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6 secret Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL power tips

PC World - Wed, 2017-12-06 06:30

With the Pixel phones, Google aims to make a compelling smartphone experience, even if that means making some changes to Android. That's why the version of Android 8.0 Oreo that ships on the Pixel 2 and 2 XL isn't quite what you'll find on other stock Android devices. Some of the coolest bonus features are hiding beneath the surface of Google's latest phones, but we'll tell you our favorites here. 

Wallpaper-based themes

Changing your wallpaper is something you probably do on a regular basis. Usually, that just gets you a new wallpaper as expected, but there's a neat extra on the Pixel 2. The theming of the home screen and some system elements changes based on the color of your wallpaper.

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Where to buy an iPhone

Mac World - Wed, 2017-12-06 06:00

When the original iPhone went on sale a decade ago, there was no asking where you should buy one. The only possible options were the Apple Store (if you were lucky enough to live near one) or AT&T carrier store. The bigger concern was who had any in stock!

Today, the iPhone is sold all over. Every carrier store has it, Apple Stores are all over the place, big-box retailers like Best Buy and Target carry them, and of course, you have a seemingly endless number of online options. So...where should you buy your iPhone from? The answer can be complicated, so let’s break down some of the most common options.

For each, we’ll tell you about any current special deals, when you should consider buying there, and when you shouldn’t.

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Hands-on: Asus NovaGo's Snapdragon-based Windows PC manages expectations

PC World - Wed, 2017-12-06 06:00

The Asus NovaGo is a Windows laptop with something completely new: the Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC Platform, Qualcomm’s bid to use its smartphone chip to grab some Windows PC share in a category long dominated by Intel.

Spending a little time with the machine on Tuesday was an exercise in testing—and managing—expectations. Qualcomm executives have admitted that the Snapdragon platform will be a bit slower to launch apps, a bit slower to boot, a bit slower here and there. Our early impressions show the kind of performance that Qualcomm hopes will be "good-enough" for mainstream users with modest demands. 

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BrandPost: The Secret to a Perfect Elevator Pitch

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-05 14:38

Philip B. Crosby invented the concept of the 'elevator pitch' in the 80's, and it quickly became popular in the business world​​. Today it is commonly used as a strategic tool for initial meetings. It has become so popular in fact that business schools, such as Harvard, include how-to information in their course curriculum and on their website to help people create and evaluate elevator pitches.


June 6, 2017

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Qualcomm invades Intel's turf with Snapdragon PCs that push battery life over performance

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-05 13:56

Qualcomm is invading Intel’s turf, announcing Windows PCs that use the same Snapdragon chips as your phone and can last well into a second day of use. 

On Tuesday at its Snapdragon Technology Forum, Qualcomm showed off its Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC Platform on a HP Envy x2 tablet and an Asus NovaGo ultrabook. Both run on the company’s Snapdragon 835—yes, the same processor (and cellular modem) inside popular phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

Qualcomm uses its success with smartphones to justify its foray into PCs. You demand all-day performance from your phone, while it’s constantly connected to the Internet. Why shouldn’t your PC deliver the same?

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BrandPost: Meditation: Helpful in Many Ways

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-05 13:19

Meditation is associated with mindfulness and the spiritual side of eastern religions. But the truth is that for a while now, it’s been growing in popularity throughout the world as a way of relaxing. Meditation is becoming a potential tool to fight against some of the bigger problems of modern society, like depression and stress.

The first historical data about this topic is from over 3,000 years ago. But it wasn’t until 100 years ago when scientists started to study the benefits of meditation on the human body and specifically, the changes it makes in the brain of the person who practices it.

Since the beginning of these more recent investigations, scientists have discovered several benefits from the practice of mindful meditation, like the reduction of physical pain. As first realized by the research of Dr. Fadel Zeidan, a neurobiologist and anatomy professor at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and which was published in the Journal Neuroscience, people who practice meditation endure physical pain better than those who do not. This is important because it can be a good option for those patients who suffer from chronic pain.

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BrandPost: Digital Transformation: Steps to an Effective Strategy

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-05 12:50

Digital transformation (DT) is defined as the modification of business activities, procedures, capabilities and models to take advantage of the changes and opportunities presented by new digital technologies, as well as the impact they have on society, while always thinking about current and future trends. Why is this so important to businesses everywhere? Because DT is fundamentally changing the way we live, work and buy.

The first step to a complete transformation is to develop a clear strategy. According to The Digital Business Transformation Playbook For 2017only 27% of today’s businesses have a coherent digital strategy that sets out how the firm will create customer value as a digital business.

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AMD quietly made some Radeon RX 560 graphics cards worse

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-05 10:55

Buying a budget graphics card just got trickier. AMD and its partners quietly began selling Radeon RX 560 cards with fewer compute units and stream processors than originally advertised, without changing the name or otherwise identifying the lesser-powered model in any way. But here’s the kicker: The Radeon RX 560s you can find in stores are a mix of the full-fat version and the cut-down version.


When the Radeon RX 560 launched in April it was the only RX 500-series card with a meaningful under-the-hood tech boost compared to the RX 400-series. The graphics processor in the older RX 460 cards packed 14 compute units and 896 stream processors; the upgraded Radeon RX 560 bumped that to 16 CUs and 1,024 SPs. Now, some—but not all—of the Radeon RX 560s you’ll find online have specs that match the older 460 cards, and sometimes run at lower clock speeds to boot.

