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Microsoft cracks the top 5 U.S. PC vendors, but Intel CPU shortages could bring more change

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-11 10:46

Microsoft’s Surface has moved from breaking trail to setting the pace in the U.S. PC market, as the company cracked the top five PC vendors for the third quarter, according to research firm Gartner. But other forces could shake things up even more in the months to come.

Gartner predicts that Intel's CPU shortages will persist until 2019, yet have no apparent effects on PC demand. AMD will simply pick up Intel’s slack while Intel prioritizes the high-end PC market, the firm said. For that matter, Windows PCs aren’t even showing the strongest growth. That crown goes to Chromebooks, which grew by double digits within the U.S., Gartner said.

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Google's Pixel 3 XL notch 'fix' is dumb and you should just buy a regular Pixel 3 instead

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-11 10:05

The Pixel 3 XL hasn't even gone on sale yet and a lot of words have been written about the notch. I know, because I've written many of them. The controversy over the Pixel 3 XL's extra-large notch will surely rage on for weeks to come, at least until the next tech tumult takes hold of our attention.

In response to the outcry, Google has offered a solution. Sort of. In a tweet from the Made by Google account, the company confirmed that there will be an option to hide the display cutout on the Pixel 3 XL for those who prefer "a more traditional smartphone look." Or, you know, one that's not ugly as hell.

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Pick up Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 for 15 percent off before it launches tonight

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-11 09:43

Activision’s highly anticipated launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is just hours away–the official launch is the stroke of midnight (Eastern time) on October 12. If you’ve already picked up your Call Of Duty PC flair, but haven’t got the actual game yet, you can snag it at a discount before the servers go live. Green Man Gaming is selling Black Ops 4 for $51 right nowRemove non-product link.

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The real winners: You won’t believe who’s supposedly beating Apple

Mac World - Thu, 2018-10-11 09:00

In all the hoopla over Apple’s new phones and the recently alleged data breaches reported by Bloomberg and refuted by many, it’s nice to know that we can figure out who the real winners are.

Let The Macalope just look at it here…

[puts on reading glasses, squints at paper]

Says “BlackBerry and Nokia.”

Huh.

OK. Yes. That certainly makes sense.

[takes off glasses, puts down piece of paper, lies down in a forest and lets the trees slowly subsume him]

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How to get out of iOS public beta program

Mac World - Thu, 2018-10-11 08:00

Apple encourages people with the time and tolerance for mild risk to join its iOS and macOS public beta programs each summer after it announces updates the Worldwide Developer Conference. This year’s batch were remarkably stable and consistent, which offered a great experience.

Even though iOS 12 is officially here, if you're still in the beta program, you will get beta of iOS 12 updates. For example, Apple recently gave notice that a 12.1 beta would be installed if beta program participants had auto-updates turned on. How to get off this update conveyor belt? Macworld reader Jason wrote in with just that question.

It’s easy:

  1. Open Settings and navigate to General > Profile.
  2. Tap the iOS 12 Beta Software Profile.
  3. Tap Remove Profile.
  4. Enter your passcode if prompted.
  5. Tap Remove to confirm.

If you want to re-enroll, visit the Apple Beta Software Program page and follow the steps to install that profile again.

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Google's lost year in TV

Mac World - Thu, 2018-10-11 07:00
Despite a new Chromecast and Android TV box, Google seems starved for ideas.

iDevices Thermostat review: This inexpensive smart thermostat works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri, too

Mac World - Thu, 2018-10-11 07:00
Whether your smart home uses an Amazon Echo, Google Home, or Apple HomePod, this budget-priced thermostat will fit right in.

Google's lost year in TV

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-11 07:00
Despite a new Chromecast and Android TV box, Google seems starved for ideas.

iDevices Thermostat review: This inexpensive smart thermostat works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri, too

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-11 07:00
Whether your smart home uses an Amazon Echo, Google Home, or Apple HomePod, this budget-priced thermostat will fit right in.

6 improvements we’d like to see in the Apple Pencil 2

Mac World - Thu, 2018-10-11 06:00

You might be excited about the new rumors dropping for the upcoming iPad Pro refresh, but I’m here salivating over the crumbs of info regarding the next Apple Pencil. To be frank, they’re not particularly filling: Monday’s report from 9to5Mac mainly claimed the next stylus would be easier to pair with an iPad, much as we see with the AirPods and HomePod. That’s cool and all, but the more I think about it, the more I’m surprised this feature wasn’t in at launch.

I’m not surprised the details are so scant. After all, the Apple Pencil is already close to perfect. The heft is spot-on. It comes closer to translating the feel of a real pen or pencil than any other stylus I’ve used. I feel as though I’m creating something, rather than merely using a tool for input.

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Kaspersky Total Security 2019 review: A fantastic security suite available at a better price

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-11 06:00

So here we are. The most awkward antivirus review ever. I mean how do you review a security platform that was accused of being a proxy for an unfriendly government just one year ago? Kaspersky Lab denies the allegations, but regardless of what the truth is, the accusation is out there.

Now, one of the first things many Americans think of when it comes to Kaspersky is Russian espionage. 

The reality is we have no way of ascertaining the truth so we’re going to do our best to set aside the controversy. This review is not going to weigh the spying accusations into the score. We’ll look at this suite like we would any other, and then leave it to you to weigh the other considerations—though we do have a helpful article on the Kaspersky controversy with advice from experts.

