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Foxit PhantomPDF Business 9 review: A capable Acrobat alternative

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-09 20:01

Foxit’s PhantomPDF Business 8 took the bronze in our 2017 roundup of best PDF editors, behind Adobe Acrobat DC and Nitro Pro. Version 9, which is an incremental update rather than a major overhaul, doesn’t make us rethink that ranking but it does reinforce PhantomPDF as a strong alternative to Acrobat.

Like Adobe Acrobat DC and Nitro Pro, the two PDF editors to which it compares most favorably, PhantomPDF employs an Office-style ribbon to keep tools tidy. A dozen task-based tabs make it easy to navigate the editor’s wealth of functions, while a sidebar in the document pane puts common functions like reordering pages and viewing comments a mouse-click away.

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PDF Architect 6 Professional review: This PDF editor is ready for busines

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-09 19:51

PDF Architect 6 is billed as the only customizable PDF editor. What that means is it’s offered as a free download and three different paid packages, each containing a specific set of PDF tools it calls “modules.” These modules, which determine how much you can do with a PDF, can also be purchased individually based on your needs. We took a look at the business-ready Professional version, which comes with just about every available tool.

Like virtually every other PDF editor worth its salt, PDF Architect employs an Office-style ribbon interface that organizes tools in a baker’s dozen of tabs. While the first 12 tabs cover common document tasks like creating, converting, reviewing, and securing PDFs, the 13th is an empty “custom” tab to which you can add your favorite tools and create a personalized ribbon bar. A series of tabs in the document pane let you navigate PDFs by page, thumbnail, bookmark, link, or text search.

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Apple updates macOS High Sierra to version 10.13.6

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-09 17:24

Apple on Monday released an update to macOS High Sierra. The update comes on the heels of iO 11.4.1, watchOS 4.3.2, and tvOS 11.4.1, which were released earlier in the day.

AirPlay users will want to install this update sooner than later. MacOS High Sierra 10.13.6 includes AirPlay 2 multi-room support, so you can now play music on multiple AirPlay 2 speakers and control them on the Mac.

According to the release notes, the 10.13.6 update also:

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Save $90 on an Apple Watch Series 3 from Target

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-09 14:13

Target has been targeting Apple users as of late, and that’s a good thing. Just yesterday the retailer offered a rare massive discount on Apple’s AirPods, but the inventory vanished by the time I had the article ready. Fortunately, today Target (through Google Express) is offering a fantastic 25 percent discount for the Apple Watch Series 3 when you enter the code EXTRA25 at checkout.

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Apple releases 11.4.1 bug-fix updates for iOS, tvOS, and HomePod, plus watchOS 4.3.2

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-09 14:04

Apple has begun rolling out a suite of OS updates. For your iPhone or iPad, it’s iOS 11.4.1. For Apple TV, it’s tvOS 11.4.1. HomePod used a variant of the same OS, and thus its version number is 11.4.1 as well. For Apple Watch, you’ll see a watchOS 4.3.2 update.

These are point releases that don’t add new features, but rather fix bugs and optimize performance. 

This is the 15th update after the initial release of iOS 11 on September 19, 2017, which makes iOS 11 the most-updated version of iOS ever.

What’s new?

iOS 11.4 added Messages in iCloud, AirPlay 2, and HomePod stereo pairing. This 11.4.1 update only fixes bugs found in the last six weeks since its release. Specifically, Apple calls out improvements in the ability to locate your AirPods in the Find My iPhone app as well as syncing mail, contacts, and calendars with Exchange servers.

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Prey: Mooncrash review: Expansion or not, this is one of 2018's best and most unique games

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-09 14:00

Prey is one of 2017's most underrated games, and as an expansion that makes Mooncrash an even more niche prospect, a game that will be played by a small subset of a small subset. Which is a shame, because strip away its "expansion" status and Mooncrash is one of the best, most innovative games of 2018. It's Arkane's masterpiece, a true testament to what a talented team can do with systems-first design.

Every Prey fan should play it. And those who haven't yet become Prey fans? You should be.

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Anker's popular fast-chargers and portable batteries are on sale for unheard-of prices, today only

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-09 12:15

Forget about Christmas in July. This year, you can save big with Black Friday in July. Amazon Prime Day kicks off on July 16, and the retailer’s warming up for the blowout by offering some steep deals leading up to the event. Today, you can snag all manner of Anker’s popular chargers, cables, and portable batteries at mostly unheard-of savings. The discounts end at midnight Pacific time Monday, and you need to be an Amazon Prime subscriber (or sign up for a free 30-day Amazon Prime trial) to claim them.

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Anker's popular fast-chargers and portable batteries are on sale for unheard-of prices, today only

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-09 12:15

Forget about Christmas in July. This year, you can save big with Black Friday in July. Amazon Prime Day kicks off on July 16, and the retailer’s warming up for the blowout by offering some steep deals leading up to the event. Today, you can snag all manner of Anker’s popular chargers, cables, and portable batteries at mostly unheard-of savings. The discounts end at midnight Pacific time Monday, and you need to be an Amazon Prime subscriber (or sign up for a free 30-day Amazon Prime trial) to claim them.

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The Google Store's blowout sale has big deals on the Pixel 2 XL, Chromecast, and Google Home

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-09 11:12

Last week we told you about a killer deal on the original Pixel (which is still going on), but if you'd rather get some of Google's newest products for less, now's the time to act. Pixels, Chromecasts, and Google Home speakers are all on steep sales through July 17.

