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What Ever Happened to HD-DVD?

Just like VHS and BetaMax, there was once a format war between the winning Blu-ray format and the now-defunct HD-DVD format. The war between these two formats was over in a mere two years, so what happened?…

What Is “Zero Trust” Security Architecture?

Many cyberattacks rely on the level of access legitimate users have on computer networks. Breach the perimeter and you’ve got the keys to the castle. With a zero-trust approach to security, merely getting through the door isn…

What Is a “PC,” Anyway?

Everyone knows that “PC” is short for “Personal Computer,” but not everyone can agree on what counts as a PC or doesn’t. It turns out that the term “PC” is packed with more nuance than you might have thought!…

What Happened to Solar Laptops?

What if you could use your laptop’s battery without ever needing to plug in, relying totally on the sun’s rays instead of a bulky, tangling power cord? Solar laptops existed in the past, but they didn’t catch on. So what happ…

How to Charge Nintendo Switch Controllers

Nintendo’s tiny Switch Joy-Cons have impressive battery life, but eventually, they’ll need to be recharged. These small controllers don’t have traditional USB charging ports, so just how are you supposed to get them back up t…

What Happened to Telepresence Robots?

Telepresence robots were marketed as the ultimate way a remote person could be present somewhere miles away. Yet, during the pandemic-driven work-from-home revolution, we didn’t see mass adoption of these quirky iPad-on-a-sti…

7 Ways to Curb Laptop Fan Noise

Whether gaming, browsing the web, or doing serious work, there’s a laptop with enough processing muscle to handle almost anything. Unfortunately, it may get very loud while doing it. But there are ways to curb that noise….

Is 4K Really Worth It In a Laptop?

When you buy a laptop, you’ll likely have the choice between various screen resolutions, with 4K UHD being one of them. It’s tempting to pick the highest-resolution screen option and call it a day, but is it worth it?…

How Does an Invisible Selfie Stick Work?

You may have heard of a product called the “invisible selfie stick” which, when used with a 360-degree camera, doesn’t appear in the footage at all, creating the impression of a low-flying drone. But how does it work?…
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