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How to cancel an app subscription on iPhone or iPad

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 14:53

Signing up for a subscription service like Apple News+ through iOS is kind of fun. A menu pops pop, you activate Face ID or Touch ID, and the world’s most satisfying ding lets you know your purchase was successful. It’s simplicity itself.

As for unsubscribing? That’s not so simple, but it’s better than it used to be. For years Apple would make you venture into depths of the Settings app that you probably never even knew existed in order to find your list of subscriptions, and you can still take that route if you wish. Now, though, Apple now lets you access your subscriptions directly through the App Store app. It’s still not incredibly intuitive, but it’s a massive improvement over the hoops we had to jump through.

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Best headphones: Our top picks for personal listening

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 12:31
Whether you're looking for an over-the-ear, on-ear, or in-ear model, we'll help you find the perfect pair.

Best robot vacuums: We name the most effective cleaners

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 12:22
Vacuuming is one of the most hated household chores. Here are your best choices for outsourcing it to some automated help.

The Mac is becoming more like iOS—and I think I like it

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 07:00

I fell in love with the Mac nearly 30 years ago, in the fall of 1989. It’s been the center of my tech world ever since, and I’ve been writing about it professionally for 25 years. And yet these past months, I’ve noticed something strange creeping into my thoughts occasionally while I sit at my desk working on my iMac Pro: iOS does this better.

It’s disconcerting, after three decades, to suddenly find that manipulation of files and folders in the Finder has gone from being business as usual to seeming like it’s more fuss and effort than is necessary. And yet that’s where I am now, thanks to a couple of years of using an iPad Pro rather than a MacBook Air whenever I’m away from my desk. The iPad, she has infected me. And I fear there is no cure.

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Samsung Galaxy S10+ camera test vs iPhone XS, Pixel 3, and Nokia 9

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 06:30
We put the camera on the Galaxy S10+ to the test in another episode of Last Cam Standing.

TaoTronics TT-BH046 noise-cancelling headphone review: Effective noise cancellation, but poor sound quality

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 06:00
Audio performance improves with ANC on, but it's still somewhat congested and veiled, especially in noisy environments.

Amarey A900 robotic vacuum review: a powerful, efficient cleaner

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 06:00
Camera navigation enables more complete cleaning while conserving battery life.

Logitech Slim Folio Pro keyboard case for 12.9-inch iPad Pro review: An iPad keyboard fit for a MacBook

Wed, 04/24/2019 - 06:00

When I reviewed last year’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro, I praised its power but remained skeptical that it could take the place of a MacBook. Logitech seems to have taken such concerns as a challenge in designing the Slim Folio Pro for the 2018 11- and 12.9-inch iPad Pros, and it did so well that I feel safe in saying that this is the closest you’re going to get to making Apple’s pricey tablet feel like a laptop.

Leif Johnson

I’m always scared I’m going to smash the edges of my iPad Pro with Apple’s keyboard case. It’d have to take a heavy hit for that to happen with the Slim Folio Pro.

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Macworld's May Digital Magazine: Apple, at your service

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 19:17

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 May issue

In the May issue we have all of the details of Apple’s new service offerings: Apple News+, Apple TV+, and Apple Arcade. Samsung just introduced an AirPod competitor. Find out how Galaxy Buds compare to AirPods on the iPhone.

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: Apple updates iMac with 8th and 9th generation Intel Core processors; Google’s Stadia service could shatter the barriers of Mac gaming

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Tim Cook on Apple’s values, regulation, excessive phone use, health, and more

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 17:39

Tim Cook is not one of Time’s 100 most influential people of 2019. Nonetheless, as a three-time honoree of that list, he was invited to be interviewed by Nancy Gibbs at the Time 100 Summit. As expected, Cook didn’t reveal any details about new products, software, or services. Instead, the questions posed and answers given were broad, touching on Cook’s and Apple’s values and how technology fits into the world we live in.

Here’s some of what he said about a variety of issues. Quotes have been lightly edited for clarity.

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Best smart sprinkler controller

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 15:05
Whether you’re motivated by water conservation, saving money, a drive to render every aspect of your home smart, or all the above, a smart irrigation controller will scratch that itch.

iOS 13 rumors: Everything you need to know

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 14:00

Like clockwork, Apple releases a major revision of iOS every year. The company formally unveils the new operating system for iPhone and iPad at WWDC in June, followed by a beta testing period and then a final release in the fall (typically in September, just before the new iPhones hit the shelves).

