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If You Bought An Original Pixel, Google Owes You $20—and Maybe A Lot More
Google’s Pixels may be among the best Android phones you can buy, but they had some problems. Among the notable flaws with the original Pixel was an issue with the microphone not recording when it was supposed to. Now Google is paying out a cool $7 m
PCWorld4 min read
How To Use Paint 3D’s Magic Select Tool To Edit Out Photobombers From Your Photos
Yes, you can “magically” remove people and objects out of photos using Adobe’s expensive Photoshop application. But did you know that a simple version of the same tool is hidden within Windows 10, for free? Let’s introduce you to Paint 3D’s Magic Sel
PCWorld3 min read
Samsung Keeps The High-end Android Tablet Dream Alive With The Galaxy Tab S6
Samsung couldn’t wait until its Unpacked show to unveil all of the new things it’s been working on. Ahead of the big show, Samsung took the wraps off the Galaxy Tab S6, a high-end Android tablet aimed at competing with Apple’s iPad Pro and featuring
PCWorld3 min read
Prevent Amazon, Apple, And Google From Listening To Your Smart Speaker Recordings
Yes, your Amazon Echo and Google Home devices are listening to you, and it turns out that the smart speakers can record what you say and share those recordings with Amazon and Google employees. The reason: so Amazon and Google can analyze the respons
PCWorld2 min read
Nvidia Woos Creators With 10 RTX Studio Laptops, 30-bit Color Support For GeForce GPUs
Creators, start your engines. Nvidia’s kicking off Siggraph, an annual professional graphics conference, with a pair of announcements designed to make life easier for industry diehards and amateur video producers alike. The company revealed 10 new RT
PCWorld1 min read
Google’s Chrome 76 Arrives, Blocking Flash In Its Entirety And Stealthing Incognito Mode
If you update Google Chrome today, you’ll be able to witness a milestone in real time: the next step in the slow death of Flash. Google Chrome 76 takes the process of eliminating Flash a step further: instead of simply blocking Flash objects, Flash s
PCWorld2 min read
No, AMD Didn’t Kill Its Reference Radeon 5700 Cards Barely A Month After Introducing Them
Nothing would say failure more than killing a new graphics card a month after introducing it. So no, Internet, AMD did not kill its reference Radeon 5700 and Radeon 5700 XT after releasing the cards on July 7. Well, not really anyway. This all appear
PCWorld5 min read
Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ Hands-on: A New Model Changes The Game, For Better Or Worse
When I picked up the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, it felt like I was holding the most powerful and beautiful phone on the planet. A 6.3-inch display, near-bezel-less design, triple-camera array, and supercharged S Pen are all crammed into an impossibly co
PCWorld5 min read
What Facebook’s New Government-enforced Privacy Restrictions Mean For You
Facebook’s record $5 billion fine that it will pay to the Federal Trade Commission will do little to stop Facebook from trying to slurp up as much of your data as it can, with two exceptions: facial recognition and telephone numbers. Instead, the Fac
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Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 5700: A Stunning Value Supercharged By Clever Software Tricks
AMD promised that custom Radeon RX 5700 graphics cards would arrive in mid-August, and they are here. The wait was worth it. Sapphire’s kicking things off with its budget-friendly Pulse lineup. Like its predecessors, it offers some nice features and
PCWorld3 min read
Kingston A2000 NVMe SSD: Fast And Cheap, At 10 Cents Per GB
As our headline trumpets, the big news here is a new low in NVMe SSD prices, at 10 cents per gigabyte. The drop comes courtesy of Kingston’s new A2000, which also offers surprisingly good performance the vast majority of the time. The A2000 is a 2280
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Acer Aspire 5 A515-54-51DJ: Slim And Inexpensive, But Middling Quad-core Performance
If you’re looking for an inexpensive quad-core laptop that’s less than three-quarters of an inch thick, the Acer Aspire 5 A515-54-51DJ might fit the bill. This slim laptop packs in more than enough power for everyday computing tasks, and its quad-cor
PCWorld2 min read
Intel’s Gen 11 Graphics Has Improved So Much, We May Have To Stop Making Jokes About It
It looks like we’ll have to stop joking about Intel’s integrated graphics. With the arrival of the 10th-gen Ice Lake CPU, we’re finally seeing impressive graphics performance. Sure, we called out just how much faster it is in our performance preview,
PCWorld3 min read
Logitech Zone Wireless headset
Logitech’s Zone Wireless headset is designed to address a specific situation: open offices. This design trend might be great for collaboration, but it can be a hindrance when you’re just trying to work. Noise and lack of privacy can kill productivity
PCWorld5 min read
CORE i9-9900K VS. RYZEN 9 3900X WHICH SHOULD YOU BUY?
