PC Magazine12 min cititeComputers
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Edition (2021): Portable, Powerful, and Slick
The Razer Blade 15, a perennial favorite among gaming laptops for its premium metal chassis and slick, slim design, has reached new heights this year. The 2021 Blade 15 Advanced Edition (starts at $2,499; $2,899 as tested) now carries Nvidia’s GeForc
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PBS Video: Substantial Free Streaming
PBS’s video streaming service does what the channel does best: It reflects the culture and history of our country and the wider world. The free service provides access to thousands of hours’ worth of on-demand programming from flagship PBS series, su
PC Magazine3 min cititeSecurity
Database Reveals Over 200K People Involved in Posting Fake Reviews on Amazon
Can you trust product reviews for third-party vendors on Amazon? The discovery of an open database on Amazon’s servers reveals you can’t, and it poses a big problem for the company. The cybersecurity experts at SafetyDetectives recently discovered an
PC Magazine2 min cititeInternet & Web
Don’t Try to Pirate Movies on SpaceX’s Starlink
If you try to openly pirate movies on SpaceX’s satellite internet service Starlink, be prepared to receive a warning from the company demanding that you stop. One Starlink subscriber was curious whether SpaceX enforces its policy against downloading
PC Magazine3 min cititeComputers
Intel, Are You Listening?
Intel must replicate what Apple has done. The Apple M1 is the first ARM-based system on a chip designed by Apple Inc. as a central processing unit for its line of Macintosh computers. It was inspired by their ARM A14 chip. It is deployed in the MacBo
PC Magazine12 min cititeTechnology & Engineering
Silicon, USA: Technology Made in America
“Designed by Apple in California.” The tag is in every iPhone box, asserting the primacy of thousands of minds in Cupertino feverishly inventing the latest technology. But once they come up with the plans for an AirTag or an iMac, those get shipped o
PC Magazine15 min cititeAutomotive
Silicon, USA: The Companies That Build Technology in America
Factory location: Austin, TX Products produced in US: microprocessors Samsung opened operations in Austin in 1997, and it now has several factories in its Austin complex. It employs about 10,000 people total, according to the Austin American-Statesma
PC Magazine6 min cititeComputers
iStorage DiskAshur M2: A Wealth of Security Features
The DiskAshur M2 from iStorage excels at the primary mission of any security-focused SSD: making sure that no unauthorized person can ever get their hands on your data. It succeeds thanks to hardware encryption, PIN authentication, and what is, in ef
PC Magazine5 min cititeComputers
Apple AirTags: Everything You Need to Know
Apple’s latest smart device is the AirTag, a small, puck-shaped tracker that can help you locate misplaced or stolen items with the Find My app. AirTags costs $29 for one or $99 for a pack of four and can be engraved with letters or an image of your
PC Magazine6 min cititeComputers
Tips to Help You Master Google Meet
Video-calling apps have seen plenty of use since the COVID-19 pandemic began, as so many of us are spending more time at home. To keep up with demand, Google gave every Google account holder access to Google Meet for their video calls. So Meet isn’t
PC Magazine2 min cititeTechnology & Engineering
5G Conspiracy Theorists Are Embracing New Wireless Technology Called… 5G
We’ve all seen crazy conspiracy theories on the internet. And in the last couple of years, baseless conspiracy theories about 5G technology have skyrocketed, despite there being so many other worthwhile topics to be paranoid about. (I mean…have you h
PC Magazine4 min cititeComputers
How to Check Your Hard Drive’s Health
Your hard drive hasn’t been acting the same lately. It’s starting to make clicking or screeching noises, it can’t seem to find your files, and it’s moving really slowly. Every hard drive dies eventually, and when it’s near death, you’ll see the signs
PC Magazine3 min cititeTelecommunications
Simple Phones: Still Great After All These Years
I’ve been steeping myself in simple voice phones, which feels like getting back to my roots. Back when I first joined PCMag in 2004, reviewing bar phones and flip phones was a big part of my job. Now, they’re just a sideshow in a smartphone-dominated
PC Magazine10 min cititeTechnology & Engineering
Shark IQ Robot Self-Empty XL R101AE: True Hands-Free Robot Vacuum
The point of using a robot vacuum is to cut down on your housework, but most of these devices need to be emptied and cleaned often, adding at least one more chore to your list. A lower-maintenance option, the Shark IQ Robot Self-Empty XL R101AE works
PC Magazine2 min cititeComputers
Home-Grown Technology
