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Twitter poll: Would you be interested in a folding iPhone?

Mac World - Wed, 2018-11-07 10:40
Vote in our Twitter poll and leave a comment. We'll discuss the results on the Macworld Podcast on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 9 a.m. Pacific, live on Twitter.(twitter.com)

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Nvidia's Shield TV, the best media streamer for enthusiasts, hits its lowest price yet

PC World - Wed, 2018-11-07 09:50

You don’t need to settle for a simple Chromecast or Amazon Fire TV Stick. If you’re looking for a media streamer that checks virtually every high-end box you could ask for and can play games from a wide variety of sources, Nvidia’s Shield TV with remote is just $140 on Amazon right now. That’s $40 cheaper than the usual price of $180 for the device we crowned “the best media streamer for geeks.” We haven’t seen the Shield TV price drop very often, and this is the all-time low for Nvidia’s streaming box.

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Save Over 90% On A Lifetime Subscription To Windscribe VPN ($59)

Mac World - Wed, 2018-11-07 09:02

Free public Wi-Fi is one of the most convenient services you can take advantage of; it allows you to make important calls and emails, or stream your favorite shows without consuming mobile data. Unfortunately, hackers love targeting public hotspots, making a solid VPN a necessity. While there are dozens of VPN services available, Windscribe VPN will protect your devices and offer additional features you won’t typically find on a standard VPN for $59.

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Get This $260 Philips Sonicare Alternative For Just $50 Today

PC World - Wed, 2018-11-07 09:00

When shopping for an electric toothbrush, Philips Sonicare and Braun Oral B instantly come to mind. These brands offer outstanding entry-level electric toothbrushes for a fair price. However, the lower-priced models don’t include the bells and whistles the higher end models offer, and these toothbrushes can easily cost over $100. If you’re looking for a feature-packed electric toothbrush that doesn’t carry a name brand premium, this $49.99 Platinum Sonic toothbrush is for you.

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The rules of magnetic attraction in Apple products

Mac World - Wed, 2018-11-07 08:00

There was a time when magnets were the most terrifying things in computing. Magnets erased floppy disks and tape cassettes and even hard drives. But in the modern era, magnets are our friends. Apple has used them for various important tasks over the years, from the convenient breakaway charging cable of MagSafe to the sensor that knows you’ve closed your MacBook’s lid—and the attraction that helps keep it closed.

In the last few years, Apple has brought the rules of magnetic attraction to the Apple Watch, the iPhone, and now the iPad. How do they work? You don’t need to know to appreciate what magnets do for modern Apple devices. And that goes double for the new iPad Pro, with its 102 magnets—as cited in Apple’s launch video about the product, no less—and all of the magnetic accessories that go along with it.

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Best MacBook, MacBook Air, and Macbook Pro sleeves: Keep safe and stylish with our top picks

Mac World - Wed, 2018-11-07 07:00

Nobody wants the beautiful aluminum body of their MacBook scuffed or scratched. Fortunately, MacBook sleeves are to the rescue.

Sleeves are a great way to keep your MacBook protected, store it for traveling, or just look classy when you’re carrying your computer around the office.

But there are an overwhelming number of sleeves online for the MacBook, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro. It can be hard to tell which are good quality and worth the money. 

So Macworld is getting hands-on with some of the best-known brands as well as more eclectic designers to pick out the best sleeves for Apple’s line of MacBooks, both new and old models. Watch this space as we’ll be keeping it updated with our favorites.

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Best Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL cases: Top picks in every style

PC World - Wed, 2018-11-07 06:45

The Google Pixel 3 has arrived and it's more fragile than ever. Not only is there more screen on the front, the back is now entirely made of glass as well, making it likely to crack somewhere if you drop it. You know where we're going with this—you're going to need a case. Here are the best ones we've found so far:

 
  1. Google Pixel 3 Fabric Case View
  2. Incipio NPG View
  3. Incipio DualPro View
  4. Speck Presidio Grip View
  5. Under Armour Protect Verge View
  6. LifeProof Next View
  7. Otterbox Defender View
  8. OtterBox Symmetry Clear View
  9. Totallee Thin View
  10. Speck Presidio Stay Clear View

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The iPhone XR is a great phone but here are three ways Apple can make it even better right now

Mac World - Wed, 2018-11-07 06:30

As I write in my review, the iPhone XR is a great phone. It's has the speed and design of the iPhone XS, a price tag to match the iPhone 8, and battery life to beat them all.

But as good as it is, the iPhone XR isn't quite perfect. And the reasons why it isn't have nothing to do with hardware. The decisions Apple made with the camera and the screen make perfect sense on the iPhone XR, and neither is a deal-breaker. But there are some things related to the camera and screen that could be changed, and we don't even have to wait until the iPhone XR2 to get them. With a few simple tweaks in iOS 12.3, Apple can dramatically improve the iPhone XR experience and add even more value to its most affordable A12-based smartphone:

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Samsung Q8FN 4K UHD TV review: A great TV and a comparative bargain

Mac World - Wed, 2018-11-07 06:00
It doesn't come with the One Connect breakout box you get with the Q9FN, but it offers nearly the same performance as higher-end model for $700 less.

iPhone XR review: This iPhone might be the best Apple has ever made

Mac World - Wed, 2018-11-07 06:00

We may never know what the R in the iPhone XR actually means—Apple VP Phil Schiller himself said that the R doesn’t really mean much to Apple. But I have my own guess: reboot.

Before the release of the iPhone X last year, the iPhone 8 was in need of a redesign. It had been some three years since Apple first unveiled its large-screen iPhones, but nothing about them changed much since the iPhone 6. The iPhone 8 brought wireless charging and a better camera, but it didn’t look or feel like a 2017 phone, let alone a 2018 one.

