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Apple September 12 preview, plus your comments and questions

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 17:30

It's official: Apple is having an event on September 12. What will we see from the company? We also respond to your comments and questions for Jason Cross, Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Dan Masaoka in the Macworld Podcast, episode 620.

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Amazon knocks $100 off the Echo Show, the best Echo you can buy

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 11:29

We've called the Echo Show "the best Echo," and that's still true. But it's also on the very top of the Echo price range with a $230 sticker cost. Today, though, Amazon knocked $100 off the total, bringing it down to $130. The Echo Show’s never been cheaper.

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Amazon's huge one-day PC networking and storage sale is packed with tech at all-time low prices

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 10:13

Routers and hard drives might not be as glamorous as shiny new graphics cards, but they're nevertheless vital components in modern tech-filled life. Today, Amazon's making it cheaper than ever to upgrade the backbones of your computing experience with its one-day PC networking and storage saleRemove non-product link. The online retailer has some nice deals on external and internal storage, routers, and signal extenders, with record-low prices slapped on a lot of the gear.

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Five awesome Android phone features Apple needs to steal for the iPhone XS Plus

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 09:00

If the cat wasn’t already out of the bag, there’s no putting it back in now. Last week, 9to5Mac published a purported official pic of the two new iPhone X models, and if it’s not real, then it’s the best fake I’ve ever seen. Not only does it match up the rumors we’ve been hearing for months, it has Apple’s trademark flair for the dramatic, with eloquent lighting, aggressive shadows, and a sharp, striking lock screen image. Seriously, if it’s fake, Apple needs to hire the person who made it.

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This image optained by 9to5Mac purportedly shows the two new iPhones.

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

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 08:00
August's iOS games

Image by Ben Esposito

The App Store’s unending game barrage sometimes seems like it’s simply comprised of stacks of clones and done-to-death ideas, but there's always fun, eccentric, and exciting stuff in the mix—and a wide variety of genres and concepts.

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Details to watch for at next week’s iPhone event

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 07:00

We’re a week away from Apple’s next big event. While Macworld’s own Jason Cross did an excellent job of detailing what we expect to see, here are a bunch of smaller details I’ll be watching for carefully from my seat in the Steve Jobs Theater.

What’s the Apple Watch focus?

The unveiling of the Apple Watch four years ago this month painted the device’s possibilities with a pretty broad canvas, and as time has gone on, the conventional wisdom seems to agree that Apple wasn’t quite sure what part of the watch would resonate with customers, so it loaded in lots of features and waited to see the results.

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How to add Z-Wave sensors to Ring Alarm

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 06:00
Adding a sensor to the Ring Alarm system is easy when you know how, but you should consider if it's really worth it.

Predicting the MacBook Air replacement

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 06:00

Over the last year we’ve seen several rumors from reliable sources stating that Apple plans to introduce a new low-cost MacBook. Basically, it’s aiming to replace the beloved (but aging) MacBook Air, and probably make the MacBook obsolete in the process.

This makes a lot of sense: both the MacBook and MacBook Air are in need of an update. The rumors say the new product will launch this year; we think that’s likely to happen at an as-yet unannounced October event. There are our predictions as to what we can expect from a low-cost (for Apple) MacBook Air replacement.

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Best antivirus for Mac: Protect yourself from malicious software

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 17:26

Macs may be a far less tempting target for malware and viruses, but they’re not immune from attack. Even if you don’t care about adware or being used as a means to infect users on other platforms, it’s still possible to fall victim to ransomware, password theft, or stolen iPhone backups.

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Best VPN services of 2018: Reviews and buying advice

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 15:48
Surfing the web through a virtual private network (VPN) can keep your identity and data safe and secure online. We show you what to look for in a VPN and help you pick the best one for your needs.

Best Buy slashes HomePod prices by $50 to $71

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 12:38

Look, the HomePod may not have been what a lot of us wanted it to be, but the fact remains that it’s a fantastic speaker. As we see it, it’s appeal goes up every time its price goes down, and right now Best Buy is offering them for just $300Remove non-product link, down $50 from the usual retail price.

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These 240GB SSDs are on sale for only $40

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 11:03

We’ve been seeing some steep sales on SSDs in recent weeks, but the juiciest discounts applied only to entry-level 120GB models. No more. Today, you can snag the 240GB Adata Ultimate SU650 for $40 on NeweggRemove non-product link. Over on Amazon, you’ll find another 240GB SSD by Inland Professional going for $40, and a 480GB Inland Professional SSD for just $65.

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This awesome TP-Link Kasa plug deal gives you two smart outlets instead of one dumb one

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 10:24

Smart plugs allow control over even "dumb" household items such as lamps and fans. TP-Link's Kasa two-outlet smart Wi-Fi plug takes it one step further, letting you control two at the same time, and today, you can grab one on Office Depot's site for just $25Remove non-product link, down from a list price of $40 and $10 less than its previous all-time low on Amazon.

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The fine print: Defining an iPhone problem

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 08:00

When reading about potential problems with smartphones, it’s important to read the fine print. Sadly, the fine print is not The Macalope’s beat. All he has is all this coarse and itchy print.

Writing for the Forbes contributor network and heavily used fainting couch resale outlet, Gordon Kelly fires the patented Forbes contributor network manufactured hysteria confetti cannon.

“Apple Warns iPhones Have A Serious Problem.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Tibor, Dr. Technical and Daniel.)

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Amazon Echo Show: 10 essential tips

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 06:45
10 Echo Show tips for putting Alexa to work on a touchscreen.

Roborock S5 Robot Vacuum Cleaner review: This premium vacuum busts dust and mops, too

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 06:15
Powerful suction, laser mapping, and an elegant app justify the high price.

The best GIF keyboards for your iPhone

Tue, 09/04/2018 - 06:00

Since their invention more than 30 years ago (four years before the World Wide Web even), GIFs have come to be one of the most popular and beloved forms of expression on the internet. Indeed, the looping, flipbook-like animated GIF (or graphics interchange format) has been so influential in shaping our online communication that many “GIFs” you see on Twitter and Imgur are just video files coded to act like GIFs.

Today, there’s an ever-growing number of apps for finding and sharing GIFs. One of the most common is the GIF keyboard. These keyboards integrate with your smartphone’s standard keyboard so you can easily find and insert animated images into your messages. Some social platforms and apps—such as Facebook Messenger and Tinder—already have GIF search built in. 

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iOS 12: How to use the new Voice Memos app

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 08:00

The Voice Memos app is one of the underrated gems of iOS’ stock apps, and Apple is giving it a much-appreciated makeover with iOS 12. It wasn’t bad before, but the latest update manages to transform it into both a useful recorder and audio editor without significantly changing the interface. Recordings even get uploaded to iCloud now, making it easy to import recordings into GarageBand or access them regardless of whether you’re on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.

It’s more useful than it probably looks. As a journalist, I find a good voice memo app is essential for everything from recording interviews to quickie article notes while I’m on the move. You, though, might find it useful for making quick remembers for what you need to pick up at the store. Regardless of the reason why you use it, here’s how to use it.

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iDevices Dimmer Switch and Wall Outlet review: Smart home control—no hub required

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 06:00
These platform-agnostic in-wall devices look good and work with a wide range of voice assistants.

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