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Paying the piper: Apple Pay pestering

Mac World - Thu, 2018-04-05 09:00

Apple has done something slightly annoying, so please pick up your pitchforks and torches, it’s time to storm the castle.

Writing for The Wall Street Journal, Tripp Mickle tells us how “iPhone Users Are Pestered to Enroll in Apple Pay.”

How? Texts? Emails? Driving slowly by their houses late at night with the window rolled down and Roy Orbison playing on the stereo?

Apple Inc. is nagging iPhone users to enroll in its mobile-payment service with a persistent red circle badge.

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Western Digital Black 3D NVMe SSD: High-end performance at near entry-level prices

PC World - Thu, 2018-04-05 08:00

Western Digital’s WD Black 3D NVMe SSD delivers much the same performance as the chart-topping Samsung 960 Pro, but for significantly less cash—$200 less in the 1TB capacity.

This is a good thing, and a big deal. Samsung has been unchallenged in the end-user, performance NVMe SSD market since its inception. If you wanted best speed at a fairly reasonable price, the company’s SSDs were your only choice. Until now.  

Design and specs

Announced Thursday, the WD Black 3D NVMe is an M.2, PCIe x4 SSD in the 2280 (22 millimeters wide, 80 mm long) form factor. It uses WD’s 3D TLC NAND. The NAND resides on only one side of the PC board, so the Black 3D NVMe can fit in the narrow confines of thin-profile laptops.

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What to do when the Mac App Store shows a different Apple ID for software updates

Mac World - Thu, 2018-04-05 08:00

Macworld reader Arthur is trying to download updates via the Mac App Store, but is stymied, because an Apple ID associated with the previous owner of the machine appears prefilled in the Sign In dialog and can’t be changed. He wonders what to do.

IDG

Apps purchased or downloaded with another Apple ID will persist in prompting you for that account’s password when they need to be updated.

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Skyrim VR review: Staring down life-sized dragons is terrifying

PC World - Thu, 2018-04-05 07:42

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has been remastered and re-released so many times it’s an inside joke at this point, and yet I haven’t really felt drawn to go back—until last night. Last night I once again took that fateful wagon ride through the mountains, put my head down on the chopping block, watched a dragon burn a village down, and helped my ol’ pal Ralof escape from those nasty brutes in the Imperial Legion.

Only this time, I did it in virtual reality.

Fus ro dah, for real

Yes, after six-ish months of PlayStation VR exclusivity, Skyrim VR released on PCs this week ($60 on Green Man Gaming) with official support for both the HTC Vive and, in huge news for Bethesda, the Oculus Rift. I wouldn’t say there’s peace between Zenimax and Oculus, but some sort of detente evidently prevailed finally.

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9.7-inch iPad (2018) review: Apple’s tablet is ‘pro’ enough for many of us

PC World - Thu, 2018-04-05 07:00
Apple Pencil support and a faster processor make a good case for leaving behind your iPad Pro.

9.7-inch iPad (2018) review: Apple’s tablet is ‘pro’ enough for many of us

Mac World - Thu, 2018-04-05 07:00

Pull it off the shelf at the Apple Store, and you’d be hard-pressed by sight alone to distinguish the new sixth-generation 9.7-inch iPad from last year’s model. And under the hood, it's not much different, where there’s simply a speedier A10 processor. The new iPad is, well, an iPad.

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ESPN+ isn’t really for cord-cutters

PC World - Thu, 2018-04-05 06:00
ESPN’s standalone service does nothing to fix the mess that sports streaming rights have become.

Nest Hello review: This is a great video doorbell

PC World - Thu, 2018-04-05 06:00
Nest Hello is one of the best video doorbells we've tested, boasting great image quality and integration with Google's smart home.

ESPN+ isn’t really for cord-cutters

Mac World - Thu, 2018-04-05 06:00
ESPN’s standalone service does nothing to fix the mess that sports streaming rights have become.

Nest Hello review: This is a great video doorbell

Mac World - Thu, 2018-04-05 06:00
Nest Hello is one of the best video doorbells we've tested, boasting great image quality and integration with Google's smart home.

How Facebook will prevent future Cambridge Analytica scandals: Rein in third-party apps

PC World - Wed, 2018-04-04 16:14

In light of revelations that data from 87 million Facebook users was improperly harvested for use in targeting American voters, Facebook could have simply pledged to turn off the spigot to third-party developers. Instead, the company is fixing the plumbing. The company outlined nine initiatives to change how Facebook manages data given to third-party apps.

There's one potential change users will actually see: Beginning April 9, Facebook will show a link at the top of the News Feed where users will be able to see what apps are using what data—and turn them off if they want. 

