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Best soundbars

PC World - Fri, 2017-12-01 10:08
Find the best soundbar for music and movies and that's the perfect fit for your budget.

Best soundbars

Mac World - Fri, 2017-12-01 10:08
Find the best soundbar for music and movies and that's the perfect fit for your budget.

Vava Dash Cam review: Great video and ground-breaking features

PC World - Fri, 2017-12-01 09:00

Vava’s Dash Cam is stylish, cleverly designed, and it offers at least two features that are unique in the dash cam world as far as we know: 360-degree rotation on its magnetic-coupling, and enough battery on board to capture in parking mode for up to 72 hours.

It’s also on-trend with the latest features such as Wi-Fi connectivity, iOS and Android apps, and a separate Bluetooth snapshot button (press it to capture stills) that can be placed anywhere in your car’s interior. If you’ve ever been in a hurry to capture an image, only to miss the opportunity because finding the tiny button on the camera took too long... you’ll appreciate the latter.

All the innovation would mean nothing if the video were weak, but Vava has even taken care of that, both day and night, by incorporating a Sony IMX291 STARVIS sensor. In short, this is a very impressive product from a first-time vendor. It shows what can be done when you examine existing designs with a skeptical eye. It’s even competitively priced at $150 (sans SD card). To see how it stacks up against other models we've tested, check out our full roster of dash cam reviews.

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

PC World - Fri, 2017-12-01 09:00
We help you find the Fitbit best suited to your activity level and habits, without spending more than you need.

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

Mac World - Fri, 2017-12-01 09:00

As one of the biggest names in fitness trackers, Fitbit is an easy pick for recording your daily steps or sleep patterns. Selecting a specific Fitbit model, 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.

Best Fitbit: Fitbit Charge 2

Most people who want a fitness tracker are best matched with a general, all-purpose device that records steps, sleep, and heart rate. The Fitbit Charge 2 does all that well, and offers more on top of it: In addition to basic step tracking, continuous heart-rate monitoring, and sleep tracking, you also get automatic exercise tracking, silent alarms, and reminders to exercise and to practice mindful breathing.

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15 gorgeous PC games that will punish your graphics card

PC World - Fri, 2017-12-01 08:39
Pixel-pushing, PC-melting graphical firepower

Image by Gordon Mah Ung/Rob Schultz

So you built yourself a brand-new gaming rig, you’ve slotted your sweet new graphics card into the PCIe slot, you’ve sealed up the case, and you’ve heard it all POST—congrats! Now it’s time to throw games at your fresh build until it breaks, then cry at the thought that if you’d spent just 200 dollars more you could’ve played at 4K instead of a mere 1080p!

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How to set up Medical ID on your iPhone

Mac World - Fri, 2017-12-01 08:00

There are plenty of iPhone features that feel like you just can’t live without them. But there is one that can literally save your life: Medical ID.

If you get into an accident or otherwise become unconscious or unresponsive, a first responder can pick up your phone and place an emergency call. But they can also tap the Medical ID button to be taken to a screen that shows important information about you: Age, blood type, allergies, medical conditions...whatever information you wish to share that may help a medical professional to treat you properly.

Setting it up is a snap, but you may not have thought about it because you access it through the Health app rather than Settings. 

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No man's land: The lack of MacBook middle ground

Mac World - Fri, 2017-12-01 06:30

Recently, in taking stock of my primary computing hardware, I noticed an interesting trend: Over the course of the last year, I’ve swapped out almost all of the devices that I use every day. I replaced a 2011 iMac with a new 2017 5K model. My iPad Air 2 got superseded by a 10.5-inch iPad Pro. And, of course, my iPhone 7 was turned in for an iPhone X.

Some of this is the nature of the job. When you write about tech, people want to know about the latest and greatest devices, and there’s not much to say if you don’t have access to those devices. But some of it is about your own usage, too. That iMac was getting too long in the tooth for some of the things that I do every day (namely podcast editing); I wanted to get an Apple Pencil, which didn’t work with the Air 2… and so on.

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Samsung HW-MS750 Sound+ soundbar review: It’s great for music, but you’ll want the optional sub for movies

PC World - Fri, 2017-12-01 06:00
Music sounds fantastic on Samsung’s flagship soundbar, but it needs more oomph for soundtracks.

Origin EVO15-S review: A portable, powerful Max-Q laptop that does everything right

PC World - Fri, 2017-12-01 06:00

Say hello to one of the most intriguing high-end incarnations of Nvidia’s new Max-Q technology.

The Origin EVO15-S is powerful and portable, delivering GeForce GTX 1070 graphics in a sleek sub-five-pound frame. That’s amazing—but it’s also true of every Max-Q gaming laptop. Origin stands out from the crowd with a superb out-of-the-box customer experience and the ability to configure the EVO15-S hardware any way you see fit, unlike the overwhelming majority of the Max-Q masses.

More importantly, you can use this gaming laptop as a laptop. The first two GTX 1080 Max-Q laptops we’ve tested, the Asus ROG Zephyrus and the Acer Predator Triton 700, suffered from dismal battery life and atrociously positioned touchpads. The more conservative GTX 1070 Max-Q in the Origin EVO15-S still won’t survive the day away from a charger, but it lasts much longer than those others, and it has a straightforward touchpad, right under the keyboard where you’d expect it.

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Samsung HW-MS750 Sound+ soundbar review: It’s great for music, but you’ll want the optional sub for movies

Mac World - Fri, 2017-12-01 06:00
Music sounds fantastic on Samsung’s flagship soundbar, but it needs more oomph for soundtracks.

Which Mac should you buy?

