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Anker PowerDrive Speed 2 car charger review: Anker lights the way

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-05 06:00
Dual QC3.0 ports with lights make this an attractive and powerful car charger.

Amazon Echo Plus review: Not plus enough

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-05 06:00
Amazon’s mid-range smart speaker comes up just a little short.

Astro A10 review: The perfect budget headset as long as you don't care about looks

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-05 06:00

Time has caught up to Astro. For years, it was one of the few companies focused on gaming headsets—and as a result, it got away with charging a premium. The $300 Astro A50 is still a great headset, but that price looks increasingly ridiculous when companies like Logitech (which now owns Astro) and HyperX offer as-good-or-better sound fidelity in devices that cost half as much.

So it was only a matter of time really before we got the Astro A10. At $60 on Amazon, it’s Astro’s attempt at an entry-level headset for the mass market. Hell, it’s even cheaper than our longtime HyperX Cloud recommendation. We went hands-on to see if you get your money’s worth. Check out our gaming headset roundup for all of our reviews and comprehensive buying advice. 

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RAVPower 24W Dual USB car charger review: An inexpensive and compact option

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-05 06:00

There’s something to be said about a minimal design, especially when it comes to car chargers. Device makers have to safely cram components into a tight space, without taking up more room than is needed. That’s what RAVPower did with the 24W Dual USB car charger ($9 on Amazon).

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Quick Charge 3.0 Aukey car charger review: Bigger than most, but it works

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-05 06:00

After I purchased my first Quick Charge 2.0-compatible device, I purchased the Quick Charge 2.0 version of the Aukey car charger. The company has since updated the same exact model ($15 on Amazon), adding QC3.0 to it without changing the design.

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Maxboost USB Car Charger review: Bulky but functional

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-05 06:00

The Maxboost USB car charger is only $10 on Amazon, and it shows. Unlike the similarly priced Spigen model we reviewed, this Maxboost design feels cheap.

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Belkin BoostUp 2-Port car charger review: High-quality, and well designed

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-05 06:00

Belkin’s BoostUp 2-Port car charger is the most expensive model we tested at $40, but it’s also the only one that comes with a USB-C cable in the box.

Note: This review is part of our roundup of USB car chargers. Go there for details on how we tested this device.

By including a USB-C cable and calling the device itself BoostUp, you might assume that it’s QC2.0/3.0 compatible. That’s not the case, however.

When testing with the Galaxy S8, the phone failed to fast charge as we expected. For both the S8 and the iPhone X, the Belkin BoostUp pumped out a still-respectable 5V/1.8A.

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Spigen Quick Charge 3.0 car charger review: Streamlined design with fast-charging capabilities

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-05 06:00

Spigen is mostly known for its line of thin cases for phones, but the company has a suite of phone accessories. One such product is the Spigen Quick Charge 3.0 car charger ($10 on Amazon).

Note: This review is part of our roundup of USB car chargers. Go there for details on how we tested this device.

The front of the unit has two ports. One has a green highlight to it, the other is white. The green port is QC3.0 compatible, while the white port is a standard 5V/2A port.

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Anker PowerDrive Speed 2 car charger review: Anker lights the way

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-05 06:00

Anker’s ever-expanding line of smartphone accessories and products is impressive. Case in point is the Anker PowerDrive Speed 2 car charger ($25 on Amazon).

Note: This review is part of our roundup of USB car chargers. Go there for details on how we tested this device.

The charger, which features an attractive carbon fiber pattern, fit snugly enough in our test car's power port that we had no worry about it coming loose on a bumpy ride.

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Which iPhone model do you have? Here's where to look

Mac World - Mon, 2017-12-04 16:17

You probably have a general idea of which iPhone you have—iPhone 6, SE, 4s, X, and so on. But behind the marketing names, each iPhone configuration has its own model number. You normally won’t need to know this number, but it could come in handy if you ever need to get more technical details about your device. Here’s where you can find your iPhone’s model number—and what that number means.

Which number is which?

Apple uses two numbering schemes for its devices. The first, which we’ll call the “A” number (hat tip to The iPhone Wiki for the name) is a five-digit alphanumeric string that starts with the letter A followed by four numbers.

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tvOS 11.2 is now available, adding a Sports section, HDR and frame rate options

Mac World - Mon, 2017-12-04 15:13

Hot on the heels of the iOS 11.2 release, Apple has flipped the switch on tvOS 11.2. You can download it now on the Apple TV 4th gen and Apple TV 4K. Go to the Settings app and navigate to System > Software Update.

