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Apple should drop Intel for AMD

Mac World - Thu, 2019-01-10 07:00

Rumor has it pthat Apple is planning to produce its own CPUs and GPUs for Macs. Those T2 processors we have today are just a tiny first step—the big leap is to take something like the A12X and build a MacBook around it. It makes sense from the perspective of both power-to-performance ratio and a cost-to-performance ratio. Perhaps more importantly, it puts Apple fully in control of its whole platform, and allows the company to innovate in ways it can’t when it cedes the very heart of its computers to other companies.

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Android at CES 2019: Eight intriguing announcements you might have missed

PC World - Thu, 2019-01-10 06:30

As CES comes to a close, two things are certain: We won’t be able to afford one of LG’s jaw-dropping roll-up OLED TVs and Android is poised for another big year.

While we might not have gotten a look at Samsung’s folding phone yet (though we did get our hands on Royale’s), there were plenty of low-key announcements in Las Vegas that could have a big impact on the rest of the year. From Google Assistant to Android TV, here are eight CES announcements that might have slipped under your radar.

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Google just might power the streaming box of your dreams in 2019

PC World - Thu, 2019-01-10 06:00
Android TV is finally getting its due on consumer streaming players.

Cambridge Audio’s exquisite ALVA TT turntable is the first to support aptX HD for wireless streaming

PC World - Thu, 2019-01-10 06:00
The British high-end audio manufacturer shows off the most convenient way to enjoy your vinyl collection.

Google just might power the streaming box of your dreams in 2019

Mac World - Thu, 2019-01-10 06:00
Android TV is finally getting its due on consumer streaming players.

Cambridge Audio’s exquisite ALVA TT turntable is the first to support aptX HD for wireless streaming

Mac World - Thu, 2019-01-10 06:00
The British high-end audio manufacturer shows off the most convenient way to enjoy your vinyl collection.

The 6 best iPhone apps for weight loss

Mac World - Thu, 2019-01-10 06:00

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you told yourself that you’re going to lose weight as a New Year’s resolution. Congratulations! The bad news is that there’s a good chance you’re going to fail, at least if thousands of personal anecdotes and studies have any weight.

But these days it’s easier to avoid falling into that trap. The iOS App Store is as stuffed with helpful apps for losing weight as I was stuffed with turkey and bread in the aftermath of Christmas dinner.

These are the best of the bunch. Almost all of them track activity and calories, but a couple go so far as to pester you throughout the day to stay on focus (and some of us need that). I recommend parking them on your home screen, as they’ll be there to glare at you every time you’re tempted to open Uber Eats or check Safari for the hours of the local Chipotle.

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Get a 42mm leather Apple Watch band for less than $9

Mac World - Wed, 2019-01-09 18:03

It’s been an excellent couple of weeks for deals on Apple Watches and Apple Watch accessories, and today’s deal shows that trend apparently isn’t slowing down. Head over to Amazon, and you can get a snazzy 42mm black leather Apple Watch band from Top4cus for a mere $8.37 when you enter the code 6LAIYVEZ at checkout. Without the deal, the strap sells for $13.98.

Alas, if you want it in any other color or size, you’ll have to pay the full price as the promo code applies only to this model. It’s a decent band, though, as it has a rating of 4.0 out of 5 starts after 85 customer reviews.

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AMD's CEO Lisa Su confirms ray tracing GPU development, hints at more 3rd-gen Ryzen cores

PC World - Wed, 2019-01-09 16:57

While rival Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang took a few potshots at AMD’s new Radeon VII GPU, AMD chief executive Lisa Su dropped some bombshells of her own: yes, AMD has its own raytracing GPUs in development, and she hinted strongly that AMD’s 3rd-generation Ryzen chips will launch with more than eight cores.

Su sat down with PCWorld and a few other reporters following her CES keynote address on Wednesday, where she formally launched the 3rd-generation Ryzen and the 7nm “Vega” GPU, known now as the Radeon VII.