Mac World - Fri, 2017-12-01 03:01

If you’re reading this article, chances are you’re thinking about buying a new Mac and may be in need of a little guidance. Fortunately, we’re quite familiar with Apple’s Macs, and we’re happy to help you choose the right Mac for you.

Before we proceed, we should specifically address Apple’s desktop Macs. It’s been a while since the company has updated the Mac mini and Mac Pro. While our advice for each Mac model provides guidance as to which model you should buy, you might actually consider waiting to see if Apple releases a new Mac mini or Mac Pro, or consider buying an iMac.

This buying guide provides an overview of all the Mac models available, and what each model is best suited for. To get more details, you can read the full review by clicking the product name in the product boxes that have mouse ratings.

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BrandPost: Sophisticated Mac OS Malware Uses Trust and Developer Certificates

Mac World - Thu, 2017-11-30 13:32

If the ransomware incident involving the tampered Transmission app in late 2016 started something, it’s that threat actors are now getting interested in compromising Mac OS users.

Recent events involving the Proton remote access Trojan (RAT distributed through the popular Elmedia media player software) show cybercriminals are actively targeting highly popular applications – an app with more than 1 million downloads in this case – to maximize their chances of infection.

There’s no reason to assume Mac malware will fade away. If anything, we’ve learned that attackers are active in their use of popular applications to smuggle data-stealing malware. Supply chain attacks that involve compromising the app vendor’s website and replacing the legitimate app with a tampered one are now a fact, as compromising websites is usually just a matter of persistence. Finding and exploiting vulnerabilities in webpages to allow unauthorized access can be more effective than finding a zero-day vulnerability in Mac OS.

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With new EKG monitor and Heart Study app, Apple Watch could one day save your life

Mac World - Thu, 2017-11-30 13:10

We’ve all heard stories about how Apple Watch has helped people lose weight and get in shape, but two new initiatives could turn it into an essential, life-saving tool.

Back when Apple Watch Series 3 was announced in September, COO Jeff Williams talked about a new joint study with Stanford Medicine that will use Apple Watch to detect arrhythmia, or irregular heart rhythms, and notify users who may be experiencing atrial fibrillation (AFib). Now Apple is ready to open it up to the public via the Apple Heart Study app.

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Google's new data-tracking app could save money on your mobile bill

PC World - Thu, 2017-11-30 08:33

Google’s newest Android app might be its most useful of all. It’s called Datally, and it has one function: to stop apps from gobbling up your precious gigabytes of data.

The simple, intuitive app is designed to help you get a handle on your mobile data usage and stop rogue apps from surreptitiously using it up. So, if you get a message from your carrier about using an abnormal amount of data, you can use Datally to pinpoint the app that’s doing the most damage and shut it down.

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Data trackers have been built into Android for a while, but Datally makes it drop-dead easy to use them.

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Not this time: Apple really does screw up

Mac World - Thu, 2017-11-30 08:00

It is backwards day here at Macalope Worldwide Headquarters and our sponsor is none other than Apple, Inc.! (Disclaimer: not actually a sponsor.) Yes, the Macalope isn’t here to skewer pundits today but Apple itself. If you haven’t heard, Apple shipped High Sierra with a serious security flaw, one people are amusingly referring to as the “iamroot” vulnerability, in reference to the plant guy from the comic book movies with the guy from that show. The plant guy’s catch phrase, the Macalope believes, is “WHAAAAZZZZZUUUUUUP?!”

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14 essential tips and tricks to master the iPhone X

Mac World - Thu, 2017-11-30 07:00

You just got your shiny new iPhone X. It’s the phone of the future, today! You got it all set up and even picked up a few new iPhone X-optimized games.

Now it’s time to take your iPhone X mastery to the next level. These tips will help you work through some of the interface quirks and point out features about which you may not have known.

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How to use Word to create holiday cards and other projects

PC World - Thu, 2017-11-30 06:30

Microsoft Word may not be a full-fledged graphics program, but you can use its layout, font, text box and other features to make surprisingly good custom holiday cards—with a little clever manipulation and some creativity. You can use images or clip art from your own collection, download royalty-free images from the web, or use Shapes and Special Effects in Word to draw your own custom images. 

Note: If you’re planning to use envelopes (as opposed to a postcard-type design), note that the paper size may be determined by the size of the envelope. So, choose your envelopes first, then create your project.

Designing envelopes in Word

1. Because envelopes are generally wider than tall, open a blank Word document, and select Page Layout > Orientation > Landscape.

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The demise of net neutrality isn't the biggest threat to the cord-cutting movement

PC World - Thu, 2017-11-30 06:00
With or without net neutrality rules, the FCC handed an unfair streaming video advantage to big internet service providers like Comcast months ago.

OnePlus 5T review: A $500 mid-range phone with the heart of a $900 flagship

PC World - Thu, 2017-11-30 06:00

If the OnePlus 5T isn't a “flagship killer,” it's at least a "flagship bruiser." It’s remarkable how much phone OnePlus has managed to deliver for $500, just $20 more than the OnePlus 5. The camera might be a step below those of its premium peers, and the 1080p display isn’t as sharp as Samsung’s Quad HD ones, but the 5T is nothing less than a tremendous upgrade and value.

Where last year’s 3T was a mere spec refresh, the 5T upgrades the display, which hadn’t really changed much since the OnePlus One (other than switching from LCD to OLED). Never has a half-inch made such a huge difference. With a 6-inch, 18:9 screen instead of a 5.5-inch, 16:9 one, the OnePlus 5T looks and feels like a modern phone that should cost $800 or $900. Considering the 5T releases less than six months after the 5 (making it the third phone OnePlus has released in the past 12 months), it proves the company can make a big-screen AMOLED phone on the cheap, and do it quickly. 

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