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Find your Apple devices to be intrusive? Here’s how to turn it down on your Mac, iPhone, and iPad

Mac World - Wed, 2017-11-29 08:00

Macworld reader Sherry wants Apple to leave her alone. She’s disabled Siri and doesn’t use iCloud Photo Library. But she finds Apple seems to be paying attention in ways she doesn’t like.

She writes:

I was distressed to see an item tentatively added to my calendar after texting about it with a friend. Also I have recently been presented with “memories” from Apple of photos and where they were taken. Although I have nothing to hide, I don’t want this kind of intrusion on my privacy. Also, is there a way to wirelessly sync my iPhone and iPad photos to my Mac without using the iCloud library?

I have a few answers for her.

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The 10 Mac games you need to play from November 2017

Mac World - Wed, 2017-11-29 07:00
November's Mac games

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It’s that time of year, and chances are good that your next few weeks will be packed with spending time and money on gifts for loved ones. But while that’s all well and good, you should also gift yourself something to keep yourself entertained over the next few weeks: a new game to savor on your Mac. 

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Corsair Glaive review: This mouse has so many RGB LEDs it made my palm sweat

PC World - Wed, 2017-11-29 06:30

The Corsair Glaive is the reason I spend weeks with every mouse we review. Usually the extra time feels like a formality—I can tell almost instantly whether or not I like a mouse. But every once in a while there’s a Glaive, a mouse I strongly disliked at first but (somewhat) reversed opinion on over time.

This review is part of our roundup of best gaming mice. Go there for details on competing products and how we tested them.

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Fender Newport Bluetooth speaker review: It's not just a nostalgia trip, this speaker sounds great

PC World - Wed, 2017-11-29 06:00
Designed in the classic style of Fender's guitar amps, the Newport delivers solid quality, very good audio, and fun analog controls.

Fender Newport Bluetooth speaker review: It's not just a nostalgia trip, this speaker sounds great

Mac World - Wed, 2017-11-29 06:00
Designed in the classic style of Fender's guitar amps, the Newport delivers solid quality, very good audio, and fun analog controls.

Best smart lock

Mac World - Tue, 2017-11-28 18:40
Keys are yesterday’s tech, your smart home needs a smart lock.

Best smart lock

PC World - Tue, 2017-11-28 18:40
Keys are yesterday’s tech, your smart home needs a smart lock.

iOS 11.2: Beta 5 is now available

Mac World - Tue, 2017-11-28 17:56

Updated 11/28/17: The fifth iOS 11.2 beta is available to developers and public testers.

iOS 11 is the biggest change to Apple’s mobile operating system in years. It’s so ambitious in scope that many of it’s promised features still haven’t shipped yet. iOS 11.1 mostly fixed bugs and brought us a bunch of new emoji, but iOS 11.2 is more substantial, with the addition of Apple Pay Cash. Hopefully, it will also introduce iMessage in iCloud, though that seems increasingly unlikely.

Here’s what we know about 11.2 so far. What’s in it, when it’s coming, and how you can grab the beta right now.

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Civilization VI's Rise and Fall expansion will let you seize cities without unleashing war

PC World - Tue, 2017-11-28 17:09

When October 2017 passed without word of a Civilization VI sequel I honestly thought for a second, “Hm, well I guess the cycle’s broken.” Usually Civ has been a game you could set your watch to, following a predictable Game, Expansion 1, Expansion 2 model and favoring yearly fall releases.

Looks like this expansion needed a few extra months, though. Today Firaxis unveiled Civilization VI: Rise and Fall, set to release on February 8, 2018—just two months from now, if you can believe it.

It’s also a bit of an odd expansion. Previous Civ games have had a couple of obvious systems missing at launch, with the expansions then filling those gaps. Civ V’s Gods and Kings expansion added religion and espionage back in, for instance—mechanics that existed in previous Civ games and were conspicuously absent at launch.

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macOS High Sierra ‘root’ security issue allows admin access without a password—but there’s a fix

Mac World - Tue, 2017-11-28 16:50

On Tuesday, a macOS 10.13.1 security issue was revealed—a flaw that allows root access to a Mac without the need for a password. Developer Lemi Orhan Ergin tweeted that anyone can log into a Mac by entering the user name root without a password. The first time you try to login, it won’t work. But if you try it again, you will be granted access. Here’s Erign’s tweet:

Dear @AppleSupport, we noticed a HUGE security issue at MacOS High Sierra. Anyone can login as “root” with empty password after clicking on login button several times. Are you aware of it @Apple?

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BrandPost: Managing Risk in Changing Times

PC World - Tue, 2017-11-28 15:29

Along with a rapidly changing threat landscape, shifts in IT and business needs are forcing companies to consistently re-evaluate their data security strategy. This infographic shows how. For more information, visit here.

