Jon L. JacobiFreelance contributor, PCWorld

Jon is a Juilliard-trained musician, former x86/6800 programmer, and long-time (late 70s) computer enthusiast living in the San Francisco bay area.

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Garmin's 2021 dash cams add cloud storage and app connectivity

Garmin enhances the already impressive capabilities of its super-slim dash cams with phone connectivity and cloud uploads.

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Vizio's 2022 TV line includes better processing and FreeSync, but no 8K models or any with a mini-LED backlight

Vizio makes incremental improvements to its smart TV lineup, beefing up processing power and offering FreeSync support and 120Hz refresh rates at the top end.


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Vizio V5-series smart TV review: This 55-inch TV is affordable, but it delivers just middling performance

This entry-level 4K UHD TV has some positive attributes, including Vizio's excellent SmartCast user interface and an easy-to-use voice remote, but its image is mediocre at best.


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HDMI ARC and HDMI eARC explained: The evolution of the Audio Return Channel

The Enhanced Audio Return channel delivers higher-quality movie soundtracks and music, too—and you won't need a new cable. What's not to like?


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Viofo A139 3CH 3-channel dash cam review: Discreet design and full car coverage

The Viofo A139 3CH 3-channel camera is unique for its discrete interior camera (most are integrated with the front camera). It's versatile for placement, but it adds another cable.

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PowerDVD 20 Ultra review: The best media player. Now with social distancing!

Cyberlink's industry-leading PowerDVD 20 movie disc/video player adds cloud sharing and streaming to the mix. Not to mention a super-handy resume-from-last-position function.


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Hisense U8G-series 4K UHD TV review: Nice for the price, especially for gamers

Hisense's U8G is a nice improvement over the H series, including a 120Hz refresh rate. Picture quality and HDR performance are top-notch, although its blacks can't match those of pricier mini-LED sets.


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Samsung QN90A 55-inch 4K UHD TV review: Mini-LED meets quantum dots

Samsung's QN90A Neo QLED TV marries mini-LED backlighting and quantum dots to produce the company's most vivid 4K UHD image yet.


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Livedrive online backup review: Elegant, fast, and a bit pricey

The Livedrive online backup service inspires confidence with its flawless install and performance, as well as its clean, no-nonsense interface. It is a bit pricey however.


Backblaze review: No-hassle online backup is a no-brainer decision

Backblaze is an online backup service that uses a shotgun approach, backing up everything important unless you tell it not to. It's cheap, easy, and a good choice for those who don't necessarily know where everything is that needs to be backed up.

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Crucial BX500 SATA SSD review: An affordable upgrade drive

Crucial's BX500 SATA SSD provides a lot of storage for the price and excellent everyday performance.

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PowerDVD 21 nearly completes Cyberlink's online media-sharing infrastructure

Newly added FireTV, Apple TV, and cloud versions of PowerPlayer let you stream and share your movies via Cyberlink's Cloud service with anyone on nearly any device. PowerDVD 21 itself offers only mild improvements.


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iDrive review: Online backup, file sharing, and more

iDrive offers online storage, sharing, backup, and more. Unless you want the functionality of an office suite, online services don't get any more comprehensive.

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Online backup: We test the best services—Carbonite, iDrive, and Backblaze

We review the best cloud backup services so you can find the right solution for keeping a safe, offsite copy of your data should disaster strike.

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Carbonite Safe review: Cleverly integrated online backup

Carbonite's online backup service uses Windows' own File Explorer for data selection, while cleverly altered icons relay the backup status of individual files and folders. It's simple, effective, and elegant.