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The easy-to-use Ecobee 3 Lite smart thermostat is cheaper than we've ever seen it

Mac World - Fri, 2018-04-06 10:34

Smart thermostats help you get temperatures just right in your home, bolstered by handy extras like remote adjustment and the ability to communicate with other devices around the house. Right now, you can get the Ecobee3 Lite smart thermostat for an all-time low price of $144, or about $25 off its average price on Amazon.

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A 4K, HDR Dell UltraSharp monitor is $240 off, and comes with a $200 gift card

PC World - Fri, 2018-04-06 10:06

High-dynamic range displays deliver stunningly bright colors with deep, dark blacks, and the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update dropping any day now will include enhanced HDR support. But HDR is still relatively new to PCs. If you’re looking to upgrade, Dell’s UltraSharp 27-inch U2718Q 4K HDR monitor is on sale for $500 right now, with something extra to sweeten the deal.

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Apple needs to stop promising new products and start delivering them

Mac World - Fri, 2018-04-06 09:31

At WWDC last year, Apple introduced AirPlay 2, a new wireless protocol that allows users to beam audio to multiple rooms, control speakers through the Home app, and use the Apple TV as a hub for music streaming. Apple partnered with some 14 speaker makers including Bose, Bang & Olufsen, and Denon to bring AirPlay 2 support to a whole new crop of devices, and a developer API even promised third-party streaming apps “could all get in on the multi-room audio fun.”

Ten months later, we’re still waiting for it.

After teasing the feature in the original iOS beta, and then in iOS 11.2 and again in iOS 11.3, Apple has once again signaled that AirPlay 2 will be the main feature of iOS 11.4, which will likely release next month. If it arrives, it will be nearly a full year from announcement to availability.

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How to use Safari’s tab management and bookmark stashing to avoid losing web pages

Mac World - Fri, 2018-04-06 08:00

Some people are born to be tabulous, while others (like me) are mostly anti-tab. I’m referring to the tabbed windows in Safari, which can multiply like rabbits in spring as you Command-click or Command-Shift-click to open links from the window you’re viewing in another. I hear tales of people with hundreds of tabs they leave open, and it gives me the heebie-jeebies—I keep tabs open only as long as I need them.

While your working method is your own and, of course, valid no matter what your choices, there’s a downside to having a lot of tabs: you might accidentally close multiple tabs you need, close a window full of tabs, or suffer a Safari or macOS crash that doesn’t restore your windows. I’ve found Safari remarkably resilient in recent years to crashes of all sorts, and rarely have this problem. But because I don’t have windows full of tabs, even if I lost one, it wouldn’t have the same impact.

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Learning to code with Swift Playgrounds as an adult

Mac World - Fri, 2018-04-06 07:00

Apple thinks it is critically important that everyone learn how to code. It may not help you in your job directly, but it teaches useful skills and creates a basic knowledge of the fundamental workings of the products and tools we all use every day. It’s not just something kids should do at school, but an important part of an ongoing education for adults.

So, the company created an initiative called Everyone Can Code that aims to make it easy for anyone, from kids to adults, to learn the basics of writing code. Naturally, it’s centered around Apple’s Swift programming language rather than, say, C++ or JavaScript. And it all starts with Swift Playgrounds, a cute iPad app that teaches the fundamentals of coding in a way so simple even young kids can grasp it.

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Microsoft's new Cortana chief plans to put her smarts in more places

PC World - Fri, 2018-04-06 06:30

Cortana, where art thou? That’s what PCWorld wanted to know when we spoke with Microsoft’s recently-minted Cortana czar, Javier Soltero, late last week. The digital assistant who made a splash in Windows 10 with her snappy comebacks and silly knock-knock jokes is still offering to help you with your calendar and search. She’s even migrated to mobile apps for Android and iOS. But Cortana hasn’t talked her way into our homes like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant have, making her staying power look uncertain.

That’s where Soltero comes in. We sat down with Cortana’s new chief in the wake of a significant management shakeup that will see senior executive Terry Myerson leave, as well as the creation of a new "Experiences and Devices" team that seemingly downplays Windows.

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The new Mac Pro: What can we expect from Apple in 2019?

Mac World - Fri, 2018-04-06 06:30

Exactly a year after Apple called a bunch of reporters to its headquarters to talk about the future of its professional-level Macs, the company is once again putting its stake in the ground. In an interview with TechCrunch’s Matthew Panzarino, several Apple executives have laid out the thinking behind the as-yet-unannounced Mac Pro, which is expected to debut in 2019.

What’s more interesting than the Mac Pro’s existence, however, is the approach Apple is taking to building it: bringing in actual pro users to see their workflows and figure out how to best accommodate them. It’s a side of Apple that, publicly anyway, we’ve rarely seen.

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Notion home monitoring (2nd Edition) review: Modest upgrades advance a winning formula

PC World - Fri, 2018-04-06 06:00
Improvements in battery life and wireless range, coupled with Nest integration, teach Notion some new tricks.

GE Smart Lighting review: ZigBee or Z-Wave? In-wall or plug-in?

PC World - Fri, 2018-04-06 06:00
Jasco Products markets in-wall and plug-in ZigBee and Z-Wave lighting controls under the GE brand. Are they worthy of your smart home?

