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Why Amazon and Google just can't get along

Mac World - Thu, 2017-12-07 06:00
Amazon Prime Video finally arrives on Apple TV, but don't hold your breath for Chromecast support.

What can Apple learn from its terrible week of bugs?

Mac World - Thu, 2017-12-07 06:00

What can you say about Apple’s terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad week last week? A macOS security flaw and an iOS bug led to emergency security fixes, rapid OS releases, and the general sense that Apple’s software is having some serious safety and reliability problems.

But why is it happening, and what can be done about it? Unfortunately, Apple’s internal software-development processes are relatively secretive, not to mention incredibly complex. So beyond hoping that a week like this one doesn’t happen again, what can any of us say about it? (I’d certainly be interested in the perspective of someone like Steven Sinofsky, who managed Windows for Microsoft for many years, but unless someone has spent time working on developing an operating system with millions or billions of users, it’s unlikely they’ll understand the ridiculous complexity of these processes.)

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Why Amazon and Google just can't get along

PC World - Thu, 2017-12-07 06:00
Amazon Prime Video finally arrives on Apple TV, but don't hold your breath for Chromecast support.

Bragi Dash Pro true wireless headphones review: Packed with high-tech extras, but not worth the price

Mac World - Wed, 2017-12-06 20:45

For most people, $330 is a lot of money to spend on anything that isn’t groceries, a car payment, or your rent or mortgage. It’s an extravagant amount to pay for a set of headphones. For the price, you’d want them to be as close to perfect as possible. My problem with the Bragi Dash Pro true wireless headphones is that they sound good, but not great—a similar aural experience can be had with true wireless earphones that sell for at least $100 less. To justify their high price, Bragi packed the Dash Pro full of high tech extras, but unfortunately, not everything works as well as it should.

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Amazon Prime Video, tvOS 11.2, iOS 11.2 and your comments and questions: Macworld Podcast episode 585

Mac World - Wed, 2017-12-06 19:05

Six months after it was announced, Amazon Prime Video is finally on the Apple TV. There are also new features in tvOS 11.2, and iOS 11.2 was released with a bug fix and Apple Pay Cash. We also feature your comments and questions for Leah Yamshon, Michael Simon, Jason Cross, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 585.

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Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 will bring speed, security and smarts to high-end phones

PC World - Wed, 2017-12-06 18:56

On Wednesday, Qualcomm revealed its first concrete details of the Snapdragon 845, the next-generation mobile chip that stands a good chance of being in your next smartphone. The 845 will ship in early 2018, and appear in phones sometime after that.

Qualcomm calls the Snapdragon 845 a chip to improve both artificial intelligence and immersion, blending the future of smart devices with the past. At its heart lies the Kryo 385, the semi-custom, upgraded CPU. It’s still an eight-core device, with four performance cores running at 2.8GHz and four energy-efficient cores running at 1.8GHz. That represents a 25- to 30-percent improvement over the existing Snapdragon 835 in the performance cores, and a 15-percent improvement in the smaller, energy-efficient cores. 

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Bose SoundSport Free true wireless headphones review: These splash-proof earbuds will please athletes and audiophiles

Mac World - Wed, 2017-12-06 18:35

Priced at $249, Bose’s SoundSport Free true wireless headphones cost close to $100 more than Apple’s $160 AirPods. But depending on where and how you plan on using them, we feel that Bose’s first stab at wireless headphones are certainly worth the money.

Hardware

With their 1.25- by 1- by 1.2-inch dimensions, the SoundSport Free were, at the time that this review was written, the largest pair of true wireless headphones that we tested. The size of the headphones comes with a purpose: the SoundSport Free come equipped with buttons built into the ear cups. You get your standard volume controls, a button for pairing the earbuds with a Bluetooth device, and a multifunction button that does a bevy of actions—like accepting/declining incoming phone calls, interacting with Siri or Google Now, or controlling the audio that you’re listening to.

