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Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 bundle delivers $330 in savings (but for one day only)

PC World - 45 min ago

Microsoft’s “12 Days of Faves” deal ended over the weekend—so naturally, Microsoft extended the $300 discount that kicks the Surface Laptop 2 down to $799Remove non-product link, and added a Surface Pro 6 and Type Cover bundle that knocks $330 off the price, too. 

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Take $40 to $50 off the latest 11-inch iPad Pros at Amazon

Mac World - 1 hour 20 min ago

Deals on Apple products at Amazon used to be rare, but they’re quite common now that Apple is selling its own wares through the juggernaut online retailer. And Amazon isn’t just offering discounts on old stuff, either. Today, for instance, Amazon is letting you take anywhere from $40 to $50 off the 64GB and 256GB models of the new 11-inch iPad Pro.

Below you’ll find the specific deals on the 11-inch model with Wi-Fi:

  • 64GB 11-inch Space Gray iPad Pro for $759 (down from $799)
  • 256GB 11-inch Space Gray iPad Pro for $899.99 (down from $949)
  • 256GB 11-inch Silver iPad Pro for $899.99 (down from $949)

You can also take $50 off the Space Gray 64GB 11-inch iPad Pro with Wi-Fi and Cellular, which brings the price to $899 (down from $949).

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Get a 10% bonus when you add funds to your Apple ID

Mac World - 2 hours 13 min ago

Who doesn’t like free money? Apple is offering some of that today in a special limited offer that started on Monday and ends on Thursday, December 20.

Apple’s promotion is a 10 percent bonus when you add funds to your Apple ID. For example, if you add $10, Apple chips in $1. The limit is $200, where you get a bonus $20.

The funds in your Apple ID can be used on the iOS and Mac App Store, and the iTunes Store. You can also use the funds towards iCloud Storage. Funds cannot be used in the online Apple Store.

This offer can be performed only once per customer.

iOS: How to add funds to your Apple ID Apple

Here’s how to add funds to your Apple ID, using an iPhone or iPad on iOS 12.

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Upgrade to a kitted-out Acer Swift 3 laptop with a Core i5 and 8GB of RAM for $400 today

PC World - 3 hours 43 min ago

Good laptops can get pricey, but today you can grab a solid option on the cheap. The Acer Swift 3 is $400 today at Office DepotRemove non-product link, down from a list price of $700.

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Buy a Ring Video Doorbell 2 on sale and get a free Echo Dot

PC World - 5 hours 17 min ago

If you’re still searching for an ideal gift for the smart home fanatic in your life, consider the Ring Video Doorbell 2. Right now, the Ring sequel is $170 at Best BuyRemove non-product link and many other retailers, but Best Buy sweetens the deal by adding a third-generation Amazon Echo Dot for free.

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Fitbit rolls out OS 3.0 for Versa and Ionic with new apps, more stats, and a bright future

Mac World - 6 hours 13 min ago

It’s the season of giving, and Fitbit has a great gift for all Versa and Ionic owners. Starting today, the company is rolling out Fitbit OS 3.0 to all smartwatch models, bringing a slew of apps, features, and enhancements to help you get even more out of your new smartwatch.

At the center of the update is an extended on-device dashboard so you can both see and input more stats right on your wrist. While you could already monitor things like steps, exercise, and heart rate by swiping up to reveal the Today screen, OS 3.0 expands on the concept, letting you view sleep data as well as heart rate and hourly activity. You’ll also be able to see you weight and water log totals and update them right on your wrist.

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Lenovo gives its affordable ThinkPad L390 notebooks a boost with Intel Whiskey Lake chips

PC World - 6 hours 13 min ago

Lenovo has unveiled refreshed 13.3-inch ThinkPad L390 and L390 Yoga notebooks for business customers, now sporting Intel’s latest Whiskey Lake processors while maintaining two conveniences from their predecessors, the ThinkPad L380 and L380 Yoga.

