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Want to listen to Spotify remotely with your friends? There’s an app for that

Mac World - 16 hours 51 min ago
Just like the late Turntable.fm app, JQBX lets you create remote listening rooms for your friends. You will, however, need a Spotify Premium account to indulge.

iPadOS 14 wishlist: Smarter multitasking, portrait split screen, a $#!% calculator, and more

Mac World - 16 hours 51 min ago

We don’t quite know what it’s going to look like yet, but in less than a month, WWDC 2020 will give us our first look at the next generation of Apple’s operating systems. And this year, all eyes will be on iPadOS. After splitting off from iOS last year to give the iPad more room to breathe, Apple’s tablet is on the verge of busting out with its new trackpad support and "reimagined" cursor. Here's what we hope iPadOS 14 brings to take things to the next level.

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Want to listen to Spotify remotely with your friends? There’s an app for that

PC World - 16 hours 51 min ago
Just like the late Turntable.fm app, JQBX lets you create remote listening rooms for your friends. You will, however, need a Spotify Premium account to indulge.

The problem with Apple Mail’s junk filtering

Mac World - 17 hours 36 min ago

Spam remains a problem decades after its unfortunate debut on the internet. Spam, loosely defined, is any message you don’t want to receive of a commercial or misleading nature. Millions of person-hours have been spent to try to identify automatically and correctly unsolicited commercial email (UCE), phishing email, and other malicious or offensive messages. No one has fully succeeded.

Apple’s iCloud mail hosting and Mail apps for iOS, iPadOS, and macOS try to provide an interconnected set of tools to block or mark spam. Apple employs many techniques to identify and block messages that we never see. A ne’er-do-well sending a billion identical emails to iCloud users will likely see all billion blocked.

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iPhone SE vs Android’s best: A $399 iPhone stands up to $3,000 in Android phones

Mac World - Sat, 2020-05-23 08:07

When comparing phones, you generally want them to be in the same league. These days that might mean there’s a few hundred dollars separating the models—like the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, or the Galaxy S20+ and the OnePlus 8 Pro—but it's basically a waste of time to pit the $1,400 Galaxy S20 Ultra against the $400 Galaxy A51.

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iPhone SE vs Android’s best: A $399 iPhone stands up to $3,000 in Android phones

PC World - Sat, 2020-05-23 08:07

When comparing phones, you generally want them to be in the same league. These days that might mean there’s a few hundred dollars separating the models—like the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, or the Galaxy S20+ and the OnePlus 8 Pro—but it's basically a waste of time to pit the $1,400 Galaxy S20 Ultra against the $400 Galaxy A51.

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McAfee Total Protection review: A good antivirus solution with room for improvement

PC World - Fri, 2020-05-22 12:00

McAfee is a longtime name in the world of PC security, and these days it offers three security products to consumers: McAfee Total Protection, Gamer Security (a suite specific to gamers), and LiveSafe—the latter provides protection for unlimited devices. This review is looking at Total Protection.

Total Protection comes at a variety of price points depending on how many devices you want to license. For a single device, you’ll pay $30; add another $5 and you get Total Protection for five devices; and for $40 you’ll get coverage for 10 devices. Those are first-year prices, however. McAfee’s MSRPs after the first year are $80, $100, and $120, respectively.

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Google Pixel 4a preview: Single camera, fingerprint sensor, no 5G, and July launch

PC World - Fri, 2020-05-22 10:36

There might not be an I/O keynote to stream this week, but some new hot Google hardware might still be on the way. All rumors and signs suggest that Google will celebrate the first anniversary of the launch of the bodaciously budget Pixel 3a with an equally affordable Pixel 4a follow-up. Here's what we already know about it.

Update 5/22: Rumors now say the Pixel 4a won't be released until July.

Design

While the Pixel 3a was basically a plastic version of the high-end Pixel 3, the Pixel 4a will reportedly deviate from the bezel-heavy design of Google’s Pixel 4. Based on leaked images, the Pixel 4a may be Google’s first phone to adopt a hole-punch camera, which will be aligned in the upper left corner of the screen. The 4a design was seemingly confirmed by Google exec Rick Osterloh, who tweeted about his Fitbit Earth badge with an Android screenshot sporting an indented status bar. (However, he could have been using a OnePlus 8.)

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SD Express will support PCIe 4.0, but don't hold your breath

PC World - Fri, 2020-05-22 10:00

The race to be the world’s next high-performance memory card standard took it up a notch this week when the SD Association said it will adopt PCIe 4.0 for SD Express cards.

Yes, you heard that right: PCIe 4.0 in a postage stamp-sized memory card, a move that will make SD cards essentially on a par with some of the fastest memory card standards out right now.

SD Express itself isn’t new, as the SD Association introduced it with version 7.0 of the spec using PCIe 3.1. With the new 8.0 spec, the SD Association moves to using up to two lanes of PCIe 4.0 for up to 4GBps of throughput.

