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Which Watch? How to pick the Apple Watch that’s right for you

Mac World - Wed, 2018-11-14 03:00

Picking an Apple Watch used to be a little complicated, with various different case materials, bands, and style. Now, Apple has become more focused with the Apple Watch, which means that the selection process is a lot easier than before. Now, the case materials, bands, and style are characteristics of the models Apple offers.

Apple offers four different Apple Watch models, but three of the models—Apple Watch Series 4, Apple Watch Nike+, and Apple Watch Hermès—have the same insides, so they’re basically the same watch. For the purposes of this guide, whenever we refer to the Apple Watch Series 4, that reference also applies to the Apple Watch Nike+ and Apple Watch Hermès.

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Awesome tech gifts that cost $50 or less

PC World - Tue, 2018-11-13 19:07
Give like you give a damn

Image by Rob Schultz/IDG

When it comes to finding gifts that are cool, useful, and affordable, technology can check all those boxes. And contrary to what you might think, the audience for cool tech gifts is quite broad, with options for virtually everyone on your holiday shopping list.

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Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 10 a.m. Pacific

Mac World - Tue, 2018-11-13 16:00

The Macworld staff talks about the new iPad Pro. Do you have one? What do you think? We also talk about some new Apple service programs, and the future of 5G in the iPhone. We also respond to your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 630.

Watch us live

The Macworld Podcast broadcasts live on the internet on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Pacific. You can watch on Twitter via Periscope or on the Macworld YouTube channel.

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Save Up To 70% On Private Internet Access VPN Subscriptions (From $34)

PC World - Tue, 2018-11-13 15:11

Statistics show that a third of all internet users have suffered a security breach. Indeed, the web can be a dangerous place and, unless you take precautions, it’s probably just a matter of time before you become a victim too. That’s the bad news. The good news is that it’s relatively easy to protect yourself with Private Internet Access VPN. Get a three-year subscription for just $77.33, marked down by 69% from the regular price of $250.20 right now.

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The Cresuer Touchwave Bluetooth Earbuds Are 65% Off Right Now ($35)

Mac World - Tue, 2018-11-13 15:10

Apple shocked the world when it removed the 3.5mm headphone jack from the iPhone 7 in 2016. Since then, competitors such as HTC and Google have followed suit. It seems that the death of traditional jack-based headphones is impending while Bluetooth solutions grow more popular.

If you own a phone without a headphone jack, or if you’re just in the market for Bluetooth earbuds, there are hundreds of options to choose from. If all you need is a pair that delivers solid sound quality, you can buy the Cresuer Touchwave True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds for $34.99.

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Dash cam reviews: Catch the maniacs and meteors of daily driving

PC World - Tue, 2018-11-13 15:09

Dash cams are already essential in many countries because of scam artists who try to create accidents so they can sue you. They’ve also proven useful for catching cars flying into buildings, or the occasional meteor, as happened in Thailand and in Russia a few years ago.

But while auto con artists aren’t as common here, recording your excursions is a reasonable precaution to take—especially if you’re driving professionally. And even if you’re not, you may unexpectedly appreciate using it to chronicle your vacation travels—or tap into your smart home, as we’ve just tested an Alexa-enabled dash cam, the Garmin Speak Plus.

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Today only, save up to $1,400 on souped-up 2017 15-inch MacBook Pros

Mac World - Tue, 2018-11-13 13:30

If you've been holding out for Black Friday to score a deal on a powerful MacBook, you'd be wise to head over to B&H Photo. Today only, the retailer is knocking up to $1,400 off two high-end configurations of the 2017 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar. This is a bit of a steal considering the power and storage involved, and in both cases these are the best prices we’ve ever seen these models listed for.

The less expensive modelRemove non-product link boasts 512GB of storage, a 3.1GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and AMD Radeon Pro 560 Graphics. You can get it for just $2,199, down $800 from the usual retail price of $2,999. That’s also down around $450 from the prices you’ll find at competitors.

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Microsoft re-releases the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, admitting its testing needs to improve

PC World - Tue, 2018-11-13 13:00

Microsoft said Tuesday that it’s begun slowly releasing the postponed Windows 10 October 2018 Update once again to the general public, having put in place additional “signals” that will allow users to flag instances where data loss might occur.

