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Can’t find a file in macOS? Here’s what to do

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-09 08:00

Macworld reader Lon has a problem finding a file on his Mac. He needs to remove it to avoid a compatibility problem, and no amount of Spotlight searches nor browsing through folders can find it.

Spotlight should let you find nearly any file you create or store in macOS with ease, but it doesn’t always work that way. There’s a way to search comprehensively through your macOS drive (or drives) using the Terminal, but I think of it as a last resort, because it involves tricky syntax and can be slow. It also may match a lot of files you’re not interested in.

In the Terminal, a command called find can perform a comprehensive and deep search across everything, including system files and other stuff that we don’t need to interact with and macOS doesn’t readily expose to users. (Find is something I’ve used for decades, and it feels like a tool designed for a computer with a teletypewriter attached.)

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Zombie narratives: The Apple Watch as failure

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-09 07:00

You know that old saw about a broken watch being right twice a day? That’s more than you can say about a lot of opinions about the Apple Watch.

Writing for The New York Times, John Herrman claims “Apple Used to Know Exactly What People Wanted—Then It Made a Watch.” (Tip o’ the antlers to DLAN, Philip Elmer-DeWitt and Bill in Texas.)

Yeah. Who wants one of those?

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Google Home Routines: How to put them to use

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-09 06:00
How to use Google Home Routines for automation and shortcuts.

Never preorder: Why jumping on new technology before it's tested is a bad idea

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-09 06:00

One of the grossest aspects of PC gaming has wormed its way into PC components, promising nothing but pain for consumers. Preorders now exist for CPUs and graphics cards. AMD kicked off the trend with its Ryzen processors, Nvidia picked up the torch with the GeForce RTX 20-series GPUs, and now Intel’s selling its newly revealed 9th-gen K-series chips—including the flagship Core i9-9900K—long before you can lay hands on it or read independent reviews. Ick.

I have two words for you: Never preorder.

It’s crazy to drop your hard-earned cash on promises alone, and that’s doubly true for premium-priced PC components that could wind up disappointing in some way. And by “could,” I mean “always.” Just witness the few examples we have so far—and be wary of the warning signs we already see before preordering Intel’s new chips.

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Google Home Routines: How to put them to use

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-09 06:00
How to use Google Home Routines for automation and shortcuts.

Wi-Fi 6 FAQ: What it is, why you should care, and when it might come to Apple products

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-09 06:00

Since the beginning, Wi-Fi network standards have been designated by a set of numbers and letters only an engineer could love. 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11ac (there are two letters now?)… how can you possibly expect regular users to know what they’re buying or connecting to?

In a stunningly rational move, the Wi-Fi Alliance (the industry group that sets Wi-Fi standards) has decided to dump the confusing alphabet soup and go with simple version numbers.

The networking standard previously known as 802.11ax will now be known as Wi-Fi 6, and it’s coming in 2019. Here are some answers to common questions about the new standard.

What’s with the new numbers?

The Wi-Fi Alliance has decided that simply using IEEE standard designations on products is probably a little too confusing. Now, instead of seeing routers with “802.11n” and “802.11ac” and such, you’ll see simple generational numbers like “Wi-Fi 3” and “Wi-Fi 5.” Those 802.11 numbers are still there, but they’re not meant to be used in marketing and user-facing menus. It’s the kind of decision they should have made two decades ago.

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Best gaming mouse: Find your perfect match

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-08 19:10

The mouse is a simple tool: point and click. That’s it. But if you’re a PC gamer, you know that pushing virtual paper around on your desktop isn’t the same as fragging bots and shooting zombies. (Not even remotely.) 

Gaming mouse cheat sheet Our quick-hit recommendations:
    1. Logitech G502 Proteus Core View
    2. Logitech Powerplay Wireless Charging System View
    3. Logitech G603 View
    4. Roccat Tyon View
    5. NAOS 7000 View
 

What’s more, picking the right gaming mouse is an intensely personal decision. Every little detail—its overall shape and size, the shape and placement its buttons, its cable (or lack thereof), its weight, its materials—can change how you feel about it. More than any other peripheral, a mouse is the hardest to recommend, because there is no objectively perfect mouse. Everyone’s hands are different.

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Google is shutting down Google+ after it exposed user data and neglected to tell anyone

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-08 15:12

Apparently Google+ users weren’t the only ones not paying attention to the social network. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Google discovered a “software glitch” earlier this year that allowed third-party developers access to some 500,000 private profile data since 2015, including “full names, email addresses, birth dates, gender, profile photos, places lived, occupation and relationship status.”

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Google is shutting down Google+ after it exposed user data and neglected to tell anyone

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-08 15:12
After The Wall Street Journal reported that Google had hid a Google+ breach for more than six months, the company announced it was shutting down the service for consumers.

Apple releases iOS 12.0.1, fixing iPhone XS charging and Wi-Fi bugs

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-08 13:26

Apple has released the first update to its iOS 12 operating system. Every iOS 12 user can now upgrade to iOS 12.0.1, while iOS 12.1 is still in beta,.

To grab the update, go to Settings > General > Software Update.

This release doesn’t add any new features, but it fixes a few annoying bugs discovered since the release of iOS 12, like the “.?123” key position getting flipped on the iPad keyboard. There are also a couple of bug fixes aimed at fixing problems with the new iPhone XS, including the infamous charging bug and an issue where the phones would connect to 2.4GHz Wi-Fi networks even with 5GHz networks were available. 

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Make your own DIY smart home kit with these great deals on an Echo, smart plug, and smart switch

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-08 12:38

With seemingly endless smart tech available today, it can be a little daunting to set up a smart home. Even intro bundles can be tough to sort through. But today, a few discounted devices can help you DIY your way to a setup of your own. TheTP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug is $17Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $40 and less than $2 off its all-time low. The Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch is $50Remove non-product link, good for $10 off its $60 MSRP and the best price we've ever seen. And to bring it all together with voice control, the 2nd-gen Amazon Echo is $80Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $100 and matching an all-time low.

