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Microsoft is ready to leave Windows 8 behind, just like everyone else • Windows 8.1 support will officially end next year, with notifications starting in July.
Brave’s privacy-focused Google alternative lets you customize your search rankings • The firm’s latest product gives you greater control over your search results.
Google’s password manager gets killer upgrades for Chrome, Android, and iOS • The password security updates to Chrome and Android will roll out over the coming months.
AMD’s Pro-only Threadripper shift leaves HEDT enthusiasts in the cold • The cheapest Threadripper Pro 5000 chip is $1,000 more expensive than the last-gen version.
Why you don’t need to splurge on a cutting-edge SSD • More important is simply having an SSD as your boot drive.
Microsoft’s Game Pass streaming looks worse on Linux—unless you use Edge • Browser tests show a drop in xCloud’s visual quality when using Linux versus Windows.
Is Windows antivirus software still necessary in 2022? • Why Microsoft’s built-in virus scanner is probably good enough (and why you might still look elsewhere).
Nvidia’s low-cost GeForce graphics card leaves a lot to be desired • Like a lot more memory bandwidth, for example.
Dell XPS 17 9720 (2022): A masterful Windows workhorse • This laptop is swanky-looking and powerful.
Teamgroup Cardea A440 Pro SSD: Scintillating PCIe 4.0 performance • This top performer comes with a massive heat sink and a somewhat steep price tag.
Google Stadia: The console experience without the console • Google Stadia stakes its claim as one of the best in cloud gaming.
LG DualUp 28MQ780-B: You’ve never used a monitor like this • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Alienware x15 R2: A gaming laptop stacked with power and personality • Dell’s new premium 15-inch gaming laptop is a class act.
The best free VPN for Chrome • How to play it safe on the cheap.
SOFTWARE SUBSCRIPTION OVERLOAD: WHICH SERVICES ARE WORTH PAYING FOR? • YOU CAN TRY TO GO FREE ON EVERYTHING, BUT YOU CAN MISS OUT ON SOME VITAL FEATURES THAT WAY.
HOW TO MAKE AI ART: DALL-E MINI, AI DUNGEON, AND MORE • DALL-E MINI IS THE EASIEST WAY TO TRY OUT AI ART FOR YOURSELF—BUT WE’VE FOUND A BETTER SOLUTION THAT’S PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE, TOO.
Monitor buying guide: How to choose your next display • Shopping for a new monitor? We break down all the specs that matter, from refresh rate to panel type and beyond.
8 simple ways to protect your smartphone from hackers • Keep your device secure with these easy-to-follow steps.
How to use Clipchamp, Microsoft’s sleeper-hit video editor • Clipchamp, the mostly free video editor Microsoft purchased last year, is simple, intuitive, and enjoyable.
10 innovative Opera features that lured me away from Chrome • Those mouse gestures truly rocked my world.
Tech Spotlight • A video showcase of the latest trends