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AMD's 2nd-gen Ryzen CPUs are faster, cheaper, and all come with Wraith coolers

PC World - Fri, 2018-04-13 09:00

After months of leaks that would make the Titanic blush, AMD on Friday formally confirmed four new second-generation Ryzen CPUs due to launch on April 19. The Ryzen 7 2700X, Ryzen 7 2700, Ryzen 5 2600X, and Ryzen 5 1600 will each be faster and cheaper than their trail-blazing predecessors.

All four chips run at slightly higher clock speeds than the versions they replace, and in a significant change from last year, AMD will bundle various Wraith coolers with the “X” versions of the chips. AMD’s first-gen Ryzen “X” processors didn’t include coolers in the box because AMD believed customers who splurged on high-end “X” CPUs would prefer to bring their own cooling.

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How to stream PC games on Twitch

PC World - Fri, 2018-04-13 08:17

Not so long ago there was pretty much one way to interact with a video game: You sat down and played it. Maybe you watched an older friend or sibling play while pointing out all their mistakes, but gaming was never what you’d call a “spectator sport.”

That’s changed in recent years thanks to YouTube gaming celebrities, the booming popularity of professional e-sports, and most importantly, the online game-streaming service Twitch. Firing up a stream and watching someone else play a thousand miles away is now a perfectly legitimate way to enjoy a game. Best of all, anyone is free to participate on either side of a Twitch stream—PCWorld even has its own Twitch channel. If you want to be the one gaming in front of a live audience, you can start doing it today, for free.

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The trouble with Desktop and Documents enabled for iCloud Drive

Mac World - Fri, 2018-04-13 07:00

MacOS 10.12 Sierra introduced a feature that lets you sync your Mac's Desktop and Documents folder to iCloud Drive. The upside of this is that if you’re not employing any other backup method, all of these files are synced to your iCloud account, and can be available on iOS devices and other Macs.

But the downside is that the feature also automatically deletes local copies of files in these locations if they’re in active use, showing an iCloud download icon on those items, and letting you download them on demand when you do need them. As Apple notes in a support document explaining how to free up storage space:

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ZenMate VPN review: This simple VPN clears your mind of complexity

PC World - Fri, 2018-04-13 07:00

ZenMate VPN in brief:

  • P2P allowed: Yes
  • Business location: Berlin, Germany
  • Number of servers: 300+
  • Number of country locations: 29
  • Cost: $60 per year
  • VPN protocol: IPSec + L2TP
  • Data encryption: 2048-bit PSK/ESP 
  • Data authentication: AES 256/HMAC
  • Handshake encryption: IKEv2 sha256 with 4096-bit RSA

When you think of Zen you probably think of monks, meditation, and cryptic sayings meant to expand your understanding of the world. But the word also suggests a certain sparseness and simplicity. Germany-based ZenGuard took those latter notions to heart when it created its ZenMate VPN service.

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Next-gen TV to usher in viewer tracking and personalized ads along with 4K broadcasts

Mac World - Fri, 2018-04-13 06:00
The new US digital TV standard includes closer tracking of viewing habits and could be a privacy nightmare

Plex DVR review: Still the best option for power users

Mac World - Fri, 2018-04-13 06:00
Plex is the most powerful over-the-air DVR for cord-cutters, but it's not the easiest to use.

Apple innovations that you can’t live without

Mac World - Fri, 2018-04-13 06:00

As a technology columnist, it’s tempting to spend a lot of time noting the places where Apple can improve its products. There are always glitches, bugs, and design tradeoffs to pick on. 

But, on the flip side, it’s worth calling out the places where Apple has made great strides, not just in terms of introducing new features, but also for those capabilities that actually improve our everyday lives, or even just refining the technology that already exists to make it that extra little bit better. 

So to shift gears a bit in this week’s column, I’d like to mention a handful of Apple innovations that I’m pretty thankful for—even if they could occasionally still use a tweak here and there.

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Next-gen TV to usher in viewer tracking and personalized ads along with 4K broadcasts

PC World - Fri, 2018-04-13 06:00
The new US digital TV standard includes closer tracking of viewing habits and could be a privacy nightmare

Plex DVR review: Still the best option for power users

PC World - Fri, 2018-04-13 06:00
Plex is the most powerful over-the-air DVR for cord-cutters, but it's not the easiest to use.

