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Naim Audio Uniti Atom review: This is a magnificent music streamer

Mac World - Wed, 2018-05-23 06:00
Exquisite design plus impeccable craftsmanship equal sonic bliss.

iOS 12: Geeky features iOS needs

Mac World - Wed, 2018-05-23 06:00

If June is for Apple’s annual Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), then May is for stories speculating about what will be announced at WWDC. My favorite genre of these stories is the iOS feature wish list, which Macworld has been publishing since... well, since before it was even called iOS.

Yes, this is going to be one of those stories, but with a twist. Rather than providing feature requests of the crowd-pleasing variety, instead I’m going to advocate for some nerdy features that won’t be used by more than a fraction of iPhone and iPad users. Despite that, they’re still important—at least to me.

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Naim Audio Uniti Atom review: This is a magnificent music streamer

PC World - Wed, 2018-05-23 06:00
Exquisite design plus impeccable craftsmanship equal sonic bliss.

HTC U12+ hands-on: No notch, smarter edges, and real selfie portraits

PC World - Wed, 2018-05-23 06:00

The screen on the HTC U12+ doesn’t have a notch.

Whether that’s a conscious decision or the result of a design team decimated by Google’s billion-plus purchase of the company’s smartphone division is up for debate, but the fact of the matter is, HTC’s newest handset stands out among this year’s crop of Android phones for the same reason last year’s U11 did: It doesn’t follow the latest trends.

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The bezels on the HTC U12+ (right) have been dramatically trimmed from last year’s U11 (left).

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Apple to stream WWDC 2018 keynote live

Mac World - Tue, 2018-05-22 17:53

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is coming—it starts on June 4, to be exact. The company on Tuesday announced that the WWDC keynote presentation will be available to the general public to watch on the internet.

If you’re interested in watching the keynote, mark down June 4 at 10 a.m. Pacific on your calendar. Or you can go to Apple’s WWDC keynote event webpage and click on the “Add to your calendar” link to add the event to your Calendar app. You can watch on Apple’s website, on an Apple TV through the Events app, or on an iOS device using the WWDC app.

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Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, May 23, at 10 a.m. Pacific

Mac World - Tue, 2018-05-22 17:30

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is coming soon, so where is iOS 11.4? There’s a movement for “sustainability in the App Store” for app developers. A new eGPU is on the market. We also talk about various other Apple news and feature your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 606.

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No, Asus didn't cancel Radeon-exclusive Arez GPUs—that Twitter account is a fake

PC World - Tue, 2018-05-22 11:17

On Monday, a slew of websites published news stories about the death of the Radeon-exclusive Arez GPU brand, which the @Asus_Arez Twitter account heralded in the wake of Nvidia ending the GeForce Partner Program. One problem: That account wasn’t run by Asus, as you could tell if you paid attention to the logo and actual words of the poorly faked Arez handle.

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What you need to know about Speculative Store Bypass, the Spectre-like 'Variant 4' CPU flaw

Mac World - Tue, 2018-05-22 10:53
Google and Microsoft discovered a new CPU flaw related to Meltdown and Spectre. Take action, but don't panic too much about Speculative Store Bypass.

What you need to know about Speculative Store Bypass, the Spectre-like 'Variant 4' CPU flaw

PC World - Tue, 2018-05-22 10:53

The ghosts of the Meltdown and Spectre will haunt the computing industry for years to come. But now that the initial patching efforts for those CPU flaws are drawing to an end, Google and Microsoft have disclosed a related “speculative execution” attack dubbed Speculative Store Bypass, or simply Variant 4. (Meltdown and the two Spectre flaws were the first three variants.) Don’t panic though.

Let’s start with the bad news: Speculative Store Bypass affects Intel, AMD, and ARM chips, meaning mobile devices are also affected. But fortunately, Variant 4 attacks runtime languages in browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Edge—just like one of the previous Spectre attacks. “Starting in January, most leading browser providers deployed mitigations for Variant 1 in their managed runtimes – mitigations that substantially increase the difficulty of exploiting side channels in a web browser,” Intel’s Leslie Culbertson says. “These mitigations are also applicable to Variant 4 and available for consumers to use today.”

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The Samsung T5, our favorite portable SSD drive, just hit its lowest price ever

Mac World - Tue, 2018-05-22 10:42

For portable external storage, you can’t get much better than Samsung’s T5 portable SSD—and that's why it's our favorite external performance drive. Because of its killer speed and convenient size, this drive is usually a bit of an investment, but right now you can get the 500GB version for $150 on Amazon, good for a 20 percent discount off its $190 MSRP and the lowest price we've seen.

