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Roku will ship its first wireless speaker in October and surprise! It’s not a soundbar

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-16 09:00
Designed specifically for Roku TVs, the Bluetooth speakers will be bundled with Roku's voice remote and an all-new tabletop voice remote.

Adobe Photoshop on iPad? This ‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ artist is ready for the revolution

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-16 07:00

Lizzie Nichols tells me she’s mildly insulted that painting programs like Procreate get stuffed under “Entertainment” on the iPad App Store.

I can’t say I blame her. Nichols is one of the visual development artists for Sony Pictures Animation’s Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, which hit theaters late last week and has consistently racked up praise for its art and animation (if not its crass humor). Art is her business—specifically, the painting of environments and props that inform 3D designers how a production should look, along with the painting of characters—and she does it well. She worked on the previous Hotel Transylvania film, and her long list of credits include The Emoji Movie, Smurfs: The Lost Village, Futurama, along with freelance work for the likes of Disney Television and Cartoon Network. And she does almost all of it with Adobe Photoshop on a Mac Pro with an attached Wacom Cintiq Companion display.

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Brinno SHC1000 Peephole Camera review: Combat porch pirates with this concealed camera

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-16 06:00
With integrated knock and motion sensors, this upgraded peephole camera will detect wrongdoers darkening your door.

Sengled Element Color Plus Kit review: These ZigBee smart bulbs don’t raise the bar, but they’re perfectly acceptable

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-16 06:00
These bulbs work with the included hub, or with third-party gear.

The 10 best free Apple Watch apps of 2018

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-16 06:00

The Apple Watch may be Apple’s most personal device, but to truly make it yours you’ll need to start adding some of your favorite apps. But don’t worry if you’ve spent the last of your wearable budget on the watch itself—there are plenty of great apps to be had for free. So put away the credit card and check out our 10 favorite free Apple Watch apps.

Chirp Chirp

Ever since Twitter pulled its app from the Apple Watch, there’s been a missing link between our timelines and our wrists. Chirp restores the connection. A simple interface lets you browse your timeline, scan your mentions, and catch up on the latest trends, and with a quick tap you can like or retweet anything you see. Heavy Twitter users can donate a couple bucks to unlock the pro version, which adds direct posting, DMs, and lists, but if you’re just looking for a way to stay in touch with your feed, the free Chirp app needs to be on your Watch.

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Brinno SHC1000 Peephole Camera review: Combat porch pirates with this concealed camera

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-16 06:00
With integrated knock and motion sensors, this upgraded peephole camera will detect wrongdoers darkening your door.

Amazon Echo Dot vs. Google Home Mini

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-16 06:00
Amazon and Google are both trying to get a foot through your door with their smart speakers. Here's what you need to consider before buying one.

Sengled Element Color Plus Kit review: These ZigBee smart bulbs don’t raise the bar, but they’re perfectly acceptable

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-16 06:00
These bulbs work with the included hub, or with third-party gear.

Unicorn updates: Apple fails to fix it all

Mac World - Sat, 2018-07-14 07:00

Apple updated the MacBook Pro this week and, just like with rumored update to the iPhone, it only serves to point out how terrible everything is and how we all die alone and afraid behind the Denny’s in Emeryville dressed in a cowboy outfit because we’re in a Big Audio Dynamite cover band.

Wow, these new Tarot cards the Macalope got are weirdly specific.

Writing for ZDnet, Larry Dignan details the existential terror of the Mac.

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Apple’s new MacBook Pro: First impressions

Mac World - Fri, 2018-07-13 17:00

Friday mornings at the Macworld office are usually low-key, but this day is different. On this particular Friday, we received Apple new MacBook Pro, which was announced the day before.

Macworld was live on YouTube and Twitter with a video broadcast of an unboxing of the new MacBook Pro. We also took a look at some of the new features, like Hey Siri support and True Tone. We ran a preliminary set of Geekbench 4 benchmark tests and compared the numbers to older MacBook Pros. We also fielded questions and comments from viewers who tuned in.

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Get a fantastic Timbuk2 bag for your new MacBook Pro for 62 percent off at Amazon

Mac World - Fri, 2018-07-13 15:51

It’s almost time to go back to school, and if you’re thinking of picking up one of the hot new MacBook Pros, it’s also a good time to start looking for a good laptop bag. Amazon is making that search easy today by offering the Timbuk2 Command Laptop Messenger Bag for just $56.96Remove non-product link, down from its usual price of $149.00.

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Watch us unbox Maingear's F131, a glorious hot rod of a gaming rig

PC World - Fri, 2018-07-13 14:38

Few computers inspiring drooling as much as the fully kitted-out flagship systems by boutique PC builders. The fire-breathing hot rod of a rig that just showed up in our labs is so gorgeous we just had to share it.

