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Atmospheric shooter Metro 2033 is free on Steam to get you ready for Metro: Exodus's launch

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-25 15:57

If you played Metro 2033, chances are the upcoming sequel Metro Exodus ($60 preorder on Humble) is one of your most-anticipated games in 2019. If you somehow missed out on or skipped Metro 2033 though, you can pick it up free from Steam for the next day or so. And that’s free to keep, just so you know.

It’s pretty easy. Just head to the Metro 2033 Steam page and click the “Install Game” button. Whether or not you then install it, that’ll lock the game to your account so you have it forever.

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I just bought another of these Belkin 10-outlet surge protectors for $20 and you should too

Mac World - Thu, 2018-10-25 11:11

Surge protectors might not be as sexy as SSD and graphics cards deals, but they’re a necessary part of any PC setup. And we couldn’t let this one pass you by: Amazon is selling the Belkin 10-outlet surge protector for just $20 todayRemove non-product link, the lowest price we’ve seen for this strip in years.

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I just bought another of these Belkin 10-outlet surge protectors for $20 and you should too

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-25 11:11

Surge protectors might not be as sexy as SSD and graphics cards deals, but they’re a necessary part of any PC setup. And we couldn’t let this one pass you by: Amazon is selling the Belkin 10-outlet surge protector for just $20 todayRemove non-product link, the lowest price we’ve seen for this strip in years.

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The Full Nerd ep. 73: Core i9-9900K vs. the world, Intel 10nm CPU cancellation rumors?

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-25 11:05

In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray mine the knowledge gleaned from our Core i9-9900K review and discuss where Intel’s first-ever 8-core, 16-thread consumer chip fits in the wider world of processors. It’s the world’s best gaming CPU, but what does that really mean?

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Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass subscription is coming to PCs, but in what form?

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-25 10:00

Netflix-style subscription services are looking like the future of the video games industry, and Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass is the best of the lot—at least, if you’re on Xbox. There, $10 a month gets you day-and-date access to all of Microsoft’s first-party games, plus a sizable selection of other titles, from indies like Observer and Dandara up to larger releases like Warhammer: Vermintide II, Doom, and Hitman.

It’s an incredible deal, which makes it all the more irksome there’s no PC equivalent. Thanks to the connections between Windows 10 and Xbox One, PC owners can subscribe to Xbox Game Pass, but you’ll only get access to compatible Xbox Play Anywhere games—mostly Microsoft’s first-party titles. That’s still not terrible. If, for instance, you want to play Forza Horizon 4 or Sea of Thieves for a month and drop it, a month of Game Pass still puts you ahead of buying at retail. It’s sort of an unofficial side effect of Xbox Play Anywhere titles though, and not a full PC-centric service.

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Protect up to five PCs with McAfee Total Protection for just $20 today

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-25 09:45

Every computer needs protection, and today’s a good day to tighten up security on a bunch of your PCs. Amazon's selling McAfee's superb Total Protection suite for $20 as one of its deeply discounted daily deals. The download code covers up to five devices for a year, and the sale price ends Thursday night just before midnight Pacific time. If you’d rather get your activation codes on paper, you can get a card via mail for the same price.

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Problem inflation: Apples mole hills made into mountains

Mac World - Thu, 2018-10-25 08:00

There are problems and then there are Apple problems. Apple problems, of course, are always the worst.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and school of interpretive Dance Dance Revolution, Gordon Kelly says “Apple 'Confirms' iPhones Have A Serious Problem.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @designheretic.)

Oh, are they bursting into flames in such high numbers that they’re going to have to be recalled? No! It’s worse.

The camera smoothing is set too high.

There’s a lot to like about the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max while, in my opinion, the budget-friendly iPhone XR is the best of the bunch.

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Scoring our iOS 12 wishlist

Mac World - Thu, 2018-10-25 07:00

Back in March, long before Apple introduced iOS 12 at WWDC, we compiled a wishlist of features we hoped the new OS would provide. That sometimes feels like a lifetime ago for us thanks to the long beta period, but we have to remember that for most users iOS 12 is brand new.

With iOS 12.1 set to release very soon, Apple will have delivered on nearly every feature it promised at WWDC and at its September event. Only the Apple Watch’s ECG function remains on the table.

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Google Pixel Stand review: Too many locks and not enough ease

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-25 06:30

Cases aside, the Pixel Stand is the first accessory that Google has made exclusively for Pixel phones. Last year’s Pixel Buds worked with all Android phones, the Daydream View headset works with a number of Samsung, Moto, and LG phones, and even the lower-latency USB-C to 3.5mm adapter is compatible with any phone running Android Pi.

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The Pixel Stand isn’t going to win any design awards.

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Best Halloween cult classic movies for streaming

Mac World - Thu, 2018-10-25 06:00
20 cult movie favorites from Halloweens past will give you thrills and chills from the safety of your living room.