Lenovo’s ThinkPad L-series notebooks represent the value class of Lenovo’s ThinkPad business lineup, appealing to professionals as well as consumers who want a more serious-minded notebook solution. They’ll be priced starting at $659 for the L390, and $889 for the L390 Yoga, and available in December in either black or silver.

The new L390 Yoga maintains two handy features that were also offered in the L380 Yoga: the hinge-mounted “world camera” that can be used for workers or students in the field, and the refreshing trend of “garaging” the Lenovo Active Pen within the L390 Yoga’s chassis. The latter feature helps to avoid losing the Active Pen within a briefcase or backpack, a convenience that few of its competitors—with the exception of the Samsung Notebook 9 Pen, perhaps—offer. Both laptops are also MIL-SPEC tested, for increased durability.

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Fitbit rolls out OS 3.0 for Versa and Ionic with new apps, more stats, and a bright future

PC World - 6 hours 13 min ago
Fitbit OS 3.0 is rolling out to Ionic and Versa watches bringing new apps, enhanced dashboard features, and powerful APIs.

Apple Music Connect was doomed from the start

Mac World - 8 hours 13 min ago

Remember Ping? Back in the days before all-you-can-eat streaming music services, iTunes was king. So Apple built a social media platform into iTunes where artists could promote their work and talk about what’s inspiring them. As for users, they could recommend tracks and albums to each other.

But nobody liked it, so Apple shut it down. Six years ago, we published a postmortem of sorts that laid out all the ways in which Ping went wrong. Discoverability was bad, artists didn’t keep up with posting. and it felt more like marketing than genuine social connection. For that matter, discoverability and virality were terrible—the list goes on and on.

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ButterflyVPN Traveler review: A convenient package for a serviceable VPN

PC World - 8 hours 37 min ago
ButterflyVPN in brief:

P2P allowed: No

Business location: Panama, United States, and Taiwan

Number of servers: 400+

Number of country/region locations:

Cost: $89 (USB dongle and three years service)

VPN protocol: TCP-based private protocol

Data encryption: ChaCha20

Data authentication: ChaCha20

Handshake encryption: ChaCha20

Most of the time when we look at a VPN service we’re talking about desktop clients that run on your PC. There are a few services, however, that build their VPN into a piece of hardware. One such service is ButterflyVPN, which sells an $89 USB dongle that can be plugged into any USB port that supplies power. There’s also an option to buy a simple home router (for $99) that automatically connects to the VPN, but this review is covering the Traveler USB Dongle.

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How to use Alexa Routines to make your Amazon Echo even smarter

Mac World - 9 hours 13 min ago
Alexa Routines creates lots of new possibilities for your Amazon Echo. Here's how to put them to use.

Edifier S880DB Bluetooth speakers review: Small but serious musical performers

Mac World - 9 hours 13 min ago
Edifier's self-powered Bluetooth speakers also support just about every wired source you could want, both digital (optical, coax, and USB) and analog (dual stereo RCA).

Capture, an iPhone 3D scanner app, hints at the future of augmented reality

Mac World - 9 hours 13 min ago

3D scanners don’t have to cost a fortune: As it turns out, you may already have one in your pocket. A new free app called Capture uses the TrueDepth sensors on X-series iPhones to make crude 3D models of small objects, which you can then plop into different settings through augmented reality or share with other folks through iMessage or other means.

Or let’s put it this way: With Capture, I can use my iPhone XS Max to scan a 3D model of Macworld’s old Macintosh SE, being careful to scan each angle I can reach (or until it times out). Once done, I can flip and spin the 3D model around inside the app as though the old Mac were a prop in a video game. I could also send it to a friend, who’d then be able to use her iPhone’s camera see how it looks on her own desk through augmented reality. This will work even with her iPhone 7, which doesn’t have the TrueDepth sensor built in.

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How to use Alexa Routines to make your Amazon Echo even smarter

PC World - 9 hours 13 min ago
Alexa Routines creates lots of new possibilities for your Amazon Echo. Here's how to put them to use.

