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Two of our favorite SSDs are cheaper than ever today

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-02 09:37

If you've been looking to upgrade your PC's storage, two of our favorite SSDs are available at their lowest prices ever today. Newegg is selling the 500GB Sasmung 860 EVO for $83Remove non-product link with the checkout code NEFQBR5, and Amazon cut the price of the 1TB WD Blue 3D NAND to $150, a deal that also applies to the M.2 version of the drive.

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Nothing but sax and violins on TV: Apple’s upcoming programming

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-02 08:00

News continues to trickle out on Apple’s entertainment ambitions. As with all things Apple, it’s always good to get in a note saying how badly it’s going to suck before it ships.

Writing for TechCrunch, Jonathan Schieber says “It sounds like Apple’s original content is going to be really, really bad.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Philip.)

A new Wall Street Journal article highlights some of the tensions that Apple faces as it looks to create a streaming media service in the age of Handmaid’s Tale, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones, and even The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

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The Apple Watch’s new Activity Competitions rekindled my drive to lose weight

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-02 07:00

You don’t need an Apple Watch Series 4 to get a lot out of watchOS 5. Consider my situation: As a couple of my Twitter followers have suspected, I tumbled off the weight loss wagon for a bit (and let that serve as a reminder about what I said about weight loss being mainly about willpower). But now I’m back on it again with my still-capable Apple Watch Series 3, thanks in large part to the new ability to take part in fitness competitions with my fellow Apple Watch-wearing friends. In fact, it’s made me more excited about the prospect than ever before.

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Wisenet SmartCam N2 review: Solid facial detection tops this security camera's list of features

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-02 06:00
This home security camera makes it easy to monitor everything from kids to elderly parents.

The 10 iPhone and iPad games you need to play from September 2018

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-02 06:00
September's iOS games

Image by Nintendo

September was a big month for big, meaty iOS game releases. Nintendo’s freemium role-player Dragalia Lost was arguably the most notable debut, as the gaming giant launched a totally new franchise for mobile, but there was plenty more worth playing.

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Wisenet SmartCam N2 review: Solid facial detection tops this security camera's list of features

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-02 06:00
This home security camera makes it easy to monitor everything from kids to elderly parents.

HyperX Savage EXO SSD: A small drive that's great for small jobs

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-02 06:00

HyperX Savage EXO is a name that evokes hardcore performance madness. But while this superportable and good-looking USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbs) SSD is fast for everyday chores, it’s not the drive you want for offloading large amounts of data.

Design and features

The Savage EXO is a handsome, angular, silver and gray unit measuring approximately 5 x 1.9 x 0.4 inches 2 ounces. I like the way it feels in the hand better than the Samsung T5 and WD My Passport SSD, but the Sandisk Extreme Portable SSD still reigns supreme in that regard.

HyperX didn’t provide info on the controller, but the NAND is 3D TLC (we’re assuming 64-layer), and the whole deal is warrantied for three years. The only thing breaking up the smooth exterior is a USB Type-C port, for which HyperX includes both Type C to Type C, and Type C to Type A cables (The latter for older USB 2.x/3.x systems.)

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Excel’s top 12 most popular formulas with examples

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-02 05:45

Excel has over 475 formulas in its Functions Library, from simple mathematics to very complex statistical, logical, and engineering tasks such as IF statements (one of our perennial favorite stories); AND, OR, NOT functions; COUNT, AVERAGE, and MIN/MAX.

The basic functions covered below are the top 12 most popular formulas in Excel. To help you learn, we've also provided a spreadsheet with all the formula examples we cover below. 

download Excel's top 12 most popular formulas: Examples This workbook has a tab for each popular formula covered in this article, with example data. 1. TODAY/NOW

There are 24 Date and Time functions listed on the drop-down menu under Formulas > Date & Time: 11 Date formats, 10 Time formats, and as many user-defined custom formats you can create. The TODAY function reveals the current month, day, and year; while the NOW function reveals the current month, day, year, and time of day. This is a handy function if you’re one of those individuals who always forgets to date your work.

