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This week in games: Blizzard dispels Diablo 4 rumors, and Hitman 2 adds Sean Bean to the cast

PC World - 1 hour 31 min ago

It's the week before Red Dead Redemption 2's release, which means a) there's a launch trailer and b) almost everyone else is avoiding the black hole-style news vacuum.

So this week's news wrap-up is a bit thin. We've got that Red Dead trailer of course, buried at the bottom, plus whatever other snippets I could find: Sean Bean in Hitman 2, the debut of a silly and self-aware stealth game Skin Deep (from the creator of Quadrilateral Cowboy), Blizzard dispels Diablo 4 rumors, and Destiny 2 reworks how it's selling the Forsaken expansion.

This is gaming news for October 15 to 19.

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Where to buy the iPhone XR

Mac World - 4 hours 13 min ago

Gone are the days when the iPhone was only available directly from Apple or AT&T. Today, it’s carried by all major carriers and big retailers, and many of them want to entice you to buy with them by offering special deals. Of course, you can always buy from Apple directly, either in-store or online.

If you haven’t yet put in your order for an iPhone XR, here’s a summary of some of the deals and promotions offered by different retailers to help you make up your mind. For each, we’ll tell you about any current special deals, when you should consider buying there, and when you shouldn’t.

Note that, unlike the iPhone XS or XS Max, you can’t preorder an unlocked SIM-free iPhone XR from Apple (or anyone else) as of October 19. If this model follows the typical pattern, SIM-free unlocked phones will be available a month or two after the initial sale date.

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Papago GoSafe S810 dash cam review: It nails video, but lacks battery and integrated GPS

PC World - 4 hours 21 min ago

The Papago GoSafe S810 camera duo has more “safety” features than you can shake a stick at, including one I’d never even considered—stop sign recognition. Yup. It recognizes stop signs and pops the digital equivalent up on its display. Kind of fun, but as I’m wont to say: If you need this stuff, call a cab or wait for self-driving vehicles.

Admonishment aside, the $170 S810 is more than just fancy features. It takes very, very good day and night video, and the rear camera, unlike some we’ve seen recently, actually captures enough detail to be useful.

Alas, there’s no battery, and the supercapacitor runs the camera only long enough to save a file, not to take a few more seconds of video. If your 12-volt is disrupted in the initial impact of an accident, this means you won’t capture the entire incident.

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Apple is selling select 4K movies on iTunes for just $5

Mac World - 6 hours 49 min ago

The weekend is finally here, and now that temperatures are dropping, it’s a good time to consider staying inside and watching good movies. And just in time, Apple is selling an assortment of Digital 4K UHD movies on iTunes for just $4.99.

It’s a small sale, though, and you won’t find any true blockbuster movies in the mix. Even so, the movies run the gamut from heavy action to heavy drama so you have a good chance of finding something you like. Here’s what’s on the table:

If you don’t mind doing without the glory of 4K, Apple is also including several regular digital HD in the same sale. These are:

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Amazon is selling these tiny 32GB SanDisk flash drives for less than $11 each

PC World - 8 hours 51 min ago

It’s always a good idea to keep a spare flash drive on hand to help you move and store data in a pinch. Today, you can choose one of two 32GB SanDisk flash drives for less than $11, making that preparedness and convenience cheap.

The SanDisk Cruzer Fit is $7.48 todayRemove non-product link, down from a list price of $16 and its lowest price. This tiny USB 2.0 drive features a built-in LED light so you can tell when your drive is working. It also provides an extra layer of security through its compatibility with SanDisk’s Secure Access software. This drive is a hit on Amazon, with 4.5 stars out of 5 across more than 12,000 user reviews.

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Amazon is selling these tiny 32GB SanDisk flash drives for less than $11 each

Mac World - 8 hours 51 min ago

It’s always a good idea to keep a spare flash drive on hand to help you move and store data in a pinch. Today, you can choose one of two 32GB SanDisk flash drives for less than $11, making that preparedness and convenience cheap.

