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Bluesound Pulse Mini Bluetooth speaker review: Great sound, strong feature set, and a few rough edges

Mac World - Fri, 2018-06-29 06:00
The Bluesound Pulse Mini sounds great, will mesh with other Bluesound speakers, and plays music from a wide variety of sources. But its out-of-box experience and controls leave something to be desired.

The Apple TV and tvOS could use a little love

Mac World - Fri, 2018-06-29 06:00

The iPhone, Apple Watch, and Mac all got some love from Apple at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference, but the fourth of Apple’s platforms was largely left out in the cold: the Apple TV.

Indeed, the newest version of tvOS doesn’t even get its own page on Apple’s site—clicking links about it will simply take you to an updated page for the Apple TV 4K, released last September.

On the face of it, sure, it’s understandable why the Apple TV and tvOS didn’t get a lot of attention: the set-top box is arguably the least ambitious of Apple’s products, and many of the roadblocks that the company has run into in terms of improving it have been stymied by the need to work with partners.

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10 great movies to celebrate the Fourth of July

PC World - Fri, 2018-06-29 06:00
Stream a few of these fantastic movies to capture the spirit of Independence Day.

Bluesound Pulse Mini Bluetooth speaker review: Great sound, strong feature set, and a few rough edges

PC World - Fri, 2018-06-29 06:00
The Bluesound Pulse Mini sounds great, will mesh with other Bluesound speakers, and plays music from a wide variety of sources. But its out-of-box experience and controls leave something to be desired.

Best gaming laptops: Know what to look for and which models rate highest

PC World - Thu, 2018-06-28 21:48

Picking a gaming laptop is a lot more fun today than it was five years ago, when a “real” gaming laptop meant 12 pounds of back-breaking hardware to haul around.

Gaming laptop cheat sheet

Our quick-hit recommendations:·

With major advances in laptop CPUs and graphics technologies, you can now get great gaming performance in sizes from slender to huge, and prices from budget to sky-high. That's where this handy-dandy buyer’s guide come in. We’ll name the best gaming laptops currently available, and we’ll highlight what to look for when buying a gaming laptop. (Check back often, as we’ll update this list as new products arrive.)

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The best SSDs of 2018

PC World - Thu, 2018-06-28 19:15

Switching to a solid-state drive is the best upgrade you can make for your PC. These wondrous devices obliterate long boot times, speed up how fast your programs and games load, and generally makes your computer feel fast. But not all solid-state drives are created equal. The best SSDs offer solid performance at affordable prices—or, if price is no object, face-meltingly fast read and write speeds.

SSD cheat sheet

Our quick-hit recommendations:

Many SSDs come in a 2.5-inch form factor and communicate with PCs via the same SATA ports used by traditional hard drives. But out on the bleeding-edge of NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) drives, you’ll find tiny “gumstick” SSDs that fit in M.2 connections on modern motherboards, SSDs that sit on a PCIe adapter and slot into your motherboard like a graphics card or sound card, futuristic 3D Xpoint drives, and more. Picking the perfect SSD isn’t as simple as it used to be.

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PCWorld is streaming the Battlefield 5 PC Closed Alpha on Twitch!

PC World - Thu, 2018-06-28 17:04

Battlefield V (aka 5) is now available to play in a closed alpha on PC via Origin. Join Adam and Dan as they jump into the new modes EA announced during their EA Play event earlier this month. Hayden also got his hands on the Grand Operations mode and and really enjoyed his time with it.

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iOS 12: How to enable favicons (site icons on tabs) in Safari

Mac World - Thu, 2018-06-28 17:00

For years, Safari has ignored one of the most useful tiny little features of modern web browsers: favicons. Those are the little site-specific icons that show up in browser tabs and bookmark lists to help you quickly identify sites.

In iOS 12 (and macOS Mojave), favicons are finally supported in Safari! But you have to turn them on first. The feature is most useful for those who use the iPad or an Plus-sized iPhone, which show browser tabs in a single window, but you’ll see Favicons on your website “cards” in portrait orientation on an iPhone, too.

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Today only, get an ultra-portable 512GB 12-inch MacBook for just $1,000

Mac World - Thu, 2018-06-28 13:07

If you seek portability above all else, you’ll find few better laptops than the adorable 12-inch MacBook. And today, thanks for Woot, you’ll find few better prices for it.

For today only, Woot is selling the 2016 512GB version of Apple’s scrappy notebook for just $999.99, which represents a hefty leap down from the roughly $1,299.99 you’d normally expect to pay for a new version of this device. (The 2016 512GB model is currently selling for $1,119.90 on Amazon.)

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Why a supersized Apple subscription streaming bundle just might work

Mac World - Thu, 2018-06-28 12:06

It's no secret that Apple is assembling a video service to rival the likes of Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Hulu. With more than a dozen shows reportedly in development and a multi-year deal with talk show megastar Oprah Winfrey, an Apple Video announcement is seemingly imminent, possibly even arriving alongside the new iPhones in September.

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Deep Fitbit Surge, Beats Studio3 discounts today could add style and smarts to your workout

PC World - Thu, 2018-06-28 11:21

A couple great workout accessories have great deals today. The Fitbit Surge is $100 on Amazon, down from a list price of $189. The Beats Studio3 wireless headphones in rose gold are $205, a steep discount from their MSRP of $350.

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Deep Fitbit Surge, Beats Studio3 discounts today could add style and smarts to your workout

Mac World - Thu, 2018-06-28 11:21

A couple great workout accessories have great deals today. The Fitbit Surge is $100 on Amazon, down from a list price of $189. The Beats Studio3 wireless headphones in rose gold are $205, a steep discount from their MSRP of $350.

