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Valve’s Steam Link app finally appears on the App Store almost a year after Apple's rejection

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-15 21:04
Want to play PC or Mac games on your iPhone or Apple TV? It’s now a possibility.

Valve’s Steam Link app finally appears on the App Store almost a year after Apple's rejection

Mac World - Wed, 2019-05-15 21:04

Last May Apple caused some controversy in the gaming community when it rejected Valve’s Steam Link app from the App Store merely a day after Valve announced it. Steam Link is now back for the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV, though, and you can download it through this link for iOS.

Steam Link is a free app lets you stream games from your PC or Mac to your iOS device or Apple TV, so long as you’re on the same network. (You also don’t need the physical Steam Link hardware to do this.) You can do this over Wi-Fi, but Valve itself says you’ll be best served if your computer is hooked up to an ethernet cable. You should also keep your iOS device close to your router for the best performance.

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Google recalls its 2FA Bluetooth Titan Security Key after security flaw discovered

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-15 17:48

If you use one of Google’s Titan Security Keys for two-factor authentication, you probably think your account was as secure as it can be. On its website, in fact, Google promises that Titan Security Keys “are the same level of security used internally at Google” and “keep out anyone who shouldn’t have access to your online accounts.”

Make that most people. In a post on its security blog, Google divulged Wednesday that it has discovered a “misconfiguration” with the Bluetooth Low Energy version of its Titan Security Key that could allow a nearby attacker to “communicate with your security key, or communicate with the device to which your key is paired.”

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Google recalls its 2FA Bluetooth Titan Security Key after security flaw discovered

Mac World - Wed, 2019-05-15 17:48
Google is offering free replacements for its Bluetooth Titan Security Key due to a security issue.

Amazon is selling the iPhone XR battery case for the lowest price ever

Mac World - Wed, 2019-05-15 16:34

Apple’s own battery case for the iPhone XR helps you squeeze as much as 22 extra hours of internet use out of the handset, and if that sounds attractive, you need to head over to Amazon this second. The retailer is currently offering the black version of the case for $27 off, which drops the price down by 21 percent from $129 to $102. Not bad, considering this is basically the first time this case has ever seen a discount on Amazon.

Other companies such as Mophie make great battery cases, but one of the best things about getting Apple’s case is that you’ll be able to see how charged the battery is straight from iPhone’s Battery widget. You also don’t have to charge the case with a separate cable, as the case’s Lightning port charges both the phone and the case. You can even charge it wirelessly if you wish.

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The Full Nerd ep. 93: AMD Ryzen 3000 and Radeon Navi rumors, Computex predictions, Q&A

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-15 15:28

In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad Chacos, Alaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray dig into whether a recent flurry of rumors carry any weight ahead of Computex.

No, we don’t dig into rumors often, and you always want to take them with a fistful of salt. But leaks have been springing up like crazy around AMD’s next-gen Ryzen 3000 processors and “Navi” graphics cards recently. With AMD planning dedicated events at both Computex and E3, it’s natural to wonder what might be coming. But what’s plausible and what seems more likely to be mere vapor from the hype train? We analyze the situation.

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Windows 10's latest Insider preview gives Task Manager a simple, stellar storage enhancement

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-15 11:34

On Wednesday, Windows Insider preview build 18898 revealed a small but exciting Task Manager improvement coming to a future version of Windows 10: The Performance tab will tell you if a disk is a solid-state drive or a slower mechanical hard drive. 

The ability to distinguish between SSD and HDD “is particularly helpful in cases where you have multiple disks listed, so you can differentiate between them,” the announcement post says.

Indeed, that’s the very reason I’m so enthusiastic about the addition. Storage drives frequently outlive PC builds, so my DIY Franken-system is loaded with a variety of drive types from past machines. (And hey, storage-stuffed SSDs are only getting cheaper.) Currently, Task Manager only labels each with its assigned drive letter. Identifying the disk type as you see in the image below should make it much easier to keep track of which data belongs to which storage drive. Yes please!

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SanDisk's pint-sized, big capacity 400GB microSD card only costs $57 right now

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-15 11:14

Adding some extra space to your phone, camera, or tablet can save you from the annoyance of getting an “Out of space” notification, and today, you don’t have to break the bank supercharge your storage. You can grab a 400GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC from Amazon for an all-time low of $57, down from a list price of $77.90.

This memory card packs a lot of space into a small package. Compatible with Android phones and tablets, as well as cameras, laptops, and even the Nintendo Switch, this microSDXC boasts transfer speeds up to 100MB/s. In addition, A1-rated performance makes this card perfect for loading apps, games, and even large videos quickly. And when it comes to managing all your data, SanDisk’s Memory Zone app can help Android users easily move and view files.

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SanDisk's pint-sized, big capacity 400GB microSD card only costs $57 right now

Mac World - Wed, 2019-05-15 11:14

Adding some extra space to your phone, camera, or tablet can save you from the annoyance of getting an “Out of space” notification, and today, you don’t have to break the bank supercharge your storage. You can grab a 400GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC from Amazon for an all-time low of $57, down from a list price of $77.90.

