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Profane in the membrane: Apple’s naughty list

Mac World - 3 hours 3 min ago

The year will be over soon so it is the natural time to look back at everything Apple has done and swear at it all.

Writing for Gizmodo, Adam Clark Estes details “Everything Apple F***ed Up This Year.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Rick.)

Who said journalism was dead? Some real forking shirtballs, that’s who.

People like to believe that Apple is a company that never makes mistakes.

Strawmen like to believe that they are real people. But they are not. At least not without an animation spell cast by a bog witch. And even then for some reason the animated strawmen espouse a preference for Hawaiian pizza, so it’s sort of a gray area.

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Best smart bulbs

PC World - Fri, 2017-12-15 19:25
Today’s smart bulbs are brighter and easier to control than ever, but choosing the right one for your environment remains a challenge.

iMac Pro, Apple and Shazam, holiday wish lists, 2018 predictions, and your comments and questions: Macworld Podcast episode 586

Mac World - Fri, 2017-12-15 19:00

Apple’s most power and most expensive Mac is the iMac Pro. Why would Apple want Shazam? Thoughts about the end of the year and the one coming up, and we also feature your comments and questions for Michael Simon, Jason Cross, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 586.

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How to automatically mute a website within Google Chrome, forever

PC World - Fri, 2017-12-15 15:44

If you’re the type of person who detests autoplaying video ads with sound, Google’s Chrome provides some help. The beta of Google Chrome 64 allows you to mute a site permanently, so even if a video pops up—and Chrome can block some of those, too!—it won’t blow you out of your seat. The feature is expected to roll out to the general public sometime in January. 

Google’s Chrome 64 beta ships with a stronger popup ad blocker, which automatically prevents some dodgy ads from either appearing or re-routing you to other sites on the web. But it also applies some site-by-site controls, so that when you visit a website, you have better control of what media to allow and disallow.

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SteelSeries Apex M750 review: For people who prioritize RGB lighting above all other features

PC World - Fri, 2017-12-15 15:06

Earlier this year I finally got around to covering SteelSeries’s Apex M800 and its proprietary QS1 switch, and now it’s gone. Yes, after just one keyboard, SteelSeries has ditched the QS1 switch, with its square housing and centered LED. 

Taking its place is the Apex M750 keyboard designed around the all-new QX2 switch—still proprietary, but quite a bit more familiar. The QX2 falls squarely into “Cherry MX knockoff” territory, as with so many switches these days.

So how does it fare?

Note: This review is part of our best gaming keyboards of 2017 roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.

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This week in games: Crytek sues Star Citizen, Destiny 2 'The Dawning' holiday event revealed

PC World - Fri, 2017-12-15 15:00

Finally, it’s calmed down around here. We’ve had a weirdly busy December, what with a Destiny expansion, a Battlefront II expansion, Doom VFR, and Fallout 4 VR—not to mention all the games I didn’t get to cover yet, like Reigns: Her Majesty, Okami HD, and Gorogoa.

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Every AMD Radeon RX graphics card you can buy for PC gaming

PC World - Fri, 2017-12-15 14:39
Radeon roundup

Image by Brad Chacos/IDG

Not all graphics cards are created equal. Both AMD and Nvidia offer a wide range of graphics cards designed for tasks as varied as adding basic video support to a home theater PC to playing gorgeous video games at crushingly high frame rates and resolutions.

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Amazon's Echo Show has dropped in price by $80

Mac World - Fri, 2017-12-15 12:17

Amazon has one of the new additions to the Echo family at a Black Friday-level discount: For the past few days, the retailer's been selling the Echo Show for $150. This Alexa device normally sells for $230.

This deal is also available at Echo-friendly stores like Best Buy, Target, and B&H.

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Amazon's Echo Show has dropped in price by $80

PC World - Fri, 2017-12-15 12:17

Amazon has one of the new additions to the Echo family at a Black Friday-level discount: For the past few days, the retailer's been selling the Echo Show for $150. This Alexa device normally sells for $230.

This deal is also available at Echo-friendly stores like Best Buy, Target, and B&H.

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Fallout 4 VR review: An epic sense of scale bolsters this janky VR port

PC World - Fri, 2017-12-15 11:08

Fallout 4 VR makes a terrible first impression.

Boot it up and it’s immediately clear it wasn’t built for VR first and foremost. The main menu does that thing where it’s just the original 2D menu projected in empty space. The “War never changes...” intro does the same. Then when you get into the actual game, you see a rudimentary version of the character creation sequence where you’re standing in front of a mirror—and if you step backwards, you can just walk straight through the wall.

