The 7 Best PDF Readers for Windows In 2020

Choosing the right PDF for Windows that suits all of your needs isn’t too difficult a task. There are many options to varying degrees of usefulness. As far as basic PDF reading requirements are concerned, today’s web browsers are often all that is needed. They already do what most free PDF readers can do. Still, for those looking for a PDF with advanced features that can perform certain tasks such as annotation, digital signature, form filling, etc., knowing what options are available can go a long way. For Windows 10 in particular, a very popular operating system, there are quite a lot of PDF readers from which to choose. It’s … Read more

The best PC case 2020: top cases for your desktop computer

Investing in one of the best PC cases of 2020 when you’re building your own PC might be an afterthought, especially when you’re consumed with getting the best processors and the best graphics cards, as well as the right storage and RAM for the best PC you can afford to build. And, you’re not alone – many people spend so much time and money on the inside that they don’t pay much attention to the packaging. However, it is a great idea to put more effort in getting the best PC case for those PC components you painstakingly hand-picked. After all, picking the best housing for them will have an … Read more

Best laptop cooling pad 2020: top picks for keeping your notebook cool

Ready to invest in the best laptop cooling pad 2020 has to offer? Laptop makers and engineers are constantly pushing the boundaries in terms of making machines thinner, and yet more powerful – the latter being a prime consideration with gaming portables, naturally. And of late, huge strides have been made in terms of powering up gaming laptops, with the ability to pack near-desktop-level equivalent GPUs into a notebook. However, this brings obvious issues in the form of not just space constraints, but heat-related problems (of course the two are closely interrelated). It’s becoming increasingly challenging to innovate with cooling systems and clever fan setups or super-efficient heat-pipes to cool … Read more

Kioxia: 3D Stacked Storage Class Memory, like 3D XPoint, Isn’t the Future

One of the key battlegrounds of the next decade is going to be storage: density, speed, and demand. Naturally all the major players in the space want to promote their own technologies of that of their competitors, and Kioxia (formerly Toshiba Memory) is no different. This year during their plenary talk at the International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM) the company set forth its promotion of its BiCS flash product family, as well as its upcoming XL-Flash technology. What was interesting during this talk is a graph that seems to slam the long-term prospects of any of the upcoming Storage Class Memory (SCM) technologies like 3D XPoint from Intel and Micron. … Read more

Lenovo’s 2020 ThinkPad X1 Carbon & Yoga: Wi-Fi 6, New Keyboard, & Security Features

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon and ThinkPad X1 Yoga are perhaps the company’s best known laptops in the west. The company puts tremendous amounts of effort to make its flagship PCs stand out from the crowd in terms of features and performance, which is why it typically introduces updated versions every CES. This year is not an exception, so Lenovo is rolling out its 8th Generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon as well as 5th Generation ThinkPad X1 Yoga, which are receiving a new keyboard, additional security features, and Wi-Fi 6 support. The upcoming Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon and Lenovo X1 Yoga will borrow a lot from their direct predecessors, the 7th Gen … Read more

Lenovo Brings NEC PCs Back to USA: Super Light, Sub-2 lbs LaVie Notebooks Incomming

Lenovo has announced today that it will bring NEC computers back to the US market this spring. NEC’s PCs have always stood out from the crowd, but they disappeared from the US at the turn of the decade due to cut-throat competition and thin margins. Lenovo, which gained control of NEC’s Japanese PC business in 2011 – 2016, wants to offer three NEC LaVie machines in the United States. The NEC LaVie systems in question are NEC’s popular LaVie Pro Mobile thin-and-light notebook, the LaVie Vega higher-performance laptop with a 15.6-inch OLED display, and the LaVie Home all-in-one desktop. In French, ‘la vie’ means ‘life’, so we are talking about … Read more

Lenovo’s 23.8-Inch ThinkCentre M90a AIO PC: 10th Gen Core, Radeon 625, PrivacyGuard Screen

