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The blazing-fast 500GB Samsung 970 Evo SSD is 33% off at Amazon

PC World - Fri, 2019-06-14 09:43

If you have an empty M.2 NVMe slot in your desktop or laptop, now’s the time to put it to good use with an ultra-fast SSD. Amazon is selling the 500GB Samsung 970 Evo for $100. This is the all-time low on Amazon for this drive, and about $50 cheaper than it was just a few days ago (and for most of May and early June).

You won’t find the Samsung 970 Evo in our round-up of the best SSDs of 2019, because it’s overshadowed by its siblings, the Evo Plus and 970 Pro.

Nevertheless, when  we reviewed the Samsung 970 Evo in April 2018, we loved it as a fast yet affordable drive that delivers much better bang for your buck than the 970 Pro. The 500GB 970 Evo does tend to run out of cache during especially large write jobs, which means performance slows noticeably–by about half during our tests.

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Move data from your PC to iOS with iMazing 2, now only $20

PC World - Fri, 2019-06-14 09:05

iOS users know the anguish associated with upgrading to a new device, largely due to the massive hassle that is moving data between devices. Thankfully, there's iMazing 2, the innovative tool that lets you freely move data between devices without having to jailbreak them, and it's on sale for only $20.

iMazing 2 provides an easy method of transferring data between iOS devices without involving iCloud or iTunes. And you won’t need to jailbreak your devices either. Just install this desktop app on either your compatible Windows or Mac computer, connect your iOS devices either wirelessly or by USB, and swap files as needed. It really couldn’t be any simpler.

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This "invisible" MacBook stand is only $20 today

Mac World - Fri, 2019-06-14 09:05

If you spend the majority of your day working on a laptop, you need a stand to give you an optimal working stance. However, laptop stands can be quite cumbersome, and some are even bigger than most laptops! If you’re looking for a sleek, non-intrusive laptop stand, then the MOFT Invisible Laptop Stand is the perfect choice for $19.99.

Okay, the MOFT isn’t exactly invisible, but its slim, lightweight design and simple application make it so easy to forget that it’s even there. The MOFT uses a strong adhesive to attach to the bottom of your laptop, and its dual-angle folds provide two height settings that can support laptops up to 18 lbs and 15.6 inches wide. If you need to store your laptop, the MOFT folds to the thickness of a coin, so you can transport it without adding additional bulk to your bag.

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Intel's NUC Compute Elements hopes to make laptops modular

PC World - Fri, 2019-06-14 08:00

Stop us if you've heard this one before: Imagine buying an ultrabook laptop or all-in-one PC that could be one day be easily have its guts swapped out for a faster CPU, faster RAM and faster SSD.

If that sounds faintly like Intel's failed Compute Card imitative from 2017, it is kinda. But when we talked to Intel officials recently at Computex in Taipei, they claimed to have thought about what made Compute Card fizzle and addressed it.

While the previous version was limited to 5-watt Y-class CPUs, the new NUC Compute Elements can run 15-watt U-class chips. Part of that is helped by the design of the NUC Compute Elements, which uses the backside as a giant heat sink. Inside you'll get an 8th-gen U-class CPU, SSD, RAM and wireless modules.

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The 10 best PC games of E3 2019

PC World - Fri, 2019-06-14 06:30

E3 2019 is over, and what did we learn? Well, March and April of 2020 are going to be an absolute embarrassment of riches. Four of our favorite games from this show are due to release during that two-month timespan, including heavy hitters like Dying Light 2 and Cyberpunk 2077.

Indeed, our favorite games of E3 2019 are more predictable than usual I think. Whether it’s because these games stood that far above the rest this year or because there’s less to choose from, the end result is the same. Comparing beforehand, my stalwart editor Brad Chacos and I had pretty much the exact same list.

