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Four reasons to buy an Always-Connected PC

PC World - Mon, 2019-07-01 23:00

Laptops have always been a perfect blend of portability and power, making them the ideal solution for working whether you’re at home, in the office or out on the road. But, unlike smartphones and some tablets which have LTE capabilities, most laptops can’t stray too far from a coffee shop, hotel, or your apartment before they go offline. That’s where Always-Connected PCs come in, bringing with them the biggest step forward in mobile technology since the introduction of the smartphone itself. No Wi-FI? No problem. You can connect select HP laptops securely wherever work takes you on America's most reliable network, Verizon*. 

Work wherever you want 

As an Always-Connected PC uses its own LTE data, it means you can work, access the web and stay in touch with people while you’re on the bus, in the park, or anywhere you can get a signal – just like a smartphone.  

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Microsoft's fall release of Windows 10 will be deliberately anticlimactic

PC World - Mon, 2019-07-01 18:25

If you’ve been wondering what Microsoft’s next feature release of Windows 10—19H2—has in store, the answer is: not much.

Microsoft said Monday that the upcoming 19H2 release, due in September, will include “a scoped set of features for select performance improvements, enterprise features and quality enhancements.” The goal appears to be to enhance what’s already in Windows, with an eye toward enterprise and partner deployments, rather than add consumer-facing features.

As part of that schedule, Microsoft said that it will release new 19H2 builds as part of the Slow Ring, the counterpart to the “Fast Ring” of Windows 10 Insider releases. Each build will be deployed as a cumulative update—a patch, in other words, rather than an entirely new build. The first of these, Build 18362.1, was made available to users on Monday. “This update contains two behind-the-scenes changes designed for OEMs and does not contain anything visible to Insiders,” the company said.

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Microsoft's October release of Windows 10 will be deliberately anticlimactic

PC World - Mon, 2019-07-01 18:25

If you’ve been wondering what Microsoft’s next feature release of Windows 10—19H2—has in store, the answer is: not much.

Microsoft said Monday that the upcoming 19H2 release, due in September, will include “a scoped set of features for select performance improvements, enterprise features and quality enhancements.” The goal appears to be to enhance what’s already in Windows, with an eye toward enterprise and partner deployments, rather than add consumer-facing features.

As part of that schedule, Microsoft said that it will release new 19H2 builds as part of the Slow Ring, the counterpart to the “Fast Ring” of Windows 10 Insider releases. Each build will be deployed as a cumulative update—a patch, in other words, rather than an entirely new build. The first of these, Build 18362.1, was made available to users on Monday. “This update contains two behind-the-scenes changes designed for OEMs and does not contain anything visible to Insiders,” the company said.

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Tobii lands former Intel PC chip VP to push eye tracking mainstream

PC World - Mon, 2019-07-01 17:51

Eye-tracking tech provider Tobii said Monday that it has named Anand Srivatsa, the former vice president of Intel’s Client Computing Group, as Tobii Technology’s new chief executive. 

Tobii Technology is the consumer-oriented division of the larger Tobii Group, which also has two other divisions. Srivatsa’s role will be to bring Tobii’s eye-tracking technology to new PCs and consumer devices. Henrik Eskilsson, CEO of the Tobii Group, took over the duties of chief executive of Tobii Technology temporarily and will hand the reins to Srivatsa on August 12, and return to running the Tobii Group.

Tobii said that they hired Srivatsa because he essentially performed the same role at Intel: leading the Client Computing Group, Srivatsa worked with PC markers to ensure design wins with Intel chipsets and processors. Srivatsa will be responsible for working with those same customers to build in Tobii’s eye tracking, too.

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Best power banks of 2019: The top USB portable chargers for your phone

Mac World - Mon, 2019-07-01 13:24
These USB battery packs from Anker, Mophie, Xiaomi, and others will keep your Android or Apple phone charged while you're on the go.

Best power banks of 2019: The top USB portable chargers for your phone

PC World - Mon, 2019-07-01 13:24

Anyone who uses a smartphone knows the importance of carrying a backup power bank. But given the large number of options on Amazon, you might feel overwhelmed, understandably. Besides the various charging specs, ports, and even cables you have to consider, there are a ton of competing brands. It’s common to see products from Anker, Mophie, and MyCharge, but how do you know which ones deliver on their promises? Is it worth saving a few bucks if a battery pack’s performance is lacking?

As for the latter, be advised: Amazon voluntarily recalled six different models of its AmazonBasics-branded external power banks after they were found to potentially overheat.

