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Don’t call it a security system: Notion is a “home awareness kit” that offers a somewhat different value proposition. Like a standard DIY security setup, Notion is built around a wireless hub and sensors that you place around your house. The wall-wart hub is fully wireless and requires no hardwired ethernet connection to your router. Just plug the hub into any power outlet and run through a few quick steps in Notion’s iOS or Android app and you’re ready to start placing sensors. Notion is sold in two bundles, with either three sensors or five. Add-on sensors are $49 a pop.There’s just one type of sensor—a little hockey puck a bit larger than a Double Stuf Oreo cookie—and that’s by design. Rather than building different sensors for different applications, Notion’s single sensor does everything. One sensor can detect position changes (doors or windows opening or closing), temperature fluctuations, water leaks, light, noise, and more. A single sensor can serve multiple needs at the same time.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
LG reinvents its flagship handset with the G6.
Ever since the monstrous $700 GeForce GTX 1080 Ti launched, the world’s been waiting to see what this beastly GPU was capable of in the hands of Nvidia’s hardware partners. The Founders Edition delivered damn near uncompromising 60-fps performance at 4K resolution with everything cranked to 11, and that was with a lowly reference cooler and stock clock speeds. How far can factory-overclocked versions with potent custom cooling solutions go?Well, for the first time ever, a graphics card is so damn fast that it managed to largely push a game’s bottleneck off of the GPU and onto the CPU in PCWorld’s ferocious testing PC—while running 15 degrees or more cooler than the Founders Edition.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t enjoy good barbecue, but I’ve also never met anyone who enjoys cleaning the grill afterward. Whether you’re a vegan or a carnivore, scraping and scrubbing away the charred and greasy remnants of whatever food you just cooked, with the brush flicking the charred bits at your clothes on the backstroke, is about as enjoyable as cleaning the toilet. The only thing worse is not cleaning the grates until the next time you’re ready to grill. Just as robots have relieved us of the drudgery of vacuuming and scrubbing floors, the Grillbot frees us from cleaning the ‘cue.The Grillbot is a battery-powered robot with three removable rotating wire brushes that automatically cleans your barbecue grill. You simply place it on the cool or warm grill, push a button, and put the lid on the barbecue. The surface temperature needs to be less than 250 degrees Fahrenheit, but a heat sensor will warn you if it’s too hot. If the grill is cool enough, the Grillbot’s brushes will spin, stop, and restart in a random fashion that makes the robot crawl across the surface of the grill. Things get a little noisy as the plastic chassis repeatedly bangs against the barbecue's lid, but enduring the clatter is vastly better than scrubbing and scraping by hand.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
CIO.com writer, Sarah White looks at 6 portable keyboards for IT pros that want a light easy-to-use keyboard that can go anywhere.
Enterprise features stand out on Samsung's excellent flagship Galaxy S8/S8+ phones, especially the new DeX dock that turns a phone into a desktop.
