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Google Photos finally lets PC users copy text from an image
Mon, 12 Apr 2021 13:30:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
One of the most handy Google Photos features just landed on the desktop—via your browser—where it could be even more valuable.The mobile version of Photos supports a technology called Google Lens. In 2018, Lens introduced Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology that can automatically copy any text found in an image, allowing you to paste it elsewhere for easy saving. As 9to5Google spotted over the weekend, that Lens OCR feature is now rolling out to desktop browsers, and that rocks.To read this article in full, please click here
Looks like Nvidia's RTX 4080 won't launch this year
Mon, 12 Apr 2021 11:32:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Don’t expect a new generation of Nvidia graphics cards anytime soon. As part of his GTC 2021 keynote, CEO Jensen Huang revealed “Grace,” the company’s new Arm-based data center CPU—yes, Nvidia is making CPUs now!—and in a slide showing Nvidia’s revamped data center chip stack, the next-gen “Ampere Next” graphics architecture was listed as coming in 2022, with “Ampere Next Next” scheduled for 2024.  Nvidia Peep that GPU schedule, gamers.To read this article in full, please click here
Logitech Harmony universal remotes are being discontinued
Mon, 12 Apr 2021 09:43:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Logitech promises to continue supporting its Harmony service for “as long as customers are using it.”
Watch Nvidia's GTC 2021 keynote livestream here
Mon, 12 Apr 2021 07:40:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
You may not be able to buy a graphics card right now, but today you can tune into the GPUs of tomorrow. Nvidia’s GTC 2021 keynote kicks off today at 11:30 a.m. ET / 8:30 a.m. PT, and it’s coming from CEO Jensen Huang’s kitchen yet again. You can watch the full stream in the YouTube video embedded below. [ Further reading: Best graphics cards for PC gaming ] Don’t expect to hear about new graphics card releases (though the long-rumored GeForce RTX 3080 Ti could very well make its debut). GTC stands for “GPU Technology Conference” and revolves more heavily around developer, technical, and data center announcements than consumer products. Past GTC events have shown off fresh architecture details and features that eventually wound up in proper GeForce cards a few months later, like GTC 2020’s Ampere reveal.To read this article in full, please click here
How to install memory (RAM) in your PC
Mon, 12 Apr 2021 07:15:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
One of the simplest hardware upgrades you can do to make your computer feel snappier is to upgrade your memory.Over the years, operating systems like Windows, software like Photoshop, and now even web browsers like Chrome, have built reputations for being unabashed memory hogs. Older PCs, meanwhile, often have between 2GB and 4GB of memory. Loading too many tabs in Chrome or keeping to many programs open on your desktop could use up all of the memory your system has to offer, slowing your system to a crawl.If your PC’s feeling pokey when you have a lot going on, consider upgrading your RAM. A mere 4GB could work if you’re sticking to light tasks and not using Chrome, but 8GB is really the minimum we would recommend for a modern desktop PC, and 16GB is the sweet spot for most people consider its modest price increase from 8GB (though you should probably buy RAM soon to avoid rising costs). Gamers with an eye towards future-proofing might even want to consider 32GB—the downside being increased cost, of course.To read this article in full, please click here
Tribit StormBox Pro Bluetooth speaker review: Compact, powerful, and weather-resistant
Mon, 12 Apr 2021 04:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
This portable speaker has your summer picnic covered.
iDrive review: Online backup, file sharing, and more
Mon, 12 Apr 2021 03:30:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
As of our latest look, iDrive remains the most comprehensive online backup and sharing service we’ve tested. It’s not the cheapest, but it’s still affordable and comes with backup clients for nearly every PC and device, and is more than competent at local backup. The company also provides additional storage for syncing all your devices and PCs, allows sharing of files with anyone, and has the ability to back up to a local drive. See how well it compares to the competition in our big online backup roundup. Note: For more about data backup, see our best free backup software/services and the best Windows backup software roundups. Plans and pricing Believe it or not, iDrive still offers a free 5GB of storage plan. As far as we’re aware, it’s the only free repository not associated with a mega corporation (Microsoft, Apple, Google, etc.) still in existence. To read this article in full, please click here
Jasco Enbrighten Z-Wave No-Neutral Smart Dimmer review: This three-wire dimmer is too quirky to recommend
Mon, 12 Apr 2021 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Jasco’s latest dimmer left us with a decidedly dim bulb.
