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This 8-in-1 USB-C hub is 25% off at Amazon today and your MacBook needs it

PC World - Fri, 2019-01-11 12:19

All Macbook users know the pain of a paltry port situation. Today, you can fix your lacking I/O with a pretty slick deal: Amazon is selling the Vava USB-C Hub 8-in-1 adapter for just $45Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $60 and the lowest price we've seen.

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This 8-in-1 USB-C hub is 25% off at Amazon today and your MacBook needs it

Mac World - Fri, 2019-01-11 12:19

All Macbook users know the pain of a paltry port situation. Today, you can fix your lacking I/O with a pretty slick deal: Amazon is selling the Vava USB-C Hub 8-in-1 adapter for just $45Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $60 and the lowest price we've seen.

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Store all the things with this massive 4TB WD hard drive for $85

PC World - Fri, 2019-01-11 09:32

Every PC can benefit from more storage, and if you need a spacious drive to stash a slew of bulk files, we’ve got a deal for you. Newegg is selling a WD Blue 4TB 3.5-inch desktop internal hard drive for $85Remove non-product link with the checkout code EMCTUUU24. This hard drive—and most others with this much capacity—usually costs around $100, so you’re saving $15.

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Store all the things with this massive 4TB WD hard drive for $85

Mac World - Fri, 2019-01-11 09:32
The WD Blue 4TB 3.5-inch internal hard drive is $85 at Newegg until Monday.

The most important thing to do if your Mac has a Fusion Drive: Back up your data

Mac World - Fri, 2019-01-11 07:00

SSDs (solid-state drives) offer extremely reliable, fast, and consistent performance over many, many years. They aren’t subject to problems that can harm even the best-designed modern hard disk drives (HDDs): exposure to magnetic fields or the failure of moving parts inside the drives.

But SSDs remain expensive many years after they first appeared. Nearly all other aspects of computation—from processors to RAM to LCD displays—have dropped dramatically in price while improving in quality and performance year after and year. SSDs initially followed that curve, especially for lower-capacity drives, but tapered way off. The cost of manufacturing higher-capacity memory chips used in SSDs hasn’t dropped much in recent years.

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Best of CES: The coolest smart home and home entertainment gear we saw

PC World - Fri, 2019-01-11 06:30
From a smart wall outlet to a new range of smart lights to an amazing roll-up TV—and more!—we name the most impressive connected home and home entertainment gear of CES 2019.

6 important CES 2019 reveals and trends that PC enthusiasts need to know about

PC World - Fri, 2019-01-11 06:30

The PC’s been enjoying a resurgence over the last few years, and judging by what we witnessed at CES, the pedal will remain planted firmly to the metal in 2019. AMD, Intel, and Nvidia all hosted blockbuster keynotes brimming with big announcements. Monitors evolved beyond being simple 27-inch rectangles. Gaming laptops embraced innovation in wildly different ways. And there’s a lot of gear coming that’s just plain badass.

These are the big CES hardware reveals and trends that PC enthusiasts need to know about. Buckle up, and be sure to hit those links if you want deeper details about any of these topics.

Nvidia

Nvidia kicked CES off with a bang in its Sunday night keynote.

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Best of CES: The coolest PCs, PC components, and PC spectacles we saw

PC World - Fri, 2019-01-11 06:30

Put aside all misconceptions that CES is a smart home show, a home entertainment show, or even a car stereo show. CES is a computer show, and we’ve got the battle scars to prove it. For the last four days, the PCWorld staff has immersed itself in all the laptops, chips, components, accessories and outright PC monstrosities it could find, and now we’re read to name the Best of CES 2019.

IDG

To win a Best of CES award, a product has to show unique promise and technical innovation—but do keep in mind these aren’t final reviews. Check back throughout the year as we test this gear, and issue our final review verdicts. For now, just bask in the spectacle...

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Best of CES: The coolest smart home and home entertainment gear we saw

Mac World - Fri, 2019-01-11 06:30
From a smart wall outlet to a new range of smart lights to an amazing roll-up TV—and more!—we name the most impressive connected home and home entertainment gear of CES 2019.

The future of Apple is playing well with others

Mac World - Fri, 2019-01-11 06:00

Apple’s not known for being the most outward-looking organization. For much of its existence, it’s seemed to project an aura of indifference—verging on ignorance—of what goes on outside its walls. That’s in large part by design: Apple has always had a carefully cultivated veneer of being in a league of its own, eschewing any need to pay attention to what its would-be rivals were up to.

Even when it has deigned to work with others, Apple generally presented an attitude of doing this as a favor to its partners, bestowing some small iota of the Apple brand and mojo upon them. (Remember its deals with Motorola and HP in the 2000s?) There’s no better example than porting iTunes to Windows—arguably one of the best business decisions Apple made, since it brought the iPod to scads of PC users—a move that Steve Jobs famously, if not decorously, described as “giving a glass of ice water to someone in hell.”

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Black & Decker is moving into the smart home with a mesh Wi-Fi router and an innovative home healthcare assistant

PC World - Thu, 2019-01-10 18:20
Pria is designed to help the elderly age in place, while the Omni mesh Wi-Fi router could be useful for everyone.

