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Market sharing: The Apple Watch by the numbers

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-31 10:00

How exactly do you spin a story about a huge increase in shipments of an Apple product negatively? Let’s find out!

Writing for the very nice people and possessed cymbal-banging monkeys over at Business Insider, Isobel Asher Hamilton definitely has that “market share is the most important thing ever” BI house style down pat.

“The Apple Watch’s dominance is under threat.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Peter.)

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Google takes on Apple, Windows with Chromebook attack ad as Amazon slashes Pixelbook prices

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-31 09:42
Google is running a new ad spotlighting Chromebooks' advantage over Mac and Windows PCs, namely longer battery life, less lag, and no viruses.

Google takes on Apple, Windows with Chromebook attack ad as Amazon slashes Pixelbook prices

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-31 09:42

Google is tired of Chromebooks being ignored by laptop buyers. While the lightweight, low-cost convertibles have made serious inroads in schools, most people still see their laptop buying options limited to just two choices: Mac or PC. But Google is making it cheaper and more compelling than ever to consider a third.

In a new ad campaign, Google is positioning Chromebooks as full-scale PC alternatives with benefits many people might not realize. The 60-second ad shows various error and slowdown messages with the following words: If you want virus protection, all-day battery, automatic updates, less charging, more battery life, quicker starts, faster loading, less lag, a new kind of laptop, you Chromebook.

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Grab an Acer 2-in-1 laptop with an SSD and a modern Core i3 for $460 at Staples

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-31 09:28

Today’s a good day to freshen up that travel companion laptop. Staples is selling the Acer Spin 3 2-in-1 for $460Remove non-product link. The list price for this convertible is $650 on Staples’ site, and you can find an underpowered version on Amazon for $484.

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AMD brings overclocking to the masses with its Ryzen B450 chipset

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-31 09:00

It's not much of a secret anymore but AMD, on Tuesday, officially unwrapped its B450 chipset. Aimed at mainstream Ryzen customers, it might seem unexciting but actually brings a couple of premium features to low-cost motherboards.  

The B450 chipset is a direct replacement for the B350 chipset introduced with the first-generation Ryzen. For the most part, it's a small iteration over the previous B350 chipset. 

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AMD's new B450 chipset is a small iteration over the previous chipset but now adds free support for SenseMI technology.

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Losing 60 pounds with Apple: Putting Apple-compatible fitness devices through a trial by fire

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-31 08:00

Apple calls the Apple Watch “the ultimate device for a healthy life.” It plays up the way corporations weave it into their fitness programs, and it trumpets how the watch’s numerous third-party apps “help monitor nutrition and fitness.” Gosh, it sounds so perfect.

But is it really so helpful as all that? As an overweight guy who’s rapidly hurtling toward middle age, I’m a little skeptical about its usefulness. Much of the marketing for the Apple Watch showcases folks who are already fit. If they're not fit, they're usually at least thin. The message that comes across is that the Apple Watch helps them stay in shape; whenever activities and practices led to their current appearance were already in place.

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Mophie Powerstation Plus XL review: Leave your micro-USB cable at home

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-31 07:00

Carrying along a portable battery pack is a convenient way to avoid hunting for a plug when you travel, but it can also mean carrying around multiple charging cables. For those that use Apple devices, the fact that our iPhones and iPads use a Lightning cable while our battery packs recharge via micro-USB or USB-C can be a real hassle.

Now, Mophie makes Apple-exclusive versions of some Powerstation products that eliminate the multi-cable headache. They’ve got Lightning ports for power input, so the same power adapter and cable used to charge up your phone can be used to charge up the battery pack. They’re only sold on Mophie’s site and Apple stores

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16 simple, yet powerful Excel functions you need to know

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-31 06:05

Power users love to talk about how powerful and awesome Excel is, what with its Pivot Tables, nested formulas, and Boolean logic. But many of us barely know how to find the Autosum feature, let alone use Excel’s functions to create powerful formulas.

If you're part of the Excel 99 percent, here are 16 handy Excel functions that will get you well on your way to spreadsheet mastery.

=SUM()

The first function anyone should know tells Excel to carry out basic arithmetic. Let’s say you wanted the numbers in cell A2 and cell B2 to be added together in cell C2. All you’d do is enter =SUM(A2:B2) into C2, then hit Enter. In an instant you’d see sum of the two cells appear.

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Alexa Cast: What it is and how to use it

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-31 06:00
Alexa Cast is a new feature on Amazon products for streaming and control of media content. Similar to Google's Chromecast and Apple's AirPlay, it allows users to transfer the playback of media from a phone to a compatible device.

