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The $669 OnePlus 7 Pro makes the $1,000 iPhones and Galaxies look overpriced

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-14 12:00

In case you couldn’t tell by the specs, OnePlus has given its new phone a surname to drive home just how much different it is. From the design and display to the camera, the OnePlus 7 Pro brings a whole lot more than the usual processor refresh to keep pace with the highest-end Android flagships.

To emphasize the point even further, OnePlus isn’t releasing a non-pro version of the 7. As such, OnePlus will continue to sell two variants of the 6T “for users looking for a premium flagship experience” at a $30 cut, bringing the 128GB model down to $549 and the 256GB version to $599. 

The OnePlus 7 Pro with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage starts at $669. Yes, that’s $120 more than the entry-level OnePlus 6T (after today’s $30 price cut) and within shouting distance of the $740 iPhone XR and Galaxy S10e. But it’s difficult to find much fault with this much phone at less than $700.

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How to download shows on the Apple TV app for offline viewing on iPhone and iPad

Mac World - Tue, 2019-05-14 11:45

The Channels feature in the redesigned Apple TV app is cool because it lets you sign up for services like HBO without using another app, and it also lets you download movies and TV episodes for offline viewing on your iPhone or iPad. This has long been a feature on dedicate apps for services such as Showtime and Stars, but it’s remarkable in this case because HBO has never allowed it for HBO Go or HBO Now.

The timing couldn’t be better. Apple dropped the new feature just in time for the series finale of Game of Thrones, which means you can use the Apple TV app to catch up on episodes while you’re on train commute rides with spotty connections or on long flights.

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Rage 2 PC impressions: Fun guns with keyboard controls you'll want to remap immediately

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-14 10:49

I’m not very far into Rage 2 yet, and thus don’t plan to spend much time dissecting it here. Perhaps we’ll get around to doing a proper review. Perhaps we won’t.

Perhaps that ambivalence is all the verdict you need. So far, what I’ve played has been underwhelming, to say the least. Rage 2 is a far blander experience than I expected, both based on our hands-on time last year and the game’s own over-the-top marketing. I was promised zany. I was promised the type of game where it’d make sense for the NBA Jam announcer to shoutcast your kills.

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Learn how to produce music in Logic Pro X with this $29 bundle

Mac World - Tue, 2019-05-14 10:05

There are dozens of music production apps on the market, but few are as venerated as Logic Pro X. If you’re interested in a career in music production, Logic Pro X is one of the most valuable tools to master, but you won’t be able to create world-class tracks right away. Producers must learn the fundamentals of music theory and mastering before they can release anything, and this $29 Logic Pro X Bundle can teach you how.

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StackSkills Unlimited gives you a lifetime of professional training for one low price

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-14 10:05

Training for a career is never easy. There are schedules to stick to, deadlines to contend with, and for this privilege, you’ll be expected to pay thousands. But that’s not the case with StackSkills Unlimited. They offer access to hundreds of cutting edge tech courses that are beginner friendly, flexible, and cost far less than the alternative.

No matter your technical aspirations, you’ll find courses at StackSkills Unlimited that’ll prepare you for success. There are courses that’ll teach you how to code using a myriad of languages. You could also discover how to design and execute a winning marketing plan. Or you could even become a blockchain expert. With a growing library of over 500 courses, you’ll be certain to find at least a few that’ll pique your interest.

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Build an awesome all-AMD gaming PC for cheap with Newegg's killer deals

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-14 09:50

Newegg is making it easy to build an awesome all-AMD gaming PC, with a fancy monitor to boot. Right now, the retailer has a great deal on a Ryzen 5 2600 processor and X470 motherboard combo, as well as two 27-inch 1440p FreeSync HDR displays. And you can pick up a killer Radeon graphics card for cheap, too. 

Today, you can pick up a Ryzen 5 2600 processor and MSI’s Performance X470 Gaming Plus motherboardRemove non-product link bundled together for $250. The Ryzen 5 2600 usually sells for about $160 and the motherboard is around $130, which gives you a savings of just over $40. The Ryzen 5 2600 is a 6-core, 12-thread processor that can shred through heavy productivity tasks and gaming chores alike. Bonus: It comes with a CPU cooler in the box, and MSI’s motherboard supports overclocking the Ryzen chip if you feel like getting your hands dirty to achieve even more performance.

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Sonos is rolling out Google Assistant support to its Sonos One and Sonos Beam smart speakers

Mac World - Tue, 2019-05-14 09:00
The development effort consumed more than a year, but Sonos is now the first smart speaker manufacturer to support both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant on the same system.

Bad Marx: AirPods are the bane of all existence

Mac World - Tue, 2019-05-14 09:00

There are a lot of problems in this world but The Macalope is sure that what you’re really wondering is when in these troubled times is someone finally going to write 3,000 words to how horrible AirPods are?

WELL. Never fear, because Vice’s Caroline Haskins has got you covered.

“AirPods Are a Tragedy.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Jason, Tibor and Nick.)

The horny one recognizes that this piece is meant as a sort of meta-commentary about the ills of society in general, of which AirPods are but one example. So, in that regard, it’s “about” AirPods. But it’s also completely about AirPods because it goes on and on about AirPods-brand earphones made by Apple, Inc. and how they’re ruining everything.

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Sonos is rolling out Google Assistant support to its Sonos One and Sonos Beam smart speakers

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-14 09:00
The development effort consumed more than a year, but Sonos is now the first smart speaker manufacturer to support both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant on the same system.

How to get the best image export from Photos in macOS

Mac World - Tue, 2019-05-14 08:00

Apple likes to hide the fuss of technical choices in its software. That includes Photos, which provides a lot of sophisticated functions with a friendly veneer. However, when it comes to exporting images, you might not know which option to take because so many choices appear quite similar.