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Nvidia disses the Radeon VII, vowing the RTX 2080 will crush AMD's ‘underwhelming’ GPU

PC World - Wed, 2019-01-09 16:36

Oh snap. Not known for mincing words, Nvidia’s outspoken CEO Jensen Huang described AMD’s return to high-end PC gaming graphics as “underwhelming.”

“It’s underwhelming,” Huang said when asked by PCWorld what he thought of AMD’s new Radeon VII, which features 16GB of HBM2 memory, 1TB of bandwidth, 60 graphics cores and is built on a new 7nm process. (See our full report on the Radeon VII, as well as AMD’s 3rd-gen Ryzen.)

Why ‘underwhelming’?

“The performance is lousy and there’s nothing new,” Huang said. “[There’s] no ray tracing, no AI. It’s 7nm with HBM memory that barely keeps up with a 2080. And if we turn on DLSS we’ll crush it. And if we turn on ray tracing we’ll crush it.”

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Battlestation alert! This Targus USB-C dock connects four monitors

PC World - Wed, 2019-01-09 16:22

If you own a notebook equipped with a USB-C port, you’ll want a USB-C hub to enable legacy connectivity with ethernet or an external HDMI monitor. One external monitor. Wait, you want four? Well, Targus has you covered.

At CES 2019, Targus showed off the DOCK520USZ, also known as the USB-C Universal QUAD HD (QVHD) Docking StationRemove non-product link. There’s a slew of regular ports, including four USB 3.0 ports, a USB-C port with power, gigabit ethernet, a 3.5mm audio jack, and so on. What’s unique about this dock, however, is the four 1080p HDMI outputs, which essentially can be used to create a multi-monitor battlestation as the video shows. Because who doesn’t want to plug into four monitors for work and play?

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Battlestation alert! This Targus USB-C dock connects four monitors

Mac World - Wed, 2019-01-09 16:22

If you own a notebook equipped with a USB-C port, you’ll want a USB-C hub to enable legacy connectivity with ethernet or an external HDMI monitor. One external monitor. Wait, you want four? Well, Targus has you covered.

At CES 2019, Targus showed off the DOCK520USZ, also known as the USB-C Universal QUAD HD (QVHD) Docking StationRemove non-product link. There’s a slew of regular ports, including four USB 3.0 ports, a USB-C port with power, gigabit ethernet, a 3.5mm audio jack, and so on. What’s unique about this dock, however, is the four 1080p HDMI outputs, which essentially can be used to create a multi-monitor battlestation as the video shows. Because who doesn’t want to plug into four monitors for work and play?

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AMD announces 3rd-gen Ryzen and Radeon VII, beating Intel and Nvidia to 7nm

PC World - Wed, 2019-01-09 14:46

AMD used its first keynote address at CES to formally announce its next GPU, the Radeon VII, as well as its 3rd-generation Ryzen processor. Both will ship this year using the 7nm manufacturing process, giving AMD the technological edge over Nvidia and Intel in the war for ever-shrinking chips.

The keynote by AMD chief executive Lisa Su initially paled in terms of new announcements to Intel’s own 10nm keynote blitz a day before. But it ended strong, with the smaller, finer 7nm technology the focus of Su’s speech. It’s already been a busy show for AMD, which already announced new mobile chips and its first foray into Chromebooks earlier in the week.

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Gigabyte's Aero 15 optimizes itself to save power and push performance

PC World - Wed, 2019-01-09 13:18

Most gaming notebooks treat good battery life as “nice to have but not essential.” But Gigabyte’s Aero 15 takes battery life seriously—so seriously that it applies machine learning to compare the user’s workload against its own database of applications, and optimizes battery life accordingly.

Specifically, Gigabyte uses Microsoft’s Azure AI cloud and its machine learning capabilities to dial CPU and GPU clocks up and down on the fly. Gigabyte is aiming at the very highest end of the market with a power-hungry Core i9 and Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU inside, so battery savings are particularly relevant to this machine. 

