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Feb 21, 2024

MSI Raider GE78 review: Big, bold, and powerful

Price When Reviewed$3,799.99

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Feb 21, 2024

Upgrade to Windows 11 Pro and Microsoft Office Pro 2021 for $80 this week only

This bundle includes lifetime licenses to both Windows 11 Pro and Microsoft Office Pro 2021. Not only will you be able to upgrade to the newest Windows operating system that has been updated with productivity and security features for the hybrid working world, but you'll also get the leading office software. That includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams, OneNote, Publisher, and Access — everything you need to work through practically any project.

Upgrade to both Windows 11 Pro and Microsoft Office Pro 2021 for a single price. Now through February 25, you can get both for just $79.97 (reg. $418).



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Feb 21, 2024

Unlimited cloud web hosting for life is just $90 this week only

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Feb 20, 2024

Ombar 4K Dash Cam review: Detailed front captures for a great price

Price When Reviewed$139.99

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Feb 20, 2024

Adobe adds its own AI-powered PDF tools, following the pack

Adobe on Tuesday announced AI Assistant, a free, beta conversational engine inside of Adobe Reader and Acrobat. Instead of just summarizing the document, the tool will allow users to ask questions of it, clarifying details. Acrobat Standard, Pro, and Teams customers and Acrobat Pro trial users can use the AI Assistant beta today, with features coming to Reader over the coming days and weeks, Adobe said in a statement.


Features include a true AI assistant, along with summarization features and citations. Naturally, the new AI Assistant tool can help find information within a document. Adobe is also claiming that the AI tools are still governed by its own data security protocols, so they won't leak confidential customer data.

Adobe claims that there are already three trillion PDF files in the world, so a tool like this will be invaluable for clients. The company's roadmap includes applying its AI tools to other file types beyond PDFs, plus AI-powered tools for document generation and editing. Adobe also plans to apply AI to human-suggested markup comments, suggesting edits to the document as a result.

Somewhat unsurprisingly, Adobe is planning an AI subscription for these new features, which it hasn't described. For now, the available AI Assistant technology is part of Acrobat Standard and Pro Individual and Teams subscription plans on desktop and web in

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Feb 20, 2024

One of Windows' worst apps, Sticky Notes, just got a bit better

There are many note-taking apps and services available: I've used Microsoft's own OneNote, for example, for decades. But apps like Google Keep fit the bill as a simple, flexible app to jot reminders, lists, and other bits and pieces of information that I want to refer back to, but largely forget soon after.

Sticky Notes' latest update addresses this same "I need it until I don't" utility: It's essentially a digital footnote, allowing you to capture a PowerPoint slide or a web page and attach some digital notes to it.

Annoyingly, though, it doesn't stand alone — at least initially. Microsoft is testing this preview experience as an addendum of sorts to OneNote. Once your PC receives it, you'll see a small button with "Sticky Notes" on top of it. Clicking it will launch this new Sticky Notes preview. Fortunately, you can then pin the app to your Taskbar to avoid doing this again; if you don't want to see Sticky Notes live at the bottom of your screen, though, minimize the Win Alt S shortcut to launch it instead.

The new Sticky Notes update allows you to capture images from a site or presentation and annotate them.

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Feb 20, 2024

Acer Swift laptops debut AMD Ryzen 8000 CPUs, AI apps

Acer will shift its updated Swift Edge 16 beginning in March, for $1,299 and up. Acer's Swift Go 14 with the latest Ryzen chips inside will cost $699 and up, and will ship in April.

Acer's Swift Edge 16 shipped last year with the older Ryzen 7840U inside. PCWorld's Swift Edge 16 (2023) review assigned it four out of five stars, praising its inky black display, strong performance, and light weight, but frowning at its plasticky construction and keyboard. PCWorld's review of the Acer 2023 Swift Go gave it a half star less, again praising its display and performance but criticizing its construction.

AMD announced its Ryzen 8000 family last December, with few changes from the prior generation. The new chips do include a more powerful "Hawk Point" AI NPU, however, which increases the NPU's power by 6 trillion operations per second (TOPS) to 16 TOPS in the NPU, and 39 TOPS across the remainder of the chips. AMD refers to the Ryzen 8000 family as the Ryzen 8040 series processors.

Since these are AMD Ryzen-based laptops — and Intel refuses to certify non-Intel platforms for Thunderbolt — you'll find functionally equivalent USB4 ports instead. AMD's new Ryzen 8000 family will take on Intel's Meteor

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Feb 20, 2024

Best mechanical keyboards 2024: Top picks for every need

Allow us to remove some of the questioning and doubt. Below are the best mechanical keyboards we've reviewed, in a variety of categories—best overall, on a budget, for gaming, wireless, et cetera. Not everything makes the list — for example, though G.Skill's KM250 is a shockingly good deal, we can't say the same for the larger and very different KM360 design. Though they excel in different areas, each mechanical keyboard pick is absolutely the best in its class, and well worth both your attention and your hard-earned dough.

Be sure to check out some of our most recent reviews, like the Happy Hacking HHKB Studio and the Razer Huntsman V3.



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Feb 20, 2024

The spectacular RTX 4060-powered Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is $600 off

To throw in some context here, most gaming laptops tip the scales at five or six pounds. The moonlight white color scheme is also attractive and a welcome departure from the harsh red accents of past gaming laptops. Various iterations of the ROG Zephyrus G14 have sat atop our list of the best gaming laptops ever since the notebook's inception years ago.

Underneath the hood, you'll find an AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS CPU as well as the aforementioned Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 GPU. As for how the hardware impacts performance, the Zephyrus should zoom right through most games on the High or Ultra graphics settings. This machine is also packing 8GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage. The only real drawback is the amount of RAM, which is pretty light for a gaming rig, as we typically like to see at least 16GB of RAM.

Aside from that minor nitpick, this is a great deal, especially for $600 off. You won't find a gaming laptop this well-made going for this cheap very often.



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Feb 20, 2024

Nightingale removes AMD's FSR 3 pre-launch for crashing too much

"After reviewing crash data from the Server Stress Test, a significant number of them seemed to point to FSR3 integrations, whether or not users had the setting turned on," says a pre-launch update (spotted by Digital Trends). Inflexion says that it's temporarily removed FSR, but hopes to include it in a future update…possibly as an older version of FidelityFX. Notably, Nvidia's DLSS and Intel's XeSS, different implementations of the same super-sampling technique, are both being included in the early access launch.

That's just the experience of one developer, and the first time we've heard of any significant issues with FSR 3. But it's worth pointing out that Nightingale runs on Unreal Engine 5, wh

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Feb 20, 2024

Frostpunk 2 preview: Icy survival meets profound societal decisions

And it's up to us to transform this society into a reasonably modern one. One that learns something like human rights again.

That's not so easy, because we are in charge of a society in which people are prepared to do anything to survive. At first, we were just stretching food with sawdust because food was scarce. By the end of the original Frostpunk, we ate body parts of our dead as stew in to avoid starvation.

We made deadly decisions because our steam generator could only produce heat for certain districts. People froze to death because we had to decide whether the engineers working on the machines were more important than others.

We made p

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Feb 20, 2024

Corsair K65 Plus Wireless review: The new leader for 75% gaming keyboards

Price When ReviewedCorsair K65 Plus Wireless keyboard: $159.99

Corsair K65 Plus Wireless keyboard: $159.99

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Feb 20, 2024

Crucial T705 SSD review: The fastest PCIe 5.0 SSD yet

Price When Reviewed1TB: $240 I 2TB: $400 I 4TB: $690

Did you say you want a really fast SSD? Well, apparently Crucial heard you because the brand-new PCIe 5.0 T705, in the parlance of a previous generation, books!

If you don't want to look up obscure slang, that's shorthand for a whopping 14.5GBps sequential reading and 12.3GBps writing! At least in synthetic benchmarks and with the proper software — real-world test numbers were still very good, but far less spectacular.

