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Apple releases iOS 12.0.1, fixing iPhone XS charging and Wi-Fi bugs

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-08 13:26

Apple has released the first update to its iOS 12 operating system. Every iOS 12 user can now upgrade to iOS 12.0.1, while iOS 12.1 is still in beta,.

To grab the update, go to Settings > General > Software Update.

This release doesn’t add any new features, but it fixes a few annoying bugs discovered since the release of iOS 12, like the “.?123” key position getting flipped on the iPad keyboard. There are also a couple of bug fixes aimed at fixing problems with the new iPhone XS, including the infamous charging bug and an issue where the phones would connect to 2.4GHz Wi-Fi networks even with 5GHz networks were available. 

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Make your own DIY smart home kit with these great deals on an Echo, smart plug, and smart switch

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-08 12:38

With seemingly endless smart tech available today, it can be a little daunting to set up a smart home. Even intro bundles can be tough to sort through. But today, a few discounted devices can help you DIY your way to a setup of your own. TheTP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug is $17Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $40 and less than $2 off its all-time low. The Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch is $50Remove non-product link, good for $10 off its $60 MSRP and the best price we've ever seen. And to bring it all together with voice control, the 2nd-gen Amazon Echo is $80Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $100 and matching an all-time low.

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Make your own DIY smart home kit with these great deals on an Echo, smart plug, and smart switch

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-08 12:38

With seemingly endless smart tech available today, it can be a little daunting to set up a smart home. Even intro bundles can be tough to sort through. But today, a few discounted devices can help you DIY your way to a setup of your own. TheTP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug is $17Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $40 and less than $2 off its all-time low. The Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch is $50Remove non-product link, good for $10 off its $60 MSRP and the best price we've ever seen. And to bring it all together with voice control, the 2nd-gen Amazon Echo is $80Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $100 and matching an all-time low.

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Intel debuts 9th-generation Core chips, including Core i9 and X-series parts, with a few twists

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-08 12:09

Intel unveiled its 9th-generation Core desktop chips (after weeks of speculation and leaks), with the notable omission of a key feature: Hyper-Threading, at least on all but the most exclusive Core i9-9900K for mainstream PCs. Hyper-Threading has also been reserved for a new iteration of Intel’s X-series processors, which includes up to 18 cores and 36 threads. 

In a livestream Monday morning from its Fall Launch Event in New York, the company announced just a single Core i9 chip, the $488 Core i9-9900K, Later, the company privately revealed two others in the Core i7 and Core i5 families. 

Intel also announced a new series of X-class chips, ranging from 8 cores and 16 threads through 18 cores and 36 threads. Prices will range from $589 to $1,979.

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Facebook's Portal camera is an Echo Show rival focused on video calls, but will anyone trust it?

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-08 12:00

In what might be the worst timed product in the history of the world, Facebook has unveiled Portal and Portal+, a new smart speaker line with a screen and a camera that promises to track your movements, connect with Messenger, and notify you when your friends are available to chat.

And you were worried about Alexa spying on you. (Oh, it’s also an Alexa speaker, like Amazon's Echo Show.)

Priced at $199 for a 720p 10-inch model and $349 for a massive 1080p 15.6-inch one (which can rotate between landscape and portrait mode), the Portal is first and foremost a camera for making video calls. You can use the Portal to call anyone on your Messenger list, even people who don’t have a Portal in their home. And it’s not just for one-on-one conversations either. You can bring up to six people into a call.

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Made by Google Event 2018: What we expect and don't expect for Pixel, Google Home and more

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-08 10:57

While it might seem like the annual Made by Google event has already taken place based on the Pixel leaks we’ve received on a daily basis, we actually still have another day until the big event. Google hasn’t exactly been secretive about its new phone or much of anything else being unveiled tomorrow, but there’s still plenty to be excited about. Here’s everything we expect to see tomorrow, a few things we probably won't be seeing, and a couple of surprises that may be in store:

Pixel 3/Pixel 3XL

The star of the show Tuesday will be the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL. With all the leaks, there's little left that we don’t know about them. You can check out the details in our rumor roundup, but in a nutshell, the two phones will once again be separated by screen size, with the smaller one likely getting a 5.5-inch display and the larger one possibly getting a 6.7-inch one. The two phones should be similar to their predecessors in total size due to slimmed-down bezels, less space above and below the screen, and a giant notch on the XL model.

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Microsoft's Project xCloud service will stream Xbox games to PCs, tablets, and phones

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-08 10:53

As promised at E3, Microsoft is entering the live video game streaming fray. On Monday, the company revealed details about Project xCloud, a service that will let you stream Xbox One games to computers, phones, and tablets. “Our vision for the evolution of gaming is similar to music and movies—entertainment should be available on demand and accessible from any screen,” Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft’s VP of cloud gaming, said in a post announcing the service.

That basic pitch mirrors the appeal of Xbox Play Anywhere, the Microsoft initiative that lets you buy a game once and play it either on Windows 10 or Xbox One. Microsoft’s major Xbox exclusives all came to the PC in recent years thanks to Play Anywhere, and it sounds like Project xCloud wants to extend Xbox’s borders even further.

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Upgrade to killer 1080p gaming with this $180 Gigabyte Radeon RX 580 and three free games

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-08 09:49

Newegg keeps on rolling out the bargains with another great deal on an AMD graphics cards. Right now, a Gigabyte Radeon RX 580 costs just $180Remove non-product link after a $20 mail-in rebate, which means you’re paying $200 up front. The price without the rebate is still a better deal than the best deal you’ll find on Amazon right now, which is an Asus RX 580 for about $217. 

