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A new MacBook may be on the way, but I'm not buying one until Apple dumps Intel for its own chip

Mac World - Thu, 2018-10-18 12:55

Apple has finally sent out invitations for its semi-annual fall event that expects to be loaded with new products: an all-new iPad Pro with USB-C, slim bezels, and Face ID. We may also see a new Mac mini allegedly geared at pro users, refreshed iMacs, and a new low-priced MacBook.

While an updated Mac mini will be the kind of pigs-flying release that I'll believe when I see, I'm most intrigued by the MacBook. Not since the days of the polycarbonate iBook G4 and original MacBook has Apple sold a true budget notebook. Sure, the current MacBook Air retails for $999, but there are a lot of compromises there: a non-retina screen, outdated processor, and aging ports. And above that is the plain MacBook, which is hardly a bargain with its $1,300 starting price.

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A new MacBook may be on the way, but I'm not buying one until Apple dumps Intel for its own chip

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-18 12:55
Invitations have gone out for Apple's October Mac and iPad event, but Ming-Chi Kuo is already predicting something better: an A-Series-powered MacBook by 2020. And that's the one I want.

Go grab an 8GB Radeon RX 570 for $160 at Newegg and get three free games too

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-18 09:46

Sometimes you find a graphics card deal that’s just too good to pass up. Today's that day: Newegg is selling the 8GB MSI RX 570 Armor OC for $160Remove non-product link. As with most Newegg graphics card deals, you'll need to remember to apply for a $30 rebate, but it's still one of the best prices we've ever seen for an 8GB RX 570 card.

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Battlefield V's War Stories explore lesser-known vignettes from World War II, for the better

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-18 09:28

Strange days, when I’m looking forward to a Battlefield game’s singleplayer campaign more than its multiplayer. Battlefield 3’s campaign was mediocre. Battlefield 4’s was somehow even worse, full of tough-guy posturing and the worst excesses of the “Modern Military Shooter” era.

Then Battlefield 1 won our Game of the Year prize. And sure, the multiplayer side of DICE’s World War I shooter was impressive, albeit much more explosive than the grim trenches of Verdun. The singleplayer “War Stories” were the highlight for me though, a series of vignettes covering different theaters of the war, different tones, different military roles. Lawrence of Arabia, zeppelins and biplanes, tank crews and trench warfare—Battlefield 1 captured a very large war by focusing on the very small, the ultra-personal, and was a better game because of that approach.

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Get a Lifetime Of Noiselab's Music Production Training For Just $19

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-18 09:25

Electronic music is one of the most popular music genres today. You can hear it every time you tune into a pop station, and even hear EDM-influenced trap beats in modern hip-hop. It’s no wonder so many young people aspire to become EDM producers. However, just like any genre, a producer needs to be well versed in production and music theory in order to succeed. If you’re interested in producing your own EDM tracks, you can subscribe to Noiselab for $29.  

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Get a Lifetime Of Noiselab's Music Production Training For Just $19

Mac World - Thu, 2018-10-18 09:24

Electronic music is one of the most popular music genres today. You can hear it every time you tune into a pop station, and even hear EDM-influenced trap beats in modern hip-hop. It’s no wonder so many young people aspire to become EDM producers. However, just like any genre, a producer needs to be well versed in production and music theory in order to succeed. If you’re interested in producing your own EDM tracks, you can subscribe to Noiselab for $29.  

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A bit different: You can be successful and not be Apple

Mac World - Thu, 2018-10-18 08:00

You’ve heard that Microsoft is the new Apple and that Google is the new Apple and probably some other companies are the new Apple. Well, now the site that noticed you just bought a 65-inch HDTV and thinks maybe you’d like to buy some other 65-inch HDTVs is the new Apple.

Writing for The Motley Fool, Harsh Chauhan says “Here’s How Amazon Is the New Apple.. (Tip o’ the antlers to @JonyIveParody.)

The Macalope is so old he remembers when saying you were “so old” that you remember something that actually happened quite recently was a hilarious way to point out society’s collective short-term memory. Unrelated to that, though, let’s remember that it was just four years ago that Amazon introduced the Fire Phone.

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WaterField Air Porter laptop bag review: A carry-on you’ll want to carry forever

Mac World - Thu, 2018-10-18 07:00

Is there such a thing as a bag with too many pockets? You’ll never catch me uttering such blasphemy, but I can easily imagine someone pointing to the WaterField Air Porter as proof of decadence most dire. It has 10 interior pockets, 4 exterior pockets, and even more pockets in an optional removable sleeve. Depending on how you interpret the term, it even has pockets in some of the pockets.

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Microsoft offers to kill more (of its own) bloatware with a new Windows 10 build

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-18 07:00

Microsoft took a step toward eliminating more app bloatware—well, some of its own app bloatware—with one of the earliest builds of next year’s upcoming Windows 10 “19H1” update.

For Insider build 18262 of Windows 10, Microsoft said it would allow users to uninstall several of its own apps from within the Start menu. The build isn’t part of “Redstone 5,” officially known as the October 2018 Update, which Microsoft is working to finalize. Instead, it will ship as part of the next, unnamed update due sometime in the first half of 2019.

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How to share books on a Kindle

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-18 06:30

One of the best, lesser known perks that come with owning an Amazon Kindle is the ability to share many of the ebooks in your digital library with your friends and family. Better still, your friends and family can also share the books from their collection,with you.

We’ll show you how to quickly and easily loan Amazon Kindle ebooks to your friends, share your digital library with members of your family and, in some circumstances, shuttle the DRM-free books you own from your computer onto any Kindle you connect to it.

