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Zoom Mac app flaw sparks serious security concerns—and it’s up to you to fix it

Mac World - Tue, 2019-07-09 11:18

If you’ve ever downloaded the Zoom app to participate in a video conference, your Mac may be at risk—even if you’ve already deleted it. In a Medium post, security researcher Jonathan Leitschuh discovered a serious flaw that could allow a website to access your Mac’s camera without your knowledge or permission.

As Leitschuh explains, the vulnerability stems from Zoom’s quest for simplicity. As the service works, you can just send anyone a Zoom meeting link which will in turn automatically open the Zoom client installed on their machine. In case you’ve deleted the app, Zoom keeps a localhost web server running silently on your Mac, Leitschuh said, so the Zoom client will reinstall when a link is clicked without requiring any user interaction on your behalf besides visiting a webpage.

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Zoom Mac app flaw sparks serious security concerns—and it’s up to you to fix it

PC World - Tue, 2019-07-09 11:18
Researcher discovers vulnerability in Zoom app that could allow a website to access your Mac's camera.

People actually lined up to buy AMD's new Ryzen 3000 desktop CPUs

PC World - Tue, 2019-07-09 11:14

That long line you see in the photo above isn’t for the latest Avengers movie or a new pair of Jordan sneakers going on sale. Instead, the lines outside your local computer store this Sunday were PC enthusiasts waiting to buy AMD’s hotly anticipated Ryzen 3000 CPUs. Yes—a desktop CPU.

Micro Center officials confirmed to PCWorld on Monday that several of its stores had PC DIYers lined up to buy AMD’s much-hyped CPU when they went on sale early in the morning. AMD, for its part, has described the launch of the new Ryzen 3000 series as “historic” and described demand as “significant.”

For Joe and Jane DIY, the excitement meant queuing up for AMD’s 6 a.m. Eastern launch. Fortunately, as our Ryzen 9 3900X review demonstrates, the wait was worth it. AMD’s Ryzen 3000 series is the first consumer x86 CPUs built on a 7nm process. To celebrate the company soundly beating Intel to a smaller process node, AMD released the 7nm Ryzen chips on the 7th day of the 7th month. 

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Cooler Master’s pint-sized MasterCase H100 tears down quick and easy

PC World - Tue, 2019-07-09 11:00

At Computex 2019, several mini-ITX computer cases on the trade show’s floor caught our eye. Among them was Cooler Master’s MasterCase H100, a pint-sized addition to the company’s H-series. The compact tower’s 200mm RGB front fan—the signature feature of the H-series line—makes it unique among its competition.

So when a sample of the MasterCase H100 arrived just ahead of its July 9th launch, we were eager to build in it. Other projects (like the Ryzen 3000 and Radeon RX 5700 and 5700 XT launches) kept us from plunging in right away, however. Instead, we settled for hauling it out of the box for a once-over, then grabbing a screwdriver and opening it up.

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Apple kills the MacBook and non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro as part of a major laptop shakeup

Mac World - Tue, 2019-07-09 10:25

In a move timed for the back-to-school shopping season, Apple has made some significant changes to its MacBook lineup as it looks to streamline its options for students and make the Touch Bar mandatory.

Most notably, the 12-inch MacBook has been discontinued, marking the end for what was once seen as the future of Apple’s notebook. Launched in 2015 as Apple’s thinnest and lightest computer, it featured just a single USB-C port and a new rose gold color to match the iPhone. It hadn’t been updated in more than two years, and was actually more expensive than the newer MacBook Air, which launched in October. The previous-generation MacBook Air with a non-retina screen has also been eliminated.

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Apple kills the MacBook and non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro as part of a major laptop shakeup

PC World - Tue, 2019-07-09 10:25
Apple has killed the MacBook and the non-Touch Bar MacBook Pro, and discounted the MacBook Air as part of a new notebook lineup for the back-to-school shopping season.

How to quickly join Wi-Fi networks in iOS 13

Mac World - Tue, 2019-07-09 07:00

Joining a new Wi-Fi network is a task we do surprisingly often. At coffee shops or restaurants, at friends or neighbor’s houses, on flights... given how common it is, it’s sort of surprising that Apple waited until iOS 13 to make the task easier.

