You can grab the Surface Pro 7 and Type Cover bundle for $230 off

The Surface Pro 7 and Type Cover bundle is on sale just in time for Black Friday.

What you need to know

  • The Surface Pro 7 and Type Cover bundle is $230 off in the Microsoft Store.
  • The bundle comes with the Black Pro Type Cover.
  • Intel Core i3 ($649) and Intel Core i5 ($749) versions of the Surface Pro 7 are available as part of the bundle.

The Surface Pro 7 is one of the latest 2-in-1 devices from Microsoft. Now, a new bundle from Microsoft can save you $230. The Surface Pro 7 + Type Cover bundle has multiple versions of the Surface Pro 7 as options and allows you to grab a Surface Pro 7 and Type Cover for less than the usual cost of the Surface Pro 7.

In our review of the Surface Pro 7, Executive Editor Daniel Rubino said that the device is “simply terrific.” It brings USB-C ports, an Intel 10th Gen processor, and other changes earned the Surface Pro 7 a “nearly perfect rating” from Rubino.

There are two bundles available at a discount right now, each coming with a Black Pro Type Cover. The bundle with the Intel Core i3 version of the Surface Pro 7 with 4GB of memory and 128GB of storage is $649 and the bundle with the Intel Core i5 version of the Surface Pro 7 with 8GB of memory and 128GB of storage is $749.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 7 + Type Cover bundle

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Type-C and 10th Gen Intel are game-changers

Microsoft has finally added a loaded-out USB Type-C port to the Surface Pro 7. When combined with Intel’s latest 10th Gen processor and GPU, this year’s Core i5 blows away last year’s Core i7 all without a fan. Minor tweaks to the RAM, going to Intel for Wi-Fi 6, and Instant On ability make this Surface Pro 7 an absolute joy to use.

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Elon Musk is an amazing salesman and he has sold me on his ugly CyberTruck

Earlier today Tesla unveiled their new CyberTruck and to say the Tesla Cybertruck design is divisive is an understatement. The vehicle, which is all sharp corners and angles, looks cheap, ugly and unfinished. Watching the official unveiling of the truck has however allowed Elon Musk’s reality distortion field to do its magic on me, and […]

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Don’t know the speed of network card? Here’s how to find out on Windows 10.

Are you wondering about the connection speed of the network adapter? Here are four ways to find out on Windows 10.

On Windows 10, the network adapter is a ubiquitous component that provides the means to connect to the network and internet using a wired or wireless connection. Understanding the current link speed can come in handy in many scenarios.

For instance, checking the link speed is useful to determine if the adapter is operating according to its technical specifications, and it can help you to diagnose performance problems. If you’re upgrading your internet service to a faster tier, knowing the maximum speed of the Wi-Fi or Ethernet adapter will help to confirm whether you’ll be able to take advantage of all the bandwidth.

In the case that you’re planning to upgrade your network to 10Gbps, you can quickly determine if you need to change the card. Or if you’re using a USB network adapter, and it doesn’t include any information, checking the speed connection will reveal if you’re using a 100Mbps or 1Gbps chipset.

Whatever the network card you’re using, Windows 10 provides different features to confirm the link speed of a connection using Settings, Control Panel, as well as using command lines with PowerShell and Command Prompt.

In this Windows 10 guide, we’ll walk you through several ways to find out the speed of the adapter connected to the network, whether you’re using a wired or wireless connection.

How to check network adapter speed using Settings

To view the connection speed for a Wi-Fi or Ethernet adapter, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Network & Internet.
  3. Click on Status.
  4. Under the “Change your network settings” section, click the View your network properties option.

  5. Under the “Properties” section, find the network adapter (Wi-Fi or Ethernet).
  6. Determine the connection speed in the Link speed (Receive/Transmit) field.

Once you complete the steps, you’ll know the speed the adapter is using to connect to the network.

How to check network adapter speed using Control Panel

To determine the network adapter speed with the Control Panel settings, use these steps:

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Click on Network and Internet.
  3. Click on Network and Sharing Center.
  4. Click the Change adapter settings in the left pane.

  5. Double-click the network adapter (Ethernet or Wi-Fi).

  6. Check the connection speed in the Speed field.

    Quick note: If you’re looking at a Wi-Fi adapter, you can also confirm the signal quality.

After you complete the steps, you’ll have a better understanding of the connection speed for the Ethernet or Wi-Fi adapter connected to the network.

How to check network adapter speed using Command Prompt

To find out the speed for the wireless or wired adapter with Command Prompt, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for Command Prompt and click the top result to open the console.
  3. Type the following command to determine the connection speed for all the Ethernet and Wi-Fi adapters and press Enter:

    wmic nic where netEnabled=true get name, speed

  4. Confirm the network adapter speed.

Once you complete the steps, then you’ll be able to determine the speed (in bits) the card is using to connect to the network.