Loan a Kindle ebook to a friend Seamus Bellamy/IDG

Amazon doesn’t advertise the fact that you can loan ebooks to friends, but the option is there and it’s fabulous.

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Apple TV to PlayStation Vue: You complete me

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-18 06:00
PlayStation Vue is the first live TV streaming service with deep Apple TV integration, and it's pretty neat.

Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UA review: A thin, light, and peppy budget laptop with battery life to spare

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-18 06:00

The Asus ZenBook 13 is just the ticket for productivity-minded road warriors on a budget. It weighs less than three pounds, measures a little more than a half-inch thick, and boasts a quad-core processor and all-day battery life.

This particular model of the ZenBook 13 has downsides: It lacks discrete graphics for gaming, it chugs during lengthy CPU-intensive tasks, and it’s saddled with a dim, non-touch-sensitive display. Still, it shines when it comes to everyday computing chores, and its battery keeps going and going.

Price and specifications

We reviewed the version of the ZenBook 13 (UX331UA-AS51) that’s currently about $799 on Amazon. It comes with an 8th-generation quad-core Core i5-8250U processor, 8GB of low-power DDR3 RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive, a 13.3-inch full-HD display and integrated Intel 620 UHD graphics. On paper, that makes for a solid productivity-minded laptop for handling everyday tasks like web browsing, word processing, spreadsheets, light photo management, and maybe even some casual gaming.

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Thirteen modern classics to stream for Halloween

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-18 06:00
A selection of chillers—and suggestions for double-features—from recent years to help you celebrate the spookiest of holidays.

Apple TV to PlayStation Vue: You complete me

Mac World - Thu, 2018-10-18 06:00
PlayStation Vue is the first live TV streaming service with deep Apple TV integration, and it's pretty neat.

Thirteen modern classics to stream for Halloween

Mac World - Thu, 2018-10-18 06:00
A selection of chillers—and suggestions for double-features—from recent years to help you celebrate the spookiest of holidays.

Where the Apple Watch could go from here

Mac World - Thu, 2018-10-18 06:00

Apple seems to have finally figured out exactly what the Apple Watch is for, and built just the right hardware to do it. Apple Watch isn't a little smartphone-lite on your wrist, but is now more narrowly focused on being a heath and fitness accessory that provides lots of quick, glanceable information.

The Series 4 hardware is the first true “generational” update since the original Apple Watch, and it’s a great expression of that new focus. The much faster processor makes interactions instantaneous, smooth, and precise. The upgraded sensors have the kind of fidelity and range to enable all kinds of new health and fitness tracking. The larger, higher-res display can show more complications and makes text and icons easier to read. And the upgraded mic and speakers make voice interaction truly useful.

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How to download the personal data that Apple collects from you

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-17 16:00

Apple on Wednesday unveiled a revamped privacy website to educate users on how the company handles the personal information that it collects. The website covers how your data is protected, who can access it, and iOS and Mac features you can use to further protect your personal data.

Apple’s new privacy website also now lets you get a copy of the data that Apple collects about you. Here’s how to get your copy.

How to download your personal data form Apple

1. On the Apple privacy website, go to the Manage Your Privacy section.

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The Full Nerd ep. 72: GeForce RTX 2070 reviewed, controversial AMD vs. Intel benchmarks revised

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-17 14:49

In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAdam Patrick Murray , and PCWorld executive editor Melissa Riofrio discuss the key takeaways from our Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 review, and how AMD performs after Principled Technologies revised its controversial benchmarking methodologies for testing commissioned by Intel.

Did we say RTX 2070 review? Sorry, reviews. Brad benched both the $600 Nvidia RTX 2070 Founders Edition and the $550 EVGA RTX 2070 XC, the latter of which ran cold as ice and earned an Editors’ Choice award. And boy, things sure are different this time around. While the RTX 2080 isn’t a slam-dunk must-buy over the GTX 1080 Ti, the new GeForce RTX 2070 packs in a 10 to 20 percent performance bump along with the fancy ray tracing and AI-boosting hardware inside Nvidia’s radical Turing GPU. It’s a no-brainer over the GTX 1080 unless you can find a sweet deal on the older GPU.

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Qualcomm begins shipping 802.11ay silicon for mobile devices and applications, including VR and UHD video

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-17 14:09

Qualcomm has begun shipping a family of 60GHz Wi-Fi chipsets for both mobile and infrastructure applications that uses the new IEEE 802.11ay specification. Think of 802.11ay as a supplement to traditional Wi-Fi, with real-world throughput of more than 7 gigabits per second (Gbps), according to a company spokesperson.

In addition to the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands currently in use by Wi-Fi routers and other devices, 60GHz technology is expected to be sort of a high-speed, short-range supplement. The type of applications Qualcomm is targeting include wireless VR and ultra high-definition video streaming. Qualcomm also powers numerous smartphones.

What we didn't know was exactly how fast Qualcomm expects data to move, and over what distances. Those questions were answered Wednesday. According to a company spokesperson, the 802.11ay spec is theoretically capable of moving data through silicon at more than 10Gbps. In the real world, though, the actual throughput should be more than 7 Gbps.

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Save 85% On The Complete Arduino Starter Kit & Course Bundle

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-17 14:01

Home robotics is quite popular because of the accessibility and ease-of-use of micro-controllers like Arduino, and the increasing popularity of IoT devices in smart homes has only expanded the hobby even further. With Arduino, you can light your home, control LCD screens, build robots, and more; this Complete Arduino Starter Kit & Course bundle has guides on how to do this and more for $89.99.

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