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

PC 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.

The cord-cutter's guide to watching the NBA playoffs

Mac World - Mon, 2018-04-09 23:12
How to watch all the hardwood heroics without paying for a cable subscription.

The cord-cutter's guide to watching the NBA playoffs

PC World - Mon, 2018-04-09 23:12
How to watch all the hardwood heroics without paying for a cable subscription.

Best Fitbit: We help you choose the right one for your lifestyle

Mac World - Mon, 2018-04-09 20:45

As one of the biggest names in fitness trackers, Fitbit is an easy pick for recording your daily steps or sleep patterns. Selecting the best Fitbit model for your needs, however, isn’t quite as simple.

The different Fitbit trackers have a lot of overlap in features, and so it’s not straightforward which one is the “best.” Moving up the scale in price doesn’t necessarily mean you get all the features of the cheaper trackers plus additional ones.

That’s where we come in. We’ve boiled down the options into three simple picks that should match most people’s activity levels and styles.

Update 4/9/18: We've added a new category ("Best Fitbit for smartwatch fans"). You can read more about the winner, the Fitbit Versa, below.

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Best Fitbit: We help you choose the right one for your lifestyle

PC World - Mon, 2018-04-09 20:45
Find the best Fitbit for your activity level and habits, without spending more than you need.

The Full Nerd episode 45: Core i9 comes to laptops, Intel loves AMD in Hades Canyon

PC World - Mon, 2018-04-09 15:39

In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad Chacos, Mark HachmanAlaina Yee, and Dan Masaoka talk about Intel’s barrage of fancy new chips while Adam loafs around on a beach or something.

Mark joins us first to talk about Intel’s powerful new H-series line of mobile processors, headlined by the first-ever Core i9 laptop chip—a six-core beast that could push gaming laptops blazing past 5GHz speeds. It’s already available in high-end laptops like the Alienware 17. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg: Intel’s also bringing hard drive-boosting Optane Memory to laptops, and finally—finally—releasing a full lineup of 300-series motherboard chipsets for 8th-gen desktop processors, along with a few new CPUs.

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Star Wars gift guide: Top picks for fans who are tech geeks

PC World - Mon, 2018-04-09 14:30

You need this Star Wars gift guide. There’s no way any human could navigate the millions of Star Wars-themed items available, thanks to Disney’s merchandising-industrial complex. But you want this Star Wars gift guide, too, if you are (or you’re shopping for) a Star Wars fan who’s also a tech geek.

“Tech geek” describes 100 percent of the staff at PCWorld, and as for Star Wars...well, I saw Episode IV more than 24 times in the first year (yes, I lost count), Episode V 14 times in the first year, and Episode VI 8 times (blame the Ewoks). Just call me OG Star Wars. Meanwhile, my esteemed colleague Gordon Mah Ung has three replica lightsabers, including one he gave to his wife for their first wedding anniversary. Awwww!

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Star Wars gift guide: Top picks for fans who are tech geeks

Mac World - Mon, 2018-04-09 14:30
PCWorld's Star Wars gift guide, is for people who are (or are shopping for) Star Wars fans who are also tech geeks. Our top picks range from droids to drones, from LEGOs to ugly sweaters, and even snow globes.

Amazon is selling a 2TB WD external hard drive for just $58.49

Mac World - Mon, 2018-04-09 13:20

Portable hard drives are risky buys: It sometimes seems as though they break merely because you looked at them. Right now, though, Amazon is offering a decent 22 percent discount on the dependable 2TB WD Elements portable hard drive, which brings its price down from $75 to a more agreeable $58.49.

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Nvidia drops GeForce driver support for 32-bit operating systems, Fermi graphics cards

PC World - Mon, 2018-04-09 11:57

It’s the end of not one, but two eras for GeForce graphics cards. In a pair of support articles updated last Friday, Nvidia said that effective in April 2018—i.e., immediately—its Game Ready drivers will no longer actively support 32-bit operating systems or older graphics cards based on the Fermi GPU architecture.

PCs affected by the changes won’t receive any new performance enhancements, features, or bug fixes, but critical security updates will keep coming until January 2019, as first noticed by AnandTech. Nvidia’s optional GeForce Experience software is also dropping 32-bit operating system support. It won’t be getting continued security updates, but “existing features and services such as optimal game settings will continue to work on Windows 32-bit operating systems,” Nvidia says.

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Anker's wireless, waterproof SoundBuds Curve last 12 hours and are only $21 today

PC World - Mon, 2018-04-09 10:55

For a lot of us, one of the best motivators during a workout is a perfect playlist. Finding headphones built for action can be tricky and sometimes expensive, but right now you can get a pair of wireless Anker SoundBuds Curve ear buds for $20.99 on Amazon, down from their usual $27.99.

