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Eufy RobotVac 30C review: A reliable cleaner gets app control and smart-home integration

Mac World - Mon, 2018-12-31 06:00
This budget-priced robot vacuum from Eufy gets new features while remaining affordably priced.

Gjemeni USB couch review: You’ll get a charge out of this versatile convertible sofa

Mac World - Mon, 2018-12-31 06:00
What better place for USB charging ports than the furniture you sit in every day? Gjemeni goes the extra mile to build 110-volt AC outlets into its tech-savvy couch.

The old guard of Mac indy apps has thrived for more than 25 years

Mac World - Mon, 2018-12-31 06:00

It seems like it was only yesterday that I first used BareBones Software’s BBEdit, but in actuality, yesterday is so far away—25 years, in fact. With all the twists and turns across more than two decades of Apple as a company, Mac hardware, and the underlying operating system, you might think that BBEdit stands alone as a continuously-developed app shepherded largely or exclusively by the same independent developer—an app without a giant company behind it. As it turns out, BBEdit is one of several apps with longevity as an indie app.

The longevity of indie apps is more extraordinary when you consider the changes Apple put the Mac through from the early 1990s to 2018. Apple switched from Motorola 680x0 processors to PowerPC to Intel chips, from 32-bit to 64-bit code, and among supported coding languages. It revved System 7 to 8 to 9, then to Unix across now 15 major releases (from 10.0 to 10.14). That’s a lot for any individual programmer or small company to cope with.

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Eufy RobotVac 30C review: A reliable cleaner gets app control and smart-home integration

PC World - Mon, 2018-12-31 06:00
This budget-priced robot vacuum from Eufy gets new features while remaining affordably priced.

Gjemeni USB couch review: You’ll get a charge out of this versatile convertible sofa

PC World - Mon, 2018-12-31 06:00
What better place for USB charging ports than the furniture you sit in every day? Gjemeni goes the extra mile to build 110-volt AC outlets into its tech-savvy couch.

Essential is no longer selling phones, but Andy Rubin still wants us to believe

PC World - Sat, 2018-12-29 08:41

Apparently Essential doesn't feel like a full product catalogue are all that necessary to a sound business plan. Following a Bloomberg report that claimed the fledgling and flailing phone maker headed by Android creator Andy Rubin has slashed its workforce by 30 percent and was prepping the company for a sale, Essential has now stopped selling its namesake product, the PH-1, a titanium-and-ceramic beauty of a handset that never quite lived up to its own hype.

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Get a new MacBook Air for just $999 at B&H

Mac World - Fri, 2018-12-28 12:46

If you’re in the market for a new MacBook Air, you’ll be happy to know that B&H Photo is currently selling the entry-level 128GB modelRemove non-product link for a mere $999, down from the normal retail price of $1,199. That means you’ll be getting it for the retail price of the old MacBook Air (although discounts for that model are becoming increasingly common). Act quickly, though, as the deal ends on December 29 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.

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Amazon's Digital Day is here with great deals on a Fire HD tablet, PC apps, and content

PC World - Fri, 2018-12-28 10:56

There are only a few days left in 2018, but that’s still plenty of time for one last big sales event from Amazon. The online retailer is having its third annual Amazon Digital Day on Friday until just before midnight Pacific time. The deals are mostly for digital goods such as desktop software, comics, videos, and streaming subscriptions. Here’s our pick of the top five deals of the day.

Fire HD 10 Amazon

Digital content requires something to play it on, and Amazon is knocking $50 off the MSRP of the Fire HD 10Remove non-product link to $99.99. We’ve seen the Fire HD 10 hit this price several times already during the holidays, but it’s always nice to see a solid tablet at such a good price. The Fire HD 10 features a 1080p display and 32GB storage. It’s also an easy gateway to Amazon’s digital storefront and includes a free three-month trial of Audible.

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How to modify Notifications on your iPhone

Mac World - Fri, 2018-12-28 08:00

Notifications are a helpful and important part of the iPhone and iOS, but it’s easy to be bombarded by them. You can quickly find yourself with so many Notifications that they aren’t useful anymore. The key is to activate Notifications for only the apps you want, or to group them so they’re easier to manage.

To access your Notifications settings in iOS 12 on you iPhone:

1. Tap Settings.

2. Scroll down a little, then tap Notifications.

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Let’s go over the ways you can modify Notifications.

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Best iPhone screen protectors: Keep your screen flawless

Mac World - Fri, 2018-12-28 07:00

Screen protectors can be a nuisance to get on your iPhone, but they’re essential for protecting your iPhone’s screen from drops and scratches.

