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Why iOS apps on the Mac will not just improve the Mac, but iOS, too

Mac World - Thu, 2018-09-27 16:00

MacOS Mojave is here, and with it, Apple is now officially shipping four Mac apps that were written for iOS and run using a translation system that Apple’s planning on rolling out to app developers next year.

But while it’s fun to consider what apps from the iOS App Store might come to the Mac App Store in 2019, it’s also worth asking what else Apple might bring to macOS next year—and whether it might have some unexpected benefits for iPad users in the process.

This system needs to improve

Let’s start with the obvious: This entire project of bringing iOS apps to the Mac is a work in progress. As Apple said on stage at WWDC in June, perhaps the best way for Apple to understand the scope of work that’s required to allow iOS apps to reside on the Mac is for the company to apply that technology to its own apps. So in macOS Mojave, we have News, Home, Voice Memos, and Stocks.

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The best gaming headsets: Reviews and buying advice

PC World - Thu, 2018-09-27 13:49

The next great peripherals war is being waged over your ears. After every company on the planet put out a gaming mouse and then a mechanical keyboard, they turned their attention to headsets. So many headsets.

Gaming headset cheat sheet Our quick-hit recommendations:
    1. HyperX Cloud Alpha View
    2. Astro A10 View
    3. Corsair Void Pro Wireless View
    4. Logitech G533 View
    5. SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless View
 

We know you don’t want to scroll through every single headset review when all you want is a simple answer: “What’s the best gaming headset I can buy with my hard-earned dollars?” This page holds the answers you seek, no matter what your budget is.

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Watch The Full Nerd talk about Intel 9000 series leaks and custom RTX performance right now!

PC World - Thu, 2018-09-27 12:51

Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. In today's show we talk about:

- What looks to be final info on the Intel 9000 series and how it stacks up against AMD.
- Custom RTX 2080 cards vs Nvidia Founders Editions
- How stupid was Gordon to buy or not buy that 400GB Sandisk MicroSD card?

As always we will be answering your live questions so speak up in the chat.

If YouTube is not your thing uou can also watch us on Twitch, Facebook, and Twitter!

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The Ecobee3 Lite smart thermostat just hit an all-time low at Amazon

PC World - Thu, 2018-09-27 12:10

As the seasons change, there's no better time to add some convenience to your home's temperature control. But smart thermostats can be pricy, with our top pick, the Ecobee4, coming in at well over $200. Today, though, you can get similar model for a lot less: the Ecobee3 Lite is just $139, down from a list price of $169Remove non-product link and an all-time low.

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The Ecobee3 Lite smart thermostat just hit an all-time low at Amazon

Mac World - Thu, 2018-09-27 12:10

As the seasons change, there's no better time to add some convenience to your home's temperature control. But smart thermostats can be pricy, with our top pick, the Ecobee4, coming in at well over $200. Today, though, you can get similar model for a lot less: the Ecobee3 Lite is just $139, down from a list price of $169Remove non-product link and an all-time low.

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How to check your PC's CPU temperature

PC World - Thu, 2018-09-27 11:53

Is your computer’s CPU too hot? If your PC starts spontaneously shutting down, locking up, or acting sluggish during intense tasks, overheating could be the issue. Keeping tabs on your CPU temperatures is crucial when you’re overclocking your PC’s processor, too—you don’t want to accidentally push the performance pedal too far to the metal.

Bizarrely, Windows doesn’t offer any way to check your computer’s CPU temperature. You could dive into your system’s BIOS to find the information, but that’s a lot of hassle to find a simple sensor reading. Fortunately, several free programs exist that make it easy to see your processor’s temperature.

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The best CPUs for gaming

PC World - Thu, 2018-09-27 11:52

Buying a processor for a gaming rig isn’t as hard as it used to be. Now that AMD’s Ryzen and Intel’s 8th-gen CPUs debuted with more performance and cores than ever before, it’s hard to buy a stinker these days—especially since most games favor graphics firepower over CPU oomph. But all that said, there are specific chips that stand out from the horde as the best gaming CPUs due to their price, performance, or nifty extras.

Updated September 27, 2018 with information about Intel 9000-series CPUs leaked by a Vietnamese retailers.

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Razer Nari Ultimate review: This haptics-enabled gaming headset lets you literally feel the groove

PC World - Thu, 2018-09-27 11:00

It’s the one area PC gamers get consistently overlooked: Haptics. Haptic feedback (or rumble, in the vernacular) has been a mainstay of console gaming for almost two decades now, and for good reason. Smart usage can both increase immersion and provide invaluable feedback to players, i.e. letting you feel the moment digital tires lose traction on slick asphalt, or warning that an enemy’s shooting at you.

There have been a few experiments, like SteelSeries’s Rival 500—a mouse with built-in haptics. But it’s hard to make a mouse with rumble because it’s bound to affect your aim, and keyboards are too large and heavy.

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Oculus Quest impressions: This no-hassle wireless VR headset could be a breakout hit

PC World - Thu, 2018-09-27 09:56

Surprised. That’s how I felt coming out of Oculus Connect 4 last year, where for the first time we got a glimpse of “what’s next” in VR. At the time it was called Project Santa Cruz, a standalone VR headset—meaning no wires—that nevertheless had full position- and hand-tracking capabilities. “I thought we were further away from wireless VR,” I wrote at the time. Even now, I still feel that way.

But come next spring, truly wireless VR will be here in the form of the newly christened $399 Oculus Quest. We already wrote up most of the technical details, but after yesterday’s keynote wrapped up I had the chance to run through some demos.

