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Newegg's selling a Gigabyte AMD Radeon RX 570 for a crazy low $150 right now

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-28 09:32

Newegg’s got a fantastic deal on a budget graphics card today. The online retailer has a Gigabyte 4GB AMD Radeon RX 570 for $150Remove non-product link. Newegg’s sale price ends on Sunday. This is the lowest price we’ve seen this card. It was $170 the last time we featured it as a deal a few weeks ago, and it is about $185 on Amazon right now. 

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How to use iOS 12 to enter passwords on an Apple TV

Mac World - Fri, 2018-09-28 08:00

There’s one Apple TV issue that Macworld readers (and me) have dealt with for years: entering passwords! Many tvOS apps rely on a round-trip with a browser instead of a password, providing a code that you enter after using a desktop computer or mobile browser to log into an account. That’s just fine.

With apps that want actual text entered, it’s been frustrating. A few releases ago, Apple linked tvOS and iOS, so that when a text entry field appeared, you received an alert on iOS devices logged into the same Apple ID, and could at least type in from your iPhone or iPad.

You could also enter a password by tapping it in with the keyboard or switching to a password manager app in iOS, finding the account and password, copying the password, switching back, and pasting it in.

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The most useful Siri Shortcuts for iPhone

Mac World - Fri, 2018-09-28 07:00

The Shortcuts app for iOS 12 is here at last, and if all goes well, it’ll make up for a lot of the shortcomings of Apple’s Siri service. That’s the plan, anyway. Shortcuts can be fairly complicated, especially when you move beyond the simple actions for accessing popular apps. The whole idea is to trigger a lengthy sequence of actions with a single phrase or button. As a result, Shortcuts can be daunting for the uninitiated (and I fully admit I’m still wrapping my head around them), and that’s one reason so many of the Shortcuts we’ve seen so far have been, well, dreadfully boring.

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iMovR ZipLift Patriot standing desk review: Great build quality, but no motor and monitor support costs extra

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-28 06:00
The robust construction, large surface area, and tilting keyboard tray are great, but you’ll miss the easy precision a motor can offer.

Antlion ModMic 5 review: The best headset mic you can get, but is it worth it?

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-28 06:00

“Why buy a headset when you could just buy a great pair of headphones and a good microphone for the same price?” So goes the conventional wisdom in comment sections around the world, every time someone dares to suggest that a gaming headset might not be so bad a purchase.

But what if the self-professed audiophiles are right? And what if you could get the same form factor as a headset, but with any top-tier pair of headphones? Wouldn’t that be a better deal?

We went hands on with the ModMic to find out.

(See our roundup of best gaming headsets for a thorough comparison of headset solutions.)

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iMovR ZipLift Patriot standing desk review: Great build quality, but no motor and monitor support costs extra

Mac World - Fri, 2018-09-28 06:00
The robust construction, large surface area, and tilting keyboard tray are great, but you’ll miss the easy precision a motor can offer.

MacOS Mojave and the future of the Mac

Mac World - Fri, 2018-09-28 06:00

“The Mac keeps going forever.”

So said Apple senior vice president Phil Schiller in an interview in this very publication on the occasion of the computing platform’s 30th anniversary in 2014. With this week’s release of macOS Mojave, the modern version of the Mac’s operating system hit its fifteenth major release, and celebrated its seventeen-and-a-half birthday—quickly closing in on outliving its predecessor, the classic Mac OS.

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Vantrue OnDash N1 Pro dash cam review: A little gem of a basic dash cam

PC World - Fri, 2018-09-28 03:23

Okay, the Vantrue N1 Pro by its lonesome is only an $80 dash cam. A very nice dash cam. But as we recommend GPS for legal and travel log reasons, I'm going to talk about it as if the $22 optional GPS mount were part of the deal. If you're smart, it will be. That brings us to $102.  

Either way, this tiny unit is our new favorite low-cost dash cam. Great basics, compact installation, a real battery, and excellent video captures will do that for you. 

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best dash cams. Go there for more reviews and buying advice. 

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Why iOS apps on the Mac will not just improve the Mac, but iOS, too

Mac World - Thu, 2018-09-27 16:00

MacOS Mojave is here, and with it, Apple is now officially shipping four Mac apps that were written for iOS and run using a translation system that Apple’s planning on rolling out to app developers next year.

But while it’s fun to consider what apps from the iOS App Store might come to the Mac App Store in 2019, it’s also worth asking what else Apple might bring to macOS next year—and whether it might have some unexpected benefits for iPad users in the process.

This system needs to improve

Let’s start with the obvious: This entire project of bringing iOS apps to the Mac is a work in progress. As Apple said on stage at WWDC in June, perhaps the best way for Apple to understand the scope of work that’s required to allow iOS apps to reside on the Mac is for the company to apply that technology to its own apps. So in macOS Mojave, we have News, Home, Voice Memos, and Stocks.

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The best gaming headsets: Reviews and buying advice

PC World - Thu, 2018-09-27 13:49

The next great peripherals war is being waged over your ears. After every company on the planet put out a gaming mouse and then a mechanical keyboard, they turned their attention to headsets. So many headsets.

Gaming headset cheat sheet Our quick-hit recommendations:
    1. HyperX Cloud Alpha View
    2. Astro A10 View
    3. Corsair Void Pro Wireless View
    4. Logitech G533 View
    5. SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless View
 

We know you don’t want to scroll through every single headset review when all you want is a simple answer: “What’s the best gaming headset I can buy with my hard-earned dollars?” This page holds the answers you seek, no matter what your budget is.

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Watch The Full Nerd talk about Intel 9000 series leaks and custom RTX performance right now!

