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SanDisk's pint-sized, big capacity 400GB microSD card only costs $57 right now

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-15 11:14

Adding some extra space to your phone, camera, or tablet can save you from the annoyance of getting an “Out of space” notification, and today, you don’t have to break the bank supercharge your storage. You can grab a 400GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC from Amazon for an all-time low of $57, down from a list price of $77.90.

This memory card packs a lot of space into a small package. Compatible with Android phones and tablets, as well as cameras, laptops, and even the Nintendo Switch, this microSDXC boasts transfer speeds up to 100MB/s. In addition, A1-rated performance makes this card perfect for loading apps, games, and even large videos quickly. And when it comes to managing all your data, SanDisk’s Memory Zone app can help Android users easily move and view files.

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SanDisk's pint-sized, big capacity 400GB microSD card only costs $57 right now

Mac World - Wed, 2019-05-15 11:14

Adding some extra space to your phone, camera, or tablet can save you from the annoyance of getting an “Out of space” notification, and today, you don’t have to break the bank supercharge your storage. You can grab a 400GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC from Amazon for an all-time low of $57, down from a list price of $77.90.

This memory card packs a lot of space into a small package. Compatible with Android phones and tablets, as well as cameras, laptops, and even the Nintendo Switch, this microSDXC boasts transfer speeds up to 100MB/s. In addition, A1-rated performance makes this card perfect for loading apps, games, and even large videos quickly. And when it comes to managing all your data, SanDisk’s Memory Zone app can help Android users easily move and view files.

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Save $265 on a three-year subscription to GlassWire Elite

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-15 10:05

Few things are as frustrating as a malware infection. So keep your PC free from unwanted threats — and save over $265 at the same time — with a three-year subscription to GlassWire Elite.

GlassWire is a firewall and PC monitoring system that helps protect your computer from threats. It keeps the undesirables out while, at the same time, provides an overall picture of your PC’s health so you can fix problems before they get out of hand. It’s a must-have security feature, especially when you consider the sheer number of dangers that come up every single day.

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The ultra-fast WD Black NVMe SSD was already a fantastic bargain, and today it's even cheaper

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-15 10:01

We’ve said it for years: Switching from a hard drive to an SSD is the single best upgrade you can give an aging PC. For those with newer PCs, however, there’s a next-level option: upgrading from a standard SATA III SSD to a newer and much faster NVMe M.2 “gumstick” SSD. And today, Amazon’s offering an amazing deal with the 500GB WD Black SN750 SSD for $108.

This drive was on sale for just $104 a couple days ago, but at $108 it’s still an incredible value. We absolutely loved the WD Black SN750 when we reviewed it in February, calling it “just about the best combination of price and performance in an SSD”—and that was at its full cost. But it’s key to check that your motherboard is compatible with NVMe drives, as not all are, especially if you purchased a budget motherboard or your system is several years old.

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Intel: You don't need to disable Hyper-Threading to protect against the ZombieLoad CPU exploit

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-15 09:37

If you’re in a panic to figure out how to turn off Intel’s Hyper-Threading feature to prevent ZombieLoad, the latest Spectre-like CPU security exploit, then take a deep breath—Intel’s official guidance does not actually recommend that. The bad news? None of what we tell you is going to make you feel any better.

ZombieLoad is similar to previous “side channel” attacks, which trick Intel processors into coughing up potentially sensitive information that would otherwise would be kept private by the CPU. The exploit hits most Intel chips and can be used on Windows, MacOS, and Linux, the ZombieLoad researchers said. ARM-based and AMD-based CPUs aren’t impacted.

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5 signs that you need to replace your iPhone

Mac World - Wed, 2019-05-15 07:00

Do you really need a new iPhone? They’re so expensive now, and yours is…fine. It’s fine. You’ve never been one of those people who needs a new phone every year, or every other year, anyway.

How do you know when it’s time to take the plunge and ditch your old iPhone for a new one?

We’re definitely not one to encourage the cycle of nonstop iPhone upgrades. Hanging on to your phone for a long time is a good thing. But just as some users feel compelled to upgrade way too often, others stubbornly refuse to get a new phone until their current one literally won’t function at all, and might need a little help accepting that their old phone is holding them back.

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Best DVR for cord cutters

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-15 06:01
TiVo vs. Tablo vs. Channel Master vs. Plex: None are ideal, but one might work for you.

Best DVR for cord cutters

Mac World - Wed, 2019-05-15 06:01
TiVo vs. Tablo vs. Channel Master vs. Plex: None are ideal, but one might work for you.

Tablo Quad DVR review: The best gets bigger

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-15 06:00
Tablo's quad-tuner DVR maintains an edge over competitors with simple setup, reasonable prices, and some neat new features.

Monolith by Monoprice Portable Headphone Amp and DAC with THX AAA Technology review: High value, minor flaws

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-15 06:00
This affordable and portable headphone amp will bring out the best in your headphones; but the unit's size, weight, and smudge-prone surface keep it from earning our highest mark.

Acer Predator Triton 500 Review: This thin and light laptop even has GeForce RTX

PC World - Wed, 2019-05-15 06:00

Acer’s Predator Triton 500 is a gaming laptop we’d actually want to carry around. Sure, we may look hungrily at a monster gaming laptop that’s nearly as fast as a desktop gaming PC. But if you have to take it with you, the era of thin, light and powerful gaming laptops is a godsend.

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best gaming laptops. Go there for information on competing laptops and how we tested them, and up-to-date buying advice. 

Adam Patrick Murray

The Acer Predator Triton 500 features an 8th gen Core i7-8750H and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, along with 16GB of dual-channel RAM and a 512GB NVMe M.2 SSD.