The Pixel 2 XL, Google’s premier smartphone, is $100 off both the 64GB and 128GB models, bringing them down to $749 and $849 respectively. The phone easily earned our Editors’ Choice award for its great all-around performance, but the Pixel 2 XL’s blending of a top-of-the-line mobile camera with Google’s A.I. magic results in one of the most fun, elegant camera experiences you’ll find in a camera today. And if you want to use the phone’s power to wander worlds in virtual reality, the 2nd-gen Daydream View headset is on sale for $49, 50 percent off its $99 list price.

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Amazon Prime members can grab a 50-inch 4K TV for $290 today

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-09 09:47
Amazon's selling a 50-inch 4K TV for $290, but you've got to be a Prime member to get the deal.

Amazon Prime members can grab a 50-inch 4K TV for $290 today

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-09 09:47

Amazon's Prime Day blowout is just one week away, and as we get closer to the big day the retailer's offering some great warm-up deals for Prime members, as we saw last week. Today, Amazon's got a great deal on a 50-inch 4K TV. The Hitachi 50Z6 is $290. It's got an MSRP of $380, and we saw a similar Hitachi at Walmart for $340. Either way, $290 is a great deal for a 4K TV of this size. The deal ends just before midnight Pacific Time on Monday, and again, you have to be an Amazon Prime subscriber to claim it.

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Adobe Creative Cloud: Pricing, discounts, and free trials for Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier Pro, and more

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-09 08:00

Adobe is easily the biggest name in digital creativity. While it’s best known for its flagship products such as Photoshop, InDesign, and Premier, Adobe has a whole fleet of software for creative professionals and hobbyists in the areas of photography, video and film editing, web development, animation, sound engineering and more. Interested? All of it can be accessed through Adobe’s online portal known as the Creative Cloud, via a yearly subscription payable either monthly or in one lump sum. 

Subscribing to the Creative Cloud’s entire collection of apps at $52.99 gives you plenty of tools to fuel your creative drive, and offers the best price-per-program value. But this could be overkill if you’re only looking to use one particular app, or your interest is in a single subject—say, photography.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet review: Smart upgrades make this a worthy, pricey choice

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-09 07:34

Year in and year out, Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Tablet ranks consistently among the strongest Windows tablets in the market, despite fluctuations in price and performance. This year, a concerted effort to refresh and update the X1’s components elevates the ThinkPad X1 Tablet (3rd Gen) to the top of the heap.

While the review unit Lenovo sent us has the lofty price of $1,547.10 (from Lenovo), the same price as Lenovo’s 2017 version of the X1 Tablet, remember that this is built for business users who expect quality and durability. And this year there’s now far more bang for your buck. A new 8th-gen Intel quad-core Core processor complements a larger 512GB SSD, a new 3,000x2,000 IPS display, and a larger battery. All four represent upgrades over last year’s model. Lenovo also strengthened its structural rigidity of the included, detachable keyboard to improve the typing experience.

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How to avoid losing media when working with iCloud Photo Library

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-09 07:00

I may have noted before that we receive more questions about Photos for macOS than any other topic at Mac 911. A recent set of questions from Macworld reader Pedro bring up an interesting intersection of potential pitfalls, some of which I’ve answered individually before, but which are useful to look at together.

Pedro has a small disk drive on his MacBook Air, just 128GB, and thus is wrestling like many people with keeping his entire Photos library on the internal drive. He has iCloud Photo Library active, and wants to rely on it, but is already running out of space. He has three questions.

Syncing, disabling, deleting, and then syncing. Pedro knows that deleting an image off the laptop will delete it everywhere when iCloud Photo Library is active, something I’ve reminded readers of time and time again. That’s good to know. However, he wonders about this scenario:

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Shark Ion Robot 750 review: Shark's first robot vacuum is a mixed bag

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-09 06:00
Shark's budget-friendly robot vacuum navigates obstacles well and has an elegant app, but falls surprisingly short on the cleaning quality.

Shark Ion Robot 750 review: Shark's first robot vacuum is a mixed bag

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-09 06:00
Shark's budget-friendly robot vacuum navigates obstacles well and has an elegant app, but falls surprisingly short on the cleaning quality.

Shark Ion Robot 750 review: Shark's first robot vacuum is a mixed bag

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-09 06:00
Shark's budget-friendly robot vacuum navigates obstacles well and has an elegant app, but falls surprisingly short on the cleaning quality.

NItro Pro 12 review: A better document workflow

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-09 06:00
With full Nitro Cloud integration, Nitro Pro makes it easier to prepare PDFs and get them signed.

How the App Store changed my world (and probably yours, too)

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-09 06:00

A little over a decade ago I bailed on the Ph.D. program that had consumed my life for three years. The piles of papers—filled with highlighted quotations—had started to look like skyscrapers. Keeping all the whole mess organized felt like rebuilding the Golden Gate Bridge from its component atoms. My soul screamed for an app that would let me compare photos on the fly. I had better reasons for jumping ship, of course, but it’s these frustrations that slice through my memories all these years later. All things considered, I don’t regret my decision.

And yet.

All the recent talk about the App Store’s 10th anniversary makes me wonder if I’d have finished it if I had access to the same apps I now enjoy on my iPhone and my iPad. That sometimes makes the frustrations feels almost fun. Discussions of the App Store’s impact tend to focus on how it gave thousands of small-time developers a good way to make money or how it changed our social lives; we give relatively little attention to how it simplified our routines. I don’t think I’d be the same person I am today without it. Heck, I’ll bet the same could be said about you.

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Shark Ion Robot 750 review: Shark's first robot vacuum is a mixed bag

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-09 06:00
Shark's budget-friendly robot vacuum navigates obstacles well and has an elegant app, but falls surprisingly short on the cleaning quality.

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