This “Oh, someone didn’t even think of this or at least didn’t come up with a way to solve it” rough-around-the-edges aspect does not bode well. It continued, too. As I dove further into the game, I kept finding other aspects that annoyed me, that demonstrated Fallout 4 was never built with VR in mind—awkward controls, a terrible teleport system, objects that don’t react the way you’d expect in VR.

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Best smart thermostat

Mac World - Fri, 2017-12-15 11:05
There are so many smart thermostats to choose from today. We'll help you pick the right one.

Best smart thermostat

PC World - Fri, 2017-12-15 11:05
There are so many smart thermostats to choose from today. We'll help you pick the right one.

Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 64 Limited Edition review: Taming Vega's flaws with brute force

PC World - Fri, 2017-12-15 09:00

Four long months after AMD’s flawed Radeon Vega graphics cards launched, custom versions are finally starting to trickle out—and the wait was worth it. The monstrous, yet luxurious Sapphire Nitro+ Radeon RX 64 Limited Edition relies on brute force to squash the most troubling problems that plague reference Vega cards. This beast sports the most wildly effective cooler to ever cross our test bench, and it manages to toss in a factory overclock while providing impressive tools for enthusiasts to push performance even further.

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How Microsoft's wading into 'fake news' with Bing's opinion-based search results

PC World - Fri, 2017-12-15 06:30

On Wednesday, Microsoft told a roomful of journalists that, on Bing, “alternative facts” would be considered the equivalent of the Washington Post.

Sure, that’s just my opinion. But that’s also the new approach that Bing’s rolling out over the next week: striking out beyond facts into a brave new world in which opinions matter, too. Eventually, Bing will respond to certain questions with answers that represent both sides of an issue, not just a list of search results. One of those new voices will be Reddit, a popular online community with millions of contributors.

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Bosch Connected Control BCC100 Wi-Fi thermostat review: Pretty to look at, easy to program

PC World - Fri, 2017-12-15 06:00
It’s not as slick as some of its competitors, but it can control the humidifiers and dehumidifiers others don’t.

Star Wars gift guide: Top picks for fans who are tech geeks

PC World - Fri, 2017-12-15 06:00

You need this Star Wars gift guide. There’s no way any human could navigate the millions of Star Wars-themed items available, thanks to Disney’s merchandising-industrial complex. But you want this Star Wars gift guide, too, if you are (or you’re shopping for) a Star Wars fan who’s also a tech geek.

“Tech geek” describes 100 percent of the staff at PCWorld, and as for Star Wars...well, I saw Episode IV more than 24 times in the first year (yes, I lost count), Episode V 14 times in the first year, and Episode VI 8 times (blame the Ewoks). Just call me OG Star Wars. Meanwhile, my esteemed colleague Gordon Mah Ung has three replica lightsabers, including one he gave to his wife for their first wedding anniversary. Awwww!

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Bosch Connected Control BCC100 Wi-Fi thermostat review: Pretty to look at, easy to program

Mac World - Fri, 2017-12-15 06:00
It’s not as slick as some of its competitors, but it can control the humidifiers and dehumidifiers others don’t.

Star Wars gift guide: Top picks for fans who are tech geeks

Mac World - Fri, 2017-12-15 06:00
PCWorld's Star Wars gift guide, is for people who are (or are shopping for) Star Wars fans who are also tech geeks. Our top picks range from droids to drones, from LEGOs to ugly sweaters, and even snow globes.

Apple off to a promising start with its revamped pro Mac lineup

Mac World - Fri, 2017-12-15 06:00

So, the iMac Pro is shipping. After many years’ worth of fretting and worrying, Apple once again has a pro-level desktop that boasts the modern technology. And all is right with the world.

But is it? There’s no disputing that the iMac Pro is a capable machine: with up to 18 cores, a maximum of 128GB of RAM, and a hefty video card, the benchmarks indicate that this is a machine that can take everything you throw at it.

And yet it’s not Apple’s whole “pro” story. In an interview with select outlets back in April of this year, Apple executive Phil Schiller had multiple shoes to drop, including this morsel:

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How to shop at the Apple Certified Refurbished store online and save money

Mac World - Fri, 2017-12-15 00:35

Looking for a way to save some money on new Apple products. Consider a refurbished MacBook, refurbished iPhone, or refurbished iPad from the Apple Certified Refurbished store. A refurbished product is just like a new, but at a lower price.

Here’s a quick guide with links to the best deals you can find on the refurb store, along with a FAQ guide if you want to know more about the ins and outs of the Apple Certified Refurbished store and buying a refurbished MacBook, iPhone, or iPad.

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