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PC World Latest NewsMay 25, 2022
How to buy a budget laptop without getting screwed

There's just one problem: the brands are on to you. They've flooded the market with hundreds of slightly tweaked configurations designed to maximum profit. Choosing the right budget laptop is difficult if you don't know what to look for. It can get especially tricky with sale models, as you'll often find retailers trying to offload less desirable older or poorly configured models amongst all the deals.

We can help. Our roundup of the best laptops under $500 includes concrete, up-to-date recommendations on the greatest low-cost laptops to cross our labs. But since most cheap laptops never get reviewed, this guide can help you buy a budget laptop without getting screwed by its specifications. For more concrete buying recommendations across a mix of budgets, our regularly updated roundup of the best laptop deals also shines a light on killer laptops going for a lot less than usual.


Operating system: Windows or ChromeOS? The most important choice you must make is the operating system. Budget laptops run Microsoft Windows or Google ChromeOS. The latter is often les

EngadgetMay 25, 2022
Lawmakers ask Google to stop collecting location data before reversal of abortion rights
Senator Ron Wyden and 41 other Democratic lawmakers are urging Google to stop collecting and keeping location data that could be used against people who've had or are seeking abortions. In a letter (PDF) to Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, the lawmakers referenced the Supreme Court draft obtained by Politico in which SCOTUS justices have voted to reverse Roe v. Wade. The landmark case protected the federal rights to abortion across the country, and states with trigger laws will immediately criminalize abortion if it truly gets overturned. 

"[W]e are concerned that, in a world in which abortion could be made illegal, Google's current practice of collecting and retaining extensive records of cell phone location data will allow it to become a tool for far-right extremists looking to crack down on people seeking reproductive health care," the lawmakers wrote. Their issue mostly lies with how Google designed Android so that it also has to receive location data if a third-party app asks users for access to their location information. On iOS, Google can only collect information data while people are using Google Maps. 

As Google reveals in its transparency reports, it routinely gets court orders, subpoenas and search warrants from law enforcement agencies


TechCrunchApr 18, 2022
What is Blockchain: Everything You Need to Know (2022)

If you want to pay online, you need to register an account and provide credit card information. If you don't have a credit card, you can pay with bank transfer. With the rise of cryptocurrencies, these methods may become obsolete.

Imagine a world in which you can do transactions and many other things without having to give your personal information. A world in which you don't need to rely on banks or governments anymore. Sounds amazing, right? That's exactly what blockchain technology allows us to do.

It's like your computer's hard drive. blockchain is a technology that lets you store data in digital blocks, wh

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