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Samsung Notebook 9 (2017) review

Editor’s Note: What follows in this review is our impressions of the 2017 Samsung Notebook 9 (15-inch) model. For our thoughts on the latest version, read our Samsung Notebook 9 review for 2018. Last summer, the Samsung surprised us with its Notebook 9 Pro, a 2-in-1 laptop that will be lauded for years to come for not only its versatile design, but for its long-lasting battery and flattering looks as well.  This year, that same Seoul-based tech conglomerate has come…

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Notion home monitoring (2nd Edition) review: Modest upgrades advance a winning formula

Since its rollout last year, Notion has occupied a unique spot in the smart home space. Billed as a “home awareness” kit, Notion is built around do-it-all sensors that are designed to give homeowners detailed information about all manner of variables in the home. A single sensor can tell whether a door is open or closed, measure temperature, detect leaks, and more, and it can do almost all of it at the same time. Notion isn’t designed to deter intruders…

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Acer Nitro 5 review | TechRadar

The Acer Nitro 5 is a mid-range gaming laptop that’s aiming to sate the majority of gamers.  The 15.6in screen size should be enough for most players, and its GTX 1050 graphics chip is designed to deliver smooth gaming on the panel’s 1080p resolution. The Acer costs $999 (£950, AU$1,639) and also serves up a high-end Intel processor and an SSD – but it’s also surrounded by plenty of competition. Spec Sheet Here is the Acer Nitro 5 configuration sent…

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The best password managers | Techworld

Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Google Plus The costs of cyber crime are higher than ever before, with a recent report by Norton putting the worldwide figure at an enormous £130 billion for 2017 alone. One of the best ways you can protect yourself against online fraud is still by using a strong password and a different one for every site and service that you use. It’s true that you won’t be protected against a data breach that exposes emails and passwords that are…

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GE Smart Lighting review: ZigBee or Z-Wave? In-wall or plug-in?

When it comes to standards wars, Jasco isn’t taking any chances. The manufacturer builds in-wall dimmers and plug-in lamp controllers based on both the Z-Wave and ZigBee platforms, marketing them with GE branding under a licensing agreement. Both classes can be controlled with voice commands via Alexa or Google Assistant, but the Z-Wave products require a third-party hub. The ZigBee products require a third-party hub, too, unless you’re connecting them to an Amazon Echo Plus (that smart speaker has a…

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Private Internet Access VPN review

If network size is top of your VPN priorities then Private Internet Access (commonly known as PIA) will appeal immediately, its 3,000+ servers in 28 countries leaving many competitors trailing in its digital wake. The service offers plenty of features. There’s support for five devices, PPTP, OpenVPN and L2TP/IPSec protocols, a SOCKS5 proxy and P2P support, as well as built-in blocking of ads, trackers and known malicious websites. Despite all this functionality, the prices are very low. The baseline product…

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Windows Server 2019 LTSC Build 17623, First Take: Key scenarios await detail Review

Windows Server is moving to the faster six-month release cycle of the Windows client and staying as a server OS that comes out every two to three years. This split personality is managed through what Microsoft calls ‘channels’: the Semi Annual Channel (SAC), which includes only the GUI-less Server Core and Nano server; and the Long Term Support Channel (LTSC), which includes Server Core and the full version with Desktop Experience. Due for release in the second half of 2018…

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Huawei P20 Pro review | TechRadar

The Huawei P20 Pro is one of a growing number of mega-phones. We’re not talking about the speakers that protesters chant into, but very expensive phones that incorporate new tech, for those willing to pay big for it. Top rivals in this class include the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus and iPhone X. Huawei may be the least powerful brand of the three, but the cost is lower too. For the Huawei P20 Pro’s price you could only get a 64GB…

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Skyrim VR review: Staring down life-sized dragons is terrifying

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has been remastered and re-released so many times it’s an inside joke at this point, and yet I haven’t really felt drawn to go back—until last night. Last night I once again took that fateful wagon ride through the mountains, put my head down on the chopping block, watched a dragon burn a village down, and helped my ol’ pal Ralof escape from those nasty brutes in the Imperial Legion. Only this time, I did…

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Fitbit Versa review: Finally, a smartwatch that can make Fitbit proud Review

For the past couple of years, Fitbit has flirted with making a smartwatch to compete with the Apple Watch, Pebble, and Samsung. But, until recently, the company had always stopped short of calling one of its products a smartwatch. Read also: Fitbit Flyer hands-on: A sweatproof wireless headset designed for the Fitbit Ionic Technically, the Versa isn’t Fitbit’s first smartwatch. That crown belongs to the Ionic, the first device to launch with Fitbit OS. Enter the $199 Versa: A smartwatch…

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Canon EOS M50 review | TechRadar

The EOS M50 is Canon’s latest mirrorless camera, extending its M-series range from three to four. While it has a similar silhouette to the flagship EOS M5, the M50 sits further down the range, slotting in between the entry-level EOS M100 and the more mid-range EOS M6, and is designed to appeal to those looking to upgrade from a smartphone or basic compact camera. The EOS M50 borrows some features and ideas from existing models, but it also has a…

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iPad 9.7in (2018) vs iPad 9.7in (2017)

One of Apple’s surprise hits of 2017 was its 9.7in iPad – a device that we gave three stars out of five in our review, grudgingly conceding that “its low-end price tag and mostly low-end spec list might be a good fit for schools and casual users”. In fact that low-end price tag was hugely popular and it single-handedly revived the fortunes of the company’s beleaguered tablet division. Shows what we know. What isn’t a surprise is that Apple has…

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Nest Hello review: This is a great video doorbell

If you’re considering a video doorbell, the Nest Hello should be on your short list. It has great video quality, a solid app, and it operated flawlessly during my test. There’s slick integration with Google Home and Google Assistant, and a recently launched 5-day subscription plan for storing video in the cloud reduces one of the biggest hurdles to a Nest system: the ongoing running cost. It’s a worthy competitor to the Ring Video Doorbell 2, but the Nest Hello…

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Huawei P20 vs P20 Pro Comparison Review

Huawei’s launch event on 27 March 2018 in Paris saw the release of both the P20 and the P20 Pro, this launch being hot on the heels of the Galaxy S9 announcement at MWC. We’re going to take a look at Huawei’s recent mobile offerings, and see how they stack up against each other. Price and Availability Both of these phones are set to release on 6 April this year, with the P20 retailing at £599 / $799 and the…

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