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Best VPN services: Reviews and buying advice
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 12:04:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Choosing the right virtual private network (VPN) service is no simple task. A VPN should keep your internet usage private and secure, but not every service handles your data in the same way. Just look at the critiques of notable computer security experts and online pundits to understand the challenge.Even supposed experts in the field can turn out to be frauds, as was recently reported about site The site’s creator appears to not actually be a cypber-security expert, as he once claimed, but might not actually be a real person, casting serious doubt on any of the site’s VPN reviews and research.To read this article in full, please click here
Microsoft tasks its Defender antimalware with securing corporate Android and iOS phones
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 10:33:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
While malware writers have attacked PCs because of their popularity and large attack surfaces, Android and iOS phones aren’t immune—and Microsoft, recognizing this, plans to offer Microsoft Defender for both platforms.Though Microsoft apparently plans to release more details at the RSA Security conference next week, company executives revealed their plans to CNBC last week in an interview published today. Microsoft also announced Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection for Linux on Thursday, in a public preview announced via a blog post.To read this article in full, please click here
How to use (and steady) 100X Space Zoom on Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 08:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
You don't need to look too far to see the Galaxy S20 Ultra's most incredible new feature. It's literally printed on the back: 100X Space Zoom.If you've decided to buy one for $1,400, you already know the drill. The Galaxy S20 Ultra can zoom up to 100 times (digitally, obviously) what you're seeing, which is 20 times further than the iPhone 11 Pro and more than twice as much as the S20+. It's quite a claim, so naturally, it's the first thing I wanted to try.Using it is as easy as using the zoom feature on any other phone: Just pinch out. If you do it quickly enough, you'll get to 100X in about a half-second. Controlling it at that distance isn't so easy, so you'll want to pinch slowly to keep your target in range.Keeping your eye on the mini viewfinder helps immensely, but it's still tricky to keep something so far away centered in the window.To read this article in full, please click here
Apple might finally let you pick Chrome over Safari in iOS 14
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 07:27:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
A new report from Bloomberg suggests that Apple may allow users to use third-party apps as defaults on iOS devices.
(Updated) Asus blames AMD guidelines for high ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700 temperatures
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 06:07:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
The Asus ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700 XT is one of the most premium custom RX 5700 XT models around, pairing a top-end PCB with the company’s beastly bespoke cooler and a hefty overclock. But it’s been plagued by a worrisome issue: overheating. Numerous buyers have reported that the card runs hot, and after BIOS updates failed to fix the concern, Asus is now blaming AMD’s design guidelines for the issue. Fortunately, though, there’s (finally) a fix. Update: Six days after it published its findings and pointed the finger at AMD, Asus has quietly updated its post, tweaking the verbiage in some crucial ways. We’ve weaved the changes into the article below, with additional context as needed. It also deleted the PSI range graph originally published in the post. You can still see it in our coverage below.To read this article in full, please click here
Galaxy S20: 10 tips and tidbits you need to know about Samsung's new flagships
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 05:17:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Samsung's new series of S20 phones go up for preorder this week, and if you plan on buying one, you already know all about the giant screens, eye-popping cameras, and gorgeous design. But with preorders set to begin tomorrow, there are a few features deep down on the list that you might not have noticed:The S20 doesn't support mmWave 5G yet Samsung is touting all of its S20 phones as 5G capable, and that’s true, with one exception. The smallest model only supports the sub-6GHz spectrum while the S20+ and S20 Ultra can switch between sub-6GHz and mmWave. That might not be an issue for T-Mobile subscribers, but Verizon buyers will basically have a 4G phone, as the carrier hasn’t yet switched on its sub-6 GHz network. Verizon says a mmWave version of the S20 will be launching in the second quarter, but we don’t know whether it will carry a higher price tag.To read this article in full, please click here
Zvox AV50 wireless noise-cancelling headphone review: There's a lot to like about this headphone
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
The sound quality is rich and clear, and the active noise cancelling is quite effective, although the vocal enhancer is very subtle.