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Samsung Q8FN 4K UHD TV review: A great TV and a comparative bargain

PC World - Wed, 2018-11-07 06:00
It doesn't come with the One Connect breakout box you get with the Q9FN, but it offers nearly the same performance as higher-end model for $700 less.

iPhone XR review: This iPhone might be the best Apple has ever made

PC World - Wed, 2018-11-07 06:00
The iPhone XR isn't as cutting-edge as the iPhone XS, but it strikes a perfect balance between luxury and affordability.

What AMD's 64-core 'Rome' server CPU tells us about Ryzen 2

PC World - Wed, 2018-11-07 05:57

AMD’s Ryzen 2 consumer CPU isn’t coming until 2019, but we saw hints of what to expect in “Rome,” the 64-core server CPU AMD unveiled on Tuesday. It’s based on a new 7nm Zen 2 core that’s likely to find its way into Ryzen 2 next year. Let’s take a closer look.  

Each Rome CPU will feature 64 cores with symmetrical multi-threading for 128 threads per socket. The CPU itself is “revolutionary,” AMD said, and is built around eight separate 7nm “chiplets” with eight cores each.

The chipsets contain no memory controller or PCIe, but are instead tied to a central IO chip built on 14nm. The IO chip has 8 channels of DDR4 plus support for PCIe 4.0. The company connects each chiplet to the IO chip via a 2nd-generation reduced latency Infinity Fabric. 

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Goodbye, Cortana: Microsoft's Javier Soltero leaves, putting the digital assistant's future in doubt

PC World - Tue, 2018-11-06 18:29

Javier Soltero, who briefly led the development of Microsoft’s Cortana digital assistant, plans to leave the company, Soltero confirmed on Tuesday.

Soltero confirmed his decision via Twitter after ZDNet reported the story earlier on Tuesday. Microsoft representatives had not previously responded to requests for comment, but confirmed his departure after Soltero’s Twitter message.

“I’ve made the decision to leave Microsoft,” Soltero wrote. “The past 4 years have been an incredible experience. I’m humbled to have been a part of building something that 100M+ users depend on every day and grateful to have worked with some amazing people.

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Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 9 a.m.

Mac World - Tue, 2018-11-06 16:00

The Macworld staff talks about the new iPhone XR, new MacBook Air, and new Mac mini. What’s going on with Apple’s stock price? We also respond to your comments and questions for Leif Johnson, Dan Masaoka, and Michael Simon in the Macworld Podcast, episode 629.

Watch us live

Due to scheduling conflicts this week, the Macworld Podcast will broadcast an hour earlier than its usual time. This episode will air on Wednesday, November 7, at 9 a.m. Pacific. You can watch on Twitter via Periscope or on the Macworld YouTube channel.

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Twitter poll: Would you be interested in a folding iPhone?

Mac World - Tue, 2018-11-06 15:59
Vote in our Twitter poll and leave a comment. We'll discuss the results on the Macworld Podcast on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 9 a.m. Pacific, live on Twitter.(twitter.com)

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Nextbase 612GW Dash Cam review: A touchscreen, stylish design, and features galore

PC World - Tue, 2018-11-06 14:00

Nextbase’s 612GW dash cam made quite the impression when I popped it out of the box. First off, it’s the only dedicated dash cam I’ve tried with a touch display. Touch makes using the camera super-easy. Eliminating the buttons lends a clean and uncluttered aspect to what is easily one of the more stylish dash cams to cross our portal.

The 612GW also has GPS integrated into the mount, takes very good day and night video (up to 4K UHD!), has a battery that allows it to run for a few minutes away from the 12-volt, and even offloads via a phone app. 

The only negative is the low-light captures, which are some of the weaker I've seen recently when it comes to peripheral detail. 

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Buy a 9.7-inch iPad at Costco for Black Friday-worthy pricing

Mac World - Tue, 2018-11-06 13:30

If you’re a Costco member, today you can pick up the 2018 128GB 9.7-inch iPad for close to the price of the entry-level 64GB version. The popular wholesale retailer is selling it for just $349.99 in space grayRemove non-product link, silverRemove non-product link, and goldRemove non-product link, down from the regular price of $429. That’s the kind of pricing we’d normally expect to see on Black Friday.

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Google's Chrome 71 will block 'abusive' ads that trick you into clicking them

PC World - Tue, 2018-11-06 13:24

Google Chrome 71, due in December, will block what it calls “abusive” ads—ones that employ deceptive elements to trick users into clicking them them, Google said Monday.

In fact, the new browser will remove all ads from sites that feature these types of ads, the company said in a blog post

Google defines an abusive ad as one that includes a deceptive behavior—for example, an ad that includes a deceptive “close” or “X” button within it. In a legitimate ad, clicking such a button would close the ad. A deceptive ad makes the element part of the ad itself, so that clicking it actually launches the ad. That’s the sort of behavior that will trigger Google’s ire.

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Google offers Pixel 3XL users free Play Store credit, promises bug fixes 'in the coming weeks'

PC World - Tue, 2018-11-06 11:37

If you bought a Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL, you’re probably very happy with your purchase. But they’re not quite perfect. Over the weeks, several nagging bugs have popped up that have Pixel users shaking their fists and demanding retribution. And Google has heard their cries.

Ahead of an upcoming software update, Google is offering Pixel 3 owners free money for their troubles. Head over to the Google Play Store app on your Pixel and scroll down on the main page until you see an offer exclusively for Pixel 3 users. (My offer was $2, but your mileage may vary. Some people report getting as much as $5.) To claim the credit, simply click on the banner and follow the “Shop now” button. The credit expires on December 6, and is only good for apps and games, not movies or books.

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