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NItro Pro 12 review: A better document workflow

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-09 06:00
With full Nitro Cloud integration, Nitro Pro makes it easier to prepare PDFs and get them signed.

How the App Store changed my world (and probably yours, too)

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-09 06:00

A little over a decade ago I bailed on the Ph.D. program that had consumed my life for three years. The piles of papers—filled with highlighted quotations—had started to look like skyscrapers. Keeping all the whole mess organized felt like rebuilding the Golden Gate Bridge from its component atoms. My soul screamed for an app that would let me compare photos on the fly. I had better reasons for jumping ship, of course, but it’s these frustrations that slice through my memories all these years later. All things considered, I don’t regret my decision.

And yet.

All the recent talk about the App Store’s 10th anniversary makes me wonder if I’d have finished it if I had access to the same apps I now enjoy on my iPhone and my iPad. That sometimes makes the frustrations feels almost fun. Discussions of the App Store’s impact tend to focus on how it gave thousands of small-time developers a good way to make money or how it changed our social lives; we give relatively little attention to how it simplified our routines. I don’t think I’d be the same person I am today without it. Heck, I’ll bet the same could be said about you.

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Shark Ion Robot 750 review: Shark's first robot vacuum is a mixed bag

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-09 06:00
Shark's budget-friendly robot vacuum navigates obstacles well and has an elegant app, but falls surprisingly short on the cleaning quality.

NItro Pro 12 review: A better document workflow

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-09 06:00

As Adobe Acrobat alternatives go, Nitro Pro sits near the top of the heap. It’s used by tens of millions of consumers and over 650,000 businesses—including more than half of the Fortune 500—according to the company’s chief product officer, Jeff Kreutz. With version 12, Nitro isn’t relaxing its efforts to help people and organizations improve their digitized workflows.

The features that make Nitro Pro beloved by individuals and businesses alike are all still here. You get a complete set of content editing tools; review and markup features for efficient collaboration; form fill and signing capability; and multiple security options for sensitive documents including permissions, password protection, and data redaction. All of these must-have features are intuitively organized in a Microsoft Office-style ribbon interface that groups them into task-based tabs.

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Expectations game: iPhone killers never pan out

Mac World - Sat, 2018-07-07 07:00

Is the iPhone even on sale anymore? Has anyone checked? The reason The Macalope asks is because there have been so many “iPhone killers” that one of them must have actually killed it by now, right?

Nope. The Macalope just went to Apple’s website and it turns out it’s still available for sale. Which is surprising.

Back in December, BGR was foreseeing big trouble for Apple because the Galaxy S9 was going to be released a month earlier than the S8 had been released.

Simply put, that’s awful news for Apple.

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Save $150 on a 10.5-inch iPad Pro at Target today

Mac World - Fri, 2018-07-06 15:57

The new 9.7-inch iPad is cool and all, but sometimes it’s best to go Pro. Fortunately, today Target is selling the 512GB 10.5-inch iPad Pro with Wi-Fi for just $849.99 shipped, which nets you a $150 discount on one of the best tablets around.

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This week in games: Dead Island 2 revival, Kingdom Come: Deliverance DLC and Shenmue on PC

PC World - Fri, 2018-07-06 15:38

Every year it's like falling off a cliff. The run-up to E3 is a million stories per day—game announcements, game leaks, game trailers. Then E3 is obviously a billion stories per day as we try to sort through all the madness. And then the week after E3? Tumbleweeds.

Two weeks after E3 looks about the same. But three weeks after E3 is where people actually start working again, so I'm back with a very light dusting of news. Dead Island 2 is still apparently in development, Shenmue gets a PC release date, Kingdom Come: Deliverance delivers DLC, Bethesda talks smack about Sony, and more.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 sales are slumping and that's a problem for all premium Android phones

PC World - Fri, 2018-07-06 11:00

When Samsung announces its quarterly results later this month, the numbers will look plenty good to the untrained eye: $13 billion in profit on $51.8 billion revenue. However, analysts will tell you that those figures represent a 0.7-percent decline in sales over the prior year’s quarter. That might not seem like a terrible dip, but when you zero in a little further, it spells trouble for one of Samsung’s most visible products: the Galaxy S9.

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Google's original Pixel and Pixel XL phones are discounted by hundreds of dollars now

PC World - Fri, 2018-07-06 10:48

Google's Pixel and Pixel XL phones have been top performers since their debut in 2016. Now their smarts and functionality are available for killer deals.

A 32GB carrier-unlocked Pixel is available on B&H for $330. Google's original Pixel was a very expensive Android phone when it came out, and this discount is a huge savings of $320 off its list price. The Pixel comes equipped with a 5-inch, 1920x1080 Full HD AMOLED display with a retina-style image quality comparable to the best phones around. 

