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You Don’t Have To Disconnect To De-stress While Traveling
Most people think that going on a digital detox while traveling means completely cutting the cord by not bringing along a phone, a laptop, or any other digital communication device. I don’t see it that way. When I travel, I take a Marie Kondo approac
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Twitch Still Rules Game-Streaming Services
Twitch Free with ads, subscription options 4/5 Stars PROS Many user-friendly options for both viewers and streamers. Desktop, mobile, and set-top box apps. Varied content. Free, with ad-removing premium options. Free games and other bonus items.
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Oculus Quest: True, Affordable, Wire-Free VR
Oculus Quest $399.00 4.5/5 Stars PROS Full 6DOF motion tracking with dual controllers. Sharp display. No wires. Some excellent games are already available. CONS Less powerful and has a slightly lower refresh rate than high-end tethered VR headset
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No Likes or Comments? Photo App VSCO Has Been Doing It for Years
At its F8 developer conference, Facebook announced that Instagram is testing a system in which likes are hidden and can be seen only by the account holder. “We want people to worry a little bit less about how many likes they’re getting on Instagram a
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Going On Vacation? Pack Your Camera
You have dozens of things to think about before you go on vacation (or any other journey away from home). Is a camera on your packing list? If not, maybe it should be.
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Humanitarian Travel: Photo Workshops That Give Back
My first trip with The Giving Lens (TGL) was to Morocco in 2016. I’d never heard of the organization before that, and I hadn’t ever been on a travel-photography workshop when a notice for the trip popped up on my Facebook feed. I immediately knew I w
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How to Stop Blue Light From Disturbing Your Sleep
Here’s the problem: Device screens normally emit blue light that’s fine for daytime use but can disrupt your sleep at night. That’s because blue light stimulates your brain and fools it into thinking it’s daytime, potentially keeping you awake when y
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Roundup: The Best True Wireless Earbuds for Running
You can easily see the allure of completely cable-free earphones for runners—one less thing is in the way. And especially on runs in hot weather, the absence of a neckband can be a blessing. But not all true wireless earbuds are made for running, and
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Invisible Malware Is Here and Your Security Software Can’t Catch It
A new breed of “invisible” malware, is on the march, and if it strikes your servers, there may not be much you can do about it. In fact, you may not even be able to tell that it’s there. In some cases, this kind of malware lives only in memory, meani
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Are You Worried About Smart Home Devices Listening to You?
Smart home devices have a lot of benefits, but many consumers are concerned with one big drawback: an always-on device in your home that could be listening to everything you say. PCMag surveyed 2,075 US consumers about their smart home opinions and
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Backstabbing, Disinformation, and Bad Journalism: The State of the VPN Industry
Among other things, I’m a VPN reviewer for PCMag, and that means I spend a lot of time trying to explain to people that I am not a paid shill or actively working against the safety of others. Why? Because the culture around VPNs and how some of these
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Intel Is Opening 3 Project Athena Labs for Advanced Laptop Testing
Back in January, Intel announced Project Athena as a way of defining the next generation of advanced laptops. Now the chip company is preparing to open the labs required to test and approve components for use in Project Athena-certified laptops. We’
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NordVPN: PCMag’s Top Pick
NordVPN $11.95 per month, other pricing options 5/5 Stars PROS More than 5,200 servers in diverse locations worldwide. Unique, specialized servers. Six simultaneous connections. P2P allowed. Browser apps. Blocks ads, other web threats. Strong cust
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How to Work With Revision History in Google Docs
One advantage of using Google Docs is that it saves your work continually and automatically. Another is that Google keeps a history of all the changes you make to a document. Since you have access to your version history in Google Docs, you can resto
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The Coolest Things From Google I/O 2019
May’s Google I/O is an annual event that gives Android developers a sense of what’s next for the company’s mobile operating system and a peek at the new hardware and services Google is rolling out to unlock its OS’s potential. As a result, the confer
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Top 8 Geeky Getaways
Vacations are supposed to be a time of respite from the daily grind, where you can let loose, lay back, and indulge yourself. But self-indulgence doesn’t have to mean gluttony; for those of the geeky persuasion, it could mean stimulation of the cereb
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Taking Your Tech on the Road
In 2016, I had the good fortune to take a trip to Iceland. What a majestic, pristine, and breathtakingly beautiful place. I loved it. I may never get a chance to visit again, though—and there are plenty of other places I want to explore. But thanks t
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Should You Buy Stem Toys For Your Kids?
