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Nest Hub Max is the smart display Google should have started with

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-07 16:00
Google finally builds a smart display with a camera as it consolidates its smart home efforts under the Nest brand.

6 new Android Q features we can't wait to try (after the Dark Theme)

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-07 15:54

To celebrate the 10th major release of Android, Google has a present for all of us: a dark theme. After several starts and stops and half-efforts, Google is finally bringing full dark mode to all Android Q phones, and from what we’ve seen, it’s glorious. 

But while dark mode will probably be the most popular feature of Android Q, it’s only a small part of what the next-generation OS will deliver. From security and privacy to folding screens and 5G, Android Q is packed with features that will transform your phone. Here are the six features we’re most excited about (other than that sweet, sweet dark theme) after witnessing the Google I/O keynote on Tuesday:

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Google's next-gen Assistant blows past Siri with 10x speeds and deeper awareness of your life

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-07 15:49

Sayonara, Siri. During Google’s I/O keynote on Tuesday, the company revealed several jaw-dropping new features coming to Google Assistant, and the AI-enhanced software on Android phones appears ready to run laps around Apple’s still-too-simple rival. Google calls it “the next-generation Assistant.”

The secret sauce? Moving Google Assistant’s processing from the cloud to your device. CEO Sundar Pichai claims that the company managed to condense Assistant’s speech recognition models from 100GB in size all the way down to a mere 50MB, letting it run directly on your phone. “This breakthrough enabled us to create a next-generation Assistant that processes speech on-device at nearly zero latency, with transcription that happens in real time, even when you have no network connection,” Google crowed in its announcement post.

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Get the ultra-portable 12-inch MacBook for the lowest price we’ve ever seen

Mac World - Tue, 2019-05-07 14:16

Apple’s most portable laptop is on sale today at both Amazon and Best BuyRemove non-product link, and for Amazon, at least, I can confirm that it’s the lowest price I’ve ever seen it listed for. Head over to either site today, and you can get the latest-model 12-inch MacBook for just $800 (Amazon/Best BuyRemove non-product link), down $500 from the normal price of $1,299.99.

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Enjoy a Lifetime Supply of Business Advice with Foundr Digital Magazine

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-07 13:12

Everyone wants to be entrepreneurially successful. Few, however, truly know how to get there on their own. And that’s what makes this offer of a lifetime subscription to Foundr Digital Magazine, discounted to just $39, so noteworthy.

Foundr Digital Magazine is the ultimate resource for entrepreneurs. Each issue is jam-packed with interviews, stories, and tips from influential people like Richard Branson, Tony Robbins, and Arianna Huffington. You can then apply their experiences and advice to your own business projects so you’ll have a better chance of achieving success.

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A lifetime of VPN Unlimited protection is only $29 today

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-07 13:09

The web is a dangerous place, but you're not powerless when it comes to protecting yourself. Simply setting yourself up with a VPN is a solid way to mitigate many of the threats online, but with a saturated product market, how do you choose the right one? VPN Unlimited is one of the best in the game, and lifetime subscriptions are being discounted to just $29 for a limited time.

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Surf the web securely from anywhere in the world for $30 with VPN Unlimited

Mac World - Tue, 2019-05-07 13:09

Have you ever been in a situation where you needed to respond to an urgent email or perhaps just wanted to get your daily Netflix fix in while away from home? We all come across this at some point, which is why public Wi-Fi is so convenient. Unfortunately, public hotspots are also an easy entry for hackers and identity thieves to steal your personal data, and you should never surf one without using VPN Unlimited, which you can sign up to for just $29.99.

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Send a beautiful flower arrangement on Mother's Day for $20 with Teleflora

Mac World - Tue, 2019-05-07 13:09

Mother’s Day is soon approaching and if you haven’t grabbed her a special gift yet, or don’t even know what to send her, flowers never fail to impress. However, this weekend is one of the busiest times of the year for florists. Instead of standing in lines to grab a bouquet, you can have Teleflora send one to Mom for just $20.

