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How today’s Apple has thrown out its old rulebook

Mac World - Wed, 2018-07-18 06:00

When Steve Jobs came back to Apple in 1997, he didn’t like what he saw, so he set about changing the corporate culture. A decade later, one proof of his success was the fact that the company seemed to follow a rulebook, largely behaving with a consistency that allowed those of us who covered the company to react to wild rumors with phrases like “Apple wouldn’t do that” or “that’s not how Apple does things.”

But in the years following Jobs’s death (and the departure of some other Jobs-era executives), Apple has continued to evolve—and in many cases, it’s torn up the old rulebook. A lot of the changes strike me as being for the better. I feel like after Steve laid down the law in the late 1990s, some policies and decisions were never really reconsidered until the Tim Cook era got into full swing.

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Virtual reality giants unveil VirtualLink as a standardized cable that may simplify VR rigs

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-17 20:47

Virtual reality headsets will standardize on a new physical connector standard, known as VirtualLink, that will be designed around the existing USB-C interface.

A consortium of the VR industry bigwigs, including Nvidia, Oculus, Valve, AMD, and Microsoft, have backed the interface. Notable exceptions appear to be Sony, whose PlayStation VR wasn't listed among the promoter companies, and Intel, which has backed the Thunderbolt specification. Companies that wish to join the consortium can do so at VirtualLink.org, which for right now resolves to a Google Sites address.

Details of the VirtualLink spec itself weren't immediately available, though the member companies said that the spec will support four high-speed HBR3 DisplayPort lanes, which are scalable for future needs; a USB 3.1 data channel for supporting high-resolution cameras and sensors; and up to 27 watts of power. It's not immediately clear what bandwidth the cable will support, or how scalable it will allow VR headsets to be. Anandtech, however, did the math and concluded that the spec allows for 4K @ 120Hz with 8 bits per color.

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Macworld's August Digital Magazine: First look at iOS 12 and macOS Mojave

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-17 20:09

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld digital magazine. 

In the August issue

This month we have our first look at iOS 12 and macOS Mojave, including everything you need to know about the new OSes and all of the best features to keep an eye out for. Take a peak into the future to see our vision of the Mac in 2020 and find out why the announcements that Apple didn’t make at WWDC might be more important than the ones they did.

Also in this month’s issue:

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PCWorld's July Digital Magazine: AMD steals Computex with its 32-core Threadripper

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-17 19:25

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 July issue

This month we have all the breaking news from Computex, including AMD’s monster 32-core Threadripper 2. We also have the details on Intel’s not-too-shabby 28-core 5GHz chip. Considering a tablet in the not too distant future? Find out why Microsoft may release a tiny $400 Surface tablet and what it means for the tablet market.

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MacBook Pro: Features, specifications, and prices for Apple’s high-end laptop

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-17 15:00

The MacBook Pro is Apple’s top-of-the-line laptop. It offers top-notch performance for demanding users who need processing power and are willing to spend top dollar for it.

The current version of the MacBook Pro was released in July 2018. The new laptops have the same design as the previous version, but the laptops feature new processors that provide a speed boost. Learn more about the MacBook Pro by reading about its main features below.

Processor, memory, graphics, and SSDs

The MacBook Pro uses Intel’s Coffee Lake processors. Coffee Lake is Intel’s eighth-generation processor, and it replaces the seventh-generation Kaby Lake processors that were in the previous MacBook Pro.

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Best Amazon Prime Day 2018 tech deals for students

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-17 14:44
50% off: SanDisk 128GB Ultra Fit USB 3.1 Flash Drive

Image by Sandisk/Amazon

Who doesn't need a flash drive while at school? For $21.99, this 128GB SanDisk is a steal at $16 off its $37.99 retail price. Sure, a lot of your work will be in the cloud on Google Drive or elsewhere, but flash drives still come in handy when you're working with large media files. SanDisk says this 3.1 USB drive can write files up to 15 times faster than previous 2.0 drives, which means you can move a full-length movie in less than 30 seconds.

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Best Amazon Prime Day 2018 tech deals for students

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-17 14:44
Here are the best Amazon Prime Day deals for tech obsessed students heading to school.