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Newegg's got an EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC Gaming for $180 right now

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

Consider this your weekly reminder that we are still in the end throes of the graphics card crisis. That means sometimes the sales drop down to the original MSRP, and sometimes they get closer than before—like today’s deal. Right now, Newegg’s got the EVGA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti SC Gaming for $180 with code EMCPWPV24.

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How to move multiple Safari tabs at once in macOS

Mac World - Fri, 2018-07-06 08:00

When tabbed browsers first appeared, I was dubious. I liked my various windows that I could arrange! Over time, browers improved tab management and tools, and I adapted. I often have multiple windows open, each with a particular task or project, with many tabs in each.

But what do you do when you have a bunch of tabs in one window and want to move them to another window? Safari lets you drag tabs one at a time: hold down on the tab and drag and a tiny window appears that you drag into another open window (either onto a tab or into the tab bar). Or you can release it and it becomes a freestanding window of its own.

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You can add all the tabs in a window to a bookmarks folder.

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Rakuten Kobo Clara HD E-Reader review: Superior to the Kindle Paperwhite, except for one thing

PC World - Fri, 2018-07-06 06:31

Rakuten Kobo’s Clara HD e-reader ($130 from Rakuten Kobo) costs $10 less than its main competitor, the ad-free version of the Kindle Paperwhite (reviewed here and available, of course, from Amazon). The casual observer could be forgiven for mistaking one for the other, as they share similar dimensions and the same display size.

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Wyze Cam Pan review: Premium features, budget price

PC World - Fri, 2018-07-06 06:00
Wyze Labs' $30 pan-and-tilt camera can hold its own with the big brands.

Wyze Cam Pan review: Premium features, budget price

Mac World - Fri, 2018-07-06 06:00
Wyze Labs' $30 pan-and-tilt camera can hold its own with the big brands.

Wyze Cam Pan review: Premium features, budget price

Mac World - Fri, 2018-07-06 06:00
Wyze Labs' $30 pan-and-tilt camera can hold its own with the big brands.

Apple: A little more color, please

Mac World - Fri, 2018-07-06 06:00

Apple has a long back and forth relationship with the role of color in its products. Even looking back at the original Macintosh, which debuted with a black and white display at a time when the company’s long-running Apple II line boasted color graphics. (The Apple II which, it should also be noted, gave us the venerable six-color Apple logo.)

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In more recent years, color has played a part in the outward facing part of Apple’s products as well. When the first iMac appeared on the scene in 1998, its most distinctive feature was the bright Bondi Blue exterior, which later multiplied into a variety of different options and set the tone for Apple products of its era.

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Razer Blade Stealth (2018) review: Near-perfection has its price

PC World - Fri, 2018-07-06 06:00

When I reviewed Razer’s debut Blade Stealth ultrabook two years ago, I thought it would usher in a wave of imitators. Small, sleek, with an all-metal chassis that rivaled Apple’s finest MacBooks, it was one of the best laptops I’d ever used.

And now? Well, not much has changed. I’ve been using the Blade Stealth’s most recent revision for a bit now, and while there are certainly some excellent alternatives, Razer’s machine (available via Amazon) remains near the top of the pack. There’s still room for improvement—particularly the battery life—but it’s an impressive machine.

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Wyze Cam Pan review: Premium features, budget price

PC World - Fri, 2018-07-06 06:00
Wyze Labs' $30 pan-and-tilt camera can hold its own with the big brands.

Next year's iPhone: Does the modem really matter?

Mac World - Thu, 2018-07-05 17:34

Do you know which company makes the modem in your iPhone?

If you’re a hardware geek like me, maybe. Apple sources modems from both Qualcomm and Intel, using slightly different modems in different models by carrier and region. The U.S. version of the iPhone for Sprint, Verizon, and U.S. Cellular uses a modem from Qualcomm (the X16), as does the carrier-unlocked version. The version sold by T-Mobile and AT&T uses an Intel modem (the XMM 7480). The biggest difference is that the Qualcomm modem supports both CDMA and GSM networks while the Intel one only supports GSM.

Recently, a report from Calcalist claimed that Apple was considering using Intel’s upcoming 5G “Sunny Peak” wireless chip in the 2020 iPhone, but has since canceled its order. Should you care? Does it really make a difference?

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Dash cam reviews: Catch the maniacs and meteors of daily driving

PC World - Thu, 2018-07-05 16:07

Dash cams are already essential in many countries because of scam artists who try to create accidents so they can sue you. They’ve also proven useful for catching cars flying into buildings, or the occasional meteor, as happened in Thailand and in Russia a few years ago.

But while auto cons aren’t as common here, recording your excursions is a reasonable precaution to take—especially if you’re driving professionally.

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