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Apple adds live news listings to TV app on iOS and Apple TV

Mac World - Fri, 2018-02-09 13:57

Apple has updated the prominent Watch Now section of the TV app to feature live news channels. iPhone and iPad users with iOS 11.2.5 and Apple TV users with tvOS 11.2.5 will see the change immediately.

Finding the new section is easy. From the Watch Now tab, scroll down past the Up Next section to the What to Watch recommendations. This list is dynamic, but it currently shows a row of TV shows and movies, then a PyeongChang 2018 row for Winter Olympics coverage. Below that is the new News row. Multiple channels are represented, with a red "Live" banner on the thumbnail image.

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To watch a live news feed, you'll need that network's own news app.

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How to play DVDs in Windows 10 for free

PC World - Fri, 2018-02-09 09:34

You can play a DVD in Windows 10 for free, with a little help that’s probably not from Microsoft. I’ll tell you how Microsoft’s solution sort-of works for some people. Then I’ll tell you about the much better alternative called VLC that anyone can use, and is still being updated regularly. Best of all, it’s free!

Updated February 9, 2018, to mention improvements included in VLC 3.0.

RIP Windows Media Center

When Windows 10 came along, it left behind Windows Media Center, a utility for home theater PCs that let you play DVDs on your computer. Windows 8 didn’t come with it either, but users running Windows 8 Pro could still install Windows Media Center.

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VLC 3.0 adds Chromecast support and more as the best free media player gets even better

PC World - Fri, 2018-02-09 09:01

The best free media player is getting even better. After three years of development, VLC 3.0 ‘Ventari’ is rolling out to all platforms, and it’s packed full of goodies such as Chromecast support. The new version is available from Videolan.org’s dedicated page for VLC 3.0 and is rolling out to your device’s respective app store.

The latest version of VLC contains a lot of great additions, as well as a tweaked UI. Chromecast discovery tops the list. It’s only available on Windows desktop and Android right now, but Videolan says the feature’s coming to VLC’s iOS and the Windows Store apps in the future.

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How to create custom Input & Error Messages In Excel

PC World - Fri, 2018-02-09 08:00

In Excel, custom input or error messages explain the rules for each field to prevent data-entry errors. Imagine, for instance, that it's your job to create, maintain, and assign user IDs and passwords for your company employees. You create a spreadsheet to perform this task. Then you get transferred. So now you have to delegate this task to someone else. The best way to ensure the job is done right is to create input and error messages. 

For the User IDs, first create an Error Alert that says, "No duplicates allowed." Then create an Input Message that, when displayed, explains what kind of data can be entered. And last, a backup Error Message for column E that says: "Only 7 digits allowed."

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ZMI PowerPack 20000 review: A speedy charger for your USB-C MacBook or MacBook Pro

Mac World - Fri, 2018-02-09 07:00

Before the USB Power Delivery 2.0 spec became reality, battery packs maxed out at a charge of about 15 Watts (5 volts at 3 amps). PD 2.0 increased the max to 100W, but most of the batteries implementing PD 2.0 strike a balance of performance, heat, cost, and compactness by outputting about 30W. Some recharge at the same rate while others are much slower.

However, the PD 2.0-based ZMI PowerPack 20000 ($80) offers 40 watts of power over USB-C to charge laptops while they’re in active use. And the 72 watt-hour/20,000 milliampere-hour PowerPack 20000 recharges itself at 45W. It’s faster in both directions than nearly every USB-C battery pack on the market.

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Yeti: How a Google game console could take on Xbox, PlayStation, and Steam

PC World - Fri, 2018-02-09 06:37

It's called "Yeti," and it's the code name attached to an intriguing rumor about Google’s gaming ambitions that emerged this week. The rumor suggests the company is developing its own cloud-based gaming service and home console. As The Information reported, the so-called service would stream games into users’ homes from remote servers, allowing users to play on a Chromecast or a new console made by Google.

A game console from Google could be a big deal, akin to how Microsoft transformed the gaming business after launching the Xbox in 2001. Still, this week’s reporting offered scant details how Google’s gaming service might work, what its hardware might look like, and when we’ll see the fruits of these efforts.

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Romantic movies to stream this Valentine’s Day

PC World - Fri, 2018-02-09 06:00
Here are 20 great movies to watch with the one you love.

HP Omen 15 (2017) review: A good laptop that made some bad decisions

PC World - Fri, 2018-02-09 06:00

I’m torn over the HP Omen 15.

Like the larger HP Omen 17 we reviewed (and heartily recommended) in late 2017, the Omen 15 isn’t the flashiest notebook around, nor the fastest. It doesn’t stand out from the wider crowd of gaming laptops with spectacular features. But nevertheless, it's a solid, attractive all-around gaming notebook that’s light enough to actually carry with you. That’s a rare combination in gaming notebook

Yet a few puzzling design decisions in the specific configuration we’re reviewing tarnish its luster somewhat. One aspect might be a complete show-stopper depending on how you use your gaming laptop. The HP Omen 15 serves as a strong reminder that yes, the configuration you choose when buying a PC can matter deeply.