Should you buy a Thunderbolt display? Pros, cons, and what to buy
Mon, 12 Apr 2021 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Should you buy a Thunderbolt display? The question is coming up more often these days, as more PC laptops appear with a Thunderbolt port. You might also be wondering whether a Thunderbolt port requires that you use a Thunderbolt display. It doesn’t. But if you have a Thunderbolt port, you do want to take advantage of its many benefits—not just for displays, but for high-speed connectivity and charging as well. While a Thunderbolt display may not be your first or best priority, we help you decide by walking through the pros and cons, and some PC-compatible monitors you can buy on Amazon.What is Thunderbolt? Thunderbolt is an advanced connectivity standard, developed by Intel and first launched in 2011. (Thunderbolt has been on Apple products, most notably the MacBook Pro, since 2013.) It uses the USB-C physical interface for connecting and powering I/O devices, displays, peripherals, you name it—including DisplayPort displays running over the Thunderbolt cable.To read this article in full, please click here
How cord-cutters can make the most of the Fire TV update
Sun, 11 Apr 2021 06:39:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Fire TV update: 11 tips to make the most of it
Online backup: We test the best services—Carbonite, iDrive, and Backblaze
Fri, 09 Apr 2021 16:47:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Online backup is an essential hedge against physical data disaster. Whether it’s an act of theft or an act of God (earthquakes, floods, hard-drive devouring locusts), you never know what could hit your PC or phone, and when. This is an especially important issue for mobile-centric users, who stand to lose a lot of their digital possessions if their device disappears.Uploading your data to an online service covers a lot of the bases. Some people call these “cloud” services, but in reality, your data is stored on servers at the other end of the connection—that is, someone else’s hard drives. But that’s part of the plan! The backup Rule of Three says you should maintain three copies of your data: the original, a copy, and a copy of the copy. One copy should be in a safe place away from the original and secondary.To read this article in full, please click here
Carbonite Safe review: Cleverly integrated online backup
Fri, 09 Apr 2021 16:16:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
It's been a few years since we reviewed the Carbonite backup service and, outwardly, things have changed a bit. There's a new owner, OpenText; the name of the service has morphed from Carbonite Online to Carbonite Safe; and there's been a very slight drop in price. What remains intact is its status as the most elegantly realized and integrated online backup service in the industry.See how well it compares to the competition in our online backup roundup. Note: For more about data backup, see also our best free backup software/services and best Windows backup software roundups. Data selection and clever OS integration Carbonite Safe offers unlimited data backup, but by default it intelligently targets only the most common data and locations: the Windows Documents, Pictures, Music, etc. folders. If you store important data outside those locations, it requires a bit more user intervention than, say, competitor Backblaze, which backs up everything, lock, stock, and barrel—a safe but unnecessarily wasteful approach.To read this article in full, please click here
Corsair K65 RGB Mini: Hands-on with the 60-percent mechanical gaming keyboard
Fri, 09 Apr 2021 07:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Mechanical gaming keyboards are the way to go if you’re looking for a superior typing or gaming experience, and size doesn’t always matter. Corsair’s K65 RGB Mini is a 60-percent mechanical keyboard—meaning it trims off some of the keys and focuses on offering a smaller footprint compared to a full-size keyboard with a dedicated function key row and number pad. It straddles the line between form and function, but it packs in quite a few features for its price tag ($110 on Amazon).The K65 RGB Mini comes with more durable PBT double-shot keycaps that don’t wear down over time as much as traditional ABS plastic. Per-key RGB lighting is controllable inside Corsair’s iCue software, and an all-white tray underneath provides a radiant glow across the whole board. A whole host of on-board shortcuts are side-printed on keys and offer over 30 different controls to make up for the lack of dedicated keys—like the function and arrow keys.To read this article in full, please click here
What’s the fastest solution for local or private game streaming? | Ask an expert
Fri, 09 Apr 2021 03:23:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Q: What’s the fastest solution for local or private game streaming?A: All options work pretty well. You can pick whichever suits your preference (Steam Remote Play, AMD Link, Nvidia GameStream, etc), as the service is less of a restricting factor for speed than your network setup. As with cloud gaming, you can run into issues with local or private game streaming when you’re on Wi-Fi, especially when you live in a congested situation like an apartment building.To read this article in full, please click here
Pioneer DJ VM-70 powered speaker review: This versatile speaker delivers accurate sound at a reasonable price
Fri, 09 Apr 2021 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The VM-70 offers pleasing sound for recreational listening along with the sonic definition and connections you look for in a studio monitor—all at an affordable price.
