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  • The best laptops: Premium laptops, budget laptops, 2-in-1s, and more
    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 reports from CES below, and stay tuned for new models […]
  • New 'CacheOut' attack targets Intel processors, with a fix arriving soon
    Researchers have discovered and published information on what they’re calling CacheOut, a vulnerability in most Intel CPUs that allows an attacker to target more specific data, even stored within Intel’s secured SGX enclave.Intel assigned what’s known as the CVE-2020-0549 vulnerability a threat level of “medium,” acknowledging the danger of a targeted attack. The company noted that […]
  • Report: Avast and AVG collect and sell your personal info via their free antivirus programs
    Avast and its subsidiary AVG, caught selling customer data to corporate clients last year, are at it again—this time using its free antivirus programs if you opt in to data collection, a new report said Monday. The joint report by Vice’s Motherboard and PCMag build upon reports by Adblock Plus creator Wladimir Palant, who reported in October, […]
  • Black wallpaper bug from Windows 7's 'final' update will get fixed
    Windows 7 may have gone end-of-life earlier this month, but Microsoft’s preparing a postmortem patch to fix a bug introduced in what was supposed to be the final update.After installing the KB4534310 update on Patch Tuesday, many users complained that their wallpaper turned black. While some forum-goers were quick to grab their torches and pitchforks, […]
  • How to create Excel macros and automate your spreadsheets
    Excel macros are like mini-programs that perform repetitive tasks, saving you a lot of time and typing. For example, it takes Excel less than one-tenth of a second to calculate an entire, massive spreadsheet. It’s the manual operations that slow you down. That’s why you need macros to combine all of these chores into a […]
  • IceGiant says its giant cooler can even tame AMD's giant Threadripper
    CPUs may be getting smaller, but they’re not actually getting any cooler. Between AMD’s 32- and 64-core Threadripper CPUs, and Intel’s Core X chips, modern high-end desktop CPUs are producing more heat than ever dreamed of 10 years ago.To address the heat, most high-end PCs use expensive and complex custom liquid cooling to hit peak […]
  • Roborock S5 Max review: Precision water control sets this robot vacuum/mop hybrid apart
    New mopping options--and powerful suction--make this a complete cleaner.
  • Amazon Echo Studio review: Not quite the best smart speaker, but a fantastic value
    The more-expensive Google Home Max delivers higher fidelity, and Sonos has the better multi-room ecosystem, but Amazon’s best Echo shouldn’t be overlooked.
  • Google decides to 'iterate' on its deceptive favicon search plan
    Google backtracked Friday from its controversial plan to mix “favicons” in with search results, which critics had called a deceptive mix of search results and paid advertising.Last week, Google began putting small favicons (website icons, such as the small power-button icon that appears in the browser tab when you visit PCWorld.com) next to search results […]
  • The Full Nerd ep. 122: AMD's confusing Radeon RX 5600 XT launch
    In this episode of The Full Nerd, Brad Chacos, Alaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray review the confusing launch of the Radeon RX 5600 XT, and all the Nvidia-AMD counterpunching around it.AMD announced the $279 Radeon RX 5600 XT at CES, positioning it against the older, similarly priced GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. But rather than cutting the GTX […]
  • Intel's Ghost Canyon NUC and Compute Element: 10 questions and intriguing facts
    Intel’s Ghost Canyon NUC and its Compute Element card were two of the most intriguing pieces of hardware shown by the company at CES 2020. They may be tiny, but they represent some big changes to small-form-factor PCs. Here are the key questions and facts about this new generation. Gordon Mah Ung The back of the […]
  • The best gaming headsets: Reviews and buying advice
    The next great peripherals war is being waged over your ears. After every company on the planet put out a gaming mouse and then a mechanical keyboard, they turned their attention to headsets. So many headsets.We know you don’t want to scroll through every single headset review when all you want is a simple answer: […]
  • Intel reports record fourth quarter as it ramps up 10nm chips and tamps down supply issues
    Intel reported unexpectedly stellar fourth-quarter results on Thursday, while it continues to chart a path toward increasing wafer supply and transitioning into the first iteration of its 10nm process technology. The numbers were outstanding: Intel reported a record fourth-quarter revenue of $20.2 billion, up 8 percent from a year ago. Intel also posted fourth-quarter profits of […]
  • Sonos changes tack on “legacy” hardware
    Older hardware still won’t get new software features after May, but operating them won’t prevent firmware updates for new hardware.
  • Best password managers: Reviews of the top products
    We are terrible at passwords. We suck at creating them (the top two most popular remain “123456” and “password”), we share them way too freely, and we forget them all the time. Indeed, the very thing that can ensure our online security has become our biggest obstacle to it. This is what makes a good […]
  • Here's what Android running on the dual-screen Surface Duo might look like
    On Wednesday, Microsoft released an emulator showing how Android apps would run on the dual-screen Surface Duo Android phone. We now have a better idea of how it will all work.Microsoft is simultaneously developing apps for the dual-screen Surface Duo Android platform, as well as the Surface Neo, a dual-screen Windows PC that will run […]
  • HP Elite Dragonfly review: The corporate laptop that's too good for your boss
    The HP Elite Dragonfly is a corporate laptop made to please your manager—and isn’t that the best way to get ahead in the working world? With a fingerprint-resistant finish, a beautiful cerulean magnesium body, and shoulder-friendly weight, the Elite Dragonfly is sure to earn you permission to leave 15 minutes early on Friday (thanks, boss!).Just remember, […]
  • Garadget review: Open your garage door with open-source technology
    If you have the patience for delving into user forums if you need help, Garadget is worth a look.
  • Cord-cutting and sports: 5 ways to squeeze out more savings
    Cord-cutting might not save as much money for sports fans, but these tips can help.
  • Microsoft begins bringing in developers to build its dual-screen future, including Windows 10X
    Over the next few weeks, Microsoft will begin asking developers to start building apps for the dual-screen future, including the Surface Duo Android phone and the Surface Neo PC that will run Windows 10X, the company's next-generation operating system.Microsoft said Wednesday that it will begin providing access to a pre-release version of the Windows SDK […]