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The Razer Blade 15 Base Model is actually affordable

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-10 23:00

'Razer' and 'affordable' go together about as well as 'Apple' and 'affordable.' That all changed Wednesday night when Razer introduced the Razer Blade 15 Base Model gaming laptop.

The Razer Blade 15 Base Model with 8th-gen Core i7-8750H, GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q 16GB of RAM, 128GB SSD, and 1TB hard drive will be available starting Wednesday night for $1,599. The company also has a configuration for $1,799 that doubles the SSD and hard drive capacities.

If spending less than $1,600 for a gaming laptop is beneath you, Razer also announced a special edition of the Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model in all-white. Called the Razer Blade 15 Mercury White Limited Edition, the laptop clones the specs of the current Advanced Edition except for the white aluminum shell and non-backlit logo on the lid.

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Razer Phone 2 hands-on: The first gaming phone gets better

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-10 23:00

It was only last year that Razer finalized its purchase of Nextbit and quickly released the Razer Phone—the world’s first gaming-centric smartphone. This year’s Razer Phone 2 maintains its focus on the unique design language and hardcore internals we loved, while refining key weaknesses and adding RGB for maximum ‘tude. My colleague Gordon Mah Ung and I got some hands-on time with the Razer Phone 2 a couple of weeks before launch—and even though it looks similar to last year’s version, it’s been reworked from the inside out.

Razer Phone 2 specs and features

Announced Wednesday, the Razer Phone 2 will be priced at $800 and will be available for pre-order soon. Below are the main Razer Phone 2 specs (look for camera specs later in the story):

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PCWorld's October Digital Magazine: Acer's Predator X27 gaming monitor

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-10 18:39

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 October issue

The October issue features a review of the Acer Predator X27: 4K, 144Hz G-Sync HDR is the Holy Grail of gaming monitors. Find out how memory bandwidth is killing AMD's 32-core Threadripper performance. Plus, learn how to control your TV with Alexa.

Other highlights include:

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Report: Apple to give away its original TV programs, offer third-party subscription 'channels'

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-10 17:46

Apple has been hard at work building a stable of original TV content: shows, series, and movies. Though the company hasn’t officially announced any of its shows (beyond the maligned Planet of the Apps and the currently-running Carpool Karaoke), the Hollywood trade press has uncovered more than two dozen projects in various stages of development.

Now, CNBC claims to have insider information regarding how much Apple’s new video service will cost and how it will be structured. And it’s good news for those who already have Apple products: It’s going to be free

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USB-C on the iPad Pro: What it could mean for users

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-10 15:00

The rumors of new iPad Pros keep swirling. Most recently we got a report from 9to5Mac saying that the new iPads would break with past models in several ways, including support for a new Apple Pencil, removing a physical home button in favor of Face ID, replacing the Smart Connector with a new magnetic connector, and replacing Lightning with USB-C.

Would this the beginning of a transition away from Lightning? Or is it another way for Apple to reinforce that the iPad Pro is more like a computer and less like an iPhone? Moving the iPad Pro to USB-C is potentially a huge move—though it’s also potentially a whole lot of nothing. Let’s take a look at the possibilities.

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Clip Studio Paint Pro, The Renowned Animation Software, Is 50% Off Today ($30)

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-10 14:38

There are dozens of ways to enjoy hand-drawn media such as manga and webcomics nowadays, and their rise in popularity has inspired hundreds of creators to draw their own comics and art. However, with hundreds of drawing apps available, it can be hard to choose the right one for you. If you’re looking for a popular, robust digital drawing tool, Clip Studio Paint has you covered with Pro and Ex editions for $29.99 and $109.99 respectively.

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Get A Lifetime Of Microsoft Office Training For Just $29

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-10 14:37

Chances are most of us have used Microsoft Office at one point in our careers, but most of us hardly scratch its surface. The truth is that Office offers much more functionality than meets the eye, and mastering it can make you a huge asset in any workspace. This Microsoft Office Mastery Bundle can help you do so for $29.

This bundle contains 7 courses spanning SharePoint, PowerPoint, Outlook, Word, and Excel, some of Office’s most widely used programs. Microsoft Word: Beginner To Intermediate is a good course to start off with if you don’t have much experience in Office programs in general; here, you’ll explore several tools to help you get the most out of Word, such as using macros to automate tasks, or adding tables, graphs, images, and graphics to enhance your Word documents.

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Intel Z390 motherboards revealed: What's inside Intel's new high-end chipset

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-10 13:44

A new chip demands a new motherboard chipset, and this week, Intel and its partners revealed a wide array of Z390 motherboards to accompany the new 9th-gen Core processors. Z390 builds atop the foundation set by existing Z370 boards, but its capabilities come as no surprise, as Intel published documentation detailing the high-end chipset all the way back in May. Nevertheless, Z390’s arrival gives Intel a new flagship motherboard lineup and should finally bring the bizarre, drawn-out saga of Intel 300-series motherboards to a cohesive close.

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Google Pixel 3 XL vs Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone XS Max: Which $1,000 phone is worth it?

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-10 12:30
The iPhone XS isn't so lonely anymore: The Google Pixel 3 XL has joined the Galaxy Note 9 in the four-figure realm. But how does it stack up?

Google Pixel 3 XL vs Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone XS Max: Which $1,000 phone is worth it?

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-10 12:30

The four-figure handsets just keep coming. While the Pixel 3 technically starts at $799, if you want the larger Pixel 3 XL with 128GB of storage, it’s going to set you back $999, $50 more than last year’s Pixel 2 XL with the same storage. That makes the Pixel the third phone so far to top a thousand bucks, following last year’s iPhone X and the Galaxy Note 9. And there will surely be more to come. But for now, let’s see how the three most expensive phones on the planet stack up.

