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First Look: Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
It’s been mere months since Samsung released the Galaxy Watch Active, but that didn’t stop it from announcing the Galaxy Watch Active 2 ahead of its August 7 Unpacked event. The second-generation smartwatch features a few welcome upgrades in the form
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Should I Use a VPN to Stream Sports?
Few things move people like watching sports does, and when fans can’t watch their favorite teams play, it eats at their souls. A PCMag reader recently wrote to me to ask whether it’s possible to use a VPN service to restore the live sports channels t
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Why AI Is Terrible at Content Moderation
Every day, Facebook’s artificial intelligence algorithms tackle the enormous task of finding and removing millions of posts containing spam, hate speech, nudity, violence, and terrorist propaganda. And though the company has access to some of the wor
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Is Cyber War Inevitable?
Nation-states around the globe are well aware that their foes are one extended power outage, ransomware crisis, or data dump away from chaos.
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How Amazon Makes Its Money
Amazon is unique among big US tech corporations. It’s not just an e-commerce and shopping giant, a cloud provider, a device-maker, or a software-and-services platform—it’s a money-making leviathan with tentacles stretching into new industries and mar
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Dealing With Ransomware
Tackling ransomware can be confusing and, on a city-wide scale, dangerous. Last month. security expert Max Eddy argued that no matter what, you should never pay a ransomware scammer. Some of our readers had other ideas.
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The Ugly Truth About Amazon Beauty
Amazon has never been the most attractive of sites, but lately, it’s been very concerned with beauty. Not the aesthetics of its page design but the business of selling cosmetics and skincare products. On Prime Day 2019, Amazon customers could preord
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No, Video Games Are Not A Factor in Mass Shootings
El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio both saw horrific mass shootings in August, prompting another round of “What’s causing this?” Rather than acknowledge the political motivations of the El Paso shooter or the line of radicalization that led him toward
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The Final Frontier: Why Space Security Is The New Cybersecurity
It’s easier—and cheaper—to get to space than ever before. How do we protect what we put there?
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Anker Soundcore Liberty Air: Strong Audio for the Price
Anker Soundcore Liberty Air $79.99 4/5 Stars EXCELLENT PROS Affordable. Excellent, bass-forward audio. Waterresistant design. CONS So-so battery life. BOTTOM LINE There’s nothing flashy about the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air true wireless earpho
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War and PCs
In yet another “science fiction becomes reality” scenario, we’re rapidly evolving our capabilities to attack one another via cyberspace. This type of battling may be bloodless, but it’s incredibly dangerous—and we’re only just beginning to discover h
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How to Review and Delete Your Alexa History
Amazon’s Alexa is intended to be a helpful digital home assistant: setting timers, telling you the weather, and buying items off Amazon for you, among other things. Recently, however, Bloomberg reported that Amazon has thousands of employees listeni
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How to Delete All Your Google Home Voice Recordings
Smart speakers such as the Amazon Echo, Apple HomePod, and Google Home are growing in popularity, mostly as a means to listen to music. But they do a lot more than that, from answering questions to controlling your smart home. These speakers have mi
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Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition (7590)
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition (7590) $1,499.99 3.5/5 Stars GOOD PROS Sleek aluminum design with nifty pen-holder hinge. Perky performance. Responsive keyboard and pen. CONS Heavy and bulky, like all 15.6-inch convertibles. No Thunde
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Black Hat 2019: The Craziest, Most Terrifying Things We Saw
The Las Vegas sun has set on another Black Hat and the myriad of hacks, attacks, and vulnerabilities it brings. We had high expectations this year and were not disappointed. We were even occasionally surprised. Here are all the great and terrifying t
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Skillshare: On-Demand Learning
Skillshare $15 per month 3.5/5 Stars GOOD PROS Useful for learning hard skills. Wide range of content. Optional assignment and community interaction. Lets anyone design and teach a course. CONS Variable quality in content and production. Puts br
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Roundup: Best Video Doorbells for 2019
One easy way to safeguard yourself from property theft, home invasion, porch pirates, and unwanted solicitors is to identify who is at your doorstep before opening the door. Enter the video doorbell, a first line of defense for homeowners that not on
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Facebook Takes First Steps in Creating Mind-Reading Technology
Still use Facebook even after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Libra, and more privacy and ethics violations than you and your extended family can count on their fingers and toes? Then you should have no ethical concerns over the computer-brain inter
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Lenovo IdeaPad S940: A Gorgeous Ultraportable
Lenovo IdeaPad S940 $1,399.99 4/5 Stars EXCELLENT PROS Beautiful aluminum design. Innovative screen bezels add to its sharp looks. Speakers surprisingly powerful. Comfy keyboard. CONS 4K display upgrade downgrades battery life. Performance a ste
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First Look: Sony a7R IV Packs a 60MP Full-Frame
The Sony a7R III has been our Editors’ Choice pick among its high-resolution full-frame peers since its introduction. Although that model has been on the market less than two years, Sony is refreshing the camera. The successor may have an uninspired
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Protect Your Business During Custom Coding Projects
On July 19, 2019, contract programmer David Tinley pleaded guilty to charges that he intentionally damaged computers belonging to Siemens Corporation. According to filings in the case, Tinley planted logic bombs in the code he was developing for Siem
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FuboTV: Streaming Sports and More
FuboTV $79.99 4/5 Stars EXCELLENT PROS Wide variety of live sports and on-demand entertainment content. Reliable streaming. Good web and mobile apps. Capable DVR functionality. Some 4K content. CONS Expensive. Most live streams limited to 720p.
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How to Quit Gmail and Reclaim Your Privacy
My inspiration for this story came from a friend who emailed me last week. She’d read about online privacy and security and decided to move to “less data-miney” platforms. She was jumping ship from Gmail and had copied her new address. “I obviously s
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Dell Latitude 7200 2-in-1: IT Security, Excellent Quality
Dell Latitude 7200 2-in-1 Starts at $979; $2,119 as tested 4/5 Stars EXCELLENT PROS Automatically extending kickstand. Sturdy keyboard case. Three-year warranty, as configured. Excellent computing performance. CONS Expensive in test configuratio
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10 Must-have Electronics For Your Semester Abroad
Studying abroad is a rite of passage (and tremendous privilege). It’s a chance to explore new places, meet new people, and experience new soul-rending, sleep-killing anxieties; but, if you’re smart, you can nix some pre-and post-departure paranoia by
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Washington Tops List of States With Most UFO Sightings Per Capita
If you’re searching for signs of alien life, head to Washington state. According to a new analysis by SatelliteInternet.com, Washington is the state with the most UFO sightings per capita: For every 100,000 people in Washington, some 78 have reported
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The Best Laptops For Kids
The question of whether (and when) to buy your child a smartphone is fraught with concerns over responsibility, online safety, and much more. The same goes for buying a laptop, with an additional important difference: Some schools require parents to
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The Best Tech for Your Favorite Students
It’s been a long time since I’ve experienced those back-to-school feelings (or had an entire summer free, for that matter!). I remember the excitement and nerves about taking on harder subjects, encountering new teachers and classmates, and shopping
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Intel Demos Ambient PC That Observes You and Adapts to Your Needs
For a long while, you’d rarely find a computer without an Intel CPU. But with the recent rise of GPU-centric processing in blockchain and AI as well as ARM’s dominance in mobile computing, Intel has struggled to keep up. To compete and remain innnova
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Global Chip Sales Took a Dive
“Semiconductor firms have taken a collective beating,” according to our July news story. While that’s not in question, readers differ widely on why it happened.
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