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Epic's own library update finally adds a List view for your game collection

PC World - Thu, 2019-09-19 10:30

I'm currently obsessing over the Steam Library Update, meticulously reorganizing my library in a hundred different ways. But while I was otherwise occupied, the Epic Games Store finally released an interface update as well. It's way less intricate than Valve's, but given the Epic Games Store's only display option up to now was "An interminable catalog of oversized tiles," the bar was pretty much on the ground.

As such, Epic's big development of the week is the addition of a condensed list view. At last! There are a few new sorting options to play with as well. You can now display your library in either "Alphabetical" or "Recent" order, and also condense the list by only showing currently installed games—along with their install sizes in some cases, though I'm still amazed Epic doesn't show those numbers for every game, nor are they displayed before installation.

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Best media streaming devices

PC World - Thu, 2019-09-19 09:00
Roku Streaming Stick vs. Amazon Fire Stick vs. Chromecast vs. Apple TV, and more. Which streaming device is best for cord cutters? Our buying guide will help you pick the right accessories for your TV.

Best media streaming devices

Mac World - Thu, 2019-09-19 09:00
Roku Streaming Stick vs. Amazon Fire Stick vs. Chromecast vs. Apple TV, and more. Which streaming device is best for cord cutters? Our buying guide will help you pick the right accessories for your TV.

Samsung's ultra-fast new PCIe 4.0 SSDs 'never die'

PC World - Thu, 2019-09-19 08:00

Samsung said new software for its latest PCIe 4.0 SSDs make them so reliable, they can essentially “never die.”

Three new software features were announced in total, with two tied to data integrity: a virtualization technology dubbed “V-NAND machine learning technology” to verify data, and “fail-in-place.” Officials said FIP allows an SSD continue running normally even during chip-level failures.

Fail-in-place can detect a failed or failing NAND chip, check for damaged data, and then move that data to undamaged parts of the drive. Samsung cited its 30.72TB PM1733 SSD, which contains 512 NAND chips inside. If any of those 512 chips failed, lit would continue to roll along.

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Apple Watch Series 3 vs Fitbit Versa 2: Even a two-year-old Apple Watch is hard to beat

PC World - Thu, 2019-09-19 08:00
We pit the newest Fitbit smartwatch against a two-year-old Apple Watch, and the results are surprising.

Apple Watch Series 3 vs Fitbit Versa 2: Even a two-year-old Apple Watch is hard to beat

Mac World - Thu, 2019-09-19 08:00

The Fitbit Versa 2 was announced only a month ago and already its biggest competitor is trying to take it down. Alongside the Apple Watch Series 5, Apple cut the price of the Series 3 to $199, a near-30 percent drop over the prior year’s price. But more importantly, it means you can buy an Apple Watch for the same price as Fitbit’s latest smartwatch—99 cents less if you’re being technical.

Of course, there’s one big difference between the two wearables: one’s two years old. Even though Apple Watch Series 3 can be updated to the newest version of watchOS (minus a couple watch faces), the fact remains that it was made in 2017. So, is an old Apple Watch worth as much as a brand-new Fitbit?

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Hands on with iPhone 11 Night Mode

Mac World - Thu, 2019-09-19 07:00

Last year Google introduced Night Sight, a mindblowing combination of camera hardware and intelligent image-processing software that allows photos taken in darkness to have amazing detail and color. Plenty of us wished Apple would respond right away with a feature of its own, but the company took its time and has only now replied to Google with Night Mode on the iPhone 11.

I took an iPhone 11 Pro and an iPhone XS out into the dark streets of my hometown to see how Night Mode fares, since the lobby of the Steve Jobs Theater was too well lit to get a proper demo last week. The results were impressive. Night Mode seems to have been worth the wait.

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Android 10: Ten essential tips for overlooked features

PC World - Thu, 2019-09-19 06:30

Android 10, previously known as Android Q, has finally started rolling out after months of beta testing. The Android of today is much more feature-rich than it was in the past, and that means some genuinely useful features could escape your notice. No one wants that, so here are 10 tips to get the most out of the latest version of Android.

Use the new gesture navigation like a pro

Google has a new gesture navigation system in Android 10, and it can be much better than the 2-button gesture setup from Android Pie, as long as you know how to use it. As this is a full gesture setup similar to the iPhone, some of the intricacies are unclear.

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Review: Lenovo ThinkBook 13s pairs solid business features with consumer-friendly touches

PC World - Thu, 2019-09-19 06:00

Lenovo’s ThinkBook 13s is a deliberately intriguing combination of a business notebook with consumer flourishes, aimed at the vaguely-defined space between a home business and a more traditional consumer PC. It largely succeeds.

The ThinkBook 13s (also known as the ThinkBook 13s-IWL) sacrifices just a bit on the performance front for including an 8th-gen Whiskey Lake processor, but places it inside a sturdy chassis with a very good keyboard on top. It includes a combination of legacy USB-A and forward-looking USB-C ports, an excellent audio system, with decent battery life. And at a price hovering between $700 to $800, you’re left with a pretty solid midrange laptop for general use.

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iOS 13: The first 6 things to do after you upgrade

Mac World - Thu, 2019-09-19 06:00

If you’ve got an iPhone, September 19 is a big day. It marks the release of iOS 13, which brings with it a host of new features, improvements, and app updates. You’ll be discovering new features for weeks to come, but these are ones you'll want to try out first.

First, should you even update?

There’s a good chance you’re reading this before downloading the iOS 13 update, trying to figure out if it’s worth getting now or waiting for a bit.

There are always a few bugs here and there in new iOS releases, and they get ironed out in subsequent updates. For most users, the new features usually outweigh their inconvenience. And it could be weeks before a major revision...nobody wants to wait that long, right?

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iOS 13 resource hub: FAQs, tips, guides, and more

Mac World - Thu, 2019-09-19 03:01

iOS 13 is a huge release full of new features and major app updates. It’s made only bigger by its association with the launch of two new Apple subscription services: Apple Arcade and Apple TV+.

When you finally update your iPhone or iPad, you may be overwhelmed. Don’t know where to begin? Let this serve as your iOS 13 (and iPadOS 13) hub. You’ll find up-to-date links to all our related FAQs, guides, tips, and how-tos. 

FAQs

iOS 13 FAQ—Everything you need to know about the major features of iOS 13, when it is being released, and how to install it.

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