It’s that kind of year though, and I’m not going to complain about 10 games so incredible-looking they eclipse all others. That’s at least 10 games I’m looking forward to playing in the next year or two. If you’re looking for a wider look at the show’s biggest reveals, be sure to check out our roundup of the 41 must-see PC game trailers of E3 2019. These games were the best of the best though. Without further ado…

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Alienware m15 review: The power of OLED compels you

PC World - Fri, 2019-06-14 06:30

The Alienware m15 midrange gaming laptop we’re reviewing here is in a bit of a weird spot at the moment, caught mid-refresh. In October of 2018 the Alienware m15 debuted—at long last, a slimmed-down version of its longtime Alienware 15 laptop. But only a few months later that version is seemingly on its way out, with the announcement at Computex that the product line will soon be updated with the “Legend” design language first seen on the flagship Alienware Area-51m.

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Reading between the lines of Apple's WWDC announcements

Mac World - Fri, 2019-06-14 06:30

There’s only so much information one can digest in a single sitting. Even a week after Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference wrapped up, we’re still sifting through the details of the company’s announcements. And that’s before the deluge of users even installing the public beta.

But beyond just the features that Apple has included (or hasn’t) in the next versions of its software platforms, there’s also a lot to glean from these announcements about the company’s future plans. In some cases they’re obvious; in others, you just need to read between the lines a little bit. As I pored over Apple’s website, I noticed a few things that made me think about what the folks in Cupertino might have in store.

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Best smart speakers: Which deliver the best combination of digital assistant and audio performance?

Mac World - Fri, 2019-06-14 06:00
With models based on Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and others to come, we’ll help you find just the right model for you.

Best smart speakers: Which deliver the best combination of digital assistant and audio performance?

PC World - Fri, 2019-06-14 06:00
With models based on Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and others to come, we’ll help you find just the right model for you.

Lenovo Smart Clock review: Great form compensates for a lack of function

PC World - Fri, 2019-06-14 06:00
The Lenovo Smart Clock is the smallest Google Assistant-powered smart display, both in size and stature, but it nails its core mission.

Why Apple should follow Google's lead and 'leak' the iPhone 11 design early

Mac World - Fri, 2019-06-14 06:00

It’s only June but already the fall smartphone wars are heating up. Apple last week unveiled iOS 13 and with it many of the new features that will grace the next iPhone, and now Google has one-upped the hype machine with an unprecedented reveal of the Pixel 4 months ahead of its presumed launch.

And why not? We all know the Pixel 4 is coming in October, and after YouTube creator Unbox Therapy got his hands on a metal model of new phone and seemingly spilled all the details about the new dual camera and design, it was just a matter of counting the days. So rather than let it play out with rumors and speculation for months like it did with the Pixel 3, Google went ahead and took control the narrative.

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Apple Pencil: All the changes coming in iPadOS 13

Mac World - Thu, 2019-06-13 16:54

Apple didn’t announce any new versions of the Apple Pencil hardware at this year’s WWDC, but it did announce some substantial improvements to how we’ll use it. The stylish stylus only took up a few minutes of Apple’s iPadOS presentation, but those moments were enough to demonstrate that Apple’s transforming it into more of a necessity than a novelty.

Apple is taking care to show that the Pencil isn’t just a tool for artists. Indeed, the WWDC presentation spent more time showing how we might use it in an office environment—in other words, more like a pen and legal pad. Here’s what you can expect when iPadOS drops later in the year.

Better latency, better writing experience

The Apple Pencil already has a very good latency of 20ms, but iPadOS will push that all the way down to 9ms. That means the iPad will do a better job of interpreting your subtle movements while handling the Pencil, which in turn should translate into a writing experience that better resembles writing with a pen. The differences will likely be subtle, but even subtle differences can leave a big impact when it comes to writing.

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PCWorld's June Digital Magazine: This is the first foldable tablet

PC World - Thu, 2019-06-13 16:47

Stay on top of the latest tech with PCWorld’s Digital Magazine. Available as single copies or as a monthly subscription, it highlights the best content from—the most important news, the key product reviews, and the most useful features and how-to stories—in a curated Digital Magazine for Android and iOS, as well for the desktop and other tablet readers.

In the June issue

On the cover of the June issue is Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 foldable prototype. Find out why it may have killed the laptop for one editor. In the features section, find out how Windows and Chrome quietly made 2019 the year of Linux on the desktop. Plus, we lay out the best free PC games currently on the market.

