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Intel’s exit leaves Qualcomm in full control of the 5G smartphone modem roadmap

PC World - Wed, 2019-04-17 09:50

What was shaping up to be a lengthy battle between Apple, Qualcomm, and Intel over the future of wireless communication ended suddenly Tuesday with two shocking pieces of news: Apple and Qualcomm settled their long-standing legal fight and Intel abruptly announced it was abandoning its plans to make a 5G smartphone modem.

In the short release, Intel said it will also “complete an assessment of the opportunities for 4G and 5G modems in PCs, internet of things devices and other data-centric devices.” The decision does not affect Intel’s 5G network infrastructure business, which the company says it will continue to invest in.

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Save well over $1,000 on Microsoft's luxurious Surface Studio with these refurbished models today

PC World - Wed, 2019-04-17 09:16

Amazon’s got some great deals today on a killer all-in-one desktop PC. Amazon Renewed (read: refurbished) versions of the Microsoft Surface StudioRemove non-product link are on sale today at some amazing discounts. The sale ends just before midnight Pacific time on Wednesday.

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How to disable Live Photos on your iPhone or iPad

Mac World - Wed, 2019-04-17 09:00

Live Photos are a cool but inessential feature of the iOS photography experience that preserve the moments before and after you take a photo, including the sound. They’re great for bringing a particular photo “to life,” and they’re especially excellent for making your own GIFs from photos—but they also take up a lot of storage space. The files are usually twice as big as those for a regular photo. That can be a big problem for your photo storage, considering that Apple keeps Live Photos on by default.

Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to turn the feature off, and you can easily (and temporarily) switch it back on if you want to take a specific shot as a Live Photo. First, I’ll show you how to keep your Camera app from automatically taking Live Photos, then I’ll show you how make Live Photos act like regular photos when you share them with other iOS users.

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Microsoft's Xbox One S All-Digital Edition finally joins PC gamers in the disc-less future

PC World - Wed, 2019-04-17 08:05

When’s the last time you bought a physical copy of a PC game? Like, on a disc? Yeah, I can’t remember either. I don’t even have an optical drive in my desktop tower anymore. But consoles are still a bit behind the curve, with discs still the primary means of distribution for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Digital sales have slowly grown this generation though, enough so that Microsoft apparently feels comfortable offering an Xbox One sans disc drive. The rumored “Xbox One S All-Digital Edition” is indeed real, and was officially announced this week. It’s exactly what you’d expect, an Xbox One S without the optical drive slot on the front.

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Why iOS apps will make the Mac a better place... eventually

Mac World - Wed, 2019-04-17 08:00

Who knew that a report that Apple was replacing iTunes with new apps brought to the Mac from iOS would open a Pandora’s Box of Mac angst?

But it’s really not that surprising. 2019 promises to be a huge year of change for the Mac, in large part because this fall’s macOS release will open the floodgates to apps originally designed for iOS. When you compare the features of an iTunes (conceived for the Mac of nearly two decades ago) with Music (built for the iPhone and retrofitted for Apple Music), it’s hard not to feel like the Mac is about to get dumbed down.

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What the Apple-Qualcomm settlement means for a 5G iPhone

Mac World - Wed, 2019-04-17 07:00

In a completely unexpected turn of events, Apple and Qualcomm just settled their legal dispute, dropping all litigation. The details from Apple and Qualcomm are brief, but give us the following four key details:

  • Apple and Qualcomm are ending their lawsuits.
  • Apple will pay Qualcomm an undisclosed sum.
  • Apple has entered a six-year patent licensing agreement with Qualcomm, with a two-year extension option.
  • Apple has entered a multi-year chipset licensing agreement with Qualcomm.

What will this mean for future iPhones, including the timing of the first 5G iPhone? Let’s break down what we know, and what we think we know.