Mac Pro: Features, specifications, and prices for Apple’s workstation

Mac World - Thu, 2018-04-12 20:20

The Mac Pro is Apple’s workstation. It’s designed for professionals who need a powerful and flexible machine, and is ideal for applications that use as many processing cores as possible—video-editing applications, image-editing software, 3D programs, and the like.

Here’s the problem with the Mac Pro: Apple hasn’t really done much with it since it was released in December 2013. It got a speed bump in April of this year, but that’s it. At that time, Apple acknowledged that they’re rethinking the Mac Pro, but it’s not coming this year. You’ll have to wait until 2019.

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Vizio courts cord cutters, challenges OLED, and adds new HDR options to its 2018 smart TV lineup

Mac World - Thu, 2018-04-12 17:38
The manufacturer is stepping up its soundbar game with Dolby Atmos models, too.

Vizio courts cord cutters, challenges OLED, and adds new HDR options to its 2018 smart TV lineup

PC World - Thu, 2018-04-12 17:38
The manufacturer is stepping up its soundbar game with Dolby Atmos models, too.

Apple Pay FAQ: The ultimate guide on how and where to use Apple's payment platform

Mac World - Thu, 2018-04-12 17:30

Apple Pay—the company’s flagship mobile payment platform—has had breathtaking growth since its introduction about three years ago. Apple Pay transactions continue to rise, and more banks, retailers, and countries continue to join. You can even use Apple Pay to complete web transactions via Safari, too.

Plus, you’ll be able to participate in peer-to-peer payment transactions through Apple Pay—similar to Venmo and Square Cash—through an iOS 11 update coming later this fall (hopefully soon!).

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Sound BlasterX Kratos S3 review: A versatile entry-level 2.1 speaker system

PC World - Thu, 2018-04-12 14:58

A pair of external PC speakers will improve any PC’s audio, but to really bring your sound to life you need a 2.1 system. Creative’s Sound BlasterX Kratos S3 ($80 on Amazon) offers an excellent opportunity to upgrade your audio to the next level without too much expense.

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iPhone 8 and 8 Plus: Wireless charging, Portrait Lighting, and five more features you'll want

Mac World - Thu, 2018-04-12 14:50

If the super-spendy iPhone X is more than you want to pay for a phone, Apple is also offering updates to the smaller iPhones, called the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. They still have the Home button and body bezels, they still use Touch ID instead of Face ID, and the LCD screen sizes are the same that you’re used to. But don’t call them retro.

The 4.7-inch iPhone 8 is $699 for 64GB, with a 256GB option too. And the 5.5-inch 7s Plus will start at $799 for 64GB, with a 256GB option.

Apple iPhone 8: The Macworld review

To get the complete picture on the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus, you should read our complete, in-depth review. Get the nitty-gritty on how each iPhone performs to help you decide before you buy. Read on if you want a more general overview of the phone.

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iPhone 8 and 8 Plus: Wireless charging, Portrait Lighting, and five more features you'll want

PC World - Thu, 2018-04-12 14:50
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have the Home button and body bezels, they still use Touch ID instead of Face ID, and the LCD screen sizes are the same that you're used to. But don't call them retro.

Ring slashes the price of its video doorbell to $100

Mac World - Thu, 2018-04-12 13:12
Amazon has completed its acquisition of Ring and immediately cut the price of its popular video doorbell

Ring slashes the price of its video doorbell to $100

PC World - Thu, 2018-04-12 13:12
Amazon has completed its acquisition of Ring and immediately cut the price of its popular video doorbell

Ring Video Doorbell review: The gadget that makes crooks think you never leave home

Mac World - Thu, 2018-04-12 11:54
Ring provides home security through a video peephole, letting you see who's at the door whether you're inside the house or 100 miles away.

Ring Video Doorbell review: The gadget that makes crooks think you never leave home

PC World - Thu, 2018-04-12 11:54
Ring provides home security through a video peephole, letting you see who's at the door whether you're inside the house or 100 miles away.

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