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ESPN+ isn’t really for cord-cutters

Mac World - Thu, 2018-04-05 06:00
ESPN’s standalone service does nothing to fix the mess that sports streaming rights have become.

Nest Hello review: This is a great video doorbell

Mac World - Thu, 2018-04-05 06:00
Nest Hello is one of the best video doorbells we've tested, boasting great image quality and integration with Google's smart home.

How Facebook will prevent future Cambridge Analytica scandals: Rein in third-party apps

PC World - Wed, 2018-04-04 16:14

In light of revelations that data from 87 million Facebook users was improperly harvested for use in targeting American voters, Facebook could have simply pledged to turn off the spigot to third-party developers. Instead, the company is fixing the plumbing. The company outlined nine initiatives to change how Facebook manages data given to third-party apps.

There's one potential change users will actually see: Beginning April 9, Facebook will show a link at the top of the News Feed where users will be able to see what apps are using what data—and turn them off if they want. 

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New iPad review, Apple to ditch Intel, and iOS 11.4 beta: Macworld Podcast episode 599

Mac World - Wed, 2018-04-04 16:06

Macworld’s Leif Johnson has been using the new iPad for the past week. What does he think so far? Bloomberg says that Apple may use its own processors in Macs starting in 2020. Apple has released a beta of iOS 11.4. We also feature your comments and questions for Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, Dan Masaoka, and Michael Simon in the Macworld Podcast, episode 599.

Poll results

Before the show, we asked (via Twitter) what worries you most about Apple making its own Mac chips. Here are the results.

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Optimize Your Wi-Fi Connection With A Lifetime Of NetSpot Pro, Now 80% Off

Mac World - Wed, 2018-04-04 14:22

Few things match the frustration that comes with a spotty Wi-Fi connection. And, despite your best efforts to troubleshoot them on your own, these networks can be fickle beasts that cut out for seemingly no reason at all. NetSpot Pro arms you with the tools to deep dive into your Wi-Fi network, diagnose its problems and optimize your connection, and lifetime licenses are currently on sale for 80 percent off the usual price.

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Get The Complete Digital Marketing Course For Just $19

PC World - Wed, 2018-04-04 14:19

For most of us, Internet marketing is a mysterious business with seemingly countless new concepts and disciplines, such as SEO, Google AdWords, WordPress Websites, and so much more to learn. You can, however, demystify online marketing, making yourself a more attractive employee or marketing specialist, with the Complete Digital Marketing Course, a comprehensive 12-courses-in-one compilation of everything you need to know about selling products or promoting a business online. Get a complete education in everything from search engine optimization (SEO) to building effective Google advertising campaigns to creating attractive WordPress sites and attracting thousands of subscribers—all for a mere $19.

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Get A Lifetime Of Project Management Professional Certification Training For $49

Mac World - Wed, 2018-04-04 14:12

As more companies look to reduce costs and boost efficiency, project managers are experiencing an increase in demand--and compensation--for their skills. However, demand alone won't secure you a spot in this field. The Project Management Professional Certification Training Bundle will help you along the path by preparing you ace a number of certification exams companies look for when hiring project managers, and it's on sale for over 90% off.

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Get CISSP Certified With This Comprehensive Training Course, Now 95% Off

PC World - Wed, 2018-04-04 14:05

As the world becomes more connected, companies are taking their information and business online. While an overall step forward for the global Internet economy, going online exposes companies to a host of hacking risks, which is why they're looking for certified cybersecurity specialists to keep their networks safe. The CISSP Certification Training Course can help you get your foot in the door to this booming field, and it's on sale for over 90% off.

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Apple’s future iPhones might have more curves and fewer fingerprints

Mac World - Wed, 2018-04-04 11:08

While Android phones are already copying iPhone X’s camera notch, a new report from Bloomberg suggests that Apple might be borrowing a page or two from Samsung and LG for its next design shift.

According to Mark Gurman—who earlier this week divulged that Apple is preparing to move away from Intel processors in its Macs—Apple is working on an iPhone with a screen “that curve(s) inward gradually from top to bottom.” While Apple has used curved glass on its handsets since the iPhone 6, and the edges of the iPhone X curve slightly around the edges, it’s yet to introduce a device with a visibly curved screen.

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H&R Block's tax software drops to $18 for today only as deadline looms

PC World - Wed, 2018-04-04 10:31

April is upon us, and you know what that means—tax season. Preparing your taxes can be tedious, frustrating, and time-consuming, so if you’re going to be preparing them yourself, it’s important to make sure you’re using the right software to make it easier. Today, you can get H&R Block’s Deluxe + State Tax Software for just $17.99, which is 60 percent off its list price on Amazon. If you put your refund on an Amazon gift card, you’ll also get a 5 percent bonus payment.

