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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 rumors: In-display fingerprint sensor might not be happening

PC World - Fri, 2018-03-09 13:10

Now that the Galaxy S9 has officially landed, it’s time to look ahead to the next big thing from Samsung: the Note 9. Right on cue, rumors are starting to trickle in about the phablet phone—and it’s already shaping up to be a monster release. Here’s what we know so far:

Galaxy Note 9: The latest

While it was beginning to look like Samsung would be adding an in-display fingerprint sensor to the Note 9, a new report by Ming-Chi Kuo says that's probably not happening. Read on for more information.

Galaxy Note 9: Design and Display

The look of the Galaxy Note generally follows the lead of the Galaxy S phones, but bigger. Last year’s release brought the Infinity Display from the Galaxy S8 to the Note 8 in a bigger 6.3-inch package, and this year will likely bring more of the same. Samsung opted to keep the design of the Galaxy S9 mostly unchanged from the S8, so the Note 9 will likely bring a similar aesthetic, with skinny bezels and an aluminum-and-glass enclosure.

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Best gaming keyboards: Our picks for the top budget, mid-tier, and RGB boards

PC World - Fri, 2018-03-09 12:27

Choosing a gaming keyboard is a matter of personal taste. To that point, there are a plethora of options, with a dizzying mix of features. One person could be into Cherry Browns and white backlighting. Another might favor Razer Greens and a rippling RGB glow. Gigantic wrist pads, compact shapes, numeric keypads, macro keys, volume controls.... You get the picture

Gaming keyboard cheat sheet

Our quick-hit recommendations:

To help you sort through the many options, we’ve rounded up a large number of planks, putting them through their paces, to come up with our top recommendations. All of these are mechanical keyboards, and for good reason—they’re simply more comfortable to use over the long haul. But we’re open-minded, so if we encounter an alternative that works well, you may see it appear on this list. We’ll keep updating it periodically as we test new keyboards.

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Best Buy drops prices on HP and Asus 2-in-1 laptops by $50 and $130

PC World - Fri, 2018-03-09 10:35

If you’ve already got your tax refund, Best Buys some great ways for you to maximize it. The big box retailer is running a huge sale this weekend, and these two 2-in-1 laptops caught our eye: There’s a 15.6-inch Asus premium 2-in-1 for $700 instead of the usual $800-plus price tag, and a lower end 11.6-inch HP 2-in-1 for $350—good for about $50 off the usual price.

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How to find a missing app in iOS 11

Mac World - Fri, 2018-03-09 08:00

I’ve never been a huge fan of the SpringBoard organization method Apple has more or less had in place since the first iPhone. Once Apple allowed third-party applications and multiple screens, organization became an issue. When folders were added, it wasn’t much better than a crowded desktop. This leads to user confusion when trying to find things.

In particular, Macworld reader Zenon writes in with what’s either a searching issue, to which I can provide a solution, or some kind of iOS bug, which I can’t solve.

Zenon ironically can’t locate the Find My Friends app. Zenon can use the app, and can use Siri to search for it and launch it. But it doesn’t appear on any SpringBoard. When uninstalling and then reinstalling the app, its installation progress appears, but then it immediately disappears.

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The best co-op PC games to play with your friends

PC World - Fri, 2018-03-09 07:06
Battle buddies

Image by Ubisoft

It’s good to have friends. That goes doubly so when you’re facing down a zombie horde or coordinating an attack on a Klingon warship.

Here we’ve rounded up 12 co-op PC games that are better in every way to play with friends. Yeah, you could play some of them alone. Sure, you could (if you’re masochistic) play some of them with random Internet strangers who love to use profanity. But if you pair up with a partner or three you’ll have a much more rewarding experience.

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Springtime for Apple: New products we’re expecting

Mac World - Fri, 2018-03-09 06:00

Hope springs eternal. Or, in the case of Apple, our hopes are eternal that spring will bring with it new products from Cupertino.

Apple’s main events are in June and September, but there’s a bit of pleasing symmetry when the company makes announcements in March, as it often—but not always—does. In addition to refreshes on some of its less prominent devices, the spring is sometimes a venue for wildcard releases: think last year’s Product(RED) versions of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, or the release of its video-editing software Clips.

