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10 quick ways to clear space on an overstuffed Android device

PC World - Thu, 2018-06-28 03:12

Updated June 28, 2018 to reflect Android O (Oreo).

Few things in life are as annoying as finding that your Android handset refuses to install any more app updates because it’s run out of storage. Unlike many of life’s little annoyances, though, this one’s easy to fix. You can quickly clear out hundreds of megabytes or even a gig or two by sweeping up stale downloads, rooting out offline maps and documents, clearing caches, and wiping unneeded music and video files. And if these tips don’t do the trick, check out our picks for the best Android phones for every need and budget. 

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iOS 12 and macOS Mojave public betas, Apple headphone rumors, and Apple keyboard service

Mac World - Wed, 2018-06-27 18:00

Apple opened the public beta programs for iOS 12 and macOS Mojave. There are rumors about Apple’s new headphones. Apple will fix your broken butterfly keyboards. We also talk about various other Apple news and feature your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 611.

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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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Microsoft's Classic Intellimouse updates 2003's iconic mouse for the modern era

PC World - Wed, 2018-06-27 13:51

Fans of the classic Microsoft Intellimouse 3.0 from 2003 can now buy an updated version, which, Microsoft has promised, is true to the spirit of the original.

In fact, Simon Dearsley, Devices Design Director at Microsoft, said this week that some of the components in the new Classic Intellimouse remain the same as those in the original Intellimouse 3.0, its inspiration. The key improvements are in the switch and tracking technology, updating the components for the modern era.

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Hide My Ass Pro 4 review: A noticeable upgrade with great speeds

PC World - Wed, 2018-06-27 13:28

P2P allowed: Yes

Business location: United Kingdom and Czech Republic

Number of servers: 890+

Number of country locations: 190+*

Cost: $72 per year

VPN protocol: OpenVPN

Data encryption: AES-256

Data authentication: AES-256-GCM or SHA1

Handshake encryption: 2048-bit TLS and SHA256

Hide My Ass Pro version 4 is upon us bringing some new features and improved speeds. It can now periodically change your IP address, there’s an improved Location Mode, faster servers on the back end, and a way to tell HMA to back off when you’re on certain networks.

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Google insists its Duplex AI-powered voice calling is real and will prove it, umms and all

PC World - Wed, 2018-06-27 12:28

Ever since Google played a demo of Duplex, its AI-powered real-world chatbot, at its I/O developer conference in May, people have been trying to undermine it as unethical, immoral, or just plain fake. Those criticisms haven't deterred Google from its plan to unleash Duplex upon restaurants and hair stylists all over the country.

During a demo with media outlets this week, Google said Duplex is set to begin rolling out across the United States sometime this summer. Don't expect it to appear on your Android phone just yet, though. It'll start in limited testing with "a set of trusted tester users," according to The Verge.

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DirecTV Now review: Hard to resist, despite its flaws

PC World - Wed, 2018-06-27 11:30
DirecTV Now comes cheap with AT&T wireless service, but odd design choices and feature limitations hold it back for everyone else.

Blanket your home in Wi-Fi with this great deal on Netgear's Orbi home system

PC World - Wed, 2018-06-27 10:23

Any good mesh system will cover every inch of your home with glorious Wi-Fi, but they usually don't come cheap. Today Amazon is selling Netgear's Orbi Whole Home WiFi System (RBK43) for $250, the lowest we've seen it and a solid discount from its $300 list price.

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Blanket your home in Wi-Fi with this great deal on Netgear's Orbi home system

Mac World - Wed, 2018-06-27 10:23

Any good mesh system will cover every inch of your home with glorious Wi-Fi, but they usually don't come cheap. Today Amazon is selling Netgear's Orbi Whole Home WiFi System (RBK43) for $250, the lowest we've seen it and a solid discount from its $300 list price.

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5 ways to manage emails and control spam in Outlook

PC World - Wed, 2018-06-27 10:20

Spam lives on, despite all our efforts to snuff it out—but Outlook has some features to help slow it down. Here are some things anyone can do, plus some tips for working within a corporate Outlook system. 

1. Use Block Sender frequently

Use Outlook’s Block Sender feature to add intrusive spam to your Block Sender List, and then move it to the Junk Email folder. This works fine if you receive fewer than a dozen emails a day.

Select the spam email, right-click, choose Junk from the drop menu, and click Block Sender. Or, Select Home > Junk > Block Sender. Outlook marks it and relocates it immediately.

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How to create a bootable macOS Mojave installer drive

Mac World - Wed, 2018-06-27 10:00

Whenever Apple releases a new version of macOS, I like to create a bootable USB installation drive. I test different Macs, and when I need to upgrade those machines, it’s a lot more efficient to plug in the USB installer drive and run the installer, than to log into the App Store, download the 5GB OS installer, and then run it.

Because it’s so easy to create an external installation drive, it’s my preferred means of installing the OS. I keep it around for those time when I would rather use the drive than rely on booting in Recovery mode.

In this article I’ll go over the different ways you can create a bootable macOS Mojave installation drive. But before I give instructions on how to create the drive, I’ll go over the items you’ll need and how to get them.

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Upgrade your PC's storage with these awesome deals on budget SSDs at Newegg

PC World - Wed, 2018-06-27 09:27

If there's one constant in the world of PCs, it's that there's no better upgrade than swapping a hard drive for a speedier SSD. And today, there are two deals from Newegg for varying budgets to bring the speed of an SSD to your PC.

