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Spontaneous sharing: Samsung’s newest innovation

Mac World - Thu, 2018-07-05 10:00

Things have calmed down a bit after WWDC, so let’s take a look and see how everything is going on the other side of the…

“Samsung phones are spontaneously texting users’ photos to random contacts without their permission.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Len and Alter Eggo.)

Oh. Wow, was not expecting that. Well, who uses their smartphone to take anything other than pictures of shriners riding on tiny motorcycles, right? This is probably just the next logical step after having a commercial featuring a guy taking a movie of a woman without her permission.

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Amazon's selling the 1TB WD Blue 3D NAND for less than $200 today

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-05 09:16

Whenever there's a really good deal on an SSD, you can always count on PCWorld to remind you this is the single best upgrade you can give a PC. 

Today, we've got a great deal on one of our favorite drives: Amazon's selling the 1TB WD Blue 3D NAND SSD for $199. That's $30 off its most recent price, and the all-time historical low for this SSD.

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Amazon's selling the 1TB WD Blue 3D NAND for less than $200 today

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-05 09:16

Whenever there's a really good deal on an SSD you can always count on PCWorld to remind you this is the single best upgrade you can give a PC. Today, we've got a great deal on one of our favorite drives: Amazon's got the 1TB WD Blue 3D NAND SSD for $199. That's $30 off its most recent price, and the all-time historical low for this SSD.

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How to scan QR codes with your iPhone or iPad

Mac World - Thu, 2018-07-05 09:00

QR codes can be really handy. A grid of seemingly random black-and-white squares can hold enough information to store website URLs, contact information, email addresses, pre-defined SMS text messages, and even your WiFi SSID and password.

Put a QR code on your business card, and people can copy all your contact info into their phone in a heartbeat. Post a QR code somewhere in your house, and guests can use it to instantly sign on to your Wi-Fi network.

You used to need a third-party app to scan QR codes, but with iOS 11 Apple built it right into the camera app. It couldn't be easier to use.

How to scan a QR code
  1. First, open the Camera app.
  2. Then, point the camera at a QR code so it can see it clearly.

That's it! A notification should pop up with an action based on the QR code scanned. If it contains a Wi-Fi SSID and passcode, you can join the network with just a tap without the need for typing or tinkering with the Settings menu. If it contains contact info, you'll be prompted to add the person to your iPhone's Contacts.

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MacOS Mojave: How to customize and markup screenshots and screen recordings

Mac World - Thu, 2018-07-05 08:00

Apple insists that iOS and macOS will never morph into the same digital beast, but at least it’s increasingly willing to share the most useful features between each platform.

Consider, for instance, the ability to markup screenshots in iOS 11. It quickly became one of our favorite tools on the iPhone, as you could quickly circle or highlight specific passages in a screenshot of an email or pinpoint a location in a photo and then send that file off to a friend in an iMessage.

With macOS Mojave, that same great feature comes to Apple’s desktop system, along with a pile of Mac-appropriate enhancements (many of which are familiar from Preview). Here’s how to use it.

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LumaFusion review: Pro video editing now a reality on iOS devices

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

When the iPad was introduced, critics dismissed the device as only good for ebook reading, internet browsing, and casual gaming. But when iMovie debuted on iPad less than a year later, it was clear Apple’s tablet ambitions were more grandiose.

Although great for quickly assembling short videos, the free iMovie for iOS never quite lived up to lofty expectations. There’s no indication the no-frills app will ever acquire the more robust mobile video editing skills of Final Cut Pro - and that’s just fine, because there’s already an app that does this quite nicely.

LumaFusion: Final Cut lite

LumaFusion is the first mobile video editor that lives up to the hype, one so ridiculously feature-packed, it seems unfair to pay the developer so little ($20) for it. Rather than reinvent the wheel, LumaFusion enables old-school multitrack editing—three tracks for video with audio, plus three for audio only—in a modular user interface reminiscent of the classic Final Cut Pro.

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DirecTV Now, Sling TV, and PlayStation Vue price hikes: The cost of more bloated bundles

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-05 06:00
DirecTV Now, Sling TV, and PlayStation Vue are raising prices, but don't call it cable all over again.

