Whether or not your VPN should be on all the time depends on how concerned you are with tracking, and whether or not your connection can handle the inevitable slowdown. If it can, then leave it on. Otherwise, use it only for sensitive activity. If VPN marketing material is to be believed, the only way to stay safe while online is to keep your VPN on at all times. Is that really necessary, though? What are the positives about always having your VPN on, and are there any negatives? Unsurprisingly, the answer isn’t as simple as marketers would have us believe. While VPNs are a great tool to prevent online surveillance, there are some noticeable drawbacks when using them. Let’s go over the pros and cons of leaving your VPN on all the time. Why We Use VPNs The case for always having your VPN on is simple: marketers are collecting your data every second you’re on the web, and a VPN is a powerful tool that will stymie their efforts. It’s not the only tool—you should also use … [Read more...] about Do You Really Need to Have Your VPN On All the Time?
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Audio player loading… I can’t put down the Meta Quest Pro. Ever since I first slipped the headset on to test it out I’ve been blown away by its performance, and my Quest 2 – once the best among the gadgets I own – now sits gathering dust as I ignore it in favor of this new champion of VR. Yet even as I sit here, impatient and longing for the Quest Pro on its charging station, I know the real truth of the situation: I’m not in love with the Meta Quest Pro. I’m in love with the Oculus Quest 3 hiding inside of it. The Meta Quest Pro is an ultra-premium upgrade of Meta’s Oculus Quest 2 . The old white-plastic-clad front-heavy design has been swapped out for a sleek black shell with better weight distribution and padding for extra comfort. Internally, the Quest Pro also boasts improved specs with its all-new Snapdragon XR2 Plus chip, which offers a 50% boost in sustained power over the Quest 2’s regular XR2, and a pair of Mini-LED display panels. Each screen offers 1800 x … [Read more...] about I adore the Meta Quest Pro, but what I really want is an Oculus Quest 3
Ever since Netflix started offering an alternative to physical discs , the streaming-versus-cable debate has been alive and well. Maybe you've joined the cord-cutter camp and have no idea how much it costs for cable or satellite TV any more. Or perhaps you've stuck with Xfinity or Spectrum for such a long time because you're used to paying a set amount for a bundle. But who gets bragging rights when it comes to spending the least amount of money each month? With its contracts and fees, cable TV is nowhere near cheap. The alternative is a suite of streaming services , but paying for multiple subscriptions -- or even a live TV streaming service like DirecTV Stream -- could also rival your cable bill. According to a July 2022 study from Parks Associates , roughly one-quarter of American households subscribe to nine or more streaming services, while 50% of us have at least four. These days, you can sever the cord completely and solely use streaming services … [Read more...] about Is Cable Really Less Expensive Than Streaming?
The best Logitech webcams are the bee's knees of webcams. While they might have been out of stock for a while during the pandemic, they're back to being easily available – even the cheap ones that were really hard to find during the lockdowns. Logitech has always rolled out quality products, and its webcams are no different. Among the best webcams out there, they boast powerful sensors and drivers as well as solid build quality and nifty features while keeping the price reasonable. And, next to them, the knock-offs that litter third-party retailers just don’t compare. Webcams are just as vital to our daily existence post-pandemic, thanks to many professionals now either working from home or adopting a hybrid work setup. Even students are in need of them, especially this back-to-school season, as video calls have also become increasing common in schools and colleges. So, it's important for you to invest in a good-quality video conferencing camera. Lucky for you, we've tested … [Read more...] about The best Logitech webcams 2023: top picks for video calls
When you pick a VPN for torrenting, you need to look out for a few key security features, like a kill switch and transparent no-log policy. Also, avoid United States-based VPN providers and servers. If you’re going to torrent , you’re going to need a VPN to protect yourself while doing so. How do you pick a good VPN for torrenting, though, is there something a good torrenting VPN has that others don’t? Or is it more about what a VPN doesn’t do that makes it good for torrenting? Turns out, it’s a bit of both. On the one hand, you want a VPN that secures your connection and reroutes it so you can’t be tracked. This is the basic, most fundamental function of a VPN , so any service worth its salt can handle this part. Problem is that there are more than a few untrustworthy players out there that don’t meet this basic criterion. Look at the VPN’s Security The best way to find out if your VPN is up to the task of securing your connection is to try it out—most VPNs have a … [Read more...] about How to Pick a VPN for Torrenting
