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AMD quietly made some Radeon RX 560 graphics cards worse

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-05 10:55

Buying a budget graphics card just got trickier. AMD and its partners quietly began selling Radeon RX 560 cards with fewer compute units and stream processors than originally advertised, without changing the name or otherwise identifying the lesser-powered model in any way. But here’s the kicker: The Radeon RX 560s you can find in stores are a mix of the full-fat version and the cut-down version.


When the Radeon RX 560 launched in April it was the only RX 500-series card with a meaningful under-the-hood tech boost compared to the RX 400-series. The graphics processor in the older RX 460 cards packed 14 compute units and 896 stream processors; the upgraded Radeon RX 560 bumped that to 16 CUs and 1,024 SPs. Now, some—but not all—of the Radeon RX 560s you’ll find online have specs that match the older 460 cards, and sometimes run at lower clock speeds to boot.

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11 of the flashiest, best-looking cases for the iPhone X

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-05 10:00
iPhone X cases that will make you stand out

Image by Speck

You might not want to cover up your gorgeous new iPhone X, but you should. Between the edge-to-edge screen and the wireless-charging-compatible back, this slippery $1000+ device is basically 100 percent glass, and it’s not cheap to repair. Prevention is definitely key, but you don’t have to wrap your phone in layers of ugly foam and rubber. Here are 12 stylish cases to check out—some might even be prettier than the iPhone X itself.

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The Honor 7X is the $199 successor to one of the best budget smartphones

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-05 10:00

The Honor 6X was one of 2017’s best budget handsets, and now the Huawei subsidiary is looking to build on that success with the Honor 7X. The U.S.-bound budget handset has a bigger screen, a better camera, and best of all, a lower price: just $199. Honor also took the wraps off a new flagship phone, the 6-inch Honor V10.

The U.S. version of the Honor 7X mimics the China release that launched a few short weeks ago, with a slim-bezel design and an impressive set of specs:

  • Display: 5.93-inch LCD, 18:9, 2160p x 1080p FHD+, 407ppi
  • Dimensions: 156.5mm x 75.3mm x 7.6mm
  • Weight: 165g
  • OS: Huawei EMUI 5.1 (Nougat 7.1)
  • Chip: Kirin 659, Octa-Core
  • Battery: 3,340mAh
  • RAM: 3GB/4GB
  • Storage: 32GB/64GB
  • Camera: 16MP + 2MP, wide aperture range, phase detection auto focus
Michael Simon/IDG

The Honor 7X has a dual camera setup just like last year.

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BrandPost: Even Mac users need protection from malware

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-05 09:46

Years ago, Apple aficionados believed Macs were safe from malware. Now, everyone knows that’s simply not true.

Cybercrime is on the rise, so the idea of malware increasingly targeting the mostly overlooked macOS make sense. Although Apple has created a variety of security layers designed to strengthen the security of its desktop OS and protect its users, often these safeguards are not enough to protect a Mac. For example, Apple can’t always prevent users from unknowingly getting infected with adware.

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Fitbit expands Ionic OS with Hue, Flipboard apps, and 80 clock faces

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-05 09:00

Fitbit’s Ionic smartwatch ($299 on Amazon) is getting some new friends for the holidays. A software update available Tuesday will deliver more than 80 new clock faces and a variety of apps so you can control your lights and check stocks while you work out.

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How to allow remote access to your Mac

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-05 08:00

Computers are ubiquitous, and you've probably had an instance where you are using a computer in one place and you need to access a computer in another location. For example, you're at a coffee shop with a laptop, and you need something from the desktop computer in your home office. You might even want to give people you know the ability to access a computer when they are away. This ability is called remote access.

Macworld reader Sandy has three remote access scenarios she’d like to get set up:

  • One contractor accessing an iMac remotely to use QuickBooks on the iMac. But that contractor is using Windows.
  • Another contractor who has a Mac and needs to access a different iMac on a daily basis.
  • The first iMac might sometimes need to be accessed remotely by the second contractor and by Sandy.

What to do?