The live TV streaming issue no one's talking about

Mac World - Thu, 2018-10-25 06:00
How some live TV streaming services make a chore out of ad skipping.

iPhone XR: Hands-on and first impressions

Mac World - Thu, 2018-10-25 06:00

The iPhone XR is available for pre-orders now and it officially arrives in stores on Friday. I got my hands on one Wednesday and after using it for a few hours, my initial impression is that it’s going to be a mainstream hit that pleases buyers while also improving Apple’s bottom line. Let’s dive in.

It’s got the looks

This is a gorgeous phone. It’s available in six colors, and while the black and white models look very much like the phones Apple has been releasing for the last few years, the blue, coral, Product(RED), and yellow models absolutely do not. When laying screen up on a table, you can still see the colored aluminum frame around the edges. But flip it over—or hold it in your hand—and the shiny glass colored back pops out with enormous personality. I took possession of the coral model, which lies somewhere between pink and orange on the spectrum, and it’s spectacular.

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Best Halloween cult classic movies for streaming

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-25 06:00
20 cult movie favorites from Halloweens past will give you thrills and chills from the safety of your living room.

The live TV streaming issue no one's talking about

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-25 06:00
How some live TV streaming services make a chore out of ad skipping.

Elder Scrolls Online: Murkmire review: At last, love for the lizards

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-24 13:44
Elder Scrolls Online’s latest DLC, Murkmire, delivers the best look we’ve had at Argonian culture to date.

Elder Scrolls Online: Murkmire review: At last, love for the lizards

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-24 13:44

It’s hard to love a swamp. Mountains have majesty, deserts have mystery, but what do wetlands have? I imagine some Joe on the street would boil it down to something like “muck, malaria, and mosquitoes.”

Even so, Famia Mercius, an antiquarian who’s a great admirer of the Elder Scrolls series’ lizard-like Argonians, is trying to get me to love the surrounding marsh as she does. She’s not doing such a hot job. She slaps a gnat off her neck while in the middle of a giddy introduction, and her stone house suggests she retains some reservations about living like the locals. I can’t say I blame her. After all, the place (and the name of the DLC) is called Murkmire, which hardly sounds like it’s going to rival Tahiti in vacation listicles anytime soon.

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iMac: Update could be in the works for Apple’s Oct. 30 event

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-24 12:30

The iMac is a direct descendant of the very first Mac, and it’s often the computer that longtime users think about when they think about the Macintosh. The iMac’s all-in-one design is popular and iconic.

The iMac is great for both novices and demanding users. It can handle general-purpose and heavy-duty tasks equally well. It’s ideal for someone who needs to buy a complete computer setup (keyboard, mouse or trackpad, and display) and wants to maximize workspace efficiency.

The current iMac lineup was released in June 2017 during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, and the iMac Pro was released in December 2017. If you’re in the market for an iMac, this guide will help you make the right choice. Apple has two versions of the iMac: the standard iMac and the iMac with Retina display.

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How to manage and delete your Google search history

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-24 11:04
Google is rolling out new settings in Chrome and other browsers that make it easier to manage and delete your search history. Here's how to find them.

How to manage and delete your Google search history

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-24 11:04

We already know Google collects a ton of data on us, and a lot of it comes from search. Google offers plenty of ways to limit the amount of data you have lying around, but they’re not all that easy to find. Starting today, Google is making it easier to both see and delete your search activity.

Previously, you needed to visit your Google Account in Settings on Android phones or on the web on iOS, tap Manage your data & personalization and then My Activity to see your search results. Then you needed to tap the three-dot menu and select Delete to get rid of something. Finding your search history on desktops was just as cumbersome.

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The $12 Humble WB Games Classics Bundle brings the hits with Batman, Mad Max, and Mordor

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-24 10:16

The Humble WB Games Classics Bundle offers exactly what you’d expect: The hits. The bundle offers some seriously great PC games from classic franchises like Batman, Mad Max, and Middle-earth, and better yet, they’re available for a ludicrously low price—just $12 to unlock all seven games included in the bundle. But Humble lets you pay what you want for its bundles, giving a portion of the proceeds to charity, and even $1 will let you in on some action.

The $1 tier unlocks Batman: Arkham Origins, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Game of the Year Edition, and Scribblenauts Unlimited. Dozens of hours of top-notch gameplay for a dollar? I’ll take it. Paying more than the average donation—currently sitting at $4.12—gets you DC Comics brawler Injustice: Gods Among Us, the open world Mad Max adaptation, and Bastion, a breathtaking action RPG that topped many games of the year lists when it released. Finally, paying $12 or more unlocks Batman: Arkham Knight and its DLC season pass. Arkham Knight launched in a disastrous state on the PC, but subsequent patches fixed most of its issues on all but the most exotic computer configurations.

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