December 6, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

If you thought this year’s Android flagship phones were fast, wait until next year. Qualcomm has unveiled its next-generation chip, the Snapdragon 845, and it’s more than just the next number in the evolution: It’s a ground-up redesign of the platform’s architecture. And it’s sure to have a profound affect on next year’s crop of premium Android handsets.While the 835 was mostly focused on performance and speed, the 845 brings a slew of enhancements to how phones will use the processor for AI, photos, and, of course, battery life. We’ll probably have to wait until the Galaxy S9 to see…

December 6, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Dash cams are already essential in many countries because of scam artists who try to create accidents so they can sue you. They’ve also proven useful for catching the occasional meteor, as happened in Thailand and in Russia a few years ago.But while auto cons aren’t as common here, recording your excursions is a reasonable precaution to take—especially if you’re driving professionally.December 6, 2017: Updated with our review of the Vava Dash Cam (currently $120 on Amazon), our new top pick for single-channel dash cams. It’s an impressive first-timer that checks off a lot of boxes. Read our full review. To read this…

December 6, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

While prices aren’t quite as good as they were during Black Friday, you can still find some decent graphics card deals right now. Case in point: Newegg is selling the EVGA GTX 1080 SC Gaming ACX 3.0 graphics card for $520 after a $20 rebate. This offer also comes with a free copy of Destiny 2.Not counting the game, that’s about $40 cheaper than Amazon’s price for this card—provided you file the rebate. Newegg’s offer ends at 11:59 PM Pacific on Friday, December 7.In our graphics card roundup, we liked the GTX 1080 as a solid enthusiast-level graphics card for…

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…