Make browser-based calls via Skype using a new plugin
If for whatever reason you don't want to download and install Skype to your PC but are still interested in making calls through the service, you now can (or soon will be able to). Microsoft today introduced Skype for Web, a beta plugin that allows you to make Skype calls from your browser without having the download and install the full software package. You can also use it to send and receive chat messages.
New video search site points you in the direction of legal feeds
The six member studios of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) have put together a new website that makes it easy to search for legal streaming sources for TV shows and movies. It's called Where to Watch and it's currently in beta form. It also works rather well for what it's intended to be, which you'll have to excuse us if we seem surprised -- Hollywood studios haven't exactly been streaming's biggest ally.
Tis the season of the low cost laptop, and if you're looking for a portable system on the cheap, you have a growing number of choices. You won't find them in the Apple Store, of course, but you will find Windows laptops in the $200 range, including a recently reduced Asus X205TA model selling for just $170 at the Microsoft Store. In response, Chromebook models are expected to be even more affordable than they already are with Asus and Lenovo both reportedly planning to release $149 Chromebook models.
It's a good week to be a PC gamer, isn't it? GOG.com just kicked off its autumn sale with deep discounts and free games, and if you still want to add to your collection, the Humble Jumbo Bundle 3 gets you a handful of titles, including four copies of Insurgency -- one for you to keep and three to share with others. Talk about good timing now that the holiday shopping season is virtually upon us!
Our legal system being what it is, things like terms and conditions are often spelled out in legalese that are long, boring, and sometimes difficult to understand. It's the reason most people don't bother to read EULAs and other fine print. Would you have guessed that Facebook would be the one do things differently? Ironic, considering that Facebook is often criticized for privacy policies. Nevertheless, Facebook today introduced Privacy Basics, a plain language interpretation of its privacy rules, along with tips and a how-to guide to make sure things are the way you want them to be.
Free tool promises to bust a cap in uninvited browser add-ons and other adware
We've praised Bitdefender's Internet Security software on more than one occasion, as it typically performs well in our annual antivirus roundups. The company also offers a free antivirus solution for those who don't need a full fledged security suite, and adding to its pro bono portfolio, Bitdefender just launched a free tool to scan for and rid your system of various kinds of adware.
Owners of Nvidia’s Shield Tablet will be in for a surprise soon. Nvidia is releasing a major software update and new capabilities for the Shield Tablet which will involve upgrading its OS to Android 5.0 Lollipop, refreshing the handheld’s apps, and introducing the company’s new GRID on-demand gaming service.
Get titles like Mount & Blade and The Witcher 2 at no cost
GOG just launched its 2014 DRM-Free Big Fall Sale with plenty of deals, plus a free game with the chance to snag more no-cost titles. For the next 48 hours, you can grab Mount & Blade for free from GOG's website, no strings attached. Other freebies include The Witcher 2: Assassin's of Kings and the movie The Gamers: Director's Cut, though you have to earn them by visiting GOG's website every day and collecting special stamps. Grab seven and you're golden.
Hybrid thermal solution offers both air and liquid cooling options
Feeling indecisive these days? Don't sweat it -- Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) this week announced its Poseidon GTX 980 graphics card with DirectCU H20, a hybrid cooling solution capable of keeping temps at bay by air or water, dealer's choice. The benefit of having both is that you can cool the card by air today and make the leap to liquid cooling down the line, if that's your longer-term goal.
We're beginning to notice more low-cost Windows laptops in the $200 range, though one thing we haven't seen is a manufacturer revive the netbook nomenclature. Fair enough, since these machines are more powerful than yesterday's netbooks, and generally cheaper too. The least expensive so far is the Asus X205TA Signature Edition, a $199 laptop that's been reduced to $179 in the Microsoft Store.