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Improve Your Reading Speed And Comprehension With The Award-Winning Speed Reading Bundle ($19)

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-17 14:00

Effective communicators tend to be well-read, so reading more is a surefire method to improving your communications skills. If you’re a slow reader, trudging through thousands of pages may seem discouraging. However, with this speed reading bundle, you can practice your speed and comprehension skills for $19, or 96% off.

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Chrome 70 fixes Google's controversial sneaky sign-in policy, kind of

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-17 13:56

Google has begun pushing out Chrome 70 late on Tuesday, reluctantly providing a solution to fix its controversial sign-in snafu while also introducing app-like Progressive Web Apps to Windows machines. That fix still comes with a catch, though.

Chrome 69, the last major release, hid a disturbing twist: if you log into Gmail or another Google service, Chrome automatically logs you into the browser as well. That means you’ll automatically begin sharing browsing data with Google, like it or not. Privacy experts raised a stink and Google quickly promised to address the concerns.

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Macworld Podcast: Join us today at 10 a.m. Pacific

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-17 11:19

Adobe announced that Photoshop CC is coming to the iPad. Podcast listeners send us their hot takes and we respond. We also take your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 626.

Watch us live

The Macworld Podcast broadcasts live on the internet on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Pacific. You can watch on Twitter via Periscope or on the Macworld YouTube channel.

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Twitter poll: Are you happy with the changes Apple made to the bagel emoji in iOS 12.1?

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-17 11:08
Vote in our poll, leave a comment, and we'll discuss during the Macworld Podcast on Wednesday, October 17 at 10 a.m. Pacific, live on Twitter.(twitter.com)

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Snag a certified refurbished 2018 iPad for cheap in Amazon's big one-day sale

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-17 10:56

Amazon’s Certified Refurbished offerings can be a great way to get good deals on like-new products, and today those savings more noticeable than usual with a huge today-only blowout on refurbished 2018 Apple iPadsRemove non-product link. Apple’s tablets don’t go on sale very often.

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Snag a certified refurbished 2018 iPad for cheap in Amazon's big one-day sale

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-17 10:56

Amazon’s Certified Refurbished offerings can be a great way to get good deals on like-new products, and today those savings more noticeable than usual with a huge today-only blowout on refurbished 2018 Apple iPadsRemove non-product link. Apple’s tablets don’t go on sale very often.

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Speed up your PC with one of our favorite 1TB SSDs for a ludicrously low $140 today

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-17 09:35

Don’t stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but the 1TB version of the superb WD Blue 3D SSD is on sale at its best price ever. Yes, that old chestnut again, but this time the price is far better than the already-juicy $199 price tag we found in July. Right now, Amazon is selling the 1TB WD Blue in both traditional 2.5-inch and M.2 “gum stick” form factors for a jaw-dropping $140.

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HyperX Fury RGB 2.5-inch SATA SSD review: Furious reads, pretty lights, lethargic long writes

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-17 08:00

For a long time I've held up Kingston's HyperX Predator SSD as an avatar for the overall great 2.5-inch SATA drive. Now there's the hefty HyperX Fury with its gamer-oriented RGB lighting. It looks and feels (in the hand) great, and also  performs great on our synthetic benchmarks and in light everyday use. 

But I'm still on board with the Predator. The Fury RGB is a great drive most of the time, but its sustained write performance drops drastically with large amounts of data. 

Design and features

The most noticeable thing about the HyperX Fury out of the box, is its hefty six-ounce weight. As it will undoubtedly be heading inside a gaming machine, and not a laptop, this is no big whoop. It actually gives the drive a quality feel to it, and if your game of choice is violent, it would make great ammo for a slingshot.

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Why Photoshop on iOS is a huge win for the iPad Pro

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-17 07:00

So it’s official. Photoshop—real Photoshop—is coming to the iPad next year. If you’re someone who uses Photoshop, uses the iPad to get work done, or both, this is big news. It’s a huge shot in the arm for the iPad Pro and another sign of where Apple’s platforms are going in the future. In 2019, iOS apps aren’t just coming to the Mac—one of the biggest and most important Mac apps is coming to iOS.

The power of the familiar

Most of the time when I mention Photoshop around my fellow computer nerds, it’s met with a raised eyebrow. Lots of tech people dislike Adobe’s pioneering of the software subscription route, and there are numerous alternatives to Photoshop out there. On the Mac alone, there are excellent apps like Acorn and Pixelmator Pro.

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Lotus by Seam review: Stylish personal safety gadget misses mark for millennials

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-17 07:00

Anyone out of diapers in the 1980s will remember those infamous LifeCall television commercials. Although viewers got an unintentional chuckle out of poor old Mrs. Fletcher’s misfortune, in the days before smartphones and Bluetooth-connected devices, such medical alert products provided a glimpse of what the future might hold.

