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Get the Entire Essential Salesforce Certification Training Bundle for Under $40

PC World - Wed, 2018-08-01 13:21

The Essential Salesforce Certification Training Bundle is a set of three highly specialized courses designed to help you master sales techniques by consolidating and validating your skills as a Salesforce administrator. The three courses consist of 30 hours of content delivered in 162 lessons with access for a full year, all for a humongous discount of $1,158—$39, or 96% off retail.

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Get a Ryzen laptop with Radeon Vega graphics for $280 at Staples

PC World - Wed, 2018-08-01 10:35

AMD Ryzen laptops are still a rare breed, but right now, you can pick one up for less than $300. The Acer Aspire 3 is $280 at StaplesRemove non-product link, down from a list price of $460—a whopping $180 discount.

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The 500GB WD Blue SSD, one of our favorite SSDs, is on sale for its lowest price yet

PC World - Wed, 2018-08-01 09:13

One of our favorite SSDs is on sale at Amazon right now for its lowest price ever. The 500GB WD Blue 3D NAND is $90 today, which is about $17 cheaper than what it’s been in recent weeks and $30 off its listing price. It’s the cheapest this drive has ever sold for.

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Origin PC's new EON15-S crams Core i9 into a 3.4-pound gaming laptop

PC World - Wed, 2018-08-01 09:00

The laptops we’ve seen with Intel’s debut Core i9 mobile processor so far lean toward extremes. On one hand, you’ve got big, beefy notebooks like the Alienware 17 R5 with cooling galore to let the 6-core CPU scream long and hard. Then, you’ve got the slim, svelte MacBook Pro and all the throttling issues that come with restricting a monster chip in such a small package. Now, Origin PC’s splitting the difference by housing the Core i9 inside its EON15-S and all-new EVO17-S gaming laptops. Both measure in at just under an inch thin.

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Mophie Powerstation XXL review: High capacity, multi-port, Lightning-based power

Mac World - Wed, 2018-08-01 07:00

Mophie’s Powerstation line of portable battery packs have been around for some time, and they’re generally solid (if somewhat expensive) products. Now, the company has versions made exclusively for the Apple Store. What sets these apart is that they recharge using a Lightning port, so you can use your standard iPhone or iPad power adapter and cable to recharge the battery pack.

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4 top takeaways from Apple’s boringly brilliant record results

Mac World - Wed, 2018-08-01 06:00

It’s gotten to the point where even some of my colleagues who write about Apple are bored by the company’s quarterly results. Granted, this is the good kind of boring—the best third-quarter results ever, led by overall revenue of $53.3 billion, a 17 percent growth rate. But it does seem like Apple does the same thing almost every quarter: growth, billions, the works. There’s not a lot of drama in being one of the most valuable companies in the world continuing to churn away at huge profits and product growth.

Still, I’m not going to call this boring. Every three months, Apple has to reveal things about itself that it would probably want to keep secret, and these disclosures can help us understand the company and its products better than we otherwise would. Here are the four most interesting things I gleaned from Tim Cook’s performance on his quarterly conference call with analysts.

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Apple posts another monster quarter on back of booming Apple Watch, AirPods sales

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-31 17:21

Another quarter, another record for Apple. For the three-month period ending June 30, Apple posted its best third-quarter numbers ever, with revenue of $53.3 billion, a 17 percent year-over-year growth. Earnings per share came in at a whopping $2.34, up 40 percent from last year and blowing away analyst estimates of $2.19.

Now for the important numbers. In Q3 2018, which saw no significant product releases, Apple sold 41 million iPhones (about the same as last year), 11.6 million iPads (slightly more than last year), and just 3.7 million Macs (representing a 13 percent year-over-year decline). However, the new MacBook didn’t release until after the quarter ended, so Apple will likely make up that shortfall next quarter.

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Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 10 a.m. Pacific

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-31 16:00

Apple announced its Q3 2018 results. There are a bunch of new features to explore in the betas of iOS 12 and macOS Mojave. Leif talks about his weight-loss project using Apple Watch. Join us with your comments and questions for Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, Dan Masaoka, and Michael Simon in the Macworld Podcast, episode 615.

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The Macworld Podcast broadcasts live on the internet on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Pacific. You can watch on Twitter via Periscope or on the Macworld YouTube channel.

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AirPods are now available on Amazon for the lowest price we've ever seen

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-31 13:50

There was a time not too long ago when the very fact that you could find Apple’s AirPods on Amazon counted as news, as the beloved Bluetooth headphones sold out within hours after they appeared. Now, though, we’re starting to see the first noteworthy discounts. Head over to Amazon today, and you can get them for just $144.99, down from the usual price of $159.00.

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This awesome surge protector with individually controlled outlets is 50% off today

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-31 12:00

In a home filled with PCs, monitors, and smart speakers, having enough outlets is key. But protecting those plugs is just as important, so if you're looking for a surge protector with lots of control, the Tripp Lite seven-outlet power strip provides individual outlet switches for that very purpose. And right now, it's cheaper than ever at $18, down from a list price of $34Remove non-product link.

