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Reolink Argus Eco review: This Plain Jane wireless outdoor security camera can run on solar power

Mac World - Wed, 2019-06-12 06:00
Reolink delivers a home security camera with all the essential features at an affordable price and gives you the option of recharging the camera's battery with a solar panel.

SwiftUI and Catalyst: Apple executes its invisible transition strategy

Mac World - Wed, 2019-06-12 06:00

Last week in San Jose I found myself considering something John Gruber wrote for Macworld at the beginning of this decade—about how Apple’s product design doesn’t happen in short bursts, contrary to popular belief. It is a marathon, not a sprint. And no other company in the tech industry has the track record at it that Apple has.

“It’s a slow and steady process of continuous iterative improvement—so slow, in fact, that the process is easy to overlook if you’re observing it in real time,” Gruber wrote. “Only in hindsight is it obvious just how remarkable Apple’s platform development process is.”

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Reolink Argus Eco review: This Plain Jane wireless outdoor security camera can run on solar power

PC World - Wed, 2019-06-12 06:00
Reolink delivers a home security camera with all the essential features at an affordable price and gives you the option of recharging the camera's battery with a solar panel.

Cyberpunk 2077's latest mind-blowing demo haunts you with the ghost of Keanu Reeves

PC World - Tue, 2019-06-11 19:02

Cyberpunk 2077 was our favorite demo of E3 2018. There's a good chance it'll be my favorite demo of E3 2019 as well—though I'm giving Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 and Dying Light 2 the benefit of the doubt at least. They’ll have to come strong though, as CD Projekt has once again brought a demo that made me ask "Wow, how did they do that?"

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Obsidian's The Outer Worlds feels even more like Fallout: New Vegas than I expected

PC World - Tue, 2019-06-11 18:19

Outer Worlds is one of my most anticipated games of 2019 and I’ve never played it. Still. Is that a bad sign? Maybe, but it’s Obsidian’s space-faring spiritual successor to Fallout: New Vegas. That’s quite a pedigree, and plenty to get my attention. At E3 2019 I’ve at least had the chance to see more of The Outer Worlds, courtesy of a half-hour behind-closed-doors demo.

And the short version? It looks even more like Fallout: New Vegas than I expected.

New New Vegas

One of the aspects I’m most interested in, and it was visible in the trailer Obsidian showed Sunday at Microsoft’s press conference: The number of unique aesthetics on-hand in The Outer Worlds. It’s all very obviously the same game, and yet there are certain areas that resemble Soviet architecture and design, others that display Vegas levels of ostentation, others Art Deco.

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iMovie's latest update brings green screen effects, 80 new soundtracks, and more

Mac World - Tue, 2019-06-11 15:11

Apple’s iMovie app for iOS just got updated to version 2.2.7, and it's one of the app's most interesting updates in a while. It includes support for a green screen effect, 80 new soundtracks, support for images with transparent backgrounds, and some noteworthy smaller changes.

The green screen effect is by far the most interesting as it lets you replace any green or blue background in your videos with imported imagery. It does a lot to make iMovie more like the real movies.

You’ll also get 80 new soundtracks that run the gamut from pop to chill, and each one adjusts to fit the length of your projects. Today’s update also introduces the ability to drop images with transparent backgrounds into your videos, which will come in handy if you’d like to keep your logo on the screen for a YouTube project.

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How to partition a hard drive

PC World - Tue, 2019-06-11 13:42

When we talk about “drives” labeled C:, D:, and so forth, we’re actually talking about partitions, sections of the physical drive. Every hard drive in use has at least one partition. You can shrink that partition and create new ones out of the extra space. You’ll find this useful if you want to install more than one operating system, or if you want to truly separate programs and data.

But first, you need to take some precautions.

Step 1: Make a full image backup of the entire drive if you don’t already have one. Disasters happen. (See our picks for the best Windows backup software to help get you started.)

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How to stream PC games on Twitch

PC World - Tue, 2019-06-11 13:34

Not so long ago there was pretty much one way to interact with a video game: You sat down and played it. Maybe you watched an older friend or sibling play while pointing out all their mistakes, but gaming was never what you’d call a “spectator sport.”

