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Is there a drawback to using Wi-Fi Calling on an iPhone?

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-12 08:00

Wi-Fi Calling is a feature that lets an iPhone effectively re-route mobile calls over the Wi-Fi network to which you’re connected—if it has the right qualities instead of using the cellular network. Most carriers support Wi-Fi Calling.

Macwrold reader Steve wonders if there’s a drawback to Wi-Fi Calling. His iPhone typically picks up a stronger Wi-Fi signal than a cellular one.

There’s none that I can think of, even though carriers mostly offer no benefit to you offloading phone calls from their networks to your own or someone else’s. (At one point, T-Mobile’s Wi-Fi calling option had some real cost advantages.)

Voice calls over 3G and 4G networks are just data, anyway. Calls use up very little bandwidth, so even on a lower-speed broadband network or one that has usage caps, the data consumed is minimal.

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Goodbye and good luck: Enjoy your switch to Android

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-12 07:00

Let the Macalope be clear here: while he prefers iOS, he will defend to the death anyone’s right to choose to use another platform.

OK, not really to the death. Come on. These are smartphones we’re talking about. To the hang nail. He will defend your right… to the hang nail.

Which is a bad example since hoofed animals don’t get hang nails, but you get the gist of the level of discomfort he’s will to go to.

Writing for Fast Company, Mark Wilson says “Life Without The iPhone Is Pretty Damn Great.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Paul and @designheretic.)

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HP Spectre 13 review: This stylish ultrabook conceals real power

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-12 07:00

HP’s Spectre 13 was designed for tablet lovers who don’t buy tablets, It’s a lightweight though sturdy ultrabook designed with a powerful Intel 8th-generation Core chip inside and an eye toward the future. HP’s stylish Spectre offers excellent performance for an ultrabook at a good price, making this a recommended choice.

At a light 2.4 pounds, though, the Spectre 13 is forced to make some compromises. It  falls short of the “all-day” battery life that some demand, delivering about six hours in our tests. HP probably dialed down the display resolution to preserve battery life, too, so the Spectre includes a 1080p touchscreen display. The Spectre 13 also commits wholeheartedly to USB-C/Thunderbolt. You’ll need a dongle if you own older peripherals.

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TouchJet Wave review: This pricey gadget can make your dumb TV smart—and touchable

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-12 06:00
Android and infrared come together to convert your big-screen TV into a massive tablet.

TouchJet Wave review: This pricey gadget can make your dumb TV smart—and touchable

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-12 06:00
Android and infrared come together to convert your big-screen TV into a massive tablet.

Best holiday laptop deals

PC World - Mon, 2017-12-11 19:58

The holidays are a great time for laptop deals, but with only weeks left in the season time is running out. Not coincidentally, today is "Green Monday"—a term coined by eBay for the last Monday that's at least 10 days before Christmas. (Otherwise known as the day when you still have a good amount of time to receive shipped packages.)

On this greenest of Green Mondays, we've pulled together the top laptop deals available: These options range from a fancy gaming laptop to an ultra-budget conscious clamshell and points in between. We'll be updating this article from time to time as deals change, so check back every so often to see what else we've found. Just be warned that if you wait too long, you may miss your opportunity to get anything in time for the holidays!

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Avid Media Composer First review: Get all the pro features with just a few limitations

PC World - Mon, 2017-12-11 18:09

Avid Media Composer First is the free version of one of Hollywood’s most popular film and TV editing programs. It offers many of the same features you’ll find in the pro version, but exporting is limited to 1080p resolution, and it maxes out at four video tracks and eight audio tracks. If you have the patience to grapple with its complexity, it’s excellent software for learning professional video editing skills.

Getting started with Avid Media Composer First is hard. The download and installation process is very long, and you have to create and sign into an online account to launch the application. Once you’re in, the interface offers very little in the way of guidance. There are no step-by-step wizards here, though you can right-click on most things and click What’s this? to open an explainer in a browser. You’ll have to look online for tutorials, and while there are good ones, you’ll find that Avid is a very sophisticated program with a steep learning curve.

