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Is there a way to block certain incoming texts in iOS?

Mac World - Fri, 2018-10-12 08:00

A Macworld reader want to know if there’s a way in iOS to block texts from everyone who isn’t in the Contacts list. Her elderly mother is receiving harassing texts from someone who obtains a new number and continues the attack every time they are stymied using iOS’s option to block texts (along with FaceTime requests and calls).

There isn’t such a feature, although you’d think this would be a much-desired one. Apple has continued to add anti-spam and contact-blocking features across the latest releases of iOS, and allows third-party app makers to tap into calls and texts to help, too.

Apple does offer a feature to sort iMessages—texts sent from people with registered iCloud accounts—into a separate area. Visit Settings > Messages > Unknown & Spam, and enable Filter Unknown Senders. (On a Mac, using Messages > Preferences, and uncheck the Notify Me about Messages from Unknown Contacts box.)

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Razer Naga Trinity review: Three gaming mice in one

PC World - Fri, 2018-10-12 06:39

It’s always been hard for me to recommend Razer’s Naga line, not because they’re bad mice but because they’re not the mice for me. They’re specialty hardware, not Swiss Army knives. The original Naga and its telephone-style numpad was designed for MMO players who need a lot of shortcut keys. The Naga Hex was a compromise of sorts, with half as many buttons in a much more intuitive, ring-shaped layout. But both always seemed overly complicated to me, especially for day-to-day use.

What if you didn’t have to choose, though? What if you could get the 12-button, six-button, and a standard two-button layout from the same mouse? Enter the Naga Trinity.

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Lenovo Legion Y530 review: An affordable gaming laptop saddled with an iffy graphics card

PC World - Fri, 2018-10-12 06:06

The bargain-priced Lenovo Legion Y530 weighs less than five pounds and measures less than an inch thick—impressively portable for a gaming laptop. It packs impressive quad-core multitasking performance, a comfortable keyboard, a reasonably bright screen and solid battery life. Unfortunately, the Legion Y530’s middling graphics card struggles to deliver buttery visuals from today’s AAA games, and its performance will only go downhill as more demanding titles come down the pike.

Price and specifications

We reviewed the cheapest version of the Lenovo Legion Y530 (81FV0013US), which comes with a quad-core Intel Coffee Lake Core i5-8300H processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB solid-state drive. This CPU’s eight threads of processing power (thanks to Intel’s hyperthreading technology) promises plenty of multitasking, perfect for gamers who want to stream or create content while they play. Because it lacks a larger secondary drive, however, the Y530 doesn’t have enough storage for more than one or two top-tier games at a time.

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3 features Apple should borrow from Google’s latest hardware

Mac World - Fri, 2018-10-12 06:00

For obvious reasons, we spend a lot of time focusing on Apple here, but let’s take a moment to turn our attention to another tech company (yes, there are others!) that competes in many of the same spaces as Apple.

This week, Google introduced a slew of new devices, from new smartphones to a tablet to a smart home speaker with a screen. And while there will always be those who prefer one company’s products to another, it’s important to have competition in this space in order to drive all companies—including Apple—forward.

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Best antivirus: Keep your Windows PC safe from spyware, Trojans, malware, and more

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-11 17:41

Antivirus software is nearly as crucial as a PC’s operating system. Even if you’re well aware of potential threats and practice extreme caution, some threats just can’t be prevented without the extra help of an AV program—or a full antivirus suite. 

Antivirus suite cheat sheet Our quick-hit recommendations:
    1. Norton Security Premium View
    2. AVG Internet Security View
    3. Trend Micro Maximum Security View
Read on to learn why these products rank best.

You could, for example, visit a website that unintentionally displays malicious ads. Or accidentally click on a phishing email (it happens!). Or get stung by a zero-day threat, where an undisclosed bug in Windows, your browser, or an installed program gives hackers entry to your system.

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Genius lyrics database announces partnership with Apple

Mac World - Thu, 2018-10-11 17:39

Genius, the massive online song lyrics database, just announced a partnership with Apple. Starting today, visitors to the Genius website or users of its iOS app will see a small player at the bottom of the screen while viewing a song’s lyrics. The player will use Apple Music to play a 30-second clip of the song, and Apple Music subscribers can play the entire thing by signing in.

The Apple Music service as a whole benefits from the partnership, too, as Genius will provide lyrics to thousands of songs on the service.

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Intel 300-series motherboards explained: Z390 vs. Z370 vs. H370 vs. B360 vs. H310

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-11 16:21

Which Intel motherboard should you buy? After initially launching with the Z370 chipset alone in October 2017, Intel fleshed out the 300-series lineup with a full range of motherboard options in April, complete with nice extra features not included in Z370. It then plopped a cherry on top by releasing enthusiast-class Z390 motherboards alongside the 9th-gen Core processors in October 2018. These motherboards should work with both 8th-gen and 9th-gen Core CPUs (though older models may need a BIOS revision to support the new chips) so you’ve got options galore now.

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Assassin's Creed: Odyssey's hidden Historical Locations map is stuffed with Ancient Greek lore

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-11 13:00

History is my favorite part of Assassin’s Creed. Years ago I used to read through all the historical database entries, getting context about historical figures and landmarks in Florence, Rome, colonial Boston, and more. And I spent hours in Assassin’s Creed: Origins’s Discovery Tour earlier this year, admiring how much detail Ubisoft put into recreating Ptolemaic Egypt from both primary and secondary sources.

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Watch The Full Nerd talk about all the Core-i9-9900K news!

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-11 12:42

Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. Today's show is all about Intel's Core i9-9900K, the news, the benchmarking controversy, and is this the end of mainstream hyperthreading? As always we will be answering your live questions so speak up in the chat.

If YouTube is not your thing uou can also watch us on Twitch, Facebook, and Twitter!

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The 6TB WD My Book external drive just hit an all-time low of $110 at Newegg

Mac World - Thu, 2018-10-11 12:25

Storing and backing up data safely and securely is the one thing all PC and Mac users can agree on, and we can never have enough space. And you guess it, today's a great day to buy more. Newegg is selling the WD My Book 6TB external hard drive for $110Remove non-product link if you apply this $20 discount code: EMCEPEE77. That's the lowest price we've ever seen for this drive.

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The 6TB WD My Book external drive just hit an all-time low of $110 at Newegg

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-11 12:25

Storing and backing up data safely and securely is the one thing all PC and Mac users can agree on, and we can never have enough space. And you guess it, today's a great day to buy more. Newegg is selling the WD My Book 6TB external hard drive for $110Remove non-product link if you apply this $20 discount code: EMCEPEE77. That's the lowest price we've ever seen for this drive.

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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.

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