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Walmart closes price-match loophole after scammers snag $90 PlayStation 4s

pcworld.com — This is why we can't have nice things. Black Friday came early for some enterprising scam artists who used Walmart's new online price-matching policy to get items like the PlayStation 4 on the cheap. The scams started less than a week after Walmart formalized an activity that many stores in the U.S.
Nov 20, 2014

Walmart closes price-match loophole after scammers snag $90 PlayStation 4s ift.tt/1Hq5FVJ

How to buy the best PC gaming laptop

pcworld.com — Desktop diehards and the Reddit build-it crowd might scoff at the very concept of a portable PC gaming machine, but the gulf between gaming desktops and gaming laptops has narrowed considerably over the years. Today's laptops can play modern games at 1080p and higher with few to no compromises in graphics settings.
Nov 20, 2014

How to buy the perfect PC gaming laptop pcworld.com/article/284872… @gordonung explains how to start gaming on the go w/ few compromises

Big AMD wins: Capcom embraces Mantle, Samsung plans 4K FreeSync monitor line

pcworld.com — Graphics technology has been stuck on the 28nm manufacturing process for a full three years now, but that doesn't mean AMD and Nvidia have been sitting on their proverbial thumbs.
Nov 20, 2014

Big AMD wins: Capcom embraces Mantle, Samsung plans 4K FreeSync monitor line pcworld.com/article/285006…

How to protect yourself from PC tech support scams

pcworld.com — The U.S. Federal Trade Commission's game of whack-a-mole with Windows tech support scammers continues. The FTC and the State of Florida recently announced the temporary shut down of several businesses in two new cases of Windows tech support scams. The two cases involved scams that bilked "tens of thousands" of Windows PC owners out of more than $120 million, the FTC says.

Yahoo dethrones Google as default Firefox search tool

pcworld.com — Mozilla has picked Yahoo to be the default search engine for its Firefox browser in the U.S., deposing Google in a new five-year partnership announced on Wednesday. Google has been the default search tool in Firefox since 2004 but its agreement came up for renewal this year and Mozilla said it was making the change to promote "innovation and competition."

New cruise ship a floating heaven for tech geeks

pcworld.com — Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas boasts satellite WiFi, robotic bartenders and virtual balconies that give windowless rooms a view of the ocean. Follow reporter Nick Barber on Twitter.

Uber's rider-controlled Spotify jams could cost drivers

pcworld.com — Uber drivers nice enough to let their passengers control a car's music with Spotify might find themselves subsidizing the party. A new partnership between Uber and Spotify, going into effect Friday, lets users of Spotify's $10 monthly service act like DJs by pumping music through the car's stereo with their smartphones.

Microsoft, five other groups race toward automated image captioning

pcworld.com — Did you ever think that the next hot technology field would be the ability for a machine to "see" a picture and describe it in words? Google may have kicked off the latest wave of interest in automated image recognition, but several teams of researchers, including Microsoft and Baidu, also plan to participate.
Nov 19, 2014

Microsoft, five other groups race toward automated image captioning pcworld.com/article/284983… via @pcworld

Nvidia's new jaggy-killing MFAA technology hits GeForce GTX 980, GTX 970

pcworld.com — Nvidia has finally enabled Multi-Frame Sampled Anti-Aliasing in its latest graphics cards, allowing for smoother graphics without the usual performance hit. The feature, also known as MFAA, is available in Nvidia's GeForce GTX 970 and 980 series graphics cards, which launched in desktop and notebook versions two months ago.
Nov 19, 2014

Nvidia's new jaggy-killing MFAA technology hits GeForce GTX 980, GTX 970 pcworld.com/article/284930… Like 2X MSAA w/o usual performance hit

BitTorrent reveals Sync 2.0, a supercharged update for its cloudless file syncing tool

pcworld.com — BitTorrent had a big second half of 2014 after rolling out a vastly improved version of Sync and the new chat app Bleep, and now the company is taking aim at the New Year. On Wednesday, the company announced its plans for BitTorrent Sync 2.0, which is scheduled to launch in 2015.
Nov 19, 2014

BitTorrent reveals Sync 2.0, a supercharged update for its cloudless file syncing tool ift.tt/1vpL7JU

Does Skype for Web mean WebRTC's native video chats are ready for prime time?

