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The 10 Mac games you need to play from March 2018

Mac World - Thu, 2018-03-29 07:00
March's Mac games

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Spring is emerging again, but if you’re not yet keen on exploring the outdoors in your spare time, then you might be in need of more indoor indulgences. How about a new Mac game? March brought us a nice number of compelling releases, and we’ve highlighted 10 of the most enticing debuts in the slides ahead.

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Apple’s original TV elephant in the room

Mac World - Thu, 2018-03-29 06:00
Let's hope Apple's original TV shows aren't exclusive to Apple TV.

Apple's new iPads still can't best Chromebooks in the classroom

Mac World - Thu, 2018-03-29 06:00

Several years ago, Apple looked poised to take over schools with iPads, and in one of the most stunning moves, Los Angeles schools planned to spend $1.3 billion getting Apple’s tablets in students’ hands. It didn’t end so well.

And now, despite a commendable early push, iPads now lag far behind Chromebooks in American classrooms. Consulting firm Futuresource reported last year that Chromebooks accounted for 58 percent of the mobile devices shipped to American primary and secondary schools, while iOS devices fell from 25 percent to 19 percent. Earlier this month, Futuresource reported that the gap is only widening even with slower overall mobile sales.

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Apple’s original TV elephant in the room

PC World - Thu, 2018-03-29 06:00
Let's hope Apple's original TV shows aren't exclusive to Apple TV.

Netgear Orbi Outdoor Satellite review: Great range, but only so-so speed

PC World - Thu, 2018-03-29 06:00

Netgear has one of the best Wi-Fi mesh network systems on the market in the Orbi RBK50, and now it’s the only manufacturer to offer a weatherized mesh node that will extend your network deep into your yard.

The company says its Orbi Outdoor Satellite (Netgear model number RBS50Y) can add up to 2,500 square feet of Wi-Fi coverage, and I did see significant increases in throughput and range. I tested it with Netgear’s $370 RBK50 kit, which consists of an RBR50 router and one RBS50 indoor satellite. I updated all three devices to the latest firmware prior to benchmarking and recorded a substantial increase in indoor performance as well.

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Hands-on with the new 9.7-inch iPad and Apple's education event: Macworld Podcast

Mac World - Thu, 2018-03-29 00:30

We got our hands on the new iPad on the show and we’ll talk about our thoughts on Tuesday’s Apple education event. We also feature your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Michael Simon, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 598.

Get info

Here are relevant links to get more info on the stuff we discussed on the show.

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The best second-screen apps for watching Major League Baseball

Mac World - Wed, 2018-03-28 19:00
Geek up the grand old game with data feeds, social media, and other interactive enhancements.

The best second-screen apps for watching Major League Baseball

PC World - Wed, 2018-03-28 19:00
Geek up the grand old game with data feeds, social media, and other interactive enhancements.

Best high-resolution digital audio player: Which DAP reigns supreme?

PC World - Wed, 2018-03-28 16:09
We review hi-res audio players from Astell&Kern, Pioneer, Onkyo, and Questyle; one shines above all he others.

Tim Cook discusses privacy, regulation, U.S. manufacturing, and education

Mac World - Wed, 2018-03-28 15:59

On Wednesday morning, following Apple’s education event in Chicago the day before, CEO Tim Cook sat down with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes and Recode’s Kara Swisher to talk about a variety of Apple-related topics. The interview has not been released in its entirety; it is scheduled to air on April 6 at 8 p.m. EDT as part of MSNBC and Recode’s “Revolution” series. However, it was filmed in front of a live audience, and portions of Cook’s responses have been released.

Here’s a sampling of what you can look forward to when the special airs late next week.

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You can now stream music from Google Home to a Bluetooth speaker. Here's how

PC World - Wed, 2018-03-28 14:40

Google Home and Google Home Mini might be good at finding songs you want to hear, but they’re not the best at playing them. Compared to higher-priced speakers such as Google Home Max and Apple’s HomePod, Google’s diminutive devices sound exactly as you’d expect: small, tinny, and muddled.