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H&R Block's tax software drops to $18 for today only as deadline looms

Mac World - Wed, 2018-04-04 10:31

April is upon us, and you know what that means—tax season. Preparing your taxes can be tedious, frustrating, and time-consuming, so if you’re going to be preparing them yourself, it’s important to make sure you’re using the right software to make it easier. Today, you can get H&R Block’s Deluxe + State Tax Software for just $17.99, which is 60 percent off its list price on Amazon. If you put your refund on an Amazon gift card, you’ll also get a 5 percent bonus payment.

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Watch your front door from anywhere with this Ring Video Doorbell Pro bundle for $80 off

PC World - Wed, 2018-04-04 10:03

If you want to keep an eye on who's at your front door, today's deal is for you. Home Depot is selling the Ring Video Doorbell Pro and the Ring Chime Pro for $200. Both of these devices at regular prices would set you back around $280, giving you a savings of $80. The deal is only available on Wednesday.

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Intel finishes Spectre patching, some older CPUs won't receive planned updates

PC World - Wed, 2018-04-04 09:43

Intel’s months-long marathon of releasing CPU microcode patches to protect against critical Meltdown and Spectre exploits is ending, but some older processors that were promised firmware updates won’t be receiving them.

The chipmaker’s latest microcode revision update now says planned revisions are “stopped” for CPUs based on the Penryn (2007), Yorkfield (2007), Wolfdale (2007), Bloomfield (2008), Clarksfield (2009), Jasper Forest (2010), and Atom “SoFIA” (2015), as Tom’s Hardware first noticed.

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Apple hiring Google's AI chief is a huge test for Siri's privacy stance

PC World - Wed, 2018-04-04 09:26
Apple has hired John Giannandrea, Google's longtime AI and machine learning wizard, to head its new Siri team, but the transition is going to be tricky.

Apple hiring Google's AI chief is a huge test for Siri's privacy stance

Mac World - Wed, 2018-04-04 09:26

Hey Siri, meet your new boss. In a surprise development that is sure to have huge implications across the AI landscape, Apple announced yesterday that it has hired John Giannandrea, the architect behind Google Assistant, mere hours after he announced he was stepping down from his lofty position at the Mountain View headquarters.

Giannandrea joined Google in 2010 as part of its research and development team and quickly rose through the ranks as AI took on a central role in the company. In 2016, his job duties expanded to search as well upon Amit Singhal’s retirement, and Giannandrea has since integrated AI and machine learning into all aspects of Google’s ecosystem with Google Assistant. Now Apple is hoping he can do the same thing with Siri.

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Intel Inside: The CPUs Apple could stuff in the next MacBooks

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

With Intel’s introduction of its 8th generation Coffee Lake CPUs on Tuesday, it’s again that time of the year when the reality TV show called MacBook gets to act as a romance-seeking laptop looking for new internals.

While the future of the MacBook could see a marriage with an Apple-made ARM processor, the immediate future of the MacBook sees the continuation of the courtship with Intel and its x86 CPUs.

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How a custom processor could make Apple’s MacBooks exciting again

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

It’s been a long while since Mac users had reason to get excited over a new chip. It’s not that Intel isn’t packing heat—just yesterday the first round of Coffee Lake laptop chips were unveiled with six cores and the promise of 5GHz speeds—but ever since Apple transitioned to x86 processors, cores and clock speeds don’t mean quite as much to the Mac as they once did.

Back when Macs ran on RISC processors, speed was the only thing that mattered. While the rest of the PC market had Intel inside, Apple’s computers had giant chips on their proverbial shoulders, as the Mac sought to convince Windows users that they were faster and more power efficient than their Pentium counterparts. Steve Jobs famously held bake-offs on stage to drive home that very point, and Mac users eagerly awaited each new update to see how much higher the bar would be raised.

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How a custom processor could make Apple’s MacBooks exciting again

PC World - Wed, 2018-04-04 07:00
Bloomberg's report that Apple is working on a custom Macs processor could mean big things are in store for Apple's notebooks.

Penclic Mini Keyboard KB3 review: One set of keys for all your devices

PC World - Wed, 2018-04-04 06:30

Swedish company Penclic employs Scandinavian design principles to improve the ergonomics and efficiency of our most commonly used computer accessories. Its new Mini Bluetooth keyboard offers the best of all worlds, working as both a wireless and corded keyboard for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS devices.

Many portable keyboards are built with plastic to keep them light. As a result, they can feel chintzy. The K83, though, is constructed of brushed aluminum, which gives it a premium look and assures it won’t weigh down your laptop bag. It weighs about three-quarters of a pound and measures 0.4 x 11 x 5 inches. In practical terms, the keys almost perfectly overlaid those on a 13-inch MacBook Air’s keyboard.

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Fiio X7 Mark II review: You can swap out the amplifier in this Android-based high-res audio player

Mac World - Wed, 2018-04-04 06:00
The Fiio X7 Mark II’s modular architecture, apps, and sweet sound make this a great choice for serious music lovers who want an Andriod-based hi-res audio player.

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