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iPhone XR review roundup: Worth the wait

Mac World - 33 min 51 sec ago

Apple’s iPhone XR ($749+ preorder at Apple.com) officially releases on Friday, but the first wave of reviews landed today. Those lucky enough to get an early look at the new handset all agree on one thing: It was worth the wait. While plenty of people have spent a thousand dollars and up on the iPhone XS and XS Max, those who held out might very well end up with an extra $250 in their pocket.

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iPhone XR review roundup: Worth the wait

PC World - 33 min 51 sec ago
The first iPhone XR reviews are in, and people are surprisingly praising its design, screen, and camera.

Automate your basic devices with two TP-Link smart plugs for $25

PC World - 1 hour 56 min ago

Today’s the day to turn that dumb coffee pot or lamp into a smart device. B&H Photo Video has a great sale today for a two-pack of the TP-Link HS110 Kasa Wi-Fi Smart Plug for $25Remove non-product link. That’s close to Amazon’s $20 price on Prime Day 2018, but that sale price was for a single device. B&H’s sale ends just before midnight Eastern time on Tuesday night.

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LG's awesome 5-camera V40 is already $200 off at B&H Photo

PC World - 2 hours 35 min ago

If you’ve been itching to get your hands on an LG V40 ThinQ but balked at the high price tag, today’s your lucky day. For one, the phone is finally in stock. For another, B&H Photo is running a fantastic deal: You can get an unlocked LG V40 for just $750, $200 off the $950 MSRP.Remove non-product link

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No Huawei: Apple’s non-competition

Mac World - 5 hours 5 min ago

Things are happening in the smartphone market! Time to try to make it somehow about Apple.

Writing for very nice people over at Business Insider, Shona Ghosh tells us of the great disappointment.

“The Android phone maker that is more popular than Apple isn't selling its new iPhone rival in the US.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Mickey.)

You might be wondering why Apple is in the headline of this story that has to do with another phone vendor. Well, see, this other smartphone vendor sells more phones than Apple. So, while this story really has nothing to do with Apple, Apple’s in the headline so Business Insider can get in a kick at it. That’s why.

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How to manage Windows 10 updates to prevent them from ruining your life

PC World - 5 hours 35 min ago

How can I stop Windows 10 updates? Whether it’s preventing Windows 10 from kicking off a critical update during a presentation, or deferring Microsoft’s Windows 10 feature update because of worries about data loss, it’s a question we’ve all asked. You shouldn’t block all Windows 10 updates. But you can manage them.

Windows 10 feature updates and security updates provide a valuable service: they not only patch Windows, its apps and components, but provide new features and capabilities twice a year. Windows Update can also automatically provide updated drivers for hardware connected to your PC, such as a USB-attached printer. 

As we write this, however, Microsoft is wrestling with the fallout from the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, which apparently deleted user data in an undisclosed number of cases and was put on hold, then resumed. Would you want to buy a car if it had even a 0.001 percent chance of exploding? Probably not—which is why it’s good to know how to manage Windows 10 updates, now and in the future.

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Best subscription-free smart home devices

Mac World - 6 hours 5 min ago
Subscription fees can double the cost of a smart-home gadget after a few years. Shop smart and consider one that won't be a monthly drain on your finances.

Ecovacs Deebot N79S robot vacuum review: Some advanced features at an affordable price

Mac World - 6 hours 5 min ago
This budget-priced robot vacuum includes some advanced features, including voice control via Amazon Alexa and a robust smartphone app.

New MacBooks: What we want vs. what we'll (probably) get

Mac World - 6 hours 5 min ago

Apple’s holding an event on October 30, and we assume that new iPad Pros—with a new iPhone X-style design and Face ID—will be the star of the show. We’ve also heard rumors of a new MacBook, and this would certainly be the right time to announce it.

Real leaks of new MacBook design and features have been hard to come by. There was a Bloomberg report this summer outlining a few broad strokes, and not a whole lot else.

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Best subscription-free smart home devices

PC World - 6 hours 5 min ago
Subscription fees can double the cost of a smart-home gadget after a few years. Shop smart and consider one that won't be a monthly drain on your finances.