The most popular games in the world don’t need a beefy graphics card.Yes, I’m talking about e-sports. The likes of League of Legends, Dota 2, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive dominate Twitch and Steam charts alike. There are a lot of reasons for their success, but the fact that they run on virtually any PC doesn’t hurt. Heck, you can even run e-sports games—including Overwatch—on an AMD APU’s integrated graphics if you’re okay with modest frame rates at lower resolutions.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
If you haven’t yet read our extensive review of the Galaxy S8+, you should. Nearly everything said about that phone applies to the smaller Galaxy S8. It’s got the same gorgeous design, the same best-ever display, the same awesome camera, same processor, memory, storage, features...it’s just smaller.The display is 5.8 inches instead of 6.2, and the battery is 3,000 mAh instead of 3,500. These differences, and a price tag about $130 lower, are all the separate the Galaxy S8 from the S8+. That means the problems with the S8+ are apparent here as well, namely an unbelievably bad fingerprint sensor location and the lackluster debut of Samsung’s Bixby AI assistant. Both are annoying, but generally avoidable, and thus only slightly tarnish the Galaxy S8’s shine.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
A good wireless router is an essential element of tech life, whether you’re building out a smart home or you just want the best experience streaming music and video at home. Even those of us fortunate enough to have ethernet drops in every room have devices—smartphones and tablets, for instance—that depend on Wi-Fi to connect to the home network if not the internet.Twin and sometimes conflicting demands for high performance and ease of use are powering a thriving and rapidly evolving market. Innovation is one of the biggest upsides of this dynamic, and confusion its biggest downside. Today’s hero could be tomorrow’s has-been, as established brands like Linksys and Netgear try to one-up each other while simultaneously fending off new challengers such as Eero and Luma. But it’s those challengers who have innovated the most, starting with Eero, the first manufacturer to bring mesh networking to the consumer router market.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
We’ve never seen anything quite like the Surface Studio. No other all-in-one boasts a massive 28-inch 4.5K touchscreen that glides down to serve as a digital easel, a Surface Pen for inking, and an optional Surface Dial that you can spin and tap to navigate menus. Presto! You’re a digital creator.We applaud this refreshing example of what a PC could be, and we’ll talk a lot about the new things it can do for you in this review. But we also expect the Studio to be more than just an aspirational machine that can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars more than its competition. In real life, it still needs to be a productivity PC, a decent gaming platform, and the embodiment of the Windows 10 Creators Update. We’ll take a close look at these fundamentals, too.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Securifi’s Almond 3 has two features you won’t find in competing whole-home Wi-Fi systems: a touchscreen and a built-in smart home hub. It’s also unusual in the way it exposes its routing functions. Where other manufacturers take pride in hiding most of the inner workings of their user-friendly routers in the name of ease-of-use, Securifi gives the router enthusiast full access to all its levers and dials.But you don’t need to be an enthusiast to appreciate the Almond 3—it’s super easy to set up using Securifi’s smartphone app, web interface, the router’s 2.8-inch touchscreen, or any combination of the three.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
In our review of the Microsoft Surface Studio, we'll show you how it and the Surface Dial propel the all-in-one PC category forward.
When our Galaxy S8+ arrived we were too excited not to share it with you.
Samsung has finally beat Apple at its own game.While the Galaxy S has been regarded for years as the best Android phone money can buy (at least until the Pixel came around), it’s always existed in the iPhone’s lengthy shadow. Even with a higher market share, a dominant OS, and a years-long lead on features like screen size and water resistance, the Galaxy S has stayed just out of reach of the iPhone zeitgeist. No matter how much it tried to create its own end-to-end experience, Apple fans saw it as a copycat and Android enthusiasts lamented its aggressive TouchWiz interface overhaul.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
The Galaxy S8+ is Samsung's first major phone release since the Note7 debacle, but does it live up to the hype?