This update adds two significant features. First, the TV app now has a Sports tab. You can pick your favorite teams and see schedules, live games, and (optionally) scores. Go to Settings > Apps > TV to turn off sports scores in order to prevent spoilers.

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Doom VFR review: Ripping and tearing and stumbling over the small details

PC World - Mon, 2017-12-04 09:48

It’s been a sleepy fall for virtual reality, but we were promised one hell of a capstone: Not one but three Bethesda titles, reworked for the HTC Vive. First Doom VFR, then Fallout 4 VR, and then Skyrim VR sometime in 2018. (That last one is also available for PlayStation VR right this moment.)

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Need Stocking Stuffers? See Amazon's Highest Rated Tech Deals Under $25 - Deal Alert

Mac World - Mon, 2017-12-04 09:34

This month, you'll probably need to buy stocking stuffers and cheap little gadgety things for co-workers, extended family members, or to fill in gaps last-minute when you find yourself asking, "Did I buy enough?".  Amazon has deals running every day, so we've filtered their list of active deals down to just the tech categories, and only the deals $25 or less with 4 or 5 star ratings.  Discounted USB cords, chargers, phone accessories, BlueTooth speakers, splitters, and other gadgets. Here it is: An impulse shopper's dream/nightmare. (Note: When you get to Amazon's page, scroll down past their "featured" deals to where the filtered list begins).

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Need Stocking Stuffers? See Amazon's Highest Rated Tech Deals Under $25 - Deal Alert

PC World - Mon, 2017-12-04 09:34

This month, you'll probably need to buy stocking stuffers and cheap little gadgety things for co-workers, extended family members, or to fill in gaps last-minute when you find yourself asking, "Did I buy enough?".  Amazon has deals running every day, so we've filtered their list of active deals down to just the tech categories, and only the deals $25 or less with 4 or 5 star ratings.  Discounted USB cords, chargers, phone accessories, BlueTooth speakers, splitters, and other gadgets. Here it is: An impulse shopper's dream/nightmare

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Gigabyte Aero 15X Review: The GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q makes it hum

PC World - Mon, 2017-12-04 06:30

Gigabyte's new Aero 15X says conventional wisdom is wrong. That conventional wisdom says gaming laptops can't be good "laptops" because they're too big and eat too much battery. The Aero 15X proves otherwise, with great gaming performance and great battery life. 

If the Aero 15X looks familiar, that's because it's mostly just an upgraded copy of the Aero 15. We absolutely loved the Aero 15, which set the standard for performance and battery life, and the 15X adds to that success. 

Adam Patrick Murray

The Aero 15X is basically the Aero 15 with a faster GPU (that's a good thing).

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HDMI 2.1 has arrived: Here's everything you need to know

Mac World - Mon, 2017-12-04 06:00
Higher resolution audio and video, faster refresh rates, and more bandwidth will enable better experiences with movies, games, VR, and more.

HDMI 2.1 has arrived: Here's everything you need to know

PC World - Mon, 2017-12-04 06:00
Higher resolution audio and video, faster refresh rates, and more bandwidth will enable better experiences with movies, games, VR, and more.

The 10 iPhone and iPad games you need to play from November 2017

Mac World - Sat, 2017-12-02 09:00
November's iOS games

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Whether you’re playing on the spectacular iPhone X or something a bit less extravagant (but no less useful), the App Store has plenty of new games to help bring a swipe to your finger and a smile to your face. November saw a pretty sweet stack of compelling iOS game releases, and amidst the excitement and stress of the holiday season, you may need some fresh distractions.

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If your iPhone started crashing at midnight on Dec. 2, iOS 11.2 will fix it

Mac World - Sat, 2017-12-02 08:53

It’s like Y2K all over again for iPhone users. When the clock struck midnight on December 2, 2017, many iPhones that were running iOS 11.1.2 began inexplicably rebooting and crashing. But if you’re one of the affected users, there’s already a fix.

The bug involves iOS’s “local” notifications, alerts that happen on your iPhone rather than Apple’s push notification service. It’s difficult to know which apps use local notifications and which use remote notifications, but one example is meditation app Headspace, which sends users daily reminders to relax and breathe. Any app that sends local notifications could be a culprit.

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If your iPhone started crashing at midnight on Dec. 2, iOS 11.2 will fix it

PC World - Sat, 2017-12-02 08:53
Another widespread bug has hit Apple devices, this time affecting iPhones and iPads running iOS 11.1.2. In response, Apple has pushed out iOS 11.2 early.

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