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Intel debuts Ponte Vecchio, its first Xe GPU for servers

PC World - 3 hours 4 min ago

Intel continues to talk up its entrance into the discrete graphics market, with its first Xe chips for the PC space planned for 2020. Now the company has revealed a few more details about its plans for the datacenter, as it has announced the “Ponte Vecchio” chip as well.

Ponte Vecchio will be manufactured on Intel’s own 7nm process, a process that's roughly comparable to where AMD is today. But Ponte Vecchio will probably debut in 2021, rather than next year. Intel didn’t actually confirm those details in its press release, but chief executive Bob Swan had said during Intel’s October earnings call that Intel is “on track to launch our first 7-nanometer based products, a datacenter-focused discrete GPU in 2021.”

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Black Friday 2019: The best tech deals available now

PC World - Fri, 2019-11-15 20:04

Black Friday is no longer contained to the day after Thanksgiving. Deals roll out in a chaotic stream all throughout November, and these days, you can score great deals among the lackluster discounts.

For 2019, Best Buy, Newegg, and Amazon have all offered an early taste of sweet bargains. Today's the last day of this round, but we expect further teasers to come soon. Keep an eye peeled for further updates as the days tick by—we’ll add new deals as we spot them.

Not sure if you should wait or buy now? Newegg's second round of Early Black Friday sale offers an interesting twist: If the company offers a lower price on a purchase between now and the end of November, they'll refund you the difference. Otherwise, holiday return windows have just expanded (many run into early January), so you can buy now and repent at leisure, assuming you can float the cash.

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Black Friday 2019: The best tech deals available now

Mac World - Fri, 2019-11-15 20:04

Black Friday is no longer contained to the day after Thanksgiving. Deals roll out in a chaotic stream all throughout November, and these days, you can score great deals among the lackluster discounts.

For 2019, Best Buy, Newegg, and Amazon have all offered an early taste of sweet bargains. Today's the last day of this round, but we expect further teasers to come soon. Keep an eye peeled for further updates as the days tick by—we’ll add new deals as we spot them.

Not sure if you should wait or buy now? Newegg's second round of Early Black Friday sale offers an interesting twist: If the company offers a lower price on a purchase between now and the end of November, they'll refund you the difference. Otherwise, holiday return windows have just expanded (many run into early January), so you can buy now and repent at leisure, assuming you can float the cash.

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10 surprisingly practical Raspberry Pi projects anybody can do

PC World - Fri, 2019-11-15 15:40
Practical Pi projects

Image by Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi single-board computer and all its variants (including the dirt-cheap Raspberry Pi Zero and a turbo-charged Raspberry Pi 4) have captured the imaginations of DIY enthusiasts and budding hobbyists alike.

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This week in games: Sonic loses his teeth, John Carmack steps back from Oculus

PC World - Fri, 2019-11-15 15:00

Most of this week’s news came via Microsoft’s X019 event on Thursday. We saw our first real Age of Empires IV trailer, a new Obsidian game, a new Wasteland 3 trailer, and a bunch more, so if you haven’t already perused that recap? Better get on it.

But there were still some bits and pieces around the edges, including deep dives into Crusader Kings III and Diablo IV, a handful of launch trailers, and a redesign for the infamous Sonic the Hedgehog movie. They took away his human teeth, and for that we can all be thankful.

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The best gaming headsets: Reviews and buying advice

PC World - Fri, 2019-11-15 14:25

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.

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.

We’ll keep updating our recommendations as we look at new products and find stronger contenders. 

Updated 10/15/19 to include our review of the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero, a wireless version of the Elite Atlas, which offers a host of welcome improvements, albeit at a steeper price. See the bottom of this article for all of our headset reviews.

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Apple to remove vaping apps from the App Store

Mac World - Fri, 2019-11-15 12:54

According to a report from Axios, Apple is going to remove apps that control vaping products from the App Store. 

Apple has never allowed apps that allow a person to purchase vaping related products, but there are many apps made to be used in conjunction with them (to control time, temperature, lighting, and so on). Other related apps to get the axe include vaping-themed social networking and news apps. If you have such an app already installed it will continue to work, however.

Apple issued the following statement to Axios:

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Here are all the Apple Arcade games that support controllers

Mac World - Fri, 2019-11-15 12:37

Apple Arcade is here, and you can play some of the subscription service’s many games with select models of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 controllers as well as Mfi (Made for iOS) controllers!

During Apple Arcade’s announcement, though, Apple gave the impression that all Apple Arcade games would work with gamepads (in part because the service will eventually also come to macOS and tvOS), but it turns out that’s not entirely true. Some games have interfaces solely designed for touchscreens—at least on iPhone and iPad. 

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The Full Nerd ep. 114: AMD Ryzen 9 3950X review, Black Friday PC deals, MacBook Pro 16

PC World - Fri, 2019-11-15 11:28

In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad ChacosAlaina Yee, and Adam Patrick Murray review AMD’s monstrous Ryzen 9 3950X, which we dubbed “an epic end-zone dance over Intel.” Yes, AMD’s 16-core processor reigns supreme as the most powerful consumer CPU we’ve ever seen.

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Logitech’s Circle 2 camera gets support for Apple HomeKit Secure Video

Mac World - Fri, 2019-11-15 10:14
A just-released beta firmware update for the camera, which is among the first to support HomeKit Secure Video, allows users to securely store recorded video clips in iCloud.

4XCamera Maker review: Multi-cam video app thwarted by clunky editing tools

Mac World - Fri, 2019-11-15 08:00

For video makers, the highlight of this year’s September Apple keynote was undoubtedly the slick demo of Filmic Pro taking advantage of all four iPhone 11 cameras to record multiple angles at the same time. Multi-cam is a great way to quickly create dynamic videos without the time-consuming task of shooting a performance multiple times from different views.

