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Samsung's $1,000 Galaxy Note 9 makes Apple's $1,000 iPhone X seem like a bargain

Mac World - Fri, 2018-08-10 11:03

When it comes to rumors, Samsung might have Apple beat. There have been so many leaks about the Galaxy Note 9 over the past few months—some directly from Samsung itself—that when the phone finally landed yesterday, no more surprises remained.

Except the price, that is. Just like the iPhone X, Samsung’s newest phone starts at $1,000 (technically a penny below, but who’s counting), and suddenly we have a race to the top. And it’s one that Samsung is winning hands-down: The top-of-the-line Note 9 costs $1,250, $100 more than the most expensive iPhone X you can buy.

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The Wemo smart light switch is $15 off today

PC World - Fri, 2018-08-10 10:25

A smart light switch gives you control over your lights from anywhere, and it’s a great way for smart home beginners to begin building their connected setup. Today, the popular Wemo light switch is $35 on AmazonRemove non-product link, down from a list price of $50.

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The Wemo smart light switch is $15 off today

Mac World - Fri, 2018-08-10 10:25
Use either Alexa or Google Assistant to control your lights—no smart bulb necessary.

Get a Lifetime Of Heimdal Pro Anti-Malware For $45 (90% Off)

PC World - Fri, 2018-08-10 09:55

Regardless of your browsing habits, malware is always a threat when you're surfing online. While there's no shortage of anti-malware tools out there, few offer as seamless and comprehensive coverage as Heimdal PRO Anti-Malware, and lifetime subscriptions are on sale today for $44.99.

Discreet but effective, Heimdal PRO Anti-Malware works silently in the background to filter all your incoming and outgoing internet traffic and block malware communication, allowing you to go about your business while your computer is shielded from 2nd generation malware. You can surf knowing you're protected from ransomware, malicious redirects, DNS hijacking, and other cyber threats; and Heimdal keeps you in the loop with actionable details on your computer's security status.

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Get A Lifetime Of Next FlipBook Maker Pro For $29 (90% Off)

Mac World - Fri, 2018-08-10 09:53

There are many professional solutions to present your files, but sometimes, the simplest way is the best. With a digital flipbook, you’ll be able to, well, flip through files as if they were a book.

A digital flipbook has many uses. For example, as a college professor, you can use it to share course material with your students. Alternatively, it can be used to present reports to a manager. If you’re looking for an app to create professional digital flipbooks, consider Next FlipBook Maker Pro for Mac, which can be found here for 90% off.

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Grab an 8GB Radeon RX 580 and three games for just $220

PC World - Fri, 2018-08-10 09:39

It’s Friday! As we're all turning our thoughts to the weekend and the gaming potential it holds, today’s a good day to upgrade your gaming rig. Newegg’s got anASRock 8GB AMD Radeon RX 580 for $220Remove non-product link after mail-in rebate–(it's $240 up front). Plus you get three free games with your purchase including Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, Star Control: Origins, and Strange Brigade.

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How to add more contextual search services in macOS

Mac World - Fri, 2018-08-10 08:00

When you select text in nearly any program in macOS and then right-click, a Search With Google option appears. Select it, and Safari comes frontmost with the results of that Google search. But what if you want other options?

Macworld reader Forrest finds this particularly irritating in Apple Mail, given that he’s switched from Google to DuckDuckGo for all his searching.

You should be able to change this in Safari: Safari > Preferences > Search and select one of the four search engines listed there, which includes DuckDuckGo. That doesn’t appear to be working for Forrest, so the following may help.

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Safari lets you change the system-wide default for search engine, but only lists four choices.

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Holedown isn't free, but that's partly why it's fun

Mac World - Fri, 2018-08-10 07:00

Martin Jonasson, the creator of the popular ricochet game Holedown, says that the usual business of “freemium” games like cooldowns and consumables rubs him the wrong way. He acknowledges that some games implement free-to-play monetization systems well, but he’s turned off by how they force him to serve “multiple masters.”

“You can’t only focus on making the player’s experience positive [under that model]; you have to ensure there’s some money trickling in as well,” he tells me. “That’s a concern I’m happy to avoid.”

Focusing on the experience alone has paid off. Holedown only costs $3.99, but it’s simple and endlessly entertaining. It isn’t hard: Its main challenges deal with learning how to aim and collecting enough crystals to shoot more balls at once and move on to even deeper planets. It’s a “delightful spectacle of bouncing,” in Jonasson’s own words, and I see no reason to dispute them. It relaxes more than it frustrates, in large part because there’s rarely any question that your failures spring from your own mistakes rather than resisting subtle pushes to cash shops.

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Fall preview: 15 games we're excited for in 2018

PC World - Fri, 2018-08-10 06:04

The bad news: Two of the most-hyped games this fall aren’t coming to PC. Not yet anyway, and maybe not ever: Red Dead Redemption 2 and Insomniac’s Spider-Man. But now for the good news: A staggering number of excellent games are coming to PC this holiday season. Like seriously, too many for any one person to play.

We’ve rounded up 15 of the PC games we’re most looking forward to this fall. While a few of the usual heavy hitters make the list (Forza), we’ve also tried to pick out a few surprises, or games you might not have heard of, like The Occupation. Because hey, you definitely know Shadow of the Tomb Raider is coming out this fall, but have you heard the good word about Outer Wilds?

