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Apple ends its photo printing service after 16 years

Mac World - Thu, 2018-07-12 14:00

If you’re a fan of Apple’s photo printing service, you won’t like this news one bit. According to a new message popping up in the Photos app, Apple appears to be discontinuing its Photo Print Products service. First launched in 2002, Photo Prints Products grew from supporting simple prints to producing albums, calendars, and photo books.

The message, first spotted by 9to5Mac, instructs users of macOS 10.13.6 to make their “final purchases” by September 30 of this year. MacOS Mojave’s Photo app has already scrapped any mention of the service.

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Pay what you want for 35 hours of professional Python training

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-12 13:59

Whether you're an aspiring programmer or a seasoned pro, you'd be remiss to leave Python out of your programming repertoire. Amazingly versatile and famed for its user-friendliness, Python is a staple in many a coder's toolbox, and it's even become a driving force in a host of today's AI and machine learning innovations. If you want to future-proof your coding skillset, you can do so for a price you get to choose with the Pay What You Want: Total Python Machine Learning Bundle.

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Apple’s pitiful Beats Back to School promotion is slightly less pitiful this year

Mac World - Thu, 2018-07-12 11:32

If you’re a college student who’s thinking of getting one of the new MacBooks for the fall semester, the Apple Store probably isn’t the best place to buy it. And as has been the case for the past several years, Apple’s 2018 Back to School promotion isn’t going to be much of a help, though it is slightly better than last year’s offer.

Students buying the new MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, iMac or iMac Pro, or Mac Pro will get to choose from a free pair of Beats Solo3 Wireless ($300), Powerbeats 3 Wireless ($200), or Beats X ($150) headphones. Of note, the offer includes the new Apple Store-exclusive Pop Collection colors.

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RAVPower wireless chargers are dirt-cheap in Amazon Prime's sale—and these codes save more

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-12 11:18

A good fast wireless charger can add speed and convenience to your battery boost. Right now, RAVPower has several wireless chargers on sale at steep discounts as a one-day Amazon Prime deal of the day—and the company supplied us with codes to make them even cheaper.

First up, RAVPower’s $38 10W Qi fast wireless charger can be yours for $23 with the code RAVPC066. It normally costs $38. This flat charger’s LED battery indicator helps you know the charging status of your device. It also features a non-slip coating so your phone won’t slide around.

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RAVPower wireless chargers are dirt-cheap in Amazon Prime's sale—and these codes save more

Mac World - Thu, 2018-07-12 11:18

A good fast wireless charger can add speed and convenience to your battery boost. Right now, RAVPower has several wireless chargers on sale at steep discounts as a one-day Amazon Prime deal of the day—and the company supplied us with codes to make them even cheaper.

First up, RAVPower’s $38 10W Qi fast wireless charger can be yours for $23 with the code RAVPC066. It normally costs $38. This flat charger’s LED battery indicator helps you know the charging status of your device. It also features a non-slip coating so your phone won’t slide around.

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Chrome gobbles much more RAM due to Google's 'Site Isolation' protection for Spectre CPU flaws

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-12 10:49

The critical Meltdown and Spectre bugs baked deep into modern computer processors will have ramifications on the entire industry for years to come, and Chrome just became collateral damage. Google 67 enabled “Site Isolation” Spectre protection for most users, and the browser now uses 10 to 13 percent more RAM due to how the fix behaves.

“Site Isolation does cause Chrome to create more renderer processes, which comes with performance tradeoffs,” Google’s Charlie Reis says. “On the plus side, each renderer process is smaller, shorter-lived, and has less contention internally, but there is about a 10-13% total memory overhead in real workloads due to the larger number of processes. Our team continues to work hard to optimize this behavior to keep Chrome both fast and secure.”

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Chrome gobbles much more RAM due to Google's 'Site Isolation' protection for Spectre CPU flaws

Mac World - Thu, 2018-07-12 10:49
The Site Isolation feature that protects Google's Chrome browser against Spectre CPU attacks is live for 99 percent of users, but it drives up RAM usage significantly.

Steam’s useless 'Upcoming Releases' list embraces algorithms to become less useless

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-12 10:04

There was a time, not that far in the past, where I used to assemble PCWorld’s video game review calendar from Steam’s “Upcoming Releases” list. We’re talking 2013, maybe 2014. Even then, there was a lot of trash—this was post-Greenlight. But it was a manageable amount of trash, and the unfiltered Upcoming Releases list was a great overview of each month’s releases.

As Valve ramped up the number of releases though, the Upcoming list became increasingly useless. How useless? According to Valve, “The old Upcoming list was only clicked on by less than half of one percent of customers.” Turns out an unfiltered look at the games coming to Steam each week is a great way to realize how much trash Valve’s hands-off approach is letting through—not to mention the fact that some games continually moved their release dates in order to sit on the list each month.

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Canary's new Safety Button turns your smartphone into a personal hotline to first responders

Mac World - Thu, 2018-07-12 10:00
Canary Membership subscribers now have one-touch access to local emergency services when they're away from home, too.

Alienware's monster 34-inch curved G-Sync display is $500 off in Dell's 'Black Friday in July' blowout

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-12 09:36

When it comes to gaming monitors there are standard screens, and then there are visual experiences. Today, Dell’s got a good price on the latter type of display, but it’ll still cost you. The retailer has an Alienware 34-inch curved 3440-by-1440 G-Sync monitor for $1,000Remove non-product link. That’s a lot of bread, but it’s about $100 to $200 cheaper than what you’ll find elsewhere right now and $500 off the MSRP. It also happens to be Dell’s Black Friday price from last year, which makes sense as it’s part of Dell.com’s big “Black Friday in July” blowoutRemove non-product link with deals on all sorts of electronics.

