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Macworld Podcast: Join us on Thursday, July 5, at 10 a.m. Pacific

Mac World - Wed, 2018-07-04 16:00

Apple Maps seems to be finally getting the attention it deserves. Have you been using the iOS 12 and macOS Mojave betas? We also talk about various other Apple news and feature your comments and questions for Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, Dan Masaoka, and Michael Simon in the Macworld Podcast, episode 612.

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This episode of the Macworld Podcast broadcasts live on the internet on Thursday, July 5 at 10 a.m. Pacific. You can watch on Twitter via Periscope or on the Macworld YouTube channel.

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How to export an image and a video out of a HEIF Live Photo via macOS

Mac World - Wed, 2018-07-04 08:00

A secret to why Apple’s Camera app on iOS produces great photos is that whenever the app is active, it keeps the camera active, not just when you press the button to capture an image. This helps it create fantastic high-dynamic range (HDR) images and produce a better photo when you tap that button by gathering information beyond that precise second.

It’s also how Live Photos works, when you have that feature enabled. The Camera app retains a few seconds of lower-resolution video at all times, and when you tap to take a picture, the resulting Live Photo has a few seconds before and trailing, as well as audio. It’s a little bit of a gimmick, but it also lets you get the sense of a moment in time better than a static shot.

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Sandmarc iPhone X Lenses review: Premium lenses that advance your iPhone photography

Mac World - Wed, 2018-07-04 07:00

The very high end of phone photography has been primarily occupied by Moment lenses and pretty much no one else. Sandmarc, known for its filters and photography accessories for GoPros and drones, is now producing high quality lenses for iPhones—and Sandmarc is giving Moment a run for their money with new wide, fisheye, and macro lenses.

The Sandmarc Photography Edition is a set of three lenses that include a Wide, Fisheye, and Macro lens. Each lens is also sold individually.

Daniel Masaoka/IDG How to mount the Sandmarc lenses

Every lens comes with both an iPhone X case and a clip. It’s rare a case comes with a lens, so I appreciate the inclusion, despite the case being of generic quality and its thinness probably provides only a minimal amount of drop protection for the phone. One issue with the case is the current version can only mount a lens above the standard lens on the iPhone X, but Sandmarc says when they release their telephoto lens, the new case will have threading available over both the built-in standard and telephoto lenses.

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Safety 1st HD WiFi Baby Monitor review: This camera system alerts you to your child's sounds and movements

PC World - Wed, 2018-07-04 06:00
This smart device lets parents check on their little ones from anywhere they have internet access.

Safety 1st HD WiFi Baby Monitor review: This camera system alerts you to your child's sounds and movements

Mac World - Wed, 2018-07-04 06:00
This smart device lets parents check on their little ones from anywhere they have internet access.

Tested: 10 adapters to make up for the iPhone's missing headphone jack

Mac World - Wed, 2018-07-04 00:00

No headphone jack? No problem—or at least, not a problem that can’t be fixed with a solid adapter.

Apple caused quite the commotion when it dropped the headphone jack from the iPhone 7, and kept it off the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. (The iPhone SE still has a headphone jack...for now, anyway.) This means that all your old headphones with a 3.5mm plug need an adapter. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have been out since September 2016, and some of us still struggle with headphone jack woes.

But which adapter is right for you? We've tried a bunch, and found Apple's solutions and Belkin's adapters the most solidly built and reliable. You can try saving a few bucks with a cheap third-party adapter from Amazon, but our results there were hit and miss. Read on to find out why.

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The Half Nerd ep. 57.5: Why Gordon is wrong, ultimate battlestations, and behind-the-scenes at The Full Nerd!

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-03 20:31

In this special "half" episode of the Full Nerd, Alaina Yee and Adam Patrick Murray sneak into the studio to chat about why Gordon is just plain wrong about certain things, ultimate battlestations, and how we make the show.

Also, don't forget: There's still one week left on our Threadripper 2 t-shirt giveaway! We'll announce the results next week, when we're back to a full crew.

Back to this episode: You can witness all the hijinks in the video embedded above. You can also watch The Full Nerd episode 57.5 on YouTube (toss us a follow while you’re there!) or listen to it on Soundcloud if you prefer the audio alone.

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Here's all 21 free games available through Twitch for Prime Day

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-03 19:00

Heads up, gamers: Amazon is doling out freebies as well as discounts this year for Amazon Prime Day. Twitch, which Amazon acquired for $970 million in 2014, has begun giving away 21 games to its Prime members in celebration of the big event.

The giveaway will roll out on a daily basis, with new titles available each day until July 18. Most games are claimable for a few days at a time, but several offerings can be snagged during a bigger window of time. Each title will appear on the Twitch Prime page when it's ready for download.

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Watch us unbox Dell's G3 15 and G7 15 gaming laptops

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-03 17:19

We just unboxed two of Dell's G series gaming laptops, and they show how much you can get even on a shoestring budget. With prices starting at $749, what these laptops lack in flash, they make up for by focusing on what matters: a solid CPU, a discrete GPU, and designs that are convenient and portable. 

The G3 15 laptop is an $849 configuration with an Intel Core i5-8300H CPU and 8GB of RAM, an Nvidia GTX 1050Ti GPU, and a 15.6-inch, 1920x1080 display with IPS technology. Storage includes a 128GB SSD and a 1TB 5,400rpm HDD. Its all-plastic, "Recon Blue" chassis is attractive, but it doesn't shout "gamer." 

The G7 15 stands out more, if only because of its Alpine White color scheme, but there's plenty to talk about under the hood. Our $1,200 configuration includes a Core i7-8750H CPU, a six-core Coffee Lake powerhouse. (And if that's not enough for you, it can be upgraded to the Core i9-8950HK overclockable processor. We just looked at that in the Alienware 17 R5 laptop, and it's face-meltingly fast.) The CPU is supported by 16GB of RAM, and storage includes a 128GB SSD and a 1TB HDD, like its G3 15 cousin.

