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Intel Z390 motherboards revealed: What's inside Intel's new high-end chipset

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-10 13:44

A new chip demands a new motherboard chipset, and this week, Intel and its partners revealed a wide array of Z390 motherboards to accompany the new 9th-gen Core processors. Z390 builds atop the foundation set by existing Z370 boards, but its capabilities come as no surprise, as Intel published documentation detailing the high-end chipset all the way back in May. Nevertheless, Z390’s arrival gives Intel a new flagship motherboard lineup and should finally bring the bizarre, drawn-out saga of Intel 300-series motherboards to a cohesive close.

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Google Pixel 3 XL vs Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone XS Max: Which $1,000 phone is worth it?

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-10 12:30
The iPhone XS isn't so lonely anymore: The Google Pixel 3 XL has joined the Galaxy Note 9 in the four-figure realm. But how does it stack up?

Google Pixel 3 XL vs Galaxy Note 9 vs iPhone XS Max: Which $1,000 phone is worth it?

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-10 12:30

The four-figure handsets just keep coming. While the Pixel 3 technically starts at $799, if you want the larger Pixel 3 XL with 128GB of storage, it’s going to set you back $999, $50 more than last year’s Pixel 2 XL with the same storage. That makes the Pixel the third phone so far to top a thousand bucks, following last year’s iPhone X and the Galaxy Note 9. And there will surely be more to come. But for now, let’s see how the three most expensive phones on the planet stack up.

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Pixel 3 XL camera first look: Awesome features you need to see in action

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-10 12:23

If we had to pick one reason to pre-order the Pixel 3, it’s the camera. Or rather, the camera app. Like always, Google has packed the Pixel 3 with tons of cool tricks to take advantage of the beefy Pixel Visual Core and its second-to-none AI- and ML-powered processing.

But this time around Google also has another camera to play with. It’s not on the back, it’s on the front, but it’s not for portraits or stage lighting. It’s a wide-angle lens for a feature Google calls Group Selfie Cam. There’s a new slider at the bottom of the screen that lets you adjust the camera’s field of view from 75 degrees to 97 degrees so you can fit more people without reaching for a selfie stick.

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These massively popular Bluetooth sport headphones are only $17 today

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-10 11:03

A reliable pair of wireless sport headphones can bring your playlist to your workout, but finding a reliable set at an affordable price can be tricky. Today, though, Mpow’s ultra-popular Flame Bluetooth headphones are $17 on Amazon, which matches their lowest-ever price.

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These massively popular Bluetooth sport headphones are only $17 today

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-10 11:03

A reliable pair of wireless sport headphones can bring your playlist to your workout, but finding a reliable set at an affordable price can be tricky. Today, though, Mpow’s ultra-popular Flame Bluetooth headphones are $17 on Amazon, which matches their lowest-ever price.

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Amazon's luxurious Kindle Voyage e-reader is $105 off in this today-only refurbished deal

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-10 10:08

E-readers are a fantastic way to breeze through novels. It turns books into completely searchable documents that you can highlight, bookmark, and make notes on.  Amazon’s luxurious Kindle Voyage elevates the experience even more, and for today only, the online retailer is selling this front-lit Kindle (refurbished) for $95 instead of the $140 it usually charges for a certified refurbished unit, and well below the $200 you'll pay for a new model.

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Amazon's luxurious Kindle Voyage e-reader is $105 off in this today-only refurbished deal

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-10 10:08

E-readers are a fantastic way to breeze through novels. It turns books into completely searchable documents that you can highlight, bookmark, and make notes on.  Amazon’s luxurious Kindle Voyage elevates the experience even more, and for today only, the online retailer is selling this front-lit Kindle (refurbished) for $95 instead of the $140 it usually charges for a certified refurbished unit, and well below the $200 you'll pay for a new model.

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Twitter Poll: Which rumored feature for the new iPad Pro are you most excited about?

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-10 09:52
Vote in our Twitter poll and leave a comment. We'll discuss the results on the Macworld Podcast on Wednesday, October 10, at 10 a.m. Pacific, live on Twitter.(twitter.com)

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Pixel 3 and the rules of attraction: How Google is elevating Android with unsexy hardware

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-10 09:11

Whether it's the LG with the V40 or Apple with the iPhone XS, phone makers are all trying to sell us on the same thing: desire. Whenever there's a new launch, the first thing we see is a 30-second video filled with seductive curves, sexy lighting, and tantalizing turns. You're supposed to want to touch it, hold it before you even know a thing about it. But that's not the case with the Pixel 3.

The first thing Google talked about during its event Tuesday wasn't industrial design. No, it was the Material Design of its software. Sure, Rick Osterloh will tell you all about how beautiful the Pixel 3 is, but when you get down to it, Google isn't trying to entice you with graceful design. Rather it's selling a premium experience than you can't get on any other Android phone, one that's about function over form, utility over attraction.

