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Google makes all movie rentals just 99 cents for Thanksgiving

dims?crop=6101%2C4066%2C0%2C0&quality=85If you’re still looking for activities to fill your Thanksgiving weekend, Google might be able to help. The tech giant has announced the Play Store’s Cyber Week deals for 2018, which include charging only 99 cents for any of its movie rentals on Turk…

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How to Customize the Reading Pane in Outlook

Outlook’s Reading pane—a.k.a. Preview pane—displays the text of a message you’ve selected, preventing you from having to open the actual message to work with it. Here’s how to customize the Reading pane to suit your needs.

Outlook comes with several different panes, including those you see by default—the Navigation pane, for example—and others you might not bother with much—like the To-Do and People panes. Each of these is designed to make it easier to find, see, and manage things in Outlook. We’re going be taking a look at these panes throughout several articles, showing you how to access, work with, and customize them. And we’re starting with the Reading pane.

The Reading pane is enabled by default. When you click on a message in any folder, the pane displays the contents of that message, along with basic controls for replying and forwarding the message.

By default, Outlook shows the Reading pane to the right of the folders and messages, but you can change this by going to View > Reading Pane.

Your options are to change the position to “Bottom” (so Outlook shows the Reading pane below messages) or “Off,” which hides the Reading pane. These options apply to the Reading pane no matter what folder you’re in, so you can’t set a different position setting for different folders.

Setting the pane to “Bottom” means you see fewer messages in the folder, but you see more details about that message and more of its content in the Reading pane. This was the traditional view before the advent of wide-screen monitors, and many people still favor it.

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Black Friday 2018: The Best Laptop Deals

Laptops are always a popular pick on Black Friday, if only because they’re so expensive at the best of times. This year Microsoft is having an absolute blitz of deals on its Surface devices, but options from other sellers are available too.

Note: Like all the Black Friday deals we’re posting over the week, some of these deals are live now and some of them are won’t be live until the day of Black Friday proper.

Microsoft Surface Deals

Microsoft is running some rather generous discounts on its self-branded Surface line. There are good deals on the new Surface Pro 6, but if you’re looking for something even cheaper, the 2017 model will be just $599 with a keyboard (normally a $130 add-on).

Details are scarce, but that’s presumably the entry model, with a Core m3 processor and 4GB of RAM. That would mean a total discount of $330 off the retail price. If your budget will stretch a little further, and you also have access to a Costco, you can pick up a new Surface Pro 6 with a keyboard and a stylus pen for $800—the same $330 discount on newer hardware with an extra accessory.

  • Best Deal: Surface Pro 5 with keyboard | $930 $600 | Microsoft Store
  • Best Deal: Surface Pro 6 with keyboard and stylus | $1130 $800 | Costco
  • Surface Pro 6 with keyboard | $930 $600| Best Buy 
  • Surface Laptop 2 | $300 off some models | Microsoft Store
  • Surface Go | $50 off some models | Microsoft Store

Budget Laptop Deals

Those who are hoping to score a laptop for the lowest price possible can’t do better than Lenovo this year. It’s offering the Ideapad 130s, a 14-inch laptop with a Celeron processor and more or less the lowest specs capable of running Windows, for just $100. That’s $200 off, and as much as Windows costs on its own. For more general users, Walmart and Best Buy are offering excellent bargains on laptops with more power from HP and Dell, respectively.

  • Best Deal: Lenovo Ideapad 130s | $300 $100 | Lenovo
  • Hp Pavilion 15.6-inch gaming laptop (GTX 1050ti card) | $800 $600 | Walmart
  • Dell Inspiron 3000 15.6-inch (touchscreen) | $600 $400 | Best Buy

Premium Laptop Deals

The always-popular XPS 13 from Dell is getting a significant discount at Costco if you’re a member. The $2000 model, with the latest and greatest 8th-gen Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, a roomy 512GB SSD, and a 4K touchscreen, will be just $1500 on Black Friday. Apple deals are hard to come by even during an orgy of consumerism, but Best buy is offering $200 off of the (now replaced) MacBook Air.

