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JBL Link 300 review: This Google Assistant-powered speaker delivers multi-room sound and smart home skills

PC World - Mon, 2018-09-17 08:30
Shake your money maker with the middle of JBL’s Link series of smart speakers.

Forget tariffs, Apple highest luxury tax ever has already pushed prices to the breaking point

Mac World - Mon, 2018-09-17 07:00

By now, everyone’s had a chance to check out the new iPhones and Apple Watches, study the differences, read reactions, and figure out which one they’re going to buy. And Apple has no doubt already sold millions of millions of them since pre-orders went live early Friday morning.

If you bought one, you might have noticed something: you’re paying more. In some cases a lot more. Apple’s newest iPhone and Apple Watch lineup are its most expensive ever—as Tim Cook would say, “by far”—and based on the latest pre-order shipping estimates, customers so far seem more than happy to pay them. In fact, if you order a 512GB iPhone Xs Max right now, you probably won’t get it until October. The same goes for the new Apple Watch, even the sky-high Hermes models.

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Forget tariffs, Apple highest luxury tax ever has already pushed prices to the breaking point

PC World - Mon, 2018-09-17 07:00
Maybe you didn't notice, but it's not just the iPhone Xs Max that's crazy expensive. Apple has raised prices on nearly every one of its new products.

iOS 12: How to use Screen Time

Mac World - Mon, 2018-09-17 06:30

We’re all spending too much time on our phones, so the argument goes, and Apple finally did its part to do something about it. In this case it’s “Screen Time,” a new feature on iOS 12 that tells you how long you’ve been using certain apps on your iPhone or iPad at its simplest, and which lets parents place numerous limits on app usage for kids at its most complex. (Or, if you feel like you’ve been spending too much time on, say, Twitter, you can place those limits on yourself.)

At the end of each week, you’ll get an automatic report detailing how often you or your child used the device, as well as the percentage of time spent on apps with specific categories, such as Social Networking, Games, Entertainment, and Productivity. Alternatively, you can get current information about these stats by visiting Screen Time at any time. With that information, you’ll have a better idea of where you need to place limits.

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D-Link Full HD Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Camera review: This one is for smart-home buffs only

Mac World - Mon, 2018-09-17 06:30
D-Link delivers another solid camera, but its app's emphasis on smart-home automation may limit its appeal.

D-Link Full HD Pan & Tilt Wi-Fi Camera review: This one is for smart-home buffs only

PC World - Mon, 2018-09-17 06:30
D-Link delivers another solid camera, but its app's emphasis on smart-home automation may limit its appeal.

How to remove ads and Special Offers from your Kindle or Kindle Fire

PC World - Mon, 2018-09-17 06:29

If your Kindle has ads or “Special Offers” showing onscreen, it’s because you made a deal. You chose to save money on your Kindle’s purchase price by accepting the “With Special Offers” discount. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but now you’re sick of the ads.

The good news: You can back out of this deal. The bad news: It’s going to cost you. 

Why does my Kindle have Special Offers? 

You might not have given this much thought when you bought your Kindle, but Amazon offers a lower price for the E-reader if you accept Special Offers. As Amazon explains, “If your Fire tablet or Kindle e-reader includes Special Offers, you’ll receive Sponsored Screensavers and special offers, including personalized advertising, from Amazon directly on your device.”

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How to use the coolest new features in iOS 12

Mac World - Mon, 2018-09-17 06:00

At last, iOS 12 is here, bringing a batch of new features to tinker with. Most (if not all) of these features aren’t exactly earth-shaking, in part because Apple spent much of its development process cleaning up the relatively buggy mess of iOS 11 and turning its sequel into something worthy of the Apple name. In fact, many already exist on competing operating systems in some form or another.

But that doesn’t mean that they’re not fun or useful, nor does it mean that they’re not welcome. We here at Macworld have spent the last several months tinkering with all of these new options in the iOS 12 beta, and over that time a few have emerged as our favorites. Once you get used to them, iOS 11 feels ancient and inefficient by comparison.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th Gen) review: A business laptop that's tops in its class

PC World - Mon, 2018-09-17 06:00

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th Gen) continues its tradition as a premier, though pricey, business laptop that weighs as little as some tablets. Quite simply, it exudes quality.

Around the very good 14-inch display can be found a variety of ports, including a pair of high-speed Thunderbolt connectors ideal for driving external displays. Battery life is also very good, though that’s assisted by the somewhat basic 1080p display that accompanied our review unit. Under the hood, there’s an 8th-gen Intel Kaby Lake-R processor that accomplishes quite enough for most business tasks. It may be be a few hundred dollars more than the competition, but that hasn’t prevented it from earning our Editors’ Choice award. Read on for why.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's Blackout mode is like PUBG without the jank

PC World - Sat, 2018-09-15 11:54

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is its own worst enemy. Only a year ago it was a phenomenon the likes of which the games industry only sees once or twice a console generation, but a rough transition out of Early Access, an ill-planned lawsuit against Epic, a flood of cheaters, and persistent bugs have chipped away at that impregnable position despite its ongoing popularity.

