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How Windows 10's Near Share feature wirelessly beams files to nearby PCs

PC World - Tue, 2018-03-27 06:26

Imagine sitting down at a conference table and realizing you have the URL for a shared document, but your boss isn't willing to copy down the random gobbledygook of the Web address from your screen. A new feature in Windows 10's Redstone 4, called Near Share, allows you to beam that file across the table in a flash. 

Near Share, first introduced as part of Windows 10’s Insider Build 17035, is an ad-hoc replacement for the "sneakernet" of trading USB keys. (If you've used an iPhone, think of Near Share as Microsoft's answer to Apple's AirDrop.) Unfortunately, my tests found that it a lack of speed makes it a poor choice for everything but webpage URLs and tiny files. For those simple transactions, though, it's pretty convenient. Here's how to use Near Share within Windows 10.

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Dell New XPS 13 review: It's elegant, tiny and stupidly fast

PC World - Tue, 2018-03-27 06:18

Dell made a bold statement when it claimed its completely redesigned New XPS 13 would be among the fastest laptops in its class, if not the fastest. After finally laying our hands on the New XPS 13, we’d have to officially declare that Dell ain’t just trash-talking.

How fast is it? Let’s just say the XPS 13 with an 8th-gen Core i5 is as fast, if not faster than, most 8th-gen Core i7 laptops. It’s even on a par with, or faster than, many larger, beefier laptops, too.

But that’s not all. There’s way more to this redesigned XPS 13 that’s worthy of your attention.

Adam Patrick Murray

The New XPS 13 (top) is slightly thinner than the previous XPS 13 (bottom.)

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An iPad for students? Apple needs to make it more like the iPad Pro

Mac World - Tue, 2018-03-27 06:00

Conventional wisdom tells us we’re going to see a new 9.7-inch iPad drop today at Apple’s “Field Trip” event in Chicago. It’s possible this new iPad will even be less expensive, considering that Apple’s event focuses on the classroom, where cost savings are paramount.

Less expensive iPads sound great, but if Apple really wants to make its tablets more appealing in classrooms, students would be better served if Apple packed a new “student edition” iPad with some of the best features of the iPad Pro. This hypothetical device doesn’t need to have anywhere near the power we expect from the Pro, but it should at least come with Split View multitasking and Apple Pencil support. 

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Ring Spotlight Cam review: Intruders can't hide in darkness with these cameras on watch

Mac World - Mon, 2018-03-26 19:40
This combo spotlight and security camera protects the most vulnerable areas outside your home after sundown.

Ring Spotlight Cam review: Intruders can't hide in darkness with these cameras on watch

PC World - Mon, 2018-03-26 19:40
This combo spotlight and security camera protects the most vulnerable areas outside your home after sundown.

PCWorld is streaming Far Cry 5 on Twitch!

PC World - Mon, 2018-03-26 17:02

Hayden Dingman's review of Far Cry 5 just went live today, and he gave it a 3.5 out of 5. Dan and Adam are streaming it at 2:30 P.M. PDT, hoping to poke around in a beautifuly rendered Montana and become doomsday preppers! Follow PCWorld's Twitch channel so you don't miss out on this or future live streams.

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Save up to $35 on App Store and iTunes gift cards from Costco

Mac World - Mon, 2018-03-26 14:05

If you’re a Costco member who’s fond of using the Apple Store, you’ll be happy to know that the big box megastore is once again offering substantial discounts on gift cards for iTunes and the App Store—this time until March 31. The catch is that Costco limits each member to buying only two cards.

The savings get more impressive with bigger gift cards, and at the top of the tier, you can pick up a $200 gift card for just $164.99. You can also buy a $100 card for just $84.49. You’ll even save a bit of money if you pick up the $25 card, as you can get it for just $21.49. That’s not much, but it’s good for a couple of $1.00 apps, right?

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The first Chrome tablet, Acer's Chromebook Tab 10, takes on the iPad in schools

PC World - Mon, 2018-03-26 13:20

The first Chrome OS tablet knows exactly what it wants to do: Take on the iPad. Acer’s Chromebook Tab 10 D651N challenges Apple’s long-popular tablet in the education market nearly feature for feature.

We’ll dive deeper into the specs in a moment, but let’s savor the historical weight first. Chrome fans have been waiting a long time for their own tablet. A small group of Chromebooks with 360-degree hinges have dabbled with the concept, but Acer’s Chromebook Tab 10 D651N finally commits to the form factor. Now that Chrome devices support Android, tablets like this one make even more sense. We hope this is the beginning of a trend. 

