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Nvidia teaser suggests GeForce RTX 2080 will launch next week

PC World - Tue, 2018-08-14 10:01

If there was smoke before, there’s an outright fire now. Shortly after Nvidia revealed its radical Turing GPU and new Quadro RTX hardware at Siggraph Monday night, the GeForce Twitter account posted a teaser video full of cryptic hints that the long-awaited GeForce RTX 2080 will launch during Gamescom next week.

Nvidia’s “Gaming celebration” with “spectacular surprises” takes place in Cologne, Germany on August 20. The hardware-heavy video below hypes it up, but if you pay close attention, you’ll find all sorts of not-so-subtle clues about what to expect at the event.

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Adobe's ultra-rare 40% discount for Photoshop Elements 2018 is back

Mac World - Tue, 2018-08-14 09:35

It's a good day to up your photo editing game. Adobe Photoshop Elements is on sale for $60 on Amazon (Mac and PC) and other places all over the Internet. That’s $40 off its usual $100 price and matches the cheapest the software's even been. The sale price applies to both download and boxed editions, though the link above points to the download version.

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Adobe's ultra-rare 40% discount for Photoshop Elements 2018 is back

PC World - Tue, 2018-08-14 09:35

It's a good day to up your photo editing game. Adobe Photoshop Elements is on sale for $60 on Amazon (Mac and PC) and other places all over the Internet. That’s $40 off its usual $100 price and matches the cheapest the software's even been. The sale price applies to both download and boxed editions, though the link above points to the download version.

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The scam: Apple’s $1 trillion fraud

Mac World - Tue, 2018-08-14 08:00

Turns out Apple isn’t a successful company after all! Surprise! Yep, it’s just a giant scam. Well, at least we know now. Before it got out of hand. Anyway, this will be The Macalope’s last column since the whole house of cards is tumbling down around us.

Writing for The New Republic, Alex Shepard tells us of“Apple’s Stock Market Scam.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @designheretic.)

Turns out it’s stock buybacks which are the only reason Apple made it to a $1 trillion valuation. And you thought it was the iPhone X. Ha-ha! Oh, Wallace. Will you ever learn? And will you ever stop wearing those ridiculous suspenders?! Ha-ha! You look like some sort of disco-dancing farmer.

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When budgeting calories, the Apple Watch’s weaknesses sometimes count as strengths

Mac World - Tue, 2018-08-14 07:00

This is part of a series on losing 60 pounds with the help of the Apple Watch. I’m currently 16 pounds down since July 25. In this post we’ll talk about the Apple Watch as a tool for counting calories.

Apple typically plays up the Apple Watch’s strength as a generic “fitness tracker” rather than a proper weight-loss tool. There’s a good reason for that, as I’ve discovered during my adventures in attempting to lose weight with it.

As things stand, Apple’s own features do little else besides monitoring. In order to get helpful features like counting calories for the food you eat, you’ll generally have to head to third-party apps for the iPhone. In most cases, the companion apps on the Apple Watch work only as a quick references for letting me know how many calories are left to spend. Aside from counting my steps and the active calories burned through them, all the important business of assessing the damage caused by the food I stuff in my face happens on the iPhone.

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Nvidia's revolutionary Turing GPU and Quadro RTX: 6 things PC gamers need to know

PC World - Tue, 2018-08-14 06:45

It looks like the fearsome GPU inside Nvidia’s Titan V will never make it to gamers after all. Poor Volta. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang revealed the Quadro RTX 8000, 6000, and 5000 graphics processors at Siggraph 2018 late Monday, powered by an all-new and long-rumored “Turing” graphics architecture. Friends, Turing looks ferocious—and it’s brimming with portent about Nvidia’s next-gen GeForce graphics cards.