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Logitech Z606 5.1 Surround Sound Speaker System review: Affordable immersive audio

PC World - Wed, 2019-04-17 06:30

“Surround sound system” and “affordable” aren’t words you often see together, but with the Z606 Logitech has put immersive audio within grasp of modest budgets. The Bluetooth-enabled 5.1 system delivers 160 watts of peak power and can pump out sound from TVs, computers, mobile devices, Blu-ray/DVD players, and video game consoles. It’s not audiophile quality—and for just $130 you wouldn’t expect it to be—but it’s a low-risk upgrade from your devices’ native speakers.

The satellite speakers measure 7.01 x 4.33 x 3.42 inches, and weigh a pound apiece. Each has a 2.5-inch driver and bass port. Visually, they’re identical save for the color and lengths of their attached speaker wires. The wires for the center and two front channel speakers are 7 feet long, while the rear-channel wires stretch 20 feet. All are color coded to indicate where they connect to the back of the subwoofer. Thought the satellites are designed to stand upright, they each have a hole in the back for wall mounting.

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Cavalier Audio Maverick wireless smart speaker review: This Alexa-powered Wi-Fi speaker speaks Bluetooth, too

Mac World - Wed, 2019-04-17 06:00
It’s fabricated from high-end materials, including aluminum and genuine leather, but this speaker’s sound quality left me saying "meh."

Why you should get an Apple Pencil even if you don’t draw

Mac World - Wed, 2019-04-17 06:00

Apple’s ads tend to imply that you need to be some kind of artist if you want to buy an Apple Pencil, but it’s great for plenty of other things, even if those things don’t look so hot in the latest TV spot out of Cupertino. Not everyone needs to use an Apple Pencil, but you’ll get a lot of use out of one if you frequently find yourself in the situations below.

A few pointers before we begin. First, as a rule of thumb, if you’ve never found yourself thinking that some iPad activity would be easier if you only had a pen, you probably don’t need an Apple Pencil. Second, there’s a whole range of cheap styluses you can use with an iPad instead of an Apple Pencil for these tasks, but keep in mind that they won’t have Apple’s pressure technology or the Pencil’s sleek design. Many feel like you’re writing with a stubby crayon.

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Cavalier Audio Maverick wireless smart speaker review: This Alexa-powered Wi-Fi speaker speaks Bluetooth, too

PC World - Wed, 2019-04-17 06:00
It’s fabricated from high-end materials, including aluminum and genuine leather, but this speaker’s sound quality left me saying "meh."

PowerDVD 19 review: 8K UHD playback and 4K UHD TrueTheater enhancements

PC World - Wed, 2019-04-17 06:00
Cyberlink's PowerDVD series just keeps getting better, with PowerDVD 19 adding 8K video playback to its bag of tricks. Don't have an 8K display? The new 4K True Theater color, lighting, and HDR are worth a look.

Galaxy S10 set-up tips: 10 features to check out first

PC World - Wed, 2019-04-17 06:00

Samsung pulls out all the stops for its annual Galaxy S refresh, and the new Galaxy S10 is no exception. The phone is so overflowing with features that it can be intimidating when you start using it, but with a few quick tweaks and toggles you’ll be up to speed quickly. Here are 10 tips to get you started.

Customize the S10’s navigation buttons

Android 9 Pie brought new gesture navigation to Android phones, but Samsung has chosen to roll its own gesture navigation system. It’s not on by default, so you’ll have to dig into the settings to try it. It’s in Settings > Display > Navigation bar.

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The “Full screen gestures” option lets you swipe up along the bottom of the screen to trigger home, back, and overview. You can also disable the “Gesture hints” at the bottom for a full-screen experience. If you don’t like the gestures, you can still customize the order of the regular navigation bar.

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FlexiPDF 2019 review: Acrobat alternative adopts user-requested features

PC World - Wed, 2019-04-17 05:52

FlexiPDF 2019 is the update to FlexiPDF 2017, a program that trumpeted its ability to make PDF editing “as easy as working in a word processor.” That remains its greatest appeal, but the new version adds a clutch of user-requested improvements including form creation, side-by-side PDF comparison, and enhanced graphic capabilities.

