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Why Photoshop on iOS is a huge win for the iPad Pro

Mac World - 1 hour 43 min ago

So it’s official. Photoshop—real Photoshop—is coming to the iPad next year. If you’re someone who uses Photoshop, uses the iPad to get work done, or both, this is big news. It’s a huge shot in the arm for the iPad Pro and another sign of where Apple’s platforms are going in the future. In 2019, iOS apps aren’t just coming to the Mac—one of the biggest and most important Mac apps is coming to iOS.

The power of the familiar

Most of the time when I mention Photoshop around my fellow computer nerds, it’s met with a raised eyebrow. Lots of tech people dislike Adobe’s pioneering of the software subscription route, and there are numerous alternatives to Photoshop out there. On the Mac alone, there are excellent apps like Acorn and Pixelmator Pro.

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Lotus by Seam review: Stylish personal safety gadget misses mark for millennials

Mac World - 1 hour 43 min ago

Anyone out of diapers in the 1980s will remember those infamous LifeCall television commercials. Although viewers got an unintentional chuckle out of poor old Mrs. Fletcher’s misfortune, in the days before smartphones and Bluetooth-connected devices, such medical alert products provided a glimpse of what the future might hold.

Wearable button

The modern equivalent of LifeCall are gadgets like Lotus by Seam, a futuristic-looking disc barely wider than a quarter (34.30mm to be exact) and 14.47mm thick including the built-in clip used to attach the unit to your shirt, belt, or handbag. (The device can also be worn on the wrist or around your neck with optional accessories priced at $25 and $28 respectively.) Available in white or black, Lotus pairs to iPhone via Bluetooth and a free Seam Personal Safety app from the App Store.

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Mullvad 2018 review: A fantastic VPN has a great new look

PC World - 2 hours 13 min ago

Mullvad 2018 in brief:

  • P2P allowed: Yes
  • Business location: Sweden
  • Number of servers: 304
  • Number of country locations: 33
  • Cost: €5 ($5.72 at this writing) billed monthly
  • VPN protocol: OpenVPN
  • Data encryption: AES-256-GCM
  • Data authentication: SHA384
  • Handshake encryption: 4096-bit RSA

Our favorite VPN is back with a much improved overhaul to its Windows client, more servers, and more country locations. The last time we reviewed Mullvad (the Swedish word for “mole”) the desktop client was its weakest point. It was very basic and looked more like a properties window than anything else. 

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How to use Handoff with iOS 12

Mac World - 2 hours 43 min ago

Apple designed Handoff to make it easier to work seamlessly between a Mac and iOS. If you’re reading a text message on one device and pick up the other, you can open up to where you left off. Viewing a webpage? Handoff lets you bring up the same page on the other device with a click or a tap.

But for a couple of versions at least, notifications in iOS interfered with Handoff. You could see a Safari icon on the lock screen, for example, and if notifications were also on the screen, using the swipe-up gesture to open that Safari page didn’t work. I eventually stopped trying.

I can see I wasn’t alone: Apple gave up, too! In iOS 12, Handoff icons no longer appear on the lock screen. Instead, they’re in a better, smart, more accessible place—the app switcher!

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Android Confidential: Drool all you want over the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, but don't buy one

PC World - 2 hours 43 min ago

We can't talk about Huawei's new Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro without looking back at everything that has happened to Huawei in the past year. When the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro landed last October, Huawei's future in the United States seemed bright. Huawei was promising a dedicated version of the handset for the American market. Rumors were flying that it had struck a deal with AT&T to be its first official carrier.

Unfortunately, that never happened. Just days before Huawei was set to announce the handset here, Congress put the kibosh on any chance of a carrier partnership by sanctioning Huawei and warning citizens against buying the phone, due to the potential for data spying by the Chinese government. Huawei denies the accusation, of course, but it's also given up on trying to crack the government blockade. It's going to be a long time before we ever see a Huawei handset stateside, and not surprisingly, Huawei is not releasing a country-specific version of its new phones for the United States at all this time around.

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Basketball without cable: A cord-cutter's guide to the NBA

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-16 19:30
Cord cutters can get their fill of big nationally televised games, but local broadcasts are still left on the bench.

Basketball without cable: A cord-cutter's guide to the NBA

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-16 19:30
Cord cutters can get their fill of big nationally televised games, but local broadcasts are still left on the bench.

Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m. Pacific

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-16 16:00

Adobe announced that Photoshop CC is coming to the iPad. Podcast listeners send us their hot takes and we respond. We also take your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 626.

Watch us live

The Macworld Podcast broadcasts live on the internet on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Pacific. You can watch on Twitter via Periscope or on the Macworld YouTube channel.

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Tweet us your Hot Take!

