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14 essential tips and tricks to master the iPhone X

Mac World - Thu, 2017-11-30 07:00

You just got your shiny new iPhone X. It’s the phone of the future, today! You got it all set up and even picked up a few new iPhone X-optimized games.

Now it’s time to take your iPhone X mastery to the next level. These tips will help you work through some of the interface quirks and point out features about which you may not have known.

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How to use Word to create holiday cards and other projects

PC World - Thu, 2017-11-30 06:30

Microsoft Word may not be a full-fledged graphics program, but you can use its layout, font, text box and other features to make surprisingly good custom holiday cards—with a little clever manipulation and some creativity. You can use images or clip art from your own collection, download royalty-free images from the web, or use Shapes and Special Effects in Word to draw your own custom images. 

Note: If you’re planning to use envelopes (as opposed to a postcard-type design), note that the paper size may be determined by the size of the envelope. So, choose your envelopes first, then create your project.

Designing envelopes in Word

1. Because envelopes are generally wider than tall, open a blank Word document, and select Page Layout > Orientation > Landscape.

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The demise of net neutrality isn't the biggest threat to the cord-cutting movement

PC World - Thu, 2017-11-30 06:00
With or without net neutrality rules, the FCC handed an unfair streaming video advantage to big internet service providers like Comcast months ago.

OnePlus 5T review: A $500 mid-range phone with the heart of a $900 flagship

PC World - Thu, 2017-11-30 06:00

If the OnePlus 5T isn't a “flagship killer,” it's at least a "flagship bruiser." It’s remarkable how much phone OnePlus has managed to deliver for $500, just $20 more than the OnePlus 5. The camera might be a step below those of its premium peers, and the 1080p display isn’t as sharp as Samsung’s Quad HD ones, but the 5T is nothing less than a tremendous upgrade and value.

Where last year’s 3T was a mere spec refresh, the 5T upgrades the display, which hadn’t really changed much since the OnePlus One (other than switching from LCD to OLED). Never has a half-inch made such a huge difference. With a 6-inch, 18:9 screen instead of a 5.5-inch, 16:9 one, the OnePlus 5T looks and feels like a modern phone that should cost $800 or $900. Considering the 5T releases less than six months after the 5 (making it the third phone OnePlus has released in the past 12 months), it proves the company can make a big-screen AMOLED phone on the cheap, and do it quickly. 

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The demise of net neutrality isn't the biggest threat to the cord-cutting movement

Mac World - Thu, 2017-11-30 06:00
With or without net neutrality rules, the FCC handed an unfair streaming video advantage to big internet service providers like Comcast months ago.

The case against building an iOS laptop—and why it might happen anyway

Mac World - Thu, 2017-11-30 06:00

Last week I wrote about how Apple should make an iOS laptop, and unsurprisingly, a lot of people reacted strongly to that suggestion! The conversation made me consider where iOS needs to be improved, especially in the context of laptops, but also more broadly, whenever external input devices are connected. So let’s take another dip into the pool of speculation about where Apple is headed with iOS and the Mac and whether they’re on a collision course.

There are a lot of interesting arguments against Apple making an iOS laptop. (I’m going to call it “the iBook” as a placeholder, since I’ve been a fan of Apple re-using that name since the iPad was just a rumor.)

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The iPhone X vs. Black Friday, Apple patches the High Sierra ‘root’ bug, and your comments and questions: Macworld Podcast episode 584

Mac World - Wed, 2017-11-29 19:51

According to a recent report, Apple sold 6 million iPhone X units over Black Friday weekend—and it wasn’t even at a sale price! Plus, we talk about the latest High Sierra bug, what’s next for Face ID, and more. We also feature your comments and questions for Leah Yamshon, Michael Simon, Jason Cross, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 584.

Here are relevant links to get more info on the stuff discussed on the show.

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BrandPost: Adware – The Most Prolific Form of Malware on macOS

Mac World - Wed, 2017-11-29 17:10

Years ago, Apple fans believed Macs were safe from malware. Now, everyone from regular users to power users to Apple itself knows that’s simply not true.

Cybercrime is on the rise, so the idea of malware increasingly targeting the mostly overlooked macOS make sense. In recent years, Apple has created a variety of security layers in a bid to strengthen the security of its desktop OS and protect its users.

With the new macOS High Sierra, encrypting your data with FileVault can keep ransomware at bay. Gatekeeper makes downloading new apps safer. And Safari, the web browser that ships with every Mac, now has intelligent mechanisms to thwart advertisers engaging in cross-site tracking.

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How to unlock your iPhone on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Virgin Mobile

Mac World - Wed, 2017-11-29 15:16

Update 11/29/17: Virgin Mobile has changed its iPhone unlocking policies.

The days of being tied to a single carrier with a locked phone for months on end are all but over. Where we once were forced into 24-month contracts with devices that were useless on any other network, nowadays your wireless carrier must unlock your phone if you request it.

Seriously, they do. It’s actually a law. The Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act makes it so any phone purchased after 2015 will work with any carrier, so your provider can’t keep your phone tied to their network because they feel like it. However, there are some terms and conditions that you’ll need to follow before you can pop another SIM into your phone, and of course they vary by carrier.

