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Rage 2 (for PC): Great Action, Mediocre Story
Rage 2 $59.99 3.5/5 Stars PROS Excellent FPS combat. Massive list of abilities to utilize and upgrade. Some beautiful environments. CONS Lifeless open-world environment. Weak story that’s padded with busywork. Some performance issues in testing.
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Bowers & Wilkins Formation Wedge: Beautiful and Pricey
Bowers & Wilkins Formation Wedge $899.99 4/5 Stars PROS Powerful audio output with subwoofer depth and crisp highs. Beautifully designed. Adjustable EQ in app. CONS Insanely expensive. App could be more compelling. Much has changed since Bowers
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Should I Buy a 5G Phone Now or Wait?
The first 5G phones just hit the market in the US. As tech geeks, we’re pretty charged up about the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, the LG V50, and the Moto Z3 and Z4 with their 5G mods. But should you, an average consumer, buy a 5G phone now? No. If you’re
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5 Apps You Need to Go Paperless
Where in your life do you still use paper? Maybe you keep your to-do list in a notebook or have a stack of documents that you need to sign in ink. You can eliminate nearly all the paper in your life when you have these five tools. 1. TO-DO LIST APP
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Cloud Gaming? No, Thanks
Our gaming expert, Jeffrey L. Wilson, is really not into cloud gaming. For that matter, neither are most of our readers.
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Fastest Mobile Networks 2019
All four of the major wireless carriers in the US are constantly flinging claims at you—they’re the fastest, largest, friendliest, best. So ten years ago, we decided to put those claims to the test. Every year since then, with the carriers’ cooperati
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No, 5G Won’t Ruin Your Weather Forecasts
Some battles aren’t worth the cost. As the FCC tries to cobble together valuable airwaves for new 5G wireless networks, it’s gotten into a spat with meteorologists over the airwaves used for storm tracking. As Wired reports, Neil Jacobs, acting chie
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The Best of Computex 2019
The code words of this year’s Computex? Ryzen, X570, PCI Express 4.0, twin-screen, and RGB, RGB, RGB. We can’t recall a more consequential show. Perennial chip underdog AMD came roaring out of the gate with some serious twin-fisted attitude, making
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The Lightest Laptops: Which to Buy?
Charles Lindbergh knew a thing or two about traveling light. When preparing The Spirit of St. Louis for his transatlantic flight in 1927, the pilot jettisoned everything from his parachute and radio to the traditional leather seat. (He used a wicker
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How to Send Large Files Over the Internet
Have you ever tried to email a file to someone, only for your mail service to tell you it’s too big? As frustrating as this might be, it’s a pretty common dilemma. Most email services and software restrict the size of file attachments. For example,
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Todoist: Best To-Do List App
Todoist $36.00 5/5 Stars PROS Cross-platform support. Excellent features, such as natural language input and productivity reports. Efficient interface. Collaboration features. Offline functionality. CONS A few important features not available to
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Phase One IQ4 150MP: Peerless High-End Camera
Phase One IQ4 150MP $51,990.00 4/5 Stars PROS Incredible resolution. Professional body with modular components. Full-size 645 image sensor. Wired and wireless tethered shooting. Leaf shutter lenses. Dual XQD and SD slots. Physical controls and tou
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The Digital Divide Lives On
Pew Research Center’s recent survey of US citizens living in rural, urban, and suburban areas indicates that every one of them is using a lot more tech than they were not long ago—and in the case of broadband, use has increased exponentially since 20
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Online Privacy Is a Right, Not a Luxury
Weeks after pitching this story to my editor, I had the disorienting experience of seeing a near-identical headline in the New York Times penned by none other than Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Great minds think alike, and I believe Pichai is on the righ
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Wacom Intuos Pro Creative Pen Tablet: For Both Pros and Amateurs
Wacom Intuos Pro Creative Pen Tablet $249.95 4/5 Stars PROS Ideal for mobile use (in Small version tested). Highly portable. Good value for its price. Pen stylus with stand and extra nibs included. Supports multi-touch (finger) gestures. CONS Sma
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The Road to Evo Is Paved With Positive Gaming Communities
