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Apple boosts trade-in values for older iPhones for potential XS, XR buyers

Mac World - Tue, 2018-11-27 16:26

Now that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are off the calendar, Apple is finally rolling out a deal worth noticing as part of its GiveBack program. Today, Apple boosted the trade-in creditRemove non-product link for the iPhone 6 through the iPhone 8 (though not the iPhone 8 Plus) for a "limited time," but only if you upgrade to an iPhone XS, XS Max, or XR.

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Best smart sprinkler controller

PC World - Tue, 2018-11-27 15:13
Whether you’re motivated by water conservation, saving money, a drive to render every aspect of your home smart, or all the above, a smart irrigation controller will scratch that itch.

Best smart sprinkler controller

Mac World - Tue, 2018-11-27 15:13
Whether you’re motivated by water conservation, saving money, a drive to render every aspect of your home smart, or all the above, a smart irrigation controller will scratch that itch.

Cyber Week Special: Get These $150 Wireless Earbuds For Just $64

PC World - Tue, 2018-11-27 15:07

Headphones come in all shapes and sizes. There’s so many different options, in fact, it’s difficult to find a pair that has everything you want at a price that’s affordable. That’s where Revel True Wireless Earbuds come into play. Delivering premium Bluetooth sound in a sleek, wireless package, these earbuds are a solid choice for those looking to upgrade their listening but don't want to drop upwards of $150 on a pair of AirPods or Bose SoundSport Free earbuds. They're on sale for only $64 today when you use code CMSAVE20 at checkout.

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Cyber Week Special: Never Lose Your Keys With The Keysmart Pro with Tile, Now Just $32 (45% Off)

Mac World - Tue, 2018-11-27 15:07

For most of us, our everyday carry consists of our phone, wallet, and keys. However, everyone has “one of those mornings,” when it’s impossible to find our essential items before starting work. Tile’s solution is a Bluetooth-enabled tag that you can attach to your wallet or keys so that you can locate them easily.

For those who want to minimize their EDC even further, Tile has teamed up with KeySmart to create the KeySmart Pro, combining your key holder and locater tag in one. It's normally $60, but you can get one for just $32 with code CMSAVE20 at checkout. 

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Google Pixel Slate review: So close, yet so far, from being a perfect Chrome-Android tablet hybrid

PC World - Tue, 2018-11-27 12:00

Reviewing the Pixel Slate was like reviewing two devices. Out of the box, it’s something of a high-end Android tablet running full-screen Play Store apps and a touch-friendly interface. But when you attach it to the Pixel Slate Keyboard, it transforms into a premium Chromebook, with a large multitouch trackpad and PC-like multitasking.

The Pixel Slate appears to be a dream 2-in-1, the rare hybrid device that truly conforms to your immediate needs. Where the iPad Pro and various convertible PCs fail to consider the jarring interface changes when switching from a touch-based UI to a keyboard-based UI, Google has designed Chrome OS’s new hybrid interface specifically with the Pixel Slate in mind. Google understands that you’ll use your Chromebook differently as a tablet than you would as a laptop.

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Three of our favorite ultra-fast Samsung SSDs are on sale for cheap—and two are portable

PC World - Tue, 2018-11-27 11:09

A good SSD can’t be beat, and even the worst SSDs are better than the best mechanical hard drives. Today, three of the best solid-state drives we’ve ever tested are on sale on Amazon at steep discounts.

If you’re looking for a PC upgrade, Samsung’s 500GB 860 EVO is $73, down from a list price of $110. And if you’re looking for speedy portable storage that you can take with you, you’ve got options! The blistering 500GB Samsung X5 is $300, down from a list price of $400, and the Samsung T5 has two sizes on sale, with the 250GB version discounted to $80 from a $130 list price and the 500GB version discounted to $98 from $130.

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Three of our favorite ultra-fast Samsung SSDs are on sale for cheap—and two are portable

Mac World - Tue, 2018-11-27 11:09

A good SSD can’t be beat, and even the worst SSDs are better than the best mechanical hard drives. Today, three of the best solid-state drives we’ve ever tested are on sale on Amazon at steep discounts.

If you’re looking for a PC upgrade, Samsung’s 500GB 860 EVO is $73, down from a list price of $110. And if you’re looking for speedy portable storage that you can take with you, you’ve got options! The blistering 500GB Samsung X5 is $300, down from a list price of $400, and the Samsung T5 has two sizes on sale, with the 250GB version discounted to $80 from a $130 list price and the 500GB version discounted to $98 from $130.

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Samsung 860 QVO SSD review: Big capacity on the cheap, and fast the majority of the time

PC World - Tue, 2018-11-27 10:00

Samsung’s 860 QVO SSD is an excellent everyday performer and an outstanding bargain in its 2TB and 4TB flavors. It’s also the second quad-level cell (4-bit) SSD to pass our portals, the other being Intel’s SSD 660P.

The reason I mention this competitive drive from Intel up-front is that it’s becoming clear that 4-bit NAND, while allowing greater capacity, also extracts a performance hit that vendors must work around. How well a vendor does that affects which 4-bit drive you should buy, and whether you might be better off with an MLC or TLC drive.  

Note: Samsung refers to the 860 QVO as 4-bit MLC. As the acronym MLC stands for “Multi-Level Cell,” this is technically correct. However, most refer to it as quad-level cell or QLC, which is what I assume the Q in QVO stands for. 

