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Jayce Wagner

Jayce Wagner

Former Digital Trends Contributor

A staff writer for the Computing section, Jayce covers a little bit of everything -- hardware, gaming, and occasionally VR.

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How to use iCloud for backups on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac

Check out our comprehensive guide on how to use iCloud to get the most out of MacOS and iOS, including freeing up space and backing up your device’s data.
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Gaming without a GPU has never been easier — here’s how we did it

Do you really need a GPU for gaming? The integrated graphics in your laptop can get the job done if you’re careful with the settings -- and your game selection.
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These are the most common Pixelbook problems, and how to fix them

Having Pixelbook problems? Can't access the Play Store or Google Assistant? Look no further. These are the most common Pixelbook problems, and how to fix them.
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How to speed up your Mac

No Mac is immune to time. We all hate seeing the spinning beach ball of death. Inject it with new life by following our easy guide on how to speed up your Mac.
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The best Surface Pro accessories you can buy right now

Out of the box, the Surface Pro feels more like a Windows-based tablet than a detachable PC. Here are the best Surface Pro accessories you can buy right now.

How to build a cheap VR-ready PC

Once you get past the sticker shock of a headset, the rest of the hardware you'll need for a basic VR rig is relatively inexpensive -- with one big exception.
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The best cheap gaming PCs

If you're looking for the best cheap gaming PCs you can buy, we compiled a list of PCs under $1,000. They're a great gateway to the best way to play.
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The best PC gaming accessories

Need to get your new gaming rig ready to go? Here, we've assembled a list of the best PC gaming accessories money can buy, ranging from peripherals to headsets.
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Best Android apps for Chrome OS

Chrome OS can officially run Android apps now, so here are the most compatible, best Android apps for Chromebooks. Happy downloading!
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Microsoft takes on Apple’s prestige: Surface Book 2 15-inch vs. MacBook Pro 15

Let's find dig into the details to find out which premium laptop comes out on top in our Surface Book 2 vs. MacBook Pro 15 battle royale. Both are high-end laptops with fantastic hardware, stellar battery life, and great build quality, but which one is the right one for you? Let's find out.
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Apple MacBook 12-inch review: Just buy the Air

At $1,300, the 12-inch MacBook isn't cheap. With just one USB-C port and a lower-powered processor, the MacBook doesn't look like it has a lot to offer. However, do its multiple color options, tiny frame, and high-end design make it worth the price? We take it up against its competitors to see where it stands.
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Everything we know about Microsoft’s ‘Andromeda’ Surface Phone device

Microsoft was reportedly working on a pocket-sized clamshell device code-named 'Andromeda' that sported two touchscreens. It was meant to disrupt the mobile market, but is now put on ice due to a recent shift in focus at Microsoft. Here's everything we know about Andromeda, aka the Surface Phone.

HTC Vive review

The Oculus Rift may have brought virtual reality into the public eye, but HTC’s Vive, built in partnership with Valve, does it better. Does the Vive still represent the true future of virtual reality, or are there better competitors on the market?
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MacOS Mojave review

Mojave is the latest version of MacOS, and it's out now. Chock-full of quality-of-life upgrades, we took it for a test drive to get a sneak peek at what you can expect from the next major update to MacOS. Let's see how it stacks up to last year's High Sierra.
Alienware 17 R5 review

Alienware 17 R5 review

With a 17-inch display and a chassis weighing in at nearly 10 pounds, the Alienware 17 R5 is truly massive. Between its weight and its impressive top-end hardware -- including an Intel Core i9 -- it’s certainly outfitted like a gaming desktop so let’s find out if it performs like one.
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A cheaper MacBook Air could still arrive in late 2018

The venerable MacBook Air might be getting a new entry-level model that will sell for less than its current base price. It's just a rumor, but it's definitely within the realm of possibility. We heard these rumors earlier this year, but analyst Ming-Chi Kuo remains confident. Here's why.
Digital Storm Equinox review

Digital Storm Equinox review

Digital Storm might not be a household name, but as a PC manufacturer they’ve made some of our favorite desktops over the years. The latest laptop from Digital Storm, the Equinox, promises to live up to that pedigree with the help of some very impressive hardware -- and a few secrets.
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How to use Android Messages on the web

Google is rolling out its latest messaging app -- yes, another one -- to Android users starting this week. With the new version you'll be able to send and receive all your text messages right from any browser window. Here's how to get yourself all set up with the new system.
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Dell XPS 15 9560 review

The XPS 13 is the best laptop you can buy. But what if you want something a bit bigger? Dell's XPS 15 isn't just a bigger screen -- it's also got some serious power under the hood. Whether you want to play games or get things done, the XPS 15 is a tried-and-true workhorse.
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Intel’s Core i9 for laptops is great, but it’s not a true Core i9

Intel's Core i9 processors are some of the quickest on the market. But there's an important distinction between the mobile and desktop versions of these processors, and it's not immediately clear when you see that shiny Core i9 sticker -- these processors have a dark secret.