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Anker's wireless, waterproof SoundBuds Curve last 12 hours and are only $21 today

Mac World - Mon, 2018-04-09 10:55

For a lot of us, one of the best motivators during a workout is a perfect playlist. Finding headphones built for action can be tricky and sometimes expensive, but right now you can get a pair of wireless Anker SoundBuds Curve ear buds for $20.99 on Amazon, down from their usual $27.99.

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Upgrade to a big-screen 4K display for just $260 with this Staples deal

PC World - Mon, 2018-04-09 10:19

Upgrading to a pixel-packed 4K setup usually costs an arm and a leg, but prices have been slowly dropping down, and today, Staples has a nice deal on a big-screen 4K display that won’t break the bank. The office supplies retailer is selling the Dell S2817Q, a 28-inch 4K monitor, for $260. That's nearly 50 percent off its list price, and $170 cheaper than you can get it direct from Dell.

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Apple clads the iPhone 8 and iPhone X in (Product)Red to help fight HIV

PC World - Mon, 2018-04-09 09:57
The iPhone 8 (Product)Red Special Edition and (Product)Red iPhone X Leather Folio drench Apple's phones in red to help a good cause: the fight against HIV and AIDS.

Apple clads the iPhone 8 and iPhone X in (Product)Red to help fight HIV

Mac World - Mon, 2018-04-09 09:57

The newest version of the iPhone 8 does justice to the Apple name while also doing good for humanity. On Monday, Apple announced the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus (Product)Red Special Edition. The latest in a long line of (Product)Red editions from Apple, a portion of every sale of these blazing red phones go to the Global Fund’s HIV and AIDS grants, with Apple donating more than $120 million dollars since 2006.

It’s not just the rear of the phone getting a makeover. Look closely and you’ll see that the iPhone 8 (Product)Red Special Edition swaps the standard model’s white front out for a slick black sheen, too.

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The HP Chromebook x2 is a $599 premium tablet aimed at the iPad Pro

PC World - Mon, 2018-04-09 08:00

HP’s Chromebook x2 is more than the first Chrome-based 2-in-1. Announced Monday, this $599 tablet with detachable keyboard and pen wants to compete with the likes of the iPad Pro. If it makes any headway, the Surface Pro should probably worry, too.

While the Chromebook x2 looks affordable compared to its iPad Pro and Surface Pro rivals, however, it does look expensive for a Chromebook—most of its category cousins are still around $300. Its features are pretty nice, though, and Chromebook veterans may be able to appreciate the difference.

Chromebook x2 specs and features

The Chromebook x2 will ship in June. Here are the highlights from the specs we know.

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Watch us build an over-the-top RGB PC

PC World - Mon, 2018-04-09 06:30

Whether you love them or hate them, it's hard to ignore the number of PC components with RGB lights. Multi-colored PC lighting has crept into almost every category out there—even sound cards and power supplies.

What's less clear is just how easy it is to build a system entirely of RGB parts and then simultaneously control all of the lighting. So to put it to the test, we're building a PC that houses as many RGB components as possible.

Parts list

When choosing the parts for this build—which we've affectionately dubbed our "Viva Las Vegas" machine—it became clear that even four years into this RGB fad, you can't throw together whichever components you want and expect to control them through a single interface. You have to commit to an ecosystem.

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Pages 7 for macOS review: Better workflow and tools for producing digital books

Mac World - Mon, 2018-04-09 06:30

Pages 7 is the latest in a series of ongoing and gradual improvements to the 2013 “reboot” of Apple’s iWork suite or productivity apps, which also includes Numbers and Keynote. That reboot rewrote the apps from the ground up, but also omitted features that users had relied upon for years.

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Nest x Yale Lock review: Nest’s first smart lock is a solid effort, but it needs refinement

PC World - Mon, 2018-04-09 06:00
Nest’s partnership with Yale is a rocky combination.

Intel 8th-gen CPU motherboards explained: Z370 vs. H370 vs. B360 vs. H310

PC World - Mon, 2018-04-09 06:00

Selecting the best Intel 300-series motherboard to fit your needs was straightforward when the initial wave of 8th-gen Core desktop processors launched in October 2017, because only the enthusiast-class Z370 chipset released alongside the new chips. That was enough to help the flagship Core i7-8700K CPU counter AMD’s Ryzen threat at the high end, but left PC users looking for more affordable options in a pickle. Buying a $100 Core i3 chip doesn’t make much sense when you’re forced to slap it in a $130, high-end motherboard, especially with AMD offering a full arsenal of Ryzen motherboards at all price points.

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