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‘Butter Royale’ impressions: ‘Fortnite’ as a food fight

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 17:00

People often tell me that too much cholesterol will kill me, but I never imagined that specific death would come in the form of a wall of butter smothering the landscape. And that’s not all I have to worry about. I’ve also got 31 other people intent on slaying me with sweets. Fortunately, I raided the fridge and found a Gatling gun that spits out hot dogs.

You, too, can get a taste of such delicious adventures in Butter Royale, Apple Arcade’s latest release. As you might have guessed from the name, it’s a battle royale shooter in the vein of Fortnite, but it simplifies the gameplay down to twin-stick shooting that works fine with either a touchscreen or a gamepad like the PlayStation DualShock 4. However, I balked a bit: Another battle royale game? Aren’t these things supposed to be on the way out?

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In the beginning: The making of the Mac

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 11:00

4 places where Apple can improve its integration of hardware, software, and services

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 07:15

Apple spends a lot of time talking up its secret sauce: that combination of hardware, software, and services that allow it to make what it believes are the best technology products on the planet.

And, as users of Apple products, most of us probably agree that this is generally the case. But even as good as the integration between these three legs of the company’s stool is, there are still some places that it falls weirdly short. Hardware and software that don’t work together, services that don’t provide the necessary glue.

Maybe they’re use cases that Apple doesn’t consider particularly necessary, or maybe the company just hasn’t gotten around to them yet. Whatever the case, they stick out like a sore thumb. Here are just a few examples of integration that’s, well, less than integrated.

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How to get certified for a hard drive you erased

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 06:15

It’s relatively easy to erase the contents of a drive on a Mac. But what if you’re asked to prove you did so? Some companies, government agencies, and other organizations have an internal or legal requirement to erase drives securely. While the IT department may handle this at large organizations, you might be asked (as one reader was) to provide documentation before disposing of a company computer.

Fortunately, this isn’t an odd request. And it’s not terribly expensive even for an individual to conform to. There’s a category of software that’s available across many different platforms from many firms that is designed to not just perform erasure meeting a variety of industry or military standards, but can also produce a certification report at the end.

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Best iPhone 11 cases: For iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 18:00

Just three days before my iPhone 11 Pro arrived, I was harshly reminded of how important it is to have a phone good case when my poor iPhone XS Max decided to dive into the concrete—three days before I was supposed to trade it in. The screen cracked, and in a rarity for me, I wasn’t using a case.

That’s partially why great care was taken to create this list of the best cases for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Since the designs for the three phones (and cases) are all so similar this year, we’ve compiled them all into one listing and provided links to each model. Over on the right, you’ll see a link to “See More,” and these links will almost always go to the iPhone 11 version. If you don’t see a price listing for a particular model, that means there isn’t one.

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Macworld's February Digital Magazine: Apple's new Mac Pro

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 17:19

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 digital magazine. 

In the February issue

In the February issue we’ve got our first look at the new Mac Pro and we’ve got everything you need to know about Apple’s new high-end desktop. Take your iPhone or iPad photo skills to the next level and learn how to take advantage of photo-editing tools in iOS 13 and iPadOS 13.

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: Why Apple’s next step with the Mac should be consumer-focused

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Apple debuts Apple Watch Connected gym rewards program

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 13:20

Apple has just rolled out a new gym partnership initiative called “Apple Watch Connected.” With it, qualifying gyms can reward users for meeting certain workout criteria with their Apple Watches, as well as provide a more seamless buying and class scheduling experience. The program is debuting in only four gyms in the U.S.—Basecamp, Crunch Fitness, Orange Theory, and YMCA—with only “select locations” for each. All four gyms will expand the program throughout 2020, and Apple plans to work with additional gyms in the future.

According to CNBC, it is free for gyms to participate, as long as they meet the following four criteria:

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How to switch up your Apple ID if you’re leaving an organization that needs account access

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 08:15

An Apple ID is a powerful hub for one’s Apple-centric identity. However, what if you use your Apple ID within an organization—an organization that needs access to Apple ID-linked purchases, email, developer resources, and other Cupertino-connected sites and services—and you’re retiring or moving to another place of employment?

Take measures before it’s too late for the handoff. This is especially important when two-factor authentication (2FA) is enabled, because your former group could wind up locked out of an account.

First, Apple lets you change the address associated with an Apple ID under a variety of circumstances. The easiest method is if you’re using an address that’s anything but an Apple-managed one that ends in mac.com, me.com, or icloud.com, as you can change that address to anything—including an Apple-managed one. (I provide the step-by-step instructions in this November 2018 column.)

