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PCWorld's January Digital Magazine: Snapdragon rising

PC World - Wed, 2019-01-16 19:04

Stay on top of the latest tech with PCWorld’s Digital Magazine. Available as single copies or as a monthly subscription, it highlights the best content from PCWorld.com—the most important news, the key product reviews, and the most useful features and how-to stories—in a curated Digital Magazine for Android and iOS, as well for the desktop and other tablet readers.

In the January issue

On the cover of the January issue is our hands-on of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8cx reference laptop, a fresh attempt to be faster. Our lab tests will tell you how Snapdragon stacks up against Intel. We also examine two of the top DNA testing services, explaining their differences and we help determine which one might be better for your situation. Plus, you'll find an exclusive first look at Creative Labs’ high-end SoundBlasterX AE-9; you have to hear it to believe it.

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The new iPhone XS battery case works with the iPhone X, but don’t expect perfection

Mac World - Wed, 2019-01-16 15:23

The iPhone XS looks almost exactly like the iPhone X, and that similarity is leading many people to wonder if they can use Apple’s spiffy new battery cases with the older handset. The answer appears to be a shaky yes, although enough doubt remains that I’m hesitant to recommend taking the $129 plunge.

Apple’s official landing pageRemove non-product link doesn’t explicitly say that the new case doesn’t work with the older phone. It only lists the iPhone XS under Compatibility.

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Microsoft separates Cortana from search in new Windows 10 preview build

PC World - Wed, 2019-01-16 14:42

Microsoft’s Insider preview builds for 19H1, the next major update for Windows 10, haven’t been packed as chock full of new features as in releases past, favoring tweaks and adjustments instead. The Windows Insider Build 18317 released on Wednesday also goes this route, most notably by separating Cortana from the Windows 10 search box.

The new build also includes new ways to import fonts, a tweaked Windows Console for Linux, and a separate process for the Start menu, a behind-the-scenes change that’s being made for stability’s sake.

The most significant change is the separation of Cortana and the search box, which Microsoft has been testing with a few Insider builds previously. “This will enable each experience to innovate independently to best serve their target audiences and use cases,” Microsoft executives wrote in a blog post.

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Amazon gives its vastly improved Fire TV remote a rare 50 percent discount

PC World - Wed, 2019-01-16 10:54

A good remote can make all the difference with a streaming device, adding control and convenience to the cornucopia of content options available. Now, Amazon’s Fire TV lineup is adding much more power to its viewing experience with a slick new remote, and you can grab one today for just $15, a unheard-of 50 percent drop from its list price of $30.

This remote is easy to use but comes with plenty of bells and whistles, including Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant built-in for voice control. To take that even further, you can also connect this remote to an Amazon Echo. If you use it to control a Fire TV Stick (note that it won’t work with the 1st-gen edition), you’ll finally be able to manage volume and power from your remote, with an infrared emitter that allows it to control your TV, A/V receiver, or soundbar.

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Amazon gives its vastly improved Fire TV remote a rare 50 percent discount

Mac World - Wed, 2019-01-16 10:54

A good remote can make all the difference with a streaming device, adding control and convenience to the cornucopia of content options available. Now, Amazon’s Fire TV lineup is adding much more power to its viewing experience with a slick new remote, and you can grab one today for just $15, a unheard-of 50 percent drop from its list price of $30.

This remote is easy to use but comes with plenty of bells and whistles, including Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant built-in for voice control. To take that even further, you can also connect this remote to an Amazon Echo. If you use it to control a Fire TV Stick (note that it won’t work with the 1st-gen edition), you’ll finally be able to manage volume and power from your remote, with an infrared emitter that allows it to control your TV, A/V receiver, or soundbar.

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This GeForce GTX 1060-equipped MSI gaming laptop is on sale for a ludicrously low $619

PC World - Wed, 2019-01-16 10:20

Buckle up, on-the-go gamers: We get excited when a laptop with Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060 inside goes on sale for $700, but right now, Newegg is selling the MSI GV62 with a GTX 1060 for just $619Remove non-product link. That’s a ridiculously good deal. The bad news is, in true Newegg style, you have to pay $769 upfront and then get a $150 mail-in rebate.