OVPN 2020 review: An excellent VPN with a focus on privacy
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
OVPN in brief: P2P allowed: Yes Business location: Stockholm, Sweden Number of servers: 83 Number of country locations: 14 Cost: $84 per year VPN protocol: OpenVPN Data encryption: AES-256-GCM (OpenVPN 2.4 and up) Data authentication: DHE using RSA with 4096-bit key Handshake: TLSv1.3 The first time we reviewed OVPN, it was a bit disappointing. The service got so many things right but performance just wasn’t up to snuff. More than a year and a half later we can report that OVPN is vastly improved.To read this article in full, please click here
Best headphones: Our top picks for personal listening
Thu, 20 Feb 2020 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Whether you're looking for an over-the-ear, on-ear, or in-ear model, we'll help you find the perfect pair.
The best graphics cards for PC gaming
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 11:56:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
“What graphics card within my budget gives me the best bang for my buck?”That simple question cuts to the core of what people hunting for a new graphics card look for: the most oomph they can afford. Sure, the technological leaps behind each new GPU can be interesting on their own, but most everyone just wants to crank up the detail settings on Battlefield and get right to playing. Gaming GPU cheat sheet Our quick-hit recommendations: Best budget GPU: GeForce GTX 1650 Super [] Best 1080p GPU: GeForce GTX 1660 Super [] Best 1440p GPU: Radeon RX 5700 [] Best 4K/60Hz GPU: GeForce RTX 2080 Super [] Best 4K/144Hz GPU: GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders EditionRemove non-product link [] Updated February 19, 2020 to update the news section with the latest graphics card information.To read this article in full, please click here
This insightful Intel video explains how CPUs are made, in words you can actually understand
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 11:29:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Yes, computer processors work. But have you ever wondered how they work? Today, Intel published a fascinating animated video outlining “key concepts and their roles in chip manufacturing.” The chatty “Chip” spokesprocessor that walks you through the video brings up memories of the cringeworthy Clippy introduced by Microsoft in Office 97 (and killed in 2014), nevertheless, it’s well worth spending five minutes to watch it if you’ve ever been interested in how the brain of your computer comes to life.To read this article in full, please click here
Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 screens are cracking, some users say
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 11:10:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
An unknown number of Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 notebooks have developed cracks in their screens that the owners say spontaneously occurred.A collection of links compiled to enthusiast Barb Bowman point to complaints across social media and other online forums, including Microsoft’s own support sites. In it, users report cracks spontaneously appearing, although Microsoft representatives were initially skeptical. In her post Bowman adds, “it appears that these devices are all the non Alcantara variety and are Aluminum only.” A quick scan of the posts she references, however, suggests that at least one or two might be different models. To read this article in full, please click here
First Alert Onelink Safe & Sound review: Alexa in a smoke detector? It's an inspired, if expensive, idea
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 09:19:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Here's a clever way to get a smart speaker into every room without cluttering up every room with a smart speaker.
The Full Nerd ep. 126: Nvidia's unbuyable Cyberpunk GPU, Asus blames AMD, why eGPU?
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 08:50:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
In this episode of The Full Nerd, Brad Chacos, Alaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray dive deep into the latest graphics cards news.First, we dig into Nvidia’s just-revealed Cyberpunk 2077­-themed GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, which you can win, but can’t buy. Under 200 of this ultra-rare graphics card were produced in total. Then we dig into AMD’s rough week for Navi. It started with several reports about lingering Radeon Software bugs and ended with Asus saying its ROG Strix RX 5700 suffers from higher temperatures because it followed AMD design guidelines. (Curiously, no other custom graphics cards were affected.) Finally, Adam’s on the hunt for a solid external graphics card setup for his new apartment, which sparks a fun conversation about eGPUs in general.To read this article in full, please click here
Hands on: Microsoft's Office app for Android is tuned for the smartphone generation
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 08:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Microsoft’s mobile version of Office for Android and iOS is distinctly unlike the company’s Office app for Windows 10. While the latter seems little more than a gateway to your recently-used documents, our hands-on time with the mobile app shows an intelligent use of the smartphone’s capabilities. Its roadmap of upcoming features is even more promising.Microsoft’s Office app was announced last November at its Ignite conference, and has lived in public preview since then. Google accidentally published the Office app early over the President’s Day holiday. It’s now live for both Android and iOS.To read this article in full, please click here
We build a capable $300 gaming PC. Believe it!
