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Safari: macOS browser now autosubmits logins. Here’s how to disable it

Mac World - Mon, 2019-04-15 08:00

Apple changed the behavior of Safari in macOS 10.14.4, and you may have noticed it and thought it was a bug. Now, if you have stored a password for a website, when you select a login entry to autofill, Safari 12.1 for macOS automatically submits the login. Previously, it would fill the fields and still require you to click a Login or Submit or other button to proceed.

I understand Apple’s logic in making this change, as it reduces friction and takes less time to log into a site, much like dropping text message login codes into an autofill field for macOS and iOS. Apple described this Safari change in 10.14.4’s release notes as “Streamlines website login when filling credentials with Password AutoFill.”

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Zagg Slim Book Go keyboard case for 9.7-inch iPad review: Pressing all the right buttons

Mac World - Mon, 2019-04-15 07:00

The best thing I can say about the Zagg Slim Book Go is that it has me seriously thinking about using my 9.7-inch iPad as my primary work machine again. Apple’s baseline iPad feels a lot like a miniature laptop once it’s paired with this case, right down to a backlit keyboard that’s far more satisfying to type on than anything Apple itself offers. It’s also one of the few cases with a good solution for handling the Apple Pencil, and its detachable keyboard makes it easy to use as either a tablet or a laptop as required.

It’s not an unattractive case, but it’s never going to turn heads. Zagg covered the keyboard half with a linen material that reminds me (not unpleasantly) of coverless hardbound library books, while the side that houses the iPad sports a no-nonsense thick plastic shell. Aside from the volume buttons and a stiff but durable adjustable flap that folds down so you can use the iPad as a laptop, it’s fairly nondescript.

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Best Bluetooth trackers: These tiny gadgets help find your lost stuff

PC World - Mon, 2019-04-15 06:30

We all lose things. Sometimes we’re in a rush—sometimes we’re just forgetful. Fortunately, you can lean on Bluetooth trackers to keep an eye on your things, and even help you recover them if lost or stolen.

Bluetooth trackers typically come in two varieties: Keyring-sized gizmos for your keychain or thin cards for your wallet. Of course, you’re not limited to those two uses: You can always place these trackers in bags, pockets, or even attach them to valuables like laptops and tablets.

The trackers work by syncing with a smartphone over—you guessed it—Bluetooth. Then with an app, you can do a number of things like making the tracker ring so you can find it nearby or seeing its most recent location. Bluetooth trackers even let you follow the location of lost belongings if they come into contact with another person’s Bluetooth tracker from the same company.

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Best Bluetooth trackers: These tiny gadgets help find your lost stuff

Mac World - Mon, 2019-04-15 06:30
If you're constantly misplacing your keys or wallet, one of these devices can save time (and headache) while locating your belongings.

WiSA, the low-latency, wireless multi-channel audio standard is ready for take-off

PC World - Mon, 2019-04-15 06:00
WiSA is a wireless audio standard that promises hassle-free setup for up to 7.1-channel surround with latency as low as 2.6 millisecond, lag that's barely perceptible to humans.

Fingerprint scanner face-off: Samsung Galaxy S10+ vs OnePlus 6T vs Galaxy S9 vs Apple's iPhone

PC World - Mon, 2019-04-15 06:00

Facial scanners and time-of-flight cameras may be the way of the future, but until we get there, fingerprint scanners are still the most popular way to lock down our personal data. And like fingerprints themselves, all scanners are not created equal. So we put them to the test in a variety of popular phones!

The phones Galaxy S10+

Samsung’s newest handset dispenses of the physical scanner on the back of the phone for a far more cutting-edge one. Inside the Galaxy S10+’s display you’ll find an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor that uses sound to read the ridges in your fingerprint.

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TP-Link Kasa Smart KL-series Wi-Fi light bulb review: Three new smart bulbs offer mostly great results

PC World - Mon, 2019-04-15 06:00
This trio of smart bulbs offer a little light for any type of user.

WiSA, the low-latency, wireless multi-channel audio standard is ready for take-off

Mac World - Mon, 2019-04-15 06:00
WiSA is a wireless audio standard that promises hassle-free setup for up to 7.1-channel surround with latency as low as 2.6 millisecond, lag that's barely perceptible to humans.

Fingerprint scanner face-off: Samsung Galaxy S10+ vs OnePlus 6T vs Galaxy S9 vs Apple's iPhone

Mac World - Mon, 2019-04-15 06:00
Are the newer optical and ultrasonic fingerprint scanners actually better than the physical sensors? We put four of them to the test.

Forget Netflix or Tesla, here are three companies Apple should really buy

Mac World - Mon, 2019-04-15 06:00

Apple is sitting on a mountain of cash, and often uses this money to expand its business by acquiring others. Sometimes, it’s a consumer-facing product or service. Texture morphed into Apple News+. Workflow led to the Shortcuts app. Beats still makes headphones under its own brand, but the Beats music service essentially became Apple Music.

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TP-Link Kasa Smart KL-series Wi-Fi light bulb review: Three new smart bulbs offer mostly great results

Mac World - Mon, 2019-04-15 06:00
This trio of smart bulbs offer a little light for any type of user.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order revealed at Star Wars Celebration with a story-centric trailer

PC World - Sat, 2019-04-13 15:14

After multiple high-profile disappointments we may finally get a Star Wars game worth playing. Today at Star Wars Celebration in Chicago, Respawn officially unveiled Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order with a 2-minute trailer and a lengthy panel to boot. The details sound encouraging though, with Respawn’s Vince Zampella quick to say “This is a story game. No multiplayer, no microtransactions. This is about being a Jedi.”

