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This time for sure: Apple said to be behind again

Mac World - 22 min 58 sec ago

Apple is missing out yet again and it’s nothing at all like the other times Apple was supposedly missing out but that didn’t actually end up amounting to anything. Unless we’re talking about network speeds.

What?

Oh. The Macalope is being informed that, yes, we’re talking about network speeds.

Gordon Kelly proudly declares that originality has no place at the Forbes contributor network and Institute for the Advancement of Understanding Why There Are So Many Spider Eggs In Your Hair.

“Apple's New iPhones Have An Expensive Nasty Surprise.” (Tip o' the antlers to @JonyIveParody.)

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The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition is the height of overkill—and I totally want one

PC World - 31 min 58 sec ago

OnePlus may be a company known for crafting phones with premium specs and affordable prices but that doesn’t mean it can’t bust loose once in a while. And nothing says busting loose like a partnership with one of the fastest and most recognizable Formula One car makers in the world, McLaren.

In true McLaren fashion, the Speed Orange OnePlus 6T is a glorious testament to over-the-top performance and power. While the design and specs are mostly the same as the standard edition of the phone, there are some key additions that will surely turn heads:

  • The phone has orange ring around the bottom of the black back with a carbon fiber pattern to mimic the iconic P1. It also prominently features the McLaren name below the OnePlus logo.
  • The power adapter is 30W instead of 20W and has orange accents.
  • The charging cable is orange.
  • It has 10GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
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The OnePlus 6T McLaren edition comes with an orange racing stripe.

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Amazon's affordable Fire HD 10 tablet is $50 off today

PC World - 1 hour 12 min ago

Somewhere between 2010 and 2018, tablets became about as exciting as a new couch. Still, just like run-of-the-mill desktops and laptops, these “home computing appliances” are still useful devices to have. Today, Amazon’s selling the base model of the Fire HD 10 Tablet for $100. That’s $50 off and the same sale price we saw on Black Friday.

This tablet features 32GB of onboard storage, a 10-inch 1080p display at 224 pixels per inch, and a 10-hour battery life claim. It’s also rocking front- and rear-facing cameras, and Amazon’s Alexa digital personal assistant for checking the weather, setting an alarm, opening an app hands-free, and controlling your smart appliances.

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Amazon's affordable Fire HD 10 tablet is $50 off today

Mac World - 1 hour 12 min ago
The 32GB Fire HD 10 tablet is $100 at Amazon.

The best USB-C hubs for your laptop or tablet

PC World - 2 hours 34 min ago

A USB-C hub is quickly becoming an indispensable piece of gear. Though we like to mock Apple for its rat’s nest of wired dongles for connecting legacy peripherals, more and more PC laptop and tablet makers are adopting USB-C, making it a headache to connect devices like older hard drives or mice.

In fact, most ultrabooks and tablets now include just one or two USB-C ports, often without high-speed Thunderbolt capabilities. Fortunately, there are so many USB-C hubs available with various combinations of legacy I/O that finding one to meet your particular needs is as easy as ordering off a menu: a few USB-A ports here, an SD card slot there, and possibly HDMI and ethernet, too. Some even allow you to charge your laptop via a pass-through USB-C port. 

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Best e-readers for digital-book lovers

PC World - 3 hours 3 min ago

Folks used to think that e-readers would relegate traditional paper books to the scrapyard of the past and destroy the publishing industry as we knew it. But, in the time since the first Kindle e-reader was unveiled in 2007, the dire declarations of what effect the devices might have on our reading habits and on publishers have given way to widespread acceptance from industry wonks and bookworms alike, for one simple reason: E-readers are pretty great.

Lightweight, easily readable in direct sunlight or, on models equipped with a built-in backlight, in the dead of night, an e-reader is an excellent choice for browsing periodicals, documents, comic books, and of course, books. Most are capable of storing thousands of books—and with power-efficient E Ink displays, word aficionados can typically read for weeks at a time before their device’s battery will need to topping off. These are all great features but, as they’re all features that most e-readers share, choosing which device to buy can be daunting. Don’t worry, we’re here to help you find the device that suits your needs. We’ve assembled reviews of the most popular e-readers on the market today—as well as some you might not have heard of that deserve your attention.