You can grab a 128GB SanDisk microSDXC memory card for less than $27 today

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-17 12:00

If you have a new Android phone on the way thanks to Prime Day, you can triple the storage with this SanDisk 128GB microSDXC Memory Card Ultra for just $26.95 on B&H PhotoRemove non-product link. That’s a few cents higher than the Amazon Prime Day deal, but still nearly half off its $40 regular price. And what's more you can get it right now—the Amazon deal is currently out of stock.

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Get A Lifetime Of Next FlipBook Maker Pro For Mac For Just $29 (90% Off)

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-17 11:05

You don't need an editorial team to create your own magazine. If you're looking to engage your audience with gripping PDFs and images, Next FlipBook Maker Pro for Mac lets you convert your assets into Flash/HTML5 flip books, so you can show off your content and let your readers experience it with the realistic feeling of flipping through a book from page to page. Lifetime licenses are on sale today for $29.

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Douchebags Scholar laptop backpack review: This is one Douchebag you'll want to be seen with

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-17 07:00

The first thing you need to know about a Douchebag is that the word “Douchebags” appears nowhere on the bag itself. Trust me, I looked, fearing giggled mockeries on the San Francisco Muni. The most you’ll find is a sleek “Db” logo peeking out from no less than six spots across the bag, along with a massive 2.5-inch monogram that hugs the small of your back when it’s worn. True, it looks a little like the “Op” logo that dominated T-shirts in the early ‘90s. Did those count as “douchey?” That’s something you’ll have to decide.

A douchebag and a scholar

For my money, though, this is a bag that has no right calling itself a “douchebag.” That’s not the case with some of the company’s other bags, admittedly, as it sometimes embraces style over substance. The Scholar, though, is practically understated; its only flamboyance being a bright crimson shining from one of the main front straps and the nylon zipper toggles. (Earlier models don’t even have that.) It’s so rectangular it’s almost square. The very name defies expectations. With a brand name like “Douchebags,” a name like “The Nerd” likely isn’t too far from the realms of possibility.

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Sonos Beam review: Features galore, but best suited to smaller home theaters

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-17 06:00
Alexa and AirPlay 2 support are just two of the features the Sonos Beam delivers, just don’t expect it to fill a big room.

Stupid writing tricks: Trying hard to fail with an iPad

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-17 06:00

No matter how many people use the iPad professionally, we can not seem to put to rest this old saw of pundits: “CAN the iPad be use as a professional tool?! Our resident greater-than-90-degree-angle Colin Blunderbuss investigates!”

Writing for ZDNet, Chris Matyszczyk says “I tried to write this article on an iPad Pro. It didn’t go well.”

This plays out a little bit like “I tried eat a ham sandwich by blending it and sucking it through a straw. It didn’t go well.”

You see, I wanted to believe all the ads that tell me an iPad Pro is actually a computer that's trimmed itself a little and had a makeover and Botox at the Cupertino Salon.

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Amazon Prime Day 2018: The best tech, electronics, PC, and mobile deals

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-16 19:06

For Amazon Prime Day 2018, the retailer's upped its game considerably. Its annual summer sale may not yet rival Black Friday, but this year's event is a bright spot in an otherwise ho-hum season of bargain hunting.

Tech enthusiasts will find plenty to dig into. Discounts range from good to excellent in multiple categories--you'll find everything from cables to TVs on the cheap. Additionally, Amazon is supplementing the bargains with additional promotions, like deeply discounted trials for various Amazon services and a ton of free PC games via Twitch Prime.

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B&H and Costco make up for Apple's Prime Day absence with great deals

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-16 17:02

Yes, it's Amazon Prime Day, and there are plenty of deals over at Jeff Bezos' massive marketplace if you're looking to save some dough. We've already covered a few.

Thing is, very few of those deals cater directly to us, the Apple faithful. The most you'll find are deals on accessories, such as an Otterbox Defender case for the iPhone 8 or Beats Studio3 Wireless Over-Ear Headphones. (Yeah, the headphones technically count as Apple, but let's not be picky.)

