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Does the new iPad Pro have a bending problem?

Mac World - 5 hours 50 min ago

Judging by a new YouTube video from JerryRigEverything, we’re supposedly on the verge of a new “Bendgate.” Holding the edges of the new 11-inch iPad Pro in the video, host Zack Nelson jams his thumbs into the back of the tablet, pulls, and—shock, I guess?—the $799+ tablet cracks and then folds together like a chapbook of college poetry. The bend specifically happens near the microphone hole, where the structural integrity would be weakest.

It’s definitely something we’ll keep an eye on, but I’m not really sure what other outcome people were expecting.

To be sure, it does feel structurally weaker than previous models. I’m holding my 12.9-inch model right now, and I can easily see how I could work the same magic if I handled it with the same violence. Maybe even more easily, since it’s a larger device and so offers more leverage.

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This week in games: The mini "PC Classic" starts crowdfunding, Command & Conquer remasters

PC World - 8 hours 28 min ago

The best part about PC gaming is that so much of it is “backwards compatible,” to borrow the console term. Sit down at a modern PC and you can play 40-odd years of games, everything from Zork to Battlefield V. Where consoles need to trot out a miniature version of the hardware to capitalize on nostalgia, we can run the classics on any old machine.

...Wait, someone’s making a miniature “PC Classic”? Really? And it’s that ugly yellow-beige color from the ‘80s?

That news, plus Telltale starts liquidating, more Command & Conquer remaster details, Crackdown 3 gets one last release date, and more. This is gaming news for November 12 to 16.

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Black Friday Special: These $80 Metallic AirPod Alternatives Are Just $26 Right Now

Mac World - 8 hours 45 min ago

When Apple released the AirPods in 2016 alongside the iPhone 7, they received mixed responses and all-around confusion. Were they just Bluetooth EarPods without a cord? How will they fit in your ears without falling out?

Many questions surfaced, but the AirPods remain some of the most popular Bluetooth earbuds available today, so much so that competitors are creating affordable alternatives while staying true to Apple’s design. If you’re interested in a pair of Bluetooth earbuds but don’t want to shell out $160 for AirPods, you should consider these Metallic Wireless Earbuds for $26.

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Get This Microsoft Excel Diploma Masterclass At Black Friday Pricing Today ($19)

PC World - 8 hours 47 min ago

If you step into an office or school, you’ll likely find Microsoft Excel installed on each computer. While it appears to be a simple spreadsheet program, Excel provides unparalleled bookkeeping and data analysis features; and mastering it can make you a major asset in any workspace. If you’re interested in harnessing Excel’s full potential, you can get started with this $19 Masterclass.

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Microsoft Bing's Black Friday research tools are hit-and-miss

PC World - 8 hours 55 min ago

With Black Friday just (gulp!) a week away, Microsoft’s Bing search engine is launching tools to help with your shopping: a searchable index of deals, phone comparisons, and shortcuts to roundups of the best products.

Unfortunately, Bing doesn’t currently seem to provide what you’re probably hoping for: a searchable list of Black Friday prices by item, together with the dates and times they’re available. It appears you’ll still have to do all the legwork yourself.

Like other Black Friday sites, Microsoft has compiled a list of Black Friday ads by retailer, which the company has separated out by deal. Each ad lists the date and time during which the ad is active, with links to coupon codes, too. With each item, Microsoft also lists “See other buying options” so you can compare prices as part of its Bing Shopping service. Microsoft also promises that you’ll be able to search Bing Shopping for “Black Friday” plus the name of the item, and receive a list of Black Friday deals.

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11-11: Memories Retold review: All's finally quiet on the Western Front

PC World - 11 hours 28 min ago

In 2014 Ubisoft commemorated the hundredth anniversary of World War I with a game called Valiant Hearts. Though hand-animated, it nevertheless told a grisly and often tragic story about the Great War, and it’s an experience that’s stuck with me for years now.

