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What Does Apple’s T2 “Security Chip” Do in Your Mac?

HARDWARE June 29, 2020 0 Comments

Apple Apple proudly advertises that its latest and greatest Mac models come with a T2 security chip, but what does it do? And, more importantly, does a T2 chip create more problems than it solves? What Is a T2 Security Chip? The T2 is Apple’s second-generation “security chip.” It combines several hardware controllers into a custom piece of silicon. Such…

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Why Am I Connected to Wi-Fi But Not the Internet?

HARDWARE June 17, 2020 0 Comments

It’s happened to all of us at some point. Your Wi-Fi signal is strong, but there’s no internet connectivity. That’s because Wi-Fi and the internet are two different things, and understanding the difference can help you troubleshoot future network problems. How Is Wi-Fi Different from the Internet? Wi-Fi is a registered trade name for a group of technologies that allow…

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How to Sanitize Your Xbox Controllers

HARDWARE June 13, 2020 0 Comments

Yuliasis/Shutterstock Xbox controllers of every variety will gather dirt, germs, and much more over time. While certain solutions will work on some controllers, most disinfectant wipes shouldn’t be used on Xbox One and Xbox Elite controllers. You’ll know when your Xbox controllers are in dire need of a good cleaning, as they may begin to malfunction. Buttons can stick, joysticks…

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What to Do If You Spilled Water or Coffee on Your Laptop

HARDWARE June 10, 2020 0 Comments

mdbildes/Shutterstock.com Laptops and liquids are a bad combination, but accidents happen. If you’re reading this after a spill, the first thing you should do is turn off your machine, and then remove the power cable and battery as soon as possible. Warning: Electricity and water do not mix! You could cause yourself serious harm or further damage your computer. Before touching…

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Decoding CPU Reviews: A Beginner’s Guide to Processor Terms

HARDWARE June 3, 2020 0 Comments

yishii/Shutterstock CPU reviews are complicated. Before you even get to the performance benchmarks, you have to navigate a maze of terms, like silicon, die, package, IHS, and sTIM. That’s a lot of jargon with little explanation. We’ll define the key parts of a CPU that PC enthusiasts discuss the most. Please note this isn’t intended to be a deep dive,…

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Intel’s 10th Gen CPUs: What’s New, and Why It Matters

HARDWARE May 15, 2020 0 Comments

Intel Intel rose to AMD’s Ryzen 3000 challenge with its recent announcement of new 10th generation desktop processors. Dubbed Comet Lake-S, these CPUs bring a slew of improvements and a few surprising new features. Here’s what’s so great about them, and why PC builders, or anyone looking at prebuilt desktops, should consider one for their next rig. Intel announced the new…

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Do You Need a High Refresh Rate Monitor for Office Work?

HARDWARE May 14, 2020 0 Comments

neonnextor/Shutterstock High refresh rate monitors have traditionally been aimed at gamers, but they have a broader appeal. Device manufacturers like Apple and Samsung have started including displays with high refresh rates in their tablets and phones. So, should you get one for your office computer, as well? What Is a High Refresh Rate Monitor? A monitor’s refresh rate is the number…

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