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iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max review: It’s time for older iPhone owners to jump on the X bandwagon

Mac World - Fri, 2018-10-05 06:00

Long-time iPhone users should be familiar with the iPhone product release cycle by now. Usually, it works like this: Apple releases a major product, then the following year is the “s” generation of iPhones that offer incremental upgrades. In this case, the new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are the incremental upgrades to last year’s iPhone X.

The iPhone X was an exciting release, so what can the iPhone XS do to follow it up? It does plenty, but if you currently own an iPhone X, you’ll probably be fine with sitting this model out and waiting to see what happens next year. If you own an older iPhone, now’s the time to upgrade. You’ll be glad you did.

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Microsoft isn't offering the Surface Laptop 2 at the price it promised, sort of

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-04 18:21

At Microsoft’s Surface launch, Microsoft device chief Panos Panay put up a slide with minimum, “starting at” prices for the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2: $899 and $999, respectively. 

What we didn’t notice, though, was that the key to the lower prices appears to be the color of the devices in question: if you want the lowest-cost Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2, you’ll have to be satisfied with the platinum color. But it's also not quite fair to say that the new black (and cobalt blue, and burgundy) devices are considered premium colors, and will cost $100 more -- because the most basic configuration isn't offered in either of those three colors.

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Microsoft isn't offering the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 prices it promised

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-04 18:21

At Microsoft’s Surface launch, Microsoft device chief Panos Panay put up a slide with minimum, “starting at” prices for the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Studio 2: $899 and $999, respectively. 

Unfortunately, Microsoft initially tied those lowest-cost models to "Essentials" bundles that force you to buy other items along with the device, resulting in a higher total price. Microsoft appears to have removed that restriction for the Surface Pro 6 as of this article's posting, but the $999 Surface Laptop remains trapped in a higher-cost bundle.

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Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-04 16:00
A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.

Best home security camera: Keep an eye on the home front

Mac World - Thu, 2018-10-04 16:00
A boom in wireless security cameras is inspiring a movement in DIY home surveillance. Follow our buying guide and read our reviews to find the best option for you.

Grab Shadow Warrior 2 for free as part of GOG.com's 10th birthday celebrations

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-04 15:18

GOG.com, once known as Good Old Games, turned 10 years old this week and has been throwing a hell of a birthday party. Discounted games are all over the site at the moment, from 60 percent off The Witcher 3 and Stellaris to 75 percent off most of the Infinity Engine games.

Shadow Warrior 2 takes pride of place though. Thanks to a community vote, the 2016 shooter is free (like, to own) if you download it by Saturday morning. Head on over to GOG.com, look for the Shadow Warrior 2 banner, click the big green "Get For Free" button, and it'll add to your account.

I admittedly didn't love the sequel as much as I loved Flying Wild Hog's first Shadow Warrior reboot. There wasn't much to the story, and level design took a nosedive thanks to an emphasis on randomized encounters, replayable missions, and a tedious loot grind. That said, the shooting was still fantastic and Shadow Warrior 2 could be a lot of fun with four-person co-op. This giveaway is the perfect opportunity to rope in three friends for a fast-paced shooter that doubles as an extended dick joke.

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Apple strongly denies Bloomberg’s Chinese hacking report

Mac World - Thu, 2018-10-04 14:28

On Thursday, Bloomberg published a bombshell article uncovering an extraordinary hardware hacking effort by state-sponsored Chinese agents. “The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies” details successful efforts by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to implant tiny chips into the motherboards of servers made by Super Micro, to compromise those systems and give them access. It’s an extensive piece of reporting, too complex to fully summarize here. To really understand all the details, you should read the original article.

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Master Big Data Analytics With This Comprehensive Bundle, Now $29

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-04 14:01

The amount of raw data businesses generate today is staggering, and interpreting it can help them make key business decisions. However, it’s next to impossible to analyze such a volume through traditional means, so businesses pay a premium for data analytics specialists who are trained in dealing with large quantities of data. If you’re interested in learning data analytics, this $29 Ultimate Data & Analytics Bundle may be for you.

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Watch The Full Nerd talk about all things Microsoft right now!

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-04 13:40

Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. Today's show is all about Microsoft! Windows expert Mark Hachman joins us to talk about the new Surface products, Windows 10 October 2018 Update, and even a bit about the China hack. As always we will be answering your live questions so speak up in the chat.

If YouTube is not your thing uou can also watch us on Twitch, Facebook, and Twitter!

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Get 2017 MacBook Pros at B&H for $200 to $900 off

Mac World - Thu, 2018-10-04 13:12

Love MacBook Pros but loathe Apple’s rather astronomical retail prices? Today’s your lucky day. Head over to B&H Photo and you’ll find that the retailer is slashing hundreds of dollars off the prices of various models of the 2017 MacBook Pro. In the most extreme case, you can knock off as much as $900.

As you might expect, the price drops aren’t quite so extreme for the entry-level models, but they’re still impressive. Consider these two 13-inch MacBook Pros, which you can pick up for $200 off the listed price.

Want a bigger screen and more power? You’ll be happy to know you can also pick up some comparatively affordable MacBook Pros for impressive discounts. Here are a couple of our favorites.

