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Apple announces iPhone X Display Module Replacement Program for phones with touch problems

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 19:00

Apple on Friday announced a new repair program for owners of the iPhone X. The iPhone X Display Module Replacement Program provides a fix for those having problems with the touchscreen.

According to Apple’s support document, the issue at hand is whether the iPhone X does not respond to touch, intermittently stops responding to touch, or the screen reacts without being touched. If your iPhone X is experiencing these issues, you may be able to have it fixed for free.

The fix involves replacing the display module and the service must be done by an Apple authorized service provider or at the Apple store.

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You’ll soon be able to buy Apple’s products on Amazon, but don’t expect any crazy Lightning Deals

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 14:36

If you’re planning on buying an Apple product or three this holiday season, you’ll soon be able to buy them from the most popular online retailer in the world. As first reported by CNET, Amazon and Apple have finally struck a deal to sell Macs, iPads, iPhones, and everything else designed in Cupertino on the retail giant’s site.

While the partnership hasn’t officially been announced, Amazon confirmed to Macworld it will start selling the devices soon. In a statement, a spokesperson said: “Amazon is constantly working to enhance the customer experience, and one of the ways we do this is by increasing selection of the products we know customers want. We look forward to expanding our assortment of Apple and Beats products globally.”

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The clever phone-, tablet-, and PC-friendly Logitech K780 keyboard is 44% off today

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 12:32

A good keyboard is hard to find, so once you do find your perfect match, you'll want to use it for everything. The Logitech K780 Multi-Device Wireless Keyboard fits the bill, seamlessly switching between your phone, tablet, and PC at the push of a button. And today, you can grab one for just $45 on AmazonRemove non-product link, down from a list price of $80 and matching the lowest price we've ever seen.

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How to download your Flickr photo library and transfer it to Google Photos or iCloud Photo library

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 11:30

For much of its time under Yahoo, Flickr suffered benign neglect, even though a small team of developers kept it alive and advanced in often tiny increments. After 13 years, Yahoo finally made a solid decision about Flickr, its photo-hosting website: It sold it. 

SmugMug, the professional photography oriented company, bought Flickr in April 2018. On November 1, 2018, SmugMug announced changes to its free and paid (or “Pro”) tier. SmugMug said that the 1TB of storage that Yahoo gave free-tier users is not sustainable. Instead, SmugMug will let free-tier users retain 1,000 images and videos of any size (even at the maximum 200MB per image).

On February 5, 2019, SmugMug will delete all images and media on free accounts after the 1,000 newest photos and movies. These are permanent deletions: Paying for a $50-a-year Pro account after that won’t restore the images. (SmugMug currently offers a 30 percent discount on the Pro account.)

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iFixit's MacBook Air teardown reveals Apple's most repairable notebook in years

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 10:56

iFixit has completed its customary teardown of the new MacBook Air, and to its (and our) surprise, it's not completely unrepairable. Whether it's a sign of easing standards or a holdover from the old design remains to be seen, but if you buy one, you might actually be able to fix it on your own.

Some of it, anyway. When Apple released its new MacBook Air, we pretty much knew the RAM and storage wouldn't be upgradable, and that's still the case here. Apple hasn't had a laptop with easily-replaceable components since 2012, and the MacBook Air's size is a dead giveaway that Apple isn't interested in letting people take it apart. The RAM and storage are soldered to the motherboard, so you'll need to buy what you need from the outset. Apple offers twice as much RAM (16GB) for $200, which is pricey but probably worth it. And you can get up to 1.5TB of storage as well, so consider your options before you decide to buy.

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Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac review: Supercharged virtualization has arrived

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 07:00

Virtualization software like Parallels is usually associated with running Windows on a Mac, but virtualization can be used to also run other versions of macOS. I’ve been able to safely tinker with Apple’s latest developer or public beta by using virtualization to run them right inside the current stable release of macOS. I also keep older operating systems around to occasionally run software like Final Cut Pro 7, which was orphaned with last year’s macOS 10.13 High Sierra.