  • Best Deal: Dell XPS 13 (4K touch model) | $2000 $1500 | Costco
  • Apple MacBook Air 13″ (last-gen) | $1000 $800 | Best Buy
  • Dell XPS 15 (GTX 1050 card) | $1600 $1084 | Amazon
  • Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon | $2500 $1187 | Amazon

Best Chromebook Deals

Chromebooks are generally viewed as budget alternatives to Windows machines, but Google makes a solid case for Chrome OS on premium hardware with its Pixelbook. At the moment it’s $300 off for the entry-level model, down to just $700 (with Google’s financing available too). If you have no reservations about using a Chromebook as your primary laptop, it’s an amazing deal.

  • Best Deal: Google Pixelbook | $1000 $700 | Google Store
  • Acer Chromebook 11 | $220 $120 | Amazon
  • Samsung Chromebook Pro V2 | $600 $450 | Samsung
  • Samsung Chromebook Pro (with backlit keyboard) | $600 $500 | Samsung

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OBS vs. XSplit Broadcaster: Which Is the Better Game-Streaming App

Arslan-Senki-x-Musou-Game-Trailer-StreamMany gamers enjoy doing a Live Stream on Twitch or YouTube to capture the walkthrough moments of their favorite games. Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) and XSplit Broadcaster are commonly used software that share those intimate play experiences with the world. In this article we will try to determine the better game-streaming app based on a host of selection criteria. Related: How to Stream Your Desktop and Non-Steam Games with Steam Link 1. Performance Right off the bat we tested both installed apps with “Call of Zombies 2: World Domination.” OBS felt easy to record despite the heavy CPU demands of a graphic-intensive game. However, the interface did not… Read more

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Half a million Android users tricked into downloading malware from Google Play


More than half a million users have installed Android malware posing as driving games — from Google’s own app store.

Lukas Stefanko, a security researcher at ESET, tweeted details of 13 gaming apps — made by the same developer — which were at the time of his tweet downloadable from Google Play. Two of the apps were trending on the store, he said, giving the apps greater visibility.

Combined, the apps surpassed 580,000 installs before Google pulled the plug.

Anyone downloading the apps were expecting a truck or car driving game. Instead, they got what appeared to be a buggy app that crashed every time it opened.

In reality, the app was downloading a payload from another domain — registered to an app developer in Istanbul — and installed malware behind the scenes, deleting the app’s icon in the process. It’s not clear exactly what the malicious apps do; none of the malware scanners seemed to agree on what the malware does, based on an uploaded sample to VirusTotal. What is clear is that the malware has persistence — launching every time the Android phone or tablet is started up, and has “full access” to its network traffic, which the malware author can use to steal secrets.

We reached out to the Istanbul-based domain owner, Mert Ozek, but he did not respond to our email. (If that changes, we’ll update).

It’s another embarrassing security lapse by Google, which has long faced criticism for its backseat approach to app and mobile security compared to Apple, which some say is far too restrictive and selective about which apps make it into its walled garden.

Google has spent years trying to double down on Android security by including better security features and more granular app permission controls. But the company continues to battle rogue and malicious apps in the Google Play app store, which have taken over as one of the greatest threats to Android user security. Google pulled more than 700,000 malicious apps from its app store last year alone, and has tried to improve its back-end to prevent malicious apps from getting into the store in the first place. 

And yet — clearly — that isn’t enough.

When reached, a Google spokesperson did not immediately comment.

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Black Friday 2018: The Best Smart Speaker and Smart Display Deals

Whether you’re looking to add to your existing smarthome repertoire, or are just starting from complete scratch, there are a ton of Black Friday deals for smart speakers and smart displays alike.

Having a smart speaker or a smart display in your smarthome setup gives you a more convenient way to interact with all of your devices. You’ll be able to use voice commands and/or take advantage of the screen and have your own touch panel to control everything. If you’re in the market for one of these, you’re in luck, because there are plenty of Black Friday deals to go around. Let’s check them out.

Note: Like all the Black Friday deals we’re posting over the week, some of these deals are live now and some of them are won’t be live until the day of Black Friday proper.