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-16 15:57
For the Macworld Podcast on Wednesday, we're looking for your thoughts on any Apple-related topic. Tweet it to us and we'll discuss it on the show.(twitter.com)

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Twitter poll: Are you planning on pre-ordering an iPhone XR this Friday?

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-16 15:55
Vote in our poll, leave a comment, and we'll discuss during the Macworld Podcast on Wednesday, October 17 at 10 a.m. Pacific, live on Twitter.(twitter.com)

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Twitter poll: Are you happy with the changes Apple made to the bagel emoji in iOS 12.1?

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-16 15:50
Vote in our poll, leave a comment, and we'll discuss during the Macworld Podcast on Wednesday, October 17 at 10 a.m. Pacific, live on Twitter.(twitter.com)

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Save $200 on the 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro today

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-16 13:49

The 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is still is only a couple of months old, but fortunately we’re already seeing a couple of good deals for it. Today at B&H, for example, you can find Apple’s latest powerhouse MacBook Pro available for $200 offRemove non-product link, which means you’ll pay only $2,199.99 rather than $2,399.99. You can also find this model on sale at AdoramaRemove non-product link for the same price.

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Watch The Full Nerd talk about the RTX 2070 review!

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-16 13:38

Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. Today's show is about Brad's Nvidia RTX 2070 review and Principal Technologies controversial CPU benchmarks. As always we will be answering your live questions so speak up in the chat.

If YouTube is not your thing uou can also watch us on Twitch, Facebook, and Twitter!

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Here's how to get a Google Pixel 3 (or two) without paying full price

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-16 13:36

Now that we’ve seen the Pixel 3, tested it, and measured the notch, you’ve probably made up your mind as to whether you’re going to buy one. And if you are, you already know that’s it’s not going to be cheap.

But there are ways to keep costs down. For starters, most outlets offer some kind of trade-in deal, so you can shave some dollars off the price simply by swapping out your current phone. But even if you don’t want to part with the handset you’re using, you can still find some great deals on the Pixel 3. Here are the best we’ve found so far:

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Amazon has slashed prices on Fitbit bands for the whole family to all-time lows

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-16 11:52

Fitness trackers can be a great way to get motivated to stay in shape, and not just moms and dads—kids can get in on the fun too. Right now you can get the whole family hooked up with Fitbit bands: the kid-friendly Ace, minimal Alta, and full-featured Ionic are all on sale for their lowest prices on AmazonRemove non-product link.

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Amazon has slashed prices on Fitbit bands for the whole family to all-time lows

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-16 11:52

Fitness trackers can be a great way to get motivated to stay in shape, and not just moms and dads—kids can get in on the fun too. Right now you can get the whole family hooked up with Fitbit bands: the kid-friendly Ace, minimal Alta, and full-featured Ionic are all on sale for their lowest prices on AmazonRemove non-product link.

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Inside the Living Computer Museum founded by Paul Allen: Where PC history stays alive

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-16 11:50
“Other museums put a glass in front of their computers. We put a chair.” We tour the Living Computer Museum founded by Microsoft's Paul Allen.

Inside the Living Computer Museum founded by Paul Allen: Where PC history stays alive

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-16 11:50

In 2017 I went up to Seattle for PAX as usual, and while I was up there I heard about the Living Computer Museum, an institution in southern Seattle founded by Paul Allen to preserve PC history. I took a day off from the show to wander down there, got a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum, and then...never got around to writing about it. Fall’s busy video game release season buried me, and while I eventually transcribed a full hour of audio and wrote the story, it seemed weird to run it six or eight months after the fact—so it just sat on my hard drive.

Paul Allen passed away yesterday though, and as a result it seems like a great time to celebrate one of his lesser-known ventures. What started as a bit of nostalgia for him, a PDP-10 in a nondescript Seattle warehouse, is now one of the best computer museums I’ve ever been to, a truly special place where visitors can go hands-on with everything from a CDC 6500 to an Apple I to a Xerox Alto.

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Huawei Watch GT hands-on: Google wears out its welcome as long-lasting LiteOS emerges

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-16 11:40

It’s been a while since Huawei released a Wear OS watch—and even longer since it’s released a good one—but that doesn’t mean it’s out of the wearables game. Quite the contrary. Alongside its flagship Mate 20 Series phones, Huawei is launching a brand new smartwatch that’s been redesigned from the inside out, and it represents a fresh start for the company that doesn’t include Google.

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Portable data for dirt cheap! This 16GB flash drive is just $4 today

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-16 10:33

While it’s easy to put files in the cloud these days, sometimes you just need a flash drive for easy access to your stuff. Amazon is making those essential thumb drives incredibly affordable today with a 16GB Kingston DataTraveler G4 USB drive for $4.

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