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Google's Tango becomes ARCore: Phone AR for the masses

PC World - Tue, 2017-08-29 14:29

For the past year or so, Google’s augmented-reality aspirations have been extremely modest, with its Tango AR platform running on just two phones (and one of them just came out a couple weeks ago.) But now Google is releasing ARCore, which will bring the power of Tango to millions more Android phones.

Like Apple’s ARKit, ARCore works without any additional hardware. The launch of the developer preview will be limited to Pixel and Galaxy S8 phones running Nougat and above, but Google is aiming to get ARCore on 100 million devices from Samsung, Huawei, LG, Asus, and others by the time the preview ends later this year.

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Best DVR for cord cutters

PC World - Tue, 2017-08-29 13:22

Updated August 29, 2017 to add our review of the Table Engine DVR software.

Here’s the hard truth for cord-cutters right now: The ideal over-the-air DVR doesn’t exist. And if you're on the fence about even needing one, you should read the June 22 installment of Cord Cutter Confidential.

While some products are better than others, all of them—from Tablo and TiVo to Channel Master DVR+ and HDHomeRun with Plex—have at least one critical weakness. If you want to record broadcast TV channels from an antenna, you must decide which of those weaknesses you’ll tolerate.

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Destiny 2's open beta launches on PCs today, and it's one of the best-looking shooters ever

PC World - Tue, 2017-08-29 09:41

Destiny 2 ($60 on Amazon) is out on consoles as of next week, but us poor PC folk have to wait until October 24 for the full release of Bungie’s shooter. A small consolation though: Destiny 2's PC open beta starts today (likely at 10 a.m. Pacific) and runs through Thursday, August 31 if you’re in a try-before-you-buy mood. Just remember you’ll need to download Blizzard's Battle.net to play it—the game isn't on Steam.

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How to keep Migration Assistant from overwriting existing files on a new Mac

Mac World - Tue, 2017-08-29 08:00

The Mac has a great app called Migration Assistant that is very helpful when setting up a new Mac and you need to transfer files from an old Mac. Jim O’Reilly asks a great question about using Migration Assistant:

If I use Migration Assistant, how can I avoid writing over on the new Mac files with the same name as the corresponding files from the old Mac?

While Migration Assistant is relatively straightforward to use, it does have settings that let you twiddle what’s transferred.

Typically, after you go through the setup process and connect two Macs, you’re given the option to transfer four kinds of things:

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Face it: Every new Apple technology is a disaster

Mac World - Tue, 2017-08-29 07:00

Apple is expected to release a new technology next month so you know what that means: it’s time to worry about how bad it will be.

Writing for Mashable, Jack Morse says if you’re not afraid, you will be. You will be.

That is, of course, a reference to a line the popular movie series Star Trek. Don’t @ me.

“Facial recognition tech is taking over smartphones. Here’s why you should be worried.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Tibor Csapo.)

There are few things more personal than a face.

A bespoke granite carving of a beloved pet thrown through the plate glass window of your summer house. A loved one who can recite your genome from memory. An H-shaped pair of coffins so you and your spouse can hold hands for all eternity. Your groin. That’s about it.

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Geeni Vision 720P Smart Camera review: A basic and budget-friendly home security camera

Mac World - Tue, 2017-08-29 06:00
Though short on advanced features, this less-than-$100 security camera is long on ease of use.

The 10 Mac games you need to play from August 2017

Mac World - Tue, 2017-08-29 06:00
August's games

Image by Telltale Games

Summer is coming to an end, but the fun doesn’t have to stop: your Mac can keep you entertained well into the fall and winter. That’s especially true right now, since August brought us a rather impressive bounty of new Mac games to check out. 

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Geeni Vision 720P Smart Camera review: A basic and budget-friendly home security camera

PC World - Tue, 2017-08-29 06:00
Though short on advanced features, this less-than-$100 security camera is long on ease of use.

8 hidden Android Nougat features you still have time to try

PC World - Tue, 2017-08-29 06:00

Google used to produce a rather bare-bones version of Android, counting on OEMs like Samsung and LG to add in all the other cool features people might want. But today’s stock Android is more powerful, more feature-rich, and more attractive without any help from the device makers.

