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5 signs you’re not ready to cut the cable TV cord

PC World - Thu, 2018-03-08 06:00
Thinking of cutting the cord? Here are 5 signs you're not ready to drop cable.

Microsoft expects the 'majority of customers' to use Windows 10's S mode

PC World - Wed, 2018-03-07 21:29

Microsoft expects that the “majority of customers” will enjoy Windows 10 in its new S mode, Microsoft’s corporate vice president of Windows wrote in a blog post Wednesday night.

The stunning endorsement of Windows 10’s S mode—which was formally confirmed as a mode of Windows 10 just about a day ago—was made by Joe Belfiore, who told me via Twitter that he expected the transition to take place in 2019. Belfiore’s blog post set an even more aggressive timetable, claiming that customers would be able to buy a PC with Windows 10 S mode at or near the time when the next feature update to Windows 10 drops. That update, known as Redstone 4, is expected to appear on PCs in early April.

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Cyan teases a project of some sort tied to Myst's 25th anniversary

PC World - Wed, 2018-03-07 19:25

Hot on the heels of last week’s Firmament announcement, today Cyan teased another project in the works. 2018 is, of course, the 25th anniversary of Myst, and it looks like Cyan’s preparing...something. Hard to say what, exactly, but something.

On Wednesday afternoon Cyan’s Twitter account sent out a series of messages in the familiar handwriting of Myst mainstay Atrus. The message, in its entirety: “Perhaps the ending has not yet been written...” This was then followed up by a shot of the Myst Island linking book, a pen, and a sticky note with “25” on it, underlined. Here, take a look:

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Get a 2016 128GB iPad Pro with Wi-Fi and cellular at Costco for just $400

Mac World - Wed, 2018-03-07 15:53

Costco’s been rolling out some good ideals for iPad models lately. Last month I told you about great deal with a regular iPad, but this month Costco members can pick up the 2016 9.7-inch 128GB iPad Pro with Wi-Fi and Cellular for just $400. If you don’t mind slapping down some additional cash, you can get the 256GB model for just $500. The catch? Both are only available in gold or rose gold. (You’ll find the rose gold 256GB unit here.)

Still, this is an impressive offer, especially if you consider that the device was originally listed as $879. Even now, the best price you can find on Amazon for the same gold model is $499, and the silver model still sells for a whopping $795.95. Costco’s sale lasts until next Wednesday, March 14, or at least until Costco runs out of units. Shipping is included in the price.

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Windows 10's Sets will reappear in the fall Insider builds, with support for legacy apps

PC World - Wed, 2018-03-07 15:19

If you’re a fan of Windows 10’s tabbed Sets interface, you may want to sign up for the Windows Insider program this fall—because Sets is back.

Microsoft announced Windows 10 Insider Build 17618 on Wednesday, a closed beta for the “Skip Ahead” portion of the Windows Insider program. Most Insiders follow the developer team working on the current build; that team is wrapping up the spring update (Redstone 4) that's due in a few weeks. The "Skip Ahead" Insiders follow another team of developers working on the next update, due in the fall. 

It’s in the fall update, known as Redstone 5, where Sets will reappear. We tested Sets late last year, which replaces the traditional “one app, one window” user interface with something that looks more like a web browser. Last fall, the beta Sets interface allowed you to tack on an app as another tab, using UWP apps like Calendar, Edge, and Mail. 

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Oculus Rifts worldwide temporarily break due to an expired certificate

PC World - Wed, 2018-03-07 15:17

If you want a hint of how fragile our tech-reliant world is, look no further than the Oculus Rift. This morning, Rift owners the world over discovered that their $400 virtual reality headset had become a paperweight overnight—at least temporarily.

Seems as though Oculus uh...forgot(?) to issue an updated Windows certificate, the security feature that confirms that, yes, Oculus’s software is actually Oculus’s software. As Microsoft’s decade-old primer puts it, "Digital certificates function similarly to identification cards such as passports and drivers' licenses." That’s a pretty good analogy.