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Ghost Recon Breakpoint's rogue operative oozes mesmerizing Apocalypse Now-style madness

PC World - Thu, 2019-06-13 16:32

Jon Bernthal might save Ghost Recon Breakpoint as former-Ghost, now-antagonist Cole D. Walker. "Might," because all I played was a 45-minute demo, and he only appeared in a single scene. Who knows how often he shows up, or how his story plays out?

But what I can say is that in two or three minutes, Bernthal put on a better show than the entirety of Ghost Recon Wildlands. He's got that Heart of Darkness, that Apocalypse Now madness down. You can hear it in his voice, as the Walker regales his comrade with stories about adventures in Mexico, breaking every once in a while to relay commands. It's mesmerizing, his monologuing. We shot a lot of weapons and killed a lot of enemies in my Breakpoint demo, but the part I truly enjoyed was simply sitting back and watching that scene play out.

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What's inside the Atari VCS: Faux wood paneling, AMD's Ryzen, and the soul of a Steam Machine

PC World - Thu, 2019-06-13 15:00

Surprise! The Atari VCS still exists. The last time we saw it was GDC 2018, at which time I asked “What the hell is this?” and Atari provided very few answers. As I now know, that’s because the entire project was in flux, a pivot point where one partner left the project and another came on.

Now, more than a year after Atari started raising money, the Atari VCS is a mostly functional product. But will anyone buy it? And really, what the hell is it? We met with Atari behind closed doors at E3 2019 to find out.

Full steam ahead

“Steam Machines are actually a pretty good comparison,” says Atari’s Rob Wyatt when I bring them up. “Everyone always compares us to retro boxes, which we’re not. Or they pick PlayStation, which we’re not.”

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Intel hires ex-AMD fellow, Xbox chip designer John Sell to oversee chip security

PC World - Thu, 2019-06-13 14:49

Intel has hired another big name: John Sell, the ex-AMD fellow and Apple architect who designed the Scorpio and Scarlett SOCs for Microsoft's Xbox One, as a fellow overseeing chip security for Intel.

John Sell / LinkedIn

According to Sell's LinkedIn profile, Sell left Microsoft to join Intel in May. Sell lists his official title as an Intel fellow, responsible for "Security for Intel Architecture, Graphics, and Software." An Intel spokeswoman confirmed Sell's hire. Sell will report to ex-AMD graphics guru Raja Koduri, senior vice president of the Core and Visual Computing Group at Intel, "focusing on architecture and security innovation," she said.

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Amazon is selling the new iPad Air for the best prices we've seen so far

Mac World - Thu, 2019-06-13 13:57

Head over to Amazon today, and you’ll find a heavy discount on the new iPad Air. The online retailer is selling both the cellular and Wi-Fi-only models for anywhere from $30 to $40 off and that includes multiple configurations. If B&H Photo is more your speed, you’ll find many of the same deals over thereRemove non-product link as well.

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Watch The Full Nerd talk about AMD and Nvidia news live!

PC World - Thu, 2019-06-13 13:12

Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. Today's show dives deep into AMD's announcements around Ryzen 9 3950X and Navi, aka Radeon RX 5700XT. And oh yeah, there are some juicy rumors about what Nvidia Super means. As always we will be answering your live questions so speak up in the chat.

If YouTube is not your thing you can also watch us on Twitch, Facebook, and Twitter.

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Amazon is running a monster sale on PNY storage devices at all-time-low prices

Mac World - Thu, 2019-06-13 11:54
Amazon has discounted many of PNY's flash drives and SSD to all-time-low prices.

Amazon is running a monster sale on PNY storage devices at all-time-low prices

PC World - Thu, 2019-06-13 11:54

Beefing up your storage options can make your life a whole lot easier, and today, an Amazon sale on a solid lineup of PNY storage products can help you add some space at crazy-low prices. You'll find discounts from flash drives to SSDs, so whatever your storage needs, you should be able to find one that works for you.

First up is a five-pack of 32GB Attache USB 2.0 flash drives is $22Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $30. With a sliding collar design, these flash drives are ultra portable and are compatible with most PC and Mac computers. Also marked down is a 128GB Elite-X Fit USB 3.0 flash drive for just $17.49Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $29.75 and an all-time low. This tiny flash drive features read speeds up to 200MB/s and is also compatible with a wide range of devices, and with five of them you'll never have to search to hard to find one.

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