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Master & Dynamic MW07 true wireless headphones review

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 18:31

When it comes to tech, we pay for the compromises that we’re willing to live with. Apple’s AirPods, for example, are reasonably priced, pair effortlessly and sound... okay. But they let in a ton of outside noise and their design makes them uncomfortable to wear for long listening sessions. Jaybird and Bose have brought truly wireless earbuds to market that are designed to appeal to athletes. But they favor situational awareness over passive noise cancellation and compromise good looks for durability.

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Best USB car chargers for your phone

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 17:59
We put a variety of USB car chargers to the test to find the best ones for keeping your smartphone powered on the go.

How to enable HDR in your Ring security camera

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 17:07
Ring is adding an HDR (high dynamic range) feature to its cameras, but it doesn't come switched on by default.

The 7 best free Safari extensions for the Mac

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 07:00

Browser extensions add specific capabilities to Safari by reading and modifying web content to promote an integrated browsing experience that’s tailored to your needs. There are two places to find Apple-approved Safari extensions: The App Store and the Safari Extensions Gallery webpage.

With Safari 12 on macOS Mojave and iOS 12, Apple revised the way its native web browser operates with extensions. Whereas in the past, you could easily download an extension from a developer, today you must download and install a Mac app or an Apple approved extension from the Safari Extensions Gallery page. The gallery is still operative for browser versions as far back as version 9, and is still considered a safe way to download and install Safari extensions. Regardless of the browser version, all apps from the App Store and Gallery page can update automatically.

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Qobuz review: A music streaming service on the verge of greatness

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 06:00
The service finally comes to the U.S. after being exclusive to Europe for the last 10 years.

Cut the cord, or else!

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 06:00
As cord-cutting grows, folks who stick with cable and satellite are getting squeezed.

Apple is making the same old mistakes with its over-the-top Services demands

Thu, 02/14/2019 - 06:00

The reports of Apple’s Services as a savior seem to have been greatly exaggerated. A whole mess of information about Apple’s strategy for its publishing and video services leaked this week, and it paints a troubling picture of the iPhone maker’s approach. In short: Pay up or get out.

On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was demanding a 50 percent cut of its upcoming all-you-can-read publishing service, significantly higher than the 15 percent publishers are now paying Apple on renewing iTunes subscriptions. That was following by a CNBC report that claimed HBO was balking at the terms of Apple’s excessive fees for its new video service, which will supposedly include a mix of original content and premium channels. With that service, Apple is reportedly seeking its usual 30-percent slice of subscription pie.

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How to cancel an app subscription on iPhone or iPad

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 16:57

Signing up for a service through iOS 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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Apple reported to launch its new video service in April or May, without Netflix, Hulu, and possibly HBO

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 16:42

Updated: Added additional details from a Bloomberg report.

Apple has been long-rumored to have a new TV service in the works. Now, according to a new report from CNBC, the service is nearly ready to launch. It claims that Apple is finalizing its deals and software, with an expected launch in April or May.

A separate report from Bloomberg says that Apple invited big hollywood stars involved with Apple’s original TV series to attend a March 25 unveiling of the service. The stars include Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, and J.J. Abrams.

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How to delete a file that macOS says is in use

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 07:00

Sometimes macOS tries to help you by not letting you carry out actions that would break the system or software you’re using. There are extra levels of warnings available that you might choose to turn off or bypass.

When you have files in the Trash, select Finder > Empty Trash prompts you as to whether you really meant to empty the trash. You click Empty Trash to proceed. Holding down Option when selecting Finder > Empty Trash bypasses the warning. (You can also press Command-Option-Shift-Delete to bypass it.)


macOS prompts you when you try to delete items using Option plus Finder > Empty Trash.

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GE Vintage LED bulbs review: 21st century lighting with a turn-of-the-last century aesthetic

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 06:00
These energy-efficient LED bulbs might be prettier than the lamps you’ll use them in.

Now is the time for Apple to re-think its retail priorities

Wed, 02/13/2019 - 06:00

Federico Viticci said it best on the Connected podcast last week: The departure of Angela Ahrendts as Apple’s retail chief is a Rorschach test. One’s reaction to the news will reveal a lot about one’s feelings about the current state of Apple’s retail stores.

I’ve seen a lot of criticism of Ahrendts featuring aspects of the Apple Store experience that actually preceded her. No, she didn’t invent the where’s-the-line, where-do-I-stand set-up that completely breaks everything we ever learned about how to behave in a retail store. Under her tenure the approach was modified, not discarded, and in recent years I’ve noticed a more aggressive positioning of employees at the front of stores to intercept new shoppers and put them in the right place.

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Report: Apple to hold new product event on March 25

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 17:57

We've been waiting for Apple to announce a spring event this year, as the company often makes at least one major announcement before its Worldwide Developers Conference in the summer. According to BuzzFeed’s John Paczkowski, we could be hearing about a spring event soon. Paczkowski reports that Apple is working on an event for March 25, which will be held at the company’s Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park.

Sources tell BuzzFeed that the event headliner will be a new Apple news subscription service that works with the News app in iOS and macOS. Coincidentally, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that Apple wants a whopping 50 percent of the revenue that publishers generate through the service—a cut that publishers won’t accept. The WSJ also states that publishers don’t get access to subscriber data, which makes this “Netflix for news” deal even less palatable.

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Macworld Podcast: Join us on Wednesday, February 13, at 10 a.m. Pacific

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 16:00

On this episode of the Macworld Podcast, we focus on your hot takes, your comments, and your questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka. This is episode 640.

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Before the show airs, we’ll post the hot takes here.

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Best DNA testing kits: Discover the secrets stored in your genes

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 15:54
At-home DNA testing has rapidly become a popular way to learn more about your ethnic background and heritage. We took numerous different tests to evaluate and compare their services.

The best Bluetooth earbuds of 2019

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 15:29

Bluetooth earbuds are the Goldilocks of the mobile audio world: not too fussy, not too expensive—juuuust right.

As Bluetooth earbuds don’t need to be plugged into a smartphone or tablet, you'll never have to worry about getting tangled up in the cord running between their earpieces while you're typing, working out at the gym, or grooving to music while making dinner.

Where corded earphones can only connect to one device at a time, Bluetooth devices can seamlessly switch between one audio source or another or even listen to multiple audio sources at the same time. Additionally, as the death knell sounds for audio jacks in mobile hardware, investing in a set of Bluetooth cans ensures you’ll be living a dongle-free, future-proof life for years to come.

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Best power banks of 2019: The top USB portable chargers for your phone

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 14:48
These USB battery packs from Anker, Mophie, Xiaomi, and others will keep your Android or Apple phone charged while you're on the go.

Kiss your cable bill goodbye: These are the best TV antennas for cord cutters

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 14:07
Ready to cut the cord? You’ll need a quality antenna to pick up digital broadcasts. Here are our recommendations for indoor and outdoor antennas.

Best DVR for cord cutters

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 14:07
TiVo vs. Tablo vs. Channel Master vs. Plex: None are ideal, but one might work for you.

RAVPower 6700mAh External Battery Pack review: Convenience only gets you so far

Tue, 02/12/2019 - 13:39
The RAVPower 6700mAh External Battery Pack is a rare miss from RAVPower.