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3 billion Yahoo accounts hacked: 5 things you should do to stay safe

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 09:37
If you were one of the 3 billion people with a Yahoo account in 2013, it was hacked. Here's how to stay safe.

Apple releases iOS 11.0.2 update that fixes static during FaceTime and phone calls

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 13:30

iOS 11 is barely two weeks old, and it’s already received its second update. Apple on Tuesday released iOS 11.0.2, one that you’ll want to install if you’re a frequent user of FaceTime or often make phone calls.

iOS 11.0.2, according to the release notes, “Fixes an issue where crackling sounds may occur during calls for a small number of iPhone 8 and 8 Plus devices.” The update also fixes a problem that causes photos to be hidden, and fixes an issue with S/MIME encrypted emails, where attachments would not open.

Before installing the update, back up your iPhone. The update won’t install unless you have a Wi-Fi connection. When that’s done, you can install the update by tapping the Settings app and then General > Software Update. Then tap the Download and Install link at the bottom of the release notes. (For some reason, Download and Install was dimmed for me, which meant I wasn’t able to activate the installation even though I was connected to Wi-Fi. I had to disconnect and reconnect to Wi-Fi to activate the link.) The download is 277.3MB.

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Best Buy is selling a 4TB external hard drive for $70

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 12:57

Two weeks ago, we spied a pretty decent deal for a $60 2TB WD external hard drive. If you don't need to travel with a storage drive, however, today's deal is even better. Best Buy is offering a Seagate 4TB desktop external hard drive for $70—that's about $30 cheaper than you'll find elsewhere.

It's not clear how long this deal will last, so if you're interested, buy one sooner rather than later.

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Super Mario Run is available for $5 on the App Store and Google Play

Sat, 09/30/2017 - 09:00

Today's a great day to get addicted to Super Mario Run, Nintendo's first real mobile game. The company just dropped this popular app to $5 on the App Store and Google Play—or 50 percent off of the normal $10 price. 

This deal includes the game plus 20 rally tickets, 3,000 coins, and one question mark block decoration. The sale lasts until October 12.

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iPhone X: Everything you need to know about Apple's iPhone of the future

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 03:40

iPhone X: It’s real, it’s here, and it’s very expensive. After months of rumor and speculation, followed by the biggest pre-launch leak ever, on Apple finally revealed the iPhone X during the company’s annual fall press event in September.

This is a radical departure from the form factor of every other iPhone out there, including the brand-new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. It comes with a jet-black edge-to-edge OLED screen topped by a TrueDetect camera system that enables a brand-new Face ID unlocking system and Animoji features.

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How to watch the Major League Baseball playoffs and the World Series without cable

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 21:37
Don't miss a postseason pitch, read our cord-cutter's guide to the 2016 MLB playoffs and the World Series.

How Apple is managing the iPhone buying dilemma

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 10:00

So here are the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, in stores at last. But this time things are a little bit different—the hardest of the hard-core iPhone buyers are sitting out Apple’s annual roll-out of the latest iterative improvement to the iPhone. Of course, that’s because the iPhone X—a cutting-edge model that offers more than iterative improvement—is looming on the horizon.

This leaves Apple, the iPhone, and the people who buy it in a fall unlike any we’ve seen in some time. And in surveying people I know—hard-core Apple fans and casual iPhone users alike—I’ve been surprised at how different people are reacting to the different buying choices Apple is offering this time around.

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Amazon Echo, Echo Plus or Echo Spot: Which Alexa smart speaker is right for you?

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 00:03
The answer was easy when there were just two models. Now Alexa is all over the place.

Amazon is selling a 50-foot flat Ethernet cable for less than $6

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 13:21

In early August, CableMonsta sold a white, flat Cat 6 50-foot ethernet cable on Amazon for $6.90. Today, that deal is back, but this time the cable's a different color and one dollar cheaper.

For $5.91, you can get the black version of the same ethernet cable. To get the deal, click the "Buy 1, get 46% off" option right underneath the pricing.

According to CableMonsta, this cable is flexible and supports a bandwidth of up to 250 MHz. It also uses 100 percent bare copper wire and gold-plated contacts. The flat design makes it easier to fit the cable under doors and carpets to keep it out of the way.

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Thanks to the FDA, your next Apple Watch might be loaded with health features

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 14:34

Apple, Fitbit, and Samsung may be competing for smartwatch sales, but the companies have similar issues when it comes to health advancements in their wearables: too much red tape. Now the three companies are part of a new government-run pilot program that aims to change that.

The Food and Drug Administration has selected nine tech companies out of a pool of more than 100 to participate in the program, which aims to fast-track health innovations in software and products. The companies participating in the program will have an advantage when it comes to the months-long application and review process for new health products.

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Apple releases iOS 11.0.1 software update to improve iOS 11 performance

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 14:11

Just one short week after Apple released iOS 11 to the public, the company has issued its first incremental software update. As of Tuesday, iOS 11.0.1 is now available to install.

It doesn’t seem to be that exciting of an update—the update notes say that it includes bug fixes and improvements for both the iPhone and iPad—but you should install it anyways to keep your devices working as smoothly as possible. iOS 11.0.1 is likely just addressing minor performance issues that have been discovered in the last week. This isn’t a feature update, so you won’t be seeing anything new after you install the update. 


