Lenovo Yoga C940 (14-inch) review: A little extra screen and a lot to like

If you’ve ever reached for your phone instead of your laptop simply because it’s faster to wake up, unlock and start working, you’ll appreciate what Lenovo’s Yoga C940 can do. The company’s flagship 14-inch two-in-one is an Intel Project Athena device, a select group of laptops co-engineered with Intel to perform more like your phone. While I never felt like its predecessor, the C930, was slow, it’s surprising how responsive the C940 feels by comparison.

Like

  • Overall faster processor and graphics performance
  • Improved display quality
  • Excellent feature set for its price

Don’t Like

  • Included pen is a little small for extended use
  • All ports are on one side

Lift the lid and it instantly wakes from sleep. The fingerprint reader unlocks the C940 in a second and since the Wi-Fi connects just as fast, it’s essentially ready to work immediately. With the laptop asleep and lid open, you only have to put your fingertip down on the reader and it’s awake and unlocked as fast as your phone. 

Lenovo Yoga C940

Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL (FHD display) Lenovo Yoga C940-14IIL (UHD display)
Price as reviewed $1,300 $1,600
Display size/resolution 14-inch 1,920×1,080 touch display 14-inch 3,840×2,160 touch display
CPU 1.3GHz
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Animal Crossing: 10 best tips to play the zen game for Nintendo Switch

Tom Nook, Blathers and all the other denizens of your island community celebrate all your major milestones. Here’s how to get to those milestones even faster.


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Animal Crossing: New Horizons only arrived last week for the Nintendo Switch, but the beloved franchise is already creating a sensation. The slow-paced, anxiety-free island life simulator just might be the perfect antidote to the realities of social distancing and quarantine during the coronavirus spread.

I’ve already discovered a few nuggets of wisdom that will go a long way in the early days of gameplay, making the game smoother and more rewarding as you build your life on the island. If you’re unfamiliar with the series, a little direction can help you navigate the game so you’re not just collecting everything you see — there’s a little more structure than meets the eye. 

So here are a few tips and tricks for players of all kinds, whether Animal Crossing is already at home in your Switch or still on your personal horizon. I’ll update this post as more tips come along.

Travel back in time before you move forward

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Time travel is a major theme

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UE Hyperboom review: A jumbo portable Bluetooth speaker that rocks

The UE Hyperboom is one tall pitcher of Bluetooth speaker.


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Ultimate Ears Boom speakers come in a few different sizes, but none as big as the Hyberboom. A supersize wireless speaker that tips the scales at a hefty 13 pounds, the Hyperboom makes the Megaboom 3 look unquestionably puny. Available in black only at launch, the Hyperboom costs $399 (399 euros, AU$599). That’s not cheap, but it sounds better than a lot of the jumbo portable speakers on the market right now. (There’s no word yet on UK pricing or when it will be released in the UK, but it’ll likely match the euro price.)

Like

  • Big sound with strong bass and good detail
  • Up to 24 hours of battery life at moderate volume levels
  • IP4 water-resistance rating (splashproof)
  • Good wireless Bluetooth range (up to 150 feet)
  • Can wirelessly link with other UE Boom and Megaboom speakers
  • Integrated microphone automatically reads the environment and calibrates the sound to fill any space, indoors or outdoors

Don’t Like

  • Expensive
  • No Wi-Fi or voice assistant built-in
  • At 13 pounds, it’s not a speaker you want to carry too far

Ultimate Ears reps told me the Hyperboom was created after the

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9 tips and tricks for the Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite are both fantastic gaming devices. 


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Gaming is one of many ways you can entertain yourself while practicing social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic. The Nintendo Switch adds versatility to your gaming sessions by allowing you to shift from docked and connected to your TV to a portable handheld mode — you can go from your couch to your bed or patio without skipping a beat. Add in the growing game library, including the just-released Animal CrossingSuper Smash Bros. and the classic Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and you’ll find yourself happily gaming for hours on end. (See our Animal Crossing gaming tips here.)

The Nintendo Switch Lite is less expensive and a touch smaller, but just as capable as the standard model. You won’t be able to connect to your TV, but it does come in some fun colors. The Lite has also earned high praise from CNET’s Scott Stein, who called it his “favorite game console right now, no contest.”

Whether you’re just arriving on the Nintendo Switch train (welcome aboard!), or you’re a seasoned pro, we have some tips and tricks that help

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iOS and iPadOS 13.4: New features Apple users need to know

The new features in iOS/iPadOS 13.4 include iCloud Drive folder sharing, Apple Mail updates, changes to Siri, universal app support, and more.

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The release of iOS 13 has not been without challenges. The fork of iPadOS into its own operating system to be used only on iPads made sense because iPads are capable of extra features given the additional, faster hardware they possess, so it makes sense to keep them separate.

But iOS 13 has also been arguably the buggiest release in Apple’s usually stellar history. It has been a growing concern since the initial release of version 13, and while Apple has done much to stem this in subsequent updates, it is telling that the company has adopted a performance-based approach to these newer updates, choosing to focus primarily on quality instead of pushing out as many new features as possible.

SEE: Apple iPad Pro 2020: Cheat sheet (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4 are both prime examples of this mindset. There were six beta testing waves and a final gold master (GM) release before making the update available to everyone on March 24, 2020. This version of 13.4 has been vetted extensively,

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Razer Blade Studio Edition review: A pricey MacBook Pro alternative for graphics pros


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You’re probably not in the mood to think about a $4,000 (£4,000 or about AU$7,900) laptop right now, but if you’re attempting to edit video, work with 3D models or perform other pro-level graphics tasks at home, now’s the time to start considering one. And if you’re going to go for it, Razer‘s sleek Blade 15 Studio Edition ($4,000 at Best Buy) delivers a nicely balanced combination of design, speed and features for folks who need workstation-class graphics and Windows. It’ll serve you well when you can finally head back to the office, too. 

Like

  • Slim, attractive design
  • Easy-on-the-eyes OLED screen

Don’t Like

  • Expensive
  • OLED is suboptimal for some professional uses

If you’re only editing photos, however, this may not be right for you. Why not? Because its expensive Nvidia Quadro RTX 5000 graphics card, which differentiates it from a Razer Blade 15 Advanced ($2,600 at Best Buy), may not be worth paying for. A lot of photo work demands more processing power, and you might be better off opting for a system with a more high-powered processor instead. 

Because of the design, the Razer Blades inevitably get compared to Apple MacBook

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