Instead of opening the Settings app and Wi-Fi menu, you can now join Wi-Fi networks right from the control panel, which means you don’t even have to leave the app you’re in. It’s really simple, here’s how it works.

  1. Open Control Center (Swipe down from the upper-right corner on an iPhone with no Home button. Swipe up from the bottom on an iPhone with a Home button.)

  2. Tap and hold, or 3D touch, on the wireless connections block in the upper right.

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Nokia’s new Beacon 1 mesh Wi-Fi router learns which wireless channels are the least congested

PC World - Tue, 2019-07-09 07:00

Nokia is doubling down on home networking. Just last year, the former smartphone titan acquired mesh networking startup Unium and bowed its first wireless router, the Beacon 3. Now the company is back with a sleeker, cheaper mesh router that can work in tandem with its pricier sibling.

On sale starting today, the $129 Beacon 1 (or $299 for a bundle of three) uses the same mesh-networking technology that powers the $199 Beacon 3, along with a new intelligent channel-hopping feature and a bridge mode that’s compatible with an existing router.

Dubbed “Intelligent Channel Selection” by Nokia, the Beacon 1’s smart channel-switching feature lets the router pick the best channels for the 2.4- and 5GHz frequency bands by analyzing nearby wireless usage patterns over time, rather than simply picking the clearest channels at the moment the unit is first configured.

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How to automatically delete the web activity and location history data in your Google account

Mac World - Tue, 2019-07-09 06:30
Google has launched a new privacy setting that lets you automatically delete your location and web activity data. Here's how to do it.

How to automatically delete the web activity and location history data in your Google account

PC World - Tue, 2019-07-09 06:30

Google is finally taking your privacy seriously. Earlier this year, it rolled out a simpler and more transparent way to access your Location History and Web & App Activity, and delete part or all of it, but it’s effective only if you remember to do it. Now Google is making it easier to do that, too.

Google is rolling out a new account feature that lets you set an expiration date for your data. The options aren't as granular as we'd like, but you can set a kill date of three or 18 months, so even if you forget to clear it out, a record of the places you visit online and in real life won’t stay around forever. It’s still rolling out to devices, so if you don’t see it on your phone, you can find it on the web. Here’s how to set it up:

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Ember Ceramic Mug and Ember Travel Mug reviews: Smart at home, less so on the road

Mac World - Tue, 2019-07-09 06:00
The Ember Ceramic Mug and Travel Mug are expensive, but they just might be worth the investment.

Unidentifiable differences: Apple and Google’s stances on privacy

Mac World - Tue, 2019-07-09 06:00

If a company steals your privacy right in front of your face and everyone else’s faces and it gets caught on camera and then they also get recorded selling the information to third parties, isn’t Apple just as bad for not doing that?

Writing for The Guardian, Jack Schofield tries to answer an admittedly difficult question.

“Can I buy a phone that doesn’t use anything from Google or Apple?” (Tip o’ the antlers to Justin.)

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Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 review: A nearly perfect combination of power and battery life

PC World - Tue, 2019-07-09 06:00

If you’ve been wondering about whether a long-life Qualcomm Snapdragon PC is for you, Dell would like a word. Dell’s new 14-inch Latitude 7400 2-in-1 achieves a simply incredible 18 hours of battery life using a powerful Intel 8th-gen Whiskey Lake processor. It also offers a full complement of ports and a slightly gimmicky feature called ExpressSign-in (yes, it’s really spelled that way).

As our review shows, Dell has designed a stylish business notebook optimized for life on the road. It’s also optimized for IT rather than personal budgets, as our review unit clocked in at a whopping $2,800. But if you want a business laptop with all-day battery life and performance, the Dell Latitude 7400 2-in-1 delivers.

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Ember Ceramic Mug and Ember Travel Mug reviews: Smart at home, less so on the road

PC World - Tue, 2019-07-09 06:00
The Ember Ceramic Mug and Travel Mug are expensive, but they just might be worth the investment.

