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About Three-Quarters of Microsoft Flight Simulator Players Flew Home for Their First Trip

About Three-Quarters of Microsoft Flight Simulator Players Flew Home for Their First Trip

PCMag editors select and review products . If you buy through affiliate links, we may earn commissions, which help support our testing. .https://www.pcmag.com/news/about-three-quarters-of-microsoft-flight-simulator-players-flew-home-for(Image: Microsoft) is so expansive that it allows players to fly . With a variety of different aircrafts, would-be jet setters can explore their favorite hot spots without worrying about the dangers of traveling during a global pandemic. But where do you travel first when the whole world is your oyster? As , a new documentary exploring Microsoft Flight...

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The European Space Agency Is Going to Use a Giant Claw to Grab Space Junk

The European Space Agency Is Going to Use a Giant Claw to Grab Space Junk

PCMag editors select and review products . If you buy through affiliate links, we may earn commissions, which help support our testing. .https://www.pcmag.com/news/the-european-space-agency-is-going-to-use-a-giant-claw-to-grab-space-junk(Photo via European Space Agency/ClearSpace SA)The European Space Agency, in partnership with Swiss start-up ClearSpace SA, will launch the first active space debris removal mission in 2025. an €86 million ($103 million) deal to purchase the unique service, which, in five years, will capture the upper part of a Vespa (Vega Secondary Payload Adapter) from...

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Twitter Labeled 300K Tweets for Election-Related Misinformation

Twitter Labeled 300K Tweets for Election-Related Misinformation

We review products , but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. .13 Nov 2020, 8:03 p.m.(Photo by AFP via Getty Images)The labeling of President Trump's tweets is getting a lot of headlines, but Twitter it labeled approximately 300,000 election-related tweets as disputed and potentially misleading across its platform between Oct. 27 and Nov. 11.That’s 0.2% of all tweets on the election. The tagged tweets violated Twitter’s , which states that users “may not use Twitter’s services for the purpose of manipulating or interfering in elections or other civic...

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Quantum Computing: A Bubble Ready to Burst?

Quantum Computing: A Bubble Ready to Burst?

PCMag editors select and review products . If you buy through affiliate links, we may earn commissions, which help support our testing. .https://www.pcmag.com/news/quantum-computing-a-bubble-ready-to-burstQuantum computers, like this IBM model, look like science fiction come to life. (Credit: Graham Carlow for IBM)The massive intersection of James Avenue and East Boughton Road in Bolingbrook, Illinois, looks like many other crossroads in suburban America. A drive-through Starbucks keeps watch over 15 lanes of turning and merging mid-size SUVs, most headed for the sprawling parking lots of...

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From Painfully Slow to Lightning Fast: SpaceX's Starlink Makes Rural Internet Usable

From Painfully Slow to Lightning Fast: SpaceX's Starlink Makes Rural Internet Usable

PCMag editors select and review products . If you buy through affiliate links, we may earn commissions, which help support our testing. .https://www.pcmag.com/news/from-painfully-slow-to-lightning-fast-spacexs-starlink-makes-rural-internet(Credit: Nickolas Friedrich)Nickolas Friedrich lives in central Montana, where his local broadband connectivity hasn't been good.Every month, he pays about $120 for a measly 0.8Mbps download speed from the only DSL provider in town. And his connection can freeze up when too many neighbors are on the service at once. As a result, streaming videos isn’t...

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Musk: SpaceX's Starlink Internet Service Will Work in High-Speed Moving Vehicles

Musk: SpaceX's Starlink Internet Service Will Work in High-Speed Moving Vehicles

PCMag editors select and review products . If you buy through affiliate links, we may earn commissions, which help support our testing. .(Credit: SpaceX)SpaceX’s satellite internet network, , may deliver broadband to people’s homes and their cars, according to CEO Elon Musk. On Tuesday, Twitter user Anton Kanerva asked Musk whether Starlink’s satellite dishes will work over “high-speed moving objects like trains.” He added: “It would be incredible if trains moving through the middle of nowhere finally could have stable high-speed internet connections!”In response, Musk tweeted back: “Yes....

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Google Says Biggest DDoS Attack on Record Hit the Company in 2017

Google Says Biggest DDoS Attack on Record Hit the Company in 2017

PCMag editors select and review products . If you buy through affiliate links, we may earn commissions, which help support our testing. .(Credit: Pixabay)Google is reporting that a state-sponsored hacking group launched the biggest on record against the company back in Sept. 2017. On Friday, Google’s cloud business the incident, which involved bombarding the company’s internet networks with a flood of traffic. The DDoS attack lasted over a six-month campaign, peaking to 2.5Tbps in traffic. The figure surpasses the 2.3Tbps assault Amazon’s cloud business AWS this past February, which was...