Another year, another LucasArts classic spruced up and spit-polished for the benefit of fans new and old. With Grim Fandango and Day of the Tentacle out of the way, this year Double Fine turns to 1995’s oft-overlooked motorcycle adventure Full Throttle.Those who’ve played the previous remasters should know what to expect by now. It’s Full Throttle, warts-and-all, but with reworked graphics and an optional developer commentary for the diehards. The problem? Full Throttle has a lot of warts.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
When AMD’s Radeon RX 480 launched just under a year ago, it redefined what was possible with a $200 graphics card, delivering uncompromising 1080p gaming, darn good 1440p performance, and even the ability to play VR games—none of which was ever available in a graphics card that affordable before.But it wasn’t quite a flawless victory, and not just because Nvidia’s comparable (yet pricier) GeForce GTX 1060 launched shortly after. The Radeon RX 480 suffered from a power-draw controversy that AMD fixed with admirable speed. Stocks of the card were limited for months, which led to inflated pricing and endless anguish in enthusiast forums. The 4GB Radeon RX 480 was hands-down the best “sweet spot” graphics card you could buy, but it had some baggage in Google searches.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Meet the new sub-$200 graphics card boss, same as the old sub-$200 graphics card boss.AMD’s new Radeon RX 500-series graphics cards are here, and they’re most notable for what they’re aren’t. The Radeon RX 500 lineup doesn’t include the hotly anticipated Vega GPUs, nor are they really new at all. Instead, the Radeon RX 500 series utilizes a second-generation Polaris architecture compared to the original RX 400 cards (the RX 470, in this case). Yep, the $180 Radeon RX 570 is a refresh, not a whole new GPU architecture.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
It seems like every new fitness band on the market has a built-in heart-rate sensor, but now headphone companies are baking sensors into their devices, too. The ear has become a popular place to put a sensor, because properly fitting earphones will stay put and presumably measure your heart rate more accurately than a wrist-worn sensor prone to moving around during exercise. That’s why companies like Samsung, JBL, Jabra, and Bose are shipping biosensing Bluetooth earphones designed for workouts.Wearable technology company LifeBeam raked in $1.7 million on Kickstarter last summer to produce a new kind of heart rate-tracking headphones called Vi. And while Vi has an optical heart rate sensor built in, that’s not really its selling point. What sets these headphones apart is Vi herself, a voice coach rooted in artificial intelligence that guides you through your workouts. There are several fitness apps with voice-coaching that aren’t tied to a specific pair of headphones, but those trainers sound like robots. Vi actually sounds like a person you’d want to talk to—and you can.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
TP-Link makes a strong entry into the whole-home Wi-Fi game with its Deco M5. This router performs very well and has one uncommon feature: integrated antivirus/antimalware (from Trend Micro) that can protect all the devices on your network. But if you want one, you’ll need to pay for a $300 three-pack, as that’s the only way it’s available right now.TP-Link tells me that single units will eventually be available for $129 each, which is good news for folks living in smaller spaces. A single Deco M5 might be all you really need for a studio apartment. It’s not faster than pricier routers from Linksys and Netgear, but it is a very good value overall.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
As the da Vinci Jr. 2.0 Mix prints, watch the filament reels feed one color or the other to the extruder head.
How long has it been since you could buy an off-the-shelf PC that’ll hit 5GHz? Too long. But your wait is finally over. Wrapped in an elegant and truly unique case, the Digital Storm Velox at last gives the consumer a rig that breaks the magical 5GHz barrier right out of the box. What’s inside
Inside are top-of-the-line parts that include a pair of EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs in SLI mode, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a ludicrously fast 512GB Samsung 960 Pro M.2 NVMe drive, 3TB Toshiba hard drive, an Asus Maximus IX Hero motherboard and the star: Intel’s new Kaby Lake Core i7-7700K CPU.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
AMD’s $250 Ryzen 5 1600X is here to challenge Intel’s quad-core, $250 Core i5-7600K for the honor of being “The People’s CPU.” Everyone likes to read about expensive, gold-plated, $1,000 parts, but in the real world, most people can’t or won’t spend that much and are looking for the best price-to-performance ratio. While Ryzen 5 1600X may not have clock speeds as high as the Core i5-7600K’s, it does offer additional cores and virtual cores. We’ve run a battery of benchmarks to see if those cores will make up the difference.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Amazon sells a Kids Edition of its Fire tablet, which is the exact same tablet they sell for adults, but in a kid-friendly case, with a year’s worth of the FreeTime Unlimited service for kids apps and content. Apple does not do this. But at $329 for 32GB of storage, the new iPad is pretty close. This is a great iPad at its most family-friendly price, and certainly a better buy for kids than the $599 iPad Pro.Now, obviously you won’t get all the same features or technology that’s in the more expensive iPad Pro. The new 2017 iPad is more or less a mashup of parts we’ve seen before: the same A9 chip that powers the iPhone 6s, the same size and weight as the first iPad Air (minus the physical lock switch, sadly), and the same camera as the iPad Air 2. This is more of a throwback than a brand-new product, kind of the iPad equivalent of the iPhone SE.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Editor's note: After this article posted, Dell told us the unit we received did not have the correct production version of Linux installed. The company is shipping us a new unit for testing. We'll update this article as soon as possible. Lots of laptops can run Linux, but it’s hard to come by laptops that offer Linux as a pre-installed operating system. Dell has been the biggest name to offer penguin-friendly portables, specifically with its XPS 13 Developer Edition. While the XPS 13 offers great power in a compact size, some people might want something a little more powerful. Enter the Precision 5520.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
With the market of fitness wearables growing fast, CIO.com contributor Jim Martin looks at the Fitbit Alta HR to see where this device fits.
