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Apple clads the iPhone 8 and iPhone X in (Product)Red to help fight HIV

Mac World - Mon, 2018-04-09 09:57

The newest version of the iPhone 8 does justice to the Apple name while also doing good for humanity. On Monday, Apple announced the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus (Product)Red Special Edition. The latest in a long line of (Product)Red editions from Apple, a portion of every sale of these blazing red phones go to the Global Fund’s HIV and AIDS grants, with Apple donating more than $120 million dollars since 2006.

It’s not just the rear of the phone getting a makeover. Look closely and you’ll see that the iPhone 8 (Product)Red Special Edition swaps the standard model’s white front out for a slick black sheen, too.

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The HP Chromebook x2 is a $599 premium tablet aimed at the iPad Pro

PC World - Mon, 2018-04-09 08:00

HP’s Chromebook x2 is more than the first Chrome-based 2-in-1. Announced Monday, this $599 tablet with detachable keyboard and pen wants to compete with the likes of the iPad Pro. If it makes any headway, the Surface Pro should probably worry, too.

While the Chromebook x2 looks affordable compared to its iPad Pro and Surface Pro rivals, however, it does look expensive for a Chromebook—most of its category cousins are still around $300. Its features are pretty nice, though, and Chromebook veterans may be able to appreciate the difference.

Chromebook x2 specs and features

The Chromebook x2 will ship in June. Here are the highlights from the specs we know.

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Watch us build an over-the-top RGB PC

PC World - Mon, 2018-04-09 06:30

Whether you love them or hate them, it's hard to ignore the number of PC components with RGB lights. Multi-colored PC lighting has crept into almost every category out there—even sound cards and power supplies.

What's less clear is just how easy it is to build a system entirely of RGB parts and then simultaneously control all of the lighting. So to put it to the test, we're building a PC that houses as many RGB components as possible.

Parts list

When choosing the parts for this build—which we've affectionately dubbed our "Viva Las Vegas" machine—it became clear that even four years into this RGB fad, you can't throw together whichever components you want and expect to control them through a single interface. You have to commit to an ecosystem.

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Pages 7 for macOS review: Better workflow and tools for producing digital books

Mac World - Mon, 2018-04-09 06:30

Pages 7 is the latest in a series of ongoing and gradual improvements to the 2013 “reboot” of Apple’s iWork suite or productivity apps, which also includes Numbers and Keynote. That reboot rewrote the apps from the ground up, but also omitted features that users had relied upon for years.

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Nest x Yale Lock review: Nest’s first smart lock is a solid effort, but it needs refinement

PC World - Mon, 2018-04-09 06:00
Nest’s partnership with Yale is a rocky combination.

Intel 8th-gen CPU motherboards explained: Z370 vs. H370 vs. B360 vs. H310

PC World - Mon, 2018-04-09 06:00

Selecting the best Intel 300-series motherboard to fit your needs was straightforward when the initial wave of 8th-gen Core desktop processors launched in October 2017, because only the enthusiast-class Z370 chipset released alongside the new chips. That was enough to help the flagship Core i7-8700K CPU counter AMD’s Ryzen threat at the high end, but left PC users looking for more affordable options in a pickle. Buying a $100 Core i3 chip doesn’t make much sense when you’re forced to slap it in a $130, high-end motherboard, especially with AMD offering a full arsenal of Ryzen motherboards at all price points.

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Anker SoundCore 2 Bluetooth speaker review: Good sound in a super small, very affordable package

PC World - Mon, 2018-04-09 06:00
Compact, with good sound for its size, the SoundCore 2 is a bargain at $39.

Nest x Yale Lock review: Nest’s first smart lock is a solid effort, but it needs refinement

Mac World - Mon, 2018-04-09 06:00
Nest’s partnership with Yale is a rocky combination.

Anker SoundCore 2 Bluetooth speaker review: Good sound in a super small, very affordable package

Mac World - Mon, 2018-04-09 06:00
Compact, with good sound for its size, the SoundCore 2 is a bargain at $39.

Pages 4 for iOS review: Update adds powerful support for book and complex document creation

Mac World - Mon, 2018-04-09 06:00

With Pages 4 for iOS, Apple shifts the app's focus from being a fancy word processor with modest page-layout tools, to something that’s substantially more. Even as the app broadens its range of tasks, Apple also improved existing ones that lagged or were incomplete. As a result, Pages is a stronger overall app, and it also offers greater coordination and parity with the new Pages for macOS.

Pages 4 for iOS: Book creation

Pages 4 now comes with book templates for creating interactive ebooks, providing an end-to-end workflow instead of just an export option. These books can be nearly as richly capable and interactive (with a few exceptions) as those produced by iBooks Author. You can also now create drawings and use the Smart Annotation beta for graphical markup and highlighting with either an Apple Pencil or your finger.

