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R-Drive Image 7 review: The best backup now looks the part

At a glance Expert’s Rating Pros Super reliable, quick disk and partition imaging New file and folder backup New partition manager Lean-and-mean boot media Cons Consumer version uses proprietary image format Our Verdict Quick, facile, reliable… Version 7 of R-Drive Image adds partition management, file and folder backup, and an appealingly modern appearance. Our recommended backup solution. Wit...

10 ways to make the most of your password manager

Already using a password manager? Smart move—you’ve increased your security by not relying on written reminders, spreadsheets, or other insecure forms of tracking passwords. Don’t stop there, though. To fully benefit from the magic of a password manager, you should be using as many of its features as possible. When you do, strong, random passwords become an even more seamless part of your daily...

Intel sees chip shortages lasting into 2023

While Intel recorded record revenue for the fourth quarter of 2021, Intel chief executive Pat Gelsinger said that chip shortages will persist throughout 2022 and into next year. “Looking across the industry, 2021 was dominated by two recurring themes, unprecedented demand, and ecosystem supply constraints, ” Gelsinger said. Intel reported record revenue for the quarter—$20.5 billion, up 3 perce...

The best laptops: Premium laptops, budget laptops, 2-in-1s, and more

Are you in the market for a brand spanking new laptop? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We curated a list of the best laptops available today. From traditional clamshells to swanky 2-in1’s, we’ve got something for everyone. If you’re working with an inflexible budget, don’t sweat it, we’ve included Chromebooks and a few other affordable options. Every single one of these laptops has been ...

Find out how to get your marketing plan ready for 2022 and beyond, just $35

Social media has forever changed the way we do business. Is your marketing plan ready for this year and beyond? If not, The 2022 Social Media and Digital Ads Certification Bundle might be just what you need to get it up to speed. This web-based package features eight courses that introduce students to social media marketing, digital advertising, and the tools that create web-based audiences. Th...

Microsoft to publicly preview upcoming Windows 11 features next month

Microsoft has said previously that it plans to issue feature updates to Windows 11 once per year, in the fall. But the company said Wednesday that it plans to issue a “public preview” of Android apps running on Windows, among other features, next month. Microsoft’s announcement came at the end of a Wednesday blog post authored by Panos Panay, chief product officer of Windows + Devices at Micros...

Elgato’s Stream Deck Pedal is the input device you never knew you needed

Modern games employ pretty much every digit on both your hands, and of course your eyes and ears. Throw in some multiplayer communication and you get your voice in on the action, too. And if you’re streaming to an audience, you have all that to manage, plus keeping a bunch of people engaged and managing a chatroom. Elgato, now a subsidiary of Corsair, makes tools like the Stream Deck to help ke...

Our favorite 1TB SSD is just $110 right now

Our favorite PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD is available right now for the best price at Amazon since August 2020. The online retailer is currently selling the 1TB SK Hynix Gold P31 for just $110 . It’s actually SK Hynix that’s selling it through Amazon. However, Amazon takes care of the fulfillment side of things, meaning the product is covered by the online retailer’s return policy. The Gold P31 is curren...

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 review: A truly modern GPU for the masses (hopefully)

At a glance Expert’s Rating Pros Great 1080p gaming with high visual settings 8GB of GDDR6 RAM Cool and quiet Playable ray tracing performance, especially with DLSS enabled Support for modern features like DLSS, Nvidia Reflex, AV1 decode, Nvidia Broadcast, PCIe Resizable BAR, and more No weird technical sacrifices like in Radeon RX 6500 XT Cons $100 more than last generation’s xx50-class card N...

Get this Dell gaming laptop with Nvidia graphics for just $735

If you want to get your game on with a reasonably priced 1080p gaming rig, we’ve got the deal for you. Dell is currently selling the G15 gaming laptop with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti for $735 . That’s a good price for a gaming laptop. It’s around $100 less than other 3050 Ti deals we’ve seen. With this laptop, you can expect good 1080p gaming with high to ultra graphics depending on the titl...

Intel 12th-gen laptops are here: 5 things you need to know

Desktop machines might take home the prize in absolute raw power, but most users are still going with laptops for practicality and ease of use. So the new 12th-gen “Alder Lake” Intel processors, now freshly available in portable form, are a welcome upgrade for those who need their premium processing in a to-go package. PCWorld’s Gordon Ung took care of our usual exhaustive review of the new gen...

Microsoft ‘delighted’ by Windows 11 usage, but what is it?

Microsoft said Tuesday that about 1.4 billion users use either Windows 10 or Windows 11 every month, providing a “powerful on-ramp” for the company’s own services. “Three months in, and we are delighted by the response to Windows 11,” Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella said during the company’s calendar fourth-quarter 2021 earnings call with analysts. Microsoft reported that revenue for Wi...

The best cheap gaming laptops

If you’re in the market for a gaming laptop but aren’t in a position to shell out a ton of cash, believe it or not, there are some pretty decent budget options out there. Whether you’re a hardcore FPS player or a lover of story-driven games, these high-powered machines should get the job done. Although every laptop on this list has been personally vetted by the PCWorld team, there’s one that re...

How to cheat at Wordle

The latest social-media craze is Wordle, the simple game where you have six guesses to match the game’s five-letter word. Five green squares means you’ve succeeded, and can rack up likes on Twitter and Facebook. But there are at least three simple ways to cheat at Wordle—including a way to discover Wordle’s word in advance for the next days or weeks. We have Wordle spoilers! We’re not trying to...

Lock it down for less with this one-day sale on Eufy security gear

Amazon’s on a roll today with its slew of one-day sales. We’ve already seen a deal on Beats headphones and there’s a bunch of discounts on external storage . Well, Amazon strikes again with this one-day sale on Eufy security gear. It ends just before midnight on Tuesday evening (PST), though, so you’ll want to act fast. Here are our top picks from the sale. First up, the Eufy Security SoloCam E...
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