Further reading: The be

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Feb 20, 2024

Sick of Outlook? It's the perfect time to try Thunderbird again

It is true that Outlook for Windows is a slimmed-down and therefore leaner version of the email flagship from Microsoft 365 — which you can already download for free from the Microsoft Store.

But for many users, the name Outlook is synonymous with an overloaded, cumbersome, and unwieldy application. This is where Thunderbird 115 comes in handy: The new edition of the open-source mail classic comes with a modernized user interface and a few new functions in the form of "Supernova."

Tip: If you want to try out Thunderbird first without obligation, uncheck the box "Set Thunderbird as default program for emails" at the end of the installation. Thunderbird will still ask you later whether you want to set the program as your default mailer. Then remove the tick next to "Check every time Thunderbird is started" and click on "Skip integration."

New map view with three columns

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Feb 20, 2024

Unsure if a link is safe? Use these anti-phishing tools to check

Here's how they work: You input a web address, questionable message or email, or even a screenshot of a QR code, and the tool checks for phishing attempts or malware lurking on the other side. These days, it's important to be wary of sites that host malware, since just visiting a site can trigger a "drive-by download" attack — that is, malicious code could automatically be downloaded and/or executed on your PC. You don't need to manually start the download for that to happen.

NordVPN's Link Checker is a free tool anyone can use to analyze possibly questionable links.

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NordVPN's Link Checker is one of the most recently announced services. A simple, no-frills tool, it launched in January to the public. Users enter a web address into the form, then wait for the results. Nord says that it relies on a combination of databases a

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Feb 20, 2024

Save $20 on a lifetime license to AcePDF Editor and Converter

This all-in-one PDF tool makes it easy to edit and annotate PDF text and images without exiting out of the PDF. It also allows you to convert PDF files to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, TXT, image, and HTML formats (or vice versa) while retaining the original layout and quality. It's easy to insert PDF pages into a blank document, delete unwanted ones, merge or split PDFs, add headers and footers, and much more.

Work with PDFs like a pro. Right now, you can get a lifetime license to AcePDF Editor & Converter for 33% off $59 at just $39.99.

 



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Feb 19, 2024

Best gaming monitors 2024: Level up your display

Here are the best gaming monitors of 2023 so far. If you aren't sold on a gaming monitor, check out our recommendations for the best monitors overall or our roundup of the best 4K monitors for additional options.

Updated 2/19/2024: To add the Alienware AW3225QF to our list as the best 4K gaming monitor. It impressed us with its 32-inch QD-OLED panel and 240Hz refresh rate (unique for 4K), along with other outstanding attributes, which we detail in the summary below.

Alienware AW3423DW - Best gaming monitor overall

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Feb 19, 2024

NordLocker review: Obsessively secure, easily affordable online storage

Price When Reviewed$36 per year for 500GB

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Feb 19, 2024

It's time to upgrade OneDrive's paid storage, Microsoft

Last week, Google changed its name of its Bard AI assistant to Gemini, launched Gemini Advanced, and — in the most important change of all — made 2TB of cloud storage the foundation for its new premium pricing tier. Okay, that last point is a lie. Because Google offered a free upgrade to its Google One plan six years ago, granting 2TB of cloud storage for $9.99 per month — the same price as Microsoft charges for 1TB of storage.

Okay, even that's not totally accurate, since the same 2TB Google One deal is available to new users for $2.49 per month for three months, before returning to $9.99 per month.

The reason Microsoft loves subscriptions is that they're sticky: You sign up, set it to autopay on your credit card, and forget about it. But as consumers start re-evaluating their streaming plans (do I really want to pay for Netflix if they cancel everything after two seasons?), it's worth asking the same hard questions about Microsoft 365.

Is Microsoft 365 overpriced? Microsoft 365 — both the $69.99 annual plan for Microsoft 365 Personal and the $99.99 annual plan for Microsoft 365 Family — give you Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, the main reason that most people sign up. But from there, it gets iffy. Out

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Feb 19, 2024

How to protect your digital accounts from hackers

Moreover, most people today have not just a few but tens or hundreds of accounts on different websites. Some may not be that important, but many are. Either by their nature, like email and social media, or because of what they contain and their sentimental value to you. Imagine you've spent 20,000 hours on an online role-playing game and suddenly hackers get in, change your password and email address and rename your character "Same password everywhere." Bummer.

Hackers aren't just looking for financial accounts, emails, and social media. They also hunt accounts in various digital stores, with Steam accounts with many games being particularly sought after, and some like to lock victims out of forums and other accounts that have no value to anyone but the victim.

In this guide, I walk you through what you can and should do to protect yourself as much as possible from losing any accounts to hackers.

Further reading: 4 dangerous PC security exploits attacking right now (and how to fight them)



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Feb 19, 2024

Keychron M6 Wireless review: An exceptional-value gaming mouse

Price When Reviewed49

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Feb 19, 2024

Learn a new language in 2024 with over $400 off Babbel

Babbel is the world's top-grossing language learning program, with more than ten million users worldwide. Those users have helped drive it to a 4.5/5-star rating on both the Google Play Store and App Store.

Babbel was developed by more than 100 expert linguists and features a curriculum designed to make you conversational in your chosen language in as little as 30 days of regular practice. It focuses on the practical vocabulary you'll need to converse in a language and reinforces your learning through 15-minute bite-sized daily lessons and personalized review sessions.

Want to learn French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish, Dutch, Polish, Indonesian, Norwegian, Danish, or Russian? (Or English?) Grab a lifetime subscription to

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Feb 18, 2024

Best PC computer deals: Top picks from desktops to all-in-ones

We've also included some helpful answers to common questions about buying a computer at the bottom of this article. If you're considering a laptop instead, be sure to check out our best laptop deals, updated daily.

Note: Tech deals come and go quickly, so it's possible some of these computer discounts will have expired before this article's next update.

Best gaming desktop computer deals iBuyPower Trace 7 Mesh, Ryzen 7/RTX 4060/16GB RAM/1TB SSD, $979.99 (25% off on BestBuy)

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Feb 18, 2024

Get a lifetime of web hosting for just $40 this Presidents' Day

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Feb 18, 2024

This laptop stand charging hub is now under $100 for Presidents' Day

The durable, all-aluminum stand offers adjustable angles, heights, and 360-degree rotation to find the perfect view for you, while silicone rubber pads keep it firmly in place on your desk. The built-in USB-C hub allows you to connect all of your various peripherals, whether you're setting up a keyboard and mouse or you need to charge something during the day. It's compatible with the M2 / M1 MacBook and iPad series, allowing you to de-clutter your desk and get the cables under control.

Supercharge your workstation. Now through 11:59 pm PT on February 19, you can get the 6-in-1 CASA HUB Stand Pro USB-C Laptop Stand Hub for 26% off $129 at just $94.97.



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Feb 17, 2024

Best laptops for college students 2024: Top picks and expert advice

Why you should trust us: It's in our name, PCWorld. We've been reviewing laptops for decades, with exacting standards applied to all facets of the user experience, from performance benchmarks to features to the rigors of daily use. Our experts know their stuff and have curated a comprehensive list of the best laptops for college students, with their particular needs in mind.

After you finish looking over our recommendations, be sure to hit our daily updated roundup of the best laptop deals to try and score your favorite laptops on sale. Or check out our roundup of the best laptops for even more recommendations

Updated 02/12/2024: Check out our latest review of the MSI Prestige 16. This 16-inch laptop delivers excellent performance and portability plus a gorgeous 4K display all at a reasonable price.

Also, be sure to take a look at our review of the

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Feb 17, 2024

Get a wireless iPhone charger for $80 off

Made for iPhone 12 and newer, the Speedy Mag is a sleek, pocket-sized charger that uses magnetic absorption to create a strong connection to your phone. That keeps it from sliding off, while built-in safeguards like Fast Mag Wireless protect your phone from overcharging. It's MagSafe- and Qi-compatible so it delivers fast wireless charging to both Apple and wireless charging-compatible Android phones.