How to check network adapter speed using PowerShell

To check the Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection speed on Windows 10 with PowerShell, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.
  2. Search for PowerShell and click the top result to open the console.
  3. Type the following command to determine the connection speed for all the Ethernet and Wi-Fi adapters and press Enter:

    Get-NetAdapter | select interfaceDescription, name, status, linkSpeed

  4. Check the Wi-Fi or Ethernet network card connection speed.

After you complete the steps, the PowerShell output will display the connection speeds in a user-friendly format (for example, 780 Mbps and 1 Gbps).

More Windows 10 resources

For more helpful articles, coverage, and answers to common questions about Windows 10, visit the following resources:

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Microsoft receives license to export ‘mass-market’ software to Huawei

Huawei could be one step closer to shipping laptops with Windows.

What you need to know

  • The U.S. Department of Commerce granted Microsoft a license to export “mass-market software.”
  • Microsoft did not specify which software it may sell to Huawei.
  • Some speculate that the license will likely allow Microsoft to sell licenses for Windows to Huawei.

Microsoft can now export certain software to Huawei following the U.S. Department of Commerce granting a new license to Microsoft (via Reuters). Microsoft did not specify which pieces of software it can now export to Huawei, but the company’s statement mentioned “mass-market software.” Some believe that this new license will allow Huawei to ship devices running Windows 10 again.

Microsoft shared a statement to Reuters announcing the new license, “On November 20, the U.S. Department of Commerce granted Microsoft’s request for a license to export mass-market software to Huawei. We appreciate the Department’s action in response to our request.” According to Reuters, the Commerce Department has begun granting licenses to multiple companies to sell goods to Huawei. A U.S. official told Reuters that the government has processed about half of the 300 license requests it has received, and that it has approved about half of those, including Microsoft’s.

Microsoft President Brad Smith weighs in on Huawei and the US government

Microsoft’s statement does not specify which types of software the company can now sell to Huawei, and Microsoft did not clarify their statement. The U.S. Department of Commerce did not comment on the issue either. Reuters spoke with Dan Ives, an analyst with Wedbush Securities, who said that the license is likely for the Windows operating system. If that is the case, it would bring Huawei one step closer to selling laptops running Windows.

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Civilization VI Xbox review: So addictive it should carry a warning label

As a first-time Civilization player, I had no idea what I was walking in to. Civ VI might be the most addictive game I’ve ever played.

Civilization is one of those gaming blindspots I’ve regretted for years and years. Despite always picking up the games in Steam sales, for whatever reason, I just never seemed to get around to it, allowing them to languish in my backlog unattended and neglected.

I lucked out with a review assignment for Civilization VI for Xbox One, effectively forcing me to give it a try. It went a little bit beyond merely giving it a try. I became hopelessly addicted, seeing vast chunks of time disappear into a Civilization-shaped hole.

Civ VI has already won praise for its quality gameplay on PC, having been available for a while, but how good is it on Xbox One? Here’s a newcomer’s review.

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Civilization VI

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Bottom line: Civilization is a legendary strategy franchise, and to finally get it on Xbox One is a dream. Just be warned, this is one hell of an addictive game.

Pros:

  • Uniquely satisfying strategic gameplay
  • Charming visuals
  • Huge array of viable playstyles and strategies

Cons:

  • Late-game performance on base Xbox can be iffy
  • The tutorial could be better

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What you’ll love about Civilization VI

Civilization VI is a turn-based strategy game, much like its predecessors, taking place on a board game-like map of hexagonal tiles. Each tile represents unit positions, as well as strategic resources, battling over which forms the basis of play.

I’m still a newcomer to the franchise and find myself truly in awe at the sheer amount of options and playstyles supported by the game. There are several “win” conditions for each game, either via trade, diplomacy, war, and so on, making different types of strategies and playstyles completely viable. Want to become a mercantile superpower and take the world by trade? You can, but you may be called upon to defend your supply lines from time to time.

Civ VI features various prominent figures from history, which form the basis for your empire. Queen Victoria of Britain, for example, gains bonuses to naval power, helping players who want to dominate the waves.

Civ VI might be the most addictive game I’ve ever played.

You’ll gradually build up your empire from stone age warriors to nuclear-equipped modern society, while carefully managing your economy, relationships with other civilizations, and the needs of your population.

Expansion and technological advancement are critically important to making a viable civilization, and the road to getting there is incredibly satisfying. Seeing your towns dynamically evolve from bronze age settlements through to modern-day cities is incredibly fun, and each match gradually drip-feeds new mechanics as you complete more and more research. You’ll go from wielding clubs and bows to muskets and catapults, and then eventually build airports, fighter jets, and tanks, as the arms race with your neighbors flares up.

The fact that it’s turn-based makes it incredibly easy to play while multitasking, and the game also works really well with Xbox console streaming (and hopefully Project xCloud in the future). The visuals are as charming as they are entertaining. Watching cities fall, and monuments and roads gradually appear across your empire form really creates a sense of attachment to your nascent empire.

What you might dislike about Civilization VI

As of writing, I haven’t been able to try the game on an Xbox One X, but the performance is adequate on the base Xbox One S, at least. If you’re playing in a large map with multiple civilizations, it can get a bit juddery towards the end game, but it’s nothing I’d describe as unplayable.

Switching from mouse and keyboard to a gamepad has been a relatively smooth transition for Civ VI, at least when compared to some other similar games out there.

