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Elecjet PowerPie 20000mAh review: It might be small, but it packs a punch

PC World - Mon, 2020-05-11 10:00

I’ve never used or tested any Elecjet products, but I was intrigued by the PowerPie 20000mAh battery pack’s promise to charge a Galaxy Note 10+ or S20 Ultra from zero to 70 percent in just 30 minutes.

Note: This review is part of our roundup of portable power banks. Go there for details on competing products and our testing methods.

The $60 PowerPie packs a 20,000 milliamp-hour (74Wh) battery and can charge compatible devices at up to 45W. It has only two ports—one USB-C, and one standard USB.

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The Lenovo IdeaPad Chromebook Duet is avant-garde, yet affordable

PC World - Mon, 2020-05-11 10:00

The Lenovo IdeaPad Chromebook Duet is bringing its message to the people. The message is about the versatility of a 2-in-1 Chromebook tablet with detachable keyboard, and it’s for the people because this avant-garde design is available for the affordable starting price of $279.

The price point is important. Chromebook 2-in-1s already available, such as the Google Pixel Slate and the Asus Chromebook Flip, start well north of $400. The most popular Chromebooks continue to be traditional, small clamshells costing around $200. The IdeaPad Chromebook Duet splits the difference, and that could bring in budget buyers as well as Chromebook fans looking for something different. 

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Elecjet PowerPie 20000mAh reivew: It might be small, but it packs a punch

PC World - Mon, 2020-05-11 10:00

I’ve never used or tested any Elecjet products, but I was intrigued by the PowerPie 20000mAh battery pack’s promise to charge a Galaxy Note 10+ or S20 Ultra from zero to 70 percent in just 30 minutes.

Note: This review is part of our roundup of portable power banks. Go there for details on competing products and our testing methods.

The $60 PowerPie packs a 20,000 milliamp-hour (74Wh) battery and can charge compatible devices at up to 45W. It has only two ports—one USB-C, and one standard USB.

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Wyze Band review: You get what you pay for with this fitness tracker

PC World - Mon, 2020-05-11 08:00
The Wyze Band is one of the cheapest fitness trackers you can buy but unfortunately, you're getting what you pay for.

Wyze Band review: You get what you pay for with this fitness tracker

Mac World - Mon, 2020-05-11 08:00

At first glance, it might seem like the $25 Wyze Band is superior in every way to the $100 Fitbit Inspire HR. It’s got the same fitness-tracking sensors and a similarly small body but brings a color display, two-week battery life, built-in Alexa, and of course, an extremely low price. But even though you can buy four Wyze Bands for the price of one Inspire HR, you’ll be better off paying more for a Fitbit.

Granted, Fitbit’s been in this game way longer, so it stands to reason that its products would be more polished. But even grading the Wyze Band on a curve, the Inspire HR still crushes it in every way, from fit to, well, bits. Case in point: while the Wyze Band’s full-color display is certainly prettier to look at than Fitbit’s monochrome tracker displays, it’s not nearly as responsive, whether you’re raising your wrist to see the time or swiping to see your stats.

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13-inch MacBook Pro (mid 2020) review: $1799 model delivers modest CPU and big graphics boost

PC World - Mon, 2020-05-11 07:00
Apple latest pro laptop has enough to satisfy professional users who need every ounce of speed.

13-inch MacBook Pro (mid 2020) review: $1799 model delivers modest CPU and big graphics boost

Mac World - Mon, 2020-05-11 07:00

We hoped that when the 16-inch MacBook Pro was released, an upgrade to the 13-inch MacBook Pro would shortly follow. But it didn’t. Then Apple upgraded the MacBook Air, and then we thought that surely a new 13-inch MacBook Pro was imminent.

Over a month after the MacBook Air update, the much-anticipated new 13-inch MacBook Pro finally dropped. The new models feature new CPUs, faster RAM, and new GPUs to boost its speed, and the new Magic Keyboard will bring back customers who decided to stay away from the version of the laptop with a butterfly keyboard.