I feel very conflicted about Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition, a.k.a. Bulletstorm: Remastered. Not so much about the game itself—People Can Fly’s shooter is unabashedly dumb, but in a fun “We did this on purpose” way that mostly works. And the Skill Shot system (more on that later) is still great.But before we delve into the game itself, it’s worth talking up front about the existence of this remaster. I don’t know what bizarre series of backroom decisions led to Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition, nor why the publishing rights transferred from EA to Gearbox, nor why Gearbox was interested in the first place.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
The Sennheiser MB 660 UC and Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 headphones let you listen to music, check out videos and listen to conference calls without disturbing co-workers or other travelers.
If the Galaxy S8 is a Ferrari 812 Superfast, the LG G6 is a BMW M760i. It’s sexy, but not as sexy. It’s fast, but not as fast. It can do a lot, but not as much.It’s almost a shame that the LG G6 is landing when it is. A year or even a few months ago it would have been an absolute show-stopper, but most people looking for the hottest new phone are likely going to gravitate toward the S8’s intoxicating design. From the processor to the screen and everything in between, the G6 comes in just a little short of Samsung’s all-or-nothing gambit.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Choosing a gaming keyboard is a matter of personal taste. The best for one person could be Cherry Browns and white backlighting. For another, it could be Razer Greens and a rippling RGB glow. Gigantic wrist pads, compact shapes, numeric keypads, macro keys, volume controls—a ton of keyboards exist because everyone wants a different mix of features.To help you sort through the piles of options, we’ve sifted through the latest and greatest to come up with our top recommendations. All of these focus on mechanical keyboards, and for good reason—they’re simply more comfortable to use over the long haul. But we’re open-minded, so if we encounter an alternative that works well, you may see it appear on this list. We’ll keep updating it periodically as we test new keyboards.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
When HyperX released its Cloud headset in 2014, I think most people were shocked. Here, a company with no pedigree—an offshoot of dreary ol’ corporate Kingston, no less—released a headset that not just matched those from entrenched competitors (Logitech, Razer, SteelSeries, et cetera), but in many cases surpassed them. And at a budget-friendly price.So now when HyperX says it’s getting into a new market, I pay attention. Enter the HyperX Alloy FPS, the company’s first mechanical keyboard (and its first non-headset peripheral).Keep it simple, stupid
Like the HyperX Cloud, the design philosophy here seems to be “Focus on the fundamentals.” For headsets, that meant comfort. Here, it means a no-frills, classic-black-rectangle design—the likes of which you’ve probably seen a thousand times before.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
An RGB-enabled keyboard for only $80—too good to be true? That was the question I asked myself while agreeing to look at the Aukey KM-G3. I mean, the thing is less than half the list price of RGB boards coming out of Logitech, Razer, SteelSeries, and Corsair.So what’s the catch?Cut costs where you can
Well, it’s not made by Aukey. That’s the first catch, I guess—though it doesn’t matter much in the grand scheme of things. This is, as far as I can tell, a rebrand of the Motospeed Inflictor CK104. Consider this a review for both.The second catch? It doesn’t look great. I’m a fan of the KM-G3’s slim bezel-free design. It gets that part right. But the way the exposed brushed-metal backplate meets the plastic chassis rubs me the wrong way. Nor do I love the four visible screws running across the top.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Nowadays, people looking for real Cherry MX switches might find themselves surprisingly short on options. Once the king of mechanical keyboards, genuine Cherry switches have become a rarity now that the design patent expired.So it’s been a bit of a relief for me to spend some time with the Cougar Attack X3 (currently available from Amazon for $73). If nothing else, at least it’s got my old faithful Cherry MX Blues under the hood.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
