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iOS apps that need to be on the Mac

Mac World - Wed, 2018-04-11 06:00

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who has a great track record of reporting Apple scoops, wrote a few months ago that Apple was working on a new approach to app development that would let developers “design a single application that works with a touchscreen or mouse and trackpad depending on whether it’s running on the iPhone and iPad operating system or on Mac hardware.”

Accepting that Apple could change direction at any time and that this project—code-named Marzipan—might not even be announced this year, it’s an intriguing possibility. Obviously iOS has a much more thriving app store than the one on the Mac, so if Apple could make it easier for iOS developers to deploy their apps on the Mac, it might help the platform thrive. Merging the approach to developing apps on Apple’s two platforms also may make sense in light of the report that Apple may be replacing Intel processors with Apple-designed ARM processors in future Macs.

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DarbeeVision DVP-5000S video processor review: A clever, but pricey fidelity upgrade for 1080p video

PC World - Wed, 2018-04-11 06:00
The DVP-5000S sits between your HDMI source and display and uses a stereoscopic processing trick to create greater apparent detail in 1080p and lower-resolution video.

AMD rolls out CPU firmware and Windows 10 patches to protect against Spectre exploits

PC World - Tue, 2018-04-10 16:33

Intel recently finished its barrage of CPU microcode updates designed to combat the nasty Spectre variant 2 exploit, and today, AMD revealed its plans to protect PCs against the flaw. (AMD processors aren’t vulnerable to Meltdown.)

AMD’s announcement, penned by chief technical officer Mark Papermaster, released alongside Microsoft’s monthly “Patch Tuesday” update and showcases how complex plugging Meltdown and Spectre’s security holes can be. Today’s Windows 10 updates include code containing Spectre variant 2 mitigations at an operating system level, similarly to how a Windows update in early January protected against Specter variant 1.

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Hands-on: Radical Heights is a free battle royale game oozing '80s neon and early access bugs

PC World - Tue, 2018-04-10 15:39

Last week Boss Key said it was moving on from Lawbreakers to a “passion project.” Now just a handful of days later that passion project is out on Steam. I didn’t expect such a fast turnaround, but the game is called Radical Heights, and it’s a free-to-play, ‘80s game show-themed battle royale shooter. Basically, it’s The Running Man.

And you know what? I like it.

Smash and grab

Okay, "like" is maybe too strong a word for what's here. I think it has potential though. Radical Heights cribs a lot of its best ideas from the arcade classic Smash TV, but I’m hardly going to complain about that. There’s an over-the-top announcer yell-talking bad jokes at you, there are “prizes” to pick up. It’s very much that sort of game show aesthetic, and it fits well with the low-stakes setup of battle royale matches.

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Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, April 11 at 11 a.m. Pacific

Mac World - Tue, 2018-04-10 14:00

The Mac Pro is coming in 2019. Rumors of a three-lens camera system and other iPhone news. What’s it like for an adult to use Swift Playground to learn how to code? We also feature your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 600.

Watch us live

The Macworld Podcast broadcasts live on the internet on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Pacific. You can watch on Twitter via Periscope or on the Macworld YouTube channel.

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Buy iTunes gift cards for 15% off, then buy discounted movies on iTunes

Mac World - Tue, 2018-04-10 13:21

PayPal has gotten rather fond of discounting iTunes gift cards over the last couple of months, to the point that it barely even counts as news anymore. But if you’re out of the loop, you should know that PayPal is offering$100 iTunes gift cards for 15 percent off through eBay today, which brings your overall price down to a more palatable $85. Act quickly, though, because these things tend to sell out fast.

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Apple's original TV shows and series: Isaac Asimov's Foundation adaptation gets a straight-to-series deal

Mac World - Tue, 2018-04-10 13:01

Updated 4/10/18: Deadline reports that Apple has landed a straight-to-series deal for a TV adaptation of Isaac Asimov's classic Foundation science fiction books.

Apple is said to be spending as much as $1 billion over the course of 2018 on original TV programming. That's a lot of TV! It's not the $8 billion Netflix is going to spend, but it's still a huge commitment.

