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Oreck Cordless Vacuum with POD Technology review: This vacuum offers dust-free disposal

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-01 06:00
A unique self-sealing pod prevents dirt and dust from escaping into the air when you empty the vacuum's dustbin.

Screen Time, Family Link, and FreeTime vs my 7-year-old son: Which parental controls are best?

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-01 06:00

No matter how we try to fight it, parents sometimes need their devices to act as a digital baby-sitter. And try as we may, we're not always paying close enough attention to how long our little one have been glued to their small screens. So unless you want to take the word of a 7-year-old to stop playing his favorite game after an hour, we're going to need a little assistance.

Thankfully help is available. No matter which platform you use, you'll find a handy way to remotely control the device your kid is using, even if it's an iPhone. As part of iOS 12, Apple has finally launched a robust set of parental controls in Screen Time to match the ones offered by Google's Family Link and Amazon's FreeTime. Now no kid is safe from their parent's wrath.

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Useless comparisons: A battle six years in the making

Mac World - Sat, 2018-09-29 07:00

The Macalope knows it’s Saturday, but he’s here with a late-breaking news update: turns out new technology is generally faster than old technology.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and weaponized banality factory, Scott Kramer explains “Why I'm Swapping My iPad For A Kindle.” (Tip o’ the antlers to David and Joe.)

Kramer’s Forbes bio reads:

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Best VPN services of 2018: Reviews and buying advice

Mac World - Fri, 2018-09-28 17:09
Surfing the web through a virtual private network (VPN) can keep your identity and data safe and secure online. We show you what to look for in a VPN and help you pick the best one for your needs.

Best VPN services of 2018: Reviews and buying advice

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-28 17:09

Choosing the right virtual private network (VPN) service is no simple task. A VPN should keep your internet usage private and secure, but not every service handles your data in the same way. Just look at the critiques of notable computer security experts and online pundits to understand the challenge.

(Want to know more about VPNs and what they can and can’t do? Skip down to our “What is a VPN?” section below.)

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Lenovo ThinkPad L480 review: This basic business notebook falls a little short

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-28 16:19

The Lenovo ThinkPad L480 grants you basic membership in the ThinkPad club. Even if you can’t afford the premium Lenovo charges for its slimmer, more powerful models like the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th Gen), you’re at least getting a stellar keyboard and sturdy construction.

The ThinkPad L480 offers generous connectivity, and decent performance and battery life. Underneath, Lenovo’s no-nonsense Vantage software keeps everything humming. But this entry-level business laptop doesn’t offer that much more, and you may start to wonder if Lenovo cut one corner too many on the display.

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This week in games: The Xbox 360 controller's continued dominance, Ace Attorney on PC, and The Crew 2's free weekend

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-28 15:01

I really miss my Xbox 360 controller sometimes. These days I've almost entirely transitioned to an Xbox One controller, but the 360 just felt right, you know? Actually, scratch that—I know you know, or at least 27.2 million of you know.

Those stats, plus a free weekend for The Crew 2, Ace Attorney comes to PC at last, Fallout 76 shows off its opening cinematic, Hitman 2 debuts its second mission, and an update on the Telltale disaster.

This is gaming news for September 24 to 28.

Crew up

Let's ease into this week's round-up with our usual "What's free this weekend?" section. This week? It's Ubisoft trying to undercut Forza Horizon 4 hype by making The Crew 2 free for the weekend. Will it work? Uh...well, probably not. Forza is a much better game. But if you want a virtual vacation this weekend, grab The Crew 2 through Uplay and give it a spin.

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The Full Nerd ep. 69: Intel's leaked 9000-series, custom RTX performance and when is a deal a deal?

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-28 14:18

In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray discuss the latest leak of Intel's upcoming 9000-series Core chips, and how Nvidia's RTX cards throat-punched the competition. Finally, did Gordon get a good deal, or was he just a sucker?

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Google's Wear OS 2.1 update cares more about future smartwatches than your old one (sorry)

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-28 14:02

The Wear OS update that Google announced at IFA has arrived. With new navigational shortcuts, tighter Google Assistant integration, and a smartphone-style notification "stream," your old Android Wear smartwatch will certainly feel different once it's installed.

But just because it's different, doesn't mean it's better. While older watches will enjoy some interface improvements, Google's update isn't about fixing your current device. It's about making the next crop of wearables way better. Android Wear and Wear OS smartwatches won't see much of a speed or battery life boost with the update, for instance. But next year's models, which will also utilize the new Qualcomm Wear 3100 chip, absolutely will.

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Facebook account hack FAQ: What happened, how it affects you, and what you should do now

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-28 13:56

Facebook has announced a massive security issue affecting at least 50 million of its 2.23 billion active users. While the company is still investigating the issue, it already has taken steps to stop the exploit and protect users. Here’s what we know so far:

What happened?

Facebook says its engineering team discovered a security threat that could allow a hacker “to steal Facebook access tokens which they could then use to take over people’s accounts.”

