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Police At The Door
Can we live-stream from your house? THE POLICE IN JACKSON, Mississippi have asked residents to connect their Ring smart doorbells to its Real Time Crime Center as part of a trial. Amazon, keen to create some space, says it is not involved in any way
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The Weird Alt Os World
Haha, fit a graphical OS on a floppy disk, crazy talk, right? It is until you go and look at http://menuetos.net which is a graphical OS that fits on a floppy disk. Like many of these alternative tiny operating systems, it’s entirely written in assem
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Editors’ Picks: Corsair Katar Pro Wireless Mouse
I AM still ever fighting my darn MacBook, trying to find the ultimate mouse to satisfy my clicky needs: Seriously if anyone’s used a 3D touch trackpad on one of these things, you’ll know, if you’re a regular Windows user at the very least, it’s about
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New Consoles, New War
HERE WE GO AGAIN, Sony and Microsoft go head to head with new consoles. Microsoft is historically the underdog, while the PlayStation has an excellent track record. The PS2 dominated the original Xbox, the PS3 eventually outsold the Xbox 360, and the
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Bless Gnu
If all of this sounds super-crazy, back in 1983 Richard Stallman created the GNU Project (GNU is Not Unix), and the first items to be developed were the GNU C compiler GCC (it remains one of the leading compilers today), the EMACS text editor, the GN
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AMD Ryzen 9 5900X
LET’S CUT TO THE CHASE: The performance of the Ryzen 9 5900X and AMD’s latest Zen 3 architecture is good. It’s really good. It pretty much delivers on the promise that AMD laid out at the chip reveal on October 8, and if nothing else that should make
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Western Digital Marketing Woes
Earlier this year customers of Western Digital uncovered that some of its 5,400rpm drives were in fact 7,200 drives, thanks to some investigation using clever acoustic analysis. Yep, the drives were spinning faster than WD had claimed. The company ha
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Installing Arch Linux
BEFORE YOU CAN DO ANYTHING you’ll want to start the ISO downloading for the Arch Linux install image. Head to www.archlinux.org/download and grabone of the torrents, or else scroll down to one of the localized mirrors. Best practice is to run an inte
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AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT
IT SEEMS LIKE every new generation of GPU from AMD is supposed to be the chosen one. Navi, Vega, Polaris, Fiji, Hawaii, Tahiti, Cayman—if those names don’t mean anything to you, they’re the codenames for everything from HD 6000 up through to RX 5000.
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Apple Cuts
If you sell through Apple’s App Store the company takes a 30 percent share, a bone of contention with many developers, notably Epic Games, which got into a fight with Apple over in-game purchases in Fortnite. The game was suspended from the Apple and
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Build A Smart Home Office
CREATIVE INGENUITY and the ability to cram a network stack into the smallest of things have gifted us, over the past few years, some pretty cool home innovations. Legacy (classical?) home dwellers may see little merit in upgrading to a smart home, bu
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Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition
THE GEFORCE RTX 3070 is round three of Nvidia’s Ampere architecture. All of the core features are present, and yet Nvidia dials things back quite a bit from the earlier outings. We weren’t expecting RTX 3090 levels of performance for $500. Still, hav
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The Race to 5nm
MOORE’S LAW MIGHT BE DEAD, or at least seriously slowing down, but progress hasn’t stopped. 2019 saw AMD launch Ryzen 3000 CPUs and Radeon RX 5000 GPUs on TSMC’s then cutting-edge N7 process, and 2020 brought us the Ryzen 5000 and Radeon RX 6000 chip
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A Smart Home Office?
