Every day there are certain “tech” sites I visit for news and information to help me keep up with what’s going on in the Technology World.

To give you an easy way to see the latest happenings, here are the top 5 articles (for today) from four of my favorite sites.

Scroll down to see news from TechSpot, CNet, PC World, and Make-Use-Of.
Clicking the article title will open a new browser tab and take you to the full article.

News from TechSpot

News from CNet

News from PC World

  • Easy fixes for six common laptop problems
    by Brian Nadel, Jon L. Jacobi on September 22, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    We live and work in a cold, cruel world where our laptops can take a lot of abuse. Regardless of how gentle we try to be, our notebooks will probably be dropped, spilled upon or worse—sooner, if not later.But if you think that all notebook damage can be repaired only by the manufacturer or a computer shop, think again. Many problems can be inexpensively and easily fixed with common tools, spare parts, and a little effort. Some repairs are no harder than high school art projects. That said, there are modern laptops that are very difficult to open and repair. If you can't see any screws, you're in for a tough time.Using a couple of old, beat-up mainstream notebooks, we’ll show you how to fix everything from a broken case and frayed charger cord to a bad fan and scratched screen. Each restoration project has time and cost estimates, as well as what materials you’ll need to do the trick. Just follow the basic directions we’ve outlined for each repair.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • Intel kills its standalone Project Alloy VR headset, as PC-powered VR wins out
    by Mark Hachman on September 22, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Intel has decided to halt development on its Project Alloy standalone VR headset, executives said, as a standalone headset proved to be no match for PC-powered VR.In August 2016, Intel launched Project Alloy in conjunction with Microsoft, as one of the first instances of making the technology behind virtual reality into an open-source platform, sort of like the PC. But Intel decided not to go forward with the project for two reasons, according to Kim Pallister, the director of the Virtual Reality Center of Excellence at Intel: lack of customer interest, and a discovery that a self-contained headset just didn’t offer the performance of a PC that could be plugged into a wall.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • AMD Radeon phases out the CrossFire brand as multi-GPU gets more complicated
    by Brad Chacos on September 22, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    When AMD released the Radeon Software 17.9.2 drivers that enabled support for multi-GPU solutions in Radeon RX Vega cards this morning, the announcement post didn’t mention CrossFire—AMD’s longstanding brand for multi-GPU (mGPU) solutions—a single time. An AMD representative revealed why in response to a PCWorld query: In this complicated mGPU age, Radeon is abandoning the CrossFire brand.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • Best Buy is selling the Ring Solar Panel for $20
    by Ian Paul on September 22, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    If you have a Ring Stick Up Cam but balked at the extra $50 for the solar charging panel, we've got a weekend project for you. Right now Best Buy has the Ring Solar Panel on sale for $20.The solar panel is an alternative way to power the Ring Stick Up Cam. Without the panel, you have to bring it in every few months to charge it via USB. When we reviewed the Stick Up Cam earlier in September, we liked it as a way to expand the security perimeter of anyone who's already using the Ring Video Doorbell. (Though we did find that as a standalone security camera, there were better options.)To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

  • This week in games: Grab Outlast for free, Battleborn ends active development
    by Hayden Dingman on September 22, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    I’ve spent fully 50 percent of my week playing Divinity: Original Sin 2 and it’s one of the best CRPGs I’ve ever played. Probably. So let’s wrap this up, because I want to get back to it.This week, both Call of Duty and Wolfenstein get rowdy on Nazis, plus Humble gives away spooky cameraman simulator Outlast, Shadow of War goes Peter-Jackson-live-action (but sans Peter Jackson), Vampyr slips into 2018, and Battleborn breathes its last.This is gaming news for September 18 to 22.More. Free. Games. Humble’s End of Summer Sale is officially over—but not really. And that means another free game for your library, as the sale enters its “encore” phase. This time it’s Outlast—one of the best PC horror games ever—plus the fantastic Whistleblower DLC. You can snag a copy until 10 a.m. Pacific on Saturday, so jump on it if you’re a horror fan.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click her […]

News from Make-Use-Of

  • You Now Have Longer to Watch Your iTunes Movie Rentals
    by Dave Parrack on September 23, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Apple has finally realized that some people may need more than 24 hours to watch a movie. Or that they may want to watch a movie more than once after renting it. So, with that in mind, you can now watch any movies you have rented through iTunes for a full 48 hours after you first click “Play”. While streaming subscription services such as Netflix and Hulu are in the ascendancy, you can still buy or rent movies from iTunes. Especially if you’re seeking out the newer releases. And Apple has made a small but welcome change to make iTunes...Read the full article: You Now Have Longer to Watch Your iTunes Movie Rentals […]

  • 5 Facebook Restrictions and Annoyances (and How to Solve Them)
    by Mihir Patkar on September 23, 2017 at 4:30 am

    Facebook can be quite controlling about what you can and can’t do with it. It won’t let you save Messenger chats to your computer. It frowns on third-party apps. And there are other unnecessary restrictions. But with the right tools, you can do whatever you want. This isn’t about how Facebook constantly tracks you or other such issues. It’s about using the social network or its other apps on a daily basis and dealing with its annoying restrictions. 1. Chat Saver (Chrome, Firefox): Save Messenger Chats to Your Computer In the past, instant messaging apps like Google Talk or MSN...Read the full article: 5 Facebook Restrictions and Annoyances (and How to Solve Them) […]

  • How the Instant Pot Changed the Way I Cook
    by Christine Chan on September 22, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    For most of my life, I never considered myself a cook. I grew up eating whatever my parents cooked at home, going out to eat with my boyfriend, or just grabbing fast food wherever. I loved food, but it was more about eating it than cooking it myself. And then I moved out. At first, my boyfriend and I would get food from typical fast food chains and casual joints. As much as I love a greasy burger or burrito bowl, it wasn’t healthy. And the cost adds up quickly. I knew that something had to change now that we...Read the full article: How the Instant Pot Changed the Way I Cook […]

  • Are These the Toughest Linux Operating Systems to Install?
    by Austin Luong on September 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    While all Linux operating systems are the same at their core, there are also things which separate them somewhat. For example, package managers differ between each variation, as do other things. One large point of difference that many people will face is the way you actually get such a system onto your computer. Though many Linux operating systems these days are easy to install, if not even easier than Windows, there are some which buck this trend. They usually trade ease of use for flexibility and power out of the box. This might not be good for everyone, but for...Read the full article: Are These the Toughest Linux Operating Systems to Install? […]

  • Folks, It’s Time to Delete the Facebook News Feed
    by Mihir Patkar on September 22, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    It’s time to get rid of your News Feed. Facebook is a sum of many parts, including Messenger, Events, Games, and a whole lot more. The News Feed is more a distraction than anything else. Here’s how (and why) you can delete it. Why You Should Kill Your News Feed When it first started, the News Feed was actually pretty nice. You got to know what your close friends or family was up to, since you don’t actually call each other every day. And you followed your favorite bands or news organizations to get updates. But over time, the News...Read the full article: Folks, It’s Time to Delete the Facebook News Feed […]