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The Steam Link app for iOS is dead, rejected by Apple

Mac World - Thu, 2018-05-24 19:46

And just like that, Apple has killed the the Steam Link app. Earlier this month, Valve, the owner of the wildly popular gaming digital marketplace Steam, announced that it would soon release a Steam Link app that would allow players to stream games from gaming PCs directly to their iPhones, iPads, and Apple TVs (as well as Android devices). The Android app made it into the wild last week, but for the last few days we’ve been patiently waiting for the app to make it through Apple’s approval process. This afternoon, Valve sent an email to Macworld letting us know that Apple had rejected it.

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The Acer Chromebook Spin 13 is a classy product rising above a mob of cheap clamshells

PC World - Thu, 2018-05-24 19:05

The Acer Chromebook Spin 13 is giving high-end Chromebooks for business another chance. God knows others have tried—RIP the Dell Chromebook 13 and the HP Chromebook 13. So far, most people seem to be happy with one of the inexpensive, modestly powered, plasticky clamshells that made Chromebooks an easy buy for entry-level users and the huge education market. 

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Steam's Spring Cleaning event encourages PC gamers to clear out their backlog

PC World - Thu, 2018-05-24 16:15

Valve’s vaunted Steam sales whip PC gamers into a buying frenzy, but the “Spring Cleaning” event that kicked off today has the opposite goal: coaxing people into playing games that they already own, but rarely play.

The Spring Cleaning event runs through May 28 and uses Steam’s meta-game-esque badge system to encourage backlog clearing. Playing games that you haven’t touched in a while—or at all—completes daily tasks or one-time projects that unlock a special Spring Cleaning badge, which can then be leveled up by dipping further into your library.

Interestingly, Steam scans your backlog and user profile to create custom objectives for each user. Selecting today’s “Spin Cycle” daily task, for instance, picks four random games from your library to play.  The “Trusted Friend” project, on the other hand, scans your backlog to suggest games you own that your friends have recommended on the platform. Other one-time projects have you playing a game you’ve spent more than two hours in, but not in a while, and the first title you ever added to your account.

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Best Buy has great deals on multiple Apple products for Memorial Day

Mac World - Thu, 2018-05-24 13:51

Best Buy is having a big sale for Memorial Day, and we’re happy to see that some of its best deals focus on Apple products. Not only are there great deals on MacBook Pros (which, honestly, we’ve kind of come to expect from Best Buy sales at this point), but you’ll even find nice discounts on the iPhone 8/8 Plus and the HomePod. 

A few of these deals have been active for a couple of days now, but it’s nice to see them lumped together. You can get the most recent 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar (Core i7) for just $1,149.99 (down from $1,299.00), for example, and you can lop off an additional $50 if you qualify for student pricing. For that matter, you can save $200 on the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, which brings the price down from $1,499.99 to $1,299.99.

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Pornhub launches VPNhub, a VPN service with free, unlimited bandwidth

PC World - Thu, 2018-05-24 11:34

Pornhub, one of the most-trafficked adult video sites on the Internet, is launching a virtual private network (VPN) with free, unlimited bandwidth to help keep prying eyes away from your browsing activity. Seriously. It’s called VPNhub and apps are already available for iOS and Android, with Windows and MacOS apps for premium subscribers.

VPNs exist to avoid ISP-level website blocking or tracking and keep your browsing activity private, even on public Wi-Fi connections, by encrypting your data. Launching a VPN service makes sense for Pornhub in an era when some governments are leaning towards regulating adult content online, including the United Kingdom. The unlimited bandwidth—while highly unusual for free VPNs—does as well given that Pornhub’s existence revolves around streaming videos. But VPNhub isn’t intended as a secure Pornhub portal alone; you can browse other sites on the web too.

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The self-driving Apple Car has arrived, but it's not exactly what we dreamed it would be

Mac World - Thu, 2018-05-24 10:58

For the past several years, we’ve been reading reports about Apple’s ambitious self-driving car project. Dubbed Project Titan, the vision was once reportedly bolstered by a 1,000-plus member team tasked with building a vehicle that would be innovative and revolutionary, with an all-electric engine, luxurious amenities, and the smartest infotainment system on four wheels.

