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Lock down your logins with 75 percent off a LastPass Premium subscription through Humble Bundle

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-24 10:32

We've all heard the age-old advice: change your passwords often, never use the same password twice, create complicated passwords. But how many of us really follow that advice? That's where LastPass comes in, and right now its premium version is $6 for 12 months on Humble Bundle, down 75 percent from its list price of $24Remove non-product link—a deal that works for both new and existing users.

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Elgato's Stream Deck Mini is smaller, cheaper, and just as full-featured as the bigger broadcaster tool

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-24 10:28

Elgato’s button-strewn Stream Deck struck an immediate chord with game broadcasters when it launched last year, delivering pro-grade on-the-fly studio controls at an affordable $150 price tag. But today, those capabilities became even less costly with the release of the Elgato Stream Deck Mini ($99.95 on Amazon).

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Elgato's Stream Deck Mini is smaller, cheaper, and just as full-featured as the bigger broadcaster tool

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-24 10:28
The Elgato Stream Deck Mini is a smaller version of the popular Stream Deck, but it can perform all the same actions as the full-fat game broadcasting tool.

The ultra-fast 1TB Samsung 960 EVO SSD drops by $100 on Amazon

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-24 09:32

If you’re hoping to speed up your PC with a zippy SSD, today’s your lucky day—as long as your motherboard accepts “gumstick” M.2 SSDs. Amazon is selling the 1TB Samsung 960 EVO for $300. Just a few days ago, this drive was $400, so you’re saving $100 off the most recent price. It’s not clear when this price drop will end.

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What to do when your laptop's touchpad stops working

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-24 08:39

When your laptop’s touchpad stops responding to your fingers, you’ve got a problem. Have you ever tried to use a Windows PC without a mouse, touchpad, or other pointing device? It’s all but impossible. 

If the problem just started, reboot your computer and see if that fixes it. Yes, I know that’s painfully obvious, but it’s standard operating procedure and in the heat of the moment it’s easy to overlook the obvious.

If that doesn’t work, try these solutions.

First, make sure you haven’t accidentally disabled the touchpad. In all likelihood, there’s a key combination that will toggle the touchpad on and off. It usually involves holding down the Fn key—typically near one of the lower corners of the keyboard—while pressing another key.

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TP-Link adds an outdoor security camera to its Kasa Cam smart home lineup

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-24 08:00
The company also has a new Wi-Fi smart plug.

TP-Link adds an outdoor security camera to its Kasa Cam smart home lineup

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-24 08:00
The company also has a new Wi-Fi smart plug.

Does AirPort Utility see AirPort base stations that aren’t yours? Here’s what you can do

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-24 07:00

While Apple canceled its AirPort/Time Capsule line of Wi-Fi base stations, there are still an untold number of them in use. I have two in my house alone, and sold an unused third one recently.

The AirPort Utility Mac app is how you administer the features on an Apple Wi-Fi base station. Using this app, Macworld reader Tony can see all sorts of base stations in AirPort Utility that don’t belong to him. What's up with that?

His internet service provider configured its access so that it assigned network addresses from the same shared pool to several customers. That’s not great from a security perspective, because it means that subscribers who haven’t set up firewalls or who have vulnerable computers and devices, could be intentionally attacked or sniffed by other customers.

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Yamaha YAS-108 review: One of the best entry-level soundbars you can buy

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-24 06:00
Strong sound, clear dialogue, DTS Virtual:X, and the ability to connect two Bluetooth devices at once make this small speaker a winner.

On repeat: The same complaints about unshipped iPhones

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-24 06:00

The Macalope had to do a double-take today as he felt certain he had read an article before but it turns out he’d just read an article that was almost exactly the same as this one. What a relief to know it’s not a glitch in the matrix. He hates those. They always lead to so many slow-motion action shots.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and Institute for Advanced Misunderstanding, Gordon Kelly says “Apple's iPhone 9 Has An Unfixable Design Problem.” (Tip o’ the antlers to mylestaylor.)