A countless amount of screen protectors exist on the market today, and many of them are frustratingly poor quality. So we did the heavy lifting and found some of the best that money can buy.

How we reviewed: We did two things to test these screen protectors. First, we applied them to make if they fit well and didn’t bubble excessively. Then, we used a sharp pair of scissors to see if they resisted scratches.

Without further ado, here are our favorite screen protectors for the iPhone.

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Best iPhone screen protectors: Keep your screen flawless

PC World - Fri, 2018-12-28 07:00
Screen protectors are a hassle, but a necessary hassle. To keep your display pristine, we've rounded up our favorite screen protectors for the iPhone.

12 of the best indie PC games you might have missed in 2018

PC World - Fri, 2018-12-28 06:30

It has been one hell of a year for indie games, as evidenced by our 2018 Game of the Year list. Nine out of the ten entries on that list were indies, which almost negates the need for us to do our traditional “Games You Missed” list as well.

Almost, but not quite. Our Game of the Year list covered the best of the best, but there are still a bunch of smaller experiences worth highlighting I think—games like TimespinnersGraveyard KeeperExapunks, and...well, read on to find out. Below you’ll find a selection of games I enjoyed this year but didn’t get around to discussing as much. Hopefully there’s something you missed, rescued from the void at the last second before we roll into 2019.

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Calendar whirls: Presenting all the best movies to stream this New Year’s Eve weekend

Mac World - Fri, 2018-12-28 06:00
Here are 12 great movies to watch while you ring in the New Year.

Reolink Go review: 4G LTE connectivity and heavy weatherization lets you install this security cam anywhere

Mac World - Fri, 2018-12-28 06:00
This home security camera connects to T-Mobile's LTE network, so you can set it up just about anywhere—no router required.

What to expect from Apple in 2019

Mac World - Fri, 2018-12-28 06:00

Seems like just yesterday I was running down what to look for in 2018, but the Earth has made it around the sun once again, which means that we’re once again poised to embark upon a new year of Apple news.

While there are some things that we can always reasonably expect from Apple in any given year—a new iPhone, probably at least one iPad revision, and some new Macs—2019 is unusual in that we already have several strong indications of announcements to expect from the company. Here’s a quick look at several things that I’m keeping an eye over the next twelve months.

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Calendar whirls: Presenting all the best movies to stream this New Year’s Eve weekend

PC World - Fri, 2018-12-28 06:00
Here are 12 great movies to watch while you ring in the New Year.

Reolink Go review: 4G LTE connectivity and heavy weatherization lets you install this security cam anywhere

PC World - Fri, 2018-12-28 06:00
This home security camera connects to T-Mobile's LTE network, so you can set it up just about anywhere—no router required.

Razer Kraken Tournament Edition review: A messy but interesting refresh for Razer's no-frills headset line

PC World - Fri, 2018-12-28 05:41

The last Razer headset we reviewed, the Nari Ultimate, packed one hell of a gimmick: custom-built drivers that respond to bass presence by literally vibrating against your head. Silly? Absolutely. Still, I enjoyed my time with it.

Not every Razer product is built on gimmicks though, and as if to prove the point Razer's also released the Nari Ultimate's polar opposite this fall: another iteration of the no-frills Kraken line, this one dubbed the Razer Kraken Tournament Edition. Is it really tournament-ready? We donned one to find out.

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best gaming headsets. Go there for information on other competing products and how we test them. 

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Apple's gaslighting over bent iPads is a stunning response to a serious problem

PC World - Thu, 2018-12-27 10:22
Apple wants you to believe that bent iPads are normal—and that’s not acceptable.

Apple's gaslighting over bent iPads is a stunning response to a serious problem

Mac World - Thu, 2018-12-27 10:22

If the new iPad Pro you got for Christmas is bent in the center, don’t bother booking an appointment at the Apple Store. Just return the tablet, because the genius at the bar isn’t going to care. Why? Because, apparently, Apple doesn’t want you to think the bend is a problem.

It started like this: A couple of weeks ago, people began complaining on forums that their new iPads Pros were bent. Then photos began making the rounds, showing iPads that were clearly bent at the center, with one side perceptively higher than the other when lying flat on a table. At first it seemed like a nothing story. My initial reaction was that it was the result of a production defect that presumably affected a small batch of devices. Affected devices would be replaced at Apple Stores, the bent units would make their way through the channel and then peter out entirely, and business would proceed as usual.

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