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Get this popular 1TB portable SSD drive for just $200

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-15 13:56

If you need a ton of space but don’t feel like upgrading your MacBook or iMac (or heck, your PC), then you’ll love the SanDisk 1TB Extreme Portable SSD that’s on sale on Amazon for just $199.49. That’s down over $150 from the usual retail price of $350, and it matches a previous low price we saw in July.

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Save Hundreds On The Complete Learn To Code Masterclass Bundle ($39)

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-15 13:29

It's no secret that coding is one of today's most employable skills; yet, many of us are still reluctant to pick it up due to its technical nature. Contrary to popular belief, however, you don't need to be a computer science guru to kickstart a coding career. This Complete Learn to Code Masterclass Bundle contains beginner courses that can help you learn how to code for only $39, or 97% off.

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This Platform Is Making Management of Apple Devices Easy

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-15 13:03

Whether you’re just getting your small business off the ground or growing an already successful venture, onboarding and maintaining your employees’ tech gadgets are important steps. Unfortunately, IT can be expensive — and out of the question for many small businesses. Even if you can afford to purchase reliable Apple devices for your growing staff, it can be hard to find the time to keep them updated without a specialist. That’s where Jamf Now comes into play: it’s a cloud-based solution that delivers Apple management and security with just a few minutes of setup.

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Add ports to your PC with these killer deals on Sabrent USB-C docking stations

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-15 12:46

We all know the pain of not having enough ports on our PC and the pleasure that a good docking station can bring, helping to connect all the peripherals while eliminating the need for dongles. Today, Amazon is selling several Sabrent docking stations for their lowest price everRemove non-product link, from a 5-port mini dock all the way up to a 10-port powerhouse.

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Add ports to your PC with these killer deals on Sabrent USB-C docking stations

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-15 12:46

We all know the pain of not having enough ports on our PC and the pleasure that a good docking station can bring, helping to connect all the peripherals while eliminating the need for dongles. Today, Amazon is selling several Sabrent docking stations for their lowest price everRemove non-product link, from a 5-port mini dock all the way up to a 10-port powerhouse.

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iPhone XR: iPhone Upgrade Program pre-approvals start Monday at noon PDT

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-15 12:36

Planning to buy an iPhone XR? Apple will start taking orders on its website this Friday at midnight PDT. But if you plan to buy the iPhone XR through Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program, today’s an important day.

At noon Pacific, Apple will open up the pre-approval process for customers interested in buying the iPhone XR through the iPhone Upgrade Program. When you sign up for the iPhone Upgrade Program, you are taking out a loan to get the new iPhone and you make monthly payments. Users need to have their loans approved before they are able to make a purchase, and getting pre-approved will make the purchasing process faster.

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iPhone Upgrade Program FAQ: How to upgrade your iPhone every year through Apple’s financing plan

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-15 12:00

This article was updated on October 15, 2018. 

Upgrading to a new iPhone is always an exciting process, but there’s one aspect that’s never fun: the cost. Apple’s latest crop of smartphones are the company’s most expensive yet, with the iPhone XS starting at $999, the iPhone XS Max at $1,099, and the iPhone XR at $749. And that’s only for the base models—if you want more storage, it'll cost you more. Toss in extra fees for AppleCare+, and you’re suddenly dealing with some serious sticker shock.

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Google Pixel 3 XL review: Winning the game by rewriting the rules

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-15 12:00

After spending nearly a week with the Pixel 3 XL, my three first impressions of Google’s newest handset haven’t changed: It’s the fastest Android phone I’ve ever used. The cameras are awesome. The notch is an eyesore.

Thankfully, the first two qualities make up for the third. Mostly. If the Pixel 3 XL didn’t have such an ostentatious notch, it would still be an ugly phone, but after a couple days I wouldn’t have cared anymore. Six days later, the notch is still the first thing my eyes go to every time I unlock my phone. It would be one thing if there was some next-generation camera or sensor that demanded such a large notch. But as it stands, there appears to be a lot of unnecessary space around the twin cameras, ambient light sensor, and speaker that live inside it.

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The new Palm phone is basically a Verizon-exclusive smart pocket watch running Android Oreo

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-15 11:46

We've been reading about the specter of a Palm reboot for a while now, so Monday's release of a new handset with the company's iconic square logo on the back wasn't really news. But it still has its surprises:

  1. It doesn't have an actual name. It's just the "new Palm phone."
  2. It runs Android.
  3. It's Verizon exclusive.
  4. You need to have another Verizon mobile phone to activate it.
  5. It costs $350.

So the new Palm phone isn't really a Palm phone at all. Heck, it's not even really a phone. Sure, there's a 4G LTE chip in it, but it's no more a phone than the Apple Watch is. It relies on Verizon's NumberShare service to act like a phone when your actual phone isn't around.

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The awesome 1TB SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD just hit an all-time low of $200

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-15 09:36

A local external drive is a key component of any backup strategy, but it can be hard to find a good deal on a high-capacity drive that isn't tethered to your desk. Today, however, Amazon’s selling the 1TB SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD for $200Remove non-product link, the lowest price we've seen for this drive, which was sitting around $240 earlier this month.