Amazon Echo Smart Speakers

Amazon Echo Smart Displays

Google Home Smart Speakers & Displays

Other Smart Speaker/Display Deals

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Google Pixel 3 Users Say the Phone’s Best Feature is Borked Again


There’s no doubting the Pixel 3 has one of the best cameras out there. There’s also no denying it’s been beset by bugs since Google released it last month. Now, Pixel 3 owners say a yet another bug has the device serving up ‘fatal errors’ when they use the camera, and the issue apparently appears both in the main…

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Critical Adobe Flash Bug Impacts Windows, macOS, Linux and Chrome OS

Adobe issues patch for a Flash Player vulnerability that could lead to an arbitrary code execution on targeted systems.

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Bill Nye’s 5 reasons we can’t live on Mars

At an event promoting the new National Geographic Channel’s series “Mars,” scientist and science educator Bill Nye spoke about the Red Planet’s future. While he’s all about the idea that astronauts travel to Mars and explore Mars and possibly even mine Mars, he’s pretty much against the idea that humans could live on Mars. “This whole idea of terraforming Mars,” … Continue reading

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Best WiFi Routers Under $100 (2018)

Best WiFi Routers Under $100 (2018) is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

This guide details a list of the best WiFi routers for under $100. Cheap routers that still offer great speeds, coverage and features. Whether you’re a hardcore gamer, stream lots of videos, have a 2-story house or need a router with tons of parental controls, we have you covered.

Most likely you have both a modem and a WiFi router, and you rent the router for around $5 a month from your internet provider. Don’t believe me? Check your bill and you’ll see some sort of rental charge.

That said, you can buy your own WiFi router that will likely deliver faster speeds, better performance and more features. If that sounds good to you, these are the best cheap routers worth recommending.

The Best WiFi Routers Under $100

  • TP-Link Archer C7/A7 (AC1750)
  • NETGEAR Nighthawk R6700 (AC1750)
  • ASUS RT-ACRH13 (AC1300)
  • Synology RT1900ac
  • NETGEAR Smart WiFi R6230 (AC1200)
  • ASUS RT-ACRH17 (AC1700)

1. TP-Link Archer C7

We know that sometimes describing the features of a router can sound like a foreign language. Just know that if you’re looking for the best overall combination of price, speed, performance and coverage, the TP-Link Archer C7 is hard to beat.

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Basically, if you don’t want to drop hundreds of dollars on a router, get the Archer C7. With an Amazon’s Choice award, nearly 11,000 positive reviews, and almost the entire internet all saying it’s a great choice.

This is a fast Dual-Band (2.4 GHz and 5 GHz) Gigabit router with the latest 802.11ac standards, theoretical internet speeds of up to 1,750 Mbps and six antennas to cover every corner of your house. You’ll also enjoy two USB ports for media sharing, a 2-year warranty, QoS, and the option to flash custom software like DD-WRT for all you enthusiasts. It’s the perfect WiFi router for 4k streaming, HD gaming, yet has parental controls for the entire family. Additionally, they have a newer Archer A7 with Amazon Alexa.

2. NETGEAR Nighthawk R6700 (AC1750)

Another great choice is the NETGEAR Nighthawk series, which focuses on speed, reliability and range. The Nighthawk R6700 Dual-Band Smart WiFi router does a little bit of everything and is a fan-favorite for gamers.

Buy it Now for $89.99 at Amazon

The Nighthawk AC1750 is ideal for homes with 12 or more WiFi devices, plus it has three antennas on the inside, and three more on the outside. Essentially, it’ll blanket your entire house with internet. It’s powered by a 1 GHz dual-core processor, offers theoretical speeds of 1,750 Mbps (400 + 1350) and has a lot of features like prioritized bandwidth for gaming, streaming videos, or music. That includes beamforming. 

We like the easy on/off switch on the back, QoS, easy parental controls with the companion mobile app, and the front USB 3.0 port for media streaming from a thumb drive.

Plus, NETGEAR routers support Circle with Disney, which offers some of the best parent controls and content filtering on the market.