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The Samsung T5, our favorite portable SSD drive, just hit its lowest price ever

PC World - Tue, 2018-05-22 10:42

For portable external storage, you can’t get much better than Samsung’s T5 portable SSD—and that's why it's our favorite external performance drive. Because of its killer speed and convenient size, this drive is usually a bit of an investment, but right now you can get the 500GB version for $150 on Amazon, good for a 20 percent discount off its $190 MSRP and the lowest price we've seen.

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Dell and HP have deep Memorial Day discounts on gaming rigs, PCs, and 4K TVs

PC World - Tue, 2018-05-22 09:59

Memorial Day is almost here, and tech retailers are gearing up with sales before the unofficial summer kick-off arrives. If you’re looking for a new laptop, gaming rig, or maybe a 4K TV, both Dell and HP are offering big sales with good discounts right now. Here are some of our favorites.

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How the Un-premium OnePlus 6 could shake up the entire Android landscape

PC World - Tue, 2018-05-22 09:34

The OnePlus 6 doesn’t have wireless charging. That’s about the only knock against it I can come up with after spending a day with it. Snapdragon 845? Check. 18:9 OLED screen? Check. Dual camera? Check. Headphone jack? Check.

OnePlus may have a reputation as a mid-range phone maker, but the only thing mid-range about the OnePlus 6 is its price tag. In every other area, it matches up with the other 2018 flagships, and when you pick it up, it feels just as premium as the Galaxy S9+ and LG G7. Without seeing the price, you’d probably expect the OnePlus 6 to cost $700 or $800, but even the most expensive model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage barely tops $600. The new Galaxy S9+ with the same storage, less memory, and a smaller screen will cost you over $300 more.

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NZXT H500i review: A $100 case loaded with premium features

PC World - Tue, 2018-05-22 09:00

NZXT’s highly regarded H700i and H400i cases shook up the status quo when they debuted in late 2017 by blending the crisp, unpretentious look of the company’s popular S340 and S340 Elite with an integrated Smart Device that taps the company’s CAM software to manage your PC’s lighting and fans. Now it’s the mainstream’s turn. On Tuesday, NZXT has expanded the H-series with the launch of the $70 NZXT H500 and $100 NZXT H500i, two new cases that deliver the same clean design as their luxurious predecessors, but at a price more people can afford.

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How to find out where Apple stores your iCloud data (spoiler: you can’t exactly)

Mac World - Tue, 2018-05-22 08:00

“The cloud” is a concept, not a place, although collectively, the cloud is made up of places. Cloud computing refers to an aggregation of servers that you don’t have to know much about to gain the benefit. This can be for storage, like iCloud Drive or Amazon Cloud Drive or Google Drive, or for computation and other more specialized purposes. When you use a cloud-based service, your actions and data may be split among many machines and drives—maybe even across continents.

Macworld reader Craig has a question about that, having read that Apple stores some of its iCloud data on other companies’ servers. “What data/services are hosted/stored on Apple-owned data centers and which data/services are hosted/stored on Google data centers? A web search as well as Apple forums provide no details on this.”

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Canary is putting security cameras in the hands of those who help keep us secure

Mac World - Tue, 2018-05-22 07:00
The company will donate its All-In-One home monitoring camera to first responders and emergency services departments you nominate.

Sticking with it: iPhone X sales have to disappoint eventually

Mac World - Tue, 2018-05-22 07:00

It’s been an annoying year already what with covering all the nonsense about supposedly poor iPhone X sales. But, it’s nice that we can finally put that all to bed and get on with our lives by going back to enjoying…

“Apple shares to struggle over the next 12 months on weak iPhone X demand, Instinet says.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @designheretic and paul.)

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Canary is putting security cameras in the hands of those who help keep us secure

PC World - Tue, 2018-05-22 07:00
The company will donate its All-In-One home monitoring camera to first responders and emergency services departments you nominate.

Eve Button review: This programmable button puts you touch with your HomeKit tech

Mac World - Tue, 2018-05-22 06:00
This smart button brings tactile control to HomeKit-enabled devices.

Eve Button review: This programmable button puts you touch with your HomeKit tech

PC World - Tue, 2018-05-22 06:00
This smart button brings tactile control to HomeKit-enabled devices.

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