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Boost your PC's sound with an all-time low price on the Logitech's awesome 2.1 Z523 speaker system

PC World - Thu, 2018-12-27 10:19

If you unwrapped a new PC under the tree, there’s one thing you need to get the best movie and game experience: a set of awesome speakers. And today Amazon is selling a great system for half price: the popular 2.1 Logitech Speaker System Z523 is down to $50, matching an all-time lowRemove non-product link.

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Boost your PC's sound with an all-time low price on the Logitech's awesome 2.1 Z523 speaker system

Mac World - Thu, 2018-12-27 10:19

If you unwrapped a new PC under the tree, there’s one thing you need to get the best movie and game experience: a set of awesome speakers. And today Amazon is selling a great system for half price: the popular 2.1 Logitech Speaker System Z523 is down to $50, matching an all-time lowRemove non-product link.

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Bad medicine: The Apple Watch problem

Mac World - Thu, 2018-12-27 09:00

First Apple ruined computers by making them for everyone. Then it ruined humanity by making everyone addicted to smartphones. Now it’s ruining medicine by… well, you have to read this to believe it.

Writing at The Motley Fool, Danny Vena asks “Is the Apple Watch Causing a Run on Emergency Rooms?” (Tip o’ the antlers to Philip.)

Is insulin saving lives and creating an overpopulation problem? Are puppies making people too happy? Where does it all end?!

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Android Confidential: The Android phones and features that flew and flopped in 2018

PC World - Thu, 2018-12-27 08:16

2018 sure was a fun year to be an Android fan. While the usual flagship updates to the Galaxy and Pixel phones dominated the headlines, the year saw a steady stream of announcements and upgrades competing to grab our attention (and our money). 

There were so many awesome phones in 2018, it’s nearly impossible to pick a favorite. Some had killer features, some had great designs, and nearly all of them had incredible cameras. So for the last Android Confidential column of the year, I decided to tackle the best and worst phones of the year from a different angle. Here are the things that stood out for me in 2018:

Most underrated camera feature in 2018 Winner: Top Shot, Google Pixel 3 IDG

A lot of words have been written about Google’s Night Sight feature on the Pixel 3, and rightful so. It’s a fantastic, even mind-blowing feature that turns unusable low-light shots into something you can share on Instagram. What isn’t getting nearly enough attention is Top Shot. This Pixel 3 feature lets you choose from a selection of images taken before and after the original pic so you can make sure you got the moment right.

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How to rearrange app icons on your iPhone

Mac World - Thu, 2018-12-27 08:00

You’re going to spend a lot of time using your iPhone, so it’s a good idea to set up the icons on the Home Screen to suit your needs. You can move the icons around so the ones you use the most are easy to access, and apps that aren’t used as much are on a secondary Home Screen or a folder.

Here’s how to rearrage your app icons on your iPhone.

How to move an app icon

1. On your Home Screen, press on an icon until it is highlighted and hold it. The icons on the screen should start to jiggle.

2. Here are your options to rearranging your app icons.

  • To move an icon, tap and hold it. Then drag it to the desired location. Let go of the icon to place it.
  • To move an icon to another Home Screen, tap and hold an icon, and then drag it to the right edge of the screen. This will add a new Home Screen page.
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  • To put an icon in a folder with other apps, tap and hold an icon, and then drag it on top of another icon. This will create a folder with both apps. You can then drag other icons into the folder. Remember to rename the folder
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  • To remove an icon, tap the X icon on the upper left of the icon. Some Apple apps (such as Safari) cannot be removed.

3. Tap Done at the upper right of the screen when you are finished.

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How to use Windows 10's Your Phone experience

PC World - Thu, 2018-12-27 07:24

Microsoft’s Your Phone app bridges the gap between your Windows 10 PC and a smartphone, allowing quick interactions with images shot with your phone’s camera and the ability to send and receive texts right from your PC. Having tried, and abandoned, using the phone as your PC with Continuum, Microsoft apparently settled upon an assistant role via the Your Phone app. Eventually, Microsoft hopes that Your Phone will evolve into something even bigger, so it’s worth checking out.

The idea behind Your Phone is focus: Pulling out your phone is an unnecessary distraction within Windows’ world. Microsoft feels a text should be processed in the same way as an email, as a quick interaction that can be dealt with and then set aside. 

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What to do whe you caot type certai letters o your MacBook

Mac World - Thu, 2018-12-27 07:00

The Mac 911 mailbag has recently included a number of letters about missing letters—people either can’t type or encounter strange keyboard problems or other oddities.

One email began, “I am cotactig you because my Mac Book Pro keyboard has decided it does ot like to type the letter that appears betwee L ad M o the keyboard.” (Sadly, the writer even had an “n” in her name.)

These kind of keyboard problems are easy to diagnose, because Apple’s had a spate of problems with its MacBook and MacBook Pro models. It chose a new keyboard design starting with the 2015 12-inch MacBook, and then brought to the 2016 overhaul to the MacBook Pro line. Its revised its design once, but not with much improvement.

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The 2018 cord-cutter awards

PC World - Thu, 2018-12-27 06:00
The cord-cutter awards: How the best streaming services and devices got better in 2018.