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Pixel 3 XL camera first look: Awesome features you need to see in action

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-10 12:23

If we had to pick one reason to pre-order the Pixel 3, it’s the camera. Or rather, the camera app. Like always, Google has packed the Pixel 3 with tons of cool tricks to take advantage of the beefy Pixel Visual Core and its second-to-none AI- and ML-powered processing.

But this time around Google also has another camera to play with. It’s not on the back, it’s on the front, but it’s not for portraits or stage lighting. It’s a wide-angle lens for a feature Google calls Group Selfie Cam. There’s a new slider at the bottom of the screen that lets you adjust the camera’s field of view from 75 degrees to 97 degrees so you can fit more people without reaching for a selfie stick.

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These massively popular Bluetooth sport headphones are only $17 today

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-10 11:03

A reliable pair of wireless sport headphones can bring your playlist to your workout, but finding a reliable set at an affordable price can be tricky. Today, though, Mpow’s ultra-popular Flame Bluetooth headphones are $17 on Amazon, which matches their lowest-ever price.

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These massively popular Bluetooth sport headphones are only $17 today

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-10 11:03

A reliable pair of wireless sport headphones can bring your playlist to your workout, but finding a reliable set at an affordable price can be tricky. Today, though, Mpow’s ultra-popular Flame Bluetooth headphones are $17 on Amazon, which matches their lowest-ever price.

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Amazon's luxurious Kindle Voyage e-reader is $105 off in this today-only refurbished deal

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-10 10:08

E-readers are a fantastic way to breeze through novels. It turns books into completely searchable documents that you can highlight, bookmark, and make notes on.  Amazon’s luxurious Kindle Voyage elevates the experience even more, and for today only, the online retailer is selling this front-lit Kindle (refurbished) for $95 instead of the $140 it usually charges for a certified refurbished unit, and well below the $200 you'll pay for a new model.

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Amazon's luxurious Kindle Voyage e-reader is $105 off in this today-only refurbished deal

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-10 10:08

E-readers are a fantastic way to breeze through novels. It turns books into completely searchable documents that you can highlight, bookmark, and make notes on.  Amazon’s luxurious Kindle Voyage elevates the experience even more, and for today only, the online retailer is selling this front-lit Kindle (refurbished) for $95 instead of the $140 it usually charges for a certified refurbished unit, and well below the $200 you'll pay for a new model.

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Twitter Poll: Which rumored feature for the new iPad Pro are you most excited about?

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-10 09:52
Vote in our Twitter poll and leave a comment. We'll discuss the results on the Macworld Podcast on Wednesday, October 10, at 10 a.m. Pacific, live on Twitter.(twitter.com)

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Pixel 3 and the rules of attraction: How Google is elevating Android with unsexy hardware

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-10 09:11

Whether it's the LG with the V40 or Apple with the iPhone XS, phone makers are all trying to sell us on the same thing: desire. Whenever there's a new launch, the first thing we see is a 30-second video filled with seductive curves, sexy lighting, and tantalizing turns. You're supposed to want to touch it, hold it before you even know a thing about it. But that's not the case with the Pixel 3.

The first thing Google talked about during its event Tuesday wasn't industrial design. No, it was the Material Design of its software. Sure, Rick Osterloh will tell you all about how beautiful the Pixel 3 is, but when you get down to it, Google isn't trying to entice you with graceful design. Rather it's selling a premium experience than you can't get on any other Android phone, one that's about function over form, utility over attraction.

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PNY GeForce RTX 2080 XLR8 Gaming Overclocked Edition review: Okay but overpriced

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-10 09:00

If the hulking Asus ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 showed how Nvidia’s graphics card partners can still shine in an era where Nvidia’s rejiggered Founders Edition models strike stronger than ever, the PNY GeForce RTX 2080 XLR8 Gaming Overclocked Edition ($850 on Amazon and NeweggRemove non-product link) demonstrates just how hard it is to stand out.

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It’s time to switch your Mac backups from Time Capsule to Time Machine volumes

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-10 08:00

The Apple Time Capsule seemed like a great idea when it was unveiled about a decade ago. It was a Time Machine network backup target that also embedded a Wi-Fi gateway and ethernet sharing. Perfection, even if it was a little too expensive: It came with Apple technical support and warranty.

But it didn’t play out with the promise it had. An internal drive that you can’t physically remove or upgrade is a problem when it crashes or loses data, something that has happened to many Macworld readers. There’s no Disk Utility for Time Capsule. And if the Time Capsule hardware or the drive died, you could not swap that drive out without a lot of fuss.

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The iPhone XS Max is making me neglect my iPad

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-10 07:00
Leif Johnson

I haven’t used my iPad Pro in days. In fact, I kind of forgot it existed, as last week I guiltily realized I’d buried my longtime daily writing companion under a pile of papers as though it were a random piece of trash.

But the guilt passed quickly. Within seconds my attention had already turned back to my new iPhone XS Max, a device that does many of the tasks my iPad Pro does more comfortably and efficiently. And I highly doubt I’m alone in that thinking.

A world in an inch

Nothing about the iPhone XS Max won me over quite like its gorgeous 6.5-inch display. That’s “only” a diagonal inch larger than the iPhone 8 Plus, but that extra inch makes the iPhone XS Max good enough for activities that used to leave me reaching for my iPad. Heck, it sometimes makes my iPad feel superfluous. That extra inch blurs the transition line between the iPhone and the iPad, to the point that I feel confident in saying it effectively eliminates any chances of a iPad mini reboot.

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