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- 10/10/18--12:00: _How to fix Surface ...
- 10/11/18--07:00: _Is the Surface Lapt...
- 10/11/18--07:53: _How to get some icy...
- 10/11/18--08:15: _Where to find the w...
- 10/11/18--09:42: _Where to pick up a ...
- 10/11/18--11:30: _List of all TVs tha...
- 10/11/18--11:45: _How to use Dolby Vi...
- 10/11/18--12:00: _Got a PlayStation 4...
- 10/11/18--12:33: _Blue screen after i...
- 10/11/18--14:35: _How to claim free T...
- 10/12/18--05:00: _Is Surface Go good ...
- 10/12/18--12:00: _Is the Synology DS9...
- 10/14/18--08:00: _Upgrade Office 365 ...
- 10/15/18--06:00: _These are all the b...
- 10/15/18--11:00: _Does Surface Laptop...
- 10/10/18--12:00: How to fix Surface Book 2 battery drain while gaming or in VR
- 10/11/18--07:00: Is the Surface Laptop 2 available with LTE?
- 10/11/18--07:53: How to get some icy drag racing going in Forza Horizon 4
- 10/11/18--08:15: Where to find the winter exclusive barn find in Forza Horizon 4
- 10/11/18--09:42: Where to pick up a Razer Phone 2
- 10/11/18--11:30: List of all TVs that support Dolby Vision on Xbox One
- 10/11/18--11:45: How to use Dolby Vision HDR on Xbox One
- 10/11/18--14:35: How to claim free Twitch Prime skins in Rainbow Six Siege
- 10/12/18--05:00: Is Surface Go good for artists?
- 10/12/18--12:00: Is the Synology DS918+ a good NAS for SMBs?
- 10/14/18--08:00: Upgrade Office 365 Personal to Home to use it on more devices
- 10/15/18--11:00: Does Surface Laptop 2 have USB-C and Thunderbolt 3?
I love my Surface Book 2 15-inch, but it has a glaring flaw. Thankfully, it's not too hard to work around.
The Surface Book 2 is sleek, svelte, and damn powerful. Sadly, it also struggles with a maddening battery drain issue during intense loads or when gaming, even while plugged in. This tends to affect the 15-inch model most. Thankfully, there is a workaround you can try to mitigate this problem.
Related: Art, gaming, and hardware - a few days with the Surface Book 2
Why does this happen?
Our Executive Editor Daniel Rubino wrote extensively on the matter previously, noting that the wattage on the Surface Book 2 15-inch adapter isn't powerful enough for the potential contained in this device. From Rubino:
The included 102W AC adapter may not be large enough given extreme situations. Only about 95W goes to the Surface Book 2 as the remaining seven watts is used for the USB Type-A port for external charging.
In the vast majority of scenarios, you probably won't run int...
Best answer: Sadly there's no LTE option for the Surface Laptop 2, nor for its predecessor. If you want a Surface PC with LTE, last year's Surface Pro is your best bet. If you're not sold on Surface, HP's ENVY x3 is also a great LTE-friendly option.
Amazon: Surface Pro (2017) LTE (from $1,500)
Amazon: HP Envy x2 (from $837)
Why no LTE?
The primary reason for no LTE is due to the Laptop 2's form factor. In order to fit an LTE modem into the chassis, adequate space has to be allocated within the body of the PC. Throw in complications that arise from baking in antenna arrays, interference from the metal chassis, finding a slot for the SIM tray, and beyond, and the Laptop 2 just doesn't lend itself well to the inclusion of LTE connectivity at this time.
There's reason to believe that Microsoft might reconsider LTE for a future Surface Laptop, however. The company is actively exploring the idea of ARM-powered Windows devices under its "Always Connected" branding, which takes a more mob...
The arrival of the winter season brings a new drag race. But only while it's icy.
Every week on a Thursday the season changes in Forza Horizon 4, and with it come special races and challenges. One of these that isn't specifically highlighted as a seasonal race, at least not right now, is the Ice Flats drag strip.
You likely had no idea this existed, since it only applies during winter. But if you're looking for a new high-speed test, here's where to find it.
Where to find the Ice Flats winter drag strip in Forza Horizon 4
Now that Derwent Water has frozen over, the Ice Flats drag strip is open for business. In a similar sense to the beach drag strip, you can't just fast travel to it, since it's not actually on a road.
You should be seeing a marker in the southern part of Derwent Water, but if you're not, head to the location on the map shown below.
The easiest way to get there is to go into the lake from the Derwent Mansion player house, heading straight out onto the ice ...
Uncover hidden treasures of the British countryside with our guide to Forza Horizon 4 barn finds.
