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The best console controllers for playing games on a Mac

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-15 06:00

Considering the awkwardness of almost every other aspect of Mac gaming, I was a little shocked to discover how easy it is to pair popular console controllers with my MacBook. Sure, you’ll need to tweak a few things. Yes, some of the “support” exists only through the generosity and dedication of a few modders. Even so, you’re not entirely nuts if you assume you can pick up your PlayStation or Xbox controller and use it with your MacBook without dropping any extra cash.

There’s a catch, of course (and there always is): It’s easier to pull this off with some controllers over others. You’ll sometimes need to download separate drivers, and you might need to reboot the system to see those drivers take effect. You’ll almost certainly have a better time if you use a wired gamepad. For that matter, there’s no guarantee that every controller here will work with every game (although you’ll have a better chance if you play games downloaded through Steam).

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 review impressions: Come for battle royale, stay for battle royale

PC World - Sat, 2018-10-13 09:40

We got access to the PC version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 ($60 on Humble) at the same time as the rest of the world, so I’ve been playing catch-up all day. Don’t ask me why Activision didn’t make it available ahead of release. I expected it to be truly broken given the circumstances but...nope. Everything seems fine, at least on a technical level.

Of course, reviewing Call of Duty is a lot easier this year given Black Ops 4 doesn’t have an actual singleplayer campaign, and the Blackout battle royale mode had a beta last month. I’ve spent some post-release time with Blackout though, plus a bit of time in traditional multiplayer and of course this year’s time-traveling Zombies stories.

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Android Confidential: Just how big is that notch on the Pixel 3 XL anyway?

PC World - Fri, 2018-10-12 17:00

The notch. By now it’s become a fairly commonplace feature on premium phones. Even some budget handsets are starting to get in on the act.

But the Pixel 3 XL reignites the notch frenzy. Why? Because it’s so damn big. Google didn’t just add a normal screen cutout to the top of its latest flagship phone, it added the biggest one I’ve ever seen. I generally don’t mind phone notches, but there’s something about the Pixel 3 XL’s that bothers me. Is it the shape? The depth? Just an optical illusion? A little of all three?

In the latest episode of Android Confidential, I figure out what makes the Pixel 3 XL’s notch so distracting compared to similar phones. I compared the Pixel 3 XL against the notchiest Android phones I could find to see if it’s really that much bigger. How does it stack up to the Essential Phone, LG G7, OnePlus 6, LG V40? Here’s what I found out.

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The Full Nerd ep. 71: Core i9-9900K, Intel benchmark controversy, farewell Hyper-Threading?

PC World - Fri, 2018-10-12 13:41

In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray dig deep into the Core i9-9900K, Intel’s first 8-core mainstream processor, and all the other new 9th-gen chips announced this week.

We kick things off with an overview of the mainstream 9th-gen CPUs, Intel’s refresh of the Core X high-end desktop chips, and the beastly unlocked, 28-core Xeon W-3175X, just to get everybody on the same page. If you want the speeds and feeds in black and white, be sure to hit the link above.

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Get the ultra-portable 12-inch MacBook for $400 off

Mac World - Fri, 2018-10-12 13:19

The scrappy 12-inch MacBook is my favorite of the MacBooks, even though it only has a single USB-C port and it lacks the sheer power of the MacBook Pros. But it’s so darn portable. It’s so capable. And today on Amazon’s Woot site, it’s on sale for just $899.99Remove non-product link, down $400 from the normal retail price of $1,299.

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This week in games: Walking Dead resurrected, Baldur's Gate 3 rumors, Into the Breach done quick

PC World - Fri, 2018-10-12 11:59

Microsoft’s looking to buy Obsidian? And there’s a Baldur’s Gate 3 in the works? 2003’s rumor mill is churning hard this week.

Those stories, plus Star Citizen shows off another flashy trailer, The Walking Dead will finish out its final season, Stories Untold studio No Code shows off its second project, and a speedrunner finishes Into the Breach faster than I could write this article.

This is gaming news for October 8 to 12.

