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HDHomeRun teases simpler hardware and (maybe) a Roku app

Mac World - Tue, 2019-01-15 06:00
The HDHomeRun Scribe Duo and Servio can record broadcast TV channels without a separate server device.

Best robot vacuums: We name the most effective cleaners

PC World - Mon, 2019-01-14 18:24
Vacuuming is one of the most hated household chores. Here are your best choices for outsourcing it to some automated help.

Best robot vacuums: We name the most effective cleaners

Mac World - Mon, 2019-01-14 18:24
Vacuuming is one of the most hated household chores. Here are your best choices for outsourcing it to some automated help.

Intel's new 'F-series' Core chips lack an integrated GPU, and probably aren't worth your money

PC World - Mon, 2019-01-14 14:43

When Intel tipped a half-dozen new desktop processors during its CES keynote, the company kept quiet about specifics. Now we know: The new chips end with an “F” suffix—and they lack an integrated GPU. So you probably should skip them.

Why? Because right now, they’re priced identically to chips that do include the integrated GPU. No, it doesn’t mean that Intel’s new F-series processors are worthless, especially if you already own a PC with a discrete GPU. It does mean, however, that the discrete GPU will be powered on for every task, consuming more power than your PC normally would. Tom’s Hardware, which noted the new pricing, called the processors a manufacturing “relief valve” to help alleviate the shortage of its other 14nm chips, and that’s probably an accurate assessment.

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Best Buy is slashing as much as $100 off the price of the Apple Watch Series 3

Mac World - Mon, 2019-01-14 13:47

If you’ve spent the last few days watching for a good deal on an Apple Watch to help with your New Year’s resolutions, I’ve got good news: The wait is over. Best Buy is currently selling the Apple Watch Series 3Remove non-product link for as little as $229Remove non-product link. It’s the best price we’ve seen for this device this month, and it’s much better than the prices at other retailers.

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Anker's 5-port USB charger helps all your gear survive long days, and it's cheaper than ever

PC World - Mon, 2019-01-14 11:23

Keeping a bag full of devices all charged up can be a juggling act. A multi-port charger can help with that, and today you can grab Anker’s Premium 60W 5-port USB charger for $35 on Amazon, its lowest price ever and a sharp discount from its list price of $50.

This wall charger comes with five ports, including four high-speed USB-A ports with PowerIQ and one USB-C Power Delivery port. An LED indicator light shows when it’s plugged in. To keep all your devices safe, this charger comes with features like temperature control and surge protection, while a durable exterior keeps the charger itself safe from drops and scratches.

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Anker's 5-port USB charger helps all your gear survive long days, and it's cheaper than ever

Mac World - Mon, 2019-01-14 11:23

Keeping a bag full of devices all charged up can be a juggling act. A multi-port charger can help with that, and today you can grab Anker’s Premium 60W 5-port USB charger for $35 on Amazon, its lowest price ever and a sharp discount from its list price of $50.

This wall charger comes with five ports, including four high-speed USB-A ports with PowerIQ and one USB-C Power Delivery port. An LED indicator light shows when it’s plugged in. To keep all your devices safe, this charger comes with features like temperature control and surge protection, while a durable exterior keeps the charger itself safe from drops and scratches.

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Our favorite low profile mechanical keyboard, Corsair's K70 MK.2, is nearly half off today

PC World - Mon, 2019-01-14 09:40

One of our favorite keyboards is available at an outstanding price today. Best Buy is selling the Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Low Profile Rapidfire mechanical keyboard for $90Remove non-product link. This keyboard doesn’t go on sale all that often, and most of the time it’s priced at its $170 recommended price. If you like Cherry MX Speed switches or are at least willing to give them a try, this is a sale you don’t want to miss.

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Our favorite low profile mechanical keyboard, Corsair's K70 MK.2, is nearly half off today

Mac World - Mon, 2019-01-14 09:40
The Corsair K70 MK.2 Rapidfire low profile keyboard with RGB lighting is nearly half off right now at Best Buy.

How to use the iPhone’s Today View and manage its widgets

Mac World - Mon, 2019-01-14 08:00

The iPhone has a Today View that provides access to at-a-glance information from your most-used apps. It’s a great way to use your apps without actually tapping them on the Home screen. For example, the Weather widget in Today View shows the local forecast. You can even access Today View from the iPhone’s Lock screen.

Here’s how to access and manage the widgets in Today View.

IDG How to access Today View

On the iPhone Home or Lock screen, swipe to the right edge of the screen. You can do this swipe from anywhere: the far left edge, the middle, or even close to the right edge of the screen.

