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Microsoft pushes Windows mixed reality with two tiers of PCs and a Halo game tease

PC World - Mon, 2017-08-28 14:55

Microsoft’s bid to bring Windows mixed reality to the masses is taking shape with a raft of affordable PCs. On Monday the company announced that its hardware partners will launch two types of mixed-reality PCs this holiday season, showing them off first at the IFA show this week in Berlin. The company also said its mixed-reality content would include Steam’s VR games and even some sort of Halo experience.

Microsoft has spent much of this year building up its mixed-reality ecosystem. The company has promised that mixed reality will be a key part of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Working in concert, its hardware partners—HP, Lenovo, Dell, and Acer—plan to launch mixed-reality devices in time for the holidays.

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iPhone 8 rumors: WIll it be revealed on September 12?

Mac World - Mon, 2017-08-28 12:09

Update August 28, 2017: Will the iPhone be revealed on September 12? Go to the “What’s the latest?” section for all the new details.

Apple is still selling tens of millions of iPhone 7s every month—but all everyone can talk about is what’s coming next. After all, 2017 marks the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, so Apple is reportedly gearing up to make this year’s model extra special.

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Apple Watch Series 3 rumors: LTE and new workouts on tap for fall update

Mac World - Mon, 2017-08-28 11:34

Update 8/28/17: Further examination of the HomePod firmware release shows a slew of new activities capable of being tracked by Apple Watch, including basketball, bowling, skiing, and sailing.

Apple might have one more trick up its sleeve at its annual fall event. While we’re all waiting for a brand new iPhone that will reportedly bring a brand new design, wireless charging, and AR capabilities, it seems as though Apple is also working on an LTE-enabled Apple Watch Series 3 that will bring phone independence once and for all.

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40% off Lexar microSD To Lightning Reader - Deal Alert

PC World - Mon, 2017-08-28 09:56

Lexar's microSD-to-Lightning reader makes it easy to move all your favorite content to & from your iOS device on the go. So whether you’re offloading stunning action photos from that sporting event, or dramatic video from your drone, or if you just want a simple solution to back up or move around your files while mobile -- it’s got you covered. With its small footprint, you can put it in your pocket and go. And the Lightning connector fits with most iOS cases, providing simple plug-and-play functionality. An optional app from the app store allows you to back up files when connected to your device for greater peace of mind. Lexar's microSD to Lightning reader averages 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon, where its typical list price of $24.99 has been reduced a generous 40%, for now, to just $14.99. See this deal on Amazon.

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40% off Lexar microSD To Lightning Reader - Deal Alert

Mac World - Mon, 2017-08-28 09:56

Lexar's microSD-to-Lightning reader makes it easy to move all your favorite content to & from your iOS device on the go. So whether you’re offloading stunning action photos from that sporting event, or dramatic video from your drone, or if you just want a simple solution to back up or move around your files while mobile -- it’s got you covered. With its small footprint, you can put it in your pocket and go. And the Lightning connector fits with most iOS cases, providing simple plug-and-play functionality. An optional app from the app store allows you to back up files when connected to your device for greater peace of mind. Lexar's microSD to Lightning reader averages 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon, where its typical list price of $24.99 has been reduced a generous 40%, for now, to just $14.99. See this deal on Amazon.

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AmazonBasics 6-Foot HDMI Cable 2-Pack Discounted To $7.96 - Deal Alert

Mac World - Mon, 2017-08-28 09:42

The AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable quickly connects a wide range of HDMI devices. Use it to connect a small mobile, home-entertainment, or gaming device to a big-screen HDTV, large projector, or computer monitor, for example. Delivering clear, vibrant video, the AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet meets the latest standards, which means it considerably expands bandwidth up to 18 Gbps, offers 4K@50/60 (2160p) video resolution (four times more clarity than 1080p/60), and supports the wide-angle theatrical 21:9 video aspect ratio. The cables average 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 12,000 reviewers on Amazon (read reviews). Right now you can get a 2-pack of these 6-foot cables for just $7.96. See this deal now on Amazon.

