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This week in games: Total War: Warhammer II adds undead pirates, Amazon's MMO leaks on Pornhub

PC World - Fri, 2018-10-05 13:00

Amazon’s MMO has gone from being a rumor to being a screenshot repository to showing off (leaked) footage in mere weeks. If only all games could be so speedy.

That news, plus Surviving Mars and Total War: Warhammer II unveil expansions, Mike Morhaime departs Blizzard after 27 years, Gameumentary puts out an hour-long documentary on Divinity developer Larian, and...yeah, more Telltale layoffs.

This is gaming news for October 1 to 5.

Shining stars

This week I don’t have free games for you per se—although Shadow Warrior 2 is still available through Saturday morning. Humble’s also running its most appealing bundle in ages though, the “Humble Overwhelmingly Positive Bundle 2.” The $1 bundle is fine, with Wuppo, Simulacra, and Subsurface Circular. Beating the average is where it gets interesting though, adding Nuclear Throne, Momodora: Reverie Under Moonlight, Lisa, and Frictional’s fantastic Soma. And for $15? You’ll unlock Zachtronics’s excellent alchemy-themed puzzle game Opus Magnum as well. Pretty great deal.

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The $100 Oontz Angle 3 Ultra Bluetooth speaker is on sale for nearly 75% off today

PC World - Fri, 2018-10-05 12:06

Picking the right Bluetooth speaker can be an exercise in futility, but today Amazon is making it easy. The popular Oontz Angle 3 Ultra is on sale for $27Remove non-product link, the best price we've ever seen and nearly 75 percent off its $100 MSRP.

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The $100 Oontz Angle 3 Ultra Bluetooth speaker is on sale for nearly 75% off today

Mac World - Fri, 2018-10-05 12:06

Picking the right Bluetooth speaker can be an exercise in futility, but today Amazon is making it easy. The popular Oontz Angle 3 Ultra is on sale for $27Remove non-product link, the best price we've ever seen and nearly 75 percent off its $100 MSRP.

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The Full Nerd ep. 70: Microsoft Surface refresh analysis, inside the Windows 10 October Update

PC World - Fri, 2018-10-05 10:07

In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAdam Patrick Murray, and PCWorld’s resident Microsoft expert Mark Hachman dive deep into the slew of Surface device updates and what to expect from the big (and boringly named) Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

We start by talking about Surface, as Microsoft refreshed most of its lineup earlier this week. Mark got hands-on time with the new Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, Surface Studio 2, and Surface Headphones in New York, and he shares his impressions of all the new gear. And, well, we mock the updated-but-still-outdated CPU and GPU inside the new Studio 2 all-in-one. (That luscious display though!)

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Bait and fix: Apple is basically forcing you to get AppleCare for your new MacBook Pro

PC World - Fri, 2018-10-05 09:50
Apple has implemented a new policy that will render your MacBook Pro 'inoperative' if you try to fix it at home or through an unauthorized repair shop.

Bait and fix: Apple is basically forcing you to get AppleCare for your new MacBook Pro

Mac World - Fri, 2018-10-05 09:50

The new MacBook Pros aren’t cheap. The least expensive 13-inch model costs $1,800 and goes all the way up to $6,700 for the maxed-out 15-inch model with a 2.9GHz Intel Core i9 processor. And now there’s a hidden catch that might make them way more expensive.

Along with the high price tag and any dongles you may need to purchase to get your old USB-A devices up and running, you might be in for a rude awakening if you try to fix your new MacBook Pro. As reported by Motherboard, Apple has introduced new software locks with its new laptops that “will render the computer ‘inoperative’ unless a proprietary Apple ‘system configuration’ software is run after parts of the system are replaced.”

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Corsair's K70 MK.2 Special Edition keyboard is built for fast gaming and cheaper than ever at $50 off

PC World - Fri, 2018-10-05 09:19

One of the most beloved gaming keyboards is available at an all-time low price today. Amazon is selling a version of the Corsair K70 for $130, $50 off this particular model’s most recent price.

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The HomePod’s growing pains

Mac World - Fri, 2018-10-05 07:00

Nearly six months into having a HomePod, I made a decision to have it stop listening to me.

If you’re thinking to yourself “Well, that sounds like a fairly central feature of the device?” you’d be right. I now essentially have a very nice but rather expensive AirPlay 2 speaker. But this decision came after a steady and measured observation of how I used Apple’s smart speaker, what it does right, and what it does...less than right.

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LG V40 review: The V stands for Victory (and Very expensive)

PC World - Fri, 2018-10-05 06:34

LG's V40 comes at a time when LG desperately needs a break. After the V30, V35, and G7 all stumbled out the gate with unforgivable flaws and half-baked features, LG has gone back to the well with the V40. And wouldn't you know it, LG's finally got it right. With the changes to the screen, camera, and design, the V40 fixes early every problem I had with its predecessors.

