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Switching from Android to iPhone made easy

Mac World - Thu, 2020-05-07 07:00

You’ve decided that it’s finally time to switch to an iPhone. Maybe it’s the value you get in the new $399 iPhone SE. Maybe you’re more concerned about privacy, or you’re tired of buying phones that only get operating system updates a year or two. Maybe you have a Mac, and want a phone that works more seamlessly with it.

Whatever the reason, we’re here to help make your transition from Android to iPhone as smooth as possible. Grab your old Android phone and your new iPhone and let’s make the switch.

Use the Move to iOS app

Apple’s got a fancy marketing page all about why you should switch from Android to iPhone. It’s more hype than advice, but the company does make another great resource for making the switch: an Android app!

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Why Microsoft needs an Xbox gaming laptop

PC World - Thu, 2020-05-07 06:30

It’s a big week for Microsoft. Yesterday, it introduced an army of enticing Surface updates. On Thursday, an Xbox event will introduce the first batch of games coming to the Xbox Series X console launching this year. But what I want is something that straddles those two worlds and solidifies Microsoft’s position as a driving force in gaming—and yes, that includes PC gaming.

I want an Xbox gaming laptop, built with the same attention to detail as the Surface lineup, but focused on highlighting the best of Microsoft’s gaming innovations and what’s possible on the PC.

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New 13-inch MacBook Pro, WWDC 2020, Apple’s financial results, and more

Mac World - Thu, 2020-05-07 06:15

Apple has a new laptop. What’s great about it? Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is coming soon. How did Apple do in its most recent financial quarter? We talk about this and more on this episode of the Macworld Podcast.

This is episode 697 with Michael Simon, Leif Johnson, and Roman Loyola.

Listen to episode 697

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Inside HDHomeRun's big bet on ATSC 3.0

PC World - Thu, 2020-05-07 06:00
ATSC 3.0 tuners for existing TVs could come sooner than you think.

Roborock S6 MaxV review: A better 'seeing' robot vacuum

PC World - Thu, 2020-05-07 06:00
Using a stereo camera and ReactiveAI, the latest Roborock can identify obstacles in its path and steer clear of them.

Acer Swift 3 Review: Ryzen 4000 delivers insane performance for the price

PC World - Thu, 2020-05-07 06:00

The latest Acer Swift 3 has a surprise for you. Concealed within its unassuming and borderline generic aluminum body is Ryzen 7 4700U, an 8-core CPU based on AMD’s new 7nm Ryzen 4000 with Radeon graphics.

As a budget box, you don’t get Symmetrical Multi Threading (AMD’s version of Hyper-Threading) but that hardly seems to matter. This $650, 14-inch, 2.6-pound laptop is so fast, it actually can compete with larger, pricier gaming and content-creation laptops in CPU tasks. Keep reading to find out more about this unlikely screamer of a PC.

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Inside HDHomeRun's big bet on ATSC 3.0

Mac World - Thu, 2020-05-07 06:00
ATSC 3.0 tuners for existing TVs could come sooner than you think.

Roborock S6 MaxV review: A better 'seeing' robot vacuum

Mac World - Thu, 2020-05-07 06:00
Using a stereo camera and ReactiveAI, the latest Roborock can identify obstacles in its path and steer clear of them.

Sonos Arc soundbar to ship on June 10, along with a third-gen Sub and the Sonos Five tabletop speaker

Mac World - Wed, 2020-05-06 16:00
This smart soundbar supports Dolby Atmos and your choice of Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant onboard.

Sonos Arc soundbar to ship on June 10, along with a third-gen Sub and the Sonos Five tabletop speaker

PC World - Wed, 2020-05-06 16:00
This smart soundbar supports Dolby Atmos and your choice of Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant onboard.

Google sets June 3 date for Android 11 ‘Beta Launch Show’ with yet-to-leak surprises

PC World - Wed, 2020-05-06 10:13

While tech companies are still experimenting with how to launch products in the age of social distancing, Google has announced that the first Android 11 public beta will arrive on June 3 in a fairly traditional way: a YouTube stream.

As uncovered by Android Police, Google has posted a video teasing the “Android Beta Launch Show,” featuring a voice-over by George Takei, best known for playing Hikaru Sulu in the original Star Trek series. While it’s not clear whether the event will be live or pre-recorded, Google is playing it up as an I/O-style gathering without the stage and the crowds.

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The $100 Ring Video Doorbell gets a feature-packed upgrade, finally

PC World - Wed, 2020-05-06 09:30
The second-generation Ring Video Doorbell boasts better video quality, privacy zones, and an additional “near” zone, all for the same $100 price as the original model.

Microsoft's Surface Go 2 debuts: An ultraportable tablet with significantly more performance

PC World - Wed, 2020-05-06 09:00

Microsoft’s Surface Go 2, announced Wednesday, offers an updated take on Microsoft’s ultralight, ultraportable Surface tablet, together with an updated processor, better display, and LTE options right out of the box.

Two years ago, Microsoft launched the original Surface Go, a small, relatively inexpensive 10-inch Surface tablet optimized for on-the-go business travelers and students alike. The Surface Go 2 squeezes a 10.5-inch display inside the same form factor, boosts the resolution to 1920x1280 and offers the choice of either an 8th-gen Core m3 chip (with 64 percent more performance) or a Pentium Gold 4425Y processor. The same 5MP user-facing camera remains, now significantly more important for work-at-home users.

