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This Microsoft Excel Certification Training Is Just $39 Today (90% Off)

PC World - Wed, 2019-01-09 10:00

When it comes to spreadsheet software, Microsoft Excel is the first and last word. A vast majority of organizations use it daily — which is why people who are familiar with Excel often get hired over those who don’t. Is your knowledge up to par? Make sure with the Microsoft Excel Master Diploma School, which has discounted the cost for a lifetime subscription to only $39.

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Intel's Optane Memory H10 marries super-fast Optane and SSD storage on one M.2 card

PC World - Wed, 2019-01-09 09:06

PC makers at CES have told PCWorld that they haven’t warmed to cutting-edge Optane Memory as much as Intel would have liked. But that hasn’t stopped Intel from innovating, most recently by combining Optane and flash memory on a single M.2 card.

Eventually, Optane Memory H10 with Solid State Storage may yet be a boxed product that you can buy—that’s under investigation, according to Intel executives at a press conference here at CES on Tuesday night. For now, though, the H10 is being marketed at PC makers, many of which allowed notebooks using the technology to be showed off at the event.

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Get a lifetime subscription to Aware Mindfulness meditation app for just $29

Mac World - Wed, 2019-01-09 08:00

With the hustle and bustle of the modern world, we’re often glued to technology, be it our phones or computers. We don’t take enough time to gain awareness of our senses and mental stability. Luckily, Aware Mindfulness utilizes our smartphone dependency to give you a structured meditation schedule for $29.

Aware Mindfulness is an app for iOS and Android that offers a vast library of meditation courses to help you relieve stress, manage anxiety, improve focus, and improve your quality of life overall. The app uses an intelligent algorithm that will recommend you daily meditations. Alternatively, experienced meditators can choose their own specific meditations, such as breathing exercises or quick 2-3 minute Energizers, so you can always find the right exercise for your needs. Finally, Aware offers resources like blogs and videos to keep you motivated throughout your meditation journey.

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Apple’s 4K TV deals show how the company’s business strategy is evolving

Mac World - Wed, 2019-01-09 07:00

Apple doesn’t officially participate in the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but this year it’s all over the show. That’s because Apple has been cutting deals with major TV manufacturers to embed support for AirPlay 2 (and in at least one case, the iTunes movie and TV stores) in their 4K HDR televisions, and CES is when TV manufacturers make big announcements.

I’ve heard from some people who are baffled about why Apple would make it so that people aren’t forced to buy an Apple TV in order to get access to Apple’s video content. Those people are, quite frankly, thinking about an Apple that no longer exists, namely one that’s committed to making money on high-margin hardware sales.

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Victory, Royole: The FlexPai is the first folding phone we've seen

PC World - Wed, 2019-01-09 06:00

For the moment, Royole can boast something that smartphone giant Samsung can’t: The smaller consumer electronics company has a foldable Android smartphone, the FlexPai, and Samsung doesn’t.

While Samsung reportedly has a folding phone under development, the FlexPai is here. While the FlexPai doesn’t quite fold flat—the rolling hinge is more like the Surface Book than anything else—it does get compact enough to fit in a pocket, and unfolds to yield a tablet-sized 7.8-inch screen. The 1920x1440 screen didn’t blow me away in terms of resolution, but it’s bright and clear enough to satisfy most users.

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HomeKit was a surprise winner of CES 2019. Now Siri needs to get a whole lot better

Mac World - Wed, 2019-01-09 06:00

For a company that’s mired in its biggest stock slump in a decade, Apple sure isn’t wallowing in its poor sales. Without stepping foot in Las Vegas or making a single announcement of its own, Apple is having one of its best CES conferences in years, as companies turned to HomeKit en masse to boost their smart offerings.

While Google Assistant and Alexa controlled their fair share of the CES spotlight, they did little to overshadow Siri. In fact, Apple’s HomeKit was one of the surprise winners of this year’s show, as Sony, LG, GE, Vizio, Belkin, Arlo, Ikea, TP-Link and several others all rolled out products and updates featuring HomeKit integration, an abrupt turnaround from previous shows that all but ignored the iPhone maker’s smart home ambitions.

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SanDisk's Extreme Pro portable SSD is so fast you can edit video on it

Mac World - Tue, 2019-01-08 16:18

While editing a document or spreadsheet directly from a flash drive is trivial, that’s not the case for video, where the interface speed limits performance considerably. WD’s SanDisk thinks they’ve solved the problem with the SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD.