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Find unprecedented sales on Ryzen, SSDs, gaming monitors, and more in Amazon's one-day PC sale

PC World - Thu, 2018-09-27 09:42

Oh me, oh my—the mid-week one day sales keep coming from Amazon. Just yesterday we saw two 24-hour sales for Logitech accessories and expandable storage. Today, Amazon’s doing us one better with a PC gaming gear saleRemove non-product link featuring SSDs, displays, processors, graphics cards, RAM, and more. Today’s sale ends on Thursday evening just before midnight PDT, and as always, we’ve boiled it all down to the top three deal picks that you don’t want to miss:

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Want to connect an old DVI monitor to newer Mac with USB-C? Here’s one way to do it

Mac World - Thu, 2018-09-27 08:00

One problem that Mac 911 can always count on: The complexities of using old Apple monitors to work with new USB-C-equipped Macs.

The 2015 and later MacBook uses USB-C for USB 3 and DisplayPort. The newer MacBook Pro and iMac models pass Thunderbolt 3 over USB-C, along with DisplayPort and other standards.

I recently updated our best advice and knowledge for Apple’s Mini DisplayPort and Thunderbolt 2 displays. For older Apple monitors that relied on DVI—sometimes requiring a dual-link DVI setup for its largest displays—I had yet to find a solution in a single product, with adapters, or from readers who had solved it.

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Word to the wise: Apple’s always-failing strategy

Mac World - Thu, 2018-09-27 07:00

If there’s one thing Tim Cook needs it’s advice. Apparently.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and illegal clown car racing circuit, Ewan Spence says the “New iPhone XS Reveals Tim Cook's Failure To Innovate.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Touchpad Afficionado and Chris.)

When you step back and look at the details in last week’s iPhone launch event, it tells you everything you need to know about Apple. It cannot grow iPhone sales…

That’s pretty true, but how is smartphone market growth as a whole doing?

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F-Secure Freedome review: A VPN with some built-in antivirus features

PC World - Thu, 2018-09-27 06:30
F-Secure Freedome in brief:
  • P2P allowed: No
  • Business location: Finland
  • Number of servers:  N/A
  • Number of country locations: 22
  • Cost: $50-$80 per year
  • VPN protocol: OpenVPN
  • Data encryption: AES 128-bit
  • Data authentication: AES 128-bit
  • Handshake encryption: 2048-bit RSA keys with SHA-256 certificates

There are a few VPN services that offer their own antivirus, one is Avira Phantom VPN Pro, which we looked at previously; Finland-based F-Secure is another. The company’s Freedome VPN is a premium service that offers 22 country locations around the world and extra freebies like tracker and malicious-site blocking.

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Bluesound Pulse Soundbar and Pulse Subwoofer review: Reference sound and outstanding streaming features

PC World - Thu, 2018-09-27 06:00
This soundbar/subwoofer combo is for audiophiles and cineastes who can afford to indulge their craving for refined, dynamic sound.

Android Confidential: 3 reasons why you should buy a cheap Android phone this October

PC World - Thu, 2018-09-27 06:00

It's gonna be one heck of a fall for Android fans. Over the next few weeks the Pixel 3, Huawei Mate 20, and LG V40 are all due to drop, and we may even get a peek at Samsung's fabled folding phone. So I wouldn't blame you if you were already bracing yourself for the blow your wallet is about to take.

But what if it didn't have to be that way? What if you didn't need to spend nine hundred or a thousand dollars to get the best phone for you? In the latest episode of Android Confidential, I make the case for buying a cheaper phone rather than one of the outrageously expensive ones that cost as much as many laptops:

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Bluesound Pulse Soundbar and Pulse Subwoofer review: Reference sound and outstanding streaming features

Mac World - Thu, 2018-09-27 06:00
This soundbar/subwoofer combo is for audiophiles and cineastes who can afford to indulge their craving for refined, dynamic sound.

The 10 Mac games you need to play from September 2018

Mac World - Thu, 2018-09-27 06:00
September's Mac games

Image by Square Enix

Another month, another impressive stack of new games to play on your Mac. September brought us a fine bounty of fresh releases, and there’s quite a bit of variety in the mix. Fantasy role-player Pathfinder: Kingmaker and episodic narrative adventure Life is Strange: Before the Storm are this month’s biggest releases, but they’re just the start of this fine collection.

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Macworld's October Digital Magazine: Apple's new MacBook Pro reviewed

Mac World - Wed, 2018-09-26 19:26

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld digital magazine. 

In the October issue

This month you can read our review of Apple's new MacBook Pro: a powerful laptop for power users. Find out how Apple's most iconic destop computer, the original iMac, changed computing. Is a dockable iPhone in your future? Don't hold your breath. Plus, find out how to install Windows on your Mac using Boot Camp.

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: Five things the Mac mini needs to make it a true pro machine

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Want an inexpensive faux-leather iPhone XS case? Head to Amazon today

Mac World - Wed, 2018-09-26 16:24

If you like the look of leather but don’t like paying the sky-high prices leather products often go for, you’d be wise to check out the deal Amazon is running on its polyurethane AmazonBasics iPhone X (and iPhone XS) Leather Wallet Detachable Case. Normally these cases sell for somewhere around $20 to $28, but today Amazon is letting some of them go for as little as $6.95.

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HTC Vive vs. Oculus Rift vs. Windows Mixed Reality: What's the difference?

PC World - Wed, 2018-09-26 14:49

The fierce competition between the HTC ViveOculus Rift, and Windows Mixed Reality headsets has been heating up ever more in 2018, with rampant price drops and the arrival of the much-improved HTC Vive Pro.

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