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Tivoli Audio Andiamo Bluetooth speaker review: Great looks, upscale performance, primo price

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-03 06:00
In a market stuffed with me-too products, Tivoli breaks through with a speaker that yells “Look at me!”

Hands on with Microsoft's Surface Pro 6: The new tablet is easy to use, confusing to buy

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-03 06:00

If you were hoping for a dramatic change with the new Microsoft Surface Pro 6, you’ll be disappointed—unless you love black.

In what many Surface fans see as a throwback to the days of the original Surface, the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 is indeed available in a retro “black is back” color. But for those hoping that Microsoft evolved to next-generation USB-C ports—sorry. You’ll have to be happy with a new 8th-generation Intel Core processor under the hood. (The Surface Laptop 2, also announced Tuesday, also gets an 8th-gen Core CPU. Learn more in our hands-on of the Surface Laptop 2.) 

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Microsoft launches next-gen Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, Surface Studio 2 and more

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-02 18:23

Microsoft refreshed and expanded its Surface device family on Tuesday, revealing a new Surface Pro 6, a new Surface Laptop 2, a Surface Studio 2, and even headphones. Panos Panay, chief product officer at Microsoft, introduced the updated Surfaces at an event in New York City. The unifying themes: Helping you focus. And black. All black. 

The event kicked off with Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of modern life and devices, who made an obvious assertion: We’re all pretty busy. Mehdi defined three dynamics that shape Microsoft’s strategy: Life and work are blurring; there is a constant battle for attention with digital devices; and people want to pursue their passions. “We see these opportunities and we get excited about what we can do,” Mehdi said. 

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Microsoft Windows 10 October 2018 Update releases today

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-02 16:51

The Windows 10 October 2018 update will be available starting Tuesday, October 2. Windows and Devices VP Yusuf Mehdi announced the new operating system's immediate availability at a Microsoft event the same day in New York, where new Surface hardware was also announced. More substantive details weren’t outlined, but hey, start jamming that Check for updates button. 

This update doesn’t include as many standout features as Microsoft’s prior cornerstone Windows 10 revisions, but you’ll still find some nifty extras for PC enthusiasts. Improvements include: 

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Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 10 a.m. Pacific

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-02 16:47

We’ll talk about the various reports of different iPhone XS problems. iOS 12.1 is coming soon; what should we expect? We also respond to your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 624.

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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Twitter poll: Have you experienced any of the reported problems with your iPhone XS?

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-02 16:40
Beautygate, bad wireless, charging problems—have you had any of these problems with your iPhone XS? Let us know in our Twitter poll and we'll discuss the results on the Macworld Podcast on Wednesday, October 3, at 10 a.m. Pacific, live on Twitter.(twitter.com)

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iOS 12.1 will add more than 70 new emoji

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-02 14:26

Back in July, Apple celebrated World Emoji Day by announcing more than 70 new emoji that would make their way to iPhones and iPads in iOS 12. Unfortunately, those emoji didn't make it into the initial launch of iOS 12.

On Monday, Apple announced that the new images will be included in the iOS 12.1 release. The emoji are all part of the Emoji 11.0 standard list, and include people with red hair, grey hair, and curly hair. In addition, you'll find superheroes and villains, along with lots more food and animals.

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Get a leather 42/44mm Apple Watch band for just $5

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-02 13:50

I’m a big fan of the sport bands that typically come with the Apple Watch, but there are times when I’d prefer to wear something a bit more elegant. That’s why this Amazon deal on a black leather 42mm/44mm Apple Watch band from Covery caught my eye. It normally sells for $9.99, but you can get it for just $4.99 when you enter the code Y4CDN622 at checkout.

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Amazon's new Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet is 30% off and designed to keep children safe online

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-02 10:11

Nobody likes sparring with kids over who gets to use the tablet. And if you lose the battle, you better pray that the tyke doesn’t wander into Facebook or your work email. Buying a dedicated child-friendly tablet avoids all that headache and Amazon's new Fire 7 Kids Edition—out October 15—is on preorder sale today for $70, down from a list price of $100.

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Amazon's new Fire 7 Kids Edition tablet is 30% off and designed to keep children safe online

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-02 10:11

Nobody likes sparring with kids over who gets to use the tablet. And if you lose the battle, you better pray that the tyke doesn’t wander into Facebook or your work email. Buying a dedicated child-friendly tablet avoids all that headache and Amazon's new Fire 7 Kids Edition—out October 15—is on preorder sale today for $70, down from a list price of $100.

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Two of our favorite SSDs are cheaper than ever today

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-02 09:37

If you've been looking to upgrade your PC's storage, two of our favorite SSDs are available at their lowest prices ever today. Newegg is selling the 500GB Sasmung 860 EVO for $83Remove non-product link with the checkout code NEFQBR5, and Amazon cut the price of the 1TB WD Blue 3D NAND to $150, a deal that also applies to the M.2 version of the drive.

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Nothing but sax and violins on TV: Apple’s upcoming programming

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-02 08:00

News continues to trickle out on Apple’s entertainment ambitions. As with all things Apple, it’s always good to get in a note saying how badly it’s going to suck before it ships.

