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Thermaltake's Riing 12 Trio RGB fans can be voice-controlled with Amazon's Alexa

PC World - Fri, 2018-07-20 10:02

We don’t normally cover case fan launches here on PCWorld, because while proper airflow is a key component of any build, fans don’t tend to be that exciting.

Today is different. Thermaltake’s just-announced Riing Trio 12 RGB stands out from the crowd of spinning blades with a unique twist: Amazon Alexa support.

The Riing Trio 12 RGB—named for being a three-pack of 120mm RGB LED-equipped fans, natch—supports Thermaltake’s TT RGB Plus software ecosystem. In the third quarter of 2018 TT RGB Plus will gain Alexa voice support, so you can control it via Amazon’s Echo.

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This 8GB Radeon RX 580 is just $230 and comes with a $25 Amazon gift card

PC World - Fri, 2018-07-20 09:39

Today, Amazon’s selling an 8GB MSI Radeon RX 580 for $230Remove non-product link after a $30 mail-in rebate, plus you get a $25 Amazon gift card. 

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How to restore a deleted shared album in Photos

Mac World - Fri, 2018-07-20 07:00

iCloud Photo Sharing lets you create albums from your images and videos and then share them to invited parties, or create a link that anyone can access. It’s a great way to leverage your existing photo libraries without having to set up sharing on other services.

However, Macworld reader Grace ran into one of the downsides: if you delete a shared album, there’s no way to restore it. MacOS and iOS warn you when you try to delete, noting that the shared album will be deleted from all your linked accounts and all of those with whom you shared photos. But once you confirm, poof! It’s gone.

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After you confirm deleting a shared album, you cannot restore it.

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G-Sync vs. FreeSync: Adaptive sync gaming monitors explained

PC World - Fri, 2018-07-20 06:41

Once you’ve used a variable refresh rate monitor, you can’t go back. AMD’s FreeSync and Nvidia’s G-Sync technology promise PC gamers a buttery-smooth experience free of stuttering, screen tearing, or V-Sync-like input lag. But both ecosystems have their perks—and their downsides.

Now that adaptive sync monitors have several years of maturation under their belts, it’s time to take stock of FreeSync vs. G-Sync yet again. Here’s everything you need to know about AMD and Nvidia’s gaming displays.

Editor’s note: This article was last updated to include availability information for FreeSync 2 and G-Sync HDR displays.

What is adaptive sync, or variable refresh rate?

Before we dive into the differences between FreeSync and G-Sync, let’s take a quick look at the adaptive sync, or variable refresh rate, technology underneath both.

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15 gorgeous PC games that will punish your graphics card

PC World - Fri, 2018-07-20 06:41
Pixel-pushing, PC-melting graphical firepower

Image by Gordon Mah Ung/Rob Schultz

So you built yourself a brand-new gaming rig, you’ve slotted your sweet new graphics card into the PCIe slot, you’ve sealed up the case, and you’ve heard it all POST—congrats! Now it’s time to throw games at your fresh build until it breaks, then cry at the thought that if you’d spent just 200 dollars more you could’ve played at 4K instead of a mere 1080p!

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Best video doorbell: Nest vs. Ring vs. August and all the rest

PC World - Fri, 2018-07-20 06:00
Video doorbells maintain a continuous watch over the most important part of your property but which one is best? We take a look at the field.

Nanoleaf Remote review: The smartest d12 on the block

PC World - Fri, 2018-07-20 06:00
This avant-garde approach to smart home control needs refinement.

Best video doorbell: Nest vs. Ring vs. August and all the rest

Mac World - Fri, 2018-07-20 06:00
Video doorbells maintain a continuous watch over the most important part of your property but which one is best? We take a look at the field.

Nanoleaf Remote review: The smartest d12 on the block

Mac World - Fri, 2018-07-20 06:00
This avant-garde approach to smart home control needs refinement.

Apple: Don’t default on default apps

Mac World - Fri, 2018-07-20 06:00

Since the earliest days of iOS, Apple has kept tight control on its users’ relationship with apps. The very first iPhone, of course, only shipped with a dozen or so preinstalled software programs: you couldn’t add more, you couldn’t delete the ones you had.

Over the years, Apple has loosened those strictures a bit. First you could add new third-party apps. Later, developers were even able to create and sell software that competed with some of those default options. More recently, you’ve even been able to delte some of those built-in apps. (Adios, Stocks!)