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You can get a free Google Home Mini when you buy an Nvidia Shield TV at Walmart today

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-04 11:33

In a world filled with Fire TVs, Roku sticks, and Apple TVs, it's easy to overlook the Nvidia Shield TV as a streaming option. But few other boxes have its broad functionality, which combines video streaming capabilities with gaming power to create a killer all-in-one device. At $180, it's one of the more expensive options, but today you can snag a free Google Home Mini when you buy an Nvidia Shield TV streaming media player at WalmartRemove non-product link. That's like getting $49 off the MSRP.

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Windows 10: The best tricks, tips, and tweaks

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-04 11:30
Digging deep into Windows 10

Image by Dan Masaoka/IDG

Windows 10's constantly evolving nature means fresh features arrive twice per year, and with all the new goodies come a legion of new tweaks and tricks—some of which unlock powerful functionality hidden to everyday users. Others simply let you mold the Windows 10 experience into the shape you see fit. Here are some of the most useful tweaks, tricks, and tips we’ve found, starting with some of the highlights from the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (which includes more nifty everyday conveniences than we can include here).

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Ludicrous! Overclocked Radeon RX 570 graphics cards are on sale for $150 with 3 free games

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-04 09:30

Looking to up your PC’s game? Newegg is offering some smoking hot deals on our favorite GPU for 1080p gaming. Custom-cooled, overclocked versions of the Radeon RX 570 by ASRockRemove non-product link and PowerColorRemove non-product link currently cost just $150 after a $20 mail-in rebate right now (so you pay $170 up front). That’s a great deal in and of itself, but both cards are also eligible for AMD’s gaming bundle giving you three games for free.

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Accidentally merged a set of photos in iCloud Photo Library? Here’s a fix

Mac World - Thu, 2018-10-04 08:00

When everything works as expected in iCloud Photo Library, you not only have access to all your images and videos on every device logged into the same iCloud account, but they’re all backed up by Apple, too.

However, disorder can enter this perfect realm unintentionally. Macworld reader Jack and his girlfriend—let’s call her “Jill”—tripped into a situation when she logged into his Apple ID to install an app he’d purchased. (Sure, technically, that’s not how Apple wants you to share apps. It would rather people use Family Sharing, but that feature remains weak and inconsistent, and I understand when people are driven to use this alternate approach.)

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Android Confidential: The LG V40 is a better G7, with an OLED display and an extra camera

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-04 07:00

LG is kicking off Android’s jam-packed October with the V40 ThinQ. It’s LG’s fourth phone this year, following the V30S, G7 and V35, and I’ll admit I didn’t have high hopes for it. After the tremendous G6, LG lost its focus a bit. It was starting to look like it had forgotten how to make exciting phones.

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Android Confidential: The LG V40 is a better G7, with an OLED display and an extra camera

Mac World - Thu, 2018-10-04 07:00

LG is kicking off Android’s jam-packed October with the V40 ThinQ. It’s LG’s fourth phone this year, following the V30S, G7 and V35, and I’ll admit I didn’t have high hopes for it. After the tremendous G6, LG lost its focus a bit. It was starting to look like it had forgotten how to make exciting phones.

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Nothing up my sleeve: MacBook Pro complaints

Mac World - Thu, 2018-10-04 07:00

When it comes to Apple, there are no small complaints, only small minds that do not understand that every small complaint is another sign of the company’s slide in quality.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and #1 Caillou fan club homepage on the internet, Ewan Spence tells us the “2018 MacBook Pro Design Has Made A Mistake.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Nick.)

Oh, no! Is it the keyboard? Is it USB-C, which is a rather confusing jumble of capabilities that hasn’t really caught on yet?

NOPE.

Alongside the announcement of the new MacBook Pro machines earlier this month, Apple also announced the availability of a new leather MacBook Sleeve.

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Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless headphones review: The epitome of effective active noise cancellation

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-04 06:00
Sony's third-generation noise cancelling headphones surpass Bose's QuietComfort 35 II in every way.

Core i9-9900K vs. Ryzen 2800X: Totally fake benchmarks!

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-04 06:00

Intel’s rumored “Ryzen-Killing” 5GHz Core i9-9900K and AMD’s rumored “Core i9-Killing” Ryzen 7 2800X aren’t official CPUs yet. But the slow drip of leaks and rumors surrounding the launch of the next big chip war has reached a full-on deluge.

The leaks have gotten so bad, Amazon even posted a picture of the Intel part (which isn’t on sale yet) this week. We’re also now seeing more leaks of AMD’s highly anticipated Ryzen 7 2800X, expected to offer up to 10 cores on a 7nm process, running at up to 4.5GHz.

In the spirit of unconfirmed rumors and leaks that feed on our deepest Fears Of Missing Out, we’ve conducted a completely fake and made-up showdown between the unannounced and possibly fake CPUs. All of our information comes from the Internet, so we guarantee it’s true. 

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Sony WH-1000XM3 wireless headphones review: The epitome of effective active noise cancellation

Mac World - Thu, 2018-10-04 06:00
Sony's third-generation noise cancelling headphones surpass Bose's QuietComfort 35 II in every way.

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