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Gee, the cost of all these streaming services sure adds up!

Mac World - Thu, 2019-10-03 06:00
How to cut the cord and get everything—and I mean everything—you could possibly want.

Braumm S111 smart switch review: This generic switch won’t break the bank

Mac World - Thu, 2019-10-03 06:00
Like Braumm's Wi-Fi smart plug, there's absolutely nothing sophisticated about the Braumm S111 in-wall smart switch, but it is supremely inexpensive.

iOS 13 and iPadOS 13: How to use Markup on your screen captures and photos

Mac World - Thu, 2019-10-03 06:00

Markup is a hidden powerhouse in iOS and iPadOS. First introduced in iOS 10, the image-annotation tool has added more features and improved its interface. In the latest operating system releases, Markup has had its appearance redesigned and a new we-page capture option added. Using all the options may not be obvious at first glance.

If you want to add a caption to a photo (including speech bubbles), highlight a detail, point at something in an illustration, or add callouts in a screen capture, Markup provides minimal but able tools tailored for quick application and modification.

How to invoke Markup

Whenever you take a screen capture, the OS puts a tiny preview in the lower-left hand corner of the screen as an overlay on your current app for a few seconds. Tap that and you’re brought right into the Markup environment.

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Gee, the cost of all these streaming services sure adds up!

PC World - Thu, 2019-10-03 06:00
How to cut the cord and get everything—and I mean everything—you could possibly want.

Braumm S111 smart switch review: This generic switch won’t break the bank

PC World - Thu, 2019-10-03 06:00
Like Braumm's Wi-Fi smart plug, there's absolutely nothing sophisticated about the Braumm S111 in-wall smart switch, but it is supremely inexpensive.

Hands on with the Microsoft Surface Laptop 3: Gorgeous reworking, inside and out

PC World - Thu, 2019-10-03 05:57

Even before you can start talking about the new 15-inch Surface Laptop 3, or AMD’s custom Ryzen inside of it, you simply have to admit: Microsoft’s new all-metal Surface Laptop 3's are gorgeous. 

Full disclosure: I’m typing this on a Microsoft Surface Book 2, so there’s some justification for my love of shiny metal. And that’s where the Surface Laptop 3 starts: with metal options in Sandstone, plus Matte Black, Cobalt Blue and the traditional Platinum. Yes, the Alcantara fabric is still an option, but if you want a Surface Book-like option without the price, Microsoft has you covered.

Mark Hachman / IDG

The new 15-inch and the existing 13-inch form factors of the Surface Laptop 3, in metal and the traditional Alcantara fabric.

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Hands on with Microsoft Surface Pro X, a bold new direction for Surface

PC World - Wed, 2019-10-02 17:58

Microsoft’s Surface Pro X adds a formerly missing piece to the Surface lineup: an always-on, always-connected device that enables productivity wherever you go. 

What it changes on the inside—especially the custom Snapdragon 8cx-based processor that Microsoft co-designed with Qualcomm—is reflected by dramatic changes on the outside: a pair of USB-C ports, a rechargeable pen tray...and the unfortunate removal of the headphone jack, USB-A, and the microSD slot. There’s also a SIM slot for connectivity, though it’s well hidden.

The 14-inch Surface Pro X tablet will ship on November 5 for $999 to $1,799. That base price is a few hundred more than the cheapest $799 configuration of the Intel-based Surface Pro 7. As shown below, users will get to select from various memory and storage options, as well as consumer and business versions. A new Surface Slim Pen and Surface Pro X Signature Keyboard are also specific to the platform. Both the Slim Pen and keyboard appear to be sold separately, though we don’t have prices for either.

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PCWorld's October Digital Magazine: Android 10

PC World - Wed, 2019-10-02 16:42

Stay on top of the latest tech with PCWorld’s Digital Magazine. Available as single copies or as a monthly subscription, it highlights the best content from PCWorld.com—the most important news, the key product reviews, and the most useful features and how-to stories—in a curated Digital Magazine for Android and iOS, as well for the desktop and other tablet readers.

In the October issue

In the October issue we rundown the best new features in Android 10. If you’re considering a new 10th-gen Intel CPU, you’ll want to read our buyers’ guide. Plus, we break down the difference between Reference and Custom graphics cards.

Other highlights include:

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What we know about the custom Ryzen Surface Edition processor in the Surface Laptop 3

PC World - Wed, 2019-10-02 16:17

When Microsoft announced that a custom Ryzen Surface Edition processor with Radeon Vega graphics would be the basis of its new 15-inch Surface Laptop 3, AMD’s low-key presence in laptops got a ginormous boost.