Parallels Desktop 14 for Mac is now available and is fully optimized for macOS Mojave. Version 14 focuses less on whiz-bang new features and instead wisely focuses on where it counts: Under-the-hood performance improvements. You’ll notice the difference each and every time you launch the application, which is the fastest it’s ever been by as much as 80 percent, according to the company’s marketing claims. In this case, they have good reason to boast—on my Mac, the software launches in under five seconds flat.

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Chips ahoy: The Mac’s transition to Apple processors is happening sooner than you think

Fri, 11/09/2018 - 06:00

The recent Apple event in New York City had a lot going on, and we’re still working through all the new products the company showed off. But as the dust clears, there’s one lasting impression about which I feel remarkably certain.

There’s a sea change coming.

John Gruber alluded to this in his piece at Daring Fireball about the new MacBook Air:

Look at the iPad’s A12X compared to the iPhone’s A12 and you can see how much attention Apple is paying to the iPad’s system architecture. There’s no reason they won’t pay as much or more attention to the Mac’s custom silicon when they switch from Intel to their own chip designs. It should be downright glorious.

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Black Friday 2018: The best early deals

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 15:10

Black Friday is no longer just the day after Thanksgiving. Deals now roll out in a chaotic mass all throughout November.

Just a couple of years ago, most of those early discounts weren’t any good. But that’s changed.

While the deals that command headlines (those so-called “doorbusters”) are typically still available on only Thanksgiving or Black Friday, some worthwhile sales are already trickling out now. 

We’ve begun rounding up those here, so keep an eye peeled for further updates as the days tick by. We’ll add new deals as we spot them. And don’t forget: Holiday return windows have just expanded (many run into early January), so you can buy now and repent at leisure—assuming you can float the cash.

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A Samsung-like folding screen is just what the iPhone needs, but don’t expect it anytime soon

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 14:59

At long last, the first folding phone from Samsung is nearly a reality. At its developers conference keynote yesterday, the phone maker showed off its new Infinity Flex display along with a proof-of-concept prototype of what will soon become the world’s first folding Galaxy phone.

It’s likely to be a very expensive niche product when it launches in 2019, but one thing is clear: phones are moving beyond rounded rectangles. After several false starts with curved, two-sided, and split-screen handsets, it’s safe to say that folding is the future of the smartphone, with the sort of 2-in-1 design that was previously unthinkable on a pocketable device.

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Black Friday starts early at Best Buy with big deals on iPads, Apple Watches, and MacBook Pros

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 13:51

Black Friday is starting early this year at Best Buy, which tends to be one of the best places to find deals on Apple products regardless of the season. If you visit its site today, you’ll find fantastic deals on the iPad, Apple Watch, and the new MacBook Pros.

The best deal available is easily the $100 discount on the 2018 128GB 9.7-inch iPadRemove non-product link, which brings the price down to $329.99. That’s exactly the same price the entry-level 32GB model usually sells for, and it’s the best price we’ve ever seen for this particular model. It’s a powerful, portable device, and it also supports the first-generation Apple PencilRemove non-product link (which, alas, is sold separately).

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Amazon has slashed prices on all sizes of its Fire Kids Edition tablets to all-time lows

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 12:17

It’s never too early to grab holiday gifts at great prices, but today’s deal is all about the kids. Ahead of its usual Black Friday blowout, Amazon has slashed prices on its Fire Kids Edition tablets to the lowest prices we’ve ever seen, and all three sizes are getting in on the act: You can save $30 on the 7-inch modelRemove non-product link, $40 on the 8-inchRemove non-product link, and $50 on the 10-inchRemove non-product link, bringing their prices down to $70, $90, and $150, good for up to 30 percent off.

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Earlier every year: iPhone production cut rumors

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 09:00

It seems like every year two things get moved up: stores putting up holiday decorations and doomtastic rumors about cuts to iPhone production orders.

Last year it wasn’t until December that reports of iPhone X production cuts were floated like so many lead balloons carried around by lead children. These reports went on for more than half a year until Apple reported two quarters of increased iPhone sales and repeatedly said the iPhone X was the best selling iPhone, you chowderheads.

