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How to catch March Madness without paying for cable TV

PC World - Thu, 2018-03-08 23:30
Our cord-cutter's guide will show you how you can watch every game in the tournament for free.

Get a $250 9.7-inch iPad with Best Buy's Tax Time Tech Sale, along with other Apple goodies

Mac World - Thu, 2018-03-08 16:40

With its three-day Tax Time Tech Sale, Best Buy is on a mission to make tax time something to look forward to. Luckily for us, many of the best deals center on some of Apple's most popular products, ranging from an impressive offer for a 9.7-inch iPad to respectable prices for MacBook Airs, Apple TVs, and Beats headphones.


First, about that iPad. Best Buy is offering the 32GB 2017 9.7-inch iPad with Wi-Fi for just $250, which is an agreeable $79 down from the $329 it's usually listed for. But 32GB frankly isn't a lot of room these days, so if you've got a bigger budget to work with, we recommend grabbing the 128GB model for $350, which is down from the usual price of $430. The available models come in either space gray, silver, or gold.

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H1Z1, PUBG's battle royale predecessor, is going free-to-play today

PC World - Thu, 2018-03-08 14:58

What even is H1Z1 these days? Answering that question is harder than you might think, if you haven’t been paying attention. Once upon a time, there was a game called H1Z1, with no subtitle. It was a zombie-survival game in the vein of DayZ. That game developed a mode called “King of the Kill,” a battle royale mode when the genre was still basically unheard of—and that mode then proved so popular it spun off into its own game, H1Z1: King of the Kill. Then later the spin-off proved so popular that developer Daybreak renamed the original game to Just Survive. The battle royale game dropped the King of the Kill moniker, becoming just H1Z1. Phew.

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Rid Your Mac of Duplicate Files With Gemini 2—Now 30% off

Mac World - Thu, 2018-03-08 13:58

We create new files on our Macs every day, and inevitably a few of them become duplicates, taking up precious storage space and slowing down performance. Gemini 2 for Mac can help you locate these duplicates and recover the storage space they occupy with extreme precision, and it's on sale today for 30% off.

The 2017 Red Dot Design Award Winner for Best User Interface, Gemini 2 for Mac is an intelligent duplicate finder that sweeps your Mac from top to bottom and flags duplicates for deletion. It learns what you delete and what you choose to keep to continually improve the cleaning process. Plus, it offers an extra layer of security by moving duplicates to the Trash, so you can bring them back in a click if you find yourself deleting the wrong files.

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Access 3,000 Hours of IT Career Training For 90% Off

PC World - Thu, 2018-03-08 13:52

It's never too late to learn a new skill, but with the host of online learning classes out there, it can be challenging to decide on which direction to go in. iCollege IT Training makes the decision easier by offering its users access to more than 3,000 hours of training on everything from IT security to accounting and even project management, allowing them to experiment with a host of topics and see which ones stick. Plus, lifetime subscriptions are available for more than 90% off their usual price.

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Intel 800P Optane SSD: Bleeding-edge pain without bleeding-edge gain

PC World - Thu, 2018-03-08 12:30

Intel’s Optane SSD 800P, like previous Optane products, boasts best-in-class longevity and very fast random access. But the rest of its performance numbers are mundane at best, it's only available in two very small capacities, and the price is, ahem, up there.

Even die-hard early adopters will experience some sticker shock paying $129 for 58GB or $199 for 118GB, or $2.22 and $1.68 per gigabyte, respectively. Compared to the other NVMe drives in our SSD buying guide, which average around 50 cents per gigabyte, the 800P is over-priced and under-powered. After the lightning-fast Intel 900P we recently reviewed (currently $600 on Newegg), it's a real disappointment.

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Price elasticity: Contortions over an iPhone X survey

Mac World - Thu, 2018-03-08 10:00

Your little game is up, Apple! We have learned the secret of the iPhone X!

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and free-range rubber chicken farm, Gordon Kelly has the goods.