However, according to a new report by The New York Times, some things are too difficult even for Apple to conquer. For the past four years, Apple’s best engineers along with designer Jony Ive have been developing prototypes of a reimagined car worthy of the Apple name. As the Times describes it, the idea was to build a vehicle that would be “the automotive version of the iPhone.”

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Amazon's one-day Caseology sale can protect your iPhone or Galaxy S9 for $10

PC World - Thu, 2018-05-24 10:17

High-end phones are a major investment, and a good case helps you protect that investment. If you’re looking to guard your phone from the wear and tear of daily abuse, you’re in luck—a ton of Caseology cases are on sale for up to 30% off on Amazon today.

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Amazon's one-day Caseology sale can protect your iPhone or Galaxy S9 for $10

Mac World - Thu, 2018-05-24 10:17

High-end phones are a major investment, and a good case helps you protect that investment. If you’re looking to guard your phone from the wear and tear of daily abuse, you’re in luck—a ton of Caseology cases are on sale for up to 30% off on Amazon today.

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Tune into the Full Nerd ep. 53 live at 1:30 p.m. Eastern today

PC World - Thu, 2018-05-24 09:37

The Full Nerd is a video talk show where technology enthusiasts come together to explore, celebrate, and generally geek out on cool PC hardware technology, from CPUs to GPUs to extreme laptops and desktops—and all the tech in between. We’re shooting the 53rd episode today! We’ve got a lot on tap:

And of course, we’ll answer plenty of questions from the audience. Tune in live at 1:30 p.m. Eastern / 10:30 a.m. Pacific on any of the platforms below to join the discussion as it happens.

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Start playing in comfort! Amazon's selling a leather gaming chair for $68

PC World - Thu, 2018-05-24 09:29

Anyone who spends even a few hours a week PC gaming needs a comfortable chair. While console gamers usually sprawl out on a couch, we the gamers of the PC are often stuck with office chairs unless we’re willing to shell out hundreds of dollars. Today, Amazon’s got a deal that will let you game like a pro without paying like a sucker.

The Essentials by OFM racing-style leather gaming chair in red is $68.84 right now. That’s $21 off its most recent price, and about the same amount you’d pay for a regular desk chair.

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Start playing in comfort! Amazon's selling a leather gaming chair for $68

Mac World - Thu, 2018-05-24 09:29

Anyone who spends even a few hours a week PC gaming needs a comfortable chair. While console gamers usually sprawl out on a couch, we the gamers of the PC are often stuck with office chairs unless we’re willing to shell out hundreds of dollars. Today, Amazon’s got a deal that will let you game like a pro without paying like a sucker.

The Essentials by OFM racing-style leather gaming chair in red is $68.84 right now. That’s $21 off its most recent price, and about the same amount you’d pay for a regular desk chair.

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Save 80% On A Lifetime Of Aura Premium's AI Powered Meditation App

Mac World - Thu, 2018-05-24 09:20

Aura Premium uses cutting-edge AI that's designed to provide short, science-backed mindfulness meditation exercises every day, and now you can get lifetime access for $79.99.

With Aura Premium, you can choose 3- or 7- or 10-minute meditation durations depending on your availability and comfort. Once you complete an exercise, rate it, and Aura's AI will curate others like it to optimize your wellness journey. You can track your mood, learn about your mood patterns, and visually see yourself improve. Plus, Aura Premium also gives you daily reminders for mindful breathers to keep you centered.

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Get SelectTV, The World's Largest Entertainment Library, For Just $29.99

PC World - Thu, 2018-05-24 09:17

Instead of alternative online programming, and in order to save money, an increasing number of people are cutting their conventional cable TV cable. An on-demand service, you get as many as  300,000+ TV episodes (250,000 free) and 200,000 movies (10,000 free), plus unlimited video on demand from any of your devices—a complete one-year subscription for $19, or 36% off retail.

