You are here

news aggregator

Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris is a decent expansion but no game-changer (yet)

PC World - Wed, 2017-12-06 09:54

It’s been barely a month since Destiny 2 released on PC, but it’s been almost three since the console versions hit. Thanks to that awkward bit of timing, the first expansion is already here: Curse of Osiris released yesterday, bringing with it a new mini-campaign, a new planet to explore (Mercury), a new level cap, and a whole host of quality-of-life tweaks.

Fresh off our review of Destiny 2’s base game, I dove back in with my Titan to check out the expansion content. I haven’t completed the new raid subsection yet nor spent much time in the player-versus-player Crucible modes, but I’ve finished up the campaign (such as there is) and spent some time tooling around the sun’s closest neighbor.

To read this article in full, please click here

B&O Beoplay E8 true wireless earphones review: The best in class comes at a steep price

Mac World - Wed, 2017-12-06 09:00

Let’s get this out of the way: The B&O Beoplay E8 true wireless earphones cost $299. Being both a cheapskate and a music aficionado, I tried, hard, to convince myself that other less expensive true wireless headphones that I’ve tested sound just as good, or better, than the E8s do. But they don’t. If you demand the best possible sound in a compact, wire-free package, these are the headphones to get.

Hardware

The E8 earphones are constructed from lightweight polymer with aluminum accents. As each earbud weighs about a quarter-ounce each, most people won’t find it a burden to have them jammed into their skull for hours at a time—provided they’ll fit. Instead of using rubber fins, or hooking into your ears like other in-ear headphones do, the E8s stay in place by being thrust into the opening of your ear canal. That they come with four different sizes of silicon tips to ensure a secure fit as well as a set of Complyfoam foam tips helps to ensure a good fit—but you might want to buy them from a shop or online store with a solid return policy, just in case.

To read this article in full, please click here

B&O Beoplay E8 true wireless earphones review: The best in class comes at a steep price

Mac World - Wed, 2017-12-06 09:00

Let’s get this out of the way: The B&O Beoplay E8 true wireless earphones cost $299. Being both a cheapskate and a music aficionado, I tried, hard, to convince myself that other less expensive true wireless headphones that I’ve tested sound just as good, or better, than the E8s do. But they don’t. If you demand the best possible sound in a compact, wire-free package, these are the headphones to get.

Hardware

The E8 earphones are constructed from lightweight polymer with aluminum accents. As each earbud weighs about a quarter-ounce each, most people won’t find it a burden to have them jammed into their skull for hours at a time—provided they’ll fit. Instead of using rubber fins, or hooking into your ears like other in-ear headphones do, the E8s stay in place by being thrust into the opening of your ear canal. That they come with four different sizes of silicon tips to ensure a secure fit as well as a set of Complyfoam foam tips helps to ensure a good fit—but you might want to buy them from a shop or online store with a solid return policy, just in case.

To read this article in full, please click here

Dolby Vision vs HDR10: Which is best?

Mac World - Wed, 2017-12-06 08:45
Round 2 of our HDR video comparison sees Dolby Vision come out way on top.

Dolby Vision vs HDR10: Which is best?

PC World - Wed, 2017-12-06 08:45
Round 2 of our HDR video comparison sees Dolby Vision come out way on top.

Dropbox or iCloud Drive: Which is better for file sharing?

Mac World - Wed, 2017-12-06 08:00

iCloud Drive isn’t quite like Google Drive or Dropbox. As with most Apple digital and cloud services, it’s tied to a single identity without much in the way of sharing. iCloud Drive's sharing features seem a bit tacked on.

Macworld reader Howard writes in asking about an aspect of this. “I was hoping also to have my wife’s iCloud drive show up on my Mac’s Finder the way I do with Dropbox. I haven’t been able to get this to work.”

It’s not you, Howard. You can only mount a given iCloud Drive associated with an iCloud account on an account in macOS logged into that same iCloud account. With some previous Apple cloud storage systems, you could use the credentials (user name and password) to mount a drive without having your system logged into the same account.

To read this article in full, please click here

6 secret Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL power tips

PC World - Wed, 2017-12-06 06:30

With the Pixel phones, Google aims to make a compelling smartphone experience, even if that means making some changes to Android. That's why the version of Android 8.0 Oreo that ships on the Pixel 2 and 2 XL isn't quite what you'll find on other stock Android devices. Some of the coolest bonus features are hiding beneath the surface of Google's latest phones, but we'll tell you our favorites here. 