When did the attack occur?

It’s unclear exactly when the accounts were breached, but Facebook discovered the issue on Tuesday, September 25. The issue stems from a change Facebook made to its video uploading feature in July 2017, so it’s possible the vulnerability went unnoticed for a long time.

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Facebook account hack FAQ: What happened, how it affects you, and what you should do now

Mac World - Fri, 2018-09-28 13:56
Facebook has announced that at least 50 million users were exposed in a massive security breach. Here's what happened and what you should do to protect your account.

Intel supply woes could lead to pricier PCs, or a stampede to AMD's Ryzen

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-28 13:42

Intel admitted to a problem everyone already knew about: a shortage of 14nm CPUs for PCs as the company struggles to transition to a 10nm manufacturing process. The actions Intel is taking will ripple through the PC market, and could mean higher PC prices as a result.

Intel admitted Friday that it hasn’t been able to keep up with demand for its processors at the 14nm generation, which includes its current Core chips. Consequently, Intel is taking action: It’s investing an additional $1 billion in 14nm fabs, and beginning to prioritize its existing manufacturing to producing more 14nm chips. Intel said it is still planning for volume manufacturing of 10nm chips in 2019.

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Save over $500 on a rose gold 12-inch MacBook at Amazon

Mac World - Fri, 2018-09-28 13:10

Bigger isn’t always better. I especially keep that in mind with MacBooks, as the scrappy 12-inch MacBook often suits my needs better than the gigantic 15-inch MacBook Pro. If you believe you’d feel the same, you’ll be happy to know that you can pick up a rose gold 2016 12-inch MacBook on Amazon today for just $800, down almost $500 from the usual asking price of $1,299. I wrote about a similar deal a few days ago, and this one is about $50 less than that.

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Upcoming Giveaway: Win a 64GB iPhone XS

Mac World - Fri, 2018-09-28 13:00

Still on the fence about getting an iPhone XS? We’re making that decision a little easier for one of you. Next week, Macworld will team up with iMobie to give away a brand-new space gray 64GB iPhone XS for the low, low price of free. Just to emphasize how big of a deal that is, this model normally costs $1,000.

We will begin accepting entires for the giveaway on Monday, October 1, and you’ll have until October 15 to sign up. We’ll announce the winner on the Macworld Podcast at 10 a.m. Pacific on Wednesday, October 17, live on the Macworld Twitter feed and on the Macworld YouTube channel.

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PCWorld is streaming Forza Horizon 4 on Twitch!

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-28 12:59

Join Adam Patrick Murray, Dan Masaoka on Player Ready, PCWorld's weekly PC gaming stream! This week we are driving into the sunset with Forza Horizon 4 - which our own Hayden Dingman has reviewed and enjoyed. Playing on a Maingear F131 equipped with an Intel Core i9 7980xe and dual Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti's!

Watch live video from PCWorldUS on www.twitch.tv

Follow PCWorld's Twitch channel (or YouTube) so you don't miss out on this or future live streams. Tune in every week for podcasts such as The Full Nerd as well as new and old games alike!

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Ecobee's Switch+ is $30 off today, a huge discount

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-28 11:09

Few smart light switches are as smart as Ecobee’s Switch+, which comes with Alexa built right in. And it’s never been cheaper than right now—it’s $69.95 today on Amazon, down from a list price of $100.

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Google really wants you to use Maps and search to plan your next outing

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-28 10:33

Google might always know where we are, but it isn't exactly the first name you think of when it comes to travel and trip planning. With a handful of new tools rolling out over the coming weeks (users on Android and iPhones get it first this week), the search giant is trying to change that.  

First up is a new feature in Maps. As promised at I/O back in May, Google is finally rolling out group planning, giving users an easy way to create a list that can be shared, modified, and voted on without needing to deal with a constant stream of beeps and buzzes via group texts. Here's how it works:

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Google really wants you to use Maps and search to plan your next outing

Mac World - Fri, 2018-09-28 10:33
Google is rolling out new features in Maps and search to help plan trips and outings with friends.

You Can Get 100+ Hours Of iOS 12 Development Training For $29 (90% Off)

Mac World - Fri, 2018-09-28 10:26

Apple released its iOS 12 update last week, which delivers new features such as Siri Shortcuts. App developers are adopting these new changes to update their current apps, or to create new apps around these changes altogether. However, it’s never too late to join the fray, and with this $29 Essential iOS 12 Development Bundle, you can discover what’s new in iOS 12 and learn how to create your own iPhone apps.

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Get 80+ Hours of Accredited Business Training With The Lifetime MBA Bootcamp Bundle

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-28 10:25

If you’ve worked in the corporate world for several years, you might be seeking avenues to higher-paying managerial positions. Earning an MBA is one of the most popular ways to do so, but following a structured curriculum may be impossible given your schedule. If you want to learn MBA-grad skills at your own pace, this $29 Lifetime MBA Bootcamp Bundle may be for you.

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