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The LG Watch W7 is what you get when you put mechanical hands on a giant digital screen

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-03 17:00

The V40 isn't the only new trick up LG's sleeve this fall. Also on tap is the LG Watch W7, the company's first smartwatch in 18 months. It's a new sort of hybrid that promises extra-long battery life.

We've seen plenty of hybrid Wear OS smartwatches from the likes of Fossil, Misfit, and Nokia/Withings, but the W7 puts a unique spin on the concept. Instead of a small screen for steps and mini alerts, LG's new wearable has a full 1.2-inch screen that runs Wear OS 2.1, so you'll be able to use apps just like you would on a normal smartwatch.

What makes the W7 a hybrid is a pair of ever-present mechanical hands. That means you can tell time even after the battery can no longer power the full smartwatch screen. The W7's 240mAh battery isn't that big, but LG promises a whopping 100 days of use, if you count non-smartwatch use.

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update review: Many small improvements make a better experience

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-03 15:00

Microsoft’s Windows 10 October 2018 Update, officially released October 2, doesn’t offer the standout, marquee features you might have come to expect from earlier releases. But as our review demonstrates, a few new features highlight a longer list of under-the-hood, day-to-day improvements.

Our review is based on the final Windows 10 Insider Builds, which led up to the official October 2018 Update. Microsoft doesn’t appear to have added anything with the announcement, but we’ll check and update this story to reflect any last-minute changes. 

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The best day-to-day improvements you'll find in the Windows 10 October 2018 Update

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-03 15:00

Microsoft’s Windows 10 October 2018 Update differs from past Windows updates in an important way: This time around, the day-to-day improvements will impact you in more profound ways than the new features. So while we’ve reviewed the new Windows OS, we’ve also separated these new conveniences into their own story. 

What’s a feature? What’s a convenience? Think of it this way: Not all of you have used Windows 10’s Paint 3D app. But probably every one of you has managed files within Windows and the cloud, used Windows’ search function, and adjusted the size of a font or text. We’re calling these the “conveniences” of the Windows 10 Oct. 2018 Update. They may just make your life easier. (Note: Our story is based on the final Windows 10 Insider Builds, which led up to the official October 2018 Update. Microsoft doesn’t appear to have added anything with the announcement, but we’ll check and update this story to reflect any last-minute changes.) 

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Why are Apple Watch faces such a mess?

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-03 15:00

The state of the Apple Watch is good. Tim Cook continues to hail its popularity, albeit without any hard sales figures. Most pundits felt it outshined the iPhone at last month’s Apple media event. The new Apple Watch Series 4 seems to have been received well by reviewers. watchOS 5 is a successful update that enables all sorts of new capabilities.

And yet one vitally important aspect of the Apple Watch seems to not be getting the attention it deserves within Apple. In fact, one might argue that it’s the most important part of how we interact with the Apple Watch. And you see it every single time you flip your wrist and check the time.

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Google preps for Pixel 3, smart display launch with a visual Assistant makeover

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-03 13:00
Google is rolling out a new visual makeover for Google Assistant as it preps for the launch of the Pixel 3 and a rumored smart display next week.

Google preps for Pixel 3, smart display launch with a visual Assistant makeover

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-03 13:00

In case you haven’t heard, Google is holding its annual Pixel event in New York City on Tuesday, and to prepare, it’s spending this week getting its apps and services in order. After giving Maps an update with group planning and a new commuter tab, Google is now training its sights on the most important piece of its ecosystem: Google Assistant.

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Razer gets into networking with Sila, a $250 router built for wireless gaming that doesn't suck

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-03 12:53

Razer’s encroachment into every part of your PC that’s not inside your PC continues with the Sila, a luxurious $250 router built with gamers in mind. And not just PC gamers; Razer designed the Sila for seriously fast gaming over Wi-Fi, because nobody wants ethernet cables strewn across their living room.

The tri-band AC3000 router—one 2.4GHz band at up to 400Mbps, and two 5GHz bands at up to 1,733Mbps and 866Mbps—bristles with nine antennas under the hood and relies on smart software-management tools to optimize your gaming experience. Razer’s FasTrack engine prioritizes gaming bandwidth when your network starts getting clogged, and the Quality of Service tool is smart enough to identify and prioritize each of the major gaming consoles. Razer told us FasTrack will learn which applications are games over time and shift their load automatically. You can also enable a “Gaming mode” that reserves a set slice of your bandwidth for gaming alone.

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Apple's iPhone X silicone cases get a rare discount on Amazon

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-03 12:41

Apple’s silicone cases are a bit more impressive than you might expect. They’re tough and grippy (as good cases should be), but they also manage to ensure the iPhone still feels slim even with that extra protection. Competitors often can't achieve that. Normally, of course, you’ll pay a premium for this kind of quality because “Apple,” but today you can pick up a (Product) Red or white silicone case for the iPhone X at Amazon for just $33.99, down $5.01 from the usual asking price.

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These TaoTronics wireless over-ear headphones are usually cheap, but today they're only $25

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-03 12:15

Wireless over-ear headphones are an awesome way to listen to your tunes on-the-go, especially if you have an iPhone or an Android phone that's missing a headphone jack. The prices vary from affordable to outrageous, but today you can grab an over-the-ear pair from TaoTronics for just $25.49Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $40.

