Reza Pahlevi

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Samsung's Galaxy Book S is the first laptop with Intel's hybrid Lakefield chip inside

Samsung announced Friday what could be the most interesting laptop in some time. The latest Galaxy Book S with Intel’s new “Lakefield” hybrid chip inside will compete against Qualcomm’s battery-sipping Snapdragon 8cx chips vying for all-day battery life.

In fact, Samsung already offers a version of the Galaxy Book S with a incredible 16 hours of battery life for an even $1,000, which PCWorld reviewed in March. Unfortunately, that otherwise excellent laptop comes with the usual restrictions associated with a Snapdragon processor: slower performance when it has to emulate software, and (for now, anyways) a complete inability to run 64-bit X86 instructions.

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Amazon’s fashion-centric Echo Look camera will stop working in July

Time is up for Amazon’s $200 Echo Look, which snaps photos of your outfits and makes Alexa-powered fashion suggestions.


Windows 10: The best tricks, tips, and tweaks

Digging deep into Windows 10
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Windows 10’s constantly evolving nature means fresh features arrive twice per year, most recently via the big May 2020 Update. With all the new goodies come a legion of new tweaks and tricks—some of which unlock powerful functionality hidden to everyday users. Others simply let you mold the Windows 10 experience into the shape you see fit. Here are some of the most useful tweaks, tricks, and tips we’ve found over Windows 10’s many iterations.

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iPhone SE vs iPhone XR vs iPhone 11: What you should (and shouldn't) buy

Apple now sells three phones that can all be considered affordable. But even if you have enough to buy the most expensive one, should you?


11 classic games that deserve a Final Fantasy VII-style remake

Forget remasters. Gone are the days where developers could stretch new textures over old games and call it a day. These days it’s all about remakes, raiding the late ‘90s and early ‘00s for games that need more than just a new coat of paint.

Resident Evil 2 set the bar pretty damn high, allowing old fans to relive a beloved game the way they remembered it, while also creating a thoroughly modern horror game for newcomers. It’s not on PC (yet), but by all accounts Square’s Final Fantasy VII Remake does the same. Activision created slightly more faithful remakes with Spyro and Crash Bandicoot, and is doing the same with the upcoming Tony Hawk 1+2. The Black Mesa Project injected new life into Half-Life. 2K’s releasing a Mafia remake this summer.

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Airthings Hub review: Now you can get your Wave air quality readings on demand

The Hub adds your Wave air quality monitors to your home network, so you can get the most up-to-date readings from anywhere.


The best indoor air-quality monitors: Identify the pollutants that can compromise your health and comfort

Whether you suffer from allergies or asthma or just want to optimize your indoor environment, these devices will give you insight into the air you're breathing.


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