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iPhone XS launch problems: 'Beautygate,' charging irregularities, and wireless issues annoy early adopters

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-01 16:55

We’re enjoying our new iPhone XS devices, but that's not necessarily true for everyone else who has one. As is the case with every new iPhone launch, there are a few technical issues cropping up for at least a small percentage of users. The three issues most broadly corroborated by users online are the “beautygate” selfie camera problems, irregularities with charging, and wireless performance problems.

'Beautygate' selfie-smoothing

The most widespread complaint by far is that the front-facing camera on the iPhone XS is applying a sort of beautification filter to selfies. Users complain that selfies taken with the front camera smooths out their skin, giving it a “plastic” look, and that the XS alters the color tone in order to give their skin a bit of a glow. Apparently, this happens any time the front-facing camera detects a face.

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The best Kindle: Reviews and buying advice

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-01 15:24

When someone says they want an e-reader, they most likely mean they want an Amazon Kindle. Knowing which Kindle to buy is the next question, and it depends on your budget and your reading preferences. With this guide and our in-depth reviews, we’ll help you find just the right Kindle for you or your lucky loved one.

In the decade since Amazon’s E-Ink slabs were first introduced to the world, the Kindles’ popularity has elevated its brand recognition to the same heights as Q-Tips and Kleenex—with good reason. Available in five models with varying feature sets, Amazon ensures there’s a Kindle to meet every bookworm’s needs and budget.

While Amazon’s competitors might offer more technologically advanced or less expensive hardware, not a one of them can hold a candle to the sheer volume of books, comics, and periodicals available to download and consume on a Kindle.

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A dream team of Intel engineers helped create HP's tiny Spectre Folio motherboard

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-01 14:11

You’re forgiven if all you notice about the leather-bound HP Spectre Folio tablet is its luxurious exterior. But beneath HP’s Spectre stamp also hides the product of a rare collaboration between Intel’s top engineers and select customers, which helped extend the Folio’s battery life to a whopping 18 hours.

According to Intel, the Spectre Folio is officially the lead platform for Intel’s Amber Lake, the low-power Y-series processor that represents the latest branch of 8th-gen Intel Core processors. But it’s also a product of the Innovation Excellence Program, where Intel’s top engineers devote themselves to one or two key customer products per year.

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Grab an iPhone charger that also backs up your photos for just $37

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-01 13:41

(Note: The price for this item seems to be in extreme flux today. At this moment, it's now up to $39. Even so, that's still a significant discount off the list price.)

iPhone chargers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but for the most part they all just charge your phone and do little else. But not the SanDisk 64GB iXpand Base: It charges your phone with a decent 15 watts of juice, yes, but it also automatically starts backing up your phone’s photos and videos to an SD card when you plug in your phone through the base's Lightning jack. If that sounds cool, today you can pick it up on Amazon for just $36.82, down from the $100 retail price and the roughly $50 it’s been selling for lately.

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The HP Spectre Folio is a leather-clad laptop that's luxurious

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-01 11:28

The HP Spectre Folio is a sensual experience. By wrapping an incredibly thin laptop in a full-grain leather shell, HP has made a PC whose look, feel, and smell will evoke classic, covetable objects like a bomber jacket, a handbag, or a leather football or baseball. You’ll find yourself responding to the Spectre Folio in the same way—and then fighting it, as if it were wrong to react like that to a PC, even if it’s also one of the first super-efficient Amber Lake laptops we’ve seen. 

I had the same struggle during my sneak peek at the Spectre Folio ahead of its announcement Monday morning in New York City. I couldn’t take my hands off of it, and it felt great on my lap, too. Yet it felt like HP broke some rule. Keep reading, though, and you’ll see that the Spectre Folio is a really interesting PC, as well as a potentially covetable object. It’s available for pre-order starting October 1 at Best Buy and HP, with a starting price of $1,300. See below for full details on prices, specs, and features. 