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New iPad review, Apple to ditch Intel, and iOS 11.4 beta: Macworld Podcast episode 599

Mac World - Wed, 2018-04-04 16:06

Macworld’s Leif Johnson has been using the new iPad for the past week. What does he think so far? Bloomberg says that Apple may use its own processors in Macs starting in 2020. Apple has released a beta of iOS 11.4. We also feature your comments and questions for Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, Dan Masaoka, and Michael Simon in the Macworld Podcast, episode 599.

Poll results

Before the show, we asked (via Twitter) what worries you most about Apple making its own Mac chips. Here are the results.

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Optimize Your Wi-Fi Connection With A Lifetime Of NetSpot Pro, Now 80% Off

Mac World - Wed, 2018-04-04 14:22

Few things match the frustration that comes with a spotty Wi-Fi connection. And, despite your best efforts to troubleshoot them on your own, these networks can be fickle beasts that cut out for seemingly no reason at all. NetSpot Pro arms you with the tools to deep dive into your Wi-Fi network, diagnose its problems and optimize your connection, and lifetime licenses are currently on sale for 80 percent off the usual price.

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Get The Complete Digital Marketing Course For Just $19

PC World - Wed, 2018-04-04 14:19

For most of us, Internet marketing is a mysterious business with seemingly countless new concepts and disciplines, such as SEO, Google AdWords, WordPress Websites, and so much more to learn. You can, however, demystify online marketing, making yourself a more attractive employee or marketing specialist, with the Complete Digital Marketing Course, a comprehensive 12-courses-in-one compilation of everything you need to know about selling products or promoting a business online. Get a complete education in everything from search engine optimization (SEO) to building effective Google advertising campaigns to creating attractive WordPress sites and attracting thousands of subscribers—all for a mere $19.

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Get A Lifetime Of Project Management Professional Certification Training For $49

Mac World - Wed, 2018-04-04 14:12

As more companies look to reduce costs and boost efficiency, project managers are experiencing an increase in demand--and compensation--for their skills. However, demand alone won't secure you a spot in this field. The Project Management Professional Certification Training Bundle will help you along the path by preparing you ace a number of certification exams companies look for when hiring project managers, and it's on sale for over 90% off.

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Get CISSP Certified With This Comprehensive Training Course, Now 95% Off

PC World - Wed, 2018-04-04 14:05

As the world becomes more connected, companies are taking their information and business online. While an overall step forward for the global Internet economy, going online exposes companies to a host of hacking risks, which is why they're looking for certified cybersecurity specialists to keep their networks safe. The CISSP Certification Training Course can help you get your foot in the door to this booming field, and it's on sale for over 90% off.

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Apple’s future iPhones might have more curves and fewer fingerprints

Mac World - Wed, 2018-04-04 11:08

While Android phones are already copying iPhone X’s camera notch, a new report from Bloomberg suggests that Apple might be borrowing a page or two from Samsung and LG for its next design shift.

According to Mark Gurman—who earlier this week divulged that Apple is preparing to move away from Intel processors in its Macs—Apple is working on an iPhone with a screen “that curve(s) inward gradually from top to bottom.” While Apple has used curved glass on its handsets since the iPhone 6, and the edges of the iPhone X curve slightly around the edges, it’s yet to introduce a device with a visibly curved screen.

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H&R Block's tax software drops to $18 for today only as deadline looms

PC World - Wed, 2018-04-04 10:31

April is upon us, and you know what that means—tax season. Preparing your taxes can be tedious, frustrating, and time-consuming, so if you’re going to be preparing them yourself, it’s important to make sure you’re using the right software to make it easier. Today, you can get H&R Block’s Deluxe + State Tax Software for just $17.99, which is 60 percent off its list price on Amazon. If you put your refund on an Amazon gift card, you’ll also get a 5 percent bonus payment.

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H&R Block's tax software drops to $18 for today only as deadline looms

Mac World - Wed, 2018-04-04 10:31

April is upon us, and you know what that means—tax season. Preparing your taxes can be tedious, frustrating, and time-consuming, so if you’re going to be preparing them yourself, it’s important to make sure you’re using the right software to make it easier. Today, you can get H&R Block’s Deluxe + State Tax Software for just $17.99, which is 60 percent off its list price on Amazon. If you put your refund on an Amazon gift card, you’ll also get a 5 percent bonus payment.

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Watch your front door from anywhere with this Ring Video Doorbell Pro bundle for $80 off

PC World - Wed, 2018-04-04 10:03

If you want to keep an eye on who's at your front door, today's deal is for you. Home Depot is selling the Ring Video Doorbell Pro and the Ring Chime Pro for $200. Both of these devices at regular prices would set you back around $280, giving you a savings of $80. The deal is only available on Wednesday.

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