To install the update over-the-air, go to Settings > General > Software Update. We’ll report back with any noticeable changes.

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Microsoft announces Office 2019 for customers who don't want to pay forever for Office 365

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 11:50
Office 2019 will be Microsoft's latest suite of perpetual apps, where users pay once for Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and more.

Report: Security hole in macOS Keychain puts passwords at risk

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 18:00

Apple released macOS High Sierra on Monday, so it should be a nice way to spotlight the Mac this week after last week’s iOS 11 and iPhone 8 releases. But a report by a security researcher at Synack puts a bit of a damper on the High Sierra release.

Editor's note: This article was updated at 3:37 p.m. Pacific with a statement from Apple.

Patrick Wardle, Synack’s head of research, posted a video on Monday that shows how code he wrote can be used to get passwords from macOS’s Keychain. Keychain is the password manger built into macOS, and it usually requires a master password to access it. But Wardle’s code was able to access Keychain and collect passwords. The video below is a demonstration posted by Wardle.

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Best Buy has discounted the 10.5-inch iPad Pro (64GB) by $100

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 17:35

Apple recently raised the price of some iPad Pro models, but this week you can find others dropping in cost—at least a little. Right now, Best Buy is selling the 64GB 10.5-inch iPad Pro for $550. That's $100 off the standard price, and it's real savings since the 64GB iPad was not part of Apple's recent price hike.

This is the 2017 model of the Wi-Fi only iPad Pro that features an A10X Fusion chip, 4GB RAM, and of course a 10.5-inch Retina display. Apple claims the new CPU is 30 percent faster than the previous generation of iPads, and it does come close. In our GeekBench 4 benchmark, the new iPad Pro was 28 percent faster than the older 9.7-inch model.

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Bada Bing! Apple dumps Microsoft for Google in Siri and Spotlight search results

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 13:05

Siri can finally Google itself. In a change that’s surprising only because it took this long, Apple has announced it will be switching from Bing to Google results when handling Siri and Spotlight web queries.

Now, when you ask Siri to search the web for something or it doesn’t know the exact answer to what you’re asking, your results will be from Google, not Bing. The change won’t affect the majority of what Siri can do, just where it sends you when it doesn’t know the answer to something. Curiously, image searches will still default to Bing and video search results will now come directly from YouTube, according to TechCrunch.

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Super Mario Run speeds toward massive update, price cut

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 10:04

It’s been just about a year since Nintendo announced it would finally be bringing its beloved Mario franchise to smartphones, and it’s not letting Super Mario Run’s first birthday pass by without a celebration. On Friday, a new version of Super Mario Run will be available for free to all users, and Nintendo says it will be the game’s “biggest update ever.”

It’s so big, in fact, Nintendo can’t wait to show it to us. In a tweet from Nintendo UK, the company teased “a new world, new mode, new playable character, and more” in the free update. Additionally, the new iOS 11 App Store features a sneak peek of the new version, though, rest assured Android users, Nintendo isn’t limiting the update to iPhones this time.

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Macworld’s October Digital Magazine: Your complete guide to Apple Pay

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 19:24

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 magazine.

In the October issue

The latest issue features our Ultimate Guide to Apple Pay: Everything you need to know, including how to use it on your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac, and what stores and apps accept it. Also inside you’ll find our head-to-head, iPhone 7 Plus vs. Note 8: Find out which phone’s portrait mode performed better. We also have the highlights from Tim Cook’s 3rd quarter financial call with analysts. 

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iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus: Where to buy Apple's latest smartphone

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 18:00

They've arrived: The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are now available. Apple has skipped the standard “S” release and headed straight to prime time with the 8, and there are plenty of new features to make it exciting—including wireless charging, a glass back, and a new TrueTone LCD display.

Now that you’ve had time to drink in all the details, it’s time to get your own. Apple’s online store may seem like the most obvious choice, but you can also get it from the Apple Store app for iOS with Apple Pay, which has worked very smoothly for us in the past.

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iPhone 8: Unboxing the new iPhone

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 17:30

Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus started shipping today. They’re being delivered to anyone who pre-ordered one, and you can also stop by your local Apple store and pick one up.

Macworld’s Leah Yamshon got both the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus this morning, and she hosted a live unboxing video on Macworld’s Facebook page and Twitter feed. She showed the phones to the audience, went through the first steps of the setup, tried out the wireless charging, and answered questions from viewers.

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The iPhone 8 has the best smartphone camera, DxOMark says, but iPhone X will probably beat it

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 15:25

The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus might be overshadowed by iPhone X, but there are plenty of reasons to skip the hype and buy one: wireless charging, the A11 Bionic chip, True Tone display, that all-glass design. But according to DxOMark, the best reason to pick an iPhone 8 is the camera.

The camera experts put the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus through their paces and found that they are the two best cameras they have ever tested, leapfrogging the previous No.1 picks, Google’s Pixel and the HTC U11, both of which have single cameras. The iPhone 8 received a score of 92 and the iPhone 8 Plus got a 94 in DxOMark’s smartphone ranking. Both the Pixel and HTC’s U11 were graded with a 90, while the iPhone 7 Plus got an 88 and the iPhone 7 an 85.

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