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This awesome surge protector with individually controlled outlets is 50% off today

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-31 12:00

In a home filled with PCs, monitors, and smart speakers, having enough outlets is key. But protecting those plugs is just as important, so if you're looking for a surge protector with lots of control, the Tripp Lite seven-outlet power strip provides individual outlet switches for that very purpose. And right now, it's cheaper than ever at $18, down from a list price of $34Remove non-product link.

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Google thankfully bans Android phones with three notches or other exotic configurations

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-31 11:41

In case you haven’t noticed, notches are having a moment. Ever since Apple validated the camera cutout with the iPhone X, Android phones great and small have been rushing to out their own spin on the dubious design tactic, with no less than 16 phones going all in on cutouts. Basically, it’s the new Coke of Android screens.

And it’s about to get Google’s official blessing. Aside from the rumors that the Pixel 3 XL will have a giant cutout for dual cameras at the top of the screen, the upcoming Android P update will usher in full notch support as well, so developers can ensure their apps won’t be truncated or otherwise diminished by varying degrees of blank space. But before Android manufacturers start getting into a razor blade-like war of oneupmanship—"You did two notches? We'll do three!"—Google is laying down some ground rules.

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AMD Ryzen motherboards explained: The crucial differences in every AM4 chipset

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-31 10:46

For AMD’s disruptive Ryzen processors, selecting the correct motherboard is both easier and more crucial than ever.

First, the good news: AMD’s doing away with the frightful hodgepodge of motherboard platforms to unite around the AM4 socket with Ryzen CPUs, Radeon-bolstered APUs, and all other chips released in the foreseeable future—including the 2nd-gen Ryzen processors. Huzzah! But there are a wide variety of chipsets available for AM4 motherboards, and each unlocks different capabilities in your PC, from USB support to overclocking to how many graphics cards you can install.

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Market sharing: The Apple Watch by the numbers

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-31 10:00

How exactly do you spin a story about a huge increase in shipments of an Apple product negatively? Let’s find out!

Writing for the very nice people and possessed cymbal-banging monkeys over at Business Insider, Isobel Asher Hamilton definitely has that “market share is the most important thing ever” BI house style down pat.

“The Apple Watch’s dominance is under threat.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Peter.)

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Google takes on Apple, Windows with Chromebook attack ad as Amazon slashes Pixelbook prices

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-31 09:42
Google is running a new ad spotlighting Chromebooks' advantage over Mac and Windows PCs, namely longer battery life, less lag, and no viruses.

Google takes on Apple, Windows with Chromebook attack ad as Amazon slashes Pixelbook prices

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-31 09:42

Google is tired of Chromebooks being ignored by laptop buyers. While the lightweight, low-cost convertibles have made serious inroads in schools, most people still see their laptop buying options limited to just two choices: Mac or PC. But Google is making it cheaper and more compelling than ever to consider a third.

In a new ad campaign, Google is positioning Chromebooks as full-scale PC alternatives with benefits many people might not realize. The 60-second ad shows various error and slowdown messages with the following words: If you want virus protection, all-day battery, automatic updates, less charging, more battery life, quicker starts, faster loading, less lag, a new kind of laptop, you Chromebook.

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Grab an Acer 2-in-1 laptop with an SSD and a modern Core i3 for $460 at Staples

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-31 09:28

Today’s a good day to freshen up that travel companion laptop. Staples is selling the Acer Spin 3 2-in-1 for $460Remove non-product link. The list price for this convertible is $650 on Staples’ site, and you can find an underpowered version on Amazon for $484.

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AMD brings overclocking to the masses with its Ryzen B450 chipset

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-31 09:00

It's not much of a secret anymore but AMD, on Tuesday, officially unwrapped its B450 chipset. Aimed at mainstream Ryzen customers, it might seem unexciting but actually brings a couple of premium features to low-cost motherboards.  

The B450 chipset is a direct replacement for the B350 chipset introduced with the first-generation Ryzen. For the most part, it's a small iteration over the previous B350 chipset. 

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AMD's new B450 chipset is a small iteration over the previous chipset but now adds free support for SenseMI technology.

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Losing 60 pounds with Apple: Putting Apple-compatible fitness devices through a trial by fire

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-31 08:00

Apple calls the Apple Watch “the ultimate device for a healthy life.” It plays up the way corporations weave it into their fitness programs, and it trumpets how the watch’s numerous third-party apps “help monitor nutrition and fitness.” Gosh, it sounds so perfect.

But is it really so helpful as all that? As an overweight guy who’s rapidly hurtling toward middle age, I’m a little skeptical about its usefulness. Much of the marketing for the Apple Watch showcases folks who are already fit. If they're not fit, they're usually at least thin. The message that comes across is that the Apple Watch helps them stay in shape; whenever activities and practices led to their current appearance were already in place.

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Mophie Powerstation Plus XL review: Leave your micro-USB cable at home

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-31 07:00

Carrying along a portable battery pack is a convenient way to avoid hunting for a plug when you travel, but it can also mean carrying around multiple charging cables. For those that use Apple devices, the fact that our iPhones and iPads use a Lightning cable while our battery packs recharge via micro-USB or USB-C can be a real hassle.

Now, Mophie makes Apple-exclusive versions of some Powerstation products that eliminate the multi-cable headache. They’ve got Lightning ports for power input, so the same power adapter and cable used to charge up your phone can be used to charge up the battery pack. They’re only sold on Mophie’s site and Apple stores

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