In fact, Google has pushed OEMs to use even more of the basic Android experience without making unnecessary changes. This could mean some awesome features are lurking inside your phone that you don’t even know about. So here are eight cool features inside Nougat (Android 7.0) you’re probably not using.

Split-screen Chrome

Android 7.0’s split-screen app capabilities are well known, but there’s one app that includes a very cool and useful feature that isn’t so obvious: The Chrome browser lets you run two different tabs on the screen at once.

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Crashplan alternatives: What home users can do, from staying put to exploring other services

PC World - Tue, 2017-08-29 06:00

It's been a week since Crashplan decided to call it quits on its personal backup service. But Crashplan isn't going away—it's just ending a program that probably wasn't profitable. After the initial shock, home users should realize there’s absolutely no reason to panic—or even be hasty. The company will keep your data safe for an extra 60 days past the end of your current subscription, and it will keep its servers online until October 23, 2018. But it's still a good time to figure out your next move, so we'll walk you through the options. 

Crashplan option 1: Upgrade to a business plan

You needn't leave Crashplan at all if you turn your home plan into a business plan. Just pony up the $10 a month for the small business plan and keep on keepin’ on.

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How to test your home internet connection speed

PC World - Mon, 2017-08-28 20:12

Testing your internet connection’s performance is a straightforward exercise. You don’t need any extra software—all you need is a computer with a web browser. But there are also a few things you can do to make sure you are getting the most accurate reading of your internet connection. Here’s what to do.

Get ready

For best results, you want to use a wired connection if at all possible; that way, you don’t have to worry about interference and performance fluctuations that can occur while you’re on Wi-Fi. If you have any other wired devices on your home network, plug your test computer directly into the modem so those don’t interfere in your testing.

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iOS 11 FAQ: Apple seeds developer beta 8, watch ARKIt videos

Mac World - Mon, 2017-08-28 17:07

Editors’ note: We’ve updated this story to include information about the newest iOS 11 developer release and ARKit demo videos.

Siri in iOS 11 has learned to sound like an actual human—and that’s just the beginning when it comes to the new mobile operating system for iPhones and iPads.

Apple CEO Tim Cook and friends gave us a full overview of iOS 11 during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote on Monday. New features include sweeping new upgrades to Siri, a redesigned Control Center and App Store, and a brand-new Apple Pay feature that lets you send or receive money to your contacts via iMessage.

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Bethesda's QuakeCon sale is still live on Steam, with classic games for less than $2

PC World - Mon, 2017-08-28 16:55

QuakeCon ended Sunday, but the effects of that conference are still being felt. No, I'm not talking about early access to Quake Champions, but the annual QuakeCon sale still available on Steam. ZeniMax-owned Bethesda Softworks has some of its classic games on sale until Tuesday morning. The sale includes mostly Bethesda in-house and published titles, as well as published titles from other ZeniMax properties.

For $1.24 each, you can pick-up The Ultimate DoomDoom II, and Doom III. If those shooters don't appeal, try Return to Castle Wolfenstein for $1.24, Quake 4 for $3.74, or Doom 3: BFG Edition for $5.

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Microsoft pushes Windows mixed reality with two tiers of PCs and a Halo game tease

PC World - Mon, 2017-08-28 14:55

Microsoft’s bid to bring Windows mixed reality to the masses is taking shape with a raft of affordable PCs. On Monday the company announced that its hardware partners will launch two types of mixed-reality PCs this holiday season, showing them off first at the IFA show this week in Berlin. The company also said its mixed-reality content would include Steam’s VR games and even some sort of Halo experience.

Microsoft has spent much of this year building up its mixed-reality ecosystem. The company has promised that mixed reality will be a key part of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Working in concert, its hardware partners—HP, Lenovo, Dell, and Acer—plan to launch mixed-reality devices in time for the holidays.

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iPhone 8 rumors: WIll it be revealed on September 12?