VLOOKUP is one of Excel’s most useful functions, and it’s also one of the least understood. In this article, we demystify VLOOKUP by way of a real-life example. We’ll create a usable Invoice Template for a fictitious company. VLOOKUP is an Excel function . This article will assume that the reader already has a passing understanding of Excel functions, and can use basic functions such as SUM, AVERAGE, and TODAY. In its most common usage, VLOOKUP is a database function, meaning that it works with database tables – or more simply, lists of things in an Excel worksheet. What sort of things? Well, any sort of thing. You may have a worksheet that contains a list of employees, or products, or customers, or CDs in your CD collection, or stars in the night sky. It doesn’t really matter. Here’s an example of a list, or database. In this case it’s a list of products that our fictitious company sells: Usually lists like this have some sort of unique identifier … [Read more...] about How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel
Editor's Note: January 2023 If you're awaiting the latest Xiaomi flagship offerings, it won't be long now. The Xiaomi 13 series is already available in China and is expected to land in the international market soon after the release of Samsung's next-generation flagship. It might still be months away , but if the rumors were to be believed, it will be worth the wait. In the meantime, you can tide yourself over by reading everything you need to know about Xiaomi 13 . Or, if you can't wait that long, our current picks for the best Xiaomi phones are guaranteed to impress. Alex Walker-Todd, Senior Phones Editor The best Xiaomi phones are pivoted perfectly for anyone who wants one of the best value smartphones on the market. The brand may not be as universally known as Apple or Samsung, but Xiaomi has proven it can compete with the best of them in terms of its handsets' excellent build quality and great cameras. What's more, you'll find impressive Xiaomi phones in both … [Read more...] about The best Xiaomi phones 2023: top Mi, Redmi, Poco and Black Shark devices
It’s the same old story every January – the new year ushers in a time loathed by both kids and parents alike, thanks to a new academic year rearing its intimidating head. Kids are reminded to put away their Christmas presents so they can get ready to hit the books, while parents stress out trying to find the best back-to-school supplies to give their child an edge over the competition. Related back-to-school articles Best laptops for students in Australia Best back-to-school t e ch deals for the cheapest gear Chromebooks vs laptops While some back-to-school supplies haven’t changed – like the reliance on heavy textbooks and the need for stationery and backpacks to carry them all – constantly evolving technology has changed the way our kids are taught at school. Laptops and tablets have become essentials in a backpack these days, and not just for uni students. Sending your kids off to school means that, at a certain age, you’d want to keep tabs on them, so … [Read more...] about The best back-to-school tech supplies for Aussie kids
Editor’s note: January 2023 Our guide to the best stereo speakers aims to reflect the modern world – we've got great active speakers with wireless tech, which make it easy to get the expansive rich sound of a stereo pair, but with all the convenience of streaming. Our entries from KEF and Q Acoustics reflect this. But we've also got some simply excellent passive speakers, designed to work with your amp or AV receiver. The big Definitive Technology speaker we have at number one might be too large for some people, but when it comes to sumptuous sound, they're simply excellent. Matt Bolton, Managing Editor – Entertainment The best stereo speakers will deliver a fully-fledged home music system with the classic expansiveness of stereo, but in many cases with the extra mod-cons of modern tech. Even casual listeners will be surprised to hear how clear, full and, most importantly, true to the original source the best stereo speakers can sound. Although the principles of stereo … [Read more...] about The best stereo speakers 2023: top stereo systems for all budgets
Editor's take: Generally speaking we are big fans of RISC V. It does some things very well, handles many others well enough, and has clear signs of adoption and appeal. It meets a real market need in an innovative manner, exactly what we like to see from our technology. So we say this from a position of love – RISC V is going to have a big software problem. The good news is that it may not matter. First, some background. RISC V is an open-source instruction set architecture (ISA), a "free" alternative to Arm. ISAs provide a set of common, important but unglamorous "blueprints" for processors. Every processor needs what an ISA provides to do some basic math. They take a lot of work to design and maintain but do not provide much end-product differentiation, which means that the chip companies who use them see great advantage in outsourcing this work to a third party like Arm. The whole point of processors is to run some form of software. And even though the ISA and the software … [Read more...] about What’s next for RISC V?