labs, though the chip company believes the flaws can be patched via BIOS updates issued over the next few weeks.In a blog post authored by AMD’s chief technical officer, Mark Papermaster, AMD confirmed that the four broad classifications of attacks—Masterkey, Ryzenfall, Fallout, and Chimera—are viable, though they require administrative access to the PC or server in question. Third-party protection, such as Microsoft Windows Credential Guard, also serve to block unauthorized administrative access, Papermaster wrote.To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

March 20, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

There was a time when deleting your Facebook account was a pie-in-the-sky fantasy, but this week’s news might have you thinking twice. In a series of reports, we learned that an employee at Facebook erroneously handed a trove of data to a company called Cambridge Analytics, which in turn used that information to target voters and spread influence ahead of the 2016 election. So we totally understand if you’re having second thoughts about your account.The good news is, you have options. First you can limit what third-party apps and the Facebook community can see about your account. If that’s not enough,…

March 20, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Even if you don’t have a home packed with smart devices, a smart speaker can still be a great way to play music and get information. So if you’re looking for your first one or just want to add to an existing setup, Best Buy is offering its exclusive Insignia Voice smart Bluetooth speaker with built-in Google Assistant for just $36.99 right now.The Bluetooth speaker looks like a standard alarm clock but it comes with Google Assistant built in for hands-free control. Once connected to your smartphone, the speaker can access a variety of popular online streaming services as well as…