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Samsung wants your TV to disappear

Mac World - Wed, 2018-03-07 14:15
A new 8K UHD, microLED, ambient mode, and smart features for your phone were all touted at today's Samsung 2018 TV press presentation

Samsung wants your TV to disappear

PC World - Wed, 2018-03-07 14:15
A new 8K UHD, microLED, ambient mode, and smart features for your phone were all touted at today's Samsung 2018 TV press presentation

Windows ML will tap your PC hardware to smarten up Windows 10 apps with AI

PC World - Wed, 2018-03-07 14:08

Ever since the debut of Cortana within Windows 10, Microsoft has tried to inject Windows with artificial intelligence. Now it’s getting even more serious with a new API, called Windows ML, that will tap your CPU or GPU to make Windows and its apps even smarter.

Windows ML will debut within the “next major update to Windows 10,” presumably the “Redstone 4” update set to be released to hardware partners this month. Since it’s an API, every developer who writes apps for Windows will be able to take advantage of the new AI capabilities.

In the future, Microsoft said, Windows ML might even take advantage of an entirely new chip: a machine vision or visual processing chip designed by a subsidiary of Intel, called Movidius. Microsoft said that it is working closely with Movidius to support its 2485 VPU Accelerator, which could work in conjunction with or simply replace today’s webcams.

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Reading the Android 'P' leaves: 5 things the beta could tell us about the Pixel 3

PC World - Wed, 2018-03-07 14:00

With two months still to go until I/O, Google has given us our first sneak peak at Android P, and there’s a lot to digest. While it’s light on major front-facing features, there are a lot of changes that will impact flagship phones in 2018 and beyond, starting with the Google Pixel 3. Here are five things we learned from the first developer preview:

It will probably have a notch

It was previously rumored that Android P would include support for notched displays, but now we have some confirmation. And it’s more than a simple resolution shift. Google is baking support for “display cutouts” deep in Android P, with new platform and API layouts that help developers build immersive apps that work around the notch and use it their advantage. That means the next crop of notched Android phones will get a much better experience on Android P, and the Pixel 3 could very well be the phone that kicks off the new class.

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The Full Nerd episode 42: The future of Windows, and is cloud gaming any good?

PC World - Wed, 2018-03-07 13:22

In this episode of the Full Nerd, PCWorld’s resident expert on all things Microsoft, Mark Hachman, joins Gordon Mah UngBrad Chacos, and Adam Patrick Murray to talk about the future of Windows.  

What fresh features are coming in the next big Windows update? When can we expect that update? And hey, what’s up with all those “Polaris” and “Core OS” rumors? Could Microsoft restrict access to traditional desktop software in future versions of Windows? We dig deep into what’s coming to the operating system running on most people’s PCs. 

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Android P will have notch support and improve indoor mapping

PC World - Wed, 2018-03-07 13:00

The first developer preview of Android P has arrived, and with it Google is ready to show off the next phase of its mobile vision. And notches are all the rage.

As previously rumored, Android P will introduce display cutout support for Android apps, letting developers “take full advantage of the latest device screens with fullscreen content.” And it’s not just the status bar and home screen that will get the support. Google is expanding support for notched displays into all areas of Android P, including APIs so developers can get creative with their apps.

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Save Over 60% Photolemur Spectre, The AI-Powered Photo Editing Tool

Mac World - Wed, 2018-03-07 11:29

Editing photos doesn't have to be a mind-numbing slog of trial and error. Photolemur Spectre is the world's first automated photo enhancement solution for Mac, and it uses image recognition and artificial intelligence to automatically enhance your photos in batches at a time. And now, family licenses for Photolemur Spectre are on sale for more than 60% off their usual price.