3. ASUS Dual-Band RT-ACRH13 (AC1300)

If our first few suggestions are too expensive, or you don’t need to pay for the fastest speeds possible, a great alternative is the ASUS ACRH13. It’s one of the best Dual-Band WiFi routers for under $60, with the added benefit of 2×2 MU-MIMO technology. 

Buy it Now for $59 at Amazon

This is the router I use to stream live television with Sling TV, play Xbox, and has at least 10+ devices connected to it at any given moment. The ASUS AC1300 supports the latest 802.11ac standard, dual-band gigabit speeds, and has four external antennas you can aim where you want for the best coverage in your home.

Plus, the MU-MIMO (multiple input/output) technology allows the router to communicate with multiple devices simultaneously, instead of one at a time. We love the effortless setup interface, accompanying Android or iOS app for QoS and parental controls, and the front-facing USB 3.0 port. It’s a great little cheap router for those on a budget.

4. Synology RT1900ac

Another excellent cheap WiFi router is the Synology RT1900ac. Actually, it’s a great router and NAS server all-in-one. This gets excellent WiFi performance and coverage, it’s affordable, has tons of features and can fully manage a NAS server with an attached hard drive.

Buy it Now for $99.99 at Amazon

Like most routers on our list, the Synology RT1900 is a fast Dual-Band Gigabit router with plenty of coverage for both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz networks. You’ll get beamforming support, Quality-of-service to totally control your network, intuitive parent controls, and 600 + 1,300 Mbps speeds.

A big benefit here is the Wake-on-LAN over QuickConnect for a NAS if you’re interested in dabbling with network storage devices. Hook an external drive into the USB 3.0 port and use Synology’s great software to transform this excellent WiFi router into a highly capable NAS server. Plus, it has an SD card slot on the side.

5. NETGEAR Smart WiFi R6230 (AC1200)

Similar to the ASUS mentioned earlier, this next router from NETGEAR is a great option for those on a budget. If you don’t need high-end speeds, tons of fancy NAS features, and just want fast and reliable internet, give the NETGEAR R6230 a try.

Buy it Now for $69.99 at Amazon

Basically, this is a solid alternative if you don’t need speeds the Archer C7 has to offer. It has fast theoretical speeds of 300 + 900 Mbps on 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, beamforming, dynamic QoS controls, and tons of tweaks to improve your streaming or gaming sessions.

Plus, this cheap WiFi router works with the Nighthawk app, making it a breeze to setup and manage. Like the others on our list, you’ll get 4 LAN and 1 WAN Ethernet ports, and a USB 2.0 port for attaching media storage devices.

6. ASUS RT-ACRH17 (AC1700)

Last but not least, for now, is the ASUS Wireless-AC1700 Dual-Band Gigabit Router. This is a high-end feature-packed device that can rival the Nighthawk and most more expensive routers, yet it’s only $89. 

Buy it Now for $89.99 at Amazon

This router packs a powerful Quad-core processor and 256MB RAM that helps optimize network traffic and connectivity speeds from the USB 3.0 port or ethernet ports. Plus, it delivers concurrent dual-band (2.4 + 5 GHz) speeds of 400 + 1300 and it packs in the latest 802.11ac and 3×3 MU-MIMO technology.

We like the four external multi-directional antennas, beamforming controls, intuitive setup interface UI, and the companion ASUS router app. Once you plug everything in and download the app, setup takes around 30 seconds with 3 easy steps.

You can easily manage all the speeds, WiFi channels, QoS, and parental controls inside the app. Not to mention turn on alerts and notifications for network-based events.

Final Thoughts

There are a lot of great cheap or budget WiFi routers that have been released over the years, but these are some of our favorites. You’re getting the latest technology, fast dual-band internet speeds, strong parental controls or support for Circle with Disney, and all the features most people will ever need for under $100.

In the end, these are the best WiFi routers under $100 as 2018 comes to a close, and we’ll update this list throughout 2019 with all the top recommendations.

Best WiFi Routers Under $100 (2018) is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

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