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1More Triple Driver Over-Ear headphone review: A great value in personal audio

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-15 08:15
These cans continue the young company's tradition of delivering lots of sonic bang for the buck.

1More Triple Driver Over-Ear headphone review: A great value in personal audio

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-15 08:15
These cans continue the young company's tradition of delivering lots of sonic bang for the buck.

Caavo Control Center review: This universal remote unifies not just your devices but your streaming services, too

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-15 08:00
By dropping a new piece of hardware into your entertainment center, Caavo aims to truly unite the lot of it.

macOS Mojave: For app permissions, what’s the difference between Accessibility and Full Disk Access?

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-15 08:00

The Mac has avoided widespread malware, and Apple tries to keep ahead of the ways in which malicious software can gain a foothold in macOS. In 2015 with El Capitan, that was System Integrity Protection, to keep system files from being modified. Sierra in 2017 removed an option to allow unsigned Mac apps to run without a prompt.

Now in Mojave, macOS has forced apps to request certain kinds of system-level privileges for behavior that it generally allowed in previous releases. In some cases with older apps that haven’t been updated, you have to take a manual step to keep them working, too.

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Caavo Control Center review: This universal remote unifies not just your devices but your streaming services, too

PC World - Mon, 2018-10-15 08:00
By dropping a new piece of hardware into your entertainment center, Caavo aims to truly unite the lot of it.

Photo browser utilities for the Mac: Quickly sort through a photo shoot

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-15 07:00

When many professional photographers finish a job, they go to a Mac and use the sophisticated, $150 Photo Mechanic to copy, review, and cull photos quickly. Unlike a tool such as Adobe Lightroom, which manages a photo library for you, Photo Mechanic is a media browser that reads whichever Finder folders you point it at.

That’s overkill, though, for people who simply want to manage their photos in the Finder, or review the images before importing them into Apple’s Photos app. Even when you view items in a Finder window as icons and scale them to their largest size, they’re still not large enough to really evaluate which shots are keepers. Using the Finder’s Quick Preview (press the spacebar with one or more images selected) can be a slow process, especially with RAW-formatted files.

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The best console controllers for playing games on a Mac

Mac World - Mon, 2018-10-15 06:00

Considering the awkwardness of almost every other aspect of Mac gaming, I was a little shocked to discover how easy it is to pair popular console controllers with my MacBook. Sure, you’ll need to tweak a few things. Yes, some of the “support” exists only through the generosity and dedication of a few modders. Even so, you’re not entirely nuts if you assume you can pick up your PlayStation or Xbox controller and use it with your MacBook without dropping any extra cash.

There’s a catch, of course (and there always is): It’s easier to pull this off with some controllers over others. You’ll sometimes need to download separate drivers, and you might need to reboot the system to see those drivers take effect. You’ll almost certainly have a better time if you use a wired gamepad. For that matter, there’s no guarantee that every controller here will work with every game (although you’ll have a better chance if you play games downloaded through Steam).

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 review impressions: Come for battle royale, stay for battle royale

PC World - Sat, 2018-10-13 09:40

We got access to the PC version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 ($60 on Humble) at the same time as the rest of the world, so I’ve been playing catch-up all day. Don’t ask me why Activision didn’t make it available ahead of release. I expected it to be truly broken given the circumstances but...nope. Everything seems fine, at least on a technical level.

Of course, reviewing Call of Duty is a lot easier this year given Black Ops 4 doesn’t have an actual singleplayer campaign, and the Blackout battle royale mode had a beta last month. I’ve spent some post-release time with Blackout though, plus a bit of time in traditional multiplayer and of course this year’s time-traveling Zombies stories.

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Android Confidential: Just how big is that notch on the Pixel 3 XL anyway?

PC World - Fri, 2018-10-12 17:00

The notch. By now it’s become a fairly commonplace feature on premium phones. Even some budget handsets are starting to get in on the act.

But the Pixel 3 XL reignites the notch frenzy. Why? Because it’s so damn big. Google didn’t just add a normal screen cutout to the top of its latest flagship phone, it added the biggest one I’ve ever seen. I generally don’t mind phone notches, but there’s something about the Pixel 3 XL’s that bothers me. Is it the shape? The depth? Just an optical illusion? A little of all three?

In the latest episode of Android Confidential, I figure out what makes the Pixel 3 XL’s notch so distracting compared to similar phones. I compared the Pixel 3 XL against the notchiest Android phones I could find to see if it’s really that much bigger. How does it stack up to the Essential Phone, LG G7, OnePlus 6, LG V40? Here’s what I found out.

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The Full Nerd ep. 71: Core i9-9900K, Intel benchmark controversy, farewell Hyper-Threading?

PC World - Fri, 2018-10-12 13:41

In this episode of the Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray dig deep into the Core i9-9900K, Intel’s first 8-core mainstream processor, and all the other new 9th-gen chips announced this week.

We kick things off with an overview of the mainstream 9th-gen CPUs, Intel’s refresh of the Core X high-end desktop chips, and the beastly unlocked, 28-core Xeon W-3175X, just to get everybody on the same page. If you want the speeds and feeds in black and white, be sure to hit the link above.

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