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Have you heard? California just banned gaming PCs! Yes, they took your job and now they’re taking your gaming PC too!!! (more exclamation marks indicate more outrage). Well, that’s what you’d think if you read a headline that screamed: “Several US states are banning gaming PCs” or “High-end gaming PCs banned in six US states after Calfornia energy bill limits sales on high performance PCs.” To read this article in full, please click here

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You don't need to be a kid—or a cord-cutter—to dig the entertainment streaming on Disney+.
Equipped with a new button, a much improved wall plate, and greater configurability, the new Hue Dimmer Switch is better in every way.
Tiny mechanical keyboards are all the rage at the moment. But the ones from gaming companies like Razer and Corsair try to be everything to everyone: ideal companions for both desktops and mobiles. Asus is taking a more focused approach with the ROG Falchion. With an RF-only wireless USB connection, …
Nearly nine long months after the [Radeon RX 6800 and 6800 XT GPUs](https://www.pcworld.com/article/3596899/amd-radeon-rx-6800-rx-6800-xt- review.html) launched, [AMD’s radical new RDNA 2 architecture](https://www.pcworld.com/article/3597292/rdna-2-deep-dive-inside- amd-radeon-rx-6000-graphics-cards.html) is finally coming to the midrange—though the midrange sure is a _lot_ more expensive in the midst of a [crippling graphics card shortage](https://www.pcworld.com/article/3612693/a-perfect-storm-why- graphics-cards-cost-so-much-now.html). At ChinaJoy on Thursday …
We are terrible at passwords. We [ suck at creating ](https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2016/01/19/study-finds-were-still- terrible-passwords/79003044/) them (the top two most popular remain “123456” and “password”), we [ share them way too freely](https://www.inc.com/will- yakowicz/infographic-95-percent-share-6-passwords-with-friends.html), and we [ forget them all the time](https://www.buzzfeed.com/josephbernstein/survey- says-people-have-way-too-many-passwords-to- remember?utm_term=.vdGQ9Na78#.uhJPQyBO6). Indeed, the very thing that can ensure our online security …
Microsoft has released the first official builds of Windows 11. Here’s how to get Windows 11 and try it out for yourself. You’ll need two things: first, a PC that meets the[ minimum hardware specifications of Windows 11](https://www.pcworld.com/article/3622940/windows-11-system-hardware- requirements.html). Second, you’ll need to [join the Windows Insider program](https://www.pcworld.com/article/3038430/how-to-join-the- windows-10-insider-preview-program.html) so …
Just add a compatible webcam, and the latest Fire TV Cube will let you make two-way video calls using the Zoom app for Fire TV.
The gaming variants of Intel’s Next Unit of Computing (NUC) mini-PCs have always been expensive. For the price, you got unique, compact, and ultimately turn-key options for a portable desktop PC. You might pay out the nose, but you couldn’t replicate the experience as a DIY builder. That’s what justified …
NordPass is a relative newcomer to the password manager space, having been launched less than two years ago. Offered by the virtual network provider NordVPN, NordPass can save, secure, and sync your passwords, notes, and credit cards. While it effectively streamlines the odious chore of remembering passwords, it currently lacks …
To win over cord cutters, streaming exclusives are crowding out a la carte purchase options.
You can group up to 10 of Wyze’s inexpensive night lights, which boast motion and ambient light sensors. But we had trouble with the magnetic mounts, and battery life was disappointingly brief.
These true wireless earphones with adaptive active noise cancellation promise to eliminate surrounding noise and allow total immersion in B&O;'s signature sound.
AMD’s chief executive said Tuesday that she expects the supply of AMD’s chips to be “tight” throughout the remainder of the year, but are expected to ease up in 2022. Dr. Lisa Su, speaking during AMD’s second-quarter earnings call, also said that AMD is working with its own supply chain …
The OnePlus Nord N200 5G surprised me. It costs just $240, yet I can’t believe how many great features it shares with the [OnePlus 9 Pro](https://www.pcworld.com/article/3611363/oneplus-9-pro-review.html) that costs almost four times as much. If you want fast 5G speeds and a great Android OS experience on a budget, then the …
Having trouble remembering the exact voice commands for your Alexa routines? Now you can add multiple phrases to a single routine.
Netflix has tens of thousands of hours of content, but that doesn't mean it's all great entertainment. TechHive's film critic will help you stream the very best movies the service has to offer.
You’ve spent months planning, researching, and painstakingly putting together every component in your beloved gaming rig. Now it’s time to see what it can do. Much like a virtuoso pianist will practice his scales to see how fast he can do them, you too can test your PC to see …
Vivaldi 4.1 offers something that’s a rarity in the world of browsers: a new macro system that complements the niche browser’s implementation of new “accordion tabs,” too. Both features offer some intriguing new ways to surf the web. Vivaldi [debuted a few years ago](https://www.pcworld.com/article/3052560/vivaldi-browser-review-powerful- features-outshine-slightly-sluggish-performance.html) as the brainchild of some …
Chip shortages have hit one of the world’s largest software companies, Microsoft, and its lineup of Surface PCs. Microsoft reported net income of $16.5 billion (up 47 percent from a year ago) on revenue of $46.2 billion, an increase of 21 percent over the same period. But two key businesses …