Waiting on citizenship

Star Citizen continues down the long and winding road to (hopefully) becoming a real game people can play. CitizenCon took place this week in Texas, unveiling yet another trailer for the star-studded Squadron 42, the accompanying singleplayer campaign. It’s an impressive trailer, though there’s still no release date in sight.

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Kit out and charge up your laptop with Anker's 7-in-1 premium USB-C hub adapter for $20 off

PC World - Fri, 2018-10-12 10:48

If there's one thing every computer needs, it's more ports. Anker's 7-in-1 Premium USB-C hub adapter adds convenience and more connections to your setup all in one place, and today you can snag one from Amazon for $50, down from a list price of $70 and the lowest we've ever seen it.

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Kit out and charge up your laptop with Anker's 7-in-1 premium USB-C hub adapter for $20 off

Mac World - Fri, 2018-10-12 10:48

If there's one thing every computer needs, it's more ports. Anker's 7-in-1 Premium USB-C hub adapter adds convenience and more connections to your setup all in one place, and today you can snag one from Amazon for $50, down from a list price of $70 and the lowest we've ever seen it.

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Samsung's decadent, ultra-fast CHG70 FreeSync 2 HDR monitor just hit its lowest price yet

PC World - Fri, 2018-10-12 09:12

We love Samsung’s CHG70 curved FreeSync 2 display despite the hefty $600 price tag for the 27-inch version and the even heftier $700 price for the 32-inch model. Today, you’ll love the 27-inch version even more since Amazon is selling this glorious HDR display for $426. Samsung’s monitor has been dropping in price lately—it was $490 just a few days ago—but still, $426 is the monitor’s all-time low, and the first time it’s hit this price.

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Is there a way to block certain incoming texts in iOS?

Mac World - Fri, 2018-10-12 08:00

A Macworld reader want to know if there’s a way in iOS to block texts from everyone who isn’t in the Contacts list. Her elderly mother is receiving harassing texts from someone who obtains a new number and continues the attack every time they are stymied using iOS’s option to block texts (along with FaceTime requests and calls).

There isn’t such a feature, although you’d think this would be a much-desired one. Apple has continued to add anti-spam and contact-blocking features across the latest releases of iOS, and allows third-party app makers to tap into calls and texts to help, too.

Apple does offer a feature to sort iMessages—texts sent from people with registered iCloud accounts—into a separate area. Visit Settings > Messages > Unknown & Spam, and enable Filter Unknown Senders. (On a Mac, using Messages > Preferences, and uncheck the Notify Me about Messages from Unknown Contacts box.)

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Razer Naga Trinity review: Three gaming mice in one

PC World - Fri, 2018-10-12 06:39

It’s always been hard for me to recommend Razer’s Naga line, not because they’re bad mice but because they’re not the mice for me. They’re specialty hardware, not Swiss Army knives. The original Naga and its telephone-style numpad was designed for MMO players who need a lot of shortcut keys. The Naga Hex was a compromise of sorts, with half as many buttons in a much more intuitive, ring-shaped layout. But both always seemed overly complicated to me, especially for day-to-day use.

What if you didn’t have to choose, though? What if you could get the 12-button, six-button, and a standard two-button layout from the same mouse? Enter the Naga Trinity.

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Lenovo Legion Y530 review: An affordable gaming laptop saddled with an iffy graphics card

PC World - Fri, 2018-10-12 06:06

The bargain-priced Lenovo Legion Y530 weighs less than five pounds and measures less than an inch thick—impressively portable for a gaming laptop. It packs impressive quad-core multitasking performance, a comfortable keyboard, a reasonably bright screen and solid battery life. Unfortunately, the Legion Y530’s middling graphics card struggles to deliver buttery visuals from today’s AAA games, and its performance will only go downhill as more demanding titles come down the pike.

Price and specifications

We reviewed the cheapest version of the Lenovo Legion Y530 (81FV0013US), which comes with a quad-core Intel Coffee Lake Core i5-8300H processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB solid-state drive. This CPU’s eight threads of processing power (thanks to Intel’s hyperthreading technology) promises plenty of multitasking, perfect for gamers who want to stream or create content while they play. Because it lacks a larger secondary drive, however, the Y530 doesn’t have enough storage for more than one or two top-tier games at a time.

