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Top FBI, CIA, and NSA officials all agree: Stay away from Huawei phones

PC World - Wed, 2018-02-14 09:49

In the age of fake news, collusion, coercion, and bots, the heads of all three U.S. intelligence agencies all agree on one thing: don’t buy Huawei phones.

CBS News is reporting that FBI Director Christopher Wray, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats each gave testimony on Capitol Hill this week to address the cybersecurity threats facing the nation and all admitted that they would never willingly use a Huawei handset.

The impact on you at home: The intelligence community has been warning about the risk of Huawei for years, but the timing of the message here is clear: buy the Mate 10 Pro at your own risk. Ever since a 2012 investigative report—in which Huawei was wholly uncooperative—lawmakers have been warning about the potential dangers of using Huawei phones, but with the company on the verge of a U.S. breakout, the rhetoric has been ramped up considerably. Even without any hard evidence, the intelligence community seemingly has ample reason to suspect Huawei of cyber espionage, and it is stopping at nothing to ensure the Mate 10 Pro isn't a big seller in the U.S.

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Kingdom Come: Deliverance's awkward save system has already been fixed by modders

PC World - Wed, 2018-02-14 08:52

Kingdom Come: Deliverance released yesterday ($60 on Steam), and by now people have no doubt begun living out their peasant-in-the-Holy-Roman-Empire fantasies en masse. If you read my review impressions though, you’re no doubt aware the game has some optimization issues, bugs, and so on. The usual suspects when it comes to a vast Elder Scrolls-style RPG perhaps, but exacerbated in this case by Kingdom Come’s odd save system—one that forces players to rely on autosave unless their poor peasant character can afford a costly “Saviour Schnapps” item from local innkeepers.

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MarsEdit 4 review: Content-creation tool for websites lets you focus on the important things

Mac World - Wed, 2018-02-14 08:00

Does anyone still blog? Twitter, Facebook, and even Tumblr may have swallowed much of blogging’s oomph, but it’s still out there. It's probably more accurate to say that blogging morphed into different kinds of things that seemed less blog-like. Many publications use WordPress or other “blog” engines to power their sites.

This explains the persistence of MarsEdit, a blog composing, previewing, and posting tool that was recently upgraded to version 4. This version comes nearly eight years after the previous one, but it will delight existing users and should attract folks dissatisfied with web-based posting.

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6 improvements HomePod needs to compete

Mac World - Wed, 2018-02-14 07:00

The HomePod has landed, and reviews are not exactly shining. In our review, we found that the sound quality, and the ability for Siri to hear you in challenging conditions, is a cut above the competition. But the excessively limiting Apple lock-in and Siri’s capabilities for non-music functions, among other things, make it pretty hard to recommend.

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The 6 best Android lite apps for saving data, space and time on your device

PC World - Wed, 2018-02-14 06:30

Android lite apps are the antidote to full-sized apps whose ample features may be hard to use, or hard on your phone's performance. Google, Facebook, and others have finally started taking lite apps seriously, offering versions that let you declutter your app experience without losing any of the core functionality you've come to expect. Here are the lite apps you need to download.

Some of these apps are available on the Play Store in all countries, but many are limited to "developing" markets. You can always sideload the apps from a trusted source like APK Mirror that verifies app signatures.

Messenger Lite Ryan Whitwam/IDG

The manager of Facebook's Messenger platform recently admitted that the app has become a cluttered mess. The team plans to streamline it in the coming year, but you don't have to wait. You can get Messenger Lite from the Play Store right now. It's under 10MB and so much faster than the regular Messenger app. Messenger Lite includes all the core features of Messenger like VoIP calls, text messages, and even some extras like stickers. It doesn't include all the unnecessary add-ons from the full app like photo effects and chatbots.

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Libratone Too Bluetooth speaker review: High-fidelity sound on the go

Mac World - Wed, 2018-02-14 06:00
This portable speaker delivers uncommonly good near-field sound for its size.