To follow along, select any image in Photos. Now, in the File > Export menu, you see two options: Export 1 Photo and Export Unmodified Original for 1 Photo.

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Photos offers several ways to control size and quality when exporting an image.

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Hands on with HP's Omen X 2S 15: The world's first dual-screen gaming laptop

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-14 07:00

Amid a growing crowd of super-thin, super-light and super-fast gaming laptops, HP’s Omen X 2S 15 just jumped above the noise.

Sure this sub-five-pound laptop features an 8-core, 9th-gen Core i9-9880H CPU and a GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU—those specs are a given on any high-end laptop. But all those other laptops don't have a six-inch touchscreen in the keyboard deck. The Omen X 2S 15 does.  

Adam Patrick Murray

The HP Omen X 2S 15 features an 8-core 9th gen Intel chip with factory-installed Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut liquid metal, along with a GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU.

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The 10 best complications for Apple Watch

Mac World - Tue, 2019-05-14 07:00

Don’t be scared by the word “complication.” The ones you find on the Apple Watch can make your life much simpler, as they’re basically bite-sized versions of the full apps you normally open through the home screen grid.

You can have anywhere from one to eight complications on the tiny screen depending on the watch face (or watch), which makes it easy for you to figure out what the weather’s like outside, when your next appointment is, or even translate a question into another language. A good Apple Watch app doesn’t necessarily have a good complication, although there’s a lot of overlap.

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TP-Link Kasa Cam Outdoor KC200 review: an affordable, easy-to-install outdoor security camera

PC World - Tue, 2019-05-14 06:00
This weather-resistant camera delivers great video and accurate event detection.

TP-Link Kasa Cam Outdoor KC200 review: an affordable, easy-to-install outdoor security camera

Mac World - Tue, 2019-05-14 06:00
This weather-resistant camera delivers great video and accurate event detection.

The 5 iPhone and iPad games you need to play from April 2019

Mac World - Tue, 2019-05-14 06:00
The best iOS games of April 2019

Image by HandCircus

April was a month of many returns, whether we’re talking about blossoms on trees, tax returns, or a once-popular game that’s been in exile from the App Store for years. The game in question is Rolando, which has rolled back into the App Store in force—and one of our other recommended games even uses the iPhone tilt controls Rolando helped popularize.

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Here's why Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 foldable tablet may have really killed the laptop for me

PC World - Mon, 2019-05-13 18:30

We get it. You’ve already decided that folding screen devices are a Mach 3 flame-out at 85,069 feet. But hear us out, because Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 foldable prototype (it has no official name yet) just might have you thinking that you’ll never want to buy another laptop again. Seriously.

The ThinkPad X1 foldable prototype concept is simple: Take a 13.3-inch, Intel-based, full-service Windows OS-running PC/tablet/device and fold it in half, with a diagonal corner-to-corner measurement of about 10 inches. At about an inch thick, it has the feel of a medium-sized journal.

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Apple releases macOS 10.14.5 Mojave

Mac World - Mon, 2019-05-13 15:32

Apple on Monday released version 10.14.5 of macOS Mojave, an OS update with a few fixes, but the main new feature is AirPlay 2 support.

With AirPlay 2, your Mac will be able to share videos, photos, music, and other items to AirPlay-enable devices, such as TVs.

Also included in the update:

  • An Apple News+ fix that allows you to follow a magazine

  • Improved audio latency on 2018 MacBook Pro laptops

  • An OmniOutliner and OmniPlan fix for displaying documents

  • Insecure Bluetooth connections are disabled

  • A fix for unlocking FileVault volumes that are not able to reset the user account password

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Forager review: Mindlessly mining the minutes away

PC World - Mon, 2019-05-13 15:00

“Let’s get started by building a furnace,” says the little goo-creature, pickaxe slung casually over its shoulder. And I feel it’s at this point I should warn you: Don’t listen. Don’t mine the rocks and don’t construct them into a furnace. Flee from the goo-creature as if the devil’s at your heels.

For if you don’t, if you construct that furnace, you will find yourself blinking blearily at the sunlight starting to stream through your window, and you will look at the clock in disbelief, and you will swear and think “I really have to go to bed.” And then you will continue harvesting rocks, because the siren song of Forager is powerful, and you are weak.

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The new Apple TV app is here, along with native support for subscription-based channels

Mac World - Mon, 2019-05-13 14:43

Today Apple released the redesigned version of the Apple TV app, which it first announced back during its March 25 event. It’s a wide rollout, as Apple lets you access more than 150 different streaming apps, and it’s extending it to 100 countries on iOS along with releases for Apple TVs and Samsung’s latest smart TVs.

Notably, the update includes Apple’s subscription-based Channels feature, which is the first big step toward making the Apple TV app more appealing in preparation for the launch of Apple TV+ sometime this fall.

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Apple TV app arrives on Samsung Smart TVs as Apple expands its services push

Mac World - Mon, 2019-05-13 13:26

As promised back in January, Samsung has announced that beginning on Monday all 2019 Smart TVs and select 2018 models will receive a firmware update that brings Apple TV to its library of apps. That means you won’t need an Apple TV or a complicated workaround to watch iTunes shows on your big-screen Samsung television anymore.

The Apple TV app will be fully integrated into Samsung’s Smart TV platform, including the Universal Guide, Bixby voice assistant, and search. Users will have access to all of their iTunes movies and TV shows, and they’ll be able to buy and rent any of iTunes’s 100,000-plus catalogue. Additionally, users will be able to subscribe to Apple TV channels within the app as well as the upcoming Apple TV+ subscription service.

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