Writing for TechCrunch, Jonathan Schieber says “It sounds like Apple’s original content is going to be really, really bad.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Philip.)

A new Wall Street Journal article highlights some of the tensions that Apple faces as it looks to create a streaming media service in the age of Handmaid’s Tale, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones, and even The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

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The Apple Watch’s new Activity Competitions rekindled my drive to lose weight

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-02 07:00

You don’t need an Apple Watch Series 4 to get a lot out of watchOS 5. Consider my situation: As a couple of my Twitter followers have suspected, I tumbled off the weight loss wagon for a bit (and let that serve as a reminder about what I said about weight loss being mainly about willpower). But now I’m back on it again with my still-capable Apple Watch Series 3, thanks in large part to the new ability to take part in fitness competitions with my fellow Apple Watch-wearing friends. In fact, it’s made me more excited about the prospect than ever before.

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Wisenet SmartCam N2 review: Solid facial detection tops this security camera's list of features

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-02 06:00
This home security camera makes it easy to monitor everything from kids to elderly parents.

The 10 iPhone and iPad games you need to play from September 2018

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-02 06:00
September's iOS games

Image by Nintendo

September was a big month for big, meaty iOS game releases. Nintendo’s freemium role-player Dragalia Lost was arguably the most notable debut, as the gaming giant launched a totally new franchise for mobile, but there was plenty more worth playing.

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Wisenet SmartCam N2 review: Solid facial detection tops this security camera's list of features

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-02 06:00
This home security camera makes it easy to monitor everything from kids to elderly parents.

HyperX Savage EXO SSD: A small drive that's great for small jobs

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-02 06:00

HyperX Savage EXO is a name that evokes hardcore performance madness. But while this superportable and good-looking USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbs) SSD is fast for everyday chores, it’s not the drive you want for offloading large amounts of data.

Design and features

The Savage EXO is a handsome, angular, silver and gray unit measuring approximately 5 x 1.9 x 0.4 inches 2 ounces. I like the way it feels in the hand better than the Samsung T5 and WD My Passport SSD, but the Sandisk Extreme Portable SSD still reigns supreme in that regard.

HyperX didn’t provide info on the controller, but the NAND is 3D TLC (we’re assuming 64-layer), and the whole deal is warrantied for three years. The only thing breaking up the smooth exterior is a USB Type-C port, for which HyperX includes both Type C to Type C, and Type C to Type A cables (The latter for older USB 2.x/3.x systems.)

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Excel’s top 12 most popular formulas with examples

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-02 05:45

Excel has over 475 formulas in its Functions Library, from simple mathematics to very complex statistical, logical, and engineering tasks such as IF statements (one of our perennial favorite stories); AND, OR, NOT functions; COUNT, AVERAGE, and MIN/MAX.

The basic functions covered below are the top 12 most popular formulas in Excel. To help you learn, we've also provided a spreadsheet with all the formula examples we cover below. 

download Excel's top 12 most popular formulas: Examples This workbook has a tab for each popular formula covered in this article, with example data. 1. TODAY/NOW

There are 24 Date and Time functions listed on the drop-down menu under Formulas > Date & Time: 11 Date formats, 10 Time formats, and as many user-defined custom formats you can create. The TODAY function reveals the current month, day, and year; while the NOW function reveals the current month, day, year, and time of day. This is a handy function if you’re one of those individuals who always forgets to date your work.

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iPhone XS launch problems: 'Beautygate,' charging irregularities, and wireless issues annoy early adopters

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-01 16:55

We’re enjoying our new iPhone XS devices, but that's not necessarily true for everyone else who has one. As is the case with every new iPhone launch, there are a few technical issues cropping up for at least a small percentage of users. The three issues most broadly corroborated by users online are the “beautygate” selfie camera problems, irregularities with charging, and wireless performance problems.

'Beautygate' selfie-smoothing

The most widespread complaint by far is that the front-facing camera on the iPhone XS is applying a sort of beautification filter to selfies. Users complain that selfies taken with the front camera smooths out their skin, giving it a “plastic” look, and that the XS alters the color tone in order to give their skin a bit of a glow. Apparently, this happens any time the front-facing camera detects a face.

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The best Kindle: Reviews and buying advice

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-01 15:24

When someone says they want an e-reader, they most likely mean they want an Amazon Kindle. Knowing which Kindle to buy is the next question, and it depends on your budget and your reading preferences. With this guide and our in-depth reviews, we’ll help you find just the right Kindle for you or your lucky loved one.

In the decade since Amazon’s E-Ink slabs were first introduced to the world, the Kindles’ popularity has elevated its brand recognition to the same heights as Q-Tips and Kleenex—with good reason. Available in five models with varying feature sets, Amazon ensures there’s a Kindle to meet every bookworm’s needs and budget.

While Amazon’s competitors might offer more technologically advanced or less expensive hardware, not a one of them can hold a candle to the sheer volume of books, comics, and periodicals available to download and consume on a Kindle.

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