Get a fast, wireless charge anywhere. During our Presidents' Day Sale, you can get the Speedy Mag Wireless Charger for iPhone for 66% off $119 at just $39.99 and take your everyday carry up a notch.

 



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Feb 17, 2024

Save $10 on this Apple Watch Band with a built-in charger

Compatible with all Apple Watch series, the highly adjustable band is crafted from a breathable nylon weave, so it fits everyone with easy adjustments and is suitable for wearing while you're working out. The ultra-slim charger is ingeniously built into the band so you can hit a quick-release charging mechanism and plug into any USB outlet to start charging. When you're not using it, the connector is hidden within the band so it's safe from daily wear and tear.

One recent five-star review reads, "Great product. 10/10, highly recommend!"

Get an Apple Watch charge on the go. Now through 11:59 pm PT on February 19, you can get the PowerBand for 20% off $49 at just $39.99.



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Feb 16, 2024

Best USB-C hubs and dongles 2024: Add ports to your laptop or tablet

Each of our USB-C hub recommendations contains a variety of ports (including USB-A ports, HDMI, and more) that allow you to connect legacy devices like USB memory keys, display connectors, and more to your laptop. Our recommendations dive into the benefits of each dongle, which we've tested and reviewed.

We've organized our USB-C recommendations this way: traditional USB-C hubs on top, followed by our picks for the best USB-C docking stations. The latter are a bit bulkier, but tend to offer more connections. We'll also introduce you to DisplayLink docks, an improved version that offers hardware-based compression to move more data over the USB-C port. More advanced features lie within the best Thunderbolt docks, which we've listed separately.

It can al

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Feb 16, 2024

Best wireless gaming keyboards 2024: Top picks for untethered performance

You can use any old keyboard to play PC games, but there's an additional element to consider when you're looking for the best wireless gaming keyboard: latency. The Bluetooth connection on a keyboard like the otherwise excellent Keychron Q1 Pro just isn't up to snuff for the fast-paced world of online shooters and other multiplayer games, so you'll want something with a dedicated RF connection and a USB-based dongle. A better alternative would be the Alienware Pro Wireless Keyboard, which lets you switch between a dedicated USB-C dongle for PCs and Bluetooth for mobile devices.

For more tips about what to look for in a wireless gaming keyboard, scroll to our buying guide below our list of recommendations.



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Feb 16, 2024

Win a custom Starfield Radeon GPU and Ryzen CPU from PCWorld and AMD!

We've got five of these crazy-rare bundles to give away to lucky viewers and listeners of The Full Nerd. And you've got five different ways to win one. First, head to this Gleam.io link. Log in with the email or social media account of your choice. Then do any or all of the following:

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Feb 16, 2024

Best Thunderbolt docks 2024: Extend your laptop's capabilities

Thunderbolt docks or docking stations help fill the gaps as laptop makers slim down, cut costs, and eliminate multiple ports in favor of a do-it-all Thunderbolt port instead. That may seem like they're pushing those costs on to you (which they are) but it also means you can pick and choose a dock with exactly the ports you need.

Why buy a Thunderbolt dock? Because of the bandwidth it provides. The best USB-C hubs and dongles provide legacy ports (USB-A, microSD, and others) for connecting PC peripherals like mice, printers, external hard drives, and more. Thunderbolt docks use the same USB-C connector. (Look for the "lightning bolt" logo to distinguish them.) But displays, especially 4K displays, consume gobs of bandwidth. A 10Gbps USB-C hub can only power a single 4K display at 30Hz. Thunderbolt 4, with its 40Gbps, allows for two 4K displays at 60Hz apiece. Thunderbolt 5 won't be available until later in 2024, but will support three 4K displays, at 144Hz each. Good Thunderbolt docks, whether Thunderbolt 4 or 5, can also charge your smartphone.

This roundup begins with the very best Thunderbolt docks, including budget options. We'll close by recommending our favorite DisplayLink USB-C docks—simpl

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Feb 16, 2024

Microsoft Edge stops ‘stealing' Chrome tabs from some users


The Verge editor Tom Warren experienced this firsthand, discovering that Edge launched when he rebooted Windows after a software update, disturbingly complete with the Chrome tabs he had opened before shutting down. It appeared that, not only had Edge decided to take over as the default browser (something that it's been incredibly aggressive a

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Feb 16, 2024

This $750 RTX 4060-powered MSI gaming laptop is an absurd deal

As for the other bits of hardware, the MSI Cyborg is rocking an Intel Core i7-12650H CPU, the aforementioned Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060 GPU, 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of SSD storage. Given the components inside, you should be able to run most games on the High or Ultra graphics preset. The 15.6-inch display also has a resolution of 1920×1080 and a refresh rate of 144Hz. For connectivity options, you're getting one HDMI 2.1, two USB-A 3.1, and one USB-C 3.1.

It's well-reviewed on the Best Buy page too, with one reviewer saying it's a fantastic value laptop with peppy performance — and the MSI Cyborg cost hundreds more when that was written.

Usually, spending $750 on a gaming laptop gets you a significantly weaker RTX 4050 inside. Snagging an RTX 4060-powered notebook for this ultra-low price is a ludicrously good and rarely seen deal. Get it now, friends!



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Feb 16, 2024

Lian Li's radical PC desk has a 30? transparent OLED screen on top

Lian Li showed off some of its newest hardware in its Digital Expo videos yesterday, including a new collaboration with SFF specialist Dan Cases and a new Vision case designed for back-facing motherboard connections (the War on Cables continues!). But the showstopper is surely the new prototype for the company's combination standing desk-PC case designs. These desks already have some pretty rad features, including options for dual chambers accommodating two PC builds at once, and electronic glass that can shift between clear and opaque. But t

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Feb 16, 2024

Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League review: Supervillains with guns

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Feb 16, 2024

Intel accused of inflating CPU benchmark results

The Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation, better known as SPEC, has invalidated over 2600 of its own results testing Xeon processors in the 2022 and 2023 version of its popular industrial SPEC CPU 2017 test. After investigating, SPEC found that Intel had used compilers that were, quote, "performing a compilation that specifically improves the performance of the 523.xalancbmk_r / 623.xalancbmk_s benchmarks using a priori knowledge of the SPEC code and dataset to perform a transformation that has narrow applicability."

In layman's terms, SPEC is accusing Intel of optimizing the compiler specifically for its benchmark, which means the results weren't indicative of how end users could expect to see performance in the real world. Intel's custom compiler might have been inflating the relevant results of the SPEC test by up to 9%. For more technical details (many of which are, frankly, beyond my level of compsci understanding) check out the reports from

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Feb 16, 2024

How we test laptops at PCWorld

Most importantly, this mission extends to our laptop coverage, which we handle with utmost care. If you're wondering how we evaluate laptops and Chromebooks, buckle up for an in-depth explanation of the testing process.

To determine performance, we use benchmarking software like PCMark, 3DMark, and Cinebench. These tests, which we'll cover in more depth below, are designed to give the CPU and GPU a sweat-inducing workout. We also evaluate more subjective matters like the laptop's build quality, its typing experience, audio quality, available ports and more. Real-world testing is central to the PCWorld method.

After the testing process, we rate the laptop on a 0 to 5 scale, and determine whether the machine deserves an Editor's Choice award.


How we test Windows laptops IDG / Matthew Smith

All of the Windows laptops we review are put under a series of stress tests. PCMark 10 measures CPU

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Feb 16, 2024

Real PC enthusiasts swear these 24 desk accessories changed their life

That fancy computer isn't the only part that matters, though. The rest of your desk setup can have a huge impact on your quality of life day to day and upgrading it doesn't have to cost a lot. Such was the thought of a Reddit user who asked r/buildapc what their favorite desk accessories were.