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PNY GeForce RTX 2080 XLR8 Gaming Overclocked Edition review: Okay but overpriced

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-10 09:00

If the hulking Asus ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2080 showed how Nvidia’s graphics card partners can still shine in an era where Nvidia’s rejiggered Founders Edition models strike stronger than ever, the PNY GeForce RTX 2080 XLR8 Gaming Overclocked Edition ($850 on Amazon and NeweggRemove non-product link) demonstrates just how hard it is to stand out.

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It’s time to switch your Mac backups from Time Capsule to Time Machine volumes

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-10 08:00

The Apple Time Capsule seemed like a great idea when it was unveiled about a decade ago. It was a Time Machine network backup target that also embedded a Wi-Fi gateway and ethernet sharing. Perfection, even if it was a little too expensive: It came with Apple technical support and warranty.

But it didn’t play out with the promise it had. An internal drive that you can’t physically remove or upgrade is a problem when it crashes or loses data, something that has happened to many Macworld readers. There’s no Disk Utility for Time Capsule. And if the Time Capsule hardware or the drive died, you could not swap that drive out without a lot of fuss.

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The iPhone XS Max is making me neglect my iPad

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-10 07:00
Leif Johnson

I haven’t used my iPad Pro in days. In fact, I kind of forgot it existed, as last week I guiltily realized I’d buried my longtime daily writing companion under a pile of papers as though it were a random piece of trash.

But the guilt passed quickly. Within seconds my attention had already turned back to my new iPhone XS Max, a device that does many of the tasks my iPad Pro does more comfortably and efficiently. And I highly doubt I’m alone in that thinking.

A world in an inch

Nothing about the iPhone XS Max won me over quite like its gorgeous 6.5-inch display. That’s “only” a diagonal inch larger than the iPhone 8 Plus, but that extra inch makes the iPhone XS Max good enough for activities that used to leave me reaching for my iPad. Heck, it sometimes makes my iPad feel superfluous. That extra inch blurs the transition line between the iPhone and the iPad, to the point that I feel confident in saying it effectively eliminates any chances of a iPad mini reboot.

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Google Pixel Slate hands on: This is what the next generation of Android tablets feels like

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-10 06:38

Three years after Google released its first Pixel-branded Android tablet, it's back with another one. This time it's called the Pixel Slate, but it doesn't run Android 9 Pie. It runs Chrome OS.

You wouldn't know it looking at it. Lying on a table, the Pixel Slate looks just like the Pixel C or any other 4:3 Android tablet, with uniform black bezels all around, four pogo pins, and a USB-C port in the corner. It's only upon closer inspection that you realize just how different the Pixel Slate really is.

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I'm the Pixel 3 XL notch, and screw it, they should have made me even bigger

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-10 06:30

That’s right. It’s me. The notch. The one you’ve been notch-shaming for weeks on end. At first, I was hurt, but now? Screw it. They should have made me even bigger.

What, you think I was mistake? Well, newsflash, you don’t make the decisions here. Google does. So, follow along closely, because it’s going to be a rough ride.

First off, I’ve heard all the snarky comments: Elon Musk is building a submarine to rescue survivors from the bottom of the notch. Old-timey men from the 1920s lay their coats over the notch so women can step over it and not get their dresses wet. Did you see the trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine 3? They filmed it on location—in Google’s notch.

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Google Home Hub hands on: Is there an Echo in here?

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-09 22:00
The Google Home Hub isn't just a competitor to the Amazon Echo, it's also one of best smart speakers I've ever seen.

Google Home Hub hands on: Is there an Echo in here?

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-09 22:00
The Google Home Hub isn't just a competitor to the Amazon Echo, it's also one of best smart speakers I've ever seen.

Microsoft restarts Windows 10 October 2018 Update, blaming data loss on misdirected folders

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-09 19:55

Microsoft has restarted the Windows 10 October 2018 Update to members of its Windows Insider beta team. The company had paused early downloads after discovering that Windows accidentally erased files while redirecting them to a new folder location, including Microsoft's own OneDrive. 

Microsoft announced the October 2018 Update during its Surface press event October 2. While upgrades were scheduled to roll out automatically starting October 9, users could download the operating system manually in the meantime. Several days later, the update (also known as “version 1809”) was pulled as reports surfaced of files being deleted during the installation process.

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Google’s new products look great, but they’re still no threat to Apple

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-09 18:45

Google just announced its suite of new hardware for 2018, including the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones, Pixel Slate tablet, and Home Hub smart display. They look like great products for those who are committed to the Google ecosystem.

But there’s nothing about them that should cause Apple to start sweating yet. As impressed as we may be by some of what Google showcased on Tuesday, nothing about these products leads us to believe that they’re going to cause a significant shift of users away from Apple’s. iPhones, iPads, and HomePods aren’t going to suffer any significant sales losses from Google’s latest.

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

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-09 17:30

Apple has made several strong denials about any possibility that the Chinese has hacked the company’s servers. More iPad Pro rumors surface, and Google released some new products. We also respond to your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 625.

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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