The first is one is a 525GB M.2 Crucial MX300 for $109. This is a close cousin of our favorite budget SSD the Crucial BX300. Act fast though, since the M.2 MX300 is not that easy to find these days. Amazon, for example, has some resellers offering used versions of this drive for $122, and other online retailers are selling new versions for far more.

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MacOS Mojave: How to add emoji to emails in Apple Mail

Mac World - Wed, 2018-06-27 09:00

Emoji are a handy way to communicate while texting, so it seems natural for emoji to make its way into email, too. The Mail 12 app in macOS Mojave now supports emoji, and the characters available are the same ones found in iOS. 

Here’s how to add emoji into the emails you create using Mail 12.

How to add emoji in an email using macOS Mojave Mail 12

1. Create an email by clicking on the New Message button in the Viewer Window, or press Command-N.

2. At the upper right of the New Message window is the Emoji & Symbols button. It has a smiley face and is located between the Format and Photo Browser buttons. Click it.

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MacOS Mojave: How to turn on favicons in Safari 12 tabs

Mac World - Wed, 2018-06-27 08:00

We’ve all had this happen—in fact, it’s probably happening on your web browser right now, and it probably happens all the time. You have so many tabs open than you can’t quickly find the tab you need.

IDG

This actually isn't as bad as it can get, but you get the idea: Too many tabs open, making it difficult to discern the webpage you want.

Safari 12 in macOS Mojave has a new feature that displays favicons—icons (usually a logo) that represent a website—right in the tab itself. You can now find the tab you want with a simple glance.

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Five things iOS 12 can tell us about the next iPhone, iPad, and everything else Apple is working on

Mac World - Wed, 2018-06-27 07:00

Now that the iOS 12 public beta has arrived, anyone with a sense of adventure (or a spare iPhone lying around) can dive in and check out all the new features months before the general release lands this fall. But while Siri Shortcuts, Memoji, multiway FaceTime, and bundled notifications are all great to play with, the coolest thing about iOS 12 is the sneak peek it gives us at Apple’s next round of products and services.

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Sony G Series Professional SSD review: What a super-reliable, fast SATA SSD is like

PC World - Wed, 2018-06-27 06:07

So what exactly is a professional SSD, you ask? Take a look at the Sony G Series Professional SSD’s outstanding longevity ratings, and you’ll have your answer. Where the average mainstream 480GB SSD is rated for around 180TBW, i.e., the number of terabytes that can be written to it over its lifespan, the Sony is rated for a whopping 1,200TBW. Throw in a twice-the-average 10-year warranty, and yowser! More peace of mind delivered by anything other than Intel’s Optane SSDs.

But while the G-Series won’t set you back as much as Intel’s Methuselah-like Optane, they’re more than twice as expensive as the average NAND-based SSD. That begs the secondary question: Do you actually need that kind of endurance? Not likely if you’re an everyday user, but we don’t need sports cars, either. That’s why the super-reliable G-Series makes for interesting reading.

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Sony G Series Professional SSD review: What a super-reliable, fast SATA SSD is like

Mac World - Wed, 2018-06-27 06:07

So what exactly is a professional SSD, you ask? Take a look at the Sony G Series Professional SSD’s outstanding longevity ratings, and you’ll have your answer. Where the average mainstream 480GB SSD is rated for around 180TBW, i.e., the number of terabytes that can be written to it over its lifespan, the Sony is rated for a whopping 1,200TBW. Throw in a twice-the-average 10-year warranty, and yowser! More peace of mind delivered by anything other than Intel’s Optane SSDs.

But while the G-Series won’t set you back as much as Intel’s Methuselah-like Optane, they’re more than twice as expensive as the average NAND-based SSD. That begs the secondary question: Do you actually need that kind of endurance? Not likely if you’re an everyday user, but we don’t need sports cars, either. That’s why the super-reliable G-Series makes for interesting reading.

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Will HDR kill your OLED TV?

PC World - Wed, 2018-06-27 06:00
With HDR requiring considerably more brightness from OLED elements, will lifespan be significantly reduced? Can OLED's reduced luminance over time still provide the HDR effect?

Will HDR kill your OLED TV?

Mac World - Wed, 2018-06-27 06:00
With HDR requiring considerably more brightness from OLED elements, will lifespan be significantly reduced? Can OLED's reduced luminance over time still provide the HDR effect?

MacOS Mojave: 6 hidden features you can find in the public beta

Mac World - Wed, 2018-06-27 06:00

MacOS Mojave is here—at least for the brave, in a public beta. Apple makes early releases of macOS available to the public primarily because it can find more bugs if there are more people using the software. But it also does so because of the great demand from Mac users who want to run the newest Mac features and don’t mind hazarding a few bugs in order to get them.

You probably already know about Dark Mode and desktop Stacks and Gallery View, but they are just the top-level features in a surprisingly deep update. There are other fun features hiding just beneath the surface.

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Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, June 27, at 10 a.m. Pacific

Mac World - Tue, 2018-06-26 17:00

Apple opened the public beta programs for iOS 12 and macOS Mojave. There are rumors about Apple’s new headphones. Apple will fix your broken butterfly keyboards. We also talk about various other Apple news and feature your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 611.

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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