Wearable button

The modern equivalent of LifeCall are gadgets like Lotus by Seam, a futuristic-looking disc barely wider than a quarter (34.30mm to be exact) and 14.47mm thick including the built-in clip used to attach the unit to your shirt, belt, or handbag. (The device can also be worn on the wrist or around your neck with optional accessories priced at $25 and $28 respectively.) Available in white or black, Lotus pairs to iPhone via Bluetooth and a free Seam Personal Safety app from the App Store.

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Mullvad 2018 review: A fantastic VPN has a great new look

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-17 06:30

Mullvad 2018 in brief:

  • P2P allowed: Yes
  • Business location: Sweden
  • Number of servers: 304
  • Number of country locations: 33
  • Cost: €5 ($5.72 at this writing) billed monthly
  • VPN protocol: OpenVPN
  • Data encryption: AES-256-GCM
  • Data authentication: SHA384
  • Handshake encryption: 4096-bit RSA

Our favorite VPN is back with a much improved overhaul to its Windows client, more servers, and more country locations. The last time we reviewed Mullvad (the Swedish word for “mole”) the desktop client was its weakest point. It was very basic and looked more like a properties window than anything else. 

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How to use Handoff with iOS 12

Mac World - Wed, 2018-10-17 06:00

Apple designed Handoff to make it easier to work seamlessly between a Mac and iOS. If you’re reading a text message on one device and pick up the other, you can open up to where you left off. Viewing a webpage? Handoff lets you bring up the same page on the other device with a click or a tap.

But for a couple of versions at least, notifications in iOS interfered with Handoff. You could see a Safari icon on the lock screen, for example, and if notifications were also on the screen, using the swipe-up gesture to open that Safari page didn’t work. I eventually stopped trying.

I can see I wasn’t alone: Apple gave up, too! In iOS 12, Handoff icons no longer appear on the lock screen. Instead, they’re in a better, smart, more accessible place—the app switcher!

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Android Confidential: Drool all you want over the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, but don't buy one

PC World - Wed, 2018-10-17 06:00

We can't talk about Huawei's new Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro without looking back at everything that has happened to Huawei in the past year. When the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro landed last October, Huawei's future in the United States seemed bright. Huawei was promising a dedicated version of the handset for the American market. Rumors were flying that it had struck a deal with AT&T to be its first official carrier.

Unfortunately, that never happened. Just days before Huawei was set to announce the handset here, Congress put the kibosh on any chance of a carrier partnership by sanctioning Huawei and warning citizens against buying the phone, due to the potential for data spying by the Chinese government. Huawei denies the accusation, of course, but it's also given up on trying to crack the government blockade. It's going to be a long time before we ever see a Huawei handset stateside, and not surprisingly, Huawei is not releasing a country-specific version of its new phones for the United States at all this time around.

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Basketball without cable: A cord-cutter's guide to the NBA

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-16 19:30
Cord cutters can get their fill of big nationally televised games, but local broadcasts are still left on the bench.

Basketball without cable: A cord-cutter's guide to the NBA

PC World - Tue, 2018-10-16 19:30
Cord cutters can get their fill of big nationally televised games, but local broadcasts are still left on the bench.

Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 10 a.m. Pacific

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-16 16:00

Adobe announced that Photoshop CC is coming to the iPad. Podcast listeners send us their hot takes and we respond. We also take your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 626.

Watch us live

The Macworld Podcast broadcasts live on the internet on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Pacific. You can watch on Twitter via Periscope or on the Macworld YouTube channel.

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Tweet us your Hot Take!

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-16 15:57
For the Macworld Podcast on Wednesday, we're looking for your thoughts on any Apple-related topic. Tweet it to us and we'll discuss it on the show.(twitter.com)

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Twitter poll: Are you planning on pre-ordering an iPhone XR this Friday?

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-16 15:55
Vote in our poll, leave a comment, and we'll discuss during the Macworld Podcast on Wednesday, October 17 at 10 a.m. Pacific, live on Twitter.(twitter.com)

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Twitter poll: Are you happy with the changes Apple made to the bagel emoji in iOS 12.1?

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-16 15:50
Vote in our poll, leave a comment, and we'll discuss during the Macworld Podcast on Wednesday, October 17 at 10 a.m. Pacific, live on Twitter.(twitter.com)

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Save $200 on the 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro today

Mac World - Tue, 2018-10-16 13:49

The 2018 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is still is only a couple of months old, but fortunately we’re already seeing a couple of good deals for it. Today at B&H, for example, you can find Apple’s latest powerhouse MacBook Pro available for $200 offRemove non-product link, which means you’ll pay only $2,199.99 rather than $2,399.99. You can also find this model on sale at AdoramaRemove non-product link for the same price.

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