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Step up your fashion sense with the Amazon Echo Look for 50% off

Mac World - Tue, 2018-11-06 10:56

When it comes to fashion, we can all use a little help. Of course, having a personal stylist is the dream, but the next-best thing is Amazon’s Echo Look. Amazon’s selling the $200 high-tech selfie cam for 50 percent off today, bringing the Echo Look down to $100.

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Step up your fashion sense with the Amazon Echo Look for 50% off

PC World - Tue, 2018-11-06 10:56

When it comes to fashion, we can all use a little help. Of course, having a personal stylist is the dream, but the next-best thing is Amazon’s Echo Look. Amazon’s selling the $200 high-tech selfie cam for 50 percent off today, bringing the Echo Look down to $100.

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Find great PC accessories at all-time low prices in Amazon's one-day Logitech blowout sale

Mac World - Tue, 2018-11-06 10:15

Amazon’s throwing another one-day blowout sale on Logitech PC accessoriesRemove non-product link, including keyboards, webcams, speakers, and mice. While we’ve seen bigger PC accessory sales, this one has some particularly enticing deals.

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Find great PC accessories at all-time low prices in Amazon's one-day Logitech blowout sale

PC World - Tue, 2018-11-06 10:15

Amazon’s throwing another one-day blowout sale on Logitech PC accessoriesRemove non-product link, including keyboards, webcams, speakers, and mice. While we’ve seen bigger PC accessory sales, this one has some particularly enticing deals.

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Save 50% On PDF Expert For Mac ($25)

Mac World - Tue, 2018-11-06 09:24

PDF is one of the most versatile document formats in use; it’s used to present word documents, package scanned reading material, illustrate packing slip tracking numbers, and much more. As widely popular as PDF is, it has its limits. For example, Mac users can’t edit PDF documents without special applications.

Mac users have dozens of PDF editors to choose from, so if you just need a tool to edit PDF text, you can easily find a reasonably priced app to get the job done. However, if you’re looking for a streamlined experience packed with additional features, PDF Expert for Mac may be for you, and it’s currently on sale for $19.99, or 75% off.

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Get A Lifetime Of VPNSecure For Just $25

PC World - Tue, 2018-11-06 08:24

If you travel frequently, you know how convenient public Wi-Fi hotspots can be. They can be used to take calls, answer emails, and stream your favorite shows. However, most people don’t realize that public Wi-Fi is essentially a target for hackers, identity thieves, and shady organizations vying for your private information.

Your private info is worth its weight in gold, which is why you should spare no expense protecting yourself with a reliable VPN service. However, this doesn’t mean your VPN needs to be expensive; if you’re looking for a well-rated and affordable VPN, you may want to consider VPNSecure, which is currently on sale for $24.99, or 94% off.

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Specious reasoning: Punching your ticket on the Apple doom train

Mac World - Tue, 2018-11-06 08:00

In Apple’s quarterly conference call with analysts last week, the company announced that it would no longer be providing unit sales figures for iPhones, iPads and Macs. As was foretold in prophecy (or, in this case, a tweet by The Macalope), the caterwauling about Apple converting to the practice followed by almost everyone else in the industry has begun!

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and home endoscopy hobbyist forum, Peter Cohan brings us “3 Reasons To Sell Apple Now.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Tibor.)

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Hints of Windows 10's 2019 future show up in early '19H1' builds

PC World - Tue, 2018-11-06 06:30

We’re already seeing hints of the next version of Windows 10, due in the spring of 2019 and known by the code name “19H1.” Some are cosmetic, like the new Acrylic look and feel to the Windows sign-in page. Others are more substantive, like the new Search Indexer. 

But wait, you ask: Isn’t Windows 10’s October 2018 Update still in limbo? Yes: The October 2018 Update, delayed due to the potential for data loss, hasn’t been pushed to anyone but Windows Insiders. Currently there is no further news to share about its release, a spokesman said.

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MacBook Air review: Out with the old and in with the new, for better or worse

PC World - Tue, 2018-11-06 06:00
The new MacBook Air is essentially the 12-inch MacBook, made larger.

$799 Mac mini review: Impressive multi-core performance from Apple’s most affordable Mac

PC World - Tue, 2018-11-06 06:00
The new Mac mini is faster than its four-year-old predecessor. That’s no surprise. What may be surprising is the dramatic boost it has with multi-core, professional apps.

MacBook Air review: Out with the old and in with the new, for better or worse

Mac World - Tue, 2018-11-06 06:00

Apple says the MacBook Air is “the most beloved notebook ever,” and it’s not wrong. The huge success of the original Air had ripple effects throughout the industry, but it has languished in recent years. For the last three years or so, Apple had kept up with neither technological nor design advances in its most important laptop.

Now, the MacBook Air has finally been brought up to modern Mac laptop standards, skipping forward three generations of Intel processors, adding a Retina display and Thunderbolt 3 ports, and giving us three color options, among other things. But it feels a bit like Apple threw out the baby with the bathwater, jettisoning some features of the MacBook Air that make it so well-loved.