4K HDMI cables: How to cut through the marketing lingo and figure out what you actually need

PC World - Thu, 2018-12-27 06:00
You probably don’t need to buy a HDMI cable to go with your new TV, but here’s how to tell for sure.

The 2018 cord-cutter awards

Mac World - Thu, 2018-12-27 06:00
The cord-cutter awards: How the best streaming services and devices got better in 2018.

4K HDMI cables: How to cut through the marketing lingo and figure out what you actually need

Mac World - Thu, 2018-12-27 06:00
You probably don’t need to buy a HDMI cable to go with your new TV, but here’s how to tell for sure.

Why 2019 could be an enormous year of change for the Mac

Mac World - Thu, 2018-12-27 06:00

2019 is shaping up to be a big year for the Mac, and I don’t just mean a year where there are a bunch of new Mac models released, along with a macOS update, like almost every other year. This could be the year that everything changes. It’s potentially the most tumultuous year since the transition from the original Mac OS to Mac OS X.

So here’s my annual mix of prediction and wishcasting for the Mac in the coming year.

The Mac Pro arrives at last

Apple has done all 2019 look-ahead columns the great service of preannouncing the new Mac Pro (in 2017!) and, this year, admitting that it would arrive in 2019. The company has also said that it will be releasing its own external display, so no points for guessing that one, either.

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Amazon and B&H are selling the new Mac mini for the lowest price we’ve ever seen

Mac World - Wed, 2018-12-26 12:53

The new Mac mini is an impressive little price of hardware, but we initially weren’t terribly impressed with its price. Thankfully, Amazon and B&HRemove non-product link are both selling it for a mere $699, which is a full $100 off the $799 it normally sells for. It’s enough to make it a much more appealing purchase if you’re simply looking for a relatively inexpensive Mac.

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Most GeForce GTX 1070 Ti GPUs cost more than $400, but this MSI model is $339 today

PC World - Wed, 2018-12-26 10:32

The holiday break week is upon us, and now it’s time to spend all that gift money from your stocking, under the tree, or those sweet, sweet cash refunds. If you’ve got money to burn, B&H Photo Video has you covered with a great deal on a new graphics card. The MSI GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Aero 8G is $339 todayRemove non-product link after a $20 rebate. That is a fantastic deal considering most GTX 1070 Ti cards are north of $400 right now.

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10 must-have apps for your new Apple Watch

Mac World - Wed, 2018-12-26 07:00

The Apple Watch is great right out of the box, but you’ll want to add a few apps to really make it sing. Apple’s wearable is a true marvel, especially the Series 4, but you’ll never know just how useful it can be if you don’t expand your horizons a bit.

When we think about the Apple Watch apps we just can’t live without, these are at the top of the list. Some are free, some are not, but every single one is worth your while.

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Pilow is our favorite app for adding automatic sleep tracking to your Apple Watch.

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How to personalize your PC

PC World - Wed, 2018-12-26 06:32

What makes your house your home? Is it the furniture? The art? A few favorite collectibles arranged on the shelves? Your PC doesn’t have to be any different. If you’re new to Windows 10, we’ll show you how to personalize your PC to make it feel, well, yours.

From the moment you first power on your PC, you’ll be asked to choose how to manage your privacy and security. But once you complete that short process, the fun begins: you’ll be able to select backgrounds, configure your Start menu, and select apps and shortcuts. Think of this story as a complement to our previous tutorial on how to set up your new PC efficiently and effectively. This is the fun stuff.

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ESPN+ review: This sports channel offshoot could use some identity

Mac World - Wed, 2018-12-26 06:00
ESPN's cable-free sports streaming service, ESPN+, would be better if it embraced its weirdness.

10 must-have apps for your new iPhone

Mac World - Wed, 2018-12-26 06:00

You just got a new iPhone, you’re done setting it up, and it’s time to hit the App Store. Which apps should you download to really make your iPhone great?

Obviously, there are the go-to standards that nearly everyone seems to have on their phone. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, maybe Netflix or Amazon…you don’t need a list of suggestions to tell you about those household names. If you’re new to iPhone, or just looking to find some new favorite apps, you should also consider these ten gotta-have-it suggestions.

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One of iOS 12's best features is an app you download from the App Store.

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ESPN+ review: This sports channel offshoot could use some identity

PC World - Wed, 2018-12-26 06:00
ESPN's cable-free sports streaming service, ESPN+, would be better if it embraced its weirdness.

The best PC games of 2018

PC World - Wed, 2018-12-26 06:00

In 2017 we spent a lot of time talking about gaming’s so-called “Indiepocalypse.” People cited different contributing factors, but this hypothetical indie game implosion usually came down to some combination of bigger budgets, a more crowded market, and dwindling audience enthusiasm. And you know what? In 2017 it didn’t seem too impossible. Although an indie game (What Remains of Edith Finch) won our 2017 Game of the Year prize, it was one of the few to make the list.

And yet in 2018, our ten-game list has nine indie games. Only one big-budget game made the cut. In part that’s because 2018 was a year of high-profile flops, from Far Cry 5 to Fallout 76 and everything in between. But indies showed up in a big way for 2018, putting out creative and emotionally rich experiences that reminded us why the indie scene thrived in the first place.

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