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Apple highlights new emojis coming with iOS 12 and macOS Mojave to celebrate World Emoji Day

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-16 14:57

World Emoji Day is tomorrow, July 17, and Apple is celebrating by highlighting some of the 70+ new emoji that will be featured in iOS 12 and macOS Mojave.

Apple says “more than 70 new emoji characters are coming to iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac” later this year with the arrival of iOS 12 and macOS Mojave. They’re based on the Unicode 11.0 standard, which was completed and released on June 5.

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The new 2018 MacBook Pro has a silicone membrane under each key

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-16 13:45

Leave it to the teardown experts at iFixit to figure out what Apple is doing to address reliability issues with its “butterfly” MacBook keyboards.

The site has begun tearing down the new MacBook Pros—the ones with eighth-generation Intel Core processors—and it’s discovered something interesting under the keycaps. Covering the butterfly mechanism is a very thin, flexible silicone membrane. 

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A LIFX A19 LED lights four-pack is $98 from LIFX and half off Amazon's price

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-16 10:58

The LIFX A19 LED light, one of the best smart bulbs we've tested, is available from LIFX's website today for $97.98 for a four pack, using the code B2G2Remove non-product link. That’s a steep discount from the $240 list price and Amazon's price, where the same pack is $196.

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A LIFX A19 LED lights four-pack is $98 from LIFX and half off Amazon's price

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-16 10:58

The LIFX A19 LED light, one of the best smart bulbs we've tested, is available from LIFX's website today for $97.98 for a four pack, using the code B2G2Remove non-product link. That’s a steep discount from the $240 list price and Amazon's price, where the same pack is $196.

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4 non-Amazon Prime Day deals: A $450 GTX 1080, a $95 SSD and more

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-16 10:30

The best non-Amazon Prime Day deals take the "holiday" created for members-only and make it a great shopping time for the rest of us, too. We’re only a few hours away from the Prime Day kick-off, and we’ve rounded up a bunch of solid deals for a Monday morning from all over the web. If you put them all together you’ve got one heck of an upgrade for your average gaming rig or home PC.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080

Newegg’s got the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 (GV-N1080WF3OC-8GD) for $460 after code 18FANST05Remove non-product link, and if you do the mail-in rebate thing you can get $10 back, bringing the total cost to $450. This model of the GeForce GTX 1080 has three fans, 8GB of GDDR5X RAM, 2,560 CUDA cores, a base clock of 1,632MHz, and a boost to 1,797MHz. There’s also a non-gaming boost up to 1,657MHz. Ports include one DVI-D, one HDMI 2.0b, and three DisplayPort 1.4.

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Best Amazon Kindle and Fire tablet deals for Prime Day 2018

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-16 09:45

Hopefully you haven’t purchased an Amazon Kindle or Fire tablet in the last few months—because now is the time to buy. Amazon has been hyping Prime Day savings for weeks now, and like Prime Days past, its own branded mobile devices receive some of the best discounts of all. 

Obviously, you’ll need Amazon Prime to score these deals, and if you don’t yet have a membership, you can sign up hereRemove non-product link. You may also consider our suggestions for getting a short-term Prime membership for free.

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Best Amazon Kindle and Fire tablet deals for Prime Day 2018

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-16 09:45

Hopefully you haven’t purchased an Amazon Kindle or Fire tablet in the last few months—because now is the time to buy. Amazon has been hyping Prime Day savings for weeks now, and like Prime Days past, its own branded mobile devices receive some of the best discounts of all. 

Obviously, you’ll need Amazon Prime to score these deals, and if you don’t yet have a membership, you can sign up hereRemove non-product link. You may also consider our suggestions for getting a short-term Prime membership for free.

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Best Amazon Echo and Fire TV deals for Prime Day 2018

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-16 09:33
Prices for Echo Look, Echo Show, Echo Dot and more are dropping as Amazon battles to own voice-activated home control and the smart speaker space.

Best Amazon Echo and Fire TV deals for Prime Day 2018

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-16 09:33

With Google Home and Apple HomePod gaining ground in the smart speaker space, it looks like Amazon wants to cement its popularity in the U.S. with some major price drops for the Echo LookRemove non-product link, Echo Show, and Echo Dot. Echo savings range from 40% to 50%, and two Fire TV devices are on sale as well. 

