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Should you buy an iMac Pro? Here are the reasons why and why not

Mac World - Wed, 2017-12-13 07:00

Apple’s sure-sellers for the holiday season have been on store shelves for a while now, but for fans of high-powered Macs, Christmas comes early this week with the release of the iMac Pro on Thursday. It’s undoubtedly going to take the crown as the most powerful Mac ever made--and will undoubtedly hold onto that distinction until a new Mac Pro arrives on the scene.

There’s a lot to be said for the iMac Pro. It’s the first Mac with workstation-level processors with a plethora of processor cores (8 and up!) since the Mac Pro in 2013. The Radeon Pro Vega is the most powerful graphic processor ever in a Mac.

If you’re someone who uses a 5K iMac to get work done today, should you consider buying the iMac Pro or not? Here’s a list of reasons why you should--and also a few reasons you might want to keep that credit card in your pocket.

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MX Sound 2.0 Bluetooth Speakers review: premium PC speakers burdened by average audio

PC World - Wed, 2017-12-13 06:30

Logitech’s MX Sound 2.0 Bluetooth speakers join products including the MX Master mouse, Craft keyboard, and Brio webcam in the company’s premium computer accessory line. At $99, they’re a not-unreasonable upgrade over your PC’s speakers that can double as audio output for your mobile devices, but ultimately their sound performance left us a bit underwhelmed.

Though they’re described as Bluetooth speakers, they are clearly designed for the desktop. Each of the 6.3 x 6.3 x 3.8-inch (HWD) cabinets has a rear-facing bass port that does double-duty as a stand. These give the speakers a 10-degree backward tilt that purportedly puts the listener in an audio sweet spot when they’re sitting at a computer.

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What is Next Gen TV and when will it launch?

Mac World - Wed, 2017-12-13 06:00
Next-generation TV is coming soon.

Star Wars iPhone cases: Celebrate the release of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Mac World - Wed, 2017-12-13 06:00
Disney Star Wars cases

Image by Disney

Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012, so it’s no surprise that there are Star Wars iPhone cases in the Disney store. These are basic shells cases for the Plus-sized phones. Note that the camera cutout is for the iPhone 7 Plus camera; Disney says these cases fit the iPhone 6 Plus and 6s Plus, which have single-lens camera that don’t require such a big hole.

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What is Next Gen TV and when will it launch?

PC World - Wed, 2017-12-13 06:00
Next-generation TV is coming soon.

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop review: The discrete GPU is the star of the show

PC World - Wed, 2017-12-13 06:00

Dell’s Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop has a little secret that’s good news for budget-minded gamers. It’s hard to tell from the product information online, but one GPU option for this laptop is Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q. Max-Q GPUs manage performance closely to balance heat and noise, allowing powerful chips to go into lighter, slimmer, quieter laptops. The Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop offers Max-Q in a SKU that supports 1080p gaming and comes in just under $1,000. It’s a great value.

Adam Patrick Murray

Dell’s New Inspiron 15 7000 gets you to GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q levels for a scant $1,000.

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How to Fix Your Wi-Fi Network

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-12 20:19

Wi-Fi is everywhere and built into everything. It’s like oxygen for internet access, media streaming, gaming, and all types of networking. And it should just work all the time—right? If you’ve had an average experience with Wi-Fi on mobiles devices, laptops, game systems, and more, you know that while Wi-Fi connections and consistency work correctly nearly all the time, it’s the occasions when it doesn’t that can leave you tearing your hair out.

In this article, I look at a number of common scenarios that cause Wi-Fi headaches and how to solve them, whether you’re running your own network or trying to connect to someone else’s using any platform.

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Get a Lifetime of VPN Unlimited for Just $29.99

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-12 14:05

With the potential of Internet service providers selling off your browsing info, protecting your data has become more essential than ever. A lifetime subscription to VPN Unlimited can help by safeguarding your online activities and sensitive business information. Normally $500, you can get a lifetime subscription today for just $29.99 today. 

VPN Unlimited hides and encrypts your data from prying eyes, which is ideal when you're connected to public WiFi, regardless of whether you're sitting in a coffee shop or an airport.

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This Speech Recognition Tool Helps You Get More Done Faster -- Now 60% Off

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-12 14:02

Typing is unquestionably a staple in our daily lives, but given enough time, even this activity will go the way of floppy disks and dial-up Internet. With Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13, you can tap into the future of productivity thanks to its advanced speech recognition software that lets you get more done faster on your computer. Plus, it's on sale for 60% off its normal retail price for a limited time. 

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Newegg has dropped the Ryzen 7 1700X to $300

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-12 13:35

It's not just a good day for laptop deals. Right now, you can find sales on new PC components too: This week Newegg is selling the AMD Ryzen 7 1700X for $300. The deal includes a free "Champions Pack" for Quake Champions.

That's about $30 cheaper than the best price Amazon has right now, and $100 off the MSRP. While it doesn't beat the crazy sales we saw during Black Friday, it's still a good deal and roughly matches what we last saw back in June.

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You can buy an iMac Pro on Dec. 14, but you can't upgrade the RAM

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-12 10:44

When Apple unveiled the new iMac Pro at WWDC in June, Phil Schiller promised that the new machine would begin shipping in December. With just a bit over two weeks to go, Apple is making good on its promise.

Apple has announced that the iMac Pro will be available beginning Thursday, Dec. 14 starting at $5,000 for an 8-core Xeon procession, 32GB of RAM, an 8GB Radeon Pro Vega GPU and 1TB SSD. That’s a lot of machine, but it’s hardly maxed out. Customers will be able to customize the iMac Pro up to an 18-core Xeon chip, 128GB of RAM, 16GB GPU, and 4TB hard drive.

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You can buy an iMac Pro on Dec. 14, but you can't upgrade the RAM

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-12 10:44
Apple has announced that it will begin selling its new iMac Pro on Thursday, December 14, but users won't be able to add RAM after they buy one.

Microsoft's selling gaming laptops, PCs, and peripherals for wildly cheap today

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-12 09:53

On the seventh day of the Microsoft Store’s annual 12 Days of Deals marathon, it’s finally time to have some fun. Microsoft’s offering deep discounts on over 100 gaming laptops and desktop PCs today.

Some truly staggering deals are already out of stock as I write this around 8:30 A.M. Eastern, and it’s easy to see why—they paired potent gaming PCs with Windows Mixed Reality headsets for $500 to $650 off. But plenty of systems can still be found with discounts ranging from $100 to $600 depending on the PC and its configuration. As PCWorld’s resident gaming and graphics guru, here are some particularly juicy deals that caught my eye:

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Meet Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition: AMD Link mobile app, Radeon Overlay, and more

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-12 09:00

It hasn’t been true for years now, but people still say AMD’s drivers suck. Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition definitively proves them wrong.

The latest in a series of massive annual Radeon Software feature updates, Adrenalin builds on the success of Catalyst Omega, Crimson, ReLive, and ReLive 17.7.2 before it, polishing up existing tools like WattMan and Radeon Chill while adding in the most-requested features of Radeon users. But more notably, Adrenalin adds a new on-screen overlay and AMD Link mobile app to make it easier than ever to fine-tune your game settings or keep an eye on your PC’s performance.

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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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