Do you want to use Android on a PC? Android-x86 releases Android 8.1

Android-x86 is an unofficial initiative to use Android on a PC, therefore porting the OS, which leads the mobile sector, to every PC that uses Intel or AMD x86 processors. This is a plausible option at least until Google considers to finally merge Android and Chrome OS into a single system that works both for phones and PCs. We think it is a matter of time.

If you have been following us, you already know that Android-x86 entered a partnership with Jide Technology (former Google employees) to develop the renowned Remix OS, an interesting project that was discontinued for mass consumption, putting Android for PC on hold. At least x86 versions are still being released and the project lives on. The latest move was the release of the first RC (Release Candidate) based on Android 8.1, the system’s latest version.

The AMD Threadripper 2990X will cost €1,509

The latest reports that we read about the Threadripper 2990X confirm it is a high-performance processor that has 32 cores and 64 threads capable of easily delivering 4 GHz. However, we lack details about a possible price point.

This is key, as AMD has decided to make its Ryzen and Threadripper processors more affordable than Intel’s Core and Core Extreme processors in order to achieve a better quality-price ratio.

Thanks to an early listing, we were able to confirm that AMD will continue that trend with the Threadripper 2990X. As you can see in the image below, the processor has been listed for €1,509. This is a great price that is between the €1,399 of the Core i9 7960X (16 cores and 32 threads) and the €1,899 of the Core i9 7980XE (18 cores and 36 threads).

Corsair T2 Road Warrior review: a great option for design and comfort

When we talk about the gaming PC sector, we usually just think about components, peripherals and monitors. This is a good but incomplete approach. Chairs have become really important elements, especially for those of us who spend several hours in front of the PC. Thanks to the biggest manufacturers, we can now find very interesting models like the Corsair T2 Road Warrior.

The Corsair T2 Road Warrior is an updated version of the Corsair T1 Race. Both chairs are defined as high-end gaming chairs, which is clearly seen given their price, design, finish and build quality.

Thanks to Corsair Spain, we had the opportunity to test the Corsair T2 Road Warrior for almost 5 months. Today is the day to publish our review. The reason for waiting so long to publish the review is very simple: a high-end gaming chair like this one represents a huge investment. It is not something that we can review in just a couple of weeks because we would not really know how durable the chair is, how it would wear and what the user experience is like under different weather conditions.

We know spending some time with the chair was the best way to give you a really accurate and good review, so we hope you like it and find it useful. Without any further ado, let’s get on with it.

Opera 54 is now available to deliver a more personal experience

Opera Software has released Opera 54, the browser’s latest version, for Windows, Linux and Mac. For the past 5 years, the browser has been based on Chromium, the same technology Chrome and Vivaldi use.

This time, we get 2 new features. The first feature allows users to set up a personalized news feed on Speed Dial’s main page. The second feature makes it possible to recover the browser and its settings easily thanks to a new Update and Recovery section, which can be seen in and accessed from the menu, offering users two possibilities:

  • Update: as expected, it allows us to update the app.
  • Recovery: it allows users to fix the browser if it is not working well via two options. The first option is to reset Opera including search engines, pinned tabs and settings. The second option is to reset the app entirely, clearing user data (extensions, bookmarks, history, saved passwords, cookies and other temporary data).

How to get a protected Wi-Fi network during summer

It is summertime, and we know that a lot of our readers are about to enjoy a well-deserved vacation. This is the ideal time to relax and get some rest, but it is also the time to manage our Wi-Fi network because unscrupulous people appear during summertime.

The main security measure to protect your Wi-Fi network is to keep a close eye on the devices connected to it. We can do this by going into the router’s settings and checking user registration (the name may change slightly depending on the router). There we will see a list of every device connected to the network.

With this information, we will be able to see if we have any unwanted guests so we can take the necessary measures to enhance our Wi-Fi network’s security. Having said this, we recommend you to take a look at the guide we published last year, as you will find 6 recommendations that will help you to get a completely secure Wi-Fi network.

Guide: What should a gaming PC have in order to compete with the PS5 and Xbox Two?

There are a lot of ways to build a gaming PC not only in terms of budget and components but also in terms of format and design. Usually, we always stick to a range division (low, mid and high ranges) to make it easier for us to identify each type of configuration.

After the Xbox 360 and the PS3 arrived and grew strong, there was a total tendency for development studios to prioritize consoles as development engines in order to create games. It has been like this up until now, and it shows in terms of graphics quality, tech specs and hardware refresh cycles, which have been lengthened notably.

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To understand this better, we just have to provide a simple example: users who built a mid-end gaming PC in 2013 can still play any current game at 1080p after adjusting graphics settings. In case you are wondering, the usual setup for that time had at least the following components:

  • Core i5 2500
  • 8 GB of DDR3
  • GTX 760 or Radeon R9 270X

We hope this tendency remains the same after the PS5 and Xbox Two are launched. These are two next-gen consoles that should arrive in a couple of years approximately (during 2020 if it all goes as planned).

Microsoft “confirms” the Surface Phone but not in the way you think

Is Microsoft really working on the Surface Phone? Surface chief Panos Panay posted a caricature-like image on Twitter that gives us glimpses of the device.

This information arrives after a leaked email unveiled some details of a “pocketable” Surface device, which would have a ground-breaking dual-screen design and a hinge. Besides, it would offer features that would put it halfway between a PC and a smartphone. Microsoft’s plan is to deliver a new format that would be a turning point in the industry, although ground-breaking ideas and powerful technologies are not always successful in terms of sales.

Going back to Panos Panay’s tweet, the message says “Huge thanks to LG Display for the awesome caricature.” It seems that the picture is really from the South Korean company LG, which looks to be the one providing the screens for the Surface Phone. This leaves the door open for LCD displays instead of OLED ones.

Which are the best antivirus apps for Android? Are they necessary?

AV-TEST, a German independent institute focused on IT security, has updated its list of the best antivirus apps for Android.

AV-TEST tested dozens of mobile security solutions from the best security software vendors, providing them six points for protection and usability, and one point for their features. The lab also tested Play Protect, the security solution Google uses on Google Play, its official app store.

Most antivirus apps for Android yielded great results with real-time malware detection averaging around 98%. Half of the apps got the maximum 13-point score, including big vendors’ solutions like Kaspersky Internet Security for Android, McAfee Mobile Security, G DATA Internet Security, Avast Mobile Security, and some other solutions that you can see on the list.