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Yevo Air true wireless earphones review: Second time's not quite the charm

Mac World - 1 hour 19 min ago

When Yevo released its first true wireless earbuds, the $249 Yevo 1, the headphones were widely criticized for offering a mediocre listening experience at such a high price. Less than a year, Yevo is back for round two with a new product, the far more reasonably priced $129 Yevo Air true wireless earphones. And it seems like the company listened to the feedback—though as you'll see, it could go further with improvements.

Design

The Yevo Air comes in two colors: white and a matte black, the latter of which I was sent for review. I loved the look of the matte black color scheme, but I did find that both the headphones and their battery case attract fingerprints.

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Elgato Stream Deck Mini review: All your streaming actions and enhancements are a button push away

PC World - 3 hours 49 min ago

Last year I called Elgato’s Stream Deck “a valuable tool in anyone’s streaming kit.” Long known for affordable capture equipment, Elgato had entered another important hardware niche and created an inexpensive video switcher—one that was only the size of a card deck. With multiple customizable buttons, you could manage all facets of your streaming process without every leaving your primary screen.

But maybe even a card deck is too large, and maybe the Stream Deck’s 15 OLED buttons were overkill, because now Elgato’s returned with the Stream Deck Mini—a smaller, scaled-back, and even cheaper version (at $99.95 on Amazon) of the same concept. So which is right for you? Let’s investigate.

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JBL Link View review: The smart speaker for stereo fans

PC World - 4 hours 19 min ago
This is the best-sounding Google Assistant-powered smart speaker.

Dell XPS 15 9570 Review: A 6-core Core i7 makes it all worthwhile

PC World - 4 hours 19 min ago

You know who has an easy job today? Dell’s XPS 15 designer. That’s because the popular 15.6-inch laptop gets the upgrade it deserves with Intel’s 8th-gen 6-core Core i7 chip. Dell also tucked in a GPU upgrade to make what is ultimately the fastest XPS 15 we’ve seen yet. 

The Dell XPS 15 comes in many flavors, but the specs of our 9570 review unit are as follows: 

  • CPU: 8th-gen Intel Core i7-8750H CPU
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4/2,666MHz
  • Display: 15.6-inch 1920x1080 IPS non-touch screen with anti-reflective coating
  • Storage: 256GB Toshiba NVMe drive
  • Battery: 97 Watt-hour
Dell XPS 15 9570 Exterior: It’s mostly the same

Dell hasn’t changed much on the outside of the XPS 15  since we first reviewed it in 2016.

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iPhone XS benchmarks: The fastest gets faster (and lasts longer, too)

Mac World - 4 hours 19 min ago

The A11 Bionic processor in the iPhone X and iPhone 8 made those phones the most powerful smartphones of 2017. While it’s difficult to directly compare performance between Android and iOS devices, even the fastest Android phones of today haven’t quite caught up to Apple’s best from last year.

Now, the A12 Bionic makes the iPhone XS even faster, widening the performance gap between Apple and everyone else. The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are clearly the fastest iPhones ever made, which also makes them the fastest phones ever made. Apple has managed to wring a little more battery life out of them, too.

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

PC World - Tue, 2018-09-25 17:37

It's really happening: CrashPlan is closing its personal backup service completely—yes, parent company Code42 is shutting down the servers—on October 23, 2018. If you’re still clinging to your CrashPlan account, now’s the time to figure out your next move.

We'll walk you through the major options. For full details, go to Code42’s CrashPlan transition support page.

Option 1: Migrate to CrashPlan for Small Business

You needn't leave CrashPlan at all if you migrate your account from CrashPlan for Home to CrashPlan for Small Business. Code42 is offering a 75-percent discount to migrating users for the first 12. After that, the Small Business Plan costs $10 per device per month.

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Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2070 launches on October 17. Will ray traced games be ready?

PC World - Tue, 2018-09-25 15:29

Everybody expected it when Nvidia announced the GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti at Gamescom. But Nvidia still pulled off a surprise, revealing the GeForce RTX 2070 at the same time—albeit without any concrete launch details whatsoever. Now, mere days before the slightly delayed RTX 2080 Ti hits the streets, Nvidia has announced release date information for the GeForce RTX 2070.  

The GeForce RTX 2070 will launch on October 17, Nvidia’s GeForce account tweeted today. The Founders Edition model will cost $599 on GeForce.com, with prices from third-party partners like EVGA, Asus, and Gigabyte starting at $499—at least in theory. In reality, we’ve seen custom cards treat the Nvidia Founders Edition cost as the true price baseline when new GPUs launch.  

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Join us on Wednesday, Sep. 26, at 10 a.m. Pacific

Mac World - Tue, 2018-09-25 15:00

We’ve had the new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max for a few days. We’ll talk about our experiences with the new phones. We also respond to your comments and questions for Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, Adam Patrick Murray, and Michael Simon in the Macworld Podcast, episode 623.

Watch us live

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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Twitter poll: Have you noticed better cellular speed with your new iPhone XS?

Mac World - Tue, 2018-09-25 14:59
Vote in our Twitter poll and leave a comment. We'll discuss the results on the Macworld Podcast on Wednesday, September 26, live on Twitter. (twitter.com)

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Microsoft upgrades Outlook Mobile, but restricting personal email may be one of the changes

PC World - Tue, 2018-09-25 14:08

If you’ve been using Microsoft Outlook’s mobile apps to straddle both your company and personal email accounts, be aware: at Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft announced changes that will help lock down Outlook Mobile as an enterprise-first solution.