Folding ‘Andromeda’ device could be Microsoft’s iPhone moment

Leaks might suggest that Microsoft's long-rumored Andromeda device could be announced later this year, but we still don't know very much about it. A patent filing made public today illustrates not only how it could look, but also how it could work -- how it could fit into your life.
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Surface Pro 6 is reportedly coming next year and HoloLens 2 later this year

Microsoft's hardware plans for the coming year, and a bit beyond, have reportedly leaked according to a report from Thurott and ZDNet. So what could we see announced this year? Some exciting hardware releases like the HoloLens 2, and maybe a cheaper Surface Pro.
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Look out AMD and Nvidia, Intel will make graphics cards in 2020

Intel confirmed that it's re-entering the discrete graphics chip market in 2020. The move isn't surprising given the company reeled in AMD's former Radeon graphics chip designer, Raja Koduri. He's now Intel's chief architect and senior vice president of the new Core and Visual Computing Group.
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‘Smash Bros Ultimate’ will feature every character from previous games

Today during Nintendo’s livestream we caught a sneak peek of the upcoming Super Smash Bros Ultimate, though it wasn’t as much a ‘peek’ as it was a full reveal. During the stream Nintendo threw back the curtain and gave us a full preview of the 60-plus character roster.
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‘Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey’ boasts two main characters, ship-to-ship combat

At its E3 2018 event, publisher Ubisoft showed off its latest and greatest, including a sneak-peek at the upcoming Assassin's Creed: Odyssey. During the show, Ubisoft not only ran a detailed gameplay preview, but provided some on-stage commentary detailing exactly what players can expect.

‘Fallout 4’ and ‘The Division’ come to Xbox Game Pass, and that’s just the start

During Microsoft's Sunday event at E3 2018, the company unveiled a new slate of games and features coming to its Xbox Game Pass service, including some exciting software improvements coming as early as this month. Subscribers have some big games coming to Microsoft's 'Netflix of Games' in 2019.

‘Jedi Fallen Order’ will take gamers to the Star Wars universe in late 2019

During Electronic Arts' presentation at E3 2018, we got a big surprise from Respawn Entertainment's CEO Vince Zampella: There's a new Star Wars game coming and it takes us to a dark time in the Star Wars universe. Its title gives us a hint about its content: Get ready for Jedi Fallen Order.
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Nvidia’s ‘infinite resolution’ patent could change gaming forever

In a patent filing released today, Nvidia describes a technology that could fundamentally alter the way your games look, feel, and perform. Nvidia calls it "infinite resolution," and it's effectively a clever way of using vector graphics to replace static textures in games.
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Cheap plastic perfection: An ode to the MacBook that started it all

In a time when laptops were uniformly gray or beige, the glossy white MacBook stood out in stark contrast. Between its glowing Apple logo, bright white cables, often sticker-covered chassis, the original MacBook paved the way for today’s lightweight, stylish laptops. Here’s how.
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When rendering video, the Alienware Area-51 R5 is literally a time machine

To get an idea for just how powerful the fully-loaded Alienware Area-51 R5 truly is, we devised a whole new benchmark using Adobe Premiere Pro -- and an unsuspecting MacBook Pro 15. Come watch what happens when we pit one of the quickest desktops we've ever tested against a modest MacBook Pro.
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Here’s what we learned from Mark Zuckerberg’s EU hearing on privacy

After being grilled by the U.S. Congress last month, Mark Zuckerberg again found himself testifying before a governmental body -- this time the European Parliament. In addition to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Zuckerberg addressed issues related to the GDPR. Here's what we learned.
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Sprint hopes to lure Always Connected PC owners with free LTE

Qualcomm and Microsoft teamed up to roll out its "Always Connected PC" platform at CES 2018, built around Snapdragon processors and always-on LTE connectivity. Now, cell carrier Sprint is cooking up a free data deal to lure Always Connected PC owners to its service -- but it won't last long.
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Alienware Area-51 R5 review

The Alienware Area-51 has always been a striking machine. With its angled edges and gently glowing LED lighting there’s just nothing else like it. The unusual design is typically paired with extravagant hardware and the Area-51 R5 is no exception. Let’s see what this thing can do.
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Google doubles down on cloud storage with ‘One’ subscription service

Google rolled out a brand-new cloud storage subscription service today, replacing its old Google Drive subscription plans entirely. The new storage plan features access to 24/7 support, a new subscription structure, and comes with a brand-new, well, brand. This is Google One.