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Intel accelerates 5G modem rollout, but it won't make the 5G iPhone come any sooner

Mac World - Mon, 2018-11-12 15:48

Intel has just announced that it moved up the launch of its 5G modem, the XMM 8160, by an impressive six months. This multi-mode modem—it supports 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G—is capable of speeds up to six gigabits per second and supports most of the exciting new technologies expected in the first wave of 5G mobile products. That means millimeter wave support, stand-alone and non-stand-alone modes, and simultaneous connections to 4G and 5G networks.

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Intel’s XM 8160 modem will connect to 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G networks. That means fewer chips, and it’s essentially a requirement for products like the iPhone.

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Put wireless charging and Alexa in your car with all-time low prices on Anker accessories

Mac World - Mon, 2018-11-12 12:13

If you're looking for ways to spice up your commute and add some smarts to your drive, Anke has some awesome ways to do it without spending too much. And today's it's even cheaper. Amazon is running a sale on Anker that bring some of its best auto accessories to all-time lows, and we've picked out our favorites:

The Roav Viva is less then $20 todayRemove non-product link, and brings hands-free voice control to your ride via built-in Alexa. You'll be able to use your voice to make calls, play music, ask for directions, control your connected smart devices, and more. It also has two USB ports to charge up your devices while you drive and comes with a magnetic vent mount to keep your phone propped securely.

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Put wireless charging and Alexa in your car with all-time low prices on Anker accessories

PC World - Mon, 2018-11-12 12:13

If you're looking for ways to spice up your commute and add some smarts to your drive, Anke has some awesome ways to do it without spending too much. And today's it's even cheaper. Amazon is running a sale on Anker that bring some of its best auto accessories to all-time lows, and we've picked out our favorites:

The Roav Viva is less then $20 todayRemove non-product link, and brings hands-free voice control to your ride via built-in Alexa. You'll be able to use your voice to make calls, play music, ask for directions, control your connected smart devices, and more. It also has two USB ports to charge up your devices while you drive and comes with a magnetic vent mount to keep your phone propped securely.

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iPhone X Display Module Replacement Program FAQ: Everything you need to know

Mac World - Mon, 2018-11-12 11:50

As the first completely redesigned iPhone in years, the iPhone X wasn’t without its share of issues when it launched. Apple seemingly fixed most of them via a stream of software updates, but many users have complained about persistent issues with the screen. And Apple’s finally doing something about it. At long last, Apple is launching an iPhone X Display Module Replacement Program to address lingering touch issues. Here’s everything you need to know:

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iPhone X Display Module Replacement Program FAQ: Everything you need to know

PC World - Mon, 2018-11-12 11:50
Apple has launched a new program to repair iPhone X screens that experience touch issues. Here's everything you need to know about it.

13-inch MacBook Pro SSD service program FAQ: Everything you need to know

Mac World - Mon, 2018-11-12 10:07

Despite Apple’s push to turn all Mac professionals into Touch Bar devotees, the 13-inch MacBook Pro with a traditional row of function keys has remained quite popular. If you own one, you might be able to take advantage of a new SSD service program. Here’s everything you need to know:

What is the 13-inch MacBook Pro (non Touch Bar) Solid-State Drive Service Program?

Apple has announced a new solid-state drive replacement program for certain 13-inch MacBook Pro models due to an issue that affects “a limited number of 128GB and 256GB solid-state drives.” According to Apple, some machines have “an issue that may result in data loss and failure of the drive.”

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13-inch MacBook Pro SSD service program FAQ: Everything you need to know

PC World - Mon, 2018-11-12 10:07
Apple has launched an SSD repair program for the 13-inch non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro. Here's everything you need to know.

Upgrade to the Samsung 970 EVO SSD's blazing-fast NVMe speeds for cheaper than ever

PC World - Mon, 2018-11-12 09:52

If your PC or laptop supports lightning-quick NVMe storage, today’s a good day to pick-up one of our favorite SSD drives. Amazon’s selling the 500GB 970 EVO M.2 drive for $117. That’s about $30 cheaper than it was late last week, and $26 cheaper than the 500GB WD Black 3D, a rival with a very slight performance advantage at this capacity.

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Microsoft adds LTE options to the Surface Go, making it the always-connected PC it should be

PC World - Mon, 2018-11-12 09:00

Microsoft said Monday that it has added an LTE option to its Surface Go for an additional $130 over the basic Surface Go, bringing always-on connectivity to Microsoft’s cheapest 2-in-1 tablet.

When PCWorld originally reviewed Microsoft’s Surface Go tablet, the absence of an LTE option was noticeable—this was the Surface Go, after all. On Monday, Microsoft announced an 8GB RAM/128GB storage version of what it calls the Surface Go with LTE Advanced for $679, with support for AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. You can preorder today, with shipments arriving in the U.S. and Canada on Nov. 20.

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How to shift an email address from one Apple ID to another

Mac World - Mon, 2018-11-12 08:00

You can’t merge two Apple ID accounts, those hubs of your iCloud, iTunes, and other Apple online identities. However, you can shift an email from one Apple ID to another if the email isn’t one issued by Apple.

This is often useful if you’re going to lose access to an email address—leaving a job, for instance—or if you were maintaining multiple accounts, and want to settle on just one. It can also be very useful if you had Apple IDs registered in different countries and want to migrate to a single one in a country you’ve settled into it.

