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Bad decisions: Judging the iPhone sight unseen

Mac World - Sat, 2018-09-15 07:00

Siri, what is the dumbest kind of poll?

Siri responds that the dumbest kind of poll is one about buying intentions for a device that hasn’t been revealed yet. Also, there are several near you. Would you like directions to the one on De Anza Boulevard?

The day before Apple’s iPhone reveal this week, USA Today sagely told us “Consumers in no rush to upgrade to latest Apple iPhone, poll finds.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Nick.)

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How to erase specific autosuggested URLs from Chrome, Firefox, and IE

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-14 18:54

A big part of my job is doing research online. That means from time to time the autocomplete function in my browser’s address bar gets filled with mistyped URLs and sites I visited once but never will again. If you’ve ever spent a boring night surfing around the web chances are your browser’s autosuggest function tosses up similar unwanted ghosts. 

Erasing all autosuggested URLs from your browser is easy, but it would slow you down even more than a few bad suggestions. Deleting just the unwanted URLs, however, really streamlines the browsing experience.

Here’s how to dump the annoying addresses while keeping all the good stuff in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Opera.

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PCWorld is streaming Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout PC BETA on Twitch!

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-14 17:32

Join Adam Patrick Murray, Dan Masaoka, and Hayden Dingman on Player Ready, PCWorld's weekly PC gaming stream! This week we are playing the Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout PC BETA that just launched today -- which is their version of a battle royal mode. Playing on a Maingear F131 equipped with an Intel Core i9 7980xe and dual Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti's!

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Where to buy the iPhone Xs and Xs Max

Mac World - Fri, 2018-09-14 16:00

Gone are the days where the iPhone was only available directly from Apple or from AT&T. Today, it’s carried by all major carriers and big retailers, and many of them want to entice you to buy with them by offering special deals. Of course, you can always buy from Apple directly, either in-store or online.

If you haven’t yet put in your order for an iPhone Xs or Xs Max, here’s a summary of some of the deals and promotions offered by different retailers to help you make up your mind. For each, we’ll tell you about any current special deals, when you should consider buying there, and when you shouldn’t.

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Get a 12-inch 512GB MacBook for just $1,000 today

Mac World - Fri, 2018-09-14 13:48

You might think I’m nuts, but the 12-inch MacBook is my favorite MacBook. It’s the model I’m typing this on. It’s as portable as they come. Its keyboard sits refreshingly close to the surface. And today, you can enjoy some of that action yourself with the 512GB 12-inch MacBook that’s on sale for just $999.99Remove non-product link (down from $1,399.99) on Woot.

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Watch The Full Nerd live right now!

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-14 13:42

Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. Today's show is all about the Nvidia RTX launch! First up we'll deep-dive into the Turing GPU, next we'll cover Nvidia's new one-click overclocking tool called Scanner, then move to a quick discussion about how there will be no ray tracked games at the launch of these new graphics cards. As always we will be answering your live questions so speak up in the chat.

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This week in games: Katamari Damacy finally rolls onto PCs, Tencent's snowboarding battle royale

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-14 13:12

With the amount of news out of Japan this week, you’d think Tokyo Game Show had already started. Nope! It’s next week. That didn’t stop a flood of trailers though, including new footage of Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Project Judge, a new game from the Yakuza devs.

Other than that, an avalanche of weirdness this week: Alan Wake’s headed to TV, Pathologic 2 showed off its creepy village, Katamari Damacy’s coming to PC, Assassin’s Creed III is getting a remaster (for some reason), and Tencent brought a literal avalanche with its snowboarding battle royale game Ring of Elysium.

This is gaming news for September 10 to 14.

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Anker's ultra-portable Soundcore Bluetooth speaker is just $26 at Amazon today

Mac World - Fri, 2018-09-14 11:25

Portable Bluetooth speakers help you bring your tunes along wherever you go, and today you can get a popular option on the cheap. Anker’s SoundCore Bluetooth speaker is just $26Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $80. It’s not an all-time low, but it’s tantalizingly close.

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Anker's ultra-portable Soundcore Bluetooth speaker is just $26 at Amazon today

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-14 11:25

Portable Bluetooth speakers help you bring your tunes along wherever you go, and today you can get a popular option on the cheap. Anker’s SoundCore Bluetooth speaker is just $26Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $80. It’s not an all-time low, but it’s tantalizingly close.

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The three best deals in Newegg's big one-day graphics card sale

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-14 11:01

It’s a September to Remember according to Newegg’s deal mailer today, which is promoting the retailer’s one-day graphics card saleRemove non-product link. Overall, we’d say this sale isn’t really one to remember, but we did find a few smoking-hot deals amid the ho-hum prices. Here are our top picks from the sale.

