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Belkin's $230 USB-C Express Dock is down to $99—and even less if you're an Amazon Prime member

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-10 10:59

If you could use a few more connections on your laptop on your MacBook or PC, Belkin's USB-C 3.1 Express Dock, which comes equipped with a 3.3-foot USB-C cable, can provide up to eight ports. Amazon is selling is for $99 today, a sharp discount from its $229 list price and by far the lowest we've seen it. And if you're an Amazon Prime member, you can save another 20 percent, bringing it down to an unheard-of $80.

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Get a Lifetime of VPN Unlimited for Just $39.99

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-10 10:42

With the potential of Internet service providers selling off your browsing info, protecting your data has become more essential than ever. A lifetime subscription to VPN Unlimited can help by safeguarding your online activities and sensitive business information. Normally $500, you can get a lifetime subscription today for just $39.99 today. 

VPN Unlimited hides and encrypts your data from prying eyes, which is ideal when you're connected to public WiFi, regardless of whether you're sitting in a coffee shop or an airport.

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You Can Get A Lifetime Of Ivacy VPN For Just $30

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-10 10:39

Between geo-restrictions, third-party trackers, and ISPs slowing your browsing speed, there's no shortage of obstacles standing between you and the content you're trying to enjoy online. Ivacy VPN gives you the means to sidestep today's browsing restrictions with access to a colossal network of more than 450 secure servers spanning over 100 locations across the globe. Lifetime subscriptions are on sale today for more than 90% off the usual price.

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Best media streaming devices

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-10 10:30
Which streaming box is best for cord cutters? And what's the skinny on streaming sticks? Our buying guide will help you pick the right accessories for your TV.

Best media streaming devices

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-10 10:30
Which streaming box is best for cord cutters? And what's the skinny on streaming sticks? Our buying guide will help you pick the right accessories for your TV.

If you forgot your Windows admin password, try this

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-10 08:28

Okay, so you forgot your password for logging in to Windows. All is not lost. You can still log in to Windows—even if there is no other administrative account on the PC.

From a security point of view, this is actually scary news. But there are legitimate reasons to use the tricks below, and none of them will let a criminal log in without your knowledge (the password is changed, not revealed) or gain access to encrypted data. (You do encrypt your sensitive files, right?)

I’ve provided instructions here for Windows 7 and 10. Windows 8 users should have no trouble following the Windows 10 instructions. 

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Qoopa PDF Studio Pro 2018 review: A new look strengthens this Acrobat alternative

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-10 08:00

We had mixed feelings about Qoppa’s PDF Studio Pro when we last gave it a look. Its depth of features rivaled Adobe Acrobat DC and top alternatives like Nitro Pro, but it was hamstrung by a woefully dated interface and clunky functionality for common PDF tasks like editing text and images. Fortunately, PDF Studio Pro 2018 remedies these shortcomings, completely overhauling the UI and addressing the worst of the content editing quirks.

Like its predecessor, PDF Studio Pro 2018 includes everything you need to manage PDFs. You can create PDFs from scanned paper documents or by converting Microsoft Office files, plain text, and several image files types. It provides a comprehensive set of review and markup tools such as highlighting; sticky notes; text boxes; and graphical, audio, and freehand annotations. And you can secure your documents with passwords, permissions, encryption, and digital and electronic signatures.

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iOS 12: How to customize grouped notifications

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-10 07:00

If you ever ask an Android user what they dislike most about iOS, Apple’s notification system almost always enters the discussion. Before iOS 12, we’d get individual notifications for every little thing, while for years Android decluttered its home screens by smartly grouping notifications.

With iOS 12, Apple finally gets its own version of grouped notifications. Even better, you can customize which apps have grouped notifications and which don’t. After all, some apps benefit more from individual notifications than others. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Press Notifications.
  3. Find the specific app you’d like to customize the notifications for, and press it.
  4. On this screen you can do all kinds of things with your notifications, but for our purposes, we want to scroll down to Notification Grouping. Press it.
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I’m only picking on Messages here because it’s the app I get the most notifications from. As you can see, I keep most turned off.

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Custo-meh-er satisfaction: Buyer’s remorse and the iPhone X

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-10 06:00

The iPhone X has been out for about eight months now, so it’s time to look back on what a mistake it was to buy one.

Writing for the very fine people and editors and plague monkeys at Business Insider, Matt Weinberger is positively meh on the iPhone X.

“I bought a $999 iPhone X eight months ago—and I kind of regret it.” (Tip o’ the antlers to David, Nick and Damien.)

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Microsoft's $399, 10-inch Surface Go rethinks the Windows tablet for consumers

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-09 21:00

For all of Microsoft’s claims about mobility, the Microsoft Surface lineup of Windows tablets really haven’t been all that portable. The smaller, cheaper, lighter Surface Go announced Tuesday morning hopes to change all that, with a new 10-inch spin on the traditional Surface tablet.

No, this isn’t the Surface Mini, or the rumored two-screen device, “Andromeda.” The Surface Go is most reminiscent of the Microsoft Surface 3, 2015’s quirky $499 Atom-powered tablet that provided a cheaper alternative to the pricey Surface line. The Surface Go dives even lower—prices will start at just $399 for a bare-bones model with 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage when it goes on sale August 2. A keyboard will be sold separately, beginning at $99, and the optional Surface Pen will cost $99 as well.