DirecTV Now, Sling TV, and PlayStation Vue price hikes: The cost of more bloated bundles

Mac World - Thu, 2018-07-05 06:00
DirecTV Now, Sling TV, and PlayStation Vue are raising prices, but don't call it cable all over again.

Review impressions: The definitive Crash Bandicoot experience in 2018 is on the PC, and that's bizarre

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-05 05:59

Crash Bandicoot is on PC. I've played it and yet I still can't fully comprehend it, like a color that shouldn't exist, or some sort of uncanny valley android. It's been over 20 years since I first played Crash Bandicoot, and in all that time it's been a tentpole PlayStation series. Hell at one point in the '90s, the titular Bandicoot was the PlayStation's mascot, its answer to Mario.

And now it's on PC. Even weirder? That's the best way to play it, these days.

Crash into me

You can thank/blame the long, slow march of hardware—and for once I'm not talking about graphics cards. That's usually the reason I'd recommend a PC over a console, and Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy certainly looks great. The N Sane Trilogy is one hell of a remake, perhaps the bar by which they should be judged. Gone are the old polygonal graphics, replaced with something that looks like it could've released for the first time in 2018. Pretty astonishing, given the 22 years in between.

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Cacagoo CA03 dash cam review: A great bargain for daytime use

PC World - Wed, 2018-07-04 22:22

For an inexpensive dash cam (available on Amazon), the Cacagoo CA03 is impressive. It takes good day video, and sports the looks and out-of-box experience of a much pricier item. That said, the detailing in the dark areas of night video is weak, and there’s no GPS. The latter is hardly surprising given the price, but the former may be a deal-buster if you drive at night a lot. I’m not going to take cheap shots at the name—the product doesn’t warrant it. Just forget that last “o” and think Windy City.

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MSc Graduate presents paper at IEA-AIE 2018 in Montreal

Department News - Wed, 2018-07-04 20:39

Brock graduate James Paterson presented a paper, "Optimizing Scale-Free Network Robustness with the Great Deluge Algorithm", authored by James and Dr Beatrice Ombuki-Berman, at the IEA-AIE 2018 conference in Montreal, QC.

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Macworld Podcast: Join us on Thursday, July 5, at 10 a.m. Pacific

Mac World - Wed, 2018-07-04 16:00

Apple Maps seems to be finally getting the attention it deserves. Have you been using the iOS 12 and macOS Mojave betas? We also talk about various other Apple news and feature your comments and questions for Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, Dan Masaoka, and Michael Simon in the Macworld Podcast, episode 612.

Watch us live

This episode of the Macworld Podcast broadcasts live on the internet on Thursday, July 5 at 10 a.m. Pacific. You can watch on Twitter via Periscope or on the Macworld YouTube channel.

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How to export an image and a video out of a HEIF Live Photo via macOS

Mac World - Wed, 2018-07-04 08:00

A secret to why Apple’s Camera app on iOS produces great photos is that whenever the app is active, it keeps the camera active, not just when you press the button to capture an image. This helps it create fantastic high-dynamic range (HDR) images and produce a better photo when you tap that button by gathering information beyond that precise second.

It’s also how Live Photos works, when you have that feature enabled. The Camera app retains a few seconds of lower-resolution video at all times, and when you tap to take a picture, the resulting Live Photo has a few seconds before and trailing, as well as audio. It’s a little bit of a gimmick, but it also lets you get the sense of a moment in time better than a static shot.

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Sandmarc iPhone X Lenses review: Premium lenses that advance your iPhone photography

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

The very high end of phone photography has been primarily occupied by Moment lenses and pretty much no one else. Sandmarc, known for its filters and photography accessories for GoPros and drones, is now producing high quality lenses for iPhones—and Sandmarc is giving Moment a run for their money with new wide, fisheye, and macro lenses.

The Sandmarc Photography Edition is a set of three lenses that include a Wide, Fisheye, and Macro lens. Each lens is also sold individually.

