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A Dell laptop with a speedy Intel 8th-gen CPU is $150 off at the Microsoft Store

PC World - Tue, 2018-04-10 10:03

Intel supercharged the performance of its 8th-gen mobile processors by cramming them full of more cores and threads than ever before, and we’ve spotted a rare deal on a laptop packing one of the new chips. You can get a 13-inch Dell Inspiron 13 i7370 for $599 at the Microsoft Store. Dell itself is currently selling this laptop for $749.

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How to check if Facebook shared your personal info with Cambridge Analytica

Mac World - Tue, 2018-04-10 09:32
Cambridge Analytica harvested personal information from 87 million Facebook users. Here's how to tell if you were affected.

How to check if Facebook shared your personal info with Cambridge Analytica

PC World - Tue, 2018-04-10 09:32

Was your Facebook data shared with Cambridge Analytica? The political research firm harvested the personal information of roughly 87 million people to target American voters, using a personality quiz called “This Is Your Digital Life” that scraped the Facebook data of you and your friends. The revelation sparked big changes in the way Facebook handles third-party apps, and the social network recently started notifying users who had their information scooped up.

If you haven’t seen the prompt in your News Feed, you can check if your Facebook data was shared with Cambridge Analytica by logging into the network and visiting this help page. The section titled “Was my information shared?” explains whether your or your friends ever logged into the nefarious quiz, though it won’t name which friends handed over your data to the app.

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Unfixable: The terminal nature of iOS problems

Mac World - Tue, 2018-04-10 09:00

The Macalope isn’t sure why every Apple problem has to be existential in nature, but rest assured that someone somewhere will declare that they each are, from failure to prep a Mac Pro in a reasonable amount of time to discontinuing iPod socks.

Writing for ZDNet, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes says “I don't think Apple can fix the iOS mess it's created.” (Tip o’ the antlers to SamT.)

Yes, it is too late for iOS. It has a good run. Please remove the stick-on lettering from the back window of your Charger that memorialized the years your buddy lived before he died in that tragic blimp accident and replace them with ‘In loving memory, iOS. 2007-2018.”

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Apple Photos for Mac: How to export a Photos album’s contents sequentially

Mac World - Tue, 2018-04-10 08:00

Apple's Photos app on the Mac has a lot of hidden features that you can’t easily discover, because the options don’t live quite where you expect them—especially if you used iPhoto for many years, and still feel like you’re missing features.

Macworld reader Lisa created a Photos album from different camera sources, and dragged the images into the order she wanted. But she then wanted to export these to duplicate this order for creating an album and an archive elsewhere, and was stymied. Is there a way to mark images in sequence?

There is: in the Export dialog.

  1. Select the images in your album.
  2. Choose File > Export > Export X Photos. (This also works with Export Unmodified Original.)
  3. After picking any option in the Photos and Info section, under File Naming, click the File Name pop-up menu and choose Sequential.
  4. Optionally add a prefix that will be prepended in front of the number assigned in order to each image.
  5. Click Export.

Voilà! Numbered images in album viewing order.

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Star Wars: Jedi Challenges review: Lightsaber-swinging, augmented reality fun

Mac World - Tue, 2018-04-10 07:00

If you’ve ever dreamt of being a Jedi Knight, here’s something better than simply swinging around a plastic lightsaber toy—now you can wield a plastic lightsaber that pairs with a headset, letting you battle against familiar Star Wars villains in the comfort of your living room.

Lenovo’s Star Wars: Jedi Challenges is an augmented reality experience that is powered by the iPhone 6 or newer and compatible Android flagship smartphones (list here), which slide into the headset and provides the visuals. This isn’t virtual reality, however: You’re not shut off from the outside world while playing, since the images on the phone screen are mirrored and projected onto a translucent plastic visor in front of your eyes—and thus, atop your real surroundings. We've previously called it one of our top picks for Star Wars fans.

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Windows 10 Spring Creators Update: The best hidden features

PC World - Tue, 2018-04-10 06:31

Microsoft’s next Windows 10 upgrade, code-named Redstone 4 and informally known as the Spring Creators Update, improves Windows in numerous ways. But Microsoft has also added innumerable under-the-hood adjustments. That’s why this roundup exists: to underscore smaller additions you might miss, or explain subtle changes in how Windows 10 works.

Unlike previous lists we’ve compiled, though, some of these hidden features seem tentative, with more work clearly needed. Fortunately, Microsoft seems inclined to keep developing Windows 10, with no major replacement on the radar. (We'll highlight the very best features as part of our review, due soon.)

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Keynote 4 for iOS review: Modest upgrade features Apple Pencil support, new image gallery

Mac World - Tue, 2018-04-10 06:30

Keynote for iOS has always been designed around interaction more than its macOS counterpart, partly because it’s more likely you’ll be using a single screen to present than multiple monitors. That shows clearly in this minor update. And many of the new features bring Keynote for iOS into feature parity with its macOS counterpart, as well as a consistent interface and set of options alongside Pages and Numbers on both platforms.

Keynote for iOS: Apple Pencil support

Just as you can in the other iWork iOS apps (Pages and Numbers), Apple Pencil or your finger can be used to create drawings on iPads with Pencil support. This a useful improvement for Keynote—making as much sense here as in Pages—with the added benefit that Keynote for iOS can animate the drawings you create by effectively replaying them.