Now, here it is only early November and already we’re being treated to breathless details of upcoming Black Friday deals, whirring maniacal mechanical Santas in Ace Hardware stores across the nation and, yes, reports of production cuts on the iPhone XR, which was released less than two weeks ago.

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How to set your macOS screensaver to show a Photos album

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 08:00

When your Mac isn’t being used, you can turn its screen into a digital picture frame by using a screensaver that shows photos. If you store photos in Apple’s Photos app, setting up the photo screensaver is very straightforward.

Here’s how to set your Mac to use your Photos Library as a screensaver.

1. Open System Preferences and click Desktop & Screen Saver.

2. Select any of the photo-based screen savers in the scroll list at left. The ones that let you select images all show a ladybird beetle.

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3. Click the Source drop-down menu and choose Photo Library. (If you don’t have any images in Photos, the Photo Library option will not appear.)

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Apple’s price inflation turns privacy from a right to a privilege

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 07:00

Apple believes privacy is a "fundamental human right," or so CEO Tim Cook told CNN in the wake of WWDC last spring. He condemned the data collection spree he saw from competitors as “out of control,” and he worried that “most people” have no idea how often they’re being tracked.

Bold words, yes. It was easy to admire Apple in the moment. They were words we needed to hear—wanted to hear—particularly in a decade rocked by the Cambridge Analytica scandal and data breaches at companies like Uber and Yahoo, to say nothing of Google's habit of sifting through our Gmail in order to better pepper our browsing experience with ads. Against such a backdrop, Apple looked like a knight in shining, brushed aluminum armor.

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Fire TV how-to tips: Make the most of Amazon's media streamers

Thu, 11/08/2018 - 06:00
Use these Fire TV tips and tricks to browse faster, launch apps with ease, and avoid common annoyances.

Best TV streaming service: YouTube TV vs. SlingTV vs. Hulu vs. PlayStation Vue, and all the rest

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 18:30
Is Sling TV better than Hulu, or should cord-cutters subscribe to PlayStation Vue? Or YouTube TV? We compare all the TV streaming services, and one rises to the top.

iPhone XR, MacBook Air, Mac mini, Apple’s stock price

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 17:30
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The Macworld staff talks about the new iPhone XR, new MacBook Air, and new Mac mini. What’s going on with Apple’s stock price? We also respond to your comments and questions for Leif Johnson, Dan Masaoka, and Michael Simon in the Macworld Podcast, episode 629.

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iPad Pro cases: What you can buy now for the new 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPads

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 16:09

Apple’s new ultra-powerful iPad Pros are now available starting at $799 for the 11-inch and $999 for the 12.9-inch. They boast a redesign, USB-C, and the full power of a laptop computer thanks to the A12X chip. The new designs also mean you’ll need a new case.

Macworld picked out some of the most intriguing cases available today. Watch this space as we will be updating it as more great iPad Pro cases come out.

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Apple updates Clips app with new filters, Selfie Scenes, stickers, soundtracks, and more

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 14:39

Apple has announced an update to its fun video-selfie app Clips that adds a wealth of new content.

For starters, there are six new Selfie Scenes, including one from the movie Incredibles 2. Selfie Scenes are 360-degree animated backgrounds that put you in the middle of an augmented reality scene. They’re exclusive to Apple products with the TrueDepth camera system: the iPhone X, XS, XS Max, XR, and the new iPad Pros.

Selfie Scenes now use the A12 Bionic’s neural engine in both previews and recording modes for better portrait segmentation, so they should now more accurately "cut and paste" your image into the scene.

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Back up everything with this awesome deal on the 8TB Seagate Backup Plus Hub

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 11:12

You don't have to have been a victim of the October Windows 10 update file-deletion bug to understand the importance of a solid backup. And today Amazon is offering a great deal on a drive big enough to back up all of your files for years to come: the 8TB Seagate Backup Plus Hub is down to $150 todayRemove non-product link, matching an all-time low and more than 30 percent off its $220 list price.

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