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Snag the 2018 15" MacBook Pro for $300 off

Mac World - Thu, 2018-09-06 15:36

Apple’s latest MacBook Pro had a bit of a rough start thanks to the throttling controversy, but fortunately Apple quickly patched that up, allowing us all to enjoy its speedy processor and quieter keyboard with less guilt. And today, you can also enjoy a hefty $300 discount on the model over at B&HRemove non-product link.

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RAVPower 10,400mAh Portable Wireless Charger review: Affordable wireless power on the go

PC World - Thu, 2018-09-06 14:46

RAVPower’s portable battery packs are often considered some of the best, both in terms of pricing and performance. The same can be said about its wireless charging pads. So it makes sense that the company eventually figured out a way to combine the two products into one.

We’ve already taken a look at the smaller Portable Wireless Charger, and now it’s time to look at its ever-so-slightly bigger brother: the 10,400mAh Portable Wireless Charger.

Note: This review is part of our roundup of portable power banks. Go there for details on competing products and our testing methods.

As the name implies, this pack has a total capacity of 10,400mAh (37.4Wh), and it uses nearly all of it. It performed with 88.64 percent efficiency and takes just over five hours to recharge the pack.

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RAVPower Portable Wireless Charger 10,000mAh review: Small, portable, and almost entirely wireless

PC World - Thu, 2018-09-06 14:43

With nearly all major smartphones now supporting wireless charging, and rumors of the next-generation Pixels also supporting the ability to charge without a cable, it only makes sense that we have a way to get wireless charging on the go.  

RAVPower, a company known for its portable battery packs, has a pair of portable battery packs that include a built-in wireless charging pad. Power on the pack, place your phone on top, and forget about it for a bit.

Note: This review is part of our roundup of portable power banks. Go there for details on competing products and our testing methods.

The Portable Wireless Charger 10,000mAh is the smaller of RAVPower’s options—the larger one being a 10,400mAh unit.

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Microsoft's Xbox Skill grants Alexa and Cortana-powered smart speakers the ability to control an Xbox

PC World - Thu, 2018-09-06 14:08
Microsoft is rolling out an Xbox Skill that will allow PCs and smart speakers that use Amazon Alexa or Microsoft Cortana to communicate with and control the Xbox game console.

The best Intel Gamer Days deals

PC World - Thu, 2018-09-06 13:48

Intel’s processors excel at gaming because they deliver best-in-class single-threaded performance at fast clock speeds. When the 8th-generation Core chips hit desktops late last year, they came packing more CPU cores than ever before. It’s a great time to upgrade your old rig, in other words. Intel’s hoping to entice people to do just that with Intel Gamer Days 2018, a massive promotion rife with giveaways and big sales on gaming PCs and hardware.

The inaugural event kicked off September 1 and lasts through the 16th. If you swing by the Intel Gamer Days website and click the Experience sweepstakes tab, you can register to win all kinds of nifty stuff, including beastly gaming PCs from a wide variety of companies and free trips to BlizzCon or Intel Extreme Masters in Chicago. New limited-time deals pop up every day—you’ll see them listed as “upcoming” at the bottom of the page—so there’s an incentive to check back often, too.

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Logitech is selling its Apple Pencil alternative to everyone, but it comes at a price

Mac World - Thu, 2018-09-06 12:07

The most interesting announcement at Apple’s Chicago education event this past spring wasn’t that the new iPad was picking up support for the Apple Pencil. It was that Apple had teamed up with Logitech to offer a cheaper version of its super-powered stylus for half the price.

And soon you’ll be able to buy one. Originally only available to students and teachers, the the Logitech Crayon Digital Pencil (seriously, that’s the name) is available for purchase today for the inflated price of $69Remove non-product link (40 percent higher than it charges for education customers), but won’t begin shipping until September 12. If that date sounds familiar, it’s because it just so happens to be the same date as the annual iPhone event.

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These Ring bundle discounts will save you big bucks on smart home security

Mac World - Thu, 2018-09-06 11:49

Outdoor security cameras provide a line of defense for your home, and smart capabilities elevate that by adding control and peace-of-mind to your home security system. Today, one of the best on the market, Ring’s floodlight camera, is $314 for a two-pack from Home DepotRemove non-product link, a big drop from a list price of $448. And you’ll also get a free $50 Chime ProRemove non-product link Wi-Fi extender and speaker with your purchase.

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These Ring bundle discounts will save you big bucks on smart home security

PC World - Thu, 2018-09-06 11:49

Outdoor security cameras provide a line of defense for your home, and smart capabilities elevate that by adding control and peace-of-mind to your home security system. Today, one of the best on the market, Ring’s floodlight camera, is $314 for a two-pack from Home DepotRemove non-product link, a big drop from a list price of $448. And you’ll also get a free $50 Chime ProRemove non-product link Wi-Fi extender and speaker with your purchase.

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Amazon's new Fire HD 8 tablet sacrifices battery life for always-on Alexa

Mac World - Thu, 2018-09-06 11:15
Amazon has unveiled its newest Fire HD 8 tablets, which are pretty much the same as the old ones with less battery life.