That’s changed in recent years thanks to YouTube gaming celebrities, the booming popularity of professional e-sports, and most importantly, the online game-streaming service Twitch. Firing up a stream and watching someone else play a thousand miles away is now a perfectly legitimate way to enjoy a game. Best of all, anyone is free to participate on either side of a Twitch stream—PCWorld even has its own Twitch channel. If you want to be the one gaming in front of a live audience, you can start doing it today, for free.

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Apple releases iOS 12.4 beta 4 to developers

Mac World - Tue, 2019-06-11 13:17

Apple released iOS 12.3 in the second week of May, bringing us its new TV app with Channels subscriptions. Just days later, it started releasing betas to developers for another point release, iOS 12.4.

With WWDC just around the corner, and the first iOS 13 beta likely to land at that time, it’s not yet clear why Apple needs another release. Simple bug and security fixes generally don’t get major point-release status; we would get a 12.3.1 release if there were no significant user-facing features.

Those who are part of Apple’s developer program can register a device for developer betas by heading to Those who are not in the developer program can register their devices for public beta releases by visiting while using the device on which they wish to run the beta software. While many beta releases are stable and even include new bug fixes, we suggest you do not run beta releases on your primary device.

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Microsoft follows and Discord's lead, lets gamers chose any Xbox gamertag they want

PC World - Tue, 2019-06-11 13:01

The most frustrating phrase in the English language is “That username is in use.” Some good news then: You’ll no longer see it on Microsoft’s Xbox platform. Starting today, Xbox Live gamertags will work the same way as and Discord, assigning a random numeric ID to duplicate handles after a hashtag, i.e. PCWorld#0001.

Well, almost the same as and Discord. Microsoft did say games are currently required to show the numeric ID, even if it’s in a different typeface or lower-contrast color. That’s a slight change from the other two, who only show your numeric ID in specific circumstances, usually when you look at someone’s profile or a long list of users.

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The Opera GX browser is built for gamers with RAM and CPU limiters, RGB lighting, and Twitch

PC World - Tue, 2019-06-11 12:37

In the middle of a week of hype over games, CPUs, and energy elixirs, Opera might have the most fascinating E3 2019 release of all: A special version of the speedy Opera browser designed specifically for gamers, Opera GX brings high-end features and controls to help keep your games and browser running smooth, an interesting twist for our current favorite web browser.

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Hands-on: Watch Dogs Legion plays best as an army of old women

PC World - Tue, 2019-06-11 11:50

With no Assassin’s Creed on the books for 2019, I expected Watch Dogs Legion to fill the gap this holiday. Unfortunately we’ll need to wait until March of 2020 for the full release—which is doubly unfortunate because Watch Dogs Legion seems incredible, thanks to its innovative play-as-anyone-in-the-world tech.

I don’t get to say this often, but there’s nothing else like it.

Golden girls

After Ubisoft’s E3 press conference on Monday we had the chance to go hands-on with Watch Dogs Legion for about 45 minutes. Even so I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface. I didn’t do a single mission, nor did I explore even the measly 20 percent of the map Ubisoft made available.

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Samsung Galaxy A50 vs Google Pixel 3a: Which mid-range shooter should you buy?

PC World - Tue, 2019-06-11 11:45

As premium smartphones regularly blast through the thousand-dollar threshold, there’s a new battle beginning among mid-range handsets. Last month Google unveiled the Pixel 3a, which sacrificed speed for stellar photography at an affordable price. Now Samsung is doing the same with Tuesday's surprise U.S. launch of the Galaxy A50. Let’s take a look at how these phones stack up:

Samsung Galaxy A50 vs Google Pixel 3a: Size and display

If you’re looking for a small phone, the Galaxy A50 isn’t it. Where the Pixel 3a comes in two sizes, the A50 has a single 6.4-inch model, which is just as big as the Galaxy S10+. The A50 uses Samsung’s Infinity-U display, which includes a notch to contain the front camera and the speaker and rounded corners, while the Pixel 3a has a more traditional forehead for the camera and sensors:

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This 24-inch television comes with Amazon's Fire TV streaming built-in for just $90

Mac World - Tue, 2019-06-11 11:19
Amazon is selling a 24-inch Insignia smart TV with Amazon's Fire TV capabilities for $90, a $60 discount.