Microsoft has debuted its latest entry in the Forza Horizon series, taking the fanatical festival to the roads of Britain. Like its predecessors, Forza Horizon 4 features a dense open world, packed with motoring events and vehicles to uncover. The mysterious "Barn Finds" also return, providing the chance to secure long-forgotten treasures scattered throughout the countryside.
Forza Horizon 4 features 15 barn finds in total, yet the full collection isn't available from launch. Some barn finds are harder to locate than before, while new seasonal barns rotate weekly alongside the game world. We've broken down every Forza Horizon 4 barn find, and how to locate it yourself.
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The 1983 Audi Sport Quattro is an icon of German engineering, best performing in road and rally. This gem can be found just south-east of the slate quarr...
Best answer: If you're looking to buy a Razer Phone 2 unlocked, the best places to go are Amazon and Razer.
Amazon: Razer Phone 2 ($800)
Razer: Razer Phone 2 ($800)
Buy it unlocked from Razer and Amazon
The two main stores where you can buy an unlocked Razer Phone 2 are Amazon and Razer's own retail page. Both are accepting preorders ahead of the expected October 26 availability, and both are selling at the RRP of $799.99.
Other retailers will likely join, such as local partners and carriers in launch territories, but right now hit one of these two stores to get your name in for an unlocked phone with no contract commitment.
The Razer Phone 2 will support Verizon in the U.S.
A question that many American phone buyers have when dealing with unlocked handsets is whether or not it will work with the Verizon Wireless network.
Razer has confirmed on its store that the Razer Phone 2 is both GSM and Verizon compatible in the U.S., so no worries there.
Choose Razer's store for acc...
With the October 2018 Xbox One Update, Microsoft now supports Dolby Vision HDR for media playback on Xbox One. But not for all TVs.
The Xbox One S and Xbox One X support HDR10 out of the box, allowing you to enjoy glorious colors and lighting on hundreds of television sets. However, not all TVs support the HDR10 standard.
Unfortunately for early adopters of Dolby Vision HDR sets, Xbox One had no support for the standard. Thanks to the October 2018 Xbox Update, that's set to change.
Across select TV sets, Xbox One S and X consoles now support Dolby Vision for media playback, and Microsoft is working with Dolby to expand this list of supported devices and, perhaps even functionality, in the near future.
Here's the full list of TV sets that support Dolby Vision on Xbox right now. We'll expand this list over time as we receive updates.
Related: Best 4K TVs for Xbox One
With Dolby Vision now available on Xbox One, it's easy to enable it on your console.
While the Xbox One X and Xbox One S have featured High Dynamic Range (HDR) support from launch, technical limitations have restrained both consoles. Adopting the open HDR10 standard, this brings enriched colors across supported content, with increased contrast ratios and a wider color gamut.
With the October 2018 Xbox Update, Microsoft is now debuting support for Dolby Vision, opening the console to a new range of HDR displays. If you have a compatible display, here's how to take full advantage with Xbox One.
Xbox One Dolby Vision HDR: Everything You Should Know
Getting started with Xbox One Dolby Vision
Dolby Vision has made its debut on modern Xbox One consoles, though it is currently limited to video playback. For now, Dolby Vision HDR support is tied to Netflix's library of compatible content, via the dedicated console app. While we expect extended functionality in the future, your console...
It's no doubt there are some games on your computer that are much easier playing with a controller. Windows 10 supports Xbox controllers natively, but what if all you've got is a PlayStation Dualshock controller instead? Thankfully there is a program out there that will convince your PC that you're actually using an Xbox controller. It's time to check out DS4 Windows.
Products used in this guide
Amazon: Dualshock 4 Wireless Controller ($55)
Amazon: Dell XPS 13 9370 Laptop ($1,400)
winRAR: winRAR ($29)
How to install DS4 Windows on your PC
Go to DS4Windows.
Scroll down to Downloads.
Select "Main builds of DS4Windows".
Download the latest version.
Open the Zip file.
Right click the folder and select extract all files.
Name your file whatever you want and hit okay.
Go to the folder you extracted the files to.
Select if you would like the settings and profiles saved to a program folder or Appdata.
If you are using Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10, select S...
HP-branded devices are hitting a Blue Screen of Death after installing the October Patch Tuesday on Windows 10. Here's how to fix this problem.
It appears that Microsoft is having some serious update quality control issues these days.
Shortly after the release of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, users started reporting missing files after the upgrade, which forced the company to stop the distribution of the update. And now some users are reporting (via BleepingComputer) Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) errors after installing update KB4464330, which is the cumulative update that addresses the data loss problem.
According to several forums posts at the official Microsoft forums and on Reddit, some HP devices are crashing with the WDF_Violation error when trying to install the latest cumulative update. This problem isn't just happening on devices running the October 2018 Update but also on computers running the April 2018 Update (version 1803).
User Mikael Sillman, at the Microsoft f...
Want exclusive Rainbow Six Siege skins with your Twitch Prime subscription? Here's how.