Amazon's new Fire HD 8 tablet sacrifices battery life for always-on Alexa

PC World - Thu, 2018-09-06 11:15

As expected, Amazon has unveiled its newest $80 Fire HD 8 tablet, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at it or using it. The new tablet has the same bezel-heavy design as the prior generation along with much of the same specs:

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AMD's $55 Athlon 200GE brings Zen CPU cores and Radeon Vega graphics to the masses

PC World - Thu, 2018-09-06 10:50

AMD’s dynamic duo is coming to the masses. On Thursday, the company announced the Athlon 200GE, a $55 processor that includes Radeon Vega graphics and CPU cores built using AMD’s Zen architecture. It also radically alters AMD’s approach to the Athlon brand.

You won’t get much of either at this price point, but the Athlon 200GE looks like a solid option for budget PC builders. The 35-watt chip packs two cores and four threads humming along at 3.2GHz, with no turbo speeds listed, a configuration that should handle basic office and everyday computing tasks just fine. It also includes three Radeon Vega compute units, which can handle high-definition videos and “720p esports gaming out-of-the-box.”

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Upgrade to a water-resistant mechanical keyboard for just $26 today

PC World - Thu, 2018-09-06 09:46

Mechanical keyboards are a killer upgrade for gamers and people who type all day, and doubly so if you’re still using the cheap plastic plank keyboard that came with your PC. With the right type of switch under the keys, you’ll get better physical responsiveness from your keys, and in some cases an easier time for your fingers and wrists. Today, Amazon has some great deals on mechanical keyboards from Aukey.

Our favorite of the bunch is this 87-key backlit keyboard with Outemu Blue switches for $26 with the coupon code MT3MZVCY. That’s a great price for a budget mechanical keyboard, especially if you don’t want to pay the far higher prices for our favorite gaming keyboards of 2018. Even budget mechanical keyboards usually start around $75 or so.

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Brilliant Control review: Impressive blend of switch and smart home controller, but there’s room for improvement

Mac World - Thu, 2018-09-06 08:00
Still using toggles to turn on the lights? Try this sleek touch panel instead.

How to remove your FileVault recovery key from iCloud

Mac World - Thu, 2018-09-06 08:00

FileVault offers the fantastic option in macOS to encrypt your entire drive. With modern Macs, starting now several years ago, that whole-disk encryption allows nearly the same performance as with an unencrypted drive due to hardware-based accelerated cryptographic calculations.

To avoid losing your files forever if you forget your password or lose it from a stored location, macOS offers to either reveal to you a special Recovery Key that you have to make a record of, or—starting with Yosemite—lets you use iCloud to unlock your drive. (There’s a special Mavericks-only option that requires answering security questions; read this Apple support note for details, especially the footnote at the end.)

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Brilliant Control review: Impressive blend of switch and smart home controller, but there’s room for improvement

PC World - Thu, 2018-09-06 08:00
Still using toggles to turn on the lights? Try this sleek touch panel instead.

The real loser: Despite the headlines, it’s not Apple

Mac World - Thu, 2018-09-06 07:00

Looking at the clock, dear readers, The Macalope sees that it is once again Apple doom-thirty. Or is it a quarter past Apple going out of business? Whatever time you want to call it, the company has had it now for sure this time, that much is certain.

“Huawei Outselling iPhone.”

Oh, nooooooooo. Once again Apple has been bested by <del>Samsung</del> <del>Xiaomi</del> Huawei.

Well, let’s just, for fun, dig into these here numbers, shall we? You know, while we wait for the lights to go out in Cupertino.

Chinese electronics giant Huawei Technologies sold more handsets worldwide than Apple in the second quarter, marking the first quarter since the early days of the original iPhone that Apple hasn’t been among the No. 2 suppliers…

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Excel Add-Ins: How to find and use them

PC World - Thu, 2018-09-06 06:29

Excel Add-Ins are similar to smart phone apps and graphic plug-ins. That is, they are separate applications written by independent programmers that provide enhanced capabilities for the primary software. You can get Add-Ins for Word, PowerPoint, and other popular programs as well. Most Add-Ins are either free or have a minimal cost and, generally, use very little memory.

How do Add-Ins work?

Add-Ins are very diverse, so they function quite differently. They’re produced from hundreds of sources and cover every imaginable topic. These are the 10 main types, though many of these categories overlap:

  • Charts & Graphics
  • Data Analysis
  • Educational
  • Financial & Accounting
  • Formulas/Functions
  • Marketing
  • Productivity & Time Management
  • Reference
  • Reports & Templates
  • Utilities

Many of them are backward- and forward-compatible, but check the system requirements before you download anything. Note that newer isn’t always better: Many of the Add-Ins that were created years ago are still some of the best ones available.

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Flat-panel antennas: What you get by spending more

Mac World - Thu, 2018-09-06 06:00
How cheap flat-panel antennas on sites like Amazon compare to established brands.

Flat-panel antennas: What you get by spending more

PC World - Thu, 2018-09-06 06:00
How cheap flat-panel antennas on sites like Amazon compare to established brands.

Sandisk Extreme Portable SSD: Classy, practical, and speedy USB 3.1 Gen 2 storage

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

If you’re looking for fast external USB storage, you’ll do no better than SanDisk’s USB 3.1 Gen 2 Extreme Portable SSD. It’s just a tad slower than Samsung’s T5, but one-ups that worthy drive with a svelte and cleverly ergonomic design.

Remember that USB 3.1 Gen 2 offers a 10Gbps data transfer rate, but it requires a Gen 2 port for full performance. Connecting this drive to a USB 3.1 Gen 1 port (5Gbps) will limit throughput to around 300MBps.

Note: This review is part of our roundup of the best SSDs. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.

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