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Microsoft Surface Go 2 review: A gorgeous, pricey tablet with a decent CPU

PC World - Mon, 2020-05-11 06:31

Microsoft’s Surface Go 2 delivers the performance of a tablet you’d enjoy using...a few years ago. The original Surface Go debuted in 2018 as the smallest, least expensive member of Microsoft’s tablet family. The second generation offers up to an 8th-gen Intel Core m3 under the hood, making it about as fast as the 2014 Surface Pro 3. 

That's not necessarily a bad thing. Think of the Surface Go 2 as a competent, though pricey, ultramobile tablet. It may not win over many iPad users (even though it is better in some ways), but because it's fanless and compact, business travelers may appreciate it as a secondary Windows device, especially with its LTE option. We just wouldn't recommend the $400 lowest-end version, as it has skimpy memory and storage.

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Adata SE800 Portable SSD review: IP68 rating makes it extra-tough

PC World - Mon, 2020-05-11 06:28

Most ultraportable SSDs are rugged by design, but Adata’s SE800 Potable SSD takes the cake with a real, honest-to-goodness IP68 rating. That means you can drop it in the pool or bury it in the garden without fear of damage. Why you’d want to do those things is another question. We’d recommend you simply keep it in your pocket, given that it’s cheaper and just as fast as the top-tier competition.

This review is part of our ongoing roundup of the best external drives. Go there for information on competing products and how we tested them.

Design and features

When we classify the SE800 as an ultraportable, it’s because it’s a mere 2.8 x 1.7 x 0.4 inches thick, and weighs a only 1.4 ounces. It’s the most compact we’ve seen, though none of the competition (Samsung’s T5 and T7, SanDisk’s Extreme Pro Portable, Crucial’s X8, etc.) is significantly larger. All will lay lightly in the palm of your hand or ride easily in a shirt pocket. 

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Do you use Wi-Fi Calling? Here's how to check if it’s active on your iPhone

Mac World - Mon, 2020-05-11 06:15

The Wi-Fi Calling option for iPhones is an excellent tool to improve call quality by routing your cellular call over a Wi-Fi network instead of over a mobile one. While mobile networks can be more robust than Wi-Fi plus broadband, many of us place calls inside homes and buildings, or leave in some parts of the country or parts of a municipality with marginal coverage.

However, the option is a combination of elements in iOS and a carrier’s network that have to interlink to work. As a result, you may have Wi-Fi Calling enabled in Settings > Cellular > Wi-Fi Calling and, yet, calls aren’t being made over Wi-Fi.

Readers have described this scenario: They’re near a Wi-Fi access point in their home. They have high-speed broadband service. Cellular calls are terrible in their area. They check the Wi-Fi Calling setting, and it’s enabled. When they place a call, however, it stutters or drops out.

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Sony X800H 4K UHD TV review: This 65-inch TV has a great feature set for the price

PC World - Mon, 2020-05-11 06:00
Sony's X800H offers a good image with outstanding motion compensation, though the lack of local dimming means weak blacks. But the overall experience is top-notch thanks to some sweet interface tweaks and a redesigned remote.

Best TVs: Our top picks, plus plain-language explanations of the most important specs and features

PC World - Mon, 2020-05-11 06:00
There are plenty of great smart TVs. Our guide cuts through the alphabet soup to tell everything you need to know to buy the one that's right for you.

Sony X800H 4K UHD TV review: This 65-inch TV has a great feature set for the price

Mac World - Mon, 2020-05-11 06:00
Sony's X800H offers a good image with outstanding motion compensation, though the lack of local dimming means weak blacks. But the overall experience is top-notch thanks to some sweet interface tweaks and a redesigned remote.

Best TVs: Our top picks, plus plain-language explanations of the most important specs and features

Mac World - Mon, 2020-05-11 06:00
There are plenty of great smart TVs. Our guide cuts through the alphabet soup to tell everything you need to know to buy the one that's right for you.

