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Don't buy an old Roku now

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 06:00
Old Roku players are on sale, but the latest models are well-worth the extra cash.

Switching from iOS to Android, Face ID security, the KRACK Wi-Fi exploit, and your comments & questions: Macworld Podcast episode 578

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 19:35

The news is slow in Apple Land this week, so episode 578 of the Macworld Podcast is a bit of a smorgasbord of topics. Macworld’s Leah Yamshon, Michael Simon, and Dan Masaoka talk about their experiences of switching from iPhones to Android phones… and why they switched back (or are still on the fence!). The KRACK Wi-Fi exploit is still a big problem, but luckily Apple is working on it—we explain why it’s important and what you can do. And Cynthia Hogan, Apple’s vice president of public policy for the Americas, addressed some privacy concerns surrounding Face ID (spoiler alert: it’s pretty secure).

Bonus topics: The plausibility of a “foldable” iPhone, and TechHive’s review of the Sonos One smart speaker. 

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Basketball without cable: A cord-cutter's guide to the NBA

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 13:16
Cord cutters can get their fill of big nationally televised games, but local broadcasts are still left on the bench.

KRACK Wi-Fi attack threatens all networks: How to stay safe and what you need to know

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 13:59
Researchers have uncovered a Wi-Fi security flaw, dubbed KRACK, that affects nearly any device that uses Wi-Fi, whether or not the network is encrypted. Here's what you can do to stay safe.

Amazon's selling the 256GB SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick for $100 today

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 12:47
At $65 off and with wireless streaming capability built in, SanDisk's Connect Wireless Stick is a handy little device to have around.

Movies Anywhere will merge your iTunes, Google, Vudu, and Amazon libraries: Here's how

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 10:22
At long last, Disney has opened its Movies Anywhere service to other studios, and now you can watch your iTunes movies on an Android Phone. Here's how it works.

Comcast’s unappealing pitch to cord cutters

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 07:00
Xfinity Instant TV: Comcast's cord-cutting plan has arcane restrictions and potentially high prices.

Apple releases iOS 11.0.3 update

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 16:51

For the third time since iOS 11 was released three weeks ago, Apple has updated the iPhone and iPad operating system. On Tuesday, Apple released iOS 11.0.3.

According to the release notes, the update has bug fixes, but the notes also point out two specific fixes:

  • Fixes an issue where audio and haptic feedback would not work on some iPhone 7 and 7 Plus devices
  • Addresses an issue where touch input was unresponsive on some iPhone 6s displays because they were not serviced with genuine Apple parts

An Apple support document regarding the security content of iOS 11.0.3 says the update “includes the security content of iOS 11.”

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iOS 11 news, iPad rumors, iTunes and the App Store, and your comments and questions: Macworld Podcast episode 577

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 18:20

Apple released a beta of iOS 11.1 and it has a few new interesting features. It’s time to start up the iPad rumor mill. And you can replace iTunes 12.7 with iTunes 12.6.3, which lets you access the iOS app store. These are the topics covered by Macworld’s Roman Loyola, Leah Yamshon, Michael Simon, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 577.

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Spielberg’s ‘Amazing Stories’ is just the first of Apple’s major TV deals

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 17:43

It was inevitable that Apple would begin signing big-name talent and major franchises to its forthcoming push into original video. Inevitable from the moment it hired two respected television industry executives, Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht.

Under Eddy Cue, Apple was able to experiment with shows like Planet of the Apps and Carpool Karaoke. But Van Amburg and Erlicht spent years at Sony developing prestige, big-budget scripted programming—and they were not hired at Apple to do anything else. The only question was which big name would be the first to sign a big-money deal to develop programming specifically for Apple.

Now we have our answer: it’s Steven Spielberg, who (as reported by the Wall Street Journal) is reviving his ‘80s anthology series Amazing Stories for Apple. Spielberg is expected to be an executive producer (and American Gods and Star Trek Discovery creator Bryan Fuller is attached as showrunner), and the show will be produced for Apple by his Amblin Television and Comcast’s NBCUniversal. The Journal reports that the deal is for 10 episodes at a budget of more than $5 million per episode.

