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PC Magazine December 2020

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16 min
peloton bike+: a compelling upgrade

I wasn’t looking to join a cult, but with the Bike+, Peloton has me drinking the Kool-Aid. The Bike+ builds upon its predecessor with a new digitized Auto Follow resistance system that automatically adjusts to match your instructor’s cues during on-demand classes, so you can focus on your output and climbing the leaderboard instead of fiddling with a knob. This feature, combined with an upgraded sound system, allows for a more immersive at-home cycling experience than ever—one that will leave you dripping in sweat and, occasionally, tears. That, plus a rotating touch screen and Apple GymKit integration for easy Apple Watch pairing, make the Bike+ a compelling upgrade from the six-year-old original and one of the best pieces of smart home gym equipment you can buy, earning our Editors’ Choice…

8 min
can this ai help smokers quit?

While COVID-19 remains an occupying force in our world, and a viable vaccine is still out of reach, dealing with the pandemic comes down to mitigating health risks while coping with stress. If you’re a smoker, that’s going to be tough on both accounts. This isn’t the Mad Men era; everyone knows the risks of tobacco use, but cessation of addictive substances isn’t easy. Could a virtual human help? In a May advisory on COVID-19 and tobacco use, the World Health Organization said, “COVID-19 is an infectious disease that primarily attacks the lungs [and] smoking impairs lung function making it harder for the body to fight off coronaviruses and other respiratory diseases. Available research suggests that smokers are at higher risk of developing severe COVID-19 outcomes and death.” In July, the WHO launched…

1 min
2020’s most common passwords are laughably insecure

Chances are that if a password is easy for you to remember, a hacker can easily crack it. And despite years (and years) of tech companies warning consumers to use hard-to-crack passwords, plus two-factor authentication, people are still using laughably insecure codes. Of NordPass’ 200 most used passwords for 2020, the top three are 123456, 123456789, and picture1. Next on the list is just “password,” but various number combinations, as well as qwerty, abc123, and Million2 also make the list. You should also avoid iloveyou, omgpop, ashley, chatbooks, princess, sunshine, dragon, and pokemon as passwords. NordPass worked with a third-party provider to evaluate a database containing 275,699,516 passwords. Of those, only 122,894,788, or 44%, were unique. The others were repeats of common, easy-to-remember passwords that leave users highly vulnerable to online threats.…

3 min
virtual movie night: how to watch netflix with friends using teleparty

Many of us are facing a long winter indoors, thanks to the ongoing pandemic. And though we have video streaming to distract us, watching shows and movies is more fun with friends. You could get everyone on Zoom and press play at the same time, but there’s an easier way: Teleparty (formerly known as Netflix Party). This browser extension allows you to invite anyone you want, then syncs the stream between all devices. There’s also a built-in text chat feature so everyone can communicate while the video is playing. The extension works with Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and HBO Max (Hulu and Disney+ have their own official watch party features, too). Everyone will need to install the browser extension and have their own streaming subscription to join. Here’s how to get everything…

15 min
apple mac mini (m1, late 2020): polished, potent tiny desktop

The Mac mini doesn’t get upgraded often, but when it does, it makes an impact well out of proportion to its trim dimensions. The 2018 Mac mini was a PCMag Editors’ Choice pick for its pep, connectivity, build quality, and limited upgradability. A slight variation on the same sheet music, played with little fanfare earlier this year, pumped up the two base models’ SSD capacity. The real update of this iconic little desktop is this one, and it’s a big-band extravaganza. Apple’s own highly integrated system-on-a-chip (SoC), the M1 brings the Mac mini to new performance highs, and while a few fundamentals have changed, the peppy performance, the reasonable mix of connectivity, and a new lower $699 starting price combine to make it one of the best values in compact…

14 min
tips every apple watch owner should know

Though not as powerful as an Apple iPhone or iPad, the Apple Watch is quite a versatile gadget for something packed into such a small package. Depending on which model or type of Apple Watch you own and where and how you like to use it, you can perform a variety of activities, including listening to music, tracking your workouts, monitoring your heart rate, and viewing your photos. And like the iPhone and iPad, the Apple Watch includes an array of settings and options you can tweak to coax it to work and act the way you want. Below are tips for Apple Watch owners, whether they’ve just ordered the Series 6 or owned an Apple smartwatch for years. Some of these will likely be tasks that you’ve already tried. But…