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2021’s Top Tech
Windows 11: Your Wishlist • PCMag readers have a lot of opinions when it comes to Microsoft’s newest OS.
Facebook Shuts Down Its Facial-Recognition System • Facebook doesn’t point to a single incident that prompted the decision, but it comes as facial-recognition systems (and the social network in general) have been under fire.
Microsoft OneDrive Is Ditching Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 • The cloud storage platform will drop support for older versions of Windows in early 2022.
Demand for Low-End Laptop CPUs Is Tanking • The decline in entry-level PC shipments during this year’s third quarter also caused the average selling price for CPUs to shoot up, according to Mercury Research.
The Real 5G Metaverse Will Blow Facebook’s Meta Out of the Water • Facebook, now Meta, wants to pivot into virtual reality. But it won’t be able to escape its sins.
Get Third-Party AV: Windows Defender Isn’t Enough • Windows’ built-in security software just doesn’t keep you as safe as the best antivirus.
Beats Fit Pro: Solid ANC • A bass-heavy alternative to the AirPods Pro
iRobot Roomba j7+: Smart and Capable • Peace of mind for people with accident-prone pets
HP Chromebook x2 (2021): A Clever Combination • The best Chrome OS detachable of 2018 returns strong
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model (Late 2021): Perennial Gaming Favorite • Faster CPU, better webcam bolster the beloved Blade 15
ESET NOD32 Antivirus: Way Beyond the Essential • An effective antivirus for the tech-savvy
SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium (for PC): Rich Fighting Game • Potent pocket fighting on PC
The Best Products of 2021 • You need only one list this holiday season when you’re buying tech gifts. Here’s PCMag’s annual collection of the 101 most exceptional products tested and rated by our experts in the past year.
The Hottest Tech Toys for Kids • From a build-it-yourself space station to a portable storyteller to Harry Potter’s Hedwig, here are the 2021 tech toys that’ll bring the kids in your life a ton of fun
What Can You Do on iCloud.com? • For starters, you can access your backed-up and synced Apple iCloud content, search for a lost iPhone, manage your passwords, and change account settings.
Cyborg-Like Body Mods Are A-OK With Most of Us • Medical microchips? Bionic eyes? LED tattoos? A lot of people want them, and most people surveyed say they should be allowed.