December 6, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

“What graphics card within my budget gives me the best bang for my buck?”That simple question cuts to the core of what people hunting for a new graphics card look for: the most oomph they can afford. Sure, the technological leaps behind each new GPU can be interesting on their own, but most everyone just wants to crank up the detail settings on Far Cry and get right to playing. Last updated 12/6/2017 to add information to the best budget graphics card section about AMD quietly releasing a lower-powered version of the Radeon RX 560 with the same name. Pricing was…

December 6, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

With the Pixel phones, Google aims to make a compelling smartphone experience, even if that means making some changes to Android. That’s why the version of Android 8.0 Oreo that ships on the Pixel 2 and 2 XL isn’t quite what you’ll find on other stock Android devices. Some of the coolest bonus features are hiding beneath the surface of Google’s latest phones, but we’ll tell you our favorites here. Wallpaper-based themes Changing your wallpaper is something you probably do on a regular basis. Usually, that just gets you a new wallpaper as expected, but there’s a neat extra on the…

December 6, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

The Asus NovaGo is a Windows laptop with something completely new: the Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC Platform, Qualcomm’s bid to use its smartphone chip to grab some Windows PC share in a category long dominated by Intel.Spending a little time with the machine on Tuesday was an exercise in testing—and managing—expectations. Qualcomm executives have admitted that the Snapdragon platform will be a bit slower to launch apps, a bit slower to boot, a bit slower here and there. Our early impressions show the kind of performance that Qualcomm hopes will be “good-enough” for mainstream users with modest demands. To read this article…

December 5, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Just search Amazon for “portable battery” and you’re bound to feel overwhelmed. Besides the various charging specs, ports, and even cables you have to consider, there are a ton of competing brands. Anker, Mophie, and MyCharge are all common battery makers, but how do you know which ones deliver on their promises? Is it worth saving a few bucks if a battery pack’s performance is lacking?Power-bank cheat sheet Our quick-hit recommendations:Best overall power bank: Mophie Powerstation Plus XL [mophie.com]  Most portable power bank: Tronsmart Presto PBT10  [amazon.com]  Best power bank for road warriors: DBPower Q100 Portable Energy Storage Battery [amazon.com]  Best USB-C power bank:…

December 5, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Philip B. Crosby invented the concept of the ‘elevator pitch’ in the 80’s, and it quickly became popular in the business world​​. Today it is commonly used as a strategic tool for initial meetings. It has become so popular in fact that business schools, such as Harvard, include how-to information in their course curriculum and on their website to help people create and evaluate elevator pitches.Eureka June 6, 2017 by EUREKATo read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

December 5, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Qualcomm is invading Intel’s turf, announcing Windows PCs that use the same Snapdragon chips as your phone and can last well into a second day of use. On Tuesday at its Snapdragon Technology Forum, Qualcomm showed off its Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC Platform on a HP Envy x2 tablet and an Asus NovaGo ultrabook. Both run on the company’s Snapdragon 835—yes, the same processor (and cellular modem) inside popular phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.Qualcomm uses its success with smartphones to justify its foray into PCs. You demand all-day performance from your phone, while it’s constantly connected to the Internet. Why…

December 5, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Get your phones ready because Android Oreo is finally here. But its name isn’t the only thing that’s sweet about Android 8. While it might not be as jam-packed with features as prior Android releases, Android Oreo has plenty of features that make it a must-download, from picture-in-picture to notification changes that will help you keep annoying alerts at bay. And now Android 8.1 has arrived to bring even more awesome features and enhancements. So bring your sweet tooth because there’s a lot to chew on.And you don’t need a Nexus or Pixel phone anymore to enjoy it. The first non-Google…

December 5, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Anyone who owns a smartphone knows that you need a way to recharge it when you’re on the go. The most versatile way to ensure power away from an outlet is to carry a trusty battery pack. If you own a modern Android phone, that portable charger probably needs to support USB-C. (See our Best power banks of 2017 roundup if USB-C is not a requirement and our roundup of USB car chargers if you spend a lot of time in a vehicle.)To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico

December 5, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Buying a budget graphics card just got trickier. AMD and its partners quietly began selling Radeon RX 560 cards with fewer compute units and stream processors than originally advertised, without changing the name or otherwise identifying the lesser-powered model in any way. But here’s the kicker: The Radeon RX 560s you can find in stores are a mix of the full-fat version and the cut-down version.Ick.When the Radeon RX 560 launched in April it was the only RX 500-series card with a meaningful under-the-hood tech boost compared to the RX 400-series. The graphics processor in the older RX 460 cards…