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Essential Phone: Everything you need to know about Andy Rubin's new Android phone

PC World - Fri, 2017-09-01 06:30

The Essential Phone (styled PH-1) is a debut handset created by the godfather of Android, Andy Rubin, and his brand-new company. It's entering a crowded field dominated by the same few phones: Samsung's Galaxy Note. The latest LG V phone. Google's Pixel (previously Nexus) phones. And of course, the iPhone.

Nevertheless, the new kid in town is getting a lot of attention. But will it succeed? Here’s everything you need to know about the Essential Phone and how it stacks up against the heavy-hitters.

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3 products I want to hear about at Apple's September 12 event

Mac World - Fri, 2017-09-01 06:30

Now that Apple’s gone ahead and made it official, sending out its save-the-date cards for the September 12 event that will christen the new Steve Jobs Theater, it’s time for the prognosticating to shift into overdrive. (What, you already thought it was in overdrive? Now we’ve got a deadline.) 

Look, we all know that there are a handful of things that are shoe-ins for this particular song and dance: there’s going to be a new iPhone, probably an LTE-enabled Apple Watch, and likely even a touched-up Apple TV. iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra will get some show time along with official release dates, and we’ll probably learn a little more about the upcoming HomePod

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Essential Phone: Everything you need to know about Andy Rubin's new Android phone

PC World - Fri, 2017-09-01 06:30

The Essential Phone (styled PH-1) is a debut handset created by the godfather of Android, Andy Rubin, and his brand-new company. It's entering a crowded field dominated by the same few phones: Samsung's Galaxy Note. The latest LG V phone. Google's Pixel (previously Nexus) phones. And of course, the iPhone.

Nevertheless, the new kid in town is getting a lot of attention. But will it succeed? Here’s everything you need to know about the Essential Phone and how it stacks up against the heavy-hitters.

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How to set up Steam Link and play PC games on your TV

PC World - Fri, 2017-09-01 06:00

Windows may have the most robust library of games in the world, but many people enjoy playing games in the living room—yes, even PC gamers. Valve, the company behind Steam, helps its users cross the bridge between computers and couches with the Steam Link ($50 or less on Amazon), a diminutive set-top box that streams games from your gaming PC straight to your TV.

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YouTube TV review: Patience pays off

Mac World - Fri, 2017-09-01 06:00
YouTube TV is the best streaming bundle for Chromecast users within the service's footprint.

YouTube TV review: Patience pays off

PC World - Fri, 2017-09-01 06:00
YouTube TV is the best streaming bundle for Chromecast users within the service's footprint.

How to set up Steam Link and play PC games on your TV

PC World - Fri, 2017-09-01 06:00

Windows may have the most robust library of games in the world, but many people enjoy playing games in the living room—yes, even PC gamers. Valve, the company behind Steam, helps its users cross the bridge between computers and couches with the Steam Link ($50 or less on Amazon), a diminutive set-top box that streams games from your gaming PC straight to your TV.

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Astro's A20 gaming headset ditches the A10's wires for more than twice the price

PC World - Thu, 2017-08-31 17:18

When Astro announced the budget-friendly A10 headset a few months ago, we hypothesized that it was only a matter of time until an A20 slotted into the remaining empty space. Sure enough, it’s here: The Astro A20, a wireless version of the A10.

Retailing for $150, the A20 features the same stripped-down design as the A10 but...wireless. That seems to be the only difference, though I’m judging by photos—I’ve yet to see the headset in person or test it out.

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Astro's A20 gaming headset ditches the A10's wires for more than twice the price

PC World - Thu, 2017-08-31 17:18

When Astro announced the budget-friendly A10 headset a few months ago, we hypothesized that it was only a matter of time until an A20 slotted into the remaining empty space. Sure enough, it’s here: The Astro A20, a wireless version of the A10.

Retailing for $150, the A20 features the same stripped-down design as the A10 but...wireless. That seems to be the only difference, though I’m judging by photos—I’ve yet to see the headset in person or test it out.

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Logitech’s HERO sensor makes the G603 wireless mouse both powerful and wildly long-lasting

PC World - Thu, 2017-08-31 15:07

“Do you even make wired mice anymore?”

I posed that question to Logitech during a briefing this week for its new G603 mouse, yet another wireless addition to Logitech’s lineup. Just two months ago the company introduced  Powerplay—a mousepad that charges your wireless mouse while you play—plus a G900 refresh  to go along with it. So another wireless mouse? Already?

Indeed. Even weirder: The Logitech G603 wireless mouse is not Powerplay compatible—a fact Logitech ascribes to it being developed in parallel.

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Logitech’s HERO sensor makes the G603 wireless mouse both powerful and wildly long-lasting

PC World - Thu, 2017-08-31 15:07

“Do you even make wired mice anymore?”

I posed that question to Logitech during a briefing this week for its new G603 mouse, yet another wireless addition to Logitech’s lineup. Just two months ago the company introduced  Powerplay—a mousepad that charges your wireless mouse while you play—plus a G900 refresh  to go along with it. So another wireless mouse? Already?

Indeed. Even weirder: The Logitech G603 wireless mouse is not Powerplay compatible—a fact Logitech ascribes to it being developed in parallel.

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Microsoft tells some Mac Office users to pass on Apple's High Sierra

Mac World - Thu, 2017-08-31 14:32

Microsoft has warned users of Office for Mac 2011 not to upgrade to Apple’s macOS High Sierra when the new operating system launches next month.

“Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Lync have not been tested on macOS 10.13 High Sierra, and no formal support for this configuration will be provided,” Microsoft wrote in a support document.

In the same document, Microsoft told those running the newer Office 2016 for Mac that they must update its applications to version 15.35 or later, if they intend to upgrade their Macs to High Sierra. (Version 15.35 was released in June; since then, Microsoft has issued 15.36 in July and 15.37 in August.) “In some cases, you may not be able to launch the Office apps [of version 15.34 under High Sierra],” Microsoft said.

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The Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 520 is a Surface clone with quad-core power

PC World - Thu, 2017-08-31 14:30

Lenovo’s IdeaPad Miix 520 is a 2-in-1 Surface clone that’s taking a big step forward with its support of Intel’s latest 8th-generation CPUs. Announced Thursday at Lenovo's event at IFA in Berlin, the Miix 520 will be among the first products to offer Intel's quad-core CPUs for laptops. These new chips, which promise up to a 40-percent performance hike, are melting away the compromises we used to assume with thinner, lighter PCs. 

When it ships in October with a starting price of $1,000, the IdeaPad Miix 520 will offer these key features and options:

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The Lenovo Yoga 920 adds even more luxury with 8th-gen Intel Core power

PC World - Thu, 2017-08-31 14:30

The Lenovo Yoga 900 series are already some of the most luxurious convertibles you can buy, with a gorgeous, watchband-like 360-degree hinge. Now Lenovo's adding yet more premium features. Announced Thursday at IFA in Berlin, the new flagship Lenovo Yoga 920 laptop will support Intel’s 8th-generation Core CPUs, which promise up to 40 percent more power even in slender notebooks. This is a sea change for portable PCs, and the Yoga 920 is riding the wave. 

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update launch date leaked by Lenovo, slips to October

PC World - Thu, 2017-08-31 14:30

Microsoft may be keeping the official launch date of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update under wraps, but its partners aren’t so shy. In an IFA press release, Lenovo leaked the Windows 10 FCU’s official ship date: October 17.

Lenovo made its disclosures as part of a footnote within the press release announcing the Miix 520, a professional two-in-one PC with support for far-field, standby Cortana recognition, a feature which “requires Windows 10 Fall Creators Update which will automatically update starting October 17, 2017,” the company said. A 2D/3D WorldView camera included in the tablet also requires the Windows 10 FCU, the company said, and again listed the Oct. 17 date.

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The Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 520 is a Surface clone with quad-core power

PC World - Thu, 2017-08-31 14:30

Lenovo’s IdeaPad Miix 520 is a 2-in-1 Surface clone that’s taking a big step forward with its support of Intel’s latest 8th-generation CPUs. Announced Thursday at Lenovo's event at IFA in Berlin, the Miix 520 will be among the first products to offer Intel's quad-core CPUs for laptops. These new chips, which promise up to a 40-percent performance hike, are melting away the compromises we used to assume with thinner, lighter PCs. 

When it ships in October with a starting price of $1,000, the IdeaPad Miix 520 will offer these key features and options:

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The Lenovo Yoga 920 adds even more luxury with 8th-gen Intel Core power

PC World - Thu, 2017-08-31 14:30

The Lenovo Yoga 900 series are already some of the most luxurious convertibles you can buy, with a gorgeous, watchband-like 360-degree hinge. Now Lenovo's adding yet more premium features. Announced Thursday at IFA in Berlin, the new flagship Lenovo Yoga 920 laptop will support Intel’s 8th-generation Core CPUs, which promise up to 40 percent more power even in slender notebooks. This is a sea change for portable PCs, and the Yoga 920 is riding the wave. 

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The Garmin Vivomove Classic is on sale for $50 today

PC World - Thu, 2017-08-31 13:35

Don’t call it a smartwatch, but if you want a smarter watch on the cheap, BuyDig has a good deal on Garmin Vivomove Classic today. Enter the code ‘CLASSYFIT’ at checkout to get it for $50. This watch typically sells for $80 and includes a black leather band.

The Vivomove is an analog watch that can also track your steps, monitor sleep patterns, and automatically sync with your mobile device. This kind of activity tracker watch doesn’t do much compared to a smartwatch, but if all you want is step tracking, you get that without a half-second delay when you check the time.

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The Garmin Vivomove Classic is on sale for $50 today

Mac World - Thu, 2017-08-31 13:35

Don’t call it a smartwatch, but if you want a smarter watch on the cheap, BuyDig has a good deal on Garmin Vivomove Classic today. Enter the code ‘CLASSYFIT’ at checkout to get it for $50. This watch typically sells for $80 and includes a black leather band.

The Vivomove is an analog watch that can also track your steps, monitor sleep patterns, and automatically sync with your mobile device. This kind of activity tracker watch doesn’t do much compared to a smartwatch, but if all you want is step tracking, you get that without a half-second delay when you check the time.

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The Garmin Vivomove Classic is on sale for $50 today

PC World - Thu, 2017-08-31 13:35

Don’t call it a smartwatch, but if you want a smarter watch on the cheap, BuyDig has a good deal on Garmin Vivomove Classic today. Enter the code ‘CLASSYFIT’ at checkout to get it for $50. This watch typically sells for $80 and includes a black leather band.

The Vivomove is an analog watch that can also track your steps, monitor sleep patterns, and automatically sync with your mobile device. This kind of activity tracker watch doesn’t do much compared to a smartwatch, but if all you want is step tracking, you get that without a half-second delay when you check the time.

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