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AmazonBasics 6-Foot HDMI Cable 2-Pack Discounted To $7.96 - Deal Alert

Mac World - Mon, 2017-08-28 09:42

The AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable quickly connects a wide range of HDMI devices. Use it to connect a small mobile, home-entertainment, or gaming device to a big-screen HDTV, large projector, or computer monitor, for example. Delivering clear, vibrant video, the AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet meets the latest standards, which means it considerably expands bandwidth up to 18 Gbps, offers 4K@50/60 (2160p) video resolution (four times more clarity than 1080p/60), and supports the wide-angle theatrical 21:9 video aspect ratio. The cables average 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 12,000 reviewers on Amazon (read reviews). Right now you can get a 2-pack of these 6-foot cables for just $7.96. See this deal now on Amazon.

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AmazonBasics 6-Foot HDMI Cable 2-Pack Discounted To $7.96 - Deal Alert

PC World - Mon, 2017-08-28 09:42

The AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable quickly connects a wide range of HDMI devices. Use it to connect a small mobile, home-entertainment, or gaming device to a big-screen HDTV, large projector, or computer monitor, for example. Delivering clear, vibrant video, the AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable with Ethernet meets the latest standards, which means it considerably expands bandwidth up to 18 Gbps, offers 4K@50/60 (2160p) video resolution (four times more clarity than 1080p/60), and supports the wide-angle theatrical 21:9 video aspect ratio. The cables average 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 12,000 reviewers on Amazon (read reviews). Right now you can get a 2-pack of these 6-foot cables for just $7.96. See this deal now on Amazon.

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Meet Fitbit Ionic: A little smartwatch, a lot of fitness tracker

Mac World - Mon, 2017-08-28 09:00

With Fitbit's new Ionic fitness tracker, health and fitness still take center stage, but Ionic is more of an all-around wearable than any Fitbit that came before. Ionic represents the first fruits of the company’s Pebble, Coin, and Vector shopping spree: You can now install third-party apps, make payments, and you can store hundreds of songs for offline listening.

The biggest change for Fitbit is the new open system, as the company has leveraged its Pebble acquisition to create a platform for third-party apps. Only a handful of apps will be available at launch, but Fitbit will soon be opening up an software development kit so developers can tap into Ionic’s sensors to build apps and watch faces just like they on watchOS and Android Wear.

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Meet Fitbit Ionic: A little smartwatch, a lot of fitness tracker

PC World - Mon, 2017-08-28 09:00
Fitbit has released its newest wearable, Ionic, which brings a new design and app platform that aims to break the fitness tracker out of its mold.

Meet Fitbit Ionic: A little smartwatch, a lot of fitness tracker

Mac World - Mon, 2017-08-28 09:00

With Fitbit's new Ionic fitness tracker, health and fitness still take center stage, but Ionic is more of an all-around wearable than any Fitbit that came before. Ionic represents the first fruits of the company’s Pebble, Coin, and Vector shopping spree: You can now install third-party apps, make payments, and you can store hundreds of songs for offline listening.

The biggest change for Fitbit is the new open system, as the company has leveraged its Pebble acquisition to create a platform for third-party apps. Only a handful of apps will be available at launch, but Fitbit will soon be opening up an software development kit so developers can tap into Ionic’s sensors to build apps and watch faces just like they on watchOS and Android Wear.

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Dell revs up its XPS 13 with Intel's quad-core Kaby Lake R

PC World - Mon, 2017-08-28 09:00

Dell’s XPS 13 is already a great laptop. Now imagine that laptop performing 40 percent faster than it does now. That’s the promise of the CPU refresh Dell announced for the product line on Monday at IFA in Berlin. The XPS 13’s two highest-end SKUs will have Intel’s latest 8th-generation Core chips, called Kaby Lake R. 