Along with today’s other CES 2020 pre-announcements, Lenovo has introduced a new all-in-one desktop PC designed for business and corporate customers. The ThinkCentre M90a AIO brings together performance and features of a modern laptop, a fairly large display, and top-notch security capabilities from Lenovo. The Lenovo ThinkCentre M90A AIO comes equipped with a 23.8-inch Full-HD display with 250 nits or 350 nits maximum brightness, and with further optional PrivacyGuard technology to protect potentially sensitive information against prying eyes. In addition, the system supports Lenovo’s PrivacyAlert technology that warns its user of any ‘over the shoulder’ spies (presumably by detecting them using its webcam) and automatically blurs the monitor when the … Read more

Lenovo Unveils ThinkVision Creator Extreme P27: A Professional Monitor with Mini LED FALD

Continuing our run of CES 2020 announcements, Lenovo has announced its new ThinkVision Creator Extreme top-of-the-range professional-grade display. The new 27-inch Ultra-HD monitor features a Mini LED-based full-area local dimming (FALD) backlighting that enables a very high brightness in HDR mode along with matching contrast ratios. As its name suggests, the Lenovo ThinkVision Creator Extreme P27 is designed for various content creators who need a 3840×2160 resolution display with accurate colors (100% of the sRGB and 99% of the DCI-P3 color gamut). The high-end monitor also offers HDR support, with a peak brightness of 1000 nits. The P27 comes factory calibrated and can be used for color-critical workloads by designers … Read more

Lenovo Announces ThinkVision T34w-20 Curved Monitor

Wrapping up today’s Lenovo CES 2020 announcements, the company is joining the club of suppliers whom are offering ultrawide curved displays for productivity applications. The ThinkVision T34w-20 uses a large VA panel, has vast connectivity options, and can work as a docking station for a modern laptop. The general characteristics of the 34-inch ThinkVision T34w-20 curved monitor resemble those of similar devices from other makers; so we are talking about a 3440×1440 resolution, 350 nits maximum brightness, 178°/178° horizontal/vertical viewing angles, a 60 Hz refresh rate, and a 6 ms response time. When it comes to color gamut, the LCD can reproduce 99% of the sRGB color space. Being aimed … Read more

Telegram App Adds an Annoying New Feature: Autoplay Video

The desktop Telegram app for Windows, macOS and Linux system has received a small new year update. Headline change: videos shared in chats now start playing automatically. Yeah, I didn’t mistype that. The “good” news about this potentially very annoying behaviour is that it can be controlled. An option to disable automatic playback for videos (and for GIFs and ’round video messages’, whatever they are) is available via Settings > Advanced > Automatic media download — so turn it off if you find it an annoyance! On the subject of media, this popular messaging app now lets you ‘resume playback’ when watching lengthy videos or listening to long audio tracks … Read more

Skagen’s Falster 3 smartwatch leaks on Amazon with Wear OS and late January release

Wear OS may not be a super popular smartwatch platform, but it does have some big names behind it. One of the brands that is most responsible for pumping out solid Wear OS smartwatches is Fossil. Skagen is a subsidiary of Fossil, and the Skagen brand has also been behind some very nice looking smartwatches. The next device in their line up appears to be the Skagen Falster 3, which has appeared online ahead of its launch on a now-removed Amazon listing. The Skagen Falster 2 was a very well-designed smartwatch and the Falster 3 doesn’t change a lot about that. It retains the same flat sides, pronounced watchband lugs, … Read more

Otter – An AI-Powered Audio Transcription Service That Actually Works

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Just as the last decade was all about mobile, the next decade of the Internet will be all about audio. From voice-powered search to dictation to AI assistants, the keyboard is eventually going to be replaced by our voices. Which is good news for our wrists. Voice recognition for dictation and transcription is still very hit and miss, though. The industry leader is Dragon, and Google and Apple both have a good dictation feature built into Google Docs and MacOS respectively. But on the whole, voice recognition can get a lot more wrong than right, especially if you have an unusual accent. That’s why Otter is making waves. It’s an … Read more