Whether that translates into robust sales or any kind of sustained success remains to be seen, but the V40 is a phone that can stand up to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Pixel 3 XL, and even the iPhone XS Max. The penta-camera system you've heard about gives it a massive boost over the G7 without introducing too many gimmicks, and the OLED display is a giant leap over the V30's screen.

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Logitech K600 TV review: A keyboard for the couch

PC World - Fri, 2018-10-05 06:00
Logitech's keyboard-trackpad combo gets a hand from thumb-friendly navigation options.

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max review: It’s time for older iPhone owners to jump on the X bandwagon

PC World - Fri, 2018-10-05 06:00
A faster processor, new Max size and camera improvements make the iPhone XS a compelling upgrade.

Logitech G305 and G603 wireless mice review: A lifesaver for traveling gamers

PC World - Fri, 2018-10-05 06:00

Nowhere do I see technology’s relentless progress more these days than in wireless mice. When I was in college, not all that long ago, I had a wireless mouse for traveling. It cost me $30, and it barely worked. As if its error-prone laser sensor wasn’t bad enough, it was always losing connection temporarily—and at the worst moments, of course.

It soured me on the whole idea, and for years I defaulted to carrying a wired mouse with me on trips. Usually that meant something by SteelSeries or Corsair, because whatever those companies lack in elegance they make up for in durability.

But for the past six months or so I’ve packed a pair of Logitech’s wireless mice on my trips, and honestly I feel like either one is a valuable investment for the travel-prone.

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Logitech K600 TV review: A keyboard for the couch

Mac World - Fri, 2018-10-05 06:00
Logitech's keyboard-trackpad combo gets a hand from thumb-friendly navigation options.

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max review: It’s time for older iPhone owners to jump on the X bandwagon

Mac World - Fri, 2018-10-05 06:00

Long-time iPhone users should be familiar with the iPhone product release cycle by now. Usually, it works like this: Apple releases a major product, then the following year is the “s” generation of iPhones that offer incremental upgrades. In this case, the new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are the incremental upgrades to last year’s iPhone X.

The iPhone X was an exciting release, so what can the iPhone XS do to follow it up? It does plenty, but if you currently own an iPhone X, you’ll probably be fine with sitting this model out and waiting to see what happens next year. If you own an older iPhone, now’s the time to upgrade. You’ll be glad you did.

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Microsoft isn't offering the Surface Laptop 2 at the price it promised, sort of

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-04 18:21

At Microsoft’s Surface launch, Microsoft device chief Panos Panay put up a slide with minimum, “starting at” prices for the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2: $899 and $999, respectively. 

What we didn’t notice, though, was that the key to the lower prices appears to be the color of the devices in question: if you want the lowest-cost Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2, you’ll have to be satisfied with the platinum color. But it's also not quite fair to say that the new black (and cobalt blue, and burgundy) devices are considered premium colors, and will cost $100 more -- because the most basic configuration isn't offered in either of those three colors.

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Microsoft isn't offering the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 prices it promised

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-04 18:21

At Microsoft’s Surface launch, Microsoft device chief Panos Panay put up a slide with minimum, “starting at” prices for the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Studio 2: $899 and $999, respectively. 

Unfortunately, Microsoft initially tied those lowest-cost models to "Essentials" bundles that force you to buy other items along with the device, resulting in a higher total price. Microsoft appears to have removed that restriction for the Surface Pro 6 as of this article's posting, but the $999 Surface Laptop remains trapped in a higher-cost bundle.

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Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-04 16:00
A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.

Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front

Mac World - Thu, 2018-10-04 16:00
A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.

Grab Shadow Warrior 2 for free as part of GOG.com's 10th birthday celebrations

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-04 15:18

GOG.com, once known as Good Old Games, turned 10 years old this week and has been throwing a hell of a birthday party. Discounted games are all over the site at the moment, from 60 percent off The Witcher 3 and Stellaris to 75 percent off most of the Infinity Engine games.

Shadow Warrior 2 takes pride of place though. Thanks to a community vote, the 2016 shooter is free (like, to own) if you download it by Saturday morning. Head on over to GOG.com, look for the Shadow Warrior 2 banner, click the big green "Get For Free" button, and it'll add to your account.

I admittedly didn't love the sequel as much as I loved Flying Wild Hog's first Shadow Warrior reboot. There wasn't much to the story, and level design took a nosedive thanks to an emphasis on randomized encounters, replayable missions, and a tedious loot grind. That said, the shooting was still fantastic and Shadow Warrior 2 could be a lot of fun with four-person co-op. This giveaway is the perfect opportunity to rope in three friends for a fast-paced shooter that doubles as an extended dick joke.

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Apple strongly denies Bloomberg’s Chinese hacking report

Mac World - Thu, 2018-10-04 14:28

On Thursday, Bloomberg published a bombshell article uncovering an extraordinary hardware hacking effort by state-sponsored Chinese agents. “The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies” details successful efforts by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to implant tiny chips into the motherboards of servers made by Super Micro, to compromise those systems and give them access. It’s an extensive piece of reporting, too complex to fully summarize here. To really understand all the details, you should read the original article.

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