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Leaked: Windows 10X will be Microsoft’s OS for dual displays

PC World - Tue, 2019-10-01 13:30

Windows 10X will be Microsoft’s new operating system for dual-display laptops, according to information procured by veteran (and usually reliable) leaker Evan Blass. Microsoft is holding an event in New York City on Wednesday, October 2, where Windows 10X is expected to be shown along with a raft of new Surface hardware, leaked by Blass on Monday.

Blass tweeted the leak with a few tantalizing details: “Not pictured here: dual-screen Surface powered by a new version of the platform, Windows 10X— designed for dual- and folding-screen devices—which runs desktop applications in containers.”

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Best smart bulbs for your connected home

PC World - Tue, 2019-10-01 07:37
Today’s smart bulbs are brighter and easier to control than ever, but choosing the right one for your environment remains a challenge.

Best smart bulbs for your connected home

Mac World - Tue, 2019-10-01 07:37
Today’s smart bulbs are brighter and easier to control than ever, but choosing the right one for your environment remains a challenge.

Kami Indoor Camera review: An affordable, AI-enabled security solution

PC World - Tue, 2019-10-01 07:30
Packed with features like motion tracking and intelligent activity detection, this home security camera makes advanced features available to folks with modest budgets.

Kami Indoor Camera review: An affordable, AI-enabled security solution

Mac World - Tue, 2019-10-01 07:30
Packed with features like motion tracking and intelligent activity detection, this home security camera makes advanced features available to folks with modest budgets.

Beauty marks: The iPhone 11 camera bump

Mac World - Tue, 2019-10-01 07:00

Surely you know the story of the ugly duckling. If you don’t, it goes a little like this: pundits had not yet seen the duckling but they spent months telling everyone that it most assuredly was going to be a very ugly duckling. And then, when it was revealed on September 10th, it turned out it wasn’t a duckling at all! It was a smartphone with a really good camera.

The Macalope’s pretty sure he’s got that right.

If you will recall (or even if you refuse, really), Gordon Kelly of the Forbes contributor network and Institute for the Advancement of Screaming at Pigeons in the Park spent the better part of the spring and summer bemoaning how the iPhone 11 was going to be $10,000 of ugly in a device as low $399 with a qualifying trade-in. Why? Because of the camera bump.

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Kaspersky Security Cloud 2020 review: Good value for multi-device families

PC World - Tue, 2019-10-01 06:30

Kaspersky is back for 2020 with its new service, Kaspersky Security Cloud. The updated offering is billed as a new “adaptive security” suite that is supposed to act like a personalized multi-device umbrella across all your devices. In our experience, it added a few new tools for the PC but is essentially an upgraded versions of the same multi-device products we’ve seen from Kaspersky for some time.

Note: This review is part of our best antivirus roundup. Go there for details about competing products and how we tested them.

There’s no denying Kaspersky Security Cloud is a good deal for families. Kaspersky Security Cloud works on Windows, MacOS, Android, and iOS and comes in two flavors: Personal for up to five devices for $100 per year (there’s also a $90 three-device subscription), or Family for $150 per year covering 20 devices. The latter is tremendous considering most mainstream suites charge $100 to cover 10 devices. For an extra $50 you can double that. The Personal plans are still a little on the high side compared to the competition.

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Postbox 7 review: A clean, full-featured alternative to Apple Mail for the Mac

Mac World - Tue, 2019-10-01 06:00

Many of us spend more time every day in our email client than in any other piece of software. If you’re in sales, marketing, design, HR, PR, or other professional fields with an “R” in the name, you may have to compose and reply to hundreds of messages a day, customizing many to each recipient and creating attractive or well-formatted messages for mass distribution. Postbox 7 is tailored for people who swim in email and deal with customers, clients, and leads.

That’s not to say there’s not a lot for the rest of us. Even as a writer, I also often handle hundreds of emails a day, and Postbox meets my needs as an advanced alternative to Apple Mail, but one that hides its power through solid, attractive interface design. Postbox looks mild-mannered, but there’s a Supermail waiting to break out as you need it.

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Leaks reveal Surface Pro 7, Surface Laptop 3, and Surface on ARM images before Microsoft event

PC World - Mon, 2019-09-30 23:31

More details about Microsoft’s upcoming Surface announcements have leaked out, revealing images of what apparently are the Surface Pro 7, Surface Laptop 3, and an ARM-based Surface, with perhaps more to come.

