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The dream of dual-booting Windows 10 on Chromebooks appears dead

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-16 14:03

It sounded dreamy. Late last year, signs of an “AltOS” mode appeared in Google code, indicating that the company was working on a way to let you dual-boot into Windows 10 on high-end Chromebooks like the Pixelbook. It was apparently too good to be true, alas, as new developments suggest that Google abandoned the secretive “Project Campfire” months ago.

Poking around Chromium code, Redditor u/crosfrog noticed comments stating AltOS mode is now deprecated, as first reported by Kevin Tofel at About Chromebooks. Tofel says that active development on Project Campfire halted last December after an initial flurry of activity. The dream of dual-booting Windows on Chromebooks appears to be dead.  

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Apple releases iOS 12.4 beta to developers

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-16 13:00

Apple released iOS 12.3 in the second week of May, bringing us its new TV app with Channels subscriptions. Just days later, it started releasing betas to developers for another point release, iOS 12.4.

With WWDC just around the corner, and the first iOS 13 beta likely to land at that time, it’s not yet clear why Apple needs another release. Simple bug and security fixes generally don’t get major point-release status; we would get a 12.3.1 release if there were no significant user-facing features.

Those who are part of Apple’s developer program can register a device for developer betas by heading to developer.apple.com/download. Those who are not in the developer program can register their devices for public beta releases by visiting beta.apple.com while using the device on which they wish to run the beta software. While many beta releases are stable and even include new bug fixes, we suggest you do not run beta releases on your primary device.

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Microsoft revives once-dead Paint with new keyboard controls and accessibility enhancements

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-16 11:53

Windows 10’s once-doomed Microsoft Paint hasn’t only been given a reprieve, it’s also apparently been given a new lease on life. The fan favorite software, previously labeled as “deprecated” and all but chucked into the trash bin by Microsoft, is gaining some new capabilities in the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, the company revealed this week.

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Microsoft's popular Sculpt ergonomic keyboard and mouse bundle hasn't been this cheap in 2 years

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-16 11:08

If you spend all your time sitting in front of a computer, a comfortable keyboard and mouse is a crucial investment for your day-to-day sanity and long-term health. It doesn’t have to break the bank, either. Today, the popular Microsoft Sculpt ergonomic desktop wireless keyboard and mouse combo is $80 on Amazon, down from a list price of $130 and a usual selling price of around $100. Amazon hasn’t sold this bundle for less in over two years.

This wireless keyboard's split layout, cushioned palm rest, and domed shape provide maximum comfort and support for your hands and wrists during long days of typing, reducing the effects of repetitive strain injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome. That’s the main claim to fame for this acclaimed keyboard, though a rated battery life of up to three years also means you can use the keyboard for a long, long time without needing to replace the batteries.

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Microsoft's popular Sculpt ergonomic keyboard and mouse bundle hasn't been this cheap in 2 years

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-16 11:08

If you spend all your time sitting in front of a computer, a comfortable keyboard and mouse is a crucial investment for your day-to-day sanity and long-term health. It doesn’t have to break the bank, either. Today, the popular Microsoft Sculpt ergonomic desktop wireless keyboard and mouse combo is $80 on Amazon, down from a list price of $130 and a usual selling price of around $100. Amazon hasn’t sold this bundle for less in over two years.

This wireless keyboard's split layout, cushioned palm rest, and domed shape provide maximum comfort and support for your hands and wrists during long days of typing, reducing the effects of repetitive strain injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome. That’s the main claim to fame for this acclaimed keyboard, though a rated battery life of up to three years also means you can use the keyboard for a long, long time without needing to replace the batteries.

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BrandPost: An Easier Way to Back Up Your iPhone without iTunes

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-16 10:42

Apple iPhone users generally love their devices for ready access to apps, content, and more. But when it comes to functions such as backup and restore, document and photo storage, or managing music purchases, users can often become frustrated by an overload of apps and processes.

Why, you may wonder, isn’t there a better way to manage this stuff? Well, there is. DearMob iPhone Manager allows users to simply back up and restore iPhones and iPads to their own PC or Mac hard drives without iTunes.

For most users, Apple’s iTunes has long been the control point for backing up and restoring iOS content such as music and video, along with crucial system information on iPhones and iPads. At least until iCloud came along.

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BrandPost: Back Up and Digitize Your DVDs with WinX DVD Ripper Platinum

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-16 10:41

Growth in streaming media is revolutionizing the consumption of video, but it doesn’t accommodate all the needs of collectors of commercial DVDs or of owners of personal video stored on discs.

Not all commercial titles are available from streaming services, nor do they provide DVD owners with any options for playing their commercial and private DVD content on non-player devices. For that, you need a software program known as a DVD ripper, but make sure the one you select meets your needs.

DVDs are a great form of storage that should last for years, unless you scratch or lose them. That applies to both commercial DVD titles as well as personally recorded video and other forms of data. Personal DVDs could also potentially be accidentally overwritten.

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Amazon's upgraded Fire 7 and Fire 7 Kids Edition tablets get twice the storage for the same price

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-16 10:33

One of the best cheap tablets you can buy is getting better. On Thursday morning, Amazon revealed upgraded models of its super-popular Fire 7 and Fire 7 Kids Edition tablets, starting at $50 and $100 respectively.

Prices haven’t gone up with these refreshes, but Amazon doubled the amount of available storage on the all-new Fire 7, with 16GB of capacity as the new baseline and a 32GB model available for $20 more. Performance should also be improved thanks to a faster processor. Like the previous generation, the new Fire 7 includes hands-free Amazon Alexa support that lets you watch videos or listen to music and audiobooks using voice commands. In addition to the usual black, the all-new Fire 7 is also available in Sage, Plum, and Twilight Blue colors.