Edifier S880DB Bluetooth speakers review: Small but serious musical performers

PC World - 9 hours 13 min ago
Edifier's self-powered Bluetooth speakers also support just about every wired source you could want, both digital (optical, coax, and USB) and analog (dual stereo RCA).

Best wireless keyboards: Hand-tested reviews of Bluetooth and USB models

PC World - 11 hours 51 min ago

The best wireless keyboards do more than free you from a cable. They let you toss the crummy keyboard you got for free with your PC—does anyone like that one?—and they also give you options. The models we’ve reviewed range from full-size desktop slabs to portable models that skip easily from laptop to tablet to phone. Whatever you need to type with, there’s a keyboard for it. (If you’re looking for a gaming keyboard, we’ve got you covered! Click that link to see our full reviews and rankings.)

Keyboard choice can be very subjective. That said, we’ve based our reviews on hours spent with each model, banging away on work projects or surfing the web and keeping up on social media. 

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Free copies of Subnautica: Epic Games Store kickstarts your library with a winner

PC World - Fri, 2018-12-14 20:57

The Epic Games Store launched last week, meaning now we’ve reached the point where Epic hopes to lure you away from Steam. And one of Epic’s primary strategies? Borrowing from EA’s long-running “On the House” program, Epic is giving away free games every two weeks for the next year, or 26 free games total. After all, it’s harder to complain that your Steam library is so much larger than your Epic library if the latter starts to grow through no real effort on your part.

Epic’s starting off strong, too: The first freebie is Subnautica, the underwater survival game that emerged from early access in 2018. It’s fantastic, one of the few survival games that’s ever truly hooked me thanks to its weird aquatic wildlife and hints of an alien civilization to discover. Subnautica’s so fantastic, in fact...I’ll tell you a secret: It’s on our Game of the Year list. (Look for that next week.)

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This week in games: Heroes of the Storm winds down, Monster Hunter adds The Witcher's Geralt

PC World - Fri, 2018-12-14 15:00

We did it. Today marks the release of Capy’s Below, and with that? The end of 2018, at least so far as video games are concerned. Sure, there may be a few smaller Steam releases in the remaining weeks, but I’m drawing the line here. Game of the Year lists are locked in, and it’s time to settle in for about a month of catching-up-on-the-ol’-backlog. You’ll find me playing Exapunks in the corner.

There’s still a bit of last-minute news though! Not much, mind you, but some. Daybreak announced the sci-fi battle royale Planetside Arena this week, Metro Exodus moved its launch date up a week, Blizzard put Heroes of the Storm on death’s doorstep, Monster Hunter: World is adding Geralt, and ZeniMax settled its long-running VR lawsuit against Facebook. Oh, and there’s that awful Sonic the Hedgehog movie poster as well.

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How to link Apple Music to your Amazon Echo and set it as the default service

PC World - Fri, 2018-12-14 14:42
Apple Music is finally available for streaming on all Amazon Echo devices. Here's how to set it up the right way.

How to link Apple Music to your Amazon Echo and set it as the default service

Mac World - Fri, 2018-12-14 14:42

Listen up, Apple Music subscribers—HomePod isn’t the only smart speaker that can handle your tunes anymore. Apple has teamed up with Amazon to allow streaming on Echo devices, so all of your songs, albums, and playlists are good to go. Here’s how to set it all up:

  1. Open the Alexa app on your iPhone or Android phone.
  2. Tap the menu icon in the top left corner.
  3. Navigate to Settings.
  4. Tap Music under Alexa Preferences.
  5. Tap the plus symbol next to Link New Service.
  6. Select Apple Music.
  7. Enter your username and password and two-factor authentication code.
  8. Tap Enable to Use on the Alexa Skill page.
  9. Tap Allow on the Apple authentication page.
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Setting up Apple Music on your Echo device takes just a few taps.

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