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Oct 16
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These US Rural Areas Have the Highest (and Lowest) Internet Speeds

These US Rural Areas Have the Highest (and Lowest) Internet Speeds

We review products , but we may earn affiliate commissions from buying links on this page. .News16 Oct 2020, 10 a.m.Thinking about moving to the country but need speedy your internet? There are some areas you might want to consider before others. published a report based on more than 1 million internet speed tests in rural cities: communities with populations of less than 10,000 people that are at least an hour away from the nearest major city.  earlier this year, but things have changed in ten months. For one, the national average for all rural speed tests increased from 39.01Mbps to...

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Verizon Launches 'Nationwide' 5G, Expands mmWave to 55 Cities

Verizon Launches 'Nationwide' 5G, Expands mmWave to 55 Cities

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .Verizon expanded its high-speed, short-range millimeter-wave service to 55 cities and launched a "nationwide" 5G system using 4G channels today, in tandem with the launch of the new line. All four of the new iPhones have all forms of 5G used in the US."You can be assured there's no faster 5G on Earth," Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg said at the iPhone launch. In our tests, Verizon's UWB 5G system—also known as high-band or nationwide 5G—has shown spectacular speeds of...

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Final Nail in the Coffin for Yahoo Groups Lands Dec. 15

Final Nail in the Coffin for Yahoo Groups Lands Dec. 15

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .(Credit: Yahoo)Yahoo Groups will shut down for good on Dec. 15, a year after company parent Verizon decided to gut most of the functionality from the 20-year-old discussion board platform. Yahoo said supporting the platform “no longer fit” with its long-term strategy, citing low use. At the same time, Yahoo is indicating it’s moving away from hosting user-generated content. “Yahoo Groups has seen a steady decline in usage over the last several years,” Yahoo said...

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Inside the Pandemic's Biggest Cash Cow: Scalper Bot Networks Hawking Hot Products

Inside the Pandemic's Biggest Cash Cow: Scalper Bot Networks Hawking Hot Products

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .(Credit: Nvidia)The pandemic and ensuing economic fallout may be leading internet users to dabble in the notorious art of scalping in order to buy up this holiday season's hottest electronics and re-sell them for a hefty profit.You probably encountered these scalpers last month if you tried to buy Nvidia’s graphics card, the PlayStation 5, or the Xbox Series X—all sold out almost immediately. Buyers include third-party resellers who use to purchase the products...

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Oct 9
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Native American Tribe Gets Early Access to SpaceX's Starlink and Says It's Fast

Native American Tribe Gets Early Access to SpaceX's Starlink and Says It's Fast

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .(Credit: Washington State Department of Commerce)SpaceX’s upcoming satellite internet service can indeed supply fast internet to remote areas, according to a Native American tribe in Washington state. On Wednesday, the Hoh tribe tweeted that SpaceX’s Starlink network has been supplying fast broadband to local residents in the area. “Our children can participate in remote learning, residents can access healthcare,” the tribe said. “SpaceX Starlink made it happen...

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Etsy to Remove All QAnon Merchandise

Etsy to Remove All QAnon Merchandise

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .QAnon supporters in Suffolk County, New York, Oct. 4 (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)E-commerce site Etsy is removing all merchandise tied to QAnon because the pro-Trump conspiracy theory is causing potential harm. Merchants have been selling QAnon T-shirts, necklaces, and stickers via the website, but on Wednesday Etsy said it would begin pulling down the products, to Insider, which was first to break the news. “Etsy is firmly committed to...

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Oct 7
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Elon Musk: Public Beta for SpaceX's Satellite Internet Will Start Soon

Elon Musk: Public Beta for SpaceX's Satellite Internet Will Start Soon

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .(Credit: SpaceX)SpaceX has successfully launched another 60 satellites into orbit, clearing the way for the public beta of its Starlink satellite broadband network to begin.“Once these satellites reach their target position, we will be able to roll out a fairly wide public beta in northern US and hopefully southern Canada,” CEO Elon Musk tweeted today.The Starlink satellite broadband network can currently deliver 100Mbps download speeds with latency at around 30...

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How a Half-Dozen Raspberry Pis Help Keep This Maine Oyster Farm Afloat

How a Half-Dozen Raspberry Pis Help Keep This Maine Oyster Farm Afloat

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .Running Tide's 60-by-24-foot oyster processing boatis an oyster farm with an eye on climate change. It does carbon sequestration by growing kelp and its 30 employees include software developers, instrumentation engineers, fabricators, and a data scientist who wrote her doctoral thesis on the impact of sea surface dynamics on ocean nutrients.“We put oysters in our system, we grow them, we learn about what the oysters like and don't like and then we adjust our gear...

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Sep 28
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SpaceX Is Providing Satellite Internet Service to Towns Hit by Wildfires

SpaceX Is Providing Satellite Internet Service to Towns Hit by Wildfires

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .(Credit: Washington Emergency Management)Residents in Washington state recovering from the wildfires are remaining online, thanks to SpaceX’s satellite broadband network. The company’s Starlink system has been supplying the emergency internet to residents in Malden, a town of about 200 people, where an 80 percent of the homes have been destroyed by the wildfires.On Monday, Washington’s Emergency Management Department tweeted a photo of a Starlink satellite...