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Should you buy a Core i9 laptop?

PC World - Tue, 2018-04-10 06:01

If you’re asking yourself: “Should I buy a Core i9 laptop?” don’t worry. We can help you cut through the hype, innuendo, and specs so you can make the right decision.

Frankly, the name itself is enough to confuse casual observers. In desktops, the Core i9 brand indicates the processor packs a ton more CPU cores (10 to 18) than the other “Core” brands (4 to 8). But today, Core i9 in laptops mostly just signifies higher clock speeds—not more CPU cores. The 6-core, 12-thread Core i9-8950HK laptop chip has a base clock of 2.9GHz with a boost speed of 4.8GHz, for example. Intel’s new 8th-gen Core i7-8850H laptop chip also packs 6 cores and 12 threads, but slower speeds at 2.6GHz base and 4.3GHz boost.

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Electric Jukebox Roxi review: Turn your TV into a music machine

Mac World - Tue, 2018-04-10 06:00
Built for families and parties, Roxi can be slow on the draw, but it makes up for it in versatility.

Keynote 8 for Mac review: New image gallery, better interactivity with other iWork apps

Mac World - Tue, 2018-04-10 06:00

Keynote 8 for Mac hasn’t reached the apex of its perfection, but Apple clearly didn’t have a wishlist of features to push it forward. The latest release for Mac brings it up to date with simultaneous releases of Keynote for iOS and Pages (Mac and iOS) and Numbers [Mac and iOS].

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Electric Jukebox Roxi review: Turn your TV into a music machine

PC World - Tue, 2018-04-10 06:00
Built for families and parties, Roxi can be slow on the draw, but it makes up for it in versatility.

The cord-cutter's guide to watching the NBA playoffs

Mac World - Mon, 2018-04-09 23:12
How to watch all the hardwood heroics without paying for a cable subscription.

The cord-cutter's guide to watching the NBA playoffs

PC World - Mon, 2018-04-09 23:12
How to watch all the hardwood heroics without paying for a cable subscription.

Best Fitbit: We help you choose the right one for your lifestyle

Mac World - Mon, 2018-04-09 20:45

As one of the biggest names in fitness trackers, Fitbit is an easy pick for recording your daily steps or sleep patterns. Selecting the best Fitbit model for your needs, however, isn’t quite as simple.

The different Fitbit trackers have a lot of overlap in features, and so it’s not straightforward which one is the “best.” Moving up the scale in price doesn’t necessarily mean you get all the features of the cheaper trackers plus additional ones.

That’s where we come in. We’ve boiled down the options into three simple picks that should match most people’s activity levels and styles.

Update 4/9/18: We've added a new category ("Best Fitbit for smartwatch fans"). You can read more about the winner, the Fitbit Versa, below.

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Best Fitbit: We help you choose the right one for your lifestyle

PC World - Mon, 2018-04-09 20:45
Find the best Fitbit for your activity level and habits, without spending more than you need.

The Full Nerd episode 45: Core i9 comes to laptops, Intel loves AMD in Hades Canyon

PC World - Mon, 2018-04-09 15:39

In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad Chacos, Mark HachmanAlaina Yee, and Dan Masaoka talk about Intel’s barrage of fancy new chips while Adam loafs around on a beach or something.

Mark joins us first to talk about Intel’s powerful new H-series line of mobile processors, headlined by the first-ever Core i9 laptop chip—a six-core beast that could push gaming laptops blazing past 5GHz speeds. It’s already available in high-end laptops like the Alienware 17. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg: Intel’s also bringing hard drive-boosting Optane Memory to laptops, and finally—finally—releasing a full lineup of 300-series motherboard chipsets for 8th-gen desktop processors, along with a few new CPUs.

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Star Wars gift guide: Top picks for fans who are tech geeks

PC World - Mon, 2018-04-09 14:30

You need this Star Wars gift guide. There’s no way any human could navigate the millions of Star Wars-themed items available, thanks to Disney’s merchandising-industrial complex. But you want this Star Wars gift guide, too, if you are (or you’re shopping for) a Star Wars fan who’s also a tech geek.

“Tech geek” describes 100 percent of the staff at PCWorld, and as for Star Wars...well, I saw Episode IV more than 24 times in the first year (yes, I lost count), Episode V 14 times in the first year, and Episode VI 8 times (blame the Ewoks). Just call me OG Star Wars. Meanwhile, my esteemed colleague Gordon Mah Ung has three replica lightsabers, including one he gave to his wife for their first wedding anniversary. Awwww!

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Star Wars gift guide: Top picks for fans who are tech geeks

Mac World - Mon, 2018-04-09 14:30
PCWorld's Star Wars gift guide, is for people who are (or are shopping for) Star Wars fans who are also tech geeks. Our top picks range from droids to drones, from LEGOs to ugly sweaters, and even snow globes.

Amazon is selling a 2TB WD external hard drive for just $58.49

Mac World - Mon, 2018-04-09 13:20

Portable hard drives are risky buys: It sometimes seems as though they break merely because you looked at them. Right now, though, Amazon is offering a decent 22 percent discount on the dependable 2TB WD Elements portable hard drive, which brings its price down from $75 to a more agreeable $58.49.

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