In other words, this is probably the game you’ve been waiting for. (Unless you’ve been waiting for Knights of the Old Republic III, in which case I can’t help you.) And you won't have to wait too long, as it's slated to release November 15, 2019.

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PCWorld's April Digital Magazine: Samsung Galaxy S10+ reviewed

PC World - Fri, 2019-04-12 18:29

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 April issue

In April we review Samsung’s awesome new Galaxy S10+. Find out why it’s still a force to be reckoned with. There are tons of VPNs available for Android; we have our top 5 picks. Plus, we have 7 tweaks and changes to Android Q that will make your phone better than it is now.

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Disney+ sets a high bar for Apple TV+

Mac World - Fri, 2019-04-12 16:36

Disney has finally taken the wraps off its streaming service, Disney+. The service will launch on November 12, 2019 in the U.S. and follow overseas at a later date. Priced at $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year (a 20 percent discount), it appears to offer exceptional breath of content and value, which hast earned it high praise from both investors and cord-cutting fans online.

Everyone from exhausted parents to Star Wars fanatics is chomping at the bit to sign up, and Apple would do well to take notice as it fleshes out its own Apple TV+ service.

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This week in games: Yakuza Kiwami 2 confirmed for PC next month, H1Z1's new developers call it quits

PC World - Fri, 2019-04-12 14:30

And just like that, May is crowded. This week we got release dates for a trio of May releases, just a month before they’re set to arrive: Yakuza Kiwami 2Closer to the Sun, and Sniper Elite V2 Remastered. They’ll join Rage 2,Total War: Three Kingdoms, and A Plague Tale: Innocence in making sure we never, ever have any downtime. Ever.

That news, plus the BFG 9000 arrives in Rage 2H1Z1’s new developers call it quits, Surviving Mars teases a new expansion, and Kotaku discusses the original concept for Dragon Age 4—and why it was canceled.

This is gaming news for April 8 to 12.

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How to buy a refurbished Mac, MacBook, iPhone, or iPad from Apple

Mac World - Fri, 2019-04-12 14:28

Looking for a way to save some money on the latest Apple products? Consider a refurbished MacBook, refurbished iPhone, or refurbished iPad from the Apple Certified Refurbished store. A refurbished product is just like a new, but at a lower price.

Here’s a quick guide with links to the best deals you can find on the refurb store, along with a FAQ guide if you want to know more about the ins and outs of the Apple Certified Refurbished store and buying a refurbished MacBook, desktop Mac, iPhone, or iPad.

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The new AirPods just got a big discount at Costco

Mac World - Fri, 2019-04-12 13:15

If you don’t want to pay full price on the new AirPods and you also have a Costco membership, today’s your lucky day. The popular retailer is currently selling the standard model for just $139.99Remove non-product link, down from the normal retail price of $159. You can pick them up at your local Costco for free, but you’ll have to pay a $5 fee if you want to have them shipped.

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Apple combats subscription scams with new ‘Confirm Subscription’ dialog

Mac World - Fri, 2019-04-12 12:59

Apple has reportedly added a new feature to the App Store in an attempt to stem the tide of scam subscription purchases.

First publicized by developer David Barnard on Twitter, any In-App purchase that is a subscription will have an additional confirmation box after the purchase is approved. The box reads:

Confirm Subscription

The subscription will continue unless cancelled in Settings at least one day before a subscription period ends.

Apple has suffered a bad rash of subscription scams lately, with apps that contain seemingly reasonable in-app purchases that look like you’re buying a one-time thing, when in fact you’re buying a recurring monthly (or weekly) subscription. It’s easy to accidentally approve the purchase without looking closely enough to see what you’re agreeing to.

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Kaby Lake-G lives! We spotted the Core i7-8705G in Acer's new ConceptD 5 laptop for creators

PC World - Fri, 2019-04-12 12:02

Remember Intel’s crazy Kaby Lake-G, which caused a major stir by combining Intel CPU cores with AMD graphics cores? It’s back. My colleague Melissa Riofrio spotted it in Acer’s impressive ConceptD 5 laptop for creators, which packs the Core i7-8705G CPU into what might be the perfect chassis for it. Due to ship in April, the ConceptD 5 will have a starting price of $1,699. 

Intel announced Kaby Lake-G at CES in January, 2018, as part of a family of quad-core 8th-generation Core CPUs—but the only one with Radeon RX Vega M discrete graphics baked in. At the time, the CPU basically promised GeForce GTX 1050 Ti-level of graphics in a tiny little package.

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The Sinking City hands-on preview: Like Sherlock Holmes, but weird

PC World - Fri, 2019-04-12 11:00

Oakmont, Massachusetts is drowning. Fully half the city has been abandoned to the sea, bustling city streets now replaced by rivers, winding between the sagging wooden edifices of lost storefronts. Problem is, I need to get into one of those shops. A diving crew’s gone missing, the only known survivor’s gone mad, and I’ve been charged with finding out whether the rest are alive or not—and the workshop that made diving suits is on this block somewhere.

Sighing, I clamber into a nearby rowboat and hope that the top levels have survived relatively unscathed. I’ll tell you what, Sherlock Holmes never had it this rough.

Staring into the abyss

The Sinking City is more ambitious than I imagined. When the project was announced—back when it was still a Call of Cthulhu game—I expected developer Frogwares to turn out one of its Sherlock Holmes games with a cosmic horror bent. And that would’ve been fine! The Sherlock Holmes games all follow the same basic case-by-case structure, but they’re (with the exception of 2016’s Devil’s Daughter) also fairly enjoyable detective games. Easy, but enjoyable.

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