Gadgets

The best online backup service for securely encrypting your data

Many people resist backing up their data to an online backup service like MozyHome, Carbonite, or Backblaze because they worry their data will be poked through by company employees, hijacked by criminals, or provided to law enforcement or government agents without due process. The sanctity of your data boils down to whether the encryption key used to scramble your data can ... Read More »

PCWorld Show Episode 29: Samsung Note7 recall, Google to ditch Nexus for Pixel

Samsung’s recall of the Note7 just keeps getting worse and Jon, Jason, and Gordon are here to help you make sense of it. On tap: Jason gives us the latest on just how bad the Note7 recall is and what may have gone wrong. Is Google about to announce new Pixel phones and drop its beloved Nexus line? Does anyone even care? Researchers ... Read More »

The Full Nerd Episode 7: GPU buyer’s guide, AMD Zen pricing, and a 4K PlayStation

This week on The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, and Hayden Dingman predict just how much AMD’s upcoming Zen CPU will cost, riff on how powerful the PlayStation 4 Pro will be, and then debate: Star Wars vs. Star Trek. In the Builder’s Corner, Brad gives us the best GPU for the most common resolutions and some strategy for high-frame rate ... Read More »

We tear apart a hard drive and SSD to show you how they work

1 of 14 Thumbnails MORE See larger image Credit: Mike Homnick It’s what’s inside that counts It’s the day everybody dreads: You power up your PC and it sits dormant, failing to boot because your hard drive or SSD is dead. But after you stop cursing and reaching for your backups—you do create backups regularly, right?—you might as well make ... Read More »

The Full Nerd Episode 7: GPU buyer’s guide, AMD Zen pricing, and a 4K PlayStation

This week on The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung, Brad Chacos, and Hayden Dingman predict just how much AMD’s upcoming Zen CPU will cost, riff on how powerful the PlayStation 4 Pro will be, and then debate: Star Wars vs. Star Trek. In the Builder’s Corner, Brad gives us the best GPU for the most common resolutions and some strategy for high-frame rate ... Read More »

5 more Firefox add-ons that boost browser productivity

As we’ve mentioned previously, Firefox’s vast library of add-ons makes it easy to build the browser into a productivity juggernaut. We uncovered a few more must-have customizations for improving your online workflow. Start HQ The Firefox start tab isn’t exactly motivating; in fact, you’re more likely to be seduced by the search bar into wasting time than starting on the ... Read More »

Five to Try: Bohemian Rhapsody goes VR, and Family Guy and Futurama wage card combat

When you think of Queen’s iconic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” what pops to mind?Wayne’s World? Maybe next time your brain will go to vivid virtual reality, as Google just released the mesmerizing Bohemian Rhapsody Experience app for Cardboard VR. It leads our latest batch of new Android app and game recommendations, all of which are focused on fun and entertainment. Also new ... Read More »

Bowers & Wilkins P7 Wireless headphones review: They sound better than the original

Bowers & Wilkins has earned its place as the BMW of high-end audio. The company’s loudspeakers are legendary: Its five-figure Nautilus speakers have been displayed in museums; Abbey Road Studios has used their monitors for more than 20 years; and the company’s new 800 Series Diamond (which I auditioned during last year’s NYC launch event) are receiving rave reviews. The ... Read More »

3 ways Android Nougat is a must for multitaskers

The latest version of Android packs the usual raft of new features, but none are as flashy as its revamped multitasking abilities, especially the new side-by-side view that lets you use two apps at once. Nougat also adds a couple of other essential new multitasking features: the ability to quickly switch between the current app and the last one you ... Read More »

First ‘Project Tango’ phone’s release gets pushed back from “Summer” to “Fall”

We’ve seen plenty of products that snap a lens over top of your existing smartphone lens, but nothing quite like this. The Hasselblad True Zoom is a Moto Mod that works with Moto Z phones, and completely replaces your phone camera with a point-and-shoot that gives you 10X optical zoom. It certainly doesn’t come anywhere near approximating the quality of Hasselblad’s ... Read More »