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Venezuelans protest as Guaido declares 'definitive' escalation

Top Stories - Sun, 04/07/2019 - 03:39

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Saturday launched what he promised will be a "definitive" escalation of pressure to force the country's embattled leftist leader from office. Addressing a giant anti-government rally in Caracas, Guaido -- whose claim to be interim president is supported by around 50 nations -- kicked off what he called "Operation Liberty," his plan to oust President Nicolas Maduro. "The greatest escalation of pressure we have seen in our history" has begun, Guaido said.

Dutchman ends 'world's longest electric car trip' in Australia

Top Stories - Sun, 04/07/2019 - 02:57

A Dutchman completed an epic 95,000 kilometre (59,000 mile) journey by electric car in Sydney Sunday in a bid to prove the viability of such vehicles in tackling climate change. Wiebe Wakker drove his retrofitted station wagon nicknamed "The Blue Bandit" across 33 countries in what he said was the world's longest-ever journey by electric car. The trip from the Netherlands to Australia took just over three years and was funded by public donations from around the world, including electricity to charge the Bandit, food and a place to sleep.

SNL Gives Joe Biden Sensitivity Training: ‘Let’s Hug It Out, America!’

Top Stories - Sun, 04/07/2019 - 00:02

Saturday Night Live gave Donald Trump a break this week and instead put Joe Biden through the ringer. Jason Sudeikis busted back onto the show in a cold open sketch that found the former vice president undergoing sensitivity training following a week in which he was repeatedly accused of inappropriate behavior with women over the years and awkwardly tried to dismiss those allegations with a series of jokes. “You guys know that I’m a tactile politician, right?” Sudeikis’ Biden asked his campaign staffers. “I’m a hugger, I’m a kisser, and I’m a little bit of a sniffer. The last thing I ever want to do is offend anyone.” With that in mind, they brought in a consultant played by Kate McKinnon to school him on how to behave, and Biden immediately started nuzzling her head and rubbing her arms. “Yeah, so this is exactly the kind of thing I’m here to prevent.” “Wait, I think nose to nose is going to be OK,” Biden replied. “Because look, I did the 23andme thing, like Lizzie, what’s her name, Warren, right? It turns out that I’m 1-percent Eskimo, so I’m allowed to do the kissing.” When she told him he shouldn’t be hugging or kissing any women he meets, he protested. “That’s a human connection. That’s my whole thing,” he said. “That’s like telling Mario Batali to take his Crocs off.” Later, they presented some female voters so Biden could practice and when he was told one was looking for someone who could beat Donald Trump, he asked, “You mean the guy who actually bragged about assault on tape?”“Yes, but unlike his voters, your voters actually care,” his staffer replied. Ultimately, Biden admitted he didn’t really learn anything from the experience. “But the important thing, I think, is that I’m listening, I hear you, I feel you,” Biden said. “So let’s hug it out, America, what do you say? Biden and some woman in 2020, right? We can do this!” Read more at The Daily Beast.

Apple’s ProRes RAW format gains traction with third-party developers

Macworld - Sat, 04/06/2019 - 11:00

In 2018, Apple released a new video codec called ProRes RAW, which allowed for smaller files sizes than the previous ProRes codec produced, but with the high quality of uncompressed RAW video. One trick with releasing a new codec is getting it adopted by third-party developers and the professional community.

There seems to be movement in ProRes RAW adoption, though. At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show that kicks off on Saturday, four companies announced that they are including ProRes RAW support in their products starting on April 8.

Best smart lock for a keyless home

Macworld - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 19:05
Keys are yesterday’s tech, your smart home needs a smart door lock.

Why your Photos and iPhoto libraries take more space on a Mac’s external drive

Macworld - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 08:00

When you have an older iPhoto library and a newer Photos library on your Mac and you copy both libraries to an external drive, you might notice that they collectively occupy a lot more space than they do on an internal drive. Why is that? It comes down to hard links, a way of conserving storage.

When Apple released Photos for macOS in 2015, it had to have a transition plan for iPhoto libraries. iPhoto libraries could be imported and converted, but with a twist. Instead of copying all the source images, Apple used hard links, which allow a file to occupy a single place on a disk and be referenced in multiple folders as if it existed uniquely there. (You can read more about hard links in “Upgraded to Photos? Here’s what you can do with that old iPhoto library.”)

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Three Apple products in the danger zone

Macworld - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 07:00

Goodbye, AirPower! We hardly knew ye.

It’s only early April and it’s already been a tough year for Apple. Besides the admission that the company simply could not ship the wireless charging pad that it had been teasing for a year and a half, there was also the restatement of the company’s holiday quarter results, and an Apple event featuring TV content that showed remarkably little of that content, leaving some folks scratching their heads.

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TP-Link Smart Wi-Fi Light Switch, Dimmer HS220 review: A solid competitor in the in-wall dimmer space

Macworld - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 06:00
This dimmer switch is a smooth operator, but it has a couple of notable drawbacks.