Black & Decker is moving into the smart home with a mesh Wi-Fi router and an innovative home healthcare assistant

Mac World - Thu, 2019-01-10 18:20
Pria is designed to help the elderly age in place, while the Omni mesh Wi-Fi router could be useful for everyone.

Lisa Su on the record: AMD's CEO talks Ryzen, Vega, ray tracing, and lots more at CES

PC World - Thu, 2019-01-10 18:18

On Wednesday, AMD chief executive Lisa Su sat down with a small group of reporters following her CES keynote, in which she formally announced the Radeon VII GPU and the third-generation Ryzen CPU. During our roundtable, Su disclosed that there will be more cores to come with the third-generation Ryzen chip as well as the presence of a ray tracing GPU under development within AMD. 

But there were even more details and context from the roundtable—and, well, if you’re as interested as we are in what’s coming down the pike from AMD, you’re going to want to read our full transcript of the event here.

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This 480GB Kingston SSD is down to an insane $65 on Amazon today

PC World - Thu, 2019-01-10 12:14

We love to spotlight SSD deals on PCWorld, but we rarely see one this low. So if you've been avoiding taking the plunge, wait no longer: Today, you can grab a Kingston 480GB A400 SSD for just $65 at AmazonRemove non-product link, down from a list price of $80 and the best price since Black Friday's blowout.

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This 480GB Kingston SSD is down to an insane $65 on Amazon today

Mac World - Thu, 2019-01-10 12:14

We love to spotlight SSD deals on PCWorld, but we rarely see one this low. So if you've been avoiding taking the plunge, wait no longer: Today, you can grab a Kingston 480GB A400 SSD for just $65 at AmazonRemove non-product link, down from a list price of $80 and the best price since Black Friday's blowout.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S10 will launch on Feb 20, and we only have one question: Will it fold?

PC World - Thu, 2019-01-10 11:36

Samsung has begun sending out invitations to the launch of its first flagship phone of 2019, and anyone hoping for a return to Mobile World Congress will be disappointed: The Galaxy S10 will make its debut in San Francisco, not Barcelona.

Even with a launch thousands of miles away, however, the Galaxy S10 will surely loom large over the annual conference. Samsung is unveiling the phone at an Unpacked event on February 20 at 11 a.m. PT, just five days before MWC is set to begin.

Olixar

The Galaxy S10 will reportedly ship in three sizes.

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RGB fans, rejoice: Corsair's new Capellix LED technology is about to change everything

PC World - Thu, 2019-01-10 11:24

RGB lighting on gaming PCs is about to get a whole lot brighter and a whole lot more efficient thanks to Corsair’s new Capellix LED technology, which promises to be 60 percent brighter while using 40 percent less power.

The new LEDs are incredibly tiny and dense compared to typical SMD, or surface mount device, LEDs. That density could one day lead to RGB grids on a case door or front panel with far more granularity than today’s LEDs.

Corsair didn’t create the LED technology but it did work with a manufacturer to take LED technology that normally would never be applied to a PC and had it adapted to computer applications.

Gordon Mah Ung

On the top are normal SMD RGB LEDs and on the bottom is Corsair’s new Capellix.

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Razer HyperSense's vision for haptic-filled PC gaming shakes up the future of peripherals

PC World - Thu, 2019-01-10 10:52

Haptic feedback is the one feature I miss when gaming on PC. I love me a mouse and keyboard, but I find myself reaching for my Xbox One controller sometimes just for the rumble effects. It’s not a very sophisticated version of haptic feedback, but it nevertheless adds so much to the weightiness of guns, the rumble of engines, the boom of an explosion—all these small touches you don’t notice until they’re gone.

Nobody’s managed to make haptics work on PC though. Or, at least, nobody’s stuck with it long enough to force adoption.

Razer loves a good gimmick though, and in keeping with that spirit Razer might be the company to deliver us from our rumble-less prison. Well, Razer and a gaggle of partners, including Lofelt and Subpac.

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This $130 Radeon RX 570 with two free games is a great low-cost gaming PC upgrade

PC World - Thu, 2019-01-10 09:51

We found a stunning deal on a killer graphics card, and it won’t even force you to mess around with checkout codes or mail-in rebates. The ASRock Phantom Gaming D Radeon RX 570 is only $130Remove non-product link at Newegg until Friday, and you’ll get two free games from AMD’s Raise the Game bundle with it. RX 570 graphics cards usually cost around $170.

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A surfeit of wrong: Cold takes on iPhone demand

Mac World - Thu, 2019-01-10 08:00

If there’s one thing we know about the smartphone industry, it is a zero sum game. So, if Apple is down, that must mean that everyone else is up! That’s how zero sum games work, right? It’s just everyone against Apple.

Writing for BGR, Andy Meek suggests that “Apple’s bad news for investors might be good news for Samsung and Huawei.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @designheretic.)

Two of Apple’s biggest rivals in the smartphone game likely broke out some bubbly over the past 24 hours in celebration of the good fortune that’s suddenly come their way.

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