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Best True Wireless Earbuds: Free Yourself From the Tyranny of Cords
Earbud makers have been busy doing away with wires—a good thing whether or not your phone still has a headset jack. You no longer have to deal with cords if you don’t want to. True wireless earbuds connect to one another and your audio source via Blu
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Why Microsoft’s Groove Music App Is the Forgotten Mp3 Player You Still Need
Windows 10’s Groove Music app may have lost its companion Groove Music Pass service, but it still has a reason to live: so it can take care of your MP3 files. As cloud services turn away from persistent music storage in favor of streaming, you may ne
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Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: One of These Smart Speakers Is Better Than the Other
When one product is better in one aspect, but it’s competitor is stronger in another, the easy answer is to recommend both. You might want a Sony TV in your home theater, for instance, but Anthem’s A/V receiver, Bowers & Wilkins’ speakers, and a subw
PCWorld5 min read
How to Protect Your PC From the Major Meltdown and Spectre CPU Flaws
A pair of nasty CPU flaws recently exposed have serious ramifications for home computer users. Meltdown and Spectre let attackers access protected information in your PC’s kernel memory, potentially revealing sensitive details like passwords, cryptog
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Meltdown and Spectre FAQ: How the Critical CPU Flaws Affect PCs and Macs
Massive security vulnerabilities in modern CPUs are forcing a redesign of the kernel software at the heart of all major operating systems. Since the issues— dubbed Meltdown and Spectre—exist in the CPU hardware itself, Windows, Linux, Android, macOS,
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Rakuten Kobo Aura One Limited Edition: Keeping Up With the Kindles Isn’t Easy
Rakuten Kobo’s latest e-reader, the Kobo Aura One Limited Edition, looks identical to the year-old Kobo Aura One. But with 32GB of storage and a few new software tricks up its sleeve, it’s designed to go blowfor- blow with Amazon’s outstanding 2017 K
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Intel Launches Five Core Chips With Radeon Graphics From Rival AMD
Intel’s startling marriage with AMD’s graphics chips has finally borne fruit, as Intel announced five new Core H-series chips that use two variants of the AMD “Vega M” GPU. The combination of Intel and AMD technology should outperform a last-gen syst
PCWorld5 min read
Graphics Card Prices Are Ludicrous. Here’s How to Keep Gaming in the Coin Mining Era
2017 might have been a standout year for PC enthusiasts, but these early weeks of 2018 are nothing short of a nightmare for PC gamers. Graphics card prices are downright ludicrous, as the cryptocurrency craze skyrockets in lock-step with Bitcoin’s ri
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AMD Reveals Ryzen 2, Threadripper 2, 7NM Navi, and More in CES Blockbuster
AMD dropped a blockbuster at CES, unveiling its plans for a 2nd-gen Threadripper, Zen 2, Zen 3, and its next-nextgeneration 7nm GPUs. The company even broke out a new mobile Vega chip. And that’s not even the company’s full list of upcoming products,
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How to Take a Screenshot on Any Android Phone
E very Android phone is different, and so is taking screenshots with them. Even though Android 4 introduced screenshots for all with the power-and-volume-down-key combo, nailing it can still be tricky. That’s why some phone makers have introduced new
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10 Big CES Reveals That PC Enthusiasts Need to Know About
An ominous Spectre hung over CES 2018’s PC announcements, as the industry grapples with how to protect against devastating CPU exploits that melt down security on damned near every computer on the planet. But put all that aside for now: 2017 was one
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Excel Pivot Tables: How to Create Better Reports
Excel created pivot tables to improve upon its convoluted, weak reporting features (which are still available). The pivot table is actually a collection of tools that Excel uses to help you create better reports from complex, multi-file spreadsheet d
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CES 2018: 8 Awesome Android Announcements You Might Have Missed
CES may be all about consumer electronics, but sadly that doesn’t really include phones. Most companies hold off until the spring to unveil their newest handsets, and there hasn’t been a big Android splash at CES since Google unveiled the Nexus One b
PCWorld3 min read
Creative’s Super X-Fi Headphone Audio Holography Demo Blew My Mind
Creative had the demo to beat at this year’s CES. The company showed an early prototype of a product it calls Super X-Fi Headphone Audio. And it blew my mind. Done right, object-based audio such as Dolby Atmos can be the next best thing to being at a
PCWorld3 min read
Five New Features in Windows 10 Insider Build 17074 Include Quiet Hours, Edge Autofilling
Microsoft fittingly released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17074 in the late hours of a recent Thursday afternoon. The new build adds improvements to Quiet Hours, which will automatically dial down notifications, as well as a host of other improve