Ecovacs Deebot N79S robot vacuum review: Some advanced features at an affordable price

PC World - 6 hours 5 min ago
This budget-priced robot vacuum includes some advanced features, including voice control via Amazon Alexa and a robust smartphone app.

Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 9575 review: It might just be the fastest 2-in-1 in town

PC World - 6 hours 5 min ago

It’s rare that we can say we’ve reviewed every single type of laptop. No one can say, for example, that they have tested every single GeForce GTX 1060 laptop, or every single 8th-gen Coffee Lake H laptop.

With this review of Dell’s XPS 15 2-in-1 9575 though, we can now safely say we have reviewed every single 8th-gen Kaby Lake G laptop ever made, because there are only two in the world. And that’s a shame, because this CPU package is something we may never see the likes of again.

Adam Patrick Murray

Is the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 9575 one of the first and last Kaby lake G laptops we’ll ever see?

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Download Any Mac App You Want With SetApp, Now $69

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-22 16:22

If you just got your hands on a shiny new MacBook Pro, you probably can’t wait to load it with all of your favorite apps. The App Store has thousands of apps, many of which are free. However, some apps require a subscription or a full purchase to reap their benefits, and you’ll never know whether you’ll truly enjoy an app until you’ve had the chance to use it.

In most cases, it’s impossible to avoid paying a premium for well-designed apps, but with a Setapp subscription, you can enjoy a library of curated apps for a $69 a year.

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Learn how to (legally) hack wireless networks with this 45+ hour training bundle

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-22 16:21

Private data is worth more than diamonds these days, which makes high-profile companies primary targets for hackers and identity thieves due to their wealth of user information. If industry giants like Facebook and Equifax are vulnerable to hackers, what can a company possibly do to defend themselves and their users' private info?

Strangely enough, the answer is to fight fire with fire. The best defense against a hacker is another hacker who’s well versed in network vulnerabilities. With all of the recent data breaches and inevitable future leaks, the demand for white hat hackers is high. If you want to pursue a career as a hacker (legally), this $29 certification bundle is a great place to start.

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SpotCam Sense Pro HD review: expanding the idea of home monitoring

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-22 14:58
Spotcam's new indoor/outdoor camera keeps tabs on your home's security as well as environmental changes.

Upgrade your gaming rig with these smoking-hot graphics card deals

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-22 10:32

It’s a great time to upgrade if you’re looking to score a new graphics card for cheap. With Nvidia’s high-end GeForce RTX 2070 and GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti now available, we’re starting to see some seriously enticing discounts on graphics cards for lower budgets too—a merciful situation after a year of cryptocurrency-induced price inflation. If you’re looking to level up to no-compromises 1080p gaming or push a 1440p monitor screaming past 60fps, we’ve found deals worth checking out.

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Black Friday has arrived at Monoprice with 20 percent off nearly everything, even sale items

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-22 10:22

The jack-o-lanterns are barely on the stoop, Thanksgiving is over a month away, and Christmas isn't even on the radar, but that's not going to stop Black Friday. So if you want a month-long jump on the crowds, Monoprice has launched its one-day Early Black Friday sale with an extra 20 percent off just about everythingRemove non-product link, including the site's famous cheap cables that started it all. To get the discount, just apply the code BFNOW at checkout, though be warned that there's a pretty long list of exclusions.

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Google Home Hub review: The least-expensive smart display is one of the best

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-22 07:00
Google definitely got the price right, even if the Google Home Hub can't make video calls.

What to do when FileVault won't turn on

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-22 07:00

After a recent inexplicable problem on my MacBook, in which macOS would complete loading but never get past the blank screen before the Desktop appeared, I had to revert to a clone. (Even reinstalling macOS didn’t work.) I then upgraded to Mojave. Somewhere in there, an important piece of macOS “fell out,” metaphorically.

Apple added the concept in 10.13 High Sierra of a “secure token” to the first account created in macOS on installation or after upgrade as part of the process that allows you to use FileVault. There’s almost no information about this feature, and there’s no way to determine from macOS’s graphical features whether an account has it set.

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Google Home Hub review: The least-expensive smart display is one of the best

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-22 07:00
Google definitely got the price right, even if the Google Home Hub can't make video calls.

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