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Samsung Wireless Charger Duo isn't even official yet, but it'll probably ship before AirPower

Mac World - 50 min 45 sec ago

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 is due to land in a few weeks, and for the most part, it won’t make much noise among iPhone fans. Pegged to have a very similar design, screen, and camera as last year’s model, the battle between the Note 9 and the new iPhones will likely be even more one-sided than usual, as Apple is primed to release three new models with iPhone X-style designs, including one with a bigger screen than the Note, a first for an iPhone.

But while Samsung’s phablet might not matter to iPhone users, the accessories probably will. For one, the Note will reportedly have a new S Pen stylus, which could raise some Pencil envy. And Samsung will also be selling a brand new charger, the Wireless Charger Duo. Tipped by German site LetsGoDigital, the accessory is basically an extended version of Samsung’s existing wireless charger, with a stand on one end and a mat for the Galaxy Watch on the other. There are quite a few third-party iPhone-and-Apple Watch chargersRemove non-product link that do this, but nothing from Apple.

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AMD's six-core Ryzen 5 2600 processor is cheaper than ever

PC World - 2 hours 35 min ago

AMD's Ryzen 5 2600 processor released to rave reviews this spring thanks to the second-gen Ryzen chip’s abundant core count, auto-overclocking features, and bundled cooler. But if its price has been keeping you on the fence, the processor is just $160 on both Amazon and NeweggRemove non-product link today. That’s down from a $200 list price, and it’s Amazon's lowest price ever.

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The Galaxy Note 9 might be the last Note phablet Samsung ever makes

PC World - 2 hours 48 min ago

While it might seem like the Galaxy S9 only just hit shelves, the next big thing from Samsung is nearly upon us: the Galaxy Note 9. Rumors have been flowing for weeks about the new phablet phone—and it’s already shaping up to be one of the best phones of 2018. Here’s what we know so far:

Galaxy Note 9: The latest

As the release of the Galaxy Note 9 draws ever nearer, a nearly complete picture of the device has emerged. From leaked pictures, renders, and most recently, a full unboxing, the new phone will be visually identical to last year's model, and while it will have an updated processor (Snapdragon 845 vs the Snapdragon 835), the biggest improvement of all will likely be the S Pen. Well-known Twitter leakster Ice Universe has teased the phone's upgraded stylus as "the biggest update in the history of the S Pen," and Samsung itself has been prominently showing the S Pen in its Note 9 launch tease images. 

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Get a five-port wall charger with a USB-C connection for $20 with this code

PC World - 3 hours 27 min ago

When you’ve got to charge a whole stack of devices at once, all those cords can get messy—and that’s if you have enough wall adapters to do it. Today, Amazon's got a great deal on a handy charger that makes powering multiple devices a breeze. You can get a 60 watt RavPower charger with five ports, including one USB-C, for $20 with the code RAVPKK59. That’s $10 off the charger’s list price of $30.

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Get a five-port wall charger with a USB-C connection for $20 with this code

Mac World - 3 hours 27 min ago

When you’ve got to charge a whole stack of devices at once, all those cords can get messy—and that’s if you have enough wall adapters to do it. Today, Amazon's got a great deal on a handy charger that makes powering multiple devices a breeze. You can get a 60 watt RavPower charger with five ports, including one USB-C, for $20 with the code RAVPKK59. That’s $10 off the charger’s list price of $30.

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How to pick the best CPU for your next laptop

PC World - 6 hours 42 min ago

The CPU matters in a laptop even more than it matters in a desktop, because you can't change it. Ever.

That's why we're here to help you find the best CPU for your laptop—the one you won't regret in a year or two. Whether it's Core i7 or Celeron, 7th-gen or 8th-gen, H or U, or a simple matter of bang for buck, we'll help you learn what really matters so you can choose wisely.

(Note: For now, this discussion is centered on Intel-based CPUs, as AMD's newest Ryzen chips are still working their way into laptops.)

Laptop quick picks

If you’re looking for specific gaming laptop recommendations, here are a few suggestions:

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Lighthouse review: a smarter security camera

PC World - 7 hours 12 min ago
This AI-driven home security camera can tell you who is in your home—just ask it.

Lighthouse review: a smarter security camera

Mac World - 7 hours 12 min ago
This AI-driven home security camera can tell you who is in your home—just ask it.

How to rotate an image uploaded to iCloud Photo Library

Mac World - 7 hours 12 min ago

In a past article, I wrote about solving photo orientation problems that sometimes result when importing images. But that offered advice about fixing the rotation or other orientation issues before you imported into Photos.

How do you fix the orientation of a photo after you've imported it into Photos? The fix can be done in Photos for iOS and macOS, and if you’re using iCloud Photo Library, the change will percolate through all your connected devices. (iCloud.com has no option to rotate photos.)

How to rotate a photo in Photos for Mac

In Photos for macOS to rotate by 90-degree increments:

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Convert text to image, and image to text

PC World - 8 hours 32 min ago

Arcticsid asked about turning text into a .jpg. I’ll also explain converting an image back into text.

Double-click any word in this paragraph. Your browser will select the word, and then you’ll be able to copy and paste it into your word processor or email program. But try double-clicking a word in the picture above (or in any of the other pictures in this article). It doesn’t work. In the digital world, there’s a big difference between real text and an image that looks like text—even if it’s not always obvious to the user. Fortunately, there are ways to turn either one into the other.

Let’s start with turning text into a bitmapped image like a .jpg or .png.