15 awesome tips and tricks to master Apple's HomePod

Mac World - Wed, 2018-02-14 06:00

HomePod is primarily a music playback machine. And it’s got Siri, which means it can do obvious things like set timers, take notes, and tell you what the weather is going to be tomorrow. But it can do more. It’s no Echo or Google Home in its flexibility, but HomePod has a few neat tricks up its... um...power cord. Here are some of the things you might not know HomePod can do.

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Libratone Too Bluetooth speaker review: High-fidelity sound on the go

PC World - Wed, 2018-02-14 06:00
This portable speaker delivers uncommonly good near-field sound for its size.

Intel's first Core i3 with Turbo Boost elevates Intel's budget chip into premium territory

PC World - Tue, 2018-02-13 15:20

Normally, the addition of a mobile Intel Core i3 chip wouldn’t be cause for excitement. But the new Core i3-8130U adds something special: Turbo Boost, a capability that Intel hasn’t added to its mobile Core i3 chips before now.

Intel launched the Intel Core i3-8130U, a dual-core, four-thread, 15W mobile chip for mainstream laptops and two-in-ones, a member of the mobile Kaby Lake (14nm) family.

On the surface, the specs of the new Core i3-8130U are unimpressive: a 2.2,GHz base frequency, UHD 620 graphics, and 2,133 MHz (LPDDR3) or 2,400 MHz (DDR4) memory support. But the new boost frequency also kicks up the chip’s potential top speed to 3.4GHz, which makes the 8130U the fastest mobile Core i3 Intel offers.

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EveryDollar review: Baby steps to budgeting

PC World - Tue, 2018-02-13 09:28

When you get on the budgeting bandwagon, you face a host of perplexing decisions. Do I pay off my credit cards first or start building an emergency fund? What’s more important: saving for my kids’ college education or my retirement? The ensuing confusion causes many to abandon budgeting altogether.

The Every Dollar app is part of personal finance guru Dave Ramsey’s “Baby Steps” method for providing budgeting newbies a road map. Think of it as the facilitator for the journey. Like YNAB, it’s based on the envelope method and the principle of giving a job to every single buck.

Once you create an account on the website, you’re ready to build your first budget. Every Dollar starts you off with eight main budgeting categories: Giving, Savings, Housing, Transportation, Food, Lifestyle, Insurance & Tax, and Debt. You can add more to tailor your budget to your needs. You can also create savings categories—called “Funds” in Every Dollar parlance—which carry a month-to-month balance as you save toward your goal.

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Save Over 50% On Final Draft 10

Mac World - Tue, 2018-02-13 09:27

Screenwriting can be a long, tedious process, which in an industry as competitive as this one, doesn't bode well for those racing to get their next Hollywood hit to big-name studios. That's why the experts use Final Draft 10 to take care of the menial tasks, like pagination and formatting, so they can focus more on channeling their creativity and writing an Oscar-worthy hit. And it's on sale today for half-off its usual price.

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Save Hundreds On The The Complete 2018 CompTIA Certification Training Bundle ($59)

PC World - Tue, 2018-02-13 09:25

The IT sector is booming, but while demand is high for skilled IT professionals, you'll have a hard time getting your foot in the door if you're lacking the appropriate certifications. Whether you're interested in cloud computing, network administration, or security, having a certification to your name greatly improves your hiring potential. The Complete 2018 CompTIA Certification Training Bundle can help you get there by preparing you to ace several certification exams, and it's on sale for over 90% off.

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Kingdom Come: Deliverance review in progress: This realistic Skyrim rival is a true role-playing game

PC World - Tue, 2018-02-13 09:01

It was a triumphant moment when I finally bought a sword in Kingdom Come: Deliverance. Here I was, Henry the blacksmith’s son, one of the few survivors of the attack that burned my home village of Skalitz to the ground, a man with little money and even fewer prospects, assistant to a C-tier lord in the Holy Roman Empire—and I could finally afford my first sword. Not even a proper longsword, mind you, but something called a “hunting sword.” Still, I strapped it to my side with all the pride befitting a peasant who ever-so-slightly increased his social status in class-centric Medieval Europe.

