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Newegg has an 8GB RX 580 for $200 this week

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-01 10:22

The 8GB AMD Radeon RX 580 is back at a great price. Newegg has the PowerColor Red DragonRemove non-product link version of this card for $200 after a $20 mail-in rebate. That means you have to pay $220 upfront, but even by itself, that’s a good price. Besides the card, you can also get three free games via AMD. Newegg’s sale price ends on Friday.

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The HP Spectre Folio is a leather-clad laptop that's luxurious

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-01 10:13

The HP Spectre Folio is a sensual experience. By wrapping an incredibly thin laptop in a full-grain leather shell, HP has made a PC whose look, feel, and smell will evoke classic, covetable objects like a bomber jacket, a handbag, or a leather football or baseball. You’ll find yourself responding to the Spectre Folio in the same way—and then fighting it, as if it were wrong to react like that to a PC, even if it’s also one of the first super-efficient Amber Lake laptops we’ve seen. 

I had the same struggle during my sneak peek at the Spectre Folio ahead of its announcement Monday morning in New York City. I couldn’t take my hands off of it, and it felt great on my lap, too. Yet it felt like HP broke some rule. Keep reading, though, and you’ll see that the Spectre Folio is a really interesting PC, as well as a potentially covetable object. It’s available for pre-order starting October 1 at Best Buy and HP, with a starting price of $1,300. See below for full details on prices, specs, and features. 

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NFL without cable: A cord-cutter’s guide for the 2018 pro football season

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-01 09:36
Whether you've cut the cord or are sticking with cable, our guide will show you all the ways you can watch America's favorite sport on TV, including Monday Night Football and NFL RedZone.

NFL without cable: A cord-cutter’s guide for the 2018 pro football season

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-01 09:36
Whether you've cut the cord or are sticking with cable, our guide will show you all the ways you can watch America's favorite sport on TV, including Monday Night Football and NFL RedZone.

Giveaway: Enter to win a free iPhone XS Max

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-01 08:00

Want an iPhone XS Max? We’re happy to announce that at least one of you won’t have to pay an excessive price for it—in fact, you won’t have to pay anything at all. Starting today, we’re teaming up with iMobie—the makers of the AnyTrans data transfer service—to give away a free 64GB space gray iPhone XS Max to one lucky Macworld reader.

To sign up to win, simply enter your name and contact information through the form below. You can get additional chances to win if you follow us on Twitter, YouTube, or Facebook, and you’ll also get two additional chances to win if you retweet this tweet.

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Apple Watch Series 4 review: The biggest upgrade yet

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-01 07:00

Sure, Apple Watch is a huge success, outselling all rivals, but there are still a lot of fence-sitters not sure if it’s really a worthwhile addition to their Apple ecosystem. And not everyone is a watch person.

If this sounds like you, it’s time to get off the fence. The improvements in Series 4—a bigger display, faster processor, and better sensors—make Apple Watch downright delightful to use, elevating it from “neat gadget for Apple fans” to “gotta-have-it addition to your iPhone.”

The $399 starting price is disappointingly high, but this is the Apple Watch that finally feels like it delivers on the promise Apple has been building toward for the last four years. 

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Vizio P65-F1 4K UHD TV review: Vizio's P-Series deliver good brightness and HDR, but image glitches remain

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-01 06:00
This smart TV shines with HDR, but Vizio's new array backlighting is more prone to artifacts and there are holdover processing glitches from last year.

Oreck Cordless Vacuum with POD Technology review: This vacuum offers dust-free disposal

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-01 06:00
A unique self-sealing pod prevents dirt and dust from escaping into the air when you empty the vacuum's dustbin.

Screen Time, Family Link, and FreeTime vs my 7-year-old son: Which parental controls are best?

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-01 06:00

No matter how we try to fight it, parents sometimes need their devices to act as a digital baby-sitter. And try as we may, we're not always paying close enough attention to how long our little one have been glued to their small screens. So unless you want to take the word of a 7-year-old to stop playing his favorite game after an hour, we're going to need a little assistance.

Thankfully help is available. No matter which platform you use, you'll find a handy way to remotely control the device your kid is using, even if it's an iPhone. As part of iOS 12, Apple has finally launched a robust set of parental controls in Screen Time to match the ones offered by Google's Family Link and Amazon's FreeTime. Now no kid is safe from their parent's wrath.

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Vizio P65-F1 4K UHD TV review: Vizio's P-Series deliver good brightness and HDR, but image glitches remain

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-01 06:00
This smart TV shines with HDR, but Vizio's new array backlighting is more prone to artifacts and there are holdover processing glitches from last year.

Oreck Cordless Vacuum with POD Technology review: This vacuum offers dust-free disposal

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-01 06:00
A unique self-sealing pod prevents dirt and dust from escaping into the air when you empty the vacuum's dustbin.

Screen Time, Family Link, and FreeTime vs my 7-year-old son: Which parental controls are best?