Teleflora is a service that will deliver expertly crafted flower arrangements to your mother quickly and reliably. It works with local florists to offer a wide variety of options ranging from floral baskets, centerpieces, and holiday flowers for any occasion. If you already have a special gift prepared for Mom, you can have Teleflora create an arrangement for birthdays, graduations, and more. Best of all, Teleflora will deliver your flowers anywhere in US or Canada, so you can still surprise Mom even if you live a state away.

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Save 50% off a Teleflora bouquet this Mother’s Day

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-07 13:08

Mother’s Day is approaching fast. Want to get your mom something she’ll really appreciate? Then purchase the Teleflora Mother’s Day Credit, offered to readers at just half price.

She may not tell you, but your mom is hoping to receive flowers on Sunday, May 12. And, when you consider all she did for you throughout your childhood, a bouquet every once in a while seems a small price to pay. And that’s what makes this offer so intriguing. It gives you the ability to send her a beautiful arrangement at a price that’s hard to beat.

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Samsung's fast, spacious 512GB Evo Select microSD card gets a gargantuan 50% discount

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-07 11:05

Running out of space on your phone, camera, Nintendo Switch, or laptop can be annoying, but fortunately, portable storage prices just keep on plummeting. Today, you can grab a 512GB Samsung Evo Select microSDXC card for $100 on Amazon, a massive drop from its $200 list price. Even on sale, this pint-size storage solution usually sells for $130 or more. It’s never been anywhere near this cheap.

This little memory card transfers files fast, with read speeds up to 100MB/s and write speeds up to 90MB/s, recognized by UHS-I Speed Grade 3 and Class 10 designations. That means it can handle photos, music, and even 4K Ultra HD videos with no problems, as explained in our guide on how to buy an SD card. To keep your data safe, the Samsung Evo Select safeguards against extreme temperatures, water, other environmental conditions, and even sudden shock or x-ray damage. In addition, an included SD adapter means this memory card is compatible with a wide range of devices.

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Samsung's fast, spacious 512GB Evo Select microSD card gets a gargantuan 50% discount

Mac World - Tue, 2019-05-07 11:05

Running out of space on your phone, camera, Nintendo Switch, or laptop can be annoying, but fortunately, portable storage prices just keep on plummeting. Today, you can grab a 512GB Samsung Evo Select microSDXC card for $100 on Amazon, a massive drop from its $200 list price. Even on sale, this pint-size storage solution usually sells for $130 or more. It’s never been anywhere near this cheap.

This little memory card transfers files fast, with read speeds up to 100MB/s and write speeds up to 90MB/s, recognized by UHS-I Speed Grade 3 and Class 10 designations. That means it can handle photos, music, and even 4K Ultra HD videos with no problems, as explained in our guide on how to buy an SD card. To keep your data safe, the Samsung Evo Select safeguards against extreme temperatures, water, other environmental conditions, and even sudden shock or x-ray damage. In addition, an included SD adapter means this memory card is compatible with a wide range of devices.

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Dell's selling this powerful 8-core, all-AMD gaming PC for just $675 today

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-07 09:55

If you need a solid gaming PC with enough firepower to do a little bit of everything, Dell’s got a smoking-hot deal for you today. The online PC retailer is selling an AMD Ryzen-based Inspiron desktop with a Radeon RX 580 graphics card for $675Remove non-product link when you use the checkout code SAVE10AFF. This particular PC usually costs $750, saving you about $75.

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Here's how Microsoft Collections, Edge's new research tool, will work

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-07 09:00

Microsoft's Edge browser has a new research tool called Collections that addresses a task as old as the World Wide Web: collecting and archiving content for later review. This task has traditionally been accomplished by everything from the traditional browser bookmark, to note-taking apps, and now Collections.

At Microsoft’s Build developer conference on Monday, executives showed off how Collections will work. Collections allows you to save webpages and snippets of information inside of a Collection tab on the right-hand rail. If you’re planning a trip or researching a new purchase, Collections may be for you.