Evan Blass, whose Twitter handle is @evleaks, published what appear to be marketing materials for the upcoming Surface devices, scheduled to be unveiled at a Microsoft event on Wednesday. The published photos generally line up with what was expected, including two different sizes of the Surface Laptop 3. A Microsoft representative did not immediately respond when asked for comment.

There could be a surprise, too: a dual-screen Surface, Blass tweeted. (Though I follow Blass on Twitter and can see the images he posted, his tweets are protected—meaning that they can’t be linked to directly.) 

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Microsoft adds OneDrive Personal Vault to secure your critical files and increases storage options

PC World - Mon, 2019-09-30 17:32

Note: This story was originally published on June 25, 2019. Microsoft said today that OneDrive Personal Vault is open to everyone. 

Microsoft said Tuesday that OneDrive subscribers will receive a new OneDrive Personal Vault option that adds increased security to their online files, as well as additional storage tiers for existing subscribers.

Personal Vault is designed for files you really hold dear: tax information, scanned passports, that sort of thing. OneDrive Personal Vault will debut overseas, specifically Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, and will be available worldwide by the end of the year. OneDrive Personal Vault will offer the same features for free-tier and Office 365 subscribers, save one: O365 users can allocate as much space as they want to the Personal Vault, while those who use the free or the 100GB paid tier of OneDrive will be able to add a “limited number of files” to the Personal Vault.

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AMD adds Radeon Image Sharpening to Vega GPUs and Radeon VII after backlash

PC World - Mon, 2019-09-30 16:42

AMD released a driver update on Monday that added Radeon Image Sharpening support to its Radeon Vega-based graphics cards, including the Radeon VII. Doing so effectively ended a minor kerfuffle surrounding the new and awesome technology.

Radeon Image Sharpening debuted in AMD’s excellent Radeon RX 5700 series graphics cards in July. Here’s how we described it then: “Radeon Image Sharpening uses algorithms to intelligently sharpen only the areas that need it, reducing the blurriness that can pop up when you activate various anti-aliasing methods or run games at a lower resolution than your display’s maximum. Better yet, it does so with next to no performance impact.”  

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AMD bundles Ryzen, Radeon with Borderlands 3, The Outer Worlds, and Ghost Recon Breakpoint

PC World - Mon, 2019-09-30 14:14

AMD is offering free games to sweeten its already-kick-ass GPU and CPU offerings. Called the “Radeon Raise the Game” and “Ryzen Equipped to Win” bundles, they offer a mixture of Borderlands 3, The Outer Worlds, and Ghost Recon Breakpoint.

If you were already a fan of the new Ryzen 3000-series processors, the new Radeon RX 5700 series (especially for 1440p gaming), or the older Radeon RX 500-series graphics cards that remain top picks for 1080p gaming for under $200, this is a great day. And this is on top of AMD's existing offer of three free months of Microsoft’s killer Xbox Game Pass for PC.

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Apple releases bugfix updates iOS 13.1.2 and iPadOS 13.1.2

Mac World - Mon, 2019-09-30 13:51

After each major fall iOS release, Apple invariably follows up with a series of really small releases that don’t add any features, they just fix some bugs. Despite public beta tests that last for months, some problems simply aren’t found until the new release is running on hundreds of millions of devices (or they simply couldn’t get fixed in time).

The latest such release is iOS 13.1.2, which includes the following fixes:

  • Fixes a bug where the progress bar for iCloud Backup could continue to show after a successful backup.
  • Fixes an issue where Camera may not work.
  • Addresses an issue where the flashlight may not activate.
  • Fixes a bug that could result in a loss of display calibration data.
  • Fixes an issue where shortcuts could not be run from HomePod.
  • Addresses an issue where Bluetooth may disconnect on certain vehicles.

In addition to the iOS update for iPhones, Apple has released iPadOS 13.1.2, which has separate release notes:

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AMD drops a 12-core Ryzen 9 Pro 3900 chip among other business-focused CPUs

PC World - Mon, 2019-09-30 13:35

Did AMD just drop a 12-core Ryzen CPU? It did, announcing on Monday morning its new line of 7nm Ryzen 3000 CPUs using Zen 2 cores.

The highlight is the Ryzen 9 Pro 3900, which packs 12 of the company's Zen 2 cores and features a boost clock of 4.1GHz and a base clock of 3.1GHz. That's about 500MHz lower than the boost clock of the company's Ryzen 9 3900X, as well as 700MHz lower on the base clock. The difference is understandable, however, given the CPU's much lower 65-watt TDP rating.

