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The doom addiction: Analysts still down on AAPL

Mac World - Sat, 2018-05-19 07:00

Apple recently reported positive results for last quarter and gave positive guidance for next quarter so it’s really just a question of when, exactly, it is the company will go out of business.

Writing for Investopedia, Mark Kolakowski explains “Why Apple Investors Cut Stakes by Most in Decade” (Tip o’ the antlers to Jamie.)

It’s simple. Lead paint chips are delicious. Everyone knows this but no one wants to talk about it.

Apple Inc, the world's largest company by market capitalization (roughly $925 billion), has inspired cult-like devotion among its customers…

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Get some of the best Mac games for massive discounts during Humble Bundle's Spring Sale

Mac World - Fri, 2018-05-18 16:37

The library for Mac games looks minuscule from the outside, and I sometimes think it’d be more accurate to call it a “bookshelf.” In general, developers only attempt a Mac port if they know it’ll be a hit over here in the orchard. The good news is that means that most of the games we get are the good stuff. And right now, the better news is that many of those games are seeing jaw-dropping discounts for Humble Bundle’s Steam Sale.

And when I say “sale,” I’m generally not referring to piddly discounts of 10 percent such as we usually see from Apple itself (although there is some of that). No, in this case some fantastic games like Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20-Year Celebration (which we covered on an episode of Apple Arcade) are selling for as much as 67 percent off, while some older gems like Deus Ex: Mankind Divided are on sale for as little as $4.49.

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This week in games: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 gets battle royale, Stalker 2 teased

PC World - Fri, 2018-05-18 15:00

If last week was the week of E3 rumors, this is the week of delays. Phoenix Point, Metro: Exodus, and Skull & Bones were all pushed back this week, meaning the first few months of 2019 are already looking busy.

There’s also a metric ton of Call of Duty news this week (including a battle royale confirmation), plus teases about Outlast III and Stalker 2, No Man’s Sky getting co-op multiplayer, Sea of Thieves and a giant shark, and details on SteamVR’s new controller mapping options.

This is gaming news for May 14 to 18.

Call of Duty: Battle Royale

Let’s get the Call of Duty news out of the way first, if only because there’s a lot of it. This week was the Black Ops IIII reveal event, and the biggest news? It’s exclusive to Battle.net on the PC. That’s not entirely unexpected, given Activision did the same with Destiny 2 last year. And yet...wow. They really did it. I guess we should probably expect all major Activision games to be Battle.net exclusive going forward, which is a huge shift in the PC market.

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EVGA moves its motherboard drivers to reusable flash drives, finally leaving DVDs behind

PC World - Fri, 2018-05-18 14:23

Say it with me: Finally. EVGA is bucking the trend and embracing the new normal by shipping the drivers for its new motherboards on a tiny flash drive instead.

“No more driver DVDs in future EVGA motherboards including the new H370,” EVGA product management director Jacob Freeman tweeted late Thursday. “Instead you get the drivers on this small 8GB flash drive.”

Optical drives might not be dead yet, but they’re certainly an endangered creature in the age of Steam and blisteringly fast broadband speeds. At a time when many cases—including Corsair flagships—don’t even include a 5.25-inch drive bay anymore, we’re baffled that so many motherboards still ship with their drivers imprisoned on discs. 

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Nvidia's first 4K G-Sync HDR monitor is available to preorder, with a cutting-edge price

PC World - Fri, 2018-05-18 10:59

The first round of G-Sync HDR displays is almost here after nearly a year of delays and they look awesome, with a specification sheet that checks virtually every box a monitor nerd could dream of. But there’s been a question looming over Nvidia’s boundary-pushing screens: How much will they cost? Now we know: The Acer Predator X27 just went up for preorder at Newegg for a cool $2,000, ready to ship on June 1.

