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PC Magazine July 2016

PC Magazine provides lab-tested reviews, detailed tips and how-tos, insightful feature stories, expert commentary, and the latest tech trends to help you at work, at home, and on the road. And for a limited time, we're offering a copy of Breakout: How Atari 8-Bit Computers Defined a Generation with new subscriptions. This brand-new book is all about what made Atari's computers great: excellent graphics and sound, flexible programming environment, and wide support.

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12 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
trust, but verify

PC Magazine has a 34-year history of keeping tech vendors honest. Whether we’re benchmarking laptops or counting pixels in the latest digital camera sensor, our labs-based testing sets us apart from the crowds of bloggers and online opinion makers. In a world where the line between editorial and advertising is becoming increasingly blurred, our tests are our touchstone. Applying that philosophy to a service such as the one wireless carriers provide isn’t easy, though. The vendors themselves aren’t very helpful. T-Mobile claims it has doubled its LTE footprint inthe last year. Verizon says it’s number one inspeed, data, reliability, and overall networkperformance. AT&T claims the “strongest LTEsignal.” And Sprint is using former Verizonpitchman Paul “Can you hear me now?” Marcarelliin a commercial, explaining why he switched overto Sprint. Third-party services aren’t much…

3 min.
is simple better?

I don’t agree with your example of the HP Elite X3 being more complicated. The Windows Phone is not more complicated because of Continuum, it’s only more useful… Those 10 to 15 percent of people who need to be productive now when using their phones are the perfect initial target users. But when people (emerging market, younger generation) who are purchasing only smart phones run into instances of needing to use some sort of productivity software ([and will also need] a large screen, mouse, and keyboard), this is a great option available to them, without making them have to purchase a PC or 2 in 1. —Greenberrywoods Smart phones, as well as PCs before them, have always been trying to be all things to all people, resulting in a messy, high-tech mishmash of…

7 min.
the best of computex 2016

This year, the organizers of the Computex trade show in Taipei—the second biggest show in the world for tech, apart from the annual CES bombast in Las Vegas—made an effort to reinvent the show. The themes they pushed were the centrality of the Taiwan design and manufacturing ecosystems to the fields of Internet of Things (IoT) and PC gaming, as well as the vibrancy of the Taiwan startup scene. Also big on the Computex stage: virtual reality, which is only natural since one of the two big early VR players (HTC) is Taiwan-based. Many of the major and some less familiar names showed how they’ll support this nascent field with hardware and software/platform pushes; among the biggest news from the show was the announcement by Microsoft of the opening of…

2 min.
steelers use robots to tackle concussions

A motorized self-righting mobile training dummy called the Mobile Virtual Player (MVP) has joined the NFL team during off-season workouts at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex in Pennsylvania. “It’s an awesome piece of football technology,” coach Mike Tomlin said in a statement. “I am always interested in ways to utilize technology in terms of teaching football.” Developed and first implemented at Dartmouth College, the technology is currently in use by a number of college football departments, including Michigan State University, Central Michigan University, University of Minnesota, Western Michigan University, Harvard University, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Davenport University. The USA Rugby Seven’s Olympic men’s and women’s teams are also taking it for a spin. The MVP weighs more than 140 pounds (half the average load of an NFL athlete). Controlled with a remote…

10 min.
the next major advance in medicine will be the use of ai

Over the last few decades, medical research has shifted from treating transient illnesses to curing long-term diseases. This work, which built on the efforts of Lister, Pasteur, Salk, and the like, has been slow and difficult, with many promising drugs and treatments ultimately failing their clinical trials. The heyday of antibiotics is waning, but we still have designs on eradicating disease. What’s next? I think it’s artificial intelligence. AI stands poised to act as a force multiplier across every field of medicine, because rather than being useful against one kind of ailment—as are antibiotics or radiation—AI can work alongside humans to make better decisions in the day-to-day, regardless of what the use case might be. In the same way that antimicrobial agents are the corollary and companion of germ theory, there’s every…

3 min.
could modern nanoscale vacuum tubes replace transistors?

A recurring topic of conversation in technology is the difficulty of continuing to scale semiconductor technology; add to that the related problem of improving chip performance without having to increase clock speed. While Intel and other manufacturers continue to search for long-term solutions, no known next-generation technology is expected to restart silicon scaling and allow for a return to traditional clock-speed gains. Researchers at the California Institute of Technology think they may have a solution to this problem—one that involves returning to a very old technology. Vacuum tubes, according to Dr. Axel Scherer, could be the key to improving transistor performance and lowering power consumption. Chances are, when you think “vacuum tubes,” you think of old radios or possibly Aopen’s AX4B-533 “tube amp” motherboard. The systems that Dr. Scherer and his research…