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Twitter Poll: Which rumored feature for the new iPad Pro are you most excited about?

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-09 17:17
Vote in our Twitter poll and leave a comment. We'll discuss the results on the Macworld Podcast on Wednesday, October 10, at 10 a.m. Pacific, live on Twitter.(twitter.com)

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Google Pixel 3XL hands on: A lot of phone, a lot of notch, and a lot of money

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-09 17:12

Let’s just get this out of the way: The Pixel 3 XL is not a pretty phone. It’s got a canyon for a notch, a valley for a chin, and thick bezels around its screen. Put it in a Pepsi challenge with any 2018 phone—and even some 2017 models—and nearly everyone will pick the other handset based on looks alone. The smaller Pixel 3 may look slightly less homely, with a smaller Pixel 2 XL aesthetic, but you can pretty much throw a rock and hit a better-looking Android phone.

But while it might not be much to look at, the Pixel 3 XL is a joy to hold, with an incredible matte glass back that feels like metal to the touch and won’t pick up nearly as many fingerprints as other phones. Seriously, you’re not going to want to put this phone in a case—it feels that good. Someone else will have to test the durability compared to other glass-backed phones, because I don’t want to get a scratch on mine.

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Microsoft has added $20 to the price of Windows 10 Home, but there are sales elsewhere

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-09 15:32

Microsoft may have quietly raised the price of Windows 10 Home by $20 just over a month ago, but don’t worry, you can find cheaper prices from some legitimate retailers.

Microsoft confirmed that in August it started charging $139 for Windows 10 HomeRemove non-product link, both the downloadable version and the version that ships on a USB key. (The USB version is currently listed as out of stock.) That’s up $20 from the earlier price of $119. Microsoft still charges $199.99 for Windows 10 Pro.

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Transfer All of Your iOS Data Between Devices With iMazing 2, Now Just $20 (75% Off)

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-09 15:16

Upgrading your iPhone can feel refreshing, but your excitement may fade once you have to migrate all of your old files to your new device. Apple lets you back up your old iPhone with iCloud, but it only offers 5GB of free storage, and you’ll have to pay a monthly fee for additional storage. If you want a better method of transferring files between your mobile devices and computer, you can find a universal license for iMazing 2 here for 75% off.

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Get 2TB of Zoolz Cloud Storage For Life For Just $45

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-09 15:15

You may record a video one day and download a new app the next. The files you create are relatively small, but they build up over time, and before you know it, your phone storage is brimming with content, and you might not have enough space on your laptop to migrate to. This is why cloud storage is popular these days, and with Zoolz Cloud Storage, you can buy 2TB of lifetime storage for only $44.95, or 98% off.

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Intel 9th-gen CPU reactions with Intel, Alienware, GamersNexus, Paul's Hardware, and Bitwit

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-09 14:59

We’re hip-deep in chips at Intel’s 9th-gen Core processor launch in New York. Intel revealed not one, not two, but three new releases on Monday, with gaming ready K-series Core i5, i7, and i9 chips, a new massively multicore Core X-series lineup, and the ludicrously multicore 28-core, 56-thread Xeon W-3175X processor, along with an arsenal of motherboards based around the fresh Z390 chipset.

You can catch up on all the hard details in our 9th-gen processor coverage, and our breakdown of what the sudden lack of Hyper-Threading and the bump to eight cores could mean for the Core i7-9700K’s performance.

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MacBook Pro Thunderbolt 3 adapter guide: How to connect an iPhone, display, hard drive, and more

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-09 14:39

The new MacBook Pro comes with two or four external ports, depending on the model you pick. But those ports are only of one type: Thunderbolt 3, which is compatible with USB-C.

But you probably have devices that use USB-A, Thunderbolt 1, Thunderbolt 2, DisplayPort, HDMI, or something else. How do you connect these devices? With an adapter.

If you’re planning to buy a new MacBook Pro, make sure you set aside a considerable amount of cash for the adapters you need. Apple doesn’t include any in the box, except for a power adapter.

Your best bet is to get a combination dock, like the Satechi Slim Aluminum Type-C Multi-Port Adapter ($60 on Amazon). It connects to the MacBook Pro via USB-C, and includes a USB-C pass-through port, two USB 3.0 ports, and an HDMI port with 4K (30Hz) support. With this, you don’t have to carry around multiple adapters.

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GE Lighting's new C by GE smart lighting starter kit features the Google Home Mini

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-09 14:35
The $55 kit includes one of C by GE’s Bluetooth smart bulbs pre-paired with a Google Home Mini.

Google Pixel Slate: The top features, specs, and highlights

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-09 14:19

The Google Pixel Slate isn’t the first Chrome tablet, but it’s setting new standards for what a Chrome tablet can be. Announced Tuesday at Google’s Made By Google Launch event in New York, the Pixel Slate “isn’t a laptop trying to be a tablet,” said Google’s Trond Wuellner, “or a tablet that’s really a phone pretending to be a computer.”