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Gigabyte’s Aero 15 is expected to include top-of-the-line hardware, but what’s most interesting will be its software controls.

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Enhance your outlets with these all-time-low Amazon prices on Aukey smart plugs

PC World - Wed, 2019-01-09 12:29

Smart homes are the way of the future, but to add a little extra control to your lights and electronics, you don't need to buy all-new smart devices. Smart plugs can replicate the functionality of expensive bulbs and appliances, and today you grab a pair for cheap: Aukey's Wi-Fi Smart Plug two-pack is just $20Remove non-product link today on Amazon with the code AUKEY4AP, down from a $28 MSRP and a couple dollars cheaper than their previous all-time low.

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Enhance your outlets with these all-time-low Amazon prices on Aukey smart plugs

Mac World - Wed, 2019-01-09 12:29

Smart homes are the way of the future, but to add a little extra control to your lights and electronics, you don't need to buy all-new smart devices. Smart plugs can replicate the functionality of expensive bulbs and appliances, and today you grab a pair for cheap: Aukey's Wi-Fi Smart Plug two-pack is just $20Remove non-product link today on Amazon with the code AUKEY4AP, down from a $28 MSRP and a couple dollars cheaper than their previous all-time low.

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An Epic defection? It looks like The Division 2 won't release on Steam, though Ubisoft's playing coy

PC World - Wed, 2019-01-09 12:00

When the Epic Games Store was unveiled last month, I said Valve should be scared. “Epic doesn’t need to convince players [to leave Steam],” I wrote, “It only needs to convince developers.” And that seemed eminently doable, given Epic was offering developers an additional 8 to 18 percent of revenue, depending on sales. “If enough developers decide the grass is greener on Epic’s platform, we could see a slow trickle and then an eventual exodus.”

Today’s the start of that exodus, I think. This morning we got news that Ubisoft will release The Division 2 on the Epic Games Store in March. The press release is pretty standard fare. Preorders open through the Epic Games Store today, random executives are “thrilled,” and so on and so forth.

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Here's what happens when using a GeForce GPU with a non-validated FreeSync monitor gets ugly

PC World - Wed, 2019-01-09 10:54

Nvidia dropped a bombshell on gamers when it announced at CES that it would finally support not just its own proprietary G-Sync monitors but also AMD’s FreeSync displays.

The company said it would issue a GeForce GPU driver mid-month that supports monitors running VESA-standard Adaptive Sync displays, to enable variable refresh rates in games. Translation: GeForce graphics card will finally work with FreeSync monitors. 

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Pricing for RTX-equipped laptops might not be that bad after all

PC World - Wed, 2019-01-09 10:39

When Nvidia announced its first RTX desktop cards at significantly increased prices last year, many assumed RTX laptops would see the same huge spike. Well, you can breathe freely again, because it doesn’t look to be that bad after all. Although we have yet to see final pricing for all of the 40 or so new RTX laptops, at least one vendor shared some details.

CyberPower’s new 15.6-inch Tracer III 15R with a GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8th gen 6-core Core i7, FHD 144Hz panel, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and low-profile mechanical keyboard with per-key lighting is expected to go on sale at the end of the month for about $1,799. 

Move on up to the larger 17.3-inch Tracer III 17R with a GeForce RTX 2070, an 8th gen Core i7, FHD 144Hz screen, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and low-profile mechanical keyboard with per key lighting, and you’ll have to pony up $1,900.

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Walmart has slashed the price of two great 15-inch laptops so grab one while you still can

PC World - Wed, 2019-01-09 10:12

If you're looking to start off the new year with a shiny new 15-inch laptop, we have a great deal for you. Make that two great deals: Walmart is selling an HP Pavilion gaming laptop for $799Remove non-product link, down from its $999 list price and an AMD-based Dell Inspiron for $379Remove non-product link for a savings of $170 off its $549 list price.

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