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Plex DVR review: Still the best option for power users

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 19:30
Plex is the most powerful over-the-air DVR for cord-cutters, but it's not the easiest to use.

Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, June 20, at 10 a.m. Pacific

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 19:00

iOS 12 has new features to support 911 calls. There are rumors about the screen technology for the next iPhone. What’s happening in the battle of the music streaming services? We also talk about various other Apple news and feature your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Adam Patrick Murray in the Macworld Podcast, episode 610.

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Vivint Smart Home bundles two Google Minis with its starter kits, nudging users toward voice control

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 15:50
Amazon’s Echo had a long head start with Vivint, but this is the first time the service provider has included smart speakers in its packages by default.

Macworld's July Digital Magazine: 20 Years of the iMac

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 14:48

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld digital magazine.

In the July issue

This month we look back at 20 Years of the iMac, from the reaction to such a radical new mac, to its lasting legacy and how its influence reaches far beyond the desktop, or even the PC. We also look forward to a new kind of Mac, one that runs iOS apps.

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: How Apple’s big picture ventures get small for the consumer. Plus, give your old Mac software eternal life.

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Today only, B&H is selling a beastly 15-inch 2016 MacBook Pro for $1,200 off

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 13:09

I’m the only member of the Macworld staff who does the vast majority of his work on a modern MacBook Pro, and lemme tell ya, right now I’m looking with envy at the amazing 2016 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar that B&H is selling for $1,200 off its regular price of $3,499. It’s one of the outlet’s “Deal Zone” flash sales, and that massive discount ends tonight at midnight Eastern time.

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Rock out this summer with $110 off the awesome Ultimate Ears Megaboom Bluetooth speaker

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 10:22

A Bluetooth speaker can set the mood for any summer party, but the good ones don't come cheap. But if you act fast today, you can get the awesome Ultimate Ears Megaboom for a low price of $140 on Amazon, down from a MSRP of $250.

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Amazon’s one-day sale on this 27-inch iMac gets you glorious 5K Retina for $850 off

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 09:22

If you’ve been hankering for a good deal on a 5K iMac, Woot (via Amazon) has you covered. For today only, the clearance retailer is selling 2015’s 27-inch, 2TB iMac for $1450.00. The offer expires just before midnight Pacific on Tuesday. (Update 3:10 p.m. ET: It’s gone now.)

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What you need to do when you inherit a Mac

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 08:00

The loss of a loved one is devastating. When this gets tied up with a technical support issue? Even worse. Mac 911 recently received several emails from Macworld readers who inherited, purchased, or were given computers or iOS devices by people who have passed away. They have enough password information to use the Macs successfully, sometimes for years. But then an event occurs that requires resetting the machine.

Macworld reader Andrew has a Mac given to him a few years ago by a now-deceased acquaintance. He attempted to disable FileVault after upgrading to High Sierra. After restarting, the Mac presented a lock screen and asked for a code to enter. It that didn’t resemble anything he’d previously used. (It’s unclear from his email whether it was a Find My Mac style lock (which seems unlikely as it would seemingly require someone with that account to mark it as lost) or the firmware password.)

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Friends and enemies: Reacting to Apple’s privacy stance

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 07:00

Shocking news has reached the Macalope’s furry ears: it turns out that Apple is not a non-profit set up with the goal of protecting individual privacy and that it actually sells things and uses that as a sales point! It’s all very tawdry and shocking.

If you are five.

Writing for Gizmodo, Rhett Jones says “Apple Isn't Your Friend.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Tibor.)

YOU TAKE THAT BACK. APPLE IS MY BESTEST FRIEND FOREVER AND WE’RE RIDING OUR BIKES FAR, FAR AWAY FROM THIS STUPID PLACE VERY SOON, YOU’LL SEE.

[sob] [slam]

Apple has been steadily positioning itself as the anti-Facebook for a while now, and between verbal jabs aimed at the social media giant and privacy-focused product decisions, the patient goodwill campaign seems to be working. Unfortunately, Apple isn't going to save us, and now's the time to keep your guard up.

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The best GPS trackers for kids: Locate your little ones with ease

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 06:30
Our top picks allow you to easily keep tabs on the munchkins in your life.

Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s newest release shows how Apple Music has tipped the streaming scale

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 06:00

At 5:30 pm EDT on Saturday, the Tidal high-fidelity music streaming service was suddenly the center of attention. Just weeks after Kanye West dropped his Ye album on all streaming services—underscoring the dissolution of his once-exclusive contract with Tidal—Jay-Z and Beyoncé shocked the world with a surprise collaborative record titled Everything is Love. And the only place you could get it was Tidal.

Somewhat surprisingly, that exclusivity didn’t last very long. While other high-profile albums have enjoyed Tidal exclusivity for weeks or, in the case of Beyoncé’s Lemonade, years, Everything is Love had a stint that lasted about 36 hours. By the time people were looking for some music to play on their Monday morning commute, Beyoncé’s and Jay-Z’s new record was available for streaming on Apple Music and Spotify Premium (available for free on Spotify on July 2)  and the only thing exclusive to Tidal was an outtake track.