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ASRock gets into graphics cards with Radeon-based Phantom Gaming GPUs

PC World - Wed, 2018-03-28 13:36

Soaring demand by cryptocurrency enthusiasts have made it impossible to find graphics cards at reasonable prices, but a new contender is throwing its hat in the ring nonetheless. Motherboard maker ASRock already offers boards with room for up to 13 GPUs, and now it’s looking to fill all those slots with its new Phantom Gaming graphics cards.

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Get Apple's AirPods for $20 off at Costco today

Mac World - Wed, 2018-03-28 13:02

The majority of the Apple-loving world may have its attention set on the new iPad right now, but there are other deals lurking about for those who know where to look. Take Costco. If you’re a member of the popular wholesaler, you can pick up Apple’s beloved AirPods today for a rare discount of $20 off.

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Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, March 28 at 2 p.m. Pacific

Mac World - Wed, 2018-03-28 12:18

We are getting our hands on the new iPad on the show and we’ll talk about our thoughts on Tuesday’s Apple education event. We also feature your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Michael Simon, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 598.

Take our poll

Are you satisfied with Apple’s education announcements yesterday? Let us know in our Twitter poll.

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How to watch Apple’s education event online

PC World - Wed, 2018-03-28 11:55
Watch Apple executives introduce the new iPad and other education-based products.

How to watch Apple’s education event online

Mac World - Wed, 2018-03-28 11:55

For the first time in a while, Apple did not stream its Tuesday education event online for the general public to follow along. However, Apple did promise to post the video of it later, and it’s available now. If you want to watch the event, click the link below, which will take to you the video on Apple’s website. The video is just under 68 minutes long.

Watch the Apple Special Event from March 27, 2018

At the event, Apple introduced a new 9.7-inch iPad with Apple Pencil support, new versions of the iWork apps with Pencil-based features, and several new education apps, such as Classroom for Mac, Schoolwork, and the Everyone Can Create curriculum.

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This $25 Bluetooth speaker charges in the sun and can kick out jams by the pool

PC World - Wed, 2018-03-28 10:57

A portable Bluetooth speaker can be a convenient way to tune into music wherever life takes you, and today’s deal can keep your jams rocking even by the pool. Right now, you can get a Dreamix portable Bluetooth speaker for $25.19 on Amazon, which is almost 40 percent off its average price.

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Get last year's 9.7-inch iPad from Best Buy for just $250 for today only

Mac World - Wed, 2018-03-28 10:50

Apple turned a lot of heads yesterday when it announced an affordable 9.7-inch iPad aimed at students that manages to make even the iPad Pro seem less impressive. Fortunately for consumers, it also means it’s a fantastic time for deals on the old models. One of the best comes from Best Buy, which is knocking $80 off the price of last year’s 9.7-inch 32GB iPad with Wi-Fi, which means you can pick it up today for just $250. The deal ends at the end of the day.

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Cyan’s brief Firmament demo feels like Myst without the Myst name

PC World - Wed, 2018-03-28 10:31

A few weeks ago Cyan surprise-announced Firmament with a short teaser and next-to-no details otherwise. We knew it was built for VR, knew it hewed closer to Myst’s pseudo-steampunk trappings than Obduction did, and...that’s it.

Lucky for me the Firmament demo was at GDC last week. Unlucky for me, there’s not much more to say yet. The demo apparently represents a few months’ work, and Cyan was mostly at GDC seeking funding to turn it into a full project. That means the previous teaser was less an “announcement” and more a “Let’s pique your interest, hopefully.” Keep your fingers crossed, in other words.

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The Microsoft Store's spring sale offers huge discounts on laptops, desktop PCs, and games

PC World - Wed, 2018-03-28 10:21

Spring has sprung, and with it comes a big sale at the Microsoft Store on items as varied as laptops and desktops, PC games, and Windows Mixed Reality headsets. Here’s a round-up of four especially worthwhile deals, as well as a tip about those headsets.

We adored Dell’s XPS 13 9360, giving it a 4.5/5 star rating in a glowing review. This is one of the best ultraportable laptops you can buy, full stop, and Microsoft’s selling it for $1,000. That’s about $120 cheaper than you’ll find from third-party sellers on Amazon right now, and about $200 cheaper than Newegg’s current sale price.

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