Mac World - Mon, 2017-08-28 12:09

Update August 28, 2017: Will the iPhone be revealed on September 12? Go to the “What’s the latest?” section for all the new details.

Apple is still selling tens of millions of iPhone 7s every month—but all everyone can talk about is what’s coming next. After all, 2017 marks the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, so Apple is reportedly gearing up to make this year’s model extra special.

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Apple Watch Series 3 rumors: LTE and new workouts on tap for fall update

Mac World - Mon, 2017-08-28 11:34

Update 8/28/17: Further examination of the HomePod firmware release shows a slew of new activities capable of being tracked by Apple Watch, including basketball, bowling, skiing, and sailing.

Apple might have one more trick up its sleeve at its annual fall event. While we’re all waiting for a brand new iPhone that will reportedly bring a brand new design, wireless charging, and AR capabilities, it seems as though Apple is also working on an LTE-enabled Apple Watch Series 3 that will bring phone independence once and for all.

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40% off Lexar microSD To Lightning Reader - Deal Alert

PC World - Mon, 2017-08-28 09:56

Lexar's microSD-to-Lightning reader makes it easy to move all your favorite content to & from your iOS device on the go. So whether you’re offloading stunning action photos from that sporting event, or dramatic video from your drone, or if you just want a simple solution to back up or move around your files while mobile -- it’s got you covered. With its small footprint, you can put it in your pocket and go. And the Lightning connector fits with most iOS cases, providing simple plug-and-play functionality. An optional app from the app store allows you to back up files when connected to your device for greater peace of mind. Lexar's microSD to Lightning reader averages 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon, where its typical list price of $24.99 has been reduced a generous 40%, for now, to just $14.99. See this deal on Amazon.

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40% off Lexar microSD To Lightning Reader - Deal Alert

Mac World - Mon, 2017-08-28 09:56

Lexar's microSD-to-Lightning reader makes it easy to move all your favorite content to & from your iOS device on the go. So whether you’re offloading stunning action photos from that sporting event, or dramatic video from your drone, or if you just want a simple solution to back up or move around your files while mobile -- it’s got you covered. With its small footprint, you can put it in your pocket and go. And the Lightning connector fits with most iOS cases, providing simple plug-and-play functionality. An optional app from the app store allows you to back up files when connected to your device for greater peace of mind. Lexar's microSD to Lightning reader averages 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon, where its typical list price of $24.99 has been reduced a generous 40%, for now, to just $14.99. See this deal on Amazon.

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AmazonBasics 6-Foot HDMI Cable 2-Pack Discounted To $7.96 - Deal Alert

Mac World - Mon, 2017-08-28 09:42

The AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable quickly connects a wide range of HDMI devices. Use it to connect a small mobile, home-entertainment, or gaming device to a big-screen HDTV, large projector, or computer monitor, for example. Delivering clear, vibrant video, the AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet meets the latest standards, which means it considerably expands bandwidth up to 18 Gbps, offers 4K@50/60 (2160p) video resolution (four times more clarity than 1080p/60), and supports the wide-angle theatrical 21:9 video aspect ratio. The cables average 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 12,000 reviewers on Amazon (read reviews). Right now you can get a 2-pack of these 6-foot cables for just $7.96. See this deal now on Amazon.

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AmazonBasics 6-Foot HDMI Cable 2-Pack Discounted To $7.96 - Deal Alert

Mac World - Mon, 2017-08-28 09:42

The AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable quickly connects a wide range of HDMI devices. Use it to connect a small mobile, home-entertainment, or gaming device to a big-screen HDTV, large projector, or computer monitor, for example. Delivering clear, vibrant video, the AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet meets the latest standards, which means it considerably expands bandwidth up to 18 Gbps, offers 4K@50/60 (2160p) video resolution (four times more clarity than 1080p/60), and supports the wide-angle theatrical 21:9 video aspect ratio. The cables average 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 12,000 reviewers on Amazon (read reviews). Right now you can get a 2-pack of these 6-foot cables for just $7.96. See this deal now on Amazon.

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