This memory card packs a lot of space into a small package. Compatible with Android phones and tablets, as well as cameras, laptops, and even the Nintendo Switch, this microSDXC boasts transfer speeds up to 100MB/s. In addition, A1-rated performance makes this card perfect for loading apps, games, and even large videos quickly. And when it comes to managing all your data, SanDisk’s Memory Zone app can help Android users easily move and view files.

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Save $265 on a three-year subscription to GlassWire Elite

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-15 10:05

Few things are as frustrating as a malware infection. So keep your PC free from unwanted threats — and save over $265 at the same time — with a three-year subscription to GlassWire Elite.

GlassWire is a firewall and PC monitoring system that helps protect your computer from threats. It keeps the undesirables out while, at the same time, provides an overall picture of your PC’s health so you can fix problems before they get out of hand. It’s a must-have security feature, especially when you consider the sheer number of dangers that come up every single day.

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The ultra-fast WD Black NVMe SSD was already a fantastic bargain, and today it's even cheaper

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-15 10:01

We’ve said it for years: Switching from a hard drive to an SSD is the single best upgrade you can give an aging PC. For those with newer PCs, however, there’s a next-level option: upgrading from a standard SATA III SSD to a newer and much faster NVMe M.2 “gumstick” SSD. And today, Amazon’s offering an amazing deal with the 500GB WD Black SN750 SSD for $108.

This drive was on sale for just $104 a couple days ago, but at $108 it’s still an incredible value. We absolutely loved the WD Black SN750 when we reviewed it in February, calling it “just about the best combination of price and performance in an SSD”—and that was at its full cost. But it’s key to check that your motherboard is compatible with NVMe drives, as not all are, especially if you purchased a budget motherboard or your system is several years old.

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Intel: You don't need to disable Hyper-Threading to protect against the ZombieLoad CPU exploit

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-15 09:37

If you’re in a panic to figure out how to turn off Intel’s Hyper-Threading feature to prevent ZombieLoad, the latest Spectre-like CPU security exploit, then take a deep breath—Intel’s official guidance does not actually recommend that. The bad news? None of what we tell you is going to make you feel any better.

ZombieLoad is similar to previous “side channel” attacks, which trick Intel processors into coughing up potentially sensitive information that would otherwise would be kept private by the CPU. The exploit hits most Intel chips and can be used on Windows, MacOS, and Linux, the ZombieLoad researchers said. ARM-based and AMD-based CPUs aren’t impacted.

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5 signs that you need to replace your iPhone

Mac World - Wed, 2019-05-15 07:00

Do you really need a new iPhone? They’re so expensive now, and yours is…fine. It’s fine. You’ve never been one of those people who needs a new phone every year, or every other year, anyway.

How do you know when it’s time to take the plunge and ditch your old iPhone for a new one?

We’re definitely not one to encourage the cycle of nonstop iPhone upgrades. Hanging on to your phone for a long time is a good thing. But just as some users feel compelled to upgrade way too often, others stubbornly refuse to get a new phone until their current one literally won’t function at all, and might need a little help accepting that their old phone is holding them back.

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Best DVR for cord cutters

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-15 06:01
TiVo vs. Tablo vs. Channel Master vs. Plex: None are ideal, but one might work for you.

Best DVR for cord cutters

Mac World - Wed, 2019-05-15 06:01
TiVo vs. Tablo vs. Channel Master vs. Plex: None are ideal, but one might work for you.

Tablo Quad DVR review: The best gets bigger

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-15 06:00
Tablo's quad-tuner DVR maintains an edge over competitors with simple setup, reasonable prices, and some neat new features.

Monolith by Monoprice Portable Headphone Amp and DAC with THX AAA Technology review: High value, minor flaws

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-15 06:00
This affordable and portable headphone amp will bring out the best in your headphones; but the unit's size, weight, and smudge-prone surface keep it from earning our highest mark.

Acer Predator Triton 500 Review: This thin and light laptop even has GeForce RTX

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-15 06:00

Acer’s Predator Triton 500 is a gaming laptop we’d actually want to carry around. Sure, we may look hungrily at a monster gaming laptop that’s nearly as fast as a desktop gaming PC. But if you have to take it with you, the era of thin, light and powerful gaming laptops is a godsend.

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best gaming laptops. Go there for information on competing laptops and how we tested them, and up-to-date buying advice. 

Adam Patrick Murray

The Acer Predator Triton 500 features an 8th gen Core i7-8750H and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, along with 16GB of dual-channel RAM and a 512GB NVMe M.2 SSD.

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Tablo Quad DVR review: The best gets bigger

Mac World - Wed, 2019-05-15 06:00
Tablo's quad-tuner DVR maintains an edge over competitors with simple setup, reasonable prices, and some neat new features.

Monolith by Monoprice Portable Headphone Amp and DAC with THX AAA Technology review: High value, minor flaws

Mac World - Wed, 2019-05-15 06:00
This affordable and portable headphone amp will bring out the best in your headphones; but the unit's size, weight, and smudge-prone surface keep it from earning our highest mark.

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