Not everyone will receive the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, a minor release which was scheduled to begin shipping October 2. Since then, 5.9 million people have downloaded it, according to Microsoft. Microsoft will roll out the update, also known as version 1809, very slowly to its remaining customers. Users will first have to request the update and meet the hardware requirements and check for application compatibility. Even then, only about one percent of users will initially receive it, Microsoft said. The remaining PCs will be updated over the following weeks and months.

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Get 90% Off Your First Year of RemotePC, Up To 50 Computers for $6.95

Mac World - Tue, 2018-11-13 12:46

iDrive has activated a significant discount on their Remote access software RemotePC in these days leading into Black Friday. RemotePC by iDrive is a full-featured remote access solution that lets you connect to your work, home or office computer securely from anywhere, and from any iOS or Android device. Right now, their 50 computer package is 90% off or just $6.95 for your 1st year. If you've been thinking about remote access solutions, now is a good time to consider RemotePC. Learn more about it here.

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Get 90% Off Your First Year of RemotePC, Up To 50 Computers for $6.95

PC World - Tue, 2018-11-13 12:46

iDrive has activated a significant discount on their Remote access software RemotePC in these days leading into Black Friday. RemotePC by iDrive is a full-featured remote access solution that lets you connect to your work, home or office computer securely from anywhere, and from any iOS or Android device. Right now, their 50 computer package is 90% off or just $6.95 for your 1st year. If you've been thinking about remote access solutions, now is a good time to consider RemotePC. Learn more about it here.

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The Canary View indoor camera is a great way to monitor your home and it's half-off today

Mac World - Tue, 2018-11-13 11:31

Keeping an eye on your home when you're away is essential for strong security, but indoor cameras can get pricey. Today, Amazon is offering one of our favorites, the Canary View, for just $50Remove non-product link, half off its list price and one of the lowest prices we've ever seen.

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The Canary View indoor camera is a great way to monitor your home and it's half-off today

PC World - Tue, 2018-11-13 11:31

Keeping an eye on your home when you're away is essential for strong security, but indoor cameras can get pricey. Today, Amazon is offering one of our favorites, the Canary View, for just $50Remove non-product link, half off its list price and one of the lowest prices we've ever seen.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 rumors: It won't have a notch but it might have... a hole?

PC World - Tue, 2018-11-13 11:30

While everyone is buzzing about Samsung’s folding phone—which might cost as much as $1,700 when it launches next spring—it won’t be the only Galaxy phone the releases next year. Also on tap are Samsung usual flagships, the Galaxy S10 and S10+, and they’re shaping up to be quite a bit different this year.

Here’s everything we (think we) know so far:

Galaxy S10: Design and display

After the Galaxy S9 stuck with the same “Infinity Display” design that was introduced with the S8, the S10 will represent a major change for the Galaxy S line. And it could be unlike anything we’ve ever seen.

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HP Offering $330 off Pavilion 15z 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop Right Now ($370)

PC World - Tue, 2018-11-13 10:28

You don't have to wait for Black Friday. Deals have started to drop early, but you have to know where to look. HP has activated a whopping $330 discount on its Pavilion 15z 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop, which puts it at just $369.99 with Free Shipping, but the deal ends Wednesday 11/14. This laptop comes with Windows 10 Home 64, the AMD Ryzen™ 3 processor, AMD Radeon™ Vega 3 Graphics, 8 GB memory, 1 TB HDD storage, and a 15.6" diagonal HD touch display. See the full spec, customize, and/or buy it here while the deal is active. If you haven't seen it yet, HP has posted a Black Friday deals page right here that includes a few other early deals you may be interested in.

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Upgrade to an 8-core, all-AMD gaming PC for cheap with these killer Newegg CPU and GPU deals

PC World - Tue, 2018-11-13 10:01

If you’ve been waiting for just the right time to overhaul your PC, Newegg’s offering some mighty enticing discounts on an AMD Ryzen CPU and Radeon GPU that would make solid cornerstones for a powerful gaming and productivity rig. The AMD Ryzen 7 1700X processor is $150Remove non-product link, and the MSI Radeon RX 580 Armor OC is $190Remove non-product link, each after a $20 mail-in rebate. The CPU is $50 off Amazon’s current price and about $30 under the historical low. It’s a similar story for the RX 580, which is $35 cheaper than it was just a few weeks ago.

