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JBL Charge 4: A Powerhouse Speaker in a Small Frame
JBL Charge 4 $149.95 4/5 Stars PROS Powerful audio performance with rich bass and crisp, clear highs. Gets quite loud for its size. Waterproof. CONS No speakerphone function. Mono audio output. JBL knows how to deliver the goods when it comes to
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Xbox One Is the New Standard That Future Consoles Should Imitate
The Sony PlayStation 4 dominates this console generation with more than 75 million units sold, and Nintendo’s Switch warms gamers’ hearts with its untouchable first-party lineup and home-and-away functionality. That leaves the Microsoft Xbox One—the
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Google’s China Conundrum: Breaking Down Project Dragonfly
Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai testified before Congress in December on a range of topics, from data privacy to Google’s controversial plans to build a censored search engine for China. Pichai characterized Project Dragonfly as more of an exploratory in
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Google Hits Pause on Selling Facial-Recognition Tech Over Abuse Fears
The ethical dilemma swirling around facial-recognition technology has prompted Google to hit pause on selling its own system to the public. In mid-December, the company announced that its Cloud business would hold off on offering a facial-recognition
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The Future Issue: What Tech Will Look Like in 2039
For the first issue of the PCMag Digital Edition in 2019, we’re fast-forwarding to envision what technology—and our tech-driven society—will look like in 2039. We wanted to explore the myriad ways in which tech will be more intertwined with our lives
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Explainable AI: Learning How AI Makes Decisions
In 2017, a Palestinian construction worker in the West Bank settlement of Beiter Illit, Jerusalem, posted a picture of himself on Facebook in which he was leaning against a bulldozer. Shortly after, Israeli police arrested him on suspicion that he wa
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YouTube TV: Top Cable TV Replacement—Plus Ads
YouTube TV $40 per month 4/5 Stars PROS Excellent lineup of sports and news channels. Robust and easy-to-use DVR features. Intuitive interface. CONS Ads are unavoidable during live broadcasts. Missing some popular entertainment networks. While s
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Samsung SSD 860 QVO: Fast Storage at a Minimal Price
Samsung SSD 860 QVO $149.00 4/5 Stars PROS Very affordable on a cost-per-gigabyte basis. Comes in 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB capacities. Supports hardware encryption. Excellent reliability ratings. CONS Relatively short warranty. SATA only; no PCI Expres
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Internet Eye Tests: Will You Buy Your Next Pair Of Glasses Online?
You can buy so much online these days, including big-ticket items such as cars and computers. You can peruse real estate sites to find your next home. But would you go online to take an eye test? Companies such as Opternative and Warby Parker offer o
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The Designer On The Go
Every morning at creative o’clock, I take two creative vitamins, wash them down with a glass of creative juice, and listen to my creative playlist to stimulate creative thoughts. If it only were that simple. As PCMag’s graphic designer, my career dep
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How to Put Free Ebooks on Your Amazon Kindle
The Amazon Kindle is a great ebook reader, but it’s tightly tied to Amazon’s ecosystem. If you have a Fire tablet or a smartphone, you can download other e-reading apps to beef up your library, but with the E Ink Kindles (including the new waterproof
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No More Passwords
Passwords are still the main method for protecting online accounts, but new regulations and open standards might mean that we can finally ditch them, said writer Ben Dickson in his column, “Why Passwords Might (Finally) Go Away.” Here’s what readers
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Will We Ever See the Best Snapdragon 855 Features?
Qualcomm told a good story about its new Snapdragon 855 and 8cx chipsets at its Snapdragon Technology Summit in December. The Snapdragon 855 can green-screen any photo after the fact, replacing the background. It sips power. The 8cx is massively fast
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The Future Is What We Make It
Welcome to our first issue of the new year. After all the end-of-the-year stories we see in December, January is a great time to look forward—so we decided to travel about 20 years ahead and predict what might happen in technology by the year 2039.
