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Yes, HBO should be more like Netflix

Mac World - Thu, 2018-07-12 06:00
HBO needn't abandon its quality-over-quantity ideals, but AT&T is right to call for change.

Macworld Podcast: Join us on Thursday, July 12, at 8:30 a.m. Pacific

Mac World - Thu, 2018-07-12 02:21

There’s a lot to talk about in regards to Apple products. Join us with your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 613.

Watch us live

This show will be live on Thursday, July 12, at 8:30 a.m. Pacific. Due to scheduling conflicts, this week’s show strays from our usual broadcast time. The regular time for the live broadcast of the Macworld Podcast is on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Pacific. You can watch on Twitter via Periscope or on the Macworld YouTube channel.

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Want more control over autoplay video? Windows Insider Build 17713 tries that and much more

PC World - Wed, 2018-07-11 19:36

If you're a Microsoft Edge user, you might find that Windows 10 Insider Build 17713 offers a welcome addition: the ability to manage autoplaying video on a site-by-site basis. 

The new Windows build isn't heavy on new features for consumers, though business users may find some interesting additions: Web Sign-in, Fast Sign-in, and even using biometric logins to log into a remote PC. Microsoft did make some enhancements to how Edge uses PDF files, and even Notepad.

Here's a look at what's new:

Autoplay, PDF controls within Edge

While Google's Chrome and other browsers have begun offering users the flexibility to decide what to do with autoplaying video on websites, Microsoft's Edge hasn't followed suit, until now. As part of Edge's new per-site controls, you'll have the freedom to decide whether video autoplays. To access the controls, click the small lock-shaped icon in the browser. 

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PCWorld is streaming The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset on Twitch!

PC World - Wed, 2018-07-11 17:53

Leif has been dumping plenty of hours into the new expasion for The Elder Scrolls Online called Summerset. In this live stream we'll be venturing in the new delves, checking out some world bosses, and just do some general expolration!

Watch live video from PCWorldUS on www.twitch.tv

Follow PCWorld's Twitch channel (or YouTube) so you don't miss out on this or future live streams. Tune in every week for podcast's such as The Full Nerd as well as new and old gaming alike!

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PCWorld is streaming Dark Souls: Remastered on Twitch!

PC World - Wed, 2018-07-11 17:53

Dark Souls is know for it's punishing difficulty and precise gameplay. While Adam has tried out many enteries in the series Dan has not, and we are looking forward seeing how he handles it live on Twitch!

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Tune in every week for podcast's such as The Full Nerd as well as new and old gaming alike!

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Nvidia Shield TV levels up to full-featured PC gaming with free GeForce Now beta

PC World - Wed, 2018-07-11 16:34

Nvidia’s dueling GeForce Now services just got a whole less complicated—and a whole lot more appealing for Shield TV owners. Originally created as a Netflix-like all-you-can-play subscription service for Nvidia’s set-top box, the waters became murkier with the beta launch of the wildly different GeForce Now for PCs and Macs, which essentially runs the PC games you already own on an Nvidia server in the cloud. Today, Nvidia announced that the services are unified. Shield TV now runs the same version of GeForce Now as the PC and Mac.

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Sonos update adds AirPlay 2 support

Mac World - Wed, 2018-07-11 15:37

On Wednesday, Sonos released support for Apple’s AirPlay 2, giving a dramatic boost in functionality to certain Sonos smart speakers via a software update. If you’ve got a Sonos One, Beam, Playbase, or second-generation Play:5, you’ll need to update your Sonos iOS app and then use the new app to install the software update.

This is a big step forward in flexibility for Sonos products—keep in mind that Sonos speakers don’t do Bluetooth or AirPlay 1, so they’ve been pretty firmly locked in their own universe unless you added a dongle or ran a software bridge. But once a Sonos speaker gets AirPlay 2, you can do a lot more than just play audio directly to that speaker from a Mac or iOS device.

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Are pigs flying? Because Apple is reportedly updating the Mac mini this year

Mac World - Wed, 2018-07-11 13:42

It’s time to get excited, Mac fans. As reported by 9to5Mac, oft-accurate Ming-Chi Kuo of TF International Securities is back with another report on Apple’s ambitions for 2018. In addition to the expected iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch updates, Kuo says, Apple is reportedly planning to update one of the most beloved and forgotten members of the Mac lineup: the Mac mini.

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Take an impressive $24 off refurbished AirPods today at Best Buy

Mac World - Wed, 2018-07-11 13:38

If you don't mind buying refurbished units, it's a good day to get your ears on some AirPods. As one of its Deals of the Day, Best Buy is currently selling a refurbished set of Apple's beloved true wireless earbuds for just $135.99, down from the usual price of $159.99. They're Geek Squad refurbished rather than Apple refurbished, but on the bright side, Best Buy's generous return and exchange policy still applies.

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iPad 2018 rumors: 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros with Face ID expected this fall

Mac World - Wed, 2018-07-11 12:50

Updated 7/11/18: Uncommonly accurate analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple is preparing 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pros with no home button and Face ID.