The Extreme Pro uses its internally developed NVMe technology to saturate the USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface, with read speeds up to 1 gigabyte per second. That’s fast enough for users to edit video directly on the drive itself, without the need for copying the file from the drive to a local hard drive, then back.

SanDisk said that the company will deliver the Extreme Pro in spring 2019, in 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacity points. The company hasn’t released pricing, however, which is fairly typical for storage companies announcing products before they ship.

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SanDisk's Extreme Pro portable SSD is so fast you can edit video on it

PC World - Tue, 2019-01-08 16:18

While editing a document or spreadsheet directly from a flash drive is trivial, that’s not the case for video, where the interface speed limits performance considerably. WD’s SanDisk thinks they’ve solved the problem with the SanDisk Extreme Pro SSD.

The Extreme Pro uses its internally developed NVMe technology to saturate the USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface, with read speeds up to 1 gigabyte per second. That’s fast enough for users to edit video directly on the drive itself, without the need for copying the file from the drive to a local hard drive, then back.

SanDisk said that the company will deliver the Extreme Pro in spring 2019, in 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB capacity points. The company hasn’t released pricing, however, which is fairly typical for storage companies announcing products before they ship.

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Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 10 a.m. Pacific

Mac World - Tue, 2019-01-08 16:00

Apple adjusts its earnings forecast for Q2 2019. The Consumer Electronics Show is full of TVs with AirPlay 2 support. HomeKit is being used by more and more products. We also respond to your comments and questions for Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, Dan Masaoka and Michael Simon in the Macworld Podcast, episode 635.

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Google Assistant will soon be your interpreter

PC World - Tue, 2019-01-08 15:48
Google Assistant will soon be able to act as an interpreter, serving as a go-between for natural conversations among initially 27 languages.

Lenovo shrinks its Google Assistant Smart Display into a 4-inch Smart Clock for music and alarms

PC World - Tue, 2019-01-08 14:00
Lenovo has unveiled its newest smart speaker, the 4-inch Smart Clock, with a minuscule form factor and Google Assistant built in.

Lenovo builds Amazon Alexa into its Smart Tab M10 and P10 Android tablets

PC World - Tue, 2019-01-08 14:00

Lenovo’s Smart Tab M10 and P10 are ready to branch out from their humdrum Android tablet lives. Maybe you’ll employ them a few hours a day as a tablet. But if you pair them with their included Smart Docks, they become Amazon Alexa-powered smart displays, expanding their usefulness around your home.

The Smart Dock also acts as an auxiliary speaker for its connected tablet, offering better sound than you’d get from the tablet alone. The tablets themselves have front-firing speakers with Dolby Atmos technology, but they can’t compete with a fuller-fledged speaker such as the Smart Dock provides. 

Lenovo Smart Tab prices, features and specs

Announced at CES and due to ship in January, the M10 and P10 will cost $200 and $250, respectively. The more expensive P10 is actually a little smaller in size compared to the M10, but it offers some better specs: a larger battery, plus a glass back for a classier look.

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Lenovo upgrades the Yoga C730 with a beautiful AMOLED display

PC World - Tue, 2019-01-08 14:00

For people who prefer top-of-the line TVs, Lenovo’s 4K AMOLED upgrade to its Yoga C730 laptop should encourage you to take notice—this should be one high-quality multimedia 360-degree convertible PC.

Lenovo’s Yoga C730 with AMOLED should be one of the new products that attracts passersby to Lenovo’s booth at CES 2019 here in Las Vegas. AMOLED displays are known for deeper, inky blacks, where the light output is actually restricted to make dark scenes look, well, dark. Pairing that luscious 15.6-inch display with the C730’s integrated JBL speakers and Dolby Atmos audio makes for a laptop with visual as well as audio pop.

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Lenovo's Yoga S940 intros Smart Assist eye-tracking, noise filtering, and a glass-wrapped display

PC World - Tue, 2019-01-08 14:00

Lenovo’s Yoga laptop series straddles entertainment and work chores more adroitly than the company's premium X1 lineup, and the new Yoga S940 contains a package of new “Smart Assist” technologies that allow users to switch from casual browsing to a business persona in a flash.

The Yoga convertible laptops contain 8th-generation Intel Core processors, as well as an aesthetically pleasing “Contour Glass” display with rounded edges, somewhat like a smartphone. (The Yoga S940 offers a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio, Lenovo says.) And Lenovo’s also made the shift to Thunderbolt, with a pair of Thunderbolt 3-enabled ports on the side of the chassis. Dolby Atmos-powered speakers are also included.