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Roundup: The Best Kids’ Headphones
By our thirties, if not sooner, the vast majority of us have some form of hearing loss. But kids can hear frequencies older people can’t, mainly because they haven’t been exposed to the loud elements of the world for as long. Aside from quick, intens
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HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3: A Powerful, Petite System
HP EliteBook x360 1030 G3 Starts at $1,449; $2,149 as tested 4.5/5 Stars PROS Wonderfully compact and light. Three screen choices: bright 1080p, privacy-filter 1080p, and 4K. Crisp keyboard. Good array of ports, including two Thunderbolt 3. Marat
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Security Key by Yubico: 2FA That’s Simple and Affordable
Security Key by Yubico $20.00 4/5 Stars PROS Affordable. Supports U2F and FIDO2 protocols used by Google, Twitter, Facebook, and others. Easy to use. Durable. CONS No wireless support. Doesn’t support other 2FA systems. Decades of consumer compu
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Simple Tricks to Help You Remember Insanely Secure Passwords
Everywhere you go online, you run into sites that require passwords. How can you remember them all? You could just use the same password for every site, something like, say, your birthday. But it’s only a matter of time before someone guesses that bi
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Bing Search Highlights How to Pirate Office 2019
Search engines are fighting a constant battle to prevent malicious links from appearing in their search results, but Microsoft seems to have let a rather embarrassing link slip through the net on Bing. Searching for “Office 2019 download” was highlig
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Intel Shows Off New Gen11 Graphics, Teases Xe Discrete GPU
Intel’s Architecture Day 2018 in December wasn’t just a CPU show. The graphics market is poised to be a significant component of Intel’s strategy going forward, and the company’s Gen11 solution looks like it’ll be a potent improvement over Skylake. T
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Does AI Really Speak Our Language?
Thanks to advances in deep learning—the subset of AI that solves problems by finding correlations between data points—computers have become very good at handling tasks that involve the processing and generation of language. Robots that look and soun
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Acer Predator X27: The Ultimate Gaming Panel
Acer Predator X27 $1,799.99 4/5 Stars PROS 4K UHD resolution. Supports HDR content. Very high rated and tested brightness. Excellent contrast ratio for an IPS monitor. Glare-reducing hood. Stylish, ergonomic mount provides height, tilt, and swivel
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Canon EOS R: Its First Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera
Canon EOS R Body only, $2299 3/5 Stars PROS Proven 30MP full-frame sensor. Vari-angle touch LCD. Big, sharp EVF. 8fps continuous capture. Big shooting buffer. Broad lens compatibility via adapter. Unique native lenses. CONS M-Fn bar tricky to use
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Razer’s Terrible New Rewards Program Mines Cryptocurrency on Your PC
The internet can be a dangerous place, and if you’re not careful, you could end up unknowingly running crypto-miner malware. Alternatively, you could voluntarily install crypto-miner malware to earn fake coins and buy a new keyboard. Seriously, that
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Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2018): The Most for Your Money
Amazon Kindle Paperwhite (2018) $129.99 4.5/5 Stars PROS Waterproof. Flat front is easy to clean. Plays audiobooks over Bluetooth. Long battery life. CONS Doesn’t support Immersion Reading. The first upgrade to Amazon’s most popular e-reader in
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Apple MacBook Air (2018): Retina Display and Updated Components
Apple MacBook Air (2018) Starts at $1,199.00 4/5 Stars PROS Retina display offers vivid colors. Very comfortable Force Touch trackpad. Secure boot capability. Two Thunderbolt 3 ports. Excellent battery life. CONS No CPU configuration options. Y-s
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Apple’s New Mac Mini Kills the Entry-Level Mac
Macs are expensive. As if to reinforce this universal maxim, the last remaining bastion of Apple affordability evaporated into the crisp fall air in New York City, as Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled a brand-new Mac mini. The old $499 Mac mini, a tiny de
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Most People Don’t Even Know What 5G Is
Carriers are starting to make a lot of noise about 5G. But do consumers really care?Well—not so much, at least not yet. A new survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers reveals that most people still don’t even know what 5G is. Just 46 percent of the 1,000
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Astronaut Mae Jemison on the ‘Adrenaline Rush’ of Space Travel
Season two of the National Geographic Channel‘s Mars—which is part drama and part documentary—explores what it would take to survive on another planet. The speculative show comes courtesy of producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, who have already gi
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Are You Ready for the California Consumer Privacy Act?
Some of the most well-known technology companies are headquartered in California, which on June 28 passed the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA). The CCPA goes into effect January 1, 2020, and it’s expected to affect businesses throughout
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