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Verizon is selling the third-generation Nest for $180

PC World - 2 hours 4 min ago

Verizon Wireless has a good deal on the latest version of the Nest Learning Thermostat. Right now, you can pick up the third-generation Nest for $180. That’s about $60 to $70 off the prices you’ll find elsewhere.

Nest is one of the more popular choices for smart thermostats these days. We tend to favor the ecobee4, but there’s no doubt the Nest is the better looking device—we’d expect nothing less from Nest co-founder Tony Fadell aka “father of the iPod.”

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Verizon is selling the third-generation Nest for $180

Mac World - 2 hours 4 min ago

Verizon Wireless has a good deal on the latest version of the Nest Learning Thermostat. Right now, you can pick up the third-generation Nest for $180. That’s about $60 to $70 off the prices you’ll find elsewhere.

Nest is one of the more popular choices for smart thermostats these days. We tend to favor the ecobee4, but there’s no doubt the Nest is the better looking device—we’d expect nothing less from Nest co-founder Tony Fadell aka “father of the iPod.”

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Sorry, Apple Watch Series 3 LTE users: If you want to stop and start service it'll cost you

PC World - 4 hours 7 min ago
As the three-month promotion for Apple Watch Series 3 comes to an end, many users are going to want to suspend their cellular service. Here’s why it might end up costing more in the long run.

Sorry, Apple Watch Series 3 LTE users: If you want to stop and start service it'll cost you

Mac World - 4 hours 7 min ago

Like everyone else who bought an Apple Watch Series 3 with cellular on launch day, I’ve been using LTE on the Verizon account for free. Apple struck a deal with all four major carriers to offer a three-month trial period for new users, and the carriers even sweetened the idea by waiving their activation fee, which can be as high as $30.

So I marked the date on my calendar, assuming that when my free period was up, I could stop my service and reactivate it when I wanted it, like the iPad. That’s not the case. Because Apple Watch uses NumberShare on Verizon, it’s not considered a month-to-month or prepaid device, so it’s not so easy to skip a month of service. According to the Verizon representative I spoke to, I have two options:

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30% off APC 1500VA Compact UPS Battery Backup & Surge Protector

PC World - 5 hours 54 min ago

An APC UPS provides backup power power and surge protection to power and protect your PC or Mac, network router, gaming consoles like Xbox and PS4, AV and other business electronics from the dangers of power surges, spikes, lightning and power outages. By powering your critical electronics with a backup battery during blackouts, you ensure personal and professional connectivity when it matters most. Improvements in efficiency, size and surge protection come at an affordable price, making the Back-UPS Pro mini-tower battery backup UPS models a perfect solution for your power protection needs. Right now the Back-UPS Pro from APC averages 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon, where its typical list price of $170 is discounted 30% to $119. See this deal now on Amazon.

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30% off APC 1500VA Compact UPS Battery Backup & Surge Protector

Mac World - 5 hours 54 min ago

An APC UPS provides backup power power and surge protection to power and protect your PC or Mac, network router, gaming consoles like Xbox and PS4, AV and other business electronics from the dangers of power surges, spikes, lightning and power outages. By powering your critical electronics with a backup battery during blackouts, you ensure personal and professional connectivity when it matters most. Improvements in efficiency, size and surge protection come at an affordable price, making the Back-UPS Pro mini-tower battery backup UPS models a perfect solution for your power protection needs. Right now the Back-UPS Pro from APC averages 4.7 out of 5 stars on Amazon, where its typical list price of $170 is discounted 30% to $119. See this deal now on Amazon.

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10 killer PC upgrades that are shockingly cheap

PC World - 6 hours 16 min ago
No need to break the bank

Sure, swanky new Surface Pros and $1,200 graphics cards may capture all the headlines, but on a practical level, the real story is that PCs aren’t cheap. As a working father with two kids and a mortgage to pay, I understand that all too well. But if your computer’s starting to feel pokey, there’s fortunately no reason to rush out a spend hundreds on a new one.

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Ella brings smart searching to home security cameras

PC World - 7 hours 27 min ago
A new deep learning engine from surveillance equipment manufacturer IC Realtime lets you tag and search relevant video footage using natural language.

Ella brings smart searching to home security cameras

Mac World - 7 hours 27 min ago
A new deep learning engine from surveillance equipment manufacturer IC Realtime lets you tag and search relevant video footage using natural language.

Best health and fitness gifts of 2017

PC World - 8 hours 57 min ago

Chances are your friends and family are going to stuff themselves silly with unfathomable calories between now and 2018. So why not balance the equation by giving them a gadget that can nudge them in a more healthful direction? Not all of the gear below is geared toward weight loss and exercise, but everything is designed for general health and wellness, and I have direct experience with every single product.

TRX Home Gym Suspension Trainer

If you’ve spent time in a modern, forward-thinking gym, you may already be aware of TRX suspension training. The TRX system consists of two adjustable straps that hang from an anchor point on the ceiling. Simply grab the straps—usually with your hands, but sometimes with your feet—then use your bodyweight to perform an amazing array of exercises and stretch routines that hit every every muscle group.