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 07:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
The glamour in PC gaming surrounds headliners like AMD’s 3950X, Intel’s 9900K, and Nvidia’s RTX 2080 Ti, but many people live on the opposite end of the spectrum when it comes to their budgets. So if you don’t have much to spend on a PC, AMD’s $50 Athlon 3000G can be just as exciting. The 2-core, 4-thread 3000G APU launched in mid November 2019 and comes with Vega 3 graphics—so when paired with a budget motherboard, RAM, and storage, you can roll a modest gaming PC for just $300. (It’s possible to do it for even less, if you really need to cut your budget closer to the bone.) And now that GeForce Now has launched, you can combine the game streaming service with a low-end PC to play today’s biggest games (a few of them with ray-tracing!), something that previously required the highest-end hardware. To read this article in full, please click here
HP Envy 13 review: A slim, light, and inexpensive workhorse with discrete graphics
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 03:30:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
There’s a lot to like about the HP Envy 13, starting with its super-slim design, its bright 4K display, its comfy keypad and impressive quad-core performance. The Envy 13 also manages to pack in a discrete GPU and respectable battery life, all for a very reasonable price tag. That said, we did encounter some issues with the laptop's overly sensitive trackpad (which HP says it's investigating), resulting in a jittery cursor that regularly jumped around the screen and even highlighted and deleted our words by accident.Configuration For as little as $750 with discounts, you can snap up an HP Envy 13 with a 13-inch full-HD display, an 8th-generation Intel Core i7-8565U processor, 8GB of RAM, and an integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620 core. On the other end of the spectrum is a 13-inch HP Envy with a 4K display, a 1TB SSD, a 10th-gen Intel Core i7-10510U CPU, 8GB of RAM, and a discrete Nvidia GeForce MX250 graphics card, all for a discounted $1,350 sticker price. You can explore all these configurations directly on HP's Envy 13 shopping page.To read this article in full, please click here
The best free antivirus for 2020: Keep your PC safe without spending a dime
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 03:02:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
We spend a lot of time looking at the best paid antivirus suites on this site, but we don’t spend a lot of time talking about free antivirus solutions. Part of the reason is that the free versions are based on their paid counterparts.If you see a paid version you like that offers a free version, you can safely assume the antivirus protection level is similar, save for any specific malware types the free version doesn’t cover.To create this list of the top free AV programs we looked at the top mainstream antivirus suites for Windows 10  and selected the ones that offer a free version, as not all of them do. After that, we looked at how well these suites performed in third-party detection tests. We also made sure they weren’t resource hogs, because the last thing you want is a piece of free software slowing down your PC while running in the background.To read this article in full, please click here
Populife Smart Deadbolt review: Ultra-cheap and attractive, but lacking in the operations department
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Steer clear of this bare-bones smart lock.
The best smart lock for a keyless home
Wed, 19 Feb 2020 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Keys are yesterday’s tech, your smart home needs a smart door lock.
The best laptops: Premium laptops, budget laptops, 2-in-1s, and more
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 17:12:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
2020 looks like it’s going to be a great year for laptops. We have AMD and Intel battling it out on the CPU front, new mobile discrete GPUs enabling thinner, lighter, and faster gaming laptops, and battery life that won’t quit. Check out the latest reviews below. Latest laptop news and reviews Our latest reviews show a mix of gaming and consumer machines from Acer, HP and..Motile?! Keep reading:  The Motile M142 14-inch notebook PC may be the best budget laptop you’ve never heard of, because it’s Walmart’s house brand. It cuts some corners—battery life is mediocre, and the screen is somewhat dim. Given the price ($399 at, however, it’s a laptop we wouldn’t mind recommending to friends and family with tight budgets. Read our full review. The HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop is an affordable gaming laptop ($1,250 at that’s nearly as sturdy and refined as its higher-end Omen cousins with a couple of exceptions, most notably the dim display. Read our full review. Jared Newman / IDG Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 2 has GTX 1650 graphics and a 4K screen, a lot of power packed into a business suit.  To read this article in full, please click here
Watch The Full Nerd talk about GPU news live!