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Black Friday deals: 10 tech doorbusters worth fighting the crowds

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 14:40
The best of Black Friday 201

Black Friday is fast approaching, and there will surely be some killer deals on consumer technology in the mix. The key to scoring a great bargain, however, is discernment. Not every so-called doorbuster is a worthy purchase. That’s why, as we do every year, we’ll sort through the top tech deals to find the creme de la creme this season. In our writeups, we’ll point out the usual price leading up to Black Friday so you won’t be fooled by claims of saving $250 or $300 when really an item was just $50 more the week before.

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Apple is probing reports of swollen iPhone 8 batteries, but let's not get bent out of shape

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 12:10

You might have seen a tweet or Facebook post over the past week with a pic of someone’s swollen iPhone 8 case. A handful of such claims have surfaced since the phone started shipping on Sept. 22, and as expected, they’re making headlines all across the web. But there’s no reason to worry yet.

Bulging batteries are caused by a buildup of gases inside the cell. It generally affects older batteries that are reaching the end of their lifespan, but while it’s rare, it’s not completely uncommon for it to affect new batteries as well. In fact, if you search for “iPhone 7 battery swelling,” you’ll find numerous cases of Apple swapping out new iPhones that experienced the very problem being spread across social media.

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iPhone 8 review, Apple Watch Series 3 fix, reaction to the Google Pixel 2 event, and your comments and questions: Macworld Podcast episode 576

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 17:34

Macworld’s Leah Yamshon has a full review of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, but there’s more iPhone news to talk about. There’s a fix for the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE. And Google held an event on Wednesday—what does it mean for Apple? These are the topics covered by Macworld’s Roman Loyola, Leah Yamshon, Michael Simon, and Adam Patrick Murray in the Macworld Podcast, episode 576.

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Apple releases macOS High Sierra Supplemental Update

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 14:26

Apple on Thursday released the macOS High Sierra Supplemental Update. This update is an important security update that addresses two issues:

  • It fixes the security hole in Keychain that made the news last week. Security researcher Patrick Wardle created code was able to access Keychain and collect passwords. Wardle did not release the code he used.
  • It fixes a vulnerability discovered by software developer Matheus Mariano, where Disk Utility improperly shows the passwords of encrypted Apple File System volumes.
How to install the macOS High Sierra Supplemental Update
  1. Launch the App Store app (located in the Applications folder).
  2. Click on the Updates icon. The App Store will check the internet for the update.
  3. Once the update appears in the App Store listing, click on the Update button for it on the right. The installation will take several minutes and require a restart.

Apple has a knowledgebase article with details about the update.

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Microsoft brings the Edge browser to iOS and Android, hoping for cross-platform traction

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 10:27
Microsoft's mobile Edge browser and Microsoft Launcher are designed to bolster the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

Where’s the antenna support on streaming-TV boxes?

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 07:00
As Roku and Amazon add cool new antenna integration to their smart TVs, streaming players get left out.

Apple fixes Apple Watch Series 3 cellular bug with watchOS 4.0.1 update

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 14:45

If you’ve been putting off buying the Apple Watch Series 3 because of reported cellular connectivity issues, you might want to put your order in now. Apple on Wednesday released watchOS 4.0.1, an update that fixes the problem that was widely reported by members of the media who had early access to the Watch for review.

The problem was due to the Watch switching to a Wi-Fi connection. Wi-Fi hotspots that display a confirmation webpage (such as those at Starbucks) would cause connection problems for the Watch. The watchOS 4.0.1 update fixes this bug.

In order to install the update, your Apple Watch need to have at least a 50 percent charge, and it must be connected to the charger. With the Watch within range of your iPhone, launch the Watch iPhone app and tap General > Software Update.

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Google announces $49 Google Home Mini to compete with Amazon’s Echo Dot

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 14:07
The introduction couldn't have come soon enough to counter Amazon's smart home momentum.

Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite is $90 for Prime members right now

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 12:57

Fall has just begun, meaning frigid weekends and evenings will be upon us—a.k.a. the perfect time for curling up with a good ebook. If you’re a Prime Member, you can currently grab the ad-supported Wi-Fi-only Kindle Paperwhite for $90. This device is usually $120 and is the same price Amazon offered during Prime Day in July.

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Sonos reveals Sonos One, an Alexa-enabled speaker that will support AirPlay 2 and Google Assistant

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 12:10
The Sonos One won’t be exclusive to Alexa, the speaker will incorporate Google Assistant in 2018.