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Best Samsung Galaxy Note 8 cases: Top picks in every style

PC World - 8 hours 57 min ago

If you spend $950 on a phone, you’re going to want some measure of protection. That means putting it in a case.

There are a lot to choose from: Some show off the design of the phone, others keep you from dropping it, and others will help it survive a nasty fall. No matter what kind of case you’re looking for, we’ve got you—and your new phone—covered.

Best transparent cases

To show off your Galaxy Note 8 as Samsung intended, you’ll want a clear case—and a polishing cloth. Because the back of the Galaxy Note 8 is made of glass, it picks up fingerprints very easily. You’ll need to clean it before you pop it into the case. Polishing the case itself doesn't hurt, either.

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Best health and fitness gifts of 2017

Mac World - 8 hours 57 min ago

Chances are your friends and family are going to stuff themselves silly with unfathomable calories between now and 2018. So why not balance the equation by giving them a gadget that can nudge them in a more healthful direction? Not all of the gear below is geared toward weight loss and exercise, but everything is designed for general health and wellness, and I have direct experience with every single product.

TRX Home Gym Suspension Trainer

If you’ve spent time in a modern, forward-thinking gym, you may already be aware of TRX suspension training. The TRX system consists of two adjustable straps that hang from an anchor point on the ceiling. Simply grab the straps—usually with your hands, but sometimes with your feet—then use your bodyweight to perform an amazing array of exercises and stretch routines that hit every every muscle group.

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Remo+ Doorcam review: This wireless security camera hangs on your front door

PC World - 9 hours 27 min ago
This easy-to-install alternative to a doorbell cam alerts you to visitors and lets you talk with them even when you're not at home.

PowerSpec 1710 and PowerSpec 1510 review: Formidable gaming laptops at great prices

PC World - 9 hours 27 min ago

Savvy electronics shoppers know Micro Center as the go-to retailer for mouthwatering CPU deals if you’re lucky enough to live near one. The company’s first-ever homegrown gaming laptops continue that devotion to damned good prices. Despite packing a full-fat GeForce GTX 1070 and other high-end hardware, the aluminum-clad PowerSpec 1510 costs a mere $1,300, and the PowerSpec 1710 just $1,400. (With in-store pickup only, of course—this is Micro Center.) That’s surprisingly little cash for such potent portable PCs!

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Shinola Canfield on-ear headphones review: These cans are made for hipsters, not audiophiles

PC World - 9 hours 27 min ago

Detroit—car capital of America—has had difficulty recovering from a decade-long economic downturn. Many companies have left the Motor City, outsourcing their manufacturing, assembly, and materials production overseas. Shinola is bucking that trend, manufacturing headphones, luxury watches and watch straps, hand-built bicycles, and high-end leather goods here. (You can read the larger story behind Shinola’s drive to bring manufacturing back to the U.S. here). It’s a noble effort to be sure, but it's not enough to make Shinola’s Canfield on-ear headphones worthy of their substantial price tag.

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Remo+ Doorcam review: This wireless security camera hangs on your front door

Mac World - 9 hours 27 min ago
This easy-to-install alternative to a doorbell cam alerts you to visitors and lets you talk with them even when you're not at home.

Shinola Canfield on-ear headphones review: These cans are made for hipsters, not audiophiles

Mac World - 9 hours 27 min ago

Detroit—car capital of America—has had difficulty recovering from a decade-long economic downturn. Many companies have left the Motor City, outsourcing their manufacturing, assembly, and materials production overseas. Shinola is bucking that trend, manufacturing headphones, luxury watches and watch straps, hand-built bicycles, and high-end leather goods here. (You can read the larger story behind Shinola’s drive to bring manufacturing back to the U.S. here). It’s a noble effort to be sure, but it's not enough to make Shinola’s Canfield on-ear headphones worthy of their substantial price tag.

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Microsoft takes $550 off the Alienware 15 gaming laptop as time runs out on PC deals

PC World - Sat, 2017-12-16 13:39

Microsoft’s 12 Days of Deals has produced some amazing PC sales, and Microsoft’s spotlighting one more: the rugged, powerful Alienware 15 R3 gaming notebook, a bargain at $550 off—and with the opportunity to save $100 more.

 Microsoft’s 12 Days of Deals sales have produced some epic bargains, notably the $550 off the Dell XPS 13 steal that has, sadly, since expired. But smart shoppers know the power of last-minute deals, and there’s still a few to be scored as Microsoft’s deals days expire.

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Profane in the membrane: Apple’s naughty list

Mac World - Sat, 2017-12-16 07:00

The year will be over soon so it is the natural time to look back at everything Apple has done and swear at it all.

Writing for Gizmodo, Adam Clark Estes details “Everything Apple F***ed Up This Year.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Rick.)

Who said journalism was dead? Some real forking shirtballs, that’s who.

People like to believe that Apple is a company that never makes mistakes.

Strawmen like to believe that they are real people. But they are not. At least not without an animation spell cast by a bog witch. And even then for some reason the animated strawmen espouse a preference for Hawaiian pizza, so it’s sort of a gray area.

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Best smart bulbs

PC World - Fri, 2017-12-15 19:25
Today’s smart bulbs are brighter and easier to control than ever, but choosing the right one for your environment remains a challenge.

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