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Best Black Friday 2019 deals for streaming and cord-cutting

Thu, 11/28/2019 - 12:05
Black Friday deals abound on Roku players, Fire TV Sticks, and other cord-cutting gear

Your hot takes on MacBooks, iPhones, and more

Thu, 11/28/2019 - 07:00

On this episode of the Macworld Podcast, it’s all about your hot takes. We’ll respond to your thoughts on Apple’s MacBooks, the iPhone, and more. Stay tuned!

This is episode 677 with Leif Johnson, Roman Loyola, and Michael Simon.

This is a special edition of the show, where we feature your hot takes from the Macworld social media feeds. The hot takes are your reactions to Macworld stories and other happenings in the world of Apple. We’ll share what you wrote, and we will offer our thoughts.

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Black Friday streaming TV devices: An upgrade guide

Thu, 11/28/2019 - 06:00
Which Roku, Fire TV, or other streaming device should you buy on Black Friday? This guide will help you decide.

23andMe Health + Ancestry review: The complete DNA testing package

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 13:01
Comprehensive testing, interesting results, and compelling presentation combine in the best overall DNA testing experience on the market today.

Best DNA testing kits: Discover the secrets stored in your genes

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 12:09
At-home DNA testing has rapidly become a popular way to learn more about your ethnic background and heritage. We took numerous different tests to evaluate and compare their services.

iTunes Match, no Mac, a conundrum: Download!

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 08:00

What if you subscribe to iTunes Match and no longer have a Mac connected with your iCloud account—and then want to cancel the Match subscription? That’s the conundrum one reader wrote in with following the recent Mac 911 column on the pros and cons of canceling iTunes Match.

If you’re only using iOS and iPadOS devices with your iCloud Music Library and iTunes Match, it’s extremely unlikely that all your music has been downloaded to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. Many people have libraries at least in the tens of gigabytes, and not everyone has that much storage free, even on a 256GB mobile device.

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Tech accessories to be thankful for

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 07:00

We sweat the big purchases, the Macs and iPhones and iPads and Apple Watches, but our technology-using lives would fall apart (or at least be a lot less pleasurable) without accessories. There’s not often much glamour in being the glue that holds together a workflow, the spackle that smooths over an otherwise ugly transition. So this Thanksgiving season I thought I’d shine a spotlight on some of the accessories that I rely on.

iPad stand

I’ve tried a bunch of iPad stands, but my favorite is still the Viozon iPad Pro Stand, which turns your iPad into a miniature iMac. The clamps are strong enough to hold my iPad securely and the hinge lets me position it either horizontally or vertically. I write thousands of words every week on an iPad clipped into a Viozon stand.

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The best movies for cord-cutters to stream for Thanksgiving

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 06:00
Whether they were so bad they're good, or just misunderstood box-office flops, these so-called movie "turkeys" provide great post-pig-out fun.

Vizio P-Series Quantum X 4K UHD TV review: Color galore and brightness to the moon, but those aliasing issues...

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 06:00
Depending on what you watch, Vizio's P-Series Quantum X TV can be either astonishingly vivid, or mildly annoying. A ton of peak brightness, quantum dot color, and poor anti-aliasing will do that.

The Steam Autumn Sale's surprisingly steep game deals feel like the good ol' days

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 14:09
Gears 5 for half-price and $25 for the whole of Hitman 2 make the Steam Autumn Sale feel almost like an old Steam Sale, for the first time in a long time.

Qobuz review: A music streaming service on the verge of greatness

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 12:06
And the U.S. version is now integrated with the Sonos multi-room audio system.

iPhone 11 vs iPhone 11 Pro vs iPhone 11 Pro Max: How to decide which one to buy

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 09:08

The display, the camera, the battery, a little extra water resistance, and a better charger. When you boil it all down, those are the only real differences between the iPhone 11 and the two iPhone 11 Pro models. That and $300 to $400. That’s not to say you shouldn’t spend the extra money on the Pro or Pro Max, but you should know what you’re getting for your money. So here’s how the three phones stack up.

Read our review of the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max Read our review of the iPhone 11 iPhone 11 vs iPhone 11 Pros: Design

Apple didn’t deviate too much from the formula it presented in the iPhone XS and XR. That means in terms of body size the entry-level iPhone 11 is sandwiched between the new Pros, despite costing significantly less. Here’s how the three phones measure up:

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Convenience: Android comes with something the iPhone doesn’t

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 08:00

Now is the time when The Macalope must pause from his usual coverage of Apple and take a look at how things are going over on Android.