When you shop, do you try to find products that are made in the US? A lot of us do, for multiple reasons. We believe in the quality of American-made goods, we want to support American companies, and we want to keep jobs here in the US as well as crea
PC Magazine4 min cititeComputers
Razer Orochi V2 Wireless Gaming Mouse: Game on the Go
Pocket mice are typically associated with productivity, given their portable, lightweight designs that let you work in an airport, coffee shop, or office. The Razer Orochi V2 offers that same capability, but for gaming. It’s a small, wireless mouse,
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Pokemon Games Never Change: For True Evolution, Play the Spin-Offs
For a franchise all about monsters who evolve into superior forms, Pokemon is pretty stagnant. While Nintendo is very conservative when it comes to updating its beloved games, it also recognizes when it’s time to do something cool and experimental, l
PC Magazine8 min cititeComputers
Apple AirTag: Great for iPhone Users
You’ll never lose your keys in the couch cushions again. Apple’s AirTag leverages tight iOS integration and the world’s huge network of iOS devices to create Bluetooth trackers that are uncommonly easy to set up, use, and locate—especially compared w
PC Magazine7 min cititeComputers
MSI Cubi 5 10M: Peppy, Quiet Mini PC
Call it a tale of two mini PCs. In many ways, the MSI Cubi 5 10M is the opposite of the Lenovo IdeaCentre Mini 5i we tested just before it. The Lenovo offers an attractive design complete with fabric top panel; the Cubi 5 looks like an OEM part that
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PC Magazine9 min cititeInternet & Web
Mural: Collaborative Whiteboard-Style Brainstorming
Mural is a collaboration app for team brainstorming and mind-mapping. You use it to make virtual canvases and whiteboards where a team of people can draw, add notes, pin images and files, and otherwise interact with one another in real time. We like
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Apple iMessage Is a Lock-In Abomination
I’m a victim of Apple’s proprietary lock-in strategy. Yes, Apple makes fabulous phones with top specs and features, and most of my contacts use iPhones. This means I get all the benefits of iMessage—Memoji, great new group chat features, and the ease
PC Magazine9 min cititeComputers
Welcome to the Virtual Humans Factory
Medical trials are risky business. Human subjects eager to help researchers find cures or treatments for life-threatening ailments put their trust in medical professionals. But what if these trials could be conducted without human testers? Biotech co
PC Magazine3 min cititeTechnology & Engineering
LG to Close Mobile Phone Business
LG announced that it will close its mobile phone business, still the number-three player by sales in the US. The company will sell down its existing inventory of phones, including the LG Stylo 6, LG Wing, and LG Velvet, while continuing to provide su
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Digital Detox Tips
Hopefully, you’re now a little less stressed about your tech dependencies—especially since there’s a light at the end of the COVID-19 tunnel. If you’d still like to put some distance between yourself and your screens, read on for some tips. Set groun
PC Magazine11 min cititeSecurity
Malwarebytes Premium: A Definite Contender
The earliest antivirus products specifically protected against computer viruses, programs that spread by injecting their code into other programs. Those early viruses were predictable and easily detected using simple techniques. Today, though, we’re
PC Magazine10 min cititeComputers
Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen): Now With Sleep Tracking
The original Nest Hub was a perfectly capable smart display, but as Google’s only model, it felt a bit lacking compared with Amazon’s Alexa-powered lineup. The second-generation Nest Hub improves on its predecessor with a feature you won’t find on an
PC Magazine12 min cititePopular Culture & Media Studies
Digital Detox 2021
Imagine a global pandemic before video calls, messaging apps, collaboration software, cloud storage, and remote access to servers. Or without online shopping, telemedicine, social media, and video streaming. Undoubtedly, technology has made the COVID
PC Magazine7 min cititeComputers
Vsime: Great Assets on Offer, But Pricey
Businesses, especially small ones, know how difficult it is to create the marketing and presentation materials they need to be successful. Investor slide decks, social media posts, online advertising, and logos all take time and skill to make. Visme
PC Magazine3 min cititeTechnology & Engineering
Hands On With the OnePlus Watch: Lots of Promise for Just $159
I’ll admit, I was pretty skeptical before unboxing the first smartwatch from OnePlus, aptly named the OnePlus Watch. At $159, it’s less than half the price of our Editors’ Choice winner, the Apple Watch Series 6 (which starts at $399). And while it d
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