This 24-inch television comes with Amazon's Fire TV streaming built-in for just $90

PC World - Tue, 2019-06-11 11:19

If you’re a cord-cutter, cable-never, or someone who just really likes television, a smart TV is a great way for you to tune into all your content without needing an external streaming device. And today, you can get one for less than $100. The 24-inch Insignia NS-24DF310NA19 Fire TV Edition is $90 on Amazon today, down from a list price of $150.

This 720p smart TV connects to Wi-Fi to tap into all your streaming services. The built-in Fire TV capabilities give you access to a huge lineup of streaming apps, from Netflix to Sling TV. In addition, you can hook up your cable box or gaming consoles to this TV to expand your entertainment options even further. One of the best parts, though, is the included Voice Remote, powered by Alexa, which allows you to navigate through content with just the sound of your voice.

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The feature that dare not be named: Apple’s privacy advantage

Mac World - Tue, 2019-06-11 10:00

It’s been more than a week since Apple’s WWDC 2019 keynote and now it’s time to look back and…[squints to read] realize what a failure it was.

That seems wrong, but that’s what it says here.

Yes, writing for the Forbes contributor network and sock puppet theater, Greg Petro says that “At its Core, Apple Is No Longer Innovative.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Peter and Gary.)

Just this week at Apple’s much touted WWDC 2019, the company unveiled—you guessed it—more mundane updates to its iOS software for iPhone and iPad…

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Speed up your boot time and max out your storage with these cheaper-than-ever drive deals

PC World - Tue, 2019-06-11 09:57

Today’s a good day to trick out your desktop with some extra SATA storage and a nice little boot drive. Amazon dropped the price on the 6TB Seagate Barracuda 3.5-inch hard drive to $120Remove non-product link, and the 250GB Crucial MX500 is just $36Remove non-product link, both representing all-time lows.

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Amazon knocks more than $100 off the price of the 9.7-inch iPad

Mac World - Tue, 2019-06-11 09:22

The baseline 9.7-inch iPad may lack a lot of the power of its specialized siblings like the iPad Air and iPad Pro (and even the iPad mini), but it’s a great little device for anyone who just needs a dependable tablet. Today, Amazon is selling the 128GB model for the lowest price we’ve ever seen it listed for—although, truth be told, it’s only a dollar less than the previous low mark. Still, that’s a $101 discount, which lets you pick it up for just $328, down from the usual price of $429. For a bit of context, that’s a dollar less than you’d pay for the 32GB model at retail.

For that matter, the 32GB model is also enjoying an $80 discount, which brings the price down to $249. Short of a Black Friday sale, I can’t imagine these prices going much lower.

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How to make FileVault work again when you’re missing a 'secure token'

Mac World - Tue, 2019-06-11 08:00

Several months ago, we posted a column called “What to do when FileVault won’t turn on,” which offered a set of strategies when you couldn’t get macOS to let you enable FileVault, Apple’s full-disk encryption (FDE) technology. These worked for some people who have followed up with us. The most severe of the scenarios was the “nuclear option,” which required a full backup or clone of your Mac, erase the drive, reinstalling macOS, and restoring your previous files. This would always re-enable the FileVault capability, but it’s a big investment of time and effort.

I’d put off carrying it out on my MacBook, which had this problem, hoping another alternative would emerge. Fortunately, Rich Trouton has a solution at his Der Flounder site, where he often provides inside into tricky or unsolvable disk-formatting and encryption issues. (Thanks also to reader Christophe for alerting me to Trouton’s update.)

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41 must-see PC games at E3 2019: Watch every trailer

PC World - Tue, 2019-06-11 06:30

E3 2019 is probably the most PC-centric show we’ve seen in years, what with Microsoft announcing Xbox Game Pass for PC and bringing its future first-party games to Steam. Those are big moves for a company that’s long seemed to tolerate its Windows-based audience more than embrace it. And with Sony's absence, it’s safe to say pretty much every game at the show (aside from Nintendo’s) will come to PC at some point.

What games? Well, we’ve rounded up a whole big list for you—nearly every trailer we saw over the last two days, from Outer Worlds to Microsoft Flight Simulator, and from Doom Eternal to Watch Dogs Legion. It’s been an exciting E3, and we haven’t even hit the show floor yet.

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