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This tiny Anker charger is three times more powerful than Apple’s and it’s under $12 today

Mac World - Tue, 2019-01-08 12:12

There’s only one thing worse than seeing a red battery indicator on your iPhone: plugging into Apple’s 5W charger and watching your phone take hours to fill up. Anker has solved that problem with a fast charger that’s barely bigger than the one Apple supplies. And today, Amazon is selling the Anker 15W PowerPort C 1 USB wall charger for just $11.74Remove non-product link when you check the $1 off coupon box in the listing. That’s down from a list price of $19 and the best price we’ve seen for this new charger.

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Comcast xFinity xFi Advanced Security will protect all your connected devices for $5.99/mo

PC World - Tue, 2019-01-08 12:00
Comcast taps CujoAI's IoT cloud protection service to protect any and all connected devices in your home via the new Xfinity xFi Advanced Security, using its Xfinity xFi gateways.

HP's revamped Omen 15 laptop packs GeForce RTX graphics and a ludicrously fast 240Hz display

PC World - Tue, 2019-01-08 11:48

HP is kicking 2019 off strong with an updated HP Omen 15. This sleek gaming laptop features a 15-inch 1080p G-Sync TN panel that cranks it all the way up to 240Hz, a ludicrously fast refresh rate that should satisfy even the most diehard twitch shooter enthusiasts. In the configuration we saw, the new Omen 15 came rocking the 2.2GHz, six-core, Intel "Coffee Lake" Core i7-8750H, 16GB of RAM, and (as we later learned) an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics card for ray tracing on the go.

The physical design isn't all that different from the Omen 15 update that shipped in mid-2018, though HP did tweak the current look by putting all the ports on the rear of the machine. That gets your wires out of the way to give your mouse more room to roam.

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Eyes-on: Nvidia's massive 65-inch BFGD gaming monitors get real with HP's Omen X Emperium

PC World - Tue, 2019-01-08 10:26

Just stare in awe at this massive BFGD—and no, the “F” doesn’t mean what you think it does. HP just became the first manufacturer to embrace Nvidia’s wild Big Format Gaming Displays in the form of the HP Omen X Emperium 65.

This is an insane monitor, full stop. It features a 65-inch 4K HDR display with 384 backlighting zones, DCI-P3 color gamut, game-smoothing G-Sync technology, and a blazing-fast 144Hz refresh rate. It also comes with an Nvidia Shield console built-in, and that massive screen sits on top of a 120 watt soundbar that has been specifically tuned to avoid ripping your monitor apart when things get loud. The soundbar can even detect and amplify footsteps and other in-game sounds if someone’s trying to creep up on you in Fortnite, Overwatch, or any other game.

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Newegg is selling a killer GeForce RTX 2080 bundle with two free games for less than $650 today

PC World - Tue, 2019-01-08 10:00

If you've had your eye on a new graphics card for the new year, today's the day to take the plunge. Newegg is selling the MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ventus 8G for $633Remove non-product link after applying the checkout code SPVGAJANTEN and a sending in a $15 mail-in rebate. And to sweeten the pot, Nvidia is throwing in a copy of Anthem and Battlefield V, the first game with ray tracing support, for free.

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This Complete Arduino Starter Kit Is Just $52 Right Now (75% Off)

PC World - Tue, 2019-01-08 10:00

Electronics careers are plentiful. Few people, however, consider employment in this field likely because they don’t know whether they have the aptitude. But, that was then. Now, there are a wide range of simple kits you can purchase, such as the Arduino Uno Ultimate Starter kit, that can teach you the basics so you’ll find out if you have what it takes. It's on sale today for only $51.99.

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The Philips Hue lineup expands with three new outdoor fixtures and an outdoor sensor

Mac World - Tue, 2019-01-08 09:00
The outdoor sensor could be a great home security offering, as well as a convenient way to turn on lights when you come home in the dark.

The Philips Hue lineup expands with three new outdoor fixtures and an outdoor sensor

PC World - Tue, 2019-01-08 09:00
The outdoor sensor could be a great home security offering, as well as a convenient way to turn on lights when you come home in the dark.

Leviton puts Alexa in a dimmer switch

PC World - Tue, 2019-01-08 08:00
Leviton is expanding its range of smart home switches and outlets with the Decora Voice Dimmer, a new Wi-Fi dimmer switch with Amazon Alexa built in.

WriterDuet Pro Is Over Half Off Right Now, Starting At Just $40

Mac World - Tue, 2019-01-08 08:00

Every feature film requires a screenplay, which is a script that provides acting and scene instructions. While major blockbusters like Marvel films differ greatly from low budget indie films, both require a polished screenplay to be successful. So whether you’re an entry-level screenwriter looking to master your craft or an experienced screenwriter with a few movie scripts under your belt, WriterDuet Pro can help bring your screenplays to life for as low as $39.99

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MSI's GS75 Stealth is one stupidly thin and light 17-inch gaming laptop

PC World - Tue, 2019-01-08 07:53

We’ve come a long way with gaming laptops, and nothing illustrates that more than MSI’s new 17-inch GS75 Stealth laptop. Shown at CES, it packs in a high-performance CPU and GPU while still weighing an amazing 4.9 pounds.

How light is that? It’s just a half-pound heavier than some 15.6-inch laptops. Even crazier: this 17-inch laptop has a slightly smaller footprint than a 15.6-inch laptop from just a few years ago.

