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It’s time to switch your Mac backups from Time Capsule to Time Machine volumes

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-10 08:00

The Apple Time Capsule seemed like a great idea when it was unveiled about a decade ago. It was a Time Machine network backup target that also embedded a Wi-Fi gateway and ethernet sharing. Perfection, even if it was a little too expensive: It came with Apple technical support and warranty.

But it didn’t play out with the promise it had. An internal drive that you can’t physically remove or upgrade is a problem when it crashes or loses data, something that has happened to many Macworld readers. There’s no Disk Utility for Time Capsule. And if the Time Capsule hardware or the drive died, you could not swap that drive out without a lot of fuss.

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The iPhone XS Max is making me neglect my iPad

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-10 07:00
Leif Johnson

I haven’t used my iPad Pro in days. In fact, I kind of forgot it existed, as last week I guiltily realized I’d buried my longtime daily writing companion under a pile of papers as though it were a random piece of trash.

But the guilt passed quickly. Within seconds my attention had already turned back to my new iPhone XS Max, a device that does many of the tasks my iPad Pro does more comfortably and efficiently. And I highly doubt I’m alone in that thinking.

A world in an inch

Nothing about the iPhone XS Max won me over quite like its gorgeous 6.5-inch display. That’s “only” a diagonal inch larger than the iPhone 8 Plus, but that extra inch makes the iPhone XS Max good enough for activities that used to leave me reaching for my iPad. Heck, it sometimes makes my iPad feel superfluous. That extra inch blurs the transition line between the iPhone and the iPad, to the point that I feel confident in saying it effectively eliminates any chances of a iPad mini reboot.

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Google Pixel Slate hands on: This is what the next generation of Android tablets feels like

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-10 06:38

Three years after Google released its first Pixel-branded Android tablet, it's back with another one. This time it's called the Pixel Slate, but it doesn't run Android 9 Pie. It runs Chrome OS.

You wouldn't know it looking at it. Lying on a table, the Pixel Slate looks just like the Pixel C or any other 4:3 Android tablet, with uniform black bezels all around, four pogo pins, and a USB-C port in the corner. It's only upon closer inspection that you realize just how different the Pixel Slate really is.

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I'm the Pixel 3 XL notch, and screw it, they should have made me even bigger

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-10 06:30

That’s right. It’s me. The notch. The one you’ve been notch-shaming for weeks on end. At first, I was hurt, but now? Screw it. They should have made me even bigger.

What, you think I was mistake? Well, newsflash, you don’t make the decisions here. Google does. So, follow along closely, because it’s going to be a rough ride.

First off, I’ve heard all the snarky comments: Elon Musk is building a submarine to rescue survivors from the bottom of the notch. Old-timey men from the 1920s lay their coats over the notch so women can step over it and not get their dresses wet. Did you see the trailer for Hot Tub Time Machine 3? They filmed it on location—in Google’s notch.

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Google Home Hub hands on: Is there an Echo in here?

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-09 22:00
The Google Home Hub isn't just a competitor to the Amazon Echo, it's also one of best smart speakers I've ever seen.

Google Home Hub hands on: Is there an Echo in here?

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-09 22:00
The Google Home Hub isn't just a competitor to the Amazon Echo, it's also one of best smart speakers I've ever seen.

Microsoft restarts Windows 10 October 2018 Update, blaming data loss on misdirected folders

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-09 19:55

Microsoft has restarted the Windows 10 October 2018 Update to members of its Windows Insider beta team. The company had paused early downloads after discovering that Windows accidentally erased files while redirecting them to a new folder location, including Microsoft's own OneDrive. 

Microsoft announced the October 2018 Update during its Surface press event October 2. While upgrades were scheduled to roll out automatically starting October 9, users could download the operating system manually in the meantime. Several days later, the update (also known as “version 1809”) was pulled as reports surfaced of files being deleted during the installation process.

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Google’s new products look great, but they’re still no threat to Apple

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-09 18:45

Google just announced its suite of new hardware for 2018, including the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones, Pixel Slate tablet, and Home Hub smart display. They look like great products for those who are committed to the Google ecosystem.

But there’s nothing about them that should cause Apple to start sweating yet. As impressed as we may be by some of what Google showcased on Tuesday, nothing about these products leads us to believe that they’re going to cause a significant shift of users away from Apple’s. iPhones, iPads, and HomePods aren’t going to suffer any significant sales losses from Google’s latest.

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

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-09 17:30

Apple has made several strong denials about any possibility that the Chinese has hacked the company’s servers. More iPad Pro rumors surface, and Google released some new products. We also respond to your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 625.

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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Twitter Poll: Which rumored feature for the new iPad Pro are you most excited about?

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-09 17:17
Vote in our Twitter poll and leave a comment. We'll discuss the results on the Macworld Podcast on Wednesday, October 10, at 10 a.m. Pacific, live on Twitter.(

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Google Pixel 3XL hands on: A lot of phone, a lot of notch, and a lot of money

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-09 17:12

Let’s just get this out of the way: The Pixel 3 XL is not a pretty phone. It’s got a canyon for a notch, a valley for a chin, and thick bezels around its screen. Put it in a Pepsi challenge with any 2018 phone—and even some 2017 models—and nearly everyone will pick the other handset based on looks alone. The smaller Pixel 3 may look slightly less homely, with a smaller Pixel 2 XL aesthetic, but you can pretty much throw a rock and hit a better-looking Android phone.