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Fair’s unfair: Apple the monopolist

Mac World - Sat, 2018-07-21 07:00

Apple has rightly received a slap on the hands from European regulators and… wait, it was Google? That can’t be right.

Writing for Bloomberg, Leonid Bershidsky says “Apple Deserves an EU Fine, Too.”

Sure. Why not? Heck why not give it two? Seems like two oughta do it. Three is not out of consideration. Four seems like a little much, but The Macalope would be willing to entertain serious arguments. Five is right out.

(What are we talking about?)

Google isn’t the only tech giant with anticompetitive practices.

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The throttled MacBook Pro: Discussing the heat problems with Apple’s new laptop

Mac World - Fri, 2018-07-20 19:00

There’s been a lot of talk about the Core i9 processor in the new MacBook Pro, and not in a good way. YouTuber Dave Lee shared his experience with CPU throttling on the Core i9 MacBook Pro, and soon after others shared how they also similar performance hits.

In this video, I talk with Gordon Mah Ung, CPU expert for our sister publication, PCWorld. We talk about the CPU throttling, what could be causing it, and what does it mean for users and anyone thinking about buying a Core i9 laptop.

Regrettably, high-end benchmarking was not part of our review of the Core i9 MacBook Pro. So we’ve started to run several benchmarks for ourselves to see what happens when you push the laptop’s performance.

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The NES Classic Edition is available on Amazon, so get it before it's gone

PC World - Fri, 2018-07-20 16:18

Okay, sure, it’s not a PC (technically), but Nintendo’s SNES Classic is once again on sale at Amazon for its retail price of $60Remove non-product link as a part of a lightning deal, and there’s a good chance it won’t be there for long.

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This week in games: Star Citizen is sued by a backer, The Culling 2 is yanked from Steam and more

PC World - Fri, 2018-07-20 16:01

The rapid ramp-up toward review season continues this week, as evidenced by an absolute mountain of trailers for you to climb, Sisyphus-style. No Man’s Sky, Theme Hospital, We Happy Few, new expansions for Hollow Knight and Total War: Rome II—they’re all due within the next few weeks. Phew.

That, plus the story of a man who tried to sue Star Citizen to get his $4,500 back, Todd Howard says “never say never” to the idea of another New Vegas (but he kind of means never), and The Culling 2 ’s brutal failure and subsequent removal from Steam acts as a warning to anyone developing a battle royale game at the moment.

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Microsoft's pledge to win back the consumer needs to be more than just words

PC World - Fri, 2018-07-20 15:31

Consumers, rejoice: Microsoft cares about you again. Maybe. It depends on whether the head of Microsoft's new Modern Life & Devices group has substantive plans behind his statements. 

For the past few years, Microsoft’s attention has been fixated upon the enterprise. While the company has built products like Azure and related services into thriving businesses, consumer-focused products like the Groove Music service, Microsoft Band, and Windows Phone have fallen by the wayside. 

Microsoft essentially acknowledged its neglect of the consumer market at the company's Inspire partner conference this week. Yusuf Mehdi, now the corporate vice president in charge of the Modern Life & Devices group within Microsoft, led a closed session on "Modern Life Services," according to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley. A tweet that Mehdi posted from the event includes the words, "we begin the journey to win back consumers with our vision," presumably this year.

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The Data Transfer Project’s big-name support won’t matter without the biggest one: Apple

PC World - Fri, 2018-07-20 13:50

The Data Transfer Project addresses one pain point we all experience on our phones: moving our stuff around. While it’s certainly gotten easier over the years to share individual photos, songs, and files from one app to another, shifting large chunks of data or entire libraries and histories between services is often an exercise in futility, even with hundreds of gigabytes of cloud storage at our disposal.

The open-source Data Transfer Project initiative aims to solve that problem once and for all. It already has four major players pledging support—Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft—with the ultimate goal of separating the data from the service. Once it’s up and running, the project will make it easier for users to switch to a new app or network, or simply try out a different one without needing to start from scratch.

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The Data Transfer Project has big-name support, but it's missing the biggest one: Apple

Mac World - Fri, 2018-07-20 13:27
Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft have teamed on the Data Transfer Project, a new, secure way to let users share their files and photos between online services. But where's Apple?

Grab two Lightning cables for just $10 today

Mac World - Fri, 2018-07-20 13:09

It’s always a good idea to have a couple of extra Lightning cables on hand, but sometimes we get scared away by the insane prices they tend to go for. Today, though, Monoprice is letting you buy two six-foot MFi Certified Lighting Cables (in black or white) for just $10Remove non-product link if you enter the code SDXY at checkout. You can also pick up two black or white 10-foot Lighting cables for just $12Remove non-product link with the code SDYZ.

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This 4-port USB hub is just $3.50 today, $4.50 off list

PC World - Fri, 2018-07-20 10:59

Everyone needs a USB hub, especially if your laptop is lacking in the ports department. Unitek's portable USB 3.0 4-port high speed hub can help, and today it's just $3.50 using the code WDIE5BZURemove non-product link. That's a sharp discount from its $8 list price.

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This 4-port USB hub is just $3.50 today, $4.50 off list

Mac World - Fri, 2018-07-20 10:59

Everyone needs a USB hub, especially if your laptop is lacking in the ports department. Unitek's portable USB 3.0 4-port high speed hub can help, and today it's just $3.50 using the code WDIE5BZURemove non-product link. That's a sharp discount from its $8 list price.

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