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Can’t download photos from your iPhone to your Mac? It could be a trust issue

Mac World - Wed, 2019-07-03 08:00

Your Mac needs to trust your iPhone or iPad—and vice-versa. Apple added a Trust button to iOS years ago that appears when a device is connected to a computer, requiring a phone or tablet be unlocked and the connection confirmed. This was another layer in attempting to ensure that a device’s owner really wanted that computer to have access.

However, you can run afoul of this provision. My dad wrote to me from a small island on Greece recently after he’d swapped in a Greek carrier’s SIM for his unlocked AT&T iPhone. While voice, text, and data worked fine, whenever he plugged his iPhone into his laptop, he neither received a Trust dialog nor could get his phone’s images to appear as available with iTunes, Photos, or Image Capture.

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Should you run the iOS 13 beta?

Mac World - Wed, 2019-07-03 07:00

The iOS 13 public beta is out now, and it look like a smorgasbord of all the things we ever wanted. Dark Mode! Siri support for music apps! Better video editing! Overhauled Maps! A swiping keyboard! Smaller downloads!

It’s really tempting to pop over to beta.apple.com and jump on the beta bandwagon. (For more on how to install the beta, and how to uninstall it, read our guide.)

But you might want to pump the breaks a bit. Running beta software has sometimes serious consequences, and not all the wonderful features of iOS 13 are even available yet in the beta. To help you decide if you should participate in the iOS 13 or iPadOS 13 public beta, we prepared this short guide.

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FitzyTV review: A neat but shaky workaround for streaming TV annoyances

PC World - Wed, 2019-07-03 06:00
FitzyTV addresses some streaming TV annoyances, but adds some of its own along the way.

15 of the best indie PC games you might have missed in 2019 (so far)

PC World - Wed, 2019-07-03 06:00

As I said writing up our Best Games of 2019 (So Far) list, it’s been a busy year. We’ve only hit June and already there have been so many quality games we ran out of room on our top ten list. Consider this the spillover list then, the best of the rest, great games that perhaps fell through the cracks. Some of them, I haven’t finished. Some I’ve barely gotten around to playing—but I like what I’ve seen.

As for you, hopefully there are a few games on the list you haven’t even heard of yet. That’s always a fun surprise, yeah?

Sunless Skies

Sunless Skies is in large part just more Sunless Sea, but given how impressive Failbetter’s first outing was it’s hard to complain about a second helping. Trade out Sunless Sea’s ships for a flying train and gloomy seas for the stars, and much of the rest stays the same. You’re still plodding from settlement to settlement, uncovering bizarre side-stories and attempting to unravel the larger plotlines in scraps and snatches of conversation.

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Best DVR for cord cutters

PC World - Wed, 2019-07-03 06:00
TiVo vs. Tablo vs. Channel Master vs. Plex: None are ideal, but one might work for you.

FitzyTV review: A neat but shaky workaround for streaming TV annoyances

Mac World - Wed, 2019-07-03 06:00
FitzyTV addresses some streaming TV annoyances, but adds some of its own along the way.

How to use Sidecar to make your iPad a secondary Mac display in macOS Catalina and iPadOS

Mac World - Wed, 2019-07-03 06:00

If your Mac is running macOS Catalina, you can now use your iPad as a secondary monitor with the new “Sidecar” feature. It’s ridiculously easy to set up wirelessly through AirPlay.

First, a few notes. Unlike with some existing third-party screen-sharing apps such as Air Display 3, you can really only use your fingers on the display for simple actions such as scrolling through text.

The Apple Pencil works as a “mouse,” though—and that includes using it to alter and create images through the full version of Adobe Photoshop while we’re waiting on the proper iPad version to appear. Apart from the Apple Pencil, interaction involves a number of shortcuts on the borders of the interface—and you can press these with your fingers. Notably, Apple also includes relevant Touch Bar actions when someone is using an app on the iPad through Sidecar, so in Safari, for instance, you’ll see the visual toggle for the different tabs.