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Turn one port into 10 with Amazon's today-only USB hub and docking station sale

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-16 10:00

It’s time for another Amazon one-day sale, and this is an awesome one for anybody suffering from a limited port selection on your ultra-light laptop or MacBook. Today, the online retailer is slashing prices on Sabrent USB hubs and a single docking station. This isn’t a huge sale with only ten options availble, but the prices are good with several products at (or close to) their all-time lows.

First up is an angled four-port USB 3.0 hub ideal for stationary use on a desk. It comes with a 30-inch cable to connect to your device. The hub doesn’t offer a charging port, and Sabrent warns that you shouldn’t connect portable external hard drives to this hub, though desktop hard drives with their own power source are fine. You can pick up this hub in black or silver for $11 today, down from its usual $15 to $20.

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Turn one port into 10 with Amazon's today-only USB hub and docking station sale

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-16 10:00

It’s time for another Amazon one-day sale, and this is an awesome one for anybody suffering from a limited port selection on your ultra-light laptop or MacBook. Today, the online retailer is slashing prices on Sabrent USB hubs and a single docking station. This isn’t a huge sale with only ten options availble, but the prices are good with several products at (or close to) their all-time lows.

First up is an angled four-port USB 3.0 hub ideal for stationary use on a desk. It comes with a 30-inch cable to connect to your device. The hub doesn’t offer a charging port, and Sabrent warns that you shouldn’t connect portable external hard drives to this hub, though desktop hard drives with their own power source are fine. You can pick up this hub in black or silver for $11 today, down from its usual $15 to $20.

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Macworld reader hot takes on the iPhone SE, the Apple TV app, and more

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-16 09:00

We’re doing a special edition of the show where we feature your hot takes from the Macworld social media feeds. The hot takes are your reactions to Macworld stories and other happenings in the world of Apple. We’ll share what you wrote, and Leif and I will offer our thoughts.

As a reminder, you can comment or ask questions via Twitter (@macworld), on Facebook, or through email at podcast@macworld.com.

Here’s how today’s show will work.

  1. We’ll explain the subject at hand. If the hot take is a reaction to the article, we’ll offer a brief summary and the point of view of that article. If the take is a reaction to a recent event, we’ll explain what happened.

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Time Machine volumes can’t be included in Time Machine backups

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-16 08:00

Time Machine in macOS can automatically back up every volume you have mounted on a Mac except those that you exclude. You manage the exclusions list by opening the Time Machine preference pane and clicking Options, where you can also add particular folder hierarchies, which appears as paths. (To exclude your Documents folder, for instance, you click the + sign and navigate to it to select the folder, but it appears in the list as ~/Documents, where the tilde means “your home directory.”)

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Time Machine can’t back up Time Machine volumes.

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6 powerful utilities that make the Mac feel like home

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-16 07:00

I love using my Mac. And yet when I am confronted with a fresh new device running macOS, I am taken aback by the barren expanse that is the default Mac experience. That’s not on the Mac, that’s on me—I have become incredibly reliant on some fantastic utilities that enhance the Mac experience in countless ways.

Every now and then I mention these utilities to friends who are Mac users, or they see me using them, and they are often completely baffled. This reminds me that, quite shockingly, there are lots of Mac users who never take advantage of utilities to make the Mac far more powerful than it comes out of the box.

Here, then, are some of the utilities that make the Mac feel like home for me.

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Bullguard VPN review: A great service with a problematic price

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-16 06:30

Bullguard VPN in brief:

  • P2P allowed: Yes
  • Business location: United Kingdom
  • Number of servers: Uknown
  • Number of country locations: 16
  • Cost: $85 per year
  • VPN Protocol: OpenVPN
  • Data encryption: AES-256-CBC
  • Data authentication: TLS 1.2 with 2048-bit DH
  • Handshake: SHA2 -512

Nearly every major antivirus maker offers a virtual private network service. A few create their own networks, but typically, AV makers rebrand white-label services provided by third parties. Bullguard is one such AV maker, and it offers its rebranded white-label VPN service as a standalone product, called Bullguard VPN. 

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Amazon, Roku, and Apple TV "Channels" are a well-intentioned mess

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-16 06:00
Amazon Channels, Apple TV Channels, and Roku Premium Subscriptions create more problems than they solve.

Schlage Connect review: The Z-Wave version of Schlage’s smart deadbolt is big on brawn, not brains

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-16 06:00
You'll want to run a smart home hub to get the most benefit from this strong smart lock.

Hopsy SUB Home Tap review: Another beer appliance that no one should buy

PC World - Thu, 2019-05-16 06:00
The Hopsy SUB Home Tap is a standalone mini-keg chilling machine with a paired delivery service. It's surprisingly fun for an appliance that just isn't worth it.

Amazon, Roku, and Apple TV "Channels" are a well-intentioned mess

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-16 06:00
Amazon Channels, Apple TV Channels, and Roku Premium Subscriptions create more problems than they solve.

Schlage Connect review: The Z-Wave version of Schlage’s smart deadbolt is big on brawn, not brains

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-16 06:00
You'll want to run a smart home hub to get the most benefit from this strong smart lock.

Hopsy SUB Home Tap review: Another beer appliance that no one should buy

Mac World - Thu, 2019-05-16 06:00
The Hopsy SUB Home Tap is a standalone mini-keg chilling machine with a paired delivery service. It's surprisingly fun for an appliance that just isn't worth it.

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