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-01 06:00

No matter how we try to fight it, parents sometimes need their devices to act as a digital baby-sitter. And try as we may, we're not always paying close enough attention to how long our little one have been glued to their small screens. So unless you want to take the word of a 7-year-old to stop playing his favorite game after an hour, we're going to need a little assistance.

Thankfully help is available. No matter which platform you use, you'll find a handy way to remotely control the device your kid is using, even if it's an iPhone. As part of iOS 12, Apple has finally launched a robust set of parental controls in Screen Time to match the ones offered by Google's Family Link and Amazon's FreeTime. Now no kid is safe from their parent's wrath.

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Useless comparisons: A battle six years in the making

Mac World - Sat, 2018-09-29 07:00

The Macalope knows it’s Saturday, but he’s here with a late-breaking news update: turns out new technology is generally faster than old technology.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and weaponized banality factory, Scott Kramer explains “Why I'm Swapping My iPad For A Kindle.” (Tip o’ the antlers to David and Joe.)

Kramer’s Forbes bio reads:

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Best VPN services of 2018: Reviews and buying advice

Mac World - Fri, 2018-09-28 17:09
Surfing the web through a virtual private network (VPN) can keep your identity and data safe and secure online. We show you what to look for in a VPN and help you pick the best one for your needs.

Best VPN services of 2018: Reviews and buying advice

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-28 17:09

Choosing the right virtual private network (VPN) service is no simple task. A VPN should keep your internet usage private and secure, but not every service handles your data in the same way. Just look at the critiques of notable computer security experts and online pundits to understand the challenge.

(Want to know more about VPNs and what they can and can’t do? Skip down to our “What is a VPN?” section below.)

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Lenovo ThinkPad L480 review: This basic business notebook falls a little short

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-28 16:19

The Lenovo ThinkPad L480 grants you basic membership in the ThinkPad club. Even if you can’t afford the premium Lenovo charges for its slimmer, more powerful models like the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th Gen), you’re at least getting a stellar keyboard and sturdy construction.

The ThinkPad L480 offers generous connectivity, and decent performance and battery life. Underneath, Lenovo’s no-nonsense Vantage software keeps everything humming. But this entry-level business laptop doesn’t offer that much more, and you may start to wonder if Lenovo cut one corner too many on the display.

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This week in games: The Xbox 360 controller's continued dominance, Ace Attorney on PC, and The Crew 2's free weekend

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-28 15:01

I really miss my Xbox 360 controller sometimes. These days I've almost entirely transitioned to an Xbox One controller, but the 360 just felt right, you know? Actually, scratch that—I know you know, or at least 27.2 million of you know.

Those stats, plus a free weekend for The Crew 2, Ace Attorney comes to PC at last, Fallout 76 shows off its opening cinematic, Hitman 2 debuts its second mission, and an update on the Telltale disaster.

This is gaming news for September 24 to 28.

Crew up

Let's ease into this week's round-up with our usual "What's free this weekend?" section. This week? It's Ubisoft trying to undercut Forza Horizon 4 hype by making The Crew 2 free for the weekend. Will it work? Uh...well, probably not. Forza is a much better game. But if you want a virtual vacation this weekend, grab The Crew 2 through Uplay and give it a spin.

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The Full Nerd ep. 69: Intel's leaked 9000-series, custom RTX performance and when is a deal a deal?

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-28 14:18

In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray discuss the latest leak of Intel's upcoming 9000-series Core chips, and how Nvidia's RTX cards throat-punched the competition. Finally, did Gordon get a good deal, or was he just a sucker?

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Google's Wear OS 2.1 update cares more about future smartwatches than your old one (sorry)

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-28 14:02

The Wear OS update that Google announced at IFA has arrived. With new navigational shortcuts, tighter Google Assistant integration, and a smartphone-style notification "stream," your old Android Wear smartwatch will certainly feel different once it's installed.

But just because it's different, doesn't mean it's better. While older watches will enjoy some interface improvements, Google's update isn't about fixing your current device. It's about making the next crop of wearables way better. Android Wear and Wear OS smartwatches won't see much of a speed or battery life boost with the update, for instance. But next year's models, which will also utilize the new Qualcomm Wear 3100 chip, absolutely will.

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Facebook account hack FAQ: What happened, how it affects you, and what you should do now

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-28 13:56

Facebook has announced a massive security issue affecting at least 50 million of its 2.23 billion active users. While the company is still investigating the issue, it already has taken steps to stop the exploit and protect users. Here’s what we know so far:

What happened?

Facebook says its engineering team discovered a security threat that could allow a hacker “to steal Facebook access tokens which they could then use to take over people’s accounts.”

When did the attack occur?

It’s unclear exactly when the accounts were breached, but Facebook discovered the issue on Tuesday, September 25. The issue stems from a change Facebook made to its video uploading feature in July 2017, so it’s possible the vulnerability went unnoticed for a long time.

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