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Five ways the Snapdragon 845 chip will impact 2018 Android flagship phones

PC World - Wed, 2017-12-06 17:29

If you thought this year's Android flagship phones were fast, wait until next year. Qualcomm has unveiled its next-generation chip, the Snapdragon 845, and it's more than just the next number in the evolution: It's a ground-up redesign of the platform's architecture. And it's sure to have a profound affect on next year's crop of premium Android handsets.

While the 835 was mostly focused on performance and speed, the 845 brings a slew of enhancements to how phones will use the processor for AI, photos, and, of course, battery life. We'll probably have to wait until the Galaxy S9 to see it in action—Samsung is once again the manufacturing partner—but once the new chip arrives, it will mean great things for mobile power users. Here are five ways the new chip will impact future Android flagship phones:

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Apple releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 update

Mac World - Wed, 2017-12-06 15:15

Apple on Tuesday released macOS High Sierra 10.13.2, an update to the operating system for the Mac. The update follows recent releases of updates for iOS, watchOS, and tvOS.

Before installing the update, you should back up the data on your Mac. The update is available in the App Store app, in the Updates section. If you don’t see it, press Command-R on your keyboard to refresh the list. You Mac will need to restart to finish the installation.

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BrandPost: iPhone X Face ID security fails; tricked by 10-year-old, 3D-printed mask, and twins

Mac World - Wed, 2017-12-06 14:46

Authentication for Apple’s most recent iPhone was recently bypassed by a 10-year-old boy who used Face ID to access his mother’s iPhone X, by a set of twins, by a pair of half-brothers from Britain and even by a 3D-printed mask in Vietnam.

According to Apple’s support page, “the TrueDepth camera captures accurate face data by projecting and analyzing over 30,000 invisible dots to create a depth map of your face and also captures an infrared image of your face.“

The TrueDepth camera system that “accurately maps the geometry of your face” is also used to authorize purchases and payments. If a 10-year-old was able to trick it in a split second to read his mom’s messages, emails, and who knows what else, he could also bypass security and make various payments. The story was meticulously analyzed by Wired.

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Newegg is offering a $40 discount on a GTX 1080 bundled with Destiny 2

PC World - Wed, 2017-12-06 13:19

While prices aren't quite as good as they were during Black Friday, you can still find some decent graphics card deals right now. Case in point: Newegg is selling the EVGA GTX 1080 SC Gaming ACX 3.0 graphics card for $520 after a $20 rebate. This offer also comes with a free copy of Destiny 2.

Not counting the game, that's about $40 cheaper than Amazon's price for this card—provided you file the rebate. Newegg's offer ends at 11:59 PM Pacific on Friday, December 7.

In our graphics card roundup, we liked the GTX 1080 as a solid enthusiast-level graphics card for 1440p gaming, and entry-level 4K if you have a G-Sync monitor. It's also got some sweet overclocking capability thanks to Nvidia's 16nm Pascal GPU.

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Amazon Prime Video finally arrives on Apple TV: Here’s everything you can watch

Mac World - Wed, 2017-12-06 10:02

Almost exactly six months to the day after Apple promised Amazon Prime Video would be coming to Apple TV, the app has arrived in the App Store. And Prime members everywhere can rejoice.

IDG

Do my eyes deceive me?

To install the new app, head over to the App Store and type “Amazon” (or really just “AM”) and click on the icon. Once it installs, select “Sign in and start watching” if you have a Prime account or “No thanks, start browsing” to see what movies and TV shows are available.

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Amazon Prime Video finally arrives on Apple TV: Here’s everything you can watch

PC World - Wed, 2017-12-06 10:02
At long last, Amazon Prime Video has arrived on Apple TV.

Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris is a decent expansion but no game-changer (yet)

PC World - Wed, 2017-12-06 09:54

It’s been barely a month since Destiny 2 released on PC, but it’s been almost three since the console versions hit. Thanks to that awkward bit of timing, the first expansion is already here: Curse of Osiris released yesterday, bringing with it a new mini-campaign, a new planet to explore (Mercury), a new level cap, and a whole host of quality-of-life tweaks.