Daniel Masaoka/IDG How to mount the Sandmarc lenses

Every lens comes with both an iPhone X case and a clip. It’s rare a case comes with a lens, so I appreciate the inclusion, despite the case being of generic quality and its thinness probably provides only a minimal amount of drop protection for the phone. One issue with the case is the current version can only mount a lens above the standard lens on the iPhone X, but Sandmarc says when they release their telephoto lens, the new case will have threading available over both the built-in standard and telephoto lenses.

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Safety 1st HD WiFi Baby Monitor review: This camera system alerts you to your child's sounds and movements

PC World - Wed, 2018-07-04 06:00
This smart device lets parents check on their little ones from anywhere they have internet access.

Safety 1st HD WiFi Baby Monitor review: This camera system alerts you to your child's sounds and movements

Mac World - Wed, 2018-07-04 06:00
This smart device lets parents check on their little ones from anywhere they have internet access.

Tested: 10 adapters to make up for the iPhone's missing headphone jack

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

No headphone jack? No problem—or at least, not a problem that can’t be fixed with a solid adapter.

Apple caused quite the commotion when it dropped the headphone jack from the iPhone 7, and kept it off the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. (The iPhone SE still has a headphone jack...for now, anyway.) This means that all your old headphones with a 3.5mm plug need an adapter. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have been out since September 2016, and some of us still struggle with headphone jack woes.

But which adapter is right for you? We've tried a bunch, and found Apple's solutions and Belkin's adapters the most solidly built and reliable. You can try saving a few bucks with a cheap third-party adapter from Amazon, but our results there were hit and miss. Read on to find out why.

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The Half Nerd ep. 57.5: Why Gordon is wrong, ultimate battlestations, and behind-the-scenes at The Full Nerd!

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-03 20:31

In this special "half" episode of the Full Nerd, Alaina Yee and Adam Patrick Murray sneak into the studio to chat about why Gordon is just plain wrong about certain things, ultimate battlestations, and how we make the show.

Also, don't forget: There's still one week left on our Threadripper 2 t-shirt giveaway! We'll announce the results next week, when we're back to a full crew.

Back to this episode: You can witness all the hijinks in the video embedded above. You can also watch The Full Nerd episode 57.5 on YouTube (toss us a follow while you’re there!) or listen to it on Soundcloud if you prefer the audio alone.

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Here's all 21 free games available through Twitch for Prime Day

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-03 19:00

Heads up, gamers: Amazon is doling out freebies as well as discounts this year for Amazon Prime Day. Twitch, which Amazon acquired for $970 million in 2014, has begun giving away 21 games to its Prime members in celebration of the big event.

The giveaway will roll out on a daily basis, with new titles available each day until July 18. Most games are claimable for a few days at a time, but several offerings can be snagged during a bigger window of time. Each title will appear on the Twitch Prime page when it's ready for download.

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Watch us unbox Dell's G3 15 and G7 15 gaming laptops

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-03 17:19

We just unboxed two of Dell's G series gaming laptops, and they show how much you can get even on a shoestring budget. With prices starting at $749, what these laptops lack in flash, they make up for by focusing on what matters: a solid CPU, a discrete GPU, and designs that are convenient and portable. 

The G3 15 laptop is an $849 configuration with an Intel Core i5-8300H CPU and 8GB of RAM, an Nvidia GTX 1050Ti GPU, and a 15.6-inch, 1920x1080 display with IPS technology. Storage includes a 128GB SSD and a 1TB 5,400rpm HDD. Its all-plastic, "Recon Blue" chassis is attractive, but it doesn't shout "gamer." 

The G7 15 stands out more, if only because of its Alpine White color scheme, but there's plenty to talk about under the hood. Our $1,200 configuration includes a Core i7-8750H CPU, a six-core Coffee Lake powerhouse. (And if that's not enough for you, it can be upgraded to the Core i9-8950HK overclockable processor. We just looked at that in the Alienware 17 R5 laptop, and it's face-meltingly fast.) The CPU is supported by 16GB of RAM, and storage includes a 128GB SSD and a 1TB HDD, like its G3 15 cousin.

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