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iPad at 10: Why apps made the iPad a success

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 07:15

It’s hard to believe that January 27 marks the tenth anniversary of the announcement of the iPad. As impressive as that first iPad was in terms of hardware, a decade later it’s clear that the iPad succeeded because of Apple’s focus on native iPad apps from the very first day.

Sit down and lean back

If you go back and watch Steve Jobs’s keynote introducing the iPad, you’ll see the brilliance of Apple’s roll-out strategy. To start it all off, there’s a big comfy chair on stage, something you never see at Apple keynotes. That chair allowed Jobs and other presenters to show that the iPad was a comfortable device meant to be used casually.

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Cord-cutting and sports: 5 ways to squeeze out more savings

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 06:00
Cord-cutting might not save as much money for sports fans, but these tips can help.

Garadget review: Open your garage door with open-source technology

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 06:00
If you have the patience for delving into user forums if you need help, Garadget is worth a look.

Apple TV+ FAQ: Everything you need to know

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 17:05

Apple has joined the likes of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, and HBO Max with its own exclusive streaming service, Apple TV+. The new service, which launched on November 1 last year, features a wide assortment of TV shows funded by Apple’s mountainous cash pile, and the Cupertino company is sparing no expense in its attempt to lure viewers with some of the best-known actors, writers, and directors.

Below, you’ll find a compendium of everything we know about the ambitious service, and we’ll keep it updated as we encounter credible rumors and get news from Apple itself.

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FotoMagico for iPad review: Create stunning animated slideshows on the go

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 07:15

If you want to breathe new life into static photos with minimal effort, there’s no better method than FotoMagico 5 for macOS, which we hailed as “more impressive than pulling rabbits out of a magic hat” in our May, 2016 review. For nearly 15 years, this slideshow creation software has been the go-to solution for casual shutterbugs and professional photographers alike.

Fortunately, FotoMagico is now available for iPad, providing a way to assemble great slideshows from anywhere. Best of all, Mac project files are interchangeable with the iPad version, so you can start a project on one device and finish on another.

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How to change your kid’s adult Apple ID account to a child account

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 06:15

Let’s face it: a lot of people may have created Apple IDs for their kids for convenience while skirting Apple’s rules about the age at which an account can be created. That’s 13 in the U.S. and many countries, unless you use the option within Apple’s Family Sharing to create a Child Account.

If you weren’t using Family Sharing, however, and—ahem—invented an earlier birthdate for one or more child, you can still rewind the clock and gain the advantages for age-based control within Family Sharing.

For our family, that includes not just using Screen Time to limit and monitor access to all their Apple devices, but—and the kids actually like this—remotely disabling Screen Time if they are on a sleepover or away on a school trip and we are willing to let them use their screens past our household limits. (That was a selling point to at least one kid, along with access to a much larger pool of shared iCloud storage.)

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RCA Ultra-Thin Multi-Directional Amplified Indoor Antenna review: Good performance for the price

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 06:00
This inexpensive TV antenna does a good job pulling in strong signals, but you might be happier paying a little more for higher performance.

The best indoor air-quality monitors: Identify the pollutants that can compromise your health and comfort

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 06:00
Whether you suffer from allergies or asthma or just want to optimize your indoor environment, these devices will give you insight into the air you're breathing.

How to export your Apple Card monthly transactions as a CSV spreadsheet

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 15:15

One of Apple Card’s most significant annoyances (at least compared to many other major credit cards) is that you can’t directly share transaction information with financial planning apps like Mint or YNAB. Apple provides lots of well-organized information about your spending in the Wallet app, but that doesn’t give you a complete picture of your finances as it doesn’t include your earning and other spending.

Fortunately, there’s now a workaround of sorts. Starting on January 21, Apple will allow you to export monthly transaction lists as a CSV (comma separated value) spreadsheet.

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Sonos will stop issuing software updates for 'legacy' speakers and devices in May

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 14:31
You’ll still be able to keep using older Sonos devices, but they’ll gradually lose functionality once the software updates stop.

How you back up your iPhone and iPad in macOS 10.15 Catalina

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 14:00

For iPhone and iPad users who still connect their devices to a Mac for syncing and backups (and there are a lot of people who still do this), there are changes in the latest version of the Mac operating system. In macOS 10.15 Catalina, the iTunes app is gone.

Now you use the Finder, similar to how you see a hard drive or a server. Here’s how to use your device in the Finder and how to back it up.

Your iOS device in the Finder

When you connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac using a Lightning cable, it will appear in a Finder window. In macOS Catalina, your device is in the left column in the “Locations” section. (If this is the first time you are connecting the Mac and iOS device, you will be asked to pair the two on the Mac, and you’ll have to trust the Mac on your iOS device.)

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