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How to fix a 1Password sync problem

Mac World - Fri, 2018-09-14 10:13

If you’re a 1Password user, you likely enjoy the ability to make unique, strong passwords for every account you have to manage or create. Unique passwords make it enormously unlikely that a single breach of a site at which you have an account, even a catastrophic breach, would let attackers leverage that information to log into your accounts elsewhere.

However, there’s a problem seen routinely that’s easy to fix: 1Password sometimes loses its connection to a syncing archive. 1Password has a few ways to keep vaults in sync. Some people use the 1Password.com vault for everything, which allows them to access their passwords from a web browser, as well as from end points, like an iPhone (or Android phone) or desktop computer.

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Samsung teases a quad-camera Galaxy because smartphones are like razors now

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-14 10:08

In a cryptic message posted to its website Friday, Samsung invited us all to a “Galaxy Event” on October 11. The message simply reads “4x fun,” and “Samsung’s newest Galaxy device is bringing more ways to express yourself than ever before,” a thinly veiled message to a phone sporting four cameras.

Back in July, notable Samsung leaker Ice universe predicted on Twitter that “there will be a four-camera phones in the second half of this year,” and later qualified that all four lenses would be “at the back.” Samsung only just debuted its first dual-camera Galaxy handset with last year’s Note 8, while Apple and others have been selling dual-camera phones for years. And Huawei recently launched a triple-camera phone in the P20 Pro and is rumored to be putting three lenses in the upcoming Mate 20 as well. But four would be an industry first, and we all know how much Samsung likes being first.

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Best smart thermostat: Reviews and buying advice

Mac World - Fri, 2018-09-14 10:00
There are so many smart thermostats to choose from today. We'll help you pick the right one.

Best smart thermostat: Reviews and buying advice

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-14 10:00
There are so many smart thermostats to choose from today. We'll help you pick the right one.

Channels DVR review: This is a powerful DVR for cord-cutters, but it's also an expensive one

Mac World - Fri, 2018-09-14 09:30
Channels DVR gets a lot of little things right, but the price is wrong.

Best DVR for cord cutters

Mac World - Fri, 2018-09-14 09:30
TiVo Roamio OTA vs. Tablo vs. Channel Master vs. Plex: None are ideal, but one might work for you.

Best DVR for cord cutters

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-14 09:30
TiVo Roamio OTA vs. Tablo vs. Channel Master vs. Plex: None are ideal, but one might work for you.

Nvidia Turing GPU deep dive: What's inside the radical GeForce RTX 2080 Ti

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-14 09:00

It’s time to pull back the curtain on the Turing GPU inside Nvidia’s radical new GeForce RTX 20-series, the first-ever graphics cards designed to handle real-time ray tracing thanks to the inclusion of dedicated tensor and RT cores. But the GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti were also designed to significantly improve performance in traditionally rendered games, with enough power to feed those blazing-fast 4K, 144Hz G-Sync HDR gaming monitors

Nvidia revealed plenty of numbers during the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti announcement. Clock speeds, memory bandwidth, CUDA core counts—it was all there. This deeper dive explains the underlying, architectural changes that make Nvidia’s Turing GPU more potent than its Pascal predecessor. We’ll also highlight some new Nvidia tools that developers can embrace to speed up performance even more, or bring the AI-boosted power of Nvidia’s Saturn V supercomputer into your graphics card.

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Ray traced games won't launch with Nvidia's GeForce RTX graphics cards

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-14 09:00

The radical Turing GPUs inside the GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti are built for the future of computing. Nvidia stuffed these monsters with dedicated tensor cores to bring the power of an AI supercomputer into your graphics card, and dedicated RT cores designed to enable real-time ray traced games—long considered the graphics Holy Grail—far before anybody thought it would be possible. It’s such a sizeable shift in focus that Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang spent the entirety of the long RTX 20-series announcement simply explaining what ray tracing is, with nary a peep on traditional gaming performance. Fear not: Performance improves there, too.

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Nvidia Scanner uses math to auto-overclock GeForce RTX graphics cards to their limit

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-14 09:00

The radical Turing GPUs inside the GeForce RTX 2080 and 2080 Ti may be built for the future, but Nvidia’s still tossing some mighty delicious bones to old-school graphics enthusiasts who want to push their hardware to the limit. A powerful auto-overclocking tool dubbed “Nvidia Scanner” will hit the streets with the GeForce RTX 20-series GPUs. The new graphics cards also support a new NVLink SLI connection that brings a tremendous bandwidth boost to multi-GPU setups.

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