Although Filmic Pro’s multi-cam update isn’t expected until later in the year, there are other ways to shoot and edit multi-camera video right now, using as many as four iOS devices you already own. Unfortunately, the app in question turns out to be cooler in concept than execution.

Multi-cam shooting Roland

Have access to four iPhones or iPads? With 4XCamera Maker installed, you can turn them into a multi-camera video recording studio.

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Apple listens strategically, but acts tactically

Mac World - Fri, 2019-11-15 07:00

Apple listens.

It often seems like it doesn’t, for a couple reason. Firstly, because it usually doesn’t come right out and say “we’re listening”—at least not specifically. But more visibly, because the actions that result from that listening generally take a pretty long time to come to fruition.

The old metaphor for something that’s slow to change is "turning a battleship," but Apple is so big at this point that it’s more like turning a flotilla of aircraft carriers that have been lashed together as a floating city. In the middle of a glacier.

We’re talking slow here, people.

The 16-inch MacBook Pro released this week points to the fact that Apple can bring its ships around, eventually. And even when they do get on a new heading, it might not be exactly the one that all of its users are looking for. But there are certainly enough significant changes in this latest update to indicate that the company is looking to keep its customers, especially its most vocal ones, happy.

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Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero review: This wireless Elite Atlas is better in every way except price

PC World - Fri, 2019-11-15 06:30

Late last year Turtle Beach stunned me with the Elite Atlas. After years of frankly unimpressive budget headsets, here was a truly beautiful bit of design work—and a PC-first headset, too. It gave me hope for the brand, and some interest in what would come next.

And what came next turns out to be a wireless version, the Turtle Beach Elite Atlas Aero. It’s a mouthful of a name, sure, but can it overcome that unfortunate stumbling block and recapture the magic of its wired predecessor? I put it through its paces to find out.

Note: This review is part of our roundup of best gaming headsets. Go there for details on competing products and how we tested them. All-Elite

Despite the name, the Elite Atlas Aero isn’t quite a one-to-one reproduction of the Elite Atlas. It’s similar though, with generally the same elements as its wired compatriot—piano black earcups, minimal branding, floating headband.

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Arlo Pro 3 review: 2K video, motion tracking, and more highlight the latest Arlo security camera

PC World - Fri, 2019-11-15 06:00
The third-generation indoor/outdoor leaps forward on the shoulders of the top-of-the-line Arlo Ultra.

Eve Extend review: This simple device brings Eve’s Bluetooth smart home devices onto your Wi-Fi network

PC World - Fri, 2019-11-15 06:00
While hampered by buggy setup and a high price tag, Eve enthusiasts may find this device worth a look.

Arlo Pro 3 review: 2K video, motion tracking, and more highlight the latest Arlo security camera

Mac World - Fri, 2019-11-15 06:00
The third-generation indoor/outdoor leaps forward on the shoulders of the top-of-the-line Arlo Ultra.

Eve Extend review: This simple device brings Eve’s Bluetooth smart home devices onto your Wi-Fi network

Mac World - Fri, 2019-11-15 06:00
While hampered by buggy setup and a high price tag, Eve enthusiasts may find this device worth a look.

Why the 16-inch MacBook Pro is a repudiation of the ‘Ive Doctrine’

Mac World - Thu, 2019-11-14 18:00

It’s not the first and it won’t be the last, but Wednesday’s announcement of the 16-inch MacBook Pro is probably the clearest sign thus far that Apple has changed its priorities when it comes to the Mac.

It’s a process that’s been visible in public for a couple of years now, and it’s not quite done—but here in the latter half of 2019, we’re getting our clearest look at a company that got out of sync with some of its most important customers and has realized it needs to change some of its assumptions about product design.

Tweaking Jobs’s Law

Apple is clearly guided, at least in part, by a design philosophy that considers size and weight to be the enemy of good. I like to call this Jobs’s Law, though it could just as easily be called the Ive Doctrine: Always strive for the next version of your product to be thinner and lighter than the current one.

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Microsoft Xbox X019: Age of Empires IV, new Rare and Obsidian games, xCloud on PC, and more

PC World - Thu, 2019-11-14 16:39

Last year Microsoft resurrected its X0 fan gathering in triumphant fashion, announcing that it had acquired veteran developers InXile and Obsidian. This year, at Xbox X019, we saw the first payoff as Obsidian announced a new game and InXile pinned a release date on Wasteland 3

Finally.

That news, plus the first proper trailer for Age of Empires IV, details on Project xCloud’s forthcoming PC launch, a release date for Halo on PC, a new game from Rare, and more as we recap all the announcements at Xbox X019. Microsoft’s event has become very relevant for PC gamers.

Grounded

A survival game, eh? I didn’t expect that to be Obsidian’s first project under Microsoft’s tutelage. Actually, I assumed the Obsidian purchase wouldn’t bear fruit for another few years, and would culminate in an Outer Worlds-style RPG.

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Google is turning on RCS for all in Android Messages as everyone wonders what took so long

PC World - Thu, 2019-11-14 15:24

After years of false starts, empty promises, and a whole lot of frustration, Google has announced that it will be upgrading the stale SMS experience to RCS-powered chat. This change will bring an iPhone-like experience, with Wi-Fi support, read receipts, high-res media, and typing indicators. Google says it expects the new messaging service to be “broadly available in the U.S. by the end of year.”

So that’s that. After all this time, all Google had to do was flip a switch on their end, bypass the carriers, and give everyone what they wanted. The upgrade doesn’t seem to be tied to anything related to Android or OEMs specifically, so the question everyone should be asking is, “what the heck took so long?”

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