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Best organizer bags, fanny packs, and pouches for your gear

Mac World - Mon, 2019-01-14 06:45
For most of us, even our most pared-down tech includes not just a phone, but also cables, adapters, and other sundry accessories. This is where an accessory pouch, bag, or organizer comes in. We've rounded up some of our favorites.

Best organizer bags, fanny packs, and pouches for your gear

PC World - Mon, 2019-01-14 06:45

Smartphones are bigger than ever, and they bring plenty of cords, adapters, headphones, and power banks along for the ride. Getting all this gear packed for travel or daily outings can be a headache. So we reviewed and picked out some of the trendiest and most durable pouches, crossbody bags, and waist packs to help.

Moshi Tego Slingpack Dominik Tomaszewski/IDG

Moshi’s Tego Slingpack was the largest bag we reviewed.

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Cooler Master CK552 review: A fantastic RGB-backlit budget keyboard

PC World - Mon, 2019-01-14 06:30

Mechanical keyboard prices keep dropping and dropping. The latest miracle deal? The Cooler Master CK552, a fully RGB-backlit mechanical keyboard retailing for a mere $90—and often on-sale for far less. That’s even more affordable than the Cougar Attack X3 RGB, our previous “How is this possible?” recommendation.

But as with anything in life, you (to an extent) get what you pay for. Let’s dig into the CK552, both its many strengths and a few noteworthy weaknesses.

Note: This review is part of our best gaming keyboards roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.

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Electrolux Pure i9 review: This robot vac is a few features short of justifying its price tag

Mac World - Mon, 2019-01-14 06:00
The storied brand has produce a robot vac that boasts excellent suction and superb navigation skills, but the Electrolux Pure i9 lacks the extra features of comparably priced robot vacuums.

TaoTronics TT-BH060 Bluetooth headphones review: Affordable noise cancellation, but the sound lacks sparkle

Mac World - Mon, 2019-01-14 06:00
TaoTronics TT-BH060 headphones feature noise cancellation and a very comfortable design, as well as supporting Bluetooth 5.0. But the sound leans heavily towards the bottom end of the spectrum and lacks high-end brilliance.

Electrolux Pure i9 review: This robot vac is a few features short of justifying its price tag

PC World - Mon, 2019-01-14 06:00
The storied brand has produce a robot vac that boasts excellent suction and superb navigation skills, but the Electrolux Pure i9 lacks the extra features of comparably priced robot vacuums.

TaoTronics TT-BH060 Bluetooth headphones review: Affordable noise cancellation, but the sound lacks sparkle

PC World - Mon, 2019-01-14 06:00
TaoTronics TT-BH060 headphones feature noise cancellation and a very comfortable design, as well as supporting Bluetooth 5.0. But the sound leans heavily towards the bottom end of the spectrum and lacks high-end brilliance.

Best PDF editors: Reviewed and rated

PC World - Fri, 2019-01-11 18:34

Though it’s nearly 25 years old, the PDF may be more useful than ever in our increasingly multi-device, cross-platform world. Much of the time you can get by with a free PDF reader to review and comment on these files. But inevitably, particularly in a business setting, you’ll need to edit a PDF file and that usually requires upgrading to a premium PDF editor.

Historically, Adobe Acrobat has been the best option, but it has also been the most expensive, often putting it out of reach of individuals and small businesses. That has given rise to a wealth of alternatives with varying features and costs. We looked at six PDF editors to see what they offer and how they stack up against each other.

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This week in games: Bungie divorces Activision, Epic gives our favorite game of 2017 away for free

PC World - Fri, 2019-01-11 14:30

They cheered. Bungie split off from Activision this week, taking control of the Destiny franchise with them, and staff reportedly cheered when the announcement was made. If that doesn’t tell you everything about the Bungie/Activision relationship circa 2019, I’m not sure what else to add.

But I do have some thoughts. You’ll find them below, along with a bevy of other news this week—including a new Metro Exodus story trailer, delays for Tropico 6 and Dead or Alive 6, free Edith Finch and Fallout, Paradox acquiring Prison Architect, and more. It’s been a really busy week.

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Best Buy is offering the steepest discounts we’ve seen on the 2018 iPad Pro to date

Mac World - Fri, 2019-01-11 14:03

The new iPad Pros models are pretty awesome, but they’re also pretty expensive. Fortunately, for two days Best Buy is offering discounts ranging from $100 to $150 for both new and old iPad Pro modelsRemove non-product link, which makes these prices a heck of a lot more palatable for the pocketbook. In some cases, they’re the best prices we’ve ever seen.

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