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Edit Your Writing On The Fly With Ginger Page Premium, Now 80% Off

PC World - Wed, 2018-03-07 11:25

Just as few things say incompetent and sloppy like a document ridden with misspellings, poor word choices, and grammar errors, nothing says proficient and skilled like well-written, grammatically correct, easy-to-read prose. Improve your chances of getting your message across and being taken seriously with a one-year subscription to Ginger Page Premium, a full-featured document editing app that runs on virtually any platform or device, for just $29.99.

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SanDisk's monster 400GB microSD card is $65 off

PC World - Wed, 2018-03-07 09:59

If you're thinking of grabbing a Galaxy S9 when it comes out next week, need a super-sized Nintendo Switch storage solution for your collection of games, or simply want to expand beyond your laptop's stingy-sized SSD, Amazon and B&H Photo Video have a great deal today. Both retailers are selling a 400GB SanDisk Ultra class 10 microSD card for $185.

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Grab Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition for 20% off at Green Man Gaming

PC World - Wed, 2018-03-07 09:24

Good news! The long-awaited Final Fantasy XV PC port runs like a champ, and it looks drop-dead gorgeous. Better news! Even though the game only released on Tuesday, Green Man Gaming is already selling Final Fantasy XV Windows Edition for 20 percent off.

That brings the total down to $40, whereas all other storefronts—Steam, Origin, Amazon, and the Microsoft Store—are selling Final Fantasy XV for its full $50 price tag. And if you’re one of those “Steam or nothing” types, fear not. Green Man Gaming is selling the game as a Steam key, complete with the nifty “Bonus Half-Life pack” that gives you a crowbar, Half-Life-styled outfits, and Gordon Freeman’s distinctive scientist glasses.

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Speedify review: A mobile-focused VPN with zippy upload speeds

PC World - Wed, 2018-03-07 09:18

Speedify in brief:

P2P allowed: Yes

Business location: Philadelphia, PA

Number of servers: 1,000+

Number of country locations: 32

Cost: $50

VPN protocol: Speedify protocol (proprietary)

Data encryption: ChaCha20 (mostly for older devices); AES-256 (for devices with AES hardware acceleration)

Data authentication: DTLS 1.3

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How to manually add apps to your iOS devices in iTunes 12.7

Mac World - Wed, 2018-03-07 08:00

Last fall’s release of iTunes 12.7 disappointed a lot of people with the abruptness of change. The most notable one was removing the ability for iTunes to handle backing up iOS apps and syncing them directly. Henceforth, you have to use internet-based retrieval of yours app for a new iOS device or after a wipe and restore.

However, there’s still a way to add apps manually, though Apple doesn’t make it easy. Macworld reader Kate wrote in asking about how to get a few apps, including sticker packs, that were no longer being distributed on the App Store, and thus couldn’t be restored as a previous purchase.

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Final Fantasy XV looks and runs great on PC once you've downloaded it all

PC World - Wed, 2018-03-07 07:48

It took quite a while for Final Fantasy XV to finally make its way to PC—almost a year and a half after the console launch, to be exact. But in the end it made it over, and as of yesterday you can find the game on an oddball selection of storefronts, including Steam (sure), the Windows 10 Store (okay fine), and Origin (...what?). A non-EA game on Origin? Pretty sure that makes Final Fantasy XV the Dr. Pepper of video games.

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iOS 11: How to hide sensitive info in notification previews

Mac World - Wed, 2018-03-07 07:00

We all love the ability to pick up our phone and see notifications on the lock screen. It lets us know if those last few alerts are something we need to act on, or if we can put our phone back down and focus on what we were doing.

Notifications on the lock screen used to be a double-edged sword. They're convenient, but anyone could just pick up your phone and see the content of your text messages or the start of every email you receive.

Fortunately, iOS 11 has made it easy to have your cake and eat it, too. You can show notifications on the lock screen but hide the content of them until you unlock your device. That way, you can still see if that buzzing from your phone is a new iMessage or just Candy Crush without making your texts public to anyone who cares to look.

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