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How to buy a refurbished iMac Pro, MacBook, MacBook Pro, iPhone, or iPad from Apple

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 16:30

Updated 6/18/18 to reflect the inventory change in the store.

Looking for a way to save some money on the latest Apple products? Consider a refurbished MacBook, refurbished iPhone, or refurbished iPad from the Apple Certified Refurbished store. A refurbished product is just like a new, but at a lower price.

Here’s a quick guide with links to the best deals you can find on the refurb store, along with a FAQ guide if you want to know more about the ins and outs of the Apple Certified Refurbished store and buying a refurbished MacBook, desktop Mac, iPhone, or iPad.

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Get a 10.5-inch iPad Pro for just $550 today at Best Buy

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 13:55

We’ve seen a lot of deals for the 9.7-inch iPad (both this year’s or last year’s) over the past several weeks, but we’ve seen very little discount love for the iPad Pro. Happily, that changes today over at Best Buy, where the retailer is offering anywhere from $100 to $150 on various iPad Pro models. While this offer lasts, you can get the 10.5-inch tablet in a host of colors for as little as $550.

To get that awesome of a price, you’ll have to pick up the 64GB model, which is available in space gray, silver, gold, and rose gold. The discount isn’t as steep with this model, though, as Best Buy is only taking off $100. 

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Apple adds secure emergency location features to get ahead of smartphones' 911 problems

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 13:53

Apple made a big deal about our digital well-being when it unveiled iOS 12 at WWDC, but there’s one feature it didn't discuss that could have even greater life-saving benefits.

In a press release Monday, the company outlined how iPhones running iOS 12 will be able to share location data automatically and securely with first responders when you dial 911. Apple says this will help reduce emergency response times by providing faster and more accurate information that circumvents “outdated, landline-era infrastructure.”

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MacBook Pro Thunderbolt 3 adapter guide: How to connect an iPhone, display, hard drive, and more

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 13:00

The new MacBook Pro comes with two or four external ports, depending on the model you pick. But those ports are only of one type: Thunderbolt 3, which is compatible with USB-C.

But you probably have devices that use USB-A, Thunderbolt 1, Thunderbolt 2, DisplayPort, HDMI, or something else. How do you connect these devices? With an adapter.

If you’re planning to buy a new MacBook Pro, make sure you set aside a considerable amount of cash for the adapters you need. Apple doesn’t include any in the box, except for a power adapter.

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Amazon knocks $50 off the luxurious Kindle Voyage e-reader

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:07

Getting through a summer reading list is a breeze with an e-reader, and one of our favorites, the Amazon Kindle Voyage, just dropped in price from a steep $200 to just $150.

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AirTV review: Send live TV broadcasts all over your house—and to your mobile devices, too

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:00
This set-top box distributes over-the-air TV on your Wi-Fi network and to anywhere else you have broadband access.

LifeFlix 2.5 review: Your old Mini-DV camcorder’s new best friend

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 07:00

If you shot home videos between 1995 and 2010, there’s a good chance you did so with a tape-based Mini-DV camcorder. With its simple FireWire connectivity, the DV format had a great run prior to the advent of smartphones. For those who want to relive those taped digital memories, LifeFlix is a Mac application that makes it simple to do.

LifeFlix: Attach your camcorder and import the video

LifeFlix streamlines the process of capturing tapes in three easy steps. First, dust off your Mini-DV, HDV, Hi-8, or Digital 8 camcorder and attach it to the Mac with a FireWire cable. This will be the biggest stumbling block for many, since Apple abandoned FireWire in 2012. You can overcome this hurdle by investing in a Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter ($29 at Apple); most users will also need a FireWire 400 to 800 Adapter sold by Elago ($10 on Amazon) that I used to connect my aging JVC SR-VS30 Mini-DV/S-VHS combo deck, as well as a Canon HV20 HDV camcorder.

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How to consolidate all the images on your Mac

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 06:00

The “digital shoebox” was a 2007 coinage of Steve Jobs, who intended the Mac to become a digital media hub in which Apple’s programs would help you organize everything. That’s the notion that makes an analogy to having all your negatives, prints, and slides in shoeboxes in the days of film photography, and never being able to find anything.

The digital shoebox metaphor remains accurate in 2018 for the wrong reason, as it’s very easy to wind up with images, videos, audio, and other kinds of files all over your Mac. If you’re supremely organized and single-app oriented, perhaps you manage to import everything into iPhoto (then Photos) and iTunes. But for the rest of us, we have files all over the place.

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Not seeing red: Missing Apple’s color strategy

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 07:00

When you have a small point to make—that Apple has trended toward slightly muter tones in its products and offloaded the more extreme color optioning to cases and bands to allow customers more options for accessorizing—the best way to make it is to loudly declare Apple has killed “fun.” That’s just basic punditry, people.

“Apple killed fun.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Shawn King.)

Just to watch it die. May or may not have happened in Reno. Still waiting for the forensics. The body of fun was found in the desert, 40 miles east.

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