I read through the list, hoping to glean a few ideas for my own setup, and I came away deeply satisfied. (Thanks, y'all!) And, after parsing through most of the 1K comments on the post, I thought I'd save you some time and share my findings, with some of my own commentary mixed in. While there's definitely overlap in what you'll hear from other corners of the internet, many tips were new to me (and possibly will be to you, too)—and they'll soon make their way onto my own desks at home.

Editor's note: This article originally published in April 2023, but Reddit's favorite desk chair is a whopping 66% off right now, so we wanted to bring it to the surface once again.


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Feb 16, 2024

How to keep your home network secure: Smart tricks and settings

In the past, the internal network was often considered safe and protection against threats from the internet was the most important thing, but today security experts recommend using encrypted connections as much as possible even within the local network.

It may seem complicated, but with basic knowledge and the right settings in your router, you'll go a long way.

Further reading: 4 preventative steps to avoid a home networking disaster

Compare Fibre Network security starts with the right router settings The security of your network is bas

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Feb 16, 2024

MSI Titan 18 HX review: The ultimate desktop replacement

Price When Reviewed$5,399.99

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Feb 16, 2024

Learn Excel from an MBA professor in this $10 course

This 13-hour course is taught by Chris Haroun, an award-winning MBA professor and venture capitalist who also happens to be one of the web's top business instructors. In this course, he'll start with the basic formulas and functions before gradually elevating through charts and other visualizations, PivotTables, and more. By the end of the course, you'll even be able to program in Excel, taking advantage of its macros and automation capabilities.

Become an Excel expert. For a limited time, you can get The Complete Microsoft Excel Course Including How to Program in Excel for 75% off $40 at just $10.



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Feb 16, 2024

Presidents' Day: Get 20TB of cloud storage for just $90

Prism Drive gives you a massive amount of secure storage space, keeping your files protected under AES 256-bit encryption both in transfer and at rest. You'll be able to stay organized with user-friendly features like mobile upload, drag-and-drop organization, and large file support. If you ever need to collaborate, you can easily send shareable links making it easier for people to access the file. Plus, with quick previews, you can preview certain file types before downloading to your device so you can be sure you have the right one.

Verified user Alfonso Marks writes, "Great value and tech support was superb. I'd recommend them highly for your cloud needs."

Now through 11:59 pm PT on February 19, you can get a lifetime subscription to 20TB of Prism Drive Secure Cloud Storage for just $89.97 (reg. $1,494).



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Feb 15, 2024

Microsoft's next Windows 11 ‘Moment' might miff Americans

This new February 2024 Moment represents a fork of sorts for Windows: Customers who live in the European Economic Area will have far more flexibility to configure Windows, based upon Microsoft's compliance with the Digital Markets Act. U.S. customers won't be able to choose these options, unless they configure their PC as an EEA PC.

Specifically, Microsoft is releasing two Windows 11 builds, one for the current Windows 11 23H2 platform (Build 22631.3227) and one for Windows 11 22H2 (Build 22621.3227); as well as a "February Windows Configuration Update" (KB4035349) that will tweak a few Windows features.

Like all Windows 11 Moments, the update will essentially be a small patch delivered to your PC for free, when it eventually rolls out in a few weeks. Microsoft typically pushes these updates to your PC quietly in the background. The new Release Preview update can be voluntarily downloaded, however. This is the first Moment since the launch of the Windows 11 2023 Update, which offered a number of cool enhancements to popular Windows 11 features.

To get the new Moment as soon as it is released, you'll need to go into Windows 11's Settings menu, then to the Windows Update page, and turn on "Get the latest updates as soon as they're available."

Microsoft has identified several features within the new Windows 11 February 2024 Moment, most of them rather minor for American PC users. Let's take a look.

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Feb 15, 2024

No, Microsoft, Windows 11's Start menu isn't a ‘game changer'

Look, we get it: transitioning to an unfamiliar way of doing things is hard. And if you're comfortable with even an inefficient way of navigating about (sorry, command-line Linux users) you're going to stick with it. But selling the Windows 11 with a Start menu that's a "game-changer"? Whew. No.

"Start Fresh Without Stating Over" is Microsoft's swing at just this. The video (embedded below) is well, oh man.

"This new Start menu is a game-changer," a confident young female voice intones. "I can find exactly what I need in no time."

Let's stop here for a second. By default, Windows 10 puts apps to the side of its Start menu, with a navigable list of apps that can be scrolled up and down. In Windows 11, your apps may appear in the mishmash of apps shown off in the Start menu, but not if you recently installed them. Then you have to squint, click the "all apps" button and make your way down through to that list.

So, if you know what you're doing? Sure. Otherwise, no. The only game-changer here is a 30-second timeout while you hunt

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Feb 15, 2024

HP Pavilion Plus Laptop 14 review: A zippy and affordable OLED laptop

Price When Reviewed828.99

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Feb 15, 2024

Windows is finally fixing a key File Explorer flaw

The "show more options" double menu? No, unfortunately not. But Microsoft is at least adding explanatory labels to the icons within File Explorer, now describing what they do rather than forcing you to parse them like some unknown hieroglyphs.

Microsoft released Build 26058 in the Windows 11 Canary and Dev Channels on Wednesday, meaning that, technically, you may never see this change released to your PC. Fingers crossed! Other features being added include a change to the Widgets menu, a change to the lock screen, and some accessibility improvements.

A long-overdue change in File Explorer Hearken back to my 2021 review of Windows 11, and I had this to say:


Since then, of course, I've figured it out. But if someone migrates from Windows

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Feb 15, 2024

At last, DuckDuckGo has a Sync & Backup feature

Announced Wednesday in a blog post, the new Sync & Backup feature lets DuckDuckGo users share passwords and bookmarks among Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS devices. Secured using end-to-end encryption, the data can also be backed up to DuckDuckGo's servers, in case a device becomes lost, stolen, or unusable. Mobile devices can link to one another by scanning a QR code, while desktop computers can join the pool using an alphanumeric code.

Crucially, Sync & Backup also includes recovery tools. Because the encryption prevents anyone but you from accessing your data, even DuckDuckGo won't be able to see it. The decryption key will only be stored on your computer, phone, and/or tablet. To prevent getting locked out of your data, you can download a PDF with a set of recovery codes, which let you access your synced data. Afterward, you can use one of these codes to decrypt a saved backup. This combination Sync & Backup feature distinguishes DuckDuckGo from rival browser

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Feb 15, 2024

ExpressVPN disables split-tunneling on Windows due to DNS leaks

ExpressVPN released a statement on its blog disclosing the problem and stating, "Although the issue is believed to involve less than 1% of users on a single app platform, Version 12 for Windows, ExpressVPN rolled out an update that disabled split tunneling on that platform entirely, to minimize the potential ongoing risk to customers. The feature will remain deactivated while engineers investigate and fix the problem."

Split-tunneling is a feature that allows users to pick and choose which apps and programs they wish to route through a VPN and which they want to keep routed through their own local network. 

Normally, when a user is connected to ExpressVPN via split-tunneling, their DNS requests for the chosen apps are sent through an encrypted connection via the VPN's servers. Due to this bug, however, it "allowed some of those requests to go instead to a third-party server, which in most cases would be the user's internet service provider."

The bug is believed to have started in May of 2022 with version 12.23.1 and continued through until this February with version 12.72.0. 

Thankfully, ExpressVPN stated that the bug is likely to have only affected "1% of users on a single app platform, Version 12 for Windows." It further added, "We were only able to replicate the issue when using the specific split tunneling mode ‘Only allow sel

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Feb 15, 2024

Microsoft Office for Windows or Mac is just $30 now

Both of these versions come with instant delivery and download and include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams, and OneNote. The Windows version goes a step further to include Publisher and Access, giving you greater creative and analytical potential. Whether you're a PC or a Mac user, you're getting the Microsoft Office Suite for less than a dinner at Applebee's for you and a friend.