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The HP Chromebook x360 14 is a premium convertible missing one thing

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-08 09:00

With the Chromebook x360 14, HP is doubling down on the premium-Chromebook trend. Announced Monday, this is the company’s second fancy Chromebook announced this year—the detachable Chromebook x2 is the other. There are more: The Acer Chromebook Spin 13 and the Dell Inspiron Chromebook 14 have also come out with some form of the Chromebook-tablet idea, somewhat similar specs, and prices upward of $600.

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Giveaway: Win an Honor View 10!

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-08 09:00

When Honor announced the View 10 earlier this year we were very intrigued by it’s strong specs, AI processing, and affordable price point. Boasting some of the same internals as Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro, the V10 proved to hang with the midrange phones like the OnePlus 5T.

Months later and the View 10 is still a great phone—and Honor has provided us with one to give away to our loyal fans! This is the Midnight Black version featuring 128GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM.

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TaoTronics 40-inch soundbar review: How low can you go?

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-08 08:30
A 40-inch soundbar for just $90? If your budget is tight and you can live with its quirks, TaoTronics offers a very inexpensive solution for improving your TV's sound.

TaoTronics 40-inch soundbar review: How low can you go?

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-08 08:30
A 40-inch soundbar for just $90? If your budget is tight and you can live with its quirks, TaoTronics offers a very inexpensive solution for improving your TV's sound.

Amazon Echo Show (2nd Gen) review: Better in every way, and better than every other smart display

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-08 08:00
It’s a major step up, but Amazon still doesn’t have the best smart speaker.

Omen Mindframe headset review: HP nails the cooling, but the basics need work

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-08 08:00

HP’s Omen Mindframe arrives as the war for your ears is heating up—or maybe cooling down. I never would’ve pegged “sweaty ears” as the next battleground for gaming headsets, but it’s the one more and more companies are choosing. Last month we looked at Razer’s Nari Ultimate, which (among other features) packed cooling gel into the earcups.

Now HP’s Omen Mindframe arrives with an even more high-tech solution: Active cooling, to keep your lobes frosty for hours at a time. No, seriously.

Ominous

First let’s talk design, though. This is HP’s first gaming headset, which is always interesting—especially when it comes from a brand, like HP, that isn’t traditionally associated with gaming.

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Amazon Echo Show (2nd Gen) review: Better in every way, and better than every other smart display

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-08 08:00
It’s a major step up, but Amazon still doesn’t have the best smart speaker.

Why does Apple’s two-factor sign-in think you’re hundreds of miles away?

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

Apple’s two-factor authentication (2FA) is a boon for anyone who wants to be sure that even if their Apple ID or iCloud password were stolen or found out, an intruder would still need a piece of equipment associated with the account to complete the login. These trusted phone numbers and trusted devices offer good deterrence.

When you log in to an iCloud account, the Apple ID site, or an Apple app that gives you account access or lets you make purchases, you’re prompted on a trusted device if you haven’t been challenged in a while at the software location at which you’re logging in. It’s in two parts: first, iOS and macOS show a tiny map and Don’t Allow and Allow buttons. If you tap or click Allow, you then get a six-digit code you can enter to complete the login.

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AirPods knockoffs tested: Sometimes you get what you pay for

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-08 06:00

When Apple debuted the AirPods in September of 2016, everybody scoffed at the seemingly exorbitant $159 price. Since then, scores of other true wireless earbuds have been released, and it turns out that all the good ones cost that much or more. Apple was giving us a bargain, and we just didn’t realize it.

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After the October Update fiasco, Microsoft needs to warn users about the risks of Windows 10 upgrades

PC World - Sat, 2018-10-06 15:00

“The newest Windows feature update is ready to install. We need you to kick it off. With new features and apps, this one could take a little longer than other updates.”

That’s how Windows 10 tells users that it’s about to upgrade to one of Microsoft’s twice-yearly milestone updates, like the Creators Update. Does it sound like you’re about to perform major surgery on your operating system, the sort of upgrade that could result in file deletion and system corruption if things go sideways? Because that’s what you’re doing when you upgrade to a new milestone version of Windows 10, and Microsoft needs to be more clear about it—a fact made startlingly obvious now that the company pulled back the Windows 10 October 2018 Update because of user reports about mass file deletion.

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Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October 2018 Update after reports of mass file deletion

PC World - Sat, 2018-10-06 09:04

Microsoft is slamming the brakes on the Windows 10 October 2018 Update’s rollout. The upgrade became available during the company’s Surface event on Tuesday, but in the days that followed, numerous users across the web reported that the transition deleted massive chunks of data. User profiles and entire folders full of files went missing in some cases and rolling back the upgrade didn’t restore them. Now Microsoft is temporarily halting the October 2018 Update’s distribution due to the issue.

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AMD's Dynamic Local Mode for Threadripper promises almost 50 percent more performance

PC World - Fri, 2018-10-05 20:26

If you're lucky enough to have one of AMD's high-end Ryzen Threadripper CPUs 2990WX (or the soon-to-come 2790WX) , AMD has just given you a cherry for the top of your sundae. A new piece of software called Dynamic Local Mode will boost performance on some tasks by rerouting loads in Windows. Robert Hallock of AMD introduced Dynamic Local Mode in a blog post on Friday.

Dynamic Local Mode was created to address a specific performance characteristic of Ryzen Threadripper. Instead of a single chip, AMD's massive 32-core and 24-core Threadripper CPUs are built by connecting four dies using a high-speed fabric interface. Two of the dies have their own memory controllers, and two are pure compute chips which must access memory through the adjacent die.

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