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PCWorld's March Digital Magazine: Samsung's Galaxy S21 vs. Apple's iPhone 12

Stay on top of the latest tech with PCWorld’s Digital Magazine. Available as single copies or as a monthly subscription, it highlights the best content from PCWorld.com—the most important news, the key product reviews, and the most useful features and how-to stories—in a curated Digital Magazine for Android and iOS, as well for the desktop and other tablet readers. In the March issue This month...

AMD's game-boosting Smart Access Memory is coming to Ryzen 3000

The $479 Radeon RX 6700 XT obviously stole the spotlight at AMD’s “Where Gaming Begins: Ep. 3” event on Wednesday, but before Radeon chief Scott Herkelman showed off his shiny new graphics card, he delivered another very welcome announcement. AMD’s Smart Access Memory feature is coming to Ryzen 3000 processors to make your games run faster. AMD debuted Smart Access Memory alongside its fantasti...

Google Chrome will replace third-party cookies with tracking that's less intrusive

Google has pledged to crack down on third-party cookies in its Chrome browser for over a year now , taking progressive steps to weed out the code that collects data about you and shares it with the site you’re visiting. Cookies can be helpful in storing your user name and password, or saving your shopping cart; but they can also be used to serve up ads as you browse, making it feel creepily lik...

Brave Search is a privacy-first search engine

Browser privacy is a big deal, as Google and other companies use your search data to serve you ads while you surf the web. While most users accept that tradeoff, others who believe strongly in maintaining their own data privacy. If you’re one of these, Brave Software can help. On Wednesday the company said it’s launching a search engine to compete with Google and Bing, with privacy as its first...

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review: A little bit of everything

Priced at just $199.99, the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro are worthy options for Samsung-focused Android users who want a little bit of everything packed into their wireless earbuds, whether it’s attractive audio performance, excellent waterproofing, a comfortable fit, or active noise cancellation. With their unique voice detection feature and impressive waterproofing, they even manage to come out ah...

AMD's $479 Radeon RX 6700 XT targets silky-smooth 1440p gaming

AMD’s new $479 Radeon RX 6700 XT graphics card will target gamers who want to play at 1440p with max settings but its best feature may be that it’ll be available in “significantly” higher volumes than Radeon RX 6800 GPUs were at launch, the company said Wednesday morning. AMD also announced that its performance-boosting Smart Access Memory technology will be coming to Ryzen 3000 processors. But...

Hands on: Samsung Galaxy SmartTags shine most within the SmartThings ecosystem

Samsung Galaxy SmartTags have entered a market already dominated by the third-party Tile tracker, and possibly about to be disrupted by the rumored circular AirTags from Apple . Can Samsung use the strength of its own Smart Things ecosystem to become a player? We tried them with a Samsung Galaxy S21 to find out. Similar to Tile Bluetooth trackers, Samsung Galaxy SmartTags work by attaching to a...

Microsoft Mesh: Why you should be skeptical about this new VR platform

I am very skeptical about Microsoft Mesh, the company’s new virtual-reality platform, and you should be, too. Microsoft's last attempt at virtual reality, the HoloLens headset, was introduced with a flourish before largely melting away. The signs so far for Mesh suggest a similarly concerning pattern. Beyond that, we have to ask, do meeting participants event want to mingle in virtual spaces? M...

Q Acoustics 3030i review: These bookshelf speakers will have you wondering “Where’s the subwoofer, Waldo?”

Blessed with golden ears and champagne taste, but cursed with a beer budget? You need to give these puppies a listen.

Intel's 11th-gen Rocket Lake will launch at the end of March, report says

Intel’s 11th-gen Rocket Lake-S chip, which touts faster gaming performance than AMD’s Ryzen 5000 chips, will hit the shelves on March 30, a new report says. The new chip will lift off at 6 a.m. PT on March 30, according to a report from editor Andreas Schilling of Hardwareluxx.de . Hardwareluxx broke the news this morning after a disastrous situation in Germany where retailer Mindfactory appare...

Overclock at your own risk: Intel axes its overclocking warranty

The days when you could overclock your Intel “K” or “KF” chip with impunity, while liquid nitrogen vapor wafted through the long tresses of your hair, are over. On Monday, Intel abruptly ended its optional overclocking warranty plan. The end of life for the Performance Tuning Protection Plan was initially covered by Zhiye Lui of Tom’s Hardware . Intel said existing plans—which usually ran about...

Microsoft Teams hardware will join new presenter modes later this year

Microsoft’s determined march to make Microsoft Teams the dominant platform for online videoconferencing and collaboration continued on Tuesday with new presentation modes for Teams, certifications for new Teams monitors, and even a formal announcement of intelligent speakers that can be used to supplement Microsoft Teams. Predictably, the limited consumer focus at the virtual Microsoft Ignite c...

Microsoft still loves smart devices, rolling out Azure Percept camera, mic and services

Microsoft may have given up on smart speakers for the consumer, but the company hasn’t given up on letting others build intelligent devices based on its own technologies and hardware. On Tuesday Microsoft launched Azure Percept, a platform of hardware and services that’s built around Microsoft-designed hardware and Microsoft’s Azure AI platform. They're part of what's known as “edge computing,”...

Google beefs up Workspace with new apps, and Google Assistant

Google Sheets, Docs, and Slides have traditionally been the cornerstone of Google Workspace Essentials. Now you can add Chat, Jamboard, and Calendar, too. Google made a number of additions and changes to its Google Workspace on the eve of Microsoft Ignite this week. Workspace, formerly known as G Suite , is being beefed up with the addition of a number of notable features, including the ability...
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