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The best laptops: Premium laptops, cheap laptops, 2-in-1s, and more

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-29 16:39

Today’s best laptops bask in the glow of Intel’s 8th-gen Core CPUs, which at last bring quad-core performance to mainstream machines. The only thing missing is Oprah shouting, “And you get an 8th-gen quad-core laptop!”

There’s plenty of good news with this new generation. Our favorite convertible laptop, HP’s Spectre x360 13, sports a quad-core 8th-gen chip while maintaining its diminutive size. It’s really the total package. 

But let’s be honest: You probably don’t need a quad-core powerhouse, especially if the hottest application you run is Microsoft Excel. Check out our budget favorites, like the Acer Aspire E 15 and Asus ZenBook Flip, whose dual-core CPUs do just fine with mainstream fare. Or read about the Asus Chromebook Flip, a well-priced and versatile laptop for living on the web—or delving into the wide, wide world of Android apps. 

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OnePlus 6T hands-on: This time around it might actually be a flagship killer

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-29 15:58

In a crowded month-plus of phone releases, Android might have saved the best for last. It’s no easy task to follow the Galaxy Note 9, Pixel 3 XL, Mate 20 Pro, and iPhone XS Max, but the OnePlus 6T might just give Samsung, Google, Huawei, and even Apple a reason to be concerned.

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Macworld's November Digital Magazine: Five reasons why you should install macOS Mojave

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-29 15:53

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld digital magazine. 

In the November issue

MacOS Mojave is out. In the November issue we have five big reasons why you shouldn’t wait to upgrade. Got a new iPhone XS? We have a rundown of the ten things you should do first with your new phone. Plus, We pulled out our crystal ball to tell you what we are predicting for a MacBook Air replacement.

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: How Apple’s push to subscriptions could save the App Store and cost you money

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What to expect from Apple’s October 30 event

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-29 15:30

On October 18, Apple sent out colorful invitations to a new event, to be held at the Howard Gilman Opera House in the Brooklyn Academy of Music on October 30. Each invitation had its own uniquely stylized Apple logo with the tagline “There’s more in the making.”

One never knows exactly what Apple will announce until they say it on stage, but there are always some strong rumors and leaks ahead of any major product unveiling. And the invitations and the venue provide clues. Here’s what we expect from Apple on October 30.

How to watch the event

Apple will livestream the event from its Events Page. Simply head there shortly before the start time of 10 a.m. Eastern time. 

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Watch The Full Nerd talk storage with Intel's Bill Leszinske

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-29 13:42

Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. In today's special episode we are joined by Bill Leszinske, Intel's Corporate VP of Strategic Planning & Marketing for Storage, to talk about Optane and the future of storage. As always we will be answering your live questions so speak up in the chat.

If YouTube is not your thing uou can also watch us on Twitch, Facebook, and Twitter!

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EVGA's GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Black Edition graphics card hits the fabled $999 price point

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-29 11:39

When Nvidia announced the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti at Gamescom, it said that models starting at $999 would be available. But in reality, all the custom models available since launch meet or exceed the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition’s hefty $1,200 price point. Asus announced the $999 RTX 2080 Ti Turbo with a blower-style fan, but we’ve never actually seen it available despite being listed on Newegg. A new EVGA offering promises to finally bring big Turing below $1,000.

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Great gaming for ludicrously cheap: Get a PowerColor Radeon RX 570 with 3 games for $140

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-29 10:45

You can find some wickedly good deals on AMD’s Radeon RX 500-series cards right now, and today’s might just be the best one yet. Newegg’s selling the PowerColor Red Dragon Radeon RX 570 for just $140Remove non-product link after a $20 rebate. We get excited when we see this card selling for $170. Newegg doesn’t indicate when the sale price will end.

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Walmart shaves $125 off the 128GB iPad mini

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-29 10:04

Between the expanding screen size of the iPhone X series and the latest iPad dropping to $330, the iPad mini almost feels like a forgotten member of Apple’s family. But you’ll want to remember the 7.9-inch tablet today, because Walmart’s selling the 128GB iPad mini for $275Remove non-product link, or $125 off its usual $400 price, with free two-day shipping tossed in for good measure. The deal only applies to the Space Gray version of the tablet.

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Walmart shaves $125 off the 128GB iPad mini

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-29 10:04

Between the expanding screen size of the iPhone X series and the latest iPad dropping to $330, the iPad mini almost feels like a forgotten member of Apple’s family. But you’ll want to remember the 7.9-inch tablet today, because Walmart’s selling the 128GB iPad mini for $275Remove non-product link, or $125 off its usual $400 price, with free two-day shipping tossed in for good measure. The deal only applies to the Space Gray version of the tablet.

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Giveaway: Win a Razer Core X eGPU and a graphics card and mouse to go with it!

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-29 09:00
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Giveaway: Win a Razer Core X eGPU and a graphics card and mouse to go with it!

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-29 09:00

We at Macworld have been talking a lot about external graphics processing unit (eGPU) support for the Mac in both macOS High Sierra and Mojave, and we’d like for you to join in on the fun. To that end, we’re teaming with Razer to give away a Razer Core X eGPU. Not only that, the eGPU will come with a Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 4GB card and a Razer Atheris Bluetooth mouse. Altogether, that’s a $650 value. And you’ll get it for free.

