Those of you using Windows 10 already know that the OS features its own antivirus: Windows Defender, an antivirus that we have already talked about. It started as a component that ultimately became the official antivirus for Microsoft’s latest OS version.
As time passed by, we started to hear more experts questioning Windows Defender’s capabilities. It is a good tool that can be extremely useful, but a lot of people wonder if it really is the best protection for PCs with Windows 10 since they consider that it is not on par with other antivirus on the market, which might be true.
Anyway, knowing which antivirus is the best option for users with Windows 10 is a must. While having a lot of advantages, Windows Defender does not annoy you with pop-ups since it is pre-installed in the OS, and it is much lighter than other free antivirus. As long as we update it constantly, it is usually a good option in terms of protecting your PC, although it generally gets low scores in a lot of tests made by experts.
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Many manufacturers have launched their laptops updated to the Intel Sandy Bridge at CES 2011 and MSI is one of them. One of MSIs featured laptops at CES has been the MSI GT680R, a 15.6-inch gaming laptop that’s meant to be one of the fastest on Earth. As I have already told you, MSI Iberia was kind enough to send us a review unit, so here you have the resulting review.
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The review unit I got is an early sample , not a commercial laptop. This means several things:
- Some features aren’t 100% functional
- The configuration in the commercial laptops could be different
- Processor: Intel Core i7 2630QM (Sandy Bridge). 4 cores with Hyperthreading (8 threads), clock speed 2 GHz, max clock speed (Turbo) 2.9 GHz, 6 MB Cache L3
- System memory: 16 GB DDR3-1333 (4 x4 GB)
- Chipset: Intel HM67
- Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 460M. 1.5 GB GDDR5, 192 unified shaders , 192 bit bus width, core clock 709 MHz , memory clock 625 MHz, shader clock 1417 MHz
- Hard drive: 1 TB, 7200 rpm (2x 500 GB in RAID 0)
- Optical drive: DVD Super Multi
- Screen: 15.6, 1366768, glossy
- Battery: 87 Wh
- Operating system: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bits
- Nvidia driver version: 259.95
- Price: not available
Build and design
The MSI GT680R uses the same chassis as the GT660, GX660 and GT663.
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Kaspersky has filed an antitrust complaint with the European Commission and the German Federal Cartel Office against Microsoft for allegedly abusing its dominant position to promote its own security software, Windows Defender.
We saw the suit coming, and it will be chaotic. Last November, Kaspersky Lab, which is one of the most reputed cybersecurity companies on the planet, filed a complaint with Russian authorities against Microsoft for ‘playing dirty’ with Windows Defender, a native security software that Microsoft installs in its OS and that has been greatly improved on Windows 10’s latest version.
Although Kaspersky acknowledges that Microsoft has listened to its complaints and made some changes, that is not enough, therefore filing the antitrust complaint presenting a general argument that we already knew: Windows takes advantage of the 92% market share it has in desktop computers.
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Not satisfied with simply upsetting our photography habits, smartphones have gone on to conquer a non-negligible segment of the photography market. While reflex, hybrid and compact cameras can still count on having their own specific strengths (luminous lenses, large sensors, etc.), it has become a legitimate consideration in the domain of photography to discuss the quality of the images that camera phone are able to produce, and to try to answer a question that many people are now asking themselves: what are the best smartphones for photography?
From adapting devices first developed for reflex cameras, to developing proprietary technologies adapted to the reduced dimensions of mobile devices, smartphone manufacturers have now entered into a competition with each other in terms of their communication strategies to bring photography to the forefront of the smartphone discussion. This marketing campaign has reached a point where it has now become difficult to differentiate between false claims and the truth – to differentiate between the hype and a smartphone’s actual photographic capabilities. 2016 was an extremely fruitful year in terms of photographic innovations – namely with the introduction of dual photography modules. 2017 has so far tended to reaffirm the respective position that each manufacturer had achieved in 2016.
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Samsung is offering a PC monitor bigger than a lot of TVs: nothing less than 49-inch wide that, along with its curves and an aspect ratio very different from the usually used, gives it an outstanding look.
The Samsung LC49HG90DMNXZA just exceeds every standard parameter for monitors. Besides its incredible size (120 cm in width), it has a 32:9 aspect ratio, a native 3840 X 1080 pixels resolution and a 1800R curved QLED panel with the quantum dot technology that Samsung uses in its latest-gen displays.
It terms of gaming, there is the AMD’s FreeSync synchronization technology support, a 144 Hz refresh rate, a 1 ms response time, a 20-step “Black Equalizer”, a technology to limit blue light emissions for when the monitor is used during long periods of time, and factory-calibrated optimized adjustments for any gaming genre.
Additionally, the monitor features support for High Dynamic Range (HDR), a height-adjustable stand and an OSD dashboard for display settings.
It is available via retailers like Amazon at $1,499. A truly amazing monitor that can perfectly replace dual monitor setups, but it requires a huge investment and both the resolution and the aspect ratio are evidently not for general users.
Thunderbolt 3 will get an important boost in terms of its adoption in the market after Intel announced its native integration on the brand’s next generation chips, and, more importantly, the release of a protocol specification under “a non-exclusive and royalty-free license”.
Thunderbolt 3 is a third-generation high-speed connector used for data transfer on PCs and devices. Developed by Intel under the codename ‘Alpine Ridge’ and published three years ago, it is an input/output technology based on silicon photonics, but with optical communication, which provides better speed and capacity than other protocols, such as USB.
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A few days ago, we published a guide dedicated to building a cheap gaming PC focused on what can be considered to be high-end. Its price was very good for such range, although it was out of reach for gamers with tight budgets.
We are aware of this, so we decided to make a second guide focused on building a low-cost gaming PC where we will shape a system capable of running any current game in 1080p resolution (Full HD) at a high or very high quality and with good FPS.
As usual, we will give you a full list with the components that we have chosen, always trying to get the best quality-price ratio, although you can modify or even add more components if your budget allows it.
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In previous articles we presented the new RYZEN family by AMD, a new generation of high performance processors that has met the generated expectations in terms of performance, finally returning the company from Sunnyvale to the right track.
The RYZEN processors by AMD not only showed a great performance at the monocore and multi-core level, they also did very well in terms of power consumption and temperatures, two major pending issues since the launch of the FX processors, which were based on the 32 nm manufacturing process.
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Whether it’s Photos, documents, backups, or any other form of data – storing own files in the cloud has become a normality for many users in 2017. Nowadays, there are plenty of companies providing cloud-storage solutions but how do their services stack up? Who offers the most storage for the lowest price and what does expanding storage cost? We will tackle those and more questions in the following article.
From the dozens of cloud-storage providers out there we picked the four most popular ones for this comparison: Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, and Apple’s iCloud.
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The Grand Theft Auto series is renown not just for its brutal and sometimes questionable gameplay, but also for its innovation and boundary pushing development. Let’s look at some of the titles trying to go toe-to-toe with this giant franchise.
Summary: A look at some of the other games on the PC market that give you that GTA feeling.
GTA is one of those game series that seems to innovate and push the boundaries in every instalment in the franchise. But it’s not just all about running over civilians or stealing tanks from an army base. The next time you describe GTA to a friend, maybe think about the massive open world experience it offers, or the action-packed, deep story it portrays. Better yet, why not suggest some of the games on our list.
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