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HDMI 2.1 released: 10K resolution, dynamic HDR, and FreeSync-like game smoothing

PC World - Wed, 2017-11-29 10:34

The next generation of HDMI is here, and it holds some major benefits for PC gamers and media buffs alike. The HDMI 2.1 standard, released Tuesday by the HDMI Forum after being announced at CES, supports higher resolutions, new HDR features, and game-smoothing variable refresh rates, among other features.

HDMI 2.1 delivers massively more bandwidth than HDMI 2.0—a whopping 48Gb/s compared to the 18Gb/s achieved by today’s technology. That allows HDMI 2.1 to hit much higher resolutions and refresh rates.

HDMI Forum

The new spec supports 8K and even 10K resolutions, but those are better thought of as future-proofing or targeted towards commercial applications. Modern gamers will appreciate the introduction of 4K/120Hz display support, though. Today’s 4K monitors are limited to 60Hz and the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and Titan XP graphics cards can already max those out in modern games. But 120Hz-plus displays are already coming in the first quarter of 2018 in the form of glorious G-Sync HDR monitors by Asus and Acer, and Nvidia’s next generation of graphics cards—hopefully due sooner than later—will presumably have the power to drive such demanding displays.

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Awesome tech gifts that cost $50 or less

PC World - Wed, 2017-11-29 08:53
Give like you give a damn

Image by Rob Schultz/IDG

When it comes to finding gifts that are cool, useful, and affordable, technology can check all those boxes. And contrary to what you might think, the audience for cool tech gifts is quite broad, with options for virtually everyone on your holiday shopping list.

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Find your Apple devices to be intrusive? Here’s how to turn it down on your Mac, iPhone, and iPad

Mac World - Wed, 2017-11-29 08:00

Macworld reader Sherry wants Apple to leave her alone. She’s disabled Siri and doesn’t use iCloud Photo Library. But she finds Apple seems to be paying attention in ways she doesn’t like.

She writes:

I was distressed to see an item tentatively added to my calendar after texting about it with a friend. Also I have recently been presented with “memories” from Apple of photos and where they were taken. Although I have nothing to hide, I don’t want this kind of intrusion on my privacy. Also, is there a way to wirelessly sync my iPhone and iPad photos to my Mac without using the iCloud library?

I have a few answers for her.

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The 10 Mac games you need to play from November 2017

Mac World - Wed, 2017-11-29 07:00
November's Mac games

Image by Codemasters

It’s that time of year, and chances are good that your next few weeks will be packed with spending time and money on gifts for loved ones. But while that’s all well and good, you should also gift yourself something to keep yourself entertained over the next few weeks: a new game to savor on your Mac. 

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Corsair Glaive review: This mouse has so many RGB LEDs it made my palm sweat

PC World - Wed, 2017-11-29 06:30

The Corsair Glaive is the reason I spend weeks with every mouse we review. Usually the extra time feels like a formality—I can tell almost instantly whether or not I like a mouse. But every once in a while there’s a Glaive, a mouse I strongly disliked at first but (somewhat) reversed opinion on over time.

This review is part of our roundup of best gaming mice. Go there for details on competing products and how we tested them.

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Fender Newport Bluetooth speaker review: It's not just a nostalgia trip, this speaker sounds great

PC World - Wed, 2017-11-29 06:00
Designed in the classic style of Fender's guitar amps, the Newport delivers solid quality, very good audio, and fun analog controls.

Fender Newport Bluetooth speaker review: It's not just a nostalgia trip, this speaker sounds great

Mac World - Wed, 2017-11-29 06:00
Designed in the classic style of Fender's guitar amps, the Newport delivers solid quality, very good audio, and fun analog controls.

Best smart lock

Mac World - Tue, 2017-11-28 18:40
Keys are yesterday’s tech, your smart home needs a smart lock.

Best smart lock

PC World - Tue, 2017-11-28 18:40
Keys are yesterday’s tech, your smart home needs a smart lock.

iOS 11.2: Beta 5 is now available

Mac World - Tue, 2017-11-28 17:56

Updated 11/28/17: The fifth iOS 11.2 beta is available to developers and public testers.

iOS 11 is the biggest change to Apple’s mobile operating system in years. It’s so ambitious in scope that many of it’s promised features still haven’t shipped yet. iOS 11.1 mostly fixed bugs and brought us a bunch of new emoji, but iOS 11.2 is more substantial, with the addition of Apple Pay Cash. Hopefully, it will also introduce iMessage in iCloud, though that seems increasingly unlikely.

Here’s what we know about 11.2 so far. What’s in it, when it’s coming, and how you can grab the beta right now.

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Civilization VI's Rise and Fall expansion will let you seize cities without unleashing war

PC World - Tue, 2017-11-28 17:09

When October 2017 passed without word of a Civilization VI sequel I honestly thought for a second, “Hm, well I guess the cycle’s broken.” Usually Civ has been a game you could set your watch to, following a predictable Game, Expansion 1, Expansion 2 model and favoring yearly fall releases.

Looks like this expansion needed a few extra months, though. Today Firaxis unveiled Civilization VI: Rise and Fall, set to release on February 8, 2018—just two months from now, if you can believe it.

It’s also a bit of an odd expansion. Previous Civ games have had a couple of obvious systems missing at launch, with the expansions then filling those gaps. Civ V’s Gods and Kings expansion added religion and espionage back in, for instance—mechanics that existed in previous Civ games and were conspicuously absent at launch.

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