There’s a set of warnings and limitations to consider, too:

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Where to find Black Friday deals on Apple products

Mac World - Mon, 2018-11-12 07:00

If you’re looking for good deals on Apple products this Black Friday, don’t head to the Apple Store itself. Apple’s “deals” typically amount to little more than gift cards, and even those tend to pale in comparison to what you’ll find at nearby retailers like Target and Walmart.

To aid you in your Black Friday adventures, we’ve compiled this handy guide based on a mix of official ads, credible leaks, deals from previous years, and “Black Friday” deals that are already live weeks in advance of Thanksgiving. As we get closer to the biggest shopping day in the U.S., we’ll update this list with new information as we receive it.

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Ring Stick Up Cam Wired (2018) review: Ring finally has an indoor security camera

PC World - Mon, 2018-11-12 06:00
The Ring Stick Up Cam Wired is a strong entry into the indoor security camera space from Ring.

Bose Home Speaker 500 review: Rethinking—and reshaping—smart speakers

PC World - Mon, 2018-11-12 06:00
Bose's first smart speaker supports Amazon Alexa today, and promises AirPlay 2 compatibility in 2019.

Ring Stick Up Cam Wired (2018) review: Ring finally has an indoor security camera

Mac World - Mon, 2018-11-12 06:00
The Ring Stick Up Cam Wired is a strong entry into the indoor security camera space from Ring.

iOS 13 Wishlist: 10 ways Apple can unleash the potential of the iPhone and iPad

Mac World - Mon, 2018-11-12 06:00

I’m very happy with iOS 12. It’s one of Apple’s best iOS releases in years. Part of the reason it worked out so well is that Apple didn’t bite off more than it could chew—nearly all of iOS 12’s features were available at launch, or came very quickly in an update. It’s a huge improvement over iOS 11’s problematic rollout. iOS 12 seems primarily geared at smoothing out long-standing pain points: we got a renewed focus on performance and reliability, grouped notifications, Screen Time, Group FaceTime, and better Maps.

But Apple can do more, much more. The latest iPhones and iPad Pros sport processors, cameras, and sensors that are capable of incredible things, but iOS at times feels like its holding us back. In particular, the iPad Pro feels like it has everything it needs to be a complete laptop replacement—except an operating system that lets you do everything you need to do on a laptop.

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Bose Home Speaker 500 review: Rethinking—and reshaping—smart speakers

Mac World - Mon, 2018-11-12 06:00
Bose's first smart speaker supports Amazon Alexa today, and promises AirPlay 2 compatibility in 2019.

Pixel 3 tips and tricks: Getting the most from your new Google phone

PC World - Mon, 2018-11-12 05:45

Google makes Android freely available to phone manufacturers so they can tweak and contort the OS to suit their needs. Nonetheless, Google does have its own idea of what Android should be. That’s on display every year with the Pixel phones, and the latest Pixel 3 and 3 XL include some cool software extras you won’t get on other Android devices. These phones offer the best Android experience available, but your experience can be even better if you know about all the best features. Without further ado...

Use Call Screen to intercept spam voice calls

Spam calls have become so common, they might make up the majority of the voice calls you receive some days. But now the Pixel 3 has an ingenious and almost life-changing way to deal with spam. Using the Call Screen feature, you can have Assistant answer the call for you, letting you make sure the person on the line is someone you actually want to speak with.

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Mouse and keyboard support coming to Microsoft's Xbox next week

PC World - Sat, 2018-11-10 23:39

Ever since Microsoft launched the Xbox One, it’s been making noises about bringing the console and PC closer together—including adding mouse and keyboard support to supplement the Xbox One controller. Now Microsoft’s Xbox chief confirmed Saturday that it’s happening next week.

At X018, Microsoft revealed a list of games that will see mouse and keyboard support: Fortnite (yes, Fortnite) will be among the first, followed by Bomber CrewDeep Rock GalacticStrange BrigadeVermintide 2War Thunder and X-Morph Defense in November. Children of MortaDayZMinion MasterMoonlighterVigorWarface, and Wargroove will be added in the future. 

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Microsoft acquires CRPG heavyweights Obsidian and InXile

PC World - Sat, 2018-11-10 18:08

For years Microsoft's talked about renewing its commitment to PC gaming, with mixed results. Today's announcements might signal an actual push though. At its XO18 event in Mexico City, Microsoft announced it's acquiring not one but two PC-centric developers, Obsidian and InXile.

It's a huge play. Both spun out of legendary publisher Interplay—InXile founded by Interplay's "leader in exile" Brian Fargo, while Obsidian emerged from the ashes of Black Isle Studios. Both have been perpetually cash-strapped, turning to Kickstarter to fund Wasteland 2 and Pillars of Eternity, and involved with game crowdfunding platform Fig in some capacity.

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Apple announces iPhone X Display Module Replacement Program for phones with touch problems

Mac World - Fri, 2018-11-09 19:00

Apple on Friday announced a new repair program for owners of the iPhone X. The iPhone X Display Module Replacement Program provides a fix for those having problems with the touchscreen.

According to Apple’s support document, the issue at hand is whether the iPhone X does not respond to touch, intermittently stops responding to touch, or the screen reacts without being touched. If your iPhone X is experiencing these issues, you may be able to have it fixed for free.

The fix involves replacing the display module and the service must be done by an Apple authorized service provider or at the Apple store.

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