January 2, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Intel India kicked off the new year by (accidentally?) posting finer details about the hotly anticipated Intel CPU with AMD Radeon graphics launching later this quarter, officially dubbed the Intel Core i7-8809G. Those details seemingly confirm one rumor about the processor—and dispels another.Most notable: The chip will use AMD’s high-end Radeon Vega graphics cores, rather than the “Polaris” GPU found in mainstream graphics cards such as the Radeon RX 580. That’s no surprise considering the processor’s use of HBM2 memory like the Vega GPUs, but rampant Internet rumors suggested the Intel chip would instead pack Polaris cores. Don’t believe everything…

January 2, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Excel percentage formulas can get you through problems large and small every day—from determining sales tax (and tips) to calculating increases and decreases. We’ll walk through several examples below: turning fractions to percentages; backing sales tax out of totals; percentage of total; percentage increase or decrease; and percentage of completion.Turning fractions to percentages Percentages are a portion (or fraction) of 100. The math to determine a percentage is to divide the numerator (the number on top of the fraction) by the denominator (the number on the bottom of the fraction), then multiply the answer by 100. For example, the fraction…

January 2, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Rakuten Kobo’s latest e-reader, the Kobo Aura One Limited Edition, looks identical to the year-old Kobo Aura One. But with 32GB of storage and a few new software tricks up its sleeve, it’s designed to go blow-for-blow with Amazon’s outstanding 2017 Kindle Oasis. While it isn’t quite up to the task, it still has a lot to offer certain readers.Kobo Aura One Limited Edition pricing, specs and features RakutenThe Kobo Aura One Limited Edition’s not cheap. At $280 from Rakuten Kobo, it costs as much as Amazon’s 32GB Kindle Oasis with “Special Offers” (ads at the bottom of the screen) and…

January 1, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Say what you will about 2017, it was one hell of a year for video games. PCWorld’s annual Game of the Year awards and the accompanying list of the best PC games you might have missed were packed to the rafters this time, and there were even more superb games waiting in the wings. The most anticipated PC games of 2018 have a lot to live up to.But you know what? They just might. There are already quite a few cool games on the horizon, be they games that meant to release in 2018 or games that slipped out of 2017 by…

January 1, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

Microsoft’s Eye Control for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update offers up a noble goal: controlling your PC with your eyes, using a feature called Eye Control in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. And it works, mostly.Eye tracking has quietly emerged as an alternative to the mouse, led by companies like Tobii. The concept is simple enough: Sensors within an eye tracker bar you mount on your monitor “watch” your gaze, guessing pretty accurately what you’re looking at. Though Tobii sees eye tracking as a tool for productivity and gaming, Microsoft currently sees it as a purely assistive feature, rather…

January 1, 2018 CuttingEdgeTech

I’ll admit it—I simply can’t draw. Stick figures push my creative limits. Imagine my surprise, then, when I found that creating 3D objects and dioramas is actually easier in Microsoft’s Paint 3D than drawing two-dimensional art in Microsoft’s legacy Paint app.Though it shares a name, Paint 3D isn’t really like the familiar Microsoft Paint app at all. Paint 3D’s entire purpose is to create fun, cartoony 3D objects and scenes—and share them. A major part of Paint 3D’s appeal is the Remix 3D community, where you and other members can import, edit, then share digital objects and ideas. Another is…

December 31, 2017 CuttingEdgeTech

Brace your walletImage by Gordon Mah Ung/Rob SchultzTime is running out for the Steam Winter Sale! It ends January 4th. Don’t dilly-dally: You’ll find almost every game on your wish list on sale to some degree during the annual event, but Steam’s discovery and navigation features aren’t very polished aside from your personalized queue. If you’re on the hunt for some great new games, here’s a list of gems tested and approved by the PCWorld staff, all being sold at delicious discounts. To read this article in full, please click herePowered by WPeMatico