PC Magazine October 2018

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United States
Ziff Davis
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
going off the data-collection grid

It’s something you hear about more and more in our digital age: how companies, especially social-media services, are compiling, analyzing, and selling your personal data so they can target you with ads and news (real or “fake”), and manipulate you through your needs and desires, and control your life, and turn you into a mindless corporate slave… Well, the paranoia runs deep. But according to our cover story this month, written by PCMag’s software analyst and security expert Max Eddy, we definitely have reason to be concerned. The truth is that thanks to connected technology, it’s easier than ever for entities to collect people’s personal information. Your smartphone, fitness tracker, computer, tablet; the apps and web services you use; the websites you surf to—they all rat you out to these data…

4 min
why you should use a vpn everywhere

I [read your] Commentary, “You’re Not Using a VPN? Bad Idea” … While I’ve been a long time reader (I think 30 years now) and miss the deeper technical info that the print version provided, I’m not sure I fully grasp what are you are advising for what I consider personal VPN use. Yes, I use VPN all the time to tunnel into my company’s network while I am on travel or working at home. But for my personal use, I lost track of why I need it at home versus, say, at a public Wi-Fi hotspot. For the latter, I understand the need for point-to-point encryption, since I have no idea what the hotspot provider or somebody on the segment is doing. But, when I am at home “hardwired” ……

8 min
the best of ifa 2018

Tech enthusiasts descended on Berlin in late August for the annual IFA trade show, where global brands show off what’s ahead for the world of consumer tech in Europe and beyond. And this year’s show had its share of noteworthy debuts. The Magic 2, for example, will be the first Honor smartphone to use the new Kirin 980 processor with a dedicated AI core. Sony’s Xperia XZ3 gets an OLED display and side-mounted sensors. On the PC front, Dell showed off a premium Chromebook with a built-in stylus, and Asus impressed with the much-improved ScreenPad on its ZenBook Pro 14. Which products impressed us the most? Read on for our top IFA picks. BEST BIG-SCREEN PHONE: ZTE Axon 9 Pro Looking at the ZTE Axon 9 Pro, you’d be forgiven for thinking it isn’t…

1 min
samsung mobile chief says foldable phone coming this year

Will 2018 be the year Samsung finally unveils its long-promised foldable smartphone? The company’s mobile chief says yes. In an interview with CNBC, Samsung Mobile CEO DJ Koh said the South Korean tech giant finally plans to unveil a smartphone with a foldable display this year, though there’s no word as to when the device will actually go on sale. Samsung may show off the handset at its annual developer conference, which takes place in November, the report notes. “It’s time to deliver,” Koh said of the company’s foldable phone, according to the report. He said the “complicated” development process is “nearly concluded.” As for how it will work, Koh said you’ll be able to carry out most tasks while the device is folded up. “When you need to browse or see something,…

3 min
coolest features in the new apple iphones

This year’s new iPhones have arrived. The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR build upon the iPhone X: All come with edge-to-edge displays, Face ID, and a bevy of powerful cameras and processors. The new flagship smartphone line doesn’t feature as many dramatic, game-changing features as in years past. But combined with the rollout of iOS 12 on September 17, the devices have plenty to offer consumers who want to upgrade. Read on for a rundown of the most notable new features and improvements the XS, XS Max, and new entry-level iPhone XR. Bigger, better OLED screens: The iPhone XS has the same size 5.8-inch OLED display as the iPhone X, but Apple says the phone’s Super Retina display packs more pixels and 60 percent greater dynamic range than its…

2 min
what will the tech landscape be like 50 years from now?

Fifty years ago, color TVs were the big thing in tech. Looking ahead to the next fifty years, most people believe that familiar technologies of today, such as smartphones and PCs, will remain popular, according to a study from Intel. The survey of 1,000 consumers, conducted from May 9 to May 20 by research firm PSB on behalf of Intel, revealed that people expect smartphones, PCs, smart home devices, and 5G to be the most important technologies in the year 2068. Expectations about the consequences of emerging technologies are mixed: as shown in the chart above, 40 percent said they will bring “improvements … but will also cause just as many new problems.” Another 40 percent have a more positive view, saying emerging technologies will offer “tremendous improvements to communities around…