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BrandPost: Changing the Way Users Work

PC World - Tue, 2017-11-28 15:24

The workforce is changing as fast as the technology that fuels it. Workers are more mobile, companies are more global, and the Internet of Things (IoT) is reinventing workflows. But meeting the demands of individuals who want to collaborate, innovate, and evolve isn’t easy with the existing demands and limitations on IT.

This infographic shows you tools that provide a path to success. For more information, visit here.

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BrandPost: Bigger, Better Results: Orchestrated by CDW

PC World - Tue, 2017-11-28 15:12

Data is growing and so are expectations. You’re being asked to deliver increased capacity without increasing spending. Our experts can orchestrate a solution that maximizes your existing technology and brings the performance you need, within your budget.

Data center managers are under increasing pressure to account for every penny spent. To prioritize investments and minimize outages, they must learn to manage data center equipment lifecycles and keep apprised of price changes in the storage array market. Available at no cost, these two Gartner guides detail key recommendations, such as:

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Dell is selling a 1440p G-Sync monitor for nearly 50% off

PC World - Tue, 2017-11-28 14:10

Cyber Monday is over, but retailers still want your money. So much so that they're continuing the sales binge with another week of good prices. Today, Dell has a good deal on a 27-inch G-Sync gaming monitor. The S2716DG is $400 at Dell.com, which is about $100 cheaper than the best price you'll find elsewhere. It's also half the price of this monitor's MSRP.

Note this is a limited time offer, and the sale will stop when inventory runs out.

The S2716DG features a TN panel with 2560x1440 resolution, a 144Hz refresh rate, and 1 millisecond response time. For ports there's one HDMI 1.4, DisplayPort 1.2, and four USB 3.0 downstream ports.

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BrandPost: How IT Leaders Can Do More With Less

PC World - Tue, 2017-11-28 13:51

Despite tight budgets, IT must find ways to integrate new technology, make their organizations more agile, heed increasing security and privacy concerns, and address stringent SLAs. How can IT can meet today’s demands while preparing for tomorrow’s disruption? The answer is in the infographic below. For more information, visit here.

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BrandPost: How IT Leaders Can Do More With Less

PC World - Tue, 2017-11-28 13:51

Despite tight budgets, IT must find ways to integrate new technology, make their organizations more agile, heed increasing security and privacy concerns, and address stringent SLAs. How can IT can meet today’s demands while preparing for tomorrow’s disruption? The answer is in the infographic below. For more information, visit here.

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Destiny 2 review: Gaming junk food that we can't put down

PC World - Tue, 2017-11-28 13:04

This past weekend I finished Destiny 2’s campaign for the third time. I’ve hit the (soft) level cap with all three classes, collected around a dozen exotic weapons, completed most of the Strikes, played some player-versus-player Crucible matches, shot thousands of enemies, killed off Emperor Calus to complete the raid (twice), and even spent two hours running up and down a hallway to exploit some bad code on Bungie’s part.

I’m still not sure why Destiny 2 keeps me coming back for more, the digital equivalent of an irresistible bag of chips. But I’ve officially run out of reasons to procrastinate writing this review—just in time for the first expansion to drop next week.

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iPad 2018 rumors: Thinner bezels, Face ID, and a faster processor

Mac World - Tue, 2017-11-28 12:30

When it comes to the tablet market, there’s the iPad and there’s everybody else. Apple dominates the market, especially in the premium price range. To hold on to its position, Apple has been kept things fresh with new models like the 12.9-inch iPad Pro and new technologies like Apple Pencil and ProMotion.

But the fundamental design of the iPad hasn’t changed much in years. That could all change in 2018, as Apple gives use the first holistic new iPad design in a very long time.

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Microsoft sees the future of Windows 10 as Sets, ditching windows for a tabbed app interface

PC World - Tue, 2017-11-28 12:02

Microsoft said Tuesday that it plans to overhaul Windows 10, with a browser-like, tabbed application view dubbed “Sets” that groups apps and files by project. The changes will roll out over a period of months, if not years—but an upstart competitor already has a similar idea.

Think of Sets as a mashup of existing and emerging Windows 10 technologies. Take Windows Explorer and the little-used Task View within Windows 10, mix in the newer “Pick up where you left off” and “Timeline” features, and wrap it all into a single-window experience. The idea is that every task requires a set of apps—Mail, a browser, PowerPoint, even Win32 apps like Photoshop—and those apps will be optionally organized as tabs along a single window.

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Animal Crossing Pocket Camp review: Nintendo's latest is a charming distraction

Mac World - Tue, 2017-11-28 09:00

After making a big splash a year ago with Super Mario Run, Nintendo has turned its attention to mobile versions of games that aren’t quite as iconic or widely known. But just like with Fire Emblem, Animal Crossing has its die-hard proponents—which is kind of funny, given how low-key and incredibly chill the actual experience is on Nintendo’s own devices. 

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Equip your campsite with cool stuff, invite new acquaintances, and watch the friendships flourish.

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