Take advantage of this limited-time deal. Now through 11:59 pm PT on February 19, you can get Microsoft

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Feb 14, 2024

Mozilla is backing off its security and privacy services to focus on Firefox

As reported by TechCrunch on Tuesday, Mozilla is "scaling back" its attention to Mozilla VPN, Relay, and Online Footprint Scrubber, following the layoff of approximately 60 employees. It also will pull back on its mozilla.social Mastodon instance, which will be run by a smaller team, and close down Hubs, its 3D virtual world. These changes come shortly after the appointment of a new interim CEO.

In an internal memo, Mozilla outlined its new effort to focus on Firefox once more—specifically to further infuse AI into the browser, saying its Pocket, Content, and affiliated AI/ML teams will be working on "finding great content." Currently, Firefox recommends articles from Pocket in new tabs when left on default settings, many of which are long-form features covering general interests like cooking, health, historical figures, and science.

The Best VPN ExpressVPN

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Feb 14, 2024

Best VPNs for Android 2024: Our picks for phones and tablets

When determining the best VPNs for Android, we consider several criteria. First, it's crucial that it is a top performer on the OS. Also, since Wi-Fi can be inconsistent at times, we test these apps over the course of three days, running a total of 15 tests each day (three times for each test country location) to look at speed and consistency of service. Finally, we considered the Android app itself and its ease of use, as well as other things such as pricing and the number of simultaneous devices allowed per account.

Without further ado, here are our recommendations for the best VPNs for Android.

NordVPN - Best Android VPN overall

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Feb 14, 2024

Hate Valentine's Day? Try Opera GX's HeartBlocker plugin

HeartBlocker works by filtering out words and imagery attached to Valentine's Day and replacing them with something less… precious. The plugin has two options: Normal Mode, which takes a more neutral approach, and "Emo Mode" — which dials up the angst in a big way. Think rain, dark colors, the works.

Unfortunately it won't automatically cut out pictures of your ex from any photos that you have stored on your PC, but with AI all things are eventually possible.

To get it, you'll need to download the plugin from the website for Opera GX, Opera's gaming-friendly browser offshoot. The extension will appear in the Extensions portion of the browser's menu options, and can be removed once the holiday ends or if you've scored a last-minute date at the local watering hole. Your choice!



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Feb 14, 2024

Best Chromebooks 2024: Best overall, best battery life, and more

We understand that Chromebooks come in all sorts of varieties and with that in mind we've curated a list of our favorites broken down by price points, feature sets, and intended use. Whatever your needs may be, PCWorld has you covered with the best Chromebook options on the market today. Below our picks you can find helpful buying advice as well.

If you're still not sure whether a Chromebook is the right choice for you, take a look at our in-depth comparison of Chromebooks vs. Windows laptops to help you decide. And before you pull the trigger on a new computer, be sure to double-check our best laptop deals and our latest back to school deals while they last—bo

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Feb 14, 2024

This RTX 4060-powered Lenovo laptop is delightfully cheap today

In addition to the AMD CPU and the Nvidia GPU, the Lenovo Legion 5 is also rocking a generous 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage. In other words, this laptop should fly through most games on the High or Ultra graphics settings. That said, for more competitive titles, you may want to scale the graphics back a bit. The 15.6-inch display has a resolution of 2160×1350 and a refresh rate of 165Hz, so visuals should be smooth and crisp. For ports, you're getting one Ethernet, one HDMI 2.1, one headphone/microphone jack, one power connector, three USB 3.2 Gen 1, and two USB-C 3.2 Gen 2.

This is a really fantastic deal, so don't miss out.



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Feb 14, 2024

Why the Lenovo Legion Go isn't my go-to gaming handheld

First of all, the Legion Go lacks a bit when it comes to the "Go" factor. Relatively heavy weight and a sharp edge on the top of the device make it noticeably less comfortable in the hand. The detachable controllers are also something of a detriment for Adam's handheld-first play style. The mouse sensor embedded in the right side controller, which turns it into a quasi-gaming mouse in a unique and interesting way, is something he just never engages with.

The onboard audio on the Legion Go is also a bit lacking, well below the Steam Deck and the Asus ROG Ally, though you'll usually want to be using headphones with them anyway. And Adam isn't crazy about the Start and Select buttons o

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Feb 14, 2024

Take $60 off a killer Logitech MX Keys and MX Mouse combo

Specifically, Lenovo is selling the "MX Keys Mini Combo for Business" package at this discounted price. Don't be intimidated by the button-down labeling — that just means they come in non-retail packaging. The keyboard and mouse inside are exactly the same models you'd find on a Best Buy store shelf, with the same capabilities.

And those capabilities are pretty nice. The MX Keys Mini is basically the Windows version of the Apple Magic Keyboard, but with a deeper and more satisfying typing feel thanks to generous scissor switches and comfy concave keys. It has automatically dimming backlighting and quadruple-device pairing. You can read our review of the keyboard here — it's one of our best picks for portable designs.

The MX Anywhere Mouse 3 is

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Feb 14, 2024

Slack begins rolling out Slack AI…well, probably?

Slack has been trying to integrate AI into its conversational interface for about a year now, and some of this sounds pretty familiar. Slack was talking about a "Slack GPT" app last spring, with the eventual rollout of a sales-based AI, Einstein GPT, to leverage parent Salesforce's CRM technology. That's part of the message that Slack is reiterating today.

Some of what Slack is talking about makes sense. For one, Slack plans to launch an AI-powered "smart search" that hopefully solves one of the problems that Slack, Teams, and other chat apps introduce: finding that one critical piece of information that was communicated in one of the dozens of channels, group chats, and direct messages. Like Slack's other features, those results will be footnoted with links to the actual chats where Slack sourced its information.

The company is also reiterating what it said last year regarding chat summaries, AI-powered synopses of what people were talking about while your attention was diverted elsewhere or away. And thread summaries will do something similar, rolling up a prolonged conversation with the salient points. But there's a catch: Slack AI can only index conversations and threads. Documents uploaded to the system will not be queried. Neither will Slack's Huddles. You'll have to trust that the critical detail you're hoping Slack AI will catch doesn't live in either category.



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Feb 14, 2024

Keychron Q Max review: The best keyboard gets better

Price When Reviewed$214

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Feb 14, 2024

Data brokers have your personal info. Here's how to wipe it clean

You can request to have your information made private by using opt-out forms on each site, but data brokers have proliferated on the web like weeds. Take yourself off one website, and you're still on dozens (if not hundreds) of others…and you might reappear on the original site if those data brokers find new data about you. 

But you don't have to take this lying down. More tools and services have cropped up to help you combat this hydra-like problem, whether you're making the opt-out requests yourself or outsourcing that work.


If you're going the DIY route, you can use a free tool like Mozilla Monitor, which currently lets you scan for your phone number, address, and email address across data brokers (and known data breaches, too). [Ed note: Mozilla plans to scale back on its security and privacy services, so the availability of Monitor may change.] Or, if you're subscribed to a paid antivirus suite like

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Feb 14, 2024

Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen 4 laptop review: Bend it like Business

Price When Reviewed$1,359.99

Best Prices Today: Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga Gen 4 Retailer Price B&H $1439.95

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Feb 14, 2024

Access elite travel deals with an extra $20 off a OneAir subscription

This members-only, AI-powered travel app uses intelligent engine scans to track millions of flights and fares worldwide, helping members book flights, hotels, rental cars, and activities at wholesale prices. All of OneAir's prices are all-inclusive so the price you see is the one you get, and you get free cancellation within 24 hours of booking a flight.

All you have to do is select your departure airports and you'll start getting cheap flight deal alerts right in your inbox. When you've booked your destination, you can also access a host of deals on hotels, rental cars, and activities.