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iOS 13: How to use a mouse with your iPad or iPhone

Mac World - Mon, 2019-07-01 07:00

A vocal number of heavy-duty iPad users have begged for mouse support on the iPad for years, and that support is finally coming with iPadOS 13 this fall. A little surprisingly, iOS 13 also brings mouse support to the iPhone.

It’s not so surprising, though, that Apple chose to bury it deep within the iPhone and iPad’s Accessibility settings. And when you do hook up a mouse through a Bluetooth or wired connection, you’ll still have to deal with an ugly circular cursor that’s meant to mimic a human fingerprint and a few interface complications. We’re glad the feature’s here, but it doesn’t quite work the way we’d hoped. (It is, after all, designed as an Accessibility feature.)

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OmniCharge Omni 20+ Power Bank review: A one-stop shop for all your charging needs

PC World - Mon, 2019-07-01 06:30

The OmniCharge Omni 20+ is a successful follow up to the Omni 20, simply because OmniCharge no longer has different models of the same charger with different ports and connections. With the 20+, you get two USB QC 3.0 ports, a USB-C port with PD up to 60W, a DC port with up to 100W output, a standard 120V AC outlet, and wireless charging. If that sounds like a lot, that’s because it is—and you’re going to pay for it—the Omni 20+ is priced at $199.

Note: This review is part of our roundup of portable power banks. Go there for details on competing products and our testing methods.

Despite the number of ports and connections, the Omni 20+ is still small enough to carry around in a backpack or big purse. It measures 5.0 x 4.8 x 1.1-inches. Weighing 1.4-pounds, you’re going to notice a difference when toting it around.

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Bose Home Speaker 300 review: A versatile smart speaker begging to be compared to the Sonos One

Mac World - Mon, 2019-07-01 06:00
The newest (and smallest) addition to Bose’s smart speaker line sounds sweet, speaks both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and encourages the building out of a Bose-based multi-room audio system.

JustPlay review: Slick media player shines where QuickTime Player is weak

Mac World - Mon, 2019-07-01 06:00

For modern Mac users, the imminent demise of venerable QuickTime 7 is unlikely to ruffle too many feathers. After all, the media player lacked the simplistic elegance of successor QuickTime X, despite richer codec support and pro capabilities like the ability to add and remove audio tracks. Worse yet, Apple has yet to bring feature parity to the updated QuickTime Player a decade after its introduction.

This glaring oversight paves the way for third-party Mac media player apps like JustPlay, a lightweight alternative capable of playing nearly any kind of video or audio you can throw at it, from Apple-friendly MP4 and MOV (including ProRes) to pesky AVI and MKV files, all without conversions or installing codecs.

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Bose Home Speaker 300 review: A versatile smart speaker begging to be compared to the Sonos One

PC World - Mon, 2019-07-01 06:00
The newest (and smallest) addition to Bose’s smart speaker line sounds sweet, speaks both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and encourages the building out of a Bose-based multi-room audio system.

LG Gram 2-in-1 review: A convertible laptop with plenty to like

PC World - Mon, 2019-07-01 06:00

Convertible laptops usually come with more compromises than the LG Gram 2-in-1 does.

Despite having a 14-inch screen, the LG Gram 2-in-1 (model 14T990) is lighter than most 13-inch notebooks. It spares you the thick display bezels and performance drawbacks that often apply to laptops with 360-degree rotating screens. It doesn’t even suffer from weak battery life or limited ports.

These qualities literally come at a high price, though, with the LG Gram 2-in-1 retailing for $1,500. While that’s reasonable for a laptop with an Intel Core i7 processor and 512GB of storage, you can’t configure cheaper models by cutting back on storage or CPU speeds.

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The Huawei rollercoaster continues as Google gets a green light to license Android again

PC World - Sat, 2019-06-29 08:35

Barely a month after the U.S. government placed a ban on companies doing business with Huawei due to an unspecified national security threat, President Donald Trump has seemingly softened his hard stance. In a press conference at the G20 Conference Saturday, he announced that “American companies will continue” to do business with the beleaguered telecom giant.

While it’s unclear whether that extends to the 5G network technology that Huawei is developing, it most certainly applies to Google and Android. Under the terms of the previous ban, Google was barred from selling an Android license to Huawei, meaning its phones could use the base open-source code, but would not have access to the all-important Play Store and Google apps.

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Valve Index review: The new bar for VR headsets

PC World - Fri, 2019-06-28 13:00

Last month we put out some initial impressions of Valve’s new Index virtual reality headset. I’ve now used it off-and-on in my home for about a month, and the first units are going out to consumers, which means it’s time for a proper review.