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How’s your iPhone battery health? Use the Battery settings to find out

Mac World - 3 hours 22 min ago

After Apple received a spate of bad publicity about how it chose to throttle older iPhones with degraded batteries, it apologized and offered a battery replacement program for many phones at reduced cost. But it also pledged to improve how it disclosed to users the state of their battery.

It’s a little hidden, as you have to launch Settings and then tap Battery to see monitoring details. Tap Battery Health, and you see two important stats.

Maximum Capacity measures the peak charge that the battery can hold. (Mine is currently 91 percent after about 14 months of solid use.) It’s normal for this to decline slowly over a period of time, and decline faster the more frequently you run through a charge on your phone.

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Amazon All-new Kindle Paperwhite review (2018): The best just got better

PC World - 3 hours 25 min ago

Amazon's All-new Kindle Paperwhite comes along just in time. While we've loved prior versions, the e-reader hasn't changed much since its debut in 2012, aside from incremental upgrades such as better front-lighting, additional storage and a few software tweaks. Its most recent version, from 2015, was losing ground to similarly priced competitors such as the Kobo Clara HD.

With the All-new Kindle Paperwhite, Amazon's not only managed to catch up to the competition, it's lapped them. The new e-reader's premium features, reasonable price, and wide variety of content make it the best e-reader for most people.

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Get A Lifetime Of CloudMounter For Mac For Just $19 (55% Off)

Mac World - 4 hours 17 min ago

Nowadays, physical storage never seems to satisfy our demands. The files we download and share are getting larger, but the laptops we own are getting smaller, leaving less room for plentiful yet bulky storage options. Because of this, cloud storage services have become a popular alternative for storing our files. If you use cloud services often, CloudMounter can help you save time uploading your files for $19.

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Get 35+ Hours Of Python And Data Science Training For Just $37

PC World - 4 hours 19 min ago

Data seems to be worth more than gold these days, and for good reason, too. With the right information, skilled analysts can understand why certain trends are happening now and how they'll advance in the future. So, it should come as no surprise that these experts are also paid handsome salaries for their services. Wish you could make sense of data, too? Now, virtually anyone can learn with The Complete Python Data Science Bundle, on sale for $37 — a savings of 96% off its usual price.

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iDevices Outdoor Switch review: A premium smart outlet you can use in the yard

Mac World - 4 hours 22 min ago
This HomeKit-compatible smart outlet is protected from the weather, so you can extend the perimeter of your smart home into in wet and damp locations such as your patio and porch.

Adobe Premiere Rush CC review: Consumer video editor makes fast work of creation and sharing

Mac World - 4 hours 22 min ago

Premiere Rush CC, a brand new video app from Adobe, emphasizes speed in the creation and sharing of online video targeted to the social media crowd.

Unlike Premiere Pro, Premier Elements, and Premiere Clip (Adobe’s other desktop and mobile video apps), Rush operates across devices with nearly identical desktop and mobile versions that can save all footage in the cloud. Your movie is accessible anytime, anywhere via an auto sync feature that you can enable if you choose, or you can save your video locally. Rush, powered partly by Adobe’s Sensei artificial intelligence framework, is compatible with the latest version of Premiere Pro.

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iDevices Outdoor Switch review: A premium smart outlet you can use in the yard

PC World - 4 hours 22 min ago
This HomeKit-compatible smart outlet is protected from the weather, so you can extend the perimeter of your smart home into in wet and damp locations such as your patio and porch.

John Romero celebrates Doom's 25th anniversary with Sigil, a free fifth chapter for the original game

PC World - Mon, 2018-12-10 16:43

Today’s the 25th anniversary of Doom, if you can believe it. On December 10, 1993 people first stepped foot onto a demon-infested Mars, courtesy of id Software. And while id’s upcoming sequel Doom Eternal is the next official follow-up, Mr. Doom himself a.k.a. John Romero today revealed his own personal celebration of Doom’s legacy, titled Sigil.

It’s an enormous Doom WAD basically (or colloquially: a megawad), a mod like any of the other hundreds of mods out there—except this one’s built by Romero himself, of course. Romero’s calling it an “unofficial spiritual successor to Ultimate Doom’s fourth episode,” making it Doom’s fifth episode in all-but-name. Romero says he’s been working on it “while I was on vacation or in the evenings” for the last two years, prepping for the anniversary. (Yes, Romero’s also working on something else apparently, and says it “will be done when it’s done.”)