The design win was revealed on Wednesday at Microsoft's Surface event in New York. Specifically, the new 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 will offer Ryzen for its consumer version. But fear not, Intel shareholders: A corporate version will offer Intel CPUs, and the new 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 3 sticks with Team Blue as well.

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Report: Icon found in iOS 13.2 beta hints at newly-designed AirPods

Mac World - Wed, 2019-10-02 15:30

We’ve heard whispers of new AirPods for what seems like ages now. Yes, Apple released new second-generation AirPods with longer battery life and hands-free “Hey, Siri” support, but those are not the “AirPods 2” that are so often the subject of rumors and speculation. Those are, as the name makes clear, simply a new update to AirPods meant to replace the existing model.

The eagle-eyed reporters at sites like MacRumors and 9to5Mac have noticed that the just-released iOS 13.2 developer beta contains within its code a totally new AirPods icon. The icon is in the Accessibility Settings folder and contains a reference to the product’s code name: B298. 9to5Mac claims that other code shows that these new AirPods will have different listening modes, including a noise-cancelling feature called “focus mode.”

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The Full Nerd ep. 109: Radeon RX 5700 XT face-off, RIS on Vega, ray tracing vs. high refresh rates

PC World - Wed, 2019-10-02 14:15

In this episode of The Full Nerd, Gordon Mah UngBrad Chacos, and Adam Patrick Murray dive deep into cutting-edge graphics card technologies.

Brad kicks things off by recapping his recent reviews of enthusiast-class custom Radeon RX 5700 XT graphics cards. The XFX Thicc II Ultra has generated some controversy recently, but we gave it a decent score, so Brad and Gordon also spend some time explaining why different reviewers can give the same hardware such vastly opposing verdicts. The Sapphire Nitro+, on the other hand, is virtually perfect and punches far above its weight class thanks to Sapphire’s awesome Trixx Boost feature. Brad gushes about it and explains how to create slightly downscaled monitor resolutions of your own if you don’t have a Sapphire-brand graphics card.

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iOS 13.2: Deep Fusion enters beta (get your sweaters ready!)

Mac World - Wed, 2019-10-02 13:18

After an awkward iOS 13 and 13.1 release schedule, punctuated by two rapid-fire bugfix releases (iOS 13.1.1 and 13.1.2), Apple is ready to move on to iOS 13.2. 

The big new feature in 13.2 is the “Deep Fusion” computational photography upgrade for the camera in the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro. During its big September event to debut the phones, Apple promised this update is coming “this fall” and showed off its prowess in mid-to-low light with what can only be described as a “hipster in a Cosby sweater.”

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Microsoft shocks the world with the Surface Duo, a foldable dual-screen Android phone

PC World - Wed, 2019-10-02 12:58

Microsoft’s Surface Duo shocked the tech world this morning. Everything else the company revealed at its event Wednesday in New York was foretold in leaks over the last few days, but not this dual-screen smartphone, the company’s first foray into mobile since the long, agonizing death of Windows Phone. This time, however, Microsoft is partnering with Google to run the phone on a special version of Android, guaranteeing no app gap. 

The Android world already has Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, and the Surface Duo works similarly, opening like a book. Microsoft’s version reveals not a bendable OLED display, however, but rather two 5.6-inch displays mounted side by side. Like its newborn cousin the Surface Neo, there’s a very visible hinge in the middle of the Surface Duo. Considering the torrent of troubles Samsung’s had with its Galaxy Fold screen, that’s probably the wisest choice. The use of two discrete displays also allows the device to be used in “adaptable postures” depending on the situation.

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Microsoft's Surface Neo is a folding PC with Windows 10X and a 2020 ship date

PC World - Wed, 2019-10-02 12:25

With Microsoft’s Surface Neo, the company looks ahead to a future that’s foldable. At its Surface event in New York on Wednesday, Microsoft unveiled a prototype Surface Neo that will feature a next-gen Lakefield CPU, the thinnest LCD ever made, and a new vision for mobile productivity. It won't actually ship until late next year, but what Microsoft showed gives all the other companies trying folding devices a lot to think about. 

The Surface Neo features two opposing screens that fold on a geared 360-degree hinge. That hinge allows the Neo to be used as a large tablet, as a book-shaped reader, or as a small tablet when the screens are folded back-to-back.