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Metro Exodus hands-on: Patrolling the Caspian Sea almost makes you wish for nuclear winter

PC World - Wed, 2019-01-16 10:00

Imagine, all you’ve ever known are the dank tunnels of the Moscow subway system. You were raised there, amid the shacks and hovels of a city’s survivors, attacked daily by vicious mutant animals, short on food and water, rarely venturing above-ground lest you succumb to radiation—or, more likely, other scavengers.

And then one day you leave, and you find out it didn’t have to be that way, that there’s life outside Moscow. There are places the nuclear bombs didn’t touch, or at least left a lighter impression, where people live on almost like nothing happened.

Such relief, to have made it out alive. Such disappointment, that it didn’t happen sooner.

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Master blockchain technology with this extensive training bundle, now just $19

PC World - Wed, 2019-01-16 09:47

From cryptocurrencies to decentralized apps, blockchain technology is powering an Internet revolution. It’s a bit surprising, then, that there are so few of us who are truly aware of its capabilities. If you want to get ahead of the curve and understand how blockchain is going to impact the Web, then getting the 2019 Blockchain Developer Mastery Bundle is a must. You can grab it on sale for only $19 today. 

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Hook Up Your Business with Award-Winning Video Conferencing For As Little As $19.99/mo

PC World - Wed, 2019-01-16 09:30

If you’re still using a business landline, you’re likely not doing much business in 2018. Video conferencing is as commonplace as sending an email, and remote team members are increasing by the minute, making internet-based communication systems essential for any rising company. So if you’re finally looking to get your office set up with a state-of-the-art communications system, look no further than RingCentral, an award-winning VoIP (voice over internet provider). RingCentral offers comprehensive, affordable packages for any size organization, and you can set it up in minutes for as low as $19.99 per month.

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What you get when you export Calendar and Reminders in macOS, and how to use those files

Mac World - Wed, 2019-01-16 08:00

The Calendar and Reminders apps in macOS let you create backups through an export option. In Calendar, you can select File > Export > Export or Export > Calendar Archive. Reminders lets you select File > Export. The exported files can used for recovery or imported into other apps and systems.

What’s the difference between these options, and why select one over another? All the options produce some variation on an ICS file, a standard calendar format supported by Apple, Google, and Microsoft, among others.

  • The export in Reminders produces a single ICS file that contains all to-do items you’ve ever set and never deleted when complete, as well as all active items.
  • Select a particular calendar in the Calendar’s left sidebar and then choose File > Export > Export and an ICS file containing all that calendar’s associated events will be exported, past and future. This file doesn’t include reminders that are associated with that calendar, however.
  • Choose File > Export > Calendar Archive, and the Calendar app produces an ICBU file. This is a macOS package (a folder that acts like a file) that contains the entire structure of all calendars and their events as well as all reminders, all in ICS format. Apple highlights that by naming the export “Calendars and Reminders” plus the current date and time.
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The splayed out contents of the ICBU package file, which is full of folders of ICS files.

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These $150 Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds Are Just $80 Right Now

Mac World - Wed, 2019-01-16 07:00

Ever since Apple removed the headphone jack from its iPhones, Bluetooth earbud manufacturers have been stepping up their game. Soon enough, the next flagship phone you purchase will likely lack a headphone jack, so there’s no better time to make the switch to Bluetooth then now. If you’re looking for an attractive, wire-free pair of Bluetooth earbuds, these $79.95 REVELs may be for you.

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How to secure, protect, and completely lock down your Android phone

PC World - Wed, 2019-01-16 06:45

Android phones might get a bad rap, but they’re actually quite secure. Or at least they can be.

With a little work, your Galaxy, Pixel, or OnePlus phone can be a veritable fortress, virtually impenetrable to hacks, attacks, and bad apps. So whether you’re looking for a little extra security or a complete lockdown of your phone, here’s everything you need to keep your data from falling into the wrong hands.

Android security: Default protection

Even if you skip the entire set-up process and ignore every safeguard prompt, your Android phone still does plenty to keep your information safe.

Play Protect IDG

Google has built a malware scanner right into the Play Store called Play Protect. First and foremost, it runs a safety check on apps before you download them, but more importantly, it also checks your phone for any apps that may have gone awry since you downloaded them. If it finds any, it will warn you via a notification and in extreme cases delete them from your device on its own. You can check your Google Play Protect settings and see the apps it scanned in the Updates tab inside the My apps & games section of the Play Store.