It’s a bit odd though, reviewing the Index. Valve’s hands-off approach to its hardware, its lead-and-the-developers-will-follow mindset, means the Index’s first few steps into the limelight are more tepid than I would’ve liked. The hardware is great. The software support so far? Less so.

The knock-on effect is that at release, the Index headset feels like a great investment, an incremental but significant step forward for those who want the best fidelity money can buy. The so-called “Knuckles” Index Controllers are supposed to be the draw though, and are undercut by the fact few games support them. They may become must-have peripherals eventually, but you’re going to have to take on faith that developers will do the work.

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Valve Index Controllers review: These revolutionary VR controllers need patience to hit full potential

PC World - Fri, 2019-06-28 13:00

Last month we put out some initial impressions of Valve’s new Index virtual reality headset. I’ve now used it off-and-on in my home for about a month, and the first units are going out to consumers, which means it’s time for a proper review.

It’s a bit odd though, reviewing the Index. Valve’s hands-off approach to its hardware, its lead-and-the-developers-will-follow mindset, means the Index’s first few steps into the limelight are more tepid than I would’ve liked. The hardware is great. The software support so far? Less so.

The knock-on effect is that at release, the Index headset feels like a great investment, an incremental but significant step forward for those who want the best fidelity money can buy. The so-called “Knuckles” Index Controllers are supposed to be the draw though, and are undercut by the fact few games support them. They may become must-have peripherals eventually, but you’re going to have to take on faith that developers will do the work.

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15-inch MacBook Pro Battery Recall Program FAQ: Everything you need to know

PC World - Fri, 2019-06-28 09:20
Apple has issued a recall for the 15-inch MacBook Pro. Here's how to find out if your model is affected and how to get it fixed.

15-inch MacBook Pro Battery Recall Program FAQ: Everything you need to know

Mac World - Fri, 2019-06-28 09:20

Apple has announced a recall for “a limited number of older generation” 15-inch MacBook Pro models due to a possible fire risk. Here’s how to determine if your model is affected and how to get it fixed:

Why is Apple issuing the recall?

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission “has received 26 reports of the laptop’s battery overheating, including five reports of minor burns and one report of smoke inhalation, as well as 17 reports of minor damage to nearby personal property.”

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Jony Ive’s departure from Apple is an even bigger test than losing Steve Jobs

Mac World - Fri, 2019-06-28 08:00

On Thursday, Apple announced that design chief Jony Ive was departing as an employee of Apple after almost 30 years with the company, during which he spearheaded the design for iconic products ranging from the iMac to the iPhone. It doesn’t appear to have been a hostile departure, as Apple’s official press release states that Ive is forming an independent design company which will count Apple among its primary clients.” Technically we’re not yet looking at a totally Jony Ive-free Apple, but it’s easy to get the impression that we might as well be.

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The crazy one: 10 wild, bold, and daring Apple designs only Jony Ive could dream up

Mac World - Fri, 2019-06-28 07:00

Less than 10 years after Steve Jobs passed away, Apple is faced with another difficult transition. Sir Jony Ive, Apple’s design guru since the days of the Newton MessagePad, announced that he will be leaving the company as an employee to form an independent design company, of which Apple will be a client.

While he’s not leaving altogether, his departure from Apple Park will leave an indelible mark on the company, not unlike the iPhone, iPad, and iMacs he leaves behind. Here are 10 of Jony Ive’s most daring designs.

eMate 300 Ryan Schultz

Back before the Blueberry iBook was a thing, Jony Ive designed a super-portable laptop with a curvy design, translucent case, and clamshell cover called the eMate 3000. Aimed at the education market, it was a short-lived outlier in a sea of boring beige and black cases, but it gave us a peek into the mind of the man who would blow our minds with the iMac just a year later.

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The best PC games of 2019 (so far)

PC World - Fri, 2019-06-28 06:03

Wow, look at the time! I think I say this every year, but I can’t believe we’re halfway through 2019 already. And it’s been a busy 2019 as well. This list of the best games of the year so far is already so strong, it feels like a proper end-of-2019 Game of the Year list. Hell, I had to cut some perfectly deserving games because we ran out of space. In June.

And it’s only going to get worse from here, with high-profile releases like Doom Eternal and Control still to come in 2019. And then 2020’s spring gauntlet of Cyberpunk 2077, Dying Light 2, Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2, Watch Dogs Legion, and on and on.

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