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Nuheara IQbuds Boost review: Fine tune and augment your hearing experience

PC World - Fri, 2018-08-10 06:00
These Bluetooth headphones sound great with music, and they can help compensate for minor hearing loss. Think of them as hearing aid lite.

Nuheara IQbuds Boost review: Fine tune and augment your hearing experience

Mac World - Fri, 2018-08-10 06:00
These Bluetooth headphones sound great with music, and they can help compensate for minor hearing loss. Think of them as hearing aid lite.

Corel Painter 2019 review: Corel gets back to basics with an interface- and performance-centric upgrade

Mac World - Fri, 2018-08-10 06:00

When Corel took stock of Corel Painter, the perennial go-to app for digital artistry, the company decided that for the 2019 version, it would concentrate not on flashy headlining new features, but on enhancing app interface and performance.

The new Painter now joins other visual creation and effects software by implementing a dark interface and pairing that with a complete app design overhaul. Painter 2019 also delivers speed boosts and features that simplify and amplify creative workflows. Oh, and there are 36 new brushes and a new brush category.

Compared with last year's upgrade, which showcased complex new brush and texture technologies, Corel's aim with Painter 2019 is more modest, but still solid.

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Which Mac should you buy?

Mac World - Thu, 2018-08-09 17:30

If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re thinking about buying a new Mac and may be in need of a little guidance. Fortunately, we’re quite familiar with Apple’s Macs, and we’re happy to help you choose the right Mac for you.

Before we proceed, we should specifically address Apple’s desktop Macs. It’s been a while since the company has updated the Mac mini and Mac Pro. While our advice for each Mac model provides guidance as to which model you should buy, you might actually consider waiting to see if Apple releases a new Mac mini or Mac Pro, or consider buying an iMac.

This buying guide provides an overview of all the Mac models available, and what each model is best suited for. To get more details, you can read the full review by clicking the product name in the product boxes that have mouse ratings.

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Can your Android phone play Fortnite? We list them all

PC World - Thu, 2018-08-09 17:03

Epic Games’ Fortnite is eating the world, and now the battle royale game (and occasional golf simulator) is finally coming to Android. Samsung Galaxy devices hold exclusive access to the Fortnite beta for now, but Epic will start rolling out invites to owners of other phones “over the next few days.”

Can your phone even play Fortnite for Android though? The game requires some serious graphical horsepower despite its cartoonish looks.

Here’s how Android users can gain access to Fortnite, followed by the full list of phones that can play Fornite on Android.

How to play Fortnite on Android

To celebrate the launch of the Galaxy Note 9, Samsung Galaxy owners can play the Fortnite beta right now. Starting today, anyone who has a Galaxy S7 or later, the Galaxy Note 8, or Galaxy Tab S3 or S4 will find a Fortnite icon in Samsung’s Game Launcher app. (You can find it in your app drawer.) Just tap it to start downloading the game.

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Best MacBook: Which Mac laptop should you buy?

Mac World - Thu, 2018-08-09 15:30

You're planning on buying a new Mac laptop. So you head over to your local Apple store, or you peruse the pages of Apple’s website, and you find yourself with money to spend but no idea on which MacBook to buy.

Don’t worry! That’s why we’re here. In this guide, we’ll go over Apple’s current MacBook lineup, point out their differences and similarities, and provide you with the information you need to pick the right MacBook for you. You can get more in-depth information in our reviews of the MacBook and the MacBook Pro.

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Samsung's Galaxy Home smart speaker will combine Bixby with SmartThings

PC World - Thu, 2018-08-09 14:37
Samsung says its Galaxy Home smart speaker will deliver high-quality audio with an integrated smart home hub.

Samsung's Galaxy Home smart speaker will combine Bixby with SmartThings

Mac World - Thu, 2018-08-09 14:37
Samsung says its Galaxy Home smart speaker will deliver high-quality audio with an integrated smart home hub.

Get the 21.5-inch 2017 iMac for $250 off at Best Buy today

Mac World - Thu, 2018-08-09 13:25

Best Buy is already offering some cool deals as a part of its Apple Back-to-School Event, but today the retailer is also letting you snag a 21-inch Retina 4K iMac for $1,099.99Remove non-product link as part of its Deals of the Day. That’s $200 off the regular retail price, and you can take an additional $50 off if you happen to be a student.

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Watch out, Steam? Discord starts selling PC games, unveils a universal game launcher

PC World - Thu, 2018-08-09 13:00

Mere weeks after Valve launched a blatant Discord clone, Discord is striking back. The company will begin selling PC games directly inside its supercharged communications software, Discord announced today, as well as offer access to select games as part of its $5 per month Nitro subscription.

The Discord Store’s beta rollout starts small, however. Today, 50,000 Canadian users running Windows PCs will see it offered as a new tab on the Discord home screen.

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Make Stunning Animations With Animatron Studio Pro, Now Just $50

PC World - Thu, 2018-08-09 12:45

You don't need to be a coding guru to create your own digital animations. Animatron Studio Pro is giving users the means to make mobile-friendly, entertaining animations, regardless of their experience levels, in an intuitive browser environment. Lifetime subscriptions are on sale today for $49.99, more than 90 percent off the usual price.

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