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Turtle Beach Atlas One review: This budget headset cuts too many corners on comfort

PC World - Wed, 2019-01-16 06:30

A few months ago we took a look at the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas, a headset I said “gives us hope” for the brand. Not only was it a PC-centric headset from a traditionally console-centric company, it was a marked step up from Turtle Beach’s norm—better build quality, better aesthetic, better sound. And it retails for only $100 (or less), if you can believe it.

But entry-level price aside, the Elite Atlas is actually Turtle Beach’s top-of-the-line Atlas model. Today we’re going to look at the true entry-level, the bargain-priced Atlas One, which costs half the price. Will it manage to impress as much as the Elite Atlas? Or should you scrimp and save for the more expensive model? We donned one to find out.

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JBL Everest 710GA headphones review: Superb sound and Google Assistant on demand

Mac World - Wed, 2019-01-16 06:00
JBL's latest wireless headphones can broadcast your music to other Bluetooth headphones, letting you share the fun with friends. And many will find it handy to have Google Assistant available at a touch.

How the iPad might influence the future of the Mac interface

Mac World - Wed, 2019-01-16 06:00

Much has been written—a lot of it by me, admittedly—about how Apple’s commitment to let iOS developers bring their apps to macOS in 2019 has the potential to dramatically change the Mac. But adding iOS apps to the Mac might not be where Apple stops. What if the company uses macOS 10.15 (or, dare I suggest, macOS 13?) to further unify the interfaces of its platforms?

For all the discussion about whether iOS apps running on a Mac can possibly live up to the platform’s interface standards, it’s entirely possible that this year, Apple will choose to redefine what it is to be Mac-like in a way that turns iOS and macOS into a continuum of interface decisions that are all, for a lake of a better phrase, “Apple-like.” Longtime Mac users might chafe, but iOS users might welcome it. As someone who is both, I am not sure where I fall, but it’s worth considering just what Apple might do to make the Mac more closely resemble iOS.

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JBL Everest 710GA headphones review: Superb sound and Google Assistant on demand

PC World - Wed, 2019-01-16 06:00
JBL's latest wireless headphones can broadcast your music to other Bluetooth headphones, letting you share the fun with friends. And many will find it handy to have Google Assistant available at a touch.

Best Fitbit: We help you choose the right one for your lifestyle

PC World - Tue, 2019-01-15 18:40
Find the best Fitbit for your activity level and habits, without spending more than you need.

Best Fitbit: We help you choose the right one for your lifestyle

Mac World - Tue, 2019-01-15 18:40

As one of the biggest names in fitness trackers, Fitbit is an easy pick for recording your daily steps or sleep patterns. Selecting the best Fitbit model for your needs, however, isn’t quite as simple.

The different Fitbit trackers have a lot of overlap in features, and so it’s not straightforward which one is the “best.” Moving up the scale in price doesn’t necessarily mean you get all the features of the cheaper trackers plus additional ones. (This quirk is particularly relevant if you need water resistance.)

That’s where we come in. We’ve boiled down the options into three simple picks that should match most people’s activity levels and styles.

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5 reasons to be excited about Elder Scrolls Online's 'Elsweyr' expansion

PC World - Tue, 2019-01-15 17:55

I had worried that The Elder Scrolls Online had played its best hand too soon when it released Morrowind as its first “chapter” (or expansion) in 2017, but I’d forgotten about the dragons.

The beasts, so loved from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, take flight in ESO’s upcoming Elsweyr expansion, and earlier today ESO’s creative director Rich Lambert showed audiences on Twitch how dragons would spend the game’s next chapter burninating the homeland of the cat-like Khajiit. The new chapter launches for pre-orders buyers on May 20, and here are five good reasons why you’ll want to be around in May when the fur and fire starts to fly.

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Apple now selling $129 battery cases for the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR

Mac World - Tue, 2019-01-15 16:55

Rumors suggested late last year that Apple was working on a battery case for the iPhone XS and XR, but the products sort of fell off the radar after weeks went by without no information. All of a sudden, though, Apple is selling battery cases for all three of the iPhones on its website.

The cases come in either black or white and cost $129, and remarkably, that price applies regardless of whether you get one for the iPhone XSRemove non-product link, iPhone XS MaxRemove non-product link, or iPhone XRRemove non-product link. They’re made of the same grippy silicone I love from Apple’s regular cases, and taking a cue from its previous battery cases, Apple designed it so the battery sits snugly against the back of the device.

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