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This week in games: Super Meat Boy for free, Sega teases a Catherine port

PC World - Fri, 2019-01-04 14:30

A brand new year! Anything is possible. We’re wiping 2018’s slate clean, resolving to be better in 2019, and—what’s that? The first news story of the year is Bethesda broke Fallout 76 again? Ominous.

That news, plus...well, not much else. We’ve rounded up what few stories we could find this week though, including a potential Catherine remaster and the disappearance of Lego: Lord of the Rings, as we slowly ease into the new year.

This is gaming news for December 31 to January 4.

Nine years later

Let’s start 2019 off right with a free game, shall we? The Epic Games Store is currently giving away various games, one at a time, in order to kick-start adoption of the new platform. That’s potentially good news for you, if you’re open to installing another launcher. And the latest? The ultra-hard platformer Super Meat Boy is free through January 10. A nearly nine-year-old game isn’t quite as exciting as the previous giveaway, Subnautica, but hey: It’s still a free game.

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Charge your devices quickly and cheaply with half off this 18W USB-C PD charger

Mac World - Fri, 2019-01-04 11:10

We all know how important it is to keep our devices charged up. But all too often, the chargers that come in the box are too weak to fill up our phones as fast as we'd like (we're looking at you Apple). Today's deal solves that problem: Amazon is selling the Aukey USB-C PD 18W charger for just $11Remove non-product link with the code HWCPT8E8, a 50 percent savings off its $22 list price and the lowest price we've ever seen. It's so low, in fact, that you can buy two for $7 less than Apple charges for one.

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Charge your devices quickly and cheaply with half off this 18W USB-C PD charger

PC World - Fri, 2019-01-04 11:10

We all know how important it is to keep our devices charged up. But all too often, the chargers that come in the box are too weak to fill up our phones as fast as we'd like (we're looking at you Apple). Today's deal solves that problem: Amazon is selling the Aukey USB-C PD 18W charger for just $11Remove non-product link with the code HWCPT8E8, a 50 percent savings off its $22 list price and the lowest price we've ever seen. It's so low, in fact, that you can buy two for $7 less than Apple charges for one.

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D-Link expands its smart home presence with new smart plugs and a leak detector

PC World - Fri, 2019-01-04 11:00
In advance of CES 2019, the router manufacturer is expanding its mydlink ecosystem with a leak detector and smart plugs for lighting and appliance control.

Two graphics cards we love are on sale for mouthwatering prices

PC World - Fri, 2019-01-04 09:50

Two graphics cards we loved are on sale today with a little something for most gamers. We’ve got upper and lower price points, an AMD card, an Nvidia card, and both come with free game offers.

First up is the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 2070 Windforce for $480 on NeweggRemove non-product link with the checkout code EMCTUTY22. That checkout code may require you to sign-up for Newegg’s mailing list. At $480, this is $20 lower than the card’s MSRP, but the card has actually been selling for around $570 on Amazon. In addition to the card, you also get Battlefield V for free.

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Origin EVO-17S review: This thin gaming laptop tames even the mighty Core i9

PC World - Fri, 2019-01-04 07:02

Origin PC’s EVO17-S says it’s okay to consider an inch-thick laptop “thin.” Sure, many mainstream laptops are mere slivers in comparison, but none of them can pack a Core i9 and GeForce GTX 1070—at least, not without the embarrassing performance nerf’s of a Macbook Pro 15. As our benchmarks show, if you have a need for speed, the EVO17-S will deliver.

EVO17-S specs: Core i9, GTX 1070 and more

The star of the EVO17-S is its CPU: The mighty Core i9-8950HK is the fastest Intel chip out there. Paired with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 discrete GPU, the other components almost don’t matter. What more do you need? 

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PDFelement Pro 6 review: A professional PDF editor at an affordable price

Mac World - Fri, 2019-01-04 07:00
Business-ready features and an uncluttered interface make the PDFelement Pro 6 PDF editor a joy to use.

5 ways to fix slumping iPhone sales

Mac World - Fri, 2019-01-04 07:00

After years and years of prognosticating doom and gloom for Apple, the analysts finally got it right: iPhone sales are slumping. It was bound to happen sooner or later, and there was enough smoke to suggest that Apple’s quarter would be a dumpster fire for iPhone sales. Tim Cook placed much of the blame on China in a letter to investors, and while there may be some truth to that, plenty of other factors contributed to the declining sales. Here are five reasons why the iPhone hit a sales snag and how Apple can fix them all.

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PDFelement Pro 6 review: A professional PDF editor at an affordable price

PC World - Fri, 2019-01-04 07:00

Professional-level PDF editors have a reputation for being feature-rich but complicated to use. Wondershare’s PDFelement 6 Pro bucks that trend, somehow managing to be a delight to use without sacrificing essential productivity capabilities.

The editor seemingly spares not a single business-ready feature. It converts PDFs to Excel, Word, EPUB, PPT, Pages, HTML, RTF, and text formats, and creates them from images, HTML, and text file formats. It also supports annotations, text editing, form creation, data extraction, password-encryption, and permissions-based restrictions.

But it’s most laudable feature is its uncluttered, easily navigable interface. Similar to what we saw in iSkysoft’s PDF Editor 6 , PDFelement’s home screen displays its basic capabilities—edit, create, combine, convert, and edit PDF form—on large clickable tiles so you don’t have to hunt through nested menus to find what you need. Once you select an option and open a document, a cleanly laid-out toolbar for master functions such as commenting, security, and page management, activates. Clicking on any of these opens a second toolbar with options related to that function. The experience is identical across Windows and Mac versions, so you can seamlessly switch from working on one platform to another.