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Get your home ready for summer with $50 off Nest, Ecobee smart thermostats

Mac World - Fri, 2018-05-18 10:54

Smart thermostats are a great way to regulate your home's temperature and control your budget. Right now, two of our top-rated smart thermostats, the Ecobee4 Thermostat with Sensor and the third generation of the Nest Learning Thermostat in white, are both $200, $50 off their list prices on Amazon.

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Get your home ready for summer with $50 off Nest, Ecobee smart thermostats

PC World - Fri, 2018-05-18 10:54

Smart thermostats are a great way to regulate your home's temperature and control your budget. Right now, two of our top-rated smart thermostats, the Ecobee4 Thermostat with Sensor and the third generation of the Nest Learning Thermostat in white, are both $200, $50 off their list prices on Amazon.

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The $1,200 Red Hydrogen One phone is coming to Verizon and AT&T this summer, but why?

PC World - Fri, 2018-05-18 10:11

Carriers can make or break a phone release. As we’ve seen with Huawei’s debacle earlier this year, selling a new handset in the U.S. pretty much requires retail support of at least one major carrier, namely Verizon or AT&T, and generally both. And getting it isn’t always an easy task.

Take a look at the phones that aren’t being sold at AT&T stores (other than the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and P20):

  • Google Pixel 2
  • Essential Phone
  • LG G7
  • HTC U11
  • OnePlus 6

Aside from the Pixel 2, you won’t find any of them at a Verizon store either. And a couple of of them can’t even be used on Verizon’s CDMA network. Yet, both of the biggest carriers in the U.S. sent out press releases triumphantly announcing that they would be carrying the Red Hydrogen One phone when it launches later this summer. That begs the question: Why?

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Get a sleek Asus laptop with an 8th-gen Core i5 CPU and USB-C for $479 today

PC World - Fri, 2018-05-18 09:38

Sometimes people buy laptops for its trendy or sleek looks. A lot of times, however, a bigger concern is value. Today, there's a sleek Asus laptop on Amazon that covers both of those bases. The Asus VivoBook F510UA with an 8th-gen Intel Core i5 is just $479. This is the all-time low price for this laptop, which has been selling between $510 and $550 in recent months.

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How to play PC games on iPhone or iPad with the Steam Link app: Apple Arcade episode 9

Mac World - Fri, 2018-05-18 09:00

Barely a month ago the idea of playing a game like The Witcher III on your iPhone would have been unthinkable (and indeed, it’s so resource-demanding that it’s yet to be ported to the Mac). But that will change quite soon, at least in a roundabout way.

Valve’s Steam Link app is coming soon to iOS within the next handful of days, and it dropped for Android users on Thursday. (Word on the street is that the iOS version is still tied up in Apple’s approval process.) The idea behind this wonderful app is that you can stream games directly from your PC or Mac directly to your iPhone or iPad, essentially turning them into portable gaming devices like the Nintendo Switch. And it works directly through the app, so you don’t even need the $50 Steam Link device Valve sells for streaming from a PC to a TV.

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How to use a network gateway to share files

Mac World - Fri, 2018-05-18 08:00

After the writing had been on the wall for years, Apple only recently officially stated that it won’t be producing Wi-Fi base stations anymore. Many of us have relied on the AirPort line as an easy way to handle a number of basic network tasks without learning the vagaries of other hardware. One of those is network file sharing.

You can share files from macOS or Windows, but it’s not always convenient or applicable, especially if you (or your family) relies largely on laptops. Another option is network-attached storage (NAS), which are standalone file servers that often come with a lot of additional features, and now start in the low hundreds of dollars for “bare” units without any internal drives.

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Roccat Horde Aimo review: This 'membranical' gaming keyboard explores new territory

PC World - Fri, 2018-05-18 06:30

We’ve seen two attempts at a hybrid mechanical/membrane keyboard so far: Logitech’s G213 Prodigy with its “mech-dome” switch and Razer’s Ornata with its “mecha-membrane.” And I would’ve been happy if that were it, forever. Neither was that great, and it’s hard to convince me to buy an “upscale” membrane keyboard when true mechanical keyboards are so cheap these days. (Shoot, our favorite budget mechanical keyboard, Razer’s Blackwidow X Tournament Edition, is just $70.)

