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The 10 iPhone and iPad games you need to play from June 2018

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-02 06:00
June's iOS games

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You never know when you might want (or need) a fun new game ready and waiting on your iPhone or iPad, and thankfully, there’s no shortage of fresh releases on the App Store. June certainly brought its fair share of iOS debuts, and we’ve picked 10 of the most intriguing games worth checking out.

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10 more great movies to celebrate the Fourth of July

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-02 06:00
Stream a few of these fantastic movies to capture the spirit of Independence Day.

How a robot vacuum navigates your home

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-02 06:00
Its movements might seem random, but there's a method to how these machines get around.

HTC U12+ review: One too many pressing problems

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-02 06:00

With the U12+, HTC somehow manages to mess up the one thing that all other phones get right: the volume and power buttons. I don’t generally pay much mind to the buttons on my phone—the Bixby key on the Galaxy S9 notwithstanding—but the U12+’s are so finicky, I actively tried to avoid them.

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The buttons on the U11 (bottom) were fine, HTC, so why’d you have to change them?

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By the numbers: second is the new first

Mac World - Sat, 2018-06-30 07:00

Throw out any assumptions you have about integers and hang on to your sense of all that is right in this universe, because the new math is here and 2 now comes before 1.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and home of the “Hands on a Soft Body” contest where the person last standing can walk away with with one of the sweet 2018 manatees that are rolling off the Florida production lines as we speak, Ewan Spence says “Apple's Courageous Decision Fails To Connect With New iPhone Customers.”

The future is wireless, and only Apple was courageous enough to see it and act on it. If that’s the case, why are Tim Cook and his team selling rather a lot of the past to its customers?

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Watch us give our RetroPie console a whole new look

PC World - Fri, 2018-06-29 18:00

Nintendo re-released the NES Classic today, but despite the immediate shortages (again), we’re sitting pretty. We might have built our Raspberry Pi-powered emulator in September to play Super Nintendo games, but it plays original Nintendo games equally well.

So to celebrate the current attention being lavished on classic gaming, we’ve swapped out our SNES-themed case for an NES-themed one. It’s not a purely cosmetic update, either—the new case offers a couple of features we didn’t have before. You can catch all the details in the video, and if you get the urge to build your own RetroPie system, check out our primer that walks you through the process from start to finish. We even have suggestions for the best retro-console cases to house your Raspberry Pi, too.

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Imagining a next-generation Apple Maps future

Mac World - Fri, 2018-06-29 16:50

Apple is improving Maps in a big way. More precise and accurate data, better design and readability, faster data updates…it’s a huge project that should make Maps ten times better than it is today, and it will start rolling out this fall.

But the new maps are just the tip of the iceberg. Reading the tea leaves and projecting just a little bit into the future, it’s easy to imagine a mapping and location experience that makes today’s mobile mapping look like MapQuest circa 2002.

When we look at recent advancements in mapping data, GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) technology, and Augmented Reality, a picture starts to form of mobile navigation unlike anything we have today.

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PCWorld is streaming Overwatch PTR on Twitch!

PC World - Fri, 2018-06-29 15:45

Players seem to be a bit intriged by Overwatch's 28th member: Wrecking Ball. He's a hamster named Hammond -- in a machine gun equipped hamster ball. He's playable on the PC in PTR, and today Adam and Leif will try him out (among other changes) at 1:00 P.M. PT.

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Spigen's iPhone 2G-inspired case for the iPhone X is up on Amazon for just 16 bucks

Mac World - Fri, 2018-06-29 15:39

Well, look what we have here. Remember when we were giving away limited-edition iPhone X cases inspired by the iMac G3? Spigen also made a limited-edition Classic One case that was designed to look like 2007's iPhone 2G, and at $35, it was clearly meant to be the star of the show. Now, though, you can get the Spigen Classic One for just $16 on Amazon.

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Best Raspberry Pi gaming cases

PC World - Fri, 2018-06-29 15:04
NESPi Case+

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If you’re having trouble getting the hot-selling Nintendo NES Classic, don’t worry: You can make your Raspberry Pi look just like the vintage system. This highly-reviewed case from Retroflag pays homage to the classic 1980s Nintendo console, which featured the likes of Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Kirby’s Adventure.

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Myst III: Exile and Myst IV: Revelation are back on sale for the first time in a decade

PC World - Fri, 2018-06-29 14:06

It’s the 25th anniversary of Myst this year, and you might recall Cyan had a bit of a celebration in store: A special edition Linking Book containing all five Myst games. That Kickstarter is over, which means you’ve missed out on the book itself—but the fruits of that labor are still available, which is to say Myst III: Exile and Myst IV: Revelation are on sale again!

