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Surfshark review: A solid VPN newcomer with some nice features

Mac World - 1 hour 31 min ago

Every time you turn around there’s a new VPN service wanting to protect your web browsing. A recent newcomer is Surfshark, which debuted in 2018. Based in the British Virgin Islands, with most of its team scattered around Europe and elsewhere, Surfshark is already offering a fair amount for its fee.

The company has more than 500 servers in 49 country locations. It promises to let you watch Netflix U.S. (as well as France and Japan for that matter), and it has extra features such as multi-hop VPN connections, ad and tracker blocking, and unlimited simultaneous devices. Sounds like a good one, but is the product as good as its stats suggest? Let’s take a look.

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Windows Sandbox: How to use Microsoft's simple virtual Windows PC to secure your digital life

PC World - 1 hour 45 min ago

Microsoft may be positioning its upcoming, easy-peasy Windows Sandbox within the Windows 10 May 2019 Update as a safe zone for testing untrusted applications, but it’s much more than that. Windows Sandbox, and sandboxing PC apps in general, give you a solution for trying a “utility” that may be malware, or a website that you’re not sure about. You could leave those potentially dangerous elements alone, but with Sandbox, you can be a little more adventurous. 

Windows Sandbox creates a secure “Windows within Windows” virtual machine environment entirely from scratch, and walls it off from your “real” PC. You can open a browser and surf securely, download apps, even visit websites that you probably shouldn’t. Sandbox also includes a unique convenience: you can copy files in and out of the virtual PC, bringing them out of quarantine if you’re absolutely sure they’re safe.

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How Google's rift with Huawei could change Android and smartphones forever

PC World - 2 hours 31 min ago

A bad month has just gotten a whole lot worse for Huawei. According to a Reuters report and confirmed by the two companies, Google is preparing to cut off the China-based smartphone maker’s Android license, preventing future Huawei phones (such as the upcoming Mate 30) from using the Play Store and Google’s popular apps and services.

The bombshell comes just days after President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order barring U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment made by firms that “pose a national security risk.” While the order didn’t single out Huawei, the Commerce Department simultaneously added Huawei to its Entity List, effectively banning the smartphone maker from buying parts and components from U.S. companies without explicit government approval. Together, the two moves make it extremely difficult for any U.S. company to do business with Huawei.

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Hyperbolic style: All Apple decisions are terrible

Mac World - 2 hours 31 min ago

It’s another week and another example of how Apple’s design choices must be seen as the worst thing ever.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and penny-farthing ride-sharing network, Gordon Kelly tells us how an “Apple Insider Corroborates Ugly New iPhone Designs.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @designheretic, Matt and Alberto.)

Yes, according to several rumors, including some images posted by Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, this year’s crop of iPhones will feature square camera bumps to house the three cameras that will be on some models. And, as we learned with the Apple Watch flop, squares are inherently hideous. This is just a fact of geometry, people.

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BrandPost: Use GPU-accelerated VideoProc to easily process 4K video, audio, and DVDs

PC World - Mon, 2019-05-20 17:47

More and more people are using mobile phones, 4K ultra high-definition (UHD) cameras, GoPro action cameras, drones, and other devices to shoot exciting video. But when it comes to sharing and displaying the output, the results can often be disappointing, lacking the polish of professional footage. Now, whether you’re a novice or a pro, you can take advantage of VideoProc on your Windows PC to utilize full hardware acceleration to process and touch up your footage.

Turning raw footage into polished videos

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BrandPost: VideoProc facilitates 4K video processing on Mac with full GPU acceleration

Mac World - Mon, 2019-05-20 17:47

More and more people are using iPhones, iPads, cameras, drones, and other devices to shoot exciting video. But the thought of sitting down to edit raw footage into content you’re proud to share can be daunting. Whether you’re a novice or a pro,VideoProc provides an easier and faster way to process various media files on your Mac, taking advantage of full hardware acceleration to process and touch up your footage.