What makes it different, though, is that you can export your Collection to Word or Excel, and Microsoft will add a bit of intelligence to make it even more useful: citations within Word, or automated formatting within Excel.

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DriveDx review: Mac utility provides hints and warnings when your drive is about to fail

Mac World - Tue, 2019-05-07 09:00

Your hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid-state drives (SSDs) “know” quite a bit about how well they’re functioning. Nearly all modern drives of both kinds have internal diagnostics and track other information about usage and wear. But it can be hard to surface that without Terminal commands, and tough to interpret the context, especially for SSDs.

DriveDx from Binary Fruit puts a friendly face on complicated data, and can offer critical information about the state of your drives before a failure. With a database of drive information that the company has compiled, it offers insight that would take far longer to assemble for anyone but a technical expert.

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He’s no Steve Jobs: Tim Cook’s existential failure

Mac World - Tue, 2019-05-07 08:00

Here’s the thing about successful people: they come up with more dumb ideas before 10 a.m. than other people do all day. They implement more in January than other people do all year. This is just math.

Writing for Inc., Peter Cohan says, “Apple Can't Design World-Changing Hardware Anymore, So It's Doing This Dumb Thing Instead.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Chris.)

Just because a company is doing well now, it doesn't mean that it will stay that way.

This is the last fundamentally correct thing you will read in this article. Sadly, it’s the lede.

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11 little-known iPhone features you should start using

Mac World - Tue, 2019-05-07 07:00

You probably think you know your iPhone well. After all, these days we probably look at our phones more than we look at our loved ones. But the truth is, even those of us who’ve remained loyal to Apple’s handset since 2007 can still be surprised by the tricks in each new version of iOS. The biggest ones get explained in the tutorials for the heftiest patches, but many others must be coaxed out of the Settings app.

Below, you’ll find our favorites. If you also want to see the tricks your iPad is capable of, we’ve made a guide for that, too.

Turn on Smart Invert for an impromptu iOS Dark Mode

iOS doesn’t have a true Dark Mode yet—although believable rumors suggest we’ll be getting one in iOS 13—but you can approximate one with an existing Accessibility setting. This isn’t the regular Invert Colors that makes everything look like a psychedelic fever dream; instead, Smart Invert Colors changes elements like the background to black but keeps the colors of app icons, photos, and similar graphical elements. (It does, however, make colored graphics look duller.) The catch is that it only consistently works well with Apple’s own apps, so you’ll have a better time using it on, say, Safari instead of Chrome.

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SanDisk 1TB Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card review: It's big, fast and pricey

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-07 06:30

SanDisk made a bold claim when it introduced the 1TB Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card in February at Mobile World Congress. The company touted it as the world’s largest and fastest microSD card. After benchmarking the new 1TB SanDisk Extreme, we can attest to the card’s speedy performance.

The card itself is the familiar microSD form factor, about the size of the fingernail on your pinkie. Every card has its standards tailored to certain storage needs (read our guide on how to choose an SD card for more details). The 1TB SanDisk Extreme carries labels for A2, U3 and V30 ratings:

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Four Wear OS problems Apple needs to solve with its on-device Apple Watch App Store

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-07 06:00
An App Store on the Apple Watch might sound great in theory, but there are plenty of problems that it could bring. Here are four ways Apple could avoid the biggest ones.

Roborock Xioawa Plus E35 review: a budget-priced robot that mops as well as vacuums

Mac World - Tue, 2019-05-07 06:00
Erroneous error interruptions hampered this otherwise powerful cleaner.

Etymotic ER4XR in-ear headphone review: Top-notch sonics and a comfortable fit

Mac World - Tue, 2019-05-07 06:00
Though definitely on the pricey side, Etymotics ER4 XR's deliver the musical goods, and the flanged tips are more comfortable in the ear than the standard memory foam types.

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