Amazon-owned live-streaming website, Twitch, has kicked off a new promotion for Rainbow Six Siege, with a collection of free in-game loot up for grabs. Tied to its premium Twitch Prime subscription service, the partnership brings three installments of exclusive items across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
Whether you're unsure about Twitch Prime or need help getting this limited-time loot, keep reading below.
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What is Twitch Prime and how do I get it?
If you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, you already have Twitch Prime. In countries where Amazon Prime is available, the subscription is required to use Twitch Prime features. In 2018, the service is available in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Australia, Italy, France, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Spain, Japan, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.
If Amazon Prime isn't available in your region, an active Prime Vide...
Best answer: For light sketches and 2D artwork, yes. The Surface Go isn't the most powerful device out there, and the Surface Pen response isn't perfect. However, for sketches and even more detailed pieces in Photoshop, the Go will serve you well. If you need something more powerful, check out the new Surface Pro 6.
Microsoft: Surface Go (from $400)
Microsoft: Surface Pro 6 (from $899)
How does the Go stack up in the art world?
Testing out the 4GB Surface Go has been quite fun. Its small, light, and the refined rounded edges make it pleasant to hold versus some of the larger 2-in-1s out there. For art, it isn't perfect, but as long as you know what you're working with going in, you'll have a lot of fun with it.
The Surface Pen is often the subject of criticism among some more hardcore digital artists, but as a casual sketcher, I find it to be more than adequate to just sit down with and throw some paint up onto the screen in apps like Sketchable and Photoshop. Despite its lowe...
Best answer: A Synology NAS is an excellent way of storing media and files, all of which can be accessed using OS file explorer software. The DS918+ is capable of handling SMB connections.
Amazon: Synology DS918+ ($539)
Transfer files to your NAS within Windows 10
Synology's OS for its NAS collection is DiskStation Manager (DSM for short), which offers a desktop-like experience in the browser for managing the NAS and all services and apps installed on the server. As well as allowing you to simply drag and drop files to transfer between your PC and the NAS through the web interface, Synology fully supports SMB, AFP, and NFS protocols.
It's really easy to enable these features, by visiting File Services > SMB/AFP/NFS in the Control Panel. After Server Message Block (SMB) is enabled, which essentially allows Windows, Mac, and Linux PCs to connect and access what's stored on the NAS, you'll be able to mount the server as a network drive within the file explorer suite.
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Office 365 is a great way to access Microsoft's suite of office tools on a subscription basis. It ensures you won't be left in the dust when a new version of the product comes out, because your Office is going to be kept up to date as long as you're a subscriber. Did you start with Office 365 Personal but now need Office on multiple computers, tablets, and phones? No problem. Upgrading from Personal to Home edition won't take long.
Products used in this guide
Microsoft: Office 365 Personal ($70 per year, $7 per month)
Microsoft: Office 365 Home ($100 per year, $10 per month)
Comparing Office 365 subscriptions
There are a couple of options to choose from when purchasing a subscription. Both get you access to classic Office tools like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Where the subscriptions differ, however, is in how many individual devices can use Office 365 simultaneously, as well as how many users get an Office 365 license.
The latest version of Windows 10 is causing headaches among users, and here's what everyone is complaining the most.
The October 2018 Update (version 1809) is the second semi-annual feature update and the sixth major refresh for Windows 10 that introduces a new set of improvements and features around productivity, performance, and security, including the highly requested dark theme for File Explorer and new cloud clipboard.
In addition, this release includes two new built-in apps, including Your Phone and Snip & Sketch. Microsoft Edge and Windows Security receive several improvements, and a lot more.
Although this is another significant update designed to improve the overall experience, no every device is upgrading to the new version without stumbling into glitches, as many frustrated users have been reporting many problems with the update.
In this Windows 10 guide, we'll highlight some of the complaints users are shouting with the October 2018 Update.
Windows 10 October 201...
Best answer: Sadly, Microsoft did not include Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C support in the new Surface Laptop 2. Luckily, there are many alternatives.
Dell: Dell XPS 13 (From $810)
HP: HP Spectre x360 (From $950)
Why no USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 for Surface Laptop 2?
Microsoft is often criticized for its dismissal of USB-C, touting its own Surface Connect Port for things like docks and extra ports, such as Microsoft's own Surface Dock. Frustratingly, it prevents the Surface Laptop 2 and similarly USB-C-less Surface Pro 6 from accessing external GPUs, which would vastly increase the usefulness of those devices, particularly as a true desktop replacement.
Microsoft tends to refer to market demand for USB-C when defending its lack of support for the input. It's certainly true that other, older standard USB ports are more widespread, particularly when it comes to legacy devices. However, USB-C and particularly Thunderbolt 3 are far more useful and versatile that Microsoft could really be doing ...