Evolution Championship Series, the world’s largest fighting game tournament, is now just three months away. The multi-day celebration of all things fighting games (and fighting game adjacent) makes its annual return to Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay in Augu
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10 Years of Fastest Mobile Networks
Back in 2010, PCMag launched its very first Fastest Mobile Networks project. I remember thinking that it was incredibly ambitious: recruiting enough testers to drive through enough of the United States to determine which of the Big Four carriers—AT&T
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The Semiconductor Market: Worst Downturn in a Decade
If all you noticed was the big news that came out of Computex Taipei in May, the PC market seems to be doing great: DRAM prices have fallen, and new 7nm CPUs from AMD and 10nm CPUs from Intel are poised to deliver further gains. But under the hood, t
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Asus ProArt PA34VC Professional Curved Monitor: Bridging Gaming and Creative
Asus ProArt PA34VC Professional Curved Monitor $999.99 4/5 Stars PROS Excellent color accuracy. Software calibration tools. Ultra-wide screen with 100Hz refresh rate, 1900R curvature, and HDR support. CONS Does not cover the full Adobe RGB color
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Going On Vacation? Pack Your Camera
You have dozens of things to think about before you go on vacation (or any other journey away from home). Is a camera on your packing list? If not, maybe it should be.
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Humanitarian Travel: Photo Workshops That Give Back
My first trip with The Giving Lens (TGL) was to Morocco in 2016. I’d never heard of the organization before that, and I hadn’t ever been on a travel-photography workshop when a notice for the trip popped up on my Facebook feed. I immediately knew I w
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How to Stop Blue Light From Disturbing Your Sleep
Here’s the problem: Device screens normally emit blue light that’s fine for daytime use but can disrupt your sleep at night. That’s because blue light stimulates your brain and fools it into thinking it’s daytime, potentially keeping you awake when y
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Roundup: The Best True Wireless Earbuds for Running
You can easily see the allure of completely cable-free earphones for runners—one less thing is in the way. And especially on runs in hot weather, the absence of a neckband can be a blessing. But not all true wireless earbuds are made for running, and
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Invisible Malware Is Here and Your Security Software Can’t Catch It
A new breed of “invisible” malware, is on the march, and if it strikes your servers, there may not be much you can do about it. In fact, you may not even be able to tell that it’s there. In some cases, this kind of malware lives only in memory, meani
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Are You Worried About Smart Home Devices Listening to You?
Smart home devices have a lot of benefits, but many consumers are concerned with one big drawback: an always-on device in your home that could be listening to everything you say. PCMag surveyed 2,075 US consumers about their smart home opinions and
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Backstabbing, Disinformation, and Bad Journalism: The State of the VPN Industry
Among other things, I’m a VPN reviewer for PCMag, and that means I spend a lot of time trying to explain to people that I am not a paid shill or actively working against the safety of others. Why? Because the culture around VPNs and how some of these
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Intel Is Opening 3 Project Athena Labs for Advanced Laptop Testing
Back in January, Intel announced Project Athena as a way of defining the next generation of advanced laptops. Now the chip company is preparing to open the labs required to test and approve components for use in Project Athena-certified laptops. We’
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NordVPN: PCMag’s Top Pick
NordVPN $11.95 per month, other pricing options 5/5 Stars PROS More than 5,200 servers in diverse locations worldwide. Unique, specialized servers. Six simultaneous connections. P2P allowed. Browser apps. Blocks ads, other web threats. Strong cust
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How to Work With Revision History in Google Docs
One advantage of using Google Docs is that it saves your work continually and automatically. Another is that Google keeps a history of all the changes you make to a document. Since you have access to your version history in Google Docs, you can resto
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The Coolest Things From Google I/O 2019
May’s Google I/O is an annual event that gives Android developers a sense of what’s next for the company’s mobile operating system and a peek at the new hardware and services Google is rolling out to unlock its OS’s potential. As a result, the confer
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