TO THE CYNIC, all this new smartification of everyday items seems to involve putting networked computers in places where they’re not needed, and needing dozens of companion apps on your smartphone to keep tabs on all these smart things—and in so doin
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HP EliteOne 800 G5
ALL-IN-ONE PCS can be a tricksy business. Towers with discrete monitors are generally considered the norm, and any AIO computer draws obvious comparisons to both Apple’s successful iMac range and desktop-replacement Windows laptops. They also have in
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The List
8 LOGITECH G15 2006 Blue backlighting and a built-in LCD panel with macro support? The G15 was ahead of its time, but it does look truly dated. 7 CORSAIR VOID PRO 2017 Our resident staff writer was actually present at the Gamescom launch of this head
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Openhab And Mycroft
THE OPEN HOME AUTOMATION BUS, (openHAB) can connect all the diverse IoT appliances that may or may not be beginning to proliferate around your home. Typically these devices all have their own, often proprietary applications, but under the hood they u
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Philips 279C9
IF YOU’RE IN THE MARKET for a monitor, it’s hard to avoid all the hype. Dubious claims of HDR capabilities, ridiculously high refresh rates—it all seems rather tangential to, you know, getting something worthwhile done on your PC. We love PC gaming,
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Doctor
> CPU Temps > Is Free Software Safe? > Choose Headphones I’ve been using Open Hardware Monitor to control my CPU fan. This was the only app I could find that controlled it. I have an Asus ROG Strix B450-F motherboard, AMD Ryzen 5 3600 overclocked to
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Jitsi Meet
JITSI MEET IS A FREE, open-source video-conferencing program that you can connect to via a browser or smartphone app. You can use it by visiting https://meet. jit.si and choosing a name for your virtual meeting (or accepting one of the amusing ones t
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Be Quiet! Silent Base 802
LOOK AT THAT CASE THERE, crisp, standing pristine in the light, the soft-lit gradient running down the front panel, glinting off the top left of that tempered glass. It’s modest, refined, and simple, at least at first glance. Our photographer’s skill
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Tech Preview 2021
IT FEELS LIKE an old and tired mantra at this point, but it’s fair to say that 2020 was an awful and very challenging year. It’s shown us just how dependent we are on that humble transistor. Life has changed, for better or worse, and the world we onc
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Nextcloud
NEXTCLOUD JUST GETS BETTER—the latest edition of the self-hosted storage and sharing platform sees it transformed into a complete collaboration hub. If you already have a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) or equivalent stack set up on a home server or
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HyperX Cloud Stinger S
HYPERX’S HEADSETS are frequently a good bet, and the new Stinger S addition to its Cloud line is no exception. The Stinger S goes in the opposite direction to the Stinger Core, which was a cheaper alternative to the original Stinger. At $60, the Stin
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The Console Connection
One of the many highlights of the two new games consoles from Microsoft is a new approach to storage and indeed a greater focus on storage performance. Happily, the technologies involved are going to spill over to the PC. Most notable is Microsoft’s
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PORTAINER & DOCKER
WHEN YOU’RE RUNNING a home server or VPS, Docker is pretty great because you can add services without messing (too much) with the underlying system configuration. As we’ve seen with Nextcloud, though, even with just four Docker containers things beco
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SteelSeries Aerox 3 Mouse
STEELSERIES is no stranger to the gaming peripheral scene, but this is its first foray into the ultra-light mouse sector. Ultralight mice have increased in popularity in recent years, and love them or hate them, they don’t seem to be going anywhere a
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Maximum PC
Editor: Zak Storey Staff Writer: Christian Guyton Contributing Writers: Dave Alcock, Jonni Bidwell, Ian Evenden, John Knight, Jeremy Laird, Chris Lloyd, Neil Mohr, Nick Peers, Jarred Walton Copy Editor: James Price Editor Emeritus: Andrew Sanchez Art
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NANO COOLANT AIOs
We’ve spent a lot of time working with Mayhems over the last few months on its XTR coolant. It still continues to impress us as far as coolant goes, but it’s fair to say that it is very niche, especially for the mass market. However, perhaps it might
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How To
STAFF WRITER Windows 10’s support for gamers has been steadily improving over the years. Hit Windows + G to access a suite of handy features, such as capture tools, customizable integrated widgets (including stuff like Spotify or Asus’s ROG Armory Cr
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