OneAir is accredited by the International Airlines Travel Agent Network (IATAN) and partners with airline consolidators, wholesalers, and travel suppliers so members can feel good about the deals they're getting.

Verified user Ashok writes, "I am so pleased with my decision to sign up with OneAir! Just booked a super cheap flight deal to Vancouver

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Feb 14, 2024

Add a wireless display to your car for $60 off

This touchscreen display is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and even includes a 1080p backup camera. Not only can you enjoy the benefits of accessing your contacts, music, and Maps by touch or activating Siri or Google Assistant voice assistants, but you can also add a backup camera to your car for additional safety. Take calls or send texts hands-free, search for stops along your journey, and much more. It's compatible with almost any car and is easy to install.

Drive smarter and safer with this 9? Wireless Car Display. Right now, you can get it for 33% off $179 at just $119.99.



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Feb 13, 2024

Nvidia's Chat with RTX lets you run an AI chatbot on your GPU

Chat with RTX is entirely text-based, and it comes "trained" on a large database of public text documents owned by Nvidia itself. In its raw form the model can "write" well enough, but its actual knowledge appears to be extremely limited. For example, it can give you a detailed breakdown of what a CUDA core is, but when I asked, "What is a baraccuda?" it answered with, "It appears to be a type of fish" and cited a Cyberpunk 2077 driver update as a reference. It could easily give me a seven-verse limerick about a beautiful printed circuit board (not an especially good one, mind you, but one that fulfilled the prompt), but couldn't even attempt to tell me who won the War of 1812. If nothing else, it's an example of how deeply large language models depend on a huge array of data input in order to be useful.



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Feb 13, 2024

How to get unlimited masked emails to keep your inbox secure and private

The process involves connecting Bitwarden's username generator with DuckDuckGo's masked email service. While it's a bit tricky to set up, it ultimately gives you an easy way to create unique emails and passwords on any app or website you visit, all in one place. Best of all, it's free with no usage limitations.


Random passwords unique emails Let's back up a little bit.



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Feb 13, 2024

Painting on the PC: The right accessories and best software

In this guide, we tell you everything you need for painting on a PC.

The necessary accessories: Tablet, pen, and software If you have a notebook or a PC with a touch display, you can start painting straight away. Simply open any graphics program such as Paint or Paint.net and paint around on the display with your finger. The results will not be particularly artistic. But it's enough to keep children busy for a while.

However, if you want to paint and draw seriously on a PC, you need three things above all:

The right software for painting with different types of brushes, colors, and other options A tablet that can be operated with a pen and then serves as a canvas, so to speak A stylus that works with the tablet and with which you can use the different types of brushes in the software

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Feb 13, 2024

AOC 27G15 monitor review: Vivid color at a shockingly low price

Price When Reviewed$139.99

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Feb 13, 2024

This top-rated out-of-office assistant is under $50 for life

This intelligent AI assistant gives you a wide array of customizable autoresponder templates allowing you to tailor out-of-office replies to meet whatever a specific situation requires. From rescheduling meetings to creating coverage plans, to closing deals while you're away, Snoooz lets you focus on your time off without sacrificing productivity.

Snooz has been the #1 Product Hunt Product of the Day, where it has a perfect 5-star rating. It also has a 5-star rating on Google Workspace Marketplace and 4.8/5 on G2.

Right now, you can get a lifetime AI Starter plan of Snoooz for 72% off $147 at just $39.99.

 



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Feb 13, 2024

Share and store files seamlessly with Smmall Cloud — now $200 off

Smmall Cloud supports any file type, from images and videos to Markdown docs, PDFs, audio, and more. On your profile page, you can easily promote what you're working on, drive traffic to projects, and add your own custom branding. Smmall Cloud gives you comprehensive analytics to track the activity on your files to understand where traffic is coming from, who is working on what, and more. With the Mac app, you can also share screenshots for even more efficient collaboration.

With a Smmall Cloud Individual Plan, you'll have access to all new features when they're released, plus 5GB file transfer limits, and 50GB of total storage.

Right now, you can get a lifetime Smmall Cloud Individual Plan for 72% off $288 at just $79.99.



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Feb 12, 2024

How to get antivirus software for cheap

The simplest way to get an alternative antivirus app is to buy a license directly from the software vendor, but it's not the only method. If you're willing to forgo the ease of a direct subscription, you can save a lot of money—as much as 50 to 75 percent off the regular list price.

Here's how to do it.


How to get cheap antivirus You can get a steep discount in one of two ways. The first is through online stores that sell license keys. Typically the listings are for the most popular antivirus suites—and oftentimes with more options than direct through the vendor. Take for example Norton 360 Deluxe, our current top pick for antivirus software. On the Norton website, you'll pay $50 for the first year, and it includes support for up to five devices. But go elsewhere and you'll find options for a three-device plan and the five-device plan, for half as much—and sometimes with extra months, too.



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Feb 12, 2024

Report: Ancient PCs simply won't boot Windows 11's upcoming update

And by old PCs, we mean old PCs. A Twitter user claims that he has discovered a hard stop on PCs dating back to the last decade, based on a CPU instruction that's now required.


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Feb 12, 2024

The fastest VPN 2024: We identify the speediest performers

To find the fastest VPN, the two most important factors are download and upload speeds. Download speeds are most likely the primary concern because when using the internet, it is imperative to get data from remote servers as quickly as possible. However, upload speeds can be equally as important for some. Gamers, for example, need low server ping in order to register their actions as quickly as possible.

When evaluating VPN connection speeds, we look at both download and upload speeds, focusing on the percentage of the base speed that is maintained (or exceeded). That percentage of speed that is retained is the best measure for the true experience of using a particular VPN. This is due to the fact that numbers can differ quite a bit from ISP to ISP, device to device, or connection type to connection type so retained relative speed is the only constant. We've tested numerous VPNs and put their servers through countless speed tests to determine the fastest services on average. We then put together a list of the fastest VPNs we've tested.

Read below to see our picks for the fastest VPN, as well as our recommendations for best choice for upload speeds and the VPN with the best speeds while staying as private as possible.

If you're looking for even more VPN options, check out our comprehensive

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Feb 12, 2024

Asus ROG Strix Scope II 96 Wireless review: A great high-end keyboard



Price When Reviewed$179.99

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Feb 12, 2024

I'd jump on these Ryzen X3D CPU deals if I was building a gaming PC

That's a discount of $120 and $86 off the retail price, respectively, though street prices for both chips have been running a little lower recently. Note that you'll need to use the coupon code YPCMDP629 to get an extra $5 off the 7800X3D deal. Despite the less dramatic discount, I'd be a lot more excited for the 7800X3D AM5 chip upgrade, as Newegg's combo pricing with various X670E motherboards and DDR5 RAM can stack up the savings on a full desktop upgrade. As it happens, I did just that a few weeks ago, upgrading my old Intel i5 9600K to a 7800X3D with a new motherboard and memory. Now I wish I'd waited and saved myself about a hundred bucks with the combo.

And AMD has committed to supporting the AM5 socket for

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Feb 12, 2024

SATA, PCIe, and M.2: The slots on your motherboard, explained

However, if you want to replace a component such as the graphics card or SSD with an upgrade, it is highly recommended that you research the existing internal connections and their cabling on the circuit board. This preparatory work will save you trouble later on: You decide from the outset in favor of the right component that fits mechanically and at the same time can actually achieve its maximum performance.

In the case of SSDs and graphics cards, you will immediately come across the SATA and PCI Express interfaces. Although SATA is considered outdated technology, it is still important for updating hard drives, especially in many older notebooks.

Further reading: The best SSDs of 2024

The opposite is true for PCIe: The interface is so powerful that it has not only successfully succeeded SATA, but is also available in different versions and connector formats. It is precisely this versatility that can cause confusion, but with a little connection know-how, you don't have to worry about it in the first place.