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Foxit PhantomPDF Business 9 review: A capable Acrobat alternative

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-09 20:01

Foxit’s PhantomPDF Business 8 took the bronze in our 2017 roundup of best PDF editors, behind Adobe Acrobat DC and Nitro Pro. Version 9, which is an incremental update rather than a major overhaul, doesn’t make us rethink that ranking but it does reinforce PhantomPDF as a strong alternative to Acrobat.

Like Adobe Acrobat DC and Nitro Pro, the two PDF editors to which it compares most favorably, PhantomPDF employs an Office-style ribbon to keep tools tidy. A dozen task-based tabs make it easy to navigate the editor’s wealth of functions, while a sidebar in the document pane puts common functions like reordering pages and viewing comments a mouse-click away.

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PDF Architect 6 Professional review: This PDF editor is ready for busines

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-09 19:51

PDF Architect 6 is billed as the only customizable PDF editor. What that means is it’s offered as a free download and three different paid packages, each containing a specific set of PDF tools it calls “modules.” These modules, which determine how much you can do with a PDF, can also be purchased individually based on your needs. We took a look at the business-ready Professional version, which comes with just about every available tool.

Like virtually every other PDF editor worth its salt, PDF Architect employs an Office-style ribbon interface that organizes tools in a baker’s dozen of tabs. While the first 12 tabs cover common document tasks like creating, converting, reviewing, and securing PDFs, the 13th is an empty “custom” tab to which you can add your favorite tools and create a personalized ribbon bar. A series of tabs in the document pane let you navigate PDFs by page, thumbnail, bookmark, link, or text search.

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Apple updates macOS High Sierra to version 10.13.6

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-09 17:24

Apple on Monday released an update to macOS High Sierra. The update comes on the heels of iO 11.4.1, watchOS 4.3.2, and tvOS 11.4.1, which were released earlier in the day.

AirPlay users will want to install this update sooner than later. MacOS High Sierra 10.13.6 includes AirPlay 2 multi-room support, so you can now play music on multiple AirPlay 2 speakers and control them on the Mac.

According to the release notes, the 10.13.6 update also:

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Save $90 on an Apple Watch Series 3 from Target

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-09 14:13

Target has been targeting Apple users as of late, and that’s a good thing. Just yesterday the retailer offered a rare massive discount on Apple’s AirPods, but the inventory vanished by the time I had the article ready. Fortunately, today Target (through Google Express) is offering a fantastic 25 percent discount for the Apple Watch Series 3 when you enter the code EXTRA25 at checkout.

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Apple releases 11.4.1 bug-fix updates for iOS, tvOS, and HomePod, plus watchOS 4.3.2

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-09 14:04

Apple has begun rolling out a suite of OS updates. For your iPhone or iPad, it’s iOS 11.4.1. For Apple TV, it’s tvOS 11.4.1. HomePod used a variant of the same OS, and thus its version number is 11.4.1 as well. For Apple Watch, you’ll see a watchOS 4.3.2 update.

These are point releases that don’t add new features, but rather fix bugs and optimize performance. 

This is the 15th update after the initial release of iOS 11 on September 19, 2017, which makes iOS 11 the most-updated version of iOS ever.

What’s new?

iOS 11.4 added Messages in iCloud, AirPlay 2, and HomePod stereo pairing. This 11.4.1 update only fixes bugs found in the last six weeks since its release. Specifically, Apple calls out improvements in the ability to locate your AirPods in the Find My iPhone app as well as syncing mail, contacts, and calendars with Exchange servers.

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Prey: Mooncrash review: Expansion or not, this is one of 2018's best and most unique games

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-09 14:00

Prey is one of 2017's most underrated games, and as an expansion that makes Mooncrash an even more niche prospect, a game that will be played by a small subset of a small subset. Which is a shame, because strip away its "expansion" status and Mooncrash is one of the best, most innovative games of 2018. It's Arkane's masterpiece, a true testament to what a talented team can do with systems-first design.

Every Prey fan should play it. And those who haven't yet become Prey fans? You should be.

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Anker's popular fast-chargers and portable batteries are on sale for unheard-of prices, today only

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-09 12:15

Forget about Christmas in July. This year, you can save big with Black Friday in July. Amazon Prime Day kicks off on July 16, and the retailer’s warming up for the blowout by offering some steep deals leading up to the event. Today, you can snag all manner of Anker’s popular chargers, cables, and portable batteries at mostly unheard-of savings. The discounts end at midnight Pacific time Monday, and you need to be an Amazon Prime subscriber (or sign up for a free 30-day Amazon Prime trial) to claim them.

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Anker's popular fast-chargers and portable batteries are on sale for unheard-of prices, today only

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-09 12:15

Forget about Christmas in July. This year, you can save big with Black Friday in July. Amazon Prime Day kicks off on July 16, and the retailer’s warming up for the blowout by offering some steep deals leading up to the event. Today, you can snag all manner of Anker’s popular chargers, cables, and portable batteries at mostly unheard-of savings. The discounts end at midnight Pacific time Monday, and you need to be an Amazon Prime subscriber (or sign up for a free 30-day Amazon Prime trial) to claim them.

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