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Acer Aspire E15 E5-576G-5762 review: Smooth productivity and even gaming for a bargain price

PC World - Tue, 2018-08-14 06:30

Yes, this mid-range model of Acer's budget Aspire E15 line is a little thicker and heavier than an ultraportable, and we wish its 15.6-inch display were brighter. But for just $599, it delivers supple performance courtesy of its quad-core, eighth-generation Intel CPU, plenty of ports for everyday users, a discrete graphics card for casual gaming, and even a DVD drive. That's a great value, even if it means toting around a couple extra pounds.

Price and specifications

We tested the $599 version of the Acer Aspire E15 (E5-576G-5762), which packs in an 8th-generation, quad-core Intel Core i5-8250U processor, a 15.6-inch 1920x1080 display, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive, a discrete Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics card, and yes, an 8X dual-layer DVD-RW optical drive. That all adds up to a reasonably powerful productivity-minded laptop that can do a little gaming on the side.

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Ambient Weather WS-2902 Osprey Weather Station review: The best choice for smart-home buffs

Mac World - Tue, 2018-08-14 06:00
You'll encounter a quirk or two, but this home weather station offers everything an enthusiast could want.

Foscam E1 review: This battery-powered camera detects people and pets

Mac World - Tue, 2018-08-14 06:00
This cordless indoor/outdoor camera's intelligent motion detection can capture criminal activity, but it takes too long to get to the video evidence.

PhotoBulk 2 review: Swiss Army knife for Mac batch image processing

Mac World - Tue, 2018-08-14 06:00

Taking pictures can be a lot of fun, but the party comes to a screeching halt whenever it comes time to process images before sharing or publishing your work online. Whether you want to add a date stamp, watermark a caption, or just slim down digital photos before uploading files to others, a good batch editor like PhotoBulk 2 can do wonders for saving time and alleviating this big headache.

PhotoBulk 2: More advanced features

Unlike image editing powerhouses Adobe Lightroom and Pixelmator, which are designed primarily to work on a single photo at a time, PhotoBulk 2 is made to process as many files as you want to queue up, one after another, be it a handful of images or potentially hundreds in one fell swoop. While the original release sported a no-frills user interface, the sequel offers a more expansive palette that paves the way for advanced features promised in future updates, such as filters and red eye removal.

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Ambient Weather WS-2902 Osprey Weather Station review: The best choice for smart-home buffs

PC World - Tue, 2018-08-14 06:00
You'll encounter a quirk or two, but this home weather station offers everything an enthusiast could want.

Foscam E1 review: This battery-powered camera detects people and pets

PC World - Tue, 2018-08-14 06:00
This cordless indoor/outdoor camera's intelligent motion detection can capture criminal activity, but it takes too long to get to the video evidence.

Why cheap Chromebooks running Windows will benefit Google, not you

PC World - Mon, 2018-08-13 15:33

The most affordable Chromebooks aren’t exactly barn burners, pairing low-end ARM chips with Google’s streamlined, browser-based Chrome OS. Now, reports of a newly discovered “Campfire” feature suggests Google wants to enable Chromebooks to run Windows? Madness!

Well, not if you’re Google. In fact, in most cases the only party that would benefit from this is Google, in terms of showing off how efficient its Chrome OS can be in comparison to Microsoft’s “bloated” Windows.

Google’s secret project to bring Windows 10 to Chromebooks is reportedly named Campfire, according to the XDA Developers who delved through source code, and part of a new “Alt OS Mode” for Chromebooks that won’t require enabling Developer Mode. Campfire supposedly will launch on the next Pixelbook and similarly high-powered Chromebooks, which use Windows-capable Core i5 processors. But if Google is devious, it will enable Campfire on Core i3 or Celeron-powered devices—notebooks that are just fast enough to make Chrome OS appear fast and powerful, but just underpowered enough to make Windows look tired by comparison. 

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Costco and Amazon have great deals on AirPods, hinting at possible refresh

Mac World - Mon, 2018-08-13 11:46

One of the surest signs that a refresh of Apple’s AirPods is on the way is the sudden outpouring of decent deals on the beloved true wireless Bluetooth earbuds. The best deal is over at Costco, where you can buy them today for just $140Remove non-product link with free shipping (provided you have a Costco membership). Act quickly, though, as the free shipping—and likely the deal itself—only lasts until the end of the day.