SATA: Long the standard connection for drives

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Feb 12, 2024

HP Elite Dragonfly Chromebook review: A new level of luxury

Price When Reviewed$2,385

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Feb 12, 2024

Save $30 on the Nix Mini 2 color sensor

The Nix Mini has a high-resolution sensor that supports precise processing and automatic error detection, so all you have to do is hold it up to a surface and it will get an accurate reading of that color. Via the Nix Paints app, it instantly matches the color to more than 100,000 brand-name paint colors or to sRGB HEX, CMYK, and LAB color codes. You can save and manage all of your scans in the app for easy access later when it comes time to paint.

Mashable writes, "The Nix Mini Color Sensor could be an awesome tool to feed your innate perfectionism."

Right now, you can get the Nix Mini 2 Color-Matching Sensor for 29% off $99 at just $69.99.



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Feb 12, 2024

Upgrade to Windows 11 Pro for just $25 this Presidents' Day

Windows 11 Pro is an operating system completely designed for the modern professional working in a hybrid world. The sleek, easy-to-navigate interface has been improved to not only be easy on the eyes but also incredibly customizable. With features like snap layouts and desktops, seamless redocking, and improved voice typing, you can make your OS truly your own and scale your productivity. Not to mention, Windows 11 Pro has you covered on professional tools like Azure AD, Hyper-V, Windows Sandbox, Microsoft Teams, and more.

Streamline your productivity and enhance your security with Microsoft Windows 11 Pro. Now through 11:59 pm PT on February 19, you can get it for just $24.97 (reg. $199).



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Feb 11, 2024

Unlock a whole new internet for just $40

This intuitive services allows you to unlock file-hosting and streaming sites, download securely from BitTorrent, backup YouTube videos, unlock Uploaded restrictions, fetch from Usenet/newsgroups, convert Soundcloud files to MP3 files, accelerate downloads, and much more all while keeping you completely anonymous and secure. You could even convert the entire web to PDF if you wanted.

Offcloud offers Zapier integration to automatically upload or sync files to Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon Cloud Drive, and Microsoft One Drive, and also supports syncing to NAS (Network Attached Storage), FTP (File Transfer Protocol), or WebDAV (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning).

Make the internet truly your own and find out why Offcloud has earned 4.5/5 stars on Trustpilot.

Right now, you can get an Offcloud lifetime subscription for 80% off $209 at just $39.99.



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Feb 10, 2024

Streamline your development processes with Microsoft Visual Studio — now just $40

This fully-featured development environment has a perfect 5-star rating from Microsoft Choice Software and 4.6/5-star ratings from Capterra and GetApp. The 64-bit IDE makes it easier to handle complex workloads across multiple languages and platforms, simplifying the largest projects. You can craft cross-platform mobile and desktop apps with .NET MAUI, complete code faster with IntelliCode, use CodeLens to gain deeper insights into your code, and much more. It's all designed to speed up editing and debugging sessions and ensure the code stays consistent despite many collaborators and changes.

Make your development workflow a lot easier. Right now, you can get Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2022 for Windows for just $39.97 (reg. $499).



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Feb 10, 2024

Microsoft Office 2021 is just $60 for life now

Rated 4.8/5 stars by verified purchasers, both of these Microsoft Office editions include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams, and OneNote, giving you a comprehensive suite to soar through most basic office tasks. With the Windows version, you'll also get Publisher and Access giving you greater creative and database capabilities. Either way, you're beating the subscription fees and getting the world's leading office software at a great price.

For a limited time, you can get Microsoft Office Professional 2021 for Windows or

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Feb 10, 2024

Make real estate investing easier with hundreds off Mashvisor

Mashvisor helps you perform smarter property analysis with accurate, real-time real estate market data sourced from the MLS, Zillow, Rentometer, Airbnb.com, and the US Census Bureau. Mashvisor's AI and machine learning algorithms turn the raw data from these sources into actionable analytics, helping you find markets and properties in your budget with high investment return potential. Mashvisor covers 95% of US markets, allowing you to cast a wide net in your investment search. You can even find multifamily and foreclosure properties with a Professional Plan.

Find out why Mashvisor has earned an excellent 5-star rating on Trustpilot.

Right now, you can get a lifetime Mashvisor Professional Plan for just $199.99 (reg. $3,599).



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Feb 09, 2024

Best laptops 2024: Premium, budget, gaming, 2-in-1s, and more

Why you should trust us: Hey, it's in our name! PCWorld prides itself on laptop experience and expertise. We've been covering PCs since 1983, and we now review more than 70 laptops every year. All of the picks below have been personally tested and vetted by our experts, who've applied not only performance benchmarks but rigorous usability standards. We're also committed to reviewing PC laptops at every price point to help you find a machine that matches your budget.

Looking for great laptop deals? Check out our regularly updated roundup of the best laptop deals available right now.

Acer Aspire 3 - Best budget laptop

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Feb 09, 2024

Recall: CableMod's angled adapter for Nvidia GPUs cause $75K in damages


U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission ("CPSC") This step was necessary because the angled adapter from CableMod with the name "12VHPWR-Adapter" tends to burn or even burn out completely. This naturally creates a fire hazard. Ironically, CableMod created and heavily promoted the angled adapter following initial reports of melting RTX 4090 connectors, which have since tapered off and never been subject to a recall. Recent revisions to the 12VHPWR spec improve how the connector clamps to your GPU's power slot.

The use of CableMod's adapter should be discontinued immediately, as the US safety authority announced in its recall.

In the wording: "Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled angle adapters and contact CableMod for instructions on how to safely remove their adapter from the GPU and for a full refund, including shipping costs, or a $60 credit for non-customized products with free standard shipping

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Feb 09, 2024

Best gaming keyboards 2024: The top budget, mid-tier, RGB, and more

New gaming keyboards, with more and more flashy features, are being released almost constantly. Like the SteelSeries Apex Pro TKL, which failed to wow thanks to poor value and an unnecessary screen, or the Keychron Lemokey L3, which didn't make this list because of a lack of gaming-focused software features. Below are the best on the market at the moment, and we'll be keeping this roundup current as often as we can to make sure you can find the best boards in this wide and competitive field.

Updated 2/8/2024: Check out our latest reviews of the Razer Huntsman V3 Pro and the Corsair K70 Core. The Razer board is focused entirely on making the most out of its user-adjustable switches, while the Corsair d

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Feb 09, 2024

Get this RTX 4050-powered HP gaming laptop for just $899

Let's get take a peek under the hood, shall we? The HP Victus is rocking an Intel Core i5-13500HX CPU, the aforementioned Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 GPU, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB of SSD storage. You should be able to breeze through most games on the Medium or High graphics setting. However, for more demanding titles, I'd recommend scaling the graphics back a notch or two. The 16.1-inch display has a resolution of 1920×1080 and a refresh rate of 144Hz. The maximum brightness is only 250 nits, which isn't super impressive but it's not a huge deal-breaker.

This is a really solid machine, and getting a gaming laptop for under a grand is always a smoking deal. Get it now before it's gone.

Get the HP Victus for $899.99 at HP

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Feb 09, 2024

Alienware Pro Wireless keyboard review: Just shy of greatness

Price When Reviewed$199.99

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Feb 09, 2024

Resizable BAR software mod breathes new life into old gaming PCs

PCIe Resizable BAR (Base Address Register) is a way for video memory on your graphics card to more efficiently communicate with your CPU. It's a complicated technique that requires a lot of fiddly parts of your computer to support it, but if you want a deep-dive explanation you can check out our explainer article here. Suffice it to say, if your CPU and graphics card can both use resizable BAR (or ReBAR), you could get an appreciable bump in gaming performance. This has been especially visible in recent releases of Intel's Arc graphics cards, but there's no reason it can't be applied to any company's modern hardware, including Nvidia and AMD.

