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Next year's iPhone: Does the modem really matter?

Mac World - Thu, 2018-07-05 17:34

Do you know which company makes the modem in your iPhone?

If you’re a hardware geek like me, maybe. Apple sources modems from both Qualcomm and Intel, using slightly different modems in different models by carrier and region. The U.S. version of the iPhone for Sprint, Verizon, and U.S. Cellular uses a modem from Qualcomm (the X16), as does the carrier-unlocked version. The version sold by T-Mobile and AT&T uses an Intel modem (the XMM 7480). The biggest difference is that the Qualcomm modem supports both CDMA and GSM networks while the Intel one only supports GSM.

Recently, a report from Calcalist claimed that Apple was considering using Intel’s upcoming 5G “Sunny Peak” wireless chip in the 2020 iPhone, but has since canceled its order. Should you care? Does it really make a difference?

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Dash cam reviews: Catch the maniacs and meteors of daily driving

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-05 16:07

Dash cams are already essential in many countries because of scam artists who try to create accidents so they can sue you. They’ve also proven useful for catching cars flying into buildings, or the occasional meteor, as happened in Thailand and in Russia a few years ago.

But while auto cons aren’t as common here, recording your excursions is a reasonable precaution to take—especially if you’re driving professionally.

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The Crew 2 review: A bad racing game I can't help falling in love with

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-05 11:29

I'm having flashbacks. A little over two years ago now I wrote a review for The Crew, Ubisoft's racing-game-slash-MMO hybrid, a game that touted all of America as its map. And it made good on that promise—I spent a long time just admiring the scenery contained therein.

That's about all I admired though, because it was a pretty damn mediocre racing game.

And here we are again, with The Crew 2. Another game with an identity crisis, of sorts. Another game where the map is the biggest draw—and it's a fantastic draw, let me say that up front. I just wish literally anything else about it were interesting.

Drawing lines on the map

No game captures America the way The Crew 2 does. Or at least, no other game captures this very specific, vehicle-centric America.

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Bear Motion's $19 solar-powered flashlight will also charge your phone in a pinch

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-05 10:28

Bear Motion's self-powered radio/flashlight combo is $19 on Amazon today, down from an average price of $24. You can never be too prepared, and an emergency multi-function flashlight can add peace of mind and convenience anywhere, from home to camping and beyond.  

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Bear Motion's $19 solar-powered flashlight will also charge your phone in a pinch

Mac World - Thu, 2018-07-05 10:28

Bear Motion's self-powered radio/flashlight combo is $19 on Amazon today, down from an average price of $24. You can never be too prepared, and an emergency multi-function flashlight can add peace of mind and convenience anywhere, from home to camping and beyond.  

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Spontaneous sharing: Samsung’s newest innovation

Mac World - Thu, 2018-07-05 10:00

Things have calmed down a bit after WWDC, so let’s take a look and see how everything is going on the other side of the…

“Samsung phones are spontaneously texting users’ photos to random contacts without their permission.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Len and Alter Eggo.)

Oh. Wow, was not expecting that. Well, who uses their smartphone to take anything other than pictures of shriners riding on tiny motorcycles, right? This is probably just the next logical step after having a commercial featuring a guy taking a movie of a woman without her permission.

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Amazon's selling the 1TB WD Blue 3D NAND for less than $200 today

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-05 09:16

Whenever there's a really good deal on an SSD, you can always count on PCWorld to remind you this is the single best upgrade you can give a PC. 

Today, we've got a great deal on one of our favorite drives: Amazon's selling the 1TB WD Blue 3D NAND SSD for $199. That's $30 off its most recent price, and the all-time historical low for this SSD.

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Amazon's selling the 1TB WD Blue 3D NAND for less than $200 today

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-05 09:16

Whenever there's a really good deal on an SSD you can always count on PCWorld to remind you this is the single best upgrade you can give a PC. Today, we've got a great deal on one of our favorite drives: Amazon's got the 1TB WD Blue 3D NAND SSD for $199. That's $30 off its most recent price, and the all-time historical low for this SSD.

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How to scan QR codes with your iPhone or iPad

Mac World - Thu, 2018-07-05 09:00

QR codes can be really handy. A grid of seemingly random black-and-white squares can hold enough information to store website URLs, contact information, email addresses, pre-defined SMS text messages, and even your WiFi SSID and password.

Put a QR code on your business card, and people can copy all your contact info into their phone in a heartbeat. Post a QR code somewhere in your house, and guests can use it to instantly sign on to your Wi-Fi network.

You used to need a third-party app to scan QR codes, but with iOS 11 Apple built it right into the camera app. It couldn't be easier to use.

How to scan a QR code
  1. First, open the Camera app.
  2. Then, point the camera at a QR code so it can see it clearly.

That's it! A notification should pop up with an action based on the QR code scanned. If it contains a Wi-Fi SSID and passcode, you can join the network with just a tap without the need for typing or tinkering with the Settings menu. If it contains contact info, you'll be prompted to add the person to your iPhone's Contacts.

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MacOS Mojave: How to customize and markup screenshots and screen recordings

Mac World - Thu, 2018-07-05 08:00

Apple insists that iOS and macOS will never morph into the same digital beast, but at least it’s increasingly willing to share the most useful features between each platform.

Consider, for instance, the ability to markup screenshots in iOS 11. It quickly became one of our favorite tools on the iPhone, as you could quickly circle or highlight specific passages in a screenshot of an email or pinpoint a location in a photo and then send that file off to a friend in an iMessage.

With macOS Mojave, that same great feature comes to Apple’s desktop system, along with a pile of Mac-appropriate enhancements (many of which are familiar from Preview). Here’s how to use it.