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Best DVR for cord cutters

Mac World - Wed, 2019-07-03 06:00
TiVo vs. Tablo vs. Channel Master vs. Plex: None are ideal, but one might work for you.

How to get free books for your Amazon Kindle

PC World - Wed, 2019-07-03 04:26

When you own an Amazon Kindle, the cost of supporting a voracious reading habit can get very steep, very quickly. A quick glance at Amazon’s list of the Best Books of the Month shows that a decent read can set you back between $13 and $15 for a Kindle edition book. Sure, Amazon offers deals on great ebooks, but waiting for a deal could take forever. Many titles can be had for two bucks or less, but it takes work to find the gems among the dross. 

What you need are some solid options for finding free, absorbing content to devour on your Kindle. We’re more than happy to point you in the right direction. (And if you need a new e-reader, find one among our reviews of the best Kindles.) Updated July 2, 2019 with additional resources

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PCWorld's July Digital Magazine: AMD's Ryzen 9 3950X

PC World - Tue, 2019-07-02 17:58

Stay on top of the latest tech with PCWorld’s Digital Magazine. Available as single copies or as a monthly subscription, it highlights the best content from PCWorld.com—the most important news, the key product reviews, and the most useful features and how-to stories—in a curated Digital Magazine for Android and iOS, as well for the desktop and other tablet readers.

In the July issue

In July we feature AMD's Ryzen 9 3950X. It’s a 16-core CPU aiming to topple Intel's gaming dominance. If you’re considering a new mid-range Android phone and photo quality is important, we put the Samsung Galaxy A50 up against the Google Pixel 3a. Find out which shooter is best for you.

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iOS 13 and iPadOS 13: Apple releases beta 3 to developers

PC World - Tue, 2019-07-02 14:34
With over a billion users, iOS is one of the biggest consumer operating systems in the world. Here's how it's going to change your iPhone and iPad this fall.

iOS 13 and iPadOS 13: Apple releases beta 3 to developers

Mac World - Tue, 2019-07-02 14:34

Apple’s huge WWDC developer conference kicked off on Monday, and as expected, the company took the wraps off iOS 13. It’s the next major revision for one of the most important and influential operating systems of all time, with iOS used daily on over a billion iPhones and iPads. It looks to be a doozy.

Here are all the major new features that iOS 13 will bring to your iPhone and iPad when it releases this fall, along with details about supported devices and how to join the beta test to try it out early.

Update 07/02/19: Apple has released the third developer beta of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13. This build will likely become the second public beta release, which may release as early as tomorrow, or as late as next week.

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Ive got a story to tell: Differing views on Apple’s exiting designer

Mac World - Tue, 2019-07-02 10:00

Big news from ye olde iPhone shoppe last week as Apple announced that Jony Ive would be leaving the company to run his own design firm. Get ready to be sprayed in the face with a firehose full of hot takes.

First, let’s go to Vice, where Jason Koebler says “History Will Not Be Kind to Jony Ive.” (Tip o’ the antlers to SamT and @designheretic.) History and Jason Koebler.

And why is that?

He leaves a legacy of pushing [Apple’s] products toward disposability and unrepairability, a choice that has reverberated across the consumer electronics industry.

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Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2070 Super review: Changing the game, again

PC World - Tue, 2019-07-02 09:00

Nvidia promised something Super is coming well over a month ago, and on Tuesday, it finally delivered. Spoiler alert: The wait was worth it.

The $399 GeForce RTX 2060 Super and $499 GeForce RTX 2070 Super pack fresh graphics chips and other improvements that help propel speeds far beyond their non-Super namesakes, shoring up weaknesses found in the original RTX 2060 and effectively shifting the entire RTX 20-series product stack up a performance tier—all for at or near the same price as before.