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Get two Google Home Mini speakers and two WeMo smart plugs for $58—a $100 discount

Mac World - Tue, 2018-11-27 09:43

Target has a great deal for smart home fans. Through a combination of automatic discounts you can get two Google home mini speakersRemove non-product link and two Wemo Mini Smart PlugsRemove non-product link for $58. All you have to do is put the items in your cart, and the discount will be applied at checkout. Overall, you’re saving about $100 off Target’s regular pricing. This configuration of the deal lasts until just before midnight on Saturday, December 1.

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Get two Google Home Mini speakers and two WeMo smart plugs for $58—a $100 discount

PC World - Tue, 2018-11-27 09:43

Target has a great deal for smart home fans. Through a combination of automatic discounts you can get two Google home mini speakersRemove non-product link and two Wemo Mini Smart PlugsRemove non-product link for $58. All you have to do is put the items in your cart, and the discount will be applied at checkout. Overall, you’re saving about $100 off Target’s regular pricing. This configuration of the deal lasts until just before midnight on Saturday, December 1.

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Battery charges: Apple’s always doing it wrong

Mac World - Tue, 2018-11-27 09:00

Apple has added more iPhones to the list of those that can be subject to battery performance management, proving once and for all that the company is the worst thing since unsliced bread.

(“When will someone invent the knife and rid us of these unbearably uneven pieces of bread?!” our ancestors wailed.)

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and cold monkey fusion research facility, Ewan Spence tells us “Apple Adds Performance Management To Throttle iPhone X Battery.” (Tip o’ the antlers to 5cat.)

Once more, Apple has decided on what is best for everyone with an iPhone as it sneakily adds code in the latest release of iOS 12 to slow down the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X smartphones in a bid to extend the battery life of the handsets.

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iHome iSB02 Wi-Fi Dual Leak Sensor review: This leak detector suffers from a flood of problems

Mac World - Tue, 2018-11-27 08:30
iHome makes some good smart home products, but this water leak detector isn't one of them.

iHome iSB02 Wi-Fi Dual Leak Sensor review: This leak detector suffers from a flood of problems

PC World - Tue, 2018-11-27 08:30
iHome makes some good smart home products, but this water leak detector isn't one of them.

Darksiders III review: A slightly disappointing sequel that hopefully merits another

PC World - Tue, 2018-11-27 08:00

"Is it possible to die of boredom?" It's one of the earliest lines in Darksiders III, and for a while there at the start I thought I might find out the answer. There's no getting around it: The early hours of Darksiders III are slooow, a massive misstep from a series that opened in 2010 by calling down the capital-A Apocalypse and turning Earth to ruins.

But stick with it. While Darksiders III never quite finds its footing, its knack for level design and neat abilities might win you over by the end—even if both are a bit too obviously constrained by the small scope of this adventure.

Fury's road

It's been six long years since the release of Darksiders II, and part of me is happy to see a sequel at all. When THQ collapsed it seemed that might bring about a premature end to the promising series—and for a long time it did, Vigil's pulpy universe of angels and demons left eternally at war, various conspiracies and cliffhangers forever unresolved.

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Sutter Tech Sling review: One of the best urban daily carries

Mac World - Tue, 2018-11-27 07:00

I was getting fed up with bags. I’m a carless San Franciscan, so good bags rank right up there with good shoes among my priorities, but for months I’ve struggled to find something that nails the sweet spot between comfort and convenience. Backpacks win for comfort (and they’re better for my back), but getting anything out of them usually demands convoluted acrobatics. Messenger bags win for urban convenience, but they gnaw into my shoulder when I’ve crammed them with MacBooks, iPads, and regular books.

But then I found the Sutter Tech Sling from WaterField Designs. The name makes it sound a bit like a 1920s-themed shindig in Silicon Valley, but it comes as close to perfection as anything I’ve ever used. Comfort? Check. Convenience? Check. And as with almost product from WaterField, it’s made with Apple products specifically in mind.

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Rachio Wireless Flow Meter review: A watchful eye for irrigation leaks

Mac World - Tue, 2018-11-27 06:00
If you have a Rachio 3 smart sprinkler controller, this add-on device will inform you if your irrigation system springs a leak.

How to add automatic sleep tracking to your Apple Watch

Mac World - Tue, 2018-11-27 06:00

The Apple Watch Series 4 is a fantastic upgrade to Apple’s wrist-wearable accessory, but it’s still missing a key competitive feature: sleep tracking. Each year, we hope the new version of watchOS will add integrated sleep tracking, and each year we’re disappointed.

Fortunately, a number of third-party applications pick up the slack. After trying quite a few, we think the best two are AutoSleep and Pillow. They’re reliable, attractive, informative, and best of all, they track sleep automatically. All you need to do is wear your Apple Watch to bed.

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Rachio Wireless Flow Meter review: A watchful eye for irrigation leaks

PC World - Tue, 2018-11-27 06:00
If you have a Rachio 3 smart sprinkler controller, this add-on device will inform you if your irrigation system springs a leak.

How to reset or restart your Kindle

PC World - Tue, 2018-11-27 06:00

Most of the time, your Amazon Kindle won’t need any maintenance outside of battery charging. Like any device that runs software, however, it may occasionally become unresponsive, sluggish or unable to act the way that it should. In instances like these, resetting your Kindle could set things right.

How to restart your Amazon Kindle Seamus Bellamy

No matter whether you're resetting or restarting your Kindle, you'll need to find this menu.

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