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BrandPost: Back Up and Digitize Your DVDs with WinX DVD Ripper Platinum

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-16 10:41

Growth in streaming media is revolutionizing the consumption of video, but it doesn’t accommodate all the needs of collectors of commercial DVDs or of owners of personal video stored on discs.

Not all commercial titles are available from streaming services, nor do they provide DVD owners with any options for playing their commercial and private DVD content on non-player devices. For that, you need a software program known as a DVD ripper, but make sure the one you select meets your needs.

DVDs are a great form of storage that should last for years, unless you scratch or lose them. That applies to both commercial DVD titles as well as personally recorded video and other forms of data. Personal DVDs could also potentially be accidentally overwritten.

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Amazon's upgraded Fire 7 and Fire 7 Kids Edition tablets get twice the storage for the same price

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-16 10:33

One of the best cheap tablets you can buy is getting better. On Thursday morning, Amazon revealed upgraded models of its super-popular Fire 7 and Fire 7 Kids Edition tablets, starting at $50 and $100 respectively.

Prices haven’t gone up with these refreshes, but Amazon doubled the amount of available storage on the all-new Fire 7, with 16GB of capacity as the new baseline and a 32GB model available for $20 more. Performance should also be improved thanks to a faster processor. Like the previous generation, the new Fire 7 includes hands-free Amazon Alexa support that lets you watch videos or listen to music and audiobooks using voice commands. In addition to the usual black, the all-new Fire 7 is also available in Sage, Plum, and Twilight Blue colors.

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Turn one port into 10 with Amazon's today-only USB hub and docking station sale

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-16 10:00

It’s time for another Amazon one-day sale, and this is an awesome one for anybody suffering from a limited port selection on your ultra-light laptop or MacBook. Today, the online retailer is slashing prices on Sabrent USB hubs and a single docking station. This isn’t a huge sale with only ten options availble, but the prices are good with several products at (or close to) their all-time lows.

First up is an angled four-port USB 3.0 hub ideal for stationary use on a desk. It comes with a 30-inch cable to connect to your device. The hub doesn’t offer a charging port, and Sabrent warns that you shouldn’t connect portable external hard drives to this hub, though desktop hard drives with their own power source are fine. You can pick up this hub in black or silver for $11 today, down from its usual $15 to $20.

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Turn one port into 10 with Amazon's today-only USB hub and docking station sale

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-16 10:00

It’s time for another Amazon one-day sale, and this is an awesome one for anybody suffering from a limited port selection on your ultra-light laptop or MacBook. Today, the online retailer is slashing prices on Sabrent USB hubs and a single docking station. This isn’t a huge sale with only ten options availble, but the prices are good with several products at (or close to) their all-time lows.

First up is an angled four-port USB 3.0 hub ideal for stationary use on a desk. It comes with a 30-inch cable to connect to your device. The hub doesn’t offer a charging port, and Sabrent warns that you shouldn’t connect portable external hard drives to this hub, though desktop hard drives with their own power source are fine. You can pick up this hub in black or silver for $11 today, down from its usual $15 to $20.

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Macworld reader hot takes on the iPhone SE, the Apple TV app, and more

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-16 09:00

We’re doing a special edition of the show where we feature your hot takes from the Macworld social media feeds. The hot takes are your reactions to Macworld stories and other happenings in the world of Apple. We’ll share what you wrote, and Leif and I will offer our thoughts.

As a reminder, you can comment or ask questions via Twitter (@macworld), on Facebook, or through email at podcast@macworld.com.

Here’s how today’s show will work.

  1. We’ll explain the subject at hand. If the hot take is a reaction to the article, we’ll offer a brief summary and the point of view of that article. If the take is a reaction to a recent event, we’ll explain what happened.

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Time Machine volumes can’t be included in Time Machine backups

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-16 08:00

Time Machine in macOS can automatically back up every volume you have mounted on a Mac except those that you exclude. You manage the exclusions list by opening the Time Machine preference pane and clicking Options, where you can also add particular folder hierarchies, which appears as paths. (To exclude your Documents folder, for instance, you click the + sign and navigate to it to select the folder, but it appears in the list as ~/Documents, where the tilde means “your home directory.”)

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Time Machine can’t back up Time Machine volumes.

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6 powerful utilities that make the Mac feel like home

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-16 07:00

I love using my Mac. And yet when I am confronted with a fresh new device running macOS, I am taken aback by the barren expanse that is the default Mac experience. That’s not on the Mac, that’s on me—I have become incredibly reliant on some fantastic utilities that enhance the Mac experience in countless ways.

Every now and then I mention these utilities to friends who are Mac users, or they see me using them, and they are often completely baffled. This reminds me that, quite shockingly, there are lots of Mac users who never take advantage of utilities to make the Mac far more powerful than it comes out of the box.

Here, then, are some of the utilities that make the Mac feel like home for me.

