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GE Smart Lighting review: ZigBee or Z-Wave? In-wall or plug-in?

PC World - Fri, 2018-04-06 06:00
Jasco Products markets in-wall and plug-in ZigBee and Z-Wave lighting controls under the GE brand. Are they worthy of your smart home?

Intel's Kaby Lake-G mystery: Why Radeon Vega M may be more Polaris than Vega

PC World - Fri, 2018-04-06 06:00

Intel’s Kaby Lake-G chip harbors a mystery. PCWorld has learned the company’s exciting CPU/GPU combo chip may actually be based on AMD’s older-generation Polaris cores rather than the newest Vega cores. 

This revelation doesn't change how we feel about the chip, having already tested it (and liked it) in Intel's Hades Canyon NUC. But an industry-standard system utility identifies the Kaby Lake-G as having an AMD Polaris bloodline. And we've discovered other evidence suggesting the chip's GPU core is Polaris. 

Kaby Lake-G: Making the impossible 

In January, Intel unveiled it had linked a Core i7 to an AMD Radeon RX Vega M with its advanced Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge. And thus the Kaby Lake-G mobile chip—and a once-unthinkable Intel/AMD partnership—was born.

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Notion home monitoring (2nd Edition) review: Modest upgrades advance a winning formula

Mac World - Fri, 2018-04-06 06:00
Improvements in battery life and wireless range, coupled with Nest integration, teach Notion some new tricks.

GE Smart Lighting review: ZigBee or Z-Wave? In-wall or plug-in?

Mac World - Fri, 2018-04-06 06:00
Jasco Products markets in-wall and plug-in ZigBee and Z-Wave lighting controls under the GE brand. Are they worthy of your smart home?

Microsoft adds ransomware protections to make OneDrive and Outlook.com safer

PC World - Thu, 2018-04-05 16:14

If your PC is infected with ransomware, it will spread from file to file, encrypting them until you pay the bad guys for the digital key. But ransomware can also spread to your files stored in the cloud—and that’s what Microsoft’s new OneDrive protections are designed to address.

On Thursday Microsoft announced the ability to “roll back” the files stored in OneDrive to versions stored up to a month ago, to help you return to a point before you were infected by malware. The company also said it will use its automated threat-detection systems to figure out when the ransomware began infecting those files and alert you via your phone that an infection has taken place.

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Get a 4th-gen 64GB Apple TV from Best Buy for 20% off

Mac World - Thu, 2018-04-05 13:47

There’s a lot of attention on the new iPad right now, but if you’re looking for a hefty deal on an Apple product that hasn’t been in the spotlight much lately, head over to Best Buy. For today only, the retailer is selling the previous-generation 64GB Apple TV for $160, down from the usual price of $200. That’s one of the best prices we’ve ever seen it listed for, and to give you an idea of the savings, it’s the same price as the refurbished version of the same model that Best Buy is currently selling.

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Apple’s new Mac Pro is expected to launch in 2019

Mac World - Thu, 2018-04-05 13:23

We’ve known for awhile that Apple is going back to the drawing board with the Mac Pro. Apple signaled as much a year ago, while making sure everyone understood that the newly revamped model wouldn’t come that year.

In speaking with TechCrunch Editor-in-Chief Matthew Panzarino, Apple straight-out confirmed that the new Mac Pro will be a 2019 product.

Apple was keen to clarify the date (an unusual move for the company) because it doesn’t want customers who are currently considering the iMac Pro to hold off, anticipating a Mac Pro launch later in the year.

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The Razer Game Store is a Steam alternative that gives you free games and PC hardware

PC World - Thu, 2018-04-05 12:19

Razer creates virtually every type of PC peripheral you can think of, from headsets to mice to keyboards, but today it’s taking on a new challenge: Steam. Yes, Razer’s launching a gaming store of its own. Aptly called the Razer Game Store, the new marketplace taps into the zVault rewards system that Razer debuted last year to give loyal customers free games and gear.

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Apple updates Final Cut Pro X with ProRes RAW support, closed captioning tools

Mac World - Thu, 2018-04-05 11:00

Apple on Thursday announced its second update in four months to Final Cut Pro X, the company’s professional-level app for video editing on the Mac. Free for current owners of the software, the update includes two new features: the ProRes RAW file format, and closed captions.

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Get Alexa's smarts for less than $20 with this deal on the Eufy Genie smart speaker

PC World - Thu, 2018-04-05 10:12

Smart speakers are a useful and convenient way to control your smart home devices, but their price tags can be a little steep, even for inexpensive models like the Echo Dot or Google Home Mini. But right now you can get an Alexa-compatible smart speaker for super cheap: the Eufy Genie smart speaker is $19.99, a savings of nearly 45 percent off its $34.99 list price.