What can you get for a billion dollars? Well, some simple math gives us 200 episodes at $5 million a piece (a reasonable per-episode price for high-end TV). But we're not likely to actually see 10-20 shows with 10-20 episodes each, all costing around that much. For starters, that billion dollars has to cover a lot more than per-episode production costs.

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The Anker charger that brings Amazon's Alexa into your car has never been cheaper

Mac World - Tue, 2018-04-10 10:40

Car chargers are essential for keeping your phone powered up during busy days. They’re a boring, necessary accessory that get the job done, but usually don’t spice up the drive. Not Anker’s Roav Viva. This car charger is compatible with the Alexa smart assistant found in the heart of Amazon Echo, and you can get it right now for $40 on Amazon, almost 20 percent off its average price. It’s never been cheaper on the retail site.

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The Anker charger that brings Amazon's Alexa into your car has never been cheaper

PC World - Tue, 2018-04-10 10:40

Car chargers are essential for keeping your phone powered up during busy days. They’re a boring, necessary accessory that get the job done, but usually don’t spice up the drive. Not Anker’s Roav Viva. This car charger is compatible with the Alexa smart assistant found in the heart of Amazon Echo, and you can get it right now for $40 on Amazon, almost 20 percent off its average price. It’s never been cheaper on the retail site.

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A Dell laptop with a speedy Intel 8th-gen CPU is $150 off at the Microsoft Store

PC World - Tue, 2018-04-10 10:03

Intel supercharged the performance of its 8th-gen mobile processors by cramming them full of more cores and threads than ever before, and we’ve spotted a rare deal on a laptop packing one of the new chips. You can get a 13-inch Dell Inspiron 13 i7370 for $599 at the Microsoft Store. Dell itself is currently selling this laptop for $749.

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How to check if Facebook shared your personal info with Cambridge Analytica

Mac World - Tue, 2018-04-10 09:32
Cambridge Analytica harvested personal information from 87 million Facebook users. Here's how to tell if you were affected.

How to check if Facebook shared your personal info with Cambridge Analytica

PC World - Tue, 2018-04-10 09:32

Was your Facebook data shared with Cambridge Analytica? The political research firm harvested the personal information of roughly 87 million people to target American voters, using a personality quiz called “This Is Your Digital Life” that scraped the Facebook data of you and your friends. The revelation sparked big changes in the way Facebook handles third-party apps, and the social network recently started notifying users who had their information scooped up.

If you haven’t seen the prompt in your News Feed, you can check if your Facebook data was shared with Cambridge Analytica by logging into the network and visiting this help page. The section titled “Was my information shared?” explains whether your or your friends ever logged into the nefarious quiz, though it won’t name which friends handed over your data to the app.

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Unfixable: The terminal nature of iOS problems

Mac World - Tue, 2018-04-10 09:00

The Macalope isn’t sure why every Apple problem has to be existential in nature, but rest assured that someone somewhere will declare that they each are, from failure to prep a Mac Pro in a reasonable amount of time to discontinuing iPod socks.

Writing for ZDNet, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes says “I don't think Apple can fix the iOS mess it's created.” (Tip o’ the antlers to SamT.)

Yes, it is too late for iOS. It has a good run. Please remove the stick-on lettering from the back window of your Charger that memorialized the years your buddy lived before he died in that tragic blimp accident and replace them with ‘In loving memory, iOS. 2007-2018.”

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Apple Photos for Mac: How to export a Photos album’s contents sequentially

Mac World - Tue, 2018-04-10 08:00

Apple's Photos app on the Mac has a lot of hidden features that you can’t easily discover, because the options don’t live quite where you expect them—especially if you used iPhoto for many years, and still feel like you’re missing features.

Macworld reader Lisa created a Photos album from different camera sources, and dragged the images into the order she wanted. But she then wanted to export these to duplicate this order for creating an album and an archive elsewhere, and was stymied. Is there a way to mark images in sequence?

There is: in the Export dialog.