The incredible value of the iPhone SE in 5 simple charts

Mac World - Sat, 2020-05-09 04:00

As we made clear in our iPhone SE review, the best feature of Apple's new iPhone is the price. By essentially taking an iPhone 8 and swapping out its processor for the company's latest-and-greatest A13 Bionic, Apple is able to profitably sell a $399 phone that gives a lot of bang for the buck.

How good of a value is it, really? Perhaps a few charts will make everything more clear. By taking performance metrics and dividing it by the base starting price for every new iPhone you can buy, we are able to get a measure of performance-per-dollar.

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Square Enix’s 'Stay Home and Play' bundle gives you 54 games for under $40

PC World - Fri, 2020-05-08 14:45

Everyone’s giving away games these days and while Square Enix’s new “Stay Home and Play” bundle isn’t free, it might as well be. The breadth and scope of the deal is pretty amazing: More than 50 games for under $40. That’s less than $1 per game, for those who can’t math.

It’s the sort of anthology bundle we usually see from publishers during the Steam Summer and Winter Sale, but now available on a random weekend in May. And sure, less than $1 per game makes sense in some cases. Does anyone really want to replay the original Just Cause? Or Conflict: Desert Storm? Probably not.

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Best gaming laptops: Know what to look for and which models rate highest

PC World - Fri, 2020-05-08 12:00

The gaming laptop landscape is experiencing an earthquake-like shift. With the near-simultaneous launches of AMD’s Ryzen 4000 and Intel’s Comet Lake-H mobile CPUs, we have a real fight for the first time ever, focusing onRyzen 4000's cores vs. Comet Lake-H’s clock speeds. Meanwhile, Nvidia has unveiled a new generation of mobile graphics technologies. Check out our top picks immediately below, and keep reading to catch up on the latest news and reviews. 

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How to get free books for your Amazon Kindle

PC World - Fri, 2020-05-08 10:30

When you own an Amazon Kindle, the cost of supporting a voracious reading habit can get very steep, very quickly. A quick glance at Amazon’s list of the Best Books of the Month shows that a decent read can set you back between $13 and $15 for a Kindle edition book. Sure, Amazon offers deals on great ebooks, but waiting for a deal could take forever. Many titles can be had for two bucks or less, but it takes work to find the gems among the dross. 

What you need are some solid options for finding free, absorbing content to devour on your Kindle. We’re more than happy to point you in the right direction. (And if you need a new e-reader, find one among our reviews of the best Kindles.) Updated July 2, 2019 with additional resources

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Reading between the lines of Apple's latest releases

Mac World - Fri, 2020-05-08 07:00

Apple chooses its public actions very carefully, so often trying to suss out what it's up to is a matter of reading between the lines. Because the actions that the company doesn't take are almost as significant as the ones that it does.

While it hasn't been an uneventful spring for Apple watchers so far, it's been informative to see which products the company has been shipping, because they start to point the way towards the areas where Apple may instead be marshaling its forces ahead of some more significant moves.

With about six weeks to go before Apple kicks off its virtual Worldwide Developer Conference with its next big announcements, we've got a little bit of time before our latest crop of theories are put to the test.

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How to share downloaded apps across users on a Mac

Mac World - Fri, 2020-05-08 07:00

Apple IDs used to be two different kinds of things: one was a purchasing account, originally associated with the iTunes Music Store; the other, a sync/email account associated with MobileMe (me.com), .Mac (mac.com), and iCloud. Apple merged the two purposes, but many people possess legacy accounts they continue to use together in iOS/iPadOS and macOS in those distinct ways.

For families that share a Mac, you can leverage either Family Sharing or a purchase-based Apple ID to allow everyone to access the same apps (or a similar set) across the computer.

macOS is set up to let you create multiple accounts, and each account can be logged into one Apple ID for both iCloud sync and email and for Apple purchases or the account can use two separate accounts for iCloud and purchases.

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