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Google Home Hub: Top 5 features, and how it stacks up to Echo Show

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-09 13:55
Google aims to strangle the new Echo Show in its crib, but its new smart display could also cripple hardware partners like JBL and Lenovo.

The top 5 features of the new Google Home Hub

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-09 13:55
Google aims to strangle the new Echo Show in its crib, but its new smart display could also cripple hardware partners like JBL and Lenovo.

The top 5 features of the new Google Home Hub

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-09 13:55
Google aims to strangle the new Echo Show in its crib, but its new smart display could also cripple hardware partners like JBL and Lenovo.

Google's new $35 Chromecast gets a speed boost

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-09 13:40
The third-generation Chromecast leaves Google out of the cheap 4K streamer wars.

Google Pixel 3: The 5 features that matter most

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-09 13:39

If the Pixel 3 “Made By Google” launch event reminds us of anything, it’s that basic hardware specs don’t mean much in Googleland. We’ve long known that the Pixel 3 (starting at $799) and Pixel 3 XL (starting at $899) would have 5.5-inch and 6.3-inch displays respectively, along with dual front cameras. And all that was confirmed today.

But when it comes to Pixel phones, the real magic lies in how Google marries algorithms and machine learning to its hardware choices. And, as expected, these software features lead the pack in the Pixel 3’s most exciting features. Let’s dig in...

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Where to buy an Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-09 13:00

Apple has discontinued its Lightning to 30-pin Adapter, the plug required for modern iOS devices to connect to accessories equipped with a 30-pin connector. The 30-pin connector made its debut in the iPod in 2003, and was the original type used with the first iPhone and iPad. It was replaced by Lightning in iPhones and iPads in 2012.

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The Apple iPod Hi-Fi comes with a 30-pin connector. An adapter is needed to use a modern iOS deivce with it.

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The Roku Streaming Stick, our favorite budget media streamer, is even cheaper today

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-09 11:40

With so many streaming services out there right now, the TV landscape is a cord cutter's paradise—but you need a way to bring all those shows to your television. The superb Roku Streaming Stick can help with that, and today it's just $40 on Amazon, down from a list price of $50.

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Intel's 9th-gen Core i7-9700K abandons Hyper-Threading: What it could mean for performance

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-09 11:16

Core i7, the boss wants to talk to you.

The good news: you got a promotion and a bump from six cores up to eight cores in Intel’s 9th generation CPU lineup. Woo-hoo! The bad news: Turn in your Hyper-Threading, because the cool feature that gave you virtualized CPU cores and about 30 percent more performance is gone.

Yup. If you’re freaked out about the Core i7 losing a premier performance-boosting feature that it’s offered since, well, there was a Core i7, you may well be right to be concerned. But you may not be, too, depending on how you use your computer.

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The Full Nerd special episode: Diving deep into Core i9-9900K and Core X with Intel's desktop chief

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-09 10:10

In this special episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah Ung is joined by Anand Srivatsa, Intel’s desktop VP, to talk about all the new 9th-gen Core and Core-X processors announced in New York this week, including “the world’s best gaming CPU,” the Core i9-9900K.

Srivatsa explains why the ultra-fast, 8-core, 16-thread Core i9 9900K ($530 preorder on Amazon) lays claim to that title. He also talks about the wild 28-core Xeon W-3175X barreling down the pipeline, and what creators can expect from the new massively multi-core Core X-series lineup. The theme of “buying the right CPU for you” weaves throughout the conversation, circling back to the Core i9-9900K and the now Hyper-Threading-less Core i7-9700K and Srivatsa’s response to why enthusiasts would opt for them over AMD’s 8-core, 16-thread Ryzen 7 2700X and its lower $330 price.

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Protect against outages with this $35, six outlet uninterruptible power supply

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-09 09:30

There’s nothing worse than being in the middle of an intense gaming or spreadsheet-wrangling session and a power outage kills it. One way to avoid a sudden power demise is to get an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for when tragedy strikes. Today, B&H Photo is selling the 255 watt (450 volt) output APC Back-UPS BN450M for $35Remove non-product link when you click the Clip Coupon button on the sale page. That’s $10 off its MSRP. The sale ends on Friday, October 12 at 6:15 PM Eastern.

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Protect against outages with this $35, six outlet uninterruptible power supply

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-09 09:30

There’s nothing worse than being in the middle of an intense gaming or spreadsheet-wrangling session and a power outage kills it. One way to avoid a sudden power demise is to get an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for when tragedy strikes. Today, B&H Photo is selling the 255 watt (450 volt) output APC Back-UPS BN450M for $35Remove non-product link when you click the Clip Coupon button on the sale page. That’s $10 off its MSRP. The sale ends on Friday, October 12 at 6:15 PM Eastern.