PC World - Thu, 2018-09-27 12:51

Join The Full Nerd gang as they talk about the latest PC hardware topics. In today's show we talk about:

- What looks to be final info on the Intel 9000 series and how it stacks up against AMD.
- Custom RTX 2080 cards vs Nvidia Founders Editions
- How stupid was Gordon to buy or not buy that 400GB Sandisk MicroSD card?

As always we will be answering your live questions so speak up in the chat.

If YouTube is not your thing uou can also watch us on Twitch, Facebook, and Twitter!

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The Ecobee3 Lite smart thermostat just hit an all-time low at Amazon

PC World - Thu, 2018-09-27 12:10

As the seasons change, there's no better time to add some convenience to your home's temperature control. But smart thermostats can be pricy, with our top pick, the Ecobee4, coming in at well over $200. Today, though, you can get similar model for a lot less: the Ecobee3 Lite is just $139, down from a list price of $169Remove non-product link and an all-time low.

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The Ecobee3 Lite smart thermostat just hit an all-time low at Amazon

Mac World - Thu, 2018-09-27 12:10

As the seasons change, there's no better time to add some convenience to your home's temperature control. But smart thermostats can be pricy, with our top pick, the Ecobee4, coming in at well over $200. Today, though, you can get similar model for a lot less: the Ecobee3 Lite is just $139, down from a list price of $169Remove non-product link and an all-time low.

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How to check your PC's CPU temperature

PC World - Thu, 2018-09-27 11:53

Is your computer’s CPU too hot? If your PC starts spontaneously shutting down, locking up, or acting sluggish during intense tasks, overheating could be the issue. Keeping tabs on your CPU temperatures is crucial when you’re overclocking your PC’s processor, too—you don’t want to accidentally push the performance pedal too far to the metal.

Bizarrely, Windows doesn’t offer any way to check your computer’s CPU temperature. You could dive into your system’s BIOS to find the information, but that’s a lot of hassle to find a simple sensor reading. Fortunately, several free programs exist that make it easy to see your processor’s temperature.

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The best CPUs for gaming

PC World - Thu, 2018-09-27 11:52

Buying a processor for a gaming rig isn’t as hard as it used to be. Now that AMD’s Ryzen and Intel’s 8th-gen CPUs debuted with more performance and cores than ever before, it’s hard to buy a stinker these days—especially since most games favor graphics firepower over CPU oomph. But all that said, there are specific chips that stand out from the horde as the best gaming CPUs due to their price, performance, or nifty extras.

Updated September 27, 2018 with information about Intel 9000-series CPUs leaked by a Vietnamese retailers.

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Razer Nari Ultimate review: This haptics-enabled gaming headset lets you literally feel the groove

PC World - Thu, 2018-09-27 11:00

It’s the one area PC gamers get consistently overlooked: Haptics. Haptic feedback (or rumble, in the vernacular) has been a mainstay of console gaming for almost two decades now, and for good reason. Smart usage can both increase immersion and provide invaluable feedback to players, i.e. letting you feel the moment digital tires lose traction on slick asphalt, or warning that an enemy’s shooting at you.

There have been a few experiments, like SteelSeries’s Rival 500—a mouse with built-in haptics. But it’s hard to make a mouse with rumble because it’s bound to affect your aim, and keyboards are too large and heavy.

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Oculus Quest impressions: This no-hassle wireless VR headset could be a breakout hit

PC World - Thu, 2018-09-27 09:56

Surprised. That’s how I felt coming out of Oculus Connect 4 last year, where for the first time we got a glimpse of “what’s next” in VR. At the time it was called Project Santa Cruz, a standalone VR headset—meaning no wires—that nevertheless had full position- and hand-tracking capabilities. “I thought we were further away from wireless VR,” I wrote at the time. Even now, I still feel that way.

But come next spring, truly wireless VR will be here in the form of the newly christened $399 Oculus Quest. We already wrote up most of the technical details, but after yesterday’s keynote wrapped up I had the chance to run through some demos.

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Find unprecedented sales on Ryzen, SSDs, gaming monitors, and more in Amazon's one-day PC sale

PC World - Thu, 2018-09-27 09:42

Oh me, oh my—the mid-week one day sales keep coming from Amazon. Just yesterday we saw two 24-hour sales for Logitech accessories and expandable storage. Today, Amazon’s doing us one better with a PC gaming gear saleRemove non-product link featuring SSDs, displays, processors, graphics cards, RAM, and more. Today’s sale ends on Thursday evening just before midnight PDT, and as always, we’ve boiled it all down to the top three deal picks that you don’t want to miss:

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Want to connect an old DVI monitor to newer Mac with USB-C? Here’s one way to do it

Mac World - Thu, 2018-09-27 08:00

One problem that Mac 911 can always count on: The complexities of using old Apple monitors to work with new USB-C-equipped Macs.

The 2015 and later MacBook uses USB-C for USB 3 and DisplayPort. The newer MacBook Pro and iMac models pass Thunderbolt 3 over USB-C, along with DisplayPort and other standards.

I recently updated our best advice and knowledge for Apple’s Mini DisplayPort and Thunderbolt 2 displays. For older Apple monitors that relied on DVI—sometimes requiring a dual-link DVI setup for its largest displays—I had yet to find a solution in a single product, with adapters, or from readers who had solved it.

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Word to the wise: Apple’s always-failing strategy

Mac World - Thu, 2018-09-27 07:00

If there’s one thing Tim Cook needs it’s advice. Apparently.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and illegal clown car racing circuit, Ewan Spence says the “New iPhone XS Reveals Tim Cook's Failure To Innovate.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Touchpad Afficionado and Chris.)

When you step back and look at the details in last week’s iPhone launch event, it tells you everything you need to know about Apple. It cannot grow iPhone sales…

That’s pretty true, but how is smartphone market growth as a whole doing?

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