The Pixel Slate shows how Google’s trying to evolve Chrome OS from its original desktop aspirations. The Pixel Slate brings together touch, pen, and voice input in a compact, versatile form factor. The Pixel Slate also looks as gorgeous as an Apple iPad or a Samsung Galaxy Tab S. 

We’ve highlighted below the important specs and most intriguing new features that we know so far. We’ll update this piece as we learn more about the Pixel Slate. 

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Grab this leather Apple Watch band for less than $5

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-09 13:56

Leather Apple Watch bands don’t have to cost a fortune, particularly if you get them from a brand besides Hermès. Consider, for instance, this gray Apple Watch band from Top4cus on Amazon. If you enter the code XMIK7F5E at checkout, you get either the 42/44mm or 38/40mm version for just $4.20. Not bad, considering it normally sells for $14.00.

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Google Home Hub: Top 5 features, and how it stacks up to Echo Show

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-09 13:55
Google aims to strangle the new Echo Show in its crib, but its new smart display could also cripple hardware partners like JBL and Lenovo.

Google Home Hub: Top 5 features, and how it stacks up to Echo Show

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-09 13:55
Google aims to strangle the new Echo Show in its crib, but its new smart display could also cripple hardware partners like JBL and Lenovo.

The top 5 features of the new Google Home Hub

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-09 13:55
Google aims to strangle the new Echo Show in its crib, but its new smart display could also cripple hardware partners like JBL and Lenovo.

The top 5 features of the new Google Home Hub

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-09 13:55
Google aims to strangle the new Echo Show in its crib, but its new smart display could also cripple hardware partners like JBL and Lenovo.

Google's new $35 Chromecast gets a speed boost

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-09 13:40
The third-generation Chromecast leaves Google out of the cheap 4K streamer wars.

Google Pixel 3: The 5 features that matter most

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-09 13:39

If the Pixel 3 “Made By Google” launch event reminds us of anything, it’s that basic hardware specs don’t mean much in Googleland. We’ve long known that the Pixel 3 (starting at $799) and Pixel 3 XL (starting at $899) would have 5.5-inch and 6.3-inch displays respectively, along with dual front cameras. And all that was confirmed today.

But when it comes to Pixel phones, the real magic lies in how Google marries algorithms and machine learning to its hardware choices. And, as expected, these software features lead the pack in the Pixel 3’s most exciting features. Let’s dig in...

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Where to buy an Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-09 13:00

Apple has discontinued its Lightning to 30-pin Adapter, the plug required for modern iOS devices to connect to accessories equipped with a 30-pin connector. The 30-pin connector made its debut in the iPod in 2003, and was the original type used with the first iPhone and iPad. It was replaced by Lightning in iPhones and iPads in 2012.

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The Apple iPod Hi-Fi comes with a 30-pin connector. An adapter is needed to use a modern iOS deivce with it.

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The Roku Streaming Stick, our favorite budget media streamer, is even cheaper today

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-09 11:40

With so many streaming services out there right now, the TV landscape is a cord cutter's paradise—but you need a way to bring all those shows to your television. The superb Roku Streaming Stick can help with that, and today it's just $40 on Amazon, down from a list price of $50.

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Intel's 9th-gen Core i7-9700K abandons Hyper-Threading: What it could mean for performance

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-09 11:16

Core i7, the boss wants to talk to you.

The good news: you got a promotion and a bump from six cores up to eight cores in Intel’s 9th generation CPU lineup. Woo-hoo! The bad news: Turn in your Hyper-Threading, because the cool feature that gave you virtualized CPU cores and about 30 percent more performance is gone.

Yup. If you’re freaked out about the Core i7 losing a premier performance-boosting feature that it’s offered since, well, there was a Core i7, you may well be right to be concerned. But you may not be, too, depending on how you use your computer.

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The Full Nerd special episode: Diving deep into Core i9-9900K and Core X with Intel's desktop chief

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-09 10:10

In this special episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung is joined by Anand Srivatsa, Intel’s desktop VP, to talk about all the new 9th-gen Core and Core-X processors announced in New York this week, including “the world’s best gaming CPU,” the Core i9-9900K.

Srivatsa explains why the ultra-fast, 8-core, 16-thread Core i9 9900K ($530 preorder on Amazon) lays claim to that title. He also talks about the wild 28-core Xeon W-3175X barreling down the pipeline, and what creators can expect from the new massively multi-core Core X-series lineup. The theme of “buying the right CPU for you” weaves throughout the conversation, circling back to the Core i9-9900K and the now Hyper-Threading-less Core i7-9700K and Srivatsa’s response to why enthusiasts would opt for them over AMD’s 8-core, 16-thread Ryzen 7 2700X and its lower $330 price.

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