This year, in addition to the omnipresent rumors of new Apple products, consumers are awaiting more news on devices that Apple has already discussed. So, then, here is a rundown of a few products that we could hear about in March, if Apple is so inclined.

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Cougar Attack X3 (2018) review: An RGB keyboard for under $100? Believe it.

PC World - Fri, 2018-03-09 06:00

Last time I looked at the Cougar Attack X3, I called it “an unpretentious keyboard.” Not exactly the most inspiring compliment, but about the best I could do at the time. The standout feature was that it contained honest-to-goodness Cherry MX switches in an era where that’s increasingly rare. Still, the Attack X3 was far from the only keyboard to feature Cherry switches in 2016, and in all other respects—shape, materials, lighting—it was just competent. Inoffensive. Boring, perhaps.

But dropping the price can make an also-ran into a must-have item. Such is the case with the Attack X3’s 2018 revision, a full RGB-backlit keyboard that’s selling for under $100.

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How to catch March Madness without paying for cable TV

Mac World - Thu, 2018-03-08 23:30
Our cord-cutter's guide will show you how you can watch every game in the tournament for free.

How to catch March Madness without paying for cable TV

PC World - Thu, 2018-03-08 23:30
Our cord-cutter's guide will show you how you can watch every game in the tournament for free.

Get a $250 9.7-inch iPad with Best Buy's Tax Time Tech Sale, along with other Apple goodies

Mac World - Thu, 2018-03-08 16:40

With its three-day Tax Time Tech Sale, Best Buy is on a mission to make tax time something to look forward to. Luckily for us, many of the best deals center on some of Apple's most popular products, ranging from an impressive offer for a 9.7-inch iPad to respectable prices for MacBook Airs, Apple TVs, and Beats headphones.


First, about that iPad. Best Buy is offering the 32GB 2017 9.7-inch iPad with Wi-Fi for just $250, which is an agreeable $79 down from the $329 it's usually listed for. But 32GB frankly isn't a lot of room these days, so if you've got a bigger budget to work with, we recommend grabbing the 128GB model for $350, which is down from the usual price of $430. The available models come in either space gray, silver, or gold.

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H1Z1, PUBG's battle royale predecessor, is going free-to-play today

PC World - Thu, 2018-03-08 14:58

What even is H1Z1 these days? Answering that question is harder than you might think, if you haven’t been paying attention. Once upon a time, there was a game called H1Z1, with no subtitle. It was a zombie-survival game in the vein of DayZ. That game developed a mode called “King of the Kill,” a battle royale mode when the genre was still basically unheard of—and that mode then proved so popular it spun off into its own game, H1Z1: King of the Kill. Then later the spin-off proved so popular that developer Daybreak renamed the original game to Just Survive. The battle royale game dropped the King of the Kill moniker, becoming just H1Z1. Phew.

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Rid Your Mac of Duplicate Files With Gemini 2—Now 30% off

Mac World - Thu, 2018-03-08 13:58

We create new files on our Macs every day, and inevitably a few of them become duplicates, taking up precious storage space and slowing down performance. Gemini 2 for Mac can help you locate these duplicates and recover the storage space they occupy with extreme precision, and it's on sale today for 30% off.

The 2017 Red Dot Design Award Winner for Best User Interface, Gemini 2 for Mac is an intelligent duplicate finder that sweeps your Mac from top to bottom and flags duplicates for deletion. It learns what you delete and what you choose to keep to continually improve the cleaning process. Plus, it offers an extra layer of security by moving duplicates to the Trash, so you can bring them back in a click if you find yourself deleting the wrong files.

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Access 3,000 Hours of IT Career Training For 90% Off

PC World - Thu, 2018-03-08 13:52

It's never too late to learn a new skill, but with the host of online learning classes out there, it can be challenging to decide on which direction to go in. iCollege IT Training makes the decision easier by offering its users access to more than 3,000 hours of training on everything from IT security to accounting and even project management, allowing them to experiment with a host of topics and see which ones stick. Plus, lifetime subscriptions are available for more than 90% off their usual price.