  1. Select the images in your album.
  2. Choose File > Export > Export X Photos. (This also works with Export Unmodified Original.)
  3. After picking any option in the Photos and Info section, under File Naming, click the File Name pop-up menu and choose Sequential.
  4. Optionally add a prefix that will be prepended in front of the number assigned in order to each image.
  5. Click Export.

Voilà! Numbered images in album viewing order.

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Star Wars: Jedi Challenges review: Lightsaber-swinging, augmented reality fun

Mac World - Tue, 2018-04-10 07:00

If you’ve ever dreamt of being a Jedi Knight, here’s something better than simply swinging around a plastic lightsaber toy—now you can wield a plastic lightsaber that pairs with a headset, letting you battle against familiar Star Wars villains in the comfort of your living room.

Lenovo’s Star Wars: Jedi Challenges is an augmented reality experience that is powered by the iPhone 6 or newer and compatible Android flagship smartphones (list here), which slide into the headset and provides the visuals. This isn’t virtual reality, however: You’re not shut off from the outside world while playing, since the images on the phone screen are mirrored and projected onto a translucent plastic visor in front of your eyes—and thus, atop your real surroundings. We've previously called it one of our top picks for Star Wars fans.

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Windows 10 Spring Creators Update: The best hidden features

PC World - Tue, 2018-04-10 06:31

Microsoft’s next Windows 10 upgrade, code-named Redstone 4 and informally known as the Spring Creators Update, improves Windows in numerous ways. But Microsoft has also added innumerable under-the-hood adjustments. That’s why this roundup exists: to underscore smaller additions you might miss, or explain subtle changes in how Windows 10 works.

Unlike previous lists we’ve compiled, though, some of these hidden features seem tentative, with more work clearly needed. Fortunately, Microsoft seems inclined to keep developing Windows 10, with no major replacement on the radar. (We'll highlight the very best features as part of our review, due soon.)

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Keynote 4 for iOS review: Modest upgrade features Apple Pencil support, new image gallery

Mac World - Tue, 2018-04-10 06:30

Keynote for iOS has always been designed around interaction more than its macOS counterpart, partly because it’s more likely you’ll be using a single screen to present than multiple monitors. That shows clearly in this minor update. And many of the new features bring Keynote for iOS into feature parity with its macOS counterpart, as well as a consistent interface and set of options alongside Pages and Numbers on both platforms.

Keynote for iOS: Apple Pencil support

Just as you can in the other iWork iOS apps (Pages and Numbers), Apple Pencil or your finger can be used to create drawings on iPads with Pencil support. This a useful improvement for Keynote—making as much sense here as in Pages—with the added benefit that Keynote for iOS can animate the drawings you create by effectively replaying them.

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Should you buy a Core i9 laptop?

PC World - Tue, 2018-04-10 06:01

If you’re asking yourself: “Should I buy a Core i9 laptop?” don’t worry. We can help you cut through the hype, innuendo, and specs so you can make the right decision.

Frankly, the name itself is enough to confuse casual observers. In desktops, the Core i9 brand indicates the processor packs a ton more CPU cores (10 to 18) than the other “Core” brands (4 to 8). But today, Core i9 in laptops mostly just signifies higher clock speeds—not more CPU cores. The 6-core, 12-thread Core i9-8950HK laptop chip has a base clock of 2.9GHz with a boost speed of 4.8GHz, for example. Intel’s new 8th-gen Core i7-8850H laptop chip also packs 6 cores and 12 threads, but slower speeds at 2.6GHz base and 4.3GHz boost.

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Electric Jukebox Roxi review: Turn your TV into a music machine

Mac World - Tue, 2018-04-10 06:00
Built for families and parties, Roxi can be slow on the draw, but it makes up for it in versatility.

Keynote 8 for Mac review: New image gallery, better interactivity with other iWork apps

Mac World - Tue, 2018-04-10 06:00

Keynote 8 for Mac hasn’t reached the apex of its perfection, but Apple clearly didn’t have a wishlist of features to push it forward. The latest release for Mac brings it up to date with simultaneous releases of Keynote for iOS and Pages (Mac and iOS) and Numbers [Mac and iOS].

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