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Roku will ship its first wireless speaker in October and surprise! It’s not a soundbar

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-16 09:00
Designed specifically for Roku TVs, the Bluetooth speakers will be bundled with Roku's voice remote and an all-new tabletop voice remote.

Roku will ship its first wireless speaker in October and surprise! It’s not a soundbar

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-16 09:00
Designed specifically for Roku TVs, the Bluetooth speakers will be bundled with Roku's voice remote and an all-new tabletop voice remote.

Adobe Photoshop on iPad? This ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ artist is ready for the revolution

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-16 07:00

Lizzie Nichols tells me she’s mildly insulted that painting programs like Procreate get stuffed under “Entertainment” on the iPad App Store.

I can’t say I blame her. Nichols is one of the visual development artists for Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, which hit theaters late last week and has consistently racked up praise for its art and animation (if not its crass humor). Art is her business—specifically, the painting of environments and props that inform 3D designers how a production should look, along with the painting of characters—and she does it well. She worked on the previous Hotel Transylvania film, and her long list of credits include The Emoji Movie, Smurfs: The Lost Village, Futurama, along with freelance work for the likes of Disney Television and Cartoon Network. And she does almost all of it with Adobe Photoshop on a Mac Pro with an attached Wacom Cintiq Companion display.

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Brinno SHC1000 Peephole Camera review: Combat porch pirates with this concealed camera

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-16 06:00
With integrated knock and motion sensors, this upgraded peephole camera will detect wrongdoers darkening your door.

Sengled Element Color Plus Kit review: These ZigBee smart bulbs don’t raise the bar, but they’re perfectly acceptable

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-16 06:00
These bulbs work with the included hub, or with third-party gear.

The 10 best free Apple Watch apps of 2018

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-16 06:00

The Apple Watch may be Apple’s most personal device, but to truly make it yours you’ll need to start adding some of your favorite apps. But don’t worry if you’ve spent the last of your wearable budget on the watch itself—there are plenty of great apps to be had for free. So put away the credit card and check out our 10 favorite free Apple Watch apps.

Chirp Chirp

Ever since Twitter pulled its app from the Apple Watch, there’s been a missing link between our timelines and our wrists. Chirp restores the connection. A simple interface lets you browse your timeline, scan your mentions, and catch up on the latest trends, and with a quick tap you can like or retweet anything you see. Heavy Twitter users can donate a couple bucks to unlock the pro version, which adds direct posting, DMs, and lists, but if you’re just looking for a way to stay in touch with your feed, the free Chirp app needs to be on your Watch.

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Brinno SHC1000 Peephole Camera review: Combat porch pirates with this concealed camera

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-16 06:00
With integrated knock and motion sensors, this upgraded peephole camera will detect wrongdoers darkening your door.

Amazon Echo Dot vs. Google Home Mini

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-16 06:00
Amazon and Google are both trying to get a foot through your door with their smart speakers. Here's what you need to consider before buying one.

Sengled Element Color Plus Kit review: These ZigBee smart bulbs don’t raise the bar, but they’re perfectly acceptable

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-16 06:00
These bulbs work with the included hub, or with third-party gear.

Unicorn updates: Apple fails to fix it all

Mac World - Sat, 2018-07-14 07:00

Apple updated the MacBook Pro this week and, just like with rumored update to the iPhone, it only serves to point out how terrible everything is and how we all die alone and afraid behind the Denny’s in Emeryville dressed in a cowboy outfit because we’re in a Big Audio Dynamite cover band.

Wow, these new Tarot cards the Macalope got are weirdly specific.

Writing for ZDnet, Larry Dignan details the existential terror of the Mac.

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Apple’s new MacBook Pro: First impressions

Mac World - Fri, 2018-07-13 17:00

Friday mornings at the Macworld office are usually low-key, but this day is different. On this particular Friday, we received Apple new MacBook Pro, which was announced the day before.

Macworld was live on YouTube and Twitter with a video broadcast of an unboxing of the new MacBook Pro. We also took a look at some of the new features, like Hey Siri support and True Tone. We ran a preliminary set of Geekbench 4 benchmark tests and compared the numbers to older MacBook Pros. We also fielded questions and comments from viewers who tuned in.

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