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Best cheap laptops: We rate the best-sellers on Amazon and Best Buy

PC World - Tue, 2018-12-25 21:35

When you’re looking for a good, cheap laptop, knowledge is power. Every budget machine (which we’re defining as Windows laptops costing $500 or less) is the product of compromise—corners carefully cut here and there to hit a price point.

Your job is to find the one that checks off the most boxes for your needs. We’ll show you what to look for by highlighting which budget laptops among the best-sellers currently listed at Amazon and Best Buy are worth buying. We haven’t necessarily tested these specific machines (we’ll let you know if we have), but we’ve seen enough similar ones to have a good idea of the pros and cons. We're also focusing on 14-inch and larger laptops, because part of the great deal should be getting a decent-sized display.

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Ghosts of Christmas present: Spooky stories of other platforms

Mac World - Tue, 2018-12-25 10:00

The Macalope isn’t here to tell you that everything is all sugarplums and candy canes on Apple devices all the time, but since he deals with the worst of complaints about them week in and week out, let’s spend this magical day looking at what could be if only…

If only…

…we were on other platforms.

[cue wavy screen effect and xylophone music]

“Couple 'frightened' after Samsung phones fail to connect to 911 on Freedom Mobile.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Ramin.)

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How to change the iPhone wallpaper

Mac World - Tue, 2018-12-25 08:00

Got a new iPhone? Congratulations, you’re now among the millions of people who use and love an iPhone. Wait, millions? Yep. Millions. So how can you make your iPhone stand out from the crowd? One way is to customize the iPhone’s wallpaper.

In iOS, there are two installments of your wallpaper. There’s the image that appears on the Lock Screen, and then there’s the image that appears in the background while you’re on the iPhone’s Home Screen. Here’s how to change either of those. You can use one of the images that comes with the iPhone, or you can use a picture in your Photo app.

How to change the iPhone wallpaper

1. Tap the Settings app

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RCA WiFi Camera Security System review: This camera is too ordinary to impress

PC World - Tue, 2018-12-25 06:00
RCA's first wireless home security camera is too boring to impress, and too expensive to be a strong value.

Antennas Direct DB8e review: This large roof-mount TV antenna is great at finding weak signals

PC World - Tue, 2018-12-25 06:00
The Antennas Direct DB8e is a large outdoor antenna for reception of medium to very weak TV signals. In our tests it did a good job of pulling in distant stations with minimal interference.

Antennas Direct 91XG review: Another roof-mount TV antenna that delivers great reception

PC World - Tue, 2018-12-25 06:00
The Antennas Direct 91XG is a large antenna, designed for the reception of medium to very weak signals in the UHF broadcast band, a goal it accomplishes with aplomb.

RCA WiFi Camera Security System review: This camera is too ordinary to impress

Mac World - Tue, 2018-12-25 06:00
RCA's first wireless home security camera is too boring to impress, and too expensive to be a strong value.

Antennas Direct DB8e review: This large roof-mount TV antenna is great at finding weak signals

Mac World - Tue, 2018-12-25 06:00
The Antennas Direct DB8e is a large outdoor antenna for reception of medium to very weak TV signals. In our tests it did a good job of pulling in distant stations with minimal interference.

Antennas Direct 91XG review: Another roof-mount TV antenna that delivers great reception

Mac World - Tue, 2018-12-25 06:00
The Antennas Direct 91XG is a large antenna, designed for the reception of medium to very weak signals in the UHF broadcast band, a goal it accomplishes with aplomb.

B&H Photo Video has a 1TB Xbox One S for $185, an extra $15 off the $199 holiday special

PC World - Mon, 2018-12-24 10:03

It’s the night before Christmas, and if you’re still looking for an Xbox deal we found a sweet one for you–though you’ll have to put an IOU under the tree. B&H Photo Video has the 1TB Xbox One S NBA 2K19 for $185Remove non-product link after you click a $15 coupon on the product page.

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Can you disable two-factor authentication on your Apple ID?

Mac World - Mon, 2018-12-24 08:00

Two-factor authentication (2FA) provides an effective way to deter people from hijacking an online account. With 2FA, you supplement a password with something else—typically you enter a code that’s sent via a text message. The second factor means someone has to know both your password and have access to something you own—a phone number, a phone, or a computer—and dramatically reduces your exposure when password breaches inevitably happen.

Apple added 2FA for Apple IDs a few releases ago, an upgrade from its hastily constructed two-step verification, which it created after high-publicity cracks using social engineering (i.e., guessing and phishing) of its iCloud service.

