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What to do whe you caot type certai letters o your MacBook

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 07:00

The Mac 911 mailbag has recently included a number of letters about missing letters—people either can’t type or encounter strange keyboard problems or other oddities.

One email began, “I am cotactig you because my Mac Book Pro keyboard has decided it does ot like to type the letter that appears betwee L ad M o the keyboard.” (Sadly, the writer even had an “n” in her name.)

These kind of keyboard problems are easy to diagnose, because Apple’s had a spate of problems with its MacBook and MacBook Pro models. It chose a new keyboard design starting with the 2015 12-inch MacBook, and then brought to the 2016 overhaul to the MacBook Pro line. Its revised its design once, but not with much improvement.

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The 2018 cord-cutter awards

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 06:00
The cord-cutter awards: How the best streaming services and devices got better in 2018.

4K HDMI cables: How to cut through the marketing lingo and figure out what you actually need

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 06:00
You probably don’t need to buy a HDMI cable to go with your new TV, but here’s how to tell for sure.

Why 2019 could be an enormous year of change for the Mac

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 06:00

2019 is shaping up to be a big year for the Mac, and I don’t just mean a year where there are a bunch of new Mac models released, along with a macOS update, like almost every other year. This could be the year that everything changes. It’s potentially the most tumultuous year since the transition from the original Mac OS to Mac OS X.

So here’s my annual mix of prediction and wishcasting for the Mac in the coming year.

The Mac Pro arrives at last

Apple has done all 2019 look-ahead columns the great service of preannouncing the new Mac Pro (in 2017!) and, this year, admitting that it would arrive in 2019. The company has also said that it will be releasing its own external display, so no points for guessing that one, either.

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10 must-have apps for your new Apple Watch

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 07:00

The Apple Watch is great right out of the box, but you’ll want to add a few apps to really make it sing. Apple’s wearable is a true marvel, especially the Series 4, but you’ll never know just how useful it can be if you don’t expand your horizons a bit.

When we think about the Apple Watch apps we just can’t live without, these are at the top of the list. Some are free, some are not, but every single one is worth your while.

Pillow Neybox Digital

Pilow is our favorite app for adding automatic sleep tracking to your Apple Watch.

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ESPN+ review: This sports channel offshoot could use some identity

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 06:00
ESPN's cable-free sports streaming service, ESPN+, would be better if it embraced its weirdness.

10 must-have apps for your new iPhone

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 06:00

You just got a new iPhone, you’re done setting it up, and it’s time to hit the App Store. Which apps should you download to really make your iPhone great?

Obviously, there are the go-to standards that nearly everyone seems to have on their phone. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, maybe Netflix or Amazon…you don’t need a list of suggestions to tell you about those household names. If you’re new to iPhone, or just looking to find some new favorite apps, you should also consider these ten gotta-have-it suggestions.

Shortcuts IDG

One of iOS 12's best features is an app you download from the App Store.

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Kiss your cable bill goodbye: The best TV antennas for cord cutters

Tue, 12/25/2018 - 13:01
Ready to cut the cord? You’ll need a quality antenna to pick up digital broadcasts. Here are our recommendations for indoor and outdoor antennas.

Ghosts of Christmas present: Spooky stories of other platforms

Tue, 12/25/2018 - 10:00

The Macalope isn’t here to tell you that everything is all sugarplums and candy canes on Apple devices all the time, but since he deals with the worst of complaints about them week in and week out, let’s spend this magical day looking at what could be if only…

If only…

…we were on other platforms.

[cue wavy screen effect and xylophone music]

“Couple 'frightened' after Samsung phones fail to connect to 911 on Freedom Mobile.” (Tip o’ the antlers to Ramin.)

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How to change the iPhone wallpaper

Tue, 12/25/2018 - 08:00

Got a new iPhone? Congratulations, you’re now among the millions of people who use and love an iPhone. Wait, millions? Yep. Millions. So how can you make your iPhone stand out from the crowd? One way is to customize the iPhone’s wallpaper.

In iOS, there are two installments of your wallpaper. There’s the image that appears on the Lock Screen, and then there’s the image that appears in the background while you’re on the iPhone’s Home Screen. Here’s how to change either of those. You can use one of the images that comes with the iPhone, or you can use a picture in your Photo app.

How to change the iPhone wallpaper

1. Tap the Settings app

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RCA WiFi Camera Security System review: This camera is too ordinary to impress

Tue, 12/25/2018 - 06:00
RCA's first wireless home security camera is too boring to impress, and too expensive to be a strong value.

Antennas Direct DB8e review: This large roof-mount TV antenna is great at finding weak signals

Tue, 12/25/2018 - 06:00
The Antennas Direct DB8e is a large outdoor antenna for reception of medium to very weak TV signals. In our tests it did a good job of pulling in distant stations with minimal interference.

Antennas Direct 91XG review: Another roof-mount TV antenna that delivers great reception

Tue, 12/25/2018 - 06:00
The Antennas Direct 91XG is a large antenna, designed for the reception of medium to very weak signals in the UHF broadcast band, a goal it accomplishes with aplomb.