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The Razer Blade 15 Base Model is actually affordable

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-10 23:00

'Razer' and 'affordable' go together about as well as 'Apple' and 'affordable.' That all changed Wednesday night when Razer introduced the Razer Blade 15 Base Model gaming laptop.

The Razer Blade 15 Base Model with 8th-gen Core i7-8750H, GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q 16GB of RAM, 128GB SSD, and 1TB hard drive will be available starting Wednesday night for $1,599. The company also has a configuration for $1,799 that doubles the SSD and hard drive capacities.

If spending less than $1,600 for a gaming laptop is beneath you, Razer also announced a special edition of the Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model in all-white. Called the Razer Blade 15 Mercury White Limited Edition, the laptop clones the specs of the current Advanced Edition except for the white aluminum shell and non-backlit logo on the lid.

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Razer Phone 2 hands-on: The first gaming phone gets better

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-10 23:00

It was only last year that Razer finalized its purchase of Nextbit and quickly released the Razer Phone—the world’s first gaming-centric smartphone. This year’s Razer Phone 2 maintains its focus on the unique design language and hardcore internals we loved, while refining key weaknesses and adding RGB for maximum ‘tude. My colleague Gordon Mah Ung and I got some hands-on time with the Razer Phone 2 a couple of weeks before launch—and even though it looks similar to last year’s version, it’s been reworked from the inside out.

Razer Phone 2 specs and features

Announced Wednesday, the Razer Phone 2 will be priced at $800 and will be available for pre-order soon. Below are the main Razer Phone 2 specs (look for camera specs later in the story):

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PCWorld's October Digital Magazine: Acer's Predator X27 gaming monitor

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-10 18:39

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 October issue

The October issue features a review of the Acer Predator X27: 4K, 144Hz G-Sync HDR is the Holy Grail of gaming monitors. Find out how memory bandwidth is killing AMD's 32-core Threadripper performance. Plus, learn how to control your TV with Alexa.

Other highlights include:

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Report: Apple to give away its original TV programs, offer third-party subscription 'channels'

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-10 17:46

Apple has been hard at work building a stable of original TV content: shows, series, and movies. Though the company hasn’t officially announced any of its shows (beyond the maligned Planet of the Apps and the currently-running Carpool Karaoke), the Hollywood trade press has uncovered more than two dozen projects in various stages of development.

Now, CNBC claims to have insider information regarding how much Apple’s new video service will cost and how it will be structured. And it’s good news for those who already have Apple products: It’s going to be free

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USB-C on the iPad Pro: What it could mean for users

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-10 15:00

The rumors of new iPad Pros keep swirling. Most recently we got a report from 9to5Mac saying that the new iPads would break with past models in several ways, including support for a new Apple Pencil, removing a physical home button in favor of Face ID, replacing the Smart Connector with a new magnetic connector, and replacing Lightning with USB-C.

Would this the beginning of a transition away from Lightning? Or is it another way for Apple to reinforce that the iPad Pro is more like a computer and less like an iPhone? Moving the iPad Pro to USB-C is potentially a huge move—though it’s also potentially a whole lot of nothing. Let’s take a look at the possibilities.

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Clip Studio Paint Pro, The Renowned Animation Software, Is 50% Off Today ($30)

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-10 14:38

There are dozens of ways to enjoy hand-drawn media such as manga and webcomics nowadays, and their rise in popularity has inspired hundreds of creators to draw their own comics and art. However, with hundreds of drawing apps available, it can be hard to choose the right one for you. If you’re looking for a popular, robust digital drawing tool, Clip Studio Paint has you covered with Pro and Ex editions for $29.99 and $109.99 respectively.

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Get A Lifetime Of Microsoft Office Training For Just $29

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-10 14:37

Chances are most of us have used Microsoft Office at one point in our careers, but most of us hardly scratch its surface. The truth is that Office offers much more functionality than meets the eye, and mastering it can make you a huge asset in any workspace. This Microsoft Office Mastery Bundle can help you do so for $29.

This bundle contains 7 courses spanning SharePoint, PowerPoint, Outlook, Word, and Excel, some of Office’s most widely used programs. Microsoft Word: Beginner To Intermediate is a good course to start off with if you don’t have much experience in Office programs in general; here, you’ll explore several tools to help you get the most out of Word, such as using macros to automate tasks, or adding tables, graphs, images, and graphics to enhance your Word documents.

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Intel Z390 motherboards revealed: What's inside Intel's new high-end chipset

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-10 13:44

A new chip demands a new motherboard chipset, and this week, Intel and its partners revealed a wide array of Z390 motherboards to accompany the new 9th-gen Core processors. Z390 builds atop the foundation set by existing Z370 boards, but its capabilities come as no surprise, as Intel published documentation detailing the high-end chipset all the way back in May. Nevertheless, Z390’s arrival gives Intel a new flagship motherboard lineup and should finally bring the bizarre, drawn-out saga of Intel 300-series motherboards to a cohesive close.

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Google Pixel 3 XL vs Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone XS Max: Which $1,000 phone is worth it?

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-10 12:30
The iPhone XS isn't so lonely anymore: The Google Pixel 3 XL has joined the Galaxy Note 9 in the four-figure realm. But how does it stack up?

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