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These TaoTronics wireless over-ear headphones are usually cheap, but today they're only $25

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-03 12:15

Wireless over-ear headphones are an awesome way to listen to your tunes on-the-go, especially if you have an iPhone or an Android phone that's missing a headphone jack. The prices vary from affordable to outrageous, but today you can grab an over-the-ear pair from TaoTronics for just $25.49Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $40.

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Twitter poll: Have you experienced any of the reported problems with your iPhone XS?

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-03 12:12
Beautygate, bad wireless, charging problems—have you had any of these problems with your iPhone XS? Let us know in our Twitter poll and we'll discuss the results on the Macworld Podcast on Wednesday, October 3, at 10 a.m. Pacific, live on Twitter.(twitter.com)

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Hands-on with Microsoft's Surface Headphones: tune out the outside world to focus

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-03 10:32

If the theme of Microsoft’s Tuesday Surface event was about maintaining focus, then the new Microsoft Surface Headphones fall right in line: Spin the noise cancellation dial on Microsoft’s new cans, and the world fades away.

Headphones aren’t usually considered to be a PC accessory, but anyone who’s worked in a coffee shop—or the office equivalent, the dreaded open-plan office—knows that casual conversation and cup clinks can be enormously distracting.

Enter the $349 Surface Headphones, Microsoft’s over-the-ear headphones that feature both active noise cancellation as well as a connection to Cortana, Microsoft’s voice assistant. Like mice and keyboards, headphones are a subjective experience—we all experience them differently on our ears. I found the Surface Headphones a bit confining during my first interaction with them, though the noise cancellation worked well in the loud, bustling environment of Microsoft's demo space.

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How to get the Windows 10 October 2018 Update right now

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-03 10:09

Surprise! Microsoft released the Windows 10 October 2018 Update out of the blue at a Surface device event on Tuesday, and despite the boring name it’s a milestone ‘feature update.’ That means it’s brimming with new features, including a cloud clipboard that synchronizes across PCs and support for real-time ray tracing in games. But you’ll need to get proactive if you want to install the Windows 10 October 2018 Update today.

In a blog post introducing the new features, Microsoft said that Windows Update will start automatically rolling the October 2018 Update (a.k.a. Build 1809) out to compatible PCs on October 9. Those tend to be staggered rollouts to ease the strain on Microsoft’s servers, however—meaning that not all PCs will get the upgrade right away. You can skip the line a couple different ways though.

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We loved G.Skill's ultra-customizable MX780 gaming mouse, and it's on sale for just $28

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-03 09:30

One of our favorite gaming mice just dropped to an awesome price. Amazon is selling the G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 for $28.19. It’s not clear if this is a permanent price drop or if it will be going back up in the coming days, so if you're interested, hop on it now.

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We loved G.Skill's ultra-customizable MX780 gaming mouse, and it's on sale for just $28

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-03 09:30

One of our favorite gaming mice just dropped to an awesome price. Amazon is selling the G.Skill Ripjaws MX780 for $28.19. It’s not clear if this is a permanent price drop or if it will be going back up in the coming days, so if you're interested, hop on it now.

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Prepare For The ITIL Certification Exams With This $49 Training Bundle

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-03 09:04

Enterprise demands for IT services have grown considerably, so considering a role in IT service management (ITSM) can be a stable and lucrative career move. However, not just anyone can become an IT service manager; it requires earning IT certifications, which demand rigorous preparation. Not to mention, there are numerous courses to choose from online. If you want to earn an IT certification, this Ultimate ITIL Certification Training Bundle by Integrity Training can help you prepare for $49.

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Get BusyCal 3, The Award-Winning Calendar App, For Just $20 (60% Off)

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-03 09:03

If you’re an avid planner with thousands of tasks, projects, and events to keep track of from month to month, your default calendar app simply won’t cut it. If you’re looking for a better way to structure your schedules, BusyCal 3 has you covered for $19.99.

BusyCal 3 is a robust calendar app for Mac users running OS X 10.11 or later. With BusyCal 3, you can customize your days, weeks, months, and even years from your calendar view, or view a custom breakdown of your tasks within List view. Your events can be edited through the Info Panel, and you can apply smart filters to filter out which events are most important to you.

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myCharge Unplugged 10K review: A portable battery pack that does it all

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-03 08:31

In our opinion, power banks over $50 should have at least one standout feature, like a large capacity. The myCharge Unplugged 10K effortlessly meets this criteria with a built-in Qi wireless charging pad.

That’s right—you can place a compatible smartphone on top of the battery pack and it charge it up without any cables.

Note: This review is part of our roundup of portable power banks. Go there for details on competing products and our testing methods.

Priced at $70, the Unplugged 10K power bank comes with a 10,000mAh (37W) capacity. (Hence the "10K" in the name.) myCharge also offers smaller capacity models that bottom out at $30 and 3,000mAh.

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The Fire TV Stick 4K fixes Amazon's remote problem

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-03 08:00
Amazon's new Fire TV Stick 4K costs just $50 and adds TV controls to the remote.

How to use Apple’s new re-used password warning to reduce your risk of account hijacking

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-03 08:00

The biggest risk when setting a password is when you re-use a password across sites and services. If you do this, you’re multiplying the risk of a breach at one of those services, allowing a cracker to try your account name and password from the breached service at other sites. If any match, they’ve now hijacked your account there, too.

A unique password at every site is the goal. And Apple added an alert in iOS 12 and macOS 10.14 Mojave that will help you towards that.

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This warning tries to push you towards a slightly lower level of risk online. Don’t worry: I’ve changed all those passwords.

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