TASCAM 202MKVII dual cassette deck review: A high-quality, but pricey, tool for digitizing your tape collection

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-31 06:00
The Tascam 202 MK VII USB cassette deck is the best we've seen for digitizing audio cassettes (in good condition), but at $500, it's a very expensive option.

The 10 iPhone and iPad games you need to play from July 2018

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-31 06:00
July's iOS games

Image by Gameloft

If you’re out and about a lot this summer, then you might be in need of some new games to play on your iPhone. You never know when you’ll need a moment in the shade to unwind and cool down, and a great new game can make that moment even more enjoyable.

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Alexa Cast: What it is and how to use it

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-31 06:00
Alexa Cast is a new feature on Amazon products for streaming and control of media content. Similar to Google's Chromecast and Apple's AirPlay, it allows users to transfer the playback of media from a phone to a compatible device.

TASCAM 202MKVII dual cassette deck review: A high-quality, but pricey, tool for digitizing your tape collection

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-31 06:00
The Tascam 202 MK VII USB cassette deck is the best we've seen for digitizing audio cassettes (in good condition), but at $500, it's a very expensive option.

Laptop buyer's guide: What to get when everything's on sale

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-30 23:05

Laptop deals don’t just rain from the sky for the holidays. These days, we’re flooded with short bursts of sales all year round. Case in point: the many back-to-school and “Black Friday in July” discounts.

Retailers offer up a lot more chaff than wheat during these big blowouts, though, so we’ve put together this buyer’s guide. It'll help you sift through configuration options and find the true deals (if there are any) in the sub-$500 and sub-$750 price ranges. We’ve even included an examination of some current laptops to illustrate what we’d buy and what we’d avoid during these deluges of "bargains."

For a deeper dive, be sure to read our companion guides on the best laptop CPUs, and how to pick the best GPU for your laptop, though we touch on the basics here.

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Best smart speakers: Which delivers the best combination of digital assistant and audio performance?

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-30 21:10
With models based on Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and others to come, we’ll help you find just the right model for you.

Best smart speakers: Which delivers the best combination of digital assistant and audio performance?

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-30 21:10
With models based on Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and others to come, we’ll help you find just the right model for you.

New GeForce graphics cards inbound? Nvidia teases Gamescom event with 'spectacular surprises'

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-30 16:24

It’s been more than two years since Nvidia launched its dominant GeForce GTX 10-series graphics cards, and that feels like an eternity in the world of technology. But the drought could be ending soon. On Monday, Nvidia announced that it’s holding a “Gaming Celebration” event in Germany that includes “spectacular surprises” on August 20 at 5:30 p.m. CET/12:30 p.m. Eastern.

The date’s significant for a couple of reasons. It’s the evening before Gamescom, Europe’s biggest gaming trade fair, kicks off on August 21. That alone makes the event a strong candidate for the reveal of Nvidia’s next-gen graphics cards, which numerous media reports (and our own sources) suggest will launch this summer.

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How to Hack (Legally) & Get Paid For It

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-30 15:06

Do you want to learn how to hack into the latest and greatest security systems? Does the idea of stripping down an organization’s defenses excite you? If you answer yes to both, we hope you put your enthusiasm to good use as a white hat hacker!

In this day and age, data is worth more than gold, which is why hackers are doubling down on their efforts to secure you and your company’s precious info. In the wake of major data breaches against organizations like Facebook and Yahoo, the demand for computer security experts has risen—and so have the options for training (more on that later).

How do I become a white hat hacker?

White hat hackers (also known as ethical hackers) are computer security experts who use hacking techniques to penetrate an organization’s security systems. This process would otherwise be improper, but a white hat hacker's goal is to find vulnerabilities in a security system and patch them up, so better measures can be made against their malicious counterparts.

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Get A Lifetime Of Mondly's AI-Powered Language Training For $40

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-30 15:03

In an ever-changing corporate environment, the likelihood of working with international branches will soon be inevitable. Your career advancement may very well hinge on how effectively you can communicate with the rest of the world. Therefore, knowing multiple languages will be quite valuable in your career advancement, especially if you work for a multinational corporation.

The first step in your career development is deciding which languages will be valuable to you. Spanish and Simplified Chinese are the most useful, as they will help you communicate with a large percentage of the world. However, what if your company has markets elsewhere, such as India or Portugal? It’ll be difficult to find a language instructor for each language you need.

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Nike is selling the best Apple Watch for 20 percent off today

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-30 13:46

If you want the best Apple Watch experience, you want the Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular connectivity. It delivers all the monitoring powers, speed, and brightness of the other varieties, but you can also wear it without worrying if your phone is close enough. Usually it’s a super pricey thing, but today you can head over to Nike and pick one up for 20 percent offRemove non-product link when you enter the code HOT20 at checkout.

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