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PCWorld June 2021

We review the Google Pixel 4a, plus what to expect if you’re switching from an iPhone SE. Find out if your Chromebook is expiring. Reviews of Note 20 Ultra, Norton 360 Deluxe, Mullvad vs. NordVPN, and much more!

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2 min
windows 10’s clipboard history is the best little tool you’re not using

Sometimes the best software tools are built right into the operating system you’re already using. Case in point is Windows 10’s Clipboard History tool, which lets you store multiple items at a time for copying and pasting. While there’s no shortage of third-party clipboard managers for Windows—many of which cost money—Microsoft’s own option might be all you need. It’s especially handy if you are often juggling a lot of text or images and find yourself copying and pasting the same items repeatedly. Using the Windows 10 Clipboard History tool is easy: Press Win+V, and you’ll see a small pop-up prompting you to turn on the feature. From that point onward, you can press Win+V to view a running list of the last 25 text snippets or images that you’ve copied. To paste an…

6 min
samsung’s new galaxy book pro laptops are thin, light, and smart

Samsung recently unveiled its new Galaxy Book Pro and Galaxy Book Pro 360 laptops. The four thin-and-light systems are designed with premium features, innovative enhancements, and close ties to the rest of Samsung’s product ecosystem. Announced at the company’s virtual Samsung Unpacked event on April 28, the laptops started shipping May 14. Prices will start at $1,000 for the Galaxy Book Pro 13 and $1,100 for the Galaxy Book Pro 15 clamshell notebooks. The convertible models (with 360-degree hinges) start at $1,200 for the Galaxy Book Pro 360 13 and $1,300 for the Pro 360 15. Samsung is also offering special discounts through Amazon, Best Buy, and its own online store. We’ll discuss some of the highlight features of the Galaxy Book Pro laptops, and you can find the specs for all…

6 min
hands on: xbox cloud gaming for the web brings xbox gaming to your browser

If you’ve just about given up on finding a GPU to build yourself a gaming PC, take heart: We’ve tried Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming for the web, and it’s not half bad. It is available in a limited beta for both the web as well as the Apple iPhone and iPad. (Xbox cloud access on the latter platforms has been hamstrung by Apple’s draconian control of its App Store.) In any event, both Windows PCs and Macs now have access to playing Xbox games on Microsoft’s cloud via the web. There are two key ways in which Xbox cloud gaming is superior. First, you don’t actually need a physical Xbox, especially one of the new Xbox Series S or X PCs, which are difficult if not impossible to find. Second, you…

5 min
tested: how fast qualcomm’s new snapdragon 8cx gen 2 5g chip for pcs is

HP’s Elite Folio is the first laptop we’ve seen that’s powered by Qualcomm’s latest Arm chip, the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2. Yes, the Gen 2—supposedly a faster, more powerful upgrade to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx. Is it? We tested the HP Elite Folio and the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 chip to find out just how fast it is. This isn’t a formal review. What we did was take HP’s elegant, vegan-leather–wrapped tablet and run a few early tests on it to draw some immediate comparisons to previous reviews. While we typically run benchmarks several times to determine the average performance, in this case we’ve run our benchmark suite just twice—enough to ensure our results are accurate, however. Our results have caveats. Remember that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips are based upon the Arm architecture,…

6 min
how to see what google knows about you and delete it

Google collects a lot of data about you if you use the company’s services. To its credit, the company makes finding and deleting that data easy by showing most of it on a single website. Here’s how to see the bulk of what Google knows about you, and how to delete it if you want. Once you delete data from your Google Account, the company immediately starts removing it and stops using it for personalization. “We then begin a process designed to safely and completely delete the data from our storage systems,” Google explains. It may be forced to keep some information to satisfy legal requirements, which you can read about at the link just provided. GOOGLE ACCOUNTS The primary starting point to see what information Google has about you is the My…

3 min
how to make an old pc useful for someone else

Q: I need to set up an elderly relative with a computer for times when a smartphone doesn’t cut it—printing information from websites and documents, mainly. I’ve got an old machine from 2007 that still works, and it’ll have to do since I’ve been ordered not to spend “any money whatsoever” on this project. Got any tips on making this machine semi-pleasant to use? I’m willing to spend a little on hardware upgrades and lie about it later. A: You shouldn’t need to drop much cash on that machine to make it tolerable by modern standards. Despite the age of that dual-core processor and low-end discrete graphics card, the combo can handle web browsing (including streaming video) and printing just fine. You also have 4GB RAM, which is a sufficient amount…