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The Raspberry Pi 4 arrives with more power and dual-4K display support for the same low price

PC World - 1 hour 13 min ago

Don't be fooled by its size or price—the Raspberry Pi 4 rolling out today promising enough oomph to run two 4K screens at once, and it's rocking more and better RAM. It's so powerful, in fact, the Foundation says this P 4i is good enough to be a “complete desktop computer."

The latest version of the Raspberry Pi is available in 1GB, 2GB, and 4GB RAM variants. This is the first time we've seen multiple versions of the same Raspberry Pi model, and the first time a Raspberry Pi has had more than a gig of RAM. Prices start at the usual $35 for the 1GB RAM version, with the 2GB version costing $45 and the 4GB topping off at $55. 

Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi 4.

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Samsung SmartThings expands its lineup with a Wi-Fi security camera, a smart bulb, and a smart plug

PC World - 1 hour 24 min ago
A smart home system with broad third-party device support gains three new first-party devices.

Samsung SmartThings expands its lineup with a Wi-Fi security camera, a smart bulb, and a smart plug

Mac World - 1 hour 24 min ago
A smart home system with broad third-party device support gains three new first-party devices.

WatchOS 6: Everything you need to know about the new feature, faces, and functions

PC World - 3 hours 24 min ago
Apple has unveiled watchOS 6, and it makes the Apple Watch more independent than ever.

Apple Watch Series 5: Rumors, price, features, and release date

Mac World - 3 hours 24 min ago

Let's be clear: Apple has not yet even acknowledged the existence of an Apple Watch Series 5, much less told us anything about it. We've gotten the lowdown on watchOS 6, but that's all.

This is not unusual, of course, Apple very rarely talks about future products until they're ready for their official on-stage announcement. This is a collection of our expectations and the internet's most probable rumors. We'll update it as more concrete info comes in.

Release date

Every Apple Watch so far has been unveiled during Apple's September event, where it also announces new iPhones. It is, essentially, the iPhone accessory, so it makes sense. 

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WatchOS 6: Everything you need to know about the new feature, faces, and functions

Mac World - 3 hours 24 min ago

With the expected launch of the Series 5 Apple Watch in the fall comes a new OS, the sixth major release since Apple's wearable debuted in 2015. At its WWDC in June, Apple showed off some of the major new features of its ultra-mobile OS, and there are some big changes in store for your wrist. Here's everything that's new in watchOS 6, and how to get it on your Apple Watch:

watchOS 6: How do I get it?

While Apple offers public betas of iOS 13 and macOS 10.15 Catalina, there is no such program for Apple Watch. That means you'll have to wait until it releases in September before you can try it out. Once it lands, you'll be able to update it in the Watch app on your iPhone by tapping General and then Software Update.

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Creative Super X-Fi Air review: Surround-sound magic inside Bluetooth headphones

PC World - 3 hours 54 min ago

Earlier this year we reviewed the new Super X-Fi Amp from Creative, and since then it’s continued to amaze me and the people I demo it for. Now Creative has taken the same amazing audio processing technology and jammed it into a pair of over-the-ear Bluetooth headphones called the Super X-Fi Air. Unfortunately the headphones themselves are not as amazing as the tech they contain, but they still offer some great features for the price.

Adam Patrick Murray/IDG Super X-Fi technology

To recap what Super X-Fi is, it’s audio software processing that simulates a surround-sound speaker setup, and accurately reflects that setup with just a pair of stereo headphones. It does this by taking scans of your ears and face and pairing it with positional audio algorithms—a special mixture that has not been done before in the consumer audio space.

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Ring Floodlight, Battery review: Not enough light and not enough smarts

PC World - 4 hours 24 min ago
The Ring Floodlight, Battery is one of the company's new Smart Lighting devices, but it's a little too dim, and a little too simple.

Are Huawei laptops safe? Intel, Microsoft promise support, but the future remains uncertain

PC World - 4 hours 24 min ago

As the U.S. Government’s ban on Huawei grinds on, the biggest questions consumers likely have are whether that Matebook laptop on Amazon is safe to buy, or whether the Huawei machine they’ve already bought is safe. After all, if Intel, AMD, Nvidia, Qualcomm and other U.S. tech companies can no longer sell chips to the Chinese tech company, isn’t the company basically dead to you?

The answer likely depends on whether you care about Huawei’s future as a PC maker, or if you only care about your particular future with a Huawei laptop.

What the U.S. ban on Huawei means

The ban on Huawei, enacted in May, essentially forbids U.S. companies from doing business with the tech giant. Obviously, if Huawei is unable to buy CPUs from Intel or AMD, or graphics chips from AMD or Nvidia, let alone memory and storage from other U.S.-based companies, it likely means any future Huawei PC laptops are in limbo.

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Coway Aquamega 200C review: Cleanse contaminants and track your drinking-water consumption

PC World - 4 hours 24 min ago
This countertop water filter reduces nearly a dozen pollutants, but it's not worth the investment for everyone.

Ring Floodlight, Battery review: Not enough light and not enough smarts

Mac World - 4 hours 24 min ago
The Ring Floodlight, Battery is one of the company's new Smart Lighting devices, but it's a little too dim, and a little too simple.

Coway Aquamega 200C review: Cleanse contaminants and track your drinking-water consumption

Mac World - 4 hours 24 min ago
This countertop water filter reduces nearly a dozen pollutants, but it's not worth the investment for everyone.