Thus I was excited to hear the co-director of Valiant Hearts, Yoan Fanise, had founded a new studio to make a spiritual successor of sorts. As Valiant Hearts commemorated the start of the conflict, 11-11: Memories Retold marks the end, the hundredth anniversary of the Armistice.

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The Full Nerd ep. 74: Radeon RX 590 review, RTX on in Battlefield V, GeForce RTX 2080 Ti FE failures

PC World - 12 hours 25 min ago

In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAdam Patrick Murray, and a very special guest delve deep into graphics card news.

First up: A recap of our XFX Radeon RX 590 Fatboy review. AMD’s first 12nm GPU is a GTX 1060 killer, but how does it compare against the existing Radeon RX 580? It depends on the sales you can find. We dive into the RX 590’s tech specs, value proposition, and more.

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The best smart thermostat you can buy, the Alexa-enabled Ecobee4, is $50 off

PC World - 12 hours 52 min ago

Smart thermostats help keep your home a comfortable temperature with little effort on your end—and help you save money in the process. But the Ecobee4, our favorite smart thermostat, does a whole lot more than just that. Its built-in Alexa capabilities turn the Ecobee4 into a bona fide smart hub, and today, you can save $50 off its list price on Amazon, bringing it down to $199

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The best smart thermostat you can buy, the Alexa-enabled Ecobee4, is $50 off

Mac World - 12 hours 52 min ago

Smart thermostats help keep your home a comfortable temperature with little effort on your end—and help you save money in the process. But the Ecobee4, our favorite smart thermostat, does a whole lot more than just that. Its built-in Alexa capabilities turn the Ecobee4 into a bona fide smart hub, and today, you can save $50 off its list price on Amazon, bringing it down to $199

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AMD's Radeon RX 570 and RX 580 are dirt-cheap after the Radeon RX 590's launch

PC World - 13 hours 33 min ago

AMD’s much rumored and recently released $280 Radeon RX 590 blows away Nvidia’s GTX 1060, but steep sale prices for the Radeon RX 570 and RX 580 make these graphics cards even more enticing for 1080p gaming. The cherry on top? You can still choose from two of the three free games that AMD’s offering with the Radeon RX 590 when you opt for one of these other Radeon cards, instead.

First up, Newegg is selling the 4GB PowerColor Red Dragon RX 570 for $140Remove non-product link, or half the price of the Radeon RX 590. This is a fantastic card for consistent 60 frames per second gaming performance at 1080p resolution—one of the most common monitor configurations—though you might need to dial a graphics setting or two back in the most strenuous modern games to hit that goal. 

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Wi-Charge harnesses light to free Amazon Echo Dot and Google Home Mini smart speakers from power cords

Mac World - 15 hours 28 min ago
Wi-Charge’s technology can eliminate power adapters and cords and keep the batteries in devices such as smart locks, smartphones, security cameras, and sensors permanently topped off.

How to free up storage by deleting iTunes backups of iOS devices

Mac World - 15 hours 28 min ago

If you use iTunes to backup your iPhone, the actual backed-up data starts to pile up. Backups often run from gigabytes to tens of gigabytes, retaining anything unique on an iOS device that isn’t synced via iCloud or available from the App Store. For example, if you have iCloud Photo Library enabled, the iTunes backup doesn’t include the Camera Roll.

Apple oddly doesn’t have an automatic “garbage cleaning” routine, or prompt to delete, or ask you if you want to delete these backups.

You can easily fill up your drive with iOS backups, and it will feel mysterious as you won’t even know why you’re running out of storage. However, you can find these backups and delete older ones, as well as archive them on an external drive if you have a need or desire to retain them.

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Wi-Charge harnesses light to free Amazon Echo Dot and Google Home Mini smart speakers from power cords

PC World - 15 hours 28 min ago
Wi-Charge’s technology can eliminate power adapters and cords and keep the batteries in devices such as smart locks, smartphones, security cameras, and sensors permanently topped off.