As Joey Fortuna found out, it doesn’t matter how educational a toy is if kids don’t want to play with it.
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Acer Chromebook 514: A Standout Choice
Acer Chromebook 514 Starts at $349; $499 as tested 4/5 Stars PROS Sharp-looking aluminum design for a budget machine. Excellent battery life. Touch display (as tested) looks great. Comfortable backlit keyboard. Big touchpad. CONS Processor could
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6 Destinations Where Your Tech Is Not Welcome
So you’re ready to head out on your trip. You’ve got your camera, lenses, a smartphone loaded with travel apps, Bluetooth headphones, and a selfie stick to get that perfect Instagram-worthy #selfie. You’re all set, right? Not so fast, tech traveler.
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Figuring Out In-flight Wi-fi
Your next flight in the US will likely have Wi-Fi, and it’ll probably cost you between $8 and $19 to use. Per a 2018 Gogo survey, about 50 percent of fliers use their own electronic devices on planes. And about 56 percent of North American travelers
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OnePlus 7 Pro: The Best Value for a Premium Smartphone
OnePlus 7 Pro $669.00 4.5/5 Stars PROS Great value for money. Fastest Android phone available. Smooth software. Notchless screen. Lots of camera options. CONS Camera photos are slightly undersaturated. No 802.11ax Wi-Fi. Still no headphone jack.
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HP Spectre x360 13: A Powerful and Long-Lasting Ultraportable
HP Spectre x360 (2019) $1,349.00 4/5 Stars PROS Corner-mounted power button and USB port. Excellent battery life. Sleek design. CONS Cumbersome touchpad. Bottom of laptop gets very warm. The HP Spectre x360 13 is the sort of 2-in-1 convertible
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The Best Ways To Book Flights And Accommodation In 2019
The days of enlisting a trusted travel agent to present you with the best hotel and flight options are long gone. The internet has revolutionized travel booking, but it hasn’t necessarily made it any easier. Now that you can see all of the industry’s
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Stay Connected Abroad
We all rely on our smartphones, and there’s no reason we shouldn’t keep doing so while we’re traveling. Mapping and translation apps have opened up the world in ways that weren’t possible before, and major cities across the globe now have 3G and 4G n
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Why I Have Zero Interest in Cloud Gaming
Gaming is moving to the cloud, at least according to Apple, Google, and Microsoft. The tech giants are going in hard with gaming-via-the-internet platforms—Apple Arcade, Google Stadia, and Project xCloud, respectively—and they may be the companies th
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Can We Fix Election Tech?
Max Eddy’s SecurityWatch Column, “Fixing US Election Tech Is Easier—and Harder—Than You’d Think,” provoked a wide diversity of responses.
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How To Record Calls On An IPhone
There are many reasons you might want to record a call on your smartphone: an interview for work, a customer service call, or a conversation with a loved one. Android devices have few recording limitations (and many of the tips below also apply), but
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Augmented Reality: Microsoft HoloLens 2
Putting on the Microsoft HoloLens 2 made me long for 5G. The new augmented-reality glasses, targeted at the business sector, fill your vision with “holograms” that let architects see the pipes in a wall or doctors see the veins in a body. For now, th
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6G? It’s Going to Be Wild
If you want to be a leader in the 2020s, you need to know about 5G. If you want to be a big player in the 2030s, you have to start looking at 6G. That’s what Antti Aumo, executive director of Invest in Finland, told me at Mobile World Congress—and h
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