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Airbus Unveils 3 Hydrogen-Powered Concept Aircraft

Airbus Unveils 3 Hydrogen-Powered Concept Aircraft

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .(Photo: Airbus)Airbus has made a pledge to have the world's first zero-emission commercial aircraft in service by 2035, and to support that ambition, three hydrogen-powered concept aircraft designs have been unveiled by the company this week.The trio of aircraft are due to their reliance on hydrogen as a fuel source. "As recently as five years ago, hydrogen propulsion wasn’t even on our radar as a viable emission-reduction technology pathway," explains Glenn...

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Sep 22
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Wikipedia's Desktop Site Is Getting Its First Redesign in 10 years

Wikipedia's Desktop Site Is Getting Its First Redesign in 10 years

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .(Credit: Wikimedia Foundation)A redesign is coming to the desktop version of Wikipedia, which will be its first in ten years. The change will be gradually rolled out with new features and interface tweaks, according to the nonprofit that oversees the website, the Wikimedia Foundation. “If all goes to plan, these improvements will be the default on all wikis by the end of 2021, timed with Wikipedia’s 20th birthday celebrations,” the group in a blog post. The...

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Intel's Iris Xe Graphics Preview: Is Real Gaming Power in Reach for Thin-and-Light Laptops?

Intel's Iris Xe Graphics Preview: Is Real Gaming Power in Reach for Thin-and-Light Laptops?

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .Today, Intel fed us a feast of information around its 11th generation Core , enough to sustain us for days to come. But among the most appetizing tidbits were details surrounding its new Iris Xe integrated graphics.To start, Iris Xe is the name for the new integrated graphics that will be built into the upper tier of the company's 11th generation laptop chips. Intel introduced nine new CPUs in this first wave of Tiger Lake silicon, and Iris Xe will be included in...

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Twitter Investigates Apparent Racial Bias in Photo Preview Algorithm

Twitter Investigates Apparent Racial Bias in Photo Preview Algorithm

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .(Photo by Aytac Unal/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)Twitter is looking into a possible racial bias within its neural network that's causing the photo preview algorithm to show white faces more frequently than black faces.Cryptography and infrastructure engineer Tony Arcieri over the weekend what he called a "horrible" experiment highlighting the social network's natural inclination toward white folks. When Arcieri tweeted photos of former President Barack Obama...

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Sep 21
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Ridiculous Tech Myths That Just Won't Die

Ridiculous Tech Myths That Just Won't Die

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .Is what you believe about technology rooted in fact or fiction?Last year, tech myths people still believe: that more megapixels in a digital camera make for a better picture (they don’t), and that charging a phone overnight somehow harms the battery (it doesn’t). Tech myths haven’t gone away since then, so HighSpeedInternet.com researchers renewed the report for 2020.They anonymously surveyed 1,000 Americans to uncover what the public believes about emerging...

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Sony a7C Is a Sized-Down Full-Frame Camera

Sony a7C Is a Sized-Down Full-Frame Camera

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .(Image: Sony)Sony is expanding its a7 camera series with a brand new model type, the first we've seen since the launch of first a7S model, way back in 2014. Called the a7C, it's a slimmer, more affordable version of the best-selling , but one that comes with very few compromises.The a7C swaps out the centered viewfinder, SLR-style frame used by other a7 models in favor of the rangefinder-style design that Sony has used in its APS-C a6000 series for close to a...

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Sep 15
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OnePlus Buds Mistaken for 'Counterfeit AirPods' by US Customs

OnePlus Buds Mistaken for 'Counterfeit AirPods' by US Customs

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .OnePlus Buds in white (Photo by Sascha Segan/PCMag)Late last month, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized 2,000 earbuds at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, but the seizure is rather embarrassing for CBP.The agency on Sunday that CBP officials confiscated "counterfeit" Apple AirPods on their way from Hong Kong to Nevada—valued at $398,000 "had they been genuine." Except, they are genuine: Genuine . Border Protection's own photos...

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Verizon Buys Prepaid Carrier Tracfone

Verizon Buys Prepaid Carrier Tracfone

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .(Photo by Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)Verizon is buying Tracfone, the oldest and largest virtual wireless carrier in the US, in a that the companies say will probably close in the second half of 2021.Tracfone has been offering service since the 1990s on all the major carrier networks and operates service for 21 million subscribers under a slew of names including its own, Straight Talk, Simple Mobile, Net10, Walmart Family Wireless,...

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These States Have Seen the Biggest Decreases in Internet Speed During COVID-19

These States Have Seen the Biggest Decreases in Internet Speed During COVID-19

PCMag editors select and review products . We may earn affiliate commissions from buying links, which help support our testing. .Despite concerns that COVID-19 would crash the internet, broadband in the United States has not only but thrived. Average internet speeds across the country have increased during the pandemic, jumping from 84.9Mbps to 94.6Mbps, according to a study conducted by .But where has it improved the most? WhistleOut determined that Wyoming (52 percent increase), Alaska (40 percent), Kentucky (37 percent), Kansas (36 percent), and Missouri (31 percent) saw the most...

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