But while it might not be much to look at, the Pixel 3 XL is a joy to hold, with an incredible matte glass back that feels like metal to the touch and won’t pick up nearly as many fingerprints as other phones. Seriously, you’re not going to want to put this phone in a case—it feels that good. Someone else will have to test the durability compared to other glass-backed phones, because I don’t want to get a scratch on mine.

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Microsoft has added $20 to the price of Windows 10 Home, but there are sales elsewhere

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-09 15:32

Microsoft may have quietly raised the price of Windows 10 Home by $20 just over a month ago, but don’t worry, you can find cheaper prices from some legitimate retailers.

Microsoft confirmed that in August it started charging $139 for Windows 10 HomeRemove non-product link, both the downloadable version and the version that ships on a USB key. (The USB version is currently listed as out of stock.) That’s up $20 from the earlier price of $119. Microsoft still charges $199.99 for Windows 10 Pro.

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Transfer All of Your iOS Data Between Devices With iMazing 2, Now Just $20 (75% Off)

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-09 15:16

Upgrading your iPhone can feel refreshing, but your excitement may fade once you have to migrate all of your old files to your new device. Apple lets you back up your old iPhone with iCloud, but it only offers 5GB of free storage, and you’ll have to pay a monthly fee for additional storage. If you want a better method of transferring files between your mobile devices and computer, you can find a universal license for iMazing 2 here for 75% off.

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Get 2TB of Zoolz Cloud Storage For Life For Just $45

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-09 15:15

You may record a video one day and download a new app the next. The files you create are relatively small, but they build up over time, and before you know it, your phone storage is brimming with content, and you might not have enough space on your laptop to migrate to. This is why cloud storage is popular these days, and with Zoolz Cloud Storage, you can buy 2TB of lifetime storage for only $44.95, or 98% off.

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Intel 9th-gen CPU reactions with Intel, Alienware, GamersNexus, Paul's Hardware, and Bitwit

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-09 14:59

We’re hip-deep in chips at Intel’s 9th-gen Core processor launch in New York. Intel revealed not one, not two, but three new releases on Monday, with gaming ready K-series Core i5, i7, and i9 chips, a new massively multicore Core X-series lineup, and the ludicrously multicore 28-core, 56-thread Xeon W-3175X processor, along with an arsenal of motherboards based around the fresh Z390 chipset.

You can catch up on all the hard details in our 9th-gen processor coverage, and our breakdown of what the sudden lack of Hyper-Threading and the bump to eight cores could mean for the Core i7-9700K’s performance.

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MacBook Pro Thunderbolt 3 adapter guide: How to connect an iPhone, display, hard drive, and more

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-09 14:39

The new MacBook Pro comes with two or four external ports, depending on the model you pick. But those ports are only of one type: Thunderbolt 3, which is compatible with USB-C.

But you probably have devices that use USB-A, Thunderbolt 1, Thunderbolt 2, DisplayPort, HDMI, or something else. How do you connect these devices? With an adapter.

If you’re planning to buy a new MacBook Pro, make sure you set aside a considerable amount of cash for the adapters you need. Apple doesn’t include any in the box, except for a power adapter.

Your best bet is to get a combination dock, like the Satechi Slim Aluminum Type-C Multi-Port Adapter ($60 on Amazon). It connects to the MacBook Pro via USB-C, and includes a USB-C pass-through port, two USB 3.0 ports, and an HDMI port with 4K (30Hz) support. With this, you don’t have to carry around multiple adapters.

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GE Lighting's new C by GE smart lighting starter kit features the Google Home Mini

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-09 14:35
The $55 kit includes one of C by GE’s Bluetooth smart bulbs pre-paired with a Google Home Mini.

Google Pixel Slate: The top features, specs, and highlights

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-09 14:19

The Google Pixel Slate isn’t the first Chrome tablet, but it’s setting new standards for what a Chrome tablet can be. Announced Tuesday at Google’s Made By Google Launch event in New York, the Pixel Slate “isn’t a laptop trying to be a tablet,” said Google’s Trond Wuellner, “or a tablet that’s really a phone pretending to be a computer.”

The Pixel Slate shows how Google’s trying to evolve Chrome OS from its original desktop aspirations. The Pixel Slate brings together touch, pen, and voice input in a compact, versatile form factor. The Pixel Slate also looks as gorgeous as an Apple iPad or a Samsung Galaxy Tab S. 

We’ve highlighted below the important specs and most intriguing new features that we know so far. We’ll update this piece as we learn more about the Pixel Slate. 

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Grab this leather Apple Watch band for less than $5

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-09 13:56

Leather Apple Watch bands don’t have to cost a fortune, particularly if you get them from a brand besides Hermès. Consider, for instance, this gray Apple Watch band from Top4cus on Amazon. If you enter the code XMIK7F5E at checkout, you get either the 42/44mm or 38/40mm version for just $4.20. Not bad, considering it normally sells for $14.00.

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Google Home Hub: Top 5 features, and how it stacks up to Echo Show

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-09 13:55
Google aims to strangle the new Echo Show in its crib, but its new smart display could also cripple hardware partners like JBL and Lenovo.


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