The GS75 Stealth features a 17-inch screen with a resolution of 1920x1080 and a refresh rate of 144Hz. The panel doesn’t support Nvidia’s G-sync, which requires the GPU to be on at all times, to the detriment of battery life.

The battery life itself is fairly decent, at a claimed 8 hours of “productivity” on its 80-watt hour battery.

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From bad to worse: Bad news leads to simplistic analysis

Mac World - Tue, 2019-01-08 07:00

Apple’s announcement of revised expectations for the most recently ended quarter was met in typical fashion by a flurry of slapdash analysis.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and competitive back waxing circuit, Gordon Kelly provides almost one-stop shopping for ridiculous assertions about Apple’s downward revision.

“iPhone Sales Fears After Apple Slashes Estimates.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Uluroo.)

The leaks were right.

And it only took 10 years of breathless reporting on supply chain Apple doom rumors for them to finally be right! So, it was all worth it.

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Satechi Aluminum Bluetooth Keyboard with Numeric Keypad review: Good form, unreliable function

Mac World - Tue, 2019-01-08 06:00

Products like the Satechi Aluminum Bluetooth Keyboard grant us a peek at the Apple that could be—in this case, an Apple that remains enamored with space gray aluminum but also committed to keyboards with generous key travel. And the Satechi keyboard is a decent effort, weighty and pleasant for typing, and it lets you pair it with up to three different Bluetooth devices. Viewed from across the room, it readily looks like it spawned in the mind of Jony Ive.

Yet I never felt a strong connection to the Satechi keyboard, mainly because it always struggled to connect with my Mac.

Maybe we can see this as a reminder that an Apple logo really does translate into quality, but first it’s also important to keep in mind that the logo’s absence lets you pick up what essentially amounts to a passable cousin of the Apple Magic Keyboard 2 with a keypad for a mere $79.99. If that sounds expensive, remember that Apple sells its own space gray version for a stunning $149. You could almost buy two Satechi keyboards for that price.

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Intel reveals its 10nm Ice Lake Core and stacked Lakefield CPUs, and 'Project Athena' for laptops

PC World - Mon, 2019-01-07 21:47

It’s official: The next major iteration of Intel’s Core microprocessor will be “Ice Lake,” and you’ll be able to buy it this holiday season in PCs from Dell and other manufacturers.

Intel used its CES 2019 keynote to formally launch the 10nm Ice Lake chip, based on the Sunny Cove architecture, as well as flesh out its existing Coffee Lake CPU family. But Intel’s surprisingly newsy keynote also featured something entirely different: Lakefield, a “big-little” approach to computing that combines stacked Atom and Core chips, as well as an entirely new platform approach to the PC. That initiative, known as Project Athena, will represent the next generation of ultrabook or thin-and-light PCs—and PCWorld has an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at it.

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Third-generation Meural Canvas is like having an art gallery in your home

PC World - Mon, 2019-01-07 21:30
Meural scales up the technology in its unique digital displays after being acquired by Netgear.

Third-generation Meural Canvas is like having an art gallery in your home

Mac World - Mon, 2019-01-07 21:30
Meural scales up the technology in its unique digital displays after being acquired by Netgear.

Sony goes big with 8K and hones its OLED technology

PC World - Mon, 2019-01-07 20:15
Sony goes 8K UHD with its 98- and 85-inch Z9G models, and it revs its 4K UHD OLED TV from the A9F to the A9G

Sony goes big with 8K and hones its OLED technology

Mac World - Mon, 2019-01-07 20:15
Sony goes 8K UHD with its 98- and 85-inch Z9G models, and it revs its 4K UHD OLED TV from the A9F to the A9G

Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon, X1 Yoga slim down with 8th-gen Core chips for 2019

PC World - Mon, 2019-01-07 20:00

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 series, including the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and ThinkPad X1 Yoga, are already among the top business notebooks in their class. At CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Lenovo’s making its laptops thinner, lighter, and faster with the latest Intel "Whiskey Lake" Core processors. The Yoga gets an all-new aluminum chassis, too.

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon (7th Gen), also known as the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2019) will be priced at $1709.99 and up, and will begin shipping in June. The  ThinkPad X1 Yoga Convertible Notebook 4th Gen, or the 2019 edition, will be priced at $1929.99 and up, also shipping in June.

As you might expect, both notebooks boast Intel’s 8th-generation Core chips—though Lenovo’s not saying what specific CPU architecture is included. One plus that’s common to both platforms is Lenovo’s continued commitment toward improving the display, with options that include both Dolby Vision and HDR400 certification, as well as 500 nit output on the 4K panel options and 400 nits on the 1080p displays. That’s much brighter than many laptop displays.

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Inside Project Athena: How Intel and PC makers are creating the ultra-responsive laptops of tomorrow

PC World - Mon, 2019-01-07 19:45

A little less than eight years ago Intel helped usher in the era of thin-and-light notebook PCs, then called ultrabooks. Now, Intel and a number of its partners are ready to take the ultrabook to the next level with “Project Athena,” in a multi-year roadmap they’re unveiling here at CES.

Intel executives say the have the support of partners including Acer, Asus, Dell, Google, HP, Lenovo, Microsoft, Samsung and Sharp. Yes, Google. You’ll eventually see “Athena”-specced Chromebooks, too. What Project Athena notebooks will eventually be branded as hasn’t been formally decided yet, but the timetable has; the first Project Athena laptops will ship in the second half of 2019. (Unfortunately, they won’t be at CES 2019 this week.)

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