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Microsoft's Surface Neo is the folding PC of the future, with Windows 10X and a 2020 ship date

PC World - Wed, 2019-10-02 12:25

With Microsoft’s Surface Neo, the company looks ahead to a future that’s foldable. At its Surface event in New York on Wednesday, Microsoft unveiled a prototype Surface Neo that will feature a next-gen Lakefield CPU, the thinnest LCD ever made, and a new vision for mobile productivity. It won't actually ship until late next year, but what Microsoft showed gives all the other companies trying folding devices a lot to think about. 

The Surface Neo features two opposing screens that fold on a geared 360-degree hinge. That hinge allows the Neo to be used as a large tablet, as a book-shaped reader, or as a small tablet when the screens are folded back-to-back.

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Microsoft's Surface Pro X is thin, light, and supercharged with a custom SQ1 ARM chip

PC World - Wed, 2019-10-02 12:02

Microsoft’s Surface Pro X is setting a new bar for Microsoft’s most compact 2-in-1, rocking a designer SQ1 chip that just may help you forget the disappointing ARM-based Surfaces of the past. 

Those Surfaces of yore had ARM chips that could run only Windows RT, a cut-down version of the OS. But Qualcomm’s been busy working on ARM chips that can drive full PCs. In late 2018, Qualcomm showed its most powerful chip, the 8cx, running full-fat Windows 10 Pro. It’s likely that Microsoft’s SQ1 chip in the Surface Pro X is running a variant of the 8cx (Microsoft didn’t say). Benchmarks will tell all, of course, but it’s likely this will not be a repeat of past ARM disappointments.  

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Microsoft reveals Windows 10X, a 'new expression' designed for dual-screen devices

PC World - Wed, 2019-10-02 11:53

Nearly a decade after the fabled Microsoft Courier was strangled in its crib, PC makers desperately want dual-screen hardware to become a thing. Lenovo’s Yoga Book dropped all the way back in 2016, while Asus, HP, and even Intel itself have all teased dual-display devices of their own in recent months. Now all that hardware is getting some much-needed software backup: At its Surface event on Wednesday, Microsoft revealed Windows 10X (ten ten?), a version of the popular operating system designed specifically for Windows devices with multiple displays, and championed by a dual-screen Surface Neo.

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Microsoft's Surface Earbuds put a $249 trackpad in your ears for controlling Office apps

PC World - Wed, 2019-10-02 11:17

In our age of diminishing headphone jacks, everyone needs a set of true wireless earbuds. So it’s only natural that Microsoft released a pair alongside its new lineup of Surface products at its New York event Wednesday. Named Surface Earbuds, they’re designed to work closely with both Spotify and…wait for it… Microsoft Office.

AirPods knockoffs these ain’t. Where Apple’s wireless earbuds are small and primarily designed to play music, Microsoft’s Surface Earbuds are bulbous circles that look very noticeable when in one’s ears. That’s because the surface of the earbuds are small trackpads that you can swipe to change music tracks or advance slides when giving a PowerPoint presentation.

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Microsoft's Surface Earbuds put a $249 trackpad in your ears for controlling Office apps

Mac World - Wed, 2019-10-02 11:17

In our age of diminishing headphone jacks, everyone needs a set of true wireless earbuds. So it’s only natural that Microsoft released a pair alongside its new lineup of Surface products at its New York event Wednesday. Named Surface Earbuds, they’re designed to work closely with both Spotify and…wait for it… Microsoft Office.

AirPods knockoffs these ain’t. Where Apple’s wireless earbuds are small and primarily designed to play music, Microsoft’s Surface Earbuds are bulbous circles that look very noticeable when in one’s ears. That’s because the surface of the earbuds are small trackpads that you can swipe to change music tracks or advance slides when giving a PowerPoint presentation.

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MIcrosoft Surface Laptop: Now with a special edition AMD Ryzen chip

PC World - Wed, 2019-10-02 11:09

Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled two new Surface Laptops promising performance three times that of a MacBook Air, as well as one model with “AMD’s most powerful mobile processor.” That model represents the first time Microsoft has put an AMD processor in a Surface device.

The 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 3 looks to be mostly an update to the existing Surface Laptop. The key difference is a long overdue CPU jump from the current 8th gen quad-core Kaby Lake R-based Intel CPU to Intel’s newest 10th-gen 10nm Ice Lake CPU.

Microsoft didn’t detail which 10th gen Ice Lake chip it used, but it’s likely the top-end quad-core chip, as the company said it offers a 2x performance over the Surface Laptop 2, which is built on a quad-core 8th gen Kaby Lake R chip from Intel.

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