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Sony PSZ-HC1T USB 3.1 Gen 1 hard drive: A stylish and rugged portable storage workhorse

PC World - Thu, 2018-12-06 06:00

The Sony PSZ-HC1T quickly became one of my favorite external hard drives to use around the lab. Why? Because it’s rugged and has a captive USB cable. If I had a nickel for every time I’ve held my breath after accidentally banging a drive, or every second I’ve wasted hunting down a cable, I’d be a rich man. 

Speaking of everyone’s relative financial status, those perks do cost you a bit—at around $110, the PSZ-HC1T sells for $50 more than most 1TB external USB 3.1 drives. Still, if you’re prone to being rough on your equipment, consider that it’s still cheaper than replacing a less sturdy unit.

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best external drives. Go there for information about other competing products and how we tested them, plus our top picks. 

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Apple’s squid emoji has been anatomically incorrect for years, Monterey Bay Aquarium points out

Mac World - Wed, 2018-12-05 19:13

Apple recently changed its bagel emoji in response to criticisms that it didn’t look delicious enough, and soon we may see it revise its squid emoji in order to make it more anatomically correct. Earlier on Wednesday, the Twitter account of the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, California produced a series of tweets explaining the inaccuracy alongside a photo of a real squid.

The issue lies with the squid emoji’s siphon—a valve that lets a squid breathe and release waste. You’ll find this valve on the underside of a squid in real life, but in Apple’s emoji it looks like a “weirdo nose,” to use the aquarium’s tweeted words. The aquarium also said that this means the emoji is effectively “upside down.”

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Meet Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855: AI boosts, a smarter camera, mobile gaming—and bye-bye, JPEG

PC World - Wed, 2018-12-05 17:14

A year ago, Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 845, the brains behind flagship smartphones like the Google Pixel 3, the U.S. version of the Samsung Galaxy S9, OnePlus phones, and others. Now, Qualcomm’s next-generation Snapdragon 855 promises those platforms even more enhancements: dedicated logic blocks for digital assistants, revamped camera logic for computer vision, specific gaming boosts. It also gives the traditional JPEG file format the boot.

According to Qualcomm executives, the goal for the Snapdragon 855 is to “unlock” AI and XR (mixed reality), with the new 5G capabilities leading the way. The company claims that it’s offering the first commercial mobile platform to support this trifecta.

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The best video baby monitors: Keep eyes—and ears—on your bundle of joy

Mac World - Wed, 2018-12-05 17:07
Today's baby monitors are more capable—and more complex—than ever. Here's how to find the right one, so you and your baby can get some sleep.

The best video baby monitors: Keep eyes—and ears—on your bundle of joy

PC World - Wed, 2018-12-05 17:07
Today's baby monitors are more capable—and more complex—than ever. Here's how to find the right one, so you and your baby can get some sleep.

Best smart bulbs for your connected home

Mac World - Wed, 2018-12-05 16:55
Today’s smart bulbs are brighter and easier to control than ever, but choosing the right one for your environment remains a challenge.

Best smart bulbs for your connected home

PC World - Wed, 2018-12-05 16:55
Today’s smart bulbs are brighter and easier to control than ever, but choosing the right one for your environment remains a challenge.

iPhone power adapters tested: Is fast charging worth the price?

Mac World - Wed, 2018-12-05 15:25

Update 12/05/18: Apple now sells an 18W USB-C power adapter for $26Remove non-product link. To use it with your iPhone, you still need to purchase a USB-C to Lightning cable. We haven't tested it yet, but it should charge your iPhone exactly as fast as all of Apple's other USB-C power adapters.

New to this years’ iPhones is fast-charging capability. According to Apple, you can juice up your phone to 50 percent in just 30 minutes! There’s just one catch: You have to buy a new power adapter. Oh, and a new USB-C to Lightning cable, too. That’s two catches, and it's starting to sound expensive.

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PCWorld's December Digital Magazine: Google Pixel 3 XL review

PC World - Wed, 2018-12-05 15:14

Stay on top of the latest tech with PCWorld’s Digital Magazine. Available as single copies or as a monthly subscription, it highlights the best content from PCWorld.com—the most important news, the key product reviews, and the most useful features and how-to stories—in a curated Digital Magazine for Android and iOS, as well for the desktop and other tablet readers.

In the December issue

On the cover of the December issue is our review of the Google Pixel 3 XL, where Google is winning the game by rewriting the rules. If you value your privacy in the digital age, you can read about how free' Wi-Fi hotspots can track your location even when you aren't connected, and what you can do to prevent it.

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Apple releases iOS 12.1.1 with updated eSIM support, Live Photos in FaceTime, and more

Mac World - Wed, 2018-12-05 14:47

Apple has released iOS 12.1.1, a minor update that comes five weeks after the last major public release (iOS 12.1). The update is primarily concerned with fixing minor bugs, but there are a few user-facing changes worth noting.

FaceTime is improved with an easier, one-tap interface to change between the front and rear camera. The previous iOS 12 FaceTime interface was roundly criticized for being needlessly obtuse. You can also record Live Photos from FaceTime calls. 

Those with an iPhone XR will see new support for Haptic Touch on notifications. And all iPhone XR and XS users get more carrier options for eSIM support.

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The Full Nerd ep. 77: Super X-Fi, old-school computers, and an unveiling

PC World - Wed, 2018-12-05 13:15

In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung and Adam Patrick Murray are joined by Creative Labs’ Ryan Schlieper to talk about Super X-Fi, old-school computers, and a sneak peek at the newest Sound Blaster!

First the crew discusses Creative’s breakthrough “holographic audio” dongle known as the Super X-Fi, which promises to pack a surround-sound system into your pocket. The Super X-Fi is so impressive, you won’t believe what Adam says about it.

