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Put Alexa in your car with this awesome Prime sale on Anker's Roav VIVA 2-port USB charger

Mac World - Wed, 2018-07-11 10:41

Amazon is continuing its week of pre-Prime Day sales with a killer deal on an awesome car charger. Anker's Alexa-enabled 2-port USB Roav VIVA is on sale on Amazon today for $34 for Prime members, down from a list price of $60 and the lowest price we've ever seen.

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How to get Amazon Prime for free for Prime Day

PC World - Wed, 2018-07-11 09:30

When Amazon’s Prime Day starts Monday, July 16 at 12 p.m. Pacific, you’ll need to be a Prime member to partake of the deals. Prime is Amazon’s $119 per year service that provides two-day shipping on all orders, as well as a ton of extras like the Kindle lending library and Prime Video.

Good news, though: You may not need to pay for membership at all if you just want it long enough to take advantage of Amazon’s annual shopping extravaganza. Here are a few ways to get a short-term Prime membership to cash in on the savings.

Amazon Method One: The standard 30-day free trial

If you’ve never tried Amazon Prime or haven’t tried it in a while, you may be eligible for a free, 30-day trial. After the 30 days, Amazon will charge you for the membership—either $13 per month or $119 per year—so don’t forget to cancel before the trial is up.

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How to get Amazon Prime for free for Prime Day

Mac World - Wed, 2018-07-11 09:30
Prime Day starts on Monday, July 16. If you're not a Prime member already, here's how to become one without paying a cent before the big day.

ASRock's bundling an 8GB Radeon RX 580 graphics card with a B350 Ryzen motherboard for $300

PC World - Wed, 2018-07-11 09:28

ASRock is a big name in motherboards but only recently started making graphics cards. Now the company's leveraging its traditional expertise to offer a tantalizing bundle for gamers--especially if you're building a new PC from the ground up.

Until Thursday, you can get an 8GB ASRock Phantom Gaming X Radeon RX 580 for $300. That's a pretty average price right now for an 8GB RX 580, but to sweeten the deal Newegg's throwing in a $90 ASRock AB350 Pro4 motherboard for free. As long as you need that motherboard, this bundle means you're getting ASRock Phantom Gaming X for far below the 8GB RX 580's original $240 MSRP, in an era where AMD GPUs are still selling for significantly over list prices. The deal ends on Thursday.

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Best PDF editors: Reviewed and rated

PC World - Wed, 2018-07-11 08:45

Though it’s nearly 25 years old, the PDF may be more useful than ever in our increasingly multi-device, cross-platform world. Much of the time you can get by with a free PDF reader to review and comment on these files. But inevitably, particularly in a business setting, you’ll need to edit a PDF file and that usually requires upgrading to a premium PDF editor.

Historically, Adobe Acrobat has been the best option, but it has also been the most expensive, often putting it out of reach of individuals and small businesses. That has given rise to a wealth of alternatives with varying features and costs. We looked at six PDF editors to see what they offer and how they stack up against each other.

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MacOS: How to change the default app for a file

Mac World - Wed, 2018-07-11 07:00

Back in the pre-Mac OS X and macOS days, Apple’s System 9 and earlier relied on hidden metadata to associate files with apps. File extensions, those bits of text that follow a period at the end of a file (like .doc, .html, or .jpg) were optional, although often used for compatibility with other platforms and with web. On the web, file extensions are effectively mandatory so a browser knows how to handle a file appropriately.

Macworld reader Rick would like to monkey with that. He has a number of HTML templates, but to differentiate them from his production .html files, he puts the suffix .tt on them instead. Browsers don’t recognize these files by default. There’s a way to force an association between a file type and an application, but that application still has to recognize the extension.

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Ecobee Switch+ review: This powerful smart light switch is an Amazon Echo in disguise

PC World - Wed, 2018-07-11 06:00
It’s not perfect, but who wants another hockey puck just to talk to Alexa?

Ecobee Switch+ review: This powerful smart light switch is an Amazon Echo in disguise

Mac World - Wed, 2018-07-11 06:00
It’s not perfect, but who wants another hockey puck just to talk to Alexa?

9 iPhone apps for better-looking selfies

Mac World - Wed, 2018-07-11 06:00
Facetune 2 (free, in-app purchases available)

Image by Jackie Dove/IDG

Facetune 2 is all selfies all the time, and as a specialist in beautifying faces, this app gives you the look you seek, whether it’s a natural expression for a business portrait or a more airbrushed and glamorous shot for friends and family.

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Best true wireless earbuds: Free yourself from the tyranny of cords

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-10 19:57
Truly wireless earbuds let you ditch all cables in our post-headphone jack world, but like with anything else, their quality varies. Our top picks offer great audio without sacrificing battery life or comfort.

Best true wireless earbuds: Free yourself from the tyranny of cords

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-10 19:57

Earbud makers have been busy doing away with wires—a good thing whether or not your phone still has a headset jack. You no longer have to deal with cords if you don't want to. True wireless earbuds connect to one another and your audio source via Bluetooth.

No wires mean no inline microphones or controls, but truly wireless earbuds sound just as good as traditional Bluetooth counterparts (for better or worse). They also boast all of the features we've come to expect from earbuds designed to work with your smartphone, tablet, or PC.

Since Apple’s AirPods became a runaway hit, an endless stream of companies have rolled out their own true wireless earbuds and earphones. As you might expect, not all of them are worth your time or money—so we've got your back with buying suggestions to meet a wide variety of needs.