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Galaxy Note 9: Samsung refuses to fix its biggest problem

PC World - Mon, 2018-08-13 11:06

Samsung passed up a golden opportunity with the Galaxy Note 9. Just days earlier, Google officially launched Android 9 Pie, bringing a brand new way to navigate, smarter notifications, and indoor mapping with Wi-Fi RTT. The world’s most dominant mobile platform reinvented itself to stay ahead of the ever-changing smartphone landscape.

But you wouldn’t know it by looking at the Note 9. Samsung launched its new $1,000 phone with Android Oreo 8.1, an OS that’s technically newer but nearly indistinguishable from the one that’s running on the Galaxy S9. And instead of making a statement to the Android community that it will not only make the best hardware but pair it with the best software, Samsung continued to treat Android as a necessary burden standing in the way of its vision.

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The Walking Dead: The Final Season Episode One review: It's going to end in tragedy

PC World - Mon, 2018-08-13 11:00

I still remember teaching Clementine to shoot in the original season of Telltale’s The Walking Dead. It was, what, six years ago now? “You need to know how to protect yourself,” I said, and handed a gun to a eight-year-old, praying she wouldn’t need to use it—but knowing, deep down, that she would. Few moments have stuck with me like that one.

Now, as The Walking Dead’s titular “Final Season” unfolds ($20 on Humble), we see how those decisions echo into the future. When the child who never had a proper childhood passes on her warped worldview to the next generation, what happens? The answer is predictably depressing.

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The Linksys Velop is one of our favorite mesh routers and it's on sale for $100 off today

Mac World - Mon, 2018-08-13 10:56

Mesh Wi-Fi router systems provide coverage over the largest of homes, and the Linksys Velop is one of the best. But it doesn't come cheap. Today, however, you can get a two-pack for $250 at Amazon, a steep $100 discount off the list priceRemove non-product link and one of the lowest prices we've seen.

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The Linksys Velop is one of our favorite mesh routers and it's on sale for $100 off today

PC World - Mon, 2018-08-13 10:56

Mesh Wi-Fi router systems provide coverage over the largest of homes, and the Linksys Velop is one of the best. But it doesn't come cheap. Today, however, you can get a two-pack for $250 at Amazon, a steep $100 discount off the list priceRemove non-product link and one of the lowest prices we've seen.

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Save 50% On PDF Expert For Mac ($25)

Mac World - Mon, 2018-08-13 10:39

PDFs are king for transmitting files online, but editing them isn't possible with standard Mac software. This becomes problematic when you need to tweak a contract, electronically sign a form, or fill out those tax documents you've been putting off until the last minute. PDF Expert for Mac expands your device's editing potential, and it's on sale today for nearly 60% off.

An Apple Editors' Choice winner, PDF Expert allows your Mac to edit text, images, links, and outlines in PDFs. You can quickly fill out forms like taxes, applications, and orders, and seamlessly sign and merge PDFs. PDF Expert lets you share your PDFs across iPhone, iPad, and Mac, or with other users, and you can even password protect your files to ensure only the right users view them.

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Get 200+ Hours Of CompTIA, Cisco, and Microsoft IT Certification Training For $39

PC World - Mon, 2018-08-13 10:37

Information technology covers a wide umbrella of skills that can be used in nearly every industry, whether it's social networking, entertainment & media, consumer technology, or even agricultural services. The reason why IT skills are sought after is because virtually every major corporation requires a network infrastructure to operate.

With thousands of companies launching every year, the demand for IT professionals steadily increases. As such, a career in IT can be both lucrative and stable. But, before IT professionals land their first job, they must earn one or multiple certifications depending on the IT track they wish to pursue. This Ultimate IT Certification Training Bundle can act as a roadmap for aspiring IT professionals; you can find it here for $39.

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