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Best Amazon Prime Day deals on fitness trackers and smartwatches

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-16 15:34

While Prime Day is a great chance to grab a cheap TV, PC, or DVD set, it’s also a good excuse to get the tools you need to get in shape. Amazon is running a few awesome deals on fitness trackers to help Prime members on the road to their workout goals, and we’ve collected the best ones here:

Fitbit Alta HR Fitbit/Thinkstock

If you’re looking for something a little simpler, Fitbit’s Alta HR might fit the bill. Even with a slim design, it still brings a heart-rate sensor, sleep tracking, full fitness tracking, and 7-day battery life, as well as notifications and call alerts. It retails for $150, but Amazon is selling it today in black, blue, coral, or fuchsia for just $90Remove non-product link. We’ve previously seen it as low as $99, so this is an incredible deal.

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Best Amazon Prime Day deals on fitness trackers and smartwatches

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-16 15:34

While Prime Day is a great chance to grab a cheap TV, PC, or DVD set, it’s also a good excuse to get the tools you need to get in shape. Amazon is running a few awesome deals on fitness trackers to help Prime members on the road to their workout goals, and we’ve collected the best ones here:

Fitbit Alta HR Fitbit/Thinkstock

If you’re looking for something a little simpler, Fitbit’s Alta HR might fit the bill. Even with a slim design, it still brings a heart-rate sensor, sleep tracking, full fitness tracking, and 7-day battery life, as well as notifications and call alerts. It retails for $150, but Amazon is selling it today in black, blue, coral, or fuchsia for just $90Remove non-product link. We’ve previously seen it as low as $99, so this is an incredible deal.

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Best Amazon Prime Day Android smartphone deals for every carrier

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-16 15:30

Prime Day is here and if you've been waiting for just the right moment to upgrade your smartphone, today might be the day. Whether you want a top-of-the-line gaming phone or just something that will get you though a day of messaging and music streaming, Amazon is running some killer deals for Prime members on some of the year's most exciting phones. Here are the best ones we found for every carrier and taste:

Fully unlocked Phones Galaxy Note 8 Doug Duvall/IDG

The Galaxy Note 8 is our pick for best phablet phone, and today you can grab the Orchid Grey version for just $650Remove non-product link, $300 off the list price. That's the best price we've seen this side of a BOGO deal and a killer price for a phone with a 6.3-inch screen and incredible all-around specs. Of course, Samsung is gearing up to release the Note 9 next month, but rumors are all pointing to a minor upgrade, so you don't have to worry too much about new phone envy. But you might have bargain regret if you pass on this deal.

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Best Amazon device deals on Prime Day 2018

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-16 15:23

Lest we forget, Amazon made e-readers ubiquitous, tablets affordable, and smart speakers a thing. And just like clockwork, the retail giant is using Prime Day 2018 to drop prices on Kindles, Fire tablets, and Echo smart speakers. Oh, and don’t forget Amazon owns Ring now—so Ring Video Doorbell products are on sale too, along with Amazon's own Cloud Cam.

If you want to see the whole line-up of Amazon device price reductions, go to this Amazon page that showcases all the gadgets Amazon makes itself. Or just keep reading for a rundown of what’s on sale by category.

Kindle E-reader deals

Our recommendation: Get the Paperwhite. It’s our favorite overall E-reader.

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Best Amazon device deals on Prime Day 2018

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-16 15:23

Lest we forget, Amazon made e-readers ubiquitous, tablets affordable, and smart speakers a thing. And just like clockwork, the retail giant is using Prime Day 2018 to drop prices on Kindles, Fire tablets, and Echo smart speakers. Oh, and don’t forget Amazon owns Ring now—so Ring Video Doorbell products are on sale too, along with Amazon's own Cloud Cam.

If you want to see the whole line-up of Amazon device price reductions, go to this Amazon page that showcases all the gadgets Amazon makes itself. Or just keep reading for a rundown of what’s on sale by category.

Kindle E-reader deals

Our recommendation: Get the Paperwhite. It’s our favorite overall E-reader.

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Pokémon Go Fest 2018 made up for last year's disastrous debut

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-16 15:21

Last July, Niantic kicked off the first-ever Pokémon Go Fest in Chicago’s Grant Park—and things quickly spiraled out of control. Both cellular networks and the game's servers struggled to keep up with the intense demand of 20,000 attendees bunched up and frantically refreshing their phones, and Pokémon Go was nigh-unusable for most of the day.

In the end, Niantic refunded ticket costs, provided $100 worth of in-game coins to attendees, and then later agreed to a $1.575 million class action settlement to reimburse travel expenses.

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