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How to shop at the Apple Certified Refurbished store online and save money

Mac World - Fri, 2017-12-15 00:35

Looking for a way to save some money on new 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, iPhone, or iPad.

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BrandPost: Tomorrow’s workforce, today. Orchestrated by CDW.

PC World - Thu, 2017-12-14 20:30

How we work and where we work are changing. If handled properly, the opportunities are endless. If not, productivity is sure to plummet. At CDW, we can help you harness the latest in mobility and collaboration to allow both workforce flexibility and organizational agility.

Minnesota Wild Retools Tech for the Ultimate Fan Experience

The National Hockey League's Minnesota Wild updated the technology at their arena, the Xcel Energy Center, with one goal in mind: to create a better fan experience. The team is focused on engaging with fans and helping them interact with each other and brands during the games, and is using new technology platforms, especially for its core and Wi-Fi networks, to help enable that. 

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BrandPost: Less-risky business. Orchestrated by CDW.

PC World - Thu, 2017-12-14 20:24

Evolving attacks. Scattered endpoints. Strained resources. Risks are changing, and you need to be prepared for anything. We can help you build a holistic solution that combines strategy and technology to keep your data accessible and secure.

Lessons learned from 4,000 security assessments conducted by CDW can prepare your IT troops to address common vulnerabilities. CDW has been in the IT security trenches for decades. Any organization can apply the lessons our experts have learned to fundamentally shift its approach to security. The infographic below shows how.

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Windscribe Pro review: It's all about the extras

PC World - Thu, 2017-12-14 17:22

Windscribe in brief:

P2P allowed: Yes, on most servers

Number of servers: 321

Business location: Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada

Number of country locations: 50

Cost: $49 billed annually

Metropolitan Toronto is something of a VPN hub these days. We’ve already looked at TunnelBear and recent Symantec acquisition SurfEasy, both based in Toronto. Now it’s time to look at Windscribe, a capable VPN based just outside of Canada’s largest city.

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BrandPost: Stronger Connections, Orchestrated by CDW

PC World - Thu, 2017-12-14 16:41

From shoppers and patients to students and constituents, client satisfaction is key. And technology is key to client satisfaction. We can help you develop a client-centric approach to IT that increases engagement, retention and your competitive advantage.

One example:

Every great musical composition has at least two components to make it come to life: talented musicians and top-notch instruments. The same is true of a K–12 classroom, where lessons sometimes are only as solid as the methods and tools used to teach them.  

Imagine the classroom as an orchestra, with the teacher as the conductor. Each child has individual learning needs met by a personalized learning model, which means it doesn’t matter what types of instruments these little maestros are playing — the conductor is prepared to help them harmonize and play a beautiful melody together by teaching them as individuals first.

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FCC votes to kill net neutrality in an unsurprising move. What happens now?

PC World - Thu, 2017-12-14 15:04

That noise you just heard was the sound of millions of modems across the U.S. crying. As expected, the FCC just voted 3-2 to kill its own net neutrality rules, and the Internet as we know it could be forever changed.

Under the current net neutrality rules (classifying ISPs under Title II of the Communications Act), which were only just enacted in 2015, Internet service providers are required to deliver all online content with the same speed and accessibility, meaning they can’t charge more for faster Netflix speeds or restrict YouTube access. There are particular exceptions for medical services, public safety communications, and other data that is deemed to be in the public good.

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FCC votes to kill net neutrality in an unsurprising move. What happens now?

Mac World - Thu, 2017-12-14 15:04
The FCC has voted to kill its own net neutrality rules in a 3-2 vote along party lines. Here's what will likely happen next.

Microsoft knocks $550 off the fantastic Dell XPS 13 as last-minute PC deals get crazier

PC World - Thu, 2017-12-14 14:29

Though Microsoft is actively encouraging you to buy its Surface Pro (2017) tablet at $200 off, an even better deal lies behind the scenes: a whopping $550 off the top-rated Dell XPS 13 9360, knocking the price down to $749. 

Both are part of Microsoft’s 12 Days of Deals

By far the most compelling offer is the Dell XPS 13 9360, which we considered a great deal when it was selling for $999 just last week. (In Gordon Mah Ung’s XPS 13 9360 review (4.5/5 stars), he calls the 8th-gen Core laptop the “best one yet.”)

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Run Windows On Your Mac With CrossOver 17, Now 50% Off

Mac World - Thu, 2017-12-14 14:29

No matter where you stand on the Mac vs. PC debate, you shouldn't have to jump through hoops to get your favorite Windows apps running on your Mac. With CrossOver 17, you can quickly and easily launch Windows apps right from your Mac dock without buying a Windows license, rebooting, or using a virtual machine, and it's on sale for over half-off the usual price.

Whether you're looking to tap into Window's suite of productivity tools or just add some killer games to your Mac, CrossOver 17 allows you to seamlessly install and run Windows applications on your Mac (or Linux computer) without any extra add-ons. You can launch Windows software straight from your dock and operate Windows software at native speed, preserving precious performance speed.

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Save Hundreds On The 2018 CompTIA Security Certification Bundle (95% Off)

PC World - Thu, 2017-12-14 14:24

The world is becoming more connected on the digital plane, and as such, hackers and cybercriminals look to exploit these massive networks for vulnerabilities. That's why demand is high for IT experts versed in the fields of cybersecurity—but only if they bear the appropriate certifications. With the 2018 CompTIA Security Certification Bundle, you can fast-track yourself to join their in-demand ranks by preparing to ace three leading IT certification exams—and for a fraction of the usual cost.