The Maingear F131 Gordon unboxes above packs Intel’s 18-core Intel Core i9-7980X behemoth, scads of RGB illuminated G.Skill Trident Z memory, and not one but two GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards. But hardware aside, it’s the artistry that steals the show. This F131 comes equipped with Maingear’s flashy yet functional Apex cooling system, which marries various EK Waterblocks with hardline metal tubing and a huge acrylic block that looks damned fine while working as the liquid reservoir. A fancy custom paint job and red PSU extension cables complete the premium look. The F131 packs customizable RGB LEDs throughout to put all its glorious hardware in a literal spotlight.

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Adobe is bringing full Photoshop to iPad

Mac World - Fri, 2018-07-13 13:52

When it comes to image manipulation, there’s Photoshop, and then there’s everyone else. Of course there are many great image editors out there, but let’s be real: Photoshop is a verb now.

So the report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and Nico Grant that Adobe is working on an iPad version of the full Photoshop application is really big news. It represents a marked shift in Adobe’s strategy, where Windows PCs and Macs get the tools to do professional work like Photoshop and Premiere, while phones and tablets get watered-down “consumer” experiences like Photoshop Express and Photoshop Mix

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This week in games: More Witcher games, new Commandos, and Darksiders III gets a release date

PC World - Fri, 2018-07-13 13:00

It's release dates, release dates, release dates this week as we start to prepare for the just-over-the-horizon fall reviews rush. No, please—sit back and enjoy the summer. Wear sunscreen. Stay hydrated. Just know that games are coming soon, some (like Monster Hunter: World) as early as August.

That, plus release dates for Bard's Tale IV and Darksiders III, a delay for Code Vein, teases for a new Witcher and new Commandos, and Fortnite making so much damn money that Epic decides to give all Unreal Marketplace developers an 18 percent bonus for the last four years of sales. Four years.

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Pump up your summer parties with this killer Prime deal on Anker's SoundCore 2 Bluetooth speaker

PC World - Fri, 2018-07-13 11:12

There are a lot of Bluetooth speakers out there, and it can be hard to cut through all the noise. Amazon makes it easy today with this killer deal on Anker's super popular, well-reviewed SoundCore 2. Right now it's on sale for $28Remove non-product link, the lowest price we've ever seen and a sharp discount from its usual price of $42. Like most of the deals this week, you need to be a Prime member to get that price. (You can sign up for a 30-day free trial hereRemove non-product link.)

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Pump up your summer parties with this killer Prime deal on Anker's SoundCore 2 Bluetooth speaker

Mac World - Fri, 2018-07-13 11:12

There are a lot of Bluetooth speakers out there, and it can be hard to cut through all the noise. Amazon makes it easy today with this killer deal on Anker's super popular, well-reviewed SoundCore 2. Right now it's on sale for $28Remove non-product link, the lowest price we've ever seen and a sharp discount from its usual price of $42. Like most of the deals this week, you need to be a Prime member to get that price. (You can sign up for a 30-day free trial hereRemove non-product link.)

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Is the GPU pricing crisis ending? Amazon's selling a Gigabyte Radeon RX 580 for $210

PC World - Fri, 2018-07-13 09:54

If you’ve been impatiently waiting for the end of the great mining-induced graphics card crisis, today’s deal is for you. Amazon’s selling a 4GB Gigabyte Radeon RX 580 for $210 after a $90 discount and a $20 mail-in rebate. (That means you pay $230 up front.)

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How to pick the best gaming laptop GPU

PC World - Fri, 2018-07-13 08:23

A gaming laptop's GPU matters just as much as its CPU and other components. Given that any gaming laptop worth the name has some sort of discrete graphics, we'll go through all the mobile GPUs available and tell you what to expect from each one, and point you to some laptops that carry them. 

Gaming laptop quick picks

If you’re looking for specific gaming laptop recommendations, here are a few suggestions:

For more information and a broader range of options, check out our story on the best gaming laptops.

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How to find the original timestamp on your photos after changing it

Mac World - Fri, 2018-07-13 08:00

Photos for macOS lets you adjust the date and time assigned as metadata to images and videos in its library. This lets you fix chronological sorting and categorization when it’s gone wrong. You select one or more items in any view, and then select Image > Adjust Date and Time.

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You can adjust the time and date of media within Photos, but there’s no undo option.

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The Walking Dead: Our World is Pokémon Go with AR zombies

Mac World - Fri, 2018-07-13 07:00

Shortly after work yesterday I strolled out of my office and found a bunch of zombies loitering around the San Francisco Ferry Building. This being San Francisco, I was tempted to live and let, well, unlive.

I had obligations, though, so I fired a pistol on the lot of them. Blam, a headshot there. Boom, another in the back. I even tossed in a grenade for good measure. And right as I prepared to shoot the final one, I gasped as a real-world teenager skated into the line of fire.

He’s fine, of course. This isn’t the real world, or at least not really: It’s The Walking Dead: Our World: Next Games’ new free-to-play augmented reality game in the vein of Pokémon Go.

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