Though nominally designed as a corporate email client, Outlook’s simple interface and relatively lax attitude to the accounts it’s connected to has made Outlook a good choice as a personal email app. Microsoft’s improving it, adding features normally associated with desktop Outlook, like shared calendars and (finally!) business-card scanning. But there may be a cost: Admins are gaining the right to lock out personal accounts, and have greater controls over who may receive sensitive information via email.

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Get a HomePod for $50 off at Costco today

Mac World - Tue, 2018-09-25 12:06

Luckily for all of us, the HomePod is no longer quite the disappointment it once was. Plug it in today, and you’ll find that it can make calls, announce your calendar appointments for the day, identify songs by their lyrics, and more. And, of course, it sounds great. It’s now a little easier to justifying paying the price Apple expects. That also means Costco’s current $50 discount for membersRemove non-product link sounds super appealing. Take advantage of it today, and you’ll get a space gray HomePod for just $305 (since you'll still have to pay $5 for shipping).

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Forza Horizon 4 review: Seasons and social hooks make the best arcade racer even better

PC World - Tue, 2018-09-25 11:26

“I see a festival that never ends, where you can be whatever you want to be. It’s not your dream holiday anymore. It’s your dream life.” Those lofty words are your introduction to Forza Horizon 4, and then you’re barreling down the road at 180 miles per hour, soundtrack thumping in your ears.

It’s an appropriate intro for a series that’s become as much about a lifestyle as anything else. If Forza Motorsport represents love for car racing—tuning the vehicle, nailing a tight sequence of turns, pushing your driving to its limits—Forza Horizon’s about a love of cars period. In an era where the automobile feels increasingly endangered (or even for many irrelevant) it’s Forza Horizon 4 that clings to the fantasy of driving a sports car down a sun-dappled road.

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Amazon's awesome Sabrent sale will add up to 10 USB ports to your PC or Mac for cheap

PC World - Tue, 2018-09-25 10:53

No matter which platform you use, we all have one thing in common: our PCs never have enough USB ports. Whether you need to charge or transfer files, Amazon has four different options from Sabrent on sale todayRemove non-product link, so you'll be able to add as many ports as you need for super cheap.

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Amazon's awesome Sabrent sale will add up to 10 USB ports to your PC or Mac for cheap

Mac World - Tue, 2018-09-25 10:53

No matter which platform you use, we all have one thing in common: our PCs never have enough USB ports. Whether you need to charge or transfer files, Amazon has four different options from Sabrent on sale todayRemove non-product link, so you'll be able to add as many ports as you need for super cheap.

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Deal alert: This lightweight Core i5-powered Lenovo Ideapad laptop is just $550 at Staples—$200 off

PC World - Tue, 2018-09-25 10:00

Laptop deals are harder to come by than the seemingly endless flow of SSD, graphics card, and display deals. But we’ve got a doozy of a notebook sale today. Staples is selling the 14-inch Lenovo Ideapad 530s for $550Remove non-product link, complete with a powerful 8th-gen Core i5 processor and a 1080p display.

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What to do when Photos for Mac says your external drive uses an unsupported format

Mac World - Tue, 2018-09-25 09:00

Macworld reader Carah received an error messages from Photos in macOS I’d never seen before—but which is fortunately easily diagnosed and solved.

Carah was trying to free up space on her internal disk drive, as it was nearly full, so followed instructions in another Mac 911 column on copying Photos libraries to an external drive.

After completing the copying and launching Photos with the Option key held down to select her new external library, Photos gave her an error on selection: “The library ‘library name’ is stored on a drive that uses an unsupported disk format. To access this library, copy it to the internal drive on your Mac or to a drive that uses a supported format.”

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What Apple’s ‘background tag reading’ NFC update means for you and businesses

Mac World - Tue, 2018-09-25 08:00

Apple showed off many new features of the new iPhone during its “Gather round” event earlier this month, but there’s one major update that didn’t make it to the main stage. It was an update to the iPhone’s NFC (near field communication) support, the tech that lets you scan your iPhone to checkout through Apple Pay.

Before iOS 12, users of NFC-equipped iPhones needed to open an app to access this feature. But the day after its event, Apple told developers that iOS 12 would support NFC “background tag reading” on the new iPhones, meaning once these iPhones are unlocked after booting up they constantly scan for NFC tags.

With the new NFC implementation, as long as an iPhone XS or XR is within 1.6-inches of an NFC tag, it displays a notification you can tap to open an app or link in Safari.

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Best robot vacuums: We name the most effective cleaners

PC World - Tue, 2018-09-25 07:57
Vacuuming is one of the most hated household chores. Here are your best choices for outsourcing it to some automated help.

Best robot vacuums: We name the most effective cleaners

Mac World - Tue, 2018-09-25 07:57
Vacuuming is one of the most hated household chores. Here are your best choices for outsourcing it to some automated help.

How to watch the MLB playoffs and the World Series without cable

PC World - Tue, 2018-09-25 07:30
Don't miss a postseason pitch, read our cord-cutter's guide to the 2018 MLB playoffs and the World Series.

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