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Bullguard VPN review: A great service with a problematic price

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-16 06:30

Bullguard VPN in brief:

  • P2P allowed: Yes
  • Business location: United Kingdom
  • Number of servers: Uknown
  • Number of country locations: 16
  • Cost: $85 per year
  • VPN Protocol: OpenVPN
  • Data encryption: AES-256-CBC
  • Data authentication: TLS 1.2 with 2048-bit DH
  • Handshake: SHA2 -512

Nearly every major antivirus maker offers a virtual private network service. A few create their own networks, but typically, AV makers rebrand white-label services provided by third parties. Bullguard is one such AV maker, and it offers its rebranded white-label VPN service as a standalone product, called Bullguard VPN. 

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Amazon, Roku, and Apple TV "Channels" are a well-intentioned mess

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-16 06:00
Amazon Channels, Apple TV Channels, and Roku Premium Subscriptions create more problems than they solve.

Schlage Connect review: The Z-Wave version of Schlage’s smart deadbolt is big on brawn, not brains

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-16 06:00
You'll want to run a smart home hub to get the most benefit from this strong smart lock.

Hopsy SUB Home Tap review: Another beer appliance that no one should buy

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-16 06:00
The Hopsy SUB Home Tap is a standalone mini-keg chilling machine with a paired delivery service. It's surprisingly fun for an appliance that just isn't worth it.

Amazon, Roku, and Apple TV "Channels" are a well-intentioned mess

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-16 06:00
Amazon Channels, Apple TV Channels, and Roku Premium Subscriptions create more problems than they solve.

Schlage Connect review: The Z-Wave version of Schlage’s smart deadbolt is big on brawn, not brains

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-16 06:00
You'll want to run a smart home hub to get the most benefit from this strong smart lock.

Hopsy SUB Home Tap review: Another beer appliance that no one should buy

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-16 06:00
The Hopsy SUB Home Tap is a standalone mini-keg chilling machine with a paired delivery service. It's surprisingly fun for an appliance that just isn't worth it.

Valve’s Steam Link app finally appears on the App Store almost a year after Apple's rejection

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-15 21:04
Want to play PC or Mac games on your iPhone or Apple TV? It’s now a possibility.

Valve’s Steam Link app finally appears on the App Store almost a year after Apple's rejection

Mac World - Wed, 2019-05-15 21:04

Last May Apple caused some controversy in the gaming community when it rejected Valve’s Steam Link app from the App Store merely a day after Valve announced it. Steam Link is now back for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, though, and you can download it through this link for iOS.

Steam Link is a free app lets you stream games from your PC or Mac to your iOS device or Apple TV, so long as you’re on the same network. (You also don’t need the physical Steam Link hardware to do this.) You can do this over Wi-Fi, but Valve itself says you’ll be best served if your computer is hooked up to an ethernet cable. You should also keep your iOS device close to your router for the best performance.

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Google recalls its 2FA Bluetooth Titan Security Key after security flaw discovered

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-15 17:48

If you use one of Google’s Titan Security Keys for two-factor authentication, you probably think your account was as secure as it can be. On its website, in fact, Google promises that Titan Security Keys “are the same level of security used internally at Google” and “keep out anyone who shouldn’t have access to your online accounts.”

Make that most people. In a post on its security blog, Google divulged Wednesday that it has discovered a “misconfiguration” with the Bluetooth Low Energy version of its Titan Security Key that could allow a nearby attacker to “communicate with your security key, or communicate with the device to which your key is paired.”

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Google recalls its 2FA Bluetooth Titan Security Key after security flaw discovered

Mac World - Wed, 2019-05-15 17:48
Google is offering free replacements for its Bluetooth Titan Security Key due to a security issue.

Amazon is selling the iPhone XR battery case for the lowest price ever

Mac World - Wed, 2019-05-15 16:34

Apple’s own battery case for the iPhone XR helps you squeeze as much as 22 extra hours of internet use out of the handset, and if that sounds attractive, you need to head over to Amazon this second. The retailer is currently offering the black version of the case for $27 off, which drops the price down by 21 percent from $129 to $102. Not bad, considering this is basically the first time this case has ever seen a discount on Amazon.

Other companies such as Mophie make great battery cases, but one of the best things about getting Apple’s case is that you’ll be able to see how charged the battery is straight from iPhone’s Battery widget. You also don’t have to charge the case with a separate cable, as the case’s Lightning port charges both the phone and the case. You can even charge it wirelessly if you wish.

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The Full Nerd ep. 93: AMD Ryzen 3000 and Radeon Navi rumors, Computex predictions, Q&A

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-15 15:28

In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad Chacos, Alaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray dig into whether a recent flurry of rumors carry any weight ahead of Computex.

No, we don’t dig into rumors often, and you always want to take them with a fistful of salt. But leaks have been springing up like crazy around AMD’s next-gen Ryzen 3000 processors and “Navi” graphics cards recently. With AMD planning dedicated events at both Computex and E3, it’s natural to wonder what might be coming. But what’s plausible and what seems more likely to be mere vapor from the hype train? We analyze the situation.

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