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Yamaha YAS-108 review: One of the best entry-level soundbars you can buy

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-24 06:00
Strong sound, clear dialogue, DTS Virtual:X, and the ability to connect two Bluetooth devices at once make this small speaker a winner.

Avira Phantom VPN Pro review: A homegrown service that's pretty good

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-24 06:00

P2P allowed: Yes

Business location: Germany

Number of servers: 82

Number of country locations: 25

Cost: $78 per year

VPN protocol:  OpenVPN

Data encryption:  AES256-CBC / AES256-GCM

Data authentication: SHA-512

Handshake encryption: DHE-RSA-AES256-GCM-SHA384

Nearly every antivirus company offers a VPN as part of its deluxe security suites. Typically these VPNs are based on white-label services from a third-party such as AnchorFree of Hotspot Shield fame. Avira took a different approach by building its own service called Phantom VPN Pro.

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Hands-on with the Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit

PC World - Tue, 2018-07-24 05:33

The world of Harry Potter meets the world of computer coding in a new children’s coding kit by Kano (for ages 6 and up) that will hit store shelves on October 1. With the Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit ($100, available for preorder) kids are tasked with building a wand, which in turn teaches them about computer programming through the wand’s “magic.” By pairing the wand with a tablet or computer via Bluetooth, children can learn the coding behind cause and effect—as they see how the actions of the wand are reflected on the screen. 

“Today, there is a form of magic in the world and it’s the technological projection—virtual reality, prediction, augmented reality—that so few of us understand,” says Alex Klein, co-founder and CEO of Kano. “That’s what makes it magic in a way, is that nobody understands it really except this small fraction of society.”

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Hands-on with the Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit

Mac World - Tue, 2018-07-24 05:33
Thanks to Kano, computer coding is the latest class at Hogwarts. The educational-tech startup follows its Computer Kit Complete with a new Harry Potter wand that teaches coding through interactive games and spells.

Netgear is planning an Arlo doorbell

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-23 16:02
Netgear is expanding its Arlo home security range with a doorbell—a move that positions Arlo more aggressively against competitors such as Nest and Ring.

Netgear is planning an Arlo doorbell

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-23 16:02
Netgear is expanding its Arlo home security range with a doorbell—a move that positions Arlo more aggressively against competitors such as Nest and Ring.

Costco's Surface Go bundle offers a better low-end option than Microsoft does

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-23 16:00

When Microsoft’s 10-inch Surface Go tablet ships August 2, there will be another configuration to consider along with Microsoft's two: Costco’s bundle, which looks like the better entry-level deal for this device. 

It’s mostly a question of math. The Costco bundle offers 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, and the Type Cover for $550.

Microsoft will ship two configurations of the Surface Go: 

  • $399 4GB RAM/64GB eMMC SSD storage
  • $549 8GB RAM/128GB SSD 

Add $99 for the black Type Cover (or $129 for another color), and the prices for both increase to $498 and $648, respectively. The Costco bundle offers better bang for buck.  

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HomePod update reported to add multiple timers, phone calls, and more this fall

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-23 15:20

HomePod is a great sounding smart speaker, but it's late to a game dominated by Amazon and Google and more than a little behind on some table-stakes features we've come to expect from the category.

If a new report from French site iGeneration is to be believed, that situation should improve this fall. 

The site claims that a beta version of iOS 12 has been distributed to internal Apple testers, adding a few much-needed features. Some of the features iGeneration says are included in this update are:

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The scrappy 2018 9.7-inch iPad is on sale for $30 off at Best Buy

Mac World - Mon, 2018-07-23 13:40

Ah, a new week is here, along with a new opportunity to save some cash on Apple’s new 9.7-inch iPad with Apple Pencil support. Today’s offer comes from Best Buy, which is offering $30 off both the 32GB and 128GB models with Wi-Fi, which brings the prices down to $299.99Remove non-product link and $399.99Remove non-product link respectively (down from $329.99 and $429.99).

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Samsung Wireless Charger Duo isn't even official yet, but it'll probably ship before AirPower

PC World - Mon, 2018-07-23 12:54
Samsung's new Wireless Duo Charger has leaked and it reminds us: Where the heck is AirPower?

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