You should probably buy your memory now before prices get worse
Fri, 09 Apr 2021 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
After months of warnings that DRAM prices would spike, prices are, in fact, edging up again. We looked on camelcamelcamel at historical memory prices for the top 10 RAM modules sold on Amazon, and they're all trending upward.For example, we looked at historical pricing of a pair of 16GB DDR4/3200 G.Skill TridentZ RGB modules, which were introduced on Amazon in 2017. As the camelcamelcamel chart below indicates, the modules made their debut above $400 and reached $500 during the painful price hikes of 2018.Last fall, the modules sank to as low as $200. More recently, prices have slowly moved back up to $290 on AmazonRemove non-product link.To read this article in full, please click here
Another day, another data breach. Here’s how to see if you’ve been exposed
Thu, 08 Apr 2021 13:55:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
In early April, security experts made public the details of yet another Facebook data breach, this one affecting over half a billion users. As originally reported by Business Insider, personal information on 533 million Facebook users spanning 106 countries surfaced in a hacking forum, with records including email addresses, phone numbers, full names, locations, birthdays, and relationship statuses. This data traces back to a vulnerability fixed by Facebook in 2019, which allowed the scraping of profiles.If you’re included in that data set, you’ll want to protect yourself in the future. The first step is to check whether you’re part of the breach.To read this article in full, please click here
The best CPUs for gaming
Thu, 08 Apr 2021 13:14:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Buying a processor for a gaming rig isn’t as hard as it used to be. Now that Ryzen 5000-series and Intel’s 11th-gen Core CPUs come with more performance and cores than ever before, it’s hard to buy a stinker these days—especially because most games favor graphics firepower over CPU oomph. All that said, there are specific chips that stand out from the horde as the best gaming CPUs due to their price, performance, or nifty extras. Best CPU for gaming cheat sheet Our quick-hit recommendations:To read this article in full, please click here
How to install a power supply in your PC
Thu, 08 Apr 2021 08:29:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Don’t underestimate the importance of your PC’s power source. A good power supply serves as the cornerstone for a low-maintenance and highly reliable computer. But more often than not, boxed, pre-built desktops ship with the cheapest power supplies that meet the criteria of their product warranties.This means that two or three years after buying your computer, you may find yourself with a perfectly functional desktop that one day decides either not to power on or to emit a puff of black smoke. Upgrading your graphics card can also push your PC’s power supply past its limits, depending on the model.To read this article in full, please click here
Wyze Home Monitoring review: A tremendous value for the price, if you can live with its limitations
Thu, 08 Apr 2021 07:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Focused primarily on home security, this wireless system also supports smart lighting.