But more than a few restrictions have remained nonetheless. Most obviously, the prohibition on installing software from anyplace other than the company’s own App Store. I don’t take particular issue with that; the prevalence of malware and security breaches these days means you can’t be too careful, and Apple’s approach has had proven merit.

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6 cool things we learned about Android P from Google's Reddit AMA

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-19 19:52

After four developer previews and a chunk of stage time at Google I/O, we already have a pretty good idea of what’s in store for Android P when it releases later this summer. For everything we don’t know, however, Google’s engineering team hosted a Reddit AMA, in which they answered as many tough questions as they could about the next major version of Android. Here are the six biggest things we learned.

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HP's Sprocket Photo Printer makes easy, fun snapshots and has a $40 discount today

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-19 10:46

The HP Sprocket Photo Printer is a cute, easy way to print out memories from your phone instantly. Right now the HP Sprocket is on sale for $90 in the blue versionRemove non-product link, its lowest price ever on Amazon and a steep discount from its $130 list price.

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HP's Sprocket Photo Printer makes easy, fun snapshots and has a $40 discount today

Mac World - Thu, 2018-07-19 10:46

The HP Sprocket Photo Printer is a cute, easy way to print out memories from your phone instantly. Right now the HP Sprocket is on sale for $90 in the blue versionRemove non-product link, its lowest price ever on Amazon and a steep discount from its $130 list price.

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These are the best PC deals in the Xbox Ultimate Game Sale

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-19 10:10

Microsoft is not playing around with the Xbox Ultimate Game Sale that runs now through July 30. There are a bunch of Xbox Play Anywhere games in the sale that allows you to play the games on either Xbox or PC. That means PC gamers on Windows 10 can also take advantage of the big deals event.

Here’s our look at some of the highlights:

Forza Motorsport 7 Standard Edition is $30Remove non-product link down from its MSRP of $60, and the Ultimate Edition of the game is $50, a 50 percent discount from its $100 MSRP. Forza 7 is a fantastic racing game, though when it came out we didn’t like the loot box system.

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What's in the hidden Windows AppData Folder, and how to find it if you need it

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-19 08:41

Frank Hammond asked PCWorld how to access the AppData folder and copy files from it.

The Application Data—or AppData—folder contains data created by programs. Almost every program you install creates its own folder in AppData and stores information there. At least in theory, users don’t have to worry about these files.

But in reality, you probably do. For instance, Firefox and Thunderbird profiles reside inside AppData and can be transferred from there between PCs. If you’re using an older version of Outlook, that program’s data is probably in AppData as well.

Finding this folder is easy if you know the tricks. The AppData folder resides in your user folder—the same location that contains Documents, Music, and other library folders (unless you’ve moved them elsewhere). Normally this is something such as C:\Users\[username]\AppData, but unlike those other folders, AppData is hidden, which means you can’t normally see it.

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Is your Mac showing random black boxes in photos? Here’s the fix

Mac World - Thu, 2018-07-19 08:00

Here's a problem that could cause a panic. Macworld reader Cil has been seeing seeing black squares in their photos at random locations and often in different places. It not only appeared on screen, which was bad enough, but when exporting to create a photo book, a black square appeared in one of those.

Macworld reader Cil

An example of the randomly appearing black boxes our reader sees.

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This one weird pricing trick: Why an iPhone might cost less

Mac World - Thu, 2018-07-19 07:00

Get ready to learn a shocking new fact about pricing! You will truly be astounded.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and burlap underwear outlet, Gordon Kelly says the “New iPhone Leak Exposes Apple's Nasty Surprise.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Alberto.)

If you’re not familiar with Kelly’s work, don’t get incensed at the use of “Nasty Surprise.” For him it’s a tic, like the Comic Book Guy calling everything “Worst ever!” or Voldemort using “Avada Kedavra” all the time.

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Shinola Canfield Pro review: These in-ear headphones deliver stylish looks, but mediocre sound

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-19 06:00
Slick style and outstanding build quality can't make up for sonic shortcomings.

Streaming video DVR explained

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-19 06:00
We're often asked whether there's a DVR for streaming video services. The answer is complicated.

Shinola Canfield Pro review: These in-ear headphones deliver stylish looks, but mediocre sound

Mac World - Thu, 2018-07-19 06:00
Slick style and outstanding build quality can't make up for sonic shortcomings.

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