Wallpaper-based themes

Changing your wallpaper is something you probably do on a regular basis. Usually, that just gets you a new wallpaper as expected, but there's a neat extra on the Pixel 2. The theming of the home screen and some system elements changes based on the color of your wallpaper.

To read this article in full, please click here

Where to buy an iPhone

Mac World - Wed, 2017-12-06 06:00

When the original iPhone went on sale a decade ago, there was no asking where you should buy one. The only possible options were the Apple Store (if you were lucky enough to live near one) or AT&T carrier store. The bigger concern was who had any in stock!

Today, the iPhone is sold all over. Every carrier store has it, Apple Stores are all over the place, big-box retailers like Best Buy and Target carry them, and of course, you have a seemingly endless number of online options. So...where should you buy your iPhone from? The answer can be complicated, so let’s break down some of the most common options.

For each, we’ll tell you about any current special deals, when you should consider buying there, and when you shouldn’t.

To read this article in full, please click here

Hands-on: Asus NovaGo's Snapdragon-based Windows PC manages expectations

PC World - Wed, 2017-12-06 06:00

The Asus NovaGo is a Windows laptop with something completely new: the Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC Platform, Qualcomm’s bid to use its smartphone chip to grab some Windows PC share in a category long dominated by Intel.

Spending a little time with the machine on Tuesday was an exercise in testing—and managing—expectations. Qualcomm executives have admitted that the Snapdragon platform will be a bit slower to launch apps, a bit slower to boot, a bit slower here and there. Our early impressions show the kind of performance that Qualcomm hopes will be "good-enough" for mainstream users with modest demands. 

To read this article in full, please click here

BrandPost: The Secret to a Perfect Elevator Pitch

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-05 14:38

Philip B. Crosby invented the concept of the 'elevator pitch' in the 80's, and it quickly became popular in the business world​​. Today it is commonly used as a strategic tool for initial meetings. It has become so popular in fact that business schools, such as Harvard, include how-to information in their course curriculum and on their website to help people create and evaluate elevator pitches.

Eureka

June 6, 2017

To read this article in full, please click here

Qualcomm invades Intel's turf with Snapdragon PCs that push battery life over performance

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-05 13:56

Qualcomm is invading Intel’s turf, announcing Windows PCs that use the same Snapdragon chips as your phone and can last well into a second day of use. 

On Tuesday at its Snapdragon Technology Forum, Qualcomm showed off its Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC Platform on a HP Envy x2 tablet and an Asus NovaGo ultrabook. Both run on the company’s Snapdragon 835—yes, the same processor (and cellular modem) inside popular phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

Qualcomm uses its success with smartphones to justify its foray into PCs. You demand all-day performance from your phone, while it’s constantly connected to the Internet. Why shouldn’t your PC deliver the same?

To read this article in full, please click here

BrandPost: Meditation: Helpful in Many Ways

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-05 13:19

Meditation is associated with mindfulness and the spiritual side of eastern religions. But the truth is that for a while now, it’s been growing in popularity throughout the world as a way of relaxing. Meditation is becoming a potential tool to fight against some of the bigger problems of modern society, like depression and stress.

The first historical data about this topic is from over 3,000 years ago. But it wasn’t until 100 years ago when scientists started to study the benefits of meditation on the human body and specifically, the changes it makes in the brain of the person who practices it.

Since the beginning of these more recent investigations, scientists have discovered several benefits from the practice of mindful meditation, like the reduction of physical pain. As first realized by the research of Dr. Fadel Zeidan, a neurobiologist and anatomy professor at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and which was published in the Journal Neuroscience, people who practice meditation endure physical pain better than those who do not. This is important because it can be a good option for those patients who suffer from chronic pain.

To read this article in full, please click here

BrandPost: Digital Transformation: Steps to an Effective Strategy

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-05 12:50

Digital transformation (DT) is defined as the modification of business activities, procedures, capabilities and models to take advantage of the changes and opportunities presented by new digital technologies, as well as the impact they have on society, while always thinking about current and future trends. Why is this so important to businesses everywhere? Because DT is fundamentally changing the way we live, work and buy.

The first step to a complete transformation is to develop a clear strategy. According to The Digital Business Transformation Playbook For 2017only 27% of today’s businesses have a coherent digital strategy that sets out how the firm will create customer value as a digital business.

To read this article in full, please click here

AMD quietly made some Radeon RX 560 graphics cards worse

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-05 10:55

Buying a budget graphics card just got trickier. AMD and its partners quietly began selling Radeon RX 560 cards with fewer compute units and stream processors than originally advertised, without changing the name or otherwise identifying the lesser-powered model in any way. But here’s the kicker: The Radeon RX 560s you can find in stores are a mix of the full-fat version and the cut-down version.