And then in a surprise move, Ryan unveils Creative’s new Sound Blaster AE-9 with a break-out box and a 6-pin PCIe power plug.

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Here are five cheaper alternatives to Apple’s new $39 iPhone XR clear case

Mac World - Wed, 2018-12-05 12:44

The iPhone XR has been out for more than a month, but Apple is only just now getting around to offering a case for it. As expected, it’s clear to show off the natural color of iPhone XR. And also as expected, it’s not cheap.

At $39, Apple's iPhone XR Clear Case costs as much as the colored silicone cases Apple sells for the iPhone XS and XS Max, and you don't get a cool color choice or an embossed Apple logo. Fortunately, you don’t need to look too far to find a cheaper one. It might not be crafted with the same “blend of optically clear polycarbonate and flexible TPU materials” as Apple’s, but they’ll surely protect your phone from bumps just as well. Here are five of the highest rated alternatives on Amazon right now:

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Steve Jobs-autographed copy of Macworld headed to auction

Mac World - Wed, 2018-12-05 12:10

A copy of Macworld’s first issue that was signed by Steve Jobs will head to auction between December 6 and December 13 on RR Auction, and I’d totally be on that if I had more cash to throw around. Not only is our February 1984 issue one of the better-known artifacts of Apple history, but Jobs’ autograph on this issue is particularly remarkable as he wasn’t fond of giving them out.

RR Auction

First issues of our magazine usually fetch good prices on their own, but RR Auction estimates that Jobs’ signature on this copy will fetch around $10,000.

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Amazon's one-day Logitech sale features 50% off keyboards, mice, and headphones

Mac World - Wed, 2018-12-05 11:41

The right peripheral devices can make or break your entire PC experience, and today you can grab some awesome ones for super cheap. Amazon has a whole lineup of accessories available for half off or better today, from keyboards to headphones and everything in between.

First up is the MK545 Advanced Wireless Keyboard combo for $30, half off its $60 list priceRemove non-product link. This is the Amazon exclusive version of Logitech's awesome MK540—which we gave 4.5 stars out of 5 for its comfortable design and programmable and quiet keys—and comes with a few enhancements over the standard model, namely a textured palm rest and longer mouse battery life (24 month versus 18 months).

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Amazon's one-day Logitech sale features 50% off keyboards, mice, and headphones

PC World - Wed, 2018-12-05 11:41

The right peripheral devices can make or break your entire PC experience, and today you can grab some awesome ones for super cheap. Amazon has a whole lineup of accessories available for half off or better today, from keyboards to headphones and everything in between.

First up is the MK545 Advanced Wireless Keyboard combo for $30, half off its $60 list priceRemove non-product link. This is the Amazon exclusive version of Logitech's awesome MK540—which we gave 4.5 stars out of 5 for its comfortable design and programmable and quiet keys—and comes with a few enhancements over the standard model, namely a textured palm rest and longer mouse battery life (24 month versus 18 months).

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Amazon and Newegg have slashed prices on some of our favorite graphics cards today

PC World - Wed, 2018-12-05 09:56

Amazon’s awesome 12 days of Christmas sale just keeps rolling along. Just two days after its latest gaming hardware sale, a new PC components and accessories sale has landed, and it might be even better for gamers. Our top three deals today are all graphics cards—with an extra special deal from Newegg thrown in, because, well, we can't resist.

First up, is a set of 4GB AMD Radeon RX 580 graphic cards. The plain old Gigabyte Radeon RX 580Remove non-product link and the Gigabyte Aorus Radeon RX 580Remove non-product link are both $185 today. These cards have dual-fans with Gigabyte’s Windforce 2x blade fan design, and they feature the company’s RGB fusion customizable lighting. The Aorus version has a slightly higher clock speed, but both will work fantastically well for no compromises 1080p gaming at 60 frames per second (fps).

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Roku TV Wireless Speakers review: A terrific sonic value for anyone rocking a Roku TV

Mac World - Wed, 2018-12-05 09:30
Theser stereo speakers will tightly integrate with TVs based on Roku OS, and those are the only TVs they're compatible with.

Roku TV Wireless Speakers review: A terrific sonic value for anyone rocking a Roku TV

PC World - Wed, 2018-12-05 09:30
Theser stereo speakers will tightly integrate with TVs based on Roku OS, and those are the only TVs they're compatible with.

Never Lose Track Of Your Keys Again With KeySmart Pro, Now Just $34

Mac World - Wed, 2018-12-05 09:26

Do you or a loved one have trouble finding your phone or keys before heading to work in the morning? No matter how hard you try, you’ll always end up misplacing one or the other, but with a Tile Bluetooth tag, you can easily locate your misplaced phone or keys.

However, if you like to maintain a minimal amount of everyday carry, adding a Tile to your keys will add extra bulk. To solve this, KeySmart and Tile have collaborated to deliver the KeySmart Pro, a key holder with built-in Tile functionality, and you can pick one up in black, red or white for $33.99 with code MERRY15 at checkout.

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This Impressively Powerful Mini PC Is A Great Gift For Under $160

PC World - Wed, 2018-12-05 09:21

Desktop computers are notorious for being bulky, towering machines that take up a ton of desk space and are no fun to transport. The Fusion C Mini PC, however, is looking to change that. You can get it on sale and save an extra 15% when you use the code MERRY15 at check out, lowering the final price to only $153.

The Fusion C is a fully realized personal computer that runs all your favorite productivity apps with ease but is small and lightweight enough that you can take it wherever you go. It’s perfect for students, business professionals on the go, and everyone in between. If you need portable computing power, the Fusion C is exactly what you’ve been searching for.

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