In addition, the SelectTV by FreeCast: One-Year Subscription has included the two following bonuses: 

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Nvidia's Shield TV gets an overhaul with Android 8.0 Oreo

PC World - Thu, 2018-05-24 09:00
The Nvidia Shield TV is the best streaming box for power users, and now it has a totally new interface.

Hands-on: The Acer Predator Helios 300 Special Edition takes the boring out of budget gaming

PC World - Thu, 2018-05-24 09:00

The Acer Predator Helios 300 Special Edition didn’t need to impress us. We already liked the Predator Helios 300 we reviewed in March—that was the entry-level version, which offered serious bang for buck.

We got our hands on the Special Edition at Acer’s next@acer event in New York CIty on Wednesday, and it improves upon its more modest sibling in a number of ways. What we still don’t know is how the price compares (we expect it to be higher than the base model’s $1,100 cost), or when it’ll ship (we expect within the next few months). 

The biggest change, as you can plainly see, is the chassis color scheme: white. White! With gold accents, no less! This throws down a shining gauntlet before the legions of black-and-whatever gaming laptops that have come before. This Special Edition is not afraid to stand apart. Acer’s even issued matching headset, mouse, and backpack accessories for a fully coordinated look.

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Guess how much this Asus ROG monitor with 4K, HDR and 144Hz G-Sync will set you back

PC World - Thu, 2018-05-24 07:30

More than a year in the making, Asus has finally detailed when its long awaited G-Sync HDR 4K gaming monitor will ship—and for how much.

On Wednesday, Asus said the ROG Swift PG27UQ will finally begin shipping in June with a list price of a smooth $2,000, the same as Acer’s rival Predator X27 G-Sync HDR display.

If you just did a spit-take of Diet Coke, know that the PG27UQ will feature:

  • 27-inch diagonal width
  • 1,000 nits of brightness in HDR mode (300 nits in standard mode)
  • 384 zones of brightness
  • Quantum Dot filters for a wider color gamut
  • 3840x2160 resolution
  • 144Hz refresh rate
  • G-Sync support
  • 97 percent of DCI-P3 color gamut
  • IPS technology
  • 1.07 billion colors

Asus said the ROG PG27UQ is the first gaming monitor to receive VESA’s new DisplayHDR 1000 certification as well. Three levels of the new open spec are available, and the PG27UQ hits the top one, Asus said.

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How to upgrade your laptop's RAM

PC World - Thu, 2018-05-24 07:16

If your laptop’s performance has you down, don’t simply accept it as a way of life. It’s quite possible that by upgrading your laptop's RAM you can give your portable PC a boost. (For another great upgrade, see our article on how to add an SSD to your laptop.)

Does your particular laptop support a RAM upgrade? That depends. Laptop designs vary, including which components are accessible and upgradable. Because not every laptop is built the same, there’s no way to say with complete certainty what you can or can’t upgrade.

What we can say, however, is that most budget laptops tend to be far more serviceable than ultra-thin, premium models. Microsoft’s Surface devices, for example, are sealed shut, while Apple favors proprietary parts, with everything soldered to the motherboard.

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Streaming TV on vacation: What you need to know

PC World - Thu, 2018-05-24 07:00
Before you take your streaming TV bundle on vacation, read up on these restrictions.

Streaming TV on vacation: What you need to know

Mac World - Thu, 2018-05-24 07:00
Before you take your streaming TV bundle on vacation, read up on these restrictions.

Release the hounds: When a press release fits your notions

Mac World - Thu, 2018-05-24 07:00

If you’re someone who does the writing of the things, you will eventually get a on a PR mailing list or two. Or, well, more like 800. It’s closer to 800. Congratulations, you will never be alone. On the downside, your inbox will be buried with product announcements about which you could not care less. They all start something like this:

Hey, [MAIL MERGE FIELD #FIRSTNAME], hope you’re having the best day ever! I just wanted to see if you were interested in writing about the hottest new product to come out of the burgeoning field of hamster-related technologies. Starting with nothing but a loan of $1.5 million from their parents (and several subsequent runs of seed capital from angel investors) and working from a garage in Brentwood, these three techbros have created what Hamstertech Weekly called “Echo Show for hamsters”…

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