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3 features Apple should borrow from Google’s latest hardware

Mac World - Fri, 2018-10-12 06:00

For obvious reasons, we spend a lot of time focusing on Apple here, but let’s take a moment to turn our attention to another tech company (yes, there are others!) that competes in many of the same spaces as Apple.

This week, Google introduced a slew of new devices, from new smartphones to a tablet to a smart home speaker with a screen. And while there will always be those who prefer one company’s products to another, it’s important to have competition in this space in order to drive all companies—including Apple—forward.

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Best antivirus: Keep your Windows PC safe from spyware, Trojans, malware, and more

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-11 17:41

Antivirus software is nearly as crucial as a PC’s operating system. Even if you’re well aware of potential threats and practice extreme caution, some threats just can’t be prevented without the extra help of an AV program—or a full antivirus suite. 

Antivirus suite cheat sheet Our quick-hit recommendations:
    1. Norton Security Premium View
    2. AVG Internet Security View
    3. Trend Micro Maximum Security View
Read on to learn why these products rank best.

You could, for example, visit a website that unintentionally displays malicious ads. Or accidentally click on a phishing email (it happens!). Or get stung by a zero-day threat, where an undisclosed bug in Windows, your browser, or an installed program gives hackers entry to your system.

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Genius lyrics database announces partnership with Apple

Mac World - Thu, 2018-10-11 17:39

Genius, the massive online song lyrics database, just announced a partnership with Apple. Starting today, visitors to the Genius website or users of its iOS app will see a small player at the bottom of the screen while viewing a song’s lyrics. The player will use Apple Music to play a 30-second clip of the song, and Apple Music subscribers can play the entire thing by signing in.

The Apple Music service as a whole benefits from the partnership, too, as Genius will provide lyrics to thousands of songs on the service.

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Intel 300-series motherboards explained: Z390 vs. Z370 vs. H370 vs. B360 vs. H310

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-11 16:21

Which Intel motherboard should you buy? After initially launching with the Z370 chipset alone in October 2017, Intel fleshed out the 300-series lineup with a full range of motherboard options in April, complete with nice extra features not included in Z370. It then plopped a cherry on top by releasing enthusiast-class Z390 motherboards alongside the 9th-gen Core processors in October 2018. These motherboards should work with both 8th-gen and 9th-gen Core CPUs (though older models may need a BIOS revision to support the new chips) so you’ve got options galore now.

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Assassin's Creed: Odyssey's hidden Historical Locations map is stuffed with Ancient Greek lore

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-11 13:00

History is my favorite part of Assassin’s Creed. Years ago I used to read through all the historical database entries, getting context about historical figures and landmarks in Florence, Rome, colonial Boston, and more. And I spent hours in Assassin’s Creed: Origins’s Discovery Tour earlier this year, admiring how much detail Ubisoft put into recreating Ptolemaic Egypt from both primary and secondary sources.

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Watch The Full Nerd talk about all the Core-i9-9900K news!

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-11 12:42

Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. Today's show is all about Intel's Core i9-9900K, the news, the benchmarking controversy, and is this the end of mainstream hyperthreading? 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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The 6TB WD My Book external drive just hit an all-time low of $110 at Newegg

Mac World - Thu, 2018-10-11 12:25

Storing and backing up data safely and securely is the one thing all PC and Mac users can agree on, and we can never have enough space. And you guess it, today's a great day to buy more. Newegg is selling the WD My Book 6TB external hard drive for $110Remove non-product link if you apply this $20 discount code: EMCEPEE77. That's the lowest price we've ever seen for this drive.

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The 6TB WD My Book external drive just hit an all-time low of $110 at Newegg

PC World - Thu, 2018-10-11 12:25

Storing and backing up data safely and securely is the one thing all PC and Mac users can agree on, and we can never have enough space. And you guess it, today's a great day to buy more. Newegg is selling the WD My Book 6TB external hard drive for $110Remove non-product link if you apply this $20 discount code: EMCEPEE77. That's the lowest price we've ever seen for this drive.

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