To outsiders, AMD’s triumphant launch of Ryzen 3000 looks like total victory with the only thing left to do is schedule the ticker-tape parade down Broadway. Intel, meanwhile, has to look for an impoverished nation to dump a truckload of 2019 CPU Cha
PCWorld4 min read
5 Ancient Software Programs We Refuse To Give Up
Last week I received an email notice from Microsoft informing me that, as of January 14, 2020, they will no longer support Windows 7, which I still have on one of my desktop computers. Why? Because I have some legacy software that is incompatible wit
PCWorld6 min read
Intel Launches 10th-gen ‘Ice Lake’ Chips, Pushing Hard On Graphics For Notebook PCs
Intel’s eleven new Ice Lake chips are betting big on graphics. Intel claims that its new 10th-gen Core family, launched at the start of August, will offer the best integrated graphics experience of any thin-and-light notebook PC—about equaling what s
PCWorld4 min read
5 Windows Display Tricks To Help You Focus
When you’re trying to focus on a specific task, the right display settings can make a big difference. Dimming or disabling secondary monitors, cutting down on harsh screen lighting, or even eliminating color altogether can help draw your eyes to the
PCWorld2 min read
Warning: Watch Out For Awful Graphics Card ‘Deals’ That Aren’t Worth Your Money
Be wary if you’re browsing hardware deals with an eye toward upgrading your gaming PC. Many of the “sales” we’re seeing on graphics cards and desktops aren’t really deals at all, and if you’re not careful, you could wind up spending much more money t
PCWorld11 min read
How To Buy The Perfect PC Case
Whether you treat your computer as the centerpiece of your home office or just stuff it under your desk, buying the right PC case matters. At a minimum, you want to pick a PC case that’s the right size for your needs and has room for all your hardwar
PCWorld3 min read
DisplayPort 2.0 Launches, Promising 8K Video Support By Late 2020
While U.S. broadcasters are still mired in 1080p, foreign markets are already looking at 8K video—and that’s exactly what the new generation of DisplayPort technology, DisplayPort 2.0, is designed to address. In late 2020, the first products incorpor
PCWorld2 min read
Nokia’s New Beacon 1 Mesh Wi-Fi Router Learns Which Wireless Channels Are The Least Congested
Nokia is doubling down on home networking. Just last year, the former smartphone titan acquired mesh networking startup Unium and bowed its first wireless router, the Beacon 3. Now the company is back with a sleeker, cheaper mesh router that can work
PCWorld5 min read
Valve’s Intriguing ‘Steam Labs’ Experiments Help You Find New Games In A Sea Of Releases
Steam is enormous, and growing more so by the day. And that presents a problem: How the hell do you find anything that isn’t already on your radar? It’s less a needle in a haystack, more a needle in a hayfield—and that’s after Valve tried to solve th
PCWorld15 min read
Ryzen 3000: AMD’s 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X conquers its past
Our review of AMD’s 12-core Ryzen 9 3900X CPU, in five words: Damn, this CPU is fast. But keep reading, because the Ryzen 9 3900X is likely as significant, and likely as game-changing, as AMD’s original K7 Athlon-series of CPUs that crossed the 1GHz
PCWorld13 min read
Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2070 Super: Changing the game, again
Nvidia promised something Super is coming well over a month ago, and it finally delivered. Spoiler alert: The wait was worth it. The $399 GeForce RTX 2060 Super and $499 GeForce RTX 2070 Super pack fresh graphics chips and other improvements that hel
PCWorld18 min read
AMD Radeon RX 5700 and 5700 XT: Blazing new trails
The Radeon RX 5700 and Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics cards represent a fresh start and a bright future for AMD, brimming with technologies that have never been seen in GPUs before. The Radeon RX 5700 series are the first mainstream GPUs built using the
PCWorld11 min read
Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1: A Nearly Perfect Combination Of Power And Battery Life
If you’ve been wondering about whether a long-life Qualcomm Snapdragon PC is for you, Dell would like a word. Dell’s new 14-inch Latitude 7400 2-in-1 achieves a simply incredible 18 hours of battery life using a powerful Intel 8th-gen Whiskey Lake pr
PCWorld3 min read
Addlink S70 NVMe SSD: Killer Performance For A Song
I must admit, I wasn’t expecting all that much from Addlink’s S70 SSD. I’d never heard of the company before, and a 1TB NVMe SSD for the stunningly low price of $120 raises every red flag I know concerning performance. Well, pickle me and call me rid
PCWorld3 min read
PDFelement Pro 7: A full-featured Acrobat Alternative
Wondershare’s PDFelement 6 Pro has been one of our favorite PDF editors, combining essential business features with a simple but sophisticated interface. Version 7 isn’t a major overhaul, thankfully, introducing only a few user interface tweaks for e
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