Which CPU do I have and how fast is it? How to check
Thu, 08 Apr 2021 07:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Do you know which CPU you have, and how fast it runs?  And is it fast enough to run Windows 10 at a capable clip? The latter question we can answer right away: As long as you have a PC-compatible CPU manufactured in the last five years, there’s little reason to think it can’t run Windows 10. The minimum Windows 10 processor spec is just 1GHz, after all. There are some restrictions for older processors, though, and in these cases you’ll want details on which CPU you’re running. Sandy Bridge processors from 2011, for example, can run earlier versions of Windows 10, but those chips have been phased out and aren’t supported by newer builds of the operating system.To read this article in full, please click here
Where should you buy monitor cables? | Ask an expert
Thu, 08 Apr 2021 03:34:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Q: Where do you buy your cables for your monitors? They’re not all made to equal specifications, especially DisplayPort.A: Monoprice gets our staff’s vote for being a source for reliable, affordable cables, whether they’re HDMI or DisplayPort. You can buy them either through Monoprice directly or via Amazon. The direct site offers periodic sales in addition to overall lower prices (which helps offset shipping), while Amazon has slightly higher prices but free shipping for Prime members.To read this article in full, please click here
Samsung Galaxy S21 smartphones: The best and worst features
Thu, 08 Apr 2021 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The new Samsung Galaxy S21 family has gotten a mostly positive reception, thanks to some notable hardware and software improvements. These phones are faster and more feature-rich compared to last year's S20s.However, it's not all roses in Samsung-land. The S21 series has its fair share of disappointing features you'll have to accept. Here are the best and worst features you need to know about before buying Samsung's latest devices.More stories: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review Samsung just out-Googled the Pixel at guaranteeing Android updates Samsung Galaxy SmartTags shine in the Samsung ecosystem Devastating chip shortages could hit smartphones soon The best features Galaxy S21 Ultra camera Ryan Whitwam/IDG The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra's camera offers two optical zoom cameras, in addition to the 108MP primary and 12MP ultrawide.To read this article in full, please click here
It's a big deal: An Alienware laptop will pack an AMD CPU for the first time
Wed, 07 Apr 2021 10:15:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
If you want proof AMD's Ryzen 5000 laptop CPU has really made it, look no further than the new Alienware m15 Ryzen Edition R5 which, as its name tells you, will feature an AMD CPU for the first time in history.The new Alienware m15 will pack either an 8-core Ryzen 7 5800H or an 8-core Ryzen 9 5900HX. Having covered Alienware gaming laptops since the very beginning, we can tell you AMD CPUs have never made it this far.Sure, you can say Asus, MSI, Gigabyte and other gaming laptops would like to have a word, but in the "making it" world, getting an AMD Ryzen into such a high-profile brand as Alienware is a crowning achievement for AMD's Zen 3 cores and its award-winning Ryzen 5000 chips.To read this article in full, please click here
How to choose the best PC power supply
Wed, 07 Apr 2021 07:30:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Power supplies are a frequently misunderstood—and overlooked—PC component. Many users choose a PC power supply based on total wattage alone, assuming that higher is always synonymous with better. Others pay no attention to their power supply unit (PSU) selection at all, and settle for whatever abomination arrived with their machine. But considering how important a good power supply is to a system’s stability and long-term reliability, it’s a shame that PSUs get so little attention in comparison to sexier components like graphics cards and SSDs.To read this article in full, please click here
Turn Google Photos into Windows backgrounds with this awesome app
Wed, 07 Apr 2021 07:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
One of the best features of Google Photos is the way it can bring your picture collection to lots of different screens.If you’ve got a Google Nest Hub, for instance, Google Photos essentially turns it into a smart picture frame. On Android TV and Chromecast devices, Google Photos can supply the pictures in “Ambient” screen saver mode. You can even turn Pixel phones into a place for Google Photos when you use Google’s Pixel Stand wireless charger.To read this article in full, please click here
Ring unveils the Floodlight Cam Wired Pro, with radar-powered bird’s-eye view
Wed, 07 Apr 2021 06:30:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Ring’s radar feature is coming to its new wired floodlight cam, while the new Video Doorbell 4 gets a color pre-roll mode.
How to disable start up programs in Windows 10 to make boot times faster
Wed, 07 Apr 2021 03:30:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
You can find plenty of Windows programs to help cut down boot times, but they’re not necessary. Everything you need to make Windows faster is already waiting for you in an old, built-in utility: the Task Manager.This storied program isn’t just the place to stop annoying processes that refuse to shut down. The Task Manager can also help manage startup times. Open the Task Manager by tapping Ctrl + Shift + Esc. Alternatively, hit the Windows Key, type “Task Manager,” and select the Task Manager from the search results that appear. IDG The Task Manger in Windows 10 in simplified mode.To read this article in full, please click here
Blueair HealthProtect 7410i air purifier review: A silent operator for scrubbing your air
Wed, 07 Apr 2021 03:00:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
Ultra-quiet operation is this imposing purifier’s greatest strength.
Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) review: Alexa's got her eye on you
Tue, 06 Apr 2021 16:26:00 -0700
Source: PCWorld
The rotating screen on Amazon’s latest smart display is the big attraction, but there’s plenty more to like about this excellent smart home hub.
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