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Feb 09, 2024

Helldivers 2 is pure Starship Troopers-inspired chaos. We spoke to the devs

Now you might be wondering what Helldivers 2 is? As the developers themselves put it, it's a chaotic action game set in a somewhat dystopian future, inspired by works like Starship Troopers, taking on the role of one of the titular Helldivers. Your task is to spread Super-Earth's own version of democracy to planets around the galaxy, which you do by killing lots of evil aliens and robots.

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If you're more familiar with the first Helldivers, you'll immediately notice a big difference in Helldivers 2. The camera perspective has changed; you no longer control your soldier from a top-down perspective, instead it's a third-person view.



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Feb 09, 2024

How to use Microsoft's free PC Manager for a digital spring cleaning

It's fair to say that this app has flown under the radar: PC Manager debuted as a Chinese-language beta in 2022, and emerged last year on the Microsoft Store. Now, it's a full-fledged, thoughtful utility with quite a lot under the hood. We'll walk you through what it can do for you.

Naturally, any mention of PC Manager has to also mention CCleaner, the popular cleanup tool that became much less beloved after Avast bought it in 2017 and then accidentally bundled a Trojan-horse malware file inside of it. Now, Microsoft has stepped in. PC Manager reminds me a bit of PowerToys — Microsoft's toolbox of helpful utilities — and a bit of Microsoft's Game Bar app, too.

The easiest way to download PC Manager is via the Microsoft Store, which immediately downloads it on to your PC. It will ask for your permission to load itself when you boot your PC.



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Feb 09, 2024

How to digitize and declutter your CDs and DVDs

First, we'll go over some ways to digitize any DVDs or CDs you want to save, using freely available software. We'll also cover how to sell discs in bulk for a modest profit.

This story is adapted from Jared's Advisorator newsletter. Sign up to get more tech tips every Tuesday.

Why digitize? In an age of streaming abundance, you might not think digitizing physical media is worthwhile. Allow me to offer a few counterpoints:

Not all physical media is available on streaming services (or available on the ones you currently pay for). With a digital copy, you can access that content on all your devices without any clunky optical drives. Digitizing allows you to preserve the content's original quality without the extra compression that often comes with streaming. If you have the time and inclination, running a personal media server is a fun and rewarding hobby, one that will let you access all your digitized content from anywhere without any ongoing subscription fees. Get a disc drive

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Feb 09, 2024

MSI Prestige 16 review: Light on your back and wallet

Price When Reviewed$1,649.99

Best Prices Today: MSI Prestige 16 Retailer Price $1629.85

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Feb 09, 2024

Become a hacker for the good guys for just $40

This bundle includes 10 courses and nearly 100 hours of training from top-rated instructors like Nathan House (4.5/5-star instructor rating), Mashrur Hossain (4.5/5-star rating), and Hussam Khrais (4.7/5-star rating). Across these courses, you'll learn a range of cybersecurity techniques using tools like Python, Nmap, and more. Throughout the courses, you'll also get training to help you pass the CompTIA PenTest (PT0-001) and CySA (CS0-001) certification exams that will help you get started with a new career.

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Feb 09, 2024

This beginner developer toolset is only $64.99

Still learning to code? You don't have to be a pro to use the dev tools included with Microsoft Visual Studio Pro. In fact, beginner developers can take advantage of a limited-time deal to get Microsoft Visual Studio Pro 2022 and the 2024 Premium Learn to Code Certification Bundle on sale for $64.99. 

Rated 5/5 stars on Microsoft Choice Software, Visual Studio Pro comes with tools to make coding large projects easier. That includes tools for cross-platform development, debugging, testing, and more. 

The included 2024 Premium Learn To Code Certification Bundle comes with courses on Python 3, C , SWL, Javascript, and more. Over 100 hours of video lessons are yours for life, and there's no set course progression, so you can learn what you want when you want. 

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Feb 08, 2024

Even Notepad is being tied to Copilot AI in Windows 11

Microsoft made a number of proposed changes that it's testing out in its Canary and Dev Channels on Thursday. For one, both channels will operate under the same build numbers for a short time — and if you trigger the winver command, the builds will show up as "24H2". "This denotes that Windows 11, version 24H2 will be this year's annual feature update," Microsoft said in a blog post.

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Feb 08, 2024

iTunes nears death on Windows as Apple launches Music, TV, Devices apps

Apple Devices: This is the app for iPhone users to manage their iPhones: perform backups, sync data, and install iOS updates. Read the Apple Devices User Guide. Apple Music: Access the Apple Music service and your personal library, as well as manage music on Apple Devices. Airplay support is included. Read the Apple Music User Guide. Apple TV: Access the Apple TV service and your personal library. The app supports 4K playback, subscription services, and MLS S

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Feb 08, 2024

Best wireless gaming mice 2024: Tested and approved

Our expert reviewers have put these mice through their paces, testing them across a range of scenarios, and over extended periods of time. Below are the results of that effort. While these are the current best wireless gaming mice available, for a no holds barred list, including both wired and wireless models, be sure to check out PCWorld's all-inclusive selection of the best gaming mice.

Updated 2/8/23 to add the Razer Viper V3 HyperSpeed to our list of recommendations. This mouse sports a smooth and precise 26,000 DPI optical sensor and houses a single AA battery, which provides a long battery life. We also added the Corsair M75 Air Wireless — it's a performance dynamo in FPS games and its symmetrical design lets you use it equally as well with both hands.

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Feb 08, 2024

This guy built a real Pokemon Pokedex powered by ChatGPT

If you weren't the right age in the late 90s, the Pokedex is a handheld computer riffing on the Palm Pilots of the day. Its sole purpose is to identify and catalog Pokemon creatures in the wild. Metatextually, it's a way for the show to inject some exposition every time protagonist Ash comes across a critter the audience hasn't seen yet. The gadget was basically a fancy Rolodex that certainly could have been replicated with 90s tech, and was for several kid's toys…except for the near-magical ability to identify Pokemon with a camera.

Enter Abe, a fan of both the old cartoon and the toys that it spawned. He decided it was high time to make a Pokedex that works in the real world. Meaning that it can identify Pokemon based on visuals alone, assuming you encounter one on your way to the laboratory next to your house (or perhaps more practically, by pointin

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Feb 08, 2024

Get Adobe Photoshop Elements for 30% off and unleash your creative side

This specific software is designed with beginners in mind, so it's super easy to use and it won't cost you an arm and a leg like the standard version of Photoshop. Whether you're looking to remove random objects from your images or swap out an uninspiring landscape, you can do a lot with this low-cost tool.

Adobe Photoshop Elements includes a bunch of cool features like transforming a static photo into a moving image with a single click. You can also add messages to existing pictures and there's even a step-by-step tool that takes you through moving, scaling, or duplicating objects. As for system requirements, you'll need Windows 10 or 11 as well as 8GB of RAM and 8GB of hard drive space.

Looking to spruce up your pictures or social media posts? Adobe Photoshop Elements is a great low-cost, no-headache option for it, and with this deal, it's even more affordable than usual.

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Feb 08, 2024

How long does computer RAM actually last?


How long is the service life of RAM? The service life of RAM depends on various factors and cannot be precisely quantified. However, modern memory modules are generally durable and should function reliably for many years.

Durability can be influenced by several factors:

Usage and load: The intensity of use plays a decisive role. Does the RAM work under normal conditions or is it stressed by demanding applications, frequent read and write accesses, or extremely high loads? Quality of the components: The service life of the RAM also depends to a large extent on the quality of the installed components, especially the memory ICs. Reputation of the manufacturer Modules from renowned manufacturers with high-quality production technology and reliable components tend to last longer. Such memory modules usually have a manufacturer's warranty of at least 10 years. Manufacturers with a high reputation include
G.Skill Crucial Corsair Kingston TeamGroup ADATA


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