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The Alienware Area-51m is a desktop-class laptop both extreme and refined

PC World - Tue, 2019-01-08 13:00

When Dell made the Alienware Area-51m, it broke one mold and created another. Announced at CES Tuesday morning, this gaming laptop is the first to debut a new overall design for Dell’s Alienware gaming line. It also offers no compromises, with desktop-grade hardware and a laundry list of options and upgradable parts. It’s a tantalizing balance of power and refinement.

When it ships January 21, several customizable SKUs of the Area-51m will be available. Dell gave us a sample price of $2,549 and said some SKUs would come in under that number. 

We took a detailed look at the Area-51m at a pre-briefing. Check out the video above for the deep dive. Below, we’ll highlight some of the innovations and specs. 

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Finally! The new Dell XPS 13 puts the camera in the right place

PC World - Tue, 2019-01-08 13:00

We’ve always loved the Dell XPS 13, except for one thing: the low-slung, nosehair-catching camera. So sing hallelujah: With the XPS 13 9380 announced Tuesday morning at CES, the camera’s finally at the top where it belongs.

That alone is big news, but there are other welcome improvements with this generation, from display and color choices to thermals. Pricing for the new generation starts at $900. A few models will be available starting Tuesday, while other SKUs will arrive later in January. We’ll go over the highlights, including the specs. 

The best new features on the XPS 13 9380

The reason the Dell XPS 13 had to place the camera below the display is because of the laptop’s superthin InfinityEdge bezels. There simply wasn’t room for the camera within the sliver of structure above the screen.

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Dell's Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition laptops save you from lost pens and hot panels

PC World - Tue, 2019-01-08 13:00

With the latest crop of Inspiron 7000 2-in-1 Black Edition laptops, Dell is bringing some true innovation to its high-end consumer line.

Introduced at CES Tuesday morning, these specially designed versions feature a neat trick to adjust thermal behaviors to the immediate environment. But the biggest news is the hinge, which doubles as magnetic pen storage. It’s the cleverest solution to pen integration we’ve ever seen, arguably worth waiting (if you’re a pen nerd) until the Black Editions ship in the June/July timeframe.

Unfortunately we don’t know the prices yet, nor much about the specs, but we can use the current Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 Black Editions as points of reference. The current models start around $1,400. The various current models feature Intel Core processors, a generous 8GB to 16GB of RAM, and up to 512GB PCIe M.2 SSD storage. 

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EVGA gets into sound cards with Nu Audio, a high-end board that delivers 'lifelike' gaming

PC World - Tue, 2019-01-08 12:47

Maybe PC audio is still important after all. At CES 2019 on Tuesday, EVGA introduced Nu Audio, its first-ever sound card with claims that it will bring “lifelike gaming” to your ears. 

EVGA partnered with UK firm AudioNote on the card, which features a six-layer, gold-plated PCB. Making clean audio depends a lot of getting noise-free power, so EVGA uses AudioNote capacitors and resistors in the card as well as a Texas Instrument power-regulation circuit. There’s also German-made WIMA capacitors and AKM 4493 DACS and AKM 5572 ADCs. The card also embeds an XMOS xCORE-200 processor for most of the audio chores on the card.

The card can drive large 600 Ohm cans and also supports up to 384KHz, 32-bit audio files.

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AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support is coming to smart TVs, including those from Vizio, Sony, and LG

Mac World - Tue, 2019-01-08 12:19

Apple fans don’t typically have a lot to look forward to from CES, but we were treated to a surprise announcement from Samsung that it will bring the iTunes video store to its smart TVs, complete with Bixby support. But Samsung isn’t the only TV maker working with Apple—AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support are coming to other smart TVs.

Apple has updated its AirPlay page with a focus on TV entertainment and special mention of smart TV support. What’s more, individual TV manufacturers have started to announce support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit.

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This tiny Anker charger is three times more powerful than Apple’s and it’s under $12 today

PC World - Tue, 2019-01-08 12:12

There’s only one thing worse than seeing a red battery indicator on your iPhone: plugging into Apple’s 5W charger and watching your phone take hours to fill up. Anker has solved that problem with a fast charger that’s barely bigger than the one Apple supplies. And today, Amazon is selling the Anker 15W PowerPort C 1 USB wall charger for just $11.74Remove non-product link when you check the $1 off coupon box in the listing. That’s down from a list price of $19 and the best price we’ve seen for this new charger.

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