To sign up to win, all you need to do is sign up through the widget below. You get additional chances to win if you join one of our social media pages, whether it’s Twitter, YouTube, or Facebook (and yes, you get an extra chance for each one).

The contest ends on MondayNovember 12 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. We’ll announce the winners on our Macworld podcast on Wednesday, November 14. 

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Adobe Premiere Elements 2019 review: Movie editor with an AI spin

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-29 07:00

The new version of Adobe Premiere Elements may be a bit lighter on new features that most people are used to, but the 2019 version puts a laser focus on automated operations that make quick work of editing your family videos.

With increasing reliance on its Sensei artificial intelligence engine, Adobe assists users with tedious and complex tasks like picking the best photos or videos for a collage or trimming the fat out of movies before splicing them together.

The first place you encounter improved automation is the brand new Home Screen, identical to the one in Photoshop Elements 2019. It lets you access new auto- generated collages and slideshows derived from the photos and videos you loaded into the Organizer, the built-in asset manager that ships with the program. Premiere Elements dives into your photos and videos to create presentable and sharable social media posts, some of which are specifically designed for Instagram and Facebook.

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Android security: Why Google's demands for updates don't go far enough

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-29 06:32

If there's one thing about Android that Google desperately wants to fix, it's updates. Unless you're buying a Pixel or an Android One phone, you're never really sure whether you're going to get updates as they're available or, really, at all.

It's a question whether you're buying a thousand-dollar Galaxy Note 9 or something much cheaper: What's going to happen to my phone in 6, 12, or 24 months?

Now Google is trying to make sure everyone has the same answer to that question. According to a report in The Verge, Google's latest Android partner contract finally includes language that mandates security updates for a minimum of two years, lest the OEM in question lose future phone approval.

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Amazon Echo Sub review: Add some serious bass to your Echo or Echo Plus speakers

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-29 06:00
Amazon's Echo speakers aren't exactly audiophile quality, but adding this inexpensive subwoofer certainly improves their performance.

TiVo Bolt OTA DVR review: More features, but many familiar drawbacks as well

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-29 06:00
The new TiVo Bolt OTA gives cord-cutters more features, but it's still missing some modern touches.

Amazon Echo Sub review: Add some serious bass to your Echo or Echo Plus speakers

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-29 06:00
Amazon's Echo speakers aren't exactly audiophile quality, but adding this inexpensive subwoofer certainly improves their performance.

TiVo Bolt OTA DVR review: More features, but many familiar drawbacks as well

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-29 06:00
The new TiVo Bolt OTA gives cord-cutters more features, but it's still missing some modern touches.

Razer Blade 15 Review: The world's smallest 15-inch gaming laptop packs a punch

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-29 06:00

The Razer Blade 15 reminds us that the good old days—when a gaming laptop was large and productivity laptops were smaller—are over.

Claiming to be the "smallest 15-inch gaming laptop," the redesigned Razer Blade 15 likely makes good on that promise by being damn near as small as, say, the popular workhorse Dell XPS 15, while offering blistering gaming performance.

The previous-generation Razer Blade 14 had rounded corners, huge bezels and sported a 14-inch screen. Despite having a bigger display and faster parts inside, the Razer Blade 15 is damn near the same size as the 14-inch unit it supplants.

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Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales review: Come for the Gwent, stay for the surprisingly good story

PC World - Sat, 2018-10-27 20:00

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is like the Netflix Original spin-off of The Witcher 3. It’s slower, focused on characters you don’t really care about, probably about five hours too long, but at the end you’re still like “Yeah, okay, that wasn’t bad. Surprisingly good, even.”

Pour yourself a cup of something and settle in, because there’s 20 or more hours of card battling ahead of you.

Deal me in

Do you remember Gwent, the collectible card game CD Projekt built into The Witcher 3? Because that’s where the long and winding road that brought us Thronebreaker starts out. Gwent in The Witcher 3 was pretty bare-bones, pretty exploitable and unbalanced, but people played it for hours and hours in digital taverns. As far as open-world side activities go, it was one of the best.

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This week in games: Alan Wake is back on sale after a 17 month absence, Layers of Fear 2 announced

PC World - Fri, 2018-10-26 13:00

Everyone I know is playing Red Dead Redemption II right now, and I’m...well, not. It’s the worst time of the year to be a PC gamer.

But my loss is your gain, as I had time to put together the usual news round-up. Alan Wake is back on sale at long last, the ill-named Bloober Team is working on Layers of Fear 2, co-founder Brendan Iribe exited Oculus, and Devil May Cry 5 is getting an $8,000 collector’s edition (complete with replica leather jacket).

This is gaming news for October 22 to 26.

He’s baaaaaack

Alan Wake disappeared from Steam and other retailers all the way back in May of 2017, reportedly because the licenses on various music pieces had lapsed. If you already owned a copy you could, of course, download it. But for all intents and purposes, one of last generation’s best games was inaccessible for 17 months straight.

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