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Save 50% on the TP-LINK Wi-Fi Smart Plug, Works with Amazon Alexa - Deal Alert

PC World - Thu, 2017-12-14 09:22

The TP-LINK HS100 smart plug is quite simply a power outlet that you can control from anywhere. Using your smartphone, you can turn devices on & off, set programs to turn them on & off at set times while you're away, or engage a "countdown timer" which powers the switch off after a set amount of time. Installation is simple -- just plug a device into your smart plug and connect to your wifi network. The HS100 is also compatible with Amazon Alexa, for voice control. Buy multiple plugs and get creative.

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Save 50% on the TP-LINK Wi-Fi Smart Plug, Works with Amazon Alexa - Deal Alert

Mac World - Thu, 2017-12-14 09:22

The TP-LINK HS100 smart plug is quite simply a power outlet that you can control from anywhere. Using your smartphone, you can turn devices on & off, set programs to turn them on & off at set times while you're away, or engage a "countdown timer" which powers the switch off after a set amount of time. Installation is simple -- just plug a device into your smart plug and connect to your wifi network. The HS100 is also compatible with Amazon Alexa, for voice control. Buy multiple plugs and get creative.

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Star Wars: Battlefront II - Resurrection review: A disappointing end to Iden Versio's story

PC World - Thu, 2017-12-14 09:00

It doesn’t get any better. That’s all you really need to know about this week’s Star Wars: Battlefront II mini-expansion. Timed to land alongside The Last Jedi’s theater release, it’s the first bit of post-launch content for Battlefront II and adds stuff that’s theoretically tied to the movie—meaning Finn and Captain Phasma as heroes, plus a new ground map set on the planet Crait (which given the loot crate controversy is a pretty ironic name) and new space battle map set around D’Qar.

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iMac Pro first look: Apple’s most powerful Mac is a multiprocessing beast

PC World - Thu, 2017-12-14 08:30
Made for video editing, 3D graphics, VR, and software development, Apple's new pro Mac is an engineering feat.

iMac Pro first look: Apple’s most powerful Mac is a multiprocessing beast

Mac World - Thu, 2017-12-14 08:30

The long-awaited iMac Pro is finally here. On Thursday, December 14, Apple’s new workstation-class Mac became available on the company’s website. The 8- and 10-core iMac Pro ships immediately, while the 14- and 18-core models ship in January.

The release of the iMac Pro is significant for Apple. The Mac Pro, released in 2013, has had only one minor update in four years, and Apple earlier this year admitted that the machine is a mistake. And while the company could say that a top-of-the-line iMac has plenty of processing power, it’s not the workstation-level computer that demanding professionals want. This machine is a sign that Apple still values pro users and wants to offer a Mac that can meet their demands. During an iMac Pro media event (attended by Macworld), company executives and third-party developers in attendance hammered that point home.

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Samsung's Notebook 9 Pen is ready for your scribbles, drawings and more

PC World - Thu, 2017-12-14 07:11

Samsung's Notebook 9 Pen is a slender 360-degree laptop that's committed to the stylus way of doing things. Of course there's a keyboard, but this convertible laptop wants to make it easy for you to scribble, tap, and create with your hand.

Announced Wednesday night, the Notebook 9 Pen and several other Notebook 9 models will ship in Korea first, then the United States in the first quarter of 2018. Prices were not disclosed. 

Why this matters: Samsung announced the Notebook 9 Pen and several other laptops on Wednesday night to get ahead of the news deluge at CES. Samsung is a relatively small player in the huge U.S. PC market, so every model counts. By focusing on pen input for the Notebook 9 Pen and a few other models, it has a chance of attracting stylus enthusiasts.

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Wash, rinse, repeat: Pre-dooming the iPhone

Mac World - Thu, 2017-12-14 07:00

It’s a little early for Christmas but, let’s face it, any time is a good time for the Ghost of iPhones Future to visit Apple.

Writing for The Motley Fool, Ashraf Eassa defies the linear nature of time in order to doom the 2019 iPhone.