FlexiPDF 2019 uses a simple toolbar to navigate. You can select from menu items or icons, the latter of which display descriptive bubbles when you hover over them. When editing large documents, thumbnails of each page appear down the right side. This redesigned interface also matches the design of SoftMaker’s Office 2018.

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Apple and Qualcomm surprisingly settle their legal differences, and it’s pretty clear who won

PC World - Tue, 2019-04-16 19:56

Just when their legal battle was just beginning the trial phase, Apple and Qualcomm have ironed out their differences in a surprise settlement. The terms of the agreement include the dismissal of all litigation between the two companies as well as any pending cases brought by Apple’s global contract manufacturers, and basically returns the relationship to the way it was before the allegations started flying.

Most notably, Apple has agreed to pay Qualcomm a one-time payment of an undisclosed sum, as well as royalties going forward. Both companies issued short press releases to announce the agreement, but it’s hard to find much good news in it for Apple. Qualcomm is getting paid and keeps Apple as a customer, and there’s no indication that they will be changing their business practices.

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Apple and Qualcomm surprisingly settle their legal differences, and it’s pretty clear who won

Mac World - Tue, 2019-04-16 16:14

Just when their legal battle was just beginning the trial phase, Apple and Qualcomm have ironed out their differences in a surprise settlement. The terms of the agreement include the dismissal of all litigation between the two companies as well as any pending cases brought by Apple’s global contract manufacturers, and basically returns the relationship to the way it was before the allegations started flying.

Most notably, Apple has agreed to pay Qualcomm a one-time payment of an undisclosed sum, as well as royalties going forward. Both companies issued short press releases to announce the agreement, but it’s hard to find much good news in it for Apple. Qualcomm is getting paid and keeps Apple as a customer, and there’s no indication that they will be changing their business practices.

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Vivint's Outdoor Camera Pro can detect someone casing your home

Mac World - Tue, 2019-04-16 14:46
The AI-powered Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro has a 4K image sensor and issues warnings to anyone lurking around your property.

Vivint's Outdoor Camera Pro can detect someone casing your home

PC World - Tue, 2019-04-16 14:46
The AI-powered Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro has a 4K image sensor and issues warnings to anyone lurking around your property.

Amazon is slashing up to $200 off the prices of the new iPad Pros

Mac World - Tue, 2019-04-16 14:14

Today’s a good day to head to Amazon if you’ve been looking for a good price on the 2018 iPad Pros. The massive retailer is offering discounts on many configurations of both the 11- and 12-inch models, but I’m particularly impressed by the $200 dollars it’s knocking off the 512GB units regardless of whether they’re Wi-Fi only or have both Wi-Fi and cellular.

Here’s everything I could find with the $200 discount:

2018 iPad Pro
  • 11-inch 512GB Wi-Fi (silver) for $949.99 (down from $1, 149.99)
  • 11-inch 1TB Wi-Fi (space gray) for $1,349.99 (down from $1,549.99)
  • 11-inch 512GB cellular (silver) for $1,099.99 (down from $1,299.99)
  • 12.9-inch 512GB (space gray) for $1,149.99 (down from $1,349.99)

It’s also a good sale if you’re just trying to save some cash on the entry-level models with less storage space. Below you’ll find the absolute lowest prices I saw:

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Beat the average price to earn this 10-course Complete Learn to Design Bundle

Mac World - Tue, 2019-04-16 14:04

Every logo you see on screen and every billboard you pass on the highway was meticulously designed by a graphic designer. These artists spent years honing their skills before their work landed on print or on screen, but don’t let that discourage you. If you’re interested in a career in graphic design, you can get started with this Pay What You Want: The Complete Learn to Design Bundle.

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Convert your DVD collection to video files for $15 with MacX DVD Ripper Pro

Mac World - Tue, 2019-04-16 14:03

With streaming services like Netflix and Hulu dominating the video market, physical media like DVDs are all but obsolete. That doesn’t mean you should throw out your DVD player, but the bad news is that tablets and new laptops won’t include anything to play DVDs on. If you want to cherish your extensive library of DVDs, MacX will rip your library for as low as $14.99.

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