2018 iPad Pro review: A fantastic tablet, if not a fantastic laptop

Mac World - 16 hours 28 min ago

Apple really wants us to believe a tablet can take the place of a MacBook, and it’s spared few resources in its quest to proselytize us with the 2018 iPad Pro. The iPad Pro a beast, one that can hold its own alongside powerful laptops. It’s a stunner, especially with a redesigned Apple Pencil and Smart Folio Keyboard that feel more like essentials than peripherals. It’s versatile, thanks to the new support for USB-C, and it achieves all this while looking both familiar and futuristic.

Oh, how I’ve waited for it. I’m one of the loons who willingly used an iPad Pro as my primary writing machine for almost two years, and I loved its portability and the ease of switching between typing and longhand writing. Yet for all that, switching back to a MacBook felt like getting new glasses after months of living with a faulty prescription. Little frustrations vanished. Formerly complex tasks became simple. My productivity skyrocketed. Never again, I figured, would I ever reach for the iPad Pro for work.

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Logitech G502 Hero review: A slight improvement on an old standard

PC World - 17 hours 15 min ago

Rarely does a piece of hardware have the sticking power of Logitech’s G502 mouse. We originally reviewed the G502 back in 2014 in its first iteration, the Proteus Core, and both it and the later RGB-equipped Proteus Spectrum revision have been top mouse picks ever since. 

Now Logitech’s back with its third refresh, the G502 Hero. No, it’s not the long-awaited wireless version, but it does pack Logitech’s new and proprietary Hero sensor. Hence the name. And given that Hero was originally designed as an efficient wireless sensor...maybe it’s a sign of things to come?

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Talking Turkey: Presenting the best movies to stream over the Thanksgiving holiday

Mac World - 17 hours 28 min ago
We’ve picked 20 essential movies for you, with topics ranging from feasts to families.

3 features from other Apple products that the Mac and iPhone need

Mac World - 17 hours 28 min ago

Every year, it seems like Apple comes out with at least one significant new implementation of technology. The issue is that it isn't always distributed evenly across the company's product line-up. Even devices that seem like they could benefit from Apple's latest and greatest additions often get left out in the cold.

That's particularly frustrating, given that one of Apple's strongest selling points in recent years has been how well all of its technology works together across hardware, software, and services. Bringing that kind of relationship to its devices really emphasizes the idea of the ecosystem being a whole, instead of independent platforms.

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Talking Turkey: Presenting the best movies to stream over the Thanksgiving holiday

PC World - 17 hours 28 min ago
We’ve picked 20 essential movies for you, with topics ranging from feasts to families.

OnePlus 6T tips: The 10 features to check out first

PC World - 17 hours 28 min ago

OnePlus doesn’t subscribe to the once-yearly update cycle we see from most smartphone makers. Instead, it updates its hardware quickly, and adds new features with each iteration. The OnePlus 6T just launched around the world with one of the first in-display fingerprint sensors, and it’s now being sold in the U.S. via T-Mobile—a first for OnePlus, which previously sold phones unlocked, direct-to-consumer.

So, you’ve got a shiny new OnePlus 6T, but how can you make the most of it? By taking advantage of the 10 features we describe below. And if you don’t yet have a 6T, make sure to read Michael Simon’s OnePlus 6T review.

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Buy a stylish leather Apple Watch band for just $5

Mac World - Thu, 2018-11-15 17:20

Apple makes leather Apple Watch bands of its own, but they're pricey things that cost around a third of what an actual Apple Watch costs. Buy the Hermès version, and you might as well be buying a second watch. There’s little sense in that.

Today on Amazon, you can pick up Kades’ 42/44mm genuine brown leather Apple Watch band with silver trimmings for just $4.99 when you enter the code KADES040 at checkout. That's exactly half off the regular price of $9.99.

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