The SanDisk Cruzer Fit is $7.48 todayRemove non-product link, down from a list price of $16 and its lowest price. This tiny USB 2.0 drive features a built-in LED light so you can tell when your drive is working. It also provides an extra layer of security through its compatibility with SanDisk’s Secure Access software. This drive is a hit on Amazon, with 4.5 stars out of 5 across more than 12,000 user reviews.

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Nearly every iPhone XR is still in stock but don't be fooled: It'll still sell like crazy

Mac World - 9 hours 20 min ago

If you're like me, you set your alarm for an ungodly hour this morning to make sure you got the iPhone XR model, color, and capacity you wanted. (In my case it was Verizon, 128GB, and blue.) Five hours later, nearly every possible combination is still in stock. While several colors are unavailable for store pickup, the only model I could find that wouldn't arrive on time is the 128GB iPhone XR in yellow through T-Mobile.

That might come as a surprise to iPhone watchers who expect every single model to sell out within minutes of its availability. After all, that's been the case with pretty much every iPhone that came before. By the morning of September 14, for instance, nearly every available iPhone XS Max had been claimed, with many iPhone XS models seeing waits of one to two weeks as well. The same was true with last year's iPhone X. Even some iPhone 8 models showed longer ship times within minutes of their online availability.

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Humble's Bethesda Bomb Drops Sale offers up to 50 percent off Fallout games

PC World - 10 hours 9 min ago

Bethesda’s Fallout 76 rolls out next week on Tuesday, October 23, and this weekend is a great time to catch up on any Fallout games you might’ve missed before the big release. Humble’s Bethesda Bombs Drop Sale is selling all kinds of Fallout games for up to 50 percent off. It’s not clear when the sale will end, but Steam is running a similar sale with October 24 as the end date. All Humble game purchases are redeemed on Steam.

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Intel 9th-gen Core i9-9900K Review: The 'best gaming CPU' is also the fastest

PC World - 10 hours 54 min ago

When Intel declared its new 9th gen Core i9-9900K the “world’s best gaming CPU,” it lied. After poking and prodding the CPU, we can say without a doubt that it is actually the fastest mainstream CPU around and—wait for it—the fastest gaming CPU too.

For those who watch every nuance of CPU movements like a degenerate gambler following the ponies, this news won’t exactly come as a shock. After all, take a 14nm++ (+?) CPU, throw on two more cores and crank the clock speed up to 5GHz almost all of the time, and it’s easy to see how the Core i9-9900K would top the charts.

The shocker to us wasn’t that it was fast, but just how fast, and how easy it was to make even faster.

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Hey Apple, where’s our regular space gray Magic Keyboard?

Mac World - 11 hours 54 min ago

I’m excited about the new iPads and MacBook that we’ll likely see at the upcoming October event. As you know, I’m also excited about a possible update to the Apple Pencil. But I’m going to go ahead and say this, as it’s sometimes best to remind a company to get the little things out of the way: On top of everything else, I’d really, really like to see a space gray version of the regular Magic Keyboard.

Apple originally designed the space gray keyboard, trackpad, and Magic Mouse solely for the $5,000 iMac Pro, lending a premium look for Apple’s most powerful desktop to date. That exclusivity didn’t last long, though, perhaps because iMac Pro owners quickly took to eBay to sell their space gray peripherals for exorbitant prices that probably made Apple itself cringe (or, more cynically, realize that they were missing out on some massive cash).

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Apple iPhone XS Max Silicone Case review: The four-month evaluation

Mac World - 12 hours 54 min ago

If you’d asked me a little over a year ago, I might have told you that Apple’s silicone iPhone cases were among the worst products on its shelves. Friends who’d bought them for the iPhone 6 and before told me horror stories of the silicone peeling as though it had a tragic skin condition, or how it retained grease as enthusiastically as a Waffle House napkin. Occasionally I even saw the evidence myself.

In June, though, I picked one one of the newer versions in a bar on a friend’s iPhone X. I immediately wanted to take it home. So grippy! So slim! My own popular third-party case felt like a brick by comparison.

As the iPhone refresh that culminated in the XS was still a few months away, I resolved to make it my primary case for my iPhone 8 Plus. I’d subject it to the little hells of my everyday life and report back with the results. It’s a branded Apple product, after all, and as such it deserves Macworld’s full attention.