“Apple Report Reveals Expensive New iPhone Secret.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Philip.)

Not to ruin the reveal, but what’s the expensive new iPhone secret? It’s expensive.

It’s OK. Very little of this makes sense.

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Get your FreeSync on with this unheard-of deal on a 27-inch 1080p LG monitor

PC World - Thu, 2018-03-08 09:50

If you have an AMD Radeon FreeSync-compatible Radeon graphics card or juiced-up processors like the new Ryzen 3 and 5 APUs, then you should do yourself a favor and get a FreeSync monitor to go with them for a buttery-smooth gaming experience. Today, Newegg's selling an LG 27-inch 1080p FreeSync display for a great price. The LG 27MP59G is available for $140 with the discount code EMCSPSPW3.

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Samsung Galaxy S9+ camera test: How it compares against the rest

PC World - Thu, 2018-03-08 09:18

Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S9 family has arrived with what Samsung is calling a “reimagined” camera. Just like the Galaxy S8 before it, the main rear camera on the S9+ features a Dual Pixel 12MP sensor with Optical Image Stabilization. But this time around, Samsung has introduced Dual Aperture technology as well. Is it a game changer? That’s what I intended to find out.

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All our testing mimics how people use phones in the real world.

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First Look: The Sims Mobile puts a fresher freemium spin on the familiar life game

Mac World - Thu, 2018-03-08 09:00

The Sims is one of the most popular game franchises of all time, but the life-simulator sandbox has mostly excelled on Mac and PC, along with consoles. Granted, The Sims FreePlay—the mobile version that first launched way back in 2011—has racked up more than 200 million downloads, but many series fans considered it a shell of the fuller premium editions.

That’s why this week’s release of The Sims Mobile for iOS (also Android) is such a big deal. As its title suggests, The Sims Mobile aims to feel more like the classic Sims experience that millions know and love, albeit on your iPhone or iPad. You’ll create a character from scratch, build up your home, take on a career, make friends and create a family, and live out your days one task at a time.

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iPhone X Animoji vs. Galaxy S9 AR Emoji: Creation, tracking, sharing, and karaoke

Mac World - Thu, 2018-03-08 08:30

Apple’s Animoji launched only three months ago, but there’s already a competitor. Samsung introduced AR Emoji on the Galaxy S9, and it brings the same fun and whimsical animated avatars to Android—with a few tricks that iPhone X doesn’t have. So which one is better? Let’s take a look. 

Animoji vs. AR Emoji: Creation

Apple and Samsung take vastly different approaches to their emoji. On iPhone X, they live in Messages, and you can either create a 10-second video or a sticker within the app. On the Galaxy S9, AR Emoji live in the camera app, and you need to create a video or a sticker there before you can send it to your friends. AR Emoji videos can be any length you want, though the file sizes can get pretty big. Animoji videos, meanwhile, are limited to 10 seconds.

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iPhone X Animoji vs. Galaxy S9 AR Emoji: Creation, tracking, sharing, and karaoke

PC World - Thu, 2018-03-08 08:30
Apple's Animoji on iPhone X has a competitor in AR Emoji on the Samsung Galaxy S9. Here's how they stack up.

How to restore missing expansion triangles in the Finder

Mac World - Thu, 2018-03-08 08:00

One of the most basic things you can do in the Finder in list view is expand a folder by clicking a triangle to the left of its name. This unfurls its contents. (Option-click and it expands all sub-folders.)

However, Macworld reader Walter writes in on behalf of a friend whose triangles are missing! This isn’t a geometric problem, but rather one of organization I expect. Apple offers two separate ways to display items in a Finder window in list view: Sort By and Arrange By. They’re two different kinds of things easily mistaken for each other.


When using Arrange By in the Finder in the list view, folders don’t have expansion triangles.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 review: Incrementally better in all the right places

PC World - Thu, 2018-03-08 08:00

Samsung’s Galaxy S9 is a strange breed of smartphone. With a Snapdragon 845 processor, great camera, and 18:9 screen, it has all the trappings of a fantastic 2018 handset. Yet, at the same time, it’s remarkably similar to the Galaxy S8 that it replaces. In fact, it’s so much like its predecessor, issues we might normally overlook become all the more obvious this second time around.