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Intel 800P Optane SSD: Bleeding-edge pain without bleeding-edge gain

PC World - Thu, 2018-03-08 12:30

Intel’s Optane SSD 800P, like previous Optane products, boasts best-in-class longevity and very fast random access. But the rest of its performance numbers are mundane at best, it's only available in two very small capacities, and the price is, ahem, up there.

Even die-hard early adopters will experience some sticker shock paying $129 for 58GB or $199 for 118GB, or $2.22 and $1.68 per gigabyte, respectively. Compared to the other NVMe drives in our SSD buying guide, which average around 50 cents per gigabyte, the 800P is over-priced and under-powered. After the lightning-fast Intel 900P we recently reviewed (currently $600 on Newegg), it's a real disappointment.

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Price elasticity: Contortions over an iPhone X survey

Mac World - Thu, 2018-03-08 10:00

Your little game is up, Apple! We have learned the secret of the iPhone X!

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and free-range rubber chicken farm, Gordon Kelly has the goods.

“Apple Report Reveals Expensive New iPhone Secret.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Philip.)

Not to ruin the reveal, but what’s the expensive new iPhone secret? It’s expensive.

It’s OK. Very little of this makes sense.

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Get your FreeSync on with this unheard-of deal on a 27-inch 1080p LG monitor

PC World - Thu, 2018-03-08 09:50

If you have an AMD Radeon FreeSync-compatible Radeon graphics card or juiced-up processors like the new Ryzen 3 and 5 APUs, then you should do yourself a favor and get a FreeSync monitor to go with them for a buttery-smooth gaming experience. Today, Newegg's selling an LG 27-inch 1080p FreeSync display for a great price. The LG 27MP59G is available for $140 with the discount code EMCSPSPW3.

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Samsung Galaxy S9+ camera test: How it compares against the rest

PC World - Thu, 2018-03-08 09:18

Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S9 family has arrived with what Samsung is calling a “reimagined” camera. Just like the Galaxy S8 before it, the main rear camera on the S9+ features a Dual Pixel 12MP sensor with Optical Image Stabilization. But this time around, Samsung has introduced Dual Aperture technology as well. Is it a game changer? That’s what I intended to find out.

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All our testing mimics how people use phones in the real world.

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First Look: The Sims Mobile puts a fresher freemium spin on the familiar life game

Mac World - Thu, 2018-03-08 09:00

The Sims is one of the most popular game franchises of all time, but the life-simulator sandbox has mostly excelled on Mac and PC, along with consoles. Granted, The Sims FreePlay—the mobile version that first launched way back in 2011—has racked up more than 200 million downloads, but many series fans considered it a shell of the fuller premium editions.

That’s why this week’s release of The Sims Mobile for iOS (also Android) is such a big deal. As its title suggests, The Sims Mobile aims to feel more like the classic Sims experience that millions know and love, albeit on your iPhone or iPad. You’ll create a character from scratch, build up your home, take on a career, make friends and create a family, and live out your days one task at a time.

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iPhone X Animoji vs. Galaxy S9 AR Emoji: Creation, tracking, sharing, and karaoke

Mac World - Thu, 2018-03-08 08:30

Apple’s Animoji launched only three months ago, but there’s already a competitor. Samsung introduced AR Emoji on the Galaxy S9, and it brings the same fun and whimsical animated avatars to Android—with a few tricks that iPhone X doesn’t have. So which one is better? Let’s take a look. 

Animoji vs. AR Emoji: Creation

Apple and Samsung take vastly different approaches to their emoji. On iPhone X, they live in Messages, and you can either create a 10-second video or a sticker within the app. On the Galaxy S9, AR Emoji live in the camera app, and you need to create a video or a sticker there before you can send it to your friends. AR Emoji videos can be any length you want, though the file sizes can get pretty big. Animoji videos, meanwhile, are limited to 10 seconds.

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iPhone X Animoji vs. Galaxy S9 AR Emoji: Creation, tracking, sharing, and karaoke

PC World - Thu, 2018-03-08 08:30
Apple's Animoji on iPhone X has a competitor in AR Emoji on the Samsung Galaxy S9. Here's how they stack up.


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