I don’t enjoy Fortnite though, and so far that’s kept me in the PUBG camp. There just haven’t been any alternatives that kept the same realistic aesthetic, the slow pace, the aspects I did like about PUBG—until now, that is. Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII is running a beta for its “Blackout” battle royale mode this weekend, and it’s a lot like PUBG.

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Nvidia delays GeForce RTX 2080 Ti general availability by one week

PC World - Sat, 2018-09-15 10:21

Nvidia’s flagship RTX graphics card will miss its own birthday party. The GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti were supposed to land on store shelves and the doorsteps of preorder customers on September 20, but as The Tech Report first spotted, Nvidia quietly delayed the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti’s launch in a forum post Friday night.

“GeForce RTX 2080 Ti general availability has shifted to September 27th, a one week delay,” moderator ericnvidia80 wrote. “We expect pre-orders to arrive between September 20th and September 27th. There is no change to GeForce RTX 2080 general availability, which is September 20th.”

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Bad decisions: Judging the iPhone sight unseen

Mac World - Sat, 2018-09-15 07:00

Siri, what is the dumbest kind of poll?

Siri responds that the dumbest kind of poll is one about buying intentions for a device that hasn’t been revealed yet. Also, there are several near you. Would you like directions to the one on De Anza Boulevard?

The day before Apple’s iPhone reveal this week, USA Today sagely told us “Consumers in no rush to upgrade to latest Apple iPhone, poll finds.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Nick.)

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How to erase specific autosuggested URLs from Chrome, Firefox, and IE

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-14 18:54

A big part of my job is doing research online. That means from time to time the autocomplete function in my browser’s address bar gets filled with mistyped URLs and sites I visited once but never will again. If you’ve ever spent a boring night surfing around the web chances are your browser’s autosuggest function tosses up similar unwanted ghosts. 

Erasing all autosuggested URLs from your browser is easy, but it would slow you down even more than a few bad suggestions. Deleting just the unwanted URLs, however, really streamlines the browsing experience.

Here’s how to dump the annoying addresses while keeping all the good stuff in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera.

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PCWorld is streaming Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout PC BETA on Twitch!

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-14 17:32

Join Adam Patrick Murray, Dan Masaoka, and Hayden Dingman on Player Ready, PCWorld's weekly PC gaming stream! This week we are playing the Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout PC BETA that just launched today -- which is their version of a battle royal mode. Playing on a Maingear F131 equipped with an Intel Core i9 7980xe and dual Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti's!

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Where to buy the iPhone Xs and Xs Max

Mac World - Fri, 2018-09-14 16:00

Gone are the days where the iPhone was only available directly from Apple or from AT&T. Today, it’s carried by all major carriers and big retailers, and many of them want to entice you to buy with them by offering special deals. Of course, you can always buy from Apple directly, either in-store or online.

If you haven’t yet put in your order for an iPhone Xs or Xs Max, here’s a summary of some of the deals and promotions offered by different retailers to help you make up your mind. For each, we’ll tell you about any current special deals, when you should consider buying there, and when you shouldn’t.

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Get a 12-inch 512GB MacBook for just $1,000 today

Mac World - Fri, 2018-09-14 13:48

You might think I’m nuts, but the 12-inch MacBook is my favorite MacBook. It’s the model I’m typing this on. It’s as portable as they come. Its keyboard sits refreshingly close to the surface. And today, you can enjoy some of that action yourself with the 512GB 12-inch MacBook that’s on sale for just $999.99Remove non-product link (down from $1,399.99) on Woot.

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Watch The Full Nerd live right now!

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-14 13:42

Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. Today's show is all about the Nvidia RTX launch! First up we'll deep-dive into the Turing GPU, next we'll cover Nvidia's new one-click overclocking tool called Scanner, then move to a quick discussion about how there will be no ray tracked games at the launch of these new graphics cards. As always we will be answering your live questions so speak up in the chat.

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This week in games: Katamari Damacy finally rolls onto PCs, Tencent's snowboarding battle royale

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-14 13:12

With the amount of news out of Japan this week, you’d think Tokyo Game Show had already started. Nope! It’s next week. That didn’t stop a flood of trailers though, including new footage of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Project Judge, a new game from the Yakuza devs.

Other than that, an avalanche of weirdness this week: Alan Wake’s headed to TV, Pathologic 2 showed off its creepy village, Katamari Damacy’s coming to PC, Assassin’s Creed III is getting a remaster (for some reason), and Tencent brought a literal avalanche with its snowboarding battle royale game Ring of Elysium.

This is gaming news for September 10 to 14.

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Anker's ultra-portable Soundcore Bluetooth speaker is just $26 at Amazon today

Mac World - Fri, 2018-09-14 11:25

Portable Bluetooth speakers help you bring your tunes along wherever you go, and today you can get a popular option on the cheap. Anker’s SoundCore Bluetooth speaker is just $26Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $80. It’s not an all-time low, but it’s tantalizingly close.

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Anker's ultra-portable Soundcore Bluetooth speaker is just $26 at Amazon today

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-14 11:25

Portable Bluetooth speakers help you bring your tunes along wherever you go, and today you can get a popular option on the cheap. Anker’s SoundCore Bluetooth speaker is just $26Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $80. It’s not an all-time low, but it’s tantalizingly close.

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