Intel's Kaby Lake-G mystery: Why Radeon Vega M may be more Polaris than Vega

PC World - Fri, 2018-04-06 06:00

Intel’s Kaby Lake-G chip harbors a mystery. PCWorld has learned the company’s exciting CPU/GPU combo chip may actually be based on AMD’s older-generation Polaris cores rather than the newest Vega cores. 

This revelation doesn't change how we feel about the chip, having already tested it (and liked it) in Intel's Hades Canyon NUC. But an industry-standard system utility identifies the Kaby Lake-G as having an AMD Polaris bloodline. And we've discovered other evidence suggesting the chip's GPU core is Polaris. 

Kaby Lake-G: Making the impossible 

In January, Intel unveiled it had linked a Core i7 to an AMD Radeon RX Vega M with its advanced Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge. And thus the Kaby Lake-G mobile chip—and a once-unthinkable Intel/AMD partnership—was born.

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Notion home monitoring (2nd Edition) review: Modest upgrades advance a winning formula

Mac World - Fri, 2018-04-06 06:00
Improvements in battery life and wireless range, coupled with Nest integration, teach Notion some new tricks.

GE Smart Lighting review: ZigBee or Z-Wave? In-wall or plug-in?

Mac World - Fri, 2018-04-06 06:00
Jasco Products markets in-wall and plug-in ZigBee and Z-Wave lighting controls under the GE brand. Are they worthy of your smart home?

Microsoft adds ransomware protections to make OneDrive and Outlook.com safer

PC World - Thu, 2018-04-05 16:14

If your PC is infected with ransomware, it will spread from file to file, encrypting them until you pay the bad guys for the digital key. But ransomware can also spread to your files stored in the cloud—and that’s what Microsoft’s new OneDrive protections are designed to address.

On Thursday Microsoft announced the ability to “roll back” the files stored in OneDrive to versions stored up to a month ago, to help you return to a point before you were infected by malware. The company also said it will use its automated threat-detection systems to figure out when the ransomware began infecting those files and alert you via your phone that an infection has taken place.

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Get a 4th-gen 64GB Apple TV from Best Buy for 20% off

Mac World - Thu, 2018-04-05 13:47

There’s a lot of attention on the new iPad right now, but if you’re looking for a hefty deal on an Apple product that hasn’t been in the spotlight much lately, head over to Best Buy. For today only, the retailer is selling the previous-generation 64GB Apple TV for $160, down from the usual price of $200. That’s one of the best prices we’ve ever seen it listed for, and to give you an idea of the savings, it’s the same price as the refurbished version of the same model that Best Buy is currently selling.

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Apple’s new Mac Pro is expected to launch in 2019

Mac World - Thu, 2018-04-05 13:23

We’ve known for awhile that Apple is going back to the drawing board with the Mac Pro. Apple signaled as much a year ago, while making sure everyone understood that the newly revamped model wouldn’t come that year.

In speaking with TechCrunch Editor-in-Chief Matthew Panzarino, Apple straight-out confirmed that the new Mac Pro will be a 2019 product.

Apple was keen to clarify the date (an unusual move for the company) because it doesn’t want customers who are currently considering the iMac Pro to hold off, anticipating a Mac Pro launch later in the year.

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The Razer Game Store is a Steam alternative that gives you free games and PC hardware

PC World - Thu, 2018-04-05 12:19

Razer creates virtually every type of PC peripheral you can think of, from headsets to mice to keyboards, but today it’s taking on a new challenge: Steam. Yes, Razer’s launching a gaming store of its own. Aptly called the Razer Game Store, the new marketplace taps into the zVault rewards system that Razer debuted last year to give loyal customers free games and gear.

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Apple updates Final Cut Pro X with ProRes RAW support, closed captioning tools

Mac World - Thu, 2018-04-05 11:00

Apple on Thursday announced its second update in four months to Final Cut Pro X, the company’s professional-level app for video editing on the Mac. Free for current owners of the software, the update includes two new features: the ProRes RAW file format, and closed captions.

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Get Alexa's smarts for less than $20 with this deal on the Eufy Genie smart speaker

PC World - Thu, 2018-04-05 10:12

Smart speakers are a useful and convenient way to control your smart home devices, but their price tags can be a little steep, even for inexpensive models like the Echo Dot or Google Home Mini. But right now you can get an Alexa-compatible smart speaker for super cheap: the Eufy Genie smart speaker is $19.99, a savings of nearly 45 percent off its $34.99 list price.

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Get Alexa's smarts for less than $20 with this deal on the Eufy Genie smart speaker

Mac World - Thu, 2018-04-05 10:12

Smart speakers are a useful and convenient way to control your smart home devices, but their price tags can be a little steep, even for inexpensive models like the Echo Dot or Google Home Mini. But right now you can get an Alexa-compatible smart speaker for super cheap: the Eufy Genie smart speaker is $19.99, a savings of nearly 45 percent off its $34.99 list price.

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Boost your setup with big deals on near-perfect G.Skill gaming peripherals

PC World - Thu, 2018-04-05 10:08

If you're looking to upgrade from the ho-hum peripherals that came with your PC, two great pieces of G.Skill Ripjaws gaming gear—both of which earned 4.5/5 star ratings in PCWorld reviews—are on sale today with sweet discounts. First up is the G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 ambidextrous gaming mouse for $30 at Amazon. That's about $10 to $12 cheaper than usual, and it also matches the mouse's all-time low price.

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