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Fiio X7 Mark II review: You can swap out the amplifier in this Android-based high-res audio player

PC World - Wed, 2018-04-04 06:00
The Fiio X7 Mark II’s modular architecture, apps, and sweet sound make this a great choice for serious music lovers who want an Andriod-based hi-res audio player.

Budget gamers: You can get some Intel Coffee Lake chips for as little as $42

PC World - Wed, 2018-04-04 06:00

Fear not, budget builders: Intel is leaving room on the Coffee Lake CPU train for you, too.

Lost in the headlines of sexy and expensive Core i9, Core i7 and Core i5 laptop CPUs was the introduction of no fewer than four Coffee Lake-based desktop chips—two Pentiums and two Celerons—all for well under $90:

  • Pentium Gold G5600: For $86 you get two cores with Hyper-Threading, a 3.9GHz clock speed, 4MB of cache, and Intel UHD 630 graphics.
  • Pentium Gold G5400: For $64 you get two cores with Hyper-Threading, a 3.7GHz clock, 2MB of cache, and Intel UHD 610 graphics.
  • Celeron G4920: For $52 you get two cores without Hyper-Threading, a 3.2GHz clock, 2MB of cache, and UHD 610 graphics.
  • Celeron G4900: For $42, you get two cores  without Hyper-Threading, a 3.1GHz clock, 2MB of cache, and UHD 610 graphics.

All of the CPUs are LGA1151-based chips and are rated at 54 watts. All support up to 64GB of DDR4/2400 RAM in dual-channel configurations.

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Best DVR for cord cutters

Mac World - Tue, 2018-04-03 20:24
TiVo Roamio OTA vs. Tablo vs. Channel Master vs. HDHomeRun with Plex: None are ideal, but one might work for you.

Best DVR for cord cutters

PC World - Tue, 2018-04-03 20:24
TiVo Roamio OTA vs. Tablo vs. Channel Master vs. HDHomeRun with Plex: None are ideal, but one might work for you.

OnePlus 6 specs revealed: Snapdragon 845, 256GB of storage to go with its notch

PC World - Tue, 2018-04-03 15:27

While it's still likely several weeks away from being announced, we already have a pretty good picture of the OnePlus 6. After divulging that its next handset would indeed include a notch in the screen for the camera, the company has dropped a few more tantalizing details about its next phone, and it looks to be a screamer.

The Snapdragon 845 is Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor, bringing speed boosts and better battery to Android’s top phones—including the OnePlus 6. Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9+ were the first phone to feature it, but many more are due to follow, including the Sony Xperia XZ2 and Nokia 9.

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TP-Link KC120 Kasa Cam review: All the essentials in an affordably priced security camera

Mac World - Tue, 2018-04-03 15:13
This security camera delivers crystal-clear video, sound and motion detection, and integration with Amazon's Echo Show smart speaker and display.

TP-Link KC120 Kasa Cam review: All the essentials in an affordably priced security camera

PC World - Tue, 2018-04-03 15:13
This security camera delivers crystal-clear video, sound and motion detection, and integration with Amazon's Echo Show smart speaker and display.

Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, April 4 at 10 a.m. Pacific

Mac World - Tue, 2018-04-03 15:00

Macworld’s Leif Johnson has been using the new iPad for the past week. What does he think so far? Bloomberg says that Apple may use its own processors in Macs starting in 2020. Apple has released a beta of iOS 11.4. We also feature your comments and questions for Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, Dan Masaoka, and Michael Simon in the Macworld Podcast, episode 599.

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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Outfit your home with Amazon Cloud Cams for up to $70 off today

Mac World - Tue, 2018-04-03 10:26

Even if you don't want to trust Amazon to deliver packages inside your home, you can still use their excellent Cloud Cam security cameras to keep an eye on your stuff. And since you'll probably need more than one, Amazon is running a great deal when you buy two or more today.

Pick up a pair of Alexa-compatible Amazon Cloud Cam security cameras and you'll save $40, bringing the price down to $100 each. Buy a third and you'll save $70, meaning each camera costs $96, just $6 more than the lowest price we've ever seen.

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Outfit your home with Amazon Cloud Cams for up to $70 off today

PC World - Tue, 2018-04-03 10:26

Even if you don't want to trust Amazon to deliver packages inside your home, you can still use their excellent Cloud Cam security cameras to keep an eye on your stuff. And since you'll probably need more than one, Amazon is running a great deal when you buy two or more today.

Pick up a pair of Alexa-compatible Amazon Cloud Cam security cameras and you'll save $40, bringing the price down to $100 each. Buy a third and you'll save $70, meaning each camera costs $96, just $6 more than the lowest price we've ever seen.

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Acer's Nitro 5 laptops bring Intel's 8th-gen CPUs to mainstream gamers

PC World - Tue, 2018-04-03 10:06

Intel’s 8th-gen laptop processors are finally here, and they’re stuffed with more cores and threads than ever before. Many PC vendors kicked off the charge with beastly flagships or MacBook Pro rivals, but Acer’s foray into the new generation starts with more humble beginnings. On Tuesday, Acer announced that its Nitro 5 series of casual gaming laptops is leaping into Coffee Lake.

