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Samsung wants your TV to disappear

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 14:15
A new 8K UHD, microLED, ambient mode, and smart features for your phone were all touted at today's Samsung 2018 TV press presentation

Report: Apple is killing off the iTunes LP format

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 13:06

Remember iTunes LPs? Don’t worry, a lot of us had forgotten about them. Launched in 2009, the iTunes LP was a format that encouraged iTunes patrons to buy entire albums by adding in video documentary extras, bonus tracks, liner notes, and sometimes even fancy interactive elements. It was the iTunes download equivalent of the Enhanced CD, and meant to help sell complete albums in an age where users could simply buy the two songs they like off of it for $0.99 each.

It looks like this somewhat forgotten feature is fading away. According to a report from UK site Metro, Apple sent a letter to music producers which states that, “Apple will no longer accept new submissions of iTunes LPs after March 2018.” What’s more, the letter says that sales of currently-available iTunes LPs will be phased out over the course of the year. “Existing LPs will be deprecated from the store during the remainder of 2018. Customers who have previously purchased an album containing an iTunes LP will still be able to download the additional content using iTunes Match,” it says.

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Get Sony's WH-1000xM2 noise-cancelling headphones for $52 off

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 13:52

I’m a daily user of noise-cancelling headphones, and I’m here to tell you that they’re positively divine for getting work done. That’s why I’m also happy to tell you that Amazon has Sony’s impressive (if inelegantly named) wireless WH-1000xM2 over-ear noise-cancelling headphones on sale for 15 percent off, which drops the price down from $349.99 to a more agreeable $298.

Good noise-cancelling headphones rarely get down to that price, which makes this a nice opportunity to pick some up if you’ve always wanted some. In fact, this is one of the lowest prices we’ve seen for these particular headphones to date.

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Report: Apple is developing high-end noise-cancelling headphones

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 13:28

In February, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed Apple is working on a set of high-end, over-the-ear headphones. On Monday, that report was echoed by Mark Gurman and Debby Wu at Bloomberg. Here’s what we think we know so far.

Kuo gets most of his information from his contacts in the Chinese supply chain. He says that Primax and SZS will be the primary suppliers and assemblers of these new headphones, and that they should cost more than the AirPods ($159). They’re expected to ship in the fourth quarter of Apple’s 2018 fiscal year at the earliest (that’s the July to September quarter).

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Watch your home for cheap with this deal on a simple, affordable security camera

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 10:17

If you’re looking to protect your home without breaking the bank, we’ve found a simple home security camera system selling at a sweet discount. Amazon’s selling the Blink XT Home Security camera system for $100. This particular sale is via a third-party seller but fulfilled by Amazon, meaning any problems will be subject to Amazon’s customer service policies.

The Blink XT system usually sells for $130 so this a nice discount, according to CamelCamelCamel data. It’s not the lowest price we’ve ever seen—that was $70 last June—but this kit hasn’t gone this low in a while.

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The best—and worst—Netflix original movies

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 07:30
Netflix has produced a considerable number of films. Our guide will help you decide which ones are worth watching, and which are to be avoided.

Early tests show the Galaxy S9 beating iPhone X where it counts: The screen and camera

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 10:38

If the first round of test results is an indication, iPhone X’s reign as the best handset in the world could be coming to an end. DisplayMate and DxOMark, two of the most respected names in smartphone testing, have put the Galaxy S9's display and camera through a litany of paces, and the results might surprise some Apple fans.

On the display side, Raymond Soneira of DisplayMate concludes the the Galaxy S9 has “the most innovative and high performance smartphone display that we have ever lab tested.” Among the records it broke was absolute color accuracy, where it scored a mark “visually indistinguishable from perfect,” and peak brightness with 1,130 nits. DisplayMate says the Galaxy S9 is the first phone to receive Very Good to Excellent ratings in every category.

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Four highly rated Anker chargers are cheaper than ever for today only

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 10:18

Anker’s offering four chargers on sale for their lowest prices yet, but you’ll need to act fast. They’re Amazon’s deal of the day and will disappear tonight. On tap: two Qi wireless charging pads, a USB Type-C wall charger, and a combination Type-C and Type-A wall charger.

The best deal of the bunch is Anker’s 60W Wall Charger PowerPort+ for $33—about $17 cheaper than its usual $50 price. The charger features four Type-A USB ports and one USB Type-C connection that supports Power Delivery fast charging, making it an ideal choice for compatible MacBooks and other devices that support the technology.

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Everything Roku should do in 2018: A cord-cutter's wishlist

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 06:00
As Roku lays out its business goals for 2018, here's what cord-cutters can hope for.

iPhone X competitors/copycats, Apple healthcare, Apple's new TV shows: Macworld Podcast episode 594

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 17:30

A few new smartphones have been introduced, and some of them look remarkably like the iPhone X. Apple is going to provide its own healthcare to its employees. Apple is also creating several new TV shows for the Apple TV. We also feature your comments and questions for Leif Johnson, Michael Simon, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 594.

