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Microsoft 2017 in review: Wins, fails, and WTF moments

Microsoft’s 2017 may as well be known as the year the company turned away from the consumer and, sadly, back toward the enterprise.  This past year was notable for two casualties: Microsoft’s phone business finally died, as did Groove Music, the music subscription service that Microsoft abandoned in favor of Spotify. In fact, you could argue that Microsoft’s software and services didn’t succeed nearly as well as its hardware, where a new generation of Surfaces and Xbox One consoles were…

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The 12 biggest hacks, breaches, and security threats of 2017

Security issues took a turn for the serious in 2017. This time around we still suffered the password breaches, malware annoyances, and stolen credit card numbers that have become commonplace in recent years. But the headlines were dominated by more sobering issues. We saw foreign adversaries trying to infiltrate critical infrastructure; major U.S. government hacking tools exposed; a major breach that called into question the use of social security numbers as identification; the U.S. government turning negative towards online user…

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Best Raspberry Pi 3 cases for your mini PC

You don’t have to buy a case for a Raspberry Pi 3, but doing so makes the experience that much nicer. That’s particularly so if you plan to use your Pi as a home-theater PC or even a secondary desktop. A whole sea of options exist out there, though, ranging from simple acrylic cases to elaborately carved wood shells. So we dug into the mix to find the best of the bunch at different prices—and came up with a selection that…

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A Ryzen-based HP Envy x360 is $575 right now

Today Best Buy has a great deal on a Ryzen-loaded convertible laptop. The big box retailer is currently selling the HP Envy x360 for $575. Not only is this price $175 off the MSRP, it’s an all-time low. (Not a fan of Best Buy? You can snag this sale price through HP’s website, too, with the option to pay for component upgrades. Shipping is free.) This particular Envy x360 has a quad-core AMD Ryzen 5 2500U processor with Radeon Vega 8 integrated…

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Windows 10 Users Can Now Stream Netflix in HDR | News & Opinion

The video-streaming service on Wednesday announced it now supports HDR on Windows 10 for both the Edge browser and the Netflix app that’s available from the Windows store. Good news, Windows 10 users: with the correct hardware, you can now stream Netflix in HDR. The video-streaming service on Wednesday announced it now supports HDR on Windows 10 for both the Edge browser and the Netflix app that’s available from the Windows App Store. “With HDR enabled, fans can immerse themselves…

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Best hardware of 2017: PCWorld names the top products of the year

Our picks for the best hardware of 2017 didn’t come easy. Our winners survived a gauntlet of testing by the PCWorld staff, and we’re confident these are the very best products you can buy in each category. In compiling this list, we looked at design, performance, ease of use, and even bang for the buck. The winners also needed to pack fairly advanced components, so you won’t regret purchasing one of the products a year from now. As we worked…

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Origin PC Chronos (2017) Review & Rating

Origin PC’s Chronos desktop has come in a variety of forms over the years, but the appeal of the 2017 model (starts at $1,224; $3,038 as tested) is very straightforward. It’s small, professionally built, and packed with high-end power. You can configure your PC when ordering with a wide array of options that either scale up the power in just about every way or dial it down to maintain affordability. Our unit’s eighth-generation Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GTX…

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How to set up your new computer

So you’ve got a new computer. Awesome! That humble metal box is the key to a wide world of potential. It can help you with everything from juggling your finances to keeping in touch with your family to blowing off some steam on, uh, Steam. But a new PC isn’t like a new car; you can’t just turn a key and put the pedal to the metal. Okay, maybe you can—but you shouldn’t. Performing just a few simple activities when you…

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The Full Nerd episode 37: 2018 PC predictions and eating our words

Now that the crew’s picks for the best PC hardware of 2017 are out of the way, it’s time to gaze into the crystal ball. In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, Alaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray make bold predictions about what to expect from the world of computing in 2018. Full Nerd’s favorite CPU of 2017 AMD Ryzen 7 1700 Processor with Wraith Spire LED Cooler But first, the day of reckoning is here. We kick off the…

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