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Mobvoi TicWatch Pro review: A second screen doesn't solve any of Wear OS's problems

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-12 09:05

The Mobvoi TicWatch Pro wants to solve the one problem Wear OS doesn’t really have: battery life. While some older LTE-enabled Wear OS watches might struggle to get through a day of normal use, most of them are plenty capable of handling a full day of step tracking, Lyft hailing, and message sending. The TicWatch Pro is no different in that regard. Use it as a smartwatch and you’ll probably need to plug it in before hitting the sack.

Rather, Mobvoi’s battery innovation is the addition of a second, low-power display on top of the standard 1.4-inch OLED. Activate it, and it shuts down most functions and lets the watch eke out every last drop of power before shutting down.

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Here's how fast the 2018 MacBook Pro 15 will be

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-12 08:55

With Apple announcing Thursday that it has dropped a 6-core 8th-gen Core i7 8750H into the MacBook Pro 15 there are two things we know for sure. The first is that the boost in performance will be huge. The second: It still won't be faster than the fastest PC laptops.

Sure, you could say we're just being haters because we heart PC. But unlike the iPad and iPhone, Apple doesn't make its own CPUs. It relies on the same ones PC laptops have been using since at least April. All of the testing we've done already on Intel's 8th-gen "Kaby Lake R" (reviewed here), the 8th-gen "Kaby Lake G" (reviewed here), and the 8th-gen "Coffee Lake H" (reviewed here) lets us say with high confidence just how fast the new 2018 MacBook Pro 15 will be when it ships.

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What to expect from the MacBook Pro’s leap to 8th-generation Intel processors

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-12 08:35
Apple is finally refreshing the MacBook Pro line with 8th-generation (Coffee Lake) Intel CPUs, and everything is about to get a whole lot faster.

What to expect from the MacBook Pro’s leap to 8th-generation Intel processors

Mac World - Thu, 2018-07-12 08:35

This past April, when all the high-performance Windows laptops transitioned to Intel’s new 8th-generation “Coffee Lake” processors, Apple fans were left scratching their heads. If it offers such a huge boost in performance...why isn’t Apple upgrading the MacBook Pro?

Well better late than never, as they say. Apple’s bumping up the specs of the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro (with Touch Bar) to the 8th-generation Intel chips, plus adding a few other goodies that should help make them tear through your Final Cut and Photoshop tasks.

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Apple releases new Coffee Lake-based MacBook Pro laptops

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-12 08:34
Apple's new pro laptop feature eighth-generation Intel Core processors that offer a significant performance jump, as well as DDR4 memory support and True Tone display technology.

Apple releases new Coffee Lake-based MacBook Pro laptops

Mac World - Thu, 2018-07-12 08:34

Apple on Thursday officially unveiled its latest upgrade to its MacBook Pro line of laptop computers. While the design hasn’t changed, the new MacBook Pro promises to reach new performance heights that video editors, audio producers, animators, developers, and other professionals will truly appreciate.

That performance boost is supplied by Intel’s eighth-generation of Core processors, along with a change in the RAM being used, and new graphics processors. The heart of the new laptops, Intel’s “Coffee Lake” processors, actually became available last April, and Coffee Lake PC laptops have been on the market for a couple of months. Now Apple users get a taste of what Coffee Lake can do for the Mac: Apple claims a boost of up to 70 percent for the 15-inch MacBook Pro, while the 13-inch MacBook Pro offer 2x performance.

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New leather sleeves from Apple are available for the MacBook Pro

Mac World - Thu, 2018-07-12 08:34

Thinking about buying a new MacBook Pro? You also might want to consider protecting your new investment with one of Apple’s new leather sleeves for the 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro.

The new leather sleeves come in three colors: Black, Midnight Blue, and Saddle Brown. The sleeves are made of high-quality leather, and inside feature a microfiber lining so your laptop is cradled in comfort.

The sleeves are now available at apple.com. They also fit the 2016 and 2017 MacBook Pro models.

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Blackmagic offers a new integrated eGPU for Thunderbolt 3 MacBook laptops

Mac World - Thu, 2018-07-12 08:30

Blackmagic on Thursday released a new external graphics processing unit (eGPU) targeted at users looking for a simple-to-integrate device over Thunderbolt 3. The new $699 device was introduced to the media during Apple’s showcase of its new MacBook Pro laptops.

The Blackmagic eGPU houses an AMD Radeon Pro 580 graphics card with 8GB of GDDR memory. The integrated design means that, according to a Blackmagic representative, the card inside the device is not upgradeable. The eGPU can provide a 2.8x increase in performance over the stock graphics in the new 15-inch MacBook Pro and its discrete Radeon graphics. With the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, the jump is more dramatic: 8x over the integrated Intel Iris Pro.

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Industry-leading failure: iPhones don’t have every feature

Mac World - Thu, 2018-07-12 07:00

Apple is rumored to be adding a new feature to certain iPhones this fall which is just another sign of how much of a failure the iPhone is.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and GIF warehouse where all the GIFs are of an old man getting punched in the crotch by a monkey, Ewan Spence says the “New iPhone X Leaks Reveal Apple’s Competitive Failure To Match Android.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Tibor, Zach, Daniel and Alex.)

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How to make voice and video calls using Alexa and your Amazon Echo

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-12 06:00
Did you know that you can use your Echo to make voice and video calls without a mobile number or landline? Here's how to do it.

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