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5 ways Apple's awful quarter could impact the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch in 2019 and beyond

PC World - Thu, 2019-01-03 10:00
Tim Cook's letter to investors wasn't just a warning about the upcoming quarterly results—it was a sign that things could be changing at Apple.

Samsung's spectacular 860 EVO, our favorite SSD, is cheaper than ever at Amazon today

Mac World - Thu, 2019-01-03 09:20

One of our favorite solid state drives is available at a great price today. Amazon is selling the 500GB Samsung 860 EVO for $68.40, after you clip a 5 percent off coupon just below the price on the product page. Ostensibly a $110 SSD, the historic all-time low for this drive on Amazon was $71 and the current price is $72. 

Any way you slice it, this is a great cost for a great drive. Today’s deal is for the standard 2.5-inch form-factor version of the Samsung 860 EVO. There is an M.2 version as well, but at this writing it was much more expensive at $98. Both the 2.5-inch and M.2 versions use a SATA III interface.

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Samsung's spectacular 860 EVO, our favorite SSD, is cheaper than ever at Amazon today

PC World - Thu, 2019-01-03 09:20

One of our favorite solid state drives is available at a great price today. Amazon is selling the 500GB Samsung 860 EVO for $68.40, after you clip a 5 percent off coupon just below the price on the product page. Ostensibly a $110 SSD, the historic all-time low for this drive on Amazon was $71 and the current price is $72. 

Any way you slice it, this is a great cost for a great drive. Today’s deal is for the standard 2.5-inch form-factor version of the Samsung 860 EVO. There is an M.2 version as well, but at this writing it was much more expensive at $98. Both the 2.5-inch and M.2 versions use a SATA III interface.

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How iOS’s Wi-Fi Assist works and how it can affect your cellular bill

Mac World - Thu, 2019-01-03 08:00

Added in iOS 9, Wi-Fi Assist recognizes when you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network, but have a poor or erratic signal. When this happens, Wi-Fi Assist kicks over automatically to cellular for foreground apps to keep data flowing. This feature is enabled by default.

Wi-Fi Assist automatically excludes third-party audio and video streaming, and doesn’t relay data from apps working in the background. Nonetheless, some users wound up with surprising cellular bills when they thought they were on Wi-Fi networks—it turned out Wi-Fi Assist used cellular data because the Wi-Fi connections were marginal. (U.S. carriers have largely switched to a fixed or flexible monthly maximum after which your cellular data rate is throttled to a very slow speed, so surprise bills are less likely.)

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How to unlock and enable Developer options on any Android phone

PC World - Thu, 2019-01-03 07:21

Even if you're leery about rooting your Android phone and installing a custom ROM, you can still try out some features and settings that aren't turned on by default. Every Android phone comes equipped with the ability to enable Developer options, which lets you test some features and access parts of the phone that are usually locked away. As you might expect, Developer options are cleverly hidden away by default, but it's easy to enable if you know where to look.

Find your Android Build number

Before you can enable Developer options on your Android phone or tablet, you'll first need to find your phone's build number. On most phones, you can simply type build number into the search field, but here's how to find it on a few popular devices:

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Dullsville: Nobody likes iPhones

Mac World - Thu, 2019-01-03 07:00

Yesterday Apple revised down its guidance for the fourth calendar quarter, admitting that—due to a variety of factors—the company had “fewer iPhone upgrades than we had anticipated.” Apple now expects its revenue to be down about 5 percent from the same quarter the previous year.

Congratulations, nay-sayers! You stuck with it for… [checks calendar]… ten years of iPhone shipments and you’re finally a little bit right. This quarter will not be a record. It’ll “only” be Apple’s second-best in history.

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Logitech G613 wireless keyboard review: A rare mechanical option

PC World - Thu, 2019-01-03 06:08

Mechanical keyboards have grown from niche to mainstream in the past few years, but only for the corded among us. Those who prefer a wireless keyboard have been out of luck, which is especially odd given the push for more living room-friendly peripherals.

That oversight's starting to be addressed though, with both Logitech and Corsair releasing wireless mechanical keyboards recently. Here we're going to take a look at the former, the Logitech G613, which seems perfect for both living room and desktop use—as long as you don't mind keeping the lights on.

Cutting the G213's cord

The G613 has an inauspicious pedigree. Out of the box it looks like Logitech's short-lived G213, an entry-level keyboard that experimented with custom "mech-dome" switches, rubber domes that supposedly felt like true mechanical switches. Supposedly. The reality was not nearly as exciting.

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Cord-cutting in 2019: What to expect in a pivotal year

Mac World - Thu, 2019-01-03 06:00
Big changes for cord-cutting lay ahead in 2019.

2019 iOS wishlist: Better iPhone prices, smaller phones, and iPad software updates

Mac World - Thu, 2019-01-03 06:00

I’m on the record with my hopes and dreams for the Mac in 2019; for my money, it’s going to be a huge year of change on the Mac side. But what about on iOS, home of Apple’s two best-selling products, the iPhone and iPad?

Not to worry. I’ve got hopes and dreams there too. There’s much to do, so let’s dive in.

An iPhone reckoning?

As I write this, Apple has just announced that it’s missing its initial forecast for the holiday quarter 2018 based in large part on lower than expected iPhone sales.