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Best gaming keyboards: Our picks for the top budget, mid-tier, and RGB boards

PC World - Mon, 2018-12-10 15:44

Choosing a gaming keyboard is a matter of personal taste. To that point, there are a plethora of options, with a dizzying mix of features. One person could be into Cherry Browns and white backlighting. Another might favor Razer Greens and a rippling RGB glow. Gigantic wrist pads, compact shapes, numeric keypads, macro keys, volume controls.... You get the picture

To help you sort through the many options, we’ve rounded up a large number of planks, putting them through their paces, to come up with our top recommendations. All of these are mechanical keyboards, and for good reason—they’re simply more comfortable to use over the long haul. But we’re open-minded, so if we encounter an alternative that works well, you may see it appear on this list. We’ll keep updating it periodically as we test new keyboards.

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After another massive Google+ data breach, you should probably delete your profile right now

Mac World - Mon, 2018-12-10 14:04
Google has announced another Google+ data breach, this time affecting more than 50 million users. So here's how to shut down your profile for good.

After another massive Google+ data breach, you should probably delete your profile right now

PC World - Mon, 2018-12-10 14:04

Google+ may be a punchline in the social-network world, but there’s something seriously wrong with it. For the second time in as many months, Google has announced that Google+ has been hit with another data leak, and this one is way worse than the last.

According to a blog post, some 52.5 million users are affected by this latest data breach, 100X more users than the 500,000 who were exposed during the last data leak. Like last time, affected users had their name, email address, occupation, and age exposed to third-party developers, regardless of whether their account was set to private. Google blames the leak on a bug and says it was fixed within a week of being introduced.

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Save up to $100 on the new Mac mini at B&H Photo

Mac World - Mon, 2018-12-10 11:51

In celebration of "Green Monday," B&H Photo is offering a mini price drop on the 2018 Mac mini. The discounts range from $70 to $100, which are enough to push the newer models closer to the retail prices for the high-end models from 2014.

And the 2014 models are on sale, too. If you’re not interested in the latest and greatest units, today’s sale lets you walk away with a 2014 Mac mini for a mere $399.

You can view the entire sale here, but we’ve listed the standout deals below:

2018 Mac mini for $724Remove non-product link (down from $799)

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Amazon has slashed prices on Fitbit's best trackers and smartwatches to all-time lows

PC World - Mon, 2018-12-10 11:46

If improving your heath is part of your new year's resolutions, a fitness tracker needs to be on your holiday wish list. And today's a great day to buy one. Amazon is running a fantastic sale on some of Fitbit's best trackers and smartwatches, most of which are at all-time lows.

Most notably, the flagship Ionic is on sale for $150, $120 off its $270 list priceRemove non-product link and $50 less than its Black Friday pricing. With a five-day battery life, the Ionic is built for athletes, and is the only Fitbit to feature built-in GPS to keep track of locations and distances without having to use your phone. It also features full smartwatch features, with notifications, calls, and quick replies for messages, as well as on-board storage for phone-free music listening, on-screen coaching and routines, 50M water resistance, and of course, sleep, activity, and heart rate tracking. We gave the Ionic 3.5 out of 5 for its long battery life, detailed movement tracking, and comfortable design.

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Amazon has slashed prices on Fitbit's best trackers and smartwatches to all-time lows

Mac World - Mon, 2018-12-10 11:46

If improving your heath is part of your new year's resolutions, a fitness tracker needs to be on your holiday wish list. And today's a great day to buy one. Amazon is running a fantastic sale on some of Fitbit's best trackers and smartwatches, most of which are at all-time lows.

Most notably, the flagship Ionic is on sale for $150, $120 off its $270 list priceRemove non-product link and $50 less than its Black Friday pricing. With a five-day battery life, the Ionic is built for athletes, and is the only Fitbit to feature built-in GPS to keep track of locations and distances without having to use your phone. It also features full smartwatch features, with notifications, calls, and quick replies for messages, as well as on-board storage for phone-free music listening, on-screen coaching and routines, 50M water resistance, and of course, sleep, activity, and heart rate tracking. We gave the Ionic 3.5 out of 5 for its long battery life, detailed movement tracking, and comfortable design.

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