“Apple Inc.'s 2019 iPhone Problem.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Joel.)

You, a dullard: “The 2018 iPhone is doomed!”

Ashraf Eassa, a learned man of letters: “I say the 2019 iPhone is doomed!”

How does he do it?

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Excel functions: 7 ways to use Text functions to manage data

PC World - Thu, 2017-12-14 06:30

Excel’s Text functions are a major time saver if your job entails managing massive data, especially data that’s imported from other sources. Fortunately, all ASCII data is easily imported, but the format of that imported data can vary drastically from one source to another.

For example, fields may be delimited, such as  with tabs, spaces, commas, or periods. Aany other characters are all preferable to spaces. That’s because spaces not only exist in between fields, they also separate words within the fields, which makes sorting out the fields a real challenge. That’s where the following Text functions are very helpful.

A. Use the SUBSTITUTE function to replace one string of text with another

Function syntax: The syntax (or sentence structure) of the SUBSTITUTE function is this:

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Verizon's free NFL streaming deal is good for cord cutters—but there's a catch

PC World - Thu, 2017-12-14 06:00
NFL games will be free to stream on smartphones next year, but watching on TV could still cost you.

Verizon's free NFL streaming deal is good for cord cutters—but there's a catch

Mac World - Thu, 2017-12-14 06:00
NFL games will be free to stream on smartphones next year, but watching on TV could still cost you.

Best iPhone: How to pick the perfect iPhone for you

Mac World - Wed, 2017-12-13 17:34

This guide was most recently updated on December 13, 2017.

Picking out an iPhone used to be easier—just get the newest one with all the storage you can afford. We still recommend plenty of storage, but the choice of which iPhone to get it on isn’t quite so cut-and-dry. Do you want the phone with the best camera, the one with the lowest starting price, or maybe just one with a headphone jack?

There's another major factor that will influence what iPhone you should buy: Apple's latest iPhone release included three (!!!) new models to choose from: The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus (which went on sale on September 22, 2017), and the iPhone X (which landed in stores six weeks later).

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Microsoft's path to a smarter Bing and Cortana includes tapping Reddit users' opinions

PC World - Wed, 2017-12-13 17:30

Microsoft’s Bing search engine and Cortana digital assistant might not change that much from day to day, but behind the scenes they’re getting smarter—integrating factual insights from more sources, including the opinions of Reddit users.

At an AI-focused event in San Francisco, Microsoft showed off a number of improvements, all geared towards increasing the “intelligence” of Bing, Cortana, and Microsoft Office. 

Why this matters: Calling out some of these behind-the-scenes upgrades helps Microsoft demonstrate its unique attributes, and thus relevance, among the competing AI-based platforms of Amazon, Apple, and Google.

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Bing already lets you comparison shop for similar items across the web. Now you can isolate an object in a photo and shop for it.

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BuyDig has a 27-inch 4K monitor with FreeSync for $350

PC World - Wed, 2017-12-13 14:24

This holiday season you can give the gift of 4K FreeSync gaming, thanks to a deal at BuyDig today. The online retailer is selling the HP Envy 27-inch 4K monitor for $350 when you use coupon code c11710154586 (via SlickDeals).

This IPS display has a 4K UHD resolution of 3840x2160, a 60Hz refresh rate, and a native response time of 14 milliseconds. On the back, it has one DisplayPort 1.2, one HDMI 2.0, one HDMI 1.4, and one USB-C port. It also has a "micro-edge bezel" to minimize distractions for gamers who go for multi-monitor setups.

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BrandPost: macOS – A Carrier for Windows Viruses

Mac World - Wed, 2017-12-13 13:56

Remember Apple’s infamous “Get a Mac” campaign? If not, you’re not alone. Things have changed a lot since Apple could use malware to capitalize on the higher vulnerability of regular PCs. Today, Mac antivirus software is not only abundant, it’s necessary!

The age-old myth that Macs are immune to malware no longer holds water for two main reasons:

1) With the rising popularity of the iPhone (iOS), the Apple ecosystem has increased tremendously, prompting cybercriminals to also set their sights on Mac users.

