Abusive add-ons aren’t just a problem with Chrome and Firefox. Now it’s Edge’s turn | GeekComparison

Microsoft For years, Google and Mozilla have battled to prevent abusive or downright malicious browser extensions from infiltrating their official repositories. Now Microsoft is entering the fray. For the past few days, people on website forums have been complaining about the Google searches redirecting to oksearch[.]com when using Edge. Often the searches use cdn77[.]org for … Read more

AMD laptops have a hidden performance lag of 10 seconds. This is why | GeekComparison

Enlarge / When running on battery, your new Ryzen 4000 series laptop will only deliver its true performance after about 10 seconds in a full workload. In an embargoed Friday morning presentation, Intel Chief Performance Strategist Ryan Shrout led a group of tech journalists through a presentation aimed at tearing down AMD’s Zen 2 (Ryzen … Read more

WireGuard for Windows 0.3.1 is the release you’ve been waiting for | GeekComparison

Enlarge / I heroically resisted the urge to create a “WireGuard for Workgroups 0.3.1” image for this piece. Jim Salter Last Monday, WireGuard founder and lead developer Jason Donenfeld announced a new WireGuard release for the Windows platform. The release is a godsend for administrators who want to implement WireGuard as a replacement for more … Read more

Growl, once a staple of the Mac desktop experience, has been retired | GeekComparison

A Growl notification. Growl, once a staple of the Mac desktop experience, is retiring after 17 years. Christopher Forsythe, who acted as project lead, announced the retirement in a blog post Friday. Launched in 2004, Growl provided notifications for applications on Macs (it was also offered for Windows) before Apple introduced its own Notification Center. … Read more

Does Tor offer more benefit or harm? New paper says it depends | GeekComparison

The Tor anonymity network has generated almost constant controversy since its inception nearly two decades ago. Proponents say it is an essential service for protecting online privacy and circumventing censorship, especially in countries with poor human rights records. Critics, meanwhile, claim that Tor protects criminals who distribute child abuse images, deal illegal drugs, and engage … Read more

Butt Technica rolls again: We review the All33 Backstrong C1 seat | GeekComparison

Not long after reviewing the Anda Fnatic and Secretlab Omega gaming chairs, I started getting offers of test samples for other chairs. The most curious of the bunch was the one we’re reviewing today: the $599 All33 Backstrong C1. The Backstrong C1 touts itself as chiropractor-designed – the chiropractor is Dennis Colonello. Colonello teamed up … Read more