Microsoft's new Windows Terminal app is now live in preview

PC World - Sat, 2019-06-22 12:00

Microsoft said late Friday that a preview release of Windows Terminal is now officially live, allowing early access to the open-source terminal application which is scheduled for a version 1.0 release this winter.

While the preview version of the Terminal app can be downloaded from the Microsoft Store, Microsoft warned that it currently lacks many usability issues. For example, though the tabbed interface seemed to work, the tearaway windows didn’t seem to be quite functional yet. You’ll need Windows 10 version 18362.0 or higher as a prerequisite, the company said.

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This week in games: Bethesda ships Fallout 76's canvas bags and EA dubs loot boxes "surprise mechanics"

PC World - Fri, 2019-06-21 17:51

Everyone, take a deep breath and let it out. Congratulations, we survived another E3 and the news onslaught that entails. Your reward? The slow period, those merciful months of July and August where almost nothing happens and we can finally catch up on the backlog. Or, you know, buy more games in the Steam Sale next week.

There’s a bit of E3 mop-up happening this week though, so without further ado let’s discuss EA’s euphemistic description of loot boxes as “surprise mechanics,” the disappearance of Alpha Protocol, the arrival of The Outer Worlds E3 demo, and those damn Fallout 76 canvas bags.

This is gaming news for June 17 to 21.

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macOS Catalina: Everything you need to know

Mac World - Fri, 2019-06-21 17:00

From the desert to the coast: macOS Mojave will soon be giving way to the next major version of the Mac operating system, called macOS Catalina. Revealed during Apple’s 2019 WWDC keynote in June, Catalina features some major new features that continues to move the OS forward.

In this FAQ, we’ll give you the general details on macOS Catalina: When it will be release, what Macs are compatible, etc. We’ll add more details to this article as they become available.

When will macOS Catalina be released?

MacOS Catalina will be released during the fall of 2019. In the recent past, Apple has released the new major new versions of macOS in late September, and they’ll probably stick to that plan again.

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How to buy a refurbished Mac, MacBook, iPhone, or iPad from Apple

Mac World - Fri, 2019-06-21 16:39

Looking for a way to save some money on the latest Apple products? Consider a refurbished MacBook, refurbished iPhone, or refurbished iPad from the Apple Certified Refurbished store. A refurbished product is just like a new, but at a lower price.

Here’s a quick guide with links to the best deals you can find on the refurb store, along with a FAQ guide if you want to know more about the ins and outs of the Apple Certified Refurbished store and buying a refurbished MacBook, desktop Mac, iPhone, or iPad.

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The U.S. blacklists five Chinese supercomputer firms, including AMD joint venture THATIC

PC World - Fri, 2019-06-21 14:31

The Trump Administration has taken further action against China, placing several of the country’s top supercomputing firms on the so-called “entity list” of companies with whom U.S. companies are forbidden to do business. Currently, that list’s most famous entrant is Huawei.

The New York Times noticed that five companies have been added to the entity list, including some with entrants among the world’s fastest supercomputers, known as the Top500 list. The new entrants on the entity list also include THATIC, a joint venture AMD had set up with the Chinese government in 2016 to license an x86 chip for use in China. 

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How to get all of the Apple Watch Activity badges

Mac World - Fri, 2019-06-21 12:19

Achievement badges are a funny thing. You know they’re just a simple little bit of visual flair, they don’t even do anything, and yet for some reason you just have to collect them. Achievements are great motivators, and the achievement badges for the activity tracking on the Apple Watch have inspired many users to get more exercise.

If you want to maximize your badge count, you’re going to watch to chase down as many activity achievements as you can. Most are available year-round, but there are also some time-limited special events to grab, too. Here’s a list of all the activity achievements for the Apple Watch and how to unlock them.

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How to delete large files for Steam and other apps

Mac World - Fri, 2019-06-21 08:00

The Steam system for games makes it easy to purchase and download games onto a variety of devices you own across multiple computer platforms. Steam acts as a combination of platform, offering some gaming features available to all the apps it supports, and a purchase and copy-protection system. The key part, though, is that when you download a Steam game, the program code is wrapped up and loaded in a way that Steam can use.

However, to macOS, each game can still seem sort of like a standalone app. That becomes important only when you’re trying to clean out storage on your Mac to free up space.

One of the easiest ways to find items that you no longer need is to select  > About This Mac, click the Storage tab, and then click Manage. A window appears that calculates storage consumed across several categories, and lets you select items to delete directly.

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What’s new with the keyboard in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13

Mac World - Fri, 2019-06-21 07:00

The default Apple keyboard hasn’t really changed a lot over the last few years. The iPad got a “flick” gesture in iOS 11 to reduce the need to press Shift so often, and we’ve seen some tweaks here and there, but there hasn’t been a substantial improvement to the keyboard in a long time.

With iOS 13, Apple is making a series of welcome improvements that should go a long way toward appeasing those who have given up on Apple’s keyboard in favor of a third-party one. It’s not a holistic rethinking of the keyboard, but rather a number of welcome quality-of-life improvements.

QuickPath

The most immediately noticeable improvement to the iOS keyboard (besides a dark theme for Dark Mode) is surely the new QuickPath typing method. This is Apple’s version of swipe typing, found in lots of third-party keyboards such as Gboard and Swiftkey, and on most Android phones.

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