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Oppo UDP-205 Ultra-HD Audiophile Blu-ray player review: Audiophile sound and price tag (plus Dolby Vision)

PC World - Thu, 2017-12-14 13:50
With 32-bit DACs and other upscale components, you won't hear better analog audio from an Ultra HD Blu-ray player. It's also the first player we've tested to support Dolby Vision 4K UHD discs.

Oppo UDP-205 Ultra-HD Audiophile Blu-ray player review: Audiophile sound and price tag (plus Dolby Vision)

Mac World - Thu, 2017-12-14 13:50
With 32-bit DACs and other upscale components, you won't hear better analog audio from an Ultra HD Blu-ray player. It's also the first player we've tested to support Dolby Vision 4K UHD discs.

Amazon is selling the Ecobee4 at its Black Friday price

PC World - Thu, 2017-12-14 13:21

If you missed the Ecobee4 sale the first time around, Amazon has you covered. Today the retailer is selling the Ecobee4 for $200. That's the same price we saw at Lowe's and others (including Amazon) on Black Friday. Usually this latest model of the Ecobee sells for the MSRP of $249.

The big change with the Ecobee4 compared to its predecessor is built-in Alexa Voice Service. Prior to this, the Ecobee integrated with Alexa devices like most other smart home devices. With Alexa built-in, you can use the smart thermometer to get news, set timers, and many of the other things you can ask of an Echo device. The Ecobee4 works with the Google Assistant if you've got a Google Home device, too.

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Amazon is selling the Ecobee4 at its Black Friday price

Mac World - Thu, 2017-12-14 13:21

If you missed the Ecobee4 sale the first time around, Amazon has you covered. Today the retailer is selling the Ecobee4 for $200. That's the same price we saw at Lowe's and others (including Amazon) on Black Friday. Usually this latest model of the Ecobee sells for the MSRP of $249.

The big change with the Ecobee4 compared to its predecessor is built-in Alexa Voice Service. Prior to this, the Ecobee integrated with Alexa devices like most other smart home devices. With Alexa built-in, you can use the smart thermometer to get news, set timers, and many of the other things you can ask of an Echo device. The Ecobee4 works with the Google Assistant if you've got a Google Home device, too.

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Save 50% on the TP-LINK Wi-Fi Smart Plug, Works with Amazon Alexa - Deal Alert

PC World - Thu, 2017-12-14 09:22

The TP-LINK HS100 smart plug is quite simply a power outlet that you can control from anywhere. Using your smartphone, you can turn devices on & off, set programs to turn them on & off at set times while you're away, or engage a "countdown timer" which powers the switch off after a set amount of time. Installation is simple -- just plug a device into your smart plug and connect to your wifi network. The HS100 is also compatible with Amazon Alexa, for voice control. Buy multiple plugs and get creative.

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Save 50% on the TP-LINK Wi-Fi Smart Plug, Works with Amazon Alexa - Deal Alert

Mac World - Thu, 2017-12-14 09:22

The TP-LINK HS100 smart plug is quite simply a power outlet that you can control from anywhere. Using your smartphone, you can turn devices on & off, set programs to turn them on & off at set times while you're away, or engage a "countdown timer" which powers the switch off after a set amount of time. Installation is simple -- just plug a device into your smart plug and connect to your wifi network. The HS100 is also compatible with Amazon Alexa, for voice control. Buy multiple plugs and get creative.

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Star Wars: Battlefront II - Resurrection review: A disappointing end to Iden Versio's story

PC World - Thu, 2017-12-14 09:00

It doesn’t get any better. That’s all you really need to know about this week’s Star Wars: Battlefront II mini-expansion. Timed to land alongside The Last Jedi’s theater release, it’s the first bit of post-launch content for Battlefront II and adds stuff that’s theoretically tied to the movie—meaning Finn and Captain Phasma as heroes, plus a new ground map set on the planet Crait (which given the loot crate controversy is a pretty ironic name) and new space battle map set around D’Qar.

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iMac Pro first look: Apple’s most powerful Mac is a multiprocessing beast

PC World - Thu, 2017-12-14 08:30
Made for video editing, 3D graphics, VR, and software development, Apple's new pro Mac is an engineering feat.

iMac Pro first look: Apple’s most powerful Mac is a multiprocessing beast

Mac World - Thu, 2017-12-14 08:30

The long-awaited iMac Pro is finally here. On Thursday, December 14, Apple’s new workstation-class Mac became available on the company’s website. The 8- and 10-core iMac Pro ships immediately, while the 14- and 18-core models ship in January.

The release of the iMac Pro is significant for Apple. The Mac Pro, released in 2013, has had only one minor update in four years, and Apple earlier this year admitted that the machine is a mistake. And while the company could say that a top-of-the-line iMac has plenty of processing power, it’s not the workstation-level computer that demanding professionals want. This machine is a sign that Apple still values pro users and wants to offer a Mac that can meet their demands. During an iMac Pro media event (attended by Macworld), company executives and third-party developers in attendance hammered that point home.

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Samsung's Notebook 9 Pen is ready for your scribbles, drawings and more

PC World - Thu, 2017-12-14 07:11

Samsung's Notebook 9 Pen is a slender 360-degree laptop that's committed to the stylus way of doing things. Of course there's a keyboard, but this convertible laptop wants to make it easy for you to scribble, tap, and create with your hand.

Announced Wednesday night, the Notebook 9 Pen and several other Notebook 9 models will ship in Korea first, then the United States in the first quarter of 2018. Prices were not disclosed. 

Why this matters: Samsung announced the Notebook 9 Pen and several other laptops on Wednesday night to get ahead of the news deluge at CES. Samsung is a relatively small player in the huge U.S. PC market, so every model counts. By focusing on pen input for the Notebook 9 Pen and a few other models, it has a chance of attracting stylus enthusiasts.

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