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Owl Car Cam review: 24-hour surveillance redefines the dash cam

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 14:30

Owl’s Car Cam is ground-breaking and uniquely capable, and it sports a wonderfully slick design that cherry-picks the best bits from the competition—and adds some soon-to-be-copied tricks of its own. But at $349, it’s also one of the most expensive dash cams I’ve ever tested, and it has some caveats. It currently depends upon the iPhone (6 or greater, iOS 11), as well as, to some extent, proximity to your vehicle. It’s also currently missing some key features that other, less expensive dash cams we've reviewed already have.

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If Apple wants to properly add Pencil support to the iPhone, it needs to copy the Galaxy Note 9

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 14:00

We’re only about a month away from the biggest tech event of the year, and apparently there are still some surprises left to spoil. This time the news comes from Trendforce, a little-known analysis company that is often spot on with its sales predications but generally stays away from rumors. In a note to clients, Trendforce dropped two big nuggets about the upcoming new iPhones, both aimed at competing with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9.

According to sources, Apple will differentiate the two OLED iPhone models from the LCD one by more than just the screen and rear camera. We already expect the new phones to come in 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch sizes, but Apple will apparently bump the storage as well, offering a whopping 512GB as a new high-end option. That’s the same as Samsung’s new high-end Galaxy Note 9, which sells for $1,249.

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Best home weather station: Which one should be your personal meteorologist?

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 12:21
Home weather stations are getting more accurate and sophisticated all the time. Follow our buyer's guide to ensure you're not left in the cold or soaking wet.

Bose's QuietComfort 35 Series II noise-canceling wireless headphones just hit an all-time low

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 11:51

High-quality noise-canceling headphones don't come cheap, particularly if they're made by a well-known brand like Bose. But today Amazon is running a rare sale on one of Bose's best. Act fast and you can save $50 on the Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) noise-cancelling wireless headphones, bringing them down to $300Remove non-product link and the best price we've seen.

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Adobe's ultra-rare 40% discount for Photoshop Elements 2018 is back

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 09:35

It's a good day to up your photo editing game. Adobe Photoshop Elements is on sale for $60 on Amazon (Mac and PC) and other places all over the Internet. That’s $40 off its usual $100 price and matches the cheapest the software's even been. The sale price applies to both download and boxed editions, though the link above points to the download version.

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The scam: Apple’s $1 trillion fraud

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 08:00

Turns out Apple isn’t a successful company after all! Surprise! Yep, it’s just a giant scam. Well, at least we know now. Before it got out of hand. Anyway, this will be The Macalope’s last column since the whole house of cards is tumbling down around us.

Writing for The New Republic, Alex Shepard tells us of“Apple’s Stock Market Scam.” (Tip o’ the antlers to @designheretic.)

Turns out it’s stock buybacks which are the only reason Apple made it to a $1 trillion valuation. And you thought it was the iPhone X. Ha-ha! Oh, Wallace. Will you ever learn? And will you ever stop wearing those ridiculous suspenders?! Ha-ha! You look like some sort of disco-dancing farmer.

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When budgeting calories, the Apple Watch’s weaknesses sometimes count as strengths

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 07:00

This is part of a series on losing 60 pounds with the help of the Apple Watch. I’m currently 16 pounds down since July 25. In this post we’ll talk about the Apple Watch as a tool for counting calories.

Apple typically plays up the Apple Watch’s strength as a generic “fitness tracker” rather than a proper weight-loss tool. There’s a good reason for that, as I’ve discovered during my adventures in attempting to lose weight with it.

As things stand, Apple’s own features do little else besides monitoring. In order to get helpful features like counting calories for the food you eat, you’ll generally have to head to third-party apps for the iPhone. In most cases, the companion apps on the Apple Watch work only as a quick references for letting me know how many calories are left to spend. Aside from counting my steps and the active calories burned through them, all the important business of assessing the damage caused by the food I stuff in my face happens on the iPhone.

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Ambient Weather WS-2902 Osprey Weather Station review: The best choice for smart-home buffs

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 06:00
You'll encounter a quirk or two, but this home weather station offers everything an enthusiast could want.

Foscam E1 review: This battery-powered camera detects people and pets

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 06:00
This cordless indoor/outdoor camera's intelligent motion detection can capture criminal activity, but it takes too long to get to the video evidence.

PhotoBulk 2 review: Swiss Army knife for Mac batch image processing

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 06:00

Taking pictures can be a lot of fun, but the party comes to a screeching halt whenever it comes time to process images before sharing or publishing your work online. Whether you want to add a date stamp, watermark a caption, or just slim down digital photos before uploading files to others, a good batch editor like PhotoBulk 2 can do wonders for saving time and alleviating this big headache.