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SnapPower SwitchLight review: Better than any nightlight

PC World - Fri, 2018-02-09 06:00
Don’t stumble around in the dark looking for the light switch.

Romantic movies to stream this Valentine’s Day

Mac World - Fri, 2018-02-09 06:00
Here are 20 great movies to watch with the one you love.

SnapPower SwitchLight review: Better than any nightlight

Mac World - Fri, 2018-02-09 06:00
Don’t stumble around in the dark looking for the light switch.

6 things to do to prepare for the Apple HomePod

Mac World - Fri, 2018-02-09 06:00

If you’ve pre-ordered a HomePod, the big day has finally arrived. Now all you need to do is wait for your the delivery person to show up at your house, slowly pull it out of the box, and get your groove on. But while you wait, you can make sure you’re all set up for HomePod’s arrival. Check off the following items on your list and you won’t have to do much when HomePod arrives except enjoy the music:

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Ahead of the Oscars, Apple offers $19.99 movie bundles and discounts

Mac World - Thu, 2018-02-08 17:44

The Oscars are a little less than a month away, and Apple wants to get you into the spirit (and maybe sell a few Apple TV 4K boxes) with Oscar-themed discount bundles on award-winning films.

There are eight "award winning bundles," each priced at $19.99 and consisting of four movies. Five bucks a film isn't a bad price to own a movie on iTunes—that's about what you normally pay to rent one.

In addition to the bundles, Apple has discounts on a number of past major award winners. Here's the list of what's on offer.

$19.99 award-winning movie bundles

Classic Best Picture CollectionGone With the Wind, Casablanca, An American in Paris, Ben-Hur

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How to watch the Olympics in 4K HDR

PC World - Thu, 2018-02-08 17:40
If you have the right hardware and pay TV subscription, you can catch some of the action from the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in 4K and HDR (high dynamic range).

How to watch the Olympics in 4K HDR

Mac World - Thu, 2018-02-08 17:40
If you have the right hardware and pay TV subscription, you can catch some of the action from the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in 4K and HDR (high dynamic range).

First Look: Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition cleverly condenses the epic RPG for iOS

Mac World - Thu, 2018-02-08 15:30

You’ll find loads and loads of Final Fantasy games on the App Store—18 of them, by my count—but nearly all of the ported classics from past consoles are two decades old or more, even if the graphics have been polished a bit. Meanwhile, the newer mobile-exclusive entries are widely hit-or-miss in quality, with none as essential as the numbered classics.

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Dell is selling a 24-inch 1440p G-Sync monitor for less than $400 today

PC World - Thu, 2018-02-08 12:39

The graphics card pricing crisis looms over gamers like a nightmare. Zombie machines are using as many GPUs as possible for cryptocurrency mining. But you know what part of a gaming setup isn't in crisis? Monitors.

Dell has a sale today on a 24-inch 1440p G-Sync monitor for $380. This deal also includes a $50 Dell promotional e-card (essentially, a Dell.com store credit) that expires 90 days after issuance. Dell's sticker price for the S2417DG is $570, and the best price on Amazon right now is $423 from a third-party seller. So you're saving either $50 or $200, depending on how you look at it. If you think you can make use of the promotional credit, you'll save even more.

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iOS source code leak could be the worst Apple's ever had to deal with

PC World - Thu, 2018-02-08 09:46
The source code the the heavily-guarded iOS iBoot system has leaked on GitHub, bringing with it a major headache for Apple.

iOS source code leak could be the worst Apple's ever had to deal with

Mac World - Thu, 2018-02-08 09:46

Apple is used to fighting leaks about its upcoming products and OS releases, but it’s never had to deal with anything like this before. An anonymous user on the popular code-sharing server GitHub has posted a major component of the iOS source code for all to see, and some experts are fearing it could be “the biggest leak in history.”

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How tighter ties between Google and Nest can bring new value to the Google Tax

PC World - Thu, 2018-02-08 09:41

Google announced yesterday that Nest will no longer be a standalone division of parent company Alphabet. Instead, the team that makes luxury smart home gadgets will live under the Google umbrella in an effort to tighten the integration between the gadgets in our homes and the Google Assistant that lives in our phones.

On the surface, it seems like a beautiful marriage of hardware and AI. As Google so succinctly puts it, the goal is to “create a home that’s safer, friendlier to the environment, smarter and even helps you save money.” But in reality there’s much more at stake. Google has designs on rivaling Apple in the high-end hardware space, but right now many of the Made by Google products are expensive but not necessarily premium.

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