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What Will the Tech Landscape Be Like 50 Years From Now?
Fifty years ago, color TVs were the big thing in tech. Looking ahead to the next fifty years, most people believe that familiar technologies of today, such as smartphones and PCs, will remain popular, according to a study from Intel. The survey of 1,
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THE FASTEST FREE NATIONWIDE Wi-Fi of 2018
We’re on the brink of a 5G world, but people still want their Wi-Fi. And while citywide Wi-Fi may be less common in the US than in some other countries, US businesses are providing. Coffee shops, restaurants, retail and grocery chains, and hotels all
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HP Z2 Mini G4 Workstation Offers Big Performance
HP Z2 Mini G4 Workstation Starts at $799; $2,149 as tested 4/5 Stars PROS Small footprint. Good Xeon multicore computing performance. ISV certifications. Relatively inexpensive for a desktop workstation. CONS Large external power brick. Putting
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Magic Leap Is Not Quite Ready for the Masses
The Magic Leap One is the culmination of years of development and hype from Magic Leap. We have one in the PC Labs, and I’ve been testing it; it’s given me something of a rush. This is remarkable augmented-reality (AR) technology that can do some inc
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Peloton Bike Brings Spin Class to You
Peloton Bike $2245.00 4/5 Stars PROS Lets you take streaming live classes. Large on-demand library of previous classes. Integrates with Fitbit and Strava. Sleek and compact design. CONS Expensive. Requires monthly subscription. Can’t select your
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What’s in Our Wearables Expert’s Gym Bag?
Take it from me: Getting yourself to the gym is tough. But whether you want to lose weight, build muscle, or improve your health, tech can help you reach your goals. As PCMag’s resident wearables expert, my gym bag is packed to the brim with gadgets
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The Best Alternatives to Cable: Video Streaming Services
Streaming services started as add-ons to DVD and digital download offerings with a trickle of second-run movies and TV shows. They were supplements to the programs you watched on their first (and second) runs on cable TV. But speedier internet connec
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The EU And The Internet Go To War
There has been a lot of fuss and consternation over proposed European Union legislation that could, if fully implemented, effectively disable the internet as we know it, according to critics. That’s nonsense, but let’s play along. This began in May
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This App Helps Give Refugees An Education
To bridge educational losses suffered by Syrians displaced by war, a new accelerator looks to technology—and personal connections.
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How Do You Fight Fake News? Start With the Kids
One of the most significant threats to our democracy is so-called “fake news”—intentional disinformation and hoaxes—but this phenomenon is not new. It has been used for centuries to influence people’s thinking during elections, business deals, and mo
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Samsung Mobile Chief Says Foldable Phone Coming This Year
Will 2018 be the year Samsung finally unveils its long-promised foldable smartphone? The company’s mobile chief says yes. In an interview with CNBC, Samsung Mobile CEO DJ Koh said the South Korean tech giant finally plans to unveil a smartphone with
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Going Off The Data-Collection Grid
It’s something you hear about more and more in our digital age: how companies, especially social-media services, are compiling, analyzing, and selling your personal data so they can target you with ads and news (real or “fake”), and manipulate you th
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De-monetize Me: How To Keep Your Data To Yourself
Personal information is the currency on which much of the internet depends. It’s gathered everywhere, often without people’s knowledge, and it effectively pays the bills on many free services and apps we take for granted. Depending on how radical you
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The Coolest Features In The New Apple IPhones
This year’s new iPhones have arrived. The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR build upon the iPhone X, all coming with edge-to-edge displays, Face ID, and a bevy of powerful cameras and processors. The new flagship smartphone line doesn’t featur
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How to Clone a Hard Drive
Plenty of great services can back up your files, but sometimes you need something more bulletproof. Maybe you’re migrating your Windows installation to a new hard drive, or maybe you want a complete one-to-one copy in case anything goes wrong. Your b
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Why You Should Use a VPN Everywhere
I [read your] Commentary, “You’re Not Using a VPN? Bad Idea” . . . While I’ve been a long time reader (I think 30 years now) and miss the deeper technical info that the print version provided, I’m not sure I fully grasp what are you are advising for
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Why I’m Not Choosing the Best VPN for China
PCMag pays attention to what its readers are looking for, whether it’s questions on Twitter, emails to our writers, or even what searches lead people to our site. That’s why I and others work hard testing and rating products to answer your questions
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The Best of IFA 2018
Tech enthusiasts descended on Berlin in late August for the annual IFA trade show, where global brands show off what’s ahead for the world of consumer tech in Europe and beyond. And this year’s show had its share of noteworthy debuts. The Magic 2, f
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How Companies Turn You Into MONEY
A security expert explains how and why companies are collecting our personal data and using it to target ads in this fascinating, well-researched deep dive.