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How Apple’s big picture ventures get small for the consumer

Mac World - Fri, 2018-05-18 06:00

Sometimes it’s fun to think big.

Apple as a company usually focuses on products: things that it builds that consumers will end up using. Smartphones, computers, tablets, and so on. While other tech companies sometimes put forth their moonshots—big, costly ideas intended to reshape the world, but which rarely do—Apple generally seems content to operate by pushing the envelope on the here and now.

But that doesn’t mean that the company hasn’t got larger ambitions: it just doesn’t talk about them. In many cases, that’s probably because those ideas haven’t yet reached the point of becoming discrete products that the company can create and ship. When you’re taking on a large idea, especially one in an entrenched industry, it can be tough to distill that big idea down to the atomic level of a product. 

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The best CPUs for gaming

PC World - Fri, 2018-05-18 06:00

Buying a processor for a gaming rig isn’t as hard as it used to be. Now that AMD’s Ryzen and Intel’s 8th-gen CPUs debuted with more performance and cores than ever before, it’s hard to buy a stinker these days—especially since most games favor graphics firepower over CPU oomph. But all that said, there are specific chips that stand out from the horde as the best gaming CPUs due to their price, performance, or nifty extras.

Whether you’re on a budget or willing to pay for sheer face-melting speed, these are the best CPUs for gaming PCs that you can buy.

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Best surge protector: Reviews and buying advice

Mac World - Thu, 2018-05-17 22:15
Far better than ordinary power strips, these products will protect your expensive electronics from dangerous power spikes. We'll help you pick the right one for your home or small office.

Best surge protector: Reviews and buying advice

PC World - Thu, 2018-05-17 22:15
Far better than ordinary power strips, these products will protect your expensive electronics from dangerous power spikes. We'll help you pick the right one for your home or small office.

Best surge protector: Reviews and buying advice

Mac World - Thu, 2018-05-17 22:15

You only know for sure that you needed a surge protector after your equipment fries. Then it’s too late. For a very reasonable amount of money, you could put an almost literal firewall between your expensive (and cheap) electronics and the juice coming in from a wall socket. A surge protector throws itself into the line of fire, sacrificing its components again and again so that your devices stay functional.

These reviews are of surge protectors designed for a home office or cubicle, or a home-entertainment system. Such power mediators have a single function: keeping voltage from exceeding a certain rated level, beyond which equipment can blow a fuse, burn out its power supply, or completely fry its circuitry beyond repair. The surge protector takes a hit instead of your hardware or A/V system, and it could potentially save you hundreds to many thousands of dollars, depending on what you have connected.

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Best surge protector: Reviews and buying advice

PC World - Thu, 2018-05-17 22:15

You only know for sure that you needed a surge protector after your equipment fries. Then it’s too late. For a very reasonable amount of money, you could put an almost literal firewall between your expensive (and cheap) electronics and the juice coming in from a wall socket. A surge protector throws itself into the line of fire, sacrificing its components again and again so that your devices stay functional.

These reviews are of surge protectors designed for a home office or cubicle, or a home-entertainment system. Such power mediators have a single function: keeping voltage from exceeding a certain rated level, beyond which equipment can blow a fuse, burn out its power supply, or completely fry its circuitry beyond repair. The surge protector takes a hit instead of your hardware or A/V system, and it could potentially save you hundreds to many thousands of dollars, depending on what you have connected.

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Tripp Lite TLP1008TEL review: Good protection for 10 outlets at a bargain price

Mac World - Thu, 2018-05-17 22:00
This is the right choice for a 10-outlet surge protector with spacing that allows maximum deployment of plugs.

Tripp Lite TLP1008TEL review: Good protection for 10 outlets at a bargain price

PC World - Thu, 2018-05-17 22:00
This is the right choice for a 10-outlet surge protector with spacing that allows maximum deployment of plugs.

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