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Suddenly, Microsoft's Surface cameras are a compelling feature

PC World - Wed, 2020-05-06 09:00

Virtually everyone now realizes that a good webcam matters. 

As Microsoft rolls out the spring refresh of its Surface hardware—including the Surface Book 3, Surface Go 2, and associated peripherals—you might not be aware of one particular selling point: the Surface camera. Surface user-facing cameras capture 5MP still images and 1080p video, while the vast majority of competing laptops capture 1MP images and 720p video.

That might not have mattered as recently as February, when we reviewed the Surface Pro 7 Windows tablet. But in a world suddenly aware of what a ring light is, good, well-lit video is important. Webcams have become our window to the world. Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, or WebEx are replacing restaurants, conference rooms, hotels, cafes and coffee shops as the new “places” where people connect.

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Microsoft says the Surface Book 3 will be 50 percent faster than before

PC World - Wed, 2020-05-06 09:00

Microsoft launched the Surface Book 3 on Wednesday, refreshing the powerful detachable 2-in-1 with 10th-gen Intel Core chips and the choice of either an Nvidia GTX or Nvidia Quadro RTX GPU to enable real-time ray tracing.

With the new Surface Book 3, Microsoft employed the same basic strategy it’s pursued with other Surface devices: Maintain the overall look and feel, while improving the microprocessor and GPU. The Surface Book 3 will ship in either a 13.5-inch or 15-inch configuration beginning May 21, for $1,599 and above.

Microsoft claims the Surface Book 3 will deliver 50 percent more performance than the Surface Book 2, which offered a choice of Intel’s 7th-gen and 8th-gen processors. The Surface Book 3 offers Intel’s 10th-gen Ice Lake chips and a choice of GPUs: Nvidia’s GTX 1650 (Max-Q) and GTX 1660 Ti (Max-Q), as well as its Quadro RTX 3000 (Max-Q). Maximum memory soars to 32GB, and there’s a whopping 2TB storage option for what the company is claiming is its fastest SSD ever. Microsoft’s also claiming that the Book 3 delivers up to 17.5 hours of battery life, divided between batteries in the tablet and the base.

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Microsoft launches Surface Book 3 and Surface Go 2, a new Surface Dock and Surface Headphones 2

PC World - Wed, 2020-05-06 09:00

Microsoft is launching a new generation of Surface devices that aims to offer something for everyone. Announced Wednesday, the devices include the new Surface Book 3, Surface Go 2, and Surface Dock 2. To help you stay focused, Microsoft will soon ship the Surface Earbuds, and—surprise!—the Surface Headphones 2.  

While the Surface Book 3, Surface Go 2 and Surface Dock 2 were not unexpected, the breadth of Microsoft’s Surface-related hardware comes as a bit of a shock. Virtually all of the new Surfaces can be classified as refreshes. The Surface Book 3 adds new 10th-gen Ice Lake Core processors, as well as Nvidia GTX and Quadro RTX ray-tracing GPU options. The Surface Go 2, meanwhile, boasts 8th-gen Intel Core m chips.

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The best way to video chat with mom on Mother’s Day

Mac World - Wed, 2020-05-06 07:00

If you’re thinking about a virtual visit with mom on Mother’s Day (May 10th in the U.S., if it’s not on your calendar), you should start preparing now to avoid the pitfalls of last-minute technology choices and glitches. Group FaceTime might seem like the obvious answer for an Apple-centric family—whether that’s just you and your mom (or moms), or you, mom, and several members of your family.

But Group FaceTime’s hardware limitations, interface choices, and poor performance put it third in my list of recommended services. It can be fine one on one, and I explain more below. But for more than two people, it’s a mystifying experience.

The top ways to video chat with one or more mothers, stepmoms, grandmoms, and mothers-of-your-grandchildren in your life are Zoom, Skype, and FaceTime, in that order.

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13-inch MacBook Pro vs MacBook Air: Buy this or buy that?

PC World - Wed, 2020-05-06 06:15
Now that Apple has updated its entire lineup of notebooks for 2020, let’s that a look at the specs and break down which one you should buy.

13-inch MacBook Pro vs MacBook Air: Buy this or buy that?

Mac World - Wed, 2020-05-06 06:15

If you’ve been itching to buy a new MacBook, the time has arrived. Over the past six months, every laptop Apple makes has gotten a significant upgrade, so barring a spec bump in the fall, Apple’s lineup for the rest of 2020 is set with three models: the MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and 16-inch MacBook Pro.

But even with just three models, deciding which laptop to buy isn’t so easy. While we assume 16-inch MacBook Pro buyers know who they are, the difference between the 13-inch MacBook Pro and MacBook Air isn’t as great as you might think. I've taken a deep dive into the specs of both devices and came to a startling conclusion: Even if you have enough money to afford the 13-inch MacBook Pro, you might want to get a MacBook Air instead.

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Tips and best practices for optimizing your smart home

PC World - Wed, 2020-05-06 06:00
Looking to build out a smart home? These 12 key pieces of advice will turn you into a master.

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