PhotoBulk 2: More advanced features

Unlike image editing powerhouses Adobe Lightroom and Pixelmator, which are designed primarily to work on a single photo at a time, PhotoBulk 2 is made to process as many files as you want to queue up, one after another, be it a handful of images or potentially hundreds in one fell swoop. While the original release sported a no-frills user interface, the sequel offers a more expansive palette that paves the way for advanced features promised in future updates, such as filters and red eye removal.

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Costco and Amazon have great deals on AirPods, hinting at possible refresh

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 11:46

One of the surest signs that a refresh of Apple’s AirPods is on the way is the sudden outpouring of decent deals on the beloved true wireless Bluetooth earbuds. The best deal is over at Costco, where you can buy them today for just $140Remove non-product link with free shipping (provided you have a Costco membership). Act quickly, though, as the free shipping—and likely the deal itself—only lasts until the end of the day.

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The Linksys Velop is one of our favorite mesh routers and it's on sale for $100 off today

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 10:56

Mesh Wi-Fi router systems provide coverage over the largest of homes, and the Linksys Velop is one of the best. But it doesn't come cheap. Today, however, you can get a two-pack for $250 at Amazon, a steep $100 discount off the list priceRemove non-product link and one of the lowest prices we've seen.

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Samsung’s SmartThings Wifi mesh router/smart-home hub mashup features AI tech from Plume

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 08:00
Samsung is putting its well-regarded SmartThings brand front and center in the latest iteration of its combination Wave 2 Wi-Fi mesh router and smart-home hub.

How to export photos and maintain the original creation date in Apple Photos

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 08:00

What’s an original, you may ask, when we’re dealing with digital data? In Photos for macOS, it comes up when you’re exporting an image or video. Macworld reader Maya has a question related to this, because she knows how to use Photo to adjust the date and time that a piece media was captured, but when she exports an image, the creation date of the file is always that of the export time.

Photos offers two kinds of exports (as did iPhoto). One essentially creates a new file by translating the image or video in the library into something new. The other copies the original file from the master source media that was imported.

Look at the File > Export menu in Photos, and you’ll see Export [Quantity] Photo (or Video) and Export Unmodified Original for [Quantity] Photo (or Video).

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Shinola Bookshelf Speakers review: Grandly waving the flag for U.S. audio technology

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 06:00
Compact design, excellent performance, and versatile connectivity render these monitors a must-hear collaboration.

Best comic book apps for iPhone and iPad

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 06:00

Physical issues and anthologies of comic book series don’t always fit neatly into limited shelf space or travel well—but that’s where digital comics come in. Growing support for the format means you can collect to your heart’s content and take the entirety of it anywhere you go. All you need is your iPhone or iPad.

Key to the experience is a good app. While a digital comic may not please the senses as paper issues do, having an app that offers access to a wide variety of content or broad support for common file formats (PDF, ePUB, CBR, and CBZ) can ease the transition.

In general, the better apps offer one of two paths: Straightforward purchase (or rental) of content from major publishers like Marvel, DC, Image Comics, and Dark Horse, or an easy way to read common file formats (PDF, ePUB, CBR, and CBZ). If they want to have even wider appeal, it’s in their interest to offer Viz and Kodansha titles for manga fans, as well as organization of issues in an easy-to-navigate format.

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Equivolating: Making Apple out to be bad on privacy

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 07:00

You know that thing that you know? What if it wasn’t true?!

It is true, but what if it wasn’t?!

It is, though. But, still… whooooooooo.

Writing for Bloomberg, Sarah Frier is about to blow the lid off this whole “Is Apple really better on privacy?” thing. And find that wasn’t a lid at all, it was just a paper plate sitting on top of the lid that someone had written “Apple sux” on. In crayon.

“Is Apple Really Your Privacy Hero?” (Tip o’ the antlers to Alex.)

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Get this cool Polaroid-like Fujifilm camera for $15 off

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 16:14

We here at Macworld like to talk about the the cutting edge of technology, but we’ve got a lot of admiration for the tech of yesteryear as well. And that’s why we’re fans of this Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 instant film camera bundle that’s selling on Amazon for just $89.99. Its list price is $169.99, but in practice it normally sells for around $100, so you’re actually getting around a $15 discount.

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AirPlay 2 FAQ: What it is, how it works, and which devices support it

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 12:52

Updated 08/10/18: Denon and Marantz are rolling out firmware updates to a few of their A/V receivers, adding AirPlay 2 support.

AirPlay has been with us for a long time. It’s an evolution of the old AirTunes protocol, which was meant only for music. In 2010, AirTunes got a host of new capabilities (music, photos, video) and a new name. A year later, it gained the ability to mirror your iOS or Mac screen to a compatible AirPlay receiver. With an Apple TV, you could put your Mac desktop on your PC in the blink of an eye!


The AirPlay symbol you’ve seen for years.

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