SD Association

An SD Express card that can support two lanes of PCIe 4.0 will feature an additional third row of pins.

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Fitbit is exploring an algorithm to detect coronavirus infection before symptoms show up

Mac World - Fri, 2020-05-22 09:45

The Charge 4 and Versa 2 already do a lot to keep you healthy, but as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps around the world, Fitbit wants them to do even more using the data your devices are already collecting.

Starting this week, users will find a new COVID-19 Study in the Fitbit app, which will help Fitbit determine if it can build an algorithm to detect COVID-19 before symptoms start. Fitbit is encouraging people who “currently have, or have had, symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or the flu” to participate, but the study is open to everyone.

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Fitbit is exploring an algorithm to detect coronavirus infection before symptoms show up

PC World - Fri, 2020-05-22 09:45
Fitbit has launched a new survey that aims to help detect COVID-19 in Fitbit users before symptoms show up.

For Pac-Man's 40th birthday, Nvidia uses AI to make new levels

PC World - Fri, 2020-05-22 09:00

Pac-Man turns 40 today, and even though the days of quarter-munching arcade machines in hazy bars are long behind us, the legendary game’s still helping to push the industry forward. On Friday, Nvidia announced that its researchers have trained an AI to create working Pac-Man games without teaching it about the game’s rules or giving it access to an underlying game engine. Nvidia’s “GameGAN” simply watched 50,000 Pac-Man games to learn the ropes.

That’s an impressive feat in its own right, but Nvidia hopes the “generative adversarial network” (GAN) technology underpinning the project can be used in the future to help developers create games faster and train autonomous robots.

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Looking at Apple’s AR glasses with more clarity

Mac World - Fri, 2020-05-22 08:00

Rumors of an Apple augmented reality headset have been around for years, but in the last few weeks speculation has rapidly begun to ramp up, alongside suggestions that the product could be shown off as early as this year, and might even ship as early as next year.

On the one hand, maintaining skepticism is still healthy. Though Apple has had its share of product leaks over the years, it's still a company that plays things extremely close to its chest—especially when it comes to prototype hardware. (Unsurprisingly, after the infamous incident in which a pre-release iPhone 4 was left in a bar nearly a decade ago, it's been extra cautious.)

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Apple’s COVID-19 exposure notification API: What it is and how it works in iOS 13.5

Mac World - Fri, 2020-05-22 07:00

In the release notes for iOS 13.5, you may have noticed a somewhat ominous message. Apple says that the update, “introduces the Exposure Notification API to support COVID-19 contact tracing apps from public health authorities.”

That sounds an awful lot like it's going to allow the government to track you and invade your privacy! Fortunately, that couldn't be further from the truth. Contact tracing and exposure notification are important tools to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and enable the easing of lockdown restrictions, but only if they are widespread. 

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Apple’s COVID-19 exposure notification API: What it is and how it works in iOS 13.5

PC World - Fri, 2020-05-22 07:00
Apple and Google have new technology to help you know when you might have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. It's not as scary as it sounds.

iOS 14 Wishlist: How Apple can take the iPhone to the next level

Mac World - Fri, 2020-05-22 06:15

Last year, after the debut of iOS 12, I put together a list of features I hoped to see in iOS 13. And Apple listened!

Okay, it’s not likely that anybody at Apple actually read my article and altered a single line of code based on it, but the company did release several of the features in iOS 13 I’ve been asking for.

There’s still a lot left on the table, though. So many more features and significant changes that seem easy to identify (if not easy to develop) that would make iPhones more useful. Many of the features I want are small and not worth prioritizing (multiple timers, for example). Here’s a list of the ten biggest and most far-reaching features I hope to see in iOS 14.

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The Dell G5 15 SE features Ryzen, Radeon and Smart Shift's 'free performance'

PC World - Fri, 2020-05-22 06:00

The mystery of just how well AMD’s laptop “Smart Shift” technology will perform just got a little less mysterious on Thursday.

First, AMD formally shed a little more light on the first laptop to use the Smart Shift feature, Dell’s G5 15 SE. Calling it kind of a “free performance” boost, AMD’s Frank Azor said the power-sharing technology would net gamers up to 14 percent more performance. Smart Shift works by letting the Ryzen CPU talk to the Radeon GPU about which part should get more power, communicating across the company’s InfinityFabric.

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Weber Connect Smart Grilling Hub review: It's better than a Bluetooth tracker, but not better enough for the price

Mac World - Fri, 2020-05-22 06:00
It's great to have the range and reliability of Wi-Fi, and Weber’s hub supports up to four probes, but this high-tech grilling gadget barely justifies its price tag.

Level Lock review: This “invisible” retrofit smart lock lives up to its name

Mac World - Fri, 2020-05-22 06:00
The Level Lock is the first smart deadbolt to have absolutely no impact on your home's décor, on either side of your door.

The best smart lock for a keyless home

Mac World - Fri, 2020-05-22 06:00
Keys are yesterday’s tech, your smart home needs a smart door lock.

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