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BolehVPN review: A capable service that's not for novices

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-10 18:41

BolehVPN in brief:

  • P2P allowed: Yes
  • Business location: Malaysia and Seychelles
  • Number of servers: 35
  • Number of country locations: 12
  • Cost: $80 per year
  • VPN protocol: OpenVPN and L2TP
  • Data encryption: AES-256
  • Data authentication: SHA2
  • Handshake encryption: RSA-4096

Many VPNs right now are trying to be as user friendly as possible with a simple connect button and a simplified list of server locations. Not so with BolehVPN. This Malaysia-based VPN is not focused on ease of use, but at the same time there may not be quite enough here to satisfy power users.

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Best wireless routers: Reviews and buying advice

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-10 17:00

A great wireless router is an essential element of tech life, whether you’re building out a smart home or you just want the best experience streaming music and video at home. We pick the best models here, because even those of us fortunate enough to have ethernet drops in every room have devices—smartphones and tablets, for instance—that depend on Wi-Fi to connect to the home network if not the internet.

Wi-Fi router cheat sheet

Our quick-hit picks:

Twin and sometimes conflicting demands for high performance and ease of use are powering a thriving and rapidly evolving market. Innovation is one of the biggest upsides of this dynamic, and confusion its biggest downside. Today’s hero could be tomorrow’s has-been, as established brands like Linksys and Netgear try to one-up each other while simultaneously fending off new challengers such as Eero and Luma. But it’s those challengers who have innovated the most, starting with Eero, the first manufacturer to bring mesh networking to the consumer router market.

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Best wireless routers: Reviews and buying advice

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-10 17:00

A great wireless router is an essential element of tech life, whether you’re building out a smart home or you just want the best experience streaming music and video at home. We pick the best models here, because even those of us fortunate enough to have ethernet drops in every room have devices—smartphones and tablets, for instance—that depend on Wi-Fi to connect to the home network if not the internet.

Wi-Fi router cheat sheet

Our quick-hit picks:

Twin and sometimes conflicting demands for high performance and ease of use are powering a thriving and rapidly evolving market. Innovation is one of the biggest upsides of this dynamic, and confusion its biggest downside. Today’s hero could be tomorrow’s has-been, as established brands like Linksys and Netgear try to one-up each other while simultaneously fending off new challengers such as Eero and Luma. But it’s those challengers who have innovated the most, starting with Eero, the first manufacturer to bring mesh networking to the consumer router market.

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Got Wi-Fi coverage troubles? Take $50 off one of the best home mesh systems today

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-10 15:41

If you’ve got a large home, you’ve likely noticed that it’s a hassle to get good Wi-Fi signals in every room. To improve the coverage, you need to good router mesh system. Fortunately, right now Amazon is selling the wonderful Netgear Orbi Home Mesh Wi-Fi System—the compact version—for just #249.48. That’s $50.51 (or 17 percent) off the usual asking price of $299.99.

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How to use iOS 12's new animated Activity stickers for Messages

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-10 14:50

Apple continues its emphasis on health and fitness features in iOS 12 and watchOS 5. Apple Watch users can enjoy new workout types and auto workout tracking, for example, and they can challenge other Watch users to week-long Activity Challenges duels.

On the phone side, iOS 12 makes talking about fitness more fun with a new set of animated Stickers in the Messages app. Here's how to find and use them.

IDG Finding Activity stickers

The new Activity stickers are located in the same place where you'll find most Messages apps.

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Watch The Full Nerd ep. 58 live at 1:30 p.m. ET: We're giving away ultra-rare AMD swag!

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-10 11:40

The Full Nerd is a video talk show where technology enthusiasts come together to explore, celebrate, and generally geek out on cool PC hardware technology, from CPUs to GPUs to extreme laptops and desktops—and all the tech in between. We’re shooting the 58th episode today, answering the questions you need to know and giving away the swag you want to own. On tap:

  • Should you buy a new GPU right now?
  • Should you buy a new CPU right now?
  • Reader Q&A

We’ll also pick the winner of a 2nd-gen Threadripper “Heavy Metal tour” t-shirt signed by AMD CEO Lisa Su and computing and graphics chief Jim Anderson! Get your entries in now if you haven’t already, and brush up on your knowledge by watching our detailed 2nd-gen Threadripper interview with Jim Anderson below while you wait for us to go live today.

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3 reasons why Microsoft's Surface Go beats Apple's iPad (and 3 reasons why it doesn't)

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-10 11:13

It’s no coincidence that Apple released a series of iPad international video spots just hours before Microsoft unveiled its most affordable tablet, the Surface Go. The four 15-second ads spotlight the iPad’s ability to make mundane tasks like paperwork, packing, and traveling easier with the low-cost tablet.

But now Microsoft has a strong competitor to Apple’s entry-level $329 iPad. With a $399 price tag and a 10-inch screen, the Surface Go isn’t just Microsoft’s cheapest Surface tablet, it’s one of the most affordable full-featured tablets you can buy. And it just might be a better investment than the 9.7-inch iPad, depending on what you need. Here’s why (and why not):

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3 reasons why Microsoft's Surface Go beats Apple's iPad (and 3 reasons why it doesn't)

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-10 11:13
Microsoft's new Surface Go has its sights squarely set on the iPad. But is it a real competitor to Apple's tablet dominance?

Belkin's $230 USB-C Express Dock is down to $99—and even less if you're an Amazon Prime member

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-10 10:59

If you could use a few more connections on your laptop on your MacBook or PC, Belkin's USB-C 3.1 Express Dock, which comes equipped with a 3.3-foot USB-C cable, can provide up to eight ports. Amazon is selling is for $99 today, a sharp discount from its $229 list price and by far the lowest we've seen it. And if you're an Amazon Prime member, you can save another 20 percent, bringing it down to an unheard-of $80.

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