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PC Magazine August 2020

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1 min
women of color face extra barriers to entering tech fields

Diversity isn’t just a buzzword to swat away. It not only gives a person or group of people an equal shot at opportunity, but it’s also an advantage to an organization. Having the perspective, participation, and skills of as many types of people as possible is a tremendous benefit. But the damage done by not having diversity within a company or industry is harshest for the individuals who are excluded. NPower, which provides IT training to veterans and those from underserved communities, has released a report about the challenges that prevent many women of color from entering into careers in technology and what can be done to help them overcome them. One of the largest barriers facing women of color who are trying to enter tech fields is financial. While some nonprofit…

6 min
canon selphy square qx10: prints vivid smartphone pics

The Canon Selphy Square QX10 is a departure from the company’s CP1300 Wireless Compact Photo Printer and earlier Selphy models. This photo printer is smaller and lighter than those other Canons, and it’s closer in functionality to the Editors’ Choice HP Sprocket Select or Canon’s own IVY Mini Photo Printer, though it’s still too big to be pocketable. But the primary difference between this Selphy and many of today’s portable photo printers is in the print technology it uses. Instead of inkless Zink (“zero ink”) tech, the Selphy Square deploys a much more mature process called dye sublimation (a.k.a. dye-sub), in which a carrier ribbon is heated and transfers dye to special paper—in this case, Canon’s XS-20L square photo stock. The prints look great, a little brighter and more vibrant…

17 min
lastpass: a stellar free version

Keeping track of dozens or hundreds of strong, unique passwords just isn’t possible without a password manager. Fortunately, you can get the necessary help without breaking the bank. The free edition of LastPass has plenty of features, more than some of its for-pay competitors, and it syncs across all your Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS devices without any limits on the number of entries you can create. The Premium and Family versions of LastPass add some worthwhile sharing and authentication settings, but many users will be better off sticking with the free offering. LastPass is an Editors’ Choice password manager. PROS: Capable free version. Supports many platforms and browsers. Actionable password strength report. Secure sharing and password inheritance. Two-factor authentication. CONS: Some personal data types can’t be used for form-filling. No U2F…

8 min
what is a smart home hub? and do you need one?

The Internet of Things (IoT) initiative that connects smart home devices such as doorbells, lights, locks, security cameras, and thermostats has made it easy for everyone to install and use these gadgets in their homes. You still need some sort of mechanism to control them, though. In some cases, just a phone will do the trick, but if you use multiple different products or services, you might need a home automation hub to control everything and have the devices interact with one another. The problem is that no single hub can control all the different smart home devices out there. Read on to find out what kind of hubs are available and whether you need one to smarten up your home. WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT HOME AUTOMATION PROTOCOLS? Any discussion around home…

4 min
how to wipe your pc’s hard drive

Are you selling or giving away your computer? You may have already deleted personal files and information, or you may have reinstalled or reset Windows, thereby erasing your private data. Either way, though, you’re not quite done. There’s one important action you should take before you say goodbye to your old friend—you need to wipe your hard drive clean. Most laptops and many desktops now come with solid-state drives instead of mechanical hard drives. SSDs are faster than their mechanical counterparts but can be trickier to wipe. Simply deleting your files doesn’t do the trick, since they can be restored from the Recycle Bin. And even if you empty the Bin, your deleted files can often be recovered with the right undelete utility. You can reset Windows 10, 8.1, and 7 to…

5 min
sorry, elon: fully autonomous tesla vehicles will not happen anytime soon

In a typically bold statement, Tesla CEO Elon Musk declared in July that his company’s vehicles are on the brink of becoming fully autonomous. This raised more than a few doubtful eyebrows, including mine. “I’m extremely confident that Level 5 autonomy, or essentially complete autonomy, will happen, and I think it will happen very quickly,” Musk said in a video message to the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai. “I remain confident that [Tesla] will have the basic functionality for Level 5 autonomy complete this year.” Musk’s optimism is commendable and is certainly the kind of spirit that spurs innovation. But given the known shortcomings of deep-learning algorithms, the main technology used in Tesla’s self-driving features, it’s not clear how he plans to achieve that goal. LEVEL 5 AUTONOMY Level 5 is the highest…