One never really knows exactly what new features and design changes Apple will bring until the company gets on stage at WWDC, but the rumor mill churns early and often. After all, iOS is one of the widest-used and most influential consumer operating systems in the world. We have our own wishlist of iOS 13 features, but we’ve also collected all the rumors about iOS 13 here.

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Three ways to add an iCloud.com address, even if you already have one

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 08:00

Apple gives icloud.com email addresses away at no cost, but it’s not always obvious how to obtain one by itself or add one to an existing Apple ID account, or how to get additional addresses if you already have one at icloud.com.

But there are three paths, which vary by what you already have and what you want.

  • If you have an Apple ID without an associated icloud.com address, you can add one (via iOS or macOS).

  • If you have an icloud.com address already, you can add aliases (via iCloud.com).

  • If you want a separate icloud.com address for email that isn’t an alias, you can create one by creating an Apple ID account (via macOS).

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Keychron K1 Wireless Keyboard review: Mechanical RGB magic beats backlit butterfly

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 07:00

The Keychron K1 Wireless Mechanical Keyboard may as well be the anti-butterfly keyboard. It’s thicker than Apple’s MacBook and Magic Keyboard. It has wild RGB lighting. It has an 87- or 104-key layout. And most importantly, its keys don’t get stuck.

I’ve been using the Keychron K1 Mechanical Wireless KeyboardRemove non-product link with my MacBook Pro for a couple of months and it’s hard to switch back. I’m not generally a fan of the clickity-clack noise that mechanical keys make, but the Keychron K1 made me a believer in Blue switches. I imagine that in a quiet office I’d get a few dirty looks, but I actually grew to like the sound. Typing on it is way more pleasurable than the cramped and noisy MacBook keyboard, and its function row is inherently more useful that the Touch Bar.

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Igloohome Smart Deadbolt 2S review: The industry’s most handsome lock remains the most aggravating to install

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 06:00
The smart lock maker shrinks down its beautiful deadbolt, but it remains a frustrating experience.

Thought experiments: Different bars for Samsung and Apple

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 06:00

If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that Apple is behind on innovation. Let’s look at one innovation in particular that we’ve heard a lot about recently. That is…

[checks notes]

…incredibly fragile folding screens that can break after just a day.

Yes, that big innovation that was all the rage just a few weeks ago turns out to be kind of not great when put into use.

“My Samsung Galaxy Fold screen broke after just a day.”

Well, is $1,900 a day too much to pay for the future?

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Big changes to Siri, Marzipan, AR, and more could dramatically change the Apple ecosystem

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 17:35

A fascinating report at 9to5Mac offers a sneak peek at some of the announcements Apple has in store for developers at WWDC in June. Previous reports have focused on changes coming to iOS 13 and macOS 10.15, but this leak is all about the tools developers use to make apps and services on Apple’s platforms. If they prove true, it could mean a big improvement in the way we use our iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

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Samsung pushes back Galaxy Fold release to 'run further internal tests' following poor reviews

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 13:09
After several poor reviews and broken devices, Samsung has reportedly decided to delay the launch of the Galaxy Fold originally planned for Friday, April 26.

Bowers & Wilkins announces its Formation Suite, a very high-end wireless multi-room audio system

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 08:15
The all-new mesh wireless system streams audio with up to 24-bit resolution and at sampling rates as high as 96kHz, but it also supports AirPlay 2 and Bluetooth.

How to scan documents and make PDFs using Notes on your iPhone or iPad

Mon, 04/22/2019 - 07:00

Sometimes, you need to turn a piece of paper into a digital file. Maybe you need to include a receipt, registration, or other form of proof in an online form. Or, you want keep copies of your important documents in the cloud, so they’re always accessible and safe from being lost or destroyed. Such documents are often digitized as Portable Document Format files, or PDFs.

It used to be that you needed to use either dedicated hardware or a third-party iPhone app to take a photo of a document and convert it to PDF. In iOS 11, Apple added a very handy document scanner into the Notes app, and it does a surprisingly good job of capturing most documents and converting them to PDF. Because it’s not very obvious, you’d be forgiven for not even knowing it exists. Here’s how you scan, convert, and store documents with Notes.

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