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Make your own DIY smart home kit with these great deals on an Echo, smart plug, and smart switch

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-08 12:38

With seemingly endless smart tech available today, it can be a little daunting to set up a smart home. Even intro bundles can be tough to sort through. But today, a few discounted devices can help you DIY your way to a setup of your own. TheTP-Link Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Plug is $17Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $40 and less than $2 off its all-time low. The Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch is $50Remove non-product link, good for $10 off its $60 MSRP and the best price we've ever seen. And to bring it all together with voice control, the 2nd-gen Amazon Echo is $80Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $100 and matching an all-time low.

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Intel debuts 9th-generation Core chips, including Core i9 and X-series parts, with a few twists

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-08 12:09

Intel unveiled its 9th-generation Core desktop chips (after weeks of speculation and leaks), with the notable omission of a key feature: Hyper-Threading, at least on all but the most exclusive Core i9-9900K for mainstream PCs. Hyper-Threading has also been reserved for a new iteration of Intel’s X-series processors, which includes up to 18 cores and 36 threads. 

In a livestream Monday morning from its Fall Launch Event in New York, the company announced just a single Core i9 chip, the $488 Core i9-9900K, Later, the company privately revealed two others in the Core i7 and Core i5 families. 

Intel also announced a new series of X-class chips, ranging from 8 cores and 16 threads through 18 cores and 36 threads. Prices will range from $589 to $1,979.

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Facebook's Portal camera is an Echo Show rival focused on video calls, but will anyone trust it?

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-08 12:00

In what might be the worst timed product in the history of the world, Facebook has unveiled Portal and Portal+, a new smart speaker line with a screen and a camera that promises to track your movements, connect with Messenger, and notify you when your friends are available to chat.

And you were worried about Alexa spying on you. (Oh, it’s also an Alexa speaker, like Amazon's Echo Show.)

Priced at $199 for a 720p 10-inch model and $349 for a massive 1080p 15.6-inch one (which can rotate between landscape and portrait mode), the Portal is first and foremost a camera for making video calls. You can use the Portal to call anyone on your Messenger list, even people who don’t have a Portal in their home. And it’s not just for one-on-one conversations either. You can bring up to six people into a call.

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Made by Google Event 2018: What we expect and don't expect for Pixel, Google Home and more

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-08 10:57

While it might seem like the annual Made by Google event has already taken place based on the Pixel leaks we’ve received on a daily basis, we actually still have another day until the big event. Google hasn’t exactly been secretive about its new phone or much of anything else being unveiled tomorrow, but there’s still plenty to be excited about. Here’s everything we expect to see tomorrow, a few things we probably won't be seeing, and a couple of surprises that may be in store:

Pixel 3/Pixel 3XL

The star of the show Tuesday will be the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3XL. With all the leaks, there's little left that we don’t know about them. You can check out the details in our rumor roundup, but in a nutshell, the two phones will once again be separated by screen size, with the smaller one likely getting a 5.5-inch display and the larger one possibly getting a 6.7-inch one. The two phones should be similar to their predecessors in total size due to slimmed-down bezels, less space above and below the screen, and a giant notch on the XL model.

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Microsoft's Project xCloud service will stream Xbox games to PCs, tablets, and phones

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-08 10:53

As promised at E3, Microsoft is entering the live video game streaming fray. On Monday, the company revealed details about Project xCloud, a service that will let you stream Xbox One games to computers, phones, and tablets. “Our vision for the evolution of gaming is similar to music and movies—entertainment should be available on demand and accessible from any screen,” Kareem Choudhry, Microsoft’s VP of cloud gaming, said in a post announcing the service.

That basic pitch mirrors the appeal of Xbox Play Anywhere, the Microsoft initiative that lets you buy a game once and play it either on Windows 10 or Xbox One. Microsoft’s major Xbox exclusives all came to the PC in recent years thanks to Play Anywhere, and it sounds like Project xCloud wants to extend Xbox’s borders even further.

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Upgrade to killer 1080p gaming with this $180 Gigabyte Radeon RX 580 and three free games

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-08 09:49

Newegg keeps on rolling out the bargains with another great deal on an AMD graphics cards. Right now, a Gigabyte Radeon RX 580 costs just $180Remove non-product link after a $20 mail-in rebate, which means you’re paying $200 up front. The price without the rebate is still a better deal than the best deal you’ll find on Amazon right now, which is an Asus RX 580 for about $217. 

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The HP Chromebook x360 14 is a premium convertible missing one thing

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-08 09:00

With the Chromebook x360 14, HP is doubling down on the premium-Chromebook trend. Announced Monday, this is the company’s second fancy Chromebook announced this year—the detachable Chromebook x2 is the other. There are more: The Acer Chromebook Spin 13 and the Dell Inspiron Chromebook 14 have also come out with some form of the Chromebook-tablet idea, somewhat similar specs, and prices upward of $600.

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Giveaway: Win an Honor View 10!

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-08 09:00

When Honor announced the View 10 earlier this year we were very intrigued by it’s strong specs, AI processing, and affordable price point. Boasting some of the same internals as Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro, the V10 proved to hang with the midrange phones like the OnePlus 5T.

Months later and the View 10 is still a great phone—and Honor has provided us with one to give away to our loyal fans! This is the Midnight Black version featuring 128GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM.

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TaoTronics 40-inch soundbar review: How low can you go?

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-08 08:30
A 40-inch soundbar for just $90? If your budget is tight and you can live with its quirks, TaoTronics offers a very inexpensive solution for improving your TV's sound.

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