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BrandPost: macOS – A Carrier for Windows Viruses

Mac World - Wed, 2017-12-13 13:56

Remember Apple’s infamous “Get a Mac” campaign? If not, you’re not alone. Things have changed a lot since Apple could use malware to capitalize on the higher vulnerability of regular PCs. Today, Mac antivirus software is not only abundant, it’s necessary!

The age-old myth that Macs are immune to malware no longer holds water for two main reasons:

1) With the rising popularity of the iPhone (iOS), the Apple ecosystem has increased tremendously, prompting cybercriminals to also set their sights on Mac users.

2)  Platform-agnostic schemes such as, fraud, spam, and phishing scams are targeting every type of device, from computers, to tablets and smartphones.

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Try VR for cheap: Windows Mixed Reality headsets are on sale for nearly half off today

PC World - Wed, 2017-12-13 09:27

If you’re interested in trying out Windows Mixed Reality headsets, the time is now. They’re basically half off on the eighth day of Microsoft’s 12 Days of Deals, with savings up to $200 on three separate headsets.

The Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset (normally $399, now $199), the HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset (normally $449, now $249), and the Lenovo Explorer Windows Mixed Reality Headset (normally $399, now $199) are at heavy discounts. The higher-resolution Samsung HMD Odyssey Windows Mixed Reality Headset still commands a premium. It’s on sale too, but only $50 off at $449. All of the deals include a pair of bundled controllers.

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Amplify your team's productivity with Droplr Pro -- now over 90% off

Mac World - Wed, 2017-12-13 09:08

Working remotely has grown in popularity among teams in the workplace, but it's not exactly perfect—especially in the realm of communication. Thankfully, Droplr Pro exists to fill in the gaps and keep your team on the same page, and you can get up to three users access for life for over 90 percent off the usual price.

With Droplr, you can streamline communication by simply capturing a screenshot of whatever you're working on, add comments, and send it in a short link (Drop) to your intended recipient—all in a single interface. You can record and share .gifs to show users how to perform a particular task, and you can use the new Boards feature to create and share tasks with team members around concepts, ideas, projects, and more.

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Pay what you want for 65+ hours of in-depth ethical hacking training

PC World - Wed, 2017-12-13 09:03

Cybercriminals are getting smarter, and companies and individuals alike stand to lose in the event of a cyberattack. That's why demand for ethical, or white hat, hackers is skyrocketing. Skilled in the ways of breaching networks and stealing information, these experts use their knowledge for good—safeguarding networks from attack and keeping everyday users safe. And with the Pay What You Want: The Ultimate White Hat Hacker 2018 Bundle, you can become one for a price you get to choose. 

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New Amazon Echo Discounted $20 Right Now - Deal Alert

Mac World - Wed, 2017-12-13 08:59

Amazon has a discount of $20 active right now on their all new Echo smart speaker, which features a new speaker, new design, and is available in a range of styles including fabrics and wood veneers. Echo connects to Alexa to play music, make calls, set alarms and timers, ask questions, control smart home devices, and more --
instantly. Echo averages 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 2,200 reviewers, and with the current discount you can grab it for yourself (or someone else) now for just $79.99. See the discounted Echo deal now on Amazon.

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New Amazon Echo Discounted $20 Right Now - Deal Alert

PC World - Wed, 2017-12-13 08:59

Amazon has a discount of $20 active right now on their all new Echo smart speaker, which features a new speaker, new design, and is available in a range of styles including fabrics and wood veneers. Echo connects to Alexa to play music, make calls, set alarms and timers, ask questions, control smart home devices, and more --
instantly. Echo averages 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 2,200 reviewers, and with the current discount you can grab it for yourself (or someone else) now for just $79.99. See the discounted Echo deal now on Amazon.

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Apple Photos: What do you need to do to get People to sync?

Mac World - Wed, 2017-12-13 08:00

Apple promised that when we identified people in Photos in iOS 10 or macOS 10.12 Sierra, it would sync and merge this special album’s contents across all our linked devices. Oops! Well, it finally made it into iOS 11 and High Sierra, at least.

Macworld reader Gerry was looking forward to this working, but finds that his various devices never sync up, no matter how long he takes or how much he observes the Photos’ apps instructions to wait.

However, Gerry doesn’t use iCloud Photo Library. He says, “If iCloud Photo Library is required, then nuts!” Have some pistachios, because that feature is required. On every device on which iCloud Photo Library is enabled and you’re connected with the same iCloud account, Apple passes various information related to photos and videos.

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Should you buy an iMac Pro? Here are the reasons why and why not

Mac World - Wed, 2017-12-13 07:00

Apple’s sure-sellers for the holiday season have been on store shelves for a while now, but for fans of high-powered Macs, Christmas comes early this week with the release of the iMac Pro on Thursday. It’s undoubtedly going to take the crown as the most powerful Mac ever made--and will undoubtedly hold onto that distinction until a new Mac Pro arrives on the scene.

There’s a lot to be said for the iMac Pro. It’s the first Mac with workstation-level processors with a plethora of processor cores (8 and up!) since the Mac Pro in 2013. The Radeon Pro Vega is the most powerful graphic processor ever in a Mac.

If you’re someone who uses a 5K iMac to get work done today, should you consider buying the iMac Pro or not? Here’s a list of reasons why you should--and also a few reasons you might want to keep that credit card in your pocket.