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Get Alexa's smarts for less than $20 with this deal on the Eufy Genie smart speaker

Mac World - Thu, 2018-04-05 10:12

Smart speakers are a useful and convenient way to control your smart home devices, but their price tags can be a little steep, even for inexpensive models like the Echo Dot or Google Home Mini. But right now you can get an Alexa-compatible smart speaker for super cheap: the Eufy Genie smart speaker is $19.99, a savings of nearly 45 percent off its $34.99 list price.

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Boost your setup with big deals on near-perfect G.Skill gaming peripherals

PC World - Thu, 2018-04-05 10:08

If you're looking to upgrade from the ho-hum peripherals that came with your PC, two great pieces of G.Skill Ripjaws gaming gear—both of which earned 4.5/5 star ratings in PCWorld reviews—are on sale today with sweet discounts. First up is the G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 ambidextrous gaming mouse for $30 at Amazon. That's about $10 to $12 cheaper than usual, and it also matches the mouse's all-time low price.

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Paying the piper: Apple Pay pestering

Mac World - Thu, 2018-04-05 09:00

Apple has done something slightly annoying, so please pick up your pitchforks and torches, it’s time to storm the castle.

Writing for The Wall Street Journal, Tripp Mickle tells us how “iPhone Users Are Pestered to Enroll in Apple Pay.”

How? Texts? Emails? Driving slowly by their houses late at night with the window rolled down and Roy Orbison playing on the stereo?

Apple Inc. is nagging iPhone users to enroll in its mobile-payment service with a persistent red circle badge.

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Western Digital Black 3D NVMe SSD: High-end performance at near entry-level prices

PC World - Thu, 2018-04-05 08:00

Western Digital’s WD Black 3D NVMe SSD delivers much the same performance as the chart-topping Samsung 960 Pro, but for significantly less cash—$200 less in the 1TB capacity.

This is a good thing, and a big deal. Samsung has been unchallenged in the end-user, performance NVMe SSD market since its inception. If you wanted best speed at a fairly reasonable price, the company’s SSDs were your only choice. Until now.  

Design and specs

Announced Thursday, the WD Black 3D NVMe is an M.2, PCIe x4 SSD in the 2280 (22 millimeters wide, 80 mm long) form factor. It uses WD’s 3D TLC NAND. The NAND resides on only one side of the PC board, so the Black 3D NVMe can fit in the narrow confines of thin-profile laptops.

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What to do when the Mac App Store shows a different Apple ID for software updates

Mac World - Thu, 2018-04-05 08:00

Macworld reader Arthur is trying to download updates via the Mac App Store, but is stymied, because an Apple ID associated with the previous owner of the machine appears prefilled in the Sign In dialog and can’t be changed. He wonders what to do.

IDG

Apps purchased or downloaded with another Apple ID will persist in prompting you for that account’s password when they need to be updated.

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Skyrim VR review: Staring down life-sized dragons is terrifying

PC World - Thu, 2018-04-05 07:42

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has been remastered and re-released so many times it’s an inside joke at this point, and yet I haven’t really felt drawn to go back—until last night. Last night I once again took that fateful wagon ride through the mountains, put my head down on the chopping block, watched a dragon burn a village down, and helped my ol’ pal Ralof escape from those nasty brutes in the Imperial Legion.

Only this time, I did it in virtual reality.

Fus ro dah, for real

Yes, after six-ish months of PlayStation VR exclusivity, Skyrim VR released on PCs this week ($60 on Green Man Gaming) with official support for both the HTC Vive and, in huge news for Bethesda, the Oculus Rift. I wouldn’t say there’s peace between Zenimax and Oculus, but some sort of detente evidently prevailed finally.

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9.7-inch iPad (2018) review: Apple’s tablet is ‘pro’ enough for many of us

PC World - Thu, 2018-04-05 07:00
Apple Pencil support and a faster processor make a good case for leaving behind your iPad Pro.

9.7-inch iPad (2018) review: Apple’s tablet is ‘pro’ enough for many of us

Mac World - Thu, 2018-04-05 07:00

Pull it off the shelf at the Apple Store, and you’d be hard-pressed by sight alone to distinguish the new sixth-generation 9.7-inch iPad from last year’s model. And under the hood, it's not much different, where there’s simply a speedier A10 processor. The new iPad is, well, an iPad.

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ESPN+ isn’t really for cord-cutters

PC World - Thu, 2018-04-05 06:00
ESPN’s standalone service does nothing to fix the mess that sports streaming rights have become.

Nest Hello review: This is a great video doorbell

PC World - Thu, 2018-04-05 06:00
Nest Hello is one of the best video doorbells we've tested, boasting great image quality and integration with Google's smart home.

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