I never thought G.Skill would be the peripherals company to watch. However, after testing last year’s debut MX780 mouse and now spending some time with its KM780 keyboard (currently available for $115 on Amazon), I might just be convinced. This is one of the best, most feature-rich keyboards I’ve ever used—though the design could use tightening up.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
If you’ve followed gaming keyboards for the last two years or so, you know that the rise of RGB LEDs has also been the decline of Cherry MX. Once a mainstay of the market, Cherry MX switches have given way to a bunch of knockoffs and proprietary switches from companies like Logitech and Razer. Only Corsair has stayed faithful to Cherry all this time.But I thought if anyone else were to stick by Cherry, it would be SteelSeries. Not so. I’ve finally gotten around to trying the RGB-enabled Apex M800 and it’s my first taste of yet another proprietary keyboard switch, the SteelSeries QS1 (built in partnership with Cherry competitor Kailh). Let’s dig in.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
What a relief. After two game-y keyboards, the G910 and the 10-key-less G410, Logitech’s finally gone back to an old design: a plain black rectangle. And it brought back Cherry switches, too.It’s almost too good to be true.Monolithic
The G610 and G810 lines actually comprise a bunch of keyboards—some with Logitech’s proprietary Romer-G switches, some with Cherry, some with RGB lighting, some with single-color. More on that later.But regardless of what’s inside, they all look the same on the outside—which is to say completely normal. No bright blue highlights, no lopsided and angular palm rest, not even macro keys. Both the G610 and G810 are wedge-shaped slabs of black plastic that are glossy on the sides and matte on top, with a volume roller and a scattering of media keys in the top right.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
The worst part of owning Razer’s BlackWidow X Chroma is cleaning it. Every week. Sometimes every day, multiple times a day.It’s a problem I’m well familiar with, having taken other “naked” keyboards for a spin—most notably, Corsair’s K70 and K90. Like the K70, the BlackWidow X lacks a faceplate around the keys. In fact that’s the only real difference between the BlackWidow X and Razer’s traditional BlackWidow line.I’ve always been drawn to this type of keyboard design. There’s something simultaneously futuristic and industrial about it: The keys seem to float above the base, and yet it’s very heavy and mechanical too, as you peer underneath and catch sight of the housing and the way the switches actually work. It’s like a car with an exposed engine—artistic minimalism.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Whether you’ve just gotten rid of cable or want to supplement your TV package with online video, now’s an excellent time to buy a media streaming device. Compared to the typical smart TV, standalone streamers such as the Roku Streaming Stick and Amazon Fire TV tend to have bigger app selections, faster performance, and more features. And with so much competition between device makers, the hardware is becoming faster, more capable, and more affordable.We constantly test all the latest devices, including Roku players, Fire TV devices, Android TV devices, Apple TV, and Chromecast. We review each new generation of hardware and constantly revisit the software and app selection so we can help you determine which platform is right for you. Here are our picks for the best streaming boxes and sticks, along with all of our most current product reviews. Our recommendations will change over time as new products come to market.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
With a new year comes fresh laptop updates—companies like Dell, HP, Acer, and Asus have already begun to launch revamped versions of popular notebooks and spin-offs of existing lines.These new additions to the scene (like Dell's XPS 13 2-in-1) just keep adding to the wide and varied options already out there. Expect to keep seeing even more convertibles, 2-in-1s, and traditional clamshells as the months roll by, and also keep an eye peeled for more laptops with discrete graphics. In January, Nvidia expanded its game-changing Pascal GPU lineup to include a mobile version of its budget-minded GTX 1050, and it's already rolling out as an option in larger thin-and-light systems.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here