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 10:51:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. Today's show covers the announcement of the special GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Cyberpunk 2077 Edition, the problems with Asus RX 5700 thermals, and a search for the best eGPU. As always we will be answering your live questions so speak up in the chat. If YouTube is not your thing you can also watch us on Twitch, Facebook, and Twitter.To read this article in full, please click here
You can't buy Nvidia's ultra-rare GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Cyberpunk 2077 Edition, but you can win it
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 07:48:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Nvidia’s back with another drop-dead gorgeous themed graphics card, but unlike the Star Wars Titan Xp Collector’s Edition, the new one won’t cost an arm and a leg. That’s because you can’t even buy the ultra-rare GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Cyberpunk 2077 Edition.Instead, you’ll need to share a specific Nvidia GeForce tweet, then reply to the original post with the name of an online buddy who would like one of the graphics cards, using the hashtag #RTXOn. If you win, both you and the person you tagged will receive one. Nvidia tells me that fewer than 200 units were produced, and 77 of those are part of this giveaway—a weird number if the company’s giving these away in pairs, but whatever.To read this article in full, please click here
Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon X60 5G modem has an audience of one: Apple
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 07:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Qualcomm has unveiled the next generation of its 5G modem, the X60, and it's a thinly veiled bid to lock up the iPhone.
Ring beefs up its security with mandatory 2FA, suspends third-party trackers in mobile app
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 06:58:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Ring flips on mandatory two-factor authentication in an effort to clean up its image.
How to create and customize tables in Microsoft Word
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 03:30:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
Creating tables in Microsoft Word used to be so annoying that most people just did it in Excel, then imported it into Word. It's worth giving Word 2013's table tools a try, though, because the process is easier, and there are some new graphical options.Seven ways to create tables Microsoft now provides five different methods for creating tables: the Graphic Grid, Insert Table, Draw Table, insert a new or existing Excel Spreadsheet table, and Quick Tables, plus an option for converting existing text into a table. To start, open a blank Word document from the Home/New page. Position your cursor in the document where you want the table inserted.To read this article in full, please click here
MSI Prestige 14 review: Workhorse power in a thin-and-light shell
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
All laptops are a compromise in design and MSI’s Prestige 14 is no different. Even so, there’s a lot to love about what is likely the most powerful laptop in its class.We’re not exaggerating. The Prestige 14 packs a 6-core Comet Lake Core i7-10710U along with a GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q discrete GPU, all while weighing 2.8 pounds. That’s basically the same weight as a Dell XPS 13 7390 or HP Spectre x360 13, which don’t have discrete GPUs. MSI does all this while also including a 4K screen and a reasonably sized 52-watt-hour battery.To read this article in full, please click here
Anker Nebula Soundbar—Fire TV Edition review: Great Fire TV and Alexa functionality, but so-so sound
Tue, 18 Feb 2020 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
This 2.1-channel soundbar comes with Fire TV and Alexa onboard, but we weren’t impressed by its mediocre audio.
Use your TV as a computer monitor: Everything you need to know
Mon, 17 Feb 2020 06:01:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
You’re not the first person who’s wondered what it would be like to have a giant desktop monitor. Think of all the multi-tasking and immersive gaming you could manage if you had a 50- or 60-inch monitor instead of a standard 24-inch monitor! But you’ve probably noticed that as monitors get bigger, they also tend to get prohibitively expensive.You’ve probably already got a big screen in your house, though—a TV. At the end of the day, isn’t an HDTV just a giant, living-room-oriented computer monitor?Not exactly. While you can use a TV as a computer monitor in most cases, that doesn’t mean it’s the best option. In fact, it’s likely less attractive, convenient, and usable than you think (not to mention, probably not that cheap). There’s a reason dirt-cheap 32-inch HDTVs aren’t flying off the shelves to be used as budget-friendly jumbo screens.To read this article in full, please click here
Maximus Answer DualCam Video Doorbell review: That second camera is for keeping an eye on parcels
Mon, 17 Feb 2020 03:00:00 -0800
Source: PCWorld
This is a good video doorbell, but you’ll need a subscription to get the most value from it.
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