You can find the pair on GOG.com for now, with Steam releases due later this year. It’s been a long time since you could legally find Myst III and IV, so it’s great to see them out in the wild again. They aren’t even necessarily the best games in the series, but no collection’s really complete without them.

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Right turn ahead: The maps in Apple Maps are getting re-mapped

Mac World - Fri, 2018-06-29 12:31

During WWDC earlier this month, there was one app that was conspicuously missing from the iOS 12 demo: Maps. It turns out, Apple actually has a lot to say about Maps, it just isn’t the stuff of ooh-and-aah demos. Instead of adding AR directions or AI-powered restaurant recommendations, Apple is tackling the biggest problem with Maps: the maps.

A new report by TechCrunch’s Matthew Panzarino outlines Apple’s major undertaking to replace the array of third-party navigation data in Maps with first-party data collected by cars and users. This isn’t speculation—Panzarino got to ride in one of Apple’s mapping cars and spoke to senior Vice President Eddie Cue at length about the new project, which is years in the making.

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Make perfect steaks for the Fourth with $33 off the iGrill 2 smart thermometer

Mac World - Fri, 2018-06-29 10:52

The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and you know what that means: barbeque. Of course, not all of us are well-seasoned grill masters, and even those of us who are can use a little help making sure our meat is cooked to perfection. That's where a smart meat thermometer comes in, and right now the Weber iGrill 2 smart thermometer is $67 on Amazon, down from a list price of $100 and the lowest we've seen it.

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Make perfect steaks for the Fourth with $33 off the iGrill 2 smart thermometer

PC World - Fri, 2018-06-29 10:52

The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and you know what that means: barbeque. Of course, not all of us are well-seasoned grill masters, and even those of us who are can use a little help making sure our meat is cooked to perfection. That's where a smart meat thermometer comes in, and right now the Weber iGrill 2 smart thermometer is $67 on Amazon, down from a list price of $100 and the lowest we've seen it.

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Get a blazing fast 27-inch 1440p Acer FreeSync monitor for $200 off at Newegg

PC World - Fri, 2018-06-29 09:23

If you plan on celebrating liberty with a full day of gaming on July 4, Newegg’s got a great deal on a sweet monitor right now. The electronics retailer has a 27-inch 1440p Acer FreeSync monitor for $300 with checkout code EMCPVRY42. That’s about $65 cheaper than what you’ll find elsewhere. Newegg’s says this price is good through Thursday July 5.

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iOS 12: How to turn on and use the thesaurus

Mac World - Fri, 2018-06-29 08:00

Many past iOS releases let you look up definitions with a built-in dictionary with “Look Up,” but with iOS 12, we get access to a built-in thesaurus as well. As a writer, I find this a godsend. My beloved Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus was one of the casualties of iOS’s transition to 64-bit apps, but now it’s part of the operating system itself.

Even better, the feature works with most iOS word processing apps. The only catch is that you’ll have to turn it on. Here’s how to do it.

How to enable the iOS 12 thesaurus
  1. Open Settings.
  2. Press General.
  3. Scroll down to Dictionary. Press it.
  4. Select “American English: Oxford American Writer’s Thesaurus.”
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That’s basically it.

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The 10 Mac games you need to play from June 2018

Mac World - Fri, 2018-06-29 07:00
June's Mac games

Image by Motion Twin

The ongoing Steam Summer Sale means that it’s the ideal time to stock up on Mac games new and old, and we have some recommendations on the best deals around. But if you’re just on the hunt for something that’s totally new on Mac, then that’s what this monthly roundup is for.

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The 10 best PC games of 2018 (so far)

PC World - Fri, 2018-06-29 06:30

As always, it’s hard to believe we’re already halfway through 2018. Seems like just yesterday we were crowning 2017’s best PC games, and now there’s six more months of titles swelling the backlog.

This year’s been a bit odd though, with many of the biggest and most anticipated games (Sea of Thieves) floundering, and others ending up on this list that I hadn’t even heard of until they popped up on Steam (Yoku’s Island Express). We’ll see how many of them survive for our final Game of the Year list in December, but for now? Read on for our 10 favorite PC games of 2018...so far.

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10 great movies to celebrate the Fourth of July

Mac World - Fri, 2018-06-29 06:00
Stream a few of these fantastic movies to capture the spirit of Independence Day.

Bluesound Pulse Mini Bluetooth speaker review: Great sound, strong feature set, and a few rough edges

Mac World - Fri, 2018-06-29 06:00
The Bluesound Pulse Mini sounds great, will mesh with other Bluesound speakers, and plays music from a wide variety of sources. But its out-of-box experience and controls leave something to be desired.

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