I bring it up because it’s indicative how different Kingdom Come: Deliverance feels from other RPGs. There, you’re usually the chosen one, destined to save the world. Here, I’m over 20 hours in and I’m basically a glorified intern-in-armor. I spent a whole day carrying some spoiled noble’s equipment out to the woods so we could hunt rabbits. Since then, my biggest responsibility is solving the murder of some no-name peasants and their horses in a backwater village with only four or five homes.

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Unreal: Hunting the elusive iPhone X owner

Mac World - Tue, 2018-02-13 09:00

We know what pundits say about the iPhone X and we know what Apple says about the iPhone X, but what do a random handful of people who you might run into if you step outside your house say about it?

Writing for CNet, Chris Matyszczyk has found a great way to expense lunch, which the Macalope is upset he didn’t think of first.

“iPhone X a disappointment? Here’s what real people think.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Chris.)

Finally we’ll hear from some real people! What a relief.

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The best budgeting apps for tracking and planning your financial life

PC World - Tue, 2018-02-13 08:12

Budgeting apps can take the drudgery and dread out of managing your household’s money, a chore only one in three Americans even bothers to do. Quicken was long the gold standard for personal finance software, but an array of compelling —and often free—alternatives have risen to challenge it, whether you want a no-hassle way to keep tabs on your in- and outflows, a tool to help maximize your means, or a guide to build wealth through investments.

We’ve tried all the major applications to see how well they can help you build and follow through on a monthly budget. Read on for our top picks, and you can find links to all of our reviews at the bottom of the page. 

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Does Time Machine back up every file every time?

Mac World - Tue, 2018-02-13 08:00

Time Machine backups are unfussy: unlike many proprietary backup software packages, you can browse a Time Machine backup either through its interface or via the drive in the Finder. However, it appears as if every backup is a complete backup.

This concerned Macworld reader Peter, who just purchased a new iMac and a 4TB external drive to use with Time Machine. “This is going to fill up my external drive fairly quickly,” he worries.

Time Machine just looks like it’s making a full backup every time it creates one, but it’s really using a clever technique to only copy changed files at each hourly interval.

While Time Machine’s method has been the same since its introduction, it’s opaque to most users, because it’s meant to work without requiring any maintenance or fussing. (In fact, that’s a flaw, too, because there are no tools to fix corruption or control any of the settings, like frequency and purging of older files.)

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How to set up HomePod

Mac World - Tue, 2018-02-13 07:00

Compared to most smart speakers, getting started with the HomePod is especially easy. There are no extra apps to install, no calibration steps to undertake.

Before you get started, you'll want to make sure you meet the requirements: the HomePod requires an iPhone (5s or newer) or iPad (mini 2 or Air or newer) to complete the setup process. A 6th generation iPod touch will work, too.

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How to find your motherboard's Spectre CPU fix

PC World - Tue, 2018-02-13 06:37

Operating system patches alone can protect against the nasty Meltdown flaw affecting Intel processors, but fixing Spectre—Meltdown’s nasty sibling, which affects all CPUs—requires firmware updates for your hardware. Those firmware fixes are finally starting to appear after Intel’s first round of Spectre patches were yanked for causing system instability and potential data loss. Stable patches for 6th-gen Intel Skylake CPUs are now available, and both Intel and AMD are working on CPU microcode updates for other chips.

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UA Sport Flex wireless headphone review: Made for active music lovers

Mac World - Tue, 2018-02-13 06:00
With an LED safety light, adjustable neckband, and enough sonic energy to pump up any workout, these JBL-designed, Under Armour-branded Bluetooth headphones are a smart exercise companion.

Apple HomePod review: Not yet ready to take the stage

Mac World - Tue, 2018-02-13 06:00

With HomePod, Apple is entering a big race after its competitors have already completed several laps. Amazon and Google have been iterating on their smart speaker hardware and software solutions for a couple years and have already sold tens of millions of Echo and Home devices.

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