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LumaFusion review: Pro video editing now a reality on iOS devices

Mac World - Thu, 2018-07-05 07:00

When the iPad was introduced, critics dismissed the device as only good for ebook reading, internet browsing, and casual gaming. But when iMovie debuted on iPad less than a year later, it was clear Apple’s tablet ambitions were more grandiose.

Although great for quickly assembling short videos, the free iMovie for iOS never quite lived up to lofty expectations. There’s no indication the no-frills app will ever acquire the more robust mobile video editing skills of Final Cut Pro - and that’s just fine, because there’s already an app that does this quite nicely.

LumaFusion: Final Cut lite

LumaFusion is the first mobile video editor that lives up to the hype, one so ridiculously feature-packed, it seems unfair to pay the developer so little ($20) for it. Rather than reinvent the wheel, LumaFusion enables old-school multitrack editing—three tracks for video with audio, plus three for audio only—in a modular user interface reminiscent of the classic Final Cut Pro.

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DirecTV Now, Sling TV, and PlayStation Vue price hikes: The cost of more bloated bundles

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-05 06:00
DirecTV Now, Sling TV, and PlayStation Vue are raising prices, but don't call it cable all over again.

DirecTV Now, Sling TV, and PlayStation Vue price hikes: The cost of more bloated bundles

Mac World - Thu, 2018-07-05 06:00
DirecTV Now, Sling TV, and PlayStation Vue are raising prices, but don't call it cable all over again.

Review impressions: The definitive Crash Bandicoot experience in 2018 is on the PC, and that's bizarre

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-05 05:59

Crash Bandicoot is on PC. I've played it and yet I still can't fully comprehend it, like a color that shouldn't exist, or some sort of uncanny valley android. It's been over 20 years since I first played Crash Bandicoot, and in all that time it's been a tentpole PlayStation series. Hell at one point in the '90s, the titular Bandicoot was the PlayStation's mascot, its answer to Mario.

And now it's on PC. Even weirder? That's the best way to play it, these days.

Crash into me

You can thank/blame the long, slow march of hardware—and for once I'm not talking about graphics cards. That's usually the reason I'd recommend a PC over a console, and Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy certainly looks great. The N Sane Trilogy is one hell of a remake, perhaps the bar by which they should be judged. Gone are the old polygonal graphics, replaced with something that looks like it could've released for the first time in 2018. Pretty astonishing, given the 22 years in between.

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Cacagoo CA03 dash cam review: A great bargain for daytime use

PC World - Wed, 2018-07-04 22:22

For an inexpensive dash cam (available on Amazon), the Cacagoo CA03 is impressive. It takes good day video, and sports the looks and out-of-box experience of a much pricier item. That said, the detailing in the dark areas of night video is weak, and there’s no GPS. The latter is hardly surprising given the price, but the former may be a deal-buster if you drive at night a lot. I’m not going to take cheap shots at the name—the product doesn’t warrant it. Just forget that last “o” and think Windy City.

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MSc Graduate presents paper at IEA-AIE 2018 in Montreal

Department News - Wed, 2018-07-04 20:39

Brock graduate James Paterson presented a paper, "Optimizing Scale-Free Network Robustness with the Great Deluge Algorithm", authored by James and Dr Beatrice Ombuki-Berman, at the IEA-AIE 2018 conference in Montreal, QC.

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Macworld Podcast: Join us on Thursday, July 5, at 10 a.m. Pacific

Mac World - Wed, 2018-07-04 16:00

Apple Maps seems to be finally getting the attention it deserves. Have you been using the iOS 12 and macOS Mojave betas? We also talk about various other Apple news and feature your comments and questions for Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, Dan Masaoka, and Michael Simon in the Macworld Podcast, episode 612.

Watch us live

This episode of the Macworld Podcast broadcasts live on the internet on Thursday, July 5 at 10 a.m. Pacific. You can watch on Twitter via Periscope or on the Macworld YouTube channel.

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How to export an image and a video out of a HEIF Live Photo via macOS

Mac World - Wed, 2018-07-04 08:00

A secret to why Apple’s Camera app on iOS produces great photos is that whenever the app is active, it keeps the camera active, not just when you press the button to capture an image. This helps it create fantastic high-dynamic range (HDR) images and produce a better photo when you tap that button by gathering information beyond that precise second.

It’s also how Live Photos works, when you have that feature enabled. The Camera app retains a few seconds of lower-resolution video at all times, and when you tap to take a picture, the resulting Live Photo has a few seconds before and trailing, as well as audio. It’s a little bit of a gimmick, but it also lets you get the sense of a moment in time better than a static shot.

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Sandmarc iPhone X Lenses review: Premium lenses that advance your iPhone photography

Mac World - Wed, 2018-07-04 07:00

The very high end of phone photography has been primarily occupied by Moment lenses and pretty much no one else. Sandmarc, known for its filters and photography accessories for GoPros and drones, is now producing high quality lenses for iPhones—and Sandmarc is giving Moment a run for their money with new wide, fisheye, and macro lenses.

The Sandmarc Photography Edition is a set of three lenses that include a Wide, Fisheye, and Macro lens. Each lens is also sold individually.

Daniel Masaoka/IDG How to mount the Sandmarc lenses

Every lens comes with both an iPhone X case and a clip. It’s rare a case comes with a lens, so I appreciate the inclusion, despite the case being of generic quality and its thinness probably provides only a minimal amount of drop protection for the phone. One issue with the case is the current version can only mount a lens above the standard lens on the iPhone X, but Sandmarc says when they release their telephoto lens, the new case will have threading available over both the built-in standard and telephoto lenses.

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Safety 1st HD WiFi Baby Monitor review: This camera system alerts you to your child's sounds and movements

PC World - Wed, 2018-07-04 06:00
This smart device lets parents check on their little ones from anywhere they have internet access.

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