Lots of video, much of it raw

Consumers have ready access to a wide variety of devices to shoot video. But raw footage is called that for a reason—nobody really wants to view unedited, shaky video. VideoProc is one-stop video editing software that makes it easy to edit, convert, resize, and adjust 4K ultra high-definition (UHD) videos, DVDs, and music to produce a polished video you’d be happy to share.

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Need your dragon fix after Game of Thrones’ finale? Head to Elder Scrolls Online’s Elsweyr expansion

Mac World - Mon, 2019-05-20 14:06
Dragons steal the spotlight again in Elder Scrolls Online's Elsweyr expansion, and there are plenty of politics and undead, too.

Need your dragon fix after Game of Thrones’ finale? Head to Elder Scrolls Online’s Elsweyr expansion

PC World - Mon, 2019-05-20 14:06

ZeniMax Online either has an impeccable sense of timing, or it’s so lucky that all its employees should go buy lottery tickets this second. The smoke and memes have barely cleared in the aftermath of last night’s series finale of Game of Thrones, and yet, mere hours later, ZeniMax is kicking open the gates of early access for Elder Scrolls Online’s Elsweyr expansion ahead of its official release next Monday. (Only for PC and Mac users, though—if you’re on a console, you’ll have to wait until next week.)

Elsweyr is a perfect chaser for HBO’s tale of politics and fantastic beasts. You’ll see dragons, for one, and lots of them. You’ll find family members with decidedly different opinions about the invasion of a city, and you’ll even find an army of the undead worked into the mix. And if that all sounds a little too familiar, get this: Elsweyr’s also got a bunch of cat people. And we all know how much the Internet loves its cats.

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Report: Some Apple Watch Series 3 repairs to get Series 4 replacements

Mac World - Mon, 2019-05-20 12:48

If you take your broken Apple Watch Series 3 in for repair, there’s a chance that you might get a Series 4 watch back. That is according to a report form 9to5Mac.

The site’s sources claim that an internal memo was sent to Apple Store repair staff and Apple’s Authorized Service Providers, letting them know that there are shortages of parts for the Apple Watch Series 3 Stainless Steel (GPS + Cellular) model, and that some of the replacements will be fulfilled by the comparable Series 4 model instead.

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Save $100 on the luxurious Bowers & Wilkins PX Active noise-cancelling wireless headphones

Mac World - Mon, 2019-05-20 11:36

A solid set of noise-cancelling headphones can be a lifesaver in offices, commutes, homes, and all the other noisy places you spend your life. And today, you can get one of our favorite pairs, the luxurious Bowers & Wilkins PX Active noise-cancelling wireless headphones, for $300 on Amazon. That’s down from a list price of $400 and the lowest we’ve ever seen them.

“The Bowers & Wilkins PX headphones’ excellent audio fidelity and solid noise cancellation make these a set of headphones all but the most fussy audiophiles will be happy to own,” we declared in a glowing 4-star review of this headset.

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Save $100 on the luxurious Bowers & Wilkins PX Active noise-cancelling wireless headphones

PC World - Mon, 2019-05-20 11:36

A solid set of noise-cancelling headphones can be a lifesaver in offices, commutes, homes, and all the other noisy places you spend your life. And today, you can get one of our favorite pairs, the luxurious Bowers & Wilkins PX Active noise-cancelling wireless headphones, for $300 on Amazon. That’s down from a list price of $400 and the lowest we’ve ever seen them.

“The Bowers & Wilkins PX headphones’ excellent audio fidelity and solid noise cancellation make these a set of headphones all but the most fussy audiophiles will be happy to own,” we declared in a glowing 4-star review of this headset.

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Google pulls Huawei's Android license: 5 reasons not to panic (yet) if you own a Huawei phone

PC World - Mon, 2019-05-20 11:07

The future just got a little dicey for millions of Huawei fans. Following a Trump administration Executive Order last week that put Huawei in the U.S. government’s crosshairs, Google has reportedly pulled its Android app, search, and Play Store license from the smartphone giant, leaving future phones in doubt and current handsets in limbo while the details get sorted out.