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$799 Mac mini review: Impressive multi-core performance from Apple’s most affordable Mac

Mac World - Tue, 2018-11-06 06:00

It’s been ages since the Mac mini received an update, so we can see how fans of Apple’s smallest Mac would be happy for any improvements. On the flipside, because the mini hasn’t been updated for four long years, you may have convinced yourself that Apple would make dramatic changes—yet the update is pretty much limited to a processor upgrade.

If you were anticipating a major overhaul, your disappointment is understandable. But get over it, because the new Mac mini is a worthy Mac for $799. In fact, in our benchmarks, its performance is fast enough to give the iMac some competition. If you’re buying a new Mac, you should definitely consider the Mac mini, because you could end up saving some money—and still get a soild, fast Mac.

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Leviton Decora Mini Plug-In Outlet (model DW15P) review: Leviton’s Wi-Fi smart plug goes on a diet

Mac World - Tue, 2018-11-06 06:00
Tired of smart plugs that block adjacent outlets? Give this svelte model a try.

Leviton Decora Mini Plug-In Outlet (model DW15P) review: Leviton’s Wi-Fi smart plug goes on a diet

PC World - Tue, 2018-11-06 06:00
Tired of smart plugs that block adjacent outlets? Give this svelte model a try.

Laptop showdown: AMD vs. Intel and AMD vs. Nvidia in Acer's Predator Helios 500

PC World - Tue, 2018-11-06 06:00

We all love arguing AMD vs. Intel, and AMD vs. Nvidia. The challenge is that you’re rarely comparing apples to apples.

What if two apples fell right into your lap? That’s what happened when we had the chance to test two of Acer’s Predator Helios 500 gaming laptops: one with an Intel CPU and an Nvidia GPU, and the other with all-AMD.

With basically identical machines, we can answer some hard questions about which configuration makes the better high-performance machine. There’s so much to test here, between the CPUs and GPUs, and their different core counts, clock speeds, and technologies. So grab your popcorn and get ready to see two heavyweights in the ultimate gaming laptop fight. 

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We're building a Fallout PC—and giving away its limited-edition case!

PC World - Mon, 2018-11-05 16:15

We're back (at last!) with another live build, and November's project is particularly special: It's time to break free of our vault with a Fallout-themed gaming PC.

NZXT sent us one of their limited-edition H700 Nuka-Cola cases just in time for the release of Fallout 76, so we're throwing together a machine where aesthetics reign supreme as our wallet cries in a corner.

Inside will be a Core i9-9900K paired with an Asus Maximus XI Hero, along with many RGB fans and some RGB RAM. Corsair's RM750i and some custom braided cables will also make an appearance. Storage is still to be determined.

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Apple releases watchOS 5.1.1 to flx Apple Watch ‘bricking’ issue

Mac World - Mon, 2018-11-05 15:38

The release of watchOS 5.1 didn’t go so hot, as some early downloaders on October 30 discovered that the update was “bricking” their devices. Apple quickly pulled the release “as a precaution.” Today, the fix is here in there form of watchOS 5.1.1, and it’s now available for download.

As you might expect, Apple’s patch notes don’t say anything about the bricking issue aside from the usual bit about including “improvements and bug fixes.”

But the patch does come with a new feature—at least if you didn’t have a chance to download watchOS 5.1. As of today, the Apple Watch 4 will now automatically call emergency contacts if it detects that you’ve suffered a hard fall. It was one of the most impressive features when Apple showed off its updated wearable, and we’re glad to see it make the live release. Now we just need to see the promised ECG support.

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Save $50 on the new iPad Pros and MacBook Air ahead of release

Mac World - Mon, 2018-11-05 13:30

Were you thinking you’d have to wait months to see price drops for the new MacBook Air and iPad Pros? Normally I’d agree with you, but today MacMall is offering $50 off both units a couple of days before they even officially ship.

In the case of the MacBook Air, that means you buy the entry-level 8GB, RAM 128GB versionRemove non-product link for just $1,149, down from its retail price of $1,199.

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Unless Samsung is trolling us, a folding Galaxy phone is finally coming this week

PC World - Mon, 2018-11-05 11:57

After four years, dozens of rumors, several patents, and one profile pic change, Samsung appears to finally be on the verge of showing off its first folding Galaxy phone. And man are we ready for it.

Ahead of its annual Developer Conference on Wednesday, Samsung provided the most concrete evidence that it will be showing off its new folding phone this week. Samsung Mobile updated its Facebook and Twitter profile pics with a folding Samsung logo, which can really only mean one thing: at long last, we’re finally going to get a look at Samsung’s vision of the foldable future.

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Start stashing stocking stuffers early with these awesome Amazon Echo Dot deals

Mac World - Mon, 2018-11-05 11:07

Black Friday is just around the corner, but you don’t have to wait until then to grab great deals on stocking stuffers. Today, the 2nd-generation Echo Dot is $30, down from a list price of $40, or you can save $60 when you buy four, bringing them down to just $25 each. And if you’re looking for a child-friendly version, the Echo Dot Kids Edition is on sale for $60, knocking $10 off the usual price. Alternatively, buying two brings them down to $55 each.

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