PCWorld9 min read
The New PC Games We’re Excited for in 2018
Say what you will about 2017, it was one hell of a year for video games. PCWorld’s annual Game of the Year awards and the accompanying list of the best PC games you might have missed were packed to the rafters this time, and there were even more supe
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Here’s How Much the Meltdown and Spectre Fix Hurt My Surface Book Performance
As a performance junkie, I’m less concerned about the security risks of the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities (see page 115)—after all, there are no known exploits in use today—than I am about a performance hit from the fixes. And from what I’m se
PCWorld7 min read
HP Spectre X360 13T (late 2017): An 8th-Gen CPU Leads a Raft of Upgrades
HP’s Spectre x360 proves that HP doesn’t like to sit still. While some companies show up to the dance in the same outfit over and over again (looking at you, MacBook Air 13 and Dell XPS 13), HP has revamped its premium 2-in-1 over and over again—no f
PCWorld9 min read
Lenovo Ideapad Miix 520: A Superb Windows Tablet With Subpar Battery Life
The Lenovo Ideapad Miix 520 aspires to compete with Microsoft’s Surface Pro, and it checks nearly all of the boxes: excellent performance; a bright, highresolution display; and a comfortable typing experience. Only in battery life does it fall well s
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ESET Internet Security: A Highly Rated Security Suite With an Eye on the Connected Home
Slovakia-based ESET is a security company that wants to do it all. Its Internet Security suite aims to monitor and destroy malware through its entire life cycle (before and after execution), the company has AV suites for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and
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How to Build a Raspberry Pi Retrogaming Emulation Console
For the past 20 years, retrogaming enthusiasts have dreamed of building a “universal game console” capable of playing games from dozens of different systems. Their ideal was inexpensive, easy to control with a gamepad, and capable of hooking into a T
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Qualcomm Invades Intel’s Turf With Snapdragon PCs That Push Battery Life Over Performance
Look out: Qualcomm is invading Intel’s turf, announcing Windows PCs that use the same Snapdragon chips as your phone, with battery life that can last well into a second day of use. At its recent Snapdragon Technology Forum, Qualcomm showed off its Sn
PCWorld4 min read
Five Hidden Features of Android 8.0 Oreo You Should Be Using
Google is pushing Android 8.0 Oreo to Nexus and Pixel devices as device makers scramble to get their phones updated. Google’s devices will be the only ones running the new software, at least for a while. What’s this Oreo update all about, anyway? Eve
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Windows 10’s Future Look Could Be Sets, a Tabbed App Interface Microsoft Will Start Testing
Microsoft said recently that it plans to overhaul Windows 10 with a browser-like, tabbed application view dubbed “Sets” that groups apps and files by project. The changes will roll out over a period of months, if not years—but an upstart competitor a
PCWorld4 min read
Excel Functions: 6 Ways to Use Text Functions to Manage Data
Excel’s Text functions are a major time-saver if your job entails managing massive data, especially data that’s imported from other sources. Fortunately, all ASCII data is easily imported, but the format of that imported data can vary drastically fro
PCWorld7 min read
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 Will Bring Speed, Security and Smarts to High-End Phones
In early December, Qualcomm revealed its first concrete details of the Snapdragon 845, the next-generation mobile chip that stands a good chance of being in your next smartphone. The 845 will ship in early 2018, and appear in phones sometime after th
PCWorld10 min read
How to Fix Your Wi-Fi Network
Wi-Fi is everywhere and built into everything. It’s like oxygen for Internet access, media streaming, gaming, and all types of networking. And it should just work all the time—right? If you’ve had an average experience with Wi-Fi on mobile devices, l
PCWorld2 min read
Titan V Revealed: Nvidia’s Monstrous Volta GPU Finally Comes to PCs
Nvidia’s cutting-edge Volta GPU architecture has finally come to desktops. Recently, Nvidia launched the monstrous, golden Titan V, a $3,000 graphics card with 12GB of HBM2 memory and over a thousand more CUDA cores than the game-slaying Titan Xp. Bu
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Google’s New Data-Tracking App Could Save Money on Your Mobile Bill
Google’s newest Android app might be its most useful of all. It’s called Datally, and it has one function: to stop apps from gobbling up your precious gigabytes of data. The simple, intuitive app is designed to help you get a handle on your mobile da
PCWorld2 min read
HDMI 2.1 Released: 10K Resolution, Dynamic HDR, and FreeSync-Like Game Smoothing
The next generation of HDMI is here, and it holds some major benefits for PC gamers and media buffs alike. The HDMI 2.1 standard, released recently by the HDMI Forum after being announced at CES 2017, supports higher resolutions, new HDR features, an
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