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MX Sound 2.0 Bluetooth Speakers review: premium PC speakers burdened by average audio

PC World - Wed, 2017-12-13 06:30

Logitech’s MX Sound 2.0 Bluetooth speakers join products including the MX Master mouse, Craft keyboard, and Brio webcam in the company’s premium computer accessory line. At $99, they’re a not-unreasonable upgrade over your PC’s speakers that can double as audio output for your mobile devices, but ultimately their sound performance left us a bit underwhelmed.

Though they’re described as Bluetooth speakers, they are clearly designed for the desktop. Each of the 6.3 x 6.3 x 3.8-inch (HWD) cabinets has a rear-facing bass port that does double-duty as a stand. These give the speakers a 10-degree backward tilt that purportedly puts the listener in an audio sweet spot when they’re sitting at a computer.

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What is Next Gen TV and when will it launch?

Mac World - Wed, 2017-12-13 06:00
Next-generation TV is coming soon.

Star Wars iPhone cases: Celebrate the release of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Mac World - Wed, 2017-12-13 06:00
Disney Star Wars cases

Image by Disney

Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012, so it’s no surprise that there are Star Wars iPhone cases in the Disney store. These are basic shells cases for the Plus-sized phones. Note that the camera cutout is for the iPhone 7 Plus camera; Disney says these cases fit the iPhone 6 Plus and 6s Plus, which have single-lens camera that don’t require such a big hole.

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What is Next Gen TV and when will it launch?

PC World - Wed, 2017-12-13 06:00
Next-generation TV is coming soon.

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop review: The discrete GPU is the star of the show

PC World - Wed, 2017-12-13 06:00

Dell’s Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop has a little secret that’s good news for budget-minded gamers. It’s hard to tell from the product information online, but one GPU option for this laptop is Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q. Max-Q GPUs manage performance closely to balance heat and noise, allowing powerful chips to go into lighter, slimmer, quieter laptops. The Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop offers Max-Q in a SKU that supports 1080p gaming and comes in just under $1,000. It’s a great value.

Adam Patrick Murray

Dell’s New Inspiron 15 7000 gets you to GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q levels for a scant $1,000.

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How to Fix Your Wi-Fi Network

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-12 20:19

Wi-Fi is everywhere and built into everything. It’s like oxygen for internet access, media streaming, gaming, and all types of networking. And it should just work all the time—right? If you’ve had an average experience with Wi-Fi on mobiles devices, laptops, game systems, and more, you know that while Wi-Fi connections and consistency work correctly nearly all the time, it’s the occasions when it doesn’t that can leave you tearing your hair out.

In this article, I look at a number of common scenarios that cause Wi-Fi headaches and how to solve them, whether you’re running your own network or trying to connect to someone else’s using any platform.

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Get a Lifetime of VPN Unlimited for Just $29.99

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-12 14:05

With the potential of Internet service providers selling off your browsing info, protecting your data has become more essential than ever. A lifetime subscription to VPN Unlimited can help by safeguarding your online activities and sensitive business information. Normally $500, you can get a lifetime subscription today for just $29.99 today. 

VPN Unlimited hides and encrypts your data from prying eyes, which is ideal when you're connected to public WiFi, regardless of whether you're sitting in a coffee shop or an airport.

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This Speech Recognition Tool Helps You Get More Done Faster -- Now 60% Off

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-12 14:02

Typing is unquestionably a staple in our daily lives, but given enough time, even this activity will go the way of floppy disks and dial-up Internet. With Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13, you can tap into the future of productivity thanks to its advanced speech recognition software that lets you get more done faster on your computer. Plus, it's on sale for 60% off its normal retail price for a limited time. 

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Newegg has dropped the Ryzen 7 1700X to $300

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-12 13:35

It's not just a good day for laptop deals. Right now, you can find sales on new PC components too: This week Newegg is selling the AMD Ryzen 7 1700X for $300. The deal includes a free "Champions Pack" for Quake Champions.

That's about $30 cheaper than the best price Amazon has right now, and $100 off the MSRP. While it doesn't beat the crazy sales we saw during Black Friday, it's still a good deal and roughly matches what we last saw back in June.

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You can buy an iMac Pro on Dec. 14, but you can't upgrade the RAM

Mac World - Tue, 2017-12-12 10:44

When Apple unveiled the new iMac Pro at WWDC in June, Phil Schiller promised that the new machine would begin shipping in December. With just a bit over two weeks to go, Apple is making good on its promise.

Apple has announced that the iMac Pro will be available beginning Thursday, Dec. 14 starting at $5,000 for an 8-core Xeon procession, 32GB of RAM, an 8GB Radeon Pro Vega GPU and 1TB SSD. That’s a lot of machine, but it’s hardly maxed out. Customers will be able to customize the iMac Pro up to an 18-core Xeon chip, 128GB of RAM, 16GB GPU, and 4TB hard drive.

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You can buy an iMac Pro on Dec. 14, but you can't upgrade the RAM

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-12 10:44
Apple has announced that it will begin selling its new iMac Pro on Thursday, December 14, but users won't be able to add RAM after they buy one.

Microsoft's selling gaming laptops, PCs, and peripherals for wildly cheap today

PC World - Tue, 2017-12-12 09:53

On the seventh day of the Microsoft Store’s annual 12 Days of Deals marathon, it’s finally time to have some fun. Microsoft’s offering deep discounts on over 100 gaming laptops and desktop PCs today.

Some truly staggering deals are already out of stock as I write this around 8:30 A.M. Eastern, and it’s easy to see why—they paired potent gaming PCs with Windows Mixed Reality headsets for $500 to $650 off. But plenty of systems can still be found with discounts ranging from $100 to $600 depending on the PC and its configuration. As PCWorld’s resident gaming and graphics guru, here are some particularly juicy deals that caught my eye:

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