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Roccat Khan Aimo review: Hi-Res Audio and 7.1 sound in an affordable headset

PC World - 13 hours 24 min ago

There always needs to be a new gimmick. It’s the most fascinating aspect of reviewing peripherals, and particularly gaming headsets. Every year or two, they need to one-up themselves. Maybe it’s a symptom of their proximity to PCs and PC gaming hardware, but regardless of the underlying reason, the point is there’s always some new headset arms race underway.

The latest battlefield? Hi-Res Audio—and it’s the Roccat Khan Aimo that’s leading the charge.

This review is part of our roundup of best gaming headsets. Go there for details on competing products and how we tested them.

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Best headphones: Our top picks for personal listening

PC World - 13 hours 54 min ago
Whether you're looking for an over-the-ear, on-ear, or in-ear model, we'll help you find the perfect pair.

Best headphones: Our top picks for personal listening

Mac World - 13 hours 54 min ago
Whether you're looking for an over-the-ear, on-ear, or in-ear model, we'll help you find the perfect pair.

What to look for at Apple’s Oct. 30 event, besides iPads and Macs

Mac World - 13 hours 54 min ago

Well, it’s just another quiet week here in the Apple worl—JUST KIDDING! Thursday brought news that Apple has another event in the works, this one coming just before the end of October in a slightly unusual location: Brooklyn, New York.

As with any Apple event, there’s plenty of speculation about what the October 30 show could bring. So far, those whispers have largely been about new iPads with Face ID and edge-to-edge displays, and possibly a new Mac mini and/or consumer-level MacBook. Plus, of course, there’s always the expectation of there being a few surprises up the company’s sleeves.

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Apple sends out colorful, creative invites to presumed Mac, iPad event

Mac World - Thu, 2018-10-18 13:23

As expected for weeks, Apple has finally sent out invitations to its next event, which will be held at the Howard Gilman Opera House in the Brooklyn Academy of Music on October 30. But this time around, Apple had a little more fun with the invitations.

Apple event invites always consist of a main image and a clever phrase, but this one is different. While all of the invitations feature the same "There's more in the making" tagline, everyone who received an invite seems to have gotten a different image. As you can see above, they all feature a unique spin on the Apple logo, each with a clear eye toward creativity. Our invite is one of the creepier ones, with slime dripping off the Apple logo. But hey, it is Halloween.

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Charge your MacBook, iPad, and three phones with this $30 Anker USB-C charger

Mac World - Thu, 2018-10-18 13:01

If you never seem to have enough power to quickly charge all of your devices, today’s deal is the one you've been waiting for. Amazon is selling a five-port Anker PowerPort+ USB Type-C charger for just $30, discounted from a list price of $48 and the lowest we’ve seen it.

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Charge your MacBook, iPad, and three phones with this $30 Anker USB-C charger

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-18 13:01

If you never seem to have enough power to quickly charge all of your devices, today’s deal is the one you've been waiting for. Amazon is selling a five-port Anker PowerPort+ USB Type-C charger for just $30, discounted from a list price of $48 and the lowest we’ve seen it.

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Return of the Obra Dinn review: A phenomenal detective story invoking old Macintosh adventures

Mac World - Thu, 2018-10-18 13:00
A unique art style and a fantastic puzzle hook make Return of the Obra Dinn a detective story worth experiencing, especially if you can do it all in one go.

Return of the Obra Dinn review: A phenomenal detective story invoking old Macintosh adventures

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-18 13:00

“I trust that you now find yourself aboard the Obra Dinn. I expected this day to come and my every intention was to tell the ship’s strange tale within the pages of this book. Regrettably, failing health has allowed me to produce only the basic outline that follows. Your presence on the Obra Dinn is critical. I leave the discovery of its fate and the completion of this book in your hands.”

Thus begins your time aboard the Obra Dinn, a 19th century merchant vessel that set sail with a full complement of 50-odd crew members and about a dozen passengers, and returned with none. None alive, at least.

And it’s your job to figure out what happened.

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