That said, getting to grips with some of the nitty-gritty controls, resources, and other features can be a little slower than it otherwise might be with a mouse. This is purely because you can’t easily mouse-over something unfamiliar to find out what it is or does. It wasn’t immediately obvious how to access many things with the controls, despite the game sporting tutorial scenarios.

Speaking of which, Civ VI does have a tutorial, but again, it misses a lot of some of the game’s finer points. That’s to be expected in a game as complex as this, most likely. If you’re new to the franchise, though, it’s worth being aware that you might have to do a bit of extracurricular research to really get to grips with the game.

Should you buy Civilization VI?

Civilization VI will satisfy almost any type of strategy game fan.

I’ve spent several dozen hours with the game, and I still feel like I’ve just barely scratched the surface. There are also expansions to explore with tons of new mechanics, content, and civilization playstyles I haven’t even touched as of writing, alongside multiplayer modes, custom matches, and challenge scenarios.

4.5
out of 5


If you’ve been enjoying almost any type of strategy game on Xbox One, such as Stellaris, Surviving Mars, or even more action-oriented games like XCOM, Halo Wars, or Mutant Year Zero, Civilization VI combines the best of several types of strategy gameplay styles at a pace almost anyone can enjoy.

Just beware. This game truly exemplifies the “just five more minutes” gameplay loop. Before you know it, you’ll blink, and midnight will turn into 6 AM (as it did with me).

Can’t stop playing

Civilization VI

One of the most addictive Xbox games ever.

Civilization VI brings the wildly popular PC game series to Xbox for the first time since the Xbox 360 days, and we couldn’t be more excited. If you’re a strategy game fan, this is a must-play game.

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Resident Evil 3 Remake coming next year

Two reports claim that Resident Evil 3 Remake will launch in 2020. After the success of this year’s long-awaited Resident Evil 2 Remake, Capcom is allegedly already hard at work to create a remake of the series’ third outing. Revealed by YouTube content creator Spawn Wave and corroborated by VideoGamesChronicle (VGC), it’s now known that […]

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Microsoft To Do for Android now lets you print tasks and more

Microsoft has pushed an update to its task management app, Microsoft To Do on Android. The update brings a couple of new features, bug fixes, and performance improvements. Talking about new features, To Do app for Android will now let you print your lists of tasks, the option which can be found on the list […]

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Make your home smarter and safer with Amazon UK’s deals on Ring and eero

Black Friday has come to the UK a week early, or at least Amazon is pretty bad at reading a calendar. Nevertheless, the online giant has kicked off its Black Friday event with a number of hot discounts across its first-party hardware. This is a perfect time to add some smarts and even a little security to your home with scorching deals on both Ring and eero hardware.

All of the deals featured here are now live and will run through until early December. Grab your wallet and form an orderly queue!

Deals on Ring

Amazon owning Ring means there will always be killer discounts at times like Black Friday, and this year is no exception. Whether you’re looking for a doorbell, a security camera, or even a bundle with a bonus Echo included, there’s something here for you.

Deals on eero

Amazon’s eero brand has some top quality mesh Wi-Fi hardware in its stable, and for Black Friday at some really great prices. Mesh Wi-Fi is perfect to help you eliminate wireless dead spots throughout your home and the excellent eero system is a particularly good choice.

And as a little bonus item, there’s also 50% off a bundle containing a Blink XT2 camera and an Echo Dot which is down to just £75.

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Amazon UK’s hardware is discounted RIGHT NOW for Black Friday

Black Friday has come to the UK a week early, or at least Amazon is pretty bad at reading a calendar. Nevertheless, the online giant has kicked off its Black Friday event with a number of hot discounts across its first-party hardware, including Fire TV, Fire Tablets, Echo and Kindle.

All of the deals featured here are now live and will run through until early December. Grab your wallet and form an orderly queue!

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Amazon Echo, Fire and Kindle Black Friday deals

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Black Friday has started a week early at Amazon with some hot discounts across the company’s own Echo, Fire and Kindle hardware lineups. Get ’em while they’re hot!

Deals on Amazon Echo

Deals are live across the Echo range covering the speakers, models with a display like the Echo Show, and there are some tasty bundles with other hardware that will help you save even more.

Deals on Fire TV and Fire Tablet

It’s not an Amazon sales event without an opportunity to pick up a cut price Fire TV or Fire Tablet, and both are in the mix for Black Friday. They also make great, affordable gifts, so any chance to safe a few pounds is worth taking.

Deals on Kindle

Black Friday is a perfect time to indulge a little and curl up with a good book thanks to some attractive discounts on Amazon’s Kindle hardware. There are no distractions, it’s just you and the words!

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Early Christmas gift for Huawei as Microsoft granted Windows export license, Google still banned

Huawei has been granted another reprieve by the U.S. Department of Commerce which allowed Microsoft to continue to sell its operating system and other software to the Chinese company. “On November 20, the U.S. Department of Commerce granted Microsoft’s request for a license to export mass-market software to Huawei,” the Redmond, Wash.-based company said in […]

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