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Logitech's couch-friendly K600 TV keyboard has never been this cheap

Mac World - Mon, 2019-05-20 09:59

If you’ve been pining for a couch-friendly keyboard with an integrated trackpad for the living room, today’s your lucky day. Amazon dropped the price of the Logitech K600 TV keyboard to $50. That’s down from a $70 list price, and the $60 street price this keyboard recently hovered around.

The keyboard has a 15 meter wireless range using an included USB dongle. It works with Windows and Mac PCs, as well as Android and iOS devices. Being a living room-focused peripheral, the Logitech K600 can also connect directly to select smart TVs, including Samsung Tizen-based units from 2016, LG TVs rocking webOS 2016 or newer, and Sony Bravia sets running Android TV 2016 and up.

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Logitech's couch-friendly K600 TV keyboard has never been this cheap

PC World - Mon, 2019-05-20 09:59

If you’ve been pining for a couch-friendly keyboard with an integrated trackpad for the living room, today’s your lucky day. Amazon dropped the price of the Logitech K600 TV keyboard to $50. That’s down from a $70 list price, and the $60 street price this keyboard recently hovered around.

The keyboard has a 15 meter wireless range using an included USB dongle. It works with Windows and Mac PCs, as well as Android and iOS devices. Being a living room-focused peripheral, the Logitech K600 can also connect directly to select smart TVs, including Samsung Tizen-based units from 2016, LG TVs rocking webOS 2016 or newer, and Sony Bravia sets running Android TV 2016 and up.

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The Lutron Aurora handily solves the smart bulb, dumb switch predicament

Mac World - Mon, 2019-05-20 09:00
This battery-powered dimmer retrofits toggle switches controlling Philips Hue and other Zigbee smart bulbs, so they can’t be turned off by accident.

The Lutron Aurora handily solves the smart bulb, dumb switch predicament

PC World - Mon, 2019-05-20 09:00
This battery-powered dimmer retrofits toggle switches controlling Philips Hue and other Zigbee smart bulbs, so they can’t be turned off by accident.

CleanMyMac X 4.4.1 review: Some handy tools but its malware dictation still falls short

Mac World - Mon, 2019-05-20 08:00

MacPaw has shot for the stars with its new version of CleanMyMac X, its catch-all Mac utility that serves as a software crud and gunk remover, as well as a malware scanner, macOS extensions manager, and a universal updater for your installed applications.

Since my initial review of CleanMyMac X, MacPaw made some nice improvements, although some features still fall short of what they could be.

Handy modules

MacPaw set out to make its Menu Bar utility much better and has succeeded. A quick click on the icon reveals handy information such as how much space is left on each of your drive partitions, your Mac’s CPU load, how much RAM is available, your computer’s operating temperature, and other useful information. This is a nice touch and the menu can be customized as you see fit.

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FileShadow review: 100GB of free online storage plus local data backup and consolidation

PC World - Mon, 2019-05-20 07:07

FileShadow is a free backup program that's grown up. It started as a very nice cloud storage consolidator with advanced search and sharing abilities. It could transfer from various online storage services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive to its own facilities, as well as tag photos and perform OCR on your PDFs. Good stuff, but not PC backup. 

Stop the presses! Or actually, start them up: The company has added both Windows and macOS backup clients. Good thing—free 100GB storage accounts don’t grow on trees these days. 

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best free backup services. Go there for information on competing products and how we tested them. 

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12 little-known Apple Watch features you should start using

Mac World - Mon, 2019-05-20 07:00

The Apple Watch is a marvel of miniaturization and can do so much. It’s no wonder it’s the most popular watch in the world. But the tiny display and simple controls don’t leave a lot of room for tutorials and explainers. 

Many of the best, most useful features and controls for the Apple Watch are, not exactly hidden, but at least hard to discover.

Take screenshots

Want to brag about that epic workout session or high score in an Apple Watch game? Taking a screenshot on your Apple Watch is simple. Just press and hold the side button and tap the digital crown (you can usually trigger it by simply tapping both buttons at once, which is easier since they’re on the same side of the watch).

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How to use Siri for hands-free Apple TV control

PC World - Mon, 2019-05-20 06:00
Siri can control your Apple TV with hands-free voice commands. Here's how.

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