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Anki Vector robot review: A magnetic personality covers a lack of smarts

Mac World - Mon, 2018-12-24 06:00
Anki's Vector probably won't win you over as a traditional smart device, but its personality will melt your heart.

ConnectSense Smart Outlet 2 review: A solid smart plug gets marginally better

Mac World - Mon, 2018-12-24 06:00
ConnectSense extends the appeal of its winning smart outlet, adding Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa in addition to HomeKit support.

The five coolest tech products that should have arrived in 2018 but didn't

Mac World - Mon, 2018-12-24 06:00
Don't call them vaporware just yet, but there are some cool things that missed the 2018 deadline.

Anki Vector robot review: A magnetic personality covers a lack of smarts

PC World - Mon, 2018-12-24 06:00
Anki's Vector probably won't win you over as a traditional smart device, but its personality will melt your heart.

ConnectSense Smart Outlet 2 review: A solid smart plug gets marginally better

PC World - Mon, 2018-12-24 06:00
ConnectSense extends the appeal of its winning smart outlet, adding Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa in addition to HomeKit support.

The five coolest tech products that should have arrived in 2018 but didn't

PC World - Mon, 2018-12-24 06:00

The last 12 months were filled with ground-breaking products. We saw in-display fingerprint sensors break into the mainstream, the world’s first foldable displays in action, and crazy leaps in cameras and computational photography, all on devices small enough to fit in a bag (or a pocket). But among all the great things we got, there were a few things that didn’t make it—products and features that were promised in 2018 but won’t be arriving until 2019 (if at all):

Apple AirPower Apple

At this point AirPower is the stuff of legend. Announced alongside the iPhone X in 2017, it was supposed to be the first pad capable of charging three devices at once (namely an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods). Except it never arrived. Then Apple scrubbed all mention of it from its site and didn’t mention it at all during the September iPhone event. In fact, the only indication that Apple is even working on it was an accidental mention in the quick start guide inside the iPhone box this year. So what we’re trying to say is, your guess is as good as ours.

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How to track Santa Claus on Christmas Eve: NORAD Santa Tracker, Google Santa Tracker

Mac World - Mon, 2018-12-24 00:17

The presents are wrapped, the tree is up, and the stockings will soon be hung by the chimney with care. There’s only one thing left to do: track Santa’s annual Christmas Eve voyage around the world from your PC, smartphone, or tablet.

This year Santa’s departure time depends on which version of the Santa-tracking fun you’re following. Check out our explanations below for all the details.

NORAD Tracks Santa

It’s been 63 years since a misprinted telephone number in a newspaper ad led children in the Colorado Springs area to call NORAD predecessor CONAD, looking for Santa.

As usual, the fun begins with NORAD Tracks Santa, at NoradSanta.org. NORAD’s pulled out the stops for 2018, with a redesigned website, an active social media presence, and a call center for kiddies who want a live update. Here are all the details:

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How to track Santa Claus on Christmas Eve: NORAD Santa Tracker, Google Santa Tracker

PC World - Mon, 2018-12-24 00:17

The presents are wrapped, the tree is up, and the stockings will soon be hung by the chimney with care. There’s only one thing left to do: track Santa’s annual Christmas Eve voyage around the world from your PC, smartphone, or tablet.

This year Santa’s departure time depends on which version of the Santa-tracking fun you’re following. Check out our explanations below for all the details.

NORAD Tracks Santa

It’s been 63 years since a misprinted telephone number in a newspaper ad led children in the Colorado Springs area to call NORAD predecessor CONAD, looking for Santa.

As usual, the fun begins with NORAD Tracks Santa, at NoradSanta.org. NORAD’s pulled out the stops for 2018, with a redesigned website, an active social media presence, and a call center for kiddies who want a live update. Here are all the details:

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If you've ever wanted to buy a Google Home Hub, this Target deal is too insane to pass up

PC World - Sun, 2018-12-23 08:59

The Google Home Hub is already a great deal at $149. While it’s not quite as full-featured as the second-generation of Amazon’s Echo Show, it’s still one of the best smart displays you can buy, with excellent smart home support, a compact design, and support for YouTube streaming. But today Target is making it more desirable than ever: The retailer has slashed the price of the Google Home Hub to $99, but that’s not all—you’ll also get two Google Home Minis for freeRemove non-product link. Some quick math reveals that this deal will save your whopping $149 on the full retail price of all three.

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