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Can’t find a file in macOS? Here’s what to do

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-09 08:00

Macworld reader Lon has a problem finding a file on his Mac. He needs to remove it to avoid a compatibility problem, and no amount of Spotlight searches nor browsing through folders can find it.

Spotlight should let you find nearly any file you create or store in macOS with ease, but it doesn’t always work that way. There’s a way to search comprehensively through your macOS drive (or drives) using the Terminal, but I think of it as a last resort, because it involves tricky syntax and can be slow. It also may match a lot of files you’re not interested in.

In the Terminal, a command called find can perform a comprehensive and deep search across everything, including system files and other stuff that we don’t need to interact with and macOS doesn’t readily expose to users. (Find is something I’ve used for decades, and it feels like a tool designed for a computer with a teletypewriter attached.)

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Zombie narratives: The Apple Watch as failure

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-09 07:00

You know that old saw about a broken watch being right twice a day? That’s more than you can say about a lot of opinions about the Apple Watch.

Writing for The New York Times, John Herrman claims “Apple Used to Know Exactly What People Wanted—Then It Made a Watch.” (Tip o’ the antlers to DLAN, Philip Elmer-DeWitt and Bill in Texas.)

Yeah. Who wants one of those?

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Google Home Routines: How to put them to use

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-09 06:00
How to use Google Home Routines for automation and shortcuts.

Never preorder: Why jumping on new technology before it's tested is a bad idea

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-09 06:00

One of the grossest aspects of PC gaming has wormed its way into PC components, promising nothing but pain for consumers. Preorders now exist for CPUs and graphics cards. AMD kicked off the trend with its Ryzen processors, Nvidia picked up the torch with the GeForce RTX 20-series GPUs, and now Intel’s selling its newly revealed 9th-gen K-series chips—including the flagship Core i9-9900K—long before you can lay hands on it or read independent reviews. Ick.

I have two words for you: Never preorder.

It’s crazy to drop your hard-earned cash on promises alone, and that’s doubly true for premium-priced PC components that could wind up disappointing in some way. And by “could,” I mean “always.” Just witness the few examples we have so far—and be wary of the warning signs we already see before preordering Intel’s new chips.

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Google Home Routines: How to put them to use

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-09 06:00
How to use Google Home Routines for automation and shortcuts.

Wi-Fi 6 FAQ: What it is, why you should care, and when it might come to Apple products

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-09 06:00

Since the beginning, Wi-Fi network standards have been designated by a set of numbers and letters only an engineer could love. 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11ac (there are two letters now?)… how can you possibly expect regular users to know what they’re buying or connecting to?

In a stunningly rational move, the Wi-Fi Alliance (the industry group that sets Wi-Fi standards) has decided to dump the confusing alphabet soup and go with simple version numbers.

The networking standard previously known as 802.11ax will now be known as Wi-Fi 6, and it’s coming in 2019. Here are some answers to common questions about the new standard.

What’s with the new numbers?

The Wi-Fi Alliance has decided that simply using IEEE standard designations on products is probably a little too confusing. Now, instead of seeing routers with “802.11n” and “802.11ac” and such, you’ll see simple generational numbers like “Wi-Fi 3” and “Wi-Fi 5.” Those 802.11 numbers are still there, but they’re not meant to be used in marketing and user-facing menus. It’s the kind of decision they should have made two decades ago.

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Best gaming mouse: Find your perfect match

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-08 19:10

The mouse is a simple tool: point and click. That’s it. But if you’re a PC gamer, you know that pushing virtual paper around on your desktop isn’t the same as fragging bots and shooting zombies. (Not even remotely.) 

Gaming mouse cheat sheet Our quick-hit recommendations:
    1. Logitech G502 Proteus Core View
    2. Logitech Powerplay Wireless Charging System View
    3. Logitech G603 View
    4. Roccat Tyon View
    5. NAOS 7000 View
 

What’s more, picking the right gaming mouse is an intensely personal decision. Every little detail—its overall shape and size, the shape and placement its buttons, its cable (or lack thereof), its weight, its materials—can change how you feel about it. More than any other peripheral, a mouse is the hardest to recommend, because there is no objectively perfect mouse. Everyone’s hands are different.

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Google is shutting down Google+ after it exposed user data and neglected to tell anyone

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-08 15:12

Apparently Google+ users weren’t the only ones not paying attention to the social network. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Google discovered a “software glitch” earlier this year that allowed third-party developers access to some 500,000 private profile data since 2015, including “full names, email addresses, birth dates, gender, profile photos, places lived, occupation and relationship status.”

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Google is shutting down Google+ after it exposed user data and neglected to tell anyone

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-08 15:12
After The Wall Street Journal reported that Google had hid a Google+ breach for more than six months, the company announced it was shutting down the service for consumers.

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