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Which backup method should you use for making constant archives of your data?

Mac World - Tue, 2018-11-13 08:00

You've probably heard it dozens and dozens of times: It's important to back up your data. Apple has Time Machine to help you get on a regular backup routine, but are there other methods you should be using?

Different backup methods use different frequencies by which they push updates to an archive. When evaluating these methods, ask yourself: How many copies are made? How and where is the data stored? How securely is data locked away, both physically and with encryption? And, often the most important, how recent?

Here are a few popular methods for consumer backups

  • File synchronization services: These services, including Dropbox, typically monitor particular designated areas of your Mac's storage device and update changes immediately.
  • Local backup software: Apps like Time Machine perform backups on a regular interval, which can sometimes be selected.
  • Internet-hosted backup services: Services such as Backblaze can perform continuous backups, but may not be as up to date as a syncing service.

Why do these backup methods act so differently? It has to do with the computational effort to index files without burning up so many CPU cycles that your system slows down.

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This year’s model: MacBooks sadly get better

Mac World - Tue, 2018-11-13 07:00

Apple has once again gone and ruined everything you own by releasing new products.

Writing for the sense of existential dread that is Business Insider, Kif Leswing says “I was really excited about my MacBook Pro purchase last year — but now, I regret it.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Nick.)

The Macalope went through the same thing with a pair of Hammer pants once.

When I received my MacBook Pro with Touch Bar in August of 2017, I was pumped.

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Avira Antivirus Pro 2019 review: Solid performance, better prices

PC World - Tue, 2018-11-13 06:51

Avira Antivirus Pro is back with an updated version for 2019 that promises to take up a smaller chunk of your hard drive, as well as improve overall PC performance with fewer virus defintion files (VDFs) plugging up memory. The interface hasn’t really changed, however, and it’s still largely a no-nonsense suite with few extras.

Antivirus Pro is well priced at $36 for a single device for new users—the standard price is about $48. For five devices you’ll pay $57 (for new users), with $72 being the standard price. That’s okay, but you can get far more value with premium suites like McAfee and Norton that charge around $100 to cover 10 devices. 

If extras are what you’re looking for in a premium A/V suite then Avira’s all-inclusive Avira Prime subscription is the product you’re looking for. It includes Antivirus Pro, identity protection, a system optimizer, third-party software updates, a password manager, and a VPN. 

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Intel 905P NVMe SSD review: Blazing random access and amazing endurance (for a hefty price)

PC World - Tue, 2018-11-13 05:49

Intel’s Optane SSD 905P is a follow-on to the Intel Optane SSD 900P we reviewed earlier this year. If you read that review, you already know about the ridiculously long claimed lifespan of Intel’s Optane memory. I'm talking petabytes written rather than terabytes regular NAND SSDs claim.

The 905P is also faster than the 900P and beats the pants off of any single M.2 PCIe/NVMe drive in threaded and small file performance. The downside? It’s really, really expensive. 

Design and specs

Before I get to the specs, more on that price. The 960GB PCIe 3.0, x4 add-in card version of the 905P that I tested has a list price of a cool $1,300. The 1TB Samsung 970 Pro, a most worthy drive in its own right, costs less than $400. 

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Sign up for LifeLock today and save 10% off your first year – Terms Apply

Mac World - Mon, 2018-11-12 16:44

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LifeLock protects members through a combination of state-of-the-art monitoring, notification, and remediation services. LifeLock continuously searches hundreds of millions of transactions per second to detect potential threats to a member’s identity. You could miss certain identity threats by just monitoring your credit. LifeLock sees more, like your personal information on the dark web. LifeLock has Identity Protection Agents, who are ready to help answer questions 24/7. And if a member’s identity is ever compromised, a dedicated Identity Restoration Specialist will take charge and help fix the problem.

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