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Save 50% On PDF Expert For Mac ($25)

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-03 14:34

PDFs are king for transmitting files online, but editing them isn't possible with standard Mac software. This becomes problematic when you need to tweak a contract, electronically sign a form, or fill out those tax documents you've been putting off until the last minute. PDF Expert for Mac expands your device's editing potential, and it's on sale today for nearly 60% off.

An Apple Editors' Choice winner, PDF Expert allows your Mac to edit text, images, links, and outlines in PDFs. You can quickly fill out forms like taxes, applications, and orders, and seamlessly sign and merge PDFs. PDF Expert lets you share your PDFs across iPhone, iPad, and Mac, or with other users, and you can even password protect your files to ensure only the right users view them.

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Get A Lifetime Of 2TB Cloud Storage From Zoolz For Just $45

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-03 14:29

Cloud storage is a valuable thing, but most solutions today charge exorbitant rates for even the most barebones of storage plans. However, there's still hope for those looking to move files off their quickly filling hard drives. Utilizing tiered storage options, Zoolz Cloud Storage makes it possible to move your data to the Cloud without hamstringing your checking account. Right now, you can get a lifetime of 1TB Instant Vault and 1TB of Cold Storage with Zoolz for only $44.95.

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Guild Wars 2's Roller Beetle reminds us that MMO mounts don't have to be dull

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-03 14:01

Multiplayer games are on a roll lately. By now you probably already know about Hammond, the adorable hamster who rolls about in an iron wrecking ball of death in Overwatch (and whom we tried our in a recent PCWorld Twitch stream). But as for me? I find I can’t stop thinking about Guild Wars 2’s Roller Beetles, which rolled out in the patch for GW2’s "Love Live the Lich" patch last week.

Ride one, and you’ll probably feel the same way. They’re the sixth mount in the newish Path of Fire expansion following the existing Raptors, Griffons, and the like, but they’re also likely the best mount I’ve ever ridden in an MMORPG.

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Guild Wars 2's Roller Beetle reminds us that MMO mounts don't have to be dull

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-03 14:01

Multiplayer games are on a roll lately. By now you probably already know about Hammond, the adorable hamster who rolls about in an iron wrecking ball of death in Overwatch (and whom we tried our in a recent PCWorld Twitch stream). But as for me? I find I can’t stop thinking about Guild Wars 2’s Roller Beetles, which rolled out in the patch for GW2’s "Love Live the Lich" patch last week.

Ride one, and you’ll probably feel the same way. They’re the sixth mount in the newish Path of Fire expansion following the existing Raptors, Griffons, and the like, but they’re also likely the best mount I’ve ever ridden in an MMORPG.

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Ring Alarm review: A great DIY home security system with the potential to become even better

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-03 12:00
It’s strictly for home security today, but every bit of the infrastructure needed to build this into a robust smart home system is already in place.

Ring Alarm review: A great DIY home security system with the potential to become even better

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-03 12:00
It’s strictly for home security today, but every bit of the infrastructure needed to build this into a robust smart home system is already in place.

Grab these great Prime Day deals on AmazonBasics electronics before they're gone

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-03 10:52

Right now, Amazon is offering some pretty solid discounts off a lot of its AmazonBasics electronics, with a variety of products offered at 20 percent off. But if you're a Prime member, they're even cheaper. Here are a few of the best:

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Grab these great Prime Day deals on AmazonBasics electronics before they're gone

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-03 10:52

Right now, Amazon is offering some pretty solid discounts off a lot of its AmazonBasics electronics, with a variety of products offered at 20 percent off. But if you're a Prime member, they're even cheaper. Here are a few of the best:

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Three ways to stop your Samsung Galaxy phone from randomly texting out your pics

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-03 10:33

If you have a new Galaxy S9, you’re probably using Samsung Messages for your texting needs. The default messaging client on all new Galaxy phones, the app lets you text your friends and family with modern features and strong search, and integrates with all of Samsung’s other apps. In short, if you're locked into the Samsung ecosystem, you have every reason to use it.

And now there's a reason not to use it. According to reports, the app has been sending out photos to random contacts without the user’s permission, a massive privacy issue and a potential embarrassment for victims of the bug. It’s unclear how widespread this issue is, but it’s major enough to warrant more than 200 comments on this Reddit thread.

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Three ways to stop your Samsung Galaxy phone from randomly sending out your pics

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-03 10:33

If you have a new Galaxy S9, you’re probably using Samsung Messages for your texting needs. The default messaging client on all new Galaxy phones, the app lets you text your friends and family with modern features and strong search, and integrates with all of Samsung’s other apps. In short, if you're locked into the Samsung ecosystem, you have every reason to use it.

And now there's a reason not to use it. According to reports, the app has been sending out photos to random contacts without the user’s permission, a massive privacy issue and a potential embarrassment for victims of the bug. It’s unclear how widespread this issue is, but it’s major enough to warrant more than 200 comments on this Reddit thread.

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Amazon Prime Day Deals start now: Save on Echo Show, movies, Twitch, and more

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-03 10:14

Amazon Prime Day is back for its fourth annual outing on July 16, and this time Amazon promises 36 hours of deal mania, up from the usual 30. While the official kickoff isn't for another couple of weeks, Amazon is building up to the big day with some preliminary deals.

Remember, these deals are available only for Prime subscribers who pay a $119 annual fee ($59 for students) to get free two-day shipping on orders and a slew of other perks. If you aren't already a member, you'll be able to get a 30-day free trial just in time for all the deals.

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