pcworld.com — Microsoft's upcoming Skype for Web service will use the new WebRTC standard so it works in all modern browsers-but not right away: Early users will have to download a plugin that's only available on Mac and Windows. That's something Microsoft has already done for years in its Lync universal communications product.
Nov 18, 2014

@AshishMBakshi the WebRTC/ORTC alignment is going pretty well since TPac I'm told; I cover it here pcworld.com/article/284939…

Nov 18, 2014

RT @marypcbuk: Does Skype for Web mean WebRTC's native video chats are ready for prime time? Understanding ORTC, plugins & standards http:/…

Nov 18, 2014

Does Skype for Web mean WebRTC's native video chats are ready for prime time? Understanding ORTC, plugins & standards pcworld.com/article/284939…

New Benchmark Puts Nvidia and Apple Mobile Chips Ahead of Intel's Atom

pcworld.com — Comparing tablet chip performance has never been easy. Mobile benchmarks have mostly been limited to just a single platform, but now a new test by a respected outfit-albeit one that's frequently been accused of pandering to Intel-puts ARM-based processors from Apple and Nvidia ahead of Intel's silicon.

Far Cry 4 isn't broken on PCs like Assassin's Creed: Unity is

pcworld.com — It feels weird to write a story about nothing happening, but after recent events it seems important-criticism where necessary, but credit where it's due. I went into Far Cry 4 with a fair bit of trepidation after last week's disastrous Assassin's Creed: Unity launch, especially since Ubisoft wasn't handing out Far Cry 4 review codes to PC sites.

Watching shows online is more common now, Flurry says, but TV’s hardly dead yet

pcworld.com — We're all spending more time with smartphones and tablets. So much so that the "second screen" may now be the "first screen," depending on the data you read. Mobile analytics and advertising firm Flurry released a report on Tuesday that says Americans spend close to 10 minutes more per day on mobile devices than sitting in front of a television.
Nov 18, 2014

Watching shows online is more common now, Flurry says, but TV’s hardly dead yet ift.tt/1u6GbCj

How to tweak visual effects in Windows

pcworld.com — Most people probably don't give much thought to the way Windows looks and behaves. We just accept it and get on with our work. But there are lots of little settings hidden on your system to change the way your PC behaves. Don't like all those windows animations? You can change that.
Nov 18, 2014

This secret power menu unlocks Windows' visual effects options ift.tt/14EXs0V

Intel will merge PC and mobile CPU groups, just as the devices themselves are converging

pcworld.com — Intel will combine its PC and mobile processor divisions under one roof, reflecting a changing market in which the line between tablets and laptops has blurred. The chip maker will form a new division at the start of next year called the Client Computing Group, which will include the teams that develop its Core processors for desktops and laptops, as well as those that develop its Atom chips for smartphones and tablets.
Nov 18, 2014

Intel will merge PC and mobile CPU groups, just as the devices themselves are converging bit.ly/1HduLXT

Watch Tony Hawk ride the world's first real-life hoverboard

pcworld.com — When it comes to skateboarding, Tony Hawk is a god among men. And just in case you needed tangible proof of his divinity-what, landing a 900 isn't enough?-Hendo Hover posted a video today of the legend riding on the world's first real-life hoverboard. Eat your heart out, Marty McFly.
Nov 17, 2014

You can find the link to theTony Hawk Pro Skater 2 Spotify playlist in this article about Tony Hawk. pcworld.com/article/284883…

Nov 17, 2014

Watch Tony Hawk ride the world's first real-life hoverboard pcworld.com/article/284883… I had to write it up! BEHOLD THE FUTURE

Senator demands answers about DOJ mobile phone surveillance planes

pcworld.com — A reported mobile phone surveillance program at the U.S. Department of Justice raises serious privacy questions, a U.S. senator said Monday. The DOJ program, which reportedly uses cell-tower mimicking equipment on airplanes to target the mobile phone locations of criminals, raises questions about how many "innocent" people's mobile phone data is also swept up in the operation, said Senator Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat.

TRUSTe deceived consumers about recertification program, FTC says

pcworld.com — It turns out that TRUSTe, the provider of privacy certifications for online businesses, may not be so trustworthy after all. The company failed to conduct annual recertification checks for hundreds of companies holding its privacy seal, despite promising to do so, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission has charged.