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Stages: The Apple pundit journey of discovery

Mac World - Sat, 2018-04-07 07:00

Breaking with tradition, the Macalope is here to link to a piece that he likes rather than one that has him banging his antlers against his desk.

Poor desk. It never did anything. It deserves a day off.

Jonathan Kim noticed the same thing the Macalope did about evolving opinion of The Verge’s Vlad Savov on Airpods.

“AirPods and the Three Stages of Apple Criticism.”

Yes, just like rockets, pundit opinions can have stages. And both can fail in extravagant and embarrassing explosions.

Kim’s three stages are Anger, which comes after the product is announced and pundits just know they hate it, Blaming the “Victims,” when the product’s success is the fault of those dumb Apple fans, and Acceptance, wherein the pundit realizes, hey, this product is actually good.

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Best smart home systems for a connected domicile

PC World - Fri, 2018-04-06 15:41
Your home is only as smart as the hub that orchestrates everything behind the scenes. These DIY tools are the best of the bunch.

Best smart home systems for a connected domicile

Mac World - Fri, 2018-04-06 15:41
Your home is only as smart as the hub that orchestrates everything behind the scenes. These DIY tools are the best of the bunch.

Get Belkin’s 8-port USB-C dock for MacBooks for $60 off

Mac World - Fri, 2018-04-06 14:14

Everybody loves ports, unless you’re Apple’s design team and you’re designing a new iPad. But if you’re not feeling enough port love on your MacBook, you might want to consider picking up Belkin’s USB-C 3.1 Express Dock HD for roughly 27 percent off.

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Microsoft plans to bring native 64-bit apps to Qualcomm-powered PCs, but it'll take time

PC World - Fri, 2018-04-06 13:43

Windows PCs that use the battery-sipping Qualcomm Snapdragon ARM processor are just beginning to roll out, but they include some major caveats. One of them, the inability to run 64-bit apps, doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon.

According to a Microsoft representative, the company will "share more details" on  a preview of its ARM64 software development kit (SDK) at its Build developer conference at the beginning of May. It’s unclear when the preview version of the SDK will be released, when a final version will debut, or when apps based upon it will roll out to end users.

“We will be sharing more details on the ARM64 SDK Preview at Build,” a Microsoft representative said in a statement. “Applications that are 64-bit only typically want to run natively for performance reasons. As a result we decided to focus our engineering investments on the native ARM64 SDK to enable developers to natively write their application for the device.”

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Snapchat finally delivers those TrueDepth-enhanced AR Lenses

Mac World - Fri, 2018-04-06 13:16

Last September, when Apple announced the iPhone X and its new TrueDepth camera, it demonstrated the capabilities by showing off awesome new Snapchat AR lenses. The same sort of selfie accessories we've seen before—masks and hats and such—would now precisely follow the contours of your face and accurately follow your movements. Neat!

The only catch is, the feature didn’t appear with the release of the iPhone X. Only now, six months later, has Snapchat finally delivered its first TrueDepth-enabled AR lenses.

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This week in games: Free copies of Crusader Kings II, Shadow of War removes loot boxes

PC World - Fri, 2018-04-06 11:40

Did you know in Crusader Kings II you can make a horse become ruler of the Roman Empire? And if that doesn't convince you to pick up a copy of the game for free this weekend, then I don't know anything that will.

More details on that below, plus Assassin's Creed: Origins adds cheat codes, Shadow of War deep-sixes loot boxes, Path of Exile temporarily goes battle royale, Lawbreakers studio Boss Key starts work on a new project, and maybe some Shaquille O'Neal news too.

This is gaming news for April 2 to 6.

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The easy-to-use Ecobee 3 Lite smart thermostat is cheaper than we've ever seen it

PC World - Fri, 2018-04-06 10:34

Smart thermostats help you get temperatures just right in your home, bolstered by handy extras like remote adjustment and the ability to communicate with other devices around the house. Right now, you can get the Ecobee3 Lite smart thermostat for an all-time low price of $144, or about $25 off its average price on Amazon.

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The easy-to-use Ecobee 3 Lite smart thermostat is cheaper than we've ever seen it

Mac World - Fri, 2018-04-06 10:34

Smart thermostats help you get temperatures just right in your home, bolstered by handy extras like remote adjustment and the ability to communicate with other devices around the house. Right now, you can get the Ecobee3 Lite smart thermostat for an all-time low price of $144, or about $25 off its average price on Amazon.

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A 4K, HDR Dell UltraSharp monitor is $240 off, and comes with a $200 gift card

PC World - Fri, 2018-04-06 10:06

High-dynamic range displays deliver stunningly bright colors with deep, dark blacks, and the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update dropping any day now will include enhanced HDR support. But HDR is still relatively new to PCs. If you’re looking to upgrade, Dell’s UltraSharp 27-inch U2718Q 4K HDR monitor is on sale for $500 right now, with something extra to sweeten the deal.

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