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Useless exercises: Opinions on Apple’s results

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-05 07:00

We are not yet even through the holiday buying season but it is apparently time to pretend we know how many of the devices it announced this cycle that Apple will sell.

Writing for Quartz, Mike Murphy gives a thumbs down and releases the lions, tigers, bears, wolverines, and Gary on Apple.

“This was meant to be the year of the Apple ‘supercycle,’ but Samsung’s phones were better.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Tibor, 5cat, and Chris.)

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Best USB car chargers for your phone

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-05 06:30
We put a variety of USB car chargers to the test to find the best ones for keeping your smartphone powered on the go.

Best USB car chargers for your phone

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-05 06:30

There are plenty of options for keeping your phone or tablet charged while on the go. We’ve already taken a look at portable USB battery packs, as well as the USB-C variety. Now were ready to take a look at car chargers.

These small devices don’t differ from each other all that much. Some have an indicator light, others have illuminated ports. Some feature Quick Charge for devices that support it, others don’t. One attribute they all share, however, is two USB ports—ie, the days of the single-port car charger are long over. 

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Amazon Echo Plus review: Not plus enough

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-05 06:00
Amazon’s mid-range smart speaker comes up just a little short.

Parker: Your Augmented Reality Bear is an adorable plush toy that doesn't overwhelm with tech

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-05 06:00

Most tech-enhanced plush toys become the bane of parents’ existences: they come alive with lights and sound at inopportune times, require batteries, can be heavy and clunky, and may not wash very easily. And in the case of certain connected toys, you might even worry about your child’s personal data being recorded and stored.

Given all of that, you might bristle when you first hear of Parker: Your Augmented Reality Bear, Seedling’s new iPad and iPhone-enhanced toy. But this charming bear is fully squeezable with no caveats: it doesn’t have any wires or batteries inside, and it won’t make a peep or start to glow if you accidentally step on it while your kid is asleep. 

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RAVPower 24W Dual USB car charger review: An inexpensive and compact option

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-05 06:00
A two-port car charger for less than $9? Go on, we’re listening.

Quick Charge 3.0 Aukey car charger review: Bigger than most, but it works

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-05 06:00
A trustworthy device with Quick Charge 3.0 tech.

Maxboost USB Car Charger review: Bulky but functional

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-05 06:00
There’s one very annoying problem with this car charger.

Belkin BoostUp 2-Port car charger review: High-quality, and well designed

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-05 06:00
Belkin's BoostUp 2-Port car charger doesn't offer the fastest speeds, but it's still a good product.

Spigen Quick Charge 3.0 car charger review: Streamlined design with fast-charging capabilities

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-05 06:00
Spigen Quick Charge 3.0 offers two ports with different outputs in a slim form factor.

Anker PowerDrive Speed 2 car charger review: Anker lights the way

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-05 06:00
Dual QC3.0 ports with lights make this an attractive and powerful car charger.

Amazon Echo Plus review: Not plus enough

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-05 06:00
Amazon’s mid-range smart speaker comes up just a little short.

Astro A10 review: The perfect budget headset as long as you don't care about looks

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-05 06:00

Time has caught up to Astro. For years, it was one of the few companies focused on gaming headsets—and as a result, it got away with charging a premium. The $300 Astro A50 is still a great headset, but that price looks increasingly ridiculous when companies like Logitech (which now owns Astro) and HyperX offer as-good-or-better sound fidelity in devices that cost half as much.

So it was only a matter of time really before we got the Astro A10. At $60 on Amazon, it’s Astro’s attempt at an entry-level headset for the mass market. Hell, it’s even cheaper than our longtime HyperX Cloud recommendation. We went hands-on to see if you get your money’s worth. Check out our gaming headset roundup for all of our reviews and comprehensive buying advice. 

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RAVPower 24W Dual USB car charger review: An inexpensive and compact option

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-05 06:00

There’s something to be said about a minimal design, especially when it comes to car chargers. Device makers have to safely cram components into a tight space, without taking up more room than is needed. That’s what RAVPower did with the 24W Dual USB car charger ($9 on Amazon).

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