The Ryzen 7 Pro 3700 is in the middle with 8 cores, 16 threads, and a boost clock of 4.4GHz and base clock of 3.6GHz. The last Zen 2-based CPU is the Ryzen 5 3600, with 6 cores, 12 threads, a 4.2GHz boost clock, and a 3.6GHz base clock. Both are also 65-watt TDP CPUs.

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Spotify is beta-testing Siri support for iOS 13

Mac World - Mon, 2019-09-30 13:16

Shortly after iOS 13 was announced at WWDC this summer, we wrote about how it would finally make true one of our greatest wishes: the ability to use Siri with third-party audio apps

Siri’s new Media Intents in iOS 13 allow apps like Spotify, Overcast, Audible, Pandora, and others to operate with Siri. It’s not quite the same as the support for Apple Music or Apple Podcasts—those play when you don’t specify an app, while third-party apps require to name them by saying “on Spotify” or “on Audible”—but it’s the next best thing. Of course, these apps need to be updated to support the new Siri frameworks.

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BitLocker, Windows' built-in encryption tool, no longer trusts your SSD's hardware protection

PC World - Mon, 2019-09-30 12:02

To paraphrase Fox Mulder, trust no self-encrypting SSD. As of the latest Windows 10 update, Microsoft’s BitLocker encryption tool that’s built into Pro and Enterprise versions will no longer assume that self-encrypting SSDs are, you know, actually securing their data. After researchers demonstrated last year that flaws in many self-encrypting SSDs could let baddies bypass that encryption thanks to a mixture of poor security implementations and secret Master Passwords set by the SSD manufacturers, Microsoft has closed that potential loophole by having BitLocker not trust hardware-based encryption by default. 

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Hands-on with HP’s new Spectre x360 13: Shrunk down and supercharged with Ice Lake

PC World - Mon, 2019-09-30 09:00

More of a refinement than last year’s full-on revamp, the latest HP Spectre x360 shaves off nearly an inch of depth, crams a tiny IR camera into its super-slim display bezel, and boasts crazy battery life. Oh, and Ice Lake!

Set for release in October, the new HP Spectre x360 13 features the same classy gem-cut design as its predecessor, although a ruler will tell you that it’s nearly an inch (or 23mm, to be precise) less deep.

That’s a neat trick given what’s inside: Intel’s 10th-generation Ice Lake CPU, including your choice of either quad-core i5 ($1,100) and i7 ($1,300 and up) configurations, complete with Iris Plus integrated graphics on the Core i7 models. Sweetening the deal is up to 22 hours of battery life, depending on the panel you pick.

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Giveaway: Win a brand-new iPhone 11 Pro Max and a copy of AnyTrans

PC World - Mon, 2019-09-30 09:00
One lucky Macworld reader will win a free 64GB space gray iPhone 11 Pro Max and a lifetime license of AnyTrans.

Giveaway: Win a brand-new iPhone 11 Pro Max and a copy of AnyTrans

Mac World - Mon, 2019-09-30 09:00

Want an iPhone 11 Pro Max? Starting today, we’re teaming up with AnyTrans—the iPhone manager that helps users transfer, manage, and back up their iPhone content from one place—to give away a free 64GB space gray iPhone 11 Pro Max to one lucky Macworld reader, along with a lifetime license of AnyTrans.

To sign up to win, simply enter your name and contact information through the form below. You can get additional chances to win if you follow us on Twitter, YouTube, or Facebook, and you’ll also get two additional chances to win if you retweet this tweet.

For loyal Macworld podcast listeners, we’ve got a special treat that you’ll see in the widget below. Answer the question, and you’ll get an extra chance at winning.

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How to convert a case-sensitive Mac HFS+ partition into a case-insensitive one

Mac World - Mon, 2019-09-30 08:00

Apple has long offered two versions of the same HFS+ partition formatting scheme used to create a filesystem for a Mac-mountable volume: “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” and “Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, Journaled)”. With the addition of APFS formatting, that flavor is also available in case sensitive and insensitive versions. What a difference that “case-sensitive” makes!

Case-sensitive filesystems can allow multiple files to have the same human-readable name using different capitalization. Blue dolphin.pdf and blue dolphin.pdf and bLuE dOlPhIn.PDF are all considered different items to a case-sensitive filesystem. With the opposite, a case-insensitive filesystem, the default option for macOS in HFS+ and APFS, those files can’t co-exist: They’re all effectively the same name with a different appearance.

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