Fresh off our review of Destiny 2’s base game, I dove back in with my Titan to check out the expansion content. I haven’t completed the new raid subsection yet nor spent much time in the player-versus-player Crucible modes, but I’ve finished up the campaign (such as there is) and spent some time tooling around the sun’s closest neighbor.

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B&O Beoplay E8 true wireless earphones review: The best in class comes at a steep price

Mac World - Wed, 2017-12-06 09:00

Let’s get this out of the way: The B&O Beoplay E8 true wireless earphones cost $299. Being both a cheapskate and a music aficionado, I tried, hard, to convince myself that other less expensive true wireless headphones that I’ve tested sound just as good, or better, than the E8s do. But they don’t. If you demand the best possible sound in a compact, wire-free package, these are the headphones to get.

Hardware

The E8 earphones are constructed from lightweight polymer with aluminum accents. As each earbud weighs about a quarter-ounce each, most people won’t find it a burden to have them jammed into their skull for hours at a time—provided they’ll fit. Instead of using rubber fins, or hooking into your ears like other in-ear headphones do, the E8s stay in place by being thrust into the opening of your ear canal. That they come with four different sizes of silicon tips to ensure a secure fit as well as a set of Complyfoam foam tips helps to ensure a good fit—but you might want to buy them from a shop or online store with a solid return policy, just in case.

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B&O Beoplay E8 true wireless earphones review: The best in class comes at a steep price

Mac World - Wed, 2017-12-06 09:00

Let’s get this out of the way: The B&O Beoplay E8 true wireless earphones cost $299. Being both a cheapskate and a music aficionado, I tried, hard, to convince myself that other less expensive true wireless headphones that I’ve tested sound just as good, or better, than the E8s do. But they don’t. If you demand the best possible sound in a compact, wire-free package, these are the headphones to get.

Hardware

The E8 earphones are constructed from lightweight polymer with aluminum accents. As each earbud weighs about a quarter-ounce each, most people won’t find it a burden to have them jammed into their skull for hours at a time—provided they’ll fit. Instead of using rubber fins, or hooking into your ears like other in-ear headphones do, the E8s stay in place by being thrust into the opening of your ear canal. That they come with four different sizes of silicon tips to ensure a secure fit as well as a set of Complyfoam foam tips helps to ensure a good fit—but you might want to buy them from a shop or online store with a solid return policy, just in case.

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Dolby Vision vs HDR10: Which is best?

Mac World - Wed, 2017-12-06 08:45
Round 2 of our HDR video comparison sees Dolby Vision come out way on top.

Dolby Vision vs HDR10: Which is best?

PC World - Wed, 2017-12-06 08:45
Round 2 of our HDR video comparison sees Dolby Vision come out way on top.

Dropbox or iCloud Drive: Which is better for file sharing?

Mac World - Wed, 2017-12-06 08:00

iCloud Drive isn’t quite like Google Drive or Dropbox. As with most Apple digital and cloud services, it’s tied to a single identity without much in the way of sharing. iCloud Drive's sharing features seem a bit tacked on.

Macworld reader Howard writes in asking about an aspect of this. “I was hoping also to have my wife’s iCloud drive show up on my Mac’s Finder the way I do with Dropbox. I haven’t been able to get this to work.”

It’s not you, Howard. You can only mount a given iCloud Drive associated with an iCloud account on an account in macOS logged into that same iCloud account. With some previous Apple cloud storage systems, you could use the credentials (user name and password) to mount a drive without having your system logged into the same account.

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6 secret Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL power tips

PC World - Wed, 2017-12-06 06:30

With the Pixel phones, Google aims to make a compelling smartphone experience, even if that means making some changes to Android. That's why the version of Android 8.0 Oreo that ships on the Pixel 2 and 2 XL isn't quite what you'll find on other stock Android devices. Some of the coolest bonus features are hiding beneath the surface of Google's latest phones, but we'll tell you our favorites here. 

Wallpaper-based themes

Changing your wallpaper is something you probably do on a regular basis. Usually, that just gets you a new wallpaper as expected, but there's a neat extra on the Pixel 2. The theming of the home screen and some system elements changes based on the color of your wallpaper.

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