Array by Hampton smart deadbolt review: It solves the battery problem, but falls short on integration

Macworld - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 06:00
An onboard solar panel keeps the battery topped off, but you can’t use this smart lock with any smart home hub.

iPad mini (2019) review: Petite, portable power

Macworld - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 06:00

Apple has a reputation for forcing change on us right when we’ve gotten comfortable with its designs. Sure, we often resist (and sometimes Apple is wrong), but more often than not the Cupertino company proves that breaking out of our comfort zones leads to better user experiences and perhaps even a better future.

That’s why I’m surprised to see the new fifth-generation iPad mini. On the outside, it looks like a twin of its 2015 incarnation, to the point that I once accidentally picked up the old iPad mini to take it home for the evening. As far as I can tell, the only exterior feature that’s changed is that the regulatory information is no longer printed on the tablet’s backside. Even the display hasn’t changed much, as it still offers a resolution of 2048 x 1536 and a pixel density of 326ppi.

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Best Lightning cables: Top-notch cables that are meant to last

Macworld - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 20:27

The newest iPhones support built-in wireless charging, so that means Lightning cables are no longer a must-have accessory, right?

Wrong! Even if you fully embrace the wireless charging life (see our roundup of the best wireless chargers for iPhone), you’ll still find yourself in plenty of situations where balancing your phone on a wireless charging mat just isn’t feasible. It’s hard to wirelessly charge a phone without a still, flat surface, so when you’re traveling, commuting, or just trying to use your phone while it charges, you’ll still need a Lightning cable.

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Apple cuts the price of HomePod by $50, but it’s still too expensive

Macworld - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 12:19

If you’ve forgotten that Apple still sells a smart speaker, you’re not alone. At last count, HomePod was struggling to capture even a sliver of the smart speaker market share, and it barely garnered a mention at Apple’s latest event. But Apple is hoping to reverse that trend with an uncharacteristic move: a price cut.

On Thursday, Apple quietly lowered the price of HomePod to $299, a $50 discount over the previous price. Apple isn’t promoting the price cut as a limited-time deal, so it seems like the 17 percent discount is permanent. That makes HomePod’s price a bit more palatable, but it’s still more expensive that nearly every other smart speaker including the Alexa-powered Sonos One, which sells for $199.

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Can’t select a drive to use with Time Machine? It might need reformatting

Macworld - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 08:30

If you use Time Machine, you know that macOS asks you whenever you mount a new external drive whether or not you want to use it as another Time Machine destination. One of the backup service’s best features is that it can create archives on multiple volumes at once, and remembers backup volumes when they’re removed, so you can rotate through disks and keep one or more offsite.

However, you might mount a drive and want to use it with Time Machine and be unable to select it. That’s typically because the volume isn’t formatted using the old standby, HFS+, labeled “Mac OS Extended (Journaled)” in Disk Utility.

Time Machine can only create backup archives on HFS+ volumes because of some of the peculiar properties of how it creates snapshots by referencing files with hard links. These links allow the same file to appear as if it’s in multiple places on a single volume, even though only a single copy of it occupies space on the disk.

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Apple News+ makes a poor case for its existence, as its weak initial subscriber count shows

Macworld - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 07:30

Late in March, Apple announced four new services: subscription news, TV, and games, along with an Apple credit card. Of these, only one actually released: Apple News+, an enhanced version of the Texture magazine subscription service the company bought last year.

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iPad Air (2019) review: Apple finds the sweet spot

Macworld - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 06:30

Apple’s new iPad Pros are high-end tablet marvels, with a new slim-bezel design, Face ID, crazy-fast A12X chip, and new wireless Apple Pencil. But when Apple introduced the overhauled third-generation models, it also blew up the price. The old 10.5-inch Pro was $649 and the new 11-inch replacement is $799, while the 12.9-inch model jumped from $799 to $999.

That leaves a big price gap for anyone who doesn’t want an iPad Pro, but wants more than the basic $329 iPad. Apple is filling that gap with a strange middle-child product that borrows the design of the old 10.5-inch iPad Pro, the name of the retired-for-years iPad Air, and an odd mix of hardware features.

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Hulu is the cure for your Netflix nostalgia

Macworld - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 06:00
Tired of Netflix losing your favorite shows? They probably wound up at Hulu.

Is There a 5G Network Near You?

Top Stories - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 20:00

The age of 5G network service is finally here.  On Wednesday, Verizon officially turned on 5G service in parts of Chicago and Minneapolis. Motorola has also started selling a $200 attachment that...

Details emerge on family whose SUV plunged off Calif. cliff

Top Stories - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 18:20

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jen and Sarah Hart and three of their adopted children died of broken necks after their SUV plunged off a Northern California cliff, a forensic pathologist testified during a coroner's inquest Wednesday to help authorities classify the deaths.

Corbyn-May Talks Constructive But Inconclusive: Brexit Update

Top Stories - Wed, 04/03/2019 - 16:13

As Yvette Cooper’s bill to block a no-deal Brexit rushes through its parliamentary stages, the list of amendments that have been selected for voting at 10 p.m. has now been released. The two sides will meet again on Wednesday to plan a program of work, and negotiating teams will hold intensive discussions all day on Thursday, the official said.


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