Got 1.5GB to spare? Apple’s Texas Hold’em is back on iOS

Mac World - Mon, 2019-07-08 15:07

It’s been a year of big software-related surprises in the Appleverse, and today we’ve got another one for you. In celebration of the App Store’s 10th anniversary, Apple’s own Texas Hold’em card game has finally made its way back to the iOS App Store after an eight-year absence. For that matter, we’ve got another surprise—this “simple” card game weighs in at 1.5GB. Yikes. When we originally reviewed it in 2008, we warned you about the “huge 128MB download size.”

Apple restored the game to the App Store using the same listing, so it’s kind of funny to see reviews that were written 10 years ago, as though the game had vanished and reappeared thanks to a Thanos-style snap. Texas Hold’em looks about the same, but sports improved graphics—which probably have a lot to do with the massive file size—and you can play at 10 locations ranging from Vegas to a “garage” with posters for the iMac G4 hanging from the wall.

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Watch The Full Nerd talk about Ryzen, Radeon, and RTX Super reviews live!

PC World - Mon, 2019-07-08 13:56

Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. Today's show covers all the major reviews including AMD Ryzen 9 3900X, Radeon RX 5700/5700XT, and Nvidia Geforce RTX 2060 Super and 2070 Super. 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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Microsoft's retro Windows teasers emerge as a Stranger Things promo: the Windows 1.11 app

PC World - Mon, 2019-07-08 13:08

Finally, we know what Microsoft’s teasing Twitter posts have all been about: the release of Windows 1.11, an app that mimics the look and feel of an early version of Windows in conjunction with the Netflix show, Stranger Things

Microsoft’s Windows 1.11 app opens a Windows 1.0-like shell where users can dig through file trees and open up clips and teaser stills from the show. The app warns of “glitches” that you’ll experience, which manifest almost immediately; clicking on a file opens a cascade of images that indicates something is very wrong. 

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Graphics cards ranked, from fastest to slowest

PC World - Mon, 2019-07-08 11:56

When it comes to gaming PCs, nothing matters more than your graphics card. To push as many pixels as possible you’re going to want the fastest graphics card you can afford—but ever-shifting prices and product lineups make it difficult to keep track of what’s available.

In honor of keeping frame rates high, we decided to rank all the major available discrete GPUs from Nvidia GeForce and AMD Radeon, starting with the fastest graphics card available and working on down. This list focuses on each company’s most current GPU lineup, and doesn’t include older graphics cards.

We’ve verified this information through hours of blood, sweat, and benchmarking. Feel free to hit up the individual reviews to see our work in greater detail. Or, if you want more concrete buying advice for your specific budget or display resolution, be sure to read our guide to the best graphics cards for gaming. It provides much more information than this simple list, complete with discussion about considerations like form factors and what to look for in a customized model. (Concrete example: The Radeon VII is technically more powerful than the GeForce RTX 2070 Super, and hence higher on this list, but it’s awfully close and the GeForce option is $200 cheaper, making it a better buy.)

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5G FAQ: What is 5G and when is it coming to the iPhone

Mac World - Mon, 2019-07-08 07:00

The marketing machine for 5G is just getting warmed up. AT&T arguably fired the first shot when it started re-labeling some of its 4G LTE service “5G Evolution,” complete with a “5G e” logo in the status bar of some phones. Soon, 5G will be everywhere you look. All four major carriers are going to spend billions of dollars hyping up “5G” and trying to convince you that, one, you need it, and two, their carrier has the best 5G.

It’s all going to be needlessly confusing, too. The carriers will bamboozle us with big bandwidth numbers, coverage maps, and confusing claims that have little to do with reality.

Here’s what you really need to know about 5G and how it’s going to impact you as an iPhone user.

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Magpie review: Visual note-taking iOS app for sharing with family and friends

Mac World - Mon, 2019-07-08 06:30

My wife uses her iPhone camera to create reminders for clothes she might buy, interesting household decorations, and what have you. The problem is, over time her Photos library fills up with so many shots, it becomes impossible to find anything among pictures of our kids, pets, and family events.

A more narrowly focused version of services like Evernote or Pinterest, Super Useful’s Magpie fuses photos with notes, maps, prices, and links so you can not only find them in the future, but easily share with others. It’s a great way to save gift ideas, clothes, home décor, and most anything else you might normally snap with your iPhone or iPad.

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