These Ti-upgrades-by-another-name kick a whole lot of ass, and that’s with an even more powerful GeForce RTX 2080 Super variant waiting in the wings for a July 23 launch. The GeForce RTX 2060 Super and 2070 Super will launch on July 9, a week from now, in both the Nvidia Founders Edition models we’re reviewing today as well as customized versions by board makers like EVGA, Asus, and Gigabyte.

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Nvidia's GeForce RTX 'Super' cards aim to one-up AMD with more power for the same price

PC World - Tue, 2019-07-02 09:00

Nvidia promised something Super is coming well over a month ago, and on Tuesday, the wait paid off. The graphics company unveiled not one, not two, but three “Super” variants of its existing GeForce RTX 20-series graphics cards, along with a new FrameView tool intended to give enthusiasts and reviewers deeper insight into the performance and power consumption of GPUs. And get this: The new cards don’t really cost more than their slower, older counterparts.

The timing probably isn’t coincidental, as AMD’s rival Radeon RX 5700 and 5700 XT—the first consumer GPUs built using an advanced 7nm manufacturing technology—launch in mere days, on July 7.

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iPadOS 13: How to use the floating digital keyboard

Mac World - Tue, 2019-07-02 07:00

Here’s a truth we’ve had to endure for the iPad’s entire lifespan until now: The bigger the iPad, the bigger the frustration of typing on the screen when you’re holding the tablet like a clipboard. One hand had to hold up the iPad, leaving the index finger of your other hand to hunt and peck its way across the QuickType keyboard on the expansive screen. It certainly didn’t help that the normal keyboard is simply bad for presentation because it obscures around a fourth of the screen.

Apple originally attempted to solve this problem by letting you split the keyboard in two halves, but Apple is removing that feature with iPadOS 13. That’s because iPadOS 13 introduces a better option: Now there’s a floating iPhone-sized keyboard that can freely move to any spot of the display. Unlike the iPad’s digital keyboard in its default configuration, this smaller floating keyboard even supports the swipe-typing feature Apple is bringing to the iPhone with iOS 13.

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Ecovacs Deebot 500 review: This budget-priced household helper is a solid choice

Mac World - Tue, 2019-07-02 06:00
With app control plus Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant support, this robot vacuum packs a punch for the price.

Getting Time Capsule failure warnings? Here’s what you can do

Mac World - Tue, 2019-07-02 06:00

Apple no longer sells its Time Capsule, a combination of a backup drive, Time Machine, and an AirPort Extreme Base Station. However, many are in use, and some components inevitably fail, especially the internal hard drive.

If you receive an error on a Mac using the Time Capsule for Time Machine backups that you can no longer back up to it, you can try to work your way out of the problem by using AirPort Utility.

Warning! This approach erases all the backup snapshots stored on your Time Capsule. There may be no way to recover them—hence the error—but you should perform full Time Machine backups or disk clones of all devices that used the Time Capsule for archiving files, as well as trying step 4 below.

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Ecovacs Deebot 500 review: This budget-priced household helper is a solid choice

PC World - Tue, 2019-07-02 06:00
With app control plus Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant support, this robot vacuum packs a punch for the price.

The five devices you need to work anytime and anywhere

PC World - Mon, 2019-07-01 23:00

The modern workplace is more flexible than ever before. This is mainly thanks to high-speed internet connections and the huge advancements in mobile technology that allow people to create reports, contribute to projects even while on the road.  

Long gone are the days when everyone was tied to their desks nine to five, but to free yourself from these shackles you’ll need the right equipment. Here’s our pick of the devices that every road warrior should have in their travel bag. 

Always-Connected PC 

When away from an office there are two things that a device must have if it’s going to keep you working: an internet connection and long battery life. Traditional laptops can sometimes deliver the latter,  but are frequently reliant on public Wi-Fi to get online, which limits their scope, slows you down, and makes working in public a threat to privacy. That’s why the new range of Always-Connected PCs is an essential component of any mobile productivity kit. You can connect select HP laptops securely wherever work takes you on America's most reliable network, Verizon*. 

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