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The upcoming LG V40 has a cool cinemagraph maker built right into the camera

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-01 11:19

We're still a couple of days away from the official unveiling of the V40, but LG is too excited to keep it secret for that long. Last week it divulged that its new phone will have five cameras, a sand-blasted back, and a notched screen. On Monday it showed off a little about what those cameras can do.

The V40 introduces a new feature called Cine Shot. Unlike Cine Movie, which applies color grading to your movies to set a tone, Cine Shot will turn your photos into mini movies called cinemagraphs. It's not a new concept--we've seen numerous third-party apps replicate the effect--but it's rare to see it built into a phone's camera app. I got to play with it ahead of the V40's official unveiling, and it's definitely a fun feature. Here's how it works:

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Best Buy's giving away a free Google Home Mini with a Google Home today

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-01 11:08

We’ve said the Google Home is better than the Amazon Echo in “almost every way,” so adding one to your smart home always comes on high recommendation. But today, if you buy one for $129 at Best BuyRemove non-product link, you’ll also get a free Google Home Mini, a savings of $49 from its list price.

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5 reasons eSignatures are the must-have tool you don't think about

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-01 10:54

Many companies boast about going entirely digital, but continue to work with mountains of documents. Don't be that company.

The bulk of said documents are normally those that require signatures, like contracts, tax forms, reimbursement sheets, and — well, the list is seemingly endless, which also means that the work allocated to creating and organizing them also never stops. A simple solution? Electronic signatures or eSignatures.

Having the same legal weight as handwritten signatures, eSignatures could revolutionize the way you do business, and could potentially pave the way for more profit and innovation. And using a renowned tool like HelloSign can help ease your journey in the transition.

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5 reasons eSignatures are the must-have tool you don't think about

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-01 10:53

Many companies boast about going entirely digital, but continue to work with mountains of documents. Don't be that company.

The bulk of said documents are normally those that require signatures, like contracts, tax forms, reimbursement sheets, and — well, the list is seemingly endless, which also means that the work allocated to creating and organizing them also never stops. A simple solution? Electronic signatures or eSignatures.

Having the same legal weight as handwritten signatures, eSignatures could revolutionize the way you do business, and could potentially pave the way for more profit and innovation. And using a renowned tool like HelloSign can help ease your journey in the transition.

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Newegg has an 8GB RX 580 for $200 this week

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-01 10:22

The 8GB AMD Radeon RX 580 is back at a great price. Newegg has the PowerColor Red DragonRemove non-product link version of this card for $200 after a $20 mail-in rebate. That means you have to pay $220 upfront, but even by itself, that’s a good price. Besides the card, you can also get three free games via AMD. Newegg’s sale price ends on Friday.

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The HP Spectre Folio is a leather-clad laptop that's luxurious

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-01 10:13

The HP Spectre Folio is a sensual experience. By wrapping an incredibly thin laptop in a full-grain leather shell, HP has made a PC whose look, feel, and smell will evoke classic, covetable objects like a bomber jacket, a handbag, or a leather football or baseball. You’ll find yourself responding to the Spectre Folio in the same way—and then fighting it, as if it were wrong to react like that to a PC, even if it’s also one of the first super-efficient Amber Lake laptops we’ve seen. 

I had the same struggle during my sneak peek at the Spectre Folio ahead of its announcement Monday morning in New York City. I couldn’t take my hands off of it, and it felt great on my lap, too. Yet it felt like HP broke some rule. Keep reading, though, and you’ll see that the Spectre Folio is a really interesting PC, as well as a potentially covetable object. It’s available for pre-order starting October 1 at Best Buy and HP, with a starting price of $1,300. See below for full details on prices, specs, and features. 

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NFL without cable: A cord-cutter’s guide for the 2018 pro football season

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-01 09:36
Whether you've cut the cord or are sticking with cable, our guide will show you all the ways you can watch America's favorite sport on TV, including Monday Night Football and NFL RedZone.

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