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Apple and Shazam: It’s not just about identifying songs

Mac World - Mon, 2017-12-11 15:00

Shazam was a true game-changer as one of the first apps to appear in the App Store back in July 2008. With just a tap, Shazam could identify nearly any song you heard without needing to know anything about it. Shazam was a magical app that I used to show off my iPhone, and unlike all those other apps whose novelty wore off in just a few weeks (anyone remember iBeer?), Shazam has only gotten better over the years.

Apple has long had partnered with Shazam to power Siri’s song identification service, but now the Cupertino giant has confirmed that it is buying the company outright for a cool $400 million, a relative bargain in today’s tech dollars. On the surface, a Shazam purchase ensures that Siri will always be able to recognize the song you’re listening to and will provide a boost to Apple Music, but I think Apple has much bigger plans for the service.

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Uplay is giving Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag away for free this week

PC World - Mon, 2017-12-11 14:43

When publishers give away games, it often feels like the digital equivalent of a box marked “Free!” on the side of the road—inevitably you open it up to find a VHS copy of Captain Ron, a pair of ripped sweatpants, and some scratched-up Neil Diamond records. Case in point: Last week Deep Silver gave away copies of Homefront and like...why?

But occasionally a freebie comes along that’s actually worth nabbing. Cue Ubisoft, which this week is giving out free copies of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag—either the best of the Assassin’s Creeds or, if you’ve been in this a long time, maybe the second-best (after ACII). Okay, some people really love this year’s Assassin's Creed: Origins and might say third best.

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Lowe's is selling a two-port Anker power bank for $17

Mac World - Mon, 2017-12-11 14:09

Lowe's has a nice deal today on an Anker Power Bank charger. For $17, you can get a 10,400 mAH Anker portable charger from the big-box store. This is about $11 cheaper than the price you can find on Amazon, and $10 off Lowe's usual price.

This charger comes with two USB ports, and supports high-speed charging via Anker's PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technologies. Anker claims this Power Bank can charge the iPhone 6 up to four times, the Samsung Galaxy S6 up to three times, or the iPad Air once. Each port pumps out a maximum of 2.4 amps each. The Power Bank only comes in black, and it has indicator lights on the side to show how much power the device has left.

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Lowe's is selling a two-port Anker power bank for $17

PC World - Mon, 2017-12-11 14:09

Lowe's has a nice deal today on an Anker Power Bank charger. For $17, you can get a 10,400 mAH Anker portable charger from the big-box store. This is about $11 cheaper than the price you can find on Amazon, and $10 off Lowe's usual price.

This charger comes with two USB ports, and supports high-speed charging via Anker's PowerIQ and VoltageBoost technologies. Anker claims this Power Bank can charge the iPhone 6 up to four times, the Samsung Galaxy S6 up to three times, or the iPad Air once. Each port pumps out a maximum of 2.4 amps each. The Power Bank only comes in black, and it has indicator lights on the side to show how much power the device has left.

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Apple to buy music-recognition app Shazam

Mac World - Mon, 2017-12-11 12:54

After rumors started swirling around a few days ago, Apple has confirmed to BuzzFeed News that it is indeed buying the music-recognition app Shazam. The acquisition price was not revealed, but is reportedly around $400 million. That’s a far cry from the Shazam valuation of $1 billion the company was claiming in its last round of fundraising (in 2015), but the world of streaming music services has evolved since then.

Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr made the following statement to BuzzFeed News:

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HP patches hundreds of laptops to remove hidden keylogger

PC World - Mon, 2017-12-11 09:44

If you bought an HP laptop any time in the last five years, it could be tracking your every key stroke. Over the weekend HP revealed that nearly 500 of its notebooks dating as far back as 2012 shipped with a secret keylogger installed. Alongside the announcement, HP released driver updates to eradicate the software on affected laptops.