2)  Platform-agnostic schemes such as, fraud, spam, and phishing scams are targeting every type of device, from computers, to tablets and smartphones.

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Try VR for cheap: Windows Mixed Reality headsets are on sale for nearly half off today

PC World - Wed, 2017-12-13 09:27

If you’re interested in trying out Windows Mixed Reality headsets, the time is now. They’re basically half off on the eighth day of Microsoft’s 12 Days of Deals, with savings up to $200 on three separate headsets.

The Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset (normally $399, now $199), the HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset (normally $449, now $249), and the Lenovo Explorer Windows Mixed Reality Headset (normally $399, now $199) are at heavy discounts. The higher-resolution Samsung HMD Odyssey Windows Mixed Reality Headset still commands a premium. It’s on sale too, but only $50 off at $449. All of the deals include a pair of bundled controllers.

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Amplify your team's productivity with Droplr Pro -- now over 90% off

Mac World - Wed, 2017-12-13 09:08

Working remotely has grown in popularity among teams in the workplace, but it's not exactly perfect—especially in the realm of communication. Thankfully, Droplr Pro exists to fill in the gaps and keep your team on the same page, and you can get up to three users access for life for over 90 percent off the usual price.

With Droplr, you can streamline communication by simply capturing a screenshot of whatever you're working on, add comments, and send it in a short link (Drop) to your intended recipient—all in a single interface. You can record and share .gifs to show users how to perform a particular task, and you can use the new Boards feature to create and share tasks with team members around concepts, ideas, projects, and more.

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Pay what you want for 65+ hours of in-depth ethical hacking training

PC World - Wed, 2017-12-13 09:03

Cybercriminals are getting smarter, and companies and individuals alike stand to lose in the event of a cyberattack. That's why demand for ethical, or white hat, hackers is skyrocketing. Skilled in the ways of breaching networks and stealing information, these experts use their knowledge for good—safeguarding networks from attack and keeping everyday users safe. And with the Pay What You Want: The Ultimate White Hat Hacker 2018 Bundle, you can become one for a price you get to choose. 

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New Amazon Echo Discounted $20 Right Now - Deal Alert

Mac World - Wed, 2017-12-13 08:59

Amazon has a discount of $20 active right now on their all new Echo smart speaker, which features a new speaker, new design, and is available in a range of styles including fabrics and wood veneers. Echo connects to Alexa to play music, make calls, set alarms and timers, ask questions, control smart home devices, and more --
instantly. Echo averages 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 2,200 reviewers, and with the current discount you can grab it for yourself (or someone else) now for just $79.99. See the discounted Echo deal now on Amazon.

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New Amazon Echo Discounted $20 Right Now - Deal Alert

PC World - Wed, 2017-12-13 08:59

Amazon has a discount of $20 active right now on their all new Echo smart speaker, which features a new speaker, new design, and is available in a range of styles including fabrics and wood veneers. Echo connects to Alexa to play music, make calls, set alarms and timers, ask questions, control smart home devices, and more --
instantly. Echo averages 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 2,200 reviewers, and with the current discount you can grab it for yourself (or someone else) now for just $79.99. See the discounted Echo deal now on Amazon.

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Apple Photos: What do you need to do to get People to sync?

Mac World - Wed, 2017-12-13 08:00

Apple promised that when we identified people in Photos in iOS 10 or macOS 10.12 Sierra, it would sync and merge this special album’s contents across all our linked devices. Oops! Well, it finally made it into iOS 11 and High Sierra, at least.

Macworld reader Gerry was looking forward to this working, but finds that his various devices never sync up, no matter how long he takes or how much he observes the Photos’ apps instructions to wait.

However, Gerry doesn’t use iCloud Photo Library. He says, “If iCloud Photo Library is required, then nuts!” Have some pistachios, because that feature is required. On every device on which iCloud Photo Library is enabled and you’re connected with the same iCloud account, Apple passes various information related to photos and videos.

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