Samsung’s hook with the Galaxy S9 is a “reimagined” camera, but the camera’s new features—namely Dual Aperture, Super Slow-mo, and AR Emoji—are equal parts gimmick and catch-up to competing models. And because Samsung is limiting the dual camera and Live Portrait mode to the larger Plus model, the S9 (the phone I’m reviewing here) feels less like a new phone than a mid-cycle refresh. As such, the S9 is a perfectly fine entry for the first new premium phone of 2018, but there’s nothing here that breaks exciting new ground for other phones to follow.

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Xiaomi 10,000mAh Mi Power Bank Pro review: A battery pack that lives up to its name

Mac World - Thu, 2018-03-08 07:00
Not only is the Mi Power Bank Pro small enough to tote around everywhere, it's capable of charging all the things.

Best VPN services: Reviews and buying advice for Mac users

Mac World - Thu, 2018-03-08 07:00

With the internet abuzz with privacy concerns and the potential changes coming to net neutrality, you’ve likely heard about virtual private networks, better known as VPNs. When used correctly, a VPN can greatly strengthen your online privacy, assist in keeping your personal information secure, and even spoof your location in the world—allowing you to access websites or services that would otherwise be off limits due to region-locking.

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Xiaomi 10,000mAh Mi Power Bank Pro review: A battery pack that lives up to its name

PC World - Thu, 2018-03-08 07:00

Xiaomi has yet to launch any of its phones in the U.S., but that hasn’t stopped the Chinese company from slowly introducing consumers to its brand and products.

Note: This review is part of our roundup of portable power banks. Go there for details on competing products and our testing methods.

The latest arrival on American shores is the Mi Power Bank Pro. This 10,000 milliamp-hour battery pack is sleek and well-designed. Its sturdy housing feels like it can withstand a drop or six.

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CyberGhost VPN review: A speedy VPN provider that's easy to use

Mac World - Thu, 2018-03-08 06:55

First, let’s address the spooky stuff that pertains to paranoid types, journalists, and political activists. CyberGhost’s offices are located in Bucharest, Romania, a country not known for sharing online information with western intelligence concerns or law enforcement agencies. Don’t feel too cozy about it, though: The company was recently sold to Crossrider, which is based on The Isle of Man—a British Crown Dependency.

England is a member of the Five Eyes (FVEY) data intelligence sharing program. If you consider using CyberGhost, be aware any sensitive information you send or receive could fall under direct government scrutiny. On top of that, Crossrider is a digital product company, and one of the products that it offers is ad server software for targeting mobile hardware.

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NordVPN review: This VPN’s features make it hard to beat

Mac World - Thu, 2018-03-08 06:45

Launched in 2008, NordVPN is arguably one of the more popular, high-profile VPN service providers operating today. While payments for service are processed through CloudVPN—a company based in the United States—NordVPN is based in Panama (a country that doesn’t participate in the Five Eyes, Nine Eyes, or Fourteen Eyes communications interception/sharing agreements). Accordingly, users should be safe from untargeted government data trawling.

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SaferVPN review: Good features overshadowed by privacy concerns

Mac World - Thu, 2018-03-08 06:35

SaferVPN has been around since 2013 and is located in Israel—a country with stringent privacy laws that shield companies and citizens from its many forms of government surveillance. This, combined with the company’s no-logging policy, should keep any of your online doings safely under wraps while you’re using their services.

However, Israel has been known to share information with Five Eyes (FVEY), an intelligence sharing agreement between the U.S.A, U.K., Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. That the company maintains an office in New York City compounds concerns over this point. If you live in a Five, Nine, or Fourteen Eyes country and have concerns that regional laws may not be enough to keep your online activities from being shared with your government, SaferVPN’s services may not be for you.

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