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Atlas is a disheartening MMO shipwreck that plunders your time

PC World - Fri, 2019-01-04 06:30

Grapeshot Games, a sister studio of the makers of Ark: Survival Evolved, calls its new pirate-themed survival MMO Atlas, a word that sizzles with the promise of high adventure and discovery. And it’s true, there is a bit of that. But the more I played the newly launched Early Access release over the holiday break, the more I felt it’d be better called Odyssey.

That word also evokes escapades and exploration, but more to the point, it suggests an aimless voyage where greater powers pelt you with hours of misery and misfortune. Much like Homer’s Odyssey, Atlas ($30 on Steam) is an ordeal that breeds good stories, but they’re stories that are better told than experienced.

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CES 2019: The PC gear and smart home tech we can't wait to see

PC World - Fri, 2019-01-04 06:15

More than 4,400 exhibitors showed off their hardware at CES 2018. That’s a lot of gadgets, and the show can become an unmanageable circus if you don’t enter with a game plan—and that counts for people following the action at home, as well. To give you a little head start, here’s our cheat sheet on what to look for at CES 2019. We’re focusing solely on PC gear, home entertainment and smart home gadgets—because that’s our bread and butter at PCWorld and TechHive.

AMD’s 7nm CPUs, including Ryzen 2

It’s pretty easy to predict what AMD will be revealing at CES—because the company has already told us. AMD chief executive Lisa Su will host a keynote address on Wednesday, Jan. 9 where she’ll talk up the company’s 2019 plans to “catapult computing, gaming, and visualization technologies forward with the world’s first 7nm high-performance CPUs and GPUs.” You can expect demos covering the future of gaming, entertainment and virtual reality.

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Apple’s revenue drop is about China and more

Mac World - Fri, 2019-01-04 06:00

All anybody is likely to be talking about for the next week or so is Apple’s admission that it’s going to miss its guidance for the first quarter of 2019. We won’t get any more information until the company’s next quarterly financial results, due out on January 29, and the winter is genuinely a dreary time for any other significant Apple news.

So, yeah, let’s jump right in. The water’s fine.

The China Syndrome

Apple’s been betting big on China for the last several years, a fact borne out both by Tim Cook’s repeated visits to the region and his fairly consistent declarations of the fact on those quarterly conference calls. The reason for that is pretty simple: the biggest opportunity for Apple’s growth is in the world’s second-largest economy, where there’s a rapidly increasing middle class that is looking to spend money on consumer goods.

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Philo review: A valuable alternative to the average TV bundle

Mac World - Fri, 2019-01-04 02:05
By cutting out broadcast and sports networks, the Philo streaming TV service provides cord-cutters lots of channels for not a lot of money.

Philo review: A valuable alternative to the average TV bundle

PC World - Fri, 2019-01-04 02:05
By cutting out broadcast and sports networks, the Philo streaming TV service provides cord-cutters lots of channels for not a lot of money.

LG to ship 8K UHD OLED and LCD smart TVs this year, many powered by a new Alpha 9 Gen 2 processor

Mac World - Thu, 2019-01-03 15:13
LG will ship its first 8K UHD OLED and LCD TVs in 2019, and nearly all will get a boost in processing power. Two-fold in some instances.

LG to ship 8K UHD OLED and LCD smart TVs this year, many powered by a new Alpha 9 Gen 2 processor

PC World - Thu, 2019-01-03 15:13
LG will ship its first 8K UHD OLED and LCD TVs in 2019, and nearly all will get a boost in processing power. Two-fold in some instances.

B&H is selling 2017's iPad Pros for the lowest prices we've ever seen

Mac World - Thu, 2019-01-03 13:57

The previous-generation iPad Pros are still wonderful devices, and at the moment the best thing about them is that you don’t have to worry if they’re suddenly going to bend on you. And right now B&H is selling both the 10-inch and 12.9-inch models for the lowest prices we’ve seen to dateRemove non-product link, with discounts ranging from $200 to $280. That’s better than all of the deals we saw on Black Friday.

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Amazon has slashed the price of Foscam's ultra-secure R2 camera to an all-time low

Mac World - Thu, 2019-01-03 11:55

If one of your resolutions is to worry less in the new year, it might be time to invest in home security. And this Amazon deal can help: Today the Foscam R2 home security camera is on sale for $56Remove non-product link, down $29 from its list price of $85 and an all-time low.

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Amazon has slashed the price of Foscam's ultra-secure R2 camera to an all-time low

PC World - Thu, 2019-01-03 11:55

If one of your resolutions is to worry less in the new year, it might be time to invest in home security. And this Amazon deal can help: Today the Foscam R2 home security camera is on sale for $56Remove non-product link, down $29 from its list price of $85 and an all-time low.

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5 ways Apple's awful quarter could impact the iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch in 2019 and beyond

Mac World - Thu, 2019-01-03 10:00

Apple’s new year isn’t off to a great start. Instead of celebrating another stellar quarter, Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote a lengthy letter to investors warning about subpar iPhone sales and an overall dip in revenue to the tune of about $6 billion. That mean Apple is only going to make around $84 billion in revenue over the 3-month holiday quarter, an impressive number for sure, but one that represents a five percent dip from the same quarter last year and confirmation that all is not right in Cupertino.

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