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Tablo Quad DVR review: The best gets bigger

Mac World - Wed, 2019-05-15 06:00
Tablo's quad-tuner DVR maintains an edge over competitors with simple setup, reasonable prices, and some neat new features.

Monolith by Monoprice Portable Headphone Amp and DAC with THX AAA Technology review: High value, minor flaws

Mac World - Wed, 2019-05-15 06:00
This affordable and portable headphone amp will bring out the best in your headphones; but the unit's size, weight, and smudge-prone surface keep it from earning our highest mark.

Apple’s new NFC support will change the way you pay

Mac World - Wed, 2019-05-15 06:00

Apple doesn’t participate in a lot of outside developer conferences; at least, not as a presenter. So it’s unsurprising that a small presentation from Apple at the Transact conference (which focuses on the electronic transactions industry) flew under the radar.

But what Apple announced there may change the way we pay for stuff. It could make Apple Pay and your iPhone a much more common way to pay for everything from vending machines to parking meters—essentially anything where you don’t visit a register with a point-of-sale system.

Apple Pay Everywhere

One of the rumored features of iOS 13 is a big expansion of NFC tools for developers, expanding the Core NFC framework’s ability to read NFC tags of various formats. Currently, an iPhone can only read an NFC tag (those little “tap your phone here to do something” areas) if it contains data in the NFC Data Exchange Format (NDEF). This will be expanded to allow devs to read ISO7816, FeliCa, or MiFare formats, too. Or so the rumor goes. That means developers can write apps that make your iPhone work with way more NFC tags in way more places. But that’s just the beginning.

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The best budget computer speakers: Surprisingly sound choices for $100 or less

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-14 22:18

Your laptop’s built-in speakers aren’t doing any favors for the gigs and gigs of music and movies on your hard drive. Even the best ones can leave your audio sounding thin and lifeless. External PC speakers—along with a good set of headphones—are a must for getting the best fidelity from your media files.

A trip online or to your favorite electronics store will reveal a head-spinning variety of options in this category, with some systems costing as much or more than you paid for your laptop. You don’t need to take out a personal loan to upgrade your audio, though. Quality speakers can be found even with a budget of around $100. And while there is a certain degree of “you get what you pay for” at this price level, you’ll be rewarded with satisfying sound if you’re willing to make a few compromises.

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Microsoft issues a rare Windows XP patch to combat a virulent WannaCry-like exploit in older OS versions

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-14 16:34

Windows XP may be dead, but Microsoft refuses to leave it to the worms.

Today, the company warned users to apply a critical patch for a remote code execution vulnerability that could open older versions of Windows to attack. Common-sense caution isn’t enough, because the exploit can trigger even with no action taken by the user. “In other words, the vulnerability is ‘wormable’, meaning that any future malware that exploits this vulnerability could propagate from vulnerable computer to vulnerable computer in a similar way as the WannaCry malware spread across the globe in 2017,” Microsoft’s Simon Pope warns.

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Amazon is having one of the best sales for the Apple Watch Series 4 to date

Mac World - Tue, 2019-05-14 15:05

We’re finally getting to the point where we regularly see good deals for the Apple Watch Series 4. Today, you’ll find some of the best ones to date over at Amazon, where the online retailer is knocking down the price for both the GPS-only and cellular models by as much as $70.

Here are some of the standouts.

GPS only
  • 40mm Space Gray with Black Sport Band: $349 (down from $399)
  • 44mm Gold with Pink Sand Sport Band: $379.00 (down from $429)
GPS + cellular
  • 40mm Space Gray with Black Sport Band: $449.99 (down from $499.00)
  • 40mm Gold with Pink Sand Sport Band: $449.99 (down from $499)
  • 44mm Space Gray with Black Sport Loop: $479.99 (down from $529)
  • 44mm Gold with Stone Sport Band: $679 (down from $749)

There was an even better discount yesterday, but it didn’t last long. Still, I’d take that as evidence that we’re going to keep seeing deals like this in the near future.

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AmazonBasics Computer Speakers, USB Powered review: These budget speakers are a sound savings

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-14 15:00

How low can you go in price and still get a quality set of computer speakers? That’s the question Amazon effectively poses with each set of its AmazonBasics speakers. We may have found the answer with these USB-powered 2.0 computers speakers, currently one of the company’s best sellers.

Of all the AmazonBasics speaker I’ve reviewed to date, these are the first built as I’d expect for a budget set. Each speaker driver is encased in boxy, plastic enclosure with a mesh covering. The individual units measure 2.8 x 3.5 x 5.3 inches and weigh less than 1.5 pounds.

One speaker, which we’ll call the control unit, has a power/volume knob and blue LED on its front. A 3.5mm headphone jack sits to the right of these. The speakers are hardwired together, and a second luxuriously long cable attached to the control unit splits into USB and 3.5mm audio inputs. Both cables are thicker than you often find on low-priced speakers, so there’s little worry that they’ll get pinched or torn.

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AmazonBasics USB-Powered Computer Speakers with Dynamic Sound review: Balanced sound for a budget price

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-14 15:00

PC speakers typically prove the maxim “you get what you pay for.” The trade-off for saving a few sawbucks is often shoddy construction, generic design, and subpar sound. AmazonBasics USB-Powered Computer Speakers with Dynamic Sound dispel that idea. Combining great audio, a sturdy build, and a contemporary look, this system is a steal.

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The speakers are hardwired together and feature a plug-and-play setup.

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Amazon’s Alexa Guard adds new security features to Amazon Echo smart speakers

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-14 14:05
Alexa Guard can operate on its own or in conjunction with full security systems from Ring and ADT.

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