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Cord-cutting in 2019: What to expect in a pivotal year

PC World - Thu, 2019-01-03 06:00
Big changes for cord-cutting lay ahead in 2019.

Shure SE535 in-ear headphones review: Great sound and upgradeability, but a steep price tag undermines the fun

PC World - Thu, 2019-01-03 06:00
The Shure SE535 deliver luxurious performance at a starting price of $449. Adding the optional RMCE-BT2 module delivers Bluetooth 5 and aptX HD support for 24-bit audio, but adds another $149 to your bill of sale.

Apple cuts Q1 2019 earnings estimates, blames everyone but itself

Mac World - Wed, 2019-01-02 17:33

Trading for Apple stock halted briefly on Wednesday afternoon as Tim Cook issued a letter providing revised guidance for the company’s first-quarter 2019 earnings estimates. The new estimates are as follows:

  • Revenue of approximately $84 billion
  • Gross margin of approximately 38 percent
  • Operating expenses of approximately $8.7 billion
  • Other income/(expense) of approximately $550 million
  • Tax rate of approximately 16.5 percent before discrete items

Most of the numbers are not very different from the guidance the company issued back in November, but there is one big change—revenue is projected to be down about $5-9B from the company’s previous $89-93B estimate.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 finally tops Windows 7 in user share

PC World - Wed, 2019-01-02 15:07

Microsoft’s Windows 10 has finally surpassed Windows 7, according to an analyst firm that tracks real-world usage.

In December, Windows 10 overtook Windows 7 for the first time, according to NetAnalytics. Windows 10’s market share for desktop and notebook PCs combined hit 39.22 percent, versus 36.90 percent for Windows 7. That’s a shift from November, when Windows 7 held a 38.89 percent market share, and Windows 10’s share was 38.14 percent. For all of 2018, Windows 10’s market share rose by about 7 percentage points, while Windows 7’s share fell by about the same amount.

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Amazon is selling stylish Milanese Loop Apple Watch bands for as little as $4

Mac World - Wed, 2019-01-02 13:50

Few styles of Apple Watch bands are as practical and as elegant as the Milanese Loop, and few are so expensive. At least, that is, if you buy one from Apple, which sells them for a whopping $149. Today on Amazon, though, you can get a Milanese Loop band from Penom in any style in stock for as little as $3.99 when you enter the code 50NBM4JV for a 50 percent discount at checkout.

I’m especially a fan of the way the sale applies to every model available, as these kinds of impressive sales tend to apply to clearly unpopular variations. As for me, I’ve already used this promotion to buy a space gray band for my 42mm Apple Watch Series 3.

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Get your backups in order for 2019 with 25% off the 2TB WD My Passport drive

Mac World - Wed, 2019-01-02 12:32

It's a new year, and you know what that means—new projects, new memories, and the possibility that you could lose them all. So start the new year right with a great deal on our favorite backup drive: Amazon is selling the 2TB WD My Passport external drive for $60Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $80 and its lowest price since last summer.

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Get your backups in order for 2019 with 25% off the 2TB WD My Passport drive

PC World - Wed, 2019-01-02 12:32

It's a new year, and you know what that means—new projects, new memories, and the possibility that you could lose them all. So start the new year right with a great deal on our favorite backup drive: Amazon is selling the 2TB WD My Passport external drive for $60Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $80 and its lowest price since last summer.

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Protect up to 5 devices with the excellent Norton Security Deluxe for just $15

PC World - Wed, 2019-01-02 09:41

Amazon’s dishing out software deals this week designed to help you get your digital life in order for the new year. Yesterday, it was personal finance software, today it’s a great deal on antivirus software. A one-year subscription to Norton Security Deluxe for up to five devices is just $15 today, for the downloadable version only.

Norton is currently charging $40 for new customers for the same suite. Amazon’s price, meanwhile, is at its all-time low for this security suite and the first time it’s dropped under $20.

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Protect up to 5 devices with the excellent Norton Security Deluxe for just $15

Mac World - Wed, 2019-01-02 09:41

Amazon’s dishing out software deals this week designed to help you get your digital life in order for the new year. Yesterday, it was personal finance software, today it’s a great deal on antivirus software. A one-year subscription to Norton Security Deluxe for up to five devices is just $15 today, for the downloadable version only.

Norton is currently charging $40 for new customers for the same suite. Amazon’s price, meanwhile, is at its all-time low for this security suite and the first time it’s dropped under $20.

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Cut The Cord With This Digital Antenna, Now Half Off

PC World - Wed, 2019-01-02 09:21

Cord cutting continues to gain popularity, but some of us still resist the movement for fear that we'll lose access to key programming. What you may not realize, however, is that you can still watch popular television shows—for free—via over the air transmissions and without having to mount an ugly mechanical antenna over your roof. All you need is a digital antenna like as the ANTOP AT-402B, which is currently on sale for just $79.99.

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Save Over 47% On Keyboard Maestro Macro Master ($19)

Mac World - Wed, 2019-01-02 09:20

The MacBook is one of the handiest tools in a creative’s arsenal. It allows us to produce stunning videos, edit high-quality photos, and mix music. However, you’ll soon find that the keyboard shortcuts required to perform our favorite functions can be clunky, which ultimately slows your productivity. With Keyboard Maestro Macro Manager, you can create your own macros to increase your productivity for $19.

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