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MacOS Mojave: How to perform system updates

Mac World - Thu, 2018-06-28 10:00

Updates to the operating system are important to install because they fix bugs and security holes. Sometimes they even add new features. Recent versions of macOS had their updates installed through the App Store, but that changes with macOS Mojave.

In Mojave, Apple moved OS updates to a Software Update system preference. Apple also simplified the settings for automatic update installations. Let’s take a look at the Software Update system preference settings.

Where are the settings for Software Update?

The Software Update system preference is located in  > System Preferences. Software Update is located in the third row.

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Newegg's got an MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti for well under $450 with rebate

PC World - Thu, 2018-06-28 09:55

The graphics card sale pricing keeps on getting better. Today only you can pick up an MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Duke 8G for $420 with the checkout code EMCSPVRW2 and a $20 mail-in rebate. That makes the up-front cost $445, which is still $45 cheaper than what you'll see for this same graphics card on Amazon right now.

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Cobra Drive HD Dash 2316D review: Dual cameras, neat features, poor night video

PC World - Thu, 2018-06-28 09:01

I was anxious to try the $240 Drive HD Dash 2316D dual-camera system and see what Cobra brings to the table these days. We gave the last dual-camera Cobra solution I reviewed, the CDR895D Drive HD, an Editor’s Choice, largely because of ease of use and low price. That system’s night video has since been eclipsed in quality by many cameras, even entry-level models. I expected and hoped the Dash 2316D had evolved with the times. 

Long story short: In terms of usability, the Dash 2316D is on point. There are numerous nice-to-have new features iRadar (Cobra’s information service) traffic alerts, and driver assistance. But when it comes to video quality, the Dash 2316D has not evolved, and there are a few other features I'm surprised Cobra hasn't improved.  

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MacOS Mojave: How to turn off or turn on recent apps in the Dock

Mac World - Thu, 2018-06-28 09:00

The Dock in macOS Mojave has a new, very helpful feature: It now displays recently-used apps. It’s handy when you’re going through a phase of using a particular app frequently, but you don’t want that app to appear in your regular Dock lineup.

Recent apps is on by default, and they appear on the right side of the Dock in a section marked off by horizontal white lines. In the Dock’s default setup, recent apps appear in a section between the Settings and Downloads icons.

IDG The Mojave Dock with recents apps.

The Dock shows the three recent apps that you’ve used; if a recently-used app already has a home in the Dock, it doesn’t appear in the recents section. (In case you’re wondering, recent apps, documents, and servers are still available in  > Recent Items.)

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iOS 12 and macOS Mojave: What is Continuity Camera and how to use it

Mac World - Thu, 2018-06-28 08:00

Over the years, the task of digitizing printed photos and documents has gotten a lot easier. Scanners used to be main tool for the job, but now we have smartphone cameras. With Continuity Camera, you can use your iPhone or iPad to directly import photos or documents scans (like receipts) into a file that you’re creating on your Mac.

How it works: Continuity Camera connects your Mac to your iOS device. You can then take a photo or snap a picture of a document, and that image is then automatically imported into the file you are working on. It’s that simple.

Continuity Camera’s requirements
  • Mac: macOS Mojave. iOS device: iOS 12.
  • Currently, Continuity Camera works with the Mojave bundled apps like Notes, TextEdit, and Mail. It also works with Apple’s Pages and Keynote. For your favorite third-party apps, look for updates from the developers.
  • The Mac and iOS devices need to be logged into the same Apple ID.
  • The Mac and iOS devices need to be on the same Wi-Fi network.
How to take photos using Continuity Camera in macOS Mojave and iOS 12

Here’s how to use Continuity Camera to insert a photo into a document you’re creating on a Mac. Pages is used in the instructions here, and they’re the same steps for any of the bundled Apple apps, such as Notes, Mail, and TextEdit.

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Supremely forced: Any excuse to list Apple’s woes

Mac World - Thu, 2018-06-28 07:00

Something happened! It must be bad for Apple.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and handlebar mustache implant clinic, Ken Kam knows the drill but fails to show his work.

“Supreme Court Deals Setback To Apple Pay.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Nick and Jim.)

The Supreme Court ruled that American Express can stipulate to retailers that contract to accept their card that they can’t encourage customers to use other cards with lower fees.

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AT&T Watch: All the channels, details, and gotchas

PC World - Thu, 2018-06-28 06:00
After buying Time Warner, AT&T is giving away TV with unlimited wireless service, but some caveats apply.

Windows 10's big Insider build showcases Skype, a font maker and Task Manager tweaks

PC World - Thu, 2018-06-28 06:00

Midway through developing new Windows Insider builds, Microsoft usually begins dropping some doozies. Wednesday's release of Windows 10 Insider build 17704 was no exception: Microsoft retired its Sets UI again, updated the Windows 10 version of Skype, and began promoting a new Fonts Maker app.

As it often does, Microsoft complemented its major updates with smaller, though more useful additions. Perhaps the most significant is an update to Task Manager that offers some insight into which apps and services are using the most power.

Here's what the latest Insider build version 17704 will add, and what it will taketh away:

Sets is gone, again

Sets, the tabbed UI that appeared within the April 2018 Update as well as the current Redstone 5 builds, had been updated to support more Win32 apps as well as services like Task Manager. But, as it did with the Redstone 4/April 2018 Update builds, Microsoft has phased out Sets once again.

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