When it comes to the tablet market, there’s the iPad and there’s everybody else. Apple dominates the market, especially in the premium price range. To hold on to its position, Apple has been kept things fresh with new models like the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and new technologies like Apple Pencil and ProMotion.

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Put Alexa in your car with this awesome Prime sale on Anker's Roav VIVA 2-port USB charger

PC World - Wed, 2018-07-11 10:41

Amazon is continuing its week of pre-Prime Day sales with a killer deal on an awesome car charger. Anker's Alexa-enabled 2-port USB Roav VIVA is on sale on Amazon today for $34 for Prime members, down from a list price of $60 and the lowest price we've ever seen.

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Put Alexa in your car with this awesome Prime sale on Anker's Roav VIVA 2-port USB charger

Mac World - Wed, 2018-07-11 10:41

Amazon is continuing its week of pre-Prime Day sales with a killer deal on an awesome car charger. Anker's Alexa-enabled 2-port USB Roav VIVA is on sale on Amazon today for $34 for Prime members, down from a list price of $60 and the lowest price we've ever seen.

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How to get Amazon Prime for free for Prime Day

PC World - Wed, 2018-07-11 09:30

When Amazon’s Prime Day starts Monday, July 16 at 12 p.m. Pacific, you’ll need to be a Prime member to partake of the deals. Prime is Amazon’s $119 per year service that provides two-day shipping on all orders, as well as a ton of extras like the Kindle lending library and Prime Video.

Good news, though: You may not need to pay for membership at all if you just want it long enough to take advantage of Amazon’s annual shopping extravaganza. Here are a few ways to get a short-term Prime membership to cash in on the savings.

Amazon Method One: The standard 30-day free trial

If you’ve never tried Amazon Prime or haven’t tried it in a while, you may be eligible for a free, 30-day trial. After the 30 days, Amazon will charge you for the membership—either $13 per month or $119 per year—so don’t forget to cancel before the trial is up.

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How to get Amazon Prime for free for Prime Day

Mac World - Wed, 2018-07-11 09:30
Prime Day starts on Monday, July 16. If you're not a Prime member already, here's how to become one without paying a cent before the big day.

ASRock's bundling an 8GB Radeon RX 580 graphics card with a B350 Ryzen motherboard for $300

PC World - Wed, 2018-07-11 09:28

ASRock is a big name in motherboards but only recently started making graphics cards. Now the company's leveraging its traditional expertise to offer a tantalizing bundle for gamers--especially if you're building a new PC from the ground up.

Until Thursday, you can get an 8GB ASRock Phantom Gaming X Radeon RX 580 for $300. That's a pretty average price right now for an 8GB RX 580, but to sweeten the deal Newegg's throwing in a $90 ASRock AB350 Pro4 motherboard for free. As long as you need that motherboard, this bundle means you're getting ASRock Phantom Gaming X for far below the 8GB RX 580's original $240 MSRP, in an era where AMD GPUs are still selling for significantly over list prices. The deal ends on Thursday.

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Best PDF editors: Reviewed and rated

PC World - Wed, 2018-07-11 08:45

Though it’s nearly 25 years old, the PDF may be more useful than ever in our increasingly multi-device, cross-platform world. Much of the time you can get by with a free PDF reader to review and comment on these files. But inevitably, particularly in a business setting, you’ll need to edit a PDF file and that usually requires upgrading to a premium PDF editor.

Historically, Adobe Acrobat has been the best option, but it has also been the most expensive, often putting it out of reach of individuals and small businesses. That has given rise to a wealth of alternatives with varying features and costs. We looked at six PDF editors to see what they offer and how they stack up against each other.

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MacOS: How to change the default app for a file

Mac World - Wed, 2018-07-11 07:00

Back in the pre-Mac OS X and macOS days, Apple’s System 9 and earlier relied on hidden metadata to associate files with apps. File extensions, those bits of text that follow a period at the end of a file (like .doc, .html, or .jpg) were optional, although often used for compatibility with other platforms and with web. On the web, file extensions are effectively mandatory so a browser knows how to handle a file appropriately.

Macworld reader Rick would like to monkey with that. He has a number of HTML templates, but to differentiate them from his production .html files, he puts the suffix .tt on them instead. Browsers don’t recognize these files by default. There’s a way to force an association between a file type and an application, but that application still has to recognize the extension.

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Ecobee Switch+ review: This powerful smart light switch is an Amazon Echo in disguise

PC World - Wed, 2018-07-11 06:00
It’s not perfect, but who wants another hockey puck just to talk to Alexa?

Ecobee Switch+ review: This powerful smart light switch is an Amazon Echo in disguise

Mac World - Wed, 2018-07-11 06:00
It’s not perfect, but who wants another hockey puck just to talk to Alexa?

9 iPhone apps for better-looking selfies

Mac World - Wed, 2018-07-11 06:00
Facetune 2 (free, in-app purchases available)

Image by Jackie Dove/IDG

Facetune 2 is all selfies all the time, and as a specialist in beautifying faces, this app gives you the look you seek, whether it’s a natural expression for a business portrait or a more airbrushed and glamorous shot for friends and family.

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