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Samsung Galaxy Watch: A Solid Pick
Samsung Galaxy Watch $329.99 3.5/5 Stars PROS Lasts up to five days on a single charge. Crisp AMOLED screen. Rotating bezel. Accurate heart-rate monitor. Resistant to dust and water. CONS Expensive. 46mm version is chunky. Fitness tracking accura
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Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 Router: Features for Gamers
Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 $379.49 4.5/5 Stars PROS Speedy throughput performance. Lots of gamer-friendly features. Eight LAN ports. Works with Alexa voice commands and IFTTT applets. Slick user interface. CONS Expensive. Huge footprint. Middlin
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How to Make Your Wired Speakers Wireless
So you have a pair of wired speakers that are connected to a stereo receiver you love, or maybe you have a self-powered pair, or a 2.1 system that’s perfect for watching movies. But all of your friends are buying smart speakers they can talk to or at
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What Russian Trolls Are Tweeting About
The 12 Russians indicted earlier this year for meddling in the 2016 US presidential election had day jobs at the Internet Research Agency (IRA), a St. Petersburg-based company and Russia’s most infamous troll factory. Two Clemson University research
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Lensbaby Sol 45: Affordable Art Lens
Lensbaby Sol 45 $199.95 4/5 Stars PROS Sweet-spot Lensbaby effect. Tilt adjusts sharp area of photo. Bokeh Blades add texture to backgrounds. Compact, lightweight design. Compatible with multiple camera systems. CONS Focus ring is a little narrow
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Bitdefender Internet Security: Editors’ Choice Security Suite
Bitdefender Internet Security $47.99 4.5/5 Stars PROS Outstanding scores in independent antivirus lab tests and our web protection tests. Multilayered ransomware protection. Included VPN. Full-featured parental control. File encryption. Webcam sec
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This Is What’s Really Wrong With Facebook
I’m seeing a lot of hysteria over Facebook privacy. It’s nonsense, but the company is obliging and potentially ruining what people like about it. This may be a good time to stop and think things over. First, if people really wanted complete privacy,
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Acer Swift 7 (2018): World’s Thinnest Laptop
Acer Swift 7 (2018) $1,699.99 3.5/5 Stars PROS Thinnest laptop in the land. Attractive all-metal design. Bright, touch-enabled display. 4G LTE support. Good battery life. CONS Pricey. Low-wattage Y-series CPU is slower than the competition. Displ
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Has Slack Really Won the Office Chat War? Hell, No!
Big news in the office chat arena: Atlassian threw in the towel. After scoring big with HipChat and then trying to score even bigger with the more modern Stride, Atlassian couldn’t meet its internally projected numbers with either product, so it sold
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Why Satellite Internet Is The New Space Race
There’s a theory (or perhaps a cautionary tale) among astronomers called the Kessler Syndrome, named for the NASA astrophysicist who proposed it in 1978. In this scenario, an orbiting satellite or some other piece of material accidentally strikes ano
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Calling All DIYers
Here at PCMag, we dedicate a large percentage of our time and resources to (surprise) reviewing PCs: the ones that companies build and sell. But now and again, we love to get our hands on some killer components and put together our own machines, just
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