Acer Chromebook Tab 10 vs. the iPad Acer

Acer’s Chromebook Tab 10 comes in a trendy cobalt blue.

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Our favorite external drive, the Western Digital 4TB My Passport, is on sale

Mac World - Mon, 2018-03-26 11:18

An external drive helps combat one of the most frustrating parts of computing—running out of storage space. Right now, you can get PCWorld’s favorite portable external hard drive, the Western Digital 4TB My Passport, for $104.83 at Amazon. That’s about $55 under MSRP and $15 less than we’ve seen it going for recently. If you don’t need quite as much space, the 2TB My Passport is also on sale for $69

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Our favorite external drive, the Western Digital 4TB My Passport, is on sale

PC World - Mon, 2018-03-26 11:18

An external drive helps combat one of the most frustrating parts of computing—running out of storage space. Right now, you can get PCWorld’s favorite portable external hard drive, the Western Digital 4TB My Passport, for $104.83 at Amazon. That’s about $55 under MSRP and $15 less than we’ve seen it going for recently. If you don’t need quite as much space, the 2TB My Passport is also on sale for $69

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Apple's building a massive TV studio, but shows reportedly won’t debut before 2019

Mac World - Mon, 2018-03-26 10:59

Over the past year, Apple has been stockpiling talent and content for what seemed to be the imminent launch of a new video services packed with choice programming from Reese Witherspoon, Steven Spielberg, Kristen Wiig, and M. Night Shyamalan. But a new report suggests they might not be coming as soon as you think.

In a sprawling article on Apple’s streaming video ambitions, The New York Times reports that Apple is targeting “somewhere between March 2019 and the summer of that year to roll out its slate of new programming.” It’s unclear from the report whether multiple shows would be airing at once, or if episodes would be see a staggered release like Apple has previously done with Carpool Karaoke and Planet of the Apps.

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Far Cry 5 review: Rocket's red glare

PC World - Mon, 2018-03-26 10:18

My favorite moments in Far Cry 5 are quiet. Just me and my dog Boomer, wandering through the morning fog as it sprawls across fields of dry grass and scrub brush, a nearby brook and some crowing birds the only complement to my own footfalls. It’s in these moments I can really sit and appreciate the majesty of Ubisoft’s world, this faux-Montana with its soaring mountains, its golden farmlands and sleepy waterways, its hyper-aggressive wildlife.

It’s almost enough to make you forget about everything that’s gone wrong, here.

Big sky country

Far Cry 5 is caught up in all sorts of discussions I’ve no doubt it didn’t want to be caught up in. “What responsibility, if any, do games have to reflect societal concerns?” “Why are big-budget games so afraid of saying anything about anything, and how can we fix it?” And so on.

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Amazon's one-day PC gaming sale offers huge deals on CPUs, full PCs, and other hardware

PC World - Mon, 2018-03-26 09:54

Today you can get a 6-core, 12-thread Ryzen 5 1600 processor with AMD’s Wraith Spire Cooler for $58 off, a whopping 31 percent discount. The deal is part of Amazon’s one-day gaming sale, and before you ask no, there aren’t any graphics cards—we’re still in crisis mode. Nevertheless, there are some great deals on awesome gear today.

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Fitbit Versa review: The first non-Apple smartwatch that’s worth your time

Mac World - Mon, 2018-03-26 09:30

If you don’t remember Pebble, it’s easy to write off Fitbit’s Versa as a cheap Apple Watch knockoff. It has the same square body as Apple’s dominant wristwatch. Its size strikes a perfect balance between the 42mm and 38mm sizes. You can dress it up with a similar series of metal and leather bands. And it comes in rose gold.

But spend a little time with Versa and you’ll see that it’s not as much of an imitator as it is Apple Watch’s first real competitor. Granted, that’s not saying all that much. Fitbit shut down Pebble before Apple Watch hit shelves, most Android Wear/WearOS watches have been dead on arrival, and Fitbit’s own Ionic smartwatch was too buggy and expensive to seriously challenge Apple Watch. But Fitbit’s new $200 wearable is the Pebble Watch we always wanted, combining fitness acumen with technological smarts into a sleek, attractive package.

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Fitbit Versa review: The first non-Apple smartwatch that’s worth your time

PC World - Mon, 2018-03-26 09:30
Fitbit’s new Versa smartwatch is the first smartwatch that might make people thing twice about buying an Apple Watch.

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