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The 10 Mac games you need to play from February 2018

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 06:00
February's Mac games

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On the hunt for a fresh and exciting game to play this month? Luckily, there’s always something new worth checking out in the world of Mac games, and we’ve put together our picks for the 10 biggest and most interesting-looking titles released in February 2018.

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9.7-inch iPad deals: Costco and Best Buy drop prices by 30% and 14%

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 18:07

If you’ve been wanting one of last year’s regular iPads, today’s a good day to pick one up. Both Costco and Best Buy are offering some impressive deals on last year’s 128GB iPad with Wi-Fi, but Costco in particular is offering what looks like the best deal on Apple’s signature tablet.

It’s Costco, so unfortunately you’ll have to be a member to take advantage of the offer. But if that’s no problem, you can nab the 2017 9.7-inch 128GB iPad with Wi-Fi for just $299.99. That’s $129 off of Apple’s asking price of $429.00, representing an impressive savings of around 30 percent.

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Amazon's got an LG 34-inch curved G-Sync monitor for $150 off

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 12:38

Today's a good day to get a great 34-inch G-Sync monitor. Amazon's got the curved LG 34UC89G-B on sale for $600, which is the lowest price yet for this monitor based on data from CamelCamelCamel. Usually it sells for over $700, and earlier this month it was selling for $750.

LG's monitor features a 34-inch HD PS display with a 2560x1080 resolution, a 144Hz refresh rate, and a 5-millisecond response time. It comes loaded with Nvidia G-Sync so you can synchronize refresh rates between your monitor and a compatible GeForce graphics card.

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One day we may buy AppleCare for our bodies, not just our iPhones

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 09:56

Apple’s next big thing might not be something you can wear, drive, or even touch. It might be your body itself.

According to a report by CNBC, Apple will be launching a group of health clinics in Santa Clara County called AC Wellness. The initiative will initially be limited to employees and their families when it launches this spring.

Why this matters: Apple has becoming intimately familiar with health care ever since the launch of the Health app on iOS and the Apple Watch, so it’s not at all surprising that it’s entering the field. The question is whether Apple can disrupt health care. Apple isn’t just the most valuable company in the world, it’s also one of the most trusted. While the new clinics will likely be limited to an employee benefit for the foreseeable future, it’s not hard to imagine a world where we’re buying health care coverage through Apple rather than Blue Cross or Cigna.

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The 10 iPhone and iPad games you need to play from February 2018

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 06:00
February's iOS games

Image by Snowman

February might be the shortest month of the year, but it had no shortage whatsoever of huge, exciting iOS game releases. Long-awaited games like snowboarding (well, sandboarding) sequel Alto’s Odyssey and epic role-player Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition were the biggest releases of this past month, but they’re hardly alone on this list.

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Amazon is selling the 8-core iMac Pro for $500 off

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 18:52

The iMac Pro is the best Mac you can get at the moment out of the box, and with a new deal from Amazon, you can get it for what currently looks like the best price. For now, the massive online retailer is selling Apple's sleek desktop unit for 10 percent off, which nets you a savings of $500.

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iPhone 2018 rumors: 6.5-inch model to feature largest screen on an iPhone

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 15:00

Updated 02/26/18: Bloomberg has a report on new 6.5- and 5.8-inch iPhones and a new affordable LCD-based model.

It’s not enough that the new iPhone X is only a few months old; rumors about the next iPhone are already starting to fly. We’ll keep track of what’s been said and what seems feasible in this article so you can keep up with the latest iPhone gossip.

What’s the latest?

Mark Gurman and Debby Wu’s report for Bloomberg offers more details on the specs of the new iPhones that could be coming this fall.

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Get a free Apple TV 4K when you pay for three months of DirecTV

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 13:25

If you’ve had your eye on the Apple TV 4K for a while but couldn’t quite bring yourself to stomach the price, you might be happy to know that DirecTV is offering a nifty deal that lets you snag the diminutive set-top box for just $105.

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Apple to stop iTunes Store access for first-gen Apple TV, Windows XP, and Windows Vista

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 12:45

Tech companies (especially Apple) want us to use the latest products the company has to offer. They want to make money from the sales, but they also develop and implement new technology that older devices can’t support at all (or can’t support it in a way that’s acceptable to the user). Eventually, each product’s time runs out, as is now the case with the first-generation Apple TV.

Apple has released a support document that states that the first-generation Apple TV will not be able to access the iTunes Store starting on May 25. This model Apple TV (considered obsolete by Apple) will not be updated to support the new security features will be used with the iTunes Store.

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HomePod: Apple's smart speaker has plenty of room to grow

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 07:00

With the addition of the HomePod to my arsenal of smart speakers, we’ve reached a dangerous tipping point in my household: there are roughly double the number of smart speakers as people. 

The past couple weeks of living with the HomePod has given me a bit of time not only to see what the device has to offer right now, but has also helped me sketch out some ideas about where the future might be able to take it.

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