Ick.

When the Radeon RX 560 launched in April it was the only RX 500-series card with a meaningful under-the-hood tech boost compared to the RX 400-series. The graphics processor in the older RX 460 cards packed 14 compute units and 896 stream processors; the upgraded Radeon RX 560 bumped that to 16 CUs and 1,024 SPs. Now, some—but not all—of the Radeon RX 560s you’ll find online have specs that match the older 460 cards, and sometimes run at lower clock speeds to boot.

To read this article in full, please click here

11 of the flashiest, best-looking cases for the iPhone X

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-05 10:00
iPhone X cases that will make you stand out

Image by Speck

You might not want to cover up your gorgeous new iPhone X, but you should. Between the edge-to-edge screen and the wireless-charging-compatible back, this slippery $1000+ device is basically 100 percent glass, and it’s not cheap to repair. Prevention is definitely key, but you don’t have to wrap your phone in layers of ugly foam and rubber. Here are 12 stylish cases to check out—some might even be prettier than the iPhone X itself.

To read this article in full, please click here

The Honor 7X is the $199 successor to one of the best budget smartphones

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-05 10:00

The Honor 6X was one of 2017’s best budget handsets, and now the Huawei subsidiary is looking to build on that success with the Honor 7X. The U.S.-bound budget handset has a bigger screen, a better camera, and best of all, a lower price: just $199. Honor also took the wraps off a new flagship phone, the 6-inch Honor V10.

The U.S. version of the Honor 7X mimics the China release that launched a few short weeks ago, with a slim-bezel design and an impressive set of specs:

  • Display: 5.93-inch LCD, 18:9, 2160p x 1080p FHD+, 407ppi
  • Dimensions: 156.5mm x 75.3mm x 7.6mm
  • Weight: 165g
  • OS: Huawei EMUI 5.1 (Nougat 7.1)
  • Chip: Kirin 659, Octa-Core
  • Battery: 3,340mAh
  • RAM: 3GB/4GB
  • Storage: 32GB/64GB
  • Camera: 16MP + 2MP, wide aperture range, phase detection auto focus
Michael Simon/IDG

The Honor 7X has a dual camera setup just like last year.

To read this article in full, please click here

BrandPost: Even Mac users need protection from malware

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-05 09:46

Years ago, Apple aficionados believed Macs were safe from malware. Now, everyone knows that’s simply not true.

Cybercrime is on the rise, so the idea of malware increasingly targeting the mostly overlooked macOS make sense. Although Apple has created a variety of security layers designed to strengthen the security of its desktop OS and protect its users, often these safeguards are not enough to protect a Mac. For example, Apple can’t always prevent users from unknowingly getting infected with adware.

To read this article in full, please click here

Fitbit expands Ionic OS with Hue, Flipboard apps, and 80 clock faces

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-05 09:00

Fitbit’s Ionic smartwatch ($299 on Amazon) is getting some new friends for the holidays. A software update available Tuesday will deliver more than 80 new clock faces and a variety of apps so you can control your lights and check stocks while you work out.

To read this article in full, please click here

How to allow remote access to your Mac

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-05 08:00

Computers are ubiquitous, and you've probably had an instance where you are using a computer in one place and you need to access a computer in another location. For example, you're at a coffee shop with a laptop, and you need something from the desktop computer in your home office. You might even want to give people you know the ability to access a computer when they are away. This ability is called remote access.

Macworld reader Sandy has three remote access scenarios she’d like to get set up:

  • One contractor accessing an iMac remotely to use QuickBooks on the iMac. But that contractor is using Windows.
  • Another contractor who has a Mac and needs to access a different iMac on a daily basis.
  • The first iMac might sometimes need to be accessed remotely by the second contractor and by Sandy.

What to do?

To read this article in full, please click here

Useless exercises: Opinions on Apple’s results

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-05 07:00

We are not yet even through the holiday buying season but it is apparently time to pretend we know how many of the devices it announced this cycle that Apple will sell.

Writing for Quartz, Mike Murphy gives a thumbs down and releases the lions, tigers, bears, wolverines, and Gary on Apple.

“This was meant to be the year of the Apple ‘supercycle,’ but Samsung’s phones were better.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Tibor, 5cat, and Chris.)

To read this article in full, please click here

Pages

Subscribe to Computer Science aggregator