Due to a court-mandated order.

The details of which The Macalope is not at liberty to discuss.

Turns out the timing is pretty good, though. Some would say hilariously so.

“146 New Vulnerabilities All Come Preinstalled on Android Phones.” (Tip o’ the antlers to 5cat.)

Wow! That’s… that’s a lot of vulnerabilities.

But the situation isn’t quite as bad as that. As bad as… [reviews notes]… 146 preinstalled vulnerabilities. [shakes head] Whoo. Lotta vulnerabilities.

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How to set up your new Apple Watch: 5 things to do first

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 07:00

If you’ve got a new Apple Watch, going from the box to your wrist won’t take very long at all. You’ll need an iPhone with the latest version of iOS 13 installed, of course, but other than a few steps and a little waiting, Apple has made the whole process incredibly simply, whether you’re starting from scratch or upgrading from an older model.

But just because you're all set up doesn't mean your watch is yours yet. Here are five things you’ll want to do first.

Set up your watch faces

This may seem obvious, but with so much to do on your Apple Watch, it’s easy to overlook. Everything you need to swap out faces is right on your wrist, and to get to the carousel, you simple need to force-press your watch’s screen. The current face will shrink and give way to a carousel of additional ones, and you can easily swipe left or right to choose the one you want.

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Hisense H9F 4K UHD TV review: Great color and HDR for not a whole lot of money

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 06:00
The Hisense H9F, with first-rate color and HDR, is one of the best TVs in its class. However, detail acuity and blacks aren't as strong.

Netatmo Smart Alarm System with Camera review: This jumble of components won’t work for everyone

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 06:00
Adding the Netatmo Smart Siren and Netatmo Smart Door and Window Sensors to a Netatmo Indoor Camera yields a somewhat simple home security system.

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Smart Battery Case review: A new spin on an old design

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 06:00

A vocal sect of the Apple faithful have been clamoring for a redesign of the iPhone’s Smart Battery Case for years, and once again Apple has shown that it’s listening to such complaints. Well, kind of. This year’s Smart Battery Case for the iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max looks a lot like the Apple battery cases that came before it, save for the subtle addition of a tactile camera button on the right side. It’s a small thing, but it’s a welcome extra feature that helps make this a “smart” buy apart from juicing up your phone with half the power of the iPhone’s built-in battery.

First, though, let’s take a look at that overall design. Apple designed the shell with the same silicone it uses for its non-battery silicone cases, which yields one of the grippiest surfaces we’ve encountered in a phone case—for the first few months, anyway. As I shared in 10-month-long review of the iPhone XS Max’s silicone case, that silicone tends to flake off after several months of heavy use. And if you use your phone enough to need a battery case, you’re probably a heavy user.

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Accessorize your AirPods and AirPods Pro with these cases, skins, straps, and more

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 16:40

We love our AirPods (and love the AirPods Pro even more). Judging by the millions sold every year, you love them, too. But they’re sort of…plain. Plain white case, plain white buds. Fortunately, there’s a whole cottage industry of AirPod accessories to improve the look—and performance—of your wireless headphones. Here are some fun and useful ways to beef up your ‘buds.

AirPod straps

Yeah, the whole point of the AirPods is that they are true wireless headphones, not like the many dozens of Bluetooth earbuds sold over the years with a short cable stretching behind your head.

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Best MacBook: Which Mac laptop should you buy?

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 15:30

You’re planning on buying a new Mac laptop. So you head over to your local Apple store, or you peruse the pages of Apple’s website, and you find yourself with money to spend but no idea on which MacBook to buy.

Don’t worry! That’s why we’re here. In this guide, we’ll go over Apple’s current MacBook lineup, point out their differences and similarities, and provide you with the information you need to pick the right MacBook for you.

The affordable choice: MacBook Air

Longtime Mac users may remember when the MacBook Air made its debut years ago as Apple’s entry into the ultra-portable laptop market. But times have changed, and starting in 2015, the MacBook was repositioned as Apple’s affordable laptop.

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Apple Card: Nike to offer 3 percent cash back on retail sales

Mon, 11/25/2019 - 14:00

Among the TV shows, magazines, and games services unveiled at Apple’s “Show time” event was a surprise entry into a category that couldn’t be further outside Apple’s wheelhouse: a credit card. Dubbed Apple Card, it’s not a traditional plastic credit card that gives you points on things you buy. Rather, it’s a whole new way to shop online and offline. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

Updated 11/25/19: Added Nike to the list of companies that offer 3 percent cash back on purchases.

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