The updated XPS 13 product line will start shipping September 12 with a base price of $799, but that model is not Kaby Lake R-fortified. (In fact, five of the seven CPU options for the XPS 13 will still use Intel’s 7th-generation Kaby Lake CPUs.) The Core i7 Kaby Lake R Core i7 model will have a starting price of $1,400.

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Meet Fitbit Ionic: A little smartwatch, a lot of fitness tracker

PC World - Mon, 2017-08-28 09:00
Fitbit has released its newest wearable, Ionic, which brings a new design and app platform that aims to break the fitness tracker out of its mold.

Enlight Photofox for iOS review: Transform your pictures into works of art

Mac World - Mon, 2017-08-28 07:00

Lightricks’ Enlight Photofox is a major update to the Enlight iOS app, a Photoshop-style mobile photo shooting and editing app that delivers a vast variety of corrections and special effects tools and workflows.

Photofox includes sophisticated painterly and collage capabilities designed to transform your images into works of art. Technically, Photofox is an update of the original Enlight app, but it looks and feels more like a related standalone app targeting a pro level audience. It’s similar to its predecessor and is available alongside it on the App Store.

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Enlight Photofox for iOS review: Transform your pictures into works of art

Mac World - Mon, 2017-08-28 07:00

Lightricks’ Enlight Photofox is a major update to the Enlight iOS app, a Photoshop-style mobile photo shooting and editing app that delivers a vast variety of corrections and special effects tools and workflows.

Photofox includes sophisticated painterly and collage capabilities designed to transform your images into works of art. Technically, Photofox is an update of the original Enlight app, but it looks and feels more like a related standalone app targeting a pro level audience. It’s similar to its predecessor and is available alongside it on the App Store.

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AMD's Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics card launches to battle the GeForce GTX 1070

PC World - Mon, 2017-08-28 07:00

The true star of AMD’s high-end Vega graphics card lineup is finally here. Today, Radeon RX Vega 56 hits the streets.

While the (theoretically) $499 Vega 64 didn’t fare well against Nvidia’s similarly priced GeForce GTX 1080 in PCWorld’s exhaustive Radeon RX Vega review, the $399 Vega 56 delivers a far better value proposition. It slightly outpunches the GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition in most games we tested, especially if you move up to 1440p or 4K resolution. Sure, it draws more power to do so, but not an outrageous amount—unlike Vega 64.

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Tablo Engine review: This over-the-air DVR could take on TiVo

Mac World - Mon, 2017-08-28 06:00
Tablo Engine is a simple over-the-air DVR for a single television, but it's far too light on features.

Tablo Engine review: This over-the-air DVR could take on TiVo

PC World - Mon, 2017-08-28 06:00
Tablo Engine is a simple over-the-air DVR for a single television, but it's far too light on features.

Windows 10's My People: Microsoft makes it easy to just wave hello

PC World - Mon, 2017-08-28 06:00

Windows 10’s My People feature addresses a need some of us have, at least some of the time: a simple reminder that our friends are thinking about us.

My People is a feature we expect to see in Windows 10's Fall Creators Update. (Note: We've tested it as part of Windows 10’s Insider Program, so Microsoft may still be ironing out any small bugs we experienced.) It allows you to select your three best friends and symbolically place them near you, via icons in the taskbar. Just as you might stop by for a chat, My People allows you to quickly Skype or email them—and just them—all from a single button on your taskbar. And the best feature is how they can respond: “Shoulder taps” pop up emoji right from your taskbar, so that your friend can wave hello. 

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The best online backup service with best encryption features

Mac World - Mon, 2017-08-28 03:01

Many people resist backing up their data to an online backup service like MozyHome, Carbonite, or Backblaze because they worry their data will be poked through by company employees, hijacked by criminals, or provided to law enforcement or government agents without due process. 

The sanctity of your data boils down to whether the encryption key used to scramble your data can be recovered by anyone other than yourself. Below I outline the various methods and levels of encryption that can be employed by these services, and then evaluate five of the best options for home users. Several give subscribers full control of their encryption. If you’re already using a service, it’s possible you can even upgrade to take advantage of greater ownership options.

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