Security researcher Michael Myng discovered the keylogger when probing the Synaptics touchpad software on an HP laptop. HP’s security bulletin says the “potential security vulnerability” affects all laptops with “certain versions of Synaptics touchpad drivers”—not necessarily just HP models. The keylogger is disabled by default, however. “A party would need administrative privileges in order to take advantage of the vulnerability,” the bulletin states. “Neither Synaptics nor HP has access to customer data as a result of this issue.” HP told Myng that the keylogger was a debugging tool.

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Fusion Drive or hybrid drive: Which one should you use?

Mac World - Mon, 2017-12-11 08:00

Solid-state drives (SSDs) are expensive, especially if want a capacity above 1TB. That's why hard drives still rule the roost, even though they don't offer the speed of an SSD. Apple's software-based Fusion Drive provides a compromise: it uses a small amount of high-performance SSD alongside a higher-capacity HDD. macOS caches frequently used drive-based data in the SSD, boosting performance.

When deciding on a drive for an iMac I purchased earlier this year, I felt that the performance I’d get from the $700 jump from a 1TB Fusion Drive to a 1TB SSD simply wasn’t worth it. Apple pairs a 32GB SSD with its 1TB hard drive, and 128GB with its 2TB and 3TB options.

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Eaton Halo RL56 review: Upgrade your existing canisters to smart and efficient LED lighting

Mac World - Mon, 2017-12-11 07:45
If you have recessed lighting, this is a superior solution to replacing the bulbs.

Eaton Halo RL56 review: Upgrade your existing canisters to smart and efficient LED lighting

PC World - Mon, 2017-12-11 07:45
If you have recessed lighting, this is a superior solution to replacing the bulbs.

Cambridge Audio CXUHD 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player review: A classy chassis with Dolby Vision

PC World - Mon, 2017-12-11 07:45
This handsome device is a top-notch disc player that's great for digital audio systems, but it doesn't off any type of analog output.

Eaton Halo RL56 review: Upgrade your existing canisters to smart and efficient LED lighting

PC World - Mon, 2017-12-11 07:45

If you haven’t remodeled in recent years, you might be surprised to find that new canister-style lights no longer include the traditional recessed receptacle that accepts a screw-in bulb. Rather, the light fixture itself is static, including a ring of LEDs inside a sealed module. When the LEDs eventually die (after 10 years or so), you just replace the whole thing rather than removing and screwing in a new light bulb.

What’s wrong with the old way? These new designs are considerably smaller than old canisters, are easier to install, and generally look better. (It also keeps homeowners or renters from subbing in their own power-hungry bulbs.)

But what if you already have older-style canisters in your ceiling? Eaton’s Halo Connect line offers a smart way to retrofit them, not by merely replacing an old incandescent BR style bulb with an LED, but by sliding in an entirely new downlight fixture that instantly modernizes the old unit.

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Cambridge Audio CXUHD 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player review: A classy chassis with Dolby Vision

Mac World - Mon, 2017-12-11 07:45
This handsome device is a top-notch disc player that's great for digital audio systems, but it doesn't off any type of analog output.

Eaton Halo RL56 review: Upgrade your existing canisters to smart and efficient LED lighting

Mac World - Mon, 2017-12-11 07:45

If you haven’t remodeled in recent years, you might be surprised to find that new canister-style lights no longer include the traditional recessed receptacle that accepts a screw-in bulb. Rather, the light fixture itself is static, including a ring of LEDs inside a sealed module. When the LEDs eventually die (after 10 years or so), you just replace the whole thing rather than removing and screwing in a new light bulb.

What’s wrong with the old way? These new designs are considerably smaller than old canisters, are easier to install, and generally look better. (It also keeps homeowners or renters from subbing in their own power-hungry bulbs.)

But what if you already have older-style canisters in your ceiling? Eaton’s Halo Connect line offers a smart way to retrofit them, not by merely replacing an old incandescent BR style bulb with an LED, but by sliding in an entirely new downlight fixture that instantly modernizes the old unit.

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