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11 of the flashiest, best-looking cases for the iPhone X

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-05 10:00
iPhone X cases that will make you stand out

Image by Speck

You might not want to cover up your gorgeous new iPhone X, but you should. Between the edge-to-edge screen and the wireless-charging-compatible back, this slippery $1000+ device is basically 100 percent glass, and it’s not cheap to repair. Prevention is definitely key, but you don’t have to wrap your phone in layers of ugly foam and rubber. Here are 12 stylish cases to check out—some might even be prettier than the iPhone X itself.

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The Honor 7X is the $199 successor to one of the best budget smartphones

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-05 10:00

The Honor 6X was one of 2017’s best budget handsets, and now the Huawei subsidiary is looking to build on that success with the Honor 7X. The U.S.-bound budget handset has a bigger screen, a better camera, and best of all, a lower price: just $199. Honor also took the wraps off a new flagship phone, the 6-inch Honor V10.

The U.S. version of the Honor 7X mimics the China release that launched a few short weeks ago, with a slim-bezel design and an impressive set of specs:

  • Display: 5.93-inch LCD, 18:9, 2160p x 1080p FHD+, 407ppi
  • Dimensions: 156.5mm x 75.3mm x 7.6mm
  • Weight: 165g
  • OS: Huawei EMUI 5.1 (Nougat 7.1)
  • Chip: Kirin 659, Octa-Core
  • Battery: 3,340mAh
  • RAM: 3GB/4GB
  • Storage: 32GB/64GB
  • Camera: 16MP + 2MP, wide aperture range, phase detection auto focus
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The Honor 7X has a dual camera setup just like last year.

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BrandPost: Even Mac users need protection from malware

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-05 09:46

Years ago, Apple aficionados believed Macs were safe from malware. Now, everyone knows that’s simply not true.

Cybercrime is on the rise, so the idea of malware increasingly targeting the mostly overlooked macOS make sense. Although Apple has created a variety of security layers designed to strengthen the security of its desktop OS and protect its users, often these safeguards are not enough to protect a Mac. For example, Apple can’t always prevent users from unknowingly getting infected with adware.

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Fitbit expands Ionic OS with Hue, Flipboard apps, and 80 clock faces

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-05 09:00

Fitbit’s Ionic smartwatch ($299 on Amazon) is getting some new friends for the holidays. A software update available Tuesday will deliver more than 80 new clock faces and a variety of apps so you can control your lights and check stocks while you work out.

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How to allow remote access to your Mac

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-05 08:00

Computers are ubiquitous, and you've probably had an instance where you are using a computer in one place and you need to access a computer in another location. For example, you're at a coffee shop with a laptop, and you need something from the desktop computer in your home office. You might even want to give people you know the ability to access a computer when they are away. This ability is called remote access.

Macworld reader Sandy has three remote access scenarios she’d like to get set up:

  • One contractor accessing an iMac remotely to use QuickBooks on the iMac. But that contractor is using Windows.
  • Another contractor who has a Mac and needs to access a different iMac on a daily basis.
  • The first iMac might sometimes need to be accessed remotely by the second contractor and by Sandy.

What to do?

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Useless exercises: Opinions on Apple’s results

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-05 07:00

We are not yet even through the holiday buying season but it is apparently time to pretend we know how many of the devices it announced this cycle that Apple will sell.

Writing for Quartz, Mike Murphy gives a thumbs down and releases the lions, tigers, bears, wolverines, and Gary on Apple.

“This was meant to be the year of the Apple ‘supercycle,’ but Samsung’s phones were better.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Tibor, 5cat, and Chris.)

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Best USB car chargers for your phone

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-05 06:30
We put a variety of USB car chargers to the test to find the best ones for keeping your smartphone powered on the go.

Best USB car chargers for your phone

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-05 06:30

There are plenty of options for keeping your phone or tablet charged while on the go. We’ve already taken a look at portable USB battery packs, as well as the USB-C variety. Now were ready to take a look at car chargers.

These small devices don’t differ from each other all that much. Some have an indicator light, others have illuminated ports. Some feature Quick Charge for devices that support it, others don’t. One attribute they all share, however, is two USB ports—ie, the days of the single-port car charger are long over. 

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Amazon Echo Plus review: Not plus enough

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-05 06:00
Amazon’s mid-range smart speaker comes up just a little short.

Parker: Your Augmented Reality Bear is an adorable plush toy that doesn't overwhelm with tech

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-05 06:00

Most tech-enhanced plush toys become the bane of parents’ existences: they come alive with lights and sound at inopportune times, require batteries, can be heavy and clunky, and may not wash very easily. And in the case of certain connected toys, you might even worry about your child’s personal data being recorded and stored.

Given all of that, you might bristle when you first hear of Parker: Your Augmented Reality Bear, Seedling’s new iPad and iPhone-enhanced toy. But this charming bear is fully squeezable with no caveats: it doesn’t have any wires or batteries inside, and it won’t make a peep or start to glow if you accidentally step on it while your kid is asleep. 

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RAVPower 24W Dual USB car charger review: An inexpensive and compact option

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-05 06:00
A two-port car charger for less than $9? Go on, we’re listening.

Quick Charge 3.0 Aukey car charger review: Bigger than most, but it works

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-05 06:00
A trustworthy device with Quick Charge 3.0 tech.


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