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B&H has a 4TB external hard drive for $20 cheaper than anywhere else today

Mac World - Tue, 2018-04-03 09:43

Everybody needs a little backup in their life. That's doubly true for anyone with a big media library or a trove of documents worth preserving. Today, B&H Photo has a 4TB Western Digital desktop external hard drive for $80. That's about $20 cheaper than the current price at Amazon and Best Buy, and $40 below the MSRP.

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B&H has a 4TB external hard drive for $20 cheaper than anywhere else today

PC World - Tue, 2018-04-03 09:43

Everybody needs a little backup in their life. That's doubly true for anyone with a big media library or a trove of documents worth preserving. Today, B&H Photo has a 4TB Western Digital desktop external hard drive for $80. That's about $20 cheaper than the current price at Amazon and Best Buy, and $40 below the MSRP.

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Dell's G Series laptops are priced for every gamer

PC World - Tue, 2018-04-03 09:14

Dell's launching its G Series of gaming laptops with every gamer in mind, from entry-level to more advanced users. Dell knows that not everyone can afford high-end models like, say, the Alienware 15 and Alienware 17 (sold by Dell's Alienware division), also announced Tuesday, which start around $1,500.

With prices starting at $749, Dell's G3, G5, and G7 product lines are far more affordable, yet they still carve out room for features including some of Intel's latest quad-core and hex-core mobile CPUs. All of the G series laptops start shipping Tuesday, with additional configurations following later in April. 

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HTC Vive Pro review: Virtual reality without the rough, blurry edges

PC World - Tue, 2018-04-03 09:00

If virtual reality is an early adopter market, then the HTC Vive Pro is for the earliest adopters. The first refresh we’ve seen to consumer VR headsets in two years, it’s destined be niche—not so much a Vive 2 as a Vive 1.5, with all the connotations that brings.

But maybe that’s fine. There’s a certain (small) subset of people who have been on this train since the earliest days of the first Oculus Developer Kit, the DK1. People who, a year later, put down more money on the DK2, then probably bought both a consumer Oculus Rift and an HTC Vive a few years later.

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Origin supercharges the sleek EVO15-S with a powerful 6-core CPU, 144Hz display

PC World - Tue, 2018-04-03 09:00

The Origin PC EVO15-S wowed us late last year as one of the first gaming laptops wielding Nvidia’s potent GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q graphics. Now the slim, sleek, and supercharged notebook is getting a CPU upgrade to match. On Tuesday, Origin announced that the EVO15-S and its classy professional cousin, the Origin NT-15, can be ordered with the 6-core Core i7-8750H processor that Intel just revealed. Before today, Intel’s fastest mobile CPUs topped out at four cores.

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macOS: How to use Spotlight’s query language to create an All My Files-like feature

Mac World - Tue, 2018-04-03 08:00

Recently, I noted that the All My Files feature present in macOS for several releases until macOS 10.13 High Sierra, had disappeared, replaced by an inferior Recents display—and that it couldn’t be restored. A Macworld reader wrote in to note that with the use of Spotlight’s lightly documented underlying query language, you could restore the function.

I avoided this in this previous column for two reasons, but if you’re willing to go through some configuration and picky details, you could find it worthwhile. First, it requires learning some programming-like syntax to construct a query, and even the tiniest error in typing or construction will keep it from working without any errors that give you clues of how to fix it. That can be frustrating, but I can at least provide the recipe to paste in. Second, depending on the age of your Mac and how many files on yoru drive, the All My Files replacement could take a long time to run or update, or even slow the Finder down.

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Dell's updated XPS 15 could crush the MacBook Pro 15—again

PC World - Tue, 2018-04-03 08:00

Know why the MacBook Pro 15 is so thin? It’s because of all the times Dell’s powerhouse XPS 15 has stomped on it.

Yes, that’s a cheap shot, but it’s been mostly true—and Apple’s beatdown will only get worse as the newest XPS 15 (model 9570) ups the ante to a 6-core, 12-thread Core i7-8750H. Part of Intel's new enthusiast-class “Coffee Lake H” series of chips, the Core i7-8750H is essentially a mobile version of Intel’s powerful Core i7-8700K chip.

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The Alienware 15 and Alienware 17 pack 6-core Intel overclockable goodness

PC World - Tue, 2018-04-03 08:00

The Alienware 15 and Alienware 17 laptops are all about premium gaming, so not surprisingly they’re part of the big rollout of systems with Intel’s six-core Core i7 and Core i9 mobile CPUs, announced Tuesday.

To accommodate the new processors, Alienware is introducing a new cooling system, Alienware Cryo-Tech v2.0. The system features thinner fan blades and a vapor cooling chamber for the CPU. The company says the new cooling system allows the Alienware 15 and Alienware 17 to be 10 percent faster than before. 

There’s a lot more to like in these mobile powerhouses. We’ll go through the prices and specs first, then dive into some design tweaks and extras just for gamers.

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